Vol. 65 No. 42 Wednesday, October 21, 2009
Whiting Field to Celebrate 66th Anniversary Saturday
Public Invited to Enjoy the Day Highlighted by Lonestar Concert
By Jay Cope, NAS Whiting Field Public Affairs
Naval Air Station Whiting Field is excitedly
preparing for their 66th anniversary celebration, Oct.
24, featuring country music sensation Lonestar. The
day long festivities and concert will be free and open
to the public
With gates open at 8:30 a.m. and the event
beginning at 10 a.m., the celebration will offer a full
slate of activities for guests. The event is Whiting
Field's chance to say "thanks" to the residents of San-
ta Rosa County who have supported the base through
its long history and continue to help sustain Whiting
Field's mission today.
Additionally, local PGA celebrity Boo Week-
ley will be on hand from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m. at a
booth to sign autographs, greet guests and promote
his new line of clothing. The Navy Ceremonial Band
from New Orleans will perform twice throughout the
day showcasing traditional Navy and other military
music. Also, local musician Rusty Whitfield will
sing country favorites and some of his own music for
Country music sensation Lonestar, will be appearing at NAS Whiting Field More than 30 aircraft static displays will be
Oct. 24 at 4 p.m. For lead singer and Pace, Fla. native, Cody Collins (front on hand for the celebration as will various food and
right), the event will be a homecoming. Tickets for the event are free. (Cont. on Pae
Lonestar Singer Coming Home to Perform at NASWF
By Jay Cope, NAS Whiting Field
The Naval Air Station Whit-
ing Field team and their guests are
anxiously awaiting Saturday's Lon-
estar concert. While such a large-scale
event generates a deserved amount of
excitement and more than a few tense
nerves, it is interesting to note that the
emotions are similar on the other side
of the stage.
Cody Collins, the lead singer
for Lonestar is looking forward to com-
ing home and performing for the home-
town crowd, but he admits to a little
trepidation as well.
"I don't think they [the audi-
ence] can be as excited as I will be.
Not many of my friends have heard me
sing." he said.
Collins performed at some of
the local fairs and small venues, but this
will only be the second time the band
will have performed since he took over
as the lead singer roughly two years
ago. They sang at the Buelah Sausage
Festival in April 2008, but singing at
a military base near where he grew up
holds a special thrill.
Lonestar has a reputation for
supporting the military, but Whiting
Field is familiar to Collins as a place
where he attended some school dances
while attending Pace Middle School
and Pace High School. His father is a
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Navy Setting Ambitious Energy Conservation Goals
Navy Secretary Ray Marbus on Wednesday outlined
five ambitious goals for decreasing reliance on petroleum
and curbing greenhouse gas emissions.
"Energy reform is a strategic initiative and the
stakes are very high," Marbus told Navy and Marine Corps
officials and defense contractors attending the Naval Energy
Forum in Northern Virginia. "We simply rely too much on a
declining stock of fossil fuels that most likely will continue
to rise in cost over the next decade."
In an effort to shift that reliance on fossil fuel, Mar-
bus said he will direct the Navy and Marine Corps to begin
weighing the life-cycle energy costs associated with all ac-
quisitions when making contract awards.
"The lifetime energy costs of building a system and
the fully burdened cost of fuel of empowering those [weap-
ons systems] will be a mandatory evaluation factor used in Secretary of the Navy (SECNAV) the Honorable Ray Mabus ad-
S. dresses attendees at the first Naval Energy Forum hosted by the
awarding contracts," Marbus said. We're going to hold Office of Naval Research and Task Force Energy. (U.S. Navy photo
dustry contractually accountable for meeting energy targets by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Kevin S. O'Brien/Re-
and system efficiency requirements." leased)
The department also will consider contractors' over- -(Cont. on Paae 6
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
Haunted House Walking and Trolley Tours The Pen-
sacola Historical Society hosts its annual Haunted House and Trol-
ley Tours Oct. 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 His-
torical 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
3rd Annual "5k Running the Trail for Education" Oct. 24, on the
Blackwater Heritage 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
Job Fair Workforce EscaRosa Employ Florida, Hire Vets First
and Jobs Plus are sponsoring the 3rd Annual Northwest Florida
Veterans & Military Hiring Fair. The event specifically targets
Veterans, Active Duty Military and their family members and
more than 40 employers will attend. The fair will take place Nov.
13 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Days Inn conference center at 8700
Navarre Parkway in Navarre, Fla. Check out www.emplovflorida.
Retaining Our Best and Brightest
ACC Trevor Rowe receives his Honorable Discharge certificate from
NAS Whiting Field Commanding Officer Capt. Enrique Sadsad.
Rowe reenlisted for two years Oct. 27 at the Operations Building.
U.S. Navy photo by Jay Cope.
Inree Amigos o0 Energy Awareness
Capt. Enrique Sadsad, Commanding Officer Naval Air Station Whit-
ing Field, Public Works Officer Leaf Ballast, and Tom Allen from
Public Works get in the conservation spirit for Energy Awareness
Month. Bases across the country are using October to stress energy
conservation principles to help reduce the costs associated with en-
ergy use and to help minimize the impact on the environment. U.S.
Navy photo by Jay Cope.
com for more information.
Meet the Author The NAS Whiting Field NEX will host au-
thor Dr. Jim Jowers for a book signing from 10 a.m.- 2 p.m., Satur-
day, Oct. 24: He will be signing his book, Gideon Warriors. Jow-
ers is a native of Lexington, Tenn., and a graduate of University of
Tennessee. He is also a 26-year Navy Combat Veteran and retired
Naval Aviator, Clinical Psychologist, and a Biomedical Scientist.
He lives in Florida with his wife, Dr. Catherine Jowers, where hs
is working on his next novel, The Death Machine.
Applebees Veterans Day Event In recognition of service
to our country, all veterans and active duty military personnel are
invited to eat free at Applebee's Neighborhood Grill & Bar Restau-
rants this Veterans Day. All U.S. veterans and active duty military
with proof of current or former military service will eat free at all
Applebee's nationwide on Wednesday, Nov. 11. Proof of service
includes: U.S. Uniform Services Identification Card, U.S. Uniform
Services Retired Identification Card, Current Leave and Earnings
Statement, Veterans Organization Card, or photograph in uniform
or wearing uniform. For additional details, visit: www.applebees.
Latin Festival Latino Gulf Coast Media Inc. and WSRE are
sponsoring Festival Latino Oct. 31 at Bayview Park from 10 a.m.
until 6 p.m.
Fleet and Family Support Center Classes
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.
VA Representative (Call for Appointment Friday, October 23, 0800 1200
New Spouse Indoctrination Monday, October 26, 0800 1200
Find out what challenges and rewards are in store for you and your flight student and how you can enjoy and thrive in the military life-
style. Learn about the local culture, recreational opportunities, and support services available to you, while meeting other spouses and
command staff! For more information, contact a Work and Family Life Specialist at 623-7177.
I.D. Theft Prevention Tuesday, October 27, 1300 1500
There were more than 3.25 million victims last year. Costs average $4,800 $10,200 per crime. Loss to businesses and financial insti-
tutions is greater than 50 billion. Attend this class to learn ways to lessen your chances of becoming a victim. Class will be held at the
FFSC conference room. For more information, contact a Work and Family Life Specialist at 623-7177.
UNDERSTANDING ALCOHOL DEPENDENCE
Alcoholism, or alcohol dependence, is a very
real, potentially fatal disease. Like other chronic
diseases, such as diabetes or asthma, alcoholism is
a progressive disease. Over time, it can negatively
affect the brain, heart, liver or other organs and
ultimately result in death.
Recognizing Alcohol Dependency:
Developing a tolerance to alcohol, or suffer-
ing withdrawal without it, is not necessarily an in-
dicator that you or a loved one is addicted.
Can Alcohol Dependence Be Overcome?
While there is no known cure for alcohol-
ism, with proper treatment and a strong will, you
can overcome alcohol dependence.
For more information, please visit www.
humana-military.com. Click on Beneficiary ID;
then the Behavioral Health Quick Link; then the
Achieve Solutions button.
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craft vendors, a display of modem and classic motorcycles, a kids' play
area, and more.
Admission to the anniversary celebration and LONESTAR con-
cert is free, but tickets are required for the concert. LONESTAR tickets are
still available at Pen Air Federal Credit Union Branch locations.
This is the only time of the year when Whiting Field can open
its gates to the public and enjoy being part of the community. Come and
celebrate 66 years of the base's partnership with Northwest Florida.
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Navy veteran as well and his sister is cur-
rently in the Air Force and Collins said
he grew up with a healthy respect for
military personnel, and it is a trait that his
band mates share.
"We share a lot of common
ground and we meet a lot of soldiers and
their families. We always have a true ap-
preciation for these guys."
The band, Dean Sams, Michael Britt and
Keech Rainwater, had great success with
singer Richie McDonald since forming
15 years ago. The band has achieved
10 number one songs, sold more than 10
million albums, and been nominated for
American County Music's Band of the
Year eight times. With Collins in tow
now, the band is preparing to release their
first new album called "The Future is
Now" this spring. The band just finished
the studio work and expects the first new
single to come out in January. He is ex-
cited about the project and said the music
"rocks with a really good edge."
The band is expected to play
many of their classics like "Front Porch
Looking In," "Amazed," and "Already
There" but Collins stated the band will
mix in a few newer songs as well.
Playing in front of a military au-
dience is something special to Collins.
He said that many of their songs speak
to the service members and their families
due to the hardships of separation they
"Songs like 'Already There,'
when it talks about missing everyone
- these songs tend to touch the military
more. When they start to tear up, when
it hits them, it really hits you. There is a
big difference playing for a military audi-
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all energy efficiency as a factor in making acquisition deci-
sions. "We want industry to take steps to not just provide us
with energy-efficient products, but to produce those prod-
ucts in energy efficient ways," he said.
In addition to adjusting its approach to acquisition,
the Navy by 2012 will establish a "green strike group" of
fuel-efficient ships, with some running on biofuels. By 2016,
that strike group will deploy as a "green fleet composed of
nuclear-powered ships, surface combatants equipped with
hybrid-electric alternative power systems running biofuel
and aircraft flying only biofuels," he said.
Other goals outlined by the secretary include:
By 2015, the Navy will cut in half the petroleum
consumption of its 50,000-vehicle fleet. As vehicles go out
of service, they will be replaced with flex-fuel, hybrid and
electric vehicles. "Moving to biofuels and electric vehicles
will benefit the local communities where bases are located
and will spur the adoption of similar vehicles [locally],"
By 2020, the Navy will produce at least half of its
shore-based energy from alternative sources, with the goal
of returning power to the electric grid wherever possible.
By 2020, the Navy will ensure that 50 percent of
the total energy consumed by ships, aircraft, vehicles and
shore facilities is supplied through alternative and renewable
sources. Today that figure is 17 percent.
None of the goals will require legislative action,
Marbus said. He cited advances in biofuels and recent im-
provements in engine efficiency for both ships and aircraft
as evidence they are reachable.
DoD's Role in Influenza Vaccinations Highlighted for Service Members
The mission of the Defense De-
partment (DoD) during any influenza
pandemic is to preserve combat capa-
bilities and readiness, prevent infections,
save lives and reduce human suffering
for all service members and their fami-
lies. While partnering with agencies like
the Department of Health and Human
Services (HHS) and the Department of
State to create and execute plans for im-
munizing millions of Americans against
the H1N1 flu virus ("swine flu"), DoD is
also working to protect service members
and reduce the flu's effect on military op-
erations. DoD has pur-
chased 2.7 million doses of the H1N1
vaccine to vaccinate active duty, Guard
and Reserve forces. There are no expec-
tations of any shortage of the vaccine,
and DoD's supply is expected to start
becoming available in late October. DoD
will ensure that all military personnel on
active duty and reservists activated for
service are vaccinated. DoD civilians
who wish to get the vaccination can also
be vaccinated from DoD's supply.
Information about DoD's H1N1
Vaccination Program, and the DoD Sea-
sonal Influenza Vaccination Program, can
be found on the Military Vaccine Web
site at www.vaccines.mil
Other military dependents and
beneficiaries, including family members
and retirees, will receive the vaccine un-
der a separate distribution program man-
aged by HHS through supplies allocated
to states based on population statistics.
TRICARE is covering these vaccines but
some restrictions apply.
TRICARE will cover the flu shot
as long as it is administered in a doctor's
office. Flu shots administered in a civil-
ian pharmacy, drugstore or other loca-
tion are not covered by TRICARE. For
TRICARE for Life beneficiaries, Medi-
care covers flu vaccines and TRICARE
will pay as second payer if needed. Visit
mil/flu> for more information. The
Whiting Field Branch Health Clinic will
publicize H1N1 plans for active duty and
enrolled families when vaccine supply