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Official newspaper of Naval Base Ventura County

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  • Vol. 13, No. 19 | Thursday, September 19, 2013www.thelighthousenews.com

    WHATS INSIDE

    Photo by AndreA howry / Lighthouse

    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

    Lighthouse

    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

    Lighthouse

    GrammyAward-winning sing-

    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

    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 wiTh

    The deparTmeNT Of defeNse Or The uNiTed sTaTes NaVy,

    uNder wriTTeN CONTraCT wiTh NaVaL Base VeNTura

    COuNTy. The LighThOuse is The ONLy auThOrized CiViLiaN

    eNTerprise Newspaper fOr memBers Of The u.s. NaVy,

    CiViLiaN empLOyees, reTirees aNd Their famiLy memBers

    iN The VeNTura COuNTy area. CONTeNTs Of The paper are

    NOT 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 iN

    This puBLiCaTiON iNCLudiNg iNserTs aNd suppLemeNTs,

    dOes NOT CONsTiTuTe eNdOrsemeNT Of The deparTmeNT

    Of defeNse, The u.s. NaVy Or The sTar, Of The prOduCTs

    Or serViCes adVerTised. eVeryThiNg adVerTised iN This

    puBLiCaTiON shaLL Be made aVaiLaBLe fOr purChase, use

    Or paTrONage wiThOuT regard TO raCe, COLOr, reLigiON,

    sex, NaTiONaL OrigiN, age, mariTaL sTaTus, physiCaL

    haNdiCap, pOLiTiCaL affiLiaTiON, Or aNy OTher NON-meriT

    faCTOr Of The purChaser, use, Or paTrON. if a ViOLaTiON

    Or rejeCTiON Of This equaL OppOrTuNiTy pOLiCy By aN ad-

    VerTiser is CONfirmed, The puBLisher shaLL refuse TO

    priNT adVerTisiNg frOm ThaT sOurCe uNTiL The ViOLaTiON

    is COrreCTed. ediTOriaL CONTeNT is ediTed, prepared

    aNd prOVided TO The puBLisher By The LOCaL iNsTaLLa-

    TiON puBLiC affairs OffiCes uNder The auspiCes Of The

    NaVaL Base VeNTura COuNTy puBLiC affairs OffiCe.

    COmmaNdiNg OffiCer

    Capt. LaRRY VaSQUEZ

    Chief sTaff OffiCer

    CmdR. SCott LoESChkE

    COmmaNd masTer Chief

    CmdCm pERCY tRENt

    puBLiC affairs OffiCer

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    aNdREa howRY

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    N aVa L B a s e V e N T u r a C O u N T y

    please submit your questions or comments to Lighthouse editor andrea howry at lighthouse@navy.mil

    800-221-sTar (7827)

    Ask the

    Captain

    Thursday,September19,2013

    TheLighthouse

    www.TheLighthouseNews.com

    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

    our families?

    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 lighthouse@navy.mil,

    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?

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    TheLighthouse

    Thursday,September19,2013

    CommunityCalendar

    SUMMER 5K: 11 a.m.

    registration, 11:30 a.m.

    run. Includes optional

    obstacle course.

    BeeHive Field, outside BeeHive

    Gym, NBVC Port Hueneme. Free to

    all with base access.

    19

    HOSPITALITY

    OLYMPICS: 3:30

    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.

    20

    September

    NARFE LUNCHEON:

    National Active and

    Retired Federal

    Employees Association

    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

    dukies@verizon.net.

    26

    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.

    Information, 982-4358.

    20

    By Andrea Howry

    Lighthouse

    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

    last.

    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

    that.

    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-

    CARE gave