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July 2013 NSAP Freedom Flyer


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July 2013 edition of the NSAP Freedom Flyer. Newsletter for the Naval Support Activity Philadelphia community.

July 2013 edition of the NSAP Freedom Flyer. Newsletter for the Naval Support Activity Philadelphia community.

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  • 1. July 2013
  • 2. Godfrey Gate Opening Story and Photos by Mass Communication Specialist Second Class Ace Rheaume Godfrey Gate Opening 1 Naval Support Activity (NSA) Philadelphia opened their Godfrey Gate entrance on July 1 enabling easier, dedicated access for commercial vehicles and easing congestion and traffic at the Cheltenham gate. All personnel authorized access to the installation are welcome to use Godfrey gate during the access hours of 0530 to 1400, but please understand there could be a delay if a commercial truck is being inspected. “Godfrey gate was open for quite a few years for inbound and outbound traffic, but we closed it because of manning issues,” said Lee Adams, the Director of NSA Philadelphia Security. With the recent opening of the Godfrey Gate, personnel commuting from direction of Roosevelt Boulevard outside of the installation will now have access to a more direct route to NSA Philadelphia. The Godfrey entrance will decrease the amount of time coming onto the base because it will help ease the traffic flow of the other NSA Philadelphia gates. Installation employees who may participate in outdoor exercise activities are advised to be cau- tious of the increased traffic flow due to the open- ing of the Godfrey Gate. Naval Support Activ- ity (NSA) Philadelphia Security Personnel check identification of a driver entering the installation through NSA Philadel- phia’s Godfrey Gate July 2. Ernesto Rivera, assigned to Naval Support Activity (NSA) Philadelphia Security department, conducts an inspection on a vehicle entering the installation through the NSA Philadelphia Godfrey Gate July 2.
  • 3. NSAP Public Works has replaced 300 street/perimeter high-pressure sodium lights with LED fixtures - They use only half of the wattage of pre-existing lights, estimating $30k in annual utilities savings. - 7 times longer life expectancy, only need to be replaced every 14 years instead of every 2 years. This translates to less lighting service interruptions and substantially reduces maintenance costs. New Lights!
  • 4. Walk to Wellness Story by Jackie Upshaw DCMA Walk to Wellness 3 Defense Contract Management Agency (DCMA) Phila- delphia (Building 4A), Industrial Analysis Center (Building 4C), Navy Special Emphasis Operations (Building 2D) and various DCMA Headquarter Functional Center personnel participated in the annual Walk to Wellness on Jun 19. The goal of this year’s event was to celebrate and promote the health and fitness of the agency’s most valuable resource – its employees. DCMA HQ located at Fort Lee, VA completed their Walk to Wellness on May 23. DCMA Director Charlie E. Williams, Jr. stated “We strive to achieve and maintain a healthy, produc- tive workforce by providing a variety of wellness/fitness pro- grams designed to increase health knowledge and behaviors among our employees. In today’s complex and fiscally con- strained environment, we all need to do everything we can to de-stress!” This year, approximately 70 DCMA participants, includ- ing Colonel Copeland, walked or ran the route on the Navy Sup- port Activity Philadelphia compound to meet the goal of the 5K or 3.2 mile event. The DCMA Philadelphia social committee provided a pizza lunch for all of those that partook in the event. Jerry, Rose, DCMA Mission Support Office Team Leader stated “The event is not only beneficial in supporting a healthy life style but an added bonus is getting to meet and talk with other DCMA employees that are not in our office since the 3 or- ganizations (CMOs) are located at different locations throughout the base.” Defense Contract Management Agency (DCMA) Employees participate in the Walk to Wellness May 23. Photos by Sonia Moody.
  • 5. Sailors assigned to NAVSUP Weapon Systems Support and Naval Support Activity Philadelphia vol- unteer to mentor children at the 8th annual Race for Education at the Hunting Park Christian Academy in Philadelphia April 26. 4 8th Annual Race for Education
  • 6. Pre-Kindergarten Graduation Pre-Kindergarten graduates perform the song “Proud to Be an American” during their graduation ceremony from the NSA Philadelphia Child Development Center (CDC) June 21. U.S. Navy Photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Ace Rheaume.
  • 7. Level 2 OC Qualification Course 7 Naval Support Activity Philadelphia Security participate in the level 2 Oleoresin Capsicum (OC) qualification course June 26. (U.S. Navy Photos by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Ace Rheaume)
  • 8. 8 Summer Srides 5K Runners participate in the Naval Support Activity Philadelphia Summer Strides 5K June 20. Photos by Jenny Wallace and Information Systems Technician 1st Class Michael Phillips.
  • 9. Memorial Day A couple shares a kiss on Memorial Day in the Boston Commons in Boston, MA. where 30,000 flags were placed to honor fallen soldiers in the Boston area May 27. Photo by John Gabriele.
  • 10. Burger Burn! Naval Support Activity (NSA) Philadelphia Chief Petty Officer’s As- sociation (CPOA) take a group photo after a barbecue fundraiser June 19. U.S. Navy Photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Ace Rheaume.
  • 11. THIS JULY TELL US WHAT YOU LOVE ABOUT PARKS AND RECREATION. At your local park you can get healthy and fit, experience nature and connect with your community! Fill out this poster and then take a picture with it and SHOW America what you love about parks and recreation. Post it to Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Websites and blogs. Tag NRPA and use the hashtag #ParkRecLuv or email to
  • 12. Tips For Preventing Heat-Related Illness • Drink more nonalcoholic fluids, regardless of your activity level. Don’t wait until you’re thirsty to drink. Warning: If your doctor limits the amount of fluid you drink or has you on water pills, ask him how much you should drink during hot weather. • Don’t drink liquids that contain alcohol or large amounts of sugar–these actually cause you to lose more body fluid. Also, avoid very cold drinks, because they can cause stomach cramps. • Stay indoors and if possible stay in an air-conditioned area. If your home doesn’t have air conditioning, go to a shopping mall or public library–even a few hours spent in air conditioning can help you stay cooler when you go back into the heat. Call the local health department to see if there are any heat-relief shelters in your area. • Electric fans may provide comfort, but when the temperature is in the high 90s, fans will not prevent heat-related illness. Taking a cool shower or bath, or moving to an air-conditioned place is a much better way to cool off. • Wear lightweight, light-colored, loose-fitting clothing. • NEVER leave anyone in a closed, parked vehicle. • Although any one at any time can suffer from heat-related illness, some people are at greater risk than others. Check regularly on: Infants and young children People aged 65 or older People who have a mental illness The physically ill, especially those with heart disease or high blood pressure • Visit adults at risk twice a day and watch them for signs of heat exhaustion or heat stroke. Infants and young children need much more frequent watching. If you must be out in the heat: • Limit your outdoor activity to morning and evening hours. • Cut down on exercise. If you must exercise, drink two to four glasses of cool, nonalcoholic fluids each hour. A sports beverage can replace the salt and minerals you lose in sweat. Warning: If you are on a low-salt diet, talk with your doctor be fore drinking a sports beverage. Remember the warning in the first “tip” above. • Try to rest often in shady areas. • Protect yourself from the sun by wearing a wide-brimmed hat (also keeps you cooler) and sunglasses and by putting on sunscreen of SPF 15 or higher (the most effective products say “broad spectrum” or “UVA/UVB protection” on their labels). Thanks to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) for this information. The best defense is prevention. Here are some prevention tips:
  • 13. MWR/ITT Summer 2013 MWR Events July 1 through August 31 - Fitness Incentive Program – Celebrate America! Wednesday, July 17 – Base Picnic (CIVMWR) Thursday, July 27 – Fitness Walk Wednesday, August 14 @ 2:00 – Ice Cream Day (CIVMWR) Wednesday, August 21 (TBD) - Fitness Walk September 1 – 30 - Fitness Incentive Program -10,000 Step Challenge Thursday, September 19 @ 2:00 – Good bye to Summer Lemonade Day (CIVMWR) Thursday, September 26 @ 11:30 – 5K 15 Looking for a way to enjoy Philadelphia this weekend? Why not take a ride on a Big Bus Tour or take advantage of the CityPass. The weather is expected to be perfect for exploring the City of Brotherly Love! The Big Bus Tour takes you to all of the best tourist attractions. The tour departs from corner 5th and Market Streets and stops at the Independence Visitor’s Center, Chinatown, Love Park, the “Rocky Steps”, Penn’s Land- ing, and many other sites. Passengers can hop on and off as much as they please or just sit back and enjoy the ride! Adult tickets are $25 and children’s tickets are $9. CityPass gives you access to some of the most popular “must see” Philadelphia attractions - the Franklin Insti- tute, Adventure Aquarium, the Philadelphia Trolley Works Tour, the Big Bus Company tour, the Philadelphia Zoo, National Constitution Center OR The Academy of Natural Sciences, and Eastern State Penitentiary OR Please Touch Museum. CityPASS is valid 9 days from day of first use. Price is $52.50 for adults and $34.50 for children ages 3-11. The NSA Philadelphia MWR ITT office is open Monday-Friday from 9:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. The office is located in Bldg.15, across from the cafeteria. For more information about available tickets, please contact the ITT office at 215-697-5392 or e-mail
  • 14. Commanding Officer Capt. James W. Smart Officer-in-Charge Cmdr. Robert Speight Deputy Site Manager NSAP Dennis Donahue Site Manager PNY HTCS(SW) Charles Brautcheck Editorial Director MC2(SCW) Ace Rheaume The Freedom Flyer is an authorized publication for members of the military service and civilian personnel of the Navy and Department of Defense commands and activities located at the Naval Support Activity (NSA) Philadelphia and the Philadelphia Navy Yard. Its con- tents do not necessarily reflect the views of the U.S. Government, the Department of Defense, nor the U.S. Navy, and do not imply endorsement thereof. The editorial content of this publication is reviewed, pre- pared, and distributed by the NSA Philadelphia Pub- lic Affairs Office. For more information please contact MC2(SCW) Ace Rheaume, NSA Philadelphia Public Af- fairs Officer, at 215-697-5995 or The Freedom Flyer will publish free listings of personal items for sale by personnel of the Naval and Defense Activities at Philadelphia. Such items and services must represent an incidental exchange between personnel on the installation and not be business operations. Ads are limited to 15 words, include Command/Code, one per employee, and photos are highly encouraged. Work extensions may only be used on car and van pool ads. All oth- ers must use a home or cell phone number. Ads are printed on a space available basis. Send submissions to MC2(SCW) Ace Rheaume at Classifieds Find us on Facebook! “Naval Support Activity Philadelphia” Spring and summer reservations are available for the MWR Picnic Pavilion Area. The rental fee is $70 and includes use of the MWR pavilion, sand volleyball court, horseshoe pits, the basketball court, and assorted lawn games. Access to a refrigerator and indoor restrooms is also included. (Payment of the rental fee is required to reserve your date.) Looking for something fun to do after work? Fran's Hangar Bay (MWR All Hands Club) is open Wednesday and Thursday nights at 4:00. The Club is also available to rent for your next special occasion. Planning a trip to New York City? Did you know that you could book a show, tours, dinner, and an over- night stay through MWR's Broadway Spotlight Ticket Program? Visit the website at to see all of the wonderful opportunities available to you. Want to enjoy a delicious meal before or after the show? Make reservations for a three course meal at the famous Russian Tea Room or Sardi's. You can even purchase tickets to visit the Empire State Building Observatory or Top of the Rock at 30 Rockefeller Plaza. Also available are hotel accommodations at some of the city's best hotels, such as the Waldorf-Astoria and the Four Seasons. Tickets are now available for the exhibit “Spy: The Secret World of Espionage” at the Franklin Institute. Exhibit tickets are $23 when purchased through the MWR ITT office. This is a $5 savings per ticket. Tick- ets include admission to the Spy exhibit, regular Frank- lin Institute exhibitions, and one Planetarium show. The exhibit will be at the Franklin Institute through Oc- tober 6. Be sure to visit the Franklin Institute website at for additional information about the exhibit and operating hours. For more information, please contact the ITT office at 215- 697-5392 or or the Club office at 215-697-2297 or e-mail 16
  • 15. Flooding is the most common natural disaster and can occur anywhere. Flooding can be localized in a particular neighborhood or widespread, affecting entire cities or large portions of states and territories. Floods can develop over a period of days, giving you adequate time to prepare; however, flash floods can develop in a matter of minutes. Flash flood waters can be caused by heavy rain, levee breaches, or dam failures. Rushing flood waters can be deeper and stronger than they look. These waters also are destructive and can carry debris, rocks, and mud. How to Prepare ❶ Be informed and know flood terminology: • Flood Watch—Flooding is pos- sible. Stay tuned to radio or TV for more information. • Flash Flood Watch—Flash flooding is possible. Stay tuned to radio or TV for more informa- tion. Be prepared to move to higher ground. • Flood Warning—Flooding is currently occurring or will occur soon. Listen for further instruc- tions. If told to evacuate, do so immediately. • Flash Flood Warning—Flash flooding is currently occurring or will occur soon. Seek higher ground on foot immediately. Preparedness Empowers You It saves lives, property, and time. Emergencies happen, often with little or no notice. By taking action beforehand you can be prepared for any emergency. Be Ready Navy! I am. Are you? ❷ Determine whether your home or work place is in a predetermined floodplain. ❸ Identify where you can go if you need to reach higher ground quickly and on foot. ❹ Elevate the furnace, water heater, and electric panel in your home if you live in an area that has a high flood risk. ❺ Consider installing “check valves” to prevent flood water from backing up into the drains of your home. ❻ Make an evacuation plan as a family. ❼ Make an emergency communica- tion plan in case family members are separated. ❽ Build an emergency kit. Flood
  • 16. What to Do If There Is a Flood • Move to higher ground immediately. Do not wait for instructions to move. • Stay tuned to the radio or TV for further information and instructions. • If you are ordered to evacuate: » Take only essential items, including your family emergency kit. » Turn off gas, electricity, and water. » Disconnect appliances. » Make sure your car’s gas tank is full. » Do not walk in moving water. » Do not drive in flood water. As little as six inches of water can cause loss of control and stalling of a vehicle. » If floodwaters rise around your car, abandon the car and move to higher ground if you can do so safely. You and the vehicle can be swept away quickly. » Follow the designated evacuation plan, and expect a high volume of traffic. • If you are NOT ordered to evacuate: » Stay tuned to emergency station on radio or TV. » Listen for further instructions. » Prepare to evacuate to a shelter or neighbor’s home if your home is damaged. • Once you are in a safe place, muster with your command if you are military or civilian personnel or a member of the selective reserves. What to Do after a Flood • Listen to news reports to make sure water supplies are not contaminated. • Stay clear of flood waters (standing and moving) as they may be con- taminated or deeper than expected. • Beware of downed power lines. • Avoid any roads where flood waters have receded as they may have weakened and could collapse under the weight of a car. • Be extremely cautious when entering buildings and homes as there may be unseen damage. Flood • Clean and disinfect everything that was touched by flood water as it can contain sewage and other contaminants. • After a declared emergency, register your needs with the Navy through the Navy Family Accountability and Assessment System (NFAAS) at or call 1 877-414-5358 or 1-866-297- 1971 (TDD). Where to Find Additional Information • Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)— • Department of Homeland Security (— • FEMA— index.shtm Be Ready Navy—Be informed before, during, and after an incident; make a written family emergency plan; and build an emergency supply kit good for at least three days.