Your Weekly Fun with MWR

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Free Golf Clinic will begin at 9:15 a.m. Saturday at Barbers Point Golf Course. FMI: 682-1911.

Wood Shop Safety class will be held from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. Saturday at the Hickam Arts & Crafts Center. Upon completion, participants will be issued a safety certification card enabling them to use the shop tools and equipment and to go on to more advanced woodworking classes. The cost is $20. FMI: 448-9907.

NFL Football Sunday will begin at 6:30 a.m. Sunday at J.R. Rockers Sports Café. There will be a special breakfast menu for $7.50 for Air Force Club members and $9.50 for non-members. FMI: 448-2271.

Gridiron Breakfast will be held from 7 to 11 a.m. Sunday at Brews & Cues. Patrons can watch NFL football games and have free fruits and pastries. FMI: 473 1743.

Command Fitness Leader Course will be held Sept. 22 to 26 at the Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam Fitness Center. This free course is open to Navy and Marines only. It provides the basic fitness and nutrition tools for personnel to go back to their respective commands and design fitness programs, facilitate classes, and become the ambassadors of fitness and nutrition. Registration is through CNIC. Documents should be sent to vicki.teran and/or FMI: 808-471-2021, 202-433-4367.

Half-Price Aeration Special will be in effect from Sept. 23 to 28 at Mamala Bay Golf Course. Green fees will be half-price while the greens are being aerated. The course will be closed Sept. 22. FMI: 449-2304.

Oktoberfest will be held from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. Sept. 23 at the Historic Hickam Officers’ Club. A buffet featuring Oktoberfest cuisine will be served, and the Alpine Quintet Band, performers a t Hale Koa Hotel’s Oktoberfest, will play traditional music. Reservations are recommended. The cost is $28 for Air Force Club members and $35 for non-members. FMI: 448 4608.

Preschool Story Time will be held from 9 to 10 a.m. Sept. 24 at the Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam library. The theme of this free program will be “autumn colors.” FMI: 449-8299.

Defy Gravity: Lift Your Body in Stages class will be held from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Sept. 25 at the Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam Fitness Center. This class will include meditation and a warm-up sequence. It will be followed by a fluid series of yoga postures, emphasizing arm balances. Class will end with a muscle awareness cool-down and deep relaxation. The cost is $5. FMI: 471-2019.

Mongolian Barbecue will be offered from 5:30 to 8 p.m. Sept. 25 on the lanai of the Historic Hickam Officers’ Club. A variety of meats, vegetables and sauces will be available for 85 cents per ounce. Rice, noodles, soup, beverages and fortune cookies are included. FMI: 448-4608.

MWR’s Information, Tickets & Travel (ITT) is now offering rides aboard the “Holo Holo” trolley to a monthly food truck and street food rally, Eat the Street Hawaii in Honolulu. The next one is scheduled for Sept. 26 and will have an Oktoberfest theme. There will be entertainment and special events for children. Interested patrons can sign up with ITT for $7 per person and children under age 5 on an adult’s lap will be admitted free. Reservations can be made at any ITT location. FMI: Fleet Store at 473-0792, Hickam at 448-2295, NEX at 422-2757, Barbers Point at 682-2019 or Wahiawa at 564-4445/4446.

Hickam Historical Tour will be held from 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Sept. 26 with visits to the original World War II Hickam Field buildings. The tour departs from ITT-Hickam office and from Royal Alaka’i Lodge and includes lunch. Due to the nature of the tour, it is not recommended for children under 6 years old. FMI: 448-2295.

Kayaking the Moku Islands excursion will begin at 9 a . m . S e p t . 2 7 . M W R Outdoor Adventure Center staff will lead a paddling trip to the Mokulua Islands, a protected bird sanctuary located off Kailua and Lanikai beaches. This activity is somewhat moderate in the level of difficulty, depending on winds and ocean conditions. The cost is $35, and the sign-up deadline is Sept. 24. FMI: 473-1198.

Learn to Spearfish class will begin at 9 a.m. Sept. 27 and Sept. 28 with instructors from the MWR Outdoor Recreation-Hickam Harbor staff. On the first day, class is held at the pool. On the second day, depending on skill level, there may be two ocean dives from the boat. Mask, fins and snorkel are required. Other equipment and transportation will be provided. The cost is $60. The sign-up deadline is Sept. 23. FMI: 449-5215.

JBPHH Library ‘Created Equal’ series ends Saturday

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Saturday is the last showing in the "Created Equal" series at the library. MWR Marketing photo

Justin Hirai

Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam Morale, Welfare and Recreation

The Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam Library will host its free finale of four documentary and film discussions for the “Created Equal” series beginning at 1 p.m. Saturday.

The series, documenting the civil rights struggle in America, has been sponsored by the Hawaii Council for the Humanities and featured a guest speaker for each film. The film shown tomorrow will be “The Abolitionists,” and the discussion will be led by Mitch Yamasaki of Chaminade University.

“The Abolitionists” captures the struggles of the men and women who led the battle to end slavery, which began in 1830. The video uses reenactments and narration to describe the lives and feelings of Lloyd Garrison, an England newspaper editor; Frederick Douglass, a former slave, author and activist; Angelina Grimke, the daughter of a rich South Carolina slaveholder; Harriet Beecher Stowe, the author of “Uncle Tom’s Cabin”; and “John Brown”, who was executed for his armed seizure of the federal arsenal at Harpers Ferry.

Phyllis Frenzel, head librarian, said that regardless of a person’s ethnicity or race, watching this series will be an eye-opener.

Yamasaki is currently a professor of history and director of applied humanities research and grants at Chaminade University of Honolulu.

He has been a part of many organizations, such as the Hawaii Council for the Humanities, the National Endowment for the Humanities and Hawaii Council for History Education.

Yamasaki has also worked on publications focusing on America’s civil rights movement. He will lend insight during the viewing and will lead a discussion of the film after its conclusion.

Full-length versions of the four documentaries in the series will also be available for borrowing. For more information, call the library at 449-8299.

96th ARS participates in aircrew CBRN training

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Members of the 96th Air Refueling Squadron prepare to board a KC-135 Stratotanker during an emergency preparedness training event Sept. 5 at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam.

Story and photo by Staff Sgt. Alexander Martinez

15th Wing Public Affairs

Members of the 96th Air Refueling Squadron (ARS) conducted emergency preparedness training Sept. 5, ensuring they are able to operate in a chemical, biological, radiological or nuclear contaminated environment.

With assistance from the 15th Operations Support Squadron air-crew flight equipment section and the 15th Maintenance Group, 96th ARS members were able to practice using their protective equipment so that in the event of a real-world CBRN attack, they are prepared.

“Today is very important because we don’t have many opportunities to train in this equipment,” said Capt. Richard Brown, 96th ARS. “The important thing about this training is that we work out any issues and get it right the first time so we’re ready.”

Unlike common CBRN individual protective equipment, aircrew members use a special system, the aircrew eye and respiratory protection system (AERPS), which ensures they don’t contaminate the inside of the aircraft. The equipment includes a motorized breathing system that pumps air into their filtered gas mask, a plastic hood, two layers of gloves, plastic booties over their boots, and a clear plastic body bag that ensures full-body coverage of their flight suit.

At the aircraft, maintenance technicians did their part in the training by assisting aircrew members into the KC-135 Stratotanker where the aircrew practiced unhooking from the AERPS and hooking into the aircraft’s oxygen system. After exiting the aircraft, the aircrew members made their way to the aircrew contamination control area where AFE Airmen were ready for the decontamination process.

“We’re out here helping the air-crew practice and become familiar with the decontamination process,” said Tech. Sgt. Ryan Hunt, 15th OSS AFE. “This helps them stay prepared and helps us train our people as well.”

AFE members set up the ACCA in a condensed area, but normally the ACCA stations would be spread out over the length of a football field and positioned in compliance with wind direction in order to ensure a successful decontamination. Each station included detailed instructions on how to de-contaminate the aircrew member with the last station allowing them to remove their gas mask.

Brown said the main reason for the training is for preparation of an upcoming unit compliance inspection but added that this training is valuable to have.

“We might be able to practice once more before the inspection, but this training is extremely valuable to have, regardless,” he said. “We also practice flying with this equipment in our simulator, so all of this training keeps us up to date and prepared.”

Halsey Sailors honor naval and Marine Corps history near Iwo Jima

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Boatswain's Mate Seaman Jonathan Valles stands a vigilant watch as he overlooks the waters off the island of Iwo Jima and reflects on the fierce battle that took place 70 years ago. U.S. Navy photo by Ensign Erica Bauer

Lt. j.g. Rochelle Perry

USS Halsey (DDG 97) Public Affairs

NORTHERN MARIANAS —Halsey Sailors recently witnessed the unforgettable sight of the four-mile long island of Iwo Jima, just miles off the bow of the ship.

As Halsey approached, the officer of the deck shared an excerpt from Halsey’s namesake’s biography and chief petty officer (selectees) took turns sharing the historical significance of Iwo Jima with the crew throughout the day.

Chief Fire Controlman (select) Eric J. Wemmer detailed the battle over the 1MC (ship’s general announcing system). “Iwo Jima was strategically important as an air base for fighter escorts supporting long-range bombing missions against mainland Japan,” Wemmer announced.

“The invasion began in February of 1945, when U.S. Navy warships started three days of pre-landing preparations for the Marines as ships and aircraft methodically tried to destroy the island’s defenses,” he said.

The fighting that took place during the 36-day assault on Iwo Jima would be immortalized in the words of Adm. Chester W. Nimitz, commander, Pacific Fleet/commander in chief, who said, “Among the

Americans who served on Iwo Island, uncommon valor was a common virtue.”

For one crew member, seeing the island of Iwo Jima had special meaning and personal significance. Ensign Frances Klimczak recounted a childhood visit to Washington, D.C. where she and her father visited the Iwo Jima Memorial at night.

“The first visit to the Iwo Jima Memorial had a lasting impact on me. Throughout my college career, I always enjoyed reading different books about the battles that took place in the Pacific— particularly Iwo Jima’s,” she recalled.

“In my junior year, I finished the Marine Corps marathon at the base of the Iwo Jima Memorial, and now that I had the opportunity to see the island, it really brought those experiences to life,” Klimczak said.

Others believed that learning about naval history through the Battle of Iwo Jima proved a significant event. Gas Tubine System Technician (electrical) 1st Class Jose Meza explained the importance of understanding past events and battles as an active service member to his peers. “We need to continue to learn about our past, so that we can make a better future for ourselves,” he said.

“By learning about our Navy’s history, we understand what we are fighting for and what we represent.”

“From the standpoint of seeing where our country has been and what it has gone through, it’s easy to see why all branches have come together to defend and protect our way of life,” Wemmer said.

“And that’s what my service is all about: protecting and defending our way of life from those who want to change it,” he said.

USS Halsey (DDG-97) is currently deployed to the U.S. 7th Fleet area of responsibility.

Wings Over The Pacific

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Sept. 27-28

Event highlights

* 11 a.m.: Opening ceremony featuring U.S. Navy Parachute Team, Leap Frogs
* Noon: Air Combat Command F-22 Demonstration Team
* 1:30 p.m. C-17 Globemaster III Demonstration
* 4 p.m.: U.S. Navy Flight Demonstration Squadron, Blue Angels

Static displays:
* USCG HH-65 Dolphin & Rescue C-130
* USMC RQ-7 Shadow
* A-4 Skyhawk
* 25 ID assetsStryker mobile gun system, Stryker infantry fighting vehicle, Stryker mortar carrier vehicle, Howitzer variants, MRAP, HMMV, UH-60, OH-58, EOD team, Military police APC, Zodiac boat
* Local assets(KC-135, C-17, F-22)
* Aloha 99s Oahu chapter w/ aircraft and Model T
* B-52 Stratofortress
* Vintage SNJ (T-6)
* P-3C Orion
* F-104 Starfighter (PAM)
* USAF Crash, Fire & Rescue Team
* Rescue rig and boat
* Big Island Air Caravan
* Hawaiian Air 1929 Bellanca
* UH-1 Huey
* Hawker Hunter F-58
* Kamaka Air DC-3
* MAG 24 MH-53
* Various civilian general aviation aircraft
* CH-47 Chinook

Base access

On Sept. 27-28 from 9:30 a.m. to 7 p.m., the O’-Malley Gate will be used solely for the Wings Over the Pacific airshow traffic. All base residents should use alternate gates for access. All personnel who utilize O’Malley Gate during the above-mentioned times will be directed to general parking on the flightline. For more information, call base security at 449-1002.

Increased noise advisory

Residents of Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam and the surrounding community can expect increased noise during the following times:

Sept. 25: 4-5:15 p.m.
Sept. 26: 4-5:15 p.m.
Sept. 27: noon to 5:30 p.m.
Sept. 28: noon to 5:30 p.m.


Upgraded tickets

The air show is free and open to the public. No tickets are required for entry. Optional premium seating tickets are available for purchase at

Discounted tickets for military are available at all Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam Morale, Welfare and Recreation (MWR) ITT offices while supplies last.

* Note: Special parking is not included with ticket purchase. Tickets are non-refundable.

VIP flight line club

The VIP Flight Line Club is a chalet located directly on the flight line with the best views of the flying action. Individual tickets may be purchased for this prime viewing area.


Premium box seats

The premium box seats offer a dedicated numbered seat located directly on the flight line area.

Entry restrictions:

* All carry-in items and persons are subject to search.
* All unattended bags and items will be removed from the premises.
* Cameras may be used to monitor the facility.
* No RV parking allowed.
* Smoking is allowed outside the spectator gates and in the parking lots.

Approved items include:
* Small purses or fanny packs.
* Cameras and/or camcorders with “small” camera bags.
* Diaper bags.
* Baby strollers.
* Small hand-held umbrellas.
* Small lawn chairs or camp chairs (no lounge chairs).
* Wheelchairs, canes, guide/working dogs to assist disabled individuals.

The following restrictions apply:
* No large purses, backpacks or bags of any kind.
* No food or beverages.
* No coolers, loose ice, cans, glass, or alcohol.
* No pets.
* No weapons of any kind
* No tents or awnings.
* No cooking equipment.
* No bicycles, scooters or roller-blades.
* No ladders, large umbrellas or wagons.

To minimize imposition, it is recommended that airshow patrons bring only necessary items on their person and limit the size and contents of carry-in items to those that are essential.

Air show concession stands will offer a variety of food and beverage options for patrons’ enjoyment and convenience.

Contact the “Wings over the Pacific” Airshow at 473-2920 or email at for more information.

Stafford relieves Gonzalez as commanding officer of USS Cheyenne

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Cmdr. Noel Gonzalez (right), turns over command of the Los Angeles-class fast attack submarine USS Cheyenne (SSN 773) to Cmdr. John Stafford, witnessed by Capt. Craig Blakely, commander of Submarine Squadron Seven.

Story and photo by MC1 Jason Swink

Submarine Force Pacific Fleet Public Affairs

The command of USS Cheyenne (SSN 773) was passed on Sept. 12 as Cmdr. John Stafford relieved Cmdr. Noel Gonzalez as commanding officer. The change of command ceremony was held aboard the Los Angeles-class, fast attack submarine at the submarine piers at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam.

“I am so proud of you guys,” Gonzalez said to his crew. “I don’t have the words to tell you how much gratitude I feel for all we have done in the past 30 months.”

“You have provided me with unbelievable support and dedication,” said Gonzalez. “It has been a privilege and an absolute honor to be your eighth commanding officer.”

In command since May 11, 2012, Gonzalez led his submarine to complete a successful western Pacific deployment and was awarded the 2013 Battle Efficiency Award.

Adm. Harry Harris, commander of the U.S. Pacific Fleet, was the guest speaker and praised Gonzalez and his crew.

“From the time he took command, he set out to sharpen this already high-performance crew into one with a reputation of achievement and success,” said Harris.

Born in Cuba, Gonzalez emigrated with his family from Camaguey, Cuba to the United States to pursue a better life.

“Noel, you have certainly lived that dream, from a little boy of 10 that couldn’t speak English, to the commanding officer of a nuclear-powered submarine,” said Harris. “I hope you continue to tell your story and inspire others you meet to reach for the stars and reach their full potential.”

During the ceremony, Gonzalez, who now hails from West Palm Beach, Fla., was awarded the Meritorious Service Medal for his successes in command of Cheyenne from May 2012 to August 2014.

As Stafford assumed command of Cheyenne, he thanked Gonzalez for the state in which Cheyenne and its crew are in.

“No officer could count himself more blessed than to be a member of the Cheyenne family, let alone command this great warship and her fine crew,” said Stafford, who calls Staten Island, N.Y. his home.

Homeported in Pearl Harbor, USS Cheyenne is named after the city of Cheyenne, Wyo. It is the 62nd Los Angeles-class submarine and the 23rd improved Los Angeles-class attack submarine. The ship’s sponsor, Ann Simpson, wife of former U.S. Sen. Alan Simpson of Wyoming, christened Cheyenne on April 1, 1995. The ship has since lived by the city’s motto, “Live the Legend.”

In 2001, Cheyenne earned the distinction of “first to strike” when it was the first ship to launch Tomahawk missiles in Operation Iraqi Freedom. Since then, the submariners aboard have modified the motto to “Ride the Legend,” representative of the warrior spirit of the crew and the pride they take in their mission and sponsor city.

For more information about Submarine Force, U.S. Pacific Fleet, visit

USS Texas holds change of command

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Cmdr. Andrew Hertel is piped ashore after being relieved by Cmdr. Todd Nethercott as commanding officer of the Virginia-class fast attack submarine USS Texas (SSN 775).

Story and photo by MC1 Jason Swink

Submarine Force Pacific Fleet Public Affairs

The command of USS Texas (SSN 775) was transferred on Sept. 9 as Cmdr. Todd Nethercott relieved Cmdr. Andrew Hertel as commanding officer at a time-honored change of command ceremony held aboard the Virginia-class, fast attack submarine at the submarine piers at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam.

Hertel expressed how proud he is that he had the opportunity to be in command of the submarine for the last 32 months.

“It was the privilege of a lifetime to be your commanding officer. Thank you for giving your best every day,” said Hertel to his crew. “With Sailors like you manning such a vessel, it is no wonder everyone knows, you don’t mess with Texas.”

In command since Feb. 1, 2012, Hertel led his submarine through a 26-month maintenance availability period at Pearl Harbor Naval Shipyard (PHNSY).

The ceremony’s guest speaker, Capt. Brian Os-good, former commander of PHNSY, praised Hertel and his crew for a job well done.

“Andy spent much of his command tour in a mission that by no means was glamorous, but in many ways was vitally important to the future of the submarine fleet in the Pacific.” said Osgood.

The first Virginia-class submarine to execute a major depot level maintenance availability and modernization in the Pacific provided extra challenges which Os-good said the crew exceeded expectations.

“Texas is now one of the most advanced submarines on the planet, and the crew can testify to its capabilities,” said Osgood.

During the ceremony, Hertel was awarded the Meritorious Service Medal for his leadership during the first-of-a-kind dry-dock selected availability demonstrating exceptional leadership and superb judgment during his command of Texas from December 2011 to September 2014.

As Nethercott assumed command of Texas, he thanked Hertel for the ready state of Texas and her crew.

“You should be justifiably proud of the outstanding job you have done bringing the ship, its crew and the families through a complex 26-month shipyard period,” said Nethercott. “I want to thank the crew for all the hard work that went into getting out of the shipyard and back to sea.”

Commissioned Sept. 9, 2006, Texas was the second Virginia-class, fast attack submarine constructed and the first submarine to be named after the Lone Star State.

The state-of-the-art submarine is capable of supporting a multitude of missions, including antisubmarine warfare, anti-surface ship warfare, strike, naval special warfare involving special operations forces, and intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance.

Retired CMSAF shares knowledge with JBPHH Airmen

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Chief Master Sgt. (Air Force ret.) James C. Binnicker, the ninth chief master sergeant of the Air Force, speaks with Pacific Air Forces Airmen.

Story and photo by Staff Sgt. Alexander Martinez

15th Wing Public Affairs

Before attending the Pacific Air Forces 67th Birthday Ball as the special guest speaker on Sept. 13, Chief Master Sgt. (Air Force ret.) James C. Binnicker, the ninth chief master sergeant of the Air Force, spent several days touring PACAF and the 15th Wing to speak with Airmen about past and present Air Force topics.

Binnicker, now the president and chief executive officer of the Air Force Enlisted Village, spoke about a variety of issues including force shaping, service traditions, workplace equality and changes in the Air Force since his retirement in 1990.

While discussing force shaping in the Air Force, Binnicker stressed the importance of working smarter with fewer people.

“You often hear people say, ‘do more with less,’ but we know that doesn’t work,” he said. “You should be working smarter with less, and we’ll be able to do that with technology and smarter, more capable Airmen.”

Binnicker said that while the Air Force has fluctuated in numbers many times in the past, this time is unprecedented due to fiscal constraints and the high number of global operations Airmen are supporting.

“I wish I can tell you things will be okay and you will have a job, but this time that’s not the case,” he said. “That’s why it’s important for you to do your absolute best every day and work hard.”

The chief was able to interact with Airmen in their work areas, including C-17 operations at the 535th Airlift Squadron, the 15th Maintenance Group, Pacific Air Forces (PACAF) headquarters, and the 735th Air Mobility Squadron, to name a few. Binnicker also hosted a junior enlisted call at Hollister Auditorium that was hosted by the Airman’s Council and Hawaii 5/6 Council.

“I thought it was a great opportunity to hear Chief [Binnicker] talk during the enlisted call,” said Staff Sgt. Nichole Rush, 15th Comptroller Squadron and enlisted call attendee. “He was funny, informative, and made the audience comfortable with asking important questions.”

A highlight of Binnicker’s tour was a visit to a facility named in his honor: the James C. Binnicker Professional Military Education Center. He was able to interact with students as well as staff.

“First of all, thank you for all you do,” Binnicker said to the PME Center staff. “You have such an important job in the Air Force, teaching our Airmen the skills and knowledge they need to know in order to succeed. That’s a lot of responsibility, and I know you will do a great job preparing them for their careers.”

Another hot topic during his tour was the upcoming changes to the enlisted evaluation system. Binnicker said the new system will be better than the current one because it will put more emphasis on job performance and allow a more accurate, less “inflated” evaluation.

“It’s important for supervisors to be honest with their subordinates during their evaluation and rate them fairly and accurately. That’s how this new system will be successful,” Binnicker said.

Also during his visit, Binnicker met with key base leaders including Gen. “Hawk” Carlisle, PACAF commander; Chief Master Sgt. Buddy Hutchison, PACAF command chief; Col. Randy Huiss, 15th Wing commander; and Chief Master Sgt. James Smith, 15th Wing command chief.

POW/MIA remembrance events to be held today

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Photo illustration

Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam Public Affairs

Ceremonies for national POW/MIA Recognition Day today include: *POW/MIA remembrance ceremony will be held from 8:15 to 9 a.m. today at the 15th Wing building, Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam. The guest speaker will be U.S. Air Force Col. Henry “Hank” Fowler (ret.).

For more information, call Senior Master Sgt. Ricardo Russo at 449-0492.

*The Joint POW/MIA Accounting Command will host a commemoration of National POW/MIA Recognition Day beginning at 10 a.m. at the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific (Punchbowl).

The ceremony is free and open to the public. Appropriate attire for the event is military class B or service equivalent, or civilian casual or aloha wear. The keynote speaker, former Navy Capt. (ret.) James Hickerson, was a prisoner of war during the Vietnam War.

Other ceremony highlights will include wreath presentations by veterans’ groups and a solemn reading of former missing in action service members whose remains were identified in the last year. Organizations are welcome to participate in the floral presentations by laying a wreath or flowers.

For more information, call 448-1939.

*A special POW/MIA remembrance day meal will be held from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. today at the Silver Dolphin Bistro. The meal price is $4.65. The meal is open to all active duty military,

Department of Defense employees, retirees and family members of active duty with valid ID cards. The menu will include grilled tenderloin steak, barbecue pork ribs, grilled salmon and other items. The meal will also include a fresh salad bar, crab salad and pasta salad, assorted desserts, ceremonial cake and an ice cream bar.

For more information, call 473-2948.

NAVSUP announces 2014 holiday season mailing deadlines

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The Naval Supply Systems Command’s (NAVSUP) mail-by dates for pre-Dec. 25 deliveries of holiday cards, letters and packages were released Sept. 15.

For mail addressed to/from APO/FPO/DPO AE zips 090-098 (except 093); AA zips 340; AP zips 962-966:

* Priority express mail military service: Dec. 17

* First-class and priority mail (letters/cards and packages): Dec. 10

* Space available mail: Nov. 26

* Standard post mail: Nov. 8 APO/FPO/DPO AE ZIP 093

* Priority express mail military service: N/A

* First-class and priority mail (letters/cards and packages): Dec. 3

* Space available mail: Nov. 26

* Standard post mail: Nov. 8

Domestic mail (For ships in port and personnel on shore duty in the U.S. mailing to U.S. destinations-not including APO/FPO).

* First-class mail: Dec. 20

* Priority mail: Dec. 20

* Priority express mail: Dec. 23

International first-class packages and priority mail addressed to Africa and Central and South America should be mailed no later than Dec. 2.

International First-class packages and priority mail addressed to Asia/Pacific Rim, Australia/New Zealand, Canada; Caribbean, Mexico, Europe, and the Middle East should be mailed no later than Dec. 9.

All classes of mail addressed to FPO addresses must contain the proper nine-digit zip code or the New Navy Standardized Address format, which includes ship or mobile unit number, (or PSC number for ashore FPOs), virtual mailbox number, and five-digit ZIP code to ensure delivery. Mail not addressed correctly could be returned to sender as undeliverable.

Priority express mail military Service (PEMMS) is available from selected military post offices. If mailing to an APO/FPO/DPO address, check with your local post office to determine if PEMMS service is available and specific delivery service standards.

Space available mail (SAM) refers to parcels mailed to APO/FPO addresses at parcel post rates first transported domestically by surface, then to overseas destinations by air on a space available basis. The maximum weight and size limits are 15 pounds and 60 inches in length and girth combined.

From overseas locations, items mailed at standard post rates are sent to CONUS by air on a space available basis. The maximum weight and size limits are 70 pounds and 130 inches in length and girth combined.

It is recommended customers check with local civilian or military post offices for information regarding size restrictions and customs declaration form requirements.

Customers are advised mailing restrictions apply and some items cannot be mailed. Examples of non-mailable items are: alcohol, switchblade knives, pornography, controlled substances, and explosive or incendiary devices. If in doubt, contact your local civilian or military post office.

As a final note, customers should ensure articles are packaged properly for mailing and packages do not display markings related to any type of hazardous material, such as bleach, alcohol or cleaning fluids.

Parcels found by U.S. Postal Service with such markings or labels on the outside of the box will not be processed.

The NAVSUP and Navy Supply Corps team share one mission—to deliver sustained global logistics capabilities to the Navy and joint warfighter.

NAVSUP/Navy Supply Corps’ diverse team of more than 25,000 civilian and military personnel oversee a diverse portfolio including supply chain management for material support to Navy, Marine Corps, joint and coalition partners, supply operations, conventional ordnance, contracting, resale, fuel, transportation, security assistance, and quality of life issues for the naval forces, including food service, postal services, Navy Exchanges and movement of household goods.

For more news from Naval Supply Systems Command, visit /navsup/.