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Lighthouse May 16, 2013

Lighthouse May 16, 2013

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Official newspaper of Naval Base Ventura County
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Vol. 13, No. 10 | Thursday, May 16, 2013www.thelighthousenews.com
Photo by RobeRt t. MoRock / NAWcWD
The Springs Fire ravages the Santa Monica Mountains and approaches Laguna Peak in this shot taken from Missile Park in the pre-dawn hoursof Friday morning, May 3. Complete fire coverage begins on Page 20.
Lt. Jim Foss is reunited with hisspouse, Sara, and 20-month-oldaughter, Caroline, as Carrierirborne Early Warning Squadron(VAW) 112 returns April 28 fromn eight-month deployment aboardthe USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74)in support of Operation EnduringFreedom.
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In this photo by UT3 JenniferStewart, CM3 Chris Nieman fromNaval Mobile Construction Battalion3’s Alfa Company reacts to ahemical, biological and radiologicalCBR) simulated attack May 8,part of the battalion’s field trainingxercise at Fort Hunter Liggett.
May 30 Lighthouse
By Kimberly Gearhart
NBVC Public Affairs
The Chief of Naval Personnel(CNP) visited Naval Base Ven-tura County (NBVC) April 29and 30 with two things in mind:sharing what’s new in the worldof Navy personnel and gettingfeedbackstraightfrom theSailorsthose policies affect.Vice Adm. Scott Van Buskirkmade NBVC the first stop of afour-day visit to Southern Cali-fornia, and first on his agendawas an All-Hands Call that drewnearly 1,000 men and women inuniform.“I’veneveraddressedthismanypeoplestandingup,Van Buskirksaid, addressing the crowd fromatop a flatbed trailer festoonedwith bunting and flags. “Take aknee. Get comfortable…. I’mhere to hear from you.”Calling today’s Navy the “mostrelevant”force in years, Van Bus-kirk said he doesn’t see demandfor the Navy’s services going
Chief of Naval Personnel visits NBVC
Photo by Mc1 chRis FAhey / NMcb 3
Vice Adm. Scott Van Buskirk talkswith Sailors on base April 29.
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Shipmates, I’m going to change the format of “Ask the Cap-tain” a bit. Much of this edition is dedicated to theSprings Fire, including four pages of coverage be-
 ginning on Page 20. The re burned 28,000 acres in
Ventura County, including 300 acres at Naval BaseVentura County (NBVC). As the installation commander, the safety and well-being of the people who live and work here aremy responsibility. In emergency situations, such as theSprings Fire that began May 2, the entire NBVC staff is focused on the safety of our Sailors, their families and then the Mission. We were faced with tough calls as the
 re came closer. From reghters and police ofcers to
administrative staff and counselors, everyone stepped up and executed their assigned tasks and missions,ensuring the safety of our families, friends, neighborsand the operational capabilities of the installation.We must also recognize those of you who live and work at Point Mugu but were not part of our emer- gency operations. You kept us communicating, ask-ing thoughtful questions and providing feedback. You
 stayed exible and responsive throughout the emer 
- gency, and when the order came down to evacuate, youdid so with a calm trust that was as inspiring as it wasnecessary.Communication is critical during any emergency,and this response truly tested our capabilities. We saw
a noticeable increase in trafc on our social media
 platforms, gaining over 900 Facebook followers in just over two days and watching our Tweets get picked upand rebroadcast by news outlets throughout the county.
There is denitely room to improve, but your willing 
-ness to connect with us is critical to our future commu-nications efforts.We will continue to push information through all available channels, especially during emergencies. In addition to your chain of command’s informationoutlets, be sure to visit www.Facebook.com/Naval- BaseVenturaCounty, www.twitter.com/NBVCCalifornia,tune in to AM 1610 on the radio and visit http://cnic.navy.mil/ventura for emergency-related information.
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5 to 9 p.m.,Hueneme YouthCenter. Youth 16 to18 years old interested in summeremployment with Child YouthPrograms at NBVC can find outabout available positions and gethelp with applications.
13 will behonored at the Navy League’s 46th annualevent. 6 p.m. social hour; 7 p.m.dinner. Oxnard Elks Lodge, 801 S.A St., Oxnard. $35. Reservations:Bob Quinn at 805-485-3995 orArlene Fraser at 805-985-3559.Open to the public.
9 a.m.,Family Beach, NavalBase Ventura County,Point Mugu. 75 athletes from theNavy, Army, Air Force, Marinesand Team Canada will compete inswimming, bicycling and running.Open to spectators with baseaccess. Volunteers needed.Information: 805-982-3007.
10 a.m.to 1 p.m., Bldg. 1180,Region Legal Service Office,Detachment Ventura, second floor.Signup required. Information: 805-982-4548.
Naval Base Ventura County (NBVC)losed out the 2013 Corporate Games insecond place, behind the County of Ven-tura and ahead of Amgen.WithallcategoriestalliedaftertheMay11 closing ceremonies, the base ended upith seven gold medals, five silver medalsand two bronze medals.The gold medals were in beach volley-ball, billiards, darts, golf, horseshoes, in-doorvolleyballandthecombinedcatego-ry of dominoes, spades and Texas Hold‘Em. Silver medals were in basketball,bocce, Frisbee golf, six-a-side soccer andthe 5K run. The bronze medals were inmen’s softball and miniature golf.A second team from the base broughthomeagoldinminiaturegolf andasilverin darts.Thebaseclosedoutthecontestwith103points. The County of Ventura had 133andAmgenhad86.Thesecondteamfromthe base collected 25 points. A third teambrought in six points but did not medal inany category.NBVChadapproximately175membersparticipating and won a total of 26 indi-vidual medals.“I thought all the NBVC teams werevery competitive this year,” said RobertBonner, a mechanical engineer with theNaval Facilities Engineering and Expedi-tionary Warfare Center whospearheadedthe base efforts. “We won more than athird of the events and finished in the topthree in more than half the events.”
NBVC finishes second in Corporate Games
Jessica Durant, the spouse of Marine Corps Sgt. Joseph Durant, gets a makeover from HeatherLucas, the Lancome representative at the Navy Exchange. Durant said she appreciated the event. “Idon’t get out all the time,” she said.
By Andrea Howry
Morethan300Navyspousesook advantage of a morningto be pampered and fed as theFleet&FamilySupportCenter(FFSC)hostedaspouseappre-ciationeventThursday,May9,in the Bee-Hive Gym at NavalBase Ventura County, PortHueneme.The spouses — nearly all of them wives — got makeoversand massages and watched afashion show during the three-hour event.Julie McCloud got her flow-ng blond hair cut to chinength before modeling in theashion show with her 2-year-old daughter Ava and 1-year-old son CJ.“I wanted to have a little bitof a change,” said the spouseof Chief Hospital CorpsmanCoreyMcCloud.“He’llbesur-prised when he gets back in a
Spouses pampered during appreciation event
By Lt. Michael Fallon
hief of Naval Personnel Public Affairs
COLORADOSPRINGS,Colo.(NNS)— Navy physicians and corpsmen are inColoradoSprings,Colo.,thisweektosup-port Team Navy’s wounded warrior ath-etes in the 2013 Warrior Games May11-16.“The medical staff makes competingach day a little easier,said retired NavyCulinary Specialist Seaman Judi Boyce.“Without them, Team Navy would bestruggling with sore muscles and injuries.They make each day better.”Boyce is one of dozens of athletes whohave visited Naval Base Ventura County(NBVC) Port Hueneme, to train for theevent.NBVCwasnamedtheofficialtrain-ing site in 2010.In Colorado, Boyce received an acu-puncture treatment and sports massagesthroughout Team Navy’s training weekprior to the Warrior Games. During theevent, she will compete in archery andtrack and field.The Warrior Games, hosted by theU.S. Olympic Committee and presentedby Deloitte, provides an opportunity forwounded,illandinjuredSailorsandCoastGuardsmen to participate in competitivesports with service members from other
Medical team in Colorado for Warrior Games
10 a.m. to 5:30p.m., Port HuenemeCommissary. Also 10a.m. to 5:30 p.m. May 17 and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. May 18.

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