Vol. 65 No. 39 Wednesday, September 30, 2009
Whiting Field Celebrates Fire Safety Night
By Ens. Robert Hooper, NAS Whiting Field Public Affairs
Naval Air Station (NAS) Whiting field, along with ele-
ments from police, fire, military, and emergency service elements
of the local community hosted the 12th annual Fire and Crime
SPrevention Fair, Tuesday, October 06. The event paired up, as it
has in years previous, with the concurrent National Fire Safety
Week. The Whiting Pines Community park played host for the
Dozens of families showed up with children, strollers,
pets, and lots of interest. The Fair focused on educational booths
and activities based around the ideas of fire prevention and public
safety for military personnel and local families. In a repeat show
of support from the previous year, Santa Rosa Medical Center
supplied hot dogs, hamburgers, and beverages for the event, free
Sparky the Fire Dog shares a hug with two children attending the of charge to those in attendance. Good weather and a great loca-
Fire and Crime Prevention Fair. Several hundred people enjoyed tion facilitated a fun and entertaining atmosphere.
the Oct. 7 event to promote fire and safety programs to members "These are always fun," one mother of two was heard
of the Whiting Field family. Sparky was joined by McGruff the saying, "and my kids are always asking me questions about things
Crime Dog, a muppet show, as well as local fire, rescue and police
agencies. U.S. Navy photo by Ens. Robert Hooper. (Cont. on Page 5)
MCPON Stresses Heritage In Birthday Message To Fleet
Special from the Master Chief Petty Officer of the Navy
WASHINGTON (NNS) -- In recognition of the Navy's ;
234th birthday on October 13th, Master Chief Petty Officer :
of the Navy, (MCPON) Rick D. West released the following
message to the fleet:
"Very recently I had the honor of visiting Mrs. Ima
Black. For those of you who don't know, she is the widow of
our first Master Chief Petty Officer of the Navy, Del Black.
In honor of our 234th birthday as a service, I'd like
to tell you a little bit about this amazing lady because she
represents so much that is right about our Navy and her life
so closely parallels our history.
Ima's eighty-eight-years old, an honorary master
chief, a proud chief petty officer's wife and an amazing sup-
porter of the American Sailor. From the minute we sat down
to lunch she asked about you, about our men and women at
sea and about the Sailors serving in Iraq, Afghanistan and
other dangerous places around the world.
I told her that I'd never seen so many men and wom- and Ima Black, widow of the Navy's first MCPON, Master Chief
en in uniform with so much passion to serve, so much enthu- Gunner's Mate Del Black, look through old photos of Black during
siasm to represent our nation. We talked about today's Navy their visit. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st
(Cont. on Page 7) Class Jennifer A. Villalovos.
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News and Notes
Legal Notice Due to manning constraints, the NASWF Legal
Office will temporarily be operating on limited hours. Beginning
Monday, Oct. 19th, the Legal Office will only be open on Tuesdays
and Thursdays, from 0730 until 1600. Please call 623-7231 for
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.
Entry fees are $25 for adults and $20 for those under 18. After
Oct. 13th, all registration fees are $30. Registration is available at
www.active.com or forms may be downloaded from www.santa-
rosa.kl2.fl.us/sref. For information call 850-983-5043.
Haunted House Walking and Trolley Tours The Pen-
sacola Historical Society hosts its annual Haunted House and Trol-
ley Tours 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 Pen-
sacola Historical Museum 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. Call 595-1559 for details.
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-
tober 24 from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Navarre Park located at 8513
Navarre Pkwy. For details call (850) 623-1930.
Running the Trail The Rotary Club of Milton will host its
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Volunteering to Help Ihose Who serve
Rebecca Rowe and Jamie Christian receive their certificates of com-
Aletion for their Ombudsman training at NAS Whiting Field's Fleel
nd Family Support Center. Rowe will support Whiting Field and
Christian will help take care of Training Squadron TWO. U.S. Navy
3hoto by Jay Cope.
Raising the Right Hand
ABHC Derrick Kemp, Crash Division's leading Chief at Barin Field,
raises his hand to reenlist for three more years.. Command Master
Chief Hari Singh recites the oath for Kemp who will have 24 years
of service at the end of his new contract. U.S. Navy photo by Jay
Backwater Hentage State Trail in Milton. Check in will start at
7 a.m. at Milton City Hall and the runners will be bussed to the
starting point at 8 a.m. The run will start at 9 a.m. There will be an
awards ceremony at the Blackwater 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 students 18 and under
if signed up by Oct. 23. You can register at: http://www.active.
com/event detail.cfm?event id=1794677
Festival of the Arts Navarre will host their 4th annual Fes-
tival of the Arts Oct. 10 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Artists, crafters,
food vendors and entertainers will gather for the annual event. Ev-
ery year the city present new and different artists, showcasing the
wonderful local talented people in the area. This year the festival
will be held in Navarre Park on Hwy 98. It is FREE and open to
the public. For more information go to: www.gnbaa.org
Fire Prevention The Holley-Navarre Fire District is host-
ing a Fall Fire Prevention Festival and chili cook-off on Saturday,
Oct. 10 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Days Inn & Suites Navarre
Conference Center, 8700 Navarre Parkway. The public is invited.
Emergency personnel from various area fire and rescue services,
along with displayed equipment, will be on hand for the event. At-
tendees will be able to watch live demonstrations, learn safety tips
and enjoy the food and festivities. For more information, please
contact the Holley-Navarre Fire District at (850) 936-5236.
Ride Your Bicycle The Blackwater Bicycle Festival will be
held from 0900-1500, Sat, 10 Oct 09, at the Blackwater Heritage
Trail Visitor's Center, 5533 Alabama Street, Milton (near the Mil-
ton Library). There will be a bicycle decorating contest w/tro-
phies, door prizes, a bicycle parade and refreshments. Please con-
tact (850) 623-2808 for additional information.
Battle of the Bands Come see and listen to the best march-
ing bands of Santa Rosa, Escambia and Okaloosa Counties. Sat-
urday, October 10. Bands throughout the area will compete at the
Milton High School Football Stadium from 2 to 8:30 p.m. Tickets
are $5. Call 983-5600 or visit http://www.mhsbandboosters.info/
index.php?menu=eventl for more information.
Fleet and Family Support Center Classes
Parenting: 6-18 y.o. Tuesday, October 8, 1800 2000
Common Sense Parenting: Unfortunately, children do not come with instruction manuals. As a result, FFSC is holding a class that will
provide you with tools that will equip you with the skills for raising responsible and well-adjusted children. This class is for any parent
who wants to "brush up" on their parenting skills or new parents that are not sure of where to begin. For more information, contact a
Work and Family Life Specialist at 623-7177.
Developing Your Spending Plan Tuesday, October 13, 1300 1500
This class is not designed to tell you what to do with your money; this class will challenge you to think before you spend. There is no
patent on the "right" way to handle your money, but there are better ways to get your dollar's worth. Class will be held at the FFSC
conference room. For more information, contact a Work and Family Life Specialist at 623-7177.
Credit Management Tuesday, October 20, 1300 1500
The average American family has nine credit cards (1996 American Express Survey); three or four of those are used regularly; the av-
erage total balance on those cards is $3,900 at the interest rate of 18%. Attend this class to find out ways to better manage your credit.
Class will be held in the FFSC conference room. For more information, contact a Work and Family Life Specialist at 623-7177.
Anger Management Wednesday, October 21, 1300 1400
Is anger affecting your health, your relationships or your work performance? Learn to understand the causes and effects of unhealthy
anger and how to express and release that anger in a healthy way! Class will be held at the FFSC conference room. For more information,
contact a Work and Family Life Specialist at 623-7177.
HUMANA-MILITARY.COM GETS A FACELIFT
Humana Military Healthcare Services, Inc.
(Humana Military) has redesigned its web site to make
finding the information you need easier than ever. Visit
www.humana-military.com. Then log on to "MyHMHS"
to do any of the following:
-Check referral/authorization status
-Compare hospital quality
-Print temporary TRICARE Prime verification
-Request TRICARE Prime enrollment cards
-Request an address change
-Request a primary care manager (PCM)
From the main Beneficiary page, you can choose
any one of the following four tabs:
-Health & Wellness
-Tools & Resources
-TRICARE Plans TRICARE Prime, PRI-
CARE Prime Remote (TPR), TRICARE Standard and
$555 Million DoD Homeowners Assistance Program Details Announced
From Department of Defense
WASHINGTON (NNS) -- The Department of Defense
(DoD) announced Sept. 30 details for the temporary expan-
sion of the Homeowners Assistance Program (HAP).
Using $555 million in funds from the American
Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA), this program is
designed to partially reimburse eligible military personnel,
surviving spouses, and federal civilian employees whose
service to the nation has required them to relocate and sell
their primary residence at a loss.
Potential eligible personnel include: active and for-
mer service members of the Army, Navy, Marine Corps, Air
Force, and Coast Guard; civilian employees of the DoD,
Coast Guard, and non-appropriated fund activities; and sur-
viving spouses of both fallen service members and civilian
Potential eligible personnel who have sold a prima-
ry home for a loss or are considering selling their home are
encouraged to visit the DoD HAP Web site http://hap.usace.
army.mil to check specific program criteria, and if eligible,
The DoD HAP has been providing financial assis-
tance to military personnel and DoD civilians since 1966,
mainly at base realignment and closure (BRAC) sites where
government action caused a decrease in market home val-
ues. While the HAP expansion is not designed to pay 100
percent of losses or to cover all declines in value, it can help
protect eligible applicants from financial catastrophe due to
significant losses in their home values.
Supporting military families is one of administra-
tion's highest priorities and includes leadership and engage-
ment by Michelle Obama and Jill Biden. In February 2009,
the Congress provided ARRA funding for a temporary ex-
pansion of the HAP to address unique economic pressures
faced by military personnel who are forced to relocate dur-
ing these unusually adverse housing market conditions. Af-
ter conducting an extensive analysis to determine how best
to prioritize the finite funds available while maximizing as-
sistance to as many people as possible, the DoD developed
specific eligibility criteria designed to take care of people
in the greatest need. These program details have been pub-
lished in the Federal Register and are now available for pub-
ARRA funding allows the DoD to temporarily ex-
pand HAP to partially reimburse losses from the sale of a
primary residence in the following priority order:
1. Homeowners wounded, injured, or ill in the line
of duty while deployed since Sept. 11, 2001, and relocating
in furtherance of medical treatment;
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Congrats TRAWING-5 Wingers and Scholars
First Row: Lt. Col. C. A. Stackhouse, USMC; 1st Lt. Joseph Starnes, USMC; Ens. Andrew Myers, USN; Lt. j.g. Chau Hoai Luu, USN; 1st Lt.
Jonathan Hoy, USMC; Lt. j.g. Nathan Ferree, USN; 1st Lt. Carl Tutt, Jr., USMC; and Capt. Ronald Robinson, USN. Second Row: Cmdr.
Mark Murray, USN; Lt. j.g. Jesse Joyce, USN; 1st Lt. Cory Baxter, USMC; Lt. j.g. William Queen, USN; Lt. j.g. Victoria Marum, USN; Lt. j.g.
Michael Buehler, USN; Ens. Ali Fahad Alsulami, RSNF; and Ens. Abdulaziz Aldhaban, RSNF Third Row: Cmdr. Michael Fisher, USN; 1st
Lt. John Freeburg, USMC; 1st Lt. Russell Hromadka, USMC; 1st Lt. Brian Kennedy, USMC; Lt. j.g. Andrew Murtaugh, USN; 1st Lt. Adam
Shirley, USMC; Ens. Mosaed Alkhayyat, RSNF; and Lt. j.g. Timothy Henken, Jr., USN. Fourth Row: 1st Lt. William Heck, USMC; 1st Lt.
Sean Walker, USMC; 1st Lt. Tyson Alexander, USMC; 1st Lt. Steven Adcock, USMC; 1st Lt. Tyler Robinson, USMC; Lt. j.g. Darin Stockman,
USN; and Col. Scott Walsh, USMC.
Left Photo: 1st Lt. Brandon D. Kelly, USMC; 1st Lt. Daniel E. Alger Jr., USMC; Ens. Patrick J. Wright, USCG; 2nd Lt. Andrew C. Britten,
USMC; 2nd Lt. Jason D. Graul, USMC; and Lt. Joseph R. Semke, USCG; receive their Academic Achievement Awards from Training Air
Wing FIVE Sept. 25. Right Photo: Ens. Eric C. Page, USN; and Lt. Brian J. Birch, USCG; proudly display their Academic Achievement
Awards from TAW-5. Photo courtesy of Training Air Wing FIVE.
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2. Surviving spouse homeown-
ers relocating within two years after the
death of their spouse;
3. Homeowners affected by the
2005 BRAC round, without the need
(which existed under previous law) to
prove that a base closure announcement
caused a local housing market decline;
4. Service member homeown-
ers receiving orders dated on or after
Feb. 1, 2006, through Dec. 31, 2009,
for a permanent change of station
(PCS) move. The orders must specify
a report-no-later-than date on or before
Feb. 28, 2010, to a new duty station or
homeport outside a 50-mile radius of
the service member's former duty sta-
tion. These dates may be extended to
Sept. 30, 2012, based on availability of
Each of these general catego-
ries has more specific eligibility re-
quirements which have been updated
at the DoD HAP Web site (http://hap.
usace.army.mil). The U.S. Army Corps
of Engineers executes the program for
all the military branches and HAP ad-
ministrators will immediately start pro-
Fire and Safety Night
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afterwards. It makes them learn." She smiled at her son as she placed one of the
complimentary fire hats on his head.
The event kicked off with a procession of police, fire (accompanied by
Whiting Field's own commanding officer, Capt. Enrique Sadsad), and coast guard
auxiliary. The vehicles used to announce the official start of the event were on
display afterwards, attracting a number of curious children and parents. After
opening remarks from Sadsad, when he thanked the supporting services, the
crowd began to wander through the festivities, several of which were provided by
NAS Whiting Field. Fleet and Family Support Services, Security Department,
and even some of the student and instructor pilots from various helicopter training
squadrons were present with a static display TH-57 Sea Ranger.
Santa Rosa Sheriff's Office had multiple tables, handing out community
safety literature, giving free fingerprinting records to children, and offering child
car seat safety inspections. Similarly, the Coast Guard Auxiliary
was in attendance, offering information about recreational water safety and regu-
lations along with other emergency service personnel.
The highlight of the evening was a puppet show for children. The show featured
various colorful puppets and a variety of fun and engaging songs. For all the en-
tertainment value, however, the obvious purpose was education. Children danced
and sang and wanted to play with the puppets, but by the conclusion, children
were saying, "duck and crawl to get away from smoke!" and "always call in a
To reinforce the safety oriented behavior, the fire departments demon-
strated fire safety equipment like helmets, extinguishers, and a full compliment
of rescue vehicles. Also, Gruff the Crime Dog and Sparky the Fire Dog made
their way through the crowds, high fiving children and giving them the thumbs up
when they recited a piece of safety knowledge they'd heard previously.
After twelve events to promote community welfare, fire safety, and public
awareness, the Fire and Crime Prevention Fair shows no signs of deterioration in
importance or interest.
"We love doing this," Chief Fire Inspector Craig Lewis said, "it's always
a good time, and it's always a success."
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and she told me some stories about the Navy she joined in
Mrs. Black lives in a retired community in Florida, in
a small apartment overlooking a little lake. She's surrounded
by friends and is quick to point out that every once in a while
a few Sailors drop by to see how she's doing. Her apartment
is a tribute to our first MCPON. Pictures, uniform items, an-
chors... all mementos from Del Black's amazing career. But
if you look closely, you'll see that it's much more. It's a liv-
ing history of our Navy.
There are pictures of a young Seaman Del Black
when he was aboard USS Maryland in Pearl Harbor, just
before the fleet was attacked December 7th, 1941. Photo al-
bums hold letters written from several more ships over the
course of his career. One picture shows MCPON Black, Ima
and Admiral Elmo Zumwalt, the Chief of Naval Operations
from 1970 to 1974. Look closely at another and you'll see
him at his most comfortable, surrounded by Sailors on the
mess decks of a ship.
He took care of Sailors at a time when our Navy
had no idea what or who a MCPON was. He went where the
fight was, to Vietnam. And he went where the fleet was, to
our ships at sea.
On our 234th birthday, I ask that you remember
MCPON Black and you consider that there are thousands of
men and women just like his wife Ima who keep our Navy's
history alive. Seek them out. Talk with them and your lives
will be richer for it.
Happy birthday shipmates. You are part of a legacy
that grows stronger each day due to your effort, your initia-
tive and your willingness to serve.
iNaval Air Statlon writing Fleld Commanding UTtcer capt. Enrique saasa
signs the Fire Prevention Week proclamation for the base with Gulf Coast Fil
and Emergency Services Fire Chief Lewis Monti and Fire Prevention Chii
Craig Lewis. The proclamation was signed Sept. 23 to promote Fire Safety o
the base. U.S. Navy photo by Jay Cope.
j 1 2009 Fire Prevention Week Proclamation
"Stay Fire Smartl Don't Get Burned"
Naval Air Station Whiting Field
WHEREAS, Naval Air Station Whiting Field is committed to ensunng the safety and security of all
those living in and visiting our Installations; and
WHEREAS, fire is a serious public safety concern both locally and nationally, and homes are the
locations where people are at greatest risk from fire; and
WHEREAS, roughly 3,000 people die as a result of home fires and burns, more than 200,000
individuals are seen in the nation's emergency rooms for bum injuries; and
WHEREAS, Thermal bums outnumber scalds nearly two-to-one, but for children ages five and under,
scalds outnumber bums roughly two-to-one
WHEREAS, cooking is the leading cause of home fires and home fire injuries, while heating equipment
and smoking are the leading causes of home fire deaths; and
WHEREAS. Naval Air Station Whiting Field first responders are dedicated to reducing the occurrence
of fires and fire injuries through prevention and protection education, and
WHEREAS, Naval Air Station Whiting Field residents are responsive to public education measures and
are able to take personal steps to increase their safety from fire, especially in their homes; and
WHEREAS, residents who have planned and practiced a fire escape plan are more prepared and will
therefore be more likely to survive a fire: and
WHEREAS, the 2009 Fire Prevention Week theme, "Stay Fire Smart! Don't Get Bumed" effectively
serves to remind us all of the simple actions we can take to stay safer from fire during Fire Prevention
Week and year-round.
THEREFORE, I, Captain Enrique L. Sadsad, Commanding Officer of Naval Air Station Whiting Field.
do hereby proclaim October 4-10, 2009 as Fire Prevention Week throughout this Command, and I urge
all the personnel of Naval Air Station Whiting Field to protect their homes and families by heeding the
important safety messages of Fire Prevention Week 2009, and to support the many public safety
activities and efforts of the Navy's fire and emergency services.
Fire Prevention In The
Kitchen Keeps Cooking Safe
used with per-
mission of the B
people think of
cooking as a
routine task that
we all have to
do from time to
time, whether we
find it enjoyable
Those in the fire
cooking also, es-
pecially in the
firehouse, but they know it has potential dangers.
Unattended cooking is the leading cause of home
fires in the United States.
Cooking safety begins with the careful be-
havior of the cooks themselves. NFPA studies have
found the most common cause of cooking-related
fires is unattended cooking, especially around the
holidays, when homes are filled with people and ac-
What's the answer for Fire Prevention in
the Kitchen? Just follow these rules: 1) Don't cook
when you are drowsy or under the influence of al-
cohol or medication. 2) Pay attention while you're
cooking. 3) Don't leave the room or tum away from
your cooking equipment. 4) Keep potholders, dish
towels, food packaging and other clutter away from
the stovetop. 5) Roll up your sleeves or wear short or
close-fitting sleeves. 6) Keep pot handles turned in-
ward to avoid spills. 7) Keep children and pets away
from the cooking area. 8) Don't overload electrical
If a fire starts follow these rules: Smother
a grease fire never pour water on a grease fire. If
a pan of food catches fire, carefully slide a lid over
the pan and turn off your stove burner. If a fire starts
in your oven, do not open the oven door and turn off
the heat source. If the flames do not go out immedi-
ately, call the fire department. Just remember when
a cooking fire occurs, much more than dinner may
re be destroyed. It's especially heart-breaking to find a
ef home gutted by fire not to mention the loss of lives
n reported each year.