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Who's Hungry?
Galley Serves Nutritious Mealk
Pages 6-7


TOUCHING CNO sets course

B A S E From Chief of Naval Operations said. "We must use the lessons of

Chief's exam
is Jan. 20
Anyone eligible to take
the chief petty officer's
exam is
reminded the
test will be
held Jan. 20 at
6:30 a.m. at '
Hangar 1000,
second deck.
Anyone who hasn't signed
their worksheet must
report to the Educational
Service Office at
Personnel Support Activity
now or you will not be able
to take the exam. For
more information, call 542-

Tsunami relief
Anyone interested in
donating to tsunami relief
funds can contact the NAS
Jax Chapel. The chapel is
collecting monetary dona-
tions only. Checks must be
made to the Religious
Offering Fund. Donations
will be forwarded to the
American Red Cross or
other charities approved
by Commander of Naval
Installations. Everyone is
cautioned to be aware of
fraudulent organizations
accepting donations. For
more information, contact
the chapel at 542-3440.

Annual vow
renewal event
The seventh annual St.
Valentine Marriage Vow
Renewal, sponsored by
the NAS Jacksonville
Religious Ministries
Program, is planned for
Feb. 12 at 6 p.m. at the All
Saints Chapel. A fellow-
ship dinner and dance will
follow immediately after
the ceremony at the NAS
Jax Officer's Club.
All hands are invited to
attend. The cost is $3 per
person E4 and below, $5
per person E5 and E6, $8
per person E7-E9, $10 per
person 01-03, $12 per
person 04-05 and $15 for
06, retirees and civilians.
The dress is semi-formal.
Free babysitting will be
offered by the NAS Jax
Chapel Youth Group in
Building 749. Donations
will be accepted. Call the
chapel at 542-3440 for
more information.

Public Affairs
making the fight to the enemy
in the global war on terror-
ism while bridging to the
future is the focus of Chief of
Naval Operations (CNO) Adm.
Vern Clark for the new year in
"CNO Guidance for 2005," released
Jan. 3.
The CNO wrote that bringing
the fight to the nation's enemies is
the Navy's mission, while trans-
forming to meet the dangerous
decades ahead is the Navy's imper-

"We are engaged in war, and tal-
ented American warriors are
bringing combat power to bear on
the enemies of our country," Clark

today'sfights both those against
the terrorists far from our shores
and for talent and change within
our Navy to forge tomorrow's
As the CNO told Navy and
Marine Corps News in a recent
interview, the Navy had a banner
year in 2004. One of the most
notable accomplishments was exe-
Scution of the Navy's Fleet Response
Plan. The Fleet maintained "6+2"
readiness to consistently deliver

See CNO, Page 11

Coping with sudden changes
Page 9


Adm. Vern Clark
Chief of Naval Operations

Gate construction

nears cot

By J01 Mike England
Assistant Editor

contractors are putting the finishing touches
on the commercial gate as NAS Jackson-
ville's $8 million gate construction project
nears its completion.
S Commuters and visitors to NAS Jax have had to
deal with changes in traffic patterns and lane clo-
sures this past year when entering and exiting the
S 'base due to gate improvement upgrades that were
S. -, underway at the Yorktown, Birmingham and com-
Photos byjOl Mike England mercial gates. However, with most of the construc-
MA3 Kathleen Box inspects the undercar- tion complete, traffic has returned to normal on
riage of a truck at the NAS Jax Commercial base, with a few improvements of course.
Gate Jan. 6. According to NAS Jax Deputy Director of

Tax help available Stand

Tri-Base area kicks off VITA program

at NAS Jax, Mayport and Kings Bay
By 10 Mike England
Assistant Editor

he tax centers will kick off their Volunteer Income Tax
Assistance (VITA) program Jan. 24 at Building 583, NAS
Jacksonville, Fleet Training Center, Mayport and Navy
Legal Service Branch Office (NLSO), Kings Bay, Ga.
The program will provide free federal income tax preparation
assistance to active duty military personnel, retirees and eligible
family members, as well as reservists on active duty for more
than 30 days. Last year, NLSO had numerous experienced pre-
parers who assisted with preparation of state taxes. This service
is not guaranteed at all centers, as levels of expertise vary.
This program is designed to assist with personal federal
income taxes. VITA personnel will assist only in filing personal
income taxes. Small business tax preparations will not available.
If you file your taxes using the following forms, you will be
assisted by the tax center: Form 1040EZ, Form 1040A with Sch 1,
2, 3, and EIC, Form 1040 with Sch A, B, C-EZ, D, EIC, R & SE,
Form 1040-V, Form 1040 ES, Form 2441 (Child and Dependent
Care Credit), Form 8812 (Additional Child Tax Credit), Form
8863 (Education Credits).
If you need detailed assistance with forms other than those
listed above, VITA personnel will not be able to assist you. They
are not trained to prepare complicated returns and cannot legal-
ly perform services above their level of expertise.
Since its inception in 1994, the Electronic Tax Filing (ELF)/
VITA program has assisted Sailors with over half a million feder-
al and state tax returns, and has saved Sailors millions of dollars
in commercial tax preparation fees. During the past three years,
ELF/VITA has consistently reached over one third of the active
duty population.
The ELF/VITA Program puts money in Sailors pockets in three
major ways.
There are no preparation fees. Commercial tax preparers
charge over $100 for the average electronically filed return.
ELF/VITA files the same returns at no cost to Sailors and their
Refunds are prepared faster. Paper returns take eight or more
weeks in the continental United States, even longer if overseas or
deployed. With ELF, refunds are deposited directly into a Sailor's
bank account within two weeks of transmission, even from over-
seas or afloat commands.
There is no need for refund anticipation loans. The quick
refunds available through ELF reduce the need for refund antici-
pation loans (short-term loans with added charges and high
interest rates).
See TAXES, Page 11



Security Gary Newman, the project has already
significantly sped up the flow of traffic and
increased security. "The' Birmingham widening has
really opened things up for us traffic wise. The
new vehicle barriers and sentry posts at the gates
have also made keeping the base secure just a lit-
tle easier."
Gate improvement upgrades have enabled Base
Security to inspect both commercial and privately
owned vehicles more effectively. This project has
also allowed rejected vehicles at gates to easily
exit without affecting other traffic. Other security
measures that have been incorporated into this
project include additional traffic lanes, guard

See GATE, Page 11

ling the watch

Photo by PH2 Danny EwingJr.
AT2 Brian Doll, assigned to the "Dusty Dogs" of HS-7, stands a force protection
security watch with an M-240G machine gun as the Ticonderoga-class guided
missile cruiser USS Monterey (CG 61) prepares to go alongside the Military Sealift
Command fast combat support ship USNS Arctic (T-AOE 8) for a connected
replenishment. Carrier Air Wing Three (CVW-3) is currently embarked aboard
USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75) conducting intelligence, surveillance, and recon-
naissance missions over Iraq. Truman's Carrier Strike Group Ten (CSG-10) and
CVW-3 are on a regularly scheduled deployment in support of the global war on

Sailors Honored
NavHosp lax Announces Top Performers
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2 aX Air NWS, NAS Jacksonville, Thursday, January 13, 2005

Naval tattoos: tradition vs,

(o hipmates, when it
comes to tradition, the
; U.S. Navy has an
i4neredible legacy, a legacy
laced with great names,
:r at ships and great
7 iingery of our proud seafar-
in- service. Keeping those
. rrditions alive today keep
:u'isonnected to that rich
* history; it gives us a sense of
;nr(de, esprit de corps and
: eaaraderie.
I P'm sure you're aware
, most of our naval traditions
and terminology come
:directly from the British
Royal Navy. Consider the
term "Show a Leg." In the
British Navy under King
George III, many Sailors'
wives accompanied them on
long voyages.
To avoid dragging the
wrong "mate" out of the rack
at reveille, the bosun asked
all to "show a leg". If the leg
wore silk, its owner was
allowed to sleep in. If the
leg was hairy and tattooed,
the owner was forced to
"turn to."
The close identification
between Sailors and tattoos
dates back to the first voy-
age of Captain James Cook
in 1769. The word tattoo is
derived from the Tahitian
word "tatau", meaning to
mark. The "Tat" refers to
tapping the tattooing
instrument into the skin;
"au" for the cry of pain from
the person being tattooed.
By its painful application,
tattoos served as a rite of
Oftentimes the tattoos

bore a significant meaning
- a shellback turtle showed
that the Sailor had crossed
the equator, whereas a pig
tattooed on one foot (or leg)
and a rooster on the other
was a charm against drown-
ing. But having a tattoo in
the days of wooden ships
also served a more practical
purpose; it helped others
identity bodies that had
gone overboard.
Suffice it to say, tattoos
were and still are a mar-
itime tradition. But nowa-
days, shipmates, that tradi-
tion is somewhat restricted
by official U.S. Navy policy.
The restrictions are to
ensure we remain a profes-
sional looking service.
Two years ago, the CNO
(NavAdmin 021/03) enacted
several revisions to the
Uniform Regulations that
included establishing a poli-
cy for tattoos. You probably
know that tattoos shouldn't
be visible though uniform
clothing. But were you
aware there's a size limita-

tion for body markings
exposed while wearing a
proper fitting 'T-shirt?
Tattoos can be no larger
than the wearer's open
hand, all fingers touching,
placed directly over the
More specifically, the
Navy's policy forbids "tat-
toos/body art/brands on the
head, face, neck, or scalp...or
elsewhere on the body that
are prejudicial to good order,
discipline and morale or are
of a nature to bring discred-
it on the Navy."
It also prohibits tattoos
that are excessive, obscene,
sexually explicit or advocate
or symbolize sex, gender,
racial, religious, ethnic or
national origin discrimina-
tion, as well as symbols
denoting any gang affilia-
tion, supremacist or extrem-
ist groups, or drug use.
You may or may not be
aware of this, but it's the
use of symbols that are
increasingly keeping poten-
tial recruits from enlisting
in the Navy. If they possess
a tattoo that is contrary to
Navy policy, it's up to them
to have the body markings
removed at their own cost.
Removing a tattoo is often
painful, requiring multiple
treatments, and the treat-
ment cost is usually three or
more times than the tattoo
For those who have tat-
toos, could you have a pro-
hibited symbol and not even
know it? You're probably
familiar with the term
"COB", which we often refer
to as Chief of the Boat.
However, but in the tattoo

. policy
world, it's a symbol for a
gang affiliation. How about
the numbers "88"; they're
synonymous with Heil
Hitler ("H" being the eighth
letter in the alphabet).
Perhaps you know what the
letters "KKK" mean, but
what's the symbol for it?
It's a series of three connect-
ed "KIs" (looks like a triangle
with a line running across
the three points). Would the

letters "RBD" or an upside
down "CRAB" (with a star
replacing the "A") be prohib-
ited? Both signify gang
These are but a few exam-
ples of the thousands of pro-
hibited markings.
Word to the wise, ship-
mates if you're consider-
ing getting a tattoo, don't do
it .on a whim, research it
first. Ask this question "In
20 years am I still going to
like the tattoo or will I
regret it?"
Although Navy policy does
state that waivers may be
requested for prior service
or existing tattoos, there's a
betting chance it may not be
approved if it doesn't pass
muster. If that happens,
and you already have the
tattoo, it'll be up to you to
pay for the removal. If you
have questions, ask your
If you choose to get a tat-
too, make sure you know
what you're doing and that
the tattoo (and location)
comply with Navy stan-
dards. It's just not worth it
to jeopardize your Navy
career because of a tattoo.


Maybe I should
By Sarah Smiley
Special Contributor
A few weeks ago I made a terril
mistake. I wrote a column
S addressing the gifts womE
should buy their husbands f
Christmas, and suggested things li
leaf blowers, global positioning sy
teams, and nifty measuring device
Many of you told me my ideas "soun
ed familiar," or were "on target," ai
this came as a relief; initially I feare(
might be accused of stereotyping.
So what's the problem, you're as
ing. Where did I go wrong? We
apparently-as I was to find o
Christmas morning-what I failed
mention was what men should buy i
their wives.
Previously it had not occurred to n
my husband might need help. Ho
many times did I say, "You can buy n
any type of jewelry"? How many hin
did I drop about the wallet I wanted
Did I not specifically say, "I love ever
thing at Pottery Barn"?
But I have to give my husband t
benefit of the doubt. As a milita
man, he's not around very much. H
also not the most observant (it tak
him four days to notice when I've c
ored my hair). So it makes sense
got confused and decided what I rea

have also given men's gift suggestions
wanted for Christmas was a gift card seemed so girly."
to Home Depot, a cordless Dust The baseball book and set of tools I
Buster, and the entire audio collection gave him seemed very "manly" to me.
)le of The Godfather. So if your wife asks for a "silly" scarf
ln Nevertheless, another important gift or a "useless" necklace, remind your-
en occasion is looming around the corner, self she is a woman, and the fact that
or and before Dustin rushes out to buy you (as a man) don't like these things
ke me a wrench for Valentine's Day, I'd only increases the chances that she'(as
s- like to follow-up that previous column a woman) will.
s' with some shopping tips for men. And never underestimate the power
id- First of all, if men would only take of presentation. There's a reason
nd time to notice, their wives are drop- women gasp at a box from red enve-
Iping detailed hints. Often these lope or Tiffany's: the packaging is just
k- reminders are nearly falling into the as thrilling as the contents. What does
11 man's lap. So my initial suggestion is this mean for you? If you can't wrap a
ut this: slow down and read the yellow gift without using duct tape, or if plas-
to post-it notes your wife has affixed to tic bags from the grocery store seem
or your shaving cream. Chances are like good "gift bags" to you, pay some-
she's literally spelling out her wishes. one to wrap your purchases for you.
me And keep in mind that your wife Lastly, let me say to the men: post
,w wouldn't go through the trouble of rip- these suggestions on the refrigerator.
me ping out pages of a catalog and taping Glue it to your forehead if you need to.
ts them to the back of your cell phone if Because there are less than two
d? she didn't really want the items in the months left until Valentine's Day.
-y- picture. My husband claims the neck- If you are as shopping-challenged as
lace I put on my Christmas list didn't Dustin, that's not much time to
he really "seem like" me. Has he learned redesign your gift-giving philosophy.
ry nothing yet? Then again, there are 10 months
e's Similarly, never second-guess your between Valentine's Day and next
:es wife's list. After I finished crying over Christmas...and that's a mighty long
ol- the Dust Buster, I asked Dustin, "Why time to be in the Dog House.
he didn't you get me anything on my Sarah Smiley can be reached for com-
Uly list?" And he said, "Because it all ments at www.sarahsmiley.com.

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SJob title/command:
NAS Jax Quarterdeck

Home State: Indiana

Family Life: Married with a child
on the way.

Past Duty Stations: VS-24

Career Plans: To become a nurse and raise
my family.
r i ,- .

Most Interesting Expriernce: Going
through boot camp.

Words of Wisdom: Go Navy!


S. Job title/command:
1 CNRSE Family Housing
Financial Officer

Hometown: I was a military
family member growing up and moved often,
but Norfolk, Va. is my hometown.

' Family Life: I have two Maine Coon cats,
! Zach and Duchess.

Past Duty Stations: SUBLANT, CIN-
I CLANT, AMPHIBASE Little Creek, Va.,

Career Plans: TobIecome a member of the
senior executive service.'

Most Interesting Experience: Climbing
Mt. Fuji and taking a cruise through the
Panama Canal.

Words of Wisdom: Each day is precious.
Live each moment to the fullest.

Volunteers needed for rally
The City of Jacksonville and the Jacksonville Super
Bowl Host Committee are looking for volunteers to
help set-up the 2005 Super Bowl Volunteer Rally
Jan. 15. For further information or to volunteer, call
Dianne Parker at 542-5380 or email
Dianne.E.Parker@navy.mil or John Mason at 891-4375.

Did you know ...
Funeral costs could be as little as $1,500 or could eas-
ily escalate to $8,000 or more? It is strictly up to
you. The Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society
(NMCRS) can assist you in identifying the hidden and not
so hidden costs associated with a funeral. Well assist you
in preparing a budget and give you some pointers to help
keep your costs reasonable.
Visit your local Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society
(NMCRS) office before you've obligated funds for a funeral
beyond your means. Remember that your love for a
departed relative is not measured by how much you spend
on the funeral. For more information, call 542-3515.


Hey Moneyman:
I heard that telemar-
keters will soon have access
to cell phone numbers.
What's up with that? I
already pay too much
money every month on my
cell phone bills and do not
want even more of my
already limited minutes
wasted. Is this rumor true
and how do I prevent tele-
marketers from calling me?
MoneyMan Sez:
Unfortunately, what you
heard is true. As the result
of a recent FCC decision, all
cell phone numbers will be
released to telemarketers
this month. If you wish not
to receive advertising calls
on your cell phone, log on to
the FCC Web site
egister/Reg.aspx and regis-
ter your number on the Do
Not Call List.

Hey, MoneyMan!
It's tax-time and I've seen
all types of advertisements
for "Fast Cash Refunds,"
"Express Money," and
"Instant Refunds." I need
the money now and don't
want to wait for a refund.
What can you tell me about
these companies?

MoneyMan Sez:
How would you like to
pay someone a super-high
price to borrow money that
already belongs to you?
Sounds crazy, right? But
that's pretty much what
happens to many folks at
tax time in the crazy world
of refund anticipation loans
(RALs). These companies
will promise a refund in
just a day or two, or even
on the spot. Beware!
Many of these "fast
refunds" are really, loans.
When you get a RAL, you're
borrowing against your own
tax refund money. RALs are
extremely expensive. Loan
fees typically range from
$30 to $90, which trans-
lates into annual percent-
age rates of about 60 per-
cent to over 700 percent.
RAL fees, combined with
tax preparation, electronic
filing, and other fees, can
end up eating a big chunk
of your refund. RALs can be
risky. Since a RAL is a loan
from a bank in partnership
with a tax preparer, it must
be repaid even if the IRS
denies or delays your
refund, or your refund is.
smaller than expected.
The bottom line is you're

lining someone else's pock-
ets with your hard-earned
money. For more informa-
tion about RALs go to
The information contained
in this article was furnished by

permission from the National
Consumer Law Center.

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
SSunday 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
Protestant Sunday School program is at 9:45-10:45 a.m.,
and Catholic CCD is 10:45 a.m.-12:15 p.m.
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Deputy Public Affairs Officer Miriam A. Lareau
U.S. Naval Air Station, lacksonville Editorial Staff,
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Assistant Editor 101 Mike England
Manager Ellen S. Rykert
Staff Writer Kaylee LaRocque
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NavHosp Jacksonville

Sailors of the Year are

'best of the best'

By Loren Barnes
Naval Hospital Jacksonville
Public Affairs
Out of a prestigious
list of outstanding
Senior and Junior
Sailors of the Year repre-
senting Naval Hospital
Jacksonville core command
and its seven branch med-
ical clinics located
throughout Florida and
Georgia, two Sailors
emerged as the "best of the
best" in the Naval Hospital
Jacksonville claimancy.
HM1 Andrea Searcey
was honored as the Naval
Hospital Jacksonville Area
Senior Sailor of the Year
for 2004 and HM2
Monique Rodriquez was
named the Naval Hospital
Jacksonville Area Junior
Sailor of the Year.
Competing for the hospi-
tal's claimancy-wide Senior
Sailor of the Year honors
were the following BMC
and core command Senior
Sailors of the Year: HM1
Samuel Castro Naval
Hospital .Jacksonville
(Core Command), HM1
Francis O'Dell BMC Key
West, Fla., HM1 Andrea
Searcey BMC Mayport,
HM1 Hubert Williams -
BMC Albany, Ga., HM1
William Zack BMC Kings
Bay, Ga.
Searcey, a Philadelphia
native who has been in the
Navy 16 years, continued a
stellar Navy Medicine
career after arriving at
BMC Mayport in Sept-
ember 2003.
Parsons, BMC Mayport
leading senior chief, said,
"Petty Officer Searcey is
simply outstanding... She

HM1 Andrea Searcey
is an outstanding leader
and mentor of our Navy's
future leaders."
She is currently serving
as the leading petty officer
for the Branch Clinic's
Education and Training,
Plans, Operations, Medical
and Intelligence and the
Burial at Sea programs.
In 2004, she used her
experience and expertise to
revive and strengthen the
clinic's Education and
Training department while
also taking on numerous
other duties, improving all
the programs she touched.
For instance, as a member
of a clinic integration team
she contributed to the
smooth transition of dental
personnel into the Naval
Hospital Jacksonville com-
Last year, she processed
seven staff personnel for
deployment. She also
served as the clinic's
Combined Federal Camp-
aign (CFC) coordinator,
directing 10 keypersons
and raising $8,300 toward
the command's CFC goal.

HM2 Monique Rodriquez
Other areas that have
benefited from Searcey's
skills include Health,
Insurance Portability and
Accountability Act train-
ing, equal opportunity
training, customer service
training, emergency med-
ical services training and
the clinic's Leadership
Training Program.
As the Basic Life
Support (BLS) Program
instructor trainer for
Naval Station Mayport,
Searcey has personally
qualified 200 personnel,
trained 27 instructors and
facilitated training for
1,480 personnel.
The Mayport Clinic's
BLS Program recently
received a "BZ" and the
highest marks possible on
a recent assessment
thanks to her manage-
Despite her busy sched-
ule, this stellar Sailor and
mother of three, finds time
to volunteer with numer-
ous military and civilian
community events.
These include: The

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Photo by HM2 Michael Morgan
Naval Hospital Jacksonville Senior and Junior Sailors of the Year: HM1 Samuel Castro Naval
Hospital Jacksonville (Core Command), HM1 Francis O'Dell BMC Key West, Fla., HM1
Andrea Searcey BMC Mayport, HM1 Hubert Williams BMC Albany, Ga., HM1 William Zack
- BMC Kings Bay, Ga., HM2 Harold Agurto BMC Key West, Fla., HM3 Richard Engle BMC
Atlanta, Ga., HM2 Philip Fretag BMC Kings Bay, Ga., HM2 Aaron Herring BMC Albany,
Ga., HM2 Tanisha Hudson BMC Jacksonville, HM3 Amanda McFaddin BMC Mayport and
HM2 Monique Rodriquez Naval Hospital Jacksonville (Core Command).

American Heart Associa-
tion Heartwalk; the
American Cancer Society
Light the Night event, the
Naval Station Mayport-Go-
Round, the National
Smoke-Out-Day, the Clin-
ic's School Physical Day
and Literacy Now, which
teaches young adults read-
ing and other vital life
She is the Community
Service Chair for the First
and Second Class Petty
Officer Association,
through which she coordi-
nates volunteers for events
benefiting organizations
such as the Nielson Organ
Transplant Foundation,
Children's Miracle Net-
work and the Salvation
Army. She also helped
develop a display for the
base Multicultural Cele-
In addition, Searcey is
furthering her education
through military corre-
spondence courses and col-
lege classes.
Searcey will go on to
compete for Commander,

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The Red Cross is currently taking appli-
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Volunteers are also needed to work
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Navy Region Southeast
Sailor of the Year honors.
Competing for the
claimancy-wide Junior
Sailor of the Year honors
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Richard Engle BMC
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cy-wide Junior Sailor of
the Year, is an El Paso,
Texas native, who enlisted
in December 1998. She
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Hospital Jacksonville's
assistant command fitness
leader and leading petty
officer for the Fitness
Enhancement Program.
HMC Kevin Smith,
Naval Hospital Jackson-
ville command fitness pro-
gram leading chief petty

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making her a treasured
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well as the command."
Rodriquez has been cited
for her "flawless planning
and execution" of a suc-
cessful Fitness Enhance-
ment Program. Her.leader-
ship led to a decrease in
the number of participants
by 65 percent as they
became able to meet the
physical readiness test
She also was cited for
her outstanding military
bearing, her mentorship of
junior Sailors and her will-
ingness to go the extra
mile whether in taking on
additional professional
duties or in volunteering
in the community.

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Yoder to take helm

HS-11 changes leaders today

By Lt. j.g. John Roath
mdr. Steven Yoder
will Cmdr. Edward
D'Angelo as com-
manding officer of the
"Dragonslayers" of HS-11
today in a change of com-
mand ceremony at HS-
Il's hangar.
Yoder received his com-
mission after graduating
from the U.S. Naval
Academy in 1987. After
initial flight training he
reported to the "Red
Lions" of HS-15 where he
completed two Mediter-
ranean Deployments
aboard USS Forrestal (CV
In the summer of 1993,
he joined the "Seahorses"
of HS-1 as a Fleet
Replacement Squadron
flight instructor. During
this tour of duty' he com-
pleted his Masters of Arts
in Management from
Webster University.
Returning to sea duty
he embarked on board
USS Wasp (LHD 1) in
Norfolk, Va. from 1996 to
1998 supporting opera-
tions in Bosnia and
Kosovo. Yoder
joined HS-11 in 1999 for
his department head tour.
:He served as the
squadron's training officer
and operations officer and
completed the Millennium
Cruise to the Persian Gulf

Cmdr. Steven Yoder
aboard USS John F.
Kennedy (CV 67) in sup-
port of Operation
Southern Watch, conduct-
ing maritime interdiction
Yoder most recently
served as the officer-in-
charge of the Weapons
Training Unit for
Commander, Helicopter
Anti-Submarine Wing,
D'Angelo assumed com-
mand of HS-11 while the
squadron was aboard USS
Enterprise (CVN 65) in
September 2003. He led
the squadron through two
overseas deployments,
including one in support
of Operation Iraqi
Freedom and Operation
Enduring Freedom.
Under his leadership
the command was award-

Cmdr. Edward D'Angelo
ed the Commander,
Helicopter Anti-
Submarine Wing, Atlantic
Excellence in Aircraft
Maintenance Award,
Commander, Atlantic
Fleet "Golden Anchor" for
retention excellence and
the Global War on
Terrorism Expeditionary
Medal, while maintaining
a perfect safety record.
D'Angelo's next assign-
ment will be the staff of
Commander, Naval Air
Forces Pacific in San
Diego, Calif.
HS-11 welcomes Cmdr.
John Nettleton, who
assumes the duties of
executive officer.
Nettleton recently report-
ed to HS-11 after a tour
as executive officer of HS-
10 at NAS North Island
in San Diego, Calif.

VP-45 hosts Pine Castle Care Center
By Lt. j.g. Dennis Smith '
VP-45 Assistant PAO

n Dec. 13, VP-45 con-
tinued a family tradi-
tion of hosting a tour
for the Pine Castle Care
Center of Jacksonville.
Lt. Matt Andersen, son of
retired Capt. Andy
Andersen, followed in his
father's footsteps by spear-
heading a visit of more than
250 clients of the center.
Matt wanted to continue the
community outreach in his
home squadron, VP-45, that
his father sponsored during
his tenure as the command-
ing officer of VP-30.
The Pine Castle Center of
Jacksonville specializes in
providing long-term super-
vision, education, and
employment opportunities
for adults with developmen-
tal disabilities.
This tour allowed resi-
dents a look at the day-to-
day operations of a VP
squadron featuring a walk-
through of the P-3C aircraft
and squadron spaces, static
displays of aircrew survival
equipment, aircraft ordi-
nance and maintenance,
arid a presentation by Cmdr.
Rich Fite, VP-45 command-
ing officer.
The Pine Castle partici-
pants eagerly arrived at
Hangar 1000 in seven
school buses, parking on the
tarmac directly outside of
VP-45 spaces. All the visi-
tors began their tour on the
hangar deck where Fite and
the squadron tour volun-
teers welcomed them.
Guests were then broken up
into groups, led by squadron

Photo courtesy of VP-45
VP-45 Lt. Joshua Crouse shows clients of the Pine Castle Care
Center one of the squadron's aircraft parked outside Hangar
1000 on Dec. 13.

aircrew and maintainers,
and given the opportunity to
explore the exhibits as well
as enjoy some refreshments
during their stay.
After all of the guests had
a chance to experience the
aircraft and equipment dis-
plays, they gathered around
for Fite's closing remarks.
During his farewell, the
skipper donned a survival
vest to demonstrate its use.
He picked two volunteers
from the audience to pull
the actuation handles of the
flotation section, inflating
the vest's lifesaving flotation
As a grand finale, all the
Pine Castle, visitors and
guides gathered on the tar-
mac where they observed a
squadron aircraft start up,

taxi to the runway, and take
off in a send off fly-by. With
cheers subsiding, the
Pelicans bid farewell to
their visitors, escorting
them to their buses and
waved goodbye.
"I am so proud of the
Pelican's of VP-45," com-
mented Fite. "In true
Pelican fashion, they have
gone the extra mile and,
reached out to the communi-
ty to give a glimpse into the
life they lead and share the
pride they have in their
Squadron, their Navy, and
their Country. I am also
very proud of Lt. Matt
Andersen for continuing
this most important out-
reach tradition and look for-
ward to future opportunities
for VP-45 to serve."

HS-7 earns fourth Fleet Retention Excellence Award

From HS-7

or the fourth year in a row,
HS-7 has been awarded the
annual Commander, U.S.
Atlantic Fleet Retention
Excellence Award for exceeding
annual retention benchmarks.
Commands that met or exceed-
ed the 56 percent zone'A' reenlist-
ment rate, 70 percent zone 'B'
reenlistment rate, 85 percent
zone 'C' reenlistment rate, and
Zone 'A' Attrition rate of 18 per-

cent or less for fiscal year 2004 or
were winners of the Quarterly
Retention Honor Roll at least two
of the four quarters, received the
During fiscal year 2004, more
than 67 percent of the Sailors
aboard HS-7 reenlisted 29 per-
cent of them during Summer
Surge 2004. Combined, they
received more than $157K in
selective reenlistment bonuses.
According to HS-7's Command
Career Counselor, NC1(AW/SW)

Cyndi Rohloff, the command's
retention successes are a result of
good leadership. "What really
made a difference is our senior
personnel counseling their Sailors
to stay Navy," said Rohloff. "Our
career development boards
helped our senior leaders find out
what they could do to keep their
Sailors in the Navy."
In addition to strong deckplate
leadership, HS-7's retention suc-
cess can also be attributed to a
pro-active and well-managed

career-counseling program, which
lead to a 15 percent decrease in
attrition. "My focus has been to
bring the needs of the Navy and
the Sailor together, and with the
Perform to Serve program, makes
it a win-win situation for both
sides," added Rohloff.
Intrusive leadership by the
chief petty officer's mess is the
key to reducing attrition in first
term Sailors said CMDCM(AW/
SS) Joe Clough, HS-7's command
master chief. "Knowing our

Sailors and setting high stan-
dards that hold them accountable
for their actions are what our
mess does. This is not just a job;
it's our way of life. If the Sailors
know they are being cared for
they will perform to a higher level
then expected and get more job
satisfaction from what they are
HS-7 is deployed on board USS
Harry S Truman and is currently
in the Persian Gulf in support of
Operation Iraqi Freedom.

Office of Personnel Management authorizes

special workplace solicitation for tsunami victims

From. the U.S. Office of
Personnel Management
United States Office
of Personnel Man-
agement Director
Kay Coles James has
authorized special work-
place solicitations of feder-
al employees who wish to
make monetary donations
to bring countries de
much-needed supplies and
humanitarian aid to South
Asian devastated by this
week's earthquake and
With James' authoriza-
tion, agency heads can pro-
mote charitable giving and
communicate to employees
the contact information of
organizations providing
disaster relief. James says
the special solicitation will
"facilitate relief assis-
"As a nation, we are all
troubled by the recent
earthquake and resulting
tsunami in South Asia,"
said James in a memoran-
dum to agency heads
authorizing the special
"Based on the recommen-
dation by the U.S. Agency
for International Devel-

opment, cash contributions
are the most effective way
to provide relief assistance.
As such, I am authorizing
department and agency
heads to allow a special
solicitation of federal
employees at the work-
place to facilitate relief
assistance within the fed-
eral government," he
With the authorization,
federal employees can
make a one time cash or
check donation outside the
Combined Federal Cam-
paign (CFC), the only regu-
larly scheduled charity
drive authorized in the
federal workplace. A simi-
lar authorization was
made following.the Sept.
11 terrorist attacks.
James also notes that
federal employees who
work in areas where the
annual CFC has not yet
concluded may contribute
to relief efforts through
either payroll deductions,
or by a direct cash or check
contribution to a CFC par-
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JaIAir News, NAS Jacksonville, Thursday, January 13, 2005 5

'Mad Foxes' settle into new den

By Lt. j.g. Michael Moody
Now firmly estab-
lished on one of the
most challenging
deployments in recent
memory, the "Mad Foxes" of
VP-5 have begun to make
their presence known
Various crews and air-
craft have flown successful
missions in the Central and
Southern European Com-
mand theaters.
Accompanying this grand
scope of operations are the
inherent challenges of com-
munication, support and
logistics. Meeting these
challenges head-on, VP-5
has already enjoyed great
While working closely
with the Coast Guard and
other agencies recently, the
Mad Foxes were able to
prevent more than 2.6 met-
ric tons of illegal drugs
from reaching U.S. soil.
Rear Adm. Jeffrey J.
Hathaway, director, U.S.
Coast Guard Joint
Interagency Task Force
South was so impressed
with the performance that
he sent a "Bravo Zulu" to
the Mad Foxes from for
their role in the operation.
The squadron also had

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Photo by PH3 Jessie Paquin
(From left) VP-5 "Mad Foxes" Lt. Stephen Bradfield, Lt.
Gregory Englebert, Lt. j.g. Michael Moody, AMCS Stephen
Norris, AD1 Kevin Sattesahn and AT1 Terrence Suyak pose
with Chief Maco (dog) and his handler, MA1 Paul Fogel.

the unique opportunity to
assist NAS Souda Bay's
Security Department with
the medical evacuation of a
canine. The department's
explosives-detecting dog,
Maco, was suffering from a
leaky heart valve and need-
ed immediate attention.
The Ready Alert crew was
notified and airborne with-
in two hours and quickly
delivered Maco to Army

veterinarians in Germany
to get the medical attention
he needed. Maco is current-
ly recovering, but will be
retired from his military
The Mad Foxes continue
a the Navy tradition of
making a positive impact in
the local community with a
visit by members of the
administration department
to the local Suru Di Gesu

Photo by PHAN David Didler
Members of VP-5 and NAS Sigonella's Personnel Support Detachment team up to support the
Suore di Gesu Redentore Orphanage. The group sponsored a Christmas party for the children.

Redntore orphanage, where
they sponsored a Christmas
party for the residents, in
addition to tours of the P-3
aircraft for local Italian ele-
mentary schools.
Fascinated by the plane,
the children brought many
questions and were able to
learn about the many mis-
sions performed by the
Orion aircraft and her

During the recent holiday
season, miles away from
family and friends,
squadron personnel reflect-
ed on the importance of
their commitment and mis-
sion. And although families
and friends were missed
the most, their enthusiasm
and patriotism was
unshakable. "Of course I
wish I could be with my
family, but this is what I

signed up for and things
could always be worse,"
remarked AEAN Samual
Ramp. Ramp has a wife
and son patiently waiting
for him in Greenville, S.C.
As the Mad Foxes dutiful-
ly fulfill their obligations
far away from home, we
would like to send our love
and good cheer across the
miles to our loved ones.

Employee rights and responsibilities when injured at work

We would like to take this
opportunity to advise
you of some of the bene-
fits and responsibilities that are
accorded by the Federal Employ-
ees' Compensation Act (FECA)
should you file a workers' com-
pensation claim.
The Office of Workers' Compen-
sation Programs (OWCP) admin-
isters the FECA and has sole
adjudication authority for federal
workers' compensation claims.
The ICPA office, in conjunction
with the Civilian Personnel
Management Service, Injury &

Unemployment Compensation
Division, is responsible for moni-
toring your entitlement to the
benefits outlined within the
FECA and administered by the
Filing a Worker's
Compensation Claim
If you voluntarily elect to file
workers' compensation claim in
relation to the reported accident,
please complete the on-line
OWCP Form CA-1 or CA-2 with
your supervisor
Form CA-1, Federal Employees'
Notice of Traumatic Injury and
Claim for Continuation of

Pay/Compensation may be com-
pleted to report a traumatic
injury, which is an injury that has
occurred within one tour of your
regular duty. Form CA-1 should
be filed within 30 days of the
Form CA-2, Notice of
Occupational Disease and Claim
for Compensation, may be com-
pleted to report an occupational
disease, which is an injury or ill-
ness that has developed over a
period greater than one tour of
official duty. Form CA-2 should
be filed within 30 days of the date
you realized the disease or illness
was caused or aggravated by the

When filing a claim for
Occupational Disease or Illness,
you must submit the specific
detailed information described on
Form CA-2 and on any checklist
(Form CA-35, A-H) provided by
your supervisor or the human
resources office. OWCP has
developed these checklists to
address particular occupational
diseases. Medical reports must
also include the information spec-
ified on the checklist for the par-
ticular disease claimed.
Once a claim has been filed
with the OWCP, you have the
right to withdraw your workers'

compensation claim, (but not the
notice of injury) by so requesting
in writing to OWCP through your
responsible ICPA office at any
time before OWCP determines
eligibility for benefits.
Obtaining Medical treatment
You have a right to choose your
treating physician. You must
notify your supervisor of your
preferred choice prior to schedul-
ing an appointment. Any request
by your supervisor or the occupa-
tional health clinic to be evaluat-
ed by medical clinic or

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6 JaxAir Hews, NAS Jacksonville, Thursday, January 13, 2005

CS3 Quandra Johnson peels carrots that will be steamed
and served fresh in the salad bar.

Photos by Miriam S. Gallet ,

AMAN Teresa Pallin of VP-45 enjoys the freshness of the salad
bar. "1 like the salad bar, but breakfast is the best, especially the Earns four-star rating
freshly baked bagels," she said, and prepares for Ney award
and prepares for Ney award
By Miriam S. Gallet
NAS Jax Galleon Galley Supply Petty Officer MS1 (AW) Marvin quality meals, a ocean environment and excel-
Ruth helps junior culinary specialists cook hamburgers.ua lent customeals, a clean environment and excel-
four-slent customer service earned the NAS Jax
Galleon Galley a four-star rating last year
duri a Navy food service inspection. However, the
...-- .. _four-star rating while impressive is not what the
"culinary specialists at the galley are after.

rating during a Commander, Navy Region Southeast
regional food service inspection, which is a prelude
to the Capt. Edward F. Ney award given yearly to
the, best enlisted dining facilities in the Navy,"
explained CS1(SW/AW/SCW) Patrick Campbell, gal-
ley production chief.
"What the region did
5,is equal to the civil-
ian rating system,
but we want to win
Sthe Ney. We are
shooting for a five-
star rating this sum- W
Culinary Specilaist Striker AN Mathew Aubin of VP-45, serves .t mer rating then the
AN Brian Wright of the Center for Navy Aviation Technical ...mer and then the
Training Unit, a plate full of green vegetables and onion rings. "I e, Ney award."
"eiahg ytm bt h tG tkThis was the first
like eating at this galley. It's much better than the Great Lakes, Mathew Hammon and Angela Roberts, food service attendants, time in the history
Ill., galley," Wright said. refill the soda fountain machines. of the NAS Jax
Galleon Galley that
,. a four-star rating
accreditation has
been awarded to the
"Earning a four-
star rating for the CS2(SW) Kevin Boswell, watch
first time since this captain at the NAS Galleon
galley opened is a Galley, inspects the lunch food
reflection on the out- line consisting of pineapple
:.- standing service we chicken, braised pork chops,
provide to our cus- mashed potatoes, orange rice,
tomers," remarked green beans and succotash.
CSC(SW) Allen
Johnson, one of two leading chief petty officers
(LCPO) assigned to the galley.
According to CSC(SW) Ken Howard, the other
LCPO assigned to the galley, everyone is working
hard and the chances of earning a five-star rating
are very good.
... "We are working very hard and are spending thou-
sands of hours training and have also put a lot of
.- emphasis on attention to details in order to prepare
.' the best nutritional meals in the fleet," said Howard.
"Our galley feeds approximately 800 service mem-
S- - bers daily and we want them to have good nutrition
while enjoying a very delicious and tasty meal in a
very clean and aesthetically pleasing environment."
S. "Additionally, we are also proactive in the Navy
Culinary Arts Pilot program where culinary special-
ist are assigned to different hotels in the area for a
-.. .- period of three months, working and learning with
.' T'~ Jacksonville's finest chefs," he added.

William Hughes, a dishwasher at the galley, removes clean dishes from the scullery machine.

See Galley, Page 7

JaxAir News, NAS Jacksonville, Thursday, January 13, 2005 7


prepared with pride

Preparing dessert dishes is the responsibility of Navy Baker
CS2 James Meigs, who is shown here mixing jelly roll batter.


CS3 Tammy Walter accepts payment for a meal from VP-30 stu-
dent AT1 (AW) Brad Henness at the NAS Jax Galleon Galley.

AE (AW) Bryan Masteller of Commander, Sea Control Wing
Atlantic, heads for a table to enjoy his meal.

From Page 6

The military and civilian
staff attached to the NAS
Jax Galleon Galley goes
through extensive training
year-round in order to serve
three, varied meals a day,
365 days a year and main-
tain a "safety first" posture.
"Striving to provide a safe
working environment for
our CSs and civilian staff is
at the top of the list. Next is
ensuring all areas of the
galley are sanitized 100 per-
cent daily. It only takes one
moment of carelessness for
someone to get hurt or for
food to be contaminated.
This is why we are constant-
ly conducting training,
inspecting our galley and
documenting our activities,"
said Johnson
The galley, staffed with 42
military and 15 civilians
who are assigned to port or
starboard watches, is never
closed. "Unlike other depart-
ments that shut down for
the holidays or other special
observances, the galley is
always open. We are here
every day supporting the
warfighters," Campbell said
"Breakfast is our first
meal of the day and we
begin serving it at 6 a.m.
However, our bakery staff
arrives promptly at 4 a.m.
and begins their daily rou-
tine, which may include
baking two or three, some-
times even four change of
command and retirement
cakes. By 5 a.m. the entire
shift is here and everything
is in full swing," he contin-
Even after the evening
meal has been served, the
galley stays open preparing
night meals for the
squadrons assigned to the
"On any given week, we
prepare more than 300
night meals for squadron
personnel and watch-
standers," Howard said.
"These box meals are avail-
able with a three-hour
advance request. We also
have a take-out line, which
is available during all meals

and also do special birthday
meals for our Sailors each
The special birthday
meals Howard is referring
to are no ordinary meals.
They consist of steak and
shrimp or lobster, baked
potatoes and salad bars and
a decorated cake. Any Sailor
celebrating his or her birth-
day can attend the meal.
But, for the culinary spe-
cialist in a quest to earn the
five-star rating, breaking
the mold and finding inno-
vative ways of preparing
meals while adhering to
strict sanitary guidelines
matters most.
"I want our galley to win
this year. We are training
hard and are focused on
jobs. We passed the arduous
four-star rating for the first
time six months ago, we can
do it. Chief Howard is great
and our morale is high,"
said CS3 Linda Chacon.
"Being able to provide our
Sailors with high quality,
nutritional foods and mak-
ing the meal as enjoyable as
possible is a job we take
very seriously and if it helps
us win earn five stars, we
welcome it," Howard added.
The Ney inspection team
comes unannounced and
brings with it a very long
and demanding check list,"
Campbell said. "Chief
Howard and Johnson spend
a great deal of time docu-
menting our training, sani-
tation inspections, teaching
junior CS's and working
with the NAS Jax Facilities
Department in order to
address the minor discrep-
ancies noted during the
regional inspection. It's a
long process, but we are
"The carpeting in the
main dining room needs
replacing. Even though the
furnishings are new, the car-
pet is worn out and it takes
away from the aesthetically
pleasing environment we
are trying to have for our
warfighters," Johnson
explained. "These are things
that are looked at during a
Ney inspection."
During the much-antici-


CS2(SW) Linda Ostler, a certified
Navy baker, separates dinner rolls
to be served during the lunch
meal. Ostler bakes 1,200 rolls a

CS2(AW/SW) Kevin Smith and CS3 Linda Chacon share sea
stories while preparing a garden salad.

pated inspection, the galley
will be competing against a
long list of administrative
criteria such as accounting
and record-keeping and food
preparation and sanitation.
"When the inspectors
from Naval Supply Systems
Command arrive, every-
thing must be in order and
squared away. There is no
second chance," said
Howard. "The food service
division is looked at micro-
scopically during the inspec-
tion. Every corner of this
division is looked at and
nothing escapes them. Food
preparation and sanitation
are at the top of the list. If a

galley does well enough, it
receives five stars, which we
will," he concluded enthusi-
The Capt. Edward F. Ney
Memorial Awards Program
was established in 1958 by
the Secretary of the Navy
and the International Food'
Service Executive's
Association in an effort to
improve the quality of Navy
food service operations and.
recognize the best galleys in
the fleet.
Ney served as head of the
Subsistence Division of the
Bureau of Supplies and
Accounts between 1940 and

C 1 _

8 JaxAir NeWS, NAS Jacksonville, Thursday, January 13, 2005

NavHosp Jax's White Navy Medicine RP of the Year

By Loren Barnes
Naval Hospital Jacksonville Public Affairs
R P2(SW) James White of
Naval Hospital Jackson-
ville's Pastoral Care De-
partment has been named Navy
Medicine's 2004 Religious Pro-
gram Specialist of the Year.
A 25-year-old native of Eliza-
bethtown, Ky., White enlisted in
the Navy in 1998. He reported to
Naval Hospital Jacksonville in
December 2003. He is now the
assistant leading petty officer in
Naval Hospital Jacksonville's
Pastoral Care Department and
was selected Junior Sailor of the
Quarter in September. Prior duty
assignments for White included
Naval Air Station Whiting Field
and the USS Gettysburg (CG 64).
Whether it is mentoring junior
Sailors, turning in outstanding
marks in Physical Readiness
Training (PRT) and command

sponsored runs, organizing train-
ing evolutions at multiple loca-
tions or coordinating the Navy-
Marine Corps Relief Society fund
drive for his department White is
known as the kind of Sailor that
gets the job done.
Naval Hospital Jacksonville
Chaplain Lt. Jason Hefner said,
"Religious Program Specialists
have as their motto, 'exceeding
the expected.' RP2 White does
that everyday. He brings
dynamism to his work that can-
not be limited to our depart-
White was cited for extending
religious and ethical care to six
Branch Medical Clinics (BMCs)
by flawlessly coordinating eight
chaplain training visits to the
BMCs. He advanced the
Chaplain Corps' goal of recruit-
ment by facilitating a 19-day
training evolution for a chaplain
candidate officer. His develop-

ment of a new religious prefer-
ence database enables efficient
and accurate provision of support
to deploying service members and
their families. In addition, he
made command-wide impact as a
member of the hospital's "Under
My Wing" mentoring program,
expertly managing a database of
more than 500 mentors and pro-
White said of the Navy
Medicine honors, "I'm excited
about being selected as the
Bureau of Medicine and Surgery
(BUMED) RP of the Year. It's a
huge compliment that I'm sure
other RPs probably deserved as
White is currently working on
his associate degree at Florida
Community College, Jacksonville
and he said he looks forward to
the opportunity to earn a commis-
sion as a naval officer."

Photo by Loren Barnes
RP2(SW) James White lights candles in the Naval Hospital Jacksonville
Chapel. White was recently named Navy Medicine's 2004 Religious
Program Specialist of the Year.

NHSO health specialist wins Regent's award -
N9H Jck nillrDiabeti

From Naval Healthcare Support Office

ist at the Naval Healthcare Support
Office, Jacksonville and a Fellow,
American College of Healthcare Executives
recently received the American College of
Healthcare Executives (ACHE) Senior-
Level Healthcare Executive Regent's
The award was presented during the
Florida Regents' meeting, held in conjunc-
tion with the Florida Hospital Association's
annual meeting in Orlando. Lynne
Thomas-Gordon, the college's regent for
Northern Florida and director of opera-
tions Shands, Gainesville, presented the
award to Bedsole.
.To be recognized by my peers, a truly
dedicated group of professionals in health-
care administration in Northern Florida, is
certainly a highlight of my career but it is
also very humbling," Bedsole stated.
The senior-level healthcare executive
Regent's Award recognizes ACHE affiliates
who are experienced in the field and have
significantly contributed toward the
advancement of healthcare management
'excellence and the achievement of the
!goals of ACHE. Affiliates are evaluated on
*leadership ability, innovative and creative

Colds and flu:

symptoms can
The following is taken from the Take
Care of Yourself Handbook, the medical
self-care reference book that Humana
'Military Health 're Services makes avail-
pable to all T#ICARE Prime households in
ithe Southeast and GulfSouth Regions.
Ml ost doctors believe that colds and
the flu account for more unneces-
sary clinic visits than any other
'group of problems. Because these are viral
illnesses, they can't be cured by antibiotics
'or any other drugs. However, there are
'over-the-counter drugs pain relievers,
decongestants, antihistamines that may
decrease symptoms while these problems
:cure themselves.
There seem to be three main reasons
why colds and flu result in unnecessary
'doctor visits:
*; A few patients aren't sure that their
illness is a cold or the flu.
; Many come seeking a cure, though
there is none.
Many patients feel so sick that they
believe the doctor must be able to do some-
thing. Faced with this expectation, doctors
,sometimes try too hard, giving an antibiot-
ic, performing tests, or taking X-rays that
aren't really needed.
Tips for Home Treatment
Take two aspirin and call the doctor in
*the morning. This familiar phrase doesn't

management, executive capability in devel-
oping their own organization and promot-
ing its growth and stature in the communi-
ty, contributions to the development of oth-
ers in the healthcare profession, leadership
in local, state, or provincial hospital and
health association activities, participation
in civic/community activities and projects,
and participation in College activities and
interest in assisting the College in achiev-
ing its objectives.
"I've seen these individuals give of them-
selves to better serve our professional com-
munity in Jacksonville and the surround-
ing areas. It has been an absolute pleasure
to have had the opportunity to work with
such a group of individuals whom I admire
and respect and it is only through my asso-
ciation with them that I find myself the
recipient of the Regent's award," Bedsole
Bedsole is board certified in healthcare
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College of Healthcare Executives, demon-
strating a commitment to professional
excellence. He holds a master's degree in
healthcare administration from Baylor
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administration from the University of

no cure, but

be controlled
indicate neg-
lect or lack of
Many over-
are effective

the fever and
aches of the
common cold.
The fever,
aches, and
are most pro-
nounced in the afternoon and evening, so
take medications regularly over this peri-
Drink a lot of liquid. This is insurance.
The body requires more fluid when you
have a fever. Be sure you get enough.
Fluids help keep the mucous more liquid
and help prevent complications such as
bronchitis and ear infection.
Rest. How you feel is an indication of
your need to rest. If you feel like being up
and about, go ahead. It won't prolong your
illness, and your friends and family were
exposed during the incubation period, the
three days or so before you had symptoms.
If symptoms persist beyond two weeks, call
your doctor.

NCLC closed Monday for holiday

N avy College Learning Center
(NCLC) will be closed on Jan. 17, in
observance of the Martin Luther
King, Jr., federal holiday. Due to the obser-
vance closure, the NCLC will be open on
Jan. 22 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. to provide
students an extra opportunity to get some

study time in.
Any student interested in taking advan-
tage of these special hours is encouraged to
call the NCLC at 542-3676 in order to
reserve a seat. Walk-ins will also be wel-

Sea Cadets, the adventure of a lifetime

he Naval Sea Cadets
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which helps youths, ages
,14-17, to explore careers in
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Providing positive role
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objectives are to develop
good citizenship, self-disci-
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responsibility and leader-
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The program is open to
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creed, or sex. If you

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exciting program or if you

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Arthritis Class dates announced

From Naval Hospital Jacksonville
Public Affairs
Diabetic classes are available for
eligible beneficiaries through the
Health Education Department.
Primary Care Manager referral is
required. Diabetic Standard Classes
cover the basics of diabetes, what it is,
how it affects body, how it can be con-
trolled, etc. Dates for the Spring 2005
Diabetic Standard Classes, to be held in
the hospital's Internal Medicine Clinic,
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 offering a new
Arthritis Self-Help Course. This class is
designed to help you learn and practice
the different skills needed to build your

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own individualized self-management
program, and gain the confidence to
carry out that program. It complements
the professional services of your health-
care team, with trained volunteers,
many with fibromiyalgia, leading the
courses. It teaches the latest pain man-
agement techniques, covering manage-
ment of fatigue and stress, purposes and
effective use of medications, the emotion-
al effects of arthritis, and the importance
of nutrition in arthritis management and
it involves the family. Classes scheduled
for the main building's second deck con-
ference room are set for the following
Jan. 19 and 26, 1 p.m.
Feb. 9,16 and 23, 1 p.m.
Another class set for the hospital's
Family Practice Conference Room is:
Feb. 2 at 1 p.m.
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Pulling chocks: coping

Helo wash

with a sudden
By Kelley Harper
you've just been told that your Sailor
or Marine is leaving, and you have
very little time to get everything in
order. There's no time for deployment brief-
ings, household checklists, or even starting
those repairs on your car. You might be
wondering what needs to be done, how
you're going to do it, and what you're going
to do after your spouse is gone. You may
feel as if you've been thrown for a loop, but
it can be done.
Create a Paper Trail Being ready to
handle emergencies is a key component to
deployment readiness. If you haven't
already set up your legal documents, you
can do this quickly and at no cost. A power
of attorney and a general will are necessi-
ties, especially during a deployment. The
POA will give you the authority to handle
all financial and personal affairs while the
service member is away. A general will
states what you would like to happen to
your belongings and finances, and who
should take care of your children if you
and your spouse are not able to.
Your Navy Legal Assistance Office or
Marine Corps Joint Legal Assistance Office
can provide you with these documents,
often in less than 24 hours. Call your local
office to find out about walk-in hours. You
can also download power of attorney and
will forms that you can bring with you
ahead of time.
Keep Your Command Informed -
Make sure that the service member's com-
mand has current information about you
and your family in the event of an emer-
This pertinent information will include:
Addresses where you can be reached
(including those of family members with
whom you might be staying during a
Phone numbers of both.your and your
spouses families.
Your wishes regarding who contacts
you if the need arises. It's also wise to keep
a copy of command information in your
wallet in case you need it.
If you need to make adjustments in your
budget, financial assistance is available at
your base Navy-Marine Corps Relief
Society. Financial counseling is available
free of charge. Most offices accept same-
day appointments, so call early to get your
time reserved.
Expect the Unexpected During a
sudden movement, service members may
not be able to contact you. That doesn't
mean there is any cause for alarm.
Depending upon where the Sailor or
Marine is located, it sometimes takes
weeks until e-mail accounts are estab-
lished or to determine if phone use will be

permitted. Continue to send U.S. mail even
if you don't get replies right away. They'll
be waiting for their name during mail call.
Be Good to Yourself Give yourself
time to regroup. You've been given little
time to prepare, and emotional ups and
downs are completely normal. Your chil-
dren may also be experiencing the effects
in different ways, such as changes in eat-
ing and sleeping habits, and discipline
problems. Be aware of and open to profes-
sional help if you and your family are feel-
ing overwhelmed. It's not a sign of weak-
ness; they are people who can help.
Contact your Navy Fleet and Family
Support Center or Marine Corps Personal
Services for confidential, free assistance.
So the dog doesn't know how to mow the
lawn. Spouses often feel the need to get
affairs in order after a deployment begins,
at the expense of pure exhaustion. Try not
to do everything yourself, and prioritize
what truly matters to you. The yard sale
can wait, and spring cleaning can be put
on hold for a couple of months, but your
well-being cannot.
This may mean drawing upon your
strengths and taking up a new hobby that
you wouldn't normally have done if your
spouse were home. Or continue doing the
things that have interested you, such as
volunteering or participating in a craft
class. Whatever it may be, do what's neces-
sary to take care of yourself and your chil-
dren during this time.
Your Surrogate Family Consider
your key volunteer or ombudsman as a
resource bank. As officially trained volun-
teers, they're the first contact for families
of deployed units. They can give you the
information you need straight from the
commanding officer, answer your ques-
tions, and provide you with resources for
services on base. If you aren't sure who
your key volunteer or ombudsman is, con-
tact the office of the commanding officer to
obtain his or her name and phone number.
This is also the time to draw upon others
for support. Keep in contact with those
who can lend a hand when you need it.
Your next-door neighbor could be the clos-
est person available; don't underestimate
them. Also, take an active role in family
support groups and spouses clubs.
Sometimes all it takes to lift your spirits is
to be around others who understand.
If you don't know anyone in your area,
attend a family meeting or seek help from
an online spouse support group. Though
the Navy and Marine Corps don't officially
endorse them, websites such as Military
Wives and the Military Spouse Support
Network can be great for spouses who
want advice or just someone to listen. You
can find new friends anywhere, and most
likely there's someone out there just like
you looking for a friend.

Photo by PHAN Philip Morrill
AT3 Michael Yorkovitch, assigned to the "Dusty Dogs" of HS-7, washes the windshield
of a SH-60F Seahawk before flight operations aboard the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier
USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75). Currently aircraft from Carrier Air Wing Three (CVW-
3) embarked aboard Truman are providing close air support and conducting intelli-
gence, surveillance and reconnaissance missions in ongoing operations over Iraq.
Truman's Carrier Strike Group Ten (CSG-10) and embarked CVW-3 are currently on a
regularly scheduled deployment in support of the global war on terrorism.

Joint Military Medical Managers

Course looks for participants
By Ellen Maurer Ellen Embrey, the deputy assistant
Bureau of Medicine and Surgery Public Affairs Secretary of Defense for Force Health
Protection and Readiness.
C oordinators for the military's Joint All attendees also receive media train-
Operations Medical Managers ing, including an interview session which
Course (JOMMC) announced Jan. 7 is taped and critiqued. This helps leaders
that spaces are still available for 04 prepare for all elements involved in the
through 06 ranking health care profes- mass casualty mission, from national
sionals interested in attending the Feb. 27 media attention to a politically sensitive
-March 4 training, and multi-service environment.
The closeout date for applications was "The most important aspect of this train-
slated for Jan. 6, however seats are still ing is its jointness," said Lt. Col. Mary T.
available. Commanders are encouraged to Brueggemeyer, dean for Instructional
send senior medical providers to this Programs at the Defense Medical
course, which is designed to increase inter- Readiness Training Institute (DMRTI). It
operability among U.S. medical forces. provides an opportunity to bring tri-service
"The Secretary of Defense has placed medical leaders together where they can
joint warfighting capability into the top 10 share their knowledge, ideas and experi-
priorities for the past three years. The mil- ences and hopefully discover that health
itary medical community is part of this," services support has the same goal of pro-
isaid Lt. Myron Evans, officer in charge of viding the Soldier, Airman and Sailor with
Joint Operations Programs (JOP). "There the best medical care anywhere, anytime."
is no doubt current and future operations "Joint medical support should be an easy
will involve a joint force. The military med- concept," added Evans. "When one consid-
ical community must be ready to support ers that injuries, illness and treatment
this." standards are the same, no matter what
JOMMC incorporates lectures and table- uniform the patient is wearing."
top exercises with role playing to allow JOMMC is offered twice a year and is
participants a chance to practice their open to tri-service active duty, Reserve,
training. They also learn how to prepare National Guard medical officers, and for-
and present a formal Joint Task Force sur- eign national military health care profes-
geon's brief, essential information for an sionals. Qualifying participants are award-
area commander. Military strategies man- ed approximately 40 continuing education
date that the current medical force struc- credits upon successful completion of the

ture be more responsive in diverse opera-
tions and the military health care system
must develop and train for the next gener-
ation of rapid, joint, self-managed and scal-
able response capabilities, according to

For more information on how to apply for
JOMMC, call DMRTI Public Affairs at
(210) 221-0781 or log onto their training
Web site at www.dmrti.army.mil.

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 via e-mail

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WORKERS COMP: A breakdown of what you need to know

From Page 5

contract physician must not
interfere with your pre-
ferred physician appoint-
When an appointment
with your preferred physi-
cian is requested for a trau-
matic injury, your supervi-
sor may complete the front
of Form CA-16, "Authori-
zation for Examination
and/or Treatment".
In an emergency, where
there is no time to complete
the form, the ICPA office
may authorize medical
treatment by telephone and
then forward Form CA-16 to
the medical facility within
48 hours. Retroactive
issuance of Form CA-16 is
not allowed under any other
Your supervisor, or the
ICPA office may refuse to
issue a CA-16 if more than
one week has elapsed since
the injury occurred, or the
treatment is based on an
Occupational Disease or
If you require medical
treatment because of a
work-related occupational
illness, it is recommended
that you obtain care directly
from a physician, preferably
from a specialist in the indi-
cated field.
,If OWCP accepts the
cjaim, medical treatment
required by the conditions)
accepted, in-cluding treat-
ment received before accept-
ance may be reimbursed to
you or your health insur-
ance carrier by the OWCP
after adjudication.
Form CA-16 may not be
used to authorize treatment
for occupational disease or
illness except in very unusu-
al situations.
For each type of claim, you
are responsible for submit-
ting, or arranging for sub-
mittal of a medical report
from the treating physician
for every medical service
provided to you resulting
from the job-related injury.
You must also submit med-
ical evidence showing that
the condition claimed is dis-
abling when applying for
wage loss benefits.
Medical reports from serv-
ice providers must include
the following: Dates of
examination and treatment;
History given by you;
Physical findings; Results of
diagnostic tests; Diag-nosis;
A description of any other
conditions found but not due
to the claimed injury;
Treatment provided or
recommended for the
claimed injury; Physician's
opinion, with medical rea-
sons, as to causal relation-
ship between the diagnosed
conditions) and the factors
or conditions of the employ-
ment; Extent of disability
affecting your ability to
work due to the injury;
Prognosis for recovery; and
Work limitations.
Medical Bill Payments
Your provider has the
option of sending bills for
injury-related treatment or
services electronically, or in
paper form.
Providers that elect to
submit bills electronically
must enroll as a DOL
provider by completing the
Provider Enroll-ment Form
at the following web
address: https://owcp.
OWCP will pay appropri-
ate charges for medical
treatment if your case is
approved and the treatment
was necessary for the job-
related injury. OWCP
applies a schedule of maxi-
mum allowable medical
charges to pay work-related

bills submitted by a
provider of service. OWCP
will only authorize payment
of treatment or services that
are related to an accepted
work-related condition.
You are not responsible
for paying the difference
between the maximum
charges set by the schedule
for a particular treatment
and the charge made by the
provider for bills submitted
on an OWCP accepted
You are, however, respon-
sible for payment of medical
bills resulting from an occu-
pational disease or illness
until a claim is accepted by
the OWCP.
You may be reimbursed
for employee-paid medical,
surgical, and dental services
using Form HCFA-1500,
American Medical Associa-
tion Standard Health In-
surance Claim Form, or
OWCP-1500, the version of
the form, which includes
instructions for submitting
bills to OWCP.
The provider must sign
the form. For pharmacy
expenses, you should use
the Universal Claim Form,
to include the name of the
drug; name of prescribing
physician and the date the
prescription was filled.
Additionally, you must
also complete Form CA-915,
Claimant Medical
Reimbursement Form, and
submit a copy with each
Form HCFA-1500, OWCP-
1500, or Universal Claim
Claims for hospital
charges must be submitted
on Form UB-92. All forms
are available through the
ICPA office, or at http://
For payment reimburse-
ment, it is recommended
that you submit proof of
payment, along with the
proper forms. OWCP will
accept signed statements, by
providers, a mechanical
stamp showing receipt of
payment, photocopies of
canceled checks (both front
and back), or a copy of a
credit card receipt.
Both provider bills, and
employee reimbursements
must be submitted to
OWCP within one year after
the end of the calendar year
in which the expense was
incurred, the service was
provided, or within a year
after the end of the calendar
year in which the treated
condition was first accepted
as compensable by OWCP.
You may review the status
of bill submissions for your
injury claim by entering the
ACS website, and following
instructions provided by
that website.
https://ow cp.dol.acs-
Entitlement to COP
Continuation of Pay
(COP) is anextension of
your regular pay for up to
45 calendar days of wage
loss due to disability and/or
medical treatment. Your
employer pays COP only for
claims filed for traumatic
injuries. When you request
COP, your employer must
continue your pay unless it
controverts COP for one of
the following reasons:
The disability is due to
an occupational disease or
You serve without pay
or nominal pay, or are
appointed to the staff of a
former President, or are
selected pursuant to
Chapter 121 of Title 28 and
serve as a petit or grand
juror, and are not otherwise
an employee of the United

You are neither a citizen
nor a resident of the United
States or Canada (i.e., a for-
eign national employed out-
side the United States or
The injury occurred off
the Agency premises and
you were not engaged in
authorized "off premises
The injury was caused
by your willful misconduct;
or by your intent to bring
about injury or death of
yourself or another person;
or by your intoxication from
alcohol or illegal drugs;
The injury was not
reported on a form approved
by OWCP (usually Form
CA-1) within 30 days after
the injury
You first stopped work
more than 45 days after the
You first reported the
injury after employment
You are enrolled in the
Civil Air Patrol, Peace
Corps, Job Corps, Youth
Conservation Corps, work-
study program, or other
group covered by special leg-
Your employer may stop
COP if:
You do not provide
appropriate medical evi-
dence of a disabling trau-
matic injury within 10 cal-
endar days of claiming COP.
COP is reinstated where
evidence received at a later
date supports disability.
Your physician has
found you to 'be partially
disabled and you refuse
suitable work, or fail to
respond to the job offer.
Your scheduled period of
employment ends, or
employment otherwise ends,
provided the period of
employment or date of ter-
mination is set before the
injury occurs
COP can be stopped if
employment ends due to
disciplinary action in situa-
tions where preliminary
written notice of termina-
tion or other action was
issued before the injury
occurred and the termina-
tion or other action became
final during the COP period.
Also any continuation of
pay (COP) granted to you
after a claim is withdrawn
must be charged to sick or
annual leave, or considered
an overpayment of pay con-
sistent with 5 U.S.C. 5584,
at your option.
Light DutyAvailability
Employees who are dis-
abled from their regular
jobs are expected to return
to suitable light duty identi-
fied by the supervisor, or the
ICPA office.
If light duty work is avail-
able and offered, you must
notify your attending physi-
cian and request him/her to
specify the limitations and
restrictions that apply.
Thereafter, immediately
advise your supervisor or
the ICPA office of the limita-
tions and restrictions
imposed by your physician.

If offered light duty work
within the limitations and
restrictions imposed by your
attending physician, you are
obligated to return to duty
unless you are entitled to,
and request leave under
If you choose not to accept
the light duty job offer, you
may not be entitled to COP,
or wage loss compensation
from the OWCP.
Claims for Compensation
Compensation payments
may be made after wage
loss begins and the medical
evidence shows that you
cannot perform the duties of
your regular job.
For a traumatic injury,
compensation is payable
after the 45 days of COP
have ended and three wait-
ing days have elapsed.
For traumatic injuries
where there is no entitle-
ment to COP, and for non-
traumatic injuries, compen-
sation is payable after three
waiting days have elapsed.
In either instance, no
waiting period is required
when permanent disability
exists, or when the disabili-
ty causing wage loss exceeds
14 days.
Compensation is paid at
two-thirds of your pay rate
if you have no dependents,
or three-fourths of the pay
rate if you are married or
have one or more depend-
The pay rate is based on
your pay on the date of
injury, the date disability
began, or the date of recur-
rence. The only regular
deductions from compensa-
tion are for your share of
health benefit premiums,
optional life insurance, and
post-retirement basic life
withholding if you are
enrolled in these plans.
In order for you to claim
Compensation, you must be
in Leave Without Pay -
Injured On Duty (LWOP
(KD)) status with your
Form CA-7, Claim for
Compensation, is used to
claim compensation for loss
of pay. Each payment of
compensation must be sup-
ported by a medical report
from a physician that shows
you are disabled for work
during the period for which
compensation is claimed. It
is your responsibility to
arrange for submittal of
such medical reports.
Leave Buy-Back
Instead of LWOP (KD),
you may use sick or annual
leave to cover disability
periods, however, this is not
required, or advised. Doing
so can cost you a significant
amount of money and delay
to repurchase the leave
It is often preferable to
use LWOP (KD) and claim
compensation instead.
The leave buy-back pro-
cess allows you to repur-
chase annual and sick leave
subject to your employer's
OWCP does not require
that your employer grant

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This is solely the decision
of each individual agency.
When your claim is
approved and medical evi-
dence shows that you were
unable to work because of
the injury during the period
claimed; you may request a
"leave buy-back." You must
submit Forms CA-7, CA-7a
and CA-7b to OWCP
through the ICPA office.
You will owe your em-
ployer the difference
between the amount paid
for leave, which is 100 per-
cent of your usual wage
rate, and the amount paid
for compensation, which is
two-thirds or three-fourths
of the wage rate.
When this difference is
paid, your employer's pay-
roll office will then restore
the annual and sick leave to
your account and replace
them with LWOP (KD)
For each 80-hour incre-
ment of restored annual and
sick leave that is converted
to LWOP (KD), your leave
account may be reduced by
four hours of sick leave and
either four, six or eight
hours of annual leave
dependent upon your leave
accrual rate. The repur-
chase of leave can also affect
your income taxes.
Permanent Impairment
The FECA provides com-

pensation for the permanent
loss or loss of use of speci-
fied members, functions,
and organs of the body.
Payment is made for a
specified number of days or
weeks according to the
severity of the impairment.
This kind of payment is
called a schedule award.
Penalty for False Claims
Whoever knowingly and
willfully falsifies, conceals,
or covers up a material fact,
or makes a false, fictitious,
or fraudulent statement or
representation, or makes or
uses a false statement or
report knowing the same to
contain any false, fictitious,
or fraudulent statement or
entry in connection with the
application for or receipt of
compensation or other bene-
fit or payment under sub-.
chapter I or III of Chapter
81 of Title 5, shall be guilty
of perjury.
And on conviction thereof
shall be punished by a fine
under this title, or by
imprisonment for not more
than five years, or both; but
if the amount of the bene-
fits falsely obtained does
not exceed $1,000, such
person shall be punished by
a fine under this title, or by
imprisonment for not morl
than one year, or both.
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CNO: Course set for I

From Page 1

six forward-deployed or ready-to-
surge carrier strike groups (CSG),
plus two additional CSGs in 90
days or less. Other major accom-
plishments include transitioning
to new mission areas including
missile defense, providing more
support for land forces fighting
the global war on terrorism, and
enhancing organizational align-
ment of the Navy's people, capa-
bilities and infrastructure.
Fiscal year 2004 was also a piv-
otal year for manpower initia-
tives. Recruiting saw an increase
of 60 percent over fiscal year 2003
in the number of recruits with
some college experience, and a
rise in the percentage of recruits
in the top 50th percentile of those
taking the Armed Forces
Qualification Test (AFQT) to 70
percent. Retention numbers were
stronger than ever, and the
Perform-to-Serve program
steered more than 4,000 Sailors
to undermanned ratings.
"Our many 2004 accomplish-
ments are indicative of your
superb leadership, initiative and
hard work." Clark said. "We will
have urgent need of those quali-
ties in the year ahead as we exe-
cute our wartime missions while
bridging to the Navy of the
Clark said that the future will
demand two attributes above all
others: speed and agility. "This is
true regardless of whether we're
talking about combat or the
adaptability of our technology
and industrial bases. We must do
all that we can to increase the
speed and agility of our great
The CNO said the Navy will
succeed in this endeavor only if it

can get the people with the right
skills to the right place at the
right time. "A comprehensive
Human Capital Strategy (HCS)
will do that, and it is therefore a
crucial deliverable for our Navy,"
he emphasized. This new strategy
will refine the way the Navy
recruits, assesses, trains and
manages officers, enlisted Sailors
and Department of the Navy
employees. "We will pursue new
technologies and competitive per-
sonnel policies that will stream-
line combat and non-combat per-
sonnel positions," along with
improving integration of active
and Reserve missions and reduc-
ing the Navy's total manpower
structure, Clark explained. "We
must become a better educated,
better trained and better compen-
sated but smaller workforce in
the future."
The focus is not about manning
reductions according to the CNO.
"This effort isn't about cutting the
numbers in the workforce to save
money while dumping additional
work on the backs of Sailors.
We've been there before during
the drawdown, and we are never
going there again." Clark said
that the Navy will change the
processes to eliminate "make-
work," and use available technolo-
gy to do away with fundamentally
unfulfilling work.
According to Clark, the HCS
will serve the Navy's mission and
Sailors in equal measure, "recog-
nizing the ultimate source of the
Navy's competitive advantage lies
in unleashing the power of our
people; the success of our Sea
Warriors is the key to the success
of the Navy."
The Navy's mission is depend-
ent upon getting the people with

the right skills to the right place
at the right time. To succeed, the
Navy will continue to provide
them with both professional and
personal tools needed for success.
The following is an overview of
the CNO Guidance for 2005:
Manpower: "We are winning
the battle for people. We are
attracting, developing and retain-
ing a talented cadre of profession-
als who have chosen a lifestyle of
service." Efforts in 2005 will focus
on developing a Human Capital
Strategy, increasing the quality of
recruits and their training,
expanding diversity and focusing
on professional military educa-
tion for all paygrades under Sea
Current Readiness: "We have to
get to the fight faster to seize and
retain the initiative. That
requires increasing the opera-
tional availability of our forces by
continuing to refine and test the
Fleet Response Plan (FRP)." CNO
said a key word in the Navy's
future is surge, adding that, "if a
resource doesn't have surge capa-
bility we are not going to own it."
The number one priority is taking
the fight to the enemy. To accom-
plish this, the Navy will also
improve its maritime security
cooperation initiatives with allied
navies and also provide homeland
security and force protection.
Future Readiness: "Speed, agili-
ty and a commitment to joint and
coalition interoperability are core
attributes of this evolving Navy."
The Navy continues to move for-
ward with the Sea Power 21
vision, comprised of Sea Strike,
Sea Shield, Sea Basing and
FORCEnet, to transform the way
the Navy fights. This includes
refining the Navy's global war on


terrorism capabilities ne
support Homeland Secur
Homeland Defense mission
Quality of Service: "The
of service of our Sailors
families and our civilian
force is a top priority in c
out our mission. We wil
innovation and support te
gies that will enable our p
do their jobs more efficient
effectively." This year's foc
be to review and record
ways to more tightly fit
tional experiences to job
ments. Other initiatives
eliminating all inadequate
lor and family quarters b
and achieving Homeport
by 2008.
Alignment: "Our object
unify the entire Navy and
the cultural change in our
tion so that our organize
processes, communicate
actions align with our inst
al beliefs, values and prior
major focus for alignn
establishing a national
Maritime Intelli-gence
integrating DoD, Departi
Home-land Security an
intelligence resources to
global maritime survei
global Mari-time Inter
Opera-tions and Maritime
land Protection.
Clark, in summing up h
Guidance, said that "The e
is clear. We are moving in
tive direction on all of th
issues of the day. You ha\
standard of excellence, fro
cess in recruiting and rei
and the unparalleled ava:
of our forces, to the new ai
capable ships, aircraft an
infrastructure we are field
fight the global war on ten

for 2005

eded to CNO also said that the Navy's
ity and mission remains bringing the
is. fight to our enemies. "Your effort
quality and your accomplishments have
s, their set in motion forces of change,
n work- beginning the journey I believe
carryingg we must undertake if we are to
1 foster maintain the greatness that our
echnolo- 229 years of naval history has
people to bestowed upon us," he said.
itly and To accelerate positive change
cus will within the Navy, "our behavior
mend must also reflect our organiza-
educa- tional values of Honor, Courage
require- and Commitment. Leader-ship
include must drive this alignment of val-
bache- ues and behavior; the Sailors who
y 2007, serve our great nation deserve
Ashore nothing less," he said.
ve is toSpecifically, CNO said we must be
deepen more diligent in looking after the
deepen health of our entire Navy family.
institu- "In particular, we must deepen
ion and our commitment to prevent alco-
Siton- hol abuse, violent crime, spouse
ities."A and child abuse, and blue-on-blue
cities. incidents. To do this, we must
nent is
Global adhere to the highest standards
Center, of ethical and personal conduct."
ment of "Remember, our people remain
i allied at the heart of all that is good in
support our Navy. Our expectations for
lance, 2005 are high, and we will contin-
ception ue to provide new opportunities
Home- for growth and development of
our Sail-ors," he continued.
is 2005 "Positive change is the bridge to
evidence our future. The business of the
a posi- Navy will always be combat, and
e major victory is both our mission and
ve set a our heritage. Therefore, my guid-
om suc- ance to you this year is to bridge
tentiori, to the future, taking us from
inability today's fight to tomorrow's victo-
nd more ries."
d shore To read CNO Guidance 2005, go
lding to to www.chinfo. navy.mil/navpal-
ror." ib/cno/clark-guidance2005.pdf.

GATE: Reconstruction work almost finished

From Page 1

shack relocations, addition-
al sentry posts, sentry acti-
vated vehicle barriers, slid-
ing gates, additional fenc-
ing, lighting improvements
and additional parking
spaces at the Building 9
parking lot. The Birming-
ham Avenue widening also
involved extensive utility
relocation, paving, striping,
an additional traffic lane
from Allegheny Street to
Child-Street and the addi-
tion of traffic and direction-
al signals.
Although the renovations.
at the Yorktown and

Birmingham Gates have
done much to increase secu-
rity here, base officials con-
sidered the commercial
gate to be the most essen-
tial part of the project,
"With the amount of com-
mercial traffic that passes
through that gate every
day, we knew we had to
bring it up to date technolo-
gy wise," said Lt. James
Oswald, a patrolman with
the NAS Security
Department. "The new
additions to the gate will
really help if we have to go
to a higher threat condi-
tion," Oswald added.
"The reason we have a

commercial gate is so that
we have a place to thor-
oughly search every com-
mercial vehicle that
attempts to enter the base
top to bottom. We also have
cameras to take pictures of
the license plates of every
vehicle that enters the base
as well as vehicle barriers
in case anyone tries to
charge through the gate.
The renovations made to
the commercial gate repre-
sent a significant upgrade
over what we had before,"
Newman said. One problem
security has had to deal
with since the Birmingham
and Yorktown Gates were

completed is the manage-
ment of traffic through the
commercial gate. "Everyone
got used to using the com-
mercial gate while the
other two were under con-
struction, which was okay
at the time. The problem
with that now is getting
people to use the other two

gates again. We want the
sentries to focus on thor-
oughly and completely
searching the commercial
traffic that passes through
that gate. Having to worry
about getting single vehicle
commuters through the
gate quickly not only dis-
tracts the sentries, but it

also slows the flow of traffic
down significantly. In fact,
we are lobbying the com-
manding officer to restrict
to commercial gate to com-
mercial traffic only,"
Newman stated.
Construction on the com-
mercial gate should be com-
plete in a couple of weeks.


TAXES: ELF/VITA makes it easier for sailors

From Page 1
Saving Sailors time and
trouble increases readiness.
Traditional paper returns
have an error rate of 15
percent; filing by computer
has a less than one percent
error rate. ELF/VITA
allows Sailors to file their
tax returns and move on.
: The IRS has set a goal of
having 80 percent of all tax-
payers electronically file
federal tax returns by the
year 2007.
SThe Navy's ELF Program
gives Sailors an edge in the
-lectronic age, and will
'Jecome even more impor-
tant as the IRS moves to an
all-electronic format.
This is a great program.
However, to get maximum.

What you need to know

From Page 10

Privacy Act Information
While workers' compensa-
tion records are protected
from release under the
Privacy Act, your employer
is considered a party to the
The ICPA office may
receive information in your
file under the "routine use"
provision of the regulations
under which the Privacy
Act is administered.
Such information may
include medical reports.
The ICPA office is expected,
however, to handle this
information with care and
to restrict access to those
with a specific need to have

benefit from the tax cen-
ters, you can help us help
you and save yourself time
and return trips. Be sure
to bring the following when
you go to the tax center:
Social Security Cards for
spouses and children (in-
cluding newborns), Powers
of Attorney for deployed or
spouses who cannot person-
ally come to the tax center,
documentation of itemized
deductions (mortgage,
house property tax, and the
like), 1099 Dividend (inter-
est over $10 must be
claimed) unemployment
benefits, child care expens-
es, address, EIN/SSN,
amount paid.
For your refunds, bring a
blank check with routing
number, bank account num-

bers, and financial institu-
tion name.
Bring last year's taxes
information if possible, as it
is of great assistance as
well. Absolutely no incom-
plete tax forms will leave
the office for signatures
-elsewhere, and spouses
must be present to sign the
form, unless members have
a Power of Attorney.
W-2s will be available off
"My Pay." Please bring
your W-2, as the tax prepar-
ers will not have access to
this information.
The Navy's goal for this
upcoming tax season is to
prepare 200,000 returns.
Contact the legal services
office at 542-2565 ext. 3006
for more information.



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DoD 'America Supports You' Web site

links American public with the troops

Manning the watch

From the Department
of Defense

On Nov. 19, 2004, the Department of
Defense launched a nationwide pro-
gram, "America Supports You," and
new Web site to showcase the many activi-
ties taking place across the nation in sup-
port of the troops.
The Web site, which highlights organiza-
tions and individuals coordinating local
and national support efforts, has logged
nearly a million hits since its inception.
Individual citizens, businesses, schools,
veterans groups and others have visited
the site http://www.AmericaSupportsYou.
mil to register their activities, send a mes-
sage to the troops and identify programs of
support in their own communities.
Allison Barber, deputy assistant secre-
tary of defense for internal communica-
tions and public liaison, said that while the
Department of Defense knew that many of
these programs existed, "the 'America
Supports You' Web site has proven to be a
useful tool in helping to link people and
programs, and more importantly, to share
these stories of support with the people
who need to hear them most the men and
women serving overseas. The feedback
from our troops has been tremendous, just

as the outpouring of support from the
American people has been overwhelming."
Americans can join "America Supports
You" by visiting the site and registering
their activities, large or small, in support
of the troops. Everyone who registers
receives an official "America Supports You"
dog tag that people can wear as a visible
symbol of support for the troops. The dog
tags have been seen across the country,
worn by celebrities like Ellen DeGeneres,
and Wayne Newton, and worn by every day
citizens at national events, such as the
Macy's Day Thanksgiving Parade, the
Fiesta Bowl and the New Year's Eve
Celebration in Times Square.
Barber also suggests that businesses,
schools, churches, corporations and individ-
uals add the http://www.America
SupportsYou.mil link to their Web sites.
"Service members and their families have
told us how much they are inspired by the
messages of support from all across the
nation that are posted each day. Whether
you post a message on the site, or team up
with a local group organizing care pack-
ages, each and every activity sends the
message loud and clear: 'America Supports

Photo by PHAN Ryan O'Connor
AE3 Michael Gallagher, left, assigned to VS-22, stands a lookout watch as AN Adam
Lindley, right, mans a .50 caliber machine gun aboard USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75)
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Ten and her embarked Carrier Air Wing Three are currently on a scheduled deployment
in support of the global war on terrorism.

Use of official time in

the EEO complaint process


complainant is allowed time to meet
with the equal employment oppor-
tunity (EEO) counselor and other
EEO officials, as well as time with their
representative to prepare and present an
EEO complaint. This time spent on the
complaint is called official time.
If the complainant is an employee of the
agency and designates another employee of
the agency as a representative, both the
complainant and the representative are
allowed a reasonable amount of official
time. Official time is scheduled during the
complainant's normal duty hours to the
extent practicable. However, there is no
obligation to change work schedules, incur
overtime wages, or pay travel expenses to
facilitate the choice of a specific represen-
tative or to allow the complainant and the
representative to confer.
The agency is not required to grant offi-
cial time to Department of the Navy (DoN)

employees to prepare or present com-
plaints against other federal agencies.
Official time also is not allowed for DoN
employees,who represent non-federal
The term "reasonable" is defined as
whatever is appropriate, under the partic-
ular circumstances of the complaint, in
order to allow a complete presentation of
the relevant information associated with
the complaint and to respond to agency
requests for information. Thus "reason-
able", with respect to preparation time (as
opposed to time actually spent in meetings
and hearings), is generally defined in
terms of hours, not in terms of days, weeks,
or months. The complainant and the
agency should arrive at a mutual under-
standing as to the amount of official time
to be used prior to the complainant or rep-
resentative using such time. Time is sched-
uled by the complainant with his or her
immediate supervisor.

Personnelmen and disbursing

clerks become personnel specialists

By Lt. Kyle Raines
Chief of Naval Personnel Public Affairs

As part of its human capital strategy
the Navy announced plans in Jan
uary to merge the personnelmar
(PN) and disbursing clerk (DK) rating,
into a new rating: personnel specialist
This merger will be automatic for PN
and DK-rated Sailors and will occur Oct. 1.
"This merger further aligns the rating
with civilian personnel and pay profession
and more appropriately captures the 21si
century roles and responsibilities of Sailor,
with these unique skills," said Mastei
Chief Yeoman (SW/AW) Michael Harris
enlisted community manager of the P1i
Current and planned advances in ship
board pay and personnel practices anm
technology have created efficiencies tha
led to consolidating the two ratings, per
sonnel officials noted. The merger wil

FFSC offers
educational and
support programs
he NAS Jacksonville
Fleet and Family Sup-
port Center (FFSC)
Life Skills Educa-tion and
Support Program is the fore-
most preventive measure for
the avoidance of personal
and family problems.
All FFSC workshops and
classes are free and avail-
able to service members
and their families, and
civilian personnel aboard
the base.
Pre-registration is
required. If special accom-
modations or handicapped
access is required, please
notify FFSC upon registra-
The following workshops
are available in January:
Jan. 19 Basic Admi
Budgeting Workshop Kin
Jan. 20 Smooth Move
Workshop W
Jan. 24-27 Transition
Assistance Program
For further information 156/23
or to register, call 542-2766,
,Ext. 127. Students ad

allow all aspects of pay and personnel
services aboard fleet units and numerous
shore stations to be performed by the new
PS rating.
The current PN rating badge of crossed
manual and quill will be worn by all per-
sonnel specialists once the merger is com-
plete. Sailors in the DK rating must switch
to the personnel specialist rating badge by
Oct. 1. Those DKs who will transfer to the
fleet reserve or retired list by Sept. 30,
2007 have the option of retaining the DK
rating badge.
Selective reenlistment bonus and special
duty assignment pay for applicable person-
nelmen and disbursing clerks will continue
to be paid after conversion to personnel
specialist is complete.
For more information, including exam
and chief petty officer board schedules,
please see NavAdmin 295/04 available
soon on the Web at www.bupers.navy.

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ssions Coffee and Campus Tour
dergarten through Sixth Grade
wednesday, January 19th 9:45am
(Benedict Hall)
Accredited by FCIS, FKC, NAES
30 Kingsley Ave 904-269-3718
Browse our Website at www.GEDS.net
mitted without regard to race, creed, sex, or national origin .

Urban tree rangers wanted
Join Greenscape of Jacksonville Jan. 22 from 8
a.m. to noon in beautifying Jacksonville. Contact
Bonnie Hilton at 398-5757 for details.
Annual duck race
Join the fun at the Jacksonville Landing Feb. 5
to support the American Cancer Society.
Assistance is needed prior to the event with ticket
sales, office support and during the event, tagging
ducks. Contact Kristal Schader at 398-0537, Ext.
HabiJax opportunities
HabiJax is always looking for volunteers for var-
ious construction projects. For more information,
call Bonnie Golden at 798-4529, Ext. 253. The
HabiJax Home Store also needs help coordinat-
ing donated materials and furniture. Call 722-
Habitat for Clay County
Clay County Habitat for Humanity, Inc. serves
Green Cove Springs, Orange Park, Middleburg,

2005 Pay adjustments
for major federal pay systems
The Office of Personnel Man-
agement has posted the 2005 pay
tables showing a 2.5 percent
across the board raise and an
additional one percent locality
pay raise for general schedule
employees. President Bush
signed the Executive Order on
Dec. 30. You are able to view the
pay tables at http://www.opm.
gov/oca/05 tables.

Keystone Heights and Penney Farms. Volunteer
are needed Tuesday through Saturday throughout
the year to help out. For more information, call
Gamble Wright-Stuebgen at 444-8524.
Navy Wives Clubs of America
Volunteer to assist in working a concession
stand at the Jacksonville Veterans Memorial
Arena for upcoming concerts once or twice a
month. Volunteers are also needed to run a con-
cession stand at Alltel Stadium for this seasons
Jaguar home games. For more information,
please call Kathy Cayton at 272-9489 or 254-
Volunteers in Medicine
Volunteer to assist this organization provide
free primary care, specialty triage, preventive
health education and mental heath care to
employed individuals or families who have
incomes above the poverty guideline and are
without medical insurance coverage. Volunteers
are needed in both medical and professional
fields. For more information, call Barbara
Whittaker at 399-2766, Ext. 103.
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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-
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
Call the bowling center for more information at
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
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
and details.
Every Wednesday the golf pros host a
.,omen's Golf Clinic, from 5:30-6:30 p.m. The
cost is $10 and includes range balls and instruc-
For more information on golf activities, call 542-
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.
Saturday 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-

Scholarships offered
he First Coast Federated Republican
Women's Club is offering $1,000
scholarships to two graduating 2005
female high school seniors. Applicants
must meet the following standards and
The applicant must be the daughter of a
Duval County non-commissioned officer
(either man or woman), who has served, or
is now serving in the Armed Services of the
United States.
The applicant must be a 2005 graduating
senior and must have been accepted, or
have plans to attend an accredited junior
college, college or university after gradua-
tion from high school.
The applicant must have maintained a B
or better grade average during the senior
year and must submit a transcript of their
grades from the firsthand second grading

puters. Check their monthly schedule of events to
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
NAS Jax Officers' Club & T-Bar
The next Reef and Beef buffet is Feb. 4. 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. 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.boatingbasic-
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
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
Lunchtime 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.nasqax.navy.mil and
look for the tab marked MWR. This is your tab to
unlimited fun. For questions or comments email
us at mwrmktg@nasjax.navy.mil

to military daughters
The applicant must submit letters from
two teachers and one guidance counselor
to attest to the applicant's qualities of good
character, leadership, citizenship and work
The applicant must have served the com-
munity through volunteer work, and sub-
mit a letter of verification of this service
from a supervising advisor.
The applicant must submit a 700-word
essay on the, topic "The Meaning of Good
Citizenship and the Importance of Voting."
All interested female applicants should
contact Millie Deese at 399-5022 for a
scholarship application form. The complet-
ed form must be returned by March 15 to:
First Coast Federated Republican
Women Scholarship Committee
C/O Ms. Millie Deese
1545 Somerville Road, FL 32207

Patriot Ride Poker Run anndonced for motorcyclists
he USO is sponsoring a Patriot Ride
Poker Run Jan. 29 at 11 a.m.
Registration is from 9-11 a.m. at ,
Buffalo's Southwest Caf6 and costs $10 per \ '
player and $5 for non-playing passengers.
There will be raffles and door prizes dur-
ing the event. The poker run benefits the
greater Jacksonville Area USO, a private,
non-profit organization that serves the
military and family members.
A rain date is planned for Jan. 30. For
more information, call 778-2821.

VP-30 NMCRS golfers get free round of golf

From VP-30
A ll golfers who partic-
ipated in the 2004
VP-30 Navy-Marine
Corps Relief Society
(NMCRS) Golf Benefit in
VMay 2004 also won a free
ground of golf at the NAS
Jax Casa Linda Oaks Golf
S"We were very pleased
with the turnout and the
support we received from
.Tim Hooks, NAS Jax Golf
Course manager and the
staff at the golf course,"
,Said Lt. John Brabazon,
tournament coordinator.
:"We had 220 golfers partici-
pate in our 13th annual
,NMCRS golf event where
,ve raised $37,000 for Navy
eRelief. For the NAS Jax
&Golf Club to give everyone
a free round, that is a sub-
stantial donation to support
:the charity."
The clubhouse maintains
) directory of all of the

golfers from
the event. To
redeem your
free round of
golf (greens
fees), inquire f
with the club- r '
house. I
The 14th an-
nual NMCRS
Golf Benefit is
presently being
planned for
May 26. The
goal for this year's event is
$100,000. If anyone would
like to offer assistance in


coordinating this year's golf
event, contact Brabazon at

Ja Air NOWS, NAS Jacksonville, Thursday, January 13, 2005 13

DoD announces new sexual assault

policy to improve prevention

Special release from
the U.S. Department
of Defense
The Department of De-fense
announced Jan. 4 that Under
Secre-tary of Defense for Person-
nel and Readiness David S.C. Chu deliv-
ered the department's new sexual
assault policy to Congress.
The policy provides a foundation
through which the department will
improve prevention of sexual assault,
significantly enhance support to victims
and increase accountability.
"The department is moving forward to
make real changes and to make those
changes stick," Chu said. "Sexual
assault is a crime and is not tolerated."
Over the past year, the department
has been working collaboratively with
the services, members of Congress, and
national experts to address the crime of
sexual assault within the armed forces.
As a result, the Joint Task Force for
Sexual Assault Prevention and
Response was established in October
2004 as the single point of accountabili-
ty for the department's sexual assault
Its initial task was to develop policy
incorporating the criteria set forth in
Public Law 108-375, the Ronald W.
Reagan National Defense Authori-
zation Act for fiscal 2005, which directed
the department to have a sexual assault
policy in place by Jan. 1, 2005.
The department needs consistent sex-
ual assault prevention education across
the services to create a greater under-
standing of what constitutes a sexual
assault, risk factors and preventive

Service implementation' of these poli-
cies will have a substantial impact on
creating a culture of prevention and an
environment that protects the health
and well being of our uniformed service
The sexual assault policy will ensure
that there is uniformity in the stan-
dards of care and the same support sys-
tems are standard throughout the serv-
The policies reflect recommendations
from the department's Joint Task Force
on Care for Victims of Sexual.Assault.
Core areas include specific guidelines
for how to investigate complaints, med-
ical treatment and care for victims, com-
mander's checklists for response
actions, reporting of sexual assault
information, and expanding access to
care through collaboration between mil-
itary installations and local community
A summary of the policy is available
at www.defenselink.mil/ news/Jan2005
/d20050104sum. pdf.
In order to meet the Jan. 1, 2005,
requirement from Congress, the depart-
ment issued directive-type memoran-
dums as the first step of a comprehen-
sive, consistent policy.
The department will be working close-
ly with the services to implement the
policies in an effective and timely man-
ner. The joint task force will continue to
provide oversight of the process.


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It's time to play ball!

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 Shol is
open Tuesdays 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 information,
call 387-4332 or 272-9489.
Clay County Chapter 1414, National
Association of Retired Federal
Employees, invites all retired and currently
employed federal employees to their regular
monthly meeting the second Tuesday of
each month at 1 p.m. at the Orange Park
Library. For more information, call 276-
The Navy Jacksonville Yacht Club gen-
eral membership 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 members only club open to
all active duty, reserve and retired military,
and active DoD personnel. For more infor-
mation, call 778-0805 or email com-
A free Yoga Class for all ages and abili-
ties 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 infor-
mation, 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 chap-
ter 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 playgroups, field trips,
MOMS Nite Out and family outings. For
information, contact Diane at 683-2143 or
visit http://groups.firstcoastcommunity.
The Association of Aviation
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
Federal Employees extends an open invi-
tation to all currently employed and retired
federal employees to our regular meeting
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

14 laIlllr Mewz, NAS Jacksonville, Thursday, January 13, 2005

Free VIP package available for those who have served in Iraq

The Spirit of the Suwannee
Music Park at Live Oak, Fla. on
the Suwannee River is offering
one free night's lodging in fully fur-
nished cabins or two nights camping
to all service members who can show
service in Iraq.
Additionally, a free package of
amenities, including free breakfast,
for all soldiers who have served in
Iraq since February 2003 and their
immediate families.
First preference for a night's stay
will be given to immediate families

who have lost a soldier in Iraq or for a
service member wounded in Iraq. "As
long as we have reservations avail-
able in our cabins or campsites, we
will provide the offer for our service
members who have fought in Iraq and
their families", said Park Owner
James Cornett. "It's the least we can
The package also includes a compli-
mentary breakfast the next morning
and a round of mini-golf. Subject to
availability the package will also
include a free canoe iide on the his-

toric Suwannee River, horseback ride
along one of the park's nature trails,
and use of a golf cart for two hours to
tour the park.
Reservations will be taken on a first
come first served basis and the free
package is good through Feb. 28.
Proof of Iraq service needs to be
shown at check-in.
For reservations, or to learn more
about the park, call (386) 364-1683 or
1-800-224-565, or visit www.musi-

Classes offered at NCLC

he Navy College
Learning Center is
,I offering free
classes. Classes are
offered 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
Evening classes are
also now being offered.
Classes are available
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 participants.
These classes will help
increase scores in math,
English and reading.
Course completion
meets the requirements

fair planned for Saturday

spayed or neutered. The
adoption fees and require-
ments will vary. Specialists
will be on site to answer

For more information,
contact Debbie Fields at

Dog adoption
F irst Coast No More
Homeless Pets is
sponsoring a dog
adoption fair Saturday
from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at
PetSmart off Blanding
Boulevard. Over 100 dogs
and puppies will be avail-
able to adopt from several
shelters and rescue groups
from three North Florida
,All of the animals are


for retaking the ASVAB
For more information
or to sign up, call 542-
3676 or email jack-

information, call R. Carroll at 786-7083.
The National Naval Officers
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.
Parents Without Partners meetings are
held the second Wednesday of each month
at 7 p.m. at Hambones on Blanding
Boulevard in Orange Park, Fla. For more
information, go to www.pwpnflorida.com.
The Gold Wing Road Riders
Association, Chapter FL1-X meets on the
first Wednesday of each month at 7:30
p.m. at the Golden Coral, 582 Blanding
Boulevard. The "Wingnutts" invite all those
interested in motorcycling or motorcycle
safety. They also have a weekly get togeth-
er at the Dairy Queen on Kingsley Avenue
at 7 p.m. every Friday night. For more infor-
mation, call 772-1047 or visit www.fllx.org.
The Jacksonville Museum of Modern
Art is sponsoring military appreciation
month for all military families. Just show
your military I.D. card and receive free
admission on Saturdays this month.
The Jacksonville Genealogical Society
monthly meeting will be held Saturday at
1:30 p.m. at the Willow Branch Library,
2874 Park Avenue. For more information,
call Mary Chauncey at 781-9300.

t's time to drop those
Video controllers and
get the kids off the
couch. Little league base-
ball is registering partici-
pants for the spring sea-
son Jan. 22 and Jan. 29
from 10 a.m. 2 p.m. at
the field between the
Yorktown and
Birmingham gates (next
to the outdoor pool).
Play is open to boys and
girls ages five to 16.
There are no residency
requirements for active
duty families or base
employees. A fee of $95
includes uniform, team

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 mep
and women only. This is a Captain's Cup event and each partial
pant will earn points for their command. Sign up at the NAS Jax
Gym by Jan. 24.
Officials and scorekeepers needed
The North Florida Military Officials Association is looking for indi-
viduals to officiate soccer, softball, football, and volleyball at NAS
Jax. Scorekeepers also needed for basketball. Experience not
required. If interested, contact Jesse Beach at 771-1333.
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 are provided as well as transportation, entry
fees, and -lodging costs. Interested runners must compete in sanc-
tioned (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. If you have run in sanctioned race
and your'time meets regional qualifying time, call the NS Mayport
Sports Coordinator at 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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