ONBOARD PAX RIVER:
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
March 12, 2 p.m., Planning for Retirement; March 26, 2 p.m., Raising Financially Fit Kids. 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.
On-Demand Tutoring 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
Appointments Needed 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.
Drinking Fountains Reminder
Just a reminder, NAS Patuxent River Safety Department is securing the drinking spout portion of water fountains to comply with COVID-19 mitigation requirements. Water fountains with bottle fillers are still usable unless otherwise noted.
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:
Bag & Basket Raffle
Each week through March 17
St. John’s School
Each week, new designer bags and fun gift baskets are available. View the weekly options and purchase tickets at https://www.auctria.com/auction/SJSBagFundraiser. Raffle winners are announced every Friday at https://www.facebook.com/sjsbagbingo.
Homeschool Week At Calvert Marine Museum
Calvert Marine Museum (CMM) is a wonderful classroom away from home for homeschool families. Discover paleontology, marine biology, and maritime history in a unique and educational way. Participants can choose one of the self-guided tour kits and a scavenger hunt to begin their museum adventure. Programs are designed for students in grades K-5. Activities included with museum admission. Pre-registration not required, but highly recommended. All guests ages five and older must wear a mask during their visit. The museum continues to operate at a limited capacity with a timed entry system. Visit calvertmarinemuseum.com for more information or to make your reservation.
The Key to Resilience: Giving every
child a good childhood
Find new understanding and ideas to help kids overcome some of life’s bumps in the road. Start by watching the professional documentary ‘Resilience’, which examines Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) and how they affect our health as adults. This movie will be available to stream online anytime over the weekend of March 13-14. Follow up two days later on March 16 from 7-8 p.m. with a community discussion by panelists from the fields of education, mental health, law, and social services where we’ll explore ACEs and how they can be successfully treated as well as prevented in the first place. Register with an email address to receive the streaming link to the film and a Zoom link to the panel discussion on www.stmalib.org. (One registration for both the film and discussion.)
Why It Matters: Reckoning with
Race. Equity. Allyship.
7-8:30 p.m. March 16
Join Kimberly Jones and Gilly Segal as they discuss their best-selling book, “I’m Not Dying With You Tonight,” inspired by the death of Baltimorean Freddie Gray. They’ll touch on some of today’s most pressing topics—the recent resurgence of our country’s reckoning with racial inequity, a video that went viral after the death of George Floyd, and reaching beyond platitudes to work together on issues of common concern. The conversation will be followed by Q&A. The event is for teens and adults. Free, but registration required on www.stmalib.org.
Maryland Day at St. Clement’s Island Museum
10 a.m. to 5 p.m. March 25
St. Clement’s Island Museum
38370 Point Breeze Road, Colton’s Point
Celebrate the founding of Maryland with free admission to the museum all day and free water taxi rides to St. Clement’s Island State Park. In light of the continuing pandemic, the ceremony will be virtual this year. Tune into the St. Clement’s Island Museum’s Facebook page at noon on March 25 to view our special Maryland Day video produced just for 2021. This event commemorates the first landing of the colonists on St. Clement’s Island.
Deadline April 2
The Department of Emergency Services and the Maryland Emergency Management Association (MDEMA) is pleased to announce that applications are now being accepted for the 2021 Donald “Doc” Lumpkin’s Memorial Scholarship Program. MDEMA is offering five $1,000.00 scholarships for 2021. One scholarship will be awarded to a student in Southern Maryland. For more information, and to apply, visit www.marylamdmema.org.
SMECO Scholarship Applications Online
Deadline to apply: April 6
Four high school students will receive $2,500 each. Eligible for students who live with parents or guardians who are SMECO members and who have maintained a minimum 3.0 GPA. Seniors must be enrolled or plan to enroll full-time in an accredited college, university, or trade school. For more information, or to obtain an application, go to smeco.coop/scholarships.
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.
Local COVID-19 Testing and
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.
Due to the current COVID-19 surge locally, 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.