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NWS Yorktown Navy Base in Yorktown, VA

 

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On Sunday, 15 APR 2018, CAPT Kosnar was invited to speak by York County Historical Committee at York Hall where he shared the history of Naval Weapons Station Yorktown.

by: Drew Robins U.S. Navy Photo / Released

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29 MAR 2018 by: LS3 Malinao, Kristoffer U.S. Navy Photo / Released

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Team Yorktown and Families;

~ WPNSTA Yorktown was represented at the Virginia Military Advisory Council on Wednesday, March 29 at USMC Base Quantico.

~ Keynote speakers included the Governor of Virginia Ralph Northam, the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Energy, Installations and Environment, Mr. Lucian Niemeyer.

~ Topics included basing decisions including possible out year Defense Base Closure and Realignment Commission (BRAC) and Joint Services execution of the Facilities Sustainment, Restoration and Modernization program and infrastructure security.

~ Pictured with Governor Northam is Mr. Drew Robins, Community Plans and Liaison Officer for WPNSTA Yorktown.

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Team Yorktown and Families;

~ CAPT Matthew Kosnar, the Commanding Officer of Naval Weapons Station Yorktown, is kicking off Sexual Assault Awareness and Prevention Month a few days early by signing our official WPNSTA proclamation.

~ Sexual Assault Awareness and Prevention Month is from the 1st to the 30th of April 2018.

~ Pictured with CAPT Kosnar are, the acting Executive Officer, Chief Warrant Officer Fernard Reed, Ms. Shannon Minor the WPNSTA Sexual Assault Response Coordinator (SARC), Mr. Jesus Garcia the WPNSTA Sexual Assault Prevention and Response (SAPR) Victim Advocate and Command Master Chief Mike Jones.

(Photos and release by Mr. Drew Robins)

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COMING SOON!
Pure Praxis social theater group will be hitting the stage at NWS Yorktown's Nelson Chapel Friday, April 13 at 8:30am in honor of Sexual Assault Awareness Prevention Month. The performance is open to Sailors, Marines and DoD Civilians.

Pure Praxis is dedicated to ending sexual assault through education & outreach.

Protecting our people protects our mission. Raise your voice for
#prevention. #SAAPM #AprilisSAAPM #EndSexualAssault

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Team Yorktown and families;

~ Naval Weapons Station Yorktown's Commanding Officer Captain (CAPT) Matt Kosnar briefed the Williamsburg Chamber of Commerce Community Leadership Service Class of 2018 at the United States Coast Guard (USCG) Training Center (TRACEN) Yorktown's Port of York All-Hands-Club on Tuesday morning the 20th of March.

~ Marine Corps Security Force Regiment's (MCSF) Commanding Officer Colonel (Col) Brian Neal and USCG TRACEN Yorktown's Executive Officer (XO) Commander (CDR) Bowen Spievack also presented briefs at the event.

~ CAPT Kosnar briefed the class and area business leaders on the history of WPNSTA Yorktown and its role in the community. These briefings were part of the Military Day requirement for the class.

~ Pictured with CAPT Kosnar are Col Brian Neal and CDR Bowen Spievack. (photos and release by Mr. Drew Robins)

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Team Yorktown and Families;

~ Naval Weapons Station Yorktown's Commanding Officer, CAPT Matthew A. Kosnar addressed the Navy League of the United States, Williamsburg - Yorktown Council on Wednesday Evening the 14th of March.

~ CAPT Kosnar presented his views on the USS Fitzgerald and USS McCain collisions, effects of the National Defense Authorization Act, and provided a geopolitical overview of Iran, Russia and North Korea.

~ Pictured with CAPT Kosnar is Mr. Norb Smith, Treasurer and Acting President of the local Council. (Photos and release by Mr. Drew Robins)

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ID Lab Ribbon Cutting
16 MAR 2018
LS3 Malinao, Kristoffer
U.S. Navy Photo / Released

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Celebrating Women's History Month
14 MAR 2018
LS3 Malinao, Kristoffer
U.S. Navy Photo / Released

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The ID Card Lab at Naval Weapons Station Yorktown will be closed Monday and Tuesday, 12-13 March 2018 and RELOCATING to Building 31A (on Main Rd., near Gate 1).
The new I(D Card Lab will reopen Wed., in building 31A at 0900.
Normal operating hours are Mon. and Fri. 0830-1530, Tue. and Thurs. 0800-1530, and Wed. 0900-1530

Team Yorktown and Families,

~ The Naval Weapons Station Yorktown (WPNSTA Yorktown) Commanding Officer, CAPT Matthew A. Kosnar and the Port Operations Officer, LT Sean A. Owens toured the operations of the George P. Coleman Memorial Bridge on Monday 05 March 2018.

~ The tour also included a bridge top view of an opening for the USS FARRAGUT (DDG 99) heading for the pier at WPNSTA Yorktown. (Photos and release by Mr. Drew Robins)

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Team Yorktown, Shipmates, Families,

~ Since March 5, 1942, the Navy has been recruiting Sailors for their construction battalions; strong, proud, hardworking Seabees with tremendous skill and experience. For over 75 years, many unsung heroes of the Navy have been the men and women of the Naval Construction Force. We celebrate their official birthday today.

~ Today's Seabees are more than living up to the standards set at places like Normandy and Guadalcanal. They're working and fighting in the harshest environments on earth and helping those in need through humanitarian efforts. Seabees are taking the American ideals of compassion and spirit where they're needed most and are leaving lasting impressions.

~ As always, the Seabees "Can Do!" spirit will drive them through any challenge our great Navy faces, and they will continue to be a primary source for Naval Expeditionary Engineering and Construction.

Seabees ~ their simple motto tells the story: "We build, we fight".

*** Happy 76th Birthday and HOORAH SEABEES! ***

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Save as a family;

~ Good savings habits start at home. Whether a family is budgeting, saving, making retirement decisions, or assessing workplace benefits, service members should share the choices they make with their children, no matter their age. It's never too early to learn the habit of saving!

Save the extra;

~ We're more likely to save a windfall than a small amount consistently over a long period of time. Hack that psychology by encouraging service members and their families to save things like bonuses, raises, and tax refunds. This tax season, they can get ahead of their financial goals by saving at least $50, and reward themselves with SaveYourRefund by entering to win one of over 100 prizes up to $10,000.

Save to retire;

~ Retirement was reported as the top savings goal for Military Savers, according to our 2017 Military Saver Survey. Beginning January 1, 2018, service members who are eligible for the new Blended Retirement System will be able to begin opting into the new system. But before they do so they need to make sure they are fully educated on all of their retirement options. Military Saves, in collaboration with the Department of Defense's Office of Financial Readiness has put together a Five-Step Blended Retirement System Checklist to Success.

Save for rainy days

~ A rainy day fund or emergency fund consists of an amount of money in a savings account separate from a checking account. For military service members, permanent change of station (PCS) moves, temporary duty (TDY), and deployments are a constant in military life. While a military paycheck is predictable twice a month, these life changes bring significant income volatility and increases or decreases in expenses, which can make a service member's budget a moving target. Service members should have funds set aside specifically or these events.

Team Yorktown and families,

~ Did you know there is a USO Pathfinder Transition Scout Office on Langley AFB? If you did not know this please read the attached flyer for the location and contact information.

~ Additionally, here is an excellant chance to have a conversation with an expert panel to get "A Military Perspective of Transition and Steps to Prepare" for the civilian sector. Time, location and RSVP information provided on the atttached flyer.

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Save the easy way... automatically!

~ It can be hard to put aside money for savings, but there is an easy way to encourage service members to save money without ever missing it by making their savings automatic in 2018. Have them set up an allotment from their pay via myPay, preferably to an account that is separate from their regular checking. Or service members can use their banking institution's bill pay system to automatically transfer money from their checking account to a separate savings account.

Team Yorktown and families,

Here are some great photos from the "Black History Month" special meal and celebration that was held on 21 Feb 18 at the Scudder Hall Galley.
(photos and release by LS3 Kristoffer Malinao)

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Team Yorktown and Families;

Naval Weapons Station Yorktown Fleet and Family Support Center is committed to helping military members to save.

The Military Saves Week is from Feb 26 to March 3. During this week each morning you will see a useful savings strategy.

Save with a plan;

~ Savers with a plan can be over twice as likely to save successfully for things like retirement. Encourage service members to start their savings habit during Military Saves Week by setting a savings goal and making a plan to achieve that goal. It all starts with taking the Military Saves Pledge, and during Military Saves Week those who take the pledge will be entered in our annual #ImSavingFor Contest for a chance to win up to $750. Our 2017 Military Saver Survey found that 58 percent of Military Savers report they are saving regularly since taking the pledge.

Team Yorktown and families,

We all know how hard it can be to manage change; either from a military transfer or the transition from military life to civilian life. Well the USO is here to help with their new USO Pathfinder program. Please see the attached flyer or go to USA.org/pathfinder.

~ Additional upcoming USO events are:

- 08 March 2018: Coffee connection for Military Spouses.

- 12 April 2018: Speed Networking for Military Spouses.

Note: As you can see from the flyers these two events are in Norfolk but the Naval Weapons Station Yorktown leadership is working on getting some of these events to be held locally.

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