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THURSDAY, JANUARY 20, 2005
4 A CHINFO AWARD-WINNING NEWSPAPER
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
accepting donations. For
more information, contact
the chapel at 542-3440.
It's time to drop those
video controllers and get
the kids off the couch.
Little league baseball is
registering participants for
the spring season Satur-
day 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 require-
ments for active duty fami-
lies or base employees. A
fee of $95 includes uni-
form, team picture, and
trophy. Payment options
Practices begin in Feb
and games begin in
March. No experience is
necessary. Adult volun-
teers for coaching and
umpiring are welcome.
Call 384-6915 for more
The USO is sponsoring
a Patriot Ride Poker Run
Jan. 29 at 11 a.m. Regis-
tration is from 9-11 a.m. at
Buffalo's Southwest Caf6
and costs $10 per player
and $5 for non-playing
There will be raffles and
door prizes during the
event. The poker run ben-
efits the Greater Jackson-
ville Area USO, a private,
that serves the military
and family members.
A rain date is planned
for Jan. 30. For more
information, call 778-2821.
Photos by JO1 Mike England
Lt. Joritta Dotson performs a solo during the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Birthday Observance
held at the All Saints Chapel.
Luther King Jr.
Sailors and civilians from NAS
Jacksonville gathered at the All
Saints Chapel Jan. 12 for an obser-
vance sponsored by the NAS Multicultural
Committee in remembrance of Dr. Martin
Luther King Jr.
Born Jan. 15, 1929 in Atlanta, Ga., Dr.
King was an avid civil servant for equality.
He not only focused on African-American
hardships, but on the bigger picture of
equality for all Americans.
"Everything that Rev. Martin Luther
King Jr. fought for has had a tremendous
effect on my life," said RP2 Stan Ray, who
roused the crowd with a stirring rendition
of King's "I Have a Dream" speech.
In addition to Ray's speech, the program
featured solos by Lt. Joritta Dotson, Lt.
Gloria McNair and DT2 Sheila Velez and a
presentation by NAS Jacksonville's Equal
Guest Speaker Doug Thomas gave a stirring
speech during the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
Birthday Obervance Jan. 12.
Opportunity Advisor HMCS(AW/FMF)
Bryce McNair, who felt it was important
for all service members to take time to
remember King's achievements every year.
See MLK, Page 12
NFL Experience, clinics
Photo by Miriam S. Gallet
Commander Navy Region Southeast (CNRSE) Community Support Department
Community Program Coordinator Dianne Parker (right) is coordinating the participation
of 800 Navy volunteers at various events leading to Super Bowl XXXIX Feb. 6, including
NFL youth clinics aboard the base and at the University of North Florida and at the NFL
Experience Feb. 5. According to Parker, come Super Bowl week, Navy volunteers will be
visible everywhere. (From left) CNRSE Community Support Department Counseling and
Advocacy Coordinator Sandy Jones, Management and Program Support Assistant
Yolanda Munoz and Parker, proudly display the T-shirt, poster, ball cap and jacket, that
will be issued to each volunteer in appreciation of their time. For more information or
to volunteer, call 542-5380.
By Kaylee LaRocque
After 30 years of dedicated naval service, NAS
Jacksonville Command Master Chief CMDCM
(AW/SW) Chuck Lawson is retiring tomorrow at 10
a.m. in a traditional retirement ceremony at the NAS Jax
Officers' Club. Adm. Mark Boensel, director, CNO
Environmental Readiness Division and former NAS Jax
commanding officer is the guest speaker.
Lawson joined the Navy in February 1975, becoming an
mate (handler). His
first tour of duty was e
in Keflavik, Iceland.
From there he trans-
ferred to numerous
ships including USS J
Forrestal (CV 59),
USS Lexington (AVT
16, USS Nassau (LHA
4) and on board USS
John F. Kennedy (CV
67) during Desert
Shield and Desert
"I'll really miss the
camaraderie and the
Sailors, but honestly I
think the thing I'll CMDCM(AW/SW)
miss the most is the Chuck Lawson
smell of steam, grease,
jet exhaust and the sounds of the shuttle hitting a water
break on the catapult of an aircraft carrier. I really miss
shipboard life," remarked Lawson.
Lawson also completed several shore tours at NATTC
Lakehurst, N.J. where he was selected as a chief petty
officer and NS Mayport several years later where he was
promoted to master chief petty officer (CPO). In April
1996, Lawson was chosen as the command master chief
on board USS John F. Kennedy. He was formally selected
for the Command Master Chief program in 1996 becom-
ing the first aviation boatswain's mate to become a com-
mand master chief on an Aegis cruiser, USS Vicksburg
In April 2000, Lawson was selected as the NAS Jax
command master chief. "I've been here a long time and
have seen lots of changes. I think my greatest accomplish-
ments during this tour was the challenges and joy of lead-
ing the enlisted Sailors at N AS Jax and getting the' quar-
terdeck's sound system up and running to play colors each
See LAWSON, Page 12
changes warrant caution
By Dave Colburn
NAS Jax Safety Office
anyone who has traveled down Birmingham Avenue
in the last week or so has noticed profound
changes. From Roosevelt Boulevard to Mustin Road
the roads have been widened to allow two-way travel even
during peak traffic times in the morning and afternoon.
Everyone driving on base
has benefited from this be-
cause of a new center turn
lane for non-peak hours in
the same part of the road-
way. For numerous reasons
we were unable to widen
the road eastbound beyond
Mustin Road and during
peak travel times it will
still be one way.
The old metal arrows
that Security had to flipPhotobyDaveColburn
twice each day have been A new directional signal on
replaced by functional Birmingham Avenue shines
multi-colored, electronic brightly.
signals at each access onto
Birmingham Avenue east of Muistin Road. These informa-
tion signals are bright LED signals letting drivers know
when they are in a one-way condition, and which direction
not to go.
See TRAFFIC, Page 12
2 JaxAir NeWS, NAS Jacksonville, Thursday, January 20, 2005
FROM THE FLEET
Diversity more than meets the eye
" T tomorrow's Navy
will, in many
." ways, be striking-
ly dissimilar to our Navy
That observation by
Adm. Vern Clark in his
recently published 'CNO's
Guidance for 2005' should
enlighten us to a reality
that the Navy we serve in
is changing. How the Navy
does business and operates
as an organization is evolv-
ing, sometimes at a pace
that could be described as
far-reaching and rapid.
One change you've prob-
ably read about over the
summer is the establish-
ment Navy Diversity, a
directorate dedicated to
supporting the CNO's
vision of expanding the
Navy's diversity initiatives.
When you think about
the word 'diversity' as used
in that title, I'm sure many
of you may intuitively con-
clude it involves issues of
race and gender. In a
sense, you're right, but it's
actually much broader.
While the CNO does desire
more highly qualified
minorities and females in
the officer and enlisted
ranks, his vision has more
to do with the diversity of
skills and talents than it
does simple demographics.
Diversity is not just
about looking like America;
it's about capitalizing on
the strengths of our people,
the very best America has
to offer. By the Navy's defi-
nition, 'Diversity is the cre-
ativity, culture, ethnicity,
gender, race, religion, skills
and talents of Sailors and
civilians that enhance the
mission readiness of the
I believe this expanded
definition means our Navy
is more than the visual of
someone's race and sex. It
actually calls for us all to
foster an environment
where everyone has a
chance to make a differ-
ence. You know what they
say, there is no "I" in team!
sometimes makes it diffi-
cult for all people to get
along and see eye to eye on
a wide range of topics.
Have you ever hesitated
to sit at a table with one of
your shipmates? If so, did
you ever ask yourself
"Why?" More to the point,
can you think of anyone in
your organization that
you'd be reluctant or
unwilling to assist? If so,
what is the reason? I think
it stems from our unfamil-
iarity with a person's cul-
Throughout my Navy
career, my philosophy was
to know every Sailor I came
into contact because one
day they may save my life.
I believe it's incumbent
upon every Sailor to learn
about the culture and back-
ground of others. The more
you know about person's
values and background, the
stronger our team becomes.
Martin Luther King, Jr.,
the civil rights leader
whose birthday we cele-
brate this month, basically
asked Americans to focus
on overcoming diversity
and coming together as a
In his "I Have A Dream"
speech delivered on the
steps at the Lincoln
Memorial in Washington
D.C. on Aug. 28, 1963, King
spoke of his hope that one
day his children will "live in
a nation where they will,
not be judged by the color
of their skin but by the con-
tent of their character." His
vision was that people,
regardless of their differ-
ences, could work together
for a common goal.
As members of the Navy
team, regardless of our
numerous differences (edu-
cation, background, person-
al experiences, etc.) we all
share a common culture
One of my favorite say-
ON THE HOMEFRONT
'Military mishap' evokes fear, respect for spouses at home
By Sarah Smiley
As I sat down to write this col-
umn, CNN hummed in the
background and I was largely
ignoring the noise, when suddenly I
heard this, "Downed US Navy heli-
Lots of news filters in and out of my
consciousness on a daily basis, but
the words "pilot" and "crash" and "hel-
icopter" sound immediate alarms for
my attention. My face snapped up,
away from the computer, and straight
toward the television. It was an
almost involuntary movement, a
pilot's-wife-reflex, if you will.
I've learned this movement well.
When my husband was deployed,
each time there was mention of any
military "mishap," just like dominoes,
the phones started ringing and spous-
es began hypothesizing and comfort-
ing one another ("It couldn't be one of
ours; they aren't in that part of the
world right now"). For months at a
time, we lived on the edges of our
seats, scouring the newspapers for
any telling news about our husbands
and their crew.
Thankfully, our fears for our
squadron/ship were never warranted.
But tonight's news brought that old
familiar message home again. There
on the screen was footage of a crip-
pled helicopter, just like the one my
husband used to fly, lying in the mid-
dle of a field.
All 10 people aboard, including the
pilots, only suffered minor injuries
and no one was killed, but the inci-
dent caused me to stop and realize
how dangerous our spouses' jobs real-
ly are....all the time.
When Dustin is on deployment, I
usually receive words of encourage-
ment from various people, even
strangers. "We're thinking of you,"
and "We're praying for your husband"
are common sentiments. These
thoughts are wonderful, and definite-
ly appreciated, but here's something
military spouses know all too well:
Our loved ones face danger and risk
every time they go to work. They
don't have to be on deployment or on
the front lines; accidents can happen
any where, and at any time.
The most recent helicopter crash
was in Banda Ache, Indonesia, in the
midst of the Tsunami relief effort.
The news announcer said something
to the effect of, "but these accidents
have happened back in the states,
too." Maybe that was meant to make
us feel better. Maybe it was meant to
alleviate any fears of terrorism. But
it's no comfort to a pilot's wife.
Actually, now that I think about it,
every military friend my husband or I
have lost has been from a non-combat
situation. They were either doing
training missions or routine flights,
and something went wrong. The sad
thing is, the rest of the world seldom
hears about these deaths. They
aren't dramatic or newsy enough. In
fact, the crash in Indonesia might not
have even made the news if it weren't
for the Tsunami.
But every death and every accident
is devastating for someone. A mili-
tary wife doesn't grieve any less
because her husband died during a
routine flight rather than "on the
front line." And a military wife does-
n't stop worrying just because her
husband isn't deployed or in a war.
She keeps vigilant and prayerful on a
And this is probably what makes
the military life so unique. It takes a
strong person to live with the fear
and danger of a service person's duty.
It means never again being oblivious
when you hear "military accident" or
"downed pilot." Tonight, for instance,
my husband was clearly safe and in
the next room when CNN made their
breaking news, but what about our
good friends from flight school? Or
what about the guy my husband
shared a room with on the ship?
What about the wife I met at a
spouse club meeting in Jacksonville?
What affects one, affects us all, and
mostly because with each accident or
death, we are further reminded of the
danger our spouses place themselves
Tonight's news, devastated someone.
This time it wasn't me, and it wasn't
anyone I knew, but my head will sure-
ly jerk upright again the next time I
hear "military mishap" or "crash" or
"downed pilot." And let it be a
reminder to anyone who wants to
"Support the Troops," that the time to
do so is now and always.
Sarah Smiley can be reached for com-
ments at www.sarahsmiley.com.
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You are invited to the follow ing Base Chapel Worship
Services this Saturday and Sunday:
Saturday 5 p.m. Catholic Mass
Sunday 8:30 a.m. Holy Eucharist Episcopal
9:30 a.m. Catholic Mass
I I 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.
. ... ... .... .. ... .. .... .. .... . ... ... .....
My wife and I both work
but we never have any
money. It seems our pay-
checks just go into the
account and right out
She says I spend too
much money on golf. I
think she spends too much
time at Target and the
Navy Exchange. What can
we do to save some money?
Looks to me like you have
already broken the code.
You and your wife spend
too much money. The trick
to financial success is to
spend less than you make
Which of you spend too
much money? Maybe both
of you. The Navy-Marine
Corps Relief Society
(NMCRS) offers a list of
"money gobblers" which can
eat away your cash without
you even realizing it!
Here are just a few of the
more than 100 items on
their list: bank charges,
baby pictures, beauty par-
lor, bottled water, bounced
checks, video games, pet
food, music lessons, CD's,
dining out, cigarettes, toys,
sports, lottery tickets, flea
markets, and munchies.
The solution? Control
your spending. Go to your
NMCRS office or your cred-
it union and complete a
spending plan. Then dis-
cuss with your wife ways
you both can reduce your
spending. Once you start
saving money it can be as
much or more fun than
buying things you really
Any questions? Call Hey,
MoneyManI at 778-0353.
NAS Jax Weapons Department
Hometown: Landover, Md.
SFamily Life: I have a girlfriend.
, Past Duty Stations: NAS Pensacola
Career Plans: To stay in the Navy for the
next 20 years.
Most Interesting Experience: Going
through boot camp.
Words of Wisdom: Don't be a quitter.
ings that reflect this view is
"One Team, One Fight, One
One Team because no
requirement will ever be
satisfied without us work-
ing together as one cohe-
sive team; One Fight -
because we are all commit-
ted to defending our nation;
One Family because we
must take care of our fami-
lies all along our active
Shipmates, I'm sure you
have heard the phrase, "In
the Navy, we take care of
In this sea of change
leading toward tomorrow's
Navy, I believe taking care
of our own means more
than just looking out for
each other on the job or
enjoying liberty in a foreign
port. I think it means
ensuring those who work
with and for us can count
on our support and train-
ing, regardless of race,
creed or culture, so every
Sailor honestly feels they
are part of the team and
contributing to our mission.
The only way we can
achieve the CNO's vision of
true diversity is to cultivate
an environment that
encourages and enables all
our teammates (Sailors and
civilians) to reach their per-
sonal and professional
potential. Take a chance,
break down the barriers
and try to look at every
Sailor as a professional.
Are you ready to do your
V4.A Hometown: Atlantic Beach
Family Life: Married with no kids.
1 Past Duty Stations: Retired Navy, too
I many to list.
Career Plans: To retire in eight years at age
60 and dive every day.
Most Interesting Experience: Night
scuba diving with bull sharks in Bega, Fiji.
Words of Wisdom: Winners do what other
people don't like to do.
Annual vow renewal event
coming up next month
The seventh annual St. Valentine Marriage Vow
Renewal, sponsored by the NAS Jacksonville
Program, is planned for
Feb. 12 at 6 p.m. at
the All Saints Chapel.
A fellowship dinner I "
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 per-
son 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
Call the chapel at 542-3440 for more information.
NAS Jacksonville Commanding Officer ............Capt. Chip Dobson
Public Affairs Officer Charles P. "Pat" Dooling
Deputy Public Affairs Officer Miriam A. Lareau
U.S. Naval Air Station, lacksonville Editorial Staff
Editor Miriam S. Gallet
Assistant Editor 101 Mike England
Manager Ellen S. Rykert
Staff Writer Kaylee LaRocque
Design/Layout George Atchley, Kaylee LaRocque
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JaxAir NeWS, NAS Jacksonville, Thursday, January 20, 2005 3
Calkins taking the helm
HS-5 holding change of command ceremony tomorrow
By Lt. j.g.
H S-5 Executive
Officer Cmdr. Brett
Calkins will take
command of the squadron
from Cmdr. Robert Conway
tomorrow at 10 a.m. in HS-
Taking over as executive
officer is Cmdr. Paul
Esposito, who will join the
"Nightdippers" after his
tour as chief staff officer for
Antisubmarine Wing, U.S.
Atlantic Fleet (COMH-
Capt. Kevin Lynch, com-
modore of COMHSWING-
LANT is the guest speaker.
Calkins received his com-
mission from the United
States Naval Academy in
1986. He started flying the
SH-3H with HS-11 and
then went on to Helicopter
Training Squadron Eight in
Following a disassociated
sea tour aboard USS
Inchon (LPH-12), he joined
the Nightdippers for the
first time in October of
1998 as a department head.
While at HS-5, Calkins was
awarded the COMHS-
WINGLANT's Pilot of the
Year and Naval Helicopter
Association Pilot of the
Year in 2000.
Calkins became executive
officer just in time for
detachment to NAS Fallon,
Nev. and TSTA I/II aboard
Cmdr. Brett Calkins
USS George Washington.
He will now take the reigns
and move from to com-
Conway's next tour will
be aboard USS Nimitz
Cmdr. Robert Conway
(CVN- 68), homeported in
San Diego, Calif. as naviga-
Esposito graduated from
Siena College, and received
a commission upon comple-
tion of Aviation Officer
Candidate School in
January 1987. Starting out
with HS-15, Esposito flew
the SH-3H, and then went
to Nova Scotia, Canada
where he was attached to
423 Squadron (Canadian
During his career
Esposito has served as an
instructor at HS-1 as well
as an instructor at COMH-
SWINGLANT, where he
became the plank owner for
the Weapons Training Unit.
In 2000, he reported to HS-
3 as maintenance officer
aboard USS Enterprise
(CVN-65). In 2002,
Esposito reported to the
Bureau of Naval Personnel,
Washington D.C., as head
officer promotion planner.
In April 2004, he became
the chief staff officer for
HS-5 is comprised of 28
officers, and 203 enlisted
personnel. The Nightdip-
pers have just ended the
surge cycle under the new
Fleet Readiness Plan and
are entering the mainte-
The change of command
marks the 44th change of
command for HS-5, which
was established at NAS
Key West, Fla. on Jan. 3,
Since then, HS-5 has
resided at NAS Quonset
Point, R.I., returning to
Florida in 1971 where it is
currently homeported at
F-14A now on display at park
AD1 Craig Felix
(left), is presented
Depot Sailor of the
Year award by
Capt. John Scanlan,
Photo by Victor Pitts
Felix named Depot Sailor of the Year
Photo by Kaylee LaRocque
A new F-14A "Tomcat" aircraft went on static display at NAS Jax Heritage Park last
Tuesday. The restoration of the aircraft was the idea of Nick Scmichnick of Naval Air
Depot Jax, who along with about 20 volunteers pieced the aircraft together using parts
from five other scrapped F-14s. The project began May 6, 2004 and was completed last
month. "We actually finished all the body work in July, but had to wait to get it into the
paint shop because of the hurricanes," said Smichnick. "It's been a long process. We
worked on it after hours and on Saturdays. I even put my granddaughters to work. I'd like
to thank James Simmer, who also works here, for all his assistance and hard work. This
aircraft is truly an artisan's airplane. I hope the visitors here enjoy it."
Got a consumer problem?
he following are phone numbers of
contacts who can help with con-
Family Service Center 542-2766
Better Business Bureau 721-2288
State Attorney's Office Consumer
City of Jax/ Consumer Affairs Division -
Florida Department of Business &
Professional Regulation 1-850-487-1395
Construction Industry investigative
By Shelly Sikes Diaz
NAVAIR Depot Public Affairs Specialist
AD1 Craig Felix was named Sailor of
the Year at Naval Air (NAVAIR)
Depot Jacksonville. The 29-year-old
aviation machinist mate has been stationed
at the facility since November 2002.
Felix hails from Columbus, Ohio, and has
been in the Navy for 11 years. He entered
the Navy in order to work in the electronics
field, but became a mechanic instead. He
was stationed at NAS Brunswick, Maine for
most of his naval career. In fact, he will
return to NAS Brunswick in February,
when his assignment at the Jacksonville
He attributes his success to the chiefs and
master chiefs who served as mentors. "They
kept a close watch on me and always
pushed me in the right direction," stated
He felt that working closely with both
military and civilian work force at the
Depot enriched his career. He noted that he
gained a good circle of friends and profes-
sional contacts that he would rely on in the
future. When asked about his future plans,
Felix remarked, "I want to go as far as I can,
and pass on the things I've learned to other
Sailors and help them achieve success."
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for Super Bowl
From the City of Jacksonville
The City of Jacksonville and
the Jacksonville Super
Bowl Host Committee
today unveiled plans for the
Times-Union SuperFest, an inter-
active entertainment zone that
will turn downtown Jacksonville
into a premier destination for citi-
zens and visitors alike during the
week of Super Bowl XXXIX.
From Feb. 3 through Super
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super-sized street festival, compli-
ments of the City of Jacksonville,
the Jacksonville Super Bowl Host
Committee and the Florida
Times-Union. Spanning both sides
of the St. Johns River, the Times-
Union SuperFest will feature live
entertainment, great food and
drink and nightly fireworks
shows. Best of all, you don't need
a ticket to be a part of the fun!
The Times-Union SuperFest is
free and open to the public from
Feb. 3-6. Times are as follows:
Feb. 3, 5 p.m.-2 a.m.
Feb. 4, 5 p.m.-2 a.m.
Feb. 5, 11 a.m.-2 a.m.
(Ball grounds will close at
Feb. 6, noon-midnight
Located in downtown
Jacksonville, The Times-Union
SuperFest will take place at The
Baseball Grounds of Jacksonville,
The Shipyards and Bay Street to
Ocean Street. The festival will
also run along the Northbank
Riverfront Park behind the
Times-Union Center for the
Performing Arts and continue
over the Main Street Bridge to
the Southbank Riverwalk,
Friendship Fountain Park and
Treaty Oak Park.
"In just a few weeks, our visi-
tors and citizens will have the
opportunity to experience down-
town Jacksonville like never
before," said Jacksonville Mayor
John Peyton. "The Times-Union
SuperFest is sure to be one of the
most exciting events of Super
Bowl XXXIX week."
Multiple entertainment areas
including the Coors Light stage
at The Shipyards and the Winn-
Dixie stage at The Baseball
Grounds of Jacksonville will fea-
ture popular national acts and
local favorites. Entertainment
will include performances by Kool
& The Gang, Huey Lewis and the
News, Boyz II Men, Shelly
Fairchild, B5, MOFRO, Eddie
Money, John Cafferty, Mike
Shackelford, Diggin' Rhythm N'
Brass, Ed Calle, Teddy
Washington, Edgar Winter,
Family Stone Experience, 38
Special, Remedy Motel, Big Sky,
The Caribbean Crew, Ruffhouse,
Pangea, Mr. North and more.
Other areas of interest within
the Times-Union SuperFest
include the Motorola Bay Street
Corridor with live drawings by
the Florida Lottery and the
Krispy Kreme Mobile Experience.
Friendship Fountain Park will
serve as the weeklong home and
broadcast center for ESPN. The
Motorola Transportation Station
will be located at The Shipyards
allowing visitors easy access to
all the festivities.
"Many different agencies and
organizations have pooled talent
and resources to make this a sig-
nature event of Super Bowl
XXXIX," said Host Committee Co-
Chairman Peter Rummell. "Never
before has Jacksonville seen such
an exciting entertainment lineup,
and the best part of all it's free!
The event reflects one of the most
important goals of the Host
Committee and the city: to ensure
that Jacksonville's Super Bowl
experience is accessible to all."
equipped with sound and light
elements will define the Times-
Union SuperFest area and help to
lead visitors throughout this
entertainment experience. Other
highlights include interactive
games; strolling entertainment;
food and beverages; jumbotrons;
NFL merchandise; live broadcasts
from local and national media;
SuperFly DJs conducting inter-
views, providing information on
Super Bowl XXXIX happenings
and spinning popular tunes; and
interactive exhibits by Motorola
VP-30 hosts Asheville Aces
By Lt. Joe Levy
he Asheville Aces of
the Southern Profes-
sional Hockey League
visited the men and women
of VP-30 Jan. 12. The
minor league hockey team
was in town to play the
Jacksonville Barracudas at
the Jacksonville Veterans
After holding a morning
practice session, the team
visited Hangar 30 and was
welcomed by Capt. Rich
Heimerle, VP-30 command-
Capt Derrick Hotte, a
Canadian exchange officer
and avid hockey fan, was
exuberant at the opportuni-
ty to lead the team on a
tour of one of the
squadron's. P-3C aircraft. "I
was curious to talk with the
players and see how the
game is played in the
Southern United States,"
The team brought free
tickets to Thursday night's
game against the
Barracudas with them and
Photos courtesy of VP-30
Aces Head Coach Jeff Brubaker (right) presents Capt.' Rich
Heimerle, VP-30 commanding officer, with a hockey stick
autographed by by members of the team.
gave them to the apprecia- Heimerle with a hockey
tive Sailors of VP-30. stick signed by the team.
Heimerle recognized the "We're real big on sports
team at the squadron's here at VP-30," said
afternoon quarters, and Heimerle, skipper of the
Aces Head Coach Jeff perennial Captain's Cup
Brubaker presented winner. "Maybe this visit
Squadron Leader Tim Monk of the Canadian Royal Air Force, explains some of the finer point
of maritime patrol and reconnaissance flying to the hockey players.
will inspire us to field a
h o c k e y t e a m o f o u r o w n I g m m w = .-m u ma u" an
NFL to hold Military Youth Clinic
Commander, Navy Region Southeast
Management and Program Support
Assistant Yolanda Munoz (left)
hands Marcus Brown a Military
Youth Clinic T-shirt as his mother, Lt.
Cmdr. Charleyne Lender, looks on at -
the Fleet and Family Support Center
Jan. 15. The Super Bowl XXXIX
Military Youth Clinic will include a
variety of events featuring 10
National Football League players.
They will teach military children
football skills and also discuss what
it takes to be successful in life. The
clinic will be held at the NAS Jax
softball fields Jan. 30 at 2 p.m.. ..
Photo by 101 Mike England
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By Lt. Rob Wilhelm
Through the holiday
season, the "Scouts" of
VS-24 were been
preparing for their upcom-
ing carrier qualification/
flight deck certification on
board USS Theodore Roose-
velt (TR) in January 2005.
Like all preparation for
working on a carrier, it
started with a "back to the
For the last month, the
Scouts have been practicing
carrier landings at Navy
Outlying Field (NOLF)
Whitehouse. This flight deck
certification is just the
beginning stages of a larger
scale preparation for deploy-
ment in the fall of 2005.
"It's great for the squad-
ron to rejoin our air wing
and ship as we prepare for
deployment later this year,"
remarked Cmdr. T. J.
Fasanello, VS-24 command-
The S-3 community at
NAS Jacksonville frequently
flies to NOLF White-house
for Field Carrier Landing
Practice (FCLPs).. NOLF
Whitehouse has created a
landing environment simi-
lar to the carrier flight deck
on each end of the runway.
Carrier outline and center-
line lights create a picture
for the pilot to envision
landing on the carrier.
Landing signals officers
(LSOs) at the end of the
runway operate the optical
landing system, communi-
cate with the pilots, and
grade each of their approa-
ches. The optical landing
system, or "the ball," pro-
vides glide slope informa-
tion to the pilot all the way
to touchdown by displaying
a vertically moving amber
light in conjunction with a
stationary set of horizontal
green lights. The ball gives
a visual indication to the
pilot of aircraft's position on
"Flying is a skill. If you
don't usen it v ou lose the
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A VS-24 aircraft practices carrier landings at Outlying Field Whitehouse.
ability to do it well. The
reason we FCLP is to
ensure precision landings
time and again on the carri-
er," stated VS-24 Pilot Lt.
Pilots are required to fly
FCLPs within 10 days prior
to their first landing on the
carrier. VS-24 requires each
of its pilots to fly three-day
and three-night flights to
NOLF Whitehouse with
eight approaches to the sim-
ulated carrier deck each
flight. After the completion
of these approaches, the
pilots should be sufficiently
nrnaredr to land on the.
The entire squadron tran-
sited to Norfolk, Va. and
joined TR for carrier last
week for qualification/flight
deck certification. Upon the
Scouts return to NAS Jax,
they will enter into inten-
sive training in preparation
for deployment in late 2005,
which will include multiple
detachments to TR and
training in Fallon, Nev.
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Pay off those high-interest
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in full every month. If you
continuously borrow on
credit and accumulate large
sums of debt, you are mort-
gaging-away your financial
For instance, if you max
out your Visa card at
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mum monthly payments of
$200 per month, it will take
you 31 years and $24,000 in
interest and principal to pay
off that one credit card. How
do you expect to grow a nest
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credit cards, call the issuer
and ask for them to lower
your interest rate. Studies
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of people who requested a
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received one, since the
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Invest in the Thrift
Savings Plan or company
sponsored retirement plan.
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old who invests $150 per
month for 25 years, assum-
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year will have amassed
more than $155,000. At
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per month worth your long-
term financial future?
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or "financial planners" or
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Many of these organiza-
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earned money, this could
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your advisor may be more
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or her wallet rather than
giving you sound, long-term
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marketing and promoting
Check your credit report.
The government has
arranged for free credit
reports to be mailed to you,
and they will be available
via the three credit bureaus
For more information on
obtaining your free credit
report, go to www.annual-
creditreport.com. A critical
part of your credit report,
which are not part of the
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score, otherwise known as
your beacon score.
A credit score is a mathe-
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fln t --fl,
AD2(AW) Alberto Marin prepares a P-3 Orion engine for overhaul at the Aircraft Intermediate Maintenance Detachment
Jacksonville Power Plant Shop.
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NATEC Technical Representative Mike Benner shows AT2(AW)
John Fowler how to repair the communications equipment on a
AN Will Lewis inspects the Azimuth drive assembly of an APS-
115 radar for corrosion.
(From right) NATEC Technical Representative Lou Deppe helps
AE2(AW) Lashunda Biggs and AE3 Preston Farrington perform
maintenance on a Temperature Datum Control, which regulates
the fuel mixture on a P-3 Orion aircraft.
NATEC Technical Coordinator Jim Fountain trains AS3 Joycelyn f
Calloway on the proper use of an MLB-1 electrical bank. The AT2(AW) Jerry Taylor and NATEC P-3 Technical Supervisor Chris
MLB-1 is used to load the mobile electric power plant, which in Pinkava inspect the schematic of the ARC-161 high frequency
turn is used to power aircraft such as the P-3 Orion. radio system to find out the best way to repair 4ie it.
NATEC S-3 Technical Representative Bill Fitzgerald uses
an infared camera to look for hot spots and air leaks in a
S-3 Viking engine.
for more than
By 101 Mike England
W" while many servicemembers are overseas fight-
\j/ ing the war on terror, it can be easy to forget
V Y the people behind the scenes who work tire-
lessly to ensure the warfighters have everything they
need to accomplish their missions. One such group is
the people at the Naval Air Technical Engineering
Command (NATEC), Jacksonville.
NATEC began as the Airborne Coordinating Group
in 1942, with a pool of highly trained technicians who
were called ..
upon by avia-
tion com- .
mands to train ; e
an as needed '
basis. The spe-
neers offered i ne.
on the spot
ods of up to
four months. -
After a few AD3 Arturo Martinez conducts rou-
name changes tine maintenance on a P-3 Orion en-
and an in- gine.
crease in serv-
iceability, NATEC was expanded in 1965. They now
have more than 20 detachments world-wide, including
their headquarters in San Diego.
NATEC's mission is to provide field engineering tech-
nical assistance and instruction to naval aviation activ-
ities in the installation, maintenance, repair and opera-
tion of all types of aviation systems and equipment.
Sailors in the aviation community attend various "A"
and "C" schools prior to working on aviation equip-
ment, but because of the high-tech nature of the equip-
ment there is still a need for the expertise of NATEC
"There have been times when a piece of equipment
has been down for two weeks or more and they couldn't
get it going. We would go work with them a day or less
and it would be back up again," said NATEC Technical
Coordinator Jim Fountain.
"More often than not, many of the younger Sailors
just don't have the technical experience to tackle some
of the tougher jobs and that's where we come in," he
NATEC is comprised of civilian technicians who
assist and train personnel in aviation support equip-
ment. NATEC personnel often times help bridge the
training gap between Navy "A" schools and the needs of
the aviation community by providing valuable on-the-
job training on many different types of aviation equip-
ment, support equipment and other related equipment.
"The benefits of having a NATEC technical represen-
tative come to your command are two fold. Not only
See NATEC, .7. 7
laxAir NeS, NAS Jacksonville, Thursday, January 20, 2005 7
AD3(AW) Alex Underwood uses the valve housing test bench to
check valves on P-3 Orion engines. '.i..1 )1'] iJl L j'J1A\J
NATEC: Training the fleet
From Page 6
will the equipment get fixed, but the Sailors at that command B
will get to see first hand what went wrong and how to fix the -
problem themselves if it should happen again," Fountain stated.
NATEC technical representatives often times are deployed all
over the world to assist aviation commands in need of support.
request to NATEC headquar -
ters in San Diego when they..
require support. Then head-.
quarters a: assigns the job to one e e ..' "- "' .,
our detachments. M any of our. .
suitcases," Fountain said.'- ../
At NAS Jax, technical rep-
resentatives work alongside
Sailors i the S-3, P-3, and
the Naval Aviation Depot uses the v R t t
chec com nens tt Oren'n.t "' pr.ely e new enga boa .... 1u3:4 to a dar of U 1or A iD
program areas with each rep-
nance support in their partic- AD2 Greg Sanders repairs a P-3..
also support, manage and m ainta win fleet, reserve and engineer-
ing technical service progr esentativems. oe Pmar Rod -ge e
One program that was just implemented at NATEC last
s a cheaper, faster and more reliable way to repair the circuit
boards in naval aircraft. thin t -
"This new program is gthe oing to save the Navy lots of money and ...-- -'.'
man-hours," said NATEC Technical Representative Paul Duncan.
Another new initiatiove being implemented by NATEC is the
A t h A irspeed program thAT refine the p e we
use to reliably replenish a broken piece of equipment, which
starts from the time thea broken p iece of equipment gets pulled
from aircraft until the time the part is repaired or replaced,"
stated NATEC Airspeed Technical Representative Pete Brantley
Through the Airspeed program, some NATEC t technical repre-
sentatives will become supply chain experts so that they can
assist in implem enting the p program. e o .it may
"The re ason NATEC was tcho sen to be involved in Air speed is
because we are in a better position to see how supply processes -
work here. Sailors are stationed here for three or four years at
hemost. Many of our technical representatives have been here
for 10 years or more so they are better able to understand the
supply prcesses that are unique to this base," Brantley added.
"The tech reps are always around whenever we need them.
They give ous the kind of hands on training that really helps us
understand what we need to do," said t ech R P-3 Engine Mechanic AD2
"The NATEC gnys are always coming up with some new way utish
to attack a problem. Nothing they do surprises me anymore," a P- ... .s
said AM3 Brad Walter, a mechanic at the Aircraft Intermediate.. '
NATEC personnel seem to be equally impressed with their -
"We really enjoy working with the young Sailors. They're all -
very sharp and they keep us sharp. They're great to work with
and they always rise to every challenge they're presented
with," concluded NATEC P-3 Technical Representative Chris NATEC Technical Representative Paul Duncan uses the Pinpoint program to power up and identify bad components in a
Pinkava. circuit hard from a P-3 Orion aircraft.
8 ax AIr NeW, NAS Jacksonville, Thursday, January 20, 2005
Don't get hooked
by high-tech phishers
By JOC(SW/AW) Joseph Gunder
Naval Network Warfare Command Public Affairs
Anew high-tech scam known as
"phishing" is duping many people
into giving up personal information
and, thus, their identity.
According to the Federal Trade
Commission (FTC), the nation's consumer
protection agency, phishers are crooks who
try to trick recipients into disclosing per-
sonal information such as Social Security
numbers, passwords, bank account infor-
mation, and credit card numbers.
The phishing attack could come in the
form of a spam e-mail and appear to be
from a legitimate business. The e-mail may
seem like it's addressed directly to the
recipient since they're the only entry in the
"To:" block, but in reality, it is sent out at
random to as many as a million addresses
at a time.
The message tries to convince you there
is some sort of problem and the only way to
fix it is to go to a special Web site where
you can conveniently enter your data. The
site might look real, but it is run by the
scam artist and exists only to steal your
identity and run up bills or commit crimes
in your name.
The word phishing is a combination of
"phreaks," thieves who tap into phone lines
to get free long distance service and "fish-
ing," the act of casting a line and hoping to
Web users might even get a bogus "pop
up" message asking'for information. It
might even have a company logo. But it all
just adds to the deception.
Phishers have also been busy mass e-
mailing fake lottery winning notifications
and appeals to transfer millions of dollars
from foreign banks, usually with the prom-
ise of leaving a percentage of the account
with the victim.
"If it sounds to good to be true, it proba-
bly is," said Cmdr. Frank Mellott, Chief
Staff Officer for Naval Network and Space
Operations Command in Dahlgren, Va.
Mellott was at Little Creek Naval
Amphibious Base recently to inform mem-
bers about identity theft, a problem he
dealt with personally when someone stole
his social security number and, hence, his
identity. "Phishing emails are getting bet-
ter and better. It's going to take a lot of
common sense for people to fight those off."
"I tell my wife, Don't even think about
responding to those things. And that's for
two reasons," continued Mellott. "One, if
it's spam and you respond, the sender now
knows he has a valid e-mail address. Two,
if you go to their Web site, they can actual-
ly backtrack that to your computer."
The FTC Web site at www.ftc.gov offers
some tips to avoid being fooled:
Be suspicious of all messages asking
for personal or financial information.
Legitimate companies don't ask for infor-
mation this way. If you're not sure, contact
the company by phone on a number known
to be genuine. You can also open a new
Web browser and type in the correct name,
one letter at a time. Don't cut and paste
the site address into the browser bar, it
could lead to a spoofed site that collects
data for the thief.
Never send personal or financial infor-
mation over e-mail, including bank account
numbers or passwords. Messages can be
read in transit. Sailors should be familiar
with maintaining OPSEC (operational
security) with regard to deployment sched-
ules. An email with a bank account pass-
word can be intercepted the same way.
Regularly check credit card and bank
statements for anything fishy. Free credit
reports have been available online, since
Dec. 1 and can be requested at www.annu-
alcreditreport.com from the three nation-
wide consumer reporting agencies:
Equifax, Experian, and TransUnion. This
change is made possible by the Fair and
Accurate Credit Transactions Act (FACTA)
and the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA).
This new change requires credit bureaus to
provide consumers one free copy of their
credit report per year upon request. The
free credit reports are being phased in over
a nine-month period starting with 13 west-
ern states and then progressing east.
Keep antivirus and firewall software
up to date. According to the FTC, many
phish'ing e-mails contain malicious code
that can infect your computer and report
your surfing activities without your con-
sent or knowledge. Antivirus software will
scan incoming files for anything suspicious
that it recognizes, while a firewall is a bar-
rier to the Internet that will block commu-
nications from unauthorized sources. Free
antivirus software is available at the Space
and Naval Warfare Systems Center
(SPAWAR) site at https://infosec.navy.mil,
as well as similar sites by the other servic-
es. Users must be on a ".mil" account to
access the site, but the software can be
downloaded and is authorized to be used
on a home computer.
"If you get something from a company
and are concerned about who it's from,
don't click on the link in the e-mail," said
Patty Poss, a lawyer with the FTC's
Bureau of Consumer Protection. The FTC
serves as the federal clearinghouse for
complaints by victims of identity theft.
"Phishers are full of ways to trick you. The
link could lead to a spoofed site. One site
looked just like it was from AOL [American
Online]. It had the layout, logos and every-
thing. The best thing to do is close your
Internet session, reopen the browser and
type in the address. Or.you can even call
the company if you have questions."
Poss recommends that if the consumer
inadvertently submitted personal informa-
tion, they should call the FTC's ID theft
hotline at 1-877-IDTHEFT, where they will
take a complaint, or they can file a report
to the FTC's Military Sentinel site at
www.consumer.gov/military, a secure,
online database available to hundreds of
civil and criminal law enforcement agen-
cies worldwide. The site at www.ftc.gov/
recommends what actions to take when
someone suspects personal information
has been compromised.
By recognizing what's real or fake over
the Internet and e-mail, members can keep
themselves from being taken "hook, line
Photo by J01 Mike England
Six patrolmen from the NAS Jacksonville Security Department were presented the
Navy Meritorious Civilian Service Award by NAS Jacksonville Commanding Officer
Capt. Chip Dobson Jan. 11, for the superior performance of their duties during lifesav-
ing recsues that occurred during Hurricanes Frances and Jeanne. (From left) Patrolmen
James Barrett, Frank Hill, Wilfred Vilanova, Dobson, Patrolmen Nicaud Jourdain, John
Keith and Bruce Bradford.
The following Sailors were rec-
ognized during a recent ceremony
Navy and Marine Corps
AT1 D. Allen Dockery (SOY)
AM1 Leyton Saunders (SOY)
AZ2 Robert Danner (JSOY)
AD2 Ray Heywood (JSOY)
Letter of Commendation
AM1 Peter Hopkins (JSOQ)
AME2 Elizabeth Ward (JSOQ)
AT2 Kalan Harmon
AZ1 Robert Danner
AD1 Ray Heywood
A02 Joshua Galloway
AZ2 Hector Caraballo
AM2 Edwin Burton
AM3 Jesse Granbois
Urban tree rangers
Join Greenscape of Jackson-
ville Saturday 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. 307.
Navy Wives Clubs
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 concession stand at Alltel
Stadium for this seasons Jaguar
home games. For more informa-
tion, please call Kathy Cayton at
272-9489 or 254-4971.
HabiJax is always looking for
volunteers for various construc-
tion projects. For more informa-
tion, call Bonnie Golden at 798-
4529, Ext. 253. The HabiJax
Home Store also needs help
coordinating donated materials
and furniture. Call 722-0737.
Clay County Habitat for
Humanity, Inc. serves Green
Cove Springs, Orange Park,
Middleburg, Keystone Heights
and Penney Farms. Volunteers
are needed Tuesday through
Saturday throughout the year to
help out. For more information,
call Gamble Wright-Stuebgen at
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ization provide free primary
care, specialty triage, preventive
health education and mental
heath care to employed individ-
uals or families who have
incomes above the poverty
guideline and are without med-
ical insurance coverage.
Volunteers are needed in both
medical and professional fields.
For more information, call
Barbara Whittaker at 399-2766,
,The Duval County Special
Olympics will be held Feb. 26.
Athlete buddies are needed as
well as event assistants, med-
ical support volunteers and food
servers. Volunteers must be at
least nine years old with a par-
ent. For more information or to
sign up, contact Dubal County
Special Olympics Coordinator
Michelle Johnson at 733-2650.
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JaxAir NeWS, NAS Jacksonville, Thursday, January 20, 2005 9
What is a family care plan?
Setting up FCP
can be valuable
By Kelli Kirwan
Service in the military offers
opportunity, challenges, and
a unique lifestyle for service
members and their families, but
along with personal opportunities
come family challenges. Just by
the nature of the job, you need to
think about taking care of your
family beyond everyday needs.
A family care plan (FCP) is a
wonderful tool to put guidelines
in place for guardians who may
end up caring for your family. It
also covers -financial and legal
matters and your family's med-
Who should have a family care
Everyone.who has dependants,
whether they are children, or dis-
abled, or elderly family members,
should set up an FCP. However,
only the following are required to
officially fill out and maintain an
Dual active-duty couples.
Both must have an FCP complet-
Sole caregivers for elderly or
disabled family members.
Caregivers for family mem-
bers with limited command of the
English language or limited
transportation to life-sustaining
facilities, such as medical care
and food. (This is under command
Service members whose
spouse is frequently absent due to
career or other commitments.
The Department of Defense
(DoD) has established procedures
for Sailors, Marines, and
Emergency Essential (EE) civil-
ian personnel who meet the pro-
files above. (These can be
accessed at MCO 1740.13A or
How an FCP will help on the
The FCP will help your family
make decisions when things are
calm and emotions are not run-
ning high. The FCP also helps
protect your family's choices of
who will take care of them and
how they will be cared for.
From the military viewpoint,
family care plans contribute to
the personal readiness of each
service member. Service members
are directly affected by the well-
being of their families during
duty that requires them to be
away from home for more than 24
hours. Having a plan in place
takes all the guesswork out of
how the family will get along
while the Sailor or Marine con-
centrates on the mission at hand.
The DoD needs Sailors and
Marines to be deployable and
ready to do their job. No Sailor or
Marine should ever assume they
are always going to be with their
family, because deployment and
separations are part of military
life. If a Sailor or Marine has to
be pulled off duty and back home
to take care of a situation that
could have been prevented by an
FCP, then his or her buddies suf-
fer because of the additional
workload they must assume.
Do it for those you love. If you
don't meet the profile of a service
member who needs to initiate the
FCP, why should you bother?
Because things happen, and it's
better to be prepared for the
unexpected than to be caught off-
guard, especially when it involves
your loved ones. In addition to the
official FCP, you should make
available the following informa-
Daily schedule, location, and
phone numbers of schools.
Before- and after-school care
locations and phone numbers.
Description and location of a
comfort toy, animal, or blanket
that may bring comfort to a child
in time of crisis.
Names of medications,
dosages, and schedule.
Special needs or require-'
ments, location of important doc-
uments insurance, birth certifi-
cates, will, etc.
When you begin putting togeth-
er your FCP, use the services
available to you on-base. Obtain,
fill out, and sign all paperwork so
there's nothing left undone. A few
locations that will be of service to
Fleet & Family Support
Marine Corps Community
Navy Legal Services
Your on-base Child
How Often Should You Update
Review and update your FCP
every year, or when important
changes occur. An
FCP will provide information
and spell out care for your family
in all situations from unex-
pected overnight duty or a long
deployment to the extreme of an
unforeseen tragedy. No one likes
to face the reality of being unable
to provide for their family, but
when you courageously face that
possibility, you're providing for
them at a time when they will
need it the most.
Take the time now to prepare
for the unexpected, and live today
with peace of mind knowing you
have truly done all you can to
take care of those you love.
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Photo by PH3 Jesse Paquin
A03 Nick Carlson, right, stands ready to hand a sonobuoy to A02 Jason Skelton dur-
ing the loading of sonobuoys in an P-3C Orion assigned to the "Mad Foxes" of VP-5.
Sonobuoys are devices that are used to detect acoustic waves produced by ships and
submarines. VP-5 is on a regularly scheduled deployment in support of the global war
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Skyler Lamper, 16, a 10th
grader at Orange Park High
School, posts Proctor and
Gamble coupons at the NAS
Jax Commissary in an effort to
raise money for the Clay
County Special Olympics Jan.
8. Every time a coupon is
redeemed, the money is
donated to the county
Special Olympics fund.
Home providers needed for childcare
he Child Development Center
"T is looking for home providers. If
you are an on-base resident,
you will only need to be Navy-certi-
fled to become a Home Provider.
If you are an off-base resident, you
will have to be state-certified as well
as Navy-certified. This program is for
dependent female and males. For
more information about this program,
contact Lisa Williams or Ingrid
-Robinson at 542-5434 / 5529 / 2472.
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(Above) Members of the Clay County Special Olympics
organization pass out Proctor and Gamble coupons to NAS
Jax Commissary patrons during their annual fund-raising
event Jan. 8. "We hope to raise between $2,000 and $3,000
during this event," said Clay County Special Olympics-
Coordinator Marsha Otti. "The commissary managers and the
folks from Proctor and Gamble are terrific. This is our fourth
year doing this fund-raiser, which is one of our largest."'
According to Proctor and Gamble representative Linda Stone,
the company has been involved with the National Special
Olympics for 25 years. "In addition to these types of local
events, each year Proctor and Gamble donates S750,000 to
the National Special Olympics from coupon sales, which give
commissary patrons savings and benefit the Special
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10 Jax Air NWS, NAS Jacksonville, Thursday, January 20, 2005
Wear test begins for Navy uniform concepts
From Task Force Uniform
Task Force Uniform
(TFU) has entered
the wear test period,
offering Sailors in selected
locations around the fleet
an opportunity for an up-
close evaluation of the
Navy Working and Service
Task Force Uniform rep-
resentatives will deliver by
mid-January concept uni-
forms to nearly 1,700 male
and female Sailors at com-
mands across the country
and the globe specially
selected for the wear test,
according to CNO-directed
Command Master Chief
(SS) Robert Carroll.
In conjunction with the
wear test, TFU will admin-
ister a fleetwide survey to
gather points of view across
the Navy on the service and
working uniform designs.
"We are hoping to get an
evaluation by Sailors on
suitability and durability of
these uniforms so they can
make an informed choice
when filling out the sur-
veys," YNC Patricia Ames
of TFU said.
In response to the fleet's
feedback on current uni-
forms, the service uniform
concepts will offer a choice
between two different color
Digital Pattern Dominant Blue Option
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Cctlon I !.,;lrl
Tuck 11 Opt ion
Digital Pattern Dominant Gray Option
E-1 to E-6 Blue
0i E-7 to 0.10 Gold
MkI TUL l
y.. aItlIonal Features and
l r ,: l. Optonal
Hu lt.-in blousing. --
straps vs. Straight "
hem leg cuffs" I7I
and fabric shirts (khaki or color. This concept is intend- each concept
gray and poly/wool blends) ed to replace the current time to comp
with Navy blue trousers. Navy working uniforms. Force Uniforn
The service uniform con- Ames said those com- this year.
cept is designed to replace mands and Sailors chosen Sailors ch
summer white, winter blue for the wear test will be wear test, An
and tropical white, consoli- given a "user guide" for excited and
dating them into one year- wear of the working and their role in t
round service uniform for E6 service uniform concepts, "I feel that
and below. The working uni- including a calendar to and I antici
form concept offers a BDU indicate which of the indi- questions at
style with either a woodland vidual uniform proposals form," said I
or digital camouflage pat- will be worn that day. This McBride, wh
tern, and a choice between will offer their shipmates a at the Mari
blue or grey as a dominant chance to fairly evaluate Station Mir.
Woodland Pattern Dominant Blue Option Woodland Pattern Dominant Gray Option
Round-- E 1 o E Blue
Pc-mcd collar" E 7 to 0" G
Cargo Porket "-Na Logo
Buill-in blousing .
straps vs. Straight
hem leg cufflts
when it comes
plete the Task
m survey later
osen for the
aes added, are
it is an honor,
pate a lot of
bout the uni-
o is stationed
ne Corps Air
ditional Features and
Clinic in San Diego. "I that's important," said YN2
haven't seen the uniform Kenneth Hammond, a
yet, but I've heard about it, recruit division commander
and I think it'll be a change at Naval Service Training
from the uniforms we wear Command Great Lakes,
now. I think it'll be more who added that he was
conforming to what we excited about the opportu-
need to do. Like now, if nity to show the service
we're doing a job where we uniform concepts to the
might get our whites dirty, Navy's newest Sailors.
we would have to wear cov- "This way, they can see pry
eralls, whereas this new posed changes coming up,
service uniform will be an and know that their inputs
all-purpose one." count because we all had a
"They're functional, and hand in this design."
FISC Jax officers promoted
Have you seen them?
S' i Photos courtesy of NAS Jax Security Dept.
Have you seen either of these two people? If you have
| .* r..'. Seen them, please contact Detective Theresa Beyrle at
NAS Jax Security Department at 542-2665 or 813-0402.
Photo by BeveHy Taylor-Mack
Fleet and Industrial Supply Center (FISC) Jacksonville Commanding Officer Capt. Vince
Griffith (center), is pictured with newly promoted Cmdr. Terry Surdyke (right) and Lt.
Cole Seibel after a special ceremony Jan. 6. Surdyke is the supply chain director and
Seibel is the surface industrial support officer for FISC Jacksonville.
New computers for fuel depot
Photo by Beverly Taylor-Mack
Fleet and Industrial Supply Center Jacksonville's Fuel and Facilities Director Cmdr.
Tracy Keenan makes a ceremonial "click" to start up the Navy Fuel Depot's new
Automated Fuel Handling Equipment. Fueling operations can be initiated, monitored,
and controlled from the workstation, thereby integrating efficiency and safety into the
process. A formal ribbon cutting ceremony was held Jan. 12 at the Navy Fuel Depot.
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JaxAIr NeWS, NAS Jacksonville, Thursday, January 20, 2005 11
Applicants needed for Advanced
Education Voucher program
From the Navy College Office r(JIi( ?Alnf: /aMirhmn M Alf ni
T he Advanced Education
Voucher (AEV) program is part
of the professional military
education continuum, that will pro-
vide advanced education opportuni-
ties designed to build the critical
thinking skills of the enlisted work-
force of the future. The AEV program
is open to the total enlisted workforce
and will provide financial assistance
to senior enlisted personnel (E7-E9)
to complete post-secondary, Navy-rel-
AEV will support baccalaureate and
master's degree completion in desig-
nated areas of study through off-duty
education. Proven superior perform-
ers with potential for continued
upward mobility are eligible as fol-
lows: E7 with no more than 17 years
time in service (TIS), E8 with no more
than 20 years TIS and E9 with no
more than 22 years TIS. Applicants
should be transferring to (or currently
on) shore duty with sufficient time
ashore to complete a baccalaureate or
master's degree program. Senior
enlisted who have already invested in
their development by pursing college
education and those who are current-
ly enrolled in a qualifying post-sec-
ondary degree program using tuition
assistance, or other financial assis-
tance programs, are eligible to apply
br the AEV program.
Reimbursement for any educational
expenses incurred prior to participa-
tion in AEV is not authorized.
AEV for baccalaureate degree com-
pletion will cover 100 percent of
tuition, books and related fees. Each
participant will be limited to $6,700
per year for a maximum of 36 months
from the date of enrollment. Total
,program costs.will not exceed $20,000
per participant. At a minimum, bac-
calaureate degree completion pro-
gram applicants must have either an
associate's degree or the equivalent
amount of college credit already
earned and applicable to the degree
For fiscal year 2005, the following
areas of study are open for baccalau-
reate degree applicants: human
resources, human performance sys-
tem integration, systems engineering
and analysis, leadership and manage-
ment, civil engineering, engineering
propulsion systems, industrial man-
agement, information technology,
nursing, accounting and finances, and
electrical engineering technology.
Twenty-five quotas are available for
the fiscal year 2005 selection board.
AEV for the master's degree program
will cover 100 percent of tuition, books
and related fees up to a maximum of
$20,000 per year for up to 24 months
from the date of enrollment. Total pro-
gram costs per participant will not
exceed $40,000. Master's degree pro-
gram applicants must have been
awarded a baccalaureate degree from
an institution of higher learning accred-
ited by an accrediting agency recog-
nized by the department of education.
For fiscal year 2005, the following
areas of study are open for master's
degree applicants: emergency and
disaster management, human
resources, project management, engi-
neering and technology, information
technology, systems engineering and
analysis, homeland defense and secu-
rity, leadership and management,
business administration, and educa-
tion and training management. Five
quotas are available for the fiscal
year selection board.
AEV program participants will
serve one tour in a world-wide assign-
able billet upon program completion.
Participants shall agree to remain
on active duty for a minimum period
of two years or a period equal to three
times the number of months of educa-
tion up to a maximum of three years,
which ever is greater, after comple-
tion of or withdrawal from education
for which any authorized expenses
were paid. This obligation is dis-
charged concurrently with any other
service obligation that program par-
ticipants may have already incurred.
This agreement does not obligate
the navy to retain the member on
active duty. If a program participant
fails to complete the period of active
duty specified in the agreement, such
member will reimburse the Uniited
States for the cost of the advanced
education received, prorated for the
- obligated time served.
The master chief petty officer of the
Navy will convene the fiscal year
2005 AEV program selection board in
May. Program selectees will be
expected to enroll in studies no later
than Sept. 30.
Eligible senior enlisted interested
in applying should submit an applica-
tion to the Naval Education and
Training Professional Development
and Technology Center (Code N2) no
later than March 10.
For more information, call the Navy
College Office at 542-2477.
NavHosp Jax diabetic, arthritis class dates set
From Naval Hospital Jacksonville
D diabetic classes are available for
eligible beneficiaries through
the Health Education Depart-
ment. 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 controlled, etc. Dates for the
Spring 2005 Diabetic Standard
Classes, to be held in the hospital's
Internal Medicine Clinic, are:
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 own individualized self-
management program, and gain the
confidence to carry out that program.
It complements the professional serv-
ices of your health-care team, with
trained volunteers, many with
fibromiyalgia, leading the courses. It"
teaches the latest pain management
techniques, covering management of
fatigue and stress, ptirposes and effec-
tive use of medications, the emotional
effects of arthritis, and the impor-
tance of nutrition in arthritis man-
agement and it involves the family.
Classes scheduled for the main build-
ing's second deck conference room are
set for the following dates:
Jan. 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.
Call 542-7300 for information on
any of these classes.
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the "Checkmates" of VS-22 washes an aerial
refueling store (ARS) installed on a S-3B
Viking aboard the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier
USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75). The ARS is a
combination external fuel tank and hose reel
used for aerial refueling operations. VS-22 is
embarked aboard Truman, providing close air
support and conducting intelligence, surveil-
lance and reconnaissance missions over Iraq.
The Truman Strike Group is on a regularly
scheduled deployment in support of the global
war on terrorism.
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The Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) program
will provide temporary relief to families who are
nutritionally deprived? Federally funded, this pro-
gram provides nutrition education to help improve eating
habits and supplemental food vouchers to buy specific
foods important to good health. Women must be pregnant,
breastfeeding, or have children under five years of age.
Participants must meet health and income guidelines.
For more information, call the Navy-Marine Corps Relief
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The Navy College Learning Center is offering free
ASVAB/ACT/SAT prep 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 noon.
Evening classes are also now being
offered. Classes are available
Jan. 31 Feb. 17. Evening
sessions are, Monday
through Thursday from
Seating is limited
and reserved on a
a career counselor must refer participants.
These classes will help increase scores in math,
English and reading. Course completion meets the
requirements for retaking the ASVAB test.
For more information or to sign up, call 542-3676 or
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*Bring a towel for after your workouts.
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TRAFFIC: Pay attention to signals
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Unfortunately, with all of
our newfound technology
we have a potential prob-
lem. Some of our drivers
appear to be getting tunnel
vision. They see all of the
*new, brightly lit, direction-
al signals and no longer
see that old traditional
traffic light, which changed
from green to yellow to
red, and drive blithely
through the intersection.
We have replaced the old
technology traffic signals
with the latest and great-
est technology, but they
still only go green, yellow,
red, repeatedly, so keep an
eye out for them.
Remember, the white
directional signals are just
there to let you know
which lanes are available
to drive in. That traffic
light still lets you know if
you can go or have to stop.
Not only will tickets be
issued for running a red
light, but the folks having
the green light have the
right of way and you could
cause an accident.
Another issue with the
new overhead directional
signal system is when
there is a signal conflict in
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The NAS Jax.Safety Office reminds all commuters to pay
close attention to the new directional signals on Birmingham
Avenue after entering the gate. The large, white-lighted sig-
nals don't supercede the traffic lights. Motorists must obey
the red, yellow, and green lights along the avenue.
the control signal being
sent to each gantry, the
lights on the gantry go into
what is called "fail safe."
Fail safe, in our case,
means the directional sig-
nals on the gantries shut
off and the traffic reverts
back to the normal traffic
pattern. This does not
include the regular traffic
signals (red lights). You are
expected to treat the road-
way as two-way roadway
and move to the right most
LAWSON: Retires with more than 30 years
From Page 1
morning as the flag is
raised. It was one of the
hardest projects, but I
think it was really impor-
tant," said Lawson enthu-
"I think my second
biggest achievement here
was revitalizing and reen-
ergizing the chief's club.
By working together, our
CPO community also
changed the entire way we
conduct the CPO initiation
each year. In 2000, we got
together and decided there
was a better way of doing
things. We moved the
chief's initiation into a
much more positive light,"
he added. "We are produc-
ing good, well-trained,
energetic leaders and we're
really proud of our process.
In fact, the entire Navy is
now using an initiation
process like ours and it's
As NAS Jax command
master chief, Lawson has
worked under three differ-
ent commanding officers.
"Each one was 180-out.
Capt. Steve Turcotte was
kind of known as the
builder. He built the T-Bar,
deck at the outdoor pool,
added nine holes on the
golf course, started work
on the RV Park and the
cabin project," he
"Then Capt. Mark
Boensel came here and
was known as the guy who
maintained everything. By
the time he arrived, the
money was running out to
continue the building proj-
ects so he had to figure out
a way to maintain every-
thing. This included keenp-
ing the pool open, renovat-
ing the fitness center and
accommodating a base that
was going through many
changes. He also had to
deal with 9-11 and every-
thing that went along with
that," Lawson continued.
"And now, we have Capt.
Chip Dobson who is kind of
know as the demolisher.
He's knocking everything
down that needs to go
away. We can't afford to
keep World War II build-
ings that were originally
built as temporary build-
ings up and running. It's a
terrible waste of money,"
According to Lawson, one
his favorite demolition
projects was watching the
old barracks being torn
"After we had our new
barracks built, we could
finally tear down the old
600 and 700 series build-
ings. I took great glee in
that and even took a lawn
chair and sat there and
watched as they demol-
ished the buildings. I was
so happy, I even saved a
board from the old bar-
racks," he said complacent-
Lawson has seen numer-
ous changes not only at
NAS Jax, but throughout
the Navy during his 30-
year career. "The Navy is
an ever-changing evolution
and if you can't adapt,
you'll never be happy. You
have to be flexible," he
stated. "When I joined. in
1975, drugs were common
practice in the Navy. Then
zero-tolerance took effect
and that was a huge
change. I've gone through
four major uniform
changes. The downsizing of
the Navy is amazing. When
I came in we had 600-plus
ships, now it's 300. I've
seen so many changes."
There is one small piece
of advice Lawson would
like to give new Sailors.
"Don't get discouraged. The
changes that are coming
within the Navy are no dif-
ferent than the changes
we've seen throughout the
years. This year is going to
bring same big changes.
Navy Knowledge Online is
the Sailor's key to success
in the Navy today. They
have to start utilizing it, if
not they will be left
behind," said Lawson
As for regionalization,
Lawson thinks the whole
concept is a good idea. "I
think putting bases under
a single hat was a smart
move. They've balanced out
the bases. We've figured
out how to spend money.
Before we didn't know how
much things cost, now we
know how much it costs to
run an airfield and a port.
Now we are better utiliz-
ing the dollars and can
upgrade out military
assets," he continued.
According to Lawson,
many people have con-
tributed to the success of
his naval career. "As I
reflect back, I realize how
very important my family
has been in supporting me
through this journey and
allowing me to do some-
thing I really love to do.
My wife, Mary Jo has trav-
eled the world with me for
24 years and has raised my
kids. I'm so grateful for all
she does," Lawson said. "I
am also extremely proud of
my kids. Charlie has a suc-
cessful career as a produc-
tion engineer at a local tel-
evision station, C.J. is a
freshman at Flagler
College and Christopher is
an eighth grader and
future PGA tour star."
"I would also like to
thank all the Morale,
Welfare and Recreation
employees who have gone
out of their way to take
care of the Sailors here.
And, I'd like to thank the
Department of the Navy
police force and all the
command master chiefs
here. They are a great
group of professionals and
helped make my tour suc-
cessful. There are so many
others to thank, but if I
mentioned everyone, I'd
leave someone out,"
As for the future, Lawson
is staying flexible. He and
his family plan to stay in
"My wife doesn't like
snow, so we are staying in
Florida. I plan to take her
on a cruise to the Western
Caribbean and then come
back and find a job," he
RP2 Stan Ray paid
Photos by JO1 Mike England
tribute to Dr. King by performing a rendition of the "I have a Dream"
MLK: Speaker talks of change
From Page 1
"We need to have these observances
every year so that members of the younger
generation will always remember how far
we've come because of the sacrifices made
by people like Dr. King," McNair stated.
The highlight of the program came when
Guest Speaker Doug Thomas addressed
the crowd. Thomas, a fire inspector with
the NAS Jax Fire Department and a
retired Air Force master sergeant, gave a
passionate speech during which he
recounted his experiences growing up in
segregated South Carolina and serving in
"I've seen first hand the changes that our
country has undergone and I don't think
any of it would have been possible without
Dr. King," Thomas said.
NAS Jacksonville Commanding Officer
Capt. Chip Dobson was among the many
who took time out of their busy work
schedules to attend the event.
"Dr. King helped many people in this
country recognize that the ideals of our
founding fathers must apply to everyone
equally," Dobson said during his opening
At the conclusion of the observance, the
congregation stood and closed the ceremo-
ny by singing the Battle Hymn of the
Dr. King was assassinated in Memphis
Lt. Gloria McNair performs a solo during the
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Birthday
Observance held Jan. 12.
by a sniper on April 4, 1968. To honor Dr.
Martin Luther King Jr., the Congress of
the United States in 1983 designated the
third Monday in January as a national hol-
iday, a day that falls on or near King's
birthday of Jan. 15.
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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
Upcoming golf events
Join us for NAS Jax Super Bowl Tournament
Feb. 4 at 12:30 p.m. The entry fee is $65 and
includes golf, prize fund, on course prizes and
reef & beef buffet following play.
Any authorized patron or civilian guest invited
by an authorized patron with a current and verifi-
able USGA handicap is eligible to participate.
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
Every Wednesday the golf pros host a
Women's Golf Clinic, "from 5:30-6:30 p.m. The
cost is $10 and includes range balls and instruc-
For more information on golf activities, call 542-
Have some fun with I.T.T. Take a trip or treat
yourself to a show! Stop by our office located
adjacent to the Navy Exchange, and sign up for a
great trip. Trips are open to all hands, so bring a
friend! For more information, call 542-3318.
Jan. 23 Sterling Casino Cruise. Sail out of
Port Canaveral on the largest gambling ship in
Florida for just $12.50.
I.T.T. also has tickets to the Ringling Brother
Circus coming Jan. 26, 28 and 29 for $10.50 or
Tickets for the Daytona 500 go on sale tomor-
row at 9 a.m. for $135. The race is Feb. 20. Let
I.T.T. do the driving for $15.
The Gaithers perform at the Jacksonville Arena
Jan. 22 at 6 p.m. We have tickets for this show.
Hockey is back. Buy your tickets to see the
Jacksonville Barracudas for just $11 or $15.
Liberty Cove Recreation Center
Sailors get out and join the Liberty Recreation
Center staff for some great fun in the sun events.
The Liberty staff invites all single Sailors to come
into the facility and see what they are all about.
Come in and play a friendly game of pool, ping-
pong, or darts. Relax and enjoy a free movie, or
surf the Web on anyone of 18 Internet ready com-
puters. Check their monthly schedule of events to
see their exciting line up places to go and things
to do. Liberty Cove Recreation Center 542-3491
Tomorrow Barracudas hockey game for only
The Spirit of the Suwannee Music
Park at Live Oak,-on the Suwannee
River is offering one free night's
lodging in fully furnished 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 mem-
ber wounded in Iraq. "As long as we have
reservations available 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
$1. Trip includes transportation and a free hot
Jan. 23 We're heading to Orange Park Mall
for a movie. Sign up begins at 1 p.m. the day of
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-
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.
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.
Tomorrow, 7 p.m. Open Water (R)
Jan. 28, 7 p.m. Cellular (PG13)
Jan. 29, 5 p.m. Princess Diaries 2: Royal
Jan. 29, 7 p.m. Mr. 3000 (PG13)
Visit MWR online at www.nasjax. navy.mil
and look for the tab marked MWR. This is your
tab to unlimited fun. For questions or comments
email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
James Cornett. "It's the least we can do."
The package also includes a complimen-
tary breakfast the next morning and a
mini-golf. Subject to availability the
package will also include a free canoe ride
on the historic Suwannee River, horse-
back 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 pack-
age 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.musicliveshere.com.
'Use of official time in EEO complaint process
A complainant is al-
lowed time to meet
with the equal em-
(EEO) counselor and other
EEO officials, as well as
time with their representa-
tive to prepare and present
an EEO complaint. This
time spent on the com-
plaint is called official
If the complainant is an
employee of the agency
and designates another
employee of the agency as
a representative, both the
complainant and the repre-
sentative are allowed a
reasonable amount of offi-
Official time is scheduled
during the complainant's
normal duty hours to the
However, there is no obli-
gation to change work
schedules, incur overtime
wages, or pay travel
expenses to facilitate the
choice of a specific repre-
sentative or to allow the
complainant and the repre-
sentative to confer.
The agency is not
required to grant official
time to Department of the
Navy (DoN) employees to
prepare or present com-
plaints against other feder-
al agencies. Official time
also is not allowed for DoN
employees who represent
The term "reasonable" is
defined as whatever is
appropriate, under the par-
ticular circumstances of
the complaint, in order to
allow a complete presenta-
tion of the relevant infor-
mation associated with the
complaint and to respond
to agency requests for
Thus "reasonable", with
respect to preparation time
(as opposed to time actual-
ly 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 understanding as
to the amount of official
time to be used prior to the
complainant or representa-
tive using such time.
Time is scheduled by the
complainant with his or
her immediate supervisor.
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the flight deck aboard the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75).
Carrier Air Wing Three embarked aboard Truman, is providing close air support and
conducting intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance missions over Iraq. The
Truman Strike Group is on a regularly scheduled deployment in support of the global
war on terrorism.
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including Consumer Credit Counseling
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14 JaxAir NeWS, NAS Jacksonville, Thursday, January 20, 2005
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
Racquetball tourney slated
This tournament is free and open to NAS Jax active duty men
and women only. This is a Captain's Cup event and each partici-
pant will earn points for their command. Sign up at the NAS Jax
Gym by Jan. 24.
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-
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
iN 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 email email@example.com.
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The Navy Wives Clubs of
America, NWCA Jax No. 86
meets the first Wednesday of
each month. Meetings are held
in Building 612 on Jason Street
at NAS Jacksonville at 7:30
p.m. The Thrift Shop is open
Tuesday and Thursdays and
the first Saturday of the month
from 9 a.m. 1 p.m. For more
information, call 772-0242 or
Pearl Aran at 777-8032.
The Navy Wives Club's DID
No. 300 meetings are held the
second Thursday of each month
at 7 p.m. at the Oak Crest
United Methodist Church
Education Building at 5900
Ricker Road. For more informa-
tion, call 387-4332 or 272-9489.
Clay County Chapter 1414,
National Association of
Retired Federal 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 informa-
tion, call 276-9415.
The Navy Jacksonville
Yacht Club general member-
ship meetings are held at 7:30
p.m. on the first Wednesday of
every month at the clubhouse
(Building 1956) adjacent to the
Mulberry Cove Marina. The
Navy Jax Yacht Club is a mem-
bers only club open to all active
duty, reserve and retired mili-
tary, and active DoD personnel.
For more information, call 78-
0805 or email commodore@
A free Yoga Class for all
ages and abilities is held the
first Sunday of each month at
Memorial Park in Riverside at
11 a.m. Bring a blanket. For fur-
ther information, call Brenda
Star Walker at 398-8429.
An Qrange Park Singles
Dance is held every Friday
Night from 8-11 p.m. for adults
50 and up at the Knights of
Columbus at 3920 Old
Middleburg Road. For more
information, call 779-1234.
The First Coast Black
Nurses Association holds a
monthly meeting the second
Tuesday of each month at
Shands Jacksonville Hospital.
For more information, call 542-
The MOMS Club of
Jacksonville Orange Park /
Westside holds their chapter
meetings the second Tuesday
of each month at 10:45 a.m. at
the Calvary United Methodist
Church, 112 Blanding Boulevard
across from the Orange Park
Mall. Members meet for play-
groups, field trips, MOMS Nite
Out and family outings. For
information, contact Diane at
683-2143 or visit http://groups.
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 invitation to all currently
employed and retired federal
employees to our regular meet-
ing held at 1 p.m. on the fourth
Thursday of each month at the
Murray Hill United Methodist
Church, (Fellowship Hall
Building) at 4101 College
Street. For more information,
call R. Carroll at 786-7083.
The National Naval 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
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
The Gold Wing Road Riders
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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 together at the Dairy Queen
on Kingsley Avenue at 7 p.m.
every Friday night. For more
information, call 772-1047 or
The Jacksonville Museum
of Modern Art is sponsoring
military appreciation month for
all military families. Just show
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your military I.D. card and
receive free admission on
Saturday this month.
The Military Officers
Association holds their monthly
dinner meetings on the third
Wednesday of every month.
The next meeting will be held
Jan.19 at 6 p.m. at the NAS Jax
Officers' Club. During this meet-
ing, the 2005 officers and direc-
tors will be installed. Stephen
Kerlin will be installed as the
new chapter president. For
information, call 213-0701.
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