NEWS BRIEFS

NEX Stops Sale of AT&T Ocean Phone Cards

NEX locations worldwide no longer sell the AT&T Ocean point-of-sale activated card because the technology will no longer be supported moving forward. Virtual PIN minutes for shipboard calling may be purchased at https://www.virtualprepaidminutes.com/Shopping/Buy/Navy.aspx.

Nominations for NAVAIR

Commander’s Awards

Due Jan. 21

Nominations for the 20th annual NAVAIR Commander’s Awards are due Jan. 21. Awards are given in nine categories. For details on the award criteria and submission guidelines, visit https://myteam.navair.navy.mil/KM/73/awardstoolkit. If you have questions, contact the NAVAIR Awards Office at NAVAIR_Awards@navy.mil or 301-342-6862.

NLDP Q&A and New Year’s potluck

11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Jan. 23

Building 401

Celebrate the Lunar New Year with a potluck of ethnic dishes and ask questions about applying to the NAVAIR Leadership Development Program at an event sponsored by the Asian-American Pacific Islander Diversity Advisory Team. For information, contact Ann Buckler at 301-342-0187.

NEX Holiday Return Policy

Navy Exchange customers can make post-holiday returns at any location worldwide through Jan. 25, 2020. This extended holiday return policy applies to original purchases made between Oct. 24-Dec. 12, 2019, at any NEX or through myNavyExchange.com.

National Mentoring Month Event

1-3 p.m. Jan. 28

River’s Edge

Dr. Michelle Rozen, America’s leading expert on change, will speak on the theme of “Mentoring Across the Organization” at NAVAIR’s National Mentoring Month event. The nominees and winners of NAVAIR’s annual Mentor of the Year Awards will also be recognized. To register, visit https://navairu.navair.navy.mil/ and search for event number CISL-EVT-FY20002.

County Election Judges Sought

The St. Mary’s County Board of Elections is seeking eligible individuals to serve as Election Judges for upcoming elections. Training provided and participants compensated. Judges receive $200 per election as well as $30 for attending the required training class. For more information, call 301-475-4200, ext. 71614 or email electionjudges@stmarysmd.com

Scholarships for Military Children Program

Closes Feb. 24

A scholarship, funded through outside contributions, will be awarded annually at each commissary operated by the Defense Commissary Agency (DeCA) and The Fisher House Foundation continues to serve as the program administrator. The program opened Dec. 16 and closes Feb. 24, 2020. Children of active duty, reserve/guard, or retired military personnel may apply for a scholarship under this program. Students with questions regarding the application should contact Scholarship Managers directly at (856) 616-9311 or militaryscholar@scholarshipmanagers.com.

CREDO Marriage Enrichment Retreats

March 13-15, April 24-26, May 29-31, June 12-14, July 10-12, Aug. 14-16. Washington, DC/Rockville Hilton. Meals, lodging and parking provided at no cost to participants. Military members and spouses welcome. Check-in 5 p.m. Fridays; concludes noon Sundays. Registration required. For more information, contact CREDO NDW at credo.ndw.fcm@navt.mil or (202) 404-8831.

Inclement Weather Information

As winter approaches, be sure to check the NAS Pax Facebook page at www.facebook.com/NASPaxRiver; Twitter @NASPaxRiverPAO; local news outlets; and/or call 301-342-BASE for updated installation closures or delays. An information sheet regarding emergency reporting procedures is also available at www.cnic.navy.mil/Patuxent

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. A professional CEAP Counselor is onsite and can provide support with challenges such as stress, anxiety, grief, substance misuse, relationships concerns and more. Contact Kristi Larson 301-757-1868, Building 2189, Room 112. Hours of operation: Monday-Friday 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. 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#: 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. In last week’s issue, Chris Emory found Gnorman in the Navy museum photo on page 8.