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<ul><li><p>Vol. 13, No. 19 | Thursday, September 19,</p><p>WHATS INSIDE</p><p>Photo by AndreA howry / Lighthouse</p><p>Bjorn Nevarez, an aviation maintenance administrationman with Carrier Airborne Early Warning Squadron</p><p>(VAW) 112, receives the anchors that designate him chief. Helping pin him is his father-in-law, Abel Juarez.</p><p>By Andrea Howry</p><p>Lighthouse</p><p>In 2001, RyanDelgado pinned</p><p>anchors on Robert Delgado, sig-</p><p>nifying his fathers promotion to</p><p>chief petty officer.</p><p>Twelve years later, his father</p><p>returned the favor.</p><p>Ryan Delgado, a builder with</p><p>NavalMobile Construction Bat-</p><p>talion 4, was one of 55 Sailors</p><p>taking part in the Chief Petty Of-</p><p>ficer Pinning Ceremony at 10</p><p>a.m. Friday, Sept. 13, in Hangar</p><p>34 at Naval Base Ventura Coun-</p><p>ty, Point Mugu.</p><p>Im on the top of the world!</p><p>Robert Delgado, whos now re-</p><p>tired from the U.S. Coast Guard,</p><p>said as he waited nearly an hour</p><p>for his son to finish shaking hands</p><p>with fellow chiefs and Sailors.</p><p>The ceremony took place in</p><p>front of a massive flag and was</p><p>witnessed by hundreds of family</p><p>members and khaki-clad Sail-</p><p>55 promoted to chief petty officer at NBVC</p><p>See CHIeFS, Page 16</p><p>By Andrea Howry</p><p>Lighthouse</p><p>GrammyAward-winning sing-</p><p>er Pink signed autographs and</p><p>posed for photos Saturday, Sept.</p><p>14, as she prepared to lead mo-</p><p>torcyclists on the 6th annual Ride</p><p>to the Flags, which left fromNa-</p><p>val BaseVenturaCounty (NBVC)</p><p>Point Mugu, and ended at Pep-</p><p>perdine University in Malibu.</p><p>About 850 people attended the</p><p>morning kickoff at NBVC, which</p><p>also featured a moving tribute to</p><p>aMarine recovering from a near-</p><p>drowning, a reading of The Old</p><p>Soldier by Korean War veteran</p><p>and actor James McEachin and</p><p>words of appreciation by actor</p><p>Nick Searcy, star of the television</p><p>850 attend Ride to the Flags kickoff ceremony</p><p>Photos by AndreA howry / Lighthouse</p><p>Hundreds of motorcyclists line up for the start of the Ride to the Flags</p><p>Saturday, Sept. 14. At right, the grand marshal, singer Pink, signs</p><p>autographs in front of Building 1 before the kickoff ceremony begins.</p><p>See RIde, Page 22</p><p>LN1 Monica Voce of the Region</p><p>Legal Service Office at Naval Base</p><p>Ventura County, Port Hueneme,</p><p>seals up a box destined for troops</p><p>overseas. Volunteers from the Navy</p><p>helped with the Soldier Pack Party</p><p>Sept. 5. Page 3.</p><p>The first-ever Retiree Town Hall</p><p>meeting at Naval Base Ventura</p><p>County brings in 75 people with</p><p>questions about Navy services.</p><p>Organizers call it a success and say</p><p>more will be held. Page 3.</p><p>CECN Raven Hill of Naval Mobile</p><p>Construction Battalion (NMCB) 3</p><p>jots down key points during the first</p><p>day of the Seabee Combat Warfare</p><p>training academy in Okinawa, Japan.</p><p>In addition, read the latest out of</p><p>NMCB 3s Civic Construction Action</p><p>Details in Korea, Cambodia and</p><p>Timor-Leste. Pages 8, 9.</p></li><li><p>By Captain Larry Vasquez</p><p>NBVC Commanding Officer</p><p>The LighThOuse is puBLished aT NO COsT TO The gOVerN-</p><p>meNT eVery OTher Thursday By The sTar, Of CamariLLO,</p><p>Ca. The sTar is a priVaTe firm iN NO way CONNeCTed wiTh</p><p>The deparTmeNT Of defeNse Or The uNiTed sTaTes NaVy,</p><p>uNder wriTTeN CONTraCT wiTh NaVaL Base VeNTura</p><p>COuNTy. The LighThOuse is The ONLy auThOrized CiViLiaN</p><p>eNTerprise Newspaper fOr memBers Of The u.s. NaVy,</p><p>CiViLiaN empLOyees, reTirees aNd Their famiLy memBers</p><p>iN The VeNTura COuNTy area. CONTeNTs Of The paper are</p><p>NOT NeCessariLy The OffiCiaL Views Of, NOr eNdOrsed By,</p><p>The u.s. gOVerNmeNT, aNd The deparTmeNT Of defeNse,</p><p>Or The deparTmeNT Of The NaVy aNd dO NOT impLy eN-</p><p>dOrsemeNT ThereOf. The appearaNCe Of adVerTisiNg iN</p><p>This puBLiCaTiON iNCLudiNg iNserTs aNd suppLemeNTs,</p><p>dOes NOT CONsTiTuTe eNdOrsemeNT Of The deparTmeNT</p><p>Of defeNse, The u.s. NaVy Or The sTar, Of The prOduCTs</p><p>Or serViCes adVerTised. eVeryThiNg adVerTised iN This</p><p>puBLiCaTiON shaLL Be made aVaiLaBLe fOr purChase, use</p><p>Or paTrONage wiThOuT regard TO raCe, COLOr, reLigiON,</p><p>sex, NaTiONaL OrigiN, age, mariTaL sTaTus, physiCaL</p><p>haNdiCap, pOLiTiCaL affiLiaTiON, Or aNy OTher NON-meriT</p><p>faCTOr Of The purChaser, use, Or paTrON. if a ViOLaTiON</p><p>Or rejeCTiON Of This equaL OppOrTuNiTy pOLiCy By aN ad-</p><p>VerTiser is CONfirmed, The puBLisher shaLL refuse TO</p><p>priNT adVerTisiNg frOm ThaT sOurCe uNTiL The ViOLaTiON</p><p>is COrreCTed. ediTOriaL CONTeNT is ediTed, prepared</p><p>aNd prOVided TO The puBLisher By The LOCaL iNsTaLLa-</p><p>TiON puBLiC affairs OffiCes uNder The auspiCes Of The</p><p>NaVaL Base VeNTura COuNTy puBLiC affairs OffiCe.</p><p>COmmaNdiNg OffiCer</p><p>Capt. LaRRY VaSQUEZ</p><p>Chief sTaff OffiCer</p><p>CmdR. SCott LoESChkE</p><p>COmmaNd masTer Chief</p><p>CmdCm pERCY tRENt</p><p>puBLiC affairs OffiCer</p><p>kImBERLY GEaRhaRt</p><p>LighThOuse ediTOr</p><p>aNdREa howRY</p><p></p><p>805-989-5281</p><p>fiNd us aT:</p><p></p><p>NavalBaseVenturaCounty</p><p>puBLisher</p><p>maRGIE CoChRaNE</p><p>adVerTisiNg deparTmeNT</p><p>437-033</p><p>N aVa L B a s e V e N T u r a C O u N T y</p><p>please submit your questions or comments to Lighthouse editor andrea howry at</p><p>800-221-sTar (7827)</p><p>Ask the</p><p>Captain</p><p>Thursday,September19,2013</p><p>TheLighthouse</p><p></p><p>Question: I heard a rumor that the base is consid-</p><p>ering cutting chapel services at Naval Base Ventura</p><p>County (NBVC) Point Mugu. Is it true? Why would</p><p>you cut spiritual services to such a large portion of</p><p>our families?</p><p>Answer: Thank you for the opportunity to address</p><p>this issue. As the fiscal belt has tightened over the</p><p>past year, we have taken a hard look at the services</p><p>we offer and how theyre being used. Gym classes,</p><p>galley utilization and chapel attendance are just a</p><p>few of the many areas examined.</p><p>We are assessing the usage of the chapel at Point</p><p>Mugu. On average, fewer than 50 people a week</p><p>attend religious services there. The Seabee Chapel</p><p>at Port Hueneme, on the other hand, sees four to five</p><p>times as many people on Sunday alone.</p><p>We want to provide for our Sailors and families</p><p>spiritual needs, but with limited funds, we have to</p><p>maximize our resources. From the outside looking</p><p>in, we are one installation and need to justify why we</p><p>need two chapels.</p><p>Ive said it before: Vote with your feet. If you want</p><p>to keep a service, use it. When we are forced to make</p><p>critical budget decisions, underutilized services are</p><p>the first to be considered for elimination. Religious</p><p>services are critical to supporting Fleet, Fighter and</p><p>Family, but if one chapel is not being patronized, it</p><p>may be closed to conserve our limited financial and</p><p>personnel resources and concentrate on the more</p><p>heavily attended chapel.</p><p>Keep the questions and feedback coming! You</p><p>can submit via this forum at,</p><p>online using the COs Suggestion Box at http://cnic.</p><p> or at www.Facebook.</p><p>com/NavalBaseVenturaCounty. You can also follow</p><p>us on Twitter at</p><p>and keep up on the latest news and events.</p><p>Why would the Navy even think of closing a chapel?</p></li><li><p></p><p>TheLighthouse</p><p>Thursday,September19,2013</p><p>CommunityCalendar</p><p>SUMMER 5K: 11 a.m.</p><p>registration, 11:30 a.m.</p><p>run. Includes optional</p><p>obstacle course.</p><p>BeeHive Field, outside BeeHive</p><p>Gym, NBVC Port Hueneme. Free to</p><p>all with base access.</p><p>19</p><p>HOSPITALITY</p><p>OLYMPICS: 3:30</p><p>p.m., Navy Lodge,</p><p>Bldg. 1172 on Addor</p><p>Street, NBVC Port Hueneme.</p><p>Housekeeping and guest services</p><p>staff will compete in vacuum</p><p>cleaner dash, bed-making,</p><p>toilet paper pyramid-carrying</p><p>and rollaway bed races as part</p><p>of National Hospitality Week.</p><p>Information: General Manager</p><p>Carla Vicens, 985-2624.</p><p>20</p><p>September</p><p>NARFE LUNCHEON:</p><p>National Active and</p><p>Retired Federal</p><p>Employees Association</p><p>holds a social at 11:30</p><p>a.m. and lunch at noon at the Elks</p><p>Club, 801 S. A St., Oxnard. Cost</p><p>is $11. Reserve by noon Sept. 23</p><p>by calling 487-1801 or emailing</p><p></p><p>26</p><p>FAMILY FUN NIGHT: 6</p><p>p.m., Seabee Chapel,</p><p>NBVC Port Hueneme.</p><p>Families are invited to</p><p>come help their children decorate</p><p>school binders in a Back to</p><p>School Book &amp; Binder Bash. Free.</p><p>Information, 982-4358.</p><p>20</p><p>By Andrea Howry</p><p>Lighthouse</p><p>The first Retiree Town Hall</p><p>meeting at Naval Base Ventura</p><p>County (NBVC) drew about 75</p><p>people Tuesday night, Sept. 10</p><p> and an assurance from base</p><p>officials that it wont be the</p><p>last.</p><p>Capt. Larry Vasquez, com-</p><p>manding officer of NBVC, told</p><p>the audience that he wanted</p><p>more meetings like this inau-</p><p>gural session, and LauraHam-</p><p>ilton, director of the Fleet &amp;</p><p>Family Support Center, echoed</p><p>that.</p><p>We hope to continue to have</p><p>these and expand on them,she</p><p>said. We know now from the</p><p>turnout that people need this</p><p>information and want it.</p><p>In addition to Vasquez pro-</p><p>viding an update on the status</p><p>of the base We are grow-</p><p>ing, he said speakers from</p><p>Veterans Affairs and TRI-</p><p>CARE gave a rundown of up-</p><p>coming changes to their pro-</p><p>grams and fielded dozens of</p><p>questions.</p><p>Presentationswere alsomade</p><p>by representatives of the Re-</p><p>tired Activities Office (RAO)</p><p>on base; Personnel Support</p><p>Detachment (PSD); Morale,</p><p>Welfare and Recreation</p><p>(MWR); the commissary; and</p><p>Religious Ministries.</p><p>Several retirees who attended</p><p>said they found the presenta-</p><p>tions helpful.</p><p>I think this was very, very</p><p>worthwhile on two fronts: the</p><p>amount of information thats</p><p>getting put out, and the poten-</p><p>tial to create a community of</p><p>retirees, said Bob Brunner, a</p><p>retired Navy captain who lives</p><p>in the Westlake Village-Thou-</p><p>sandOaks area. This has been</p><p>a very useful meeting.</p><p>Dorothy Bearss called the</p><p>meeting a positive thing.</p><p>I think its a great idea thats</p><p>long overdue, she said.</p><p>JimRamey, who oversees the</p><p>RAO, said the meeting was</p><p>called to address the many</p><p>changes taking place in todays</p><p>Navy and the uncertaintymany</p><p>retirees are feeling in todays</p><p>economy, especially as it relates</p><p>to the Department of De-</p><p>fense.</p><p>Vasquez put many at ease by</p><p>explaining thatNBVC is poised</p><p>for growth over the next sev-</p><p>Base holds first Retiree Town Hall meeting</p><p>PHOTO bY ANdREA HOwRY / LIGHTHOUSE</p><p>HN1 Jim Thime looks to see what else he can</p><p>put into one of the 50 care packages being</p><p>sent to troops overseas. Administrative</p><p>underwriter Monica Nungaray came up with</p><p>the project five years ago as a way to honor</p><p>her two sons, who were then in the Marine</p><p>Corps, and all other troops overseas.</p><p>By Andrea Howry</p><p>Lighthouse</p><p>Hospital Corpsman 1st Class Jim Thi-</p><p>me with the Naval Branch Health Clinic</p><p>at Naval Base Ventura County (NBVC)</p><p>vividly recalls his deployment to Afghan-</p><p>istan and Kuwait.</p><p>In the summer, you crave salty stuff,</p><p>he said.</p><p>So when he saw the snack foods piled</p><p>atop tables at a local insurance business,</p><p>ready to be packed up into 50 boxes, he</p><p>knew the troops on the receiving end</p><p>would be happy.</p><p>Muscle Milk? he asked, looking at a</p><p>plastic bag containing a carton and other</p><p>goodies. I never got that!</p><p>Thime and a handful of other Sailors</p><p>fromNBVC spent the morning of Thurs-</p><p>day, Sept. 5, in the Camarillo office of</p><p>Mercury Insurance, helping stuff the</p><p>boxes with crackers, cookies, candies,</p><p>crossword puzzles, note paper, even flip-</p><p>flops.</p><p>The Soldier Pack Party to commemo-</p><p>rate Sept. 11 is the brainchild of admin-</p><p>istrative underwriter Monica Nungaray,</p><p>who decided on it five years ago as a way</p><p>to honor her two sons in the U.S. Marine</p><p>Corps and those who serve overseas. One</p><p>son is still on active duty atMarine Corps</p><p>AirGroundCombatCenter in Twentynine</p><p>Palms; the other is a veteran living in the</p><p>San Fernando Valley.</p><p>I wanted to send things from home</p><p>Sailors volunteer to help load up</p><p>care packages for troops overseas</p><p>I wanted to send</p><p>things from home</p><p> comfort stuff. This</p><p>way, they know were</p><p>thinking of them.</p><p> Monica Nungaray,</p><p>on the origins of Soldier Pack Party</p><p>See CARe, PAge 24</p><p>See ReTIReeS, PAge 24</p><p>NAVY bALL: 5 to</p><p>11:30 p.m., Embassy</p><p>Suites Mandalay</p><p>Beach Hotel &amp; Resort,</p><p>Oxnard. Tickets: $20 to $60,</p><p>depending on rate. Information:</p><p>989-1802.</p><p>11</p><p>PHOTO bY ANdREA HOwRY / LIGHTHOUSE</p><p>Capt. 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Larry Vasquez, NBVC com-</p><p>manding officer.</p><p>Ombudsmen also serve as the go</p><p>to for families, especially during de-</p><p>ployments when the Sailor cantor</p><p>shouldnt be contacted.</p><p>Major appliances and vehicles</p><p> when they start to break down,</p><p>youre there to help with that,</p><p>Vasquez said.</p><p>As Lt. Cmdr. Jeffrey Han, com-</p><p>mand chaplain, noted in his invoca-</p><p>tion, the ombudsman is always there,</p><p>lending a hand on the first deploy-</p><p>ment and holding a hand during a</p><p>family crisis.</p><p>Corey Kendrick, who coordinates</p><p>the ombudsman program for the</p><p>Fleet &amp; Family Support Center, has</p><p>served as an ombudsman in the</p><p>past.</p><p>Ive been there, she said. Youre</p><p>taking care of your own families, and</p><p>youre finding ways to make sure</p><p>other families are taken care of, too.</p><p>You are truly appreciated.</p><p>Among the commands at NBVC</p><p>honoring their ombudsmen some</p><p>commands have more than one </p><p>were all three Naval Mobile Con-</p><p>struction Battalions; all four Carrier</p><p>Airborne EarlyWarning Squadrons;</p><p>the 30th Naval Construction Regi-</p><p>ment; Naval Construction Group 1;</p><p>Fleet Readiness Center Southwest,</p><p>Detachment Point Mugu; the Naval</p><p>Construction Training Center; Naval</p><p>Surface Warfare Center, Port Huen-</p><p>emeDivision; Underwater Construc-</p><p>tion Team 2; Fleet Logistics Support</p><p>Squadron (VR) 55; and Air Test and</p><p>Evaluation Squadron (VX) 30.</p><p>One by one, Kendrick called out</p><p>each command, and top officers es-</p><p>corted the ombudsmen to the stage,</p><p>where they gave them bouquets and</p><p>gifts.</p><p>Its like Christmas!one ombuds-</p><p>man said.</p><p>Some of the officers told how om-</p><p>budsmen made their jobs easier, es-</p><p>pecially when it came to fending off</p><p>family crises during deployments;</p><p>others noted individual accomplish-</p><p>ments, like setting up a Facebook</p><p>page to keep families up to date and</p><p>creating a command cookbook.</p><p>Vasquez commented that ombuds-</p><p>men are like 4-1-1 and 9-1-1 all</p><p>wrapped into one.</p><p>We cant say thank you enough,</p><p>he told them.</p><p>Ombudsmen that critical link lauded at luncheon</p><p>Photo by AndreA howry / Lighthouse</p><p>Corey K...</p></li></ul>