NHCPR Changes Public Access Entrances

Beginning Aug. 31, Naval Health Clinic Patuxent River is changing which entrances are open to the public for access. The following three doors will be open for patients to access during normal business hours: Dental; Military Medicine/Medical Homeport; and the Quarterdeck. All other doors will be for emergency exit or staff use only.

Bronson Road Open to Vehicle Traffic

Bronson Road is now open to all traffic. A temporary gravel road from Bronson to the parking lot of Bldg 2805 will be available to drivers, who will no longer need to access Bronson road via a detour that cut through the Cedar Point Golf Course’s driving range.

Wood Hobby Shop Manager Passes Away

Kennard Nicholas “Pinky” Nagel, 86, of Piney Point passed away peacefully at home Aug. 30 after suffering with Parkinson’s disease for more than 15 years. Pinky, who retired from the Navy after 25 years of service, worked at Pax River for many years as the manager of the Wood Hobby Shop and taught woodworking and picturing framing classes before retiring from there in 2010. Services will be held at Arlington National Cemetery at a later date. Anyone who wishes to attend is welcome. The family will post the date of the service on Facebook, and asks that, in lieu of flowers, please make a donation in their parents’ name to the 2nd District Volunteer Fire Department and Rescue Squad or Hospice of St. Mary’s

New mobile onboarding app

Download the new NAVAIR mobile onboarding app to any Apple or Android device. You can download the app via the Apple app store or Google Play. The app gives new employees access to information on NAVAIR’s mission and culture and offers processes and timelines, orientation information such as the New Employee Handbook, and onboarding checklists.

Household Hazardous Waste Collection Day

8 a.m. to 4:40 p.m. Sept. 21

St. Andrew’s Landfill

This program allows residents to clean out and properly discard of potentially toxic/dangerous materials. Items accepted include: acids, ammonia, bleach, cleaners, fuels, gas/oil mixtures, gasoline, household and lawn pesticides, mercury thermometers, photography chemicals, pool chemicals, solvents, wood preservatives, paint thinners and alkyd (oil-based) paint. Latex paint is accepted if hardened by adding absorbents. Items not accepted include ammunition, asbestos, explosive materials, medical waste, pharmaceuticals, radioactive materials and picric acid. For more information please contact the St. Mary’s County Department of Public Works and Transportation at 301-475-4200, extension 73517. You can also log on to our website at www.co.saint-marys.md.us/dpw/recycling-solid-waste/

NFAAS updates due Sept. 30

By Sept. 30, active and reserve military, civilians and contractors outside the continental U.S. must log in to the Navy Family Accountability & Assessment System at https://nfda.navyfamily.navy.mil to update/verify their contact information and any family members listed. The Navy uses NFAAS to account for personnel and their families during widespread disasters.

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 NAVFAC_Patuxent_River_Service_Desk@navy.mil.

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#: 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.

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 www.facebook.com/NASPaxRiver. Questions? Call 301-757-3343.

Where’s Gnorman?

Somewhere in this issue we’ve hidden Gnorman the gnome. Anyone spotting him can email tester@dcmilitary.com 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, Curt Lindsay found Gnorman on Page 3 in the School Liaison photo.