Approximately 16,000 ran-domly selected female officersand enlisted are being asked toparticipate in the online surveyon t...
2May23,2013SeabeeCourierNCBCCommanding OfficerCapt. Rick BurgessPublic Affairs OfficerRob MimsEditorBonnie L. McGerrMass C...
3May23,2013SeabeeCourierAroundtheAnti-Terrorism/Force Protection Training Services (TRA-SUP) Instructors of Pre-Commission...
Families OverComing UnderStress (FOCUS) on board theNaval Construction BattalionCenter has a new site director,Jane Carey,...
5May23,2013SeabeeCourierThe Zinghoppers band, performed live for the 4 and 5-year-olds enrolled at theChild Development Ce...
In honor of Memorial Day (May 27), the New OrleansZephyrs are offering free admission to military (active, re-tired, reser...
Sailors looking to enhance their career by working outside their rateshould consider becoming an Equal Opportunity Advisor...
During the busy season of militarytransfers, adjusting to new commu-nities and registering children forschool, more than 2...
Naval Construction BattalionCenter (NCBC) Gulfport hosted14 educators for a Gulf CoastEducators Appreciation AwardsCeremon...
FREE Movies at theTraining Hall are Back!Take a load off. Sit backand watch the big screenall by yourself for somealone ti...
BILOXI NATIONAL CEME-TERY - The Biloxi NationalCemetery Memorial Committeeis asking for volunteers toplace approximately 1...
Memorial Day is a time of re-membrance of those who havedied in service to our great na-tion. Pause for a moment thisholid...
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  1. 1. Approximately 16,000 ran-domly selected female officersand enlisted are being asked toparticipate in the online surveyon the fit, design and durabilityof Navy uniforms in a Fleet-widesurvey announced in NAVADMIN127/13.Letters were mailed April 30 toparticipants notifying them oftheir selection and providing in-structions on accessing andcompleting the survey. The on-line survey will be open for ap-proximately 90 days.The decision to do the fleet-wide survey was made after in-terviews and focus groupsdetermined that there was aneed to gather more feedbackon womens uniform concernsand recommendations.Survey questions will addresslevels of satisfaction with servicedress, service and working uni-forms and components. The sur-vey will also ask about fit andhip-to-waist ratio of slacks; thecomfort of shirt collars; andpreference for shirt lining, shoul-der stitching and yoke on serviceuniform shirts.For more information on uni-forms and uniform policy, visitthe Navy Uniform Matters web-site at Construction Battalion Center, Gulfport, Mississippi May 23, 2013Vol. 53 No. 11 Mass Casualty DrillNMCB 11 Mass Casualty DrillCAMP SHELBY, Miss. - Seabees assigned to Naval Mobile Construction Battalion(NMCB) 11 participate in a mass casualty drill during a Field Exercise (FEX) in whichthe battalion is evaluated in various areas of readiness prior to a deployment cycle.NMCB 11 is a Seabee battalion specializing in contingency construction, disaster re-sponse, and humanitarian assistance. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist1st Class Jonathan Carmichael/Released)From Chief of NavalPersonnel Public AffairsNavy AnnouncesFleet-Wide WomensUniform SurveyRecruits undergo a uniform inspection at Recruit TrainingCommand, the Navys only boot camp. The Navy is currentlyconducting a uniform survey to determine if service womenare satisfied with the fit and durability of their uniforms.(U.S. Navy photo by Brian Walsh/Released)
  2. 2. 2May23,2013SeabeeCourierNCBCCommanding OfficerCapt. Rick BurgessPublic Affairs OfficerRob MimsEditorBonnie L. McGerrMass Comm. SpecialistMCC(SCW/SW/AW)Ryan G. WilberSpecial ContributorsCECN(SCW) Lucinda MoiseUTCN Alicia FlutyThe Seabee Courier is aweekly authorized on-linepublication for members ofthe military services and theirfamilies. Content does notnecessarily reflect the officialviews of the U.S. Govern-ment, the DoD or the U.S.Navy and does not imply en-dorsement thereof. The ap-pearance of advertising in thisnewspaper, including insertsor supplements, does notconstitute endorsement bythe U. S. Government, DoD,the Navy or NCBC Gulfport ofthe products and services ad-vertised. All content in thisnewspaper shall be madeavailable for purchase, use orpatronage without regard torace, color, religion, gender,national origin, age, maritalstatus, physical handicap, po-litical affiliation or any othernon-merit factor of the pur-chaser, user or patron. If aviolation or rejection of thisequal opportunity policy byan advertiser is confirmed,the publisher shall refuse toprint advertising from thatsource until the violation iscorrected. The Seabee Couriersolicits news contributionsfrom military and civiliansources, but the Public Affairsstaff reserves the right to editand/or rewrite material se-lected for publication to con-form with journalismstandards. The deadline formaterial is close of businessevery Friday. Your commentsare always welcome. TheSeabee Courier office is inBuilding 1, Room 205. Themailing address is 4902 Mar-vin Shields Blvd., Code 15,Gulfport, MS 39501. Phone:228-871-3662., Email:seabeecourier@navy.milVolunteers needed at Biloxi National CemeteryThe Biloxi National Cemetery MemorialCommittee is asking for volunteers toplace approximately 18,000 flags onthe gravesides at Biloxi National Ceme-tery, 400 Veterans Ave., May 25 at 8a.m. for the Memorial Day weekend.Military personnel do not need to be inuniform and family members are en-couraged to participate. For more in-formation, please call Liz Burchett at228-871-2427 or 228-860-8678.Recently atthe CourthouseCourts-martial in Navy RegionSoutheast recently heard the fol-lowing cases:At a general court-martial con-vened on board Naval Air StationPensacola, a Hospitalman wasfound guilty of assault and driv-ing under the influence. Themilitary judge sentenced the Ac-cused to 446 days confinement,reduction in rate to E-1, and aBad Conduct Discharge.At a special court-martial con-vened on board Naval StationMayport, a Fireman was foundguilty of larceny. The militaryjudge sentenced the Accused tofive months confinement, reduc-tion in rate to E-1, and a BadConduct Discharge.At a special court-martial con-vened on board Naval Air StationJacksonville, an Airman wasfound guilty of unauthorized ab-sence and wrongfully using oxy-codone, a Scheduled IIcontrolled substance. The mili-tary judge sentenced the Ac-cused to 94 days confinement,reduction in rate to E-1, and aBad Conduct Discharge.At a special court-martial con-vened on board Naval Air StationJacksonville, a First Class PettyOfficer was found guilty of frat-ernization and living with a mar-ried woman who was not hiswife. The military judge sen-tenced the Accused to 45 dayshard labor without confinement,45 days restriction, reduction inrate to E-4, forfeiture of $1,000pay per month for two months,and a reprimand.At a general court-martial con-vened on board Naval Air StationJacksonville, a Corporal wasfound not guilty of committingindecent conduct.At a special court-martial con-vened on board Naval Air StationJacksonville, a First Class PettyOfficer was found guilty of com-mitting indecent conduct. Themilitary judge sentenced the Ac-cused to 110 days confinement,reduction in rate to E-3, and aBad Conduct Discharge.At a special court-martial con-vened on board Naval Air StationJacksonville, a First Class PettyOfficer was found guilty of falseofficial statement, larceny, andknowingly executing a schemeto obtain moneys owned by orunder the custody or control ofa financial institution. The mili-tary judge sentenced the Ac-cused to 60 days confinementand reduction in rate to E-5.At a special court-martial con-vened on board Naval Air StationJacksonville, a Third Class PettyOfficer was found guilty of falseofficial statement, wrongfullyusing amphetamines, wrongfullypossessing amphetamines andmethadone, a Schedule II con-trolled substance, and larceny.The military judge sentenced theAccused to one year confine-ment, forfeiture of $1,010 payper month for 10 months, reduc-tion in rate to E-1, and a BadConduct Discharge.Courts-martial in Navy RegionSoutheast are tried with few ex-ceptions at Naval Air StationJacksonville, Naval Station May-port, and Naval Air Station Pen-sacola. Therefore, the locationof where a court-martial de-scribed above was conveneddoes not necessarily correlate tothe command that convened thecourt-martial. Adjudged sen-tences may be modified by pre-trial agreement or clemency.From Navy Region SoutheastPublic AffairsMemorial Day Ceremonies13th Annual Memorial Service Under the Oaks, Diamond-head Country Club, 7600 Country Club CircleMay 25 at 11 a.m. All are welcome.Biloxi National Cemetery, 400 Veterans Avenue, BiloxiMay 27 at 9 a.m. Everyone is invited to attend.Remember to check local media resources for updates on areaMemorial Services.
  3. 3. 3May23,2013SeabeeCourierAroundtheAnti-Terrorism/Force Protection Training Services (TRA-SUP) Instructors of Pre-Commissioning Unit (PCU) Amer-ica (LHA 6), conduct non-lethal weapons training usingOleoresin Capsicum (OC), a form of pepper spray, duringan Auxiliary Security Force (ASF) Academy outside the Se-curity Forces building on board NCBC Gulfport, May 17.Once the class graduates, the students will join NCBC Gulf-port’s ASF and be qualified to carry and use lethal andnon-lethal weapons. (U.S. Navy photo by Utilitiesman Con-structionman Alicia Fluty/Released)Lew Fountain, Naval Construction Battalion Center (NCBC)Gulfport emergency manager, conducts a working group dis-cussion with the NCBC Gulfport Installation ManagementTeam during hurricane preparedness exercise HURREX/CitadelGale 2013 at the Emergency Operations Center (EOC) onboard NCBC Gulfport, May 17. The team met to discuss emer-gency measures required if the simulated hurricane were tointensify and the base move to Tropical Condition III over theweekend. (U.S. Navy photo by Chief Mass Communication SpecialistRyan G. Wilber/Released)CenterA Construction Electrician (CE) “C” School student, exe-cutes a timed pole top climbing qualification at the pole fieldon board NCBC Gulfport, May 20. This particular qualifica-tion is a pole top rescue, which consist of climbing up a pole,tying a rope around a mannequin’s waist, lowering it downand performing cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) withinfive minutes. (U.S. Navy photo by Utilitiesman ConstructionmanAlicia Fluty/Released)“Hopefully, with my family inLouisiana, enjoying the day.”“Cooking, spending time withmy daughter relaxing and re-membering those who camebefore us and sacrificed theirlives for our freedom.”PSSN Kiyanna HarrisNMCB 11Hometown: Oakland, Calif.“How do you plan to cele-brate Memorial Day?”EOCA Kenneth EllettNMCB 11Hometown: Richmond, Va.By CECN(SCW) Lucinda MoiseNCBC Public AffairsBuzz onthe StreetTiffany OwensNavy Exchange employeeHometown: Oak Grove, La.“Sitting back and remem-bering those who made itpossible for me to wearthis uniform.”
  4. 4. Families OverComing UnderStress (FOCUS) on board theNaval Construction BattalionCenter has a new site director,Jane Carey, who brings withher a wealth of knowledgewhich will help maintain theprograms momentum.“I hope to continue the won-derful relationship that theSeabees have with FOCUS andhopefully increase the numberof families and couples whouse FOCUS to build closer fam-ilies,” Carey said.The new director is a highlyexperienced licensed profes-sional counselor, who earnedher Bachelor of Science in In-formation and a Master of Sci-ence in Counseling fromJackson State University, andhas seven years of experienceworking as a Military and Fam-ily Life Consultant (MFLC) sup-porting service members andtheir families. Prior to her workas a MFLC, Carey worked formore than 15 years in commu-nity mental health and privatepractice.“She has a lot of experience,”said Bet Ramsey, FOCUS fam-ily resiliency trainer. “I amlooking forward to collaborat-ing with her.”The collaboration has begunas the duo is looking for waysto increase the amount of peo-ple who utilize the FOCUSteam.“I’m very proud and excitedto be working with theSeabees,” Carey said. “I wouldlike every to know that FOCUSis here to help in any way wecan.”Her team can provide re-siliency training to militaryfamilies by teaching them skillsto deal with the deploymentand reintegration challengeswhile learning problem solvingand communication skills. TheFOCUS Project is a Bureau ofMedicine and Surgery(BUMED) initiated programthat essentially teaches how tobe a healthy, happy, resilientmilitary family.4May23,2013SeabeeCourierNCBC welcomes newFOCUS site directorBy CECN Lucinda L. MoiseNCBC Public AffairsJane CareyCelebrating Asian Pacific American HeritageWLOX News reporter and guest speaker, Trang Pham-Bui,addresses attendees of the Naval Construction BattalionCenter (NCBC) Gulfport 2013 Asian American and PacificIslander celebration hosted by the NCBC Diversity Com-mittee at the Navy Operational Support Center (NOSC)Drill Deck on board NCBC Gulfport. The program includedtraditional dance and song performances, a martial artsdemonstration and a sampling of Asian cuisine.Below: Dance partners Hospital Corpsman 1stClass Fredrick Smith, assigned to Navy Mobi-lization Processing Site (NMPS) Gulfport andHospital Corpsman 2nd Class Arlyne Guidera(front), assigned to NMPS Gulfport, and Lt.Cmdr. Cheryll Hawthorne, NMPS officer-in-charge and Father Laster of the AmericanCatholic Church Organization perform a Carin-iosa dance during the NCBC Asian Americanand Pacific Islander celebration hosted by theNCBC Diversity Committee, May 16.Above: Left to right - Chief Builder Ronnie Reyes,assigned to Naval Construction Group (NCG) 2,Construction Electrician 3rd Class Jeslyn Deguz-man, assigned to Naval Mobile Construction Bat-talion (NMCB) 74, Casey Wilczynski, a fitnessassistant for Morale, Welfare and Recreation(MWR) and Construction Electrician 3rd ClassRico Velacruz, assigned to NMCB 133 perform atinikling dance during the NCBC Gulfport AsianAmerican and Pacific Islander celebration onboard NCBC Gulfport.U.S. Navy photos by Chief Mass Communications Specialist Ryan G. Wilber/ReleasedConsumer ConfidenceReport (CCR) on NCBCWater Quality . . .Important information about the quality ofyour drinking water is available in the 2012Consumer Confidence Report (CCR) at: a copy of the CCR will not be deliv-ered to you, you may obtain a hard copy fromNCBC Gulfport’s Environmental Office locatedin building 322, room 103 or by emailing a re-quest for a copy PWD Environ-mental encourages all customers with con-cerns or questions to contact them directly at228-871-2373.
  5. 5. 5May23,2013SeabeeCourierThe Zinghoppers band, performed live for the 4 and 5-year-olds enrolled at theChild Development Center (CDC) on board NCBC Gulfport, May 14. The Zing-hoppers are an Emmy award winning educational children’s band broadcastedon Public Broadcasting Service (PBS). The band is currently on tour and made aspecial stop to CDC before moving on to several other sites in the area. (U.S. Navyphotos by Construction Electrician Constructionman Lucinda L. Moise/Released)CDC kids enjoy visit with ZinghoppersLADD . . .Leaders Against Drunk DrivingLADD is a program spon-sored by the NCBC/NCG2First Class Association. Themission of LADD is to pre-vent drunk driving on boardNCBC Gulfport by providingrides for any service mem-ber who needs assistancegetting home after an outingthat involves alcohol.~ LADD is strictly confi-dential. NO REPRISAL!~ LADD will take individ-ual home only, no stops.~ Volunteerswho stand thewatch are on call24/7.~ It is always important tohave a plan in place whengoing out in town, but ifyour plans fall through,please call LADD and we willpick you up!100 percent confidential,zero reprisal!Call 228-239-9007Pitch In, Use the Bin!NCBC is a No Litter Zone!
  6. 6. In honor of Memorial Day (May 27), the New OrleansZephyrs are offering free admission to military (active, re-tired, reserve) and their families (up to four free tickets). Totake advantage of this opportunity, just show your valid Mili-tary ID at the box office on the day of game and get up to 4tickets for free. The game begins at 1 p.m., with the gatesopen at noon. For field location and more information on theZephyrs, visit,2013SeabeeCourierRace Engines, Dirt Bikes,ATV’s, Cigarette Boats,ZodiacsAre you up to the challenge of hard work and repairingunique SOF equipment?Naval Special Warfare Development Group is seeking ac-tive duty Construction Mechanics and all other Seabeerates.- Motivated/Volunteer- Pass Navy PFA- E4 - E6- No NJP- No bankruptcy- Obtain Secret/TOP SecretclearanceEmail us at ! orcontact your detailer to request additional information.NMCB 11 - Field Exercise - Camp ShelbySeabees assigned to Naval Mobile Construction Battalion (NMCB) 11 re-ceive feedback from evaluators with Naval Construction Group (NCG) 2while participating in a Field Exercise (FEX) in which the battalion is eval-uated in various areas of readiness prior to a deployment cycle. NMCB11 is a Seabee battalion specializing in contingency construction, disas-ter response, and humanitarian assistance. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Com-munication Specialist 1st Class Jonathan Carmichael / Released)Builder 3rd Class Hammos D. Pugh, right, from Gulfport, Miss., andBuilder 3rd Class Philip J. Melendez, from Tucson, Ariz., both assignedto Naval Mobile Construction Battalion 11, construct a four-hole-burnoutas part of a field exercise in which the battalion is evaluated in variousareas of readiness prior to a deployment cycle. (U.S. Navy photo by MassCommunication Specialist 1st Class Jonathan Carmichael/Released)Who remembers last hurricaneseason? Were you ready? The2013 Hurricane Season beginsJune 1. To help get ready, visit admission toNew Orleans ZephyrsAAA baseball game
  7. 7. Sailors looking to enhance their career by working outside their rateshould consider becoming an Equal Opportunity Advisor (EOA), Navyleaders said May 22."Equal opportunity advisors play a vital role in the Navys ability tomaintain operational readiness and accomplish its mission," said SeniorChief Sonar Technician (Surface) Mark Vandervort, EOA detailer, NavyPersonnel Command (NPC).According to MILPERSMAN 1306-917, EOAs can stimulate a free-flowof communication at all levels within a chain of command, making theman invaluable asset to the Navy.Vandervort says EOAs are command climate experts who strengthen achain of command by keeping leadership aware of any equal opportu-nity related issues as well as procedures and practices that may affectthe mission, readiness, welfare and morale of Sailors."Those commands that can capitalize on their Sailors skill sets arethose that perform the best," said Vandervort. "As the command climateexpert, it is the EOAs responsibility to assess the command climate anddetermine not only what is working right within a command, but alsoidentify potential barriers that may prohibit Sailors from achieving theirfull potential."Sailors in pay grades E-6 to E-9 may be eligible to apply for EOA dutyafter being interviewed by an EOA.To become an EOA, Sailors must earn the 9515 Equal Opportunity Ad-visor Navy Enlisted Classification (NEC) by attending the Defense EqualOpportunity Management Institute (DEOMI) at Patrick Air Force Base inCocoa Beach, Fla."The EOA course is intense but rewarding," said Vandervort. "Thetraining not only provides students with the tools required to be anEOA, but also provides them with a variety of tools that will allow themto grow as leaders."The 12-week EOA course provides training in gender communicationsand cultural awareness, socialization, conflict management, complaintsprocessing, interpersonal communications, and many other topics."EOAs ensure Sailors are being treated fairly and with the dignity andrespect with which all Sailors should expect to be treated. When utilizedcorrectly, the EOA can be an integral member of the commands leader-ship team," said Vandervort.EOAs are assigned to major shore commands, nuclear aircraft carriers,amphibious assault ships and training commands.A complete listing of eligibility requirements can be found in MILPERS-MAN 1306-917. Sailors who meet the requirements and would like toapply for EOA duty should request release to Special Programs by sub-mitting a completed NAVPERS 1306/7 to their rating detailer prior to en-tering their normal detailing window.The required obligated service for an EOA tour is 36 months, andmembers selected are required to complete two full consecutive EOAtours, one sea and one shore.Special Program detailers assign Sailors to more than 20 special pro-grams Navy-wide, including Recruit Division Commander duty and re-cruiting duty, service on the USS Constitution or the USS ArizonaMemorial, and assignment to the Blue Angels or the Navy CeremonialGuard. MILPERSMAN 1306-900 contains a complete list of special pro-grams available.For more information, visit the EOA Web Page on the NPC website 7May23,2013SeabeeCourierNMCB 74 completes BridgeElement certificationNaval Mobile Construction Bat-talion (NMCB) 74, beganpreparations for their FieldTraining Exercise (FTX) in Sep-tember. The preparations,which include obtainingmultiple certifications, beganwith the battalion working to-ward Bridge Element’s MediumGirder bridge certificationduring an exercise conductedMay 7.As part of the five-phase cer-tification process, the elementparticipated in everything frominstructional class time to thepractical application. The finalpart of the certification processwas to have the 36-personcrew erect a 54 foot MediumGirder Bridge in less than fourhours, spanning a 47 foot gap.After having done so with theassistance of the officer incharge and assistant officer incharge, the team was able tosuccessfully execute and com-plete the bridge within the al-lotted time, while maintaining100 percent accountability ofpersonnel and equipment.Bridge Element Officer inCharge, Ensign Spencer Bull,said that he was able to take agood deal of lessons learnedfrom the experience.“We were a fast crew, andmanaged to complete thebridge on time. However, oneof the things that I did learn isthat we shouldn’t rush the pal-liating of the materials,” saidBull. “There is always morethan one way to do things,and we should consider all theoptions.”The Bridge Element’s suc-cessful certification was an in-tegral part in the battalion’soverall mission readiness andanother example of Seabeesmaintaining critical skill sets inpreparation for their upcomingdeployment.By NMCB 74 Public AffairsMembers of Naval Mobile Construction Battalion (NMCB)74’s Bridge Element work to erect a 54 foot Medium GirderBridge as part of the battalion’s preparation for a Sep-tember Field Training Exercise. (U.S. Navy photo/Released)Naval Mobile Construction Battalion (NMCB) 74 Seabees make progress in erecting a54 foot Medium Girder bridge during an exercise on board Naval Construction Battal-ion Center (NCBC) Gulfport, May 7. The exercise is part of a multifaceted certificationprocess conducted in order to prepare the battalion for a September Field Exercise.(U.S. Navy photo/Released)NCBC Security Reminder . . . To prevent both personal and governmentalproperty theft, NCBC Security would like to remind you to remember to securevehicles, personal compartments, work spaces, compounds, and buildings. Don’tbe a target!Special programs:Think EqualOpportunity AdvisorBy MC2 Andrea PerezNavy Personnel Command Public Affairs Office
  8. 8. During the busy season of militarytransfers, adjusting to new commu-nities and registering children forschool, more than 2,000 museumsacross the nation will open theirdoors, free of charge, to servicemembers and their families as abreak from the summer challenges,a Defense Department official saidthis week.From Memorial Day, May 27,through Labor Day, Sept. 2, all ac-tive duty service members, NationalGuardsmen and reservists and theirfamilies can take advantage of thiscultural and educational opportunityin all 50 states.“It’s an exciting, inspiring, educa-tional and economical activity forour families to enjoy this summer,”said Navy Cmdr. Leslie Hull-Ryde, aPentagon spokeswoman.Launching its fourth year in a newsconference today at the SmithsonianAmerican Art Museum, the 2013Blue Star Museums Program is acollaboration among the DefenseDepartment, Blue Star Families, theNational Endowment for the Artsand the museums to give servicemembers and their families a way tospend time together in their localmuseums.“After long deployments, rigoroustraining schedules and very longhours, our time with our families isvery limited and extremely preciousto us,” Hull-Ryde said. “We are sograteful [to have] these programs.This program is an investment inour families.”A record number of museums areparticipating this year. The programbegan in 2010 with free access toabout 600 museums, while thisyear’s 2,000 is a figure that’s stillgrowing, Blue Star Families and NEAofficials said.“This program is helping us makememories -- memories for our fami-lies,” Hull-Ryde said. “But it’s morethan that. It is making a differencenot only in the force of today, but inthe force of the future.”For a list of participating museums,go to: Watch:Health Watch:When the alarm goes off in themorning, and your brain’s cellsbegin to stir, a myriad of possible“first thoughts” might pop intoyour head.“The minivan needs gas for themorning car pool.” “Should I for-give my husband for the fight wehad last night?” “Don’t forget toget something for Father’s Day.”“I wonder if Junior will pass hisCalculus exam.”None of these early morningcontemplations can accuratelypredict the course of the rest ofyour day, but there is one partic-ular “first thought” that is a defi-nite Red Flag. If you wake up inthe morning, and think, “I need anap,” you can bet your overpricedwrinkle cream that the rest ofyour day is pretty much gonnablow.I know this, because that is ex-actly what I’ve been thinkinglately. I’ve been dragging myweary bones out of bed all week,when all I want to do is crawlback under the covers and hidefrom the inevitable calamity ofmy unmanageable schedule.Is it the exams, events and finalgrade panic of the end of theschool year that’s got me want-ing to stay in bed? Well, notquite. Is it my son’s Eagle ScoutCeremony, which we insanely de-cided to host at our house thisweekend for over 50 people?Well, not exactly. Is it the factthat my husband is being winedand dined all week while on awork trip in South America whileI am left driving this runawaytrain? Well, yes, but not entirely.Or could it be that we are mov-ing to Rhode Island in less than amonth, and we’re nowhere nearready? Well, yeah, maybe. Or isit the fact that I am franticallyscribbling this column on a legalpad at Starbucks, because I justkilled my laptop when I knockedmy coffee onto the keyboard 12minutes ago, and fear that Imight have to use my thumbs totap this thing into my Smart-phone to get it to the editors?Heck yes, truth be told.But it’s not any one thing thathas me dreaming of naps. It’sthe totality of my circumstancesas a middle-aged Navy wife andmother of three teens.Recently, I was lamenting my tomy neighbor, a 25-year Navy wifewith two grown boys, when shevalidated my malaise. “Yea, I re-member when the boys were inhigh school,” she said, “and I toldmy husband one day, ‘I’m ex-hausted.’ He told me to go take anap, and I told him, ‘No, I mean,I’m globally tired after 18 yearsof raising kids. Thirty minutes ofshut eye ain’t gonna cut it.’”Ironically, now that her boyshave flown the coop and she’s anempty nester, she’s napping morethan ever, just because she can.The rest of us middle-agedmoms must keep slogging along,waiting for the day when ourschedules ease up enough thatwe can enjoy the luxury of a deli-cious afternoon nap. In themeantime, we can take comfortin the [slightly modified] immor-tal words of poet Emma Lazarus,thoughtfully inscribed on thebase of our Statue of Liberty:“Give me your tired, yourpoor,Your befuddled housewivesyearning to break free,With wretched refuse in theirteeming heads.Send these, the napless, tem-pest-tost to me,And I’ll tuck them all intotheir comfy beds!"8May23,2013SeabeeCourierGet more wit and observationsfrom Lisa at her blog,‘The Meat & Potatoes‘The Meat & Potatoesof Life’of Life’By Lisa Smith MolinariMilitary Spouse ContributerThe dog days . . .NCIS has two new anonymousways to report crimes or suspiciousbehavior with the use of discreetand secure online or texting tiplines.To report information by Celltext:1. Text “NCIS” to the short code274637 (CRIMES) from any cell orsmart phone.2. Receive a response, for example:“Your alias is: S2U5 Call 911 if ur-gent! If replies put you at risk, text“STOP”3. Begin dialogueTo report information Online:1. Go to, click onthe “Report a Crime” tab and selectthe icon for “text and Web tip Hot-line.”There is a reward of up to $1,000 forinformation leading to a felony ar-rest or apprehension.See Something Wrong,Do Something Right!Are you and your family up for PCS orders?Has the medical condition that is reflected on your EFM pack-age changed?If you answered “Yes” to either of these questions, then it’stime to update your EFM package!The Exceptional Family Member program is mandatory forspouses and children that have medical and educational needswhich require special consideration for the family’s location.Because of this, it is important that you enroll and maintainEFM status as applicable. Failure to do so will result in possi-ble relocation of family members away from the Active Dutyservice member.If you have any questions, please contact HM2 IzabelaBrazinsky at 228-822-5754, NBHC Gulfport Dental Clinic; orMary Ann Robinson at 228-871-4257, Fleet and Family SupportCenter (FFSC).By HM2 Izabela BrazinskyNBHC Clinic GulfportExceptional FamilyMember enrollmentinformationBy Terri Moon CronkAmerican Forces Press ServiceTroops can visit museumsfree of charge for summer
  9. 9. Naval Construction BattalionCenter (NCBC) Gulfport hosted14 educators for a Gulf CoastEducators Appreciation AwardsCeremony at the HeritageCenter on Board NCBC Gulf-port, May 21.According to Kevin Byrd,NCBC school liaison officer, theceremony was held to recog-nize Gulf Coast educators whohad gone above and beyond insupport of military children.“They do so much for ourchildren, student-to-studentsponsoring for new militarystudents, making sure theyknow where their classes areand are familiar with theschool. Some schools alsohave deployment groups tohelp students when a parent isaway. We are very apprecia-tive of all that they do,” saidByrd.In his opening remarks,Capt. Rick Burgess, command-ing officer, NCBC Gulfport,spoke of his command’s role insupport of military families,particularly providing supportto family members in gettingtheir kids set up right in thelocal schools.“Supporting our familiesthrough helping to make theirkids successful … giving themthe tools, giving them thehelp, setting the right condi-tions, so that they can reallysucceed to the maximum ex-tent possible is very important.I think we’ve backed that upby putting the resources there,putting key people there, andwe’ve enjoyed tremendoussupport from you [educators],”said Burgess.Byrd said he hopes the inau-gural event will become an an-nual event and grow in theyears to come.For more information aboutmilitary school programs, con-tact Byrd by phone at 228-871-2117, or,2013SeabeeCourierFocus on EducationFocus on EducationFive Love Languages encore . . . Due to anoverwhelming demand, the Five Love Languages workshop isbeing offered June 5, 6 - 8:30 p.m. at the NCBC Chapel Fel-lowship Hall. Free child care and dinner will be provided. CallCmdr. Ruth Goldberg at 228-871-4906 to sign up.NCBC Gulfport recognizes service of Gulf Coast educatorsBy MCC(SCW/SW/AW)Ryan G. WilberNCBC Public AffairsLeft: Gulf Coast educators join Capt. Rick Burgess, commanding of-ficer, NCBC Gulfport, in a ceremonial cake cutting after a Gulf CoastEducators Appreciation Awards Ceremony held at the Heritage Cen-ter on Board NCBC Gulfport. During the ceremony, 14 educatorswere recognized for their outstanding support of military children.Above: Coast educators, along with Capt. Rick Burgess, commandingofficer, NCBC Gulfport, and Kevin Byrd (second row, far right), NCBCschool liaison officer, pause for a group photo after a Gulf Coast Ed-ucators Appreciation Awards Ceremony held at the Heritage Center.U.S. Navy photos by Utilitiesman Constructionman Alicia Fluty/Released)NCBC School Liaison OfficerKevin ByrdMWR Building 3521706 Bainbridge Ave.228-871-2117email:
  10. 10. FREE Movies at theTraining Hall are Back!Take a load off. Sit backand watch the big screenall by yourself for somealone time, or make it afamily night and bring thewhole crew! Stop by theSnack Bar on your way into get that buttered moviepopcorn and those othergoodies that help you getlost in the moment. Forgetwhat was playing? No wor-ries - put the movie hotlinein your phone, 228-871-3299 and call anytime!10May23,2013SeabeeCourierAnchors & EaglesAuto HobbyBeehiveChild Development CenterFitness CenterInformation, Tickets &TravelLiberty CenterSeabee Heritage CenterNavy Outdoor RecreationRV ParkThe GrillTraining HallYouth Activities CenterMain Office228-871-4607228-871-2804228-871-4009228-871-2323228-871-2668228-871-2231228-871-4684228-871-3619228-871-2127228-871-5435228-871-2494228-871-4750228-871-2251228-871-2538For MWR programFor MWR programinformation contact:information contact:Friday: Bullet to the Head, R, 6 p.m.; Saturday: AHaunted House, R, 11 a.m., TThe Last Stand, R, 1:30p.m.; Stand Up Guys, R, 3:30 p.m.; Sunday: BeautifulCreatures, PG13, 2 p.m.; Hansel and Greel: WitchHunters, R, 4:30 p.m.Barracks Bash 2013Single Sailors and geographical bachelors came out for an evening of free fun and en-tertainment at the Morale Welfare and Recreation Liberty Barracks Bash, May 17.Guests were served a grilled meal and also participated in activities of friendly com-petition including sumo wrestling, basketball and paint ball. Attendees were also giventhe opportunity to win great prizes including an iPad, Samsung Tablet or Beats head-phones. MWR’s Liberty Program is an exciting program that enhances the quality oflife and well being of service members stationed at Naval Construction Battalion Cen-ter (NCBC) Gulfport and other bases around the world. Liberty promotes team build-ing, camaraderie and offers structured activities, tournaments and tours in alcohol-freeenvironments. (U.S. Navy photos courtesy of MWR/Released)
  11. 11. BILOXI NATIONAL CEME-TERY - The Biloxi NationalCemetery Memorial Committeeis asking for volunteers toplace approximately 18,000flags on the gravesides atBiloxi National Cemetery, 400Veterans Ave., May 25 at 8a.m. for the Memorial Dayweekend. Military personneldo not need to be in uniformand family members are en-couraged to participate. Formore information, please callLiz Burchett at 228-871-2427or 228-860-8678.HABITAT FOR HUMANITY -The Mississippi Gulf CoastHabitat for Humanity is askingfor volunteers to work during aVeteran Resource WorkshopJune 18, 4 - 6:30 p.m. at theWest Harrison CommunityCenter on Espy Ave. in LongBeach. Volunteers will serveas greeters and register atten-dees. Point of contact isKenya Miniard or call228-678-9100, ext. 1009.USO GULF COAST - Interestedin volunteering? We need volun-teers every day to assist at ourcenters throughout the Militarycommunity. Whether you’re inter-ested in providing coffee and con-versation to our traveling troopsor assisting in deployments theUSO Gulf Coast has a special op-portunity for you. We are alsolooking for volunteers to assist incommunity outreach eventsscheduled throughout the year. Tobecome a USO volunteer, you’llneed to create a volunteer profilethrough website allows you to keeptrack of your hours and if youmove to another location yourhours will transfer with you to anyUSO in the world. If you have anyquestions please feel free to con-tact USO Gulf Coast’s ProgramManager, Nicole Lewis We look forwardto having you on our volunteerteam!2013 SPECIAL OLYMPICS -NCBC Gulfport will host the Area 32013 Special Olympics Saturday,June 8. Games will be held out-side of the Fitness Center, nearthe softball fields, and will beginfollowing a 9 a.m. opening cere-mony. An awards ceremony willhappen immediately after thegames conclude. A minimum of200 volunteers are needed to setup, register and accompany theathletes, cheer them on and teardown the site. Volunteer requestforms will be available on eachCommand Quarterdeck and will becollected May 24. Uniform for mili-tary volunteers: Service PT gear;civilians: appropriate athletic at-tire. Please direct inquiries to MCCRyan Wilber, 228- 871-3663 SALVATION ARMY -Volunteers are needed for variousprojects throughout the year.Contact if you have a bit ofspare time to help out.11May23,2013SeabeeCourierNCBC Center Chaplains:Lt. Cmdr. Paul Smith, ChaplainLt. Yoon Choi, ChaplainFor more information about Chapel programs,please call the Chapel at 228-871-2454.Religious ServicesSunday:Gospel: 8 a.m., Catholic Mass: 9:30 a.m., Protestant: 10:30 a.m.Weekday Mass: Tuesdays at 11:15 a.m.Seabee Memorial ChapelSeabee Memorial ChapelNCBC Helping Hands volunteer opportunitiesNCBC Helping Hands volunteer opportunitiesLooking for a church?The Seabee Memorial Chapel holds services every Sunday to suit yourneeds. Protestant Services include a Gospel Service at 8 a.m. and a Wor-ship Service at 10:30 a.m. Catholic Mass is at 9:30 a.m. on Sunday andthe Chapel also holds a weekly Mass on Tuesday at 11:15 a.m.Seabee PantryThe Seabee Pantry is a valuable resource for those military families need-ing a little extra assistance during the month. Please donate as manycanned goods and other nonperishable items as possible. Donationdrop-off sites are located at the Navy Exchange, Chapel, Commissary, Fleetand Family Support Center and Armed Forces Retirement Home. TheSeabee Pantry is for Active Duty, Reserve, Retired and dependents of each.Praise and WorshipThe Seabee Memorial Chapel is looking for new members for the Praise andWorship Team for the 10:30 a.m. Worship Service and the Gospel choir at 8a.m. If you can sing or play an instrument, you are invited to come share yourgift.For more information, please contact the Chapel at 228-981-2454.Chapel OfferingsFREE Services: Fax - Send/Receive: 228-575-5225, Copies, Snacks and Drinks, UnitedThrough Reading Program, Computers with web cams Internet/Email Access, X-BoxOffice hours:Monday-Friday,8 a.m. - 4 p.m.901 CBC 3rd St., Building 114, 228-575-5224GULF COAST USOGULF COAST USO *Text your location for the nearest support resources
  12. 12. Memorial Day is a time of re-membrance of those who havedied in service to our great na-tion. Pause for a moment thisholiday to observe and honor thesacrifices those before us madeso we can truly appreciate ourfreedoms and liberties. MemorialDay weekend marks the begin-ning of the ‘Live to Play – Play toLive’ – Summer 2013 Safety Cam-paign which runs through LaborDay, designed to heighten aware-ness to activities in which Marinesand Sailors are most often injuredor killed, specifically: Car/Motor-cycle crashes; Water activities;Cookouts; Firearms and AlcoholOverindulgenceFollowing these safety tips canprevent accidents not only overthe Memorial Day weekend, butall year long:~ Make sure you’re adequatelyrested prior to travel. Wear yourseatbelt and obey speed limits.Don’t tailgate or text while driv-ing. Check forecasts and com-plete a TRiPS assessment.~ Never swim alone. Know rip-tide signs. Don’t combine alcoholand water activities. Ensuresomeone knows your where-abouts, and estimated returntime.~ Never use gasoline or lighterfluids on grills or camp fires. Keepgrills a safe distance from any-thing flammable. Dispose of foodsleft unattended.~ Know and use the four safetyrules for firearms. Avoid handlingfirearms if under the influence.~ If you’re going to drink -drink responsibly. Drinking anddriving comes with many conse-quences. Have a plan and re-member, KEEP WHAT YOUEARNED.~ Texting and/or talking on thephone while driving are distrac-tions.AT-RISK FACTORS:~ Fatigue; Speeding; Distrac-tions; No Seatbelt; Poor Planning;Lack of Focus; Excessive AlcoholCONSEQUENCES:~ Injury or death; Pain and suf-fering of family and friends; Vehi-cle damage or impounded;Ticket; Fines; Court/Lawyer fees;Loss of License; Jail time; Insur-ance premium increase; Potentialof injuring others; Degradation ofmission readiness and unitmorale.12May23,2013SeabeeCourierSUPPORTFamily Readiness GroupsNMCB 1 FRG invites friends andfamily members to attend FRG meet-ings the second Monday of everymonth at the Youth Activity Center,building 335. Meetings are from 6 - 8p.m. Children are welcome andbabysitting is provided during deploy-ment. Contact FRG President JennyRichter, 11 FRG For more informationregarding the NMCB 11 FRG, pleasevisit oremail us at 74 FRG All families of NMCB74 are invited to the 74 FRG meetingthe third Monday of each month.Meetings are at the MWR Youth Activi-ties Center, building 335, behind theGrinder on NCBC. Socializing begins at5:30 p.m., and meetings begin at 6p.m. Bring a covered dish to share atour potluck dinner. Children are wel-come. Email nmcb74fsg@yahoo.comor visit our Facebook page at“NMCB74 Fearless FRG” for details.NMCB 133 FRG invites all friendsand family members to attend FRGmeetings the first Monday of themonth at 6 p.m. at the Youth Center.Children are welcome and babysittingis provided. Please bring a dish toshare. For more information contactFRG President Jaime Royal at 317-730-4064 or email Log on to the FRG site, OverComing Under Stress(FOCUS), provides resiliency trainingto service members and their familiesby teaching practical skills to helpmeet the challenges of military life, in-cluding how to communicate & solveproblems effectively and to success-fully set goals together. Confidentialand free with family-friendly hours,contact FOCUS today! Call 228- 822-5736 or email Gulf-port@focusproject.orgGulfport Officer’s Spouse ClubThe Gulfport Officers’ Spouses’ Club isa social organization that has FUNwhile helping our community. Wemeet monthly and have special inter-est groups for almost everyone! Formore information, email We hope to seeYOU soon!Navy Wives Clubs of America,Inc. The Navy Wives Clubs of Amer-ica, Inc. is interested in reestablishinga club in the local area. If you are in-terested in joining an organizationthat promotes the health and welfareof any enlisted member of the Navy,Marine Corps or Coast Guard, pleasecontact Darlene Carpenter at 228-342-2271 or Tina O’Shields, 228-357-0513. formore information on NWCA..NMCRSThe Navy-Marine Corps Relief SocietyThrift Shop is located in building 29on Snead Street. The Thrift Shop isstaffed entirely by volunteers, andchild care and mileage are reim-bursed. Retail hours of operation areTuesday and Friday, 9 a.m. - 1 p.m.Volunteers are always welcome. Visitthe NMCRS offices at the Fleet andFamily Support Center, building 30,suite 103 or call 228-871-2610 to findout how to become a part of theNMCRS volunteer team!Gamblers AnonymousThe Fleet and Family Support Centeroffers GA meetings every Thursday at11 a.m. GA is a fellowship of peoplewho share their experience, strengthand hope with each other. All meet-ings are confidential and facilitated byGA. Come to a meeting or call Jim So-riano at 228-871-3000 for more infor-mation.TRAININGNaval Sea Cadets The Gulfportbranch of the Naval Sea Cadets arerecruiting youth ages 11 to 17 for SeaCadets, a nation-wide organizationthat help youth achieve personal suc-cess through nautical training. Meet-ings are the third Saturday of themonth from 8 a.m. until 3 p.m., build-ing 1, 2nd floor conference room.Contact Lt.j.g. Bowling at 228-313-9035 or formore information.SOCIALMiss. Gulf Coast First Class Asso-ciation is always looking for newmembers. Meetings are everyWednesday at 2:30 p.m., at the Fit-ness Center classroom. For more in-formation, contact Associationpresident, CE1 Daniel Shaver, 228-871-2145.NCBC Multi-Cultural DiversityCommittee is seeking members.Meetings are held the first and thirdWednesday of the month at 9 a.m., atthe Seabee Memorial Chapel. ContactBU1 Jerma Cloude, 228-871-2454 fordetails.VFW Post 3937 Long Beach isopen Monday - Thursday from noonuntil 8 p.m., Friday and Saturday fromNoon until 10 p.m., Sunday from noonuntil 7 p.m. The first Friday of themonth is Seafood Night, the remain-ing Fridays are Steak Night. Breakfastis served from 7 to 10 a.m. on Satur-days. VFW meetings are held the sec-ond Wednesday of the month at 7:30p.m. New members are always wel-come. Contact Post Commander BillNorth at 228-863-8602 for info.VFW Post 4526 Orange Grove isopen daily from Noon to 10 p.m. andlocated at 15206 Dedeaux Road, Or-ange Grove. Meetings are the firstWednesday of the month at 7 p.m. Allare welcome and encouraged to at-tend. Call 228-832-0017 for more info.NMCB 62 Alumni GroupNaval Mobile Construction Battalion(NMCB) 62 was recommissioned inGulfport in 1966, and decommissionedin 1989. To become a member, go to or for linksto Seabee historical sites.D.A.V. - Disabled American Veter-ans, Chapter 5 invites Veterans andfuture Veterans to monthly meetingsheld the 3rd Monday of each month at7 p.m. Call Service Officer, SilvaRoyer at 228-324-1888 to find outmore about our organization.Navy Seabee Veterans of America(NSVA) Island X-1, Gulfport is al-ways looking to add new members.You do not have to be retired to be amember. If interested, please con-tact Eugene Cowhick, 228-871-2488 or Robert Smith, 228-871-2436. If you are already a member,please join us on the second Thursdayof each month at 6 p.m. in the A&EChiefs and Officers Club, NCBC Gulf-port, for the Monthly Island X-1 busi-ness meeting. For more informationon NSVA Island X-1, Seabee Gift Store is located inthe Seabee Heritage Center TrainingHall, building 446. Hours are Monday -Friday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Satur-days from 11a.m. to 3 p.m. The shophas a variety of Seabee related mem-orabilia, books and DVD’s. Contact themuseum at or call the gift shop at 228-871-4779 for information on all that isavailable.CENTERNOTESMemorial Day Safety TipsKeep up with what’s happening on NCBC,by following the Seabee Center onFacebook and Twitter