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  1. 1. Naval Construction BattalionCenter (NCBC) Gulfport completedparticipation in the annual hurri-cane preparedness exerciseHURREX/Citadel Gale 2013,May 23.As part of the U.S. FleetForces Command/Comman-der, Navy Installations Com-mand (CNIC) exercise, it testedthe Seabee base’s ability to track,prepare for and respond to hurri-canes should they threaten the in-stallation.“In the Southeast Region, it’s nota matter of ‘if’ a hurricane willstrike, it’s a matter of ‘when’ and‘where.’ Since last year’s HURREX,we have had five named stormsimpact our region, so it is impera-tive that we train so we are readywhen they strike,” said Rear Adm.John C. Scorby Jr., com-mander, Navy Region South-east. “Each year, thisexercise gives us an excellentopportunity to test our skillsthrough authentic, challengingscenarios that go a long way toensure we are ready in the eventof an actual hurricane.”Naval Construction Battalion Center, Gulfport, Mississippi May 30, 2013Vol. 53 No. Constructionman Kee Chang of Naval Mobile Construction Battalion(NMCB) 133 Charlie Company low crawls during a timed Marine Corps Combat Fit-ness Test. The test was one of several events held during the battalion’s 2013 BlackHell Squad competition named for the 133rd Naval Construction Battalion (NCB)who took part the landing on Iwo Jima during World War II. (U.S. Navy photo by MassCommunication Specialist 1st Class Jonathan Carmichael/Released)See story on page 7Center prepares forhurricane seasonBy MCC(SCW/SW/AW)Ryan G. WilberNCBC Public AffairsCmdr. Gordie Meyer, executive officer, NCBC Gulfport,shines the boots of Boatswains Mate 2nd Class Alex Blackto raise money for the Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society(NMCRS) at the Building 1 Quarterdeck on board NCBCGulfport, May 29. All money from the fundraiser will be do-nated to the NMCRS Active Duty Fund Drive through theBee Wash, which will happen June 5, 10 a.m. - 1 p.m. onthe parade field grinder. (U.S. Navy photo by Utilitiesman Con-structionman Alicia Fluty/Released)For a worthy causeSee PREPARE in Hurricaneprep section pages 9, 10
  2. 2. It is an unfortunate fact ofthe modern housing world thathomes across the country aregoing into foreclosure everyday. Many of those homes arerental properties, and in manycases the tenant is the lastone to know about it. If yourent your home and havecome home to a “Notice ofSale” on your front door, or ifyou’ve started receiving courtdocuments in the mail aboutyour home going into foreclo-sure, this article is for you.Luckily, there are steps youcan take to make sure you’reprotected against your land-lord’s foreclosure, and re-sources available to assist youand your family.How Can I Prevent This Situ-ation?There are simple steps youcan take to make sure thehome you’re about to rent isnot going into foreclosure.Having this information up-front is one of the things you’llwant to consider, along withlocation, price, and whetherthere’s plenty of running spacefor your pet hedgehog, whenyou determine which house torent.The first and easiest is to askyour landlord whether hishome is in foreclosure. It’s asimple step to take, but thereis no guarantee that your land-lord will be honest with you.Many homeowners will avoidgiving out that information totheir tenants for fear that they(a) won’t sign a lease, or (b)will stop paying rent on alease they already have. Still,it doesn’t cost anything to ask,and it’s an easy early warningsystem for upcoming foreclo-sure issues.If your landlord refuses toanswer, or if you are still suspi-cious, you can always checkyour local newspapers. Fore-closure sales will be listeddaily. The downside is thatyou have to check every listingregularly, and it will only listhomes that are just about tobe put up for sale. It stillwon’t give you any notice thatyour landlord might be headedfor trouble down the road.The best way to find out ifforeclosure proceedings havebeen filed against your land-lord is to call your local Clerkof Court. Foreclosure pro-ceedings are public record,and you will be able to get allthe information you need fromyour local courthouse. Differ-ent states have different pro-cedures for getting access tothose files, so make sure yougive the courthouse a call.Too Late – I’ve Already Gottenthe Notice!If you start getting notifica-tions of a pending foreclosurein the mail or on your door,you will have to decidewhether you want to terminateyour lease early or stickaround to the end. Many fam-ilies want to avoid moving inthe middle of a tour, but hav-ing a bank as a landlord canbe a huge hassle. The bankprobably won’t care that yourplumbing is broken or thereare roaches in the home.They may not fix the heating,and they probably won’t returnyour calls about the waterheater. Many families decidethat it’s better to just find anew place to live. Fortunately,the decision is yours to make.I’ve Decided I Want to StayUntil recently, a foreclosurenearly always meant that thetenants were about to beevicted. That all changed in2009, when Congress passedthe Protecting Tenants at Fore-closure Act (PTFA). If youdon’t have a lease, the newhomeowner is required to giveyou 90 days’ notice before youhave to move out. If you dohave a lease, the PTFA re-quires the new homeowner tostick to the terms of thatlease, unless the new ownerwants to move into the homeas their primary residence.Even then, though, the newowner is required to give you90 days’ notice before you arerequired to leave.In order to get the benefit ofthe PTFA, you should file a No-tice of Tenancy in the courtthat’s hearing the foreclosurecase. This lets the judge knowthat there is someone living inthe property. If you are won-dering whether to pay rent tothe bank or to your old land-lord, you can also file a Motionto Deposit Rent into the CourtRegistry, which will let you payrent to the court, who willthen figure out where it goes.For assistance in drafting ei-ther one of these documents,you should make an appoint-ment with your local Legal As-sistance office.I’ve Decided I Want to MoveThe Protecting Tenants atForeclosure act does not auto-matically give you the right toterminate your lease if theproperty is foreclosed. Thegood news is that most banksdon’t want to act as landlords.Some will even offer “Cash forKeys” programs that will payyou money in exchange foryou moving out. The best wayto get out of your lease if thehome is being foreclosed is totalk to your landlord and thebank.If you do decide to move, theNavy is here to help. In 2008,the Department of the Navybegan authorizing funded localmoves for military memberswho are breaking their leasesas a result of their landlord’sforeclosure. You will need tobring a copy of the Notice ofForeclosure and a Notice ofLease Termination to eitheryour command’s Staff JudgeAdvocate (SJA) or your localLegal Assistance office. Theywill be able to help you get theauthorization you need.That’s It!Being a tenant in a homethat’s being foreclosed can bea stressful and confusing situa-tion. If you find yourself overyour head, always feel free tomake an appointment withyour local Legal Assistance of-fice. We’re here to help!2May30,2013SeabeeCourierNCBCCommanding OfficerCapt. Rick BurgessPublic Affairs OfficerRob MimsEditorBonnie L. McGerrMass Comm. SpecialistMCC(SCW/SW/AW)Ryan G. WilberSpecial ContributorsCECN(SCW) Lucinda MoiseUTCN Alicia FlutyThe Seabee Courier is aweekly authorized on-linepublication for members ofthe military services and theirfamilies. Content does notnecessarily reflect the officialviews of the U.S. Govern-ment, the DoD or the U.S.Navy and does not imply en-dorsement thereof. The ap-pearance of advertising in thisnewspaper, including insertsor supplements, does notconstitute endorsement bythe U. S. Government, DoD,the Navy or NCBC Gulfport ofthe products and services ad-vertised. All content in thisnewspaper shall be madeavailable for purchase, use orpatronage without regard torace, color, religion, gender,national origin, age, maritalstatus, physical handicap, po-litical affiliation or any othernon-merit factor of the pur-chaser, user or patron. If aviolation or rejection of thisequal opportunity policy byan advertiser is confirmed,the publisher shall refuse toprint advertising from thatsource until the violation iscorrected. The Seabee Couriersolicits news contributionsfrom military and civiliansources, but the Public Affairsstaff reserves the right to editand/or rewrite material se-lected for publication to con-form with journalismstandards. The deadline formaterial is close of businessevery Friday. Your commentsare always welcome. TheSeabee Courier office is inBuilding 1, Room 205. Themailing address is 4902 Mar-vin Shields Blvd., Code 15,Gulfport, MS 39501. Phone:228-871-3662., Email:seabeecourier@navy.milLegal:Protecting tenants at forclosureThis article is not intended tosubstitute for the personal ad-vice of a licensed attorney.Contact the Naval Construc-tion Battalion Center (NCBC)legal office by calling 228-871-2620 for an appointment.By Lt. Matt Kozyra, JAGCLegal Assistance AttorneyNaval Station MayportI am a United States Sailor. I will support and defend theConstitution of the United States of America and I will obeythe orders of those appointed over me. I represent the fight-ing spirit of the Navy and those who have gone before me todefend freedom and democracy around the world. I proudlyserve my country’s Navy combat team with Honor, Courageand Commitment. I am committed to excellence and the fairtreatment of all.The Sailor’s CreedThe Sailor’s Creed Sexual Assault Victim Advocate TrainingAre you the person that wants to help someone in need?Have you ever known someone that has been the victim oftrauma resulting from sexual assault and did not know howto help? Become a SAPR Victim Advocate and learn to helpyour fellow Seabee or Sailor that needs support in a time ofneed. To register for the class contact your Sexual AssaultResponse Coordinator Michael Jordy at 228-871-3715 or The class will be held June 17 - 21,8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., in building 60, room 105.
  3. 3. 3May30,2013SeabeeCourierAroundtheSeabees assigned to Naval Mobile Construction Battalion(NMCB) 74 train in the wear and maintenance of the M50Chemical, Biological, and Radiological (CBR) mask on boardNCBC Gulfport, May 28. The M50 mask provides 24 hoursof continuous individual respiratory and ocular protectionagainst CBR agents. It is a key component for surviving andsustaining operations in a contaminated environment. (U.S.Navy photo by Utilitiesman Constructionman Alicia Fluty/Released)Lt.. Michael Sapienza simulates administering basic combatfirst aid to Builder Constructionman Recruit Evelyn Christye dur-ing training at Expeditionary Combat Skills (ECS) School onboard NCBC Gulfport, May 24. It is important for Sailors toknow first aid and frontline trauma care on the battlefield inorder to help themselves and/or others that may be injured. Thechances of someone surviving an injury or recovering more eas-ily can be greatly improved if they are immediately administeredfirst aid. (U.S. Navy photo by Utilitiesman Constructionman AliciaFluty/Released)CenterAirman 1st Class Josh Sutton, student of Naval Construc-tion Training Center (NCTC) Gulfport, cuts a piece of woodusing a circular saw to build a wooden window frame at theConstruction Frame Center on board NCBC Gulfport, May23. Upon completion of NCTC, Sutton and classmates willbe assigned to either the Prime Base Engineer EmergencyForce (BEEF) or Rapid Engineer Deployable Heavy Opera-tional Repair Squadron Engineers (RED HORSE) units. (U.S.Navy photo by Utilitiesman Constructionman Alicia Fluty/Released)“The value of good fighting po-sitions, how to do my job in acontingency operation and howto serve with little sleep.”“I learned about all the plan-ning and coordination thatgoes along with it.”UTCN(SCW) Kayla HollandNMCB 11Hometown: Joplin, Miss.“What did you learn whileon NMCB 11’s FTX?”CE2(SCW/SW) Jennifer HallNMCB 11Hometown: Greenville, S.C.By CECN(SCW) Lucinda Moiseand UTCN Alicia FlutyBuzz onthe StreetUTCN John AgnosNMCB 11Hometown: Birmingham, Ala.“Since this was my first FieldTraining Exercise, it was dif-ferent. A lot of things that Ilearned on SCW’s [qualifying].Basically, I just put them to-gether for the FTX.
  4. 4. 4May30,2013SeabeeCourierAfter seven years of service,Military Working Dog (MWD)Dino, Tattoo #J331, is sched-uled to retire this month onboard Naval Construction Bat-talion Center (NCBC) Gulfport.Dino will become NCBC’s firstMWD retiree.Dino was born in April 2004,and two years later he begantraining in explosive detectionat Lackland Air Force Base,Texas. Once he was a certifiedExplosive Detector Dog (EDD),Dino was assigned to Naval AirStation (NAS) Pensacola forthree years, then Naval Sub-marine Base (NSB) Kings Bayfor two years. Once Dino leftKings Bay, he was sent toNaval Air Station New Orleansfor a brief assignment of ninemonths before reporting toNCBC Gulfport in December,2011 for his final assignment.Military Working Dogs areusually retired for one of tworeasons - due to age or for amedical condition.According to MWDHandler/Trainer Lt. WarrenRoberts, Dino is retiring be-cause of medical conditionsnot his age, because even at9-years-old he is still young atheart.Roberts believes Dino is anexceptional service dog.“I have been his handlersince his arrival here at Gulf-port in December 2011, and inmy 19 years of handlingMWD’s in the Navy as a MAAactive duty and as a civilian,he is the finest explosive de-tector dog I have seen,” saidRoberts.After Dino is retired he willbe adopted by ex-canine han-dler, Master-at-Arms 1st ClassMelissa Renner, who is cur-rently on terminal leave fromNCBC.Renner and Dino are ex-pected to spend a niceretirement together on herthree acre property in thecountry.By CECN(SCW) Lucinda L. MoiseNCBC Public AffairsLt. Warren Roberts, military working dog (MWD)handler/trainer assigned to NCBC Gulfport, Security Depart-ment, pauses for a photo with his MWD, Dino. After sevenyears on the job, Dino is scheduled to retire by the end of themonth. (U.S. Navy photo by Chief Mass Communication Specialist RyanG. Wilber/Released)‘Dino’ to be first MWD to beretired on board NCBCJoan Hudson (far right), NCBC Gulfport MWR fitness director,leads a Couch to 5K (C25K) program exercise session at the Fit-ness Center running track on board NCBC Gulfport, May 22.NCBC’s C25K, an 8-week, run-walk program will culminate in a5-kilometer run July 12. Everyone with base access is invitedand welcome to participate. Registration is at 6 a.m. at the trackjust outside the Fitness Center, and the run begins at 6:30 a.m.(U.S. Navy photo by Utilitiesman Constructionman Alicia Fluty/Released)Couch to 5K keepsNCBC movingOn the heels of Naval Con-struction Battalion Center(NCBC) Gulfport Morale, Wel-fare and Recreation’s (MWR)weight loss challenge victoryagainst Keesler Air Force Base,civilians of the Seabee baseare continuing their fitnessregimen through MWRsnewest challenge, the Couchto 5K (C25K) program.Running enthusiast JoshClark created the C25K pro-gram in 1996, which has sincebecome quite popular. Accord-ing to the C25K website, theprogram’s secret is that its agentle introduction to gettingthe body moving, starting offalternating between walkingand running small distances,and slowly building up untilafter eight weeks, youre readyto run five kilometers or 30minutes non stop.“It’s a run-walk program, butit teaches you how to becomestronger in your running, in-creases your muscle strength,but does it in a safe and grad-ual progression. We progresseach session on how much werun and walk, and for howlong the session lasts for,” saidTracey Ashall, MWR fitness as-sistant and National Academyof Sports Medicine certifiedpersonal trainer.Ashall said the program notonly gets people running in asafe manner, but also teachesthe mechanics of runningsafely, wearing the proper at-tire in the warm Mississippi cli-mate, hydration and nutrition.“A lot of people don’t natu-rally run, they start running,don’t know guidelines of howto progress gradually andsafely, so end up with injuries,give up and then say ‘running’sreally not for me,” said Ashall.“This run-walk program issafe, it’s effective and itteaches you things like how torun correctly, eating correctly,gait analysis … hydrating prop-erly and gradually acclimatingto running in this warmerweather.”Exercising with a group cancreate new friendships,strengthen bonds betweencoworkers or simply help aperson have someone orsomething to be accountableto. Participants in NCBC’s C25KBy MCC(SCW/SW/AW)Ryan G. WilberNCBC Public AffairsSee COUCH page 5NMCB 1 CPOA Car WashJune 1, 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.Ashley Furniture parking lot(by Edgewater Mall)2650 Beach Blvd., BiloxiAccepting donations for Chief Petty Officer Association MessPOC: BUC(SCW) Mary Montigny, NMCB 1
  5. 5. 5May30,2013SeabeeCourierFF: What single experience dur-ing your career stands out themost and why?MA2: When I took ordersfrom NSA Bahrain to VFA-34in Virginia Beach as the Com-mand Master-At-Arms from2006 - 2009. It was inde-pendent duty and for mostof the time there I was awayfrom anyone within my rate.It afforded me the chance toget my Aviation WarfareWings and also opened myeyes to a whole new side ofthe Navy which I had not ex-perienced much of. I alsolearned a good bit about thedifferent aviation rates andhow they conduct business.FF: What has been your biggestmotivation throughout your ca-reer?MA2: My family has been mybiggest motivation. Theyhave always been very un-derstanding when I have de-ployed and have dealt with alot while I have been de-ployed. The main thing thatstands out was my first de-ployment and my wife andson and our newborn wereliving in New Orleans duringHurricane Katrina. She wasable to get out before thestorm and had to deal withtrying to salvage our belong-ings once things cleared up.FF: What advice would you giveto future Sailors?MA2: Learn all aspects ofyour rate and try to get asmany schools as you can, col-lege included, to set yourselfup for when you move on toyour next career. Advance-ment for some rates is toughand you need to make sureyou are as competitive aspossible and know as muchas you possibly can to helpyourself get advanced.FF: What is your favorite thingabout working with the Seabees?MA2: Just like when I wasstationed in VFA-34, it hasopened my eyes to a wholeother side of the Navy. Iworked with the Seabeeswhen they would come in toaugment us as ASF and thenworking with them indirectlyin many other situations. Itjust once again made memore rounded and taught mea little more about one of themany sides of the Navy.FF: Who was your most influen-tial mentor during your career,and why?MA2: I would have to sayADC Snow. He was at myfirst command when I wasan IT before I cross rated.He took me “under his wing”and helped me out when Iwas young, just learning theropes of the Navy. We stillstay in contact and he checksin on me when he can to seehow my family and I aredoing and how my career isprogressing. He picked upChief a few years ago and Iwas able to make it out tohis pinning ceremony in Pen-sacola before he transferredto Virginia. He is a great guythat supports his Sailors andis the kind of leader that Istrive to be.Master-at- Arms (AW) 2nd ClassQuentin G. EastridgeNCBC Gulfport SecurityNCBCFRAMESBy UTCN Alicia FlutyNCBC Public AffairsFREEZEFREEZE FRAMEFRAMEprogram cited just those rea-sons for attending.“When you work in a grouplike that [C25K] you have acommitment among the group,so you have that camaraderieand you have that accountabil-ity to each other,” said DebbieBrockway, MWR director.“Once you get out [of theNavy] you find out you miss it[physical training], becausenow you sit around doingnothing. You do it [exercise]when you’ve got a lot of peo-ple with you and it’s a little bitbetter,” added Roger Hudson,NCBC administration officer.Ashall said she wanted tobegin a C25K program toshare her love for running andkeep the momentum of alunchtime exercise programstarted with the Can-DoWeight Loss Challenge.“I wanted to share my ownpassion, and wanted to helpchannel that into people thatmaybe don’t see what runningis all about. And, to hopefullyhelp people to come to enjoyit or at least try it,” said Ashall.The C25K program will finishwith a 5-kilometer run Friday,July 12. Everyone with baseaccess is invited and welcometo participate. Registration isat 6 a.m. at the track just out-side the Fitness Center, andthe run begins at 6:30 a.m.From COUCH page 418th Seabee Volkslauf18th Seabee VolkslaufMud RunMud RunSept. 7Sept. 7Register on line atRegister on line up online for the 2013 Mud Run beforeSign up online for the 2013 Mud Run beforeAug. 1 to receive a $10 discount on your regisAug. 1 to receive a $10 discount on your regis--tration fee! Please sign up online now becausetration fee! Please sign up online now becausethere will be NO race day signups this year!there will be NO race day signups this year!
  6. 6. 6May30,2013SeabeeCourierThe Seabees of Naval Mo-bile Construction Battalion(NMCB) 74 Air DetachmentCompany recently finishedputting up the last roof panelneeded during the construc-tion of a new 1,200 squarefoot hut for Boy Scout Troop316 in Pass Christian.The new facility will be amuch needed upgrade to theFederal Emergency Manage-ment Agency (FEMA) trailerthat Troop 316 have beenusing for their scout activitiessince their previous hut wasdestroyed in the wake ofHurricane Katrina in 2005.Determined to get theScouts a new home, ChrisAudrey, a Snowbird memberof the Pass Christian RotaryClub (PCRC) and native ofKennebunkport, Maine wenton a mission to raise funds insupport of the project. Spon-sors since 1936, this is notthe first time the PCRC hasbeen there to support theScouts.Without the help of theSeabees though, the hut mayhave never been more than adream for Troop 316.“When they discovered thatthe [building] standardswould be stricter, [they real-ized that] $17,000 was notgoing to go very far,” said ar-chitect Leah Watters of Wat-ters Architecture, “but [theSeabees] have shaved a lotof the needed funds forlabor.”Led by contractor MattMcBride of “More Than ACarpenter,” the NMCB 74FEARLESS Seabees providedassistance with the erectionof the exterior prefabricatedwalls. “I appreciate every-thing the Seabees are doing,”said McBride.During the next stage ofconstruction, the Seabees willbe in charge of framing andfinishing interior walls, run-ning rough electrical andplumbing, and installing lightfixtures, outlets, sinks, and atoilet.“We are looking forward tothis opportunity to help outthe Boy Scout Community,”said project supervisorBuilder 3rd Class NathanGilbert.For information about help-ing out the Boy Scouts,please contact Ken Austin,228-493-0052 or Trey Camp-bell, ChristianScouts get assistfrom NMCB 74By EO3(SCW) Laura C.TrommerNMCB 74 Public AffairsSeabees assigned to Naval Mobile Construction Battalion (NMCB) 74 and members of theGulf Coast community in Pass Christian, make progress in building a hut for Boy ScoutTroop 316. The new 1,200 square foot building will replace a hut that was destroyed byhurricane Katrina in 2005. Since the hurricane, the Troop has been meeting in a FEMAtrailer. (U.S. Navy photo/Released)UnderwaterConstructionTeam (UCT)ONEContact UCT CCC/Diver recruiting team at 757-462-3988/4313 or Email YNC Aberle; SW1 Dohse or for information.Join an ELITE forceand travel as a small,professional team. Ex-ecute specialized con-struction, diving anddemolition skills withthe latest and greatesttechnology and equip-ment.UCT 1 is searchingfor highly motivatedSeabees and CECOfficers looking for acareer and lifestylechange.NCIS has two new anonymousways to report crimes or suspiciousbehavior with the use of discreetand secure online or texting tiplines.To report information by Celltext:1. Text “NCIS” to the short code274637 (CRIMES) from any cell orsmart phone.2. Receive a response, for example:“Your alias is: S2U5 Call 911 ifurgent! If replies put you at risk,text “STOP”3. Begin dialogueTo report information Online:1. Go to, clickon the “Report a Crime” tab andselect the icon for “text and Web tipHotline.”There is a reward of up to $1,000 forinformation leading to a felonyarrest orappre-hension.See Something Wrong, Do Something Right!Seabee Memorial Chapel is accepting donations of nonperishable food, clothing of allsizes, cleaning supplies and diapers for Oklahoma Tornado Relief.Donors are asked to bring the items by the chapel by 4 p.m., May 31For all of the latest information, follow SeabeeCenter on Facebook and Twitter; subscribe toInside the Gate by sending an email
  7. 7. Seabees from Naval MobileConstruction Battalion (NMCB)133 Charlie Company’s SecondPlatoon received the pennantfor winning the 2013 BlackHell Squad competition withinthe battalion, May 22.Steelworker 1st Class JoshuaBaker led his squad of 14 to awin in the competition, heldMay 13-16, that commemo-rates the proud heritage ofNMCB 133, named for 133rdNCB who participated in thelanding on Iwo Jima and ensu-ing battle during World War II,while honing small unit leader-ship and increasing esprit decorps through events thatshowcase tactical Seabeeskills.“[The squad] did an excellentjob,” said Baker. “Because [thecompetition] was about leader-ship, I took a step back and al-lowed them to discover theirleadership strengths andweakness so they could cometogether as a team.”The competition events andscenarios designed to test theknowledge, team work, andleadership of the squad andwere conducted in two phases.Phase one was a timed MarineCorps combat fitness test; arelay race with timed chemical,biological and radiological pro-tective suit donning; defensiveposition construction; and apatrol brief.Phase two kicked off theclassroom refresher trainingthat included Black Hell Squadhistory, medical and first aid,operational risk management,safety, chemical, biological andradiological environments,convoy security operations,communications, defensive op-erations, fighting positions andpatrol maneuvers.Builder 3rd Class James Do-herty said he thought thehardest event was the defen-sive position placement whilethe most fun was the combatfitness test.“I enjoyed the fitness testbecause it was the first realevent we did together as asquad,” said Doherty.Builder 3rd Class Jacob Portdiffered in his opinion of thehardest event, the combat fit-ness test, but agreed that thesquad really pulled togetherduring the competition.“We did it as a team,” hesaid. “As the events went on,we came together more as ateam.”7May30,2013SeabeeCourierNCBC Security Reminder . . . To preventboth personal and governmental propertytheft, NCBC Security would like to remindyou to remember to secure vehicles, per-sonal compartments, work spaces, com-pounds, and buildings. Don’t be a target!NMCB 133 Runnin’ ‘Roos honor Iwo JimaSeabee memory during squad competitionAbove: Naval Mobile Construction Battalion (NMCB) 133 Com-mand Master Chief David Garcia places the Black Hell Squadpennant to the Charlie Company guide-on during an awards atquarters ceremony. The pennant recognizes the accomplishmentof Charlie Company’s Second Platoon, who had the winningsquad from the 2013 Black Hell Squad competition.Left: Equipment Operator Constructionman Taylor Conner ofNaval Mobile Construction Battalion (NMCB) 133, removes soilfrom his squad’s pit during the 2013 Black Hell Squad defensiveposition event. The event had each squad completing a two-manfighting position and an automatic weapon T-shaped pit.(U.S. Navy photos by Mass Communication Specialist 1st ClassSteven Myers/Released)By MC1 Steven MyersNMCB 133 Public AffairsThe PWD Gulfport Trouble Desk is now located at the Regional Call Center. The Call Center is operational 24 hours a day/ 7 days a week.Building Managers and Authorized Callers must place Routine Service Calls, but anyone may call in an Emergency.Regional Call Center: 1-855-462-8322
  8. 8. When furloughs are imple-mented, most military commis-saries will close one day a weekon Mondays, said the directorand CEO of the Defense Com-missary Agency. The closureswill be for up to 11 days be-tween July 8 and Sept. 30.Closing commissaries on Mon-days would be in addition to anyday stores are routinely closed.The 148 stores that routinelyclose on Mondays would alsoclose the next normal day of op-eration, which for Gulfport willbe Tuesdays. Other than the fur-lough day, there are no otherchanges planned for store oper-ation hours.The announcement comes asDeCA follows Department of De-fense protocols related to theautomatic federal governmentbudget reductions, known as se-questration, which began March1. Like most DOD activities,DeCA is mandated by the De-partment to furlough its civilservice employees. Furlough no-tices are scheduled to be deliv-ered to DeCA employeesbetween May 28 and June 5.DeCA has 247 commissarieswith more than 16,000 employ-ees operating in 13 countriesand two U.S. territories. Fur-loughs will impact all of DeCA’smore than 14,000 U.S. civilianemployees.“We know that any disruptionin commissary operations willimpact our patrons,” said JosephH. Jeu, DeCA’s director and CEO.“Also, we understand thetremendous burden this placeson our employees, who, whenfurloughed, will lose 20 percentof their pay.“We determined that Mondayclosures would present the leastpain for our patrons, employeesand industry partners.”As sequestration continues,commissary customers canquickly find out about anychanges to their local store’s op-erating schedule by going, clickingon the “Locations” tab, then “Al-phabetical Listing,” finding theirstore and clicking on “local storeinformation.” Patrons are re-minded that because sequestra-tion is so fluid, DeCA’s plan forthis budget-cutting measure issubject to change.DeCA decided on Monday clo-sures after weighing the poten-tial disruption to patrons andsuppliers of having rolling fur-loughs, where closure dateswould differ from store to store.Universal Monday closures areless disruptive to shoppers andthe agency’s industry partners –vendors, suppliers and distribu-tors – who deliver products dailyto DeCA’s commissaries.Store staffs overseas include amix of U.S. and local nationalemployees. Because they arenot U.S. government employees,local national employees are notsubject to this furlough actions.Select locations overseas willopen if they have an adequatelocal national staff. However, ifan overseas store is closed, itslocal national staff will report towork and perform other store-related duties.In January, DOD released guid-ance to allow defense compo-nents to plan for potentialbudget cuts by reducing operat-ing costs. In line with that direc-tion, DeCA later executed theWe have lived on base threetimes in my 20 years as a mili-tary spouse, in conditions thatmight best be described assomewhat like a chicken coop.It’s not the appearance of thebase that makes it like a coop.(Truth be told, the fences andsterile buildings make militarybases more reminiscent of asy-lums.) Nobody throws feed cornat us. No one lays eggs as faras I know. But it is the peckingorder that renders base livingsimilar to an enormous cage fullof clucking hens, struttingroosters and peeping chicksrunning wild.Every time we move onto abase, I become cognizant ofthe unique social order. As anew arrival, I take some timeto nest, but after my roosterflies the coop for work andthe chicks go off to school,boredom and loneliness alwaysset in.I wander the range in searchof a flock to huddle with, butnone can be found. Sure, thereare hens everywhere -- and afew stay-at-home roosters, Iwouldn’t want to be sexist. ButI soon realize that I am at thebottom of the pecking orderand have to scratch and clawmy way to roost with the oth-ers.Careful not to count my chick-ens before they’re hatched, Ilay the foundation for my socialacceptance into the flock. Bythe end of my first year, I be-come familiar with the gaggle,clucking away as we walk thechicks to school together, hatchplans for shopping trips, com-plain about our wattles andchicken fat, and cackle on ourpatios.I’m securely perched at acomfortable elevation in the so-cial pecking order, and life isgood. As new chickens enterthe coop, we chuckle from ourhigh roost, fully aware of thework that they must do to findtheir places in our flock.Frankly, we get downrightcocky.Toward the end of every tour,my family learns that it must flythe coop and find a new flock.Thoughts of moving leave me alittle wistful and reflective. I findmyself pondering weighty ideassuch as, “Why did the chickencross the road?” and “Whocame first, the chicken or theegg?”This melancholy state bringsabout a need for the comfortand companionship of the otherhens in my coop, but alas! I dis-cover that, as an outbound hen,I’ve been pushed back to thebottom of the pecking order! Ihave to scratch for socialscraps! How did this happen?Did I do something fowl?My pea-sized brain realizesthat I’ve become a lame duck inthe chicken coop. I’m no longera contender in the social orderbecause I’m about to leave. Theother hens won’t invest valuabletime in further incubating ourfriendship.It’s not personal, there’s noreason to get my feathers ruf-fled, the sky isn’t falling. It’sjust the way things work.As I prepare to take wing, Ithank my fine friends for theircompanionship, offer each apeck on the cheek, bid them afinal cock-a-doodle-doo, and fly,fly away.8May30,2013SeabeeCourierGet more wit and observa-tions from Lisa at her blog,‘The Meat & Potatoes‘The Meat & Potatoesof Life’of Life’By Lisa Smith MolinariMilitary Spouse ContributerThe Lame Duck inthe Chicken CoopFraud, Waste and Abuse Hotline: Due to limitedIG resources throughout the Southeast Region, all Fraud, Waste andAbuse hotline work will now be handled by the Region. To report Fraud,Waste and Abuse, contact the Region at: Toll Free 1-877-657-9851Comm: 904-542-4979 DSN 942-4979 FAX: 904- 542-5587,E-mail: commissaryto close Mondays andTuesdays in July dueto DoD furloughBy Kevin RobinsonDeCA Public Affairs SpecialistSee COMMISSARY page 13
  9. 9. 9May30,2013SeabeeCourierBe Ready!Be Ready!Hurricane Season 2013Hurricane Season 2013It’s disaster prepared-ness time, and shoppingat the commissary is agreat way for customersto get ready for whatmay come during thetime of year severeweather is likely tostrike. To help cus-tomers prepare for se-vere storms, tornados,hurricanes, flooding andthe damage they andother natural disastersmay cause, the DefenseCommissary Agency andits industry partners areoffering items neededfor survival kits at lowerprices, said Joyce Chan-dler, DeCA’s acting di-rector of sales.“We want to makesure our customershave what they need tobe prepared,” Chandlersaid. “By shopping atthe commissary our cus-tomers can get whatthey need and savemoney in the process.”Every year from April 1through Oct. 31, itemssuch as flashlights, anassortment of batteries,canned tuna, shelf-sta-ble milk, first-aid kits,bottled water, charcoal,canned soup and moreare sold at reducedprices as part of DeCA’ssevere weather promo-tional package.The promotion coin-cides with the U.S. hur-ricane and tornadoseasons. The Atlantichurricane season runsfrom June 1 to Nov. 30,and forecasters are pre-dicting another busyseason. They are ex-pecting 18 tropicalstorms, nine of whichwill become named hur-ricanes.In 2012, Super StormSandy, the secondcostliest hurricane inU.S. history, crashedinto the Northeast caus-ing damage upwards of$75 billion across multi-ple states. Millions ofpeople across New York,New Jersey and NewEngland were withoutpower, running waterand heat for weeks.“Every family shouldhave a disaster kit,”Chandler said. “No mat-ter what the forecastersare calling for it’s im-portant to be preparedfor any emergency.”Special promotionsat commissary helppatrons save, prepareBy Jessica RouseDeCA PA SpecialistBeReadyNavy! Iam. AreYou? BeReadyNavy! Iam. AreYou? BeReadyNavy! Iam. AreYou?CBC Shelter InformationOn Base shelter information:~ Warehouse 217 to house CBC Military, Family Mem-bers, Civilian and Contractor personnel employed onCBC~ Shelters will open at TCC ONE~ No pets (except service dogs) are allowed in shelter.~ No alcohol or firearms are allowed.~ Registration forms can be filled out in advance~ ID cards are required for all individuals entering theshelter (except small children.)Important telephone numbers:~ CBC Quarterdeck: 228-871-2555~ Emergency Info: 228-871-4777~ Gulfport Muster: 1-877-733-7303~ CNRSE Muster: 1-866-203-6004~ FFSC: 228-871-3000~ Navy Help: 1-877-414-5358Useful websites:~ youknowwhat youand yourfamilywill do isa hurricane is headed toward the GulfCoast? Get immediate NCBC GulfportTropical Cyclone Condition Updates,Emergency Information and Evacua-tion instructions by following theSeabee Center on Facebook and Twit-ter. To join NCBC Facebook and Twit-ter, log on to http:www.facebook.comand “Like” Naval Construction Battal-ion Center. For more informationabout tropical storm and hurricanepreparedness, visit arepredictinganother busyAtlantichurricane seasonAndreaBarryChantalDorianErinFernandGabrielleHumbertoIngridJerryKarenLorenzoMelissaNestorOlgaPabloRebekahSebastienTanyaVanWendy2013list of hurricane names
  10. 10. During this year’s HURREX scenario, the NCBC Installation Manage-ment Team (IMT) tracked two fictitious hurricanes, Kirk and Lay. Kirkcrossed over Naval Station Guantanamo Bay and eventually made land-fall as a category two hurricane near the Georgia-South Carolina border,and Lay made landfall as a category four hurricane near Naval Air Sta-tion Pensacola.It is essential for both personnel and dependents to be aware of advi-sories and instructions as a storm approaches. NCBC personnel can alsocommunicate through social media, such as Facebook and Twitter, soresidents can look to these sources for the latest real-time information.“People should be aware of what was going on during the exercise andthe advisories put out, but HURREX not only exercises the command’sability to deal with a hurricane, it’s also a good time for families to makepreparations with their family plan. They should look at evacuation, lookat what they are going to do with their pet, where they’re going to go,look at all the facets of emergencies and create that plan, and go buythe essentials they need to make that plan work,” said Lew Fountain,NCBC emergency manager.Preparation is key as a storm approaches, while personnel accountabil-ity is key after the storm. Military members, civilians and dependentsmust all be accounted for, and that can be done online through theNavy Family Accountability and Assessment System (NFAAS) website,, which can be accessed by anycomputer and does not require a Common Access Card (CAC) reader, orby phone at: (877) 414-5358.“Once the storm has come and gone, then it’s okay - accountability.Where is everybody? Without accountability, we don’t know what we arelooking at, what people need,” said Roger Hudson, NCBC administrationofficer.The National Hurricane Center reports an average of more than 10named storms in the Atlantic Ocean each year. Of those, nearly six de-velop into hurricanes and many of them threaten to make landfall some-where in the Southeast Region.For more information about tropical storm and hurricane preparedness,visit note: Source material by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class(SW) Greg Johnson, Navy Region Southeast Public Affairs10May30,2013SeabeeCourierLew Fountain, Naval Construction Battalion Center(NCBC) Gulfport emergency manager, conducts a work-ing group discussion with the Center’s Installation Man-agement Team during HURREX/Citadel Gale 2013 at theEmergency Operations Center on board NCBC, May 17.The team met to solidify emergency measures required ifthe simulated hurricane were to intensify. (U.S. Navyphoto by Chief Mass Communication Specialist Ryan G.Wilber/Released)From PREPARE page 110 costliest hurricanesin United States historyEight of the 10 costliest hurricanes occurred between 2004 and 2012. All thesehurricanes directly impacted installations and communities within Navy RegionSoutheast’s area of responsibility.No. 1: Katrina . . . Dates: Aug. 25 - 30, 2005, Region impacted: Southeast, Insuredlosses: $48.68 billionNo. 2: Andrew. . . Dates: Aug. 24-26, 1992, Region impacted: Southeast, Insuredlosses: $25.56 billionNo. 3: Sandy . . . Dates: Oct. 22-29, 2012, Regions impacted: Southeast/Mid-At-lantic, Insured losses: $18.75 billionNo. 4: Ike . . . Dates: Sept. 12-14, 2008, Region impacted: Southeast, Insuredlosses: $13.43 billionNo.5: Wilma . . . Date: Oct. 24, 2005, Region impacted: Southeast, Insured losses:$11.07 billionNo. 6: Charley . . . Dates: Aug. 13-14, 2004, Region impacted: Southeast, Insuredlosses: $9.15 billionNo. 7: Ivan . . . Dates: Sept. 15-21, 2004, Region impacted: Southeast/Mid-At-lantic, Insured losses: $8.71 billionNo. 8: Hugo . . . Dates: Sept. 17-22, 1989, Regions impacted: Southeast/Mid-At-lantic, Insured losses: $7.83 billionNo. 9: Rita . . . Dates: Sept. 20-26, 2005, Region impacted: Southeast, Insuredlosses: $6.66 billionNo. 10: Frances . . . Dates: Sept. 3-9, 2004, Regions impacted: Southeast/Mid-At-lantic, Insured losses: $5.63 billionSource: MSN Money~ Water – at least one gal-lon daily, per person (three-day supply for evacuation,two-week supply for home)~ Nonperishable foods –canned meats, fruits, veg-etables, dried fruits, nuts, ,cereal, crackers, cookies,energy bars, granola, peanutbutter, and foods for infantsand the elderly (three-daysupply for evacuation, two-week supply for home)~ Paper goods – writingpaper, paper plates, papertowels and toilet paper~ Cooking items – pots,pans, baking sheet, cookingutensils, charcoal, a grill anda manual can opener~ First-aid kit – includingbandages, medicines andprescription drugs~ Cleaning materials –bleach, sanitizing spray, andhand, laundry soap~ Specialty foods – dietfoods and drinks~ Toiletries – personal hy-giene items and moisturewipes~ Pet care items – food,water, muzzle, leash, car-rier, medications, medicalrecords, and identificationand immunization tags~ Lighting accessories –flashlight, batteries, candlesand matchesBattery-powered or hand-crank radio (NOAA WeatherRadio, if possible)~ Duct tape, scissorsMultipurpose tool~ Copies of personal docu-ments (medication list andpertinent medical informa-tion, proof of address,deed/lease to home, pass-ports, birth certificates andinsurance policies)~ Cell phone with chargers~ Family and emergencycontact informationDisaster Supply KitPets are not allowed in NCBC shelters. The designated pet shelterfor Harrison County is Harrison Central High School. The followingconditions must be met:~ Proof of pet vaccination prior to entry~ Each pet must be kept in a transport cage~ Owners must remain with petsSheltering Pets
  11. 11. FREE Movies at theTraining HallEnjoy a leisurely movieafter the Memorial Week-end madness.Stop by theSnack Bar on your way into get that buttered moviepopcorn and those othergoodies that help you getlost in the moment. Forgetwhat was playing? No wor-ries - put the movie hotlinein your phone, 228-871-3299 and call anytime!11May30,2013SeabeeCourierFriday: Escape from Planet Earth, PG, 6 p.m.;Saturday: Oz the Great and Powerful, PG13, 11 a.m.;Admission, PG13, 2 p.m.; The Call, R, 4:30 p.m.;The Marine: Homefront, R, 6:45 p.m.Sunday: The Croods, PG, 6 p.m.Anchors & EaglesAuto HobbyBeehiveChild Development CenterFitness CenterInformation, Tickets &TravelLiberty CenterSeabee Heritage CenterNavy Outdoor RecreationRV ParkThe GrillTraining HallYouth Activities CenterMain Office228-871-4607228-871-2804228-871-4009228-871-2323228-871-2668228-871-2231228-871-4684228-871-3619228-871-2127228-871-5435228-871-2494228-871-4750228-871-2251228-871-2538For MWRFor MWRprogramprograminformationinformationcontact:contact:
  12. 12. YOUTH XPRESS - Youth Xpresstrack club is hosting the USATFSouthern Association Champi-onships track meet at West Harri-son High School June 1, 8:30a.m. - 3 p.m., and is asking for30 volunteers to help make theevent a success. This meet willhave athletes from the ages of 5to 95. The hosting team, YouthXpress is a local track club that ispromoting an exciting avenue offun, friendship, and health. If youare interested, contact KeturahMaurice at 228-254-6239. Formore info on Youth Xpress, visitwww.youthxpresstrack.org2013 SPECIAL OLYMPICS - NCBCGulfport will host the Area 3 2013Special Olympics Saturday, June 8.Games will be held outside of the Fit-ness Center, near the softball fields,and will begin following a 9 a.m.opening ceremony. An awards cere-mony will happen immediately afterthe games conclude. A minimum of200 volunteers are needed to set up,register and accompany the athletes,cheer them on and tear down thesite. Volunteer request forms will beavailable on each Command Quarter-deck and will be collected May 24.Uniform for military volunteers: Serv-ice PT gear;civilians: appropriate athletic attire.Please direct inquiries to MCC RyanWilber, 228- 871-3663 FOR HUMANITY -The Mississippi Gulf Coast Habitatfor Humanity is asking for volun-teers to work during a VeteranResource Workshop June 18, 4 -6:30 p.m. at the West HarrisonCommunity Center on Espy Long Beach. Volunteers willserve as greeters and register at-tendees. Point of contact isKenya Miniard at or call 228-678-9100,ext. 1009.BILOXI VA - The Biloxi VeteransAdministration needs eight volun-teers to escort residents withwheelchairs to an event on theproperty July 9. Contact SusanSmith, FFSC Gulfport, 228-871-3640 or susan.smith2@navy.milto volunteer.USO GULF COAST - Interested involunteering? We need volunteersevery day to assist at our centersthroughout the Military community.Whether you’re interested in provid-ing coffee and conversation to ourtraveling troops or assisting in de-ployments the USO Gulf Coast has aspecial opportunity for you. We arealso looking for volunteers to assistin community outreach events sched-uled throughout the year. To becomea USO volunteer, you’ll need to cre-ate a volunteer profile This websiteallows you to keep track of yourhours and if you move to another lo-cation your hours will transfer withyou to any USO in the world. If youhave any questions please feel freeto contact USO Gulf Coast’s ProgramManager, Nicole Lewis We look forward tohaving you on our volunteer team!COAST SALVATION ARMY - Volun-teers are needed for various projectsthroughout the year. if you have a bit of spare time tohelp out.12May30,2013SeabeeCourierNCBC Center Chaplains:Lt. Cmdr. Paul Smith, ChaplainLt. Yoon Choi, ChaplainFor more information about Chapel programs,please call the Chapel at 228-871-2454.Religious ServicesSunday:Gospel: 8 a.m., Catholic Mass: 9:30 a.m., Protestant: 10:30 a.m.Weekday Mass: Tuesdays at 11:15 a.m.Seabee Memorial ChapelSeabee Memorial ChapelNCBC Helping Hands volunteer opportunitiesNCBC Helping Hands volunteer opportunitiesLooking for a church?The Seabee Memorial Chapel holds services every Sunday to suit yourneeds. Protestant Services include a Gospel Service at 8 a.m. and a Wor-ship Service at 10:30 a.m. Catholic Mass is at 9:30 a.m. on Sunday andthe Chapel also holds a weekly Mass on Tuesday at 11:15 a.m.Seabee PantryThe Seabee Pantry is a valuable resource for those families needing a lit-tle extra assistance during the month. Please donate as many cannedgoods and other nonperishable items as possible. Donation drop-off sitesare located at the Navy Exchange, Chapel, Commissary, Fleet and Fam-ily Support Center and Armed Forces Retirement Home.Praise and WorshipThe Seabee Memorial Chapel is looking for new members for the Praise andWorship Team for the 10:30 a.m. Worship Service and the Gospel choir at 8a.m. If you can sing or play an instrument, you are invited to share your gift.For more information, please contact the Chapel at 228-871-2454.Chapel OfferingsFREE Services: Fax - Send/Receive: 228-575-5225, Copies, Snacks and Drinks, UnitedThrough Reading Program, Computers with web cams Internet/Email Access, X-BoxOffice hours:Monday-Friday,8 a.m. - 4 p.m.901 CBC 3rd St., Building 114, 228-575-5224GULF COAST USOGULF COAST USO
  13. 13. 13May30,2013SeabeeCourierSUPPORTFamily Readiness GroupsNMCB 1 FRG invites friends andfamily members to attend FRG meet-ings the second Monday of everymonth at the Youth Activity Center,building 335. Meetings are from 6 - 8p.m. Children are welcome andbabysitting is provided during deploy-ment. Contact FRG President JennyRichter, 11 FRG For more informationregarding the NMCB 11 FRG, pleasevisit oremail us at 74 FRG All families of NMCB74 are invited to the 74 FRG meetingthe third Monday of each month.Meetings are at the MWR Youth Activi-ties Center, building 335, behind theGrinder on NCBC. Socializing begins at5:30 p.m., and meetings begin at 6p.m. Bring a covered dish to share atour potluck dinner. Children are wel-come. Email nmcb74fsg@yahoo.comor visit our Facebook page at“NMCB74 Fearless FRG” for details.NMCB 133 FRG invites all friendsand family members to attend FRGmeetings the first Monday of themonth at 6 p.m. at the Youth Center.Children are welcome and babysittingis provided. Please bring a dish toshare. For more information contactFRG President Jaime Royal at 317-730-4064 or email Log on to the FRG site, OverComing Under Stress(FOCUS), provides resiliency trainingto service members and their familiesby teaching practical skills to helpmeet the challenges of military life, in-cluding how to communicate & solveproblems effectively and to success-fully set goals together. Confidentialand free with family-friendly hours,contact FOCUS today! Call 228- 822-5736 or email Gulf-port@focusproject.orgGulfport Officer’s Spouse ClubThe Gulfport Officers’ Spouses’ Club isa social organization that has FUNwhile helping our community. Wemeet monthly and have special inter-est groups for almost everyone! Formore information, email We hope to seeYOU soon!Navy Wives Clubs of America,Inc. The Navy Wives Clubs of Amer-ica, Inc. is interested in reestablishinga club in the local area. If you are in-terested in joining an organizationthat promotes the health and welfareof any enlisted member of the Navy,Marine Corps or Coast Guard, pleasecontact Darlene Carpenter at 228-342-2271 or Tina O’Shields, 228-357-0513. formore information on NWCA..NMCRSThe Navy-Marine Corps Relief SocietyThrift Shop is located in building 29on Snead Street. The Thrift Shop isstaffed entirely by volunteers, andchild care and mileage are reim-bursed. Retail hours of operation areTuesday and Friday, 9 a.m. - 1 p.m.Volunteers are always welcome. Visitthe NMCRS offices at the Fleet andFamily Support Center, building 30,suite 103 or call 228-871-2610 to findout how to become a part of theNMCRS volunteer team!Gamblers AnonymousThe Fleet and Family Support Centeroffers GA meetings every Thursday at11 a.m. GA is a fellowship of peoplewho share their experience, strengthand hope with each other. All meet-ings are confidential and facilitated byGA. Come to a meeting or call Jim So-riano at 228-871-3000 for more infor-mation.TRAININGNaval Sea Cadets The Gulfportbranch of the Naval Sea Cadets arerecruiting youth ages 11 to 17 for SeaCadets, a nation-wide organizationthat help youth achieve personal suc-cess through nautical training. Meet-ings are the third Saturday of themonth from 8 a.m. until 3 p.m., build-ing 1, 2nd floor conference room.Contact Lt.j.g. Bowling at 228-313-9035 or formore information.SOCIALMiss. Gulf Coast First Class Asso-ciation is always looking for newmembers. Meetings are everyWednesday at 2:30 p.m., at the Fit-ness Center classroom. For more in-formation, contact Associationpresident, CE1 Daniel Shaver, 228-871-2145.NCBC Multi-Cultural DiversityCommittee is seeking members.Meetings are held the first and thirdWednesday of the month at 9 a.m., atthe Seabee Memorial Chapel. ContactBU1 Jerma Cloude, 228-871-2454 fordetails.VFW Post 3937 Long Beach isopen Monday - Thursday from noonuntil 8 p.m., Friday and Saturday fromNoon until 10 p.m., Sunday from noonuntil 7 p.m. The first Friday of themonth is Seafood Night, the remain-ing Fridays are Steak Night. Breakfastis served from 7 to 10 a.m. on Satur-days. VFW meetings are held the sec-ond Wednesday of the month at 7:30p.m. New members are always wel-come. Contact Post Commander BillNorth at 228-863-8602 for info.VFW Post 4526 Orange Grove isopen daily from Noon to 10 p.m. andlocated at 15206 Dedeaux Road, Or-ange Grove. Meetings are the firstWednesday of the month at 7 p.m. Allare welcome and encouraged to at-tend. Call 228-832-0017 for more info.NMCB 62 Alumni GroupNaval Mobile Construction Battalion(NMCB) 62 was recommissioned inGulfport in 1966, and decommissionedin 1989. To become a member, go to or for linksto Seabee historical sites.D.A.V. - Disabled American Veter-ans, Chapter 5 invites Veterans andfuture Veterans to monthly meetingsheld the 3rd Monday of each month at7 p.m. Call Service Officer, SilvaRoyer at 228-324-1888 to find outmore about our organization.Navy Seabee Veterans of America(NSVA) Island X-1, Gulfport is al-ways looking to add new members.You do not have to be retired to be amember. If interested, please con-tact Eugene Cowhick, 228-871-2488 or Robert Smith, 228-871-2436. If you are already a member,please join us on the second Thursdayof each month at 6 p.m. in the A&EChiefs and Officers Club, NCBC Gulf-port, for the Monthly Island X-1 busi-ness meeting. For more informationon NSVA Island X-1, Seabee Gift Store is located inthe Seabee Heritage Center TrainingHall, building 446. Hours are Monday -Friday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Satur-days from 11a.m. to 3 p.m. The shophas a variety of Seabee related mem-orabilia, books and DVD’s. Contact themuseum at or call the gift shop at 228-871-4779 for information on all that isavailable.CENTERNOTESfollowing budget-cutting meas-ures:~ A hiring freeze on all outsidehires~ Curtailment of official travelfor all conferences, training andany other events and activitiesconsidered noncritical to theagency’s mission~ Cancellation of the agency’sMay Worldwide Case Lot Salesfor all commissaries. Instead,stores are conducting smaller-scale events such as outdoorsidewalk sales~ Curtailment of all overtimeand compensatory time unlessdeemed mission-critical~ Review of contract servicesto restrict any increases~ Curtailment of all monetaryawards unless legally required~ Postponement of all Guardand Reserve on-site sales sched-uled after July 8 until further no-tice.“We are in this together,” Jeusaid, “and though limited in ourability by circumstances we can-not control, I assure you we willdo all we can to mitigate the im-pact of sequestration on our pa-trons, employees and industrypartners, and on our mission.”From COMMISSARY page 8Civilian employees facing Furlough areinvited to an encore of Fleet and Family SupportCenters, "Adjusting to the Economy and a Furlough"class, with two opportunities to attend: June 6, 11a.m. - noon or June 17, 11 a.m. - noon. Please callFFSC at 228-871-3000 to reserve your space.OKINAWA, Japan - The raceteam from the HeadquartersCompany of Naval MobileConstruction Battalion(NMCB) 5 cruises down a hillin a hand crafted banana boxcar on Camp Shields during amodified soap box derby. Theevent was part of the de-ployment training for NMCB-5. NMCB-5 is supporting Navyand joint forces throughoutthe U.S. Pacific Command.(U.S. Navy photo by MassCommunication Specialist 1stClass John P. Curtis/Released)Seabee Soap Box Derby