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    • usetopdf27Sep.qxd 9/25/2007 12:57 Page 1 PG 1 COLOR Vol. 44 No. 17 inside this edition Home of the Atlantic Fleet Seabees Gulfport, Mississippi PG 24 COLOR September 27, 2007 Newest battalion recommissions Capt. Jeffrey Borowy receives the command flag from Rear Adm. Richard Cellon during the 25th Naval Construction Regiment recommissioning Sept. 14. See page 4 http://www.cnic.navy.mil/gulfport Photo by MC1 (SW) Terry Spain Naval Mobile Construction Battalion 11 (NMCB 11), Command Master Chief, Master Chief Construction Mechanic (SCW) Thane Halsey, salutes First Naval Construction Division, Rear Adm. Richard Cellon (left) and Commanding Officer of NMCB 11, Cmdr. Stephen Revelas (right) during the commissioning ceremony of NMCB 11. The ceremony was held at Naval Construction Battalion Center, Gulfport, Miss, Sept. 14. NMCB 11 had been decommissioned since Dec. 20, 1969. missioning ceremony. "Getting everything ready for the 14th of September was a challenge," said Pitcairn. "We were limited on everything and we had so many people who were new, weren't familiar with the base or any procedures for commissioning and on top of that, everybody was getting the logistics and structure of the battalion set up." "Eleven has a lot of history and we are the first battalion to be commissioned in 20 See Eleven page 14 Seabee Courier Runners came from up and down the Gulf Coast to take part in the 12th Annual Volkslauf Mud Run onboard CBC Gulfport Sept. 15. See page 6 On September 14, the words "I hereby commission Naval Mobile Construction Battalion Eleven" were spoken for the third time in U.S. Naval history. The first generation Eleven, known as the 11th NCB, served proudly in the Pacific during World War II from 1942-1945. Ironically, the second generation Eleven, which served in the Pacific including several tours in Vietnam from 19531969, was commissioned exactly 54 years ago on September 14, 1953 in Port Hueneme, Calif. Today, the need for critical Seabee skills to support efforts in Iraq and Afghanistan as well as Theater Security Cooperation Plans in the Horn of Africa and the Pacific have helped pave the way for the re-commissioning of NMCB 11. "There were a lot of eyes on us up to the commissioning," explained Lieutenant William "Ross" Pitcairn. Pitcairn was the first CEC officer to report to the precommissioned NMCB Eleven in March when he took the lead in coordinating the planning efforts for the com- September 27, 2007 By MC2 Erick S. Holmes NMCB 11 Public Affairs 24
    • 12:57 Page 2 PG 2 B&W CLEAN NCBC/20SRG Commanding Officer Capt. Van Dobson Public Affairs Officer Jean Remley Editor Bonnie L. McGerr Mass Comm. Specialist MC1 (SW) Terry Spain MCSN Brian McCarthy 22 NCR Commander Capt. Robert A. McLean III Public Affairs Officer MCC(SCW) Jeffrey J. Pierce MCSA Chrystal Booth NMCB ONE Commanding Officer Cmdr. Dean A. Tufts Public Affairs Officer Chaplain (Lt.) Sharon Wheaton Mass. Comm. Specialists MC2 Chad Runge MC2 Demetrius Kennon MC2 Ja'lon Rhinehart NMCB ELEVEN Cmdr. Steven K. Revelas Mass Comm. Specialist MC2 Erick S. Holmes NMCB SEVENTY FOUR Commanding Officer Cmdr. Craig S. Prather Public Affairs Officer Lt.j.g. Gregg Hazlett Mass Comm. Specialist MC2 Gregory N. Juday MC3 John Hulle 25 NCR Commander Capt. Jeffrey T. Borowy Mass Comm. Specialist MCSN Jeffrey Militzer Seabee Courier September 27, 2007 NMCB SEVEN 2 Commanding Officer Cmdr. John J. Adametz Public Affairs Officer Lt. Martie Johnson Mass Comm. Specialists MC2 Michael B. Lavender MC2 Paul D. Williams NMCB ONE THIRTY THREE Commanding Officer Cmdr. Paul J. Odenthal Public Affairs Officer Lt.j.g. Ingrid Riviera Mass Comm. Specialists MC1 Nicholas Lingo MC3 Jessica A. McIver NCTC Gulfport Commanding Officer Cmdr. Darius Banaji Public Affairs Officer BU1(SCW) James LePage The Seabee Courier is an authorized publication for members of the military services and their families. Its contents do not necessarily reflect the official views of the U.S. Government, the DoD or the U.S. Navy and do not imply endorsement thereof. The appearance of advertising in this newspaper, including inserts or supplements, does not constitute endorsement by the U. S. Government, DoD, the Navy, NCBC Gulfport or The McClatchy Company of the products and services advertised. All content in this newspaper shall be made available for purchase, use or patronage without regard to race, color, religion, gender, national origin, age, marital status, physical handicap, political affiliation or any other non-merit factor of the purchaser, user or patron. If a violation or rejection of this equal opportunity policy by an advertiser is confirmed, the publisher shall refuse to print advertising from that source until the violation is corrected. The Seabee Courier is published 22 weeks a year by The McClatchy Company, a private firm in no way connected with the DoD, under an exclusive contract with the U. S. Navy. The Seabee Courier solicits news contributions from military and civilian sources, but the Public Affairs staff reserves the right to edit and/or rewrite material selected for publication to conform with journalism standards. The deadline for material is close of business Wednesday the week prior to publication. Your comments are always welcome. The Seabee Courier office is in Building 60, Room 250. The mailing address is 4902 Marvin Shields Blvd., Code 15, Gulfport, MS 39501. Phone: 228 8713662, Fax: 228 871-2389. Email: seabeecourier@navy.mil. PG 23 B&W Commander Southeast Region applauds Lean Six Sigma accomplishments Provided by CNRSE Public Affairs Rear Adm. Mark S. Boensel, Commander, Navy Region Southeast, presented 12 Lean Six Sigma (LSS) Green Belts with LSS ceremonial coins at the Sept 12 Executive Steering Committee (ESC) in recognition of the accomplishments they have made on their projects. "It is important to award accomplishments in LSS," said Boensel. "Lean Six Sigma is a vital, Navy-wide methodology that will improve our overall service to the warfighter throughout the Southeast Region." The quarterly ESC at Naval Station Mayport provided an opportunity for about 60 senior leaders region-wide to enhance their LSS knowledge and recognize LSS accomplishments in support of continuing operations. Part of this ESC was dedicated to "a day of Lean Six Sigma." This provided valuable additional training for the installation Commanding Officers and Program Directors, many of whom are LSS Champions. Participants intensively studied the concept of "High Impact Core Value Streams" during the morning portion of the meeting. Using the value stream model enables the installation to better quantify tasks crucial to supporting its mission. High Impact Core Value Streams are "cross-functional," meaning that they apply across all departments. "It is vital that each installation understand what its High Impact Core Value Streams are," said Jim Rountree, CNRSE Regional Business Manager. "Not only to improve efficient service to the warfighter by defining where future Green Belt projects are needed, but also to generate performance plans under NSPS." Some of SE Region core value streams include Provide Airfield Operations, Airfield Maintenance, Port Operations, and Ship Support. Improved productivity in these areas Sailor's Creed I am a United States Sailor, I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States of America and I will obey the orders of those appointed over me, I represent the fighting spirit of the Navy and those who have gone before me to defend freedom and democracy around the world, I proudly serve my country's Navy combat team with Honor, Courage and Commitment, I am committed to excellence and the fair treatment of all. Photo by MC3 Bonnie Williams Rear Adm. Mark S. Boensel, far right, recognized the accomplishments of personnel throughout Navy Region Southeast. Lean Six Sigma Green Belts who were presented with a LSS ceremonial coin included CBC Gulfport Information Technology Specialist Kim Neely (second from right). translates into better services rendered to the warfighter, especially important since the nation has been at war for six years. The ESC participants not only studied the High Impact Core Value Stream approach, they conducted some practice exercises to improve their skills in identifying and defining High Impact Core Value Streams. Participants separated into groups by common function and brainstormed the value streams for their particular group. The groups then evaluated the importance of each See Applaud page 19 Traffic Court date changes due to October holiday Due to the upcoming Columbus Day holiday, the date for NCBC Traffic Court date has been changed from October 9 to October 10. Traffic Court is located in building T2-117 at the corner of 7th and Holtman Ave, just east of the Fire Station. More information can be obtained by calling the Traffic Court Clerk at 871-3501. Command Action Line Because of limited IG resources throughout the Southeast Region, all Fraud, Waste and Abuse hotline work will now be handled by the Region. To report Fraud, Waste and Abuse, contact the Region at: Toll Free 1-877-657-9851 Comm: (904) 542-4979 DSN 942-4979 FAX: (904) 542-5587 E-mail: CNRSE_HOTLINE@navy.mil From Applaud page 2 value stream to determine which ones were most important. In the afternoon, the focus was on the Green Belts. Participants conducted a "Toll Gate Review," part of a series of reviews that Champions conduct with Green Belts during the course of their projects. The Green Belts presented their projects (such as local hiring at Naval Station Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, and cell phone replacement/procurement) and received valuable feedback from the Champions and other participants of the ESC. This created an invaluable synergy. Last but not least, the Green Belts were recognized for all their hard work by receiving a coin from Boensel, bringing to a close a stimulating and productive day of learning, discussion and diligent work on the mission-critical High Impact Core Value Streams for individual commands. The ESC concluded with the confidence that, by focusing on High Impact Core Value Streams, services provided to warfighters across all CNRSE installations would be more closely aligned with the end users' mission objectives. From JERRV page 10 ty across the battlefield and helps keep us on the same page." Being the first to train with the new vehicles, "The First and The Finest" not only prepared themselves for success in their upcoming deployment, but long into the future. Gaining the hands on experience with the new systems provides a wealth of knowledge that service members will be able to mix with their own experiences to pass on to others, further educating themselves and ensuring the success of others. GULF COAST USO 3001 6th St., Bldg. 306, (228) 575-5224 FREE Services: FAX - Send and Receive (228) 575-5225, Copies (limited amount), Snacks/Drinks, Information and Referral, United Through Reading Program Computers (4), with web cams, Internet Access, Email Access, Yahoo, Hotmail, X-Box Office hours: Monday-Friday, 8 a.m. - 5 p.m., Saturday, 11 a.m. - 7 p.m. (Closed Sundays) September 27, 2007 9/25/2007 Seabee Courier usetopdf27Sep.qxd 23
    • usetopdf27Sep.qxd 9/25/2007 12:57 Page 3 3 COLOR CLEAN 22 COLOR CLASSIFIED New CBC base housing undergoing environmental check the remaining units becoming available in phases until March ed for compliance with state and federal regulations pertain- ing to wetlands. Under the practice of wetlands mitigation banking (WMB), the government establishes or preserves wetland areas around the country. Replacement of wetlands is measured on an acre-for-acre basis, with no net loss of wetlands. "It is important that we ensure compliance with the 'no net loss' policy on wetlands," said Lt. j.g. David Frye, assistant operations officer for the Officer in Charge of Construction--Katrina. The contractor, Debcon, Inc., has submitted all of the appropriate application paperwork and notification to impact wetlands to the Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality (MSDEC), Mississippi Department of Marine Resources (MSDMR), and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE). The MSDEC and MSDMR had no public comments, and the state organiza- tions are currently approving the request. The timeline for public comment with the USACE is still open, but no comments have been received to date. Once approved by USACE, Debcon will 'buy' approximately eight acres of wetlands from the WMB in order to build on CBC's wetlands. "With space a scarce commodity on our growing base, these environmental safeguards are not only necessary to meet our mission, but are just as important to preserve our country's natural resources and habitats," said Public Works Department Gulfport Environmental Specialist Ted Ingram. The Magnolia Court area will include 84 units. Elevation and drainage improvements were well underway prior to the start of construction in early September 2007. Currently, site work, building layout, and underground utility placement are underway. "This work poses the biggest traffic disruption to families currently living on base," said Frye. "Fortunately, these units are projected to be the first completed and will lead to uninhibited traffic flow throughout the housing area." Included in the project are common areas comprised of basketball courts, walking/bike trail, play lots, and picnic areas. Because the project is still in the design phase, the final appearance of the homes has not been determined. "The government and the contractor have collaborated during Concept Design Workshops to ensure the new units follow a certain Gulf Coast design," claimed NAVFAC Southeast Project Manager Terry Artip. The $64.7 million contract was awarded April 6, 2007 to Debcon, a small business based in Ashland, Ky. Have you seen him? Environmental employee works to keep Center "green" Have you noticed an orangevested man checking out various construction sites onboard CBC Gulfport? He doesn't appear to be looking at the actual building, but instead focuses on the barriers around the site. This guy has also been seen driving around the base looking at those ugly black fences (silt fence) that surround the disturbed dirt on the 3 numerous jobs site on the base. Or maybe you've seen him walking the fence line looking in the drainage ditch. He may have even been in your work area looking at a spill (hope not). Jerry Laster is his name, and he is the Base Environmental Storm Water Inspector. His job is to make sure that everyone is using BMP which is an acronym for Best Management Practice. BMP's are the most effective, economical, and practical way of reducing or pre- Photo by Bonnie McGerr Jerry Laster has been looking out for CBC's environment since April, 2007. venting polluted runoff. BMP's can range from education to protection from erosion. Best Management Practices for homeowners include not dumping petroleum products such as motor oil and lawn care products in the ditches; maintaining a clean, debris-free yard and stabilizing the soil in flower beds and vegetable gardens with an application of mulch. Construction sites should have runoff controls and also be established with an adequate amount of sediment traps and barriers. These are just a few Best Management Practices designed to protect our environment. If you see Jerry around the Center you can be sure that he is watching out for the storm water needs of the base and he will gladly answer BMP questions. To contact Environmental, call (228) 8712373/2720. September 27, 2007 An artistic rendering of a new family housing unit planned for CBC Gulfport. By CBC Environmental Seabee Courier 2010. Although construction began this May, the units being built will be done in phases at three locations on base: Magnolia Court, Seabee Lake, and Sylvester Drive. Magnolia Court will be completed first, in 2008, but before work can begin on the remaining units at Seabee Lake, a thorough review must be complet- Seabee Courier September 27, 2007 By Sue Brink NAFAC Southeast Public Affairs Officer Much-needed relief is on the way as Naval Construction Battalion Center (CBC) Gulfport housing will grow by 212 units over the next two and a half years. Some units will be available as early as late spring 2008, with 22
    • usetopdf27Sep.qxd 9/25/2007 12:57 Page 4 PG 4 B&W No Higher than 4” across 5 cols 21 B&WChurch Page 'Overlord' Regiment is re-commissioned 4 Photo by MC3 Jessica McIver PSSN Matthew J. Christian, PSSA Josue L. Almaguerortega, and PSSN Anthony D. Brawley receive the first plank owner certificates for being the first of many personnel to join the Twenty-Fifth Naval Construction Regiment. "Most likely, there will never be an operation on such a scale as DDay, but if the 25th can look back at themselves years from now, back at what the 25th NCR's subordinate units have done, whether it be the global war on terrorism, Operation Iraqi Freedom, Enduring Freedom, or making the people of some nation somewhere have a better life and a better understanding of the United States, then the 25th NCR would have done its job," he said. "The 25th NCR areas of responsibility are Northern Command and Southern See 25NCR page 14 September 27, 2007 The 25th Naval Construction Regiment (NCR) was recommissioned Sept. 14, becoming an active unit of the U.S. Navy, fully prepared to take on the responsibilities as such. The 25th NCR, while new to today's Navy, is not actually a new unit. During World War II, the original 25th NCR, commissioned in Plymouth, England, on April 1, 1944, was a crucial element of the Allied D-Day invasion and the eastward campaign that ultimately resulted in victory over Nazi Germany. During the Normandy landing of Operation Overlord, engineers and constructionmen of the 25th NCR demonstrated aggressive ingenuity and courage as they cleared bunkers, eliminated hazards, and moved vital equipment on shore. By November of that year, among a long list of accomplishments, the 25th NCR moved more than a third of Allied equipment and soldiers to Omaha and Utah beaches. They constructed tent "cities," where more than 16,000 personnel were fed and housed, and constructed and maintained critical fuel installations at the beach heads as well. The newly recommissioned 25th NCR is more than up to the challenge of fighting a new war in the modern era. Its leaders appreciate how today's challenges differ from those faced by their predecessors. In his remarks during the ceremony, Capt. Jeffrey T. Borowy, commodore, 25th NCR, quoted former President John Kennedy, "let the word go forth from this time and place, to friend and foe alike, that the torch has been passed to a new generation of Americans," he said. "I certainly don't want to focus on living up to the original 25th's 'legendary' status. If we do what we are supposed to do to support our subordinate units, and get them the tools necessary to complete their mission, then I think we would be as successful as the original Overlord Regiment," Borowy said. Borowy described a vision for assessing the future success of the regiment. Seabee Courier Seabee Courier September 27, 2007 By MCSN Jeffrey R. Militzer 25th NCR Public Affairs 21
    • usetopdf27Sep.qxd 9/25/2007 12:58 Page 5 PG 5 Color Church Page 20 Color Fire Prevention Week begins October 7 biggest fire drill. So Lets Get Started! Pick a Date-any time in October. Make Your Plan. Sound Your Smoke Detector Alarm. Practicing your escape plan can be lots of fun – but don't forget that this is serious business! Only one out of four Americans has planned and practiced their home fire escape plan. With the Great American Fire Drill we can change that number for good! NCBC Gulfport base family housing residents may pick up a copy of "How to Plan and Conduct a Fire Drill in the Home" at the NCBC Fire Station, building 321. You are invited to the Combined Federal Campaign (CFC) Kick Off Friday, Oct. 19, 10 a.m. NEX Courtyard Seabee Courier 5 September 27, 2007 September 27, 2007 "Practice Your Escape Plan" - That's the theme for Fire Prevention Week 2007. In Accordance to National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) Research, the majority of Americans have a fire escape plan; however, most have never practiced it. From October 7-13 fire department and safety advocates will be reminding people across the U.S. and Canada that it's not enough just to have a plan --they've got practice it too. Sound the alarm on your home smoke detector--it's time for the GREAT AMERICAN FIRE DRILL! During Fire Prevention Week 2007, NFPA is encouraging kids and families all across the United States to practice their Home Fire Escape Plan. Just how big will the Great American Fire Drill be? With your help we're hoping to have the world's . Center Chaplains Cmdr. John Lyle, Catholic Chaplain Lt. Cmdr. Dedra Bell, Senior Protestant Chaplain Lt. Leticia P.J. Rouser, Protestant Chaplain Services Protestant Sunday School 9:30 a.m. Sunday 11 a.m. Divine Worship Catholic Sunday 9:30 a.m., Family Choir Mass Sunday 10:40 a.m., Religion Education Monday - Friday, 11:35 a.m. Daily Mass For more information concerning other faith groups, call the chapel office at: 871-2454 Seabee Courier Provided by CBC Fire Department 20
    • 12:58 Page 6 PG 6 B&W CLEAN PG 19 B&W 2 COL. CLEAN From Community page 18 September 27, 2007 Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society The Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society (NMCRS) Thrift Shop is located at the far north end of McKinney Ave, Building 16. The Thrift Shop is staffed entirely by volunteers. The retail hours of operation are Monday - Thursday, 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. and Friday, 9 a.m. - 1 p.m. New volunteers are always welcome. Visit the Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society offices at the Fleet and Family Support Center, Building 30, Suite 103, or call (228) 871-2610 to obtain information about becoming a part of the NMCRS volunteer team! Childcare and mileage are reimbursed. Mississippi Gulf Coast First Class Association MGCFCA is seeking new members. Meetings are every Wednesday at 2 p.m at CBC's Beehive, Building 352. Call BU1 Reyes or CE1 Johnson at 871-2145 for more information. VFW Post 3937 VFW Post 3937 Long Beach is open every Friday from 6 - 8 p.m. for a seafood, steak, or pork chop dinner. Weekend breakfasts are served from 7 10 a.m. on Saturday and from 9 - noon on Sunday. VFW meetings are held the 2nd Wednesday of each month at 7:30 p.m. New members are always welcome. Point of contact for more information is Post Commander, Lew Fountain at 228 863-8602. Retired Activities Office The Retired Activities Office (RAO) is located in the Fleet and Family Support Center and staffed entirely by volunteers for the retired military community. RAO volunteers act as a liaison to guide the customer through all aspects of the above programs. RAO's services are free and intended to assist the customer to obtain their entitled rights, benefits, and privileges as a retiree, dependent, or survivor of a military Disaster Protocol Navy Emergency Disaster protocol requires that personnel muster with their command and complete the NFAAS needs assessment. Information required when mustering with the command: Name, rank, unit, department, UIC, evac address, phone number, email and number of family members. NFAAS website: https://www.NavyFamily.Navy.mil; NCBC Gulfport Fleet and Family Support Center: (228) 871-3000; Navy Emergency Coordination Center: 1-877-414-5358 Seabee Courier From Liberty page 7 6 service member. The hours of operation are Monday – Friday from 9 a.m. to noon. Call for an appointment at 871-3000 ext. 35 or just drop in. Newcomers and volunteers are welcome. COMPASS COMPASS is a team of trained seasoned military spouses mentoring other Navy spouses. Classes are intimate and informative. The 12 hour, 3-day course is offered the last week of the month (Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday)from 9am1pm at the Chapel Fellowship Hall CBC Gulfport. The course AND child care are FREE! Please R.S.V.P. 228-871-3000 ext. 7444 Ask for COMPASS! CBC Photo Lab Customers are reminded that appointments are needed for passport and studio photos at the CBC Photo Lab. Customers should call (228) 871-3664/3663 to make an appointment. The CBC Photo Lab is located in building 60, room 250. Photo Lab hours are Monday – Friday, 8 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. Keesler AFB Craft Fair Registration The Arts and Crafts Center at Keesler AFB is accepting registration for the Fall Festival on Sat., Oct. 27. The annual craft fair is combined with Fall Festival activities for personnel authorized to use the base facilities. Crafters who would like to set up a booth may call (228) 377-2821 for an application. Gulfport." Wood visited his father who is a colonel in the Army. It was the last weekend they had to see each other before his dad was deployed to Afghanistan. "It's a breath of fresh air from the stringent environment and to see old faces, and it is very affordable." Michele Shaffer, the Recreation Division Head for MWR, said the environment here at home is not dull either. Activities here September 27, 2007 9/25/2007 include ping-pong and pool tournaments, along with horseshoe, dart, and video game competitions. Thus, the Liberty program is diverse and is always open to suggestions on trips and activities. "I want people to give us ideas -- we need feedback," said Dawson. "There are many possibilities with this program." For more information on the Liberty program and upcoming events call 871-3410 or stop by their office located in Stinger's Recreation Center in Bldg. 342. 19 Seabee Courier usetopdf27Sep.qxd
    • 12:58 Page 7 PG 18 B&W 5X11 PG 7 B&W CLEAN Communit y Calendar Sep 27 - Oct 20 Buzz on the Street Why did you become a Seabee? A D A Y Seabee Courier September 27, 2007 A N D 7 N I G H T O F R E M E M B R A N C E SUN M T W TH F 27 All Khaki Social, 3 p.m. A&E 30 "I became a Seabee to gain knowledge in the construction field, and to go to college." "I became a Seabee because I like to stay on land, and I love the training that the Seabee's offer." "I joined the Seabees to support the global war on terrorism and my country." "I joined the Seabees because I love the construction and I love to help out others." UTCN Eric Deweerd 20TH SRG CECN Nicholas Fogle NMCB 11 CECA Jesse Haisch NMCB 11 BU2 Curtis Bailey CBC Gulfport Assistant Fire Chief Mark Henson, of Naval Construction Battalion Center Fire Station 1, reads the "Fireman's Prayer" Sept. 11 as he and other firemen pay their respects to all firefighters that lost their lives during the terrorist attacks on Sept 11, 2001. Photo by MC1(SW Terry Spain Chaplain Daniel L. Curtis leads NMCB 7 Seabees in Camp Shields Okinawa in a moment of silence before a commemorative run that will honor American POW/MIA. Friday, Sept. 21 is National Prisoner of War/Missing in Action Recognition Day. Photo by MC2 Paul Williams Liberty program offers fun, affordable recreation By MCSA Chrystal M. Booth 22 NCR Public Affairs The Liberty Program is available for single Sailors who want to spend quality liberty time away from Seabee routine. The program allows Sailors to experience the depth of the culture and landscape around their duty station. They'll get a chance to see the best local tourist attractions such as New Orleans jazz bands, Gulf Coast aquariums, and IMAX theatres. The Liberty Program is only a part of Navy Morale, Welfare and Recreation, also known as MWR, which is in charge of the recreational activities for the Naval Construction Battalion Center here. Dana Dawson, Liberty Coordinator, wants to get the word out that these trips are not only exciting but inexpensive. MWR has taken Sailors to places like Panama City Florida, and there is still an Orlando trip from October five to eight. There, Sailors can visit Disney World, Sea World, Universal Studios and Island of Adventure. The trip to Panama City was only $35 and included transportation lodging. However, for all trips, Sailors must reserve a seat one week before the actual departure date. Dawson planned canoeing and charter trips in September that accommodated six people each. "Basically, they're adults, and we treat them like adults," said Dawson. They receive an orientation at an early muster where Dawson distributes cards with contact information small enough to fit in a wallet. In July, Sailors took a trip to Atlanta, Georgia where they choose between baseball and roller coasters. Sailors either went to Six Flags Over Georgia theme park or an Atlanta Braves baseball game. Some also visited Atlanta's downtown area while others saw their families. BUCA Jordan Wood got to go to Atlanta two times for a low price. "The program helps with morale. We need to blow off steam and there's not a whole lot to do in See Liberty page 17 7 14 1 National Disability Employment Awareness Mth QOL Mtg, 9:30 Bldg 1 Conf. Rm 2 28 Ombudsman 29 Appreciation Lunch, Colmer Galley, 1p.m. 3 Lunchtime 4 Wardroom 5 Bible Study, Bldg Bfast, 7:15, Galley 1 Conf. Rm., All Khaki 11:30 Social, 3 p.m. A&E 8 Columbus Day 9 CBC All 10 Leadership 11 All Khaki Federal Holiday Cdr's. Mtg., Gulf Coast Bfast, Social, 3 p.m. 10 a.m., Bldg 7:15, Galley A&E 1 Conf. Rm. Lunchtime Bible Study, Bldg 1 Conf. Rm., 11:30 15 SAT 16 Salute to the Mil. 6p.m. , Coast Coliseum Guest Spkr., Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month September 15 - October 15 12 6 13 Happy 232nd Birthday U.S. Navy 17 Lunchtime 18 All Khaki 19 CFC Kickoff, 20 MWR Bible Study, Bldg 1 Conf. Rm., 11:30 Social, 3 p.m. A&E Sec. of Navy NEX Courtyard Family Trip to 10 a.m. Natchez, Miss.Great Hot Air Balloon Race Seabee Community Notes CBC Base Phone Guide The 2007 CBC/Mississippi Gulf Coast phone guides are available for pick up. To obtain your copies, contact Ellen Woods at X2214/2215 with the requested number of copies. After placing your order, you may pick up your guides at Warehouse 320. Remember to place your order first - as guides are pulled on an as-needed basis. NMCB 1 FRG We would like to invite all friends and family of NMCB 1 Seabees to join us on the first Thursday of every month. Meetings begin at 6:30 p.m. at the CBC Chapel in Fellowship Hall, but we will be serving a pot luck dinner before each meeting at 6 p.m. Bring the kids, babysitting is available and free. The NMCB 1 Family Readiness Group offers fun activities including movies, picnics, bonfires, holiday parties and lots more for the whole family. During homeport and during the deployment we are available to help support all of our NMCB 1 families and friends. If you have any questions please call the FRG President, Jennifer Crumley at (228) 864-7137 or email her at Archebios@yahoo.com or call Ombudsmen Kathy Thomas at 3928464, email Seabeejo@cableone.net; Jen Brown at (228) 223-8251, email tazkrazy4dale@cableone.net; or Kim Redding at 234-2169 or email her at NMCB1OMB@aol.com. We hope to see you there. NMCB 1 FRG also has a new website that will keep you up to date on what is happening within our military family. The new website is http://hub.cinchouse.com/nmcb1seabees. NMCB 133 FRG We would like to invite all friends and family members of NMCB 133 to join us on the first Wednesday of every month at 6:00 p.m. in the base chapel. We also do many activities such as holiday parties, fun trips, movie outings and more. During homeport we share in each others excitement and during deployments we lean on each other for support. We offer battalion information and welcome those with children, those without, wives, husbands and other loved ones. NMCB 7 FRG Come joint our growing family. We are here to promote and grow social relationships and encourage interaction of spouses and family members during often trying and difficult times during the deployment of our NMCB 7 men and women. We have lots of fundraisers and activities planned for the whole family. There are games and crafts for the kids and speakers on different topics for the adults. We also have drawdowns for door prizes and refreshments each month. We meet the 3rd Wednesday of each month at 6:30 p.m. with a potluck dinner at the start. Come and get together with us and meet your fellow family members. For more information on NMCB 7's Family Readiness Group, contact Kathleen Whisenhunt, FRG president at kwhisenhunt@gmail.com. You can also check out nmcb7fsg@cinchouse.com and http://hub.cinchouse.com/nmcb7fsg/ for more information. NMCB 74 FRG The NMCB 74 Family Readiness Group welcomes friends and families of NMCB 74 personnel. We encourage and promote friendly and sympathetic relationships among our family members. We have a new Careline number for battalion updates, it is 1-866-531-1101 (toll free), or 871-3650 (local). Family Readiness Group meetings are held every third Monday of the month at the CBC Chapel in Fellowship Hall at 6:30 p.m. Free babysitting and activities for the children are provided. For information contact FRG President, Helen Walker at (228) 586-0114; or Secretary, Robyn Baca at (228) 539-9059. The FRG Advisor is Susan Prather, (228) 392-5945. September 27, 2007 9/25/2007 Seabee Courier usetopdf27Sep.qxd See Community page 19 18
    • 12:59 Page 9 PG16 B&W CLEAN PG 9 B&W Seabees help renovate library MCSA Chrystal Booth 22NCR Public Affairs Seabee Courier September 27, 2007 Seabees from the Naval Construction Battalion Center here have been helping renovate Long Beach's hurricaneravaged library. They started at the end of August, and in a short amount of time they have made the children's library look close to what it was like before the storm—fully shelved with books, decorated with colorful carpets and cushions, and filled with pictures said Renee Rayburn, the children's librarian at the Long Beach Public Library. "They put a lot of things in place here," said Rayburn. They constructed the shelves and undertook the carrying of countless books along with donated pieces of shelving out of FEMA trailers and storage. "The shelving was like a 9 puzzle," said Candi Husley, a librarian for Long Beach Public Library, "Two libraries donated pieces of the shelving." Once they put the puzzle together, they built desks, filing cabinets, cut wood to add and subtract from existing structures and hung pictures on walls. "They did an excellent, wonderful job, and it took ingenuity to do it," said Husley. Another thing that impressed the two librarians was that the Seabees cleaned up after themselves. "A couple of weeks ago, one female Seabee scrapped the storage floor, which was the only one that wasn't replaced by FEMA," said Husley. Now a new batch of Seabees from Naval Mobile Construction Battalion (NMCB) 133 volunteered to shelve non-fiction books in the adult non-fiction section located on the second floor of Photo by MCSA Chrystal Booth UT2 (SCW) Matt Martin from NMCB 133 moves boxes of books into the adult non-fiction section of the Long Beach Public Library. the library in the center of the building. According to UT2 (SCW) Matt Martin from NMCB 133, his crew volunteered at the Long Beach Public Library despite recently returning from See Library page 13 From Eleven page 1 years, that added to all the stress," Pitcairn continued explaining. "But [the commissioning staff] hung together and everything fell into place." In the end, the commissioning ceremony was a great success and the many special guests made everything worth the stress. The guests included about 150 members from the MCB-11 Association, veterans who served with NMCB 11 Eleven in previous campaigns, as well as CM3 Marvin G. Shields' wife, Joan, and daughter, Barbara. Marvin Shields served with NMCB Eleven during the Vietnam War. The combination of past and present From 25NCR page 4 Command, which means North America and South America," said Command Master Chief (SCW) Sean Libby. "The 25th NCR will also take command of its subordinate units, which include Naval Mobile Construction Battalion (NMCB) 7, NMCB 133, Construction Battalion Maintenance Unit 202, and Underwater Construction Team 1," said Libby. reflected Eleven's motto, "Constructing the Future, Remembering the Past." "When I graduated [Officer Candidate School]," Pitcairn said, "it was a normal ceremony. NMCB Eleven's commissioning was something to be proud of, especially with the reaction from the MCB-11 Association." As the men and women of NMCB 11 marched the command in review at the end of the ceremony, every veteran stood up to applaud, cheer and call out their old companies. "That was my favorite part of the day," said Steelworker Constructionman Apprentice Matthew Pavlinich. "The vets yelling and cheering, you don't get to see that every day. That's real pride." "We hope that pride stays with the new battalion," said Joe Mecca, who served as a Builder 3rd Class with "The 25th NCR is going to assist in the war effort by focusing on the softer side of construction, such as building schools, hospitals, wells, and other publicuse buildings, in order to influence the people of Iraq in a positive way," Libby continued. "By helping these people out now, and letting them know that the United States is here to help, they will not feel so inclined as to assist terrorists, and even become an ally to the United States." "I am truly envious of the incredible opportunities and future contributions that the 25th NCR team will make to our Navy and the new chapters that you all will write in Seabee history," Rear Adm. Wayne G. Shear, Jr., Commander, Naval Facilities Engineering Command, said. "There will be challenges, but I know that as one team there is literally no limit to what you can accomplish." Navy Lodge Housekeepers Saluted for Outstanding Service NMCB 11 in Vietnam. "We were always proud of our work, our friendship and the history that followed us. That's what we see in the new guys and gals." With the commissioning of Eleven, active duty battalions will eventually transition to a 6-month deployment and 12-month homeport cycle allowing more time to train and more time to spend with families. NMCB 11 begins a thirteenmonth homeport training cycle in October before deploying to the Pacific next year. Photo by MCSN Brian McCarthy Navy Lodge housekeepers help themselves to a complimentary breakfast onboard Naval Construction Battalion Center (NCBC) Gulfport, Sept 13, as part of National Housekeeping Week. The staff also baked bed-shaped cakes as part of a cake decorating contest. National Housekeeping Week honors the efforts made by housekeepers throughout the year. September 27, 2007 9/25/2007 CBC Fleet and Family Support Center October classes Please call Fleet and Family Support Center at 871-3000 to pre-register. Class schedule is subject to change. Anger Management, Tuesdays 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. Babysitting Class for Ages 11 and Up, Oct. 9, 12 – 4 p.m. Combat Adjustment Program, Every Wednesday, 4 – 5:30 p.m. Command Financial Specialist Training, Oct. 22-26, 8 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. daily DVIP (Domestic Violence Intervention Program), Tuesdays, call Ellen to sign up in advance at 871-3000 Family Advocacy Program Command Leadership Training, Oct. 29, 8 a.m. – 3:20 p.m. Evaluating Your Dating Relationships, For Teens 14 & Up, Oct. 25, 4:30 – 6:30 p.m. Individual Augmentee Family Gathering, Oct. 18 , 4 – 5 p.m. Managing Parental Anger, 19 Oct. 19, 9:30 a.m. – noon MWR 5K Run for Domestic Violence Awareness, Gym, Oct. 17, 6:30 a.m. PREP Couples Enrichment, Oct. 4, 8 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. at the Chapel Purple Ribbon Group, Wednesdays, 10 – 11 a.m. SAVI Advocate 3-Day Training, Oct. 15-17 Oct., 8a.m. SAVI Advocate Inservice, Oct. 23, 8a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Sponsor Training, Oct. 11, 8 – 9 a.m. Stress Management, Oct. 5, 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Suicide Prevention, Oct. 5, 10-11 a.m. Transition Assistance Program, Oct. 1-5, 8 a.m. daily Seabee Courier usetopdf27Sep.qxd 16
    • 13:00 Page 10 PG 15 Color PG 10 Color NMCB 1 conducts real-time training with new equipment By MC2 Ja'lon Rhinehart NMCB 1 Public Affairs Seabee Courier September 27, 2007 The Convoy Security Elements (CSE) attached to Naval Mobile Construction Battalion (NMCB) 1 recently conducted a weeklong training exercise from Aug. 11-18 with the Joint Engineer Rapid Response Vehicle (JERRV), at Naval Construction Battalion Center, Gulfport. Also referred to as the Mine Resistant Ambush Protected (MRAP) vehicles, or Cougars, NMCB 1 Seabees are the first to undergo training with the JERRVs, in homeport. The JERRVs provide enhanced communication, personnel protection, and cross-military operability on today's battlefield. "With the combination of classroom instruction, hands-on training and application, we were able to familiarize ourselves with the new vehicle and the systems inside," said Storekeeper 1st Class Damien Burke, CSE team member. This training, provided in a controlled environment, gave the Seabees an opportunity to develop proficiency with the equipment prior to use on deployment in a contingency. The lessons learned will allow "The First and The Finest" to hit the ground running and directly affect their future success. "This training allowed us to become more comfortable with the equipment we will be using to complete our missions," said Burke. Featuring subject matter experts from the Harris Corporation, the training was aimed to provide NMCB 1 personnel with all the tools necessary to ensure mission success. "Representing the Harris Corporation, we were here to provide expert trainers for the crews and those who will be 10 leading the training once we are gone," said Bob Esselborn, Navy account manager for Harris Corporation. "We wanted to provide an orientation to the new systems, intercom systems, driving and handling of the vehicle, and give a basic understanding and confidence in handling these systems in theater." Equipped with state-of-the-art communications systems, the JERRVs provide vastly improved communications inside and outside of the vehicle. The ability to communicate across the entire team greatly improves the team's ability to accomplish their mission "Generally you would have about two or three different communication systems within the vehicle to handle 'comms' across the team," said Burke. "With these new systems, the ease of 'comms' is outstanding. For example, instead of having to yell at my gunner, I now have the opportunity to talk to him directly via internal communications assets as if he were sitting right next to me." The Seabees also received training on the interoperability From Library page 9 deployment. "We're reorganizing the books by the Deweydecimal system to get the Long Beach library up and operational after Hurricane Katrina." Twenty-five Seabees carried boxes up a flight of stairs in a short period of time said MR1 (SCW) James Heard. "We're excited to do it especially for the children." Seabee Engineering Aids strengthen inter-service ties Photo by Airman 1st Class Nathan Doza A joint explosive ordnance rapid response vehicle is shown at Balad Air Base in Iraq. The vehicle is a 45,000-pound vehicle that allows explosive ordnance disposal teams to safely travel to and from an incident site and allows them to work inside the vehicle during a call. of the new vehicles and their systems. Able to communicate across the Department of Defense, the new vehicles allow the Seabees the opportunity to stay in the forefront of the fight. "These vehicles allow for communication within all the branches of service, as well as 'comms' with our coalition part- ners," said Esselborn. "This greatly enhances interoperabiliPhoto by MC2 Michael B. Lavender See JERRV page 19 U.S. Army Private First Class Felipe Ortiz and U.S. Army Specialist Clinton Taylor stand by with EACN Brian Smith as EACN Thach Nguyen shovels in soil around a post at the Material Liaison Office project site Sept. 5, 2007 on Camp Shields, Okinawa. The soldiers came to Camp Shields to conduct hands-on training with Seabees assigned to Naval Mobile Construction Battalion (NMCB) Seven. September 27, 2007 9/25/2007 Seabee Courier usetopdf27Sep.qxd 15
    • 13:00 Page 11 PG14B&W PG 11 B&W Keesler Medical Center's Travel Medicine Clinic offers needed services Provided by 81st Medical Public Affairs, KAFB People planning a vacation or PCS outside of the U.S. are encouraged to visit the clinic, located in the Allergy Clinic in the medical center's basement (nearest the Emergency Department entrance), at least one month before departure. The 81st Medical Seabee Courier September 27, 2007 Operations Squadron Travel Medicine Clinic provides the most current travel health information and will determine precisely the immunizations and/or prophylactic medications travelers require 11 based on their destinations, planned activities, length of trip, health history, travel conditions and risks. With pediatric and adult infectious diseases services available, coordinated appointments for entire families may be arranged—ample advance notice is appreciated. Travel Medicine Clinic is usually held Thursday mornings, but alternate appointment times will be considered. Patients are asked to bring their immunization records. Anyone with questions or travel needs may call 3763550. New Federal Employee Health Benefit premium info now available NCBC Gulfport's new website is now available! The website has a wealth of information that focuses on events and services of interest to military members, family members, retirees, and civilians. New items and enhancements are added daily so be sure and visit the site at: www.cnic.navy.mil/gulfport. Provided by CNRSE Human Resources The Office of Personnel Management has posted the Federal Employees Health Benefits (FEHB) premiums for 2008 on their web site at http://www.opm.gov/ins ure/health/08rates/index. asp <http://www.opm.gov/i nsure/health/08rates/ind ex.asp> . The Federal Benefits Open Season for changes to FEHB, Federal Employees Dental and Vision Insurance Program (FEDVIP) and Federal Flexible Spending Account Program (FSAFEDS) will be November 12 through December 10, 2007. Additional information about the open season will be posted on the Department of Navy Civilian Benefits Information Center at https://www.civilianbenefits.hroc.navy.mil/ <https://www.civilianbenefits.hroc.navy.mil/> as soon as it is available. Employees with questions about benefits should call The Benefits Line at 1-888-320-2917 and select menu option #4 to speak with a Customer Service Representative (CSR). CSRs are available from 7:30 a.m. until 7:30 p.m. (Eastern Time). Monday through Friday, except on federal holidays. The TTY number is (866) 328-9889. September 27, 2007 9/25/2007 Seabee Courier usetopdf27Sep.qxd 14
    • 13:02 Page 12 Seabee Courier September 27, 2007 Pg12 12 Clean COLOR Clean Pg13 September 27, 2007 9/25/2007 Seabee Courier usetopdf27Sep.qxd 12
    • 13:00 Page 11 PG14B&W PG 11 B&W Keesler Medical Center's Travel Medicine Clinic offers needed services Provided by 81st Medical Public Affairs, KAFB People planning a vacation or PCS outside of the U.S. are encouraged to visit the clinic, located in the Allergy Clinic in the medical center's basement (nearest the Emergency Department entrance), at least one month before departure. The 81st Medical Seabee Courier September 27, 2007 Operations Squadron Travel Medicine Clinic provides the most current travel health information and will determine precisely the immunizations and/or prophylactic medications travelers require 11 based on their destinations, planned activities, length of trip, health history, travel conditions and risks. With pediatric and adult infectious diseases services available, coordinated appointments for entire families may be arranged—ample advance notice is appreciated. Travel Medicine Clinic is usually held Thursday mornings, but alternate appointment times will be considered. Patients are asked to bring their immunization records. Anyone with questions or travel needs may call 3763550. New Federal Employee Health Benefit premium info now available NCBC Gulfport's new website is now available! The website has a wealth of information that focuses on events and services of interest to military members, family members, retirees, and civilians. New items and enhancements are added daily so be sure and visit the site at: www.cnic.navy.mil/gulfport. Provided by CNRSE Human Resources The Office of Personnel Management has posted the Federal Employees Health Benefits (FEHB) premiums for 2008 on their web site at http://www.opm.gov/ins ure/health/08rates/index. asp <http://www.opm.gov/i nsure/health/08rates/ind ex.asp> . The Federal Benefits Open Season for changes to FEHB, Federal Employees Dental and Vision Insurance Program (FEDVIP) and Federal Flexible Spending Account Program (FSAFEDS) will be November 12 through December 10, 2007. Additional information about the open season will be posted on the Department of Navy Civilian Benefits Information Center at https://www.civilianbenefits.hroc.navy.mil/ <https://www.civilianbenefits.hroc.navy.mil/> as soon as it is available. Employees with questions about benefits should call The Benefits Line at 1-888-320-2917 and select menu option #4 to speak with a Customer Service Representative (CSR). CSRs are available from 7:30 a.m. until 7:30 p.m. (Eastern Time). Monday through Friday, except on federal holidays. The TTY number is (866) 328-9889. September 27, 2007 9/25/2007 Seabee Courier usetopdf27Sep.qxd 12
    • 13:00 Page 10 PG 15 Color PG 10 Color NMCB 1 conducts real-time training with new equipment By MC2 Ja'lon Rhinehart NMCB 1 Public Affairs Seabee Courier September 27, 2007 The Convoy Security Elements (CSE) attached to Naval Mobile Construction Battalion (NMCB) 1 recently conducted a weeklong training exercise from Aug. 11-18 with the Joint Engineer Rapid Response Vehicle (JERRV), at Naval Construction Battalion Center, Gulfport. Also referred to as the Mine Resistant Ambush Protected (MRAP) vehicles, or Cougars, NMCB 1 Seabees are the first to undergo training with the JERRVs, in homeport. The JERRVs provide enhanced communication, personnel protection, and cross-military operability on today's battlefield. "With the combination of classroom instruction, hands-on training and application, we were able to familiarize ourselves with the new vehicle and the systems inside," said Storekeeper 1st Class Damien Burke, CSE team member. This training, provided in a controlled environment, gave the Seabees an opportunity to develop proficiency with the equipment prior to use on deployment in a contingency. The lessons learned will allow "The First and The Finest" to hit the ground running and directly affect their future success. "This training allowed us to become more comfortable with the equipment we will be using to complete our missions," said Burke. Featuring subject matter experts from the Harris Corporation, the training was aimed to provide NMCB 1 personnel with all the tools necessary to ensure mission success. "Representing the Harris Corporation, we were here to provide expert trainers for the crews and those who will be 10 leading the training once we are gone," said Bob Esselborn, Navy account manager for Harris Corporation. "We wanted to provide an orientation to the new systems, intercom systems, driving and handling of the vehicle, and give a basic understanding and confidence in handling these systems in theater." Equipped with state-of-the-art communications systems, the JERRVs provide vastly improved communications inside and outside of the vehicle. The ability to communicate across the entire team greatly improves the team's ability to accomplish their mission "Generally you would have about two or three different communication systems within the vehicle to handle 'comms' across the team," said Burke. "With these new systems, the ease of 'comms' is outstanding. For example, instead of having to yell at my gunner, I now have the opportunity to talk to him directly via internal communications assets as if he were sitting right next to me." The Seabees also received training on the interoperability From Library page 8 deployment. "We're reorganizing the books by the Deweydecimal system to get the Long Beach library up and operational after Hurricane Katrina." Twenty-five Seabees carried boxes up a flight of stairs in a short period of time said MR1 (SCW) James Heard. "We're excited to do it especially for the children." Seabee Engineering Aids strengthen inter-service ties Photo by Airman 1st Class Nathan Doza A joint explosive ordnance rapid response vehicle is shown at Balad Air Base in Iraq. The vehicle is a 45,000-pound vehicle that allows explosive ordnance disposal teams to safely travel to and from an incident site and allows them to work inside the vehicle during a call. of the new vehicles and their systems. Able to communicate across the Department of Defense, the new vehicles allow the Seabees the opportunity to stay in the forefront of the fight. "These vehicles allow for communication within all the branches of service, as well as 'comms' with our coalition part- ners," said Esselborn. "This greatly enhances interoperabiliPhoto by MC2 Michael B. Lavender See JERRV page 23 U.S. Army Private First Class Felipe Ortiz and U.S. Army Specialist Clinton Taylor stand by with EACN Brian Smith as EACN Thach Nguyen shovels in soil around a post at the Material Liaison Office project site Sept. 5, 2007 on Camp Shields, Okinawa. The soldiers came to Camp Shields to conduct hands-on training with Seabees assigned to Naval Mobile Construction Battalion (NMCB) Seven. September 27, 2007 9/25/2007 Seabee Courier usetopdf27Sep.qxd 13
    • 12:59 Page 9 PG16 B&W CLEAN PG 9 B&W Seabees help renovate library MCSA Chrystal Booth 22NCR Public Affairs Seabee Courier September 27, 2007 Seabees from the Naval Construction Battalion Center here have been helping renovate Long Beach's hurricaneravaged library. They started at the end of August, and in a short amount of time they have made the children's library look close to what it was like before the storm—fully shelved with books, decorated with colorful carpets and cushions, and filled with pictures said Renee Rayburn, the children's librarian at the Long Beach Public Library. "They put a lot of things in place here," said Rayburn. They constructed the shelves and undertook the carrying of countless books along with donated pieces of shelving out of FEMA trailers and storage. "The shelving was like a 9 puzzle," said Candi Husley, a librarian for Long Beach Public Library, "Two libraries donated pieces of the shelving." Once they put the puzzle together, they built desks, filing cabinets, cut wood to add and subtract from existing structures and hung pictures on walls. "They did an excellent, wonderful job, and it took ingenuity to do it," said Husley. Another thing that impressed the two librarians was that the Seabees cleaned up after themselves. "A couple of weeks ago, one female Seabee scrapped the storage floor, which was the only one that wasn't replaced by FEMA," said Husley. Now a new batch of Seabees from Naval Mobile Construction Battalion (NMCB) 133 volunteered to shelve non-fiction books in the adult non-fiction section located on the second floor of Photo by MCSA Chrystal Booth UT2 (SCW) Matt Martin from NMCB 133 moves boxes of books into the adult non-fiction section of the Long Beach Public Library. the library in the center of the building. According to UT2 (SCW) Matt Martin from NMCB 133, his crew volunteered at the Long Beach Public Library despite recently returning from See Library page 15 From Eleven page 1 years, that added to all the stress," Pitcairn continued explaining. "But [the commissioning staff] hung together and everything fell into place." In the end, the commissioning ceremony was a great success and the many special guests made everything worth the stress. The guests included about 150 members from the MCB-11 Association, veterans who served with NMCB 11 Eleven in previous campaigns, as well as CM3 Marvin G. Shields' wife, Joan, and daughter, Barbara. Marvin Shields served with NMCB Eleven during the Vietnam War. The combination of past and present From 25NCR page 4 Command, which means North America and South America," said Command Master Chief (SCW) Sean Libby. "The 25th NCR will also take command of its subordinate units, which include Naval Mobile Construction Battalion (NMCB) 7, NMCB 133, Construction Battalion Maintenance Unit 202, and Underwater Construction Team 1," said Libby. reflected Eleven's motto, "Constructing the Future, Remembering the Past." "When I graduated [Officer Candidate School]," Pitcairn said, "it was a normal ceremony. NMCB Eleven's commissioning was something to be proud of, especially with the reaction from the MCB-11 Association." As the men and women of NMCB 11 marched the command in review at the end of the ceremony, every veteran stood up to applaud, cheer and call out their old companies. "That was my favorite part of the day," said Steelworker Constructionman Apprentice Matthew Pavlinich. "The vets yelling and cheering, you don't get to see that every day. That's real pride." "We hope that pride stays with the new battalion," said Joe Mecca, who served as a Builder 3rd Class with "The 25th NCR is going to assist in the war effort by focusing on the softer side of construction, such as building schools, hospitals, wells, and other publicuse buildings, in order to influence the people of Iraq in a positive way," Libby continued. "By helping these people out now, and letting them know that the United States is here to help, they will not feel so inclined as to assist terrorists, and even become an ally to the United States." "I am truly envious of the incredible opportunities and future contributions that the 25th NCR team will make to our Navy and the new chapters that you all will write in Seabee history," Rear Adm. Wayne G. Shear, Jr., Commander, Naval Facilities Engineering Command, said. "There will be challenges, but I know that as one team there is literally no limit to what you can accomplish." Navy Lodge Housekeepers Saluted for Outstanding Service NMCB 11 in Vietnam. "We were always proud of our work, our friendship and the history that followed us. That's what we see in the new guys and gals." With the commissioning of Eleven, active duty battalions will eventually transition to a 6-month deployment and 12-month homeport cycle allowing more time to train and more time to spend with families. NMCB 11 begins a thirteenmonth homeport training cycle in October before deploying to the Pacific next year. Photo by MCSN Brian McCarthy Navy Lodge housekeepers help themselves to a complimentary breakfast onboard Naval Construction Battalion Center (NCBC) Gulfport, Sept 13, as part of National Housekeeping Week. The staff also baked bed-shaped cakes as part of a cake decorating contest. National Housekeeping Week honors the efforts made by housekeepers throughout the year. September 27, 2007 9/25/2007 CBC Fleet and Family Support Center October classes Please call Fleet and Family Support Center at 871-3000 to pre-register. Class schedule is subject to change. Anger Management, Tuesdays 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. Babysitting Class for Ages 11 and Up, Oct. 9, 12 – 4 p.m. Combat Adjustment Program, Every Wednesday, 4 – 5:30 p.m. Command Financial Specialist Training, Oct. 22-26, 8 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. daily DVIP (Domestic Violence Intervention Program), Tuesdays, call Ellen to sign up in advance at 871-3000 Family Advocacy Program Command Leadership Training, Oct. 29, 8 a.m. – 3:20 p.m. Evaluating Your Dating Relationships, For Teens 14 & Up, Oct. 25, 4:30 – 6:30 p.m. Individual Augmentee Family Gathering, Oct. 18 , 4 – 5 p.m. Managing Parental Anger, 19 Oct. 19, 9:30 a.m. – noon MWR 5K Run for Domestic Violence Awareness, Gym, Oct. 17, 6:30 a.m. PREP Couples Enrichment, Oct. 4, 8 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. at the Chapel Purple Ribbon Group, Wednesdays, 10 – 11 a.m. SAVI Advocate 3-Day Training, Oct. 15-17 Oct., 8a.m. SAVI Advocate Inservice, Oct. 23, 8a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Sponsor Training, Oct. 11, 8 – 9 a.m. Stress Management, Oct. 5, 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Suicide Prevention, Oct. 5, 10-11 a.m. Transition Assistance Program, Oct. 1-5, 8 a.m. daily Seabee Courier usetopdf27Sep.qxd 14
    • usetopdf27Sep.qxd 9/25/2007 12:59 Page 8 PG 8 COLOR ADS PG 17 Color CLEAN The CZee CyberZone cybercafé will be coming in October to the Beehive Lounge. Look for more information in the coming weeks at www.cnic.navy.mil/gulfport under the Recreation/MWR tab. 8 Nov. 16 @ the Coast Coliseum (sign up NLT Oct. 26 at the ITT Office, Bldg. 352 or call 228 8712231 for more info. Platinum Seating $11 w/transportation, $10, without. Gold Seating $9.50 w/transportation, $8.50 without. Departing at 5:15 behind main MWR building MWR is here to support the soldiers and their families. We have over 15 departments designed to promote morale, welfare and recreation onboard CBC Gulfport. Recreation Auto Hobby Shop Bldg 397 Child Development Bldg 31 Golf Course Bldg 418 Gymnasium Bldg 361 Intermural Sports Bldg 361 Liberty Program Bldg 342 T1 Outdoor Rental Bldg 397 Park Reservations Bldg 397 Pool Bldg 338 Stingers II Bldg 342 T2 R.V. Park ITT Bldg 352 Youth Center Bldg 335 First for Fun, Bldg 352 871-2804 871-2323 871-2494 871-2668 871-2353 871-2739 871-2804 871-2804 871-2768 871-2739 871-5435 871-2126 871-2251 871-2126 Food and Beverage Anchors & Eagles Bldg 303 871-4268 Bee Hive Lounge Bldg 352 871-4268 The Grill Bldg 418 871-2494 Info Hotlines 4MWR 871-4697 Movie Hotline 871-2468 September 27, 2007 SEAWOLVES HOCKEY! Seabee Courier Seabee Courier September 27, 2007 The Grill at Pine Bayou Breakfast served 7 – 10:30 a.m., Lunch 10:30 – Until Open 7 Days a Week Phone orders: 871-2494 Administration Bldg 352 871-2538 15
    • 12:58 Page 7 PG 18 B&W 5X11 PG 7 B&W CLEAN Communit y Calendar Sep 27 - Oct 20 Buzz on the Street Why did you become a Seabee? A D A Y Seabee Courier September 27, 2007 A N D 7 N I G H T O F R E M E M B R A N C E SUN M T W TH F 27 All Khaki Social, 3 p.m. A&E 30 "I became a Seabee to gain knowledge in the construction field, and to go to college." "I became a Seabee because I like to stay on land, and I love the training that the Seabee's offer." "I joined the Seabees to support the global war on terrorism and my country." "I joined the Seabees because I love the construction and I love to help out others." UTCN Eric Deweerd 20TH SRG CECN Nicholas Fogle NMCB 11 CECA Jesse Haisch NMCB 11 BU2 Curtis Bailey CBC Gulfport Assistant Fire Chief Mark Henson, of Naval Construction Battalion Center Fire Station 1, reads the "Fireman's Prayer" Sept. 11 as he and other firemen pay their respects to all firefighters that lost their lives during the terrorist attacks on Sept 11, 2001. Photo by MC1(SW Terry Spain Chaplain Daniel L. Curtis leads NMCB 7 Seabees in Camp Shields Okinawa in a moment of silence before a commemorative run that will honor American POW/MIA. Friday, Sept. 21 is National Prisoner of War/Missing in Action Recognition Day. Photo by MC2 Paul Williams Liberty program offers fun, affordable recreation By MCSA Chrystal M. Booth 22 NCR Public Affairs The Liberty Program is available for single Sailors who want to spend quality liberty time away from Seabee routine. The program allows Sailors to experience the depth of the culture and landscape around their duty station. They'll get a chance to see the best local tourist attractions such as New Orleans jazz bands, Gulf Coast aquariums, and IMAX theatres. The Liberty Program is only a part of Navy Morale, Welfare and Recreation, also known as MWR, which is in charge of the recreational activities for the Naval Construction Battalion Center here. Dana Dawson, Liberty Coordinator, wants to get the word out that these trips are not only exciting but inexpensive. MWR has taken Sailors to places like Panama City Florida, and there is still an Orlando trip from October five to eight. There, Sailors can visit Disney World, Sea World, Universal Studios and Island of Adventure. The trip to Panama City was only $35 and included transportation lodging. However, for all trips, Sailors must reserve a seat one week before the actual departure date. Dawson planned canoeing and charter trips in September that accommodated six people each. "Basically, they're adults, and we treat them like adults," said Dawson. They receive an orientation at an early muster where Dawson distributes cards with contact information small enough to fit in a wallet. In July, Sailors took a trip to Atlanta, Georgia where they choose between baseball and roller coasters. Sailors either went to Six Flags Over Georgia theme park or an Atlanta Braves baseball game. Some also visited Atlanta's downtown area while others saw their families. BUCA Jordan Wood got to go to Atlanta two times for a low price. "The program helps with morale. We need to blow off steam and there's not a whole lot to do in See Liberty page 19 7 14 1 National Disability Employment Awareness Mth QOL Mtg, 9:30 Bldg 1 Conf. Rm 2 28 Ombudsman 29 Appreciation Lunch, Colmer Galley, 1p.m. 3 Lunchtime 4 Wardroom 5 Bible Study, Bldg Bfast, 7:15, Galley 1 Conf. Rm., All Khaki 11:30 Social, 3 p.m. A&E 8 Columbus Day 9 CBC All 10 Leadership 11 All Khaki Federal Holiday Cdr's. Mtg., Gulf Coast Bfast, Social, 3 p.m. 10 a.m., Bldg 7:15, Galley A&E 1 Conf. Rm. Lunchtime Bible Study, Bldg 1 Conf. Rm., 11:30 15 SAT 16 Salute to the Mil. 6p.m. , Coast Coliseum Guest Spkr., Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month September 15 - October 15 12 6 13 Happy 232nd Birthday U.S. Navy 17 Lunchtime 18 All Khaki 19 CFC Kickoff, 20 MWR Bible Study, Bldg 1 Conf. Rm., 11:30 Social, 3 p.m. A&E Sec. of Navy NEX Courtyard Family Trip to 10 a.m. Natchez, Miss.Great Hot Air Balloon Race Seabee Community Notes CBC Base Phone Guide The 2007 CBC/Mississippi Gulf Coast phone guides are available for pick up. To obtain your copies, contact Ellen Woods at X2214/2215 with the requested number of copies. After placing your order, you may pick up your guides at Warehouse 320. Remember to place your order first - as guides are pulled on an as-needed basis. NMCB 1 FRG We would like to invite all friends and family of NMCB 1 Seabees to join us on the first Thursday of every month. Meetings begin at 6:30 p.m. at the CBC Chapel in Fellowship Hall, but we will be serving a pot luck dinner before each meeting at 6 p.m. Bring the kids, babysitting is available and free. The NMCB 1 Family Readiness Group offers fun activities including movies, picnics, bonfires, holiday parties and lots more for the whole family. During homeport and during the deployment we are available to help support all of our NMCB 1 families and friends. If you have any questions please call the FRG President, Jennifer Crumley at (228) 864-7137 or email her at Archebios@yahoo.com or call Ombudsmen Kathy Thomas at 3928464, email Seabeejo@cableone.net; Jen Brown at (228) 223-8251, email tazkrazy4dale@cableone.net; or Kim Redding at 234-2169 or email her at NMCB1OMB@aol.com. We hope to see you there. NMCB 1 FRG also has a new website that will keep you up to date on what is happening within our military family. The new website is http://hub.cinchouse.com/nmcb1seabees. NMCB 133 FRG We would like to invite all friends and family members of NMCB 133 to join us on the first Wednesday of every month at 6:00 p.m. in the base chapel. We also do many activities such as holiday parties, fun trips, movie outings and more. During homeport we share in each others excitement and during deployments we lean on each other for support. We offer battalion information and welcome those with children, those without, wives, husbands and other loved ones. NMCB 7 FRG Come joint our growing family. We are here to promote and grow social relationships and encourage interaction of spouses and family members during often trying and difficult times during the deployment of our NMCB 7 men and women. We have lots of fundraisers and activities planned for the whole family. There are games and crafts for the kids and speakers on different topics for the adults. We also have drawdowns for door prizes and refreshments each month. We meet the 3rd Wednesday of each month at 6:30 p.m. with a potluck dinner at the start. Come and get together with us and meet your fellow family members. For more information on NMCB 7's Family Readiness Group, contact Kathleen Whisenhunt, FRG president at kwhisenhunt@gmail.com. You can also check out nmcb7fsg@cinchouse.com and http://hub.cinchouse.com/nmcb7fsg/ for more information. NMCB 74 FRG The NMCB 74 Family Readiness Group welcomes friends and families of NMCB 74 personnel. We encourage and promote friendly and sympathetic relationships among our family members. We have a new Careline number for battalion updates, it is 1-866-531-1101 (toll free), or 871-3650 (local). Family Readiness Group meetings are held every third Monday of the month at the CBC Chapel in Fellowship Hall at 6:30 p.m. Free babysitting and activities for the children are provided. For information contact FRG President, Helen Walker at (228) 586-0114; or Secretary, Robyn Baca at (228) 539-9059. The FRG Advisor is Susan Prather, (228) 392-5945. September 27, 2007 9/25/2007 Seabee Courier usetopdf27Sep.qxd See Community page 19 16
    • 12:58 Page 6 PG 6 B&W CLEAN PG 19 B&W 2 COL. CLEAN From Community page 18 September 27, 2007 Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society The Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society (NMCRS) Thrift Shop is located at the far north end of McKinney Ave, Building 16. The Thrift Shop is staffed entirely by volunteers. The retail hours of operation are Monday - Thursday, 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. and Friday, 9 a.m. - 1 p.m. New volunteers are always welcome. Visit the Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society offices at the Fleet and Family Support Center, Building 30, Suite 103, or call (228) 871-2610 to obtain information about becoming a part of the NMCRS volunteer team! Childcare and mileage are reimbursed. Mississippi Gulf Coast First Class Association MGCFCA is seeking new members. Meetings are every Wednesday at 2 p.m at CBC's Beehive, Building 352. Call BU1 Reyes or CE1 Johnson at 871-2145 for more information. VFW Post 3937 VFW Post 3937 Long Beach is open every Friday from 6 - 8 p.m. for a seafood, steak, or pork chop dinner. Weekend breakfasts are served from 7 10 a.m. on Saturday and from 9 - noon on Sunday. VFW meetings are held the 2nd Wednesday of each month at 7:30 p.m. New members are always welcome. Point of contact for more information is Post Commander, Lew Fountain at 228 863-8602. Retired Activities Office The Retired Activities Office (RAO) is located in the Fleet and Family Support Center and staffed entirely by volunteers for the retired military community. RAO volunteers act as a liaison to guide the customer through all aspects of the above programs. RAO's services are free and intended to assist the customer to obtain their entitled rights, benefits, and privileges as a retiree, dependent, or survivor of a military Disaster Protocol Navy Emergency Disaster protocol requires that personnel muster with their command and complete the NFAAS needs assessment. Information required when mustering with the command: Name, rank, unit, department, UIC, evac address, phone number, email and number of family members. NFAAS website: https://www.NavyFamily.Navy.mil; NCBC Gulfport Fleet and Family Support Center: (228) 871-3000; Navy Emergency Coordination Center: 1-877-414-5358 Seabee Courier From Liberty page 7 6 service member. The hours of operation are Monday – Friday from 9 a.m. to noon. Call for an appointment at 871-3000 ext. 35 or just drop in. Newcomers and volunteers are welcome. COMPASS COMPASS is a team of trained seasoned military spouses mentoring other Navy spouses. Classes are intimate and informative. The 12 hour, 3-day course is offered the last week of the month (Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday)from 9am1pm at the Chapel Fellowship Hall CBC Gulfport. The course AND child care are FREE! Please R.S.V.P. 228-871-3000 ext. 7444 Ask for COMPASS! CBC Photo Lab Customers are reminded that appointments are needed for passport and studio photos at the CBC Photo Lab. Customers should call (228) 871-3664/3663 to make an appointment. The CBC Photo Lab is located in building 60, room 250. Photo Lab hours are Monday – Friday, 8 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. Keesler AFB Craft Fair Registration The Arts and Crafts Center at Keesler AFB is accepting registration for the Fall Festival on Sat., Oct. 27. The annual craft fair is combined with Fall Festival activities for personnel authorized to use the base facilities. Crafters who would like to set up a booth may call (228) 377-2821 for an application. Gulfport." Wood visited his father who is a colonel in the Army. It was the last weekend they had to see each other before his dad was deployed to Afghanistan. "It's a breath of fresh air from the stringent environment and to see old faces, and it is very affordable." Michele Shaffer, the Recreation Division Head for MWR, said the environment here at home is not dull either. Activities here September 27, 2007 9/25/2007 include ping-pong and pool tournaments, along with horseshoe, dart, and video game competitions. Thus, the Liberty program is diverse and is always open to suggestions on trips and activities. "I want people to give us ideas -- we need feedback," said Dawson. "There are many possibilities with this program." For more information on the Liberty program and upcoming events call 871-3410 or stop by their office located in Stinger's Recreation Center in Bldg. 342. 17 Seabee Courier usetopdf27Sep.qxd
    • usetopdf27Sep.qxd 9/25/2007 12:58 Page 5 PG 5 Color Church Page 20 Color Fire Prevention Week begins October 7 biggest fire drill. So Lets Get Started! Pick a Date-any time in October. Make Your Plan. Sound Your Smoke Detector Alarm. Practicing your escape plan can be lots of fun – but don't forget that this is serious business! Only one out of four Americans has planned and practiced their home fire escape plan. With the Great American Fire Drill we can change that number for good! NCBC Gulfport base family housing residents may pick up a copy of "How to Plan and Conduct a Fire Drill in the Home" at the NCBC Fire Station, building 321. You are invited to the Combined Federal Campaign (CFC) Kick Off Friday, Oct. 19, 10 a.m. NEX Courtyard Seabee Courier 5 September 27, 2007 September 27, 2007 "Practice Your Escape Plan" - That's the theme for Fire Prevention Week 2007. In Accordance to National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) Research, the majority of Americans have a fire escape plan; however, most have never practiced it. From October 7-13 fire department and safety advocates will be reminding people across the U.S. and Canada that it's not enough just to have a plan --they've got practice it too. Sound the alarm on your home smoke detector--it's time for the GREAT AMERICAN FIRE DRILL! During Fire Prevention Week 2007, NFPA is encouraging kids and families all across the United States to practice their Home Fire Escape Plan. Just how big will the Great American Fire Drill be? With your help we're hoping to have the world's . Center Chaplains Cmdr. John Lyle, Catholic Chaplain Lt. Cmdr. Dedra Bell, Senior Protestant Chaplain Lt. Leticia P.J. Rouser, Protestant Chaplain Services Protestant Sunday School 9:30 a.m. Sunday 11 a.m. Divine Worship Catholic Sunday 9:30 a.m., Family Choir Mass Sunday 10:40 a.m., Religion Education Monday - Friday, 11:35 a.m. Daily Mass For more information concerning other faith groups, call the chapel office at: 871-2454 Seabee Courier Provided by CBC Fire Department 18
    • 12:57 Page 2 PG 2 B&W CLEAN NCBC/20SRG Commanding Officer Capt. Van Dobson Public Affairs Officer Jean Remley Editor Bonnie L. McGerr Mass Comm. Specialist MC1 (SW) Terry Spain MCSN Brian McCarthy 22 NCR Commander Capt. Robert A. McLean III Public Affairs Officer MCC(SCW) Jeffrey J. Pierce MCSA Chrystal Booth NMCB ONE Commanding Officer Cmdr. Dean A. Tufts Public Affairs Officer Chaplain (Lt.) Sharon Wheaton Mass. Comm. Specialists MC2 Chad Runge MC2 Demetrius Kennon MC2 Ja'lon Rhinehart NMCB ELEVEN Cmdr. Steven K. Revelas Mass Comm. Specialist MC2 Erick S. Holmes NMCB SEVENTY FOUR Commanding Officer Cmdr. Craig S. Prather Public Affairs Officer Lt.j.g. Gregg Hazlett Mass Comm. Specialist MC2 Gregory N. Juday MC3 John Hulle 25 NCR Commander Capt. Jeffrey T. Borowy Mass Comm. Specialist MCSN Jeffrey Militzer Seabee Courier September 27, 2007 NMCB SEVEN 2 Commanding Officer Cmdr. John J. Adametz Public Affairs Officer Lt. Martie Johnson Mass Comm. Specialists MC2 Michael B. Lavender MC2 Paul D. Williams NMCB ONE THIRTY THREE Commanding Officer Cmdr. Paul J. Odenthal Public Affairs Officer Lt.j.g. Ingrid Riviera Mass Comm. Specialists MC1 Nicholas Lingo MC3 Jessica A. McIver NCTC Gulfport Commanding Officer Cmdr. Darius Banaji Public Affairs Officer BU1(SCW) James LePage The Seabee Courier is an authorized publication for members of the military services and their families. Its contents do not necessarily reflect the official views of the U.S. Government, the DoD or the U.S. Navy and do not imply endorsement thereof. The appearance of advertising in this newspaper, including inserts or supplements, does not constitute endorsement by the U. S. Government, DoD, the Navy, NCBC Gulfport or The McClatchy Company of the products and services advertised. All content in this newspaper shall be made available for purchase, use or patronage without regard to race, color, religion, gender, national origin, age, marital status, physical handicap, political affiliation or any other non-merit factor of the purchaser, user or patron. If a violation or rejection of this equal opportunity policy by an advertiser is confirmed, the publisher shall refuse to print advertising from that source until the violation is corrected. The Seabee Courier is published 22 weeks a year by The McClatchy Company, a private firm in no way connected with the DoD, under an exclusive contract with the U. S. Navy. The Seabee Courier solicits news contributions from military and civilian sources, but the Public Affairs staff reserves the right to edit and/or rewrite material selected for publication to conform with journalism standards. The deadline for material is close of business Wednesday the week prior to publication. Your comments are always welcome. The Seabee Courier office is in Building 60, Room 250. The mailing address is 4902 Marvin Shields Blvd., Code 15, Gulfport, MS 39501. Phone: 228 8713662, Fax: 228 871-2389. Email: seabeecourier@navy.mil. PG 23 B&W Commander Southeast Region applauds Lean Six Sigma accomplishments Provided by CNRSE Public Affairs Rear Adm. Mark S. Boensel, Commander, Navy Region Southeast, presented 12 Lean Six Sigma (LSS) Green Belts with LSS ceremonial coins at the Sept 12 Executive Steering Committee (ESC) in recognition of the accomplishments they have made on their projects. "It is important to award accomplishments in LSS," said Boensel. "Lean Six Sigma is a vital, Navy-wide methodology that will improve our overall service to the warfighter throughout the Southeast Region." The quarterly ESC at Naval Station Mayport provided an opportunity for about 60 senior leaders region-wide to enhance their LSS knowledge and recognize LSS accomplishments in support of continuing operations. Part of this ESC was dedicated to "a day of Lean Six Sigma." This provided valuable additional training for the installation Commanding Officers and Program Directors, many of whom are LSS Champions. Participants intensively studied the concept of "High Impact Core Value Streams" during the morning portion of the meeting. Using the value stream model enables the installation to better quantify tasks crucial to supporting its mission. High Impact Core Value Streams are "cross-functional," meaning that they apply across all departments. "It is vital that each installation understand what its High Impact Core Value Streams are," said Jim Rountree, CNRSE Regional Business Manager. "Not only to improve efficient service to the warfighter by defining where future Green Belt projects are needed, but also to generate performance plans under NSPS." Some of SE Region core value streams include Provide Airfield Operations, Airfield Maintenance, Port Operations, and Ship Support. Improved productivity in these areas Sailor's Creed I am a United States Sailor, I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States of America and I will obey the orders of those appointed over me, I represent the fighting spirit of the Navy and those who have gone before me to defend freedom and democracy around the world, I proudly serve my country's Navy combat team with Honor, Courage and Commitment, I am committed to excellence and the fair treatment of all. Photo by MC3 Bonnie Williams Rear Adm. Mark S. Boensel, far right, recognized the accomplishments of personnel throughout Navy Region Southeast. Lean Six Sigma Green Belts who were presented with a LSS ceremonial coin included CBC Gulfport Information Technology Specialist Kim Neely (second from right). translates into better services rendered to the warfighter, especially important since the nation has been at war for six years. The ESC participants not only studied the High Impact Core Value Stream approach, they conducted some practice exercises to improve their skills in identifying and defining High Impact Core Value Streams. Participants separated into groups by common function and brainstormed the value streams for their particular group. The groups then evaluated the importance of each See Applaud page23 Traffic Court date changes due to October holiday Due to the upcoming Columbus Day holiday, the date for NCBC Traffic Court date has been changed from October 9 to October 10. Traffic Court is located in building T2-117 at the corner of 7th and Holtman Ave, just east of the Fire Station. More information can be obtained by calling the Traffic Court Clerk at 871-3501. Command Action Line Because of limited IG resources throughout the Southeast Region, all Fraud, Waste and Abuse hotline work will now be handled by the Region. To report Fraud, Waste and Abuse, contact the Region at: Toll Free 1-877-657-9851 Comm: (904) 542-4979 DSN 942-4979 FAX: (904) 542-5587 E-mail: CNRSE_HOTLINE@navy.mil From Applaud page 2 value stream to determine which ones were most important. In the afternoon, the focus was on the Green Belts. Participants conducted a "Toll Gate Review," part of a series of reviews that Champions conduct with Green Belts during the course of their projects. The Green Belts presented their projects (such as local hiring at Naval Station Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, and cell phone replacement/procurement) and received valuable feedback from the Champions and other participants of the ESC. This created an invaluable synergy. Last but not least, the Green Belts were recognized for all their hard work by receiving a coin from Boensel, bringing to a close a stimulating and productive day of learning, discussion and diligent work on the mission-critical High Impact Core Value Streams for individual commands. The ESC concluded with the confidence that, by focusing on High Impact Core Value Streams, services provided to warfighters across all CNRSE installations would be more closely aligned with the end users' mission objectives. From JERRV page 9 ty across the battlefield and helps keep us on the same page." Being the first to train with the new vehicles, "The First and The Finest" not only prepared themselves for success in their upcoming deployment, but long into the future. Gaining the hands on experience with the new systems provides a wealth of knowledge that service members will be able to mix with their own experiences to pass on to others, further educating themselves and ensuring the success of others. 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