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SUBASE Library Reading Program is ongoing. Call (860) 694-3723 for details. Vol. 49, No. 7
SUBASE Library Reading Program is ongoing. Call (860) 694-3723 for details. Vol. 49, No. 7
SUBASE Library Reading Program is ongoing. Call (860) 694-3723 for details. Vol. 49, No. 7
SUBASE Library Reading Program is ongoing. Call (860) 694-3723 for details. Vol. 49, No. 7
SUBASE Library Reading Program is ongoing. Call (860) 694-3723 for details. Vol. 49, No. 7
SUBASE Library Reading Program is ongoing. Call (860) 694-3723 for details. Vol. 49, No. 7
SUBASE Library Reading Program is ongoing. Call (860) 694-3723 for details. Vol. 49, No. 7
SUBASE Library Reading Program is ongoing. Call (860) 694-3723 for details. Vol. 49, No. 7
SUBASE Library Reading Program is ongoing. Call (860) 694-3723 for details. Vol. 49, No. 7
SUBASE Library Reading Program is ongoing. Call (860) 694-3723 for details. Vol. 49, No. 7
SUBASE Library Reading Program is ongoing. Call (860) 694-3723 for details. Vol. 49, No. 7

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Reading Program is ongoing. Call (860) 694-3723 for details. Vol. 49, No. 7 Serving the Military

Vol. 49, No. 7

Serving the Military Community in Southeastern Connecticut since 1918

Thursday, July 29, 2010

Grossman’s honors military with second annual lobster dinner

By MM3 Sean Phillips

GROTON, Conn. – Thankfully, it’s not unusual these days for a former or active military member to get

a pat on the back or a grate-

ful handshake from a stranger

for their service to the United States. But one local community restaurant took their appre- ciation a step further July 18 when they provided almost 600 pounds of clawed crus- taceans to more than 500 of their most honored friends. For the second year in a row, Grossman’s Seafood off Gold Star Highway sponsored Operation Lobster Dinner. Active duty, reserve, and retired military members from across the region were guests

at this year’s event.

“It is not only our honor, but our privilege, to come togeth- er with local businesses and neighbors to have this event for the very people that sac- rifice for our freedoms,” said Sean Coleman, Grossman’s Seafood General Manager and one of the event’s primary organizers. In addition to Grossmans’

sponsorship, the event received

a great deal of support from

government representatives

and local organizations.

See Lobster on Page 6

and local organizations. See Lobster on Page 6 Photo by SN Michael Henderson GROTON, Conn. –

Photo by SN Michael Henderson

GROTON, Conn. – Sarah Lord, Miss Mountain Laurel 2010, serves lobster at Grossman’s Seafood, July 18. Guests were served by the winners of the Miss Connecticut Scholarship program along with 90 volunteers. This year marks the second year of the lobster dinner which saw an attendance of 600 active duty and retired mili- tary. The event hosted a live band, Governor Jodi Rell, and Congressman (D) Joseph Courtney. For more photos and the rest of the story, see Page 6.

Missouri arrives at Naval Submarine Base New London

By Commander Submarine Group 2 Public Affairs

rine, Pre-Commissioning

Unit

iness inspection by the Navy’s

properly equipped for prompt,

a.m., at Naval

Submarine Base

(PCU)

Missouri

(SSN 780),

Board of Inspection and Survey

reliable and sustained mission

New London in Groton, Conn.

arrived at Naval

Submarine

(INSURV) team.

INSURV is

readiness at sea.

There

are

five Missouri

GROTON,Conn.-Thenation’s newest and most advanced nuclear-powered attack subma-

Base New London

preparation for commissioning.

July

22

in

at the base

after completing a material read-

Missouri arrived

a survey team established by

Congress to assess Navy sur- face ships, aircraft carriers and

submarines and ensure they are

ships, aircraft carriers and submarines and ensure they are Photo by MC1(SW/AW) Steven Myers 780) prepares

Photo by MC1(SW/AW) Steven Myers

780) prepares to moor at Naval

GROTON, Conn. - Virginia-class submarine Pre-Commissioning Unit (PCU) Missouri (SSN

Submarine Base New London for the first time, July 22. Missouri will be commissioned there July 31.

“Today really marks the

natives

among

 

the

sub-

first day where the sub starts

marine’s

crew. They are

to become part of that fleet,

Electronics

Technician 1st

which will culminate with the

Class

John

M.

Tyhurst,

a

commissioning,” said Capt.

Joplin, Mo.,

native; Sonar

Michael Bernacchi, Commodore

Technician Seaman Benjamin

of Submarine Squadron Four,

A. Bowers,

a Green Ridge

which will be Missouri’s home

native;

Lieutenant

Patrick

squadron. “The crew has done an

Donovan,

a Springfield, Mo.

unbelieveable job over the past

native; Machinist’s Mate 2nd

five months, just a tremendous

Class

Nicholas

C.

Koblick,

amount of work getting the ship

a

St. Louis

native; and, Fire

ready. They are clearly ahead of the game, and we’re very excited

Control Technician 2nd Class Ryan J. Thruston, a Jefferson

to have them here at SUBASE and

City, Mo. native.

 

part of squadron four.”

Construction

on

Missouri

Commander Timothy Rexrode

began in December 2004;

the

of

of

the Virginia Class. “This really is the

biggest

honor I’ve had in my professional career,” said Rexrode. “I’m proud to bear the name Missouri and to get out to the fleet and work for the Navy and the nation.” Missouri, which completed sea trials earlier this month, officially

joins the fleet during a commis-

at 11

sioning ceremony July 31

Missouri, the seventh

is the commanding

officer

ship

submarine’s keel was authenti-

cated during a ceremony Sept.

Boat

facility in North Kingstown, R.I.; and, she was christened during a late morning ceremony

27, 2008, at the Electric

at Electric Boat Dec. 5, 2009. Another milestone occurred

April 16 during “In Service

members

Day,”

moved aboard the submarine,

when

crew

See Missouri on Page 4

Sailors of the Year promoted to Chief, make history

By MC1(EXW) Jennifer A. Villalovos

ter from the CNO prior to having their anchors pinned to their col- lars and combination covers placed

WASHINGTON - The

2009 on their heads.

Sailor of the Year winners, who

first time in history are

women, were meritoriously

all

for the

this

program is that these four Sailors

know the Navy appreciates their

“What

I

like

most about

advanced

to Chief Petty Officer

dedication

and performance,

and

during a

ceremony held at the

expects

even

more of them

in

Navy Memorial July 22.

Operations,

was

the guest speaker at the pinning

Admiral

Naval

Chief

of

Gary

Roughead,

the future,” said Roughead. “Their advancement today is an affir- mation of the potential the Navy sees in them as future Chief Petty

ceremony

Chief Petty

(MCPON)(SS/SW) Rick D. West.

hosted by the Master

Officers and senior enlisted leaders

Officer of the Navy

at their next commands.” Before the anchors were pinned

Hospital Corpsman 1st Class

on the

Sailors

of the

Year,

West

Ingrid Cortez,

U.S. Fleet Forces

spoke

about

the

great honor of

Sea Sailor of the

Year; Hospital

earning the title of “Chief” and the

Corpsman 1st

Brewer, Navy

Class Shalanda

privilege

of leading

Sailors while

Reserve Sailor of

wearing the chief anchors on their

being women. These Sailors have

the Year; Operations Specialist 1st Class Samira McBride, U.S. Pacific

collars. “This is a great day for our Navy,

Fleet

Sea Sailor of the Year and

and today we are making his-

Cryptologic Technician (Technical) 1st Class Cassandra Foote, Chief of Naval Operations Shore Sailor of the Year were each presented their chief petty officer appointment let-

tory with all for Sailors of the Year

proven themselves as professional Sailors, experts in their rates, role models to our junior Sailors and

youth, and most importantly, true leaders,” said West. Families, friends and shipmates

world

ceremony to share

the highlights of their accomplish- ments and achievement on mak- ing chief petty officer. “A lot is expected of us, and it’s a greater responsibility, but we are

going to lead our Sailors and keep

doing what

said Cortez after the advancement

ceremony. “This was such an awe-

some experience.

on top of the world, and it’s just incredible.” The Sailors of the Year and their families toured the White House, visited historical sites around D.C., meet with residents at the Armed Forces Retirement Home, and attended special events held in their

feel like I’m

been doing,”

to

traveled

from around the

attend the

we’ve

I

honor throughout the week before

their advancement ceremony. The Sailor of the Year program was established in 1972 by the Chief

of Naval Operations Adm. Elmo

Zumwalt and Master Chief Petty

of Naval Operations Adm. Elmo Zumwalt and Master Chief Petty Photo by MC1(EXW) Jennifer A. Villalovos

Photo by MC1(EXW) Jennifer A. Villalovos

WASHINGTON - The 2009 Chief of Naval Operations Shore Sailor of the Year Cryptologic Technician (Technical) 1st Class Cassandra Foote is meritoriously promoted to chief petty officer at an advancement ceremony at the Navy Memorial, July 22.

Officer of the Navy John Whittet to recognize an individual Sailor who best represented the ever-growing

gram began, only the Atlantic and Pacific Fleet Sailors were recog- nized. Within ten years, the Sailor

group of dedicated professional

of

the Year program was expanded

Sailors at each command and ulti-

to

include the shore establishment

mately the Navy. When the pro-

and Navy Reserve Sailors.

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News in your community

‘Strike out Cancer’ at Taco Bell, Pizza Hut

Through Aug. 4, customers at participating Taco Bell, KFC and Pizza Hut restaurants will be asked to contribute $1, $3, or $5 to the Jimmy Fund as part of the restaurant’s “Strike out Cancer” program. In return for their contribution, customers will receive a paper baseball icon to write their name upon and have displayed in the restaurant. It is a great way to for people to see how they can make a big difference and help “Strike out Cancer.” Locally “Strike out Cancer” is taking place at Taco Bell, located at 195 Route 12 in Groton and Pizza Hut, located at 681 Long Hill Road in Groton. The Jimmy Fund, an official charity of the Boston Red Sox, supports the fight against cancer at Dana-Farber, helping to raise the chances of survival for children and adults with cancer around the world. Since 1948, the generosity of millions of people has helped the Jimmy Fund (www.jim- myfund.org) save countless lives by furthering cancer research and care.

Looking for former crewmen of Trepang

Crew members of USS Trepang (SSN 674) are being sought after. Contact Gary Theriault at gterio@bellsouth.net or Ed Rabbitt at bugsbunny35@centurytel.net with your e-mail and postal mail address.

Wash hands, stay healthy

their hands. In addition to children, young adults have shown alarming results regarding hand washing. According to a study by Taylor and colleagues (published in American Society for Clinical Laboratory Science earlier this year), of 100 students at the University of Alabama, females were more likely to wash their hands than males (80 per- cent vs. 60 percent), and the Taylor study is not the first of its kind; the University of Colorado published a simi- lar study yielding similar results. The reason why females washed their hands more was not determined but the facts were conclu- sive. You or a person you know may not wash their hands properly, or as often as needed, and all of us are then more exposed to vari- ous illnesses. So how does one properly wash their hands? According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), start by using warm running water. Apply soap and rub hands together vig- orously for at least twenty seconds. Next, rinse your hands thoroughly. Use a paper towel to dry your hands and if possible, use that same paper towel to shut off the water and open the restroom door. If soap and water are not available, use hand sanitizer with at least 60 percent alcohol con- centration. Remember, your health is your responsibil- ity. Wash your hands.

GROTON, Conn. - Preventive Medicine at Naval Branch Health Clinic (NBHC) Groton, tracks and reports communi- cable diseases and is respon- sible for public health at Naval Submarine Base New London (SUBASE). The best person at keeping yourself healthy is you. An important and undervalued prevention practice to staying healthy is proper hand washing. “Be mindful of your envi- ronment,” says Lieutenant Commander Bonaparte, Senior Medical Officer at NBHC. “Hand-washing and environmental hygiene are important to prevent unnec- essary infections.” One of the common ill- nesses treated at NBHC is upper-respiratory infections (URIs). A URI is an umbrella term used to describe many acute infections that involve the upper respiratory tract (which includes your nose, sinuses, and throat). The most effective way to pre- vent URIs and many other illnesses is proper hand washing. To prove this, volunteers from the Rockford Hand Washing Coalition went into 19 different elementa- ry classrooms in 2007, for four consecutive weeks, to test this theory on children. Before and after ager plates were used to grow bacteria from the hands of children. On average, there was a 58 percent reduction in bacte- ria after children washed

By HM2(FMF) Nathan McKay

SUBVETS award five scholarships

By John Carcioppolo SUBVETS National Commander

GROTON, Conn. - Five col- lege students received money toward their education from the United States Submarine Veterans Groton Base (SUBVETS) at their monthly meeting, July 12. Christopher Pietras is in his second year at Clark University in Worcester, Mass. He has a dual major of math and com- puter science, and was awarded

$3,000. He is the son of Captain Chris Pietras, who is assigned to the Washington Navy Yard

in Washington D.C.

Emily Janacek is in her first year at Central Connecticut State University, is majoring in Music Education, and also received $3,000. She is the daughter of Theodore Janacek and Elfie Stoebe-Janacek of Gales Ferry. Summer Grant, who attends St. Bernard High School, was awarded $3,000 and will be attending the University of Delaware to major in account- ing and marketing. She is the granddaughter of Ernie and Caroline Plantz of Gales Ferry.

granddaughter of Ernie and Caroline Plantz of Gales Ferry. Photo by MCC(SW/AW) Evelyn P. Haywood GROTON,

Photo by MCC(SW/AW) Evelyn P. Haywood

GROTON, Conn. – United States Submarine Veterans Inc (USSVI) National Commander, John Carcioppolo, Summer Grant (sponsored by Ernie Plantz), Emily Janacek (sponsored by Ted Janacek) and USSVI Scholarship Point of Contact, John Truman pose for a photo after receiving scholarships at the USSVI clubhouse, July 12.

Autumn Oakley attends Berkley High School in Moncks Corner, S.C. She received $3,000 and will be going to the College of Charleston to major in physical therapy for athletic training. Her parents are Eric and Wendy Ramsey of Moncks Corner, S.C. David Stevens, who attends Thames Academy, was award- ed $1,500 and will be going

to Mitchell College to major in applied health. His parents are Paul and Karen Stevens of McLean, Va. The money for the Groton Base Scholarship program was raised through donations and sponsorships by mem- bers, businesses/organiza- tions in the community dur- ing the SUBVETS Anniversary Celebration held this past April

which included the SUBVETS Groton Base Scholarship Golf Tournament. For additional information about SUBVETS or the Groton Base Scholarship Program, visit their Web page at http:// subvetsgroton.org, or contact Groton Base Commander John Carcioppolo at (860)514-7064, or commander@subvetsgroton. org.

SUBSCOL recognizes outstanding performers

By William Kenny

GROTON, Conn. - Sonar Technician 1st Class (SS) Brian Osborne was named Naval Submarine School Sailor of the Quarter for the Second Quarter of 2010, July 15, in ceremonies spon- sored by the Fleet Reserve Association. Osborne is the Basic Enlisted Submarine School (BESS) Leading Petty Officer. “(Petty Officer Osborne)

led a division of twenty

instructors, ensuring that the quality of training was of the highest standards, while suc- cessfully graduating 490 new submariners. Petty Officer Osborne conducted weekly Master Training Specialist (MTS) training seminars to assist his shipmates in their

qualifications

efforts

to re-construct the course schedule to maximize stu- dent throughput through the high risk trainers.” Osborne was presented

(and)

with a statuette replica of the Lone Sailor and received the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal, Silver Star in lieu of Sixth Award. Also honored as Department Sailors of the Quarter were:

STS1(SS) Daniel Burns, Electronics Technician 1st Class (SS) Dustin Robertson, ET1(SS) Kyle Studenmund, Machinist’s Mate 1st Class (SS) Randall Miller and Fire Control Technician 1st Class (SS) Alexis Bingham. Navy Diver 2nd Class

(DSW) Levi Hill was the Junior Sailor of the Second

Quarter, selected by the Naval Submarine School First Class Petty Officer Association. Other nominees included Electrician’s Mate 2nd Class (SS) James Paselio, ET2(SS) Adam Hutchins, ET2(SS) Bradly Lovell and FT2(SS) Sanyika Adams. STS1(SS) Andrew Stockwell was selected as Naval Submarine School Instructor of the Second Quarter of

2010.

Submarine School Instructor of the Second Quarter of 2010. NBHC congratulates newest board-certified Orthopedic

NBHC congratulates newest board-certified Orthopedic Physical Therapist

Photo by Kathy MacKnight

GROTON, Conn. - Naval Branch Health Clinic Groton congratulates Dr. Jennifer Herrington, DPT, OCS on the occasion of her completing the requirements to become board-certified in Orthopedic Physical Therapy. As an Orthopedic Clinical Specialist Dr. Herrington has demonstrated her exper- tise in the diagnosis, care and treatment of neuromusculoskeletal dysfunction. Only about 5,500 therapists, nationwide and in Canada, have this certification. Her hard work and dedication will result in enhanced care to the patients at NBHC Groton’s Physical Therapy Clinic.

Ombudsman Basic Training classes to be offered

All Ombudsmen, command team leadership and spous- es, interested family mem- bers, volunteers and Naval Submarine Base New London personnel are welcome to attend Ombudsman Basic Training, Aug. 16 through 19 from 5:30 to 9:30 p.m., at the Fleet and Family Support

Center offices in Building

83.

This is the Commander Navy Installations Command (CNIC) Standardized “Basic Training” and will use newly developed materials. Basic Training consists of nine modules, which must be taken in sequential order

and are required for all Ombudsmen and those wish- ing to complete their CNIC Ombudsman certification process. Registrations must be received no later than Aug. 11. Requests received after this date will be reg- istered on a space available basis. Registrations are sub-

ject to command approval and limited to 20 partici- pants. The point of contact is Beth Darius, Ombudsman Coordinator, Fleet and Family Support Center, (860) 694- 4740, DSN 694-4740, FAX 694-4695/4188 or e-mail beth.darius.ctr@navy.mil.

Operation Homefront helps prepare kids for school

It’s that time of year again and Operation Homefront New England wants to lend

a hand to military families.

Getting children ready to go back to school can be a costly venture, but Operation Homefront’s Back-to-School Brigade is committed to ensuring that military chil- dren are prepared for school.

Every day, brave men and women in the armed forces selflessly defend our country

and the freedoms we cher- ish. When they deploy, they leave behind families that often struggle with day-to- day expenses and unfore- seen emergencies. Operation Homefront, a 501(c)(3) non- profit organization, provides

emergency financial and other assistance to the fami- lies of our service members and wounded warriors. Dollar Tree is proud and humbled to partner with Operation Homefront to launch their 2010 Back- To-School Drive, running through Aug. 2nd. To show your support for our troops

and their families, simply purchase school supply items and drop them off in a “Back- to-School Brigade” collection box located in any Dollar tree store. Operation Homefront volunteers will collect and distribute these items to mili- tary families through your Military Family Readiness contacts in your area.

Free career program offered to Sailors

Photo by MM3 Sean Phillips

GROTON, Conn. - Kenneth Ledbetter, United Services Military Apprenticeship Program (USMAP) Marketing and Outreach Coordinator, informs Sailors of USMAP’s benefits at Naval Submarine Base New London’s Dealey Center Theater, July 21. USMAP helps active duty Sailors to achieve a Department of Labor Certificate of Completion of Apprenticeship. This free program helps Sailors become more marketable in a career following naval service. For more information on USMAP, contact (850)452-1001 or visit https://usmap.cnet. navy.mil.

following naval service. For more information on USMAP, contact (850)452-1001 or visit https://usmap.cnet. navy.mil.

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USS North Carolina departs Groton for new homeport at Pearl Harbor

By Commander Submarine Group 2 Public Affairs

GROTON, Conn. - Virginia-class attack submarine USS North Carolina (SSN 777) departed Submarine Base New London July 22, ultimately heading for her new homeport at Naval Station Pearl Harbor. North Carolina will be the third Virginia-class submarine home ported at Naval Station Pearl Harbor, joining USS Hawaii (SSN 776) and USS Texas (SSN 775). North Carolina’s commanding officer is Commander Wallace Schlauder. The submarine’s keel was laid May 22, 2004, and the submarine’s official commissioning ceremony was held May 3, 2008. Measuring 377 feet long, weighing 7,800 tons when submerged and with a complement of more than 130 crewmembers, it is the fifth ship to be named in honor of the Tar Heel State.

North Carolina’s crew is excited to represent its namesake state both at home and abroad. She is one of the Navy’s newest and most technologically sophisticated submarines. This state-of-the-art submarine is capable of supporting a multitude of missions, including anti-submarine warfare, anti-surface ship warfare, strike, naval special warfare involving special operations forces, intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance, irregular warfare, and mine warfare. Recognizing the importance of the Asia-Pacific region and the increased threat posed by the proliferation of submarines in the Pacific, the 2006 Quadrennial Defense Review mandated that 60 percent of the U.S. Navy’s submarines be home ported in the Pacific by the end of

2010.

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Missouri

Continued from Page 1

bringing her systems to life, begin- ning general day-to-day opera- tions and preparing for sea-trials, work-ups and commissioning. Rexrode leads a crew of about 134 officers and enlisted person- nel. A native of Spencer, W.Va., Rexrode graduated with hon- ors in 1990 from West Virginia University, receiving a Bachelor of Science degree in Aerospace Engineering. In addition, Rexrode is a distinguished graduate of the United States Marine Corps

Command and Staff College, hold- ing as Master’s in Military Studies. He also received a Master’s of Arts degree in Administration from Central Michigan University. Becky Gates, wife of U.S. Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates, serves as the submarine’s sponsor. She broke the tradition- al champagne bottle against the boat’s sail during the christening ceremony last December. Her ini- tials were welded into a plaque inside the boat during last year’s

keel laying ceremony. Missouri is the fifth Navy ship to be named in honor of the people of the “Show Me State.” The last USS Missouri, the legend- ary battleship, was the site where Fleet Adm. Chester Nimitz, Gen. Douglas MacArthur, and many other U.S. and Allied officers accepted the unconditional sur- render of the Japanese at the end of World War II on Sept. 2, 1945. Missouri is built to excel in anti-submarine warfare; anti-ship

warfare; strike warfare; special operations; intelligence, surveil- lance, and reconnaissance; irregu- lar warfare; and mine warfare missions. Adept at operating in both the world’s shallow littoral regions and deep waters, Missouri will directly enable five of the six Navy maritime strategy core capa- bilities - sea control, power projec- tion, forward presence, maritime security, and deterrence. The 7,800-ton submarine Missouri is being built under a

teaming arrangement between General Dynamics Electric Boat and Northrop Grumman Shipbuilding-Newport News. At 377 feet long, Missouri is slight- ly longer than a football field. She has a 34-foot beam, will be able to dive to depths greater than 800 feet and will operate at speeds in excess of 25 knots submerged. Missouri is designed with a nuclear reactor plant that will not require refueling during the planned life of the ship, reduc-

ing lifecycle costs and increasing underway time. The USS Missouri Commissioning Committee, an IRS-designated 501(c)3 non- profit charity, was created to increase awareness of the sub- marine’s commissioning. The Commissioning Committee offers information about the development of the subma- rine, as well as history on for- mer Navy ships named for the “Show Me State.”

about the development of the subma- rine, as well as history on for- mer Navy ships
about the development of the subma- rine, as well as history on for- mer Navy ships
about the development of the subma- rine, as well as history on for- mer Navy ships
about the development of the subma- rine, as well as history on for- mer Navy ships
about the development of the subma- rine, as well as history on for- mer Navy ships
about the development of the subma- rine, as well as history on for- mer Navy ships
about the development of the subma- rine, as well as history on for- mer Navy ships

Thursday, July 29, 2010 • THE DOLPHIN • 5

Providence Officer does safety right

• THE DOLPHIN • 5 Providence Officer does safety right Photo by MC1(SW/AW) Steven Myers GROTON,

Photo by MC1(SW/AW) Steven Myers

GROTON, Conn. - Rear Admiral Michael McLaughlin, Commander Submarine Group Two, presents the Chief of Naval Operations Afloat Safety Award for 2009 to Lt. j.g. Jason Williams, USS Providence (SSN 719) Assistant Safety Officer, at a ceremony July 23. Providence Commanding Officer, Commander Raymond Gabriel, summed up what it took to win this award for the second year. “This happens at the deck plates,” he said. “Our Chiefs and their teams do it right the first time.”

second year. “This happens at the deck plates,” he said. “Our Chiefs and their teams do
second year. “This happens at the deck plates,” he said. “Our Chiefs and their teams do
second year. “This happens at the deck plates,” he said. “Our Chiefs and their teams do
second year. “This happens at the deck plates,” he said. “Our Chiefs and their teams do
second year. “This happens at the deck plates,” he said. “Our Chiefs and their teams do
second year. “This happens at the deck plates,” he said. “Our Chiefs and their teams do

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GROTON, Conn. – Above, members of the New England Motorcycle Club line Gold Star Highway outside Grossman’s Seafood holding photos of fallen Connecticut military service members, July 18.

Photo by SN Michael Henderson

Guests eat lobster and Johnny Rocket burg- ers during the Grossman’s Seafood Operation Lobster Dinner, July 18. More than, 600 active duty, reserve, and retired military guests were treated to the free appreciation dinner.

Photo by MM3 Sean Phillips

GROTON, Conn. - Below left, guests enjoy clams at the raw bar during Operation Lobster Dinner, July 18. The raw bar acted as an appetizer for guests waiting for the lobsters to be served.

Photo by MM3 Sean Phillips

GROTON, Conn. - Below right, (From left to right) Sgt. Gregory Gravel, Sgt. Robert Cromer, and Private First Class Brian Bentley pose with Miss Connecticut scholarship title holders during Operation Lobster Dinner 2010.

title holders during Operation Lobster Dinner 2010. Photo by SN Michael Henderson GROTON, Conn. – Above,
title holders during Operation Lobster Dinner 2010. Photo by SN Michael Henderson GROTON, Conn. – Above,
title holders during Operation Lobster Dinner 2010. Photo by SN Michael Henderson GROTON, Conn. – Above,

Photo by SN Michael Henderson

GROTON, Conn. – Above, Connecticut Congressman (D) Joseph Courtney speaks on stage, next to Sean Coleman, Grossman’s Seafood General Manager, and Christian Porter, Grossman’s Seafood Operation Manager July 18, during Operation Lobster Dinner. A large cast of guest speakers attended the event including: Conn. Governor Jodi Rell, District Representatives Alyssa Wright and Christopher Coutu, and Captain Marc Denno, Naval Submarine Base New London Commanding Officer.

Photo by SN Michael Henderson

GROTON, Conn. - Above right, Nicholas Chirillo receives an airbrushed tattoo by Dawn Twerdy, from Artistic Airbrushing by Dawn, July 18. Children were entertained with the airbrushed tattoos, as well as a tiger-shaped moonbounce, bag tossing and a visit from Captain Jack Sparrow.

Photo by MM3 Sean Phillips

Right, Army Spc. Josh Edwards stands next to his new Chevrolet Suburban donated by Work Vessels for Vets (WVFV). WVFV also donated a 24-foot fishing vessel to Todd Rohr of the Wounded Warriors Project and two laptop computers to veterans going back to school to help transition from military to civilian life.

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The New London Motorcycle Club, lined Gold Star Highway holding American flags and pictures of Connecticut loved ones lost in combat. Also in atten- dance were members of the United States Army who brought armored transports to display. And one Connecticut service member left with more

than a full belly from the July 18 event. Josh Edwards,

a wounded Afghanistan veteran received a Chevy

Suburban from Work Vessels for Veterans (WVFV) one of the event’s sponsors. John Niekrash, WVFV President presented Edwards with the keys to the SUV prior to the July 18 event. WVFV also gave a work boat to another veteran as part of their organization mission to help veterans making the transition from military to civilian life. “Our goal isn’t to help hundreds,” Niekrash said of WVFV, “our goal is to help thousands.”

Appetites were not the only item being entertained

at this year’s event, the band Rhythm Method pro-

vided live music entertainment as guests enjoyed the lobsters served by volunteers and Miss Connecticut Scholarship title holders. Children enjoyed airbrush drawings, face painting, and a moonwalk, as well as a visit from the notorious Captain Jack Sparrow. Christian Porter, Operation’s Manager for Grossman’s Seafood, expressed his thanks to the military and all the volunteers that helped support the event. “The volunteers were a true statement to what I

believe our nation is all about; caring for our neigh- bors, supporting those in need, and giving unselfishly

bors, supporting those in need, and giving unselfishly of yourself to help others,” added Porter. Words
bors, supporting those in need, and giving unselfishly of yourself to help others,” added Porter. Words

of yourself to help others,” added Porter.

Words of thanks were given out by major politi- cal figures such as Connecticut Governor Jodi Rell, Congressman (D) Joseph Courtney, District Representatives Alyssa Wright and Christopher Coutu, and Captain Marc Denno, Naval Submarine Base New London’s Commanding Officer.

Operation Lobster Dinner II

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Bruisers beat competition

29, 2010 • THE DOLPHIN • 7 Bruisers beat competition Photo by MM3 Sean Phillips GROTON,

Photo by MM3 Sean Phillips

GROTON, Conn. – (from left to right) Jennifer Lindsey, Korilyn Barrett, and Heather Hock, display their trophies after the Women’s Home Run Derby at Naval Submarine Base New London’s ball fields, July 22. Barrett of the team Bruisers won first place with a total of 39 points followed by Lindsey in second and Hock in third from the team Mixed Nuts with 31 and 29 points, respectively. The competition is held annually and featured 29 contestants this year.

is held annually and featured 29 contestants this year. Volcanoes erupt at SUBASE Library Photo by

Volcanoes erupt at SUBASE Library

Photo by MM3 Sean Phillips

GROTON, Conn. – Salena McCloud watches as her model volcano “erupts” at Naval Submarine Base New London’s (SUBASE) Library during the Summer Reading Program, July 16. Children built model volcanoes and used a baking soda/vinegar mix to create an erupting effect. Interesting facts about volcanoes were read and a short quiz was given out. The next Summer Reading Program event to be held is an Undersea Party. For more details, call the SUBASE library at (860) 643-3723.

For more details, call the SUBASE library at (860) 643-3723. Take the plunge Photo by MC1(AW)

Take the plunge

Photo by MC1(AW) Peter D. Blai

GROTON, Conn. – Brook Stoodley sends Balfour Beatty Communities (BBC) employee Sheila Martinez-Kayser to the bottom of the dunk tank during the BBC block party, July 16th. “This event exemplifies the relationship between Balfour Beatty Communities and the families living here,” said SUBASE Executive Officer Commander Daniel Rossler. “Balfour Beatty no only provides military families a great place to live, but offers venues for them to interact with their neighbors.” The block party featured a clown, bumper cars, free giveaways, food, drinks, and much more.

Bottle rockets fly at SFLM

food, drinks, and much more. Bottle rockets fly at SFLM Photo by SN Michael Henderson GROTON,

Photo by SN Michael Henderson

GROTON, Conn. – Children from the City of New Haven Parks, Recreation and Trees Summer Camp launch hand- crafted bottle rockets at Naval Submarine Base New London’s Submarine Force Library and Museum (SFLM), July 16. The event was one of many on the museum’s Summer Events Calendar.

‘Sheila’s Day’ opens MainStage Season

A triumphant musical celebration kicks off Hartford Stage’s 47th MainStage season! Accompanied by rous- ing gospel and blues and stirring Zulu chants, “Sheila’s Day,” set in Perry County, Ala., and Soweto Township, Johannesburg, interweaves the personal stories of two groups of women which lay bare racial injustice through the eyes of domestic workers, known as “Sheilas”. Performed by an award-winning international cast, Sheila’s Day offers a joyful, riveting history and a triumph of the human spirit. Sheila’s Day was conceived and written by Duma Ndlovu; co-created by Mbongeni Ngema with additional material by Ebony Jo-Ann. Ricardo Kahn directs the company of ten vibrant actors, based in part on original staging by Mbongeni Ngema. The production runs through Aug. 15 at Hartford Stage’s summer home at Kingswood-Oxford’s Roberts Theatre in West Hartford. Tickets for “Sheila’s Day” are $23 to $66. A limited number of $10 “Ten Spot” tickets are also available for all performances, making Hartford Stage among the most affordable entertainment options in Connecticut. Discounts are available for groups of 10 or more by calling (860) 520-7244. Whata Rush! half-price tickets to Sheila’s Day may be purchased, subject to availability, beginning two hours before each performance in person at the box office only. Patrons must request What a Rush! tickets at the time of purchase to receive this discount. Tickets for children and students are $10 off the full price when purchased in advance. Students of Capital Community College may purchase one $10 ticket to Sheila’s Day upon presentation of their student ID at the Hartford Stage box office. All discount programs are subject to availability and cannot combined with other offers.

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Next Week: Twilight Saga: Eclipse and The Last Airbender

Next Week: Twilight Saga: Eclipse and The Last Airbender From Lyman Orchards Battle flags raised at
Next Week: Twilight Saga: Eclipse and The Last Airbender From Lyman Orchards Battle flags raised at

From Lyman Orchards

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Saga: Eclipse and The Last Airbender From Lyman Orchards Battle flags raised at SFLM Photo by

Battle flags raised at SFLM

Photo by MM3 Sean Phillips

GROTON, Conn. – Children design their own battle flags at Naval Submarine Base New London’s Submarine Force Library and Museum, July 25. The next event to be held is Halfway Day, celebrating the halfway mark of summer, but is traditionally celebrated as the half- way mark of a ship’s deployment. Activities include fishing for subs, making deployment rings, racing sail cars, and hoop golf. Halfway Day is scheduled to take place July 30.

hoop golf. Halfway Day is scheduled to take place July 30. Lyman Orchards’ Sunflower Maze takes
hoop golf. Halfway Day is scheduled to take place July 30. Lyman Orchards’ Sunflower Maze takes
hoop golf. Halfway Day is scheduled to take place July 30. Lyman Orchards’ Sunflower Maze takes
hoop golf. Halfway Day is scheduled to take place July 30. Lyman Orchards’ Sunflower Maze takes
hoop golf. Halfway Day is scheduled to take place July 30. Lyman Orchards’ Sunflower Maze takes

Lyman Orchards’ Sunflower Maze takes turtle theme, runs with it

Orchards’ Sunflower Maze takes turtle theme, runs with it MIDDLEFIELD, Conn. – Every turtle knows that

MIDDLEFIELD, Conn. – Every turtle knows that “slow and steady wins the race.” The truth of that adage will be put to the test amid the opening celebration of Lyman Orchards’ 4th Annual Sunflower Maze, July 31. This year’s turtle- themed maze will provide a perfect setting for a walk through nature’s beauty at any speed, but a slow, turtle-like pace will surely be the most effective method to find the way out. Maze visitors of all ages will put their sense of direction to the test on Lyman’s three-acre sunflower field. “We’re looking forward to our 4th season with the Sunflower Maze. It really adds to the beauty and excite- ment of the Orchard in August. It’s certainly another reason to come out to Lymans” said John Lyman III, executive vice president and eighth generation member of the family-owned farm. “We’re looking forward to a fun-filled sunflower season right through to September 6th.” For each maze ticket sold, Lyman Orchards will donate $1 to the Connecticut Children’s Medical Center in Hartford. For more information, call Lyman Orchards at (860) 349-1793 or visit www.lymanorchards.com. For more information about Connecticut Children’s Medical Center, visit www.connecticutchildrens.org.

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Outstanding Sea Cadet saves house from disaster

By Nautilus Chapter, NSCC

GROTON, Conn. - Petty Officer Nicholas K. Lussier was selected to receive the Naval Sea Cadet Corps (NSCC)

Distinguished Service Medal after having saved his house from potential destruction on May 11. While returning home from his friend’s house, Lussier noticed a glow coming through the window of the living room. Thinking that someone had lit

a candle, he looked through

the window and saw flames instead. Lussier’s training with the Sea Cadet Corps immedi- ately kicked in, causing him

to run into the house and alert

everyone of the fire. When he and his father checked the room, the flames had already grown two to three feet high. As Jay Lussier searched for the source of the fire, deter- mining how to proceed fur- ther, Petty Officer Lussier was beside him with a fire extin- guisher he had thought to grab as he followed his father into the room. Petty Officer Lussier put out the fire, using

his natural instinct and Sea Cadets training. It was later determined that the fire was caused by a heat- ed sander that was previously used to sand a new floor in the house. Linseed oil had been used on the floor, which then combusted from the residual heat in the sander. During the fire department’s inves- tigation, a fire official stated that if Petty Officer Lussier had been one minute later, and had not acted as quickly as he did, the fire would have

been too large to put out, and the house would have suffered extensive damage. When asked about the event, Lussier said “I would

have frozen and not done any- thing, had it not been for all I learned in Sea Cadets.” Petty Officer Lussier’s outstanding performance and initiative was instrumental in the outcome of this potentially tragic event. His actions bring distinct cred- it upon himself, and were in keeping with the highest tra- ditions of the United States Navy, United States Naval Sea Cadet Corps, and Nautilus (SSN-571) Division.

Naval Sea Cadet Corps, and Nautilus (SSN-571) Division. Photo by SN Michael Henderson GROTON, Conn. –

Photo by SN Michael Henderson

GROTON, Conn. – Petty Officer Nicholas K. Lussier poses for a picture with his father, Jay Lussier, a Sea Cadet Instructor, after receiving the Naval Sea Cadet Corps (NSCC) Distinguished Service Medal at the Sea Cadet’s yearly award ceremony, held at Naval Submarine Base New London’s Submarine Force Library and Museum, June 13.

Cadet’s yearly award ceremony, held at Naval Submarine Base New London’s Submarine Force Library and Museum,
Cadet’s yearly award ceremony, held at Naval Submarine Base New London’s Submarine Force Library and Museum,

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