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  1. 1. Mississippi Gulf CoastHonor Flight Grand HomecomingApril 23, 7 p.m.Gulfport-Biloxi International AirportMake signs, wave flags and cheerfor the heroes of“The Greatest Generation”Arrive early, enjoy entertainment while youwait, free parking (carpool if possible)Naval Construction Battalion Center, Gulfport, Mississippi April 18, 2013Vol. 53 No., Philippines - Builder Constructionman Brittany Mc-Grath, assigned to Naval Mobile Construction Battalion (NMCB)5, leads U.S. and Philippine Seabees, and a group of Barangayresidents, in pulling a suspension cable for the San Pascual foot-bridge. The project is one of seven engineering civic action proj-ects being performed by Combined/Joint Civil Military OperationsTask Force units supporting exercise Balikatan 2013. Balikatanis an annual Philippine-U.S. bilateral exercise. (U.S. Navy photo byMass Communication Specialist 1st Class Chris Fahey/Released)Balikatan 2013Naval Construction Battalion Center (NCBC ) Earth Daywill include displays by Pascagoula Audubon Society,Mississippi Museum of Natural Sciences, MississippiPower Renew Our Rivers, Public Works Energy Table,Wild at Heart Rescue, NOAA Fisheries, Harrison CountyConservation District and much more! Stop by and in-crease your awareness of the environment.Join the rest of the worldand celebrate our planet
  2. 2. Semi-annual Scholarship Golf TourSemi-annual Scholarship Golf TournamentnamentThe Society of American Military Engineers (S.A.M.E.) is holdinga scholarship fund raiser golf tournament May 17, at 1 p.m., atBay Breeze Golf Course, Keesler Air Force Base. Lunch will beserved at noon and is included in the $75/player fee or $260/4person team fee. The event features a $40K Shootout from mul-ligan participants. Mulligans will be available for purchase for $5or 3/$10. To register, go to, I had the honor ofsigning a proclamation recog-nizing April as the Month ofthe Military Child and ChildAbuse Prevention Month. It’sa timely reminder of our re-sponsibility to recognize theunique challenges that militarychildren face.As military members, wesometimes take our familiesfor granted, especially our chil-dren. Aspects of our work thatmay seem routine to us – TADtrips, deployments and PCSmoves – may be significantstressors for them.A personal “sea story” illus-trates how easily we can over-look the impact on ourchildren. As an O-4 with threesmall kids, I was preparing toPCS from overseas back state-side. By this point, my wifeand I had moved several timestogether and were gettingpretty good at it. We hadtalked with the children aboutmoving, explaining that wewould be getting on a plane,moving to a new house, etc.Though we thought we hadprepared them adequately, wecould have done a better jobof it, because as the packersarrived and began disassem-bling our furniture, my son(then three) ran to me with afrantic look on his face, ex-claiming, “Dad, the men arebreaking my bed!”I believe military children de-velop resiliency skills far supe-rior than that of theirnon-military peers. But theydon’t magically acquire themall at once. Nor should we as-sume that everything is rightin their world simply becausethey appear okay on the sur-face or are “toughing it out.”Fortunately, we have a wealthof resources at our disposal tohelp prepare our kids for thechallenges they face.FOCUS (Families OverComingUnder Stress) is a great re-source to help teach your fam-ily resiliency, coping skills,communication skills, goal set-ting and much more.Military and Family Life Con-sultants, who work withschools and other military sup-port programs worldwide, canalso help. They are licensedclinical providers who assistmembers and families with is-sues they may face throughthe cycle of deployment. Theyare also able to educate teach-ers on the unique stressorsthat military children en-counter.Deployments are not theonly anxiety inducers for mili-tary children. Some familieswill move this summer andchildren must leave theirfriends, school and otherwisenormal routine. This can beparticularly hard for teenagerswho might find it tough to ad-just to a new place.If you are just coming onboard or heading to anotherbase, I encourage you to seekout a school liaison officer foryour educational needs. TheNCBC School Liaison Officer isKevin Byrd. He is the go-toguy for all things related toschools in the area. Locally, hehelped introduce Student 2Student (S2S). This program isdesigned like a sponsorship forkids. It helps relieve some ofthat “new school/new friends”pressure.Pressure and stress comewith the territory; however,the Navy works hard to helpalleviate some of that strainfrom members and families.The Fleet and Family SupportCenter can lend a hand whenyou don’t know where to turn.They offer dozens of programsand resources which help fam-ily resilience and adaptability,including deployment supportfor Sailors and their families,emergency preparedness andresponse, financial education,personal and family wellnesseducation and counseling, andmuch more.Even with all these great pro-grams available to you andyour family, it all starts athome. I encourage each ofyou to take a little extra timewith your children to explainthe significance of what youdo and to let them know howproud you are to have them asa member of your family. Takea minute to thank them fortheir sacrifices. In a militaryfamily, it takes everyone to ac-complish the mission.Thank you for your sacrificesand for your resilience. I hopeyou and your family have agreat and safe summer!2April18,2013SeabeeCourierNCBCCommanding OfficerCapt. Rick BurgessPublic Affairs OfficerRob MimsEditorBonnie L. McGerrMass Comm. SpecialistMCC(SCW/SW/AW)Ryan G. WilberSpecial ContributorsCM3(SCW) Katchen TofilCECN(SCW) Lucinda MoiseThe Seabee Courier is aweekly authorized on-linepublication for members ofthe military services and theirfamilies. Content does notnecessarily reflect the officialviews of the U.S. Govern-ment, the DoD or the U.S.Navy and does not imply en-dorsement thereof. The ap-pearance of advertising in thisnewspaper, including insertsor supplements, does notconstitute endorsement bythe U. S. Government, DoD,the Navy or NCBC Gulfport ofthe products and services ad-vertised. All content in thisnewspaper shall be madeavailable for purchase, use orpatronage without regard torace, color, religion, gender,national origin, age, maritalstatus, physical handicap, po-litical affiliation or any othernon-merit factor of the pur-chaser, user or patron. If aviolation or rejection of thisequal opportunity policy byan advertiser is confirmed,the publisher shall refuse toprint advertising from thatsource until the violation iscorrected. The Seabee Couriersolicits news contributionsfrom military and civiliansources, but the Public Affairsstaff reserves the right to editand/or rewrite material se-lected for publication to con-form with journalismstandards. The deadline formaterial is close of businessevery Friday. Your commentsare always welcome. TheSeabee Courier office is inBuilding 1, Room 205. Themailing address is 4902 Mar-vin Shields Blvd., Code 15,Gulfport, MS 39501. Phone:228-871-3662., Email:seabeecourier@navy.milSkipper’s LogCelebrating military childrenBy Capt. Rick BurgessCommanding Officer NavalConstruction Battalion CenterCapt. Rick Burgess
  3. 3. 3April18,2013SeabeeCourierAroundtheConstruction Mechanic 3rd Class Nathan Abbott, as-signed to Naval Mobile Construction Battalion (NMCB)133, Alfa Company, executes a set of weighted lungesat the Fitness Center on board Naval ConstructionBattalion Center (NCBC) Gulfport, April 12. Strengthtraining, along with proper nutrition and cardiovas-cular training, is an important part of maintainingproper physical health in line with the Navy’s Cultureof Fitness. (U.S. Navy photo by Chief Mass CommunicationSpecialist Ryan G. Wilber/Released)Capt. Lori Laraway (front right), Navy Expeditionary Com-bat Command (NECC) warfighter resiliency program man-ager, and May Jacobs, NECC force family readiness director,facilitate a Command Family Readiness Team Mobile Train-ing for military command leaders and civilians from base sup-port services attached to NCBC Gulfport at the TacticalTraining Facility, April 11. The three main topics of the one-day training were: Sailor and Family Readiness, Warfighterand Family Resiliency, and Crisis and Trauma. For more in-formation concerning family readiness, (U.S. Navy photo byChief Mass Communication Specialist Ryan G. Wilber/Released)CenterConstruction Mechanic 2nd Class Charles Barrow, assigned to Naval Con-struction Group (NCG) 2, instructs Construction Mechanic 1st Class JamesAllison, of Naval Mobile Construction Battalion (NMCB) 74, on CAT C12diesel engines valves and injectors as part of Construction Mechanic “C”School, Diesel Phase, at Naval Construction Training Center (NCTC) onboard NCBC Gulfport, April 10. Diesel Phase is one of the phases of CM “C”School, in which students learn how to maintain, repair and replace valves,injectors and Jacobs Brakes for Civil Engineer Support Equipment (CESE)engines. (U.S. Navy photo by Construction Mechanic 3rd Class Katchen Tofil/Re-leased)“Fright Night at Seabee Lake.My daughter really liked it a lot.”“Coming home from beingunderway and seeing mychildren waiting for me onthe pier.”ET1(AW/SW) Kevin HolscherNCG2Hometown: Corning, Calif.“Returning from deploymentand my daughter being ex-cited to see me .”“What is one of your favoritememories regarding yourchild and military service?”UT2(SCW) Robert OrgillNMCB 1Hometown: Windsor Lockes, Conn.By CECN(SCW) Lucinda MoiseNCBC Public AffairsBuzz onthe StreetBUCN Jackie SchwackeNMCB 74Hometown: Pontotoc, Miss.
  4. 4. The United States Navy Me-morial hosted the official kick-off of the Year of MilitaryWomen during a ribbon-cut-ting ceremony, April 11.This is the first time the NavyMemorial will be honoring notonly Navy women, but alsothe women who have, and stillserve in the Army, Air Force,Marine Corps and CoastGuard.Chief of Naval Personnel,Adm. Scott Van Buskirk wasthe guest speaker at theevent, and said he was hon-ored to attend the ceremony,because he knows how essen-tial womens leadership andcontributions have been to theNavy and the nation."I know that first-hand, and Isee that each and every daywhen I have the opportunityin my job to go out and meetthe men and women whoserve in our Navy and also inour Marine Corps," said VanBuskirk.Senior leaders from each ofthe services, and members ofcongress attended the eventand were able to get the firstlook at the collection of origi-nal uniforms worn by pioneer-ing World War I Yeoman (F)and female Marines. Amongthe most significant is a uni-form worn by Capt. MildredMcAfee, the first director ofthe Women Accepted for Vol-unteer Emergency Service, orWAVES, who commanded82,000 women during WorldWar II.The Executive Vice Presidentof the Navy Memorial, CindyMcCalip said the memorialwanted to include women ofall branches of service to high-light the common bond be-tween all military women."Women tend to supportother women whether it befrom one service or anotherservice," said McCalip, "so itsimportant that we keep thatconnection going and we did-nt want to alienate anywomen in the military, sowere trying to be very inclu-sive of all the services."The exhibit highlights many ofthe women who made militaryhistory through their leader-ship and determination."In our military, we judgeleadership abilities by the ca-pacity to get the job donewell," said Buskirk. "Man,woman, people of color, white,Hispanic: that doesnt matter.What matters is that you canmeet the mission and you canget the job done. And asdemonstrated day in and dayout, our women arent justmeeting that mission, theyreleading the way, going aboveand beyond."Fleet Master Chief April Beldosaid that events like Year ofMilitary Women allow for theopportunity to recognize thepast contributions of womento the armed forces."If it wasnt for those womenwho went before me, I wouldnot be standing here today,"said Beldo. "This allows me togive honor and hommage tothe hard work that they didwhile they were serving."Celebrations of the Year ofMilitary Women will continuethroughout the year and willinclude book signings, golftournaments and symposiums.The Navy Wives Club ofAmerica (NWCA) came to theFleet and Family Support Cen-ter (FFSC) on board NavalConstruction Battalion Center(NCBC) Gulfport for the club’scentral regional conference,April 6. The conference’s pur-pose was to share specificcharitable donations and mon-eymaking ideas with individualclubs, give annual reports andreview bylaws for annual revi-sions.The NWCA is the country’sonly non-profit national organi-zation of Navy, Marine Corpsand Coast Guard enlistedspouses. It was incorporatedJune 3, 1936 in Long Beach,Calif. Since its inception, clubshave been chartered through-out the world. In October of1984, the NWCA received aFederal Charter from theUnited States Congress. Thepurpose of NWCA is to uniteall sea service enlisted wiveswith bonds of mutual friend-ship, assistance and for thewelfare of their families, basesand communities in whicheach lives.During the conference, thepresenters discussed growingmemberships, events thatworked and did not work togrow membership and ways tohelp members that may notlive near a club. Ideas that theclub felt needed to be broughtup at a higher level were alsodiscussed.“At regional we gather all ofour business and vote onthings that we want to take tothe national level, things thatare important to us in our re-gion, and things that we wouldlike to see happen or dis-cussed at national,” said NWCARegional President Susan Mar-tinez.The Navy Wives Club ofAmerica is interested in re-es-tablishing a club in the localarea. Those who are inter-ested in joining an organiza-tion that promotes the healthand welfare of any enlistedmember of the Navy, MarineCorps or Coast Guard, shouldcontact Darlene Carpenter at228-342-3371 or TinaO’Shields, at 228-357-0513.Visit for more informa-tion.Editor’s note: Backgroundinformation for this article wasobtained from,2013SeabeeCourierNavy Wives Club holdsconference on CenterBy CM3(SCW) Katchen TofilNCBC Public AffairsSusan Martinez, Navy Wives Club of America (NWCA) regional president, addresses at-tendees of a NWCA Regional Conference during a vote for Local Chapter President at theFleet and Family Support Center (FFSC) on board NCBC Gulfport, April 6. The NWCA holdsa regional conference twice a year to discuss matters they would like to be addressed atthe yearly national conference. (U. S. Navy photo by Construction Mechanic 3rd Class KatchenTofil/Released)Navy Memorialcelebrates Year ofMilitary WomenBy MC1 Brandie WillsNavy News Service
  5. 5. Many of you are familiar withmy philosophy of “Ship, Ship-mate and Self.” In the Navyand Marine Corps, we ensurethe mission is accomplished,we watch out for our com-rades and we must take careof ourselves. When it comes topreventing and stopping sex-ual assault, the same applies.Sexual assault strikes at thedignity, health, and welfare ofour people, it erodes trust andcohesion, and it underminesthe readiness of our force. To-gether, we must combat sexualassault crimes.April marks Sexual AssaultAwareness and PreventionMonth. During this month,Navy Medicine will focus its ef-forts on awareness and pre-vention of sexual violencethrough command-level educa-tion and special events. Sexualassault prevention is a priorityyear-round, but this month Iwant talk to stress what NavyMedicine is doing to tackle thisissue and how we must cometogether to prevent sexual as-sault every day of the year.While we work to eliminatethis crime from our service, wewill continue to care for thevictims when these unfortu-nate incidents do occur. It iscrucial we support the sexualassault victim and hold offend-ers accountable. When a vic-tim tells us that they havebeen sexually assaulted, webelieve them and protect theirprivacy. We must create safeenvironments free from sexualassault and harassment.Navy Medicine is committedto the quality of care we pro-vide to victims. We’re increas-ing the capability to providetimely, readily accessible med-ical-forensic examinations(Sexual Assault Forensic Exam-ination – SAFE). Last month,we made revisions to NavyMedicine policy establishingtraining requirements forhealth care providers to con-duct SAFE examinations. Stan-dardized SAFE increasescapability and improves thepatient experience. Standardi-zation also allows for consis-tent evidence collection andreporting whether it is at oneof our military treatment facili-ties at home or in a forward-deployed operational area.Recent sexual assault pre-vention and response programchanges have also resulted inincreased access for patientsand improved readiness forour Navy Medicine providers.Specifically, as a result of therecent SAFE policy update, ourRegional Commanders are en-suring the availability of sexualassault medical response capa-bility 24 hours a day, sevendays a week for all our servicemembers. Navy Medicine Re-gional Commanders are also inthe process of appointing aRegional Sexual Assault Pro-gram Manager to ensure thatthe Department of Defensestandard of care of sexual as-sault victims is met at the localmedical command level.Awareness and support ofthose affected by sexual as-sault is critical, but preventionis vital. We are leaders atevery level, and I expect youto exert compassionate and in-trusive leadership to stamp outanything that fosters a condi-tion where sexual assaultscould occur. Look into anytrends or occurrences of sex-ual assault, unwanted behav-ior, or on-duty or off-dutyatmosphere where trouble canarise. We also need to pay at-tention to the use and preventthe abuse of alcohol. In manycase, alcohol is a contributingfactor in sexual assaults.Every command has accessto a sexual assault responsecoordinator for witnessesand/or victims to report issues.Don’t be that person shakingtheir head after the fact saying“I saw this coming and I didn’tdo enough to prevent it.”I take this issue very seri-ously, and I expect you to dothe same. We will be astronger military, a strongerNavy and a stronger NavyMedicine enterprise as westand together to combat sex-ual assault crimes.Somewhere out there is ayoung man or woman who isconsidering either joining, orstaying in our Navy. As theyconsider the pros and cons forthemselves, one of them mustnever ever be fear of sexualassault or inappropriate sexualbehavior. Not in my Navy! Notin our Navy!I am so very proud of thework you do each day. Let’slead together to a Navy thatsets the example in honor,courage, and commitment.Thank you for your service andas always, it is my honor andprivilege to serve as your sur-geon general.5April18,2013SeabeeCourierSexual Assault: Not in My NavyBy Vice Adm. Matthew L.NathanU.S. Navy Surgeon Generaland Chief U.S. Navy Bureau ofMedicine and SurgeryApril is designatedSexualAssaultAwareness Month(SAAM). The Safe-Helpline provides live,one-on-one crisis sup-port. CALL: 877- 995-5247;or TEXT: 55-247NCIS has two new anonymous ways to report crimes orsuspicious behavior with the use of discreet and secureonline or texting tip lines.To report information by Cell text:1. Text “NCIS” to the short code 274637 (CRIMES) fromany cell or smart phone.2. Receive a response, for example: “Your alias is: S2U5Call 911 if urgent! If replies put you at risk, text “STOP”3. Begin dialogueTo report information Online:1. Go to, click on the “Report a Crime”tab and select the icon for “text and Web tip Hotline.”There is a reward of up to $1,000for information leading to a felonyarrest or apprehension.See Something Wrong,Do Something Right!
  6. 6. With few medical assets lo-cated in the southwest region ofDjibouti, the nearest hospital forthe village of Kontali is about a30-minute drive to Dikhil. Other-wise, for women in labor or theinfirm, its often a journey madeon foot.Thanks to the Seabees ofNaval Mobile Construction Bat-talion (NMCB) 4, deployed fromPort Hueneme, Calif., in supportof Combined Joint Task Force-Horn of Africa, a maternity wardis being built here that bridgesthe gap and helps strengthenDjiboutian institutional capabili-ties."In emergencies, I can take ataxi or ambulance to get to thehospital in Dikhil, but if there isa hospital across the road, I cango there," said Aeesha Hussein,a 30-year-old Kontali villagemother. "I can have a babyhere; there is nothing betterthan this."Once construction is complete,the eight-building facility willhouse a maternity ward, patientrooms, nursery, cooking area,bathrooms, two buildings forwater storage and an incineratorto burn medical waste."The buildings will be self-sus-taining," Petty Officer 2nd ClassVincent Decaro, NMCB 4 crewleader, said. "Theyll have run-ning water, a food-preparationarea and solar power panels."The energy harvested by thesolar panels will power all eightfacilities. Additionally, the con-crete buildings are engineeredto withstand heavy winds andseismic activity from several ac-tive volcanoes in the region."Were also building relation-ships with the local communityand we are engaging with thegovernment, local villagers andthe Djiboutian army in the area,"said Ensign James Kwasny, offi-cer in charge of Detail Kontali.Mohamed Houmed, the Kontalivillage chief, gave his thanks tothe U.S. Navy for the ongoingconstruction of the maternityward."Thank you for coming here,"said Houmed. "Having a clinic inthe region is a better thing andwe think this is going to help ourpeople in the future. This isgoing to help us a lot."Previous Seabee units haveworked on the project, fromconducting military-to-militaryengagements with the Djibout-ian army and civil engagementswith the villagers to pouringconcrete and teaching stuccoingtechniques."They are really good at stuc-coing," said Kwasny, about thevillagers.Before NMCB 4 redeploys thissummer, four of the eight build-ings are scheduled to be 100-percent complete."To come here and help peopleis a great opportunity for theSeabees," said Kwasny. "Thatswhy you see the smiles on a lotof their faces; its because theyare doing something they reallyenjoy."6April18,2013SeabeeCourierSeabees of Naval Mobile Construction Battalion (NMCB) 4, work on a maternity ward inKontali, Djibouti, March 11. The Seabees are building the maternity ward along with sevenother buildings, to complete the project in support of Combined Joint Task Force-Hornof Africa to help strengthen institutional capabilities. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff SergeantCaleb Pierce/Released)Seabees build medicalfacility in DjiboutiBy Senior Airman RachelWallerCJTF-HOA Public AffairsThe Navy Equal Opportunity(EO) Office has created thefirst centralized databasewithin the Navy to track mili-tary Equal Opportunity formaland informal complaints.The Military Equal Opportu-nity Network (MEONet) is astandalone online web-basedprogram that standardizes,tracks and reports administra-tive actions associated withthe primary duties of EqualOpportunity Advisors andCommand Managed Equal Op-portunity Program Managers.The Military Equal Opportu-nity Network (MEONet) is lo-cated at,and details on the MEONetlaunch can be found inNAVADMIN 097/13. Equal Op-portunity Advisor and EqualOpportunity Program Manageraccounts for MEONet will becreated by the Navy EO Office.The MEONet allows EqualOpportunity Advisors andCommand Managed Equal Op-portunity Program Managersthe ability to track formal andinformal EO complaints, in-cluding hazing, from initiationto resolution. Additionally, itoffers features for users totrack general assistance pro-vided to military members.MEONet can also generatestandardized, printable Memo-randum for the Record (MFR).The MEONet also serves as avaluable tool for Navy com-mand leadership to assesscommand climate. The central-ized database provides leader-ship the ability to identifycomplaint trends and imple-ment corrective actions."MEONet is a valuable newtool in our Equal OpportunityAdvisors and Command Man-aged Equal Opportunity Pro-gram Managers toolbox," saidGeorge Bradshaw, Director ofNavy Equal Opportunity. "TheMEONet is also an additionaltool to be utilized during acommand climate assessment,helping commanders fosterand maintain a climate of in-clusion within individual com-mands."The MEONet will augmentcurrent EO data collection, in-cluding the tracking of all gen-eral assistance provided toSailors by Equal OpportunityAdvisors and Command Man-aged Equal Opportunity Pro-gram Managers. It can alsogenerate general status re-ports, including reports brokendown by type of complaint,and demographic data of al-leged offenders and demo-graphic data of complainants.For more information onNavy Equal Opportunity, visit more news from Chief ofNaval Personnel - Office of Di-versity and Inclusion,’s Military EqualOpportunity Networknow OnlineBy Ensign Amber Lynn DanielDiversity and Inclusion PublicAffairsArmed Forces MC 2013 Navy-Marine Corps ReliefFund Poker Run . . . A poker run to benefit the Navy Ma-rine Corps Relief Society(NMCRS) is scheduled for April 20 atthe AFMC Clubhouse, 11007 Wolf River Road, Gulfport.Registration is at 10 a.m., first bike out at 11 a.m. and lastbike in at 4 p.m. For more information, contact call 228-229-2816.
  7. 7. 7April18,2013SeabeeCourierUnderwater ConstructionTeam (UCT) ONEContact UCT CCC/Diver recruiting team at757-462-3988/4313 or Email YNC Aberle; SW1 Dohseat or for more information.Join an ELITE forceand travel as a small,professional team.Execute specializedconstruction, divingand demolition skillswith the latest andgreatest technologyand equipment.UCT 1 is searching for highly motivated Seabees andCEC officers looking for a career and lifestyle change.The Ladies Professional GolfAssociation is honoring 30service women who haveserved in Afghanistan or Iraqduring the Mobile Bay GolfClassic, May 16-19 on theRobert Trent Jones Golf atMagnolia Grove CrossingsCourse, Mobile, Ala. The eventwill feature 144 of the topLPGA golfers. Military partici-pants will be stationed bytwo’s at the course holes dur-ing the four day tournament.Each pair will hold the flag forthe caddy at the designatedhole and will be greeted bytop LGPA stars such as StacyLewis, Paula Creamer andMichelle Wie as they cyclethrough the hole. Pairs will dothis each day for either the 8a.m. to 1 p.m. or 1 - 6 p.m.shift. Participants will be fedbreakfast and lunch. Militarywomen, who meet the criteriaand would like to participate,are asked to send an email nolater than April 30.Call out for military women to participate in Mobile Bay Golf ClassicNMCB 11 CBR certificationSeabees assigned to Naval Mobile ConstructionBattalion (NMCB) 11 simulate a Detailed Equip-ment Decontamination (DED) during a Chem-ical, Biological, Radiological (CBR) CertificationExercise at a training field on board NCBC Gulf-port, April 16. DED is used to decontaminatevehicles that may have been exposed to agentswhile in a CBR environment. NMCB 11 con-tinues to train in preparation for deploymentlater this year. (U.S. Navy photo by ConstructionMechanic 3rd Class Katchen Tofil/Released)The PWD Gulfport Trouble Desk is located at the Regional Call CenterRegional Call Center Phone Number:1-855-462-8322~ Call Center Operational 24/7~ All Routine and Emergency Service Calls will be called into the RCC~ Only Building Managers and Authorized Callers can place Routine Service Calls(Anyone can call in an Emergency)Questions? Contact PWD Requirements or your Facility Management Specialists (FMS): PWD Gulf-port, 228-871-4270/4288;Alan Walker, 228-822-5129; Rick Ricker, 228-871-3983; Stephen Murray228-871-2192
  8. 8. “MOLINARI!” the ER nurse bel-lowed, jolting my Navy husbandand I out of our waiting roomstupor. Tearing our eyes fromhypnotic crime show reruns play-ing on the wall-mounted televi-sion, we scrambled to move our12-year-old daughter, who’d beenplaced in a wheelchair to elevateher lacerated foot.“So, what happened?” the nurseasked.“It was the blender,” I blurted,nervously.“The blender?!” the nurselooked in horror at our daughter’sfoot, wrapped in a dishtowel.“Well, no, her foot wasn’t actu-ally in the blender . . . it was onthe floor . . . and the blender wasin the freezer.”“In the freezer?” the nurseasked, confused.“I . . . it was me . . .,” I mum-bled culpably, “I put the glasspitcher in the freezer. When mydaughter opened the door, it fellout and cut her foot.”“Ah,” the nurse seemed relievedto not be dealing with a frappèdfoot, “let’s take a quick look.” Asour daughter winced and whined,we carefully unraveled the dish-towel. “Hmmm . . . looks likeyou’re gonna need a few stitchesyoung lady.”The nurse fired questions at us– “full name, date of birth, ad-dress, phone number, Tricareprime or standard, sponsor’s so-cial” – while tapping away at hercomputer.Then, after a pregnant pause,she looked intently at us andcarefully enunciated, “Has yourdaughter ever had stitches be-fore?”“No,” I answered immediately.My mind waffled and my eyesdarted as I thought, “Should I tellher about that face plant she didinto the side of the backyardplayset? She didn’t need stitches,but if I don’t mention that, willshe think I’ve got something tohide? Why is she asking thisquestion anyway? Does she thinkwe’re abusive parents with a longhistory of suspicious ER visits? Iguess the whole blender storydoes sound a bit suspect, and Iwas the one who put the blenderin the freezer to begin with. Ishould’ve known it would slide offthat bag of chicken tenders!?! Itwas my fault! I’m sure she’s alert-ing the police right now! I think Ihear sirens!”“Sit tight in the waiting room.When the doctor is ready for you,we’ll get you all fixed up.” thenurse said with a smile.We settled back into the waitingroom, just in time to see Matlockrender a withering cross examina-tion. Stagnating under the unfor-giving fluorescent lights foranother hour, we reassured ourdaughter, analyzed the peoplearound us, leafed through dog-eared magazines, and watchedan episode of “Hill Street Blues.”Just as I thought cobwebs wereforming, our name was called.The x-ray technician, the billingrep, the nurse, the doctor – theyall asked the same questions.First a battery of rapid-firequeries regarding tedious detailswere launched in robotic succes-sion, followed by one carefullyworded question delivered police-interrogation style.I can’t recall if the final questionwas “Has your daughter hadstitches before?” or “Are you theabusive parent who negligentlyput the blender in the freezersideways?” but I am certain thatthey had it out for me.I prayed they wouldn’t find outabout our two older kids, whohave had their share of ER visitsin past tours. Three brokenbones, two pulled elbows, and atleast a dozen stitches; with suchtypical excuses -- fell off thecouch, fell off the playset, fell intothe playset, fell down the stairs.It all sounded so textbook, I wassure that the police were on theirway to haul me off to jail.But finally, after 30 minutes oftreatment and three hours ofwaiting, we were released. Feel-ing like some kind of middle-agedjailbird, I sheepishly wheeled mydaughter back to the ER en-trance.Suddenly, “YOU’RE UNDER AR-REST!” blared from the waitingroom. I considered bolting, but Iwas really looking forward to ourupcoming PCS to Rhode Island,and besides, I would need topack my fiber pills and contourpillow before I could lead a life onthe run. Just as I turned to facethe wall and spread ‘em, I no-ticed that the order had comefrom CHiPs Officer “Ponch”Poncherello on the wall-mountedTV, and I realized that I was freeto go.On our way back to base, whilemy daughter sipped a conciliatoryWhataburger chocolate shake, Iturned to her in an effort to re-lieve the still-fresh pang of guilt,“Lollipop, if I hadn’t put thatblender in the freezer sideways,none of this would’ve happened.I’m so sorry.”“It’s OK, Mom,” she said be-tween sips, “it’s not you’re fault.It was just an accident.” Alongwith my heart and that chocolateshake, my mother’s guilt finallymelted away.8April18,2013SeabeeCourierGet more wit and observationsfrom Lisa at her blog, http://the-meatandpotatoesof-‘The Meat & Potatoes‘The Meat & Potatoesof Life’of Life’By Lisa Smith MolinariMilitary Spouse ContributerBattery by blender!HEALTH WATCHNational Medication TakeBack Day is an initiative de-ployed by the U.S. Departmentof Justice and the Drug En-forcement Agency (DEA), inconjunction with the local lawenforcement agencies aroundthe nation, in efforts to keepprescription drugs off thestreets.On Apr. 27, police agenciesacross the Gulf Coast will beparticipating in the nationwideevent from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. atthe collection sites listed below.If you have any prescriptionmedications that you no longeruse or that have expired,please bring them for drop off– the agencies will handle therest!Efforts to promote and/orparticipate in this event will di-rectly contribute to improvedsafety throughout communitiesand is greatly appreciated bylocal law enforcement agen-cies.By HM3 Jessica MartinNBHC GulfportFraud, Waste and Abuse Hotline: Due tolimited IG resources throughout the Southeast Region, all Fraud,Waste and Abuse hotline work will now be handled by the Re-gion. To report Fraud, Waste and Abuse, contact the Region at:Toll Free 1-877-657-9851 Comm: 904-542-4979 DSN 942-4979FAX: 904- 542-5587, E-mail:’s Name Collection SitePass Chrtistian Police Dept Pass Christian Public Library111 Hiern Ave., Pass ChristianGulfport Police Department 2220 15th Street, Gulfport81st Security Force Squadron Keesler AFB Main Exchange506 Larcher Blvd., BiloxiBiloxi Police Dept Biloxi Police Dept170 Porter Ave., BiloxiHancock County Sheriff’s Hancock County Sheriff’sDepartment Department, 8450 Highway 90,Bay St. LouisWiggins City Police Dept County Maintenance Barn523 South First Street, WigginsStone County Sheriff’s Stone County Sheriff’s De-Department partment, 1420 IndustrialPark Road, WigginsSlidell Police Department Slidell Police DepartmentCentral Station, 2112 SGTDrive, SlidellGulf Coast Collection Sites
  9. 9. Placing veterans in the nationsclassrooms to serve again is thegoal for the Troops to Teachersprogram, officials said April 12."We are here as a counselingand referral asset to help eligibleveterans transition into second ca-reers as teachers," said Cliff Yager,director, Troops to Teachers forTennessee and Northern Alabama,during a Transition GPS briefing atNaval Support Activity Mid-South.The purpose of the Departmentof Defense program is to help eli-gible current and former militarypersonnel begin new careers asteachers in public schools wheretheir skills, knowledge and experi-ence are most needed.Veterans possess many of thequalities that make a goodteacher; a sense of service, lead-ership, discipline, maturity and lifeexperience, said Yager. He addedthat studies show that beginningteachers who are military veteransscore much higher in peer assess-ments and assessments from prin-cipals and superintendents thantheir peers coming to the class-room straight from college."It is partly understandable be-cause you are not only talkingabout an older more maturegroup of individuals, but peoplewho have also had other life expe-riences," said Yager.Yager and other Troops toTeachers representatives fromacross the nation recently met todiscuss their role in assisting serv-ice members and veterans. In ad-dition to counseling and referral,state Troops to Teachers repre-sentatives help applicants identifyteacher certification requirementsfor the state they wish to teach,programs leading to certificationand employment opportunities intheir state.Additionally Yager and otherstate representatives will reachout to service members earlierwhile they are still on active-dutyand identify education require-ments so that interested servicemembers may begin working to-ward their teaching certificationsbefore leaving the service, en-abling a smoother transition intoteaching."If a service member thinks thatthey might want to be a teacher,they should contact Troops toTeachers and register for the pro-gram," said Yager. "We can helpthem with that decision process,investigate whether teaching isright for them and we can helpthem walk through the process."Service members can learn moreabout Troops to Teachers and lo-cate a state representative,2013SeabeeCourierFocus on EducationFocus on EducationNCBC School Liaison Officer, Kevin Byrd is located at MWR, Building 352,1706 Bainbridge Ave., NCBC, 228-871-2117 (office), 228-224-4521 (cell)or email: kevin.r.byrd@navy.milCoastline Community College holdingearly summer registration - Coastline Commu-nity College is holding early registration for their summer term(June 18 - Aug. 11) through May 28. For additional information,contact Dr. David Drye in the Navy College Officer, building 60,room 239 or at 228-871-3439/2785 or at the website, http://mili-tary.coastline.eduDoD program helpsservice memberstransition to teachingFrom Navy PersonnelCommand Public AffairsCapt. Rick Burgess, com-manding officer, NCBC Gulf-port, signed proclamationsfor Sexual Assault Preven-tion and Child Abuse Pre-vention Month at the Fleetand Family Support Center(FFSC) on board NCBC Gulf-port, April 15. April is alsothe Month of the MilitaryChild, in which the Depart-ment of Defense (DoD) rec-ognizes the supportprovided by and sacrificesmade by military children.(U.S. Navy photo by Construc-tion Mechanic 3rd Class KatchenTofil/Released)Child Abuse Prevention MonthLynn Meadows Discovery Center, 246 DolanAvenue, Gulfport is holding “Navy Night” April 20, 5 - 8 p.m. The evening willfeature light refreshments and lots of fun! Admission is free to all militaryservice families. Call 228-897-6039 for details.
  10. 10. Warm weather is here and thepool is open. Dive in for greatexercise or bring the kids out forsome fun in the sun. The pool isopen Monday – Friday from5:30 – 8 a.m. for active dutymilitary only. From 8 a.m. –noon, all other eligible patronscan enjoy swimming laps andfrom noon – 7 p.m., the pool isopen to the entire family. Wateraerobics is also back by populardemand on Mondays andWednesdays from 11 – 11:45a.m.Summer is right around thecorner. Are you ready for thebeach? The CDC Fitness Centerhas everything you need to helplose pounds, tone up targetareas or just plain feel better.The Center has top of the linecardio and strength trainingequipment and plenty of it - soyou don’t have to stand aroundwaiting for machines. There arealso racquetball and basketballcourts, softball and soccerfields, and a running track.Equipment is available for rentalat the front desk. And don’t for-get to finalize that healthy rou-tine with a relaxing visit to thesauna.Is a busy spring schedule pre-venting you from stopping byITT to learn more about all thefun local attractions? Well then,just pick up the phone and giveus a call. ITT can answer yourquestions about attractions andticket prices and then place yourorder right over the phone. Calltoday for more information.Visit an island and be home intime for dinner. Ship Island Ex-cursion tickets are now on saleat ITT at great low prices foradults and children. Vouchersare valid now through Oct. 27.Ship Island is located 11 milesoffshore and consists of Missis-sippi’s undeveloped barrier is-lands. Call ITT today for moredetails.Visit Disney World or enjoy anexciting Disney Cruise wheredreams come true! Stop by ITTbeside the NEX and receive aFREE child’s Disney growthchart the last Wednesday ofevery month. Call 228- 871-2231 for details.The Liberty program offersmultiple recreation opportunitiesfor the single Sailor or unaccom-panied active duty personnel ofNCBC Gulfport. This FREE facil-ity has Wi-Fi, pool tables, indi-vidual TVs with headphonesthat play cable or movies, a bigscreen with recliners, computersand a fully equipped video gameroom. Liberty also providesFREE shuttles to shopping anddining areas and an excitingmonthly calendar of trips of-fered at discounted rates. Call orvisit NCBC Liberty on Facebookfor hours of operation and addi-tional details. Search NCBC Lib-erty.Whether you are new to Cajuncountry or just a fan of goodfood, you will enjoy the 21st An-nual Crawfish Fest. Hop aboardLiberty’s FREE shuttle Friday at6 p.m. and explore this localcultural favorite!Need an island getaway, buthave to be back to work onMonday? The Liberty Center hasthe answer with a Ship IslandExcursion trip. The FREE shuttleto these undeveloped barrier is-lands leaves on Sunday at 11a.m. Purchase your ticketsahead of time from ITT for adiscounted price of only $24!You can be sure to find thebest prices around at NOR. Stopby and pick up a price list for allof your spring outdoor plansfrom boats and camping gear toparty favorites like bouncehouses. NOR’s pricing can’t bebeat. NOR is open Monday, 8a.m. – 1 p.m., Thursday and Fri-day 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. and Satur-day 7 a.m. – 1 p.m.FREE Batting Cage and DrivingRange: No more tokens neededfor either of these outdoor fa-vorites. Stop by and take aswing or improve your stroke onyour own time! Rent bats, clubsand other gear from OutdoorRecreation at super low pricesduring business hours.Don’t sit around in your roombored when you could be havingfun with friends at the Beehive.Sit back and enjoy the flatscreens, play a little pool, andjust have fun! With an excellentbeverage selection, you are sureto find your preference. Call228-871-4009 for info.Does the warmer weathermake you want to get out of theoffice? Well call in a To Go orderfrom The Grill and swing rightaround the corner to SeabeeLake. De-stress and enjoy thepleasant scenery while you dineat one of the picnic areas. TheGrill is open Monday – Fridayfrom 6:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. andoffers a lunch delivery option,too from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. Needan office menu? Let us know.Call 228-871-2494.Anchors & Eagles: Great serv-ice and good times are whatyou can expect at Anchors & Ea-gles. Open Tuesday - Thursday2 - 9 p.m. and designated forchiefs and officers. Stop by andshake off the day with com-rades.“Take me out to the ball game.Take me out to the crowd.”Practice your favorite chant andhead out of town for an allAmerican minor league baseballgame. Enjoy the Mobile BayBears and dinner with the YACSaturday from 5 until 11:30p.m. for only $7. Seats are lim-ited so sign up today!Make a Dirt Cake with theYAC’s Triple Play Cooking Clubon Tuesday. It may look like dirt,but it won’t taste that way. Stopby from 5:30 – 8:30 p.m. to getin on all the FREE fun.Technology is the future. Stayin the know with NetsmartzTechnology Night Wednesdayfrom 5:30-8:30 p.m. No cost.10April18,2013SeabeeCourierAnchors & EaglesAuto Skills CenterBeehive All Hands ClubChild Development CenterFitness CenterInformation, Tickets &TravelLiberty CenterSeabee Heritage CenterNavy Outdoor RecreationShields RV ParkThe GrillTraining HallYouth Activities CenterMain Office228-871-4607228-871-2804228-871-4009228-871-2323228-871-2668228-871-2231228-871-4684228-871-3619228-871-2127228-871-5435228-871-2494228-871-4750228-871-2251228-871-2538FREE Movies at the Training Hallhave been suspended until fur-ther notice.Please continue to check Face-book or call the movie line 228-871-3299 for updated schedul-ing. We apologize for theinconvenience.FREE MovieProgram at theTraining Hall:Take a load off.Sit back andwatch the bigscreen all by yourself for some alonetime, or make it a family night andbring the whole crew! Stop by theSnack Bar on your way in to get thatbuttered movie popcorn and thoseother goodies that help you get lostin the moment. Forget what wasplaying? No worries - put the moviehotline in your phone, 228-871-3299and call anytime!MWR Program contact informationMWR Program contact informationFitnessInformation, Ticketsand TravelLiberty CenterNavy Outdoor RecFood and BeverageYouth Activities
  11. 11. RAMP FOR DISABLED CHILD - There isan urgent need for three volunteers to con-struct an ADA compliant ramp in Gautierfor a child with disabilities. If you canhelp, please contact Cynthia Singletary,228-388-2401 or GULF COAST - The USO Gulf Coastneeds 14 - 16 volunteers to work at theUSO information at the Gulfport - Biloxi In-ternational Airport. The desk will be staffedseven days a week between 8 a.m. - 6p.m. Volunteer shifts will be five hours long(8 a.m. – 1 p.m. and 1 p.m. – 6 p.m.) Vol-unteers are responsible for greeting guests,directing them to the USO lounge and an-swering general questions about local ho-tels, restaurants, casinos, and events in thearea. Resources will be provided to volun-teers to assist with recommendations. Toregister to volunteer please visit GILBERT CONCERT - TheSeabee Ball Committee is looking for 50volunteers to support the Brantley GilbertConcert, April 18 at the Coast Coliseum. Ifyou are interested, please contact LTNathan Chenarak (new Seabee Ball officerin charge) at FLIGHT - The April 23, HonorFlight is in need of 62 volunteers in themorning to help the veterans as they arriveat the Gulfport airport, and 200 or morethat evening to welcome them home. Thisis a big event for the community and wehave historically been the first to greet theveterans and the first to welcome themhome. Uniform for the event will be Type Ior III. Muster for the morning is 5 a.m. Theevening time is still to be determined, butin the past it has been approximately 6:30p.m. Contact Chief Ryan Wilber ASAP if you wish tovolunteer.SMOKIN’ THE SOUND AND SMOKIN’THE LAKE - Smokin’ the Sound andSmokin’ the Sound, April 26 - 28, andSmokin’ the Lake, May 4 - 5, are returningto the Mississippi Gulf Coast. Race organiz-ers are asking for volunteers to sell and at-tach wrist bands to event spectators, direc-tor spectators to viewing areas andperform other volunteer services. Volun-teers will be provided with a meal. If youare interested in volunteering, please con-tact Chief Ryan Wilber or stop by the NCBCPublic Affairs Office, building 1, room 205,no later than April 12.NORTH GULFPORT SEVENTH GRADEPROCTORS - North Gulfport SeventhGrade, 4715 Illinois Avenue, Gulfport is inneed of proctors for the state MCT2 test-ing. If you are available to act as a proctor,please attend one of the following trainingsessions: April 30, at 9:15 a.m.; May 1, at3:30 p.m. and May 2 at 9:15 a.m. Trainingwill also be provided the day of testing at 7a.m. If you are available, please call Mrs.Henderson at 228-324-2570.NORTH GULFPORT 8th GRADE PROC-TORS - North Gulfport 8th Grade, 4715 Illi-nois Avenue, Gulfport is looking for testproctors for May 1, 14, 15 and 16. Proctortraining sessions will be April 24 -30 in theCounselor’s office. If you are unable to at-tend proctor training on the dates listed,other arrangements can be made. To vol-unteer, please contact Sherry Johnson,228-864-8944 or CHRISTIAN BOYS & GIRLS CLUBSOFTBALL BENEFIT- Four volunteers areneeded to serve as umpires at the “BasesLoaded for Boys and Girls Club Adult Co-edSoftball Tournament,” May 4. The tourna-ment will be held at Klondyke Road Fields,Long Beach. Teams are also welcome - feeis $150 per team. Parties interested in vol-unteering or entering a team can contactLeah Ladner, Balfour Beatty Communities,228-863-0424 or lladner@bbcgrp.comLONG BEACH SCHOOL DISTRICT hasrequested proctors for the May State tests.Contact Christ Spinks, Assistant Superinten-dent, at 228-864-1146 for information.ORANGE GROVE ELEMENTARY - Or-ange Grove Elementary, 11391 Old High-way 49, Gulfport is in need of six volun-teers May 1, to serve as test proctors and35 volunteers, May 14, 15 and 16 to serveas proctors. Volunteers are asked to reportto the school by 7:30 a.m. Please contactStephanie Schepens, 228-365-0204 formore information.CENTRAL ELEMENTARY SCHOOL - Vol-unteers are needed to serve as proctors atCentral Elementary School, 1043 PassRoad, Gulfport, for state testing May 14 -17. If you are able to help, please contactJessica Mitchell at or 228-865-4641.FIELD DAY VOLUNTEERS - Bel-Aire Ele-mentary School, 10531 Klien Road, Gulf-port is asking for 40 volunteers to help outat the school’s Field Day May 17, 7 a.m. -2:30 p.m. Volunteers will assist with run-ning the games, helping out at the conces-sion stands and supervising the bouncehouse. If you are interested, please sendan email to,2013SeabeeCourierNCBC Center Chaplains:Lt. Cmdr. Paul Smith, Protestant ChaplainLt. Yoon Choi, Protestant ChaplainFor information concerning other faith groups,call the chapel office at 228-871-2454Services: Sunday Gospel Service: 8 a.m.Sunday Catholic Mass: 9:30 a.m.Sunday Protestant Divine Worship: 10:30 a.m.Weekday Catholic Mass: Tuesday, 11:15 a.m.Seabee Memorial ChapelSeabee Memorial ChapelNCBC Helping Hands volunteer opportunitiesNCBC Helping Hands volunteer opportunitiesLooking for a church?The Seabee Memorial Chapel holds services every Sunday that might suityour needs. Protestant Services include a Gospel Service at 8 a.m. andDivine Worship Service at 10:30 a.m. Catholic Services include CatholicMass at 9:30 a.m. There is also Catholic Mass Tuesdays at 11:15 a.m.Seabee PantryThe Seabee Pantry needs restocking. During the holidays, the need forfood donations is at its highest level. Please donate as many canned goodsand other nonperishables as possible. Donation drop-off sites are locatedat the Navy Exchange, Chapel, Commissary, Fleet and Family Support Cen-ter and Armed Forces Retirement Home. The Seabee Pantry is foranyone affiliated with NCBC.Praise and WorshipThe Seabee Memorial Chapel is looking for new members for the Praise andWorship Team for the Divine Worship Service at 10:30 a.m. Sundays. If youcan sing or play an instrument, you are invited to come share your gift.Women’s Bible StudyWomen’s Bible Study is held Wednesdays at 11 a.m. at the SeabeeMemorial Chapel. Free child care is available. For more information onall offerings that are available, contact the chapel at 228-871-2454.Chapel OfferingsNow Hiring - Industrial Mechanical Inc., of Georgia isinterested in hiring veterans for the following positions:Mechanical Project Manager, Electrical Project Manager, CivilProject Manager and Engineering Draftsman. Applicants areasked to go to the company web site to complete our onlineapplication. Go to: , click onCAREERS in the navigation bar, click on VIEW OUR CURRENTCAREER OPPORUNTIES to view the openings or fill out IMI’sGENERAL APPLICATION and to upload your resume. After theonline application has been submitted you are welcome to sendan email to: Include in thesubject line: (YOUR NAME) and JOB POSITION applied for.
  12. 12. In this era of budget constraints andrising prices, consumers across thecountry are looking to spend theirmoney wisely. Military consumers areno different. However, military cus-tomers have the NEX to help themsave on the purchases they do make.“The non-pay benefits provided bythe NEX are more important than everto our military members,” said RichardDow, Senior Vice President, Store Op-erations, Navy Exchange Service Com-mand (NEXCOM). “In addition tosaving customers an average of 20 per-cent on purchases, the NEX has a year-round layaway program to helpcustomers stretch their budgets evenfurther. It’s the easy, convenient way toshop, budget and pay for purchasesover time.”The NEX provides the convenience ofa layaway plan with certain conditionsfor a wide variety of merchandise. Theprogram requires a small initial depositon the purchase with equal, periodicpayments until the merchandise iscompletely paid in full. Once paid for,the merchandise can be taken home.A minimum deposit of 10 percent ofthe purchase price plus a non-refund-able layaway fee of $5 is required.There are different layaway require-ments depending on what items arepurchased. Clothing, accessories andshoes can be placed on layaway for upto 45 days with three equal paymentsrequired 15 days apart. General mer-chandise, including jewelry andwatches, can be on layaway up to 90days with three equal payments re-quired 30 days apart. Jewelry andwatches with a minimum single itemretail price of $500 can be on layawayup to 180 days with six equal pay-ments required 30 days apart. Comput-ers, tablets, iPads, monitors, digitalcameras, peripheral computer equip-ment, software and video games arenot permitted on layaway. Layawaycancellations will incur an additionalcharge of $5.“Check with your local NEX for otherspecific details relating to our layawayprogram,” said Dow. “Some NEXs mustlimit the type or number of items per-mitted on layaway due to space con-straints.”For those customers purchasing itemsthat aren’t eligible for the layaway pro-gram, another option is the MilitaryStar® card. Among the Military Star®card’s many benefits are 10 percent offthe first day’s purchases (up to thecustomer’s credit limit) on newlyopened accounts, 24-hour customerservice, including online access, zeropercent interest promotions and no an-nual fee.“Our Sailors and their families havegiven so much and NEX is proud tohelp wherever we can,” said Dow. “Weare committed to delivering quality,value and savings every day and agreat shopping experience to our val-ued customers. We want you to takeadvantage of all the benefits you haveearned!” 12April18,2013SeabeeCourierSUPPORTFamily Readiness GroupsNMCB 1 FRG invites friends and family mem-bers to attend FRG meetings the second Mon-day of every month at the Youth Activity Center,building 335. Meetings are from 6 - 8 p.m. Chil-dren are welcome and babysitting is providedduring deployment. Contact FRG PresidentJenny Richter, e-mail 11 FRG For more information regardingthe NMCB 11 FRG, please or email us 74 FRG All families of NMCB 74 are in-vited to the 74 FRG meeting the third Monday ofeach month. Meetings are at the MWR YouthActivities Center, building 335, behind theGrinder on NCBC. Socializing begins at 5:30p.m., and meetings begin at 6 p.m. Bring a cov-ered dish to share at our potluck dinner. Chil-dren are welcome. or visit our Facebookpage at “NMCB74 Fearless FRG” for more infor-mation.NMCB 133 FRG invites all friends and familymembers to attend FRG meetings the first Mon-day of the month at 6 p.m. at the Youth Center.Children are welcome and babysitting is pro-vided. Please bring a dish to share. For more in-formation contact FRG President Jaime Royal at317-730-4064 or email Log on to the FRG site, FSG/133frg.FOCUSFamilies OverComing Under Stress (FOCUS),provides resiliency training to service membersand their families by teaching practical skills tohelp meet the challenges of military life, includ-ing how to communicate & solve problems ef-fectively and to successfully set goals together.Confidential and free with family-friendly hours,contact FOCUS today! Call 228- 822-5736 oremail Gulfport@focusproject.orgGulfport Officer’s Spouse ClubThe Gulfport Officers’ Spouses’ Club is a socialorganization that has FUN while helping ourcommunity. We meet monthly and have specialinterest groups for almost everyone! For moreinformation, email Wehope to see YOU soon!Navy Wives Clubs of America, Inc. TheNavy Wives Clubs of America, Inc. is interestedin reestablishing a club in the local area. If youare interested in joining an organization thatpromotes the health and welfare of any enlistedmember of the Navy, Marine Corps or CoastGuard, please contact Darlene Carpenter at 228-342-2271 or Tina O’Shields, 228-357-0513.Visit formore information on NWCA.NMCRSThe Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society ThriftShop is located in building 29 on Snead Street.The Thrift Shop is staffed entirely by volunteers,and child care and mileage are reimbursed. Re-tail hours of operation are Tuesday, Wednesdayand Friday, 9 a.m. - 1 p.m. Volunteers are al-ways welcome. Visit the NMCRS offices at theFleet and Family Support Center, building 30,suite 103 or call 228-871-2610 to find out howto become a part of the NMCRS volunteer team!Gamblers AnonymousThe Fleet and Family Support Center offers GAmeetings every Thursday at 11 a.m. GA is afellowship of people who share their experience,strength and hope with each other. All meetingsare confidential and facilitated by GA. Come to ameeting or call Jim Soriano at 228-871-3000 fordetails.TRAININGNaval Sea Cadets The Gulfport branch of theNaval Sea Cadets are recruiting youth ages 11to 17 for Sea Cadets, a nation-wide organizationthat help youth achieve personal successthrough nautical training. Meetings are the thirdSaturday of the month from 8 a.m. until 3 p.m.,building 1, 2nd floor conference room. ContactLt.j.g. Bowling at 228-313-9035 for details.SOCIALMiss. Gulf Coast First Class Association isalways looking for new members. Meetings areevery Wednesday at 2:30 p.m., at the FitnessCenter classroom. For more information, con-tact Association president, CE1 Daniel Shaver,228-871-2145.NCBC Multi-Cultural Diversity Committeeis seeking members. Meetings are held the firstand third Wednesday of the month at 9 a.m.,at the Seabee Memorial Chapel. ContactBU1 Jerma Cloude, 228-871-2454 for details.VFW Post 3937 Long Beach is open Monday- Thursday from noon until 8 p.m., Friday andSaturday from Noon until 10 p.m., Sunday fromnoon until 7 p.m. The first Friday of the monthis Seafood Night, the remaining Fridays areSteak Night. Breakfast is served from 7 to 10a.m. on Saturdays. VFW meetings are held thesecond Wednesday of the month at 7:30 p.m.New members are always welcome. ContactPost Commander Bill North at 228-863-8602 forinfo.VFW Post 4526 Orange Grove is open dailyfrom Noon to 10 p.m. and located at 15206Dedeaux Road, Orange Grove. Meetings are thefirst Wednesday of the month at 7 p.m. All arewelcome and encouraged to attend. Call 228-832-0017 for more info.NMCB 62 Alumni GroupNaval Mobile Construction Battalion (NMCB) 62was recommissioned in Gulfport in 1966, anddecommissioned in 1989. To become a member,go to or for links toSeabee historical sites. Seabee Veterans ofAmerica Island X-1 Gulfport are seeking ActiveDuty, Reserve, Retired or Seabees who left themilitary after a short period of time. Island X-1Gulfport meets the first Thursday of each monthat Anchors & Eagles at 7 p.m. Contact Joe Scott(secretary) at 228-669-8335 or log for information.D.A.V. - Disabled American Veterans,Chapter 5 invites Veterans and future Veteransto monthly meetings held the 3rd Monday ofeach month at 7 p.m. Call Service Officer, SilvaRoyer at 228-324-1888 to find out more aboutour organization.HERITAGEThe Seabee Gift Store is located in theSeabee Heritage Center Training Hall, building446. Hours are Monday -Friday, 10 a.m. to 4p.m., and Saturdays from 11a.m. to 3 p.m. Theshop has a variety of Seabee related memora-bilia, books and DVD’s. Contact the museum or call the giftshop at 228-871-4779 for information on all thatis available.To publicize your organization, send informationto seabeecourier@navy.milCENTERNOTESNEX Layaway program helps customers budget moneyBy Kristine M. SturkieNEXCOM Public Affairs Specialist