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On base:

Clinic and Pharmacy hours

Friday and Monday

The Clinic and Pharmacy close at noon Friday and are closed all day Monday. Normal Clinic and Pharmacy operations resume Tuesday. For more information, call the Customer Relations Officer at 301-995-4980.

Thanksgiving holiday gate hours

Nov. 23

Gate One and Gate Two will have two inbound lanes open from 6-8:30 a.m. with one Sentry per lane Nov. 23. The Webster Outlying Field back gate is closed Nov. 23. Outbound lanes, Gate Three and the Webster Outlying Field main gate will have normal operations Nov. 23.

Where's Gnorman

Be the first to call in Gnorman's location in this week's Tester and receive two free Center Stage Theater tickets, good for any Center Stage movie. Contest calls are not taken after 4:30 p.m. Thursday. The same person cannot win more than once a month. Congratulations to the last Find Gnorman winner, Ann Dickens. For a chance to win, call the NAS Public Affairs Office at 301-757-3343.

Military Child of the Year nominations

Due by Dec. 15

Operation Homefront is accepting nominations for Military Child of the Year. This award recognizes military children who demonstrate resilience, leadership and achievement. One child from each branch of service is selected for the award and receives $5,000 and a laptop. Nominations may be made by parents, family members, teachers, counselors, coaches, community and church leaders, neighbors and others. For more information or to nominate a child, visit

Installation heating and cooling systems

Week of Nov. 13

Heating systems for facilities at NAS Patuxent River, Webster Outlying Field and Navy Recreation Center Solomons without automatic controls are projected to be activated.

NAWCAD Commander's award ceremony

Nov. 20, 1 p.m.

Rear Adm. William A. Moffett Building Atrium

Rear Adm. Randolph L. Mahr, Naval Air Warfare Center Aviation Division commander, presents the NAWCAD Commander's Award to 19 teams and two individuals, and the Innovation Award to three teams during the 12th annual ceremony. The NAWCAD Patent of the Year Award is also being presented. The ceremony recognizes military, civilians and contractors at NAS Patuxent, Lakehurst, N.J., and Orlando, Fla.

Disability Employment Awareness, Wounded Warrior Care Month Event

Nov. 28, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

River's Edge Catering and Conference Center

Keynote speakers, Dr. Heidi Squier Kraft, a former Navy flight and clinical psychologist, and Dr. Richard Pimentel, a Vietnam War veteran, address the theme, "A Strong Workforce is an Inclusive Workforce: What Can YOU Do?" Kraft is now a consultant for the U.S. Navy and Marine Corps combat stress control programs and works with active-duty military with post-traumatic stress disorder. Pimentel is a nationally known expert on disability education and attitude change. Cost is $10. Register at For special accommodations or more information, contact Johnny Clark at 301-342-6674 or Kathy Finkbeiner at 301-342-6671.

Pax River Toastmasters

Dec. 6, noon to 1 p.m.; register by Nov. 29

Building 2109

Enhance communication skills and learn how the fundamentals developed in Toastmasters can be applied to daily life. Meeting is in the Sand Piper meeting room on the second floor. To register, contact Johnny Sipes at

Toys-for-Tots Marksmanship Competition

Dec. 13 and 14, 6 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Indoor Pistol range

Individuals and teams can now enter for the Sixth Annual Charity Marksmanship Competition. A $15 donation or equivalent in new, unwrapped toys lets you test your shooting skills while helping the Marine Corps Toys-for-Tots Campaign. Bring a donation and everything else is supplied. Trophies and bragging rights go to the winning individual and team. Event is sponsored by the NAS Patuxent River Public Safety range personnel. Register at http://prtoys4totscharityshoot For more information, contact William Plath at or

Wings Over America scholarships

Family members of Sailors in Naval Aviationofficer and enlisted, active duty, retired, honorably discharged or deceasedcan now apply for a Wings Over America scholarship. For more information or to apply, visit

Exceptional Family Member Program

EFMP is a DoD program addressing the special needs of NAS Pax River military families. Service members with an Exceptional Family Member with special needs, such as a medical or educational disability, should enroll in EFMP so the Navy can do its part in caring for any EFM needs. For more information, call the Fleet and Family Support Center at 301-342-4911.

Clinical counseling

Fleet and Family Support Center Clinical Counseling services can directly improve the quality of life of service members and their family by addressing the stressors facing today's military: family hardships, marital conflicts, parent/child issues, money concerns, frequent moves. Make an appointment by calling 202-685-6019.

Financial counseling

The Personal Financial Educator at the Fleet and Family Support Center can help families work towards managing finances, resolve financial problems and reach long-term goals such as getting an education, buying a home and planning for retirement. These counseling services are available for active-duty and retired military and their family members. Make an appointment by contacting Jim Walsh at 301-342-5442.

Disabled American Veterans representative

Appointments with the Disabled American Veterans representative are available by calling the Fleet and Family Support Center at 301-342-4911.

Off base:

St. Mary's School Improvement Teams

Quarterly, call for times

Each St. Mary's County public school has a School Improvement Team of staff, parents and occasionally students, who meet quarterly for national, state, local education information and to address school-related concerns. Additionally, many school-based and programmatic decisions are made. Parents interested in participating should check their child's school website or contact the school's principal.

Guaranteed Ride Home expands to St. Mary's

Guaranteed Ride Home is a service offered by Commuter Connections to provide people who regularly commute by carpool, vanpool, bike or transit, a free ride home in the event of an emergency. It offers commuters a free and reliable ride, up to four times per year, to get home early for unexpected emergencies or to get home late because of unscheduled overtime. For more information, visit

Volunteer opportunities:

Leonardtown Veterans Day Parade

Sunday, 7 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Set up and tear down tables, chairs and stage, man road blocks and satellite parking lots, direct traffic or escort VIPs. Contact Maria Fleming at, 301-475-9791 or 240-421-9089.

Read to Carver Elementary students

Tuesday to Nov. 16; register by Wednesday

Read to a classroom or two at Carver Elementary during American Education Week. Volunteers can start as early as 8:30 a.m. or as late as 1:30 p.m. Contact Lisa McCoy at or 301-863-4076 by Wednesday.

Big Brother, Big Sister at Green Holly Elementary

Tuesdays, 11:35 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.

"Bigs in School" volunteers spend one hour a week at lunchtime in a one-to-one relationship with a student in grades 2-5. A case manager from Big Brothers Big Sisters is on site to coordinate activities, academics and enforce behavioral standards if needed. Contact Kaylee McVerry at 301-290-3060.

St. Mary's County public service

The Board of County Commissioners for St. Mary's County needs volunteers for various boards, committees and commissions. Applications are available able at, click on Boards and Commissions, or by calling 301-475-4200, ext. 1320.