The Kings Bay periscope


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The Kings Bay periscope
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v. : ill. ; 40 cm.
Naval Submarine Base (Kings Bay, Ga.)
Ultra Type Inc.
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Jacksonville Fla
Jacksonville, Fla
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Navy-yards and naval stations -- Periodicals -- Georgia -- Kings Bay   ( lcsh )
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United States of America -- Georgia -- Camden -- Kings Bay
United States of America -- Florida -- Jacksonville


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Began with v. 1, no. 1 (June 15, 1979).
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Published for the Naval Submarine Support Base, Kings Bay, Ga.
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Description based on: Mar. 14, 1997; title from caption.
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Earlier issues published: Kings Bay, Ga. : Naval Submarine Support Base. Jacksonville, Fla. : Ultra Type Inc. <1997->
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Latest issue consulted: Jan. 30, 1998.

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University of Florida
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Rainbow twist on 5K enjoyed by racers Children at the Naval Submarine Base Kings Bay Youth Center participated in their own version of the popular Color Run on Dec. 16, 2013 at the baseball eld adjacent to the facility. e Color Run was founded in 2012 and gets its name from the fact that participants have colored our thrown on them along the course. Child & Youth Program Assistant Tunisia Cobb, who facilitates the Track & Field club, wanted her students to take part in a 5K. e children were training for a 5K, and I wanted to give them a chance to execute what they learned, Cobb said. Unfortunately, majority of the 5Ks were during school hours and required a fee. As a result Cobb partnered with Darcy Simons, CYP lead assistant, to provide a 5K for the Youth Center students. Cobb and Simons wanted to replicate e Color Run to make the run more enjoyable and something to remember. e children were asked to wear white as sta threw colored corn starch during dierent checkpoints of the 5k. On the day of the race family members gathered to support their children as they crossed the nish line in array of colors and smiles. Up Periscope Whats your New Years resolution? Page 9 2013 The year at Kings Bay in pictures Pages 4, 5 New home USS New York comes to Mayport Page 6 Adm. Cecil Haney talks to, hears from Sailors at NSB Adm. Cecil D. Haney, commander, United States Strategic Command, visited Naval Submarine Base Kings Bay, Dec. 18 to get a rsthand look at the East Coast home of Ohio-class submarines and a tour of King Bays facilities. Its really great to have the opportunity to get here this early in my command tour of U.S. Strategic Command, Haney said. As I look at the missions that the unied command plan requires of U.S. Strategic Command, rst and foremost is the mission of deterrence. A critical part of that is being executed by the forces here in Kings Bay. Haney was given a tour of the many dierent commands that play a crucial role in Kings Bays deterrence mission, such as Strategic Weapons Facility Atlantic, Trident Ret Facility and Trident Training Facility. Lunch was served aboard USS Rhode Island (SSBN 740) in con junction with a tour of the ballistic-missile submarine (SSBN) and a meetUSSTRATCOM boss tours Kings Bay Georgia, Wyoming honored Blue, Gold from both Kings Bay subs to receive Battle E USS Georgia (SSGN 729) and USS Wyoming (SSBN 742), homeported at Naval Submarine Base Kings Bay, were winners of the 2013 Battle Eciency competition, Vice Adm. Michael J. Connor, Commander, Submarine Force Atlantic, has announced. Georgia, an Ohio-class guided-missile submarine represented Submarine Squaron 16. Both the Blue crew, commanded during the competition by Capt. Daniel Christoersonand the Gold, commanded by Capt. Rhett Jaehn will receive the award. Likewise, Wyomings Blue, commanded by Cmdr. Barry Rodrigues and Gold, commanded by Cmdr. Chris Nash, earned the Battle E for SUBRON 20. Bravo Zulu and congratulations to all of the awardees, Connor said. e competition for these honors is always extremely keen, and being the recipient of the Battle E should be a source of great pride to each and every crew member. e Battle E competition is conducted to strengthen individual command performance, improve overall force readiness, and to recognize outstanding performance. e award symbolizes the overall readiness of the command to carry out its assigned wartime tasks as a unit of the Atlantic Submarine Force. Based on a year-long competition, one submarine from each submarine squadron in the Atlantic Fleet is recognized. e awards are presented by the commodore of each squadron to the submarine under their command which has demonstrated the highest level of battle readiness during the evaluation year. Other 2013 COMSUBLANT Battle E winners are SUBRON 4s Virginia-class attack submarine USS Missouri (SSN 780), SUBRON 6s USS Norfolk (SSN 714), and Submarine Development Squadron 12s USS Dallas (SSN 700).Check us out Online! Youth Center students go on Color Run On New Years Eve, the midnight log entry at a Coast Guard unit takes on a life of its own and is traditionally written as a poem. e Compass reached out to those standing the watch to share the tradition of applying verse to the ships log as we all rung in 2014. Coast Guard Cutter Valiant By Ensign Berit Boyle e anchors been housed, Valiant is back underway Steaming towards a destination far and away Her course is set and true, as is her crew Devoted and ready to start 2014 anew COMLANTAREA and TACON provide ever constant aid While watchstanders ensure reports of Material Condition Yoke are made e small boats are secure and ready for deck force As Valiant remains steady on her rhumb line course e proper lights are secured, Dog Zebra keeping the ship dark While the Quartermaster requests the helmsman to mark A cutter on a mission, assets by her side A crew keeping watch on the sea and her ride Rounds are conducted and coee brewed All spaces are clear, no reason to brood e helo is secure, with tiedowns installed And pilots ready to y the moment theyre calledCoast Guard keeps New Years log tradition


2 THE PERISCOPE, NSB KINGS BAY, Thursday, January 9, 2014 Improve your perception of being a Team Player. Sometimes we have to sacrice what we want for the betterment of the team, the big picture, and the Air Force. I was a young second lieutenant and my supervisor surprised me with this comment on my mid-term feedback; I was mad. ings had come to a head between us after I had complained about being forced to volunteer at a unit fundraiser in September, by far contractings busiest month. Really, the issue had been brewing for a while. She had been pushing me to be more of a team player by helping out my colleagues and taking on additional duties within the squadron. My viewpoint was that by showing up every day and doing my job to the best of my abilities, I was helping the team and was, therefore, already a team player. ere was no need to do those other things that would just cut into my free time. In my defense, my approach had worked up to that point. I had graduated from the U.S. Air Force Academy, had won every possible award during Air and Space Basic Course (the rst ocer professional military education course at the time), had been stratied No. 1 out of the trainees in our contracting squadron, and was on the cusp of winning a squadron annual award. So I thought that her marking down my leadership skills because I didnt foster teamwork and then including that comment about me not being a team player was unfair, and I was red up. e problem was her comment was spot-on. My daily focus had been to do my best so I could win awards and earn stratications in order to get the right assignments and advance my career. My supervisor was right; I wasnt a team player, and as much as I was in denial at the time, it was exactly what I needed to hear. It was, perhaps, the single most honest piece of feedback I have ever received. After I completed in-residence graduate school, I was assigned my dream job at the airborne laser System Program Oce. But again I thought there was a problem. I was assigned to a team doing tertiary research and development work that was only indirectly related to the overall program. I was frustrated and was itching for an opportunity to move down the hall and get my shot at the big time. For tunately, my day came and I joined the contracting team that managed the main contracts to design, build, and test the airborne laser. When I joined the team, I became one of many lieutenants and captains working in the various functional divisions. My initial attempts to get personal recognition were unsuccessful and I eventually gave up trying. Fortunately, our program had entered an exciting time and we were marching through our ight test program en route to shootdown where we would use our massive ying laser to shoot missiles out of the sky with a beam of light. I immersed myself in the program and focused on being the best contracting ocer that I could be and I routinely went above and beyond my primary duties to help the program in any way I could. e hours were long and the stress was, at times, almost unbearable, but I was having the time of my life. For the rst time in my career, it wasnt about me. It was about the team. It was about being part of something bigger than me, and in this case, something historic. ere was nowhere else Id have rather been. After we destroyed a boosting ballistic missile in 2010, the folks in our oce were ecstatic. We had overcome tremendous adversity and had accomplished what many considered to be impossible. We were on top of the world, and it only got better a few months later when the Air Force Association awarded us the eodore von Karman Award for the most outstanding contribution in the eld of science and engineering. THEKINGS BA Y, GEORGIA Local news and views Naval Submarine Base, Kings Bay, Ga. Chief of Naval Personnel ocials announced in NAVADMIN 308/13 that the Cycle 222 Active Duty E7 exam date has been changed from Jan. 16 to Jan. 14. e change is to avoid disruption of the testing process due to a potential lapse in government funding. Personnel Support Detachments staed by civilians and contrac tors could be forced to reduce services without funding, making exam administration unfeasi ble. Roughly 35,000 rst class petty ocers are scheduled to take the exam, changing the date will ensure the process is fair and orderly for all involved. For information on exam guidance and requirements, read NAVADMIN 288/13 at is lost and abandoned property, such as watches, rings and cell phones, at Naval Submarine Base Kings Bay Navy Security. If you have any information reference to any items, contact Detective Michael Palmer, Monday through Friday, at (912) 573-9343 or by e-mail, American Red Cross has reopened its oce onboard Naval Submarine Base Kings Bay, on the rst oor of the Flucky Hall at 1063 USS Tennessee Ave. Oce hours are 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Monday through ursday. Anyone interested in volunteering or learning more about Red Cross services can call Susan Van Dyke at (912) 573-3939 or Kathie Perkins at (912) 265-1695.It is the policy of Naval Submarine Base Kings Bay that no motor vehicle with any sticker, decal, emblem or other device containing profane or lewd words or pictures, describing sexual acts or excretory functions on parts of the human body, be allowed on base.Do you see an event on base you think deserves coverage in the Periscope? Let us know by calling editor Bill Wesselho at 573-4719 or e-mail Branch Health Clinic Kings Bay is now providing annual inuenza vaccine to service members, retirees and families. patients can walk-in for u vaccine 7 a.m. to 3 p.m., Monday through Friday. Flu vaccine walk-ins will be conducted from 7 to 11 a.m. only, on the last Friday of each month, to facilitate command training. For more information, visit www.cdc. gov. To nd out more about NBHC Kings Bay, visit the command Web site at mil/sites/NavalHospitalJax. Now hear this! How being a team player is critical Military leadership Burial at sea is a means of nal disposition of remains that is performed on United States Navy vessels. e committal ceremony is performed while the ship is deployed. erefore, family members are not allowed to be present. e commanding ocer of the ship assigned to perform the ceremony will notify the family of the date, time and longitude and latitude once the committal service has been completed. Active duty, retired Sailors and their dependents are entitled to burial at sea. Anyone desiring this honor should indicate that preference in writing and have the next-of-kin or executor of the estate contact Navy Mortuary Aairs at the following address to coordinate arrangements: Burial-at-Sea Coordinator Naval Hospital Branch Medical Clinic P.O. Box 280148 Mayport, FL 32288-0148 Phone: (904) 270-4285 Web site: bupers-npc/support/casualty/mortuary/Pages/BurialAtSea.aspx) If the preference for burial-at-sea was not in writing by the retired member, the person authorized to direct disposition may authorize burial-at-sea. e following documents must be submitted to the commanding ocer of the Navy or Coast Guard vessel/aircraft that will conduct the ceremony: Copy Civil Death Certificate Certicate of Cremation or transit permit issued by the appropriate civil authority Signed request/authorization for committal from the primary next-of-kin or PADD Copy of DD-214 and marriage certicate e authorization should include the decedents full name, grade, SSN and/or serial number, branch of service, dates of service and retirement, date of death, religious service desired and where remains are committed. Sea burial available to Sailors, family How many time have you been enjoying your favorite recreation or o-duty activity and by luck you avoided injury or property damage? O-duty activities are the No. 1 cause of injury and the second cause of fatalities in the Navy. Already in 2012, there have been three fatalities associated with recreational and o-duty activities, which is three too many! ere are real risks and consequences in brushing o accidents that do not hurt, harm or damage. When these near mishaps happen, we should immediately inform our supervisors. A near mishap is an act or event which injury or damage was avoided merely by chance. e command cannot correct hazardous conditions unless personnel conscientiously report them. You are probably asking yourself, If no one was hurt and/or I was oduty why do I need to report it? Its simple. Per OPNAV Instruction 5100.23G, near mishaps must be reported, no matter how small, to prevent accidental injury or death. By reporting each and every near miss and o-duty mishap to your supervisor immediately, prompt investigation and follow up actions will be initiated that will help reduce the potential for future mishaps. Your supervisor must rely on you and your co-workers to report these near mishaps to them. All on-duty mishaps involving Naval Submarine Base Kings Bay personnel are reported via the Enterprise Safety Applications Management System. O-duty mishaps involving service members are also reported using ESAMS. If you need assistance in reporting a mishap call the NSB Kings Bay Safety Oce at 573-2525 and the safety sta will be glad to assist you. Tenant commands are encouraged to contact their command safety ofce or call Kings Bay Safety Oce for referral assistance. One of the best ways to eliminate the likelihood of future mishaps is by conducting a thorough root-cause analysis and implementing eective corrective actions, as well as sharing the lessons learned with others. Lessons learned from some of the mishaps that have occurred at NSB Kingsbay are available on the Kings Bay Internet Safety Web site, webkb. All supervisors are encouraged to review these near misses and brief their employees. To view mishap statistics for the Navy and Marine Corps, visit www. Home.aspx. e importance of reporting all near-miss and o-duty military only mishaps should be stressed to new employees military and civilian during indoctrination. Report all near miss and o duty mishaps to your supervisor and your command safety oce immediately. Near mishap reports are mandatory NSB Kings Bay Safety It was one of the proudest accomplishments of my life and I suspect one of the few that Ill relay to my daughter and any future grandchildren long after my career is over. But it came at a price. I made a lot of personal sacrices during that time. I spent countless hours away from my wife and young daughter while I worked late nights and weekends in the oce so I could help better the team, contribute to the big picture, and help provide a new and exciting technology to the Air Force. ere were days I wanted to quit, but I continued on because so many of my teammates were sacricing as well. We had come together as one and were able to accomplish something truly great, something so much bigger and more important than we ever could have accomplished on our own. Being part of such a great team rejuvenated my desire to serve in the Air Force and in the years since, Ive had the fortune to serve with several more amazing folks and to have been a part of other great teams. But in the end, I think its our own attitude that makes the biggest dierence in our careers. Being a team player and sacricing what we want is hard. eres no getting around that, and there are times we just dont want to do it. But when we sacrice for the betterment of the team, it makes the team stronger, more able to achieve the big picture, and to positively impact the Air Force in ways we often cant even imagine at the time. Although it took me too long, I eventually learned the lesson my supervisor tried to teach me at the onset of my career, and Ive found that being a team player has made my career much more enjoyable and more fullling than I ever thought it could be.Team


and-greet with the crew. Most importantly, Haney spoke to Sailors during an All Hands Call, address ing the crucial roles that each Sailor has to support the strategic mission and the importance of team work. Questions were also asked by the Sailors about USSTRATCOMs mission and what to expect in the future. I wanted to come to this base, meet the Sailors who are executing the mission and really talk about them in terms of the importance of the mission, but also hear their questions, Haney said. Its very important to them to continue to work and understand there is no room for error in this mission. at requires teamwork. An essential part of the nations strategic capabilities, the ballistic-missile submarines homeported at NSB Kings Bay serve as one of the components of the nations nuclear triad. As the sea leg of the triad, the SSBN is important to our deterrence mission because of its survivability and exibility, and what it brings to the table in terms of nuclear weapons capabilities, Haney said. Not only are the SSBNs a key component in sustaining the nuclear triad, Haney also mentioned that the other two components of the triad, the Air Forces bombers and intercontinental ballistic missiles or ICBMs, are equally vital. It is important that we maintain the triad, Haney said. Each leg of the triad brings its unique capabilities, and any adversary that would think of doing the United States harm would have to have that in their calculus. Haney recently assumed command over USSTRATCOM replacing previous commander, Gen. Robert Kehler, Nov. 15. Haney serves as the senior commander of unied military forces from all four branches of the military and also as the advocate of the nations strategic capabilities. USSTRATCOM relies on various task forces for the execution of its global missions, including space operations, information operations, missile defense, global command and control; intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance; global strike and strategic deterrence, and combating weapons of mass destruction. TF134 supports USSTRATCOMs strategic deterrence missions by operating and maintaining Ohio-class ballistic missile submarines to deter regional and strategic threats from adversaries. Haney THE PERISCOPE, NSB KINGS BAY, Thursday, January 9, 2014 3


4 THE PERISCOPE, NSB KINGS BAY, Thursday, January 9, 2014 January 2013 the year in pictures A look back at February March April June May


THE PERISCOPE, NSB KINGS BAY, Thursday, January 9, 2014 5 July August October September November December


6 THE PERISCOPE, NSB KINGS BAY, Thursday, January 9, 2014 e Mayport community welcomed over 350 new neighbors to Northeast Florida when the USS New York (LPD 21) changed homeport from Naval Station Norfolk to Naval Station Mayport in December. USS New York is one of three ships that make up Iwo Jima Amphibious Ready Group (ARG) the Navy is moving from Norfolk, Va., to Mayport, Fla. e other two ships USS Iwo Jima (LHD-7) and USS Fort McHenry (LSD-45) are slated to arrive as early as 2014. e three ships will bulk up the Navys eet at Mayport, as the stations frigates are retiring. e USS Underwood and the USS Klakring were decommissioned in March. According to U.S. Rep. Alder Crenshaw, the move is a win-win situation for the Navy and the Mayport community. As Congress deals with very dicult budget decisions, this is promising news for national security and the First Coast, Crenshaw said in a statement. is rst phase of the amphibious ready group move to Mayport underscores the Navys commitment to a strategic dispersal of assets a strategy I have long advocated on Capitol Hill. USS New York is not the rst Navy ship to hold that states name, but never before has the name had so much meaning. e amphibious transport dock was built with 7 1/2 tons of steel from the World Trade Center. e USS New York is not the only ship that will be named to commemorate the attacks, but it is the rst. USS Somerset is under contract and the USS Arlington will follow. According to USS New Yorks Commanding Ocer Capt. Jon C. Kreitz, although leaving Hampton Roads was dicult, maritime strategy is the main job for the new ship. is is just the rst of three ships going down there to make sure that Mayport remains that second strategic homeport for the eet, he said eres a big part of us that didnt want to leave Hampton Roads, at the same time, were very excited to be a part of the Mayport family. Many Navy families had the daunting task of moving from Norfolk to Mayport in a short amount of time. According to Operations Specialist 2nd Class omas Devore, it was tough moving suddenly but the many activities oered on Naval Station Mayport and the surrounding areas are worth the stress of moving to a new area. We were able to get base housing in only two days, he said. e help from the Fleet and Family Support Center was fantastic. It was a little hectic moving two small children, but we made it work, said Angela Devore. I am looking forward to the many beaches in the area. When the kids get a little older, we are denitely going to Disney World. e San Antonio-class LPD (USS New York) ships are used to transport and land Marines, their equipment and supplies. ese ships support amphibious assault, special operations or expeditionary warfare missions and can serve as secondary aviation platforms for amphibious ready groups. Amphibious ships like USS New York provide the nation a crisis response capability and demonstrate the NavyMarine Corps team in action. e Navy is committed to strategic dispersal and at least two viable East Coast surface ship homeports as well as the preservation of the ship repair industrial base in the Mayport area. According to Naval Station Mayport Commanding Ocer Capt. Wesley McCall the addition of up to 2,000 families to the area after all is said and done will be a boost for national defense and to the economy of Mayport. I think were going to see some signicant growth with USS Fort McHenry and USS Iwo Jima coming next year and the new littoral combat ships soon to follow, he said. You bring 2,000 new families here; the benets are going to be pretty substantial. e Sailors and their families aboard USS New York are the ones who will benet the most. Jacksonville and especially the Mayport area are huge military supporters. USS New York at new Mayport homeport


Are you frustrated with your children? Would you like suggestions on how to stop temper tantrums or how to get your teen to complete chores without ask ing them 14 times? We believe parents are the experts on their children. But, children dont come with a manual! So, sometimes you need help to figure out what to do with them. Meet with the parenting class from 9 to 11:30 a.m. on Mondays, Jan. 13 and 27. Enrollment in this six-week class is ongoing. Attendees must complete all six weeks in order to receive a certificate. A minimum of six participants is needed in order for a new class to start. Registration required at 573-4512. The Advanced/Refresher training is for all individuals that are current Sexual Assault Prevention and Response Victim Advocates. This training is applicable to the 32 hour bi-annual training requirement. The individuals attending are appointed by their Command and will represent the Command in all assigned sexual assault cases. This training is 8 a.m. to noon, Jan. 22. Registration is required by calling (912) 573-4512. Buying a home can be the one of the largest financial decision someone can ever make. This interactive workshop is designed to increase the knowledge and comfort level for anyone entering the housing market. This class is 1 to 4 p.m., Jan. 23. Registration is required. For more information or to register, call 573-4513. Credit has become a normal part of everyday personal financial manage ment for most Americans. Used appropriately, it can be an excellent tool, but used the wrong way, it can bring the financial wheels of your life to a grinding halt for a long time. This two-hour workshop provides the importance of managing your credit. It will be at the Fleet and Family Support Center 2 to 4 p.m., Jan. 29. Registration is required. For more information call 573-4513. Gain information on the federal employment process, salaries and benefits. Learn how to interpret job announcements and determine whether you are eligible to apply. Attendees will be provided guidelines, information, samples and tips on completing the electronic Federal resume. This class is from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Jan. 23. Registration required by calling 573-4513. The Million Dollar Sailor Program is personal wealth building for sailors and their families. This course assists those attending on how to navigate successfully through financial challenges that accompany them. This training was created to specifically combat the most common financial issues facing Sailors today. It will provide you with financial management skills that can be used over their lifetime. This training is scheduled for 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Jan. 21 and 22. Registration is recommended. For more information call 573-9783. Anger is not an effective method for getting what you want and is often a smoke screen for other emotions. This workshop is slated for 8:30 a.m. to noon, Jan. 29. It can help you focus on identifying the feelings anger hides and explore behaviors helpful in resolving primary issues. Pre-registration is required. Call 573-4512 for details. A New Moms and Dads Support Group will meet every Tuesday at the Fleet and Family Support Center throughout the month. These workshops are scheduled for 10 a.m. to noon, Jan. 14, 21 and 28. This workshop is an opportunity to share experiences, meet and gain support from others, and exchange new ideas. To register, call 573-4512. Events, schedules, daily pressure and many other items can cause undo stress in your life. Stress may or may not be good for your health depending on how you manage that stress. This workshop is slated for 1 to 4 p.m., Jan. 16. Preregistration is required. Call 573-4512 for details. Transition GPS is a seminar for those separating, retiring or contemplating leaving the military. The five day seminar provides information on benefits, job search skills, employment resources, resume writing, interviewing and other skills. Spouses are encouraged to attend. Separation Transition GPS is 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., Jan. 13 to 17. Retirement Transition GPS is 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., Jan. 27 to 31. You must be registered by Command Career Counselor. For more information, call 573-4513. Smooth Move Workshops are designed to help personnel with military relo cations and transfers. Areas covered include transportation, travel pay, allowances, and important forms and documents, housing referral office and relocation services. All service members and their spouses are encouraged to attend six months before their transfer date. Due to limited seating, please do not bring children. The workshop will be for CONUS moves 2 to 4 p.m., Jan. 14 and for OCONUS moves 2 to 4 p.m., Jan. 21. For more information, call 573-4513. This class explores resume writing for todays job market. Resume items including skills, experience, education and values as well as simple, effective and easy to use resume formats that get job interviews. Part-time, full-time or permanent positions matters not, this workshop is for you. This program will assist the job seeker in completing a product that will get them in the door. The workshop is scheduled at the Fleet and Family Support Center from 10 a.m. to noon, Jan. 15. Registration is highly recommended, as class is limited to 20 seats. For more information, call 5734513. FFSC is offering Sponsorship training to all command representatives. The goal of the workshop is to ensure that designated command personnel have the necessary education and training to successfully fulfill the role of command sponsor. It presents an overview of the benefits of sponsorship, a list of sponsor duties and responsibilities, and a timeline to assist in streamlining the sponsorship process. The workshop is scheduled on 1 to 2:30 p.m., Jan. 30. Registration is required as class is limited to 20 seats. For more information call 573-4513. This workshop is to prepare you for deployment. It will provide you with a comprehensive to-do list, suitable for active-duty married and single-service members, spouses. It provides information to help you prepare financially for deployment. This training is 2 to 4 p.m., Jan. 15. Registration is required. For more information call 573-4513. This two-hour workshop provides indepth training on looking for a car, how not to get taken for a ride and the important dos and donts before you step onto the car lot. Topics include negotiating, trade-ins, discounts, financing and highpressure sales tactics. This class is for 9:30 to 11:30 a.m., Jan. 30. Registration is recommended. For more information, call 573-9783. Fleet & Family Support Center workshops THE PERISCOPE, NSB KINGS BAY, Thursday, January 9, 2014 7


As shouts of New Year are shared on land On Valiant the only sound is the hand Steering the helm, or opening a hatch e OOD making reports and ensuring all data match ough its a long night for her duty crew, eres nothing right now theyd rather do an watch out for their shipmates who sleep below ose great men and women theyre privileged to know. Coast Guard Cutter Sea Horse By Seaman Alec Gotts Moored at Base Portsmouth again this night Having energized her deck, ensign and ood lights She is moored STBD side to the pier At the start of a new calendar year Shining in the moonlight she is quite a sight Her mooring lines are doubled, made o and pulled tight Standing a taught watch tonight with my heart full of cheer While the rest of my shipmates are out drinking beer Under TACON Sector Hampton Roads and CGD5 is year excellence is for what we will strive From boardings and escorts we are at a hiatus For this week Charlie is our boats status Receiving electrical, potable water and telephone shore ties Yoke is set throughout the ship, I dont only surmise Sea Horse-1 is notched and secured for sea SNBM Gotts is the Inport OOD Coast Guard Cutter Washington 0000-0400 e Mighty Washington rests moored port side to At wharf victor three, in water deep and blue Here at Apra Harbor, on the island of Guahan Deck lights burn brightly, Sector Guam is ADCON ey also maintain our operational control Which matters much more when we go on patrol But tonight we stand ready, our status bravo If called to save lives, were ready to go Weve done it before and well do it again 23 lives saved before we arrived at years end FPCON is alpha so we neednt be troubled Mooring lines are taut, all of them doubled Material condition yoke is set through the ship e smallboat is cradled, shes not at the hip From the pier we obtain the services we require At six forty-ve tomorrow liberty will expire All can sleep well and remain worry free BM2 Knappe has the watch as the inport OOD. Coast Guard Cutter Vigorous Vigorous is under the care of COMLANTAREA on this eve, e crew is all accounted for, while some are on leave. All deck, anchor and warning lights are burning brightly, e cold this time of year shall not be taken lightly. Vigorous is SOPA on this bitter winter night, All lines are doubled up and moored up tight. Charlie is our status and will be noted in the logs, Also known as Cold Iron status, for all you salty dogs. Receiving all hotel services from our pier, Our sister Dependable is also spending New Years here. is is Vigorous last New Years here in Cape May, We soon will be moving because our pier is in decay. Where we will be next year, no one knows, We could be sailing the seas where King Neptune blows. Liberty is granted so all can have fun, But expires on the 2nd at the rst light of sun. e watch is stood with vigilance by just a few, e OOD this evening is OS2. Coast Guard Cutter Tampa By Lt. j.g. Courtney Gazda Im dreaming of a white D1 patrol. Just like the ones I used to know. Where the shined brass glistens, and look outs listen to hear sound signals in the snow. Im dreaming of a white D1 Patrol with every sheries email I write. May your boardings be merry and bright, And may all your D1 Patrols be white. Im dreaming of a white D1 Patrol. Where every sh is the right length. May your voyage be merry and bright, And may all your D1 Patrols be white. Coast Guard Cutter Paul Clark 0000-0400 is eve of new years on a dark moonless night i n position xx:xx.xn, xxx:xx.xw is where we steam tonight as the deck and the conn, stands a taut ENS Hite recently qualied to be her crews guiding light Under ADCON of Sector Miami and TACON of Sector Key West its with the OPCON of CGD7 where we sail the best our small boat is secured taking a much needed sleep waiting patiently in the notch, poised ready to leap Good fortune grants us two gennies that run just right for now its NR2 that feeds us our light while the reworks die out, our nav lights burn strong 24 visitors aboard, tagging along e rudders are tasked, by tiller, by hand the NR1 pump currently sees to the demand at 786 RPMs, the NR1 is aturning while quietly at rest the #2 is done burning In this coming new year well keep the torch burning bright with courage, valor and condence, well ght the good ght Happy New Year to all, says the Paul Clark crew with our pup by our side well keep that promise to you. Coast Guard Cutter Long Island By Seaman Scott Olsowski We are moored securely in Valdez, Alaska, Wanting to thank God we are not in Nebraska. e lines are doubled on the port side, Moored to a pier with forty ves alongside. District 17 above with armative ADCON, As we remain acrossways from an oily Exxon. Cutters operations are vigilantly controlled, By Sector Anchorage with a reputation to uphold. Deck lights are live and shining like a penny, As our shore ties invite electricity, telephone and potable water by the plenty. ese amenities come with the help of shore ties, Until we leave our homeport and say our goodbyes. e condition yoke is completed on the cutter, While we close the hatches and clean up the clutter. e inport OODs are zealously stood, By BM1 Beach and SN Olsowski for the common good. RHI Long-1 is cradled with care, And secured for sea because we will go mid-air. Enduring the watch and scribing the logs, Is SN Olsowski while it snows cats and dogs. New Year Unlocking your NonResident Training Course online account just got a little easier. NRTC accounts that were inactive for longer then 30 days were locked as a result of network security measures ordered by the Defense Department and U.S. Fleet Cyber Command, which took effect late summer 2013. Because of the large number of unlock requests since then, NRTC sta has implemented a self-service option by using a Command Access Card verication, Defense Enrollment Eligibility Reporting System authentication and security question challenge process. is will help alleviate the back log of more than 203,646 requests at the NRTC help desk. Users who have been locked out due to greater than 30 days inactivity but less than 45 days will be allowed into their account upon CAC authentication, said Tom Phillips, Center for Personal and Professional Development NRTC program manager. Users falling in the greater then 45 day inactivity window will receive challenge questions generated from the account holders prole. Correctly answering the questions will allow users to update their account and re-enable access. We have a close working relationship with the developers and programmers of the NRTC Web site, said Phillips. We are continuing to improve the process while maintaining adherence to mandated security changes. rough December 2013, the NRTC helpdesk has unlocked more than 11,500 user accounts. Users who are unable to use the self-service unlocking service are encouraged to contact the NRTC helpdesk at CPPDs Voluntary Education Support Site in Pensacola, Fla., for assistance in regaining access. e VOLED team in Pensacola can be reached anytime via email at and Monday through Friday by commercial phone at (877) 264-8583, or DSN at 753-6070. CPPD is responsible for providing a wide range of personal and professional development courses and materials, including General Military Training, Navy instructor training, alcohol and drug awareness program training, suicide and sexual assault prevention, bystander intervention, and personal responsibility classes. CPPDs required leadership training is delivered multiple times throughout a Sailors career via command-delivered enlisted leadership training material and ocer leadership courses in a schoolhouse setting. CPPD also administers the Navys voluntary education program, which provides Sailors with the opportunity to earn college degrees. CPPD additionally manages the United Services Military Apprenticeship Program.Web course easier to unlock 8 THE PERISCOPE, NSB KINGS BAY, Thursday, January 9, 2014


I would agree with CS1 James Bryant that half of the time when people make a New Years Resolution, that they do not stick to them. And, I am not saying that I am any different, but I would like to start working out more and spending more time with my family. I will also be attending a Navy school for graphic design and Web design this year and will be working very hard to graduate, which will lead me to my next chapter in my Navy career. Whats your 2014 New Years Resolution?CSC Jamahl Mumford Pirates Cove Galley Chicago, Ill. I try hard every year not to get divorced. Lt. j.g. Shanique Howard Kings Bay Administrative Officer Uriah, Ala. To stress less, to have a healthier life style and to learn to deal with things that are out of my control. NC1 Rob Ehrhart Kings Bay Career Counselor Genesee, Mich. To complete a Tough Mudder. MC2 Ashley Hedrick Kings Bay Public Affairs Nashville, Tenn. I want to work on my genealogy up to the 18th Century and become a full member of the Daughters of the American Revolution. YN2 Brian Williams Kings Bay Administration Gainesville, Fla. I want to finish my college degree. CS1 James Bryant Pirates Cove Galley Suffolk, Va. I have not made a New Years resolution because they are bad for you. People make them and half of the time they never stick to them. Up eriscope with MC2 Cory Rose Unleash your Inner Beast when Navy Adventures Unleashed goes skiing in Gatlinburg, Tenn., the long weekend of Feb. 14 to 17. One Day Ski is $190, One Day Snowboarding is $210, Two Day Ski is $250 or Two Day Snowboarding is $280. A deposit of $75 is due on Jan. 15 with balance due on Feb. 7. Cost includes transportation, hotel, tram tickets, ski lift, rentals plus one lesson. Participants must bring own money for food and souvenirs. Trippers will leave Big EZ on Friday, Feb. 14 at 4 p.m. For more information, contact NAU at (912) 573-8972. Intramural Sports One-Pitch Softball Tournament Its coming your way Jan. 11, registration at the Fitness Complex through Jan. 10. Team fee is $200. Champions receive team trophy and $500 cash. For more information, call (912) 409-1611. Campout at Etowah On Jan. 25 NAU is offering a campout in Etowah Park. Enjoy horseshoes, corn hole and other activities with family and friends. Stay overnight, or stop by for a few hours. Bring your own makings for smores and fire wood. Reserve your spot and camping supplies at the Outdoor Adventure Center by Jan. 17. For more informatin, call (912) 573-8972. Etowah Park 5K Trail Run On Wednesday, Jan. 15 the race starts at 7 a.m. MWR requess runners not to park inside the Golf Parking Lot but use the side road and inside Etowah Park. For more information, call (912) 573-8972. Convergent Force Join NAU at the Fitness Complex at 4:30 p.m., Monday, Jan. 13. Whether youve done a mud run Morale, Welfare and Recreation happenings Liberty call NAU ski trip Feb. 14-17 THE PERISCOPE, NSB KINGS BAY, Thursday, January 9, 2014 9


10 THE PERISCOPE, NSB KINGS BAY, Thursday, January 9, 2014 Sailors from Navy Recruiting District Jacksonville volunteered at the New Life Hope Christian Church, during an extensive renovation and restructuring project recently. Getting out and volunteering shows the community a positive side to the Navy, said Yeoman 2nd Class Marquita Greene. I make an eort to volunteer for these types of projects as often as I can. NRD Jacksonville Sailors were tasked with disposal of discarded scaffolding, carpet and other items used during the remodel. Personnelmen 1st Class Anthony Sonola said volunteerism is very worthwhile and is an important part of building positive relationships between the Navy and the community. It is important for Sailors to be seen in the communities that we live in, said Sonola. Helping is a gratifying experience. Yeoman 1st Class Willie Sheppard agreed it is important to give back. I have always made it a point to volunteer for community service my entire career. Both members of the New Life Christian Church and Sailors will continue to volunteer time to the continuing renovation project which will take several additional weeks to complete Community service projects allow Sailors to support the Jacksonville and say thanks to the community. I volunteer to show a sense of pride, said Interior Specialist 1st Class Will Adkinson. New Life Christian Fellowship is 99,000 square foot facility with a 2,900 seat sanctuary and family life center that includes a full-size activity gym, youth pavilion, preschool nursery and Sunday school and Bible study rooms. Recruiters volunteer to help Pirates Cove Galley menus before or you are looking at doing your first, come out and join in the fun. There will be training with our very own strength and conditioning coach, meetings with the dietician, performance cooking classes, plus group trips and discounts to mud runs such as The Super Spartan and the Highlander VI. This class is for all patrons, 18 years and up. For more information, call (912) 573-8972. My Little Valentine The father and daughter dance is 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., Sat., Feb. 8. Tickets are being sold at ITT for $15 adults, $12 for children ages 3 to 12. Door prize drawings, flower for each daughter, music, dancing, photos and a buf fet served from 5 to 7 p.m. The buffet will include but is not limited to chicken fingers withdipping sauce, mini pizzas, finger sand wiches, mac and cheese nuggets, corn nuggets, fried veggie sticks, rotini pasta salad, franks in blanket, fresh fruit and veggie trays, chocolate fountain, ice cold bottled root beer, Shirley Temples, ice tea and water. For more information, call (912) 573-4564. Ten Dollar Tuesday at Rack-N-Roll Lanes Its 5 to 9 p.m., Tuesday nights. $10 will get you shoes and all the bowling you can handle. Tae Kwon Do Its at the Fitness Complex Tuesdays and Thursdays, 5:15 to 6:15 p.m. for 7 year olds and under, 6:15 to 7:15 p.m. for 8 to 12 and 7:15 to 8:30 p.m. 13 to adult. For more information, call (912) 573-3990. Dominos Like Kings Bay Dominos on Facebook to receive code phrases, daily specials, upcoming events and corporate promos. (912) 510-5400. www.facebook. com/kingsbaydominos. e Combined Federal Campaign season has started Kings Bays Child and Youth Program team are two of the organizations you can support with your giving. e numbers are Youth Center School Age Care #37328 and Child Development Center #47018. Free Movies for the Kids Weekend 1 p.m. movies for January are Turbo Jan. 11 and 12, Smurfs 2 Jan. 18 and 19 and Over the Hedge Jan. 25 and 26. All youth under 18 years of age must be accompanied by a parent or adult. Snacks foods and beverages are available for purchase. If 15 minutes after the scheduled start time no one else comes in, the movie area will be available for open viewing. For the latest information, call (912) 573-4548.MWR


THE PERISCOPE, NSB KINGS BAY, Thursday, January 9, 2014 11 e Navys newest maritime patrol and reconnaissance aircraft, the P-8A Poseidon, has achieved initial operational capability after the rst two P-8A Poseidons departed for deployment Nov. 29. is announcement comes weeks after the completion of the Operational Readiness Evaluation of the rst deploying P-8A Poseidon squadron and the commander of Patrol and Reconnaissance Group ocially declaring the rst P-8A squadron, Patrol Squadron 16 (VP16), prepared for deployment Nov. 4. is IOC declaration is the culmination of years of careful planning and coordinated eort by the eet, resource sponsor, acquisition community, and industry, said Capt. Scott Dillon, program manager for Maritime Patrol and Reconnaissance Aircraft Program Oce. By achieving IOC, the Navy can eectively deploy the P-8A for operational missions and continue to successfully transition from the aging P-3C. e Poseidon program is on track for completing the remaining preparations for the rst operational deployment of a P-8A squadron. With the P-3 to P-8 transition well underway at Jacksonville, VP-16 is executing an Inter-Deployment Readiness Cycle and is on track to be the rst P-8 squadron to deploy. VP-5 has completed their P-8 transition, and VP-45 has commenced P-8 transition after returning from deployment this past summer. In addition to leading the eet transition process, VP-30 is also producing P-8 qualied replacement personnel for direct accession into P-8 qualied squadrons, said Rear Adm. Matt Carter, Commander Patrol and Reconnaissance Group. ere has never been a greater need for a new patrol and reconnaissance aircraft now that the aging P-3 is nearing the end of its life cycle. e P-8 is a true multi-mission platform, which will continue to provide us invaluable capabilities. e number of submarines in the world is increasing rapidly. Other countries are either building or purchasing advanced, quiet, and extremely hard to nd submarines and we need to be able to match that technology to be able to detect them. e P-8, along with the Triton, will strengthen the maritime mission and provide greater situational awareness, Carter added. is year was lled with crucial programmatic milestones for the program oce, including the successful completion of Initial Operational Test and Evaluation and the on-going delivery of initial production aircraft in support of the rst three P-3 to P-8 squadron transitions. To date, 12 low rate initial production aircraft were delivered to the eet, and the nal aircraft in the second production lot is on-track to deliver ahead of schedule and prior to the end of the year. e program oce along with the P-8 Fleet Integration Team in Naval Air Station Jacksonville, Fla., is continuing to support the transitioning squadrons with training by also using the P-8A Integrated Training Center. e ITC is meeting training requirements of the Fleet Replacement Squadron, VP-30, and the transitioning squadrons. We are pleased the P-8A has been, and continues to be, on cost and on schedule, Dillon said. e program oce is continuing to support the needs of the eet and deliver an aircraft that recapitalizes and improves upon the capabilities of its predecessor; greatly enhancing the eectiveness of the Navys forward deployed squadrons.P-8A achieves initial operational capability P-8A Poseidons report for duty e Navys newest, most advanced maritime patrol and reconnaissance aircraft, the P-8A Poseidon, arrived in Kadena Air Base, Okinawa, Japan for its inaugural deployment Dec. 1. e War Eagles of Patrol Squadron 16 deployed with six P-8As Poseidons in support of 7th Fleet maritime patrol and reconnaissance operations in the Indo-Asia-Pacic region. e deployment marks a milestone in the transition of U.S. Navy Maritime Patrol and Reconnaissance Forces. For the rst time since the Navy received the P-3A Orion in 1962 a new aircraft will be operated by a deployed patrol squadron. e P-8A Poseidon is the most advanced, longrange anti-submarine and anti-surface warfare aircraft in the world. A true multi-mission aircraft, it also provides superior maritime intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance capability. e Poseidon is built on the proven Boeing 737 airframe, the most commercially operated aircraft in the world. e transition to the Poseidon brings with it enhanced safety and reduced maintenance. Based in Jacksonville, Fla., VP-16 began the transition to become the rst P-8A squadron 18 months ago, shortly after returning home from a six-month deployment to Kadena Air Base. e War Eagles achieved U.S. Navy safe for ight status in January 2013 and were certied ready for deployment in November 2013. I couldnt be prouder of what the War Eagles have been able to accomplish during the squadrons transition to the P-8A, said Cmdr. Bill Pennington, VP-16s commanding ocer. We are well trained and well prepared for this deployment, and excited about the opportunity to demonstrate the Poseidons exceptional capabilities. e deployment of the P-8A Poseidons to Japan is part of a phased replacement of the propeller driven P-3C Orion now serving in U.S. 7th Fleet operating area. Deploying alongside VP-16 will be the VP-46 Grey Knights from Whidbey Island, Wash., who will operate the venerable Orion. In December, we will demonstrate the ability of the Poseidon to operate eectively alongside P-3C during high-tempo deployed operations, said Capt. Mike Parker, commander of Task Force 72. I also look forward to P-8A integrating seamlessly with our international partners and allies. Our interoperability will only get better with Poseidon. Air Force Col. Richard H. McBride wants all service members to be part of a new arms race. McBride, the director of the Armed Services Blood Program, wants service members to roll up their sleeves and donate blood to help their fellow ser vice members and their families. Blood levels shrink around the holidays, and since 1970 January has been declared National Blood Donor Month. January, just like the summer months, is a time when there is a decrease in the blood supply, primarily because people are preoccupied with the holidays, Mc Bride said during a recent interview. is is a great time to encourage donors and keep them aware that we need donations 12 months a year, not just in the summer. e Armed Services Blood Program is dedicated to ensuring that service members who need blood, get it. And the medics involved with the program have been getting a workout. e ghting overseas has consumed a lot of blood resources, McBride said. One injured service member may need 40 units of blood in order to get back home. Its a sacred mission that we hold in our hearts, the colonel said. e programs sta wants to ensure that every wounded warrior that can make it home does come home. We never want to hear that they didnt come home because they didnt have enough blood, McBride said. e program also provides blood products for stateside service members and family members. Right now we collect about 10,000 units per month, about 120,000 a year, said McBride, who hails from New York Citys borough of Queens. In peacetime, it can go as low as 90,000 [units] per year, but at the height of Operation Iraqi Freedom we were collecting about 150,000 to 160,000 a year. One blood donation can result in four products. Red blood cells are what give blood its color and what a person needs if he or she is in danger of bleeding to death. Blood plasma is the straw-colored liquid that has clotting factors in it. Doctors use plasma to prevent bleeding. Platelets are blood cell fragments and also help accelerate clotting. A nal blood product is cryoprecipitate, which is also used to accelerate clotting. Doctors also use whole blood and there have been times during the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan where doctors had to transfuse whole blood to wounded warriors. In times of crises, doctors sometimes must turn to the walking blood bank. is is an emergency whole blood collection from service members. Its denitely not planned, but we train for it, McBride said. In those cases, we ask everyone to roll up their sleeves and donate at a moments notice. He continued, Weve never had a problem with people donating blood throughout all the military operations. Our troops donate, and those deployed have no problem rolling up their sleeves if they are available to save another warriors life, he said. e blood program follows all Food and Drug Administration rules, even in a war zone, McBride said. e Armed Services Blood Program has 21 blood centers in the United States and overseas. Blood donors must be 18 or older, in good health and free of any bloodborne infectious diseases. e armed services program accepts donations from service members, family members, DOD civilians, contractors and veterans.January is Blood Donor Month


12 THE PERISCOPE, NSB KINGS BAY, Thursday, January 9, 2014 Some 64 specialists from the Armys Edgewood Chemical Biological Center are expected to depart for the Mediterranean in about two weeks aboardan Americanownedship, theCape Ray, to destroy chemical weapons from Syria. e nearly 650-footlong ship, now here, will travel to a yet-to-be specied location in the Mediterranean, where it will take on about 700 metric tons of both mustard gas and DF compound, a component of the nerve agent sarin gas. Specialists will then use two new, recently installed eld deployable hydrolysis systems to neutralize the chemicals. Aboard the Cape Ray will be 35 mariners, about 64 chemical specialists from Edgewood, Md., a security team, and a contingent from U.S. European Command. Its expected the operational portion of the mission will take about 90 days. During a visit here yesterday, Frank Kendall, undersecretary of Defense for Acquisition, Technology and Logistics, said preparations began before the United States even knew it was committed to the mission -or that the mission would ever materialize. ere was a recognition that something was going to happen in Syria, in all likelihood that would require us to do something with those chemical materials that were known to be there, he said. In December 2012, a request was made to determine what could be done if the U.S. was asked to participate in destruction of chemical weapons from Syria. By the end of January 2013, a team with the Joint Project Manager for Elimi nation and the Armys Edgewood Chemical Biological Center had evaluat ed existing technology and congurations for neutralization of chemical weap ons and recommended us ing the hydrolysis process. Construction of a deployable system began in Feb ruary, and the rst proto type was available in June. A second was available in September. We could have waited to see what happened and then reacted to that, or we could have moved out ahead of time and then prepared for what might happen or was likely to happen, Kendall said. Fortunately we took the latter course. Aboard the ship, an environmentally sealed tent contains two FDHS units, which will operate 24 hours a day in parallel to complete the chemical warfare agent neutralization mission. Each unit costs about $5 million and contains built-in redundancy and a titanium-lined reactor for mixing the chemical warfare agents with the chemicals that will neutralize them. About 130 gallons of mustard gas can be neutralized at a time, over the course of about two hours, for instance, said Adam Baker, with the Edgewood Chemical Biological Center, Edgewood, Md. e FDHS systems can, depending on the material, process between 5 to 25 metric tons of material a day. With two systems, that means as much as 50 metric tons a day of chemical warfare agents can be destroyed. e mission requires disposal of 700 metric tons of material. But the plan is not to start out on the rst day at full speed, Baker said. ere is a ramp-up period, he noted. Its going to be a slow start. Were going to go very deliberately and safely. Rob Malone, with the Joint Project Manager for Elimination at Edgewood, Md., said the two chemical warfare agents will be neutralized with reagents such as bleach, water or sodium hydroxide. ey are doing a chemical hydrolysis process. It brings the chemical agent together with a reagent, another chemical, Malone said. It creates a chemical reaction that basically destroys the chemical agent in and of itself. e result of that neutralization process will create about 1.5 million gallons of a toxic euent that must be disposed of, but that cannot be used as a chemical weapon. Malone said the euent is similar to other toxic hazardous compounds that industrial processes generate. ere is a commercial market worldwide for disposing of such waste, he noted. Baker said the euent will be acidic and will be PH-adjusted to bring it up to above neutral, as part of the process. e end result will be a liquid that is caustic, similar to commercial drain openers, he added. Malone said the operational plan includes a cycle of six days of disposal plus one day for maintenance of the equipment. On board will be about 220 6,600-gallon containers that will hold the reagents used in the disposal process, and will also be used afterward to hold the euent. Everything will be kind of contained on the ship throughout the entire process, Malone said. e U.S. has never dis posed of chemical weap ons on board a ship before. But it has spent years dis posing of its own chemical weapons on land, using the same process that the FDHS uses. e chemical process is not new, and neither is the technology. e format, eld-deployable, is new, however. e platform, aboard a ship, is also new. ese additions to the process have created challenges for the team. is has not been done on this platform, not been done at sea, Baker said. But it is taking the established operations weve done at several land sites domestically and internationally and is applying them here. In the United States, the U.S. military has been destroying its own chemical weapons for years at places like Aberdeen Proving Ground, Md., and the recently-closed Pine Blu Arsenal, Ala. Lessons from those facilities and others were used to develop the process that will be used aboard the Cape Ray to destroy Syrian chemical weapons. e process for disposing of mustard gas was used at Aberdeen Proving Ground. e process for disposing of DF compound was taken from Pine Blu Arsenal, Baker said. e processes and technologies from those locations were scaled down to make them transportable. Vibration studies were done to learn how lab equipment would operate on board a ship, he said. And the equipment had to be modied to anchor it into the ship using chains. e U.S. chemical weapons demilitarization program often handles munitions that contain chemical weapons, such as rockets and projectiles that include a casing and explosive as well as the chemical component. ats that part that really limits throughput a lot of time, the de-mating of the explosive from the chemical agent and the body, Malone said. But aboard the Cape Ray, the mission will be dierent. It is not munitions that are being demilitarized, but liquid chemical agents. is can be done fairly quickly because all of the material we are receiving are going to be in a bulk conguration, Malone said. Its in large vessels, easily accessible, and for us it gives us a very high throughput. Rick Jordan, captain of the Cape Ray, a mariner for 40 years and an employee of contractor Keystone Shipping Company, said for this mission his crew expanded from 29 to 35. e additional six will support mainly what he calls hotel services on board the ship. Weve got some really good folks on here that know how to train, and weve been training them, he said. eyve got all kinds of shipboard damage control, damage control training and that sort of thing. He also said there is plenty of support for spill response as well as for re suppression. e whole key here is teamwork, he said. ere has been an unbelievable amount of teamwork in this whole process, from the Maritime Administration, Military Sealift Command, to the Keystone Shipping Company. Im humbled by what is going on here. Weve had about three or four days of hard train ing together where weve been making mariners out of them, and theyve been making chemical destruc tion folks out of us. And were going to continue to train. e whole trip will be a combination of production, training and be ing ready for the worst case s cenario. Jordan said he has not yet received sailing orders, but estimated the time to sail to the center of the Mediterranean Sea at about 10 days. e mission will last 90 days. at 90-day mission has about 45 days built in for down days due to bad weather. So the mission could be shorter. Weather is the single most important factor as a mariner that I have got to consider, Jordan said. e good news for the Cape Ray is we have lots of things to mitigate weather on board. He said the ship is equipped with stabilizers to dampen any roll. He also said that because the ship really has no destination, but is rather meant to serve as a platform, he can navigate around weather if need be. Sea trials for the mission have already begun, and the Cape Ray will do more sea trials before it departs on its mission in about two weeks. Its expected the mission will include the neutralization of about 700 metric tons of chemical weapon agents. ose agents will be transferred to the Cape Ray from both Danish and Norwegian ships in a process expected to take about one or two days. U.S. Navy assets will provide security for the ship while it conducts operations, Kendall said. Syrian chem weapons to be destroyed on ship


THE PERISCOPE, NSB KINGS BAY, Thursday, January 9, 2014 13 For the last 20 years, World War II veterans and the ambassadors of Belgium and Luxembourg have gathered annually in December at Arlington National Cemetery to pay tribute to the 19,000 American Soldiers who gave their lives in the Battle of the Bulge, which raged in Europe between Dec. 16, 1944, and Jan. 25, 1945. Ambassadors each rested a wreath at the battles memorial, which honors the 120,000 Americans who fought in the Armys largest land battle in history. Following the ceremony, a wreath was also laid at the Tomb of the Unknowns by the Veterans of the Battle of the Bulge Association. e service this morning is to honor those of our veterans who have passed away as well as those who are still present and can render honors and carry on this tradition each year, said Doug C. Dillard, who serves as president of the association. Today, we have thousands of our Soldiers in harms way, and we wish them the best, and that they will come home soon. Dillard fought in the Battle of the Bulge, and served then as a sergeant with the 551st Parachute Infantry Battalion. Following the presentation of the wreaths, Dillard spoke briey about his time in the Ardenne Forrest. I remember we came in on the eighth of January. After a week of slugging it out with artillery, mortars and small-arms re, we only had 98 people left in our battalion, Dillard said. ey had started with 600 men. e 551st was deactivated in the eld and those of us remaining were reassigned to the 82nd Airborne Division, he said. Following the war, the Army was awarding direct commissions to senior non-commissioned ocers. Dillard became the rst direct-commission second lieutenant in 3rd Army. He retired as a colonel in 1977, with 37-years of service. Aside from being the most territorially expansive battle of World War II, stretching along the Siegfried Line from the Netherlands border to Belgium and Luxembourg, the conict was essentially the ird Reichs nal offensive eort to stop the Allied push into Germany. With 500,000 German soldiers moving at breakneck pace against 60,000 American and 55,000 British troops, the Axis forces laid ambush in an attempt to encircle the Allies and force a negotiated peace in the heavily forested Ardennes region of eastern Belgium and northern Luxembourg. Canteen water froze solid as did the warriors from both sides, who died from wounds or exposure and morphed into gruesome and frozen statues. Cold, freezing cold, snow every day and up to your butt and hail ... thats what you had to remember; you had to function no matter what, recalled George L. Watson, who was 20 when he enlisted as a survey and instrument man in a heavy weapons company with the 87th Inf. Div. We werent adequately clothed when the battle broke out and there was a lot of trench foot until the Army gave us rubbers for our feet. We lived in foxholes and would put tree boughs over to avoid the airburst and other trees falling around us from blasts, the New Yorker said. You fought every day to survive and hoped to just keep moving to stay warm. If you stopped you frequently fell asleep on your feet with your rie supporting you. No Christmas meal, just K-rations and more K-rations ... I hate Spam to this day. Another heavy weapons Soldier, John McAullie, came in with the 347th Regt. He was a replacement specialist in 81mm mortars, and would move through three more campaigns, which ended with V-E Day. at was a great day when the 11th Panzer Division surrendered to us, McAullie said. We stopped pushing about four miles from the Czech border and stayed for maybe a month doing occupation work and then we were scheduled to go home, which we did in July. We had a months furlough and then were scheduled to do the invasion of Japan, but the bomb was dropped. Brig. Gen. Mike Paul Delobel, Belgium Defense Attach attended the event. He said the commemoration was important to himself and sta but also to the youth of today. Its important to remember these veterans and what they did for us nearly 70 years ago, he said. Its also important that our young people remember so they can make sure it doesnt happen again. By the end of the battle, Germany had suered 85,000 casualties with more than 17,000 killed. e battle so depleted the Reichs war-making resources, that it would unconditionally surrender, May 8, 1945, Victory in Europe Day. Battle of Bulge marked Tank played key roleOne day after Christmas 1945, Cobra King battled its way into World War II history. Today Cobra King sits overlooking the back gate of Rose Barracks in Vilsack, Germany, a nearly forgotten silent steel hulk. On Dec. 26, 1944, the same Sherman Jumbo tank and its crew led a combined infantry and armor column that relieved Soldiers of the 101st Airborne Division surrounded by the enemy in Bastogne, Belgium, during the Battle of the Bulge. e tanks moniker comes from the tank corps tradition of naming vehicles with the rst letter of their companies designations. Cobra King went into battle with tankers from Company C, 37th Tank Battalion. One longtime U.S. Army Garrison Grafenwoehr civilian employee said the tank has been in place at Rose Barracks for at least 10 years. Sgt. Brian Stigall of the 5th Battalion, 7th Air Defense Artillery, said he drove past the tank many times while training on Rose Barracks, but normally paid little attention to it. But after Stigall attended a historical re-enactment of the Battle of the Bulge re-enactment, the Jumbo by the bases back gate suddenly stood out in his mind. A historical marker outside a still-standing bunker on the outskirts of Bastogne displays images of Cobra King that reminded the air defense artilleryman of the tank in Vilseck. After a tour of duty at Fort Bliss, Texas, Stigall said, he returned to Germany and began a mission to track down the vehicles history. He started his quest with Steven Ruhnke, the 1st Armored Division museum curator in Baumholder, Germany, who introduced him to U.S. Army Europe sta curator Gabriele E. Torony. Torony knew just who to enlist to get to the bottom of Cobra Kings identity Charles Lemons, curator for the Patton Museum at Fort Knox, Ky. Lemons is considered the Armys top authority on tanks, she said. Lemons research and expertise shed more light on the background of the Armys Shermans and unveiled details that suggested the tank in Vilseck might indeed be Cobra King. Cobra King is one of only 254 M4A3E2 Jumbos built by the Fisher Tank Arsenal, starting in June 1944. e rst versions of the 42-ton Jumbos carried a 75mm main gun, two 50-caliber and one 30-caliber machine guns. Cobra King was later upgraded to 76mm in 1945, according to Lemons ndings. e upgrade was or


14 THE PERISCOPE, NSB KINGS BAY, Thursday, January 9, 2014 dered by 3rd Army commander Gen. George S. Patton to make Cobra King a more eective anti-tank weapon, Lemons said. e tank was simply upgunned a simple process that was done at the order of Gen. Patton in March to April 1945, Lemons wrote in an e-mail to USAREUR historians. Stigall said Baltimore historian Joe DeMarco pointed out several more clues that helped the sergeant identify the tank: mismatched road wheels, reversed return and tension rollers. DeMarcos records also show the vehicles location from the end of World War II to today. Ruhnke said it was part of the 1st Armored Divisions historic vehicle collection through the 1980s and was transferred to the 3rd Infantry Division museum in 1989. e historians also provided the strongest evidence of the tanks identity information on its serial and registration numbers. Records show the tank in question had a registration number of 3083081 and Cobra Kings number (is) 3083084, as seen in the famous photo from Bastogne, Stigall said. Torony said the current number was incorrectly painted on the tanks turret during periodic maintenance. DeMarcos records pointed out several additional keys to the tanks identication, Stigall said. Boot Camp, again Boot camp can humble anyone. e college graduate and the high school slacker get treated just the same. Each new arrival wears the same clothes and has the same name, recruit. While most would say this training process is necessary, few would call it fun. It is designed to build condence, resolve and instill the foundation of the Navys traditions. However, not many people would sign up to go there twice. But there are some who love a challenge. Information Systems Technician 1st Class Tracey Chastine is one of those people. She serves as the information assurance manager and leading petty ocer for radio aboard USS Philippine Sea (CG 58). It is her latest assignment in a 14-year career that is about to go fullcircle. She just found out she is going back to boot camp to serve as a recruit division commander at Recruit Training Command in Great Lakes, Ill. I probably shouldnt be this excited, said Chastine. When I tell people Im going back to be an RDC they say, Whoa, OK, good luck with that, And that just makes me want to do it even more. She has served on ve ships and been pulled away from her husband and two sons for two deployments and three individual augmentee assignments to Indonesia, Djibouti and Afghanistan. en there are the countless other training exercises. Week-long underway and month-long cruises ll the spaces in between. So when it came time to pick new orders, an easy shore duty assignment was an obvious rst choice. Maybe Hawaii or San Diego with beaches and sun. e reward Chastine wants though is not spending weekends sipping umbrella-topped drinks on some beach. Her payo comes in another form, pushing boots in Great Lakes. She will be on the other side of the knife-edge this time around, but she will still be on the same schedule as the recruits. Back to daily inspections, constant physical training, early mornings and late nights, seven days a week. And while recruits stay for eight weeks, she will be there for three years; she remains undeterred. I feel like at this point in my career I have done the eet, Chastine said. I want to take what Ive experienced, everything that Ive learned, how I was brought up in the Navy and the best way to give back is to go be an RDC. According to NAVADMIN 085/13, initial orders to RTC are to RDC C School via a three-week intermediate stop at a Navy Instructor Training Course to obtain the 9502 (Military Training Specialist) Navy Enlisted Classication. Candidates must then pass RDC C School, which is a 13-week training course that provides prospective RDCs with the skills, knowledge, and physical readiness to succeed as an RDC. Its a tough billet, said Chief Electricians Mate Odely Aime, who was an RDC for three-and-a-half years. Its knowing that you have a bunch of new recruits that you have to train to become new Sailors. Your output, the way you train them, is what you are going to produce in the Navy and that is the hardest part. Ships Serviceman Seaman Tyesha Pointer said she likes that Chastine is a woman who takes the lead and shows authority. Pointer wanted a mentor who would set the example and who would challenge her. She wanted to know there was someone who cares about what she is doing. She saw that in Chastine. ats why she chose Chastine to be her mentor and thats why she is sure she will make a great RDC. Shes a wonderful person, said Pointer. Shes a character. Shell give you a good laugh after she yells at you. I hope to bring a little bit of the old school, and learn a little bit of the new school and blend it together, Chastine said. Mainly, have them be able to look at me and say, You know what, it can be done. I made it on my own and Im independent. It can be done regardless of where you are coming from. To have a woman, African-American, standing in front of them successful; I think that right there will be enough for a lot of them to see if she can do it, I can do it too. By all accounts going back to boot camp to be an RDC is even more challenging than arriving there as a recruit. Some people say the bigger the challenge the bigger the reward. For Chastine, the challenge is the reward. Tank


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