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NAS Jax Sailors Support Super Bowl XX IX L -

Pages 6, 7, 8





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Black History battalions deploying
Month Observance
Feb. 17 to Cuba to help

The NAS Jacksonville
Multi-Cultural Awareness
Committee will host a
Black History Month
Luncheon Feb. 17 from
11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at
the NAS Jax Officers'
Club. Tickets cost $10. For
more information, call JO1
Mike England at 542-

Barracudas to
honor military

The Jacksonville
Barracudas hockey team
and Greater Jacksonville
Area United Services
Organization (USO), will
host a military apprecia-
tion night tomorrow at
Jacksonville Veteran's
Memorial Coliseum. This
event will honor our cur-
rent active-duty service
personnel, as well as all
veterans. Additionally,
those preparing to
become the future of our
United States military,
such as members of the
Delayed Entry Program,
ROTC and NJROTC, will
be honored. Family mem-
bers of all honorees are
also welcome to attend.
Vouchers for discounted
tickets are available at the
USO. The price of admis-
sion is $5.
The Barracudas are
donating a portion of the
proceeds from ticket sales
for this event to the USO.
The Barracudas have also
offered to provide a free
night at a game through
the USO for the command
that brings the largest per-
centage of their command
to the tomorrow event.
For further information,
contact the USO at 778-

Annual vow
renewal coming up
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.

with operations

By Kaylee LaRocque
Staff Writer
The Navy's first provisional
guard battalion has been
established by the Chief of
Naval Operations who directed
Commander, Fleet Forces Com-
mand to form the battalion.
The unit will soon be mobilized
to Joint Task Force Guantanamo
(JFT-GTMO) at Naval Base
Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, once they
complete a specialized training
course. The battalion is comprised
of five different companies of high-
ly trained Navy security and cor-
rections personnel from naval
facilities around the world.
"We were established to relieve
the 'current rotation serving in
Guantanamo Bay. Our personnel
will be involved in the detainee
operations on the base. This is the
first time the Navy has done any-
thing of this magnitude. It's the
largest Navy law enforcement


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Photo by JO1 Mike England
EM3(SW) Kenneth Grant performs preventive maintenance on
a jet boat used by the NAS Jax Security Department for patrols
and intercept operations.

'- -loint Task Force Guantanamo Bay 6.0 Rotation
Alpha Company head out to the plane that will take them
*'*- to Fort Lewis, Wash., for additional training before heading
-- to Naval Base Guantanamo Bay, Cuba to help with detainee operations.
Photo by Kaylee LaRocque

organization ever brought togeth-
er by the Navy," explained Cmdr.
Ken Deal, commander of the Navy
Provisional Guard Battalion JTF-
"The Navy has been participat-

ing in the mission there, but on a
much smaller scale. The Army is
still there overseeing everything.
We are going to help relieve a lit-
tle pressure by providing more
Support this rotation," he added.

The battalion is made up of
active-duty men and women who
have Navy enlisted classifications
and backgrounds in military law

See BATTALION, Page 12

Boathouse repairs from storm

damage near completion

damage during both storms, but has still
managed to remain operational despite
some pretty hefty obstacles.
"Frances took off the first half of the
upper roof, that's where most of the dam-
age occurred," said NAS Jacksonville
Boathouse Leading .Petty Officer EN1
(SW) Terence Accra. "The mounted anten-
na on the roof was blown off by the hurri-
cane and it peeled the roof off. After that,
the water started pouring into the build-
ing, creating a massive amount of water
damage to the walls, carpeting, ceilings

See BOATHOUSE, Page 13

Football players visit

Naval Hospital Jax

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Photos by PH1 (AW) Toiete Jackson
Staff members from Naval Hospital
Jacksonville excitedly greet Tampa Bay
Buccaneers wide receiver Tim Brown,
Oakland Raiders fullback Zack Crockett,
Dallas Cowboys defensive tackle La'Roie
Glover, former Denver Broncos running back
Terrell Davis and Jacksonville Jaguars tight
end Todd Yoder during the football players'
visit Jan. 31.

Photo by PHI (AW)Toiete Jackson
Retired Marine Corps Maj. Mike Fonteno got
a surprise visit Jan. 31 from Oakland Raiders
Fullback Zack Crockett and Tampa Bay
Buccaneers Wide Receiver Tim Brown at
Naval Hospital Jacksonville.

during Hurricane Frances and
Tropical Storm Ivan millions of
dollars worth of damage was done
to NAS Jacksonville. The havoc the
storms brought to areas such as Mulberry
Cove Marina have received a lot of atten-
tion due to the massive property loss and
inconveniences caused by the damages.
However, one part of the base that has a
lot of operational significance has received
very little attention. The NAS Jax
Boathouse sustained a massive amount of

ByjOl Mike England
Assistant Editor

Photo by PH2(AW) Susan Cornell
A child at Naval Hospital Jacksonville receives an autographed poster from Tampa Bay Buccaneer
Wide Receiver Tim Brown during Super Bowl XXXIX festivities. Players from the NFL showed their
support for the troops in Iraq by visiting patients and staff members at the hospital during Super Bowl
XXXIX festivities. During their visit, they also signed autographs and answered questions.
For more Super Bowl coverage, see Pages 6-8


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2 JalAir NeWS, NAS Jacksonville, Thursday, February 10, 2005


Successful coaches are successful leaders

Fleet Command Master Chief
Attention first-term
Sailors: Do you want
to reenlist? If your
answer is yes, maybe, or
even no, you need to be
aware of how the Perform to
Serve program works, and
what .you can do to make
yourself competitive.
As you know, reenlistment
is not automatic. You can
submit' an application to
reenlist as early as 15
months prior to your EAOS.
Starting 12 months out, your
record will be reviewed.
Some will gain quick
approval, but others will
have to compete month
after month, down to the
six-month mark. At six
months out, Sailors who do
not gain permission to reen-
list will be told they need to
separate from the Navy.
The number one question
I hear concerning PTS is,
"What can I do to make
myself more competitive?"
Because PTS is a force-
shaping tool used to level
manning from overmanned
to undermanned ratings,
and ensure we keep only
the best Sailors, there are a
few things you can do to be
more competitive.
First and foremost, study
hard to advance in your rat-
ing. Sailors who advance to
second class petty officer in
their first enlistment are
viewed more favorably than
those who only advance to
third class or fail to become a

petty officer.
Become a top performer;
your enlisted evaluations
matter. Sailors who achieve
high marks and achieve the
must promote and early pro-
mote recommendations are
viewed more favorably than
those who achieve mediocre
performance evaluations.
Keep in mind the mini-
mum requirements to
request reenlistment in-
clude being promotable and
recommended for advance-
ment on the last two graded
If you serve in a CREO
3 rating, you will most like-
ly be asked to convert to an
undermanned rating. Every
Sailor in CREO 2 and 3 rat-
ings should know what
their ASVAB score is, and
whether it's high enough to
afford you the opportunity
to convert into under-
manned ratings.
I cannot stress enough
how important it is to re-
take your ASVAB test if

your scores are low. Don't
limit your opportunities by
ignoring something that can
be fixed.
Get some help from
your Chief and career coun-
selors when you fill out your
PTS application. If you are
going to seek rating conver-
sion, make sure you qualify
for the ratings you request.
Requesting something
you're not qualified for lim-
its your chances to be
selected into something you
are qualified for.
Start early! Most Sailors
who plan to reenlist submit
their PTS applications at
the 15-month out period.
However, if you're undecided
about reenlisting, or don't
want to reenlist at this time,
I advise you to submit an
application anyway.
Gaining PTS approval
does not mean you have to
reenlist, it means you can if
you so choose. Just because
you're undecided today, or
don't think you want to stay,
why eliminate your reenlist-
ment possibility?
I've seen far too many
Sailors wait until the last
minute and then change
their minds. Because of PTS,
seven months prior to your
EAOS is really the farthest
out you can wait to request
permission to reenlist.
Shipmates, I hope you
truly understand that PTS
empowers you to control
your destiny. The rules are
clear and you should be
briefed, during professional
development boards, on
what you need to do to be

competitive. If you are a
first-term Sailor and have
not been to at least one pro-
fessional development board,
talk to your chief today.
Take the advice of your
chain of command, career
counselors, and shipmates
who have participated in
PTS and gained permission
to reenlist. While ultimate-
ly your enlisted community
manager will decide
whether or not you may
reenlist, it's you who con-
trols where you land on the
"rack and stack" list.
PTS is one of the fairest
programs I have ever seen,
but if you disregard what it

takes to be competitive, you
may find yourself out of luck.,
If you want to be part of
tomorrow's Navy, and think
you have what it takes to
serve beyond your first
enlistment, craft a plan of
action to improve your
skills. The Navy wants the
best and brightest...make
sure the Navy includes you
on our team!
For more information, go
to: http://www.staynavy.
navy.mil. There is an
entire section on PTS.
Familiarize yourself with
this information early so
you are prepared to submit
an application when it's
time. At the end of the day,
your career is your respon-
sibility. Be prepared to
make it your decision to
stay Navy.


Commissary mom's worst nightmare and fondest memory

By Sarah Smiley
Special Contributor
et's play "Guess What
I'm Thinking About."
Here are your clues:
It's the last place you
want to be on payday.,
It has the same effect on
children as a couple cans of
And much like a casino,
it's hard to find your way
out without losing a couple
hundred dollars first.
No, I'm not thinking
about Chuck E. Cheese's on
a Saturday night, but good
guess! The place I'm think-
ing of holds a certain type
of insanity known only to
military families. That's
right; I'm talking about the
On the outside, this gro-
cery store for military per-
sonnel and their families
looks like a normal place
(or, rather, like any typical
base facility). It's large,
square, made of cement,
and has Fallout Shelter
signs conveniently distrib-
uted throughout.
Once.inside, however, the
commissary has a certain
aura which, quite frankly,
makes my children behave

like animals. I'm not sure
how Ford and Owen know
the difference between a
civilian grocery store and
the commissary, but the
outcome is always the
same. As soon as they hear
the blip of the check-out
counter and the woman in
a blue vest calling out
"Register Four, Please," my
boys' think it necessary to
climb out of the grocery
cart, roll onto the floor, and
sing cartoon theme songs
over and over and over
There is nothing else,
short of drilling a hole
through my head, which
can give me a headache as
Perhaps it is the commis-
sary's extra-large shopping
carts and warehouse-style
aisles with shelves packed
to the ceiling and harsh flo-
rescent lights overhead. Or
maybe it is the fact that
every person residing on or
near the base does their
grocery shopping at pre-
cisely the same time.
Whatever the reason, no
one escapes the commis-
sary with "just a carton of
milk' and without seeing

someone they know. And no
one with children in tow
leaves the commissary
without feeling the need for
a super-strength Tylenol.
I sympathize with my
children, though, because I,
too, grew up with the com-
missary. I can still remem-
ber waves of panic sweep-
ing across my soul anytime
mom said, "We're going to
get groceries...at the com-
"No, mom," I'd yell;
"Please, for the love of all
that is good, let me stay
For much of my child-
hood, I was too young to
stay home alone, so I had to
go with mom. And how did
I repay her for all the harm
done to me within the walls
of the commissary? I
grabbed every box of forbid-
den PopTarts and Popsicles
I could get my hands on,
and threw them in the bas-
ket before she noticed.
Hey, wait a minute! Is
that why I came home from
the commissary yesterday
with a box of Coco Puffs?
Anyway, for a while my
boys were satisfied by the
new shopping cart/ride-on
trucks the commissary has
employed, and for about a
month, shopping was
halfway pleasant. Soon,
though, the novelty of the
trucks wore off, and now

they jump on top of the
hood, or stand in front of it,
pretending they are
Superman stopping a
speeding train.
And it only gets worse...
The typical pattern for
any given trip to the com-
missary is that Ford and
Owen will be tolerable
down aisles 1-4.
Then they freak out and
act like monkeys the rest of
the way. This makes plan-
ning trips strategic: if the
boys drove me insane pre-
frozen foods last time, that
means next time I need to
start with the cold aisles
and work my way back.
When I tell my mom
about all this, she claims
these are the memories I'll
cherish forever. She says
some day, when my boys
are grown-up, I'll even stop
to admire another young
mother's unruly children in
the commissary!
Is that really has she
feels now, 20-something
years later? Does she really
remember my tantrums as
being "cute"?
And if this is all true,
could I go back in time and
grab a few more forbidden
candies and desserts?
Just don't go telling Ford
and Owen about it!
Sarah Smiley can be reached
for comments at www.sarah.

S. ..... .. ........



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

Hey Moneyman:
My wife and I just had
our first baby. We were
used to my wife working
before the baby's birth,
now she is at home with
our child and I feel like we
are falling into a deep hole
of debt. Any advice?
MoneyMan sezs:
Congratulations on your
new baby. It's a life-chang-
ing event, as is going from
two incomes to one. Here
are some tips on changing
your financial lifestyle to a
one income family sce-
Find a hobby. Instead of
walking around a mall
exercising impulse spend-
ing, try something new like
being involved in your
community, playing a
sport, gardening, cooking,
etc. Teach your child that
fun times are about quality
time together that you
enjoy, not how much money
is spent.
Decide if the extras are
really that important to

your family. Does the fami-
ly really need a big screen
TV, motorcycle, boat, etc?
Make sure to establish
proper priorities. Paying
rent, buying food and pay-
ing your utilities (electric,
water, gas) should always
be first priority. Are you
are buying designer
clothes, but can't pay your
basic bills?
Think twice before jump-
ing into a huge vehicle
with a huge monthly pay-
ment. Buy a used car, it
will still get you from point
A to point B and leave
more money in your wallet.
Once you are on track,
use any extra monies to
pay off debts. When that is
done, start preparing for
the big ticket items in your
future- a house, college,
I also recommend having
an emergency fund of at
least $1,000 for the unex-
More questions? Call Hey
MoneyMan at 778-0353.

Job title/command:
NAS Jax Galley

I HHometown: Detroit, Mich.

Family Life: Married

SPast Duty Stations: USS John F. Kennedy

SCareer Plans: To become the owner of a
Health spa.

Most Interesting Experience: Doing a
six-month deployment on board JFK.

Words of Wisdom: What does not kill you,
only makes you stronger. The sun will always
shine after the rain.
.. .. ..

Sarah Jacobs



Job title/command:
Management Analyst,

Hometown: Medway, Maine

Family Life: Married to an Army retiree for
34 years and we have two daughters.

Past Duty Stations: Fort Lee Va.; Ft
Meade, Md.; Ansbach, Germany; White Sands
Missile Range, N.M.; Hanau, Germany; Fort
Drum, N.Y.; NAS Jacksonville.

Career Plans: To complete every data call,
every project, every task assigned to me to the
best of my ability.

Most Interesting Experience: Being
fours hours late my first day of work in Hanau,
Germany, because I took a wrong turn.

Words of Wisdom: Go through changes in
life with a deep breath, a clear head and an
open mind. A closed mind will close doors.


Commissary hours reminder
C ommissary patrons are reminded that early shop-
ping hours from 7-9 a.m. are only for 15 items or
less, to give service members an opportunity to pick
up snacks or lunch items.
Disabled shoppers may begin their regular shopping at
8:30 a.m. All others must wait until 9 a.m. when the store
opens for normal hours. For more information, call 542-

Did you know that...
he Adm. Mike Boorda Program offers need-based
grants of up to $2,000 a year to eligible active duty
service members accepted for the following programs?
Marine Enlisted Commissioning Education Program
Medical Enlisted Commissioning Program
Applications must be received by May 1, and are avail-
able from the NROTC Unit CO, or the Society's Web site,

NAS Jacksonville Commanding Officer rapt Chip Dobson
Public Affairs Officer Charles P. "Pat" Dooling
Deputy Public Affairs Officer Miriam A. Lareau
U.S. Naval Air Station, Jacksonville 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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VS-24 Sailor strives for college education

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Photo courtesy of VS-30
From left, AT1 Baretta Collins, Cmdr. Ryman Shoaf, Lt. Cmdr. Brett Fullerton, Lt. Jeffrey
Farmer, Lt. Patrick Johnson and AE2 Juan Reyes display the "Bonesaw" aircraft that was
recently taken to 'The Boneyard" at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base.

VS-30 takes old Viking

aircraft to 'the boneyard'

By Lt. Lionel Dacpano
Diamond 707, the oldest S-3B Viking
currently in the fleet, made its last
voyage on Dec. 19, 2004. Its final
destination was "The Boneyard", located at
Davis-Monthan Air Force Base in Tucson,
Ariz. "The Boneyard," formally known as
Aerospace Management and Regeneration
Center (AMARC) is a "graveyard" where
retired aircraft from all branches of the
service are preserved. Although aircraft
are stripped of parts and sometimes
scrapped, a large percentage of some types
of aircraft do return to active service.
Diamond 700 and 707 named "Bonesaw"
and "Granny", respectively, were flown to
Davis-Monthan just a week after a six-
month deployment. AE2 Juan Reyes, from
San Antonio, Texas, was one of the aircrew
in Diamond 700. "Even before their last
flights, both jets were giving us only small
problems. These aircraft fought hard until

the very end," says Reyes. "They made it
all the way through cruise which is really
what mattered."
"This historic flight to Davis-Monthan
marks the beginning of the end for
VS-30," says 11-year veteran, Lt. Cmdr.
Brett Fullerton from Chicago, Ill. "The
boneyard had an amazing display of his-
torical aircraft ranging from the Grumman
S-2 Tracker to memorabilia from movies
such as Top Gun and Apollo 13. We will be
doing this again in May of this year when
VS-30 donates another aircraft to the
"These aircraft are now a part of naval
history," remarked Cmdr. Ryman Shoaf,
VS-30 commanding officer. "They have
served their country well and can be cred-
ited for helping to win the Cold War."
"Bonesaw" and "Granny" flew into the
sunset for one last flight. The boneyard is
filled with many great aircraft, now
Diamond 700 and 707 grace AMARC with
their presence.

By Kaylee LaRocque
Staff Writer
N ext month, AM2
Ryan Smith of VS-
24, will complete all
the requirements for his
Bachelor of Science Degree
in Professional Aeronautics
from Embry-Riddle Aero-
nautical University
What's so unique about
this is, that Smith has dom-
pleted his four year degree
in only 18 months through
traditional classes, online
courses and by taking
College Level Exam Pro-
gram tests, DANTES
Subject Standardized tests
and several Excelsior
exams. He also earned some
credits for attending Navy
schools for his rate.
"I never thought some-
thing like this was ever pos-
sible. I didn't do that well in
high school and now I'm
almost a college graduate.
The people working at
ERAU and the Navy
College Office are really
great and have helped me
tremendously," said Smith,
Smith, a native of
Roanoke, Va., joined the
Navy in October 2002 after
graduating from high
school. "I joined for the edu-
cational benefits and to
travel," he added.
After completing boot
camp in Great Lakes, Ill.
and Aviation Structural
Mechanic "A" and "C" school
he reported to VS-24 where
he currently works in the
Airframes Division.
While on deployment on
board USS Theodore
Roosevelt (CVN 71), Smith
began preparing for college
classes by taking his ACT
test. He also spent much of
his off-duty hours studying
for his advancement exam.

"I began going to school
full-time in October 2003 as
well as taking tests at the
Navy College Office. I've
earned 39 semester hours
through testing and am fin-
ishing up my requirements
through ERAU," Smith con-
tinued. "It's been hard and I
have absolutely no social
life. The Airframes Division
is one of the hardest work-
ing work centers in the
squadron. We usually work
12-hour days. Then I go to
school five hours each night
and study and do homework
on weekends."
But, Smith says he plans
to stick with his hectic
schedule and continue on to
earn his Masters of
Aeronautical Science
Degree. He also hopes to
become a Navy pilot
through the Navy's Seaman
to Admiral program. "My
ultimate goal is to become a
pilot. My current enlistment

is up in October so I'm just
waiting to see if I get picked
up for the program and will
be heading to Officer
Candidate School,"
explained Smith.
Although it's been tough,
Smith is set in achieving his
goals. "I really think anyone
could do this, if they set
their mind to it. It's hard,
but the people at the Navy
College Office have really
been motivating me. They
allow me to test whenever I
can get in there and they'll
do just about anything to
accommodate people trying
to earn their degrees," said
"Additionally, the Navy
has helped pay for all this
through tuition assistance,
which is why I joined in the
first place. Plus, I can use
my G.I. Bill to help with the
cost of earning a master's
degree. It's well worth it,"
concluded Smith.

Donations still being accepted at Chapel

Anyone interested in
donating to tsunami
relief funds can con-
tact the NAS Jax Chapel.
The chapel is collecting

monetary donations only.
Checks must be made to
the Religious Offering
Fund. Donations will be for-
warded to the American

Red Cross or other charities
approved by Commander of
Naval Installations.
For more information,
call 542-3440.

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AM2 Ryan Smith of VS-24 assembles some tools before work-
ing on one of the squadrons S-3B Viking aircraft at Hangar
113. Smith works 12-hour days, then spends another five
each night in classes to earn a college degree.

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HS-11 earns


award for 2004

Arrested landing

By Lt. j.g. John Roath
HS-11 has been selec-
ted as Commander,
Helicopter Wing,
U.S. Atlantic Fleet's nomi-
nee to Commander, Naval
Air Force, U.S. Atlantic Fleet
for the Secretary of Defense
Maintenance Award for the
2004 fiscal year.
The award recognizes the
"Dragonslayer's" outstand-
ing maintenance record
while deployed in direct
support' of the war on terror-
ism as well as their exem-
plary track record while
based ashore. *
"HS-11 prides itself on
having some of the finest
maintainers in the Navy, it
was an honor to be recog-
nized considering the out-
standing maintenance per-
formed by all of the seawall
squadrons", remarked Lt.
Cmdr. Bill Cox, HS-11's
maintenance officer.
HS-11's maintenance
department earned this
award by having superbly
maintained four SH-60F
and three HH-60H helicop-'

ters in FY 2004.
The award cites the
Dragonslayer's unrelenting
"commitment to quality
maintenance" and excellent
"cost management efficien-
cies" while deployed aboard
USS Enterprise (CVN 65).
The highlight of the
deployment from a mainte-
nance standpoint was the
detachment HS-11 sent to
USS Ogden (LPD 5). While
aboard USS Ogden,
ADCS(AW) David Downs
and his 18 maintainers were
able to complete 60 sorties
in 60 days for 150 flight
hours with a 100 percent
sortie completion rate..
The award also recognizes
the Dragonslayers' superior
aircraft material condition,
citing their flawless post-
cruise aviation material con-
dition inspection.
The Dragonslayers com-
mitment to maintenance
excellence is a source of
pride for everyone at HS-11.
HS-11 has been recognized
for setting the standard for
maintenance excellence this
year and will continue to do
so in the future.

Photo by PHAN Philip Morrill
A S-3B Viking assigned to the "Checkmates" of VS-22, prepares for an arrested landing on the flight deck aboard
the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75). Carrier Air Wing Three (CVW-3) is embarked
aboard Truman and is providing close air support and conducting intelligence surveillance and reconnaissance
over Iraq. The Truman Carrier Strike Group is on a regularly scheduled deployment in support of the global war
on terrorism.

Harvey promoted at CNATTU Jax

he Center for Navy
Aviation Technical
Training Unit (CNAT-
TU) Jax is proud to an-
nounce that Lt. Cmdr.
Arthur Harvey was promot-
ed to his current rank on
Feb. 1.
Harvey was born in Cold
Spring, N.Y. and graduated
from Haldane High School
in June 1979. He joined the
Navy in August 1979.
Following recruit training
at RTC Great Lakes, I1., he
reported as a non-designat-
ed airman to his first fleet
squadron working in the
line division for VAQ-136 at
NAS Whidbey Island, Wash.
In February 1980, VAQ-
136 homeport was changed
to deploy on board USS
Midway (CV-41) in Yoko-
suka, Japan, making three
Western Pacific cruises.

He then transferred to
Atsugi, Japan working at
Japan Aircraft Company
(NIPPI) as a production con-
troller and evaluator and
estimator for the C-2/E-2 A-
6/EA6B and OV-10 pro-
In December 1986, he
transferred back to Whid-
bey Island with VAQ-138
aboard USS Nimitz (CVN-
68), where he made two
Mediterranean cruises.
His next assignment was
again in Whidbey Island,
this time to VAQ-135, where
he made another Western
Pacific cruise aboard the
USS Lincoln (CVN-75).
In December 1992, he was
transferred back to Japan
and worked at Defense
Contractor Maintenance
Area Operator again work-
ing at NIPPI as the quality
assurance chief.
Harvey was commissioned

as a chief warrant officer in
November 1993.
Upon completion of
Limited Duty Officer/Chief
Warrant Of-ficer
Indoctrination School in
Pensacola, he reported to
VFA-81 at Cecil Field,
deploying aboard USS
Saratoga (CV-60) and USS
Enterprise (CVN-65).
He then reported 'to
AIMD, NS Mayport where
he served as aircraft and
avionics division officer.
In September 1999,
Harvey reported to VS-22 as
the maintenance material
control officer making the
maiden voyage cruise
aboard USS Harry S.
Truman (CVN-75). '
He then reported to


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Photo by AEC(AW/SW) Tony Hines
Lt. Cmdr. Arthur Harvey gets his new collar devices pinned
on by his fiance, Lori Scott and his dad, Frank Harvey, during
a ceremony Feb. 1 'at the Center for Navy Aviation Technical
Training Unit Jax.
CNATTU Jax where he has new collar devices were
served as the fixed wing. pinned on by his fiance, Lori
department head. Scott and his dad, Frank
During the ceremony his Harvey.

New reserved

parking at hospital

created for active

duty members
There are now five
reserved parking
spots for active duty.
patients from the NAS
Jacksonville Branch Med-
ical Clinic (BMC).
The reserved parking
spaces are located in the
front parking lot (East -
toward the river) of the hos-
pital's traffic circle and flag-
pole, under the trees facing
Child Street.
The reserved spaces
should make parking easier
for BMC Jacksonville active
duty patients using the hos-
pital's pharmacy.

Congressional reduction

in force explained

Installations employees
may have heard or read
the recently released
Congressional Reductions In
Force (RIF) Notification for
federal employees. While the
release of this information
may signal that RIFs could
take place on board the
installation, it is not a clear
indication of whether there
will be a RIF or how many
positions may be impacted.
Each year, the armed
services secretaries must
notify Congress about any
potential RIFs. This is done
to allow the Congress to
properly notify their con-
stituents and address any
concerns. Within the Navy,
major claimants develop
estimates for RIFs by loca-
tion and those estimates are
submitted to Congress.
Once submitted to
Congress, the Navy can
request RIF authority up to,
but not in excess of, the
number provided. If the
"real" RIF requirement

exceeds that which the
Navy provided for any loca-
tion, then a new request
must be submitted via the
chain of command back to
Congress. This can be a long
process and impact the abil-
ity to affect a RIF at any
Commander, Navy Region
Southeast (CNRSE) instal-
At this point, CNRSE has
not requested RIF authority.
If RIF authority is received
by CNRSE, any RIFs will be
executed with the involve-
ment of Installation
Commanding Officers,
appropriate Human
Resources Offices, and local
unions. Contact your chain
of command if you have
questions regarding RIFs
and don't accept rumors as
More information regard-
ing potential or actual man-
power adjustments will be
published as they are
known. Continue to check
your (installation publica-
tion name) for updates.

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SECNAV thanks Sailors, Marines for

work in Operation Unified Assistance

Special message from
the Secretary of the Navy
To the Sailors and Ma-
rines supporting Oper-
ation Unified Assist-
ance and your fellow mili-
tary and civilian counter-
The tsunami that struck
Southeast Asia Dec. 26 was a
horrific tragedy. American
Sailors and Marines, Ameri-

can warships and helicopters
provided essential assistance
to tsunami victims in diffi-
cult and dangerous circum-
stances. Your compassion,
professionalism and dedicat-
ed efforts were awesome.
Well done!
With more than 6,000
flight hours and more than
20 million pounds of medi-
cine, food and water deliv-
ered to date, you saved thou-

sands of lives and eased the
suffering of thousands more.
America's sea services once
again brought great
resources and flexibility to
bear in the noble cause of
helping others.
Your fellow Americans are
proud of all of you and what
you accomplished. Those
whom you assisted are
grateful for your help, for
your care and for your

friendship. You showed the
world American compassion
and mercy. At sea, ashore,
and in the air, you brought
honor to yourselves and to
our nation.
Thank you for your contin-
ued service to our Navy and
Marine Corps, to our nation
and to the world. Thanks for
all you've achieved and for
continuing to help others in
the future.

VP-30 and


host consumer

awareness and

financial fair

By Lt. Bill Pennington
he Navy-Marine
Corps Relief Society
(NMCRS) is sponsor-
ing a free consumer aware-
ness and financial fair
tomorrow from 9 a.m. to
noon at Hangar 30 at NAS
VP-30 is hosting the
financial education event,
which is aimed at providing
basic financial education
covering a wide range of
topics including: budget
basics, car and house buy-
ing tips, the Thrift Savings
Plan (TSP), Individual
Retirement Accounts (IRA)
college savings information,
plus savings tips and more.
In addition to providing
basic financial information,
NMCRS has teamed up
with the Northeast Florida
Consumer Council in order
to inform NAS Jacksonville
Sailors on the latest con-
sumer issues.
Topics to be covered
include: payday loan* pit-
falls, consumer's rights,
credit reports and ratings,
local consumer complaints,
insurance fraud, lemon
laws for used cars, and con-
tract hassles just to name a
The financial fair will be
open to military personnel
and set-up in the VP-30
hangar bay, with numerous
display booths presented by
experts on their respective
Sailors are encouraged to
ask questions and gather
information pamphlets that
will be available. In addi-
tion to the display booths,
there will be a handful of
guest speakers lecturing on
topics such as local con-
sumer scams, identity theft,
basics of financial planning,
and "The millionaire next
These lectures will be
presented in an auditorium
environment and will run
concurrently with the inter-
active displays in the
hangar bay.
Near the end of the finan-
cial fair, some keynote
speakers will address the
attendees about the impor-
tance of Sailors being savvy
consumers, and their
importance as a significant
component of the Jackson-
ville consumer base.
All parties involved with
the event encourage any
Sailor who is interested to
attend, plus recommend
any command financial spe-
cialists and/or others in
positions of leadership to
attend in order to gather
the latest information to
keep their commands up to
date on financial and con-
sumer issues.

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6 : JaxAr News, NAS Jacksonville, Thursday, February 10, 2005


Former Presidents Bill Clinton and George H. W. Bush proudly render honors during the
National Anthem as members of the U.S. Naval Academy Glee Club sing behind them during
Super Bowl XXXIX.

Photo courtesy of NAS lax Environmental Division
Dave Kiebler of PWC Jacksonville (standing) and Mike Fitzsimmons of the Florda Department
of Environmental Protection, participate in the City of Jacksonville's Super City Cleanup.
They helped trim the limbs of more than three acres of oaks and crepe myrtles around Altell
Stadium in preparation for the Super Bowl XXXIX.

NC2 Epifanio Laboy (left) and Lt. John Bodenbender of NAS Jax-based Jacksonville Naval Air
Reserve Recruiting Office answer questions from Richard Hecker of Rockbill, S.C. and Carl
Blackstone of Columbia, S.C. "The Navy is awesome," said Hecker. "It's phenomenal what
young Sailors do today and we just wanted to inquire about the Navy Reserve program."

Patriots 24, Eagles 21

NAS Jax Sailors 00

By Miriam S. Gallet

T he National Football League (NFL)
gave the city of Jacksonville an
incredible opportunity by bringing
Super Bowl XXXIX to the banks of the St.
Johns River, but NAS Jacksonville's
Sailors, Marines, reservists, Department of
Defense civilians, retirees and their fami-
lies scored the biggest touchdown.
Their volunteerism throughout Super
Bowl week played an important role on the
city's gargantuan success at what was
indisputably the biggest event ever hosted
here. Many critics now realize that
Jacksonville is a dynamic city and NAS
Jax Sailors are ready to do it again.
"The region's Community Service
Volunteer Program under the expert lead-
ership of Dianne Parker had a direct
impact on the success of Super Bowl
XXXIX," said Rear Adm. Annette E. Brown,
commander, Navy Region Southeast. "With
more than 800 Navy volunteers, the pro-
gram directly contributed to the success of
Jacksonville hosting the Super Bowl and
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its various youth clinics, which benefited
more than 300 military children and 3,000
local children."
"Navy volunteerism was felt in every cor-
ner of the city. Whether at Superfest, the
NFL Experience or at various other ven-
ues, their unselfish participation enabled
young and old, area residents and visitors
to experience this once in a lifetime oppor-
tunity. Their dedication to the community
reflects great credit upon the military part-
nership with the City of Jacksonville,"
Brown added.
Long before the city started ushering
hundreds of thousands of visitors, sports
personalities and celebrities to its shores,
the men and women of NAS Jax were
working diligently behind the scenes.
Many attended the Super Bowl Host
Committee volunteer training and pep ral-
lies in mid-January; others attended the
NFL Super Bowl Youth Clinic volunteer
training Jan. 22 and assisted NFL players
during the clinics Jan. 29 and 30. Some
were fortunate to have been selected to at-

QMCM(SW/AW) Kathy Cochran, Navy
Region Southeast equal opportunity advisor,
assists Super Bowl XXXIX ticket holder Scott
Adams of Westridge Water, Mass. Feb 5 at
the NFL Experience. Cochran was the captain
of the Navy personnel team assisting the dis-
abled Super Bowl weekend.

Mary Dillard, a happy 10-year-old from
Savannah, Ga., is assisted by HM3 Brenda
Capetilo of Naval Hospital Jacksonville
Physical Therapy Department during her visit
to the NFL Experience last Saturday.

More photos on Pages 7-8

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Lynyrd Skynyrd Guitarist Rickey Medlocke interviews NAS Jax Sailor MT3 Marc Marispini for
a Country Music Television segment at Heritage Park Feb. 2.

Wearing a football jersey and blue ball cap, AA Ryan Johsnon of VP-30 claps as football leg-
end Joe Montana (inset) appears on stage during the taping of Fox News Channel's The Best
Damn Sport's Show Period hosted by comedian Tom Arnold at The Jacksonville Landing last
Thursday. More than 30 Sailors from NAS Jacksonville were invited to attend the show.


Lynyrd Skynyrd Vocalist Johnny Van Zant
(above) tosses a football around with a few of
the NAS jax Sailors in attendance during the
band's visit Feb. 2.
Members of Lynyrd Skynyrd (right) sign auto-
graphs for NAS jax Sailors as a Country
Music Television camera crew looks on dur-
ing a luncheon at the Budweiser Brewhouse
Feb. 2.

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iaxAir News, NAS jilCk(SOlvil', 'IThnrsday, FeCIruaIMy 10, 2005) 7

(Above) Navy Region Southeast Community Support Department Program
Coordinator and NFL Experience Navy Volunteer Captain Dianne Parker signs
Moses Small, 10, of Joshua Christian Academy into the Drive Station Zone at the
NFL Experience Feb. 5. Also working the the station was Yolanda Munos of Navy
Region Southeast Community Support Department.

More than 30 service members, DoD civilians and family members from NAS Jax assisted disabled par-
ticipants at the NFL Experience Feb. 5 and at Alltel Stadium during Super Bowl XXXIX, Feb. 6. (Front
row, from left) YN2 Jaquilla Barfield, Navy Region Southeast; Gayle Lebert, NAS Jax Morale, Welfare
and Recreation; AT3 Aaron Huges, VP-30; and SK2(AW) Nola MaClorrian and SK2(AW) Luisa Spakes,
Wing 11. (Back Row, from left) AT1(AW) Rene Robert, VP-30; AT2 (AW/SW) David Covington, Aircraft
Intermediate Maintenance Detachment Jax; PN1(AW) K. Baker, REDCOM Southeast; and
AW2(AW/NAC) Jerry Perdue II, Wing 11.

YNC Brian
Johnson, flag
writer for
Navy Region
assists 14-
Allan Baker
in the
longest run
game at the
last Saturday.

Rayna Finch of the NAS Jax Youth Activities Center attempts to catch
sponsored NFL Youth Clinic held at the NFL Experience last Thursday.

Navy Region
Flag Writer
YNC Brian
Johnson takes
time to pose
as a Detroit
Lions player
after com-
pleting his
shift at the

a pass during the Gatorade-

Sam Madison of the Miami Dolphins helps David Smashum of the NAS Jax Youth Center run a quar-
terback drill at the NFL Experience Feb. 3.

A local volunteer helps Sara Pitts run with the ball during a blocking drill.

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,(From left) WCVB-TV, Boston Cameraman Tim Devlin and WCVB-TV, Boston Managing Editor
perry Wardwell interview United States Customs Air Detachment, Jacksonville Detection
Systems Specialist Ed Price at the NAS Jax runway Feb. 4.

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The NAS Jacksonville Morale, Welfare and Recreation Department's
Mulberry Cove Marina was the home for more than 270 law enforcement
boats from various agencies, including U.S. Customs, Coast Guard, Florida
Wildlife Commission and the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office during Super
Bowl XXXIX week. "The various law enforcement agencies were very
appreciative of the services they received from us," said Debbie Sigma,
marina assistant manager.

Photos by Miriam 5. Gallet,
JOI Mike England and PHAN David Didier

Jacksonville Sheriff John Rutherford briefs the media on the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office plan
for air space security during the Super Bowl at Customs Hangar 1002 Feb. 4.

SUPER BOWL: Military volunteers help assure a successful event

From Page 6

tend major events featuring top television personalities,
Hollywood celebrities and award-winning musical per-
Last Saturday, NAS Jax volunteers, including Brown,
were visible at the NFL Experience. "The NFL Experience
is an exciting theme park of interactive games, displays
and attractions; our volunteers' enthusiasm and commit-
ment helped the City of Jacksonville to manage numerous
play stations. City officials estimate that close to 150,000
visited the experience last weekend," Parker said. "Our
ability to volunteer and assist with the management of
unprecedented crowds was very gratifying. Downtown
Jacksonville and its riverbank have never looked better. It
was vibrant and festive. I hope the visitors enjoyed them-
Additionally, the base hosted a television recording of
the Jacksonville southern rock group Lynyrd Skynyrd
interacting with Sailors at Heritage Park Feb. 2 for
;Country Music Television. "I'm really psyched that
Skynyrd came here to see us," said YNC(AW) Terry Farris
;of VP-45. "I've been a fan of theirs since I was a kid."
S"The band was a lot of fun to hang out with," said AW2
Robert Cherhoniak of VP-16. "I was surprised how laid
back and funny they were."
"It's really a pleasure to hang out with the fighting men
and women of the Navy," said Lynyrd Skynyrd vocalist
Johnny Van Zant. "Anything we can do to brighten their
day is just gravy for us."
Some of NAS Jax Sailors were fortunate. They were able
to attend some of the sports television specials and con-
certs. "It was a great experience," said AM1 Todd Chimino
ofVP-30. "I was glad that someone was looking out for the
military. There were too many events happening around
Super Bowl XXXIX and tickets were expensive and hard
to get." Chimino and his wife, Jacki, attended the Lynyrd
Skynyrd courtesy of the Morale, Welfare and Recreation
Department (MWR).
Another lucky Sailor was AA Ryan Johnson also of VP-
30, who was a VIP guest at the taping of Fox News
Channel's The Best Damn Sports Show Period at The
Jacksonville Landing Feb. 3. "I was great. I don't know
how to explain it. Having Joe Montana right in front of me

K.C. McCarthy (center), executive director of the Greater
Jacksonville United Serices Organization, draws the winning
number for two Super Bowl XXXIX tickets last Friday in front
of the Radisson Hotel. The winner was EN2 Jesus Acevedo of
Harbor Operations Department at NS Mayport. Assisting
McCarthy are Robin Wilson (left) and Joyce Shellhorn.
it's one in a lifetime experience," Johnson said, immediate-
ly after attending the show.
Also, five NFL players, including Zack Crockett of the
Oakland Raiders and Tim Brown of the Tampa Bay
Buccaneers visited patients at Naval Hospital
Jacksonville and signed Super Bowl posters for the
According to Kevin Garland, NAS Jax Environmental
Division director, NAS Jacksonville and other members of
the Northeast Florida Environmental Compliance
Partnering Team participated in the City of Jacksonville's
Super City Cleanup in late January. Under the guidance
of Greenscape foresters, they trimmed the limbs of more
than three acres of oaks and crepe myrtles around Alltel
Stadium in preparation for the big event.
The MWR Mulberry Cove Marina hosted more than 250

vessels that provided the security for the waterways.
Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, the
Coast Guard and Coast Guard Auxiliary, U.S. Customs
and the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office were some of the
agencies that launched their boats from the base marina.
Hangar 1018 became the home for U.S. Customs helicop-
ters that patrolled the skies. "What we've got here is the
Pro Bowl of law enforcement," said Jacksonville Sheriff
John Rutherford. "The men and women assigned to secure
Jacksonville's airspace have been carefully chosen from
among the ranks of the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office, cus-
toms service and military. They are the best at what they
do. Jacksonville's skies will never be safer than they will
be during the Super Bowl."
When the game ended and the visitors departed, the
professional young men and women of NAS Jax knew
their spirited volunteerism had made a significant impact
in helping the City of Jacksonville to host the biggest
game in the world after the Olympics. Their contribution
epitomized the Navy's commitment*to community service.
"A successful Super Bowl was very important to our city.
Our Navy volunteers recognized its impact and con-
tributed to the excitement that local residents and visitors
experienced at the NFL Experience, youth clinics, hospi-
tality desks and on cruise ships. They also participated in
city-wide cleanup and assisted with security and any-
where they were needed," concluded Parker.

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By 02 Nicholas Spinelli
REDCOM SE Public Affairs
Several Sailors from
the Naval Reserve
Readiness Command
Southeast (REDCOM SE)
took advantage of being
stationed in Jacksonville by
joining in on the festivities
of Super Bowl XXXIX.
Two REDCOM full time
staff members, CMDCM
Veronica Tutt and YN1
Christopher Reid, volun-
teered at the USO booth
during the Times-Union
SuperFest in downtown
EA2 Martin O'Brien
joined nine other NAS
Jacksonville Sailors for
lunch with the band

Photo by 02 Nicholas Spin
YN1 Christopher Reid (center) of Naval Reserve Readiness Command Southeast and his wi
Chiara, volunteer with the United Services Organization at the Times-Union SuperFest
Downtown Jacksonville. The Reid's spent their time working in the kitchen of the Eagl
Nest preparing food for the visiting Philidelphia Eagles fans.
Lynyrd Skynyrd and was Television. security at the big gan
featured on Country Music PN1 Kitt Tolliver worked "I've been working secur

Jax Arl News, NAS Jacksonville, Thursday, February 10, 2005 9

Super Bowl activities
at Alltel Stadium for the Of course, the volunteers
past four years," said were rewarded for their
Tolliver. "This was my last hard work. They received
game and I can't think of a
better way to go out than free tickets to different
by being at the Super events during the week,
Bowl." official Super Bowl memo-
Most volunteers, however, rabilia, and in some cases, a
didn't get into the game but chance to mingle with their
that didn't stop them from
lending a hand. "The USO favorite celebrities.
needed help with their But for most, just being a
booth," explained Reid. "I part of the Super Bowl
wasn't doing anything and experience was enough
helping seemed like the.
right thing to do. Plus, it's incentive. "It was great,"
elli the Super Bowl and being a said Tutt. "Just being a
ife, part of that is a once in a part of everything and get-
in lifetime opportunity." ting caught up in the
le's "The USO supports the
military," agreed Tutt. "And excitement of all these peo
ae. I'm proud to help with that, ple enjoying our city, it was
ity regardless of the situation." just incredible."

Tax preparation available on base

From Naval Legal Service
Office Southeast

sistance/Electronic Tax Filing
(VITA/ELF) is available on base
in Building 583 weekdays through
April 15. The hours are Monday,
Wednesday and Friday from 8 a.m. to
t p.m. and Tuesdays and Thprsdays
om 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
The Tax Center will only assist with
the preparation and filing of personal
income taxes assistance with small
business tax preparation is not avail-
able. VITA volunteers can assist with
filing Form 1040EZ, Form 1040A
(with Schedules 1, 2, 3, and EIC),
Form 1040 (with Schedules A, B, C-
EZ, D, EIC, R, and SE), Form 1040-V,
Form 1040-ES, Form 2441 (Child and
Dependent Care Credit), Form 8812
(Additional Child Tax Credit), and
Form 8863 (Education Credits). VITA
volunteers are not trained to handle
self-employment (Schedule C -Profit


W-2's available
on Web site
All military personnel can
now print their 2004 W-2's
from the MyPay Web site if
you have a pin number.
They are prepared by DFAS
Cleveland, PSD Jacksonville
cannot issue them. You can
submit a request for a dupli-
cate W-2 through PSD Jack-
sonville. DFAS will reissue
the W-2 in 10 days.

or Loss from Business) or rental prop-
erty (Schedule E Rents and
Royalties). Both topics typically
require calculation of depreciation
deductions, and as such are outside

the scope of the VITA program. If
these issues apply to you, please seek
professional tax assistance.
What to bring to your appointment:
your ID card; Social Security cards for
you and your family members; Wage
and Earning Statement(s); Forms W-
2, W-2G, and 1099-R; interest and div-
idend statements from banks (Form
1099); a copy of last year's taxes (if
you have it); bank routing numbers,
and account number for Direct
Deposit. Bring other relevant infor-
mation such as the total amount paid
for daycare and daycare provider's
identifying number. If electronically
filing a married filing joint tax
return, both spouses must be present
unless a power of attorney is granted
to the other spouse.
Appointments can be made in per-
son at Building 583 or by calling 542-
8038; appointments are preferred,
however walk-ins will be accepted.

Manage your way away from injury and illness

By Ben Lacy
Project Lead, Washington Safety
Management Solutions
he Integrated Man-
agement Systems
(IMS) program being
implemented here at NAS
Jacksonville includes safe-
ty, occupational health and
hazard control.
Ergonomics is one pro-
gram that crosses into all
three areas. You've proba-
bly heard the term before.
It's a relatively new field
of study concerned with
how a person interacts with
the working environment.
Ergonomics is a broad
field, but the basic goal is
injury prevention. This is
accomplished by fitting the
job to the worker instead of
fitting the worker to the
This IMS article takes a
look at ergonomic concerns
in the workplace, and what
you can do to prevent work-
related injuries. Many of
the suggestions in this arti-
cle can be adapted for use
outside the workplace,
helping you to prevent
Injuries at home.
Injuries arising from poor
ergonomic conditions typi-

cally involve the bones,
muscles, joints, tendons,
and nerves. Be wary if you
have any of the following
* Painful joints
* Pain, tingling or numb-
ness in hands or feet
* Pain in wrists, shoulders,
forearms, knees, etc.
* Back or neck pain
* Fingers or toes turning
* Shooting or stabbing,
pains in arms or legs
* Swelling or inflammation
* Stiffness
* Weakness or clumsiness
in hands
* Burning sensations
* Heaviness
These symptoms could
also. be the result of other
medical conditions, so check
with your doctor if you are
concerned about any of
The good news is that
ergonomic problems can
usually be solved by simple
solutions. Any time you
must twist your body, work
overhead, kneel, bend over,
or squat you increase your
risk of an injury.
Repetition of these move-
ments further increases
your chance of injury.


The following Fleet Area Control and Surveillance Facility,
Jacksonville personnel were recognized during a ceremony
Jan. 20:
Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal
AC1 Robert Lawson
AC3 Natasha Rosser
Good Conduct Medal
ACCM Reginald Lattimore
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place at the University of North Florida's University
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through Joint Capabilities."
Dave Carey, acclaimed motivational speaker and
author, will kick-off the event. Director of Defense
Procurement and Acquisition Policy, Deidre Lee, is the
keynote speaker.
This two-day conference provides a one-stop educa-
tional opportunity for government and industry person-
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technical innovations in program management, logis-
tics, engineering, contracting, and budgeting through a.
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doorway of a HH-60H Seahawk
replenishment with the Military
Photo by PHAN Kristopher Wilson
Two HH-60h Seahawk helicopters assigned to the "Dusty Dogs" of HS-7, sit on the flight deck of the Nimitz-class
aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75) shortly after returning to the ship from serving as plane guard dur-
ing flight operations.

':" mAW2 jared Rossetto looks out the
prdoorway of a HH-60H Seahawk
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Dogs" of HS-7 during a vertical
lance and replenishment with the Military
Sealift Command fast combat sup-'
port ship USNS Artic (T-AOE 8) and
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Carrier Air Wing Three (CVW-3) is
l embarked aboard Truman and is

conducting intelligence, surveil-
lance and reconnaissance missions
over Iraq. Truman Carrier Strike
Group and CVW-3 are on a regu-
larly scheduled deployment in sup-
port of the global war on terrorism.

Photo by PH3 Craig Spiering

Free advancement tips, advice available online

By Dean Persons
Naval Education and Training
Command Public Affairs
A ctive-duty and
Reserve Sailors can
obtain answers to
advancement questions by
going online to a variety of
Navy-sponsored Web sites.
Professional military
knowledge and rating-spe-
cific references and bibli-
ographies for advancement
(bibs), along with other
information to help Sailors
climb the ladder to success
are just a simple click
"Virtually everything you
have to buy from the com-
mercial sites is available
for free from the Navy,"
said ETC Shane
Drinkwater, Electronics
Technician (Submarines)
examination writer, Naval
Education and Training
Professional Development
and Technology Center
(NETPDTC), Pensacola,
There are a lot of tools
out there to help you get
advanced, but the best tool
we generate is the
Advancement Exam
Strategy Guide, which can
be accessed at
According to Drinkwater,
the Navy Web site has a
specific "how to take an
advancement test" section,
as well as information on
exam strategies and exam-
ination development. To
help Sailors understand
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information is broken
down by rank into topic
and subject areas.
"A Sailor can go to the
exam section, look up their
specialty and we give them
what references we use for
exam questions," said
Drinkwater. "We give them
practice exam questions
that they can try and tell
them if they are correct or
not. And if they're wrong,
we tell them where they
need to look to find that
JOCS Tom Updike,
Journalist examination
writer at NETPDTC,
explained that there are
many other Navy-spon-
sored Web sites Sailors can
visit to help with their
advancement needs.
"Since just about every-
thing has gone electronic,
DoD instruction is avail-
able through the Web,"
said Updike. "These people
on the other side of the
fence that run advance-
ment information sites not
sponsored by the Navy just
aren't in the know like the
exam writers. Why pay for
that outdated information
when we give Sailors an
updated list of reference
material used to develop
the very exam they are
about to take, for free?"
Drinkwater and Updike
both agree that the
advancement exam strate-
gy guides available on the
NETPDTC's Web site are a
great study tool for Sailors.
This professionally devel-
oped online advancement

guide gives detailed infor-
mation on exam prepara-
tion, how to take an exam,
background on the Navy
enlisted advancement sys-
tem, professional military
knowledge and rating-spe-
cific master reference lists,
as well as sample and
practice exams for each
pay grade.

"Sailors can also use our
site to access profile
sheets, exam statistics by
rating, non-resident train-
ing courses, final multiple
computations charts, and
many other helpful tools to
better prepare for upcom-
ing exams," said Updike.
Sailors seeking addition-
al advancement and career
information can visit Navy
Knowledge Online at
This site allows Sailors to
work with their respective
5 Vector Models (5VM).

The 5VM breaks down
into five categories the
skills and knowledge that
Sailors need to be success-
ful: professional develop-
ment, personal develop-
ment, military education
and leadership, certifica-
tions and qualifications,
and performance.
More sites available for
'information include; Navy
Electronic Directive
System at http://neds.daps.
dla.mil, Defense Techn-
ology Information Center
at http://www.dtic.mil and
NETPDTC's https://www.
Sailors without access to
a computer may see their
education services officer
or command career coun-
selor for ordering instruc-
tions or information they
will need for their next
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Arthritis Self-Help Course

helps you cope day to day

From Naval Hospital
Jacksonville Public
Arthritis or fibromy-
algia, living the
most active life with
the least amount of pain,
fatigue and disability
involves becoming an
active partner in your
arthritis care. This means
working with your health-
care providers as well as
learning how to manage
your arthritis on a day-to-
day basis.
Arthritis Self-Help
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All classes 1-3 p.m.
Feb. 16 and 23
March 2, 9

The Arthritis Self-Help
Course is for patients, fam-
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givers. Participants must
pre-register for this course.
It is a six-week course.
Participants must attend
four of the six classes in
order to get a certificate of
completion. Contact Naval
Hospital Jacksonville
Health Education Services
at 542-7431 to pre-register
for this course.
The Arthritis Instructor
Course has been resched-
uled for Feb. 16 and 17, 8
a.m. 4 p.m. Please call
542-7431 for information.

MOAA installs new officers
The Northeast Florida Chapter of the Military
Officers Association of America (MOAA), held their
annual installation of officers at the January din-
ner meeting.
The 2005 officers are: President Stephen Kerlin; First
Vice President (Programs) Nelson Allen; Second Vice
President (Membership) William Potter, Jr.; Treasurer
(through June) Richard Hall; Treasurer (July -
December) Lawrence Jacobs; Secretary George Howard;
and Immediate Past President William Keaster.
The 2005 directors are: ROTC/JROTC Chairman
Richard Crosby, Jr.; James Dalzell; Kenneth DeVoe;
Raymond Hennessey; Sunshine Committee Chairman C.
Patricia Hourihan; Chaplain Cmdr. John Lyle; Public
Affairs Chairman Campbell McCarthy; Alternate
Chaplain Robert Miller; and Lawrence Sharpe.
President of the Florida Council of Chapters William
Knehans, was the installation officer and guest speaker
for this "change of command" ceremony recently at the
NAS Jax Officers' Club.
Keaster completed a successful year implementing
many innovative ideas. Some of his accomplishments
include the establishment of a personal affairs commit-
tee, a scholarship fund committee, a membership com-
mittee, and our first Saturday afternoon brunch in
recent history.
The chapter normally meets for a dinner meeting with
a guest speaker or entertainment on the third
Wednesday of each month at the NAS Jax Officer's Club.
Membership is open to all who serve or have served as
an officer or warrant officer in one of the United States
uniformed services (Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps,
Coast Guard, National Oceanographic and Atmospheric
Administration, and Public Health Service) or in one of
their National Guard or reserve components.
Membership in national MOAA is not required, but upon
joining a local chapter, one receives a year free member-
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MWR Planner,
Mission First, Sailors Always..

Cycle (Spinning) a revolutionary workout for all fit-
ness levels consisting of 30 to 40 minutes of the most
effective cardio fitness you can experience.
Monday Friday 11:15 a.m.
Tuesday & Thursday 6:45 a.m.
Monday & Wednesday 4:15 p.m.
For a complete list of class offerings, visit the MWR Web
site, www.nasjax.navy.mil or call 542-3518.
Navy Run is approaching start training now.
April 2 10K Run / 5K Walk
Registration forms available in Fitness Center, Base
Gym, I.T.T. Office or, www.nasjax.navy.mil.
Men's Golf Association (MGA) Event

Feb. 13, 9 a.m. shotgun start
Active Duty Appreciation Days Feb. 22
Only $10 for cart and greens fee
Retired / DoD Appreciation Days Today and Feb. 24
Only $10 for cart and greens fee.
For details on NAS Jax Golf Club events, please call pro
shop, 542-3249.
NAUI Scuba Training and Certification offered

March 1 April.2 $144.40
Tuesday & Thursday 6 9:30 p.m.
Saturday & Sunday 9 a.m. 1 p.m.
Call the indoor pool for more info, 542-2930.

Daytona 500 Shuttle don't fight the traffic, let I.T.T.
drive you there.
Feb. 20 $15
Strawberry Festival March 5
Sign up before Feb. 18
$28 for adults and $20 for children under 12.
Cherry Blossom Festival in Macon, Ga.
March 19 & 20
Guided tours, historical sites, lodging, meals and trans-
portation included.
$152 / person, based on double occupancy.
Deadline to sign up, Feb. 24.
Hot I.T.T. Tickets
Ticket purchase deadlines approaching.
Chicago (1st Orchestra), March 20. $59.50
Producers (2nd Orchestra), April 15. $62
For details on trips or tickets, call the I.T.T. office 542-

2005 Bass Tournament scheduled for April 16
Look for more information to follow.
Sailing Classes now being offered
Earn you Skipper B Certification & rent from any MWR
facility worldwide
$150 / session (50 percent savings)
Sessions offered April Nov.
Call 542-3260 and sign up today.

T-Bar Social Hours
Monday Friday, 3 7 p.m.
Reserve Drill Weekends, 3 7 p.m.
For information on booking command or private func-
tions at the O'Club or T-Bar, please call the Officers' Club
main office, 542-3041.

Direct TV is here.
Watch your favorite college or pro basketball games.
Enjoy .35 wing specials every Wednesday & Friday, 4 -
10 p.m.
Wednesday night Karaoke, 7 p.m. close
Friday Night Dance Party, 8 p.m. close

Enjoy .35 wing specials every Wednesday & Friday, 4 -
10 p.m.

Spring Camp Registration Open
Camp runs March 21-25, 6:15 a.m. 6 p.m.
Cost based upon sliding scale.
Call Youth Activities for more information, 778-9772.

Trips, activities and costs may be restricted to E1-E5
single or unaccompanied Active Duty Members. Call the
Liberty Cove Rec Center for more details, 542-3491.
Barracudas Hockey Feb. 11, $1
Burgers & Billards Feb. 17
PBR Bullriding Feb. 18, $20

Tomorrow, 7 p.m. Friday Night Lights (PG 13)
Saturday, 5 p.m. Spongebob Square Pants Movie (PG)
Saturday, 7 p.m. The Grudge (PG 13)
Feb. 18, 7 p.m. Ray (PG 13)
Feb. 25, 7 p.m. Final Cut (PG 13)
Feb. 26, 5 p.m. Young Frankenstein (PG)
Feb. 26, 7 p.m. Alfie (R)
All movies are free. Bring your own snacks.

NAS JAX Fitness Center
Group Exercise Schedule

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday

6:45-7:30a.m. 6:45-7:30a.m. 6:45-7:30a.m. 6:45-7:30a.m.
PRT Training Cycle. PRT Training Cycle

9:00-10:00a.m. 9:00-10:00a.m. 9:00-10:00a.m. 9:15-10:00a.m. 9:15-10:00a.m.
Getting Started Getting Started Getting Started Interval Grab Bag
Toning Yoga Toning

11:15-12:00p.m. 11:15-12:00p.m. 11:15-12:00p.m. 11:15-12:00p.m. 11:15-12:00p.m. 10:00-11:00a.m.
Cycle Cycle Cycle Cycle Cycle Pilates
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Mon. Fri.
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Ab Attack Ab Attack Ab Attack Mon & Wed
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Cycle Power Flex Cycle Just Step Interval At the gym pool
Just Step Step 101 542-2930 for more info

5:00-6:00p.m. 5:00-6:00p.m. 5:00-6:00p.m. 5:00-6:00p.m.
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Survivors of car/motorcycle accidents sought

From the Naval Safety Center
We are seeking testimonials
from 18-to-25-year-old
Sailors and Marines who
have been in car or motorcycle wrecks
and who have been saved by seatbelts
or helmets.
We also want to hear from those
who were injured because they
weren't wearing proper safety equip-

Special Olympics
This event is coming to Jacksonville Feb.
26. We need athlete, buddies, event assis-
tants and medical support volunteers.
Buddies must be 16 or older without a par-
ent. For more information, call Michelle
Johnson at 733-2650.
Scottish Highland Games
Volunteers are needed for this event Feb.
24 & 25 to help set up between 8 a.m. and
5 p.m. Help is also needed for various
duties the day of the event Feb. 26 from 8
a.m. to 5:30 p.m. and Feb. 27 to help break
down. The minimum age is 15. To sign up,
call Richard Gordon at (386) 758-1339.
HabiJax opportunities
HabiJax is always looking for volunteers

ment, and who have learned a lesson
about the importance of protective
We would like them to share their
experiences so others can learn the
consequences of their actions when it
comes to vehicle safety. The Safety
Center plans to make short, video-
taped public service announcements,
which can be used fleet-wide for safe-
ty training. The Safety Center also


for various construction projects. For more
information, call Bonnie Golden at 798-
4529, Ext. 253. The HabiJax Home Store
also needs help coordinating donated mate-
rials and furniture. Call 722-0737.
Habitat for Clay County
Clay County Habitat for Humanity, Inc.
serves Green Cove Springs, Orange Park,
Middleburg, Keystone Heights arid Penney
Farms. Volunteers 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
Volunteer to assist in working a conces-
sion stand at the Jacksonville Veterans

plans to use the testimonials for print
articles in Safety Center magazines
and news releases.
Sailors or Marines who would like
to share a story and help save a ship-
mate's life should contact Fred
Klinkenberger, e-mail fred.klinken-
berger@navy.mil, or call (757) 444-
3520, Ext. 7314 (DSN 564).

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or twice a month. Volunteers are also need-
ed to run a concession stand at Alltel
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games. For more information, please call
Kathy Cayton at 272-9489 or 254-4971.
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vide free primary care, specialty triage, pre-
ventive health education and mental heath
care to employed individuals or families who
have incomes above the poverty guideline
and are without medical insurance cover-
age. Volunteers are needed in both medical
and professional fields. For more informa-
tion, call Barbara Whittaker at 399-2766,
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Photos by Kaylee LaRocque
SK2 Juan Orneals of Naval Reserve Center El Paso, Texas (right), helps MA1 Stephen Murray
of the NSB Kings Bay, Ga. Security Department try on a new jacket as part of the required
gear he will need in Cuba. Members of the Navy Provisional Guard Battalion Joint Task Force
GTMO 6.0 Rotation Bravo Company were issued their gear on Sunday and will be at NAS Jax
for about a week before heading to Fort Lewis, Wash. for training and then on to Cuba.

BATTALION: Gears up to go to Guantanamo

From Page 1
enforcement and Department of Defense
corrections. "All the Sailors who are
deploying with us were screened because
they have demonstrated professionalism
and have dealt with custody and control of
prisoners. They are familiar with the safe
and humane custody treatment of prison-
ers," stated Deal, a 32-year veteran who
has spent much of his time working in
Navy law enforcement and is currently the
commanding officer of Naval Brig, Norfolk,
To help these Sailors prepare for their
six-month deployment, a special processing
center was created at NAS Jacksonville.
Every member is flown here for about a
week to take care of their overseas screen-
ings, get any needed inoculations and den-
tal work, complete necessary legal paper-
work and to be issued new uniforms and
"It's taken quite a bit to coordinate all
this. We're working with a lot of different
entities to get everything we need to fulfill
this mission, but everyone has been
extremely supportive. The Southeast
Region and NAS Jax has accommodated
our every need," said Deal, gratefully.
"We've become part of the family here and
are being well taken care of."
The first members of the company start-
ed arriving here Jan. 27. Each member
was picked up at the airport, taken to the
transit visitor's quarters and basically has
their every need taken care of. "I had one
young lady here put everything into per-
spective. She had been TAD before and
basically had to fend for herself, find her
way to the base, barracks, etc. She was
thrilled we had taken such good care of
her," said Deal.
"I just returned back to the states about
three months ago after a tour overseas and
I was told about a mission coming up to
Cuba and that they needed volunteers. I
love to volunteer, that's just the kind of
person I am," remarked MA2 Karina
Hester of Subase Groton, Ct. Security
Department. "It's wonderful to be part of
something the Navy has never done before.
It will be a good experience. I'm really
excited because it's something new. This
command is unlike any other command
I've ever been to, they are really great and
are taking excellent care of us."
Once they have processed in, the next
portion of the battalion's journey takes

MA1(AW) Ivan
Smith of Yorktown
Weapons Station,
Va. (right), tries
on a helmet as
SK1 Jose Gijon of
Naval Reserve
Center El Paso,
Texas assists.

them to Fort Lewis, Wash. where they will
spend three weeks in an intensive training
course learning how to apply their skills to
the special mission of safe, humane cus-
tody of enemy detainees. "This has always
been an Army centric mission, but they are
currently overstretched for such special-
ized resources, so we (Navy) were given an
opportunity to increase our participation
in this mission," Deal added.
During the training, the Sailors will go
through specific scenarios that have been
experienced by those serving on other rota-
tions in Guantanamo Bay. "Most of our
Sailors have never seen this side of law
enforcement. They will be very well edu-
cated on the Geneva Convention, detainee
custody procedures and will be familiar-
ized with the cultural differences of the
people who are detained so they can better
understand their thought processes and
apply what they learn to the safe and
secure performance of the mission," Deal
All five companies are expected to be
cycled through the processing center here
and training in Fort Lewis by the end of
March. The battalion should be in full
strength in Cuba in early April. After their
nine-month deployment ends, the Sailors
will return to their parent commands in
the same order they arrived.
"This is truly an amazing opportunity.
The spirit of our Sailors who have been
tasked to perform this mission is phenome-
nal. I've met with almost every one of them
and those who have experience hiccups, a
medical problem or something else, are
doing whatever they can to fix it. They do
not want to be dropped from this mission,"
Deal concluded. "You would expect that
being pulled out of your parent command
and away from your family there would be
a lot of turmoil, but there isn't. These
Sailors are thrilled to have this opportuni-
ty to serve their country in the global war
on terrorism."

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Members of the Navy Provisional Guard Battalion joint Task Force GTMO 6.0 Rotation Alpha
Company board their plane en route for Fort Lewis, Wash. where they will receive additional
training before heading to NS Guantanamo Bay, Cuba to assist with detainee operations for
the next nine months.
SK1 Cruz Gandara of
Naval Reserve Center
El Paso, Texas,
loads seabags to be
taken to the air termi-
nal for the Navy
Provisional Guard
Battalion Joint Task
Force GTMO 6.0
Rotation Alpha
Company who
deployed for Fort
Lewis, Wash. Saturday.
The group will then
head to Guantanamo
Bay, Cuba to help with
detained operations
: for the next six months.
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Photo courtesy of Air Operations
This is what remained of the NAS lax Boathouse after Hurricanes Frances and Tropical Storm Ivan came through Jacksonville
last year. Since then, the boathouse has been completely renovated.

4 .

Photo by 01 Mike England
TRG Environmental Services Owner Jack Gaynor sprays finish
on the walls of the refurbished NAS Jax Boathouse office
located above the boathouse.

BOATHOUSE: Rebuilding

after the hurricane damage

From Page 1

and furniture. Then Ivan
along and finished what
ces had started and took
e rest of the roof off. We
knew something might hap-
pen to the boathouse but
nothing really prepares you
for reality," he added.

The NAS Jax Boathouse,
run by the Boat Division of
Air Operations, is in charge
of search and rescue (SAR)
operations and training,
including the maintenance
of two 40-foot SAR boats
and four security boats.
Five enginemen, five elec-
trician's mates, five

boatswain's mates and a
signalman are assigned to
the boathouse. Their jobs
also include monitoring dis-
tress calls on the St. Johns
River, training NAS Jax
security personnel to oper-
ate the boats and emer-
gency oil spill clean up.
In the aftermath of both
storms, Boat Division found
a way to continue their day-
to-day operations despite
lacking the basic facilities
to perform their duties.
As far as Accra was con-
cerned, closing up shop
wasn't an option.
"We never thought about
closing down the boat-
house. As far as we were
concerned, we had a job to
do and we were going to do
it, no matter what. The

storms really affected the
way we work. The hurri-
canes took out our chief's
and division officer's offices
and our admin spaces. That
meant that 11 people had
to work out of one office. We
also had to worry about the
roof caving in on us. None
of that mattered though.
Everyone in this division
was dedicated to continuing
SAR and security opera-
tions no matter what."
Accra stated.
After the initial shock of
the damage, had worn off,
base officials began an
exhaustive search to find a
contractor that could quick-
ly repair the damages and
get the boathouse up and
running again.
Luckily, their efforts paid

Naval Hospital Red Cross seeks shuttle volunteers

The Naval Hospital's visitor's
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is operated by Red Cross volun-
The Red Cross is currently taking
applications for more volunteers to

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near completion of boat-
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"I believe in spite of the
damage we sustained dur-
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some good news," said NAS
Jacksonville Operations
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NAS Jax to host Navy Run

By Staff

N AS Jax will host the Navy
10K Run/5K Walk on
April 2 at 7:30 a.m. Due
to security measures, participa-
tion is limited to those author-
ized to enter the base (valid I.D.
card and Department of Defense
vehicle decal).
Others can participate with an
authorized sponsor who will
arrive with them and stay with
them during the event.
Pre-registration will be held at
the Holiday Inn, Highway 17, in
Orange Park on April 1 from
11:30 a.m. to 7 p.m.
The cost to participate is $5 for
all active duty personnel and
children under 12. All others pay
$15 prior to April 2. The cost for
those who register the day of the
race is $20.
Late registration will take

Basketball court closure
The base basketball court is closed
through Feb. 14 for installation of heat. and
air conditioning. Basketball leagues will
resume after work is completed.
Officials and scorekeepers
needed by NFMOA
The North Florida Military Officials
Association is looking for individuals to offi-
ciate soccer, softball, football, and volleyball
at NAS Jax. Scorekeepers also needed for
basketball. Experience not required. If
interested, contact Jesse Beach at 771-
Softball meetings slated
Spring softball meetings will be held Feb.
16 for the following leagues at the following
11:30 a.m. Greybeard (ages 30 and up)
Noon Intramurals
12:30 p.m. Women (active duty, depend-
ents over 18, DoD, retirees and reservists)

place in the Navy Exchange
parking lot the day of the race
from 6-7 a.m. Packets may also
be picked up on race day at the
registration area.
The race starts at 7:30 a.m.
with an awards ceremony follow-
ing in the Navy Exchange park-
ing lot. Awards will be presented
to the top three male and female
finishers, top masters and grand
masters, plus three males and
females in each age group for the
The top male and female in the
wheelchair category will also
receive awards. The 5K Walk is
non-competitive this year.
There will also be a shoe fair
outside the Navy Exchange April
1 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and the
morning of the race.
For additional information, call
542-3518 or 542-2930.

The meetings will be held in Building 850,
across from Hangar 1000. Captain's Cup
points will be awarded for a command rep-
resentative attending the meetingss.
An open league softball meeting is
planned for Feb. 17 at 4 p.m. at Mulligans.
' This league is open to active duty,
dependents over 18, DoD, retirees and
reservists. We will discuss rules and distrib-
ute the required paperwork to join league.
The softball season will begin in March.
Soccer to begin next month
A Captain's Cup Soccer League is now
forming. The league is open to all NAS Jax
active duty commands and personnel.
Entry forms and rosters are due Feb. 18
and the season is scheduled to begin in
March. Stop by the base gym to get the
required paperwork to join the league.
Racquetball tourney
A men and women's recreational and
competitive racquetball tournament will be
held Feb. 28 through March 4.

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SThe 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
,Tuesdays and Thursdays and
4the first Saturday of the month
from 9 a.m.-9 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
4the 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-
tbers only club open to all active
:duty, reserve and retired mili-
tary, and active DoD personnel.
For more information, call 778-
P805 or email commodore
SA 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 Orange Park Singles
Dance is held every Friday
Night from 8-11 p.m. for adults
at the Knights of Columbus at
3920 Old Middleburg Road.
Line dance lessons are avail-
able from 7-7:30 p.m. Friday.
For more information, call 779-
The First Coast Black
Nurses Association is holding
their monthly meeting Feb. 12 at
11 a.m. at Shands Jacksonville
Hospital. For more information,
call 542-7748.
The MOMS Club of
Jacksonville Orange Park /
Westside holds their chapter
meetings the second Thursday
of each month at 10 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 DeLynn at
317-9717 or visit
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 ft
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
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 together at the Dairy Queen
on Kingsley Avenue at 7 p.m.
every Friday night. For more
information, call 772-1047 or
visit www.fllx.org.
The Jacksonville Genea-
logical Society meeting will be
held Feb. 19 at 1:30 p.m. at the
Willow Branch Library, 2875
Park Avenue. For additional
information, call Mary Chauncey
at 781-9300.
U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary,
Flotilla 14-08 will hold a one-
day "Basic Boating" program for
new and experienced boaters
Feb. 12. This course fulfills
Florida mandatory boater edu-
cation requirements. The pro-..

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