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  1. 1. 53 No. 04 Naval Construction Battalion Center, Gulfport, Mississippi January 24, 2013Sunshine and smiles Obama takes oath of office recognizing military contributionsfor return of NMCB 74 By Donna Miles American Forces Press Service President Barack Obama took the ceremonial oath of office for his second term as the 44th U.S. president and com- mander in chief on the steps of the U.S. Capitol today, hon- oring the men and women in uniform who have preserved America’s freedoms through- out its history. More than 5,000 military members – some participating in the Inaugural Parade, others playing musical accompani- ment, firing artillery rounds President Barack Obama takes the oath of office from Supreme into the sky or providing be- Court Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr., right, in a public hind-the-scenes support – ceremony at the U.S. Capitol before thousands of people in were among more than a half Washington, D.C., Jan. 21, 2013. Roberts administered the million people who gathered oath in an official ceremony at the White House, Jan. 20, on the National Mall to watch 2013. (White House photo by Sonya N. Hebert/Released) Obama and Vice President Joe Biden enter their second term. do us harm.” friends as well as adversaries Recognizing the drawdown of Obama expressed hope for a to help lay conditions for long- forces in Afghanistan and the more peaceful future, noting term peace. ramping down of more than a that Americans understand “We will show the courage to decade of conflict, Obama of- that “enduring security and try and resolve our differences fered high praise during his in- lasting peace do not require with other nations peacefully – augural address for U.S. perpetual war.” not because we are naive service members, their contri- Americans are “heirs to those about the dangers we face, butions and sacrifices. who won the peace and not but because engagement can “Our brave men and women in just the war, who turned more durably lift suspicion andFamily and friends were on hand to welcome home more uniform, tempered by the sworn enemies into the surest fear,” he said.than 120 Seabees assigned to Naval Mobile Construction flames of battle, are un- of friends,” the president said. Meanwhile, “America will re-Battalion (NMCB) 74, Delayed Party, Flight 2, at the Train- matched in skill and courage,” “And we must carry those les- main the anchor of strong al-ing Hall on board NCBC Gulfport as they returned from de- he said. “Our citizens, seared sons into this time as well.” liances in every corner of theployment, Jan. 20. NMCB 74, Deployed Party, Flight 1 by the memory of those we The president affirmed the globe,” he said. “We will renewreturned Jan. 18 (U.S. Navy photo by Naval Construction Battalion have lost, know too well the nation’s resolve to defend its those institutions that extendCenter Public Affairs/Released) price that is paid for liberty. people and uphold its values our capacity to manage crisis More homecoming photos, page 6 of the Courier and NCBC The knowledge of their sacri- through both the “strength of Facebook fice will keep us forever vigi- arms and rule of law” – and with an arm extended to its See OATH page 4 lant against those who would
  2. 2. Navy Legal NCBC Security Reminder NCBC/20SRG By Lt. Courtney Gordon- ment or court order. If a spouse ber gets an allowance for depend- To prevent Commanding Officer claims non-support, but there is a ent support, the service member Capt. Rick Burgess Tennant, JAGC Public Affairs Officer RLSO SE written agreement between the two should use it for support. If an Air- both Rob Mims parties, that agreement is valid and man receives BAH (or basic al- Editor One of the unique things about the personal and will govern. The MILPERSMAN is lowance for housing) at the higher Bonnie L. McGerr Mass Comm. Specialist military is that unlike the private NOT an entitlement or a punitive with dependents rate but doesn’t governmental MCC (SCW/SW/AW) sector, commands can be contacted order, so commands cannot directly support his/ her dependents, that Ryan G. Wilber by spouses, ex-spouses and ex-part- punish NAVY service members (i.e. BAH may be reduced to the without property theft, NCBC Secu- Special Contributors CM3 (SCW) Katchen Tofil ners who claim that the service Captain’s Mast) for disregarding the dependents rate for the months of rity would like to remind CECN Lucinda Moise member is not providing (any or MILPERSMAN standards. That does- non-support. Commanders have to enough) financial support. n’t mean that commands can’t take authority to consider disciplinary or you to remember to secure 22 NCR Commander Alimony vs. Child support? indirect measures such as denying administrative action. Financial support to a (former) vehicles, personal com- Capt. Darius Banaji reenlistment. Once support be- When can support be waived? Public Affairs Officer spouse is called alimony or spousal comes a court order, commanding Sometimes, the Navy and the partments, work spaces, Vacant support while support for the chil- officers can punish a service mem- Coast Guard allow the service mem- 25 NCR dren is child support. If a person is ber for failing to follow the court ber to contact DFAS if the spouse compounds, and buildings. Commander ordered by a court to pay alimony, order or the amount can be gar- has deserted the service member Capt. Darius Banaji the individual paying the alimony nished directly from the service without cause, physically abused the Don’t be a target! Public Affairs Officer MCC (SW/AW) Scott Boyle may deduct that from their income members wages by DFAS. service member, or committed adul- taxes and the person who receives Army guidance is found in Army tery. The Army allows spousal sup- NMCB ONE Commanding Officer the alimony must declare it on Regulation 608-99: port to be waived when the his/her taxes. Alimony is not an Fraud, Waste and Cmdr. Chad M. Brooks spouse’s income is greater than the Public Affairs Officer automatic entitlement. Judges will Abuse Hotline: Due 08_99.pdf soldier, if the soldier has been sub- Lt. Brian Gates consider many factors such as the In contrast to the Navy, the Army stantially abused by the spouse, the to limited IG resources Mass Comm. Specialist MC1 (AW/NAC) Aron Taylor length of the marriage, the age and Regulation is punitive. This means spouse is in jail, or the soldier pro- throughout the Southeast Re- Special Contributor health of the spouse, education, that in the absence of an agreement vided support for 18 months. The gion, all Fraud, Waste and CE1(SCW) Joshua Thonnissen Abuse hotline work will now be previous salaries and earning poten- or a court order, the Army Battalion Marine Corps allows waiver when NMCB ELEVEN tial when they decide if that spouse commander can order the service the spouse’s income is greater than handled by the Region. To re- Commanding Officer needs alimony, how much and for member to pay a specific amount the Marine’s, the Marine has been port Fraud, Waste and Abuse, Cmdr. Maria Aguayo Public Affairs Officer how long. Child support, on the based on the formula located in AR abused by the spouse, the Marine contact the Region at: Toll Lt.j.g. Brian Myers other hand, is never tax deductible 608-99. If the service member fails provided support for 12 months, or Free 1-877-657-9851 Comm: Mass Comm. Specialist no matter how high the payment. to pay, then the battalion com- the Marine is already providing reg- 904-542-4979 DSN 942-4979 MC1(AW) Jonathan Carmichael NMCB SEVENTY FOUR For the service member (or any- mander can take him/her to an Arti- ular support such as rent or car pay- FAX: 904- 542-5587, E-mail: Commanding Officer one else about to go through a di- cle 15. ments, medical bills, etc. If granted, Cmdr. David McAlister vorce), it is VITAL to leave a paper Marine guidance: MCO P5800.16A spousal support may be waived, but Public Affairs Officer Lt.j.g. John Parizek trail to document support. Why? Be- or the Marine Corps Legal Admin not child support. Although in some Mass Comm. Specialist cause divorces and custody battles Manual Chapter 15: http://www.- branches, the absence of a court MC2 Ryan Williams get ugly, and (bitter) soon-to-be- order a spouse’s misbehavior (i.e. See Something Wrong, exes may lie to receive more sup- January 24, 2013 NMCB ONE THIRTY THREE sturctions/MCO%20P5800.16A%20 adultery, abuse, abandonment, or Commanding Officer port. One day, the parties may be CH%201-5.pdf incarceration) may excuse the serv- Do Something Right! Cmdr. Nicolas D. Yamodis very agreeable, but the next day Like the Army, if there is no agree- ice member from paying spousal NCIS has two new anonymous Public Affairs Officer things can be very different. It is MC1(SW/AW) Steven Myers ment between the parties or a court support, child support can never be ways to report crimes or suspi- better to get an agreement in writ- order, the Marine’s commanding offi- excused. cious behavior with the use of NCTC GULFPORT ing (i.e. email) so that it doesn’t be- cer can order the Marine to provide If there is a court order directing discreet and secure online or Commanding Officer come one person’s word against Cmdr. Scott Anderson support. The order is punitive, and support payments, garnishment can texting tip lines. Public Affairs Officer another’s. Instead of giving the Marines who refuse to provide sup- take several weeks or even months. To report information by Cell Lt. J. Johnson soon-to-be-ex cash, it is best to give port are subject to punishment To prevent arrearages (i.e. a penalty text: The Seabee Courier is a weekly authorized on- him/her a check memo, an elec- under the UCMJ and/or adverse ad- for missed child support payments) line publication for members of the military 1. Text “NCIS” to the short code services and their families. Content does not tronic transfer, or an allotment ministrative action. contact the state child support necessarily reflect the official views of the U.S. 274637 (CRIMES) from any cell or (keeping bank statements handy) Coast Guard guidance: COAST agency to arrange payment to Government, the DoD or the U.S. Navy and smart phone. does not imply endorsement thereof. The ap- followed up by an email. This pro- GUARD-COMDTINST M1600.2 (pp. them. pearance of advertising in this newspaper, in- 2. Receive a response, for exam- tects the service member when their 2-27 to 2-34): These guidelines apply when theSeabee Courier cluding inserts or supplements, does not constitute endorsement by the U. S. Govern- ple: “Your alias is: S2U5 Call 911 senior enlisted/OIC/etc., asks about service member is on active duty ment, DoD, the Navy or NCBC Gulfport of the if urgent! If replies put you at products and services advertised. All content your spouse’s/ex’s claims of non- 1000-1999/CIM_1600_2.pdf and there is no court order and no in this newspaper shall be made available for risk, text “STOP” purchase, use or patronage without regard to support; it also helps prevent the ex In the absence of a court order or agreement between the parties. The race, color, religion, gender, national origin, from getting back support (also 3. 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  3. 3. Buzz on Around the Street By CECN Lucinda Moise NCBC Public Affairs the “Who do you think will win the play offs and go to the Super Bowl?” Center Hair Stylist Stephanie Budd (left) trims the hair of Hospital Corpsman 3rd Class Pamela Adjibodou, currently processing through Navy Mobilization Processing Site (NMPS) Gulfport in preparation for an Individual Augmentation tour, while Barber Jenny Trochesset cuts the hair of Staff Sgt. Marvin Perez, as- signed to 4th Assault Amphibious Battalion (AAB), at the Navy “The Falcons are going to Exchange Beauty/Barber Shop on board NCBC Gulfport, Jan 15. win . . . Atlanta all the Budd recently joined the NEX Beauty/Barber shop team as a way.” new hair stylist for the beauty shop. NEX Beauty/Barber Shop UTCN Amber Woodard hours are Mondays through Fridays 8 a.m. - 7 p.m., Saturdays NMCB 74 9 a.m. - 6 p.m., and Sundays 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. (U.S. Navy photo Hometown: Stone Mountain, by Construction Mechanic 3rd Class Katchen Tofil/Released) Ga. Construction Electrician 2nd Class David Freitas, assigned to Naval Mobile Construction Battalion (NMCB) 11, pumps gas for a patron of the Navy Exchange (NEX) Mini Mart on board NCBC Gulf- port, while Construction Electrician 2nd Class Jennifer Hall (left), assigned to NMCB 11, and Logistics Specialist 2nd Class Cynthia Hassell, assigned to NMCB 133, advertise for more customers. Vol-January 24, 2013 unteers will be at the NEX Mini Mart until 3 p.m. pumping gas and “The Patriots. I don’t washing windows for donations. All donations will go toward want them to win but I this year’s Gulf Coast Seabee Ball. (U.S. Navy photo by Chief Mass Com- think they will.” munication Specialist Ryan G. Wilber/Released) BUCN Don Garvais 20TH SRG Hometown: Woodstock, Ill. Angelique Honeycutt, a nursing student at William Carey University, presents an Effects of Sugar class at the Fleet and Family Support Cen-Seabee Courier ter (FFSC) on board NCBC Gulfport, Jan. 16. The class was designed to educate people on the effects of sugar on the body at the cellular level, as well as its effects on mental functioning, mood and the possibility of greater susceptibility to disease. Honeycutt said that in a time of New Year’s resolutions and new beginnings she hoped “I really wish the 49er’s were that education concerning the effects of elevated amounts of sugar in it, but since they’re not - in the body would help people keep their commitments to themselves I’ll go with the Falcons.” and make wise choices that become lifestyle changes. For more in- HM1 Tammy (SW/AW) formation on classes and services available through the NCBC FFSC Madison call 228-871-3000. (U.S. Navy photo by Chief Mass Communication Specialist NCBC Ryan G. Wilber/Released) Hometown: Fremont, Mo. 3
  4. 4. From OATH page 1 peace in our time requires the constant advance of those abroad, for no one has a principles that our common greater stake in a peaceful creed describes: tolerance Chaplain Lt. Cmdr. Marvin Whit- world than its most powerful and opportunity; human dig- ing, assigned to Naval Construc- nation.” nity and justice.” tion Battalion Center (NCBC), The United States will sup- Obama urged the nation to speaks during the Martin Luther port democracy around the put partisanship aside and King Day program held at the world, “because our interests come together to support their Seabee Memorial Chapel on and our conscience compel us universal ideals. “With com- board NCBC, Jan. 16. The pro- to act on behalf of those who mon effort and common pur- gram is held each year to cele- long for freedom,” Obama pose, with passion and brate the life and legacy of Dr. said. “And we must be a dedication, let us answer the King. (U.S. Navy photo by Construc- source of hope to the poor, the call of history, and carry into tion Electrician Constructionman Lu- sick, the marginalized, the vic- an uncertain future that pre- cinda L. Moise/Released) tims of prejudice – not out of cious light of freedom,” he mere charity, but because said. Diversity Committee program Follow NCBC on Facebook and Twitter honors Martin Luther King Jr. By CECN Lucinda L. Moise NCBC Public Affairs Wives of Faith Naval Construction Battalion Center (NCBC) Diversity Com- mittee presented a Martin Luther King Jr. Day program at Tour of Duty Seabee Memorial Chapel fol- lowed by a cake cutting cere- mony at the Colmer Dining LIVE in Gulfport facility on board NCBC, Jan. 16. The annual program and cere- Jan. 26 mony was a celebration of the life and legacy of King. Seabee Memorial Chapel Chaplain Lt. Cmdr. Marvin Whiting was guest speaker at A Morning the program, and music was performed by Janice Thibo- Retreat Capt. Rick Burgess, right, commanding officer Naval ConstructionJanuary 24, 2013 deaux. Battalion Center (NCBC)/commander 20th Seabee Readiness with King was the first African American leader of nonviolent Command (SRG) and members of the NCBC Diversity Committee military cut the ceremonial cake honoring Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. at the demonstrations, whom organ- Colmer Dining Facility following the program at the Seabee Me- wife & ized boycotts such as the 1955 author morial Chapel on board NCBC, Jan. 16. (U.S. Navy photo by Con- Montgomery Bus Boycott, which led to the abolishment of segre- struction Electrician Constructionman Lucinda L. Moise/Released) Sara Horn gation on buses. In the 11 year to continue educate others on Expeditionary Combat School period between 1957 and his his dream. (ECS) was among those in at- death in 1968, King traveled “We wanted to honor Martin tendance. Worship over six million miles and spoke Luther King, and also educate “I really liked the program. It led by more than 2,500 times. King people about him and enlighten motivated me into becoming Andrew was also named Time magazine them on how to do their part in more active in the community MackerSeabee Courier Man of the Year in 1963 and in continuing to make his dream a like Martin Luther King was and 1964 was awarded the Nobel reality,” said Chaplain Lt. Yoon making a difference,” said Ban- Peace Prize for his nonviolent Choi, assigned to NCBC. nerman. A donation of $10 includes lunch, or a resistance to racial prejudice in Those who attended the Martin Editor’s Note: Biographical ma- America. Luther King Day program terial for this article compiled from donation of $15 with childcare (children The Diversity Committee or- seemed to enjoy it. Equipment up to age 10.) ganizes the program each year Operator Constructionman Sha- rizes_peace/laureates/1964/king_ Contact Claire Jones at 228-214-3557 to not only honor King but davika Bannerman, assigned to bio.html Email: Energy conservation . . . a little less now, Register online at: a little more for the future! 4
  5. 5. SEAC Sgt. Maj. Battaglia visits NCBC By MCC (SCW/AW/SW) leaders and organizations on NCBC Training Hall, speaking Ryan G. Wilber applicable issues affecting the about Chairman JCS Gen. Mar- NCBC Public Affairs total enlisted force. tin Dempsey’s top priorities, During a special breakfast bridging the basics and Total Marine Corps Sgt. Maj. Bryan with Sailors, Soldiers, Airman Force Fitness. Battaglia, Senior Enlisted Advi- and Marines at the Colmer The Chairman’s top priorities sor (SEAC) to Chairman of the Dining Facility, Battaglia dis- are to achieve national objec- Joint Chiefs of Staff (JCS) and cussed decisions made in tives in the current conflicts, senior non-commissioned offi- Washington, D.C. based in develop Joint Force 2020, cer in the U.S. Armed Forces, part on his advice, and his renew the U.S. commitment to was a distinguished visitor on qualification as an enlisted the profession of arms and board NCBC Gulfport as part of member to do so. keeping faith with military his several visits to military “Some of those decisions up families. Battaglia described bases and facilities along the there directly impact you, and military families as the heart Gulf Coast, Jan. 16. I just want you to know that and soul of the armed forces, According to the JCS website, we have your best interest at and emphasized the use of the as SEAC Battaglia serves as heart. And, why? Because, I’ve Oath of Enlistment when mak- the principal military advisor to walked a mile in your boots, so ing a personal recommitment Marine Corps Sgt. Maj. Bryan Battaglia, Senior Enlisted Advisor the Chairman and the Secre- I think I come with the credi- to the military profession. to Chairman (SEAC) of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and senior non- tary of Defense on all matters bility that what’s in my best in- “What do I use to renew my commissioned officer in the U.S. Armed Forces, addresses Sailors, involving joint and combined terest is in your best interest commitment to the profession? Soldiers, Airman and Marines attached to NCBC Gulfport during total force integration, utiliza- and visa versa,” said Battaglia. I use the oath of enlistment. an all-hands call held at the Base Theater on Board NCBC Gulf- tion, health of the force and After breakfast, an office call I’m so passionate about the port, Jan. 16. Battaglia was a was a distinguished visitor on joint development for enlisted and base tour, Battaglia held oath of enlistment that I think board NCBC Gulfport Jan. 16 as part of his several visits to mili- personnel. The SEAC also an all-hands call to a standing- that every service member in tary bases and facilities along the Gulf Coast. (U.S. Navy photo by serves as a spokesperson to room only audience at the the entire military should know Chief Mass Communication Specialist Ryan G. Wilber/Released) the enlistment oath by heart, (pronounced TuFF), was to build mental TuFFness; you on demand,” said Battaglia. Battaglia’s last topic. TFF con- want to build physical TuFF- The Sgt. Maj. also spoke sists of eight categories: psy- ness, nutritional TuFFness. You about what he calls “bridging chological, behavioral, build up that resiliency in your the basics” to bridge the spiritual, social, physical, med- body and your mind, so that younger generation of service ical and dental, nutritional and when you do hit adversity ei- members’ talents with the environmental, and is ap- ther it’s avoidable, because older generation’s experience proached holistically, such that you’re sort of mentally tough to successfully operate in a each part is interconnected and strict in whatever that modern military, and described with the others. Battaglia en- challenge may be, or you’reJanuary 24, 2013 the often-used phrase “back to couraged each person to make able to move through that the basics” as an incomplete a TFF self-assessment and challenge or barricade more idea. identify the areas that require easily, because you’re resilient It’s an old basic [combined] attention. in that area.” with technology and innova- “We all hit adversity, all hit Before departing Battaglia Marine Corps Sgt. Maj. Bryan Battaglia, Senior Enlisted Advisor tion and bridging, and not just challenge and everybody answered impromptu ques- to Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and senior non-commis- using one or the other. That is processes it in different ways, tions from the audience, and sioned officer in the U.S. Armed Forces, addresses Sailors, Soldiers, the concept and thought be- said Battaglia. “You want to presented several deserving Airmen and Marines at the Colmer Dining Facility on board Naval hind bridging the basics,” build TuFFness in each one of military members with his per- Construction Battalion Center (NCBC) Jan. 16. (U.S. Navy photo by said Battaglia. those domains . . . You want sonal coin. Chief Mass Communication Specialist Ryan G. Wilber/Released) Total Force Fitness or TFF TOPS IN BLUE coming to MCB1/MCB9 Reunion Balfour Beatty CommunitiesSeabee Courier News . . . All Seabees are Mississippi Gulf Coast welcome to attend the Mardi Paws Parade TOPS IN BLUE, the Air Forces premier entertainment group, mcb1mcb9 yearly reunion BBC Mardi Paws Parade Bring will hold a one night performance Jan. 27 at 7 p.m. at the Mis- your K9 companion to the which is held in a different sissippi Coast Coliseum! The show is free to attend and open Dog Park located by Seabee to the public. No tickets necessary, free parking! Doors open state each year. This year’s Lake Jan. 26, 10 a.m. - noon at 6:15 p.m. This years cast includes Keeslers own: Senior reunion will be held Aug. 21 - for a Mardi Paws Parade! If Airman Emmanuel Maldonado Rosario from the 81st Dental 25 in Rhode Island. For more you dont have a K9 compan- Squadron. For more information on Tops in Blue, please call information, please contact ion, come out to view! The 228-377-2509 or visit the following websites: reunion president Peter Dowd Humane Society of South or Mississippi will be onsite with adoptable animals. 5 or 781-837-0393.
  6. 6. Final flights return deployed Seabees of NMCB 74 to families, friendsJanuary 24, 2013Seabee Courier Family and friends of Naval Mobile Construction Battalion (NMCB) 74 to Delayed Party, Flight 2, Jan. 20. NMCB 74 has been operating for- were had a busy weekend at the Training Hall on board Naval Con- ward deployed throughout the U.S. Pacific Command (PACOM) area of struction Battalion Center (NCBC), as they welcomed home more than operations, supporting Navy and Joint forces. (U.S. Navy photos by Con- 160 Seabees assigned to NMCB 74 Delayed Party, Flight 1 when they struction Electrician Constructionman Lucinda L. Moise, Chief Mass Communication returned from deployment, Jan. 18 and another 120 Seabees assigned Specialist Ryan G. Wilber and Felisa A. Wilber/Released) 6
  7. 7. NMCB 133 Task Force Anchor Left: Builder Constructionman Phillip Schwenk, right, and Builder 3rd Class Leatherneck. NMCB 133 is currently deployed to Afghanistan in support of Brian Gilliam of Naval Mobile Construction Battalion (NMCB) 133, Task engineering operations for coalition forces, the Afghan National Army and January 24, 2013 Force Anchor, install an interior door at a project site aboard Camp Leath- the local population. erneck. NMCB 133 is currently deployed to Afghanistan in support of en- Right: Builder 3rd Class Shane Hicks of Naval Mobile Construction Battal- gineering operations for coalition forces, the Afghan National Army and the ion (NMCB) 133, Task Force Anchor, installs interior sheeting at a project local population. site aboard Camp Leatherneck. NMCB 133 is currently deployed to Middle: Steelworker 3rd Class Nakia Williams of Naval Mobile Construction Afghanistan in support of engineering operations for coalition forces, the Battalion (NMCB) 133, Task Force Anchor, discusses blueprint instructions Afghan National Army and the local population. (U.S. Navy photos by Mass Com- with Builder Constructionman Anastasia Green at a project site aboard Camp munication Specialist 1st Class Steven Myers/Released) Looking for a way to serveUnderwater Join an ELITE force and travel as a your community? small, professional team. Execute Interested in aConstruction Seabee Courier specialized construction, diving and law enforcementTeam (UCT) ONE demolition skills with the latest and career? If so, consideris searching for greatest technology and equipment. volunteering your off duty time and become a Gulf-highly motivated port Police Reserve OfficerSeabees and CEC Contact UCT CCC/Diver recruiting team or a Reserve Community @ (757) 462-3988/4313 or Email YNC Service Technician. CallOfficers looking for a Aberle at; Lt. Phillip Kincaid atcareer and lifestyle SW1 Dohse at or 228-868-5900, ext. 6189 visit for or email him at pkin-change. more information. for additional information. 7
  8. 8. ‘The Meat & Potatoes Mississippi Gulf Coast 2013 Mardi Gras Parades of Life’ January 26 Ocean Springs – The Ocean Springs Elks Mardi Gras Parade Ocean Springs Carnival Associa- tion Night Parade begins at 7 p.m. on Front Beach and travels will begin at 1 p.m. on Front to Porter Avenue to Washington Beach and disbands at the Ocean to Government. By Lisa Smith Molinari Springs Upper Elementary. February 9 Military Spouse Contributer Biloxi – The Second Liners Mardi Pascagoula – The Jackson Gras Club Parade rolls at 1 p.m. County Carnival Association at Nichols Elementary School and Mardi Gras Parade begins at 1 ends at D.C. Bush Park on Esters p.m. and starts at PascagoulaWinter Wondering cident in the winter of 1977 only To add insult to injury, during Boulevard. January 27 Lizana – The 10th annual Lizana Mardi Gras Parade begins at 1 Street and Ingalls Avenue, then to Market Street and continues north to Jackson Avenue, then south back to Ingalls Avenue. p.m., with the route starting at Gulfport – The 43rd annual strengthened my positive associ- my lengthy hospital stay, the his- Lizana Elementary School, trav- Krewe of Gemini Mardi Gras Day ation with snow. toric 1977 blizzard blew into eling to Cable Bridge Road, then Parade will roll at 2 p.m. and I was in the fifth grade, and it town. Schools were cancelled for north to Moran Road before fin- start at 19th Street, travel to was the last night of our winter over two weeks, and I was stuck ishing back at Lizana Elementary. Highway 49, past Hancock Bank February 2 and through downtown Gulfport. break from school, and also my in a hospital bed watching Don Bay St. Louis - Krewe of Kids Pa- Diamondhead – The Krewe of Di- father’s poker night. While the Ho and eating Jell-O. rade, 11 a.m. amondhead Mardi Gras Parade is men played cards in our base- One might think that the experi- Gautier – The 24th annual Gau- scheduled for noon, beginning at ment rec room, my brother and I ence would have caused me to tier Men’s Club Mardi Gras Pa- the Diamondhead Community rade will roll at 7 p.m. at Center and winding its way to listened to radio reports of a bliz- associate snow with pain; how- Mississippi Gulf Coast Commu- the country club. zard, and hoped for school clo- ever, the pain of my broken leg nity College, traveling along U.S. February 10 sures. paled in comparison to the envy I 90 and looping to the college. D’Iberville – the 25th annual Fueled by bravado (and a few had for my peers who spent two Vancleave – The 23rd annual North Bay Association Mardi Gras Mystic Krewe of Pine Island Parade will roll at 1:30 p.m. on I love snowy white winters, but beers), my father and his buddies glorious weeks out of school, Mardi Gras Parade will roll along LeMoyne Avenue in St. Martinever since the Navy moved us to decided it would be a good idea sucking on icicles, throwing Johns Bayou Road in Vancleave and travel west to Central Av-Florida, the only flakes we see to take our 12-man wooden to- snowballs and drinking hot at 1:30 p.m. enue.are floating in milk-filled cereal boggan out for a run down the chocolate. Pascagoula – The 5th annual Pass Christian – The 83rd annual Krewe of Little Rascals Children’s Pass Christian Mardi Gras Paradebowls. So, I sit on my sunny hill behind our house. My brother So now, like Pavlov’s dog, when Mardi Gras Parade will roll at 1 will get under way at noon at thescreened porch in January, sur- and I couldn’t believe our luck, winter rolls around, I begin to p.m. in Pascagoula at the Down- corner of Davis Avenue and Sec-rounded by green grass, ocean and eagerly followed. drool. town Plaza. ond Street, proceeding to Scenicbreezes and palm trees, and I With my legs crisscrossed under Sometimes the Navy sends us Moss Point – The Moss Point Drive before turning west to Mardi Gras Parade, will roll Henderson Avenue. From there,dream of snow. the toboggan’s wooden curl, I sat somewhere that fulfills my nos- through the downtown area be- the route goes north to St. Louis, I know, I know, that’s nuts. in the front, four men and my talgic longings, like our last tour ginning at 1 p.m. east to Church Street, south toCrazy. Certifiable. But I can’t help brother behind me. Visibility was in snowy Stuttgart, Germany. Pass Christian – The 18th annual Second Street and east on Sec- Timber Ridge Women’s Mardi ond Street to Davis Avenue. January 24, 2013it. Something was imprinted in nil due to the blizzard and dark I must admit, there was a Gras Parade will roll at 2 p.m. in February 11my psyche many years ago, night, but there was a wide path downside. Bundled up like the the Timber Ridge subdivision in Biloxi – The 15th annual Biloxisomething that makes me associ- between the houses for our ride. Michelin Man, I would trudge Pass Christian. Children’s Mardi Gras Walkingate winter with snow, and snow With the weight of the men, we four flights down our military Gulfport – The 23rd annual Or- Parade will begin at 11 a.m. onwith pleasure. took off like a bullet, and I pulled stairwell housing to our minivan, ange Grove Carnival Association the Biloxi Town Green on Beach Mardi Gras Parade begins at 2 Boulevard. As a child growing up in Penn- the ties of my parka hood tight to hazy with salt residue and laden p.m. at the Harrison Central 9th Wiggins - Stone County Mardisylvania, my heart filled with an- keep the snow from hitting my with blackened hunks of snow grade school, north to Dedeaux Gras Parade will begin at 6 p.m.ticipation at the first snow. To us, face. behind each wheel. Despite Road, west to Highway 49 to on Park Ave and ends on Southsnow, especially in copious About halfway down the hill – spraying de-icing compound into Ashley Drive. 3rd Street. Long Beach – The 42nd annual February 12amounts, meant FUN. Snowballs, WHAM! The rest came in flashes: the locks, the doors would often Carnival Association of Long Bay St. Louis – The 6th annualsled riding, hot chocolate, and my father’s friend looking down be frozen solid, requiring me to Beach Mardi Gras Parade will roll Krewe of Diamonds Mardi Grasone of the most joyous occasions wearing one of my hats, some- climb in from the trunk. at 6 p.m. through downtown Parade will roll at 1 p.m. throughin a child’s life – SNOW DAYS! one saying “I think it’s broken,” But now, even with the memo- Long Beach. downtown Bay St. Louis. The Pass Christian – The 5th annual route travels down Main Street, I can recall falling off my flying riding in the back of a truck, ries of crusted, frozen, gritty car Krewe of Legacy Mardi Gras Pa- turns on to 2nd Street, then on Seabee Courierred plastic sled in a puff of white being carried on the toboggan doors still freshly juxtaposed rade is set for noon. The route to Union Street and continuing toon the hill behind our house, and into the hospital, three layers of against this balmy pastel Florida starts and ends at Neco’s Market Blaize Avenue in front of the his-laying a minute or two, to make pants being cut off, wanting my winter, I can’t help but long for Place at the intersection of Vi- toric Depot. dalia and Cable Bridge Road, Biloxi – The Gulf Coast Carnivalsure I was still in one piece and mom and dad. snow. Big fluffy, white hunks near I-10 exit 24. Association Mardi Gras Paradeto listen to the silence – how the I had broken my femur. Appar- dropping from tree branches. February 3 will roll at 1 p.m. through down-snow absorbs noise and brings a ently, our toboggan had drifted Delicate crystalline flakes drifting Waveland – The 46th annual town Biloxi.soft quietness to the air. Packed off course, running into a white slowly from the sky. Cold to the Krewe of Nereids Mardi Gras Pa- Biloxi – The Krewe of Neptune rade will roll at 1 p.m. at Mardi Gras Parade caps off theand padded in protective layers, I flagpole in our neighbor’s yard. I touch. Warm to my heart. Drinkwater and U.S. 90 in Bay carnival season when it rolls at 3felt swaddled like a baby, watch- spent the next two and a half St. Louis, rolls west, ending at p.m. through downtown my breath ascend over me months in a hospital bed, with a Get more wit and observations Auderder Street and U.S. 90 in Gulfport – The 43rd annualinto the air. It was pure joy. weight hanging off the end of my from Lisa at her blog, http://the- Waveland. Krewe of Gemini Mardi Gras February 8 Night Parade will begin at 5:30 Ironically, a serious sledding ac- foot. meatandpotatoesof- Ocean Springs - 5th Annual p.m. in downtown Gulfport. 8
  9. 9. Focus on Education William Carey reps visit NCBC Kerry Cameron, assistant director of stu- bers and non-traditional students, such dent marketing and admissions for as 10-week trimester courses with class William Carey University (WCU) dis- convening dates four times throughout cusses the Night, Saturday Nursing pro- the year and the Night, Saturday Nursing gram currently being offered through Program, as well as scholarships that the university with Utilitiesman Con- military members and their spouses may structionman Amber Woodard, assigned be eligible for through the university. to Naval Mobile Construction Battalion For more information on what WCU has (NMCB) 74, Bravo Company, at the Navy to offer, contact Cameron at 228-702- College Office on board NCBC Gulfport, 1815, or and Jan. 16. The Night, Saturday Nursing Pro- visit the university website at gram allows a student to attend class at For more information night during the week and complete their on the many education opportunities and clinicals on Saturdays. Representatives services offered through the Navy Col- from WCU were at the Navy College Of- lege Office call 228- 871-2785. (U.S. Navy fice to discuss programs being offered photo by Chief Mass Communication Spe- that can meet the needs of military mem- cialist Ryan G. Wilber/Re leased) Parents - Are you part of the Team? From Harrison County School District: Studies show that kids learn best when the school and parents work as a team. January 24, 2013 Answer yes or no to see if you and the school are acting as teammates: ___1. Have you met your child’s teacher? Do you plan to attend par- ent-teacher conferences. ___2. Does your family have a regular time and place for doing homework? ___3. Does your child enjoy learning activities outside of school, such as music, sports and reading? ___4. Do you support the school in its efforts to teach your child to be re- sponsible and respectful? ___5. Do you talk to your child about Seabee Courier the importance of education and of working hard in school? How did you do? Each yes answer means you’re building a strong part- nership with your child’s school, which will help your child excel. For each no answer, try that idea from the quiz. NCBC School Liaison Officer Kevin Byrd is located at MWR building 352, 1706 Bain- bridge Ave., 228-871-2117 or email 9
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