Godfrey Gate Opening
Story and Photos by Mass Communication Specialist Second Class Ace Rheaume
Godfrey Gate Opening
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
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
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
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.
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.
Walk to Wellness
Story by Jackie Upshaw
DCMA Walk to Wellness
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
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
participate in the Walk to
Wellness May 23.
Photos by Sonia Moody.
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.
8th Annual Race for Education
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.
Level 2 OC Qualification Course
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)
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
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.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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
• 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
• 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
Thanks to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) for this information.
The best defense is prevention.
Here are some prevention tips:
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
Thursday, September 26 @ 11:30 – 5K
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
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 NSAPHILITT@navy.mil.
Capt. James W. Smart
Cmdr. Robert Speight
Deputy Site Manager NSAP
Site Manager PNY
HTCS(SW) Charles Brautcheck
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 email@example.com.
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-
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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 http://www.broadway-
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 http://www.fi.edu/spy/ for additional information
about the exhibit and operating hours.
For more information, please contact the ITT office at 215-
697-5392 or NSAPHILITT@navy.mil or the Club office at
215-697-2297 or e-mail NSAPHILMWR@navy.mil.
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
• 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
• Flood Warning—Flooding is
currently occurring or will occur
soon. Listen for further instruc-
tions. If told to evacuate, do so
• 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
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
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
❼ Make an emergency communica-
tion plan in case family members
❽ Build an emergency kit.
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
• If you are ordered to evacuate:
» Take only essential items,
including your family emergency
» Turn off gas, electricity, and
» Disconnect appliances.
» Make sure your car’s gas tank is
» 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
• 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
• 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
• 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.
• Clean and disinfect everything that
was touched by flood water as it
can contain sewage and other
• After a declared emergency, register
your needs with the Navy through
the Navy Family Accountability
and Assessment System (NFAAS)
at https://navyfamily.navy.mil or
call 1 877-414-5358 or 1-866-297-
Where to Find Additional
• Centers for Disease Control and
• Department of Homeland Security
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.