Ash Wednesday Service
6-7 p.m. Feb. 26
St. Nicholas Chapel
Join us for a simple service of song, prayer, communion and scripture reading as we prepare our hearts and minds for the Lenten season.
Test Squadron Familiarization
Courses Open Now
Naval Test Wing Atlantic’s (NTWL) squadron familiarization courses have opened back up. NTWL designed the series to help employees experience the missions of its test and evaluation squadrons. Open to all NAVAIR employees and contractors. This is a chance to see your platforms, where they live and who tests them up close. Space is limited and seats are filling up for our first courses fast. If you can’t get in, don’t worry—check in later to see if new spots open or sign up for the next offering. Register at https://navairu.navair.navy.mil/#events
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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 email@example.com.
Development Program 2020
Applications due March 6
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or (202) 404-8831.
Mandatory training due March 31
Employees must take “Mandatory Training Refresher Part 2” by March 31. This class includes the following topics: Department of the Navy Equal Employment Opportunity, DoN Prevention of Sexual Harassment & Anti-Harassment, No Fear, Sexual Assault Prevention & Response-One Team One Fight Refresher, and NAVAIR Suicide Prevention & Awareness. To register, visit NAVAIR University at https://navairu.navair.navy.mil/, and search for course number CISL-MTR-2002.
Inclement Weather Information
As winter approaches, be sure to check the NAS Pax Facebook page at www.facebook.noclick_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. 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.
Reporting Damages on Base
If notice anything around the installation that needs attention, report it. If it is an immediate problem that risks, health, safety, or damage to government property, call the service desk (202-433-3951) to report it and notify the Base COD. If it is something around your facility that needs fixing, report it to your building’s Facility Coordinator (every building has one). If you’re driving around and notice 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.
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./NASPaxRiver. Questions? Call 301-757-3343.
Somewhere in this issue we’ve hidden Gnorman the gnome. Anyone spotting him can email email@example.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, Ricardo Santiago found Gnorman in the Center Stage Theater column on Page 6.