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  1. 1. 52 No. 23 Naval Construction Battalion Center, Gulfport, Mississippi October 25, 2012FRIGHT NIGHT NMCB 133 Task Force Anchorat the LAKE continues Afghanistan missionFriday Night6 - 9 p.m.Free Fun for the Entire Family!Park at the Fitness Center and take the Shuttle Annual Salute to Military draws enthusiastic crowd CAMP KRUTKE, Afghanistan – Constructionman Electrician Elizabeth Leow, as- sistant yard boss for Task Force Anchor material liaison office (MLO), guides a fork- lift operator who is lowering a massive bundle of concertina wire during unloading operations. Task Force Anchor, comprised of Naval Mobile Construction Battalion (NMCB) 133 personnel, is deployed to Afghanistan to provide engineering support for theater coalition forces. (U.S. Navy photo by Utilitiesman 3rd Class Drew Verbis/Re- leased) More than 1,000 military members, civic leaders and mem- Find out more about Task Force Anchor, page 4 bers of the Gulf Coast community gather at the Mississippi Coast Coliseum in Biloxi, for the 34th annual Salute to the Military to honor the U.S. Armed Forces Oct. 23. Secretary of the Air Force Michael B. Donley was guest speaker for the event and the Navy Ceremonial Band, New Orleans, provided NCBC Resident Utility Meeting entertainment. Air Force Master Sgt. Nicole D. Dismute was Balfour Beatty Communities will All housing residents are encour- also awarded the Thomas V. Fredian Community Service Award at the event. (U.S. Navy photos by Chief Mass Communi- host a Resident Utility Meeting aged to attend the meeting to learn cation Specialist Ryan G. Wilber/Released) today from 4 - 5 p.m. at the more about the Navy’s RECP (Resi- Visit NCBC Facebook for more photos from the Salute to the Military Training Hall, building 446. dent Energy Conservation Program.)
  2. 2. NCBC/20SRG Commentary "A politician thinks of the next election, a statesman, of the next Commanding Officer generation." Capt. Rick Burgess Public Affairs Officer Rob Mims Do common things, uncommonly well By Senior Master Sgt. ~ James Freeman Clarke~ Editor leaders should exhibit uncom- Bonnie L. McGerr Rich Parsons Mass Communication Specialist monly well, the same can be MCC (SCW/SW/AW) 366 TRS/Det 6 Superintendent said for charisma. Ryan G. Wilber NCTC Charisma is a leadership trait Special Contributors CM3 (SCW) Katchen Tofil In my years of service, I have that I feel is a complimentary CECN Lucinda Moise found some common traits to to character. Merriam-Web- 22 NCR Commander be of great importance to me, ster’s Dictionary defines it as Capt. Darius Banaji not only as a person, but as an “a personal magic of leader- Public Affairs Officer Vacant Airman and a leader. I will ship arousing special popular share with you how character, loyalty or enthusiasm.” It can 25 NCR Commander charisma and commitment are also be described with words Installation Voting Assistance Capt. Darius Banaji Public Affairs Officer traits that we should embody. like allure, appeal, or “oomph.” Officer: Lt. Zach Guthrie, MCC (SW/AW) Scott Boyle All of these common traits, if However, it’s not the descrip- 20th Seabee Readiness Group NMCB ONE displayed uncommonly well, tive word that is important, (R41) 228-871-3423 Commanding Officer can increase the likelihood of rather the action that is taken or Cmdr. Chad M. Brooks Public Affairs Officer successful leadership. by the individual. Lt. Jonathon Charfauros “Character” is a trait that I An important thing to keep in Senior Master Sgt. Rich Parsons 12 days to go! Mass Comm. Specialist MC1 (AW/NAC) Aron Taylor feel can make or break a per- mind about charisma is that it son, not to mention leadership has to be genuine and leader, to act a certain way. Fraud, Waste and NMCB ELEVEN ability. Webster’s 1913 Dic- matched to your personality. Hopefully your beliefs are in Commanding Officer Abuse Hotline: Due Cmdr. Maria Aguayo tionary, defines character as If it is seen as shallow or fake, line with what most would to limited IG resources Public Affairs Officer “the peculiar quality, or the then you will likely not achieve consider an uncommonly good Lt.j.g. Brian Myers throughout the Southeast Re- Mass Comm. Specialist sum of qualities, by which a the results that you are hoping character. The word enthusi- gion, all Fraud, Waste and MC1(AW) Jonathan Carmichael person or a thing is distin- for, and will likely push people asm relates well with the com- Abuse hotline work will now be NMCB SEVENTY FOUR guished from others . . .” On away. My advice is to be natu- mon leadership trait, charisma. handled by the Region. To re- Commanding Officer one end of the character spec- ral in your ways, let folks get That brings me to the last buzz port Fraud, Waste and Abuse, Cmdr. David McAlister to know you, and they will word that stood out from the Public Affairs Officer trum there are qualities that contact the Region at: Toll Lt.j.g. John Parizek one would want to follow or know when you are charged to definition - - responsibility. A Free 1-877-657-9851 Comm: Mass Comm. Specialist emulate, and on the other do something even if it has true leader should take re- MC2 Ryan Williams 904-542-4979 DSN 942-4979 there are qualities that would less “oomph” than others. Al- sponsibility for leading their FAX: 904- 542-5587, E-mail: NMCB ONE THIRTY THREE not benefit anyone if they fol- though this might not seem people. As a leader, I guaran- Commanding Officer Cmdr. Nicolas D. Yamodis lowed. If a person fails to ex- like a common trait for some, tee you that you will be held Public Affairs Officer hibit the proper character it is important that you make responsible for those that you MC1(SW/AW) Steven Myers October 25, 2012 traits, it is unlikely that they your own “magic of leader- are charged to lead! See Something Wrong, NCTC Gulfport will be an effective leader. ship.” Do this uncommonly I encourage you to be a Commanding Officer There are some misguided well, and you can inspire oth- leader that does the common Do Something Right! Cmdr. Scott Anderson Public Affairs Officer folks that might still follow this ers with your enthusiasm, and things, uncommonly well. Be NCIS has two new anonymous ways to Lt. J. Johnson type of leader, but they soon in-turn receive an unexpected a leader with revered qualities report crimes or suspicious behavior with The Seabee Courier is a weekly authorized on-line pub- the use of discreet and secure online or lication for members of the military services and their find out that they made a mis- loyalty. Equipped with an un- that will allow your character take. commonly solid character and to speak volumes, without a texting tip lines. families. Content does not necessarily reflect the official I personally feel that charac- infectious charisma, you are single word being spoken. To report information by Cell text: views of the U.S. Government, the DoD or the U.S. Navy and does not imply endorsement thereof. The appear- ter is something that is devel- prepped to take on leadership Strive to be a leader that oth- 1. Text “NCIS” to the short code 274637 ance of advertising in this newspaper, including inserts ers are eager to follow be- (CRIMES) from any cell or smart phone. oped over time, based on the with an unwavering commit- or supplements, does not constitute endorsement by 2. Receive a response, for example: “Your values and beliefs that a per- ment. cause you have a natural the U. S. Government, DoD, the Navy or NCBC Gulfport alias is: S2U5 Call 911 if urgent! If replies of the products and services advertised. All content in son holds true, as well as the The last common trait that “magic” leadership quality, put you at risk, text “STOP” this newspaper shall be made available for purchase, use people that serve in influential leaders should exhibit is com- which can only come fromSeabee Courier 3. Begin dialogue or patronage without regard to race, color, religion, gen- roles throughout life. Values mitment. According to McMil- genuine charisma. Embrace To report information Online: der, national origin, age, marital status, physical handi- are typically learned either lan’s Online Dictionary, it is the fact that being a leader is cap, political affiliation or any other non-merit factor of 1. Go to, click on the from family, friends or life-ex- defined as, “a strong belief in an important aspect of your the purchaser, user or patron. If a violation or rejection “Report a Crime” tab and select the icon for of this equal opportunity policy by an advertiser is con- perience. I also feel that just something; enthusiasm for career, and make the commit- “text and Web tip Hotline.” firmed, the publisher shall refuse to print advertising as a person can have a change something and a determination ment needed to be the best There is a reward of up to $1,000 for infor- from that source until the violation is corrected. The of values as they progress to work hard at it; a duty or leader and supervisor possible. mation leading to a felony arrest or ap- Seabee Courier solicits news contributions from military through life, so too can their responsibility.” There are a There are many other quali- prehension. and civilian sources, but the Public Affairs staff reserves character change, perhaps by few buzz words in the defini- ties and traits that I could the right to edit and/or rewrite material selected for pub- way of a solid mentoring rela- tion that stand out to me. I have focused on, but for me, lication to conform with journalism standards. The dead- line for material is close of business every Friday. Your tionship. So, strive to keep like belief because is ties back the leadership traits of charac- comments are always welcome. The Seabee Courier of- your character on the “follow into the first trait: character. ter, charisma and commitment fice is in Building 1, Room 205. The mailing address is or emulate” side of the spec- It is the strong belief in some- are three common things that 4902 Marvin Shields Blvd., Code 15, Gulfport, MS 39501. trum. While character is one of thing that is likely to cause a leaders should be able to do 2 Phone: 228-871-3662., E-mail: the common things that great person, and in our context, a uncommonly well.
  3. 3. Buzz on the Street Around By CECN Lucinda Moise NCBC Public Affairs the What do you want to be when you grow up? Center Seabees assigned to Naval Mobile Construction Bat- talion (NMCB) 74 participate in a game of basketball for morning physical training at the Fitness Center on board NCBC Gulfport Oct. 18. Daily physical activities, such as basketball, are important for a Sailor in main- taining a Navy culture of fitness. (U.S. Navy photo by Con- struction Mechanic 3rd Class Katchen Tofil/Released) “I want to be a photographer and an English teacher.” Anthony Williamsl Youth Center Hometown: Gulfport, Miss. Child Development Center (CDC) employees Violet Brown, left, and Alice Nelson, right, are presented with Outstand- ing Achievement awards by Capt. Rick Burgess, com- manding officer Naval Construction Battalion Center (NCBC) at the CDC Oct. 18. Along with other employees at the CDC, Brown and Nelson dedicate their time on a daily basis to as-October 25, 2012 sist parents and their children who are enrolled at the Cen- ter. During the presentation, the Skipper thanked the ladies “A veterinarian. I love ani- mals; my favorites are dogs for their dedication and hard work. (U.S. Navy photo courtesy and horses.” of MWR/Released) Helena Johnson Youth Center Hometown: Naples, Italy Ricky Morgan, a motorcycle rider coach, teachesSeabee Courier students attending a Sports Bike Riders Course the importance of knowing their surroundings as they practice riding their motorcycles across the grinder on board NCBC Gulfport Oct. 19. The course teaches needed skills for operating safely, stopping quickly when needed and to ride defensively in an environ- ment where they may not be easily seen. (U.S. Navy “I want to be a Seabee like photo by Construction Mechanic 3rd Class Katchen Tofil/Re- my Dad.” leased) Mathew Parker Youth Center Hometown: Port Hueneme, Calif. October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month: Call the Domestic Violence hotline at 1-800-799-SAFE 3 or the Domestic Abuse Victim Advocate at 228-669-1774 for assistance.
  4. 4. NMCB 27 Seabees partner with Preventive Medicine Specialists in Guatemala By Lt. Kevin Keenaghan dence in our safety and well-being. NMCB 27 Public Affairs Their pro-activeness, professional- Seabees with Naval Mobile Con- ism and expertise allowed us to struction Battalion (NMCB) 27 de- focus on what we do best. They are ployed Oct. 15 to the Regional a welcome addition to our team and Peacekeeping Operations Training have positively impacted our mis- Command - "CREOMPAZ") military sion." base in Coban, Guatemala. Once the combined team was es- The mission is part of a U.S. Naval tablished, the execution phase of Forces Southern Command/U.S. 4th the mission began. In late Septem- Fleet-sponsored theater security co- ber, the two preventative medicine operation mission that involves con- specialists departed from their struction and renovation aboard the homes in California. Meanwhile, an Guatemalan peacekeeping base in advance team from the Seabee de- support of U.S. Southern Com- tachment began its journey from mands Global Peacekeeping Opera- the Naval Station Guantanamo Bay, tions Initiative (GPOI). Cuba, toward Guatemala City where The Seabees have construction ex- the two groups would eventually Lt. j.g. Mike Manzano, Naval Mobile Construction Battalion (NMCB) 133 Task Force An- perience and capabilities; however, rendezvous before heading to CRE- chor Material Liaison Office division officer, supervises the unloading of equipment by Lo- due to the small size of their OMPAZ to begin work. The remain- gistic Specialist Seaman Rolando Balderramos, as he is operates a forklift in the Task Force planned detachment, internal med- der of the Seabee team joined the Anchor MLO yard. Task Force Anchor, comprised of NMCB 133 personnel, is deployed to ical support was not readily avail- advanced group in Guatemala in Afghanistan to provide engineering support for theater coalition forces. (U.S. Navy photo able to meet their requirements at mid-October, sending their construc- by Utilitiesman 3rd Class Drew Verbis/Released) this remote base. With their ability tion efforts into full swing. Paul R. Yorio, Global Peace Opera- Diversity is key component to to execute their assigned construc- tion mission contingent on securing appropriate medical support, the tions Initiative (GPOI) Operations Analyst at U.S. Southern Command, discussed the benefits that will re- success of Task Force Anchor Seabees turned to the Navy Envi- ronmental and Preventative Medi- cine Unit (NEPMU) 5 for assistance. sult from the teams efforts. "U.S. Southern Command GPOI of- By UT3 Drew Verbis mixture of ratings,” said Chief worth hundreds of thousands of "When given the opportunity to fice is thankful for the can-do atti- Task Force Anchor Public Affairs Utilitiesman Laroy Brisco, the dollars. partner with our fellow shipmates to tude of the Seabees from NMCB 27 MLO leading chief petty officer. “In a region like Afghanistan, accomplish the Navys mission, we in completing these much needed Task Force Anchor, comprised will," said Cmdr. Jason Spillman, of- projects," he said. "By funding this “Here at MLO, we work with a there’s always a challenge toOctober 25, 2012 of Naval Mobile Construction ficer-in-charge of NEPMU 5. We initiative and through the efforts of Battalion (NMCB) 133 personnel, unique dynamic of military, civil- provide materials to our projects exist to support and take care of the Seabees, USSOUTHCOM will be meets the demand for Seabee ians and foreign national per- on camp and located at forward our warriors deployed. Where they able to improve the throughput ca- capabilities to support ongoing sonnel, which only add to our operating bases,” said Johnson. pacity of peacekeepers from our go, we go; anywhere, anytime!" military operations in Afghan- figurative tool box.” “It’s not an easy task.” Central American Partners at CRE- Two Sailors from NEPMU 5 volun- istan by establishing solid supply MLO uses a variety of methods MLO has already processed teered to help support the Seabees OMPAZ." lines. to acquire a staggering quantity nearly $1.2 million in construc- on extremely short notice. The Seabees in Guatemala are The center of the effort resides of tools and materials required tion materials for five different "I was honored that I was chosen part of a larger group of Navy Re- in the material liaison office to support the needs of coalition construction projects and outfit- to not only be a representative for servists from NMCB 27 based out of (MLO)on board Camp Krutke, forces and at the same time ted those same projects with the my unit but to also be an ambassa- Chicopee, Mass., who were recalled where pushing supply lines of maintain a working stock able to necessary tools to complete the dor for the United States Navy in to active duty in July and deployed mission essential materials is as- support emergent missions. This mission, inventoried most of a Guatemala," said Hospital Corpsman throughout South and Central signed to a small unit of experts includes using local vendors, ad- 5.8 acre yard housing more than 1st Class Karl Youngquist. "This is America in support of the Navys from a diverse spectrum of jacent supporting units like the $8 million in materials, and my first deployment where Im not peacekeeping, multinational part-Seabee Courier training. Marine Corps builder mainte- many additional chores since the carrying a weapon. Its a healthy nership, and humanitarian assis- Builder 2nd Class Travis John- nance yard, and overseas ship- battalions arrival in Afghanistan. change of pace to have a primary tance missions. son, the MLO yard boss, said ments. There are language “You see us working around mission of improving the quality of NEMPU 5, located aboard Naval each of the nine Seabees has barriers, deadlines, budgets, the yard through the day, non- life for our fellow men and women Base San Diego, Calif., has a mis- multiple responsibilities each day contracts and physical acquisi- stop until after sunset," said Lt. in uniform in another country." sion "to man, train, equip and de- to complete their tasking re- tion of materials which are nor- j.g. Mike Manzano, the MLO divi- Lt. j.g. Keith Ferreira, the OIC of ploy expert preventive medicine quirements. mally picked up by the sion officer. "The next morning the Seabees in Guatemala, voiced teams to provide force health pro- equipment operators on staff. we come in early with smiles on his gratitude for the NEPMU 5 sup- tection, population health products “It would all but be impossible At any one time, the depart- our faces. Every day is a new port. and environmental/disease threat to complete missions as fast or "Having both Petty Officer response assistance to our Navy with such ease as we do, if we ment might be responsible for day and this crew truly embod- Youngquist and Lt. Karmenid Med- and Marine Corps teams, opera- didnt come from such culturally supplying multiple projects with ies the spirit and the legacy of ina-Zayas as part of our detachment tional forces and homeland defense diverse backgrounds, and such a thousands of pieces of materials the Seabees like no other.” 4 greatly improved morale and confi- agencies.”
  5. 5. NCBC Energy Fair shines light on Navy’s Shore Energy Strategy Civilian and military personnel with Naval Facilities Command (NAV- Energy Fair attendee, said she stopped to learn more about the elec- FAC) Public Works Department (PWD) Gulfport hosted an Energy Fair tric vehicles on display and how she could save money on her utility at the Navy Exchange (NEX) on board Naval Construction Battalion bill. Mike Mattina, a residential marketing specialist for Mississippi Center (NCBC) Gulfport Oct. 17. The fair was held to provide infor- Power, said they set up the fair to promote energy awareness in ways mation to the public about the Navy’s Shore Energy Strategy. Mis- that aren’t always seen in the military, and get the message of energy sissippi Power partnered with PWD to educate attendees about ways efficiency out during Energy Awareness Month. (U.S. Navy photos by to save money through the smart use of energy. Shisuko Lytal, an Construction Mechanic 3rd Class Katchen Tofil/Released)October 25, 2012 Top 10 most costly items Top 5 Energy Tips 1. Set thermostats at 78 degrees to operate in your home in the Summer and 68 degrees in winter. 1. Range with oven: $1.46 per/hour at 2. Properly insulate attic, walls and 12 cents/killowatt hour (kWh) floors. 2. Clothes dryer: 59 cents per/kWh 3. Water heater: 54 cents per/kWh 3. Use storm windows or double- 4. Bathtub: 54 cents per/kWh panned replacement windows. 5. Air conditioner, 3 ton: 43 cents per/kWh Where do you spend your energy dollars?Seabee Courier 6. Shower - 8 minutes: 36 cents per/kWh 4. Properly seal ductwork. 7. Toaster oven: 18 cents per/kWh 53% Heating & Cooling 8. Hair dryer: 17 cents per/kWh 19% Water Heating 5. Have heating and cooling sys- 9. Microwave: 17 cents per/kWh 9% Lighting tems professionally serviced once a 10. Dishwasher 14 cents per/kWh 20% Other year. For helpful energy tips, calculators, tables and information visit: and or Facebook NavalEnergy 5
  6. 6. UCT 2 divers spend summer in Pacific Missile Range waters By EAC(SCW/DV) Blair best of both disciplines, rely- neuvering, day to day opera- Mercado ing on their construction ca- tions were not affected. This UCT 2 pabilities as Seabees and was a great example of envi- Seabees from Underwater their competence as Divers ronmental stewardship by Construction Team (UCT) 2, to accomplish missions that the US Navy, and the UCT 2 based at Naval Base Ventura no other unit in the Navy is Seabees were happy to re- County in Port Hueneme, capable of performing. port that after seven weeks spent two months this sum- For this task, UCT 2 Seabee of anticipation, all of the mer performing stabilization, divers worked in depths from hatchling made it safely to inspection and repairing 30 to 120 feet of seawater the ocean. cable off the Coast of the off a Lighter Amphibious Re- Detachment Charlie worked Hawaiian Islands. supply Craft (LARC). Three six days a week to take ad- Construction Dive Detach- tons of cast iron pipe, de- vantage of the favorable ment Charlie spent much of signed to fit around the ca- weather conditions, complet- June and July repairing win- bles and protect them from ing more than 170 dives to- Builder 2nd Class Sonny Ramos, assigned to Underwater ter damage at Pacific Missile the harsh sea state were in- taling more than 70 hours of Construction Team (UCT) 2, cleans a deep water buoy off Range Facility, Barking stalled. They also dove to bottom time, ensuring the Niihau in the Hawaiian Islands. Based at Naval Base Ven- Sands, and preparing the depths of 110 feet in the range would be ready for the tura County in Port Hueneme, UCT 2 recently spent two range for this year’s Rim of open ocean to perform main- exercise. months performing stabilization, inspection and repair- the Pacific (RIMPAC) exer- tenance on 10 practice mines “Our Seabee divers per- ing cable off the Coast of the Hawaiian Islands. (U.S. Navy cise. Held in August, RIMPAC in a training mine field; with formed a variety of tasks photo by Builder 2nd Class Joshua Knolla/Released) is the largest international a bottom depth as deep as from drilling stabilization maritime exercise in the 450 feet, there was no room points, replacing zinc anodes Terrazas added, “This is the lows the unit to perform world, involving 22 nations, for error. and placing hundreds of premier training range for the quality construction work in 42 ships, six submarines, In addition, two members pieces of split pipe to protect Pacific and the work we do the hazardous ocean environ- more than 200 aircraft and of CDD Charlie , Builder 1st the sensitive acoustic range here contributes directly to- ment.” 25,000 personnel. Class(SCW/DV) Donny cables from the sea state,” wards Fleet readiness.” Fulfilling their mission of PMRF is the worlds largest Wedekind and Construction said Construction Electrician Lt. Sam Williams, a Naval supporting the Fleet and Ma- instrumented multi-environ- Mechanic 2nd Class(SCW) 2nd Class (SCW/DV) DanielOctober 25, 2012 Air Systems Command Inte- rine forces in the PACOM mental testing and training Ryan O’Toole, provided sup- Lehne. grated Project Team Lead AOR, Seabees from UCT 2 missile range capable of sup- port to the SPAWAR Marine “During the winter months, overseeing work on the were at PMRF on their first porting surface, subsurface, Mammal Unit using LARC’s the rough wave action will range, agreed that UCT 2’s stop during a six month de- air and space operations si- and small boats to recover move the cable across the work extended the life of the ployment across the Pacific multaneously. It is the only practice rounds and targets sand, rock and coral, strip- range and save the Navy that will take them from range in the world where for the exercise. ping off the protective cover- money. Kauai to Japan to the south submarines, surface ships, Crossing the pristine Hawai- ing potentially destroying the “The alternatives would be Pacific and Naval Region aircraft and space vehicles ian beaches on their way to cables,” he explained. “The decreased training capability Northwest. UCT 2 provides can operate and be tracked work presented a unique work we do here saves the or a total range refurbish- responsive inshore and ocean simultaneously. There are challenge. A mother sea tur- Navy hundreds of thousands ment, which could cost the underwater construction, in- more than 1,100 square tle decided to lay her eggs on of dollars in maintenance Navy upwards of $50 million,” spection, repair and mainte- miles of instrumented under- the beach next to the only costs compared to a civilian he said. “The UCT skill set is nance to ocean facilities for water range and more than landing zone for the Det’s company and millions in re- unique because the unit has Navy, Marine Corps and Joint equipment. Base environ- placement costs if the systemSeabee Courier 42,000 square miles of con- expertise in both construction Forces engaged in military trolled airspace. mentalists put up a safety were to go down.” and deep sea diving. This al- operations. Seabee divers combine the barrier and with careful ma- Steel Worker 1st Class Nate Navy Gateway Inns & Suites Rate Changes . . . Navy Gateway Inns & Watch out for pedestrians Suites appreciates your business. While the rates are still competitive with commercial rates, in- creases have had to be implemented. Effective Oct. 1 rates are: Lake House, 1 King Bed: Remember, they have the right of $82/day; VIP Suite, 1 Queen Bed: $75/day; Suite 1 Queen Bed: $60/day; Two Bedrooms/Adjoin- way! Unless otherwise posted, ing bathroom/1 Queen Bed per room, $80/day; Private room with private bath, 1 Queen Bed: $55/day; Private Room with shared bath, 1 Queen Bed: $40/day. Contact General Manager Ms. the speed limited on board NCBC 6 Simone Tomlin at 228-871-3029 for more information. is 25 m.p.h.
  7. 7. Center volunteers join with coast to support annual Veterans Stand Down By CECN Lucinda L. Moise NCBC Public Affairs Veteran’s Affairs (VA) officials esti- mate that nearly 500 veterans at- tended the 7th annual Veteran’s Stand Down held at the VA Gulf Coast Veteran’s Health Care System in Biloxi, Miss. Oct. 17. More than 100 military and civilian volunteers offered their services and assistance to the veterans who received flu shots, food, clothing and other necessity items during the event. Blue Cliff College was among those that got involved. “A couple of classmates arranged a food drive. All together we col- lected over 500 can goods and non- perishable items, and our whole Volunteers from Naval Construction Battalion Center (NCBC) and class of 27 volunteered to come to Harrison County community came together to distribute food during the Stand Down,” said Brittany the 7th annual Veteran’s Stand Down held at the VA Gulf Coast Vet- Smith, a Blue Cliff student. erans Health Care System, Oct. 17. Over 100 organizations and vol- According to Susan Turner, a unteers, both military and civilian, offered their services and assistance Healthcare for the Homeless coordi- at this year’s event. (U.S. Navy photo by Construction Electrician Construc- nator, the Seabee contribution this tionman Lucinda L. Moise/Released) year was substantial. ner’s Mate 3rd Class Sean Rober- pecially to those we fought for our “We were flooded with donations son, assigned to 20th Seabee country,” said Roberson.A service member gives a veteran a soda during the 7th annual Veteran’s from the Seabees, so much that we Readiness Group (SRG), was one Turner also expressed the signifi-Stand Down held at the VA Gulf Coast Veterans Health Care System, couldn’t give it all away today even such return volunteer at the stand cance of giving back.Oct. 17. An estimated 500 veterans received flu shots, food, clothing and if we tried,” said Turner. down. “If we only served one [veteran]other necessity items to get them through the cold winter. (U.S. Navy photo For many people, this was not “I have come for the last two here today it was worth it,” saidby Construction Electrician Constructionman Lucinda L. Moise/Released) their first year volunteering. Gun- years. Giving back is important, es- Turner.Navy Wounded Warrior: A critical resourse for Sailors October 25, 2012By Commander, Naval Installations Command, Navy is among the most important resources available to November marks Warrior Care Month, a time to recog-Wounded Warrior - Safe Harbor Program Staff Navy families. nize wounded warriors, as well as their caregivers, for Illness or injury can strike at any time. When they do, their service, sacrifices, and achievements. This year’s Early one morning in October 2007, Navy Boatswain’s NWW can clear away the clutter and allow service mem- theme, “Success through Transition,” highlights theMate 1st Class Jim Castaneda suffered a stroke during bers to focus on what’s most important – getting well. many ways wounded warriors and their families thrivemuster aboard USS Tortuga (LSD 46). The stroke was NWW tailors support to each wounded warrior’s recov- after illness and injury – on active duty, on the playingentirely unexpected and, in a matter of moments, Cas- ery, rehabilitation and reintegration needs. It’s team of field, in the classroom, or on the job.taneda’s life was forever changed. experts addresses pay and personnel issues, child and This month, Adm. Cecil D. Haney, commander of the Shortly after arriving at Naval Medical Center San youth care, transportation and housing needs, education U.S. Pacific Fleet, will host the first-ever Wounded War-Diego for treatment, Castaneda was referred to Navy and training benefits, and much more. The program’s rior Pacific Trials at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam andWounded Warrior (NWW) - Safe Harbor. goal is to return wounded warriors to duty, but when the University of Hawaii Nov. 12 – 17. More than 50 seri- His NWW Non-medical Care Manager helped his family that’s not possible, it works collaboratively with federal ously wounded, ill and injured Sailors and Coast Guards-navigate the various non-medical issues – from securing agencies and partner organizations to ensure their suc- men from across the country – including Castaneda – Seabee Couriervarious payments and entitlements, to providing advice cessful reintegration back into their communities. will compete for a place on the 2013 Warrior Gameson a home application, to accessing Veterans Affairs “NWW will address virtually any problem that surfaces Navy-Coast Guard team.benefits – that threatened to distract from Castaneda’s during a wounded warrior’s recovery process,” said NWW encouraged Castaneda to get involved in adap-recovery. NWW director Capt. Steve Hall. “NWW Non-medical tive athletics several years ago, and it has had a “[NWW] is one of those programs that commands may Care Managers provides enrollees a shoulder to lean on, tremendously positive impact on his life.have heard about but don’t know too much about,” said a helping hand, an ear to listen and encouraging words. “Everyone [competing in adaptive athletics] seemsCastaneda. “But once they know what it does and how They act as advocates when service members need one seven feet tall – larger than life. I feel like superman. Iit helps families and severely injured Sailors they will ap- most.” can do anything now,” said Castaneda.preciate it.” NWW enrollment is not limited to service members Sailors and their families are urged to take time during Indeed, only one-quarter of enlisted Sailors and less who have been wounded in combat operations or ship- Warrior Care Month to honor and support our woundedthan one-half of naval officers are aware of Commander board and training accidents. It also is available to those warriors. They can refer a service member to the pro-Navy Installations Command’s Navy Wounded Warrior – affected by serious illness – like Castaneda – or liberty gram who has experienced serious illness or injury bySafe Harbor program and the services it provides. Yet, it accidents. calling 855-NAVY WWP (628-9997). 7
  8. 8. ‘The Meat & Potatoes Navy announces Master Chief and of Life’ By Lisa Smith Molinari, Senior Chief Boards Military Spouse Contributer From Navy Personnel Command Public Affairs The fiscal year 2014 (FY14) enlisted selection boards for activeBudget is the new black duty and Reserve master chief and senior chief petty officers were announced in a Navy message Oct. 22. According to NAVADMIN 313/12, the Reserve board will convene my left ear that my roommate from ingly prefer SUVs, which project an March 25 and will consider eligible Reserve chiefs and senior chiefs college made for me with a potato image of sporty spontaneity and an serving on active duty as full-time support (FTS) in the active/guard and a sewing needle in our dorm adventuresome spirit. reserve and selected Reserve (SELRES) to include those serving on room in 1985. While a minivan says, “I’m frugal, voluntary and involuntary recall and mobilization orders. Frankly, I’m just a middle-aged eat meatloaf, wear comfortable cot- Individual Ready Reserve (IRR) personnel who are mobilized are stay-at-home mom, but here’s the ton underwear, and drink home considered under the SELRES requirements for advancement. thing: I’m cool now because I drive brewed coffee with powdered The active duty master chief board will convene April 15, and the a minivan. creamer every morning while taking active duty senior chief board will convene May 13. Eligibility criteria Not just any minivan, mind you – the kids to school,” an SUV and special rating/NEC specific requirements are listed in the an old minivan that we bought screams, “Despite the fact that I NAVADMIN. For decades, I tried to be cool. used. A minivan that started out only drive on suburban paved roads Eligibility maybe verified in November 2012 by education serviceDespite numerous desperate at- white and shiny, but after 100,000 between The Gap, pee wee soccer officers and command designated personnel via the Navy Enlistedtempts to wear fashionable clothes, miles and three military moves, now practice and the Starbucks drive- Advancement System (NEAS) website atlisten to hip music, take up trendy has the dull hue of stale bread, pit- thru, I am the type that might drop and become more aloof, I ted with chips and tiny bubbles of everything, throw on a bikini and Candidates should review their official military personnel filejust couldn’t change who I was. Fi- rust. The once glimmering alloy some Ray Bans, and go kite surfing (OMPF) via BUPERS Online at to verify complete-nally, in my 40s, I decided to accept wheels are beginning to corrode for the day.” ness. Documents not viewable through OMPF that candidates wouldmy unfashionable lot in life and give and peel. The formerly black However, recently, our struggling like the board to consider should be submitted with a letter to thein to my nerdiness. bumper and trim is a hazy shade of economy has forced moms every- selection board president. No sooner did I embrace my lack grey. where to change their habits and Candidates letters to the board must be received at Navy Person-of swag, when suddenly, without Despite regular Shop-Vacing and their images. Families are tightening nel Command not later than March 4, for the Reserve board, Marchtrying, I became the epitome of spritzing with Armor All, the interior budgets, clipping coupons, and pay- 25, for the active duty master chief board and April 22, for the ac-chic. has also seen better days. There’s a ing cash. The mom who used to tive duty senior chief board. No, I’m not whitening my teeth. I hole in the carpet, where my left look so stylish with her 11 mpg All correspondence should be on plain white paper, paper clippeddon’t play acoustic guitar on my foot rests during endless daily car Range Rover, overpriced coffee, and and submitted under cover letter to the president of the board in-front porch swing. I’ve never run a pools to school, sports and music designer handbag, is SO last season cluding board number. The candidates full name and social security October 25, 2012marathon, snow boarded, or surfed. lessons. The wire to the power slid- in today’s unfortunate economic cli- number must be included on all documents submitted. Do not useI only wear a waterproof sports ing door snapped a couple years mate. staples, binders, folders or tabs when submitting so I don’t have to take it off ago. Two air fresheners can’t hide Nowadays, frugality is the latest Additional guidance and mailing addresses are listed in the NAVAD-when I wash dishes. the lingering odor from years of fad. Today’s trendsetters shop at MIN. For more information visit the selection board section of the I’ve never eaten Kobe beef and post-practice sweaty teens, count- discount stores, know which gro- NPC web site at’m not well versed on Beaujolais less spilled drinks, and chicken ceries will double coupons, and npc/boards/Pages/default.aspx.wines. I look ridiculous in a maxi nuggets lost between seats. drive cars with good gas mileage.dress, and avoid chunky jewelry be- Why, you might be asking yourself, The hottest style is savvy spending, Operation Wedding Gown . . .cause it catches on stuff. Although would driving a used minivan with and family budgets are all the rage. Brides Across America, Operation Wedding Gown, willwe have a big dog – which is kinda perpetually sticky cup holders and As for me, I bought my purse at salute our troops and honor our heroes this Novem-cool – he’s sloppy and won’t go in fruit snacks stuck in the carpet TJ Maxx. We make our own pizza at ber while making dreams come true for militarythe water above his elbows. make me cool? I know, it’s hard to home on Friday nights. We haven’t brides. As part of Brides Across America’s commit- The last big concert I went to was believe, considering that minivans used our credit card in eight ment to support our troops and veterans, the non- Seabee CourierJimmy Buffet in 2000, but I was 8 have never been particularly cool. months. And I drive a minivan. profit organization will host their 6th annual bridalmonths pregnant and worried about Quite the contrary, in fact. Until Try not to hate me because I’m so gown giveaway at salons nationwide. From coast tosecond hand smoke. I have no tat- recently, a hip-happening trendy cool. coast, bridal salons are honoring veterans by givingtoos or trendy body piercings, un- mom wouldn’t be caught dead in a Get more wit and observations from Lisa at her away free wedding gowns as a thank you for theirless you count that second hole in minivan. Stylish moms overwhelm- blog, service to this Country. Events are taking place Nov. 6 -24. To date, Brides Across America has donated more than 8,000 wedding gown from promi- nent designers. In order to qualify, brides or their fiancé must be serving inLooking for a way to serve your community? Interested in a law enforcement the military; either currently deployed or deployed within the last five yearscareer? If so, consider volunteering your off duty time and become either a Gulfport to Iraq, Afghanistan, Bahrain, Libya, or Japan. Identification and deploy- ment papers must be presented at the event to qualify. For military bridesPolice Reserve Officer or a Reserve Community Service Technician. Call Lt. Phillip who are interested in more information, please visitKincaid at 228-868-5900, ext. 6189 or email him at for on how to qualify. Brides must pre-registeradditional information. for the event by logging on to Brides Across America’s website. 8
  9. 9. Focus on Education CDC enjoys visit from very special visitors Capt. Rick Burgess, commanding officer Naval Construction Battal- by playing with them and talking with them before sitting down to a ion Center (NCBC) and Cmdr. James Meyer, executive officer NCBC, nice family-designed meal. During the meal, the topic of conversa- caused a stir at the Child Development Center (CDC) Oct. 19 when they tion ranged from brussel sprouts to good manners with the children took time out of their busy schedules to visit the children in each class- and staff. CDC employees sit down every day for conversation during room at the center. Newly appointed CDC Director, Pamela Carlisle, meal time which allows the children to relate to each other by shar- escorted the pair through a maze of adventure. While at the CDC the ing stories and ideas. (U.S. Navy photos courtesy of Morale, Welfare and Skipper and XO gave individual attention to the infants and toddlers Recreation/Released) October 25, 2012Just in time for Halloween Civilian federal employees Civilians . . . Are you think- other civilian course offer-Ready Navy Kids are Ready for Zombie ing about retirement? ings by visiting: The only CSRS and FERS re- . . . Enter the Zombie tirement planning courses ulfport/OperationsAndMan- being offered at NCBC Gulf- agement/HumanResources-Apocalypse Halloween Poster Contest port during Fiscal Year 13 Office/ServiceCenterTraining will be offered in February /index.htmCalling all kids and teens - Halloween is right around the cor- and are limited to 25 stu- or Seabee Courierner. With your parents permission, create a 8.5 x 11 sized dents each. showing how you would prepare for a zombie apoca- Find out information on and click on HR office -lypse and submit to Remember, these courses, as well as southeast to find a course.being ready involves being informed, making a plan, andbuilding a kit. Include these steps in your "Ready for ZombieApocalypse" poster. The top posters in the following age cat- NCBC School Liaisonegories (ages 5-9, ages 10-13, ages 14-18) will be featuredon the Ready Navy Kids page for all to see. All entries must Officer, Kevin Byrd isbe received by Oct. 30. The poster contest is open to all ex- located at: MWR, Building 352,tended Navy family and friends ages 5-18. For more informa-tion on being Ready Navy, visit 1706 Bainbridge Ave., NCBC, 228-871-2117Ready Navy is a CNIC sponsored emergency preparedness, email: kevin.r.byrd@navy.milpublic awareness program serving the entire Navy Community. 9
  10. 10. New Orleans Hornets tickets only $5. Lunch needed. Monday - Friday, 6 - 7:30 are on sale. Call or stop by After-school program: a.m. and 2 - 5:30 p.m. ITT for details. Liberty Center: So you say you’ve been to them all? Not this haunted house. Take a trip with the Liberty Center to the Mortu- ary Haunted House in new Orleans; only $25, Satur- day, 6 p.m. Rock your best costume atMWR Recreation the Liberty Center and winSpecial Event Movie Theater: FREE a prize the Liberty Hal- “Fright Night @ the Lake” every weekend. Grab some loween Party; FREE food,Oct. 26, 6 – 9 p.m. Bring popcorn and sit back and Wednesday, 7 p.m.the family for a night of enjoy the movie!FREE Halloween fun! Find Friday, Movies CANX due Outdoor Recreation: Fallyour way through a to Fright Night at Seabee is here. What a great timehaunted maze and take a Lake. to get outside! Stop by andhayride. Test your nerve in Saturday, “The Amazing check out our wide varietythe Fear Factor Stations. Spider-Man,” PG13, noon; of gear from tents to sportsEnjoy food, toys, a chil- “Brave,” PG, 2:30 p.m.; equipment.dren’s costume contest and Abraham Lincoln Vampire October Specials: Allmany more activities for all Hunter,” R, 4:30 p.m. camping gear (includingages. For event details or to Sunday, “Snow White and A-Liners) is 10 percent off.volunteer, call 228-871- the Huntsman," PG13, 2 Rent three sets of Paint-4010. p.m.; “Rock of Ages,” PG13, ball equipment and get one 4:30 p.m. free. What a deal!Fitness Classes: "Spookie Information, Tickets and FREE Batting Cage: No more tokens needed. StopZUMBA" Come in your fa- Tours: by and take a swing! Rent For more informationvorite costume and enjoy We have your Mississippi bats and helmets at no about MWR programs and October 25, 2012two hours of Zumba moves Surge tickets in stock! Stop charge from Outdoor Recre-with instructor Luana. Class in to get your game vouch- ation during business hours. opportunities, contact:will be held at the CBC Fit- ers for only $11 each!ness Center gymnasium; Vouchers are good for the Anchors & Eagles 228-871-4607Oct. 29, 6 – 8 p.m. No Fee entire 2012-2013 season Food & Beverage Auto Hobby 228-871-2804or sign up required! but do not include playoff Monday Night Football: Beehive 228-871-4682 Sports: Ready for a little games. Purchase your tick- Grab a buddy and head to Child Development 228-871-2323healthy competition? Sign ets today! the “BeeHive” on Monday to Centerup for intramural basketball Disney Military Salute tick- catch all the action. Fitness Center 228-871-2668from now until Nov. 5. The ets are in! The promotion The Grill: Open Monday- Information, Tickets & 228-871-2231league will run Nov. 27 to has been extended. The Friday 6:30 a.m. - 1:30 ToursFeb. 5. Game days are deeply discounted 4 Day p.m. Grab a tasty breakfast Liberty Center 228-871-4684 Seabee CourierTuesdays and Thursdays. Park Hopper Ticket is the or lunch. Call ahead for Seabee Heritage Cen- 228-871-3619Register at the Fitness Cen- way to go. New tickets are takeout and avoid the wait. terter front desk. valid from Oct. 1, – Sept. Anchors & Eagles: Open Navy Outdoor Recre- 228-871-2127 30, 2013 and they are only Tuesday-Thursday 2 - 9 p.m. ationServices $153.25 each! Purchase up RV Park 228-871-5435 Auto Hobby: FREE Tire to six for your Disney get- Youth Activities Explore the exciting world The Grill 228-871-2494rotation and balancing dur- away. *Eligible patrons of animals at the Hatties- Training Hall 228-871-4750ing October, Tuesday - Fri- only (active duty, reservist, burg Zoo on a field trip de- Youth Activities Cen- 228-871-2251day 2 – 7 p.m. and retired military.) signed for youth and teens; terSaturday Noon – 5 p.m. Love basketball? WatchCall for reservations. the pros play in person. Saturday, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m., Main Office 228-871-2538 10
  11. 11. event. Please contact MCC Ryan SCHOOL SEEKS MENTORS - LongNCBC Helping Hands Wilber at if you are interested in volunteering. Beach Alternative School on Old Pass Road in Long Beach is looking forvolunteer opportunities IRD/YOUTH BUILD - International Relief & Development/Youthbuild is mentors for three high school girls and four high school boys. Mentor dutiesHABITAT FOR HUMANITY - Habi- – 9 p.m. under the Barksdale pavilion asking for 10 volunteers during Octo- will include providing direction on as-tat for Humanity is in need of five to in Jones Park. Volunteers are needed ber to participate in the “Mental signments, increasing personal ac- would work with youth grade 4 - grade10 volunteers with basic carpentry who are interested in setting up a Hal- Toughness” portion of a recruitment countability and other life skills. 8 in team-building exercises designedskills for two weekends of work on a loween themed booth with a children’s for Cafe Climb. Cafe Climb is directed Please call Michelle Harrison at 228- to increase self confidence, self-disci-housing project in Pass Christian. Vol- activity and working the booth during towards career development for youth 865-1956 for more information or to pline and self-respect. Program hoursunteers are needed Oct. 26, 27 and the event. Volunteers who are inter- ages 18 - 26 years old . Volunteers are volunteer. are M-F, 3:45 - 5:45 p.m. For more in-Nov. 2, 3. Contact Leah at ested in creating a Halloween themed needed to help screen candidates. If WOOLMARKET ELEMENTARY formation, call Officer Tonya Laville or 228-326-5643. backdrop for children to take pictures you are interested, please contact Eliz- SCHOOL SEEKS MENTORS - Wool- 228-596-0281 or 228-868-5703.TRUNK OR TREAT - Volunteers are in front of during the event are also abeth Elias at 228-223-3384 or eel- market Elementary School on John Lee COAST SALVATION ARMY NEEDSneeded for Truck or Treat at the Long needed. Contact Brittany Dyess at Road in Biloxi is looking for mentors VOLUNTEERS - Volunteers are needBeach Town Green Oct. 27, 5 - 9 p.m. 228-868-5881 or bdyess@gulfport- ANNISTON ELEMENTARY FUN for their male students as they pre- for various projects throughout theVolunteers are needed for traffic con- if you or your group are inter- RUN - Anniston Elementary School pare for middle school. Please contact year. The Ray and Joan Kroc Corpstrol, set up and take down of tables ested in volunteering. needs volunteers Nov. 7, 7:30 a.m. - Shirley Hardman at 228-392-5640 for Community Center in Biloxi is alwaysand chairs and to ensure that the kids HONOR FLIGHT REUNION - The 2:30 p.m., to set up and take down more information or to volunteer. in need of assistance in the Athleticare safe. Call Mag at 228-861-007 if Honor Flight is hosting a reunion at the event and also to run with the stu- GULFPORT POLICE ATHLETIC Department, Fitness Center, Arts andyou can help. Joppa Temple Nov. 3 for participants dents during the the Fun Run. Please LEAGUE - The Gulfport Police Athletic Music Department, Aquatic Center andCITY OF GULFPORT – The City of of all four Honor Flights and is re- call Megan Straub at 228-896-6309 to League is looking for volunteers who marketing. Contact Shawna Tatge atGulfport will hold “Boo Bash,” it’s an- questing assistance cooking for the volunteer. are interested in assisting with the Shawna_Tatge@uss.salvationarmy.orgnual Halloween event, Oct. 27 from 6 event and transporting a grill to the LONG BEACH ALTERNATIVE Youth Aftercare Program. Volunteers for information. Seabee Memorial Chapel Chapel Offerings Looking for a church? Seabee Pantry. The Seabee Memorial Chapel holds Praise and Worship services every Sunday that might The Seabee Memorial Chapel is suit your needs. Protestant Services looking for new members for the include a Gospel Service at 8 a.m. Praise and Worship Team for the Di- and Divine Worship Service at 11 vine Worship Service at 11 a.m. a.m. Catholic Services include Sundays. If you can sing or play an Catholic Mass at 9:30 a.m. There is instrument, you are invited to come also Catholic Mass Tuesdays at share your gift. 11:15 a.m. Women’s Bible Study Seabee Pantry Women’s Fall Bible Study is held October 25, 2012 Seabee Pantry donations are always Wednesdays at 11 a.m. at the welcome. Donation drop-off sites Seabee Memorial Chapel. The are located at the Navy Exchange, Fall Bible Study is conducting a Chapel, Commissary, Fleet and six-week study by Jennifer Family Support Center and Armed Rothchild - Missing Pieces.” Forces Retirement Home. Everyone Free child care is available. affiliated with NCBC can use the Chapel: 228-871-2454 United States Marine Corps Center Chaplains: 237th Marine Corps Ball Seabee Courier Lt. Cmdr. Paul Smith, Protestant Chaplain When: Nov. 10, 2012, 6 p.m. Place: Hollywood Casino, Bay St. Louis, Miss. Lt. Yoon Choi, Protestant Chaplain Price: $50 (per ticket) For information concerning other faith groups, call the chapel office at 228-871-2454 Uniform: Marines - Blue Dress “B” or Blue Dress “A” Army - Army Blue (Bow Tie) Services: Navy - Dinner Dress Blue Jacket or Dinner Dress Blue Gospel Service: 8 a.m. Air Force - Mess Dress, Civilians - Black Tie Sunday Catholic Mass: 9:30 a.m. Weekday Mass: Tuesday, 11:15 a.m. See I&I First Sergeant, 1st Sgt. Coston, building 114 (NOSC) or Divine Worship: Sunday, 11 a.m. call 228-871-3104 11