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  1. 1. 52 No. 24 Naval Construction Battalion Center, Gulfport, Mississippi November 1, 20121NCD visits NMCB 11 first to try out newNMCB 1 Technical Trainer facilityRear Adm. Mark A. Handley, com-mander First Naval Construction Di-vision (1NCD) and commander, NavalConstruction Forces (NCF) Command,addresses the Seabees of Naval Mo-bile Construction Battalion (NMCB) 1during a site visit to Camp Mitchell onboard Naval Station Rota. (U.S. Navyphoto by Mass Communication Specialist1st Class Aron Taylor/Released) For visit details, see page 4 PCU Arlington completes phase one certification Seabees assigned to Naval Mobile Construction Battalion (NMCB) 11, participate in a masonry course that utilizes the Technical Trainer on board Naval Construc- tion Battalion Center (NCBC), Gulfport. The new facility includes training stations for masonry, utilities, pre-engineered buildings, overhead power lines, reinforc- ing steel fabrication, interior finishes, concrete flatwork, concrete formwork, stair forms and carpentry. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Jonathan Carmichael / Released) Read about the Technical Trainer, page 7 Precommissioning Unit Arlington (LPD 24), the eighth of the Navy’s San Antonio class of ships, recently completed Naval Daylight Saving Time ends this weekend Surface Force Atlantic (SURFLANT) Crew Certification Phase Daylight Saving Time will come to an end One administrative evaluation. The ship is under construc- tion in the Huntington-Ingalls Industries’ shipyard, Nov. 4 at 2 a.m. Be sure to move clocks back Pascagoula, Miss. (U.S. Navy photo/Released) one hour Saturday night before going to bed Find out more about the Arlington’s certification, page 6 to reflect the time change.
  2. 2. Skipper’s Log "Nobody will ever deprive the American people of the right ot vote except the Amer- NCBC/20SRG Commanding Officer Capt. Rick Burgess Public Affairs Officer Saving energy important to national security ican people themselves and the only way they could do By Capt. Rick Burgess ergy Conservation Program this is by not voting." Rob Mims Editor (RECP) for base housing. Last ~ Franklin D. Roosevelt~ Bonnie L. McGerr CO NCBC/Cmdr/ 20th SRG Mass Communication Specialist week, we held an information MCC (SCW/SW/AW) As October and Energy Ac- meeting in conjunction with Ryan G. Wilber tion Month come to an end, I Balfour Beatty Communities for Special Contributors CM3 (SCW) Katchen Tofil hope some of the messages all base residents to learn CECN Lucinda Moise we have tried to convey have about the program and how it 22 NCR Commander stuck with you. Saving energy will affect them. Capt. Darius Banaji is not only important to your The RECP, kicked off in 2003 Public Affairs Officer Vacant pocketbook, but also your by the Army, provides incen- country, as we strive to be tives for residents to manage 25 NCR Commander more energy independent. their energy consumption. Installation Voting Assistance Capt. Darius Banaji Public Affairs Officer The Department of Defense The Navy began its implemen- Officer: Lt. Zach Guthrie, MCC (SW/AW) Scott Boyle takes energy conservation very tation last year, starting with 20th Seabee Readiness Group NMCB ONE seriously. Across DOD, there pilot programs in Hawaii and (R41) 228-871-3423 Capt. Rick Burgess Commanding Officer has been a continued push for South Carolina. Initial results or Cmdr. Chad M. Brooks improved energy efficiency, in- showed savings of over 8 mil- of “like type homes,” residents Public Affairs Officer Lt. Jonathon Charfauros creased use of hybrid vehicles, lion Kilowatt-hours and more will have to pay a bill. If it is 5 days to go! Mass Comm. Specialist MC1 (AW/NAC) Aron Taylor development of alternative than $1.5M in electricity costs. lower, they will get a refund. fuels and much more. There We are now poised to start our Balfour Beatty will work with Colmer Dining Facility NMCB ELEVEN Commanding Officer are always improvements and program here at NCBC Gulf- our residents to ensure they Menu Review Board Cmdr. Maria Aguayo changes which can be made to port. Implementation begins understand how the program Public Affairs Officer help conserve energy. Our in November with the estab- The Menu Review Board Lt.j.g. Brian Myers works before live billing be- Mass Comm. Specialist Public Works Department lishment of a consumption gins. If you have questions, will meet Nov. 13, at 9 MC1(AW) Jonathan Carmichael sponsored information displays baseline. Mock billing will contact the Housing Office! a.m. inside the Colmer NMCB SEVENTY FOUR outside the NEX this month begin in January 2013 (with Whether it involves minding Commanding Officer and we’ve been providing statements sent out in mid- the thermostat at work or at Dining Facility, building Cmdr. David McAlister training to our Building Energy Public Affairs Officer February) and live billing will home, paying attention to your 367. All departments are Lt.j.g. John Parizek Monitors that spearhead smart commence in April 2013. energy consumption is a sign Mass Comm. Specialist energy usage in each com- Residents will be able to view of the times. Rising energy asked to send a repre- MC2 Ryan Williams mand or department. their bill and understand how costs and international ten- sentative. Vendors will be NMCB ONE THIRTY THREE A recent initiative that affects much energy is being con- sions make it imperative that Commanding Officer us here at the Naval Construc- sumed in their homes. If the we take action to conserve en- at the meeting with new Cmdr. Nicolas D. Yamodis Public Affairs Officer tion Battalion Center is the usage is higher than the estab- ergy. Thank you for doing food items for sampling. MC1(SW/AW) Steven Myers October 25, 2012 newly introduced Resident En- lished base line for their group your part! NCTC Gulfport Commanding Officer See Something Wrong, Cmdr. Scott Anderson Public Affairs Officer Long Beach Middle Do Something Right! Lt. J. Johnson School Veteran’s Day NCIS has two new anonymous ways to The Seabee Courier is a weekly authorized on-line pub- lication for members of the military services and their Program . . . Active report crimes or suspicious behavior with families. Content does not necessarily reflect the official the use of discreet and secure online or views of the U.S. Government, the DoD or the U.S. Navy duty, Reserve and Re- texting tip lines. and does not imply endorsement thereof. The appear- tired military are invited To report information by Cell text: ance of advertising in this newspaper, including inserts 1. Text “NCIS” to the short code 274637 or supplements, does not constitute endorsement by to join the Gulf Coast (CRIMES) from any cell or smart phone. the U. S. Government, DoD, the Navy or NCBC Gulfport community for a Vet- 2. Receive a response, for example: “Your of the products and services advertised. All content in this newspaper shall be made available for purchase, use eran’s Day program at alias is: S2U5 Call 911 if urgent! If repliesSeabee Courier or patronage without regard to race, color, religion, gen- put you at risk, text “STOP” der, national origin, age, marital status, physical handi- Long Beach Middle 3. Begin dialogue 2ND ANNUAL LONG BEACH VETERANS DAY cap, political affiliation or any other non-merit factor of School, Nov. 9 at 9 a.m. To report information Online: the purchaser, user or patron. If a violation or rejection PARADE and CELEBRATION . . . Long Beach will hold a 1. Go to, click on the of this equal opportunity policy by an advertiser is con- in the school gym. The Veterans’ Day Parade and Celebration Nov. 11. The parade “Report a Crime” tab and select the icon for firmed, the publisher shall refuse to print advertising program will feature mu- “text and Web tip Hotline.” from that source until the violation is corrected. The begins at 1 p.m. at War Memorial Park on Church Avenue and Seabee Courier solicits news contributions from military sical entertainment and There is a reward of up to $1,000 for infor- and civilian sources, but the Public Affairs staff reserves continues to the Long Beach Town Green on Jeff Davis Av- mation leading to a felony arrest or ap- the right to edit and/or rewrite material selected for pub- a guest speaker. Long prehension. enue. After the parade, musical entertainment performed by lication to conform with journalism standards. The dead- Beach Middle School is line for material is close of business every Friday. Your the Long Beach Middle School will cap off the event. Spon- comments are always welcome. The Seabee Courier of- located at 204 North sored by the First United Methodist Church of Long Beach. fice is in Building 1, Room 205. The mailing address is Cleveland Avenue in 4902 Marvin Shields Blvd., Code 15, Gulfport, MS 39501. Contact Susan Taylor at 228-332-1083 for more information. 2 Phone: 228-871-3662., E-mail: Long Beach.
  3. 3. Buzz on the Street By CECN Lucinda Moise Around NCBC Public Affairs What do you think about the the capping procedures? Center “From what I’ve seen I think it’s highly misused; however, it’s good Builders 3rd Class Josh Chastain and Andrew Cooney, of Naval Mo- for people who had opportunities to bile Construction Battalion (NMCB) 11, practice laying block dur- advance off the exam, but rates are ing a class on board Naval Construction Battalion Center (NCBC), locked or there are few advance- ments in their rate.” Oct. 24. The class is part of a new battalion technical training pro- BU1(SCW) Tony Lent gram being offered and the builders are among the first to receive 20th SRG the training. The project they are working on will eventually be Hometown: Grant, Fla. used as a dog shelter. (U.S. Navy photo by Construction Mechanic 3rd Class Katchen Tofil/Released) Capt. Rick Burgess, commanding officer Naval Construction Bat- talion Center (NCBC), and Command Master Chief Duane Sharp, 20th Seabee Readiness Group (SRG) command master chief, presented Letters of Recognition to Morale Welfare and Recre- ation (MWR) employees Mark Garwick, B.J. Kane, Robert Moore,October 25, 2012 Geffrey Stumpf, Chris Jacobs and John Lane, Oct. 26. The six “I feel getting capped is an unfair ad- maintenance department employees were recognized for their vantage because the ones who make outstanding performance preparing for Hurricane Isaac. Their be- it off of the exams don’t get paid in- hind the scenes efforts included securing equipment and prepar- stantly, they have to wait until eligi- ble to test for the next rank. It’s ing base facilities to handle strong winds and potential water good for those who aren’t good test damage. (U.S. Navy photo courtesy of MWR/Released) takers or came close off the exam.” GM3 Sean Roberson 20th SRG Hometown: Los Angeles, Calif.Seabee Courier Students enrolled in Equipment Operator C1 Advanced pave the parking lot of the Embark building 323 on board Naval Con- struction Battalion Center (NCBC), Oct. 23. Seabees attend Ad- “Some people who get capped vanced level courses as they progress in rank and proficiency deserve [it], others are favored.” in their chosen career field. (U.S. Navy photo by Construction Elec- EOCN Kaci Woods trician Constructionman Lucinda L. Moise/Released) 20th SRG 3 Hometown: Coldwater, Mich.
  4. 4. Commander 1NCD Boatswain’s Mate 2nd Class visits ‘First and Christopher Stamps, NCBC Gulfport building 1 energy mon- itor, checks the advanced elec- trical meter outside building 1 Finest’ of NMCB 1 on board NCBC Gulfport, Oct. 30. The meter is part of an Ad- By MC1(NAC/AW) Aron B. sites located throughout the vanced Meter Infrastructure Taylor base and spent some time (AMI), a network that collects, NMCB 1 Public Affairs talking to the project crews. and wirelessly displays and The commander of 1st Naval The highlight of the visit transmits the real-time electri- Construction Division (1NCD), came after lunch when during cal and mechanical perform- visited with members of Naval an All Hands call the admiral ance of a building. (U.S. Navy Mobile Construction Battalion presented Command Master photo by Chief Mass Communication (NMCB) 1 during a site visit to Chief (SCW/FMF) Mark Z. Specialist Ryan G. Wilber/Released) Camp Mitchell aboard Naval Thomas with an Army Meritori- Station Rota. Rear Adm. Mark Handley ous Unit Commendation medal, the award was earned Advanced metering helps NCBC on NMCB 1’s last deployment toured the camp and met with some of the stellar Seabees in each company. to Afghanistan. “I just want to congratulate improve energy efficiency By MCC(SCW/SW/AW) ergy management, control and cess story for looking at a meter “It’s great for me to be here NMCB 1, it’s not everyday that you get an Army awarded Unit Ryan G. Wilber distribution systems, as well as and trying to find a problem and and it’s great to see all NMCB Commendation, you did ab- NCBC Public Affairs comply with the Energy Policy solving it,” said Baker. 1 has done so far since being Over the past five months Act of 2005 (EPAct 2005), which Boatswain’s Mate 2nd Class deployed here,” said Handley. I solutely phenomenal work in more than 370 electric, water directs that all Federal buildings Christopher Stamps, NCBC get a little nostalgic when I Afghanistan and I can’t tell and gas meters, creating an ad- be metered for the purposes of building 1 energy monitor, said come back here to Rota, into you how impressed I am,” said vanced metering infrastructure efficient energy use and reduc- he believes the new metering this camp; this was one of the Handley. (AMI), have been installed on tion in the cost of electricity system will help him do a better first places I deployed to when NMCB 1 is currently deployed board Naval Construction Battal- used in such buildings. Gene job as a base energy monitor I was Alfa Company six with to 6th Fleet Area of Responsi- ion Center (NCBC) Gulfport. The Baker, NCBC Gulfport Energy (BEM), as well as possibly help NMCB 3.” bility (AOR) through out Eu- base officially took possession Manager, said the new metering him win recognition as the BEM The visit continued through rope and Africa in support of and began monitoring the sys- system will do just that. with the most energy efficient the afternoon as Handley construction operations and tem Sept. 21. “We can use it [metering infra- building. toured the different project African Partnership Stations. An AMI includes the meters, a structure] as an energy tool to “They’ll allow me to see when data transmission network and help us reduce energy, as well we’re using the most energy, host or server, and according to as collect information on a build- and allow me to see if we are the Electric Power Research In- ing,” said Baker. using the same amount of en-October 25, 2012 stitute the systems enable Traditional meters provided cu- ergy at night as during the day, measurement of detailed, time- mulative usage information, which is obviously a problem, so based information, and frequent while the advanced meters pro- we would investigate that, find collection and transmittal of that vide real-time usage that can be out what the problem is and information. Simplified, it can be used to isolate and correct a stop it before it accumulates to thought of as a computer net- problem to save money and high,” said Stamps. work wirelessly providing real- conserve energy. Baker said that The AMI is one more tool that time electrical and mechanical the AMI has already proven suc- allows NCBC Gulfport to become performance of a building. cessful in its short time of oper- increasingly more energy effi- Coming online just before Na- ation by alerting him to a cient and meet its energy con- tional Energy Awareness Month, possible water waste, which he servation goals. Baker, however, the AMI helps NCBC to meet the was able to isolate to an ineffi- encourages each person on the Navy’s shore energy guiding cient icemaker, and get fixed base to do their part in conserv-Seabee Courier principle of developing and uti- using real-time information and ing energy, including shutting lizing integrated systems, which more energy efficient equip- off computer monitors and turn- link facilities maintenance and ment. ing off lights each afternoon be- Rear Adm. Mark A. Handley, commander First Naval Con- recapitalization systems with en- “That was a pretty good suc- fore leaving work. struction Division (1NCD) and commander, Naval Construction Forces (NCF) Command, speaks with members of Naval Mo- bile Construction Battalion (NMCB) 1 during a site visit to Gulfport Commissary November holiday schedule Camp Mitchell aboard Naval Station Rota. Handley presented NCBC Commissary will be open normal operating hours Nov. 11 (Veterans Day), NMCB 1 with an Army Meritorious Unit Commendation for and open Monday, Nov. 19 (Thanksgiving week), 9 a.m. - 6 p.m. and closed their achievements during their deployment to Afghanistan. Thursday and Friday, Nov. 22 - 23. Commissary operating hours are Sunday: 11 NMCB 1 is currently deployed to 6th Fleet in support of con- a.m. - 6 p.m., Monday: Closed, Tuesday: 9 a.m. - 7 p.m., Wednesday, 9 a.m. - struction operations through out Europe and Africa. (U.S. Navy 6 p.m., Thursday, 9 a.m. - 7 p.m., Friday, 9 a.m. - 6 p.m. and Saturday, 9 a.m. - photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Aron Taylor/Released) 6 p.m. Call 228-871-2039 for more information. 4
  5. 5. NCBC FREEZE FRAME FRAMES Lt. Cmdr. Cheryll M. Hawthorne Officer in Charge Navy Mobile Personnel Site Gulfport By CM3(SCW) Katchen Tofil NCBC Public Affairs FF: What single experience during your career stands out the most and why? Lt. Cmdr. Hawthorne: Identify at least two to three mentors and meet with Lt. Cmdr. Hawthorne: Serving as XO Acting at NCBC Gulfport was the great- them regularly that will assist you in your Navy career at different levels. Iden- est leadership experience. Being trusted by Capt. Burgess and Capt. Wiles tify and write down short term and long term goals that you evaluate and up- to coordinate an important project at Pascagoula Lakeside and the CBC con- date regularly. Take full responsibility for your career. tributions to the USS Mississippi Commissioning Ceremony was an awesome motivator to increase my leadership skills. FF: What is your favorite thing about working with the Seabees? Lt. Cmdr. Hawthorne: I enjoy the outstanding work ethic; combined with the FF: What has been your biggest motivation throughout your career? hard play and good fun. Engineer’s rock! Lt. Cmdr. Hawthorne: My biggest motivation throughout my career is wear- ing the Navy Uniform with the officer rank that demonstrates the professional FF: Who was your most influential mentor during your career, and why? and educational development that I have achieved. I am motivated by the Lt. Cmdr. Hawthorne: Capt. Burgess and Capt. Wiles have been my most in- leadership opportunity and challenge that comes with the professional mili- fluential mentors to date. They have challenged me to develop my Chief’s tary growth. Mess; to develop a strong working relationship base wide; and to focus on my personal communication skills at a much higher level considering the FF: What advice would you give to future Sailors? gray area as much as the black and white.October 25, 2012 Some of the technical skills NCBC reduces motorcycle accidents taught during the training include: how to lean, turn, brake, acceler- with classroom and practical training ate and take evasive actions when needed. Morgan said motorcycle safety By CM3 Katchen Tofil course student assigned to NCBC duty, on base or off. It is a 16- courses are important in order to NCBC Public Affairs Safety Department, said one thing hour, two-day course. Within 60 become better riders and have a Motorcycle safety is an important he learned during training was days of taking the BRC, either the long adventurous motorcycle-rid- issue throughout the Navy. In- about road awareness, not to put BRC Level II or the Military Sport ing career. Nelson added that the structors at Naval Construction all your focus on vehicles, but to Bike Rider Course (MSRC) is re- courses help people gain knowl- Battalion Center (NCBC) Gulfport also look out for potential haz- quired depending on the type of edge of how to enjoy riding a mo- are offering classes help riders ards, such as debris and pot holes motorcycle being operated, torcycle while operating it safely. Ricky Morgan, right, Naval Con-Seabee Courier learn to operate safely and profi- in the road, and what action to cruiser or sport bike. Completion For more information on sched- ciently, as well as reduce the like- take when faced with one of these of the BRC is one of the require- struction Battalion Center (NCBC) uling a motorcycle safety course, Safety lead motorcycle rider lihood of accidents. hazards, the appropriate speed ments to obtain base stickers. including the new Advanced Rid- According to Rickey Morgan, and position when entering and According to Morgan, teaching coach, instructs students at- ers Course (ARC), or learning tending a Sports Bike Riders lead rider coach for NCBC, motor- exiting a curve and not to be in- the class is important to him so more about licensing and personal fluenced by peer pressure to do the riders can learn the basic fun- Course on board NCBC, Oct. 19. cycle safety is the largest safety protective equipment require- anything uncomfortable or foolish. damentals of riding and build their The course teaches students skils program that the Navy has to ments contact the NCBC Safety needed for operating safely, stop- offer, and he hopes to instill in his “You have to learn and know skills and self-confidence. Office at 228-871-3801, or log on ping quickly when needed, and graduates the confidence and and your riding limits,” said Nel- “I feel good when I can take to the Enterprise Safety Applica- to ride defensively in an envi- knowledge to ride a bike comfort- son. someone who has never ridden, tions Management System ronment where they may not be ably. The Basic Rider Course (BRC) is and they pass and have the confi- (ESAMS) at easily visible. (U.S. Navy photo by Master at Arms 1st Class Terry the minimum required training for dence to buy a bike and ride,” Construction Mechanic 3rd Class 5 Nelson, a motorcycle safety operating a motorcycle on or off said Morgan. _gen_2/loginesams.aspx. Katchen Tofil/Released)
  6. 6. PCU Arlington completes first Crew Certification By MC1 Eric Brown USS Constitution Public Affairs PASCAGOULA, Miss. – Precommissioning Unit Arlington (LPD 24) com- pleted the two-day Naval Surface Force Atlantic (SURFLANT) Crew Cer- tification Phase One administrative evaluation Oct. 22, while the ship is under construction in the Huntington-Ingalls Industries’ shipyard. The inspection, performed by nine members of the amphibious trans- port dock ship’s type commander from Norfolk, Va., reviewed the com- mand’s administration, policies, training and warfare areas to ensure the crew can safely operate their ship at sea following delivery. “Arlington did an outstanding job,” said Lt. Tim Henderson, the SUR- FLANT team’s amphibious readiness officer. “It was evident that the ship’s leadership and crew were very engaged.” Naval Construction Training Center (NCTC) students walk in the 16th annual Gulf Coast Arlington has been preparing for this phase of crew certification since Heart Walk in Gulfport, Sept. 29. NCTC students donated $760 towards the research and “day one” – almost two years – said Prospective Commanding Officer prevention of heart disease in the weeks before the Heart Walk. (U.S. Navy photo/Released) Cmdr. Darren Nelson. “Overall, our programs are in really good shape,” he said. “I’m very “Heartbeat of the ‘Bees” proud of my command’s senior leadership, as well as all the first and second class petty officers, who stepped up and made this a success on the deckplates.” exceed expectations for The second and final phase of crew certification, scheduled to take place during the last week of February, will include material inspections of the ship. Gulf Coast Heart Walk “We cannot perform a material inspection of the ship yet, because most of our equipment is still in warehouses, and the Navy doesn’t own the ship,” Nelson explained. The Navy is scheduled to take deliv- By BU2(SCW) Whitney Taylor members of the 366th TRS Air barriers for volunteer safety. ery of Arlington on Dec. 7. Arlington’s next milestone will be accept- NCTC Echo Company Force ‘AIT” school. After completing set up du- ance trials, Oct. 28 through Nov. 2. Thousands of people ignored In the weeks leading up to ties, the NCTC students also “Huntington-Ingalls Industries will be showing the ship to the Navy’s the damp, drizzly weather to the Heart Walk, the NCTC stu- participated in the 5K HeartOctober 25, 2012 Board of Inspection and Survey, and if everything looks good, they will participate in the 16th Annual dents were able to collect $760 Walk, with Builder Construction- make a recommendation to the secretary of the Navy and the Chief of Gulf Coast Heart Walk, Sept. 29. towards the research and pre- man Christine Fletcher, Student Naval Operations to accept the ship for delivery,” Nelson explained. The walk is sponsored by the vention of these diseases by Company Commander, running “Once the secretary of the Navy has given the green light, the Supervi- American Heart Association hosting a command coordinated with the Seabee Flag. The stu- sor of Shipbuilding will accept the ship on behalf of the Navy, and they (AMA) - the largest voluntary PT (Physical Training) buyout dents had the choice to run or will sign the ship over to the crew of Arlington.” health organization dedicated to which allowed students to miss walk the event, with most of the Arlington is named for Arlington County, Va., home of the Pentagon, in the prevention, treatment and one day of PT for their contribu- students displaying Seabee honor of the 184 victims and heroes who lost their lives during the ter- defeat of heart disease, stroke tions. pride while running in ranks and rorist attack there on 9-11. and other cardio vascular dis- In addition, more than 100 singing cadences. Arlington is the eighth in Navy’s San Antonio class of ships, designed eases which claim more than staff and students helped with Once the walk concluded, the to be the most survivable amphibious vessels ever put to sea. The third 813,804 American lives each the set up and break down of NCTC volunteers helped break in the U.S. fleet to bear the name, Arlington will be commissioned in year. the event. The students arrived down the event before returning early 2013 and homeported in Norfolk, Va. The ship combines 21st This year’s event was con- at 6 a.m. to set up an amazing to the Seabee Center. Each century amphibious shipbuilding and warfighting technologies to sup-Seabee Courier ducted with the help and sup- event. Some of their tasking in- class was awarded a Community port current and future Marine Corps aircraft and landing craft, and will port of Seabees from Naval cluded setting up sponsor Service class pennant for their be capable of taking nearly 1,200 Sailors and Marines into harm’s way. Construction Battalion Center booths, placing the balloons for hard work and dedicated contri- (NCBC), Naval Construction the memorable heart arch and bution toward the fight against Training Center (NCTC) and assisting in the placement of heart disease. Precommissioning Unit Arlington 6th Annual Children of Fallen Soldiers Poker Run - The 6th Annual (LPD 24), the eighth of the Navy’s San Antonio class of ships, is Children of Fallen Soldiers Poker Run will take place Nov. 3 at 11 a.m., and start under construction in the Hunt- and end at the AFMC MS Clubhouse, 11007 Wolf River Road, Gulfport, Miss. ington-Ingalls Industries’ ship- yard, Pascagoula, Miss. (U.S. Navy Registration begins at 10 a.m. For more information, call 228-342-0205. photo/Released) 6
  7. 7. Seabees refresh valuable skills, enhance career potential ful in his or her rate. However, it isBy MC1 Jonathan CarmichaelNMCB 11 Public Affairs common for four or more years toSeabees assigned to Naval Mobile pass before a Seabee encounters aConstruction Battalion (NMCB) 11 situation that requires use of somebecame the first to utilize the Tech- of the skills he or she learned in A-nical Trainer on Naval Construction school. This can result in less thanBattalion Center (NCBC), Gulfport efficient on the job performance forthis week. a project crew who must take time Eleven students from NMCB 11 to retrain individuals who may havecompleted the four day Tech Trainer been out of practice for years on aMasonry course, Oct. 26. Comple- particular skill or resort to employingtion of the course resulted in these an otherwise capable Seabee withSeabees obtaining the skill of Ma- tasks such as fetching tools andsonry Unit Construction-II. doing other non-skilled labor. What makes this unique in relation Builder Constructionman Shaun Al-to other classes that Seabees partic- bright, originally from Bethalto, Ill.,ipate in is the hands-on experience has been in the Navy for threethe students gain by using the Tech- years. As a student in the class, Al-nical Trainer. The only way that bright said that he was rusty at firstgaining experience like this would after not having practiced masonryhave been possible in the past since A-school. He marveled thatwould be through on-the-job train- having four days devoted to improv-ing on a project with a hard dead- ing and practicing his masonry skillsline and little to no time for honing has brought it all back and madeone’s skills. him more proficient. Seabees have a diverse set of “It takes a little bit of technique,”skills, but one doesn’t always get said Albright, “but once you get a Above: Builder 3rd Classthe opportunity to practice all of good row going it’s just a matter of Susan Boos, left, a Gardenthose skills as his or her career pro- lining it up and leveling it off.” City, Kan., native, Builder 3rdgresses. According to course in- Builder 3rd Class Asia Gilchrist is a Class Asia Gilchrist, middle,structor, Builder 1st Class Sidney student in the class. “The work is from McCormick, S.C., andLyons, this is where the Technical hard, but fun,” said Gilchrist who Builder ConstructionmanTrainer comes in. also believes that her experience in Shaun Albright, from “It’s like a refresher,” said Lyons. the class will help her career as a Bethalto, Ill., all assigned to“We get them back up to speed to Navy Seabee. Gilchrist is originally Naval Mobile Constructionbe proficient at their job when they from McCormick, S.C. Battalion (NMCB) 11, partic-finally get there.” In addition to Masonry, the Techni- ipate in a masonry course Originally from Valdosta, Ga., cal Trainer facility currently includes that utilizes the Technical October 25, 2012Lyons knows firsthand how a train- training stations for utilities, pre-en- Trainer on board Naval Con-ing tool like this can be beneficial. gineered buildings, overhead power struction Battalion CenterHe had a 10 year stretch, during his lines, reinforcing steel fabrication, (NCBC.) (U.S. Navy photo bynow 17 ½ year Navy career, in interior finishes, concrete flatwork, Mass Communication Specialistwhich he did not have the opportu- concrete formwork, stair forms, 1st Class Jonathan Carmichael /nity to work on any projects requir- steel fabrication, and carpentry. Released)ing him to lay block. When Lyons According to Chief Builder Anthonywas assigned as the subject matter Boldrey, the concept of the Techexpert to a project that entailed a Trainer was born roughly five yearslot of masonry he knew he was not ago, and construction on it has beenready. ongoing for the past two to three To ensure that he wouldn’t fail at years. Because NCBC, Gulfport is Left: Builder Construction-the task of leading a crew of junior home to multiple Seabee battalions, man Shaun Albright, from Seabee CourierSeabees on the project, Lyons those who are not deployed have Bethalto, Ill., assigned tobought some bricks and mortar and built the Technical Trainer. Naval Mobile Constructionpracticed at home after working “It is in its infant stage,” said Bol- Battalion (NMCB) 11, pre-hours in the days leading up to the drey, who emphasized that the pares mortar during a ma-project. Through his self training Technical Trainer will continually sonry course that utilizes theand practice, he was able to over- evolve to meet the needs of the Technical Trainer recentlycome the potential embarrassment Seabees. Boldrey is the Technical completed on board Navaland poor performance that years of Trainer Chief in NMCB 11’s training Construction Battalion Cen-not utilizing that skill would have in- department. ter (NCBC.) (U.S. Navy photoevitably resulted in. NMCB-11 is homeported in Gulf- by Mass Communication Special- A-schools, the primary means of port, and recently completed a suc- ist 1st Class Jonathan Carmichaelrate training in the Navy, teach skills cessful seven month deployment to Afghanistan. / Released)that a Seabee needs to be success- 7
  8. 8. Change of leadership forNAVFAC, Civil Engineers CorpsFrom Naval Facilities serve Officer Training Corps part of this community."Engineering Command program at Cornell University Gregory comes to NAVFACPublic Affairs after earning a Bachelor of Sci- Headquarters from NAVFAC The leadership of Naval Facil- ence degree in electrical engi- Pacific, where she has servedities Engineering Command neering. He received a Master as commander and Pacific(NAVFAC) was transferred dur- of Science degree in Construc- Fleet civil engineer from Julying a change of command and tion Management from Stan- 2010. She is a 1982 graduateretirement ceremony aboard ford University in June 1981, of the U.S. Naval Academy,the Washington Navy Yard and completed the Executive and holds graduate degreesOct. 26. Training Program at Dart- from the University of South- Rear Adm. Kate L. Gregory mouths Tuck School of Busi- ern California and Georgerelieved Rear Adm. Christopher ness in August 2003. Washington University. SheJ. Mossey and became the Mossey assumed command also completed the Senior Ex-43rd commander of NAVFAC of NAVFAC in May 2010. Other ecutive Program at the Londonand Navy Chief of Civil Engi- assignments included: com- School of Business. Race Engines, Dirt Bikes, ATV’s,neers. Before the ceremony, mander of both NAVFAC Pacific Gregorys other assignments Cigarette Boats, ZodiacsGregory was promoted to rear and NAVFAC Atlantic; vice included: commanding officer commander of Navy Installa- of Naval Mobile Construction Are you up to the challenge of hard work and repairing uniqueadmiral (upper half) by Chief tions Command; director of Battalion 133; commander of SOF equipment?of Naval Operations Adm.Jonathan W. Greenert. the Shore Readiness Division the 30th Naval Construction Naval Special Warfare Development Group is seeking active (N46) on the CNO staff; and Regiment; and chief of staff duty Construction Mechanics and all other Seabee rates. NAVFAC is the Navy SystemsCommand that builds and chief of staff at NAVFAC Head- for the First Naval Construction - Motivated/Volunteermaintains sustainable facilities, quarters. Mossey is a regis- Division. Her facilities and - Pass Navy PFAdelivers utilities and services, tered professional engineer, a project management assign- - E4 - E6enables energy security and member of the Defense Acqui- ments include: Yokosuka, - No NJP sition Corps, and is designated Japan; Naples, Italy; Adak, - No bankruptcyenvironmental stewardship, as a Seabee combat warfare Alaska; and Pearl Harbor, - Obtain Secret/TOP Secret clearanceand provides humanitarian as- officer. Hawaii. Email us at ! or contactsistance, contingency engi- In his remarks, Mossey re- Gregory emphasized respon- your detailer to request additional information.neering response, andexpeditionary combat force ca- flected on his extensive career sibility and making a differencepabilities. Established in 1842 as a Civil Engineer Corps offi- during her remarks. "To theas the Bureau of Yards and cer and as a Seabee. "Id like NAVFAC, CEC, and Naval Con-Docks, NAVFAC enables Navy to start by thanking by NAV- struction Force communities: I Fraud, Waste and Abuse Hotline: Due to October 25, 2012and Marine Corps readiness FAC shipmates . . . Profession- am honored to serve with you, limited IG resources throughout the Southeast Region, all Fraud,through 15 commands in the als who toil out of the limelight and to have this opportunity to Waste and Abuse hotline work will now be handled by the Region.United States, Europe, South- - but no ship sails, no Sailor is lead - especially at this time. To report Fraud, Waste and Abuse, contact the Region at: Tollwest Asia and the Far East. trained, and no family is taken Yes, there are challenges Free 1-877-657-9851 Comm: 904-542-4979 DSN 942-4979 In his remarks Greenert care of without your contribu- ahead, but how lucky we are FAX: 904- 542-5587, E-mail: Mossey for his service tions. to be here now and to the Navy and the nation. "When Im asked someday "Few people have the chanceGreenert presented Mossey what I did in the Navy, my an- to make a difference in thewith the Distinguished Service swer will be simple. I was a lives of people: the warfighters Underwater Construction Team (UCT) ONEMedal for exceptional meritori- Navy Seabee. Every single day, and their families we support; our Seabees make important the workforce and Seabees is searching for highly motivated Seabees and CECous service to the UnitedStates while serving as NAV- contributions to the Navy in whom we lead; the Navy and Officers looking for a career and lifestyle changeFAC commander. The citation support of the CNOs three DoD community with whomreads in part: "During his time tenants: warfighting first, op- we engage; and the nation, to Join an ELITE force and travel as a Seabee Courieras commander, Mossey flaw- erate forward, and be ready. whom were accountable. The small, professional team. Executelessly led a worldwide NAVFAC Over 1,800 Seabees, active shore infrastructure supportsteam in delivering more than and reserve, are forward de- the readiness of our fleet and specialized construction, diving and$25 billion of facilities plan- ployed at this moment, operat- warfighters, and touches the demolition skills with the latest andning, design and construction, ing in 26 countries. No matter lives of hundreds of thousands greatest technology and equipment.environment and energy man- the task, from building a for- of people every day. We areagement, and expeditionary ward outpost for the Marines part of a great legacy and Contact UCT CCC/Diver recruiting team @ (757) 462-support for supported com- in Afghanistan to shifting charged with great responsibil- 3988/4313 or Email YNC Aberle at christo-manders across the globe." through debris in Haiti for sur- ities. I am excited to be part of Mossey retires after serving vivors, Seabees work with just this effort. Lets get started!"; SW1 Dohse at31 years in the Navy. In 1981 an incredible sense of esprit de Visit Facebook for more on or visithe was commissioned an en- corps and pride. What an in- Navfac and the U.S. Navy Civil credible privilege to have been Engineer Corps. for more information.sign through the Naval Re- 8
  9. 9. Fright Night at The Lake s Oct. 26 Spook u n, Game y GooFood, F hosted by MWR d Tim e Fright Night Costume Contest Winners Ages 0-3: 1st Place Joey Semler, Sushi Costume; 2nd Place Gabriel Wal- lace, Sock Monkey; 3rd Place Ethan Maginity, Cookie Monster Ages 4-6: 1st Place Samantha Sanchez, Cruella DeVille from “101 Dalma- tions”; 2nd Place Elijah Puls, Lego Costume; 3rd Place Cheyane Crow, Merida from “Brave” October 25, 2012 Ages 7-9: 1st Place Isaac Sanchez, Edward Scissorhands; 2nd Place Austin Rife, Scary Pumpkin Head; 3rd Place Chance Ramsey, Scream Scary Pumpkin Ages 10-12: 1st Place Zaine Lupino, Evil Jester; 2nd Place Zachary Puls, Lego Man; 3rd Place Ragan Dunton, Candy Corn Witch Seabee Courier Photos courtesy of MWR, Rob Mims and Construction Mechanic 3rd Class Katchen Tofil 9
  10. 10. Fitness 1, Memphis Grizzlies, Dec. 7 Sports: Ready for a little and Indiana Pacers, Dec. 22.healthy competition? Sign up Call ITT for pricing and info!for intramural basketball from Saints vs. 49ers tickets go onnow until Nov. 5. The league sale Nov. 13 at 9 a.m. for justwill run Nov. 27 to Feb. 5. $52.25/ticket! Please noteGame days are Tuesdays and that this is a Tuesday . . . ITTThursdays. Register at the will not be open Nov. 12 dueFitness Center front desk. to Veteran’s Day. The first The November Group Fit- week of sales will be open toness Class Schedule is now Active Duty only. During theavailable at the Fitness Cen- second week of sales tickets per ticket is the way to go. more tokens needed. Stop by Tuesday - Thursday,ter. November is packed with will be available for purchase New tickets are valid through and take a swing! Rent 2 - 9 p.m.strength/cardio, yoga, to all eligible MWR patrons Sept. 30, 2013 and they are bats and helmets at nozumba, cycling and low im- (Active Duty, Reservists, De- only $153.25 each! Purchase charge from Outdoor Recre- Youth Activitiespact aerobics courses. The pendents, Retirees and DOD up to six for your Disney get- ation during business hours. Put on your safari clothesschedule includes a variety of employees) with proper ID. away. Eligible patrons only and get pumped up for aclass times to accommodate Limit two tickets per Military (active duty, reservist, retired Food & Beverage gator Ranch Swamp Tour onyour needs. ID card. Parking passes are military.) Monday Night Football: Saturday; only $5. Trip is lim- $40 for inside the Superdome Grab a buddy and head to ited to 30 participants, soRecreation Parking Garage and are avail- Liberty Center: the “BeeHive” on Monday to sign up now and please bring Movie Theater: FREE every able on a first come first October 25, 2012 Is American muscle your catch all the action. a sack lunch.weekend. Grab some pop- serve basis. (No refunds or style? Take Liberty’s free The Grill: Open Monday - Want something fun to docorn and sit back and enjoy exchanges. Ticket prices are shuttle to see “Vettes by the Friday 6:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. mornings and evenings? Trythe movie! subject to change without Shore!” The shuttle departs Grab a tasty breakfast or the YAC Before and AfterFriday, “Dark Knight Rising,” warning. ITT is not responsi- the Liberty Center Saturday lunch. Call ahead for takeout school program; Monday-Fri-PG13, 6:30 p.m. ble for lost, stolen or laun- at 11 a.m. and avoid the wait. day, 6 - 7:30 a.m., and 2 -Saturday, “Ice Age Conti- dered tickets and will not Want to burn off some Anchors and Eagles: Open 5:30 p.m.nental Drift,” PG, noon; replace them. Due to gov- steam and win a FREE prize?“Saints and Soldiers: Airborne ernment agency discounts, For more information about MWR pro- pro- Sign up for a RacquetballCreed,” PG13, 2:30 p.m.; resale is prohibited and not grams and opportunities, contact: Tournament through the Lib-“Magic Mike,” R, 4:30 p.m. authorized.) Anchors & Eagles 228-871-4607 erty Center; Wednesday, 6 Auto HobbySunday, “Ice Age Continen- We have your Mississippi 228-871-2804 p.m. Beehive 228-871-4682 Seabee Couriertal Drift,” PG, 2 p.m.; “Dark Surge tickets in stock! Stop in Child Development Center 228-871-2323Knight Rising,” PG13, 4:30 to get your game vouchers Outdoor Recreation: Fall is Fitness Center 228-871-2668p.m. for only $11 each! Vouchers here. What a great time to Information, Tickets & 228-871-2231 are good for the entire 2012- get outside! Stop by and TravelInformation, Tickets and 2013 season but do not in- check out our wide variety of Liberty Center 228-871-4684Travel: clude playoff games. Seabee Heritage Center 228-871-3619 gear from tents to sports Purchase your tickets today! Navy Outdoor Recreation 228-871-2127 Your ITT Office now carries equipment. RV Park 228-871-5435select Hornets games!! Up- Disney Military Salute tick- November Specials: Cajun The Grill 228-871-2494coming games on Sale are ets are in! The promotion has cookers, tables, charis and Training Hall 228-871-4750New York Knicks, Nov. 20, been extended. The deeply grills - 25 percent off! Youth Activities Center 228-871-2251Oklahoma City Thunder, Dec. discounted 4 Day Park Hop- FREE Batting Cage: No Main Office 228-871-2538 10
  11. 11. asking for 10 volunteers during Octo- clean up and painting of old equip-NCBC Helping Hands ber to participate in the “Mental Toughness” portion of a recruitment ment. The school has saved for more than two years to purchase the equip-volunteer opportunities for Cafe Climb. Cafe Climb is directed towards career development for youth ages 18 - 26 years old. Volunteers are ment, but does not have enough money to pay for the installation. A playground coordinator will be on siteHABITAT FOR HUMANITY - Habitat or $5 as a registration fee. The “trot” needed to help screen candidates. If to help with installation and provide Please call Michelle Harrison at 228-for Humanity is in need of five to 10 will begin at 8:30 a.m. A Gobble Wob- you are interested, please contact Eliz- direction as to where the equipment 865-1956 for more information or tovolunteers with basic carpentry skills ble for bridge walkers will follow the abeth Elias at 228-223-3384 or eel- should be placed. Please contact volunteer.for two weekends of work on a hous- Turkey Trot. The food drive ends at Gabrielle Collier, 228-326-4475 or WOOLMARKET ELEMENTARYing project in Pass Christian. Volun- 10 a.m. For more information, call the ANNISTON ELEMENTARY FUN if you SCHOOL SEEKS MENTORS - Wool-teers are needed Nov. 2, 3. Contact ‘trot’ line at 228-219-2238. RUN - Anniston Elementary School are interested in volunteering. Bel-Aire market Elementary School on John LeeLeah at or 228- HONOR FLIGHT REUNION - The needs volunteers Nov. 7, 7:30 a.m. - Elementary is located at 10531 Klein Road in Biloxi is looking for mentors326-5643. Honor Flight is hosting a reunion at 2:30 p.m., to set up and take down Road in Orange Grove. for their male students as they pre-CIVITAN TURKEY TROT BRIDGE Joppa Temple Nov. 3 for participants the event and also to run with the stu- LONG BEACH ALTERNATIVE pare for middle school. Please contactRUN/FOOD DRIVE - The Civitan of all four Honor Flights and is re- dents during the the Fun Run. Please SCHOOL SEEKS MENTORS - Long Shirley Hardman at 228-392-5640 forClub will hold their 3rd annual Turkey questing assistance cooking for the call Megan Straub at 228-896-6309 to Beach Alternative School on Old Pass more information or to volunteer.Trot Bridge Run/Food Drive Nov. 3 at event and transporting a grill to the volunteer. Road in Long Beach is looking for COAST SALVATION ARMY NEEDSthe foot of the Oceans Springs Bridge event. Please contact MCC Ryan BEL-AIRE ELEMENTARY SCHOOL mentors for three high school girls and VOLUNTEERS - Volunteers are needon the pedestrian side. Registration is Wilber at if you PTA - Bel-Aire Elementary School PTA four high school boys. Mentor duties for various projects throughout thefrom 7:30 to 8:30 a.m. Runners (min- are interested in volunteering. is asking for 10 volunteers Nov. 10, to will include providing direction on as- year. Contact Shawna Tatge atimum age of 11), are asked to donate IRD/YOUTH BUILD - International help with the set up and installation of signments, increasing personal ac- Shawna_Tatge@uss.salvationarmy.orgat least five non-perishable food items Relief & Development/Youthbuild is new playground equipment and with countability and other life skills. 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 Seabee Pantry donations are always Wednesdays at 11 a.m. at the October 25, 2012 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 Seabee Ball Committee Gas & Glass The Seabee Ball Committee is holding a Gas Center Chaplains: & Glass Nov. 2, 7 a.m. - 3 p.m. at the NEX Seabee Courier Lt. Cmdr. Paul Smith, Protestant Chaplain Mini-Mart Gas Station. All donations from the Lt. Yoon Choi, Protestant Chaplain event will go toward raising money for next year’s For information concerning other faith groups, Seabee Ball. call the chapel office at 228-871-2454 United States Marine Corps 237th Marine Services: Corps Ball - Nov. 10, 6 p.m., Hollywood Casino, Gospel Service: 8 a.m. Bay St. Louis. Tickets - $50 each. Uniform Marines - Blue Dress “B” or Blue Dress “A”; Army Sunday Catholic Mass: 9:30 a.m. - Army Blue (Bow Tie); Navy - Dinner Dress Blue Weekday Mass: Tuesday, 11:15 a.m. Jacket or Dinner Dress Blue; Air Force - Mess Divine Worship: Sunday, 11 a.m. Dress; Civilians - Black Tie. See I&I First Sergeant, 1st Sgt. Coston, building 114 (NOSC) or call him at 228-871-3104. 11