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THURSDAY, MARCH 14, 2013 HSM-72 COC DRAGONSLAYER S LEADERSHIP PANEL Check us out Online! jaxairnews.com Battle E winners at NAS JaxCommander, Naval Air Forces, Vice Adm. David Buss and Commander, Naval Air Forces Atlantic, Rear Adm. Ted Branch recently sent their personal congratulations on a job well done to the 2012 Aviation Squadron Battle Efficiency (Battle E) award winners. Four of the nine Naval Air Forces Atlantic des ignees are based at NAS Jacksonville. In a message to the Fleet, Buss said, As in years past, the competition in 2012 was extraor dinarily fierce. The winning squadrons epito mized Battle Efficiency and continued to excel in a challenging era with constant pressure to do more with less. Branch added, These squadrons truly rep resent the high standards and professional ism shared by the officers, Sailors and aviators across the Fleet. The 2012 Commander, Naval Air Forces Atlantic squadrons selected as Battle E win ners are: Blasters, for the VFA-C category; Rippers, for the VFA-E/F category; VP category. The Battle E competition is conducted to strengthen individual command performance, overall force readiness, and to recognize out standing performance within the naval aviation force. Grading metrics for attaining the Battle E award include: Operational achievement, train ing, inspection accomplishments, material and personnel readiness, aviation safety, weapon systems and tactics development, and contribu tions to the aviation community. Each member attached to a winning ship or squadron earns the right to wear the Battle E ribbon on their uniform, or if they already pos ses that ribbon, they can add an additional E device to the ribbon. of 21 maintainers and aircrew to the scenic city of Puerto Princesa, in Republic of the Philippines. As part of the Defense Departments Pivot to the Pacific, the Pelicans were able to strengthen the long standing relationship between the Philippines armed forces and the United States by exercising forward presence and joint interoperability. Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) Navy and Air Force members stationed at Antonio Bautista Air observing maritime domain aware ness missions in and around the Philippines coastal waters. aircrew joined AFP Navy service members for a friendly game of soccer. After a long fought game in the warm sun, both sides retired to the shade and enjoyed each others company while drinking some ice cold water. Children from the local youth soccer league supported by the AFP participated in the fun dur dren also stayed to cheer on both teams during the game. beauties of Puerto Princesa, the At the Palawan prison camp stands a reminder of the past and the horrible cost of war. In a cer Combat Aircrew (CAC) 11 placed flowers at the base of the memo rial and honored the fallen with American prisoners of war, only 11 survived the massacre by diving from the nearby cliff and swimming across the bay. were helped by the Filipino resis tance movement. The monument by Don Schloat, a survivor of the Pelicans strengthen historic relationship with Philippines military NMCRS fund drive kicks off at Deweys aboard NAS Jacksonville. The annual fund drive generates an organization that assists hundreds of members are taking care of their own. Commander, Navy Region Southeast Rear Adm. Jack Scorby Jr. kicked off the event. This organization is all about ship assistance, I know we will have anoth er successful campaign this year. So, I encourage you to get the word out and let everyone know how important this annual fund drive is to those families

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2 JAX AIR NEWS, NAS JACKSONVILLE, Thursday, March 14, 2013 JAX AIR NEWS JAX AIR NEWS JAX AIR NEWS JAX AIR NEWS, JAX AIR NEWS March 14 Farraguts squadron of seven ships forces its way up the Union troops at Vicksburg and for his order, Damn the torpe does, full speed ahead! March 15 us crews for the rigid airships air expert, formerly with the German Navy. established. becomes first African-American officer commissioned in regular Kearsage. non-stop flight across the Atlantic. Squadron Five in Vietnam. March 16 sunk at sea in deep water with full military honors. secure. 8. Former naval aviator Neil Armstrong flew on this mission that completed seven orbits in March 17 practical submarine, launched. became Naval Aviator No. 2, at Dayton, Ohio, for instruction in flying. shortage of pilots, a change in the flight training program was approved that separated the heavier-than-air (seaplane) and the lighter-than-air (diri gible) courses. It also reduced the overall training period from nine to six months for the dura tion of the shortage. Europe established to plan joint operations with British. second U.S. satellite successful ly placed in Earth orbit. Soviet Premier Nikita Khrushchev derided it as the grapefruit sat ellite. surfaces at North Pole. March 18 three-month Okinawa Campaign by destroying aircraft on Kyushu, Japan. mines from Suez Canal. March 19 trip around South America to join U.S. Squadron off Cuba. authorizes enrollment of women in Naval Reserve with ratings of yeoman, radio electrician, or other essential ratings. ing boats, on long range recon naissance off the German coast, was attacked by German sea planes. Ensign Stephan Potter shot down one of the attackers and was officially credited as the first American naval aviator to shoot down an enemy seaplane. of Seabees to Civil Engineering Corps. Freedom begins with Tomahawk strikes from Navy ships and sub marines. March 20 of sloop-of-war USS Peacock, negotiates first commercial trea ty with King of Siam. aircraft carrier. ommends financing research program to obtain power from uranium. Operation Iraqi Freedom by launching cruise missiles from Navy ships in the Red Sea and Persian Gulf. civilian town as we have for the past five years after living in high-density military areas for some of the services nuances fade from memory. The feeling is similar to mov ing away from home and for getting your familys subtler traditions, like the Christmas plates with a holly-green bor der, or the wire, tabletop tree with heart-shaped orna ments your mom puts out on Valentines Day. It usually takes going back home for these memories to resurface, like they never were forgotten. D.C. and a visit with Dustin at his new job at the Pentagon was this homecoming for me. I remembered the military way of life as if Id never been away from it. Almost immediately on thing I recalled was the uni forms, or, specifically, seeing other people besides my hus band in them. Navy uniforms are nearly obsolete in Bangor, common across the entire state now that NAS Brunswick has closed. If I see a man in khakis or summer whites, its probably my husband. The Navy uniform is such a novelty here, one time a woman stopped me at a recep tion and asked, Do you mind taking a picture of me with that Navy man over there? I looked in the direction she was pointing. That one over there, I said. In the white uni form? Yes, she said. Ill just go stand next to him and you take the picture. I did as she requested, but before I gave back the camera, I isnt he? D.C., military uniforms arent necessarily ubiquitous, but they arent all that unusual either. I saw men and women in uniforms representing all branches of the service. At first the children were said. Its someone dressed like Daddy! After a while, however, he realized there were plenty of Daddy lookalikes in the city. In fact, we almost didnt spot Dustin in a sea of khaki, green and blue when he met us at the entrance to the Pentagon. Inside, the Pentagon felt very familiar even though this was my first time visiting it. Everything from the office doors to the floor mats out front were standard militaryissue. They reminded me of every building on base Ive been to around the country. Only, this was the Pentagon, so it had an added air of mystique. Originally, I thought the inside of the Pentagon would be more like the inside of the Capitol or the Smithsonian. I imagined marble, dome ceilings, and Romanesque col umns. I mean, we were in D.C. after all. But, no, if youve seen one military building, youve pretty much seen them all: utilitarian and grey, with lots of metal and blue carpeting. For me, it was a lot like being on an aircraft carrier. Yes, its almost incomprehensibly big, but once youre inside, you could be anywhere any where that has spy-resistant coated windows, that is. In any case, the familiarity was comforting. The people inside the Pentagon were familiar, too. They talked about things that arent typical in our life in IA, TAD, and PCS with knew. I imagine this is what visiting a foreign land is like, then com ing home to speak your native language. But the most familiar and reassuring part of our trip down military memory lane in D.C. was meeting with Dustins boss, Vice Adm. Robin Braun, the first female chief of the Navy Reserves. with all the things I love and remember about military life: plaques, pictures of aviation, a wooden conference table deco rated with Challenge Coins. Braun showed us the an office window and showed us a model airplane that had been inside one of the offices a layer of soot on it, so it is pro tected and enclosed in glass. way to Arlington National Cemetery and the rows of graves going up and down the hillside like a ribbon. sacrifice. And one of the most important memories of all came to me: why my husband chooses to serve. As we left D.C. and returned ing home. But I also felt like I had left behind a different kind of home in the military sur roundings of the city and the Pentagon. I miss my husband while he is away during the week, but I am now comforted to know that he is in our second home: the military lifestyle, which is all weve ever really known. Hey, MoneyChic! are having a baby. I am very nervous about being a first time parent, but not some ways I can save money on the items our baby will need? MoneyChic Sez: This is a topic that I cannot thoroughly answer in a single column, but can definitely get it done subject, you have at least eight months before you need to know it all! You are right; this is an exciting and overwhelming time in your life. Relax. already and survived. Because you are thinking about the future expenses a baby brings with it, you already have the correct mindset to prepare yourself. Coming to grips with the fact that babies cost money is hard to do, but its the truth. Babies cost lots of money; it is a part of having a child and adding to your family. If looking at the small picture (a a loop now, you are going to be knocked off your socks when you read this next sentence. Parents with children born in 2011 will spend approximately Agriculture Department. You will prob ably spend more than that! A good place to start would be to determine what items do you feel you to splurge on and what items can you get secondhand? A baby will only use certain items for a few months while others may be essential for every use. You may have a different opinion than your wife on what is a need and what is a want. A standard crib may be okay with your wife if she gets that all terrain stroller she has been eyeing. Start from there, make a list, work it out, and compro mise! pare financially for a baby. The Budget for Baby class is held several times each month and offers information you didnt even think you needed to know. For coming to the class you will also receive a free layette filled with towels, bibs, sleep n plays, and sheets for your baby. You can stop by the office outside sign up. A financial plan can also be put help you see what your finances will look like after that baby is here. Drop me an e-mail at megan.stolle@ nmcrs.org Remembering the military lifestyle at the Pentagon New officers spouses club formingAll active duty officer spouses are invited to join the new NAS Jax All Officers Spouses Club, which is focused on building camaraderie, offering support and sharing infor mation. There are no membership fees to join. The initial upcoming event is a social at the NAS Jax Officers Club Please RSVP Pam Undersander at

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relieve Cmdr. Troy Anderson as com The change of command comes on the heels of another stellar year for the detachments supporting U.S. interests across the globe. During Andersons tour as com presence in a number of theaters. Operations ranged from Airborne Use of Force (AUF) during a counternarcotics operations deployment in (AOR), to maintaining the recognized maritime picture for ballistic missile ter-piracy and maritime interdiction th Fleet AOR. In addition to their conventional expeditionary style helicopter detach ments, the squadron also deployed the Fire Scout detachment, that provided continuous intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR) to ground Capitalizing on all these operation were recently recognized as the rotary noted by: Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) Safety S Award; the Arleigh Burke Fleet Trophy; Capt. Arnold Jay Award; and the Commander, Naval Air squadrons third consecutive Battle E and 12th in its 28-year history. A graduate of Northwestern University, Fleck has played no small part in the accomplishments of the ahead. Fleck said the foremost challenge of converting the squadron from one that deploys expeditionary detachments to a member of the carrier air wing has gar. Aircrew and maintenance person nel are already hard at work, training to employ this new asset in the near future. Fleck said, The biggest challenge its high level of professionalism and commitment to excellence while apply ing that to a new airframe, and in the future, a new operating environment. cated to continuing a tradition of supe ensure the legacy of success that was maintained during 28 years of expedi tionary operations continues into the future. Andersons departure from The ding farewell to a leader whose GIT R DONE motto and unflinching com mitment to operational excellence and operational risk management were the catalyst for the squadrons success. ate of the Chief of Naval Operations staff as the requirements officer for the Navys pioneer in the employment of this groundbreaking unmanned aerial vehicle platform. One, Anderson remarked that, my an absolute honor and privilege. To work with such dedicated men and fessionalism was evident day in and officer a dream come true. Filling Flecks shoes in the execu tive officer position is Cmdr. Torsten Schmidt, who is reporting from duty in the Joint Reconnaissance Center at U.S. nity, Schmidt saw his first operational 2000, where his detachments support ed counter-narcotics operations and numerous international exercises. After shore assignments that includ ed instructor duties in both prima served as the mini boss on board USS After deploying as officer-in-charge served as both the operations offi cer and maintenance officer for the Vipers. Now, with a new designation, new aircraft, and new commanding offi cer and executive officer, the future lenges. One thing remaining unchanged is the squadrons sense of pride and dedi cation, said Fleck. COMNAVAIRLANT welcomes new force master chief Commander, Naval Air Force comed a new force master chief, Kenneth Daniels relieved Force Daniels served as the command NAS Oceana, where he was respon in seven squadrons. As the senior enlisted advisor to assigned to aviation assets on the east coast. Daniels began his Navy career as an undesignated airman with the and served in numerous assign ments from plane captain to avia tion maintenance administration man (AZ) to force master chief. unbelievable, said Daniels. To be here as a force master chief, Im hon ored and humbled. aviation community, Daniels believes his background and profes sional knowledge will be a valuable I know the acronyms, I speak the language, said Daniels. I under stand the needs of the sailors from the plane captains, to the crew chiefs, to the AZs [aviation mainte nance administrationman]. Daniels says he has big shoes to fill; however, he will continue to observe everything, push initiatives, and work hard to provide leadership You can expect to see a lot of me, said Daniels. Im a deckplate leader among our Sailors. Fleck to relieve Anderson at HSM-72 4 JAX AIR NEWS, NAS JACKSONVILLE, Thursday, March 14, 2013

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USFF fleet guidance on sequestration implementation reinforces safetyCommander, U.S. Fleet Forces (USFF) released a execute plans to reduce costs in accordance with across-the-board spending cuts known as sequestra tion. In the message, Adm. Bill Gortney told commanders to continually assess their commands in execution of any plan. It is your responsibility to assess if and when your command is approaching the limits of safe operation, Gortney stated. It is then your duty to exercise your authority to suspend operations to prevent mishaps. commanders should focus on human factors, adher ence to written procedures, and utilization of risk management in planning and execution. One hundred percent of fleet mishaps in the past six months have been a result of human error, wrote Gortney. It is imperative that you keep your people focused on the tasks at hand and eliminate distrac tions from those things they are unable to influence, like the fiscal climate. Gortney stated that only ready units will deploy and while the financial landscape this fiscal year will con tinue to be a challenge, everyone must remain focused on the tasks at hand. The message also prioritized current actions and provided guidance for commanding officers as they implement reductions, cancellations and chang es to operations, training and other support func will not be affected, Gortney noted that there will be impacts of activities, facilities and functions, and acknowledged that the potential for civilian fur loughs remains real. The message closed with a return to the emphasis on safety. Gortney told his commanders and com manding officers that, we cannot afford to injure people or break equipment. As we work through this difficult period, we must go no faster than safe, and only deploy ready units. Navy EA-6B crash kills three in Washington State Prowler jet assigned to Electronic Attack Squadron The names of those killed in the crash will not be been informed. The aircraft was conducting a training flight prior to the crash. A safety investigation is underway to determine the cause. JAX AIR NEWS, NAS JACKSONVILLE, Thursday, March 14, 2013 5

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6 JAX AIR NEWS, NAS JACKSONVILLE, Thursday, March 14, 2013 2012 Battle E winnerFor the past year, the Navys last embellishing its history of rotary wing accomplishments. On Feb. 12, when one-third of his squadron personnel returned from a three-week carrier qualifications boat Cmdr. Ryan Keys congratulated his announced that the Dragonslayers had won the 2012 Commander, Naval Air Force Atlantic Battle Efficiency (Battle Dragonslayers bring home the Battle E for 2012, said Keys. This is a proud Navys highest standards for operations, maintenance and safety. Fortunately, it all worked out in our favor. The Battle E is the Navys top per formance award presented to the air craft carriers and aviation squadrons in each competitive category that achieve the highest standards of performance, readiness and efficiency. In late October 2012, the squadron returned home to NAS Jacksonville from an eight-month deployment on the famous aircraft carriers final voy age before being inactivated on Dec. 1, 2012 at Naval Station Norfolk, Va. East to the Pacific Ocean, said Keys. on this final cruise, our pilots and air crew were in the air with machine guns passage. ing the Enterprise deployment. As the east coast legacy squadron for now in the readiness cycle for its final deployment on board USS Theodore Currently, the Dragonslayers are operating with only three of their seven helicopters. The other four were recently inducted at Fleet Readiness Center Southeast (FRCSE) for Periodic tions and repairs. Over a span of five months, FRCSE artisans will strip each helicopter down to its airframe, mined by factors such as the number of flight hours and the age of the air will remain at the ready and in safe fly ing condition, Theodore Roosevelt comes out of the its first boat detachment in September. Busy times for HS-11 Dragonslayers

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Palawan massacre. After honoring the fallen warriors, CAC-11 toured the Immaculate Conception Cathedral. On the Island of Palawan, the Pelicans were greeted by smiling faces at every turn and warm welcomes from all. From the enriched history, enchant ing natural beauty and mutually ben eficial training between the AFP and between the United States and the Philippines grew even stronger. VP-45 NMCRSwho may need a little help, Scorby told the fund drive key persons. help military families with basic needs such as rent, food, utilities, car repairs and medical bills, just to name a few, he added. Faraldo, this years campaign is bit tersweet. This is my last fund drive aging this office for the past 20 years. I would not have been working here for so long if I truly did not believe in the organization and all it does to help our service members and their families, said Faraldo. In these tough economic times, we need to do all we can to help our mili with interest-free loans and grants. It to help with emergency situations and as they pay it back, the money is used by another person in need, he continued. es or family emergencies. Sailors and fill out the application and walk out with the money. It is repaid through offer budget counseling, Budget for including a combat casualty assistance nurse on staff who conduct home visits to service members. By holding these annual fund drives, we can continue these programs to help our military families. This years fund drive is headed up knowledge about this organization and they truly take care of our Sailors and is to make 100 percent meaningful contact with your shipmates. I think about, they will gladly contribute to this worthwhile cause, said Stevens. Each command on base is assigned a key person to ensure 100 percent con tact is made during the drive. Armed with allotment forms, these key per sons will visit with as many Sailors and one has an opportunity to donate to the vate, non-profit, charitable organiza tion. It is sponsored by the Department of the Navy and operates more than 200 offices ashore and afloat at Navy world. has been operating, they have helped millions of people through loans and of assistance such as providing lay ettes or junior sea bags to new fam ily members, a visiting nurse program to help new mothers, elderly individu als and anyone who needs a little extra help, and thrift shops offering low-cost clothing and household items. such as golf tournaments, car wash es, bake sales and special raffles are planned throughout the next several weeks. Volunteers are always needed at the society in a variety of different phone, helping clients or teaching class es, the society welcomes volunteers. This years NAS Jax coordinator is 8 JAX AIR NEWS, NAS JACKSONVILLE, Thursday, March 14, 2013

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VP-5 transition spotlight Poseidon, the squadron is highlighting This weeks Spotlight shines on Although not from a military family, he and his two brothers vowed to join the service. the other will be joining the military soon. cians began their transition on Jan. the Poseidons new technical publi cations at NAS Jacksonvilles Center for Aviation Technical Training (CNATTU). From there, he began on the job training with qualified P-8A mainte impressed with how much more effi ciently the components are organized on the P-8A. Troubleshooting is done almost entirely with computer displays and is much more efficient, he stated. After completing his on-the-job return to CNATTU April 2 to receive formalized classroom training from qualified Boeing instructors. Aviation electricians specialize in the maintenance of aircraft electron ics and avionics. JAX AIR NEWS, NAS JACKSONVILLE, Thursday, March 14, 2013 9

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The Office of Naval Research (ONR) is co-funding an affordable, hi-tech, solution for managing stress that could help pre vent post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) billions of dollars in associated medical ONR, in conjunction with the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, is sponsoring development of the Stress Resilience Training System (SRTS), an iPad app training program that teaches Sailors responses and manage them by learning biofeedback techniques that work for their individual needs. The system will undergo field test ing at the Naval Center for Combat and Operational Stress Control (NCCOSC) in San Diego in April. warfighters and the nation is cru cial. According to a February 2012 Congressional Budget Office report, 21 percent of military personnel returning from overseas contingency operations (OCO) in Afghanistan and Iraq suffer from PTSD. The cost to treat these individuals is without PTSD or traumatic brain injury, which works out to close to $1 billion when multiplied by the total number of OCO patients. The SRTS app provides users with an easy-to-access tool that helps them build resilience toward stressful events so that when they encounter those events, the likelihood of experiencing PTSD or any other after effects from stress is reduced, said Cmdr. Joseph Cohn, program offi Department and originator of the SRTS project. Using only an iPad and a heart rate mon itor clipped to one earlobe, the SRTS App comprises four sections: stress and resilience and how to apply this knowledge to their missions. can bring themselves into the best mental and physiological state possible to build resilience and achieve peak performance. tice applying the resilience skills learned. training progress. The game-based app allows players to choose from several increasingly challeng ing training scenarios while the monitor records when the heart rate rhythm, also known as heart rate variability, becomes will learn which techniques, such as deep breathing or muscle relaxation, help them maintain or regain coherence, to manage their unique stress responses. Once learned, users can transfer these approaches to real-life situations. making a leap that one way of managing PTSD lies in learning better manage your stress, Cohn said. The SRTS is unique because it pulls ices and experts manage stress in different ways, so theres the potential for training, and that good training requires good feed back. It then combines them with an already established distribution point: the NCCOSC, which focuses on promoting resilience and investigating best practices in diagnosing and treating PTSD. Preventing PTSD is critical for mission preparedness and success, and it goes to the heart of one of the chief of naval operations Sailing Directions, that the Department of the Navy has a profes sional and moral obligation to uphold a covenant with Sailors, civilians and their families to ably lead, equip, train and motivate. The SRTSs development and opera tional evaluation would not have been possible without the funding we received from DARPA and ONR, who exhibited a willingness to take risks that yield sig nificant S&T advances said Dr. Gershon Solutions, the prime contractor for the apps development. Dear Kate, Sounds scary, but I hear that a lot. Signed, An Energy Horror Story? Kate Sez, ing room. See all those little green or red dot lights showing the appli ance or gadget is on, ready for you to use? These are the energy vam pires. They suck energy, even when asleep! Energy vampires are one of the fastest growing components of home energy bills, so do the be plugged in just before you use it? Stay on top of your vampires and watch your electricity bill go down.Navy creates stress management iPad app for fending off PTSD Save on your energy bill 10 JAX AIR NEWS, NAS JACKSONVILLE, Thursday, March 14, 2013

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As a result of the Department of Defenses rescission of Definition and Assignment Rule, the Navy is developing plans to move forward in open ing all positions previously closed to the assignment of women. Former Defense Secretary the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Gen. Definition and Assignment Department of Defense plans to remove gender-based barri ers to service. Navy is that although no new billets will open immediately, we will now develop a plan that evaluates how we will open all positions previously closed to women, said Rear Adm. Tony Kurta, Director, Policy. The plan will include continued assessment of ship classes to determine the fea sibility of retrofit for gender neutral assignment, as well as development and evaluation of gender neutral occupational standards. Positions will be opened to women following the Navys service review and the con gressional notification proce dures established by law. All of Navys formerly closed posi tions will be opened, unless an exception to policy is granted by the Secretary of Defense. As part of the service review planning process, the Navy will undertake an evaluation of all occupational performance standards to ensure they are up to current, relevant, and gen der-neutral. The results of this evaluation are to be submitted to the defense secretary as part of the Navys overall imple The secretarys direction is for this process to be complete Eighty eight percent of all Navy billets are currently open to women and we recently opened the nuclear submarine officer designator, said Kurta. opportunities, and the first step in doing so is the creation of our implementation plan. This will not be an overnight change, but a careful, thought ful process. The elimination of the policy will potentially open Combat Element positions, Element officer positions. Gender-neutral occupation al standards, which are under will be used to assess and Combat Element positions, said Kurta. As part of the Navys required implementation plan, guidance for the assign ment of women to Coastal Company positions will also be developed. As detailed will work with Navy Special Special Operations Command to develop and evaluate a way ahead for the assignment of women to Naval Special courage and sacrifice on and off the battlefield, contrib uted in unprecedented ways to the militarys mission and proven their ability to serve in an expanding number of roles, Panetta said. The Departments goal in rescind ing the rule is to ensure that the mission is met with the best-qualified and most capa ble people, regardless of gen der. WOASF golf tourney April 26 Navy dependents. The event is open to the public. foundation. scholarships, ranging from $2,000 to $10,000, to students who have chosen to continue their edu cation. Scholarship recipients are selected on the basis of scholastic merit, community service and extracurricular activities. The foundations mission is to provide college scholarships to dependent children and spouses of naval aviation commands, officer and enlist ed, active duty, retired, honorably discharged or deceased. The foundation has awarded more than For more information or to register, visit www. New billets opening up for Navy women JAX AIR NEWS, NAS JACKSONVILLE, Thursday, March 14, 2013 11

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Two women, from completely oppo site economic, social and cultural back grounds, walked parallel paths during boundaries for women in aviation. in a cotton-fields-and-sawmill small town in western Florida. She grew up in such poverty that she didnt own a pair of shoes until she was nine years old. As Cochran grew, she loved the sight of airplanes, and she firmly believed earned her pilots license, and she not only flew, she soared. At the time of Cochrans death Aug. speed, distance and altitude records than any other pilot, male or female. She was the first woman to fly a bomb er across the Atlantic Ocean, and was the driving force behind the forma Detachment, which trained female pilots to fly military aircraft. license. During her college years at Vassar, she earned extra money by tak ing students for airplane rides. when he was called to active duty in the the deputy chief of staff of the Ferrying Command, Nancy piloted her own plane for her daily commute to the operations office of the 2nd Ferrying Group, Domestic Division, near Baltimore. The Domestic Division was com pose using experienced female pilots to supplement the existing Army Air Corps pilot force. Although Tunners proposal to the Army Air Corps was denied, he appoint Auxiliary Ferrying Squadron. That same year, Cochran was Flying Training Detachment for the United States. organization at 120 air bases across bat service and duties. million miles in every type of military aircraft. They ferried aircraft from fac tories, towed targets for live anti-air craft artillery practice and served as ered civil service and veterans were not I might have been born in a hovel but I am determined to travel with the wind and the stars, Cochran had once said. Face of Defense: Pair blazed path for women in military aviation JAX AIR NEWS, NAS JACKSONVILLE, Thursday, March 14, 2013 13

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The Department of Defense voluntary education partnership memorandum between higher education institutions and the U.S. government, went into Department of Defense Instruction Programs, states all institutions pro viding high school completion and post-secondary education programs through the DoD Tuition Assistance (TA) Program must agree to the new file with DoD prior to service members receiving TA approval to attend their institution. The Navy will no longer issue TA vouchers for colleges that have Education Branch). DoD is not enter taining exceptions to this policy. Since most schools and colleges that serve very few Sailors should be impacted by this policy. If there is any question, Sailors can check the status of their school at www. dodmou.com before submitting a TA request. Sailors are also encouraged to talk to an education professional at the Navy College Office to explore all their options regarding best fit between degree programs and educational goals. Counselors can help maximize train ing and experiential credit opportuni requirements in the most economical way.Sailors college path may face possible detour Registration form: 1stplacesports.com facebook.com/NASJAXMWR Call (904) 542-2930 / 3518 for more info. Saturday, April 6, 2013 @ 8 a.m.NEX PArking LotEntry Fees$15 Military $20 Base Personnel $25 Race Day EntryRace eventsNavy Run Zumba Party:11 a.m. to 12 p.m. Hummvee Pull: April 4 at 2 p.m. Athletic Shoe & Apparel SALE: Registration deadline is March 18! 14 JAX AIR NEWS, NAS JACKSONVILLE, Thursday, March 14, 2013

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free tax preparation service Tuesday Appointments are recommended for weekdays although walk-ins will be helped. Saturday is walk-in availability NAS Jacksonvilles Navy Lodge constructs improvements recently begun a construction project designed to promote more convenience and comfort to its guests. The improve ments, which are expected to be com from joining its two buildings together for an expanded lobby, constructing a larger car port, incorporating a fitness center, and providing bigger rooms to support traveling families. The expansion of the services we provide isnt just limited to this Navy general manager of the NAS Jax Navy country are also involved in similar upgrades to provide many more conve niences to our military guests. According to Peters, not only will joining the two buildings at the Navy families and more room at the carport for unloading luggage, but it will also expand their breakfast options. variety of hot and cold breakfast meals, ranging from waffles and pancakes to cereal and fruit. It will be more like a traditional continental breakfast you would receive at a chain hotel out in town, and the addition of a fitness cen ter is something we think our guests will greatly appreciate. These upgrades are part of an effort to keep our military members on base while providing them with lower room rates, Peters contin ued. The room rates will be divided in two bedroom. Each room comes fully equipped with a kitchen, making them very similar to a small apartment. In addition to the low rates, the Navy motion that will offer guests anywhere from ten percent off their stay to possi bly winning a free room. Peters remarked, Our lodges around the country keep expanding little by lit tle, and our goal is to continue to exceed customer needs and be their home away from home. For more information on what the country have to offer, Sailors are encouraged to visit the website www. navy-lodge.com or call 1-800-NAVYINN.Free tax assistance available at Main Gate JAX AIR NEWS, NAS JACKSONVILLE, Thursday, March 14, 2013 15

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Deweys your way Freedom Lanes Bowling Center New day for free bowling for active duty Thursday Shoe rental not included Saturday Night Extreme Bowling Price includes two hours of bowling Shoe rental included Sunday Family Day Friday special Bowling Tournament Command party give-a-way Fitness & Aquatics Family Fitness Center (located above the Youth Center Gym) I.T.T. Events Daytona International Speedway Tickets on sale now! ITT Travel Fair C $11 Funkfest Gatornationals Discover Disney Florida resident ticket Tickets are valid for redemption tickets available for family members at ITT Universal Studios Special Complimentary tickets for active duty ticket with valid military ID. Admission Tickets are available at ITT through Ask about our special discounted tick ets for family members. Book Shade of Green, Disneyworld hotel properties, Universal hotels and off property hotels near attractions at ITT!The Vault Liberty Recreation CenterTrips, activities and costs may be Kayaking Trip Simpson Creek NAS Jax Golf Club $18 per person, includes cart & green fees nel and their guests Play 18-holes for $20 Cart and green fee included. Open to military, DoD and guests. Not applicable on holidays. $20 per person per weekMulberry Cove Marina Free Kayak & Canoe Rental Every Thursday for active dutyAuto Skills Center 22 work bays, wheel balancing, tool checkout, paint booth and welding! ASE certified mechanic onsite!Youth Activities Center Drop-in care and open recreation are available! Family Fitness Center hours are Bring your child to work out with you! Flying Club Private Pilot Ground School The NAS Jacksonville Golf Club reports the fol lowing hot shots: Arthur Tank shot a with a Titleist ball. Ann Schelke scored a wood with a Pinnacle ball. a driver and a wedge.Hot Shots of the week 16 JAX AIR NEWS, NAS JACKSONVILLE, Thursday, March 14, 2013

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serves as Fleet Area Control and Surveillance Facility building energy monitor his duty is to identify basic equipment and facility defi ciencies that waste energy (and money), and communicates his findings to the command with the goal of improving the commands culture with respect to energy consump tion. Dickersons technical background and meticulous attention to detail made him the perfect fit for this collateral duty. During preparations for the commands annual air traf fic control Naval Air Training and Operating Procedures Standardization (NATOPS) inspection, he worked direct ly with ET2 a local contrac tor in conducting a survey of tem. During the inspection six abnormal ground loops were identified. These ground loops were being created by improp erly installed equipment, which caused interference in communications systems, poised an electric shock hazard and were found to draw power. According to Jacksonville Electric Authority the standard rate for residential service is Dickersons findings identi every hour of the day. Although this only totals buildings on NAS Jacksonville there could result in more than Building 118 and $2 million in savings every year.FACSFACJAX BEM stays on top of energy efficiencies For more info, call Bill Bonser at 5422930/3239 or e-mail bill.bonser@navy.mil JAX AIR NEWS, NAS JACKSONVILLE, Thursday, March 14, 2013 17

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Its not every day a Sailor is promoted to a higher rank for the 10th time of his career, but that was the ceremony at Navy Region Southeast headquarters self holding the second-highest rank a chief warrant he could never have imagined, especially considering his decision to join the Navy happened virtually by accident. what I really wanted to do. A friend of mine and I were commercial, ironically, and decided to inquire. The said. tially enlisted as an undesignated seaman and spent his first two years assigned to what was then Naval (YN) and spent three years at Strike fighter Squadron At that point in time, I didnt really have a specific career path and didnt know I was supposed to have one, quite frankly, he said. But looking back on it, it was beneficial. As an undesignated seaman, I learned a lot about hard work and dedication, and as a YN, I gained a great foundation administratively, and that helped me as I came into senior leadership. follow for the next 20 years. Ive always wanted to be a police officer. It sounds tect and serve philosophy, he said. To me, becom ing a police officer was really the career path that I would have liked to have chosen in the beginning, and to fulfill a personal desire and serve my country at the same time. enlisting directly into the rating. A policy change opened the rating to Sailors of all pay grades, allow his package was approved. where he made chief petty officer, and Gauntanamo Bay, Cuba, where he was promoted to senior chief ing to a commissioning program at that point in his career. Once I became a chief, my goals were set on becoming a master chief, he said. The whole concept meant to be. superior leadership qualities and would best serve the Navy in the chief warrant officer ranks. Although to submit a package for chief warrant officer, a deci sion hes now glad he made. The opportunities Ive had as a warrant officer have allowed me to have a greater impact on younger Sailors that have desires to either apply for different officer programs or whatever the case may be. As a warrant officer, I have zero regrets, he said. genuinely rewarding position because the versatility of the warrant officer rank structure makes it possible to impact personnel at all levels of the chain of com mand. and the chiefs mess and even the junior enlisted, he said. All of our warrants have been chiefs, so we still have that respect from the chiefs mess, and as a commissioned officer, we also earn the respect of mand in providing guidance and training to junior officers, in addition to providing the technical exper tise of our rating. Knowing what I know now, I can say being a warrant in the United States Navy is clearly the best rank structure to be a part of. Its the best of both worlds. achieved while coming from such modest beginnings is a rare accomplishment that reflects decades of com mitment. Although numerous factors have contrib uted to his success, there are a few that are crucial to You need to set realistic goals and take pride in actually completing those goals. Also, never stop learning. To this day, I have young Sailors that work for me and I still learn from them because they either think differently or see things differently. The whole learning process continues and it plays a big factor in personal and professional development. family and co-workers has been important. If it wasnt for my wife, I wouldnt be where I am today, he said. Navy deployments and travel took me away from home frequently. It was my wife who was there to take care of our kids. The strength of my fam ily allowed me to focus on work and put in the long hours and late days. I also owe a lot of gratitude to my co-workers, not just at the region, but at every com mand Ive served at over the last twenty-some years. Every command has been a stepping stone with so many people at each one that positively influenced my career. milestone in his career, he said its not the final chap reaches that goal, he will have held 12 ranks through out his career, a rare feat for a service member in any branch of the military. CNRSE Sailors promotion marks major milestone 18 JAX AIR NEWS, NAS JACKSONVILLE, Thursday, March 14, 2013

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Commander, Naval Air Forces (CNAF), took time to meet with the old est living naval aviator while on board Vice Adm. David Buss and retired talked about the changes in naval avia graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy Richardson spent time flipping through an old flight log and recalled critical moments in battle, where he enemy fire, and the measures they took to counter those attacks. Buss said modern naval aviation proved themselves and the importance of sea based air assets, in places such as Richardson responded by pointing out that they were only standing on the shoulders of those brave individu als who had pioneered the concepts of The two also discussed the 21st Century Sailors who are a part of naval aviation today. I think the quality of the people we have serving today is second to none, said Richardson. The people of my time are often referred to as the great est generation. But thats just not so. Throughout his career, Richardson commanded numerous ships, task forc es, and air groups to include his tour as Commander, Fleet Air Norfolk and Richardson served his final active tour as deputy commander in chief, U.S. Pacific Fleet and retired from the Navy Oldest living naval aviator visits CNAF Wounded warriors ride promotes healing Soldier Ride cycled through Jacksonville country together for a long weekend focused on physical health and well ness, camaraderie, and healing. Events included a bike fitting where warriors were fit with adaptive equip ment for use during the next two days of rides. Its important for warriors and vet erans like me to know that we can still do the same things that we did before or new things that we never tried before. Its essential when it comes to recov shattered both legs when the seventon truck he was in was hit and rolled over on him during his second deploy has participated in three Soldier Ride from the San Antonio, Tex. office, as dean of students for the TRACK pro gram. tive hand cycles, trikes and bicycles to accommodate various injuries and dis abilities, as well as unmodified road bikes for riders not requiring adaptive equipment. available at woundedwarriorproject.org. their eighth annual UNDIE Campaign will result in collecting the non-profits most demanded necessity, undergar ments. Over the past seven years, the cam UNDIE goal is to collect 200,000 under garments, including socks, bras, and etary donations. The campaign has already received a commitment from pairs of socks. In collaboration with campaign sup stock its annual underwear inventory to serve children, women in crisis and veterans needs. For more information or to sign up to participate please visit www.undiecam Dignity U Wears UNDIE Campaign kicks off JAX AIR NEWS, NAS JACKSONVILLE, Thursday, March 14, 2013 19

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Courts-martial in Navy Region Southeast recently heard the following cases: poral was acquitted of engaging in sex ual contact with an incapacitated per son and committing indecent conduct. aboard Joint Base Charleston, S.C., a lieutenant junior grade was found guilty of failing to obey a lawful general order, making a false official statement, and conduct unbecoming of an offi cer and gentleman. The military judge finement and to be dismissed from the naval service. officer was found guilty of wrongful ly sexual contact, indecent exposure, wrongfully requesting to engage in sex ual activities, and false official state ment. The court-martial sentenced the accused to 10 months confinement, reduction in rate to E-1, forfeiture of all pay and allowances, and a bad conduct discharge. aboard Joint Base Charleston, S.C., a first class petty officer was found guilty of unauthorized absence. The military confinement and a bad conduct dis charge. aboard NAS Pensacola, Fla. an ensign was found guilty of rape. The courtmartial sentenced the accused to four years confinement and to be dismissed from the naval service. Courts-martial in Navy Region Southeast are tried with few exceptions NAS Pensacola. Therefore, the loca tion of where a court-martial described above was convened does not neces sarily correlate to the command that convened the court-martial. Adjudged sentences may be modified by pre-trial agreement or clemency. close at 1 p.m. on Fridays and will be closed Saturdays and Sundays due to low patron usage. a.m. 1 p.m. The Fitness Center will continue to operate with the following hours p.m.Recently, at the courthouseGym at The Zone has new hours 20 JAX AIR NEWS, NAS JACKSONVILLE, Thursday, March 14, 2013

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THURSDAY, MARCH 14, 2013 HSM-72 COC DRAGONSLAYER S LEADERSHIP PANEL Check us out Online! jaxairnews.com Battle E winners at NAS JaxCommander, Naval Air Forces, Vice Adm. David Buss and Commander, Naval Air Forces Atlantic, Rear Adm. Ted Branch recently sent their personal congratulations on a job well done to the 2012 Aviation Squadron Battle Efficiency (Battle E) award winners. Four of the nine Naval Air Forces Atlantic designees are based at NAS Jacksonville. In a message to the Fleet, Buss said, As in years past, the competition in 2012 was extraordinarily fierce. The winning squadrons epito mized Battle Efficiency and continued to excel in a challenging era with constant pressure to do more with less. Branch added, These squadrons truly rep resent the high standards and professional ism shared by the officers, Sailors and aviators across the Fleet. The 2012 Commander, Naval Air Forces Atlantic squadrons selected as Battle E win ners are: Blasters, for the VFA-C category; Rippers, for the VFA-E/F category; VP category. The Battle E competition is conducted to strengthen individual command performance, overall force readiness, and to recognize out standing performance within the naval aviation force. Grading metrics for attaining the Battle E award include: Operational achievement, train ing, inspection accomplishments, material and personnel readiness, aviation safety, weapon systems and tactics development, and contributions to the aviation community. Each member attached to a winning ship or squadron earns the right to wear the Battle E ribbon on their uniform, or if they already posses that ribbon, they can add an additional E device to the ribbon. of 21 maintainers and aircrew to the scenic city of Puerto Princesa, in Republic of the Philippines. As part of the Defense Departments Pivot to the Pacific, the Pelicans were able to strengthen the long standing relationship between the Philippines armed forces and the United States by exercising forward presence and joint interoperability. Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) Navy and Air Force members stationed at Antonio Bautista Air observing maritime domain awareness missions in and around the Philippines coastal waters. aircrew joined AFP Navy service members for a friendly game of soccer. After a long fought game in the warm sun, both sides retired to the shade and enjoyed each others company while drinking some ice cold water. Children from the local youth soccer league supported by the AFP participated in the fun durdren also stayed to cheer on both teams during the game. beauties of Puerto Princesa, the At the Palawan prison camp stands a reminder of the past and the horrible cost of war. In a cer Combat Aircrew (CAC) 11 placed flowers at the base of the memo rial and honored the fallen with American prisoners of war, only 11 survived the massacre by diving from the nearby cliff and swimming across the bay. were helped by the Filipino resis tance movement. The monument by Don Schloat, a survivor of the Pelicans strengthen historic relationship with Philippines military NMCRS fund drive kicks off at Deweys aboard NAS Jacksonville. The annual fund drive generates an organization that assists hundreds of members are taking care of their own. Commander, Navy Region Southeast Rear Adm. Jack Scorby Jr. kicked off the event. This organization is all about ship assistance, I know we will have another successful campaign this year. So, I encourage you to get the word out and let everyone know how important this annual fund drive is to those families

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2 JAX AIR NEWS, NAS JACKSONVILLE, Thursday, March 14, 2013 JAX AIR NEWS JAX AIR NEWS JAX AIR NEWS JAX AIR NEWS, JAX AIR NEWS March 14 Farraguts squadron of seven ships forces its way up the Union troops at Vicksburg and for his order, Damn the torpe does, full speed ahead! March 15 us crews for the rigid airships air expert, formerly with the German Navy. established. becomes first African-American officer commissioned in regular Kearsage. non-stop flight across the Atlantic. Squadron Five in Vietnam. March 16 sunk at sea in deep water with full military honors. secure. 8. Former naval aviator Neil Armstrong flew on this mission that completed seven orbits in March 17 practical submarine, launched. became Naval Aviator No. 2, at Dayton, Ohio, for instruction in flying. shortage of pilots, a change in the flight training program was approved that separated the heavier-than-air (seaplane) and the lighter-than-air (diri gible) courses. It also reduced the overall training period from nine to six months for the duration of the shortage. Europe established to plan joint operations with British. second U.S. satellite successful ly placed in Earth orbit. Soviet Premier Nikita Khrushchev derided it as the grapefruit satellite. surfaces at North Pole. March 18 three-month Okinawa Campaign by destroying aircraft on Kyushu, Japan. mines from Suez Canal. March 19 trip around South America to join U.S. Squadron off Cuba. authorizes enrollment of women in Naval Reserve with ratings of yeoman, radio electrician, or other essential ratings. ing boats, on long range recon naissance off the German coast, was attacked by German sea planes. Ensign Stephan Potter shot down one of the attackers and was officially credited as the first American naval aviator to shoot down an enemy seaplane. of Seabees to Civil Engineering Corps. Freedom begins with Tomahawk strikes from Navy ships and submarines. March 20 of sloop-of-war USS Peacock, negotiates first commercial trea ty with King of Siam. aircraft carrier. ommends financing research program to obtain power from uranium. Operation Iraqi Freedom by launching cruise missiles from Navy ships in the Red Sea and Persian Gulf. civilian town as we have for the past five years after living in high-density military areas for some of the services nuances fade from memory. The feeling is similar to moving away from home and for getting your familys subtler traditions, like the Christmas plates with a holly-green bor der, or the wire, tabletop tree with heart-shaped orna ments your mom puts out on Valentines Day. It usually takes going back home for these memories to resurface, like they never were forgotten. D.C. and a visit with Dustin at his new job at the Pentagon was this homecoming for me. I remembered the military way of life as if Id never been away from it. Almost immediately on thing I recalled was the uni forms, or, specifically, seeing other people besides my hus band in them. Navy uniforms are nearly obsolete in Bangor, common across the entire state now that NAS Brunswick has closed. If I see a man in khakis or summer whites, its probably my husband. The Navy uniform is such a novelty here, one time a woman stopped me at a reception and asked, Do you mind taking a picture of me with that Navy man over there? I looked in the direction she was pointing. That one over there, I said. In the white uniform? Yes, she said. Ill just go stand next to him and you take the picture. I did as she requested, but before I gave back the camera, I isnt he? D.C., military uniforms arent necessarily ubiquitous, but they arent all that unusual either. I saw men and women in uniforms representing all branches of the service. At first the children were said. Its someone dressed like Daddy! After a while, however, he realized there were plenty of Daddy lookalikes in the city. In fact, we almost didnt spot Dustin in a sea of khaki, green and blue when he met us at the entrance to the Pentagon. Inside, the Pentagon felt very familiar even though this was my first time visiting it. Everything from the office doors to the floor mats out front were standard militaryissue. They reminded me of every building on base Ive been to around the country. Only, this was the Pentagon, so it had an added air of mystique. Originally, I thought the inside of the Pentagon would be more like the inside of the Capitol or the Smithsonian. I imagined marble, dome ceilings, and Romanesque col umns. I mean, we were in D.C. after all. But, no, if youve seen one military building, youve pretty much seen them all: utilitarian and grey, with lots of metal and blue carpeting. For me, it was a lot like being on an aircraft carrier. Yes, its almost incomprehensibly big, but once youre inside, you could be anywhere any where that has spy-resistant coated windows, that is. In any case, the familiarity was comforting. The people inside the Pentagon were familiar, too. They talked about things that arent typical in our life in IA, TAD, and PCS with knew. I imagine this is what visiting a foreign land is like, then coming home to speak your native language. But the most familiar and reassuring part of our trip down military memory lane in D.C. was meeting with Dustins boss, Vice Adm. Robin Braun, the first female chief of the Navy Reserves. with all the things I love and remember about military life: plaques, pictures of aviation, a wooden conference table deco rated with Challenge Coins. Braun showed us the an office window and showed us a model airplane that had been inside one of the offices a layer of soot on it, so it is protected and enclosed in glass. way to Arlington National Cemetery and the rows of graves going up and down the hillside like a ribbon. sacrifice. And one of the most important memories of all came to me: why my husband chooses to serve. As we left D.C. and returned ing home. But I also felt like I had left behind a different kind of home in the military sur roundings of the city and the Pentagon. I miss my husband while he is away during the week, but I am now comforted to know that he is in our second home: the military lifestyle, which is all weve ever really known. Hey, MoneyChic! are having a baby. I am very nervous about being a first time parent, but not some ways I can save money on the items our baby will need? MoneyChic Sez: This is a topic that I cannot thoroughly answer in a single column, but can definitely get it done subject, you have at least eight months before you need to know it all! You are right; this is an exciting and overwhelming time in your life. Relax. already and survived. Because you are thinking about the future expenses a baby brings with it, you already have the correct mindset to prepare yourself. Coming to grips with the fact that babies cost money is hard to do, but its the truth. Babies cost lots of money; it is a part of having a child and adding to your family. If looking at the small picture (a a loop now, you are going to be knocked off your socks when you read this next sentence. Parents with children born in 2011 will spend approximately Agriculture Department. You will probably spend more than that! A good place to start would be to determine what items do you feel you to splurge on and what items can you get secondhand? A baby will only use certain items for a few months while others may be essential for every use. You may have a different opinion than your wife on what is a need and what is a want. A standard crib may be okay with your wife if she gets that all terrain stroller she has been eyeing. Start from there, make a list, work it out, and compro mise! pare financially for a baby. The Budget for Baby class is held several times each month and offers information you didnt even think you needed to know. For coming to the class you will also receive a free layette filled with towels, bibs, sleep n plays, and sheets for your baby. You can stop by the office outside sign up. A financial plan can also be put help you see what your finances will look like after that baby is here. Drop me an e-mail at megan.stolle@ nmcrs.org Remembering the military lifestyle at the Pentagon New officers spouses club formingAll active duty officer spouses are invited to join the new NAS Jax All Officers Spouses Club, which is focused on building camaraderie, offering support and sharing infor mation. There are no membership fees to join. The initial upcoming event is a social at the NAS Jax Officers Club Please RSVP Pam Undersander at

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relieve Cmdr. Troy Anderson as com The change of command comes on the heels of another stellar year for the detachments supporting U.S. interests across the globe. During Andersons tour as com presence in a number of theaters. Operations ranged from Airborne Use of Force (AUF) during a counternarcotics operations deployment in (AOR), to maintaining the recognized maritime picture for ballistic missile ter-piracy and maritime interdiction th Fleet AOR. In addition to their conventional expeditionary style helicopter detach ments, the squadron also deployed the Fire Scout detachment, that provided continuous intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR) to ground Capitalizing on all these operation were recently recognized as the rotary noted by: Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) Safety S Award; the Arleigh Burke Fleet Trophy; Capt. Arnold Jay Award; and the Commander, Naval Air squadrons third consecutive Battle E and 12th in its 28-year history. A graduate of Northwestern University, Fleck has played no small part in the accomplishments of the ahead. Fleck said the foremost challenge of converting the squadron from one that deploys expeditionary detachments to a member of the carrier air wing has gar. Aircrew and maintenance person nel are already hard at work, training to employ this new asset in the near future. Fleck said, The biggest challenge its high level of professionalism and commitment to excellence while applying that to a new airframe, and in the future, a new operating environment. cated to continuing a tradition of supeensure the legacy of success that was maintained during 28 years of expeditionary operations continues into the future. Andersons departure from The ding farewell to a leader whose GIT R DONE motto and unflinching com mitment to operational excellence and operational risk management were the catalyst for the squadrons success. ate of the Chief of Naval Operations staff as the requirements officer for the Navys pioneer in the employment of this groundbreaking unmanned aerial vehicle platform. One, Anderson remarked that, my an absolute honor and privilege. To work with such dedicated men and fessionalism was evident day in and officer a dream come true. Filling Flecks shoes in the execu tive officer position is Cmdr. Torsten Schmidt, who is reporting from duty in the Joint Reconnaissance Center at U.S. nity, Schmidt saw his first operational 2000, where his detachments support ed counter-narcotics operations and numerous international exercises. After shore assignments that included instructor duties in both prima served as the mini boss on board USS After deploying as officer-in-charge served as both the operations offi cer and maintenance officer for the Vipers. Now, with a new designation, new aircraft, and new commanding offi cer and executive officer, the future lenges. One thing remaining unchanged is the squadrons sense of pride and dedication, said Fleck. COMNAVAIRLANT welcomes new force master chief Commander, Naval Air Force comed a new force master chief, Kenneth Daniels relieved Force Daniels served as the command NAS Oceana, where he was respon in seven squadrons. As the senior enlisted advisor to assigned to aviation assets on the east coast. Daniels began his Navy career as an undesignated airman with the and served in numerous assign ments from plane captain to avia tion maintenance administration man (AZ) to force master chief. unbelievable, said Daniels. To be here as a force master chief, Im honored and humbled. aviation community, Daniels believes his background and professional knowledge will be a valuable I know the acronyms, I speak the language, said Daniels. I under stand the needs of the sailors from the plane captains, to the crew chiefs, to the AZs [aviation mainte nance administrationman]. Daniels says he has big shoes to fill; however, he will continue to observe everything, push initiatives, and work hard to provide leadership You can expect to see a lot of me, said Daniels. Im a deckplate leader among our Sailors. Fleck to relieve Anderson at HSM-72 4 JAX AIR NEWS, NAS JACKSONVILLE, Thursday, March 14, 2013

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USFF fleet guidance on sequestration implementation reinforces safetyCommander, U.S. Fleet Forces (USFF) released a execute plans to reduce costs in accordance with across-the-board spending cuts known as sequestration. In the message, Adm. Bill Gortney told commanders to continually assess their commands in execution of any plan. It is your responsibility to assess if and when your command is approaching the limits of safe operation, Gortney stated. It is then your duty to exercise your authority to suspend operations to prevent mishaps. commanders should focus on human factors, adherence to written procedures, and utilization of risk management in planning and execution. One hundred percent of fleet mishaps in the past six months have been a result of human error, wrote Gortney. It is imperative that you keep your people focused on the tasks at hand and eliminate distrac tions from those things they are unable to influence, like the fiscal climate. Gortney stated that only ready units will deploy and while the financial landscape this fiscal year will continue to be a challenge, everyone must remain focused on the tasks at hand. The message also prioritized current actions and provided guidance for commanding officers as they implement reductions, cancellations and chang es to operations, training and other support func will not be affected, Gortney noted that there will be impacts of activities, facilities and functions, and acknowledged that the potential for civilian fur loughs remains real. The message closed with a return to the emphasis on safety. Gortney told his commanders and com manding officers that, we cannot afford to injure people or break equipment. As we work through this difficult period, we must go no faster than safe, and only deploy ready units. Navy EA-6B crash kills three in Washington State Prowler jet assigned to Electronic Attack Squadron The names of those killed in the crash will not be been informed. The aircraft was conducting a training flight prior to the crash. A safety investigation is underway to determine the cause. JAX AIR NEWS, NAS JACKSONVILLE, Thursday, March 14, 2013 5

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6 JAX AIR NEWS, NAS JACKSONVILLE, Thursday, March 14, 2013 2012 Battle E winnerFor the past year, the Navys last embellishing its history of rotary wing accomplishments. On Feb. 12, when one-third of his squadron personnel returned from a three-week carrier qualifications boat Cmdr. Ryan Keys congratulated his announced that the Dragonslayers had won the 2012 Commander, Naval Air Force Atlantic Battle Efficiency (Battle Dragonslayers bring home the Battle E for 2012, said Keys. This is a proud Navys highest standards for operations, maintenance and safety. Fortunately, it all worked out in our favor. The Battle E is the Navys top per formance award presented to the air craft carriers and aviation squadrons in each competitive category that achieve the highest standards of performance, readiness and efficiency. In late October 2012, the squadron returned home to NAS Jacksonville from an eight-month deployment on the famous aircraft carriers final voy age before being inactivated on Dec. 1, 2012 at Naval Station Norfolk, Va. East to the Pacific Ocean, said Keys. on this final cruise, our pilots and air crew were in the air with machine guns passage. ing the Enterprise deployment. As the east coast legacy squadron for now in the readiness cycle for its final deployment on board USS Theodore Currently, the Dragonslayers are operating with only three of their seven helicopters. The other four were recently inducted at Fleet Readiness Center Southeast (FRCSE) for Periodic tions and repairs. Over a span of five months, FRCSE artisans will strip each helicopter down to its airframe, mined by factors such as the number of flight hours and the age of the air will remain at the ready and in safe flying condition, Theodore Roosevelt comes out of the its first boat detachment in September. Busy times for HS-11 Dragonslayers

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Palawan massacre. After honoring the fallen warriors, CAC-11 toured the Immaculate Conception Cathedral. On the Island of Palawan, the Pelicans were greeted by smiling faces at every turn and warm welcomes from all. From the enriched history, enchant ing natural beauty and mutually ben eficial training between the AFP and between the United States and the Philippines grew even stronger. VP-45 NMCRSwho may need a little help, Scorby told the fund drive key persons. help military families with basic needs such as rent, food, utilities, car repairs and medical bills, just to name a few, he added. Faraldo, this years campaign is bit tersweet. This is my last fund drive aging this office for the past 20 years. I would not have been working here for so long if I truly did not believe in the organization and all it does to help our service members and their families, said Faraldo. In these tough economic times, we need to do all we can to help our miliwith interest-free loans and grants. It to help with emergency situations and as they pay it back, the money is used by another person in need, he continued. es or family emergencies. Sailors and fill out the application and walk out with the money. It is repaid through offer budget counseling, Budget for including a combat casualty assistance nurse on staff who conduct home visits to service members. By holding these annual fund drives, we can continue these programs to help our military families. This years fund drive is headed up knowledge about this organization and they truly take care of our Sailors and is to make 100 percent meaningful contact with your shipmates. I think about, they will gladly contribute to this worthwhile cause, said Stevens. Each command on base is assigned a key person to ensure 100 percent con tact is made during the drive. Armed with allotment forms, these key per sons will visit with as many Sailors and one has an opportunity to donate to the vate, non-profit, charitable organiza tion. It is sponsored by the Department of the Navy and operates more than 200 offices ashore and afloat at Navy world. has been operating, they have helped millions of people through loans and of assistance such as providing lay ettes or junior sea bags to new fam ily members, a visiting nurse program to help new mothers, elderly individu als and anyone who needs a little extra help, and thrift shops offering low-cost clothing and household items. such as golf tournaments, car wash es, bake sales and special raffles are planned throughout the next several weeks. Volunteers are always needed at the society in a variety of different phone, helping clients or teaching classes, the society welcomes volunteers. This years NAS Jax coordinator is 8 JAX AIR NEWS, NAS JACKSONVILLE, Thursday, March 14, 2013

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VP-5 transition spotlight Poseidon, the squadron is highlighting This weeks Spotlight shines on Although not from a military family, he and his two brothers vowed to join the service. the other will be joining the military soon. cians began their transition on Jan. the Poseidons new technical publi cations at NAS Jacksonvilles Center for Aviation Technical Training (CNATTU). From there, he began on the job training with qualified P-8A mainte impressed with how much more effi ciently the components are organized on the P-8A. Troubleshooting is done almost entirely with computer displays and is much more efficient, he stated. After completing his on-the-job return to CNATTU April 2 to receive formalized classroom training from qualified Boeing instructors. Aviation electricians specialize in the maintenance of aircraft electron ics and avionics. JAX AIR NEWS, NAS JACKSONVILLE, Thursday, March 14, 2013 9

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The Office of Naval Research (ONR) is co-funding an affordable, hi-tech, solution for managing stress that could help pre vent post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) billions of dollars in associated medical ONR, in conjunction with the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, is sponsoring development of the Stress Resilience Training System (SRTS), an iPad app training program that teaches Sailors responses and manage them by learning biofeedback techniques that work for their individual needs. The system will undergo field test ing at the Naval Center for Combat and Operational Stress Control (NCCOSC) in San Diego in April. warfighters and the nation is cru cial. According to a February 2012 Congressional Budget Office report, 21 percent of military personnel returning from overseas contingency operations (OCO) in Afghanistan and Iraq suffer from PTSD. The cost to treat these individuals is without PTSD or traumatic brain injury, which works out to close to $1 billion when multiplied by the total number of OCO patients. The SRTS app provides users with an easy-to-access tool that helps them build resilience toward stressful events so that when they encounter those events, the likelihood of experiencing PTSD or any other after effects from stress is reduced, said Cmdr. Joseph Cohn, program offi Department and originator of the SRTS project. Using only an iPad and a heart rate monitor clipped to one earlobe, the SRTS App comprises four sections: stress and resilience and how to apply this knowledge to their missions. can bring themselves into the best mental and physiological state possible to build resilience and achieve peak performance. tice applying the resilience skills learned. training progress. The game-based app allows players to choose from several increasingly challenging training scenarios while the monitor records when the heart rate rhythm, also known as heart rate variability, becomes will learn which techniques, such as deep breathing or muscle relaxation, help them maintain or regain coherence, to manage their unique stress responses. Once learned, users can transfer these approaches to real-life situations. making a leap that one way of managing PTSD lies in learning better manage your stress, Cohn said. The SRTS is unique because it pulls ices and experts manage stress in different ways, so theres the potential for training, and that good training requires good feedback. It then combines them with an already established distribution point: the NCCOSC, which focuses on promoting resilience and investigating best practices in diagnosing and treating PTSD. Preventing PTSD is critical for mission preparedness and success, and it goes to the heart of one of the chief of naval operations Sailing Directions, that the Department of the Navy has a profes sional and moral obligation to uphold a covenant with Sailors, civilians and their families to ably lead, equip, train and motivate. The SRTSs development and opera tional evaluation would not have been possible without the funding we received from DARPA and ONR, who exhibited a willingness to take risks that yield sig nificant S&T advances said Dr. Gershon Solutions, the prime contractor for the apps development. Dear Kate, Sounds scary, but I hear that a lot. Signed, An Energy Horror Story? Kate Sez, ing room. See all those little green or red dot lights showing the appliance or gadget is on, ready for you to use? These are the energy vampires. They suck energy, even when asleep! Energy vampires are one of the fastest growing components of home energy bills, so do the be plugged in just before you use it? Stay on top of your vampires and watch your electricity bill go down.Navy creates stress management iPad app for fending off PTSD Save on your energy bill 10 JAX AIR NEWS, NAS JACKSONVILLE, Thursday, March 14, 2013

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As a result of the Department of Defenses rescission of Definition and Assignment Rule, the Navy is developing plans to move forward in opening all positions previously closed to the assignment of women. Former Defense Secretary the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Gen. Definition and Assignment Department of Defense plans to remove gender-based barriers to service. Navy is that although no new billets will open immediately, we will now develop a plan that evaluates how we will open all positions previously closed to women, said Rear Adm. Tony Kurta, Director, Policy. The plan will include continued assessment of ship classes to determine the fea sibility of retrofit for gender neutral assignment, as well as development and evaluation of gender neutral occupational standards. Positions will be opened to women following the Navys service review and the con gressional notification proce dures established by law. All of Navys formerly closed posi tions will be opened, unless an exception to policy is granted by the Secretary of Defense. As part of the service review planning process, the Navy will undertake an evaluation of all occupational performance standards to ensure they are up to current, relevant, and gen der-neutral. The results of this evaluation are to be submitted to the defense secretary as part of the Navys overall imple The secretarys direction is for this process to be complete Eighty eight percent of all Navy billets are currently open to women and we recently opened the nuclear submarine officer designator, said Kurta. opportunities, and the first step in doing so is the creation of our implementation plan. This will not be an overnight change, but a careful, thoughtful process. The elimination of the policy will potentially open Combat Element positions, Element officer positions. Gender-neutral occupational standards, which are under will be used to assess and Combat Element positions, said Kurta. As part of the Navys required implementation plan, guidance for the assign ment of women to Coastal Company positions will also be developed. As detailed will work with Navy Special Special Operations Command to develop and evaluate a way ahead for the assignment of women to Naval Special courage and sacrifice on and off the battlefield, contrib uted in unprecedented ways to the militarys mission and proven their ability to serve in an expanding number of roles, Panetta said. The Departments goal in rescind ing the rule is to ensure that the mission is met with the best-qualified and most capa ble people, regardless of gen der. WOASF golf tourney April 26 Navy dependents. The event is open to the public. foundation. scholarships, ranging from $2,000 to $10,000, to students who have chosen to continue their education. Scholarship recipients are selected on the basis of scholastic merit, community service and extracurricular activities. The foundations mission is to provide college scholarships to dependent children and spouses of naval aviation commands, officer and enlist ed, active duty, retired, honorably discharged or deceased. The foundation has awarded more than For more information or to register, visit www. New billets opening up for Navy women JAX AIR NEWS, NAS JACKSONVILLE, Thursday, March 14, 2013 11

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Two women, from completely oppo site economic, social and cultural backgrounds, walked parallel paths during boundaries for women in aviation. in a cotton-fields-and-sawmill small town in western Florida. She grew up in such poverty that she didnt own a pair of shoes until she was nine years old. As Cochran grew, she loved the sight of airplanes, and she firmly believed earned her pilots license, and she not only flew, she soared. At the time of Cochrans death Aug. speed, distance and altitude records than any other pilot, male or female. She was the first woman to fly a bomber across the Atlantic Ocean, and was the driving force behind the forma Detachment, which trained female pilots to fly military aircraft. license. During her college years at Vassar, she earned extra money by taking students for airplane rides. when he was called to active duty in the the deputy chief of staff of the Ferrying Command, Nancy piloted her own plane for her daily commute to the operations office of the 2nd Ferrying Group, Domestic Division, near Baltimore. The Domestic Division was com pose using experienced female pilots to supplement the existing Army Air Corps pilot force. Although Tunners proposal to the Army Air Corps was denied, he appointAuxiliary Ferrying Squadron. That same year, Cochran was Flying Training Detachment for the United States. organization at 120 air bases across bat service and duties. million miles in every type of military aircraft. They ferried aircraft from fac tories, towed targets for live anti-air craft artillery practice and served as ered civil service and veterans were not I might have been born in a hovel but I am determined to travel with the wind and the stars, Cochran had once said. Face of Defense: Pair blazed path for women in military aviation JAX AIR NEWS, NAS JACKSONVILLE, Thursday, March 14, 2013 13

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The Department of Defense voluntary education partnership memorandum between higher education institutions and the U.S. government, went into Department of Defense Instruction Programs, states all institutions pro viding high school completion and post-secondary education programs through the DoD Tuition Assistance (TA) Program must agree to the new file with DoD prior to service members receiving TA approval to attend their institution. The Navy will no longer issue TA vouchers for colleges that have Education Branch). DoD is not enter taining exceptions to this policy. Since most schools and colleges that serve very few Sailors should be impacted by this policy. If there is any question, Sailors can check the status of their school at www. dodmou.com before submitting a TA request. Sailors are also encouraged to talk to an education professional at the Navy College Office to explore all their options regarding best fit between degree programs and educational goals. Counselors can help maximize train ing and experiential credit opportuni requirements in the most economical way.Sailors college path may face possible detour Registration form: 1stplacesports.com facebook.com/NASJAXMWR Call (904) 542-2930 / 3518 for more info. Saturday, April 6, 2013 @ 8 a.m.NEX PArking LotEntry Fees$15 Military $20 Base Personnel $25 Race Day EntryRace eventsNavy Run Zumba Party:11 a.m. to 12 p.m. Hummvee Pull: April 4 at 2 p.m. Athletic Shoe & Apparel SALE: Registration deadline is March 18! 14 JAX AIR NEWS, NAS JACKSONVILLE, Thursday, March 14, 2013

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free tax preparation service Tuesday Appointments are recommended for weekdays although walk-ins will be helped. Saturday is walk-in availability NAS Jacksonvilles Navy Lodge constructs improvements recently begun a construction project designed to promote more convenience and comfort to its guests. The improvements, which are expected to be com from joining its two buildings together for an expanded lobby, constructing a larger car port, incorporating a fitness center, and providing bigger rooms to support traveling families. The expansion of the services we provide isnt just limited to this Navy general manager of the NAS Jax Navy country are also involved in similar upgrades to provide many more conveniences to our military guests. According to Peters, not only will joining the two buildings at the Navy families and more room at the carport for unloading luggage, but it will also expand their breakfast options. variety of hot and cold breakfast meals, ranging from waffles and pancakes to cereal and fruit. It will be more like a traditional continental breakfast you would receive at a chain hotel out in town, and the addition of a fitness center is something we think our guests will greatly appreciate. These upgrades are part of an effort to keep our military members on base while providing them with lower room rates, Peters contin ued. The room rates will be divided in two bedroom. Each room comes fully equipped with a kitchen, making them very similar to a small apartment. In addition to the low rates, the Navy motion that will offer guests anywhere from ten percent off their stay to possibly winning a free room. Peters remarked, Our lodges around the country keep expanding little by little, and our goal is to continue to exceed customer needs and be their home away from home. For more information on what the country have to offer, Sailors are encouraged to visit the website www. navy-lodge.com or call 1-800-NAVYINN.Free tax assistance available at Main Gate JAX AIR NEWS, NAS JACKSONVILLE, Thursday, March 14, 2013 15

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Deweys your way Freedom Lanes Bowling Center New day for free bowling for active duty Thursday Shoe rental not included Saturday Night Extreme Bowling Price includes two hours of bowling Shoe rental included Sunday Family Day Friday special Bowling Tournament Command party give-a-way Fitness & Aquatics Family Fitness Center (located above the Youth Center Gym) I.T.T. Events Daytona International Speedway Tickets on sale now! ITT Travel Fair C $11 Funkfest Gatornationals Discover Disney Florida resident ticket Tickets are valid for redemption tickets available for family members at ITT Universal Studios Special Complimentary tickets for active duty ticket with valid military ID. Admission Tickets are available at ITT through Ask about our special discounted tickets for family members. Book Shade of Green, Disneyworld hotel properties, Universal hotels and off property hotels near attractions at ITT!The Vault Liberty Recreation CenterTrips, activities and costs may be Kayaking Trip Simpson Creek NAS Jax Golf Club $18 per person, includes cart & green fees nel and their guests Play 18-holes for $20 Cart and green fee included. Open to military, DoD and guests. Not applicable on holidays. $20 per person per weekMulberry Cove Marina Free Kayak & Canoe Rental Every Thursday for active dutyAuto Skills Center 22 work bays, wheel balancing, tool checkout, paint booth and welding! ASE certified mechanic onsite!Youth Activities Center Drop-in care and open recreation are available! Family Fitness Center hours are Bring your child to work out with you! Flying Club Private Pilot Ground School The NAS Jacksonville Golf Club reports the fol lowing hot shots: Arthur Tank shot a with a Titleist ball. Ann Schelke scored a wood with a Pinnacle ball. a driver and a wedge.Hot Shots of the week 16 JAX AIR NEWS, NAS JACKSONVILLE, Thursday, March 14, 2013

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serves as Fleet Area Control and Surveillance Facility building energy monitor his duty is to identify basic equipment and facility defi ciencies that waste energy (and money), and communicates his findings to the command with the goal of improving the commands culture with respect to energy consump tion. Dickersons technical background and meticulous attention to detail made him the perfect fit for this collateral duty. During preparations for the commands annual air traf fic control Naval Air Training and Operating Procedures Standardization (NATOPS) inspection, he worked direct ly with ET2 a local contrac tor in conducting a survey of tem. During the inspection six abnormal ground loops were identified. These ground loops were being created by improp erly installed equipment, which caused interference in communications systems, poised an electric shock hazard and were found to draw power. According to Jacksonville Electric Authority the standard rate for residential service is Dickersons findings identi every hour of the day. Although this only totals buildings on NAS Jacksonville there could result in more than Building 118 and $2 million in savings every year.FACSFACJAX BEM stays on top of energy efficiencies For more info, call Bill Bonser at 5422930/3239 or e-mail bill.bonser@navy.mil JAX AIR NEWS, NAS JACKSONVILLE, Thursday, March 14, 2013 17

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Its not every day a Sailor is promoted to a higher rank for the 10th time of his career, but that was the ceremony at Navy Region Southeast headquarters self holding the second-highest rank a chief warrant he could never have imagined, especially considering his decision to join the Navy happened virtually by accident. what I really wanted to do. A friend of mine and I were commercial, ironically, and decided to inquire. The said. tially enlisted as an undesignated seaman and spent his first two years assigned to what was then Naval (YN) and spent three years at Strike fighter Squadron At that point in time, I didnt really have a specific career path and didnt know I was supposed to have one, quite frankly, he said. But looking back on it, it was beneficial. As an undesignated seaman, I learned a lot about hard work and dedication, and as a YN, I gained a great foundation administratively, and that helped me as I came into senior leadership. follow for the next 20 years. Ive always wanted to be a police officer. It sounds tect and serve philosophy, he said. To me, becoming a police officer was really the career path that I would have liked to have chosen in the beginning, and to fulfill a personal desire and serve my country at the same time. enlisting directly into the rating. A policy change opened the rating to Sailors of all pay grades, allow his package was approved. where he made chief petty officer, and Gauntanamo Bay, Cuba, where he was promoted to senior chief ing to a commissioning program at that point in his career. Once I became a chief, my goals were set on becoming a master chief, he said. The whole concept meant to be. superior leadership qualities and would best serve the Navy in the chief warrant officer ranks. Although to submit a package for chief warrant officer, a decision hes now glad he made. The opportunities Ive had as a warrant officer have allowed me to have a greater impact on younger Sailors that have desires to either apply for different officer programs or whatever the case may be. As a warrant officer, I have zero regrets, he said. genuinely rewarding position because the versatility of the warrant officer rank structure makes it possible to impact personnel at all levels of the chain of com mand. and the chiefs mess and even the junior enlisted, he said. All of our warrants have been chiefs, so we still have that respect from the chiefs mess, and as a commissioned officer, we also earn the respect of mand in providing guidance and training to junior officers, in addition to providing the technical expertise of our rating. Knowing what I know now, I can say being a warrant in the United States Navy is clearly the best rank structure to be a part of. Its the best of both worlds. achieved while coming from such modest beginnings is a rare accomplishment that reflects decades of commitment. Although numerous factors have contrib uted to his success, there are a few that are crucial to You need to set realistic goals and take pride in actually completing those goals. Also, never stop learning. To this day, I have young Sailors that work for me and I still learn from them because they either think differently or see things differently. The whole learning process continues and it plays a big factor in personal and professional development. family and co-workers has been important. If it wasnt for my wife, I wouldnt be where I am today, he said. Navy deployments and travel took me away from home frequently. It was my wife who was there to take care of our kids. The strength of my family allowed me to focus on work and put in the long hours and late days. I also owe a lot of gratitude to my co-workers, not just at the region, but at every com mand Ive served at over the last twenty-some years. Every command has been a stepping stone with so many people at each one that positively influenced my career. milestone in his career, he said its not the final chapreaches that goal, he will have held 12 ranks throughout his career, a rare feat for a service member in any branch of the military. CNRSE Sailors promotion marks major milestone 18 JAX AIR NEWS, NAS JACKSONVILLE, Thursday, March 14, 2013

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Commander, Naval Air Forces (CNAF), took time to meet with the oldest living naval aviator while on board Vice Adm. David Buss and retired talked about the changes in naval aviagraduated from the U.S. Naval Academy Richardson spent time flipping through an old flight log and recalled critical moments in battle, where he enemy fire, and the measures they took to counter those attacks. Buss said modern naval aviation proved themselves and the importance of sea based air assets, in places such as Richardson responded by pointing out that they were only standing on the shoulders of those brave individu als who had pioneered the concepts of The two also discussed the 21st Century Sailors who are a part of naval aviation today. I think the quality of the people we have serving today is second to none, said Richardson. The people of my time are often referred to as the great est generation. But thats just not so. Throughout his career, Richardson commanded numerous ships, task forces, and air groups to include his tour as Commander, Fleet Air Norfolk and Richardson served his final active tour as deputy commander in chief, U.S. Pacific Fleet and retired from the Navy Oldest living naval aviator visits CNAF Wounded warriors ride promotes healing Soldier Ride cycled through Jacksonville country together for a long weekend focused on physical health and well ness, camaraderie, and healing. Events included a bike fitting where warriors were fit with adaptive equip ment for use during the next two days of rides. Its important for warriors and vet erans like me to know that we can still do the same things that we did before or new things that we never tried before. Its essential when it comes to recov shattered both legs when the seventon truck he was in was hit and rolled over on him during his second deploy has participated in three Soldier Ride from the San Antonio, Tex. office, as dean of students for the TRACK pro gram. tive hand cycles, trikes and bicycles to accommodate various injuries and dis abilities, as well as unmodified road bikes for riders not requiring adaptive equipment. available at woundedwarriorproject.org. their eighth annual UNDIE Campaign will result in collecting the non-profits most demanded necessity, undergar ments. Over the past seven years, the cam UNDIE goal is to collect 200,000 undergarments, including socks, bras, and etary donations. The campaign has already received a commitment from pairs of socks. In collaboration with campaign supstock its annual underwear inventory to serve children, women in crisis and veterans needs. For more information or to sign up to participate please visit www.undiecamDignity U Wears UNDIE Campaign kicks off JAX AIR NEWS, NAS JACKSONVILLE, Thursday, March 14, 2013 19

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Courts-martial in Navy Region Southeast recently heard the following cases: poral was acquitted of engaging in sexual contact with an incapacitated per son and committing indecent conduct. aboard Joint Base Charleston, S.C., a lieutenant junior grade was found guilty of failing to obey a lawful general order, making a false official statement, and conduct unbecoming of an offi cer and gentleman. The military judge finement and to be dismissed from the naval service. officer was found guilty of wrongful ly sexual contact, indecent exposure, wrongfully requesting to engage in sexual activities, and false official state ment. The court-martial sentenced the accused to 10 months confinement, reduction in rate to E-1, forfeiture of all pay and allowances, and a bad conduct discharge. aboard Joint Base Charleston, S.C., a first class petty officer was found guilty of unauthorized absence. The military confinement and a bad conduct dis charge. aboard NAS Pensacola, Fla. an ensign was found guilty of rape. The courtmartial sentenced the accused to four years confinement and to be dismissed from the naval service. Courts-martial in Navy Region Southeast are tried with few exceptions NAS Pensacola. Therefore, the loca tion of where a court-martial described above was convened does not neces sarily correlate to the command that convened the court-martial. Adjudged sentences may be modified by pre-trial agreement or clemency. close at 1 p.m. on Fridays and will be closed Saturdays and Sundays due to low patron usage. a.m. 1 p.m. The Fitness Center will continue to operate with the following hours p.m.Recently, at the courthouseGym at The Zone has new hours 20 JAX AIR NEWS, NAS JACKSONVILLE, Thursday, March 14, 2013

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