COMMAND OMBUDSMEN NEWSLETTER A Word From The Commanding Officer Dear Grey Knights and Sea Wolves, Families and Friends, Three things.... Reflect on what we have accomplished, Renew our commitment to taking everyone home safe and reminding ourselves of what is important at home in Whidbey Island Washington were three areas of interest that we presented at our most recent Safety Stand Down conducted on Thanksgiving Day here at Al Udied, AB Qatar and Camp Lemonier, Djibouti, Africa. Reflecting on what we have done out here and what the families and friends have also achieved at home during our six month commitment to each other is important. Giving thanks for all our good fortune helps us categorize those memories as noble sacrifices that have changed the world for the better. Everyone is proud of you. We have flown 600+ sorties and over 4,200 flight hours safely and effectively and made a critical contribution to the stability of the region to protect our way of life at home. At home, families continued to develop with successes in the workplace, graduations, sporting achievements, spiritual development and family time and camaraderie. There have also been hardships for various family members and extended family members. The ombudsman have done a fantastic job of keeping us all connected as one Grey Knight family. Renewing our commitment to finishing strong is important to help us ensure we keep our focus and bring everyone home safely. What has sustained us so far has been a commitment to the mission, to each other and to do it by the book. It is both the right thing to do and important because we know each and every one of us has a vital role as a valued as a member of the Grey Knight team. Reminding was to help us carry home some good tips to start living with our families and friends again in Whidbey Island. I for one am notorious for coming off deployment and driving like I am still flying on airplane which is often looking all around rather than exactly in front of you (I'll be good this time). We discussed strengthening our focus on families and friend at home. Reintegration plans were presented on how we can ensure we are sensitive and attentive to the needs of family and friend that we have only been able to try and support as best we could from overseas. Now is our time to renew and enjoy those relationships. We also spent time reminding everyone here about watching out for each other during the Holidays. It would be an unspeakable and senseless mistake to go through a deployment in harms way with no losses and then come home and get into an accident or get behind the wheel after drinking. Everyone agreed to watch out for each other out here. I think the Sailors of 46 agree it is all our responsibly to not allow a fellow Grey Knight to drive after drinking. Families can help with that too. We have been making gold Records all year long. I know we will keep that going. As we near the end of deployment I will be the last one home and we look forward to being reunited with you, enjoying some well deserved leave and liberty and serving with you in the New Year. You are the Oldest and Best P-3 squadron with the longest standing flying safety record and highly decorated and respected. Great Work and Happy Holidays! See you at the VP-46 Grey Knight Holiday party at the Officers Club on 16 December 2008. The Oldest and the Best are coming home to you. My best to all of you home and deployed. Grey Knight One signing off from deployment. V/R CDR Carlos Sardiello, USN CTG 57.2 - Commanding Officer Patrol Squadron Four-Six email@example.com firstname.lastname@example.org We've got an exciting couple weeks ahead of us! As the times get nailed down on each of the returning aircraft specific questions will arise. The Duty Office is open and available for questions. It would be ideal if family members got the basic information from their spouses on their return day/time, and then followed up with questions to the duty office. The duty office numbers to call are 257-4600 primary and 257-6910 secondary. When you receive the land time, it is not necessary to show up earlier than 1 hour prior. It is probably wise to arrive at least 30 minutes prior. We are looking forward to seeing everyone reunited for the holidays! Winter Weather Preparedness BLACKOUTS Top Safety Tips for a Blackout Only use a flashlight for emergency lighting. Never use candles! Turn off electrical equipment you were using when the power went out. Avoid opening the refrigerator and freezer. Do not run a generator inside a home or garage. If you use a generator, connect the equipment you want to power directly to the outlets on the generator. Do not connect a generator to a home's electrical system. Listen to local radio and television for updated information. How Can I Prepare Before a Blackout Happens? Assemble essential supplies, including: Flashlight Batteries Portable radio at least one gallon of water a small supply of food. Due to the extreme risk of fire, do not use candles during a power outage. Take these steps to be prepared: Consider filling plastic containers with water, leaving about an inch of space inside each one. (Remember, water expands as it freezes, so it is important to leave room in the container for the expanded water). Place the containers in the refrigerator and freezer. This chilled or frozen water will help keep food cold if the power goes out, by displacing air that can warm up quickly with water or ice that keeps cold for several hours without additional refrigeration. If you use medication that requires refrigeration, most can be kept in a closed refrigerator for several hours without a problem. If unsure, check with your physician or pharmacist. If you use a computer, keep files and operating systems backed up regularly. Consider buying extra batteries and a power converter if you use a laptop computer. Also, turn off all computers, monitors, printers, copiers, scanners and other devices when they're not being used. That way, if the power goes out, this equipment will have already been safely shut down. If you use the computer a lot, such as for a home business, consider purchasing and installing an uninterruptable power supply (UPS). If you have an electric garage door opener, find out where the manual release lever is located and learn how to operate it. Sometimes garage doors can be heavy, so get help to lift it. If you regularly use the garage as the primary means of entering your home upon return from work, be sure to keep a key to your house with you, in case the garage door will not open. If you have a telephone instrument or system at home or at work that requires electricity to work (such as a cordless phone or answering machine), plan for alternate communication, including having a standard telephone handset, cellular telephone, radio, or pager. Keep your car fuel tank at least half full because gas stations rely on electricity to power their pumps. WINTER STORM Prepare a Winter Storm Plan: Have extra blankets on hand. Ensure that each member of your household has a warm coat, gloves or mittens, hat, and water-resistant boots. Assemble a Disaster Supplies Kit Containing-- First aid kit and essential medications. Battery-powered NOAA Weather radio, flashlight, and extra batteries. Canned food and can opener. Bottled water (at least one gallon of water per person per day to last at least 3 days). Extra warm clothing, including boots, mittens, and a hat. Assemble a Disaster Supplies Kit for your car, too. Stay Tuned for Storm Warnings. . . Listen to NOAA Weather Radio and your local radio and TV stations for updated storm information. Know What Winter Storm WATCHES and WARNINGS Mean A winter storm WATCH means a winter storm is possible in your area. A winter storm WARNING means a winter storm is headed for your area. A blizzard WARNING means strong winds, blinding wind-driven snow, and dangerous wind chill are expected. Seek shelter immediately! When a Winter Storm WATCH is Issued... Listen to NOAA Weather Radio, local radio, and TV stations, or cable TV such as The Weather Channel for further updates. Be alert to changing weather conditions. Avoid unnecessary travel. When a Winter Storm WARNING is Issued... Stay indoors during the storm. If you must go outside, several layers of lightweight clothing will keep you warmer than a single heavy coat. Gloves (or mittens) and a hat will prevent loss of body heat. Cover your mouth to protect your lungs. Understand the hazards of wind chill, which combines the cooling effect of wind and cold temperatures on exposed skin. As the wind increases, heat is carried away from a person's body at an accelerated rated, driving down the body temperature. Walk carefully on snowy, icy, sidewalks. After the storm, if you shovel snow, be extremely careful. It is physically strenuous work, so take frequent breaks. Avoid overexertion. Avoid traveling by car in a storm, but if you must... Carry a Disaster Supplies Kit in the trunk. Keep your car's gas tank full for emergency use and to keep the fuel line from freezing. Let someone know your destination, your route, and when you expect to arrive. If your car gets stuck along the way, help can be sent along your predetermined route. If You Do Get Stuck... Try to call someone to let them know where you are. Stay with your car. Do not try to walk to safety. Tie a brightly colored cloth (preferably red) to the antenna for rescuers to see. Start the car and use the heater for about 10 minutes every hour. Keep the exhaust pipe clear so fumes won't back up in the car. Leave the overhead light on when the engine is running so that you can be seen. As you sit, keep moving your arms and legs to keep blood circulating and to stay warm. Keep one window away from the blowing wind slightly open to let in air. What to Do After a Winter Storm Continue listening to local radio or television stations or a NOAA Weather Radio for updated information and instructions. Access may be limited to some parts of the community, or roads may be blocked. Help a neighbor who may require special assistance--infants, elderly people, and people with disabilities. Elderly people and people with disabilities may require additional assistance. People who care for them or who have large families may need additional assistance in emergency situations. Avoid driving and other travel until conditions have improved. Roads may be blocked by snow or emergency vehicles. Avoid overexertion. Heart attacks from shoveling heavy snow are a leading cause of deaths during winter. Follow forecasts and be prepared when venturing outside. Major winter storms are often followed by even colder conditions. December Calendar of Events November 29th – December 21st: U-Cut Christmas Trees at Jim Creek. Saturdays and Sundays from 9am – 4pm. $15. Saws, wheelbarrows and twine provided. One tree per family. Call 425-304-5351/63 for more information. December 7th: Brunch with Santa. 9:30am – 1:30 pm at the Bakerview Restaurant. $14.75/ adults, $7.50/ kids and free for kids three and under. Call 360-257-2432 for more information. December 8th - 19th: Where’s Santa? The first person to find the Santa Claus figurine, hidden somewhere on NASWI, wins $100 cash! New clues are available every day (Monday – Friday) at 9am, in person, at the Nor’Wester ITT counter. Call 360-257-2432 for more information. December 12th, December 20th, and December 22nd: Nutcracker Ballet. Nutcracker, the Northwest's favorite family holiday tradition, has been dazzling the young and the young-at-heart each holiday season for 25 years. Treat your family and friends to the memories and magic of Pacific Northwest Ballet's inimitable Nutcracker—only at McCaw Hall! Dec. 12 at 7:30 pm on sale until Nov. 26 pm $73 (reg. $88) Dec. 20 at 2 pm on sale until Dec. 5 at 2 pm $73 (reg. $88) Dec. 22 at 2 pm on sale until Dec. 8 at 2 pm $84 (reg. 96) Call 360-257-2432 for more information and to buy tickets. December 16th: Squadron Christmas Party. At the Officer’s Club. Call 360-257-4600 for more information. December 22nd – January 2nd: Catch the Polar Express Camp. 6:15am – 6pm Monday – Friday. Open to kids kindergarten – 5th grade. Cost varies by total family income. Registration begins November 17th. Call 360-257-0889 for more information. December 29th – 31st: Pee-Wee Holiday Activity Camp. 9:30am – 11:30am Open to pre-school aged children. $30 – Register by December 15th. Call 360-257-0889 for more information. December 30th: Mt Baker Snow Day. 6am – 7:30pm. $15 transportation only for skiers and snowboarders. $40 for snowshoe and transportation. Register by December 26th. Call 360-257-2432 for more information. December 31st: New Year’s Eve at Whidbey Entertainment Center. 7pm – 12:30am Rent a lane for $100 (lanes hold 8 people) which includes Cosmic Bowling, shoe rental, party favors, light snacks, door prizes, unlimited non-alcoholic beverages, midnight toast and entertainment in the Back Alley Bar. Reservations accepted through December 28th or until lanes fill up. Prepayment required. Call 360-257-2074 for more information. TAP INTO IT!!! Have you found your way to the www.navylifepnw.com website yet? This site is full of activities, resources, events and entertainment in our area. Select NAS Whidbey under the Home tab, and you are there. Call us, 24x7: 1-800-342-9647 User Name: military Password: onesource Recipe of the Month Simple Candy Cane Cakes INGREDIENTS: 1 pkg. (10.75 oz.) frozen pound cake, thawed. 1 can (16oz.) vanilla frosting. Red decorating gel DIRECTIONS: 1. Slice the pound cake into 8 equal pieces. 2. Press lightly to make an indention on the cake with a candy cane cookie cutter (use a large one). 3. With a sharp knife cut out the candy cane shape. One per each slice. 4. Place cutouts on a wire rack set over a baking sheet. Transfer frosting into a large microwave-safe measuring cup; microwave on High, stirring at 10 second intervals, until frosting is thin enough to pour, about one minute. 5. Pour frosting over tops and sides of each candy cane cake to cover completely. Let stand until set, about 10 minutes. Use red decorating gel, to pipe stripes onto each cake. Useful Websites…. Tri-West: www.triwest.com Tri-West is constantly changing the services that it provides. Please make yourself aware, especially during your time of travel. 1-888-TRIWEST (874-9378) United Concordia: www.ucci.com Visit the United Concordia website or call 1-800-866-8499 with questions or concerns. Navy and Marine Corps Relief Society: www.nmcrs.org “Make Us Your First Resource! Not Your Last Resort!” The Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society is a nonprofit charitable organization designed to provide financial, educational and other assistance to members of the Naval Services of the United States, eligible family members and survivors, when in need. The Society can offer: budget counseling, Layettes, Education loans and grants (restrictions apply), Coordination with civilian agencies and military offices, Interest free loans and/or grants to help in certain emergencies. You must either have a Power of Attorney or a Pre-Authorized Form in order to seek assistance. Please call or visit their website for more information. Family Support Groups If you are interested or have questions about supporting one of the fantastic, Enlisted/Officer, ‘support/networking’ groups, please contact one of the ombudsmen and we will get you in touch with the appropriate people. Command Ombudsman Mrs. Lisa Kinker Mrs. Teal McWhirter Mrs. Teresa Para Phone: 360.675.6181 Phone: 360.720.2530 Phone: 360.682.6129 Email: Kinkeronisland@comcast.net Email: email@example.com Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Please contact one of the ombudsmen if you have comments or suggestions for this newsletter!
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