Vol. 65 No. 38 Wednesday, September 23, 2009
Whiting Field Celebrates Hispanic Heritage
By Ens. Robert Hooper, III, NAS Whit- Commander Lynne Chapman kicked off ing Air Wing FIVE Student Control Of-
ing Field Public Affairs the events by offering a metaphor, em- ficer Shawn Dominguez as the keynote
Naval Air Station Whiting Field phasizing the value of cultural diversity, speaker.
celebrated cultural diversity and the con- "America is like a salad bowl, and like Dominguez expressed his grati-
tributions of Hispanic-Americans to the a melting pot," she said. "Individually," tude at being asked to speak at the lun-
Navy and the nation during a Sept. 17 the XO went on, "the ingredients of a cheon, saying he "was honored by the
luncheon. As the population of people salad are bright and unique, but brought request." He did, however, relate to the
with Hispanic ancestry grows, the Navy together, they create something better audience that he had to research to ful-
and Whiting Field commemorate the than each could be on their own." She ly understand the cultural backdrop on
importance and value through Hispanic- praised the nation and Navy's contingent which he was speaking.
American Heritage Month events. The of Hispanic persons, citing the invaluable "I had to Google what it meant
Wings Club hosted the event, offering a nature of the contributions that the cul- to be Hispanic," he said.
pleasant venue for an array of food, com- ture's passion and diversity bring to the Instead of finding a cultural or
pany, speaking, and even a presentation "melting pot," of America. After mak- ethnic definition, though, the commander
of Spanish influenced dances. ing her introductory remarks, Chapman found an impressive set of facts showing
Whiting Field Executive Officer introduced fellow commander and Train- the importance of the Hispanic contribu-
- (Cont. on Page 2)
FFSC Prepares Guard Unit for Deployment
By Fleet and Family Support Center
The Ellyson Field Army National Guard Family Readiness Group
(FRG) invited the NAS Whiting Field Fleet and Family Support Center
(FFSC) to conduct a Pre-Deployment Briefing Sept. 12. The unit was in the
90-day window of preparedness for unit deployment and the families needed
information. The FRG provided a list of topics that were of primary concern:
Post 9-11 GI Bill, Spouse Career Advancement Account program, Power of
Attorneys, community and installation activities, medical emergencies and
With many of these spouses and families being new to military life,
the FFSC team had work cut out for them. The primary goal was to introduce
them to the military lifestyle and let them know what type of support is avail-
able, get them ready to live without their loved ones for a year and address
the stigma issue that seeking help while their service member is gone won't
negatively affect their military career.
Deployment Specialist Wanda McDaniel gathered as much informa-
tion as possible through phone calls, papers, articles and the intemet to help
inform the Whiting Field FFSC team about the Army National Guard to pre-
pare for the event. Despite the differences in mission and service, however,
for the most part Army National Guard personnel and their families had the
same questions and concerns as Navy customers.
"Since most of the team members speak 'Navy' on a daily basis, we all
felt we had our work cut out for us," McDaniel said.
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(Cont. from Page
tions to the American military. As a peo-
ple, the Hispanic-American portion has
been in every major American conflict
since the Revolutionary War. Further,
there have been 39 Hispanic Medal of
Honor winners since the creation of the
award in 1862.
Dominguez reeled off individu-
als of Hispanic descent that had contrib-
uted to the great tradition of the military.
Men like Admiral David Farragut, the
Navy's first full Admiral, of the Civil
War, famous for saying, "Damn the tor-
pedoes, full speed ahead!" Entire groups
have also contributed, according to his
"The Aztec Eagles," he said,
were the first Mexican flying unit to
operate on foreign soil. For their actions
over Formosa in World War II, every
pilot [in the Eagles] received a U.S. Air
Medal, and two were awarded Legion of
The Commander emphasized
that even in the face of the great accom-
plishments he listed, culture was a diffi-
cult thing for him to define. He said as
much because instead of having to look
outwardly for his own experiences, his
life had been about living and breathing
his culture. He was born to a Mexican
father and a white mother in southern
California, and from a young age came
to know the importance of family.
"I grew up in California, and
even attended the University of South-
ern California, so my family was always
right there," he said. "And that, I think,
is what sticks with me about my heritage,
That is what I try to instill in my chil-
He went on to explain that he
came to realize that the focal point for his
culture was forged in the familial experi-
ences he holds dear. "When I was grow-
ing up, my friends never had tamale par-
ties over Christmas, but I did, and they
were always great times," he said.
Upon joining the Navy in 1984,
Dominguez began to realize the impor-
tance of his family and how it shaped his
thought process. He went on to describe
that the Hispanic nature of his culture
made him value diversity in his life., and
understand that embracing diversity is
the key to the concept of one Nation.
"Unity is the ultimate goal. And
the American culture is about diversity
and unity. But we have to relate to each
other to understand, and we have to un-
derstand to unify."
Once the keynote speech was
concluded, an invitation to further in-
dulge in the ethnic food available during
the event was offered. Also, Aviation
Boatswain's Mate First Class Hector
NAS Whiting Field Sailors perform a selec-
tion of cultural dances for Hispanic-Ameri-
can cultural month celebration on the base
Sept. 17. U.S. Navy photo by Ens. Robert
Amador and Air Traffic Controller Sec-
ond Class Vanessa Contreras demonstrat-
ed various Latin dances originating from
Puerto Rico, Mexico, and other Central
and South American countries. Upbeat
music paired with the demonstration of
culturally defined dancing made for a
pleasant closing of events prior to a bene-
diction given by Ens. Melinda Montano.
Branch Medical Clinic Offers Information on H1N1 Flu
Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) Adm.
Gary Roughead receives his annual seasonal
flu vaccination from Air Force Capt. Leah
Williams at the Pentagon. (U.S. Navy photo
by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class
Flu season has arrived, and this year in ad-
dition to seasonal flu there is a new and very
different virus spreading worldwide called,
Swine, novel or H1N1 flu. The H1N1 flu
is a great concern to our beneficiaries. We
would like to help ease concern with accu-
rate and helpful information regarding this
virus and what to do to prevent you from
being infected or spreading it to others.
Flu viruses are spread mainly
from person to person through cough-
ing or sneezing by people with influenza.
Sometimes people may become infected
by touching something such as a sur-
face or object with flu viruses on it and
then touching their mouth or nose. Unlike
bacteria, which can be treated with antibi-
otics, the flu is a virus that unfortunately
will have to run its course as your body's
immune system takes over. Medical treat-
ment for flu will only battle the symptoms
(fever, congestion, body aches, nausea).
Rest, fluids and a good diet are the best
ways to help your body fight off the virus.
To avoid exposure the following precau-
tions are recommended:
*Cover your nose and mouth with
a tissue when you cough or sneeze. Throw
the tissue in the trash after you use it. Tis-
sue not handy? Cough or sneeze into cloth
on your arm or elbow.
*Wash your hands often with soap
and water, especially after you cough or
sneeze. Alcohol-based hand cleaners are
*Avoid touching your eyes, nose
or mouth. Germs spread this way.
*Try to avoid close contact with
*If you are sick with flu-like ill-
ness, CDC recommends that you stay home
for at least 24 hours after your fever is gone
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News and Notes
Splash & Dash MWR is hosting a "Splash and Dash" Biath-
lon at 8:00 a.m. at the NAS Whiting Field Training Pool Saturday,
Oct. 3, 2009. The Biathlon will consist of two legs, a 500 yard
swim and a 5K run. Prizes will be awarded for First, Second and
Third Place winners in the Men and Women Divisions. This event
is free and refreshments will be provided after the event. If you
are interested, signups are being taken through the day of the event
at the following MWR facilities: The Liberty Center, Wings Club,
Fitness Center and MWR Athletics Office. For more information,
please contact Todd Mooneyham at (850) 665-6102.
Leave Donor Program Max Tinsley at CNRSE Jackson-
ville office, has been approved for the Leave Recipient Program.
Tinsley will be required to be out of work for approximately four
to six weeks and will exhaust all of his leave very soon. Anyone
wishing to donate annual leave under this program may contact Jim
Harbaugh at CNRSE DSN 942-0041, or Commercial (904)542-
0041. Thank you for your participation.
Run the Bridge The 2nd Annual Mediacom Garcon Point
Bridge Run/Walk is seeking participants for the 4.8 mile trek
across the bridge Oct. 17. The event will begin at 7:30 a.m. and
post race activities will include hamburgers, hot dogs, and drinks
for participants. Advance registration is encouraged. Entry fees
are $20 for children under 18 and $25 for adults. After Oct. 13th,
all registration fees are $30. The first 300 registered participants
will receive an official T-shirt. Registration is available online at
www.active.com or forms may be downloaded at www.santarosa.
kl2.fl.us/sref. For more information call 850-983-5043.
Haunted House Walking and Trolley Tours Be fright-
ened again as Pensacola Historical Society hosts its annual Haunted
House and Trolley Tours. Let our costumed guides scare you with
horrifying tales of Pensacola's darker history on our annual ghost
tours. Brave participants may choose between a walking or trolley
tour if you dare! Tours are Friday and Saturday evenings Oct. 16,
17, 23, 24, 30, and 31. Walking tours leave every 30 minutes from
6 to 8:30 p.m. Trolley Tours leave at 6:30 p.m, 7:30 p.m, and 8:30
p.m. All tours will leave from the Pensacola Historical Museum
(115 E. Zaragoza St.) and will last one hour. Tours go on rain or
shine! Walking Tour tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for children
12 and under. Trolley Tour tickets are $16 for adults and $8 for
children 12 and under. No refunds will be given. Tickets go on
sale Sept. 15 at 10 a.m. Reservations and advanced payment are
required. Please call the Pensacola Historical Museum for tickets
and information, 850-595-1559.
Red Dress Extravaganza There will be a Women's Health
Awareness program at the Radford Fitness Center, NAS Pensacola
Oct. 2, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Comejoin us for fun while you learn
more about staying healthy. Models will present what's available
in active wear at your NEX. Fitness classes such as yoga, spinning
and ab classes will be ongoing. Screenings for osteoporosis and
blood pressure will be conducted. Exhibits will be presented by :
NEX Pensacola, Naval Hospital Pensacola, MWR, Fleet & Family
Support Center, Running Wild, Northwest Florida Blood Mobile,
West Florida Mobile Mammography Unit, and Sacred Heart Health
System Mobile Health Unit. For info, call: 452-6326 x4100
Electronic Recycling Expo The Greater Navarre Beach
Arts Association and Santa Rosa Clean Community System are
teaming up to offer an electronic recycling event on Saturday, Oc-
ABH1 Anthony Rodriguez (center) and ABH2 Andre Rowe repeal
the reenlistment oath as it is recited by ABHC Derrick Kemp. The
two Sailors reenlisted at the Naval Aviation Museum in Pensacola
Sept. 11. U.S. Navy photo by ABH1 Richard Manning.
tober 24 from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Navarre Park located at 8513 Na-
varre Pkwy. The event will include informative tips on recycling,
and art created from recycled material by local artists and crafters,
as well as food and music. Residents who do not attend the event
are invited to bring their used electronics to the central landfill lo-
cated at 6337 Da Lisa Road in Milton, Monday through Saturday
between 7 a.m. and 5 p.m. For details call (850) 623-1930.
First Friday Night Historic Downtown Milton, will stay
open late Oct 2 from 5 8 p.m. for a First Friday Night celebration.
Shop, dine, or stroll the retail shops galleries and historic homes
around Historic Milton. North Willing Street will be closed to
through traffic for the evening. Live musicians will performa at
Camelot Junction, Blackwater Bistro, Old Post Office Antiques,
First Presbyterian Church and Main Street Cafe. Free parking and
free admission. Call (850) 626-6246 or visit www.MainStreetM-
ilton.org for more information.
Running the Trail The Rotary Club of Milton will host its
3rd Annual "5k Running the Trail for Education" October 24, on
the Blackwater Heritage State Trail in Milton, Fla. Check in will
start at 7:00 a.m. at Milton City Hall and the runners will start
being bused to the starting point at 8:00 a.m. The run will start at
9:00 a.m .and there will be an awards ceremony at the Blackwa-
ter Bistro immediately after the race. This 5k run/walk is open
to adults and children of all ages. Entry fees are $20 for adults
and $15 for studentsl8 and under if signed up by Oct. 23. Free
food, drinks and t-shirts will be provided to all entries (while sup-
plies last). Medals and ribbons will be awarded. You can regis-
ter at the following website: http://www.active.com/event detail.
Navy Ball Tickets are now available from your departmen-
tal representatives for the 2009 Navy Ball, Saturday Oct. 10 from
1700-2400 (Cocktails from 1700-1800). The event will be held at
Sikes Hall and the guest speaker will be Training Air Wing FIVE
Commander, Colonel John Walsh. Ticket prices are: E4 and be-
low $8, E5/E6 $12, E7 and above $16, and civilians $16.
Prices will go up $2 per ticket after Oct. 5. Uniform is Full Dress
White (large medals)for E6 and belor and Dinner Dress White
(mini medals) for E7 and above.
Fleet and Family Support Center Classes
Time Management Wednesday, September 23, 1300 1400
At the end of the day, do you ask yourself "where did the day go?" and feel like you have accomplished very little on your list of "things
to do?" If you answered "yes" to these questions, this class is for you. The information provided in this class will provide you with tools
that will help you make the most of your busy and demanding days. Class will be held at the FFSC conference room. For more informa-
tion, contact a Work and Family Life Specialist at 623-7177.
New Spouse Indoctrination Monday, September 28, 0800 1200
Welcome to NW Florida, NAS Whiting Field, Training Wing Five, and the world of aviation training! Find out what challenges and re-
wards are in store for you and your flight student and how you can enjoy and thrive in the military lifestyle. Learn about the local culture,
recreational opportunities, and support services available to you. For details, contact a Work and Family Life Specialist at 623-7177.
CSB/Redux Option Tuesday, September 29, 1300 1500
Are you nearing your 15th year of military service? If so, which retirement option are you going to choose? Learn about the Career Status
Bonus and Redux retirement system and how it could affect your savings long term. Know the differences between the CSB/Redux and
the High 3 retirement systems, so that you can make the choice that is right for you and your family. For more information, contact your
Financial Educator at 850-623-7177.
Resume Writing Tuesday, October 5, 1000 1200
This class will assist you in efficiently creating an effective resume. Learn how to handle sticky resume situations like military-to-civil-
ian transition, age, employment gaps, layoffs, and career change. Learn to use your resume as a marketing tool. Class will be held at
the FFSC conference room. For more information, contact a Work and Family Life Specialist at 623-7177.
BREATHE EASIER THIS FALL
About 35 million Americans, 6 million of whom
are children, cope daily with the discomfort of nasal al-
lergies. When allergens are inhaled, tissues that line the
inside of the nose become inflamed. This causes symp-
toms ranging from sneezing and runny/stuffy noses to
postnasal drip and itchy eyes, ears, noses and throats.
Nasal allergies are divided into two types: sea-
sonal and perennial. People with seasonal allergies suffer
during certain seasons, usually when specific plants are
blooming, while people with perennial allergies suffer
Normally, over-the-counter (OTC) antihistamine
medications are effective in alleviating allergy discom-
fort. However, when considering OTC medications, you
may want to consult with your primary care manager
(PCM) first. Many prescription medications are more ef-
fective in stopping the body from initiating its allergic re-
sponses. In extreme cases, allergy desensitization, injec-
tions or immunotherapy may be recommended to help
strengthen the body's tolerance for certain allergens.
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The day of the brief was rainy, but that failed
to detract from the cheery dispositions and neatly ar-
ranged booths and displays. Participating groups in-
cluded: Tri-Care, MWR, American Red Cross, a Fam-
ily Readiness District JFSAP Representative, School
Liaison Officers, FFSC Director and Clinical Coun-
selors, Workforce EscaRosa Military Family Employ-
ment Liaison, and the Military Kids Program all came
out, made presentations and stayed late to address in-
Families received information on funds for ed-
ucation, child care supplements, free YMCA member-
ships, health care, military benefits and entitlements
under Title X activation, emergency needs, Family
Support Programs, family things to do on local instal-
lations and in the local area. All the kids received free
backpacks and shoes from Our Military Kids Program
along with information on additional programs avail-
able for family and kids.
"We all learned a valuable lesson throughout
this process," McDaniel said. "It doesn't matter if you
are Air Force, Navy, Army, or Marine Corps, active
duty, National Guard or Reserve. We are all military
purple in the end... with the same basic needs, wants
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except to get medical care or for other necessities. Your fever
should be gone without the use of a fever-reducing medicine. Keep
away from others as much as possible to keep from making others
FREQENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
If I have a family member at home who is sick with H1N1 flu,
should I go to work?
Employees who are well but who have an ill family member
at home with H1N1 flu can go to work as usual. These employees
should monitor their health every day, and take everyday precau-
tions including washing their hands often with soap and water, es-
pecially after they cough or sneeze.
Who is at risk?
In seasonal flu, certain people are at "high risk" of serious
complications. This includes people 65 years and older, children
younger than five years old, pregnant women, and people of any
age with certain chronic medical conditions. About 70 percent of
people who have been hospitalized with this 2009 H1N1 virus
have had one or more medical conditions previously recognized
as placing people at "high risk" of serious seasonal flu-related
complications. This includes pregnancy, diabetes, heart disease,
asthma and kidney disease.
When should I seek care?
If you become ill with influenza-like symptoms, including fever
(greater than 100), body aches, runny or stuffy nose, sore throat,
nausea, or vomiting or diarrhea, you should stay home and avoid
contact with other people. CDC recommends that you stay home
for at least 24 hours after your fever is gone except to get medical
care or for other necessities.
If you have severe illness or you are at high risk for flu com-
plications, contact your health care provider or seek medical care.
Your health care provider will determine whether flu testing or
treatment is needed.
How is H1N1 Flu treated?
If you are a normal healthy individual without any risk factors,
you need only treatment of symptoms, rest and a balanced, nutri-
tious diet to ride out the flu. Remaining at home is essential to
avoid the spread of the flu virus.
If you have been determined by testing to have the H1N1 virus
your provider will decide if antiviral medications are right for you.
No antiviral medications will be given for non-confirmed cases of
H1N1 flu. Standard flu treatment will be recommended.
Is there a vaccination for H1N1 flu?
There is a vaccination in development. It is anticipated that
it will be available later in the fall. Distribution of the vaccine
to our clinic will be coordinated through the Santa Rosa Health
Department. First priority for vaccination will be given to high
risk patients. We will advertise the availability of immunizations
to remaining eligible beneficiaries as soon as our high risk popula-
tion has been vaccinated.
Congrats TRAWING-5 Wingers and Scholars
First Row: Cmdr. Mark Murray, USN; Lt. Andrew Zuckerman, USCG; Lt. j.g. John Rayho, USN; 1st Lt. Andrew Dulik, USMC; 1st Lt. Tyler
Boyd, USMC; 1st Lt. Nicholas Culver, USMC; 1st Lt. Michael Gallant, USMC; and Gen. William Nyland, USMC (Ret.). Second Row: Cmdr.
Michael Fisher, USN, 1st Lt. Gregory Butler, USMC; 1st Lt. Samuel Wuornos, USMC; 1st Lt. Edmund Romagnoli, USMC; 1st Lt. Zachary
Janosky, USMC; Ens. James Coleman, USN; Lt. j.g. Adam Wagler, USN; Lt. j.g. Michael D'Andrea, USN; and Lt. j.g. Steven Bednash, USN.
Third Row: Lt. Col. Clay Stackhouse, USMC; Lt. j.g. Ryan McGoldrick, USN; Lt. j.g. Hunter Scott, USN; 1st Lt. Joel Croskey, USMC; Lt.
j.g. Jedman Dougherty, USN; 1st Lt. Jon Stange, USMC; Lt. j.g. Peter Kelly, USN; Lt. j.g. Ryan Roy, USN; and Col. John Walsh, USMC.
Left Photo: Lt. Nicholas O. Ramirez, USCG; 1st Lt. James R. Butland, USMC; 2nd Lt. Jeffrey D. Redmon, USMC; and 1st Lt. Peter F Cal-
lahan, USMC receive their Academic Achievement Awards from Training Air Wing FIVE Sept. 18, 2009..
Right Photo: Training Air Wing FIVE recognized the following awardess Sept. 11 for their academic achievements: 1st Lt. Hugo A. Gonzalez
Jr., USMC; Lt. j.g. Evan A. Karlic, USN; Ens. John W St. Amant I, USN; and Lt. j.g. Daniel J. Kearney Jr., USCG. U.S. Navy photos by