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Slow Down!
New Traffic Patterns, SignS At Gales
Page 3


- ALook AtVP-45
Squadron Has Many Accomplishments In 2004
SPages 6-7


Outdoor Events
Local Park Announces New Classes
Page 11


THURSDAY, JANUARY 6, 2005


www.jaxairnews.com


TOUCHING Full-service satellite pharmacy opens

BA E ". __ By Lt. Cmdr. Louis Guarno
A; S----- ---- Naval Hospital Jacksonville Pharmacy
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MLK Observance
is Jan. 12
The NAS Jacksonville
Multi-Cultural Awareness
Committee will host a Dr.
Martin Luther King Jr.
Observance Jan. 12 from
noon to 1 p.m. at the base
chapel. For more informa-
tion, call Sylvia Kitt at 542-
0649.


Photo by HM2 Heather Hunter
Red Cross Volunteer Collette Trojanowski waits on a customer at the satellite Pharmacy drive-up window. The
satellite pharmacy will expand to full service on Jan. 10, providing full prescription services to beneficiaries with
TRICARE network providers.


he N 1aval hospital Jacxsonviie-s
Satellite pharmacy will open for
business on Jan. 10.
The facility was originally slated to
open last year but was delayed due to
unexpected funding shortfalls. The
pharmacy will fill new civilian gener-
ated prescriptions and continue to
serve as the refill pick-up site for all
refills.
"Our patients have long been await-
ing the day we open our doors for com-
plete pharmacy services at this loca-
tion," said Pharmacy Department
Head Cmdr. Robert Fuller.
The hours of operation for the 4,200
square-foot, state-of-the-art facility
will be Monday through Friday, 9 a.m.
- 6 p.m.; Saturday, 9 a.m. 3 p.m.;
closed Sunday and all federal holidays.
Fuller further explained, "The new
pharmacy will have the same patient
safety automation that the hospital's
pharmacy utilizes and offer the added
benefit of same day drop-off and pick-
up, allowing prescriptions to be filled
while our beneficiaries shop the
NEX/Commissary complex."
With the opening of the satellite
pharmacy, patients seen at the hospi-
tal will have their prescriptions filled
at the hospital while, patients seen in

See PHARMACY, Page 11


9U1UIU OtitllvU
The Jax Navy Flying
Club commenced its
"Private Pilot" Ground
School Jan. 3. The six-
week course is taught at
Herlong Airfield on
Monday & Wednesdays,
from 6- 9 p.m. Seats are
still available. For ques-
tions about ground school
or about the club, please
contact Janet Hoover the
club manager at 786-
9293.


Classes offered
at NCLC
The Navy College
Learning Center is offering
free ASVAB/ACT/SAT
prep classes. Classes
are offered Jan. 10-
21, Jan. 24-
Feb. 4 and Feb.
7-18. The ses-
sions are
Monday
through
Thursday from
8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
and Friday .
from 8 a.m. to noon.
Evening classes are
also now being offered.
Classes are available Jan.
10-27 and Jan. 31 Feb.
17. Evening sessions are
Monday through Thursday
from 4-7 p.m.
Seating is limited and
reserved on a first-come
basis. No-cost TAD orders
are required and a career
counselor must refer par-
ticipants.
These classes will help
increase scores in math,
English and reading.
Course completion meets
the requirements for retak-
ing the ASVAB test.
For more information
or to sign up, call 542-3676
or email jacksonvilleenclc@
plato.com.


announces 2004



Sailor of the Year


By /O Mike England
Assistant Editor
NAS Jacksonville announced
FC1(SW/AW) Irene Lowe as
its 2004 Sailor of the Year
Dec. 10 during a luncheon held at
the Zone.
"This is just so overwhelming.
There will be many responsibilities
with this honor. I'm really looking
forward to the challenge," ex-
claimed Lowe shortly after learn-
ing she had earned the honor.
Many people up and down the
chain of command have supported
her throughout her Naval career.
"I want to thank everyone at my
command for their support, with-
out them none of this could have
been possible," she said.
As the NAS Jacksonville Sailor of
the Year, Lowe will compete in the
Commander, Navy Region South-


east Sailor of the Year competition
in mid-January.
"I have some butterflies, but I'm
looking forward to it. This is all
something new and different," she
said.
A native of Lubbock, Texas, Lowe
joined the Navy in 1996 after grad-
uating from Crowley High School.
After completing basic training,
Lowe successfully completed her
Combat Systems Technical Core
Certification and was a distin-
guished graduate of Fire
Controlman (FC) "A" school. She
then transferred to Dam Neck, Va.
and completed FC "C" school. In
August 1998, she transferred to
USS John F. Kennedy (CV-67),
homeported at NS Mayport.
During her tour there, she was
assigned to the Combat Systems
Department and quickly advanced
to E6. Lowe's duties aboard the


Photo byJO1 Mike England
NAS Jacksonville Commanding Officer Capt. Chip Dobson (center) presents
FC1(SW/AW) Irene Lowe (right), with the 2005 NAS Jacksonville Sailor of
the Year Award Dec. 14, as the 2004 NAS Jax Sailor of the Year CS1
(SW/AW) Anthony Williams (left) looks on.
Kennedy included: supply petty all qualifications, including the
officer, physical readiness test coor- most senior qualification as brig
dinator, combat systems watch bill duty officer.
coordinator training team member. In her off-duty time, Lowe is
While aboard the Kennedy, she working hard in pursuit of a bache-
deployed off the coast of Afghani- lor's degree in addition to studying
stan in support of Operation En- for the upcoming chiefs exam.
during Freedom and was awarded "I'm pretty busy. I'm currently
a flag letter of commendation, working on my bachelor's degree
Lowe reported to her current duty and plan to graduate before I rotate
station at the Naval Waterfront back to sea duty. I'm also studying
Brig and Correctional Custody for the chief's test," Lowe said.
Unit, Jacksonville in September
2002. She aggressively completed See SAILOR OF YEAR, Page 11


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birth hospito Naval staff, the Logans were presented
'- the baby of the new year just 20 seconds after
seabag midnight NewYear's Day. Jabari Lateef
suLog a 7 lb., 5.2 ouncrib sheets, was brought
into the world in the Naval Hospital's Labor




a hand Del-knitted blant by attend sweater made by
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Practice Residents Lts. Jason Yoder and
54 .Vanessa McNair. With congratulations from
"" ,. the hospital staff,-the Logaus were presented
; ."- the baby's "First Seabag" from the Navy and


SWarine Corand Recreation (MW R) D department
seabag includonated a layett c oup on book w ith 25 discount
," -.such as blankets, crib sheets, and onesies pro-
-"'" vided by the Gerber Baby Food Company and
S-'. a hand-knitted blanket and sweater made by
Welfare and Recreation (MWR) Department
also donated a coupon book with 25 discount
coupons for various MWR facilities.
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2 JaxAIrNOWS, NAS Jacksonville, Thursday, January 6,2005


Start the new year on a positive note


By FLTCM(AW/SW)on
Thompson
he weeks of activity
gearing up for the
holidays are finally
behind us and it's time once
again to find some normal-
cy.
For many of you, I sus-
pect the transition out of
the holiday season will
come easily. After a period
of rest and relaxation most
of you are ready to get back
to work with a renewed
sense of purpose.
Having said that, some of
you may find getting back
into the everyday groove
can be a chore. Why? I
suspect there are lots of dif-
ferent reasons. Most likely,
you, like millions of others,
will soon regret the excess-
es of the season: too much
food, too many sweets, too
many commitments, just
too much everything. And
now it's time to pay the
dues.
Shipmates, when the
numbers on the scale (or
the credit card bills) start
weighing you down, how do
you cope? When seasonal
depression leaves you feel-


FLTCM(AW/SW) jon
Thompson
ing exhausted, stressed or
down and out, what do you
do to recover?
The remedy, I believe, lies
in regaining a positive out-
look and putting things in
their proper perspective.
But for recovery to take
place, you may need to
break away from some of
habits you've adopted and
implement a different
regime. Remember, a new
year means another chance
to live your life to the
fullest.
The best way I've found
to get out the "rut" is to


refocus on the basics.
First and foremost, take
care of yourself. By that, I
mean put into practice all
the things that promote a
healthy lifestyle. You know
the pitch: get plenty of rest,
exercise regularly, watch
your diet, etc.
Shipmates, I'll admit
most of you may view this
as simply common sense.
But let me ask you, do you
really expect to focus on the
task at hand when you're
not feeling your best? By
adopting a healthy lifestyle,
you'll be helping yourself
and serving as a good role
model for others.
Taking stock in the
future is also important. In
regard to your finances,
education, and career,
what's your plan for the
future? Now's a great time
to re-evaluate where you
are and where you're head-
ed. The start of a new year
is the right time to identify
the things you really want
to achieve in 2005.
While you're at it, why
not ask yourself where
you'd like to be five to ten
years from now. We all
have desires in life, so why


not take that vision and
make it a personal goal?
Then get started making it
happen!
If, by chance, you actually
made a New Year's resolu-
tion, what are you doing
today to motivate yourself
so you don't wind up with
just another unfulfilled
promise? I've believe one of
the best ways to remain
focused and committed to a
goal is to put it on paper.
Mapping out your goals
though a written "action
plan" is another good moti-
vation technique that
allows you and others to
monitor your progress.
Although you ,might be
tempted not to share your
goals with others, don't give
in. Support from friends,
family and co-workers can
often provide the positive
reinforcement we need to
keep us on track.
Shipmates, remember
that balance, variety and
moderation apply to most
things in life. Now's the
time to set your life goals
for 2005 so you can enjoy
the holidays next year!


Family Life: Single


Past Duty Stations: USS John F. Kennedy,
USS Harry S. Truman, USS Kitty Hawk

Career Plans: To earn a degree in criminal
investigations and retire from the Navy after 20


years.

i Most Ii
Ireland.

Words


interesting Experience: Visiting



Sof Wisdom: Smile, God loves you.


ON THE HOMEFRONT


Proposed New Year's resolutions for


By Sarah Smiley
Special Contributor
I'm neither prepared nor eager to
make any New Year's resolutions.
I haven't even gotten around to
dealing with last year's promises.
This is becoming quite a tradition for
me, actually-right up there with
picking the worst possible item at a
White Elephant gift exchange, and
accidentally calling my husband
"Dusty" at the squadron's holiday
party. Each year I make some prom-
ises, and each year I break them
before February. Apparently I just
don't have the follow-through neces-
sary for New Year's resolutions.
So, this year I'm taking Mom's
advice-"If you don't expect anything,
you'll never be disappointed"-and
keeping my expectations low: I'm not
making any personal resolutions for
2005.
But what would a columnist be
without an end-of-the-year re-cap or a
New Year's Resolutions list? And:
what better way to make me feel bet-
ter about myself than to pick on all us
military wives as a collective group?
So here now are my suggested resolu-
tions for all women who, like me, are
married to the Service:
Proposed New Year's
resolutions for military wives
I a proud and coura-
geous military wife (who, by the way,
knew what she was getting into when
she got married, but still reserves the
right to complain every now and
then), make the following resolutions
foi the coming year:


I will be more understanding-of
cross countries, weekend duty, night
flights, and other various unexpected
duties, and in doing so, I promise to
refrain from ever again putting my
hand on my hip and yelling, "You've
got to be kidding me," when my hus-
band calls to say he won't be home
before midnight.
I will volunteer to hold an office in
the spouse club. But more important-
ly, I promise to do so without com-
plaining to my husband or expecting
anything more than an engraved let-
ter-opener from the group.
I will stop buying everything I see
with an airplane/ship/Sailor/Soldier
theme. And just in case my mother-
in-law doesn't make the same resolu-
tion, I will no longer sell on eBay the
airplane/ship/Sailor/Soldier-themed
items she sends to us.
Speaking of eBay, I will stop
whiling away countless hours search-
ing for memorabilia with my hus-
band's class year, squadron/unit num-
ber, or other insignia on it to add to
his growing I-Love-Me room.
Instead, I resolve to frame and dis-
play some of my own degrees/needle-
point/artwork.
I will stop buying family and
friends gifts that have HS, CVN, VT,
USS, SUBRON, or other such
acronyms across the front. If they
can't read it, chances are they won't
find it nearly as interesting as my
husband does.
I will spend less time deodorizing
my husband's flight suit/uniform and
more time getting rid of all his old


the military wife
college T-shirts with holes in the arm
pit.
I will persuade my husband to stop
showing our guests piles of photo-
graphs from Pompeii, Rome and
Saudi Arabia. Furthermore, I will
encourage him to take more pictures
of people, and less of sand and monu-
ments, during his next deployment.
I resolve to keep in mind that when
my husband tells me he flew "the
longest flight ever" and that his state-
room onboard the ship was "at least
110' degrees," he is probably exagger-
ating and I shouldn't worry.
I will not sell my husband's base-
ball cards/ model airplane/ matchbox
cars/ Sports Illustrated out of spite
while he is away on a detachment or
deployment. But I make no promises
if he accidentally leaves any of his
"bachelor furniture" unattended.
But the number one thing I resolve
to do in 2005 is to remember how
grateful I am to have my husband
home this year.
I will be mindful of all the spouses
who are missing loved ones and wish-
ing them home for even just one day
(week, month, year) to see pictures of
sand and monuments and hear all
the tall tales.
I will remember that even though
my husband's I-Love-Me room is
spilling out into the family's neutral
living room zone, all his plaques and
knick-knacks represent years of sacri-
fice, hard work and friendships ... for
both of us.

Sarah Smiley can be reached for com-
ments at www.sarahsmiley.com.


HEY, MONEYMANI


Hey Moneyman:
My friend had someone
steal his identity right
before the holidays and now
he has major problems
because whoever did it stole
all the money in his check-
ing account. What can I do
to prevent this same kind of
theft from happening to me?
Moneyman Sez:
Actually, it is good that
ydfu brought this up.
Identity theft is becoming
,more and more common and
there are things that you
-can do to protect yourself.
While no one can totally
prevent this crime from
occurring, here are some
.positive steps to take which
;will decrease your risk.
The Identity Theft
Resource Center, which has
a Web site on the Internet,
has put out some useful tips
-for you to follow:
Check your credit
reports once a year from all
three of the credit reporting
agencies listed below.
Guard your Social
:Security number. When
-possible, do not carry your.
Social Security card with
you.
Do not put your SSN or
-drivers license number on
your checks.
Guard your personal
information. You should
never give your Social
Security number to anyone
.unless they have a good rea-


son for needing it.
Watch for people who
may try to eavesdrop and
overhear the information
you give out orally.
Carefully destroy papers
you throw out, especially
those with sensitive or iden-
tifying information.
Be suspicious of tele-
phone solicitors. Never pro-
vide information unless you
have initiated the call.
Delete without replying
to any suspicious email
requests. You can also block
and report Spam depending
on what type of e-mail you
use.
Use a locked mailbox to
send and receive all mail.
Reduce the number of
pre-approved credit card
offers you receive -888-
50PT OUT (they will ask
for your SSN).
If you become an identity
theft victim, there are also
steps to follow. First, you
should call your bank and
they will launch an investi-
gation. Next, you should
contact the Federal Trade
Commission. www.con-
sumer.gov/idtheft or 877-
IDTHEFT and let them
know about the crime.
They are putting together
a comprehensive study and
your information will help
others.
You may also contact our
offices via email or phone.
To contact the credit report-


ing agencies, call:
TransUnion: 800-888-
4213, www.tuc.com, (fraud
division- 800-680-7289)
TDD 800-553-7803
Experian: 888-EXPERIAN,
www.experian.com, (fraud
div.- 888-397-3742), TDD
8 0 0 9 7 2 0 3 2 2
Equifax: 800- 685-1111,


www.equifax.com, (fraud
division- 800-525-6285),
Hearing impaired- use
AT&T line. Have the opera-
tor call the Auto Disclosure
Line at 1-800-685-1111.

Any questions? Call Hey,
MoneyMan! at 778-0353.


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You are invited to the following Base Chapel Worship
Services this Saturday and Sunday:
Saturday 5 p.m. Catholic Mass
Sunday 8:30 a.m. Holy Eucharist Episcopal
9:30 a.m. Catholic Mass
11 a.m. Protestant Worship
6:30 p.m. Contemporary Service
"The Leading Edge," Hangar 749 at the Base Chapel
Center.
Protestant Sunday School program is at 9:45-10:45 a.m.,
and Catholic CCD is 10:45 a.m.-12:15 p.m.


Family Life: Married to Charles
Joyner Jr. We have a 12-year-old daughter,
Charlise.

Past Duty Stations: NAB, Norfolk, Va.

Career Plans: To become an expert in the
field of financial management, so I can become
a member-of the senior executive service.

Most Interesting Experience: Living in
London, England.

Words of Wisdom: If a task is once begun,
never leave it until it's done. Be the labor great
or small, do it well or not at all.










USO Welcome Center

Now open at

Jacksonville International Airport

Operating 9 a.m. -9 p.m. daily

Volunteers are still needed.

Contact Renie Brown, USO Welcome

Center coordinator

at 741-6655 or e-mail

usoairport@usojax.com.






NAS Jacksonville Commanding Officer....................Capt. Chip Dobson
Public Affairs Officer Charles P. "Pat" Dooling
Deputy: Public Affairs Officer Miriam A. Lareau
U.S. Naval Air Station. lacksonville Editorial Staff
Edilor Miriam S. Gallet
Assistant Editor 101 Mike England
Manager Ellen S. Rykert
Staff Writer Kaylee LaRocque
Design/Layout George Atchley, Kaylee LaRocque
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Military Services. Contents of the iU ll KIWI do not necessarily reflect
the official views of, or endorsed by, the U.S. Government, the
Department of Defense, or the Department of the Navy. The appear-
ance of advertising in this publication, including inserts or supple-
ments, does not constitute endorsement by the Department of
Defense, or The Florida Times-Union, of the products and services
advertised. Everything advertised in the publication shall be made
available for purchase, use or patronage without regard to race, color,
religion, sex, national origin, age, marital status, physical handicap,
political affiliation or any other non-merit factor of the purchaser, user
or patron. If a violation or refraction of this equal opportunity policy
by an advertiser is confirmed, the publisher shall refuse to print adver-
tising from that source until the violation is corrected.
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Friday before publication, and can be sent to jaxaimews@comcast.net
The deadline for classified submissions is noon Monday. Questions or
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JaxAir News, NAS Jad

SCWS honors 2004 Sailor of the Year


From Sea Control
Weapons School
ea Control Weapons
School (SCWS) is
proud to recognize its
2004 Sailor of the Year,
AO1(AW/SW) Corey Boss-
ardet. Bossardet was select-
ed from a highly competitive
group of peers and has dis-
tinguished himself as a
leader and a true Navy pro-
fessional.
Bossardet was born and
raised in Brunswick, Ga.
After graduating from
Salem High School in 1990,
he enlisted into the Navy
and reported to Great
Lakes, Ill. for recruit train-
ing.
Upon completion of re-
cruit training, was assigned
to the V-1 Division on board
USS Forrestal (CV-59). He
then reported to Aviation
Ordnanceman "A" School at
NATTC Millington, Tenn. in
July 1992.


AO1(AW/SW) Corey
Bossardet
After attending mainte-
nance training at NAS Cecil
Field, Bossardet reported to
VFA-15 in January 1993,
where he was advanced to
petty officer second class.
He then transferred Strike
Fighter Wing Pacific
Detachment, Fallon, Nev. in
1996.
He was introduced to the
Viking community in
January 2000, when he


reported to NAMTRA-
GRUDET at NAS Jack-
sonville for the S-3B
Armament Control and
Delivery Systems (Initial)
Organizational Mainten-
ance Course.
While at NAMTRA-
GRUDET, Bossardet re-
ceived a letter of commenda-
tion for finishing number
one in his Connector and
Wire Repair Organizational
Maintenance Course and
was named the class honor
student.
In February of that same
year, he reported to VS-31
where he advanced to first
class petty officer. He
detached from VS-31 in
January of 2004, and contin-
ued on to various training
including Basic Instructor
School and the S-3B
Armament Control and
Deliver Systems (Career)
Organizational Mainten-
ance Course before report-
ing to the Sea Control Wea-


pons School March 18,2004.
Bossardet quickly estab-
lished himself as a commu-
nity leader by demonstrat-
ing exceptional mainte-
nance prowess and profes-
sional expertise in all
aspects of Viking weapons
systems as an S-3B
weapons load instructor.
Along with these duties
and his duties as the
Ordnance Shop leading
petty officer, Bossardet has
taken on multiple collateral
duties including: command
DAPA program manager,
command senior section
leader, non-combat expendi-
ture allocation manager and
ordnance qualification/certi-
fication board member.
Bossardet is a valuable
asset to SCWS. His impec-
cable work ethic, profession-
alism and dedication to duty
clearly distinguished him as
a leader among his peers.


VR-58 Sailor comes home


Harrison returns after serving in Iraq


By Lt. Cmdr. Fred Hartzell
VR-58 Public Affairs
Aristotle once said,
"Dignity does not
consist in possessing
honors, but in deserving
them."
One particular Sailor from
VR-58 may not have his
chest adorned with medals
and ribbons just yet. But
the solemn manner in which
he assumes the podium at
quarters to address his fel-
low shipmates speaks vol-
umes about what IT2
Charles Harrison has been
through.
Harrison recently return-
ed to Jacksonville after a
seven-month assignment in
Baghdad. A computer net-
work specialist by trade, the
24 year-old Harrison volun-
teered for duty there in
April. Simply stated, "I sup-
ported President Bush and
what he was doing over
there [in Iraq]. I wanted to
be a part of it."
For one week last spring
at Fort Bliss in El Paso,
Texas, Harrison trained
with the Army, qualifying as
a marksman on the M-16
and picking up the basics
that would help keep him
alive during his tour of duty.
Assigned to help maintain
the web-based architecture
for the Strategic Force
Headquar-ters in Iraq,
Harrison wasn't sleeping in
trenches every night. In
fact, he worked in a palace


Photo courtesy of VR-58
IT2 Charles Harrison of VR-58 (fourth from left) is welcomed
home by family members, friends and co-workers after arriv-
ing home from a seven-month assignment in Baghdad, Iraq.


that formerly belonged to
Saddam Hussein. But from
Day One in Baghdad, he
was experiencing the dan--
gers of war.
Shortly after he fell asleep
the first night in his tent,
his base fell under a mortar
attack. "It was the first time
I ever feared for my life," he
said. Attacks like these, he
soon discovered, would be a
ritual occurrence.
Harrison managed to keep
ties with friends and col-
leagues in VR-58, sporadi-
cally sending pictures and e-
mailing his personal reflec-
tions of duty in Iraq. "It
helped personalize the war
for many, knowing he was
serving over there," said
YNC Monique Bowen.
Harrison's tour was unex-
pectedly extended by one
month. He was originally
scheduled to return to the


U.S. in October. "They
couldn't find a replacement
for me in time," he said.
"That got me to thinking a
lot about my family and
what I was doing over
there." Initially disappoint-
ed, Harrison soon found a
way to make peace with his
circumstances. "Getting the
job accomplished was what I
was there for. I love this
country," he added.
Harrison finally returned
to the United States Nov.
11, touching down in
Baltimore, Md. before head-
ing back to Fort Bliss for a
week of debriefing and re-
acclimation. His wife met
him in El Paso, where she
was allowed to stay with
him before returning to
Jacksonville.
Upon his return home late
at night Nov. 18, Harrison
was met at the Jacksonville


International Airport by
Cmdr. Nigel MacWilkinson,
VR-58 executive officer, and
a small crowd of friends and
supporters from the
squadron. It was a modest
but spirited hero's welcome,
replete with a waving
American flag, and plenty of
hugs and firm handshakes.
After two weeks of well-
deserved leave, Harrison
stood before his fellow
"Sunseekers" at December
drill weekend to share a few
of his impressions about the
war.
"There's a lot that doesn't
get covered in the media
about what good things are
coming out of our being over
there. The Iraqi people are
getting food. They're getting
water to drink and bathe.
Children are able to go to
schools," he remarked.
He remains a firm sup-
porter of the positive differ-
ence US and multi-national
involvement is making in
Iraq.
When asked how the
experience has changed
him, Harrison pauses for a
moment. His eyes begin to
cloud, and the words that
. eventually leave his lips
speak of the love for his
country and patriotism, but
they're drowned out by the
raw emotion he is feeling at
the moment. He collects
himself after a moment or
two, and then presses a
smile.


Slow down at new gates
From Base Safety
Every day, .at each gate, we see, what in most cases
is a beautiful dance of vehicles sliding from their
current travel lane into their preferred exit lane,
but when the music gets too fast the dance becomes
dangerous and wrecks occur.
The exit speed limits have been reduced to 15 mph to
ensure that personnel have time to perform their dance
safely, but some of you drive too fast and people just
can't seem to get into their lane until literally the last
second. Unfortunately, some don't make it. When that
happens someone looses a fight with one of the bull
noses.
The bull nose channels traffic. If you go too fast you
can't control your vehicle and dance between them.r
You can tell from this picture, there is plenty of room
to drive between them if you simply slow down.
The second issue we have at each of our new gates
also requires you to slow down. Each of the gates have
pop-up barriers in each lane. The idea is very simple:
You have a "bad-guy" who is trying to get onto, or off of,
the station and decides to drive past (run the gate) our
security personnel. The on-duty security officer reaches
out and hits a button. When that button is hit several
things happen that you need to be aware of:
1. The flashing lights on this sign stop flashing.
Their normal full cycle takes about 0.75 seconds.
2. The big red light near the top comes on.
3. The little red light on the very top will come on so
that people approaching from a feeder road can see it.
4. A siren will come on as an audible warning.
5. And all of the pop-up barriers will leap up out of
the pavement to stop the miscreant.
No matter which side of the barrier you are on, you
will be stopped too. Slow down as you approach our
new gates. If the flashing yellow lights stop flashing
and the red light goes on stop!
This type of barrier has been in use on Department of
Defense installations for some time and is safe, but you
must be aware of what is going on around you, and be
prepared to react. Of course that is supposed to be a
given anytime you are driving a motor vehicle.
This sign tells you not to stop your car over a pop-up
barrier. When activated, they are powerful enough to
literally flip your car over end-to-end.
There is enough room between the pop-up barrier and
the stop bar to allow one full size car to stop there. This
does not include a full size RV or a big pick-up truck.
The bottom line is slow down at all the gates, both
in-bound and out-bound. Your safety depends on it.


Remember to slow down when
gates at NAS jax.


Photos courtesy of Base Safety
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4 Jax Air NeWS, NAS Jacksonville, Thursday, January 6 2005


Meritorious Civilian Service Medal awarded


By Miriam S. Gallet
Editor
Long after the eight-hour
day has ended and the sun
has set, Navy watch
standers making their evening
security rounds of Building 1,
routinely find NAS Jat Security
Manager Maxine Lloyd at her
desk.
It doesn't matter whether it's a
typical weekday or the beginning
of a three-day weekend, for Lloyd,
a consummate professional, the
warfighter's mission is a serious
matter. Every security clearance
action must be completed before
going home.
Her devotion to the warfighters
paid off Dec. 15, when NAS Jax
Com-manding Officer Capt. Chip
Dobson presented Lloyd with the
prestigious Navy Meritorious
Civilian Service Medal "for her
professional achievement in the
reorganization of the security
manager's office, her drive, deter-
mination and allegiance to the
Naval Air Station mission."
Lloyd, who accepted the award
in a ceremony before NAS Jax
officers, civilian managers, co-
workers and friends, was recog-
nized for her service as the resi-
dent expert of base security man-
agement from September 2003 to
December 2004. Among her dis-


Photo by Miriam S. Gallet
NAS Jax Commanding Officer Capt. Chip Dobson pins the Meritorious
Service Medal on NAS Jax Security Manager Maxine Lloyd's collar Dec.
15.
tinctive achievements praised by kind for Lloyd, who credits her
Dobson was her work in the com- staff for her success. "It is a very
plete reorganization of the securi- high honor to receive this medal.
ty manager's office, the elimina- It caught me totally off guard,"
tion of more than 500 pending said a jubilant Lloyd. "The first
security clearance cases and one took me 16 years to earn. I
orchestration of the establish- was not expecting this one since
ment of a new computerized sys- I've been here only a short time,
tem which tracks security clear- but I am honored that the com-
ance data for thousands of per- mand thinks so highly of me to
sonnel aboard the base. bestow such an honor and thank-
The award was the second of its ful to have had the opportunity to


work with several outstanding
petty officers, including IT1 Jorge
Rodriquez, IT2 Curtis Hathorn
and IT2 Juan Alicealopez. Their
support is the reason why I am
receiving this award today."
Lt. Cmdr. Manny Marguy, NAS
Jax administrative officer and
Lloyd's supervisor noted that in
addition to her regular duties as
security manager, she diligently
worked long hours and was
instrumental in bringing the
office up-to-date, in full compli-
ance of Chief of Naval Operation
security requirements.
"What Maxine accomplished
during the last 18 months has
been remarkable," said Marguy,
immediately following the cere-
mony. "She is a true professional.
Her long hours at work, commit-
ment and professionalism in the
performance of her job earned her
the medal."
The citation reads in part,
"Demonstrating remarkable ini-
tiative and drive, she spearhead-
ed numerous initiatives, which
included a complete overhaul of
security practices and procedures,
authored a base-wide foreign
national visitor instruction,
retooled the security clearance
data base and lead the transition
process for the new defense mes-
saging system."
Lloyd last day aboard NAS Jax


is tomorrow. She has accepted a
job with the Strategic Weapons
Facility, Atlantic aboard NSB
Kings Bay, Ga. "I appreciate being
given the chance to work at NAS
Jax," remarked Lloyd. "This base
has wonderful people, who I have
enjoyed meeting. If wasn't for the
120 miles I drive each day to get
to and from work, I would stay
here."
The Navy Meritorious Civilian
Service Medal is the third highest
award the Navy can award its
civilian employees. The award
recognizes federal employees, who
have demonstrated exceptionally
meritorious service of significance
to the Department of the Navy
and the United States.
According to the Navy
Personnel System Handbook, all
civilian employees are eligible for
this award. It is granted by the
commanding officer or local activ-
ity head to recognize service or
contributions resulting in high
value or benefit the DoN.
The medal is also given to civil-
ian employees rendering excep-
tional service to DoN, including
acts of heroism involving risk of
life in direct benefit to the gov-
ernment or its assets.
The award consists of a certifi-
cate and citation signed by the
activity head, medal and lapel
emblem.


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completed their third WESTPAC
detachment for fiscal year 2005. A
total of 16 Sunseeker personnel and one C-
40A Clipper returned home to NAS
Jacksonville after an 18 day detachment to
NAF Atsugi, Japan.
Detachments to the Pacific Rim are noth-
ing new for the men and women of VR-58.
For over 24 years the Sunseekers have
supported Commander Fleet Air Western
Pacific in providing logistical support to
forward deployed forces. This particular
detachment was unique in that it high-
lighted the advanced capabilities of the C-
40A Clipper.
Upon arrival in Japan,. the Sunseekers
were tasked with supporting a flag officer's
site visit to numerous installations in the
Western Pacific. The Sunseekers began
planning immediately to ensure the proper
country clearances were on-hand to ensure
over-flight and landing rights for 12 coun-
tries.
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pre-positioned in U-Taphao, Thailand. The
countries visited while in the Pacific Rim
included: the Republic of Singapore, the
British Indian Ocean Territory of Diego
Garcia, India, Thailand, and Guam.
The fuel efficiency of the C-40A's
General Electric engines were put to the
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efficiency of the C-40A coupled with its
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Aircraft Commander, Cmdr. Eric
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crew rest is now the limiting factor for
most missions."
The Sunseekers, along with the entire
VR community, are very proud of the
Navy's newest Fleet Logistics Support
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JaxAI NeWS, NAS Jacksonville, Thursday, January 6, 2005 5


Smith to retire after more thai


By Miriam S. Gallet
Editor
commander, Navy Region
Southeast (CNRSE) will
bid farewell to NCC(AW)
Stephanie Smith tomorrow after
23 years and 11 months of distin-
guished service during a ceremo-
ny at the All Saint's Chapel. The
guest speaker will be CMDCM
(SW/AW/MTS) Donald Magnes.
Smith, a native of Newark, N.J.,
enlisted in the Navy under the
guaranteed A-school program
Feb. 17, 1981 and reported for
basic training at Recruit Training
Command, Orlando, Fla.
Upon completion of basic train-
ing, she reported to Ocean
Systems Technician "A" school


NCC(AW) Stephanie Smith
aboard Fleet Anti-Submarine
Warfare Training Center, Norfolk,
Va.
In November 1981, she reported
to her first duty station aboard


Naval Ocean Processing Facility
in Dam Neck, Va. Three years
later, Smith reported to Naval
Facility (NAVFAC) Argentia,
Newfoundland, where she served
until December 1986. Advancing
to OT2 during this tour, her scope
of responsibility increased from
watch stander, to plotting and
navigation and ultimately watch
supervisor.
"Serving in Newfoundland was
my first overseas. experience. I
was concerned because of my eth-
nic group, however, the locals wel-
comed me with opened arms,"
said Smith.
Smith other tours of duty
included Commander, Ocean
Systems Atlantic, Naval Facility
Keflavik, Iceland, Naval Ocean


n 23 years
Processing Facility Dam Neck,
Va., and COMPATWING One
Kamiseya, Japan.
In May 1996, Smith decided to
convert to the Navy Counselor
(NC) rating and started her new
career counseling Sailors. Her
first tour as an NC was at NS
Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, where she
was responsible for the career
development of over 600 person-
nel and the training of 12 depart-
mental career counselors.
"I was scared to death," Smith
recalled about her first tour as a
Navy counselor. "No matter how
much schooling a person com-
pletes, nothing can prepare you
for the hands on experience of the
fleet."
In 1998, Smith transferred to


of service
VP-9, also in Hawaii. During this
tour, she attained her aviation
warfare designator, completed
two deployments to Diego Garcia
and Masirah, Oman, in support of
Operation Enduring Freedom and
one to Misawa, Japan. Moreover,
she received her Journeyman
certificate as a counselor from the
U.S. Department of Labor.
Smith transferred to CNRSE in
January 2002, where she was
responsible for the career devel-
opment of enlisted personnel. On
Sept. 16, 2002, Smith was
advanced to chief petty officer.
After retirement, Smith will
join a local contractor and serve
as a travel support specialist for
Commander Naval Installations.


Department of Navy earns Platts Global Energy Award


Navy becomes

first U.S. federal

agency honored

From Naval Public Works
Center ax
he Department of Navy
(DoN) became the first U.S.
government agency hon-
ored with a Platts Global Energy
Award which recognizes the
energy industry's "best of the
best" during a Dec. 10 ceremo-
ny in New York City.
The DoN's Energy Program was
presented with the Industry
Leadership Award for its extraor-
dinary leadership and achieve-


ment in energy management.
William Tayler, director, DoN
Shore Energy Office, accepted the
award for the Navy. "On behalf of
the Secretary of Navy and the
hard working Navy and Marine
Corps Energy Team, I thank
Platts and the judges for this
award," said Tayler. "Being the
first federal agency to receive this
honor really underscores our
team's commitment to conserva-
tion and being good stewards of
the environment."
Platts is a global leader in pro-
viding energy information and
marketing services. The Platts
Global Energy Awards recognized
the Navy's Energy Program for
its energy reduction milestones,
and declining greenhouse gas and
indirect nitrous oxide emissions.
DoN's Energy Program has insti-
tuted technologies, programs and



awareness campaigns that signif-
icantly reduced energy consump-
tion by worldwide Navy and
Marine Corps installations, sav-
ing taxpayers more than $500
million each year.
The Navy's worldwide energy
program is managed by the Naval
Facilities Engineering Command
(NAVFAC). The program includes
state-of-the-art technology and
design; the'most energy efficient
products; and a focus on individ-
ual contributions toward
improved conservation and opera-
tions and maintenance strategies.
Locally, NAVFAC's Public
Works Center continues to find
ways to save energy. Most recent-
ly, the high pressure sodium.
lights in Hangar 116 were
replaced with T5 florescents. This
vastly improves the quality of
light in the hangar and allows


Sailors to better identify distin-
guishing wires in the aircraft. In
addition, sensors were installed
that automatically shut off sec-
tions near hangar bay doors if
adequate natural light is provid-
ed. The new lights were installed
in sections so that the lights
could be shut off in areas that
were not being utilized. The proj-
ect was so well received that sev-
eral other hangars on board NAS
Jacksonville will also have their
hangar bay lights replaced.
"The team in Jacksonville con-
tinues to make major strides in
accomplishing significant energy
projects with considerable cost
savings to our customers," added
Navy Public Works Center
Jacksonville Commanding Officer
Capt. Paul Walden. The Public
Works Center and Engineering
Field Activity Southeast team


work in conjunction to provide
superior technical support, pro-
gram management and contrac-
tual vehicle support.
According to Platts, r;early 200
nominations were submitted this
year, including those from
Cinergy Corporation, Interna-
tional Transmission Company
and New York Mercantile Ex-
change, Inc. An international
panel of judges, including top cor-
porate executives, leading aca-
demics and senior analysts evalu-
ated each entry within its catego-
ry as well as its context within
the energy industry.
For more information, visit the
Navy's Energy Program at
https://energy.navy.mil and the
Platts Global Energy Awards at
www.platts.com.


Navy flu shot availability expanded


From Naval Hospital acksonville
Public Affairs
Naval Hospital Jacksonville and its
Branch Medical Clinics have
expanded availability of the flu
shot to all military ID card holders who
are in the following high-risk categories.
50 years old or older
Adults and children with a chronic
health condition such as but not limited to
heart disease, diabetes, cancer or
HIV/AIDS, asthma
Women who will be pregnant in the flu
season
Children aged six months to 18 years
on chronic aspirin therapy


Children six to 23 months in age
Out of home caregivers and those in
direct household contact with children
younger than six months
Beneficiaries in these categories are
encouraged to come in and get their shots
in Naval Hospital Jacksonville's Family
Practice, Internal Medicine,
Obstetrics/Gynecology or Pediatric clinics
or your base branch medical clinics
Monday-Friday, 8-11 a.m. and 1-3 p.m. on a
walk-in basis, no appointment necessary.
For more information about flu,shot avail-
ability, contact the Naval Hospital
Jacksonville Nurse Call Center, available
24 hours a day, 542-4677, Ext, 6.


Commander FISCS visits

g Commander Fleet
and Industrial Supply
Centers Rear Adm.
William Kowba (right)
receives a tour of the
Naval Air Depot Jax
Aircraft Repair Hangar
by Naval Air Depot Jax
.. .Commanding Officer
Capt. David Beck during
a visit to the Jacksonville
area Dec. 8.

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6 JaxAir News, NAS Jacksonville, Thursday, January 6, 2005


-'r ,


Lt. Sam White of VP-45 arrives in Iraq. White recently returned home after serv-
ing as an Arabic translator.


VP-45 Commanding Officer Cmdr. Rich Fite (left) and AA Shane Miller officially open the squadron's
new office spaces by cutting a ceremonial yellow ribbon joining Hangar 1000 segments 4A and 4B.





'PELICANS'





SOAR





THROUGH





2004


AD3 Hector Gonzales services one of the "Pelican" aircraft.


AE3 Todd Petersen is the VP-45 AD1 (AW/NAC/PJ) Robert Gonzales is
Junior Sailor of the Year. VP-45's Senior Sailor of the Year.


By Lt. John Duarte
VP-45 PAO
With the dawn of a new year upon us,
the "Pelicans" of VP-45 remember the
great enterprises and achievements of
2004. Last year was a prosperous year, high-
lighted by the outstanding performances of indi-
vidual Sailors in addition to the Pelican team as
a whole.
It is evident that these accomplishments were
truly remarkable, as VP-45 received many hon-
ors during the year, while fulfilling their role in
maritime patrol and reconnaissance aviation at
home and abroad.
Last February, VP-45 returned home to NAS
Jax after completing more than 650 operational
missions, with 5,600 mishap-free flight hours,
during a very successful six-month deployment
to Sigonella, Italy. Constant participation in
operations Joint Guardian, Deliberate Forge,
Enduring Freedom and Active Endeavor were
some of the mainstays of deployment operations.
Immediately upon their return, squadron
Sailors and aircrew enjoyed some deserved rest.
However, they did not delay in getting down to
business upon the completion of their post
deployment leave. Squadron personnel hit the
ground running as they assumed the responsi-
bilities associated with preparing for their
scheduled deployment this summer.
The squadron was presented with the 2003
Golden Wrench Award for aircraft maintenance
excellence March 31. This award recognized the
squadron's superlative efforts and achievements
in maintaining the highest degree of aircraft
readiness and safety. While deployed, the
squadron's maintenance department achieved
an incredible 65 percent aircraft mission capa-
bility rate.
This level of readiness led to an 87 percent
sortie completion rate covering over 5,500 flight
hours and was unmistakably due to the dedicat-
ed Pelican Maintenance Team, whose efforts
kept the Pelican aircrews flying over their tar-
gets the previous year. Furthermore, the


A02 Jason Keller (center) conducts in-house train-
ing with AOAN Melinda Sorbera (left), AOAN
James Vancourt and A03 Cassandra Parker.
squadron was awarded the Chief of Naval
Operation's annual Aviation Safety Award for
the second consecutive year. VP-45 received this
honor for "their commitment to professionalism,
solid leadership and competent risk manage-
ment that lead to safe and effective operations"
during the 2003 calendar year.
Both of these achievements demonstrate that
the squadron has made a lasting impression
and is recognized throughout the Navy. There
are many reasons for this unparalleled success,
See VP-45, Page 7





Ia Air NewS, NAS Jacksonville, Thursday, January 6, 2005 7


A03 Justin Britt is among the many "Pelicans" who volunteered to clean up the grounds at Cedar Hills
Elementary School.


AN Jessie Nelson washes a P-3C Orion patrol aircraft assigned to VP-45 at NAS Jax.


PHOTOS COURTESY OF
VP-45


saw -77. 74 WWI,,
Lt. j.g. Chris Powers participates in the Cedar Hills Elementary School junior Achievement Day in
November.


VP,45: MISSION SUCCESS IN 2004,



READY FOR CHALLENGES OF 2005


From Page 6


however they all begin with the dedication of
every member of the command to doing the job
right. While the Sailors and airmen of VP-45 are
the squadron's most valuable asset, Pelicans are
achieving an astounding record of mission
accomplishment that continues to raise the
standard for safe and effective operations in
naval aviation.
Among the members of the Pelican team are
Sailors such as AD1(AW/NAC/PJ) Robert
Gonzales and AE3 Todd Petersen. Gonzales and
Petersen were recently selected as the VP-45
Senior and Junior Sailor's of the Year in recogni-
tion for their unwavering commitment and


exceptional initiative.
Gonzales was not only selected to be the VP-
45 Senior Sailor of the Year, but he was selected
by Maritime Patrol Reconnaissance.Wing
Eleven to be the Wing Senior Sailor of the Year.
"The Pelican team makes me proud," pro-
claimed Commanding Officer Capt. Richard
Fite. "In their normal 'Pelican fashion', the
squadron has achieved mission success overseas
in service to our country, and here at home as
we reach out in service to the community."
As the new year begins and world events
unfold, VP-45 is ready and bound to succeed in
the unknown challenges that face them down
the road ahead.


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Lt. Cmdr. Brian Brochu reunites with his wife, Heather and their children, four-
month-old Justin and three-year-old Thomas Feb 2. Justin was born during
Brochu's six-month-deployment with VP-45.







8 iJ Air NeWS, NAS Jacksonville, Thursday, January 6, 2005


HS-11


By Lt. j.g. John Roath
HS-11 PAO
hen the "Red Lions" of
HS-15 returned home
from deployment last
month, there were scores of excit-
ed family members and friends
waiting on the flight line to greet
them.
The "Dragonslayers" of HS-11
were also present in a less con-
spicuous capacity to make HS-
15's homecoming a little easier.
Before the USS John F. Kennedy
(CV 67) got to Mayport NS, heli-
copters from HS-11 met the carri-


welcomes home HS-15


er offshore to relieve HS-15 and
assume anti-terrorism force pro-
tection (ATFP) duties, allowing
HS-15 personnel to fly into NAS
Jacksonville before the arrival of
the Kennedy at Mayport.
The pilots and maintainers of
HS-11 also relieved the crews of
the aircraft upon their arrival, in
order to performpost-flight
responsibilities, giving HS-15
greater freedom and added flexi-
bility to greet their families expe-
ditiously.
In this age of terrorism, certain
precautions are necessary to


ensure terror attacks are prevent-
ed. ATFP is a relatively new
method of operations, which pro-
vide an armed escort helicopter
for the aircraft carrier to ensure
terrorist attacks do not occur.
Since the fixed wing aircraft of
the embarked air wing depart
prior to the arrival of the carrier
at its port, HS squadrons are nor-
mally tasked with ATFP duties
during this transitional period.
HS-11 departed NAS Jax before
sunrise to meet the Kennedy off-
shore and relieve HS-15 of this
duty allowing all helicopters to


arrive home a few hours earlier.
Additionally, the post-flight
duties performed by HS-11 per-
sonnel included an "engine water
wash." The water wash is a pre-
ventative maintenance procedure,
which flushes salt and grime
from the engines and normally
takes fifteen to twenty minutes.
Several Dragonslayers were more
than happy to perform the water
washes so that the crews would
not have to remain in their air-
craft while their families waited.
Having recently returned from
deployment earlier this year, the


Dragonslayers can appreciate the
desire to be reunited with family
as soon as possible. It is just one
Way the HS community helps out
its own. The anticipation of see-
ing loved ones and things familiar
grows by the minute and can
become overwhelming. By pro-
viding these simple services, HS-
11 was able to shorten HS-15's
deployment by a few hours, and
hopefully make things just a little
easier for the Red Lions of HS-15
and their families. Welcome back
Red Lions and thank you for
"standing the watch."


'Dragonslayer' Christmas '


party a big success
Rv Lt. i.. nhn Roath h .


HS-11 PAO


The HS-11 "Dragon-
slayers" recently cele-
brated the holidays
with a party at the Ramona
Pavilion in Jacksonville.
The party was attended by
nearly every HS-11 squad-
ron member, their families
and guests. Food, drinks,
music, dancing and prizes
were all included in the fes-
tivities.
Commanding Officer,
Cmdr. Joe D'Angelo and
Command Master Chief,
CMDCM Paul Serletic
shared the duty of master
of ceremonies.
The HS-11 Morale, Wel-
fare and Recreation (MWR)
committee was responsible
for coordinating the party,
which they executed flaw-
lessly.
The night kicked off with
music and drinks before a
buffet style dinner was
served. After dinner was
when the real excitement
began. The spirit of giving
commenced with the
squadron raffle. Before any
frivolous prizes were given
out, D'Angelo called two
Dragonslayers' raffle num-
bers and presented them
with wrapped gifts.
When AEAN Troy Kress
and AD3 Leroy Favroth
opened their gifts, they
were both a little perplexed
to find a new uniform shirt
inside. Upon further inspec-
tion, however, they were
both elated to find a brand
new chevron on the sleeve,
since they were the com-
manding officer's choices to
advance via the Command
Advancement Program.
Other awards recipients

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Additionally, a free pack-
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First preference for a
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Photos courtesy of HS-11
AW1(AW) Christopher Atkinson receives the Aircrewman of
the Year award from HS-11 Commanding Officer Cmdr. Joey
D'Angelo during the squadron's recent Christmas party.


were also recognized at the
holiday party.
The nominee for NHA
Pilot of the Year, and HS-
ll's Pilot of the Year was
Lt. Cmdr. Larry Getz.
AW1 Christopher Atkin-
son was awarded Aircrew-
man of the Year, and AO1
Nelson Fields was awarded
Sailor of the Year.
Dragonslayer of the Year
was awarded to AM2 Dane
Allred, and AO3 Anthony
Lewis was awarded Junior
Dragonslayer of the Year.
The Sikorsky Mainten-
ance Man of the Year was
awarded to AD1 Alberto
Martinez.
AZ1 Christopher Alfred
won Quality Serviceman of
the Year and finally AD3


Michael Juneau was award-
ed Plane Captain of the Year.
The giving continued into
the night when Serletic
took over as master of cere-
monies. The prizes, which
were numerous, ranged
from free special liberty
days and gift certificates to
a flat screen television and
a new laptop computer. No
matter what the prize,
everyone who won a prize
was very gracious.
The Christmas party pro-
vided an opportunity for
everyone in the squadron to
meet and socialize in a
relaxed environment away
from work. No one walked
away from the party empty
handed.
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AD2 Leroy Favroth finds an
extra chevron on his uniform
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meal, everyone who attend-
ed received a glass etched
with the Dragonslayer logo
on one side and an H-60
helicopter on the other.
Those who did not win
prizes still had a great
time, and everyone in
attendance enjoyed the
time to relax with the
squadron, making the party
a tremendous success.


'Dusty Dogs' celebrate

Christmas aboard


USS Harry
From HS-7
HS-7, currently de-
ployed on board
USS Harry S. Tru-
man (CVN-75), spent the
holidays aboard the ship.
The HS-7 "Dusty Dogs" are
part of Carrier Air Wing
Three and deployed' Oct. 13
from Norfolk, Va.
On Christmas Day, the
air wing took a break from
flying to enjoy the holiday.
The ship prepared a special
meal, including turkey,
ham, prime rib, and pump-
kin pie. In HS-7's Ready
Room were plates of cookies
and candy for anyone to
have.


S. Truman
The squadron Ready
Room was decorated with
paper stockings sent from
several Jacksonville ele-
mentary schools.
The ship pulled into port
at Manama, Bahrain Dec.
13. HS-7 Sailors enjoyed
eating at the many rest,,,
rants and shopping at got
souqs (outdoor markets)
and malls, buying
Christmas gifts for family
and friends back home.
The Dusty Dogs look for-
ward to their next port visit
this month. In the mean-
time, they will continue
their hard work in support
of Operation Iraqi
Freedom.


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Naval Hospital Red Cross volunteer opportunities call
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NAVFAC cuts down



time at CNG pump

NAS Jax

receives backup

for fuel facility .-: "
From Naval Public Works Y J
CenterJax Public Affairs ---
Office 1I -CI *


Photo courtesy of VS-30
Klinkers (from left to right): AM3 Nathan Tiner June, AEC(AW/SW) Christopher Cruz July,
AME2(AW/SW) Luis Ortiz August, AT1 (AW) Christopher Hicks September AT3(AW) Aaron
Buckman October and AEAN Brandi Dooley November.


VS-30 members earn



'Klinker' awards


From VS-30
Having a keen attention-to-detail
and a sense-of-urgency played an
enormous part in VS-30's success
their final deployment. Sailors who
consistently exemplified these traits were
recognized each month with a special
award.
The "Klinker"award, created by VS-30
Commanding Officer Cmdr. Ryman Shoaf,
was given out six times during the
squadron's final deployment.
The award was established to promote a
work ethic in the men and women of VS-30
that is absolutely second to none. A work
ethic that made sure the job wasn't done
some of the time, it wasn't done every
other time, but the job was completed each
and every time it was required. The
awardees were as follows: AM3 Nathan
Tiner, AEC(AW/SW) Christopher Cruz,
AME2(AW/SW) Lui.s Ortiz, AT1(AW)
Christopher Hicks, AT3(AW) Aaron
Buckman, AEAN Brandi Dooley.
"I wanted to do something special to rec-
ognize exceptional hard chargers on the
squadrons final deployment," said Shoaf.
"I also wanted these Sailors to understand
that when the call goes out, we need to be
ready each and every time." The Klinker-
of-the-Month received a plaque, a certifi-
cate of traits and a custom designed, seri-
alized flight deck jersey denoting the latest
number of Klinkers.
"A Klinker has an extreme attention-to-
detail, a sense-of-urgency, and makes
things happen when others can't," said
Cruz who hails from San Juan, Puerto


Rico. "I love our way of life and I am will-
ing to do anything in order to safeguard it.
My family and friends deserve it." Cruz is
a 16-year veteran who seeks a commission
in the Navy through the Limited Duty
Officer or Warrant Officer Program.
"On deployment, my shop really con-
tributed to the mission by providing fully
mission capable jets," remarked Hicks a
10-year veteran from Dyersburg, Tenn. "I
believe I received this award because I
made things happen."
Ortiz, from Dallas, Texas, summed it up
nicely with the following, "In our line of
work, one mistake can cost lives. We have
to be extra careful in what we do and make
sure we do it right all the time." Ortiz has
been in the Navy for three years and would
like to eventually earn a commission as an
officer.
Buckman, who hails from Greenwood,
Alaska, had the following thoughts on
what the award meant to him. "This is a
great way to reward the people -who work
hard and are devoted to the true cause of
being out on deployment. I feel it is a
great accomplishment because it shows
you have made an impression on your fel-
low shipmates."
Dooley, who is originally from Deland,
was the last recipient of the "Klinker"
award. She has been in the Navy for two
and a half years and is already making
strides. "I do the job quickly and thorough-
ly," stated Dooley. Her ultimate goals are
to "succeed in the navy and get a degree."
Although this award was given out only
on deployment, VS-30 continues to recog-
nize its hard working Sailors.


NAS Jax utilizes 80
compressed natural
gas (CNG) vehicles.
With this high volume the
Navy Public Works Center
Jacksonville (PWC Jax)
Transportation Depart-
ment was seeing a lot of
costly down time with the
compressor that ran the
CNG fuel pumps. The
existing CNG fueling facili-
ty was installed in 2000
and is driven by a combus-
tion engine. This was the
most cost effective method
to provide CNG service to
NAS Jax as the majority of
the vehicles in the area are
located here.
In order to provide the
best service to the activi-
ties here, PWC Jax Trans-
portation Manager for the
Jacksonville Site Doug
Hatcher set out to find a
way to lessen the down
time.
The company that sup-
ports the CNG fuel facility
only has one CNG techni-
cian that supports the
entire state of Florida.
Through negotiations with
this company, they agreed
to install an electric back-
up compressor and main-
tain it at no cost to the goV-
ernment if the base would
supply the power and a


-r *- n *- e-, Photo by Kelly Boxx
PWC Jax Transportation Manager for Jacksonville Site Doug
Hatcher displays the new electric compressor back-up for the
compressed natural gas fuel facility.


cement slab for the com-
pressor. Hatcher brought
this proposal forward and
the stakeholders on NAS
Jax agreed that this initia-
tive would be a great bene-
fit to the Navy's CNG pro-
gram and provide a cost
savings to the government.
"My concern was to sup-


port the warfighters at the
lowest cost to the govern-
ment. As a result of team-
work this initiative became
a success," said Hatcher.
"It's all about finding inno-
vative ways to cut costs
and provide better support
to the warfighters."


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Sailors when they came to
work one morning and saw
their C-40A Clipper, a mod-
ified version of the commer-
cial Boeing 737D jetliner,
parked inside the
"Sunseeker's" hangar bay.
The much-needed,
Hangar 1000, Segment 5,
renovations were part of a
$6.5 million project award-
ed to Sauer, Inc. to renovate
Hangars 114, 115 and 1000.
The project consisted of
modifications to the roof's
structural steel support
system to accommodate the
C-40A aircraft and has a
custom-made maintenance
tail stand inside the
hangar, while still meeting
the required aircraft 360
degrees clearance. The proj-
ect also included the instal-
lation of a brand new
Aqueous Film Forming
Foam fire protection sys-
tem; upgraded electrical,
HVAC and plumbing sys-
tems; painting hangar bay
ceilings floors and exposed
structural steel; and the
construction of a state of
the art "seat-storage" pre-
engineered building.
Sailors and contractor
personnel can now perform
their daily maintenance
routines of the C-40A air-
craft without being exposed
to inclement weather condi-
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2005 Blood drives set


From the Florida Georgia
Blood Alliance
or over 60 years, the Florida
Georgia Blood Alliance (FGBA)
has provided all of the blood
service needs to our local community.
For 25 years, FGBA also has been the
primary supplier for the local military
blood needs. Florida Georgia Blood
Alliance is a nonprofit organization,
committed to assuring our community
has an adequate supply of blood for
those in need.
Some facts about donating blood
Blood is used daily for all types of
operations, accident victims, acute
burn victims, cancer patients and for
those with catastrophic diseases such
as hemophilia.
There is no substitute for human
blood. Blood cannot be manufactured
or harvested.
FGBA must collect 350 pints
every day to meet the needs or our
local community.
Sixty percent of the population is
eligible to donate blood, yet only five
percent of eligible donors donate.
A person cannot contract
HIV/AIDS from donating blood.
Sterile, disposable needles and sup-
plies are used only once and are safe-
ly discarded after each donation.
A couple of updates that the gener-
al population may not be aware of are
that even if an individual has been
diagnosed with high blood pressure or
diabetes, they still may be able to
donate. Several years ago, the Food
and Drug Administration excluded
individuals with either condition from
donating. Two years ago, the restric-


r mi --

SOn-base Blood Drives for 2005

As the primary source for the local military, Florida Georgia Blood
Alliance schedules blood drives through NAS Jacksonville. The drives and
bus locations scheduled for 2005 is:
NAS/CNRSE (8 a.m. to 1 p.m.) April 5
Feb.18 June 7
April 15 Aug. 9
June 17 Sept. 27
Aug.12 Dec. 6
Oct. 14 Naval Hospital Jax (8 a.m. to 1 p.m.)
Dec. 19 Feb. 22
Hangar 1000 (8 a.m. to 4 p.m.) April 19
Jan. 27 ApJ 1
March 31June1
June 23 Aug. 9
Aug. 25 Oct. 4
Oct. 27 Dec. 23
Dec. 22 CNATTU Jax (8 a.m. to 1 p.m.)
Naval Aviation Depot (6 a.m. to 6 p.m.) Feb. 9
Feb. 1-2 March 9
May3-4 April 13
Aug.2-3 May 11
Oct. 25-26 June 8
VP-30 (7:30 a.m. to Noon) 1
March 24
May 27 Aug. 10
Sept. 2 Sept. 7
Nov. 23 Oct.15
Branch Medical/Dental (8 a.m. to Noon) Nov. 19
Feb.8 Dec. 7
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tion was lifted as long as the blood
pressure or diabetes is under control:
For example, if taking medication for
blood pressure and blood pressure is
under control at time of donation; and
diabetes if taking oral medication or
insulin as long as you have eaten
prior to donation, you may still be
able to donate.


I
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FGBA will continue to meet the
local needs, but we cannot meet that
need without your help. Please sup-
port your local by donating blood at
one of the scheduled drives on base or
visit one of our donor centers. For
more information, you can contact
FGBA at 353-8263.


Don't let ID theft hook, line, and sink you


By Lt. Erin Baxter, JAGC, USNR
instead of fishing for bass or trout,
Interneti scammers are casting
their lines to lure in unsuspecting
victims on their "phishing" expedi-
tions. Phishing, also called "carding,"
is a high-tech scam that uses spam to
deceive consumers into disclosing
their credit card numbers, bank
account information, Social Security
numbers, passwords, PINS, and other
sensitive information.
The "line" is an e-mail sent to con-
sumers purporting to be from busi-
nesses the consumers typically deal
with for example, their Internet
service provider (ISP), online pay-
ment service, credit card company, or
bank. The "bait" these scammers use
is a link within the e-mail that directs
the consumer to a Web site that
resembles the legitimate company,
further tricking consumers into
thinking they are responding to a
bona fide request. The "hook"
includes requests to update or vali-
date billing information to keep
accounts active. Unbeknownst to the
unsuspecting consumer, all informa-
tion submitted is used by the scam-
mers to order goods and services and
obtain credit fraudulently.
To avoid getting caught in this tan-
gled "phishing" line, the following
guidance is provided by the Federal
Trade Commission (FTC):
If in receipt of an email that warns
you that an existing account will be
closed unless you reconfirm your
billing information, do not reply or
click on the link in the email. Instead,
contact the company cited in the
email by using a telephone number or
Web site address that you know to be
valid.


Avoid mailing personal and finan-
cial information. Before submitting
financial information through a Web
site, look for the "lock" icon on the
browser's status bar. It signals that
your information is secure during
transmission.
Review credit card and bank
account statements as soon as you
receive them to determine whether
there are any unauthorized charges.
If your statement is late by more than
a few days, call your credit card com-
pany or bank to confirm your billing
address and account balances.
Report suspicious activity to the
FTC. Send the actual spam to
uce@ftc.gov. If you believe you've been
scammed, file your complaint at
http://www.ftc.gov or call 1-877-FTC-
HELP (1-877-382-4357) or TTY: 1-
866-653-4261, and then visit the
FTC's Identity Theft Web site
(www.ftc.gov/idtheft) to learn how to
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If you think you have been a victim
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NavHosp Jacksonville Diabetic,

Arthritis Class dates announced


From Naval Hospital
Jacksonville Public Affairs
Diabetic classes are
available for eligible
beneficiaries through
the Health Education De-
partment. Primary Care
Manager referral is re-
quired.
Diabetic Standard Class-
es cover the basics of dia-
betes, what it is, how it
affects body, how it can be
controlled, etc. Dates for
the Spring 2005 Diabetic
Standard Classes, to be
held in the hospital's
Internal Medicine Clinic,
are:
Jan. 19, 1-3 p.m.
Feb. 9, 9:15-11:15 a.m.
Feb. 23, 3-5 p.m.
March 9, 9:15 11:15 a.m.
March 22, 1-3 p.m.
The hospital is also offer-
ing a new Arthritis Self-
Help Course. This class is
designed to help you learn
and practice the different
skills needed to build your
own individualized self-


management program, al
gain the confidence to carry
out that program. It com-
plements the professional
services of your health-care
team, with trained volun-
teers, many with fibromiy-
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It teaches the latest pain
management techniques,
covering management of
fatigue and stress, purposes
and effective use of medica-
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of arthritis, and the impor-
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ference room are set for the
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Jan. 19 and 26, 1 p.m.
Feb. 9, 16 and 23, 1 p.m.
Another class set for the
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Feb. 2 at 1 p.m.
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events and need of volunteers


By Leslie Royce
Westside Regional Park Naturalist
he Westside Regional Park
located across the NAS Jax
Main Gate needs volunteers to
participate in Project Feeder Watch,
which is a research and education
project of the Cornell Lab of
Ornithology, National Audubon
Society, Bird Studies Canada, and the
Canadian Nature Federation. We are
putting up several different types of
bird feeders that will be visible from
the large windows on the west side of
the nature center,
So, what does a person do who par-
ticipates in the Feeder Watch? You
watch birds for as little as five min-
utes or as long as you want. You count
how many birds of each species you
see at one time. And you record that
data. With assistance, even a small
child can do that. And, of course, we'll
be there to offer assistance. The data
collected will be used by scientists to
track and study changing bird popu-
lations. We are looking for volunteers
to collect data on Fridays and
Saturday. You don't have to make a
commitment to come out regularly.
Just call us before you visit to make
e that the nature center isn't being
dfor a public program.
Also, the following events and work-
shops will be held at the park in
January and February. For further
information or to register, call 573-
2498.
Ecology of Woodpeckers
Jan. 12, 3-4:30 p.m.
Do you know how many species of
woodpeckers are found here in
Jacksonville? Learn what makes
woodpeckers unique among birds and
how woodpeckers affect their sur-
roundings. Registration required.


Hooray for Homeschoolers:
Winter Habitat Study
Jan. 14, 10 a.m.-noon or 1:30-3:30 p.m.
The second in a series of habitat
studies to learn more about the
plants, animals, sounds, and smells of
three types of habitats in Westside
Regional Park. Data collected during
the autumn study will be available to
all participants. Registration
required.
Family Fun: Scavenger Hunt
Jan. 22, 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
Join in the fun of a scavenger hunt
while taking a closer look at nature.
We will explore with our senses using
sight, smell, touch, hearing, and taste.
We will be hunting outside, so please
dress appropriately. Registration
required.
Junior Birding
Jan. 29,9-11:30 a.m.
Junior birders and their families
are invited to view the birds, seen
from our window on wildlife before
venturing into the woods in a search
for our feathered winter residents.
Bring binoculars and field guide if
you have them; we have binoculars to
share if you don't.


Intermediate Orienteering
Feb. 3, 10-11:30 a.m. or 1-2:30 p.m.
If you enjoyed our previous orien-
teering treasure hunt, you will want
to join us in an intermediate adven-
ture challenge. Participants will use a
map and compass to navigate through
an off-trail course. Strollers are not
appropriate for this program.
Registration required.
Nature Craft: Pioneer Crafts
Feb. 10, 10-11:30 a.m. or 1:30-3 p.m.
Join us in turning back our clocks
to the pioneer days. We will be mak-
ing colonial crafts while working with
items from nature. We also have some
great ideas for those recyclable items
we just don't know what to do with!
Registration required.
Hooray for Homeschoolers:
Science of Composting
Feb. 18, 10-11:30 a.m. or 1-2:30 p.m.
Composting is nature's way of recy-
cling. Learn from the Duval County
Extension Office how composting
works, the important role earthworms
play in composting, and how you can
do composting in your own yard.
Registration required.
Wee Workshop: Oh Deer!
Feb. 24, 10-11:30 a.m.
Calling all wee nature explorers
(children aged 7 and younger) and
their adult companions. We're on a
search for deer! We'll read a story
about deer, learn what their tracks
and scat look like, and go on a search
for signs of deer in the park.
Registration required.
Clean It Up, Green It Up events'
"Super City Cleanup," Jan. 22, 8
a.m. to noon; "St. Johns River
Celebration and Cleanup," March 19,
8 a.m. to noon.
For further information, call Clean
It Up, Green It Up at 630-4185 ext
222.


Travers scholarships

and loans restored


From the Navy-Marine
Corps Relief Society
Navy-Marine Corps
Relief Society
President Steve
Abbot, announced that
effective with the aca-
demic year beginning in
August 2005, the Vice
Adm. E. P. Travers
Scholarship and Loan
Program will once again
be opened to children of
retired Sailors and
Marines and spouses of
active duty naval service
personnel.
Named after the soci-
ety's 11th President, the
Vice Adm. E.P.Travers
Scholarship and Loan
Program was initially
established to provide
scholarships and interest
free loans to the depend-
ents of active duty
Sailors and Marines on
the basis of financial
need.
In 1997, children of
retirees and spouses of
active duty personnel
joined the children of
active duty as eligible
participants. In 2003,
however, due to the dis-
appointing performance
of the investment mar-
kets, the society had to
once again limit Travers
Program eligibility to
children of active duty
personnel.
Since its inception in
1992, the Travers Pro-
gram has provided more
than $26 million dollars


in education assistance to
more than 13,000 eligible
family members.
Funds to support the
society's education pro-
grams come from the
organization's Reserve
Fund not from contri-
butions resulting from
the active duty fund
drive or the Secretary of
the Navy's Direct Mail
Campaign to Retirees.
Abbot stated that,
although funds available
for education are not yet
sufficient to entirely
restore education pro-
grams to pre-2003 levels,
it is important to re-open
the Travers Scholarship
program even if funding
available for the program
remains, at least tem-
porarily, somewhat less
than in past years.
A new Travers Scho-
larship and Loan Pro-
gram application that
reflects this change is
available on the Society's
Web site, www.nmcrs.org.
The deadline to apply for
the 2005-2006 academic
year program is March 1,
2005.
Applicants who do not
have access to a comput-
er to download the appli-
cation, may obtain one by
calling (703) 696-4960 or
DSN: 426-4960.


PHARMACY: Full-service satellite open for business


From Page 1


town will go to thenew
pharmacy for service.
Fuller went on to say, "This
way, patients with civilian'
scripts will not need to
come to the hospital to have
their prescriptions filled.
Our intent is to make it
more convenient for our
beneficiaries by opening the
pharmacy to service civil-
ian scripts while allowing
the .pharmacy in the hospi-
tal to serve patients being
seen in our hospital clinics."
As part of the realign-
ment of pharmacy services
on the base, the pharmacy
located in Branch Medical
Clinic Jacksonville (BMC
Jacksonville), currently
servicing active duty bene-
ficiaries only, will close on
Jan. 10. Prescriptions gen-
erated by providers of BMC
Jacksonville will be pro-
cessed and dispensed at the
main hospital pharmacy.
Shuttle services will be
available for those patients
without transportation
between BMC Jax and the
main hospital pharmacy.
As a reminder, all med-
ication refills are processed
using the pharmacy's auto-
mated telephone refill sys-
tem (800-628-7427) avail-
able 24 hours a day, seven
ays a week. Prior to call-
ing, patients should have
the prescription numbers)
and the sponsor's Social
Security number readily
available. Follow the direc-

SAILOR OF YEAR:
Will compete
for region honor

From Page 1
"Luckily, I have a great
command and I'm able to
take the time I need to
study. It's really great when
you have a chain of com-
mand that supports and
backs you up," she added.
In the future, Lowe plans
to pursue her goal of becom-
ing a chief and making the
most of her naval career.
"Between school and the
chief's test I think I'll be
spending a lot of my time
with my face buried in a
book," she commented.
But for now, Lowe plans
to enjoy her new status as
the NAS Jacksonville 2004
Sailor of the Year and all
the obligations that go
along with honor.
"I'm really looking forward
to doing something new
everyday and meeting a lot of
new people," Lowe concluded.


Treatment Facility. Two
good sources of information.
on these options are the
hospital's TRICARE Health
Benefits Center at 542-
9164 and the TRICARE
Service Center at 1210
Kingsley Ave., Suite 1,
Orange Park, Fla., (800)
444-5445.


Photo by HM2 Heather Hunter
A beneficiary enters the new Naval Hospital Jacksonville
Satellite Pharmacy located at the NEX/Commissary complex
aboard NAS Jacksonville. Starting Jan. 10, TRICARE benefici-
aries who are seen by TRICARE network providers in town
will go to the new pharmacy for prescription service, those
seen at the hospital will continue to get prescriptions at the
hospital pharmacy.
tions given and enter the area accept TRICARE,
appropriate information please call 1-866-363-8779
using a touch-tone tele- to find a convenient, partic-
phone. Refills may be ipating pharmacy. There
picked up 72 hours after are nominal co-pays for
ordering, at the Navy Prime enrollees and cost
Exchange Satellite share for TRICARE Extra
Pharmacy. Prescription and Standard. TRICARE
refills may also be request- Mail Order Pharmacy
ed via the hospital Internet (TMOP) has no co-pay for
site www.navalhospitaljax. active duty members and a
com. Please keep in mind nominal fee for TRICARE
that when refills are eligible retirees and family
processed they will be held members.
for 10 days waiting pick-up. It is important for all eli-
After 10 days medications gible beneficiaries to know
are returned to stock. how to use the network of
As always, TRICARE eli- TRICARE retail pharma-
gible family members cies and the TMOP. In
and/or retirees have the many cases, using these
option of using the retail options will add conven-
network of TRICARE phar- ience as well as access to
macies or mail order. Most some medications not car-
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Santa gets a ride to NAS Jax courtesy of Scout 710 to help celebrate VS-24's annual Christmas
party.


Santa visits 'Scouts'


By Lt. Rob Wilhelm
VS-24 PAO


he unusual noise of bustling children
echoed through the VS-24's hangar
bay Dec. 11, as junior "Scouts" wait-
ed anxiously for the arrival of the man in
the red suit, Santa Claus. Due to his busy
schedule during the holiday season, Santa
decided to visit the Scouts early to deliver
the Christmas spirit and a multitude of
gifts.
"We always appreciate Santa's willing-
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North Pole to visit all the Scout kids, espe-
cially during this time of year when he is
so busy. The kids really enjoy seeing him
and, of course, it is a great opportunity to
get those last minute requests in to Santa,"
stated Cmdr. Daniel Grieco, VS-24 execu-
tive officer.
While the junior Scouts waited impa-
tiently, squadron members provided a bub-
ble wrap patch for children to jump and
roll on, and a lunch consisting of hot dogs,
chips and juice. Just prior to Santa's
arrival, the Scouts hung pifiatas for the
children. As the pifiatas were broken open,
the children lunged for the treats falling to
the floor.
Suddenly, in the distance, it was not the
sound of bells and a cheery ho, ho, ho, but a
more familiar sound echoed through the
airfield and hangar. The engines of an S-
3B roared as the aircraft taxied toward the
hangar bay. As the Viking rolled closer, the
lightning bolt insignia on the tail signified
that this particular jet was from the Scout


Flight line. And in the right front seat of
this jet, who could it be? Santa Claus him-
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The Viking came to a halt in front of the
hangar and Lt. Kyle Horlacher, happy to
help Santa, let his'reindeer rest up for the
big night, powered down the engines. As
the door opened and Santa exited, the chil-
dren all cheered, smiled and waved. Santa
pulled two huge sacks full of gifts out of
the aircraft. As he walked from the jet, the
children bustled with excitement.
Santa entered the hangar and sat down
in his giant chair, placing his two large
bags next to himself. Each junior Scout
had a chance to sit on Santa's lap and
receive a gift. Santa took time to speak
with each child to ensure he had his
naughty and nice lists in order for
Christmas.
ASM1 Gary Sharp attended Santa
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When all the gifts were given out, Santa
bid farewell and walked' out of the hangar.
Just as he was out of sight, he exclaimed
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Indoor pool fall/winter operations
The indoor pool is open for the fall and winter
operations. The staff will be offering a learn-to-
swim program, lifeguard training, adult fitness
swim club, water polo and aqua aerobics. The fall
\ winter schedule runs from now April 30, 2005.
The hours are Monday Friday from 6 a.m. 8
p.m. and Saturday, Sunday, and holidays from 11
a.m. 2:30 p.m. for recreational swimming. For a
more detailed itinerary, visit the pool office at the
gymnasium and pick up a schedule or call 542-
2930.
NAS Freedom Lanes Bowling Center
Every Wednesday active duty can enjoy two
free games of bowling from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Open bowling is just $2 a game until 4 p.m. After
4 p.m., bowl for $2.50 a game. Shoe rental is
$1.75.
Call the bowling center for more information at
542-3493.
The Zone
The Zone complex has your hook up for all the
college and NFL football action this season. See
your favorite teams via Direct TV access package.
While you're there enjoy the hospitality, beverage,
and menu specials. Let the football season take
control and enjoy the games at the Zone
Complex.
Upcoming golf events
NAS Jax Golf Club gift certificates are available
for the holiday season. Buy a lesson, round of golf
or a combo package.
Active duty and retiree golf appreciation days
are offered at the golf club monthly. Patrons
receive free green fees on your day of play, cart
fee required. Check with the Pro-shop for days
d details.
Every Wednesday the golf pros host a
Women's Golf Clinic, from 5:30-6:30 p.m. The
cost is $10 and includes range balls and instruc-
tion.
For more information on golf activities, call 542-
3249.
I.T.T. trips
Have some fun with I.T.T. Take a trip or treat
yourself to a show! Stop by our office located
adjacent to the Navy Exchange, and sign up for a
great trip. Trips are open to all hands, so bring a
friend! For more information, call 542-3318.
Jan. 15 Tallahassee trip See all the sights
for just $20.
Jan. 23 Sterling Casino Cruise. Sail out of
Port Canaveral on the largest gambling ship in
Florida for just $12.50.
Liberty Cove Recreation Center
Sailors get out and join the Liberty Recreation
Center staff for some great fun in the sun events.
The Liberty staff invites all single Sailors to come
into the facility and see what they are all about.
Come in and play a friendly game of pool, ping-
pong, or darts. Relax and enjoy a free movie, or
surf the Web on anyone of 18 Internet ready com-
puters. Check their monthly schedule of events to


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see their exciting line up places to go and things
to do.
All activities are for active duty only unless
specified otherwise. Call 542-1335 for more
details.
NAS Jax Officers' Club & T-Bar
The next Reef and Beef buffet is tomorrow. The
T-Bar is open for social hours Monday-Friday
from 3-7 p.m. Call 542-3041 for more information
about reserving this facility for command or pri-
vate functions.
Marina news
The Mulberry Cove Marina is open to all active
duty, reserve, retired and Department of Defense
employees. Rental boats, camping gear, pig cook-
ers, turkey fryers, fishing tackle at fair prices, ice-
cold beverages and snacks, bait, ice, boat fuel,
boat storage, free launch ramp, and much more
available. All rental prices are on average 65 per-
cent less than the civilian sector. Coming in 2005,
new fishing gear. Now in stock, outdoors recre-
ation knives. Ball cap lights ...20 percent off
through December. Free kayaks/canoes for active
duty every Thursday. Mulberry Cove Marina and
Navy Outdoor Recreation are located at the end
of Ranger Road near the water. Contact us at
542-3260. Get your Florida Boating Safety Card
at www.boatingbasicsonline.com.
Veterinary Treatment Facility
The Veterinary Treatment Facility is located in
Building 537 on Biscayne Street. The Veterinary
Treatment Facility holds evening clinics the first
and third Tuesday of each month from 5-7 p.m.
Clinic is by appointment only. Call 542-3786 for an
appointment.
Youth Activities Center events
Join us for Friday Fun Nights. Each Friday
offers a unique adventure of fun and excitement
for ages K-17. Children must be pre-registered
for all Friday night's events. Fees are due by the
Wednesday prior unless otherwise noted. Tae
Kwon Do classes are offered on Tuesday and
Thursday evenings from 5:30-6:45 p.m. Call 778-
9772 for more information.
Bingo Palace
SLunchtime Bingo is Monday through Friday at
11:30 a.m. Evening programs are held every
Sunday, Monday, Tuesday and Thursday with
cards going on sale at 5 p.m. and games begin-
ning at 6:30 p.m. For more information, call 542-
3521, Ext. 14.
Free movies offered
Enjoy free movies at the base theater each
Friday evening starting at 7 p.m. and every other
Saturday at 5 p.m. and 7 p.m. Bring your own
popcorn, soda and snacks. Sit back and enjoy
some of Hollywood's premier blockbuster hits.
There are no alcoholic beverages allowed in the
theater and persons under 17 not permitted with-
out adult supervision.
Visit MWR online at www.nasjax.navy.mil and
look for the tab marked MWR. This is your tab to
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The Navy Wives Clubs of
America, NWCA Jax No. 86
meets the first Wednesday of
each month. Meetings are held
in Building 612 on Jason Street
at NAS Jacksonville at 7:30
p.m. The Thrift Shop is open
Tuesday and Thursdays and
the first Saturday of the month
from 9 a.m. 1 p.m. For more
information, call 772-0242 or
Pearl Aran at 777-8032.
The Navy Wives Club's
DID No. 300 meetings are held
the second Thursday of each
month at 7 p.m. at the Oak
Crest United Methodist Church
Education Building at 5900
Ricker Road. For more informa-
tion, call 387-4332 or 272-9489.
Clay County Chapter
1414, National Association
of Retired Federal Employ-
ees, invites all retired and cur-
rently employed federal employ-
ees to their regular monthly
meeting the second Tuesday of
each month at 1 p.m. at the
range Park Library. For more
information, call 276-9415.
The Navy Jacksonville
Yacht Club general member-
ship meetings are held at 7:30
p.m. on the first Wednesday of
every month at the clubhouse
(Building 1956) adjacent to the
Mulberry Cove Marina. The
Navy Jax Yacht Club is a mem-
bers only club open to all active
duty, reserve and retired mili-
tary, and active DoD personnel.
For more information, call 778-
0805 or email commodore@
njyc.org.
A free Yoga Class for all
ages and abilities is held the
first Sunday of each month at
Memorial Park in Riverside at 11
a.m. Bring a blanket. For further
information, call Brenda Star
Walker at 398-8429.
An Orange Park Singles
Dance is held every Friday
Night from 8-11 p.m. for adults
50 and up at the Knights of
Columbus at 3920 Old
Middleburg Road. For more
information, call 779-1234.
The First Coast Black
Nurses Association holds a
monthly meeting the second
Tuesday of each month at
Shands Jacksonville Hospital.
For more information, call 542-
7748.
The MOMS Club of
Jacksonville Orange Park/
Westside holds their chapter
meetings the second Tuesday


of each month at 10:45 a.m. at
the Calvary United Methodist
Church, 112 Blanding Boulevard
across from the Orange Park
Mall. Members meet for play-
groups, field trips, MOMS Nite
Out and family outings. For
information, contact Diane at
683-2143 or visit http://groups.
firstcoastcommunity.com/mom-
sclub.
The Association of Avia-
tion Ordnancemen's meeting
is held the third Thursday at 7
p.m. of each month at the Fleet
Reserve Center on Collins
Road. For more information, call
AOC Richard Holmes at 542-
3337 or Jim Bottac at 542-2939.
The Westside Jacksonville
Chapter 1984, National
Association of Retired Fed-
eral Employees extends an
open invitation to all currently
employed and retired federal
employees to our regular meet-
ing held at 1 p.m. on the fourth
Thursday of each month at the
Murray Hill United Methodist
Church, (Fellowship Hall
Building) at 4101 College
Street. For more information,
call R. Carroll at 786-7083.
The National Naval Offi-


cers Association holds its
monthly meeting on the fourth
Thursday each month at 5:30
p.m. at the Jacksonville Urban
League, 903 West Union Street.
Interested personnel are
encouraged to attend or contact
Lt. Cmdr. Herlena Washington
at 542-7715, Ext. 102 or email
Herlena.Washington@sar.med.
navy.mil.
The Filipino American Vet-
erans Society, Inc. recently
elected new officers for 2005.
They are: Art Gandionco, presi-
dent, Will Hux, vice president,
Bob Bontilao, secretary, Nena
Reed, treasurer, Ding Sabio,
PRO, Fred Cabales, chaplain,
and Willie Reyes, sergeant at
arms. Appointed area officer-in-
charge positions are: Rudy
Alcantara, Arlington, Pat
Patangan, Southside and
Mandarin, Willie Reyes,
Mayport and Beaches, Claro
Magpantay, Orange Park, Fred
Cabales, Westside. All the offi-
cers will be inducted during the
monthlymeeting in January.
For more information, call
237-4364.


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The Grinch is found!


Photo by Kaylee LaRocque
ATAA Jonathan Smith of Aircraft Intermediate Maintenance Detachment happily
accepts a $250 check from Geico Direct Representative Frank Butterfield for his deter-
mination in finding the lost Grinch. The Lost Grinch Contest was sponsored by the NAS
jax Morale, Welfare and Recreation Department Liberty Cove Recreation Center and
Geico Direct. The Grinch was found 12 days after the contest started and was found
next to the anchor at the RV Park. "It took a lot of effort to find him. I work nights, but
got up early every morning to search," said Smith.


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contacts who can help with consumer
problems:
Family Service Center 542-2766
Better Business Bureau 721-2288
State Attorney's Office Consumer


Mediation 630-2075
City of Jacksonville/ Consumer Affairs
Division 630-3467
Florida Department of Business &
Professional Regulation 1-850-487-1395
Construction Industry investigative
services 727-5590


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VP-45 wins fall softball championship


By Bill Bonser
Sports Coordinator
The 2004 Intramural
Fall Softball League
concluded the week
before Thanksgiving. The
regular season champions
were VS-31 with a 9-2
record. VP-45 was second
with an 11-3 record. The
league began with 20 teams,
but by the end of he regular
season, five teams had
dropped out leaving 15
teams for the playoffs.
The playoffs were played
using a double elimination
format. After the first night,
only one team was eliminat-
ed. There were eight teams
eliminated after the second
night narrowing the field
down to six teams.
The top two teams
reached the winner's brack-
et final to determine who
would play for the champi-
onship. VS-31 had advanced
to the finals by squeaking
by HS-3, 14-13 and AIMD
Warriors, 15-12. VP-45
advanced to the winner's
bracket finals in a more con-
vincing fashion defeating
SERCC, 16-3, AIMD 500,
19-14, and VP-5, 17-11.
VP-45 played exceptional-
ly well and VS-31 knew that
they were up against a
tough ball team. VP-45
opened up the game with
eight runs and by the third
inning, had taken a com-
manding 16-6 lead.
VP-45 never looked back
as they went on thrashing
VS-31, 24-11 to advance to
the championship game. VS-
31's defeat sent them to the


Photo by Bill Bonser
Members of VP-45 proudly display their trophy after winning
the base softball championship.


loser's bracket to face the
AIMD Warriors.
It was the second time the
two teams had faced each
other in the playoffs with
VS-31 defeating AIMD
Warriors, 15-12 in their first
meeting. AIMD Warriors'
confidence was building
with their wins over VP-62,
16-6 and VP-5, 15-13.
The teams played to a 9-9
tie by the end of the third
inning and AIMD took a 14-
9 lead going into the bottom
of the fifth inning. VS-31
scored three runs in the bot-
tom of the fifth to tighten up
the score 14-12.
VS-31 shut down AIMD in
the top of the sixth and then
scored three more runs in
the bottom of the sixth to
win the game 15-14. VS-31
was given a second chance
to play VP-45 for the cham-
pionship.
The stage was set for the
championship as VP-45 and
VS-31 came in fresh with
only two games scheduled to


determine the base champi-
on.
VP-45 took the field and
the championship was
underway. VP-45 got the
first two batters out and
then gave up a solo home-
run to Nino Serrano, but it
was the only score for VS-31
in the top of the first inning.
VS-31 ran into some trou-
ble in the bottom of the first
as Serrano walked three
batters to load the bases
with only one out. VP-45 did
do some damage scoring
three runs to take a 3-1
lead. VS-31 scored only once
again in the top of the sec-
ond and still trailed 3-2.
VP-45 took off in the bot-
tom of the second, hitting
four singles, two doubles,
and a three-run homer by
Jose Gomez on their way to
an eight-run inning to take
a 11-2 lead. VS-31 opened
the top of the third with
three consecutive singles to
load the bases. Once again,
VS-31 could only muster


one run and trailed 11-3.
VP-45 did not let up in the
bottom of the third hitting
six singles, a double, and
another three-run homerun,
this time by Tim Drake, to
give VP-45 back to back
eight-run innings and take
a commanding 19-3 lead.
Mike Cavanaugh led off in
the top of the fourth with a
solo shot and VS-31 loaded
the bases with one out.
Their hopes of a rally
ended when Jason Cassisi
hit a line drive to VP-45's
Jose Gomez who doubled up
the runner on second to end
the inning. For the fourth
straight inning, VS-31
scored only one run.
VS-31 finally managed to
shut down VP-45 one, two,
three in the bottom of the
fourth. With the score 19-4
at the end of four innings,
VS-31 had to score at least
four runs to stay alive due
to the 12-run rule.
VS-31 had their rally caps
on and loaded the bases
with no outs. Serrano scored
on a single by Joel Sedik,
but Cavanaugh was gunned
down at the plate by VP-45's
Pete Desmond while trying
to score on Sedik's single.
VS-31's hopes were brought
back to life when Floyd
Miller, hit a three-run home-
run to put VS-31 under the
12-run rule.
Trailing 19-9, VS-31's
hopes of a comeback quickly
vanished in the bottom of
the fifth when VP-45's Steve
White hit a three-run dinger
to run rule VS-31 and end
the game by the score of 22-
9.


Basketball court closure
The base basketball court is closed through Feb. 14 for installa-
tion of heat and air conditioning. Basketball leagues will resume
after work is completed.
4-on-4 Flag football league forming
This league is open to all NAS Jax active duty commands and
personnel. The season is scheduled to begin in January. Games will
be played in the evenings under lights. All interested personnel
should stop by the base gym to get the required paperwork to join
the league.
Racquetball tourney slated
This tournament is free and open to NAS Jax active duty men
and women only. This is a Captain's Cup event and each partici-
pant will earn points for their command. Sign up at the NAS Jax
Gym by Jan. 24.
Navy Southeast Regional Running and
Triathlon Team
Represent U.S. Navy in 5k, 10k, marathons, and/or triathlons.
The Navy will showcase elite active duty men and women in region-
al races. Uniforms provided as well as transportation, entry fees,
and lodging costs. Interested runners must compete in sanctioned
(USA Track and Field, USA Triathlon Association, or Roadrunners
Clubs of America) races and your time must be one of top 10
regional qualifying times. For more info, call 270-5451.
Southeast Regional qualifying times:
5K Men 19:00 Women 24:00
10K Men 34:00 Women 46:00
Marathon Men 3 Hrs. 30 Min. Women 4 Hrs.
Triathlon Men 2 Hrs. 30 Min. Women 3 Hrs.
Triathlon time based on 1.5k swim, 10k run, 40k bike.

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