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April 29, 2010

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Vol. 10, No. 9 | Thursday, April 29, 2010www.thelighthousenews.com
WHAT’S INSIDE
Part of the take at an Earth Dayresidential e-waste recycling eventon base.
Page 5.
Acting Produce Manager JorgeGutierrez sorts through oranges ata recent farmers market at the PortHueneme Commissary.
Page 12.
Madison Green tries on a boxer’sheadgear at El Descanso School inCamarillo.
Page 18.
PHOTO BY MC1 AARON PETERSON
BNSN Justin Diaz of the Navy is announced the winner of the 141-pound weight class asthe defeated Cpl. Jamel Herring of the Marine Corps drops to a knee during the Fridaynight finals of the Armed Forces Boxing Championships at Naval Base Ventura County.
For full boxing results, see www.thelighthousenews.com.
Navy boxertakes gold
Justin Diaz will represent U.S.in World Military BoxingChampionship in October
Kids’ Day draws abig crowd at Mugu
Admiral visits base to ask a criticalquestion: How’s the family, really?
ANDREA HOWRY / LIGHTHOUSE
Steven Maldonado, 4, creates apotted plant at Kids’ Day. Steven isthe son of Jennifer and B1 StevenMaldonado of NMCB 40.
By Andrea Howry
Lighthouse editor
A crowd that organizers esti-mated at more than 1,000 turnedout for Kids’ Day on Saturday,April 24, at Naval Base VenturaCounty, Point Mugu.In celebration of the Month of 
SEE KIDS, PAGE 10
By Andrea Howry
Lighthouse editor
The vice chief of naval opera-tions visited Naval Base VenturaCounty earlier this month onwhat he called a
listen and learntour” to glean information thatwill help the Navy as it struggleswith rising stress among Sailorsand their families.Adm. Jonathan W. Greenertand his wife, Darleen, arrivedApril 19. As part of an examina-tion of thebase’sfamily readinessprograms, Greenert held an all-hands meeting at the NeedhamTheater at Port Hueneme on
SEE ADMIRAL, PAGE 25
By CM3 Christopher Carson
NMCB 3
The night was filled with hard-hitting, excitingbouts that kept the crowd on the edge of theirseats.As the boxers stepped out of the smoke-filled tun-nel at the Warfield Gymnasium, you could see thedetermination in their eyes, fueled by the desire tomake their service and team members proud.The moment the first-round bell rang of the 2010Armed Forces Boxing Championship finals, the ex-citement of the standing-room-only crowd washigh.Friday, April 23, was the finals night for the cham-pionship, held at Naval Base Ventura County(NBVC), Port Hueneme. All during the week, box-ers from the four armed services had been trainingand fighting in preliminary bouts, competing for thechance to advance to finals night.Although the Army took the gold medal, their
SEE BOXING, PAGE 17
 
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By Captain Jim McHugh
NBVC Commanding Ofcer
THE LIGHTHOUSE IS PUBLISHED AT NO COST TO THE GOVERN-MENT EVERY OTHER THURSDAY BY THE STAR, OF CAMARILLO,CA. THE STAR IS A PRIVATE FIRM IN NO WAY CONNECTED WITHTHE DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE OR THE UNITED STATES NAVY,UNDER WRITTEN CONTRACT WITH NAVAL BASE VENTURACOUNTY. THE LIGHTHOUSE IS THE ONLY AUTHORIZED CIVILIANENTERPRISE NEWSPAPER FOR MEMBERS OF THE U.S. NAVY,CIVILIAN EMPLOYEES, RETIREES AND THEIR FAMILY MEMBERSIN THE VENTURA COUNTY AREA. CONTENTS OF THE PAPER ARENOT NECESSARILY THE OFFICIAL VIEWS OF,NOR ENDORSED BY,THE U.S. GOVERNMENT, AND THE DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE,OR THE DEPARTMENT OF THE NAVY AND DO NOT IMPLY EN-DORSEMENT THEREOF. THE APPEARANCE OF ADVERTISING INTHIS PUBLICATION INCLUDING INSERTS AND SUPPLEMENTS,DOES NOT CONSTITUTE ENDORSEMENT OF THE DEPARTMENTOF DEFENSE, THE U.S. NAVY OR THE STAR, OF THE PRODUCTSOR SERVICES ADVERTISED. EVERYTHING ADVERTISED IN THISPUBLICATION SHALL BE MADE AVAILABLE FOR PURCHASE,USEOR PATRONAGE WITHOUT REGARD TO RACE,COLOR,RELIGION,SEX, NATIONAL ORIGIN, AGE, MARITAL STATUS, PHYSICALHANDICAP, POLITICAL AFFILIATION, OR ANY OTHER NON-MERITFACTOR OF THE PURCHASER, USE, OR PATRON. IF A VIOLATIONOR REJECTION OF THIS EQUAL OPPORTUNITY POLICY BY AN AD-VERTISER IS CONFIRMED, THE PUBLISHER SHALL REFUSE TOPRINT ADVERTISING FROM THAT SOURCE UNTIL THE VIOLATIONIS CORRECTED. EDITORIAL CONTENT IS EDITED, PREPAREDAND PROVIDED TO THE PUBLISHER BY THE LOCAL INSTALLA-TION PUBLIC AFFAIRS OFFICES UNDER THE AUSPICES OF THENAVAL BASE VENTURA COUNTY PUBLIC AFFAIRS OFFICE.
COMMANDING OFFICER
CAPT. JIM McHUGH
CHIEF STAFF OFFICER
CAPT. ANTONIO EDMONDS
LIGHTHOUSE EDITOR
ANDREA HOWRY
lighthouse@navy.mil805-989-5281
PUBLIC AFFAIRS OFFICER
TERI REID
MASS COMMUNICATION SPECIALIST
MC1 AARON PETERSON
PUBLISHER
GEORGE H. COGSWELL III
Ventura County Star
NICHE PUBLICATIONS DIRECTOR
MICHAEL HOFFMAN
mhoffman@vcstar.com805-437-0206
ADVERTISING
JANE ALVAREZ
 jalvarez@vcstar.com805-437-0372
N AVA L B A S E V E N T U R A C O U N T Y
Please submit your questions or comments to Lighthouse Editor Andrea Howry at lighthouse@navy.mil
800-221-STAR (7827)
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Question: I am a retiree living in the area and I recently achieved my dream of buying a large RV and traveling around the United States. During theweeks I am home, can I store it on base? Answer: First of all, congratulations on fulfilling  your dream. I hope you have many fun-filled adven-tures in your cross-country treks. Drive carefully! Naval Base Ventura County should be able tohelp with your storage needs. We have RV storage sites at both Port Hueneme, with 130 spaces, and at  Point Mugu, where our newly opened site has over 500 spaces. There are 20-, 30- and 40-foot spacesavailable. Active-duty personnel have first priority to the spaces. Retirees have second priority, and the rest are open to Department of Defense civilians on a space-available basis.Currently, about 250 spaces are available. Prices range up to $90 per month, depending on the size of the space and whether the renter isactive-duty, retired or a Department of Defensecivilian. All types of recreational vehicles are accepted:traditional RVs, boats, trailers, flatbed haulers and watercraft storage haulers. Automobiles and camp-ers with shells are not allowed, unless the camper  shell has an above-cab area. For more information, please call Fairways RV Site at 805-989-8407.
Who can use the RV storage sites on base?
 
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Oct.1,2010,marks the10-year anniver-ary of the establishment of Naval Baseentura County, the official date that Na-al Air Station Point Mugu and Construc-ion Battalion Center Port Hueneme com-ined under a single commander.In recognition of the anniversary, Theighthouse is publishing these
Lookingack” items that detail the history of thewo bases leading up to their unified com-and and that recall the major news of theast 10 years.
To celebrate the 50th anniversary of peration Deep Freeze, the U.S. NavyeabeeMuseuminPortHuenemeopenednew exhibition titled,
Seabees on Ice:ntarctica,1947-1993.”MuseumCuratorKim Crowell wrote this piece at that time,but it was never published.
SeabeesonIceisstillondisplayattheeabee Museum.
By Kim Crowell
Second of three parts
In order to detect crevasses, Seabeessed equipment, primitive by today’s sen-itive technology, to pick out a safe routehrough the ice fields. More than once,hey failed to detect any danger. Richard. Williams, CD3, USN, a heavy equip-ent driver of the MCB (Special), wasilledwhenhisD8Caterpillarfellthroughbridgethathadbeenplacedoveracrackn the ice at McMurdo Sound.A few weeks later, tractor driver Max. Kiel fell victim to a huge crevasse alsohile driving a D8 tractor.In memory of these men, the Air Oper-ting Facility at McMurdo Sound wasamed Williams Air Operating Facility,nd the airstrip at Little America V be-ame Max Kiel Airfield.Even in the final years of OperationDeep Freeze, Seabees feared undetectedcrevassesandweakiceastheyexperiencedmore than one close call with men, wom-en and equipment falling into crevasses.Tasked with the construction and sup-port of the United States’scientific basesin Antarctica, the first battalion took re-sponsibility for getting 20,000 measure-ment tons of materiel and equipment tothe frozen continent. Loaded on 13 ships,theserawmaterialsemergedfromicyfoun-dations to materialize as the base stationsat the Bay of Whales and on Ross Islandin the first summer season — November1955 to January 1956 — while three morewere built up in the second summer sea-son.RossIslandandMcMurdoSound,onceknown only as the location of RobertScott’slasthutbeforehistragictrektotheSouth Pole, are the northern-most pointsof the Antarctica continent. Originally,Little America V was slated to provideprimary logistical support for the U.S. ef-fortsinAntarctica,butMcMurdoproveditself better suited for runways and ashorter flight to New Zealand’s South Is-land. The first Seabees to arrive at HutPoint on McMurdo Bay slept in tents insub-freezing temperatures, building per-manent facilities of plywood and alumi-num nearly round the clock. McMurdoservedasthejump-off pointfortheSouthPole Station during the second summerseason and as the primary logistical sup-
May
HELPING HANDS:
The grand opening of a Wounded WarriorCenter in the BeeFitGym at Port Hueneme takes placeat 1 p.m. The center is designed toaid in the fitness and rehabilitationof active-duty personnel who havebeen injured in combat.
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LEAPS ANDBOUNDS:
TheHarlem AmbassadorsProfessional ShowBasketball Team performs at 7p.m. in the Mugu Gym. The showis free to all with base access, buttickets are required and can bepicked up at the Mugu or Warfieldgyms.
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JOIN TOGETHER:
ANational Day of PrayerBreakfast will beserved from 6:15 to6:45 a.m. in the Port HuenemeGalley. A program with the theme,
Prayer for Such a Time as This”starts at 6:50 a.m. Information:Page 6.
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DOWN AND DIRTY:
The annual NavalConstruction TrainingCenter Mud Runstarts at 12:30 p.m. at the NCTCCommand, Port Hueneme. Checkin begins at 10:30 a.m. Pre-register online at www.active.com.Cost is $10 for military personnel,$20 for civilians. Information: 989-7940.
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PHOTO COURTESY U.S. NAVY SEABEE MUSEUM
Seabees compact snow for roads to connect the numerous scientific bases throughoutAntarctica. The Seabees had a presence on the frozen continent from 1955 to 1993.
LOOKING BACK
Seabees face hidden dangers on the ice
2002: Construction began in April onhe$11.5millionNAVAIRWeaponsDivi-sion Kenneth I. Lichti Range OperationsCenter at Point Mugu.The facility provided an additional30,000squarefeettotheexistingBuilding3complex.Itincludednewcontrolroomsto integrate and control the live assetsnd simulations from laboratories andangesthroughouttheNAVAIRteamandfrom the fleet,according to the April 25,2002, Lighthouse.
EventhoughtheColdWarisoverandtheevilempirehasfallen,weneedtokeepreminding ourselves to be vigilant,” U.S.Rep. Elton Gallegly, 23rd District, said atthetime.
Westillliveinaveryhostileanddangerous world. If anyone ever doubtedthat, I think that all changed on Septem-ber 11.”Gallegly pointed out that Point Muguand the Weapons Division
have playeda vital role in years past and are going toplay an even more vital role in years tocome.”
I don’t think there’s a project that willplay a more important role in the futureasfarasournationalsecurityisconcernedas this new facility,”he said.
2002: NAVAIR Weapons Division gets more space
SEE ANTARCTICA, PAGE 25
The military title of Laurie Vezi-na was incorrect in the April 15edition of The Lighthouse. She is achief construction mechanic.
Correction

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