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Lighthouse, July 11, 2013

Lighthouse, July 11, 2013

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Official newspaper of Naval Base Ventura County
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Vol. 13, No. 14 | Thursday, July 11, 2013www.thelighthousenews.com
BUCN Brandi Jaco-McLaren of Naval Base Ventura County letsher 1-year-old daughter, Athena,get her first peek at a horse.The Dalmatian nearly gets a dog treat from Virgil Steele, but handlerswould stop Steele seconds later. The Dalmatian freely roamed thecrowd as the Clydesdales were being groomed and prepped for theirstroll through the NEX parking lot.
Photos by AndreA howry / Lighthouse
A crowd forms as the Budweiser Clydesdales get hitched up for a stroll around the Port Hueneme Navy Exchange, part of a customer appreciation event Saturday, June 29.
Story, photos, Pages 16-17.
The one-day-a-week furloughis now under way, with an esti-mated 5,000-plusciviliansatNa-valBaseVenturaCounty(NBVC)experiencing a 20 percent cut inhours and pay for the next 11weeks.The furlough took effect theweek of July 8. It was up to indi-vidualcommandsto decidewhatday each week affected civilianswouldbeprohibitedfromcomingto work.Because of the furlough, thePort Hueneme Commissary isnow closed Mondays, and theSeabee Museum is closed Sun-days and Mondays.In addition, the Naval BranchHealth Clinic Port Hueneme isnolongeracceptingprimarycareappointments past 4 p.m., al-though this is due to a combinedimpact of the furlough and anunrelated staffing shortage.
Civilian furloughgoes into effect
The Dallas Cowboys are forgoingheir autograph signing at NavalBase Ventura County, Point Mugu, inavor of three Military AppreciationDays during their upcoming trainingcamp in Oxnard.
Page 3
Capt. Larry Vasquez, left,ommanding officer of Naval BaseVentura County, laughs with Capt.Dave Sasek after presenting himwith his end of tour military awardsduring Sasek’s retirement ceremony June 28 at the Seabee Museum
Page 8
BU2 Thad Dodds of NMCB 3 usesrouter on the plaque he’s creatingor the Senior Community Garden inOxnard.
Page 7
BU2 Gafayat Moradeyo juggledeployments and family to earn herMBA.
Page 12
Windshield decalson privatelyowned vehicles are no longer re-quired — and will no longer beissued—foraccesstoNavalBaseVentura County (NBVC) andother Navy installation.Drivers are reminded to keepthe following documentation onhand atalltimes:currentdriver’slicense, current registration, cur-rent proof of insurance, currentCaliforniaemissionscertificateif required and,formotorcyclerid-ers, proof of motorcycle safetytraining.
Windshield decals no longer needed
see deCals, page 22
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Question: With the civilians taking a 20 percent  pay cut due to the furlough, money is going to be verytight. Could you open the galley so affected employeeshave a cheap, local meal option? It would be great for morale — and our budgets. Answer: Civilians are critical to the Navy’s mis- sion, particularly here at Naval Base Ventura County(NBVC), where nearly two-thirds of the workforce arenon-military members. I know that the furlough, whichis affecting thousands here at NBVC, is a major blowto budgets and morale. I value your input and your dedication to the nation, and I thank you for your sug- gestion. However, it is not within my authority as an instal-lation commander to authorize civilians to use the gal-ley. CNICINST 4061.1 outlines authorization to messin ashore galleys, such as the facilities at Point Muguand Port Hueneme, and civilian employees are not authorized, with very few exceptions. Special meals areone of those exceptions and have been suspended dueto budgetary constraints. The Naval Supply SystemsCommand Food Service Management publication 486  goes one step further, saying that opening galleys to feed civilians is “contrary to the congressional intent  for funding the feeding of Sailors. I know that Department of Defense civilians acrossthe country are bearing a heavy burden during the cur-rent budget crisis while we all work to ensure the con-tinued success of our nation’s armed forces. We have gotten through other hardships, and we will weather this one as well. Thanks for your continued service toour nation. Do you have questions or suggestions? You can submit them via this forum at lighthouse@navy.mil, on-line using the CO’s Suggestion Box at http://cnic.navy.mil/ventura/index.htm or at www.Facebook.com/Na-valBaseVenturaCounty. You can also follow NBVC onTwitter at www.twitter.com/NBVCCalifornia and keepup on the latest news and events.
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5 to 7 p.m., SeabeeChapel courtyard. Bringa picnic dinner andenjoy gospel music performed by local groups, including NBVC’s own“The Anointing.” Story, Page 6.
10 a.m.to 1 p.m., NBVC PortHueneme Fleet &Family Support Center. Children of eligible families can pick up a freebackpack and school supplies.Registration required. Sponsoredby Operation Homefront. Story,Page 5.
9 a.m. tonoon through Friday,Seabee Chapel,NBVC Port Hueneme.Information: 982-4358.
1 to 4 p.m.,Seabee Museum;continues Aug. 17from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Visitors areinvited to build a paper plane inthe museum, then take part in thecontest the next day. Information:982-5165.
10 a.m. to 2 p.m.,Camarillo Parks andRecreation Auditorium, 1605 E.Burnley St., Camarillo. Free forall military personnel, veteransand their loved ones. Learnabout education benefits andhow to enroll in Veterans Affairshealthcare programs, attend amini job fair, and see equipmentdisplays. Information: Military411.
The Dallas Cowboys are returning toOxnard for their summer training camp,but this year, there will be no autographsigning session at Naval Base VenturaCounty.Instead, the Cowboys have establishedthree Military Appreciation Days duringtheir monthlong training camp whenmilitary personnel in uniform or withproper identification can park for free inthe VIP parking lot and sit in a specialdesignated viewing area.Admission to the training camp itself is free to everyone.The Military Appreciation Days areThursday, Aug. 1; Tuesday, Aug. 6; andTuesday,Aug.13.Footballpracticebeginsat 4 p.m. each day.The training camp is near the RiverRidgeGolf Course,atthecornerof Vine-yard Avenue and Ventura Road. The VIP
Cowboys schedule Military Appreciation Days
They replace autographsession in Mugu hangar
PhOtO bY Mc1 JOhN P. curtIS / NMcb 5
ET1 Duvon Thomas throws CE1 Michael Baxter to the ground during a Marine Corps Martial Arts Program (MCMAP) green belt qualificationcourse June 28. After more than 70 hours of training, 15 Seabees assigned to Naval Mobile Construction Battalion (NMCB) 5 completedthe third course in MCMAP and received their green belts while deployed to Camp Shields in Okinawa, Japan. NMCB 5 is currently supporting Navy and joint forces throughout U.S. Pacific Command.
See COWBOYS, PAge 22
Asimulatedcrashof anE-2CHawkeyento a hangar at Naval Base VenturaCounty (NBVC) Point Mugu, will takelaceat1p.m.Thursday,July11,drawingmergency vehicles from all over VenturaCounty.“We want to let people know that thisis only an exercise,”said Robert Huether,the installation training officer forNBVC.This is a large-scale joint exercise, heexplained, involving 21 “victims,”includ-ingfourmannequinsrepresentingfatalitiesand 17 people in moulage — props andmakeup that look like injuries, from bro-kenbones tobleedingheads to puncturedabdomens.The exercise calls for an immediate re-sponsefromtheFederalFireDepartment
Local agencies to take part in July 11 base disaster drill
See eXeRCISe, PAge 22

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