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Lighthouse June 28, 2012

Lighthouse June 28, 2012

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Vol. 12, No. 13 | Thursday, June 28, 2012www.thelighthousenews.com
WHAT’S INSIDE
PHOTOS BY ANDREA HOWRY / LIGHTHOUSE
The top women triathletes from the Navy, Air Force, Marines, Army and the Canadian armed forces head for the ocean on the first leg of the ArmedForces Triathlon Championships held Saturday, June 23, at Naval Base Ventura County, Point Mugu. The military triathlon was preceded by theshorter Admiral’s Cup, which was open to the general public and drew more than 100 competitors. Below, Jonathan Shoop, 26, an engineer atNaval Surface Warfare Center Port Hueneme Division, finishes first in the Admiral’s Cup with a time of 54 minutes, 11 seconds.
By Andrea Howry
Lighthouse
The dog days of summer ar-rived early this year.Thelong-awaiteddogparksatNaval Base Ventura County of-ficially opened Wednesday, June13, to wagging tails and happyowners.The park at Point Mugu, lo-cated at Terrier Drive and Side-winder Road near Building 1 atMainandSeventhstreets,openedin the morning.The park at Hueneme, locatedbehindtheBardMansionatBardLane and Goodspeed Street,opened in the afternoon.Capt. Larry Vasquez, com-
Dog parks open on base
PHOTO BY ANDREA HOWRY / LIGHTHOUSE
Capt. Larry Vasquez, commanding officer of Naval Base Ventura County (NBVC), watches as Murphy, a year-old black Lab, and Chloe, a 2-year-old husky, get to know each other at the dog park at NBVC Point Mugu.
NBVC Point Mugu hosts triathlons
The next public event at NavalBase Ventura County is thePoint Mugu Surf Contest Aug.18-19. The Open Division hassold out — just one week afterregistration opened June 15.There is still space availablein the Military Division, Juniorsand Women. To register, call upwww.active.com. Information:982-5395.
Surf Contest is next
June 23 Admiral’s Cup, Armed Forces racehas visitors swimming, cycling, running
Naval Base Ventura County,PointMugu,hostedthe25than-nualAdmiral’sCupsprinttriath-lon Saturday, June 23, followedby the 13th annual U.S. ArmedForcesTriathlonChampionships(AFTC).More than 100 swimmers, cy-clists and runners competed inthe Admiral’s Cup, which wasopen to the general public.TheAFTChadthetop10menand top six women in the Navy,Army, Air Force and Marinescompeting against one another,plusacontingentfromtheCana-dian armed forces.
Stories, photos, Pages 20-21.
SEE DOGS, PAGE 32
Former major league baseballplayer Jay Johnstone shows EvanRobinson, 6, the proper way to pitchuring a recent visit to NBVC PortHueneme. Evan is the son of Ernestnd Army Staff Sgt. Amy Robinson.
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Chris Christianson, who shipped outof Port Hueneme as a World War IIeabee, tours the base.
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Four-time Olympian Ramona Pagel,director of the Bee-Fit at NBVC PortHueneme, shows Madison Nelson,10, how to throw a shot. Madison isthe daughter of SW1 Charles Nelsonf NMCB 3.
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By Captain Larry Vasquez
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.
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Q: Is there a way to get someone to monitor thehousing areas for speeding? I hear people flying bymy house every day and it makes me more nervousnow that school is out and there will be more kidsrunning around and playing at the park. A: This is probably a good reminder for all of us. Now that school is out, we need to be more vigilant in watching for children as we drive not only aboard  Naval Base Ventura County’s facilities but also out intown. We can help keep them safe all summer long byexercising a little more caution while we drive. I’ve asked our force protection team to maintaina visible presence and remind drivers to slow down. Now I’m asking all of you to do your part. Parents, please teach your children how to stay safe playing outdoors this summer. Show them howto safely cross the street, to look both ways and bemindful of cars both on the streets and in parking areas. Be watchful, be conscious, and above all, becareful! Together we can ensure our children have a safe and happy summer. I want your questions and suggestions! Reach mehere by emailing lighthouse@navy.mil, on Facebook at www.facebook.com/NavalBaseVenturaCounty or on Twitter at www.twitter.com/NBVCCalifornia. Youcan also go online to our homepage at http://cnic.navy.mil/ventura/index.htm and use the Commanding Officer’s Suggestion Box. I look forward to hearing  from you.
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CELEBRATINGSEABEES:
11 a.m.to 3 p.m., SeabeeMuseum. Learnabout construction mechanics,meet active duty Seabees, enjoy a scavenger hunt, hands-onactivities and arts and crafts. Freeparking, no base access required.Info: 982-5165.
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FIREWORKS:
9 p.m.Watch the ChannelIslands Fireworks by the Sea fireworksdisplay at NBVC Port Hueneme. Arecommended viewing area is thetrack next to the Bee-Hive Gymon Pacific Avenue. Restrooms areavailable in the gym. Parking isacross the street from the track.Enter through the Sunkist Gate; noguest sponsorships are allowed.Info: 989-8095.
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 June
HIRING OUR HEROES:
9 a.m. to 1 p.m.,Duke’s, NBVC PortHueneme. Free hiringfair for veterans, active duty,Guard and Reserve membersand spouses. Sponsored by U.S.Chamber of Commerce, U.S.Navy’s Shipmates to Workmatesprogram and local organizations.To register: www.uschamber.com/hiringourheroes/events; scroll toPort Hueneme, CA. Info: 202-463-3110. See Page 23.
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BATTLE OF COMMANDS:
Watchcommands compete inboat races and a slip-n-slide at the NBVC Port HuenemeAquatics Center, then July 20 atNBVC Point Mugu Family Beach inan obstacle course, tug-o-war andother events. Info: 989-8098.
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 July 
By Andrea Howry
Lighthouse
Catch, aim, throw.It seems so simple, but as two-timeorldSerieschampionJayJohnstonecanell you, it’s not.Sothat’sexactlywhathedidWednesday,une 13, when he visited with about twodozen youngsters at Naval Base Venturaounty (NBVC) Port Hueneme.“Catch the ball, then throw it,” saidohnstone, who retired in 1985 after a 20-year career. “And pick your target beforeyou make your throw.”In the heat of the game, he told them,t’seasytotakeyoureyeoff theballbeforeyou complete the catch, ending up with adropped ball. It’s easy to instinctivelythrow the ball without really taking aim.And it’s easy to throw the ball incorrectly,causinglong-termdamagetomusclesandoints.Catch, aim, throw.This lesson in fundamentals — with afew lessons in life tossed in — was to cel-ebrate NBVC’s participation in “Wanna
Retired World Series champ visits base
PHOTO BY ANDREA HOWRY / LIGHTHOUSE
Former major league baseball player Jay Johnstone shows children in the after-schoolprogram at Naval Base Ventura County, Port Hueneme, how to pitch without causing long-term damage to the arm. Johnstone visited Wednesday, June 13, to help the youngsterscelebrate their participation in the “Wanna Play?” program, which is sponsored by MajorLeague Baseball and Boys & Girls Clubs of America in an effort to get kids exercising.
Two Olympians who work atNaval Base Ventura County(NBVC)sharedtheirknowledgeof the sports that put them inrecordbooksduringthismonth’sOlympic Day at the Child andouthProgramsummercamps.Ramona Pagel, a shot putterand discus thrower who com-etedinthe1984,1988,1992and1996 Olympic Games, and Kimreiner,whothrewthejavelinin004and2008,talkedwithaboutwodozenyoungstersatthePointugu summer camp the morn-ingof June22,thenchattedwithabout60childrenintheafternoonatthePortHuenemecamp.Pagelisthedirectorof theBee-Fit Health and Wellness Centerat NBVC Port Hueneme, andKreinerisafitnessinstructorandersonaltrainerthere.KreinerwouldleaveafewdayslaterforEugene,Ore.,tocompetefor a spot on the 2012 Olympicteam.The athletes started by askingthechildrenwhatsportstheyen- joyed, and the answers were allovertheboard.“You are so far ahead of thecurve,” Pagel told them. “Youhave so much information onsports. When I was in school Ihadnoideawhatanyof thisstufwas.Ihadnoexposuretosportsatall.”Thatseguedintogoals.Stayinginshape,stayinginschool,gettinggoodgrades—theyreallimpor-tant,thewomenstressed.“Figure out what your goalsare and how you’ll meet them,”Pagel said. “Your dreams cancometrue.”Afterthepeptalk,theathletesshowed the youngsters how tothrowtheshot,javelinanddiscus.A softball substituted for the 9-poundshotorcannonball,asPageldescribeditaNerf-styleturbo javelin subbed for a real javelin and a Frisbee took theplaceof adiscus.But it gave the youngsters atasteof threesportslesserknownthanfootballandbaseball.“I think this is a great idea,”Kreinersaid.“Itgiveskidsexpe-rience in different events. Therearen’t many states that have jav-elin programs outside of highschool.Thisgivesthemsomeex-perience.”
2 Olympians who work at Bee-Fit share expertise
PHOTO BY ANDREA HOWRY / LIGHTHOUSE
Two-time Olympian Kim Kreiner, a fitness instructor and personaltrainer at Naval Base Ventura County (NBVC) Port Hueneme, showsDevon Hernandez, 9, the right stance as he prepares to throw aturbo javelin. Devon is the son of George and Jane Forestelle, whoworks at the Child Development Center at NBVC Point Mugu.
Pagel, Kreinereach youngstersabout shot put,discus, javelin
SEE JOHNSTONE, PAGE 32

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