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Seabee Courier Nov. 8, 2012


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Seabee Courier Nov. 8, 2012

  1. 1. 52 No. 25 Naval Construction Battalion Center, Gulfport, Mississippi November 8, 2012 Hurricane Sandy Relief Demolition of the last house in the former Ladd Circle housing area on board NCBC began Nov. 2. The former housing area is slated to be turned over to the base in December and is tentatively sched- uled to become a park. Ladd Circle was construc- tioned in 1974. (U.S. Navy photo by Rob Mims/Released) NMCB 133 Seabee is on the road to recovery SEASIDE HEIGHTS, N.J. - Constructionman Collyn Schagenhauff, from Omaha, Neb., assigned to Naval Mobile Construction Battalion (NMCB) 11, connects a steel cable, from a medium tactical vehicle replacement (MTVR), to a speedboat that was flipped on its side during Hurricane Sandy relief efforts in Seaside Heights. NMCB-11 is operating under the U.S. Northern Command Defense Support of Civil Authorities mission, working closely with civil authorities and the Federal Emer- gency Management Agency following the destruction caused by Hurricane Sandy. Seabees of NMCB 11, NMCB 5, Construction Battalion Maintenance Unit (CBMU) 202 and Underwater Construction Team (UCT) 1 are currently helping with Hur- ricane Sandy relief efforts in New York and New Jersey. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Martin Cuaron/Released) Read more about the Seabee’s hurricane response - page 5 Equipment Operator 3rd Class Sean Neilson, assigned to Naval Mobile Construction Battalion (NMCB) 133 is pre- sented the Purple Heart medal by Rear Adm. Mark Han- Happy 237th Birthday U.S. Marine Corps! dley, commander First Naval Construction Division Cake Cutting Ceremony, Nov. 9, 11:30 a.m. (1NCD)/commander, Naval Construction Forces (NCF) Oct. 30. Neilson is recovering at Portsmouth Naval Colmer Dining Facility - All are welcome! Medical Center from injuries received while deployed to Afghanistan. (U.S. Navy photo/Released)
  2. 2. Skipper’s Presidental proclamation NCBC/20SRG ‘Veterans Day, 2012’ Commanding Officer Capt. Rick Burgess Public Affairs Officer Rob Mims Editor Log BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA Bonnie L. McGerr Mass Communication Specialist MCC (SCW/SW/AW) Ryan G. Wilber Special Contributors Thank you for your service A PROCLAMATION “Our men and women in uniform have taught us about strength, duty, devotion, resolve -- cornerstones of a commitment to protect By Capt. Rick Burgess and defend that has kept our country safe for over 200 years. In war CM3 (SCW) Katchen Tofil CECN Lucinda Moise CO NCBC/Cmdr/ 20th SRG and in peace, their service has been selfless and their accomplish- Over the past few years, I’ve ments have been extraordinary,” President Barack Obama said in his 22 NCR Commander Capt. Darius Banaji noted an increasing number of proclamation issued today declaring Nov. 11 as Veterans Day. Public Affairs Officer The proclamation reads: Vacant instances in which strangers, “Whether they fought in Salerno or Samarra, Heartbreak Ridge or upon seeing me in public in Helmand, Khe Sanh or the Korengal, our veterans are part of an un- 25 NCR Commander uniform, approach me to thank Capt. Darius Banaji broken chain of men and women who have served our country with Public Affairs Officer me for my service. I’m always honor and distinction. On Veterans Day, we show them our deepest MCC (SW/AW) Scott Boyle pleasantly surprised that they thanks. Their sacrifices have helped secure more than two centuries NMCB ONE make the effort to say some- of American progress, and their legacy affirms that no matter what Commanding Officer thing and I typically respond confronts us or what trials we face, there is no challenge we cannot Cmdr. Chad M. Brooks Public Affairs Officer by thanking them for their overcome, and our best days are still ahead. Lt. Brian Gates support. If circumstances per- “This year, we marked the 200th anniversary of the War of 1812. Mass Comm. Specialist We began to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Vietnam War. MC1 (AW/NAC) Aron Taylor mit, I like to ask them if they Capt. Rick Burgess We welcomed our veterans back home from Iraq, and we continued served in the military them- to wind down operations in Afghanistan. These milestones remind us NMCB ELEVEN Commanding Officer selves and, if so, where and ules – it all adds up to a diffi- that, though much has changed since Americans first took up arms to Cmdr. Maria Aguayo when they served. In most cult undertaking. Fortunately, advance freedoms cause, the spirit that moved our forebears is the Public Affairs Officer Lt.j.g. Brian Myers cases, I learn that the person there are rewards that go be- same spirit that has defined each generation of our service members. Mass Comm. Specialist is indeed a veteran. Thus, their yond the pay and benefits: ca- Our men and women in uniform have taught us about strength, duty, MC1(AW) Jonathan Carmichael devotion, resolve -- cornerstones of a commitment to protect and de- gratitude is based on an un- maraderie, adventure, and a NMCB SEVENTY FOUR derstanding of what it means sense of shared purpose. I fend that has kept our country safe for over 200 years. In war and in Commanding Officer to wear “the cloth of the na- peace, their service has been selfless and their accomplishments Cmdr. David McAlister believe that we are blessed as have been extraordinary. Public Affairs Officer tion.” Sometimes I learn that a nation that we have so many Lt.j.g. John Parizek “Even after our veterans take off the uniform, they never stop serv- Mass Comm. Specialist they were a Vietnam vet, and individuals who, after consider- ing. Many apply the skills and experience they developed on the bat- MC2 Ryan Williams didn’t get any positive recogni- ing the risks and rewards, will- tlefield to a life of service here at home. They take on roles in their tion or gratitude for their serv- ingly step up to serve our communities as doctors and police officers, engineers and entrepre- NMCB ONE THIRTY THREE Commanding Officer ice. They know from hard country. While they join up for neurs, mothers and fathers. As a grateful Nation, it is our task to Cmdr. Nicolas D. Yamodis experience how much it means different reasons, once they make that transition possible -- to ensure our returning heroes can Public Affairs Officer November 8, 2012 MC1(SW/AW) Steven Myers to get a simple, heartfelt begin their service, they be- share in the opportunities they have given so much to defend. The “thank you.” It’s a positive come part of something bigger freedoms we cherish endure because of their service and sacrifice, NCTC Gulfport and our country must strive to honor our veterans by fulfilling our re- Commanding Officer trend that so many are willing than themselves – and that is what service is all about. sponsibilities to them and upholding the sacred trust we share with Cmdr. Scott Anderson to take the time to express Public Affairs Officer all who have served. Lt. J. Johnson just that. So, this Veteran’s Day, please “On days like this, we are called to reflect on immeasurable burdens The Seabee Courier is a weekly authorized on-line pub- There is no doubt that mili- take a moment to thank the that have been borne by so few. We pay tribute to our wounded, our lication for members of the military services and their tary service can be challenging veterans that you know. They missing, our fallen, and their families -- men and women who have families. Content does not necessarily reflect the official – not just for the military serv- may lower their eyes and just known the true costs of conflict and deserve our deepest respect, views of the U.S. Government, the DoD or the U.S. Navy say they were just doing their ice member, but for their fam- now and forever. We also remember that our commitments to those and does not imply endorsement thereof. The appear- ance of advertising in this newspaper, including inserts ily as well. The risks inherent job, but we all know it is so who have served are commitments we must honor not only on Veter- or supplements, does not constitute endorsement by in military operations, time much more. Have a great Vet- ans Day, but every day. As we do so, let us reaffirm our promise that the U. S. Government, DoD, the Navy or NCBC Gulfport away from home on deploy- eran’s Day and thank you for when our troops finish their tours of duty, they come home to an of the products and services advertised. All content in ments, rigorous training sched- YOUR service! America that gives them the benefits they have earned, the care they this newspaper shall be made available for purchase, use deserve, and the fullest opportunity to keep their families strong andSeabee Courier or patronage without regard to race, color, religion, gen- our country moving forward. der, national origin, age, marital status, physical handi- “With respect for and in recognition of the contributions our service cap, political affiliation or any other non-merit factor of Colmer Dining Facility Menu Review Board members have made to the cause of peace and freedom around the the purchaser, user or patron. If a violation or rejection world, the Congress has provided that November 11 of each year of this equal opportunity policy by an advertiser is con- The Menu Review Board will meet Nov. 13, at 9 a.m. shall be set aside as a legal public holiday to honor our Nations vet- firmed, the publisher shall refuse to print advertising erans. from that source until the violation is corrected. The Seabee Courier solicits news contributions from military inside the Colmer Dining Facility, building 367. All “NOW, THEREFORE, I, BARACK OBAMA, President of the United and civilian sources, but the Public Affairs staff reserves States of America, do hereby proclaim November 11, 2012, as Veter- the right to edit and/or rewrite material selected for pub- departments are asked to send a representative. ans Day. I encourage all Americans to recognize the valor and sacri- lication to conform with journalism standards. The dead- fice of our veterans through appropriate public ceremonies and private prayers. I call upon Federal, State, and local officials to dis- line for material is close of business every Friday. Your Vendors will be at the meeting with new food items comments are always welcome. The Seabee Courier of- play the flag of the United States and to participate in patriotic activi- fice is in Building 1, Room 205. The mailing address is ties in their communities. I call on all Americans, including civic and 4902 Marvin Shields Blvd., Code 15, Gulfport, MS 39501. for sampling. fraternal organizations, places of worship, schools, and communities 2 Phone: 228-871-3662., E-mail: to support this day with commemorative expressions and programs.”
  3. 3. Buzz on the Street By CECN Lucinda Moise Around NCBC Public Affairs Why did you join the the Navy? Center “To follow in the family footsteps. My grandfather NCBC Security Department personnel receive nonlethal weapons is a retired CMC and my training during a three day course taught by Master at Arms 1st dad is a retired CM1.” Class Jesse Houch and Jeff Watson on board NCBC, Nov. 2. train- CECN Kelly Barrow ing topics include force continuum, riot control formations and 20th SRG techniques, expandable baton techniques, crowd dynamics and Hometown: Cleveland, Tenn. crowd control and communication skills. (US Navy photos by Rob Mims/Released)November 8, 2012 Students attending the Naval Construction Training Center C1 Advanced Equipment Operator Course practice with the Caterpillar scraper on “To support my family.” board NCBC, Nov. 2. Advanced level courses such as this are given to CECN Achilles Ison Seabees at locations in Gulfport and Port Hueneme, Calif., as they pro- NMCB 11 gresses in rank and proficiency in their chosen specialty. (U.S. Navy photo Hometown: Sabina, Ohio. by Rob Mims/Released)Seabee Courier “I wanted to go to college Civilian and military personal attached to NCBC pass out candy to so I joined for money to the children enrolled in the Child Development Center (CDC) dur- pay for it.” ing the annual Halloween Character Parade on board NCBC, Oct. UTCN Bontrion Toliver 31. Trick or Treat hours on base will be tonight from 5 - 8 p.m. (U.S. NCBC Navy photo by MWR/Released) Hometown: Dallas, Texas 3
  4. 4. NAS JAX 2012 CNIC Installation Excellence Award nominee From Naval Air Station Jacksonville Public Affairs For the second consecutive year, Commander, Navy Region Southeast selected Naval Air Station (NAS) Jacksonville as the 2012 Installation Excellence Award nominee for the Commander, Naval Installation Com- mands (CNIC) Installation Excel- lence Award Oct. 31. The station was also the recipient of the CNIC Installation Excellence Award and the 2012 Presidential In- stallation Excellence Award. It will now go on to compete with 76 other installations for the CNIC Installation Excellence Award. "I am very pleased to announce that NAS Jacksonville and Naval Support Activity (NSA) Panama City have been selected as our nominees For more info ormation, contact MWR at 228-871 4010 i t W 8 1-4010. for large and small installations, re- spectively for the FY-12 CNIC Instal- lation Excellence Award," said Commander, Navy Region Southeast Rear Adm. John C. Scorby Jr. "Our cross-functional panel of ex- perts considered excellent packages from all of our installations. NAS Jacksonville and NSA Panama City NEX, MWR, USO team up to host submitted the best packages in their respective categories, demonstratingNovember 8, 2012 how they exceeded the criteria set Month of Military Family celebration forth by the Office of the Under Sec- retary of Defense to support the fleet, fighter and family." By CECN Lucinda L. Moise Month of the Military Family and Publicity Coordinator selected. NCBC Public Affairs celebration together. The three Maranda Johns, the purpose of “We choose to have it at the NAS Jacksonville sustained excel- organizations have arranged a the festival is to recognize Training Hall, because that’s lence in a wide range of operational In honor of November being and warfighter readiness support proclaimed “Month of the Mili- variety of events including, a military families for all they do. the perfect place to draw peo- Budweiser Clydesdale Parade, “We wanted to do something ple’s attention. We hope it will functions, better mission perform- tary Family,” the Navy Ex- ance and superb quality of life for change (NEX), Morale Welfare drawing for giveaways and a special for the Month of the catch the eye of every viewing of the family-friendly Military Family to show our ap- passerby and they will come military men and women and their and Recreation (MWR) and families. Community outreach pro- United Service Organization movie, “Ice Age - Continental preciation, because being a over and join in the fun.” Drift.” There will also be free part of a military family has its The NEX, MWR and USO are grams set it apart from 17 other (USO) are collaborating to cel- Southeast installations. The nomina- ebrate military families, with a food and beverages, bounce difficulties,” said Johns. all hoping for a great turn out.Seabee Courier houses, and special appear- NEX General Manager Julie All military and their families tion exemplified the total commit- special event at the Training ment to excellence by its military Hall on board Naval Construc- ances by the Mississippi Surge Herring said that a lot of are welcome. Mascot “Shock,” and McGruff thought and work went into For more information on the and civilian personnel and sets the tion Battalion Center, Nov. 15. air installation as one of the con- This is the first time the NEX, the Crime Dog. the organization if this event. celebration, contact MWR at According to MWR Marketing Even its location was carefully 228-871-4010. tenders for the CNIC award. MWR and USO will host the In a message to base personnel, NAS Jax Commanding Officer Capt. Gulfport Commissary November holiday schedule Bob Sanders said, "Congratulations. NCBC Commissary will be open normal operating hours Nov. 11 (Veterans Day), and open Monday, You have been named the best large Nov. 19 (Thanksgiving week), 9 a.m. - 6 p.m. and closed Thursday and Friday, Nov. 22 - 23. Commis- installation in the Southeast region. sary operating hours are Sunday: 11 a.m. - 6 p.m., Monday: Closed, Tuesday: 9 a.m. - 7 p.m., You truly are the best at what you Wednesday, 9 a.m. - 6 p.m., Thursday, 9 a.m. - 7 p.m., Friday, 9 a.m. - 6 p.m. and Saturday, 9 a.m. - 6 p.m. Call 228-871-2039 for more information. 4 See INSTALLATION page 12
  5. 5. Seabees step up in Hurricane Sandy Relief Efforts Seabees assigned to Naval Mobile Con- struction Battalion (NMCB) 5 Air Det load the plane before departing to assist with relief and recovery of the East Coast following the devastation caused by Hur- ricane Sandy. (U.S. Navy photo by Con- struction Electrician 2nd Class Patricia Wiegert) A Seabee assigned to Naval Mobile Construction Battalion (NMCB) 11 works to repair pier facilities in Hobobken, N.J. The U.S. Navy has positioned forces in the area to assist U.S. Northern Command (NORTHCOM) in support of FEMA and local civil authorities fol- Seabees assigned to Naval Mobile Con- lowing the destruction caused by Hurricane Sandy. (U.S. Marine struction Battalion (NMCB) 5 prepare a Corps photo by Cpl. Bryan Nygaard/Released) baggage pallet on Point Mugu, Calif., be- fore departing to assist with relief and NMCB 11 provides East recovery of the East Coast following the devastation caused by Hurricane Sandy. (U.S. Navy photo by Construction Electrician Coast disaster response 2nd Class Patricia Wiegert) By MC1(SCW) Jonathan Carmichael, NMCB 11 including backhoes, bulldozers, dump trucks, forklifts, the Seabees NMCB 5 heads for East Coast More than 60 Seabees from Naval with NMCB 11’s Air Detachment de- Mobile Construction Battalion (NMCB) 11, departed Gulfport Oct. 30 to conduct Defense Support of ployed to provide humanitarian as- sistance. It is not yet known how long the to help Sandy storm victims Air Detachment will be deployed. By CE3(SCW) Patricia scheduled departure. NMCB 5 are proud to be partNovember 8, 2012 Civil Authorities operations on the eastern coast due to the effects of This tasking comes just over one Wiegert According to Chief Electrician of the forthcoming evolution hurricane Sandy. month after NMCB 11 returned from NMCB 5 SANDY Rajon Martin, “The initial task and excited to get the mission After staging more than 80 pieces a 7-month deployment to With a Pacific Command is to assist with the un-water- started. “I feel like I need to of Civil Engineer Support Equipment Afghanistan. (PACOM) deployment around ing operations in the most crit- give back to my community. the corner, “The Professionals” ical areas. The Seabees will We spent a lot of time over- from Naval Mobile Construction provide the labor force to set seas and it is a great opportu- Battalion (NMCB) 5 in Port up, operate, and maintain all nity to help out this country,” Hueneme, Calif., were tasked equipment required for this said Utilitiesman 2nd Class to aid in the relief and the re- mission to include 30 pumps, Petty Officer Javier Rivera who covery efforts on the East 20 tactical generators, and a was born and raised in New Coast following the devasta- few light plants for night time Jersey. tion caused by Hurricane operations.” They are also on The troops are slated to stay Sandy. standby to provide additional for a one month long deploy- Battalion readiness proved to support to the Reserve Battal- ment to the East Coast. TheSeabee Courier be efficient as NMCB 5 pro- ions that are already deployed last time “The Professionals” vided 110 personnel to deploy to the area. were called upon for a hurri- to New York and New Jersey in The “CAN DO” spirit was evi- cane disaster relief effort was a prompt and yet smooth dent in every single Seabee back in 1989 support Hurri- manner. and their excitement was cane Hugo relief efforts. Up- The entire battalion was mo- highly visible on the flight line holding the values and bilized and worked around the before they departed. “It is traditions set forth in all Seabees assigned to Naval Mobile Construction Battalion clock for the last 52 hours in important to be there for oth- Seabee Battalions, it is an (NMCB) 11, clean-up debris during Hurricane Sandy relief ef- order to have all the equip- ers when they are in need,” honor and privilege for NMCB forts in Staten Island, N.Y. The Seabees are clearing streets ment, tools, and other neces- said Constructionman Equip- 5 to be part of this critical mis- ahead of a second forecasted storm expected to hit the area sary supplies ready for this ment Operator Marcus Santos. sion and to serve our fellow Nov. 7. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class recovery mission prior to the “The Professionals” from Americans in the time of need. 5 Martin Cuaron/Released)
  6. 6. Commissaries help patrons reduct impact of rising prices By Sallie Cauthers DeCA Marketing and Mass Commuication Specialist Commissary savings of 40 percent or more on fresh meat can help military shoppers counter the impact of rising fresh beef and pork prices. “Even though our commissary’s fresh meat products will rise in price based on market cost, commissary savings should remain the same – more than 40 percent on these products,” said Chris Burns, the Defense Commissary Agency’s director of sales. “Our beef is USDA-graded, offering a full spectrum of Angus, Choice and Select grades – the very best you can buy anywhere. Addi- tionally, we offer USDA Organic grass-fed and All Natural Pork and Beef.” In 2012, the United States experienced its worst drought since the 1950s, according to a report from the U.S. Department of Agriculture titled, “U.S. Drought 2012: Farm and Food Impacts” – farm-and-food-impacts.aspx. This drought resulted in a major reduction in feed corn avail- ability for cattle and pig farmers. In 2013, the immediate effects of higher feed prices and heat stress on grazing pastures is ex- pected to lead to less “fully matured” pigs and cows ready for auction, which, in turn, means less meat products to market and ROTA, Spain - Women from Naval Mobile Construction Battalion (NMCB) 1 participate in higher beef and pork prices. a team building exercise as part of the battalion’s Women’s Professional Network (WPN). The U.S. economy will see higher beef and pork prices not The program provides all female Seabees in NMCB 1 the chance to gain professional as only at commercial grocers but also at commercial restaurants. well as personal development in a comfortable environment. NMCB 1 is currently deployed According to DeCA’s meat category manager, Leslie “Les” Simp- to the Europe and Africa (AOR) in support of construction operations and African Part- son: “We should see an increase of about 26 cents a pound in nership Stations. (U.S. Navy photo by Ensign Jamie Wallace/Released) fresh beef prices and 8 cents a pound in pork, beginning in Jan- uary 2013. NMCB 1 promotes wellness “In addition to our across-the-board savings year-round, we offer monthly ‘Go Lean with Protein’ specials that feature lean- trimmed fresh beef and pork items merchandised with compli- for women of the Seabees mentary items that offer high-savings coupons,” he added.November 8, 2012 The availability of beef and pork products at savings of more than 40 percent should convince eligible military shoppers that By CE1(SCW) Joshua development,” said Ensign During the last meeting the the commissary is their destination of choice, Burns said. Thonnissen Jamie Wallace. “Some of the group participated in rock wall “While we fully expect beef and pork prices will rise, we want NMCB 1 Public Affairs women are intimidated or climbing at Naval Station our customers to be assured that they will get the best savings think it’s a complaining ses- Rota’s Morale Welfare and on these products and the rest of their grocery needs at their The women of Naval Mobile sion, or more of a mandatory Recreation (MWR) facility, commissary,” he said. “That’s why commissary shoppers so Construction Battalion (NMCB) fun program. I am trying to where they motivated and highly value their commissary benefit!” 1 have a new and exciting way get the word out that that’s helped lift each other to the of developing their profes- not the case.” top of the wall, an adrenaline Underwater Construction Team (UCT) ONE sional and personal lives. Wallace is hoping that the rush that left Utilitiesman Con- Through a combination of fun, program will remain in place structionman (SCW) Carly is searching for highly motivated Seabees and CEC open discussions and personal throughout the deployment Hunt smiling. Officers looking for a career and lifestyle change life stories the women are and become a mainstay for the “It was fun to get to know Join an ELITE force and travel as aSeabee Courier building relationships with women of “The First and The more of the ladies and I will each other while trying things Finest.” do it again,” said Hunt. “I liked small, professional team. Execute they may never have experi- The Navy’s current active it.” specialized construction, diving and enced on their own. duty force is constructed of While the overall focus is to NMCB 1’s Women’s Profes- only 16.7 percent women. Of develop qualified and moti- demolition skills with the latest and sional Network (WPN) is a pro- that percentage, only 2 per- vated role models, participants greatest technology and equipment. gram designed to promote the cent of the women are in the can expect to enjoy their time wellness and professionalism Seabees. The Seabees have spent with the program. Contact UCT CCC/Diver recruiting team @ (757) 462- of women in the battalion. the smallest concentration of NMCB 1 is currently deployed 3988/4313 or Email YNC Aberle at christo- “The idea is to meet up once women in the Navy, which to 6th Fleet area of responsi-; SW1 Dohse at a month with as many women makes the importance of pro- bility in support of construction as possible to gain some type grams such as WPN much operations throughout Europe or visit 6 of motivational or professional more substantial. and Africa. for more information.
  7. 7. NCTC volunteers extend helping hand to Long Beach school Naval Construction Training Center (NCTC) students, SWCR Aaron Black, SWCR Garret Kieffer, BUCN Jennifer Casey, BUCN Amirah Ramelize, SWCR Johannas Hilmer, BUCR Ralph Ramos, BUCR Tyler Larkey, SWCN Jean Math- ison, SWCN Jaclyn Connole, BUCR Saul Hernandezduran, BUCR David Mendenhall, BUCR Samuel Clay, BUCR Sean Monahan, BUCR Joshua Donahoe, SWCA Ryan Powell, and UTC James Penney volunteered their time to help Quarles Elementary School with their Fall Festival. The 16 volunteers assisted with the set up and tear down of the festival, worked the booths, directed festival visitors and provided necessary support to ensure the event was a suc- cess. (Photo courtesy of MWR/Released)Veterans Day Celebrations and Special OffersParades and Programs Restauraunt and Service Discounts Long Beach Middle School Veterans Day Program - Nov. 9, Applebee’s – free meal, Nov. 11. Little Caesars® Pizza, Nov. 12. military and veterans.9 a.m., school gym. Program features musical entertainment and There will be seven entrées to Little Caesars is honoring the men Papa Johns - Military Appreciation choose from, beverage and gratuity and women of the United States Week continues through Nov. 12.guest speaker Lt. Cmdr. Andrew Shinka. The school is located at not included. armed forces this Veterans Day by Papa Johns is offering 50 percent off November 8, 2012204 North Cleveland Ave., Long Beach. Chili’s – free meal, Nov. 11, 11 providing veterans and active military regular menu price pizzas for deliv- 12th Annual Gulf Coast Veterans Day Parade, Nov. 10, 11 a.m. - 5 p.m. Chili’s is offering all members with a free Crazy Bread®. ery or carryout. Offer good at alla.m., Downtown Gulfport. Featuring marching units, bands, the military veterans past and present Call ahead to verify participation. Mississippi Gulf Coast locations. their choice of one of 7 meals, bev- Lone Star Steakhouse, Nov. 12. Red Lobster – Nov. 11. Free Ap-‘Bee and much more! Details at erages and gratuity not included. Free appetizer for military members petizer on Veterans Day with mili- 2nd Annual Long Beach Veterans Day Parade and Cele- Denny’s Veterans Day Appreciation and veterans. Taste of Texas Sampler tary ID or proof of service. Vets maybration, Nov. 11, 1 p.m. Parade forms at War Memorial Park and Event, Nov. 12, 6 a.m. - 2 p.m. Free not included. Call ahead for verifica- choose from a select list of appetiz-continues to Long Beach Town Green on Jeff Davis Avenue. Pa- all you can eat pancakes. tion. ers. Golden Corral – Free meal, Nov. National Parks - The U.S. Forest Subway – Free six inch sub orrade is followed by music and entertainment at the Town Green. 12, 4 - 9 p.m. Available to any per- Service is waiving fees at most of flatbread , Nov. 11, at select SUB- Veterans Day Celebration, Nov. 11, 10 a.m. Grace Independ- son who has ever served in the its day-use recreation facilities Nov. WAY® Restaurants to military vet-ent Baptist Church, 3707 Bienville Blvd. Ocean Springs. Includes United States Military. 10 - 12. erans on Veterans Day. Please call Hooters – Free Meal, Nov. 11. O’Charley’s, Nov. 12. All $9.99 ahead for participation and times.ceremony, guest speaker, special dinner. Call 228-875-2093 for Hooter’s is serving up a free meal to meals are free to veterans and active Texas Roadhouse – free lunch,details. all veterans and active duty military duty service members. Nov. 11 for all veterans. Every Texas Seabee Courier Armed Forces Retirement Home Open House, Nov. 12, 10 personnel. Get 10 Free Wings – Olive Garden, Nov. 11, free en- Roadhouse location across the coun-a.m. - 2 p.m. Gates open at 9 a.m., ceremony begins at 10 a.m. Boneless or Regular, drink purchase trée, Nov. 11. Offer good for veter- try will participate in the free lunch required. ans and active duty military during event to honor the men and womenGuest speaker is Capt. Rick Burgess, commanding officer, Naval Krispy Kreme – Free doughnut. regular business hours. Choose from of our armed forces. Choose fromConstruction Battalion Center (NCBC)/commander, Twentieth Available only at participating Krispy a special menu; all entrées include one of 10 free meals, plus sides andSeabee Readiness Group (SRG). Tours will be offered immediately Kreme stores. Offer available to all freshly baked garlic sticks and choice a drink.after the ceremony. active-duty, retirees & veterans Nov. of soup or salad. T.G.I. Friday’s – Free lunch, Nov. 11. Be sure to call ahead to verify Outback Steakhouse – A week of 12, 11 a.m. - 2 p.m. Only valid at your local Krispy Kreme is partici- Free Bloomin’ Onions and Cokes now participating locations. More detailsFor a listing of all the events in and around South Mississippi, pating. through Nov. 11 for all active duty on and area media out-lets. These events are not base events and are subject to Military ID or proof of service required for all offers. Listing commercial offers does not constitute en-change/cancellation without notice. dorsement by the U.S. Government or Naval Construction n Battalion Center, Gulfport. 7
  8. 8. ‘The Meat & Potatoes of Life’ By Lisa Smith Molinari, Military Spouse Contributer Commercialism? Humbug! cheering up with Christmassy red and that the song actually contains six stan- green. zas. Most of us start out robustly singing And who doesn’t like a twinkling light? the song, then trail off mumbling when Unless you have an LED cornucopia or we can’t recall virtually unknown phrases plug in pilgrims with moving parts, you such as “To have a first-rate play” andCommander David McAlister, commanding officer, Naval are going to need a few strands of lights “Trot fast, my dapple gray.” Why sufferMobile Construction Battalion (NMCB) 74 waits for an- and a velvety poinsettia to liven up your that non-crescendo when you can all Thanksgiving anyway. sing a rousing uninterrupted round ofother pie in his face from Construction Electrician Con- Second: The Tastes. While serving egg “Jingle Bells?”structionman Amber Carlson as members of the battalion nog in November may arguably be taking When it really boils down to it, Thanks-look on at an “Over the Hump” celebration marking the things too far, turkey and all the trim- giving and Christmas have become inter-half-way point of the Battalion’s deployment in U.S. Pacific As I put my skeletons back in the mings are traditional for both occasions mingled in such a way that they can noCommand (PACOM). NMCB 74 is currently operating for- closet (literally) and threw the gnat-in- in many households; dishes can be longer be completely separated. So I sayward throughout PACOM ready and capable of supporting fested jack-o-lanterns in the garbage, I mixed and mingled while respecting the to heck with it.Navy and Joint Forces any place, any time. (U.S. Navy photo was seized by the desire to dig out my individual holiday customs. The real reason we won’t climb into ourby Lieutenant Commander Angel L. Santiago /Released) ceramic light up Christmas tree and plug Moreover, I’d bet my Cuisinart that your musty attics or descend into our moldy it in. family won’t protest if you start baking basements to retrieve our Christmas dec-NMCB 74 is officially WHAT? Start decorating for the winter holidays before Thanksgiving? Have I been brainwashed by the evil retail in- cookies now. Sure, you might gain ex- cess holiday weight a little early, but those bulky Christmas sweaters are a orations before Thanksgiving is because someone has said that doing so would mean we were being indoctrinated by dustry? Isn’t it gauche and simple- great disguise. And besides, the pro- the commercial advertising media. Be itover . . . the hump that is minded to succumb to the influence of premature in-store displays and televi- longed disgust you will have with your plumpness will give added motivation to some snooty social commentator or the advertising media, we are being toldBy Lt.j.g. Hanmon Peter Chun following the auction was a BBQ sion advertising? stick to your annual New Year’s resolu- what to do any way you look at it.NMCB 74 Public Affairs while announcements were made But, but . . . I really want to plug my tion to lose ten pounds. Phooey! Not to bring Independence Seabees and Sailors assigned to of the event winners and random ceramic Christmas tree in and see the Third: The Smells. Indian corn and Day into this too, but I say hang yourNaval Mobile Construction Battal- door prizes were awarded. magical glow of its tiny plastic lights. I gourds don’t have much aroma, so un- stockings and bake your Russian Tea- November 8, 2012 don’t care if the kids are still rationing less you are willing to wait to smell the cakes when you damned well please. Be-ion (NMCB) 74 celebrated their Current NMCB 74 operations in- their Halloween candy. I don’t care if I roasting turkey on Thanksgiving day, I sides, would it be so bad to get yourdeployment’s midway point Oct. clude details operating forward all haven’t planned my Thanksgiving side suggest baking a little gingerbread or shopping done a little early and actually19 with sports activities, food, and throughout U.S. Pacific Command dishes yet. dropping a few cinnamon sticks into your be able to relax when December rollsgames on Camp Shields, Okinawa, (PACOM), many of which held Christmas is coming soon enough; why hot toddy. If the tree farms haven’t around?Japan. similar celebrations of their own. wait until after Thanksgiving to celebrate opened for business yet, why not light a Today, I plugged my 1972 ceramic tree The Seabees had the opportu- Chief Petty Officer Tim Taylor, just because elitist social commentators pine-scented candle to awaken the spirit in and let out a little gasp as the tinynity to take some time off of work originally from Kentucky, summed say that we are being brainwashed by of Christmas? pegs glowed in all the colors of the rain-and enjoy a variety of games in- up the day when he stated that it commercialism? Fourth: The Sounds. As far as I am bow. I stared a while, as my braincluding: volleyball, wrestling in was, “Good to see Sailors enjoying Don’t get me wrong, I’m all for toning aware, there’s no catchy compact disc tapped into a bank of dusty but fondsumo suits, weight lifting competi- themselves and competing for the down the Christmas shopping frenzy, but compilation of Thanksgiving songs by memories of holidays past. “Oh Christ-tions, and everyone’s favorite, the super squad competition and later what’s so bad about celebrating a little Frank Sinatra or Nat King Cole. The only mas Tree” popped into my head and Iopportunity to put a pie in the gathering for a great BBQ. Hard early? I say not a thing, and I’ve come traditional Thanksgiving song known by began to hum. Call it gauche, brain-face or dunk various members of work, competitive nature, and up with an impressive list of reasons most Americans is “Over the River and washed or indoctrinated. I call it fun.the command’s leadership team in great food made for a perfect cel- why: First: The Sights. Let’s face it -- Through the Woods,” a song adapted Seabee Courieran icy cold dunk tank. ebration!“ Thanksgiving décor leaves a little some- from a poem by Lydia Maria Child in Get more wit and observations from Lisa The games and sports activities Homeported in Gulfport, NMCB- thing to be desired. This season’s dull 1844. at her blog, http://themeatandpotatoe-were followed by an auction in 74 is deployed to Okinawa to browns and golds benefit from a little What most Americans don’t know is multiple members of both maintain forward presence forthe NMCB 74’s Officer’s Wardroom contingency response, Humanitar- Race Engines, Dirt Bikes, ATV’s, Cigarette Boats, Zodiacsand Chief’s Mess were auctioned ian Assistance/Disaster Response, Are you up to the challenge of hard work and repairing unique SOF equipment?off to do the winning Sailor’s job Theater Security Cooperation Pro- Naval Special Warfare Development Group is seeking active dutyfor half a day. gram (TSCP) execution, and Con- Construction Mechanics and all other Seabee rates. Proceeds from all events went to struction for Readiness Program - Motivated/Volunteer - Pass Navy PFA - E4 - E6 - No NJPthe Battalion Morale, Welfare and (CRP) operations for supported - No bankruptcy - Obtain Secret/TOP Secret clearanceRecreation (MWR) funds to sup- commanders in the PACOM areaport future events. Immediately of responsibility. Email us at ! or contact your detailer to request additional information. 8
  9. 9. Focus on Education Living in the New Normal Family Readiness Group leaders, first responders, educators and Lt. Cmdr. Paul Smith, Naval Construction Battalion Center (NCBC) other concerned professionals listen during the Living in the New command chaplain leads a group discussion during the Living in the Normal (LINN) practicum held in October at the Mississippi Coast New Normal (LINN) practicum held Oct. 24-25 at the Mississippi Coliseum and Convention Center. A second LINN is scheduled for Coast Coliseum and Convention Center. A second LINN is scheduled Dec. 5 at the same location. (Photo courtesy of MWR/Released) for Dec. 5 at the same location. (Photo courtesy of MWR/Released) Save the Home School Children’s Anchor Scholarship November 8, 2012 Christmas Choir An Anchor Scholarship eligibility spouse, high school senior, or a Date! Practice will be held at the Seabee Memorial Chapel Nov. application is now available at Upon college student in an accredited school or equivalent institution. The Military Child Education 19, 26; and Dec. 3 from 4 -Coalition (MCEC) Professional 5:30 p.m. The choir will learn eligibility confirmation, a scholar- Once applicant eligibility is con-Development Institute presents: several Christmas Carols and ship application will be sent via firmed, a scholarship application email. Deadline for eligibility ap- will be sent to the student. To“Living in the New Normal: take a field trip to the Armed plication submission is March 1, complete the scholarship applica-Helping Children Thrive in Good Forces Retirement Home 2013; deadline for scholarship ap- tion, the following will be needed:and Challenging Times,” Dec. 5, (AFRH). There are only 10 plication is April 1, 2013. FAFSA, College/High School8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. spots available for children, Center (NCBC) and 20th Eligibility is based on the follow- transcripts, three letters of recom- ages 4 - 8. The choir is open Seabee Readiness Group ing criteria: mendation (one of them must be Mississippi Coast Coliseum and to homeschooled children (SRG). To sign up, please ~ Applicant must be a child or from a non-academic source) andConvention Center who’s parents are assigned to stop by the chapel or call 228- spouse of Surface Navy Sailors. SAT/ACT scores Seabee Courier No cost to participants. Naval Construction Battalion 871-2454. ~ Sponsor must be active duty, A Selection Committee will re-Funded by OSD/DA. Must be in retired or deceased, and must view applications and selectattendance 95 percent in order have served a minimum of six awardees on the basis of fourto receive institute credit and NCBC School Liaison years in units under the adminis- equally weighted criteria:course materials. trative control of Commanders, ~ Academic Proficiency For more information, contact Officer, Kevin Byrd is Naval Surface Forces, U.S. Atlantic ~ Character and All-around Abil-Myriam Virella, 254-953-1923, located at: MWR, Building 352, or U.S. Pacific Fleet. ityX 1119 or myriam.virella@Mili- ~ The applicant must attend ~ Extra-curricular 1706 Bainbridge Ave., NCBC, 228-871-2117 or plan to attend an accredited ~ Financial Need four-year college/university in the Those selected to receive an An- Please visit www.Mili- email: U.S. and intend to work toward chor Scholarship are notified and click the Up- their first BS or BA degree full May and invited to attend ancoming Training tab to register. time. The applicant may be a Award Ceremony in June. 9
  10. 10. MWR Special Event “The Campaign,” R, 4:30 p.m. Month of the Military Family: Sunday, “Diary of a WimpyMWR, the NEX and USO would Kid Dog Days,” PG, 2 p.m.;like to celebrate the military “Total Recall,” PG13, 4:30 Join us at the TrainingHall Nov. 15, 3 – 5 p.m. Watch Information, Tickets andthe Budweiser Clydesdales Travel:march down the street while Your ITT Office now carriesyou enjoy free food and bever- select Hornets games!! Up- Volunteers Yeoman 1st Class Shynethia James and Builder 3rd Class Thomas Russell deco-ages. The event will also in- coming games on Sale are rate the Haunted Maze the week prior to Fright Night at the Lake. Their contribution, alongclude drawings for giveaways. New York Knicks, Nov. 20, with 43 other volunteers, led to the success of the event. (Photo courtesy of MWR/Released)After the main event, head into Oklahoma City Thunder, Dec. only $11 each! Vouchers are tents to sports equipment. new menu - full of mouththe theater at 5:30 p.m. for a 1, Memphis Grizzlies, Dec. 7 good for the entire 2012-2013 November Specials: Cajun watering breakfast and lunchfree movie. For more event in- and Indiana Pacers, Dec. 22. season but do not include play- cookers, tables, charis and options. Call ahead for takeoutformation, contact MWR at Call ITT for pricing and info! off games. Purchase your tick- grills - 25 percent off! and avoid the wait, 228-871-228-871-4010. Saints vs. 49ers tickets go on ets today! FREE Batting Cage: No more 2494. sale Nov. 13 at 9 a.m. for just Want to go shopping on Black tokens needed. Stop by and Anchors and Eagles: OpenFitness $52.25/ticket! Please note that Friday but don’t want to deal take a swing! Rent bats and Tuesday - Thursday, 2 - 9 p.m. Sports: Ready for a little this is a Tuesday . . . ITT will with the traffic? Well sit down helmets at no charge fromhealthy competition? Sign up not be open Nov. 12 due to and buckle up because ITT, Outdoor Recreation during Youth Activitiesfor intramural basketball from Veteran’s Day. The first week Liberty & NOR are driving to business hours. Take a trip to Cinemark theaternow until Nov. 12. The league of sales will be open to Active the Gulfport Outlets and Cross- and check out “Wreck-It Ralph”; November 8, 2012will run Nov. 27 to Feb. 5. Duty only. During the second roads Nov. 23! Departs at Food & Beverage only $5. Please bring a sackGame days are Tuesdays and week of sales tickets will be 6 a.m. from Liberty Center and Monday Night Football: lunch.Thursdays. Register at the Fit- available for purchase to all eli- return approximately 10 a.m. Grab a buddy and head to the Want something fun to doness Center front desk. gible MWR patrons (Active Sign up deadline is Nov. 21 at “BeeHive” on Monday to catch mornings and evenings? Try The November Group Fitness Duty, Reservists, Dependents, close of business. FREE! all the action. the YAC Before and AfterClass Schedule is now available Retirees and DOD employees) The Grill: Open Monday -Fri- school program; Monday - Fri-at the Fitness Center. Novem- with proper ID. Limit two tick- Liberty Center: day 6:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. Stop day, 6 - 7:30 a.m., and 2 -ber is packed with ets per Military ID card. Park- Catch the action on the ice by and check out The grill’s 5:30 p.m.strength/cardio, yoga, zumba, ing passes are $40 for inside with the Liberty Center. Sign the Superdome Parking Garage For more information about MWRcycling and low impact aero- up now to see MS Surge playbics courses. The schedule in- and are available on a first programs and opportunities, contact: Friday. Departs from the Lib-cludes a variety of class times come first serve basis. (No re- Anchors & Eagles 228-871-4607 erty Center at 6 p.m. Tickets funds or exchanges. Ticket Auto Hobby 228-871-2804to accommodate your needs. are $6. Seabee Courier Beehive 228-871-4682 prices are subject to change Get out during the week and Child Development Center 228-871-2323Recreation without warning. ITT is not re- visit the Gulfport Dragway on Fitness Center 228-871-2668 Movie Theater: FREE every sponsible for lost, stolen or Wednesday. The trip departs Information, Tickets & 228-871-2231weekend. Grab some popcorn laundered tickets and will not the Liberty Center at 6 p.m. Traveland sit back and enjoy the replace them. Due to govern- and costs $5 at the gate with a Liberty Center 228-871-4684movie! ment agency discounts, resale military ID. Seabee Heritage Center 228-871-3619Friday, “Total Recall,” PG13, is prohibited and not author- Navy Outdoor Recreation 228-871-21276:30 p.m. ized.) Outdoor Recreation: Fall is RV Park 228-871-5435Saturday, “Diary of a Wimpy We have your Mississippi here. What a great time to get The Grill 228-871-2494Kid Dog Days,” PG, noon; “The Surge tickets in stock! Stop in Training Hall 228-871-4750 outside! Stop by and check outApparition,” PG13, 2:30 p.m.; to get your game vouchers for Youth Activities Center 228-871-2251 our wide variety of gear from Main Office 228-871-2538 10