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DESCRIPTIONOfficial newspaper of Naval Base Ventura County
Vol. 13, No. 19 | Thursday, September 19, 2013www.thelighthousenews.com
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Bjorn Nevarez, an aviation maintenance administrationman with Carrier Airborne Early Warning Squadron
(VAW) 112, receives the anchors that designate him chief. Helping pin him is his father-in-law, Abel Juarez.
By Andrea Howry
In 2001, RyanDelgado pinned
anchors on Robert Delgado, sig-
nifying his fathers promotion to
chief petty officer.
Twelve years later, his father
returned the favor.
Ryan Delgado, a builder with
NavalMobile Construction Bat-
talion 4, was one of 55 Sailors
taking part in the Chief Petty Of-
ficer Pinning Ceremony at 10
a.m. Friday, Sept. 13, in Hangar
34 at Naval Base Ventura Coun-
ty, Point Mugu.
Im on the top of the world!
Robert Delgado, whos now re-
tired from the U.S. Coast Guard,
said as he waited nearly an hour
for his son to finish shaking hands
with fellow chiefs and Sailors.
The ceremony took place in
front of a massive flag and was
witnessed by hundreds of family
members and khaki-clad Sail-
55 promoted to chief petty officer at NBVC
See CHIeFS, Page 16
By Andrea Howry
er Pink signed autographs and
posed for photos Saturday, Sept.
14, as she prepared to lead mo-
torcyclists on the 6th annual Ride
to the Flags, which left fromNa-
val BaseVenturaCounty (NBVC)
Point Mugu, and ended at Pep-
perdine University in Malibu.
About 850 people attended the
morning kickoff at NBVC, which
also featured a moving tribute to
aMarine recovering from a near-
drowning, a reading of The Old
Soldier by Korean War veteran
and actor James McEachin and
words of appreciation by actor
Nick Searcy, star of the television
850 attend Ride to the Flags kickoff ceremony
Photos by AndreA howry / Lighthouse
Hundreds of motorcyclists line up for the start of the Ride to the Flags
Saturday, Sept. 14. At right, the grand marshal, singer Pink, signs
autographs in front of Building 1 before the kickoff ceremony begins.
See RIde, Page 22
LN1 Monica Voce of the Region
Legal Service Office at Naval Base
Ventura County, Port Hueneme,
seals up a box destined for troops
overseas. Volunteers from the Navy
helped with the Soldier Pack Party
Sept. 5. Page 3.
The first-ever Retiree Town Hall
meeting at Naval Base Ventura
County brings in 75 people with
questions about Navy services.
Organizers call it a success and say
more will be held. Page 3.
CECN Raven Hill of Naval Mobile
Construction Battalion (NMCB) 3
jots down key points during the first
day of the Seabee Combat Warfare
training academy in Okinawa, Japan.
In addition, read the latest out of
NMCB 3s Civic Construction Action
Details in Korea, Cambodia and
Timor-Leste. Pages 8, 9.
By Captain Larry Vasquez
NBVC Commanding Officer
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please submit your questions or comments to Lighthouse editor andrea howry at firstname.lastname@example.org
Question: I heard a rumor that the base is consid-
ering cutting chapel services at Naval Base Ventura
County (NBVC) Point Mugu. Is it true? Why would
you cut spiritual services to such a large portion of
Answer: Thank you for the opportunity to address
this issue. As the fiscal belt has tightened over the
past year, we have taken a hard look at the services
we offer and how theyre being used. Gym classes,
galley utilization and chapel attendance are just a
few of the many areas examined.
We are assessing the usage of the chapel at Point
Mugu. On average, fewer than 50 people a week
attend religious services there. The Seabee Chapel
at Port Hueneme, on the other hand, sees four to five
times as many people on Sunday alone.
We want to provide for our Sailors and families
spiritual needs, but with limited funds, we have to
maximize our resources. From the outside looking
in, we are one installation and need to justify why we
need two chapels.
Ive said it before: Vote with your feet. If you want
to keep a service, use it. When we are forced to make
critical budget decisions, underutilized services are
the first to be considered for elimination. Religious
services are critical to supporting Fleet, Fighter and
Family, but if one chapel is not being patronized, it
may be closed to conserve our limited financial and
personnel resources and concentrate on the more
heavily attended chapel.
Keep the questions and feedback coming! You
can submit via this forum at email@example.com,
online using the COs Suggestion Box at http://cnic.
navy.mil/ventura/index.htm or at www.Facebook.
com/NavalBaseVenturaCounty. You can also follow
us on Twitter at www.twitter.com/NBVCCalifornia
and keep up on the latest news and events.
Why would the Navy even think of closing a chapel?
SUMMER 5K: 11 a.m.
registration, 11:30 a.m.
run. Includes optional
BeeHive Field, outside BeeHive
Gym, NBVC Port Hueneme. Free to
all with base access.
p.m., Navy Lodge,
Bldg. 1172 on Addor
Street, NBVC Port Hueneme.
Housekeeping and guest services
staff will compete in vacuum
cleaner dash, bed-making,
toilet paper pyramid-carrying
and rollaway bed races as part
of National Hospitality Week.
Information: General Manager
Carla Vicens, 985-2624.
National Active and
holds a social at 11:30
a.m. and lunch at noon at the Elks
Club, 801 S. A St., Oxnard. Cost
is $11. Reserve by noon Sept. 23
by calling 487-1801 or emailing
FAMILY FUN NIGHT: 6
p.m., Seabee Chapel,
NBVC Port Hueneme.
Families are invited to
come help their children decorate
school binders in a Back to
School Book & Binder Bash. Free.
By Andrea Howry
The first Retiree Town Hall
meeting at Naval Base Ventura
County (NBVC) drew about 75
people Tuesday night, Sept. 10
and an assurance from base
officials that it wont be the
Capt. Larry Vasquez, com-
manding officer of NBVC, told
the audience that he wanted
more meetings like this inau-
gural session, and LauraHam-
ilton, director of the Fleet &
Family Support Center, echoed
We hope to continue to have
these and expand on them,she
said. We know now from the
turnout that people need this
information and want it.
In addition to Vasquez pro-
viding an update on the status
of the base We are grow-
ing, he said speakers from
Veterans Affairs and TRI-