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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.
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.
11a.m. to 1 p.m., BardMansion. Annualevent for commands to honor theirombudsmen. Information: Corey Kendrick, ombudsman coordinatorat the Fleet & Family SupportCenter, 989-1682.
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
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.
10 a.m.to 12:30 p.m., Bldg.1180, Region Legal Service Office,NBVC Port Hueneme. Sign-uprequired. Information: 982-4548.