ONBOARD PAX RIVER:
Summer Uniform Shift
Naval District Washington (NDW) will shift to summer uniform 3 May, 2021. NDW is the area uniform coordinator for Naval Shore activities and Navy personnel ashore in the National Capital Region.
No matter where you are in your career, make this the year you lead yourself. The Foundational Leadership Development Program is open to all NAVAIR employees, especially those who have been a part of the workforce for fewer than five years. The program focuses on developing the 13 leadership competencies at the “Lead Self” level of responsibility. To enroll, take CISL-LDP-0135 on NAVAIR University at https://navairu.navair.navy.mil/.
Financial Fridays Free Online Classes
Sponsored by Fleet & Family Support Center
April 9, 3 p.m., Survivor Benefit Plan. To join: https://connect/apan.org/pax-pfm. For more information, contact Personal Financial Manager Leigh Brownell at firstname.lastname@example.org or phone (301)-342-5442.
Mandatory Temperature Screenings
at NAVAIR Facilities
NAVAIR is utilizing temperature checks for its workforce using no-contact temperature screening devices. If you work on-site, you should expect to have your temperature checked before being granted access to NAVAIR facilities. If you present a temperature equal to or in excess of 100.4 degrees Fahrenheit and/or refuse to have your temperature taken, you will be denied entry.
COVID Asymptomatic Testing
NAVAIR is offering voluntary, no-cost, asymptomatic COVID-19 surveillance testing at mobile sites to all on-site military members, civilians and contractors with a CAC ID. Testing is done and reported in groups of four. If anyone in the group tests positive, a negative PCR type COVID-19 test is required to return to work. Asymptomatic testing is not intended to diagnose those with COVID-19 symptoms. If you are ill or have been in contact with someone diagnosed with COVID-19, please stay home and contact your supervisor and health care provider. View the testing schedule at https://myteam.navair.navy.mil/corpapps/NAVAIRComm/NIT/atest/Lists/Van%20Schedule/calendar.aspx
NMCRS Home Education Assistance Loan
The Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society (NMCRS) COVID-19 Rapid Response Loan was increased to $1,500 and Home Education Assistance for Family Members is considered an eligible expense. This category is in response to the impact of modified school learning plans from COVID-19. Assistance is available with verified expenses (computer, internet, supplies, workbooks, tutoring) for dependent children, Kindergarten through 12th grade and dependent fulltime college students up to age 23. For more information or to make an appointment to apply for assistance, contact the Patuxent River NMCRS Office at 301-342-4739.
and Homework Help
Tutor.com/military is a program that provides on-demand, online tutoring and homework help at no cost to eligible service members, civilian personnel and their dependents. With live, expert tutors available 24/7, military-connected students can receive academic help at their moment of need, anywhere they have an Internet connection. To learn more, visit Tutor.com/military
for Household Goods Office
Due to COVID-19 precautions, personnel are restricted from walking into Personal Property until further notice. Service members should go to www.move.mil to create their shipment. If assistance is needed, contact this office at 301-757-9666; or reach us via email at email@example.com. If we are out of the office, or after business hours, contact Customer Service at 855-444-6683.
Cloth Face Coverings
Cloth face coverings must be worn while on base; this includes service members, civilians, guests and families. People entering the NEX or Commissary are required to wear a cloth face covering or mask; otherwise they will be denied entry or asked to leave.
Civilian Employee Assistance Program
The Department of the Navy Civilian Employee Assistance Program (DON CEAP) provides a wide range of free, confidential services to employees and their families. Employees can access services 24/7 through the DONCEAP by phone 1-844-DONCEAP (1-844-366-2327), TTY 1-800-635-2883, or https://magellanascend.com/.
Suicide Prevention Note
Noticed a friend posting thoughts about suicide on social media? Take the post seriously. Even if it seems like he or she may be joking or casually venting, remember that people may use humor to hide their pain. Reach out to your friend and ask if he or she is considering suicide. Share contact information for resources such as a chaplain, trusted leader, or Military Crisis Line (1-800-273-TALK, Option 1; text 838255 from a mobile device; or visit www.militarycrisisline.net.)
Sexual Assault Prevention
and Response (SAPR)
If you are a victim or know of someone who may be suffering in silence, reach out to NAS Pax River SAPR VA Watch Bill for confidential assistance: 24/7 at 301- 481-1057. You may also contact the DoD Safe Helpline for assistance: www.safehelpline.org. Call: 877- 995-5247, Text: 5-5247 inside the U.S.; 202- 470-5546 outside the U.S.
Where’s Gnorman Temporarily Suspended
Gnorman — like many other Pax personnel — is teleworking and will not be hiding in the pages of Tester again until the current COVID-19 situation has returned to normal.
IN THE COMMUNITY:
Free Assistance with VA Claims
10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Wednesdays
Habitat for Humanity Building
St. Mary’s Square Shopping Center
21600 Great Mills Road
Did you receive an injury while on active duty or do you have a service-connected disability? Are you filing a disability claim through the Veterans Administration (VA)? The Disabled American Veterans (DAV) organization is here to assist you with filing these claims at no cost to you. The men and women of DAV, disabled veterans themselves, are trained volunteers who can help ensure you are using the proper forms, have the proper documents you will need, and can advise you on common mistakes to avoid when filing a claim. Our space is located toward the rear of the Habitat for Humanity building on the left side. Stop by between 9:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. any Wednesday to see if we can be of assistance to you. No appointment necessary.
Volunteers Needed for PRNAM
Board of Directors
The Patuxent River Naval Air Museum has an all-volunteer board of directors to set the direction for the future of the museum, and we’re looking for enthusiastic, dedicated members of the Southern Maryland community with the desire to join us in meeting our mission and goals. We have a special interest in those with a public affairs background, legal experience, or primary education. An aviation background is not required. Interested? Send us a short biography or resume and cover letter to firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject line “Candidate for Board of Directors.”
Springtime Maker’s Market
9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, April 3
AnnMarie Sculpture Garden & Arts Center
Spring is here, and we’re ready to celebrate with all things handmade. Shop a delightful selection of vendors with new creations, new products, and new ideas. With over 45 vendors, you’re sure to find something that sparks joy! Masks required in the Market area. Admission to the market area is free.
All About Hummingbirds
6:30-7:30 p.m. April 6
St. Mary’s County Libraries
Join in for a talk all about hummingbirds’ nesting behaviors, attracting hummingbirds to your feeders, tips for hand feeing the hummingbirds, and more. Register with an email address on www.stmalib.org to receive a link to join the online event.
First Landing Wine & Arts Festival
10 a.m. to 5 p.m. April 10
St. Clement’s Island Museum
Enjoy a full day of fun with St. Mary’s County wineries on the First Landing Wine Trail, as well as local artisans and crafters, at the first annual First Landing Wine & Arts Festival. Enjoy food, sweets, free wine tastings of locally-grown wine, browsing local crafted items and more on the scenic shores of the Potomac River. Kids and family activities, as well as lots of history. Event admission is free; various costs for food, museum admission, water taxi rides or any vendor or wine purchases.
Drayden Schoolhouse Open House
11 a.m. to 2 p.m. April 10
Drayden African American Schoolhouse
18287 Cherryfield Road, Drayden
Learn more about one of the nation’s best-preserved one-room African American schoolhouses, located right here in St. Mary’s County. Hear the real stories about how African American students learned up until the mid-20th century.
Black Diamond Event Weekend
10 a.m. to 5 p.m. April 24-25
St. Clement’s Island Museum
On April 23, 1865, 87 lives were lost when the Black Diamond and the steamer Massachusetts collided in the Potomac River near St. Clement’s Island during the hunt for John Wilkes Booth. Free museum admission, free water tax rides to St. Clement’s State park, Sunday commemoration ceremony, and a concert.
Online Yoga for Vets
The Om Collective offers several free live online classes for veterans, service members and their families that aim to improve mental health, boost strength and resiliency while promoting calm through mindfulness. Classes include: Mindful Warrior Yoga: Wednesdays at 6:30 p.m. EST led by a Marine veteran and yoga teacher who served three tours of duty and found yoga to help with PTSD: Community Meditation: Tuesdays at noon EST; and Somatic Yoga: Sundays 9:30 a.m. EST.
COVID-19 Vaccination Registration
for St. Mary’s County
St. Mary’s County Health Department (SMCHD) will post available vaccine appointments at http://www.smchd.org/covid-19-vaccine. Registration links will be removed once appointments are filled. Assistance with registration over the phone is available for St. Mary’s County residents age 65+ at the Department of Aging & Human Services at (301)-475-4200, ext. 1049; and for all other county community members currently eligible for the vaccine at the St. Mary’s County Library at (240)-523-3340.
Transportation to SMCHD
St. Mary’s County Health Department (SMCHD) and the public transit system have partnered to provide assistance to community members who need transportation to their scheduled appointment at the local SMCHD mass vaccination clinic. You must be in a group eligible for the vaccine and have a confirmed appointment time. Call (301) 475-4330 to request vaccine transportation at least 24-hours in advance. It is a shared ride and face coverings are required.
Local COVID-19 Testing
and Information Links
Information on local COVID-19 testing is available at: www.smchd.org/covid-19-testing. For local COVID-19 updates, information and data, please visit www.smchd.org/coronavirus or call the St. Mary’s County Health Department at (301) 475-4330.
County Text-to-911 Messaging
The St. Mary’s County Department of Emergency Services Text-to-911 emergency notification system is available statewide, and provides an additional way for residents to reach emergency services. To use the service, enter 911 in the “to” line of a text message, include a brief message describing your location, the emergency and type of service needed, and hit send. 911 dispatchers will respond and gather additional information as needed and dispatch appropriate emergency responders.
Curbside service will continue uninterrupted, but library buildings are closed for in-person visits. May be open for appointment-only computer, printer and fax use. For more information, visit https://www.stmalib.org.
Social Services Food Hotline
The Department of Social Services has launched a local Food Hotline for residents needing assistance with food supply and can be accessed by calling 240-895-7000. For additional community resources, please visit the St. Mary’s County Government Community Resource map.