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A new exhibithonoring military families will be unveiledat the Seabee Museum at 10 a.m.Family-friendly activities continuethrough 2:30 p.m. See Page 4.
Love your body onValentine’s Day. Firstlunchtime 5K of theyear put on by Morale, Welfare andRecreation. Registration 11 a.m.;run at 11:30 a.m. Bee-Hive Gym,NBVC Port Hueneme. Walkers,strollers welcome. Info: 989-7378.
PortHueneme Police Chief Robert Paul Gager isthe guest speaker atthe noon luncheon in the BardMansion. Social time begins at11:30 a.m. Reservations and baseaccess: Jim Cecil, 482-8215;Arlene Fraser, 985-3559.
MUGU COMMISSARYLOT SALE:
ContinuesFeb. 15. 10 a.m. to 4p.m., behind the gasstation at NBVC Point Mugu. Info:982-2400.
VenturaCounty Chapter of the National Activeand Retired FederalEmployees Association meets forsocial time at 11:30 a.m., lunch atnoon, at the Elks Club, 801 SouthA St., Oxnard. Cost: $9. Reserveby Feb. 25 by calling 482-1801.
By Kimberly Gearhart
NBVC Public Affairs
Naval Base Ventura County (NBVC)Fleet & Family Support Center (FFSC)staff hosted a visit from one of the new-stmembersof Congress–andtheHouseeterans Affairs Committee – Jan. 29.U.S. Rep. Julia Brownley, who repre-sents California’s 26th CongressionalDistrict, in which NBVC is situated, vis-ited several military and veterans serviceproviders in Ventura County during avisit to her home district last month.For Brownley, the visit was about get-ting a feel for what kinds of services tran-sitioning military members and veteransare receiving and where services can beimproved.“I’m newly elected to Congress,”Brownley said, noting that she was ap-pointed to the House Veterans AffairsCommittee and is the ranking memberof the subcommittee on veterans’health.“I have a lot to learn. Not only do I wantto understand what’s going on for veter-ans and military here in Ventura County,but I want to take that knowledge andhelp veterans across the country.”Afterabriefingregardingtherevampedtransition assistance program, now calledTransition GPS because it focuses ongoals,plansandsuccess,BrownleytouredFFSC at NBVC Port Hueneme withCapt. David Sasek, NBVC’s chief staff officer,andLauraHamilton,FFSCdirec-tor.Hamilton discussed the types of pro-grams and services available at FFSC formilitary members and their families be-yond basic transition services, includingfinancial planning classes and counselingservices for the entire family.“I hope that this is the first in a seriesof meetings,”Brownley said. “As a new-ly sworn-in member of Congress, I havequite a learning curve, and I want to besure we have good services for veterans.I want to be vigilant.”
Freshman congresswoman visits base
PHOTO BY KIMBERLY GEARHART / NBVC PUBLIC AFFAIRS
U.S. Rep. Julia Brownley, newly elected to the 26th Congressional District, which includesNaval Base Ventura County, listens as Capt. David Sasek, chief staff officer of the base,discusses the many different programs available to Sailors and their families.
By Andrea Howry
The Blue Angels, the U.S. Navy FlightDemonstrationSquadron,willbethefea-turedactatthisyear’sairshow,scheduledfor Sept. 28 and 29 at Naval Base Ven-tura County (NBVC) Point Mugu.Oneof thenewestmembersof theteam,and its first Chinese-American, is Lt.Cmdr. Michael Cheng, whose previousassignment was deputy air operations of-ficer at NBVC.Cheng returned to the base last month,flying in a blue and gold F/A-18 HornetpilotedbyLt.RyanChamberlain.Thesideof the jet was emblazoned with theirnames.
Blue Angels members fly in for air show meeting
PHOTO BY ANdREA HOWRY / LIGHTHOUSE
Lt. Cmdr. Michael Cheng, formerly the deputy air operations officer at Naval Base Venturaounty and now No. 8 on the Blue Angels flight demonstration squadron, recently returnedto the base for an air show planning meeting. The Blue Angels will perform at the air showSept. 28 and 29.
It’s a homecomingfor former deputy airoperations officer who’snow with the squadron
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NBVC will participatein Solid Curtain-Citadel Shield throughMarch 1. This annual forceprotection training exercise may affect services, such as the taxcenter. Call ahead, and look formore in the next Lighthouse.