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Lighthouse August 5, 2010

Lighthouse August 5, 2010

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Vol. 10, No. 16 | Thursday, August 5, 2010www.thelighthousenews.com
WHAT’S INSIDE
NBVC Air Show comes to Point Mugu
PHOTO BY U.S. AIR FORCE STAFF SGT. KRISTI MACHADO
The Thunderbirds, doing what they do best.
Welcome to the Navy base
Thunderbirds perform Aug. 7, 8
Aerial shows by the L-39 Firecat will incorporate the Wall of Fire.
Inside
• Frequently asked questions,Page 25• What not to bring, Page 25• Shuttle schedule formilitary, Page 32• Map, Page 26.
The 2010 Naval Base VenturaCounty Air Show at Point Muguis Saturday, Aug. 7, and Sunday,Aug. 8. Admission and parkingare free, and gates will open at 8a.m. both days, with flight dem-onstrations starting at 9 a.m.The headline act, the U.S. AirForce Demonstration Squadron,the Thunderbirds, will performat 3 p.m. both days. They will ar-rive at Point Mugu at 3 p.m.Thursday, Aug. 5, circling thebase first.A practice air show will beopen to all people with base ac-cess on Friday, Aug. 6. The firstact will be at 10 a.m., and theThunderbirds will perform at 2p.m.To alleviate as much air showtraffic on Las Posas Road as pos-sible, the California HighwayPatrolwillshutdownallHighway1 ramps onto Las Posas begin-ning at 6 a.m. both Saturdayand Sunday. Drivers on High-way 1 wanting to attend the airshow will need to exit at WoodRoad and use the Main Gatefor entry. In addition, Gate 1will be open to cars with basedecals.While entrance to the airshow is free, tickets for reservedseating are available.A ticket booth will be opennear the reserved seating areaduring the show.It has been 10 years since theNavy installations at Point Muguand Port Hueneme merged intoone command, forming NavalBase Ventura County.Today, NBVC is the county’sNo. 1 employer, yet few peopleknow what happens behind thegates of this complex militaryinstallation.For a look at the many func-tions of NBVC, see the storiesbeginning on Page 13.And welcome to NBVC!
he Point Mugu Surf Contestpresented by Quiksilver is Aug. 21and 22. It’s open to the public, asare several other events scheduledthe rest of the year.
Page 12.
Sea lions and several endangerednd threathened species have foundsanctuary at Naval Base VenturaCounty.
Page 15.
Exploring tidepools was just onedventure at San Nicolas Island’sFamily Weekend.
Page 11.
 
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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)
 AsktheCaptain
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 As the commanding officer of Naval Base VenturaCounty (NBVC), it is a pleasure to host the return of the Thunderbirds, the U.S. Air Force premiere flight demonstration team, to the 2010 Air Show. The Thun-derbirds last performed at NBVC Point Mugu in 2007.The NBVC Point Mugu Air Show has always beena popular attraction in Ventura County. It is anticipat-ed to generate weekend crowds of more than 150,000 people. The event is free and open to the public. Our  guests will witness the awesome air power of theThunderbirds’aircraft, F-16 
“ 
 Fighting Falcon” and have the opportunity to meet many of our military personnel. As you visit NBVC Point Mugu and examine themany aircraft displays, exhibits and aerial demonstra-tions, you will see first-hand the professionalism of these men and women who are committed to excel-lence. Only through such excellence can naval avia-tion face today’s challenges that shape our nation’sdestiny.The NBVC Air Show will feature military aircraft  from the Navy, Marine Corps, Air Force and Coast Guard. Rounding out the show will be some of theleading civilian performers from throughout the coun-try. Not all the entertainment will be military or in theair — there will also be current and vintage aircraft on static display, food and beverage booths, rides for the kids and souvenirs for sale.This year NBVC is celebrating its 10th anniversaryas a naval shore command, having been established on Oct. 1, 2000. The men and women of NBVC repre- sent the spirit of the Navy and the defense of freedomand democracy throughout the world.Thank you for being our guest at the 43rd NBVC  Air Show at Point Mugu. We trust you will take with you a sense of our heartfelt pride in a profession that is vital to our national security.We hope you enjoy your day with the sights and  sounds of freedom!
Welcome to Naval Base Ventura County and our 43rd Air Show at Point Mugu
 
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COMMUNITYCALENDAR 
FAIR TIME:
VenturaCounty Fair MilitaryAppreciation Day,Seaside Park, Ventura.All military personnel holding acurrent, valid military ID will beadmitted free. 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.,last admission at 10 p.m.
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RUNNING OUT:
Heat of Summer 5k, 1k and FunRun, NBVC Point MuguSwimming Beach. Free.Registration at 10:30 a.m.; 1k at11:15; 5k at 11:30. Info: 989-7378.
 August
DALLAS COWBOYS:
America’s favoritefootball team flies in toPoint Mugu at 3 p.m.and will sign autographs for abouthalf an hour in Hangar 34.
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DON’T COOK:
FamilyNight Spaghetti Dinner,5 to 8 p.m., Naps, PortHueneme. Adults $5;kids under 5 eat free; kids 5 to 10half price. Open to all with baseaccess.
DATE NIGHT:
ParentsNight Out. 6 to 9:30p.m., free child careat both Hueneme andMugu provided on first-come, first-serve basis for active duty only.Sign up at CDC for children 1 to 5years old and Youth Activity Centerfor those in kindergarten through 12years old. Space is limited.
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By Vance Vasquez
NBVC Public Affairs Office
This year marks the 43rd airhow at Point Mugu.For many of us, the air showolds memories of when ourarentsbroughtushereaschil-ren.Thesightsandsoundsarene of a kind, from skywritingontrailstotheroarof scream-ng jet engines.The first Point Mugu Spaceair was held in 1960 as thepaceracewasunderway.Car-ivalridesandcircus-sizetentsilledtherampinfrontof Han-ar 553. Aircraft from Pointugudisplayedontheground,alled static displays, includedhe P-2 Neptune, and flightemonstrations featuring thermy Golden Knights and anrmy helicopter, took placeuring the morning and after-oon.Throughout the 1960s andarly 1970s, the Point Mugupace Fair featured the U.S.avy Blue Angels jet demon-tration team and Naval Airtation Point Mugu home-ased squadrons. These in-ludedAirTestandEvaluationquadron Four (VX-4), whichlew the F-8 Crusader and F-BPhantomII,andNavalMis-ile Center A-4 Skyhawks and-3 Skywarriors, whichropped live bombs demon-trating the aircraft’s strikeapability.Civilianairshowactsinclud-d Dick Schram’s
Flying Pro-essor,flying his Piper Cub ascomedy act, and Frank Tall-an, a legendary Hollywoodtunt pilot, flying a bright redorld War I Fokker DR-1erman plane. He was joinedy James Appleby, who flew arench made Nieuport Model8, and the two provided aurn-the-clock-back act thateatured the two pilots duelinguring the Space Fair.BobHooverflyinghisyellownd black P-51 Mustang dur-ngthe1971SpaceFairwasalsoone of the highlights at NASPoint Mugu.During the 1970s, an RF-8Crusader from VFP-63 wouldusually begin the show by per-forming a photoflash loopwhilepuffsof whitesmokeandphotochargeflareswereejectedfrom the aircraft.The U.S. Air Force Demon-stration Team, the Thunder-birds, flew for the first time atMugu during the 1971 SpaceFair, flying the McDonnellDouglas F-4E Phantom II.After the 1974 Space Fair,the name was changed to thePoint Mugu Air Show.The Royal Air Force sent aMRMk1Nimrod,amaritimereconnaissance aircraft thatfliesathighsubsonicspeeds,tothe 1979 air show. It was thefirstandlastappearancebytheRoyal Air Force.The shows at Point Muguwere among the very few toperform live AIM-9 Sidewind-er air-to-air and Zuni air-to-ground rocket launch andbomb-drop demonstrationsbefore an audience. The 1981Point Mugu Air Show markedthe last time live missiles werelaunched by Pacific MissileTest Center F-14As at an airshow.The U.S. Air Force SR-71ABlackbird gave many people arare view of this special air-craft. The SR-71A made ap-pearancesinthe1981,1983and1984 air shows.Tactical Electronic WarfareSquadron Thirty Four (VAQ-34) flew for the first time dur-ing the 1983 air show. A VAQ-34 KA-3B Skywarriordemonstrated the air-to-air re-fuelingcapabilityof thenewesttenant squadron at PointMugu.The 1986 Point Mugu AirShow celebrated 75 years of naval aviation. VX-4 displayedtheir 75th anniversary F-4SPhantom II in an overall darkblue paint scheme with goldmarkings.TheBlueAngelsflewtheFA-18A Hornet for the first timeduring the 1987 air show.The Thunderbirds returnedin1989,flyingtheF-16AFight-ing Falcon.The Salute to Victory in the1991PointMuguAirShowwasheld during July and featuredthe Blue Angels. Some staticdisplayaircraftcarriednoseartfrom the Persian Gulf War.The 1992 show was high-lightedbytheCanadianSnow-birds Demonstration Team.Theshow also marked thefirsttime an Air Force F-117AStealth Fighter from the 49thFighter Wing and an B-1BLancer bomber made an ap-pearance on static display.At the 1996 show, PointMugu celebrated 50 years of test and evaluation excellenceand featured the Naval Weap-onsTestSquadronPointMugu,VX-9Det.PointMuguandtheBlue Angels.The show returned after aone-year absence in 1998. Itfeatured the U.S. Air ForceThunderbirdsflyingtheF-16CFighting Falcon. The F-117AStealth fighter also flew thatyear.The Blue Angels returned tothe1999PointMuguAirShow.The Firehawks of HCS-5,working with a Navy SEALteam,demonstratedtheNavy’sspecial warfare group.Despite the lack of a head-line act, the 2000 Point MuguAir Show drew record crowds
Air show started out as 1960 Space Fair
U.S. NAVY PHOTO
An early 1970s Space Fair at Point Mugu draws a crowd. TheSpace Fair was held from 1960 to 1974, when the event name waschanged to Air Show.
SEE SPACE FAIR, PAGE 23
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FREE BACKPACK:
300children from NBVC willreceive new backpacksand school supplies,courtesy of Operation HomefrontSouthern California. 10 a.m. to1 p.m., FFSC, Bldg. 1169, PortHueneme. School-age children fromfamilies in pay grades E1 to E6 areeligible; no preschoolers or collegestudents, please. Infomation: TriciaDe La Paz, 866-424-5210.
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