Marine Corps Ball Tickets

On sale through Oct. 11

Tickets for the 244th Marine Corps Ball are being sold weekdays from 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. until Oct. 11; accepting cash, check, or credit card. Tickets may be purchased from SSgt Shamel Hamilton at 301-342-1427 or Sgt Darius M. Phillips at 301-342-1101; both are located aboard NAS Patuxent River at the Marine Aviation Detachment Headquarters Building, 22401 Cedar Point Rd., Bldg. 102. The Marine Corps Birthday Ball will be held at the MGM National Harbor in the Grand Ballroom at 6 p.m. Nov. 2. For any questions, contact CWO2 Patrick E. York at 301-342-7776.

NLDP application seminars to be held Oct. 17 and Nov. 5

Civilian and military employees interested in applying to the NAVAIR Leadership Development Program can attend an application seminar on Oct. 17 or Nov. 5 from noon to 3 p.m. at the River’s Edge Catering and Conference Center (you only need to attend one session). The seminar includes briefs on how to write your application; a panel of program participants will also describe their experiences and answer questions. Register at and search for course number CISL-LDP-0120.

Long Range Transportation Survey

Your assistance in identifying transportation needs and priorities is essential. Please take the Calvert-St. Mary’s Long Range Transportation Plan survey at

Money Available for Stewardship Projects

Four different Keep Maryland Beautiful grants are being offered to help volunteer and nonprofit groups, communities, and land trusts support environmental education projects, litter removal, citizen stewardship, and solve natural resource issues in urban and rural areas. Deadline to apply for funding is Nov. 14. Learn more at Read more at[

Volunteers for Boards, Commissions and Committees

The Commissioners of St. Mary’s County are calling citizens interested in volunteering their time to the community by serving on various Boards, Committees and Commissions. Detailed descriptions of the various boards and membership application are available on the County’s website at All applications must include a resume and be submitted no later than Nov. 19.

Health Screenings, Flu Shots

8:20-10:40 a.m. Oct. 30

Building 1489, room 102

Fall health screening and flu shots available. To make an appointment, visit Choose from a variety of screenings, and pay at the time of your appointment. Walk-ins are accepted for the flu shots and cost $35.

“If You See Something, Say Something”

To report suspicious activity, contact your local law enforcement agency or call 1(800)225-5779 (800-CALL-SPY). Describe specifically what you observed, including: who or what you saw; when you saw it; where it occurred; and why it’s suspicious.

Reporting Damaged Items Around Base

When you see something around your facility or the base that is broken or in need of repair, say something. If it is an immediate problem (i.e. emergency) that risks health, safety or damage to government property, call the service desk (202-433-3951) to report it and notify the Base CDO. If it is less urgent and something that just needs fixing, contact your building’s Facility Coordinator (every building has one). If you’re driving around and find a fallen road sign, pothole or anything else that needs to be fixed, call or email it in to the service desk at 202-433-3951 or

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

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#: 301- 481-1057. You may also contact the DoD Safe Helpline for assistance: Call: 877- 995-5247, Text: 5-5247 inside the U.S.; 202- 470-5546 outside the U.S.

Special events and awards photos on base

Ever wonder where to find the photos from awards ceremonies, reenlistments and special events captured by PAO? Not only are they published monthly in Tester, but you can find them and download them at Questions? Call 301-757-3343.

Where’s Gnorman?

Somewhere in this issue we’ve hidden Gnorman the gnome. Anyone spotting him can email or phone 342-4163 now through 5 p.m. Tuesday with a brief description of his location. One name is drawn from the correct entries and wins a Center Stage Theater movie ticket. Last week, Tom Stann found Gnorman on Page 6, in the Inspector Credentialing photo.