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The name Tester is a registered mark in the state of Maryland.

This paper is published by APG Media of Chesapeake, LLC, 29088 Airpark Drive, Easton, MD. 21601. 301-921-2800, a private firm in no way connected with the U.S. Navy, under exclusive written contract with Naval District Washington.

This commercial enterprise newspaper is an authorized publication for members of the military services. Contents of the Tester are not necessarily the official views of, nor endorsed by the U.S. Government, the DoD, or the Department of the Navy. The appearance of advertising in this publication, including inserts or supplements, does not constitute endorsement by the DoD or APG Media of Chesapeake, LLC, and Printing of the products or services advertised.

Everything advertised in this publication shall be made available for purchase, use, or patronage without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, marital status, physical handicap, political affiliation, or any other non-merit factor of the purchaser, user, or patron. If a violation or rejection of this equal opportunity policy by an advertiser is confirmed, the publisher shall refuse to print advertising from that source until the violation is corrected.

Editorial content of this publication is the responsibility of the NAS Patuxent River Public Affairs Office. All editorial content submitted to Tester is subject to editing and is approved by the Public Affairs Office of NAS Patuxent River. Editorial content should be submitted by Friday one week prior to be considered for the following week’s edition. To inquire about news copy, call 301-342- 4163 or email tester@dcmilitary.com. Commercial advertising may be placed with the publisher by calling 301-848-0175.

Editorial Address

Public Affairs Office

NAS Patuxent River

22268 Cedar Point Road

Patuxent River, MD 20670

Publisher's advertising office address (shared with newspaper Star Democrat):

29088 Airpark Drive

Easton, MD 21601

Office hours:

8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday – Friday

Publisher's mailing address

P.O. Box 600

Easton, MD 21601

Main Phone: 410-822-1500

James F. “Jim” Normandin, President of APG Media of Chesapeake

James F. “Jim” Normandin, Regional President: Maryland – Delaware – Northern Virginia – District of Columbia

James F. “Jim” Normandin, joined Adams Publishing Group January 1, 2019, as President of APG Media of Chesapeake, and possesses an inspiring passion for building stronger communities through quality journalism. He holds nearly four decades of executive leadership experience since starting his career in the classified department at the Fitchburg Sentinel and Leominster Enterprise, both in Massachusetts.

Normandin came to APG from the Union Leader Corporation (New Hampshire Union Leader), based in Manchester, New Hampshire, where he served as the Chief Operating Officer. Prior to his tenure at the Union Leader Corp, Normandin excelled as the Publisher and President of the Telegram Publishing Company (Worcester Telegram & Gazette) located in Worcester, Massachusetts; as Employee-owner, Vice President of Newspapers and Publisher of TH Media (including the Telegraph Herald) for Woodward Communications, located in Dubuque, Iowa; as Group Publisher for Brown Publishing Company located in Cincinnati, Ohio; and as corporate executive for Pulitzer Publishing Company located in St. Louis, Missouri.

Normandin has served on numerous industry-related, educational, private and public foundations, boards and associations during his career. He has served on the board of the New England Newspaper & Press Association (NENPA), as Chairman of Two by Two Character Education and Development, as Director of the Woodward Foundation and as Chairman of the Independent Newspaper Group.

He is a native of Leominster Massachusetts, a 1978 Graduate of Leominster High School and was a recipient of a Baseball and Football scholarship to the University of Connecticut. In November 2018, Jim was inducted in the Leominster High School Football Hall of Fame. He is a 1991 graduate of the Southern Production Press Institute in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, and in 1996 he returned to the University of Connecticut to study Business.

His professional and educational development has been significant and varied, including being selected to travel to the Ukraine in 2004 to promote the freedom of press during the “Orange Revolution,” participating in the inaugural 13 month “Executive Program for Innovative Change” conducted by the Inland Press Association in 2012/2013, and participating in Jack Stack’s “Great Game of Business” Open-Book Management Certification Program in 2014.

Mr. Normandin and his wife Jody of 37 years have one daughter, Jenna Catherine, who lost her battle to cancer in 1999 at the age of 13.


Naval Air Station Patuxent River

Capt. Christopher Cox, Commanding Officer

Capt. John Brabazon, Executive Officer

CMDCM Alex Griego, Command Master Chief

Patrick Gordon, Public Affairs Officer

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Jennifer Helmer, Designer


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