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Lighthouse April 7, 2011

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Vol. 11, No. 7 | Thursday, April 7, 2011www.thelighthousenews.com
The public is invited to watch civilian andmilitary triathletes swim at Point Mugu’sbeachandbikeandrunalongthebackroadsof Naval Base Ventura County as the basehoststheannualAdmiralsCuptriathlonformilitarypersonnelandciviliansandtheU.S.Armed Forces Triathlon Championship(AFTC)fortopmilitaryathletesonSaturday,April 9.The Admiral’s Cup begins at 8 a.m. at thebase’s Family Beach. The AFTC starts at10:30 a.m. with teams from the Army, AirForce and Marine Corps. The Coast Guard
Triathlons set for April 9 at Mugu beach
By Andrea Howry
Lighthouse editor
KyronAndersonknowshecoulddo his own taxes. He’s done thembefore, and he’s done them for oth-er people as a volunteer tax pre-parer.Butasanaircrewmanmechanicalwith Air Test and EvaluationSquadron 30 (VX-30), why shouldhe? “I want to use somebody whohas the most up-to-date informa-tion, who knows everything that’sservice-related,”he said.So on a recent Wednesday, An-derson hauled all his paperworkovertothecomputer labat theNa-val Construction Training CenteratNavalBaseVenturaCountyPortHueneme, where the Volunteer In-come Tax Assistance program hasset up shop until April 15.
Tax Day is coming up
PHOTO BY ANDREA HOWRY / LIGHTHOUSE
Lio Alvarado, a banker from Oxnard, prepares taxes free of chargeforAircrewmanMechanicalKyronAndersonofVX-30. TheVolunteerIncome Tax Assistance program will stay open through April 15 atthe Naval Construction Training Center computer lab at Naval BaseVentura County Port Hueneme.
VITA available untilApril 15 and it’s free
Rear Adm. Mat Winter, left,commander of the Naval AirWarfare Center Weapons Division,and Rear Adm. Donald Gaddis,program executive officer forTactical Aircraft Programs, try outthe S-3 simulator that was movedto Naval Base Ventura County Point Mugu from Jacksonville, Fla.A ribbon-cutting for the simulator,which will help train VX-30personnel, was held Thursday,March 31, in conjunction with acelebration honoring 100 yearsof naval aviation and 60 years of electronic warfare excellence atPoint Mugu.
Details, Page 20.
PHOTO BY ANDREA HOWRY / LIGHTHOUSE
A long wayfrom 1911
TC Patrick Robinson of the FleetReadiness Center at NBVC PointMugu was named the Most ValuablePlayer after helping his team win theintramural basketball championshipame on Tuesday, March 29.
Page 12.
Petty Officer 3rd Class NicholasEmmons, a builder with NMCB 3’sDet. 4, cuts out a section of a newdoor to place hinges before it isinstalled in Kandahar.
Page 7.
SEE TRIATHLONS, PAGE 8SEE TAXES, PAGE 20
WHAT’S INSIDEHAT’S AHEAD
he Community Center at NavalBase Ventura County Point Mugu isopen for business, and constructionontinues on the one at PortHueneme, next to Seabee Park.
April 21 edition.
 
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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)
AsktheCaptain
Thursday,April7,2011
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Have a suggestion? Drop it in!
By Airman Rhonniesha Simpson
NBVC
Communication is a vital factor when it comesto operating within the Navy. Whether they’re com-ing from a seaman recruit, commanding officer or civilian contractor, suggestions and comments areimportant and can potentially help improve the well being of all.The Commanding Officer Suggestion Box pro-gram at Naval Base Ventura County does exactlythat.The CO Suggestion Box allows everyone to givefeedback to the commanding officer. It also providesthe CO with an opportunity to hear everyone’svoice and take action where it is needed. Anyonewho might be apprehensive of possible consequenc-es should not be concerned — all comments and suggestions are totally anonymous.“Having a CO suggestion box is great, especial-ly for those who are lower ranking,” said CulinarySpecialist 2nd Class Rafael Pascal. “It provides aneasier way to communicate regardless of ranks, and you can even keep it anonymous.”Voicing opinions and providing fresh perspectiveon current programs or problems can help facilitatethe chain of command in better understanding of  the needs of the community.“We’re looking to improve processes and imple-ment ideas,” said Capt. Jim McHugh, NBVC com-manding officer. “Employees are a great source of  innovative ideas, due to the first-hand experiencesthey have in the day-to-day workplace. I encourageall interested personnel to take advantage of thisoption.”The CO Suggestion Box is simple to use. Just go to any of the drop box locations at the Warfield Gym at Port Hueneme, Mugu gym, Navy Lodge,Beach Motel, PSD and both galleys. Fill out a formand drop it in the secured box. Anyone can use it.Next time something of concern crosses your mind, don’t hesitate to drop it in the suggestion box.
 
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KIDS DAY:
A full day of activities at NBVCPoint Mugu, including aRobotics Competition(details, Page 18), a 1K kids’ funrun, carnival games, a dunk tankand door prizes. Information: SchoolLiaison Officer Monica James, 989-5211.
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TRIATHLONS:
Admiral’sCup for military andcivilians, 8 a.m.;Armed Forces TriathlonChampionship, 10:30 a.m., NBVCPoint Mugu. Information: Page 1.
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SAVE A LIFE:
Red CrossCPR class, 8 a.m. to4 p.m., NBVC FFSC.Free for active-duty anddependents. Call to register: 982-3074.
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April
BOOK SALE:
10 a.m. to4 p.m., Ray D. PreuterLibrary, 510 Park Ave.,Port Hueneme. Free.27th annual event. Information: 486-5460.
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EARTH DAY 5K:
Registration at 11 a.m.;run at 11:30 a.m., NBVCFamily Beach, PointMugu. Free event. Earth Day display booth on site. Information: 989-7378.
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CHICKEN DINNER:
The Chick-Fil-A Military Appreciation Night, 4to 7 p.m. All active andretired military and their immediatefamilies are invited for a free meal.Limited menu. 2040 N. Rose Ave.,Oxnard. 988-9232.
May 
Assistant Secretary of the Navy Jack-lyne Pfannenstiel will be the keynotepeaker at the 4th Annual Military Busi-ess & Community Expo set for April 21ttheVenturaCountyOfficeof Educationonference Center in Camarillo.Pfannenstiel,whoisinchargeof energynstallationsandenvironmentalissues,williscuss “Sailing the Great Green Fleet:owStrategicEnergyUseAdvancesOurission.”Her message will be in keepingith the expo’s overall sustainable energyheme.TheDepartmentof Navyhassetagoalhat by the year 2020, 50 percent of allavy energy consumption must comerom alternative sources such as biofuels,ybrid electric power systems, wind tur-ines, solar power and geothermal pow-r.The expo will focus on how Naval Baseentura County is working to achievenergy success locally and how local con-ractorsandbusinessesmightalignthem-elves to do business with the Navy in theears ahead.Hosted by TRIAD, the Ventura Coun-ty Economic Development Association,RDP-21andtheSantaBarbaraandChan-nel Islands Navy Leagues, the expo willfeature sessions on alternative fuels, en-ergy, reducing carbon footprints andLEED certified buildings. Other confer-encetopicswillinclude“HowToDoBusi-ness With The Navy” and “How To GetA Job On Base.”Asimultaneousfreejobfairwillfeaturelocalemployers,staffingservicesandNavybase employment opportunities. The jobfair is designed to align potential candi-dates to positions open on base andthroughout the community.“The Navy base is Ventura County’slargestemployer,withover17,000militaryand civilian personnel,”said Bill Buratto,president of VCEDA and chair of theMilitary Expo Planning Committee. “Inaddition,itsupportsthousandsof off-basejobs. There is no doubt that the base is anintegralpartof ourcounty’seconomy.TheNavy’s focus on alternative energy andsustainability complements VCEDA’s ef-forts to establish Ventura County as avibrant hub for green and alternative en-ergy business.”Theconferencecenterisat5100AdolfoRoad in Camarillo. Expo and job fairhours are 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Admission tothe expo and conference is $40 if pur-chased by April 15 and $50 at the door.Admission includes access to all exhibi-tors, presentations, workshops and expocontinental breakfast and lunch.To register online, go to:www.militarybizexpo.com.To inquire about exhibiting at the expoor job fair, contact Renee Smith at 969-5244 or at renee@rsvpevents.net.
Assistant Secretary of Navy to speak at expo
Assistant Secretary of the Navy JackalynePfannenstiel will be the keynote speaker atthe Military Business & Community Expo inCamarillo on April 21.
usiness event on April1 will focus on energy,ob opportunities.
Lt. Olivia K. Degenkolb of Car-ier Airborne Command and Con-rol Squadron 112 (VAW-112) andhe Naval Base Ventura CountyNBVC) Point Mugu OperationsDepartment has received the 2011Joyce W. Stewart Memorial Awardfor her efforts to promote equalreatment and acceptance of diver-ity on base.The selection was announced byapt. Jim McHugh, NBVC com-anding officer, before a packedallroom at the Bard Mansion onarch24.TheawardceremonywasoordinatedbytheFederalWomen’srogram,acommitteeof theEqualEmployment Opportunity Councilfor NBVC.Degenkolb was one of 12 indi-viduals and one two-person teamominated.Asthiswasthe20than-iversary of the award, many for-mer winners were on hand for theevent.Accordingtohernominationlet-ter, Degenkolb, who is responsiblefor leading, managing and mentor-ing 26 Sailors in two departments,created a comprehensive educationplan directed at increasing theknowledge base and qualificationlevel of all junior Sailors.
VAW-112 lieutenant receives Stewart Award
PHOTO BY CHARLIE HOUSER / NSWC PHD
Capt. Jim McHugh, commanding officer, Naval BaseVentura County, presents Lt. Olivia K. Degenkolb of VAW-112 with the 2011 Joyce W. Stewart Memorial Award.
SEE AWARD, PAGE 21
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Other events
Two other Women’s History Monthevents involved Naval Base VenturaCounty: a presentation by the femalepolice chiefs of Oxnard and PortHueneme and a Joint Women’sLeadership Symposium in San Diegothat women from NBVC attended.Read about these events in the April21 edition.

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