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Title: Whiting tower
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Language: English
Creator: Naval Auxilary Air Station Whiting Field (Fla.)
Naval Auxilary Air Station Whiting Field (Fla.)
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Vol. 65 No. 47 Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Len Keller Remembered/Laid to Rest in D.C.


Editor's Note: This is a reprint of a
letter in Congressman Jeff Miller's
public newsletter dated Dec. 1. It re-
counts his thoughts of Len Keller's
burial yesterday and his service to
country.
Many Americans woke up this
morning and turned on the television
or searched the internet to find out the
latest on Tiger Woods and his wrecked
black Cadillac Escalade. However, on
this rainy morning in Northern Vir-
ginia, another black Cadillac mean-
dered through rolling hills on hallowed
ground. This vehicle carried Medal of
Honor recipient, Sergeant Leonard B.
Keller, to his final resting place at Ar-
lington National Cemetery.
While a high profile athlete re-
mained ensconced in his luxury man-
sion behind the walls of his gated com-
munity, a caisson with six black horses
slowly walked along the rain soaked
asphalt. Family members followed,


huddled close to earlier. The unit
each other beneath suddenly came
umbrellas trying to under intense au-
shield themselves tomatic weapons
from the rainy and and small-arms
dreary cold morning. fire from anumber
They came to pay of enemy bunkers
tribute to a father, and numerous
grandfather, brother, snipers in nearby
and friend. trees. Sgt. Keller
As the cars quickly moved to
drove past on State Medal of Honor recipient Len Keller prepares a position where
Road 110 and planes to walk through the sideboys during his retire- he could fire at
flew overhead leav- ment ceremony at NAS Whiting Field Nov. a bunker from
ing Reagan National 2008. Keller was interred in Arlington Nation- which automatic
Airport, I am sure no al Cemetary Dec. 1. U.S. Navy file photo. fire was received,
one knew who was being buried, their killing one Viet Cong who attempted to
name, age, or hometown. On this day escape. Leaping to the top of a dike, he
it was a man who showed uncommon and a comrade charged the enemy bun-
valor in the jungles of Vietnam. kers, dangerously exposing themselves
On May 2, 1967, Sergeant to the enemy fire. Armed with a light
Leonard B. Keller and his unit were machine gun, Sgt. Keller and his com-
sweeping through an area in Vietnam rade began a systematic assault on the
where an enemy ambush had occurred enemy bunkers. While Sgt. Keller neu-


An Employer of Choice, Navy Stands Alongside Google, AT&T
From Chief of Naval Personnel Public Affairs
WASHINGTON (NNS) -- Navy is the first in the Depart-
ment of Defense and the second government agency in 19
years to earn recognition as Workforce Management Maga-
zine's Optimas Award winner in "General Excellence."
The award recognizes achievement in at least six of
nine areas including competitive advantage, financial impact,
global outlook, innovation, managing change, partnership,
ethical practice, service and vision. Navy joins past winners
such as Google, Intel, Hewlett Packard and AT&T as em-
ployers who are leaders in developing management initia-
tives that directly affect business results.
"Earning the award is truly a tremendous achieve-
ment," said Vice Adm. Mark Ferguson, the chief of naval
Sailors, from the Center for Information Dominance Detachment personnel. "However, it isn't the recognition that is most im-
Monterey, stand in formation outside the detachment headquarters
on the Presidio of Monterey during a personnel inspection. U.S. Navy portant it is the opportunities and benefits these programs
photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Steven L. Shepa- offer our Sailors in areas that are important to their personal
rd. (Cont. on Page 5)







Squadron Members Conquer Wilderness Challenge


leam H11-18 poses tor their team photo prior to the MWK Wilder-
ness Challenge. The team consisted of Maj. Robert Stork, USMC;
Lt. Cmdr. Thaddeus Smith, USN; Cmdr. John Quillinana, USN; and
Capt. Kimberly Narvid, USMC.
By Ens. Joanna Clark, NAS Whiting Field Public Affairs
Four Helicopter Training Squadron EIGHTEEN instruc-
tors competed in the Navy MWR Wilderness Challenge Oct. 10
and 11. The two day event covered 50 miles of running, hiking,
white water rafting, and biking in Fayetteville, W.Va.
The team members completed an eight kilometer run and
13 miles of white water rafting the first day and 10 miles of moun-
tain biking, a seven mile "duckie" race, and a 15 mile hike the
second. A "duckie" race involves team members traveling down a


river in a two person inflatable kayak.
The team, comprised of Maj. Robert Stork, USMC; Lt.
Cmdr. Thaddeus Smith, USN; Cmdr. John Quillinan, USN; and
Capt. Kimberly Narvid, USMC, called themselves simply "Team
HT-18."
They designated themselves a US Marine Corps team and
finished third in their category. The team didn't expect to place in
the event, but wasn't completely caught off guard by their finish
either. Stork explained "the team was very tenacious."
"We made sure everyone stuck together and we finished
on a high note."
The squadron plans to send another team next year and
has intentions of placing higher. Stork believes they will have a
good chance of improving since this was the first year the squad-
ron has competed in the event.
"Elements had a lot to play. The first day was cool, but
the second day you become fatigued. It was a challenge."
The team did not get much of a chance to train together as
a whole with the exception of their practice utilizing MWR kayaks
on the Blackwater River and riding the mountain bike trails the
day prior to the event since Narvid, who fulfilled the required fe-
male component on their team, had already established a workout
routine of her own.
The team formed when the squadron Executive Officer,
Lt. Col. Shawn Coakley, approached Stork with the idea. "The
awareness of physical readiness is a priority in HT-18, and this
event allowed the leadership in the squadron to the example," said
Stork. "We want to show the students it's not just about staying in
the books."


Len Keller
(Cont. from Page 1)
tralized the fire from the first bunker with
his machinegun, the other soldier threw
in a hand grenade, killing its occupant.
Then he and the other soldier charged
a second bunker, killing its occupant. A
third bunker contained an automatic rifle-
man who had pinned down much of the
friendly platoon. Again, with utter disre-
gard for the fire directed to them, the two
men charged, killing the enemy within.
Continuing their attack, Sgt.
Keller and his comrade assaulted four
more bunkers and eliminated the enemy
threat. During their furious assault, Sgt.
Keller and his comrade had been almost
continuously exposed to intense sniper
fire as the enemy desperately sought to
stop their attack. The ferocity of their as-
sault had carried the soldiers beyond the
line of bunkers into the tree line, forcing
snipers to flee. The two men gave imme-
diate chase, driving the enemy away from
the friendly unit. When his ammunition
was exhausted, Sgt. Keller returned to


the platoon to assist in the evacuation of
the wounded. The two-man assault had
driven an enemy platoon from a well
prepared position, accounted for numer-
ous enemy dead, and prevented further
friendly casualties. Sgt. Keller's selfless
heroism and indomitable fighting spirit
saved the lives of many of his comrades
and inflicted serious damage on the en-
emy.
People fall from grace from time to time -
- politicians, athletes, pastors, and others.
We are human and far from perfect. Why
is it that so many are more interested in
the tabloid news of today than the true
life stories of real Americans, real he-
roes? Those who always give more than
they take. Those who are determined to
leave this world a better place than they
found it.
This morning a man was buried in the
hallowed ground of Arlington National
Cemetery. A man of simple means. Not
a billionaire or a star athlete. Too often


we put more attention on worth or the
material things a person has rather than
the things a person does.
As I stood at the gravesite this morn-
ing and watched the four other Medal
of Honor recipients in attendance salute
as soldiers slowly folded the American
flag that draped Sgt. Keller's casket, I
was reminded of the thousands of men
and women who make tremendous sac-
rifices defending this great nation. Sgt.
Keller and the 92 living Medal of Honor
recipients are heroes in every sense of the
word. They have all answered the call
of duty, but more than that, they have
placed the lives of others and the liberty
of an entire nation above their own lives.
They were all willing to make the ulti-
mate sacrifice so that we may all enjoy
the fruits of freedom.
On this week after Thanksgiving, I am
thankful for heroes like Sgt. Leonard B.
Keller. May God Bless Sgt. Keller and
his family.







News and Notes
Milton Christmas Parade Come support the Naval Air
Station Whiting Field participants in the 2009 Milton Christmas
Parade Saturday, Dec. 5 at 6:30 p.m. The parade will form at King
Middle School and travel south on Stewart Street to Elva where it
will disband. Floats, marching units, fire trucks and more will be
seen.
Branch Health Clinic Upcoming Closings -The follow-
ing clinic closures will be observed during the rest of this week and
the holiday season for the Naval Air Station Whiting Field Branch
Health Clinic Thursday & Friday, Dec. 24 & 25 and Dec. 31 &
Jan. 1 for Holiday/base closures
Golf Lessons A.C. Read golf Club is offerring free golf les-
sons to authorized military dependents between the ages of 8 and
13. Registration is being held at the youth center, Bldg. 3690.
Lessons will be provided between Nov. 3 and Dec. 19 on the fol-
lowing schedule. Ages 10 & 11 Tuesdays 3 to 4:30 p.m.; Ages 8
& 9 Thursdays 3 to 4:30 p.m.; and Ages 12 & 13 Saturdays 10
to 11:30 a.m.. Call 452-2417 for more information.
Christmas Productions The Panhandle Community The-
atre will present two Christmas plays Dec. 4-6 & 11-13 at the
Woodbine Storefront Playhouse in Pace. "The Gift of the Magi"
and "Angels and All That Stuff' will be performed at 7:30 p.m. on
Fridays and Saturdays and at 2:30 p.m. on Sundays. Tickets are
$12. Call 450-2566 for reservations.
Allied Forces Soccer The area military soccer team is re-
forming to provide service members at NAS Whiting Field, NAS
Pensacola, Corry Station, and Naval Hospital the opportunity to
play competitive and recreational soccer. The team previously
won many league titles and made it to the Military Club National
Championship game. All Active-Duty members from any service
or international military program as well as dependents, contrac-

TRICARE Notes
OUTREACH PROCESS MAKES SCHEDULING
SPECIALIST APPOINTMENTS EASIER
If your military treatment facility primary care
manager refers you to a civilian network provider for spe-
cialty care, the appointment outreach system from Huma-
na Military Healthcare can help with the process.
Upon being referred to a civilian specialist, a Spe-
cialty Appointing Team member will contact you, con-
firming that you have scheduled an appointment. If the
appointment has yet to be scheduled at the time of the
call, the Specialty Appointing Team member will initiate a
three-way call to the provider's office. The team member
will also provide you with a toll-free number to call back
in case you need additional assistance.
The Specialty Appointing Team calls on more
than 2,200 evaluation referrals each month. For assistance
with scheduling your next civilian specialist appointment,
call the Specialty Appointing Team's toll-free number at
1-877-489-7961.
If you have any questions or need more informa-
tion, please call Humana Military Healthcare Services,
Inc. at 1-800-444-5445 or visit http://www.tricare.mil/
bcacdcao/.


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Ron Cherry, Public Works Environmental Manager and James Lam
ru tuck a computer monitor away in a trailer. The Environmenta
eam used Nov. 19 as a day to collect and dispose of unneeded elec
ironic devices at no cost to the NAS Whiting Field team. U.S. Navy
hoto by Ens. Joanna Clark.
tors and government employees 18 and over are welcome to par-
ticipate. Competitive, recreational and coed teams are planned.
Tryouts and training will be Thursdays, 1700-1900 at Barrancas
Field on NAS Pensacola near the USCG facility beginning in De-
cember. For more information or to sign-up, contact Lt. Cmdr.
David Toellner at 382-5494 or kiwisoccer@tyahoo.com
Polar Bear Run Naval Air Station Whiting Field Morale
Welfare and Recreation is sponsoring a Polar Bear 5K Fun Run/
Walk Saturday, Dec. 12. Runners/walkers should meet at the
sports complex pavillion at 6:30 a.m. for instructions, with the run
beginning at 7 a.m. The event is free and open to all authorized
patrons. Pre-registration by Friday, Dec. 11 To register or for ad-
ditional information call 665-6102.
Santa Claws Photo Shoot The Pet Nation at 1890 Andorra
St. Navarre will take holiday photos of furry friends with Santa
Claus Dec. 12 from 1 to 3:45 p.m. The cost is $5 per photo which
will benefit the Hungry Hounds/Famished Felines holiday food
drive. Call 936-8201 for additional information.
Christmas Boat Parade Watch decorated vessels parade on
the water atainst a dark sky Dec. 11 at 7 p.m. The boats will travel
from the Pensacola Beach Marina to the boardwalk. The flotilla
will officially deliver Santa Claus to the island where he will listen
to children's holiday wishes. For more details call 932-1500.
Zoo Lights on Display Throughout the month of Decem-
ber, Pensacola Beach will display holiday lights from the Zoo of
Northwest Florida. More than three dozen displays are included.
Come between 5 and 9 p.m. for the free event. Call 932-1500 for
more information.
Surfing Santa Children can bring their wish lists for a visit
with Surfing Santa from 8 to 10:30 a.m. Dec. 5 at the Surf Burger
on Pensacola Beach. Free mimosas will be served to parents. Call
932-1417 for details.
Christmas in the Park The Navarre Beach Chamber of
Commerce will feature a Christmas parade at 3 p.m. Dec. 5 at Na-
varre Park. Food and beverages will be available and the event
will include photos with Santa, a tree lighting and entertainment-
Visit www.navarrechamber.com or call 939-3267 for details.













leet and Family Support Center Classes
Time Management Wednesday, December 2, 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. This class will help provide you with tools to make the
most of your demanding days. Class will be held at the FFSC conference room. For more information, call 623-7177.
Ten Steps to a Federal Job Monday, December 7, 1000 1200
"Is it worth your while to invest your time and effort in searching and applying for a Federal Job?" Then you need to attend this class.
You will learn how to read an announcement, analyze core competencies for language, analyze vacancy listings for keywords, and
how to apply forjobs. Class will be held at the FFSC conference room. For more information, call 623-7177.
Deployment Support Group for Children Monday, December 7, 1800 1930
Kids and youth ages 5-18 who are children of deployed service members are invited to meet for fun and fellowship! Creative activities
engage the mind and promote conversation. Share experiences and feelings with others who are also dealing with the absence of a par-
ent due to deployment. For more information, please contact the FFSC at 850-623-7177. Hope to see you there!
Car Buying Strategies Tuesday, December 8, 1300 1500
Many people begin the car buying process by visiting a dealership, which should be one of the last things you do. Come find out how
to research and compare for the best prices, when and how to negotiate your trade-in, how insurance fits in, and your best option for fi-
nancing. Class will be held at the FFSC conference room. For more information, call a Work and Family Life Specialist at 623-7177.
Ten Steps to a Federal Job Monday, December 14, 1000 1200
"Is it worth your while to invest your time and effort in searching and applying for a Federal Job?" You will learn how to read an an-
nouncement, analyze core competencies for language, analyze vacancy listings for keywords, and how to apply for jobs. Class will be
held at the FFSC conference room. For more information, contact a Work and Family Life Specialist at 623-7177.

BBB: Layaway Tips for Holiday Purchases
Pensacola, Fla. (Nov. 25,2009) -This holiday season, provide layaway services through the retailer's Web
retailers are trying to make it easier to pay for holiday site. And now third-party businesses have set up lay-
gifts by offering layaway options. With layaway ex- away plans online between customers and retailers
periencing a comeback, your Better Business Bureau that don't have a layaway program. Customers make
offers guidance on using this old fashioned payment periodic payments to the third-party layaway service
plan in lieu of credit cards. provider. Once the item is fully paid for, the business
Many businesses are reviving their layaway buys the item from the retailer and ships it to the cus-
programs. Kmart's layaway program saw double-digit Btomer.
increases in customers and sales in 2008. And accord- E BBB advises consumers to get layaway de-
ing to The Record newspaper in New Jersev consum- Lit Wth Tsl-a tails in writing and offers the following checklist of


ers even used layaway to purchase school supplies and
clothes-rather than just big-ticket items like TVs.
"Retailers are looking to entice customers by making
it easier for them to make purchases this holiday season," said
Norman Wright, president/CEO of BBBINorthwest Florida.
"Consumers are reporting that they'll use layaway for every-
thing from basic necessities to gifts and decorations this holi-
day season."
Buying items on layaway is different from using a
credit card; buyers aren't charged interest and can't take the
item home until it is paid off. When utilizing layaway, buyers
must typically make a down payment of 10 to 20 percent and
pay any service or plan fees for the store to hold the item for
them. Customers then have typically 30 to 90 days to make
payments to pay off the balance. Once it's paid off, customers
can take the item home.
As a complement to in-store layaway, some stores


questions to ask: 1) How much time do I have to pay
off the item? 2)When are the payments due? 3) How much do I
have to put down? 4) Are there any storage or service plan fees?
5) What happens if I miss a payment? Are there fees? Is the
item returned to inventory? 6) Can I get a refund if I no longer
want the item after making a few payments? 7) What happens
if the item goes on sale after I've put it on layaway? 8) Does
the retailer or third-party layaway service have a good BBB
rating?
BBB provides BBB Reliability Reports on nearly four
million businesses across North America, both online mer-
chants and brick-and-mortar stores. BBB Reliability Reports
offer BBB's unbiased evaluation and include a rating and com-
plaint history. Free Reliability Reports are available at bbb.
org.
For additional advice you can trust on being a savvy
consumer, start with bbb.org.







Navy Top Employer
(Cont. from Page 1)
and professional success."
In announcing the 2009 Optimas Awards, the editors of Workforce Management Magazine highlighted Navy's As-
signment Incentive Pay Program (AIP), an online assignment process through which Sailors are encouraged to volunteer for
hard-to-fill assignments through an incentive pay bidding system.
Editors also praised Navy's efforts to recruit and develop a skilled and diverse workforce noting "[Navy's] portfolio
of workforce initiatives showed the range of its efforts to attract, train and retain a skilled, diverse workforce of 300,000 that
increasingly encompasses women and minorities."
To be considered for the award, Navy submitted descriptions ofAIP and seven other programs:
Crisis Action Organization (CAO) informs personnel readiness by assisting commands in effectively accounting
for Navy personnel and their families following catastrophic events such as severe hurricanes, tornadoes or wildfires using
a Web-based system, Navy Family Accountability and Assessment System. CAO also provides a venue to address post-in-
cident needs to assist families during their period of re-stabilization.
Global War on Terror Support Assignment Process Initiative allows Sailors to plan and volunteer for combat-zone
assignments, improving morale and assignment predictability;
Center for Language, Regional Expertise and Culture Program prepares Sailors for mission success overseas
by strengthening communication and cultural
awareness;
Credentialing Opportunities Online,
(COOL) allows Sailors in each of Navy's 64
enlisted career fields to receive independent
occupational certification for skills learned in
the military;
Advancement Exam Development
Conference Initiative enables subject-matter
experts from the fleet to convene and author
annual advancement examinations, allowing
85 of 100 full-time exam writers to be released
for high-priority assignments and saving $7
million per year;
Navy College Program Distance
Learning Partnership partners with 32 institu-
tions, offering 240 online degree programs to
Sailors, with no out-of-pocket expense;
Task Force Life Work aims to im-
prove life work integration across Navy's
Total Force through innovative life work pro-
grams and policies. amp y
In evaluating candidates for the Op-
timas Awards, Workforce Magazine editors Lumpia Rmai Siced leat Trays
considered information from published re-
ports, conferences, interviews with leadership Chic, Tnlders Baco, Wrapped Sea Scatlops
and demonstrated performance.
"For nearly two decades, Workforce Ad mnny other items ...
Management has been honoring organizations
with exceptional workforce initiatives that
clearly show a measurable, bottom-line suc-
cess in response to the organization's business
needs, issues or challenges," said John Hol-
lon, a Workforce Management Magazine edi-
tor. "The 2009 winners uphold this standard
yet again."








Morale, Welfare & Recreation



NAS Holiday Hours 2009
NAS Whiting Field


FITNESS CENTER
Nov 26 0600-1400
Nov 27-29 1030-1800
Dec 21-23 1030-1800
Dec 24 1200-1800
Dec 25 CLOSED
Dec 26-31 1030-1800
Jan 1 CLOSED
Jan 2-3 1030-1800

LIBERTY CENTER
Nov 26 CLOSED
Nov 27-29 1200-2000
Dec 21 1100-1900


0900-1900
1100-1900
0900-1700
CLOSED
1200-2000
CLOSED
1200-2000


WINGS CLUB
Nov 26-29 CLOSED
Dec 21-23 06oo-15oo*
Dec 24-27 CLOSED
Dec 28-30 06oo-15oo*
Dec 31 CLOSED
Jan 1-3 CLOSED
* (breakfast sandwiches available until
looo; lunch menu service 1000-1500)

COFFEE SHOP
Nov 26-29 CLOSED
Dec 21-Jan 3 CLOSED

INFORMATION TICKETS & TOURS
Nov 26-27 CLOSED


0900-1700
CLOSED
0900-1700


WHITING PARK RECREATION AREA
Nov 26 CLOSED
Nov 27 0630-1700
Dec 21-22 0630-1700
Dec 23-25 CLOSED
Dec 26-29 0630-1700
Dec 30 CLOSED
Dec 31 0630-1700
Jan 1 CLOSED
Jan 2-3 0630-1700


GOLF COURSE
Nov 26 CLOSED
Nov 27 0630-1700
(Snack bar 0630-1400)
Dec 21 0630-1700
(Snack bar closed)
Dec 22-23 0630-1700
(Snack bar 0630-1400)
Dec 25 CLOSED
Dec 26 0630-1700
(Snack bar closed)
Dec 27-Jan 3 0630-1700
(Snack bar 0630-1400)

BOWLING CENTER
Nov 26-27 CLOSED
Dec 21 CLOSED
Dec 22-23 1500-2300
(Snack bar 1500-2130)
Dec 24-28 CLOSED
Dec 29-30 1500-2300
(Snack bar 1500-2130)
Dec 31 CLOSED
Jan 1 CLOSED
Jan 2 1500-2300
(Snack bar 1500-2130)
Jan 3 CLOSED


Happy Hotidayvs


Dec 22
Dec 23
Dec 24
Dec 25
Dec 26-31
Jan 1
Jan 2-3


Dec 21-23
Dec 24-27
Dec 28-30


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TREE CIf USA 2009
Tree Awarevnes WeerA
December 7-11, 0eq

MINGI III Tn Unlla nmmIllHiTu


All station personnel are invited to attend:

Naval Air Station Whiting Field's
18th Annual Tree Planting Ceremony
Where: North side of Bldg 1401
When: Tuesday, 8 DEC 09
Time: 1430 (2:30pm)

The live oak being planted will serve as a symbol of NAS Whiting I
commitment to a healthy environment, in addition to providing aesthet
**The planting will coincide with the annual Christmas Tree Lighting taking place in f
1401 at 1500 (3:00pm), 8 DEC 09.

BVPA Inc. to Host Tour
Venture back into history with the Bagdad Village
Preservation Association's celebration of a Civil War period
Southern Christmas furlough in Bagdad, Fla. Visit homes
from that period as well as more "modem" ones construct-
ed circa 1910. Share music and memories as well as some
authentic desserts and beverages as you stroll the tree-lined
main street of this National Register Historic Village. Fair
warning there will be authentic troop inspections of these
homes for conscripts and runaways, but all guests are
invited to visit the military headquarters located next to Mr.
Brown's Barber Shop.
Guests will receive a tour ornament to wear on
their lapel, tour entry ticket and program. After parking
their cars and checking in at one of the Ticket tents, they
are free to begin at any of the stops listed on the five-block
length. Tickets will be stamped or punched at each stop.
Tour guides will be on site to answer questions. Homes
will open at 2 p.m. and close at 7 p.m.
Music from the Bagdad Elementary School choir
and Bagdad Methodist Church organist will set the season,


President Signs Military
Spouses Relief Act

Statement by the President
on S.475
Today I have signed
into law S. 475, the "Mili-
tary Spouses Residency Re-
lief Act". This Act, among
other things, would provide
that when a service member President
Barack Obama
leaves his or her home State
in accord with military or naval orders, the
service member's spouse may retain resi-
dency in his or her home State for voting and
tax purposes, after relocating from that State
to accompany the service member.
When the military orders service
members to move, spouses who move with
them often have to pay taxes in a new State
or locality and lose the right to vote in the
place considered to be home. This legisla-
tion will alleviate these and other burdens on
our military families. As the Congress has
recognized, and as the legislative history re-
flects, this legislation is an important means
of maintaining the morale and readiness of
our Armed Forces and significantly enhanc-
es the ability of our military to effectively
recruit and retain these highly valued service
personnel.


ofAntebellum Bagdad
as will assorted holiday treats at each of the Tour homes.
Parking at either end of Forsyth Street makes it
convenient for guests (handicapped parking is available
along the route, however, not all the home have wheelchair
ramps.) Continue the tradition enjoyed by so many over the
past 25 years and start your holidays with the Blackwater
Heritage Tour, Sat., Dec. 5, 2009.
Tickets for the event are available in advance or at
the ticket tent the day of the tour. Guests must have a ticket
to take the tour and tickets will be stamped a each historic
home. Tickets are $20 for adults and $10 for children 12
and under. Tickets are available at Top's Appliance, Hwy
90 at Stewart St.; Copper Possum Antiques, Hwy 90 East
Milton; Village Homes & Land Office, Forsyth St, Bagdad;
Bagdad Village Museum, Church St.; Santa Rosa Chamber
Office, Stewart St. Milton; Navarre Chamber of Com-
merce, Hwy 98 Navarre.
For more information, call 850-981-2623 or 850-
983-3005 or visit www.BagdadVillage.org.


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