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www.cnic.navy.mil/jacksonville www.jaxairnews.com ACKSONVILLE F LA THURSDAY, AUGUST 7, 2014 I I D E VP-10 VOLS Helping Salvadoran Children BASE FOCUS Florida Defense Support Task ForcePage 4 HELOEXFlying With The AussiesPage 11Check us out Online! jaxairnews.com Victim advocates meet to networkBy Clark PierceEditorNAS Jacksonville Sexual Assault Prevention and Response (SAPR) victim advocates held their monthly network ing event July 22 at the Fleet and Family Support Center (FFSC). SAPR Support Specialist LaTresa Henderson opened the meeting by introducing Amy Johnston, a licensed clinical social worker, who is the instal lations new Sexual Assault Response Coordinator (SARC). Johnston previously worked at FFSC as a domestic abuse victim advocate. In other news, Henderson explained that Jax Victim Advocates Connect (JVAC) was recently established to ensure that unit and civilian SAPR vic tim advocates may meet periodically to interact with each other outside of the training environment. JVAC victim advocates also received SAPR program updates from Henderson, who shared resources and ideas for program improvements. The group also reviewed the different and distinct roles associated with the SAPR program: If youre interested in learning more about volunteer opportunities with the SAPR program at NAS Jacksonville, please contact SARC Amy Johnston at 904-542-5024. NAS Jax Sexual Assault Response Coordinator Amy Johnston (second from left) reviewed the various roles within the SAPR program.Photos courtesy of Fleet & Family Support CenterSexual Assault Prevention and Response victim advocates, from base and tenant commands, introduce themselves at a recent meeting in the NAS Jax Fleet and Family Support Center. Discussions focused on making the program more visible to a wider audience. VP-45 launches first P-8A CTOT Harpoon missile at RIMPACBy Lt. Alec VeroneVP-45 Public AffairsPatrol Squadron (VP)-45 Combat Aircrew Four (CAC)4 recently completed the first P-8A Coordinated Time on Top shot with a Japan Maritime Self crew during RIMPAC 2014. The missile shot was com prised of a P-8A-launched missile. The result was a suc cessful strike against a sur face target with both missiles arriving simultaneously. The challenging exercise displayed the P-8A Poseidons ability to coordinate with a for eign asset to deliver air-to-sur face missiles on a target. This on-target shot repre Photo courtesy of VP-45 During the recent RIMPAC 2014 exercise, Sailors from the VP-45 Ordnance Division load a Harpoon missile on the wing pylon of a P-8A Poseidon. It was the first P-8A Coordinated Time on Top (CTOT) AGM-84D live missile shot. eCycling excess electronic materialsFrom StaffThe NAS Jacksonville Environmental joint electronic material recycling (eCycling) event that attracted more than 700 excess elec tronic items (such as computer CPUs, monitors, keyboards, copiers, printers, microwave ovens, power supplies, TVs and game systems) that were turned in on base for potential reuse by other agencies or recycling. the eCycle event every six months as part of their ongoing effort to promote proper disposal of excess electronic items by station depart ments and tenant commands. This can also help prevent enforcement action by the State of Florida for unauthorized disposal of hazardous waste in station dump sters, said Jody Smith, assistant hazardous waste manager for the base. Its important to raise awareness with con sumers that most electronics contain hazard ous materials that should not be disposed of in landfills. Properly disposing used electronics for reuse extends the lives of valuable products. And recycling electronics for metal recovery prevents hazardous metals, such as lead, from going into the ground, and possibly the water table. Photo by Clark Pierce At the NAS Jacksonville eCycling collection point in Building 1948, Assistant Hazardous Waste Manager Jody Smith moves pallets of electronic materials onto a flatbed truck. See more photos on Page 10.See VP-45, Page 9


2 JAX AIR NEWS, NAS JACKSONVILLE, Thursday, August 7, 2014 From StaffAug. 7 1990 President George Bush orders Operation Desert Shield, the largest overseas deployment since Vietnam, to protect Saudi Arabia after Iraqis inva sion of Kuwait. The first combat air craft on scene were the air wings of USS Independence (CV 62) and USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69), followed close ly by two Air Force F-l5C squadrons that were flight-ferried directly to Saudi Arabia with the support of USAF tank ers. Aug. 8 1972 Chief of Naval Operations Elmo Zumwalt Jr. issued Z-Gram 116 that expanded opportunities for Navy women authorizing them for sea duty as regular ships company. Aug. 9 1815 Capt. Stephen Decatur con cludes treaty for U.S. with Tripoli. 1842 Signing of Webster-Ashburton Treaty under which U.S. and Great Britain agreed to cooperate in suppress ing the slave trade. 1865 Return of Naval Academy to Annapolis after four years at Newport, R.I. 1919 Construction of rigid airship ZR-1 (Shenandoah) authorized. 1941 Atlantic Charter Conference is first meeting between President Roosevelt and Winston Churchill. 1942 Battle of Savo Island begins, the first of many sea battles near Guadalcanal. 1945 Atomic bomb dropped on Nagasaki, Japan. Navy weaponeer arms the atomic bomb. 1949 First use of pilot ejection seat for emergency escape in U.S. made by Lt. Jack Fruin of VF-171 near Walterboro, S.C. Aug. 10 1916 First Naval aircraft production contract for N-9s. 1921 General Order establishes the Bureau of Aeronautics under Rear Adm. William Moffett. 1944 Guam secured by U.S. forces. 1964 Signing of Gulf of Tonkin Resolution which is used as the starting point of the Vietnam Conflict. Aug. 11 1812 USS Constitution captures and destroys British brig Lady Warren. 1921 Carrier arresting gear first test ed at Hampton Roads, Va. 1960 USNS Longview, using Navy helicopters and frogmen, recovers a Discover satellite capsule after 17 orbits. This is first recovery of U.S. satellite from orbit. Aug. 12 1812 USS Constitution captures and destroys British brig Adeona. 1918 SecNav approves acceptance of women as yeoman (F) in U.S. Navy. 1942 USS Cleveland (CL-55) demon strates effectiveness of radio-proximity fuze (VT-fuze) against aircraft by suc cessfully destroying three drones with proximity bursts fired by her five inch guns. 1944 Lt. Joseph Kennedy Jr., USNR, the older brother of John F. Kennedy, was killed with his co-pilot in a mid-air explosion after taking off from England in a PB4Y from Special Attack Unit One (SAU-1). Following manual takeoff, they were supposed to parachute out over the English Channel while the radiocontrolled explosive filled drone pro ceeded to attack a German V-2 missilelaunching site. 1957 In first test of Automatic Carrier Landing System, Lt. Cmdr. Don Walker landed on USS Antietam. 1958 USS Nautilus (SSN-571) arrives Portland, England completing first sub merged under-ice cruise from Pacific to Atlantic Oceans. Aug. 13 1777 American explosive device made by David Bushnell explodes near British vessel off New London, Conn. 1846 Joint expedition led by Cmdr. Robert Stockton seizes Los Angeles, Calif. 1870 Armed tug USS Palos becomes first U.S. Navy ship to transit Suez Canal. SAPR Assistance Available 24/7The DOD Safe Helpline may be reached by phone 1-877-995-5247, text 55-247 or via the app on iOs. The Naval Air Station Jacksonville Civilian SAPR Victim Advocate 24/7 Duty phone is (904) 910-9075. The Naval Air Station Jacksonville Sexual Assault Response Coordinator (SARC) Duty phone is (904)548-7789. The Naval Station Mayport Sexual Assault Response Coordinator (SARC) Duty phone is (904)548-8392. Civilian Community Sexual Assault Services may be obtained by calling (904) 721-RAPE or 721-7273. Commands are encouraged to post their Unit SAPR Victim Advocates name and after hours Duty phone number visible in the commands to be accessible to sexual assault victims. Chaplains may be reached for support (904) 542-3051 or Duty phone (904) 614-7385 Fleet and Family Support Center may be reached for counseling services 1-866-293-2776 The JAX AIR NEWS is an authorized publication for members of the Military Services. Contents of the JAX AIR NEWS do not necessarily reflect the official views of, or endorsed by, the U.S. Government, the Department of Defense, or the Department of the Navy. The appearance of advertising in this publication, including inserts or supplements, does not constitute endorsement by the Department of Defense, or The Florida Times-Union, of the products and services advertised. Everything advertised in the publication S hall be made available for purchase, use or patronage without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, marital status, physical handicap, political affiliation or any other non-merit factor of the purchaser, user or patron. If a violation or refraction of this equal opportunity policy by an advertiser is confirmed, the publisher shall refuse to print advertising from that source until the violation is corrected. The deadline for all story and photo submissions is close of business the Friday before publication, and can be sent to jaxairnews@ comcast.net. The deadline for classified submissions is noon Monday. Questions or comments can be directed to the editor. The JAX AIR NEWS can be reached at (904) 542-3531, fax (904) 542-1534, e-mail JaxAirNews@ comcast.net or write the JAX AIR NEWS, Box 2, NAS Jacksonville, Fla., 32212-5000. The JAX AIR NEWS is published by The Florida Times-Union, a private firm in no way connected with the U. S. Navy under exclusive written agreement with the U. S. Naval Air Station, Jacksonville, Florida. It is published every Thursday by The Florida Times-Union, whose offices are at 1 Riverside Ave., Jacksonville, FL 32202. Estimated readership over 32,000. Distribution by The Florida Times-Union. Advertisements are solicited by the publisher and inquiries regarding advertisements should be directed to: Ellen S. Rykert, Publisher 904-359-4168Advertising Sales Commanding Officer Capt. Roy Undersander Executive Officer Capt. Howard Wanamaker Command Master Chief CMDCM(SW/AW) Teri McIntyre Public Affairs Officer Miriam S. Gallet Editor Clark Pierce Staff Writer MC2 Amanda Cabasos AE2 Samantha Jones Design/Layout George Atchley By Sara SmileySpecial ContributorImagine youre a child sitting in a classroom. The teacher casually mentions Susan Constant and Christopher Newport in her lecture. You look around the room, and no one elseseems confused. They are following right along, nodding their heads. You dont remember Susan Constant or Christopher Newport. But you never had Virginia history before either. You had two years of California history when your parents lived there.Then you moved to Texas for a year and listened, like a disconnected observer, to its history. You learned about St. Augustine when you were in elementary school in Florida. And now youare in Virginia realizing you know very little about Jamestown. You know a little bit about a lot of different states (thats a good thing), but you are in a school sys tem that might not care about what you learned in California, Texas or Florida (thats abad thing). And they certainly arent going to test you on it. Welcome to the school experience of most military kids. I grew up in the Navy, but as far as military kids go, I was somewhat of an anomaly. While most depen dents move every two to three years and attend multi pleschools by the time they graduate from high school I attended the same school system from kindergar ten to 12th grade. My dad was an F-14 pilot, and the Navy was consoli dating that aircraft at NAS Oceana in Virginia Beach, Va. Once Dad was stationed there, my parents didnt move until afterI was married. This meant that I stayed in the same curriculum and with the same friends for 13 years straight. Most military kids have a different experience. They attend six to nine schools by the time they graduate. Often, they move multiple times in the socially and academicallysensitive high school years. (Watch how fast military dependents sigh if you mention your instate tuition.) As they change school systems, they have to adjust to adifferent curriculum, standards, course require ments and grading. And if they play sports, mid-year moves might mean they miss tryouts and the opportu nity to play. Of course, all of this says nothing about the emo tional and social toll that multiple moves takes on a growing child. When I was a kid, military students suffered alone. Today they have the Military Child Education Coalition (MCEC). Last week, I had the opportunity to speak at MCECs national training seminar. Teachers, counselors and military leaders from all over the country convened to discuss the needs of military children who all too often get lost in transition. For example, MCEC has been instrumental in getting 48 states to sign the Interstate Compact on Educational Opportunities for Military Children, sometimes called MIC3, whichessentially levels the playing field for kids going from school-to-school. Athletes can get waivers to try out past the deadline for sports. Active duty families can get school absenc esapproved if they are related to deployment and/or homecoming activities. An October-birthday child who was eligible for kin dergarten in one state but moves mid-year to anoth er state,where the age requirement is a Septemberbirthday, can get a waiver to finish the year anyway. MCEC, along with the American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education, also sets guiding prin ciples to better educate soon-to-be teachers about military children. So far, theyhave commitments from 113 colleg es and universities across the country. The guiding principles help future educators, who might not have experience with military life, better understandthe unique challenges faced by military students. And MCEC is currently advocating for a national Military Student Data Identifier, which would allow educators to better track military kids academic prog ress, special needs, dropoutrates, and patterns across state lines. Its all about making the military childs transitions smoother and ensuring that those transitions do not become a liability in the childs education. I was honored to to watch my own state, Maine, receive the H. G. Pete Taylor Partnership of Excellence award for its work recognizing andmeet ing the special needs of military students. I was espe cially excited to learn about and meet participants from MCECs Student 2 Student program, which is a student-led initiative toconnect mobile students with peers who understand and can help build connections or just be a friendly face at a difficult time. I sometimes (okay, often) criticize the military for being slow to change. But programs like MCEC and Student 2 Student give me hope that in just onegen eration, military children today have a more stable school experience than my childhood peers ever could have imagined. From The Homefront This Week in Navy HistoryU.S. Navy photos Facility) on board NAS Jacksonville in the 1980s. Retirement of the last two Navy NAS Cecil Field. a carrier-based attack aircraft designed to replace the Douglas A-4 Skyhawk. Testing was accomplished with war time urgency and the first fleet delivery production continued until September 1984 when a total of 1,545 were built for our Navy, Air Force, Air National Guard and a number of other nations. of 698 mph at sea level and a combat combinations of rockets, missiles and bombs. The plane also featured AN/ APQ-128 terrain-following radar.MCEC brings hope to military kids


Gain an edge prepare now for advancement examBy MC3 Christopher MarshallNavy Personnel Command Public AffairsSailors looking to make the most of their career should prepare now for the September advancement exams, according to detailers here. Exams take place in March and September for Sailors aspiring to achieve the ranks of petty officer third class through petty officer first class. The chief petty officer exam occurs every year in January. The number of Sailors who advance to the next rank fluc tuates every cycle; it also varies between the different rates. In preparation for your exam and after determin ing eligibility, you should print out the most current bibliography from your rate and read over it in its entirety, said Hospital Corpsman First Class (SW/AW/ FMF) Jerry Horton, an HM detailer at Navy Personnel Command. The bib tells you what you need to study. Sailors should start preparing for the exam by navigating to the Career Management tab on Navy Knowledge Online (NKO) and clicking Navy Advancement Center. Each ratings bibliographies can be found there and provide the list of information required to study for the exam. Sailors need to ensure they have all required top ics available to study, develop a plan and stick to the bib, said Horton. Most importantly, designate time to study each day. Once Sailors know what resources and study mate rials are available to them, they can begin using web sites such as Navy Personnel Command (NPC) (www. npc.navy.mil), the Navy Advancement site (www. navyadvancement.com), the Navy-wide Advancement Exam Prep (www.navybmr.com) and Google to find the documents listed on the bibs. If all else fails, they can turn to lead or assistant lead petty officer for help. By Lt. j.g. Brendan McGoeyVP-10 Public AffairsSailors from the Red Lancers of VP-10 vis ited the Love and Hope Childrens Home in San Salvador, El Salvador, July 26, as a part of their ongo ing community relations program. Volunteers played games, colored and watched movies with the children. They also looked to strengthen relationships with local people through sporting activities like basketball, soccer, volleyball and football. In past visits, the squadron has donated and delivered food, cloth ing, toys and school sup plies to the home. The kids really enjoy when we visit. Its a good feeling knowing that were making a differ ence in their lives just by showing up and being there for them, said Lt. j.g. Alejandro Ravelo, from Miami. This is my first time, but there are a few [Sailors] who were down here last year and the kids remembered exactly who they were and came running up to them to give them hugs. That alone speaks worlds about the positive impact we are making. While the children were the focus of this out reach, VP-10 Sailors also learned from the experi ence. Many volunteers said they were inspired by the childrens sense of family. Its enlightening to see the capacity of the human heart in a situa tion like this. Each child treats another like their own brother and sis ter, said AWO2 Michael Toenies, from Arlington, Minn. The kids passed pizza around and waited until everyone was served before eating. With chil dren as young as 5 years old, it was pretty amazing to see everyone coming together as one family. The squadron is mak ing plans to make home improvements at the Childrens Home by installing retractable blinds to the patio where children attend school. Some children complete their homework assign ments on the patio, and installing the blinds will offer protection from the sun. It will be good to have something tangible to contribute to the home. It is a great experience to be able to visit the chil dren personally, but we are only down here for a few months. These blinds will make the patio a more comfortable working area for years to come, said IS2 Yashira Crespo, from Aasco, Puerto Rico. The Red Lancers are currently serving a split deployment in El Salvador and Bahrain. U.S. Naval Forces Southern Command and U.S. 4th Fleet provide a sea-based, forward pres ence to ensure freedom of maneuver in the mari time domain.VP-10 continues volunteer effort at childrens home JAX AIR NEWS, NAS JACKSONVILLE, Thursday, August 7, 2014 3


4 JAX AIR NEWS, NAS JACKSONVILLE, Thursday, August 7, 2014 Visits FRCSE and VP-45By Clark PierceEditorMembers of the Florida Defense Support Task Force (FDSTF), a legislatively man dated council, were welcomed aboard NAS Jacksonville July 31 by Community Planning Liaison Officer Matt Schellhorn. The group came to tour Fleet Readiness Center Southeast (FRCSE), the Jacksonville areas largest industrial employer, as well as VP-45, the third mari time patrol squadron to tran sition to the Navys new P-8A Poseidon maritime and patrol aircraft. They meet monthly at loca tions around the state to foster the overall military presence in the State of Florida in support of Americas national defense. Most members are concerned about mission sustainment issues and work in concert with the Florida Defense Alliance, said Schellhorn. According to the legislature, the Florida Defense Support Task Force is charged with: base commanders to prevent encroachment from impacting mission capabilities for military forces based in Florida. the missions of Florida military installations. access to Floridas military installations. meeting Defense Department renewable energy goals. for military families and veter ans with a focus on education, health care, employment and family programs. FDSTF members include: Chairman, State Rep. Jimmy Patronis; Ret. USAF Brig. Gen. Chip Diehl; Ret. college admin istrator Dr. David Goetsch; John McDonald Jr., Lockheed Martin; Tom Neubauer, Bay Defense Alliance; Maj. Gen. Joseph Taluto; State Rep. Matt Gaetz; Ret. Rear Adm. Kevin Delaney; Okaloosa County Judge Patt Maney; Dr. Ed Naggiar; Highlands County Commissioner Barbara Stewart; Florida National Guard Maj. Gen. Emmett Titshaw Jr; and State Rep. Dana Young. Schellhorn reiterated that the FDSTF makes recommen dations to preserve military installations and support the states position in research and development related to military missions and contracting. Appointed members must represent defense-related industries or communities that host military bases and instal lations. The task force must submit an annual progress report and work plan to the governor, the president of the senate, and the speaker of the house of repre sentatives. Ret. Cmdr. Charlie Battaglia, a Vietnam veteran and a mem ber of the Principi Group, was a member of the 2005 BRAC. confidently say that NAS Jacksonville will not close. The base may lose some military billets due to sequestration which may also reduce base operating funds. Unless congress does some thing, sequestration may take another $20 billion from the Battaglia. Ret. Maj. Gen. Michael Jones, with the Spectrum Group, is a former chief of staff, U.S. Central Command. on todays tour is the qual ity of folks working at Fleet Readiness Center who do the precision work required to keep these aircraft flying. Overall, it contributes to military readi payers money more efficiently. the new P-8 to be very impres sive. whether at FRC or in a squad by their knowledge and perfor mance, he said. Ret. Rear Adm. James Hinkle of the Spectrum Group, said, A (strengths, weaknesses, oppor tunities and threats) analysis that pointed out its many capa bilities available to the Fleet. From FRC depot-level support for the F/A-18, P-3 and other capabilities for the P-3, P-8 and MH-60R. And dont forget the bases growing support for unmanned aerial vehicles. You can see that people take good care of this base and that its ready for more growth. Photo by Clark Pierce Members of the Florida Defense Support Task Force (FDSTF) ascend the ladder into VP-45 P-8A Poseidon No. 930, parked in the squadrons sector of Hangar 511 at NAS Jacksonville. MILITARY FRIENDLY TASK FORCE TOURS BASE During a tour of Fleet Readiness Center Southeast (FRCSE) on July 31, members of the Florida Defense Support Task Force listen as FRCSE F/A-18 Hornet Production Officer and Test Pilot Lt. Cmdr. Q Sterling explains how the F/A-18 Hornet production line replaces the aircraft's center barrel to extend the service life of the mission-critical aircraft by as much as 70 percent. The military depot provides an economical alternative to procuring new aircraft. The process is usually performed in conjunction with Phased Maintenance Interval One, an inspection-based, major overhaul of the aircraft using critical chain project management methods.Photo by Clark Pierce (From left) Matt Schellhorn, NAVFAC Southeast Community Planning Liaison Officer, dicusses the effects of budget sequestration on local military facilities with ret. Cmdr. Charlie Battaglia of the Principi Group, as VP-45 Executive Officer John Weidner looks on.


JAX AIR NEWS, NAS JACKSONVILLE, Thursday, August 7, 2014 5 (From left) Ret. Rear Adm. James Hinkle and ret. Maj. Gen. Mike Jones, both of the Spectrum Group, get a briefing on the P-8A Poseidon flight deck from Lt. Joshua Stokes.Photos by Kaylee LaRocque and Clark Pierce During a tour of Fleet Readiness Center Southeast (FRCSE), Industrial Manufacturing Director Angello Evans explains to members of the Florida Defense Support Task Force how artisans use new technologies to fabricate aero nautical components no longer available from the naval supply system or com mercial vendors. Fleet Readiness Center Southeast (FRCSE) Commanding Officer Capt. John Kemna discusses some of the upgrades made to the nearly 75-year-old military depot over the years to keep the facility equipped with state-of-the-art technology with members of the Florida Defense Support Task Force. (From left) VP-45 Executive Officer Cmdr. John Weidner talks with Tom Neubauer of Tampas Bay Defense Alliance and ret. Rear Adm. James Hinkle of the Spectrum Group, about the P-8A Poseidon sonobuoy racks and launchers. Members of the Florida Defense Support Task Force (FDSTF) questioned VP-45 Executive Officer Cmdr. John Weidner about the enhanced capabilities of the P-8A Poseidons based at NAS Jacksonville.


Naval Hospital awards ceremony Capt. Gayle Shaffer (left), Naval Hospital (NH) Jacksonville command ing officer, presents the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal to Lt. Cmdr. Michelle Kee during an awards cer emony at the hospital on Aug. 1. Other award recipients included: Lt. Cmdr. Kyle E. Kee (Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal); Lt. Cmdr. Michael Spagna (Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal); Lt. Eugene Smith Jr. (Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal); HM1 Jessica Salgado (Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal); CS2 Riletha Godfrey (Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal), HM2 Kristina Mounce (Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal); SH2 David Watts (Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal); HM2 Scottie Wickline (Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal); HN Emily Arnold (Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal). NH Jacksonville and Naval Branch Health Clinic Jacksonvilles Wellness Teams were awarded the Navy Surgeon Generals Blue H Award. By Yan KennonNaval Hospital Jacksonville Senior WriterAs Northeast Floridas first and only World Health Organization (WHO) and United Nations Childrens Fund (UNICEF) Baby Friendly certi fied hospital, Naval Hospital (NH) Jacksonville recognizes World Breastfeeding Week Aug. 1-7, as coor dinated by the World Alliance for Breastfeeding Action. This years World Breastfeeding Week theme, Breastfeeding: A Winning Goal For Life! underscores the importance of increasing and sustaining the protec tion, promotion and support of breast feeding. Simply put, breast milk has no equal from a health and financial stand point, said Capt. Gayle Shaffer, NH Jacksonville commanding officer. Studies show that exclusive breast feeding for six months provides numer ous benefits not only for baby, but mother also. Our facilities are dedicat ed to supporting and encouraging new parents to breastfeed as evidenced by our Baby Friendly certification. According to WHO, breast milk is the natural first food for babies and pro vides all the energy and nutrients an infant needs for the first months of life. Other benefits to baby of mothers milk include less ear infections, diarrhea, respiratory infections, asthma, diabe tes, obesity, childhood leukemia and Sudden Infant Death Syndrome. Benefits for mom include less post partum depression, diabetes, and breast and ovarian cancer. And of the three babies (on average) born each day at NH Jacksonville, about 90 percent are breastfed when they leavecompared to a national breastfeeding rate of about 75 percent. NH Jacksonville is currently one of 194 Baby Friendly hospitals and birth ing centers in 45 states and the District of Columbia. The Baby Friendly des ignation is awarded after a rigorous on-site survey is completed, and main tained by continuing to practice 10 cru cial program elements. The comprehensive program includes initiating breastfeeding in the first hour of life, rooming-in with moms and babies in the same room, educating staff and patients, and fostering breast feeding support groups. WHO and UNICEF launched the Baby-Friendly Hospital Initiative in 1991, to strengthen maternity practices to support breastfeeding and mother/ baby bonding. Throughout the year, NH Jacksonville offers a wide range of classes free-ofcharge to patients giving birth at its hospitalsuch as baby boot camp, new parent orientation, prenatal exercise, Hypnobirthing, infant massage, breast feeding and prepared childbirth. In addition, the hospital offers private labor and delivery and maternal and infant suites for couplet care (with mom and baby rooming together), breast pumps, breastfeeding counseling from lactation nurses, siesta for the fiesta daily quiet time to support feeding, and newborn hearing screenings. Dads are welcome to stay the night and visiting hours are round-the-clock. NH Jacksonville patients can register for free classes by calling 904-542-BABY (2229). To learn more about the Baby Friendly Hospital Initiative (adminis tered in the U.S. by Baby Friendly USA), visit www.babyfriendlyusa.org .Naval Hospital recognizes World Breastfeeding Week Photo by Jacob Sippel Photo by Jacob SippelHospital skipper recognizes Red Cross volunteersCapt. Gayle Shaffer (center), Naval Hospital (NH) Jacksonville commanding offi cer, with NH Jacksonville Red Cross and Junior Red Cross volunteers during an appreciation day at the commands hospital on July 31. NH Jacksonvilles Junior Red Cross volunteer program presents an excellent opportunity for students to work with highly skilled Navy Medicine professionals physicians, nurses, phar macists, therapists and technicians at the hospital and Naval Branch Health Clinic Mayport. 6 JAX AIR NEWS, NAS JACKSONVILLE, Thursday, August 7, 2014


FRCSE blood driveFleet Readiness Center Southeast (FRCSE) Sheet Metal Worker Timothy Frazier is prepped to donate a pint of blood by Phlebotomist Tim Sikes of The Blood Alliance at the military depot on July 29. Frazier's donation earned him a vehicle tag signifying his total contribution of two gallons of blood. FRCSE holds quarterly blood drives to allow employees to "give the gift of life." Another FRCSE blood drive is scheduled for November. Phlebotomist Courtney Miller of The Blood Alliance takes blood from Fleet Readiness Center Southeast (FRCSE) Sheet Metal Mechanic Nannette Sacks during the quarterly blood drive at the Cecil Field Commerce Center on July 31. It was the first time Sacks had ever donated a pint of blood. In March 2014, FRCSE employees donated 867 pints of blood. From StaffThe NEX mission is to provide cus tomers quality goods and services at a savings and to support Navy quality of life programs. In order to meet this mis sion, the NEX Loss Prevention/Safety Department takes shoplifting and its prevention seriously. During 2013, NEX Loss Prevention/ Safety associates investigated and resolved 1,232 shoplifting cases with a total dollar amount of $284,666. Of those cases, 23 percent were juveniles and 19 percent were active duty mili tary. The top five departments for shop lifting at the NEX in 2012 were video electronics, computer hardware, audio electronics, video games and prestige cosmetics. While the NEX continues to be proac tive in apprehending shoplifters, NEX Loss Prevention/Safety associates work hard at preventing theft before it hap pens. NEXs worldwide use electronic article surveillance (EAS) systems for electronic and high value merchandise as well as extensive closed circuit sur veillance systems (CCTV) to try and deter as well as catch shoplifters. The CCTV systems, coupled with digi tal video recorders and remote viewing technology, gives the NEX the ability to see everything within the store and identify incidents of theft. CCTV continues to be an extremely effective tool in theft detection, said Tom Ruane, Navy Exchange Service Command (NEXCOM) Corporate Loss Prevention/Safety Manager. Seventy-five percent of our appre hensions in 2012 were through the CCTV systems. However, we still need our customers and associates to be alert to possible theft and report any suspi cious activity to the NEX management or the Loss Prevention/Safety Manager. If shoplifting is suspected, NEX Loss Prevention/Safety associates turn all incidents over to base police and /or local law enforcement. In addition to possible disciplinary action and criminal prosecution, the Federal Claims Collection Act allows NEXCOM to enact a flat administrative cost or Civil Recovery of $200 for each incident of theft. People involved in shoplifting get caught, prosecuted and possibly banned from the NEX or end a military career, said Ruane. In addition, 70 percent of NEX profits are given to Navy Morale, Welfare and Recreation (MWR) to sup port Navy quality of life programs. In 2012, that contribution totaled nearly $46 million. If our profits decline, thats less money we can give to MWR. Shoplifting from the NEX hurts everyonePhoto by Clark Pierce At NAS Jacksonville, Navy Exchange (NEX) Loss Prevention/Safety associates monitor the closed circuit surveilance system (CCTV) to deter as well as catch shoplifters. When coupled with video recorders, CCTV technology gives your NEX the ability to identify and prosecute shoplifters efficiently and promptly. Hunting orientation class begins Aug. 27 From StaffDid you know that feder al properties, such as that at Outlying Landing Field (OLF) Whitehouse and Rodman Bombing Range, are available for hunting by active duty, reserve and retired military members, as well as current DoD employees? In order to hunt on these fed eral lands, hunters must meet the following criteria: approved state bow hunting brief class Hunting Orientation Classes 932 (Black Point Interpretive Center) starting at 3 p.m. on the following days: Aug. 27, Sept. 10, Oct. 8 and 29, and Nov. 19. Bring a pen, photo ID, hunting license and your Hunter Safety Card. For more information call 270-6100 x103 or (904) 813-9165. OLF Whitehouse, located in northwest Duval County, consists mostly of pine trees with some hardwood and wetlands. Hunting opportunities include deer, feral hog, turkey and small game. Rodman Bombing Range, located south of Palatka off Highway 19, consists of a mix of pine, hardwoods and swamps. It also gives hunters the opportuni ty to hunt deer, feral hog, turkey and small game. Care must be taken to not dis turb animals that are protected or endangered. OLF Whitehouse is a sanctuary for the gopher tortoise and Rodman Bombing Range hunters see black bears on a regular basis. These animals are protected under Florida stat ues and infractions will not be tolerated. Photos by Kaylee LaRocque JAX AIR NEWS, NAS JACKSONVILLE, Thursday, August 7, 2014 7


By Kristine Sturkie NEXCOM Public Affairs SpecialistThe Navy Exchange Service Command (NEXCOM) has been offering students a chance to help pay for college through its A-OK Student Reward Program since 1997. The A-OK Student Reward Program offers all qualified stu dents to participate in a quarterly drawing for monetary awards of $2,500, $1,500, $1,000 or $500 for a total of $5,500 per quarter. The next drawing will be held at the end of August. Any eligible full-time student who has a B grade point average equiv alent or better, as determined by their school system, may enter the drawing. Homeschooled students can also qualify with acknowl edgement that the student has a B average or equivalent record of accomplishment. Eligible students include depen dent children of active duty mili tary members, reservists and mili tary retirees enrolled in grades 112. Dependent children without an individual Dependent Identification Card must be accompanied by their sponsor to submit their entry. Each student may enter only once each grading period and must re-enter with each qualifying report card. To enter the drawing, stop by any NEX with a current report card or progress report and have a NEX associate verify the eligibility. Then fill out an entry card and obtain an A-OK ID that entitles the stu dent to19 discount coupons for NEX products and services. Along with the award, each winner will receive a lapel pin, certificate and medal lion ribbon In Honor of Academic Excellence. Since the programs inception, NEXCOM has awarded more than $640,000 to students with the help of its generous vendor partners. By Lt. j.g. Anthony MontesVP-45 Public Affairs OfficerVP-45 Command Master Chief (CMDCM) Ernest Ayers retired Aug. 1 in a ceremony held at the NAS Jacksonville All Saints Chapel, surrounded by his shipmates, friends and family. Ayers was born in Rock Hill, S.C. and graduated from Northeastern High School in 1984. He enlisted in the Navy in 1986 and completed recruit training in San Diego. He attended the Defense Language Institute/Foreign Language Center study ing Arabic from 1986-87 and was designated a Cryptologic Technician (Interpretive) upon completion of Phase II at Goodfellow AFB, San Angelo, Texas in 1987. In 1988, he reported to Naval Security Group Activity (NSGA) Athens, Greece for aircrew duty.It was here he qualified as a naval aircrewman and served as a mission supervisor aboard EP-3E and EA-3B aircraft while only a petty officer second class. With the closing of NSGA Athens, he transferred to Naval Reconnaissance Support Activity Rota, Spain continuing his direct support duties as an aircrewman aboard the EP-3E as well as the ES-3A on USS NIMITZ (CVN 68). It was during this tour that he compiled numerous combat flight hours in support of oper ations Desert Shield, Desert Storm And Southern Watch. He was then assigned to Naval Technical Training Center Detach-ment (NTTCD) Goodfellow AFB in Texas, where he served as an Arabic lan guage instructor, earned the Master Training Specialist designation and was select ed as the Air Forces 316th Technical Training Squadron and 17th Training Wing Senior Instructor of the Year for 1994. He returned to aircrew duty in Spain at NSGA Rota serving as training department officer and leading chief, accumulat ing nearly 5000 career flight hours. He reported at NSGA Rota as an Assistant Cryptologic Resource Coordinator for Battle Group Staffs on the USS John F. Kennedy (CV 67), USS George Washington (CVN 73) And USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75). Two years later, Ayers report ed to the Gordon Regional Security Operations Center at Fort Gordon, Ga., where he served as a Senior Arabic Linguist and non-commis sioned officer in charge of mis sion management branch and was advanced to senior chief. He was then assigned to the Center for Information Dominance serving as the Senior Enlisted Leader for the Center for Language Regional Expertise and Culture. His Command Master Chief tours include Navy Information Operations Command (NIOC) Bahrain, NIOC Texas and VP-45 at NAS Jacksonville. In 2007, Ayers was selected as Naval Network Warfare Commands On-the-Roof-Gang recipient for career contribu tions to Naval Cryptology. He will be retiring to Boerne, Texas with his wife, Kimberly, and their two sons, Avery and Jacob. The Pelican family wishes Ayers and his family fair winds and following seas. Photo by Kaylee LaRocqueFRCSE helicopter liftArtisans from Fleet Readiness Center Southeast (FRCSE) conduct operations on July 23 to move one of 10 MH-60S Knighthawk helicopters onto a semi-truck en route to the Davis-Monthan Air Force Base "aircraft boneyard" in Tucson, Ariz. Naval Air Systems Command tasked FRCSE in 2012, to preserve and store the aircraft. The aircraft are heading to Arizona for long-term storage, as well as for cost-saving measures. Pelicans Master Chief Ayers retires after 28 yearsPhotos courtesy of VP-45VP-45 Command Master Chief (CMDCM) Ernest Ayers and wife, Kimberly, exit his retirement cer emony through saluting side-boys, comprised of his brethren from the Chief's Mess. "Pelicans" Command Master Chief (CMDCM) Ernest Ayers ceremoniously passes folded American flags to his wife, Kimberly, and their sons, Avery and Jacob.NEX gives back to students through A-OK reward program 8 JAX AIR NEWS, NAS JACKSONVILLE, Thursday, August 7, 2014


sents the tip of the iceberg for current and future capa bilities of the Poseidon, said Lt. Cmdr. Carl White, officer in charge of the detachment. The P-8A platform will be an invaluable anti-sur face warfare (ASuW) asset of the Maritime Patrol and Reconnaissance Force for decades to come. Lt. Justin Rogers, tactical coordinator of CAC-4, said This live-fire CTOT exercise took several months of preparation, planning and coordination with a myriad of organizations, including Commander Patrol and Reconnaissance Group (CPRG), Commander Patrol and Reconnaissance Wing 2 (CPRW-2) and CPRW-11. Rogers also noted the participation of Maritime Patrol and Reconnaissance Weapons School (MPRWS), VP-30), VP-26, Air Test and Evaluation Squadron (VX)-1, Pacific Missile Range Facility (PMRF), Fleet Weapons Support Team (FWST), Mobile Tactical Operations Centers (MTOC)-1 and -5, in addi tion to the expertise demonstrated by the JMSDF P-3C Orion aircrew. White concluded, We look forward to continu ing the relationships we built at RIMPAC during on our upcoming deployment to the 7th Fleet Area of Responsibility. On the 24th anniversary of the RIMPAC exercise, the P-8A Poseidon showcased its abilities in joint anti-submarine warfare, anti-surface warfare, and intelligence surveillance reconnaissance scenarios. The VP-45 Pelicans joined a coalition of 22 partici pant countries and six observer countries that worked together to execute RIMPAC 2014, a massive training evolution involving 48 surface ships, six submarines, more than 200 aircraft, and 25,000 personnel. VP-45From Page 1 Photos courtesy of VP-45An AGM-84D Harpoon missile is launched from an underwing weap on pylon of a P-8A Poseidon assigned to VP-45. It was the first P-8A "Coordinated Time On Top" exercise with the Japanese Military Defense Force as an element of RIMPAC. VP-45 ordnancemen perform a quality assurance check on the AGM-84D Harpoon missile that was loaded for a live-fire mission during RIMPAC 2014. JAX AIR NEWS, NAS JACKSONVILLE, Thursday, August 7, 2014 9 Howard Burgess enjoys helping people. He specializes in helping people repair their credit, and as CEO at Better Credit Now he has discovered the perfect way to do that. Ive been helping people with their credit problems for about 12 years now, Burgess said. Good credit is essential today, and people dont always realize just how important it is to maintain good credit until they let a few bills slip or take on more credit than they can handle. Burgess said there are many so-called credit repair experts who promise help but dont deliver. And they certainly dont put the promises in writing. We are unique in that we offer a written full money-back guarantee if we are unable to improve a persons credit score by 75 to 150 points, he said. 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Photo by DLA Jax Sailors from NAS Jacksonville delliver a pickup truck filled with surplus computer equipment that may be refurbished for resale to DLA Jacksonville.Photos by Clark Pierce A large carton is overflowing with discarded comput ers, monitors and printers that could potentially be refurbished for reuse by a new organization. Assistant Hazardous Waste Manager Billie Brownfield positions a pallet of computer monitors July 31 at NAS Jacksonville as a truck is loaded for delivery to DLA Jacksonville. Truckloads of discarded electronic materials from NAS Jacksonville were delivered to DLA Jacksonville July 31 for refurbishing or proper disposal. Photo by DLA JaxMany commands with a large amount of surplus electronics for recycling go directly to Defense Logistics Agency (DLA) Jacksonville on Roosevelt Blvd. near Collins Road for drop off. More photos from eCYCLINGFrom Page 1 10 JAX AIR NEWS, NAS JACKSONVILLE, Thursday, August 7, 2014


CO Undersander joins Aussies for periscope detection flightBy Clark PierceEditorNAS Jacksonville Commanding Officer Capt. Roy Undersander took an oppor tunity to fly with the Royal Australian Navy (RAN) 725 Squadron on July 31 for a training mission off the coast of Jacksonville. RAN 725 Squadron Training Officer Lt. Cmdr. Peter Talbot was the aircraft com mander for the flight. Todays flight will take us up the St. Johns River and out over the ocean for a demonstration of the Romeos new auto matic radar periscope detection and dis crimination system, said Talbot. Its an honor for myself and Chief Petty Officer Glenn Watson to fly with such an experienced helicopter pilot as skipper Undersander. At his last operational helicopter squadron (HS-5), then stationed at NAS Jax Undersander flew the SH-60F and HH-60H variants of the Seahawk. The Romeo is essentially the same airframe but from a systems stand point, its a big leap forward with its more sophisticated fusion of radar and other sensors, said Undersander. I have flown a number of times in the Romeo variant that features all-glass (digital display) instrumentation for the pilots and warfare operator, explained Undersander. However, this was my first opportu nity to fly with the Royal Australian Navy squadron. From what Ive seen, their transition training with HSM-40 has carried over very well to the operational side. Upon his return to NAS Jacksonville Hangar 1122, Frost presented Undersander with a homemade birthday cake, to which Undersander said, That was a thoughtful and unexpected gesture by skipper Frost and his Sailors. It made my flight today even more memorable. RAN 725 Squadron arrived at NAS Jax April 1, 2013, and began classroom and hands-on training at Center for Naval Aviation Technical Unit (CNATTU) Jax, becoming the first Australian squadron to transition from the old S-70B to the new MH-60R Seahawk. The training is part of a foreign mili tary sales agreement between Australia and the U.S. Navy for 24 MH-60R heli copters. The sales agreement includes a total package of training, technical and logistics support from Helicopter Maritime Strike Wing Atlantic (HSMWINGLANT) at NS Mayport. Last December, RAN 725 Squadron took delivery of its first MH-60R Seahawk helicopters known as the Romeo variant. It was the first Romeo to come off the Sikorsky produc tion line in New York with a kangaroo painted on its tail. By the time 725 Squadron returns to Australia in 2015, about 65 maintainers will be qualified to service and repair the MH-60R. Photos by Clark Pierce As the MH-60R Seahawk aircrew secure all hatches, a plane captain prepares for engine start and launch of the RAN 725 Squadron helicopter. (From left) RAN 725 Squadron Training Officer Lt. Cmdr. Peter Talbot, NAS Jax Commanding Officer Capt. Roy Undersander, and Chief Petty Officer Glenn Watson are ready to walk to the Hangar 1122 flight line and begin the preflight inspection of their assigned MH-60R Seahawk helicopter. Pilots Talbot and Undersander begin the preflight inspection of their MH-60R Seahawk helicopter on the seawall of NAS Jax Hangar 1122. RAN 725 Squadron Commanding Officer Cmdr. David Frost (left) attach es his squadron patch to the flight suit of NAS Jax Commanding Officer Capt. Roy Undersander as he gears up for a periscope detection flight on July 31.Photo by Lt. Cmdr. Stephan ImmerzAt the completion of an ASW training mission on July 31 with Royal Australian Navy 725 Squadron, Cmdr. David Frost (left) and Sailors presented a birthday cake to NAS Jax Commanding Officer Capt. Roy Undersander in Hangar 1122. JAX AIR NEWS, NAS JACKSONVILLE, Thursday, August 7, 2014 11


By Army Sgt. 1st Class Tyrone Marshall Jr.DoD News, Defense Media ActivityThe United Services Organization, in partnership with Team Red, White and Blue, held a leadership semi nar in Estes Park, Col., Aug. 3 to encourage veterans to use their unique skills to improve their communities. Held during a rock-climbing camp 7,522 feet above sea level, J.J. Pinter, director of opera tions for Team Red, White and Blue, led the seminar empha sizing leadership and effective communication. Team Red, White and Blues mission is to enrich the lives of Americas veterans by connect ing them to their community through physical and social activity. The organization has more than 100 chapters, Pinter said, noting they are located in every state and in 10 countries with only nine employees. Volunteer leaders make up the bulk of the organizations personnel. To open the training Pinter asked a simple question -does the country have enough lead ers? Reading the news and whats going on in the world, does anyone think that we have a surplus of leadership? he asked. Does anyone think thats the case? Thats one of the reasons were talking about this. Pinter noted a recent lead ership survey among veterans where they unanimously said they still wanted to be leaders and they still wanted to lead after they got out of the ser vice. So it just makes sense, he said. Weve got all of these vet erans that still want to contin ue leading, and some of them have the leadership skills to do it and some of them dont. Thats another reason to do seminar like this one, Pinter said, because we want to help equip veterans to be better leaders. We want to make our orga nization better, but we want to make our country better at the same time, he said. And we want to make vet erans better, Pinter contin ued. During the course of this thing, [if] you take one thing that you can go back to your job with and make you a little bit more efficient after weve talked about it thats a win. During the leadership semi nar, Pinter combined defini tions of leadership from the 18 veterans in attendance with examples theyve experienced throughout their lives and careers. Team Red, White and Blue goes out of its way to try to find people, he said, and try to develop people who can be good local leaders for us. We want to build stronger leaders because we want to have a strong organization and stronger communities, Pinter said. You know whos going to do this? Veterans are going to do this. Pinter pointed to the gen eration of Americans known as the Greatest Generation as inspiration for leading the nation. Those guys fought and won World War II and Korea, he said. They came back and became titans of industry and leaders of our country for the next 50 years, right? They grew up in the Great Depression, Pinter said, and then they went and accom plished many great things Theres not a single reason our generation of veterans cant do the same thing, he said. Were at the tail end of the two longest wars our country has ever fought right now, and smaller pools of people have fought those wars than before. Think about all that lead ership experience, he said. Theres no reason that you cant go back in your commu nities and be the leaders that our country is drastically need ing. Pinter went on to remind the veterans of their response to his initial questions. The first question I asked you guys was do we have enough leaders in this coun try and everyone said no, he said. So go fix that. Mike Oldham, a Navy vet who attended the seminar and participated in the rock-climb ing camp, shared his thoughts on the training. I thought the informa tion was very relevant for the group, he said. I thought it was useful information that we can take back and apply in Red, White and Blue, and apply in our jobs and social lives. I thought it was very prac tical and well presented, Oldham continued. The infor mation wasnt some sort of a new theory that you hadnt heard before. It was a good compilation of information in a format that was easy to understand and will be easy to remember and apply in, sort of, day-to-day life. Oldham, a Golden, Colorado, native, said his personal defini tion of leadership is a person that can motivate and inspire other people to get outside of their comfort zone and accom plish real, meaningful goals. I think the emphasis, to me, is being able to get people out of their comfort zone, he said. Get them to push themselves and help push other people in places that they wouldnt nor mally go. Mike Greenwood, an Army veteran from Colorado Springs, Colorado, also agreed the sem inar was a valuable resource. Like J.J. said, were not sell ing anything except for rela tionships or people, he said. So you can get companies who have this distorted view, but it was simple. It was Build that relation ship and be that person in the community that veterans can look up to and be there, Greenwood said. Being there, he noted, can mean just shutting your mouth and listening, because thats pretty important to just kind of hear that person out and go from there. Greenwood said he made his definition of leadership sim ple -belief and motivation. A leader can motivate peo ple to do something that they believe in, he said. You have to buy into what youre doing in order to get other people to do what you want them to do, or they need to do. DoD photo by Army Sgt. 1st Class Tyrone Marshall Jr. J.J. Pinter, director of operations for Team Red, White and Blue, an organization partnered with the United Services Organization USO) to enrich the lives of veterans, holds a leadership seminar during a rock-climbing camp in Estes Park, Colorado, Aug. 2.USO partnership builds veterans leadership skills This fall, Ducks Unlimited (DU) and partners will dedicate a 90-acre restored wetland on New Yorks Montezuma Wetland Complex in memory of the late Dr. Guy Baldassarre. Guys Marsh will be a lasting tribute to Dr. Baldassarre, who was a distinguished teaching professor at SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry for 25 years, where he specialized in ornithology and wildlife management. Dr. Baldassarre was named one of the nations most inuential conservationists by Outdoor Life magazine and was a recipient of DUs National Wetland Conservation Achievement Award. Montezuma Wetlands Complex was one of his favorite places to bring students. DUs Completing the Cycle Initiative will help fund the Guys Marsh Memorial Wetland Restoration. For more information about Guys Marsh, visit the Friends of the Montezuma Wetlands Complex website at friendsofmontezuma.org. Wetland Will Serve as Memorial to Dr. Guy Baldassarre 12 JAX AIR NEWS, NAS JACKSONVILLE, Thursday, August 7, 2014


JAX AIR NEWS, NAS JACKSONVILLE, Thursday, August 7, 2014 13 DeweysCall 542-3521 Free Texas Holdem Tournaments Monday & Thursday at 7 p.m. Friday Social Hour 49 p.m., live enter tainment, $.50 wings and $7.95 pizza your way Friday Night Live Entertainment Karaoke Aug. 15, 22 & 29 Second Tyme Around Band Aug. 8 Family Night Back to School Celebration at Deweys Aug. 15, 4 8 p.m. featuring a magician, face painting, inflatables, rock climb ing, back to school goodies and appear ances by Curious George & Clifford characters Lunch bingo Monday through Friday begins at 11:15 a.m.Freedom Lanes Bowling CenterCall 542-3493. Mondays: All you can bowl for $5, 4-6 p.m. Wednesdays: All you can bowl for $5.95, 4-10 p.m. Thursdays: Free bowling for active duty 11 a.m. 1 p.m., Color Pin bowling 4 10 p.m. $2.50 games Saturdays: Family Extreme Bowling $8, 4 6 p.m., Party Extreme $10, 8 p.m. midnight (up to 2 hours of play). Shoes Included. Sunday: Family Day $1.50 all day, per person, per game Monthly Handicap Single Tournament Aug. 16, 1 4 p.m., $20 per person Scratch Sweeper Aug. 23, 1 4 p.m., $30 *Please note, the specials do not include shoes unless stated otherwise* 80 Days of Summer going on now! Youth bowlers 17 years of age and younger receive one FREE game of bowling until 5 p.m. all summer long. Prize drawings are open to all autho rized patrons. Luau Party, Friday, Aug. 29 at 7 p.m. midnight $20 per person, includes all you can bowl with shoes, a buffet, music and prizes!Fitness & AquaticsCall 542-2930 Outdoor Pool Hours Monday Friday Lap swim 6 8 a.m., Swim lessons 8 11 a.m., open recre ation swim 11 a.m. 7 p.m. Saturday and Sunday Open recreation swim 11 a.m. 6 p.m. Dive In Movie Aug. 22 Pool opens at 7 p.m., movie begins at 8:30 p.m. Free admission and popcorn!I.T.T. EventsCall 542-3318 E-mail them directly at jaxs_nas_mwritt@navy.mil ITT current ticket promotions include the following: Monster Jam Tickets Feb. 21, 2015 Everbank Field $21 $47.50 FCCJ Broadway Series on sale now! Tampa Lowry Zoo $15.75 $19.75 St. Augustine Scenic Cruise August 30 $20 Mt. Dora Trip October 25 $20 Jacksonville Jaguar tickets on sale now, section 147 & 148 $70 Preseason special Jags vs. Buccaneers and Jags vs. Falcons BOGO offer, 200 level, $70 Adventure Landing Waterpark seasonal $85.50, wet pass $20, combo $32 Catty Shack Ranch Wildlife Sanctuary $8.50 $13.50 Daytona Lagoon $19 waterpark AMC gold ticket $8.50 Jacksonville Sharks $25 Jacksonville Suns $5.50 $11.50 Jacksonville Zoo $8.50 $17 Trapeze High Fleming Island $35 Rivership Romance in Sanford, FL. (includes dinner) $40$57.75 Wild Adventures $30 $70 while sup plies last Disney World Orlando Armed Forces Salute ticket FL (Expires Sept.27, 2014) $166 $194.50 Jacksonville Symphony $27.50 Armed Forces Vacation Club Resort Condo Rentals www.afvclub.com installation $349-$369 Amelia Island Museum of History $4 $10 MOSH $7 $12 Pirates Museum St. Augustine $4 $21.75 St Augustine Alligator Farm Nile Zipline $35.25 (free admission with reservation) St Augustine Alligator Farm $6.75 $13.50 Half Hour Boggy Creek Airboat Rides $15.50 $20 Wild Florida Airboats (Kenansville, FL) $18 $46.75 Florida Ecosafaris $22.75 $52.75 Summer Waves (Jekyll Island, GA) $15.50 Book Shades 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 restrict ed to E1-E6 single or unaccompanied active duty members. Call 542-1335 for information. Jax Beach Trip August 9 at 9 a.m. Wet n Wild Water Park Trip August 16 at 8 a.m. $20 per person Beach Clean-up Volunteer Trip August 23 at 7 a.m.NAS Jax Golf ClubGolf course info: 542-3249 Mulligans info: 542-2936 Dog Days of Summer Special Play 18-holes with cart and green fees Monday Friday for only $20! Not appli cable on holidays. Monday Friday play 18-holes with cart for only $16 after 1:30 p.m. Military Appreciation Days Play 18-holes with cart for $18 Active duty August 19 Retirees, DoD and sponsored guests August 7 & 21Mulberry Cove MarinaCall 542-3260. Free kayak & canoe rental Every Thursday for active duty Free stand-up paddleboard lessons Every Thursday 11 a.m. 1 p.m. *Weather dependent Skipper B Sailing Classes availableAuto Skills CenterCall 542-3227 22 work bays, wheel balancing, tool checkout, paint booth and welding ASE certified mechanic onsiteYouth Activities CenterCall 778-9772 Family Fitness Center hours Monday Friday, 9 a.m. 1 p.m. Bring your child to work out with you! Family Night Back to School Celebration at Deweys Aug. 15, 4 8 p.m. featuring a magician, face painting, inflatables, rock climb ing, back to school goodies and appear ances by Curious George & Clifford charactersFlying ClubCall 777-8549 Learn to fly at NAS Jax Call for introduction flight Additional ratings are available includ ing instrument, complex and commer cial Find more info. online at jaxnfc.net By Michael Chmura, P.E., CEMInstallation Energy ManagerDid you know? reduced 40 percent or more by shad ing windows and walls.Position trees and shrubs to keep the sunshine off the building and nearby ground. 20 gallons of water a day. gallons of water a day. properly weather-stripped, wed save enough natural gas each year to heat about 4 million homes. 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Fuerzas Comando 2014 One Champion, All WinnersBy Army Staff Sgt. Angel Martinez113th Mobile Public Affairs DetachmentSeventeen nations competed to earn the title of best special operations forces team in the Western Hemisphere. For the sixth time in 10 years, the team from the Republic of Colombia hoisted the coveted Fuerzas Comando cup. The U.S. team, comprised of members assigned to the 7th Special Forces Group, placed sec ond and El Salvador was third. We are very proud of what we accomplished dur ing the competition and it gives us pride to know how well we completed against elite men from nations like Colombia and the U.S., said a member of the El Salvador team. We look forward to competing again next year and trying to win the cup back for El Salvador. El Salvador is a two-time Fuerzas Comando cham pion. Even though Colombia came out on top, a much more important reward was bestowed upon the inter national competitors. The experiences shared and the friends gained throughout the eight-day competition overshadowed medals and trophies. You are all winners, Army Brig. Gen. Sean P. Mulholland, the commander for Special Operations Command South, said during the ceremony. The relationships fostered amongst all of you throughout the competition will last a lifetime. You must build upon these friendships and work together to fight against the common threats we face throughout our hemisphere. Honduras, Panama, Jamaica, Peru, Uruguay, Canada and Costa Rica filled out the remaining top 10. Other countries that participated were Paraguay, Chile, Belize, Trinidad and Tobago, Guatemala, Dominican Republic and Suriname. During the closing ceremony, all 17 teams were standing across the field as they did in the opening ceremony, but this time the feeling of accomplishment and pride were visible after eight days of grueling challenges that took each team to their physical and mental limits. The 12-mile road march was one of the toughest events in Fuerzas Comando because we had to dig deep for that one. We knew we had to beat Colombia in order to stay on pace with them, said a U.S. Special Forces soldier assigned to 7th Special Forces Group. He added that the team put a lot of emphasis on doing well in the road march event. It was one of those events we are always counted out of because of poor performances in the past, the soldier said. After we won that event, we gained a lot of respect from all of the other countries and became real contenders for the cup. The second place finish is the best performance by the U.S team since the competition was established in 2004. As in the opening ceremony, the Colombian Minister of Defense, Juan Carlos Pinzn Bueno, congratulated each nation competing in Fuerzas Comando. You are the elite of the elite of your nation, he said. As a Colombian, I have a sense of pride with the victo ry of the Colombian team but you should all be proud of what you have accomplished. Following the ceremony, Bueno personally congrat ulated each of the teams. For the Colombian team, winning back-to-back Fuerzas Comando titles is something they are not tak ing for granted. We respect each of the teams out here, and we know how hard it is to win this competition, said a member of the Colombian team. The great thing about Fuerzas Comando is the friendships we make with people from different countries. We are very proud of this accomplishment and look forward to defending the title next year. Special Operations Command South, based in Homestead, Florida, serves as the execution agent for Fuerzas Comando. The event is aimed at enhanc ing training and strengthening ties among Special Operations Forces in the Western Hemisphere. Fuerzas Comando is scheduled to take place in the Central American nation of Guatemala in June 2015. Photo by MC1 Rex NelsonEasy does it at Kings BayThe Ohio-class ballistic-missile submarine USS Tennessee (SSBN 734) departs Naval Submarine Base Kings Bay on July 22 to conduct routine operations. Photo by Staff Sgt. Angel Martinez The U.S. team, comprised of members assigned to the 7th Special Forces Group, hoist the second place tro phy during the closing ceremony of the Fuerzas Comando 2014 competition on July 31 at Fort Tolemaida, Colombia. The second place finish is the best performance by the U.S team since the competition was estab lished in 2004. By Amaani Lyle DoD News, Defense Media ActivityCreating better education stan dards is key to preparing military children for college and future careers, the U.S. governments top education official and the National Guard Bureaus chief said yester day. We want to empower young people to choose what they want to do, what they love and what theyre best at, Education Secretary Arne Duncan told the Military Child Education Coalition National Training Seminar. As such, Duncan said the DOE has also fortified its partnerships with community colleges, where he said real training leads to real jobs in surrounding communities. Community colleges that are getting this right are becoming economic engines . green ener gy jobs, [information technology], healthcare, advanced manufactur ing, he said. Its amazing what theyre doing when you continue to build their capacities. Duncan predicted many future jobs will be science, technology, engineering and mathematicsbased, so considering how to maintain the interest of young peo ple in these areas will be critical. The more we can build [peer] programs, replicate them and empower young people who are Officials discuss education, careers for military childrenSee EDUCATION, Page 16 14 JAX AIR NEWS, NAS JACKSONVILLE, Thursday, August 7, 2014


Military responders help battle Ebola outbreakBy Terri Moon Cronk and Cheryl Pellerin DoD News, Defense Media ActivityDefense Department personnel are on the ground in West Africa and in U.S. laboratories fighting to control the worst outbreak in the African history of the Ebola virus, which a senior Army infectious disease doctor called a scourge of mankind. Army Col. (Dr.) James Cummings, director of the Global Emerging Infections Surveillance and Response System, or GEIS, a division of the Armed Forces Health Surveillance Center, said the battle against the virus since the outbreak began in West Africa in March focuses on trying to stop disease trans mission. At the Centers for Disease Prevention and Control, or CDC, in Atlanta, Director Dr. Tom Frieden has announced that the health agency has raised the travel advi sory to Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone where he said the Ebola outbreak is wors ening, to Level 3 -a warning to avoid unnecessary travel to those countries. CDC already has disease detectives and other staff in those countries to track the epidemic, advise embassies, coordi nate with the World Health Organization, or WHO, strengthen ministries of health, and improve case finding, contact trac ing, infection control and health com munication. Over the next 30 days, in what Frieden described as a surge, CDC will send another 50 disease-control specialists into the three countries to help estab lish emergency operations centers and develop structured ways to address the outbreak. They will also help strengthen labora tory networks so testing for the disease can be done rapidly, the director said. For travelers in and out of the three West African countries, CDC experts will strengthen country capacity to moni tor those who may have been exposed to Ebola, and each country in the region has committed to doing this, Frieden said. Its not easy to do, he added, but we will have experts from our division that do airport screening and try to ensure that people who shouldnt be traveling arent traveling. Frieden said CDC has spoken with air carriers that service the West African region. We understand they will continue to fly, which is very important to continue to support the response and maintain essential functions in the country, he explained. CDC gives information to travelers to the region and health care providers in the United States who might care for people returning from the infected area. Frieden said that includes medical con sultation and testing for patients who may have Ebola. Frieden said that in the United States, we are confident that we will not have significant spread of Ebola, even if we were to have a patient with Ebola here. We work actively to educate American health care workers on how to isolate patients and how to protect themselves against infection. In fact, he added, any advanced hospi tal in the U.S., any hospital with an inten sive care unit has the capacity to isolate patients. There is nothing particularly special about the isolation of an Ebola patient, other than its really important to do it right. So ensuring that there is meticulous care of patients with suspect ed or confirmed Ebola is whats criti cally important. The Ebola virus has no known cure and up to a 90 percent fatality rate and only supportive care can be offered to patients diagnosed with the disease while researchers work to find a vaccine. DoD researchers think the viral disease originated in rural populations that pre pare and eat meat from Ebola-carrying gorillas and monkeys. The virus is passed among animals or people through body fluids. Only a per son who is infected and is showing signs of illness can pass the disease to others. Health care workers and home caretak ers who have direct patient contact and those who prepare bodies for burial also are at risk, the infectious disease doctor said. We had a large footprint in Africa, Cummings said of DoDs response to the first Ebola cases reported in 1976 in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, for merly Zaire. Since that time, DoD has answered numerous calls for assistance from WHO, nongovernmental orga nizations and ministries of heath and defense, he explained. DoD personnel provide a wide array of support to the Ebola-stricken African nations, from logistical help to guides for clinical management of the virus, Cummings said. DoD personnel bring a level of excellence second to none, working in response to host nations and WHO in the most-affected countries of Sierra Leone and Liberia, he said. New DoD civilian performance management system in worksFrom DoD Public AffairsDepartment of Defense (DoD) Announces Progress on Design and Implementation of New Civilian Employee Performance Management System and Appointment Procedures The Department of Defense released its report to Congress July 29 on the progress that has been made implementing new civilian employee personnel authorities during the past six months. As part of this implemen tation, the department will establish a three-level perfor mance appraisal system for the vast majority of its civilian employees that will link orga nizational mission and goals to individual performance plans. While the implementa tion timeline has not yet been determined, the departmentwide performance appraisal system is one of many initia tives that resulted from con gressional direction to imple ment improved civilian per sonnel authorities. The depart ment will continue to involve employees through the nation al-level unions as we develop policy on the new authorities. Additionally, the perfor mance appraisal system will provide a fair, credible and transparent system that links employee bonuses and other performance-based actions to the employee performance appraisal. The department will contin ue to provide periodic prog ress updates, and is focused on training for supervisors and managers, as well as improving the skills and advi sory capability of its human resource practitioner work force. Photo courtesy DoDEntomologist Dr. Erica Lindroth from the Walter Reed Army Institute of Research and Lawerence Fakoli from the Liberian Institute of Biomedical Research set a new ruggedized BG-Sentinel mosquito trap for field evaluation in Liberia, Africa. JAX AIR NEWS, NAS JACKSONVILLE, Thursday, August 7, 2014 15


16 JAX AIR NEWS, NAS JACKSONVILLE, Thursday, August 7, 2014 living with this every day and understand the chal lenges way better than you or I do [the better] . I think we cant do enough of that, Duncan said. Duncan said states have raised college academic standards, a trend he called a monumental shift in the right direction. Standards are just what you need to know; how you teach those standards [is] the curriculum and . were asking more critical thinking skills. To help meet the demand of connecting qualified military children to higher-paying, hard-to-fill jobs, Grass of the National Guard Bureau told the semi nar that the new GI Bill allows service members to pass the benefits to their child, who may not other wise have the opportunity to attend school. The Guard can create an opportunity for those families . through different youth programs we have today, Grass said. But he acknowledged that as the operations tempo changes in coming years with many activeduty service members returning from deployments or retiring, children once ensconced in military communities may find themselves in school sys tems that arent necessarily aware of their back grounds. They wont have the connection that the Guard and Reserve has that family support and pro grams. As budget constraints persist, the Guard and Reserve will need to capitalize on communitybased non-profit organizations that specialize in supporting military families, Grass said. The nation owes a tremendous debt of gratitude to military families who face many unique chal lenges, Education Secretary Duncan said. Our goal is simple: to have young people gradu ate from high school truly college and career ready as they take that next step on their education jour ney, he said. EDUCATIONFrom Page 14 Skeet Shooting League formingOpen to active duty, selective reservists, DoD civilians, and DoD Contractor personnel assigned to a command at NAS Jacksonville. Indoor Volleyball League Meeting Aug. 13 at noonOpen to active duty, selective reservists, DoD civilians, and DoD Contractor personnel assigned to a command at NAS room in Building 1 at noon. Commands whose athletic discuss rules and obtain the required paperwork.Intramural Softball League Meeting Aug. 20 at noonOpen to active duty, selective reservists, DoD civilians, and DoD Contractor personnel assigned to a command at NAS room in Building 1 at noon. Commands whose athletic discuss rules and obtain the required paperwork. Aug. 20 at 12:30 p.m.Open to active duty, selective reservists, dependents over 18, DoD civilians, and DoD Contractor personnel assigned conference room in Building 1 at 12:30 p.m. Commands meeting to discuss rules and obtain the required paperwork.7on-7 Flag Football League Meeting Aug 27 at noonOpen to active duty, selective reservists, DoD civilians, and DoD Contractor personnel assigned to a command at NAS room in Building 1 at noon. Commands whose athletic discuss rules and obtain the required paperwork.Fall Bowling League Meeting Sept. 5Open to active duty, selective reservists, DoD civilians, and DoD Contractor personnel assigned to a command at Cup points. Attend the meeting to discuss rules and obtain the required paperwork.Dodge Ball Tournament Sept. 8Open to active duty, selective reservists, DoD civilians, and DoD Contractor personnel assigned to a command at NAS Jacksonville. Teams must be comprised of six players from the same command. The tournament will be held at the Guy Ballou Tennis Courts at 5 p.m. Contact the NAS Jax Gymnasium to sign up by Sept. 3. Open to active duty, selective reservists, DoD civilians, and DoD contractor men assigned to a command at NAS Jacksonville. Participants earn participation points for st, 2nd, or 3rd place. Call NAS Jax Athletics to sign up by Sept. 26. Open to active duty, selective reservists, DoD civilians, and DoD contractor women assigned to a command at NAS Jacksonville. Participants earn participation points st, 2nd, or 3rd place. Call NAS Jax Athletics to sign up by Sept. 26. For more information about any of the sports articles, call Bill Bonser at 542-2930/3239 or e-mail bill.bonser@ navy.mil Visit the MWR website at www.cnic.navy.mil or www.facebook.com nasjaxmwr. StandingsAs of Aug. 1Wallyball Team Wins Losses FRCSE 2 1 VP-26 2 1 VP-45 2 1 VP-62 2 1 VR-62 1 0 NAVFAC 0 2Intramural Summer Basketball Team Wins Losses FRCSE Gold 8 0 NAVHOSP Galley 7 1 HS-11 6 2 FRCSE Blue 4 3 VP-45 4 3 NAS Jax 3 5 NAVHOSP 3 5 FACSFAC/NOSC 2 4 VP-26 2 5 VP-62 BroadArrows 1 7Singles BadmintonTeam Wins Losses Nathan 5 0 Garrett 4 0 Brown 3 2 Bonser 2 2 Rajendran 2 2 Bradshaw 1 3 Drost 1 3 Kubalewski 1 3 Sperry 1 3Photo by Bill BonserBean bag championsOSC Adan Gancerez (left) and OS1 Leron Parrish from FACSFAC Southeast savor their victory in the 2014 Captain's Cup Bean Bag Toss Doubles Tournament. They defeated FRCSE's ATAN Aaron Charlet and AT3 Matthew Digiacomo to win the tournament. Photo by Tyler DruryRacquetball championLt. Cmdr. Ian Burgess won the July 26 NAS Jax Captain's Cup Men's Racquetball Tournament. By MC1 Byron LinderU.S. Strategic Command Public AffairsU.S. Strategic Command (USSTRATCOM) leadership wel comed more than 20 Navy and Air Force officers to the inaugural Nuclear Commanders Course at Offutt Air Force Base, Neb., July 31. The new two-day course pro vides a series of briefings and tours of USSTRATCOMs nuclear deter rence assets. It expands upon the existing training given to nucle ar commanders and instilled a foundational understanding of USSTRATCOMs role in build ing and maintaining the nuclear war plan, its nuclear command and control capabilities, and their units role in the deterrence mis sion. The course traces its origins back to the USSTRATCOM Strategic Weapons Command course, which was established in 2009 and focused toward the Navy ballis tic missile submarine commander and executive officer communities. The current Nuclear Commanders Course expands the audience, course curriculum and scope to include Air Force intercontinental ballistic mis sile, bomber, and refueling tanker squadron commanders. Commander, USSTRATCOM Adm. Cecil Haney has prioritized the enhancement of up-and-com ing nuclear commanders profes sional development by providing them with a headquarters-level perspective on the nuclear deter rence mission. Adding a senior leadership perspective will give participants a broader strategic view of how everything for our critical deter rence mission fits together from priorities and current operations to the planning process, future requirements and funding, Haney explained. I also firmly encourage our leaders to personally reinforce the importance of integrity and ethics throughout the entire DoD nuclear enterprise. To accomplish this goal, we must all weave integ rity into the fabric of everyday life within our organization. Robert Shindel, action officer for planning and developing the Nuclear Commanders Course, explained how this was achieved. The headquarters perspec tive provides more insight into their relationship to the nuclear enterprise. In addition to some of the normal courses, we went into the Global Operations Center to show them an exercise on the commanders decision brief and show where their particular units interface with the decision the commander makes, he said. The idea behind this course is to show that USSTRATCOM is in line with [Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagels] emphasis on the nuclear deterrence force structure. Patrick McVay, director of Joint Exercises and Training at USSTRATCOM, empha sized the benefits of the Nuclear Commanders course extend beyond the course participants. This really is a win-win situ ation, he said. The prospective commanders get to see the impor tance of what they do every day for the security of the nation. They also get senior leaderships per spective and guidance. The com mand gets better leaders in the field because they have a better understanding of their mission it helps them connect the dots. Lt. Cmdr. Bryan Christiansen, prospective executive officer of Ohio-class ballistic missile sub marine USS Tennessee (SSBN 734) expressed his appreciation for the opportunity to have personal inter action with USSTRATCOM leader ship. Its great to be briefed by the admiral himself. In past courses, I havent always had that oppor tunity, so it was great to hear his thoughts on our position and whats coming up and how impor tant our role is, he said. Making sure the [commanding officers] and [executive officers] are aware of our role and how vital it is in the success of the nuclear enterprise and how focused the government and the DoD are on the nuclear deterrent force is crucial to our success. McVay noted he was looking forward to future iterations of the course. This course will certainly evolve and progress the quarterly format and student feedback will help us to continuously improve, he said. USSTRATCOM is one of nine DoD unified combatant com mands and is charged with strate gic deterrence, space operations, cyberspace operations, joint elec tronic warfare, global strike, mis sile defense, intelligence, surveil lance and reconnaissance, com bating weapons of mass destruc tion, and analysis and targeting.U.S. Strategic Command launches joint nuclear commanders course


By Lt. Jennifer SmithJAGC, USNIdentity theft is one of the fastest growing crimes in America. Last year, nearly 10 million people were victims. And its not just the financial loss, but the impact on your credit. It includes your borrowing and repayment plans, credit cards and loans, whether you have been delinquent on pay ments, or youve filed for a bankruptcy. The identify thief steals your information and opens one or more accounts. In the mail you begin receiving past due notic es for accounts in your name. Erroneous postings end up on your credit report. The negative entries lower your credit score. They lead to denials of future loan requests. Employers and landlords look at credit reports when deciding whether to hire you or if you qualify for a lease. The effort to clean up the mess left by identity thieves is hours of your time and months to get your good name back. Active duty military are prime targets for iden tity theft. Lots of moves. Extended absences for train ing or deployments. Working in remote locations unable to monitor bank and credit accounts. The consequences for activeduty service members can be severe. Poor credit reports can result in the loss of a security clearance and impact future service or your career. While theres no 100 percent guaran tee against identity theft, there are steps you can take to make it more difficult for your iden tity to be stolen and to limit the impacts should identity theft happen. Here are some helpful tips: : Check accounts twice a month for incorrect entries. Protect yourself by: Shredding documents that contain personal information; e.g., receipts, bank statements, and medical documents. Having a friend pick it up or request a hold at the post office. Considering opting out of prescreened offers of credit and insurance by going to optout prescreen.com. Limiting identification you carry such as your Social Security card. Avoiding logging into per sonal accounts on a public wireless network. Regularly change passwords. Not posting personal infor mation like your full birthday on public websites. You can access your credit report annually for free from the three credit reporting agen cies: Equifax, Experian, and Transunion, or you can go to www.annualcreditreport.com Space your requests to each of the agencies throughout the year to regularly monitor your credit for any suspicious entries. Early identification of identity theft is your best defense. These alerts require businesses to contact you to verify your iden tity before issuing credit in your name. You only need to request an alert with one of the credit reporting agencies and they will report it to the oth ers. If you become the victim of identity theft, an initial alert for 90 days can ensure that no further credit is taken in your name. If deploying, consider the active duty alert which last for 12 months and removes you from prescreened offers for credit and insurance. While you cant always avoid identity theft, you should take steps to limit the possibil ity. For more information and advice, visit: http://www.con sumer.ftc.gov/topics/privacyidentity. And of course, if you become the victim of identity theft, contact your local RLSO Legal Assistance office.Identity theft: 4 steps to help prevent it By Terri Moon Cronk DoD News, Defense Media ActivityAugust is National Immunization Awareness Month, and while vaccines are important for people of all ages, theyre vital to the Defense Departments fight ing force, the director of the Military Vaccine Agency, Vaccine Healthcare Centers Networks said. Army Col. (Dr.) Margaret Yacovone emphasized that vac cinations are safe and effective, and without them, debilitating diseases and even death can occur. [About] 46,000 Americans . and 1.5 million children die from vaccine-preventable ill nesses each year, she said. Studies also have found there is no evidence that vaccinat ing children causes autism, Yacovone pointed out. Failing to inoculate children for child hood diseases also puts other children at risk, Yacovone added. Vaccines have had tremen dous success, Yacovone said. And while many diseases have been eradicated from the United States, some, such as measles and pertussis, have reappeared because of compla cency and people who choose to not vaccinate, she said, not ing that measles still accounts for 169,000 deaths each year worldwide. Pertussis also called whooping cough has also made resurgence for the same reasons. And because of com placency, vaccine manufactur ers have added the pertussis vaccine to the inoculations for diphtheria and tetanus, she said. Yacovone noted that its important for pregnant women, health care and day care workers to get the Tdap tetanus, diphtheria and per tussis vaccination. While infants and children have developing immune sys tems and need early childhood vaccinations, the older popu lation should consider getting the shingles shot to prevent or lessen the potential for the painful resurgence of the virus that causes chicken pox, she noted. Another shot for older peo ple or those with compromised respiratory systems is for pneu monia. In addition, there are immu nizations for adolescents such as the vaccine for meningitis and the human papillomavi rus. Most critical is the need for all age groups to get the annual influenza vaccine, Yacovone said. [Everyone] 6 months and older should get flu vaccine. [Influenza] mutates rapidly and develops new strains. Its particularly important for pregnant women to get the flu shot to protect themselves and their unborn babies, Yacovone added. Without being properly upto-date on vaccinations, count less days are lost from school and work, she added. And in a global society where traveling from country to country is common, unvac cinated travelers can con tract U.S.-eradicated diseases and bring them back home, Yacovone said. Its important for people to consult with their health care providers to determine which immunizations are best for them, she said. By MC1 Brian MoralesNaval Air Station Key West Public AffairsAir National Guardsmen with the 245th and 259th Air Traffic Control (ATC) Squadrons conducted air traffic control training at Naval Air Station Key West July 21-25. Air Force maintainers and air traf fic controllers were transported from South Carolina and Louisiana, respec tively, by the 172nd Airlift Control Flight for cross-training with Navy air traffic controllers. The ATC squadrons are two out of 10 squadrons that respond to Federal Aviation Administration requests to support the influx of air traffic dur ing large-scale events such as the 2013 Super Bowl in Hammond, Louisiana, or natural disasters such as Hurricane Andrew, which caused an estimated damage of $25 billion in South Florida. Ive been to Key West before and really love the area, said Tech. Sgt. Peter Knapp, from Ponchatoula, Louisiana, and assigned to the 259th ATCS. I think were going to get some very valuable training down here for all of us, especially for the younger guys that havent had the opportunity to see this yet. Part of the training included assem bling and operation of the MSN-7 mobile air traffic control tower, which enables control of five nautical miles of air space, and the TRN-48 tactical air navigation system, which provides range and bearing to pilots within 100 nm from Boca Chica Field. This is my first one [training exer cise], said Airman 1st Class Nathaniel Dans, from West Monroe, Louisiana, and assigned to the 259th ATCS. Its been an amazing experience to come out and learn how to do various tasks and learn how to do my particular tasks even better, said Dans. Air National Guardsmen also trained with NAS Key West air traffic control lers for local air operations familiariza tion. I didnt imagine a lot of things when I joined the Air Force but if theres one thing Ive learned, its the necessity to cross-train. Its good to see how other branches do things, said Dans.Immunization Awareness Month kicks off in AugustNavy, Air Force air traffic controllers cross-train for emergencies Beginner Rider Course Experienced Rider Course Military Sportbike Rider Course Call for class dates NAS Jax Safety Office 542-2584 OPERATIO N: I DENTIFICATIO NCancer is one of our children's biggest enemies; but if identied early, a child's chances of survival are greatly enhanced.Parents, please be aware of these warning signs: Call 800-822-6344 or visit stjude.org to learn more.A CFC Participant provided as a public service. JAX AIR NEWS, NAS JACKSONVILLE, Thursday, August 7, 2014 17


18 JAX AIR NEWS, NAS JACKSONVILLE, Thursday, August 7, 2014 From StaffJacksonville resident Henry Dalagan, a boatswains mate first class in the Navy Reserve and a full-time student at Florida State College of Jacksonville in civilian life, recently served aboard USS Vandegrift (FFG 48) in support of Operation Martillo. Martillo Spanish for hammer is a U.S., European and Western Hemisphere partner nation effort targeting illicit trafficking routes in coastal waters along the Central American isthmus. U.S. military participation is being led by Joint Interagency Task Force South. Dalagan belongs to the boatswains mate career field and is a member of NR Littoral Combat Ship Seaframe Mayport at Navy Operational Support Center Jacksonville. He joined the crew of Vandegrift as the San Diego-based ship pre pared for its Board of Inspection and Survey inspection, contributing to Vandegrifts above-average score and remaining with the ship as it moved into the U.S. Southern Command area of responsibility. BM1 Dalagans contributions to Vandegrift have been significant and long-lasting, said Cmdr. Luis Alva, the ships commanding officer. The time that he has spent with the junior Sailors, mentoring and leading them, will assist them well into the future. For more news about U.S. Naval Forces Southern Command and U.S. Fourth Fleet, visit http://www.navy. mil/local/cusns/ or https://www.face book.com/NAVSOUS4THFLT. Application deadline Oct. 3From StaffTo honor veterans from World War II through the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, Rep. Ander Crenshaw, a member of the U.S. House Defense Appropriations Subcommittee, announced July 11 that his 2014 Veterans Special Recognition Ceremony will honor veterans and active duty members who served from World War II through the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. The application deadline for those who have not previously been recog nized with a special recognition certifi cate is Oct. 3. The ceremony will be held in November at a date and time to be announced. The Veterans Special Recognition Ceremony is one of the highlights of my year and provides a welcome oppor tunity to honor those servicemen and women who put their lives on the line to protect our freedom and democracy, said Crenshaw. This annual event shows our appre ciation for those who answered the call of duty and I encourage all who think they may be eligible to fill out an application. Veterans who served from World War II through the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, live in the 4th Congressional District, and would like to participate, are encouraged to contact Crenshaws district office in Jacksonville at (904) 598-0481 or go to his website at Crenshaw.house. gov to obtain an application. Click on Constituent Services, then Special Events & Notices, and lastly on the Veterans Recognition Ceremony to download the press release and applica tion. Completed applications and proof of eligibility should be mailed to: 1061 Riverside Ave., Suite 100, Jacksonville, FL 32204. To determine eligibility for the cer tificate, veterans must complete an application and submit a copy of their DD-214.Active duty members who wear the Southwest Asia Service Medal qual ify for this program. From a U.S. Cyber Command News ReleasePartners from across government, academia, industry and the interna tional coalition recently completed Cyber Guard 14-1, a two-week exercise designed to test operational and inter agency coordination as well as tacti cal-level operations to protect, prevent, mitigate and recover from a domestic cyberspace incident. Elements of the National Guard, reserves, National Security Agency and U.S. Cyber Command exercised their support to Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and FBI responses to foreign-based attacks on simulated crit ical infrastructure networks, promot ing collaboration and critical informa tion sharing in support of a whole-ofnation effort. Citizens of our nation are counting on us to generate the necessary capacity and capability to meet the challenges of this problem set, Navy Adm. Michael Rogers, Cybercom commander and NSA director, said in remarks to more than 70 distinguished visitors to the exercise. We are continuing to learn and mature. We have to build a con struct to work seamlessly and effective ly with our partners, and not just within the government, but also with industry and academia outside [the Defense Department]. Building and ensuring partnerships, processes, and human and technical capabilities were common themes dur ing the exercise. We talk all the time about physi cal networks connecting computers and communications, said Robert Anderson, executive assistant director of the FBIs criminal, cyber response and services branch, in remarks to exer cise participants. But we must remem ber that on both ends of that computer network, there is a network of people working toward a common goal: to defeat our adversaries. Cyber Guard helps us get better at using the network of warriors on the front lines like you to achieve our goal. The event, executed by Cybercom and hosted by the FBI at the National Academy in Quantico, Virginia, was the largest yet, hosting more than 550 par ticipants, roughly double the number who participated last year. Continuing the events evolution into a holistic, whole-of-nation effort, observers from academia, private industry and state utilities were on hand to observe. In the event of a domestic cyber inci dent, federal agencies have specific, complementary roles, officials said. DHS is the lead for coordinating the protection, prevention, mitigation of, and recovery from a cyber incident. The Justice Department and the FBI are responsible for the investigation, attribution, disruption and prosecution of domestic cyber crimes, as well as the collection, analysis and dissemination of domestic cyber threat intelligence. DoD is responsible for defending the nation from attack, collecting, analyz ing and distributing foreign threat intel ligence, and supporting DHS in their protection, prevention and recovery role. Practicing as an interagency team is essential to ensure national response to cyber events produce results that are effective and efficient, said Greg Touhill deputy assistant secretary of homeland security for cybersecurity operations and programs. Exercises like Cyber Guard help us develop and refine key information sharing and coordination processes, understand each others capabilities and authori ties, and operate in a manner that keeps us in the right formation to present the best national response. The National Guard plays a key role in directly helping the states affected by a cyber incident, allowing federal forces to focus on their more traditional mis sion. The majority of the participants were National Guard service members representing 22 states. The exercise also included sev eral Cyber Protection Teams, part of Cybercoms Cyber Mission Force being built over the next few years. The teams defend DoD information networks and help support DoDs requirement to pro vide foreign intelligence and assess ment and active-duty capabilities to defend the nation. Cyber Guard provided an opportuni ty for agencies to execute and refine the DoDIN command and control construct model, said Phil La Perla, chief of readiness and exercises for the Defense Information Systems Agency. The 90th [Cyber Protection Team], aligned to DISA, also benefited by teaming with the U.S. Coast Guard in defending DoD information networks, building on our great relationship with DHS. Some of DISAs network management teams also participated in the event. Florida Master Naturalist Program for adults is sponsored by St. Johns County Recreation & Parks and Duval County Extension Aug. 7, 12, 14, 19, 21 and 28 at Trout Creek Park in Orangedale. For details and registration, go to: www. masternaturalist.org or call 904-220-0232. Association (ABMA) Professional Working Group Symposium will take place Aug. 11-15 at the Handlery Hotel ( www.handlery.com ) in San Diego. Open to active duty, as well as retired and reserves, more information on the ABMA is available at www.abma-usn.org USS Iwo Jima (LPH2/LHD7) Reunion, Aug. 27-31 at Crowne Plaza Hotel in Jacksonville. Call 757-723-0317 or http:// ussiwojimashipmates.cfns.net/ America (MOAA) Northeast Florida Chapter 18 will meet Aug. 20 at NAS a.m. RSVP by Aug.17 to CW4 Kenneth Snyder at (904) 2158560. Membership is from all military branches. Call Johnnie Walsh at (904) 282-4650 for membership info. (NNOA) meets the fourth Thursday of each month at 5 p.m. at Jacksonville Mark Jean-Pierre at 910-459-6858 or paul.nix@navy.mil Marine Corps League Det. 059 meets P.M. at Five Star Veterans Center at 40 Acme St in Arlington. For information visit https://mcljacksonville.org/ or call Dwayne Enos (904) 693-0280 Association of Aviation Ordnancemen meets the third Thursday of each month at 7 p.m. at the Fleet Reserve Center on Collins Road. For information, visit www. aao9.com. Orange Park Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) Post 5968 and its Auxiliary located at 187 Aurora Blvd. meets on the second Wednesday of the month at service organization composed of combat veterans and eligible service members from the Active, Guard or Reserve forces. Go to www.vfwpost5968.org or call 2765968. at NAS Jax Fleet and Family Support Center (FFSC) needs volunteers to assist military retirees and dependents. Work four hours a day, one day per week. Call 5425790 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. weekdays to volunteer. Ribbons & Roses, a breast cancer support group at Naval Hospital Jacksonville, meets on the second Tuesday of the month at 7 p.m. Call 5427857 for more info. Navy Jacksonville Yacht Club is open to active duty, reserve and retired military, plus, active or retired DoD civilians. Call 778-0805 or email commodore@njyc.org COMPASS Spouse-to-Spouse Military Mentoring Program. Helping others help themselves. Visit www.gocompass.org for more info. Navy Wives Clubs of America DID No. 300 meets the second Thursday of each Church, 2246 Blanding Blvd. Call 2729489. Navy Wives Clubs of America No. next to the Thrift Store at the NAS Jax Yorktown gate. Fleet Reserve Association Branch 290 8 p.m., 390 Mayport Rd., Atlantic Beach. Call 246-6855. National Active and Retired Federal Employees Westside Jacksonville Chapter 1984 meets at 1 p.m. on the fourth Thursday of each month at the Murray Hill United Methodist Church, (Fellowship Hall Building) at 4101 College Street. Call 7867083. Retired Enlisted Association meets the fourth Wednesday of each month at 1 p.m. at the Fleet Reserve Hall at 7673 Blanding Blvd. Call 772-8622. VFW Post 5968 meets the second Wednesday of each month at 7:30 p.m. at 187 Arora Blvd., Orange Park. Call 2765968. Crenshaws veterans recognition ceremony announcedReservist makes lasting contributionsU.S. Navy photoBM1 Henry Dalagan, a Navy Reservist and a full-time student at Florida State College of Jacksonville in civilian life, recently served aboard USS Vandegrift (FFG 48) in support of Operation Martillo. Cyber Guard exercise tests people, partnerships Community Calendar


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