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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.
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.
11 a.m. to noon,Commissary, NBVCPort Hueneme. Wantto compete? Sign up atthe commissary Customer ServiceOffice. Information: 982-2400.
Sailors switch towinter uniforms: dressblues instead of dresswhites. Installations in Utah,Colorado, Nevada and New Mexicoswitched Oct. 1.
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.
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.Ithinkthey’redo-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
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.
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.