Thursday, October 31, 2013


Using Rock-N-Roll To Teach English

(U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Chris Fahey, NMCB 3 Public Affairs Lead/RELEASED)
Story By: Petty Officer 1st Class Chris Fahey
NMCB 3 uses rock-n-roll, simple conversation to teach English

DILI, East Timor - When volunteer English teacher Lt. Brent Oglesby, the officer-in-charge of Naval Mobile Construction Battalion (NMCB) 3’s construction civic action detail (CCAD) in Timor-Leste, picked up an acoustic guitar belonging to a Timorese college student at the Universidade Nacional Timor Lorosa’e campus, Tues., Oct. 29, he didn’t realize the educational impact “Knock’n on Heaven’s Door” by Guns And Roses was about to have.
(U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication
Specialist 1st Class Chris Fahey, NMCB 3
Public Affairs Lead/RELEASED)

As he played, the local students sang along to every word, performing pitch-perfect enunciation, correct verb usage and seamless parallel structure between like word suffixes – as well as the lyrics would allow, anyway.

These complex themes of the English language are difficult to teach, especially when the instructors are volunteers from a construction battalion who don’t speak Tetum, Timor-Leste’s national language.

“I love to sing with my brother and the other students here at the school,” said student Leonidu De Silva. “When we study, it becomes difficult. When we are able to talk to the Americans and sing with them, we learn better English. It helps a lot.”

(U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication 
Specialist 1st Class Chris Fahey, NMCB 3 
Public Affairs Lead/RELEASED)
NMCB 3 volunteers visit the school one day each week. During the actual classes, they break into groups and help the Timorese students complete conversational exercises. The class, according to the lead instructor Australian native Jane Thomas, works thanks to the Seabee volunteers.

“There have been times where I simply can’t make it to teach, and I’ve been able to pass along the resources to the Seabees,” said Thomas. “They come, instruct the class and really do a rather amazing job. The other battalions who have come here have always lent a hand, and we appreciate them all, truly, but the current battalion, NMCB 3, makes such a strong effort to be here each and every week. It’s been great being able to rely on the so consistently.”

(U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication 
Specialist 1st Class Chris Fahey, NMCB 3 
Public Affairs Lead/RELEASED)
Thomas said that Timorese students recognize the importance of learning English. They understand English as the international language and feel learning it will make them more competitive for higher paying employment.

The classes are conversationally based, adapting difficult lessons, such as verb conjugation, into simple verbal interactions. Through these exercise, the Seabees and Timorese learn about each other and develop a deeper connection. NMCB 3 volunteers took this a step further by singing popular songs with them. During these sing-a-longs, the Seabee volunteers would point out what they learned and how it applies to the lyrics.

These moments, simple in nature and found across any continent, serve as building blocks, strengthening U.S. and Timor-Leste relations critical to ensuring peace and stability in the still-developing country.

“It’s extremely important for the Seabees to do what they are doing,” said Capt. Rod Moore, commodore of the 30th Naval Construction Regiment (NCR). “We are trying to demonstrate the U.S.’s commitment to the region and promote regional stability and security. In order to do that, we have to build, foster and sustain real relationships. So, by coming to the college and helping these kids learn English, we are developing those relationships at a local level.”

Peace and stability are of course critical in a region as active as the Pacific. With the majority of the world’s trade conducted on the maritime highways and byways surrounding Timor-Leste, teamwork between East Timor and their allies will ensure a more prosperous future.

Seabees share a rich history with the Pacific, having operated here for more than 70 years. One of the first battalions commissioned during World War II, NMCB 3’s legacy stands strong in its ability to build and fight anywhere in the world as either a full battalion or as a group of autonomous detachments, simultaneously completing critical engineering and construction missions.

For this deployment, NMCB 3 has split into nine details to perform critical construction projects in remote island areas such as Timor-Leste, Tonga, Cambodia and the Philippines. The teams will also conduct operations in Atsugi, Yokosuka and Okinawa, Japan; Chinhae, Republic of Korea and China Lake, Calif.

NCMB 3’s Timor-Leste CCAD is deployed to the island nation to execute engineering civic assistance projects, conduct formal training with the host nation and perform community relations events to help enhance shared capabilities and improve the country’s social welfare.

The Naval Construction Force is a vital component of the U.S. Maritime Strategy. They provide deployable battalions capable of providing disaster preparation and recovery support, humanitarian assistance and combat operations support.

NMCB 3 provides combatant commanders and Navy component commanders with combat-ready warfighters capable of general engineering, construction and limited combat engineering across the full range of military operations.

Five Canons Recovered From Blackbeard's Queen Ann's Revenge

PORTSMOUTH, Va. — The crew of the Coast Guard Cutter Smilax worked with personnel from the North Carolina Department of Cultural Resources to recover five cannons and multiple barrel hoops from the Queen Anne's Revenge in Beaufort Inlet, N.C., Monday.

The Queen Anne's Revenge was the ship of the pirate Edward Teach, better known as Blackbeard, for more than a year before the ship ran aground on the shoals in the inlet.

The crew of the Smilax, a 100-foot inland construction tender, worked with NCDCR divers to lift the approximately one-ton cannons aboard the Smilax using a combination of flotation bags and the ship's crane.

The crew of the Coast Guard Cutter Smilax worked with the North Carolina Department of Cultural Resources to retrieve five canon's from the pirate ship Queen Anne's Revenge, Oct. 28. Edward Teach, better known as Blackbeard the pirate, captained the Queen Anne's Revenge for more than a year before the ship ran aground and sank in Beaufort Inlet, N.C.

"On Penobscot Bay" The Maine Windjammer Project

"On Penobscot Bay" By Doug Mills
American Eagle and Nathaniel Bowditch under sail on Penobscot Bay.[07-16-2010]

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Chasing a Dream

Lt. j.g. Matthew Chase scans the sky in a Coast Guard HC-130 Hercules airplane July 31, 2013. Chase graduated from the
Coast Guard Academy in 2011 and subsequently fulfilled his lifelong dream of becoming a Hercules pilot.
 (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Tara Molle)
Story By Petty Officer 3rd Class Tara Molle

 HONOLULU, Hawaii - What did you want to be when you were a kid? For children, dreams and ideas for their adult profession can stretch beyond imagination. As those children continue to grow, sometimes those dreams and ideas change and they end up following other life paths.

From as young as 3-years-old, Lt. j.g. Matthew Chase knew exactly what he wanted to be when he grew up. Cliché as it sounds, one could say it was his destiny. Chase wanted to be a pilot, but not just any pilot. He wanted to be a Coast Guard C-130 Hercules airplane pilot.

Lt. j.g. Matthew Chase, shown at 3 years old, climbs into a C-130 Hercules airplane at
Coast Guard  Air Station Elizabeth City, N.C. Chase progressed on to graduate from the
Coast Guard Academy in 2011 and subsequently fulfilled his lifelong dream
of becoming a Hercules pilot. (U.S. Coast Guard photo)
“I was that one kid who always wanted to be a pilot,” said Chase flashing a wide grin. “All I ever wanted to do was fly C-130s. A lot of kids would be like, ‘Oh it would be nice to fly one day,’ and my dad would say, ‘Son, if you want to do something and you want to do it well, you have to make it your life. Live it.’ So from that point on, that was it for me.”

That dream would be nurtured by his father Kim Chase, a 23-year retired Coast Guard warrant officer who had a love and passion for the Coast Guard and aviation. That passion seemed to pass directly onto his son. His father’s love of aviation wasn’t the only thing Chase embraced. He learned from his father at a young age that if was going to get anywhere in life, especially aspiring to be a Coast Guard pilot, it was going to be through hard work and dedication.

“My dad was a huge fan of aviation,” said Chase. “When I was 12 or 13 I remember telling my dad, ‘I’m going to be a pilot’ and he would say, ‘Well, you shouldn’t just be playing video games you should learn what the pilots do…’ So he would bring home instrument approach plates we use in the field and say ‘Let’s learn this!,’ he said chuckling as if he was reminiscing with his dad about childhood memories.

His dad even bought Chase a C-130 model airplane for them to build together. Unfortunately, that model airplane still sits unbuilt in the box at Chase’s mothers house in Baltimore. Kim Chase passed away from cancer in 2005.

“It seemed like it happened so fast,” said Chase. “One day he couldn’t come to one of my lacrosse games because he wasn’t feeling well. He went to the doctor and two days later found out he had cancer with only six months left to live.”

Chase explained the short amount of time left was spent soaking up as much knowledge and life lessons from his father as he could before he passed.

“The day he died I got up and went to school because he always told me, you don’t miss school,” Chase explained. “After that, I just had to continue to push forward. That’s what he would have wanted. Flying was the only thing that kept me going."

Kim would never get to see his son be accepted into the Coast Guard Academy in 2007 and be sent directly to flight school for two years after his graduation in 2011.

“When my dad made warrant, especially coming up through he enlisted ranks as a storekeeper, it gave me a great perspective because he took becoming an officer as a huge deal,” said Chase. “He never stopped telling me the importance of what that meant.”

Being sent to flight school immediately after graduation would prove to be a big accomplishment for Chase since only eight to 10 percent make it into flight school immediately after they graduate. It would have been something Kim would have been extremely proud of.

Another person who was over the moon for Chase’s success was his mother Carroll. Upon graduation, she proudly pinned shiny gold pilot wings onto her son’s uniform. This would mark the proverbial door closing and window opening in their lives.

“I always joke that my mother has been in the Coast Guard longer than me,” said Chase smiling proudly. “She and I are so close and she’s always been there through it all.”

Now it was time to put all those years of studying, hard work and practice to use in the field. For Chase, the field would be sunny, weather hovering around upper eighties most of the time, deep crystal blue water as far as the eye could see…paradise. His first duty station would be as an HC-130 Hercules pilot at Coast Guard Air Station Barbers Point on Oahu, Hawaii. His childhood dream had finally come to fruition.

Surreal is the only word Chase can muster when he describes his journey and new destination. He reported to the air station in April 2013.

“When I finally arrived here I said, man this is actually happening,” said Chase not being able to hold back a smile. “I’m sure people would kill for this!”

The success and new destination have not gone to his head. If anything, Chase explains that he’s humbled daily by the mission and his fellow crewmembers.

On one of his initial area familiarization flights, Chase and his fellow crewmembers were diverted to search for an Emergency Positioning Indicating Radio Beacon 500 miles offshore. While the mission turned out to be a false alert, it provided Chase with valuable field experience. As a new pilot, Chase is provided instruction and mentorship by his more seasoned crewmembers.
Lt. j.g. Matthew Chase is shown in front of an HC-130 Hercules airplane at Coast Guard Air Station Barbers Point in O'ahu, Hawaii, July 31, 2013. Chase graduated from the Coast Guard Academy in 2011 and subsequently fulfilled his lifelong dream of becoming a Hercules pilot. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Tara Molle)
Why C-130’s, one might ask. What is it about flying a cargo plane that has him so mesmerized? To Chase the answer is very simple.

“The size and the power of the Herc fascinated me,” he said. “I remember seeing it for the first time when I was a kid and just being blown away. I love the bigger aircraft, bigger crew and especially the traveling. Having coffee on board doesn’t hurt either,” he added through a slightly mischievous grin.

Now having been stationed at Barbers Point for almost six months, Chase is finally getting settled into the Coast Guard and aviation life.

“I set a goal that I could meet relatively early in life,” he said. “I got winged at almost 24-years-old. Now my goal is to just be a better officer, better pilot, better husband and just overall better in life.”

Chase elaborated on how it’s is hardly ever categorized as work, especially while being stationed in Hawaii.

“The Coast Guard is so great because even when you get into the daily grind, you still love and appreciate what you do.”

Now at 24-years-old, and having achieved his lifelong dream, Chase has the rest of his life to soak up the every day blessings he worked so hard to obtain. But Chase never forgets how it all started and who he truly owes his successes to.

“Everything now is just to carry out my dad’s memory and legacy,” said Chase fighting back a few tears. “I can’t imagine doing anything else in life. Every now and then when I walk back into the hanger after a flight I look back at the Herc and say, ‘How about that dad? How about that.’"

Coast Guard Helicopter Crew Airlifts Canadian Man

A Coast Guard air crew, from Air Station Detroit, involved with a medevac of a 57-year-old man transfers the patient to paramedics at the Windsor, Ontario, Airport. Oct. 27, 2013.

The air crew assisted Joint Rescue Coordination Centre Trenton, Ontario, with the medevac off of the 730-foot Algoma Enterprise, which was passing through the Pelee Passage in Lake Erie.

U.S. Coast Guard photo by Lt. Jim Cepa
CLEVELAND — A Coast Guard air crew airlifted a Canadian man Sunday afternoon from a commercial vessel in Canadian waters in the vicinity of Pelee Passage of Lake Erie.

The Coast Guard is not releasing the man's name, as they were assisting Joint Rescue Coordination Centre Trenton, Ontario.

Shortly after 2 p.m., a search-and-rescue controller at the Coast Guard 9th District command center, was contacted by a SAR controller at JRCC Trenton, requesting assistance with the medevac of a 57-year-old man aboard the motor vessel Algoma Enterprise. The man was reportedly suffering from severe bleeding. After conferring with the on-duty flight surgeon, the 9th District's SAR controller directed the launch of an air crew aboard an MH-65 Dolphin helicopter from Coast Guard Air Station Detroit, located on Selfridge Air National Guard base in the Northern suburbs of Detroit.

The air crew launched from Air Station Detroit at 2:38 p.m. and arrived on scene with the Algoma Enterprise at 2:55 p.m. The air crew lowered a rescue swimmer, who is a trained emergency medical technician, to the ship to facilitate the airlift. After the safe airlift of the patient, the air crew transported him to the Windsor, Ontario, Airport where emergency medical services were awaiting. The medevac was completed just after 4 p.m., with the man in stable condition.

"The medevac was fairly routine because of all the training that we do not only with the commercial vessel fleet but also with our Canadian partners," said Lt. Jim Emrich, aircraft commander of the helicopter. "We train as often as we can so all our cases will run as routinely as possible."

"Quiet Cove" The Maine Windjammer Project

"Quiet Cove" By Doug Mills
Angelique "The Angel of Penobscot Bay" in a quiet cove at sunset. [ 07-04-2012]

Sunday, October 27, 2013

"Sunset At Islesboro" The Maine Windjammer Project

"Sunset At Islesboro" By Doug Mills
The schooner Nathaniel Bowditch and a sunset at Islesboro Maine. [07-04-2012]

Friday, October 25, 2013

G Hannelius: "Evita" At Hollywood Pantages

Hollywood, California - Fourteen year old actress G Hannelius looked really beautiful wearing a black/blue
dress with matching shoes as she attended the opening night red carpet for 'Evita' at the Pantages Theatre on October 24, 2013 in Hollywood, California.

Genevieve Hannelius born December 22, 1998, known professionally as G. Hannelius, is an American actress and singer. She played the role of Emily in Den Brother, a Disney Channel Original Movie also starring Hutch Dano. She is also known for her co-starring role as Amy Little on Leo Little's Big Show. Hannelius is the new voice of Rosebud in the Air Buddies movies. She played Jo on Good Luck Charlie. She currently stars as Avery Jennings in the Disney Channel comedy sitcom Dog With a Blog. Hannelius also starred in the Disney Channel show Sonny With a Chance as Dakota.
Photos Credit: Getty

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Ciara Bravo: iHeartRadio's Nick Radio Launch Party

New York City, New York - Sixteen year old actress Ciara Bravo looked really adorable in a white shirt,
black sweater, gray skirt, black tights and black shoes as she stepped out to attend iHeartRadio's Nick Radio launch party on October 24, 2013 in New York City.

Ciara Quinn Bravo born March 18, 1997 is an American actress and voice actress. She is best known for her role as Katie Knight on Big Time Rush.

Bravo's work as a voice actress includes Giselita in the Open Season universe, Patty in Happiness Is a Warm Blanket, Charlie Brown, and Sarah in Special Agent Oso.
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