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TheDenver Broncos and theSeattle Seahawks willbattle it out on large-screen TVs in Liberty Centers atNaval Base Ventura County. SingleSailors can enjoy free hot dogsand burgers. Kickoff is at 3:25p.m. Information: Coffee Net, 982-6695; Surf Net, 989-0919.
Lunchtime run put onby Morale, Welfareand Recreation. 11a.m. registration; 11:30 a.m.run, BeeHive Gym, NBVC PortHueneme. Info: 989-8098.
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NBVCReligious Ministriesis putting together acommunity relations event to cleanup the Oxnard Senior Garden, 531E. Pleasant Valley Road. Eventruns from 8 to 11 a.m. To sign up,call the Seabee Chapel, NBVC PortHueneme, at 982-4358.
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Transitioning servicemembers and military spouses can plan nowfor this event, slated for a newlocation: the BeeHive Gym. Morethan 75 companies and educationalinstitutions are expected. 9 a.m. to2 p.m. Info: Fleet & Family SupportCenter, 982-5037.
By Andrea Howry
The TRICARE Service Center (TSC)at Naval Base Ventura County (NBVC)is one of 189 walk-in centers nationwidethat will close April 1.Theservicecenterisinatrailerbetweenthe Naval Branch Health Clinic and thebaseball fields at NBVC Port Hueneme.There is no TSC at NBVC Point Mugu.Manager Carla Cotsis said an averageof 750peoplevisitthecentereachmonth.Those people will now use the Internet ormake toll-free phone calls if they need tocontact TRICARE.“SincethefirstTRICAREServiceCen-ter opened in the mid 1990s, we’ve seen ashift in how you get information,” theTRICARE website states in announcingthe closures. “With today’s technology,anything you can do at a TRICARE Ser-
TRICARE walk-in centers closing in April
NBVC’s is one of 189shutting its doors
Nearly2,000poundsof electronicwaste— from boxy television sets and cellphones to a vacuum cleaner and a coffeemaker — were recycled Tuesday, Jan. 14,as the Naval Construction Training Cen-ter (NCTC) partnered with Naval BaseVentura County (NBVC) to host a free-waste recycling event.Government property could not be re-cycledat this event; only householdwastewas accepted.“Thisisagoodwaytohelpourhousingresidents,” explained Cmdr. Dan Cook,commanding officer of NCTC. “We rec-ognizethatitismoreconvenientformanypeople to have this opportunity onbase.”This was the third e-waste recyclingevent organized by Angela Mora, the en-vironmental coordinator at NCTC.As with previous events, this one yield-ed old DVD players and printers, but no
2,000 pounds of e-waste recycled at NBVC event
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By Andrea Howry
It’s a long drive from Naval Base Ven-ura County to Neillsville, Wis., but theimpression of a Soldier’s boot might nar-row that 2,067-mile gap.A retired lieutenant commander whoworks at the Naval Facilities EngineeringandExpeditionaryWarfareCenter(NAV-FAC EXWC) is bringing word of thebootprint to California.Over the Presidents Day Weekend,Deputy Emergency Management OfficerPaul Kokosz will bicycle down 46 milesof coastlineinanefforttoraisemoneyforthePersianGulf Tributeinhishomestateof Wisconsin.He’shopingtheridewillbringattentionto both the bootprint-shaped memorialand the Persian Gulf War of two decadesago as well as the more recent conflicts inIraq and Afghanistan.“Thisisn’taWisconsin-onlymemorial,”Kokosz says of the bootprint, which ispart of a larger veterans memorial parkcalled The Highground. “This is a placefor healing. It’s what any memorial isabout — the ones in D.C., everywhere.Therearenogeographicallimitsonwherehealing happens.”The Persian Gulf Tribute is the newestaddition to a park that broke ground in
Presidents Day ride raises funds for memorial
There are nogeographical limitson where healinghappens.
— Paul Kokoszon the Persian Gulf Tribute
pHoto Courtesy JeAN Moseley
The Persian Gulf Tribute, shaped like a bootprint, is under construction in Wisconsin at a memorial park called The Highground.
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