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Lighthouse August 22, 2013

Lighthouse August 22, 2013

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Official newspaper of Naval Base Ventura County
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Vol. 13, No. 17 | Thursday, August 22, 2013www.thelighthousenews.com
WHAT’S INSIDE
Photo by AndreA howry / Lighthouse
CM1 Evan Brohamer gets a welcome-home kiss from Shannon Farber as 180Seabees from Naval Mobile Construction Battalion 4 return Thursday, Aug.15, from a deployment of more than seven months to the European, Africanand Central Command areas of responsibility. NMCB 5 is also returning to thebattalions’ homeport of Naval Base Ventura County, Port Hueneme; NMCB 3 isdeploying in their stead.
Stories, more photos, Pages 12-14.
GOOD TO BE HOME
Now that Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel has reducedthe number of furlough days from 11 to six — effec-tively ending the furlough this week — the commissaryat Naval Base Ventura County, Port Hueneme, has re-sumed its normal seven-day-a-week schedule.The commissary had closed on Mondays due to staff-ing shortages brought about by the furlough. On Aug.19, it resumed its normal Monday hours of 11 a.m. to 7p.m.The Seabee Museum closed Sundays and Mondaysafter the furlough took effect. It has resumed its Mondayhours but will remain closed Sundays.Museum Director Lara Godbille, Ph.D., explained thatSunday staffing was handled through a contract that re-cently expired; only the Monday closures were a directresult of the furlough.Hagel announced Tuesday, Aug. 6, that the number of furlough days would be reduced because the military hadbeen able to find savings elsewhere.
Commissary backto regular hours asfurlough is reduced
Seabee Museum open Mondaysbut remains closed on Sundays
Lt. Cmdr. Charles Kubic of Underwater Construction Team 2places rigging gear and lift bags ononcrete from a demolished pierin the Marshall Islands. Seabeesremoved the rubble and rebuilt thepier.
Pages 16-17
Chicken skewers cook over charcoalat the Aug. 8 Multicultural Day eventt the Seabee Chapel.
Page 3
Stephen Matthew Preiss hopshurdles in the obstacle course, partf the Summer 5K Challenge atNBVC Point Mugu’s Family BeachThursday, Aug. 15. Preiss came inirst.
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Ever wanted to try out paddle boarding? How aboutkayaking?Saturday, Aug. 24, is your chance, as Naval Base Ven-tura County (NBVC) puts on a free Family Beach Dayfrom 12:30 to 4:30 p.m. at NBVC Point Mugu’s FamilyBeach.Professional surfers and body boarders will give safe-ty briefings and explain the different water sports, includ-
Beach Day, surf clinicis Saturday, Aug. 24
See BeACH, PAge 23
 
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Question: My husband is a geobachelor stationed at Naval Base Ventura County while our family livesin Las Vegas. Recently, he’s started standing watchin the barracks and can’t come home as often. What are these watches for, and why can’t they do them onweekdays instead of weekends so my husband can seehis family? Answer: I understand your concern and your desireto spend as much time as possible with your Sailor.The additional watch is a once-per-month require-ment we are asking of our senior geographical bache-lors as part of their military obligation. The additional watch is a newly established requirement for dailyroving patrols in single Sailor housing, part of the Navy’s larger effort to curb alcohol-related incidentsand sexual assaults. Making the decision to be a geographical bachelor 
is a difcult one for any Sailor and his or her fam
-ily; however, one’s status as a geographical bachelor cannot be used to avoid the requirements of military service. Service comes with obligations and duty. Thisroving patrol is one such obligation, and not one that can be waived because a Sailor has chosen to liveapart from his or her family. We try to minimize theburden on Sailors and families as much as possible,but we still have a mission to be met. Protecting our  fellow Sailors and ensuring they live in a safe environ-ment are critical to ensuring our mission readiness. It’s the right thing to do, for our installation and our  Navy. 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 onthe latest news and events.
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CommunityCalendar 
MILITARY ANDVETERAN EXPO:
10 a.m. to 1 p.m.,Camarillo Parks andRecreation Auditorium, 1605 E.Burnley St., Camarillo. Free for allmilitary personnel, vets and theirloved ones. Displays, VeteransAffairs healthcare enrollment,mini job fair, motorcycle show.Learn about services, benefits.Information: Military 411.org.
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BEACH DAY:
12:30 to4:30 p.m., Point MuguFamily Beach. Try out boogie boarding,kayaking, stand-up paddleboarding. Competitions in beachflags, obstacle course, humanpyramid. Information: Page 1.
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 August
OMBUDSMANLUNCHEON:
11a.m. to 1 p.m., BardMansion. Annualevent for commands to honor theirombudsmen. Information: Corey Kendrick, ombudsman coordinatorat the Fleet & Family SupportCenter, 989-1682.
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 September 
TheDepartmentof Defense(DoD)hasannounced its plan to extend benefits tosame-sex spouses of uniformed servicemembers and DoD civilian employees.DoD officials said earlier this monththat they will make spousal and familybenefits available no later than Sept. 3,2013, regardless of sexual orientation, aslong as service member-sponsors providea valid marriage certificate.EntitlementssuchasTRICAREenroll-ment, basic allowance for housing (BAH)and family separation allowance are ret-roactivetoJune26,2013,thedatetheU.S.Supreme Court ruled that Section Threeof theDefenseof MarriageAct(DOMA)is unconstitutional.Any claims to entitlements before thatdate will not be granted.For those members married after June26, entitlements begin at the date of mar-riage.In addition, because same-sex militarycoupleswhoarenotstationedinajurisdic-tionthatpermitssame-sexmarriagewouldhave to travel to another jurisdiction tomarry, the department will implementpoliciestoallowmilitarypersonnelinsucharelationshipnon-chargeableleaveforthepurpose of traveling to a jurisdictionwhere such a marriage may occur.DoD officials said this will provide ac-celerated access to the full range of ben-efits offered to married military couplesand help level the playing field betweenopposite-sexandsame-sexcouplesseekingto be married.For civilian benefits administered gov-ernment-wide to federal employees, DoDwill follow the Office of Personnel Man-agement and the Department of Labor’sguidance to ensure that the same benefitscurrently available to heterosexual spous-es are also available to legally marriedsame-sex spouses.The Aug. 14 announcement came aftera review of the department’s benefit poli-cies following the Supreme Court’s June26rulingandinconsultationwiththeDe-partment of Justice and other executivebranch agencies.
Benefits extended to same-sex spouses
By Kimberly Gearhart
NBVC Public Affairs
If you feed them, they will come.Nearly 400 people turned out for thisear’s Multicultural Day outside the Sea-ee Chapel at Naval Base Ventura Coun-y(NBVC), Port Hueneme, Aug. 8, whichincluded food samples from 10 cuisinesrom around the globe.“Thisisachance,literally,toexperiencea taste of some of the many cultures andationalities that make up this diverseommand,said Capt. Larry Vasquez,BVC’s commanding officer.For $6, participants received a “pass-ort” to culinary exploration, allowing
Multiculturalay attractsa hungry 400
PHOTO BY KIMBERLY GEARHART / NBVC PUBLIC AffAIRS
FC3 Juanesha Bethea offers her 11-month-old daughter Amia a taste of Cajun gumboduring Naval Base Ventura County’s Multicultural Day celebration Aug. 8. Juanesha, whoworks at the Region Legal Service Office at NBVC Port Hueneme, was waiting for herhusband, GM2 Eian Bethea, to join the family for lunch. Eian, a Seabee with Naval MobileConstruction Battalion 5, recently returned from deployment.
PHOTO BY ANDREA HOwRY / LIGHTHOUSE
The1940marqueetotheoldMayfairTheater,a Ventura landmark that was demolishedin 2004, has been donated to the SeabeeMuseum, which plans to renovate it and addit to its collection on the World War II era.
By Andrea Howry
Lighthouse
Restoration work is expected to beginsoononthemarqueethatoncegracedtheMayfair Theater in downtown Ventura— a classic example of 1940s theater sig-nage — in preparation for being added toanupcomingpermanentexhibitonWorldar II at the Seabee Museum at NavalBase Ventura County, Port Hueneme.For many years, the marquee has beensitting in a field near the Ventura CountyFairgrounds. The theater itself, located at793 E. Santa Clara St. — at the corner of Santa Clara and Ash streets — burned in2000andwasdemolishedinAugust2004.Today, the site is filled with condomini-ums.The museum director, Dr. Lara God-bille said the sign was donated to the mu-seum earlier this year. The Navy SeabeeVeteransof AmericaIslandX-7ishelping
Seabee Museum gets 1940 marquee
See 10 CUISINeS, Page 23See MaRQUee, Page 23
TOwN HALL MEETINGfOR LOCAL RETIREES:
Meet Capt. Larry Vasquez, commandingofficer of Naval Base VenturaCounty, during this town hallmeeting from 6 to 7 p.m. atDuke’s, NBVC Port Hueneme.Information: 982-1023.
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CITIZENSHIP ANDIMMIGRATIONOUTREACH:
10 a.m.to 12:30 p.m., Bldg.1180, Region Legal Service Office,NBVC Port Hueneme. Sign-uprequired. Information: 982-4548.
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