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' ^ Best wishes 

for the New Year 

The Navy's First Commissioned Hospital Ship 

The Red Rover 

Volume 4-Number 1 

Naval Hospital Oakland, California 94627-5000 

January 17,1992 

Treasure Island 

State of the art Branch Medical/ Dental Clinic opens 

By Andree 

Branch Medical/DeniaJ Clinic 
Treasure Island was launched 
into the 2f?b Century Jan. 10. 
1992 with a ribbon cutting 
ceremony at 2:30 p.m., with 
Rear Admirals Merrill Ruck, 
USN, and William Buckendorf, 
MC. together w ith Captain E. T. 
Rippert. DC. doing the honors. 

RADM Ruck is Commander, 
Naval Base San Francisco: 
RADM Buckendorf, 

Commanding Officer. Naval 
Hospital Oakland and 
Commander, San Francisco 
Medical Command; CAPT 
Rfppert i s Cnmmandin^j Of ficer, 
Naval Dental Center San 

Modernistic in design, the S12- 
million, 50,000-square foot 
treatment facility will provide a 
wide array of medical/dental care 
to active duty military service 
members and iheir families. 

liaison officer in charge of 
construction, LT Craig 
Anderson, MSC, explained the 
innovative features of this most 
impressive facility. “The medical 
treatment positions, 

immunization room, private 
toilets, etc. are totally wired for 
a nurse call system,” he said, 
adding that the environmental 
system is constantly monitored 
so that an alarm sounds at the 
least indication of equipment 
malfunction, even a refrigerator. 

According to LT Anderson, 
the new building was constructed 
to the latest seismic codes. The 
building was in progress when 
the Loma Prieta hit the Bay Area 
on Oct. 17.1989. bur it withstood 
the shock because of “an 
experimental method of 
slablilizing the land through a 
procedure called ‘soil 

LT Wamble said that the 
clinic was designed more than 
seven years ago. but that it 

William A. Buckendorf, 
Commander of the San Francisco 
Medical Command. 

“With the overall Navy 
downsizing, RADM Buckendorf 
has made it a priority to making 
sure that medical assets are at an 
optimum for continuity of 
healthcare throughout the 
transition process,”explained the 
medical clinic’s officer-in- 
charge. According to Wamble, 
the admiral also said that he will 
ensure that all the branch medical 
clinics that falls under the 
umbrella of |Naval Hospital 
Oakland] will have the 
manpower and material support 
they need to guarantee that 
quality patient care is accessible 
to all Bay Area beneficiaries.” 

(Editors Note: The branch 
medical clinic is within the chain of 
command of Nava / Hospital 
Oakland, under the supervision of 
CAPT John T. Roe. MC, NHO's 
Director of Community Health. On 
the other hand, the dental clinic is 
under the direction of Naval Dental 

Entrance to the Branch Medical Clinic. (Official U. S. Navy photo by 
Andree Marechal-Workman.) 

according to the medical clinic’s 
Officer in Charge, Lieutenant 
Carl Wamble, MSC. USN. 

I am very proud to be a part of 
this milestone in Navy history,” 
he said. The construction of 
this facility, together with the 
quality of its manning by 
exceptionally talented medical/ 
dental professionals, is a sterling 
example of the Navy’s 
commitment to Total Quality 
1 radership that puts resources 
where they arc most needed." 

Equally proud, the medical 

suffered delays caused by the 
earthquake, the Persian Gull 
war and the threat of base 

'll will serve more (han 80,000 
active duty military and retired 
personnel currently living in the 
San Francisco Bay Area," LT 
Wamble added. “It is one of the 
most modern Navy medical/ 
dental facilities ori the West 

Branch Medical/Dental Clinic 
Treasure Island is under the 
leadership of Rear Admiral 

Center San Francisco led by its 
commanding officer, CAPT E T. 
Rippert, D( However, since both 
Naval Hospital Oakland and Naval 
Dental Center San Francisco are 
within the province of the San 
Francisco Medical Command, they 
are both under the leadership of 
RADM Buckendorf, who is 
commander of the San Francisco 
Medical Command He is double 
hatted and mans the helms of both 
the San hi uncisco Medical 
Command and Naval Hospital 

See Ribbon cutting page 4,5 

LT Wamble mans the helm 
at BMC Treasure Island 

By Andree Marechal-Workman 

Lieutenant Carl Wamble’s, MSC, most memorable 
experience is serving aboard USS New Jersey (BB 62) w hen 
it was patrolling the coast of Lebanon in 1984. But he is most 
proud of his assignment as Branch Clinic Treasure Island’s 
officer-in-charge (OIC) for the past 16 months. 

“This is an example of the Navy’s plan to provide equal 
opportunity for its highly skilled professionals,” said the 
native ot Oklahoma, adding that he “feels extremelv 
fortunate to be a part of one of the most modern facilities on 
the West Coast...working with a unique blend of diverse 
Navy professionals.” 

LT Wamble joined the Navy in 1975 “to take advantage 
of the educational opportunities available and satisfy Jhis] 
hunger lor adventure. Starting out as a hospital corpsman, 
he rose through the ranks to become first a Surface Warfare, 
then a Medical Service Corps officer. 

L1 Wamble likens his role as OIC to that ol a “cheerleader, 

I who] influences a staffof exceptionally skilled professionals 
to deliver quality health care in a unique isolated setting.” 
The most challenging part pf his duties, he added, is “keeping 
track ol so many activities at once — prioritizing and 
orchestrating those via a complex combination of 
personalities with a real contrast in leadership styles and 
lifetime goals and objectives.” 

LT Wamble’s immediate goal is to decide this summer 
where he will begin his post graduate education and to 
“overcome some of the obstacles of getting the new clinic 
lully funtionai” in the context of Navy dow nsizing. His long¬ 
term goal entails completion of post graduate work in 
organizational development, “with the view of working full 
time as an evangelist” alter retirement. 

1 I Wamble is married to the former Naomi Cannon. The 
couple have two children, 10-year-old Christopher and 5- 
year-old Christina. 

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Red Rover 


January 17, 1992 

From the Executive Officer 


\r M 

CAP I Noel A. Hyde 

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Since that shameful day in 
has become a great name in 1968, each year, Americans of 
American history. He had a all ethnic backgrounds have 
dream for a better America, a participated in commemorating 
dream that transcends all the dif- ceremonies. This year, accord- 
terences that make up our plu- ing to the Martin Luther King Jr. 
ralistic society — a dream that Center for Nonviolent Social 
an assassin’s bullet couldn’t stop Change in Atlanta, GA, Ameri- 
his sharing with the rest of the cans representing every state 
world. gathered in the famed civil rights 

leader's hometown to partici¬ 
pate in the annual King Week 
parade and march. Underscor¬ 
ing the military’s role in step¬ 
ping up integration in the United 
States, several bands, color 
guards, drill teams, marching 
units and logistical outfits joined 
in the celebration whose theme 
was "Where Do We Go From 
Here? Nonviolence: A Blueprint 
for Life?” 

Here, at Naval Hospital Oak¬ 
land, we are proud of our com¬ 
mitment to integration. We have 
vigorously worked to insure Dr. 
King’s dream lives on, and we 
continue to support the principles 
that he stood for. We are proud 
to have kept pace with Navy¬ 
wide integration efforts, and look 
forward to a color blind future, 
when all men and women will 
truly be equal in a non-violent 

Attention all clinics! 

Please remind your patients 
who need to schedule or cancel 
appointments to call (5 10) 633- 
6000, the hospital’s main ap¬ 
pointment number, Monday 
through Friday, 8 a.m. to 4:30 

This will free clinic telephone 
lines and avoid busy signals 
when the patients call the clin¬ 
ics directly. 

Point of contact for further 
information is LTJG Mark 
Stevenson at 633-5170. 

CDR Ernie Ghent, former head of Patient 
Administration Department (right), reads the 
Certificate of Reenlistment to HM3 Ralph 
Constantino of Outpatient Administration. 
LTJG Mark Stevenson gives ; of approval 
in a background. (Official U. S. Navy photo by 
A. Marechal Workman) 

NNOA helps with minority recruitment 

The Bay Area Chapter, National Naval Officers 
Association (NNOA) invites all officers of the 
Navy, Marine Corps, Coast Guard and retirees to 
join our chapter in serving the sea services and our 
community. Associate membership is open to 
Army and Air Force officers, as well as civilians. 

"NNOA goals are to improve and assist with 
minority recruiting in the sea service,” said 
Lieutenant Commander (Ret.) James Haskins. 

"We also assist in establishing and maintaining a 
positive image of the sea sendees in the com¬ 
munity.’: LCDR Haskins is NNOA treasurer and 
manager of Envisions Program. He can be reached 
at (510) 638-3802 for more details on the asso¬ 

Other points of contact for additional infor¬ 
mation are NNOA president, LCDR Denise J. 
McCalla, (415) 395-5329 and vice president. 
Commander Linda Fuller, (510) 633-51 19. 

Red Rover 

The Red Rover is published bimonthly by and for the employees of Naval Hospital Oakland and its branch clinics. The Red Rover is printed com¬ 
mercially with appropriated funds in compliance with NAVSO P-35. 

Responsibility for R*d Rmer contents rest primarily with the Public Affairs Office. Naval Hospital, 8750 Mountain Blvd., Oakland, CA 94627-5000. 
Telephone: (415j 633-5918. Text and photographs (cxccpr any copyrighted material) may be reproduced in whole or in pun as long as byline or photo credit 
is given. Views expressed arc not necessarily those of the Department of Defense. Navy Department Bureau of Medicine and Surgery or of the Commanding 
Officer. Printed on recyclable paper. 

Commanding Officer 

Rear Admiral William A. Buckendorf 

Executive Officer 

Captain Noel A. Hyde 

Public Affairs Officer 

Paul W. Savercool 

Assistant Public Affairs Officer 

JOl Kay Lorentz 


Andrec Marechal-Workman 

Editoral Assistants 

.102 Stephen R. Brown 

JOSN Kyna S. Kirkpatrick 

Naval Hospital Oakland 
January Awards 

Letter of Commendation for F ast Bay Fire 

HN Dietrich Cole 
HN Jeffrey Hanes 
HN Kevin Parker 
HA Larry Griffith 
HA Jason Hoffman 
HA Alvin Newton 

Length of Federal Service Award: 

10 Years 

Janie Robinson 
Neil Thomas 

30 Years 

Chesta Brantley 
Elizabeth Morris 

Sailor of the Month for November. 

Good Conduct: 

HN Ellis Pummell 


HM2 Hector Gonzalez 
HM2 Gregory Eidson 
HM3 John Krajnovich 
HM3 Brian Legg 


HM2 Louise Radke 

Navy Achievement Medal: (First) 

LCDR Frank Martinez 
HMCS Kelsey Fry 
SHCS Patricio Gregorio 
HMC Johnnie Coleman 


LCDR Nute Meeker 

Navy Commendation Medal: 


CAPT Donald Greenfield 
PNCM Betty McClyman 
ABC Francis AJioto 


CDR Donald Jensen 
CDR Dorothy Michael 

Meritorious Service Medal: 

( First) 

C AI^T Richard Osborne 

CAPT Robert Abbe 
Defense Meritorious Sendee Medal. 

LCDR Richard Fletcher 


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Page 3 


17. 1992 

Making, his dream live on 

More people visit King Center than Vietnam Vets Memorial 



Christine \a/,ar-Ronn seems entranced 
bj phtographs in the Martin Luther King 
Jr. Museum. 

By Rudi Williams 
American Forces Informa¬ 

The most-visited National 
Park /Service facilities are 
dedicated to a man of peace 
and to those who lost their lives 
in battle. 

Some 2.6 million people vis¬ 

ited the Martin Luther King Jr. 
Center for Nonviolent Social 
Change in Atlanta in the lirst 
10 months of 1991. In 1990, 
the Vietnam Veterans Memo 1 - 
rial in Washington, D.C., re¬ 
ceived 2.5 million visitors. 

Those who journey to the 
Vietnam Veterans Memorial 
pay homage to those killed or 
listed missing in action in 
Southeast Asia, while others 
weep over the loss of friends 
and relatives. Visitors to the 
Martin Luther King Jr. center 
pay homage and weep for the 
loss of a man of peace and love 
for all people. 

His widow, Coretta Scott 
King, said his words were a 
key that opened the dungeon of 
bigotry and racial hatred, 
freeing the spirits of equality, 
justice and brotherly love. 

He is called a great man, but 
Martin Luther King Jr. said: 
“Everybody can be great be¬ 
cause anybody can serve ... You 
only need a heart full of grace, 
a soul generated by love.” 

Love and curiosity draw 
people from every country on 
Earth to the King center, said 
center officials. They all come, 
kings, queens, presidents, 
prime ministers, ambassadors 

and superstars. And then there 
are the average folk like Chris¬ 
tine Nazar-Ronn of Atlanta, 
who recently toured the center. 

“Martin Luther King Jr. made 
me aware that everything isn't 
equal,” said Nazar-Ronrri a na¬ 
tive of Toledo, OH. “There 
are some real inequalities that, 
when you grow up in a white 
middle-class family, you don’t 
see or hear about. You grow up 
with rosy glasses that every¬ 
thing is fine. But there are 
different environments where 
things aren't fair. But it’s OK 
because it can change to be¬ 
come fair.” 

Recalling the riots in Detroit 
after King was assassinated, 
Nazar-Ronn said she was 
startled by the difference in 
people’s attitudes when her 
family moved to Houston in 
1980. “I don’t know if it’s 
complacence,” she said, “then 
you come to Atlanta and say to 
yourself, ‘You can’t give up 
hope for anybody.’ 

“When you look at the man in 
that picture over there that was 
donated by [Jack] Kemp (sec¬ 
retary of Housing and Urban 
Development), it’s a wonder¬ 
ful, moving picture,” she said, 
pointing at a photograph in the 

Martin Luther King Jr. Mu¬ 
seum. The picture is of a Chi¬ 
nese man with a determined 
expression of his face, carry¬ 
ing a sign supporting the fight 
for civil rights in his country. 

Under the photograph Kemp 
wrote: “The dream lives on,not 
only in America, but in China 
and around the world. Jack 

Captain Herman Kibble 

Kemp, Jan. 14, 1990.” 

“As much pain as there is, 
you just can’t give up hope,” 
Nazar-Ronn said. 

(Editor*s Note: A special pro¬ 
gram of observance was held 
on Jan. 15 in Naval Hospital 
Oakland’s Clinical Assembly . 
CAPT Herman Kibble , head of 
Pastoral Care, was the featured 

New Surface Warfare Medical Department Officer designation 

By JOC John S. Verrico. 

Navy Bureau of Medicine 
and Surgery 

You've seen them, those fancy 
insignias above the ribbons that 
everyone seems to be wearing 
these days. Perhaps you even 
have one yourself. Surface 
Warfare. Submarine Warfare. 
Air Warfare. 

Well, now there'sa new one ... 
Surface Warfare Medical De¬ 

partment Officer (SWMDO). 

Designed to recognize the sig¬ 
nificant contributions made by 
the officers of the Medical. Den¬ 
tal. Medical Service and Nurse 
Corps while serving on surface 
ships, the SWMDO qualifica¬ 
tion distinguishes a Medical De¬ 
partment officer or warrant of¬ 
ficer from his or her peers. 

SWMDO candidates will 
complete a variety of Personnel 
Qualification Standards (PQS), 
such as Division Officer Afloat. 
Deck Watches in Port and des¬ 

ignated sections of the Surface 
Warfare Officer and Surface 
Warfare Officer Engineering 
PQS’s, and then display this 
wealth of knowledge before a 
multi-member board. 

Those Medical Department 
officers who have previously 
qualified for the Surface Warfare 
designation may apply for the 
new SWMDO upon completion 
of six months satisfactory duty 
in a shipboard Medical Depart¬ 

As in other warfare designa¬ 

tions, the new SWMDO pro¬ 
gram is not mandatory, and 
progress toward qualifications 
should be done on the officers’ 
own time so as not to interfere 
with their primary duties. 

In order to qualify for this new 
decoration, a servicemember 
must be a commissioned officer 
assigned to a commissioned 
U.S. Navy or Military Sealift 
Command ship. Reserve offic¬ 
ers may also be eligible if they 
have been assigned to an afloat 
reserve unit fora minimum of 96 

drill periods within three years, 
with at least 40 of those drills 
performed on board ship; if they 
pursue qualifications over a 
minimum of three two-week 
Annual Training (AT) periods 
and make documented contri¬ 
butions to a successful Medical 
or Dental Readiness Evaluation 

For more information about 
qualifications and waivers, 
refer to Chief of Naval Opera¬ 
tions Instruction 1412.8. 

From the Master Chief Petty Officer of the Navy 

In my recent travels I have 
often been asked about the un¬ 
availability of birth control pills 
and the Jack ol medical ap¬ 
pointments needed to get a 
Papanicolaou (PaP) smear to 
obtain the pills. I asked these 
questions ol several medical 
commands at various locations. 
I his is w hat I was told. 

Every f emale gets a PaP smear 
in boot camp. By scheduling 
well in advance fbr an appoint¬ 
ment to gel subsequent PaP 
smears, they can prevent frus¬ 
tration of not being able to get 
the contraceptive on time. 

As long as a sailor has a cur¬ 
rent PaP smear, the time spent at 
sick call to gel the prescription 
for birth control pills varies from 
10 minutes to 1.5 hours. If the 
PaP smear has not been kept 
current, getting an appointment 
for the lest can range from same- 
day service to two months. Af¬ 
ter the PaP smear has been taken, 
it takes approximately six weeks 
to gel the results. It could take 
longer on deployed ships be¬ 
cause the PaP smear must be 
sent to the nearest military hos¬ 

We’ve taken aim at shorten¬ 

ing the six-week waiting period 
to a lime much more workable to 
sailors' time-restricting sched¬ 
ule. Until two years ago, the 
Navy didn’t have a school for 
the pathologist Naval Enlisted 
Code (NEC) required to test and 
read the PaP. We now have the 
necessary school, and we also 
use the Army \ training program 
in order to give as many people 
the opportunity to attend the 

Last year the NEC was manned 

at 28 percent. Currently, it is at 
44 percent, and within two years 
will be fully manned. This will 

make a remarkable difference in 
relieving the extensive waiting 
time for test results to return to 
the originating command. 

We re taking steps to smooth 
out the frustrating ordeal it now 
takes to provide this serv ice. You 
can help by getting this infor¬ 
mation out to your female sail¬ 
ors, and by providing counseling 
to them about getting their PaP 
smears well in advance. 

MCPON Dwayne R. Bushey 

Branch Medical/Dental 

Ribbon cutting (From page I) 

HN Cynthia Frazer is a technician who works in the Clinic's Laboratory. 

Acting Senior Enlisted Advisor HMC Theresa Linn poses for the camera while 
waiting for the ceremonies to begin. She is one of the 35 enlisted service 
members onboard at HMC Treasure Island. 

Clinic is 

Official U.S. Navy / 

RADMs Merrill Ruck (2nd fro 
ribbon that ushers the clinic ini 
Commander. COMN AVBASE 
Dental Corps, look on. 

X-Ray technician HM2 K 
a state of the arts \-Raj 

unched in 21st Century 

A. Marechal-Workman 



S illiam Buckendorf join hands to cut the 
nturv. RADM John Bitoff (Ret), former 
o. and RADM Milton Clegg, Chief of the 

Rooting section from Naval Hospital Oakland. (From left), front row: CAP! 
and Mrs. Herbert Speir, HI, MSC; 2nd row: CAPT Robert Abbe, MC; LT 
Paolucci; CAPT John Rowe, MC; and CDR Bernadette Grice, NC. 

RADM Buckendorf, MC, (left) congratulates LT Craig Anderson, MSC, after 
pinning him with the Navy Commendation Medal, 2nd Award, Gold Star. LT 
Anderson, who is the medical construction liaison officer for the entire Pa¬ 
cific Northwest region, received the award for the superb job he did in planning 
and constructing several medical facilities in the region. 

Pape 6 

Red Rover 

9{avaC ‘Jdospital Oakland 
‘Physical/Occupational *Therapy tDepartment 

tip Close 

What is your job? Acting head of Physical/Occupational Therapy Depart¬ 
ment. Responsible for evaluation and treatment of patients, as well as 
responsible for administrative duties for the department. I supervise three 
officers. 20 enlisted and three civilians. 

Marital status: Married. 

Spouse: John H. Tucker. 

Hometown: Atlanta. GA. 

Hobbies: Photography and sports 

Likes: Attending church, bible study and serving God. 

Dislikes: To see people unhappy. 

What is the most challenging part of your job? Being able to provide an 
“effective" treatment plan that will make my patients better. 

\\ hat is your immediate goal? To become certified as an athletic trainer. 
\\ hat is your long-term goal? To obtain a PhD in Administration and go 
into private practice once my naval career is over. 

If I could do it all over again. I’d: Do what I am doing now. I enjoy what 
1 am doing and 1 am very satisfied with my life. 

I wish I could stop: People Irom treating each other unfairly. 

I respect myself for : Upholding my Christian standards in the midst of a 
corrupt world. 

Role models/heroes: Dr. Lynda Woodruff my Physical Therapy professor. 
Special comments: I really enjoy my career as a physical therapist. I think 
I have one of the greatest group of professionals working in the department 
(officer, enlisted and civilian). 

LT Pamela Tucker, MSC 

HM2 Daniel Hurst, L'SN 

W hat is your job? Instructor for Navy Physical Therapy students, 
civilian Physical Therapy Association programs. I am also the 
department education petty officer and I maintain the patient 
load in the department. 

Marital status: Single. 

Children: Chelsea Rae, 4; Tanya Fae 2. 

Hometown: Modesto, CA. 

Hobbies: Fishing and auto repair. 

Likes: Country music, multi-faceted mystery books and people (old). 
Dislikes: People who can't smile and people who litter. 

What is the most challenging part of your job? Getting my 

students up to the same level in knowledge, skills and confidence. Deal with 

problem patients and motivating patients who want to give up. 

What is your immediate goal? Finish my bachelor’s degree in science, 
make E-6 and take the state exam for certification in Physical Therapy. 

W hat is your long-term goal? Complete my masters in education, see my 
girls go to college and eventually marry someone to share my life with. 

If I could do it all over again. I’d: Not volunteer to go to Saudi 
Arabia, and would have requested schooling in additional areas (ie. 
medical repair or research). 

I wish I could stop: People from taking other people for granted, 
it only hurts them both. 

I respect myself for: Trying to be a good leader and being able to pass my 
knowledge on to my students. 

Role models/heroes: My father because he was always willing to take time 
with me. 

KNOWLEDGE. Only you as an individual can pick what you want to be in 
the world. 

What is your job? Front desk manager and tracking databases for the clinic. 
Marital status: Married. 

Spouse: Lee Sandstede. 

Hometown: SilverdaJe. WA. 

Hobbies: Crosstitch and crafts. 

Likes: Exercising. 

What is the most challenging part of your job? Communicating to patients 

and understanding their needs. 

W hat is your immediate goal? To complete my bachelor’s degree. 

What is your long-term goal? To be a housewife and have children. 

If I could not do it all over again. I’d: Not change anything. I am very 
satisfied with my life. 

I wish I could slop: Prejudice 
I respect myself for: Sticking to my belief in God. 

Role models/heroes: My parents and Jesus Christ. 

Wendy Sandstede 

January 17, 1992 




'There is no race in grace” 

By ENS Louis Rosa 

This month we commemorate the life of the Rev. Dt 
Martin Luther King Jr. His life is a tribute to the ideal 
that have made all ordinary people extraordinary. Th- 
ideals which he held are not new. Liberty. justic« f 
equality and peace are the goals which the human rac 
has sought since the beginning of history. 

Dr. King 's life is a reminder to all that these ideals ar. 
attainable by all who believe and do not surrender t. 
pessimism and shame. Dr. King was a Reverend. Hi 
faith in God was the anchor to pursue the long roa< 
ahead of him in the quest for civil rights. He trul; r 
understood that there is no race in grace. Freedom ft l v 
all. male or female, black, white, red or yellow , nch of 
poor, weak or strong. f 

Mr. King is extraordinary because he was consistenl 
to his dream. He was unwavering in the midst of strilV 
and opposition. Einstein once said: “great spirits hi V* 
alway s encountered violent oppositions from mediocr 
minds.” Martin Luther King, Jr. flushed out the medi 
ocrity of prejudice and hate stemming from ignorant, 
and fear. This did not come without a large price. FT 
paid with his life. He was extraordinary because it i 
rare to meet someone who lives by what we beB?ve am 
arc willing to die for. 

So what can be our tribute to the memory of such ;\ 
great man? Let us, as ordinary people, dream dream i 
and hold fast to them. Let us join together regardless o 
the color of our skin or gender and stand against tht 
things that would demean our value. As we struggle b 
live out consistently the ideals of justice, liberty, equalit; 
and peace, let us also be willing to defend them a 
whatever cost for the sake of our future generations. . 

Filipino-American Association 

Naval Hospital Oakland’s Filipino-American Associatioi 
elected the following new officers recently They represen 
the more than 200 active duty and civilian staff in th 


Vice President 



Public Relations 

Special Advisors 

HMI Edward Gray 
tOutpatient Administration) 
DTI Tomas Calimlim 

YN2 Keith Gleason 

HMI Mario Tanguilig 
(Medical Repair) 

HMI Edgar Alayon 

HMI Noel Arqucro 

CAPT Roger Espiritu 
LT Victor Corpuz 
MACM Leo Del Rosario 
Mr. Randy Ortega 
Mr. Renato Mangosong 


The organization's main objectives and goals are seven 
fold: To gain recognition for the FIL- \M culture and henun 
through participation in various soc ial and cultural activ itic 
to enhance inter-social and international understamiiiv 
throughout the command and to support and assist th| r 

command’s policy on human relations and equal opporti 


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January 17, 1992 

For your health 

Are you ready for your Physical Readiness Test? 

discard it. Ask for smaller portions. 

4. Ask the server to leave off the 
gravy or sauce. 

5. Use very little or no butter/mar¬ 
garine on breads and vegetables. 

6. Use diet dressing on your salads 
if available — selecting French or 
Italian as they are lower in calories 
than thick creamy dressings. 

7. Balance your meal. Most casse¬ 
role items contain a starch serving. 
Choose a low calorie or unbuttered 
vegetable as a side dish. 

8. Desserts: choose fruits, low fat 
yogurt or very small portions of des¬ 
serts and baked goods. 

If you need to lose weight, the time 
to make changes is now. The PRT is 
less than a month away, so start exer¬ 
cising and eating right if you are not 
already doing so. For more informa¬ 
tion contact the Food Management 
Department at 633-5820. 

}- Civilian Corner 

\Y hat every former military civilian employee should know about post-1956 military service credit 

Military sen ice performed before Jan. 

1, 1957 is automatically credited for 
civil sendee retirement purposes. Mili- 
. iury service performed f rom Jan. 1. 1957 
on usually requires a deposit, prior to 
redrj/ment. for the military time to be 
credited. Use the chart below to deter¬ 
mine if y'ou need to make a deposit for 
post-1956 military' sendee: 

Service credit for post- 
1956 military service 

To assist you in deciding whether you 
; should pay a sen ice credit deposit tor 
military sen ice performed after 1956, 

; answer the four questions below. First, 

* select the answer to question one that ills 
, your employment situation. Then going 
.. across the page, select your answer to 
question two from the box(es) next to 
your first answer. Continue with ques- 
; lions three and four skipping any marked 
"not applicable." The information in the 
last paragraph shows how paying the 
deposit will af fect credit for your post 
1956 military senice. 

1. When were you 

2. Are you getting 
Military retired pay 
under conditions 
barring dull serv¬ 
ice credit for the 
Military service?* 

3. Will you be eli¬ 
gible for social 
security benefits 
when you retire?** 

4. Will you becoaw 

Effect of DcPPirf 1 *** 

flrat employed In 
e position sub¬ 
ject to retlre¬ 
sent deductions? 

eligible for social 
security benefits 
after you retire?** 

If depoelt le.. 

Cred t for 
. post-1954 
aerv Ice 

ie- * - 

Cowered by CSRS 


Not acolicable 

Not applicable 

Paid or not paid 

Not allowed 

ISee note 11 

Be Tore 1 October 


Not applicable 





Pot ©aid 

Hot allowed 





Not raid 

5ee note 2 


Paid ox not paid 


Covered by CSRS 


Not applicable 

Not applicable 

Paid or not paid 

Not allowed 

/See note ll 

Alter 30 September 
1962.but before 

1 January 1984 


Not applicable 

Not applicable 


Hot Paid 


Not allowed 

Cowered by- 


Not applicable 

Not aoDlicable 

Paid or not bald 

1See note 1\ 



Tea or no 

Tee or no 



m Mia 

l»Pt Allowed 

POt« ll 

Pote 2 1 

You'll 9 «i *0 credit for Military service used in computing yoar Military retired pay (Including service 

performed before 1937). 

Tou'll get credit for your poet-1954 Military service at retlreMMnt, but when you becoMM eligible for 
•octal security benefit*, your civil aervlce annuity will be reduced to r—o ra credit for that service. 

•If you are getting eilitary retired or retainer pay, aee Paragraph 3d of thl* Instruction 
••for Information «Dout your eligibility for social security benefits, contact the Social Security Administration. 
•••If you are retiring due to disability and you are eligible for an annuity computed under the guaranteed einLmum 
provisions It la possible that paying the depoelt will not effect the amount of your annuity. Ask the Civilian 
Personnel Office to determine how this provision affects you. 

The amount of deposit will be 3 
percent of the earnings you re¬ 
ceived while in the military during 
the post-56 period if you are cov¬ 
ered by the Federal Employees 
Retirement System (FERS) or 7 
percent of earnings if covered by 
the Civil Service Retirement Sys¬ 
tem (CSRS). 

The deposit can be made at any 
time up to the time of retirement, 
but interest will be charged if the 
deposit is not made within two 
years after initial hire. 

Contact Sydney Santos at 633- 
6374 for additional information 
and/or a form to request earnings 
from the military service. 

By LTJG Lea Beilman 

With the Physical Readiness Test¬ 
ing (PRT) fast approaching (body fat 
measurements mid-February), it s 
time to think about decreasing your 
calories and waist line! 

The following suggestions from the 
Navy’s “Forge The Future” program 
(NAVPERS 15602), for eating in the 
general mess may be helpful. 

1. For breakfast choose cereal and 
milk or eggs and toast. Do not choose 
more than one meat item. Use very 
little butter/margarine and syrup. If 
you eat eggs, choose just one egg 
serving and fill in with toast or 
unsweetened cereal. 

2. Beverages: Tea or coffee, diet 
sodas and water are calorie free. 
Choose low fat/skim milk. Reduce 
intake of sweetened fruit-flavored 
drinks (bug juice), sodas and fruit 
juices. Use extra ice in your glass or 
smallerglasses forhighercalorie bev¬ 

3. Select a non-fried entree, veg¬ 
etable and potato (starch) or bread if 
available. Ifmeat is breaded or chicken 
has crispy skin, take off breading and 

Oak Knoll 


Sea West Federal Credit Union 
sponsors income tax seminars 

If you need help preparing your 
1991 income taxes, attend Sea West 
Federal Credit Union’s FREE lax 
seminars on Thursday, Jan. 30 at 
Naval Hospital Oakland’s Club 

Commander Salvador Romo (Re¬ 
tired), a practicing tax consultant w ill 
hold two seminars. The first one be¬ 
gins at 4:45 p.m., when CDR Romo 
will give a basic overview of how to 
prepare I040A and 1040EZ short 
forms. He will also explain the defini¬ 
tions of tax terms. The second semi¬ 
nar begins at 6 p.m. and will cover the 
more complicated 1040 long forms, 
stock transactions, itemized deduc¬ 
tions, rental property and California 
non-resident returns. 

If you have any questions about 
how to prepare your tax returns, don’t 
miss this opportunity to gel your ques¬ 
tions answered for free. Just call the 
Credit Union to R.S.V.P. by Jan. 24 at 
(510) 568-4100. Point of contact for 
further information is Robin Boyle. 

Stop Smoking classes 

Stop smoking seminars will begin 
Feb. 5 in room 3-6-12 across from the 
Clinical Assembly, from 4-6 p.m. In¬ 
formation and schedule will be given 
for “Fresh Start,” a program sponsored 
by the American Cancer Society and 
Patient Education beginning in Febru¬ 
ary 1992. Classes are open to all, but 
a commitment to attend six two-hour 
classes is necessary: 


Feb 10 4-6 p.m. 

Wednesday Feb 12 4-6 p.m. 



Feb 18 4-6 p.m. 
Mar 3 4-6 p.m. 

No referral required. Contact Aggie 
Freeman, RN, 633-5454/beeper 801 - 
9076 to enroll. 

Attention military spouses 

T he Military Spouse Business 
ami Professional Network will 
host a meeting on Jan. 28, ex¬ 

ploring temporary prol 
work and executive 
mcnl - The program wil 
J Michael Burke, a su 
human resource spec 
the Bay Area^ and w 

with hors d’oeuvres at 6 p.m. 
Interested individuals are in- 

v Jicd to attend this No Fee in¬ 
formative meeting that will take 

place at Shannon Flail, adja¬ 
cent to the Chapel at Naval Air 
Station Alameda. Please RSVP 
to the Family Service Center at 
(510) 263-3 146, located at NAS 

The Military Spouse Business 
and Professioanl network is a 
non-profit organization, open 
to the spouses of both enlisted 
and officers from all branches 
of the service. 

Hospital Oakland, speaks to corspmen during a Drunk Driving Awareness class 
in the C linical Assembly. Freeman gave statistics, showed a drunk driving video 
and I raffice Otfier Step hen Bell from the Oakland Police Department was on 
hand to answer questions. 

Page 8 

Red Rover 

January 17, 1992 

People in the news 

Branch Medical Clinic , Moffett Field 

LCDR Kevin Brooks re¬ 
ceived the Navy Commenda¬ 
tion Medal for performance 
of service as VP-48’s Flight 

LCDR Ricky Toyama re¬ 
ceived the Navy Achievement 
Medal for his performance of 
duty as the technical repre¬ 
sentative for the Family 
Practice Contract. 

LT Eric Johnson received 
the Navy Achievement Medal 
for his performance of duties 
while serving as an industrial 
hygiene officer. 

HM2 Jennifer Johnson 
received a Letter of Com¬ 
mendation for her superior 

performance of duty while at¬ 
tached to the Branch Medical 

HM3 Kari Hilliker re¬ 
ceived a Letter of Commen¬ 
dation for her exemplary per¬ 
formance of duty while as¬ 
signed to U.S. Naval Hospital 
Okinawa, Japan. 

HM2 OtisMosely received 
a Certificate of Commenda¬ 
tion for his superior perfor¬ 
mance of duty while serving 
with Nursing Services, Lima 
Company, 1st Medical Bat¬ 
talion. 1st Force Service 
Support Group in the King¬ 
dom of Saudi Arabia. 

HMC Marilyn LaRose, 

HM2 Edward Velasquez, 
HM2 Bruce Adams, HN 
Jeffrey Collins, HN Annette 
Cooley and HN Scott 
Kurosad all received Letters 
of Appreciation for participa¬ 
tion at Moffett Field’s Navy 
and Marine Corps Retiree 
Health Fair. 

HM2 Bruce Adams, HM2 
Ceferino Sanchez, HM2 
Thomas John and HM2 
Bobby Kennedy all received 
Letters of Appreciation for 
participation at Onizuka Air 
Force Base’s Health Fair. 

HM2 Edward Velasquez, 
HM2 Thomas John, HM3 
Scott Crawford and AN\ 

Patrick Ventrillo all re¬ 
ceived Letters of Apprecia¬ 
tion for their efforts as key 
workers for the Combined 
Federal Campaign. 

HM2 Jennifer Johnson 
received a Letter of Com¬ 
mendation and a Letter of 
Recognition on her nomina¬ 
tion as Sailor of the Month for 
October 1991. 

aboard to: 

HM1 Delmont Williamson. 
HN Jeffrey Collins, HM3 

Vanessa Thomison, HN 
Pamela Rudd, LCDR Roben 
Fletcher, ENS Eliette Palau 
HM1 Ephraim Cruz, HMi! 
Jeffrey Macanuff, HM3 Kari 
Hilliker. HMC Phillip Leach 
HN Lee Flannigan, and AZ( 
Myma Villa. 

Farewell to: 

LCDR Bruce Mikesel 
HM3 Stephanie Palm, HM 
Roel Olivares, HMC Jos 
Cayanan. HM3 Julio Rive r a 
HM2 Edythe Norton anc 
HM3 Janes Westbrooks. 

DoD authorizes medal for civilian Gulf War service 

By Master Sgt. Linda Lee, USA 
American Forces Information Service 

Department of Defense (DoD) civilian employ¬ 
ees who worked in the Persian Gulf area during 
Operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm will 
receive a newly authorized medal. 

The medal, said Christopher Jehn. “symbolizes 
the importance that the Department of Defense 
attaches to civilian service and recognizes the 
value of the civil service in helping to accomplish 
our nation's objectives.” Jehn is assistant secretary 
of defense for force management and personnel. 

About 4,000 appropriated-and non-appropriated- 
fund civilian employees are eligible for the award. 
Jehn said civilian employees contributed substan¬ 
tially to the military effort and endured the same 
hazards and conditions that faced the military. 
They engaged in a wide variety of jobs ranging 

from engineering, transportation and maintenance 
to operating exchange stores and morale, welfare 
and recreation activities, he remarked. 

Certain non-DoD workers from organizations 
such as the Red Cross, United Service Organiza¬ 
tions and Civil Reserve Air Fleet who provided 
support in theater will also receive the medal. 

Civilians who served in support of the operation 
any time from Aug. 2, 1990. through April 11, 
1991, and were physically located in an area des¬ 
ignated a combat zone are eligible to receive the 
medal. Also eligible are those who began work¬ 
ing in theater after April 11, 1991, and served 30 
consecutive days or 60 non-consecutive days in 
those areas. 

In addition, civilian employees stationed in 
Israel, Egypt. Turkey, Syria or Jordan at any time 
from Jan. 17 through April 11, 1991, will receive 
the medal. “Stationed in” includes airspace and 
territorial waters. 

The termination date for award eligibility wi 
be the same as the one established for the Deser 
Storm campaign star for the military’s Southw 
Asia Service Medal, said Jehn. 

The new civilian medal, designed by the U.S 
Army Institute of Heraldry, is the first of its kin 1 

since the Vietnam War, said Jehn. Similar - 

■ > 

military designs, it is intended largely for display 
recipients will also receive a la pel pin i<#v<«r. 

The front of the medal depicts crossed swords I 
a shield and a torch. “Desert Shield Desert Storm *\i 
is inscribed on the front. According to Jehn tht i 
swords represent cooperation and strength, whih 
the shield symbolizes military preparedness an. 
a strong defense. The torch, adapted from tht 
Statue of Liberty, brings to mind leadership i 
freedom and deliverance from oppression, h. 
said. - * , «*Ni 

Officials said the medal should be available fe 

presentation within the next few months. 

Back basics 

Hoxv to align your spine 

WASHINGTON (NES) — Your back is at 
work 24-hours-a-day — every lime you sit, 
stand, lift, bend over or lie down. Your back 
holds you up. protects your spinal cord and 
anchors your muscles and ligaments. Yet 
until the pain strikes, we take it all for granted. 
Many back problems can be prevented, so 
don't wait until it's too late. You can take 
several steps to keep your back in shape and 
yourself out of traction or surgery. 

Keep fit 

Eat healthy foods, maintain a trim body, 
exercise regularly and consult your doctor 
before beginning a diet or exercise program. 
Your back begins to show signs of general 
wear and tear about age 20, so it’s never too 
early to get in shape. 

Sit with support 

Did you know that keeping your stomach 
flat when you stand or sit is good for your 
back? Select a chair that offers firm back 
support and prop your feet on a stool. Most 
easy chairs are not easy on your back. Ad just 
the seat in your car so your knees are bent 
higher than your hips. Wherever you are, 
stand up and stretch at least once an hour to 
get the kinks out. 

Stand up straight 

Slouching and high heels are major back¬ 
ache culprits. Find a full-length mirror and 
see the image you project to others: Do you 
appear dynamic and ready for action? 

Experience the joy of shoes that feel good 
to your feel. If you spend a great deal of time 
on your feet, select supportive, cushioned 
shoes. Find a way to rest one foot on a stool 
or box and change your position often. 

Let your legs do the lifting 

Whenever you pick up something, squat 
down to pick it up. Grasp it firmly, move it 
close to your body and keep your back straight. 
Then slowly lift by straitening your legs. Use 
your leg muscles, they are much stronger 
than your back. Find someone to help if the 
object is heavy. 

Sleep in comfort 

Sleep on your side, knees bent with a small 
pillow to align your head with your spine. 
Select a firm mattress or slip a sheet of 
plywood under a soft one. 

Four of every five people will injure their 
backs at some point in time. Most of these 
injuries are preventable and caused by neglect. 
Keep yourself and your back in line 

(Reprinted from Tester. NAS Patuxent. Md.) 

Quality Improvement Update 
"Quality is a journey... not a distinction" 

The old way and the new way 



Poor quality and delects conic from 

Quality is fine 

We don’t have time to improve quality 

Use intuition and the latest 
technology to address problems 

Checking, data reporting, exhorting 
people giving them incentives 
insure quality 

Customers and suppliers are problems 

Is this good enough? 


Poor quality and defects comfit I 
from complex processes 

Quality can and must be 

We don't have time not to 
improve quality 

Collect data and act with 
know ledge to address prob 

Analysis and understanding 
processes insure quality 

Customers and suppliers are 

How could this be better'.' 


The Navy’s 




. Volume 4-Number 2 

Naval Hospital Oakland, California 94627-5000 

February 3, 1992 

Patient Administration 

A vital part of Naval Hospital Oakland's quality operation 

v \ndree Marechal-Workman 

Everyone ai Oak Knoll is aware ol the 
lueni Administration Department, or 
>£ uienl Adnnn. as it is commonly referred 
at the command. But. does anyone 
$ illy know the scope of its operation and 
ji |mt it takes to make it run smoothly? 
x Patient Admin, which is detailed on 
; accompanying organizational chart, 
nsists of a well organized group of 
hi- iluary and civilian personnel working 
gether toward a common goal: to 
wide the best serv ice possible to an 
ner growing beneficiary population in 
% 1 face of budget cutbacks. 

Hi, LCDR Stephen M. Astrachan. MSC, 
to is double hatted as head of the overal I 
partment and of the Inpatient 
imninistration Division, said that a staff 
85 dedicated staff members 
ccessfully meet the workload despite 
.'civilian staff cutbacks which he staled 
- , -nstitute the greatest problem his 

endorsed TQL philosophy which 
emphasizes process improvement, the 
department has introduced a number of 
changes for the betterment of patient 
service ; for example, the Tri-Service 
Patient Appointment Scheduling System 
(TR1PAS) that streamlined operations 

“/ think our hospital 
has a good working 
team relationship ... and 
/ intend to keep Patient 
Administration an 

(From left) LT Scott Kendall, LT Victor Corpuz and Kim Hunter review active part of that 
access reports to determine the number of delinquent medical records. 

Kim Hunter is head of the Data Management Division. (Offical U. S. Navy 
photo by A. Marechal-Workman) 

team ... 

were deployed to the Persian Gulf, spans a whole range of activities such as 
including its (then) head. Commander admission, processing and disposition of 
Emie Ghent. MSC. He was also alluding inpatient/outpatient records; preparation 
to the subsequent arrival of a wave of ar| d maintenance ol correspondent e, 

reports and statistics pertaining lo 
professional care and treatment of 
patients; performance of transcription 
services; processing of medical boards; 
supervising the health benefit program, 
among others (see chart) — a tall order 
which team spirit and allegiance to a 
belief in quality operation make the 
smooth running ol the department’s heavy 
workload possible. 

“We are blessed with a gifted, caring 

and industrious staff,” LCDR Astrachan 

said with conviction, “and that makes all 

the difference in the world.” 

However, downsizing and base 

closures, especially that of Letterman 

Army Medical Center (LAMC), doesn’t 

make the job easier. “Our major concern , A 

. . . . . LCDR Astrachan praised the team spirit 

rom right) LCDR Astrachan and Joan Jackson discuss a report m regard to LAMC downsizing is in the adin lhe emire command. “I think 

. . . _ _ ... _ _ _ _ —- . . . . raoiiirxt /at o rnkctonti o I nnn-ikor rvf * 

and gave patients better access to the 
hospital’s individual clinics. 

But this is not the only improvement 
that is being contemplated, according to 
LCDR Astrachan. “We have contacted 
the hospital’s Quality Assurance Unit 
about starting a Process Action Team 
(PAT) to review some portion of the 
patient record program,” he said. “We 
had a very exhaustive meeting with LCDR 
Carol Bohn (head of Quality Assurance] 
and we will continue to attend additional 
meetings until we can get our PAT team 

“Our greatest challenge is the inpatient 
records program,” the very busy head of 
the department emphasized, 
“reorganizing and restructuring it, so that 
we may consistently meet the Joint 
Commission for the Accreditation of 
Healthcare Organizations' (JCAHO) 
standard for records.” 

emitted by Inpatient Division Admissions Clerk Ben Fumar. (Official 
S. Navy photo by A. Marechal-Workman) 

* • 

receipt of a substantial number of 
additional outpatient records,”explained 
LCDR Astrachan, adding that a 
partment is facing at the present time, replacement reservists and, finally, to the consolidation ol all records in one location 
According to LCDR Astrachan, the return of the deployed service members would help the situation considerably. 

Right now we have records in three 

itbacks result from vacant civilian billets —each instance bringing administrative 
at arc not being filled due lo the current disruptions which the staff nevertheless 
-•partment of Defense mandated took in their stride. 


| We are very interested in following 
<J implementing the philosophy of 
fistam improvement in service, - he said 
4phaucally. "Though, during the past 
ar - w e had discontinuities |due to] 


A d mi n i s tratio n 
Department's mission is 

ctini.iantes beyond our control, we ^ 6 prOVlU€ SUppOVt 

'C never changed our goal to seek r (fle hospital’s 
Bstunt improvement of service, and I J r 

mk we ' re succeeding despite the beneficiary population . 

‘flBculties we’ve encountered.” ___________________________ 

1,|e discontinuity LCDR Astrachan According to its leader, the Patient 
lerTr(l t0 * s die upheaval caused by Administration Department's mission is 
‘peration Desert Shield/Storm a year to provide support for the hospital’s 
>. v. hen a majority of military personnel beneficiary population. This support 

different locations,” he elaborated, “but 
we hope that, with additional shelving, 
we will be able to reconsolidate our 
outpatient records program in one 

Meanwhile, in line with the command- 

our hospital has a good working team 
relationship.” he said proudly, “and 1 
intend to keep Patient Administration an 
active part of that team, working with 
others continually to resolve problems 
and seek improvement.” 

( Editor’s Note: For details on the TR1PAS 
system, see story by JOSN Kyna 
MeKimson published in Red Rover's 
April 1991 issue, page 3.) 

Continued on page 5 

Inside your Red Rover 

Frocking Ceremony. 2 

Stress and how to deal with it.3 

CFC update.. 

Civilian of the Quarter..7 

Sporting Event Calender..g 

Page 2 

Red Rover 


NHO Staffer recognized 
for exceptional service 

SACRAMENTO, CA.— Chesta Brantley, health 
benefits advisor at Naval Hospital Oakland, has 
been recognized for exceptional effort in support 
ol the Uniformed Services Active Duty Dependents 
Dental plan. DDP*DELTA, the administrator for 
the dental plan, selected her to receive an Award 
ot Excellence. The award is presented “in grateful 
recognition of outstanding support of the 
Uniformed Services Active Duty Dependents 
Dental Plan" through her professional assistance 
with enrollment activities on behalf of service 
members and dependents at NHO. 

The DDP*DELTA Award of Excellence is 
presented on a very limited basis to Uniformed 
Service staff who genuinely go above and beyond 
the call of duty in helping service members and 
their families become awareofanduse Dependents 
Dental Plan. Dependents Dental Plan is a DoD- 
sponsored voluntary insurance plan that covers 
basic dental care, such as checkups and fillings. 
Most of the premium cost is paid by the member's 
branch of service. Enrolled dependents can make 
appointments with any licensed civilian dentist, 

but iire entitled to preferred coverage by using the 
services of any of the more than 108.000 Delta 
participating dental offices nationwide. At 
present, about 1.5 million dependents areenrolled 
in the plan. Service members can enroll their 
eligible- dependents at their military personnel 

Attention all clinics! 

Please remind your patients who need to schedule or cancel appointments to call (510) 
633-6000, the hospital’s main appointment number, Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 4:30 

This will free clinic telephone lines and avoid busy signals when the patients call the 
clinics directly. 

Point of contact for further information is LTJG Mark Stevenson at 633-5170. 

Interested in meeting new people? 

Interested in traveling to exotic places? 

By A Dynamic Facilitator 

TEAM Training (“Treat Everyone as Me”) 
is a group-oriented discussion focusing on 
skills leading to better interaction with 
customers, both external (patients) and 
internal (co-workers). The group views 
dramatized skits which prompt interactive 
group discussion under the guidance of a 
highly-skilled facilitator. Topics include 
positive and negative communication, 
telephone skills and listening and speaking 

We were just kidding about traveling to 
exotic places, but if you are interested in 
meeting new people and expanding your 
personal interactive skills, consider 
volunteering to be a TEAM Approach 

facilitator. After a rigorous background 
check (“Do you drink regular or decaf?"), 
you'll be invited to attend a one-day 
facilitator training course. While learning 
these valuable facilitator skills, you'll also 
be mingling with past, present and future 
facilitators, meeting the mystery author of 
this article and consuming coffee and 
doughnuts, courtesy of TEAM Approach 
head honcho Chief Karen Delisle. Upon 
completion of this course, you'll be offered 
the chance to facilitate a TEAM Approach 
class every two or three months. 

If you desire more information about this 
opportunity for personal and professional 
advancement, call Chief Delisle at 3-5852. 

February 3 

Red Rover 

The F. d ris published bimonthly by ami for Ihc employees of Naval I lospital Oakland and its brunch clinics. The Red Ros iris primed commercially 

with appropriated funds in compliance with NAVSO P-35. 

Responsibility lor •< I R ■ • rconlcnts rest primarily with the Public Affairs Office, Naval Hospital, 8750 Mountain Blvd.. Oakland, CA 04627-5000 
Telephone: (415) 633-5918. Text ami photographs (except any copyrighted material) may be reproduced in whole or in part as long us byline or photo credit 
is given. Vicw> expressed are not necessarily those of the Department of Defense. Navy Department Bureau of Medicine and Surgery or of the Commanding 
Officer. Printed on recyclable paper. 

Commanding Officer 

Rear Admiral William A. Buckendorf 

Executive Officer 

Captain Noel A. Hyde 

Public Affairs Officer 

Paul W. Savercool 

Assistant Public Affairs Officer 

JOl Kay Lorentz 


Andree Marechal-Workman 

Editoral Assistants/Layout and Design 

,102 Stephen R. Brown 
JOSN Kyna S. McKimson 

Naval Hospital Oakland 
Frocking Ceremony 
January 1992 

Frocked to E-4 

HN Erickson Abitan 
HN Douglas Angulo 
HN Kevin Avila 
HN Daniel Balthazor 
HN Jesse Booth 
HN Ricky Childers 
HN Micheal Contreras 
HN Mark Cotter 
HN Terence Cronin 
HN Barry Ellefsen 
HN Robert Gamble 
HN James Heath 
HN Darrin Howell 
HN Sherry Huckstep 
HN Dell Hulse 
HN Ray Johnston 
HN Julie Jones 
HN Joseph Kascak 
HN Terrance Kemmerer 

HN Christina Kilian 
HN Julius Luguid 
HN Colleen McGlone 
HN Nancy McKechnie 
HN Harold O'Donnell 
HN Erwin M. Robles 
HN Sean Ryali 
HN Suzy Sandager 
HN Shelly Schlatt- 

HN Rebekah Simmers 
HN David Terry 
DN Micheal Walker 
HN Curtis Wehtje 
HN Ronnie Williams 
HN Troy Williams 
HN Terry Wise 
HN Andrea Yantomasi 

Certificate of Appointment (E-5) 

HM2 Leaonardo Galan 
HM2 Leroy Howard 
MS2 Rvan Swan 


Frocked to E-5 


ABH3 Margaret Arriloa 
HM3 Robert Bagley 
MS3 Denise Brown 
HM3 Carlos Flores 
MS3 Ferguson Harris 
HM3 John Kane 
ABH3 Dimas Martinez 

RP3 Ronald Mata 
HM3 Raymond Nielsen 
HM3 Nicholas Pantaleo 
HM3 Timothy Pitts 
MS3 John Reyes 
HM3 Daniel Townsend 


Frocked to E-6 

MS2 Manuel Corpus 
HM2 Alvin Grant 
HM2 Raol Rimorin 
HM2 Sandra Gaines 

General Library monthly booklist 

Feature book: 

Red Sun Setting by William Y’BIood. (940.54) 

With the renewed interest in World War II books, coinciding^ 
the anniversary ol the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, Red# 
Setting is the story of the battle of the Philippine Sea, when 
naval forces engaged in dogfights and attacks on Japanese 

Other hooks: 

Making the Most of your Money by Jane Bryant Quinn (332.(12 
Dangerous Waters by Bill Edson (Fiction) 

Regrets Only by Sally Quinn (Fiction) 

Deming Management at Work by May Walton (638) 

Den of Thieves by James Stewart (Fiction) 

7 he general library is located in Building 101 down the hallj^ 
the Post Office. 

/ February 3,1992 

Red Rover 

Page 3 

*DoD accepts Saudi Arabia’s Kuwait Liberation medal 

The Department of Defense 
accepted an offer from the 
Government ol Saudi Arabia 

The Award was 
established to honor 
the outstanding 
performance of 
coalition forces in 
their historic 

liberation of Kuwait 
last year. 

to award its Kuwait Liberation 

Medal to members of the U.S. 
armed forces who directly 
participated in Operation 
Desert Storm. The award was 
established by King Fahd bin 
Abdul Aziz of Saudi Arabia 
to honor the outstanding 
performance of coalition 
forces in their historic 
liberation of Kuwait last year. 

The medal is suspended 
from a green ribbon, with red, 
black and white stripes 
incorporating the colors of the 
flags of Saudi Arabia and 
Kuwait. The medal depicts a 
palm tree w ith crossed sabers, 
the emblem of the Kingdom 
of Saudi Arabia, 

superimposed on a sunburst, 
which symbolizes the light of 
freedom which once again 
shines over Kuwait. Inside 
the sun emblem is a globe 
with a map of the Arabian 
Peninsula in relief. 

To qualify, U.S. military 
personnel must have been in 
or flown into the war zone 
between Jan. 17, 1991, the 
start of the air war, and Feb. 
28, 1991, the cessation of 
offensive operations. The war 
zone, as designated by 
Executive Order 12744, 
incorporates Iraq, Kuwait, 
Saudi Arabia, Oman, Bahrain, 
Qatar,the United Arab 

...must have 

participated as a 
crewmember in at 
least one aerial 
mission directly 
supporting military 

Emirates, the Persian Gulf, 
the Red Sea, the Gulf of 
Oman, the Gulf of Aden and 
a portion of the Arabian Sea. 
Specific eligibility 

requirements and 

implementing instructions 

will be published by the 
secretaries of the military 
departments in the near I ut ure. 
In general, a service member 
must have served for at least 
one day with an organization 
participating in ground/shore 
operations or aboard a naval 
vessel directly supporting 
military operations; or must 
have participated as a 
crewmember in at least one 
aerial mission directly 
supporting military 

operations within this zone; 
or, if temporary duty, must 
have served for at least 30 
consecutive days during this 

Gulf vets barred from donating blood 

(American Forces Information Service) 

Defense personnel who served in the 
Persian Gulf region since Aug. 1, 1990. 
will not be allowed to donate blood 
because they may cam an infectious 

Sand flies carry the disease, called 
leishmaniasis. Dr. Enrique Mendez, 
assistant secretary of defense for health 
affairs, issued the adv isory following the 
discover) since April of 22 confirmed 
cases of leishmaniasis among Army gulf 

Die ban of blood donations covers DoD 
militan and civ ilian personnel who served 
in Saudi Arabia. Kuwait. Iraq. Bahrain, 

Qatar, the United Arab Emirates, Oman 

and Yemen. nri / n j • 

The organism usually causes an easily- 77 ^ Sandfly andparOSM 

.healed skin disease, which happened in are common itl the gulf 
15 of the cases. However, doctors at 

Waller Reed Army Medical center and l CfflOfl,' CIW'QVC Of tlllS, 

the Waller Reed Army Insliiute of health officials briefed 
Research in Washingion, DC., have UJJILUiiS IJULJLU 

A magnified view of a tiny sand fly on a 
various forms of leishmaniasis — some 

among returning service members. The 
sand fly and parasite are common in the 
gulf region; aware of this, health officials 
briefed commanders, staffs and deploying 

identified the infection via bone marrow- 
culture in seven patients who have no 
skin lesions. The seven have a mild 
illness involving fever and diarrhea. 

Military health officials are trying to 
determine how prevalent the disease is 

commanders, staffs and 
deployed troops early 

human finger. Infected sand flies carry 
potentially deadly. 

troops early on. Armed Forces Pest 
Management Board specialists at Walter 
Reed were reluctant to guess the number 
of people who may come down wit i the 
parasite, but “a ballpark estimate is more 
than 1,000,” one spokesman said. 

Mendez’s halt of returnees blood 
donations is temporary, but open-ended, 
DoD spokesmen said. The move will 
give medical researchers time to develop 
a screening test for infection and to 
determine the extent of the medical 
problem. Among other agencies 
cooperating in the effort are the Food and 
Drug Administration, Centers for Disease 
Control, American Red Cross, American 
Association of Blood Banks and Council 
of Community Blood Centers. 

Treatment for leishmaniasis takes 30 

NHO to hold 
blood drive 

Naval Hospital Oakland is 
sponsoring a blood drive at the Blood 
Donor Center located on 5 North. The 
drive will be held Tuesday, Feb. 11 
from 8 a.m.-2 p.m. 

Blood supplies must be replenished 
weekly through ongoing blood drives. 
Active-duty and retired personnel and 
their family members benefit from 
donations made during these drives 
Once collected, blood is usable for 35 
days, making it essential for continued 
replenishment through command 
blood drives. Your assistance can 
help us meet our blood requirements. 

All blood types are needed to make 
this drive a success. People who 
visited, were deployed to, or lived in 
the Persian Gulf region from August 
1990 through the present, are requested 
not to donate blood until further notice. 

For more information concerning 
the drive, contact HM2 Delacniz at 

How to make stress work for you, not against you 

WASHINGTON (NES) — You’ve heard it all 
stress is bad lor you, stress can be good for you, 
too much distressing, a little blessing — what 
does it all mean? The right amount of stress is 
good for you — but what's the right amount? 

Understanding stress 

First, it helps to know that stress is just the 
body’s reaction to a new situation. Bodies react 
>n the same way whether the situation is welcome 
or unwelcome — hearts beat faster, adrenaline is 
produced, breathing is more rapid, we are more 
alert and may perspire more. All of these responses 
can be good lor you when followed by periods of 
relaxation. They can give you the competitive 
edge in sports, keep you alert and concentrated for 
a test, or can literally save your life in an 
emergency. But when your body is constantly 
'Aoun.J up and can t relax, these same responses 
tan lead to increased blood pressure, anxiety 
attacks and a wide range of physical disorders. 

How much is too much? 

There’s no set formula to figure out how much 
stress is too much — one person’s stress may he 
another ’s motivation. However, if you experience 
stress-related symptoms such as insomnia, appetite 
change, excessive fatigue, depression, headache, 
stomach ailments or muscle tenUon, you may be 
feeling the effects of an overly stressed lifestyle 
— all stress and no relaxation. The key to bringing 
the stress in your life under control is to avoid or 
eliminate unnecessary stressful situations. When 
you can’t avoid these types of situations, be sure 
to balance stressful experiences with periods of 

Eliminating excess stress 

Some stressful situations can be eliminated by 
creative problem-solving. For instance, if long 
lines at the shopping mall drive you up a wall, 
consider shopping from catalogues, over the phone 
or during “off" hours. You might even consider 
turning “wasted” time standing in line (or sitting 

in traffic) into extra leisure time by bringing 
along a book, magazine, crossword puzzle or even 
knitting. Listening to the radio or bringing along 
a cassette player and a favorite tape is another 
way of using this time more productively. Many 
people take along a pad and pencil for sketching 
or taking notes. You may not be able to avoid 
stressful situations, but you can turn many into 
positive experiences. 

Making stress work for you 

There will always be problems which can’t be 
avoided, eliminated or changed — but they can be 
balanced by periods of relaxation. You can break 
the cycle of continuous stress by planning time 
for relaxation. Five minutes of stretching, deep 
breathing, a warm bath or uninterrupted silence 
may be all you need to break the pattern of tension 
and fatigue. When you set aside time to relax, 
you’ll feel refreshed, revived and better able to 
handle the situations and challenges you face 
each day. 

NHO sets new CFC record 

Text by JO I Kay Lorentz 

Official U.S. Navy photos by JOSN Kyna McKimson 

I lie good news is in from the Naval Hospital Oakland Fall 1991 Combined 
Federal Campaign Fund Drive. NHO set a new record in both the number of 
stall members who participated and the total contribution. 

1 otal participation increased from 71.60 percent in 1990 to 76.96 percent in 
1991. The grand total for 1990 submitted to CFC was $62,593.45, and the 
amount collected for 1991 was $83,648.54. 

1 hirty-eight work centers had one hundred percent participation, and eight 
work centers achieved 85 to 95 percent participation. Their keyworkers will 
be presented with Letters of Commendation at the command awards ceremony 
on Feb. 14. The Pastoral Care Department, whose CFC keyworker was RP2 
Ronald A. Mata, had the largest donation ratio per staff member of all 
participating work centers. 

Congratulations and thank you to all the workers and contributors who 
participated in a such a worthwhile cause. Your generosity will help improve 
the quality of life for many of those in less fortunate circumstances. 

Combined Federal Campaign 

Ann Day from the Oak Knoll Naval Guild presented RP2 Mata 
with a $100 check in recognition of his outstanding efforts as 
keyworker for the campaign. 

NHO Commanding Officer Rear Admiral William A. 
Buckendorf, MC, presented Pastoral Care Department Head 
Captain Herman L. Kibble, CHC, w ith a plaque commemorating 
his department’s enthusiastic participation in the CFC Fund 
Drive. ^ 

CFC Keyworkers for 1991 

LCDR M. Habel 
LCDR M. Edwards 
LCDR L. Navradszky 
LT J. Tucker 
LT N. Karpachinski 
LT V. Corpuz 
LT E. Pescatore 
ENS S. King 
ENS S. Dunaway 
MSI R. Corpuz 
HMI A. Boholst 

HMI C. Grushus 

HMI D. Han 

HMI A. Sarmiento- 

HMI J. Folheringham 

CTT2 D. Mashue 

MS2 R. Bober 
MM2 C. Cascone 

HM2 N. Edmondson 
HM2 R. Lang 

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HM2 C. Wurst 
HM2 A. Vintola 
HM2 D. Dantes 
HM3 M. Freeland 
HM3 R. Constantino 

HM3 J. Jackson 
HM3 M. Mann 
RP2 R. Mata 
HM3 K. O'Meara 

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Continued from page 1... 

Patient Administration Department 
Organizational Chart 

In the spotlight 

By Andree Marechal-Workman 

HM1 Edward C. Gray had his doubts about his 


career decision when he faced the reality of Navy boot 
camp 18 years ago, but today he thinks it was all 

“I will never forget my first night in boot camp,” he said 
with a chuckle. “Reveille at 4 a.m...the loud banging of 
cans waking us up...what a reception! There was a moment 
when I said to myself, ‘I think I am in the wrong business! 

HM1 Gray joined the Navy in June 1974 to follow in the footsteps 
of his tw o brothers who had enlisted 10 years before, for the lure of 
adventure and financial reasons. Despite the rude awakening of his 
boot camp days, he' s glad of his career choice and especial ly pleased 
with his tours aboard two aircraft carriers, USS Oriskany (CV-34) 
and USS Kilty Haw k (CV-63) because “that’s where the action is.” 

But he’s also very happy with his current role as leading 
petty officer of Naval Hospital Oakland’s Outpatient 
Administration, which he sees as “a lot of fun” — enjoying 
the challenge of resolving difficult problems for patients 
and staff alike. “1 am glad [to be able] to help my co- 
worker,” said the native of Umingan, Pangasinian, 
Republic of the Philippines. “I also like to see patients 
who are satisfied and hear their favorable comments.” 

As Outpatient Administration Division’s LPO, HM1 
Gray is head of Registration and Eligibility Branches, 
supervises medical units mailout to other facilities and 
requests for health records from other facilities. He’s also 
a troubleshooter for patient complaints and gives inservice 
training to military staff. 

He's a 4.0 sailor,” said his supervisor, HMC Renato 
Ramirez. “He’s highly motivated and satisfied with nothing 
but excellence from himself and his personnel.” 

HM I Gray s immediate goal is “to make chief and 
retire.” He is married to the former Tessie Belisario 
Gonzales and has three children: 12-year-old Eddie; 9- 
year-old Kristen and 7-year-old Olivia, whom he said he 
would like to “prepare in attaining their goals and 
aspirations in life.” 

(Head : LCDR Stephen Astrachan) 


Head: LCDR Stephen Astrachan 

Patient Administration - Head: Joan Jackson 

Patient Disposition - Head: HMC Myrtle Jones 



Head: LTJG Mark Stevenson 

Outpatient Records - Head: Rene Mangoson 

CHAMPUS - Head: Robert Valentine 


Head: LT Victor Corpuz 

Inpatient Records - Head: LT Scott Kendall 

Transcription Branch - Head: Jean Clayton 


Head: ENS Janet Olson 

Aero Evacuation System - Head: Lynn Boring 

Non-naval Tracking Program - Head: Elizabeth Morris 

Decedent Affairs - Head: Sandra McKelvy 

Medical Holding Company - Head: HMC Ratcatl Sison 

Background: Transcriptionist Supervisor Jean Clayton (right) gives 
instructions to Victoria Bedard while Kathy Birdsong (foreground) 
works diligently. (Official ll.S. Navy photo by A. Marechal-Workman) 

Page ft 

Red Rover 

February 3, 1992 

l\[aval ‘.Hospital Oakland 

‘J{adiolo£y (Department Zip Close 

Karline M. Hill 

Yolanda Hooper 

\\ luil isvourjob? Toassist patients with appointments and cancellations. Computer 
update all patients liles as needed. Liaison between doctors and technicians when 
applicable between patients. 

Marital status: Single. 

Children and ages: Denise Bresley, 41; Charles Webb, 40: Dianne Webb, 39; 
Betty Webb. 38. 

Hometown: Minden, LA. 

Hobbies: Reading and computers. 

Likes: Cards. 

Dislikes: Rap music. 

W hat is the most challenging part of your job? Learning all that pertains to any 


VN luit is \our immediate goal? To set up my own computer processing business. 
If I could do it all over again, Pd: Live on a tropical island forever. 

I respect myself for: My achievements. 

Role models/heroes: Danny Glover and Arnold Schwarzenegger. 

What is your job? Filling and pulling jackets for different clinics and answering 

Marital status: Single. 

Hometown: Oakland, CA. 

Hobbies: Basketball, football, baseball and shopping. 

Likes: Everything. 

Dislikes: Nothing. 

What is the most challenging part of your job? Communicating with the patients 
and doctors. 

What is your immediate goal? To become a nurse. 

W hat is your long-term goal? To go back to college full-time and finish my 
education so I can become a nurse. 

If I could do it all over again, I'd: Go back to college. 

I wish I could stop: Violence, people should not be killing each other 
I respect myself for: Not smoking, being clean, taking the responsibility to eat the 
right food. 

Role models/heroes: Mother. Lurlme (best friend), and Charalyne Scott (friend). 

(Editor’s note: Attention all Department Heads, Division Officers. Leading Chief Petty Officers and Leading Petty Officer' s! Our 
department is anxious to represent all the command’ s departments. We print our selections from requests. If your departments would 
like to he featured, please send a memorandum to the editor, selecting a junior officer, an enlisted and civilian staff member whom you 
feel would best represent your department. For further information regarding the Red Rover please call the Editorial staff; Andree Marechal- 
Workman at 3-6683 or JOSH Kyna McKimson at 3 -59/ 8.) 





He explained: “Two years after I came 
to this country 1 got married. Not long 
alter I had great trouble. My wile started 
to cough, worse and worse. The doctor 
said she had a had spot on her lung. She 
had to go to a sanatorium. Every Sunday 
I went to church and asked God for a 
miracle. After two years my wife had an 
operation. It was a success. Now she is 
home and well. God has been good to me. 


Bv LCI)R Peter Nissen, CHC 

All of us run short of one 
thing or the other from time 
to time." 

From his looks and his speech, one could 
tell that this New York bus driver had 
come over from Italy not long before. He 
was unusually courteous and cheerful. He 
did one thing that seemed strange to many 
of his passengers, lie pointed out all the 
churches on his route. He pointed out 
Protestant, Jewish and Catholic places of 
worship Every so often people would ask 
him why? 

This is why I tell people about the places 
where we come to pray and thank God." 

All of us run short of one thing or the 
other from time to time. Practically every 
married couple run short or something 
from one time or the other. You run short 
of patience; you run short of 
understanding; you run short of 

communication; you never run short of 
love. You run short of money; you run 
short of work and you run short of health, 
as did the wife of the bus driver. During 
times like these make sure you turn to God 
and ask help from supportive friends. 

But you must also do something else. 
Like our bus driver you will need to work 
a little bit harder. You will have to make 
sacrifices, to think and plan. Suppose 
your marriage is being spoiled by a 
shortage of patience. Talk it over. Plan 
how and when you will be patient. Then, 
and this is important, ask God to help you 
be patient. If you have money problems, 
make plans and a budget. Then, and this 
is also important, ask God to help you 
make ends meet. Your love for each other 
w ill grow deeper and you will be surprised 
to discover God as a reality in your own 

Be sure to thank God. The Psalm says: 
“Proclaim his marvelous deeds to all the 
nations.” This is the perfect time for ifll 
our families to ask God for what you need 
in your marriages, to sacrifice and plan, 
and also to thank God for all the many 
blessings given to you. 


February 3, 1992 

Ked Rover 

Page 7 

For your health 

Nutrient needs for the athlete 

By LUG Katherine M, Starr 

Interest in the relationship between diet 
and athletic performance is not new. 
There are many questions about what 
types of foods can be beneficial for the 
athlete. The athlete needs the same kinds 
of nutrients as the non-athlete; however, 
the amounts of certain nutrients needed 
may differ. 

For many years it was believed that a 
high-protein diet would help a person 
excel at physical activity, because protein 
was thought to be the fuel required by 

muscle. It is now known that protein is 
not the preferred energy source for the 
working muscle; carbohydrate and fat 
are the major energy sources. Studies 
have show n that w hen subjects were fed 
high fat/high protein diets for several 
days, leg muscle glycogen (the storage 
form of carbohydrate) was low, and 
endurance for pedaling was lower than 
normal. When fed a high carbohy drate 
diet for several days, both muscle 
glycogen and work increased 
dramatically. Foods high in 

carbohydrates include pastas, breads, rice, 
fruits and vegetables. 

Athletes require more calories. Energy 
needs vary according to the sport, the 
duration of the activity and body weight. 
Types of activity that require the most 
energy are those that involve use of the 
body's largest muscles. For example, 
walking expends more energy than sitting 
and typing, because larger muscles are 
involved in walking. Running, even 
though it involves many of the same 
muscle groups as walking, uses more 
energy because the intensity is greater. 

Athletes often take high doses of 
vitamins in an attempt to improve 
performance. Supplemental vitamins 
cannot improve performance, unless the 
person is initially deficient. The same 
food sources that should be used to provide 

the high carbohydrate, high energy foods 
the athlete needs will themselves furnish 
any extra vitamins that are needed. 

Maintenance of fluids is critical to 
performance. A good way to restore 
water that has been lost within a short 
period of time is to replace whatever 
weight has been lost with an equal weight 
of water. This is a suitable approach 
when you know in advance that you are 
likely to perspire heavily during a period 
of exercise. Weigh yourself both before 
and after the activity. You should replace 
the lost weight by drinking two cups of 
water for every pound lost. Pace the 
drinking at whatever rate is comfortable 
for you. such as one cup every 15 minutes 
or so, until you restore the f ull amount. 

An adequate, balanced diet is necessary' 
for effective performance but does not 
guarantee it. since nutrition is but one 
aspect. A poor diet, on the other hand, 
will guarantee substandard performance. 
Being a fit, trained athlete does not alter 
dietary requirements for most nutrients. 
Consuming one or more nutrients in 
amounts much greater than the body needs 
will not enhance performance and may 
actually impair it. Energy 
(carbohydrates), water, and certain B 
vitamins are possible exceptions whose 
increased needs can be met by a proper 

Civilian Corner 

Thrift Savings Plan (TSP) error correction 

It is the Department of the Navy’s 
policy to correct errors in an 
employees’ TSP account that are 
caused by the civilian personnel and/ 
or payroll office as soon as the error is 

Employees should revie w their leave 
and earnings statements to ensure that 
their TSP deductions and fund 
allocations are correct. Errors should 
be brought to the attention of the 
payroll office. 

Employees should notify the civilian 
personnel office if a TSP participation 
statement is not received each six 

Employees who discover errors such 
as. noTSPdeductions withheld, under 
deduction, over deduction, delayed or 
erroneous posting of contributions or 
earnings, must submit a written claim 
for TSP error correction and/or lost 
earnings as soon as they become aware 
of the error. The sooner the error is 

corrected the better off the employee 
will be, because lost earnings will not 
be paid when deductions were not 
made, even though the lack of 
deductions may have been the fault of 
the personnel or payroll office. Lost 
eamings will be paid on the agency 
match, provided the employee 
consents to retroactive deductions. 

For additional information on TSP 
error correction, contact Sydney 
Santos at 633-6374. 

Civilian of the Quarter for October-December 

Erlinda Guzman 

Lrlinda Guzman, a registered 
civilian nurse at Naval Hospital Oakland, 
was recently selected as Civilian of the 
Quarter for October-December 1991. 
Guzman curently works on ward 6 West, 
the Orthopeadics Surgery ward. 
According to LCDR Daniel Speece, NC, 
charge nurse on 6 West. " | ErlindaJ 
Guzman embodies all the excellence and 
professionalism expected in a nurse by 
her patients, fellow nurses and 

"Her duty is most clearly seen in her 
ability to solve crises with a minimum of 
available hospital support on the night 
shift," he added. 

In her nomination she was recognized 
as being the major stabilizing force during 
Operation Desert Shield/Storm during 
the transition from regular force to 
reservists, then back to regular force on 6 

"During the night shift, Guzman directs 
the care for multiple late night admissions 
trom the emergency room, and ensures 
that all required nursing care istompleled 
belore sending the patient to the operating 
room.This includes admission interview, 
physical assessment, surgical nursing 
checklist, skin prep, obtaining lab 
specimens and obtaining consent for 
surgery,” Speece said. He added that 
along with these tasks, she completes 
rounds and provides routine care 
throughout the ward during the night 

Through her many years at the hospital, 
Erlinda Guzman has provided 
distinguished nursing care and has been a 
cornerstone in the clinical education of 
my staff, "added Speece. Congratulations 
for her loyally and dedication to the Navy 
and NHO. 

Oak Knoll 

Physical Readiness Testing (PR f) 

The next PRT will be held April 20- 
24. The bodyfat measurements and 
Risk Factor screening will lake place 
Feb. 3-7 from 7;30 a.m. to 3 p.m. 
daily ((screening will be manned 
during the lunch period). Location: 
Ward 8 West. All personnel attached 
to N HO are required to complete R i sk 
Factor screening folders and have 
bodyfat calculated. This includes 
personnel in a TAD, TEMDU or 
L1MDU status to NHO greater than 
20 weeks. Anyone unable to 
participate in the actual PRT due to 
physical limitations/medical 
exemptions should be prepared to be 
examined by the assigned medical 
officer at screening location. This 
also includes those individuals TAD 
away from the hospital for less than a 
period of 20 weeks. Any persons who 
do not receive bodyfat measurements 
and fill out the Risk Factor screening 
folder will not be permitted to take 
the PRT and will therefore receive a 
“failure due to noncompliance”. 
Again this is a requirement for all 
personnel attached to Naval Hospital 
Oakland. Any questions contact HM2 
Reese at 3-8421. 

Wellness Department Note 

The PRT and DAPA divisions are 
now part of the Wellness Department 
and have moved to building 70-B 
Their respective phone numbers are: 

PRT: 3-5141/8421 
DAPA: 3-4946/4945 

For more information contact the 
Wellness Department at 3-8851. 

Tax Forms 

The supply of Federal Tax booklets 
held by the Legal Office is now 
exhausted. A limited number of forms 
and state tax booklets (not California) 
are available. More tax forms and 
booklets are expected to arrive in six 
weeks. If you want to obtain federal 
or California lax forms and booklets 
immediately, they are available in 
off-base libraries and post offices. 

I he legal office may be contacted at 
the "old" Legal telephone numbers. 
The Legal receptionist's number is 

Military Personnel Note 

Personnel TAD to N HO from another 
command must indicate such by 
writing "TAD Naval Hospital 
Oakland" in Block 6 (ship/Station) of 
Leave Request Form. Should you 
have any questions, contact CTT2 
Mashue,at the Leave desk, 633-6514. 

Page 8 

Red Rover 

February 3, 1992 

National Children’s Dental 
Health month 

By LT Susan C. Bon, DC, USN 

February is National Children’s Dental 
Health Month, and now is a better time 
than ever to get your children on the right 
track for good dental health. 

The Uniformed Services Active Duty 
Dependents Dental Plan (DDP*DELTA) 
is a volunteer program that offers among 
other things 100 percent coverage for 
two annual oral exams and two annual 
cleanings with fluoride treatments. For 
dependents under 14 years of age. sealants 
of newly erupted molars are also 

The American Dental 
Association recommends a first 
dental visit before the age of 
two. By this time, most of the 
baby teeth have come in. It is 
best to have the child meet the 
dentist in a relaxed situation 
and one not associated with pain. 

The dentist can then use this visit to 
introduce the child to the dental office 
and dental care. 

Deciduous (baby) teeth are more 
important than you might think. Their 


use is obvious in eating and speech. 

However, they also act as space 
maintainers for the permanent 
teeth. Premature loss of baby 
teeth can lead to future dental 
problems such as crowding or 
crooked teeth. 

Good dental health 
requires four things: daily 
brushing and Bossing: a well- 
balanced diet; regular check¬ 
ups and the use of fluoride. 

Contact your health benefits advisor, 
Chesla Brantley at the CH AMPUS office, 
633-5204/06 for information on eligibility 
and additional coverage. 

Quality Improvement Update 

“To do your best is not good enough unless you are properly trained to do the job. 
Quality training is the key to success.” 

Patient Contact Representatives from Naval Hospital Oakland, Branch Medical 
Clinics and NAVCARE Clinic gather monthly to improve customer service 
skills and knowledge. (Official U.S. Navy photo by HM2 Cynthia Malone) 

Bravo Zulu patient contact representatives! During the last tour months, you 
have enthusiastically participated in an ongoing series of workshops designed to 
increase communication, assertiveness, conflict resolution and stress management 
skills. The level of commitment and responsibility these highly dedicated individuals 
continuously bring to their jobs is reflected in the following comments: 

1M2 Gaylord, Mental Health Department: “1 realize the important role patient 
ontact representatives play in diffusing difficult situations by smoothing out 
^understandings, clarifying hospital protocol... and providing concise information 
nd directions to our patients. This training has improved my ability to provide better 
ervice to patients.” 

Margie Ritchie, Cardiology Clinic: “The healing process starts with the very first 
person a patient encounters... 1 believe everyone who works at Naval Hospital 
Oakland should have... patient contact training. It has shown me how to feel from the 
patient’s perspective, and to treat patients as I would want to be treated. 

U Jones, Urology Clinic: “The patient contact representative provides an important 
iison between the patient and the system. Establishing rapport with patients makes 
cm feci welcome when they return. They become more understanding and tolerant 
the system, and my job becomes easier as a result. 

Central Pacific Sports Conference 
Event Schedule 1992 

VALLEJO, CA. — The following list announces the Central Pacific Sports 
Conference and Recreation schedule for 1992. Commands are urged to design 
sports and recreation programs that will benefit the maximum number of personnel. 
They are also requested to give wide publicity to this schedule and coordinate their 
1992 programs accordingly. Point of contact for further information at Naval 
Hospital Oakland is Ron Brown at 633-6014. 





Feb 8 


9 am 

Men’s/Women's Championships 
Mare Island Naval Shipyard 

Mar 7 


9 am 

Men’s Championships 

NAS Moffett Field 

Mar 14 


9 am 

Women’s Championships 

NAS Alameda 

Mar 23-25 



Men's/Women’s Championships 
NAS Moffett Field 

Mar 26-29 


9 am 

Men’s Open Championship 

Mare Island Naval Shipyard 

Mar 27-29 


9 am 

Men s Senior/Women’s 

NAS Alameda 

Apr 4 

Track and Field 


Men's/Women's Championships 
Vallejo High School 

Apr 7 

Slow Pitch SB 

5 pm 

Men’s/Women’s Leagues 

May 2-3 


9 am 


NSGA Skaggs Island 

Jun 15-19 


9 am 

Men s Open Championships 

Jun 16-19 


9 am 

Men's Jr. Vet.. Senior and 

Women's Championships 
NAVHOSP Oakland 

Jun 20-21 

Slow Pitch SB 


Women’s Championships 

NAS Moffett Field 

Jun 27-28 

Slow Pitch SB 


Men’s Championships 

Mare Island Naval Shipyard 

Jul 16-19 


8 am 

Men's Open, Senior and Women’s 

Mare Island Naval Shipyard 

Aug 29 


9 am 


NAVSTA Treasure Island 

Sep 19 


9 am 


Mare Island Naval Shipyard 

Sep 25 



9:30 am 

1993 C.P.S.C. Scheduling 

Mare Island Naval Shipyard 

Nov 7 


9 am 


NSGA Skaggs Island 

Nov 13-15 


7-man Flag FB 



Mare Island Naval Shipyard 

Nov 21 


10 am 


Mare Island Naval Shipyard 

Dec 5 


8 am 


Mare Island Naval Shipyard 

The Red Rover 

The Navy's 




Volume 4-Nuniber 3 Naval Hospital Oakland, California 94627-5000 February 14, 1992 

Morale. Welfare and Recreation (MWR) 

A department with a little something for everyone 

By JOSN Kyna S. McKimson 

Whether it be attending a command 
picnic, visiting Club Knoll w ith your co- 
workers or playing a game of basketball 
at the gym, everyone at Naval Hospital 
Oakland has. at some time or another, 
been involved in the Morale. Welfare and 
Recreation (MWR) Department. 

"Here at NHO. what we're try ing to do 
is gi\e the staff the best quality recreation 
that we can give them with our limited 
resources,’" said Mick Marumoto, club 
manager and MWR director. 

Incorporated in the MWR are various 
activities, facilities and also the Special 
Sen ices Department which offers tickets 
and tour;, of Bay Area entertainment. 
“We have a wide variety of recreation, or 
Special Sen tees, as it is called today,” 
Marumoto said. “We have a gym which 
includes a basketball court, a weight- 
room and a fitness center, an indoor heated 
pool, mo ball fields, five lighted tennis 
courts, two indoor racquetball courts, a 
bowling center and picnic areas.” He 
added that located in the gym and the 
sw imming pool are saunas in both the 
men and the women’s dressing rooms. 

‘‘[Currently], we are in the process of 
getting new' equipment for the Weight 
Room and Fitness Center,” Marumoto 


For approximately 1,500 military and 
civilians at NHO, the level of services 
provided by MWR is comparable to that 
of a larger command. “We are a smaller 
command and we do have a limited 
budget,” said the head of MWR. “Right 
now . the only service we do not cover is 
child care. I don’t foresee having a child 
care center here in the near future because 
of non-available funding.” However, he 
pointed out that child care centers are 
available at Naval Air Station Alameda 

“If it wasn't for the 
military staff we 
would not he able to 
stay open [because] 
our budget is small 
and we couldn't 
afford to pay 
civilians to run the 
whole department. ” 

is Ihe place where staff can enjoy holiday activities, eat lunch or have 
meetings and receptions. (Offical U.S. Navy photo hv JOSN Kyna S 

explained, adding that NHO can look 
forward to numerous additions to each 
MWR lacility. “We are also looking at 
resurfacing the tennis courts, fixing up 
the gameroom in the club and, as soon as 
the new equipment is received for the 
club and the gym, we are planning to go 
together with the staff of the Bachelor 
Enlisted Quarters (BEQ) to build a 
gameroom and weight room with the old 

and Naval Station Treasure Island. 

Along with the facilities, Marumoto 
stated that MWR sponsors intramural 
sports teams, aerobics and water aerobics 
classes and karate classes. “Also with 
recreation, we oiler many discounted 
tickets to places such as Disneyland and 
SeaWorld, as well as to sporting events 
such as Oakland Athletics season tickets,” 
he said. These discounted tickets, as well 

Mick Marumoto, club manager and MWR director. (Officical U.S. Navy photo 
by JOSN Kyna S. McKimson) 

as sporting gear are available through the 
Ticket and Tours Office in Special 

The MWR Department is run mainly 
by civilians stated Marumoto, with the 
exception to the recreation side of the 
house which is basically run by military 
personnel. “If it wasn’t for the military 
staff, we would not be able to stay open 
[because] our budget is small and we 
couldn’t afford to pay civilians to run the 
whole department.” 

According to Marumoto, a lot of effort 
goes into organizing monthly special 
events and holiday celebrations at Club 
Knoll, but they are not as well attended as 
they could be. “With such a conscious 
effort put into providing the best available 
activities and facilities to NHO staff, we 
would like to see a little more of the 
command support in the MWR activities 
that are available.” 

Marumoto has worked at Club Knoll 
for two years. During his enlistment in 
the Navy he ran Special Services for six 
years. He stated that since he has been at 
the command he has “seen improvement 
in the participation of staff in MWR 
activities not only in the gym and the 
sports side of the house but also in the 
club activities.” 

1 really appreciate the support I have 
been receiving from the Resources 

“/ really appreciate 
the support I have 
been receiving from 
the Resources 
Department and 
CART John Kelly 
[director of 

Resources]. They 
have been very 

Department and CAPT John Kelly 
[director of Resources]. They have been 
very helpful as far as financing and the 
budget for MWR, we lost a lot of 
appropriated funds this fiscal year.” It is 
also very important to note that MWR 
passed the Inspector General (1G) 
inspection with flying colors. 

See Spotlight , pp. 4,5 


Listening Box. i 

Third Party Collection.3 

Electronic access to detailer.3 

For your health.7 

Page 2 

Red Rover 

February 14, 1992 


Month of the Military Child 

Listening Box 

Q: Would you please close the fifth deck smoking area from 11:00 p.m. to 6:00 a.m. It is difficult to sleep when 
on duty, with the smokers talking, shouting and laughing right outside the Ear Nose and Throat (ENT) duty room. 
They make noise during the breaks that ward personnel take (ie 3:00 a.m.) During those hours, maybe they could 
smoke out back on the loading dock, where there are no sleep rooms. 

A: It is not possible to utilize the back dock during the hours suggested because this area will locked and alarmed 
after hours. In order to help alleviate this problem, we will place signs in the corridors of 5 South. These signs 
will serve as a reminder that duty or watch rooms are occupied. 

I am sure that once our staff has been reminded of the close proximity of watch personnel, every consideration 
for reducing noise will be extended by staff who are taking early morning smoking breaks. 

S/ RADM William A. Buckendorf 
Commanding Officer 


Sharing costs of some family planning services 

CHAMPUS shares the cost of certain birth control 
services and supplies, as listed below: 

* Infertility diagnosis and treatment ( remember, 
CHAMPUS doesn't cover the active-duty sponsor); 

* Surgical insertion, removal and replacement of 
intrauterine devices; 

* Measurement for. and purchase of, contraceptive 
diaphragms (and remeasurement and replacement); 

* Birth control pills your physician prescribes; 

* Surgical sterilization (vasectomy or tubal ligation: 
check with your health benefits advisor for limitations); 

* Implantation and removal of Norplant System 
long-term reversible contraceptive implants; 

* Tests to find out if you're pregnant. 

CHAMPUS does not cover: 

* Over-the-counter contraceptives, such as condoms 
and spermicidal foams; 

* Surgery to reverse sterilization; 

* Artificial insemination, including sperm banks/ 
donors, in vitro fertilization and other artificial means 
of conception; 

* Abortions. In very limited circumstances, when the 
physician certifies that the life of the mother is 
endangered, CHAMPUS may cover abortions. Check 
with your health benefits advisor for details. 

Red Rover 

Thci is published bimonthly by and for the employees ofNaval Hospital Oakland and its branch clinics. The 

is printed commercially wilh appropriated funds in compliance with NAVSO P-35. 

Responsibility for contents rest primarily with the Public Affairs Office. Naval Hospital. 8750 Mountain 

Blvd.. Oakland. CA 94627-5000. Telephone: (415) 633-5918. Text and photographs (except any copyrighted material) 
may be reproduced in whole or in part as long as byline or photo credit is given. Views expressed arc not necessarily 
those of ihe Department of Defense, Navy Department Bureau of Medicine and Surgery or of the Commanding Officer. 
Printed on recyclable paper. 

Commanding Officer 

Rear Admiral William A. Buckendorf 

Executive Officer 

Captain Noel A. Hyde 

Public Affairs Officer 

Paul W. Savercool 

Assistant Public Affairs Officer 

JO-1 Kay Lorentz 


Andree Marechal-Workman 

1 .ditoral Assistants/Layout 

J02 Stephen R. Brow n 

JOSN Kyna S. Mckimson 

Family Service Center 
offers a variety of programs 

ALAMEDA, CA. — The Family Service Center 

(FSC) offers a variety of programs from stress 
management and taxes to career college comeback and 
a new program, “Lunch Bunch.’* * 

Stress Management 

Is stress your enemy? Let us help you manage the 
stress in your life. Next class sessions are on Wednesday. 

Feb. 12,and Wednesday. Mar. 11, from9a.m. to4p.m. 

It’s tax time again 

Wednesday, Feb. 19, 7-9 p.m.. a speaker from 
certified public accounting firm w ill conduct a sessic 
on tax laws, both federal and state, explaining how the 
impact the military person. There will be a questior 
and answer period. 

Career and College 

Wednesday. Feb. 12 at 6 p.m. — Career and colles 
information w ill be the focus of the evening featurir 
FSC, Employment Resource Center director and Lat 
Paddock, education specialist. Topics inclut 
educational opportunities, financial aid. scholarships!' 
resources forcontinuingeducation and related sen ice s 
Spouses are eligible for all education benefits, couples! 
are welcome. 

Lunch Bunch 

Tuesday. Feb. I I from noon-1 p.m.—Tired of the, 
same old lunch routine? Brown bag it w ith FSC. Learn 
new and interesting crafts. Find out about the many' 
sen ices your FSC has to offer. Coffee w ill be served, 
free of charge. The craft w ill be a “Flower Topiary 
Tree" taught by instructor Zoe Kibbler. 

advanced training 

Advanced Ombudsmen training for the quarter will 
be on Saturday. Feb 22. from 8 a.m-4 p.m. This trainir 
will be a mini Navy-Marine Corps Relief Societ 
course. If you have wanted to take the week-lot 
course but could not attend, join us fora most informat 
day. Call 263-3146 to reserve a space. 

To sign up for a class or for further information cal 
the FSC at NAS Alameda at (510) 263r3146. 

Attention all clinics 

Please remind your patients wh<* 
need to schedule or cancel appoint* 
ments to call (510) 633-6000. the 
hospital's main appointment nun 1 
her, Monday through Friday, 8 a in¬ 
to 4:30 p.m. jk 

This will free clinic telephone lines 
and avoid busy signals when the p a 
tients call the clinics directly. 

Point of contact for further ini of 
mation is LTJG Mark Stevenson ^ 

February 14. 1992 

Red Rover 

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Third Party Collection (TPC) Program 

By Josie Smith, head of TPC 

On Feb. 10. Naval Hospital Oakland's 
Third Party Collection Office, Fiscal 
Office, implemented the Outpatient Billing 
Program in three of its clinics - Allergy, 
HIV and Neurology. Their goal is 100 
percent implementation of outpatient 
billing throughout the hospital and the 
branch medical clinics within the next 
two months. 

Public Law 101-510(10 U.S.Code) 1095 
established the TPC. The program directs 
military hospitals to bill private insurance 
companies for the cost of care provided 
by the military facility. When a patient 
has commercial insurance, the government 
will bill the insurance company for 
outpatient and inpatient care. The 
government determines an average cost of 
an inpatient stay or of an outpatient clinic 
visit and billsthisamount tothe insurance 

Our patients will not be charged a 

deductible or co-payment for care received 
through the military facility, instead the 
government will absorb these costs. 
Therefore, care claims filed by the 
government may count toward meeting 
deductibles. This may result in a 
significant saving to our patients if they 
later seek civilian medical care. 

Brochures on the inpatient and outpatient 
programs can be lound in the Admission 
Office and in the clinics where the 
outpatient program has been implemented. 
As an alternative, the patients may stop 
by one of the TPC offices located on the 
fifth floor of the hospital, next door to l he 
Collection Office, or at building 62B. 
Their hours of operation are 8 a.m. to 4:30 
p. m. 

Some of the anticipated questions that 
patients may have, have been included in 
these brochures, for example - What is the 
third party collection program? What is 
the patient’s responsibility? Will this raise 
my rates? 

For additional information, call me at 

Quality Improvement update 

“ Bravely Blazing the Trail for the Quality Improvement Journey!” 

Naval Hospital Oakland’s commanding officer, 
RADM William A. Buckendorf .is pictured with 
members of the “PILOT'* Pharmacy Cost Process Action 
Team (PAT) and their Quality Management Board at 
the recent Team meeting where he presented official 
Appointment Letters to each. 

Initially convened in September 1991. this 
Command’s "PILOT" PAT was presented with the 
following mission: "To identify and examine the causes 
of Naval Hospital Oakland escalating Pharmacy costs, 
and to make recommendations to the Quality Leadership 
Council on processes aimed to minimize these costs.” 
Meeting once a week, this determined and undauntable 
group of "TQL Pioneers” has bravely tackled an 
enormous challenge. The lessons learned from their 
experiences so far have already provided valuable 
insights and information for future PAT s. The Quality 

Leadership Council is eagerly awaiting the Team’s 
recommendations for action to guide the command in 
establishing priorities for future efforts regarding costs 
that impact on the Pharmacy System. 

PAT photo at left (Pictured from left to right) 
LCDR G. McNees, MSC (Pharmacy)-Team Leader, 
LCDR M. Kelly, NC, Facilitator, HM2 D. 
McKechnie (Pharmacy), Ned Cronin (SFMC), LT 
C. Schauppner, S.C. (Supply), LT A. Leeds, NC 
(Nursing),LCDR R.Engelhart,MSC(Fiscal),LCDR 
M. Honig.MC (Surgery), RADM W.A. Buckendorf, 
MC (commanding officer), CDR M. Westin, S.C. 
(Director, Logistics), CDR P. Garst, MC (Chair, 
P&T Committee), CAP! J. Kelly, MSC (Director, 
Finance Management), CAPT M. Little, MC 
(Director, Medical Service), CAPT D. Greenfield, 

MSC (Director, Ancillary Services) Chairman,QMB. 
(Official U.S. Navy photo by JOSN Kyna McKimson )- 
-(Not pictured) LT A. YVhitmeyer, MSC (Fiscal), 
CAP I J. Bartlett, MC (Director, Surgical Services). 

Electronic access to your detailer 

What do a blistered index 
fingertip and a cauliflower ear 
have in common? They both 
belong to someone who has been 
trying to telephone his or her 
detailer hour after hour. How 
can you avoid these maladies? 
Use BuPcrs Access — the 
Bureau of Naval Personnel’s 
(BuPers) new computerized 
communication system. 

BuPers Access is a personal 
computer (PC)-based 

communication system that 
allows fleet officers and sailors 
24-hour access to personnel 
information and their detailers. 

For many sailors, accessing 
detailers can be a series of busy 
signals and long w aiting periods, 
a problem that has not been 
ignored but until now lacked a 
viable solution. 

I Ik* main purpose of BuPers 

Access is to separate routine 
questions on program eligibility, 
selection board results, "dream 
sheet" status, detailer trip 
schedules and board schedules 
from those that require a two- 
way dialogue. With the answers 
to these routine questions 
supplied through computerized 
BuPers Access, detailers will be 
able to improve communication 
quality and give more prompt 
service to members approaching 
projected rotation dates (PRD) 
and have a need to discuss actual 
orders one-on-one. 

Another goal of BuPers Access 
in to strengthen the role of the 
command retention team by 
giving divisional, departmental 
and command career counselors 
easy access to information they 
need to counsel their sailors. This 
should reduce the phone 
congestion caused by the volume 

of call related to detailing. 

Through BuPers Access, 
sailors can also leave messages 
for their detailers. Most inquiries 
are answered within two business 
days. While some community 
detailing shops are still 
reshuffling jobs to oiler a full 
range of BuPers Access 
services, BuPers-wide goal is to 
offer all services to all 
communities as soon as possible. 

Any command or individual 
with a PC (IBM. Zenith, 
Macintosh, etc.) can get online 
with BuPers Access. All that is 
needed is a computer modem, a 
telephone line and 
communication software such as 
ProComtn, Tclix or Q-modem. 
The first time a requester calls 
BuPers Access, a series of 
questions regarding computer 
equipment will need to be 
answered prior to using the 

system. The set-up is as follows: 
1200/2400 baud; eight data bits; 
no parity; one stop bit and full 

Personal information is not 
accessible to unauthorized 
personnel because BuPers 
Access is password and social 
security number protected. 
Private messages to detailers and 
detailer responses can only be 
accessed by the password holder. 

BuPers Access is also user- 
Iriendly The menus are 
graphical and easy to understand, 
and there's plenty ol help 
available, both in the menus and 
through technical support. The 
initial log-on procedures are 
listed in the accompanying table. 

As BuPers Access catches 
throughout the fleet, new 
services are already being 
contemplated. An updated 
Standard Navy Distribution List 

(SNDL) and a BuPers phone 
directory are on line, and a fleet - 
wide E-mail system for arranging 
and submitting duty swaps is 
available. Other features ranging 
from an officer, enlisted master 
record file to filling out duty 
preference forms via computer 
are also being investigated. 

The following telephone 
numbers are offered for more 
information or assistance: Data- 
AV 225-6900, 224-8059/8070/ 
8076; commercial (703) 695- 
6900, 614-8059/8070/8076; 
Voice AV 233-3030; 
commercial (703) 693-3030; 
technical support A V 224-8083; 
commercial (703) 614-8083. 

(/ nfor mat ion courtesy of Bureau 
ofNaval Personnel publicaffairs 
sla ff’ Washington , DC. 
Perspective magazine also 
contributed to this article.) 

MWR in the spotlight 

(Text and photos hy JOSN Kyna S. McKimson) 

Cindy I luston began working at Naval Hospital Oakland 15 years ago in the [old] Enlisted 
Club. Now, after 15 years of experience, Huston is the assistant club manager/catering 
manager at Club Knoll, the consolidated NI K) oflicer/enlisted club. 

“I started working as a young waitress at the club to support my (then ) 4 year-old daughter 
... it was meant to be a temporary job,’' said Huston. 

Alter working for three years as a waitress, she was promoted to operations clerk in 1980. 
Then, after completing a four-week management course she was promoted to club manager 
of the Enlisted Club in 19X4. Since 1986, Huston stepped into the spot of assistant club 
manager/catering manager. 

“Although it has not been easy being a woman in management, two of my several managers 
should be commended for their fairness and non-discrimination," said Huston. The first is 
LT Karl Johnson, one of the first managers at the Officer's Club, who was very supportive 
and provided her intelligent guidance. The other is Mick Marumoto, the present club 
manager and MWR director, who gave her confidence and encouragement to advance in her 

Huston is m charge of booking private parties and meetings and assisting clients with 
planning Junctions by ordering food and bar support; planning, coordinating and decorating 
for special theme parties such as the Valentine's Dinner, Easier Brunch, etc. In addition, she 
recruits, selects and schedules staff, plans and prepares banquet menus and schedules 

I ler immediate goal is “to improve service provided by the club for lunch patrons and to set 
up better cost controls.” Huston who is single and has two children - 19-year-old Monisa 
and 6-year-old Jaime - plans to go into business for herself sometime in the future. 

Cooks at NHO's Club Knoll prepare food orders for the] 
crowd. The Club has dining facilities and also offers 

SM2 Loren Littleton, who works in th*$ 
sells a civ ilian employee an MWR CoW* 

Ron Brown, director of Special Services, runs the recreational 
foeiJiriies of MV\ R, which includes the gym and Tickets and 


Department in the Tickets and Tours office, 
ties civilians who work at NHO to use MWR 

Martin Luther King's 
birthday observance at 

Oak Knoll 

(above) CAPT Herman Kibble, head of Oak Knoll's Pastoral ( are 
Services, was keynote speaker at Martin Luther King's birthday 
observance ceremony. He addressed a standing-room-only audience 
with his usual verve while members of the (lift (iospel Choir (below 1 
entertained with Black spirituals. The festivities were coordinated by 
LT Pamela Trahan of the hospital's Main Operating Room Department. 
(Offical U.S. photos by HM2 James Sandridge) 

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February 14, 19* 

'Alamil ‘Mospital Oakland 


‘Department Zip Close 

OS I Mark Rosinski 

()S2 Angela Sand! 

Ramona Frandy 

V\ hat is your job? Leading petty officer, telephone 
repair supervisor and radio repair supervisor. 
Marital status: Married. 

Spouse: Paula kosinski. 

( hildren and ages: Charity,12; Andrew, 9; Autum, 


Hometown: Erie, PA. 

Ilohhies: Golf and computers. 

Likes: Sunny days and blue skies. 

Dislikes: Snow and cold weather. 

What is the most challenging part of your job? 
Deciding what I should tackle next. 

\\ hat is your immediate goal? Becoming a civilian. 
V\ hat is your long-term goal? Staying a civilian. 

I wish I could stop: Smoking. 

I respect myself for: My initiative and drive. 


What is your job? Telecommunications specialist, 
process telephone orders and other communication 

Marital status: Single. 

Children: Glenn Ray Sandt. 

Hometown: Federal Way, WA. 

Hobbies: Cake decorating and crochet. 

Likes: Spending time with my son. 

Dislikes: Not being able to spend as much time as I 
would like to with my son. 

What is the most challenging part of your job? 

Keeping up with all of the moves in the hospital and 
then processing all of the regular orders in a timely 

What is your immediate goal? To help get the 
telephone order process automated to speed the order 

What is your long-term goal? Go back to school and 
get my bachelor’s degree in Telecommunications. 

If I could do it all over again. I’d: Do it just the same. 
I wish I could stop: Being so critical of people. 

I respect myself for: The accomplishments I have 
made with my son, being a single parent in the Navy. 


What is your job? Secretary tor the trouble call 

Marital status: Single. 

Children and ages: Michael. 39; Dan 26. 
Hometown: Oakland. CA. 

Hobbies: Golf, bingo, keno and fishing. 

I.ikes: My boss and the people I work with. 
Dislikes: Insincere people. 

What is the most challenging part of your job.' 

Keeping the customer calm while try ing to get the 

What is your immediate goal? To lose weight. 

W hat is your long-term goal? To stay healthy ant’ 
retire late. 

I w ish I could stop? Ealing for the sake of my health 
I respect myself for: Being honest and trying to keep 
a happy outlook on life. 

Role models/ heroes: My stepfather. W.B. Echols, 
and brother Ken Webster. 






“To love or not to love 

Love bears all things, believe all things, hope all 
things, endure all things...Love never ends.” 

It 's a tall order to fulfill that series of requisites. 
Our goal is to achieve them. But we live in a very 
human world where our humanness and 
personalities get in the way of achieving perfection. 
Where do we draw the line? How do we love the 
abuser and not the abuse; the alcoholic or drug 
addict and not the chemical? 

It takes time and energy and, most of all, 
empowerment. Who is empowering you to be 
loving? II you don’t have a satisfying answer to 
that question lor yourown life, let’s talk. Come by 
and see us. There are many ways to help your life 

The Military Spouse Business 
and Professional Network 

Bv Jeanne Dennis, Puhlicitv Chair 

become empowered. 

By LT Anne Kennedy, CMC 

February is the month associated with Valentine’s 
Day. Valentine is centered on relationships that arc 
loving, but ol ten we are not ‘ loving” in our treatment 
of each other We put each other down in order it) 
build ourselves uporat least protect ourselves from 
getting hurt. A paraphrase of I Corinthians by 
Lewis Smcdcs in Ins book Love Within Limits, 13. 
deals with love from a realistic perspective, lie 
writes; I ove is long suI lering anil kind, love is not 
jealous, or boastful or arrogant or rude. Love does 
not seek its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; 
it does not rejoice in evil, but rejoices with the truth. 

9Zappij Vafen tine sDai / 
‘February 14 

Will you be in the right place at the right time faftj 
growth industries ol the 90's? The economil ou 
for the Oakland area — and the fields in w hich we 
expect to see future business grow th and employ n* 
opportunities — will be* the topic of the Febi 
program of the Military Spouse Business aili 
Professional Network. 

The program will be held February IS at Shai 
Hall, NAS Alameda, and will feature econo 
development expert John K. Christensen from 
Oakland Chamber of Commerce. Hors d oeuvres v 
be served at ft p.m. and the program will follow at 63 

Following the program there will be a question and 
answer period and networking opportunities. 

The Network invites all interested persons, whei 
from the military, business, government or ci 
communities to attend. 

There is a $10 charge. Those planning to at 
should call the Family Ser\ ice Center at N AS Alan 
at (510) 263-3146. 

Ihe Military Spouse Business and Professi 
Network is a non-profit organization open to spous 1 
enlisted personnel and officers, as well as retired 
reserves, from all branches ol the military 

February 14, 1992 

Red Rover 

Page 7 

For your health 

Pure juice differs from cheaper juice drinks/blends 

f rom concentrate, but it is pure juice without any added 

By L/TJG Lea Beilman, MSC 

Is there a 
between juice, 
juice drinks and 
juice blends? 
Despite what 
their producers 
would like you to 
believe, these 
products are not 
alike. Juice is 
V exactly that, pure 
‘ juice. It may be 
■ reconstituted 

Attention interested personnel: 

The Alameda Officers Wives’ Club wish to 
announce their annual time and talent auction, 
Feb. 28 at 7 p.m. Rosenblum Cellars Winery, 2900 
Main. Alameda, CA. All proceeds go to charity. A 
$5 donation per person is taken at the door. For 
more information contact Tammy A. Anthony- 
Silva. the 1992 Auction Chairperson at (510) 865- 
j 9876. _ 

Navy lodges can be used after 
involuntary separations 

WASHINGTON (NES) — Military personnel 
involuntarily separated from the serv ice can use Navy 
lodges throughout the United Stales for up to two years 
after separation. This option is included as one of the 
Navy Exchange's(NEX)extended privileges foreligible 
involuntarily separated service members. 

Navy lodges offer accommodations to families of all 
military services at a reasonable price. Most Navy 
lodge rooms can accommodate up to five people, with 
the average rate about $35 per night, per room. 

Lodges feature a fully-equipped kitchenette with 
microwave or range oven, a refrigerator, cookware and 
tableware. A dining area, maid service, a direct dial 
telephone and color TV are also offered in each unit. 
Many lodges also have a laundromat and a mini-mart. 

A central reservation office, open 24-hours-a-day. 
can guarantee reservations for lodges in the United 
States. Reservations can be made 30 days in advance by 
calling 1-800- NAVY INN. Rooms are guaranteed 
until 6 p.m. on the scheduled day of arrival. 

Navy lodges accept cash. MasterCard, Visa, Diner's 
Club or Discover cards in payment. There are Navy 
lodges located in California. Connecticut, District of 
Columbia, Florida, Georgia. Illinois. Louisiana, Maine, 
Maryland. Mississippi, New Jersey, New York, 
Pennsylvania, Rhode Island. South Carolina, Tennessee, 
Texas. Virginia and Washington. 

(CFC Editor's Note: The listing of CFC 
keyworkers indent ified on page 4 of the last issue 
of the Red Rover" (Vol. 4, No. 2, Feb. 3, 1992) 
were those keyworkers and their departments 
who achieved 100 percent participation during 
the lund drive. In addition the following 100 
percent keyworkers were inadvertently deleted 
Irom the list: DTI Calimlim, Dental; S. Santos, 
CIVPERS;HNR. Childers,Q/A;HN B. Johnson, 
Q/A; $. Hambly, (ID; HMI G. Zuckerman, 
Pharmacy; S. Garcia, ENT; D. Shore, Facilities 
Mgmt; L. Sanders, Housekeeping and SI 13 M. 
Sloan, MWR.) 

sweeteners or other ingredients. 

Juice drinks, blends and beverages may be 10 percent 
or even less, actual fruit juice. The remainder ol these 
products are made up of various forms of sugar, such as 
high fructose corn syrup and miscellaneous flavors and 

On their own. these juice drinks are considerably 
lower in vitamins than pure juice. Some proclaim to be 
fortified with vitamin C. Don't be fooled though, just 
because the vitamin C content of a juice drink and real 
juice are the same, it does not make sugar water with a 
vitamin C pill the equivalent of real juice. 

When making your next purchase, make sure what 
you buy is 100 percent pure, unsweetened juice. Four 
oz. of juice would count toward one of your minimum 
of five servings of fruits and vegetables each day. 

Pearl Harbor Survivor 

CAPT Victor Dodd, USN (left) presents a Pearl 
Harbor Survivor Medallion to Hadwick A 
Thompson. CAPT Dodd is Chief of Staff, 
COMNAVBASE San Francisco; Hadwick 
Thompson is president of Navy League’s 
Oakland Chapter Council. (Offical U.S. Navy 

People in the news at BMC, 
NAS Moffett Field 

Congratulations to HM2 Mary Pilant, HM2 
Rojan Sevilla, HM2 Richard Kelley, HM3 Lori Barkley, 
HM3 Stacey Granger, HM3 Paul Andry, HM3 Lauri 
Andry and HM3 Charles Harris for being frocked to 
present rate. 

Virginia A. Macareg was awarded a certificate for 20 
years of Federal Service. 

Virginia Macareg, Janice Kaplan-Klein, HN Annette 
Cooley, HN Jeffrey Collins. HN Scott Kurosad, HM2 
Cefcrino Sanchez, HM2 Thomas John, HM2 Bruce W. 
Adams and HM2 Edward Velasquez received Letters of 
Appreciation from the commanding officer. NAS 
Mollett Field, for their participation in the Retired Navy 
and Marine Corps Personnel Information Fair. 

Good Conduct Awards were presented to HM2 
Daniel Laporte (2nd award) and HMC Marilyn LaRose 
(4lh award). 

Welcome aboard to: HMCS Randolph Griswold, 
HM3 Rommel Deguzman, HN Marco Cabrera, HN 
Edward Avila and HM3 Shannon Kuhahane. 

Fair Winds and Following Seas to: HM3 

Lauri Andry and AN Patrick Ventrello. 

Civilian Personnel 
vacancy listing 

This is the continuation of the vacancy listing from 
Red Rover Volume 3 Number 17.Applicants should 
refer to the individual vacancy announcements for 
complete information and qualifications. 
Announcements may be obtained by calling 633-6372 
or Autovon 828-6372, Monday through Friday, 8 
4 p.m., or visiting (lie Civilian Personnel Office. 

Position Location Closing Dale 

Supvy Community 

Health Nurse OccHealth/ 

GS-610-11 Preventive Medicine OUF 

Secretary (Typ) Occ Health/ 

GS-318-4 Preventive Medicine OUF 

Medical Records 

Technician (Typ) Branch Clinic, T! OUF 


Nurse Specialist Ambulatory Care OUF 


Optometrist Branch Clinic. Alameda OUF 


Secretary (Typ) Various Locations OC 


Clerk Typist Navy Drug Screening Lah OC 

Health Technician Various Locations OC 


Medical Clerk Various Locations OC 


Cle. k-Typist Various Locations OC 

GS-. 22-3/4 

Medical Clerk(Typ) Various Locations OC 


File Clerk Various Locations OC 


Voucher Examiner 

(Typ)GS-540-4/5 Supply Division 31 DEC 91- 


Social Worker Social Work Department OUF 

Social Services Social Work Department OUF 



Communications Management Info Dept OUF 



Procurement Clerk 

(Typing) Supply Department OUF 

(2 Positions) 

Fitness Report Asst 

(Typ) Administrative Support OUF 



Aid Operations Management OUF 

WG-3566-02 (2 positions) 

Nurs e Branch Clinic. Mare Island OUF 


GS-6M-II (Part-Time) 

Nurse Consultant Infection Control OUF 


Nurse Specialist Internal Medicine OUF 



Editor's Note- the remainder of the vacancy listing 
will he published in the next issue of the Red Rover. 

Page 8 

Red Rover 

February 14, 199; 


Navy Tuition Assistance and the off-duty education 

WASHINGTON (NES) — Applying 
for the Navy’sTuition Assistance (TA) 
program, an off-duty educational 
assistance program that pays up to 75 
percent of the cost of tuition, just got 

The biggest change, as of Oct. 1. 
1991, is the replacement of the old TA 
application and authorization form, 
NavPcrs 1336/3, by the Naval 
Education and Training form 1560/6. 
The new form is easier to understand 
and fill out. 

By changing the form and adding a 
special request chit to pursue off-duty 
education, sailors are getting a shortcut. 
Instead of having to hand-carry the 
tuition assistance form to a Personnel 
Support Detachment to get a signature 

from the service record custodian, the 
student merely submits both the form 
and the approved chit to Navy Campus, 
and the education specialists will 
handle the paperwork from there. The 
special request chit must be submitted 
to Navy Campus at least a week before 
classes begin and must be approved at 
the department head level. 

If there are any changes to the TA 
document such as substituting one 
course for another or dropping or 
withdrawing from a course, an 
amended form must be sent to the 
Navy Education and Training Program 
Support Activity (NETPMSA), Bldg. 
2435, Code 00B I 15, Pensacola, FL. 

Tips on how to receive TA: 

* All TA request forms must be 
received by Navy Campus before the 
school’s registration period ends. 

* A Navy special request chit for 
off-duty classes must include specific 
dates for a single term, an entire year or 
a complete tour at a command. 

* The student is also responsible for 
submitting a completed TA request 
form and a signed statement of 
understanding to his or her Navy 
Campus office. 

* The student should give one copy 
of the authorized TA form to his or her 
school and keep one copy for his or her 
education file. 

* Copies of the school's documents, 
such as withdrawal form or a grade 

slip, should be sent along with a copj 
of the TA form with the change 

* NETPMSA must be notified whet 

- you don’t enroll 

- a course is dropped 

- a course is added (however, 
dollar amount may not increase) 

- you withdraw from a course 

- when the final grade is receiver 
(within six weeks of cour; 

If you are interested in pursuing 
degree through TA, talk to your Nav 
Campus office for a counsel ingsessiqj 
with an education specialist. 

Information courtesy of Cart, 
Carpenter, education specialist, Mr 
Campus Office. Washington. D C 

Firefighters continue firestorm relief campaign 

OAKLAND, CA. — With the success of 
their T-shirt campaign to raise money for 
victims of the Oakland-Berkeley 
firestorm, firefighters at Naval Supply 
Center. Oakland and members of the 
International Association of Firefighters 
Local F-15 are now offering sweatshirts 
with the same popular logo. 

The logo features a traditional 
firefighter design on the front and on the 
back, lists the names of hundreds of fire 

departments and agencies throughout the 
West Coast that helped battle the blaze. 

The shirt design was developed by 
Supply Center firefighter Tony LeFeat 
and Charlene’s T-Shirt Comer in San 
Leandro, who have discounted the price 
of the shirts. 

“At first we were selling T-shirts, but 
we began to get requests for sweatshirts,” 
said LeFeat, who estimates more than 
1.000 shirts have been sold since October. 

Call any NSC, Oakland firefighter at 

(510) 302-5081 if you are interested in 
purchasing a T-shirt or sweatshirt. The 
$15 T-shirts and $20 sweatshirts can 
also be purchased at Charlene’s T-Shirt 
Corner, 15098 East 14th Street, San 
Leandro, CA. 

Photo at right: Firefighters Nelson - 

Garcia (right) and Bill Mitchell are 

wearing the sweatshirts with the 
firestorm relief fund logos. (Official 
U.S. Navy photo) 

Naval Institute to sponsor warfighting essay contest 

ANNAPOLIS, MD. — A year has passed 
since Coalition forces launched Operation 
Desert Storm to drive Saddam Hussein’s 
troops out of Kuwait. What lessons did we 

The U.S. Naval Institute is sponsoring a 
warfighting essay contest to see what sea- 
service professionals have to say about combat 
operations of the future. All aspects of 
warfighting, including doctrine, tactics, 
hardware , training and mental preparation 
are potential essay topics. Entry in this contest 
is not limited to active duty or military writers. 

The institute will award cash prizes of 
$1,000, $750. and $500 to the authors of the 
three best essays entered. Entries must be 

postmarked no later than April 15, 1992. 
Essay contest rules are as follows: 

spaced,on8-l/2“x 1 F’paper. Pleaseinclude 
your address, phone number, biographical 
sketch and social security number with entries. 

* Essays must be original and no longer 
than 3,000 words. 

* Direct all entries to Editor-in-Chief, 
Proceedings (Warfighting Contest), U.S. 
Naval Institute, 118 Maryland Avenue. 
Annapolis, MD. 21402-5035. 

* The Naval Institute will publish the 
winning essays in Proceedings, its monthly 
magazine, and may select some entries not 
awarded prizes for publication. The institute 
will compensate the authors of these pieces at 
its regular rates. 

* The Naval Institute will mail letters 
notifying the three award winners on or about 
June 15, 1992. 

* The Naval Institute Editorial Board will 
judge the competition. 

* All essays should be typewritten, double- 

The U.S. Naval Institute, located in 
Annapolis. MD.. is a professional society for 

the naval services, and is an independent 
self-supporting, non-profit organization. !ti 
not part of the government. 

The Naval Institute advances knowle 
about the naval and maritime services t 
the publication of a monthly mags 
Proceedings, the quarterly Na\al Histc 
the annual Naval Review, and more than' 
books. The Naval Institute sponsors a: 
of seminars of interest to naval profession 
and others in the wide audience of th 
Institute's membership, which includesmon 
than 100,000 individuals from all wj 
military and civilian life throughout the work 

Sport News 

The Central Pacific Sports Conference (CPSC) Women's Volleyball Championships 
will be held in the gymnasium, at Naval Air Station Alameda. CA.. March 14 at 9 a.m. 
Team managers will meet at 9 a.m. March 14 at the gymnasium office for a pre- 
tournament meeting. 

The CPSC Men’s Volleyball Championships will be held in the gymnasium. Naval Air 
Station Moffett Field. CA., on March 7 at 9 a.m. Team managers will meet at 9 a.m. on 
March 7 at the gymnasium for a pre-tournament meeting. 

The following requirements apply to both: 

* Commands arc authorized to participate in accordance with RSRSO SFRAN INST 
1710.1 Participation is limited to active-duty military personnel only. 

* USVBA rules apply. 

* A single round robin type tournament will be in effect. A match is won by the team 
that first wins two games out of three. This will constitute a win or loss for the respective 


* Awards will he provided by the CPSC Recreation Office. 

* Commands desiring berthing arrangements are required to contact Joe Hash, athletic 
director at NAS Alameda (women’s) at (510) 263-3193 and Mark Seitz, athletic director 
at NAS Moffett Field (men's) at (415) 404 4695/4696. 

* Each team is limited to twelve players plus coach and manager. 

* Entries are due no later than Feb 28. 

Point of contact lor further requirements and information is Jim (lass. CPSC Athletic 
Director, at (707) 646-3301/4289; autovon 253-3301/4289. 

Free jump-start sticker 

SAN FRANCISCO. CA. — If you don't 
know the correct way to jump-start a car 
battery, you could be risking serious eye 
injuries, warns the Northern California 
Society to Prevent Blindness. Accidents 
involv ing batteries are a leading cause of 
eye injuries. Marty of them happen 
because people don't know how to jump- 
start a car properly. 

You can write to the Nonhem California 
Society to Prevent Blindness. 4200 

California Street. San Francisco, CA 
94118, for one of its free bright yellow* I 
and-black vinyl stickers that give clear 
directions for jump-starting a<ca( 
correctly. Enclose a stamped, self* 
addressed, business size envelope. Ath* 1 
it to a clean surface under the hood 
close to the battery as possible. Then the 
next t ime your car batter) needs a boo' 
and you have a pair of jumper cable* ^ 
the trunk, you'll know exactly what toJe 

Feb. 1 7, 1 <^2 

Oak Knoll celebrates Black History Month, see pages 4-5 


The Navy's 




Volume 4-Number 4 Naval Hospital Oakland, California 94627-5000 February 28, 1992 

OB/GYN Department 

A big umbrella with lots 

of little clinics 

By Andree Marechal-Workman 

In response to the Letterman 
.Army Medical Center (LAMC) 
closure-generated anticipated 
increased patient load. Naval 
Hospital Oakland's Obstetrics 
and Gynecologj tOB/GYN) 
Department is recruiting 
additional civ ilian doctors under 
the San Francisco Medical 
Command (SFMC)-sponsored 
cost-sharing program, said 
CDR Manuel E. Rivera. MC. in 
a recent interview. 

CDR Rivera, who heads the 
department, explained that the 
added physicians will join the 
two existing civilian doctors 
already on hoard — Drs. Arnold 


perinatologists, (prenatal 
diagnosis specialists), one 
reproductive endocrinologist 
(fertility expert), one 
gynecologic oncologist (cancer 
specialist) and 12 residents. 

“We are also handling the 
increased patient load [caused 
by LAMC'sdownsizing] with a 
weekend clinic manned by 
reservists.” he said. “Headed by 
CDR Laurie Sammons, MC, 
USNR. since Feb. 8, they come 
once a month and see 

However, the commander was 
quick to point out that, “as of 
this moment.” his department is 
stable. "We will lose two 
military doctors in September,” 
he said, “and we don't know yet 
if their billets will be Filled.” 

OB/GYN Clinic’s charge nurse, Mary McBride (right) verifi 
an appointment with Medical Appointment Clerk Heh 
Henderson. (Official U.S. Navy photo by A. Marecha 

Zeiderman and Leonard 
Burman, MD — and a retired 
Navy captain. Dr. Jon Shaffer, 
all of whom arc Board certified. 
They will expand a staff of four 
general obstetrician/ 

gynecologists, two 

According to CDR Rivera, his 
department which, last year, 
handled about 30,0()0outpatient 
visits.'' takes care of active duty 
and retired military women and 
their dependents. “It is also a 
referral center for high-risk 

Joan Wisely, OB/GYN secretary, comforts the six-week-old son of YNCS David Alexander 
Bogan and YNC Clarissa Bogan while his mother is seeing her physician. The Bogans are 
stationed at Naval Station Treasure Island. (Official U.S. Navy photo by A. Marechal-Workman) 

patients from Fort Ord, Naval 
Air Stations Lemore and Moffett 
Field, Mare Island Naval 
Shipyard and Naval Weapons 
Station Concord”— in addition 
to regular OB/GYN services to 
beneficiaries in NHO catchment 
area that extends from Fallon, 
NV, southward to Lemore. CA. 

...our OB/GYN 
physicians visit several 
of the branch medical 
clinics on a weekly 
basis. For example , 
they travel to Moffett 
Field for a full-day 
clinic on Tuesday and 
Thursday to see 

“We see all the medical 
complications,” he explained. 
“On pregnancy, we see genetic 
problems, advanced maternal 
age. We do high-risk 
ultrasounds and amniocenteses. 
[The latter consists of removal 
of amniotic fluid to test for birth 
defects, among other things]. 

“The two perinatologists — 
CDR Paula Melone {MC] and 
myself — handle prenatal 
diagnosis and do counseling 
with couples. Dr. Jon Shaffer 
treats OB/GYN cancer 
surgically or by directing 
patients to chemotherapy or 
radiotherapy. Our 

endocrinologist, LC'DR Gary 
Jones, MC, takes care of fertility 
patients, not only with full 
workups but also through 

artificial inseminition programs. 
He also treats endocrinological 
problems like abnormal 

“Our general OB/GYN 
physicians are actively involved 
in dysplasia clinics (abnormal 
Pap smears). We also have a 
walk-in problem clinic for 
emergency OB/GYN and an 
ultrasound clinic, and our OB/ 
G YN physicians visit several of 
the branch medical clinics on a 
weekly basis. Forexample, they 
travel to Moffett Field fora full- 
day clinic on Tuesday and 
Thursday to see patients, with 
follow up, for prenatal visits 
and general OB/GYN 

The OB/GYN Department 
has faced, and continues to face, 
many challenges, the greatest 
ones being time frame 
appointments and space 
restrictions. Both are being met 
head-on — the former with the 
central appointment system 
discussed in past issues of Red 
Rover; the latter with the 
imminent move of Obstetrics to 
8 West, a move which CDR 
Rivera says will allow his 
department to see even more 

Charge Nurse Mary McBride, 
RNC, a former Navy nurse, 
serves as division officer for the 
OB/GYN Clinic, (asopposed to 
OB/GYN Department, headed 
by CDR Rivera, that includes 
Labor and Delivery anil Post 
Partem on the 9th Floor). With 
her assistant, Lucy Wells, RN, 
she supervises an all-civilian 
stall of two registered nurses, 
six licensed vocational nurses 

(LVN) and two contract LVNs. 
“The staff is predominently 
civilian in our clinic,” she said, 
"but, now that military' corps 
staff joined the clinic since the 
advent of of Desert Storm in 
January 1991, corpsmen are an 
integral part of the department." 

Like CDR Rivera who said 
that, “academically, [his] 
department compares favorably 
with any civilian health care 
institution in the Bay Area,” 
McBride is very proud of her 
clinic. “It’s a big umbrella with 
lots of little clinics underneath.” 
she said, “and we see an 
enormous amount of people.” 
She added that they couldn’t 
function without the help of the 
reservist nurse practitioners 
“who either do their annual 
training here, or do extra drills 
1 or no pay — teaching prepared 
childbirth and other classes. 
“The Prepared Childbirth Class 
starts Feb. 27,” she added, 
explaining that it lasts eight 
weeks and resumes after a two- 
week interval. 

"But the department couldn’t 
operate without our dedicated 
group of Red Cross volunteers,” 
McBride emphasized. “They act 
as standby, putting patients in 
the rooms and assisting the 
doctors. I hey re very 
consistent, conscientious and 
dependable. They’re a 

( Editor's Note: A special 
Women Health Talk is 
scheduled for late April, free of 
charge. Interested individuals 
should contact the OB/GYN 
Clinic at 033-5625 and 5626 
for further information) 

Page 2 

Red Rover 

February 28, 1992 

HMl Clasissa Martinelli 

NHO 1991 Sailor of the Year 

By JOSN Kyna S. McKimson 

For Naval Hospital Oakland’s 1991 Sailor of the 
Year, joining the Navy was her chance toenjoy life and 
find adventure. 

HMl Clarissa Martinelli had not 
planned for the Navy to be her career 
choice. “1 applied and was accepted 
to Spellman University,” she said, 
adding that in the summer of 1981 
her perspectives changed. “I had 
never had the opportunity to enjoy 
life! 1 saw advertisements for the 
military and chose the Navy as my 
adventure. ” 

She joined the Navy in October 
1981. In the 10 years since HMl 
Martinelli enlisted, she has had the 
chance to go to many places and 
experience new things. “My entire 
naval career has been memorable... 
throughout the past 10 years I have 
seen and experienced things that I 
had only read about,” she said. 

At NHO. HMl Martinelli works in the Preventive 
Medicine Department as a Preventive Medicine 
Technician (PMT). “My primary duties as a PMT have 
been in the area of communicable diseases and the 
Navy’s HIV programs,” she said. She explained that 
she is responsible for the tracking, investigation and 
counseling of personnel and their contact with such 
diseases as Hepatitis, Varicella, Meningitis, 
Tuberculosis, Gonorrhea and Syphilis. “Other areas [I 
coverl include environmental inspections, 
environmental health surveys on ships, immunization 
program, hepatitis program, food service training and 
(other) training in Preventive Medicine areas,” added 

According to CAPT R. L. Brawley, head of the 

Occupational Health/Preventive Medicine Department, 
HMl Martinelli received the 1991 SOY award for her 
professional achievement in the superior performance 
of her duties as a PMT at NHO from January 1991 to 
January 1991. “She successfully oriented and trained 
other preventive medicine personnel in all areas of 
communicable diseases.’’ said CAPT Brawley, adding 
that she provided numerous hours of 
education and training in the area of 
infection control for newly reported 
hospital personnel and students 
attending PMT school. 

HMl Martinelli has truly 
contributed to the mission of NHO 
and the Navy. “As a first class petty 
officer, I always make myself 
available as a sounding board.” she 
staled, adding “I try very hard to 
always envision myself as the 
customer when I interact with staff 
personnel and patients.” 

Throughout her naval career HMl 
Martinelli has served at Naval 
Hospital Bremerton, WA; Branch 
Hospital Adak, AK and Naval 
Medical Clinic San Francisco, CA. 

She is married to Martin Martinelli and has three 
children - Marissa, 5; Biancha, 2 ; Sophia, 9 months. 
A native of Bainbridge, GA., her hobbies include 
cooking, reading and activities with her daughters. 

“Throughout my career, I had many fascinating and 
knowledgeable people cross my path.” said Martinelli, 
adding that the most influencing and positive person 
that she met was her husband. “ To all of them I say 
thank you.” 

HM1 Martinelli continues her dedication to duty as 
an instructor for Preventive Medicine Technician 
School at the Naval School of Health Sciences, San 
Diego Detachment at NHO. Congratulations to HMl 
Clarissa Martinelli for her 1991 SOY award and a job 
well done at NHO! 

Legal help available at NHO 

Income tax time is around the 
corner once more, and many of you 
may dread the task of facing those 
obscure IRS rules and regulations. 
Which form should you use: 1040? 
1040A? 1040AZ? It may be all 
Greek to you, but the hospital’s 
Legal Department can help, says 
Chief Legalman Noel Greenwald 
of the Judge Advocate Office. 

“We do not prepare the returns,” 
stressed LNC Greenwald. “We 
screen the filled out forms for 
accuracy and answer any questions 
about specific items.” 

The service is extended to both 
military and civilians, subject to the 
following priorities: 

1. Active duty military and 

2. Retirees and civilian personnel 
on a space available basis. 

If you don’t know which form to 
use, or if you need advice about 
filling out the forms, call 633-5022. 
They now have all required forms : 
California Resident and Non- 
Resident forms, as well as federal 
and other state forms. 

Red Rover 

The ’ ><l K«»\eris published bimonthly by and for the employees of Naval Hospital Oakland and its branch clinics. The 
Red Rover is printed commercially with appropriated funds in compliance with NAVSO P-35. 

Responsibility for Red Ron ereontents rest primarily with the Public Affairs Office, Naval Hospital, 8750 Mountain 
Blvd., Oakland. CA 94627-5000, Telephone: (415) 633-5918. Text and photographs (except any copyrighted material) 
may be reproduced in whole or in part as long as byline or photo credit is given. Views expressed are not necessarily 
those of the Department of Defense, Navy Department Bureau of Medicine and Surgery or of the Commanding Officer. 
Printed on recyclable paper. 

Commanding Officer 

Rear Admiral William A. Buckendorf 

Executive Officer 

Captain Noel A. Hyde 

Public Affairs Officer, Acting 

JO I Kay Lorent/ 


Andree Marechal-Workman 

Editorial Assist a nts/Lay out and Design 

.102 Stephen R. Brown 
JOSN Kyna S. McKimson 

February Awards 

Letter of Commendation for East Bay Fire: 

Paul Harms 

Raymond Allard 

Timothy Crutcher 

Donald Andrews 

Neil Thomas 

RP3 Johnnie Boyd 

RP2 Ronald Mata 

HN Jason Buehler 

HN Michele Stratton 

Letter of Commendation for CFC Committee 

HMC Marty Manalastas 
HMC Pamela Robson 
HMl Alan Buchhollz 

Letter of Commendation for CFC 85% 

ENS Shirley King 
GMM1 Anthony Cooper 
HN Adam Johnson 

Letter of Commendation for CFC 100% 

Stacie Cumbee 
Scott Hambly 
John McCole 
Lula Sanders 
Debra Shore 
LCDR Mark Habel 
LT Nick Karpachinski 
HMl Catherine Grushus 
HMl George Zuckerman 
RP2 Ronald Mata 
HM2 Carl Cascone 
HM2 Napoleon Edmondson 
HM2 Rcdena Lesley 
HM2 Melissa Lord 
HM2 Babette Powell 
HM2 Christine Wurst 
HM3 Danilo Dantes 
HM3 Michele Freeland 
HM3 Kevin O’Meara 
HN Sylvester Garcia 

Marine Corps Certificate of Commendation: 
HM3 John Emperor 

Sailor of the Month for January: 

HMl Elizabeth White 

Civilian of the Quarter: 
Erlinda Guzman 

Sailor of the Year: 

HMl Clarissa Martinelli 

Good Conduct Award: (First) 

HM2 Michael Christiansen 
HM2 Crispin Chua 
HM3 Ferdinand Aben 
HM3 Stephanie Fothergill 
MS3 Terrance Montigue 
HM3 Robert Williams 
DN Robert Pursell 

Good Conduct Award: (Second) 
HM2 Raol Rimorin 

Navy Achievement Medal: (First) 
LCDR Margaret Barton 
LCDR Robert Olshaker 
MS2 Rodolpho Cipriano 
MS2 Pertecto Manrique 

Navy Commendation Medal: (First) 
CAPT George Wilson 

February 28, 1992 

Red Rover 

Page 3 

Two NHO Urology residents take first place in competitions 

LCDR Richard Leidinger, (left) and LCDR (select) John 
Keizur proudly display the citations and plaques they 
were handed out at the University of C alifornia San 
Francisco’s Urology “grand rounds” in February. (Official 
U.S. Navy photo by A. Marechal-Workman) 

By Andree Marechal-Workman 

If you've ever doubted that 
Naval Hospital Oakland is the 
best military hospital in the 
region, talk toCDR Raymond 
B. Leidich. head of the 
Urology Department. He’s 
very proud of his residency 
program, and wants everyone 
to know that two of his 
residents placed first in two 
different research 

competitions—one national, 
the other regional. 

“The first is Dr. [Richard J] 
Leidinger, a lieutenant 
commander who’s in his fifth 
year of residency.” he said, 
emphasizing the “national” 
aspect of the award. 

According to the head of 
the department, LCDR 
Leidinger won first place out 
of “over 100 papers” 
presented at the 39th Annual 
James C. Kimbrough 
Urological Seminars in 
Baltimore. MD. His research 
was entitled Highly Selective 
Embolization of the Penile 
Artery for Treatment of High 
Row Priapism. 

“To pul it in plain English,” 
said CDR Leidich, “the 
technique described by Dr. 
Leidinger in one which, in 
selective cases, can treat 
priapism. He added that 
priapism isacondition caused 
by abnormalities of blood 
flow that results in prolongued 
erections. If the erection 
persists for long periods, the 

penis can develop gangrene, 
and w ill eventually be lost. 

“In essence,” the 
commander added. “Dr. 
Leidinger’s technique 
salvages the penis of a selected 
subset of patients afflicted 
w ith priapism and prevents 
eventual loss of their penis.” 

In fact , the 
kidneys are 
riddled with so 
many cysts that 
they destroy all 
the normal 
tissue , and this 
can result in 
kidney failure . 

In addition to this 
prestigious award. Dr. 
Leidinger was selected “the 
Best Navy Urology Resident” 
in the pyelogram conference 
competition at that same 
Baltimore seminar. 

Each year Urology X-rays 
are shown at the seminar, and 
the residents are asked to 
interpret them in a sort of 
competition, to see who does 
the best job,” explained CDR 
Leidich. “This year, LCDR 
Leidinger took first place, and 
this means that he not only 
placed fxst in the competition, 
but also presented the best 

The second Urology 
laureate is LCDR (select) John 

J. Keizur. who won top honors 
for a paper presented at the 
Northern California Urology 
Residents Competition held 
at Stanford University — an 
annual competition between 
residents from the University 
of California San Francisco, 
the University of California 
Davis, Stanford University 
and Naval Hospital Oakland. 
Dr. Keizur’s paper was 
entitled Management of 
Chronic Pain Syndrome in 
Autosomal Dominant 
Polycystic Kidney Disease: 
Rovsing Revisited. 

“Polycystic kidney disease, 
a condition that can cause 
chronic pain, often results in 
kidney failure and dialysis,” 
CDR Leidich explained. “Dr. 
Keizur’s research entailed 
identification of a subset of 
those patients who would 
benefit from a surgical 
procedure in which the cysts 
are drained. We are talking 
about many, many cysts. In 
fact, the kidneys are riddled 
with so many cysts that they 
destroy all the normal tissue, 
and this can result in kidney 
failure. Open surgical 

you tired of paying $150 to 
$300 in CHAMPUS 
deductibles, filling ourclaim 
forms and paying 20 percent 
of your doctor bills? Come 
find out how to escape the 
hassles and high cost of 
standard CHAMPUS Prime, 

drainage of the cysts in 
selected patients may preserve 
kidney function and relieve 

CDR Leidich clarified that 
NHO Urology residency is a 
five-year program that 
provides post graduate 
surgical training in the 
specialty. He said that, as a 

when representatives of 
Foundations Health will 
present the program to 
military families at two 
different locations, on two 
different dates. 

The first presentation will 
be held on Thursday, March 
5, at 4:30 p.m., at Moffett 
Field's Base Theater. The 
second will take place a week 
later, at 5 p.m., at the Naval 
Technical Training Center 
(NTTC) on Treasure Island. 

CHAMPUS Prime is the 
least expensive of three 
CHAMPUS options 

available. Standard 

CHAMPUS, the traditional 
program, has been available 
for some 30 years; 
CHAMPUS Extra was 
introduced in 1988. 

CHAMPUS Prime is an 
enrollment program. 
Members enjoy many 
benefits that include: 

* No annual deductibles 

— currently $150 per 
individual and $300 per 
tamily under standard 


* No monthly premium or 
payroll deduction. 

* No claim forms to fill 
out or send in. 

$5 civilian doctors’ 
office visits. 

* $4civilian prescriptions. 

fifth year resident. Dr. 
Leidinger is slated to graduate 
this year. Dr. Keizur, who is 
currently on a year’s rotation 
at Kaiser Permanente Hospital 
in Walnut Creek, is a fourth 
year resident. He has one more 
year to complete before 
becoming a full-fledged 

* A personal primary care 
provider — a civilian 
provider or the military clinic 
in your area. 

Further, if you do choose 
the branch medical clinics, 
you won't even pay the $5 
charged for a civilian 
doctor’s office visit. 

Come and find out more 
about this cost-saving 
program on March 5 and 12 at 
the locations mentioned 
above. Or, if you cannot 
attend the briefings, call 1- 

Under a Department of 
Defense contract. Foundation 
Health Corporation of 
Sacramento, CA, is the prime 
contractor for the 

Initiative (CR1). Through 
CRI, the company offers 
CHAMPUS Prime and Extra 
to military families in 
California, Hawaii and New 
Orleans, LA. 

( Editor's Note: To be eligible 
for CHAMPUS Prime or any 
CHAMPUS programs, 
beneficiaries must be 
enrolled in the Defense 
Enrollment Eli gib i l i ty 
Reporting System (DEERS). 
Families w ho need to confirm 
DEERS listings should 
contact their local military 
personnel office). 

Active Duty Dependents Dental Plan 

AURORA, CO. —February 
is Childen s Dental Health 
Month and it’s a good time 
for active-duty service 
members to make sure their 
dependents are enrolled in 
the uniformed services’ 
Active-Duty Dependents 
Dental Plan. Spouses and 
children can be enrolled if 
they live in the United 
States, Guam. Puerto Rico 
or the U. S. Virgin Islands, 
no matter where the active- 
duty member is stationed. 

The plan, operated by the 
government’s contractor, 
DDP-Delta, covers basic 
dental care. Many services 
are fully covered, including 
checkups. X-rays, 

cleanings. fluoride 

treatments, laboratory tests, 
sealants and space 

maintainers (for children 
under age 14), and some 
emergency treatment. The 
plan shares 80 percent of the 
cost of fillings, crowns on 
baby teeth, and repairs to 
dentures. The program also 
provides a small alternative 
treatment allowance toward 
some permanent crowns. 

The government pays most 
of the premium cost, so the 
monthly payroll deduction is 
only $4.57 to cover one 
dependent, or $9.14 to cover 
an entire family. 

Families may be treated by 
the dentist of their choice; 
however, they may save 
money, lime and paperwork 
by going to one of the more 
than 100,000 participating 
Delta dental offices 
nationwide. Della dentists 

submit claims for you. 
accept payment directly 
from DDP*Delta, limit their 
fees to agreed amounts, and 
don't require full payment 
in advance for covered 

Check with the health 
benefits advisor in your 
catchment area for more 
details on the plan and 
information about 

participating dentists. The 
advisor at Naval Hospital 
Oakland is Chesta Brantley, 
who can be reached at (510) 
633-5204. You can also call 
DDP*DELTA at (916) 381- 

Remember—the plan is 
voluntary, It you haven’t 
signed up for it at your 
Military Personnel Office, 
your family is not covered. 

Cutting the high cost of CHAMPUS 


Oak Knoll celebrates 

Black History Month 

Text and photos by 
A. Marechal-Workman 

\ * 

On Feb. 19, Naval Hospital 
Oakland observed Black History 
Month with a program of dance, 
singing and poetry reading. In line 
with this year’s theme designated 
by the secretary of the Navy, 
African Roots, Explore New 
Worlds, Pre-Columbus to Space 
Age, the program highlighted the 
contributions to world history made 
by men and women of African 
heritage throughout the ages. 
Among those were Thurgood 
Marshall who became the first 
American Supreme Court Justice 
in 1967. One of the foremost Civil 
Rights lawyer in America, as head 
of the Legal Defense and Education 
fund for the NAACP from 1938 to 
1961, he won 29 of 32 Supreme 
Court cases, including Brown 

versus the Topeka Board of 
Education in 1954, which outlawed 
segregation in U. S. public schools. 

Another was Mary McLeod 
Bethune, a major figure in black 
American history, who served on 
the Advisory Committee of 
President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s 
National Youth Administration and 
persuaded him to set up the Office 
of Minority Affairs. In 
collaboration with Eleanor 
Roosevelt, Mrs. Bethune raised 
funds to build what is now known 
as Bethune-Cookman College, a 
merger of her own school with the 
Cookman Institute. She founded 
the extant National Council of 
Negro Women and, at her death in 
1955, left the legacy of a lifelong 
career dedicated to young people. 

A stirring poem by Langston 
Hugues, "The Negro Mother," was 
read by LT PamelaTrahan, division 
officer in charge of Gynecology 



Surgical Services of the hospital i 

Main Operating Room Department 


interpreted by dancer, Soyin 
Rahim, and drummer, Renet 

The Naval Hospital Oakla 
Choir, led by Earline Oliver, ol 
Administrative Supporl 

Department, entertained a standing 
oom only audience, as did a skit 
mtitled Jacob’s Ladder paying 
ibute to African American 
stronauts, U.S. Air Force Colonels 
iregory, Bluford and Bolden and 
)r. Jamison. 

dancer and 
poem by 

arting from top, center): Keela Thurston (left), Da’sha Turner and Monica Flowers, who represent a new 
ncration, tell the audience what they’ve learned about black history; Sonyinka Rahim (left) expresses her 
derstanding of Langston Hughes poem, “The Negro Mother, “ to the tune of Renee Brown’s African drum; LT 
mela Trahan (left) recites the poem while Rahim continues her interpretation; Rahim acts out the struggle of “The 
*gro Mother” in a virtuoso dance movement; Oak Knoll leadership partakes of the African American culinary 
lights served in the hospital’s main dining room. 

Page 6 

Red Rover 

February 28, 199; 

0\(ava(^Hospital Oakland Up Close 

LT Pamela Trahan, NC, USN 

HM1 Odessa McGahee 

What division/department do you currently work in? 

Main Operating Room/ Nursing Service 
What is your job? Division officer in charge of Gynecology 
Surgical Services. Orientating new personnel, training 
students in gynecology surgical procedures, maintaining 
adequate stock of required supplies, ordering new equipment 
and ensuring proper processing of instruments. 

Marital status: Single. 

Children and ages: Sole guardian of 12-year-old nephew, 
Gary Flowers and 5-year-old niece, Shaminika Valentine. 
Hometown: Oakland, CA. 

Hobbies: Reading, going to plays, museums and all seasonal 

Likes: Good hearted people. 

Dislikes: Racism. 

What is the most challenging part of your job? Being 
patient, allowing junior technicians and students to mature 
and develop at their own pace. 

W hat is your immediate goal? To have a successful Black 
History Month program and to begin preparing for Advanced 
Operation Room Nurse certification. 

W hat is your long-term goal? Retirement. 

If I could do it all over again. I’d? Not change a thing. 

I wish I could stop: Being so impatient. 

I respect myself for: My commitment to duty, perseverance 
and willingness to help others. 

Role Models/Heroes: I've been blessed with a strong 
personal family of black women; my mother and 
grandmother. Historically I have always admired Ida B. 
Wells and Mary McCloud Bethune. 

Special Comment about Black History Month: Mrs. 
Bethune said she leaves us a lifetime of commitment... 
“Know that faith in God and faith in oneself can take us to 
the highest heights. Knowing the facts about our history will 
impel us to conquer every challenge.” 

What division/department do you currently work in? 

Respiratory Therapy in the Internal Medicine Department. 
What is your job? Leading petty officer for Respiratory/ 
Pulmonary Division, supervising 14 military staff and two 
civilian employees. 

Marital status: Married. 

Spouse: Travis. 

Children and ages: Shane, 8. 

Hometown: McClellanville, S.C. 

Hobbies: Softball, reading and biking. 

Likes: Meeting people who are honest and goal-oriented. 
Dislikes: Dishonest and deceiving individuals. 

What is the most challenging part of your job? Managing 
various personalities of both military and civilian personnel 
alike. This is the most challenging in (hat I am required to 
wear many hats (LPO, supervisor and any other title suitable 
for the job at hand). 

What is your immediate goal? To finish my bachelor’s 
degree in Education. 

What is your long-term goal? To teach high school students 
and provide a positive role model for our students; retire from 
the Navy and spend more quality time with my family. 

If I could do it all over again, I’d: Have finished my college 
education first and then joined the Armed Forces. 

I wish I could stop: The paperwork shuffle that frustrates the 
system for both patient and staff, sometimes with no visible 
means in sight. 

I respect myself for: Pride that I instill in all/ any task 
assigned, positive attitude and specific accomplishments. 
Role models/heroes: My mother and father. 

Special comment concerning Black History Month: Let’s 
not just remember all the accomplishments that Afro- 
Americans have instilled in the country during one month of 
the year, but as a continuous recognition for all times. 

Zanella Chatman 

What division/department do you currently work in? 

Civilian Personnel Department. 

What is your job? Through various means, I recruit people , 
to fill civilian job vacancies at the Naval Hospital; (such aw 
announcements, newspaper ads, job fairs, etc.) 

Marital status: Single. 

Hometown: Oakland, CA. 

Hobbies: Reading and old movies. 

Likes: Honest people. 

Dislikes: Racism and bigotry'. 

What is the most challenging part of your job?) 
Maintaining good communication lines with the managers 
who are assigned to me. Understanding what is needed i 
getting the job done within our command limitations. 
What is your immediate goal? More outreach to hig 
school students to get them interested in the war 

What is your long-term goal? Providing assistance in 
career planning/development through w orkshops. serruna 

If I could do it all over again, I'd: Complete college before 
entering the work force. 

I wish I could stop: Street violence and hate crimes. 

I respect myself for: Being an independent African- 1 
American woman. ■ 

Role models/heroes: Oprah Winfrey. 

Special comment about Black History Month: I feel (hat | 
the contributions to this country' by African-Americ 
should be celebrated year-round and not just for one montl 

Front the Chaplain 

By LT Anne Kennedy, 

February is Black History 
Month. As a chaplain. I rejoice 
with every opportunity to 
encourage cultural heritage and 
call attention to the varied and 
rich traditions of our ancestors 
who built this nation. As a 
Christian, I look back at many of 
the events in our shared 
American history with mixed 
feelings. I am proud to be a 
minister of gospel, and hike stand 
alongside the Reverend Martin 
Luther King, Jr., who 
demonstrated that consistency 
of faith and purpose, in the 
context of love and peace, can 
alter a nation’s history. On the 
other hand, I am ashamed that 
others, who profess to believe 

the same gospel, could not 
recognize that love and hatred, 
grace and prejudice, kindness 
and legalism cannot co-exist in 
one’s faith without one 
overtaking the other. For the 
Reverend King and, I hope, 
most chaplains in the military, it 
will be love, grace and kindness 
that takes priority. 

In today’s world, we arc 

attempting tocorrect aberrations 
of die past. I applaud the focusing 
on black history because it was 
largely absent in my history 
textbooks when I was growing 
up. However, 1 regret that black 
history cannot be incorporated 
into the larger context of all of 
our history, because it somehow 
implies that black history is only 
for blacks. I, however, received 
the benefits of great blacks in 
our shared history. Booker T. 
Washington started as the son of 
a slave and became an educator, 
whose contribution has changed 
history. One of my father’s 
cherished books was an 
autobiography of Mr. 
Washington printed in 1901. In 
its introduction by Dr. Curry, he 

“The life of Booker T. 
Washington cannot he written. 
Incidents of birth, parentage, 
schooling, early struggles, later 
triumphs, may he detailed with 

accuracy, but the life has been 
so incorporated, transfused, into 
such a multitude of other lives — 
broadening views, exalting 
ideas, molding character—that 
no human being can know its 
deep and beneficent influence... 
he has been an example of what 
worth and energy can 
accomplish, a stimulus to 
everyone ... aspiring to a better 
life and to doing for others. '' 
My life is better because of his 
leadership, and so are the lives 
of the thousands of blacks in our 
history who contributed their 
skills in building this country'. 
One of them developed the 
cleaning fluids used in dry 
cleaning processes that benefits 
me daily in my dry-cleaned 
uniforms. Some were scientists 
in the development of multi-use 
derivatives of soybean and 
peanut plants. Some of them 
were self-educated scholars, 
hardworking and diligent in their 



contributions to our schools 
educators, writers, philosopl 
and novelists. In my col 
American Literature class 
James Baldwin.was introduce 
as a prime example of Ameri 
literature. His fame came 
because he was black, b® 
because he was one of the bdfc. 
American writers. His writd'^ 
touched my heart and mind. 1 
suppose that is why I hope |W 
as we look at Black Hist*# 
Month, we w ill not see it -0 - 
month celebrating, in isolali 
one of several Ameri 
cultures, but. rather, as a toC» 
on an integral contributing 
of one culture that has made** 
of us better. Let us celebrate <1* 
great people in our shared 
history, who happen to be black 
Let us honor them for the* 
accomplishments and resolve* 8 
do likew ise — to make a poslOT 
difference in thi> nation ot owf 

February 28, 1992 

Red Rover 

Page 7 

Quality Improvement update 

The following Qualit> Improvement references and 
sound casettes are available at Naval Hospital Oakland's 
Medical Library, third floor. Building 500. 

1. Books 

Akao. Y.,Quality Function Deployment (QFD). 1990. 
Barker. J.. Discovering the Future the Business of 
Paradigms. 1989. 

Bennis. Warren G., Why Leaders Can't Lead, 1989 
Berwick, D., Curing Health Care, 1991. 

Blanchard. Kenneth H.. Putting the One Minute Manager 
to Work. 1984. 

Brassard. Michael. The Memory Jogger Plus, 1989. 
Deming. W. Edw ard. Out of the Crisis. 1986 
Drucker. Peter R.. The New Realities: In Government 
and Politics. 1989. 

Gitlow. H. Deming Guide to Quality and Competitive 
Position. 1987. 

Imai. M. Kaizen 1986. 

Juran. J. M.. Juran on Leadership for Quality, 1989. 
King. B.. Hoshin Planning the Development Approach. 

Mann. N.. The Keys to Excellence (The Story of 
Deming Philosophy) 

Marszalek-Guacher, E., Transforming Healthcare 

Nlizumo. S., Management for Quality Improvement, 

Neave, Henry R., The Deming Dimension, 1990. 
Peters, Thomas J., A Passion for Excellence: The 
Leadership Difference, 1985. 

Saatv. T., Decision Making for Leaders. 1990. 
Scholtes. Peter R., The Team handbook, 1988. 
Scherkenbach. William W.. The Deming Route to 
Quality and PWoductivity. 1986. 

Tufte, E..Visual display of Quantative Information. 

Walton, Mary , The Deming Management Method, 


Walton. Mary' , Deming Management at Work, (on 

The Medical Effects of Nuclear Weapons (MENW) 
course provides training in the biomedical consequences 
of radiation exposure and medical management of 
casualties. The course, developed and presented by 
staff of the Armed Forces Radiobiology Research 
Institute (AFFR1), Defense Nuclear Agency is designed 
for the military medical professional. 

The course was developed to improve operational 
capabilities of the military services by providing medical 
and operational personnel with up-to-date information 
about the medical consequences of nuclear weapons on 
human health and performance and how these effects 
can be reduced. 

MENW is a recognized, approved course of military 

2. Sound casettes 

Battles. Brian, How to Listen Powerful, 1988. 

Bliss, Edwin C., Gelling Things Done, 1987. 

Heckler, Lou. Leadership Training, 1987. 

Kirschner, Rick, How to Deal with Difficult People, 


Lohr, Dick, How to Delegate Work and Ensure It s 
Done Righgt, 1988. 

Mackay, Harvey, Sw im with the Sharks Without Being 
Eaten Alive, 1988. 

Peters, Thomas J. , The New Masters of Excellence, 

Rhode. Helga. AssertivenessTraining for Professionals, 

Shelton, Lee . Creating Teamworr, 1986. 

Other references are available in the Quality 
Improvement Office (Ql), also on the third floor of 
Building 500. 

Barker, Joel. Discovering the Future, 1989. 

Camp. Rober, Benchmarking, 1989. 

Carr, Clay. Front-Line Customer Service, 1990. 
Crosby, Philip, Running Things, 1986. 

Imai. Masaaki, Kaizen, 1986. 

Jablonski, Joseph, Implementing Total Quality 
Management, 1991. 

Kume, Hitoshi, Statistical Methods for Quality 
Improvement, 1988. 

Miller, Lawrence, Design for Total Quality, 1991. 
Mizumo, Shigeru, Management to Quality 
Improvement: The Seven New Quality Control Tools, 


Moran, J.W, Daily Management, 1991. 

Pfeiffer & Co., Encyclopedia of Team Development, 

Pfeiffer & Co., Encyclopedia of Team Building 
Activities, 1991. 

Saalty, Thomas, Decision Making for Leaders, 1990. 
Silberman, Mel, 20 Active Training Programs, 1992. 
Timeplace, TQM Research Guide and Source Book, 

instruction for officers and enlisted personnel that 
provides postgraduate medical education and continuing 
education credit (CME/CEU’s) for physicians, nurses, 
health physicists, industrial hygienists, physician 
assistants and other health care providers. 

The two-day course will be held at Naval Hospital 
Oakland on April 27 and 28 from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. 
Seats are limited and will be assigned on a first come 
first serve basis. To register for the course or for further 
information call the Radiation Health/Safety Department 
at Naval Hospital Oakland at 633-5754/6760. 

Point of contact for additional questions is LT M. 
Earles, Asst. Radiation Safety Officer at 3-6760. 

News Briefs 

A word to the wise—Effective March 1. MANDA I OR Y 
processing for separation of the first time drug abuse 
offenders will include ALL Navy paygrades. All Navy 
personnel in paygrades E-1 and above, who commit an 
initial offense shall be disciplined as appropriate, screened 
for drug dependency and processed for separation. 
Individuals separated administratively or punilively, who 
are medically diagnosed as drug dependent, shall be 
offered veterans administration treatment at lime of 
separation. Self referral for drug abuse is an incident of 
drug abuse and does NOT prevent the member from 
being immediately processed lor separation. 

ADAMS course — The Alcohol and Drug Abuse 
Management Seminar (ADAMS) is an excellent one-day 
course for enhancing officers’ supervisory skills and 
knowledge in identifying and preventing drug and alcohol 
abuse. Lieutenant commanders and above are strongly 
encouraged to attend. The next courses will be offered on 
March 31 and again on April I at Treasure Island CAAC 
from 7:30 a.m. - 4 p.m. Call HMC Nina Connor at 633- 
5808/5257 for more information. 

Hazardous waste pick-up — A weekly pick-up run has 
been started for the hazardous w aste that is generated by 
the hospital. All generators of hazardous waste can bring 
their waste to the back loading dock, third floor, at 8:30 
a.m. every Friday, where Facilities Management will 
take custody of the waste and dispose of it properly. To 
be eligible for pick-up the w'asle container must be 
labeled, a NHOAK 5100/9 form must be completed. The 
form should include the National Stock Number for the 
product or an attached Material Safety Data Sheet, if one 
has not already been given to the Facilities Managment 
Department. Note that pick-up will occur only on Friday 
morning and at no other time. If no generator is present 
at the back loading dock by 8:45 a.m., FMD will leave 
ami you will have to wait until the following week to 
dispose of the waste. If you have any questions, contact 
LT Cynthia Manning at 633-6300. 

PRT note — The Physical Readiness Test (PRT) has 
been rescheduled for April 27 through May 1, 1992. 
Those personnel unable to participate should contact the 
PRT office to complete the test prior to the above dates. 

National Nutrition Month — It’s almost March, and all 
those New Year’s resolutions to lose weight have become 
tiresome, right? Well, it looks like National Nutrition 
Month comes just in time. Losing weight/or living a 
healthier lifestyle shouldn't be a once-a-year pledge after 
overindulging during the holidays. 

During National Nutrition Month learn how to make a 
lifetime commitment that won't be tiresome. Here are a 
few things to watch for: Weekly classes on general 
nutrition, lowering cholesterol, low sodium diets, and 
weight loss, as well as nutritional information on foods 
served in the galley with suggested “healthier choices.” 

Stay tuned for this and more through the month of 

Tobacco facts: Did you know that? The 434.000 
tobacco-induced deaths in 1988 in the U.S. included 
198,000 from cardiovascular disease (26,000 from 
stroke). 112,000 from lung cancer. 31,000 from other 
cancers, 83,000 from emphysema and related disease 
and 1,300 bum deaths from fires caused by smoking. 
Thirty-nine percent of all professional baseball players 
arc regular smokeless tobacco users. Oral leukoplakia, 
a precancerous condition, was present in 46 percent of 
those users. 

Naval Hospital Oakland 

a new improved 
Patient Appointment System. 

Call (510) 633-6000 
to.schedule and cancel all clinic ap¬ 

Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 
4:30 p.m. 

No more busy signals!!!! 

Speak directly with 
an appointment clerk. 

R ADM William Navy League shows appreciation 

Buckendorf (center) 
and CAPT Noel Hyde 
(left) pose with 
members of the Navy/ 

Marine Corps Relief 
Society (NMCRS): 

(from right, first row) 

Helen ( upper, vice 
president, Oakland 
Council (lor Oak 
Knoll); Mrs. Nad wick 
A. Thompson, 
secretary, Oakland 
Council; (2nd row) Al 

Kelly, vice president, Oakland Council (for Marines); Hadwick A. Thompson, outgoing president, 
< )akland Council, and regional vice president,Community Affairs, and Thalice Flatten, past president, 
Oakland ( ouncil, and liaison with USNS Mercy. Hadwick A. I hompson presented an appreciation 

plaque to R ADM Buckendorf and the NMCRS members. (Official U.S. Navy photo by A. Marcchal- 

Medical Effects of Nuclear Weapons course 

Page 8 

Red Rover 

February 28, 1992 

Civilian News 

Civilian Personnel vacancy listing 

Direct deposit to your bank saves you time and frustration 

The safest and most economical 
way for the government to distribute 
checks is through direct deposit to 
your bank. 

This is how the system works: 

The Navy Regional Finance 
Center. Great Lakes, (NRFC, GL) 
prepares our paychecks. For Direct 
Deposit. NRFC, GL transmits 
payment data electronically to the 
Federal Reserve Bank (FRB). The 
FRB processes the data using the 
telecommunications network to 
credit payments to individual 
accounts at designated financial 
institutions selected by the employee. 
Payments are credited to your 
account on payday. Employees can 

make two allotments and still have 
the balance forwarded to a third 

NRFC Great Lakes has an 
excellent track record for making 
payments on time. Unfortunately, 
once a paper check is in the US 
postal system, it can be delayed or 
lost. NRFC has no control of 
checks in the mail. With electronic 
transfer, NRFC can make your 
money available on payday. 

Only about 75 percent of Naval 
Hospital Oakland civilian staff takes 
advantage of this excel lent program 
which provides the following. 

* Elimination of hardship and 
inconvenience associated with lost. 

stolen or mutilated checks. 

* Reliable system assures crediting 
your bank on payday. 

* Automatic deposits when you 
are on leave or travel duty. 

* Avoiding long bank lines. 

* Reduces the government's time 
and expense of preparing and 
distributing individual checks. 

For more information call the 
Payroll Office at 633-4843 to sign 
up. Point of contact in the Fiscal 
Department is Robert Hilliard, 633- 


C, F, and G Fund Monthly Returns 

January 13,1992 


Wells Fargo 


Wells Fargo 
U.S. Debt 




Index Fund 


Index Fund 


1989 (Jan. - Dec.) 






1990 (Jan. - Dec.) 




















































































Percentages in f ) are negative. 

*Through 1990 the F Fund 

was invested in the WelL Farorn Rond TndeY Fund 

USNS Mercy 
(TAH -19) 


The USNS Mercy (TAH-19) 
officer in charge, Medical 
Treatment Facility,cordially invites 
al I personnel and their families who 
were part of the ship’s company 
during Operations Desert Shield/ 
Storm and the 1987 Humanitarian 
Deployment for an onboard reunion 
April 25. The day’s events will 
commence at 10 a.m. and end at 
approximately 4 p.m. Those 
individuals who plan to attend 
should RSVPby mail to: Officer in 
Charge, Attn: LI M.A. Anaya, 
Medical Treatment Facility, USNS 
Mercy (TAH-19), FPO AP96672- 

4090. They can also RSVP by 
telephone, commercial (510) 302- 
3718, autovon 672-3718 or fax 

Many fund raising events will 
take place in the near future. If you 

SOUND (AV-1 1/AVM-l) 
will sponsor its eighteenth 
reunion June 24-28, 1992 at 
Port Hueneme, CA. 

All interested Association 
members, former Norton 
Sounders, members of 
attached military units, civil 
service and contractor 
personnel who served aboard 
during any period ol her 

would like to volunteer to assist, 
please contact LCDR Carol Bohn. 
NC. at (510) 633-5965 — Naval 
Hospital Oakland's Quality 
Assurance Infection Control 

forty-one year history of 
service to the nation are 
invited to attend. 

Point of contact for further 
information is Robert F. 
Hovestadl at (805) 485-6144. 
He can also be reached by mail 
at the following address: USS 
Norton Sound Association, 
P.O. Box 487, Port Hueneme, 
C’A 93044. 

USS Norton Sound Association 
eighteenth reunion (June 1992) 

This is the list of current and open continuous vacant n which 
is serviced by Civilian Personn I Department ai Naval Hospital 
Oakland Applicants who are qualified federal r mplo>- vii;, 
competitive status qualified former federal employee v ;th 
reinstatement eligibility or qualified individuals eligible for 
special appointments, such as those authorized for the sevcrcl t 
disabled, certain Vietnam Era and disabled veterans. m-«> ippl 
lor ihesc announcements. 

Applicants should refer to the individual vacancy 
announcements for complete information and qualification* 
Announcements may be obtained by calling 633 6372 or autos o.» 
828-6372, Monday through Friday, 8 a m 4 p.m or visiting ih- 
Civilian Personnel Office. 



Secretary (Typing) Directorate for Logistics 

GS-660-1 I 

Pharmacy Department 

Program Analyst SFMC 






Secretary (Sieno) SFMC 


Respiratory Therapy 

( losing Dab 







Secretary (Sieno) Director for Logistics (SFMC) OUF 
GS-3 I 8-06 

Operations Management OUF 


GS-081-05 (2 Positions) 

Word Proc 
GS-303-05 (P/T) 

Word Proc 
Operator (Typ) 

Social Worker 

Patient Administration 


Patient Administration 


Social Work Department OUF 

Civilian Pay 



Fiscal Department 


Laundry Worker 
WG-7 304-02 

Operations Management 





Internal Medicine 


Purchasing Agent Contracting Department 
GS-1 105-6 (Temp 2 Positions) 




GS-63 1-7/9 



Clinical Dietician 

Food Management 



Branch Clinic, Alameda . 


C.S-662-9/1 1/12 

Community Health Social Service Department OUF 



Medical Officer Various Locations OC 


GS-602 13 

Medical Officer Various Locations OC 

(Gen Practice) 

GS-602 13 

Occupational Various Locations OC 

Health Nurse 


Nurse Practitioner Various Locations OC 

GS 610 9/11 

Clinical Nurse 

Various Locations 



GS 1320-5/7 

Navy Drug Screening l ab 


Vocational Nurse 
GS 620-5 

Various Locutions 



OC- Open Continuously 
OUF-Qpen until tilled 

Information on detection and treatment of breast 3 


The Navy’s 




Volume 4-Number 5 

Naval Hospital Oakland, California 

March 20, 1992 

Medical Corps charts new course 

Story and photos by 
Andrec MarechaJ-Workman 

March 3, 1992 marks the 
121st anniversary of the 
Medical Corps. According to 
medical historian, U. Kenneth 
Patton, of the Bureau of 
Medicine and Surgery 
(BUMED), although the first 
Navy surgeon went to sea in 
1775. it M as not until March 3. 
1871 that an Appropriation Act 
ofthe 41 st Cb tigress oft he U nited 
States officially recognized a 
"Medical Corps." 

From an initial complement 
of just over 200 male medical 
officers, in keeping pace with 
the needs of the Navy, the 
Medical Corps has grown into a 
force of 4307 men and women 
ii htt perform more com pie. x roles 
than those of their civilian 
counterparts. Many of these 
officers distinguished themselves 
during Desert Shield/Storm, in 
the Saudi desert and aboard 
USNS Mercy (T-AH 19) and 
USNS Comfort (T-AH 20). 

The following feature honors 
Naval Hospital Oakland's 
military physicians and 
surgeons and discusses some of 
the programs that are changing 
the face of Navy Medicine. It 
stems from interviews with three 
senior medical officers. CAPT 
Michael J Little, director for 
Medical Sen icest CAPT John 
IV. Bartlett, director for Surgh al 
Services, and CAPT A. Herbert 
Alexander, chairman of the 
Department of Orthopaedic 

As ii celebrates its 121st 
anniversary, the Medical Corps 
is unobtrusively, but very 
ef ficiently, writing the first page 
of a new chapter in its history . 
With the continual 
advancements in technology and 
the dramatic changes in our 
geopolitical world. CAPTs 
Little. Bartlett and Alexander 
agree that a new course is being 
charted lor future generations of 
MC officers. 

I think we re going to see an 
ever-growing ■ increase in 

technology,” said CAPT Little, 
"as well as more focus on 
preventive medicine — like the 
wellness and fitness and control 
programs that are now going on 
[at the command]. 

Adding that, with the 
concentration on hospital ships 
and field hospitals we’ve 
witnessed in the last few years, 
especially during Desert Shield/ 
Storm, he said that he believes 
"global wars are a thing of the 
past." and that our uniformed 
medical staff is going to turn 
more and more toward 
contingency planning and the 
kinds of disaster preparedness 
scenarios that are being 
coordinated by the National 
Disaster Medical System 

NDMS was developed todeal 
with medical care in disasters of 
great magnitude. Based upon the 
concept in which community 
hospitals voluntarily commit a 
portion of their beds for mass 
disaster casualties, the system is 

LT COL Rosendo S. Icochea, 
USA, who teaches plastic and 
reconstructive surgery to 
residents at Naval Hospital 
Oakland, draws a sketch of an 
ear to demonstrate a surgical 
procedure. (Official U.S. Navy 

a cooperative effort of the 
Department of Health and 
Human Services, Department of 
Defense, Veterans 

Administration, Federal 
Emergency Management 
Agencies (FEMA), state and 
local governments and the 
private sector. 

Bui, according to CAPT 

CAP! A. Herbert Alexander (foreground), who chairs the Department of Orthopaedic 
Surgery, discusses a patient’s x-rays with staff orthopaedic musculoskeletal oncologist, LCDR 
James Bruckner. (Official U.S. Navy Photo) 

Bartlett, it is the change in the 
development of new residency 
programs that could go in the 
annals of the Corps as one of the 
most sweeping reforms to-date. 

"The residency program here 
is now integrated with the 
University of California Davis 
(UCD) East Bay.” he said, 
explaining that, under the UCD 
umbrella, the command “has 
now amalgamated its residency 
programs with Highland General 
Hospital and Kaiser Permanente 
Hospital Oakland," thus 
increasing its residency rolls 
from 15 to 75. 

Under this program, residents 
at all three hospitals exchange 
rotation tours, CAPT Bartlett 
explained. For example, UCD 
East Bay resident. Catherine 
Forest. MD. is currently training 
at NHO's Surgery Clinic. At the 
same time. Lieutenant 
Commander Harpreet Brar, MC, 
a Navy general surgery resident, 
is in rotation at Kaiser 
Permanente Hospital Oakland. 

"This is the first time this has 
ever been done in the Navy for 
our surgical services,” CAPT 
Bartlett said with pride. "We 
have been able to produce more 
in scientific journals and in 
academic pursuits under the 
inlluence of the university 
| UCD], and the admixture of the 

staff has been rewarding.” 

An article by Marc Zolton 
published in the March 9th issue 
of "Navy Times”, (page 16), 
noted NHO surgeons are being 
sent to nearby Highland General 
Hospital to gain experience in 
treatment of gunshot wounds. 
“Under the program started in 
Oakland last summer,” Zolton 
wrote, “Navy surgical residents 

and [staffj surgeons spend at least 
one month, and sometimes as 
many as three, the 
grim killing fields ol Oakland's 
innercity streets...[reaping] vital 
trauma experience. 

Modeled after the residency 
program at the National Naval 
Medical Center. Bethesda. MD, 

See History pages 4-5 

Nutrition basics 

Choosing a well balanced diet 

By Monica Tan, 
student dietician 

the meat, I ish and poultry group; 
the dairy' and fat groups. 

The bread, grain and cereal 
group provides thiamin and 

important role in the overall ' n die release of energy from 
health of an individual; therefore, f ood and promote a healthy 

nervous system. They also 

the food choices 
you make are 
very important. 
Choosing a 

diet with nutrient-rich foods 
w ill ensure that your energy, 
protein, fiber, vitamin and 
mineral needs are being met. This 

means that you’ll need to include _ -c._e.. 

loods Irom all food groups in good source of liber in the 

your daily food choices — the diet. It also provides many 

bread, grain and cereal group; vitamins like vitamins A and C. 

the fruit and vegetable group; ~ 

* p See Nutrition page 8 

provide iron, a mineral 
which is essential for the 
transport of oxygen to your 
cells. This group, which 
is an excellent source 
of energy, is also high 
,n complex carbohydrates and 
liber, while being low in fat. 
The Iruit and vegetable group 

Page 2 

Red Rover 

March 20, 1992 

Family Support 

Treasure Island 

The following workshops and classes, 
sponsored by Family Support Center 
(FSC) Treasure Island, will be 
available to U.S. Navy personnel in 

Earned Income Tax Credit 

On March 18 at 5 p.m. an IRS 
representative will be on hand to review 
earned income $2,020 and over. He/ 
she will also answer questions 
concerning taxes of Desert Storm 

Effective Anger Management 

On March 19. 2 - 4 p.m.. learn the 
basics of managing your anger and 
how to make it work for. not against, 

Pregnant Sailor Workshop 

This workshop is scheduled 
Wednesday and Thursday, March 25 
and 26. 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.. in Building 
257 at Treasure Island. The workshop 
will include briefings by housing, 
medical an child care personnel: 
presentations by the Administration 
on the Navy pregnancy policy, as well 
as the rights and responsibilities of 
active duty parents. 

The Navy/Marine Corps Relief 
Society (NMCRS) will present the 
Budgeting for Babies course. E-5 and 
below are eligible for a NMCRS seabag 
worth approximately $90. Participants 
will also be trained in infant/child CPR. 

Pre-registration is required. Point 
of contact for Naval Hospital Oakland 
is Anna Rodriguez, New Parent 
Support Team, Social Work 
Department. 633-5830 or 5906. 

Crochet classes 

Learn the basics of crocheting on 
March 23 and 30 and April 6 and 13,6 
- 8 p.m. Make a sampler for the Navy/ 
Marine Corps Relief Society, or bring 
supplies to make your own sampler. 

In addition, every Wednesday, FSC 
Treasure Island offers the following: 

A Children s Story Hour 
sponsored by the American Red Cross 
held in the library, 3:30 - 4:30 p.m. 

* A pre-separation briefing from 
9:30 a.m. to noon. A three-hour 
presentation, the briefing answers 
some of the most commonly asked 
questions: How do I apply lor the 
reserve program? How do I ship my 
household goods? Am 1 entitled to 
Unemployment Insurance and more? 
Registration is encouraged. 

All seminars and workshops meet 
at FSC Treasure Island. Building 257, 
unless otherwise indicated. Call 
(commercial) 415/ 395-5189 or 
(autovon) 475-5189 to register for all 
programs or for more information. 

HM2 Montenegro 

NHO February Sailor of the Month 

By Andrce Marechal-Workman 

11M2 Emmanuel S. Montenegro 
(SW) joined the Navy in 1984 “to 
see the world and all the exotic 
places.” If Oakland doesn't quite 
have the luster of Rio de Janeiro or 
Paris, the Oak Knoll command made 
up for it by recognizing the hard¬ 
working acting leading petty officer 
of the Outpatient Division as its top 
sailor for February. 

According to the citation. HM2 
Montenegro, who is a native of 
Cavite in the Philippines, was 
selected for the award because he 
“personifies the Hospital Corps' 
reputation for high standards of 
conduct and performance... 
[bringing] a new meaning to the 
words ‘superior quality patient 

care.'” The citation also lists the 
“department’s commendable results 
[of the IG inspection as being] a 
direct reflection of HM2 

Montenegro’s character. 

“He continually excels in ever 
task he’s assigned,” said h 
supervisor. Lieutenant Junior Gr 
Mark Stevenson, MSC, “and he c 
be depended upon to complete thi 
tasks in an extremely efficient am 
effective manner.” 

LTJG Stevenson, who is head dt 1 
the Outpatient Administration 
Division, explained that HM2 
Montenegro “oversees the 1200-plu* 
health records for staff personni 
assigned to this command.” Addin; 
that with the help of the 10 enliste- 
and six civilians he supervises. HM 
Montenegro “is responsible foj 
keeping these records up to dale tc 
meet the regulations governing th< 
administration of the records." 

Bravo Zulu HM2 Montenegro frf 
a job well done. 

March Awards for 
BMC Treasure Island 

Certificate of Commendation 

HM2 Samuel Baluis 

Letter of Appreciation 

HM2 Gaeth Lovato 
ET3 Ellen Danes 

Letter of Commendation 

HM2 Gregory Elie 

Good Conduct Medal 

HM2 Clyde Alspaugh 
HM2 Kimberley Brodt 
HM2 Victor Dumancas 
HM3 Carlos Broncano 
HM3 Donald Tanner 

Naval Achievement Medal 

HM2 Samuel Baluis 

USNS Mercy (T-AH 19) 


The USNS Mercy (T-AH 19) 
officer in charge. Medical 
Treatment Facility, cordially 
invites all personnel and their 
families who were part of the 
ship’s company during 
Operations Desert 
Shield/Storm and 
the 1987 

for an 
reunion April 
25. The day’s 
events will 
commence at 10 
a.m. and end at 

Officer in Charge, 

Attn: LT M.A. Anaya, 
Medical Treatment Facility, 
USNS Mercy (T-AH 19), 
FPO AP 96672-4090. 
They can also RSVP by 
telephone, commercial (510) 
302-3718, Autovon 672- 
3718 or fax(510) 

Many fund¬ 
raising events 
will take place in 
the near future. 
If you would like 
to volunteer to 
assist, please 
contact LCDR 
Carol Bohn, NC, at 

approximately 4 p.m. Those 
individuals who plan to attend 
should RSVP by mail to: 

(510) 633-5965 — Naval 
Hospital Oakland’s Quality 
Improvement Coordinator. 

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Executive Officer 

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Public Affairs Officer, Acting 

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Naval Hospital 

a new improved 
Patient Appointment 

Call (510) 633-6000* 

to schedule and cancel 
all clinic appointments 
Monday through Frida) 
from 8 a.m. to 4:30 fi 

No more busy 


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an appointment clerk. 

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Breast cancer is no longer a death sentence 

B> Carol Rees. RN 
Patient Advocate. 

N A VC A RE Clinic 

Breast cancer is real and does 
occur even in young women in 
their 20s: however, with early 
detection and treatment, it no 
longer means a death sentence. 
With earl} detection, 91 percent 
of diagnosed women now live 
be> ond five y ears after treatment. 

Mammograms are well 
publicized in literature and the 
media as a method of detection. 
They are recommended as a 
baseline lor w omen between the 
ages of 35 and 39; every one to 
two years for w omen 40-45 and 
yearly for women over 50. They 
are not recommended for women 
under 35 because their breast 
tissue is very dense, making it 
very difficult to detect 

Breast exam is another 
recommended method of 

I detection, and a woman of any 
age should become intimately 
familiar with her own breasts. 

Breast cancer starts as liny 
lumps that may be missed with 
superficial infrequent palpations 
of the breasts. Bui, since young 
women are subject to breast 
cancer, they should practice self- 
. exams regularly so as to detect 
lumps before they become loo 
large, thus increasing their risk 

Breast Sell Exammation (BSE) 
Here iv one *vay to do BSE; 

O Sund before i 
mirror. Check 
bob broju foe anything 
unniiuJ Look for a div- 
charge from the nippies, 
puckenng, dimpling, or 
*ahng of ihc skin. 

The nexi two steps 
are done to check lor 
any change ui the 
shape of contour 
of your breasts. As you 
do (hem, you should be 
able to fed your chest 
muscles tighten 

1 Watching 
dosdy in 
the mirror, clasp 
your hands behind 
your head and 
press your hands 

of death from breast cancer. 


Ask your doctor when he/she 
performs your yearly breast 
exam at the time you’re having 
your pap smear. You can also 
ask any medical clinic for 
instructional material on the 

Health affairs 
budget increased 

1 * By Evelyn D. Harris 

; American Forces 
Information Service 

t _ 

The president's fiscal 1993 
Department of Defense (DoD) 
budget includes a $400 million 
increase tor health allairs 


'■ compared to last year. 

The budget request must be 
approved by Congress and is 
subject to change during the 
legislative process. 

The budget request funds the 
unified Defense Health Program, 
which went into effect Oct. 1. 

» 1991. The program unifies the 
armed services’ medical 
program and budget under the 
Assistant Secretary of Defense 
for Health Affairs. 

Most of the request — $8.9 
billion — will fund operation 
And maintenance of existing 
facilities as well as the cost of 
CH \MPUS, the military health 
insurance program. The 
requested budget for the Civilian 
Health and Medical Plan of the 
Uniformed Services will 
increase to $3.9 billion front 
fiscal I992’s $3.7 billion. The 


budget takes into account 
expected force reductions. 

Health affairs officials said 
DoD will carefully evaluate the 
more costly CHAMPUS 
workload. They would like to 
shift some workload back to 
military treatment facilities, 
which are usually less expensive. 

The budget reflects 
implementation of DoD's 
coordinated-care program, a 
managed-cure program that 
promises to make quality health 
care more available to military 
people and their dependents 
while controlling taxpayers' 
costs Program features include 
lower co-payment deductibles 
for beneficiaries who use the 
doctors and medical facilities on 
their local preferred-provider 

I he budget request also 
includes $300 million for 
procurement, including the 
composite health care system, 
which will automate many 
functions in military hospitals. 
DoD is also asking for $300 
million to lurid research and 
development, including 
biomedical research. 

I Next, pros youi hands 
I firmly on your hips 
and bow slightly toward 
ihe mirror as you pull 
your shoulders and 
elbows forward 

Some women 
do (he next 
pan of the 
exam in the 
shown. Your 
lingers will 
glide easily over 
soapy skin, so you 
can concentrate on 
feeling for changes 
inside the breast 

I Gently squeeze the 
nipple and look 
for a discharge. (If you 
have any discharge dur 
ing the month—whether 
of not it is during 
BSE—see your 
doctor) Repeat 
the exam on your 
right breast. 

the menstrual period. Any lump 
that remains the rest of the month 
should be examined by a 
physician. After the 

examination, the physician may 
often diagnose the lump as 
fibrocystic disease and 
recommend reexamination 
several months later to detect 
changes in the lump. 

Raise your left arm Use 
I throe or four fingers of 
your right hand to feel your 
left breasi firmly, carefully, 
and thoroughly. Beginning 
at the outer edge, press 
the flat pan of your 
fingers in small circles, 
moving the circles 
slowly around the 
breast. Gradually 
work toward the nipple 
Be sure to cover the whole 
breast. Pay special attention 
to the area between the 
breast and the underarm, 
including the underarm 
area itself. Feel for any 
unusual lump or mass under the skin 

6 Steps 4 and 5 should be repeated 
lying down. Lie Oat on your back, 
with your left arm over your head and a pillow 
or folded towel under your left shoulder. This 
position flattens the breast and makes it easier to 
check it Use the same circular motion described 
above. Repeat on your right breasi. 

OaportwMi ti NmA* tmiHmm Smr*cm 


Biopsies arc performed w hen 
the physician questions the 
diagnosis of the lump. Biopsies 
can be as minor as an aspiration 
through a needle inserted into 
the lump, or as major as a surgical 
removal of the lump under 
anesthesia. Afterward, the 
material is thoroughly examined 
by a pathologist to determine a 
diagnosis. Frequently, the lump 
is a cyst or a benign tumor with 
no cancer diagnosis. 

subject. The most informative 
and effective way to leam is to 
attend a class given by your local 
clinic or the American Cancer 

N AVCARE is offering classes 
in which a film, by the American 
Cancer Society, is show n along 
with demonstration and 
instruction using a realistic breast 
model. There are several types 
of lumps in the breast model that 
the examiner’s fingers will 
recognize. It is recommended 
that every women perform a self 
breast exam once a month, using 
the recommended technique. 


Although every woman is 
subject to breast cancer, factors 

such as family history and 
obesity (defined by weight 40% 
above normal body weight for 
height) can cause predisposition 
for the disease. Women who 
delay having children until after 
30, or who choose not to have 
children, also increase their 
chance of breast cancer. 


Young women may detect 
lumps that, upon exam by a 
physician, are diagnosed as 
fibrocystic disease — a disease 
found during and related to the 
reproductive years and the 
hormonal changes that occur 
during these years. This may be 
experienced as lumpy, painful 
breasts occurring shortly before 


A careful monthly self- 
examination of each breast can 
save your life. If you have any 
questions, call the NAVCARE 
Clinic at 510/ 632-5514, ext. 7. 
Its personnel can direct you to a 
class on lump detection or give 
you some literature on the 
subject. You can also call me 
personally at the same number. 

NAVCARE is the primary 
care clinic for the military, 
active-duty and retired and their 
dependents. It is located at 8450 
Edes Ave., Oakland, CA, at the 
Hegenberger/Coliseum exit off 
Highway 880, next to the 
Holiday Inn. 

NAVCARE clinic provides walk-in medical care 

NAVCARE walk-in clinics are 
a new approach that provide 
military beneficiaries primary 
health care 365 days a year 
from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. weekdays, 
and from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m 
weekends and holidays. No 
appointments are necessary. 
However, for those 
that prefer to receive 
care on an 
appointment basis, 
NAVCARE opened 
a Women’s Clinic. 

The clinic is held on 
Mondays and 
Thursdays from 
12:30 to 7 p.m. In 
addition, a 
Child Clinic for 
children two weeks 
old through twelve 
years is held on 
Wednesdays from 12 
to6 p.m. All military 
b e n e I i c i a r i e s , 

including family members, 
entitled to care at military 
treatment facilities an enrolled 
in DEERS are eligible lor care. 
Basic laboratory and radiology 
services are provided on site. 
Licensed and credentialed 
physicians and staff provide 

medical care. 

TheNAVCAREClinic is located 
near the Oakland Coliseum 
Complex at 8450 Edes Avenue, 
Oakland. For Primary Care call 
(510) 632-5514; Infoline (510) 
632-7286; and mammography 
information (510) 632-7521. 


Medical Corps celebrates 

121 years of history 

Staff pediatric orthopaedist, LCDR AI Gilpin, places a call between 
surgeries from his office decorated by thre artwork of his young 
patients. (Official U.S. Navy photo) 

CAPT Paul Daugherty, LISA, a third-year resident at NHO's 
Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, takes a rest from his busy 
schedule. (Official U.S. Navy photo) 


There's always time for training in NHO's Surgery 
Clinic. Here, intern LT William Jawien seeks advice 
from CAPT Michael Vuska. (Official U.S. Na\y photo) 

Continued from page 1 

the agenda was developed by CAP 
Bari left and CDR Stephen Smith, MG, 
trauma surgeon who helps with resident 
training at NHO. Both served for seve 
months aboard USNS Mercy durin 
Desert Shield/Storm . J 

“We are also offering this service t- 
reservists and surgeons serving o 
carriers," added CAPT Bartlett, “to keej 
their knowledge updated and current i ( 
critical care medicine, critical car 
surgery and trauma...while, at the sam 
time, helping the community." 

All this is not to say that past Ms 
achievements and dedication to duh 
have to be dismissed lightly. MC officer 
have faithfully supported the fleet an 
troops throughout the U.S. Navy’s 216 
year history. But, as the world change 
so do its values and systems, and t|k 
Medical Corps is no exception. 

“Desert Storm made us sit back a*i 
realize that there are a lot of confingenc 
plans that need to be reviewed on a ! 
ongoing basis," said CAPT Aiexande! 
stressing that, as a result of lessot 
learned during the recent conflict, Nav 
Medicine is updating its equipment, i 
practices and its training programs. ! 

He also said that Desert Storm help* 
to release some of the tension sparke 
by the Vietnam experience. ‘T veal wav 
been proud of my 22-year career a* 
MC officer," he said emphatically. “Bt 
Desert Storm washed out a lot of} 
heartaches people had 
about Vietnam, and now 
I don’t have to worry 
about wearing my 
uniform in public. It 
stands out in a crowd." 

{Editor's Note: The 
statistics on today’s size 
of the Medical Corps 
were supplied by LT 
Robert Newell, deputy 
public affairs officer at 


Dr. Corbet * 1 
Surgcrx < 
U.S. Navi p 1 *’ 

First-year residents in NHO’s Department of Orthopaedic 
Surgery LTs Daniel T\edten and Jonathan Main, are seen 
studxing the human spine. (Official U.S. Navy photo) 

(From right) The head of the Blue surgery team, 
CAPT Michael V uska, checks a chart held by 
registered nurse enterostomal therapist, Marian 
’ sandell. while staff surgeon, CDR Paul Bostrom, 
looks on. (Official U.S. Navy photo) 

ast Bay resident currently training in NHO’s 
« patient with information by phone. (Official 


Charlie Golf 


CAPT Michael J. Little (above), director of Medical Services, and 
CAPT J. Bartlett (below), director for Surgical Services, talk about 
the future of Navy Medicine. (Official U.S. Navy photo) 

Page 6 

Red Rover 

March 20, 1992 

9{ava( iHospitaf Oakland Zip CCose 

LTJ(J Nancv L. Fran/.e, MSC 

What di\ ision/deparlment doyou work in? Mobilization/ 


What is your job? Mohili/ation/Planning Officer, Disaster 
Preparedness Officer. National Disaster Medical System 
Federal Coordinator, and Assistant Command Security 

Marital status: Single 
Hometown: Milwaukee. WI 
Hobbies: School 

I.ikes: Honest and sincere people. 

Dislikes: Incompetence 

What is the most challenging part ofyour job? Keeping 
the command readiness mindset up. 

\\ hat is sour immediate goal? To complete the master's 
program in which I 'm currently enrolled. 

What is your long-term goal? To open my own business 
when I retire from the Navy in seven years. 

If I could do it all over again. I’d? Probably not change 
a thing-lhe Navy has afforded me many opportunities to 
meet all my short-term goals. 

I wish I could stop: Some of the politics that prevent me 
from doing my job. 

I respect myself for: Mv accomplishments and hard work. 
Role Models/Heroes: ADM Hooper, my mother and 
Susan Wheeler. 

Special Comments: I'm dedicated to ensuring the 
command stays ready to serve the fleet and the nation. 

HM2ISW) Eric llsen 

What division/department do you work in? 

Mobilization Planning 

What is your job? Leading petty officer of Mobilization/ 
Planning, assistant Mobile Medical Augmentation Team 
Coordinator, Medical Personnel Unit Augmentation System 
assistant. C-4 Assistant and Supply Petty Officer. 

Marital status: Single 
Hometown: Los Angeles, CA 
Hobbies: Travel, concerts, and movies. 

Likes: Evenings with someone special. 

Dislikes: Insensitive people and dishonesty. 

W hat is the most challenging part of your job? 

Making sure all deployments, TADs. taskings etc. are a 
smooth transition for all personnel assigned. 

What is your immediate goal? Completing my degree in 

What is your long-term goal? Starting my own advertising 


If I could do it all over again. I'd? Make better use of the 
travel opportunities offered by the Navy. 

I wish I could stop: People's perception that our department 
chooses people for deployment. 

I respect myself for: Being honest with myself and respectful 
of other people. 

Role Models/Heroes: My stepmother and sister. 

HN James A. Ruiz 
What division^epartment do you work in? 




Mobilization Planning 

What is your job? Answer phones, check in new personnel 
to this command and update status files. 

Marital status: Married to Sharon Marie Ruiz. 
Hometown: Chicago. IL 
Hobbies: Softball and play ing guitar. 

Likes: Positive hard-working shipmates. 

Dislikes: Negative lazy shipmates 
What is the most challenging part of your job? 

Dealing with phone calls concerning augmentation status 
and deployments. Moving out of the hospital building 
which makes dealing with people more difficult. 

What is your immediate goal? Pass HM3 exam and get 
accepted for Respiratory Therapy “C” school 
What is your long-term goal? Become a respirat 

If I could do it all over again. I'd? Join the Navy at an 
earlier age. 

I wish I could stop: War. Nobody wins, but unfortunately | 
sometimes war has to happen. 

1 respect myself for: Joining the Navy at the age I did. 
serving my country and, also for my recent marriage to a 
great lady. 

Role Models/Heroes: My dad. 1 worship this great man. 

From the 

By Captain Herman kibble 
Director of Pastoral (.'are 

When I was a teenager in the 
1940's there was a popular song 
whose tune I can remember well but 
the I v rics remain unclear However. 
(with apologizes to the author) they 
rhyme like this: 

You heard the shuffling of his 

As he came walking down the 

The little man who lived so long 

He speaks to everyone he meets 
As he progresses down the street 

This happy man who gives the 
night its glow. 

He made the night a little 

Wherever he would go. 

The old lamplighter of long, 
long ago. 

We lake our electric lights lor 
granted, but there was a time, a 
couple of centuries ago. when little 
towns and villages had street lamps 
that burned brightly by means of 
whale oil. Before modem days ol 
automation, these street lamps 


required a lamplighter whose task 
was to ignite each lamp by hand 
every evening at sundown. 

I suggest to you that, down 
through the centuries even before 
the old lamplighters, ancient 
primiti vc people observing the stars 
as they appeared after sundown, 
reasoned that there must be an 
original designer for nature’s 
magnificent designs, a cause lor 
every effect surrounding us. 

The ancient psalmist in his 
Nineteenth Psalm described the stars 
of the heavens as evidence ol the 
existence of a supreme designer 
whose apparent wisdom and power 
merit human recognition and praise. 

A few centuries after the 

psalmist, the Hebrew Prophet Isaiah 
came to the same conclusion by 
observ ing the stars: 

Took up at the sky ! who created 
the stars you see? 

The one who leads them out like 
an army. 

He knows how many there are 
and calls each one by name! 
His power is so great that not 
one of them is missing! 
Israel, why then do you 

that the lord doesn 7 know your 
troubles or care if you suffer 

Those who trust in the lord for 
help will find their strength renewed. 

This same Isaiah referred to 
people who walked in darkness 
(living in darkness) having light 
shine on them. The Eternal 
Lamplighter's method of defeating 
darkness, whether physical or 
spiritual, is by introducing light. 
The creation story recorded in 
Genesis illustrated this point: “In 
the beginning when God created 
the universe, the raging ocean that 
covered everything was engulfed in 
total darkness. Then God 
commanded let there be light’ and 
light appeared.” 

Biblical personalities in their 
darkest experiences, living in 
spiritual darkness when everything 

for them looked hopeless, 
discovered the light of God 
illuminating their lives and pointing 
a way for them out of their gloom 
and despair. 

(1) Jacob, a fugitive from his own 
home burdened by guilt of his ow n 
making, found God. the Eternal 
Lamplighter, who brought hope 
into his life by means of a ladder 
filled with bright shining angels 
connecting him with the throne of 

(2) Moses was another guilty 
fugitive front Egy pt because he had 
killed an Egyptian. The Eternal 
Lamplighter used a burning bush to 
light Moses’ way. 

(3) With Israel wandering in the 
desert, it was a pillar of fire by night 
to light their way. 

(4) King David, the repentant 
psalmist, sang about the Lord as his 
light and salvation. 

(5) An Angel of Light led Peter out 
of prison one night. 

(6) A light brighter than the sun at 
noonday helps convert Saul of 
Tarsus into God’s Apostle Paul. 

sister, friend 

whatever life may bring or God 
may send, 

no matter whether clouds lift 
soon or late, 
take heart and wait. 

Despair may tangle darkly at 
your feet, 

and faith grow dim. and hope 
once light and 
sweet be gone. Rut suddenly 
upon a heavenly hill 
a lamp is set upon (God's) 
windowsill! I 

To shine for you and point the 
way to go. 

How well l know? 

For I have often waited in the 

and l have seen a star rise in 
the blackest night 
repeatedly, it hasn’t failed me 

And l have learned God nevti 
will forget 

to light the lamp, if we but h >ait 
for it, 
it will be lit. 

A poet named Grace Crowell w rote: 

If but one message I would leave 

one word of courage for my 

it would be this o brother. 

You see. that seems to be Itw | 
way God operates. That is 
standard operating procedure of d* 
Eternal Lamplighter, whose u nite* 
“word is a lamp to our path 'H 
199:105 ( All Bible references -* 1 * 
from Today 's English VersionLj 

March 20. 1092 

Red Rover 

Page 7 



Team Standings ^“ 

NHO Intramural Volleyball Match Standings 
(As of Feb. 06) 



0 1.000 

2 .750 

4 .500 

6 .250 






NHO Intramural Basketball Game Standings 
( As of Feb. 12) 



6 3 .667 

5 3 .591 

5 3 .571 

4 5 .444 

Sports just around the corner, 

Men’s/Women’s CPSC Bowling Championships Mar. 
23-25 ai NAS Moflett Field. 

CPSC Men's Open Division Racquctball Championships 
ai Mare Island Naval Shipyard (Vallejo. CA) Mar. 26- 

CPSC Men's Senior and Women’s Racquctball 
Championships at NAS Alameda Mar. 27-29. 

CPSC Men’s and Women’s Track and Field 
Championships at Vallejo High School on Apr. 4 at 

*** Contact Mr. Ron Brow n for any information at 633- 
6450 on any of the above events. 

Water Exercise Classes are available at the swimming 
pool for all interested personnel, Monday through 
Thursday, 5-6 p.m. Morale, Welfare, and Recreation 
also wants to start up water sport activities at the 
swimming pool, again. Point of contact lor more 
information is AI White at 633-5561. 

A mandatory meeting for softball managers has 
been scheduled for Wednesday, Mar. 18 at 11:30 at 
Recreational Services, Bldg. #38 (2nd floor). This 
meeting is for all teams expecting to participate in the 
1992 Softball Season at Naval Hospital Oakland. A 
team representative is required to attend this meeting. 
Point of contact is Mr. Ron Brown at 633-6450. 

Campaign launched to raise funds 
for California Veterans Memorial 

California Veterans Memorial 
Commission has launched a 
campaign to raise funds for the 
construction of a memorial to honor 
all Californians who have served in 
the nation's armed forces. 

By California law. the California 
, • Veterans Memorial Project is now 
underway. The California Veterans 
Memorial Commission was 
-■ appointed by the governor and the 
legislature to spearhead the 
campaign to raise the necessary 
• funds to build the historic 
; monument. 

’ An important element of the 
campaign is a lax check-off program. 

' In October 1991, the State 
’ Legislature passed SB 1029. a bill 
that gives California taxpayers the 

opportunity to contribute to the fund 
through the convenience of their 
state lax return. The memorial will 
be designed, constructed and 
maintained entirely by private- 
sector contributions. 

Taxpayers who receive a refund 
may direct that a portion of their 
refund be transmitted to the 
memorial fund. Those who must 
make an additional tax payment 
may add a designated amount to 
that payment. The tax check-off 
campaign line is contained in the 
Voluntary Contribution section of 
the California State Tax Return as 
the Veteran Memorial Account. 

“Our aim is to inspire a sense of 
patriotism and respect among the 
Memorial’s visitors—veterans, 
non-veterans and, especially, school 

children,” explained Gina 
McGuiness, chairperson of the 
California Veterans Memorial 
Commission. “We hope the 
monument will lead to enhanced 
understanding and appreciation of 
veterans' contributions to all of us.” 

The Commission will sponsor a 
design contest for the memorial. 
Designs will be judged on artistic 
excellence, effectiveness of design 
as a monument and feasibility of 

Point of contact for further 
information is John Kroeger, 
Veterans Memorial Commission 
director. He can be reached by phone 
at 916/653-1863, or by letter at the 
Veterans Memorial Commission, 
12270 O Street, Room 410, 
Sacramento, CA, 95814. 

Electric heater may be a shock hazard 

A relatively small number of the Model 770 heaters, 
identified by NSN 4520-00-555-8696, 
manufactured by Rival Manufacturing Company 
of Kansas City, MO, contain a workmanship defect. 
The defect consists of a loose wire termination that 
may develop into a shock hazard. 

The problem heaters have been identified as 
those manufactured on Jan. 15 and 16, 1990. under 
GSA Contract No. GS-07F-I7496 or GS-07F- 
19711. Date of manufacture is on the manufacturer’s 
label affixed to the bottom of the heater. 

The information on the label can be decoded as 
follows: The “Control Number” section contains 
model number, year of manufacture and plant 
location. The number at the left is the model 
number (770) while the number at the right is a 
combination of the year o! manufacture (1990) and 
the plant location (04). 

The Serial Number' section contains month 
(01) and date (15) of manufacture. For example: 

01 15 

This heater is Model 770, manufactured on Jan. 15, 
1990, at plant location “04”. 

Government activities should examine inventories 
for these heaters and those found to have been 
manufactured on Jan. 15 and 16, 1990, should 
immediately be removed from service and reported 
to GSA at the following address using Standard 
Form 368: 

819 Taylor Street, Room 6A07 
Ft Worth, TX 76102 
Attn. Beth Whitaker 

Telephone: FTS 334-3661 or COM (817) 334- 


Please include the following information on the 
SF 368: manufacture’s name, NSN. model number, 
and dale of manufacture. Heaters found in inventory 
should be reported to GSA by March 27, 1992. 

Control Number Serial Number 





Choir Rehearsal Choir rehearsal is now being held 
on Tuesday’s and Thursday's at 11 a.m. All personnel 
(civilian/military) interested in joining our fabulous NHO 
choir should contact is Chaplain Kennedy at 633-5564. 

Hypertension Class The NHO Patient Education 
Department will hold a hypertension class on Mar. 18 from 
2-4:30 p.m. in room 3612 on the 3rd floor. Topics will also 
include complications of hypertension, diet, exercise and 
stress management. A physician will be available to 
answer questions. Staff and walk-ins are welcome. Point 
of contact is Aggie Freeman, RN, at 633-5454. 

Adult Asthma Class The NHO Patient Education 
Department will hold an adult asthma class on Mar. 20. I 
3:30 p.m. in room 3612 on the 3rd floor. Topics will also 
cover related illnesses such as bronchitis. Staff and walk- 
ins are welcome. Point of contact is Aggie Freeman. RN, 
at 633-5454. 

Moulage Training Course Ln preparation for 
the upcoming April Disaster Drill (Bay Med 92) volunteers 
are needed for a moulage training course to be held on Apr. 

2 at Letterman Army Medical Center. Interested personnel 
should submit a request chit through their department and 
forward it to HM2 Golden at the Mobilization/Planning 
office Bldg. 73-B. 

Tobacco Facts “A custom loathsome to the Eye, 
hate ul to the Nose, harmful to the Brains, dangerous to the 
Lungs, and in the bleak stinking fuse thereof, nearest 
resembling the horrible Stygian smoke of the pit that is 

King James I of England, 1604. 

Medical Terminology A course in medical 
terminology will be offered on site at Naval Hospital 
Oakland every Monday and Thursday, from 4-6 p.m., Mar. 

16 through May 14. It is an excellent course for employees 
new to the medical field (clerk-typist, medical clerk, 
secretaries). Two units of college credit will be received by 
those who complete the course. Nominations must be 
made on the announcement form which is available in your 
department, or from Sydney Santos in the Civilian Personnel 
Division at 633-6374. 

All Hands Training On Mar. 26. from 1 to 3 p.m., 
this command's personnel will participate in a practice 
session of the Naval Hospital Oakland Disaster Plan. This 
will include set-up and training for all Disaster Response 
Sites. All hands are reminded to review and update their 
standard operating procedures prior to the practice session. 
Point of contact is HM2 Golden at 633-6057. 

Continuity Of Care Fair A Continuity of Care 
Fair is scheduled March 25. 8 a.m. to noon in Naval 
Hospital Oakland's Blood Donor Room, on the filth floor 
of Building 500. 

Sponsored by NHO’s Social Work Department and the 
Continuity of Care Coordinator, the event will present the 
most advanced resources lor post-acute medical care. All 
health care providers, patients and family members are 
invited. Point of contact for further information is the 
Social Work Department at 510/633-5380. 

Are You Expecting A Tax Return This Year? 

SeaWest Federal Credit Union introduces Electronic 
income l ax Filing. When you file your 1991, federal tax 
return electronically at SeaWest your refund is 
automatically deposited into your SeaWest account in just 
two to three weeks! ll you would like your refund sooner, 
apply lor a Rapid Anticipation Loan. You can have the 
cash in your hands in three working days! If you are not a 
member, you cun still electronically file your return at Sea 
West. It you would like more details, drop by the credit 
union or call (510) 568-4100. 

Pape 8 

Red Rover 

March 20, 1992 

Civilian news 

Federal managers jump start budget cutting measures 

By Andrce Marechal- Workman 

Taxing the part the U.S. 
government pays for federal 
employees’ health benefits; taxing 
both annual and sick leaves carried 
over in January— these are but two 
of the budget-cutting measures the 
president ol the United States and 
other government officials are 
studying at the present time, said Ira 
Brown. Zone 8 president of the 
Federal Managers Association 

“Of course, these [measures] must 
be approved by Congress and we 
will raise hell when we go to the 
hill.” he said of the Association's 
advocacy group, when he spoke at 
the February Naval Hospital 
Oakland's(NHO) FMA Chapter 238 
meeting. “I am telling you this 
because I want you to gel a feel for 
what we. federal managers, have to 
do...and what you |Chapter 2381 
need to do." 

Bertha Paul, Chapter 238 
president, seconded the motion, as 
did its vice president, HerbQueller, 
of NHO s Biomed Communication 
Division. "There are so many 
changes going on w ithin the federal 
system. Paul said "that we. 

civilians, must protect ourselves. 
FMA lobbies for us in Congress, 
and we must fight those proposals 
before they become law." 

All of which translates into: 
"Federal employees, don't hesitate. 
Join the one organization that can 
make a difference for you.” 

Open to all federal managers and 
supervisors, this oldest and largest 
civilian professional management 
organization is now accessible to 
employees whose job qualification 
is not strictly managerial; for 
example, a secretary who holds an 
administrative position; an employee 
who oversees a system or a program 
at the hospital or its tenant 

The stipulation that bars 
employees whose positions are part 
of a bargaining unit from joining 
still holds, but there are ways around 
that, added Paul, who is utilization 
review coordinator in the hospital’s 
Quality Assessment Department. 

“If I the Union-represented 
employees] avail themselves of the 
several dental plans offered by FMA. 
they can become associate 
members," she said. She explained 
that there are different dental plans 
available, and that interested 
individuals can get more information 

on those plans by calling her at 633- 

In addition to the dental plan, a 
quarterly $17 ($68 annually) 
membership fee affords preferred 
automobile insurance available 
through Government Employees 
Insurance Co; professional liability 
insurance and a convenient credit 
card program. Members and 
associate members can also attend 
professional development programs 
at reduced rates, as well as receive 
the three publications published by 
FMA, "The Washington Report" 
(weekly), "The Federal Manager" 
(monthly) and "The Federal 
Managers Quarterly". 

Interested prospective members 
and associate members are 
encouraged to attend Chapter 238’s 
informative meetings that feature 
significant military and civilian 
speakers. The meetings are held on 
the third Thursday of each month, 
from 11:30 a.m. to I p.m. 

(Editor's Note: Employees whose 
duties do not allow attendance to the 
monthly meeting are advised to call 
Bertha Paul or Chapter 238’s 
secretary. Andra Zamacona. They 
will find a way to relay pertinent 
information to members or 
prospective members) 

Continued front page 1 


as well as folic acid. 

The meat, fish and poultry group 
is a major source of iron. zinc. B 
complex vitamins and proteins. 

An excellent source of the 
calcium necessary for strong bones, 
the dairy food group is a good source 
of protein and riboflavin. 

An essential part of good 
nutrition, fat supplies essential fatty 
acids and functions as an energy 
source; however, a properly 
balanced diet should include no more 

than 30 percent of its calories from 
fat. This can be achieved by reducing 
the overall fat intake, choosing lower 
fat food items and using low fat 
cooking techniques. This month, 
look for the Heart Healthy lunch 
recommendations while you're in 
the hospital dining facility and see 
how your choices compare. 

Special mini-classes with a 
different weekly topic will be held 
every Friday in March, in room 3612 
across from the Clinical Assembly 

room. General nutrition, weight loss, 
sodium and cholesterol are among 
the topics that w ill be discussed. 

All are invited to attend the classes 
and to ask as many questions as 
necessary. Handouts will be 
available in the dinins room for those 
who cannot attend and who want 
more information. Questions can 
also be placed in the Ask a Dietician 
box located in the dining room, and 
the answers will be posted. 

From the mind of Stephen King comes 
"The Lawnmower Man", a tale of 
computer technology gone awry. Jobe 
Smith (Jell Fahey), the 
gardener of a small-town 
church, is a full-grow n man 
with the intelligence of a 
six-year-old When Dr 
Lawrence Angelo (Pierce 
Brosnan) uses the results 
of his lop secret 
experiments in computer 
virtual reality to accelerate 
Jobe’s intelligence, the 
results are better than 
anyone could have 
imagined. That is until The 
Shop, the sinister 
organization that is 
bankrolling Dr. Angelos 
experiments, interferes— 
perverting Dr. Angelo s 
benevolent intentions and 
giving Jobe powerlul 
psychotic mental powers. 

As the tension builds, world 
destruction is but a telephone call 

Utilizing state-of-the-art 
technology. "The I awnmower Man" 
presents a chilling vision ol how 
research into computer virtual reality 

The Lawnmower Man 

"Cyber-Jobe" (Jeff Fahey. pictured) threatens louse Virtual Reality technology fora sinister 
plan in the New I ine Cinema’s science-fiction thriller, "The Lawnmower Man." 

could be used for evil purposes. 

I lie film is directed by Brett Leonard 
and co-produced by Ciimel Everett. I bis 
husband-and-wife team cowrote the¬ 
sereenpluy, based on a short story by 
Stephen King from Ins anthology. 

"Nighlshift" Lxecutive producers are 
Edward Simons. Steve Lane. Clive 
I timer and Robert Pringle. 

"The I awnmower Man" is rated R 
and runs 108 minutes. 

Civilian Personnel vacancy 
listing as of March 9 

This is (lie li*£i ol current and open tontmuouv vat jr .ir ^ ht.-.h 
is serviced by Civilian Personnel Department at Naval Ho p uh 
Oakland Applicants who arc qualified federal employee wrtfcl 
competitive si«ii ij\ qualified former fc<leral emplace *itH 
reinstatement eligibility, or qualified individual* eligible fori 
special appointments. v U ch a those authorized for the scvcrrlJ 
disabled, certain Vietnam Era and disabled veterans mas apph] 
for these announcements 

Applicants should refer to the individual vacant*,■ 
announcements lor complete information and qualify 1 

Announcements may be obtained by catling 633 6372 or autmoiJ 
K2H-6372 Monday through Friday, b a m 4pm or visiting ?Ht] 
Civilian Personnel Office. Filling of ihe*c portions ma> t* | 
delayed due to the DoD hiring freeze 

Position Location 

Secretary (TYPl Various 

Clerk-Ty pi si Various 

C«S 332-3/4 

Secretary (TYP) Various 

CS 31H-04 

File Clerk Various 


Medical Clerk Various 


Fire Protection Fire Department 



Clerk-Typisi Navy Drug Screening Lah 


Physical Science Navy Drug Screening Lab 


GS131 I -4/5/6 

Social Worker NHO. BMC T I. and Alameda 

Housekeeping Operations Management 

WG-3566-OI (P/T-TEMP) 

Physicians Internal Medicine 


GS-603-1 l 

Community Health Social Work Department 



Medical Officer Various Locations 

GS-602 13 

Medical Officer Various Locations 
(Gen Practice) 

GS-602-1 3 

Occupational Various Locations 

Health Nurse 


Nurse Practitioner Various Locations 

Clinical Nurse Various Locations 

GS 610-9 

Chernisi Navy Drug Screening Lab 

gs 5/7 

Vocational Nurse Various Location' 

GS 620-5 

Computer Information System' D ept 



Industrial Various Locations (A 


OS -690-7 '9/1 I 

Nurse Cnn .utiani Infection C.wtrol/Occ Health 
GS -610-11 

Health Technician Varicmx 


Medical L-ihnr.iiorv Deparinirni. 

Technologist Nj>v Drue Screening I jh 

GS-644 ?,'U 

Nurse Specialist Ambulators Care 

GS 61(i ll 

Note* QC* Open Continuously 

Oi l -Open until lillctl 



Dealing with sexual harassment in the workplace . P&g e 4 

The Red Rover 







Vol. 4 No. 6 

Naval Hospital Oakland, California 

March 27, 1992 

WomerPs^ History Month 

Sending in WAVES, SPARs and women Marines 


By Evelyn D. Harris 
American Forces 
Information Service 

World War 11 was the crucible 
in which women proved their 
worth to the military. 

During most of the war, 
women in the sea services 
weren't allowed to go overseas 
or give orders to men. In spite of 
restrictions. Navy WAVES, 
Coast Guard SPARS and 
Women Marines became so 
important to the war effort, 
commanders asked the services 
to send women to help them. 
The women filled a wide variety 
of important jobs. 

WAVES is an acronym 
meaning Women Accepted for 
Voluntary Emergency Service. 
SPARS came from the Coast 
Guard motto “Semper Paratus,” 
Latin for always ready. 

Irene Wolensky's 

commander decided she had 
what it took to become the first 
woman to attend sonar school. 
The school's director said he 
would be delighted to have her. 
There was just one problem, he 
said. “There's no women's 
head Wolensky solved it by 
running two blocks to the 
officer's club to use the ladies’ 
room. This didn 't stop the former 
English major from graduating 
near the top of her class. 

Wolensky, who retired as a 
captain in 1978, said. "WAVES 
weren't allowed to go to sea, so 
I thought the captain was joking 
when bis voice boomed over the 
loud speaker saying WAVES 
prepare to go to sea.”' Wolensky 
and two other WAVES boarded 
. a 110-foot patrol craft. 

The other WAVES got sick, 
hut I knew I wouldn’t said the 
veteran. “Ofcourse, I lost it. too. 

A young sailor told me I'd better 
cal 1 11 didn’t want llie dry heaves. 
The lunch that day was pork 
chops, and I couldn’t bear to 
‘hmk of those, so I said. 'No 
thanks. 1 was ha v ing dry heaves 
*hen the sailor returned and 
su ggested 1 eat an apple. 1 asked 
him why. He hesitated and then 
^•d. Ma am, at least it will 
taste as good coining up as it did 

“I had several jobs during the 

War * said Wolensky. “After 
Wi Diego, I wrote orders and 


arranged transportation for 
engineers. The ban on women 
giving orders didn't prevent me 
from doing my job. Toward the 
end of the w ar, I worked as an 
expeditor lor electronic systems 

Wolensky was recalled to 
serv ice for the Korean War. She 
supervised a group recruited to 
develop the Navy’s computer 

Retired Navy CDR Ruth Emo 
recalls that when she attended 
“A" school as a seaman in 
Norman, Okla., in early 1943, 
the school's director greeted the 
arriving students with these 
words. “Seaman are seaman 
whether they wear skirts or 
trousers, and they will be treated 
as such.” 

Emo enlisted because she was 
under 21 and too young to be an 
officer. She attended boot camp 
and shared a one-bedroom 
apartment with 15 other women. 

“Of course we had to get up 
extra early with that many people 
sharing a bathroom,” she 
recalled. In Norman, she was 
trained to be an aviation 
metalsmith. said Emo. 

“However, they sent me to a 
First Naval District headquarters 
outside Boston and assigned me 
to communications. My 
supervisor said I wasn’t trained 
for it, but said it was OK because 
it was only temporary duty,” said 
Emo. “I ended up staying a year 
and learning on the job.” 

After officer's training, she 
relumed to supervise the men 
who had trained her. “It didn't 
really create a problem. We 
worked as a team. However, 
soon after I became an officer, I 
did have an embarrassing 
experience,” said Emo. “1 had 
always been very insistent on 
security - no one would be 
allowed to operate the vault lock 
without the properclearance. We 
wore long kerchiefs tied in a 
square knot and used a bank- 
type vault for a code room. One 
day, I got both ends of my 
kerchief caught in (he vault door, 
so there was no way I could 
work the lock without choking 

“None of the other people 
who were cleared were around, 
so I had to ask a young seaman to 
rescue me. He repeated my 

In The Spotlight 

'V- \ 

i a) 





» ttUTI 


By Andree Marechal- 

Elizabeth A. Gilstad, MC 

(PRT) and obesity screening.” whose major role she says is to 

LT Elizabeth A. Gilstad, 
MC, is very proud to have 
graduated from the U.S. Naval 
Academy in Annapolis, MD, 
but she likes the esprit de corps 
at Naval Hospital Oakland, 
where she is doing a transitional 
internship—working as senior 
medical officer in die Primary 
Care Clinic. 

"I am doing a graduate 
medical officer’s (GMO) tour,” 
she said — “conducting staff 
sick call and doing all of the 
command’s physical exams, as 
well as overseas, DAPA (Drug 
Alcohol Program Advisor), 
Physical Readiness Training 

words about his not being 
cleared. Of course, he did open 
the door.” 

The acronym WAVES was 
dropped in 1944, and Erno 
continued to serve as a member 
of the Women’s Reserve. 

Looking back, some women 
veteran’s say there was 
discrimination: Women came 
in at lower ranks than men with 
equivalent education and 
experience and were promoted 

See History page 4 

She said she’sal so die Quality 
Assurance coordinator for the 
Primary Care Clinic and 
physician supervisor for the 
Independent Duty Corpsman 
Program (IDC). 

The IDC Program was 
developed for corpsmen who 
have served aboard ship, she 
explained. “They have worked 
on their own, seeing patients on 
ships, and at NHO, they see 
active-duty members under my 
supervision.” Proctoring the 
IDC Program is her greatest 
challenge, she said — “fine- 
tuning the teaching and 
supervisory skills for a program 
that is new to the command.” 

LT Gilstad, a lop-knotch 
member of the Medical Corps, 

“conserve the fighting strength 
of the Navy by providing 
excellent medical care to 
active-duty members,” thereby 
enabling them to function 
effectively in their jobs. 

“In 10 years. I think the MC 
will be combined from the three 
services (Navy, Army, Air 
Force) in order to consolidate 
resources and provide the best 
possible care,” said LT Gilstad. 
“With (Department of 
Defense) cutbacks, it will be 
very expensive to continue 
operating medical centers that 
provide the same services to a 
population area I think tri¬ 
service medical commands 

See Spotlight page 4 


Kuwait Liberation Medal... 

Medical Computer Slated For Deployment 3 

Dealing With Sexual Harassment 

Irish-American Heritage Month 

From the Chaplain.... 

Diet Corner..... 

Civilian News.... / 

Page 2 

Red Rover 

March Awards for 
Naval Hospital 

Safety Awards 

One year: 

Fire Department 
Fire Chief Bruce B. Bobbitt 

Two years: 

Raymond A. Allard 


Four years: 

Timothy C. Crutcher 

Seven years: 

Melvin Lipsey 

Eleven years: 

Rene Courts, Sr. 

Nineteen years: 

Bruce B. Bobbitt 

Length of Service Awards 

Ten years: 

Sandra A. McKelvy 
Regina R. Simmons-Howard 

Twenty years: 

Gloria J. Grace 

Thirty years: 

Arturo D. Limongco 

Sailor of the Month for 

HM2 Emmanuel S. Montenegro 

Good Conduct Award 

SM2 Loren Littleton 
HM2 Jeffrey Stone 
SK3 Joretha Cloud 
HM3 Gary Katayanagi 
HM3 Tonya Mitchell 
QM3 Deshawn Reid 
HM3 Tina Spaulding 
ABH3 Derrick White 
HN Julie Jones 


HM2 Elmario Calara 
HM2 Arther Ferguson 


HMI Romeo Mirador 
MS 1 Donald Sims 
MM1 Michael A. Thibadeau 


HM2 Daniel Hurst 

Navy Achievement Medal 

JG2 Stephen Brown 
MS2 Ri/al Ednalino 
MS2 Vincent Tolentino 
MS3 Mario Canton 


HMI John Payne 

Navy Commendation Medal 

SKCM Richard Spaulding 

March 27,1992 

Kuwait Liberation Medal awarded 

The Deputy Secretary of Defense 
accepted the offer by the government 
of Saudi Arabia to award the Kuwait 
Liberation Medal to members of the 
Armed Forces of the U.S. who 
participated in Operation Desert 
Storm between Jan. 17. 1991 and 
Feb. 28, 1991, in one or more of the 
following areas: the Persian Gulf; 
Red Sea; Gulf of Oman; that portion 
of the Arabian Sea that lies north of 
10 degrees north latitude and west of 
68 degrees east longitude; the Gulf 
of Aden; or the total land areas of 
Iraq, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, Oman, 
Bahrain, Qatar, and the United Arab 

To be eligible a service member 
must have been; 

♦Attached to or regularly serving 
for one or more days with an 
organization participating in ground/ 
shore operations; or 

♦Serving on temporary duty fo r 
30 consecutive days during the period 
of Jan. 17, 1991 to Feb. 28, I99j 
under any of the criteria listed above 
This time limit may be waived for 
personnel participating in actual 
combat operations. 

♦Attached to or regularly serving 
for one or more days on board a 
naval vessel directly supporting 
military operations; or 

♦Actually participating as a crew 
member in one or more aerial flights 
supporting military operations in 
areas designated above; or 

In order of precedence, the KL.M 
will be worn after the Republic of 
Vietnam Campaign Medal. A|i 
eligible personnel must contact i 
Awards Section in Military Personnel 
Division no later than Mar. 31,1* 
Point of contact is PNSA Wood or 
HMI Gaines at 633-6523. 

Alameda Family Service Center 

offers a variety of programs 

The Alameda Family Service 
Center offers a variety of programs 
for military personnel and families 
from Childbirth Education to Stress 

Survival Techniques for 
Busy People 

Do you find it overwhelming to juggle 
family, job/career and play at the same 
time? On Thursday, April 23, at 6:30 
p.m.. Survival Techniques for Busy 
People is a program dedicated to specific 
methods and techniques to a hassle-free 

Losing Weight Sensibly 
Support Group 

Do you need a support system of 
people behind you regarding weight loss? 
Join us Tuesday, April 7 and 21,6:30-8 
p.m.. at an informative and educational 
group meeting for people who are trying 
to lose or maintain weight, get in shape 
and/or leam about nutrition. 

Childbirth Education 

Basic childbirth preparation classes 
will begin Monday, April 6th for six 
weeks ending May 11 from 6:30 to 8:30 
p.m. Labor coaches are encouraged to 
attend. There is a fee of $50 payable 
directly to the instructor at the First class. 

Stress Management 

Is stress your enemy? Let us he!| 
manage the stress in your life. Join 
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The USNS Mercy (T-AH 19) 
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families who were part of the 
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Humanitarian Deployment for an 
onboard reunion April 25. The 
day’s events will commence at 10 
a.m. and end at approximately 4 
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Medical computer slated for deployment 

doclor to fill in 
exact times. The 
head nurse 

traditionally is the 
one who schedules 
medication. The 
doctor need not get 
involved in that 
level of detail. 
This is the kind 
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By Evelyn D. Harris 
American Forces 
Information Service 

After prov ing itself in 14 test 
hospitals, the computerized 
Composite Health Care System 
will expand to other military 
medical facilities this spring, 
DoD health officials said. 

The computer system 
automates and integrates patient 
administration and scheduling, 
labs, radiology, pharmacy, 
nursing and clinical dietetics. 
Officials said its benefits range 
from eliminating errors caused 
by illegible hand writing to 
helping medical staff treat 
patients faster and more 
efficiently. Open parking spaces 
are a visible sign the computer 
system works as intended. 

“One commander told me that 
now patients can find a parking 
space in his hospital’s lot at any 
time during the day.” said Navy 
Dr. (CAPT) Paul Tibbits. 
“Before, a parking space was 
difficult to find during peak 
hours.” Now that hospital serves 
more patients than ever, officials 

Tibbits. who specializes in 
cardiovascular diseases, has been 
involved in the system's 

SACK \ MENTO, Calif. - The 
director of the California 
Department of Veterans Affairs 
(CDVA) announced that the 
Governor's Commission on the 
Southern California Veterans 
Home is on board and working 
to establish a state residential, 
retirement and health care 
facility for veterans in the 
Southland. The commission 
meets every two weeks at 
various locations throughout a 
seven-county region, from 
Imperial to Ventura Counties, 
according to RADM Benjamin 
T. Hacker, USN, (RET). 

The commission, created by 
Assembly Bill 514. authorized 
by Assemblyman Richard 
Floyd, is composed of 12 
members. Governor Pete 
Wilson appointed seven of the 
12 members. The Governor 
selected four of his seven 
appointees from nominees 
submitted by The American 
Legion, AM VETS, Veterans of 
Foreign Wars, and Disabled 
American Veteran. The other 
three members appointed by the 
Governor are “California 
Veterans,' selected from 
applications submitted by 
veterans residing throughout 
California. The director of the 
California Department of 
Veterans Affairs. RADM 
Hacker (RET t. is also a member. 
Speaker of the Assembly Willie 
Brown and President Pro 
Tempore ol the Senate David 

development for several years 
and was recently named 
Composite Health Care System 
program manager. He said the 
system increases the number of 
effective visits. 

The system is 
designed to he 
responsive to 
users - doctors , 
nurse s y 
technicians and 
administrators in 

“CHCS is not supposed to 
create a paperless hospital,” he 
explained. “Nevertheless, at any 
point in time, several members 
of the staff may need the result 
of a test. From any terminal in 
the hospital - protected by two 
passwords - any health 
professional can call up the test. 
This not only saves time, it 
practically eliminates the chance 
of loss.” 

Before the system, records 

Roberti appointed one member 
each. Senator Charles Calderon 
and Assemblyman Richard 
Floyd serve as ex-officio, non¬ 
voting members. 

Garden Grove resident Willie 
C. Manes, chairman of the 
commission, presides over the 
meetings. Manes a veteran of 
Korea and Vietnam, is assistant 
to the dean of the graduate center 
for public policy and 
administration, California State 
University, Long Beach. 

The commission must report 
its findings and 

recommendations to the 
Governor and Legislature no 
later than July 1, 1992. The 
report may include site locations, 
scope and level of residential 
and health care, number and 
population of sites, estimated 
cost, financing options and 
management alternatives. 

Each meeting includes a 
discussion of commission 
business, fact finding, research 
and committee reports. Public 
comment is also included in the 
meeting agenda to permit 
individuals, civic groups and 
businesses to express their 
interests and present information 
about available properties 
suitable for a home site. 

The commission has already 
met m Los Angeles, San Diego. 
Riverside and Santa Ana. Future 
meetings are schedule lor Los 
Angeles. April 10; Lomita. April 
II; Barstow, April 20; and 

could be misplaced or misfiled 
and be losi to those needing 
information. Physicians might 
need to order a repeat test, 
wasting the time of both the 
patient and the medical stall. 

Although parts of Composite 
Health Care System will be in 
place in other facilities beginning 
this year, officials said the system 
w ill probably not be fully in place 
in all 700 military medical 
facilities until the year 2000. 
Continuous refinement and 
improvement are expected. 

The system is designed to be 
responsive to users - doctors, 
nurses, pharmacists, technicians 
and administrators in individual 
facilities. Each hospital orclinic 
has specific needs. Hospital 
staffs will work with Tibbits’ 
multidisciplinary teams toensure 
the system meets those needs. 
Tibbits said the hospitals share 
their best ideas. 

Tibbits’ office also expects 
to automate the system doctors 
use to order treatment for 
patients. Officials hope to 
streamline this complicated 
system by 1994. 

“Right now, we have a little 
too much on the screen.” said 
Tibbits. “Forexample.ifadoctor 
orders medicine to be given four 
times a day, the system asks the 

Victorville April 21. Sites for 
May and June meetings have not 
yet been selected. 

Information regarding the 
meeting sites and agenda may 
be obtained from the California 
Department of Veterans Affairs 
i n Sacramento at (916) 653-2293 
or district offices in Los Angeles 
or San Diego. 

development, will automate 
records concerning patients’ 
medications, diagnostic tests and 
prescribed procedures w'hile 
hospitalized. By improving the 
information available to* care 
givers, planners hope to improve 
the quality of care patients 

Patients at the 14 test 
hospitals apparently like the 
system and asked hospital staffs 
to use it because it is so much 
faster, said Tibbits. He also said 
the system helps hospital 
management measure workloads 
more realistically. Previously, 
for instance, phone consultations 
frequently were not included in 
workload courts. 

Other benefts: 

* The system helps hospitals 
get reimbursed by third-party 
payers—at Tripler Army 
Medical Center in Hawaii, 
Department of Veterans Affairs 
reimbursements went up 

* Defense officials can keep 
belter tabs on the quality of 
physicians in the preferred- 
provider network. 

* Precertification information 
needed for elective surgery or 
surgery in civilian hospitals is 
collected more efficiently. 

* Medical records are more 

* Hospital staffs save lime 
preparing and storing reports. 

* Patients find it easier to 
schedule appointments, so walk- 
in and wait times are reduced. 

* Lab and radiology test 
results are available faster. 

* The system monitors 
whether patients pick up 
prescribed medication. 

The test sites are Fort Knox. 
Ky.; Fort Gordon, Ga.; Tripler 
Army Medical Center. 
Honolulu, Hawaii; Madigan 
Army Medical Center, Tacoma. 
Wash.; Nuremberg, Germany; 
Walter Reed Army Medical 
Center, Washington, D.C.; Eglin 
Air Force Base, FI.; Leesler Air 
Force Base, Miss.; Shaw Air 
Force Base, S.C.; Andrews Air 
Force Base. Md.; Sheppard Air 
Force Base, Texas; Camp 
Lejeune, N.C.; and the Naval 
hospitals in Charleston, S.C., and 
Jacksonville. FI. 

College fees may be waived for dependents of veterans 

SACRAMENTO, Calif. - If 
you are the son or daughter 
of a disabled or deceased 
veteran and in search of 
financial assistance for 
college, the California 
Department of Veteran 
Affairs (CDVA) has a deal 
for you. It is called the 
College Fee Waiver 
Program for Veteran’s 

This program can help 
provide the means to an 
education for those 
dependents who might 
otherwise be deprived of a 
college education.” said 
Rear Admiral Benjamin T. 
Hacker. United States Navy 
(Retired), director of 

Here is how it works. 
Under the provisions of 
California Education Code 
Section 32320, a student 
receives the waiver of 
tuition and incidental fees 
when attending any 

California State University, 
University of California, or 
California community 
college. However, the 
College Fee Waiver Program 
does not cover the cost of 
parking, housing, books, 
non-resident tuition for out- 
of-state residents, or other 
miscellaneous fees. 

To be eligible, a college 
student must be the child of a 
veteran of the United States 

With a service- 
connected disability, or 

* Who was killed in the 
service, or 

* Who died of service- 
connected disability. 

1 he student’s annual 
income, including parental 
support, cannot exceed 

Either CDVA or the 
United States Department of 
Veteran Affairs, or the 

Department of Defense, can 
verify the disability or 
deceased status of the 

“I'm asking the veterans 
community to help get the 
word out about the 
program,” said Hacker who 
pointed out that 775 college 
tee waivers were approved 
tor the 1991-92 academic 
year. 1 believe effective 
outreach will qualify even 
more dependent children,” 
he said. 

An application and 
additional information may 
be obtained by contacting a 
county veterans service 
officer, listed in the 
telephone directory under 
county government. 
Information is also 
available from CDVA's 
Division of Veterans 
Services, P.O. Box942895, 
Sacramento, Calif., 94295- 
0001. telephone(916) 653- 

Commission works to establish 
Southern Calif, veterans home 

Page 4 

Red Rover 

March 27, 1992 

Dealing with sexual harassment in the workplace 

By LT Mary Hanson 
and Ray Nolan 

Recent reports of alleged sexual 
harassment incidents in American 
society and in the Navy have 
prompted renewed emphasis on the 
issue ol sexual harassment. 

According to the Equal 
Employment Opportunity (EEO) 
Commission, sexual harassment is 
a form of sex discrimination under 
Title VII of the Civil Rights Act 
and involves unwelcome sexual 
advances, requests lor sexual 
favors and other verbal or physical 
conduct of a sexual nature. 

This type of conduct can be 
determined when: 

“^submission to or rejection of 
such conduct is made either 
explicitly or implicitly a term or 
condition of a person's job, pay or 
career (advancement); 

^submission to or rejection of 
such conduct by a person is used as 
a basis for career or employment 
decisions affecting that person; 

*such conduct interferes with 
an individual's performance or 
creates an intimidating, hostile or 
offensive environment. 

howto be aware of what constitutes 
this type of behavior. Since 1980. 
official Navy policy has existed 
concerning sexual harassment, and 
several initiatives in recent years 
have resulted in increased 
awareness in the Heel. According 
to the 1990 updated report on the 
Progress of Women in the Navy, 
more than 65 percent of personnel 
surveyed said that things were 
being done to stop sexual 
harassment in the Navy. However, 
as policy planners at the Bureau of 
Naval Personnel (BuPers) point 
out, the training is never done. 

they ignore the harasser. It doesn’t 
. The harasser sees this lack of 
action as a form of approval. Tell 
the person doing iihe harassing that 
you object to his or her behavior. 
Repeal your objections until the 
harasser takes your intentions 
seriously. Using the “broken 
record" approach can be very 
effective. One of the problems 
with sexual harassment is that the 
harasser isn’t always aware that 
his or her actions are unwelcome. 
Repeating your objections is a way 
to remove all doubt from the 

incident! s) occurred 

♦tell the harasser that you want 
the behavior to stop immediately 
Met the harasser know if the 
behavior doesn't stop immediately 
you will lake additional action. 

Give the harasser the original 
copy of the letter in the presence of 
a witness. If a personal 
confrontation is undesirable, send 
the letter certified mail with return 
receipt requested. The signature 
on the receipt will serve as proof 
that the harasser has been notified 
of the sexual harassment. Forward 

harassment exists, it won’t go away. I 
Without the courage to report am 
and all incidents of sexual 
harassment, the problem will only ] 

For guidance on sexual' 
harassment, see OPNAVINST^ 
5300.9 (Navy Policy on Sexual] 
Harassment). SECNAVINStI 
5300.26A (Department of the Navy I 
Policy on Sexual Harassment), and] 
OPNAVINST 5354.1C (Navi 
Equal Opportunity Manual)! 
Section IV “Prevention of Sexual] 
Harassment,” and Section V.1 

Sexual harassment 
is a crime . It is a 
counter-producti ve 
measure used by 
criminals to offend 
and intimidate 
innocent victims in 
a work or work - 
environment . 

Using sexual favors as a 
determining factor in employment 
decisions is also considered sexual 

One way the Navy combats 
sexual harassment is to train 
personnel in how to cope with and 

“This isn’t something that you 
can do just one time, and then forget 
about it.” said CAPT Ev Greene, 
director of the equal opportunity 
division at BuPers. “It needs to be 
a routine part of everybody's 
refresher training and leadership 
development — at all levels.” 

Training in sexual harassment 
policy and prevention is a required 
subject at all Navy Recruit Training 
Centers: advanced training schools; 
officer commissioning programs; 
petty officer, chief petty officer, 
warrant and limited duty officer 
indoctrination courses; department 
head training; and courses for 
prospective commanding and 
executive officers. 

In addition to the various 
pipeline training courses, sexual 
harassment training is also required 
as part of each command's Navy 
Rights and Responsibilities 
workshops during indoctrination 
and annual refresher training. 

The goal of repeated training, 
said Greene, is to “create an 
atmosphere of mutual respect, 
which will contribute to improved 
teamwork and readiness within the 
Navy. We are trying to gel each 
Navy member to treat everyone 
with the same courtesy and dignity 
that they would want for 

Sexual harassment can often be 
stopped at the source, before it is 
repeated. What is the best way to 
handle a person engaging in sexual 
harassment? Be direct. Many 
victims of sexual harassment often 
think the harassment will stop if 

People accused of sexual harassment have rights, too 

American Forces 
Information Service 

The Supreme Court 
confirmation hearings in the 
Senate highlighted that there 
is not much defense for those 
accused of sexual harassment. 

Editorials around the 
country noted that even if the 
nominee were innocent of the 
allegation, there was no way 
he could prove it. Many 
accused of sexual harassment 
claim innocence. Do people 
accused of sexual harassment 
have die same rights as alleged 

“Yes,” said Christopher Jeltn, 
assistant secretary of defense lor 
force management and 
personnel. “The system has to 
protect both the victim and the 
accused. The responsibility for 
protecting the rights of the 
accused as well as the rights and 
sensitivities of the alleged victim 
falls to the commander and chain 
of the command.” Protections 
apply equally to military 
personnel and DoD civilian 

Agencies have 180 days to 
investigate and resolve 
complaints, a DoD equal 

opportunity manger said 
However. severaJ stages and 
appeals processes are involved 
during the 180-day period. 

Complainants who are not 
satisfied with their agency’s 
final decision can press their 
cases with the U.S. Equal 
Employment Opportunity | 
Commission or a U.S. District 
Court, he said. The manager 
insisted the best thing someone 
accused of sexual harassment 
can do is to cooperate with die 
investigation and present 

ev idence for Ins or her own 

harasser's mind that his or her 
actions are offensive. If the 
unwanted behavior continues, talk 
with your supervisor about the 
problem. Supervisors are 
responsible for providing their 
employees with a working 
environment free from sexual 
harassment. If your supervisor is 
the person doing t he harassing, talk 
with his or her supervisor. 

Writing the harasser a letter is 
another tactic used to stop sexual 
harassment. If using this approach, 
the following information should 
be included: 

*give a description of the 
behavior that you object to 

♦list the date(s) that the 

a copy of the letter to your EEO 
representative (if civilian) or the 
proper person in your chain of 
command. This will serve as notice 
to your employer that there is a 
problem and future assistance may 
be required. 

Sexual harassment is a crime. 
It is a counter-productive measure 
used by criminals to offend and 
intimidate innocent victims in a 
work or work-related env ironment. 
Employees must be aware of their 
rights in this matter. Unless people 
are aware that the problem of sexual 

“Navy Grievance Procedures. The£ 
chain of command is the preferred! 
means for military members to 

resolve sexual harassment issues? 

However, sexual harassment 

incidents also may be reported to : 

theNavy Inspector General hotline 
by calling Autovon 288-6743,41 
(202) 433-6743 . or (800) 522-3451. j 
Courtesy of LT Mary Hanson , ] 
public affairs staff . Bureau ofNa\al j 
Persotmel, Washington, D C. Ray j 

Nolan, deputy EEO at NAS 

Brunswick. Maine, also contributed 
to this article. 

Spotlight.... continued from page one 


more slowly. "We just wanted 
to win the war,” said Emo. “The 
feeling of teamwork was 

“Most of the time, we worked 
seven days a week,” recalled 
Ethyl Wilcox, who entered the 
Marine Corps as a private in 
1943 and retired as a sergeant 
major in 1973. Wilcox, a 
Wisconsin native, joked about 
being able to see the world when 
she was assigned to a recruiting 
office in Milwaukee, where she 
rema i ned for much of her career. 

“Someone had to stay in the 
office until midnight every 
night,” added Wilcox. 
“Potential recruits would show 
up at all hours. If someone 
came in at I I at night, we'd give 
them the forms to fill out and 
tell them to come back the next 
day to be processed. 

“The written lest for women 
was more difficult, and women 
had to have high school 
diplomas, which men didn t, 
she added. 

. continued from page one 

Betty Splaine was one of the in the Korean War 

first Coast Guard SPARS in 
1943. A native of Somerville, 
Mass., she entered the SPARS 
as a seaman recruit, although 
she was just a few credits short 
of receiving her bachelor’s 
degree in personnel and 
industrial relations. 

She attended boot camp along 
with WAVES. “Men with the 
same experience were entering 
at higher ratings. However, that 
did not bother me at the lime 
because I was happy to be part of 
the war effort,” she said. “I was 
pleased when I finally made chief 
petty officer toward the end of 
the war. 

“Just about the time we knew 
our left foot from our right, we 
began duty,” said Splaine. She 
did personnel work in 
Washington, D.C., 6 1/2 days a 
week and performed in a drum 
and bugle corps ‘to keep myself 
out of trouble” in what little I tee 
lime remained. 

Splaine was recalled to serve 

She did 
warrant officer work but did not 
receive the rank until 1959, when 
she said she became the Coast 
Guard’s First female warrant 
officer. She retired as a chief 
warrant officer 4 in 1979 and 
now serves on the Coast Guard 
Commandant’s Retiree Council. 

“Military women have come 
a long way,” said Splaine. 
“When I came in, all I had to do 
was miss a period and you were 
out. Even married women got 
less-than-honorable discharges 
forgetting pregnant. I still can’t 
gel used to seeing a pregnant 
women wearing a uniform.” 

She said SPARS loved to sing 
- in the shower or wherever. 
“One of the songs we sang was, 
‘ If you’re nervous in the service... 
have a baby.’ 

“But we were very 
enthusiastic and still are," said 
Splaine. “I tell the commandant 
he should call on us whenever he 
needs willing volunteers.” 

may very well be the next step.” 

Having recently become a 
mother, “I am aware of the 
critical shortage of quality, 
reliable, safe and affordable child 
care available in the Bay Area. 
According to the Employment 
Development Department, the 
average hourly wage for day care 
in this area is $7.60 per hour, 
although many parents are able 
to find care for their children at 
$5.00 or less.” LT Gilstad said. 

“Nevertheless, 1 wonder how 
families without a dual income 
manage to find acceptable, 
affordable child care,” she said. 
“For example, an E-3 over two 
years, single parent, with one 
dependent with no extraneous 
allotments, makes $965.40 basic 
pay per month. Including BAQ 
with dependents, VHA and 
COMRATS and deducting 
taxes, this single parent w ill take 
home about $758.00 every two 
weeks. Assuming this parent 
can find inexpensive day care at 
$5.00 a hour, she or he pays 
$200.00 a w eek, assuming a 40- 
hour work week, or $800.00 a 
month. II I subtract VHA. BAQ 

and COMRATS and housing 
and food expenses and also the J 
$800.00 per month for chi Id care! 
this parent has about $50.00 left 
for all other expenses, whether 
that's clothing, insurance, ear 
payments.etc.,” LT Gilstad said! 

“1 think that is Unacceptable, I 
There are so many single pare® 
families at this command and 
quality affordable child care is 
so difficult to find, yet N HO h i' 
nothing to offer.” she said. 
reservist recalled for Desert 
Storm last year tried to organize 
a day care center, but it never 
materialized. This wa* 
extremely unfortunate. I’d like 
to see our administration | 
resurrect this plan and implement 
it so safe, reliable, inexpensive 
day care is available to active 
duty families.” 

L.T Gilstad joined the N o 
in July 1981 as a midshipman 1 
the U.S. Naval Academy She i> 
married to L.CDR Francij 
McGuigan. MC, a resident 
NHO’s Orthopaedic 

Department, and the mother 
live-month-old Shannon. 

March 27. IW2 

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Page 5 

Congress taps March as Irish-American 

Heritage Month 




By Kutli Williams 
Atncrican Forces 
Information Sersice 

For the second consecutive 
year. Congress has designated 
March as “Irish-American 
Heritage Month'* to highlight 
Irish heritage, culture and 
contributions to the nation. 

The joint resolution will 
nationally recognize the many 
contributions Irish Americans 
have made throughout our 
nation's history." said Illinois 
Sen. Paul Simon, one of the 
cosponsors of the measure. 
“About 40. 7 million Americans 
are of' Irish-American descent, 
from Andrew Jackson, our 
seventh president, to James 
Hoban. the man w ho designed 
the White House.” 

Irish Americans have played 
an integral role in shaping the 
national heritage, Simon said. 
“Artists, playwrights, social 
reformers, inventors and 
politicians, including 10 signers 
of the Declaration of 
Independence, are only a fraction 
of the many Irish Americans 
w ho have helped enrich our great 
nation," he added. "Their legacy 
and achievements w ill be better 
appreciated by the celebration 
of ‘Irish-American Heritage 

Calling America “the melting 
pot of the world." Simon said. 
"Our national heritage is not the 
product of just one culture or 
one tradition It takes the 
contributions of all the peoples 
of the w orld and combines them 
into the wonderful, colorf ul and 
diverse society called America. 
This resolution honors one of 
those proud traditions.” 

Another co-sponsor. Arizona 
Sen. Dennis DeConcini said, 
“We should take lime to 
recognize the many cultures that 
make this country the great 
melting pot it is. As someone 
who has married into the Irish 
culture. I'm looking forward to 
celebrating Irish-American 
Heritage Month and St. Patrick's 
Day with full vigor." 

In response to people who 
question having an Irish- 
American Heritage Month, a 
DeConcini spokesman. Mutt 
Collins, said, "These 
observances—Black History 
Month. Hispanic Heritage 
Month. American Indian 
Heritage Month—highlight 
different minority groups, but 
that s not the only purpose. It’s 
important to bring attention to 
c auscs. groups, actions and dates 
in history people should know 
about and respect, not just for 
minority groups, because we 
have a giant melting pot of 
hundreds of different ethnic 
groups from many countries 
•round the world. Each group 
deserves special recognition.” 

New York City Police 
Department ( apt. Vincent 

Dougherty agrees. "Having 
ethnic heritage months is a 
wonderful way to recognize 
major contributions different 
groups make to making this 
country what it is today," said 
Dougherty, commander of 
Brooklyn North narcotics. 

"The Irish have proven their 
worth in wars, education, 
establishment of universities, 
literature, theater, government— 
from police officers to presidents 

of the United States." said 
Dougherty, a member of the 
police department’s Emerald 
Society, a charitable 
organization that raises money 
for education scholarships. 
"Many of the country’s founding 
lathers had Irish backgrounds.” 

Thomas A. Brennan Jr., 
president of the Friendly Sons of 
St. Patrick, said. "For most Irish 
Americans, having an Irish- 
American Heritage Month is 

almost a sentimental thing For 
instance, my grandmother and 
great grandparents came over 
from Ireland. I’m four or five 
generations removed from Irish 

"Most people in my situation, 
if they have an attachment to 
Ireland at all. it’s more of a 
sentimental thing because we 
don’t have relatives in Ireland 
that we know of,” said Brennan, 
an associate general counsel of 

the Hears! C'orp. In New York 
City. "If your parents came over 
during World War II, for 
example, you certainly know 
your Irish relatives and have a 
much more concrete connection 
with Ireland than I do. 

"It’s a heritage tiling." 
Brennan continued. “Every 
American is searching lor roots. 
My roots arc in Ireland. For 
most Irish Americans. I think 
that's the extent of it.” 

Irish Heroes and The Medal of Honor 

By Rudi Williams 
American Forces 
Information Service 

. ■ and scattering the enemy in all 

directions,” the citation read. 
“Had one squad failed, not one 
man of the party would have 

- lived to tell the tale. During the 

operation. Gunny Sgt. Daly, 15th 
When it comes to Irish- Company, was the most 
American military heroes. Medal conspicuous figure among the 
Of Honor recipient Army Maj. enlisted men,” 

Gen. William “Wild Bill” Fifteen years earlier, Daly, 
Donavan is probably the most then a private, made history when 
famous. Bui when it comes to he ordered an outnumbered, 
gallantry on the battlefield, it’s outgunned, pinned-down group 
hard to beat the deeds of Daniel of Marines to attack the enemy 
Daly and Smedly D. Butler— during the Battle of Peking 
each earned two Medals of (China) on Aug. 14. “Leaping 
Honor. forward, he yelled to his tired 

SgtMaj. Daly was called “the men, ‘Come on, you...,do you 
outstanding Marine of all time” want to live forever?”’ one 
by former Marine Corps historical account relates. While 
Commandant Maj. Gen. John A. singlehandedly defending a 
Lejeune. Gen. Butler called position. “Chinese snipers fired 

hinVthe fightingest Marine I ever 
knew” and once remarked, “It 
was an object lesson to have 
served with him.” 

Both men earned their second 

at him and stormed the bastion, 
but he fought them off until 
reinforcements arrived,” 
according to Daly’s citation. 

Butler earned his first Medal 

Medal of Honor during the of Honor in Vera Cruz, Mexico, 
Haitian Campaign in 1915. On on April 22. 1914. “Maj. Butler 
the night of Oct. 24, more than was eminent and conspicuous in 
400 Cacos Haitian bandits command of his battalion. He 
attacked Daly, then a gunnery exhibited courage and skill in 
sergeant, three officers and 34 leading his men through the 
enlisted men. The Marines action on the 22nd (April) and in 

a \ . I■ ■ the final 
occupation of 
the city,” 
according to 
the award 

H e 
earned his 
s e c o n d 
Medal of 
Honor about 
19 months 
later during 
the Haitian 
C a m p a i g n . 
Butler w'as 
cited for 
bravery and 
I o r c e I u I 
leadership as 
leader of the 

Army Sgt, Hick O’Neil with his Medal or Honor attack on Fort 
received Tor actions during World War I. Riviere, Haiti, 

fought their way to a good on Nov. 17, 1915. 
position and stayed there “Wild Bill” Donavan warned 
throughout the night, according a Medal of Honor lor gallantry 
to the award citation. in leading his regiment against 

At daybreak, the three thcHindenburgLineat Landres- 
squads of Marines—one led by et-St. George on Oct. 14-15, 
Daly—advanced in three 1918, in the Meuse-Argonne 
differentdirections. Surrounding offensive during World War I 

the I65lh 

Then a colonel, Donavan, who 
was wounded three times, 
Infantry — 
formerly the 
famous all- 
Irish “Fighting 
69th“ New 


personally led 
the assaulting 
wave in an 
attack upon a 
very strongly 
position, and 
w hen our 
troops were 
casualties, he 
all near him by 
his example. 

running a mile or two every day, 
something that wasn’t at all 
popular in those days. And 

Marine Corps GySgt. Daniel J. Daly with his two 
Medals of Honor. 

Donavan’s philosophy rubbed 
off on us giving us faith in 
ourselves and our officers.” 

On July 31, 1918. Donovan 
instructed O’Neill to lead his 
platoon of 28 men in an assault 
on German machine gun 
emplacements that had caught 
the Americans in a crossfire. 
During the assault. O’Neill fell 
into a camouflaged machine gun 
nest. Armed w ith an rifle w ith 
lixed bayonet and two grenades, 
O’Neill killed seven of the 24 
Germans in the double bunker. 
The rest surrendered. 

O'Neill took a pistol bullet in 
the leg and a rifle bullet in the 
arm, but kept fighting. Donovan 
had preached, “’Never give up. 
invasion, Donavan was pinned Keep going. Never give up! ’ So 
down on a beach by German I kept going,” O’Neill told the 
machine gun fire. He turned to society. He insisted he be taken 

to Donovan before being treated 
for his wounds. 

"I reported to Donovan that 
there were eight machine guns 
out there, not two,” O’Neill told 

moving among his men in 
exposed positions, reorganizing 
decimated platoons and 
accompanying them forward in 
attacks. When he was wounded 
in the leg by machine gun bullets, 
he refused to be evacuated and 
continued with his unit until it 
withdrew to a less exposed 
positions," the Medal of Honor 
citation read. 

During World War II. 
Donovan organized and directed 
the Oil ice of Strategic Services, 
precursor of the CIA. The 
organization was known to the 
public as the “cloak-and-dagger 
boys’’ who worked for U.S. 
intelligence behind enemy lines. 
During the Normandy 

another OSS officer and said, 
"We know too much.” Drawing 
his pistol, he supposedly added, 
“If we are going to get captured. 
I'll shoot you first. Then myself. 

After all, I’m the commanding the society. “And I told him 


“Our battalion commander 
was Maj. ‘Wild Bill’ Donavan,” 
Medal of Honor recipient Sgt. 
Richard W O’Neill told the 

where the artillery tire could be 
directed and also, w here our own 
men were located. After that, I 
was taken to the hospital. I was 
willing to go then.” Only five of 
Congressional Medal of Honor the original 28-man platoon 
Society in a mid-1970s account, survived the battle. Three of the 

five were wounded. O'Neill died 
April 9, 1982. 

“Thanks to him our bodies and 
courage were strengthened daily 
We improved physically 

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Red Rover 

March 27, 1992 

‘\aval Odospitaf OahfancCZip Chose With Women's Odist ory Month 

YN1 Kathleen A. Fescenmeyer 

What di\ision department do you work in? Administrative 

What is your job? Leading petty officer. 

Marital status: Married to Robcri James. 

Children and ages: Robert Alan. 15. Micheal James. 9; David 
Leonard,9; and Matthew. 7. 

Hometown: Eugene. Oregon 
Hobbies: Baking, sewing, and shopping. 

I.ikes: Interesting people, places, and things. 

Dislikes: None listed 

What is the most challenging part of your job? Making sure 
deadlines are met. that the office is covered, and harmony in the 
work place. It people work together they can accomplish the job 

W hat is your immediate goal? Retiring on 31 July 1992. 

W hat is your long-term goal? To start college in August to 
become a teacher for hearing impaired students. 

If I could do it all over again. I'd? I wouldn't change anything. 
I wish I could stop: The way people treat each other People 
should learn to live with each other without fighting. Lifes so 
short you should enjoy all you have. 

I respect myself for: All accomplished in my life. I not only have 
a career but also have been able to he a mother and a wife. I’ve 
seen a lot and have done even more. 

Role Models/Heroes: My mother and father. 

How far do you think women have come in the Military/ 
federal Government? When 1 joined the military in 1972 
women were only allowed in a few ratings (i.e. yeoman, pc sonnel. 
radioman, hospital corpsman—basically administrativejt bs) and 
now we are in all rates. I feel in another twenty years wont ‘n will 
be in every job including combat jobs. Women really showed 
what we were made of during Desert Shield/Desert Storm. We 
can Ntand shoulder-to-shouldcr with the men when given the 

YN2 Janet Bekkala 

What division/department doyou work in? Administrative 

What is your job? Medical Treatment Facility coordinator 
and action tickler tracker. 

.Marital status: Married to Brain Timothy. 

Hometown: U. S. Air Force dependent - Anytown USA 
Hobbies: Weight lifting and bike racing. 

I.ikes: Intriguing people. 

Dislikes: Cheap wine and cheap people. 

What is the most challenging part of your job? Being 
assigned to new tasks. 

W hat isyour immediate goal? To regain the physical strength 
I had prior to my back surgeries. 

What is your long-term goal? Within limitations, to be as 
strong as possible, both physically and mentally. 

If! could do it all over again. I'd? Make several significant 
life changes. Too bad we don't get to do it all over again, but 
we sure can "add on". 

I wish I could stop: Global illiteracy. 

I respect myself for: Being open-minded and progressive. 
Role Models/Heroes: Jesus. Ghandi. and G. I. Gurdieff. 
How far do you think women have come in the Military/ 
Federal Government? When I entered the Navy in 1984 and 
throughout my first five years I felt ihe treatment and proper 
utilization of women in the Navy was poor. It was like 
stepping back into a lime warp. In the last couple of years and 
at this command. I've felt a dramatic improvement. To 
answer the question Navy wide on a scale of 0 to 10 .with 0 
being when I joined. I'd rate it as maybe a 4. I think we still 
have lots of room for improvement. 

Farline Oliver GS-4 

What division/department do you work in? Message 
Control/Administrative Support 

What is your job? I file all unclassified message traffic 
and track recurring reports. 

Marital status: Single 
Hobbies: Music, reading, and sewing. 

Likes: Food, movies, swimming, and bowling. 

Dislikes: I don’t like anchovies and I don't like being 
placed on hold. 

W hat is the most challenging part of your job? To 

answer this questionnaire 

What is your immediate goal? To finish college. 

What isyour long-term goal? To help my grandchildren I 

• • a ■ 

finish college 

If I could do it all over again. I'd? Finish college before 
marriage and children and also become a concert singer. J 
I wish I could stop: Eating too much food and drinking J 
so much coffee. 

I respect myself for: Being a good citizen. 

Role Models/Heroes: My father and mother 
How far do you think women have come in the Military/ 
Federal Government? I have worked at Naval Hospital 
Oakland since 1970 and I have enjoyed my tenure here. I j 
hope to retire here tn 1995. 

From the 

By (’I)R Richard M. Mattie, 
( IK M SN 

The travel section of the San 
Francisco Examiner dated 
March 15, had an interesting 
article by Donald M. George, 
entitled “Footloose in Italy." 
Being a Catholic chaplain, the 
article caught my interest 
because the writer described a 
visit to Vatican city. This visit 
took place some fifteen years 

Following a Christmas 
holiday sojourn in Italy, the 
writer describes a memorable 

"Most impressive of all the 
treasures in Rome were the 
Sisline Chapel and the Piela 
Few things moved me so much; 
One stands and stares, and the 


faith, the beauty, the skill, the 
courage merge into an 
accomplishment beyond belief. 
How Michelangelo could draw 
all his resources together and 
complete those works is beyond 



The qualities of 
workmanship that the writer. 
Donald George, was able to 
identify, beauty - skill - courage 
- faith, caught my interest. 

It seems to me that each one 
of us, going about our daily 
routine, endeavors to give the 
very best effort. The same 
“qualities of being" the 
Michelangelo employs in his 
artistic endeavors arc basically 
the very same qualities that each 
one of us puls forth in our every 
day living in order to perform 
our works and meet our many 
responsibilities. Each day calls 
lor our best effort. Each day 
has to begin with renewed 
interests. It doesn't matter that 
we are the very best and it 
doesn’t matter if others are 
given recognition that perhaps 
we deserve. What really matters 
is how we live, work and meet 
our responsibilities; how we 
apply ourselves to the work at 
hand each das. 

Martin Luther King. Jr 
wrote: "Whatever your life's 
work is, do it well A man 

should do his job so well that 
the living, the dead and the 
unborn could do it no better." 

If it falls your lot to be a 
street sweeper, sweep streets 
like Michelangelo painted 
pictures, like Shakespeare wrote 
poetry. like Beethoven 
composed music; sweep streets 
so well that all the hosts and 
earth will have to pause and 
say, "Here lived a great street 
sweeper, who swept his job 

In our rounds, each day on 
the wards, it is not unusual for 

patients to tell chaplains how 
grateful they are for receiving 
quality care. The praises and 
accolades are positive, frequent, 
spontaneous and sincere. Our 
doctors, nurses and corpsmen 
are to be commended for the 
many miracles worked each day. 

Mother Teresa of Calcutta 
tells a story of walking past an 
open drain and catching a 
glimpse of something moving 
in it. She investigated and found 
a dying man whom she took back 
home where he could die in love 
and peace. 

“I live like an animal in the 
streets." the man told her 
“Now, I will die like an angel/ 
“How wonderful to sec « 
person die in love." 'he 
exclaims, "w ith the joy of lose 
the perfect peace of God onto# 

May we continue to woti 
eachdav by giving our very bfl 
performing well, the ;• 
assigned. May we continue 
bring dignity, joy and hcalA 
to those suffering. May v* 
always be motivated to <Jfl 1 
job well done.". 

April is Earthquake Preparedness Monti 

After a major earthquake, electricity, water, and gas may he out of service. 
Emergency aid may not reach you for several days. Make sure you have Ihe 
following items in your home, at your office, or in your car: 

♦Fire extinguisher 
♦First aid kit 

♦Wrench nx . 

♦Flashlight and extra batteriesl^, s CilMi lirtltiiji tapirtlits: 

♦Water and disinfectant ■ 

♦Radio and extra batteries /^\{ 

♦Dry or canned food 
♦Alternate cooking source 

BayMed 92 Disaster Drill Note 

Due to Naval Hospital Oakland's participation in this year's diaster drill 
Bay .Med 92, all outpatient clinics will be closed for rountine appointment'* 
on Thursday, April 16. Normal operating routine for the clinics Mill resume 
Friday, April 17. 

Red Rover 

Page 7 

March 27, 1992 

Diet corner 

A little sodium goes a long way 

Sodium is a mineral that is essential for good health. 
You must have a balance of sodium and water in your 
body fluids at all times. Too much sodium or too much 
water will upset the balance. Unfortunately, most of us 
cat far more sodium than we need—a little sodium goes 
a long way. 

According to the National Research Council 1100 to 
3300mg of sodium daily isenough However. Americans 
consume 2-6 times that amount! Sodium is most 
commonly found in salt but is also found naturally in 
foods and is used as an additive in foods and drugs. 
Table salt is 40 percent sodium and the rest is chloride. 
Fhere are approximately 2000 mg sodium in a teaspoon 
' of salt. 

Salty foods make you thirsty because sodium requires 
extra water for dilution. When you sweat, the increased 
concentration of sodium in the blood also stimulates 

thirst. Unless the proper concentration of sodium is 
maintained, something goes w rong. 

In healthy individuals the kidneys help to maintain 
this balance. However, if the body cannot gel rid of 
excess sodium, because of diseases of the heart, 
circulatory system, or kidneys, it accumulates in the 
body along with excess fluids. This results in edema, a 
swelling of the tissues that can cause temporary weight 
gain and lead to other more serious health problems. 

Even if you never salt your foods, 90 percent of all 
processed foods contain sodium. In reading labels 
w atch for the w'ord ‘sodium" or the symbol "Na" and eat 
these foods in moderation. It is important to note that 
liking salty foods is an acquired taste or habit that can be 
changed. When reducing salt and high sodium foods, it 
will take the taste buds 2-3 months to readjust to the new 
sodium level. So be patient! 

Anaerobic vs. aerobic exercise 

B\ LT Winfred Toney 

Y i*| 

The physical readiness test 
iPRT). performed biannually. has 
caused many sailors to develop a 
year-round interest in a fitness 
^schedule. During this process sailors 
may have heard the terms anaerobic 
and aerobic bandied about. Simply 
pul. aerobic takes place in the 
presence of oxygen and anaerobic 
doesn't require oxygen, but both 
produce energy for the body. 

Some examples of aerobic 
exercise are brisk w alking, jogging, 
aerobic dance or stair-stepping. 
Examples of anaerobic exercise 
include push-ups, pull-ups, and 
weight-lifting. A strong heart, 
achieved through aerobic exercise, 
makes it easier to start an anaerobic 
type of exercise. 

To understand the differences 
between aerobic and anaerobic 
exercise, you need to know that fats, 
carbohydrates and proteins are the 
three sources of diet-provided 

energy. However, these energy 
sources can’t be used directly by 
muscles but are converted into a 
muscle fuel known as adenosine 
triphosphate (ATP). 

ATP is stored in muscle and organ 
cells, providing two to three seconds 
of quick energy for muscle 
contractions to perform movements 
such as jumping, throwing, pushing, 
and pulling. 

However, ATP must be replace 
after it's used. The automatic action 
of rebuilding ATP is performed 
through a chemical process called 
phosphocreatine (PC). 

The problem with the ATP-PC 
system is that w'hen energy is 
achieved without oxygen, or 
anaerobically, its quick energy only 
lasts for a short period of time. 

Whether exercising aerobically 
or anaerobically, passing the PRT is 
what motivates many a military 
member and it is possible to pass 
part of the PRT by using anaerobic 
energy — giving it all you've got 
during the sit-ups and push-ups. 
However, ATP stores will be used 

up quickly and there won’t be enough 
energy left for the run. 

Aerobic exercise has more 
benefits than anaerobic because a 
continued supply of oxygen to the 
muscles will allow muscles to 
perform longer periods instead of 
the anaerobic time of two or three 
minutes. Oxygen used in aerobic 
exercise provides the body with 13 
times the energy produced by 
anaerobic exercise. 

For those looking to control fat, 
aerobics continued over a 20- to 45- 
minute period allows fat, rather than 
carbohydrates, to be used as the fuel 
source. Surprisingly, fat provides 
about 14 times the energy of 

One of the biggest differences in 
anaerobic vs. aerobic exercise is that 
anaerobic exercise is the best means 
of increasing muscle size, strength 
and endurance while aerobic exercise 
is best for strengthening the heart. 

Toney is the PRT coordinator for 
Naval Training Center, Great Lakes, 
Great Lake, III. 

Classes offered by NHO’s Patient Education Dept. 

, Smoking Cessation 

The American Cancer Society Program— Fresh Start— 
is now being offered at NHO. This course repeats 
monthly and is a series of seven two-hour classes. The 
first class in the series discusses the physiological and 
psychological aspects of nicotine addiction. The next 
six classes deal with stress management, behavior 
modification. and how to quit smoking or chewing 
tobacco. A physician is present at Class I and Class 111 
to answer questions. 


Tins is a two-and-a-half hour American Red Cross 
class. Topics for the class include diet and exercise, 
complications of high blood pressure, compliance with 
medication regimens, and stress management. A 
Physician is present during the class to answer any 
questions or concerns, 

1 Adult Asthma 

two-hour class deals with adult respiratory problems 
and ways to relieve them. Respiratory problems such as 
Tl I), bronchitis, and allergies will be discussed, as 
We * A physician is present during the class to answer 
an> questions or concerns. 

Pediatric Asthma 

I5T *b| IW ° h ° Ur C * aSS ^ ea * s childrens’ respiratory 
t° help them (Mhei illnei >e$ that 
^ ( "^d include allergies, bronchitis, andcroop. 

, n [ 1 !l W| ^ he present during the class to answer 

dn y questions or concerns. 


This two-and-a-half hour class deals with arthritis, its 
complications, and ways to relieve the symptoms. Topics 
for the class include diet, pain management, stress 
relief, and exercise. A physician will be present during 
the class to answer any questions or concerns. 

“Beyond Fear” HIV Family Support Group 

This two-and-a half hour session deals with family 
members and significant others who are living with 
people who have HIV/A1DS. Topics discussed include 
the stages of grief, what to expect from the illness, and 
how to live a '‘normal'' life alter recovering from the 
shock of the diagnosis. 

Breast Self-Exam 

This one-hour class is designed to show women how to 
do a proper monthly breast self-exam, what changes to 
watch for, and the importance of breast exams. Women 
will view a videotape on breast self-exams. A female 
registered nurse will be the lead teacher for this class. 

Patient educators at NHO are Aggie 
Freeman, RN, and ENS Michelle (•ilium, 
USN, NC. All classes are run monthly, so check the 
Flan of the Day for dates and times. Everyone is 
welcome to attend any class; no consult is required. For 
further information, please call 633-5454, or pagers 
HOI -5545, 810-9076. Or stop by the patient education 
office located on the 4th floor of the hospital in the 
Cardiopulmonary Lab, across from the Operating Room. 




The Pulmonary Function has moved to 8 South, in 
back of the Adolescent Clinic. Arterial Blood Gas and 
the Bronchoscope Laboratories will remain on the 4th 
floor. Pulmonary Function Laboratory telephone 
number is (510) 633-6894 to schedule an appointment. 
For further information, contact HM2 Robbins or 
HM1 McGahee at 633-5924. 


In preparation for die upcoming April Disaster Drill 
(BayMed92). Volunteers will be needed fora Moulage 
Training course to be held on April 2. at Letterman 
Army Medical Center. Interested personnel please 
submit a request chit through your department and 
forward to HM2 Golden at die Mobilization Planning 
office building 73-B. 


The shift to summer uniform for all commands within 
NAS Alameda local area coordination will commence 
0001, May 18. Uniform of the day for all personnel 
will be as follows: 

Offic er/CPO 

Male E6 and below 

Female E6 and below 



Summer White 
Summer Khaki 
Service Dress White 
Summer White 
Service Dress White 
Summer White 

Summer Khaki may be prescribed as an alternate 
uniform for Officer/CPO’s. Summer White is the 
appropriate uniform for officials functions, personnel 
standing top side/ quarterdeck watches and occasions 
where coat and tie are normally worn. 


All military personnel who are separating from military 
service are required to undergo physical examination. 
The Primary Care Clinic is the designated physical 
examination section. Beginning physical exam two to 
three months early is recommended, since separation 
does not become final until a physical exam has been 
completed. For those who are re-enlisting or ex tending 
for greater than two years, you need to make an 
appointment with PCC to have your current physical 
exam reviewed and interval history recorded. If your 
physical exam has expired you will need a completely 
new physical. Point of contact is HM2 Mandella or 
HN Cooke at 633-5178. 


Effective March 1,1992, MANDATORY processing 
for separation of first time Drug Abuse Offenders will 
include ALL Navy paygrades. ALL Navy personnel 
in paygrades E-l and above, who commit an initial 
drug otlense shall be disciplined as appropriate 
screened lor drug dependency, and processed for 
separation. Individuals separated administratively or 
punitively, who are medically diagnosed as drug 
dependent, shall be offered veterans administration 
treatment at time ol separation. Self referral for drug 
abuse is an incident of drug abuse and docs NO 
prevent a member from being administratively 
processed for separation. 

Red Rover 

March 27, 1992 

Page 8 

Civilian news 

RIF rule changes protect top civilian performers 

By Evelyn I). Harris 
American Forces Information 

There is a saying, “If your 
neighbor loses his job. it*s a 
recession. II you lose your job, it’s 
a depression.” 

DoD officials have promised to 
try to downsize the Defense 
Department primarily through 
attrition. Still, officials said, there 
will be some reductions in force. 

People with good performance 
records will be less vulnerable to 
RIFs thanks to recent Office of 
Personnel Management policy 
changes. The changes give 
employees retention credit for the 
three most recent annual 
performance ratings within four 

Under the old rules, only ratings 
in the three years preceding the RIF 
counted. Tom Glennon of the Office 
of Personnel Management said the 
new rules belter ensure employees 
competing for jobs during a RIF 
receive credit for three actual 
ratings. Glennon specializes in 
reduction-in-force policy. 

He explained the old regulation 
could penalize employees whose 
supervisors, for whatever reason, 
failed to prepare three timely annual 
appraisals in three years. An 
employee with two appraisals in 
three years received an assumed 
“fully successful” on the missing 

rating. So employees lost credit if 
they actually received 
“outstanding” or “exceeds fully 
successful” on a late appraisal. 

People with 

records will be 
less vulnerable 
to RIFs thanks 
to recent Office 
of Personnel 
policy changes 

Employees with the most time 
in service have the most protection 
from a RIF. Good performance 
ratings add to time in service. 
Each “outstanding” rating adds 20 
years of service. Each “exceeds 
fully successful” rating adds 16 
years, while each “fully successful" 
adds 12 years. Thus, an employee 
with one of each receives credit for 
an additional 48 years of service. 

To lessen administrative 
hardships, agencies can use either 
the new four-year period or the old 
three-year period until Jan. 19, 
1993. But agencies must be 
consistent in awarding additional 

service credit lor reduction-in-force 
purposes and document the 
procedures in their performance 
appraisal systems. The revised 
regulation also requires agencies to 
save performance ratings for four 
years instead of three. 

Another rule change regards 
offering temporary employment. 
Under the new rules, agencies 
cannot offer temporary jobs to 
employees threatened by a RIF 
unless the only alternative is 

The Office of Personnel 
Management clarified rules 
involving agencies that reassign 
RIF affected employees by waiving 
less critical job qualifications. 
Agencies can waive only some 
qualifications of vacant positions. 
The employee still must meet 
minimum educational qualifications 
and possess the skills and 
adaptability needed to perform 
satisfactorily in the new position. 
Employees must fully qualify before 
they can be assigned to an occupied 

Finally, the RIF rules now clarify 
a longstanding policy that displaced 
employees’ new jobs need not have 
the same promotion potential as their 
old positions. For an agency, finding 
new jobs is what counts - 
reassignments can be from jobs with 
promotion potential to jobs with 
none or vice versa. Employees 
retain the same career status and 
tenure in their new positions. 

Blame It On The Bellboy 

( .ikimil) prevails when a Irio of travelers, whose names all sound alike. Messrs. Horton (Richard Griffiths), Orton (Dudley Moore) and 
I .aw ton (Hr van Brown) check into a Venice, Italy hotel and are given the worn itineraries by a bungling bellboy (Bronson Pinchot. center) 
in Hollywood Pictures’ new comedy of mistaken identitie. "Blame It On The Bellboy." Right: ( l op). Maurice Horton (Griffith, right) finds 
that romance comes with a high price when he tries to seduce real estate agent Caroline Wright (Palsy Kensil, lefi>. (Bottom) Clumsy 
businessman Vlelvyn Orton (Dudley Moore, seated, and lop left) becomes a target fi»r mob boss Scarpa (Andreas Kalsulas. bottom let!) and 
his cronies Alfio (Alex Norton, center) and Rossi (Jim Carter, right). LEFT: (Bottom Lawton (Bryan Brown, lefi)and his assasination prey 
Pal ricia (Penelope W ilton, right) find that life can he murder. Alison Steadman also stars. A Hollywood Pictures presentation in association 
with Silver Screen Partners IV, "Blame it on the Bellboy" is written and directed by Mark Herman, and produced by Jennie Howarth and 
Steve Abbott. Buena Vista distributes. (© Hollywood Pictures Company. All Rights Reserved.) 

The staff at the Hotel Gabriclli. in Venice. Italy, is eager to young escort; and the timid property scout picks up 
please However, one quirky bellboy (Bronson Pinchot) is a little 
too anxious. When entrusted with distributing itinerary envelopes 
for three guests whose names all sound alike, he inadvertently 
turns the world upside down lor Messrs. Orton (Dudley Moore). 

Lawton (Bryan Brown), und Horton (Richard Griffith*). 

Calamity prevails when the trio—a mafia-hit man. a clumsy 
real estate scout and a small-town mayor lurned-lothar.o—each 
find themselves traveling in someone else * shoes. The hit man 
,s accidentally given directions to a dating rendezvous, 
the amorous may or is summoned to buy real estate instead ol a 

assassination directive 

From the moment they arrive in Venice, late weaves a comic 
web lor this trinity ol travelers, and soon it’s arrivederci to la 
dolce vita, in Hollywood Picture’s new comedy Blame It on the 

A Hollywood Pictures presentation m association with Silver 
Screen Partners IV, Blame It on the Bellboy" is written and 
directed by Mark Herman, and produced by Jennie Howarth and 
Steve Abbott Buena Vista Pictures distributes. The film is 
rated PG-13 and runs 78 minutes 

Civilian Personnel vacancy 
listing as of March 20 

This is the list of current and open continuous v ac wdcs whnt 
is serviced by Civilian Personnel Department • \ If ,• ,j I 

Oakland. Applicants who arc qualified fedcr -mploycex r*, 
competitive, status, qualified former federal « mpioyec t wq|| 
reinstatement eligibility, or qualified individual chphl « 
special appointments, such as those aulhori/ed for tin sc cr**). I 
disabled certain Vietnam Era and disabled veter uis. mas app*y I 
for these announcements 

Applicants should refer fo the individual vacancy I 
announcements lor complete information and qualification*. 3 
Announcements may he obtained by calling 633 6 -.72 or autovco 1 
828-6372, Monday through Friday 8 a m 4 pm. or vmur.g the 1 
Civilian Personnel Office. Filling of these positions ma> be 1 
delayed due to the DoD hiring freeze. 



Closing Date 

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Vol. 4 No. 7 

Naval Hospital Oakland, California 

April 15, 1992 

April is Cancer Control Month 

Oncology/Hematology Clinic gives special support to cancer patients 

B\ JOSN Kvna S. McKimson 

» ml 

According to the Leukentia Society of 
America, an estimated 80.000 Ameri¬ 
cans w ill be afflicted w ith leukemia and 
other related diseases of lymphoma and 
multiple myeloma this year. 

The Oncology/Hematology Clinic at 
N AVHOSPOakland treats more than 120 
patients per month, coming from as lar as 
Reno. Ne\.. w ith diseases which include 
leukemia, breast cancer, colon cancer, 
testicular cancer and Hodgkins disease. 

"Oncology was established here as a 
subspecialty. due to the increased popu¬ 
lation of retired and middle-aged people, 
and w ith this you are going to have cancer 
patients," said LCDR Howard L. 
Russell. MC. head of the Oncology/He¬ 
matology department. He added that 

"As a benefit to our patients, we try to 
give them the maximum amount of che¬ 
motherapy to cure their disease, because 
a large number of cancers today are cur¬ 
able" stated Russell. "If vve cannot cure 
the cancer, we try to give patients treat¬ 
ments to alleviate the symptoms of their 
diseases such as bone pain." 

According to Russell, cure rate for 
cancers found today is about 50 percent. 
"When w'e talk about cure rate, we are 
talking about patients who show no signs 
of cancer after five years.” He added that 
there is a difference between a cured 
cancer and remission. Remission is 
often used in the context of leukemia and 
chemotherapy. When a leukemia patient 
is in remission, the leukemic cells dis¬ 
appear following treatment, but there is 
no assurance that they won t return in six 

Although the Oncology/Hematology 

H\ Joe Baines of the Pharmacy prepares chemotherapy medication for the 
Oncology Hematology clinic. (Official li.S. Navy photo by JOSN Kyna S. 

their clinic is seeing a large number of 
breast and colon cancers, but that they 
also treat numerous other types of cancer. 

"We have our share of diseases that can 
be found in young adults, particularly 
because of our population,” said Russell 
referring to the military population. The 
majority of active-duty and reserve per¬ 
sonnel are 21 to 30 years of age. Accord¬ 
ing to the U.S. Department of Health and 
Human Services, cancers normally found 
in young adults are Hodgkin's disease 
and testicular cancer. Hodgkin's disease 
is the most common form of lymphoma, 
which originates in the lymph nodes or 
the lymph tissue. 

Hie treatment for cancers today in¬ 
clude radiation, surgery and chemo¬ 
therapy. Chemotherapy is the use of 
medications or chemicals with cancer- 
lighting abilities (t is often called the 
anti-cancer" agent. 

clinic treats a large number of common 
cancers, they also see unusual tumor cases. 
"I think because of the fact that we are a 
medical center, we get referrals from 
outside and because of the [younger] 
population that we treat." stated Russell, 
“but we continue to grow in our knowl¬ 
edge of cancers and their treatments. 

"We can also give patients higher doses 
of chemotherapy and not worry so much 
about its toxicity on the patients because 
we have the medication to prevent their 
blood count from going too low. therefore 
lessening the cause for infection or 

"Currently our patients are part of two 
studies in experimental up-to-date care 
of cancer patients. The first is the Na¬ 
tional Surgical Adjuvant Breast and 
Bowel Program, in which we enroll our 
breast, colon and rectal cancer protocol 
patients, and the second is the Cancer 

Susan Panko, RN, prepares to insert an IV into cancer patient Jerry Fosse for 
his chemotherapy treatment (Official U.S. Navy photo by JOSN Kyna S. 

and Leukemic Group C Study, which 
consists of lung and lymphoma cancer 
protocol patients." 

"There is a lot more involved with 
cancer for patients than just their treat¬ 
ment here." said Susan Panko.RN. head 
Oncology nurse. She stated that patients 
are referred to hospice organizations 
which treat the terminally ill: and they 
are also taught home care and preven¬ 
tion. "With cancer patients everything 
changes, but with all of our patients I 
seem to get the same response: Everyday 
a patient tells me that they are actually 
enjoy ing life; they don ’ t lake each day for 
granted anymore.” 

Panko said that along with treatment in 
their clinic, the staff of Oncology/Hefna- 
lology also takes time to go to the wards 

and interact with patients; they provide 
seminars for staff and patients; and they 
also talk with family members, giving 
counseling on how to cope. "For our 
patients it is good to come here and talk 
with other patients." said Sherry Yeley. 
assistant and formercancer patient. "They 
have someone to compare stories with 
and also someone to help them cope. In 
some cases family members have prob¬ 
lems coping and understanding and 
they're not able to give support." 

The Oncology/Hematology clinic is 
currently staffed by two military doctors 
LCDR Howard Russell and LCDR Mar¬ 
tin Edelman; two civilian registered 
nurses. Susan Panko and Lisa Cox; HA 


Steve Walker and Sherry' Yeley. 

See Oncolgogy staff pp. 4,5 

Savings Bond campaign 

By LT. Terri Jones, MSC, USNR 
Command Savings Bond Coordinator 

It’s time again for the Annual Savings Bond campaign. The campaign begins 
April 15 through May 29, 1992. Savings Bonds offer an easy way to save or 
invt st, as well as build education and retirement funds for the future. Savers can 
choose from a wide variety of payroll allotments. Savings bonds come in 
denominations that fit every' budget, from $100 to $ 1000—and they cost just one- 
half of their face value, so purchase prices start at only $50 for a $ 100 bond. There 
is never any fee to buy or redeem a Savings Bond, and they may be redeemed, 
without lee or commission, at any lime after six months from issue date. 

However, bonds held less than five years earn interest at a reduced rate. New 
Series EE Bonds have an original maturity of 12 years, the maximum time it 
takes a Bond to reach its face value. Interest earnings are based on market 
performance when an EE Bond is held five years or longer But they earn no less 
than the minimum rate, now six percent, set at the time of purchase, if held at least 
five years. They are backed by the full faith and credit of the United Slates and 
can be replaced free if lost, stolen or destroyed. Bonds are not only good for 
buyers, they help our country as well. Savings bonds strengthen the national 
economy by increasing savings and reducing the cost of financing. Contact your 
department key persons to buy Savings Bonds and save. 

April is Child Abuse Prevention Month 

April 15, 1992 

Page 2 

Red Rover 

From the executive officer 

April is “Beat the Quake" month here in California, 
marking eight years of increasing success in reaching 
California residents with vital earthquake prepared¬ 
ness information. Here at NAVHOSP Oakland, our 
annual disaster preparedness drill is slated for Thursday 
and Friday, April 16 and 17. BAYMED 92 incorporates 
the scenario of the Bay Area being hit by several severe 
earthquakes along two major faults...the San Andreas 

and Hayward Faults. This is a large-scale drill incorpo¬ 
rating coordination with both Letterman U.S. Army 
Hospital (LUSAH) and David B. Grant USAF Medical 
Center at Travis AFB. In addition, more than 300 
casualties will be regulated through the Emergency 
Medical System of three counties involving military 
and civilian agencies. 

Why do we do this each year? Yes, there is a Joint 
Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare 
Organization's (JCAHO) requirement to be met, but 
that isn't the main reason we put so much time, energy 
and effort into this annual drill. The fact is that we work 
and live in an earthquake-prone area. Recent history has 
shown us how vital it is that we continually test, reline 
and sharpen our disaster response system. 

At 5:04 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 17, 1989, the San 
Francisco Bay Area was hit by a major earthquake 
measuring 7.1 on the Richter Scale. Severe damage 
was sustained to the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge, 
a section of 1-880 in Oakland and the Marina District 
of San Francisco. There were several fires in various 
parts of the Bay Area, and power and telephone/beepcr 

services were disrupted. ; 

NAVHOSP Oakland and its branch medical clinics, - 
LUSAH, David B. Grant Medical Center and the 
USNS Mercy (T-AH 19) quickly activated their mass 
casualty plans and stood by ready to receive casualties, 
both military and civilian. NAVHOSP Oakland and its 
branch clinics treated 56 earthquake-related casualties 
and performed 275 environmental health tests: LUSAH 
treated 80 earthquake-related casualties. NAVHOSP 
Oakland also played a significant role in assisting civil¬ 
ian authorities in search and rescue operations at 1-880, 
while LUSAH provided care to residents of the Marina 
District and displaced people housed at the Presidio. 

We were ready and able to provide significant help 
during the 1989 earthquake primarily due to our annual 
exercising of our plans. This year, as we once again test 
our procedures. I ask you to keep in mind that while this 
is only a drill, the real thing could occurat any time. Any 
improvements to the system we can make during the 
drill could potentially save lives during a real situation. 
This drill is a valuable training tool for our people. Let’s 
make the most of this opportunity. 

HMCS Chapman is recipient of the Semi-annual Leadership Award 

By LaRell Lee 

HMCS (SW/AW)Gary D. 
Chapman said that, during his 20 
years’ enlistment in the Navy, 
Naples, Italy, was his best shore 
station, but that his four years 
aboard the USS Peleliu (LHA-5) 
was both his best sea tour and his 
most memorable experience. 
Chapman, who was awarded the 
Semi-annual Leadership Award 
from Oct. 1-31, 1992, is the ex¬ 
ecutive assistant for the director 
of Medical Services (DMS). 

"My duties range from senior 
enlisted coordinator for 1 15 per¬ 
sonnel to handling the equipment 
management," he said, adding that 
he also assists with an annual 
budget of 2.6 million dollars. 

According to Chapman, a typi¬ 
cal day starts at 6:30 a.m. and 
ends between 4 and 4:30 p.m. He 
said that he begins by doing paper¬ 
work and setting a schedule for 
the day’s events — with most of 
his time spent working with the 
leading petty officers (LPO) for 
various clinics under DMS. 

Chapman added that complet¬ 
ing his bachelor's degree in Flu- 
man Resources Management is 
both a personal goal and a goal 
that he feels will contribute to his 
overall job performance at 
NAVHOSP Oakland. “With the 
downsizing of the Navy," he said, 
"I feel that my work within the 
Team Training concept and the 
implementation of Total Quality 
Management (TQM) will help to 
build a stronger Navy and increase 
the abilities of the hospital to serve 

its many patients.” 

HMCS Chapman joined the 
Navy in October 1971 while at¬ 
tending the University of Mon¬ 
tana. He is happily married to LT 
Gail D. Chapman, MSC, a Uni¬ 
versity of California Davis gradu¬ 
ate. The couple have no children 
at the present time. 

Congratulations to HMCS 
Chapman for his hard work, dedi¬ 
cation, leadership skills and con¬ 
tinued success at NAVHOSP 
Oakland and in the U.S. Navy. 

Blood needed at NAVHOSP Oakland 

1 he NAVHOSP Oakland Blood 
Donor Center will hold a drive on 
Tuesday, April 14 between 8 a.m. 
and 2 p.m. in 5 North, Building 500. 

Due to military and civilian short¬ 
ages, your donor support is needed 
at this time. All blood types are in 

demand, with a particular emphasis 
on Type 0 blood. Unfortunately, all 
personnel who were stationed ashore 
or had shore leave in Saudi Arabia. 
Kuwait, Iraq, Bahrain. Qatar, United 
Arab Emirates and Yemen since Aug. 
1, 1990 are reminded that they are 

temporarily deferred from donating 
their blood until further notice. 

Point of contact for further infor¬ 
mation is HM2 Nelson-Cris Delacruz. 
w ho can be reached at 510/633-5531. 

USNS Mercy (T-AH 19) sponsors reunion 

The USNS Mercy (T-AH 19) officer in 
charge. Medical Treatment Facility, invites 
all personnel and their families who were part 
of the ship's company during Operations 
Desert Shield/Storm and the 1987 
Humanitarian Deployment for an onboard 
reunion April 25. The day's events will 

commence at 10a.m. and end at approximately 
4 p.m. Those individuals who plan to attend 
should RS VP by mail to: Officer in Charge, 
Attn: LT M.A. Anaya. Medical 

Treatment Facility, USNS Mercy (T-AH 
19), FPO AP 96672-4090. 

They can also RSVP by telephone. 

commercial (510) 302-3718. autovon 672- 
3718 or fax (510) 302-3723. Many fund¬ 
raising events will take place in the near 
future. If you would like to volunteer to 
assist, please contact LCDR Carol Bohn, 
NC, at (510) 633-5965 — Naval Hospital 
Oakland's Quality Improvement Coordinator. 

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Vpril 15. 1992 

Defense budget stresses no more troop cuts 

B> Master Sgt. Linda Lee. USA 
\ meric an Forces Information Service 

DoD stresses people in ns the new national strategy," 

1993 budget proposal, not 
high-ticket weapon systems, 
said Defense Secretary Dick 

That's not to say DoD is 
cutting I unding for weapons 
production and development. 
What it is doing, said Cheney, 
is canceling programs and 
changing the w ay it purchases 

To pay for its personnel 
programs in fiscal 1993. DoD 
has proposed a budget of $77.1 
billion, more than 25 percent 
of the overall S267.6 billion 

Cheney explained that the 
proposed budget, now sent to 
Congress, allows DoD to 
continue downsizing its force 
without jeopardizing national 
security, while at the same 
lime treating military person¬ 
nel fairly. 

“Today’s defense chal¬ 
lenges can be met by a much 
smaller active and reserve 
force. This base force ac¬ 
knowledges the changing 
world order, domestic fiscal 
constraints and the needs of 

said Cheney. “It calls for a 
smaller but highly capable 
military that would allow us 
to respond to regional contin¬ 
gencies around the world." 

As part of its worldwide 
drawdown, DoD will lose 
about 25 percent of its active- 
duty personnel by the end of 
fiscal 1995. This will leave 
about 1.6 million people on 
duty. Also, DoD will lose 
200,000civilian and 200,000 
reserve component positions. 

One big challenge facing 
DoD today is how to 
drawdown the force, main¬ 
tain an even balance and yet 
be fair to the people who leave 
and to those who remain in 
service,said Christopher Jehn, 
assistant secretary of defense 
for force management and 

The voluntary separation 
programs, which offer vari¬ 
ous financial incentives to in¬ 
dividuals, is one way DoD 
hopes to cut the force without 
resorting to involuntary sepa¬ 
rations, Jehn said. 

DoD had originally sched¬ 

uled reducing the military 
force by about 88,000 in fis¬ 
cal 1993, said Jehn. But under 
the fiscal 1993 proposal, the 
force will lose 138,000people. 

Both the speed and extent 
of the military drawdown has 
changed from last year to the 
1993 budget proposal, Jehn 
said. DoD has speeded up the 
drawdown this year, “but the 
change isn't as large as it 
sounds." Many of these people 
are reserve personnel called 
to active duty for the Persian 
Gulf crisis who wall be demo¬ 
bilized soon. 

The only real change, said 
Jehn, is the Army’s end 
strength for fiscal 1993, 
which will be about 20,000 
people less than originally 
scheduled. He believes vol¬ 
untary separations can take 
care of most of this reduction. 

The transition-assistance 
programs “continue to honor 
the principles” of fairness to 
people leaving the service, 
said Jehn. Among the ben¬ 
efits are short-term medical 
care and exchange privileges, 
said Jehn. 

“We are taking the force 
down now just as rapidly as 
we can take it down without 
breaking itf’said Cheney. 

“They'll (service members) 
suffer if you try to lake it 
down any faster, because we 
won't have any choice then 
but to actively engage in re¬ 
ductions in force. 

“But you’ll also destroy the 
morale of the force, you'll 
destroy that combat capabil¬ 
ity that was so impressive in 
the gulf last spring ...also it 
would be just plain stupid 
from the stand point of na¬ 
tional security policy.” 

Both Cheney and Jehn stress 
that one thing to keep in mind 
when reducing is this is the 
all-volunteer military. 

“Nobody’sever taken down 
an all-volunteer force before. 
It's always been a large draftee 
army or service that we were 
cutting back," said Cheney. “ 
There is a special obligation, 

I think, to try to do it in an 
intelligent fashion." 

A 3.7 percent pay raise for 
both military and civilian em¬ 
ployees for 1993 is in the 
proposed budget, said senior 
defense officials. “It’s a good 
pay raise," as it continues the 
momentum set during the last 
five or six years in providing 
quality pay and allowances, 
said Jehn. 

Pay raises are also planned 

for 1994. 4.7 percent; 1995 , 
4.7 percent; 1996 , 4.5 per¬ 
cent; and 1997, 3.5 percent. 

The fiscal 1993 budget pro¬ 
posal also maintains the de¬ 
fense secretary ’ s commitment 
to maintaining a quality force 
by providing adequate fund¬ 
ing for military training and 
child-care programs. Jehn said 
child-care funding will be ad¬ 
equate to maintain staffing and 
quality overthe next few years 
as DoD works toward the re¬ 
quirements in the Military 
Child Care Act. 

Morale, welfare and recre¬ 
ation programs will continue 
to receive some appropriated 

This budget proposal did not 
include a stateside cost-of - 
living allowance for military 
personnel, said Jehn. This 
doesn’t mean the idea might 
not surface sometime in the 
future as part of a larger com¬ 
pensation package, as his of¬ 
fice continues to study over¬ 
all military pay and allow¬ 

Senior DoD officials said 
details on DoD’s 1993 pro¬ 
posed personnel programs 
should be available soon. 

Develop a plan for life after your Navy career 

B\ William G. Fitzpatrick 

(NES)... Have you really de¬ 
cided what you want to do 
when you grow up? Many 
veterans who are leaving the 
service are going through the 
process of try ing to answer 
that important question for 
themselves and for their 
families. It's not an easy 
question, and the answers are 

There is an old 
saying that states , 
‘7/e who only plans 
is a dreamer ... ” 
That could best be 
finished by adding , 
U but he who only 
plans without 
knowing where he 
is going , will never 
get anywhere.” 

not always easily defined. 

Many of the more than 
200,000people who leave the 
military service each year 
have planned their future 

fairly wel I and make a smooth 
transition to the civilian work 
force. Others wind up wast¬ 
ing important time. Planning 
for a smooth transition to ci¬ 
vilian life and finding a great 
job requires serious goal set¬ 
ting. It is important to de¬ 
velop a solid marketing plan 
to help in finding meaningful 
employment. You can’t de¬ 
velop a plan if you don 'l know 
where you are going. Goals 
are as important as the plan 
itself. If you wait until you 
have just driven out the gate 
at 90 miles per hour, waving 
you papers at the gate guard 
to decide your future plans, 
you aren’t going to be very 

There are really only three 
professional goals: money, 
location and position. That 
seems easy enough. You 
ought to be able to find just 
the job you are looking for, at 
just the right amount of money 
and you ought to be able to 
live anywhere you want. Un¬ 
fortunately, it’s not that easy. 
Most people are not able to 
realize all three of these goals 
in equal precedence, so some 
serious discussion and per¬ 
haps some soul searching has 
to take place early in the tran¬ 
sition process. For intelligent 
choices to be made, each goal 
has to be examined with a 

sense of reality. 

Here are some thoughts: 

How much is needed, how 
much is wanted and how 
much are you worth? Are you 
trying to build a nest egg for 
the future, or do you have 
four children to support and 
need a specific income? Are 
you willing to work for com¬ 
mission-based compensation 
or must you have a regular 
check every two weeks ? Two 
important points to remem¬ 
ber are that no one ever got 
rich in America working on 
salary, and workers are only 
worth what their skills are 
worth in a given marketplace. 


Many people in transition 
want to live in a specific city 
or town. This is generally 
driven by property ownership, 
spouse employment, family 
interests or simply because 
of a personal desire to live in 
that area. This can have an 
important impact on job op¬ 
portunities and income. Un¬ 
derstand that cities like New 
York. Chicago, Atlanta or 
Dallas offer a lot more em¬ 
ployment opportunities and 
much greater income possi¬ 
bilities than small town USA. 

You should also understand 
that cost of living tracks me¬ 
dian income levels in most 
cases. A problem that retir¬ 
ees face is the desire to settle 
in areas near military bases to 
take advantage of base facili¬ 
ties and medical treatment. 
This places them in direct 
competition with many others 
in the same career fields and 
skills, so job choices become 
scarce. Further, many em¬ 
ployers in areas with a high 
density of military retirees 
sometimes oiler less money 
because retirees get that 
check from the government 
each month. 


Deciding what type of 
job to look for can be a real 
challenge. Some important 
questions must be answered 
concerning specific qualifi¬ 
cations an individual has to 

* What is the market fordif- 
ferent types of jobs in a given 
geographic area? 

f What level of experience 
in a career field can be brought 
to the new company? 

* Are you fully qualified 
for the job you want? 

* What do you want to do? 

Although many people 

know exactly what they 
want to do, many are still 


Assets should be deter¬ 
mined as early in the process 
as possible to determine what 
you are qualified to do. Re¬ 
member, people don't get 
hired for what they can do, 
they get hired for what they 
have done. Professional ca¬ 
reercounseling may be help¬ 
ful in answering these ques¬ 

Each of these goals should 
be examined and discussed 
with the entire family long 
before undertaking the job 
search. Realistic decisions 
have to be made concern inn 
the relative priority of each, 
and then a plan can be put 
together to go after the most 
important. 1 here is no use 
looking for a job in San Fran¬ 
cisco when you are really tied 
to Junction City, Kan., by your 
spouse's employment pros¬ 
pects or by that home you 
bought in 1972. 

I here is an old saying that 
states, “He who only plans is 
a dreamer...” That could best 
be finished by adding, “but 
he who only plans without 
knowing where he is going, 
w ill never get anyw here." 

Fitzpatrick is director of Ca¬ 
reer Programs for the Non¬ 
commissioned Officer's As- 
sociation. Tarpon Springs. 
Fla . 


LC DR Martin Edelman. who is one of the staff physicians in the 
Oncology/Hematology Clinic evaluates a patient’s records. 

For Sherry Yeley, who is a reservist and former cancer patient, 
working in Oncology is a very gratifying experience. She helps a lot 
of younger active-duty cancer patients because she can relate to 
them so well. 

Yeley is in charge of answering phones, finding charts/x-ray labs, 
counseling with patients and also being a support system for them. 

“I would like to be an Oncology nurse and help others who have 
to face a big change in their life (cancer)” says Yeley. By returning 
back to school she hopes someday, to accomplish this goal. 



Being stationed in the Persian Gulf during Operation Desert 
Shield/Storm is Medical Corps officer. LCDR Howard L. Russell's, 
most memorable experience. But he said that talking with cancer 
patients and their families, telling them the disease is fatal, is the most 
challenging aspect of his duties. 

Russell, who is head ol the Hematology/Oncology Clinic, added 
that he is responsible lor clinical and administrative duties, and that 
he is principal investigator lor the National Surgical and Adjuvant 
Breast and Bowel Project (NSABP). On a typical day,“I start with 
internal medicine morning report,” he said. “Then. I go back to the 
ol lice to see new and returning patients. 1 also make numerous phone 
calls, sec inpatients and new consults and write chemotherapy 

One ot Russell's immediate goals is to move chemotherapy to a 
larger space. He stated that his contribution to the mission of 
N AV HOSPOkland is to provide quality medical care to active-duty 
servicemembers and their dependents, as well as to retirees. 

from page 1 

teve Walker joined the Navy in July 1990 because he wanted 
world and get money lor his college tuition. He also knew 
Navy would be the right place for him to get the medical 
:nce he was looking for. 

iV 31 work lor him is doing information retrieval. This 
paperwork and anything needed to make a patient com- 
during a chemotherapy treatment. Working in Oncology 
• .*s him experience in pharmacy charting, patient contact and 

tig IV’s. 

ding to Walker, the most challenging part of his job is 
track ol many duties while, at the same time, seeing to each 
s individual needs. He plan to further his education in 
and contribute to NAVHOSP Oakland by utilizing his 

: ige. 

Photos hyJOSN Kyna S. McKimson 
Text hy LaRell Lee 

Susan Panko serves as an Oncology nurse specialist. She treats 120 patients 
per month and teaches input nurses mini-chemolherapy certifications. Oncolog) 
nurse specialist Panko is an expert on vascular access devices and patient 

When she’s not doing research studies on protocol patients for the Northern 
California Oncology Group and the National Surgical Adjuvant Breast and 
Bowel Program, a typical day for her includes doing treatment and grief 
counseling lor up to 10 patients a day. 

By helping cancer patients through chemotherapy treatments, educating 
corpsrnen and nurses and setting a good example, Susan Panko feels that she 
is definitely making a contribution to the mission of the Navy and especially 
to NAVHOSP Oakland. Susan Panko is presently a reservist. 

(Editor's Note: Lisa Cox, who is a registered nurse in Oncology/ 
Hematology was absent at the time of the interview and couldn't be 

Pago 6 

Red Rover 

April 15, 1992 

9{aval ‘.Hospital Oaf^Cand Orthopaedic (Department Up CCose 

LT Jonathan I). Main , MC 

HM3 Stu Allen 

Therese V. Segura , LVN 

What is your job? I am in charge of emergency, 
urgent and routine orthopaedic care, active care 
clinic, orthopaedic inpatient consultations, 
surgery, pre-op evaluations, medical boards, 
research, ward care, conferences, outlying clinics, 
allograft tendon pre-tensioner, MEDEVAC 
transfers, quality assurance, morbidity and 
mortality reviews. I am also onboard watch every 
three-to-four nights. 

Marital Status: Married to ENS Jeane Louise 

Hometown: Chicago. III. 

Hobbies: Sports such as running, mountain biking 
and hiking. Also crafts like carpentry, furniture 
making, painting and beer brewing. 

Likes: Fast cars. 

Dislikes: Medical boards. 

What is the most challenging part of your job? 

Staying off lists. 

What is your immediate goal? To finish “walk- 
in” clinic today. 

What is your long-term goal? To be a total 
quality leader (TQL) in Orthopaedics. 

If 1 could do it all over again, I'd: Check out 
those guaranteed student loans. 

I wish I could stop: Those little yellow stickers. 
I respect myself for: Maintaining my sense of 

Role models/heroes: Dr. W. E. Deming, Ernest 
Hemingway and Atilla The Hun. 

What is your job? I am one of the senior 
technicians in charge of student training 
and education. I am also leading petty 
officer of adult hip/knee reconstruction 

Marital status: Married to Cindy Allen. 
H ometown: Worthington, Ohio. 

H obbies: Sports such as weight lifting, 
skiing, etc. 

Likes: Working with kids and elderly 


Dislikes: Rude people. 

What is the most challenging part of 
your job? Solving problems. 

What is your immediate goal? To do the 

best I can in the 

Orthopaedic Clinic by teaching the 
students all I know and have learned over 
my three and a half years in the 

What is your long-term goal? To go back 
to school at Ohio State and obtain an 
orth v opaedic degree. 

If I could do it all over again, I’d? Have 
applied myself earlier in school and would 
have gone directly to college. 

I respect myself for: The tactful way I 
deal with problems aind people. 

Role models/heroes: My parents and 
Norm from "Cheers". 

What is your job? 1 assist the doctors when needed: see 
that the clinic is run as smoothly as possible: file and 
answer the phone. I am also the clinic’s patient contact 
representative, peacemaker, etc. 

Marital status: Divorced. 

Children and ages: Shaye and Cynthia (35-year-old twins), 
Toni (33), Rose (31), Alfred (30), Tina (29). David (27), 
Vincent (26), Sean (25) and Tiffany (21). 

Hometown: Los Angeles, Calif. 

Hobbies: Crafts and gardening. 

Likes: Doing things for others. 

Dislikes: People who tell lies. 

What is the most challenging part of your job? Getting 
the staff to turn in their Personnel/Staffing Data Sheets 
monthly. It’s like pulling teeth. 

What is your immediate goal? Here, at work, it is to 
run the Orthopaedic Clinic smoothly. At home, to finish 
working on my home by building a new fence and painting. 
What is your long-term goal? To open a bed and breakfast 
inn with my sister. 

If I could do it all over again. I'd? Not have gotten 
married so young. 

I wish I could slop: All the poverty and hunger in the 

1 respect myself for: Raising iny ten children (who 
incidently are the greatest) without any big problems, by 
myself, while completing my nursing education at the 
same time. 

Role models/heroes: My grandmother and Mother 

From the Chaplain 

By CDR Peter Nissen.CHC 

Holland is famous for its fields 
of flowers. In many places they 
stretch as far as the eye can see. 
Their delicate and varying colors 
are a delight to everyone. There 
is one especially beautiful scene 
to be found mainly in the south 
of Holland: a wheat field in 
June. The soil, green waves ol 
wheat turning to gold are tinted 
here with the contrasting blue ol 
the cornflower. 

The scene is a poet’s and 
painter's paradise. But it is a sad 

one for the farmer! The blue 
blossoms of the harmful 
cornflower means that his crop 
could be one-third less than 
usual. You see, there is no way 
of rooting out those attractive 
weeds w ithout seriously hurting 
his w'heat field. Another worry 
is that the tourist will trample 
down his grain trying to pick the 
beautiful blue blossoms. 

Why did God make this weed 
so attractive and yet so harmful? 
To the Dutch farmers the 
cornflower is seen as a mistake 
in nature, something that they 
find difficult to accept that God 
would even think of creating. I 
know God has done this to teach 
us all a lesson. 

God permits the same sort ol 
situation in the field ol human 
beings. The great majority of 
people are trying to do their 
best. We are honest, kind. God¬ 
fearing and clean of heart. Yet 
we do find people who make no 

effort to be good wheat, good 
persons. And many times their 
way of life may seem attractive. 
Often they prosper, they succeed, 
they seem to thrive. They have 
comfortable homes and pleasant 
times. They are attractive weeds 
like the cornflower. 

God reminds us that the good 
and the bad grow' side by side in 
nature. God does this so that we 
can understand ithe same sort of 

thing is true with us. God 
reminds us of this because he is 
just and compassionate to all. 
His goodness and light shine on 
all. In one of the Psalms we are 
reminded. “You . O Lord, are a 
God merciful and gracious, slow 
to anger, abounding in kindness 
and fidelity.” 

changed. They always stay the 

There is one big difference 

same sort of plant; the w icked do 
change. We must never be too 
judgmental of each other 
remembering that it is God who 
judges us. And we must be 
patient enough to realize that 
people do change. 

People do change w hen they 
see God's goodness reflected in 

between the weeds and the 
wicked. The weeds cannot be 


April iis Earthquake Preparedness Month 

Earthquake "duck, cover and hold tips" 

* If you’re ini a crowded store or other public places, do not rush for the exit. Move aw ay 
from display shelves containing objects 

that could fall. 

* If you're in a wheelchair, stay in it 
Move to cover; if possible, lock you 
wheels and protect your head with 
your arms. 

* If you're in the kitchen, move away 
from the refrigerator, stove and 
overhead cupboards. (Take time 

Ctliliriii lirtltutt Frtpirdiiss lull 


NOW to anchor appliances and 
install security latches on the 
cupboards' doors to reduce hazards). 

If you re in a stadium or theater, stay in your seat and protect your head with your arms- 
Do not try to leave until the shaking is over; then, leave in a calm and orderly manner. 

Due to NAVHOSP Oakland's participation in this year's disaster drill, RnyMed 92. all 
outpatient clinics will he closed for routine appointments the morning of Thursday, April 
16. Normal operating routine for the clinics will resume that afternoon. 

Red Rover 

Page 7 

April 15, 1992 

Diet corner 

Nutrition Fraud - Don 't let it get to you 

By Bonnie Slater, Student Dietician 

field of nutrition. Reliable journalists should document 
their statements with references to scientific journals. 

As more Americans become health-conscious, 
businesses respond to the desires of the public with 
c I aims of miracle treatments and cures. We as consumers 
need to be able to distinguish between the fraudulent 
sales hype and the honest claims put forth by some 
sources. How can we do this? 

The best protection against fraud is being an informed 
consumer. Most victims are not gullible, but are 
unsuspecting. What people hear over and over in the 
media and see in magazines and books is what they tend 
to believe There is a lot of nutrition information being 
passed out, some of it reliable and some completely 
inaccurate. Some general guidelines for testing the 
reliability of your information are: 

Check the author’s qualifications. Anyone can call 
themselves a nutritionist, but it takes special training to 
earn the title of registered dietician. Often medical 
professionals write books about nutrition, but their 
specialized training was geared to becoming a nurse or 
a doctor. It is important to have a background in 
nutrition when giving information or advice to the 

* Does the author give references or evidence to 

support the claims that are made? The field of nutrition 
is closely linked to science. There are many studies 
done to support the claims made by professionals in the 

Child Abuse Prevention 

By JOSN Kyna S. Me Kim son 

Each year the Family Adv ocacy Office at NAVHOSP 
Oakland offers counseling and support to over 700 
patients involved in family violence situations. 

"Family Advocacy is a program geared toward the 
identification, protection and treatment of patients in¬ 
volved in family violence. Family violence is defined 
as spousal abuse, child abuse, child neglect, child sexual 
abuse and interfamilial abuse.” said William Collins, 
supers isory social w orker. Collins is responsible for the 
Family Advocacy program at the hospital and its under¬ 
lying branch clinics. He is also the coordinator for the 
Regional Child Abuse Response Team. 

"We treat a wide range of cases, from individuals 
who neglect their children by locking them in a car. to 
situations w here a family member sexually assualts his 
or her own child." stated Collins. He added that 
currently. Family Advocacy representatives through¬ 
out the nine bases NAVHOSP Oakland covers, have 
seen or are working w ith a total of 775 patients. Of 
those cases 40 to 50 percent are child abuse cases, he 

In recognition of Child Abuse Prevention Month, the 
Family Advocacy Office is sponsoring seminars that 
started April 6. The remaining seminars will be held 
April 13 and 20 in the Clinical Assembly from 9 to 10 
a.m. Collins stated that the seminars are open to all 
medical staff, military and civilian, to familiarize them 

Wi n was this information published? Is an author 
or a company trying to sell you something? Read labels 
and packaging: Does it make a claim that sounds too 
good to be true? It probably is. Is a magazine article 
followed by an advertisement for the same product 
discussed in the article? Could there be a sales motive? 
The consumer must critically analyze what is being 

* How is the information reviewed bv knowledgeable 

professionals? The judgment of registered dieticians 
and/or qualified nutritionists connected with a college, 
university, hospital or health department can be helpful. 
Make use of the reliable resources available to you. 

Be an aware consumer. The health food industry' has 
become big business in California. There are many 
products, magazines, books, etc. that present reliable, 
accurate information. But there are equally as many that 
make fraudulent claims. Their motive is often to relieve 
consumers of their hard-earned money. In addition, 
depending on the product, the consumer may experience 

As consumers we need to be aware and use some 
good common sense. If we have a complex problem like 
weight loss or high cholesterol, there isn't going to be a 
simple answer like taking a pill or eating ten carrots a 
day. Look for reliable information from qualified 


w ith procedures for iden¬ 
tifying and handling child 
abuse cases. 

"If a person has a situa¬ 
tion of child abuse or 
other family problems, 
staff at the hospital can 
get them in con¬ 
tact with a 
child protec¬ 
tion agency or 
law enforce- 
m e n t 
agency,” said 
Collins, add¬ 
ing that there 
is 24-hour 
coverage at 
Oakland for 
families in¬ 
volved in 
child abuse or 
other family 
violence situations. 

The Family Advocacy Office is located on the east 
wing of the ninth floor in the main hospital, and can be 
reached at (510) 633-5384. After working hours, 
people involved in family situations can call the hos¬ 
pital at (510) 633-5440. 

Training opportunities at NAVHOSP Oakland 

Learn how to handle hazardous material/ha/ardous 


A mandatory training session is scheduled lor Tuesday, 
April 14 from 8 lo 10 a.m. in the Clinical Assembly for each 
department's safety/hazardous waste representative. It is 
recommended that the department head and an alternate 
representative attend as well. The training is conducted by 
I I Cynthia Manning, the hazardous waste manager, and 
coven* types o| waste, their physical properties, handling 
containers, labeling, spills, storing, etc. The importance of 
such training was evidenced by the three recent hazardous 
substance releases in the hospital. Contact LT Manning at 
633-6300 for more information. 


The y Alcohol and Drug Safety Action Program sched¬ 
uled lor April 20-24 will be held in Building. 75. Room I. 
I’er sound who signed up for this course will muster with the 
s ADS AB facilitator at 7:30 a.m., Monday through Friday. 

Upon completion, course participants may acquire two se¬ 
mesters of college credit through the American Council on 
Education (ACE) catalog. Point of contact for further 
information is HMC Crispin Romero at 633-4946. 

Basic supervisory development course 

Scheduled for the week of April 20-24. this course is 
required for all individuals who supervise civilian employ¬ 
ees. It covers the basic personnel management skills of 
Recruitment. Placement, Payroll and Positions Management, 
Employee Training and Development. Equal Employment 
Opportunity, Employee Relations, Labor Management Rela¬ 
tions, Performance Management and Safety. Supervisors, 
military and civilian, who have not had this training are urged 
to attend. They can be nomidted by memorandum to the 
Civilian Personnel Division by April 10. Alter that dale 
nominations can be made on a space available basis. Point of 
contact for further information and nomination is Sydney 
Santos at 633-6374. 

Admiral's Call 

The quarterly Admiral's Call will be held in the 
Clinical Assembly, as follows: 

Monday, April 13 8:30 a.m. MC. DC 

I p.m. MSC. CHC 


Tuesday, April 14. 8:30 a.m. E-ltoE-3 

10 a.m. E-4 to E-6 

1:30 p.m. E-7 to E-9 

Wednesday, April 15, 8:30 a.m. Civilian 

1 p.m. NC 

Please coordinate your schedules so that you will 
be able to attend the time set aside for your group. 
Point of contact is the command master chiefs 
office at 633-5324. 

Going TAD? 

Personnel going TAD who wish lo depart from 
Oakland Airport must show their home address 
on theirTAD request. Addresses will be placed on 
the orders by PSD, allowing members to leave 
from Oakland rather than from San Francisco 
W ithout the addresses, they could be scheduled to 
depart from San Francisco if it is more 
ad 1 antageous to the government. 

Registering for dependent care 

Staff officers orenlistcd personnel in the following 
categories should report to Military Personnel, 
Building 73A. to complete a Dependent Care 

* Single sponsor - A Navy member who has 
dependents), 18 years or younger, incapable of 
self-cafe and physically residing in the member's 

* Military couple with dependents - Active-duty 
service members married lo each other, who are 
jointly responsible for the care of dependents), 
18 years or younger, incapable of self- care and 
physically residing in the members' household. 
Point of contact for further information is HN Joe 
Baines at 633-6522. 

Civilian retirement funds inch upward 

All three oi the Thrift Saving Plan funds inched 
upward in February. The C Fund, invested in 
stocks, increased 1.29percent for die month, almost 
reversing the 1.89 percent drop in January. The F 
Fund, invested in bonds, got half of its January 
drop back, moving up .66 percent. It had dropped 
1.35 percent in January. And the slow-hut-steady 
G Fund, invested in special U.S. Treasuries, w ent 
up .56 percent. It was up .57 percent in January. 

Computer game play in workplace 
must be approved by CO 

N A VHOSPOAKINST 5239.1A states that use of 
privately-owned soli ware in the command- 
controlled workplaces will be permitted only 
w ith prior written permission of the commanding 
otficer (CO). Since computer games fall in this 
category, they arc not to be used on the hospital's 
microcomputers without CO's approval. Points of 
contact m the Automatic Data Processing(ADP) 
Security Department for further information are 
ENS Paul Carlson at 633-6160 or Mary Cumbee 
at 633-4919. 

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April 15, 1992 



Take a walk for the Human Race 

Red Rover 

For over 15 years, the Volunteer Centers of Cali¬ 
fornia have coordinated an annual event known as 
the Human Race. The Human Race is organized 
locally by individual volunteer centers in more 
than 20 countries and serves as a major fund-raiser 
lor nonprofit organizations including community 
service agencies, schools, churches, civic groups 
and health care providers. 

San Francisco's 1992 Human Race is coming up. 
and it represents an opportunity for you to take part 
on behalf of your favorite cause. The Volunteer 
Center of San Francisco seeks participants to help 
make this year’s event our largest and most success¬ 
ful ever. 

Date: Saturday, May 9, 1992 

Event: 10-kilometer walk 

Location: Route departs Ft. Mason's Great 
Meadow to the west, follows Marina Boulevard 
past the Marina Green and continues along Crissy 

Field to Ft. Point. Walk returns to the Great Meadow 
via the same route. 

Time: Registration (at Great Meadow), 10 - 
I la.m. 10-kilomeierwalk, I la.m.toapproximately 
1:30 p.m. Post-walk picnic. 1:30 p.m. 

How it works: Participants obtain individual 
sponsors in order to raise funds for their favorite 
nonprofit organization and for the Volunteer Cen¬ 
ter. The funds raised by the Human Race enable 
dozens of agencies to maintain and/or enhance the 
services they provide to the Bay Area. 

Participants are treated to a post-walk picnic and 
refreshments at Ft. Mason’s Great Meadow and 
also receive a 1992 Human Race T-shirt. Top 
individual fund-raisers receive prizes provided by 
a variety of Bay Area businesses. 

For pledge forms and additional information, 
call the VolunteerCenterof San Francisco at (415) 

UC Berkeley Naval ROTC sponsors 16TH annual Nimitz run 

DAVIS. CA — Come challenge yourself on April 
25. Participate in one of the greatest 5k/l Ok runs in 
the Bay Area. Enjoy the breathtaking scenery of 
San Francisco running the 5k along Treasure 
Island's seawall. For the hardy, the 10k tackles the 
challenges of Yerba Buena Island, up and over the 
Bay Bridge tunnel. 

Runners will receive a complimentary T-shirt, 
refreshments and the chance to compete for awards. 
Trophies will go to the top man and woman in the 
5k and 10k. In each division, medals will be awarded 
to the first and second place finishers and ribbons 
will be awarded to the third, fourth and fifth place 
finishers. The six divisions are: 5-16. 17-29,30-39, 

40-49. 50-59 and 60+. 

For those who enjoy the companionship, the 
option of forming a four-member team is open to 
those in the 10k run. Medals w ill be given to each 
member the top three teams . 

The run is sponsored by the Naval ROTC unit at 
UC Berkeley. It starts at 9:30 a.m. on Saturday, 
April 25. Race day registration for Si 5.00 begins at 
7:15 a.m. at Treasure Island Naval Station. Pre- 
registration for $12 can be made by mail to: A 
Change of Pace. 221 G Street, Suite #205, Davis. 
Calif., 95618. 

The race hotline can be reached at (916) 757- 
6017 for further information. 

MSCPAC 3rd annual golf outinff 

Military Sealift Command, Pacific (MSCPAC) is 
hosting its third annual golf outing to benefit Navy 
Relief and other East Bay charitable organizations 
on Wednesday, April 22, at the San Ramon Royal 
Vista Golf Club. All net proceeds from the golf 
outing and dinner will be turned over to the non¬ 
profit organizations. 

The outing will be followed by a sit-down dinner 
at the golf club. Dinner will be followed by the 
presentation of awards - but no big speeches! By the 
way, all participants who attend the dinner portion 
of the event will walk away with a prize. 

Some special notes: 

* Ladies are strongly encouraged to participate 
in the event and attend the dinner. 

* You can choose to attend only dinner if you 

* The shotgun start is set lor 12:30p.m. Please 
check in by 11:30 that morning. 

* If you want to play with certain individuals or 
groups, please include the name(s) on the applica¬ 
tion form. 

* Corporate sponsorship of holes is available 
upon request. The cost is $ 100 for a single tee and 
$50 for a shared sign. Prizes may also be donated. 

Army Emergency Relief 20lf outing 

Army Emergency Relief is sponsoring a golf 
outing and dinner to anyone interested in partici¬ 
pating. The event is scheduled for May 8, at noon, 
check in at 11 a.m., with a dinner and awards 
ceremony to follow at 6 p.m. Ii will be held at the 
San Ramon Royal Vista Golf Club, 9430 Firecrest 
Lane. Cost for dinner, carl and lee prize is $58. 
Cost for golf only is $35 and fordinneronly is $30. 

To avoid unnecessary delays on the day of the 
outing, please make your reservations by phone to 
one of the following people: Otla Newton (510) 
466-2381. Brian Sundin (510) 466-2283, Tom 
Taylor (510) 466-2164 or Jim Lunn (510) 551- 

3329. After making your reservation send a check 
to cover your expense (made payable to "AER 
Golf Outing") to: 

Attn: COL Terry Yon 
Oakland Army Base 
Oakland, CA 94626-5000 

All checks must be received no later than April 
30. 1992. Donations to the Army Emergency 
Relief Fund are greatly appreciated. Corporate 
sponsorship available upon request. 

Champus News 

“demonstration” project on chiropractic care that 
CHAMPUS has been conducting for the past iwo 
years in the states of Colorado and Washington 
ended March 31. 

The aim of the project was to test whether or not 
chiropractic care should become a permanent 
CHAMPUS benefit. Data gathered during the two- 
year test will be documented in a report. 

Other than during the period of the test project in 
Colorado and Washington. CHAMPUS does not 
share the cost of chiropractic care. 

COUNTER DRUGS—Medications that you can 
buy without a prescription aren’t cost-shared by 
CHAMPUS. Even if a physician writes a 
prescription for a medication that you can bu> 
“over-the-counter”—that is, without needing a 
prescription —CHAMPUS won’t help pay for it. 

IMPLANTS—Cochlear implants are electronic 
instruments, parts of w hich are surgically implanted 
to stimulate auditory nerve fibers and parts of 
which are carried or worn by a person to capture 
and amplify sound. Food and Drug Administraiion- 
approved cochlear implants are covered (one 
implant per patient) for services obtained on or 
after March 2. 1988 by adults aged 18 and over 
who suffer from profound deafness that occurred 
after they had learned to speak, and w'ho don’t 
benefit from the use of normal hearing aids. 

The implants may be covered, effective June 27. 
1990. for children aged 2 through 17 who are 
profoundly deal in both ears, and who don’t benefit 
from standard hearing aids. There are other 
guidelines to meet as well for CHAMPUS tocover 
cochlear implants. Check with your nearest Health 
Benefits Advisor for details. At NAVHOSP 
Oakland, this is Chesta Brantley, who can be 
reached at (5 10) 633-5206. 

Here are some brief definitions of a few of the 
more common CHAMPUS terms you're likely to 

* Health benetits advisor(HBA)—A person at a 
military hospital or clinic w ho can help you get the 
medical care you need throughout the military and 
through CHAMPUS. Sometimes called a 
"CHAMPUS advisor." an HB A should lie contacted I 
w henever you have quest ions on obtaining medical I 


♦Health care finder— A person located at a 
military medical facility who will help match you 
w ith a provider of care in the hospital or clinic— 
or in the civilian community. 

♦Partnership program—A program which lets 
CHAMPUS-eligible persons receive inpatient or 

outpatient treatment from civilian providers of 
care in a military hospital, or from uniformed 
services providers of care in civilian facilities. 
Whether the Partnership program is instituted at a 
particular military hospital is up to the facility s , 
commander, who must decide if it would be more 
economical than having local ser\ ice families use 
the regular CHAMPUS program. 

♦CHAMPUS supplemental insurance— These 
are policies that are specifically designed to pa> 
after CHAMPUS has paid the government’s share 
of your civilian health care costs. They re offered 
by military associations and private firms, and 
have no connection to CHAMPUS. to the Defense 
Department or to any other agency of the federal 
government. Each CHAMPUS supplemental 
policy has us own rate structure and rules about, 
eligibility, level ol benefit coverage, deductibles, 
etc. You’ll have to decide which plan- - if any - is 
best suited to your needs. 








>1. 4 No. 8 Naval Hospital Oakland, California May I, 1992 

exual harassment 

Zero tolerance at NAVHOSP Oakland 

JOSN Kyna S. McKimson 

according to the Equal Employ- 
nt Opportunity (EEO) Commis- 
n. sexual harassment is a form of 
k discrimination under Title VII of 
Civil Rights Act and involves 
welcomed sexual advances, re- 
?sts for sexual favors and other 
bal or physical conduct of a sexual 

When a person is [sexually] do¬ 
minated against in any way, they 
ist first contact an Equal Employ- 
nt Opportunity counselor," said 
iry L. Smith, EEO Specialist at 
iVHOSP Oakland. She added that 
re is a bulletin board on the third 
or of the main hospital building 
Lh each counselor’s picture, name 
j department listed. 

Vt NAVHOSP Oakland, staff 
mbers include both military per- 
mel and civilian employees. With 
:h. there are certain steps to take 
ien dealing with sexual harassment. 
If you're in the military, use your 

chain-of-command first," said LT 
Glenn Conte, head of Equipment 
Management Division, who is also 
the Command Manage Equal Oppor¬ 
tunity Coordinator (CMEO). “Letting 
the chain-of-command (ie: leading 
petty officer, leading chief petty officer 
or division officer), handle the prob¬ 
lem will ensure that the problem is 
resolved sooner without coming to 
the command’s attention." Conte 
added that if the situation cannot be 
handled by the chain-of-command. 
he or the Command Assessment Team 
conducts a formal investigation, and 
recommendations are given to the 
commanding officer. 

“The civilian system has two av¬ 
enues of redress for all problems,” 
stated Smith. “One is the Adminis¬ 
trative Grievance procedure and the 
other is the complaint system." She 
added that the former is through the 
Merit Systems Protection Board, and 
can only be used if there is already a 
griev ance in the system. 

At NAVHOSP Oakland, up-to-date 

training on sexual harassment is given 
to staff members during their orienta¬ 
tion upon arrival to the command, as 
well as through annual command 
training. “Every time a person checks 
into the command, he or she goes to 
orientation classes," said Conte. “Part 
of their orientation is in Navy Rights 
and Responsibilities which mainly 
covers sexual harassment and its pre¬ 

Civilian employees also receive 
sexual harassment training during the 
EEO section of their orientation. 
Along with command training, Mary 
Smith and the Deputy Equal Employ¬ 
ment Opportunities Officer Weldon 
Miles, conduct roving training ses¬ 
sions throughout the various depart¬ 
ments and clinics. “We also give a 
quarterly supervisory training course 
on the prevention of sexual harass¬ 
ment," said Smith. She stated that a 
continued problem at NAVHOSP 
Oakland is lack of participation, due 
to personnel not being able to get 

BMC Moffet Field 
sailor honored 

HM2 Bruce Adams, Branch 
Medical Clinic, NAS Moffett Field, 
was named Commander Pacific 
Wing Patrol(CPWP) Sailor of the 
Month for February. 

Adams is described as a self¬ 
starter whose work is marked by 
integrity and initiative. The tech¬ 
nical skill and sound management 
practices he displays in planning, 
coordinating and implementing the 
diverse requirements of the Radi¬ 
ology Division are those found in 
more senior technicians. 

Adams, a California native, en¬ 
listed in 1982 in San Diego. He has 
completed various medical/tech¬ 
nical schools and training courses. 
Current duties include clinical co¬ 
ordinator for basic X-ray students 
and on-the-job trainees, petty of¬ 
ficer in charge of photo dosimetry 
program. X-ray files and results 
and X-ray processor quality con¬ 
trol and maintenance. 

He also serves as the chairman of 
the fire and safety prevention com¬ 
mittee and is captain of the com¬ 
mand softball team. In his off time, 
he coaches a YMCA basketball 
league and has earned his California 
state radiology license. 

Admiral’s Call for civilians .3 

Civilian of the Quarter.3 

Emergency care for active duty 
members during leave.3 

From the Chaplain.6 

TQM team buying.7 

Diet Corner.7 

Sports corner.8 

See harassment page 8 

BAYMED 1992 at NAVHOSP Oakland 

Oral Surgeon, CAPT Michael Mullen, DC, (left) looks over the X-ray of a casualty brought into the 
triage area by Navy corpsmen while Barney Nicholson, MD, (right) studies the patient’s chart. CAPT 
Mullen was the officer-in-charge of the triage section for the drill. A resident in the University of 
California Davis East Bay, Nicholson is in rotation at NAVHOSP Oakland's Surgery Department, 
Endoscopy Division. (Official U.S. Navy photo by A. Marechal-Workman) 

See SFMC tests disaster plan pp. 4,5 

Red Rover 

May I, 1992 

Page 2 

From the executive officer 

T here is a great deal of pressure and stress associated 
with life in the Navy. In addition, in a medical command, 
there is the added stress of dealing with serious illness, 
pain and death on a daily basis. Those of us with 
families may have a tendency to vent our frustrations on 
our dealings v\ it h our family members ... most often our 

interactions with our spouses and children. 

The Department of the Navy is aware of the stress 
involved in Navy life, and has developed a variety of 
avenues to help Navy people deal with them. It also sets 
aside certain periods ol lime for Navy members to stop 
and reflect on the contributions and support of close 
family members. For instance, this month is Month of 
the Military Child and Child Abuse Prevention Month 
It has been said many times by many wise people that 
children are our future. It is essential that we nurture 
them carefully, providing them with the resources they 
need to develop physically, psychologically and emo¬ 
tionally. The key ingredient is love. 

I think all of us know how difficult it is to interact with 
family members after the return from a long deployment, 
several days filled with 10-, 12- or 14-hour shifts, or a 
seemingly never-ending port and starboard watch ro¬ 
tation. It seems like the smallest indiscretion will send 
us over the edge. Reality says that the situation isn’t 
going to change any time soon. so. what can we do to 
help ourselves and keep from becoming abusive with 

From the Command Master Chief 


The Navy has established family service centers i 
provide Navy members with a wide variety of spe^ 
programs, counseling and other forms ol assistant 
The Family Service Center at NAS Alameda sta r 
ready to help NAVHOSP Oakland sailors and th 
families through difficult times. There is also a f-artt 
Advocacy office located on the ninth floor of the m 
hospital building which provides 24-hour coverage 
families involved with child abuse or other fan 
violence situations. During normal working hours 
office can be reached at 633-5384 and after work 
hours through the NAVHOSP Oakland quarterdecl 
633-5440. In addition, the command’s Wellness 
partment offers a variety of classes and counsel 
sessions on smoking cessation, dealing with sue 
reduction, nutrition and hypertension. 

I would encourage command personnel who are feelii 
the effects of career pressure and stress to avail rhei 
selves of these programs before it gets to be too much 
them to handle. 

During this tune of year, from watching televi¬ 
sion and reading newspapers, many of us realize 
the importance of being able to select an appropri¬ 
ate candidate for the upcoming elections. Well, it 
is important for all of us to realize that we, in the 
military, make up the majority of the largest block 
of absentee voters in the United States today. 
According to the “White Paper.” published by the 
Noncommissioned Officers Association, during 
I WO. an off year for presidential elections, mili¬ 
tary' participation was 40 percent — a figure that 
exceeded the national average of 36 percent of the 
absentee ballot votes. Furthermore, in some states 
the absentee votes exceeded the 10 percent of the 
total votes cast. This made a significant contribu¬ 
tion in the ability to select senators and representa¬ 
tives. For example, in the 1990 elections, 10 
percent of the absentee ballot votes elected eight 

Asian Pacific American Heritage Month Observance 

At NAVHOSP Oakland. May 10-16 is designated as 
Asian Pacific American Heritage Week An official 
obscr\ ance w ill be held in the Clinical Assembly at 1:30 
p.m. on Thursday, May 14. The guest speaker for the 
observance w ill be Lourdes Agcaoili-Olivares, M l). A 
delectable menu featuring Asian Pacific foods will be 
served in the main dining room 11 a.m. to I p.m.. at 
regular prices. 

This May marks the 14th annual observance of Asian 
Pacific American Heritage Month In 1979. President 
Carter signed a presidential proclamation designating 
one week during the month of May as Asian Pacific 
American Heritage Week In 1990, President Bush 
expanded the observance to include the entire month of 
May. The theme tins year is "Asian Pacific Americans: 
Effectiveness - Empowerment - Enhancement." 



MAY, 1992 

senate seats and 21 house seats. To put it anot 
way, elections to these seats in 1990 were spec! 
tally decided by absentee ballot votes. k ■ 

People seem to think that their vote does no 
mean very much. But, collectively, each of the*.' 
votes becomes decisive, and it is important for jJ! 
of us to let everyone know what that one vo* 
represents. If you haven't yet received your absen¬ 
tee ballot, please contact the registrar of voters it 
the state or county in which you are a resident, anti 
ask that a ballot be sent to you. 

This is one area which the military has negl 
lor many years, but we re finally getting on trac 
If everyone does his/her part, reviews the tssua 
looks ahead to see what he/she feels is important 
each and everyone of us can be a significanUactor 
in the upcoming election. 

In a year of recession, when taxes are rising anc 
large numbers of folks are being laid off, it tv 
imporant that we. as a group, get out and provider 
stable voting block to show that we do care a bout 
what happens. It is not a matter of who you vote 
for; what is important is that you get out and dr , 
your part. 

The re will shortly be a note tn the Plan-of-the* 
Day specifying who the voting assistance officer* 
will be at NAVHOSP Oakland. If you have ques¬ 
tions regarding your ability to vote or what you 
need to do to be able to vote, contact one of thost 
officers, and they will be able to help you get your 
ballot ordered. Your state can also send you ail the 
pros and cons on pertinent issues. 

Remember, your vote does make a differ 
encc. Please get out there, get your farnili* 
out there and vote. 

Red Rover 

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< ommanding (>fficer 

Rear Admiral William A. Huckendorf 

Executive < MTicer 

Captain Noel A. Hyde 

Public Affairs Officer, Acting 

JOl Kay Lorentz 


Andree Marechal-Workman 

Iditnrial Assist a nts/Eay out and Design 

.102 Stephen R. Brown 
JOSN kvna S. MeKiinson 

I *ii Ido Affairs Intern 

I a Kell Lee 

Naval Hospital 

has 1 

a new improved 
Patient Appointment 

Call (510) 633-6000 
to schedule and cancel 
all clinic appointment* 
Monday through Frida) 
from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p nl 
No more busy 
Speak directly with 
an appointment clerk* 

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speaks to civilians 

B\ V: Marechal-Workman 

A gradual 25 percent person¬ 
nel downsizing by 1995, Ci\ il- 
mn Personnel Department's 
(CD PERS) consolidation un¬ 
der Public Works Center (PWC) 
San Francisco and a possible 
move of the command's facili¬ 
ties to Letterman U.S. Army 
Hospital's (LUSAH) site in San 
Francisco were among topics 
discussed b\ RADM William 
Buckendorf at his Admiral’s 
CaJl for civilian personnel on 
April 15. 

“There will be some disrup¬ 
tion in our military staff.” he 
said, “but I don't anticipate great 
shifts or dow nsizing of numbers 
in our civilian workforce." 
Speaking of Cl VPERS consoli¬ 
dation, he said that it's already 
been determined that the de- 
pariment will move to the 
Oakland Army Base, stipulat¬ 
ing that 21 positions will be 
transferred to PWC. while seven 
w ill remain at the command “to 
. handle situations here.” 

What we do not know', how¬ 
ever. is the fate of the Fiscal 
Department, he said. “There is 

some thought that the Defense 
Financing and Accounting Sys¬ 
tem (DEFAS), will eventually 
consolidate all Navy financing 
and accounting centers.” he said, 
adding that although “this tiling 
is already beginning to track.” 
he doesn t know anything cer¬ 
tain at this time. 

Stressing that his staff has al¬ 
ready started what he calls “a 
cultural change” —implemen¬ 
tation of the principles of Total 
Quality Leadership (TQL) — to 
compensate for DoD budget cuts, 
the admiral explained that the 
establishment of Quality Man¬ 
agement Boards and Process 
Action Teams is already a fact of 
of doing business. “We’re look¬ 
ing for...constant improvement 
in the quality, in the way that we 
do things to eliminate waste and 
to try to make this a better place 
in which to w ork and in which to 
care for our patients,” he said. 

The major issue raised by the 
audience during a question-and- 
answer period is the possible 
move to LUSAH in San Fran¬ 

RADM Buckendorf said that 
the quickest solution to building 

a new hospital — an option 
which is not viable until 2006, 
according to Military Construc¬ 
tion (MILCON) officials in 
Washington D. C.— to accom¬ 
modate the increase in patient 
load due to LUSAH closure was 
to investigate the possibility of 
moving NAVHOSP Oakland to 

“If that were to take place,” he 
said, stressing the subjunctive, 
“people who live on this side of 
the Bay would have the option to 
transfer to one of our branch 

clinics because we w'ould ex¬ 
pand our clinic base. We would 
do many things in our clinics 
that we don't do now and we 
would use Letterman only as a 
referral center primarily for in¬ 
patient care.” 

The Admiral’s Call concluded 
with HMCS (SW/AW) Gary 
Chapman reminding the audi¬ 
ence that the reason the hospital 
did so well during the recent 
Operation Desert Storm is be¬ 
cause civilians were the main¬ 
stay that kept things going when 

military personnel left for the 

“We appreciate everything 
you’ve done,”the senior chief 
emphasized. “And to show 
our appreciation, we want to 
try and help you. So please, 
if you have a question and 
you're not sure about [a 
particular aspect of your job], 
go see Weldon Miles, the 
deputy equal opportunity of¬ 
ficer, or stop by my office 
and let me know.” 

Loreto D. Calara is Civilian of the Quarter for January - March 1992 

By La Rell Lee, Public Affairs Intern 

Although Loreto D. Calara holds a civilian 
position here at NAVHOSP Oakland, he remem¬ 
bers his recall to active duty during Operation 
Desert Shield/Storm as his most memorable ex¬ 
perience to date. 

"I thought that was a great challenge for myself 
because it gave me the feeling of being part of that 
history”, he said. While on active duty during 
Operation Desert Shield/Storm, HMCS Calara 
earned a Navy Achievement Medal in recogni¬ 
tion of his accomplishments in the Contracting/ 
Purchasing Department. 

Calara is the Central Sterilizing Room (CSR), 
supervisor. He has a total of 19 years of federal 
service, seven of which include active-duty time. 

According to his supervisor, CDR Kenneth 
Whittemore. NC, head of the Operating Room, 
Calara was selected for accomplishments that 

went way beyond the call of duty; for example, 
“although his job doesn't directly involve him 
with patients, the end result of his properly en¬ 
forcing and documenting sterilization provides 
assurance for the safety of the patients using CSR 
processed items.” 

CDR Whittemore also said that, because of 
his high quality performance, he was invited to 
assist with the NAVHOSP Oakland Command 
visits to Branch Clinics Fallon, Nev. and 
Alameda, Calif, to monitor, give corrective sug¬ 
gestions and train staff on Infection Control, in 
order to improve their sterilization technique.. 

It is a measure of Calara’s generosity that he 
attributes his award to the involvement of his 

“They made me look good with their (own| 
contributions ” he said with much pride. ''None of 
this would be possible w ithout the team effort of 
the CSR stafl, and, and 1 would like to share the 
award with them. 

Active duty - beware, medical care can cost you 

(The Naval Office of Medical/Dental Affairs in 
Great.Lakes, has devised a set of guidelines to 
expedite payment for the emergency treatment 
of active duty*personnel in civilian medical fa- 

Fpon onset of illness or injury requiring 
-TOergency civilian care, an active duly patient 
should proceed to the nearest emergency room 
™ provide their current home address or active- 
^ U L station. Active-duty personnel in civilian 
^“nbulances should request transport to the clos- 
681 military medical treatment facility if medi- 
m y appropriate. 

• ^ n * Mn ‘hree to four weeks, an itemized billing 
emeni (UB82) will be mailed for payment. If 

you h d \. nol recc j ve( j a km j n l j lal ( j me | rame< 

l he treating facility or ambulance service 
Un 'equest a copy immediately. 

Once the billing statement has been received, 
take it to your nearest medical department repre¬ 
sentative for completion of a Nonna val Healthcare 
Claim Form (N A V MED 6320/10). The medical 
department representative will review each claim 
and certify emergency by signature in block 24. 
The patient should forward the bill and N A VMED 
6320/10 to Office of Medical/Dental Affairs, 
Great Lakes, III. As long as care was for an 
emergency, payment will be rendered. BE¬ 

PCS moves and release from active duty do nol 
curtail you from having to submit a claim. If you 
are the type that lets things slide, your credit 
report will eventually reflect your mistake. For 
further information contact Patient Services, 
NAVHOSP Oakland at (510) 633-6035/6351. 

Navy Corpsmen litter bearers stand by casualties on 
their way to Pre-op Hold on the third deck. 

From ihe standpoint of its goals and objectives, SFMC’s 
tri-service disaster preparedness drills at N A VHOSP Oakland 
on April 16 and 17 were a resounding success. 

According to key players these objectives were: im¬ 
proved communications, training troops without experience 
in handling mass casualties and testing the response and 
working relationship between the Bay Area NDMS (National 
Disaster Medical System) hospitals. 

“This year we have many new people filling key disaster 
response positions due to the regular translers/rotation that is 
a fact of military life,” said RADM William A. Buckendorf, 
MC, NAVHOSPOakland’scommandingofiicerandSFMC's 
commander. “B A YMED 92 [gave us] a chance to exercise our 
personnel fully in all areas of our disaster response plan...any 
improvements to the system that we can make during these 
drills could potentially save lives during a real situation.” 

A test of SFMC-coordinated Disaster NDMS drill in 
support of California’s Earthquake Preparedness Month, 
BAYMED 92. the exercises drilled the coordinating capabil¬ 
ity of Bay Area tri-service commands. Bay Area counties, as 
well as the Veterans Administration (VA) and NDMS hospi¬ 

“Improved communications was definitely the strength 
of those drills,” explained LCDR Lee Ras, MSC, the architect 
of the excercises. “My personal opinion is that we’re always 
going to have communications problems in a disaster situa¬ 
tion, but there was such a vast improvement from two years 
ago that, if, over the next 12 months, [the command ] can make 
half the improvements made for this year’s drill, we’ll make 
tremendous strides.” 

Ras, who was San Fracisco Medical Command's (SFMC) 
director for plans and operations during the development of 
the scenarios, is now executive assistant to RADM William A. 
Buckendorf, the driving force behind the exercises. 

NAVHOSP Oakland’s disaster preparedness officer. 
LTJG Nancy L. Franze, MSC. pinpointed the improvements: 
phones placed on the portable emergency generator system 
and ham radio capability through [the base) MARS Station 
(See Red Rover Vol. 3, No. 2, dated Aug. 2, 1991 for details 
on MARS). 

A few days before two real earthquakes of major magni¬ 
tude wreaked havoc in wide areas of both Northern and 
Southern California, Bay Area military and civilian hospitals 
tested their response to a mock catastrophic 8.3 earthquake on 
the San Andreas Fault, followed by a 7.1 quake on the 
Hayward Fault. 


SFMC tests disaj 

(Text and photos by ( 

After checking a patient in the Immediate Care Unit, LT Geoffrey 
Warda, DC, (center) an oral surgeon in the Dental Department, gives 
instructions to assisting corpsmen. One of the corpsman is HA Lance 
Reynolds (forefront left), who is assigned to the hospital's Occupational 
Health/Preventive Medicine Department. 

A compassionate observer, LT Rebecca Smith of COMNAYBASE San Frand* 
reassures a patient who was just brought to the hospital by helicopter. 

According to LTJG Franze, who coordinated NAVHOSP Oakland's actitiUP 
the scenarios were realistic. They involved about 3,000 military members wh 
together, processed 150 simulated casualties over a two-day period. On the first da) 
April 16, NAVHOSP Oakland received 75 casualties for sorting, triaging and trc* 
ment. The next day, the NDMS plan was activated, and 75 casualties were sent oul* l 
six participating NDMS civilian hospitals in four counties — Alameda, Contra O 
San Joaquin and Solano counties. 

LCDR Ras gave a lot of credit to NAVHOSP Oakland’s doctors and nurse"' 
tutored the junior troops without prior mass casualty processing experience: * 
example, LT Paul Jeffrey Savage, MC, of the Burn Unit, who instructed his corpsfl*' 
in the immediate care of bums in an emergency situation. “Anything that causes hu n 
to come into contact with air is irritating,” he said. “So, in a pinch, if nothing else* 1 
available, take shaving cream and apply it to the bum. Then, bring the patient to a“ 
unit as fast as you can.” 

Far from being a junior corpsman — he spent nine months with the 1st Mari** 
Division during Operation Desert Shield/Storm — HM2 Dan Golden (assistant 1, 
LTGJ Franze) said that, even for seasoned troops, the training was invaluable beca^ 

response plan 

hal Workman) 

A patient with burns on both legs peeks at her wounds in the Immediate 
Care Unit. 

Personnel assigned to the helicopter pad watch casualties waiting for 
ambulances to take them to the hospital. 

circumstances of a national disaster are totally different Irom being 
in the front lines. “You’re all alone with your Marine squadron out 
there,” he explained. “But here, you have a lot of backup — nurses, 
doctors... It's more like it was on the [USNS] Mercy, where they 
drilled for mass casualties all the lime.” 

And speaking of the Mercy, LCDR Ras praised LTJG Frunze’s 
experience aboard the hospital ship as one of the factors that made 
a difference during the planning stages of the disaster drill. “We 
can probably learn even more from the Mercy folks,” he empha¬ 
sized. “They were out there for months and drilled for, and had a 
pretty good mass casualty plan... It’s not all that different with a 
national disaster ( such as earthquakes or floods]’s the way you 
organize: how many should sit in the command control; what kind 
of people you pul in charge of certain areas — that sort of thing.” 

All those interviewed stressed the importance of the SFMC 
committee, chaired by U.S. Army CPT Ron Maurer, who served 
in an advisory capacity—a combination of personnel from SFMC, 
NAVHOSP Oakland, the U.S. Sixth Army, COMNAVBASE San 
Francisco, the San Francisco Denial Command, Lelterman U.S. 
Army Hospital and David Grant USAF Medical Center. 

As part of a larger picture, to start planning for next year's 
drill, LCDR Ras said there will be a planning meeting with 
representatives from the Federal Emergency Management Agency 
(FEMA), the state of California’s Office of Emergency Services 
(EOS), as well as Bay Area counties and cities emergency medical 
services, some of whom couldn't participate in this year's drills 
because of time and budget constraints. 

This will be discussed during an after-action meeting at 
COMN A V B ASE San Francisco during the third week in May, ” he 
continued, explaining that all “lessons learned” from this year's 
drills will be considered. 

“The relationship between all the military commands is very 
strong now,” said LTJG Frunze, “As far as the civilian relationship, 
it gets better every time we can have a drill. We are a part of the 
community, and we reed to work with our civilian counterparts in 
order to make all of ihis work. After all, when it comes to the big 
one, if we're not able to work together, it’s going to fall apart.” 

(Editor's Note: NDMS is a federally coordinated initiative 
created to augment the nation's emergency medical response 
capability. The overall purpose of NDMS is to establish a single 
national medical response capabality for (a) assisting state and 
local authorities in dealing with the medical and health effects of 
major peacetime disasters; and (b) providing support to the 
military and VA medical systems in caring for casualties evacuated 
back to the United States from overseas armed conflicts. In the Bay 
Area, NDMS is under the aegis of the U. S. Sixth Army in San 
Francisco; SFMC is the executive agent for all DoD medical 
activities . For more information, write NDMS, Parklawn Build¬ 
ing, Room 16-A-54,5600 Fishers Lane, Rockx ille, Md. 20857, or 
call (301)443-4893) 

A Navy doctor helps a corpsman to offload casualties at 
NAVHOSP Oakland's Emergency section. 

Page 6 

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Mav I, 1 

9{avai‘Jdospitaf Oaf^and Cardiac Catheterization La6 Zip CCosel 



HM3 Tony Cone jo 

What is your job? Cardiovascular technician spe¬ 
cializing in invasive cardiac imaging and coronary 
angiograms, along with percutaneous transluminal 
coronary angioplasty. 

Marital status: Single. 

Hometown: Riverside, Calif. 

Hobbies: Mountain hiking, tennis, archery and golf. 
Dislikes: Late starts and inadequate supplies. 
What is the most challenging part of your job? 
Patient education and adjusting to patients' attitudes 
in order to make them more at ease with procedures 
involved in their treatments. 

W hat is your long-term goal? To obtain a degree 
and pick up a commission in medical sciences. 

If I could do it all over again. I'd: Have finished 
school before making any decision regarding military 

I wish I could stop: Procrastinating. I would also 
like to improve my penmanship. 

I respect myself for: Being able to develop a good 
rapport w ith my patients and making them feel like 
people instead of numbers. 

Role models/heroes: No one in particular. If I see 
a person w ho has achieved success. I may look to him/ 
her as a role model. 

HM2 Scott L. Radke 

What is your job: Invasive cardiopulmonary/cardiovas¬ 
cular technician (NEC 8408); assisting doctors in the Car¬ 
diac Catheterization Lab: performing diagnostics and 
interventional procedures. 

Marital status: Married to Louise G. Radke. 

Hometown: St. Paul, Minn. 

Hobbies: Woodworking, role playing, computers and draw¬ 

Likes: Fresh air. open countryside and ocean air. 

Dislikes: Smog, traffic, slow doctors and the absence of sun. 
What is the most challenging part of your job? To provide 
quick, conscientious and caring patient care while keeping a 
working balance between patients, wards, staff and doctors. 
What is your immediate goal? Check into possible paihs 
either in the cardiopulmonary/cardiovascular field or the 
independent duty hospital corpsman field. 

What is your long-term goal? To settle into a low-cost area, 
buy a house and raise a family, with 20-30 years of naval 

If 1 could do it all over again, I’d: Do it the same way. 

I w ish I could stop: Being such a lazy slug and continue any 
exercise program I start. 

1 respect myself for: Living my life in my own way and for 
still having a family and a decent life. 

Role models/heroes: I live my life in my own image/way 
and not someone else’s. 

HM1 Alvin Grant 

What is your job? Leading petty officer responsible for technu 
aspect of cardiac anomalies and rhythm disturbances 
Marital status: Mamed to Elois S Grant 
Children and ages: Brittany Danielle. 4 yr- old. 

Hometown: Irvington, N.J. 

Hobbies: Computers, cryptograms and crossword puzzles. 
Likes: Down to earth people who aren’t afraid to be themselvi 
Dislikes: Arrogant individuals who constantly brag about wl 
they have 

What is the most challenging part of your job? Enhancing in¬ 
dividuals to work as a team and the constant frustration of atlitudef 
between physicians and hospital corps staff Together we are the 
strongest force in medicine When a patient leaves with a smile .wi, 
his/her face, we've achieved total commitment to quality care. ; I 
W hat is your immediate goal? To complete the national cardio¬ 
vascular registry exam as number one in the nation and compl 
my bachelor's degree prior io fall 19V2 
W hat is your long-term goal? To attend cardiac perfusion sch< 
and secure a permanent position at Cornell University in N< 

If I could do it all over again. I'd: Have listened to the old man 
the airport 12 years ago. By investing SI00 a payday in stocks 
suggested. I would probably be a millionaire by now 
I wish I could slop: The media and new s from constantly portray! 
ing blacks in a negative role and glamorizing violence and gas; 
banging. As they say, "don i believe the hype." 4*^® 

I respect myself for: Just maintaining my sanity or I would 
gone berserk, being mamed for 10 years and keeping a hj| 

Role modelvheroes: New York city policemen. It takes » 
"special" dedication to be treated the way they do in your hom 
Special comment: Both parents were New York city police) 
and are both retired now. I've seen it all. may be I should have been 
a cop. 

From the Chaplain 

Dreams and Desires 

By LT Anne Krekelberg, LHC 

Someone once told me, 
“if you write i( down, it will 
happen.” Something akin 
to the Field of Dreams phi¬ 
losophy, “build it, and they 
will come.” So, a long while 
hack, I started keeping a 
little book I call my “Things 

I Want to Do in my Lifetime 
Book.” In it are some frivo¬ 
lous items, like, “ride the 
biggest wooden roller 
coaster in the world,” and 

“sing back-up in a rock band 
for one night,” (Of course, 
the fact that I can’t sing has 
no bearing on the desire!). 

And there are some im¬ 
possible, or nearly impos¬ 
sible, ones: “be a grand¬ 
mother,” over which I have 
no control (but it’s not im¬ 
possible), and “invite the 
president or the Moody 
Blues to dinner”— I’m not 
picky as to which. There 
are also some items I take 
quite seriously: “buy a Per¬ 
sian rug in a Persian coun¬ 
try,” “fly a jet,” “learn to 
play the piano”and “get into 
the computer age.” 

I’ve been fortunate, as I 
really have been able to 
cross a few of the items off 
my list. Like, “fly a jet”... 
piloting an FA-18 simula¬ 
tor made it very clear to me 
why I’m a minister and not 
a pilot. 

Right now I’m tackling 
two more items on my list: 
learning to use a computer 
and play the piano. Both 
activities are fraught with 
problems, but I am not to be 
deterred and 1 am sure that, 
w ith persistance. I'll be able 
to cross these items off my 

Crossing items off my 
"Things I Want to Do in my 
Lifetime Book" takes per¬ 
sistence. But I can’t forget 
to work on these things or 
they will never happen, 
whether written down or 
not. I mean, even Kevin 
Costner had to put his hand 
to plow to make his field of 
dreams come true. 

There’s another area of 
life which is something like 
my “things I want to do” 
book and that is prayer. 
Prayer is an important part 
of everyone’s spiritual life, 
no matter what their reli¬ 
gion. Jesus says to his dis¬ 
ciples, “Truly I tell you, if 
you have faith and do not 
doubt, not only w ill you do 
| what I have done |, but even 

if you say to this mountain 
Be lifted up and thrown 
into the sea.’ Whatever you 
ask for in prayer w ith faith, 
you will receive.” (Mat¬ 
thew 21:21 -22) 

When I write items in m> 
“things I want to do” book. 
I do so know ing that as much 
as I would like them to be¬ 
come a reality, it will not 
always happen. There are 
often extenuating circum¬ 
stances which make it im¬ 
possible for these dreams to 
come true. But when I pray. 
I do so with the faith that 
God hears the deepest de¬ 
sires of my heart — not 
frivolous things like I’ve 
written in my book — but 
real needs and desires that 
affect my life, the lives of 
others and my relationship 
with God. When l pray. I do 
so knowing that w hile some 
things may not seem pos¬ 
sible. all things are possible 
with God. “What is impos¬ 
sible for mortals is possible 
for God.” (Luke 18:27) 
Prayer, like my “things 1 
w ant to do” hook, takes per¬ 

sistence. Once I have maJe 
my desire know n, I have to 
keep praying, for like an} 
other aspect of life and rel|- 
tionships. communication!' 
essential. And so a son a! 
conversation occurs 
tween God and me. am 
have the assurance throudi 
my simple faith that 
has heard my prayer. 

All of us should have® 
“things 1 w ant to do in ffl> 
Lifetime Book.” It’s lutt 
You can be as creative* 
you w ant, and who knows 
maybe some of those thing' 
will become reality an» ; 
you'll find yourself in Til* * 1 
climbing mountains with^ 

sherpa. 1 encourage you v 

begin one if you haven't w* 

ready. <, 

And 1 encourage you t»' 
begin praying, too. There ’ 
no real trick or method ol 
secret — u’s just swnfk 
conversation, really. 
maybe you’ll discover 
what is impossible for yo* 1 
and 1 is surely possible v'd* 


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Maj I. IW 

Diet corner 

Dietary fiber and what it's all about 

By Unnur K. Gylfadottir, dietetic student 

Finally, there's something fun to add to your 
diet! Remember the oat bran ads? That is just the 
beginning, because fiber is found in a variety of 
foods. Dietcry fiber is found only in plants. It is the 
pan of plants that cannot be digested by the stomach. 
They come in two main types: soluble and insoluble 
in w ater. Most fiber foods contain a mixture of the 
two kinds of fibers. 

Insoluble fiber helps prevent constipation by 
increasing the bulk of the stool and by moving 
foods faster through the digestive tract. This kind of 
fiber stays basically unchanged during digestion. 
Another benefit may be decreased risk of colon 

Soluble fiber sw ells in the stomach and helps you 
siu\ full longer and, therefore, may help in weight 
reduction. In addition, it may be beneficial for 
diabetes since a diet high in soluble fiber may help 
control blood sugar. Soluble fiber also helps in 
lowering blood cholesterol. 

Now that you know its benefits, how do you 
increase your intake of fiber? According to the 

March issue of the Berkeley Wellness Letter ”, 
Americans arc eating about 10-20 grams ol liber 
per day. The recommendation is to increase that 
amount to 25-40 grams per day, and instead ot 
counting grams, here 's a simple way to accomplish 

* Use whole grain instead of white bread. 

* Eat the w hole fruit instead of drinking juice. 

* Include more servings of vegetable with your 

* Add beans, like garbanzo and kidney, to your 
salads and soups. 

* Add sliced or grated vegetables to meat loaf and 
other meal dishes. 

* Choose whole grain and bran cereals. 

* Whenever possible, eat fruit with the peel. 

It is also important that you remember to increase 
your fiber intake gradually and to drink six to eight 
glasses of fluid per day. 

(Editor’s Note: "Berkeley Wellness Letter " is 
published by the University of California Berkeley 
School of Public Health). 

Team Buying 

TQM goes to Material Management 


Effective March 30. 1992, the Small Purchase 
Branch of the Contracting Department will begin team 
buying. Each team will have responsibility for all the 
procurement requests of several designated customers. 
Team buying should enhance customer service and 
reduce the Procurement administrative lead time. The 
teams and their customer responsibilities are as follows: 

Teddy Obico 3000 Series 

HM2 Eguia 9000 Series 

Regina Howard 

* Ancillary Services 

* Administration 

* Nursing Services 

TEAM 1: 

Susan Brumley 
SK3 Morrow 
Carla Cleveland 

PO/DO Numbers: 

4000 Series 
7000 Series 

* Navy Drug Screening Lab 

* San Francisco Medical Command 

* Navy School of Health Sciences 

TEAM 3: 

Wayne Watson 
Mary Lovette 
Annette Jointe 

* Surgical Services 

* Financial Services 

PO/DO Numbers: 
0000 Series 
1000 Series 



* Branch Medical Clinics 

* Commanding officer 

* Medical Sendees 

TEAM 4: 

PO/DO Numbers: 


* Base Operations 

Sharon Powers 

5000 Series 


Marilyn Green 

6000 Series 



TEAM2: PO/DO Numbers: 

Sian Kemp 2000 Series 

Dru Hudson Henry 

* Logistics 

* Pastoral Care 

National Day of Remembrance 

Challenges of parenting workshop 

• A special ceremony will be held on Thursday. April 30 Building 500 flagpole, as part of the National 
Day of Remembrance of the victims of the Holocaust. All 
personnel are invited to attend as this command pays 
homage to the millions who died in the Holocaust of 
WWI1. Point of contact for further information is RP2 
Jolivetie at 633-5561. 

From May 13 to July 1, on Wednesdays 
from 11 a.m. to 12:15 p.m., the Mental 
Health Department is offering a "Challenges 
of Parenting" workshop. The workshop is 
facilitated by two staff civilian psycholo¬ 
gists, Ruth Fallenbaum, PH.D. and Richard 
Witte, PH.D., who are experienced in 
working with children and parents. This 
workshop will offer participants help with 
concerns regarding parenting. As a group, 
we will look at a wide variety of issues 
ranging from discipline and limit-setting to 
relationships with siblings and school per¬ 
formance. Additional topics to be covered 
will be based on the group's suggestions. If 
you are interested in participating in the 
group or for further information please call 
the Mental Health Department at (510) 633- 




Attention All Hands 

Our new grounds maintenance contractor 
is on board and his operational headquar¬ 
ters is located at B20C and B20B, north ot 
the swimming pool building. This area is 
off limits to all command personnel. Here¬ 
tofore, the area was used to wash cars, but 
this is no longer allowed. Individuals who 
want to wash their cars can do so at the wash 
rack located near the Public Works Center 
shops. Building 10 and 11. Point of contact 
for further information is LT Cynthia 
Manning at 633-6300. 

Volunteers needed! 

Oak Knoll needs volunteers for ombuds¬ 
man positions. They must be motivated, 
and spouses of active-duty service mem¬ 
bers (male or female, enlisted or officer). 
Call HM2 Christina Wurst at 633-5324 to 
schedule an interview or for more informa¬ 

Personnel interested in functioning as 
medical coverage lor the boy scouts this 
summer, VOLUNTEER NOW! Duties in¬ 
volve basic first aid, teaching of the boy 
scouts first aid merit badge, dispensing 
scout’s daily medications, dispensing ten¬ 
der loving care for homesick boy scouts and 
having fun! Route a special request chit for 
no cost TAD via your chain of command. 
Time frame is June 21 -August 8. one week 
per person. Please specify the week you 
want/can go. The two camps are located in 
the Northern Redwoods, so be prepared for 
much hiking and sun. Contact HM2 
Christine Wurst. 

Excess Property Division 

The excess property division collects, at¬ 
tempts to redistribute and dispose of equip¬ 
ment and materials for the command. In an 
effort to establish an effective audit trail, 
division personnel sign and are responsible 
for all items received: therefore identifying 
documentation is required. Every item de¬ 
livered to Building 133 must have a 
NAVHOSPOAK Form 6500/5 attached to 
the item. This form is prepared in triplicate. 
A signed copy will be returned to the de¬ 
partment involved and a copy will be re¬ 
tained by the Excess Division along with 
the material. Because of the accountability 
involved, any material or equipment deliv¬ 
ered to Building 133 without the 6700/5 
must be rejected. Point of contact for fur¬ 
ther information call William McDonald at 

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Red Rover 

May 1, 1992 

Sports Corner 

Shorts round-up 

Bravo Zulu to the Pharmacy team for their title as 
1992 Intramural Volleyball champions. In three excit¬ 
ing games, the Medical Repair team won the first game 
over the Pharmacy, S-to-15. The Pharmacy team came 
back to take the championship 15-to-S in the second 
game. Leading the Pharmacy to a 15-to-12 win in the 
third game, was M. Christiansen and F. Abn. J. Kalauli 
was the coach for the Pharmacy team. Congratulations 
on a job well done! 

Central Pacific Sports Conference^ Sports 

The CPSC Junior Veteran/Senior Men’s and Women’s 
Singles Tennis Tournaments will be held at NAVHOSP 
Oakland June 16-19 at 9 a.m. The Men’s Open Singles 
Tennis Championships are scheduled for June 15-19, same 
place and time. The tournaments will be a double elimination 
type with the best two out of three seats in effect. In the Junior 
Veteran Division age limit is 35-44; in the Senior Division 
age limit is 45 and over. Due to the large number of “no- 
shows” in the past, the actual tournaments draw will be made 

Basketball Playoffs (Grudge Match). Dental blew 
away the Lab X6-to-48. Top scorers for Dental were T. 
Crutcher (26), Stallings (20), B. Rowe (14). V. Turley 
(16). A. Morris (13) were top scorers for the Lab team. 

Soccer players needed... any personnel interested in 
playing soccer, call HM2 Pablo Lopez at 633-6712. 


at 9 a.m. at the tennis courts. All participants must be present 
at this time to confirm their entry. Commands are requested 
to forward entries and berthing requests to Ron Brown, 
Recreation Services Director, NAVHOSP Oakland, Calif. 
94627 no later than June 8, 1992. Each command may enter 
unlimited entries, and they must include full name, rank/rate 
and name of command. For more information call commer¬ 
cial (510) 633-6450 or aulovon 838-6450. 

Sexual Harassment... continued from page 1 

away from their jobs or a lack of effort on their parts to 
attend the training. 

“In order to become a trainer and to give good preven¬ 
tion of sexual harassment training, there is a require¬ 
ment that individuals | who train) must be certified in the 
prevention of sexual harassment. There is a special 
class given called the Department of Navy Training in 
the prevention of sexual harassment or DONT,” Smith 
said. Smith and Miles are currently course managers 
for the prevention of sexual harassment. 

“The first step [with sexual harassment] is confronta¬ 
tion. letting the harasser know that you are offended by 
their actions,” said Conte. He stated that, at times, a 
harasser may not know that they are sexually harassing 
a person, since they may not recognize it as sexual 

“There are times when the person [harasser] is in such 
a powerful position that it can make the victim naturally 
reluctant to deal with that person.” said Smith. She 
added that it is not always in his or her best interest to tell 
a person what they may feel is sexual harassment. “But, 
in any situation, it depends on the circumstances and 
who you are dealing with,” stated Smith. 

In the past year, sexual harassment had heavy media 
coverage through the William Kennedy Smith trials, the 
Chief Justice Clarence Thomas hearings and the TaiIhook 
Association investigations. “In the length of time that 
I have been managing sexual harassment complaints, 
both military and civilian, I can say that the incidents of 
open sexual harassment have decreased; however hid¬ 
den incidents of sexual harassment have increased,” 
Smith said. She added that often people were not clear 
as to what constituted sexual harassment. 

“The training we give brings out recognition of sexual 
harassment, whether it be to the harasser or the victim,” 
said Conte. 

Verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature can be 
determined when: 

* Submission to or re jection of such conduct is made 
either explicitly or implicitly a term or condition of a 
person’s job, pay or career [advancement]; 

* Submission to or rejection of such conduct by a 
person is used as a basis for career or employment 
decisions affecting that person; 

* Such conduct interferes with an individual’s per¬ 
formance or creates an intimidating, hostile or offen¬ 
sive environment. 

“I think if people truly understood what constitutes 
sexual harassment, the likelihood that people will com¬ 
mit an offense would be lessened,” said Smith. 

To emphasize the importance of the sexual harass¬ 
ment issue, the Chief of Naval Operations ADM Frank 
B. Kelso recently stated, “Regrettably, sexual harass¬ 
ment occurs in many institutions and societies. But we 
- you and I — must be concerned about what happens 
inside our Navy. Sexual harassment affects our perfor¬ 
mance. It denies some of our people the chance to do 
their best. It demeans victims and tarnishes our repu¬ 
tation as fair, hardworking professionals... For that 
reason, I have directed that commencing March 1, 
1992, processing for administrative separation will be 
mandatory for those found to have committed certain 
aggravated acts of sexual harassment.” 

( Editor's Note: Information for this article was ob¬ 
tained through the Navy Editor Service (NES)from an 
article entitled “Dealing with sexual harassment in the 
workplaceby LT Mary Hanson, public affairs staff. 
Bureau of Naval Personnel. Washington. DC.) 

Family Service Center offers a variety of programs 

NAS ALAMEDA, CA — The Family 
Service Center (FSC) offers a variety of pro¬ 
grams for military personnel and families 
from childbirth education and car buying to 
stress management and employment work¬ 

Career college comeback - On Wednes¬ 
day, May 6 at 6 p.m., career and college 
information are the focus of the evening fea¬ 
turing Sue Folkes, FSC Employment Resource 
Center director and Laura Paddock, educa¬ 
tion specialist. Topics include educational 
opportunities, financial aid, scholarships, re¬ 
sources for continuing education and related 

services. Spouses are eligible for all educa¬ 
tion benefits, couples are welcome. 

Stress busters - Here’s an opportunity to 
get. together over lunch and support each 
other to control stress in our lives. This new 
group will meet every Wednesday of each 
month starting May 6 from noon to 1 p.m. 

Play and learn membership meeting - 

Starting May 7 at 6:30 p.m., the FSC co-op 
program for parents conducts a monthly 
meeting and features a conflict resolution 
presentation. For more information or to 
register for workshops call 263-3146. 

April Awards 

NAVHOSP Oakland 

Length of Service Award 10 yrs. 

Mary Cumbee 
Thomas A. Lewis 
Joan M. Wisely 

Good Conduct Award (First) 

MS3 Anthony Brown 
HN Nancy Mckechnie 
HM2 Paul Norman Re 
HM2 Felicisimo Santos 
HM2 Nazarene Sazon 

HM3 Harold Vaughn 
HM3 Daniel Wagner 

Good Conduct Award (Second) 

HM2 Alma Solomon 
ETI Richard Ellsworth 

Good Conduct Award (Fourth) 

HM1 Douglas Cassel 

Good Conduct Award (Sixth) 

MSCS Mike Andrade 
SKCM Richard Spaulding 

Navy Achievement Medal (First) 

DT3 Tina Sortland 
HM3 Avalon Napier 
HM 1 Danette Payson 
MSI Benito Villanueva 
HMC Kevin Pearce 
ENS Barton Scott 


Navy Commendation Medal (Second) 

CDR Mark Biolo 

BMC, NAS Moffett Field 


HMCS Randolph Griswold received the Navy Achievement 
Medal (3rd award) from CommandeT Submarine Force Pacific 
Reel for his performance of duly while serving as medical 
assistant on the staff of Commander Submarine Squadron One. 

HM 1 Melanio Melandez, HM2 Daniel Laporte and HM3 
Robert McClung received Letters of Recognition from com¬ 
manding officer. NAVHOSP Oakland. 

HM 1 Mark Busam and HM3 Keith Duffy received Letters of 
Commendation from iheofficer-in-charge(OIC)—the former 
for his selection as Senior Sailor of the Year; the latter tor his 
selection as Junior Sailor of the Year 

HM2 Bobb> Kennedy received a Letter of Commendation 
from the commanding officer. NAVHOSP Oakland. 

HN Lee Flannigan and HN Jeffrey Collins received Letters j 
of Appreciation from commanding officer. CPW10. 

HM 1 Reynaldo Timones and HM2 Bruce Adams received 
Letters of Appreciation from OIC. Naval School Health 
Sciences. Oakland Detachment. 

HN Lee Flannigan. HM3 Tammie Garlinger. HM2 Richard 
Burk, HM2 Charles Perry received Letters of Appreciation ; 
from the OIC for performance ot duty. 

HM3 Amy Loll. HN MarcoCabrcra. HM3 Roberto Legaspi. 
HM2 Arturo Cervantcs-Gomes, HM3 Paul Shelley. HM) 
Timothy Manly. HM2 Scott Lewis,HM3 Kieron Winding. HN ’] 
Jeffrey Collins. HM3 John Bellomo. HN Lee Flannigan, HM) 
Frederick Cook. HM3 Ramon Chin, HM2 Charles Perry. HM * 
Larry Nelson, LCDR Kevin Brooks. LT Dana Lacy and LCPR 
Pamela Crane received Letters of Appreciation from the OIC 
for performance of duty when two patients had heart attacks in 
the BMC parking lot 

Good Conduct awards were presented to HM2 Shawn Kassnet 
(2nd award), HM3 Tammie Garlinger (1st award) and HM) 
John Bellomo (1st award). 

Welcome aboard to: HN Jonaalj nCapituloand HN Michelf| 

Fair winds and following seas to: HM2 On-' Moseley. 
John King. HM3 Paul Shelley. HM3 Kieron Winding. HM* 
Timothy Manly. HM) Denise Bell and IIM) Lori Barkley 

BMC, NAS Alameda 

Congratulations to HMCM(SS) Thomas M. Pol lack, v 1** 
was frocked to Ins present rate on April lo. He 
transferred to the BMC last year from the U$s Phil.ukTj 
phia (SSN-690), 

Oak Knoll pays tribute to Asian Pacific American Heritage . sec page 4 

Vhe Red Rover 




( ommissioned 

Vol. 4 No. 9 

Naval Hospital Oakland, California 

June 19,1992 

Mixed signals at NAVHOSP Oakland 

B\ I>a\e Clark 



(Editor's Mote: Rumors have been 
flving concerning the downsizing 
iff a t on \ \ \ HOSP Oakland The 
following article is condensed from 
a speech given by the head ofMan- 
p<>w er Monogetnent I command 
evaluation and review officer rofed¬ 
eral managers at a recent Federal 
Managers' Association meeting. 
Those managers desired to hear 
about downsizing, and Mr Clark 
opens. briefly, with that subject, but 
his real focus is on NAVHOSP 
Oakland work centers and 
their survival. Survival decisions 
ma\ be prompted by downsizing, 
hut surx’ivat itself w ill depend on 
each work center s efficiency, ef¬ 
fectiveness and productivityI. 

As of March 31, we had 26 per¬ 
cent more officers and 27 percent 
more enlisted than we’ re authorized, 
and we had 35.5 percent more pro¬ 
jected million, gains than losses. 
We are overmanned because we are 
receiv ing personnel w ho would have 
gone to closing commands. But. 
this is temporary, possibly to last 
over the next six months. We w ill 
soon see a decline in the number of 
military personnel. The Bureau of 
Naval Personnel (BUPERS) is pro¬ 
jecting a 1 3 percent decrease in HM 
0000’s (Quad-O’s) from 306 to 266 
bx September92. Still.NAVHOSP 
Oakland is sale for employment. 
Two earners are homeported in the 
Bay Area and these require support, 
and there is indication that a third 
nun come here in fiscal year 1 993. 

“What will this hospital be?" This 
has to do w ith specific work cen¬ 
ters' configuration and mission We, 
Naval Hospital employees, have 
some influence over this. And we 
will participate in these decisions 
whether we want to or not by the 
way we do our jobs: Whether we 
are efficient and cost-effective, or 

Whether this 
hospital will be a 
tertiary care GME 
hospital, one of the 
“Big Four,” 
w hether it will be 
one of many 
hospitals, or 
something in- 
between, is the 

I. and the staff I work with, are 
involved in assessing efficiency, 
cost-effectiveness and use of man-' 
power. We conduct the command- 
w ide Efficiency Review (ER). keep 
the Standard Personnel Manage¬ 
ment System data bases and main¬ 
tain the Manpower Authorization 
documents. Linder the Command 

Evaluation Program, we coordinate 
the Management Control Program, 
monitor inspections and investigate 
(or otherwise gel involved in) in¬ 
stances of reported fraud, waste, 
abuse and mismanagement. All 
these have a common thread; they 
deal with the work, the manpower, 
the requirements and the processes 
that are done and managed at 
NAVHOSP Oakland. 

Currently, our major project is 
the Efficiency Review. An ER is a 
work measurement study to deter¬ 
mine manpower requirements. It 
answers the question of how much 
manpower it takes to do a required 
amount of work. There are people 
who say (hat we’ve done manpower 
reviews before, but we’ve never 
done a command-wide work mea¬ 
surement study before. The meth¬ 
ods we follow in an ER are more 
stringent than non-measurement 
studies, like a zero-based study. An 
ER determines manpower based on 

For years BL ( MED has been 
threatening that the productivity and 
man-hour data that we report will 
determine our budget and man¬ 
power. In 1989, DOD instructed 
the Joint Healthcare Management 
Engineering Team (JI-IMET) in San 
Antonio, Tex. to increase its pace of 
developing manpower standards. At 
about die same lime, the Chief of 
Naval Operations (OPNAV) di¬ 
rected claimants to complete their 
ERs by 1994. BUMED directed 
naval medical facilities to conduct 

Oakland had a visionary in 

CAPT John Kelly, MSC, Financial 
Management Director. He saw that, 
to keep the hospital operating, its 
future rested in justifying our man¬ 
power. He supported the ER pro¬ 
gram, and we’ve been at it since 
October 1989. We are about 60 
percent complete, with an OPN A V- 
mandated completion date of Oct 
30. 1992. Other naval hospitals 
didn’t# have a be I Lever/supporter, 
didn Ysee the future, and their ERs 
floundered or began late. All the 
teaching hospitals, and some oth¬ 
ers, are following the method that 
we’re using here at Oakland. 

Productivity and production 
man-hours go into both the JHMET 
standards and the ER. and these are 
the same data reported in expense 
and productivity reports sent to 
BLIMED and DoD. Someone, or 
some group, is looking at these re¬ 
ports. comparing them with other. 

similar hospitals, and deciding 
which hospital is cost-effective for 
specific services. The result will be 
that services, and jobs, will be gradu¬ 
ally placed and removed in and from 
certain hospitals. Whether this hos¬ 
pital will be a cost-effective, ter¬ 
tiary care GME (Graduate Medical 
Education) hospital. one of the “ B ig 
Four;" whether it will be one of 
many community hospitals, or 
something in-between, is the ques¬ 

A problem is that, even when 
productivity and expense reports 
are evaluated at higher levels, they 
don’t see the ditlerences between 
one process and another. For ex¬ 
ample, it may take one pediatrician, 
one corpsman and one nurse to see 
300 general pediatric visits per 
month, but they cannot see 300 de- 

See Signals page 8 

Two-hour HIV prevention class to be held July 16 

A two-hour class designed for 
those who want to learn about pre¬ 
vention of HIV infection will be 
held July 16, 9 to II a.m.. in the 
Clinical Assembly. 

discussion during which the audi¬ 
ence can ask questions. The panel is 
made of four of NAVHOSP 
Oakland medical staff: CDR Bruce 
Lavin, MC. head of Infectious Dis- 

Freeman. who is the volunteer 
American Red Cross/command li¬ 
aison, said the class is presented in 
answer to the Bureau of Medicine 
and Surgery 

reau ol Naval 
(BUPERS j man¬ 
date that the 
Navy light the 
spreadofHIV in¬ 
fection with edu¬ 
cation. The 
American Red 
Cross course is 
the foundation ol 
the Navy pro¬ 

“Education is 
the only vaccine 
available today 
lor HIV infec¬ 
tion.’’ Freeman 

“It’s a problem 

eases. Internal Medic ine; L I Mike for the military It’s an issue for the 
Battaglia. MC, senior intern; Aggie military, with the Navy and Marine 
Freeman. RN, and LI William Corps anticipating 300-400 addi- 
Claw >on, NC . Command Educa- tional infections inactive-duty per- 

'» r, >'n left), Aggie Freeman, LT Mike Battaglia and LCDR Bruce Lavin discuss the 
° n Hnmin R H,v program. (Official U.S. Navy photo by A. Marechal-Workman). 

According to Patient Educator 
Aggie Freeman, of ihe Internal 
1 heme Department, the class is 
*r'ded ,nto tvv o parts. Facts are 
Cscn,ttd during the first hour I he 

non Freeman and LT Clawson are 

" ruJ h,,ur l!k devoted to a panel Navy HIV instructors 

sonnet each year; and 24 percent ol 
newly detected infections each year 

LT William Clawson, NC, 

involving spouses and children," 
according to CAPT Dick Daniel] 
MC, Head, Preventive Medicine 
at the Navy Medical HIV Pro¬ 
gram (BUMED 245). 

Likening the HIV situation to 
the syphilis epidemic that oc¬ 
curred 30 years ago. Freeman 
added that health authorities 
were, then, able to wipe out syphi¬ 
lis through testing and antibiot¬ 

But. unlike syphilis which is 
bacterial in origin, HIV is a viral 
infection which, at this point in 
tune, i annot be cured, according 

to the World Health Organization. 
It can only be prevented, and the 
class focuses on prevention. 

“Prevention occurs when people 
do not engage in risk behavior,” 
Freeman stressed. “Alcohol and 
drugs affect judgement and cause 
people to take risks that may result 
in HIV infection, and with HIV. 
there \v no cure, no second chance." 

Everyone who is interested in 
learning more about this deadly 
scourge and its implications arc 
urged to attend the July 16 class. No 
preenrolIment is necessary. 

Point of contact for further intor- 
mation is Registered Nurse Aggie 
Freeman at 510-633-5375 (beeper 
number, 510-801-5545). 


Nurses of the Year.3 

BMC Mare Island.5 

Blood Donors.7 

Parking Rules.8 

May Awards.8 

Page 2 

Red Rover 

June 19, 

From the executive officer 

We recognize many special oc¬ 
casions: Memorial Day. the Hos¬ 
pital Corps Birthday and the Nurse 
Corps Anniversary, Flag Day, 
Father's Day and Mother's Day. 

Although it doesn't receive the 
attention that these other dates 
and issues attract, there is another 
date that has great significance 
for military service members and 
their families. On May 21. 1881, 
the American Red Cross (ARC) 
was founded. Since its establish¬ 
ment. the American Red Cross 
has forged a strong cooperative 
bond with the armed forces of our 

Two purposes are specified in 
the ARC charter that pertain di¬ 
rectly to its involvement with the 
armed forces: 1. “ furnish 

volunteer aid to the sick and 
wounded of the armed forces in 
time of war...” and 2. ”... to act in 
matters of voluntary communica¬ 
tion between the people of the 
United States of America and their 
armed forces...” In addition to 
these specific purposes delineated 

in the charter, amendments to it. 
federal laws and military direc¬ 
tives have given the ARC author¬ 
ity toexpand into additional areas 
that benefit service members and 
their families both in time of war 
and in times of peace. 

The ARC chapter based here 
at NAVHOSP Oakland not only 
tends to the needs of our military 
and civilian staff members — be it 
notification of illness or death in 
the family, providing emergency 
financial assistance, etc — it also 
provides services to our patients. 
ARC workers assist relatives who 

are summoned to the hospital to 
visit seriously ill patients, assist 
patients with plans and arrange¬ 
ments for convalescent leave, as¬ 
sure games, books and other rec¬ 
reational materials arc available 
to patients, and other supportive 

I would like to thank Mr. 
Randy Ortega and his 
hardworking, dedicated and de¬ 
voted staff of Red Cross volun¬ 
teers for the outstanding support 
they have given to the members 
of our NAVHOSP Oakland com¬ 

Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society 

By LaRell Lee 

A fund drive was held by the 
Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society 
(NMCRS) recently. The drive is 
over, but it doesn't mean you have 
to stop contributing to the cause. 
Your donations are always very 

“Sailors make an allotment from 
their checks of about one to two 
dollars per month,” said Margaret 
Kirkland. NMCRS’s executive di¬ 
rector. She added, “I feel very 
fortunate and proud that we are 
able to offer this to our Navy and 
Marine people because many non¬ 
profit organizations are hanging 
by a wire.” 

Kirkland said that contributions 
to NMCRS provided $53 million 
in emergency relief to sailors and 
Marines nationally last year. Ac¬ 
cording to RP2 Ronald Mata, 
NAVHOSP Oakland representa¬ 
tive for NMCRS. $49,863 of that 
amount was spent on grants and 
loans to the command personnel. 
For example, Kirkland said that 
NMCRS came to the rescue of per¬ 

sonnel turned out of the barracks at 
the Navy facility in Centerville 
Beach during the recent earth¬ 
quake; the society also helped sev¬ 
eral NAVHOSP Oakland service 
members who lost property during 
the Oakland lire last year. Kirkland 
explained that these funds, all do¬ 
nated from sailors and other mili¬ 
tary. help families that may have 
unforeseen e xpenses by making in¬ 
terest-free loans and grants. 

The drive is over, 
but iit doesn’t 
mean you have to 
stop contributing 
to the cause. 

These expenses may include fu¬ 
neral services, replacement of a 
lost pay check, vehicle repairs, rent 
and utilities, among others. Other 
services prov ided are: Post-second¬ 
ary education, thrift shops, food 
lockers, budget counseling and the 
very popular visiting nurse pro¬ 

“Registered Nurse Pat Bonino 
makes weekly visits to NAVHOSP 
Oakland to get referrals of new 
mothers and give them a free bas¬ 
sinet worth $90,” Kirkland said. 
She also said that NMCRS has other 
programs that help new parents 
answer questions such as, “What is 
this new baby going to cost me?” 
and “How can I best utilize my 

NMCRS. which was founded 
in 1904 to help Navy widows and 
orphans, needs your contributions 
to keep up its 88-year-old tradition 
of helping sailors and Marines. Re¬ 
member, 100 percent of every dol¬ 
lar donated goes back to relief ser¬ 
vices (helping your shipmates). 
According to Kirkland, the Navy 
provides free office space, and 
volunteers make up 92 percent of 
NMRCS’s work force. 

Donations should be addressed 
to: NMCRS. San Francisco Auxil¬ 
iary, Building 135, Naval Air Sta¬ 
tion Alameda, Alameda, Calif., 
94501. Checks should be made 
payable to NMCRS. 

Point of contact at NAVHOSP 
Oakland is RP2 Ronald Mata at 
(510) 633-5561. 

Military women 
register with WIMSA 

To honor the accom¬ 
plishments of women in 
the military, the Women 
in Military Service For 
America (WIMSA) 
Foundation has compiled 
a list of women, regis¬ 
tered with the memorial, 
to he interviewed about 
their service in the armed 

WIMSA is sponsoring 
a national campaign to 
register women veterans, 
as well as women serving 
on active duty, in the 
National Guard and 
Reserves. The foundation 
was authorized by Con¬ 
gress in 1986 to build a 
memorial in Washington, 
D.C. dedicated to the 
women who have served 
the United States military 
throughout history, from 
the American Revolution 
to Operation Desert 
Storm and beyond. 

A unique feature of the 
Memorial will be the 
Register, a computerized 
data base containing a 

photo, military history 
and memorable experi¬ 
ences of the almost two 
million women who have 
served. The search is 
underway for these 
women (or their descen¬ 
dants) who can tell stories 
which will finally docu¬ 
ment women's role in the 
military. WIMSA is 
asking all women veter¬ 
ans and present-day 
service women to register 
for the Memorial in order 
to capture the missing 
pieces of history of 
women’s contributions to 
our national defense. 

WIMSA has a number 
of short profiles of women 
who have already agreed 
to be interviewed. To 
obtain the profiles, for 
more information or to 
arrange an interview with 
one of the women listed, 
write to WIMSA, Dept. 
560, Washington. D.C., 
20042-0560. You can also 
telephone the foundation 
at 1-800-4-SALUTE. 

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client as his mother, Carol Masters, looks on. (Official U.S. Na*i 
photo by LaRell Lee). 

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Oakland Council of the Navy League 
recognizes NAVHOSP Oakland Navy nurses 

B> JOSN Kvna S. McKimson 

As a standing tradition ai NAVHOSP 
Oakland since 1983, each year during 
the Navy Nurse Corps birthday celebra¬ 
tion. a junior and a senior Navy nurse 
receive the Oakland Council of the Navy 
League Nurse of the Year Award. The 
Nav> League oi the United States was 
founded in 1902 and has been the lead¬ 
ing civilian organization in support of 
the nation’s capability to maintain vi¬ 
able naval, services. 

“The first Navy League Nurse of the 
Year award was given in 1983 to a se¬ 
nior nurse. Then in 1989. we decided to 
recognize both a junior and a senior 
nurse.” said CDR Wayne C. Osierman, 
USNR, aviator, president of Oakland 
Council of the Nav\ League. 

According to CDR Susan Griffin, NC, 
ciincial consultant for Critical Care/ 
Medicine/Nursing Department and Ad 
Hoc Committee chairperson, the award 
was started in 1983 by Navy League 
members who, through their 
hospitilization or that of their family 
and friends, became aware that the dedi¬ 
cation of Navy nurses often went unrec¬ 
ognized. They realized that “many 
nurses consistent^ [demonstrated! ex¬ 
cellence in nursing and dedication to the 
Navy far beyond expectations, with little 
outside recognition.” 

“I know the competition that they are 
up againsi for the awards," Osierman 
said, “the nurses that did receive the 
awards certainly deserve more recogni¬ 
tion than we afford them.” He empha¬ 
sized that the nurses are not just recog¬ 
nized for the performance they have done 
thus far, but for their performance in the 
past, present and future. 

added it is recommended that at least 
one nurse from each division be nomi¬ 

CDR Griffin explained that each jun¬ 
ior and senior nurse is nominated based 
upon the following criteria: overall per¬ 
formance; self development; collateral 
and command duties; leadership; team 
work; resourcefulness and creativity; 

The Navy League of the United 
States was founded in 1902 and has 
been the leading civilian 
organization in support of the 
nation’s capability to maintain 
viable naval services. 

In the process of choosing a junior and 
senior nurse for the award. CDR Griffin 
stated that there are many steps that the 
selection committees follow before the 
actual selections. “First, there’s the 
nomination process: NAVHOSP Oak¬ 
land junior and senior nurses involved 
in patient care activities are nominated 
— by the division officer for the junior 
nurse: by the department head for the 
senior nurse," she said. The commander 

training activities; interpersonal skills 
and overall impression. “After I receive 
the nominations, 1 eliminate all names 
from the nomination forms, code the 
nominees and distribute them to the two 
selection committees [junior and se- 
nior|,” she said. “The junior nurse com¬ 
mittee is made up of five to seven repre¬ 
sentatives of all nursing services de¬ 
partments; the senior nurse selection 
committee is made up of a cross section 

Junior Nurse of the Year 

LT Diana Nierman, NC 

Command: NAVHOSP Oakland. Branch 
Medical Clinic Mare Island 
Job Description: Outpatient Department 
head. Wellness coordinator. 

Marital Status: Single parent. 

* hildren (namesand ages): Timothy. II; 
L ^ra Leigh. 10; Daniel. 8. 

Hometown: Vallejo, Calif. 

Likes: Music - all types, outdoor activities, 
cooking and cultural events. 

Dislikes: Inflexible attitudes. 

VVhat is the most challenging part of your 
job? Juggling the different components. 
,c • supervising duty activities, teaching 
illness to the tenant commands, partici- 
in emergency drills, training with 
M * * re Department or Solano County 
ergency Medical System, Quality Assur- 
an( i infection control issues. 

'hat »s vour immediate goal as a nurse?|y enrolled in Holy Names College 
Pursuing a bachelor’s degree in nursing; 
continue to create programs for health pro- 
*°" on al Mare Island to impact all of the 28 
r nan ‘ c °mmands and the civilian shipyard 

workers and continue to maintain stability 
for my children’s welfare. 

What is your long-term goal? Complete a 
full career in the military and hopefully be 
able to be waivered for age for augmentation 
into the United States Navy. 

W hat does being a member of the Navy 
Nurse Corps mean to you? It is the comple¬ 
tion of a dream started in 1970, but not 
realized until 1989. It is the most challeng¬ 
ing and professionally rewarding opportu¬ 
nity I've been granted in my 20 years as a 
registered nurse. 

What advice would you give to individu¬ 
als interested in joining the Navy Nurse 
Corps? It's the best way to practice your 
prolession. with the most rewarding oppor¬ 

How do you feel about receiving the Jun¬ 
ior Navy League Nurse of the year Award? 
It is an honor that epitomizes my belief that 
any dream can be realized if one just be¬ 

LCDR Rhonda Gibson, NC 

Command: NAVHOSP Oakland. Maternal 
Child Nursing Department. 

Job description: Acting department head: 
processing of all division administrative pa¬ 
perwork; interacting with Nursing Services 

Navy Nurse Corps 84th birthday 

1 o celebrate the Navy Nurse Corps 84th Birthday, the NAVHOSP Oakland most 
junior and most senior nurse participate in thecakecutling ceremony CAP I Noel 
A. Hyde, executive officer; C AP I Maria < arroll, director of Nursine Services „„l 
ENS Martha A. Cutshall, of 8 North, each place their hands on the ceremonial 
knife for the cake cutting ceremony. (Inset) The Navy Nurse Corps 84th birtluOv 
cake. (Official U.S. Navy photo by JOSN Kvna S. McKimson) 

ol senior members of the Nursing Ser¬ 
vices Department.” 

CDR Griffin added that selections are 
made utilizing a scoring sheet devel¬ 
oped by the committee, with which each 
nurse is scored based upon the afore¬ 
mentioned criteria. “As Ad Hoc Com¬ 
mittee chairperson, I gather all scores 
and identify three finalists each for the 
junior and senior nurses’ selections. 
They are given a 10-15- minute inter¬ 
view, with questions developed by the 
selection committee,” said Griffin, add¬ 
ing that the recipients receive the awards 
based on the highest total scores in both 
the nominated form and the interview 

This year the names of the Nurse of 
the Year Award recipients were an¬ 
nounced at the 84th Navy Nurse Corps 
celebration held May 16 at the Treasure 
Island Museum,” said Griffin. “The 
senior nurse award went to LCDR 
Rhonda Gibson, department head of the 
Maternal Child Nursing Department; the 
junior nurse award to LT Diana Nierman, 
Outpatient Department head and 
Wellness coordinator at Branch Medical 
Clinic Mare Island,” stated Griffin, add¬ 
ing that they were presented their awards 
and all six finalists recognized May 
28th at Club Knoll during the Annual 
Navy League Awards luncheon, by the 
president of the Navy League and CAPT 
Maria Carroll, head of Nursing Services. 

Senior Nurse 
of the Year 

Administration; counseling and advising. 
Marital Status: Married (divorce in 

Children (names and ages): Jay John 
Gibson, 8. 

Hometown: Concord. Calif. 

Likes: Counting cross-stitch and being “Team 
Mom” for son’s little league team. 

Dislikes: Individuals who do not do their 

W hat is the most challenging part of your 
job? I'm so new in the position it all seems 
very challenging; making sure 1 give accurate 
advice to staff members; making sure that 
they achieve their maximum professional 
potential (point them in the right direction). 

W hat is your immediate goal as a nurse? 
To always maintain the highest standards of 
prolessional practice; to deliver sale patient 
care at all times; to maintain locus and direc¬ 
tion on the job. 

What is your long-term goal? Hopefully to 
go back and get a master’s degree in a nurs¬ 
ing-related held; retire from the Navy in five 

W hat does being a member of the Navy 
Nurse ( orps mean to you? It means that 1 
have never regretted my decision to come on 
active duty in the corps. When 1 tell someone 
I’m a Navy nurse, it somehow appears to 
mean more than just being a registered nurse. 
What advice would you give to individuals 

interested in joining the Navy Nurse Corps? 

That they could go nowhere else to gain or 
have the opportunity to gain the level of 
experience and responsibility that would be 
available to them as a Navy Nurse Corps 

How do you feel about receiving the Senior 
Navy League Nurse of the Year Award? 
Deeply honored and proud. Seeing the plaque 
down in the Nursing Services Office was a 
constant reminder (those who have been se¬ 
lected in previous years.) To strive to do my 
job to the best of my ability. 



MS 3 Pok Oh, USN, (left) demonstrates a move during his martial arts exhibition. 

Executive officer, CAPT Noel A. Hyde (left), and I)r. Agcaoili-Olivares head a table of 
NAVHOSP Oakland dignitaries sampling Asian Pacific American edible delights. 

Visitors to NAVHOSP Oakland's second deck look over a cultural display coordinated 
by the command's Fil-Am Petty Officers Association. 

(iuest Speaker, Dr. Agcaoili-Olivares, 16th president of the Filipino Medical Society of 
Northern California, recounts her experiences to a captive audience. 


Lisa Aguilar (left) and her group entertain the audience with dances of the Pacific, 
Aguilar is the hospital's Medical Education coordinator. 

NAVHOSP Oakland pays 
tribute to Asian Pacific 
American Heritage Week 

Love of family, respect for elders, 
dedication to hard work, true basic hon¬ 
esty and good humor are qualities that 
characterize the Filipino community. Dr. 
Lourdes Agcaoili-Olivares told a stand¬ 
ing-room-only audience during the 
hospital's Asian Pacific American Heri¬ 
tage Week celebration recently. 

Agcaoili-Olivares is clinical profes¬ 
sor of medicine and director of student 
health at the University of California 
San Francisco (UCSF). She took time 
out from a very busy teaching and ad¬ 
ministrative schedule to come to Oak 
Knoll as keynote speaker for a lively 
tribute to this unique American ethnic 

Using a metaphor she called “the glass 
ceiling theory,” she cited strength of 
character as the one attribute necessary 
to overcome the invisible barriers set by 
a white male-dominated society. “What 
[women and minorities] need is the am¬ 
bition. the courage and the perseverance 
of reach the finish line, to 
see the fulfillment of their set goals in 
any career. 

"Time and again, this glass ceiling 
can be shattered.” she said, “if one proves 
oneself worthy of climbing to the top." 
She added that she “shattered that glass” 

when she became clinical professor of 1 
medicine and won the post of principal i 
administrator responsible for the com¬ 
prehensive health care of all the stu- • 
dents at UCSF — a post she obtained 
after competing with “two older, 
experienced [white male) administra¬ 

After a special luncheon in the 
hospital's galley attended by NAVHOSP 
Oakland's leadership, the dynamic Fili¬ 
pino physician was treated to a cultural 
program organized by Deputy Equal 
Employment Opportunity Office 1 
Weldon Miles and the Filipino 4men- 
can (FlL-AM)Association. who outdid 
themselves for the occasion. 

After welcoming remarks by CAPT ft 
Noel Hyde, the hospital's acting com¬ 
manding officer, the program featured a 
martial arts exhibition by MS3 Pok Oh. 
Filipino romantic senerades by HN12 R 
Armonio and dances of the Pacific by 
Lisa Aguilar and her dancing group. The 
festivities culminated w ith a song by the 
FIL-AM Choif. with HMI N. L. Arquero ' 

CDR D. R. Kang. MC, USNR, served 
as the master of ceremonies for the oc¬ 


Text and photos by A. Marechal-Workman 

From left: CAPT Roger Fspiritu, MC, guest speaker Agcaoili-Olivares. MP, P*P U ^ 
EEO Weldon Miles and master of ceremonies, CDR 1). R. Kang, MC, USNR, 
chairperson of Otolaryngology Department, pose for the camera. 

Branch Medical Clinic Mare Island 

A hidden jewel 

lc\t ami photos by A. Marechal- Workman 

rucked aw ay on an island in the Carquinez Strait, near 
\ allcjo. Call!.. Branch Medical Clinic (BMC) Mare Is¬ 
land is unique in many ways. 

•W e rt' unique lor many reasons." said CDR James 
iSkipl \N right, the clinic’s officer-in-charge (QIC), who 
cited the suppori of Mare Island Shipyard as the one 
variable that seis their clinic apart. "Through our Medical 
Surveillance Program, we are responsible for about 6700 
ci\ lhaiis," he explained, praising the head of Occupational 
Health Medicine (OCMED), Steven Bayes, for his stew¬ 
ardship of a service that blends civilians and military in a 
harmonious environment. 

According to the OIC, the clinic prov ides medical care 
for personnel of Mare Island's 28 tenant commands. It is 
also responsible for the health care of retirees, dependents, 
active-duty personnel in a 20-mile radius catchment area 
— and it is those beneficiaries w ho were the target of a 
very successful health fair recently. 

"We re really proud of this facility." CDR Wright 
explained. We try to keep it in top running order. We w ant 
to show the folks what this place is all about and sell 
medical care. That’s the point of the fair.” 

LT Diana Niemian. Outpatient Deparment head and 
Wellness coordinator, organized the fair with the support 
of the entire command. She explained that it was pan of 
"Wellness Week,” an awareness program aimed at reach¬ 
ing shipyard civilians, dependent wives and children in elementary schools — among others. 

"We had representatives from many departments and agencies, for example. CHAM PUS 
Reform Initiative (CRI). the Smoking Cessation Program. Delta Dental, the Family Advocacy 
Program and the Family Service Center.” 

Visitors could also avail themselves of a host of free services such as cholesterol checks, 
glaucoma checks and oral cancer detection. They were offered a special low-fat. low- 
cholesterol menu at the galley, with shuttle bus service every 30 minutes They could talk to 
the Family Serv ice Center's home care coordinators or to Anne Walker, who is in charge of 
the Family Adv ocacy Program directed at reducing v iolence in the home. 

"This clinic is unique in that we provide treatment as well as case management." Walker 
said, explaining that other military medical facilities “have representatives... who send people 
out in the community to be treated and be followed by private therapists | w hose fees) are paid 
by CHAMPUS. But |BMC Mare Island] hired me as a licensed clinical social worker and 
psychologist to provide service in-house.” 

According to a Mare Island s Welcome Aboard Magazine, (he branch clinic w as officially 
established in 1957 as a satellite outpatient clinic of what is known today as Naval Hospital 
Oakland. However, its history harks back to 1854, when the assistant surgeon of the Navy 
sloop of war. USS Warren, became Mare Island’s pioneer medical officer, at the same time 
as the establishment of Mare Island Naval Shipyard. 

CDR Wright said that the clinic has seen many changes since then, earning many kudos 
along the way. and he was quick to point out that his staff deserves all the credit. “They ’re a 
good group. " he said, “the best that a guy could ever ask for." 

“Eight-hundred people attended the health fair." LT Nierman said proudly, adding that, 
now more than ever, beneficiaries know whai BMC Mare Island can do for them. 


4 ^ 


HM3 Mark Harris of active-dut v sick call draws blood from Sheila Urick, Nuclear Engineering's division head secretary, 
Mare Island Shipyard. 

ML -- 

HM2 Robert Valdoria poses in front of the logo he designed for the health fair. HM2 
Valdoria is an Optometry technician in the Optometry Department. 

A Security Force Battalion Marine combat conditioning instructor checks the body fat 
content of a fair's visitor, Shari Zeite 

is m / n fl ^ a< * ar ’ \ checks Gerald Peterson's mouth for cancer dt 

of the Public Works Department, Mare Island Shipyard. 

Peterson's mouth for cancer detection, Peterson LT Susan Dunaway, a dietician from NAVHOSP i Ti . 

nutritionally health, mono that w.ll bring Navy personnel into 21 m century L 

Page 6 

Red Rover 

June 19,1992 

9{avatOdospitaf Oakland CO‘TJd Courses Zip Ctose 

Crystal B. Brown, RN 

Susan E. Daniels, RN 

Corbina M. Foucart, RN 

What division or department do you work in? 

Medicine/Surgery Nursing. 

What is your job? Care for patients with medical/ 
surgical problems. 

Marital status: Married. 

Spouse: Wallace J. Brown. 

Children and ages: Velena and Cara, in their twenties. 
Hometown: Beatrice. Ala. 

Hobbies: Reading and gardening. 

Likes: Good movies. 

Dislikes: Loud music. 

What is the most challenging part of your job? The 

commute from my home in south San Francisco is a 
challenge in getting here. 

What is your immediate goal? To help my younger 
daughter as she finishes college. 

What is your long-term goal? Within the next three- 
to-five years, move back to Alabama or Georgia. 

If I could do it all over again. I'd: Do the same thing. 

I respect myself for: Being able to accomplish my goal 
of passing the Nutritional Support Certification Exami¬ 

Role models/heroes: General Clara Adams-Endei, 
former chief of the Army Nurse Corps. 

Special comments: I am really enjoying my experience 
here at NAVHOSP Oakland. I think the nursing care 
here is excellent. The people are great. I previously 
worked for the Department of the Army. 

What division or department do you work in? 6 North. 
What is your job? Australian contract nurse assigned to 6 
North under a 12-month contract - general registered nurse 

Marital status: Single. 

Hometown: Adelaide, South Australia. 

Hobbies: Travel, reading and shopping. 

Likes: Travel. “The Young and the Restless," Mexican 

Dislikes: Eggplant. 

W hat is the most challenging part of your job? Getting 
up at 5:30 a.m. 

What is your immediate goal? Having the best time 
possible during my slay here in the Bay Area. 

What is your long-term goal? More travel - will prob¬ 
ably continue working in the U.S. indefinitely - Seattle 
sounds good (I love rain). 

If I could do it all over again. I’d: Change nothing. 

I wish I could stop: Biting my nails. 

I respect myself for: Independence and past accomplish¬ 

What division/department do you work in? 8 North - 
Postpartum/ antepartum. 

What is your job? Caring for antepartum and postpar¬ 
tum patients; assisting in newborn leaching. 

Marital status: Married. 

Hometown: New Bedford. Mass. 

Hobbies: Gardening, athletics, reading and handwork 
Likes: Animals, especially my dog, Trotwood, and 
friendly people. 

Dislikes: Crabby, negative people. 

What is the most challenging part of your job? 

Training new military personnel who are constantly 
coming and going. 

W hat is your immediate goal? To be happy and 
content day-to-day. 

What is your long-term goal? Further my education 
in either nursing or veterinary medicine. 

I wish I could stop: People from doing procedures 
because another person said to rather than think a how 
why the procedures should be done. 

I respect myself for: Maintaining my professional 
conduct on days that I don't want to. 

Role Models/Heroes: Parents, because they are 
wonderful, warm and caring people. 

Front the Chaplain 

Does prayer make a difference? 

By LT Francis Walsh, 

s I recently ex¬ 
pressed surprise and pleasure 
at the early departure of a 
patient in good health from the 
hospital, she stated that my 
prayers lor her were respon¬ 

Does prayer make a 

difference? If I had not prayed 
for her. would she have left the 
hospital as early and in as good 
health as she did? Even more 
than my prayers for her, was the 
woman’s faith in God in any 
way responsible? 

On the other hand, what 
about the medical technology 
and care involved? The 
involvement of medicine in the 
recovery of health, as well as 
human effort in any human 
endeavor, is very evident. To 
acknowledge this, however, is 
not to deny the efficacy of 
prayer and faith in God. Even 
though the modern scientific 
mentality is unwilling to accept 
the reality of that which cannot 
be scientifically proven, so 
much of ordinary living 
involves what cannot be 
scientifically demonstrated. 
Thank God we do not limit our 
lives to what can be 

Religious Services 

Catholic Mass 




8:30 a.m.-Noon 

Christian Fellowship 


11 a.m. 

Christian Communion 


II a.m. 

Protestant Worship 


10:30 a.m. 

All services meet in the Chapel of Hope, third deck. Bldg. 500. Infor¬ 
mation for worship services for all faith groups is available at (510)633-5561. 

scientifically proven. How drab 
lile would be. 

Does prayer make a 
difference? As a concluding 
illustration of the differences, I 
believe that prayer and faith in 
God and a living relationship 
with him make me refer to the 
celebration we have just 
recently observed. Mother s 
Day I he tangible things that a 

mother does in the care of her 
family could really be done by 
anyone. 1 w ould hope, however, 
that everyone would agree with 
me that there is a \ ast difference 
between what anyone could do 
in the care ot a family and w hat 
a mother does. Similarly there 
is a difference between what 
mere human effort can 
accomplish and that same 

human effort in combinait** 
with prayer Some might *•<> 
that prayer and a relationship 
w ith God arc just frosting m 
the cake, nice but not necessity 
Even though he/she may twi 
be able to prove otherwise™ 
the skeptic or cyme, the person 

who has experienced t>f 
difference that prayer makc'C*# 

never be persuaded othciw 

Red Rover 

Page 7 

June 1^- 

S| Diet corner 

Red meat - How it got the had rap 

K\ Bonnie Slater, dietetic student 

Cattle and hogs of the 1940s and 1950s were fatter animals 
than their leaner counterparts today. The beef and pork cuts 
that are sold today come from leaner animals and, therefore, 
have less total fat and less saturated fat. 

A general recommendation used to be to eat more fish and 
chicken because they were leaner meats. But as this chart 
points out. there are good choices in each group of chicken, 
beef and pork. A fact people find surprising is that pork 
tenderloin or beef top round can have less than 50 percent of 
the fat of an equal portion of 
chicken thigh. A chicken 
thigh (skin removed) still has 
about one and a halftimes the 
amount of fat as some pork 
and beef cuts such as pork 
loin roast and beef round tip. 

Another point worth noting is 
ihai chicken parts vary greatly. 

A chicken thigh can have three 
times the amount of fat as an 
equal portion of chicken 

So how do you choose lean 
meat cuts? Some general 
guidelines are: For beef, 
choose choice or select grades, 
and round or sirloin cuts — 
they have less fat marbling 
throughout the meat — and 
choose ground beef that is 85 


percent lean. For pork, choose 
loin, tenderloin or sirloin — the leaner cuts. When choosing 
chicken, white meat cuts, breasts and wings, are leaner than 
dark meats, legs and thighs. When preparing any type of 

; meat, trim all the visible fat and remove skin before eating. 

Also, use cooking methods that reduce rather than add fat, like 
roasting, baking, broiling, stir-frying (with minimum added 
oil) and grilling. 

All of these suggestions can help lower the total fat and 
saturated fat in your diet, but the key is to practice moderation. 
Most Americans need 6 to 8 ounces of meat or meat substitute 
per day. This adds up to a two-to-three ounce serving at each 
meal. A small chicken leg or thigh is approximately two 
ounces, and a half (split) chicken breast is approximately 
three ounces. A good visual aid is that a deck of playing cards 
represents the size of a three-ounce meat serving. 

A healthy diet includes a variety of meat, poultry' and fish. 
There are lean choices in each group, and the cholesterol 

content of all these types of meat are similar, ounce per ounce, 
varying from 22-27 milligrams/ounces. If you’ve been 
avoiding red meat because it’s higher in fat and cholesterol, 
now you know it can be a part of a healthy diet. 

Chart to Compare 

Beef and Pork to Chicken 


Total Fat 

Saturated Fatty Acids 

Chicken Breast, 

(skinless, roasted) 




Chicken Thigh. 3 oz. 
(skinless, roasted) 




Pork Tenderloin, 

3 oz. trimmed (roasted) 




Pork Loin Roast, 

3 oz. trimmed 
(boneless, roasted) 




Beef Top Round, 

3 oz. trimmed, cooked 




Beef Round Tip, 

3 oz trimmed, cooked 




Beef Eye of Round 

3 oz. trimmed, cooked 




The Navy needs blood donors 

LT Rob Newell, Deputy PAO, BUMED 


WASHINGTON (NES)...During Operations Desert 
Shield/Storm, the Navy Blood Program never suffered 
from a shortage of donors. Because of the tremendous 
support it received, the program was able to meet its 

There will be a blood 
drive at Naval Supply 
Center Oakland on June 
23. The next blood drive 
at NAVHOSP Oakland 
will be held Aug. 18, ac¬ 
cording to HMC 
Fernando Pantag, LCPO 
of the Blood Bank. Your 
support of the NAVHOSP 
Blood Donor Program is 
appreciated and all com¬ 
mands are requested to 
donate. All blood types 
are needed. Point of con¬ 
tact for further informa¬ 
tion concerning the 
NAVHOSP Oakland 
Blood Donor Program is 
HMl Kristina Bingham 
or HM2 Nelson-Cris 
belacruz at (510) 633- 

requirements for blood, not only at medical units in the 
Persian Gulf, but at Navy medical facilities world¬ 

Unfortunately, in the last several months donations 
to the Navy Blood Program have trailed off, and the 
Navy s blood supply is low. CDR Bruce Rutherford, 
head ol the blood program, said the low supply can be 
attributed to the winter flu season and to the loss of 
Desert Storm veterans from the donor pool. 

“Service members who have had the flu this winter 
must wait until fully recovered to be eligible donors,” 
explained Rutherford. “Also, those people who served 
in the Persian Gulf are precluded from donating be¬ 
cause ol the remote possibility they contracted the 
leishmania parasite, “ an organism which has caused a 
mild illness in some veterans of the Gulf War. 

Rutherford also added that receiving flu shots 
doesn't prevent service members from donating. 

The shortage puts increased pressure on the blood 
program to lind new ways to support cancer. leukemia 
and neonatal patients who possess particularly low 
blood platelet levels. Platelets are the cellular compo¬ 
nents ol blood, smaller than red cells, and are required 
for blood to clot. 

These patients often require frequent transfusions 
to increase their platelet level. Since four to six units 
of blood must be collected to make one platelet unit, 
the need for an ample blood supply is important to 
provide proper platelet care. 

Although the Navy Medical Department has not 
had to cancel any procedures due to the platelet short¬ 
age, blood and blood components have been shuttled 
among Navy facilities to compensate for these short¬ 

Using what is called blood credits. Navy facilities 
have also had to bring in blood components from the 
civilian sector. 

The Navy Blood Program can collect, process and 
manufacture blood and blood products much more 
cheaply than purchasing blood from the civilian com¬ 
munity. And, each unit of blood donated by Navy and 
Marine Corps personnel goes directly into the Navy’s 
blood supply. To meet Navy Medicine’s commitments, 
more than 1,100 units of blood need to be collected per 

The Navy blood program is seeking the assistance 
of all Navy and Marine Corps personnel to help get 
blood supply levels back up. Donate a unit of blood 
and help be a lifesaver! 

OB/GYN Department is sponsoring a Special 
Women Health Talk. It will be held on Saturdays, as 

July 18 
Aug 18 
Sept 19 

Point of contact for further information and appointments 
is CDR Sammons, USNR, who can be reached at (510) 

Command Gymnasium. All personnel authorized 
to use the command gymnasium include: civilian staff 
with a Morale Welfare and Recreation (MWR) Gold Card 
and retired, active-duty personnel and dependents with an 
I D. Card. From II a.m. to I p.m.. Monday through Friday, 
the Gym is secured for NAVHOSP Oakland active-duty 
service members only. All rules and regulations will be 

Command marquee. Use of the marquee is on a 
limited basis. Priorities are as follows: command informa¬ 
tion. departmental functions, graduations, retirements, 
congratulatory messages, etc. Availability of letters and 
numbers is limited to five lines. Therefore, messages have 
to be very short and to the point. Marquee requests should 
be sent to Ron Brown, MWR. For more information, call 
(510) 633-6450. 

Programs available at 
Family Service Center 

NAS ALAMEDA, CA. — The Family Service Center (FSC) 
offers many programs for military personnel, families and 
government employees - from Childbirth Education and Car 
Buying, to Stress Management and Employment workshops. 
Following are two ongoing examples of what FSC offers you 

Losing Pounds Sensibly meets monthly, starting July 11, 
from 6:30-8 p.m, during the summer. This is an informative 
and educational support group for people trying to lose or 
maintain weight, get in shape, and/or learn about nutrition. If 
you need a support system of people behind you ... join the 
winners circle! 

Phase Treatment Program is available for people who are 
involved in abusive or potentially abusive relationships. It is 
designed to offer you new choices to break the cycle of abuse 
and to help you feel good about yourself again. The women’s 
group meets every Thursday at 10 a.m. The men’s group 
meets every Tuesday at 10 a.m. For more information or for 
a confidential screening call (510) 263-3141. 

For more inlormation or to register for workshops call 
(510) 263-3146. 

Patient Education 

Classes on diabetes 

By Bonnie Bevins 

Ongoing classes lor diabetic patients an. 
their families arc taught every Tuesday Iron 

11:30 a.m. Guest speakers are feature, 
every two months. 

A 30-minute teaching video on nursing man 
agement of patients with diabetes is availabl. 
Ol nurses with one contact hour continuity 
n 'ng education (ONE) credit available 
1 u ure limes and locations will be posted. 

lndtv,duals who need additional informa- 
non may call me at (5 I 0) 633-5384. My office 

js located m Room 4-39-9. in the Internal 
Medicine Clinic. 

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Thrift Savings Plan (TSP) for federal 

Open season for TSP is from May 15 to 
July 31. 1992. Each permanent employee 
was given, or sent, a pamphlet showing open 
season updates. 

The TSP is a retirement sav ings plan for 
both FERS (Federal Employees' Retirement 
System) employees and CSRS (Civil Service 
Retirement System) employees. Fhey pay no 
lax on TSP contributions or earnings until 
they withdraw their account. An employee 
must have completed a full year’s service 
before he/she becomes eligible for TSP. 

Open season gives federal employees a 
chance to start or change their contributions. 

or change the way their future 
payroll contributions are invested 
in the three TSP funds — the G 
Fund (Government Security In¬ 
vestment); the C Fund (Common 
Stock Index Investment)and the F 
Fund (Fixed Income Index In¬ 

The annual total rates of return 
(before expenses) for the securi¬ 
ties in which the G. C and F Funds 
are invested are shown right; 

Local federal employees w ho 
haven’t received their Open Sea¬ 
son Update pamphlet, or those who 
need more information, should call 
Sydney Santos in Civilian Per¬ 
sonnel 510-633-6374. 


G Fund 

SAP 500 
Stock Index 


Bond Index 



21 09% 

32 62% 


11 61% 

22 36°., 

8 35% 


13 13% 

6 12% 

IS 15% 


11 33% 

32 02% 

22 11% 


8 29% 

18 55% 



8 73% 


2 76% 


9 19% 

16 83% 

7 89% 


9 01% 

31 53% 

14 53% 


8 97° o 

3 18% 

8 96% 


8 26% 


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continued from page 1 


velopmental/adolescent visits per month. The 
latter take longer The same is true in pro¬ 
cessing procurement requests. Bethesda may 
have a super-duper. automated procurement 
system which will let a purchasing agent 
complete a purchase in 20 minutes, including 
typing and filing the contract order. But 
Oakland doesn’t have the super-duper sys¬ 
tem. and it may take us over an hour to do one 
purchase But if it takes two hours, we’d 
better do something about that. 

...the CO supports 

fact, he's ahead of 
almost all of us in 
this regard... 

The decisions at the top must be assisted 
by valid data trom us. hospital employees. 
Our know ledge of the processes we perform 
is crucial to data collection and analysis to¬ 
ward a conclusion that shows efficient, cost- 
effective. productive operations. The deci¬ 
sion. after a period of unproductive ineffi¬ 
cient performance, will be that there is not 
enough demand on the work center to justify 
keeping it. It may be more cost-effective to 
send those few patients, requests, financial 

documents, whatever, to be processed some¬ 
place else. 

The ER and JHMET standard will result 
in changes to Manpower Authorizations. But 
those doing the work will decide how. spe¬ 
cifically. that manpower will efficiently do 
that work. Fortunately, there are methods 
available to teach us how to make those 
decisions. A few are taught under the Man¬ 
agement Control Program, which is not nec¬ 
essarily all-inclusive. More methods are 
taught under Total Quality Leadership (TQL). 
which applies to all processes. 

As command evaluation and review offi¬ 
cer. I’m responsible for coordinating thecom- 
mand Management Control Program. Its 
philosophy, which Congress liked and man¬ 
dated. says that each manager must look at 
his/her processes and implement the neces¬ 
sary controls to keep the processes in control, 
efficient and cost-effective. 

TQL is different in that it is not a “pro¬ 
gram.” Itisaculturcofcontinuous improve¬ 
ment based on data (statistics), not guesses 
(tampering). We. top to bottom, make the 
changes, collect and review statistics, look in 
detail at processes and do these things over 
and over, in the Plan-Do-Check Act (PDCA) 
cycle. It is the only way. 

I’ve heard some flack from a few who 
have attended TQL training, such as, “the CO 
doesn't support this...’’ (By the way, the CO 
supportsTQL unreservedly; in fact, he's ahead 
of almost all of us in this regard). “How can 
we do this if I get no support?” "Do you 
REALLY think this is going to happen when 
blah. blah, blah...?” The best excuse that I've 
heard for not implementing TQL is. “this is 

Management 101. We |You name it| have 
been doing this for years.” I suggest that you 
haven't done this before, it's not Manage¬ 
ment 101. and you don't have to wait for the 
CO or anybody else. And it had better happen 
because we will not continue the way we are, 
whether we like it or not. 

Both Management Control and TQL fo¬ 
cus on processes; How is this work done? 
Does it wait in baskets? Is it redone over and 
over? Does a patient spend more time in the 
waiting room than with the doctor? When 
delayed, does the patient come back or go 
some place else? How much time does it 
REALLY lake? Does or should it lake more 
time than I’ve got? 

The answers to these questions go into the 
ER, and if you're into TQL, you'll know' the 
RIGHT answers AND be able to support 
valid manpower decisions and use that man¬ 
power efficiently and effectively and get the 
job done. 

Parking at 

To avoid further confusion about park¬ 
ing on the command's grounds, the current 
parking lot status is explained below: 

Parking lots 1. 4, 7, 8, II and 14 arc 
designated as open parking for anyone to 
utilize Be aware that there may be certain 
spaces marked “ Reserved .” 

Parking lot 2, the second large lot on 
the left, on Blackwood Street, is for pa¬ 
tient and visitor parking only between 8 
a.m. and 2 p.m. daily. Parking is permuted 
between the hours of 2 p.m to 8 a.m b> all 

Parking lot 3. northeast comer of hos¬ 
pital is for patient and patient visitor and 
patient handicapped only parking. Stall 
personnel may not park their vehicles in 
this lot at any time. Personnel admitted to 
the hospital may park their vehicles in this 
lot fora maximum ol seven days, but must 
notify the Security Department magistrate 
prior to parking the vehicle. 

Parking lot 5. northwest corner of hos¬ 
pital, is assigned reserved personnel park 
mg only. No other person may park in the 
lot except those assigned a specific space 
and this means 24 hours a day, seven days 
a week. 

Parking lot 6, east side of the hospital is 
reserved for department heads, and certain 
spaces are designated for radiation therapy 
and MHI patients only. Parking is permit¬ 
ted from 4:30p.m. to(> a.m. by all person¬ 
nel, but vehicles must be out of the lot In 
6 a.m. 

Parking lot 6 A - southwest comer ol 
the hospital located by Parking I ol 6, is lor 
patients only. Overnight parking is pro¬ 
hibited. Please obey the rules or pay the 

Branch Medical Clinic NAS Alameda Awards 

on! row: IIMI F. A. Villanueva, Navy Achievement Medal; IIM3 J. 
Castilleja, Letter of Commendation; HM2 M. A. Richardson, Letter 
Commendation and Senior Sailor of the Quarter, 
ck row: HM3 J. L. Livick, Advancement to Third Class Petty 
ficer; HM3 M. A. Johnson, Letter of Commendation and Junior 
listed Sailor of the Quarter; HMC (S\V) S. A. McKenzie, Navy 
immendation Medal. (Official U.S. Navy photo by Fleet Imaging 
liter Pacific, NAS Moffett Field, Calif.) 

June 19, 1992^ , 


May Awards 


NAVHOSP Oakland 


Yolanda Hooper 
Paula R. Hammond 
Thomas L. Conant 
Pete Reyes 


Mr Loreto D. Calara 


HM3 Andrew Aarron Kimball 



HN Neil Meyers 
HN David A. Brown 


HMCS (SW/AW) Gary Chapman 


HM3 Michael Arevalo 
HM3 Trent Dewaync Edwards 
HM3 Gary L. Jacobsen 
HM3 Terrance Ward Kemmerer II 
HM3 Dennis Lee Self 11 
HM3 Kenneth Frederick Themm 
HM2 Raul no Bo Dali say 
HM2 Jan Lynn Reamer 
HS2 Tamara Schmitz 
flM2 Edison P. Villanueva 

r 1 



HM2 Michael Todd Carter 
HM2 Jessie Balacaoc Macabugao 
HM2 Ike Garcia Umbao 
HM3 Loren James Young 
MS I Benito Williams Villanueva 


SKCM Richard Spaulding 


LTJG Mark Joseph Stexcnson 
LCDR John Atkinson 

Quality Improvement 
Update ] 

Dealing's Point tfl: Institute I eadership 

“Leadership is the job of management. U| 
the responsibility ol management to disced 
the barriers that prevent workers from takaB 
pride in what they do.” - Mary Walton. JutlKf 
ol Deming's Management Method. 

9 Turn-on's 

To get your people excited: 

I Let them know what's expected* 

2. Keep them informed 

3. Give them control 

4. Give them start-to-Finish respond 

5. Make them champions, 
b. Give them feedback 

7. Give them rewards. 

8 I lelp them leant and grow 
9. Be approachable 

50th Anniversary Cqnnwenwmti}^ issue 

The Red Rover 

Vol. 4 No. 10 

Naval Hospital Oakland, California 

July 10, 1992 

Oak Knoll commissioned to care for WWH wounded 

By Andree Marechal-Workman 

It was definitely not the best 
of tiroes. In fact, it was prob¬ 
ably the worst of times when 
Oak Knoll Naval Hospital was 
commissioned on July 1, 1942, 
seven months after the devas¬ 
tating attack on Pearl Harbor. 

Bataan and Corregidor had 
fallen to the enemy in May, leav¬ 
ing 2,000 Americans dead and 
11,500 wounded. Although not 
yet a month old, the significant 
historical Midway victory that 
brought relief to the war-torn 
Pacific Theater was a costly one 
- causing the loss of one aircraft 
carrier, the Yorktown (CV-6), 
an accompanying destroyer and 
132 land-and carrier-based 
planes, with a total of 307 
Americans killed and thousands 

In addition, a number of 
Pearl Harbor patients had been 
waiting for stateside treatment. 
In the San Francisco Bay Area, 
hospitals such as Treasure Is¬ 
land and Mare Island were avail¬ 
able, bvn. additional facilities 
were needed to accommodate 
the overflow of casualties. 

The very worst was yet to 
come — The Battle of Salvo 
Island, Guadalcanal — and Oak 
Knoll Hospital was established 
just in time to help surrounding 
military medical facilities, in¬ 
cluding Letierman Army Gen¬ 
eral Hospital in the Presidio of 
San Francisco, accommodate 
thousands upon thousands of 
battle-scarred Pacific Theater 

An aerial view of NAVHOSP Oakland as it looked in 1942. (Official U.S. Navy photograph) 


But it was also a time of 
optimism, a time of promise, of 
intense medical research — a 
time when renowned physicians 
abandoned thriving practices, 
when young nurses, corpsmen 

and scores of medical profes¬ 
sionals put their lives on hold to 
serve humankind, to rush to the 
aid of their wounded compatri¬ 
ots, to heal them and make them 
whole again. 

According to the Bureau of 

Medicine and Surgery, on Feb. 
11, 1942, the Secretary of the 
Navy purchased 300 acres of 
the Old Rancho de San Antonio 
from Mr. and Mrs. Arthur King 
for $127,000 to construct a tem¬ 
porary emergency hospital on 

RADM Walter Lonergan 

His rise from corpsman to NAVHOSP Oakland skipper 

By Andree Marechal-Workman 

Hrr | ! (I lcctroenccpli 

I f alogram), the 

Navy allowed 

Imagine leaving a naval hospital * him to continue 

as a pharmacist *rd class and. 32 his medical 

years returning to the same j studies—even- 

facility t > lake its helm is a rear : tually speciali/- 

adrrural. f Jr H* gflj mg in Obstct- 

Impossible > Think again: Any- rics/gynecol- 

thing is possible in Navy Medicine, i ogy (OB/ 

and RADM Walter Mansfield pc ! GYN). Ibis was 

0. nergan. MC. USN (Ret.) is living die start o! adis- 

' ftingmshed 

“ . ,-jk '*> 

i r ' ; nsc 1,1 

! Navy 

1^V dve 

re- Mass . 

"*nt.s lha , sound unbelievably J oined die Navy 

Corpsman like. I worked in the RADM Walter M. Loncrgan after Pearl Har- 

in die chaplain's office, in nally paid off, and after being as- 

I signed to the Psychiatric Department 

and running the IK' 

war that rocked several continents, 
spreading death and destruction m its 
wake, and bringing thousands of ca¬ 
sualties each day to military hospi¬ 

See corpsman, page 2 

what was. then, the Oak Knoll 
Golf and Country Club. Two 
million dollars were appropri¬ 
ated for construction from the 
Third Supplemental National 
Defense Appropriation Act of 

Gwilym B. Lewis, M.D., was 
a Navy intern at nearby Mare 
Island Hospital in 1941-42. He 
said rumors had been flying 
about a new hospital on the Oak 
Knoll Golf and Country Club 
site for some lime. “There were 
only two [Navy) hospitals on 
the West Coast that I knew of: 
San Diego and Mare Island,” he 
explained, adding that Mare Is¬ 
land was “a little out of the way” 

See WWII wounded , page 6 


But his medical background fi- 

and everybody was joining up.” Oak 
Knoll was right in the middle of the 

Commemorative Issue 

This issue commemorates the 50th anniversary of both NAVHOSP 
Oakland and World War II. It honors the dedicated men and women 
who spent time at Oak Knoll taking care of casualties, as well as those 
who were in the thick of the fight. 

Considerable time was spent locating military and civilian personnel 
who were on duty in the 1940’s and the articles published are their 

To add local color to the issue, selected copy from "The Oak Leaf " 
is reproduced just as it was then. Consideration lor today's journalistic 
requirements such as Associated Press (A.P.) style and others were 
waived for the sake of authenticity. 

Regular contributors' commentaries such as the Executive Officer's 
and Command Master Chiefs columns, the Chaplain’s Comer, Civilian 
News, Patient Education and others were omitted to preserve the 
integrity of the historical tone of this commemorative issue. 

Page 2 

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July 10,1992 


continued from page 1 

\ * 

Rear Admiral Walter Mansfield Lonergan 

Phm 3c W.M. Lonergan - Oak Knoll -1944 

Oak Knoll was no exception. In 
fact, the hospital was built to aug¬ 
ment existing Bay Area military 
medical facilities, according to in¬ 
formation obtained from the History 
Department of the Bureau of Medi¬ 
cine and Surgery. 

What I remember most of my 
days as a corps man, the admiral remi¬ 
nisced, “is the thrill of seeing the 
progress the kids [sic] made and the 
attention that they were given by the 
doctors [who were], some times, in 
short supply. It made you feel that if 
you got out there, [in the fighting 
arena], there would be someone to 
take care of you (if you were 

Another, most moving experi¬ 
ence he recalls, is participating in a 
program that convoyed EastCoast 
casualties backhome. “For example," 
the admiral explained, “if a man lived 
near Newport, R.I., we would ‘tram’ 
him back across the whole country. I 
went on some of those convoys and 
took the kids back. Witnessing their 
reunion with their parents was very 

These were the good times, the 
compassionate corpsman-turned- 
skipper acknowledged. But there 
were some very bad moments, and 
the “amputees and those who had 
lost their eyesipnt were the worst.” 

When taking his experiences in 
the context of his entire Navy career, 
there’s no question but that his re¬ 
turning toOak Knoll as thehospital’s 
commanding officer is something 
that RADM Lonergan will never for¬ 
get. “I laving worked here as achild,” 
he quipped,” that was memorable!” 
Just think, he mused, “walking into 
the laundry | as theCO] and thinking 
that I used to run that!” 

When asked what advice he has 
for today’s corpsmen who might as¬ 
pire to similar heights, hedidn't hesi¬ 
tate in stating that “opportunity and 
attitude” are key factors. “Being a 
corpsman is an opportunity that is 
offered with responsibility for taking 
care of your fellowmen,” said the 
man who admitted he’d never had a 
job in the Navy that he didn't like. 
“But altitude is what makes the dif¬ 
ference," he added. "Be it bad or 

Rear Admiral Walter 
Mansfield Lonergan was bom in 
Boston, Mass., on Jan. 29, 1922. 
He attended undergraduate 
school at Tufts College, 
Medford, Mass., as a pre¬ 
medical student for three years, 
after which he enlisted in the 
Hospital Corps of the U.S. Navy 
as a pharmacist mate. He was 
selected for medical school at 
the University of Buffalo School 
of Medicine and received the 
degree of Doctor of Medicine in 
May 1948. He began his 
internship at the E. J. Meyer 
Memorial Hospital, Buffalo, 
N.Y., and was trained in 
Obstetrics and Gynecology at 
the Sisters of Charity Hospital 
and E. J. Meyer Memorial 
Hospital, Buffalo, N.Y. He was 
commissioned on June 18,1951 
in the U. S. Navy Medical Corps 
with the rank of lieutenant 

(junior grade) and subsequently 
advanced through the ranks. His 
selection to the rank of rear 
admiral was approved by the 
president Feb. 27,1975. 

His assignments have included 
duty at Naval Hospitals, Great 
Lakes, Ill.; Naples, Italy; Corona 
and Camp Pendleton, Calif.; 
Bethesda, M.D.; Portsmouth. Va. 
and with the First Marine Divi¬ 
sion and the Bureau of Medicine 
and Surgery. He was commanding 
officer of the Naval Regional 
Medical Center, Charleston. S.C, 
from July 1972 to July 1975, and 
served as inspector general, 
medical from July 1975 until July 

He was commanding officer 
of, then. Naval Regional Medical 
Center (now NAVHOSP Oak¬ 
land). He is a diplomate, Ameri¬ 
can Board of Obstetrics and 
Gynecology and served as 

consultant to the surgeon general 
in that specialty from 1966 to 
1970. He has held positions as 
associate clinical professor of 
Obstetrics-Gynecology at 
Georgetown University Medical 
School, Washington, D.C., and 
also at the Medical University of 
South Carolina, Charleston in 
the same capacity. 

In addition to the Legion of 
Merit, Meritorious Service 
Medal and Navy Commendation 
Medal, he wears the American 
Campaign Medal, Good Conduct 
Medal. World War II Victory 
Medal and the National Defense 
Service Medal. 

RADM Lonergan is married i 
to the former Rita A.nn O'Keete * 
of Buffalo. N.Y. They have five 
children: Susan (Lonergan) 
Weaver, Dr. Walter Mansfield, 

II; David John; Daniel Glenn 
and Amy Marie. 

good, attitude will be reflected in the 
reward that one receives from the job 
that they do." 

Of course, it was easier at that 
time, RADM Lonergan said of his 
early years in the Navy. "There were 
millions of jobs that you could do, 
and you could learn a lot,” he said. 
“And if you worked hard at it, you 
could get advanced pretty quickly, if 
not in rank or rate, certainly in your 
education.” However, he continued, 
it is the ability to seize the moment 
and make the most of it that counts— 
today, just as much as yesterday. 

Red Rover 

The Rtd Rover is published triweekly by and for the employees of Naval Hospital Oakland and its branch clinics. The Red Rover 
is printed commercially with appropriated funds in compliance with SECNAVINST 5720.44A. 

Responsibility for Red Rover contents rest primarily with the Public Affairs Office. Naval Hospital Oakland, 8750 Mountain Blvd., 
Oakland, CA 94627-5000, Telephone: (510) 633-5918. Text and photographs (except any copyrighted material) may be reproduced in 
whole or in part as long as byline or photo credit is given. Views expressed arc not necessarily those of the Department of Defease. Navy 
Department Bureau of Medicine and Surgery or of the commanding officer. Printed on recyclable paper. 

The admiral didjusl that. He knew 
how to open doors when opportunity 
knocked, and his military career is a 
colorful tapestry of what he called 
“lucky assignments...the opportunity 
of going from one good hospital to 
another — plus a three-year tour in 
Naples and lots of responsibility and 
opportunities to train residents and 
meet very nice people who deserved 
very good care.” 

Betty Beck, editor of The Oak 
Leaf", summed up RADM 
Lonergan’s finer points. On the oc¬ 
casion of his retirement on July 30. 
1982, she wrote: “...his departure 
brings a bit of sadness, as we will 
sincerely miss his understanding, 
acumen, sense of fairness, perspi¬ 
cacity and quick wit. Despite our 

regrets, however, we’re pleased that 
he’ll have a little more lime for him¬ 
self and his family after nearly 40 
years of service to his country and 
humanity in general.” 

(Editor's Note: Because of the vari¬ 
ous references to the name of the 
hospital . it is important to point out 
that NA VHOSP Oakland was called 
Oak Knoll Naval Hospital when it 
was first commissioned. When RADM 
Lonergan became its comnutnding 
officer, it had become the Naval Re¬ 
gional Medical Center Oakland . 
However, historically and locally, it 
is still known as "Oak Knoll." The 
conwumd's paper was called The 
Oak Leaf ' from Oct. 23. 1942 to 

Commanding Officer 

Executive Officer 

Public Affairs Officer, Acting 


Editorial Assistants/Layout and Design 

Public Affairs Intern 

Rear Admiral William A. Buckendorf 

Captain Noel A. Hyde 

JOl Kay Lorentz. 

Andree Marechal-Workman 

,102 Stephen R. Brown 
JOSN Kyna S. McKimson 

LaRell Lee 

HMCS (SW/AW) Gary Chapman 
Correction Note 

In the April 15.1992 edition of “The Red Rover" (VOL 4, NO 7) 
we ran an article on page 2 entitled “HMCS Chapman is recipient of 
the Semi-annual Leadership Award.” Some biographical informa¬ 
tion was inadvcrantly omitted during the printing of the article which 
could result in confusion on part of our readers. In an effort to 
eliminated any confusion, the following additional information is 

HMCS Chapman joined the Navy in October 1971, while attend¬ 
ing the Diversity of Montana. He has been happily married to Gail 
D. Chapman for 19 years. The couple met in 1973, while both were 
serving as hospital corpsmen at Naval Hospital, Bremerton. Wash. 
LT Gail D. Chapman, MSC, USN, received a commission while 
serving in the U.S. Naval Reserve as a chief hospital corpsman. LT 
Chapman is currently assigned to an out-of-service relation in 
microbiology at the University of California at Davis. 

July 10,1992 

Red Rover 

Page 3 

Medal of Honor recipient guest speaker at Hospital Corps ball 

By JOSN Kyna S. McKimson 

For Congressional Medal of 
Honor recipient, retired 
1 lospitalman Apprentice First Class 
Robert E. Bush, coming to Ojk 
Knoll to be the guest speaker at the 
M4th Annual Hospital Corps Birth¬ 
day Ball brought back many memo¬ 
ries and seemed as though the events 
he remembered iust happened yes¬ 

“Receiving the Medal o! Honor 
was actually memorable to me for 
a couple of reasons," said Bush. 
"One is that President Harry S. 
Truman was my idol, so to meet 
him and have him give me this 
decoration was outstanding.” He 
added that, having married his high 
school sweetheart, Wanda Spooner, 

on Oct. 1. 1945, the presentation 
on Oct 5 took on a very personal 
dimension. “Our trip to Washing¬ 
ton was our honeymoon and it was 
really the threshold of our life that 
started in that week." Bush slated. 

After serving as a medical 
corpsman with a rifle company in 
1945 during World War II, Bush 
was sen! to NAV1IOSP Oakland, 
(then known as Oak Knoll Naval 
Hospital), for medical treatment 
due to injuries sustained in com¬ 
bat. According to his citation for 
the Medal of Honor, ori May 2, 
1945, his company was in action 
against enemy Japanese forces in 
Okinawa Jima. Ryukyu Islands, 
where he constantly and 
unhesitatingly moved from one 
casualty to another to attend to the 
wounded falling under the enemy’s 

President Harry S. Truman awards Medal of Honor to Hospital Corpsmen Robert Bush 

Congressional Medal of Honor recipient, retired Hospitalman 
Apprentice First Class Robert E. Bush, was the guest speaker 
at the 94th Annual Hospital Corps Birthday Ball recently held 
at Club Knoll. (Official U.S. Navy photo by JOSN Kyna 

fire. Bush was cited for his daring 
initiative, great personal valor, and 
heroic spirit of self-sacrifice in ser¬ 
vice of others dial reflected great 
credit upon him and enhanced the 
finest traditions of die U.S. Naval 

“As a Medal of 1 lonor recipient 
I would like to be viewed as a good 
citizen and a good patriot of our 
country," Bush said. As for being 
viewed as a hero, he stated that 
when he was awarded the medal he 
was doing the same thing he had 
been doing for 32 days before. “I 
was trying to keep these guys fight¬ 
ing. It just happened that some of 
the training they had given me was 
put into effect during that period." 
According to Bush, his actions dur¬ 
ing World War 11 gave him the 
opportunity to do something (or 
someone else. 

“The Medical Corps of the Navy 
has been in effect now for 94 years. 
It has been a stable and growing 
force (in die military j," said Bush 
as he reflected on die status of the 
Hospital Corps in today’s Navy. "I 
have had a lot of time to work with 
them (today’s corpsmen J. They are 
smarter and belter trained from an 
educational standpoint, and I no¬ 

ticed that they are well organized 
and have a well planned growth." 

Recently, Bush had a chance to 
spend a five-day lour with the Fleet 

According to 
Bush , his actions 
during World War 
II gave him the 
opportunity to do 
something for 
someone else. 

Marine Force corpsmen in the train¬ 
ing school in Camp Pendleton, Ca¬ 
lif. During the next two months he 
will be speaking at the Hospital 
Corps celebration at Naval Hospi¬ 
tal Bremerton, Wash, and Naval 
Hospital San Diego, Calif. 

When looking back on his expe¬ 
riences during the war Bush said, “I 
re member a statement made by Gen¬ 
eral James H. Doolittle, the first 
man to bomb Toy ko in 1942. When 
Doolittle was asked if he would do 
anything differently he said, ‘I could 

never be so lucky again,’ and I feel 
the same way ’’ 

When he was presented the 
Medal of Honor, Bush felt that the 
award was not necessarily given for 
his actions alone, but for the actions 
of everyone in his WWII company, 
especially those who died. “Many 
of the men died, and many of the 
corpsmen died as well. They (corps- 
men] were exposed more than any¬ 
one else in the unit to this kind of 
instant death," he said, adding that 
the Medal of Honor recipients look 
upon themselves as custodians for 
those who gave their all towards the 

Alter reluming from the war 
and ending his year and seven 
months tour of duty. Bush attended 
a variety of trade schools and the 
University of Washington, and 
eventually became the founder and 
president of the Bayview Lumber 
Company. Robert and Wanda Bush 
currently live in Olympia. Wash., 
and have four children and nine 
grandchildren. Bush is also a pari 
of the Medal ofHonor Society which 
has a goal to future the history of the 
military so that young people will 
know what was done in order to 
protect the country. 

WWII Oak Knoll civilian employee has unforgettable experiences 

By LaRvll Lee 

For Elizabeth Tsai, commuting 
by bus to Oak Knoll for work dur¬ 
ing World War II was an unforget¬ 
table experience. 

“It moved me to see able-bod- 
icd sailors carrying amputees 
strapped on their shoulders onto the 

buses.’’ she said, adding that it was 
routine fur military and civilians to 
commute together daily 

h was m October 1942 when 

Mrs Tsai began working m the 
Laticnt Administration Department 
here at Oak Knoll, where one of her 
•flaw duties was discharging the 
Navy and Marine enlisted person¬ 
al back to active duly. She was 17 
at the time, and had to get permis¬ 
sion to work from the Oakland 

$>-hool District because she 
UQt * er die age of 18. 

Recently Mrs. Tsai relume 
^dc Knoll for the first time s 
die I'XiO s. hi a recent interv 
she Mentioned dial she was 

pri ed that she encountered only a 
People driving from the en- 
***** gate to our Public Affairs 
Ufr «* “In the 1940's”, she said. 

“Oak Knoll was a little city of its 
own. You couldn’t walk up from 
the main gate to where the adminis¬ 
tration office used to be (where the 
Naval School of Health Sciences, 
San Diego Detachment is now lo¬ 


cated) without encountering prob¬ 
ably 25 to 50 people milling about 
that two or three block distance, at 
anytime of the day." 

She also remembers the Oak 
Knoll compound being much big¬ 

ger. "The hospital was made up of a 
lot of little buildings and we didn’t 
have the big new hospital, “ she 
said. “A psychiatric center was lo¬ 
cated in the now disestablished 
San Leandro Naval Hospital. It was 

part of the Oak Knoll facility, but 
was decommissioned at the end of 


One of her most memorable 
experiences Tsai recalled was when 
President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s 
wife, Eleanor. came to visit casual¬ 
ties and staff. "I was a big fan of 
hers”, explained the very young 
looking vivacious, former civilian 
employee. “I followed her! I fol¬ 
lowed her from ward lo ward as she 
visited with die men!" 

She also remembers a large 
amphitheater where such Holly¬ 
wood celebrities as Bob Hope and 
Bing Crosby entertained the patients 
and die military staff “I remember 
peeping in, “she said, “ because, as 
a civilian, 1 wasn’t allowed lo at¬ 
tend die performances.” 

Elizabeth Tsai retired after 23 
years of service. She went to col¬ 
lege thereafter and taught pre-school 
to 3rd grade in die Oakland I\iblic 
Schools for 11 years. She is married 
to Victor Tsai. They have two chil¬ 
dren: Vincent, who works at the 
Lawrence Livermore Laboratory, 
and Virginia, who works for Chev¬ 
ron. Mr. and Mrs. Tsai reside in 

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Navy nurse speaks of her experiences at Oak Knoll 

By Andree Marechal-Workman 

“...A true example of 
friendliness and professional 
dignity at all times was pos¬ 
sessed by Miss Soto of Ward 

(From "Nurses Notes.” in "The 
Oak Leaf.” Jan. 22.1943) 


.argarct Solo retired from 
the Navy’s Nurse Corps as a 
lieutenant commander but, even 
if she gets confused about de¬ 
tails of “her four lours at Oak 
Knoll,” it is her first one as an 
ensign that she remembers most 

“I’ll always remember the day 

would go clear across the United 
Slates when [she] joined the 
Navy,” but wound up across the 
Bay, in Oakland! 

But she did sec the world — 
New Zealand, where she was 
sent to open up a new mobile 
hospital, immediately after she 
left Oak Knoll, in October 1943. 
And if that tour turned out to be 
less interesting that it promised, 
(it folded “less than six months 
after (Navy medical personnel] 
got there because it was too far 
out of the combat area”), she 
did get clear across the Pa cific, 
if not the country. 

According to Soto, life at 
Oak Knoll was pretty primitive 
in 1942. In fact, it could get 
hazardous when you had night 
duty, she quipped, because you 

Magaret Soto discusses her U.S. Navy experience. (Official U.S. 
Navy photos by A. Marechal-Workman) 

I arrived,” she said with a 
chuckle. “It was in August 1942 
— a Sunday — and Chief Nurse 
Ruth Cleaver met me at the door 
and helped me carry my suit¬ 
cases. I just couldn’t believe 
it.” She’d been a night supervi¬ 
sor at St. Francis Hospital in 
San Francisco, and thought “she 

were likely to run across such 
night creatures as raccoons and 
skunks. It was real country liv¬ 

The wards were spread out 
in H-shaped unpainted redwood 
buildings reaching beyond the 
top of what is now named Keller 
Drive, where a disestablished 


ward used to be. 

They arc the 
very same 
buildings that 
are scattered 
around the 
main hospital 
complex, hous¬ 
ing many of the 
current base's 
services and 
tenant com¬ 

hazard of Navy 
nursing Soto 
from her first 
Oak Knoll lour 
is the military 
drilling. “The 
nurses had to 
drill every 
day,” she said. 

“We would 
muster, then 
was something 
I wasn't accus¬ 
tomed to.” It 
couldn’t have 
been too hard, 
however, be¬ 
cause Soto re¬ 
mained in the 
Navy until her 
retirement af¬ 
ter 22 years, in 
August 1964. 

And in case 
you’re won¬ 
dering about 
Soto’s greatest challenge as a 
Navy nurse, it wasn’t the drills, 
but orienting a steady flow of 
incoming young nurses and su¬ 
pervising the corpsmen “who 
did everything from bathing pa¬ 
tients to changing their dress¬ 
ings. The same things nurses 
had to do.” 

Of course, she said her chal¬ 
lenge was compounded by the 
fact that many of the nurses were 
civilians who never knew how 
long they would stay aboard. 
“Many were wives or sweet¬ 
hearts of men bound for over¬ 
seas,” explained Soto who, 
shortly after her arrival, became 


Ensign Margaret Soto in 1942. (Official U.S. Navy photo) 

head nurse on her ward. “The 
[civilian] nurses left as soon as 
their men shipped out,” she re¬ 
called, and this made it difficult 
for the permanent Navy staff 
because they never knew how 
many they’d have on a ward. 

But you could always count 
on the corpsmen “who were 
wonderful,” she added. She par¬ 
ticularly recalls a “very mature 
young man” who, later on, was 
the corpsman depicted on the 
historically famous Iwo Jima 
sculpture group.’’You know, 
after a while, you get to be se¬ 
nior to the rest,” she explained, 
“and he was older and seemed 


to be more experienced.” 

Unfortunately, “nothing 
could make up for the heartache 
of losing a patient, and we had a 
lot of that,” she sadly concluded. 

LCDR Margaret Soto, NC, 
USN (Ret.) left the Navy to lake 
care of her aging parents with 
her sister, MAJ Lila Soto, a re¬ 
tired U.S. Army nurse. Both live 
a quiet life in California’s pic¬ 
turesque Cambria, surrounded 
by captivating memorabilia — 
antique dolls, quaint ceramic 
pottery, seascapes and a host of 
enchanting arts and crafts they 
acquired during their respective 
travels and military tours. 


Margaret Soto's Navy experience in brief. (Official U.S. Navy 

Margaret Soto looks fondly at one of her cherished momentos, an autographed photo of 
Adm. Chester Nimitz. (Official U.S. Navy photo by Andree Marechal-Workman) 

July 10,1992 

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LCDR Gwilym D. Lewis, MC, USN (Ret.) 

Oak Knoll's first orthopaedic resident 

By JOSN kyna S. McKimson 

For LCDR Gwilym D. Lewis, 
MC. USN (Ret.), the bombing of 
Pearl Harbor and the injuries sus¬ 
tained hold a strong memory. At 
ihe time. Lewis was an intern on 
duty at Mare Island Naval Hospi¬ 

“We were notified rather early 
on that there were a lot of injured 
people at Pearl Harbor Naval Hos¬ 
pital. and Mare Island was the clos¬ 
est to Pearl Harbor.” said Lewis. "I 
believe that the casualties that we 
saw at Mare Island impressed me a 
great deal.” According to Lewis, 
the cases dial affected him the most 
were the men who had been stand¬ 
ing on the steel deck of a battleship 
at Pearl Harbor when the torpedoes 
exploded underneath the decks. 

“The decks were blown up with 
such a force that these men had 
compound fractures of the heel 
bone. They were just shattered and 
broken right through the skin,” said 
Lewis, adding that all of the cases 
arrived in plaster casts at Mare 
Island Naval Hospital. He stated 
further that when all of the injured 
had arrived, there were approxi¬ 
mately 400 to 500 casualties in all. 

After leaving Mare Island Na¬ 
val Hospital. Lewis went to flight 
surgeon school in August 1943. 
“Jn 1943, 1 was sent to Corpus 
Christi; then 1 was sent to join a 
(flight) squadron aboard a ship, 
called the USS Savo Island (CVE- 
78),” said Lewis. He remained 
aboard the Savo Island until March 

According to Lewis, in 1945 
the Navy sent out a letter announc¬ 
ing that the Army and Navy were 

going to train 
their own special¬ 
ists. He applied 
and received or¬ 
ders in the Spring 
of 1946 to report 
to Naval Hospi¬ 
tal Oakland, 
where he became 
the first 

orthopaedic resi¬ 
dent . 

Orthopaedic de¬ 
partment had five 
buildings running 
up the hill near 
where the hospi¬ 
tal is now,” Lewis 
said. “We had 40 
patients in the 
building, then in 
1946, we had a 
small cast room 

Recalling his 
experiences as a 
flight surgeon be¬ 
fore he was sta¬ 
tioned at 


land, Lewis said he was a part of 
the VC-7 Flight Squadron, one of 
the most highly decorated during 
World War II. “They (Japanese 
fleet] got as close as 12 miles, and 
the spouts of water were the shells 
landing around the ship,” said 
Lewis, remembering the time he 
spent on the USS Savo Island in the 
Pacific during the war. 

After the war ended, Lewis 
spent his time learning about 
orthopaedics as a resident. “Dur¬ 
ing the war the hospital had a lot of 
nationally known specialists on 
duly, and at that time we were still 
getting a lot of casualties left over 
from the war — a large number of 
bone infections,” Lewis stated. He 

added that at NA VHOSPOakland, 
orthopaedic doctors did some of 
the First intramedullary nailing of 
femurs. According to an article 
titled, "Intramedullary Fixation of 
Fractures of the Femur," written in 
1948 by Lewis with CDR Howell 
E. Wiggins, MC, USN, (Ret.), the 
method of using intramedullary 
nails was a technique that would 
assure anatomical reduction, ease 
of technique and a rapid operating 
time which would offer an ideal 
solution for this particular frac¬ 
tion. “Before this procedure we 
were treating these cases, but in 
those days we would have them in 
traction; then we’d have them in a 

In 1948, Lewis returned to Mare 
Island Naval Hospital to be an 
orthopaedics doctor at the limb 
shop that was started in 1942. “We 
were doing amputations and mak¬ 
ing suction sockets. Then, some of 
the professors from the University 
of California at Berkeley started 
coming to the center and getting 

After a year and a half, Lewis 
got his discharge papers from the 
Navy in 1949, and left the service 
from Mare Island. He then worked 
with a civilian consultant for about 
a year. “I lived in Berkeley at the 
lime and met another civilian con¬ 
sultant named Doctor Holstein,” 
said Lewis. He added that soon 

after, they became partners in 1950 
and remained partners until 1984. 

Before he went into his own 
practice, Lewis worked at several 
hospitals in the Bay Area which 
include: Highland, Merritt. Provi¬ 
dence, Peralta, Alta Bales and 

Lewis is part of the courtesy 
staff at Alta Bates Hospital in Ber¬ 
keley. He currently resides in Ber¬ 
keley and works for the State of 
California, Workman Compensa¬ 
tion Insurance Department, where 
he evaluates people (with potential 

Lewis is married to Ruth Lewis 
and has four daughters: Martha, 
Frances, Caroline and Gwynne. 

LCDR Charles As belle, MSC, USN (Ret.) 

A pioneer in the development of amputee research 

LI. Sara Griffin (left), Charles Asbelle and a rehabilitation nurse 
advisor discuss her exercise program. LT. Griffin lost a leg in a 
hiking accident. (Official U.S. Navy photo) 

By LaKell Lee 

Being a part of the develop¬ 
ment of the first ever Armed 
Forces amputation center dur¬ 
ing WWII was a gratifying ex¬ 
perience for Charles Asbelle. 

“We designed an artificial 
limb facility at Mare Island 
Naval Hospital to allow the pro¬ 
duction of 500 artificial limbs 
and 500 braces a year.” he said, 
proudly adding that, “At Mare 
Island during our first year we 
produced 555 artificial limbs 
and over 800 braces." 

LCDR Charles Asbelle, 
MSC, USNR (Ret.) joined the 
Navy as a pharmacist mate 2nd 
class, right after Pearl Harbor. 
He was 32 at the time, and 
thought he would “sail right to 
the Pacific." But the Navy had 
other ideas. 

“We’ve been waiting for you,” 
said the personnel officer when 
he reported to Mare Island Hos¬ 
pital. “You’re here to help us 
set up an artificial limb facil¬ 
ity.’’ Asbelle was astounded, but 
gratified to know what he was 
there for — to help research 

and set up what would eventu¬ 
ally become the renowned Oak 
Knoll Amputee Center. 

“At Mare Is¬ 
land during 
our first year 
we produced 
555 artificial 
limbs and over 
800 braces 

According to the native of 
Commerce, Ga., he was selected 
for the amputee research be¬ 
cause of his background: He’d 
had two years of medical school 
and some knowledge and expe¬ 
rience in patents from working 
with his father in the develop¬ 
ment of a textile process. He 
worked with several military 
orthopaedists during his career, 
the last one being CAPT Tom 
Canty, MC, whom he followed 
as assistant director of research, 
when the Mare Island limb shop 
was transferred to Oak Knoll 
Naval Hospital in 1950. 

And if you wonder what 
drove Asbelle to work with ar¬ 
tificial limbs with such pas¬ 
sion: “The impact of hundreds 
of young men with their limbs 
destroyed—there’s nothing so 
bad to me,” he said teary-eyed 
and with great emotion. “1 re¬ 
ally mean this, the opportunity 
of serving people—see it could 
have been me." 

There weren’t too many 
people in the Navy who were 
knowledgeable about the craft 
of artificial limbs at the time. 
Asbelle recalled. He remembers 
getting assistance from a retired 
official of Bakelite (a plastics 
firm) to design and build the 
first plastic artificial limbs in 
1943 and 1944. Before then, 
limbs were mostly made of 

Asbelle retired from the 
Navy when Mare Island Hospi¬ 
tal was closed, and came to Oak 
Knoll as a civilian, GM 13. He 
retired as research director of 
the Amputee Center some 15 
years ago, and now resides in 
the East Oakland Hills with his 
wife and former Navy Nurse, 
Roselle. The couple have two 
children, Bruce and Karen. 

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WWII wounded 

continued from page 1 

and difficult to reach for the hospital 
ship (a requisitioned Matson Line luxury 
liner) that was bringing Pearl Harbor 
casualties to the mainland. 

(LTJG) Lewis said he never came to 
Oak Knoll while he was at Mare Island, 
but after serving in the Pacific as a flight 
surgeon aboard the USS Salvo Island 
(CV-78), he came to the Oakland facil¬ 
ity as its first resident on July 1, 1946 — 
retiring in 1949 with the rank of lieuten¬ 
ant commander. By then, the original 6- 
ward, 204-bed hospital with a staff of 
five medical officers, two Hospital Corps 
officers (now Medical Service Corps), 
one nurse and 50 corpsmen, had grown 
to a facility equipped to take care of 
6,000 patients, with a military and civil¬ 
ian staff of 3,000. 

Margaret Soto reported to Oak Knoll 
in August 1942 as one of the very first 
Navy nurses to join its staff. “I had four 
tours of duty in Oakland, so I can get 
confused” she said in a recent interview. 
But she does remember the burned pa¬ 
tients she had on her surgical ward off 
the aircraft carrier that was sunk at the 
Battle of Santa Cruz Island on Oct. 26- 
27, the USS Hornet (CV-8). 

‘‘The burned patients stand out in my 
memory,” she said, “because they were 
the ones who needed the most attention 
at that time. You fell so sorry for them 
and you tried to do all you could to ease 
their pain.” 

But despite the pain and suffering 

that was pervading the entire complex, 
Soto marvelled at the movingly tender 
moments; for example, “...the way the 
patients would help each other. Those 
who couldn’t feed themselves were fed 
by their shipmates; the amputees were 
wheeled by the able-bodied casualties 
— always cheerful in spite of their 
wounds, no matter how severe. It was 

F.NS Solo, who retired from Oak 
Knoll as a lieutenant commander in 1964, 
said that the military dignitaries, the 
outside community and the American 
Red Cross were especially generous in 
giving of their time. 

Particular individuals arc etched in her 
memory: Admiral Chester Nimitz; such 
entertainers as Bing Crosby, Bob Hope, 
Dinah Shore, Doris Day, Shirley Temple, 
Ertha Kitt and many others. 

“Admiral Nimitz was a doll,” Solo 
said, proudly displaying a personalized 
autographed portrait of the admiral. “He 
was so good to the sailors and patients. 
He always talked to them and would 
pass the time of day with them. I saw 
even more of him when I transferred to 
the Orthopedic Ward, where he was a 
frequent visitor.” 

A former commander-in-chief of the 
Pacific Fleet, ADM Nimitz continued 
his association with Oak Knoll until his 
death onTxb. 20, 1966, two weeks after 
his discharge from the naval hospital. 

“I also remember Mrs. Nimitz and 

the owner of the Omar Khayyam Res¬ 
taurant,” Sotocontinucd, explaining that 
Mrs. Nimitz was a Grey Lady (volunteer 
Red Cross), and Omar Khayyam a Per¬ 
sian restaurant in San Francisco whose 
owner was always giving free meals to 

There was also some very positive 
developments in the field of Navy Medi¬ 
cine, and the Amputee Center is prob¬ 
ably one of the most important in the 
annals of NAVHOSP Oakland. 

According to Dr. Lewis and Charles 
Asbelle, it all started at Naval Hospital 
Mare Island, where pioneering experi¬ 
mentation took place under the leader¬ 
ship of. then, CDR DouglasToffelmier, 
MC. officer in charge of the brace shop. 

Charles Asbelle, who was stationed 
at Marc Island Naval Hospital from 1943 
to 1950, first as a pharmacist mate, then 
as a lieutenant, retired as a Reserve 
Medical Service Corps lieutenant com¬ 
mander and came to Oak Knoll as a GM 
13 civilian in 1950 with the staff of the 
amputee facility. He was first assistant 
research director, and later on director. 

“Seven amputees from Pearl Harbor 
came to Mare Island origirally,” Asbelle 
recalled. “So, when Dr. Toffelmier 
joined the Orthopedic staff, we set up 
shop in the basement of the Administra¬ 
tion Building and, later, designed an 
artificial limb facility that eventually 
transferred to Oak Knoll under the lead¬ 
ership of CAPT Thomas Canty, MC. 

Lewis, who was interning on the Or¬ 
thopedic Ward under Dr Toffelmier, 
recalled that the latter hired a braccmakcr 
from the East Bay, Matthew Laurence 
[SIC), to make braces and suction soclu 

“We designed a facility with a pro¬ 
duction capability of 500 artificial limbs, 
and 500 braces a year.” Asbelle contia* 
ucd. “But during our first year of opera¬ 
tion, we produced 555 artificial limbs 
and over 800 braces. During WWII and 
up to the time we moved to Oak Knoll, 
we must have had about 1800 amputee 
patients.” (In an article by Registered 
Nurse Dorothy W. Errara, published iq 
J une 1957 in "Hospital Topics," San 
Leandro, Calif., the figure is cited ai 

Oak Knoll Hospital rose to greaf 
heights after its modest beginning on 
July 1, 1942. Yet, it was the teaching 
the research into fields heretofore un¬ 
known that triggered the forces thd 
turned Oak Knoll into what it is today: : 
thriving, state-of-the art medical me¬ 
tropolis. constantly reaching to the fu¬ 
ture in order to fulfill the promise of its 
early years. 

(Editor’s Note: This article was cor 
piled from information published in (1 
The Encyclopedia of Military Histon; 

(2) H.C. ' Pat ’ Daly, MSC, (Ret.), The 
USS Solace Was There (Chapter 4); and 

(3) in historical material furnished by 
the Bureau of Medicine and Surgery). 



On June 10 11944], in ceremonies befitting our country 
military band making its first appearance at such an event 
The following awards were granted: Henry Thomas 1 '***, 

Underneath this hat Ls Marie “THE BODY” MacDonald — another welcome visitor to 
the hospital during World War II. (Official U.S. Navy photo) 

William H. Brazelton, Platoon Sgt, USMC, Bronze Star * , 

Purple Heart Citation (No Medal); Bud Lyne Bybee, f ' C, .< 
MOMM2/C, USNR, Purple Heart; Leroy B. Chiles Pfc-^ (i i 
Unit Citation; Phillip Jenner McGuire, Jr., Cphm, USN* 
(Reproduced from The Oak Leaf, Vol. 3, #4, Saturt&V 

July 10,1092 

Red Rover 


Waves help wounded men to learn the techniques of weaving in occupational therapy — an important part of the hospital rehabilitation program (1944, 
official U.S. Navy photo). 

e Awards at Gendreau Circle 

^ proudly received awards for their valor. Captain Dearing officiated, with the station 

Ai r Medal an d Citation; George W. McCarthy, ARM1, Air Medal and Citation; 
•*l; James Allen Fry, AMMl/c, USN, Purple Heart; Lawrence L. Norman, Pfc, USNR, 
« Heart; Keith Lynwood Robeson, Phm 2/c, USN, Purple Heart; Harry Ralph Lessar, 
*rt; JamesT. Bass, Pfc M USMCR, Purple Heart; Roy L. Williamson, Jr., AOM3/c, USN, 

January 8, 1943 

True friendship is based on one’s appreciation of another’s 
worth, and worth is usually manifested in times of adversity 
or in critical situations. 

If this be true, it is no wonder that there is such a fine spirit 
among the patients of this hospital. They have seen each other 
where worth is really put to the test. They have seen character 
come through in a way that only they can fully understand, 
and , without putting it in words or being quite conscious of it 
even, they appreciate each other’s worth in a way that cannot 
be measured. Hence the esteem they entertain for each other 
and the interest they have in each other fellow’s comfort and 

We only wish that our civilian population were in a position 
to see what we see day after day. Their idealism and their 
charity would receive a lift that would destroy even the roots 
of selfishness. 

We hope, and not in vain, that spirit will continue to inspire 
these men through the remaining years in the service and well 
into the civilian life to follow. The world will then be a better 
place. (Reprinted from "The Oak Leaf, "Jan. 8, 1943) 

Page 8 

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July 10, 1992 

h ranees Langford was traveling with the Bob Hope troupe when she sang such songs as "You 
Made Me Love You” and "Night and Day" here in October 1944. (Official U.S. Navy photo). 

Special ceremonies marked the opening of Oak Knoll's outdoor swimming pool. Kay Kyser and his band 
raised $26,000 at a benefit dance in downtown Oakland, and the city contributed the remaining funds 
necessary for the construction. Oakland mayor, John F. Slavich, is at the microphone. (June 24, 1944; 
official U.S. Navy photo). 

The commissioning ceremony of our new swimming pool will long be remembered by those w ho attended as 
one of the finest and most amusing shows ever given on this compound. Climaxing the show, and Kay's 
graceful, breathtaking striptease was his championship belly-flop into the new pool, just to please some 
unbeliever from Missouri. 

Mr. Kyser was presented a scroll by Mayor John F. Slavich, expressing the gratitude of the citizenry of 
Oakland for making possible, through his unselfish efforts, the pool and bathhouse. Captain A. 11. Rearing, 
our commanding officer, was presented an official deed to the swimming pool, by the Mayor. 

Bob Hope was another favorite with patients 
and staff. He is shown here beaming with good . 
will. (October 1944; official U.S. Navy photo). 

January 15,1943 


Someone lost a well loved 

Some baby lost a dad- 
Some wife became a widow 
too soon, 

When she lost a sailor lad. 
Some clean-limbed boy is 

And some no longer see. 
Someone has a broken 

And someone has ceased to 

Thousands are fighting and 

Thousands are worried sick, 
Thousands are homeless and 

Thousands succumb to the 

trick. ■ 

A trick that was fostered 
and carried on. 

By those that believed in 

A trick helped by someone, 
meaning no wrong, 

But someone talked too 

Be sparing of words, 

Be clear in your thoughts, 

Be strong in your efforts 

Give all you can for your 
country’s defense. 

For your country, my 
friend, is YOU. 

July 10, 1992 

Red Rover 

Page 9 

Bing Crosby and USO troupe hold premiere at Oak Knoll 

Bing Crosby (left) cracks jokes with sidekick, Joe DeRita, to the delight of 
patients. (Official U.S. Navy photo) 

Oak Knoll welcomed Bing Crosby and his USO troupe royally 
here Saturday afternoon, August 5, with an amphitheater crammed 
with patients and personnel, the overflow literally hanging from 
the trees. In return they were given a bang-up, morale-boosting 
show under the direction of the debonair Bing. 

Highlighting the show were blonde, curvesome Darlene Gar¬ 
ner and slim, sultry Jeanie Darrell, both of whom wowed the GI’s 
with torrid ballads. In addition, Darlene danced entrancingly and 
Jeanie pulled MB 2/c Jimmie out of the audience and gave him a 
few moments and a kiss he will long remember to the tune of '‘All 
of Me.” Let it be recorded that Jimmie handled the situation in the 
best Oak Knoll tradition. 

Playing the comic to Bing’s straight man and bringing the 
house down with his bumbling innuendo was portly little Joe 
DeRita. Joe is a veteran of overseas USO units, having just 
returned from a tour of the Solomons with Randolph Scott. 

Besides furnishing the music for the show with accordion and 
guitar, Baxter and Harris joined Bing to form a vocal trio, dubbed 
by Crosby as “The Poor Man’s Merry Macs.” 

Above all there was Bing with his singing and suave patter. He 
was on the stage most of the time and the audience loved every 
minute of it. Announcing that Bob Hope had been sent overseas on 
the “Lend Louse” program, he went on to say that it was a pleasure 
to be hitting the road without Hope—any kind of road. Among the 
songs he gave out with, “San Fernando Valley” and something 
about “Swinging on a Star” particularly pleased the crowd. 

After the big show, Bing and his troupe gave an abbreviated 
version of the show in two wards before they had to pull out for 
Shoemaker [a former US Army hospital located on today’s site of 
Santa Rita Alameda County Jail]. (Reprinted from "The Oak 
Leaf," Vol. 3, #8, Saturday, Aug. 19, 1944) 

Bing Crosby (left) in conversation with Oak Knoll’s commanding officer from 1944-47, CAPT Arthur H. Dearine 
(Official U.S. Navy photo) 

Page 10 

Red Rover 

July 10,1992 

Albert B. Montgomery, 

Our First Lieutenant. 

Born: 12 Dec. 1886 at Jeffersonville, 

Educated: Public Schools 
Enlisted: HA, 9 April, 1908 

HAl/c, 9 April, 1909 
HS 13 AUgust, 1913 
Pharmacist, 24 September, 1917 
CPhM, 15 May, 1919 
Lieut. (HC) 15 June, 1942 

Ships and stations: 

USS Franklin 

Naval Hosp, Washington, D.C. 

USS Virginia 
USS Louisiana 

Training Station, Norfolk, VA. 
Recruiting Station, Chicago, 111. 
Naval Hosp, Brooklyn, N.Y. 

Naval Dispensary, Washington, 


USS Cassin 

Naval Academy, Annapolis, MD. 
Naval Hosp (Base) Unit No.4, 
Queenstown, Ireland 
USS Mobile 

Naval Operating Base, Hampton 
Roads, VA. 

Guardia Dominicana Dominican 

Nacional Republic 

Bureau of Medicine and Surgery, 

Navy Department 

Naval Hosp, Pearl Harbor, HI. 

Naval Hosp. San Diego, Calif. 

Naval Training Station, San Diego, 


Destroyers Battle Force, U.S. Fleet 
Naval Hosp. Philadelphia, PA. 
Inspection Medical Dept. Activit¬ 
ies, East Coast 

Inspection Medical Dept. Activities, 
Pacific Coast 

Married: 16 January, 1922 — Miss 
Mabel A. Dersham at Cleveland, 

Children: Madelyn - Age 19 
Robert - Age 14 

Mr. Montgomery is not only to be 
congratulated by the Officers but is to 
be respected and admired by all of the 
enlisted personnel. His record, should 
be an example of what an enlisted man 
can accomplish if he really has the 
ambition, a firmly resolved mind and 
a strong character. 

Amongst Lieut. Montgomery's 
treasures are two copies of orders sent 
him signed by our President, 
at the time he was Secretary of the 
Navy in 1918. 

"The OAK LEAF" is proud to have 
the opportunity of publishing the bi¬ 
ography of such an experienced Offi¬ 

(Editors Note: Text is reproduced ex¬ 
actly as it was published on Dec. 18, 

Present at Oak Knoll Naval Hospital on its opening day in 1942 were: First row: (from left) Mary R. Inberg, 
Fred A. Robinson, LCDR A. B. Montgomery, HC (first director for administration), Charles J. Heinemann and 
Betty H. Jones. Second row: (from left) John W. Eslinger, Arthur C. Kerby, Wm. P. Gross, Jack K. Brewer, 
Cayetano Rosario and Bernard Garcia. (July 1, 1942; official U.S. Navy photo). 

CAPT A. H. Dearing, MC, USN, Commanding Officer, and LTJG W. Carey, USNR, Special Services Officer, 
rolled the first balls when Oak Knoll’s $10,000 bowling alley, donated by the California Jockey Association, 
opened. (June 1944; official U.S. Navy photo). 

July 10,1992 

Red Rover 

Page 11 

Milkshakes and sandwiches are popular meals at the Ship’s Service 
Fountain under the management of Mrs. Nicholson. (September 1944; 
official 11.S. Navy photo). 

CAPT Paul Michael, MC, USNR, (Ret.), who attended commissioning on July 
1, 1942 and supervised arrival of first patients, came back for dedication of 
the new building. He renewed acquaintances with Claire Martini, who as an 
employee of K.E. Parker Co., “helped build Oak Knoll in 1942” and is still on 
the staff, and RADM H. A. Dearirg, MC, USN, (Ret.), a WW II commanding 
officer. Other former commanding officers attending were retired RADMs S. 
S. Cook and Thomas G. Hayes. (June 29, 1968; official U.S. Navy photo) 

California live oaks frame the building that housed the administrative offices of Oak Knoll Naval Hospital, the site of today’s General Library, Naval 
School of Health Sciences San Dieeo Detachment and the base Post Office. (Official U.S. Navv ohotol. 


Page 12 

Red Rover 

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oohtest hell oyer m 

10 m your officers 

The r**p© n*< for nnm • hn* b on | FREDERICK R. HDOI, CAPTAIN (VC) U3R. 

trewendoua end to ncr\y aMrmntc* 

•ru •njilwiua to ntcr ft nnr for 
Tour paper that we hov 1c ideal to 
hold the contest o — r for another 
vc<ik« All naau s rvuat bo In tt*> I 
Chaplain*a Offtc by 1200, Tu* edgy,; 
gov 34. It la our alnc^r J^alr 1 
to thank everyone for contributing 
art Id • ami for r ’Soondlnr a© 
quickly to tlv, Cont at 

A fwanu# Kolly--*>©J ftoanltal, 
eft n In thu n.H», hoi loat on. of 
ita N et ataff aurr.ical nura *, who 
w*e with then for nort than t n 
year*, to our Havel Hospital, Do/I 
.\rcn*t wo luckyT.... 


Oyr Cocwandlng Officer 

Berni RoaavlUt, Rnnaaa on 
March ID, 18«9 

Graduatedi University I'edlclno 
Sohool, Ranaep C,** , r« , l9lS 
entered th% Unit j *• » Kavyt 
April - 1W10 

S rvud ov re oa with tho fifth R~gl- 
».nt 0.8,1?*rin • rro* June, 1917 te 
March, l!/)ll, 

R.,cv lv .4 for rvlc* ev.f» m tho 
followiru >1 cor»tlnnai 
1. ttnvj Close 

?. +rny {Matlnfuiah 4 S.rvlco 

3. Si Ivor Stor with palm 

4. Crolk-4w-|TUjr ru - 
(two cltntloir). 

lie* a. rv 4 or. %ha fbilowlng ahipa 
and station*! 

A.-.O.L. . wolf on th. looao. 

Dispensary,• •»• •/. plao wher 

v^rythlnf fro* a brokun Arm. 
to a bnt t lu.ud la point* 4 
with f\rcurochroD and than 
cr.rkod "duty". 

1. USS Rc1lvf (two toura) 

2. tTSH Foapitoi-Brooklyn, K.Y. 

3. U8N Moapltal-Ruw York 

4. USW Hoapltd-Gront Lakes. Ill. 

5. TIER Hoipltal-Snn Di fo, Calif, 

C. USK Roapitol-Poarl >Urbor,T.H. 

(oon’t-noxt page) 

library botes 

Thursday wns novlng day for 
th • Library wbrn th-- r -st of th* 
hooka v ro moved to th£ Rccrvc- 
tlon Center. Thy Library haa 
about oix-tbouarnd hooka and haa 
subscribed to about fifty noge- 
slnes. Corpanan O'Brion and 
ftticTta ar-ytw , BpJ. 1-nb.r* , Gar¬ 
cia, Dn/ton. in- and vr.r oui 
voiunti'rs hey. N r. h«.ln'n t * th 
llbrcrla*., Mlaa Rnk-r, pr -par*, 
the hooka for circulation. Pa¬ 
tients ar*4 Pure, a ar usi'.g 
Library .in incr aaLnf Rant rt, 
and egrv that th r dy r -o rtd 
furr.ltor ic v.r, co«afort-bl. • 

Cctholic »!«*«.. 0*30 

prot. at.-.nt "orahip,... 0930 
All Honda ain t -ing.•••• 1730 
Catholic Conf aalona 

3rturdt*y 1300-1400 


Many n<-w artiol a hove b on 
add. 4 in th. Ship S rvicc O'.oart- 
■ent--Barb ranop un4 aode foun¬ 

tain arc now operating. 

Hrvo YOU taken out YOUR Mo¬ 
tional Scrvica Life Inauranco? 

TN- Chapluin*e Office hta 
all thr forj and will b. glad 
to aialvt you In filling then 
out correctly. 

5£turd-y i 

**9 J Tif»u Story* 1 
Lor tta Yovep 4 C r y firent 
Sunday t 

"Sonf of th. lalnnd* 
Bott- Arable Victor Mature 
(Shorts with nch f *1 ur ) 

After r ndinp th. n v Lrjt 
ach.tdui. Dr. Scitt infoma u» 
he, la aur- ho will not h**. cr.y 
jingl*. jangl.. Ungl in hla 

YJCT1 FT YE.’J' — ,r 0 rrrp* r • wrrv .i<» ol l*ru r • fjro* ua 
than thla tlrr nor on*, but tlao , l( a m nor. than it ' ''a 
for never'1 v^ara. An port of th. w-nc 1 lyre .a of tMi r' l ot 
nation in t m worl t, •<: H v. b pr pur 4 , to * Jt » l o^ i.inn poa- 
alblo for all th« re .cl«*3 oi tin- » orld, I * 0/ *»1 />*u h ^ , l>y our 
incrUl^’!, lai - 4 t-*» f unf. tinr jpor. h»-h *** tt .ispt to 

build in the y* r of 1 t .0, . ay AaJ fror-t t* tin j hepr , vlctorl- 
• »ua cocci union of ojr atru rl« *• for t :.h cl U r* of liui year, Tft... 
indeed, it will h- e HATTY IT" T . 

"Our CoTnnan.ilng C frioor " - ©on*t 

7, U3R Roapltal-Raahlngton-DC 

•• usr Station -Tutuila, 


9, D.8. ||arin<t Rnar, Quantloo, 


follow of th An rlcan lLdioal 
Aoaoci-itIon, /j»*rt< n Coll £»• of 
Surn-cia, Tluj a»crl<^ Acadury of 
Orthopedic Surgoona and Thy "eah- 
Inf *»n Aocd.*ry of flvi^ ry, Dlplo- 
i»at of tho ;jnjrlc«.n DoorJ of 

U»rrlod Qjat.r lltrl. Bovirkc of 
Brooklyn, W w York, lr 1921 and 
hra two ehUdron In ec .l>j;c and 
thr.»u in Orado klool. 


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Although ■evarnl patlonta hAv^ 

1 *bcon mnrrl d of ht. IN' honor of 
huing tho flrat couplv to worry 
on tho St lion Compound go*.a to T LI .! JICOCK, CV7/c t OSH, 
nnd 1.1 r .r J^J’E PITTED, both 
fro o#.i«K, Indiana, nr,rr 1.4 
in th Chop I by th. station 
CL-.; ! ‘ln, H. Flo** 1 **® on 
Goilry, October 25 ot ibSO, 
^itr.catea w»*r# Corp. Guy L. 

P',- . U^*C-of Rockvill , m hen*. 

1. r> ? i,.rsJ Boll r . 5t» lo, 

-j Cor., U3!I, a w«rd-*aat of th- 
I lucky j room. 

lXiLS- 9 T^Y 

PRIV. T* ElYjrTn IViORP, U*l!C, a 

rnal Marine who* drrlnf raount.-r C IP.T: jom * fLS of Str f -t r, 
with thL Jtp rat j M- * * pluog. 4 ***• tn ‘ W-RJORIE JfK riKSHT of Har- 

hia friendly enlrl —Hate off to T >* ,n * Harrl- J lr. th Station 
aoro Lrrma l h*r.... .C13I0H Ch * r A C ’ ‘ J r 26 tl 1 °* Wltr.^a- 

K. V. hia Che ry e*/a-l!nrt)i^ «-nnar, of Heyward, 

"hallo a . . C.t’FRRE. PKIZ/o, ° ,iJ Ll ut Cor-lr. A. 5. Uovy, 

again thia wo.r by raquost fren 1 ‘ ^ lloipltrl, C'*‘inn.?, Calif, 
appreciative pet! nta of 7-A. —- — -—— 

OSXGR D. E. STRbCR ar.4 ntSMfi 5. 
G, HrtRRIS----our Id*.a cf two real 

am J1 nura a. OLW JTOfHR /JI 

—wo llkv tl»o apirit vf /rl -ndli¬ 
ne aa hit men convoy to tho pa- 

tlv-nte.OM That about our 

am 11 Switchboard operatora?.••. 
Ycahl ntr.-'i to their contagious 
am11 j|,,,* anll. 

It la aatlaabr 1 by pacta Dl^aft 
that the orourit of llpatick oal/d 
l»-ct year by ■.r.vri. on wow.;n would 
have point d 40,000 berna bright 
rud. Phat acy? Shall m consnrve 
oaaontiol wrt.rialat 

' Pay Prr Soonlll-fiirr nOTTDS 1S111 

CAPT. Frederick R. Hook, MC, USN 

Red Cross Items 

March is designated by President Roosevelt as Red 
Cross Month. You will hear about the War Fund Campaign 
over your radios and see it on posters everywhere. It’s the 
first drive for money the Red Cross has made since war was 
declared, and here are some of the needs the Fund will 

Services to the Armed Forces which include Red Cross 
Service in Army and Navy hospitals, Camp Service and 
home service for service men and their families and for 
disabled ex-service men. Blood donor service for plasma. 
Emergency Morale and Recreation supplies Chapter pro¬ 
duction of sweaters, kit hags, and other articles service 
men’s club overseas, and service to U.S. prisoners of war. 

On the home front these are the services of the Red 
Cross: Disaster Relief and War Relief, and Health, Educa¬ 
tion and Safety Services. $125,000,000 (sic) is the goal of this 
drive and it will take all of that to get this work done! 

New talent arrived on the last convoy, we’ve heard. Sign 
up for the all Sailor and Marine show getting under way. 
See Miss Peterson or Mrs. Jones of the Red Cross Staff. 

July 10,1992 

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it/ATIE....,40 or 50 Vk>yi, p- raon- 
n.>l or p tl nti, t© fttt od tlv. 
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day rlgM. flD CH-.n623. TH. Boll- 
creak* r* Union ia •„roJln# out a 
lnrgu bua to trrnrport rvn to nd 
Cron th~ fight a. B- or. h if. 
fro*t of thti JUhilJftartrc.tion title.* 
by 1930, If you do cot her: r gu- 
lor I IN rty p* rhrp* erranf, •*.nta 

mry bw and. for you to go..,... 

Thia hold* good rain or at.-ln..• 


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Kw Id In the ISnorirl 8t*-4it0», 9».t- 

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S'nt• Clara—0. af Srm frnneltoo, Sunday t Kcior fie<>uurs 
a ay b abtnlr, 4 at tk Ch/pl^ln** 


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SMpa S- rvic l>.pr.rtr .nt. It will 
soon b ftvt. llr-b) to pr.t|jjnti and 
pwraone 11 • 

Ifo her. notic- 4 considcriM> 
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Librarian la the atorarooat?...... 

let her out tend Wtyl .IThct 

p. rt yo’j«X|r orriir yv) hov t habit 
of miring horw '.!&-« f.rrtt 

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cosfLb laol-tlon. I' -f. » 4*. 
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•hem-^owr. if they don’t quit abus¬ 
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contrlbu*"- *• br rer.h ir.^tvfunl In *aor >*. 1 (r£ 

or. airat loo, Tho ».c*.1cv»a nt of the :->s V > p t 

avniing 0f e lc»r i*» *‘nl- ttir total of the? 

effort' of 1 ll entire ataff. 

TO all O^fte.r , Tutt-C rp* 

Civilian sclaywe* an* pat atz I lealrw to axnreaa 
cy atirr^oi't »-sn - j , r lo;*vlty ’•nd coop'rvt'on 
vLan you ail a l e. r/ IL.'latsa: oq a Haa/ 'low Tear. 

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Vol. 4 No. 11 

Naval Hospital Oakland, California 

July 31, 1992 

Oak Knoll celebrates golden anniversary 

By A. Marechal-Workman 

The California sun beamed on a 
radiant crowd as, on July 24,1992, 
NAVHOSP Oakland celebrated its 
golden anniversary with pomp and 

With the Sixth United States 
Array Band providing appropriate 
martial music and Marine Corps 
Security Force Company, NAS 
Alameda, posting the colors, an 
imp ressive ceremony followed. 

After welcoming remarks by 
NAVHOS POakland commanding 
officer. RADM William A. 
Buckendorf. MC, USN, CAPT 
Noel A. Hyde, the hospital's ex¬ 
ecutive officer, introduced the two 
guest speakers and acknowledged 
distinguished and honored guests. 
RADM RobertToney, USN (Ret.), 
president of the Oakland Chamber 
of Commerce, and Kenneth Warr, 

Carol Jones 

is civilian of the quarter 

Civilian of the Quarter Carol 
James may have 
'spent most of her 
growing m 

Germany as a 
military daughter 
and U. S. Army 
wife, but it is Na¬ 
val Hospital Oakland’s 
Orthopaedic Department that 
captured her attention since she 
came to work in May 1988. 

And while she talks enthusi¬ 
astically about her assignment 
in the Heidelberg/Mannheim 
area of what was called West 
Germany, she said that her four 
years at the naval hospital have 
been an ever-changing chal¬ 

“It is almost impossible to de¬ 
scribe a ‘typical day’ in 
orthopaedics," she said, “be¬ 
cause, since coming to the de¬ 
partment four years ago, every 
day is a new challenge, a new 
crisis to get through or new prob¬ 
lems to solve. I can honestly say 
that I have never worked in a 
busier office, or seen so much 

According to her supervisor, 
CAPT A. H. Alexander, MC, 
USN, chairman of the Depart¬ 
ment of Orthopaedic Surgery, 
James is “simply the most out¬ 
standing secretary, bar none. En¬ 
thusiastic, dedicated and meticu¬ 
lous, she labors to keep the de¬ 
partment functioning smoothly 
no matter what the current ‘cri¬ 
sis..sometimes [taking] her 
work home with her,” doing 
some of her correspondence “in 
peace and quiet” on a home com¬ 
puter she purchased for the pur¬ 

James came to Naval Hospi- 
'*• Oakland from Letterman 
Army Medical Center, where she 
Was working for the chairman 

the Radialogy Department, 
^he worked in several other U S. 
Army hospitals and at Naval Air 
htalion Moffett Field Branch 
Clioic before that after leaving 
^f5®any, where her husband, 
t-MC William D. James, had 

^988* l#, ' one( * before retiring in 

Bravo Zulu to Carol James 
tor a job well done. 

national service officer supervisor. 
Northern California Disabled 
American Veterans, were the guest 
speakers; honored guests were 
former Oak Knoll military and ci¬ 
vilian staff members who served 
during the early years of the hospi¬ 
tal commissioning on July 1, 1942. 

After giving an eloquent histori¬ 
cal overview of the hospital’s 50 
years of dedicated war and peace¬ 
time service, including the recent 
difficulties of Operation Desert 
Shield/Storm, RADM Buckendorf 
concluded; “We’re now back steam¬ 
ing and I would say that we’re steam¬ 
ing with all boilers on line. The fact 
of the matter is, this hospital gets 
better and better with age.” 

Kenneth Warr reminded the au¬ 
dience of the many years of quality 
service NAVHOSP Oakland gave, 
and continue to give to American 
veterans of three wars. ‘The tradi¬ 

tion of this hos¬ 
pital as a part of 
the community 
is well known,” 
he said. “It is a 
tradition that 
other facilities 
work toward.” 

Toney’s re¬ 
marks focused 
on the 

command’s in¬ 
volvement with 
both the Bay 
Area military 
and civilian 
"We all know 

RADM Buckendorf (second from right) cuts the birthday cake with RADM Lonergan 
(right), CAPT Strom (left) and WWII Nurse Soto. RADM Lonergan and CAPT Strom 
that Naval Hosp- are former Oak Knoll commanding officers. (Official U.S. Navy photo by HM2 James 
ital Oakland is the Sandridge) 

he said. “It takes care of our people 
— the most important element of 
our defense equation. And it is my 

centerpiece of a powerful and effi¬ 
cient system that exists on the 
East side of San Francisco Bay," 

belief that this system has no peers. 
See Anniversary, pp.4,5 

Tobacco and Health 

What are the risks of tobacco? 

By CAPT David B. Moyer, MC 

Is the 

hazards of tobacco, they greatly 
underestimate the real dangers of 
smoking, as compared with other 
health risks. The specifics of the 
risk involved with the habit need to 
be better known. To put the prob- 

about the 

true health 

Table I 

hazards of 

The most important things to do to protect one’s 



A recent 

< ■^3 » ^i»H arris 

Health professionals’ rankings 

Poll survey (Table I) illustrates 


that the answer, unfortunately. 

1 . 

Do not smoke 

is yes. When asked the ten 


Wear seat belts 

most important things to do to 


Never drive after drinking 

protect one’s health, health pro¬ 

fessionals ranked not smoking. 

General public’s rankings 

wearing seat belt and not driv¬ 

ing after drinking at the top of 

1 . 

Never drive after drinking 

the list. When the general pub¬ 


Breathe air of acceptable quality 

lic was asked the same ques¬ 


Drink water of acceptable quality 

tion, the results were much dif¬ 


Have smoke detector in home 

ferent. That there is awareness 


Maintain recommended weight 

of the dangers of driving after 


Keep track of blood pressure 

drinking is well known, and this 


Control stress 

was put at the top of the general 


Take adequate vitamins and minerals 

public’s rankings. However, 


Exercise regularly 

wearing seat belts doesn’t ap¬ 


Do not smoke 

pear anywhere on the list, and 

however, has about a 40 percent 
chance of dying before age 65, or 
almost triple the risk of early and 
premature death. Tobacco is re¬ 
sponsible for almost one out of 
every five deaths in the United 
States, or about 
half a million a 
year. There are 
more deaths from 
smoking every 
two months than 
there were from 
AIDS in the en¬ 
tire decade of the 

An individual 
smoker has about 
a 40 percent risk 
of eventually dy¬ 
ing from the habit 
and, on the aver¬ 
age. this risk 
group will lose 21 
years of life. An 
all-typical ex¬ 
ample is Bartlett 
Giametti, the 
former Yale 
president and 
baseball commis- 

not smoking is way down in the 
number ten spot as a priority. 

Although most Americans 
are aware of the potential health 

lem in perspective, a young adult sioner, who dropped dead last year 
who chooses not to smoke has about at 51. 

a 15 percent chance of dying be- The magnitude of the risk is 
fore age 65. A young adult smoker, such that for every American who 

dies from crack or cocaine, more 
than 100 die from tobacco-induced 
disease, even though drug abuse 
receives as much or more attention 
as a public health problem. The 
number of deaths caused by to¬ 
bacco in the next decade in the 
United States will actually exceed 
the combined populations of the 
cities of San Francisco, Oakland, 
Washington, D.C., Boston, Den¬ 
ver, Minneapolis, Seattle, Miami 
and Atlanta. 

But there is good news as well. 
More than 40 million Americans 
are succesful long-term quitters, 
and most of the health risks associ¬ 
ated with tobacco are reversible. 
For example, a fifty-year-old life¬ 
long smoker who quits doubles his/ 
her chances of living until 65, and 
even a 65-year-old smoker who 
quits can expect an increase of life 
expectancy of several years. 

Therefore, it is never too late to 
quit, and smoking cessation courses 
are available at the hospital and 
branch medical clinics for all medi¬ 
cal beneficiaries who need or wish 

(Editor’s Note: CAPTMoyer is head, 
Allergy Clinic and subject matter 
expert to the surgeon general for 
tobacco and related issues) 

NAVCARE Clinic is alive and well 

By Carol Rees, RN 

Erroneous rumors that 
NA VC ARE Clinic is closing, or 
has already closed, have been 
flying throughout the military 
community. The following ar¬ 
ticle about accessibility of care 
to retirees by Carol Reese, RN, 
NA VCAREpatient contact rep¬ 
resentative, should quell such 
rumors and reassure beneficia¬ 

ries that the clinic is alive and 
well — just as ready to provide 
health care for them seven days 
a week, 365 days a year, as it 
was four years ago when it 
opened July 18, 1988. 

More and more retirees and 
their dependents are heading for 
NAVCARE. Many are still out 
there in the catchment area, 
wondering what is 

NAVACARE. It is a primary 
care clinic located at 8450 Edes 
Ave. in Oakland. It provides 
treatment for infectious dis¬ 
eases, such as colds and flu, as 
well as chronic problems, such 
as hypertension, diabetes and 
arthritis. Annual physicals, pap 
smears, mammograms, choles¬ 
terol testing and yearly flu shots 
are all offered free of charge to 
all eligible retirees. Below are 

answers to questions most often 
asked by prospective patients. 

See NAVCARE, page 8 

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July 31,1992 

From the executive officer 

CAPT Noel A. Hyde 

"The task of leadership is not to 
pul greatness into humanity, but to 
elicit it, for the greatness is alteady 

John Buchan, 1875-1940 

John Buchan may have had a 
vision of future leadership goals, 
revolving around Total Quality 
Leadership (TQL) principles, when 
he shared his views of leadcship 
with us. With the current 
downsizing trend in the Navy, use 
of TQL methods will help us work 
smarter, not harder, in a period of 
limited resources. 

Some of the common attributes 
found in TQL-focused operations 
included: the customer defining 
quality, using the team approach, 
education and training being seen 
as vital, continually improving pro¬ 
cesses, managers listening to their 
people and emphasizing doing the 
job right the first time. According 
to TQL advocates, one of the most 
important questions a manager can 
ask is, “What, today, is impossible 
to do in my operation but, if 
adopted, would fundamentally 
change it for the better?” I believe 
each of us should ask ourselves 

this question as it applies to our 
own duties and areas of responsi¬ 
bility. Our responses can serve as a 
basis for goal-setting and planning 
for our future. 

Surgeon General of the Navy 
VADM Donald F. Hagen, MC, 
USN, testifying before a subcom¬ 
mittee of the House Armed Ser¬ 
vices Committee on Apr. 7, reaf¬ 
firmed his support and commit¬ 
ment to the Navy Medical Depart¬ 
ment Strategic Plan, of which Stra¬ 
tegic Goal Number One states: 
‘The Navy Medical Department 
will embrace and implement a to¬ 
tal quality leadership.” VADM 
Hagen stated during his closing 

remarks, “There are no simple so¬ 
lutions to the complex array of 
challenges we face. We in Navy 
Medicine will spend our energy 
seeking improvements in all we do 
on a continuing basis. Small im¬ 
provements build on one another 
to cause significant change in the 
way we do business. We are insti¬ 
tutionalizing this process in Navy 
Medicine through Total Quality 

With this in mind, and putting 
TQLprinciples to work inourdaily 
routine, let us look for small im¬ 
provements that we can use as step¬ 
ping stones to a better way of doing 

Active duty - beware, medical care can cost you! 

By ENS. J.A. Olson, MSC, USNR 
Head, Patient Administration 

The Naval Office of Medical/Den¬ 
tal Affairs in Great Lakes has de¬ 
vised a set of guidelines to expedite 
payment for the emergency treat¬ 
ment of active-duty personnel in ci¬ 
vilian medical facilities. 

Upon onset of illness or injury 
requiring emergent civilian care, an 
active-duty patient should proceed 
to the nearest emergency room and 
provide their current home address 
or active-duty station. Active-duty 
personnel in civilian ambulances 
should request transport to the clos¬ 

est military medical treatment facil¬ 
ity if medically appropriate. 

Within three to four weeks, an 
itemized billing statement (UB82) 
will be mailed for payment If you 
have not received a bill in that time 
frame, contact the treating facility or 
ambulance service and request a 
copy immediately! 

Once the billing statement has been 
received, take it to your nearest medi¬ 
cal department representative for 
completion of a Nonnaval Healthcare 
Claim Form (NAVMED 6320/10). 
The medical department representa¬ 
tive will review each claim and cer¬ 
tify emergency by signature in block 

24. The patient should forward the 
bill and NAVMED 6320/10 to Of¬ 
fice of Medical/Dental Affairs, Great 
Lakes, Ill. As long as care was for an 
emergency, payment will be ren¬ 

Permanent change of station 
moves and release from active duty 
do not release you from having to 
submit a claim. If you are the type 
that lets things slide, your credit re¬ 
port will eventually reflect your mis¬ 
take! For further information, con¬ 
tact Patient Services, Naval Hospital 
Oakland, 510-633-6035 or 6351. 

Listening Box 

Q: I don’t think 

enlisted personnel should 
wear white coats because it 
is harder to distinguish them 
from doctors. 

A: The issue of 

white coats being worn by 

the staff, both officer and en¬ 
listed, at NAVHOSP Oakland 
is for their protection from 
infectious material, stains, 
etc... The doctor’s coats are 
stenciled with their respec¬ 
tive names for identification. 
All enlisted personnel must 

have their rate and caduceus 
on their collar for specific 
name tags. These coats are to 
be worn over the individual’s 
uniform shirt, not in place of 
it. Thank you for your time 
and interest. 

S/RADM William A. Buckendorf 

Naval Hospital Oakland 
June Awards 

Length of Service Award 10 yrs. Gail Engler 

Michon Johnson 

20 yrs. ErlindaB. Guzman 

30 yrs. Adriano J. Tecson 

40 yrs. Arthur A. Coppin 

Sailor of the Month for May 

HM1 Sarmicnto Sisson 

Good Conduct Award (First) 

HM3 Martin Aguilar 

HM3 Michael Alan Harris 

HM3 Marc Elwood Mooney 
HM2 Alma Cruz 

Good Conduct Award (Second) 

HM2 Lawrence James Faucette 
MM2 Eulo Domingo Parades 

Good Conduct Award (Third) 

MMC Clarence DeForest Arnold 

Navy Achievement MedaJ 

HM3 Vic Mandella 

HM2 Martin Robbins 

LTJG Cynthia Manning 

LT David A. Tam 

LT William B. Tancer 

Army Achievement Medal 

HN Troy S. Williams 

HM3 Colleen E. Brown 

HM3 Trent D. Edwards 

HM2 Sydney A. Bam well 

Navy Achievement Medal 

MSI Donald Wafford 

Navy Commendation Medal 

LT Francis E. Walsh 

Army Commendation Medal 

HM2 Kevin Robarge 

Navy Commendation Medal 

LCDR Robert Englehart 

Meritorious Service Medal 

CAPT Michael J. Little 

June Sailor of the Month 

HM2 Angelo A Boholst, who was 
named June Sailor of the Month, is 
leading petty officer in the Health Pro¬ 
motion Department. He was selected by 
a board made up of five senior enlisted 
chief petty officers for his “sustained 
superior performance in taking respon¬ 
sibility for preparing the logistics of 
implementing the commanding off icq-’ s 
reorganizational plan,” among other 

A native of Cebu in the Philippine 
Islands, HM2 Boholst was nominated 
by LCDR R. J. Burton, head of the 
Wellness Department, for his diligence 
and “masterful control of the different 
aspects of the [Wellness Department’s] 

operation.” HM2 Boholst said he 
“fully advocates the principles of 
Total Quality Leadership.” 

Bravo Zulu HM2 Boholst for a 
job well done! 

Naval Hospital 

a new improved 
Patient Appointment 

X. X 


Call (510) 633-6000 

to schedule and cancel 
all clinic appointments, 
Monday through Friday, 
from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. 

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Responsibility for Red Rover contents rest primarily with the Public Affairs Office, Naval Hospital Oakland. 8750 
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Commanding Officer 

Rear Admiral William A. Buckendorf 

Executive Officer 

Captain Noel A. Hyde 

Public Affairs Officer, Acting 

JOl Kay Lorentz 


Andree Marechal-Workman 

Public Affairs Assistants 

J02 Stephen Brown 

JOSN Kyna S. McKImson 

Editorial Assistant 

La Re II Lee 

July 31» 1992 

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Unit moves into 

21st Century 

By JOSN Kyna S. McKimson 

Recently, the Hemodialysis Unit received the new 
Fresenius 2008 E Dialysis Delivery System, a new type of 
hemodialysis machine which will not only move them into 
21st Century technology, but will also allow them to better 
support their mission. The unit is a part of the Nephrology 

CDR Mark S. Duke, MC, USN, who is head of the 
Nephrology Department, said that his department deals 
“mainly with diseases related to the kidneys and the conse¬ 
quences that develop from those diseases.” He added that 
the treatment for these diseases is achieved through dialysis, 
or what is also known as renal replacement therapy. 

Currently there are four of the new machines in the 
department, with the promise of two additional machines in 
late August. “The new machines were purchased because 
our census of patients had been increasing since the begin¬ 
ning of the year,” said LT Edward S. Bates, NC, USN. the 
division officer for the Hemodialysis Unit. He added that 
with the new machines, the unit will be able to give better 
treatment to patients and also provide more patients with 

On*the-job training technician, HA Pate Hudson, checks 
patient Sanford Stephens' chart Directly behind HA 
Hudson is the new Fresenius 2008 E Dialysis Delivery 
System. (U.S. Navy photo by JOSN Kyna S. McKimson) 

diatyss ireaimcnl. 

“With the old machines, a normal dialysis treatment 

would take up to four hours," Bates said. "With the new 
machines we are able to provide the same service in less than 
three hours. We are now going to be more cost- effective and 
time efficient.” 

According to Bates, a hemodialysis treatment consists of 
the removal of certain elements from the blood from a 
patient’s body using a diffusion process which is formulated 
between the patient’s blood and a dialysate bath, then 
returning the blood back into the patient’s bloodstream. The 
dialysate bath is made up of an electrolyte solution approxi¬ 
mately the concentration of normal plasma. 

“We treat patients whose kidneys have stopped working 
for the most part,” Bates added. “Most of our patients are 
in what is known as end-stage renal disease which includes 
renal failure, acute and chronic. He also said that along with 
their current patient load, they treat patients who become 
acutely ill based on either a type of trauma or, for example, 
a drug overdose. He said patients are referred to his 
department from Urology, Cardiology and other Internal 
Medicine Departments. 

According to Bates, the unit treats approximately eight to 
10 chronic patients and an average of six to 10 acute cases 
a month. He said that a case is considered acute when a 
patient on the ward needs acute or immediate dialysis, and 
that many more patients are treated now than in the late 70’s 
to early 80’. 

‘The first dialysis case seen at NAVHOSP Oakland was 
in 1952,” Bates said, explaining that hemodialysis was 
relatively new at the time, and that the hospital purchased 
new equipment as the technology slowly improved. 

HM2 Seleaina Thomas, leading petty officer for the unit, 
has been a hemodialysis apheresis technician (HAT) for five 
years. “A hospital corpsman here gets specialized training 
for the Navy Enlisted Code (NEC) 8434, HAT," she said, 
explaining that the training lasts seven months. “After they 
get their NEC, they come here and get a six-week orienta¬ 
tion into the unit.” She added that their job includes: 
performing administration of hemodialysis, extensive di¬ 
rect patient care, hemopheresis treatment, maintaining the 
cleanliness of the unit, performing preventive maintenance 
of the machines and patient education. 

When dealing with patients, Thomas feels that there are 
two sides to dealing with a person with a disease that may be 
terminal. “1 know that I have to be professional because 
each patient deserves the quality care that they came to 

LT Joell Holmes explains the hemodialysis treat¬ 
ment to patient Arsenio Casiano. Behind them is 
the old hemodialysis treatment machine. (U.S. Navy 
photo by JOSN Kyna S. McKimson) 

receive, but because of the human side and the time we 
spend with each patient, there is a very special emotional 
bonding [between patient and staff]." She added that each 
patient comes in for up to four hours, two or three times a 
week —every month, every year. “I have been here for five 
years: some patients have been here since I first came into 
the unit, but some have either become disengaged from the 
unit or they have passed on. 

The Hemodialysis Unit is currently staffed with two 
Medical Corps officers, LCDR Stephen D. Fox, a staff 
nephrologist and CDR Mark S. Duke, head of the Nephrology 
Department. Also on the staff is LT Edward S. Bates, NC, 
division officer for the unit; four HAT’s: HM2 Thomas, 
HM2 Michael Harris. HM3 Chris Puchino and an on-the- 
job-training technician, HA Pate Hudson. They also have 
five crossed-trained Nurse Corps officers who are part of 
the Intensive Care Unit: LT Timothy Bleau, LT Collette 
Armbruster, LT Christopher Costigen, LT Joell Holmes, 
and LT Pamela Burns. 

In conclusion, CDR Duke gave his most sincere thanks to 
all of the staff of the Hemodialysis Unit involved in getting 
the new machines. He singled out CAPT John Little, MC, 
USN, Director of Medical Services for his help, as well as 
LT Bates and HM2 Thomas, “who worked diligently to not 
only get the highest quality equipment, but also get the 
machines in a short amount of time.” 

RADM Buckendorf welcomes orthopaedic surgery research residents 

By CAPT A H Alexander, MC, USN 

On July 24, RADM William Buckendorf welcomed 
those who attended the Six Annual Orthopaedic Sur¬ 
gery Department Resident Research Day, at which 
David S. Bradford, MD, was the sixth visiting profes¬ 
sor. Dr Bradford is professor and chair at the Univer¬ 
sity of California San Francisco. 

RADM Buckendorf said it was fitting to have this 
kind of activity take place on Naval Hospital Oakland’s 
50th birthday. He also noted that the hospital’s 
Orthopaedic Department should be proud to have set 
the standard of excellence in residency training pro¬ 
grams in the military and for research. 

At the conclusion of the program, and after hearing 
thirteen outstanding presentations by the naval hospi¬ 
tal orthopaedic residents. Dr. Bradford awarded the 
Outstanding Resident Research Presentation to LCDR 
E. Bruce Bynum, MC, USNR, for his paper entitled. 
“Accelerated Rehabilitation After Anterior Cruciate 

Ligament Reconstruction - A Randomized Study Com¬ 
paring Open/Closed Kinetic Chain Exercises.” 

Dr. Bradford noted that the selection was a most 
difficult decision because several outstanding papers 
were so close in quality. Past winners of this competi¬ 
tion are Medical Corps officers LCDR James D. 
Bruckner, LCDR Steven L. Buckley, LCDR James M. 
Timoney, LCDR Elias E. Khalfayan and LCDR Charles 
J. Kase. LCDR Bruckner is currently on the 
department’s staff. 

Past outstanding residents papers have gone on to be 
published in noted medical journals, and in combina¬ 
tion, four of them have gone on to win eight additional 
awards for research excellence. 

At the conclusion of the program, CAPT A. H. 
Alexander, chairperson of the Department of 
Orthopaedic Surgery recognized all the residents for 
an outstanding effort and thanked his staff — Medical 
Corps officers CDR C. E. Alexander, LCDRs James D. 
Bruckner, Randall W. Culp, Albert T. Gilpin, A. M. 
Jones and Peter F. Sharkey and LT Karen E. Bartku — 

for assisting the residents as co-authors and faculty 
advisors in their research. 

Visiting Professor Dr. David Bradford (left), presents the 
award to LCDR Bynum (center), as CAPT A. H. Alexander 
looks on. (Official U.S. Navy photo by NAVHOSP Oak¬ 
land Photo Lab) 

Sexual harassment training package 

WASHINGTON (NES)...A sexual harassment train¬ 
ing package, including a video tape made by Chief of 
Naval Operations ADM Frank B. Kelso II, was sent to 
every command in the Navy in mid-June, 1992. Its 
purpose is to ensure that Navy people know how to 
recognize sexual harassment, prevent it at their com¬ 
mands. report it properly when it does occur and 
conduct themselves appropriately at all times. 

The training will be mandatory for all personnel, and 
must be completed by Jan. 1, 1993. It will also be a 
CNO special interest item on command inspections. 

This is an all-hands effort, but leadership from the 
top i» paramount,"Kelso said in a memo accompany- 
*ng the package. “Your people must be able to see your 
clear commitment io and support of our zero-tolerance 
policy of sexual harassment. The time for mixed sig¬ 
nals is past.” 

The package provides a standardized source of train¬ 

ing applicable to Navy personnel at every level of the 
chain of command. Designed to provide command 
trainers with everything they ne?d to accomplish the 
training, the package includes: 

* A 28-page lesson topic guide designed 

to teach students to: 

-understand individual rights and responsibilities 
and Navy leaders’ responsibilities with regard to sexual 

-discuss the detrimental effects of sexual harass¬ 

-identify characteristics of commands successful in 
preventing sexual harassment and 

-identify sexual harassment and determine appropri¬ 
ate actions in case studies. 

Originals for 40 transparencies to sup¬ 
port the lesson plan. Command trainers need only copy 
them to transparency film. 

Sixteen case studies, based on actual 
incidents in the Navy, dealing with various situations 
related to sexual harassment. Instructors are to select 
the four or five which are most applicable to their 
students for use with the lesson. Questions are pro¬ 
vided to help facilitators lead discussions of each case 
study, and discussion points are provided to ensure the 
most important points are covered. 

Sample notes for command plan of the 
day/week to publicize facts about sexual harassment, 
methods to deal with discrimination in any form and 
messages designed to help prevent sexual harassment. 

A bibliography which lists source in¬ 
structions, correspondence and messages. 

A list of other resources, including 
current sexual harassment training, available movies/ 
tapes and posters to publicize grievance procedures. 

(Photos by HM2 James Sandridge and A. Marechal- Workman) 

RADM Robert Toney poses for the camera with Margaret Miller 
of Oak Knoll's Microbology Laboratory 

The United States Sixth Army Band entertains the crowd 

Mrs. Robert Rishell (left) and her daughter, Lynn (center), speak with LT 
Kathy Bay of Oak Knoll's Primary Care Clinic during the reception. 


golden annivi 

RADM Walter Lonergan stands as 
the XO recognizes him as an honored 
guest, as former Oak Knoll physician, 
Claude Wall, looks on. 

no rival anywhere ” 

The admiral, who < . 
mander, COMNAVBai 
F rancisco from January! 

Janu ary 1989 and is amtfc a 
dent of the Oakland Chti ,!! 
Commerce, said that the lx : 
ixnponain \o Vbc 
the community. “It IthchKi, j 
in fact, Alameda County ? 
employer, supporting to* 
44.000 local jobs.” he sad 
become an intrical partofi 
Area community, provide, 
tance during the timeofne: 
cue operation during the 1 
crisis and medical too** 
military and civilian auific* 
matters pertaining topublx' 

But it's in the area of > 
crisis that the hospital s? 
shines. RADM Toney etcf' 
singling out the 1989 Lojej 
earthquake and the 1991*1 
firestorm as its most ^ 
community contribution 

“Obviously, Naval Ho? 3 

land does not sit backoote 
and reap the rewards of >** 
years of service.” be ^ 

Former Oak Knoll WWII staff members (first row) stand up as *** 

officer is piped in. 

‘Instead, ladies and gentlemen, it 
continues to move ahead. It contin¬ 
ues to provide high quality care. It 
continues to serve more than 
165,000 active-duty and retired per¬ 
sonnel and their families. 

"\.\ omvmsct vo \Vs VjwV'wV- 

edge, its experience, its assistance 
and its job opportunities back to the 
community that has supported it 
throughout all these years.” 

Before adjourning to a delicious 
buffet centered around a magnifi¬ 
cent cake prepared by the hospital's 
Food Service Department, RADM 
Buckendorf announced the award 

to NA VHOSP Oakland by the sec¬ 
retary of the Navy of a Meritorious 
Unit Commendation for the period 
Oct. 17.1989 to July 1, 1991. 

. * Notable among the honored 
; guests were RADM Walter 
Lonergan, MC, USN (ReL) who, 
>fter serving as a pharmacist mate 
4 recond class from 1943-45, returned 

to Oak Knoll on July 27, 1977 as its 
commanding officer. Others in¬ 
cluded two former Navy nurses: 

5 Margaret Soto, who reported aboard 
in August 1942, and Rachel Todd 

Continued from page 1 

who joined the WWII nursing staff 
in November 1944. Also present 
were three former Navy physicians: 
Drs. Gale Clark, Emmanuel Rollins 
and Claude Wall. 

The ranks of former civilians 
were headed by Lenny Leal, who 
has been providing newspapers to 
the hospital since 1942, followed 
by Elizabeth Tom Tsai, who served 
in Patient Discharge and the Judge 
Advocate Office from 1942 to 1965, 
and Claire Martini Cepollina. An 
employee of the construction firm 
who built the original hospital, 
Cepollina remained on the hospital 
staff after the buildings were com¬ 

Three generations of the Mayor 
Rishell family added their presence 
to the festivities — his daugthter- 
in- law, Dorothy Rishell, his grand¬ 
daughter Lynn and his two great 
grandsons. Mayor Clifford Rishell 
was a lifelong friend of Oak Knoll 
through his association with Admi¬ 
ral Chester Nimitz, and his family 
remained faithful to the hospital 
through the Korean and Vietnam 
war, visiting and entertaining casu¬ 

Executive OfTIcerCAPT Noel Hyde (right) points to an 
Interesting Item brought to his attention by former Oak 
Knoll staff members. 

Earline Oliver, of the hospital's Administrative Support Office, 
sings the National Anthem. 

Twenty-five of the 50 states flags on display during the ceremony are held by 
enlisted flag bearers. The other 25 flags are located on the other side of the 

Marine Corps Security Force Company, NAS Alameda, parade the colors 
front of the podium. 


Page 6 

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July 31,1992 

NAVHOSP Oakland Up Close: Otorhinolaryngology (ENT) Department 

Nanette M. Anderson 

What Is your Job? I am the excutive secretary to the 
chairman of the department, CDR Richard Kang, MC and 
provide support for the ENT residency training program. 1 
also supervise the clerical staff in the department. 

Marital status: Single. 

Children and ages: Monique Marie Compton, 15. 
Hometown: Berkeley, Calif. 

Hobbies: Fishing, swimming, reading and listening to mu¬ 

Likes: Shopping for clothes with my daughter and going to 
Chinese restaurants. 

Dislikes: Loud rap music. 

What is the most challenging part of your job? To always 
have a positive attitude, to interact with everyone whom I 

What is your immediate goal? My daughter has talents in 
dancing, modeling, singing and acting. My goal is to find a 
program such as the television series “Fame” to enhance and 
develop her abilities. 

What is your long-term goal? To return to school to obtain 
a bachelor's degree in Business Administration. 

If I could do it all over again, Pd: Have obtained my 
bachelor’s degree and completed it in my early 20’s. 

I wish I could stop: The homelessness, jobless, starvation 
and racial discrimination in America. 

I respect myself for: Continuously challenging myself and 
never giving up no matter what. 

Role models/heroes: My mother, Elsie Campbell, the most 
dedicated, caring compassionate and loving person I know, 
and she’s my mom. 

Special comments: Member of The Soka Gakkai Interna¬ 
tional (SGI), Nichiren Shoshu Buddhist, World Peace Orga¬ 
nization, Vice District Leader for eight years. Member of 
the Federal Managers Association (FMA), Naval Hospital 

HM3 Robert D. Lane 

What is your job? My duties include all surgical and 
clinical aspects of Ear, Nose and Throat medicine. 
Marital status: Single. 

Hometown: Redding, Calif. 

Hobbies: Hunting, shooting, skiing, cars and fishing. 
Likes: Blondes, brunettes, Chevrolet Winchester, 

Dislikes: People with consistent bad attitudes. 

What is the most challenging part of your job? 
Keeping a good attitude when I’m scrubbed in, in the 
Operating Room at 7 00 pm. 

What is your immediate goal? To make E-5. 

What is your long-term goal? To become a P.A. and 
have $100,000 in my savings account. 

If I could do it all over again, I’d: Have stayed in 

I respect myself for: My accomplished goals, self- 
improvement and ability to learn from my mistakes. 

I wish I could stop: Hypocrite hard-line environmen¬ 
talists and anti-firearm groups. 

Role models/heroes: Jesus Christ and my mother and 

HM2 Paul L. Bederio 

What is your job? Supervise ENT Gink, assure timely process¬ 
ing of consultation requests, prepare appointment schedufcj, 
utilize my patient contact representative skills to their fullest 
Marita) status: Recently married. 

Spouse: Linda Sisson-Bederio. 

Hometown: Long Beach, Calif. 

Hobbies: Eating out, tennis, volleyball, bowling and book 

Likes: A well stoked refrigerator, money in the bank and fun in 
the sun on the beach of Waikiki, Hawaii. 

Dislikes: Unappreciative and rude usersofNAVHOSPOakJand's 
ENT services who make outlandish demands of the staff. I also 
dislike bad sashimi and waiting in line at the supermarket 
What is the most challenging part of your job? Being a 
compassionate, patient and diplomatic patient contact represen¬ 
tative when confronted by demanding and angry ENT patients. 
What is your immediate goal? Complete course prerequisites 
for P.A. program, prepare for a new baby Bederio. 

What is your long-term goal? Apply and successfully conplete 
P.A J Primary Care Associate Program at Stanford Medical 

If 1 could do it afl over again. I’d: Do the same dam thing. 

I respect myself for: Signing up for theG.L Bill when I enlisted 
I wish I could stop: R ac ism and injustice to people of color. I also 
wish I could go to college full time, buy a bouse and fallow J 
mutual fund investments growth. 

RolemodtJsrtieroes: Hobbesof Calvin AHobbes, Sean Connery 
and Dick Sutphen. 

Special comments: I am proud that the ENT Clinic has main¬ 
tained very quick response dm; to appointment and consultation 
requests, often getting patients into the clinic the next day. 




From the Chaplain 

By Chaplain Anne Krekelberg 

“TQL” — the buzzword for 
the 90’s. Everyone’s got a“QA 
Plan” and belongs to a “PAT 
Team." There’s “service moni¬ 
tors” “evaluators,” “action 
threshold levels," “aspects” 
above all, the “QLC” (Quality 
Leadership Control). And 
there’s quality, quality, qual¬ 
ity! It’s learning a new language 
and a new culture. 

In the midst of all this, de¬ 
partments have had to identify 
and define terms like “custom¬ 
ers” and “products.” In a hospi¬ 
tal, it's not hard to figure out 
that patients, for example, are 
one customer. This is true for 
Pastoral Care Services as well. 

But it’s not so easy defining 
what the “product" of the com- 

What do 

mand Religious Program is, 
simply because for the most 
part, what chaplains “do” can’t 
be qualified. Sure, wecancount 
how many patients we visit each 
day, or how many staff attend 
chapel services. We can dazzle 
those to whom we report with 
numbers, but numbers don’t re¬ 
ally say much about what chap¬ 
lains "do.” 

Several chaplains have at¬ 
tended the annual Navy chap¬ 
lains training event on “Out¬ 
reach." The foundation for the 
training was TQL and how, with 
“paradigm shifts, “ we can meet 
the needs of the members of the 
sea services. One of the issues 
we struggled with was how to 
define our product. But we gave 
it a go, and here’s what we came 
up with: 

The product of the command 
Religious Program is to provide 
services that nurture spiritual 
relationships (to self, others and 
God) and promote health and 
healing among staff, patients 
and families. 

There are indeed many vis¬ 
ible aspects of being a chap¬ 
lain: worship services, prayers, 
Bible studies, visitation - all of 
which can be quantified in some 
way. But most of what chap¬ 
lains "do” is not visible and 

chaplains do? 



Catholic Mass 




8:30 a. m.-Noon 

Christian Fellowship 


11 a.m. 

Christian Communion 


11 a.m. 

Protestant Worship 


10:30 a.m. 

All services meet in the Chapel of Hope, third deck, Bldg. 500. Infor¬ 
mation for worship services for all faith groups is available at (510) 633-5561. 

cannot be quantified: a simple 
touch, the importance of “just 
being present," praying for pa¬ 
tients and staff in our private 

But chaplains are no differ¬ 
ent than doctors, nurses or hos¬ 
pital corpsmen when it comes 
to defining "product.” Medical 
staff can easily quantify much 
of what they do. loo: the timely 
recovery of patients, the num¬ 
bers in the wards, how many 
badges used last Monday. But 
they are in the same boat we 

chaplains are — much of what 
is done is invisible and cannot 
be quantified either. Touching 
peoples’ hearts, laughing with 
them, hugging them and having 
a chat with them at 2:30 a.m. 
when they feel anxious and 
alone (I know — I’ve been 
there), are aspects of caring 
which cannot be charted or 

For all the personnel of this 
hospital, the “product” is to pro¬ 
vide services which nurture and 
promote health and healing not 

ly to patients, but to 


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aling or spiritual healtog 
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Red Rover 

Page 7 

July 31,1992 

Diet corner 

Vitamin A — How to get it naturally 

By LTJG Lea Beilman-Cadle 

Vitamin A is an important 
nutrient that plays a role in nor¬ 
mal vision, healthy skin and 
bone growth. Research also 
points to some important roles 
it may play in preventing can¬ 

Unfortunately some people 
believe that if a little is good, a 

lot is better. That can get you 
into some serious trouble, espe¬ 
cially with fat soluable vitamins 
such as vitamin A. 

In the last few years, reports 
in several media journals have 
documented cases of liver dam¬ 
age, including cirrhosis, due to 
excessive vitamin A supplemen¬ 
tation. The adult daily Recom¬ 
mended Dietary Allowance 
(RDA) for vitamin A is 800 to 
1,000 RE (roughly 4,000 to 
5,000 IU, the unit of measure 
still used on many nutrition la¬ 
bels for foods and supplements). 
The best way to get vitamin A is 
to eat plenty of fruits and veg¬ 
etables and not rely on vitamin 
supplementation. Fruits and 
vegetables contain beta-caro¬ 
tene, a substance that is con¬ 
verted to vitamin A within our 
bodies. Beta-carotene appears 
to have its own cancer-pieven- 
lion effects, as well as the ben¬ 
efits it offers after conversion 
to vitamin A. 

How can you be sure you are 

getting enough? It is recom¬ 
mended that you eat at least five 
servings of fruits and vegetables 
every day, (about two-and-a- 
half cups) to insure adequate 
amounts of beta-carotene, vita¬ 
min A and many important nu¬ 
trients and fibers. 

You should eat fruits and veg¬ 
etables (hat are high in beta- 
carotene frequently. Richest in 
this nutrient are those that are 
deep orange (carrots, sweet po¬ 
tatoes, winter squash, canta¬ 
loupes, apricots) and dark green 
(broccoli, spinach, bok choy, 
kale and greens such as mustard 
and collard). 

Five servings a day is quite a 
jump in fruit and vegetable con¬ 
sumption for many people. But 
by including some fruit or veg¬ 
etable in each meal and snack 
daily, it is an easily achievable 
goal. Learning to enjoy fruits 
and vegetables offers many ben¬ 
efits and none of the risk asso¬ 
ciated with vitamin supplemen¬ 

Patient Education 

How to care for stained teeth 

By LT Andrew Radovan, 

A concern of many patients in 
the dental office is the appearance 
of one’s smile. The color of one’s 
teeth also plays a significant role. 
There are several ways to correct 
stained and discolored teeth, but 
before a treatment can be chosen, 
one must determine what has 
caused the tooth discoloration. 

There are basically two types of 
tooth discolorations: those caused 
by extrinsic factors and those 
caused by intrinsic congenital or 
systemic influence. Extrinsic dis¬ 
colorations generally result from 
the superficial staining of tooth 
surfaces. Beverages such as coffee 
and tea; foods such as grapes, ber¬ 
ries and those with artificial food 
colors, as well as smoking and 
chewing tobacco are the usual 
causes of extrinsic discolorations. 
These types of stains can be wors¬ 
ened if the enamel, the outer layer 
of the tooth, has defects such as 
cracks, pits and grooves. They can 
also worsen if the dentin is ex¬ 
posed or gum recession has ex¬ 
posed the tooth root surfaces. 

Intrinsic discolorations are far 
more complicated because they 
may involve the entire depth of the 
enamel or dentin. Some of the more 
common intrinsic factors include 
the following: 

Jaundice. It occurs during tooth 
development and causes a green¬ 
ish discoloratipn of dentin. 

Dental flunrpfjff, This is a com¬ 
mon problem in some areas of the 
United States that have excessive 

amounts of fluoride (in excess of 
1.5 parts per million) in the drink¬ 
ing water. This usually causes a 
hypocalcification of the enamel 
which can manifest itself as while 
chalky areas and pitting of the 
enamel. Note: recommended fluo¬ 
ride levels in drinking water should 
not exceed 1.0 parts per million. 

Tetracycline antibiotics. When 
used during tooth development, 
these can cause severe tooth dis¬ 
coloration. When taken by chil¬ 
dren from seven months to seven 
or eight years of age, the adult teeth 
may be affected. When taken be¬ 
tween the sixth and tenth month of 
pregnancy, the deciduous or baby 
teeth can be affected. They may 
appear yellow, brown, grey or 

Trauma to a tooth can cause 
blood vessels within its pulp to 
rupture. Hemorrhage in the dentin 
may initially give the tooth a pink¬ 
ish color. They darken the tooth as 
the blood products break down, 
and may appear grey, blue or black. 
Due to the trauma, these teeth may 
require root canal treatment. 

Restorative materials such as 
silver amalgam and gold can 
change the density and light reflec¬ 
tion, thus making it appear differ¬ 
ent in color from the adjacent teeth. 

Extrinsic stains can normally be 
removed by routine cleaning and 
polishing by your dentist or hy¬ 
gienist. For severe extrinsic stains 
and for intrinsic stains there are 
several options which include 
bleaching, composite and porce¬ 
lain veneers. 

There are two general methods 
of bleaching: vital and nonvitai 

Stop smoking classes 

A seminar led by Aggie Free- 
RN, and LT Paul Savage, 
MC, will be held Aug. 5 for any¬ 
one who wants to stop smoking or 
obtain nicotine replacement 
therapy, such as 0 i C0 d erm 
tfaosdermal patch. 

Information on Freshstart Plus. 
80 American Cancer Society pro¬ 

gram, “How to quit and stay quit,” 
is sponsored by Patient Education, 
Internal Medicine Department and 
Wellness Department, Preventive 
Medicine. A commitment to attend 
six two-hour classes in one calen¬ 
dar month is required. The class is 
open to all who want support to 
stop smoking. Class topics are listed 

bleaching. Vital bleaching is done 
on healthy, live teeth while nonvitai 
bleaching is done on teeth that have 
had root canals performed. In vital 
bleaching a mild bleaching solution 
is applied to the tooth surfaces of 
the teeth. Either bleaching can be 
in-office procedure or at home ap¬ 
plications, but it should be done 
under the supervision of a dentist. 

Nonvitai bleaching is an in-of¬ 
fice procedure in which a strong 
bleaching solution is placed within 
the opening of a endodontically 
treated tooth and sealed with a tem¬ 
porary filling. Both types of bleach¬ 
ing may require several applica¬ 
tions, depending on the amount of 
stain. Results can be unpredictable 
and the bleaching solution can cause 
sensitivity. Treatment may need to 
be repeated if discoloration recurs. 

A composite veneer consists of 
removal of a thin layer (.5 to 2.0mm) 
of the tooth surface, then placing 
the composite—a soft putty-like 
material onto the tooth, shaped and 
hardened by an ultraviolet light. A 
porcelain veneer is similar in that a 
thin layer of the tooth surface is 
removed. An impression is taken 
and sent to a dental lab which fabri¬ 
cates a thin ceramic wafer. That 
wafer can, then, be bonded to the 
tooth by the dentist. These compos¬ 
ite and porcelain veneers can change 
the appearance of severely discol¬ 
ored teeth without the need for full 
coverage porcelain crowns. 

That’s a quick look at stained 
teeth and what you can do to correct 
it. Consult you dentist for what can 
be done for you. 


* Class 1 - The nicotine patch; 
behavior modification: Dr. Paul 

* Class 2 - Cold turkey and to¬ 
bacco free: When and why I smoke. 

* Class 3 - The big scll/advertis- 
ing: Dr. David Moyer. 

NAVHOSP Oakland 

is good neighbor 

NAVHOSP Oakland was a good neighbor once more when a brush 
fire drove toddlers out of their preschool on Keller Avenue recently. 

According to Rebecca Sanchez, who was in charge at Sequoyah 
Community School, the children were getting up from their nap when 
the teachers noticed “quite a bit of smoke on the grassy hill below 
the school and they evacuated the building. 

“We came to Oak Knoll right down to the (back) gate,” she said, 
adding that the security guard invited them inside after checking with 
the command administration. "We are so very appreciative," she 
exclaimed. “The children could go to the bathroom and wash up. 
Then, we were taken to the Gym, and the sailors were very good with 
the children, playing game and keeping them occupied.’ 

Shown below are photos taken at the Gym dunng the fire alert. 

Mary Ann Speir (third from right) talks over the situation with some 
of the youngsters' mothers, as their sons and daughters line up for 
a group photo. A Navy wife who works at the San Francisco Medical 
Command, Speir said she was very proud that, "once again, the 
Navy came to the rescue." Her granddaughter, two-year-old Allison, 
is the third seated child from the right Allison's grandfather is the 
command's director for administration, H. A. Speir III. 

Children take time out for a fun game of volley ball in the base Gym 

Rebecca Sanchez (right, foreground) and Scott Ahrens talk to a 
group of well behaved toddlers as they wait for the command's bus 
that will take them back to their school. Scott Ahrens is associate 
pastor of the Assembly of God's Church. 

(Text and photos by A. Marechal- Workman) 

* Class 4 - Stop smoking, man¬ 
age stress. 

* Class 5 - Stop smoking; stay 

* Class 6 - Handle lapses/stay 

The class is free, and no consul¬ 
tation is required, however, phy¬ 
sicians may refer by consult to 

patient educator, Aggie Freeman, 
RN, Room 448R, Internal Medi¬ 
cine Department. She can be 
reached at (510) 633-5357, beeper 

To enroll, active-duty person¬ 
nel should contact HM2 Angelo 
Boholst of the Wellness Depart¬ 
ment at (510) 633-8851. 

Page 8 

Red Rover 

July 31, 1992 

(From left) Mrs. Noel Hyde, CAPT Hyde, guest speaker, Robert Bush, Mrs. Robert 
Bush and HMCS Gary Chapman sit at the head table (Official U.S. Navy photos by 
JOSN Kyna McKimson) 

NMCRS Notes 

The Permanent change of station (PCS) move: 

Orders due, order in hand, move in 
progress—and what might be the 
rest of the story! 

With PCS orders in hand service- 
members devote their attention to 
some of the most complex planning 
ever conceived. Suddenly they are 
directing a production of “Holly¬ 
wood” proportions. Ready or not the 
service member is “OinC” of a major 
forward operation - relocation at a 
new duty station! 

For most, this major event is ac¬ 
complished with only minor distress. 
One concern, however, nags at the 
service member throughout - will the 
vehicle hold out? Even when the 
transportation vehicle has been me¬ 

ticulously groomed for the trip, ma¬ 
jor emergencies can occur and funds 
for necessary repairs may not be 

When executing PCS orders, top 
on the “check-off list” should be 
where to turn for financial assistance 
in the event of vehicle breakdown or 
other emergency 

Your Navy-Marine Corps Relief 
Society can assise with essential ve¬ 
hicle repairs if: 

* It is economically prudent to do 

* The vehicle is registered to the 
licensed operator. 

* The service member’s budget can 
support ownership, operation and 

routine maintenance of the vehicle. 

If financial help is needed when 
away from “homeport,” sailors and 
Marines should request Navy-Ma¬ 
rine Corps Relief assistance through 
the local offices of: 

American Red Cross 
Army Emergency Relief 
Air Force Aid Society 
Coast Guard Mutual Assistance 

or contact Navy-Marine Corps Re¬ 
lief Headquarters - (703) 696-1481. 
Point of contact at N A VHOS P Oak¬ 
land is RP2 Ronald Mata, of Pastoral 
Care Department. He can be reached 
at (510) 633-5561. 

Gompers dessert social set for August 2 

ALAMEDA, CA — Enjoy an old-fashioned dessert social and meet some of the other Gompers’ families in 
the Bay Area. The U.S.S. Samuel Gompers will be sponsoring a Family Organization open to all dependents 
of the command. The group will hold it’s first meeting on Sunday, Aug. 2 at 3 p.m. at Shannon Hall, (next to 
the chapel), NAS Alameda. 

There will be a short program including remarks by the commanding officer and then lots of time to socialize. 
Please bring a dessert to share. Join us to renew old friendships and make a few new ones. 

For additional information and for schedule of the next get-together, call (510) 263-2700 or (510) 292-5857. 


continued from page 1 

How do I use NAVCARE? 
NAVCARE offers appointments 
for routine care, hypertension, pap 
smears, mammograms and same- 
day appointment for illness. A fur¬ 
ther option is drop-in care without 
an appointment. Appointments are 
obtained by calling the health ben¬ 
efits advisor at (510) 632-5514, 
Extension 1. A military picture I.D. 
is required at check-in, and 
DEERS-eligibility will be checked 
at registration. 

Do I bring mv military 
records? They should be brought 
on the first visit if the condition 
that is being treated has been 
worked up at another facility. How¬ 
ever, old records are not manda¬ 
tory but may help in treatment. If a 
new condilion is involved, retrieval 
of old records is not necessary. 
Since NAVCARE is a civilian 
clinic, a separate set of records is 
kept at NAVCARE. 

What if the diagnosis requires 
a-Spgciali£L 7 The providers at 

NAVCARE write consults to spe¬ 
cialists for more serious conditions. 
The health benefits advisors make 
the required appointments and re¬ 
fer to outside providers as needed. 

What about prescriptions? The 
providers dispense the medicines 
at the end of a visit, and patients 
leave the building with the medi¬ 
cines in their hand, with no further 
visit to a pharmacy required. Medi¬ 
cations are dispensed only for the 
conditions being followed at 
NAVCARE. The medications are 
part of the free care provided at 

Ami going to have to walk a long 

way? No, you will not. There is 
ample adjacent parking, with handi¬ 
cap parking right next to the door. 
There is also a uniformed guard on 
the premises at all times, watching 
the parking lot, making the area 
safe, and he is available if someone 
needs assistance 

NAVCARE is open seven 
days a week, holidays included. 

The hours are 7 a.m. - 8 p.m. 
weekdays and 7 a.m. - 4 p.m. on 
weekends and holidays. The loca¬ 
tion is easy to find. If you are 
driving north on 880 freeway, get 
off at the Hegenberger off ramp; 
the building is in front of you as 
you bear to the right. Drivers com¬ 
ing south on 880 should get off at 
Hegenberger/Coliseum, cross over 
the freeway and lake the first right, 
on Edes Ave., at the Shell Station. 
Follow the street as it winds around 
past the Holiday Inn. NAVCARE 
is right next door — a two-story 
brown building with the blue and 
white NAVCARE sign on the 

NAVCARE really cares for you. 
You’ve served your country, and 
now we’re here to serve you. If 
you have any questions, give us a 
call. If you have any concerns, call 
me, Carol Rees, RN, the clinic’s 
contact person at (510) 632-5514, 
Extension 7. 

Tickets and Tours / MWR 

Universal Studios 

"One day at Universal Studios" is a full-day of entertainment for 
the whole family. Begin a journey on the tram ride, which takes 
you face to face with the 30- foot tall King Kong and a hair-raising 
attack by "JAWS"!! Continue on toexperience an 8.3 earthquake 
— it will have you on the edge of your seat. 

Enjoy the many live shows such as the "Animal Actors’ 
Stage."Also movies such as "The Adventures of Conan," "Star 
Trek: The Next Generation" and "An American Tale," where the 
plot comes to life as Fievel and all his friends perform your favorite 

Take an amazing bike ride and fly to the moon with E.T. on the 
special effects stage. Bring your kids to Revel's Playland where 
they can slide, jump, crawl and climb through a half-acre of 
magical sets and giant props with Fievel and his friends. 

Explore Universal Studios’ original backlot in the streets of the 
world. It has the sights, sounds, shops and restaurants of Europe. 

Tickets and Tours Office has special discount tickets. Admis¬ 
sion prices include the tram ride and ail attractions. 

Raging Waters 

As a benefit to Oak Knoll’s MWR patrons, we are offering 
discounted tickets to "Raging Waters," the Bay Area’s premier 
water-theme park. These tickets are good for any one day the park 
is in operation during the 1992 season. 

Thrilling water slides, gentle river rides and a multi-level activity 
pools make "Raging Waters" one of the most popular summer 
activity spots for the whole family. 

Enjoy the newest attractions: "The Great White Shark," an 
exciting double tube ride that sends riders plunging into the jaws of 
a shark. Also, "Wacky Water Works," a colorful playground/pool 
for the kids. When you’re ready to visit “Raging Waters” just drop 
by the Tickets and Tours Office. 

Knott's Berry Farm 

A brand new one-of-a-kind $2 million area at Knott’s Berry 
Farm will recognize and celebrate the cultures and traditions of 
Native Americans this summer. “Indian Trails” allows Knott’s 
guests active, one-on-one participation as it focuses on the rich and 
fascinating heritage of American Indian Tribes of the Northwest, 
Coast Great Plains, Southwest and West. “Each area’s traditions 
are unique: Their arts, crafts and legends are captivating.” said 
Terry Van Gorder, Knott’s Berry Farms president and ctriet 
executive officer. 

Enjoy all of Knott’s 150 acres of family fun with something for 
everyone. The little ones can shake paws with Snoopy, pan for 
gold, enjoy dancing dolphins and experience the ultimate in thrill 
rides. With five theme areas and more than 165 exciting rides, 
shows and adventures, the fun is non-stop. 


It lights up the Rivers of America at Disneyland Park in 
California with adazzling mix of magic, music live performers and 
sensational special effects. 

Fantasmic is the stirring tale of fantasy and fright bom of 
Mickey’s imagination. Reprising his role as the "Sorcerer’s 
Apprentice," Mickey conjures up giant water fountains, enormous 
flowers and a bizarre collection of fabulous fantasy creatures. Then 
suddenly, a band of Disney fairy-tale villains, including Ursula, the 
sea witch from “The Little Mermaid” and Maleicent, the wicked 
fairy tumcd-fire-breathing-dragon from “Sleeping Beauty,” in¬ 
vades Mickey’s imaginary world, spinning his dream into a 
terrifying nightmare! 

Gathering his courage, Mickey draws his won formidable 
powers of goodness to overcome his wicked adversaries. 

Fantasmic will be presented three times nightly throughout the 

A visit to Tickets and Tours Office, in Building 38. will provide 
information on these attractions and more. 

Classes available off-base for military personnel 

Family Service Center (FSC) 

* Basic budget and your financial responsibility - Aug. 3. 

* Don’t get caught off balance (checkbook) - Aug. 17 - Sept 28. 

* Financial leadership (E6-above) - Aug. 31 - Sept. 9. 

All three classes will be held 9 to 11 am at FSC, Naval Air Station Alameda. To 
reserve a space, call: Commercial (510) 263-3146 or Autovon 993-3146. 

Treasure Island 

Pregnant sailor workshop — scheduled Thursday, Sept. 3,9 a. m to 4 p.m. in 
Building 257. Ihe workshop includes briefing by housing, medical and childcare 
personnel. There will also be presentations by the Administration on Naw 
pregnancy policy, as well as the rights and responsibilities of active-duty parents 
The Navy Marine Corps Relief Society (NMCRS) will present the Bud^unv’ 
for Babies course. E5 and below are eligible for a NMCRS seabag worth 
approximately $90. 

Pre-registration is required. Point of contact for N aval I lospital Oakland is Anna 
Rodriquez, New Parent Support Tcam. Social Work Department (510)633-5830 
or 5675. 

Welcome aboard Mike Meines, NAVHOSP Oakland's new PAO 

The Red Rover 







Vol. 4 No. 12 

Naval Hospital Oakland, California 

August 21, 1992 

Dental Corps' anniversary^ 

Navy dentists celebrate their 80th birthday on Aug. 22 


By A. Marechal-Workman 

“LT (Holly D. ] Hatt is an excel- 

lent clinician and diagnostician,” 

said LCDR Frank Martinez, head 

of the Periodontal Division at 

NAVHOSPOakland’s Dental An- 

nex. where the resident is rotating 

this year. “She’s absolutely su¬ 

perb, as are all residents who come 
through here.” 


LT Halt was commissioned in 

the Navy as an ensign on July 12, 

1990, when she was a senior den¬ 

tal student at Oregon Health Sci¬ 

ences University in Portland, Ore. 


“As a general practice resident. 

1 completed rotations in Opera¬ 

tive, Oral Surgery, Prosthetics, 

Periodontics. Endodontics, Anes¬ 

thesia, Otorhinolaringology (ENT) 


and Emergency Room (ER)." she 

saio, adding that “young children 

with lacerations or any type of 


dental trauma (she sees] on duty” 

constitute the most challenging 

part of her duties. 

LT Hatt, who is a native of 

Medford, Ore., said that her most 

memorable experience in the Navy 

so far is the C4 course (combat 

casualty care course) she attended 

in San Antonio, Texas “Being in 

the field five days,” she said, “read¬ 

ing maps, repelling down towers. 

crawling on ropes, evading the 

enemy at night and running mass 


casually exercises is not some¬ 


thing I normally do. It was a great 



Medical Si 

In the spotlight 

Lt Holly D. Hatt, DC, at work (Official US Navy Photo by La Rell Lee) 
experience and a lot of fun.” she’s been in so far. Like all the 

According to her supervisor, residents we get (at the Dental An- 

LCDR Martinez, “LT Halt has done nex],she’sheadandshouldersabove 
remarkably well in every rotation graduate dental students.” 

By LT Holly D. Hatt, DC, 

On August 22, the Navy Dental 
Corps will celebrate its 80th birth¬ 
day. It is both a time of celebration 
and reflection as we take a look at 
how the Dental Corps came to exist, 
the path it has taken over the years 
and where it is today. 

On Aug. 22,1912, Congress au¬ 
thorized the secretary of the Navy 
to appoint not more than 30 acting 
assisting dental surgeons to be a 
part of the Medical Department of 
the United Slates Navy. Stated in 
this act was that, at the end of three 
years, all acting assistant dental of¬ 
ficers who had successfully com¬ 
pleted more than two years of ser¬ 
vice under their original appoint¬ 
ment would undergo physical and 
professional examinations. These 
exams were to be prescribed by the 
secretary of the Navy to determine 
the suitability of the dentists to re¬ 
ceive commissions in the Navy. 
Those who were found qualified 
would be given a commission as a 
lieutenant junior grade, and those 
who failed would be honorably dis¬ 

In addition, the secretary was 
also authorized to appoint appro¬ 
priately qualified dental officers for 
temporary service on an “as needed” 
basis, with the stipulation that the 
total strength of the Dental Corps 
was not to exceed a ratio of one 
dental officer to every 1,000 of the 
enlisted strength of the Navy and 
Marine Corps. To help start the 
Dental Corps, Congress authorized 
$15,000 for dental uniforms, dental 
equipment, dental material and all 

other necessary expenses. 

By the year 1917, the Dental 
Corps consisted of 35 dental offic¬ 
ers, then grew rapidly to 500 at the 
peak of World War I. In 1922, the 
size had dwindled back down to 
150, but then experienced a slow 
growth to 759 by the start of World 
War II. At the end of this conflict, 
the Navy Dental Corps had grown 
to 7,026 dental officers serving on 
active duty. Since then, the strength 
of the Dental Corps has ranged from 

I, 145 to 2,000 dental officers, de¬ 
pending on the presence of world 
tensions and hostilities. In the re¬ 
cent Middle East confrontation, the 
dental officers were at the front 
lines taking care of the mass casual¬ 
ties after the Beirut, Lebanon, bomb¬ 
ing that left most of the physicians 
wounded or dead. In addition a total 
of 199 Dental Corps officers were 
deployed to the Persian Gulf during 
Desert Shield/Storm, according to 

J. Brown, a staff writer at the Bu¬ 
reau of Medicine and Surgery, in 
Washington, D.C. — serving 
aboard two hospital ships (USNS 
Mercy, T-AH 19 and USNS Com¬ 
fort, T-AH 20) or stationed with 
Marine clinics, fleet hospitals and 
“one of 22 ships.” 

Today there are presendy 1,685 
active-duty dental officers support¬ 
ing the Navy and Marine Corps. 
With the present downsizing of the 
military, recruitment of new den¬ 
tists continues; however efforts are 
being directed at retention, espe¬ 
cially in the specialty areas. In the 
past year, the Dental Corps has also 
pul in considerable effort into mod¬ 
ernizing and improving dental clin¬ 
ics to belter provide care to Navy 
and Marine Corps personnel. 

Medical Service Corps celebrates its 45th anniversary 

By A. Marechal- Workman 

The Navy Medical Service Corps 
(MSC) has come a loog way since it 
was established by the 80th Con¬ 
gress in 1947, in the wake ofWWIl 

According to the Public Affairs 
Office of the Bureau of Medicine 
and Surgery (BUMED) in Wash¬ 
ington, D. G, the legislation was 
result of concerted efforts started 
by. then. Navy Surgeon General 
Vice Admiral Ross T. McIntyre. 
w b° spearheaded the introduction 
of two bills which Congress com¬ 
bined into the single Army-Navy 
Medical Service Corps Act that 
b^ame Public Law 337, when 
President Truman signed it on Aug. 

From my standpoint as an op- 
I think (MSC] has come a 
»»g way,” 8 a,d CDR (Sel.) James 
'wacheck, “because, before MSC 
*** seated, and even in its early 
optometrists didn’t have a 

place, like the Medical Corps and 
the Dental Corps, where they could 
function as a unit." 

CDR (Sel) Newacheck, who is 
head of NAVHOSP Oakland’s De¬ 
partment of Optometry explained 
that, during WWII, “some guys who 
happened to be optometrists enlisted 
and ended up practicing” their pro¬ 
fession without anyone in the Navy 
being aware of it and recruiting for 
it. “Since the MSC was created,” 
the commander continued, “optom¬ 
etrists found a home and (the pro¬ 
fession] has become a very viable 
part of the Corps, and in that aspect 
it’s changed a lot.” 

The Army-Navy Medical Ser¬ 
vice Corps Act provided for the 
inclusion of four sections; Supply 
and Administration, Medical Al¬ 
lied Science, Optometry and Phar¬ 
macy. In addition, according to the 
MSC Professional Bulletin of July 
4,1992, the Act authorized the sec¬ 
retary of the Navy “to create such 

See MSC, page 3 

LTJG Jonathan (Josh) Miller, MSC, USN, works on cataloging pharmaceutical materials. A staff 
pharmacist, like other NAVHOSP Oakland MSC officers, LTJG MUIer said he*s proud of the espritd* 
corps he found at the command. (Official US Navy photo by A. Marechal-Workman) 


Page 2 

Red Rover 

August 21,1992 

From the commanding officer 

It was 69 years ago that the 19th 
Amendment of the Constitution, 
which gave women the right to vote, 
became law. 

Although the Constitution was 
passed in 1789, it was some 131 
years later that women — through 
great struggle — won the right to 

As President Reagan once said, 
“since that important milestone in 
the history of the United Stales, 
women have used the ballot just as 
they have always used their energies 
and talents — to affect and improve 
our national life." 

On August 26, we will honor 
women of America and recognize 

RADM William Buckendorf 

their many contributions to our great 
nation. We especially honor those 

women who are “juggling” the de¬ 
mands of many roles. They are not 
only members of the Americ an 1 abor 
force, but are mothers, wives, house¬ 
keepers — and victims — of a sys¬ 
tem that has yet to afford them full 
equality. Like other victims of dis¬ 
crimination. women continue to 
struggle for the right to equal pay. 
equal work and equal treatment. 


In this Bicentennial year of the 
United States Constitution, it is an 
honor, as commanding officer, to 
pledge my support to renewing our 
efforts to ensure equal opportunity 
for all people at this command and in 
this great nation. 

Attention out of state residents 

The last day to send for your 
absentee ballot is Sept. 15. Too many 
people have fought long and hard to 
get the right to vote for anyone to 
give it up now. Exercise your right to 
vote. It does not matter who, or what 
proposition you vote for, but, 
collectively, your vote can have a 
significant impact upon the outcome 
of any election. So, read about the 
candidates and their views, inform 

yourself about the propositions listed 
on the ballots and, if you must vote 
in absentia, find out how you can get 
an absentee ballot from your stale of 
residency and send for one immedi¬ 
ately. If you have any question about 
the process, call LT Terry Priboth at 
(510) 633-5824, 5820. She’s the 
command voting officer, and has 
information from every state about 
how to send for your ballot. 

You can also get specific re¬ 
corded messages from the candi¬ 
dates in your state by calling the 
Voting Information Center (VIC) at 
Autovon 223-6500. Operated by 
the Federal Voting Assistance Pro¬ 
gram (FVAP) in joint cooperation 
with the Non-Commissioned Offic¬ 
ers Association, citizens may access 
VIC 24 hours a day, seveo days a 

From the executive officer 

CAPT Noel Hyde 

This month we acknowledge three 
anniversaries important to Navy 
Medicine and NAVHOSP 
Oakland, .the establishment of Medi¬ 
cal Service Corps (Aug. 4), the Naval 
Reserve Force (Aug. 19) and the 
Dental Corps (Aug. 22). 

Since its founding in 1947, Medi¬ 
cal Seiwice Corps (MSC) endstrength 
has grown from 252 in 1947 to more 
than 2,800 in 1992. The most recent 
specialty additions to the MSC were 
physician assistants to the Health Care 
Sciences section in 1989 and the plans, 
operations and medical intelligence 
specialty to the Health Care Admin¬ 
istration section in 1990. At the close 
of 1991.41 percent of all MSC offic¬ 
ers had earned master’s degrees and 
15 percent held doctorates. At 
NAVHOSPOakland these dedicated 

professionals serve in our pharmacy, 
optometry and mental health clin¬ 
ics, supply and administration de¬ 
partments, just to name a few areas 
that benefit from their expertise. 

The Naval Reserve Force was 
established Aug. 19, 1916. Opera¬ 
tion Desert Shield/S term proved the 
importance of a well-trained, pro¬ 
fessional reserve component to our 
country’s military forces. From 
August 1990 through February 
1991, 2,000 selected reserve per¬ 
sonnel manned two 500-bed com¬ 
bat zone fleet hospitals and aug¬ 
mented both hospital ships. By the 
end of the operations, over 10,000 
Navy medical reserve personnel, 50 
percent of the total Navy recall, 
were recalled to active duty. Ap¬ 
proximately 75 percent of our ac¬ 
tive-duty hospital staff were de¬ 
ployed in support of Operations 
Desert Shield/Storm. Without our 
civilian staff and our highly trained 
recalled reservists to carry on the 
workload, this hospital would have 
had to drastically reduce the ser¬ 
vices it could provide. Thanks to 
our reservist backfill, this was not 

Although the need for military 
dentistry was recognized as far back 
as 1944, it was not until Aug. 22, 
1912 that the second session of the 

62nd Congress passed an act estab¬ 
lishing the Navy Dental Corps. 
Today’s active naval forces enjoy the 
support of a modem comprehensive 
dental care delivery system both 
ashore and afloat. The original act 
permitted the Secretary of the Navy to 
appoint not more than 30 assistant 
dental surgeons. Today, the Dental 
Corps currently consists of almost 
1,700 active-duty dental officers sup¬ 
ported by more than3,600dental tech¬ 
nicians. 72 Medical Service Corps 
officers and more than 600 civilian 
employees. The excellent reputation 
enjoyed by the Navy’s Dental Corps 
was shown during Operation Desert 
Shield/Storm when personnel from 
all branches of the U.S. military were 
treated by Navy dentists due to their 
ability to perform as capably and more 
professionally in the field as they do 
in fully-equipped shore facilities. 

Congratulations are in order to our 
NAVHOSP Oakland Medical Ser¬ 
vice Corps and Dental Corps officers 
on the anniversaries of the founding 
of their corps. Also, I would like to 
extend best wishes to the Navy re¬ 
servists whodrill at our facility. With¬ 
out them our Same Day Surgery and 
Weekend Women’s Clinic would not 
be possible. Bravo Zulu and keep up 
the good work. 

Red Rover 

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Commanding Officer 
Executive Officer 

Public Affairs Officer 
Deputy Public Affairs Officer 

Public Affairs Assistants 

Editorial Assistant 

Rear Admiral William A. Buckendorf 
Captain Noel A. Hyde 

Mike Meines 

JOl Kay Lorentz 

Andree Marechal-Workman 

J02 Stephen Brown 
JOSN Kyna S. McKimson 

La Rdl Lee 

News from Branch Clinic Moffett Field 

HM3 Larry Nelson is NAVHOSP Oakland's 
Sailor of the Month 

By La Reli I>ee 

HM3 Larry W. Nelson, who said 
of his boot camp experience that it 
“introduced him to a world [he] never 
knew existed,” has been selected 
NAVHOSP Oakland’s Sailor of the 
Month. Acting as Moffett Field 
Branch Clinic’s (BMC) assistant 
leading petty officer (ALPO) of the 
Family Practice Clinic, he plays a 
major role in helping “to maintain 
over 5,000 records." His duties in¬ 
clude entering new members' infor¬ 
mation into the base computer sys¬ 
tem and weekly reviewing health 
records for quality assurance of pa¬ 
tients. He also acts as a liaison be¬ 
tween the civilian and military staff 
members and stands duty as an emer¬ 
gency technician and vehicle opera¬ 

“Without his willingness to do 
more than expected, the patient load 
of 1350 monthly would surely suf¬ 
fer.” says HM2 Charles M. Perry, 
leading petty officer for the Family 
Practice Clinic. 

Among the reasons for nominat¬ 
ing him as SOM, HM2 Perry cites 
the nominee’s “willingness to excel 
beyond expectations as a third class 
by recently completing his associate 
degree in business administration and 
accruing enough credit to get a 

bachelor’s degree in October 1992.” 

The native of Sherman, Texas is a 
perfect example of the type of person 
he likes most — someone who goes 
for what he/she wants. He said his 
ultimate goal is to obtain a master's 
degree in health care administraiion 
and become a Medical Service Corps 

HM3 Nelson is married to Diana 
C. Nelson and has four children: 13- 
year- old Raquel Carr, 5-year-old 
Kristie Nelson; 4-year-old Larry 
Nelson Jr. and newly bom Stephanie 

‘The Navy is always a changing 
environment, so never allow your¬ 
self to be used to doing things one 
way,” is HM3 Nelson’s advice. 

Congratulations goes out to HM3 
Larry Nelson for his Sailor of the 
Month award. 

Awards from BMC Moffett Field 

Congratulations to HM2 
B ienvinido De guzman, HM3 Donna 
Berry, HM3 Teresa Deckard, HM3 
Lee Flanagin, HM3 Annette Cooley, 
HM3 Jeffrey Collins and HM3 Ed¬ 
ward Avila on being frocked to their 
present paygrade. 

Congratulations to HMC Marilyn 
LaRose on her graduation from Co- 
lumbiaCollege with abachelorofarts’ 
degree in business administration. 

Ms Gail Engler received an award 
for being with the federal service for 
10 years. 

HM3 Kari Hilliker and HM3 
Cynthia Nacht received Letters of 
Commendation from commanding 

officer. Naval Hospital Oakland. 

HM2 Bobby Kennedy received a 
Letter of Appreciation from com¬ 
manding officer, MED/DEN 0280 
for providing training at thai unit. 

AN Paula Bateman received a 
Letter of Commendation from the 
officer in charge (OIQ for her per¬ 
formance while on TAD from Navy 
Auxiliary Landing Field (NALF) 
Crows Landing. 

HM3 Roberto Legaspi received a 
Letter of Commendation from the 
OIC for performance of duty. 

Farewell to HN Scott Kurosad, 
Welcome aboard to HM1 Juquiano 

Naval Hospital Oakland 


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Page 3 

MSC officer in the spotlight 

By La Rell Lee 

For LT Patricia Watson, being a 
Medical Service Corps (MSC) offi¬ 
cer is a source of pride. “I am proud 
of being in this Corps,’* she said. 44 1 
think it’s an important position... I 
work with doctors—psychiatrists— 
and as a psychologist, I often meet 
skills that they [can) use. like my 
therapy skills.” 

After finishing graduate <£hool 
from Catholic University in Wash¬ 
ington, D.C., Watson completed a 
one-year internship at Bethesda, 
Md. in July 1990. The internship 
was one of the lop in the country. 
After six weeks of Officer Indoctri¬ 
nation School (OIS) in Rhode Is¬ 
land, LT Watson came to NHO as 
her first staff assignment. 

Watson describes NAVHOSP 
Oakland as being a big hospital with 
a very tight and supportive group of 
people. “...We gel newsletters, have 
luncheons, balls and picnics and 
that’s been really refreshing.” she 

Being a strong-willed person, 
Watson doesn’t act passively when 
asked why she joined the military. “I 
feel that T m very proud of the people 
that I see as my clients.” she says. 
“They are for the most part very 
hard working and have strong val- 

LT Patricia Watson, MSC, staff psychologist In Mental Health Department (Offlcal US Navy Photo by La Refl Lee) 

ues. To be able to serve them is 
something I enjoy.” 

As a clinical psychologist in the 
Mental Health Department, Watson 
is responsible for evaluating patients 
for fitness for duty, stress manage¬ 
ment, psychological assessment, 
therapy, group dynamics and liaison 
with Family Service Center. On a 
typical day she usually sees six to 12 

patients and on Emergency Watch 
days she sees new intakes which 
present an emergent basis, for ex¬ 
ample suicidal or homicidal. She said 
that what challenges her most about 
her duties is being able to maintain 
skill, compassion and patience with 
a wide range of patient problems and 
volume of patients. 

One of her immediate goals is to 

complete her research on the effects 
of childhood physical and sexual 
abuseon adult personality and men¬ 
tal health with incoming recruits to 
the Navy and Air Force. Being able 
to work with an excellent research 
team, nationwide, on this research 
project has made this LT Watson’s 
most memorable experience in the 

CDR (Sel.) James Newacbeck examines his patient, Dolores Schuchman. (Official US Navy photo by A. 

other sections to meet the needs of 
the service.” 

As a result many specialties were 
aided and old ones redesigned. 'The 
MSC is eclectic, there are 32 spe¬ 
cialties altogether,” said CDR (Sel.) 
Robert J. Engelhart. comptroller and 
director for financial management, 
vdio explained that medical corps 
officers’ goals, purposes and mis¬ 
sions are not always to support the 
Medical Corps. “In fact, prior to 
coming here. I was at NDVECC 
(Navy Disease Vector Ecology and 
Control Center) at NAS Alameda, 
where there were no Medical Corps 
officers,” he said. 

But if MSC officers are not al¬ 
ways part of a medical unit, they do 
get deployed during times of con¬ 
flict, as was the case during Opera¬ 
tion Desen Shield/Storm. From 
NAVHOSP Oakland, according to 
HM3 Melissa Golden of the TAD 
Section, 14 were deployed aboard 
USNS Mercy (T-AH 19)andl were 
sent to support Marines units in 
Saudi Arabia. 

In addition, those MSC officers 
who remained behind had a direct 
impact on the deployments because 
they had to make sure the troops 
were medically qualified. For ex¬ 
ample. optometrists had to make 
sure each service member had “two 
pairs of their current correction 
glasses,” according to CDR (Sel.) 
Newacheck. “The Optical 
Labs... were running 24 hours a day, 
putting people on double and triple 
shifts,” he said. "In order to produce 
enough, the optometrists were ex¬ 
amining patients in order to get them 
ready because, before you go. your 
medical records have to be all up to 
date.” This was also true of the 
Patient Administration Department, 
where those officers in charge had 
to see all records were administra¬ 
tively correct. In fact, it was true of 
vactically every MSC officer who, 
in one way or another, had impact 
on the deployments. 

LT Patricia Watson, a staff clini¬ 
cal psychologist in the Mental 
Health Department was in training 
at National Medical Center, 
Bethesda. Md., at the time, where 
she “learned a lot about post-trau- 
manc stress.” She’s only been a 
member for two years, but she is no 
less proud of the Medical Service 
Corps which she thinks holds “an 
important position in terms of ser¬ 
vice that [she] thinks people really 
need.” LikeCDR(Sel.)Newacheck, 
f>he treats patients, and said she’s 
very proud of her clients. “For the 
most part, people who come into 
the Navy tend to have strong inde¬ 
pendence and values." she ex¬ 
plained. ‘To be able to serve them is 

something that I really enjoy.” 

LT James Mitchell, who said 
he’s a “mustang,” (an officer com¬ 
missioned from the enlisted ranks), 
doesn’t have direct contact with 
patients, but he’s just as proud to 

be a member of the MSC. “It means 
being part of one of the finest Navys 
in the world,” he said, “and for us to 
have a major part in keeping the 
fleet out to sea and our combat units 
healthy so that they can defend our 

country. Although we don’t actu¬ 
ally touch the patients and treat them, 
we’re an integral part of taking care 
of them.” LT Mitchell is head of the 
Information System Department. 

Although the MSC was formally 

established in 1947, the idea of its 
organization came from an enact¬ 
ment by Congress that implemented 
the Hospital Corps in June 1898. 
This act created a warrant officer 
rank along with formalizing the en¬ 
listed structure. Revisions in 1912 
and 1916 made it possible for non¬ 
physician medical personnel to be 
granted commissioned status as war¬ 
rant officers. 

3000 warrant officers 

Approximately 3,000 warrant of¬ 
ficers were appointed between 1916 
and 1945. However, the need for 
commissioned officers skilled in 
both medical administration and in 
the practice of sciences was well 
documented during the two world 

In the 45 years since it was 
founded, the MSC has grown from 
252 to over 2,800 in 1992. In 1982, 
it received flag rank status, with 
Commodore Lewis E. Angelo as 
its first selectee. 

Under the guidance of the cur¬ 
rent director of the Medical Service 
Corps, RADM Charles R. Loar, 
MSC, USN, it will continue to be a 
vital part of the Navy Medical De¬ 

The Spouse Employment As¬ 
sistance Program (SEAP) pro- 
vidts jobs, career workshops, 
^ucation. volunteer programs 
Md referrals, resume and SF171 
v taodard Form 171) prepara¬ 
tion assistance, career counsel- 
lD g. -kill banks, skill building 
workshops and local, regional 
°d national employer net¬ 

The program hel 
jo^es develop rea 
Payment and career 
“?° s «bat ma ,ch lhe 
Today mor 
£'«■» or Navy sp 
0rk,n g outside the 1 

SEAP helps Navy spouses find jobs 

it’s estimated that more than 75 
percent will be employed dur¬ 
ing the 1990s. 

SEAP is available to all fam¬ 
ily members, retirees, active- 
duty members preparing to re¬ 
tire and spouses of relocating 
or transitioning Navy person¬ 
nel. The program is available at 
all Navy amily service centers 

“We currently have 56 SEAP 
coordinators staffed at FSCs 
who have professional training 
and experience in counseling, 
personnel, education, recruiting 
and job development,” said 
Janice Bryner, program man¬ 

ager for SEAP at the Bureau of 
Naval Personnel in Washing¬ 
ton, D C. “Recently, we have 
supplied field offices with vari¬ 
ous employment publications, 
desk guides and software pack¬ 
ages to build an employment 
library at each FSC.” 

The FSC located at NAS 
Alameda serves personnel from 
NAVHOSP Oakland and its 
tenant commands. Spouses and 
other family members who 
want to find employment more 
easily, quickly and in an up¬ 
ward career path should con¬ 
tact the SEAP manager’s of¬ 
fice at (510) 263-3129. “They 

should contact me first,” said 
Shawna Brown, secretary to 
FSC Alameda SEAP manager. 
Sue Foulkes, who explained that 
she will sign them up for their 
introductory class entitled 
‘Starting Point,’ a class that 
covers the job market here in 
the Bay Area. 

“Starting Point goes over re¬ 
sume writing, job interview and 
job search strategy,” Brown 
continued. "Everyone who has 
attended the class can, then, sit 
on a one to one basis with Sue 
Foulkes to tailor the program to 
meet individual needs." 

Brown said that another time 

can be arranged for those spouses 
who are not free on Monday. “But 
attendance to that first class is 
essential,” she added. 

The thought of finding em¬ 
ployment at a new duty station 
can add a lot of stress to the 
already stressful event of mov¬ 
ing. SEAP can help alleviate 
some of the stress and will make 
the job search more comprehen¬ 

(Editor’s Note : The above article 
was reprinted from and localized 
according to information furnished 
by Navy Editor Service, courtesy of 
Bureau of Naval Personnel, Wash¬ 
ington, D. C). 

On July 25, Oak Knoll continued 

its golden anniversary celebration with a staff picnic 

One of the main features at the picnic was the dunking booth. Here, a young girl tries a shot at dunking two 
participants as a staff member watches. 

Morale, Welfare and Recreation staff members sell 50th anniversary tee-shirts. 

The inflatable dinosaur was one of the mam 

*!.**&&*. ■ •' *»-• ! 

A clown has an attentive audience at the pi®* 

Commanding Officer RADM William Buckendorf enjoys a soda while 
CAPT Maria Carroll helps serve food. CAPT Carroll is director of 
nursing services. 

(Official VS Navy photos by JOSN Kyna McKimson) 

Around Oak Knoll 

Oak Knoll Red Cross volunteer 

honored at National Naval Officers* Association conference 

k from the fun and games 

W ith an atten¬ 
dance of over 
200 members, 
there was 
plenty of food 
to go around 
the picnic. 
Food served 
included fried 
•od barbe- 
cued chicken, 
roasted pig, 
hotdogs, oys- 
brs and many 
*kie dishes and 

Lily Thompson, a Red Cross 
volunteer at Oak Knoll, and her 
husband. Hadwick. received the 
Dorie Miller Award at the July 
conference of the National Na¬ 
val Officers Association 

The Done Miller Award is 
presented each year to a mem¬ 
ber who excels in the accom¬ 
plishment of the goals and ob¬ 
jectives of the Association. 
These goals are to support the 
naval services of the United 
States by supporting its poli¬ 
cies and assisting in the recruit¬ 
ment, career development and 
retention of minority officers. 
The NNOA also supports local 
community activities through 
such things as scholarships and 
community outreach programs. 

The award is the highest award 
presented by this national as¬ 
sociation, which has been sanc¬ 
tioned by the secretaries of the 
Navy and Transportation. The 
award is named in memory of 
Dorie Miller, an AITo-Ameri- 
can who served with distinc¬ 
tion in the United States Navy. 
He was credited with having 
shot down four Japanese air¬ 
planes during the attack on 
Pearl Harbor, for which he re¬ 
ceived the Navy Cross. 

Coincidently, Hadwick 
Thompson was part of the de¬ 
fense of Pearl Harbor also dur¬ 
ing the attack, manning a gun 
on the deck of the destroyer, 
USS Ramsay, (DD-124). 

The Thompsons are the first 
civilians and the first couple to 

receive this award since its in¬ 
ception in 1972. After retiring 
in 1986, having served in a ci¬ 
vilian capacity for over 30 years 
at the hospital, Lily returned to 
serve as a Red Cross volunteer. 
The Thompsons are actively in¬ 
volved with various organiza¬ 
tions, some of which are the 
Day Area Chapter of the NNOA. 
the US Navy League, the Ameri¬ 
can Red Cross, the Children’s 
Hospital in Oakland and 
Veteran’s Advocacy Board 
LCDR Edwards 
Also recognized was LCDR 
Mahlayna Edwards, a certified 
registered nurse anesthetist in 
NAVHOSP Oakland’s Anes¬ 
thesiology Department. She 
won the Distinguished Service 

Auxiliary Security Force 

Naval Hospital Oakland sent 20 service members to Mare Island to be trained by the U.S. 
Marine Corps Mobile Training Team recently. All personnel were trained in all aspects of 
physical security/law enforcement. This includes firearm proficiency to unarmed self-defense. 
The Auxiliary Security Force would augment the Security Department in case of threat 
condition or at the commanding officer's discretion. Shown here, from left to right are (first 
row): CAPT Clacys, LISMC, MACM Mario Del Rosario, MAC D. J. Abbey, GySgt. Edralin; 
(second row): HM2 Cheri Cass, QM2 Anthony Falcone, HM2 Edward Asselin, MS2 Noel 
Yadao, MS2 Vincent Talentino, MS2 Tamara Schmit; (third row): HN Vincent Turley, YN2 
Keith Gleason, HA James Cornue, HM2 Mark Bjornson, HM3 Robert White, PN3 Jeffrey 
Crettol, HM3 Daniel Shuster, HN Richard Cook, QM2 John Manuto, PN3 Abel Magno and 
MS2 Rizal Ednalino. (Official U.S. Navy photo by J02 Stephen R. Brown, text by Master at 
Arms D. J. Abbey) 

Page 6 

Red Rover 

August 21,1992 

Oak Knoll Viewpoint 

What impact do you think NHO has on the Bay Area beneficiary population? 

CAPT Noel A. Hyde 
Executive Officer 

tive (CRI). We have some real 
tools to work with that the rest 
of the country doesn’t have. As 
an example, we use civilian pro¬ 
viders who work in our facili¬ 
ties and are reimbursed by Foun- 
dation Healthcare. the 
CHAMPUS Reform Initiative 
contractor. We can, therefore, 
provide health care within our 
facility with no copayments and 
no deductibles for patients. This 
means free medical care, and 
that is a major tool we have that 
allows our providing maximum 
care to beneficiaries in the area. 

in any of the naval hospitals or 
the naval service and the De¬ 
partment of Defense. I think 
that we can provide almost any¬ 
thing to our beneficiaries as 
much as possible. 

CAPT Eleanor Perry, NC 

I was previously stationed 

get cuts. These are challenging 
times for health care not only in 
the civilian community but in 
the military as well. However, 
many staff members at 
NAVHOSP are working very 
hard to provide the best care to 
all beneficiaries in spite of the 
challenges and constraints. 

retirees as to where they may 
eventually obtain their health 
care. Even with the doom and 
gloom, as health care provid¬ 
ers, we owe it to ourselves and 
our patients to give the best pos¬ 
sible service we can give. 

Al Siebert 

HMC Pamela Robeson, 
LCPO of Radiology 

NHO’s impact, I think, is 
substantial probably more now 
than it has ever been. With 
Letterman Army Medical 
Center’s closure, Fort Ord in 
the Monterey Peninsula begin¬ 
ning to downsize and ulti¬ 
mately closing, we are picking 
up the medical care responsi¬ 
bilities for a lot of people. We 
will, as best we can, take on 
the active-duty load and then 
their dependents, their retired 
personnel and their dependents 
as well. But beyond our taking 
care of those people directly in 
NAVHOSP Oakland, using our 
own providers, we manage the 
care that is provided to them 
through the CHAMPUS pro¬ 
gram and here in California, 
the CHAMPUS Reform Initia- 

HMCS (AW/SW) Gary 
Chapman, CSC 

Naval Hospital Oakland has 
always provided excellent care 
to all our catchment area 
(thanks to the dedication and 
individual loyalty of 
NAVHOSP Oakland staff), but 
with local political lethargy, 
DOD downsizing and residency 
closures a promotion of uncer¬ 
tainty is beginning to surface. 

I think we’ve made a great 
impact not only just on active- 
duty members and their depen- 

With the changing Navy, a 
shrinking Navy, I think health 
care that we provide here is 
probably the oest of anywhere 

here 1981-85. Of course, many 
factors have impacted on the 
delivery of health care at 
NAVHOSPOakland since that 
time: an ever increasing popu¬ 
lation of beneficiaries; tech¬ 
nological advances occurring 
at a more rapid pace while driv¬ 
ing costs up; shortages of mili¬ 
tary medical personnel neces¬ 
sitating need to contract ser¬ 
vices from the civilian sector; 
military downsizing and bud- 

I * - 

L 1 

dents in the immediate Bay 
Area. We also see a lot of Air 
Force dependents who come 
from the valley because it is too 

far for them to go to the hospital 
at Travis Air Force Base. I think 

These events will probably cre¬ 
ate doubt in our dependents and 

that the biggest impact is that 
we see so many people here at 
NAVHOSP Oakland. 

I want to vote! 

NAVHOSP Oakland's voting officer answers common questions about voting 

Q. In which state should I vote? 

Q: How do I obtain an absentee 

A: You should vote in your state of 
legal residence, which is the state 
you have listed on your records for 
state taxation purposes. You also 
have the option to vote in the state in 
which you lived when you joined 
the military. 

A: Your senior enlisted advisor or 
his representative has the materi¬ 
als you need to vote. These mate¬ 
rials are a Federal Post Card Ap¬ 
plication (FPCA) and a Voting As¬ 
sistance Guide, containing the 

FPCA completion instructions for 
each state. The FPCA is sent to 
your state and then, about 30 days 
prior to the election, your state send 
a ballot to you. FPCAs should be 
mailed by the end of September. 

Q: How can I get information about 
my state candidates? 

A: The DoD Voting Information 
Center, (Autovan 223-6500), pro¬ 
vides information on elections and 
recorded messages from governors, 
U.S. senators and members of the 
House of Representatives. Sixty 
days prior to an election, messages 
fromcandidates for these offices are 
also available. 

Q: Who can I contact for questions 
not answered here? 

A: You may contact your senior 
enlisted advisor, HMCS (SW/AW) 

Gary Chapman, at (510) 633-5324 
or your command voting officer. 

LT Terry Priboth. (510) 633-5820, | - 

From the Chaplain 



Different viewpoints 

By LCDR Peter B. Nlssen, 

Four centuries ago, Charles 
V was Emperor of the German 
Empire which, then, included 
most of Europe. He, like most 
other heads of state, found the 
job of ruling his people a diffi¬ 

cult occupation. In his old age. 
Emperor Charles retired to rest 
his frazzled nerves. He spent 
his time relaxing by working on 
a variety of clocks which he had 
collected. He had a house full 
of them. He tried to see if he 
could regulate them so they 
could all strike precisely at the 
same time. Finally he gave up. 

One day, when he was sitting 
alone again, he began to think 
about the same situation with a 
sense of frustration. He then 
began to think about the years 
he had spent as emperor. He 
realized that he had been a fool 
trying to make people think 
alike in everything. He realized 
he could not even make all his 
clocks strike at the same time. 

All of us, from time to time, 
exhibit trends like Charles V. 
We do not rule countries or have 
a large collection of clocks. But 
we do become bitter, bad-tem- 

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pered and nervous in efforts to 
make our friends and loved 
one think as we do. Friend¬ 
ships have been broken, fami¬ 
lies disrupted and civil wars 
started because of differences 
of opinion. All of this diffi¬ 
culty, through the centuries, 
does not lie in a diversity of 
questions aud opinions, but in 

our human tendency to force un¬ 
welcome beliefs and opinions 
upon people. This has always 
stifled creativity. It is the same 
old folly of trying to make clocks 
strike alike. 

I think we can be compared to 
people living all around the foot 
of a great mountain. None of us 
can see all sides of the moun¬ 

tain, just as none of us can see 
the whole truth about any mat¬ 
ter. So. instead of arguing about 
what we might perceive to be 
on the other side of the moun¬ 
tain, bow much wiser it would 
be to get together and compare 
notes on different viewpoints. 
This will foster community and 

Red Rover 

Page 7 

August 21* 1992 

Piet corner 

NAVCARE Oakland 

Changing your relationship with food 

Food ranks right up there with the 
great sensual pleasures of life But. 
for those of us who are trying to 
control our weight, our relationship 
with food all too often is a love-hate 
one. Sometimes we feel like “we 
can't live with it, but we can’t live 
without iL" The good news is that 
you can live happily with your favor¬ 
ite foods and still control your weight 
by making simple changes in the way 
you think about eating in general. 

Why you eat - If we were truly 
hungry, chances are few of us would 
have weight problems. But we often 
eat when we’re bored, frustrated, 
lonely, sad and so on. We may also 
eat to be polite — we don’t want to 
“offend” our hostess, our mother — 
whoever. When we regularly use 
food as a substitute “solution" for the 
real problem at hand, weight gain 
almost always follows. Begin chang¬ 
ing your relationship with food by 
asking yourself, “Why do I want to 
eat? Am 1 really hungry?" Be honest 
with yourself, and if you’re not really 
hungry, don’t eat. 

How you eat - Are you a snacker? 
Do you munch while watching TV? 

Sample while you cook? If so, you 
may be taking in far more calories 
than you realize. A cookie liere and 
a bag of chips there can add up to 
excess weight. One way to avoid 
“automatic’’ eating is to agree to eat 
ooly while seated at a dining table - in 
your kitchen or dining table or the 
lunchroom or cafeteria. You’ll 
eliminate unnecessary snacking and 
will probably only make the effort 
to eat when you’re really hungry. 

Whatyou eat - You may still have 
weight problems if you don’t con¬ 
sider what you eat. When choosing 
food, remember that the main reason 
we need to cat is to supply our bodies 
with fuel for energy. Sugary snacks 
and refined, processed foods, are gen¬ 
erally low in nutrients, high in calo¬ 
ries and fail to satisfy hunger for a 
significant length of time. For weight 
control and health, select complex 
carbohydrates (fresh fruit, vegetables 
and whole grains) and low-fat foods 
such as lean meat, poultry without 
skin, fish, dried beans and peas (le¬ 
gumes) and low-or non-fat dairy 

How you burn calories - Are you 

active? Do you exercise vigorously 
for at least 20 minutes three times a 
week? If so, you know tlie second 
hall of the weight control story - 
burning calories through activity. In 
addition to exercising regularly, you 
can bum excess calories by sneaking 
in extra activity throughout your day 
— walking when possible, using the 
stairs instead of the elevator, and so 
on. Increasing your activity level in¬ 
creases Hie amount of calories you 
bum, and is a critical part of healthy 
weight control. 

Weighing the benefits - Once 
you’ve made some simple changes 
in your eating and exercise habits, 
you’ 11 be on your way to becoming a 
trimmer, filter, healthier you. By 
changing the way you think about 
eating and by becoming more active 
throughout your day. you can help 
yourself lose weight and keep it off 
for good. 

(Editor's Note The above article 
was submitted by dietician, LTTerry 
Priboth, MSC. It is reprinted from 
Health and Wellnes, Fitness and Nu¬ 
trition, Copy Kit, Parlay Interna¬ 

Patient Education 

Dental amalgam: a safe and effective material forfilling 

By LT Julian J. Thomas 

Far more than 150 years, dental 
amalgam has been used to restore 
decayed and broken teeth with great 
t^pocAn Dental amalgam is a com- 
pound of silver, mercury and other 
components that form a stable alloy 
at room temperature. From time to 
time, concern about mercury emitted 
intra-oraliy by amalgam fillings has 
been voiced by individuals mostly 
from outside the scientific commu¬ 

Amalgamenbes claim that the mer¬ 
cury leaked from dental amalgam may 
be responsible for hypersensitivity re¬ 
actions and mercury toxicity. They 
have even claimed that fillings may 
be responsible for diseases such as 
multiple sclerosis. They try to back 
their claims with testimonies of indi¬ 
viduals who experienced overnight 
relief of all symptoms immediately 
after having their amalgams removed. 

Mercury vapor detectors are often 
used in an attempt to show that large 

concentrations of mercury vapor are 
present intra-orally and that mercury 
vapor is released while chewing. 

Many articles have been written to 
dispute these claims. Recently, the 
American Dental Association (ADA) 
devoted an entire Lssueof JADA (ihe 
Journal of the American Dental As¬ 
sociation) to addressing the amal¬ 
gam controversy. One article 
written in response to a segment on 
“60 Minutes” entitled, “Is There 
Poison in your Mouth,” presents sev¬ 
eral facts that directly dispute the 
claims of the amalgam critics. 
These are listed below: 

• When the stable alloy of amal¬ 
gam is formed, only trace amounts of 
mercury are left and are measured in 
billionths of a gram. Everyone is 
exposed to higher levels of mercury 
from food, water and air on a daily 

* The device used by many of the 
amalgam critics to measure mercury 
levels in the mouth has been shown 
to be inaccurate for intra-oral use 
without first making corrections in 

flow rales. 

* Dentists and dental assistants 
are the group most exposed to mer¬ 
cury from amalgams; however, no 
correlation has been shown between 
mercury exposure and toxicity among 
these individuals. 

* The stones of patients being 
cured overnight after having their 
amalgams removed would not be 
possible because it takes the body a 
considerable amount of time to elimi¬ 
nate mercury. 

* The National Multiple Sclerosis 
Society has found no correlation be¬ 
tween dental amalgams and the inci¬ 
dence of multiple sclerosis; how¬ 
ever, patients with (his condition may 
experience spontaneous remissions 
and relapses from the disease, and 
placebo effects are common. 

Denial amalgam has been the ma¬ 
terial of choice for restoring teeth for 
more than a century. It is considered 
safe and effective by the ADA and a 
great majority of practicing dentists, 
and is still considered by many as the 
material of choice for dental fillings. 

Mental Health Department 

Starting mid-September, the 
Mental Health Department will 
offer group counseling in the form 
of support groups for active-duty 
and retiree parents, their teenag¬ 
ers and younger children. The 
groups are as follows; 

* New mothers - Sept. 22 - Nov. 
10-12 noon to 1: 15 p.m. Led by 
Amy W. Friedman, LCSW, the 
group will afford a chance for par- 
heipants to meet other new moms 
aod their babies, share their experi¬ 
ences. discuss common concerns, 
cooler the isolation, learn from 
each other and form a network. For 

aort information, call (510) 486- 

* Challenges of parenting - 

Sept. 16 - Nov. 4-11 a.m. to 12; 15 
P-m. The group is facilitated by 
,w ° * ( aff psychologists, Ruth 
Fallcnbaum, Ph.D. and Richard 
W'he, Ph D, who are experienced 
10 w °rking with children and par- 
cn, s This workshop will look at a 

wide variety of issues ranging from 
discipline and limit setting to rela¬ 
tionships with siblings and school 
performance. Additional topics to 
be covered will be based on the 
group’s suggestions. Call Mental 
Health Department at (510) 633- 
5379 for more information. 

* Fathers and stepfathers’ sup¬ 
port group - Sept. 16 - Nov. 4-4 
to 5:30 p.m. The group is led by 
Meshulam Plaves, Ph D., a clini¬ 
cal psychologist who works with 
children, parents and families. The 
meeting will revolve around such 
concerns as: the conflicts and joys 
of being fathers; what can be done 
with feeling of anger toward chil¬ 
dren; being away from children 
when deployed; being a stepfa¬ 
ther; co-parenting and role as a 
father; the fathers/stepfathers’ own 
experiences with their fathers, dis¬ 
cussion of common concerns 
among fathers. For more informa¬ 
tion, call (510) 549-3944, 

* Teenage support group - 
Sept. 14 - Nov. 2 - 3 to 4 p.m. The 
group will be led by Anita Thomp¬ 
son, a therapist with over 12 years 
experience working with teenag¬ 
ers in the Oakland public schools, 
juvenile detention centers and other 
adolescent facilities. The goals of 
the group will be to: learn how to 
cope with peer pressure and how 
to communicate with parents in a 
more effective manner, focus on 
other family relationships; learn 
how to express frustration and an¬ 
ger in a more appropriate manner 
and focus on pressures from school. 
For more information, call (510) 

Another group for diabetic par¬ 
ents is being formed. Its dates and 
time will be published as soon as 
definite information is available. 
All groups meet for eight weeks in 
the group room of the Mental 
Health Department, on the fifth 
floor of the main hospital. 

Clinic in Oakland has achieved ac¬ 
creditation from the Joint Commis¬ 
sion on Accreditation of I leallhcare 
Organizations (JCAHO). 

Formed in 1951, JCAHO is dedi¬ 
cated to improving the quality of die 
nation’s health care through volun¬ 
tary accreditation. NAVCARE OAK¬ 
LAND was accredi led after a team of 
Joint Commission reviewers con¬ 
ducted an on-site survey in May, and 
found that the clinic had demonstrated 
compliance with JCAHO’s national 
standards for excellence. 

“In becoming accreditated, 
ated against a set of national stan¬ 
dards by the Joint Commission team 
which included surveyors experi¬ 
enced in the delivery of ambulatory 
health care services,” said Kenneth 
Hermann, Pharm. D., vice president 
for accreditation surveys at the Joint 
Commission. “Achieving accredita¬ 

tion demonstrates NAVCARE 
OAKLAND’S commitment to pro¬ 
vide high quality care to its patients. 

Ken Giffin, project manager, said 
that accreditation shows that “we’ve 
made a significant investment in 
quality on a day-by-day basis from 
the top down. We sought accredita¬ 
tion for our organization because we 
want it to be the best, and we view 
obtaining JCAHO accreditation as 
another step toward excellence.” 

He noted that accreditation was 
attainable only through the coopera¬ 
tion and communication among staff 
members. “Everyone here at 
NAVCARE played a valuable role 
in working to meet the standards," 
said Giffin. “I think it gives them a 
feeling of prestige to work in an 
accredited organization. They also 
appreciate the educational aspect of 
the survey and the opportunity to 
interact with the Joint Commission 

Foundation Health 

Processes standard CHAMPUS claims 

SACRAMENTO, CA — Military 
families who submit claims for care 
received under the standard 
CHAMPUS program will send 
them to a different contractor, 
beginning October 1992. 

Standard CHAMPUS claims will 
be processed by Foundation Health 
Federal Services beginning Oct. 1, 
1992. Until then, the current proces¬ 
sor. Blue Cross of Washington and 
Alaska, will continue to handle all 
standard CHAMPUS claims. 

CHAMPUS patients who have 
standard CHAMPUS claims on 
which the care listed was received 
before Oct. 1, 1992, should submit 
them to Blue Cross of Washington 
and Alaska: California claims, P.O. 
Box 34311, Seattle, Wash.. 98124- 

Persons who have standard 
CHAMPUS claims forcare received 
on and after Oct 1. 1992 should 
submit them to Foundation Health 
Federal Services: California claims. 
Claims Department, P.O. Box 1810, 

Rancho Cordova. Calif.. 95670. 

Beginning Nov. 1, 1992, Blue 
Cross of Washing ton and Alaska will 
no longer receive claims, but will 
complete processing of claims re¬ 
ceived before Nov. 1. Starting Nov. 
1, 1992, CHAMPUS-eligible per¬ 
sons should submit all standard 
CHAMPUS claims, regardless of 
when the care was received, to 
Foundation Health Federal Services. 

Further information can be ob¬ 
tained by calling 1-800-282-7105 at 
Foundation Health Services or by 
visiting the health benefit advisor 
(HBA) at the nearest military hospi¬ 
tal or clinic. At NAVHOSP Oak¬ 
land. the HBA is Chesta Brantley, 
who can be reached at (510) 633- 

Foundation Health Federal Ser¬ 
vices is a defense contractor that 
provides CHAMPUS health care 
services to eligible persons in Cali¬ 
fornia, Hawaii and New Orleans, La. 
The company is located in Rancho 
Cordova, Calif., near Sacramento. 

(DDP*Delta) premium increase 

SACRAMLNTO, CA — The Department of Defense has increased the 
sponsor’s premium share for DDP* Delta coverage. Effective Aug. 1, 
1992, the single premium (one dependent) is $5.20 per month, and the 
family premium (two or more dependents) is $10 per month. Ibis is the 
first premium increase in two years. 

Currently enrolled sponsors should see the increased premium re¬ 
flected in their July Leave and Earnings Statements. Service members 
now enrolling in the plan will be enrolled at the higher premium. 

DDP is still an excellent value for service families. Each service branch 
pays more than 60 percent of the total cost of DDP for their enrolled 
sponsors. Even it family members only take advantage of the 100 percent 
covered services (twice yearly checkup, cleaning and x-rays), the family 
will save at least $80 a year for one enrolled dependent, $164 for two 
dependents and more with larger families. Those who take advantage of 
other covered services like fillings and sealants will save even more. 

For more information about DDP*Dental, see the Cl 1AMPIJS health 
benefit advisor. At NAVHOSP Oakland, IhisisChcsla Brantley whocan 
be reached ai (510)633-5169,51970. Information can also be obtained by 
calling (916) 381-9368. To get DDP coverage, go to your Military 
Personnel Office today and enroll. 

Page 8 

Red Rover 

August 21, 1992 




Radiology emerged as the 1992 intramural 
slow pitch softball champions by barely squeak- 

NAVHOSP Oakland 

Winter League Softball 

July 30,1992 / 2nd week 

Team W 

Radiology 3 

USS ABE Lincoln 2 
Psych-Clones 2 

Radiers 2 

Q Dogs 2 

Lab 1 

Meat Cutters 0 

ing by the runner up. Pharmacy team. 6-5. 

Under the able leadership of Dan Walsh and 
aided in his quest of the championship were T. 
Acker. R. Goggins, T. Lewis, J. Smith, A. Waltz, 
C. Flores, V. Hauge, G. Curlin, M. Whitney, O. 
Nunin. R. Adams and R. Steinberg. 

Radiology ended up the NHO Summer League 
with an impressive 20-2 record. Runner up, Phar¬ 
macy. followed with an 18-6 record. 

MSC Softball game 

MSC officers won by one point during the 
annual MSC/Chiefs Softball game recently. It 
was a close game, with a score of 6-5 — the 
winning run taking place in the 7th inning. 

1992 C.P.S.C 

* Sailing Naval Station Treasure Island 

Aug. 20. 

* Horseshoe Mare Island Shipyard, Sept. 19. 

* Darts Naval Security Group Activity, 

Skagg Island, Nov. 7. 

Active-duty personnel interested in partici¬ 
pating should contact Ron Brown. Special Ser¬ 
vices Department, at (510) 633-6450. 

FSC offers a variety of programs 

The Family Service Center 
(FSC) offers a variety of pro¬ 
grams for military personnel, 
spouses and families from ca¬ 
reer college comeback to choos¬ 
ing child care, to stress man¬ 
agement. to positive parenting 
workshops. Following is a list 
of classes and workshops avail¬ 
able in September. 

Family Service Center Play 
and Learn Co-Op Meeting - 

The FSC Play and Learn Co-Op 
group is seeking individuals 
who can volunteer time between 
9:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. in ex¬ 
change for free child care. Look 
for information on the upcom¬ 
ing FSC Play and Learn Open 
House on Wednesday, Sept. 23. 
10 a.m. - 12 noon. 

Phase Men’s and Women’s 
Group - The treatment program 

is available for people who are 
involved in an abusive relation¬ 
ship. Call (510) 263-3141 for 
more information or for a con¬ 
fidential screening. Men’s 
group meets every Tuesday 10 
a.m; women’s group every 
Thursday, 10 a.m. 

‘Losing PoundsSensibly Sup¬ 
port Group - An informative 
and educa ional support group 
for people trying to lose or main¬ 
tain weight. If you need a sup¬ 
port system, join the sinners 
circle every second and fourth 
Thursday at 8 a.m. 

City Safari Bargain Shopping 
in Alameda - Join us on a fun 
trip of exploring Alameda for 
bargains. We will visit consign¬ 
ment shops featuring both chil¬ 
dren and adult clothing. We will 
leave the Center on Sept. 16 at 

9:30 a.m. and return at 3:00 p.m. 
The cost will be S2.20 for trans¬ 
portation. Bring money for 

Eliminating Clutter From 
Your Life - Today’s lifestyle 
involves managing priorities - 
career, family home, education 
and time for one’s self. This 
seminar can show you how to 
successfully prioritize what is 
important to create an enjoy¬ 
able. stress-free and balanced 
life. Featuring organization spe¬ 
cialist and time management ex¬ 
pert, Diane Heberling, the semi¬ 
nar meets Tuesday, Sept. 15, 
6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. 

For further information or to 
register for workshops, call 
(510) 263-3146. 

* Indicates a new program. 

General Library: recent acquisitions 

A dm. Charles Koop, “The memoirs of America’s Family 
Doctor,” (autobiography). 

Mary Leakey, “Disclosing the Past,” (biography). 

Dean R. Koontz, “Hideway,” (Fiction). 

Anne Rule. “If You Really Loved Me: A True Story of 
Love and Murder.” 

Deborah Tannen, “You Just Don’t Understand." 
Sylvia Porter, “Planning Your Retirement.” 
Donald Spoto, “Laurence Olivier: A Biography.” 
Michael Chrichton. “Rising Sun.” (fiction). 
James Stewart. “Den of Thieves." 

LaVyrle Spencer, “Bygones.” 

Robert Ludlum. “Road to Omaha," (fiction). 

John Grisham, "Pelican Brief,” (Fiction). 

Mollie Ivens, “Mollie Ivens Can’t Say That, Can She?" 

The General Library, is located in Building 
101 (down the hall from the Post Office). All 
Oak Knoll military, retired military, dependents 
and civilians are eligible to use the General 
Library. You may phone (510) 633-6127 to 
reserve a book. 

On July 23, 


Spelr com¬ 
missioned his 
Whitfield into 
the Navy 
Nurse Corps 
as an ensign 
aboard the 
USNS Mercy 

Ceremony at¬ 
(from left): 

ENS Greg 
Cadle, Ned 
Cronin, LT 

CAPT Martin Taub, Mary Ann Spelr (holding Renee's daughter Alison), ENS Whitfield 
CAPT H. A. Spelr, HMCM (SS) Thomas Grleb, HN Jeremy Greene, Rick Whitfield (CAPT 
Spelr's son), Hope Rockwell, Marge Lesage and CAPT Maria Carroll. 

Civilian Personnel vacancy 


This is the list of current and open continuous vacancies which is serviced by 
Gvilian Personnel Department at Naval Hospital Oakland (NHO). Applicants 
who arc qualified federal employees with competitive status, qualified former 
federal employees with reinstatement eligibility, or qualified individuals eligible 
for special appointments, such as those authorized for the severely disabled 
certain Vietnam Era and disabled veterans, may apply for these announcements 
Applicants should refer to the individual vacancy announcements for com¬ 
plete in formation and qualifications. Announcements may be obtained by calling 
633-6372 or Autovon 828-6372, Monday through Friday. 8 a.m.- 4 p.m., or 
visiting the Gvilian Personnel Office. 


Physical Science 
GS-1311 -4/5/6 

Medical Technologist 

Medical Technologist 

Industrial Hygienist 


Vocational Nurse 

Physicians Assistant 

Orthotist or 

Ortho tist-Prosthetist 


location Closing Date 

Navy Drug Screening Lab OC 

Laboratory Department 

Navy Drug Screening Lab 

Various Locations 

Navy Drug Screening Lab 

Nursing Services 

Branch Clinic, Mare Island 


Medical Record Technician Patient Administration 

Medical Record Technician Patient Administration 

Supvy Community Health 

Nurse Occ Health/ Preventive Medicine 


Secretary (Typing) 

Medical Records Technician 


Nurse Specialist 

Clerk Typist 

Medical Clerk 



Medical Clcrk(Typing) 

File Gerk 

Occ Health/ Preventive Medicine 

Branch Clinic, Treasure Island 

Ambulatory Care 
Navy Drug Screening Lab 

Various Locations 

Various Locations 

Various Locations 

Various Locations 

Fitness Report Asst (Typ) Administrative Support 

Nurse Practitioner 

Medical Officer 



Medical Officer 



Nurse Practitioner 

Clinical Nurse 

Branch Clinic. Mare Island 

Various Locations 

Various Locations 

Various Locations 

Various Locations 

Note* OC- Open Continuously 
OUF-Open until Oiled 


























Hispanic American Heritage Month begins Sept. 15 

The Red Rover 

Vol. 4 No. 13 

Naval Hospital Oakland, California 

September 11, 1992 

Navy nurse made history as a WWIIPO W 

JMM m .IhbM.v 'L 

LT Margaret (Peggy) Nash takes care of a patient in a Japanese concentration camp in Santo Tomas. The 
photograph, which was taken by an enemy guard sometime in 1943, found its way to many different places, 
notably in Knickerbocker Weekly, a Dutch magazine published in February 1945. (Photo courtesy of 
Margaret Nash). 

Margaret Nash had no idea, 
when she joined the US Na\y Nurse 
Corps on April 28. 1936. that she 
was about to make history. After 
two tours in the States, she was 
ordered to US Naval Hospital 
Guam, where she stayed until Octo¬ 
ber 1941. Far from the horrors of 
the Nazi invasion of Europe and the 
Battle of Britain, her life on Guam 
was an idyl in warm sunlight, com¬ 
plete with romance and the fulfill¬ 
ment of her chosen profession. Little 
did she know that she was speeding 
straight to the gates of WWII, that 
she was about to plunge right into 
the nightmarish world of concen¬ 
tration camps — an experience that 
would change her life forever. 

One of 12 Navy nurses assigned 
to Canacao Naval Hospital in Ma¬ 
nila, she was there when all hell 
broke loose in the Pacific in De¬ 
cember 1941. With the fall of Ma¬ 
nila in January 1942. Margaret 
Nash was taken prisoner by the 
Japanese, and spent the next 37 
months in Santo Tomas and Los 
Banos prison camps on the Island 
of Luzon in the Philippines. 

1 he story that unfolds in the fol¬ 
lowing interview is one of valor, 
dedication and compassion. It re¬ 
veals CDR Margaret (Peggy) 
Nash’s, NC, (Ret.) indomitable will 
to survive. 

Q. At what point did you begin to 
suspect that all wasn 7 well m Para¬ 

A. When we went aboard ship to 
transfer to Canacao. Everything was 
black and I thought that there was 
something wrong. The chaplain said 
that we were traveling under secret 
orders. We traveled around in the 
Pacific Ocean in the dark.and we 
had no idea where we were going. 
We finally reached Canacao [Ma¬ 
nila], and everyone asked where 
we’d been because they’d been ex¬ 
pecting us for a couple of weeks. 

Q. Where were you when you 
learned about Pearl Harbor? 

A. In Manila, at Canacao Naval 
Hospital, about five miles from 
Cavite Navy Yard. Clark Air Force 
Base was also nearby, and we were 
right in the middle of a military 

Q- What happened? 

A. Monday, we went over, dis¬ 
charged the patients who could go 
to duty and we kept the ones who 
suil needed care. I think we had 
some polio patients in iron lungs we 
kept at Canacao (Naval Hospital]. 
The next day, ] think it was Dec. 10 
U941), the Japanese started drop¬ 
ping their bombs. Their target was 
Ciark Air Force Base, and they 
mowed down the pilots just as they 
were getting in their planes. 

I hen. the next day, they bombed 
the Cavite Navy Yard. That was my 
first experience with casualties. 
Evidently the gates were all locked 
I no one] could get out, so those 
P* X; r fellows were absolutely mas- 
^C7ed in there. Our corps men went 
w 'th ambulances and we stayed 

in the hospital with our casualties. 
1 know many of our corpsmen didn’t 
come back, but [wounded] were 
coming in every vehicle available, 
sitting on top of cars — four and 
five to a car. They were even pick¬ 
ing up dead bodies and bringing 
them in...Our ward had 78...and 
when I walked in the hospital. I said 
“Oh, my God. this is really war." 

Our doctors were all in the OR, 
so we [the nurses] had to fend for 
ourselves. There were only nine 
Navy nurses...Everyone was 
screaming with pain: one nurse 
would fill a syringe with 20 cc of 
tetanus toxoid; another nurse a sy¬ 
ringe with morphine. First we’d give 
the tetanus, then the morphine to try 
and ease some of the suffering. It 
went on for the entire day. 

I’d always been an OR nurse...we 
were operating on one patient after 
another without the benefit of an 
OR. The doctors were walking from 
one patient to the other without 
changing gloves...all we were do¬ 
ing was saving lives, even operat¬ 
ing on the steps, any place at all 
available...Ai one point I looked 
out of the window, it was dark and 
there was fire all around us. 1 thought 
to myself, if [the Japanese] came 
and dropped another load, this suf¬ 
fering would be over, mine included. 
Q. Where were you and what hap¬ 
pened when the Japanese entered 

A. We had moved to Santa 
Scholastica, a college of music run 
by German fathers.We’d set up a 
hospital there because we figured 
we were going to stay a while, and 
we stayed until the Japanese came 
on Jan. 2,1942 and we were placed 
under guard. By that time, many of 
our patients had died and many were 
recovering, so we were ordered to 
transfer them up to Bilibid Prison 
Camp, but we stayed in Santa 

By Master SgL Linda Lee, USA 
American Forces Information 

Hispanic Americans have 
served and continued to serve 
the United States and the De¬ 
partment of Defense with cour¬ 
age and distinction, said De¬ 
fense Secretary Dick Cheney. 

The role Hispanic heritage 
plays in the United States wasn’t 
officially recognized until 1968, 
when President Lyndon B. John¬ 
son and Congress proclaimed 
Hispanic Heritage Week. Since 
1989, Hispanic Heritage has 
been a month-long observance. 

Hispanic Heritage Month be¬ 
gins Sept. 15. The theme is 
“500 Years of Hispanic Heri¬ 
tage, 1942-1992 - Contributing 
to America's Progress.” It con¬ 
tinues to build on the themes 
for the last few years. “500 

On Jan. 5. the Japanese came to 
talk with our commanding officer, 
CAPT [Robert G.J Davis, [MCJ, 
and told him we were prisoners of 
war (POW). CAPT Davis men¬ 
tioned the Geneva Convention about 
POWs, but the Japanese replied, 
“we didn’t sign it.” 

On March 15, I’ll never forget 
it...the Japanese commandant stood 
us all up and said that we were to be 
transferred to a civilian internment 
camp — Santo Tomas, a Domini¬ 
can college. They didn’ t really know 
what to do with the women. There 
were 11 of us, and I remember the 
first night because we slept on the 
floor in one of the halls. Then, the 
next day, they opened up a great big 
room, set up cots under the win¬ 
dows for the Navy nurses, and 
that’s where we stayed. 

Q. Other than the obvious casu- 

years of Hispanic Heritage” has 
started each theme and focused 
on different aspects of Hispanic 
culture. In 1990, the other part 
of the theme was “Education 
Excellence, Key to Our Future,” 
while last year’s was “A Cul¬ 
tural Mosaic.” 

To recognize their contribu¬ 
tions, DoD takes part in the His¬ 
panic Heritage Celebration each 
year. There is no set way to 
celebrate the Hispanic contri¬ 
butions throughout the services. 
Each installation develops its 
own program, ranging from 
guest speakers and special meals 
at dining facilities to displays 
and sports events. 

When thinking of their con¬ 
tributions to the country’s de¬ 
fense, said Cheney, remember 
that 37 Hispanic-Americans re¬ 
ceived the Medal of Honor, the 
nation’s highest military deco¬ 
ration. The medal was first 

allies, what was the nature of your 
patient load? 

A. Civilians of every 
immaginable nationalities—people 
who had been in route from such 
places as Singapore and Shangai 
and who were stranded. For ex¬ 
ample, one of the nurses who joined 
us was the superintendent of Queen 
Mary Hospital at Hong Kong. We 
had a doctor. Dr. Dana Nance, who 
was a missionary and who was 
caught in Manila. We also had a 
Hungarian doctor who had escaped 
[from Hungary] and came to the 
Philippines and was caught, and he 
landed with us. 

None of the nurses ever com¬ 
plained. We did what was expected 
of us, and that was to take care of the 

Q. Tou were in a civilian hospi¬ 
tal. so were you treated like civil- 

awarded during the Civil War - 
two Hispanic-Americans were 
among the first to receive it. 
Hispanics received the Medal 
of Honor for actions during the 
Boxer Rebellion, World War I 
and II. Korean Conflict and the 
Vietnam War. 

Cheney said their actions 
have been a credit to them¬ 
selves, to the United States and 


A. No, we were military. Our 
chief nurse, Laura Cobb, was with 
us, and we took the same orders that 
we would have, had we been in a 
Navy hospital. CAPT Davis was 
with us and reminded us that we 
were Navy first. He also warned us 
not to get too friendly with the civil¬ 
ians because you never knew who 
you were talking to. Eventually we 
moved to another area in Santo 
Tomas known as Santa Catalina. It 
was a bigger place, and 1 think that 
by that time, Bataan had collapsed 
and the Japanese transferred the 
Army nurses to Santo Tomas, in¬ 
creasing our staff of Navy and civil¬ 
ian nurses. 

I think the Japanese had respect 
for us because we were working all 

See Navy Nurse on page 3 

to their ancestry. “Many of 
these valiant Hispanics made the 
ultimate sacrifice and received 
recognition posthumously,” he 

Those who received the 
nation’s highest recognition in¬ 

• Marine Pvt. France Silva. He 

See Heritage page 3 


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POW/MIA Recognition Day 

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Patient Opinion Survey 

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Fleet Week 1992 Schedule of Events 

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Continued from page 7 

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Hispanic American Heritage month begins Sept. 15 

the lime J say “1 think” because you 
never knew how the Japanese felt. 
Ot course, if you were to do any¬ 
thing that was against their regula¬ 
tions. they’d shoot you, so you had 
to be very, very careful. 

Q. Were you mistreated at all ? 
Beaten 7 Tortured? 

A. Not in the strictest sense, but 
the Japanese guard would walk in 
our quarters at any hour of the day 
and night. This caused us much dis¬ 
tress because we never knew what 
they had in mind, and we never 
stayed alone in one room and kept 
our clothes on at all lime. Other than 
that, they didn't hurt us physically. 
However, they did terrible things in 
that camp If anyone escaped, they 
would make a spectacle of it, bring 
{the escapees) in, beat them unmer¬ 
cifully. and we all had to watch. 
Then, after they had beaten them, 
they'd shoot them. Their message 
was: don't try to escape because this 
is what's going to happen if you do. 
Q. What were you given to eat? 
A. Our menu was interesting. 
Have you ever tasted wall paper 
paste? Well, that’s what we had for 
breakfast — weevils and all. It was 
called lugao. They would give us 
rodk for it. and if you were lucky 
you d get a banana. The second of 
ourtwo meals a day was a stew of all 
^ve vegetables served at 5 p.m. 
We had no meal, no protein of any 
kind, and that's why there was so 
rouch beriberi (1) and malnutrition. 

We’d look outside and see the 
monkeys in the banana trees. We 
were surrounded with banana trees, 
<md we d see the little animals scur- 
ry uig up and down the trees and peel 
bananas. We stared at them. We 
were really starving. 

Q- I Ad you get beriben ? 

vs, in 1944 I was swollen all 
0vcr arms, my legs. Dr. Nance 
iai'j ihc only way to save me was to 
* rcs * the infection until they could 
*** 016 back to the States. They 

decided to give me a crude typhoid 
vaccine — brewed by old friends in 
die Lab. One of the islanders told 
me they were doing that back in the 
States for people who were brought 
back in terrible shape. Anyway, they 
gave me the first injection. My tem¬ 
perature went to about 106, and I 
survived that one. Then they gave 
me a second one and it nearly killed 
me. They were going to give me a 
third one, but our chief nurse said, 
“no, she’ll never make it." 

Another Navy nurse who was 
staying with me said, “Peggy, if I 
die, don't leave me here, make sure 
I go home.” and I replied, “we can’t 
bury you here, you don’t have any 
nice clothes to put on." 

You know, we always had this 
sense of humor that we never lost. 
Q. Is this what pulled you 

A. Yes. That and my faith in God. 
my family and my profession. We 
were kept busy all the lime and we 
didn’t have time to think about our¬ 
selves. But we could always laugh. 
Q. Do you remember a particu¬ 
larly tense moment...something 
frightfully moving that you will 
never forget? 

A. Yes, when one of the intern¬ 
ees tried to steal some onions. He 
kepi telling me that the Japanese 
were planting a garden and said, "as 
soon as the onions start to grow, 
why don’t we go and steal some?" 
I had a little shanty not far from the 
garden, so I could keep an eye on 
the guard.The night came when we 
decided to steal some onions. My 
friend said, “you watch and I’ll run 
down |to the garden) and pull the 

So 1 sat there and watched very 
nonchalant when, all of a sudden, I 
heard a shot and saw my friend run 
past the shanty. He’d pulled die 
onions all right, but he left die evi¬ 
dence when (the guards) tired at 
him. So I sat very still and tned to 

control myself while he went out 
and started mingling with the in¬ 
ternees. The guards couldn’t find 
him, but they put us all on trial 
anyway, and I lied like a mg on that 
stand. I have never lied so much in 
all my life. 

About three weeks later Father 
Aheam came down and asked me, 
"you know who stole the onions, 
don’t you?” I replied, “yes I do," 
and Father said, “it’s OK, we’re 
fighting for survival in here, but for 
God’s sake, don’t lie like that when 
you get out of here." I told him, 
“don’t worcy.” At the time, how¬ 
ever, I didn’t care. I thought that we 
were fighung for life, and the only 
thing we wanted was an onion to 
put in the rice to try to help flavor it. 
Q. Was your family aware that 
you were still alive ? When and how 
did they learn about it? 

A. Well, that’s a story in itself. 
When we were still at SantoTomas, 
I noticed that a Japanese guard kept 
following me all the time. The mo¬ 
ment I came out of the building, he 
was right there, and when I’d get to 
the hospital. I’d turn around and 
he’d be following me. I was scared 
to death. This went on for about five 
days, until one morning, when I was 
on the ward talking with a patient, 
all of a sudden, that same little guard 
was at the door and he snapped a 
picture. That’s all he wanted: to 
take a picture and he had me in a 
panic for days. 

Anyway, the next day the picture 
appeared in Japanese propaganda, 
and. apparently, alter the launching 
of the American invasion, CDR 
|R.F.) Armknecht (Civil Engineer 
Corps. USN) whom I had known in 
Guam saw the picture and sent it on 
to the Intelligence Office at his base 
for identification. Somehow the 
photograph ended with the Navy 
Department, and they contacted my 

Continued on page 4 

• Army CpI Rodolfo 
Hernandez, lie continued to fire 
on onruslung assailants after his 
comrades withdrew during an 
attack in Korea in 1951. When 
he ran out of ammunition, he 
charged the enemy, armed with 
only a rifle and a bayonet. He 
fell unconscious from bullet, 
grenade and bayonet wounds. 
His actions halted the enemy 
advance, enabling his unit to 
counterattack and retake the lost 

• Army Sgt. 1st Class Louis 
Rocco. He accompanied an 
emergency medical evacuation 
team to evacuate eight critically 
wounded soldiers in 1970 in 
Vietnam. The helicopter was 
forced to crash land. Rocco, 
severly injured, managed to pull 
the survivors from the wreck¬ 
age. Under enemy fire, he car¬ 
ried each man to safety. 

• Marine Pfc. Ralph Dias. 
Though severely wounded by 
snipers in Vietnam in 1969, he 
crawled to a location near the 
enemy. He unsuccessfully 

threw several grenades at the 
enemy location; he moved into 
the open, and as he threw a gre¬ 
nade that destroyed the enemy’s 
gun emplacement, he was killed. 

Throughout the history of the 
United States, hundreds of thou¬ 
sands of Ilispanic-Americans 
have responded to the country’s 
defense. They arc unsung he¬ 
roes, said Cheney, men and 
women who did what was asked 
of them in the defense of their 

These include Marine Sgt. 
James M. Lopez and CpI. Wil¬ 
liam A. Gallegos, taken hos¬ 
tage when the U.S. Embassy in 
Iran was overrun in 1979; Air 
Force Maj. Fernando Ribas- 
Dominicci, killed in a combat 
mission over Libya in 1986; 
Marine Pfc. Guy Gabaldon, who 
singlehandedly captured more 
than 1,000 Japanese soldiers on 
Saipan in 1944; and Air Force 
Capt. Manuel Fernandez Jr., 
who, with 14.5 air victories, 
was the third-ranking fighter 
pilot in the Korean War. 

aided in the defense of Western 
legations in China for two 
months during the Boxer Re¬ 
bellion in 1900. 

• Army Pvt. 

David Barkley 
He swam the 
Meuse River in £ 

France, crawl- jj 
ing behind en¬ 
emy lines to map j 
artillery loca¬ 
tions in 1918. 
during World W’ar 
I. He drowned on 
the return trip. 

Barkley is the \ 

Army’s first His¬ 
panic Medal of 
Honor recipient; his 
Hispanic heritage 
was not discov¬ 
ered until 1989.^ 



• Marine Pfc. Harold 
Gonsalves. He took part in ac¬ 
tion on the Okinawan islands of 
Ie Shima in 1945; when a 

FISIl-PATSj'PTNO grenade landed Wllhin a 

JL/1 1 J. 1 ^ ^ group of Marines, he dived 

America's mm m 


on it, absorbing the explosion 
with his own body. 

• Army Sgt. Jose Lopez. He 

almost single-handedly 
kept his company from 
being over-run by 
# # Germans in Bel¬ 

gium on Dec. 
17. 1944 His actions, which 
included killing more than 100 
enemy, permitted the company 
to withdraw. 

• Army SSgt. Ysmacl Villegas. 
He single-handedly charged five 

Throughout the 
history of the 
United States , 
hundreds of 
thousands of 
Hispanic - 
Americans have 
responded to the 
country *s defense. 

foxholes during an attack in the 
Philippines in 1945. He was 
killed while attacking the sixth; 
his actions inspired his men to 

Continued^ frotn gage. 7 

Navy nurse WWII POW 

LT Margaret (Peggy) Nash in 1946. (Photo courtesy of 
Margaret Nash) 

CDR Margaret (Peggy) Nash (Ret.) smiles as she recalls hei 
experiences. (U.S Navy photo by LaRell Lee) 

Page 4 

Red Rover 

September 11,1992 

A photo essay depicting | 
Navy photo by LaRell 

Memorabilia from Peggy’s military career. (U.S. Navy photo by LaRell 


Peggy as she speaks of her experiences. (Ui. Navy photo by 
LaRell Lee) 

Navy Nurse.. • Continued from page 3 


Q. Now, you said before (hat you 
volunteered a lot to get out of the 
camp Didn 't you volunteer to go to 
Los Banos in May 1943? 

A. Yes. The Japanese decided to 
open up another camp in Los Banos, 
an agricultural college where they 
planned to eventually transfer all 
the internees out of Santo Tomas. 
They asked for volunteers, and Dr. 
[Charles] Leach from the 
Rockefeller Foundation said he’d 
like to take the Navy nurses. After 
consulting with our chief nurse we 
decided to go. 

They sent 800 able-bodied men 
(including CAPT Davis) and the 11 
Navy nurses, put us in a truck at 5 
a.m. and gave us each a duck egg 
and a piece of bread. The civilians 
had a little band that was playing 
“Anchors Away.” and boy. we were 
all crying as we went out. They put 
us in a box car — 68 men and two 
nurses to each car — and away we 
went for the five or six-hour trip. 
The heat was so oppressive that, 
sometimes, the guards had to open 
the doors when we stopped. 

I’ll never forget the Filipino 
people..they were just wonderful, 
trying to throw some food in [our 
cars], but the Japanese wouldn’t let 
them. All we had to eat that day was 
the duck egg and the piece of 
bread...until we finally reached the 
camp. That night we saw a chicken 
by the barbed wire. We caught it, 
and that chicken ended up in a pot 
fashioned by one of the men.We 
had a lot a broth for a while — but 
not for long. 

Anyway, we set up the hospital 
there and we look care of the civil¬ 
ian internees, treating them for 
jungle rot, fungi, diarrhea and mal¬ 
nutrition. Every day the same rou¬ 
tine, day after day — 800 men and 
11 Navy nurses — There was a 
song about it, but I don’t know what 
it’s called. 

Q. What was a typical day for 
you, if there was such a thing ? 

A. To have 15 men sprawled 
around in my dispensary soaking 
their feet in whatever solution we 
had — bichloride of mercury — If 
we ran out of one thing, a pharma¬ 
cist would make up some kind of 
solution. And there was the fungus. 
See my nails, they keep breaking up 
continuously. I’ve been back 50 
years and they still keep breaking 
because of the fungus. But at least I 
have my fingers. 

We also had operations and had 
to take care of the Japanese guards. 
In fact we took a Japanese guard's 
appendix out once, and they stood 
over the assistant nurse, watching 
all the time. Another one was placed 

in a vacant room next door to my 
dispensary. He was under guard 
and constantly watched because, if 
he died, they would shoot one of 


Q. Do you know how many civil¬ 
ians internees were at Los Banos? 
A. We started with 800 men and 
the 11 Navy nurses. But after we 
started getting the camp built up, 
they began to transfer the people 
from SantoTomas, and by the time 
we were liberated, there were about 
2500. Of course. I don’t know how 
many died because two or three 
were dying every day...One would 
say to the other, “if you think you’re 
going to die, you’d better start dig¬ 
ging your grave because I am just 
too weak.” 

Q. If you could think of one par¬ 
ticular moment that is the most 
important to you in those years — 
1941 to 1945 — what would it be? 
A. The day of our rescue. I’ll 
never forget that! It was the morn¬ 
ing of Feb. 23.1945, a little before 
7 a.m. when I heard a plane over¬ 
head. I went out and looked up and 
saw what I thought were leaflets 
falling. But they were paratroop¬ 
ers. And when the paratroopers 
dropped into the camp, the am¬ 
phibian tanks crashed through the 

I ran to the first paratrooper and 
asked him if he had anything toeat. 
He took out a Hershey bar and 
gave me half. I put it in my pocket 
and forgot it in all the confusion. It 
melted in the heat. 

The paratroopers told us we’d 
have to leave immediately to get 
back to Leyte because we were 
surrounded by 25,000 Japanese. 
Everything happened at once while 
the Japanese guards were doing 
their calesthenics at 7 a.m....the 
tanks came through, the paratroop¬ 
ers dropped from the sky...and the 
Americans captured the entire 
group. The whole camp was on 
fire. I looked around and saw those 
flames, and you know. I didn’t 
even care. We all felt the same 
way...stray bullets were going in 
every directions, and the first thing 
1 thought about was our 
patients.Two babies were born 
shortly before the rescue. Edwina 
Todd grabbed one, and I grabbed 
the other one (Elizabeth). By that 
time things were slowing down a 
bit. We had to make it to the beach 
about a mile and a half away. They 
put the two babies, the two moth¬ 
ers and Edwina and me on stretch¬ 
ers. Then, they placed us in a sort 
of tank (an amtrac), and we were 
lucky enough to have a ride to the 
beach. All the others had to walk, 
swollen with beriberi and all 1 II 

never forget looking back and see¬ 
ing Susie [Pitcher] (2) dragging 
whatever possession she had left.” 

When we got to the beach, at 
Lagunade Bay, the Japanese started 
to fire. I covered the baby with this 
great big hat I had. then I layed in 
the sand over her. Later, I took the 
baby and started running across the 
beach, found the amtrac, got in, and 
somebody said we’d better shove 
off because the Japanese were re¬ 
loading. They forgot to put the tur¬ 
ret down...the tank was filling with 
water, and as I was holding this 
baby. I was thinking "Gosh Peggy, 
you’re in a jam.” But we made it! It 
took us about one hour to get to the 
other side, in New Bilibid Prison, 
but it was American territory. They 
were trying to set up a hospital for 
the war casualties. We stayed there 
10 days, working and helping the 
Army doctors who were without 

Q. How were you repatriated? 
A. We island-hopped, first to 
Santo Tomas — which had been 
liberated on Feb.3. (Dead bodies 
were still lying along the road — 
Americans and Philippines). 
Afterward, we were flown to Leyte, 
where we were taken to ADM 
Kinkaid’s [VADM Thomas C. 
Kinkaid was commander, 7th Fleet 
and Southwest Pacific Force] head¬ 
quarters. He took us in his little 
plane to Guam where I met my 
friend, the chief nurse, Leona Jack- 
son. After Guam we had to stop on 
Johnston Island because the Japa¬ 
nese were firing at us. (We came 
back at the time the US Marines 
were putting up that flag at Iwo 
Jima). From there, we went straight 
to Hawaii where we found that we 
had rank (3). uniforms and hot wa¬ 
ter. After five days, we flew to Oak 
Knoll, where we were thoroughly 
examined. They took x-ray alter x- 
ray and kept telling me I had a 
cavity in my chest. Then, they told 
me they’d better take me closer to 
home because I had tuberculosis 
and only five years to live. 

Paste ript: Far from giving up the 
ghost, after being treated at St. 
Albans Naval Hospital in Long Is¬ 
land. Margaret (Peggy) Nash has 
lived a full and rich life. She was 
medically retired from the Na\y on 
April 1, 1946 (28 days short of 10 
years). Her tuberculosis was ar¬ 
rested. and she eventually became 
whatshecalls ",a part-time nurse"at 
the Student Health Center of the 
University of California Berkeley, 
working from September to May 
and traveling during the summer. 
She retired from the University in 
1973 and. afterward, volunteered 
to take care of sick senior citizens in 

their homes. Surrounded with pho¬ 
tographs and paintings she collected 
during her travels, she lives in 
Waterford Apartments. in 
Rossmoor, giving personalized 
"history lessons " loyoung students, 
visiting with her friends and nieces 
and organizing her POW artifacts 
and photographs to give to the 
Navy ‘s Archives. 

(1) According to Webster’s Dictio¬ 
nary, beriberi is a vitamin B-defi- 
ciency-induced infection marked by 
inflammation and degenerative 
changes of the nerves, digestive 
system and heart. The patient dies 
when the infection reaches the heart. 

(2) She’ll never forget any of them, 
but Peggy particularly remembers 
Susie Pitcher because she was so ill 
with beriberi that doctors at Oak 
Knoll gave her five years to live 
when they examined her — a pre¬ 
diction that came to pass. 

(3) When Margaret Nash joined the 
Navy, nurses held only relative rank 
by appointment by Congress. They 
were treated as officers, but didn’t 
get the pay of officers. She learned 
she was a lieutenant junior grade 
when she reached Hawaii, and was 
made an honorary commander at 

her retirement. 

A. Marechal-Workman 

A snapshot of Peggy and hrf *; 
set below Peggy’s namepbtt* 
sary of the rescue of POW An 
the steps of the nurses qinrtr' 
held at Bolling Air Force 
Navy photo by LaRdl L«i 

This picture was 
taken after the 
dramatic rescue 
of Navy nurses 
from Los Banos 
Campon Feb.23, 

1945. VADM 
Thomas C. 

Kinkaid, USN, 
commander 7th 
Fleet and South¬ 
west Pacific 
Force, welcomed 
the nurses on 
their return to 
American safety 
with our forces. 

Uniforms were 
made in the 
prison camp by 
LT Gold a 
Merrill, who 
ripped updunga- 
rees to obtain 
material. (Note the line on Peggy’s uniform — 2nd from right, firs* 
in her dispensary). The nurses received Bronze Star Medals in a **. 
were awarded the POW Medal by, then. President Reagan in 19K.1- T 
Des Moines, Iowti; LT Dorothy Still. Long Beach, Calif; Basili* 
nurses in the prison camp hospital; LT Goldia Merrill, Mayfield. ^ 
Thomas Kinkaid; LT Mary Hays, Chicago, 111; Chief Nurse I C® 

5 ** 1 

civilian nurse who worked with the group; LT Mary Rose Nd- <on *“ , 
Neb; LT Bertha F>ans, Portland, Ore; Helen Grant, a British nurse * jj 
Nash, Wilkes-Barre, Pa. and LT Edwina Todd. Pomona. Calif* 


Page 5 

September 11,1992 

e and practising Catholic. (U.S. 

ry McHaie, taken in Guam is 
oli memorating the anniver- 
•s-1 he snapshot was taken on 
ihal Guam; the reception was 
n, D C. in March 1992. (U.S. 

Jant rubbing against a table 
0n Sept. 4,1945. Later they 
ifrom left) LT Susie Pitcher, 
'^ife who worked with the 
'fee. Lomita, Calif; VADM 
ft*. Kan; Maureen Davis, a 
- en Gorzelanski, Omaha, 
?r*>up; Li Margaret (Peggy) 
courtesy of BUMED’S 

Red Rover 

Women’s Equality Day celebration 

Every year since 1973. by 
presidential proclamation. 
Americans have officially com¬ 
memorated Women’s Equality 
Day on the anniversary of the 
ratification of the Nineteenth 
Amendment. Aug. 26. 1920. 

NAVHOSP Oakland held a 
program Aug. 26. 1992, when 
keynote speaker was The Hon¬ 
orable Judge Brenda Harbin- 
Forte — a judge in the Munici¬ 
pal Court of the Slate of Cali¬ 
fornia. Oakland-Piedmont- 
Emeryville Judicial District, in 

The first black woman to head 
the Alameda County Bar Asso¬ 
ciation, Judge Harbin-Forte was 
appointed by Governor Pete 
Wilson in January 1992, a mere 
24 days after her election to the 
Bar’s presidency — from which 
she had to resign to accept the 
judge’s appointment. Her ac¬ 
complishments are many; her 
career a symbol of women’s 
long struggle to achieve what 
she called “equally propor¬ 
tional, equally balanced 
rights...[with] accompanying 
necessary ability and power." 

“As commanding officer, it 
is my pleasure and it is my duty 
to insure and pledge my support 
to equal opportunity for women 
at this command,” said RADM 
William A. Buckendorf in his 
welcoming remarks. He added, 
“1 also want to say thank you to 

American women, especially to 
all of those who have made con¬ 
tributions to my endeavors, and 
who are basically responsible 
for whatever success I might 
have had. 

“For those people here, we 
need to renew our efforts and 
pay attention to what we have 
learned last week in our sexual 
harassment seminars so that we 
may lead the Navy into the next 
century, putting this nation truly 
in place with equality for all.” 

The program was organized 
by CDR Betty L. Wright, MSC, 
head of Food Management De¬ 
partment. LT J. Lynn Kennedy, 
CHC, USN gave the benedic¬ 

A reception followed the pro¬ 
gram in the hospital’s dining 

Guest speaker, 
The Honorable 
Judge Brenda 
smiles for the 
camera during 
a reception in 
her honor. 

(U.S. Navy 
photo by 

A n d r e e 
M a r e c h 1 - 

Architects of the program, CDR Betty Wright and Mary Smith. 
CDR Wright is head, Food Service Departrment; Smith is the 
Federal Women’s Program’s manager. (U.S. Navy photo by 
Andree Marechl-Workman ) 

The long struggle to get the vote 

By Mike Meines 

The 19th Amendment of the U.S. 
Constitution gave American women 
the right to vote on Aug. 26, 1920. 
However, the events that led to the 
ratification of this momentous edict 
were officially sparked by the 
Women’s Right Convention in Sen¬ 
eca Fall, N.Y. in 1848, followed by 
decades of work by the women ’ s 
suffrage movement aimed at secur¬ 
ing this most unalienable right for 
all the citizens of the United States. 
Unofficially, however, the issue of 
women equality has an even earlier 
beginning, and its evolution is out¬ 
lined in the following historical ac¬ 
count of its development. 

The beginning of the women’s 
suffrage movement can be traced to 
England, in 1840, at the World Con¬ 
vention of the Anti-Slavery Soci¬ 
ety. Elizabeth Cady Stanton and her 
husband, Henry, were part of the 
American delegation. The British 
were horrified to learn that the 
American contingent had women 
members, and after much discus¬ 
sion, the convention voted against 
sealing the female delegates. The 
women were allowed seats in the 
balcony where they could listen to, 
but not participate, in the proceed¬ 
ings. Needless to say, Elizabeth 
walked out. 

Now, there are a couple of things 
I might add at this point. It’s amaz¬ 
ing to me that a country whose 
constitution reads that all men are 
created equal, but didn’t allow 
women to vote at the time, sent 
women as part of their delegation. 
Was this progress? Or did the male 
delegation need someone along to 

cook and clean?! 

Elizabeth Cady Stanton will be 
remembered as a forerunner in the 
women’s suffrage movement, but if 
you remember that this was 1840 
and it wasn’t a five-hour trip in an 
airplane to reach Mother England, I 
would venture to guess that this 
lady was rightfully angry as a wet 

In any event, on that very trip to 
England, Stanton met Lucretia Mott 
from Philadelphia. The two women 
became good friends and resolved 
to hold a women’s rights meeting in 
the United States. Eight years later, 
in 1848, Elizabeth Cady Stanton 
organized a women’s rights con¬ 
vention in Seneca Falls, N.Y. 

This convention of 300 attend¬ 
ees voted on resolutions calling for 
women’s rights to own property, 
obtain adivorce, practice free speech 
and enjoy equal opportunity in com¬ 
merce, the professions and educa¬ 
tion. The last resolution they ad¬ 
dressed called for granting women 
the right to vote. This became the 
cause of much debate, but was 
adopted by aslimmajority. Stanton 
and Mott were joined in the 
women’s rights movement by Lucy 
Stone from Massachusetts. 

Almost 20 years later, a fourth 
woman, Susan B. Anthony became 
involved in the struggle for women’s 
rights. Although she was a major 
player in the prohibition movement, 
she resigned from her work with the 
American Temperance Union to 
devote all of her time to the 
Women’s Rights Movement. 

Though none of them would live 
to witness the ratification of the 
19th Amendment, these four 
women, whose name are synony¬ 
mous with women’s suffrage, be¬ 
gan the campaign for the voting 

rights for American women. They 
dedicated their lives to the enfran¬ 
chisement of women. 

In 1869, Susan B. Anthony and 
Elizabeth Cady Stanton founded the 
National Women’s Suffrage Asso¬ 
ciation (NWSA). The goal of this 
organization was to gain the vote 
for women. 

Also in 1869, Lucy Stone 
founded the American Women’s 
Suffrage Association (AWSA). As 
opposed to the fight for national 
rights, this organization was more 
concerned with the states and with 
working for women’s rights through 
the slate legislators. 

However, in 1890, these two or¬ 
ganizations merged under the title 
of the National American Suffrage 
Association, with Susan B. Anthony 
as president from 1892 to 1900. 

One of the first victories for 
women occurred in the West, natu¬ 
rally. In the West, women worked 
the land side by side with their hus¬ 
bands and were considered equal 
partners in marriage. In Wyoming, 
Esther Morris, mother of three sons 
and the wife of a settler, asked the 
president of the Wyoming Territo¬ 
rial Council, William Bright, to 
grant women the vote. Before the 
opposition had lime to organize, a 
bill was passed by both houses of 
the legislature and signed by a sym¬ 
pathetic bachelor governor. 

In 1890, when Wyoming applied 
for statehood, some members of 
Congress tried to get the territory to 
annul their women's suffrage law. 
The Wyoming legislature wired 
back to Congress, “We may stay 
out of the Union for 100 years, but 
we will come in with our women.’’ 
And so, Wyoming was admitted as 
the first women’s suffrage state. 

By 1910, 41 years later, three 

additional states (Utah, Colorado 
and Idaho had also granted the vote 
to women. Slowly, other states be¬ 
gan to ratify — sort of — women’s 
right to vote in school board elec¬ 
tions, etc. 

As all major freedom movements 
in our history, there was consider¬ 
able pain and suffering for those 
who led the movements. In 1915 
Carrie Chapman Catt formed a po¬ 
litical party called The Women’s 
Party. They protested in front of the 
White House trying to catch the 
attention of President Woodrow 
Wilson. They were arrested and 
jailed, and when the media described 
the conditions of the jails to their 
readers, public sympathy and sup¬ 
port for the women spread. 

In 1917, the United States en¬ 
tered World War I and the women 
still didn’t have the right to vote. 
Ironically, Jeanette Rankin of Mon¬ 
tana was the first woman to serve in 
Congress in 1918 before women 
had the right to vote. Who voted for 

In March 1920, 33 states —just 
short of the required 36 — had 
ratified the amendment. Then came 
ratification from West Virginia and 
Washington State. Tennessee was 
to be the state that put the amend¬ 
ment over the top. 

In 1920,80 years after that meet¬ 
ing in London, American women 
were given the right to vote. 

The Nineteen th Amendmen t (pro¬ 
posed on June 5, 1919, ratified Aug. 
6, 1920) reads as follows: “The 
right of citizens of the United Stales 
to vote shall not be denied or 
abridged by the United States or by 
any state on account of sex." 

So, ladies, gel out and vote on Nov. 

Page 6 

Red Rover 

September 11,1992 

After a long struggle, women were given the right to vote on August 26, 1920. 

How far do you think women have come since the 1920’s? 

HM2 Kymyvette M. 
Jackson, Preventive 
Medicine Department 

In my opinion women have 
made many advancements in 
the various employment fields. 
However, today the issue of 
vast differences between 
women and men’s wages has 
not changed. Women still con¬ 
tinue to endure sexual biases, 
but changes are occurring. We 
are losing interest in voting 
and each day we read of gov¬ 
ernment financially supported 
agencies, schools and hospi¬ 
tals, etc., enduring severe fi¬ 
nancial cutbacks. Even with 
these shortages Americans 
have surrendered their right to 
vote and the decisions of who 
will preside over the U.S. gov¬ 
ernment. Eliminate mental and 
financial slavery ... REGIS¬ 
TER and VOTE!! 

ABH3 Buenaflor F. 
Balolong, Security 

Before women were given the 
right to vote, they weren’t given 
the same recognition that men 
were; however since the I920’s 
women’s rights have come a 
long way Eexamples of 
progress women have made are: 
(1) female astronauts; (2) fe¬ 
male pilots; (3) women sent 
into combat missions; (4) great 
women athletes; (5) women po¬ 
litical leaders; and (6) women 

entering numerous professional 
fields. As women continue to 
break through century-old bar¬ 
riers and traditions, they will 
assume greater political author¬ 
ity, pioneer changes in the fam¬ 
ily structure, and ultimately suc¬ 
ceed in redefining the values by 
which human beings judge 
themselves and others. 

Solidad C. Salud, Blood 

We have come a long way 
since then. We are seeing a lot 
of women running for office at 
the state and national levels of 
politics, as well as holding ex¬ 
ecutive positions in the corpo¬ 
rate world. But in this male- 
dominated society, women are 
constantly struggling forequal¬ 
ity and recognition. No matter 
how hard we try to prove our¬ 
selves, the men always treat us 
as second-class citizens. I hope 
this will change. We will prove 
to them that we are equal if not 
better than they are It's not 
what you are that counts but 
who you are that’s important. 
Maybe in the near future, we 
will have a woman president in 
the White House running this 
country and we will show the 
world that we can do a better 

LTJG Janet A. Olson, 
Head, Patient Services 
Division, Patient 

Women have definitely pro¬ 
gressed in the last 70 years. We have 
been fortunate enough to be able to 

have the choice of parenting, career 
oriented, or both. A large variety of 
career paths are now available lead¬ 
ing to exciting challenges and ac¬ 
complishments. Women are more 
independent and self-sufficient. We 
have the right to decide how our 
government and federal/state pro¬ 
grams (health, education, welfare, 
etc.) are administered. Some women 
have been chosen to be leaders in 
these areas, always striving to en¬ 
hance quality. The work force con¬ 
tinues to find new quality of life 
programs that enable both single par¬ 
ents and dual working couples to 
continue in the work area. 

One controversial issue plaguing 

society today Ls the women’s right 
to seek alternative choices for preg¬ 
nancy. The ultimate decision male 
by politicians will have a large im¬ 
pact on how women view their 
rights. Best advice for women: 
conti nue to al ways accept morechal- 
lenging roles — strive to be profes¬ 
sional and always voice your opin¬ 

Mary Ann Spier, 

Let's not forget or take for 
granted the labor of our sisters in 

the past who had a vision which 
began with the right to vote in 
1920. They started the efforts, and 
we have the responsibility to them, 
ourselves and future generations 
to continue with their vision. Ac¬ 
ceptance as equals, yes. we've ( 
come a long way since the 1920’s, 
but we have a long way to go — 

From the Chaplain 

“It isn’t easy being green” 

Religious Services 

Catholic Mass 




8:30 a.m.-Noon 

Christian Fellowship 


11 a.m. 

Christian Communion 


11 a.m. 

Protestant Worship 


10:30 a.m. 

All services meet in the Chapel of Hope, third deck. Bldg. 500. Infor¬ 
mation for worship services for all faith groups is available at (510) 633-5561. 

By ENS Michael A. Schadick, 
DSNR, Chaplain Candidate 

A famous rnuppet once said, 
“It isn’t easy being green.” 
Perhaps the late Jim Henson, 
the creator of the legendary 
Kermit the Frog, once served 
thirty one days of temporary 
active duty at NAVHOSP Oak¬ 
land as a Jewish chaplain can¬ 
didate. It seems that chaplains 
who wear the ten command¬ 
ments on their collars are a rare 

Some people have been un¬ 
sure what to call me during my 

short tour here. I have been 
referred to as chaplain, father, 
rabbi, pastor and even 
“Chanukah.” I have also fielded 
many questions about Judaism. 
Several patients asked me where 
my “beanie” was. One seaman 
wanted to know if Jews still 
practiced animal sacrifices. A 
staff member even inquired as 
to what the Koran said about 
Jesus. I explained that Jews 
neither read this work nor were 
experts on Jesus. Thus my role 
as a Jewish chaplain candidate 
has been as much about educat¬ 
ing patients and staff about Ju¬ 
daism as it has been about com¬ 

forting them in their time of 
spiritual need. 

I have enjoyed this role of 
educator during these past thirty 
one days. I have been involved 

in many sessions with other 
chaplains, staff and patients 
comparing and contrasting Ju¬ 
daism with Christianity. The 
similarities are surprisingly nu¬ 
merous. Both Jew and Chris¬ 
tian embrace a merciful God 
who bestows love and goodness 
upon the earth. We are encour¬ 
aged to seek this God in our 
day-to-day lives. 

The idea of seeking God is of 
particular relevance to Jews at 
this season of the year. On the 
evening of Sept. 27, Jews will 
begin their high holy day obser¬ 
vances. It is during these days 
that Jews will welcome in their 
new year 5753. Jews all over 
the world will spend Rosh 
Ilashanah and Yom Kippur, the 
days of repentance, seeking 
God’s blessings for the coming 
year and atoning for transgres¬ 

sions commuted during the past 

Jews are encouraged to 
reawaken their commitment to 
Judaism during these days of 
repentance. It is said that on 
Rosh Hashanah God determines 
who will be written into the book 
of life for the coming year, and 
eight days later on Yom Kip- 
pur. God’s decrees are sealed 
During the intermediate days- 
Jews have the opportunity* 
through prayer and acts of kind¬ 
ness. to sway God’s decision 

A happy and healthy new year 
to all. 

Note: ENS Michael SchaJu* is 
currently a fourth year rabbi** 1 ' 
cal student at the Hebrew l nu>n 1 
College Jewish Institute ojR*' 
ligion in Cincinnati. Ohio. 
completed 31 days of tfi*P 0 ' 
rary active duty at NAVHOS 
Oakland. August 31. 1992. 

Chaplain’s corner note 

There will be a command- 
sponsored POW/MIA Recognition 
ceremony on Friday, Sept. 18,7:30- 
8 a.m. at the building 500 flag 
circle. All NAVHOSP Oakland 
personnel are invited to attend as 
we commemorate this national day 
of remembrance. 

Septemberll, 1992 

Red Rover 

Page 7 

Diet Corner 

Vitamin and mineral supplementation: Is more really better? 

B) LTJG Katherine Starr, 
R. D., MSC, USN 

Most of us remember our moth¬ 
ers forcing us as children to take 
our vitamins. We know that this 
practice is wise since most chil¬ 
dren do not eat a balanced diet and. 
therefore, must rely on vitamin min¬ 
eral supplements to meet the Rec¬ 
ommended Dietary Allowances 

The RDAs were established to 
determine the minimum amount 
required for each essential nutri¬ 
ent. Dietitians and other healthcare 
professionals are taught that if you 
eat a balanced diet, consuming a 
variety of foods from the four ma¬ 
jor food groups, you are protected 
from vitamin mineral deficiency. 
However, new research has shown 
that higher doses of certain vita¬ 
mins may actually prevent such 

ailments as heart disease, certain 
cancers and aging. This does not 
imply that excessive intake of 
these vitamins and minerals is the 

Remember that 
taking a pill 
cannot provide 
you with all of 
the nutrients 
that food can 

In fact, large quantities of certain 
nutrients is very dangerous. For 
example, excess intake of Vitamin 
A, a fat-soluble vitamin can lead to 
liver damage and hair loss. Con¬ 
sumption of a well balanced diet 

with emphasis on foods containing 
antioxidants (vitamins A, E, C and 
beta carotene) is recommended in¬ 

Antioxidants prevent oxygen 
from combining with other sub¬ 
stances and damaging them. It is 
believed that this damage is re¬ 
sponsible for the aging process 
and many cancers. Foods that con¬ 
tain anti-oxidants include dark 
green leafy vegetables, nut, seeds, 
whole grains, vegetable and fish- 
liver oils. Remember that taking a 
pill cannot provide you with all of 
the nutrients that food can provide. 
There are many supplements avail¬ 
able that provide excessive doses 
which produce toxic side effects. 
When selecting a supplement, look 
for one that provides no more than 
100-200% of the RDA for each 
nutrient. Also, be cautious of high- 
cost brands. The same benefit is 
found in generic brand supplements 

Tobacco and Health 

How does smoking affect physical fitness? 

By CAPT David B. Moyer, MC 

How does smoking affect 
physical fitness? Newspaper 
and magazine ads in the 1920' s 
and 1930’s had prominent ath¬ 
letes advertising cigarettes. One 
example from 1927 by Bob 
Beattie, All-American football 
player: "my wind is in splendid 
shape, i smoke Luckies - they' re 
great.” And another from 1928 

by Glenn Hardin, Olympic 
champion and world record 
holder in the hurdles: “For 
digestion’s sake, smoke Cam¬ 
els. I smoke Camels with my 
meals because it wouldn’t do 
much good to eat and not digest 
properly. It is no wonder that 
Camels are the favorite ciga¬ 
rette of athletes.” These claims 
no longer appear, and athletes 
are all well aware that optimal 
physical fitness and smoking are 

Tables 1 and 2 are from a 
recent study of Physical Readi¬ 
ness Testing results from 1400 
Navy men, comparing non- 
smokers with a group who 
smoked a pack or more of ciga¬ 
rettes a day. There is a major 
difference between the groups 
in both situps and times for the 
1.5 mile run. 

The reason is primarily be¬ 
cause of the carbon monoxide 
in cigarette smoke, which com¬ 
bines with hemoglobin in red 
blood cells with a much greater 
affinity than does oxygen. This 
hemoglobin-carbon monoxide 
combination, called 

carboxyhemoglobin, is then un¬ 
able to deliver oxygen to the 
tissues. A one-pack-a-day 
smoker has a 

carboxyhemoglobin level of 8 
to 10 percent, equivalent to sig¬ 
nificant anemia, and exhales 30- 
40 parts per million of carbon 
monoxide in each breath. This 
accounts for the significant dec¬ 
rement in PRT performance in 
smokers, particularly in endur¬ 
ance events, and is another rea¬ 
son to either quit smoking or 
never start. 

Jfcfcle 1 

Situps in 2 minutes 

Under age 30 

Over age 30 

Smokers 48 


Non-smokers 61 


Table 2 

Average time for 1.5 mile run 
Under age 30 

Over age 30 

Smokers 12:45 


Non-smokers 11:25 


Oak Knoll Briefs 


The following is a list of phone 
numbers for CSD. Oakland CA: 
633-6541 - PNC David 
633-6752 - PNC Kume 
633-6746 - DK1 Morlin 
633-6698 - PNC Tabligan 
633-6744 - PN1 Chiong 
633-6690 - DEERS 
633-6690 - SATO 
633-6129 - SATO 
633-6689 - FAX MACHINE 

^der to better serve incoming 
pother service personnel, PWC 
Pra ncisco Housing Referral has 
s taned providing free tour service 
of surrounding communities. Tours 
*111 show typical apartment rentals, 
^ shopping. Phone (510) 
J or sign up in person at the 

Housing Office , 99 Mosley Av¬ 
enue. Alameda, for the tour or tours 
you wish to attend. Schedules are: 
Tuesdays, 10 a.m., Alameda. Oak¬ 
land, San Leandro. Thursdays, 10 
a.m., Hayward, Union City, Fre¬ 
mont. Tour schedules and areas 
visited will be expanded as demand 


The Mare Island Naval Shipyard 
Family Service Center (FSC) And 
Crisis-Help of the North Bay will 
offer a two-day Suicide Intervention 
Skills Workshop for interested 
military members and DoD civilian 
personnel on Sept. 24-25.8:30 a.m. 
-4:30 p.m. For registration or more 
information call the Mare Island 
FSC at (707) 646-2188 or Autovon 
253-2527 no later than Sept. 17. 



Course 93015 is being offered by 
HSETC at Camp Lejeune Dec. 7- 
18. This course is designed for 
officers grade 04 and below. Com¬ 
petencies are taught using experi¬ 
mental learning to illustrate skills 
leading tooutstanding performance. 
Requests for nomination must be 
submitted to the Command Educa¬ 
tion Department via your Director¬ 
ate no later than Sept. 28. For more 
information, contact Mrs. Silva at 
633-5257 or HM1 Santos at 633- 


Personnel transferring within the 
next six months should contact 
Military Personnel Division for cop¬ 
ies of orders and transfer notifica¬ 
tions. Point of contact is PN3 
Paelmo at ext. 36489 

Quality Improvement 

Results of Patient Opinion Survey 

(Conducted by Press, Ganey Associates, Inc., South Bend. Ind.. Dec 
Feb 1992. 140,00 patients in 225 hospitals) 

Relative Importance of Individual 
Issues to Overall Satisfaction Score 

Survey Item 


1. Staff concern for your privacy -94 

2. Staff sensitivity to inconvenience 

of sickness and hospitalization .94 

3. Adequacy of information given to 

family about your condition -92 

4. Overall cheerfulness of hospital -91 

5. Nurses’ attention to your calling them .90 

6 . Extent to which nurses took your problem seriously .90 

7. Nurses’ attention to your personal and special needs .89 

8 . Courtesy of technician who took your blood .89 

9. Technicians’ explanations of tests and treatments .89 

10. Likelihood of recommending hospital .88 

11. Nurses’friendliness .87 

12. Nurses’ promptness in responding to call button .87 

13. Nurses’ information about tests and treatments .87 

14. Technical skill of the nurses .87 

15. Skill of technician who took your blood .87 

16. Courtesy of business office .87 

17. Courtesy of information desk personnel .87 

18. Nursing attitude toward your visitors .87 

19. Courtesy of admissions personnel .85 

20. Courtesy of IV starter .85 

21. Hospital’s concern not to discharge .85 

22. Adequacy of advice for home care .84 

23. X-ray technicians’ concern for your comfort .83 

24. Staff who trai sported you .83 

25. Respiratory care .80 

26.Social Services .80 

27. Cheerfulness of room .79 

28. Courtesy of cleaning personnel .79 

29. Likelihood of getting the food you checked on the menu .79 

30. Speed of admissions .78 

31. Skill of person who started your IV .78 

32. Volunteers .78 

33. Accommodations and comfort for visitors .77 

34. Physicians’ information to family .76 

35. How well TV, call button, etc. worked. .75 

36. Physicians’ concern regarding questions .75 

37. Physicians’ information to patient regarding treatments .75 

38. When told you could go home, the time you had to wail 

before being able to leave .74 

35. Daily cleaning of room .73 

40. Physical therapy .73 

41. Adequacy of visiting hours .73 

42. Information regarding diet .72 

43. Length of wait for x-ray .72 

44. Time your physician spent with you .72 

45. Quality of food .70 

46. Temperature of room .67 

47. Noise level in and around room .67 

48. Cafeteria/coffee shop rating .63 

49. Temperature of food .62 

“Patient satisfaction is emerging as a meaningful and cost- 
effective quality indicator.” says Irwin Press, PhD. a co-direc¬ 
tor of the firm. “In many hospitals, we note that the initial 
solution to a general satisfaction problem is to focus on physical 
plant, food and decor. Our results show that such amenities are 
not that important to patients. Patients want kind and caring 
staff members who recognize that sickness and hospitalization 
are disruptive to their lives, families, roles and self-image - not 
merely to their bodies.” 

Ganey argues that patient perceptions of care are a valid 
indicator of quality. He calls claims that patients arc not 
qualified to judge the quality of care a red herring. He says 
studies indicate that patient evaluations of actual care closely 
approximate medical staff evaluations ot care quality. 

Page 8 

Red Rover 

September 11, 1992 

Tuesday, Sept. 29 

Fleet Week 1992 

Schedule of events 

Hilton Square. The Ball will accommodate 1,000 
people. Cost will be $60 person. 

Sunday, Oct. 11 

8 a.m. 

Host-A-Sailor telephone lines open. The Host-A- 
Sailor program allows members of the local commu¬ 
nity to invite the men and women of the 1992 Reel 
Week Battlegroup to their homes for dinner, treat them 
to a movie or a baseball game, or give them a tour of the 
Bay Area ... to mention only a few. Sailors will select 
Host-A-Sailor invitations from the Fleet Week Infor¬ 
mation Booth located at Pier 39. The Host-A-Sailor 
telephone lines will be open to the public 8 a.m. - 8 p.m. 
through Tuesday, Oct. 13. The Host-A-Sailor hotline 
number is (415) 395-5027. 

8:30 a.m. 

Rcet Week 5K/10K Treasure Island View the Bay 
Run. Limited to 5,000 runners, the course will encom¬ 
pass Treasure Island and Yerba Buena Island. Free 
parking available on the island. Registration is $12. 
$15 on race day. Registration forms arc available at 
Shirtique Shops throughout the Bay Area. 

9-11 a.m. 

Champagne Brunch: Honors all sea and air reserves, 
and hosted by Oakland Navy League at the Officer’s 
Club, NAS Alameda. 

Thursday, Oct 8 

3-11 p.m. 

“Midway of Fun” Carnival opens to the public on Pier 
30/32. Will also be open 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. through 
Monday. The carnival will include approximately 20 
popular rides, two food concessions and 25 game 

Friday, Oct. 9 

11 a.m.-3:30 p.m. 

Youth Excellence Day: This event takes place at 
Aquatic Park and celebrates excellence in education 
with 5,00Ostudents from Bay Area school districts (by 
invitation only). The students will be provided a first¬ 
hand view of the best in Naval Aviation as well as 
motivational messages and performances from enter¬ 
tainers who carry the message of excellence. The 
students will also compete in a contest designed to 
stimulate their awareness and challenge their educa¬ 
tional skills. Contest winners will be recognized at the 
event and presented with a Reet Week medal. Students 
will also experience the Blue Angels and parachute 
jumpers practice air show over the Bay. 

5:30-9 p.m. 

Association of Naval Aviation Reception for the Blue 
Angels to be held at the Oakland Airport Hilton. 

Saturday, Oct 10 

9 a.m. 

Reel Week Information and Host-A-Sailor Booth at 
Pier 39 and Information Booth at Pier 30/32 open. 

9 a.m.- 9 p.m. 

Reet Week 5K/1 OK Treasure Island View the Bay Run 
Registration: Takes place all day Saturday at Pier 39. 

10:30- 11:45 a.m. 

Arrival Festivities begin with the Parade of Ships. This 
year’s parade of ships will include an aircraft carrier, 
two submarines, two frigates, one destroyer, an am¬ 
phibious assault ship, a salvage ship, two Coast Guard 
cutters and naval vessels from Japan and Korea. 

11 a.m.- 11 p.m. 

‘Midway of Fun” Carnival open to the public on Pier 

11:30 a.m. - 2 p.m. 

Air Show: A six-man parachute jump team, a Coast 
Guard fly-by, three aerobatic units, and the Blue An¬ 
gels will all perform. Centerline is San Francisco’s 
Municipal Pier but the show will take place over the 
Bay between the Golden Gate Bridge and Treasure 

Noon - 5 p.m. 

Navy Divers Demonstration and Seabees at Pier 39. 
3-5 p.m. 

River Patrol Boat rides: Special Boat Unit 11 will 
provide boat rides at Pier 39 free to the public this day 
and on Sunday 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. 

4 p.m. 

Sailors are available for Host-A-Sailor commitments. 

10 a.m. 

Shipboard Church Services: Protestant and Catholic 
services will be open to the public on selected ships. 
Those attending services will also be allowed to tour 
the host ship prior to visits by the general public. For 
more information, call (415) 395-5030 after Sept. 29. 

10 a.m. - 5 p.m. 

River Patrol Boat Rides: Special Boat Unit 11 will be 
providing boat rides at Pier 39 free to the public. 

10:30 a.m.- 4:30 p.m. 

Day in the park is a big party/picnic in which the food 
and beverage will be provided free to sailors and the 
public is also invited to attend. There will be softball 
game challenges. Navy challenge games, a barbecue, a 
concert and more. Takes place at Marx Meadow at 
Golden Gate Park. 

11 a.m. - 3 p.m. 

Ships open for public visiting: Reet Week ships 
moored along the waterfront in San Francisco will be 
open for tours today and Monday through Wednesday 
11:00 a.m. - 3 p.m. The ships open to the public will be 
moored at Piers 35,45, and 30/32. The aircraft carrier 
USS Abraham Lincoln will be open for public visiting 
at Naval Air Station Alameda from 11 a.m. - 3 p.m. 

11 a.m. - 11 p.m. 

“Midway of Fun” Carnival open to the public on Pier 

Monday, Oct 12 

10 a.m. - 3 p.m. 

Ships open for public visiting: Fleet Week ships 
moored along the waterfront in San Francisco will be 
open for tours. The ships open to the public will be 
moored at Piers 35,45, and 30/32. The aircraft carrier 
USS Abraham Lincoln will be open for public visiting 
at Naval Air Station Alameda from 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. 

11 a.m. - 11 p.m. 

“Midway of Fun” Carnival open to the public at Pier 

Tuesday, Oct 13 
11 a.m. - 3 p.m. 

Ships open for public visiting: Only the Reet Week 
ships moored along the waterfront in San Francisco 
will be open for tours. The ships open to the public will 
be moored at Piers 35. 45, and 30/32. 

8 p.m. 

Host-A-Sailor phone lines close. 

Wednesday, Oct 14 
10 a.m. - 3 p.m. 

Ships open for public visiting: Only the Reet Week 
ships moored along the waterfront in San Francisco 
will be open for tours. The ships open to the public will 
be moored at Piers 35, 45, and 30/32. 

9 p.m. 

Rcet Week Information Booths close. 

Thursday, Oct 15 

7 p.m. 

Rcet Week Navy Ball at San Francisco Hilton on 

9 a.m. 

Reel Week Battlegroup ships depart. 

Civilian Personnel vacancy listing 
as of Sept 2 

This is the ILrt of current and open continuous vacancies which fa serviced by Civilun 
Personnel Department at Naval Hospital Oakland (NHO). Applicant* who are qualified 
federal employees with competitive status, qualified former federal employees with 
reinstatement eligibility, or qualified individuals eligible for special appointments, such 
as those authorized for (lie severely disabled, certain Vietnam Era and disabled veterans, 
may apply for these announcements. 

Applicants should refer to the individual vacancy announcement* for complete 
information and qualifications. Announcements may be obtained by calling 633-6372 or 
Autovon 828-6372, Monday through Friday, 8 aoTt- 4 p.m., or visiting the Cmli® 
Personnel Office. 


Location Chwlng Date 

Physical Science 



Navy Drug .Screening 


Medical Tocfnologisl 

Laboraiory Department 


Medical Technologist 

Navy Drug Screening Lab 


Industrial Hygienist 


Various Locations 




Navy Drug Screening Lab 


Vocational Nurse 


Nursing Services 


Physicians Assistant 


Internal Medicine Dept 


Supvy Community Health 



Occ Health/ Preventive Medicine 


Secretary (Typing) 


Various Locations 


Nurse Specialist 


Ambulatory Care 


Cleric Typist 


Navy Drug Screening Lab 


Medical Clerk 


Various Locations 




Various Locations 


Medical Clerk(Typing) 

Various Locations 


File Clerk 


Various Locations 


Nurse Practitioner 

Branch Gimc, Mare Island 


Medical Officer 


Various Locations 



Medical Officer 


Various Locations 


Nurse Practitioner 


Various Locations 


Clinical Nurse 


Various Locations 


Health Tcchnican 


Various Locations 


Community Health Nurse 

Social Work Department 


Supvy Industrial Hygienist 

OAB/NSC, OaklandBMC 



Supvy Clinical Nurse 

Inpatient Nursing 


Clinical Nurse 


Peds Cliruc/Ambulatocy Care 


Clinical Nurse 


Various Locations 


Nurse Specialist 


Ambulatory Nursing 
(Inavasive/Diagnosric Procedure) 


Occupational Health Nurse 

Branch Clink, Moffett Field 


Supvy Budget Analysis 

Fiscal Department 


Endoscopy Nurse Specialist 

Ambulatory Care 


Perioperative Nurse Specialist 

Ambulatory Care 


GS-6 KM 1 

Note* OC= Open Continuously 
OUF=Open until filled 



Oak Knolj POW/MIA recognition da% he/d Sept. IJ^see page 5 

The Red Ro 


The levy's first commissioned hospital ship 

Vol. 4 No. 14 

Naval Hospital Oakland, California 

October 9, 1992 

“For Those Who Care” Honoree 

Millie Turner is being videotaped by a KRON TV cameraman as she discusses cancer surgery’s 
finer points with CAPT Clarence Gordon Strom, MC, USN. CAPT Strom is the otolaryngologist 
(ENT) who was in charge of Turner’s laryngectomy 12 years ago. (Official U.S. Navy photo) 

“My most memorable experiences 
have been brightening patients days 
by telling them that there is life after a 
laryngectomy/' said Turner. 

Story and photos 
by LaRcll Lee 

Millie Turner, an American 
Cancer Society volunteer at 
NA VHOSP Oakland, will be hon¬ 
ored in the television special "For 
Those Who Care.” The special 
honors Bay Area residents who 
unselfishly volunteer their lime to 
help others. The program will air 

on Channel 4 (KRON) in Decem¬ 

Since 1981, one year after un- 
^ttgotng a total laryngectomy (the 
- removal of all or part of 
the lary.;*) Turner has provided 
hours of support and service to 
patients facing the same surgery 

“Ienjoy boosting their morale," 
she said. “I let them know that it’s 
not the end of the road. I also tell 

them about what services offered 
here at Oak Knoll can help them." 
She mentioned that the American 
Cancer Society, Easter Seals and 
the American Lung Association all 
provide free programs for patients. 

Smoking was the cause of 
Turner's throat cancer, as it is in 
over 95 percent of laryngectomee’s 
(patients who have undergone, a 
laryngectomy). “I smoked for over 
thirty-five years,” said Turner. 

After a 

laryngectomy, with their 
voice box removed, 
larygectomees must learn 
a new way of speaking 
called esophageal speech. 
While using esophagal 
speech, the tongue is used 
to push air into the esopha¬ 
gus— the opposite of what 
normally takes place. This 
causes the walls of the 
esophagus to vibrate which 
makes the sounds. This 
process is what takes place 
when we burp. Imagining 
having to burp in order to 
speak.' This is a skill lhai 
can take months to learn. 

Turner fre¬ 
quently visits schools in 
Alameda County, lectur¬ 
ing students in grades 5th through 
12th about the health hazards of 
smoking. “The kids ask a lot of 
questions,” she said. “ I leach them 
about why they shouldn't smoke; 
they can look at me and see why 
they shouldn’t." Millie says that if 
someone would’ve spoken to her 
years ago like she speaks to chil¬ 
dren she would’ve stopped. “I am 
not stupid!", she exclaimed. 

Thinking back to when her sur¬ 
gery was done here, she remem¬ 

bers one person in particular who 
gave her inspirauon. That person 
was Mrs. Hall, a volunteer. “She is 
who encouraged me to become a 
volunteer and help people,” said 
Turner. Realizing how important 
preoperauve counseling and post¬ 
operative visits are to patients 
Turner trained with a licensed 
speech therapist for one year, re¬ 
ceived her authorizauon to be a 

‘qualified alaryngeal speech In¬ 
structor” and started a program at 
Oak Knoll. During the preoperauve 
visits she offers encouragement, 
letting the patient know that she 
“has been there” and showing them 
how they might speak again using 
esophageal speech. 

“My most memorable experi¬ 
ences have been brightening pa¬ 
tients days by telling them that 

there is life after a laryngectomy," 
said Turner. 

According to Sue Keblusek, 
NAVHOSP Oakland speech-lan¬ 
guage pathologist, patients often 
report that they feel “at ease" after 
speaking with Millie. Following 
surgery, Millie visits the patients 
several times and instructs them in 
how to care for their new way of 

Millie is often called upon to 
visit patients with only one day’s 
notice; she never fails to be there 
when needed. 

NAVHOSPOakland congratu¬ 
lates Millie Turner for her devo¬ 
tion to cancer patients and their 

Navy’s hospital’s scores remain high 

By Jay Brown 

ai Navy hospitals continues to 
tile high compared to civilian 
ind other military branches’ 
hospitals. This assessment 
comes from the Joint Commis- 
*|od on the Accreditation of 
Healthcare Organizations 
WCAHO), the nation's premier 
healthcare accrediting agency. 

“The results from the 1991 
•wvey show clearly that Navy 
^dlcine is doing a great job." 
la *d CAPT Joseph Miller, Di¬ 
rector of the Quality Assurance 
1 Vls,on for the Bureau of Mcdi- 
and Surgery 

I he JCAHO reviews a vari¬ 
ety of areas of medical care such 
- Sur geries, diagnoses, testing 
^ follow-up patient care. 

* his is all done by review¬ 

ing the facility’s quality mecha¬ 
nisms.” said Miller. Quality 
mechanisms include departmen¬ 
tal meetings' minutes where the 
success or failure in treating 
patients is discussed by the 
medical staff. Information from 
these minutes is translated into 
quality indicators (a sort of 
point system used in grading 
care). The JCAHO also uses 
medical staff monitors who look 
at how blood and medications 
have been administered. Time¬ 
less and pertinence of medical 
record keeping and the quality 
of care in surgical cases are also 
of interest to the agency. The 
hospital plant's technological 
condition — equipment for con¬ 
trolling environmental condi¬ 
tions like air exchange and other 
bacterial control mechanisms — 
is assessed in both clinical and 
non-clinical departments. Every 

detail in the administration of 
health care is of interest to the 
JCAHO as the ultimate patient 
advocate agency. 

Based on a maximum pos¬ 
sible score of 100, Navy hospi¬ 
tals scored an average of 85. 
Their civilian and military coun¬ 
terparts scored averages of 80.3 
and 85.7 respectively. 

Accreditation is vital be¬ 
cause without it, hospitals lose 
their Medicare funding and can¬ 
not operate approved training 
programs. Hospitals also en¬ 
counter negative publicity when 
they lose accreditation. 

When asked how Navy hos¬ 
pitals’ scores have remained so 
high over the past several years, 
Miller replied. “We pay unre¬ 
mitting attention to heighten¬ 
ing our people’s awareness of 
the importance of accreditation. 
The bottom line, however, is 

that we have tremendous people 
doing tremendous work." 

Although scores are high, 
Miller indicated there remains 
much work to be done. “ Access 
to our quality care is the fore¬ 
most challenge at out 
hospital’s," he said. “That’s one 
area we’re working hard to im¬ 
prove. Our goal is continuous 
quality improvement. We uti¬ 
lize the JCAHO scores to mea¬ 
sure how we’re progressing to¬ 
ward that goal. The fact that 
Navy hospitals have done so 
well on their inspections over 
the years is an unbiased indica¬ 
tor that we’re providing quality 
care to our beneficiaries." 

Similar results came from the 
Civilian External Peer Review 
Program, an association of in¬ 
dependent civilian examiners 
whose work is mandated by 
Congress. The Maryland Hos¬ 

pital Association and Navy in¬ 
spectors also rank Navy hospi¬ 
tals very high. 

“Although we are not weak 
in any of the areas measured by 
the peer review agencies, we 
will emphasize making the good 
points even better," said Miller 
“I believe we can do it." 

Brown serves on the PAO 
staff at the Bureau of Medicine 
and Surgery 


page 3 



Korean War 5 

page b 

Oak Knoll Viewpoint-page 6 

Pavsive 7 

Fleet Week 8 

Page 2 

Red Rover 

October 9,1992 

Navy-Marine Cor£s Relief Society 

College loans still available 
for current academic year 

The Navy-Marine Corps Re¬ 
lief Society still has Interest- 
Free Parent Loan funds avail¬ 
able to award to eligible depen¬ 
dents of active duty sailors and 
Marines, but to take advantage 
of this tremendous opportunity, 
you must act now! All applica¬ 
tions under this program MUST 

Students who wish to apply 
for the Interest-Free Loan Pro¬ 
gram must meet the following 

eligibility requirements: 

1. Be the dependent son or 
daughter of an active duty mem¬ 
ber of the U. S. Navy or Marine 
Corps and possess a valid 
dependent’s Uniform Services 
Identification and Privilege 

2. Be enrolled full-time or 
accepted for full-time enroll¬ 
ment at a post-secondary un¬ 
dergraduate or technical/voca¬ 
tional institution accredited by 
the U. S. Department of Educa¬ 

States gain, lose 
congressional seats 

The 1990 U.S. census figures 
mean eight states gain seats in the 
House of Representatives, while 13 
states lose seats. When the 103rd 
U.S. Congress meets in January 
1993, the census will create a shift 
of 19 seats. 

The entire House of Represen¬ 
tatives faces voters on Nov. 3 as 
part of the country’s general elec¬ 
tion. Also up for election are the 
offices of U.S. presidents, 35 U.S. 
senators and thousands of state and 
local officials. 

States that gain House represen¬ 
tation because of a population in¬ 
crease include California, seven 
seats; Florida, four, and Texas, three. 
Arizona, Georgia, North Carolina, 
Virginia and Washington gain one 

New York loses three seats in 
the House. Illinois, Michigan, Ohio 
and Pennsylvania lose two seats 
each. Eight states lose one seat each: 
Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisi¬ 
ana, Massachusetts, Montana, New 
Jersey and West Virginia. 

For more information on federal 
and state elections, contact unit vot¬ 
ing offices, service voting assis¬ 
tance officers or the DoD Voting 
Information Center. The center op¬ 
erates a 24-hour-a-day hotline, 
which provides information on elec¬ 
tions and recorded messages from 
individuals running for office. 

In addition, callers can leave 
messages for specific candidates. 
The hotline telephone number is 
DSN 223-6500 or 1-703-693-6500. 
The address for the Voting Infor¬ 
mation Center is: Federal Voting 
Assistance Program, Pentagon, 
Room 1B457, Washington, DC 

NAVHOSP Oakland’s voting 
assistance officer is LT Terry 
Priboth, at 633-5820/5824. 

U.S. House of 


Breakdown by State 














6 * 











































New Hampshire 


New Jersey 


New Mexico 


New York 


North Carolina 


North Dakota 










Rhode Island 


South Carolina 


South Dakota 













West Virginia 






The Discovery of 
a Now Land. 

500th Anniversary 

Oct. 12, 1992 

3. Have a cumulative Grade 
Point Average (GPA) of 2.0 or 
better, as measured on a 4.0 

For more information on this 
and other educational loan pro¬ 
grams. visit your nearest Navy- 
Marine Corps Relief office or 
write to Navy-Marine Corps 
Relief Society, Education Pro¬ 
grams 801 North Randolph 
Street, Arlington, Virginia 
22203 1978, or telephone com¬ 
mercial (703) 696-4904; or 
autovon: 226-4904. 

USO scholarship 

BudweiscrAJSO Scholarship 
Program for 1993-94 is now 
accepting applications. The 
applications are available at 
USO locations or can be secured 
by calling (415) 391-1657. The 
requirements are as follows: 

* Eligibility - Families of 
active-duty military (children 
and spouses only. They must 
have graduated from high 
school within the last four years 
(cutoff date is 1989). 

* Application must be post¬ 
marked not later than March 1, 
1993. Late or incomplete 
applications will not be consid¬ 


* The following is required - 
Appropriate signatures, 
verifications and recommenda¬ 
tions as well as transcripts. 

* Winners’ selection is based 
on the following items: Scho¬ 
lastic achievement; a portion 
must go to family members of 
enlisted personnel; another to 
families of military serving 

* Scores from only one testing 
will be accepted, not the best of 
multiple testings. 

* U.S. Coast Guards members 
serving in Alaska and Hawaii 
are considered overseas. 

Listening Box 

To all staff and patients, 

I have received numerous inquiries via the Listening Box relating to 
our elevators. 

Elevators are frustrating to everyone! After years of mechanical 
problems, the elevators are being replaced. The process is some¬ 
what slow, because we must continue to use some elevators to take 
meals, linen and supplies to the wards while others are out of 
service. Although this creates delays, we must complete the 
process to improve elevator service. We ask your forbearance 
and encourage those of you who can to take the stairs whenever 

W. A. Buckendorf 
Rear Admiral, Medical Corps 
United States Navy 
Commanding Officer 

land sponsors 
Health Fair 

NAVHOSPOakland’s Wellness 
Council will sponsor a Health Fair 
Friday Oct. 30, from 11 a.m. to 3 
p.m. The fair will be located in 
front of the hospital. More than 25 
wellness issues pertinent to all age 
groups will be addressed, such as: 
weight reduction, hypertension, 
cholesterol screening, exercise, and 
child daycare. 

Don ’t wony be healthy, and par¬ 
ticipate in the 1992 Naval Hospital 
Oakland Health Fair. For more 
information contact HM2 Angelo 
Boholst at (510) 636-8857/8851. 

Patient Appointment 

To schedule and cancel all clinic 
appointments, call 

Monday through Friday, from 
8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. 

No more busy signals!!!! 
Speak directly with 
an appointment clerk. 

Red Rover 

The Red Rover is published triweekly by and for the employees of Naval Hospital Oakland and its branch clinics. The 
Red Rover is printed commercially with appropriated funds in compliance with SECNAVINST 5720.44A. 

Responsibility for Red Rover contents rest primarily with the Public Affairs Office, Naval Hospital Oakland, 8750 
Mountain Blvd., Oakland, CA 94627-5000, Telephone: (510) 633-5918. Text and photographs (except any copyrighted 
material) may be reproduced in whole or in part as long as byline or photo credit is given. Views expressed are not 
necessarily those of the Department of Defense. Navy Department Bureau of Medicine and Surgery or of the commanding 
officer. Printed on recyclable paper. 

Commanding Officer 
Executive Officer 
Public Affairs Officer 


Public Affairs Assistants 
Editorial Assistant 

Rear Admiral William A. Buckendorf 
Captain Noel A. Hyde 
Mike Meines 

J02 Stephen Brown 

Andree Marechal-Workman 
JOSN Kyna S. McKimson 

La Kell Lee 

October 9,1992 

Red Rover 

Page 3 

Occupational Health/Preventive Medicine: What is it? 

By LT Jeffery L. Young, MSC, 

Occupational Health 
and Preventive Medicine 
are two specialties of Navy 
Medicine that are not al¬ 
ways understood. Ask 10 
people what it encompasses 
and you may get 10 differ¬ 
ent answers. 

Here at NAVHOSPOakland, it 
is headed by CAPT John Rowe, 
director for Community and Occu¬ 
pational Health, and CDR 
Lawrence Betts, assistant director 
for Occupational Health/Preven¬ 
tive Medicine. The Occupational 
Health Department is an umbrella 
for such disciplines as Occupa¬ 
tional Medicine, Occupational 
Health, Industrial Hygiene, Hear¬ 
ing Conservation and Radiation 
Health—all of which are com¬ 
monly concerned with long term 
exposure to toxic chemicals, physi¬ 
cal hazards such as noise, cold and 
radiation and biological hazards 
such as blood or other potentially 
infectious materials. 



Occupational Medicine is 
spearheaded by CDR Betts. He is 
a toxicologist, as well as an Occu¬ 
pational Medicine physician. He 
oversees issues as diverse as pre¬ 
vention of occupational illness/in¬ 
jury to chemical contamination and 
provision of occupational health 

By Brenda Cude 

Successful financial manage¬ 
ment usually requires a collection 
of various kinds of records. A good 
manager knows what records to 
keep, where to store them and for 
how long. If kept in an orderly 
manner, these records will be handy 
when you need them quickly. Hav¬ 
ing a definite records center is best— 
a place where you can keep file 
folders or largeenvelopes for bank¬ 
ing documents such as account 
books, bank deposits, statements, 
i canceled checks and information 
on bills that have been or need to be 

Other information that should 
be kept in a records center includes 
health and medical records, house¬ 
hold inventory, income tax infor¬ 
mation, automobile records and in¬ 

Some records should be kept 
permanently, others only tempo¬ 
rary- Records can be used to show 
kgal proof of events and transac¬ 
tions as evidence if official records 
are l° sl or destroyed, or for protec¬ 
tion in case others make a mistake 
in their records. 

Some documents should be kept 

home for ready reference, while 
others should be safely stored in a 
safe deposit box at your bank. 

Permanent records to be kept in 
the bank safe deposit box include 

certificates bhth. marriage, adop¬ 
tion, divorce or death. Also include 
property records, government bonds 

services in the clinical areas. 

Sandi Costick, supervisory 
nurse specialist, is responsible for 
providing technical support to the 
Branch Medical Clinic Occupa¬ 
tional Health nurses. Occupational 
Health programs include Sight, 
Hearing, Radiation, Asbestos, etc. 
as required by regulation and in¬ 
structions. These programs are de¬ 
signed to detect early indicators of 
excessive exposure in the worksite 
prior to decreased performance or 
disease symptoms. 

Occupational Health 

The Occupational Health nurse 
at NAVHOSP Oakland is Jeanine 
Clarke, certified occupational 
health nurse (COHN). She and her 
staff insure all personnel are pro¬ 
vided with required medical sur¬ 
veillance. Selection of personnel 
for medical surveillance is based 
primarily on hazards identified 
during Industrial Hygiene surveys. 
This surveillance is performed at 
NAVHOSP Oakland by Colleen 
Walsh, industrial hygienist. 

NAVHOSP Oakland’s imple¬ 
mentation of OS HA Blood borne 
Pathogens Standard fails under the 
Occupational Health/Preventive 
Medicine Department. As the 
command’s Bloodbome Pathogens 
Program manager, Dianne 
Kubancik focuses on satisfying the 
requirements that protect person¬ 
nel from bloodbome diseases such 
as hepatitis B or AIDS. 

Hearing Conservation 

Personnel identified by the in¬ 
dustrial hygienist as working in 
noise hazardous areas are enrolled 

andotherinvestmentcertificaies and 
a list of life, health, accident, prop¬ 
erty and automobile insurance poli¬ 
cies. List all insurance policies by 
policy number and insuring com¬ 

Copies of wills, past income tax 
returns, automobile utles, payment 
receipts of major debts, military 
service records, trust papers, court 
decrees and citizenship records, 
passports and household and per¬ 
sonal property inventories should 
also be kept in your bank safe de¬ 
posit box. 

Keep items such as canceled 
checks, bank books and life/health/ 
accident/ property/ automobile in¬ 
surance policies at home. Other 
items that can be kept at home in¬ 
clude copies of personal property 
inventories, sales slips on major 
purchases, warranties on appliances 
and equipment, employment 
records, social security numbers, 
medical records and an extra copy 
of your will for ready reference. 
The original will should be kept 
with your attorney. 

For your own information or for 
use in case of emergency, keep a list 
of your important records and their 
location. You might also want to 
include names and addresses of 
persons to contact or consult for 
special needs such as a banker, law¬ 
yer, accountant, insurance agent, 
doctor and employer. It’s also a 
good idea to give a copy of this list 
to a close friend or relative. 

(Editor’s Note: Cude is a consumer 
economist with the University of 
Illinois. Urbana, Ill.) 

in the Hearing Conservation Pro¬ 
gram. In my capacity as audiolo¬ 
gist, I head this program — train¬ 
ing technicians to implement the 
program, present lectures for forces 
afloat and at squadron safety 
standdowns at area commands. 

Radiation Health 

The head of Radiation Health is 
LCDR Greg Gorsuch. He and his 
staff protect personnel from exces¬ 
sive levels of radiation by provid¬ 
ing health and medical physics sup¬ 
port to NAVHOSP Oakland and 
line commands both ashore and 

By JOSN Kyna McKimson 

On August 26 at approxi¬ 
mately 12:45 p.m., the Bull 
Mascot disappeared from Club 
Knoll while eating lunch with 
the Bull Ensign, ENS Greg 
Cadle. As he went to pay for his 
meal his wife (LTJG Lea Cadle, 
Food Services) said that a mys¬ 
terious Medical Service Corps 
officer came up and took the 
“Bull” without explanation. 
Since then ENS Cadle has des¬ 
perately tried to recover it, and 
had no luck, but it was finally 
returned to him after a desper¬ 
ate search, at the MSC luncheon 
on Sept. 30. I finally caught up 
with ENS Cadle who currently 
works at San Francisco Medi¬ 
cal Command as the Healthcare 
Planner. The following is 

what ENS Cadle had to say 
about the notorious “Bull" and 
his mysterious abduction. 

Q: What exactly is the Bull 

A: The Bull Ensign is consid¬ 
ered the most senior Medical 
Service Corps (MSC) Ensign at 
the command and that person is 
responsible for a number of du¬ 
ties. First, they must always 
wear the BULL ENS collar de¬ 
vice (i.e. Butter Bar), at all times 
while in the Khaki uniform. The 

Preventive Medicine 

Preventive Medicine is headed 
by LCDR Richard Burton, Preven¬ 
tive Medicine physician, who en¬ 
sures that all personnel are pro¬ 
tected from communicable dis¬ 
eases. Preventive Medicine per¬ 
sonnel perform a variety of inspec¬ 
tions, including checking the pool 
and ice machines for bacteria or 
other contaminants; galleys and 
snack bars for appropriate sanitary 
conditions as well as shipboard 
inspections — all of which con¬ 
tribute to a safer and healthier liv¬ 
ing environment. LCDR Burton’s 
group is also involved in making 

other, and probably the most 
important, is that the Bull ENS 
must be responsible for the 
“Bull’’ and must carry and take 
full responsibility for it at all 
times. (The “Bull" is a ceramic 
bull with a dog tag around his 
neck that is inscribed with “The 

Q: What kind of responsibili¬ 
ties does the Bull ENS take on 
at NAVHOSP Oakland? 

A: Administratively, they are 
to ensure that dues are collected 
from the MSC officer, ensures 
that due paying members re¬ 
ceive a plaque upon departure 
from the command, responsible 
for giving the brief to newly 
reporting MSC officers, as well 
as giving flowers to MSC offic¬ 
ers on special occasions (ie. 

birth of a baby). 

Q: When do you turn over the 
duty as Bull ENS? And who is 

A: 1 am actually promoted to 
LTJG on October 16th, and I 
will turn over the “Bull” at the 
next MSC luncheon slated for 
Oct. 21.1 will turn over the Bull 
ENS duties along with the 
“Bull” to ENS Bess Wright, Fis¬ 
cal Department. 

Q: There has been rumors the 

personnel aware of sexually trans¬ 
mitted diseases (STD’s), the pos¬ 
sible outcomes of unprotected sex, 
such as AIDS, syphilis, gonorrhea, 
hepatitis B and chlamydia and STD 

Infection Control 

Infection Control is headed by 
LCDR Sue Chen. Infection Con¬ 
trol folks help in times of outbreaks 
of infectious diseases, such as 
chickenpox or measles. If this oc¬ 
curs, they are an excellent source 
of information concerning these or 
other infectious diseases. 

“Bull” was missing, does this 
concern you? 

A: Yes, I was extremely con¬ 
cerned about him. As the Bull 
ENS, I am responsible for him 
but I also have a bigger respon¬ 
sibility to the MSC Mess. 

Q: What steps did you take to 
recover the “Bull”? 

A: First and foremost, I in¬ 
volved the "Scoop Ensign,” 
which is the most junior MSC 
Ensign at the command, and 
ENS Danner was on the look¬ 
out for the mascot because 
people knew I was desperately 
searching for it. I received a 
few tips from him but to no 
avail the “Bull” was not recov¬ 
ered. 1 spoke with my legal 
counsel just for my own infor¬ 

mation on what steps 1 could 
take legally to either retrieve 
the mascot, or what steps I could 
take to get into arbitration with 
the person(s) who had the “Bull” 
in their possession. 

Good luck to ENS Cadle as 
he turns over his duly as Bull 
Ensign and we wish the new 
Bull ENS, ENS Bess Wright, 
all the best of luck not only in 
her administrative duties but in 
the duly in taking care of the 
"Bull” (let’s hope it doesn’t dis¬ 
appear again). 

Keep your records straight 

An exclusive interview with 

Tracy Allen, VISA loan officer at Sea West Federal Credit Union chats with the "Bull". 
(Official U.S. Navy photo) 

Page 4 

Red Rover 

October 9,1992 

Mission of mercy: The International Red Cross 

By JOl(AW) Linda Willoughby 

LT Robert O. Goodman Jr., 52 
American hostages and 700,000 
starving Ethiopians have in com¬ 
mon? They were all assisted by the 
International Committee of the Red 
Cross (ICRC) which is dedicated to 
alleviating human suffering. 

While attacking Lebanese artil¬ 
lery positions Dec. 4. 1983, 
Goodman’s A-6E bomber, off USS 
John F. Kennedy (CV-67), was shot 
down. He was held as a prisoner of 
war (POW) in a cell in Damascus, 
Syria. A representative from the 
ICRC brought him forms to use for 
messages to his family and 10 days 
later he received a package from his 

When 52 Americans were held 
captive inside the U.S. Embassy in 
Tehran, Iran, the only person al¬ 
lowed to see the captives was a 
representative from ICRC. 

Ethiopia, one of the ICRC’s cost¬ 
liest operations, uses $100 million 
dollars a year to feed 700,000people 
victimized by both drought and 
armed conflict. 

The ICRC also played a key role 
in assisting Operation Desert Storm 

Despite its far-reaching mission. 

the ICRC is just one of the three 
components of the Red Cross, the 
organization which encompasses 
each country’s national Red Cross 
Society, the League of the Red Cross 
and the ICRC. 

The ICRC’s first 

order of business is 
to help wounded 
and sick soldiers, 
marooned sailors 
and POWs, whose 
conditions it en¬ 
deavors to improve 
from their capture 
to release. 

The Red Crescent Societies, as they 
are known in Moslem countries, 
and the League of the Red Cross are 
charged with the responsibility of 
coordinating relief efforts follow¬ 
ing natural disasters, as well as as¬ 
sisting war refugees. The national 
societies, which depend on finan¬ 
cial support from the public, help in 
natural disasters, such as floods, 
earthquakes and volcanic eruptions. 

During wartime these societies 
act as auxiliaries to the medical 
services of their countries’ armed 
forces. In peacetime, they collect 

blood, teach first aid and assist 
people with a variety of programs. 

The ICRC protects victims of 
man-made disasters — war, civil 
war, politically induced distur¬ 
bances — and is financed primarily 
by voluntary contributions from 

A lifeline to POWs and their 
families, the ICRC has its roots in 
the Geneva Conventions. 
According to the booklet. Origin 
and Development of International 
Humanitarian Law by Francoise 
Bory, the Geneva convention is ac¬ 
tually a combination of four differ¬ 
ent treaties and is the most widely 
ratified treaty in the world. These 
four conventions contain 429 ar¬ 
ticles, and although these articles 
have been widely ratified, they are 
not widely understood. Explaining 
them is one of ICRC’s tasks. There 
are 166 countries who have signed 
the conventions giving the ICRC 
the right to intervene in armed con¬ 

The ICRC’s first order of busi¬ 
ness is to help wounded and sick 
soldiers, marooned sailors and 
POWs, whose conditions it endeav¬ 
ors to improve from their capture to 
release. For this purpose, it sends 
delegates all over the world to visit 
places of internment and detention, 
and work where persons are held 

captive. They inspect the captives’ 
living quarters, treatment and food. 
They also approach the detaining 
power, when appropriate, to obtain 
necessary improvements. 

They take action on behalf of 
civilian populations in enemy terri¬ 
tory or in occupied areas. In the 
event of civil war within a country, 
the ICRC fulfills its function as a 
neutral mediator. 

Searching for missing persons 
and exchanging family messages 
between people separated by armed 
conflict is another important func¬ 
tion of the ICRC. The ICRC uses 
the Central Tracing Agency’s main 
office in Geneva, Switzerland, 
which has accumulated 55 million 
cards in its files, representing 30 
million individual cases over ap¬ 
proximately 100 years. The ICRC 
is assisted in this service by the 147 
national Red Cross and Red Cres¬ 
cent Societies worldwide. 

The ICRC may also be called 
upon to provide relief for civilian 
populations starved by war. As it is 
very often the only organization 
which is permitted by both sides to 
cross the barbed wire fences, pass 
through blockades or move freely 
in occupied areas, the ICRC can 
bring food, medicine and clothing 
to those in need. 

Although the ICRC supports all 

of these functions, it is perhaps most 
well known for its assistance with 
POWs. “Under the Geneva con¬ 
ventions. the ICRC must be allowed 
to visit the camps and all the prison¬ 
ers. register POWs and take family 
messages out.’’ said Ann Stingle, 
international communication asso¬ 
ciate for the American Red Cross. 
“ICRC must be able to interview 
each prisoner without witness. This 
means no tape recorders, no guard, 
no one standing there taking notes, 
and they must be able to make re¬ 
peat visits. If only one visit is could mean prisoners 
are receiving retribution (for talk¬ 
ing with ICRC). They must be able 
to make repeat visits to follow up 
and ensure their humane treat¬ 

Nearly every independent na¬ 
tion has established its own national 
Red Cross or Red Crescent Society 
to conduct health, welfare and safety 
programs. Although they operate 
independently, they all adhere to 
the basic principles of all Red Cross 
Societies — humanity, impartial¬ 
ity, neutrality, independence, vol¬ 
untary service, unity and universal¬ 
ity. Whether it's the American Red 
Cross, Moslem’s Red Crescent So¬ 
ciety, the League of the Red Cross 
or the ICRC, they are ready to assist 
in time of need. 

CIVPERS moving to the Public Works Center San Francisco Bay Area 

Two of three funds show 
gains in Thrift Savings Plan 

By A. Marechal-Work man 

In line with the Department of 
Defense’s effort at budget stream¬ 
lining, Civilian Personnel 
(CIVPERS) is undergoing a series 
of changes. Beginning October, 
three staff members will move to 
NAVHOSP Oakland’s building 
131, the building that used to house 
Personnel Support Detatchment 
(PSD). They are Nate Kimbrough, 
Roberta Moore and Irma Hawkins, 
and will be joined by Site Manager 
Barbara Moore in November. 

During the first or second week 
in November, CIVPERS Officer 
Herb Lindemann will move to the 
Human Resources Office (HRO), 
at PWCSFB, as head of the Perfor¬ 
mance Management Division. Other 
staff members involved in Labor 
Relations and Employee Benefits 

and Training will follow. 

A third contingent — the staff¬ 
ers and the classification specialist 
— will move to the Naval Supply 
Center pending the arrival of their 
furniture at PWCSFB. 

Under the reorganization, the 
Equal Employment Officer Divi¬ 
sion (EEO) will move to PWCSFB 
in mid November, continuing to 
manage EEO complaints and the 
Affirmative Action Program. Ac¬ 
cording to Deputy EEO Weldon 
Miles, his office will represent five 
Bay Area commands: NAVHOSP 
Oakland, PWC, Naval Supply Cen¬ 
ter, Navy Facility Engineering Com¬ 
mand San Bruno and Moffett Field 
Naval Air Station. 

Dorothy Bowman, who will 
head operations at HRO, said in a 
recent executive summary status: 
“I am very pleased to be selected 
for the opportunity to serve as your 
human resource director. Everyone 
knows that we are going into an era 

of doing more with less, but I feel 
confident that the excellent person¬ 
nel being consolidated into the H RO 
have the ability, and even more 
important, the real desire to get the 
job done.” 

Meanwhile, site managers at 
various locations will continue to 
provide the point of contact for all 
HRO services that will be gener¬ 
ated out of what is referred to as 
“the Hub.” They will be the liaison 
to the HUB and assure civilian per¬ 
sonnel requirements are met, ac¬ 
cording to Bowman. 

“Please continue to contact your 
civilian personnel and EEO staffs 
through the same channels as you 
have in the past,” she advised. 
“When we begin our move in No¬ 
vember, you can continue to con¬ 
duct business through the site of¬ 
fices and we will also provide infor¬ 
mation on new locations and tele¬ 
phone numbers for all the HRO 

According to Federal 
Times, two of the funds 
increased in August: The F 
Fund, invested in bonds, 
went up for the fifth 
consecutive month, increas¬ 
ing one percent for the 
month. Designed to imitate, 
the Wells Fargo US Index 
Fund was up 1.02 percent. 

The G Fund, invested in 
special U.S. treasuries, 
inched up 0.57 for the 
month, its lowest increase 
since February. The fund is 
projected to return slightly 
more than 7 percent for the 

However, the third fund — 

C Fund — dropped 2.02 
percent, a move that goes 
along with the prevalent 
down trend of the stock 
market and is about the 
same as the Wells Fargo 
Equity Index Fund. For 
1992, the fund has shown 
increases in four months 
and declines in five, re¬ 
flecting the changing 
nature of the equity mar¬ 

To summarize, the 
returns for the past 12 
months are: C Fund, 8.13 
percent; F Fund, 13.5 
percent; G Fund, 7.51 

Navy releases details of new initiatives to counter sexual harassment 

ing Secretary of the Navy Sean 
O’ Keefe directed his standing com¬ 
mittee on women in the naval ser¬ 
vice to evaluate several new initia¬ 
tives to combat sexual harassment. 
The secretary has asked that the 
committee make their recommen¬ 
dations to him no later than Sept. 30 
on the following new measures to 
change the culture, environment and 
attitudes that have previously al¬ 
lowed sexual harassment to occur. 

* Identifying opportunities to 
expand involvement of women in 
Fleet and Fleet Marine Forces’ train¬ 
ing exercises and joint training ex¬ 

* Developing a department- 
wide reporting and backing system 
with an integrated data base to track 
formal sexual harassment com¬ 
plaints and reported incidents of 

sexual assaults and rape to provide 
the Navy with a comprehensive, 
accurate yardstick of its progress in 
eliminating these types of unaccept¬ 
able behavior. 

* Establishing a toll free ad¬ 
vice/counseling telephone line to 
provide information and advice to 
all members involved in an incident 
of sexual harassment regarding their 
rights and responsibilities; to pro¬ 
vide a viable alternative to facilitate 
informal resolution of sexual ha¬ 
rassment complaints at the lowest 
appropriate level and to identify 
other resources available to the 

* Assessing the impact of per¬ 
sonnel and force structure reduc¬ 
tions on opportunities for women 
and development of a plan for en¬ 
suring women are not dispropor¬ 
tionately affected as a result of draw¬ 
down decisions. 

* Developing and conducting a 
culture and climate assessment sur¬ 
vey of Navy and Marine Corps ser¬ 
vice members and civilian person¬ 
nel to assess the effectiveness of 
sexual harassment training pro¬ 
grams and to provide a baseline to 
evaluate changes in attitudes over 

* Assessing the adequacy of 
training and education programs that 
specifically address core values, 
standards of conduct and appropri¬ 
ate behavior, prevention of sexual 
harassment and command/supervi- 
sor/leadership responsibilities in 
creating a positive command cli¬ 
mate and promoting team work. 

♦Reviewing the status of rec¬ 
ommendations contained in the 
1990 Updated Report on the 
Progress of Women in the Navy and 
the 1988 Report on the Progress of 
Women in the Marine Corps. 

♦ Assessing the impact of 
changing demographics of the U.S. 
labor force and the resultant recruit¬ 
ing pool on recruiting priorities, 
retention and personnel assignment 
and utilization policies. 

As part of the lasting leadership 
commitment necessary to eradicate 
sexual harassment, the secretary of 
the Navy formed the Standing Com¬ 
mittee on Military and Civilian 
Women in the Department of the 
Navy in July. The committee is 
charged with advising the Secre¬ 
tary of the Navy on ways to enhance 
the professional opportunities for 
women, and will seek to eliminate 
demeaning behavior and attitudes 
towards women by promoting mu¬ 
tual respect among men and women. 

“We have a duty to the Ameri¬ 
can public and an obligation to those 
who serve to create a climate con¬ 
ducive to effective intregration of 
all members of the Navy and Ma¬ 

rine Corps team,” said O’Keefe. 

The Department of the Navy is 
taking a systematic approach to deal 
effectively with sexual harassment 
and gender discrimination. These 
steps are consistent with the three- 
phase pattern for achieving cultural 
change indentified by Representa¬ 
tives Aspin and Byron, and dis¬ 
cussed in the subcommittee entitled 
“Women in the Military” report. 

The standing committee will also 
develop a plan for reviewing the 
findings, conclusions and recom¬ 
mendations of the President’s Com¬ 
mission on Women in the Armed 
Forces. The plan will address evalu¬ 
ating the Navy and Marine Corps 
plans of action and milestones to 
implement approved Commission 
recommendations as directed by the 
Secretary of Defense. Additionally, 
the Standing Committee w ill be re¬ 
sponsible for overseeing implemen¬ 
tation actions and assessing imple¬ 
mentation results. 

October 9,1992 Red Rover Page 5 

Former Korean War POW reflects on life in captivity 

By Rudi Williams, American 
Forces Information Service 

It’s amazing what people will do 
to survive, said former Korean War 
prisoner of war Earl Dantzler, 66. 

The key to survival in a Chinese 
army POW camp was eating every¬ 
thing their captors gave them, which 
wasn't much, and whatever they 
could find, said Dantzler. He spent 
33 months as a prisoner. 

Eighty-six men in bis battalion, 
the all-black 503rd Reid Artillery, 
were captured. The unit, an element 
of the 2nd Infantry Division, was 
commanded by white officers. 

‘Twenty-six men from my sec¬ 
tion were among them — only six 
of us made it back," Dantzler said. 

When Dantzler’s outfit was cap¬ 
tured, he had been in Korea about 
three months. Retreating south from 
a Chinese army onslaught, his con¬ 
voy was stopped by an enemy road 
block. The greatly outnumbered 
Americans were no match 
to the devastating mortal 
fire and vicious attacks 
made from both sides of 
the road. 

The Ameri¬ 
cans broke 
into small 
groups to 
south to the relative safety of the 
3rd Infantry Division perimeter, but 
they never made it 

“It was utter confusion," 
Dantzler recalls. “I was with a group 
of about 20 people when we ran into 
an ambush. They killed 12 and cap¬ 
tured eight of us.” 

Hundreds of prisoners died in 
his camp during his first nine months 
of capu vity. “There were more than 
3,000 prisoners at out first camp— 
Camp 4 — from many of the allies 
— France, Turkey, Great Britain, 
Canada, the Philippines, Puerto Rico 
and America," said Dantzler, who 
was drafted into the Army in 1944 
before completing high school. “So 
many people died there that we 
started calling it ‘Death Valley.' I 
was captured on Nov. 30,1950, and 
by August 1951, there were only 
1,632 people left alive. 

“We buried as many as 79 people 
a day,” he said. “They died from 
wounds, disease and malnutriuon. 
We got so skinny many died from 
something the doctors called ‘re¬ 
curring fever.’ Just about any little 
thing could cause death because we 
had so little food.” 

“Whatever we ate for breakfast 
is what we got all day—boiled com 
or millet or something that looked 
like bird food,” said Dantzler, who 
retired from the Army in 1968 as a 
roaster sergeant. “Everything was 
boiled with rock salt. We got a little 
bowlful two times a day." When 
Piropkms were in season, the POWs 
had them boiled twice a day, every 
day for three or four months. “Then 
they started feeding us soy beans — 
^ was good to us — kept us in 
good shape,” said Dantzler. 

Nearly January 1951. the POWs 
Werc force-marched to Camp 5, ar- 

nv rog there near the end of that 

1952, Dantzler said the ones 
11 foil ve had become acclimated to 
‘if harsh conditions of POW life 
he only people who died after 
was a guy struck by lightning 
^ ****** guy who 1 beard hanged 

himself,” he recalled. 

Dantzler, who was 24 when he 
was captured, was considered one 
of the 'older guys.' Most who died 
were young soldiers, he said, be¬ 
cause they couldn’t deal with the 
hardships of prison camp. Older 
guys survived because they dealt 
with the situation better. 

“They knew they had to eat 
whatever they were given — eat 
anything they could find," he said. 
“When we went out on wood detail, 
we’d eat grass, leaves, wild onions. 
I even dug kernels of corn out of 
horse manure, washed it off, boiled 
it and ate it." 

Many of the young troops re¬ 
fused to eat such things, “so they 
died." Dantzler said sadly. 

T intended to survive!” he em¬ 
phasized. Late in his captivity. 

Dantzler told the camp commander, 
a Chinese colonel, “ The only way 
1 die here is if you kill me!” 

He escaped death, but was not 
unscathed. Shrapnel hit his left thigh 
and lower leg when he was cap¬ 
tured. “ The wounds gave me the 
devil for a while,” he said. “ 1 also 
injured my knee that night, but don’t 
remember how.” 

Captured American doctors 
were in the camp, but they didn’t 
have medication or operating in¬ 
struments. Chinese doctors treated 
Dantzler’s knee injury with acu¬ 
puncture. “They stuck needles in 
my knee, which got rid of the pain 
for a while," he said. “Time eventu¬ 
ally healed my leg wounds.” 

Their captors told the prisoners 
every time they tried to get medi¬ 

cine for them, the Americans 
bombed the trucks. “We performed 
amputations, pulled teeth and treated 
ourselves," Dantzler said. “There 
was nothing left of one guy's hand 
but skin and a little meat — we cut 
it off and packed the stump with 
mud. I le lived. We had to hold them 
down because we didn’t have any 

The POWs treated their illnesses 
with tonic made form pme tree 
needles, tree sap and tar They 
pooled their ration of one table¬ 
spoon of sugar a day to make a 
syrup for men suffering from jaun¬ 

The prisoners received a table¬ 
spoonful of wine on Chinese holi¬ 
days. “We pooled that, too, so two 
or three people could get a little 
buzz," Dantzler laughed. “When 
beans were served, we lined up 
our bowls and counted beans to 
make sure everybody got a fair 

It’s amazing what you’ll do to 
stay alive,” said Dantzler. “We tried 
to keep our teeth clean, bathed in 
the river when it wasn't too cold. 
We didn’t have bath or toilet facili¬ 

Dantzler didn't get his first bath 
until the summer of 1951. “Our 
soap was mud from the river bot¬ 
tom; we rubbed it on our bodies 
and washed it off — it cleaned 

Their toilet was an open hole 
outside, where winter temperatures 
often dropped to 25 degrees below 
zero. Chinese newspapers were their 
toilet paper. “It was so cold outside 
some guys wouldn’t go outside. I 
think that made some of them sick, 
maybe caused their death,” he said. 

Punishment was worse than go¬ 
ing to the toilet, he said. “You lived 
in your own toilet (there),” Dantzler 
explained. “They put you in a hole 
covered with logs. It wasn't big 
enough to lay down in. You had to 
do all your body functions in there 
— that’s where you ate, too." 

Their captors did give them 
warmclothes, padded Chinese army 
uniforms, during the winter of 1951. 
They were issued lightweight cot¬ 
ton clothes during the summer. 

The most frightening part of 

POW life was the interrogations. 
'They kept putting a pistol to my 
head threatening to kill me," 
Dantzler said. "The camp com¬ 
mander, a colonel, told me I was 
like an egg in his band; He could 
crush me any time he wanted to." 

Conditions started changing for 
the better in late 1952. The Chinese 
tried to get the POWs in shape for 
repatriation. They were allowed to 
play basketball, baseball, volley¬ 
ball and run track. They even had a 
mini-Olympics between the prison 
camps. Dantzler represented his 
camp in the walking competition. 

But communists used sports ac¬ 
tivities as a propaganda tool. It took 
more than a year for Dantzler to get 
a pair of shoes. The 6-foot-2 inch 
soldier wears a size 12D shoe, too 
big for those the enemy gave him. 

“I played basketball barefooted 
on a dirt court,” he said. “My feet 
got tough enough to do that as long 
as nobody stepped on them. 

“I don’t know how they did it, 
but the Chinese sent a picture to my 
home of me jumping with the bas¬ 
ketball —they had painted shoes on 
my feet!” Dantzler exclaimed. 
‘They finally made some for me 
with cowhide on the outside ” 

The prisoners made cards out of 
cardboard to play bridge, pinochle, 
blackjack and other games. “The 
Filipino prisoners were good at 
drawing and making things.” 
Dantzler said. “They also made 
checkers and checker boards out of 
tobacco boxes.” 

Some of the prisoners formed a 
makeshift instrument band called 
the “Cats of Harmony,” and se¬ 
lected Dantzler as blind leader. They 
used makeshift druns, played mu¬ 
sic with a cellophane-covered comb 
—anything they could make sounds 

“The Chinese took propaganda 
pictures of us and sent them around 
the world calling us the 'Interracial 
Cats,”’ Dantzler laughed. 

Church services were taboo, so 
POWs held them in secret, using a 
hidden Bible. “An old master ser¬ 
geant, who died last year, gave me 
the Bible we used," said Dantzler. 
"I lake it to reunions and use it for 
our memorial services.” 

“We didn’t receive a Red Cross 
package — combs, razors, tooth 
brush, toothpaste, cigarettes — un¬ 
til about a week before wc were 
repatriated," he said. 

Some prisoners tried to escape, 
but none of them made it. “ The 
Chinese’d catch them and bring 
them back tied up like a chicken or 
hog," he said. "I didn’t try to es¬ 
cape. Imagine me trying todisguise 
myself to look like a Korean. Two 
Turks left and never returned. We 
heard they made it. but I don’t know 
for sure. 

Dantzler said every time they 
planned an escape attempt, the Chi¬ 
nese would come the night before 
and pick out people who were plan¬ 
ning to escape. “We never figured 
out how they got their informa¬ 
tion," he said. 

The enemy tried to turn the 
whites against the blacks, and some¬ 
times it worked, but the old ser¬ 
geants put a stop to it, Dantzler said. 
He explained that African-Ameri¬ 
cans, Hispanics, white and other 
ethnic groups, including those from 
several allied countries, were held 
captive together. The “old ser¬ 
geants" stopped potential problems 
by pointing out that the Chinese 
were trying to put them against each 

He often reflected on his life, 
before being captured — his fam¬ 
ily, girl friends, but he refused to 
allow those thoughts todepress him. 
When some of the men became 
depressed and worried about their 
loved ones back home, Dantzler 
told them; “The people back home 
are living well, taking a shower 
every day, eating three good meals 
a day. If anybody gets sick from 
worry, let it be them. You have to 
concentrate on making it here. 
They’re doing well, you’re doing 

Thinking about all the money he 
saved during captivity helped 
Dantzler survive. “I didn’t worry 
about the people back home, but I 
did spend a little counting my money 
in my head,” he laughed. 

“I used to tell some of the guys, 
this prison camp is my world and I 

See Captivity page 8 

NAVHOSP Oakland 
POW/MIA Recognition Day 

NAVHOSP Oakland recently celebrated POW/MIA Keecognition Day. 
Event# that took place during the ceremony Included musical selec¬ 
tions by The Navy Band of San Francisco Naval Command, an Invoca¬ 
tion by LT Anne Krekelberg, CHC , words of recognition by CAPT 
Noei Hyde, executive officer, and the Benediction by LCDK Peter 

Page 6 

Red Rover 

October 9,1992 

From the Chaplain 


Religious Services 

Catholic Mass 

Christian Fellowship 
Christian Communion 
Protestant Worship 







8:30 a.m.-Noon 
11 a.m. 

11 a.m. 

10:30 a.m. 

All services meet in the Chapel of Hope, third deck. Bldg. 500. 
Information for worship services for all faith groups is available 
at (510) 633-5561. All services meet in the Chapel of Hope, third 
deck. Bldg. 500. Information for worship services for all faith 
groups Is available at (510) 633-5561. 

LT Anne Krekelberg, CHC 

If you try phoning me any week¬ 
day evening between 7 & 8, you'll 
get my answering machine. You’ll 
never get 
m e . 

That's the 
time 1 
have a 
date with 
c o m - 
officer of 
the Starship Enterprise. I am a 
long-time fan of the old Kirk and 
Spock crew, but I am hopelessly 
hooked when it comes to “Star Trek: 
The Next Generation.’’ For one hour 

a day I can abandon myself to warp 
speed and cruise the galaxies of 
imagination. Ahhh...heaven. 

Most episodes are thought-pro¬ 
voking. Capt. Picard is much more 
“cerebral” than Capt. Kirk ever was. 
Problems are solved not with se¬ 
duction and brute force, but with 
ingenuity and a lot of “TQL.” The 
plots make great fodder for the mind. 

Several months back there was 
a new episode titled, “I, Borg." 
You see, the Borgs are a race of pan 
human-pan computer beings. Each 
individual is linked to one another 
through the central unit—what one 
knows, all know. Their goal in life 
is to “assimilate" knowledge, which 
is a polite way of saying they go 
around annihilating entire civiliza¬ 
tions and ingesting every piece of 
information available. Once they 
even “assimilated” Capt. Picard. 

But super heroes all. the crew val¬ 
iantly rescued him from Borgian 

In “I, Borg" the crew discovers 
a survivor of a Borg crash. Because 
the Borgs are bent on “assimilat¬ 
ing" the entire universe, the Enter¬ 
prise crew decides to send “it” (as 
they fondly refer to this Borg) back 
to his people programmed with a 
message which will eventually de¬ 
stroy all of Borg-land. Until... 

...Until one by one, the crew 
begins to see this young Borg not as 
a part of a collective evil force, but 
as a living, breathing, feeling, think¬ 
ing individual. The chief engineer, 
LCDR LaForge, even gives him a 
name—“Hugh.” He is no longer an 
“it," but a “him." Hugh is a person. 

The “I, Borg" episode was 
shown the same week as the Los 
Angeles riots in May. It was a stark, 
real reminder of how easy it is to 
categorize people into “us” and 
“them” easy it is to destroy a 
person, a culture, a race, a nation, 
when they are referred to as “it.” 
There is no quicker way to divide a 
people than to label ourselves, “us" 
and the others, “them.” We see this 

happening in Los Angeles, in Ire¬ 
land, in Yugoslavia, in South Af¬ 
rica. in Cambodia, in 
Thailand...Shall I goon ? 

But according to God, who cre¬ 
ated both the “us’s" and the “them’s" 
in the first place, there is no room in 
this universe for such thinking. 
Here's what God says: "You shall 
love the Lord your God with all 
your heart...and soul...and mind... 
and you shall love your neighbor as 
yourself.” (Matthew 22.37-39) 
According to God, there’s only 

There’s a wonderful message at 
the end of the “I, Borg” episode. 

“Hugh" is sent back to his people 
not programmed for destruction and 
di vision, but programmed for unity. 
It is a message of hope 

We are approaching the season 
of hope: Yom Kippur (the day of 
atonement); of the harvest holidays 
of Thanksgiving and Sukkot; Ha- 
nukkah and Christmas. These holi¬ 
days remind us that we. too, have a 
message of hope. It is in teaching 
our children and each other that 
there are no such words as “us” and 
“them.” It is the hope that we can 
live in the kind of world which God 
intended—where each is the other’s 
neighbor, even Hugh. 

What ombudsmen mean to service members 

By A. Marechal-Workman 

A young sailor is transferred to 
Oak Knoll from his ship for emer¬ 
gency surgery. At midnight, his 
teenage wife arrives at the hospi¬ 
tal. ffantic with worry, with a tod¬ 
dler in tow. She comes from a slow¬ 
paced country town and has diffi¬ 
culty dealing with the Bay Area 
fast forward lifestyle. She has no 
place to stay, no car, and her 3- 
year-old girl will not stop crying. 
In short, she’s at her wits’ end and 
needs a helping hand. 

This fictitious scenario has a happy 

ending when the Navy wife is given 
two phone numbers to call — a 
command ombudsman is about to 
make things a little bit easier for 
her. ^ 

Kathy Lautenschlager and MM2 
Melody Jimenez are no figment of 
anyone’s imagination. They are real 
flesh and blood, dedicated indi¬ 
viduals — the two ombudsmen 
selected as liaison between the 
commanding officer and the 
command's families. 

The wife of HM1 Kevin 
Lautenschlager. Kathy was bom 
and raised in Fremont, Calif. She 
works for Hewlett Packard on the 

Peninsula, and has two stepchil¬ 
dren (6-year-old Lauren and 9- 
year-old Spencer) and a 12-year- 
old son, David. 

Through “ombudsman training 
[she’s had] years ago," she has a 
pretty good idea of what to expect 
and “is looking forward to the chal¬ 
lenge.” In addition, she plans to 
use the problem-solving and com¬ 
munications skills she’s acquired 
at Hewlett Packard to help com¬ 
mand families. 

“What I want the [service mem¬ 
bers’] families to know is that 
there’s a support structure for them 
here,” she said. “I want them to 

know that our command is very 
aware of the families’ needs and is 
anxious to meet those needs ac¬ 

Melody is married to HM2 Os¬ 
car Jimenez of Oak Knoll’s Der¬ 
matology Clinic. She is the leading 
petty officer of the hospital's Pedi¬ 
atric Clinic, and as such, is very 
aware of what’s expected of an 
ombudsman. In the case of your 
lead metaphor, she said. “I'd have 
been able to set up the sailor’s wife 
with child care, get her into a Navy 
Lodge in the area, and insure she 
made contact with her husband 
without delay.” 

If a real problem develops she 
wants to make sure “it is solved at 
the lowest possible level,” she said. 
'T also want to let dependents know 
about the services that are avail¬ 
able at the command, as well as the 
resources they have in the commu¬ 

The two ombudsmen were cho¬ 
sen from a pool of volunteers who 
had indicated a willingness to serve. 
They are ready and eager to make 
Oak Knoll a happy place forever^* 
one. They can be reached through 
the Ombudsman Hotline at (510) 
636-2983 and are looking forward 
to hearing from you. 

Oak Knoll Viewpoint 

What does your vote mean to you? 

Andra Zamacona 
Information Systems 

My vote is very important be¬ 

cause it’s how I make my voice 

heard. If I have specific issues 
that particularly concern me, I will 
vote for the man or woman who 
supports these issues. I try to keep 
informed about the canidates and 
issues so that I can make good 

The right to vote wasn’t al¬ 
ways granted to women . Many 
women worked very hard and 
endured a great deal of abuse to 
win this right. Sometimes I get 
discouraged by what I feel are the 
lack of good choices. But I al¬ 

ways vote. This right is too impor¬ 
tant to disregard. Besides, if I don't 
vote, I can’t complain as loudly. 

DTI Thomas Calimlim 

In our form of government 
where the administration of public 
affairs is regulated by the will of 
the people, or a majority of them, 
expressed through the ballot box, 
the importance of my vote can 
hardly be overemphasized. It is 
the most important tool that I have 
to fully express and assert my 
wishes for the type of government 
official I want and the policies I 

PN3 Wernher Heyres 
Military Personnel 

America is the undisputed su¬ 
perpower today. The leader of a 
new world order. In order to main¬ 
tain it’s present status, America 
should be strong militarily and eco¬ 
nomically. This is like a two sided 
coin. In order to assert it’s power 
and to protect it’s economic inter¬ 
est. America should have a solid 

and not a hollow military force ready 
to project il’sstrength anytime any¬ 
where in the world. But she also 
needs a strong economic base to 
support this force. 

Therefore future leader of this 
country needs to be a strong person 
who can play both games well, as a 

member of the armed services, I 
support by vote a leader of this 
quality. We need to have a leader of 
the present as well as the future 

Randy Ortega 
American Red Cross, 
Station Manager 

In a representative democracy it 
is important that the government 
reflect the views of the majority 
while protecting the rights of the 

minority. Voting is a direct, posi¬ 
tive way to select your representa¬ 
tives and to tell them just what you 
want them to do. 

Therese Segura 

Our forefathers have given us a 
system of government under 
which we govern ourselves 
through representauves of our 

own choosing. They have also 
given us the ideas upon which 
that system is based. Itisasystein 
which depends upon the people 
forits very life. It can be no better 
than we are willing to make it No 
right is more precious to an Arnen- 
can than his right to vote The 
importance of my vote, gives roc 
a say or a voice if you will, in the 
democracy of thus country If 1 
don’t vote 1 have no right to criti¬ 
cize this country. 

October 9,1992 

Red Rover 

Page 7 

Tobacco and Health 

Passive smoking: risks and remedies 

By CAPT David B. Moyer. MC 

There has been much recent 
attention to the risks of passive 
smoking — also called envi¬ 
ronmental tobacco smoke, 
sidestream smoke, involuntary 
smoking or second-hand smoke 
This exposure ranks third on 
the list of preventable causes of 
mortality in the United States, 
accounting for 53.000 deaths 
per year This ranking comes 
after active smoking (434.000 
deaths) and alcohol-related, in¬ 
cluding . car accidents. 
(100,000), but way ahead of 
drug abuse (including heroin 
and cocaine) which accounts for 
6,000 deaths. For every eight 
smokers who die from tobacco- 
induced disease, one non- 
smoker does as well. 

In addition, passive smok¬ 
ing seriously impairs the health 
of millions of non-smoking ba¬ 
bies. children, spouses and co¬ 

The Environmental Protec- 

The American Cancer Society 
has called smoking during 
pregnancy the most common 
form of child abuse. 

tion Agency has recently labeled 
environmental tobacco smoke 
(ETS) a Class A. or known hu¬ 
man carcinogen. The most dam¬ 
aging effects of ETS are on un¬ 
born children of mothers who 
smoke. Thirty percent of female 
smokers quit during pregnancy, 
but the rest do not. The latter 
deliver babies with much lower 
birth weights and increased 
mortality rates of 6,000 
perinatal deaths per year. 

The American Cancer Soci¬ 
ety has called smoking during 

pregnancy the most common 
form of child abuse. 

What are the effects of ETS 
forchildren living in households 
with smokers? 

In this country, 10 million 
children under age five are ex¬ 
posed to ETS, and there are 
many adverse health conse¬ 
quences. Babies and children in 
homes with smokers have 
double the incidence of pneu¬ 
monia, asthma, respiratory dis¬ 
ease. ear infection and Sudden 
Infant Death Syndrome — to 
name a few. In addition, chil¬ 
dren who grow up with parents 
who smoke have twice the usual 
risk of lung cancer when they 
become adults. This is not sur¬ 
prising because the effect of 
both parents smoking is the 

Diet Corner 

The many types of sugar in the diet 

By LTJG Katherine M. Starr, 


There are many types of sug¬ 
ars in the diet Sugars can occur 
naturally in foods, and be added 
to foods during processing 
Sugars are provided naturally 
in fruits, vegetables, milk and 
grains. Meals are the only food 
group which does not contain 
any natural sugar. Sugars that 

occur naturally in foods and that 
are added during processing are 
present in the diet in different 
forms. Your body converts all 
of these sugars to glucose or 
“blood sugar," which is the fuel 
needed by your brain to func¬ 
tion properly. Since your body 
cannot differentiate between 
natural and added sources of 
sugar, one type of sugar is not 
better or worse than the other. 

Many people tend to judge 
foods as either “good" or “bad" 
based on the sugar content. 
What is more appropriate is to 
consider the total nutritional 
value of a food, not just the 
sugar content. For example, an 
orange contains approximately 
3 1/2 teaspoons of sugar, but it 
also provides significant 
amounts of vitamin C and fiber 
Therefore, many foods contain¬ 
ing sugar should be included in 
the diet because they also pro¬ 
vide many vitamins, minerals 
and fiber. Problems such as 
overweigbtness and tooth de¬ 

cay can develop when people 
eat excessive amounts of sugar. 
Overweightness develops when 
excessive calories are consumed 
from sugar and stored as fat. 

Tooth decay is a complex 
disease caused in part by sugar. 
What’s most important in the 
development of tooth decay is 
the form in which the sugar is 
consumed. For example, sticky 
sugar-containing foods, eaten as 
snacks rather than part of a meal, 
are more likely to contribute to 
tooth decay than those eaten at 
mealtime These foods are more 
likely to slick to the teeth al¬ 
lowing decay to begin. Proper 
oral hygiene and regular check¬ 
ups can help to prevent devel¬ 
opment of tooth decay When 
consumed in moderation, sug¬ 
ars are a desirable part of a 
healthy diet. Other than contri¬ 
bution to tooth decay and over¬ 
weight, the amount of sugar 
typically consumed in the 
American diet has not been 
found to be hazardous to health. 

Health Tips from Wellness Department 

Eight ways to sleep through insomnia 

Do you ever find yourself wide 
awake long after you go to bed at 
night? Well, you are not alone An 
estimated 30 million Americans are 
bothered by insomnia 

They either have trouble falling 
asleep at night, wake up in the 
middle of the night, or wake up loo 
early and can’t get back to sleep. 
And when they’re not asleep, in¬ 
somniacs worry about whether or 
not they’ll be able to go to sleep. 

An occasional sleepless night 
is. well, nothing to lose sleep over. 
But if insomnia bothers you for 
three weeks or longer, it can be a 
real medical problem. 

Many old-fashioned remedies 
for sleeplessness work, and work 
well. Next time you Find yourself 
unable to sleep, try these time-tested 

• Avoid caffeine in all forms after 
lunchtime. Coffee, tea, chocolate, 
colas, and some other soft drinks 
containing this snmulant. as do cer¬ 
tain over-the-counter and prescrip¬ 
tion drugs; check the labels for con¬ 
tent. This is the last thing a wide 
awake insomniac needs. 

• Don’t take naps during the day. no 
matter how groggy you feel. Naps 
decrease the quality of nighttime 


• Take a nice, long, hot bath before 
bedtime. This soothes and unwinds 
tense muscles, leaving you relaxed 
enough to fall asleep. 

• Read a book or do some repeti¬ 
tive, tedious activity like needle¬ 
work. Try not to watch television or 
listen to the radio. These kinds of 
distractions may hold your atten¬ 
tion and keep you awake. 

• Make your bedroom as comfort¬ 
able as possible. Create a quiet, 
dark atmosphere. Use clean, fresh 
sheets and pillows and keep the 

equivalent of the child smoking 
as many as 150 cigarettes per 

Children exposed to ETS 
also have smaller rates of in¬ 
crease of lung function as the 
lung matures; overall lung 
growth is retarded by five to 10 
percent. Therefore, for the sake 
of their children’s health, par¬ 
ents who choose to smoke 
should never do so in the house 
and car. 

Finally, there is the issue of 
ETS exposure in the workplace. 
The 1986 surgeon general's re¬ 
port on the health consequences 
of involuntary smoking states. 
“The simple separation of smok¬ 

ers and nonsmokers within the 
same air space may reduce, but 
does not eliminate, the expo¬ 
sure of nonsmokers to ETS " 

Regulations protecting non- 
smokers from exposure to 
smoke are becoming more and 
more stringent. For example, 
hospitals can no longer receive 
accreditation if they allow any 
indoor smoking; also, smoking 
has been banned on all domes¬ 
tic commercial airlines. 

Living or working in an en¬ 
vironment with smokers in¬ 
creases an adult’s chances of 
developing heart disease or lung 
cancer by about 30 percent 
Since heart disease is more com¬ 
mon than lung cancer, most of 
the 53,000 excess deaths from 
ETS in nonsmokers are actually 
from coronary heart disease 
The concentration of carbon 
monoxide, which is toxic to the 
heart, is 2 5 times greater in 
sidestream than in mainstream 

Family Service Center Alameda 
offers a variety of programs 

The Family Service Center (FSO offers a variety of programs for 
military personnel, spouses and families from Career College Come¬ 
back to Choosing Child Care, to stress management toposili ve parenting 

*Basic Budgeting - Your pay and how you spend it is your responsi¬ 
bility. Learn basic budgeting concepts before you get into financial 
trouble. Learn how to stay within the limits of your budget. Do you 
know how to read you LES? What is your debt to income ration? Find 
the answers to these questions and more Tuesday, October 13.6:30- 
8:30 p.m. and Monday, October 19,9-11 p.m. 

♦Losing Pounds Sensibly Support Group - Come join a dedicated 
group of individuals trying to lose or maintain weight and get in shape. 
You are not alone. Speakers are featured on various topics. Join the 
winning team. Thursday, October 22,6:30-8:30 p.m. 

♦Volunteer Computer Training - Attention: Volunteers! The FSC 
introduces a series of new workshops designed for volunteers People 
that are interested in volunteering are invited to attend. Volunteer 
training is for those who want to develop skills for re-entry into the 
work force, update your present skills or to do something valuable in 
your spare time. Computer training is offered on the Macintosh 
computer. Space is limited to six. Wednesday, October 14. 10 a.m - 
2 p.m. 

♦Woman to Woman - A unique opportunity for women to get together 
to learn and share for personal growth, empowerment, support, net¬ 
working and discussion. Affected by stress, deployment, single 
parenting, separation, etc. Come with your ideas to our first meeting 
and bring a treat to share. Wednesday. October 14. 6:30 -8 p.m. 
(Second Wednesday) 

Stress Management - A one day workshop designed to help you 
recognize your own stressors and to develop a plan for coping more 
effectively with them. Stress, good and bad, is a part of everyday life. 
Come and learn to manage rather than be managed by stress. Wednes¬ 
day. October 21,9 a.m.-4 p.m. 

Note - (*) indicates new program offered through the Family Service 
Center. For more information or to register for workshops call (510) 
263-3146. Registration is required for all workshops and seminars. 

room temperature comfortable. 

• Ban worry from the bedroom. 
Don’t allow yourself to rehash the 
mistakes of the day as you toss and 
turn. You’re off duty now. The 
idea is to associate your bed with 

• Develop a regular bedtime rou¬ 
tine. Locking or checking doors, 
brushing your teeth and reading 
before you turn in every night prunes 

you for sleep. 

• Count those sheep! Counting 
slowly is a soothing, hypnotic ac¬ 
tivity. By picturing repetitive, mo¬ 
notonous images, you may bed your¬ 
self to sleep. 

In alter three weeks, you still 
have trouble sleeping despite your 
efforts, see a doctor to rule out any 
medical or psychiatric problems that 
may be at fault. 

Page 8 

Red Rover 

Fleet Week ships open for public visiting 

American. Japanese and Portu¬ 
guese ships visiting San Francisco 
during Fleet Week ‘92 will be open 
for public tours beginning Sunday, 
Oct. U. 

Seven U. S. Navy ships and 
Coast Guard cutters plus three Japa¬ 
nese vessels and a Portuguese train¬ 
ing ship will be docked at San Fran¬ 
cisco piers 30/32. 35. and 45. 

Also open for public touring will 
be the USS Jeremiah O'Brien, a 
World War II Merchant Marine 
“Liberty” ship whose career con¬ 
tinues today as a living museum. 
The vessel is docked at Fort Mason 
Center and will be open to the pub¬ 
lic 9 a m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, and 9 
a.m. to 3 p.m. weekdays. Admis¬ 
sion is free for military personnel 
with identification. 

The aircraft carrier Abraham 
Lincoln also will be open for public 
visiting Sunday and Monday. Lin¬ 
coln will be berthed at Naval Air 
Station, Alameda. 

Tour hours are 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. 
Sunday; 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday 
through Wednesday. Visiting ships 
of the Fleet Week battle group will 
depart San Francisco Thursday. 

Flagship of this year’s battle 
group is the USS New Orleans, an 
amphibious assault ship, commis¬ 
sioned in 1968. During the ship’s 
many years of service, it has served 
as the recovery ship for Apollo 14 
astronauts when they returned to 
earth in 1971, and Skylab mission II 

and ID and Apollo-Soyuz astronauts 
in 1975. More recently, the ship 
supported operations in Desert 
Shield and Desert Storm. 

The Japanese destroyers open 
for tours at Pier 30/32 are the JDS 
Shimayuki, commissioned in 1987, 
and JDS Shirayuki, commissioned 
in 1983. Both are highly versatile 
anti-submarine warfare warships 
with formidable array of weapons 
that include harpoon ship-to-ship 
missies, sea sparrow ship-to-air 
missiles, and anti-submarine rocket 
thrown weapons. Also open for 
tours will be the Japanese training 
ship, JDS Katori (TV 3501), flag 
ship of the Japanese training squad¬ 
ron. Tour hours are the same as for 
the American ships. 

The Portuguese training vessel, 
Sagres (A 520) also will be open to 
the public at Pier 45 during Fleet 
Week. Tours hours are 2 to 7 p.m. 
Friday, Oct. 9, and Sunday, Oct. 11 
through Thursday, Oct. 15. 

Although Korean fast frigates 
Chung Nam (FF 953) and Masan 
(FF 955) will be participating in the 
Parade of Ships, they will not be 
open to the public. 

On Sunday prior to the begin¬ 
ning of ship tours, the public is 
invited to attend worship services at 
10 a.m. aboard two vessels. Catho¬ 
lic services will be held on USS 
New Orleans at Pier 30/32 while 
Protestant services will be held on 
the Coast Guard cutter, USCGC 
Sherman at Pier 45. 

Fleet Week ships open for public touring include 




USS New Orleans (LPH 11) — Amphibious Assault 


USS George Philip (FFG 12) — Fast Frigate 


USS Wadsworth (FFG 9) — Fast Frigate 


USS Bolster (ARS 38) — Rescue/Salvage 


USCGC Sherman (WHEC 720) — Coast Guard Cutter 


USCGC Active (WMEC 618) — Coast Guard Cutter 

Fort Mason 

Jeremiah O’Brien — Liberty 


JDS Katori (TY 3501) — Training 


JDS Shimayuki (DD 133) — Destroyer 


JDS Shirayuki (DD 123) — Destroyer 


Sagres (A 250) — Training 

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October 9, 1992 

Civilian Personnel vacancy listing 
as of Sept. 21 

This is the list of ament and open continuous vacancies which is serviced by Civiliari 
Personnel Department a! NAVHOSP Oakland Applicants who are qualified federal 
employees with competitive status, qualified former federal employees with reinstateireni 
eligibility, or qualified individuals eligible for special appointments, such as those 
authorized for the severely disabled, certain V ietnam Era and disabled veterans. may apply 
for these announcements. 

This is a partial listing. Applicants should refer to the individual vacancy announce¬ 
ments for complete information and qualifications. Announcements may be obtained by 
calling 633-6372 or Aitovon 828-6372, Monday through Friday, 8 am.- 4 p.m., or visiting 
the Civilian Personnel Office. 



Closing Dale 

Physical Science 

Technician. GS-1311-4/5/6 

Navy Drug Screening Lab 


Medical Technologist 

Laboratory Department 


Medical Technologist 

Navy Drug Screening Lab 


Industrial Hygienist 

Various Locations 




Navy Drug Screening Lab 


Health Technician 


Various Locations 


Vocational Nurse 


Du. Nursing Services 


Physicians Assistant 


Internal Medicine Dept 


Supvy Community 

Health Nurse GS-610-11 

Occ Health/ Preventive Medicine 


Secretary (Typing) 


Various Locations 


Nurse Specialist 


Ambulatory Care 


Gerk Typist 


Navy Drug Screening Lab 


Medical Clerk 


Various Locations 




Various Locations 


Medical Clerk (Typing) 

Various Locations 


Fde Gerk 


Various Locations 


Nurse Practitioner 

GS-610-11(P/T or F/T) 

Branch Ginic, Mare Island 


Medical Officer 
(OccupMed) GS-602-13 

Various Locations 


Medical Officer 
(GcnMed) GS-602-13 

Various Locations 


Nurse Practitioner 


Various Locations 


Ginical Nurse 


Various Locations 


Health Tecluiican 


Various Locations 


Community Health Nurse 

Social Work Department 


Supvy Industrial Hygienist 



Supvy Clinical Nurse 

Inpatient Nursing 


Ginical Nurse 


Pcds Oinic/Ambulatory Care 



have to survive,”said Dantzler, who 
married his wife Roberta, on Dec. 
12, 1953. about three months after 
his release. The couple has two 
children, daughter Earlette, 37, and 
Earl Jr., 36. Dantzler earned an 
associate’s degree in business ad¬ 
ministration after retiring from the 
Army. About five years ago. he 
retired from the Veterans Affairs 
Hospital in Richmond, Va., where 
he was a drug rehabilitation coun- 

i ■ ■ ■ ■ mContinutdfrom page 5 

selor. He still lives in Richmond. 

He was given 100 percent dis¬ 
ability when he retired from d* 
Army because of his wounds and 
bad treatment in the POW camp. 

“It was a hard 33 months in that 
camp,, but I lived. I made it 
Dantzler said. "The hardest thing 
was being in a burial detail forpeop* e 
1 served with, trained with, fought 
with, lived with. I’d be depressed 
for a few days afterw ards.” 

Oak^ Knolls salutes America/! veterans. 

The Red Ro 

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The 7(pvy‘s first commissioned hospital ship 

Vol. 4 No. 15 Naval Hospital Oakland, California _ October 30, 1992 

Appointments access N A VC ARE faster 

Oakland NAVCARE 

Navy’s 10 NAVCARE clinics will 
begin taking appointments during 
fiscal year 1993’s first quarter— 
between October 1 and December 
31 1992—converting from the 
walk-in basis they've operated on 
in the past. 

The NAVCARE or “Navy 
Cares" program is an ambulatory 
healthcare delivery system the Navy 
currently uses at 10 locations na¬ 
tionwide: Norfolk, Va. (2); San 
Diego (2); Jacksonville, Fla.; C amp 
Lejeune, N. C.; Charleston, S. C.; 
Camp Pendleton, Calif.; Long 
Beach, Calif.; and Oakland, Calif. 

These NAVCARE clinics are 
free-standing medical clinics that 
provide a full range of wellness and 
family medicine services, acute and 
chronic care, prescription services, 
immunization, mammographies, 
laboratory, and radiology services. 

The change is being made be¬ 
cause patient surveys and response 
forms indicate that the walk-in phi¬ 
losophy previously used by the 
NAVCARE program has meant sig¬ 
nificant waiting times at the clinics 
during peak hours. Appointments 

for routine, non-urgent problems 
will reduce waiting times for all 
patients, improving services at our 
NAVCARE clinics by reducing the 
lime spent waiting for services at 
the clinics. 

Patients using the NAVCARE 
clinics—all DEERS-eligible ben¬ 
eficiaries—should expect that any¬ 
one who anives at a NAVCARE 
clinic with an urgent condition will 
be seen immediately. Although all 
patients are urged to call ahead to 
allow the clinic to plan for their 
arrival, no prior appointment will 
be required for urgent care. 

NAVCARE clinics are open 
seven days a week, 365 days of the 
year. Services are provided from 7 
a.m-8 p.m. Monday through Fri¬ 
day and 7 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, 
Sunday and all holidays. 

An additional benefit of the ap¬ 
pointment system for the patient is 
the ability to request a particular 
physician, allowing a closer physi¬ 
cian-patient relationship. 

To help the new system work to 
the best benefit of all patients, those 
who can plan their needs in ad¬ 

physicals or routine checkups— 
should make appointments a few 
days in advance. This will allow the 
clinic to better accommodate those 
who take ill and need to see a doctor 
that day. 

The Navy's goal is to provide 

the highest access to quality care in 
the most economical fashion. Stud¬ 
ies and patient comments show that 
changing NAVCAREs to the ap¬ 
pointment system will further this 
goal. The change was looked into 
because of patient involvement in 

bettering the system. Through con¬ 
tinued communication and coop¬ 
eration among Navy medicine’s 
many customers, we will continue 
to improve upon our goal. 

See page 4 for more infor¬ 
mation on NAVCARE. 

vance—immunizations, school 

Combined Federal Campaign begins 

Even if you can only afford one 
dollar, that dollar will be gratefully 

By JOl Kay Lorentz 

The Combined Federal Cam¬ 
paign (CFC) got underway recendy 
atNAVHOSPOakland with akick- 
off ceremony held in the clinical 
assembly. The theme for this year’s 
campaign is “Be there!" As was 
emphasized by several of the guest 
speakers for the occasion, this year's 
1 goal is to increase individual par¬ 
ticipation in the fund drive. 

Last year’s CFC drive netted a 
76 percent participation by com¬ 
mand members. This year the goal 
is to exceed that by ten percent. 

Some key items regarding this 
campaign were discussed by WTCS 
Val Stoffel. this year’s CFC Loaned 
Executive. Senior Chief Stoffel 
explained one key point is to desig¬ 
nate an agency to receive your con¬ 
tribution. This way you can ensure 
your money will benefit a cause 
you fully support. This year's CFC 

deserving organizations available 
for selection. This booklet also has 
a provision for indicating which 
organizations have administrative 
and fund-raising expenses over 25 
percent. Last year’s overhead for 
the campaign was 9.2 percent. 
This year it has been reduced to 
seven percent. That means that 93 
cents out of every dollar you donate 
will reach the agency you desig¬ 

CFC coordinators are aware that 
there are three issues that may im¬ 
pact this year’s participation in the 
campaign...the many recent natural 
disasters to which many people have 
already donated to victims, the con¬ 
troversies sunounding the United 
Way and the Boy Scouts of America, 
and our current economic climate. 

In regards to the recent natural 
disasters, there’s still a desperate 
need in those areas for additional 
support. As NAVHOSP Oakland's 
Commanding Officer RADM Wil- 

during his remarks, ‘T m sure you’ve 
read in the newspaper, the Ameri¬ 
can Red Cross...the other agencies 
that have supported the hurricane 
victims...are really almost destitute 
at this point in time. If you will 
recall, one of the comments that 
was made in the papers was ‘Don’t 
send us food. Don’t send us 
clothes—and this has to do with the 
hurricane in Florida—Don’t send 
us anything but money. That’s what 
we really need.' We need to get the 
effort off the ground in terms of 
those organizations which really 
have been taxed by the natural di¬ 
sasters that have taken place this 
year. So, I would ask 'hat you 
would give consideration to this, 
because again, our people tend to 
benefit from this.” 

Two issues are exclusive to the 
United Way. The first issue is the 
apparent mismanagement of funds 
by top level officials. That issue has 
been dealt with by the investigation 
and firing of the head of the United 
Way and the restructuring of its 
management. In other words, the 
person that was mismanaging the 
funds is no longer there. The sec¬ 
ond issue involves the policy of 
excluding gays from becoming 
scoutmasters. For this year’s cam¬ 
paign, the United Way has placed 
the Boy Scouts in a nonfunded 

member status. This basically 
means that any money donated to 
the United Way will not be shared 
with the Boy Scouts. However the 
Boy Scouts are listed in the CFC 
agency listing, so if you want to 
give to them, just designate them 
and they will receive your contribu¬ 
tion. There are over seven Boy 
Scout agencies in the CFC booklet, 
so if you want to give to them..give 
to them. 

As mentioned earlier, this year’s 
goal is to increase participation and 
not centered on a monetary limit. 
Coordinators understand that in 
these lean economic times, people 
often don’t have a lot of money to 
contribute. However, even the most 
modest amount can make a differ¬ 
ence in someone’s life. For ex¬ 

$2 a month can remove 100 lbs of 
trash from a beach, catalogue what 
kind of trash it is, and identify who 
put it there 

$8 a month can buy an emergency 
shelter for an earthquake victim 

$15 a month can make it possible 
for 5 pregnant teens to finish school 

$25 a month can give 30 homeless 
people food and shelter for a night. 

As you can see from that brief 
summary, it doesn’t take a huge 
donation to accomplish needed ac¬ 
tions. Even if you can only afford 
one dollar, that dollar will be grate¬ 
fully accepted. 

Ms. Vickie Milton, director for 
the ALA-COSTA Center for the 
Developmentally Disabled, was a 
guest speaker for the recent kickoff 
ceremony. During her remarks, she 
emphasized the funding problems 
experienced by agencies like hers 
in these austere economic times. 
“These are very hardship financial 
limes. We’ve received less money 
this year than we have received last 
year and the year before. Your 
donations come in and it helps us 
not only to maintain the kids, but 
helps us expand our services and 
improve the system...All of us out 
here who are recipients of dona¬ 
tions say thank you for donating, 
because there aren’t too many other 
sources this year.” 

In order for those in attendance 
to see that their donations often go 

See Kickoff page 8 


Oak Knoll Viewpoint, f/age 2 

Garden Club . -page 3 

NAVCARE... -page 4 

NSHS birthday., page 4 

American veterans. f)age 5 

Smoking light out. jage 6 

ESC classes... -page 7 

Influenza info. jt Q g e g 

agency listing booklet has 4,322 liamA. Buckendorf.MC, USNsaid 

November is Smoking Prevention Month 

Page 2 

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October 30,1992 

Oak Knoll Viewpoint 

How are you prepared for the next earthquake? 

PN3 Abel Magno 
Military Personnel 

1 store water in old two-liter 
bottles in the garage along with 
canned food, can opener, a pair of 
coveralls and boots for a quick 
change, and a pair of batteries sit 
in the refrigerator for the spare 


One good idea is to have $500 
in cash. A lot of people will take 
advantage of hard times for 

Last, but not forgotten, my 
trusty old shotgun to protect my 
family and food. 

If the big one hits, it will be 
worse than any riot scene. 

Nathaniel H. Kimball 
Civilian Personnel 

I don’t think we can totally 
prepare for an earthquake. 
However, I have taken some 
steps to make an attempt to be 
prepared to live through the first 
days. In my home we are stor¬ 
ing water in plastic containers 
to help get through the initial 
disruptions. We’re also prepar¬ 
ing and storing food in large 
quantities for use in case of a 
severe food shortage. I live in a 
house that has an area below 
ground level that will hopefully 
provide adequate protection 

from flying debris. I periodi¬ 
cally take in the family settings 
for means of safe protection 
from heavy objects. I plan to 
reinforce this information by 
promoting the concept with my 
younger children. 

HN Wendy Stallard 
Mililary Personnel 

Considering I’m a native of 
California I’m not really pre¬ 
pared. I have canned food and 
bottled water in my garage. 
However, if I’m in my car and 
an earthquake happens, I'll 
probably be out of luck since I 
haven't bought an earthquake 
kit for my car yet. 

Joan Silva 

Secretary, Command 
Education Department 

We have stocked up on 
enough of the recommended 
supplies and emergency equip¬ 
ment (for ourselves and to help 
our neighbors) should we be 
involved in another quake. We 
have discussed and made plans 
should we be separated. There’s 

only my husband and myself in 
our home, both our mothers live 
in the area, and we have three 
grown children living in 
Hayward. We all know the 
“plan” should the big one hit. 

LT Michael Higgins, NC 
Command Education 

Since coming to the Bay 
Area about 2 years ago. I've 
maintained all the supplies I 
kept on hand in Okinawa for 
typhoons. (Water, dried and 
canned foods, clothing, radio, 
batteries, etc.) In addition, 
I’ve undergone training as an 
Emergency Medical Techni¬ 
cian and Basic Life Support 
Instructor to enable me in as¬ 
sisting others in the commu¬ 

News from Branch Medical 
Clinic, NAS Moffett Field 

At a recent “All 
Hands’' quarters: 

HMC Marilyn LaRose and 
HMl(SW) Mark Busam received 
their designation as Enlisted Avia¬ 
tion Warfare Specialists. 

HMKSW/AW) Mark Busam 
received a Navy Achievement 
Medal from Commander, Naval Air 
Force United States Pacific Fleet 
for his performance of duty as Medi¬ 
cal Augment, Medical Department, 
Naval Antarctic Support Unit, De¬ 
tachment Christchurch, New 

Good Conduct Award was pre¬ 
sented to HMCS Randolph 
Griswold (fifth award). 

HM3 Larry Nelson received a 
Letter of Commendation fromCom- 
manding Officer, Naval Hospital 
Oakland on his selection as Naval 

HN JonnalynCapitulo andHM3 
Lany Nelson received Letters of 
Commendation from Commander, 
Patrol Wings, U. S. Pacific Reel on 
their selection as BMC Moffett Field 

“Sailor of the Month” for July and 

HM3 Darren Farquhar received 
a Certificate of Commendation from 
Commander, Marine Corps Bases, 
Japan, Camp Smedley D. Butler, 
Okinawa, Japan. 

HM3 Teresa Deckard received 
a Letter of Appreciation. 

HM3 I^ee Flanigan and HM3 
John Bellomo received Letters of 
Appreciation from Commanding 
Officer, VP-31 for their contribu¬ 
tions to a successful aircraft mishap 

Welcome aboard to HA Chris¬ 
tina Prince, HA Curtis Vancil, HN 
Clifford Garvin, HN Michael 
Dykens, HM3 Darren Farquhar, 
HM3 Donna Proterfield, MM3 Ri¬ 
chard Heintz, HM3 Louis Alfaro, 
HM3 Derek Sauer. IIM2 Donald 
Panagalangan and HM1 Conrado 

Farewell to HN Armis Garcia, 
HM3 Kari Hilliker, IIM2 Mary 
Pilant, HM2 Shawn Kassner, HM2 
Edward Velesquez, HM2 Arthuro 
Cervantez-Gomez, LT John 
I loelscher, and LT Brian Kerr. 

united.?? navy 

Navy Birthday 

Navy itfirtl}day 

1775 ^" 1932 

As the Navy enters its 218th year of service toour 
Nation, two thoughts reign supreme: First, uk 
dedication and tireless devotion of Navy people 
continues to be the heart blood of our power and 
success, and second, the Navy is in the midst of 
great change as we adapt to the post cold war 
challenge of the twenty first century. In my trav¬ 
els as the Fleet Commander, I am consistently 
impressed by our people and the great things you 
are doing. Our profession as mariners is demand¬ 
ing, stressful and dangerous, and the sacrifices we 
and our families make are numerous. Today nearly 
one-half of our ships are at sea, many on the front 
lines of potential conflict. When disaster strikes. 

Navy forces are among the first to respond. Ours 
_ is a proud heritage with new chapters constantly 
unfolding. Each of you can take great pride m 
your selfless contributions to world peace and 
our nation's security. Your hard work and silent 
sacrifices are recognized and appreciated by the 
-r American people and me. I salute you all and 
look forward to another great year. Admiral R- 
J. Kelly sends. 

Red Rover 

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Commanding Officer 
Executive Officer 
Public Affairs Officer 

Rear Admiral William A. Buckcndorf 

Captain Noel A. Hyde 

Mike Meines 

J02 Stephen Brown 

Andree Marechal-Workman 
La Kell Lee 

Red Rover 

Page 3 

October 30,1992 

Club Knoll’s garden club is all business 

g> A. Marechal-Workman 

When the Businessmen Garden 
Club of Oakland took over manage¬ 
ment of Club Knoll's Rose Garden 
under a mutually beneficial agree¬ 
ment. NAVHOSP Oakland's Mo¬ 
rale Welfare and Recreation De¬ 
partment gained the serv ices of a 

Rocky Stone is hard at work sifting dirt that will 
be used to fill a raised bed he’s building. Behind 
him is the compost pile he’s accumulating for 
fertilizing plants. 

superb all-volunteer landscaping 
staff while the club found a place 
for their weekly lunch meetings. 

“I went to the [Morale Welfare 
& Recreation] officer, and proposed 
that we improve landscaping in 
[Club Knoll’s) Courtyard in ex¬ 
change fora weekly meeting place,” 
said the garden club president, 

LTCOL Frank Schlotter, USA, 

(Ret.). “We worked out a contract 
that proved fruitful. There’s good 
parking there and we have a place to 
meet in exchange for keeping the 
courtyard fit.” 

Schlotter, who retired from the 
U.S. Army in 1975 and has been 
coining to Oak Knoll for his health 

care for many years, said that the 
garden club was started in 1929 by 
a group of businessmen ‘ with a 
common interest in gardening.” 
Explaining that his group has 
“added to the charm of Oakland's 
gardens, private and public, for 
many years.” he listed the Oakland 
Municipal Rose Garden, the orna¬ 
mental entrance to Moss wood Park, 
landscaping the 
post office 

grounds and the 
installation of 
the Howard 
Gilkey Memo¬ 
rial in Lakeside 
Park as some of 
the better 

known accom¬ 
plishments of 
the club. 

All the 
garden club 
members are re¬ 
tired business¬ 
men whose 
keep them 
happy and 
fit. Sev¬ 
eral are in 
their 80’s, 
like A1 
Castro in 
name the 
Club Knoll 
courtyard was 
dedicated, be¬ 
cause, as Schlotter put it, “we be¬ 
lieve in honoring people while 
they’re alive, and we wanted to 
honor A1 for his many years of 
selfless work for the community.” 

Castro, who is well known in 
East Bay horticultural circles, has 
maintained the Dahlia Garden for 
the City of San Leandro for over 20 
years. For 24 years he’s also worked 
at the San Leandro Root Garden run 
by his nephew. 

"I used to take my father’s lunch 
to Know land Park where he was a 
gardener taking care of the eucalyp¬ 
tuses.” said Castro, pointing out that 
this had more impact on his chosen 
hobby than the four years he spent 

The Businessmen Garden Club of Oakland’s members — (from left) Rocky Stone, Al Castro, 
Frank Schlotter, Bob Olafson (standing), Herb Bowen, Tony Avalos and Russell Stedinger — 
pose for The Red Rover during lunch. 

at the University of 
[California, Davis, 
studying botany, 
landscaping and 
other agri- 

A n - 
other octo¬ 

Rocky Stone, is in 
1 charge of compost— 
an endeavor that is 
much more important 
than the layman might think. Sport¬ 
ing a T-shirt that tells it all (“I 
garden...therefore I am”), he was 
making a “raised bed to keep crit¬ 
ters away” at the time of the inter¬ 
view, and, like all the garden club 
members, was very vocal about the 
gratification he experiences from 
his involvement with horticultural 

“This is a pretty good represen¬ 
tation of our membership,” said 
Schlotter as his group posed for 
The Red Rover during lunch, after a 
very industrious work session, prun¬ 
ing, watering and fertilizing the 
Oak Knoll flora. “They don’t all 
come here every Tuesday, but this 
is about average participation.” 

Rocky Stone (left) and Russell Stedinger are cutting boards to 
make a frame for a raised bed. (Official U.S. Navy photos by 
Andree Marechal-Workman) 

U. S. Naval Institute to sponsor leadership essay contest 

In an effort to promote research 
and writing on the topic of leader¬ 
ship. the U. S. Naval Institute is 
sponsoring its 19th annual Vincent 
Astor Memorial Leadership Essay 
Contest for junior officers and offi¬ 
cer trainees of the U. S. Navy, Ma¬ 
rine Corps, and Coast Guard. 

The Naval Institute will award 
cash prizes and medals to the au¬ 
thors of the winning essays on the 
topic of leaderships the U. S. Navy, 
Marine Corp or Coast Guard. En¬ 
tries must be postmarked on or be¬ 
ta* February 15, 1993. 

The first prize winner will re¬ 
vive S1.500, a Naval Institute gold 
me< lal. and a life membership in the 
Naval Institute. The first honorable 
thenuon winner will receive $ 1,000 
a silver medal. The Institute 
wi ll award $500 and a bronze 
to each of two second honor¬ 
able mention winners. 

Contest Rules 

1 Essays must be original and may 
oot exceed 4,000 words. 

^ All entries should be directed 
to Execuuve Director (VAMLEC). 

^ Naval Institute. 118 Maryland 

Avenue, Annapolis, Md. 21402- 

3. Essays must be postmarked on 
or before Feb. 15 1993. 

4. The name of the author shall not 
appear on the essay. Each author 
shall assign a motto in addition to a 
title to the essay. This motto shall 
appear (a) on the title page of the 
essay, with the title, in lieu of the 
author’s name, and (b) by itself on 
the outside of an accompanying 
sealed envelope. This sealed enve¬ 
lope should contain a typed sheet 
giving the name, rank, branch of 
service, biographical sketch, social 
security number, and office and 
home phone numbers (if available) 
of the essayist, along with the title 
of the essay and the motto. The 
identity of the essayist will not be 
known by the contest judges until 
they have made their selections. 

5. The awards will be made known 
and presented to the successful com- 
petitors during the graduation 
awards ceremonies at their respec¬ 
tive schools, if appropriate, or at 
other official ceremonies. Mrs. 

Astor or her personal representa¬ 
tive will be invited to present the 
first prize. 

6. Essays must be typewritten, 
double-spaced, on paper approxi¬ 
mately 8-1/2" x 11”. Submit two 
complete copies. (If typed on a 
computer, please also submit the 
entry on an IBM-compatible disk, 
indicating word-processing soft¬ 
ware used.) 

7. Essays will be judged by the 
Naval Institute’s Editorial Board 
for depth of research, analytical and 
interpretive qualities, and original 

thinking on the topic of leadership. 
Essays should not be merely expo¬ 
sitions or personal narratives. 

The contest is open to: 

1. Commissioned officers, regular 
and reserve, in the U. S. Navy, 
Marine Corps, and Coast Guard in 
pay grades 0-1, 0-2, and 0-3 (en- 
sign/2nd lieutenant; lieutenant (jun¬ 
ior grade)/1st lieutenant; and; licu- 
lenant/captain) at the time the essay 
is submitted. 

2. U. S. Navy, Marine Corps, and 
Coast Guard officer trainees within 
one year of receiving their commis¬ 


The U. S. Naval Institute, head¬ 
quartered in Annapolis, MD, is a 
professional society for the sea ser¬ 
vices. and is an independent non¬ 
profit organization. 

The Naval Institute advances 
knowledge about the naval and 
maritime services through the pub¬ 
lication of a monthly magazine. 
Proceedings, the quarterly Naval 
History, and more than 400 books. 
The Naval Institute sponsors a se¬ 
ries of seminars of interest to sea 
service professionals and enthusi¬ 

See your history displayed 

The Public Affairs Department welcomes the loan of interesting Navy 
historical artifacts (newspaper clips, scrapbooks, photographs, vintage uni¬ 
forms, etc) for use in a display located in the lobby of NAVHOSP Oakland’s 
main hospital. Anyone who owns such items and would like to see them 
displayed, please contact the hospital’s community relations coordinator, 
Andree Marechal-Workman, at (510) 633-6683. 

Page 4 

Red Rover 

October 30,1992 

NAVCARE changing to appointment system 

Oakland NAVCARE clinic's telephone number is 1 (800) 995-2225 

You. arc our valued patient and 
customer. As such, we are commit¬ 
ted to providing you with the high¬ 
est quality of patient care. Within 
the NAVCARE program this com¬ 
mitment for the highest quality of 
patient care remains. The follow¬ 
ing information is provided to ex¬ 
plain some of the changes taking 
place with the NAVCARE program, 
and hopefully answer any questions 
you may have. 

What is the NAVCARE Pro¬ 

The NAVCARE or “Navy 
Cares” program is an ambulatory 
healthcare delivery system the Navy 
currently uses at 10 sites nation¬ 
wide. Our NAVCARE clinics are 
free-standing medical clinics which 
are outside of the Navy hospital. 
They provide a full range of wellness 
and family medicine services, acute 
and chronic care, prescription ser¬ 
vices, immunizations, 

mammographies, laboratory, and 
radiology services. 

What is changing at the 
NAVCARE clinics? 

Beginning in the first quarter of 
fiscal year 1993, NAVCARE clin¬ 
ics will provide appointed care for 
routine, non-urgent patients. This 
is a change from the walk-in , 
unappointed care system we used in 
the past. 

Why are we changing to ap¬ 
pointment systems at the 

NAVCARE clinics? 

Our patients have told us that we 
could improve services at our 
NA VCAREclinics by reducing the 
time spent waiting for services at 
the clinics. The walk-in philosophy 
previously used by the NAVCARE 
program has meant significant wait¬ 
ing times at the clinics during peak 
hours. Appointments for routine, 
non-urgent problems will reduce 
waiting times for all patients. 

Will I be able to be seen imme¬ 
diately if I have an urgent prob¬ 

Yes. Any patient who arrives at 
a NAVCARE clinic with an urgent 
condition will be seen immediately. 
Although all patients are urged to 
call ahead to allow the clinic to plan 
for their arrival, no prior appoint¬ 
ment will be required for urgent 

Who can use the NAVCARE 

All DEERS eligible beneficia¬ 
ries can use the services provided 
by the NAVCARE clinics. 

When are the NAVCARE clin¬ 
ics open? 

Our NAVCARE clinics will 
continue to offer convenient access 
to care seven days a week, 365 days 
a year year. Se^ vices are provided 
from 7 a.m.-8 p. m. Monday through 

Friday and 7 a.m.-4 p.m, 
Saturday, Sunday and all 

How can I make an 
appointment at the 
NAVCARE clinic? 

Appointments are 
made by calling your 
NAVCARE clinic ap¬ 
pointment coordinator 
or TRICARE Service 
Center in the Tidewater 
area. This number is 
posted in the wailing 
areas of the clinic or 
can be obtained from 
your local Navy hospi¬ 

From 880 Southbound Take Hegenberger/Coliseum Exit. Take Hegenberger to Edes 
From 880 Northbound-Take Hegenberger Exit to Edes Turn right on Edes 

Are there other benefits by 
going to appointment systems? 

Yes. Because you can request 
an appointment, you can also re¬ 
quest a particular physician with 
whom you have developed a physi¬ 
cian-patient relationship. This will 
let you have a “family physician”, 
as available. Each NAVCARE 
clinic is encouraged to manage par¬ 
ticular patient needs to everyone’s 
best advantage. Therefore, immu¬ 
nization, school physical, newborn 
baby, gynecology and other spe- 
cialtyclinicswillbeavailable. This 
will reduce patient waiting times 
and allow the clinic to have the right 
“mix” of healthcare professionals 
available to meet your needs. 

How can I best use the ap¬ 


Plan your non-urgent needs in 
advance. Same day appointments 
will be available for NAVCARE 
patients. However, please think in 
terms of the day when you are sick 
and require a physician visit that 
day. You want that same day ser¬ 
vice available. So, if you have an 
immunization, school physical or 
just need a check-up, be consider¬ 
ate of the patients who are acutely 
ill. Request an appointment within 
a few days, not today. 

Be flexible in requesting ap¬ 
pointments. Try to have two or 
three acceptable times or dates when 
you call. Be prepared to discuss 
alternatives with the NAVCARE 
staff. Keep your appointment. If 
you miss your appointment, you 
have kept another person from us¬ 

ing that time. 

Use healthcare only when you 
need it. DoD healthcare competes 
for limited resources along with 
other important defense programs. 
Training, flying hours, steaming 
days, procurement research and all 
other components of the DoD bud¬ 
get compete for resources. Use the 
NAVCARE clinic only when you 
require medical care. 

How can I help? 

Be patient. As NAVCARE 
transitions to the appointment sys¬ 
tem. we ask your patience, particu¬ 
larly during our start-up period. 
Both you and the providers will 
need to adjust to the new system. 
The staff of each clinic and even 
one in Navy Medicine is committed 
to the success of this transition. 

Naval School of Health Sciences 

Bill signed for new veterans 
home in Southern California 

celebrates its fourth anniversary 

midst of the State’s budget 
gridlock, here’s an encourag¬ 
ing note for those who served in 
the military. California may 
now meet a long-term commit¬ 
ment to aging veterans in the 

Governor Pete Wilson has 
signed Assembly Bill 848 au¬ 
thorizing Sll million in rev¬ 
enue bonds or notes for con¬ 
struction of a veterans home in 
Southern California, State Vet¬ 
erans Affairs Director Benjamin 
T. Hacker announced. 

Hacker, a retired Navy ad¬ 
miral, said. “An outline of the 
new facility is beginning to ap¬ 
pear on the horizon, but we need 
to move full speed ahead to 
reach our objective. 

“Time marches on. Nearly 2 
million veterans residing down 
south aren’t getting any 
younger. The median age of 
World War II veterans is nearly 
70. For Doughboys, it’s above 
94, Korean vets are almost 61. 
We must complete drawings and 
plans next year and award the 
construction contract as soon as 
possible,” urged Hacker. 

The new law, authored by 
Assemblyman Richard Floyd, 
D-Carson. provides a means of 
certifying the commitment of 
state matching funds to the 
United States Department of 
Veterans Affairs (USDVA) to 
qualify for a grant of an addi¬ 
tional $20 million for construc¬ 


The Governor’s signing of 
this measure allows California 
to obtain the commitment of 
federal funds without immedi¬ 
ate expenditure of state funds. 
Should state finances not im¬ 
prove in the next calendar or 
fiscal years, the state is not com¬ 
mitted to spend any money. 
However, if state money is 
available and the department is 
authorized to proceed, the gen¬ 
eral grant funds will be there. 

A site in the City of Barstow, 
to be deeded by Barstow Com¬ 
munity College, has been nomi¬ 
nated as the first location for 
the proposed Southern Califor¬ 
nia veterans home, according to 
a report submitted to the Gov¬ 
ernor and the Legislature July 
1. 1992. 

In its report, the commission 
recommended that the Califor¬ 
nia Department of Veterans 
Affairs manage the home in the 
same manner as the existing 
home in Yountville and pro¬ 
posed that the department oper¬ 
ate the second home as one unit, 
regardless of the total number 
of sites the State may construct 
The commission recommended 
multiple sites, each designed for 
400 residents. The commission 
estimated $31 million in con¬ 
struction costs for one site. Tbc 

USDVA state veterans home 
grants program will pro\ide65 
percent of the construction cost 

October 30,1992 

Red Rover 

Page 5 

A salute to American veterans 

On Nov. 11, 1918, at 5 a.m. 
Pans time, representatives of the 
government of Germany signed an 
armistice of 35 clauses, the most 
severe and drastic demanded from a 
major power. 

At 11 a.m. that same day. guns 
were silenced, hostilities ended and, 
for the first time in four years of 
horrendous fighting, the world was 
at peace. World War I was over! 

Historians of the time chronicled 
what was. then, perceived as a holo¬ 
caust, as “the war to end all wars." 
Veterans of World War II. Korea. 
Vietnam and Desert Storm know 
that this was a prediction that didn't 
come true, and, 74 years later, the 
significance of WWI has been di¬ 
luted from public awareness by a 
long period of intense global con¬ 

But Nov. 11 is still a day to 

Until 1954. it was celebrated as 
an observance of WWI. Afterward, 
the Congress of the United States 
expanded its meaning by designat¬ 
ing the federal holiday as Veterans 
Day — a day to honor all the men 

and women who served in the armed 
forces of the United States. 

"Veterans Day is a day when all 
Americans should pause a moment 
in recollection and prayers,” stated 
a Nov. 8, 1968 Oak Leaf editorial. 
"By making just this simple obser¬ 
vance before going on with our nor¬ 
mal holiday activities, we will have 
paid proper homage to the millions 
of Americans, past and present, liv¬ 
ing and dead, who have coura¬ 
geously served their country.” 

Since then. Congress changed 
the actual observance date of the 
federal holiday — designating a 
day close to, but not always coin¬ 
ciding with Nov. 11. This year. 
Veterans Day will be observed, on 
Monday, Nov. 9. Like it was for 
service members of yesteryears, it 
is a day — to borrow from the 1968 
editorial — “for those of us who 
now serve, the veterans of tomor¬ 
row, to rededicate ourselves to the 
principles of freedom and human 
dignity for which our comrades-in- 
arms throughout America’s history 
have fought and died." 

A. Marechal- Workman 

A former staff corpstnan from Oak Knoll (from Nov. 23, 1951 to 
March 7,1952), HM3 William Gentleman. was among the casualties 
who arrived aboard the USS Haven on Oct 13, 1952. Gentleman was 
cited for his heroic action in caring for the wounded under heavy fire 
even after shrapnel had blinded him in one eye and penetrated his 
brain. Evacuation from the battlefield by helicopter and seven hours 
of surgery saved him. (Photo courtesy of The Oakland Tribune) 

Nine of the 12 nurses rescued from Los Banos Japanese concentration camp in the Philippines on Feb. 23, 
1945 pose with singer Jeanette MacDonald (holding flowers)and Oak Knoll’s commanding officer, CAPT 
(later RADM) Arthur Dearing (5th from right). CDR Margaret (Peggy) Nash, whose interview was 
featured on the front page of The Red Rover’s Vol. 4 No. 13, stands to the left of Ms. MacDonald. She was 
a lieutenant junior grade at the time. (Official U.S. Navy photo) 

JI'aBSi 1 fa 

Friends and relatives of men aboard USS Haven were at the docks Monday morning [Oct. 13, 
1952] when the ship tied up at 
Alameda — as were Oak Knoll am¬ 
bulances, busses and a crew of offic¬ 
ers and corpsmcn who moved the 
casualties here from their hospital 
afloat. (Photo courtesy of The Oak¬ 
land Tribune) 

prisoners of Desert Storm are welcomed aboard USNS Mercy (T-AH 19) in January 1992 after being 

** tfc* government of Iraq. A total of 23 POWs — 21 Americans and two Italians — were aboard 
* rc > for observation and medical treatment (Official U.S. Navy photo) 

On March 8, 1973, U.S. Marine Sgt Richard Burgess, an¬ 
swered question* at a an Oak Knoll press conference. Sgl 
Burgess was captured on Sept 25, 1966 in South Vietnam 
while serving in Company “L,” 3rd Battalion, 4th Marines, 
3rd Marine Division. Age 26 and single at the time, Sgt Burgess 
was making progress daily at Oak Knoll, where he was recov- 
ering from the stress of a long captivity. (Official U.S. Navv 

Page 6 

Red Rover 

October 30,1992 

Great American Smoke Out 

Smoking light out, but smokeless tobacco no safer 

By Evelyn D. Harris 
American Forces Information 

Whoever said quitters never win 
didn’t know about the Great Ameri¬ 
can Smokeout. 

The 16th annual smokeout is 
Nov. 19. It’s the day family and 
friends will encourage smokers to 
quit for a day in the hope they will 
stop for good. 

Last year, military bases held 
fun runs and other events such as 
ashtray throws on the day. Similar 
events are scheduled this year. 

According to the A merican Can¬ 
cer Society, almost 36 percent of 
the nation’s smokers quit for the 
day last year. Of those, almost 12 
percent were still not smoking one 
to three days later. 

But not just smokers should quit. 
Research about the harmful effects 
of passive smoking on nonsmokers 
has led to more and more smoke- 
free workplaces. Health officials 
are concerned some smokers are 
responding by switching to smoke¬ 
less tobacco, said Army nurse 
LTCOL Gale Pollock, a senior 
policy analyst in the Office of As¬ 

sistant Secretary of Defense for 
Health Affairs. She said smoking is 
decreasing in the military, but use 
of smokeless tobacco seems to be 
increasing According to the De¬ 
partment of Agriculture, the gen¬ 
eral population is using more smoke¬ 
less tobacco than ever before. 

"Although smokeless tobacco 
does not expose others to sidestream 
smoke, it is no safer for the user than 
cigarettes," said Pollock. "Because 
there are so many tiny blood vessels 
in the mouth, people seem to get a 
bigger jolt from dipping or chewing 
than from smoking. This makes 

Tobacco program sucess story 

By Evelyn D. Harris 
American Forces Information 

There are almost one-third fewer 
smokers in the U. S. Coast Guard 
today than two years ago, said Dr. 
(CAPT) Alan Steinman. The rate 
decreased from 29 percent to 20 

use during the eight weeks of basic 

“Basic training isn’t much fun 
anyway, so the smoking ban is just 
one more irritation. We give them 
weekend liberty at the end of the 
seventh week—so that would be 
their firstopportunitytosmoke. Just 
before that liberty, we show a short 
video and slides. After that, we 

Sean Marsee at 16. anchor leg on 400 
meter relay, won 28 medals He tvas a 
regular user of smokeless tobacco. 

Sean just before he died of oral cancer 
at age 19 

percent between 1990 and 1992. 

Steinman, a Public Health Ser¬ 
vice physician, heads the wellness 
program at Coast Guard Headquar¬ 
ters in Washington, D.C. Two years 
ago, the Cost Guard instituted a 
policy of “no smoking in enclosed 
areas.” That was all some smoking 
“Coasties” needed to quit, but it 
wasn’t enough for everyone. Oth¬ 
ers simply switched to smokeless 
tobacco—a trend also reported by 
doctors around the country. 

So what did the Coast Guard do 
to reduce tobacco use while dis¬ 
couraging people from simply 
switching addictions? 

"We had an aggressive program 
for everyone, but we especially fo¬ 
cused on recruits," said Steinman. 
“First, we don’t allow any tobacco 

have a discussion about using to¬ 
bacco—both in smokeable and 
smokeless forms. 

“We keep it very low-key, and 
we talk to them like the adults they 
are.”Steinmansaid. "Since treating 
recruits like adults isn’t always a 
big part of basic training, that alone 
helps. From the video, we use a 
Coastie who used to smoke. Shawn 
Essert made the tape when he was a 
seaman—he’s now a marine sci¬ 
ence technician third class.” 

Essert was in the Coast Guard 
Honor Guard when he made the 
tape. Steinman says that position 
makes Essert credible. 

“He tells how, on his first lib¬ 
erty, he smoked half a pack of ciga¬ 
rettes in half an hour. He became 
violently ill—so ill he tore muscles 

in his chest and couldn’t exercise 
for weeks. Since he was an athlete, 
that really upset him," Steinman 
said. “The reason he became so ill 
it that after seven weeks without 
smoking he’d physically shaken his 
tobacco addiction and lost his toler¬ 
ance. Nicotine is a poison, and this 
clearly demonstrates that. 

"Anyway, with all these factors 
and the additional nudge from 
his wife, who wanted him to 
quit—he quit. He tells the audi¬ 
ence that he’s glad he did.” 
After the video, a health special¬ 
ist talks a little and shows some 
slides on the effects of smoking 
on the lungs and the effects of 
smokeless tobacco. The recruits 
see pictures of little white spots 
on the gums called leukoplakia 
that are the first step to cancer. 
"Some chewers already have 
these," Steinman said. “It shakes 
them up a little when they learn 
they (the spots) can develop into 
cancer. I also show them badly 
receding gums caused by smoke¬ 
less tobacco. I tell them many 
brands have sugar in them and in¬ 
crease the chance of tooth decay. 

The kicker is showing recruits 
before and after slides of a young 
man with oral cancer. Most of these 
patients end up losing part of their 
jaw, and the chemotherapy results 
in hair loss. The effect on appear¬ 
ance is enough to change most 
young men’s minds. 

“The whole thing—video, slide 
talk and discussion—takes little 
more than 20 minutes,” said 

When they return from liberty, 
the recruits take an anonymous sur¬ 
vey. The survey asks whether they 
used tobacco before joining the 
Coast Guard. It asks whether they 

See Sucess page 8 

Frorn the Chaplain 

LT Lynne J. Kennedy, CHC 

In a conversation over a cup 
of tea with my neighbor, she 
stated that it is hard to find good 
neighbors. Robert Frost, an 
American poet, wrote that “good 
fences make good neighbors." 
In reaction to overly noisy 
neighbors, we’ve built fences 
to seek privacy. In fact, the 
apartment wall is sufficient in 
urban America. Ask yourself, 
how many neighbors do I know 
well? It’s even more difficult 
for the frequent movers of the 
military. Besides, what is a 
good neighbor? 

In the Bible, Jesus tells a 
story to illustrate, when he is 
asked that question. To para¬ 
phrase: A man was attacked, 
beaten, robbed and left for dead. 
(Sounds like the daily news!) A 
chaplain for the injured man’s 
own faith group was passing by 
and when he saw him lying 
there, he crossed over to the 
other side of the road. Another 
devoutly religious person also 
skirled the disheveled man. A 
man from a different ethnic 
background (in fact, one quite 
antagonistic to the injured man) 
saw the man and took pity on 
him. He went to him, bandaged 
his wounds (after putting medi¬ 

cation on them) and then took 
him to a nice hotel where he 
cared for him. However, busi¬ 
ness demands required him to 
leave before the recovery was 
complete, so he arranged a deal 
with the owner of the hotel to 
provide care until he could re¬ 
turn. The question is asked of 
you: Which of these was a good 

Are you a good neighbor? 
....when it is convenient?...when 
it is inconvenient? In this day 
of drawdowns, cutbacks and 
slow economy, we need good 
neighbors...both where we live 
and where we work. Are you 
passing by someone in the pas¬ 
sageway or your workspace who 
is hurt? Are you avoiding 

smokeless tobacco 
extremely addictive." 

Terry Conway, a 
scientist with the Na¬ 
val Health Research 
Center in San Diego, 

Calif., said she be¬ 
lieves smokeless to¬ 
bacco users may be 
deceived about its 
safety She compared 
the physical fitness of 
Navy smokers with 
that of nonsmokers 
and smokeless to¬ 
bacco users. 

“Smokers didn’t 
do as well as nonsmok¬ 
ers on the Navy’s 
Physical Readiness 
Test,” Conway said. 

“But smokeless to¬ 
bacco users and non- 
smokers performed 
about the same. 

Smokeless tobacco 
users and nonsmokers 
both tend to do more 
voluntary exercise 
than smokers, which 
indicates that fitness 
is important to both 
groups. So perhaps 
the fact that the nega¬ 
tive health effects of 
smokeless tobacco 
aren't as easy to see at 
first may lead them to believe it is 


Take the Pledge! 

A medical academy is running a 
public service campaign called 
“Through W ith Chew.’’ Accordin g 
to the academy, doctors diagnose 
some 30,000 new cases of smoke¬ 
less tobacco-related cancer every 
year. Some cases take years to 

Tragically, others develop 
quickly. The academy’s education 
kit show smokeless tobacco user 
and high school athlete Sean Marsee 
first as a handsome 16-year-old and 
then as he looked at age 19 shortly 
before he died of oral cancer. His 
face was distorted and a tube was 
hooked to his nose. 

Marsee, who thought smokeless 
tobacco was safe when he started to 
use it, gave permission to use the 
pictures. In his final days, he ac¬ 
tively campaigned to prevent oth¬ 
ers from taking up the habit. 

Academy Executive Vice Presi¬ 
dent Dr. Jerome C. Goldstein said 
quitting smokeless tobacco is often 
tougher than quitting smoking. So 
the group focuses on discouraging 
young people from taking up the 
habit. Major league baseball player 

John Franco. Dan Quisenberry, 
Nolan Ryan and others are helping 
with the effort. Ryan said he quit 
chewing after he decided there were 
no positive aspects of chewing tb 1 
balance out the negatives. 

The negatives, say researchers, 
include increased risk of cancer, 
especially in the cheeks, gums and 
throat. The habit can also lead to 
mouth sores, receding gums, tooth 
decay, bad breath and permanent 
discoloration of the teeth. 

Some military' installations hate 
special classes helping those who 
chew tobacco quit For those who 
need additional help, doctors in the 
military medical system may pre¬ 
scribe nicotine patches that deliver 
gradually reduced doses of nicotine 
over a period of time. Since the 
patches are a dangerous drug—smok¬ 
ing while wearing a patch can be 
fatal—they are available only as part 
of a medically supervised program. 

Civilians can get help. too. Last 
year, the Office of Personnel Man¬ 
agement ruled insurers participating 
in the Federal Employees Health 
Benefits program had to fund at least 
SlOOof an approved smoking-cessa¬ 
tion program. 

Religious Services 

Catholic Mass 

iristian Fellowship 

Christian Communion 
Protestant Worship 







6:30 a.m.-Noon 
11 ajtn. 

11 aan. 

10:30 ajn. 

All services meet in the Chapel of Hope, third deck. Bldg, 500. 
Information for worship services for aO faith groups is available 
at (510) 633-5561 .All services meet in the Chapel of Hope, third 
deck, Bldg. SOO.lnformatlon for worship services for all faith 
groups is available at (510) 633-5561. 

people who have problems in¬ 
stead of reaching out to help 
them? We all need “to have" 
good neighbors. It starts by 
"being” a good neighbor. Chal¬ 
lenge yourself, ask yourself 

daily for the next week What 
can I do today to demonstrate 
that I am a good neighbor 1 Ju** 
imagine what this base would 
be like, if everyone tried hard to 
be a good neighbor... 

October 30,1992 

Red Rover 

Page 7 

piet Corner 

More than a quick pick-up: Facts about caffeine 

By LTJG Susan Dunaway 

Caffeine is a chemical com¬ 
pound naturally found in sub¬ 
stances such as coffee, tea, and 
chocolate. Caffeine is an active 
ingredient in many over-the- 
counter cold remedies, diet aids, 
pain relievers and other medi¬ 
cations and is also an added in¬ 
gredient in many soft drinks. 

For most people, moderate 
amounts (50-200 mg/day) of 
caffeine are not harmful and 
actually has a few beneficial 
effects. It can relieve certain 
types of headaches by constrict¬ 
ing the blood vessels in the brain 
and can reduce muscle tension 

by increasing blood flow' to 
muscle cells. 

However, the adverse side 
effects can make it beneficial to 
reduce caffeine consumption. 

Some of these include insom¬ 
nia. interrupted wakeful sleep, 
irritability, anxiety, heartburn, 
stomach upset, and irregular 
heart beats. Heavy consump¬ 
tion of caffeine can be addic¬ 
tive and reduction of it can cause 
headaches and other withdrawal 
symptoms. It also acts as a di¬ 
uretic and has been found to 
decrease the body’s absorption 
of iron and calcium. 

Caffeine is not recommended 
for women trying to get preg¬ 
nant, for pregnant and breast 
feeding women, and for people 
with an active ulcer. 

Upper right is a list of some 
common food products and their 
caffeine content. 

Food labels: Read the fine print 




per serving 

per gram 


Protein 8 x 

4 = 


Carbohydrate 11 x 

4 = 


Fat 1 x 

9 = 



Unnur K. Gylfadottir 
Student Dietitian 

Foods labels provide nutri¬ 
tional information and a list of 
ingredients. U. S. government 
regulations require that all en¬ 
riched and fortified foods that 
make any nutritional claim, in¬ 
clude nutrition information on 
the back of the product. 

Ingredients are listed in de¬ 
scending order of predominance 
by weight, i. e. the largest quan¬ 
tity is listed first and the small¬ 
est quantity is listed last. For 
example— ingredients: ground 
corn, safflower oil, water. This 
tells you that ground corn is the 
ingredient present in the largest 
quantity and water the ingredi¬ 
ent present the smallest quan¬ 

Make it a habit to read food 
labels. Compare products and 
choose the one with less fat and 
sugar. If salt, fat or sugar ap¬ 
pears near the top of the list, it 
is not the best nutritional choice. 

The nutritional information 
includes calories and grams of 
fat, protein and carbohydrate. 
Fat has nine calories per gram, 
while protein and carbohydrate 
each have four calories per 
gram By multiplying the num¬ 
ber of grams per serving by the 
calories per gram you can find 
the total number of calories. For 

Using the example above, 
you can find out about the per¬ 
centage of fat per serving. Take 
the nine calories from fat and 
divide by 85 total calories x 100 
to get 11 percent of calories 
from fat. This would be a low 
fat product. It is recommended 
that the total fat in the diet be 
less than 30 percent of your to¬ 
tal daily calories. 

Always check the serving 
size and the number of servings 
per package. It may surprise 
you how small some of the serv¬ 
ing sizes are! 

♦Use the following guidelines 
for low fat food choices: 

1. General Rule: No more than 
3 grams of fat per 100 calories. 

2. Low fat Frozen Dinners: No 
more than 10 grams of fat per 


3. Lowfat Frozen Desserts: No 

more than 3 grams of fat per 4 
oz or 1/2 cup serving. 

4. Cookies and Crackers: No 
more than 3 grams of fat per 

I hope I have convinced you 
to become a “label detective.” 
Start by checking the 

food labels that you already 
have at home. Then start com¬ 
paring products on your next 
grocery store trip. Good luck! 


1. Parlay International, 1987. 

2. Understanding Nutrition by 
Whitney and Hamilton, West 
Publishing Company. 1987. 

3. Solano County Cancer Pre¬ 
vention Program. 

The Retired Officers Association Increases 
Educational Interest-Free Loans to $2,000 

To further assist sons and 
daughters of members of the 
uniformed services in obtain- 
a college degree. The Re- 
,,f ed Officers Association 
(Tr 0A) has increased its Edu¬ 
cational Assistance Program to 
Provide $2,000 annual, no-in- 
*erest loans. The loans, in¬ 
creased by $500 over the last 
•wo years, are awarded for up to 
ive 7 cars of undergraduate 
study io unmarried undergradu¬ 
ate students, under the age of 
’ w * 10 toe dependent children 
^ acl * ve * reserve, and retired 
J " rv >ce personnel and their 
Wl <lowg(ers). 

T hi$ current school year, 700 
udents were awarded loans, 
al ri g over one million dol¬ 

lars. From this group, based 
upon their academic records, 
participation in extracurricular 
and community activities, 142 
students received special S500 
grants in addition to the loans. 
All those who were awarded 
loans were automatically con¬ 
sidered for the grants. 

The TROA Educational As¬ 
sistance Program, established in 
1948 for the sons and daughters 
of retired officers and their wid¬ 
ows, has expanded to include 
the children of active duty, re¬ 
serve, National Guard and re¬ 
tired officers, warrant officers 
and noncommissioned officers 
of the Army, Navy. Air Force. 
Marine Corps, Coast Guard, U. 
S. Public Health Service and 

National Oceanic and Atmo¬ 
spheric Administration. Since 
this program was initiated, over 
3,600 students have received 
interest-free loans, totaling 
more than $9 million. 

Educational Assistance ap¬ 
plications for the 1993-94 
school year will be available 
after Nov. 1, 1992. Applica¬ 
tions should be requested by 
February 15. 1993, and the com¬ 
pleted application must be post¬ 
marked on or before March 1, 

For applications and more in¬ 
formation, write to TROA Edu¬ 
cational Assistance Program 
Administrator (09D). 201 N. 
Washington St., Alexandria. V A 





NON-HERB TEA (brewed 3 min) 5 oz 
NON-HERB TEA (brewed 5 min) 5 oz 











Page 8 

Red Rover 

October 30, 1992 

Influenza and influenza vaccine information 

What is Influenza? (“Flu”) 

Influenza (or “flu”) is a viral 
infection of the nose, throat, bron¬ 
chial tubes and lungs that can make 
someone of any age ill. Usually the 
flu occurs in the United States about 
November to April. If you get the 
flu. you usually have fever, chills, 
cough, and soreness and aching in 
your back, arms, and legs. Al¬ 
though most people are ill for only 
a few days, some persons have a 
much more serious illness and may 
need to go to hospital. On average, 
thousands of people die each year in 
the United States from the flu or 
related complications. 

Who should get Influenza Vac¬ 

Because influenza is usually not 
threatening in healthy individuals 
and most people recover fully, health 
officials emphasize the use of vac¬ 
cine for the elderly and people with 
other health problems most likely 
to be seriously ill or to die from the 
flu or its complications. For ex¬ 
ample, people who after even light 
exercise become short of breath due 
to diseases affecting their heart or 
lungs, and people who have low 
resistance to infections, are likely 
to be more seriously affected by the 
flu. Thus, the following groups are 
at highest risk for serious illness 
with the flu and have been particu¬ 
larly recommended to receive vac¬ 

* Individuals 65 years of age and 

* Adults and children with long¬ 
term heart or lung problems which 
caused them to see a doctor regu¬ 
larly, or to be admitted to a hospital 
for care during the past year. 

* Residents of nursing homes and 
other institutions housing patients 
of any age who have serious long¬ 
term health problems. 

* People of any age who during the 
past year have regularly seen a doc¬ 
tor, or been admitted to a hospital 
for treatment of kidney disease, 
cystic fibrosis, diabetes, anemia 
(“low blood”), or severe asthma. 

* People who have a type of cancer 
or immunological disorder (or use 
certain types of medicine) that low¬ 
ers the body’s normal resistance to 
infections. (Because influenza 
might cause serious illness andcom- 
plications in persons infected with 
the HIV/AIDS virus, these indi¬ 
viduals should receive influenza 

* Children and teenagers (6 months 
through 18 years of age) on long¬ 
term treatment with aspirin who, if 
they catch the flu may be at risk of 
getting Reye syndrome (a child¬ 
hood disease that causes coma, li ver 
damage, and death). 

Certain medical staff who pro¬ 
vide care to high risk patients in 
health care facilities also should be 
vaccinated, to reduce the possibil¬ 
ity that these patients might catch 
the flu when receiving medical care. 
Family members or others who pro¬ 
vide care to high-risk persons at 
home should also be vaccinated. 
The possibility for spreading the flu 
to high-risk persons can be reduced 
by vaccinating: 

* Doctor, nurses, and other in both 
hospital and outpatient-care settings 
who have extensive contact with 
high-risk patients in all-age groups, 
including children. 

* Individuals who provide care to 
high-risk persons at home, such as 
family members, visiting nurses and 
volunteers, as well as all household 
members, including children, 
whether or not they are providers of 

In additior, a flu shot may be 
given to: 

* Persons who want to reduce their 
chances of catching the flu. 

* Persons who provide essential 
community services. 

* Students or other persons in 
schools and colleges if outbreaks 
would cause major disruptions of 
school activities. 

* Children in day care if they are 
over 6 months of age. 

Influenza vaccine: 

The viruses that cause flu fre¬ 

quently change, so 
people who have 
been infected or 
given a flu shot in 
previous years may 
become infected 
with a new strain 
Because of this, and 
because any immu¬ 
nity produced by the 
flu shot will possi¬ 
bly decrease in the 
year after vaccina¬ 
tion, persons in the 


please try and * 

will receive their 
2-6. Beneficiaries are 
' these days to 

receive their shot. This will allow staff personnel to 
receive their shots in a timely manner so they may 
tinue their work. Thank you. More information 
-. ..oe in the POD. 


high-risK groups listed above should 
be vaccinated every year. This 
year’s flu shot contains the strains 
A/Texas/36/91, A/Beijing/353/89, 
and B/Panama/45/90 provided im¬ 
munity against the types of flu which 
have been circulating in the past 
year and are thought to be most 
likely to occur in the United States 
this winter. All the viruses in the, 
vaccine are killed so that they can¬ 
not infect anyone. Vaccine will 
begin to provide its protective ef¬ 
fect after about one or two weeks, 
and immunity may decrease, on 
average, after several months. Flu 
shots will not protect all of them 
against the flu. They also will not 
protect against other illnesses that 
resemble the flu. 


Only a single flu shot is needed 
each season for persons 9 years of 
age and older, but children 8 years 
or less may need a second shot after 
about a month. The doctor or nurse 
giving the flu shot will discuss this 
with parents or guardians. Children 
should be given only vaccine that 
has been chemically treated during 
manufacture (“split-virus”) to re¬ 
duce chances of any side effects. 
Split-virus vaccine also can be used 
by adults. 

Possible side effect from the vac¬ 

Most people have no side effect 
from recent influenza vaccines. Flu 
shots are given by injection, usually 
into a muscle of the upper arm. This 
may cause soreness for a day or two 

Stop smoking classes available 
at NAVHOSP Oakland 

A seminar will be held on 
Wednesday, Nov. 4 for anyone 
interested in “Life Without To¬ 
bacco” for smoking cessation or 
chewing tobacco cessation. The 
addicting effects of nicotine will 
be discussed in addition to the 
Naval Hospital Oakland nicotine 
replacement program for the 
transderma! nicotine patch or 
nicotine gum. 

Presenters RN Aggie Free¬ 
man and LCDR Paul Savage, MC, 
will answer attendees questions. 

An active-duty member who 
has participated in the NHO pro¬ 
gram will be a guest speaker. 
Gass is open to all who want 
support to stop smoking. Gasses 


free. No con¬ 
sult is re- quired. A 

commitment to attend six 
two-hour classes in one calendar 
month is necessary. 

Information will be given 
“Fresh Start Plus” an American Can¬ 
cer Society Program that is Navy 
specific. These classes are spon¬ 

sored by the Patient Education 
and Internal Medicine Department 
and the Wellness Department in 
Preventive Medicine. 

ACTIVE DUTY may contact 
HM2 Boholst of the Wellness De¬ 
partment at ext. 3-8851 to enroll. 
A walk-in clinic for active duty in 
uniform with their medical record 
is held 8 to 9 a m. in the Internal 
Medicine Dept. Room 448R, Pa¬ 
tient Education, on Tuesday and 
Thursday mornings. 

PHYSICIANS may refer by 
consult to Patient Educator, RN 
Aggie Freeman 9-801-5545 
(beeper) or ext. 3-5375. Her of¬ 
fice is Room 448R, Fourth Floor. 
Internal Medicine Department. 

Class I - 

Class II 

Class III 

Class IV - 
Class V - 
Class VI - 


Health Benefits of Smoking Cessation 



Why I Smoke 


The Tobacco Pandemic - David Moyer, CAPT, MC 





at the injection site and occasion¬ 
ally may also cause a fever or 
achiness for one or two days. Un¬ 
like 1976 swine flu vaccine, recent 
flu shots have not been linked to the 
paralytic illness Guillain Barre Syn¬ 
drome. As is the case with most 
drugs or vaccines, there is a possi¬ 
bility that allergic or more serious 
reactions, or even death, could oc¬ 
cur with the flu shot. 

Warning: Some people should 
check with a doctor before taking 
influenza vaccine: 

-Persons who should not be given 
the flu shot include those with an 
allergy to eggs that causes reactions 
if they eat eggs. 

-Anyone who has ever been para¬ 
lyzed with Guillain Barre Syn¬ 
drome, as well as women who might 
be or are pregnant, should seek ad¬ 
vice from their doctor about special 
risks that might exist in their cases. 
-Persons who are ill and have a 
fever should delay vaccination un¬ 

til the fever and other temporary 
symptoms have gone. 


If you have any questions about 
influenza or influenza vaccination, 
please ask now or call your doctor 
before requesting the vaccine. 

If anyone receiving influenza 
vaccine gets sick and visits a doc¬ 
tor, hospital clinic in the four weeks 
after vaccination, please report this 
to: Head. Preventive Medicine, 
Naval Hospital Oakland, (510) 633- 

The Immunization 
Clinic is on the 8th Deck, 
(510)636-4937. Hours of 
operation: 7:45-11:45 
a.m. and 1-4 p.m., Mon¬ 
day through Friday. 
Please be sure and sign 
the Immunization Clinic’s 
Immunization Log-Book. 



continued from page 6 

smoked or used smokeless tobacco 
and whether the discussion influ¬ 
enced them on liberty. 

Based on about 2,600 recruit 
responses, Steinman said, 58 per¬ 
cent of male users and 64 percent of 
female users were influenced not to 
use tobacco on liberty. For “hard¬ 
core” users, which he describes as 
those who both smoked and used 
smokeless tobacco before, 20 per¬ 
cent didn’t use (tobacco) on liberty 
and 46 percent were convinced to 
seriously consider quitting. 

Furthermore. 51 percent of fe¬ 
male recruits and 47 percent of 
males said the discussion influenced 
them to try to encourage their ship¬ 
mates not to use tobacco. 

In addition to the formal pro¬ 
gram for recruits, Steinman said 
he’s gotten good results from a 
poster placed in Coast Guard gyms 
around the country. 

The poster shows Sean Marsee, 
a high school athlete from Ada, 
Okla. who used smokeless tobacco 

because he thought it was safe 
Marsee is seen fust as a handtort*. 
16-year-old, then as a 19-year-old 
shortly before he died of oral can¬ 
cer. “He lost one side of his jaw, 
and he has tubes coming out of his 
nose,” Steinman remarked. 

On his deathbed, Marsee wrote, 
‘Tell them not to dip or chew." He 
had lost the ability to talk, but he 
wanted other young people to avoid 
his fate. Marsee used about half a 
can of snuff a day until he got can¬ 

“I’ve had guys come up and tell 
me that just seeing that poster was 
all it took to get them to quit." 
Steinman continued. "Coast Guard 
health promotion people in the field 
have reported the same thing 
Marsee and his parents really did a 
good thing by allowing his picture 
to be used. I'm going to keep u up 
in our gyms.” 

Steinman recently briefed the 
Army, which is thinking about 
adapting his program. 


CFC Kickoff 

continued from page 1 

to help fellow co-workers, two com¬ 
mand members gave their personal 
testimonies on how CFC agencies 
had helped them in times of need. 
HMC Karen A. Delisle returned for 
her third time to share the story of 
her son, Eric, who became a quad¬ 
riplegic following an accident when 
they were stationed in Hawaii. Eric 
is now a senior in high school and is 
looking forward to attending the 
University of Miami with a goal of 
becoming a lawyer LT Jerry L. 
Gentry, a third-year surgical resi¬ 
dent currently in rotation at High¬ 
land Hospital, felt it was so impor¬ 
tant for others toknowofthe Ameri¬ 
can Red Cross support for him dur¬ 
ing last year’s Oakland fire, that he 
gave up precious off-duty time to 
speak during the ceremony and en¬ 

courage people to participate in thf 
year's fund drive. 

Another ideastressed during tb )S 
year’s kickoff ceremony was the 
fact that the CFC Fund Drive i> 1 
purely voluntary effort. RADM 
Buckendorf stressed this point 
addressing the keyworkers present 
“The real issue here is to do th* 
voluntarily...Try to reach as rnanv 
people (as you can). Try to get # 
many people involved as you po$* 
sible can...This is a volunteerelted¬ 
it ought to be a fun type of thing * l1 
ought of be an effort that $a)'- 

‘ W e ’ re doing t h i s to he I p our peop t( - 

and other people w ho are real!' "> 
need." If you have not yet donau- 
to CFC. please contact your ke) 
person and donate. Please "be thcrt 
for someone. 

Congratulations Julieta Ramirez, Civilian of the Quarter, see page 3 

^he Red Ro 


'Tfie T^flvy s first commissioned fiospitaf ship 

Vol. 4 No. 16 

Naval Hospital Oakland, California 

November 25, 1992 

Navy Chaplain Corps 217th anniversary 

Bravo Zulu to venerable institution 

By A. Marechal-Workman 

Nov. 28.1992 marks ihe 217ih 
anniversary of the Chaplain Corps. 
According to CDR H. Lawrence 
Martin, CHC. USN, a historian in 
the Office of the Chief of the Chap¬ 
lains, “on Nov. 28. 1775. the Con¬ 
tinental Congress adopted the sec¬ 
ond article of Navy Regulations 
which states: ‘The commanders 
of the ships of the Thirteen United 
Colonies are to take care that di¬ 
vine services be performed twice 
a day on board, and sermon 
preached on Sunday, unless bad 
weather or other extraordinary 
accidents prevent.' In 1953, the 
secretary of the Navy Established 
this date as the official beginning 
of the Chaplain Corps of the 
' Navy.” 

After a rocky beginning, and 
in the face of attempts to abolish 
the chaplaincy as being unconsti¬ 
tutional, recognition and accep- 
uujtc dually auaJiicU til 1917 

with the creation of the Chaplains 
Division within the Bureau of 

From an initial complement of 
seven active-duty chaplains in 
1800. in keeping pace with the 
needs of the Navy, according to 
the Chaplains History Department 
in Norfolk, Va., the Chaplain 
Corps has grown into a force of 
1120 officers. On this list figure 
57 women, some of whom serve 

on non-combatant ships such as 
tenders, oilers and other support 

I think that it’s taken a while 
for women to find their place in the 
Corps.” said LT Anne Krekelberg. 
CHC. explaining that she believes 
the early rationale for allowing 
women in the chaplaincy was prob¬ 

ably underlined by such sentiments 
as: “Oh, gee. we now have women 
in the Navy...we’d better gel 
women chaplains in to minister to 

“But that’s not the reason that 
we’re here, “ added the dynamic 
member of NAVHOSP Oakland’s 
Pastoral Care Department. “All 
chaplains are here to minister to all 
people, and every chaplain brings 
with him/her unique gifts. For 
women, this might be that’s they're 
easier to talk to. 

not be so comfortable talking to 
men because they would find it 

Colleagues of Chaplain 
Krekelberg, LT (Father) Francis 
Walsh and LCDR Peter Nissen, 
echoed the sentiment, indicating 
the presence of women in the Corps 
gives it both a different theological 

Navy Chaplain Corps is the ability 
of so many religious denomina¬ 
tions to work together within one 
entity. “At NAVHOSP Oakland, I 
think a lot of the credit for that goes 
to the head of our department. 
Chaplain (CAPT) Herman Kibble 
— the way he sees our mission of 
ministering to people of all faiths,” 
she said. “For example. Father 
Walsh, our Catholic priest, is a pan 
of our Bible study on Wednesday. 
He takes a turn like the rest of us in 
teaching the Bible...He’s so dedi¬ 
cated to walking around the wards 
tochange people’s lives. He spends 
more time than any of us on the 
wards because he not only goes to 
every Catholic patients in this hos¬ 
pital, everyday...he also stops at 
the other beds and sees everyone 
else. It’s a joy for us to see that.” 

The prospect of downsizing 
doesn’t worry Chaplain 
Krekelberg. She knows that “num¬ 
bers are going to be considerably 
smaller," but she sees Total Qual¬ 
ity Leadership (TQL) as a tool 
with which to cope. “If we move in 
the world of TQL, we’re going to 
have to focus more on the quality 
of what we do rather than quan¬ 
tity,” she said with confidence, 
backing her prophecy with data 
obtained from their department’s 
Quality Assurance (QA) six-month 
review. “It helped us to see, for 
example, how we are doing with 

See Chaplains , page 

Four NAVHOSP Oakland's chaplains discuss the holistic approach of their mission while waiting for 
the fifth menber of their team. (From left) LTs J. L. Kennedy and A. Krekelberg, LCDR P. Nissen and 
CAPT H. Kibble. (Official U.S. Navy photo by A. Marechal-Workman) 

“There are a lot of young sailors viewpoint and, according to Father 
— men and women just out of high Walsh, “the dimension of God’s 
school — who like coming to me compassion.” 
because I am their mothers’ age,” But the one aspect that LT 
she said, explaining that “they might Krekelberg finds outstanding in the 

Year of the American Indian --1992 

A Proclamation by the President of the United States of America 

Half a millennium ago. 
when European explorers 
amazed their compa- _*/£>/ 
triots with stories of a 
New World, 
what they ac 
tually de 

:>cr, oea 

was a land Jjjgfrj&k% 1> Q?> 
that had ~ 'sjf 

long been 
home to 
America’s native 

In the Northeast pan 
cf this country and along the North¬ 
west coast, generations of tribes 
fished and hunted; others farmed 
the rich soils of the Southeast and 
Great Plains, while nomadic tribes 
rodmed and foraged across the 
Great Basin. In the arid South¬ 
west, native peoples irrigated the 
desert, cultivaung what land they 
could. Each tribe formed a thriv¬ 
ing community with its own cus¬ 
toms, traditions and system of so¬ 
cial order. 

The contributions that 
Native Americans 
have made to our 
nation’s history and cul¬ 
ture are as numerous and 
varied as the tribes them¬ 
selves. Over the years, they 
have added to their an¬ 
cient wealth of art and 
folklore a rich legacy of 
service and achievement. 
Today, we gratefully re¬ 
call Native Americans who 
helped the early European 
settlers to survive in a strange 
new land; we salute the Navajo 
Code Talkers of World War II ana 
all those Native Americans who 
have distinguished themselves in 
service to our country; and we 
remember those men and women 
of Indian descent—such as the 
great athlete, Jim Thorpe and our 
31st vice president, Charles 
Curtis—who have instilled pride 
in others by reaching the heights 
of their respective fields. 

We also celebrate, with special 

admiration and gratitude, another 
enduring legacy of Native Ameri¬ 
cans: their close attachment to the 
land and their exemplary steward¬ 
ship of its natural resources. In 
virtually every realm of our na¬ 
tional life, the contributions of 
America’s original inhabitants and 
their descendants continue. 

During 1992, we will honor this 
country’s native peoples as vital 
participants in the history of the 
United Stales. This year gives us 
the opportunity to recognize the 
special place that Native Ameri¬ 
cans hold in our society, to affirm 
the right of Indian tribes to exist as 
sovereign entities and to seek greater 
mutual understanding and trust. 
Therefore, we gratefully salute all 
American Indians, expressing our 
support for tribal self-determina¬ 
tion and assisting with efforts to 
celebrate and preserve each tribe’s 
unique cultural heritage. 

The Congress, by Public Law 
102-188. has designated 1992 as 
the “Year of the American Indian” 

and has authorized and requested 
the President to issue a proclama¬ 
tion in observance of this year. 

The contributions 
that Native Ameri¬ 
cans have made 
to our nation’s 
history and cul¬ 
ture are as nu¬ 
merous and var¬ 
ied as the tribes 

Now, therefore, I, George Bush, 
President of the United States of 
America, do hereby proclaim 1992 
as the Year of the American In¬ 
dian. I encourage federal, state and 
local government officials, inter¬ 
ested groups and organizations and 

the people of the United States to 
observe this year with appropriate 
programs, ceremonies and activi¬ 

In witness whereof, I have 
hereunto set my hand this second 
day of March, in the year of our 
Lord nineteen hundred and ninety- 
two, and of the Independence of 
the United States of America the 
two hundred and sixteenth. 

George Bush 


Open season . page 3 

Health Fair . pages 4, 5 

Education aid...pages 6, 7 
Plus and minus . page 8 

November is Smoking Prevention Month 

Page 2 

Red Rover 

November 25,1992 

Oak Knoll Viewpoint 

What are you thankful for? 

HIV13 Ray W. Brooks 
Wellness Department 

Well I’m thankful 
for the fact that I have a 
job and stable income. 
Also that I have the op¬ 

portunity to further my 
education before I return 
to the civilian world. Last 
of all I’m thankful for all 
my shipmates, this Navy 
would be nothing with¬ 
out our team efforts. 


r ■ 


r l l 

Linda Fuller, CDR, 

Head, Alcohol Reha¬ 
bilitation Department 

My daughter, 
Kristin Aliana, will be 
three years old this 
Thanksgiving. I’m most 
thankful for her health 
and happiness and the 
great joy she’s brought 
into my life. I’m also 
thankful for my health 
and the gift of creative 
thought. Professionally, 

Happy Thanksgiving 

From the chairman of the joint chiefs of staff 

I’m thankful for the op¬ 
portunity to make a posi¬ 
tive difference in the lives 
of recovering people 
through my current as¬ 
signment. In terms of the 
world, I’m thankful for 
the evolution towards 

HM2 Carl Cascone 
Alcohol Rehabilitation 

That God allows 
me to wake up every¬ 
day to face ever chang¬ 
ing challenges in life 
and allows me to grow 

HA Ronnie Mashburn 
Wellness Department 

I'm thankful for 
everything and every¬ 
body that I like (Bubble 
Gum and Mr. Johnson). 

from every experi¬ 
ence, be it good or bad, 
there is still a lesson 
to learn and be thank¬ 
ful for! 

Cheryl Roberson 

Alcohol Rehabilitation 

I’m thankful for 
God blessing me with 
my job, good friends 
and good health...I'm 
really thankful for 
President-Elect Bill 
Clinton. May he blos¬ 
som our nation into 
one of equality and 
prosperity for all. 

From the Command Senior Chief: HMCS (SW/AW) ti.D. Chapman 

Fifth Deck patio closure explained 

Happy Thanksgiving. This year, 
as in past years, we pause to give 
thanks for the many blessings that our 
freedom has brought us as individuals 
and as a nation. 

The day of Thanksgiving was the 
first holiday celebrated by American 
settlers. The traditional meaning of 
Thanksgiving is as relevant today as it 
was 371 years ago. It is a lime for all 
of us to reflect upon the values we 
hold dear and the legacy of freedom 
and prosperity we inherited from our 
founding fathers. Their determina¬ 
tion still motivates us and is exempli¬ 
fied by you—the men and women, 
military and civilian, who serve with 
the Armed Forces of the United States. 

Take time this Thanksgiving to 
give thanks for the infinite blessings 
enjoyed by our country. While con¬ 
flicts and strife still abound, this year’s 
Thanksgiving finds us hopeful and 
thankful for the momentous changes 
that have taken place in the world. 
The sacrifices you make as soldiers, 

sailors, airmen, Marines and Coast 
Guardsmen are many. You serve 
with distinction and courage in or¬ 
der to guard and protect our way of 
life. Guided by the example of our 
early colonists, your selfless ser¬ 
vice. courage and loyalty have as¬ 
sured that the ideals of freedom and 
democracy prevail. 

I also urge you this Thanksgiv¬ 
ing to pause and reflect on many 
blessings we share and to recall the 
dedication of those who have gone 
before us. 

I know that many of you are 
away from home, families and 
friends because of your selfless ser¬ 
vice to our country. You are per¬ 
forming an important mission, and 
I, as well as Americans everywhere, 
appreciate you—the members of the 
finest Armed Forces in our Nation’s 

On behalf of the joint chiefs of 
staff, I wish each of you and your 
family Happy Thanksgiving. 

Gen. Colin L Powell, USA 



To schedule and cancel all clinic 

mmm call 

. ; ; 

Monday through Friday, from 

There has been numerous re¬ 
sponses in the Listening Box, by 
telephone and in person, as to why 
the patio area has been returned to 
its intended purpose of a psychiat¬ 
ric therapeutic area. With an in¬ 
creasing population of psychiatric 
patients and an active clinic on 5E 
seeing an increasing number of ac¬ 
tive duly and dependent patients, it 
is felt this area should be returned 
for their use. 

There are a number of other 
minor reasons why this area has 
been closed. First, the staff and 
patients did not keep the area clean 
and didn’t pick up after themselves. 
Many times the trash turned what 
was intended to be used as a lunch 
area into a dump area. The last 

reason is smoking. Being a medi¬ 
cal treatment facility we. the staff, 
need to set the example for our 
patients. Smoking is purely adirty, 
filthy habit and should not be toler¬ 
ated in our line of work as health 
care providers. 

It truly shows poor judgement 
by the staff who. on a number of 
occasions, would smoke in the 
doorway. This caused the smoke 
to blow back into the building, af¬ 
fecting nonsmokers and patients as 
well. Next, the doctors do not want 
their patients smoking simply be¬ 
cause smoking creates many asso¬ 
ciated health hazards. 

Not really wanting to stand on a 
soapbox, I will, in closing, say that 

the concern of many of us in ibis 
hospital is the well-being of pa¬ 
tients and staff alike. Smoking is 
truly the most serious risk factor 
for heart disease, strokes, lung dis¬ 
ease and other forms of cancer 
Realizing that smoking is an ad¬ 
diction equal to being addicted to 
heroin, and having been a smoker 
for 15 years myself. I understand 
the problems and frustrations asso- 
ciated with quitting. I would like 
to see all tobacco users give up this 
habit. The hospital’s program is a 
viable, active program that can 
work for you. Please make the 
effort to quit. It is the best thing to 
do for yourself, your family and 
your shipmates. 

Red Rover 

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Commanding Officer Rear Admiral William A. Buckendorf 

Executive Officer Captain Noel A. Hyde 

Public Affairs Officer 

Mike Meines 

Editorial staff J02 Stephen Brow n 

Andree Marechal Workman 
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Red Rover 

Page 3 

November 25 1992 

Julieta Ramirez 


By Mike Meines 

The recent election emphasized 
families. Both candidates referred lo 

family values throughout the cam¬ 
paign. Ironically, our new civilian 
employee of the quarter. Mrs. Julieta 
Ramirez, feels very strongly about 
her “family." She has adopted her 

Attention civilian employees 

Health benefits 
open season is here 

An open season, during which eli¬ 
gible federal employees may enroll or 
change enrollment to a new Federal 
Employees Health Benefits Ran, will 
beheld Nov 9-Dec 14,1992. Under 
open season regulations, an eligible 
errployee who is not currently regis¬ 
tered may enroll; and an enrolled em¬ 
ployee may change from one plan or 
option to another, from self only to self 
and famil y, or any combination of these. 
Those err^loyees w ho do not wish to 
make a change tn current enrollment 
need take no action during this open 

Distnbution of open season litera¬ 
ture will be made through administra¬ 
tive offices prior to Nov 9. This year, 
each enqployee should receive a 1993 
Enrollrmu Information Guide and Ran 
Comparison Chan (R.1.70-1) contain¬ 
ing enrollment instructions, a compari¬ 
son chart of major benefits of all REI IB 
plans and a biweekly and monthly list 
of premium rates for all plans. 

The comparison chart in the book¬ 
let, R170-1, gives employees general 
descriptions of the benefits of each plan 
available It can also be used to com¬ 

pare benefits among the plans How¬ 
ever. since R1 70-1 contains only a 
general description of plan benefits, do 
not rely solely on this booklet when 
deciding to enroll in or change enroll¬ 
ment to another plan. It is also impor¬ 
tant to remember that only you can 
decide which plan is best for you and 
your family. 

If, after examining the comparison 
chart included in R1 70-1 and having 
attended the Open Season Health Fair 
on Nov. 18, you decide that you are 
interested in enrolling in or changing to 
a particular plan, consult the brochure 
of the plan for a complete description of 
benefits. Brochures will be available 
for your inspection at the I luman Re¬ 
sources Site Office, Bldg. 131. How¬ 
ever. due to the limited quantity avail¬ 
able, brochures must be returned after 
you have reviewed them. 

Point of contact for Federal Em¬ 
ployee Health Benefits Ran, is Person¬ 
nel Assistant Roberta Moore. She is 
located in NAVHOSP Oakland's Hu¬ 
man Resources Site Office (formerly 
Civilian f^rsonnel) in Building 131. 
and can be reached at (510) 633-6372. 

is Civilian of the Quarter 

fellow employees as pan of her ex¬ 
tended family, it was back when 
Operation Desert Shield began and 
Mrs Ramirez was in New York that 
the USNS Mercy was deployed. 

"When I returned from New 
York. 1 realized that almost every¬ 
one in the department was gone with 
the ship. I fell like my family had 
left. It was more difficult for me 
since I was not even able to see them 
off," she said. 

Mrs Ramirez works in Quality 
Assurance at Naval Hospital Oak¬ 
land with the Utilization Review I7e- 
partment. Her responsibilities in¬ 
clude reviewing chans to monitor 
patient care activities and treatment 
plans based on the approved moni¬ 
toring criteria. She also assists in 
discharge planning of patients. 

She describes her work as chal¬ 
lenging because, by reviewing and 
monitoring the activities of each de¬ 
partment, it can be shown that it is 
possible to maintain quality care by 
modifying treatment plans and avoid¬ 
ing “wasted” hospital days. 

Mrs. Ramirez began her federal 

service career in August 1989. and 
her philosophy is simple, yet pro¬ 

"To respect and accept each one’s 
purpose and function in the organi¬ 
zation. for we all share one vision, 
even though that vision is interpreted 
in different ways." 

Our new civilian 
employee of the 
very strongly 
about her "fam¬ 
ily." She has 
adopted herfellow 
employees as part 
of her extended 

Even her future involves family. 

This time, it’s her immediate family 
She iscurrenlly attending school with 
the goal of receiving her Master s 
Degree in Public Administration by 
next year. Then, after receiving the 
necessary certifications, she will be¬ 
come an administrator or consultant 
lo a family-owned nursing care facil¬ 
ity. The probable owners .’ I ler two 
sisters and her husband. 

This bundle of energy is always 
on the move; however, her course 
seems to be direct. Some distractions 
may force her to postpone her plans. 
You see, above all else, her family 
consists of her husband. Angelo, and 
twochildren, Angelico, 13, andJulius 
Angelo, 11. 

In nominating her for Civilian 
Employee of the Quarter, CDR 
Michael states, “Her loyalty to the 
Naval Medical Corps and its mission 
is evident by the professional man¬ 
ner in which Mrs. Ramirez interacts 
with clinical and non-clinical per¬ 
sonnel to help achieve the best pos¬ 
sible patient outcomes as a result of 
hospitalization ai this command.” 

GAPT H. A. Speir, MSC, USN (third from left) sits with officers of NAVHOSP 
Oakland's Federal Managers Association, Chapter 238. As guest speaker of last 
month's FMA meeting, he outlines the benefits of the principles of Total Quality 
Leadership, explaining to the membership how those principles can facilitate im¬ 
provement in the management of their units. FMA officers shown from left are: 
Secretary, computer specialist at the command’s Information Department, Andra 
Zamacona; president, Bertha Paul, who is utilization review coordinator for the 
Quality Assessrocnt/Improvement Unit and vice president. Herb Quellcr, head of the 
hospital's Biochemical Communication Center. (Official U.S. Navy photo by A. 



Health care, physical therapy and life in Romania 

B> LCDR Robert Sellin, MSC 

What is health care like in Ro¬ 
mania? k it a lesson in sadness as 
portrayed on American television? 
The answer is unequivocally no. 
But I wouldn’t have believed thai 
answer my firsi day in Romania. 
As the plane landed in Bucharest, 
ram was pelting down on melting 
snow and the entire landscape was 
a collage of mud. tee and cement. 
The runway was guarded by sol¬ 
diers with AK-47’s and apparently 
bad attitudes. Customs and secu¬ 
rity were intimidating and I had the 
sinking feeling that 1 had made a 
lCT nble mistake Once I cleared 
customs I was met by two people 
who would soon be like brothers to 

me; Bucharest began to shine in 
spite of the thick layer of dust that 
covered the city. 

With every person I met I began 
to see and feel the story that had not 
been covered by the sensational 
Romanian exposes on T V. The 
story of people who care deeply for 
each other and for the hundreds of 
children left in orphanages. This is 
the legacy of three decades under a 
malignant dictator's rule As I tried 
to find words to explain ihe emo¬ 
tion Romanians feel toward their 
friends and their patients. I recalled 
my first meetings with Daniel, an 
orthopedic surgery patient at Marie 
Curie Children's Hospital. 

I was very surprised to find out 
that eight-year-old Daniel was the 
son of one of the pediatric sur¬ 

geons. Dr. Catano. As I worked 
with Daniel, Dr. Caiano entered 
the room and I saw Daniel's face 
light up as he called to his papa. 
The two embraced as only a father 
and son could (1 thought) and spoke 
in animated Romanian for a num¬ 
ber of minutes before Dr. Catano 
began a detailed follow-up exami¬ 
nation on his surgical patient. 

Daniel has no father Daniel 
was an orphan brought to Marie 
Curie Hospital for surgery. He 
quickly adopted his surgeon as a 
surrogate father. This relationship 
was typical of the doctor/patient 
interactions I observed in the two 
hospitals and three orphanages in 
which I worked. 

It is of no surprise for an or¬ 
phan boy to identify with a male 

figure and role model like Dr. 
Catano, but it was surprising to see 
the love genuinely reciprocated. 
Unfortunately, efficient health care 
depends on more than love and a 
few individuals’ technical skill. It 
requires a team of dedicated people 
involved with providing health care 

Prior to the "Revolution" in 
December 1989 there was a strict 
ban on all literature, including 
medical journals, from the West. 
This ban not only hurt the profes¬ 
sional growth of the clinicians, it 
also stopped the development of 
administrative and ancillary ser¬ 
vices within the hospitals. 

Now many Individual health 
care providers are studying and 
traveling abroad. They are quickly 

expanding theirclinical skills. Yet. 
when they return home, they meet 
the frustration of not having the 
necessary support staff that we in 
ihe West take for granted. In addi¬ 
tion, their equipment is generally 
outdated and routine supplies are 
virtually nonexistent. This lack of 
material goods is made up for by 
the skill and empathy of many of 
ihe health care workers. 

The profession of physical 
therapy as we know it does not 
exist in Romania. The “physio¬ 
therapists" are educated in a trade 
school of sorts to do specific mo¬ 
dalities. Similarly there is another 
groupof technicians trained in “wa¬ 
ter therapy". A third group of pro- 

See Romania , page 8 

Wellness Council 

health fair is huge success at NA' 

Occupational Health nurse, Jcanine Clark, (left) works on an intricate point of safety with HM1 Edgar Ednacott of the 
Safety Department. They manned a joint Safety/Occupational Health booth. 

HN Tracy Turner put final touches on her table for visitors 

Photographs by MM2 John K.Dziki and courtesy of HM2 Angelo Boholst 

Wellness Council person^ 
outdid themselves with the heab> 
fair they organized for the bei*f 
of NAVHOSP Oakland’s, ii^ 
ant commands’ and satellite brja^ 
clinics’ beneficiaries. Held onf^ 
30, its chief architects were Lodj 
R ichard Burton. MC. head of tt 
Preventive Medicine Depart^ 
and HM2 Angelo Boholst, Lft, 
for Health Promotion Logj^ 
were handled by the departtnen! 
LCPO. HMC Crispin Romeo. 

Health issues were the <*de 
of the day, said HM 2 Boholst. ^ 
40 health issues addressed, t . 
eluding pastoral care , self man 
agement, stress management, a®, 
puterized health risk appraisal"and 

There were 40 tables manntf 
by experts from varichsi 
NAVHOSP Oakland’s depin- 

Harry Shogren (left), a patient who quit 
cessation as Patient Educators Aggie Fret® 1 

iOSP Oakland 

. _ 

fncnts and civilian agencies ready 
to answer questions and dissenti¬ 
ng,. information, handouts and 
posters. “The fair was a great suc¬ 
cess." said HM2 Bolholst— a suc¬ 
cess which, according to LCDR 
Burton “wouldn’t have been pos¬ 
sible without the uninamous sup¬ 
port of the many departments 
within this hospital.” 

800 visitors 

The Wellness Council reported 
flat over 800 visitors came to the 
fair, leaving it a little bit wiser 
about today's health care con¬ 
cerns and what to do about them. 

Individuals interested in par¬ 
ticipating in the next health fair, or 
who need more information, should 
contact the Preventive Medicine 
Department. Point of contact is 
HM2 Boholst. who can be reached 
at (510) 633-6485. 

- •* jxtrs, points to a section of 
•nd Kaye Rosso listen. 

a book on smoking 

Surgical instruments display from the Main Operating Room. 

LT Jeffrey Young (right) explains the mysteries of Occupational Health/lmmuni/ation to a group 
of visitors 

f Immuno chemistry discuss the hospital’s blood 

r * bor *«^r ) Department 

Page 6 

Red Rover 

November 25,1992 

NMCRS can help you 
get a college degree 



than 400 children of active-duty 
sailors and Marines are attending 
college this fall, thanks in part to 
two new continuing education fi¬ 
nancial aid programs offered by 
the Navy-Marine Corps Relief 
Society (NMRCRS). Based on an 
evaluation of financial need, the 
VADM E.P. Travers Scholarship 
Program provides grants of $2,000 
per academic year. NMCRS pro¬ 
cessed 620 applications for the 
Travers scholarships. Although the 
society approved 288 loans, only 
62 have been awarded. Most ap¬ 
proved loan recipients have failed 
to provide all of the information 
required to process their loans. 
These two programs are capable 
of providing financial assistance 
to more than 2,000 students. Ini¬ 
tial applications for the 1993-94 
academic year will be available 
from your nearest NMCRS office 
or headquarters in mid-November 

“We’re delighted to be able to 
help the hundreds of students in 
the initial year of this financial aid 
program, and hope that in the years 
ahead, as this program gains vis¬ 
ibility, more students will benefit 

by making application,” said re¬ 
tired COL. Ken Robinson, 
secretary and director of 
Education Programs at 

for the 

Students who 
wish to apply for the 
VADM E.P. Travers Schol¬ 
arship must meet the fol¬ 
lowing requirements: 

1. Be the dependent son or 
daughter of an active-duty member 
of the U.S. Navy or Marine Corps 
and possess a valid dependent’s 
Uniform Services Identification and 
Privilege Card. 

2. Be enrolled full-time or ac¬ 
cepted for full-time enrollment at a 
post-second ary undergraduate or 
technical/vocational institution ac¬ 
credited by the U.S. Department of 

3. Have a cumulative grade 
point average (GPA) of 2.0 or bet¬ 
ter, as measured on a 4.0 scale. 

When to apply 

Initial application for academic 
year 1992-94 will be accepted Jan. 
1, 1993, and must be postmarked 
no later than March 13,1993. Fami¬ 
lies are encouraged to apply as soon 
as possible, because any follow-up 
documentation must be received 
by April 15, 1993. 

Other education loan 
programs are available. 

In addition to the Travers schol¬ 
arship, the application process can 
determine applicant eligibility for 

other federal (and some school and 
state-based) financial aid that may 
include additional scholarships and 
grants. For instance, eligibility for 
an Interest-Free Parent Loan is au¬ 
tomatically established for a stu¬ 
dent who is eligible to apply for a 
grant under the scholarship pro¬ 
gram. The parent is under no obli¬ 
gation to actually apply for a loan 
and can indicate preference on the 
scholarship application form. 

The society also sponsors two 
other federal loan programs: the 
low-interest Stafford Loan for stu¬ 
dents and the PLUS Loan for par¬ 
ents. Processed through the soci¬ 
ety. these loans are made by com¬ 
mercial lenders and are insured by 
a guarantee agency. Applicants 
must meet federal eligibility re¬ 
quirements. Financial need, the 
amount loaned and repayment 
terms are based on federal program 
policies. Interest rates are set by 
the federal government and are 
subject to change. 

It is advantageous to apply for 
these loans through NMCRS be¬ 
cause the society locates a lender 
for the applicant, provides some¬ 
one to resolve problems in acquir¬ 
ing the loan and pays the adminis¬ 
trative fee charged bv the lender, 
thereby saving the applicant a fee 
as high as 3 percent of the loan. 

For more information on these 
and other relief program, visit your 
nearest NMCRS office, call (703) 
696-4904 (Autovon 226-4904), or 
write to: Navy-Marine Corps Re¬ 
lief Society, Education Programs. 
801 North Randolph Street, Ar¬ 
lington, Va„ 22203-1978. 

(Editor's Note: Point of contact 
for NAVHOSP Oakland's com¬ 
mand personnel is NMCRS office 
at Alameda NavalAtrStation, (510) 

(Courtesy of Navy-Marine Corps 
Relief Society.) 

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tensed on the Navv for 


affairs Office has been 

ia h 



, the nation’s 
sons* Lo 

r permission to come on board NAVHOSP 
compound to speak to sailors about the news items. 

e incidents do not have a direct impact upon this 

r its personnel, these requests have been denied. 

* * 

enacious reporters then resort to approaching sail- 

the compou 

I.._..^. v . .. 

when in uniform, or when you are 


^^ylease remei 

identified as a sailor, you represent the entire United States 
Navy. If you are contacted by the media for any reason, please 
contact the Public Affairs Office for guidance. Point of con¬ 
tact is the public affairs officer, Mike Meines, who represents 
NAVHOSP Oakland, its tenant commands and branch medical 
clinics. He can be reached at (510) 633-6146. 



Green phrases 

(words and phrases customers want 
to hear) 


May I help you, please? 

Whal can I do for you? 

Til he glad to help. 

I apologize. 

Thank you for calling. 

I am sorry. 

Is there anything ELSE I can do to help you? 

I know exactly how to solve your problem. 

Yes, we have it! 

How many would you like? 

I will find someone to help you. 

Don’t worry. 

I promise I will get back to you by_. 

I am very glad we could be of service. 

Thank you! 

(Can you suggest other green words and 

Red phrases 

(Words and phrases customers do 
not want to hear) 


Can you hold, please. 

I can’t help you. 

We won’t do that. 

Thai’s not my job. 

It’s against our policy. 

I am new here and... 

We’re out of those. 

I’ll transfer you. 

There’s nothing I can do. 

I’d love to help, but... 

I’m too busy. 

You’ve mistaken me for someone who actually 
gives a damn. 

(Canyousuggest other red words and ph rases?) 

USO scholarship is 
waiting for you 

(NES)...Family members of 
active-duty military person¬ 
nel who have graduated from 
high school within the last 
four years can apply for a 
scholarship program spon¬ 
sored by the United Service 
Organizations (USO) and 
made possible by an endow¬ 
ment form a corporate spon¬ 

There are 25 $ 1,000 schol¬ 
arships to be awarded to col¬ 
lege-bound students on the 
basis of their scholastic 
records, test scores and extra¬ 
curricular activities. Appli¬ 

cants are required to submit a 
narrative outlining their activi¬ 
ties, especially those that high¬ 
light leadership, teamwork and 

Applications are available 
through the USO and must be 
completed and returned to USO 
World Headquarters by March 
1, 1993. Recipients will be an¬ 
nounced in May 1993. For an 
application and further details 
on the program, visit your local 
USO or write to: USO World 
headquarters, USO Scholarship 
Program. 601 Indiana Ave . 
N.W., Washington. D C , 

November 25,1992 

Red Rover 

Page 7 

Factors affecting your plate and your pocket book: 

DOD changes in food service charges 

By LT Ttrtsa Priboth. MSC, USN 

The two topics nearest and dearest 
to most people's hearts relate to tlieix 
pocket book and their dinner plate. 
Ganges in DOD-estahlished prices 
and Navy reimbursement procedures 
are affecting both ot these areas 

First meal paces and surcharge 
rates. Those rates charged to non- 

enlisted persons eating in the dining 
room are established by the assistant 
secretary of defense comptroller, b ased 
on annual reports of mess operating 
costs submitted by all branches of the 
armed forces. Meals sold in general 
messes (dining facilities) are at a base 
price that reflects only the cost of the 
raw food contained in the meals. When 

was established to recover the 
non-food (labor and overhead) 
operating costs in dining rooms 
from officer and civilian person¬ 
nel authorized meals. These prices, 
which are updated every fiscal 
year, are standardized throughout 
the armed forces and are man¬ 
dated by law. The chart below 

foodscrvice in the 
NAVHOSP Oakland 
dining facility in¬ 
volves Navy-wide 
changes which are re¬ 
ducing the amount be¬ 
ing reimbursed to 
Medical Food Manage¬ 
ment Department by the 

Department of Defense Mandated Price Increases 

DISCOUNTED RATE (Non-Surcharge) 

FULL RATE (Surcharge) 








Under 12 


Under 12 

















prescribed, a surcharge is added to the 
price of a meal purchased from 
thedining facility. The surcharge 

mdicatesprices charged to various 
categories of personnel. 

Another factor affecting 

Navy Food Service Systems Of¬ 
fice for each meal served. In order 
to keep cost-cutting menu changes 

to a minimum, yet live within new 
funding levels, we have had to re¬ 
strict seconds on entrees. The Food 
Management Department plans to 
institute some program changes in 
this fiscal year to better control costs 
while maintaining or improving ser¬ 
vices Your patience is appreciated 
during these changes. Comments or 
suggestions are welcome, as always, 
via the satisfaction surveys available 
in the Dining Room or a visit to the 
Food Management Department of¬ 
fice. Point of contact for questions 
or suggestions is Lt. T. Priboth MSC, 
USN, Food Management Depart¬ 
ment head, at 633-6235. 

Dental Corner 

The Truth About Brushing 

Brushing removes 
approximately 40-50% of 
the plaque present, but 
there is the other 60% to 
worry about. 

B> LT Peter Kono, DC, USNR 

£r«queniiy dquestions in the 

dental office include, “I ley Doc, whai 
toothpaste should 1 use?’’; 'What 
toothbrush is best to use?” The an¬ 
swers offer more than meets the eye. 
Fust, why is there a need to brush and 
floss? The main purpose is to re¬ 
move plaque and any other foreign 
matter which is located on the teeth 
and in the mouth. Plaque harbors 
baciena and its toxins which cause 
gingivitis and penodontitis resulung 
in gingival recession, pocket forma¬ 
tion. attachment loss and ultimately 
tooth loss. Tarter, or calculus, is 
plaque that has mineralized and can 
only be removed with specialized 
dental instruments by the hygienist 
or dentist, not the patient. Tarter in 
itself does not cause a problem, but 
rather acts as a trap for plaque accu¬ 

Any toothpaste is fine as long as 
11 has fluonde and the ADA seal of 
“^proval The toothpaste acts as a 
lubricant for the teeth far brushing 
and a carrier for fluonde and abra¬ 

sives. This aids in cleaning the teeth. 
The paste, along with the mechanical 
action of brushing and abrasives, re¬ 
move not only plaque but also a 
minute amount of tooth structure. 
Toot pastes are given an Abrasive 
Index according lo its abrasive prop¬ 
erties. As an example, baking soda 
and salt have a higher index value 
that removes more tooth structure 
per brushing period than the regular 
toothpastes. Fluoride in the paste 
reacts with the exposed areas to form 
a more resistant barrier against decay 
and bacterial toxins. The enamel of 
the teeth are made of crystals called 
prisms that require fluoride to harden. 
Dental enamel is attacked by the 
acids lhat are produced by the 
bacteriaxaused by the foods ingested 
This, in turn, causes decalcification 
spots which become prone to the 
development of cavities. Fluoride 
also seals the tubules from exposed 
root surfaces to lessen their sensitiv¬ 
ity, a shocking sensation when 
brushing is done. 

A soft bristled toothbrush is the 
preferred choice. The soft bristles 
are more effective for cleaning the 
teeth and not as detrimental to the 

gums or the teeth. It is the mechani¬ 
cal action of the brush that removes 
the plaque. The soft bristles have the 
ability to hold the abrasives from the 
toothpaste in a given area better than 
those of hard bristles brushes. 

The soft bristles also have more 
flexibility to adapt to the teeth to 
work in ihe toothpaste. Brushing 
should be done with the bristles di¬ 
rected at a 45 degree angle to the 
gum line. Then the bristles are gen¬ 
tly flared and with a small back and 
forward motion, the brush is brought 
towards the chewing or biting sur¬ 
face. This is done throughout the 
mouth on both the cheek and tongue 
side. For the frontieeih, bottom and 

top, the longue side can be brought 
froward. The tongue should be 
brushed because it is also a plaque 
trap. This is the coating lhat is seen 
of the surface. 

Brushing removes approxi¬ 
mately 40-50% of the plaque 
present, but there is the other 60% to 
worry about. Usually, this is found 
in between the teeth where the brush 
cannot reach. Brushing alone is 
ineffective plaque control. Flossing 
then becomes very important be¬ 
cause it can get in between the teeth 
and help remove the remaining 
plaque and various debris. How¬ 
ever. it can have an adverse effect if 
done improperly. Too many pa- 

uents floss with a sawing motion which 
over a period of time will create a slot 
in the tooth or create a cut in the gums. 
The floss should gently be placed 
between the teeth and wrapped around 
the comers of the tooth. The floss is 
then worked up and down to remove 

There are other teeth cleaning prod¬ 
ucts sold commercially that aid in 
dental care. Rubber lips, tooth picks, 
water picks, etc. aid in circumferen¬ 
tial removal of plaque from the teeth 
for gingival health and caries control, 
but are not designed to replace brush¬ 
ing and flossing. Mouth rinses, de¬ 
pending on what brand, does not re¬ 
move plaque to any great extent, but it 
does kill some of the bacteria associ¬ 
ated with plaque. It is recommended 
lhat rinses with the ADA seal of ap¬ 
proval be used as adjuncts. 

Proper brushing and flossing are 
effective if the pockets around the 
teeth are 3mm or less. If pockets are 
deeper than 3mm, effective cleaning 
cannot be accomplished unless done 
by a professional. Regular denial 
exams on or ai least 3-6 month inter¬ 
vals can determine status of gingival 
and denial health. 

More help for education 

TROA increases educational interest-free loans to $2,000 

..The Retired Officers 
Association has increased its 
Educational Assistance 
Program to provide $2,000 
annual, no interest loans... 

further assist sons and 
daughters of members of the 
uniformed services in obtain- 
a college degree, The Re¬ 
tired Officers Association 
(TR OA) has increased its Edu¬ 
cational Assistance Program to 
provide $2,000 annual, no-in- 
tcrest loans The loans, in- 
etcased by $500 over the last 
,w " years, are awarded for up to 
l,ve years of undergraduate 
Mud y to unmarried undergradu- 
Oudcnis. under the age of 
t. who are dependent children 
0 d( -tive. reserve, and retired 
SuvUc personnel and their 


This current school year, 700 
students were awarded loans, 
totaling over one million dol¬ 

From this group, based upon 
their academic records, partici¬ 
pation in extracurricular and 
community activities, 142 stu¬ 
dents received special $500 
grants in addition to the loans. 
All those who were awarded 
loans were automatically con¬ 
sidered for the grants. 

The TROA assistance Pro¬ 
gram established in 1948 for 
ihe sons and daughters of re¬ 

tired officers and their widows, 
has expanded to include the chil¬ 
dren of active duty, reserve. Na¬ 
tional Guard and retired offic¬ 
ers, warrant officers and non¬ 
commissioned officers of the 

Army, Navy, Air Force, Ma¬ 
rine Corps, Coast Guard, U. S. 
Public Health Service and Na¬ 
tional Oceanic and Atmo¬ 
spheric Administration Since 
this program was initiated, over 

3,600 students have received in¬ 
terest-free loans, totaling more 
than $9 million. 

Educational Assistance appli¬ 
cations for the 1993-94 school 
year will be available after Nov. 
1, 1992. Applications should be 
requested by Feb. 15, 1993. and 
the completed application must 
be post marked on or before 
March 1, 1993. For applications 
and more information, write to 
TROA Educational Assistance 
Program Administrator (09D). 
201 N Washington St., Alexan¬ 
dria. VA 22314-2539 

Page 8 

Red Rover 

November 25, 1992 

Plus and Minus 


By Mike Meines 

The greatest gift that a person 
will receive in their lifetime is a 
clothes washer and dryer. That's 
it. Plain and simple. Don’t be 
asking for a Porsche or a trip to the 
Bahamas. Hold out for the washer/ 

I have a natural comeback for 
those friends of yours that are al¬ 
ways saying... 

“I love apartment 
mowing the lawn, raking the leaves, 
anything that needs repairing, the 
landlord takes care of it.” 

Look them right in the eye and 
ask, “Yeah, but where do you do 

your laundry?" 

If it sound like I am speaking 
from experience’re right! 

I have been an apartment 
dweller for several years. My first 
experience with a laundromat (de¬ 
rived from the French word 
laundro, meaning “being very large 
is being first” and the word mat 
meaning “being first rules every¬ 
thing") was in Massachusetts. I 
was 28 years old. I had run out of 
money and therefore clothes. Prior 
to that, when my clothes were dirty, 
I threw them in the hamper. When 
the hamper was full, I bought new 
clothes and a new hamper. 

I rented aU-haul truck and after 
obtaining the necessary license for 
the 18-wheeler, I headed for the 
local laundromat. 

After some deliberation with 
myself, I determined which of the 
machines were washers and which 
were dryers. (HINT: Dryer do not 
require water). 

Then, I proceeded to stuff the 
machines. Some littleold lady was 
watching me from the corner. 

“Sonny, don’t you separate the 

“No. Do you realize how many 
machines we’re talking about? 
Why, I have green shirts, blue ones, 
red ones, yellow....” 

“Not every single color, idiot. 
The lighter from the darker.” 

“Oh yeah...where does mauve 
fit in?” 

“I’d throw it in the pile that has 
the socks with the shoe stretcher in 

“There’s nothing in those 

Anyway, that little old lady 
taught me how to get my clothes 
clean, how much soap to use, when 
to put in the bleach and one thou¬ 
sand other things that are impor¬ 
tant to first echelon clothes main¬ 
tenance. One of the greatest things 
she taught me was to pick out a 
laundromat that is next to a tavern. 

Now that rule is very important 
if you don’t have a laundry facility 
located right in the apartment com¬ 
plex. If you do, there is a whole 
new set of rules. People who lived 
in this type of complex prior to 
joining the Navy, thought boot 
camp was a piece of cake. For that 
malter..parasailing behind a Boeing 
747 would be simpler. 

Your first experience with one 
of these hummers will probably be 
a rude awakening. The “laundry 
facilities” are usually located in an 
unoccupied apartment that has been 
declared “absolutely unfit for 
people to walk by” by the Depart¬ 
ment of Health. 

The number of washers and dry¬ 
ers can easily be determined prior 
to arriving at the “laundry facili- 

Plus and Minus personals: 

Carole: I’m over here. 

Mary Barnes: Congratulations. 

HMCS(SW/AW) Chapman: Thanks for your help. 
CAIT Speir: Unsaturated? 

LTNierman: I'll call soon — promise. 

Mom Carole's fine. Porky’s fine. Mikey’s fine. 

ties.” Simply divide the number of 
occupied apartments by 28. If you 
want to figure out how many ma¬ 
chines are operable...take that num¬ 
ber and divide by seven. I have 
figured out that my second career is 
going to be an “OUT OF ORDER” 
sign painter for apartment build¬ 

If you believe that simply pay¬ 
ing rent on your apartment gives 
you some kind of eligibility for use 
of these machines. ..think again. The 
rules are generally chiselled into the 


1. This Laundry is open from 8 
a. m. until 9 p. m. Any clothes found 
around the area other than these 
hours will be confiscated or pros¬ 

ecuted to the fullest extent of the 

2. Bleach is not permitted in 
the dryers. 

3. It is normal for washers to 
“dance" during the spin cycle. 
Anyone who fires a weapon in an 
attempt “to put it out of its mis¬ 
ery” will be prosecuted. 

4. Fifty-five pairs of jeans is 
the current record for one washer 
load. Do not attempt to set a new 

5. If you found my rent check, 
please return to Apt #35. 

The sweet little lady who lives 
in Apt #3 came in and gave me a 
smile and asked if I was through. 

I glanced down at her shotgun 
and said, “Later, Baby!” 

Annual Christmas concert coming soon 

mander Naval Base San Francisco 
and the Commanding Officer Na¬ 
val Station Treasure Island are cur¬ 
rently planning their sixth annual 
Christmas concert. This year's 

event, scheduled for Wednesday, 
Dec. 9, is entitled, “A Family Holi¬ 
day Christmas.” 

The Navy Band San Francisco 
is once again headlining the con¬ 
cert, as well as a special treat from 

a neighborhood school. The con¬ 
cert will be held at Basilone The¬ 
ater on Treasure Island at 7 p.m. 

The program consists of nu¬ 
merous traditional Christmas song. 
Warm holiday attire is encouraged. 

as the concert concludes with a Yule 
Log sing-along outside the theater. 

All Bay Area military are in¬ 
vited and urged to bring their fami¬ 
lies and guests. As in the past, people 
attending the concert are being asked 

to bring canned food that will be 
shared with those less fortunate 
during this season. For further in¬ 
formation, please cotnaci uic r-ra— 
val Base Public Affairs Office at 
(415) 395-3928 orAV 475-3928. 

Romania.. .from page 3 

fessionals are the professors of 
kinesiotherapy and sport. These 
individuals are highly trained in 
body movement and exercise and 
well trained in anatomy. 

Unfortunately, under the 
Causescu regime, training of Ro¬ 
manian citizens as professors of 
kinesiotherapy and sport was 
banned 15 years ago. So the pro¬ 
fessors practicing today have had 
little opportunity to upgrade their 
education or skill level. With the 
recent changes in Romania many 
of the best of these specialists 
have begun to study abroad or 
have been trained by other spe¬ 
cialists within their own country. 

I can’t emphasize enough the 
skill and talents this unique group 
of people possess. As I watched 
one of the professors working with 
children, using only her hands and 
her wits, it became clear to me 
that we could learn much from the 
Romanian “physical therapists." 

It was a singular experience to 
teach classes with these profes¬ 
sors. It took two or three encoun¬ 
ters to really get people to speak 
freely. But, once we started com¬ 
municating openly I was amazed 
to see the depths of their dedica¬ 

tion and skill. From smuggled cop¬ 
ies of journal articles and word of 
mouth many of the professors had 
followed the changes in modem 
physical therapy, but were hesitant 
to demonstrate skills, learned from 
a book, that they had never seen in 
practice. They should not have hesi¬ 
tated for a moment. 

When you, as teacher, realize 
that your “students” know as much 
or more about your subject than 
you do, there is a moment of truth. 
From that moment on, we all be¬ 
came students as well as teachers. 
Although their methods for mobi¬ 
lizing joints and doing various 
therapeutic procedures differed 
from what I had learned, the tech¬ 
niques were clinically sound. This 
outstanding group of people had 
learned many of today’s skills with¬ 
out the biases that are built into the 
teacher/student relationship. If we 
could tap into their knowledge be¬ 
fore too many of us so-called 
“teachers” alter their approaches, 
we might all become better health 
care practitioners. 

I wish I could say that all the 
health care workers I encountered 
were as inspiring as the professor 
of sport that I have referred to 

above. The work atmosphere, in a 
strictly socialist environment, is 
very different from a free enter¬ 
prise venture. With little incentive 
for increased professional growth, 
many workers were used to only 
putting in their time and going 


The only way to overcome this 
laissez-faire attitude would be to 
provide professional incentive and 
stimulate personal pride in a job 
well done. The primary goal of 
physical therapy education from 
Westerners in Romania today 
should be to reki ndle pride in physi¬ 
cal therapy professionals. If the 
people I worked with are represen¬ 
tative of health care professionals 
in general, the rekindling will take 
very little effort. 

A warning is necessary. Do not 
be deceived by the foreboding ar¬ 
chitecture that dominates 
Bucharest, or the serious demeanor 
on most peoples’ faces. Within the 
dark buildings and the somber looks 
are hearts of gold and smiles that 
are felt deep within the soul and 
readily shared with those who care 
to look for them. 

A sailor off duty pays silent homage to veterans of five wars as 
he studies the display prepared by the Public Affairs Office in 
honor of Veterans day. (Official U.S. Navy photo by A* 

Chaplain Corps. ..... from page 1 


See your history displayed 

The Public Affairs Department welcomes the loan of interesting Navy 
historical artifacts (newspaper clips, scrapbooks, photographs, vintage uni¬ 
forms, etc) for use in a display located in the lobby of NA VHOSP Oakland’s 
main hospital. Anyone who owns such items and would like to see them 
displayed, please contact the hospital’s community relations coordinator, 
Andree Marechal-Workman, at (510) 633-6683. 

visitations," she said. “QA has 
helped us to track, to see that the 
things we are trying to do are actu¬ 
ally increase in wor¬ 
ship services..." 

Chaplain Krekelberg was sure 
that QA would help in the case of 
her predicted decrease of one billet 
in her department. “There’s no need 
tore-invent the wheel,” she quipped, 
“and QA will help us to focus on 

what it is we need to do instead of 
spinning our wheels." 


birthday Navy 

Merry Christmas anc[ a Happy New Year 


The Navy's first commissioned hospital ship 


Vol. 4 NO. 17 

Naval Hospital Oakland, California 

December, 18 1992 

Hospital medics join the Marines 

In support of Operation Restore Hope. 15 medical 
personnel from NAVHOSP Oakland departed Decem¬ 
ber 8. for Camp Pendleton in San Diego. From Camp 
Pendleton they will soon leave for Somalia to provide 
medical services to U.S. Marines scheduled to deploy to 
Somalia over the next few weeks. The medical person¬ 
nel consisted of three doctors, one nurse and 11 corps- 

If anyone would like to write to the personnel that 
have departed, the address is as follows: 

Rank/Name, USN 

Attn: Alpha/Bravo company or 

H+S Det (if company unknown) 

First Medical Battalion 
UIC: 42318. Box 86 
FPO AP 96610-0086 

(Limit on incoming mail is 11 oz.) 

Departing medical team, back row left to right: HM3 Darrel Pace, HN Clifford Faucheux, HN Jose Ramires, HM3 
Timothy Si Ivey, CD R Greg Heise, HN Bryan Mucica,LCDR David Adkison,and LT Curtis Anderson. Front row left 
to right: HN Patrick Gorslene, HM3 Nicole Welch, HM1 Danette Wheller, HM3 Cynthia Nacht, LT Pamela Trahan. 
Posing with the departing medical team is NHO’s Commanding Officer, RADM William A. Buckendorf. 

PMUryanand Lynn Mucica’s 8 month-old daugh¬ 

A final hug for LT Curtis Anderson from his wife Malinka. 

RADM William A. Buckendorf givesafinalfew wordsof advice to HM3Timothy Silvey and LT Pamela 

oliday greetings from the XO 

Christmas trees are decorated 
with tinsel and Chanuka candles 
are lit to celebrate the holiday sea¬ 
son. In the malls, children sit on 
Santa’s lap and whisper their se¬ 
cret wishes. Moms and dads wrap 
presents by the dozen, folding and 
unfolding, transforming those or¬ 
dinary boxes into magical bright 
toy$...wrapping... wrapping... as 
toe holidays draw nearer. 

As most of the Western world 
wraps holiday presents, we wrap 
up a very good year at Naval Hos¬ 
pital Oakland. It started in Janu- 
ar y. first with the opening of a 
brand new. state-of-the an. branch 
medical clinic at Treasure Island, 
followed by the inspector general 
granting a passing grade to the 
command. In July, the hospital 
celebrated its 50th Golden Jubilee 
with much fanfare, bringing old 

friends and former employees who 
started it all back to Oak Knoll to 
participate in the commemoration 

1992 was indeed a very busy, 
productive year. We had over 1,000 

One significant milestone was 
the brand new cardio thoracic sur¬ 
gery program that provides unique 
possibilities for new heart proce¬ 
dures — percutaneous 
transluminal coronary angioplasty 
(PTCA, or balloon dilation of 
blocked arteries), a procedure that 
replaces certain types of bypasses. 
Close to 100 PTCAs were per¬ 
formed in addition to nearly 130 
bypass procedures since the open¬ 
ing of the program in July. 

Another ’’first” was the acqui¬ 
sition. by the Nephrology Depart¬ 
ment, of a new type of hemodialysis 

machine that reduces the dialysis 
process by nearly two hours. 

Our personnel were also in the 
forefront this year: among others, 
two resident urologists who won 
top honors in national and regional 
research competitions and Millie 
Turner, an American Cancer Soci¬ 
ety volunteer at NAVHOSP Oak¬ 
land, who was honored in the tele¬ 
vision special “For Those Who 
Care” on Dec. 5th. 

Finally, we made significant 
strides in TQL. We provided aware¬ 
ness training for 359 staff mem¬ 
bers; trained another 58 in the role 
and development of team leader¬ 
ship and 25 more as advanced fa¬ 
cilitators. We also chartered three 
Process Action Teams (PATs). One 
of those is examining delinquent 
inpatient medical records; another 
is investigating safety deficiency 

follow ups and a third is exploring 
the enlisted check-in process. 

The Command ’ s annual Christ¬ 
mas party was held on Dec. 12. I 
can’t help but wish that its spirit 
will stretch far into the New Year. 

However, as we approach the 
holiday season, I worry about those 
statistics on alcobol-drug-related 
accidents that are reaching alarm¬ 
ing proportions. Many of you will 
be going on leave to spend time 
with your families and 
times driving long distances in haz¬ 
ardous weather. So, please, be care¬ 
ful and remember that alcohol, 
drugs and gas don’t mix. 1 want to 
see all of you hale and hearty in 
1993, and feel dutybound to add 
caution to my greetings. 

I hope the holiday season will 
be a happy occasion for all of you. 
Be merry, be happy but. please, 

heed the statistics and act accord¬ 
ingly. Come back rested and re¬ 
freshed, ready to begin our next 50 
years with enthusiasm. Our patients 
have come to expect the best from 
us. They deserve nothing less. 


Oak Knoll viewpoints . 

page 2 

Sailor of the Month . 

page 3 

Smokeout . 

page 4 

Christmas decorations.... 

page 5 

Happy birthday . 

page 6 

Continuing education . 

page 7 

FSC programs . 

page 7 

Plus and minus . 

page B 

December is Drunk and Drugged Driving Prevention Month 

Page 2 

Red Rover 

December 18,1992 

Oak Knoll Viewpoint 

Do you believe in Santa Claus ? 

Ira Jean Anderson 
Supervisory Budget 

ABH2 Margret Arriola 
Director of Financial 
Management Secre¬ 

Sure I do. 

Lt. Julian Lalvan 
Head Fiscal Department 

Stan Jones 

LCDR Robert J. 

Director of Financial 

Yeah, when I was 
younger, around six years- 
old, I did. 

Of course I do, everybody 

Yeah, of course. As a 
matter of fact I spoke to 
him last night. 

Sure. I believe in the 
spirit of Christmas. 

From the 

Command Senior Chief 

I am writing this column to 
task each and everyone of you 
to enjoy the holidays. Be safe 
and try to help those in need. If 
you are traveling by car or 
plane, take your time and be 

♦ r» t boro in 

the same situation. It seems as 
if every year the weather turns 
bad, airports close and leave 
people in frustrating situations. 
Tempers flare and dumb things- 
happen. Please do not become a 

I am sure most of you are 
looking forward to many par¬ 
ties and the chance to socialize 
with loved ones and close 
friends. Please, do not drink 
and drive. Ask yourself these 

G. D. Chapman 

questions: Am I driving? Do I 
have a designated driver? Ami 
driving for others? The roads 


Media relations guidance 

Recently, the nation’s media has focused on the Navy for several 
reasons. Locally, the Public Affairs Office has been queried for 
permission to come on board NAVHOSP Oakland’s compound to 
speak to sailors about the news items. Since these incidents do not have 
a direct impact upon this command or its personnel, these requests have 
been denied. The more tenacious reporters then resort to approaching 
sailors off the compound. 

Please remember that when in uniform, or when you are identified 
as a sailor, you represent the entire United States Navy. If you are 
contacted by the media for any reason, please contact the Public Affairs 
Office for guidance. Point of contact is the public affairs officer, Mike 
Meines. who represents NAVHOSP Oakland, its tenant commands 
and branch medical clinics. He can be reached at (510) 633-6146. 

turn slick with rain, snow or ice 
and all your faculties must be 
able to respond instantly, with 
no hesitation. I truly want all of 
you back safe and sound to start 
a bright new year. 

Fnr thncp u/hn clay h<® hi nrl 

the reduced staff and patient 
workload will give you in¬ 
creased time off — giving you 
more time to dwell on the 
thought of being with a friend 
or. in some cases, alone. I em¬ 
phasize "alone” because, at this 
time of year, depression has the 
potential to increase three-fold. 
Please, stay in contact with your 
friends and, if you note any 
changes in personalities, let 
someone in your chain of com¬ 
mand know immediately. That 
way. if help is needed, they can 
receive it as soon as possible. 

Not wanting to ramble on, I 
wish you all a very Merry 
Christmas and a Happy New 
Year. I look forward to work¬ 
ing with all of you in the New 

Listening Box 

Recently the command received two questions about a 
statement in the POD regarding music being played too loud 
in privately-owned vehicles on base and a strong message 
about tickets and the California Vehicle Code (CVC) 27007. 
The questions were as follows: 

* What is exactly stated in the CVC 27007? 

The code states, “no driver of a vehicle shall operate or 

permit the operation of any sound amplification system that 

can be heard outside the vehicle from 50 feet or more. Ev¬ 
eryone is reminded that, while the CVC states “50 feet or 
more,” this command is a hospital, and in respect for our 
patients, should be treated as a quiet zone. Excessive noise can 
be disruptive to the patients. 

* On base, who gets to make these decisions and what 
guidelines shall this person follow? 

On this base as on any military installation, the commanding 
officer assumes full responsibility for the Morale, Welfare and 
Safety of all patients, staff and visitors. Decisions are based on 
applicable federal, military, state and command laws, regula¬ 
tions, policies and instructions. As stated above, this is a 
hospital quiet zone, and the comfort of our patients may guide 
the decision. If the music is loud enough to be heard inside this 
building with the windows closed, it is too loud. 

S/ RADM William A. Buckendorf 

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Patient Appointment System 

To schedule and cancel all clinic appointments, 


(510) 633-6000, 
Monday through Friday, from 

8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. 

No more busy signals!!!! 
Speak directly with 
an appointment clerk. 


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J02Stephen Brown 
MM2 John Dziki 

December 18,1992 

Red Rover 

Page 3 

HM3 David Brown is Sailor of the Month 

B* Vndrce 

\fare chal- Workman _ 

HM3 David Brown, who said 
he learned wisdom at his 
grandfather's knee, cites his re¬ 
cruiter. his “first chief." his 
former squadron medical offi¬ 
cer and his "masonic back¬ 
ground” as strong forces that 
Influenced his Navy career. He 
j S NAVHOSP Oakland’s No¬ 
vember Sailor of the Month, 
jhis is the second time in eight 
months he has been the Sailor 
of the Month. He was selected 
in the E3 category in April 
1992, and again in November, 
after he was promoted to hospi- 
lal corpsman third class. 

-J was raised by my grand¬ 
parents.” he said, explaining 
that being associated with older 

HM3 David Brown 

people kept him from the influ¬ 
ence of his peers. He added that 
his deceased grandfather, LCDR 
Maurice Bellamy, Supply 
Corps, USN (Ret.), had been 

in the Navy for about 24 years. 

According to hisdivision of¬ 
ficer, LT Gregory Simpkins, 
MC, HM3 Brown is leading 
petty officer for the orthopedic 
surgery clinic, on 7W, "expertly 
supervising the 17 junior corps- 
men assigned to the ward.” a 
job which the lieutenant says is 
“normally held by hospital 
corpsman second class or 

Among the reasons for nomi¬ 
nating him. LT Simpkins cites 
his involvement with social 
activities on and off the base; 
for example, his volunteering 
to serve as a member of the 
Command Bachelor Enlisted 
Quarters Advisory Board, and 
his off duty work with orphaned 
children through his association 
with the Prince Hall Masons. 

The native of Minneapolis, 

Minn, never had second 
thoughts after joining the Navy 
in 1988, and his first tour aboard 
the USS Fife (DD-991) in 
Yokosuka, Japan, is what stands 

Not only is he now a 
corpsman, he ’salso 
well on his way up 
the career ladder. 

out as the factor that motivated 
his choice of the Navy medical 
field. "1 was undesignated when 
1 was assigned to the USS Curts 
[FFG-38] after boot camp," he 
said, clarifying the latter was 
deployed at the time, so he was 
sentTAD to the USS Fife, where 
he stayed until he entered the 
Naval School of Health Sci¬ 

ences, San Diego Detachment, 
at Oak Knoll. 

“My squadron medical offi¬ 
cer, LT (later LCDR) Francis 
McGuigan. MC. influenced me 
to come to Corps School." HM3 
Brown said. “I learned every¬ 
thing about being a corpsman 
from him and from HMC [now 
HMCS) Alfonso Miciano, who 
also taught me the ways of ‘the 
old Navy’. I knew nothing about 
giving a shot, I knew nothing 
about medical records...” 

But it didn’t take HM3 
Brown long to learn the way of 
Navy Medicine. He’s already 
taken the exam for 2nd class 
and said he has no doubt that he 
will pass. “I want to advance in 
the Navy," he said with convic¬ 
tion, “ and my ultimate goal is 
to become a chief petty offi¬ 

December is drunk driving prevention month 





Four wheel 



• • 



motor vehicle 










By Andree Marechal- 

As we approach the holiday 
season the high incidence of al¬ 
cohol related accidents has been 
alarming and will continue to 
rise. In 1991. there were 37 driv¬ 
ing related fatalities in the Pa¬ 
cific Fleet. Twenty-three, or 
62%. of these involved alcohol. 
Some states have recently low¬ 
ered their legal intoxication lev¬ 
els from .10 to .08 blood 
alchohol content. This shows a 
genuine interest by state agen¬ 
cies to eradicate a problem 
which is not only in the private 
sector, but affects military ac¬ 
tive-duty population as well. 

This theme is 
not a new 
concept at Naval 

The following table emanat¬ 
ing from Commander-in- 
eral Administration Department 
provides a break-down of Navy 
military motor vehicle deaths 
and injuries to date for the pe¬ 
riod Jan. - Sept. 1992. 

Expanding on the concept of 
Awareness Week observed for 
the past 11 years, and in order 
to halt this destructive death 
march, the month of December 
has been designated as National 
Brunk and Drugged Driving 
Prevention Month (3D Month). 
The theme for this year’s 3D 
Month campaign is "Let’s take 
island. Friends don’t let friends 
dfive drunk " 

This theme is not a new con¬ 
cept at Naval Hospital Oakland. 
In fact, according to HMC Dou¬ 
glas H. Cassel. the command’s 
Brug Alcohol Program Advisor 
( DAPA), it harks back to 1970, 
w hen. in an effort at 
deglamorizing alcohol and drug 
'-onsumption. NAVHOSP Oak¬ 
land instigated a number of 
^‘vy-mandated initiatives. 
Among those are; 

Navy Alcohol Drug 
s afety Action Program 

^ A I) s A P ) — a one-week class 

offered on base to both military 
and civilians. 

* Strong DUI/DWI (driv¬ 
ing under the influence/driv- 
ing while intoxicated) policy 
and collaboration with civilian 
law enforcement agencies. 

* Morale Welfare Recre¬ 
ation constrainsts on alcohol 
sales/server training. 

* Policy to include soft 
drinks at official functions. 

* Changes in chief petty 
officers’ initiation ceremo¬ 

* Policy to serve food 
when alcohol is sold. 

“Of all these activities, 
NADSAP is by far the most pro¬ 
ductive,” HMC Cassel said, ex¬ 
plaining that the class earns two 
college credits for those who 
attend, “something that look 
good on their brag sheets, 
(evaluations), as well as a 
chance to wear civilian clothes 
for the week. “Esssentially, we 
take them (the students) out of 
their jobs and provide them with 
a setting where they have to 
make an honest appraisal of 
their drinking habits and see 
how alcohol has impacted their 
lives.” HMC Cassel continued. 

The DAPA said that, al¬ 
though the class takes care of 
the State-mandated driver im¬ 
provement requirement, free of 
charge, for those who have been 
charged with a DUI, he highly 
recommends this awareness 
training as a preventive method 
to avoid that fateful conviction. 
"They should go to any length 
to avoid the DUI.” he said, “enu¬ 
merating the effects the convic¬ 
tion carries with it — suspen¬ 
sion of driver’s license on and 
off base, increase in insurance 
rate and Captain’s Mast for 
convicted DUIs with publicized 
sentences in the POD. “Not only 
does it adversely affect their 
lives and careers, most of all it 
gives a negative image of the 
U.S. Navy.” 

Since the holiday period has 
historically shown the highest 
rale of DW1/DUI involvement, 
the DAPA also reminds 
NAVHOSP Oakland sailors of 
two preventive measures that 
are available to them; (1) The 
OOD’s desk will send a duty 
driver to rescue intoxicated ser¬ 
vice members who call (510) 

633-5440; (2) Club Knoll has 
instigated a "designated driver 
program." whereby, according 
to Assistant Club Manager 
Cindy Hudson, the designated 
driver is provided with free soft 

It it the Navy's goal to have 

a mishap-free holiday season. 
Le’t make an all hands effort at 

work and at home to drink in 
moderation, to drink responsiby 

and, if help is needed, to take 
advantage of the prevention pro¬ 
grams offered by the command. 
Increased awareness now will 

pay large dividends in terms of 

lives saved and will set the stage 

for for more orevention of drunk 
driving throughout the new 


Best wishes for a very happy, 
healthy and spirit-free holiday 

1992 Christmas tree lighting 

The donators of NAVHOSP Oakland's 1992 Christmas tree, Carlo Rovetta, Richard Ratto 
and Joe Ratto of the Veteran’s Hospital Christmas Tree Fund, stand before it with HMCS 
Gary Chapman, Command Senior Chief, CAPT Nole Hyde, Executive Officer and RADM 
William A. Buckepdorf, Commanding Officer. 

RADM William A. Buckendorf carols along during the Christmas tree lighting ceremony. 

Page 4 

Red Rover 

December 18,1992 

Great American Smokeout 

On display were a non-smokers lung, a smokers lung and a cancer 

Kaye Rosso, an American Cancer Society (ACS) volunteer, presents RADMBuckendorf, with an award 
in recognition of hisefforts in setting policies which will lead NA VHOSPOakland to being a smoke-free 
workplace by 1993. Present during the ceremony are (from left to right) LCDR Richard Burton, 

Preventative Medicine Department Head, Aggie Freeman, Patient Educator, Priscilla Banks, of the 
Aiameaa county Ats.tAn uavia Moyer, internal Medicine department, and Sheryl Kramer, 

Director of ACSCancerControl. 

By LaRell Lee 

On Dec. 2. NAVHOSP 
Oakland’s commanding officer, 
RADM William A. Buckendorf hit 
the six-month mark for being to¬ 
bacco-free. Although he lacked six 
months to qualify as as one of the 
command's 225 success stories (a 
person isn’t considered a total suc¬ 
cess until he/she has been smoke- 
free for one year), he is to be 
congratulated because of his posi¬ 
tive role model for the troops. 

“The admiral quit smoking July 
2. He’s our most successful ex¬ 

ample,” said LCDR Richard Bur¬ 
ton, MSC, head of the hospital's 
Preventive Medicine Department, 
when discussing the American 
Cancer Society-initiated “Great 
American Smokeout.” 

During the smokeout program, 
which falls on the third Thursday 
of November, smokers are encour¬ 
aged to stop smoking for at least 
one day. In recognition of the event, 
on Nov. 19, NAVHOSPOakland’s 
honored graduates of the smoking 
cessation program and displayed 
information about the program in 
the lobby of the hospital, at both 
the main and the Emergency en¬ 

While in the lobby I met two 
petty officers who had started to 
quit smoking that very day, HM3 
Ralph Brooks and STS2 Reuben 
Gibson. I also met FR Chris 
Goodman who had been “smoke- 
free” for exactly five months, one 
week and three days. Along with 
Helen Keltner. he was awarded a 
pin by Patient Educator Aggie Free¬ 
man for being smoke-free for a 
minimum of 90 days. 

Keltner, who is a retiree family 
member, was a smoker for 50 years. 
“My six children are very happy 
that I quit...I wouldn’t let them 

Both Keltner and Goodman are 

graduates of a smoking cessation 
program called “Fresh Stan Plus” 
that is offered at NAVHOSP Oak¬ 
land. “Fresh Start Plus” is a peer 
education program sponsored by 
the American Cancer Society. 

Breaking the dependency of to¬ 
bacco, staying tobacco-free forever 
and planning ahead for weight and 
stress management are three goals 
that the program tries to accom¬ 

Point of contact for more infor¬ 
mation about the NAVHOSP 
Oakland’s smoking cessation pro¬ 
gram is Aggie Freeman, RN. She 
can be reached at her voice phone. 
(510) 801-5545. 

HM3 Ralph Brooks and STS2 Reuben Gibson made the decision to 
quit smoking on November 19,1992. 

Aggie Freeman congratulates Helen Keltner (a graduate of the 
program) for being a success. 

Infra-red rendition of 
Naval Hospital Oak¬ 
land by HM2 James 
K. Sandridge. 

December 18,1992 

Red Rover 

Page 5 

HN Jason Fox, HM3 Aquiles Faustino and HMC Terrence Lerma are putting on the final touches on Naval School of Health 
Science’s Christmas tree. (Official U.S. Navy photos byMM2John Dziki) 

Seasons greetings from LT Mark Copen haver and Dr. Todd Olsen, M.D.of 6- 

Happy holidays from WOl Melissa Busbee and Francene Henderson 
of 7-East Pediatrics. 

Santa Claus checks a Christmas fax from someone at NIIO. 

Commanding Officer, RADM William A. Buckendorf lights NA VIIOSP Oakland’s 1992 
Christmas tree as LT Francis Walsh and LT Anne Krekelberg look on. 

Page 6 

Red Rover 

December 18,1992 

Happy Birthday Hospital Ship Red Rover 

By Andrce 

Dec. 26 marks 130th anniversary 
of the commissioning of the Civil 
War hospital ship. Red Rover — the 

ship that provided the inspiration for 
the name of our command newspa¬ 

According to Navy historical 
records, the Red Rover was the mar¬ 
vel of her time — a genuine floating 

palace for the wounded 

"She's decided to be the most 
complete thing of the time that ever 
floated and is (in) every way a de¬ 
cided success." wrote Capt. Wise, 
assistant quartermaster of the Red 

Rover in 1862. "She has bathrooms, 
laundry, elevator for the sick from 
the lower to upper deck, amputating 
room, nine different waterclosets. 
gauze blinds to the window to keep 
the cinders and smoke from annoy¬ 
ing the sick, two separate kitchens 
for the sick and well, a regular corps 
of nurses...." And, unlike contempo¬ 
rary hospital ships, “she was armed 
with a 32-pound gun," according to 
Navy Ships History records. 

Red Rover was built in Port 
Girardeau, Mo. in 1859. The origin 
of its name is unknown; however, a 
popular nautical tale about the Ameri¬ 
can Revolutionary War entitled‘‘Red 
Rover” provides an important source 
of speculation. Written by James 
Fenimore Cooper in 1827, the novel 
draws upon seafaring folklore, and 
concerns a friendly buccaneer — 
someone Warren S. Walker calls “. ..a 
hero American revolu¬ 
tionary bom several decades too 

According to Walker, at the time. 
“...American readers responded 
readily to tales of buccaneering for 

the subject had become entwined 
with the history and legend of the 
new nation." How tempting it is. 
then, to see the builder of the Red 
Rover as a patriot — as Cooper's 
fervent admirer, who named his ship 
in homage to a contemporary hero 

After its capture from the Con¬ 
federacy. Red Rover was transf(Mined 
into a fully equipped medical facility 
and attaclied to the Navy, the Red 
Rover is gone but she is not forgot¬ 
ten. She liveson in the consciousness 
of the men and women of the U.S 
Navy who know her history. She 
may live on in American literature; 
in English children folklore and the 
Red Rover tug of war chant. 

But. most ofall. she liveson in the 
pages of Naval Hospital Oakland’s 
base newspaper, our own Red Rover. 

(Editor’s Note: Reference for James 
Fenimore Cooper’s novel is, J. 
Finimore Cooper, Red Rover, (Tales 
of the Sea), University of Nebraska 
Press, 1963. (Library of Congress 
Catalog ft63-14695). with "Intro¬ 
duction”’ by Warren S. Walker.) 

Chaplains Corner 

Self-sacrifices will be rewarded 

Religious Services 

Catholic Mass 

Christian Fellowship 
Christian Communion 
Protestant Worship 







8:30 a.m.-Noon 
11 a.m. 

11 a.m. 

10:30 a.m. 

AU services meet in the Chapel of Hope, third deck. Bldg. 
500. Information for worship services for all faith groups is 
available at (510) 633-5561. All services meet in the Chapel 
of Hope, third deck, Bldg. 500. Information for worship 
services for all faith groups is available at (510) 633-5561. 

By LCDR Peter Nissen, CHC 

During a dark, stormy night, with 
the wind blowing in all directions, an 
elderly man and his wife were des¬ 
perately seeking a room for the night. 
It was a busy tourist season and noth¬ 
ing was available. Wet and tired they 
walked up to the desk of a small hotel 
in Philadelphia. Half in apology the 
man asked: “Can you possibly give 
us a room? All the big hotels are 
filled.” “Every room is taken sir,” 
replied the clerk, “but I will not send 
you out in the rain at one o’clock in 
the morning. Tell you what: you can 
sleep in my room.” “But where will 
you sleep?" asked the older couple. 
“Oh. I’ 11 make out.” replied the young 
clerk, “don't worry about me.” 

The next morning as the guest 
paid the bill, he told the young man 
who had given up his room: “You are 

the kind of manager that should be 
the boss of the best hotel in the United 
States. Maybe some day I will build 
one for you." The clerk laughed and 
thought the man was just joking! 

A couple of years later the clerk 
received a letter. In this letter there 
was a round trip ticket to New York. 
There was a note from the guest of 
that stormy night asking the clerk to 
meet him in the big city. The old man 
led the young man to the comer of 5th 
Ave. and 34th St. Pointing to a tower¬ 
ing new building, the old gentleman 
declared: “There is the hotel that I 
have built for you to manage.” 

Almost speechless, the young 
man. George C. Boldt. stammered 
his thanks. His benefactor was Wil¬ 
liam Waldorf Astoria. The hotel was 
the largest and most elaborate of its 
day. It was the original hotel that we 
know as the Waldorf Astoria. 

Here is a striking proof of God’s 

call to us. Any self-sacrifice on our 
part will be rewarded. Maybe we will 
not have a reward such as the young 
clerk in this life, but we will be re¬ 
warded, everlastingly, in the life of 
the world to come. 

All of us have needs. We must 

take care of ourselves but we must 
also reach out to others with the same 
concern we have for ourselves. This 
is the season of giving and light, so let 
us endeavor to spread thoughtful con¬ 
cern to those around us. All around 
us there are people who need our 

love and help. There is a young school 
boy whose father is an alcoholic. 
That teenage girl who is confuse abut 
the meaning of life and is experi¬ 
menting w'ith drugs. A poor mother 
who is dying to eke oui a living on a 
single-parent salary. Finally, a 
middle-aged man who is changing 
his career and facing future uncer¬ 

We mustcareaboutpeople. Why? 
Because God cares. He wants us to 
see the needs of others and seek to 
love and help them. Demonstrating 
this love for others is the real proof of 
our love for God. 

In this season of giving, lets re¬ 
member all of us can benefit and 
grow in service. Find out for your¬ 
selves how true the words of the Lord 
are to us. The words that tell us any 
self-sacrifice will be reward it. Only 
you can discover yourself. God will 
never let you down. 

In Memoriam 

Friends and and colleagues of 
CDR Margaret (Peggy) Nash, 
NC, Ret. filled St. Anne's 
Catholic Church in Walnut 
Creek on Dec.9 to pay tribute 
to this galant and dedicated 
former Navy Nurse Corps WWII 
POW, who died at her home in 
Rossmoor, Calif., on Thanks¬ 
giving Day. She was the sub¬ 
ject of a lead article in The Red 
Rover’s Sept. 11, 1992 issue 
(Vol. 4 No. 13), and will be 
sorely missed by several gen¬ 
erations of Navy nurses. 

December 18,1992 

Red Rover 

Page 7 

Continuing Medical Education 

The following courses are 
among those available for con¬ 
tinuing medical education out¬ 
side Naval Hospital Oakland. 
Title, date and local ion of cou rses 
areincluded. Allareheld inSan 
Mateo, Calif. 

* Defusing Assaultive Behavior, 
Jan 5 and Feb 12.1993. Credit: 6.0 

* Central Service Technician Cer¬ 
tification Review Course. Jan 23 
through May 22. 1993. 

* ACLS Provider and Renewal/ 
BLS-C Provider Renewal. Jan 8. 
12and28 and Feb I. 1993. Credit: 
16.0 for provider and 6.0 for re¬ 

* Death and Dying. Jan 13.1993. 
Credit: 6.0 

* Assertiveness Training for 
Health Care Providers. Jan 14 1993. 
Credit: 6.0 

* 12 Lead EKG Interpretation, 
Jan 15. 1993. Credit: 6.0 

* Level 11 Nursery Nurse, Jan 19. 
20. 26. 27 and Feb 2 and 3. 1993. 
Credit: 30.0 

* Basic Life Support Instructor, 
Jan 21, 1993. Credit: 6.0 

* Basic Life Support-C for Health 
Care Professionals. Jan 22 and Feb 
16. 1993. Credit: 6.0 

* Critical Care Nursing. Feb 3.4. 
10. 11. 18. 25 and March 10. 11. 
17.24.1993. Credits vary from 6.0 
to 30.0 

For further information about 
these courses (including fees) con¬ 
tact Tina Cornier in the Command 
Education Department at (510) 

Alsoavailablcarc the follow¬ 

* Intermediate Navy Leader De¬ 
velopment (INAVLEAD) Course 

The INAVLEAD Course 93035 
will be held in San Diego, March 
8-19, 1993. This course is for 
medical department officers serv¬ 
ing as department heads or in other 
supervisory positions, 04 and be¬ 
low. Competencies will be taught 
using experiential learning to il¬ 
lustrate skills leading to outstand¬ 
ing performance. Funding is with 

the individuals commands. 

* Strategic Medical Readiness 
Contingency Course (SMRCC) 

The SMRCC 93015 course will 
be conducted in Bethesda, March 
8-19, 1993. This course is for 
senior medical department offic¬ 
ers holding or ordered to top man¬ 
agement billets related to opera¬ 
tional medicine. Emphasis will be 
on the development of skil Is needed 
to meet operational support and. in 
particular, contingency planning; 
familiarization with the complex 
socio-political environment; with 
current Department of Defense 
policy, strategy and practices and a 
working knowledge of Navy op¬ 
erational support planning. Par¬ 
ticipants in SMRCC must hold a 
secret clearance. Funding and con¬ 
tract quarters are provided by 

Nominations must be submit¬ 
ted to the Command Education 
Department no later than Jan 4 
1993 for processing. 

For more information or a list 
of nomination requirements, con¬ 
tact HM1 Santos or Joan Silva at 
(510) 633-5257/5264. 

Oak Knoll Briefs 

The command senior chief 
and the career counselor have 
moved into the old Safety Of¬ 
fices, on the third deck, next to 
the Navy Exchange. Theirphone 
numbers remain the same— CSC: 
633-5324 and CCC: 633-8290. 
Slop by and check out their new 

Veteran Benefit Act of 1992 
(Public Law 102-568) authorizes 
an additional $100,000 of 
Servicemens Group Life Insur¬ 
ance (SGLI) coverage for all eli¬ 
gible active and reserve mem¬ 
bers effective Dec. 1, 1992. Sig¬ 
nificant changes to Veterans 
Group Life Insurance (VGLI) and 
Dependency and Indemni ty Com¬ 
pensation (DIC) were also made 
by this acL 

* SGLI: All eligible members 
covered under the existing SGLI 
rates may voluntarily elect to in¬ 
crease their coverage to a maxi¬ 
mum of $200,000, without proof 
of good health, during the “Open 
Season” period, from Dec. 1,1992 
through March 31 1993. Mem¬ 
bers may elect a higher level of 
coverage in any even multiple of 
10,000, up to the maximum of 

200,000, at the same premium rate 
now in effect: $.80 per month for 
every 10.000, or $ 16 per month for 
$200,000 coverage. Members who 
decide to increase after March 31st 
will be required to provide proof of 
good health. Members who in¬ 
crease their SGLI coverage must 
complete a new SGLV-8286 (No¬ 
vember 1992 version) indicating 
the level of coverage desired. A 
locally reproduced photocopy or a 
copy made from a facsimile trans¬ 
mission is acceptable for the initial 
coverage increase; however, the 
new form must be filled out, upon 
local availability, no later than 
March 31,1993. Interim forms are 
available now at the Military Per¬ 
sonnel Department. 

All interested personnel are ad¬ 
vised to visit MILPERS immedi¬ 
ately in insure timely increase in 
their SGLI coverage. MILPERS 
points of contact are IIMC Johnnie 
Coleman or DKC Reynaldo 
Canalas: Commercial (510) 633- 
6018/6541; Auto von 828-6018/ 

* Veterans Group Life Insur¬ 
ance (VGLI). Effective Dec. 
1,1992, members separating from 
active duty may elect VGLI up to 

the level of SGLI coverage in 
force at the time of separation, 
including the new higher level 
($200,000) that became available 
Dec. 1, 992. The VGLI will be 
renewable in five-year terms, with 
the option to convert to a com¬ 
mercial policy at the end of each 
five-year period, or renew the 
VGLI option. Information con¬ 
cerning VGLI can be obtained 
through any Veterans Affairs 
(VA) office in the country. 

* Dependency and Indemnity 
compensation (DIC). Rates of 
DIC have been revised as of Jan. 
1, 1993. This program covers 
payments made to surviving 
spouses or dependents of person¬ 
nel or veterans who die in the line 
of duty while on active duty or 
active duty for training. Rates to 
be paid have been changed and 
depends on the paygrade of the 
sponsor. Like the VGLI, this 
program is administered by the 
Department of Veterans Affairs 

Items of Interest: The SGLI 
provides coverage for only 120 
days after discharge or retirement 
for active duly. 

FSC programs at NAVSTA Treasure Island 

Each month, FSC Naval Sta¬ 
tion Treasure Island (NAVSTA) 
FMC Treasure Island offers semi¬ 
nars. workshops and other events 
for service members and their fami- 
lies. Some are held on specific 
dates, others are on-going pro¬ 
grams. Two of the latter are listed 

* Children’s story hour is held 
every Wednesday at NAVSTA T.I. 
Service Development Center from 
3:45 to 4:30 p.m. The program is 
sponsored by the Armerican Red 

* Pre-separation briefing also 
takes place every Wednesday on 
the third deck of Building 367, 9 
a.m. to 12 noon . Service members 
who attend the briefing will learn 
about everything they’re thinking 
about as they prepare to leave ac¬ 
tive duty. This three-hour presen¬ 
tation answers some of the most 
commonly asked questions, such 
as. “how do I apply for the Reserve 
Program? How do I ship my house¬ 
hold goods? Am I entitled to Un¬ 
employed Insurance Compensa¬ 
tion? How do I file travel claims 
and more. 

There’s also a monthly Self 

Help and Resource Exchange 
(SHARE) food exchange program 
open to everyone that provides 
wholesome, well-balanced food 
packages at a minimal cost of 
$ 13.00 plus two hours of volunteer 
service. December registration 
deadline was Dec. 7th, and the next 
one is but a phone call away to 

All seminars/workshops meet 
in FSC’s Building 257. unless oth¬ 
erwise indicated. Call (415) 395- 
SI 76/89 or Autovon 475-5176/89 
to register for all programs or for 
more information. 

Family Service Center 
Alameda offers a variety 
of programs 

* It’s About Time! 

Time is of the essence... This is a workshop that will assist the 
single sailor, married military person and spouses to make time 
count in ways that matter most to you. The workshop will address 
time wasters, time-saving tips, timely reminders and time spend¬ 
ing tips. It’s About Time! Join us on Tuesday, Jan 12, 6:30-8:30 

* Ombudsman Basic I 

Basic I training will cover OPNAV Instruction 1750.1C, Navy 
Marine Corps Relief, Family Service Center, CHAMPUS, Delta 
Dental, Budgeting, Communication and more. Remember all 
spouses of CO’s, XO’s, Chaplains and CMC are encouraged to 
attend. Call by Jan 20 to attend. Saturday, Jan 23, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. 

* Ombudsman Basic II 

Basic II training will cover Spouse Employment, Navy Protocol, 
Procedures in Crisis Intervention, and much, much more. Call by 
Jan 27 to attend. Saturday, Jan 309, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. 

* Ombudsman Advance Training 

January will be a professional development course designed to 
assist in the separation of personal and professional bias. Must be 
registered by Jan 6. Saturday, Jan 9, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. 

* New Parent Series 

Alameda FSC, Branch Medical Clinic Alameda , Navy Marine 
Corp Relief Society, NAVCARE, and Naval Hospital Oakland 
have joined talents to present a New Parents Series. The first 
class, “Babies, Bottles, Bibs and You” will be on Wednesday, 
Jan. 13, 1993 6:30.-8:30 p.m. at the Alameda Family Service 
Center. Every Wednesday evening through March 3, 1993 will 
cover a different topic including “The Amazing Newborn,” “Get¬ 
ting Back in Shape,” “Intimacy and Sex after Children,” “Bay 
Area Bargains for Baby,” “Child Safety and Emergency Care,” 
“Care of the Sick Child,” and "Growing Pains.” These entertain¬ 
ing and informative seminars are presented by the Bay Area’s best 
and are free of charge. Vouchers to cover child care costs will be 
given to those who require them. 

* Positive Living 

Positive Living Group is a dedicated group of individuals 
trying to establish better lifestyle choices, through various activi¬ 
ties and group projects. Speakers are featured on various topics. 
Join this winning team. The Positive Living Group meets on the 
third Thursday of each month, Jan 21 6:30-8 p.m. 

* Relationship Enhancement 

Couples often believe that good relating happens naturally, but 
then discover in the routines of daily life that they have not been 
adequately prepared to meet the challenges of an intense ongoing 
connection. In this 3-part workshop we will focus on the nature 
and requirements of healthy relationships and aim at helping 
couples gain growth and support. Mondays. Jan 25. 7-9:30 p.m. 

* Is Stress Your Enemy? On the Job or at Home 

Fatigue, anxiety, anger and depression are common feelings 
when we are stressed. This workshop will help you learn to 
identify and deal with the stressors in your life. Wednesday, Jan 
13, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. 

* Supersitter Training 

Earn you Supersitter’s certification card during these series of 
classes. Topics include safety, child growth and development, 
feeding and changing infants and more. Must be age 12 or older 
by class date. Beginning Monday, Jan 25 through Wednesday. 
Feb 3, 3:30-5 p.m. 

* Ups and Downs of Ins and Outs 

Short separations can be harder than long deployments. Here 
is a chance to get together and discuss the adjustments and re¬ 
adjustments necessary to cope with short deployments and work¬ 
ups. Come and enjoy good conversation, coffee and dessert. 
Thursday, Jan 28. 6:30-8 p.m. 

* Yours,Mineand Ours...Issues Involved in Com¬ 
bining Families 

Combining families is happening more and more and presents 
a big challenge to all family members involved. This program is 
geared to helping the parents and address some of the relevant 
issues and explore ways of dealing with the complexity. Wednes¬ 
day. Jan 13, 6:30-9:30 p.m. 

For more information or to register for work¬ 
shops call (510) 263-3146. 

Page 8 

Red Rover 

December 18, 1992 



Plus and Minus 

By Mike Meines 

D. ’ t you just love the holi¬ 
day season? There is so many 
things to do and EAT! It’s a 
memory creating time. 1 have many 
memories of holidays past. Some 
good, some not so good and some 
I've forgotten completely. 

Used to be a law (I think) that 
Christmas stuff was not to be dis¬ 
played until after Thanksgiving. 
Now there are Christmas stores 
open all year long. S£nta Claus 
makes an appearance in the Fourth 
of July parade. 

I agonize over what to buy for 
the people that are close to me. 
I’ve never been really good at this 
part of Christmas. Carole, on the 
other hand, is fantastic. She al¬ 
ways manages to purchase the best 
presents for everyone...especially 
me. It’s sickening. I don't know 
how she does it. I've tried to fight 
this dilemma with several fool¬ 
proof plans. 

’’Hey, hon. Let’s pool our 
money together and buy an expen¬ 
sive gift for the two of us. That 
way. we can get each other some¬ 
thing nice and cut down on the 
shopping time." 

“O.K., Michael. How about a 
new VCR?” 

“Yeah. Great!” 

So. then we go out and pur¬ 
chase this VCR and naturally set it 
up immediately. It's November. I 

figure I’m safe. My children are 
older so I send them an easy It’s November 
and I'm done shopping! 

Christmas rolls around and I 
get up to find several presents un¬ 
der the tree and my stocking is 
stuffed with goodies. Every gift 
under the tree is for me. Next to my 
stocking is Carole’s. Limp. It 
looks I ike I bought her air for Christ¬ 

So I try a different tactic. 

“O.K.. let’s set a limit on what 
we can spend for Christmas. No 
more than $100. Agreed?" 

“O.K., Michael." 

I went to a department store and 
bought her a sixteenth of an ounce 
of perfume that came to $93.70 and 
several candy bars for her stock¬ 
ing. Done. Right at the limit. 

Christmas rolls around and I 
get up to find the same amount of 
presents under the tree and my 
stocking stuffed with goodies. No 
way she stayed with in the limit. 

"Hey...we had a limit, remem¬ 
ber? I know this stuff costs way 
more than the limit.” 

'Well, some of it doesn’t count 

’cause I didn’t buy it for Christ- 


“What does that mean?” 

"Remember when you told me 
you liked that jacket last Febru¬ 


“Well. I bought it." 

“You bought it and then held it 
until now?” 


I hate that. As soon as I buy it. 

I want to give it to her to prove that 
I am a shopping guy extraordiaire. 
That’s why I don't go shopping 
until Christmas Eve. Along with 
about 56.000 other males. Glassy 
eyed, totally stressed out males. 
Some guys are really good at this 
but 1 was bom without a great gift 
bone. My gift bone produces me¬ 
diocre to tacky presents. 

I’ve run out of plans. This year 
I’ve decided to go it alone. To 
brave those crazy crowds, rude 
clerks and plastic shopping malls 
and buy her a present that 1 hope 
she likes. 

The problem is...I only know 
about guy things. I could buy her a 
top of the line fishing pole...or a 
bowling ball...or some great golf know, guy 


The pressure is on. Once a 
year. I have to pretend that I know 
what I'm doing. There are a lot of 
rules. I found out the hard way that 
a vacuum cleaner is no good. Pots 
and pans are a no-no. A small 
ladder so that she can reach those 
hard places when she dusts, .not! 

Lingerie? Nah. I'm too embar¬ 
rassed to go in those places. 

Oh well. I better get 
started...wish me luck... 

“Later. Baby!” 


JOl Lorentz: Come home. Right 

MM2Dziki: How about Cole Mor¬ 

Doug MaKitten: Thanks for the 
Tasty Kakes. 

Bob Cookson: The Navy...just for 

Randy Ortega: Thanks forthecom- 

Mom: I'm not IN the Navy... I just 
work for them. 

TSP Open Season for 
civilian employees 

Open Season for the Thrift Savings Plan isfromNov. 15,1992 to Jan. 
31, 1993. During that time, eligible civilian employees will have a 
chance to start or change contributions to their retirement account. They 
will also have a chance to change the way their future payroll contribu¬ 
tions are invested in the three TSP funds, the G Fund (Government 
Securities Investment; the C Fund (Common Stock Index Investment) 
and the F Fund (Fixed Income Index Investment). 

The annual total rates of return (before expenses) for the securities in 
which those funds are invested are shown in the table below: 

G Fund 

S&P 500 




Stock Index 

Bond Index 



















' 18.55% 























annual rate 




Permanent NAVHOSP Oakland’s civilian employees who haven’t 
received TSP Season Updates, or those who need additional information, 
should contact Roberta Moore at (510) 633-6372. We should like to point 
out, however, that participant satements will not reach those who have 
not su milted a correct address to the TSP record keeper. Anyone who has 
moved, or who think his/her address is incorrect, should contact Roberta 
Moore immediately. 

Holiday Greetings to 
the island of Guam 

The island of Guam, home to a Naval Hospital, a Navy Dental Center 
and many other installations has been hit with its fifth typhoon in 87 days. 
Super typhoon Gay left the entire island without water or power. Our 
shipmates need your support. 

If anyone would like to send holiday greetings and messages of good 
will to departments or installations on Guam, the addresses are as 

ALL HANDS “Navy Rights 
and Benefits” issue available 

The combined October-November issue of All Hands magazine seems destined to become a collector's 
edition. Not because of its great rarity, but because it is devoted to a clear explanation of the rights and benefits 
available to sailors and their families. 

Designed as a career planning guide, the special “Navy Rights and Benefits” (R & B ) issue of All Hands 
contains detailed information about pay and allowances, health care, educational opportunities, and much 
more. Sections on transition assistance and retirement will be of special interest to Navy men and women 
approaching the 
end of their ac¬ 
tive service. 

Filled with in¬ 
formation of an 
enduring nature, 
the “R&B” issue 
is an excellent ref¬ 
erence source for 
Commanding Of¬ 
ficers, career 
counselors, divi¬ 
sion officers, and 
Command Mas¬ 
ter Chiefs. It will 
also be a valuable 
reference tool for 
chaplains and 
command finan¬ 
cial specialists; 
and a tremendous 
asset to sailors 
and their families 
in their personal 

The special 
“R & B" issue is 
being distributed 
through normal 
All Hands maga¬ 
zine channels 
which provide 
one copy of the 
magazine for ev¬ 
ery six sailors. 

This is the first 
magazine of its 
kind in 12 years. 


LT Edward S. Bye, MSC USNR 
Public Affairs Officer 
U.S. Naval Hospital 
FPOAP 96539-1600 

CDR Mark S. Sorin. DC. USN 
Public Affairs Officer 
Naval Dental Center 
PSC455. Box 171 
FPOAP 96540-1674 


U.S. Naval Forces Marianas 
ATTN: PAO (LT Dave Wray. 

Box 10 

FPOAP 96630-0051 

See your history displayed 

The Public Affairs Department welcomes the loan of interesting Navy historical 
artifacts(newspaperclips,scrapbooks, photographs, vintage uniforms,etc) for use 
inadisplay located in thelohhyofN AVHOSPOakland’s main hospital. Anyone who 
owns such items and would like tosee them displayed, please contact the hospital's 
community relationscoordinator,AndreeMarechal-Workman,at (510)633-6683.