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Lighthouse September 6, 2012

Lighthouse September 6, 2012

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Vol. 12, No. 18 | Thursday, September 6, 2012www.thelighthousenews.com
AdisestablishmentceremonyforNaval Mobile Construction Bat-talion (NMCB) 40 will be held at10 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 12, onthe Parade Field at Naval BaseVenturaCounty,PortHueneme.AreceptionwillfollowatDuke’sPlace.Duringtheceremony,unitswillmarch in formation, former com-manding officers and commandmaster chiefs will be recognized,and there will be a recounting of thebattalion’shistory.The guest speaker will be RearAdm.ChristopherJ.Mossey,com-mander,NavalFacilitiesEngineer-ing Command and the chief of civilengineers.Other speakers include the bat-talion’s final commanding officer,Cmdr.TimJ.DeWitt,andthecom-modoreof the31stSeabeeReadi-ness Group (31st SRG), Capt.DeanTufts.Also during the ceremony, thebattalion’s awards plaque will bepresented, and there will be a for-mal casing of the battalion col-ors.The NMCB 40 formation willconsist of current members andany former members who servedin the battalion in the past 12months.Alsoparticipatingintheceremo-ny will be NMCB 3, NMCB 4,NMCB 5, Underwater Construc-tionTeam2,andthe31stSRG.Equipment and historical dis-playswillbesetup.
NMCB 40 will disestablish Sept. 12
PHOTO BY KIMBERLY GEARHART / NBVC PUBLIC AFFAIRS
Fitness guru Tony Horton, left, and Engineman 3rd Class Ruben Alvarado throw elbows as part of a workoutaboard the USS San Diego (LPD 22). Horton conducted an afternoon workout on the flight deck of the ship,which was docked at Naval Base Ventura County, as part of a series of events aimed at helping promote aculture of fitness in the military.
Story, more photos, Page 4.
CULTURE OF FITNESS
By Andrea Howry
Lighthouse
The deadline to register fortheSept.15WoundedWarriorHalf-Mara-thonatNa-valBaseVenturaCounty(NBVC)PointMugu has been extended toFriday, Sept. 7.Registration is through ac-tive.com.Already,morethan700peo-plehaveregisteredforthe13.1-
Registrationdeadlineextended forhalf-marathon
1,000 runnersexpected for Sept.15 event
4-page pullout inside
Profile inside
Local woundedwarrior will attend.Page 7.
SEE WOUNDED, PAGE 7
With his wife Nancy looking on, Capt.Larry Vasquez, commanding officerof Naval Base Ventura County, cutsthe ribbon of the new Fleet & Family Support Center office at CatalinaHeights in Camarillo. Behind theribbon is Pat White, counselingadvocacy program supervisor forFFSC.
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UTCN Jeremy Schmitt of NMCB 5places concertina wire around aent during an annual Field TrainingExercise last month in Fort HunterLiggett.
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WHAT’S INSIDEHAT’S AHEAD
High school students takepart in a Society of AmericanMilitary Engineers camp run by volunteers from the Naval MobileConstruction Battalions, the 31stSeabee Readiness Group, NavalConstruction Training Center andcivilians.
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By Captain Larry Vasquez
NBVC Commanding Ofcer
THE LIGHTHOUSE IS PUBLISHED AT NO COST TO THE GOVERN-MENT EVERY OTHER THURSDAY BY THE STAR, OF CAMARILLO,CA. THE STAR IS A PRIVATE FIRM IN NO WAY CONNECTED WITHTHE DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE OR THE UNITED STATES NAVY,UNDER WRITTEN CONTRACT WITH NAVAL BASE VENTURACOUNTY. THE LIGHTHOUSE IS THE ONLY AUTHORIZED CIVILIANENTERPRISE NEWSPAPER FOR MEMBERS OF THE U.S. NAVY,CIVILIAN EMPLOYEES, RETIREES AND THEIR FAMILY MEMBERSIN THE VENTURA COUNTY AREA. CONTENTS OF THE PAPER ARENOT NECESSARILY THE OFFICIAL VIEWS OF,NOR ENDORSED BY,THE U.S. GOVERNMENT, AND THE DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE,OR THE DEPARTMENT OF THE NAVY AND DO NOT IMPLY EN-DORSEMENT THEREOF. THE APPEARANCE OF ADVERTISING INTHIS PUBLICATION INCLUDING INSERTS AND SUPPLEMENTS,DOES NOT CONSTITUTE ENDORSEMENT OF THE DEPARTMENTOF DEFENSE, THE U.S. NAVY OR THE STAR, OF THE PRODUCTSOR SERVICES ADVERTISED. EVERYTHING ADVERTISED IN THISPUBLICATION SHALL BE MADE AVAILABLE FOR PURCHASE,USEOR PATRONAGE WITHOUT REGARD TO RACE,COLOR,RELIGION,SEX, NATIONAL ORIGIN, AGE, MARITAL STATUS, PHYSICALHANDICAP, POLITICAL AFFILIATION, OR ANY OTHER NON-MERITFACTOR OF THE PURCHASER, USE, OR PATRON. IF A VIOLATIONOR REJECTION OF THIS EQUAL OPPORTUNITY POLICY BY AN AD-VERTISER IS CONFIRMED, THE PUBLISHER SHALL REFUSE TOPRINT ADVERTISING FROM THAT SOURCE UNTIL THE VIOLATIONIS CORRECTED. EDITORIAL CONTENT IS EDITED, PREPAREDAND PROVIDED TO THE PUBLISHER BY THE LOCAL INSTALLA-TION PUBLIC AFFAIRS OFFICES UNDER THE AUSPICES OF THENAVAL BASE VENTURA COUNTY PUBLIC AFFAIRS OFFICE.
COMMANDING OFFICER
CAPT. LARRY VASQUEZ
CHIEF STAFF OFFICER
CAPT. DAVID SASEK 
COMMAND MASTER CHIEF 
CMDCM THOMAS CYR
PUBLIC AFFAIRS OFFICER
KIMBERLY GEARHART
LIGHTHOUSE EDITOR
ANDREA HOWRY
lighthouse@navy.mil805-989-5281
FIND US AT:
Facebook.com/NavalBaseVenturaCounty 
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ADVERTISING DEPARTMENT
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N AVA L B A S E V E N T U R A C O U N T Y
Please submit your questions or comments to Lighthouse Editor Andrea Howry at lighthouse@navy.mil
800-221-STAR (7827)
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Question: Why not keep the Navy Exchange openlater into the evening? I’d suggest having them stayopen from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. all week — that would be perfect. Even if you have just a handful of custom-ers shopping, at least you are earning something rather than no money at all, and more people would be able to access the NEX in the mornings and after work. Answer: Thanks for the suggestion. I ran your idea by the Navy Exchange general manager, and here’s what she explained to me.Operating hours are determined locally for each facility and are based upon a years worth of daily sales data in half-hour increments. The NEX usesthis data to determine the most profitable periods of  the day and schedule people accordingly, maximiz-ing their manpower and payroll expenditures. Although staying open later with fewer people sounds like it might working, it’s impossible tomeasure potential sales, so the NEX uses historical data covering promotional events, special events, paydays and regular daily business in our review. Last Christmas, the NEX had extended hours, but they actually lost money. Even shifting staffing doesn’t make up the difference when sales aren’t high enough.The decision for the Naval Base Ventura County NEX facilities to close at 7 p.m. was not an easyone, but it has helped maximize its staffing during the busier times of day. Please continue to submit your questions and  suggestions through one of our many feedback options. Follow us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/NavalBaseVenturaCounty, submit your sugges-tions to my online Commanding Officer’s Suggestion Box at http://cnic.navy.mil/Ventura/ or send an email to lighthouse@navy.mil.
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NAVY LEAGUE:
50thanniversary of NavalSea Cadet Corps willbe celebrated whenthe Channel Islands Council of Navy League meets for an 11:30social and noon lunch at the BardMansion. $15 for buffet lunch toChannel Islands Council, P.O. Box973, Port Hueneme, 93041. CallJim Cecil for base access by Sept.7 at 805-482-8215.
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 September 
BATTLE OF BRITAIN:
Retired Army Col.and World War IIveteran Jim Hinckley discusses theimportance of this 1940 event at1 p.m. at the Seabee Museum.Free admission and parking. Info:982-5165.
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RIDE TO THEFLAGS:
Hundreds of motorcyclists meet atNaval Base VenturaCounty, Point Mugu, before ridingthe 42.5 miles to PepperdineUniversity where 2,977 flags— one for each innocent life loston 9/11 — are set up across8 acres. Registration between10 a.m. and noon at Las PosasRoad and Pacific Coast Highway.Information: ridetotheflags.com.
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IMMIGRATION ANDNATURALIZATION:
Help available onrelated issues,including fingerprinting, 10 a.m. to1 p.m., Bldg. 1180, Region LegalService Office, 2nd Floor, NBVCPort Hueneme. Sign-up required.Call 982-3124.
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The Haunted Swamp, an annual Hal-oween event at Naval Base VenturaCounty, Port Hueneme, is being replacedthis year with a Haunted Maze.Located in the large lot behind theAquatics Center, the maze of hay baleswill be open one night only: Friday, Oct.26. It will be open only to those withbase access.In case of rain, the event will be post-poned one day, to Saturday, Oct. 27.Before dark, the maze will be less scaryso the younger set can have a Halloweenexperience. But between nightfall and10 p.m., expect some screams.“We’ll have some pretty scary scenes,”said Aquatics Manager Gerry Legaspi.There will also be a carnival withgames, face-painting and cotton can-dy.Cost will be $5 for military personneland $8 for Department of Defense civil-ians and contractors.The maze is in the same area wherethe haystacks were last year. It will bewheelchair-accessible.The event is being put on by Morale,Welfare and Recreation.Volunteers are needed to help createthe scenes before the event and to helpstaff the maze Oct. 26. To volunteer, callLegaspi at 982-4753.
Haunted Maze replaces Haunted Swamp
Event will be one daynly: Friday, Oct. 26
By Andrea Howry
Lighthouse
The Fleet and Family Support CenterFFSC) held a grand opening Saturday,ug. 25, for its new office at Catalinaeights, the military housing complex inamarillo.The office is actually one of the 315ousing units at Catalina Heights, withhree bedrooms upstairs and the livingoom, dining room and kitchen down-tairs.“This is a comfortable, homey place toerveCatalinaHeightsfamilies,saidLoriteinhauer, a clinical counselor who wasroviding tours of the office during therand opening.One of the bedrooms upstairs has beenconverted into a children’s play area. Theother two bedrooms provide locations forone-on-one counseling sessions; the larg-er living areas downstairs can accommo-date classes and group counseling ses-sions.Inadditiontobeingwarmandfriendly,the office is also convenient.“There are a lot of families who live atCatalina Heights who have only one car,”explained Pat White, the counseling ad-vocacy program supervisor. “Now theycan walk to us. They don’t have to driveto Point Mugu or Port Hueneme.”The center is also more convenient forchildren who have counseling appoint-ents.“They can come right after school,”White said. “This just makes it easier foreveryone.”Aviation Machinist’s Mate 2nd ClassMike Clary agreed.Clary’s family — wife Wendy and threechildrenages16,14and11liveatCata-lina Heights. So does Clary when he isn’tout on San Nicolas Island.“I like knowing that there’s a placenearby where my family can feel secure ingettinghelpandcounseling,hesaid.“It’sright here – it’s not six or nine milesaway.”FFSC staff members celebrated thegrand opening at the Catalina HeightsCommunity Center a block away with abarbecue, face-painting and toddlergames.Firefighters from the Ventura CountyFireDepartment,whichservicesCatalinaHeights, showed off their fire truck untilthey got an emergency call.The Catalina Heights FFSC Office isopen Monday through Friday from 8:30a.m.to6p.m.exceptTuesday,whenhoursare 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.For more information call 982-5037.
FFSC holds grand opening for new office
PHOTO BY ANDREA HOWRY / LIGHTHOUSE
AD2 Mike Clary, stationed out on San Nicolas Island, chats with clinical counselor LoriSteinhauer in a children’s playroom at the new Fleet & Family Support Center office in theCatalina Heights military housing complex in Camarillo. The office held a grand openingSaturday, Aug. 25.
Convenience one reasonor opening Catalinaeights location
There are a lot of families who live atCatalina Heights whohave only one car.
— Pat WhiteCounseling advocacy programsupervisor
CHIEFS’ PINNING:
4:30 p.m., ParadeGrounds, Naval BaseVentura County, PortHueneme.
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