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Lighthouse February 21, 2013

Lighthouse February 21, 2013

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Official newspaper of Naval Base Ventura County
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Vol. 13, No. 4 | Thursday, February 21, 2013www.thelighthousenews.com
By Kimberly Gearhart
NBVC Public Affairs
Naval Base Ventura County will hostCitadel Shield (CS) 2013 exercises theweek of Feb. 25.This annual event is designed to en-hancethetrainingandreadinessof Navysecuritypersonnel.Itestablishesalearn-ing environment that allows securitypersonnel to exercise functional plansandoperationalcapabilitiesinreal-worldsettings. It is not held in response to aspecific threat, but is instead
Annual security exercise begins Feb. 25
Photo by MC1 Charles Panter / nMCb 4
HM2 Neal White, assigned to Naval Mobile Construction Battalion (NMCB) 4, administers animmunization shot to BU3 Madelynn McKeithan, also assigned to NMCB 4, to ensure her healthduring her deployment to the Horn of Africa. The immunizations took place earlier this month atNaval Base Ventura County’s Point Mugu Theater. NMCB 4 has relieved NMCB 1 in Rota, Spain,and is deploying over the European and African commands.
Story and photos, Page 12.
EffectiveMarch1,thosetakingadvantageof communitysupportprograms at Naval Base VenturaCounty(NBVC)willneedtobringcash, debit or credit cards to payfor services; personal checks willno longer be accepted.Throughout Navy RegionSouthwest, community supportprogramswillbeginrefusingcheckpayments for services in March.AtNBVC,thisincludesmanyser-vicesandamenitieslikethebowl-ing alleys and the golf course,gyms and auto hobby shops.“Our child care programs havebeenenforcingthispolicyforovera year,” said Deborah Williams,communitysupportprogramssitemanager.“Peoplejustswipetheircards. It’s very convenient.”The decision to stop the use of checks was a financial one, Wil-liams explained. Simply put, theregion was spending too muchmoney on services related to badchecks.Other services affected by thechange include Morale, Welfareand Recreation food services, theInformation, Tickets and Traveloffices and outdoor recreationfacility. If you’re unsure whetheryour favorite service is affected,ask prior to making payment.“Mostpeopleusetheircardsforeverythingthesedays,butwewantpeopletoknowaboutthechangein advance,” Williams said. “It’sthe right thing to do.”
Community support programs stop taking checks
Naval Base Ventura County (NBVC)willnotsponsorateaminthe2013Cor-porate Games this year because of thecost involved, base officials from Mo-rale, Welfare and Recreation (MWR)have announced.Other future MWR events may alsobecanceledduetoongoingbudgetcon-cerns. Lunchtime fun runs, like the
Budget fears forcemore cancellations
See AnnuAl, PAge 21See eVenTS, PAge 21
Chloe Munsey gets a lesson inooth-brushing from HM1 FloydJones, a dental hygienist at NavalBranch Health Clinic, Port Hueneme.The preschooler at Naval BaseVentura County, Point Mugu, is onef 2,000 youngsters across theounty being visited by the Navy’sental team.
Pages 16-17
Kiley Reinholdt, left, and LilianaRazo make valentines for deployedSailors as part of their Feb. 5 after-school activities with the Military Kids Club at Las Posas Elementary School in Camarillo.
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Question: For more than 35 years, I have been us-ing the commissary system throughout the world. The facility at Naval Base Ventura County is one of the best  I have used. One concern I have is seeing authorized  patrons making purchases for unauthorized persons.Why doesn’t the commissary check IDs at the door like I’ve seen in Hawaii? Why are persons without military IDs allowed inside a facility they are not authorized touse? Answer: First, thank you for your question and for  your service.The Defense Commissary Agency eliminated the ID checker position at stores in the continental United States several years ago, opting instead to check IDsat the register. Ultimately, it is the prerogative of eachmilitary ID cardholder whether or not to have guestsaccompany them aboard base. In the commissary, onlyauthorized patrons are allowed to make purchases,enforced by 100 percent ID checks by cashiers. It is the responsibility of each authorized patron touse their commissary privilege responsibly. Although you may see patrons making purchases you believe are for their guests, this does not mean they’re breaking therules. For example, if you are having guests over for dinner, can they help select parts of the meal? Yes, theycan. If someone is going to abuse their privilege by mak-ing purchases for friends, they can do so even if the friend is not allowed in the commissary. Those found tobe abusing their commissary privileges can have those privileges revoked. Keep the questions and feedback coming! You can submit via this forum at lighthouse@navy.mil, onlineusing the CO’s Suggestion Box at http://cnic.navy.mil/ventura/index.htm or at www.Facebook.com/Naval- BaseVenturaCounty. You can also follow us on Twitter at www.twitter.com/NBVCCalifornia and keep up on thelatest news and events.
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The 2013 Active Duty Fund Drive in supportof the Navy-MarineCorps Relief Society kicks off. SeePage 9 for details.
VenturaCounty Chapter of the National Activeand Retired FederalEmployees Associationmeets for social time at 11:30a.m., lunch at noon, at the ElksClub, 801 South A St., Oxnard.Cost: $9. Reserve by Feb. 25 by calling 482-1801.
The Fleet &Family Support Centeris sponsoring activitiesthis week stressing the importanceof short- and long-term budgetingand the need to be in control of personal finances. See Page 19.
The annualSpring Job Fair,put on by the Fleet& Family SupportCenter, is from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.at Duke’s, Naval Base VenturaCounty, Port Hueneme. More than50 companies with current jobopenings are expected to attend.See Page 20.
Members of the Oxnard Harbor District and Port Hueneme Chamber of Commerce, as well as other dignitaries from communities andorganizations near Naval Base Ventura County (NBVC), disembark from the USS Chosin (CG 65) after a base tour Feb. 7. The base hostsmonthly “Friends of NBVC” tours of ships and facilities as a community outreach program aimed at increasing public awareness aboutthe variety of functions and missions served at NBVC. The ship was in port for a systems assessment with Naval Surface Warfare Center,Port Hueneme Division.
This is the second in a regular series of eports from Force Protection on top is-sues in security and law enforcement atNaval Base Ventura County (NBVC).
Increased Security PostureBard Gate Closure
Asaresultof aheightenedsecuritypos-ture, Bard Gate at NBVC Port Huenemewas temporarily closed from Thursday,Feb.7,throughWednesday,Feb.13.Dur-ingthistime,additionalsecuritymeasureswereputintoplacethroughouttheinstal-lation, particularly at each NBVC entrycontrol point.The increased security posture was aresult of Christopher Dorner’s criminalactivityandtheintenseregionalmanhunttolocatehim.Dornerwasaformermem-berof theLosAngelesPoliceDepartmentand a recently discharged Navy reservist.Although there was no intelligence to in-
Manhunt prompted Bard Gate closure
See SAFeTY, PAGe 21
Tickets can now be purchased onlineortheSept.28-29airshowatNavalBaseVentura County, Point Mugu.The Blue Angels, the U.S. Navy FlightDemonstration Squadron, are scheduledto perform both days.Reserved seating for the performancesrangesfrom$25to$125.Whileadmissionto the air show is free, as is parking, andthe show can be seen from anywhere onthe show grounds, reserve seating offersan unobstructed view of the flightline.
Tickets for reserved seats at air show available online
This year’s air show at Naval BaseVentura County, Point Mugu, will takeplace Sept. 28 and 29. Look for a story related to the air show in each editionof The Lighthouse until the Sept. 19special air show edition.
Thefirst meeting of thisnew group, made upof officers who have made thetransition from the enlisted ranksand want to help others do thesame, is at 9 a.m. at the PointMugu Theater. See Page 8.

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