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Holocaust display presented at NMOTC
Sailors from Navy Medicine Operational Training Center (NMOTC) were recently shown a tribute in honor of Holocaust Remembrance Week. The three-day display was used to educate today’s service members about the genocide that took place from 1933 to 1945 and killed six million Jews throughout Europe. “This event was a unique way for staff to learn new things about the Holocaust in a more intimate manner vice a PowerPoint or even a guest speaker,” said HM1 Marcus Franklin,
Several events on schedule for Memorial DayTo many people Memorial Day is a day off from school or work, but the federal holiday represents so much more. Memorial Day honors Americans who have given their lives in service of their country and is observed annually as the last Monday of May (May 29, 2017). Memorial Day is a time of remembrance and the traditional way to celebrate this day is by visiting the graves of loved ones and taking a moment in the day to appreciate the sacrifices others have made.
College tuition assistance money availableFor service members interested in pursuing or continuing their education while on active duty, Navy tuition assistance (TA) is designed to help. “Two of the questions we get asked most often are ‘How do I get started with my education?’ and ‘How do I pay for it?’,” said Naval Education and Training Professional Development Center Voluntary Education (VolEd) Program Director Ernest D’Antonio. “The answers are easy. One, start with the Navy College Program (NCP) website or Virtual Education Center (VEC) and, two, talk with your Navy College Education Counselor to ensure TA eligibility and, three, apply.”
Celebrating Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage MonthTwo events were held recently to celebrate Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month. The Naval Air Station Pensacola (NASP) Diversity Committee presented a program followed by a potluck lunch May 23 at the Lighthouse Point CPO Club. This year’s theme was “Unite Our Voices by Speaking Together.” Bento C. Bernal Jr. and Dr. Arlene Costello spoke following opening remarks by NASP Commanding Officer Capt. Christopher Martin.
NAS Pensacola History in Focus: Identify this photo
NASP History in Focus is a photo feature designed to draw attention to the rich historical legacy of the base. A photo or photos will be published each week showing an interesting, obscure or historically significant feature of NAS Pensacola. The first person who e-mails Gosport to correctly identify the object and its location will win a $5 coupon good toward food or beverages purchased at the Navy Exchange (NEX) aboard NASP. E-mail your answer to NASPGosport@gmail.com. Winner and answer will be announced on NASP Public Affairs Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/NASPPAO and in the following week’s Gosport. (Readers can win once per month).
Motorcycles take front seat in safety message for May
May is motorcycle safety awareness month. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and the Naval Safety Center want to take this opportunity to remind everyone that with warmer weather approaching more motorcycles will be on the roads. All drivers are asked to share the road and look twice for motorcycles. Because of their smaller size compared to other vehicles they are often difficult to distinguish in traffic and appear to be farther away than they actually are
Hurricane readiness preparation on board NAS Pensacola
QM1 Angel Herrera and AVCM John Shaw look at logistics plans for Naval Air Station Pensacola May 17 during a training session in the Emergency Operations Center at base headquarters, Bldg. 1500, for Hurricane Exercise/Citadel Gale. All Navy commands at Navy Region Mid-Atlantic, Naval District Washington and Navy Region Southeast participated in the annual exercise May 8-19. The Atlantic Hurricane season begins June 1 and ends Nov. 30. Photo by Ens. Jacob Kotlarski
Memorial Day marks start of summer safety campaign
Memorial Day is nearly here, and with it the Navy begins observing the 101 Critical Days of Summer. During each annual observance the Navy focuses its messaging and information campaign to emphasize the prevention of summer-related injuries, as well as promote safety precautions for off-base outdoor activities. The 101 days between Memorial Day and Labor Day are designated critical days for safety as this timeframe historically brings an increase in injuries and safety-related incidents.
Memorial Day: Veterans' lives, sacrifices remembered
Three years after the Civil War ended, on May 5, 1868, the head of an organization of Union veterans – the Grand Army of the Republic (GAR) – established “Decoration Day” as a time for the nation to decorate the graves of the war dead with flowers. Maj. Gen. John A. Logan declared that Decoration Day should be observed on May 30. It is believed that date was chosen because flowers would be in bloom all over the country. The first large observance was held that year at Arlington National Cemetery, across the Potomac River from Washington, D.C.
NETPDC Public Affairs recognized for excellenceNaval Education and Training Professional Development Center (NETPDC) Public Affairs received two awards recently at the Florida Public Relations Association (FPRA) Pensacola Chapter’s 60th anniversary celebration and Image Awards. Ed Barker, NETPDC’s public affairs officer, received the Judge’s Award and Image Award for his story “Navy Advancement Center Adds Exam Bibliographies to the Navy COOL Website.”
Florida Civil Air Patrol wing recognizedThe Florida Wing of the Civil Air Patrol (CAP) recently recognized the Emerald Coast Senior Squadron of Pensacola as Florida Wing Senior Squadron of the Year 2016 during an awards banquet that culminated their annual state conference. Col. Henry Irizarry, Florida Wing Commander, awarded the honor to Emerald Coast’s Squadron Commander Lt. Col. R.C. DeJesus.
OFF DUTY: Go fishing and help veteransThe inaugural Fishing for AHERO Rodeo will take place from 12:01 a.m. tomorrow, May 27, to 5 p.m. May 28. The weigh-in scales will be at the South Shoreline Park Pavilion. in Gulf Breeze. The grand prize will be passage for two aboard a 68-foot fishing yacht and the chance to fish alongside some veterans at the 2017 AHERO “Warrior Hook-Up” event Aug. 25 on Pensacola Beach. The grand prize will be awarded to the angler who scores the highest dollar amount on the pledge-per-pound sheet.