news SPORTS Weekend Weather Pentagon 9/11 Let the good Friday: Sunny memorial unveiled times bowl High: 101 Low: 76 Saturday: Sunny High: 101 Low: 73 Sunday: Sunny ... page 2 ... page 8 High: 100 Low: 73 Serving Marine Corps Air Station Yuma, Arizona Volume 7, Number 37 www.yuma.usmc.mil Sept. 18, 2008 Class act 2K Marines bound for Afghanistan Donna Miles American Forces Press Service WASHINGTON – The Defense Department reported Monday more Marines are headed to Afghanistan, following up on President Bush’s announcement last week that he will beef up the U.S. presence there while reducing it in Iraq. Up to 2,000 Marines assigned to an air-ground task force will deploy to Afghani- stan in November, though whether or not any of those troops will come from Yuma is unknown. The bulk of the force will include 3rd Battalion, 8th Marine Regiment, from Camp Lejeune, N.C., said Pentagon spokesman Bryan Whitman said. The other 1,000 Marines making up the task force’s headquarters, aviation and logistics elements can be drawn from other units across the Corps. The task force will replace the 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit and 2nd Battalion, 7th Marine Regiment, both slated to redeploy in November after a one-month extension of their Afghanistan tour. Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates ordered the additional Marine forces to Afghanistan earlier this year over concerns about a possible spring offensive. The United States, with 31,000 service members already in Afghanistan, will con- tinue to be the biggest contributor to NATO’s International Security Assistance Force, Whitman said. NATO members have promised to commit more troops to ISAF, the alliance’s first and largest ground operation outside Europe, but continue to come up Photo by Cpl. Terika S. King short. First-grader Ricardo Angulo holds his hand over his heart during the singing of the national anthem at Valley Horizon Elementary School’s Sept. 11 remembrance ceremony in Yuma. During the event, station Marines demonstrated the correct way to fold a flag before raising the American flag in front of the school as students watched. The Sept. 11 attacks occurred before Angulo, who is 6, was born. see 2K page 2 Off-limits areas updated New hot-pit refueling point pumps up pilot flight hours Lance Cpl. M. Daniel Sanchez Desert Warrior Staff Marine Corps Installations West released the places for Marines on liberty to avoid in Arizona, California Cpl. Michael R. Whitnel and Mexico Sept. 8, including one in Yuma. Desert Warrior Staff The MCI West quarterly report listed seven areas as off-limits completely, two during specific times on specific days and two from sunset to sunrise all week long in San Diego, as well as three areas in Tijauna, Mexico, to stay away from. After just four months, the new fixed-wing re- Marines and sailors are banned within a one-mile radius of the confluence of the Colorado and Gila fueling station has saved thousands of man-hours rivers in Yuma, also known as S--- Creek, from sunrise to sunset. The area is located north of Route 95 , and increased the number of daily flights here. between South Avenue 4E and west of South Avenue 4 1/2 E. The fuel point reduce the amount of time air- craft spend refueling by allowing pilots to refuel see OFF-LIMITS page 2 fixed-wing aircraft with their engines still running, hence the name “hot-pit.” Photo by Cpl. Michael R. Whitnel It could take 2-3 hours to cold fuel an AV-8B Pvt. Jamee Cook, Marine Attack Squadron 214 Shadow play Harrier and get it back in the air, said Lance Cpl. ordnance technician, watches as fuel technicians Nick Stamm, Marine Attack Squadron 214 hot-pit Lance Cpl. Nick Stamm and Edward Williams refuel technician. The hot-pit allows a Harrier to refuel an AV-8B Harrier at the fixed-wing hot-pit refueling station here Sept. 9. in 15 minutes and be ready to taxi back to the runway. squadron maintenance controller. Without the The hot-pits can accommodate more than just pits, the squadron would be pressed for time to Harriers; even a KC-130 can be refueled at the complete required maintenance before the plane hot-pit. More than 183,000 gallons of fuel have could take off again. been pumped into 199 fixed-wing aircraft at the A squadron that would normally fly five sorties hot-pits, according to station fuel’s records. VMA-214 has saved a vast amount of time due to the hot-pits, said Gunnery Sgt. Justice Haggard, see HOT-PIT page 4 Marines may reach 202,000 early Robert E. Milstead Jr., commanding general of Ma- rine Corps Recruiting Command in Quantico, Va. American Forces Press Service “Other services may recruit and offer themselves as a means of something else or something better, saying, ‘We’ll get you a college education,’ ‘We’ll get you financial stability,’ or ‘You’ll improve your WASHINGTON – After a boom year for recruit- lot in life,’” Milstead said. “But the Marine Corps ers, the Marines anticipate meeting their five-year offers itself as the destination. We don’t talk college, goal to grow the Corps two years early, the com- we don’t talk money, and we don’t talk anything mander of recruiting said Friday. else. We only make one promise: that you’ll be a Surpassing its monthly recruiting goals by up to United States Marine.” 142 percent each month this fiscal year, the Corps The potential for deployments with the nation’s made significant gains in its plan to grow its active current posture in the Middle East hasn’t deterred Photo by Lance Cpl. T.M. Stewman duty force to 202,000 by 2011. recruiting and retention, and the likelihood of And they did it without promising anyone a rose combat in Iraq and Afghanistan hasn’t presented Capt. Andrew D’Ambrogi, Marine Attack Squadron 211 pilot, prepares to land an AV-8B Harrier at Auxiliary Airfield II, a simulated amphibious assault ship flight deck on the Barry M. Goldwater Range. garden. The training prepared the Avengers for their upcoming deployment early next year. The Marine recruiting message is dynamically different from that of other services, said Brig. Gen. see 202,000 page 2 2 DESERT WARRIOR Sept. 18, 2008 Do tattoos put a stain on professionalism? After boot camp, I did what a lot of new Ma- a Marine with tattoos can’t look or be profes- anyone else who is seen in the public eye on a Lance Cpl. T.M. Stewman rines do; I went to my local tattoo parlor and got sional? It really boggles my mind to wonder regular basis. I work in public affairs and I could Desert Warrior Staff my first tattoo. It was a motivated “Death Before that the Corps, which is known for its “tough even see why the policy would make sense for Dishonor” tattoo along my left side. guy” persona, would keep its members from those in my job field. What I don’t understand I instantly got the ink bug and wanted to get body art that they have been known to have for is the importance of such a strict policy for your more and more tattoos. I continued to get tattoos. many decades. average wrench-turner out on the flight line. I When I first walked into the recruiter’s office Script text on the inside of both upper arms, block Along with being professional, I don’t think think that Americans and other countries would in early 2005, there was no question in my mind text across my chest, a half-sleeve on my left effective leadership is affected by the amount of be more concerned with whether or not a Marine that I wanted to be a Marine. arm, an anchor just below that and four numbers ink a Marine has. At no time have I ever seen a can perform his duties at all cost and not if the I’m sure that the other branches of service across my right wrist. difference in good leadership, whether it be from Marine has a sleeve of ink on his arms. That’s are great and have a lot to offer, but none fit my On March 19, 2007, a Marine Administrative a Marine with no tattoos, or a Marine with 40 really the bottom line for me. “Type A” personality like the Corps. Message was released that announced changes percent of his body covered in ink. In a organization that I joined because of how One of the many things that appealed to me of the Marine Corps tattoo policy. The change, I also don’t understand why now. Why after all great and professional I thought they looked even about the Marine Corps was how brash the Ma- which was put into effect April 1 of last year, this time would we put such restrictions for tat- with all the tattoos, I now feel like my passion for rines were and yet still so professional. Marines would ultimately put a stop to sleeve tattoos and toos? Especially now in the United States when ink and desire to attain more will make me some are known to get a bit wild and crazy, but that require the documentation of tattoos to be kept it’s more socially acceptable to have them. You sort of black sheep in the near future. has seldom put doubt in the America public of in the Marine’s service record book. Another can’t go anywhere without seeing someone with But much as I don’t like the policy, I’m going whether or not we can get the job done whether change to the policy announced Sept. 4 prohib- a little ink on their bodies. to follow it and hope that eventually the Corps in garrison or in combat. ited Marines with largely visible or sleeve tat- I know that the Marine Corps is all about not will have a change of heart. I’ll continue to get I loved the idea of being a part of a group of toos from serving as recruiters or Marine Corps fitting into the civilian world’s mold, but if we are more ink, but nothing that will reflect adversely individuals that curse like sailors, drink everyone security guards. putting restrictions on tattoos because of how the on my career, my Corps or my country, and I will else under the table and were decorated with Moving forward as an institution, the Marine civilian world sees us, why should it matter? continue to do my job to the best of my ability ink from head to toe, yet were still revered and Corps has decided to become more “profes- I do understand how much sense the new preserving the standards of a service that will respected by practically all. sional.” What does that really even mean? That policy makes for security guards, recruiters and thrive long after I hang up my combat boots. 2K ... from page 1 In addition, the 10th Mountain Division’s 3rd Brigade Combat Team, from Fort Drum, N.Y., will deploy about 3,700 soldiers to Afghanistan in January 2009, Whitman said. The soldiers were initially slated to leave for Iraq in November. The brigade returned from a deployment to Afghanistan in July 2007. Messin’ around Bush announced during an address at the National Defense University the United States would continue to reduce its troop strength in Iraq, based on security progress made as part of the new strategy and troop surge there. With the Taliban and its al-Qaida allies regaining strength and creating safe havens in Pakistani tribal areas, Bush said he would redirect some forces headed to Iraq. “The mission of these forces will be to work with Afghan forces to provide security for the Afghan people, protect Afghanistan’s infrastructure and democratic institutions and help ensure access to services like education and health care,” he said. Adm. Mike Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said the main goal is providing a level of security in Afghanistan that is sustainable so the other factors to develop the country can take hold as they have in Iraq. “I’m very concerned, and will remain concerned,” he said of conditions in Afghanistan. “I want to focus on it. I’m optimistic in the long run.” OFF-LIMITS ... from page 1 The areas off limits at all times in San Diego are: Club Mustang at 2200 University Ave.; Club San Diego at 3955 Fourth St.; Get It On Shoppe at 3219 Mission Blvd.; Main Street Motel at 3493 Main St.; and Vulcan Baths at 805 West Cedar St. Two other businesses seven miles south of San Diego in National City, Calif., were also banned. They are Dream Crystal at 15366 Highland Ave., and Sports Auto Sales at 1112 National City Blvd. Service members are also banned from the 2600 to 3600 block of Main Street, including the Burger King and McDonald’s parking lots on 28th St., from midnight to 5 a.m. on Wednesdays; and the Dennys’ parking lot at 692 E St., in Chula Vista, Calif., two miles south of National City, 1:30 a.m. to 4 a.m. on Saturdays and Sundays. Finally, San Diego State Park, at 45th St., and the Otay Mesa area, bordered by Interstate 805 and State Highway 905, are banned from sunset to sunrise, “unless traveling to, from or remaining at any private residence or business within the district.” The MCI West report also included three areas in San Diego, coined areas of caution, that pose a potential risk to service members. These areas include: the 12 block area, bordered by Logan Avenue, and Beardsley, Sampson and Main streets, from dusk until dawn; the Naval Base San Diego perimeter at night; and trolley stations, particularly at Palomar Street and San Ysidro. Also, service members traveling to Tijuana should also avoid the Libertad, Camino Verde and Mariano Matamoros areas, in addition to automated teller machines at night. Military personnel, grades E-3 and below, must obtain permission to travel to Mexico prior to going there, receive a brief on the pitfalls of taking liberty in Mexico and ensure they are traveling with at least one other service member or adult. All Marines and sailors approved to travel to Mexico must also carry their special request chits, signed by their chain of command, on them while in the country. The bans on areas listed above apply to all service members and remain in effect until cancelled or superseded by further instructions from MCI West. 202,000 ... from page 1 itself as a challenge, Milstead said. Regardless of which branch of service, recruits are fully aware of “what they’re walking into” when they meet with recruiters. “Remember, there is no draft,” he said. “All these kids join to serve their nation knowing that in the Marine Corps, and most likely the Army, they’re going to move toward the sounds of cannons.” Since 2007, the Marine Corps has been pushing recruiting and retention goals to grow its active-duty force by 27,000 in just five years. But with fiscal year 2008 coming to a close at the end of September, the Corps already has about 198,000 active duty Marines, putting the goal well within reach. In fact, Milstead anticipates the Marine Corps will reach the end state of its growth as early Photos by Gunnery Sgt. Bill Lisbon as next year without compromising its high standards for recruits. Clockwise from top left, Lance Cpl. Dane A. Howard, Lance Cpl. Jacqueline B. Fredenburg, Cpl. Eric J. Man- Milstead noted that 97 percent of Marine recruits this year were high school graduates, well ning and Lance Cpl. Leah N. Racobs show off their colorfully unique face paint during the Headquarters and above the Defense Department average. Headquarters Squadron field mess night at Ramada Field on Sept. 11. All attendees were required to wear face “We’ve been very pleased with our ability to meet our recruiting numbers within the Marine paint, though some Marines with patterns deemed “untraditional,” such as Manning’s homage to pro wrestler The Ultimate Warrior, were required to drink from the grog bowl, a customary punishment the president of Corps,” he added. “But bottom line, what it took to be a Marine, two, three, five and 10 years the mess can sentence to violators. Arguably the most elaborate pattern, Fredenburg’s face paint took her 35 ago, is what it takes to be a Marine today.” minutes to apply. DESERT WARRIOR Col. Mark A. Werth Capt. Rob Dolan Gunnery Sgt. 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All submissions are subject to editing and space or display ads should be directed to Aerotech News and Review, Inc. at 623-487-7321. availability, and they are not guaranteed to be published. DESERT WARRIOR Sept. 18, 2008 3 Vertical horizon Photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Dustin Kellin An AV-8B Harrier from Yuma’s Marine Attack Squadron 311 hovers over the flight deck of the USS Peleliu Friday in the Persian Gulf. A detachment of more than 100 Marines from VMA-311 and Marine Aviation Logistics Squadron 13 deployed with the 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit in May. The remainder of VMA-311, with approximately 150 Marines, deployed to Iraq in March. Approximately 25 VMA-311 Marines are scheduled to return to Yuma on Sunday, while the remainder of the squadron in Iraq is expected to return home in October. Pentagon unveils Sept. 11 memorial Each of the memorial fund’s board mem- And for those who will not smell the Fred W. Baker III bers lost family in the attacks. Laychak’s smoke, or feel the heat, or know the horror, American Forces Press Service brother, David, was killed at the Penta- Gates promised one truth. gon. “The truth that survives the ashes is Laychak said that the memorial was a this—the 184 are not forgotten,” Gates call to remember not only the attacks, and said. WASHINGTON – As the bands played the people who died, but also the swell of And the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of and the flags waved at the Pentagon here, patriotism that swept the country in the Staff Adm. Mike Mullen called the memo- an airplane flew by. following months. rial a “vision place of souls.” As names were read and prayers were But, it seemed, that the memorial evoked He said the vision of that day leads our said, an airplane flew by. memories as individual their perspec- troops into battle now. As leaders spoke and children squirmed, tives. “We will never forget, for the vision an airplane flew by. All of those speaking at the ceremony to- has passed into the souls of our service- And as more than a dozen airplanes flew day offered up what they would remember, men and women. I see it in their eyes …” by, one-by-one, to land at nearby Reagan and what America should not forget. Mullen said. National Airport Sept. 11, a nation remem- The president said it simply. “It is that resolve that will never allow bered the morning seven years prior when “Here we remember those who died,” us to forget what happened here,” Mullen one did not simply pass by. Instead, at the Bush said. “Parents will come here to re- said. hands of terrorists, the commercial jetliner member children … husbands and wives Former Army Sgt. Jeff Layne said he slammed its body into the walls of the will come here to remember spouses will always remember carrying a huge, nation’s symbol of military might killing 59 … people from across our nation will heavy American flag up a ladder to the roof people on board and 125 in the Pentagon. come here to remember friends and loved of the Pentagon. It was Sept. 12 and the At the Pentagon 9/11 memorial dedica- ones.” symbol of Layne along with about dozen tion this morning, more than 16,000 people Former Defense Secretary Donald H. first responders unfurling the flag down the gathered to remember that morning and the Rumsfeld, who was the top official in the side of the building was soon a worldwide friends and family members they lost. They Pentagon at the time, said he will not forget symbol of U.S. resilience. came in uniforms and business suits, T-shirts how the huge building shook. “I don’t think any of us understood the and jeans, sun dresses and flip-flops. He will not forget the colleagues and significance of that moment,” Layne said. The havoc wreaked at 9:37 a.m. on Sept. friends who were killed. “It was later that we realized, Wow, we 11, 2001, by American Airlines flight 77, And he called on America to never forget were part of history.” was not discriminatory. Old died beside “those who fell first” in the war on terror. Layne joined most of the original crew young, service members beside civilians Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates back on top of the Pentagon again today and men beside women. The ceremony said the memorial binds those who died for the ceremony, and again unfurled the today marked the culmination of more and those who survived with the rest of flag. Photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Molly A. Burgess than two years of building and five years America. Even though Layne has left the military, of fundraising toward one goal for those In fact, the world will never view the he won’t forget that day, he said. After an unveiling ceremony Sept. 11, service members stand beside 184 behind its inception. Pentagon the same, he said. It is now more “I think America as a society … they benches representing the victims of the attack on the Pentagon seven years earlier. Spread throughout a two-acre plot on the south side of the Pentagon, “We want people to remember,” said than a symbol of military power. forget too quickly of the sacrifices that the each bench is inscribed with the names of the 59 people aboard American James J. Laychak, the president and chair- “It will also be a place of remembrance,” men and women in uniform make,” Layne Ailrlines Flight 77 and the 125 in the building who lost their lives that day. man of the Pentagon Memorial Fund. he said. said. “We should never forget.” Station law center trains to improve citizenship assistance The goal of this partnership is to learn the ins and outs of im- aid the station’s capability to help service member’s sort through Lance Cpl. M. Daniel Sanchez migration from the experts so none of the 10 to 20 patrons who the immigration process. Desert Warrior Staff come to the class here monthly will have to be referred off base, “With everything going on around the world, the last thing we said Covarrubias. need is our Marines getting distracted wondering about their natu- “Our goal is to be a one-stop shop for the Marines,” said Lt. Col. ralization packages,” said Covarrubias. Michael Sayegh, station staff judge advocate. This class, combined with Covarubbias working as the new The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service recently trained During the training session, the attendees were presented an full-time immigration class instructor, is the first step in changing station law center personnel to answer the tough questions service overview of the USCIS—formerly known as the Immigration and the focus and capabilities of the station’s program to provide the members and their spouses ask about the process of becoming an Naturalization Service—as well as the Immigration and Nationality same level of support and knowledge of the immigration process American citizen. Act, obtaining visas, requirements of becoming a citizen or perma- for spouses, retirees and dependents as is provided for active duty In a class taught by Yuma’s USCIS adjudicate manager Sept. 10, nent resident and navigating the service’s Web site. service members, said Sayegh. several law center personnel learned about the complexity of the The group focused specifically on the processes of becoming an In the near future, Covarrubias plans to schedule a session U.S. immigration system, including upcoming changes affecting American citizen and changing from a temporary visa holder or with USCIS that will teach the law center personnel how to guide Marines and their families seeking citizenship. foreign national to a permanent resident, which are the two most Marines in putting together and submitting a naturalization and Although the law center provides classes on naturalization and common issues among military members and families. adjustment of status package. adjustment of status, the process can be complicated for family Although the class was only an overview of the process, Covarru- The law center’s next immigration class is scheduled for Thurs- members since more paperwork and information is needed. As a bias said he still took away new information which will help him day at 8:30 a.m. and is held every other week following that. Active result, service members are often sent off base to get help, said Joe to better serve the Marines and sailors in Yuma. duty and retired service members and their families may attend Covarrubias, station citizenship and immigration program class Speaking with a USCIS case interviewer directly and knowing the class. instructor. the most recent naturalization and adjustment of status criteria will 4 DESERT WARRIOR Sept. 18, 2008 HOT-PIT ... from page 1 September Promotions a day could increase to eight if its aircraft used the hot-pits. Before, aircraft had to fly the extra distance from the range to Naval Air Fa- cility El Centro, Calif., to be hot-pit refueled. Pilots have been able to dramatically increase the number of sorties Congratulations to the following Marines who were recently promoted. every day by using the pits for “hot-seating” and “hot-pitting,” said Information provided by the air station’s Installation Personnel Administration Center. Capt. Andrew Kano, VMA-214 pilot. Hot-seating means pilots switch without shutting down the air- Lt. Col. Joseph Williams, VMA-211 Cpl. Nicole Faraci, MAWTS-1 Lance Cpl. Vicente Martinez, MALS-13 craft. Capt. Andrew Biddell, VMA-513 Cpl. Jody Smith, MAWTS-1 Lance Cpl. James Weathers, MALS-13 VMA-214 has doubled its flight hours in preparation for an upcom- Sgt. Maj. Leonard Maldonado, MACS-1 Cpl. Michael Dessner, MWSS-371 Lance Cpl. Jeremy Martin, MALS-13 Master Sgt. James Bloomer, MALS-13 Cpl. Gustavo Contreras, MWSS-371 Lance Cpl. Anthony Colangeli, MALS-13 ing deployment. Master Sgt. Herbert Smith, MAWTS-1 Cpl. Chad Kurtz, MWSS-371 Lance Cpl. Anthony Sosa, MALS-13 The hot-pits have unquestionably helped VMA-214 make the Gunnery Sgt. David Kurz Jr., H&HS Cpl. Richard Henson, MWSS-371 Lance Cpl. Lynn Ballow, MALS-13 number of sorties and the more than 100 flight hours needed for pre- Gunnery Sgt. Henry Acedo, MACS-1 Cpl. Bradlee Harris, MWSS-371 Lance Cpl. Charles Mishakis, MALS-13 deployment training every week, said Maj. Roger Hardy, squadron Gunnery Sgt. David Scharf, MWSS-371 Cpl. Michael Ramos, MWSS-371 Lance Cpl. Matthew Paulin, MALS-13 Gunnery Sgt. Jerry Temple Jr., VMA-211 Cpl. Adam Shaffer, MWSS-371 Lance Cpl. Tarryl Wheeldon, MALS-13 operations officer. Gunnery Sgt. Justice Haggard-Wallace, VMA-214 Cpl. Christopher Murphy, VMA-211 Lance Cpl. Jose Flores Jr., MALS-13 “It’s a force multiplier for us. Our struggle is to get the flight Gunnery Sgt. Leslie Gill, VMA-311 Cpl. Jonmichael Daniels, VMA-211 Lance Cpl. Daniel Castellanos, MAWTS-1 hours in. The pits help us get the job done,” said Capt. Joel Knutson, Gunnery Sgt. Joshua Guell, VMA-311 Cpl. Phillip Belanger Jr., VMA-211 Lance Cpl. Gladumur Bontemps, MWSS-371 VMA-214 pilot. Sgt. Ernesto Martinez, H&HS Cpl. David Garza, VMA-211 Lance Cpl. Jarrod Littlesun, MWSS-371 The hot-pits will be used during the semiannual Weapons and Sgt. George Cooper, H&HS Cpl. Tate Trujillo, VMA-214 Lance Cpl. Salvador Dealva Jr., MWSS-371 Sgt. Christopher Dobbins, H&HS Cpl. David Guel Jr., VMA-311 Lance Cpl. Raymond Nitschke, MWSS-371 Tactics Instructors course in the upcoming weeks. Sgt. William Reid, MACS-1 Cpl. Keith Anderson, VMA-311 Lance Cpl. Alvin Cox, MWSS-371 Sgt. Paul Ramasco, MALS-13 Cpl. Rickey Wedgeworth Jr., VMA-311 Lance Cpl. Bradley Sheets, MWSS-371 Sgt. Antonio Benitez, MALS-13 Cpl. Roger Olson, VMA-311 Lance Cpl. Timothy Corey, VMA-211 Sgt. Jacob Lightfoot, MALS-13 Cpl. Lucas Morgan, VMA-311 Lance Cpl. Mark Battles, VMA-211 Sgt. Jason Hunting, MALS-13 Cpl. William Rumbaugh, VMA-311 Lance Cpl. Renard Williams, VMA-211 Sgt. Armando Jasso, MALS-13 Cpl. John Robinson, VMA-513 Lance Cpl. Justin Pompella, VMA-211 Sgt. Kamal Sadat, VMA-211 Cpl. Christopher Singleton, VMA-513 Lance Cpl. Ian Kubista, VMA-211 Sgt. Jesse Brown, VMA-214 Cpl. Aaron Peterson, VMA-513 Lance Cpl. Jonathan Holyk, VMA-211 Sgt. Randall Evans, VMA-214 Cpl. Ricky Ramirez, VMA-513 Lance Cpl. Richard Guyer, VMA-211 Sgt. Brett Spangler, VMA-311 Cpl. Richard Newberry, VMA-513 Lance Cpl. David High Jr., VMA-211 Sgt. Brandon Southerland, VMA-311 Lance Cpl. Lindsay McCall, CSSD-16 Lance Cpl. Thomas Dipprey, VMA-211 Cpl. Abraham Miller, CSSD-16 Lance Cpl. Mario Diaz, H&HS Lance Cpl. Drew Elliott, VMA-214 Cpl. Steven Shuffield, CSSD-16 Lance Cpl. Brian Gonyeau, H&HS Lance Cpl. Jermaine Johnson, VMA-214 Cpl. Andrew Holmans, CSSD-16 Lance Cpl. Nathaniel Dominguez, H&HS Lance Cpl. Joseph Quiroz, VMA-214 Cpl. Andres Chavez, H&HS Lance Cpl. Rodney Alger Jr., H&HS Lance Cpl. Erin Stauffer, VMA-214 Cpl. William French Jr., H&HS Lance Cpl. Lawrence Irvine III, H&HS Lance Cpl. Lucas Brown, VMA-214 Cpl. Benedict Tedios, H&HS Lance Cpl. Amber Castro, H&HS Lance Cpl. Osemudiame Omoleme, VMA-214 Cpl. Anthony Minor, H&HS Lance Cpl. Travis Carthon, H&HS Lance Cpl. Sheriff Showunmi, VMA-214 Cpl. Christopher Gamiddo, MACS-1 Lance Cpl. William Espinoza, H&HS Lance Cpl. Hong Chen, VMA-214 Cpl. Alejandro Fraire, MACS-1 Lance Cpl. Oscar Loya, H&HS Lance Cpl. Lavoice Newby, VMA-214 Cpl. James Crawford, MACS-1 Lance Cpl. Gabriel Ramos, MACS-1 Lance Cpl. Oscar Ortizgonzalez, VMA-214 Cpl. Morgan Hoffpauir, MACS-1 Lance Cpl. Allison Fell, MACS-1 Lance Cpl. Brandon Macdonald, VMA-311 Cpl. John Valenteros, MAG-13 Lance Cpl. Joshua Medley, MACS-1 Lance Cpl. Marc Longoria, VMA-513 Cpl. Ron Balsz, MALS-13 Lance Cpl. Michael Durkin, MACS-1 Lance Cpl. Ryan Hinson, VMA-513 Photo by Cpl. Michael R. Whitnel Cpl. James Waddington, MALS-13 Lance Cpl. Race Gonsalves, MACS-1 Lance Cpl. Michael Bybee, VMA-513 Cpl. Curtis Duncan, MALS-13 Lance Cpl. Victor White, MACS-1 Lance Cpl. Ebony Phillips, VMA-513 An AV-8B Harrier with Marine Attack Squadron 214 taxis toward the station’s Cpl. Falan Aanenson, MALS-13 Lance Cpl. Eddie Brown, MAG-13 Lance Cpl. Bradley Morgan, VMA-513 new fixed-wing refueling station here Sept. 9. Cpl. Christopher Huff, MALS-13 Lance Cpl. Trey Rainey, MAG-13 Pfc. Travis Atkins, MALS-13 Cpl. Alicia Felix, MALS-13 Lance Cpl. Lewis Hazard, MAG-13 Pfc. Joshua Price, VMA-311 Cpl. Heather Jacobs, MALS-13 Lance Cpl. Joshua Carter, MAG-13 Lance Cpl. Jonathan Infantehernandez, Cpl. Nelson Dominguez Jr., MALS-13 Lance Cpl. Shawn Diniz Jr., MALS-13 MWSS-371 Cpl. Ryan Darlin, MALS-13 Lance Cpl. Raymond Cisneros, MALS-13 Cpl. Kenneth Burgos II, MALS-13 Lance Cpl. Joshua Barron, MALS-13 DESERT WARRIOR Sept. 18, 2008 5 6 DESERT WARRIOR Sept. 18, 2008 Trashing junk mail key to ID theft success be followed for each adult family member. • Direct Mail Offers Thursday Better Business Bureau Direct Marketing Association is a trade group X-Files: I Want to Believe (PG-13) with 5,200 member companies that use telephone, 7 p.m. mail and the Internet to pitch their products directly The following courses are offered by the station’s Junk mail is a nuisance for many consumers who to consumers. To stop receiving mailings from DMA safety department: receive daily postcards, flyers, specially-marked members, consumers can go to www.dmaconsumers. Friday envelopes and pre-approved credit card offers. Junk org/cgi/offmailing. DMA regularly updates its list, Alive at 25: required for all Marines 25 & under The Mummy: mail also presents an opportunity for identity thieves but companies it notifies to remove names from their • Oct. 2 (10 seats available) Tomb of the Dragon Emperor (PG-13) to steal important personal information. mailing lists may not be as prompt and it may take • Nov. 13 (10 seats available) 6 p.m. However, consumers can take several steps to as much as six months before solicitations from all Class begins at 8 a.m. in room 206, building reduce the amount of unwanted mail and the pos- DMA members stop. 645. Pineapple Express (R) sibility of ID theft. • Catalogues 9 p.m. According to the Environmental Protection Agen- A consumer’s mailbox can often be overrun with Basic Motorcycle Riders Course cy, Americans throw out more than 4 million tons of catalogues, even if they’ve never shopped with the • Oct. 21-23 (7 seats available) junk mail every year, and what is one man’s garbage company before. This is likely because the consumer • Nov. 18-20 (8 seats available) Saturday is an ID thief’s gold mine. has, at some point, made a catalogue or online pur- Class begins at 1 p.m. in room 206, building Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants 2 (PG-13) A Javelin Strategy and Research survey on ID theft chase with a company that handed over their contact 645. 6 p.m. estimates that 8.1 million Americans became victims information to Abacus, an alliance of catalogue and of ID theft in 2007; with nearly half a million cases of publishing companies. To stop individual catalogues, Experienced Motorcycle Riders Course Swing Vote (PG-13) ID theft occurring as the result of stolen mail. consumers can contact the specific company in ques- • Oct. 14 (8 seats available) 7 p.m. “Many people view junk mail simply as a daily tion. To stop mass mailings, consumers can e-mail • Nov. 12 (8 seats available) nuisance, but if credit card offers and catalogs are email@example.com or write to Abacus, Inc., P.O. Class begins at 6:30 a.m. in the building 645 heading to the trash can in tact, that unwanted mail Box 1478, Broomfield, CO 80038. parking lot. Sunday can become a much more sinister problem,” said • “Resident” and “Occupant” Mailings X-Files: I Want to Believe (PG-13) Steve Cox, BBB spokesman. “Preventing ID theft Consumers can remove their address from “resi- All-Terrain Vehicle Course 5 p.m. perpetrated through the mail requires the two-step ap- dent” and “occupant” mailings that offer various • Nov. 17 (8 seats available) proach of reducing the amount of junk mail received, goods and services by contacting Valassis—formerly Class begins at 7 a.m. in the building 645 as well as shredding any sensitive materials, such as known as ADVO, Inc.—either by phone at 1-888- parking lot. Monday credit card offers.” 241-6760 or through an online form at: www.advo. Step Brothers (R) People should always shred important documents com/consumersupport.html. Consumers can also send Dirt Bike Course 7 p.m. and take the following steps to reduce the amount of a written request to ADVO, Inc. Customer Assistance, • available upon request junk mail they receive that could fall into ID thieves’ P.O. Box 249, Windsor, CT 06095. Class begins at 7 a.m. in the building 645 hands. • Coupon Packs parking lot. Tuesday • Pre-Approved Credit Card Offers To stop receiving coupon packs, consumers can Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants 2 (PG-13) Pre-approved credit card offers are an easy target visit www.coxtarget.com/mailsuppression/s/Display In order to register for any of the motorcycle, 7 p.m. for identity thieves who can steal incoming mail and MailSuppressionForm and fill out an online request ATV or dirt bike courses classes, riders must have use these offers to open fraudulent credit accounts. form. Other requests can be directed to the sender on their motorcycle/ATV and PPE inspected by the To opt out of receiving pre-approved credit card of- the printed envelope received. safety department first. Wednesday fers for at least five years, and perhaps permanently, • Solicitations Sent to Children Two trainer motorcycles and one ATV are *Free admission* consumers can call 1-888-5-OPTOUT (567-8688) If a child under age 13 is being mailed advertise- available for riders without bikes. Riders must Swing Vote (PG-13) or visit www.optoutprescreen.com. This service is ments or credit card offers, it could be a sign that at least possess a learner’s permit to operate a 7 p.m. offered by the three major credit reporting bureaus, identity theft has occurred. Parents should contact the trainer vehicle. Equifax, Experian and TransUnion. Consumers will three major credit reporting bureaus and inform them To register for any of the safety courses or for MOVIES ARE SUBJECT TO CHANGE be asked for personal information, including their of the situation: Equifax: 1-800-525-6285; Experian: more information, call 928-269-5699. Call 928-269-2358 or visit name, address, birth date and Social Security Number. 1-888-397-3742 or TransUnion: 1-800-680-7289. Course dates and seats current as of Tuesday. http://www.yuma.usmc-mccs.org/ This information is only used to process requests and For more advice on ID theft prevention, visit www. theater.htm will remain confidential. This procedure will need to bbb.org. MESS HALL MENU Monday-Friday HOURS OF OPERATION Breakfast—5:30-7:30 a.m. Lunch—11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Dinner—4-6 p.m. Saturday & Sunday Breakfast/Brunch—9 a.m. to noon Dinner—3-5 p.m. Midrats Sunday-Thursday 11 p.m. to 12:45 a.m. Prices For military without meal cards Breakfast—$2.10 Lunch and dinner—$3.85 LUNCH: Beef & Vegetable Soup DINNER: Hungarian Goulash Spaghetti w/ Meat Sauce w/ Noodles Herbed Baked Chicken Asian BBQ Turkey Roast Garlic Cheese Potatoes Rice Pilaf Club Spinach Vegetable Stir Fry Succotash Simmered Peas LUNCH: Fish Chowder DINNER: Braised Beef Seafood Platter & Noodles Spicy Beans & Sausage Cajun Lightning Chicken Potatoes Au Gratin Scalloped Potatoes Steamed Rice Southern-style Greens Green Beans Mixed Vegetables BRUNCH: Eggs DINNER: Steak Ranchero Turkey Noodle Soup Roast Turkey Cold Cereals Mashed Potatoes Sausage Patties Southwestern Rice Oven-fried Bacon Broccoli ... and more Glazed Carrots BRUNCH: Eggs DINNER: Navy Bean Soup Grilled Ham Slices Grilled Steak Oven-fried Bacon Cajun Baked Fish Pancakes / Waffles Baked Potato Chicken Sandwich Parmesan Rice ... and more Brussels Sprouts LUNCH: Minestrone Soup DINNER: Minestrone Soup Roast Beef Turkey A la King White Bean Chicken Chili Jerk Pork Loin Steam Rice Buttered Egg Noodles Carrots Islanders Rice Simmered Peas Broccoli LUNCH: Potato Soup DINNER: Beef Pot Pie Chili Macaroni Bayou Chicken Fish Vera Cruz Orange Rice Grilled Cheese Sandwich Cauliflower Combo Spanish Rice Smothered Squash Tangy Spinach Cheese Drop Biscuits LUNCH: Bean w/ Bacon Soup DINNER: Meatloaf Parmesan Basil Chicken Baked Stuffed Fish Pasta Toscano Steamed Rice Italian Roasted Potatoes Oven Brown Potatoes French-style Green Beans Mixed Vegetables Garlic Bread Broccoli ADVERTISEMENT DESERT WARRIOR Sept. 18, 2008 7 ADS 8 DESERT WARRIOR Sept. 18, 2008 Station Marines use spare time for intramural bowling Lance Cpl. T.M. Stewman Desert Warrior Staff Marines were given the opportunity to show off their bowling skills during the first match of the intramural bowling season at the station bowling alley Monday. Only three teams from Marine Aviation Logistics Squadron 13 showed up for the season opener, but there was no lack in competi- tiveness or fun. The small number of teams meant that the three games would be used to establish the bowler’s handicaps for the season and though everyone’s scores would be apparent, there would be no placing for the teams. MALS-13’s “A” team is considered to be the season favorite, with game scores averaging in the low 200s. Their combined team bowling experience gave them an advantage at the new lanes of station bowling alley, which is currently under- going renovation. The “A” team’s high bowler was Joel Reynolds with an average of 209. MALS-13’s “#1” team showed promise, bowling with a team average in the high 150s. Their lead bowler of the match was Justin Daniel with an average of 149. MALS-13’s “Lead Farmers” team will use the handicap rules to their advantage after a poor showing in their first match. Their lead bowler for the day was Travis Hammer, with a three-game average of 138. Before any pins were knocked down, Marines voted on whether or not the season would be scored handicapped or scratch. The Marines chose handicapped scoring, which is a way to place Photo by Lance Cpl. T.M. Stewman bowlers and teams with varying skills on an equal playing field to keep matches competitive even if a team has one or more very Seth Trombley of Marine Aviation Logistics 13’s “A” team hurls his ball down the lane during an intramural bowling match at the station bowling alley Monday. During the match, Trombley and his team showed the competition that they are the season favorites with game averages in the 200s. high scores. To get a handicap in a 200 point handicap system, the Though the season has started, Marines and sailors are encouraged to make a team and play next Monday at 11 a.m. bowler would subtract their average from 200, and then multiply it by 80 percent. “I think playing with a handicap will give the Marines a chance to have more fun bowling, because scratch bowling could give us some pretty lopsided matches,” said Kevin Stone, station gym as- sistant athletic director. Marines who still want to bowl can sign up now with Stone and bring their five-man team to the bowling alley on Monday. Play be- gins at 11 a.m. and ends when each team has bowled three games. “We’re going to bowl no matter how many teams show up, but we’d love to have more to make the season more competitive,” said Stone.
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