The Merlion Star APRIL 14, 2017 - Volume 26 - Issue 8

Table Of Contents

  • Navy Region Center Singapore Welcomes USS Carl Vinson Carrier Strike Group
  • Navy Region Singapore Celebrates 124 Years of the U.S. Navy Chief Petty Officer
  • Navy Region Singapore Kicks Off Sexual Assault Awareness and Prevention Month
  • Earth Day Recycling Contest Hits the Installation
  • Chaplain's Corner
  • Chaplain's Office Hosts Marriage Enrichment Retreat
  • MWR Updates
  • Navy Region Singapore YouTube Clips

Navy Region Center Singapore Welcomes USS Carl Vinson Carrier Strike Group

Story and photos by Marc Ayalin, Navy Region Singapore Public Affairs Office

Navy Region Center Singapore (NRCS), welcomed Sailors from the USS Carl Vinson Carrier Strike Group (CSG-1) during a port visit to Singapore, April 4-8, 2017.

Before continuing their scheduled Western-Pacific deployment, the CSG-1 Sailors took advantage of the various services and facilities Navy Region Center Singapore offers. For the installation’s leadership, this was an opportunity to support the Fleet during a much-needed rest and relaxation period.

“Providing quality services and support is what we are all about,” said Capt. Jeffrey Hutchinson, NRCS Commanding Officer. “The Sailors of the Carl Vinson Strike Group deserve a good break during their deployment and our job is to help facilitate that.”

During the strike group’s visit, the Morale Welfare and Recreation team, the Navy Exchange, and Navy Federal Credit Union, extended their service hours to support the Fleet. By the end of a four-day period, the Terror Club saw over $35,000 in food and beverage sales. Another highlight during the carrier group’s visit was their participation in various sporting events aboard the installation. The strike group Sailors met with several local teams and competed in Basketball and Soccer.

The Sailors also found some quiet time at the Café Lah Community Center, a small coffee shop offering espresso, sandwiches and free Wi-Fi. In addition, free laundry services were provided helping to make their stay a bit more comfortable.

“I really liked it because we had a place to relax instead of staying on the boat,” said Aviation Ordnance Airman Gilbert Yanez. “And it’s also good for all of us to have a place to come together and take a break from work.”

Another Sailor highlighted the importance of having available laundry services during their visit.

“For the most part the laundry was the best,” it was a chance to do some laundry Aviation Ordnance Airman Adam Brown. “Especially being on the ship and having to fight for laundry services, it was good to have clean clothes done quickly.”

During port visits from U.S. Navy vessels, NRCS’s supporting departments and tenant commands such as the Naval Supply Systems Command Fleet Logistics Center (NAVSUP FLC) Yokosuka, Site Singapore., Fleet and Family Readiness, Morale Welfare and Recreation, the Navy Exchange, and Navy Federal Credit Union, often extend vigorous efforts in supporting the Fleet. In terms of preparation, the FLC logistics team coordinates with supply officers onboard ships prior to their arrival in order to provide quality logistics services such as provisions, fuel, postal services, and pier-side support.

During the strike group’s visit the extent and volume of support provided by FLC included 19 pallets of provisions; 206 Pallets of cargo at 18,500 lbs.; 80 Tri-walls of mail (1,374 pieces); and 200 pieces of High Priority Material.

"The planning process for an incoming ship is very time consuming and must be coordinated with extreme attention to detail," said Cmdr. Ron Terry, Site Singapore director. "If something is missed during the planning phases it could affect the ships visit."

Meanwhile, the USS Carl Vinson Strike Group has been deployed from San Diego since Jan. 5, 2017 and has participated in numerous bilateral exercises with the Japan Maritime Self Defense Force and the Republic of Korea Navy and has conducted routine patrol operations in the South China Sea.

Navy Region Singapore Celebrates 124 Years of the U.S. Navy Chief Petty Officer

By Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Joshua Fulton, CTF73 Public Affairs

Members of the Navy Region Singapore community gathered recently to commemorate the 124th birthday of the U.S. Navy Chief Petty Officer. The event featured a cake cutting ceremony, guest speakers, and a ribbon cutting ceremony for the grand opening of the Navy Region Singapore Chief’s Mess.

The rank of Chief Petty Officer was established on April 1, 1893 in recognition of the unique leadership capabilities of senior enlisted personnel, who provide technical and administrative expertise while also bridging the gap between officers and junior enlisted personnel.

Navy Region Singapore kicks off Sexual Assault Awareness and Prevention Month

By Marc Ayalin, Navy Region Singapore Public Affairs Office

Navy Region Singapore (NRS) kicked off Sexual Assault Awareness and Prevention Month April 3, 2017, at its Café Lah Community Center as part of a month-long awareness campaign. This year, the theme established by the Department of Defense (DoD) Sexual Assault Prevention and Response Office (SAPRO), is “Protecting Our People Protects Our Mission.”

The day’s event began with the signing of a proclamation and the Sexual Assault Prevention pledge by Rear Adm. Don Gabrielson, Commander, Navy Region Singapore and Capt. Jeffrey Hutchinson, commanding officer, Navy Region Center Singapore. The proclamation and pledge signifies the Region’s ongoing dedication to the campaign. The event also featured a “T-Line project,” where participants designed their own T-shirt designs depicting messages and themes supporting the prevention of sexual harassment and sexual assault. The T-shirts are to be hung on a clothesline on display in Café Lah for the entire month of April. The highlight of the event featured an interactive drumming performance led by a representative of Human Rhythms, in which attendees drummed in harmony to foster unity and community connection.

For Gabrielson, this was a significant event for the region and its community members.

"This is about a 365-day commitment and re-dedication to preventing sexual assault," said Gabrielson. "We must build a foundation of awareness and culture of ownership that openly and clearly rejects destructive and degrading behavior and attitudes. Every one of us must be part of the solution."

Throughout the month of April, NRS is scheduled to continue raising awareness through several major events and activities. This includes a “No Excuses” campaign in which local leadership and community members are featured in posters and social media with their quotes addressing the prevention of sexual assault. Another major event features Teal Tuesday where the community can come together at various events such as movie nights and free stress screenings with the goal of fostering an environment that addresses risk and protective factors for sexual assault.

This month, NRS will also highlight Denim Day, which is scheduled for April 26, 2017 across the world. According to the www.denimdayinfo.org website, Denim Day recognizes that there is never an invitation to rape. This movement was sparked by the Italian Supreme Court ruling where a rape conviction was overturned because the justices felt the victim was wearing tight jeans and that she must have helped her rapist remove them – thereby implying consent. For NRS leadership, this is an important event in the month-long campaign.

“Most of our events are stemming from the protective factors of emotional health and connectedness and empathy and concern about how one’s actions affect others,” said Tara Bennett, Sexual Assault Prevention and Response Civilian Victim Advocate, Family Service Office, Navy Region Center Singapore. “Our goal is to move beyond traditional avenues used to address this topic and work to involve our community in building on protective factors to buffer against sexual violence.”

For fiscal year 2015, the DoD’s annual report states that there were 4,584 unrestricted reports and 1,499 restricted reports of sexual assault. However, according to Bennett, the 2014 RAND Military Workplace Study, an estimated 20,300 active-component service members were sexually assaulted in the year previous to the study. Unfortunately, both in the civilian and the military world, sexual assault is greatly under reported to law enforcement.

“Sexual assault prevent is a year round effort. Although we want to highlight this topic during the month of April, we hope to inspire our community to educate themselves and make active, positive changes to how we address sexual assault throughout the year,” Bennett said. “We would like to arm people with knowledge and a different perspective on how to buffer against sexual assault.”

Earth Day Recycling Contest Hits the Installation

By Marc Ayalin, Navy Region Singapore Public Affairs Office

To celebrate Earth Day, Navy Region Center Singapore is holding a recycling contest to see which of the Admiral's Cup teams can generate the most recyclables.

According to William Davis, the Navy Region Singapore Environmental Director, "The importance of recycling is increasingly apparent in the small country of Singapore that has extremely limited landfill and other waste management space. It is our responsibility to work with our host nation to reduce the amount of waste we generate, reuse what we can, and recycling to the maximum extent possible whatever is left. Decreasing the amount of trash we generate will improve the sustainability of our operations here by reducing waste management costs and improving relations with our host nation.

Check out the below photos to see what the community is doing this month for the Earth Day recycling contest. Rules for the contest are below photo grid.

Greetings,

As some of us make preparations for the arrival of the Easter Bunny and all of the many chocolate treats that come with the Easter season, I thought it would be a good time to reflect on how holidays such as Easter allow us to spend quality time with our families and friends.

Regardless of the nature of a holiday (religious, national celebrations, times of remembrance), small breaks in our busy schedules allow us a breather and time to focus on people that matter to each of us. Sometimes we get so wrapped up in the idea of getting away and taking advantage of the many travel opportunities afforded us in Singapore that we overlook or miss out on the relaxing nature of spending time with friends and family. This isn’t to say we can’t do both and have quality time with others while traveling, just that occasionally we may need to slow down and recognize the need to make holidays relaxing and true breaks from the busyness of our lives.

At the end of the day, our relationships with each other, especially those with our family and friends are what endure throughout our lives. In today’s highly mobile society we may have multiple careers, live in countless places, and travel across the world in less than a day. Because of this we need grounding and fruitful relationships to anchor us in the midst of life’s challenges.

I have a friend who will consistently answer any question about the meaning of life, faith, or how to explain our purpose in life with the simple phrase, “It’s all about relationships.” The more I reflect on her answer, the more I know she isn’t just onto something, she’s got the right answer. Such a simple sounding answer, but so difficult in practice.

Relationships matter. Relationships endure long after we move or pass on from this life. Relationships bring people together in unexpected ways. Relationships change lives. Relationships are life, the universe, and everything.

So let’s look for ways to improve not just our relationships within our families and friends, but also look to cultivate relationships in new and creative ways with unexpected people.

Blessings - Chaps

Chaplain's Office Hosts Marriage Enrichment Retreat

Navy Region Singapore Chaplain's Office

Next month from May 19-21 the Chaplain’s Office is hosting the Chaplain from CREDO Japan to provide a Marriage Enrichment Retreat. For those who are unfamiliar with CREDO, I thought I’d use this space to explain the services they offer. Any CREDO sponsored retreat is offered free of charge to active duty personnel from any service (civilians are allowed to attend on a space available basis). This means that you don’t pay for the course, lodging, or meals (though you will typically have the option to eat in town at your own expense one evening). Childcare is not provided on these retreats.

CREDO retreats are led by a Navy Chaplain who is specially trained in civilian, secular programs that focus on personal growth, communication, and discovering one’s personality. The retreats are typically three days in length (in this case Friday through Sunday) and are held at an off-base location, usually a hotel which is also where participants stay for the duration of the retreat and that lodging cost is covered by the retreat. During a Marriage Enrichment Retreat, the participants engage in community building exercises as well as activities that will enhance communication with their spouse. Additionally, built into the schedule is time for the couples to spend together free from the many distractions of life.

The Marriage Enrichment Retreats should be viewed not as a way to correct issues in a relationship, but rather a way to enhance and build relationships. There are many couples in the Navy that make CREDO an annual time together to reconnect away from the distractions of life. As a part of the Navy’s effort to enhance readiness in all aspects, I highly advise taking advantage of this highly regarded (and free) program.

If you are interested, please send me an email at: Charles.r.ferguson@fe.navy.mil to sign up or learn more about the program. We expect this Marriage Enrichment Retreat to fill up quickly so if you don’t get in on this one, look for some next year.

Roofing Renovations:

April 12, 2017 begins scaffolding around the Fleet Gym, please be aware this may affect parking around the gymnasium. Starting April 25 to May 15, Phase One of the renovation begins. At this time the basketball court will be unavailable for use. All Pick-up games can be played at NGIS courts.

Sports:

Come out to Pick up soccer every Wednesdays at the TC field at 1600. Pick-up basketball every Tuesday and Thursday @ 1630 in FFC. Pick-up Softball starting May 26, 2017 and will continue every Friday at 1700 at TC Fields.

Events:

Come out to the Terror Club Multipurpose field April 15, 2017 at 0800 for the Spring Fitness Obstacle Course Challenge!!! You can compete individually or as a team of 4 and below. The course will be a series of fun physical challenges to include, crawling, quick feet drills, and some balancing elements. Sign up your teams by Friday, April 14, 2017 by emailing mwrsportsspecialist@gmail.com. There will be 2 prizes, Personal Training Gift Certificate for $25.00/ $25.00 NEX gift card, and bragging rights of course! The top 2 timed individuals get to compete for a prize, and the top 2 teams (4 people max) get to compete for a prize. All authorized patrons welcome!

Programs:

  • Physical Training now offered at Fleet Fitness Gym for minimal fees. You can choose the session that bests suites you. Either come in with a buddy, a group, or just on your own. All are offered at Fleet Fitness. Please contact the front desk staff for any questions at 6750-2482 or email the fitness manager at mwrsgfitness@outlook.com. If you are interested you can pick up a Personal Training packet at the front desk to fill out and pay the $25.00 USD fee for your initial assessment and get started!
  • Pilates sign up still available! Class session ends May 25, 2017 with no class on April 27. You now have the option of doing one ($60.00 USD per 6 week session), two ($120.00 USD per 6 week session), or even three ($180.00 USD per 6 week session) classes per week!! Must pay for full session before you begin. If you sign up late classes break down to $10.00 per class paid out until the end of the session. Paying for one class at a time is not an option. Payment can be made at Fleet Fitness Center front desk where they will issue you a Pilates Punch card. Please email the Fitness Manager if you have any questions at mwrsgfitness@outlook.com.

Aquatics:

  • Lap swim begins April 17, 2017 from 0600-0700, at Terror Club Pool. Four lanes will be available before work to get your laps in, first come first serve! This is not an instructional course. We will see you there!!
  • Parent-Child swim lessons offered at Terror Club Pool beginning April 17 until May 13. Each session is 4 weeks and 8 lessons per session for $40.00 USD at ages 6-months to 3-years old. Sign up at Fleet Fitness Center front desk by Sunday, April 16, 2017, 2000 with your first and second choice group date options and payment. Classes will be 40 minutes long with American Red Cross instructors. Make-up classes may be provided due to inclement weather. Please contact mwraquatics@yahoo.com with any questions.
  • Just a friendly reminder of the current youth policy at the Terror Club Swimming Pool: All children 12 and under must be accompanied by an adult/legal guardian 18 years and above. Youth 13-17 years of age must, in order to swim unaccompanied, have passed the swim test given by the lifeguards with signed documentation. Parents must be present to consent and sign.

Please call the Fleet Fitness Center for more information at 6750-2482.

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