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Lighthouse Sept. 16, 2010

Lighthouse Sept. 16, 2010

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Vol. 10, No. 19 | Thursday, September 16, 2010www.thelighthousenews.com
WHAT’S INSIDE
Capt. David Sasek is the new chief staff officer of Naval Base VenturaCounty.
By Andrea Howry
Lighthouse editor
“It’s great to be back.”Capt. David J. Sasek, the newchief staff officer for Naval BaseVentura County (NBVC), is nostranger to the area.In 1989, Sasek came to PortHueneme with Naval MobileConstructionBattalion(NMCB)5.Later,in2000,hewasthetrain-
New CSO likesbeing back home
ThetransitionfromthetwooldQuonset huts that now make uptheU.S.NavySeabeeMuseumatNavalBaseVenturaCounty,PortHueneme, to a brand-new facil-ity around the corner will getunder way in the next few weekswhen the museum closes its col-lectionforoneyearandopensthenew building to the public threetimes a month for sneak pre-views.The old museum that firstopened in 1956 will permanentlyclose its doors on Sept. 30, andthe building will eventually bedemolished. The museum’s col-lection, which includes 12,000artifacts and 8,000 linear feet of archival material, will not beavailable to the public until thenew building has its grand open-ing next fall.However,thenewbuildingwill
Seabee Museum startstransition to new quarters
SEE CSO, PAGE 19 SEE MUSEUM, PAGE 19
9/11 event ‘very honorable, very sincere’
PHOTOS BY ANDREA HOWRY / LIGHTHOUSE
Above, motorcyclists line up on 7th Street outside Building 1 at Naval Base Ventura County, Point Mugu, for the Ride to the Flags on Sept. 11.Below, Capt. Jim McHugh, commanding officer, NBVC, shows actor Gary Sinise the newly finished 9/11 Memorial in front of Building 1.
By Andrea Howry
Lighthouse editor
A 9/11 commemoration that was at timesa somber remembrance and at other times a joyful celebration of the freedoms we enjoytoday brought hundreds of people to NavalBase Ventura County, Point Mugu, on Sept.11.Among them were 700 motorcyclists whogathered for the kickoff of the Ride to theFlags, an annual backroads journey to Pep-perdine University, where nearly 3,000 flags — one for each person killed during the ter-rorist attacks nine years prior — were ondisplay.Others were military personnel and theirfamilies who came to pay their respects.“This was a very honorable, very sincereevent,” said Utilitiesman William Allen of NavalMobileConstructionBattalion5,whowatched the motorcyclists line up along withhis wife, Gia, and children Boston, 9, andCamron, 7. “This shows that everyone is stillfeeling the emotions of Sept. 11. It was veryheartfelt.”
SEE 9/11, PAGE 20
Lauren Kang, 5, samples a yamduring the 17th Annual MulticulturalDay festivities. Lauren is thedaughter of Daniel and MichelleKang, civilians who volunteer atthe Seabee Chapel at Naval BaseVentura County.
Page 10.
Firefighters prepare to help evacuatethe Port Operations building after a“tsunami warning.” The Aug. 31 drillposed the tsunami scenario in theake of a supposed 7.0-magnitudearthquake.
Page 3.
he recent 2010 NBVC Air Show atPoint Mugu drew in 100,000 peopleover three days, posing security challenges. See how the base metthose challenges.
Page 23.
 
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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. DAVID SASEK 
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
NAVAL BASE VENTURA COUNTY
Please submit your questions or comments to Lighthouse Editor Andrea Howry at lighthouse@navy.mil
800-221-STAR (7827)
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How does the Wounded Warrior Half Marathon help the Wounded Warrior?
Question: How does the Wounded Warrior Half  Marathon actually honor our men and women of themilitary? Recently, I searched for details about the Wound-ed Warrior Run to be held Sept. 18 when I cameacross several Wounded Warrior events that have oc-curred or are planned for the future. The money fromthese events is going to benefit charities for thosewho have been injured in the line of duty. After researching the Wounded Warrior Run in Point Mugu on active.com, I saw there was no men-tion of any proceeds — there is a registration fee — going to any charity or any individual or indi-viduals who have actually been wounded. There wasalso no mention of having some of these individuals present to be recognized for their courage, dedica-tion and loss.So, where is the money going with the NBVC Wounded Warrior Half Marathon? Some may look at this as exploitation of name if any profits are not  going back to Wounded Warriors. If I’m not mis-taken, the profits from any events that MWR sponsors should go back to the Sailors and their families, i.e.the NBVC Surf Contest at Point Mugu was billed asa fundraiser for the liberty program. If this is not billed as a charity event, then the name needs to bechanged. Otherwise, it is totally misleading. Answer: Thank you very much for your letter. I asked the same question when MWR proposed theevent.The overall goal of the Wounded Warrior Half  Marathon is to honor our Wounded Warriors bydedicating an event in their honor. We have invited local individuals and have also issued invitationsthrough the Naval Medical Center (San Diego),Camp Pendleton and the Special Assistant to OSDdetailed to the Wounded Warrior Project. We did 
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CASE LOT SALE:
PortHueneme Commissary.Hours are 9 a.m. to 7p.m. Sept. 16 and 17,9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sept. 18 and 11a.m. to 4 p.m. Sept. 19.
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HISPANIC HERITAGE:
Actor and community activist Edward JamesOlmos will speak at10:30 a.m. in the NSWC PHDCommand A/V Center, Bldg. 1388in recognition of Hispanic HeritageMonth. Lunch for $11.75 is atthe Bard Mansion at 11:45 a.m.Information: Page 8.
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 September 
WOUNDED WARRIORHALF MARATHON:
8a.m., Point Mugu Gym.There’s also a 5K runand a kid- and stroller-friendly Military Mile. Information:MWR, 982-3007.
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MILITARYAPPRECIATION:
TheOxnard Chamber of Commerce honorsexceptional enlisted membersof the armed forces at its 13thAnnual Military AppreciationDinner. 6 p.m., Residence Inn by Marriott at River Ridge, 2101 W.Vineyard Ave., Oxnard. Tickets are$25 for enlisted military; $50 forgeneral public. Information: Page12.
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The Naval Branch Health Clinic is is-uing a reminder that annual seasonal fluvaccinations are required for all activeduty military personnel, selected reservesand healthcare workers, under currentDepartment of Defense policy.Thisyear,theH1N1fluvaccinehasbeencombinedwiththeseasonalfluvaccinesothat only one shot is needed.The vaccine will be available to familyembers who want it.Influenza is not the common cold; itcan be a severe to life-threatening diseasethat results in more than 30,000 U.S.deaths each year.Immunization remains the primaryethod of reducing seasonal flu illnessand its complications. Getting an annualflu vaccine immunization — either thetraditional shot in the arm or the inhalednasal spray vaccine — protects peoplefrom getting the disease or becoming se-verely ill.The seasonal flu vaccine not only helpsprotectvaccinatedindividuals,italsohelpsprotect entire communities by preventingand reducing the spread of the disease.The goal of the Defense Departmentand the Department of the Navy is toachieve 90 percent immunization compli-ance by Nov. 31 and 100 percent immu-nization compliance by Dec. 31.Navy Medicine will be monitoring theseasonalfluvirusescarefullyoverthecom-ing weeks and months and will be proac-tive in developing contingency plans toaddress any public health issues if re-quired.For more information on the militaryvaccineprogram,seehttp://www.vaccines.mil/.Be sure to to take these precautions toprevent the spread of the flu:• Cover your mouth when you cough.Covering your mouth with a tissue is bestin order to limit the spread of germs.Washyourhandsoften;avoidtouchingyour eyes, nose or mouth.If possible, stay home from work,school and errands when you are sick.GeneralinformationonseasonalfluandH1N1 can be found at http://cdc.gov/flu/and http://cdc.gov/h1n1flu/
It’s time to get your annual flu shot
Flu shots will be available for military dependents beginning Sept. 20. Tocheck for availability, call 982-6320.
Shots available Sept. 20
Oct.1,2010,marksthe10-yearanniver-ary of the establishment of Naval Baseentura County, the official date that Na-val Air Station Point Mugu and Construc-ion Battalion Center Port Hueneme com-ined under a single commander. Inrecogntion of the anniversary, The Light-house is publishing these “Looking back”items.
Seabees fromthe 30th Naval Construc-tionRegiment(NCR)officiallyraisedthecommand’sflagovertheirnewheadquar-tersbuildingatNavalBaseVenturaCoun-ty, Port Hueneme, on July 5, 2006.The 30th NCR staff moved from PearlHarbor, Hawaii, to be near its six subor-dinate commands, five of which are lo-cated at Port Hueneme: Naval MobileConstruction Battalions 3, 4, 5, 40 andUnderwater Construction Team 2. Con-structionBattalionMaintenanceUnit303,which has detachments throughout theWest Coast and Hawaii, remained head-quartered in San Diego.The move “will provide us better com-mandandcontrol,aswellasunityof com-mand,” said Capt. Kate Gregory, thencommander of the 30th NCR.About36officersandenlistedmadethemovetoNBVC,with10stayingbehindinPearl Harbor “due to operational com-mitments and the cost and inconvenienceof relocating everybody at once,” TheLighthousereportedinitsJuly27edition.The move wasn’t expected to be complet-ed until the end of summer 2007.The 30th NCRmoved many times dur-ingtheisland-hoppingcampaignof WorldWar II and later during the Vietnam con-flict.Duringitshistory,the30thNCRhasbeen stationed on Saipan, Guam, andDanang, Republic of Vietnam.
OOKING BACK
006: 30th NCR moves to NBVC from Pearl Harbor
By Andrea Howry
Lighthouse editor
If — and some would say when — a 7.0 earthquake hits Ven-ura County, would you know where to go?Would you know what to take with you, and what to do withour dog or your cat or your pet snake?Would you know how to let your family know you’re OK?ThosewholiveandworkatNavalBaseVenturaCounty(NBVC)face the same disaster preparedness issues as everyone else inalifornia and the rest of the nation. That’s why an Aug. 31 exer-cisethatsimulateda7.0earthquakeandensuingfive-foottsunamiwas so important.“Eachtimewedoanexerciselikethis,wefindunforeseenthingsthat we can better plan for,” explained Robert Huether, NBVC’sinstallation training officer and the lead coordinator of the event.
Planning for The Big One
SEE QUAKE, PAGE 22
IMMIGRATIONOUTREACH:
TheU.S. Citizenship andImmigration Service willprovide services from 10 a.m. to 1p.m. on the second floor of Bldg.1180, Port Hueneme, the RegionLegal Service Office. Fingerprintingavailable. Sign-up is required. Stopby the first floor of Bldg. 1180 tocomplete a Military Inquiry Sheet.Information: 982-3124.
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PHOTO BY ANDREA HOWRY / LIGHTHOUSE
A team from Federal Fire tries in vain to help a “victim” duringthe Aug. 31 earthquake drill. The scenario had the firefightersrescuing those inside the heavily damaged Port Operationsbuilding at Naval Base Ventura County, Port Hueneme, inanticipation of a tsunami.

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