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Lighthouse 110112

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Vol. 12, No. 22 | Thursday, November 1, 2012www.thelighthousenews.com
By Andrea Howry
Lighthouse
TheChildDevelopmentCenter(CDC) at Naval Base VenturaCounty(NBVC)PointMuguhasreceived a five-year accreditationfromtheNationalAssociationforthe Education of Young Chil-dren,earninganear-perfectscorein the process.“We were jazzed,”said SharonNash, director of the facility,which serves 60 children. “Thishasbeenasix-monthprocess,andI am so relieved.”Thecenterreceived100percentor 100-percent-plus ratings in allbutoneof the10programcatego-ries. In curriculum, it received a97 percent rating. Facilities mustscoreatleastan80percentratingin these categories to be accred-
Mugu CDC earns 5-year accreditation
PHOTO BY ANDREA HOWRY / LIGHTHOUSE
Clowns were a big part of the Haunted Maze, the Halloween event that drew 550 people to Naval Base Ventura County (NBVC) Port HuenemeFriday, Oct. 26. Alice Cooper and Bart Simpson had reason to fear, from left CM2 Tracy Harris of the Naval Construction Training Center, DeeganVillanueva, an 8-year-old member of NBVC’s Seals Swim Team, and EACA Casey Smith of NMCB 5.
Story, photos, Pages 16-17.
CAN’T SLEEP, CLOWNS WILL EAT ME
Naval Base Ventura County(NBVC) will have a strong pres-ence at Veterans Day eventsthroughout Ventura County andother parts of Southern Califor-nia. Here are some of the eventsin which the base is taking part:• The Ivy Lawn Veterans DayeventatIvyLawnMemorialPark,Ventura,willfeatureCapt.DavidSasek,chief staff officerof NBVC,as a guest speaker. The event be-gins at 10:30 a.m. Sunday, Nov.11. Ivy Lawn Memorial Gardensis at 5400 Valentine Road. Infor-mation: 642-1055.TheOxnardVeteransDaycel-ebration will feature Capt. DeanTufts,commandingofficerof the31st Seabee Readiness Group(SRG), as a guest speaker. Thisevent is at 11 a.m. Sunday, Nov.11, at Oxnard Plaza Park.TheSanFernandoValleyVet-erans Day Parade will feature aMediumTacticalVehicleReplace-
Base has strong presence at Veterans Day events
SEE CDC, PAGE 20SEE VETERANS, PAGE 20
Near-perfect scorehas team ‘jazzed
EO1 Karl Tischer of NMCB 4’s Waterell Team mentors the night crews they “trip out” 220-pound piecesf drill steel. The team recently onducted an exercise at FortHunter Liggett.
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Michelle Thompson, with 2-year-ld daughter Ariana, wins the hatontest at the NEX Port Huenemeancer awareness tea. Thompson’sspouse is BU2 (SCW) Gamionhompson of the 31st SRG.
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WHAT’S INSIDEHAT’S AHEAD
Carrier Airborne Early Warningquadron (VAW) 112 is aboard theUSS John C. Stennis (CVN-74) in theNorth Arabian Sea.
Nov. 15 issue
 
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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 
PUBLISHER
MARGIE COCHRANE
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 isn’t there air conditioning in our child day-care centers? I’ve kept my child homewhen the temperature was predicted to be over 90degrees, but she’s still getting overheated. Answer: The air conditioning question is one that we’ve addressed before, but we’ve recently received 
 several inquiries specific to our child care centers, so
 I want to take the opportunity to answer again. Although it was a warm summer, generally thetemperature at our Point Mugu and Port Hueneme facilities only gets above 80 degrees 15 days out of  the year. It’s really only above 75 for about 45 days a year, based on the National Oceanic and Atmospher-ic Administration’s past seven decades of data. Because of this extremely mild weather, Navyinstallations in Southern California are expected to start all projects with the assumption that air condi-tioning will not be included. It’s just not the best useof taxpayer dollars.We do everything we can to keep our childrencool and comfortable for those few days a year that the temperature is warmer than usual. Our facilitieshave childproof fans, and windows are kept openthroughout the day. We offer water and ice and con-duct water play activities on especially warm days aswell.The Child Development Center at Point Mugu stays a little warmer than the one at Port Huenemebecause of its design and location. Due to your concerns and comments, we did submit a request toinstall air conditioning there, which was recently ap- proved! Although we do not have a start date at thistime, we should have the equipment installed beforenext summer.We are installing thermometers in all of our carerooms and will have our providers monitor the tem- perature at multiple times throughout the day. Thiswill help us establish how well our efforts are work-ing and give us a good baseline for any future plans.
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COMMUNITYCALENDAR 
HEALTH FAIRS:
PointMugu, 9 a.m. to 2p.m., Bldg. 366; PortHueneme, Nov. 8,9 a.m. to 2 p.m., Duke’s Place.Screenings, health benefitsexplanations for open season.Information: 982-4084, 989-3302.
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TOASTMASTERSOPEN HOUSE:
Noonto 1 p.m., Bldg. 366,13th and I streets,NBVC Point Mugu. Find out howthis public-speaking organizationcan help you and your group.Information: Jeannie Taylor, clubpresident, 805-603-7424.
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November 
CHILI COOKOFF:
11 a.m. to noon,Commissary, NBVCPort Hueneme. Wantto compete? Sign up atthe commissary Customer ServiceOffice. Information: 982-2400.
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UNIFORM CHANGE:
Sailors switch towinter uniforms: dressblues instead of dresswhites. Installations in Utah,Colorado, Nevada and New Mexicoswitched Oct. 1.
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TURKEY TROT5K:
11:30 a.m.,registration starts10:45 a.m., BeeHiveGym. $10 per person, includesT-shirt. Open to all base personnel,including contractors. Participantswill be entered into a drawing fora free turkey; three will be givenaway. Information: 989-7378.
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By Kimberly Gearhart
NBVC Public Affairs
The Chief of Navy Chap-ains visited Naval Base Ven-ura County Oct. 23, meetingwith base chaplains and reli-gious program specialists dur-ing breakfast at the Port Hue-eme Galley.Rear Adm. Mark Tidd, whowas in the area to speak withthe Santa Barbara NavyLeague, took the opportunitytovisitNBVCforthefirsttimesince he was studying for hisaster’s of divinity at FullerTheological Seminary in Pasa-dena in the early 1980s.“Friends of the family werestationedatPointMugu,”Tiddsaid,“andtheywouldinvitemeand [my wife] Jennifer to din-er and they’d invite the chap-lain and his wife as well.”Those interactions allowedTidd, who was involved withthe Navy Chaplain CandidateProgram at Fuller, to get a feelfor what being a chaplain re-ally meant.“Talking with the Navychaplain about what specifi-cally he did really resonatedwith me and the type of min-istryIfeltIwasbeingcalledto.The Navy chaplaincy was anavenue to carry out that min-istry,Tidd explained.Visiting NBVC gave Tidd achance to see how much thearea had changed and, moreimportantly, to hear from oth-er members of the ChaplainCorps and connect with themone-on-one.“The Chief of Chaplains isour most senior officer in theNavyChaplainCorps,”saidLt.Cmdr. Jeffrey Han, NBVCcommandchaplain.“Formanyof our religious program spe-cialists and chaplains, it is notalways possible to meet withhim on a regular basis due tooperational or deploymentmissions.”That sense of connectednessis exactly the point, Tiddsaid.“When I was coming up asa chaplain, I always appreci-ated the fact that the Chief of Chaplains was interested incoming to wherever it was thatwe were — Japan, out at sea,it didn’t matter. I wanted topassthaton.Ithinktheyredo-ing great work serving ourpeople.”
Chief of Navy Chaplains visits base
TheChiefofNavyChaplains,RearAdm. Mark Tidd, recently visitedNaval Base Ventura County, joining base chaplains andreligious program specialists forbreakfast at the Port HuenemeGalley. Tidd was in the area tospeak with the Santa BarbaraNavy League.
By Andrea Howry
Lighthouse
A celebration of courage and life drewcrowd of 60 people Saturday, Oct. 20,s the Navy Exchange at Naval Base Ven-tura County, Port Hueneme, hosted aancer awareness tea for survivors, theiraretakers and family members.Several cancer survivors took the mi-rophone to urge those in the audienceo get checked for signs of the disease,tressing that early detection is the keyo survival.Don’t be fooled, they said, by all theretty pink decorations that come out inctober for Breast Cancer Awarenessonth.“Cancer isn’t pink, it’s not fluffy andt’s not pretty,” said Norma Creech, op-rations manager at the NEX and a can-er survivor. “It’s very ugly.”Ashley Flores, the granddaughter of awn Smith-Ferguson, services man-ger at the NEX, talked about what itas like to lose a family member to can-er. Her father died just seven monthsfter being diagnosed with leukemia, andhe wonders if he’d be around to watcher grow up if he’d gone to a doctor ear-ier.“If something doesn’t feel right,”Ash-ey said, “trust your instincts.”Survivors talked about the importanceof keeping a positive attitude and refus-ing to let cancer take over everyday ac-tivities.“You can overcome what you want toovercome,” said Helen Young of Moor-park, an 11-year breast cancer survivorwho was invited to the event by a friendwho works at the NEX.NEXemployeesgavepinkrosestoeachof the survivors and their caretakers inthe audience.Afterwards, they sang “Happy Birth-day” in recognition of each year of sur-vival.“I think this was awesome,Smith-Fer-guson said as the festivities were windingdown. “Now we can start getting excitedabout next year.”
Cancer awareness tea draws 60 to NEX
PHOTO BY ANDREA HOWRY / LIGHTHOUSE
Cancer survivors and their caregivers are honored at a cancer awareness tea put onSaturday, Oct. 20, by the Navy Exchange at Naval Base Ventura County, Port Hueneme.Several survivors took the microphone to stress the need for annual exams, pointing outthat early detection is the key to surviving cancer.
SAFETY FAIR:
8 a.m.to noon, Port HuenemeGrinder. Stations willbe set up to provideholiday safety reminders aboutfire dangers, accidents anddriving while under the influence.Information: 989-8099.
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