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www.cnic.navy.mil/jacksonville www.jaxairnews.com ACKSONVILLE F LA THURSDAY, AUGUST 14, 2014 I I D E LIMITED MISSON Bush Hornets Bomb ISIL BEES ON BASE Colonies of Pollenators Pages 4 & 5 VP-8Beginning P-8A Transition Check us out Online! jaxairnews.com Future deliveries remain on scheduleBy LaToya GraddyNaval Air Systems CommandThe U.S. Navy received its 15th P-8A Poseidon maritime patrol and recon naissance aircraft Aug. 5 at Fleet Replacement Squadron VP-30, aboard Naval Air Station Jacksonville. This aircraft adds to our growing fleet of P-8As and bolsters our capac ity to begin the transition of the fourth P-8 squadron in Jacksonville, said Capt. Sean Liedman, commodore of Patrol and Reconnaissance Wing 11, Jacksonville. Eventually, this aircraft will become part of the P-8A deployment cycle and continue to build on the successes of the first P-8A deployment. Throughout the P-8As maiden operational deployment, the reliabil ity of P-8s were proven over the course of executing 17 detachments through out the Western Pacific and Indian Ocean regions, including detachments to the Republic of the Philippines, South Korea, Malaysia, Singapore and Australia. Each of those detachments were executed with only a small level of expeditionary maintenance support, yet maintained high mission comple tion rates. The Low Rate Initial Production (LRIP) delivery follows on the heels of the first ever operational deployment for the P-8A Poseidon. Fleet P-8 aircraft and aircrew con tinue to impress, adding to accomplish ments that began with last years initial operational capability and first deploy ment and will continue as we expand the capabilities of a rapidly growing inventory, said Capt. Scott Dillon, pro gram manager of Maritime Patrol and Reconnaissance Program Office (PMA290), at NAS Patuxent River, Md. Last month, the first operational P-8A Poseidon squadron from NAS Jacksonville, VP-16, returned from deployment with the Navys newest maritime patrol aircraft. The War Eagles of VP-16 operated out of Kadena Air Base, Okinawa, Japan, and supported the commander of Task Force (CTF) 72 throughout the Western Pacific area of operation with anti-sub marine and anti-surface warfare, intel ligence, surveillance and reconnais sance, maritime domain awareness, search and rescue, carrier strike group coordination and theater security coop eration missions. According to the commanding offi cer of VP-16, Cmdr. Dan Papp, the P-8A met or exceeded all expectations during its maiden deployment to the Western Pacific. The P-8A exceeded P-3 performance in every historical measure of perfor mance, including mission completion rate, on-time takeoff rate, number of inflight aborts, and persistence at range, Papp said. [The P-8A] proved to be a gamechanger for Theater Anti-Submarine Warfare (TASW) in the Western Pacific due to its increased range and endur Chief selectees enter CPO 365 Phase IIBy AWOC Gene Eason and AWVC Joe SegretiThis week, with the release of NAVADMIN 178/14, CPO 365 Phase II went into full swing when the active duty chief selectees joined the FTS and Reserve chief selectees, whose results were already out for about six weeks. Following notification of the results, PSC(Sel) Aubrey Baggett said, I am elated and honored to be selected. Ive been working toward this for a long time. There are 104 total selectees aboard NAS Jacksonville. They can be easily identified in the early morn ing participating in PT in their distinctive bright orange Warrior In Training t-shirts. Their PT ses sions include calisthenics, formations runs and swim ming, led by the NAS Jacksonville Chiefs Mess. The mess is coming together for CPO 365 Phase P-8A No. 755 is the 15th Poseidon to fly from the Boeing plant in Renton, Wash. to NAS Jacksonville, where it was received by VP-30, the Navys fleet replacement squadron for training pilots and warfare operators on the P-8A Poseidon. Photo courtesy of VP-30VP-30 receives 15th LRIP Poseidon aircraftNaval Hospital Jacksonville holds change of command By Yan KennonNH Jacksonville Public AffairsCapt. Gayle Shaffer turned over leadership of Naval Hospital (NH) Jacksonville comprised of its hospital and five branch health clinics (BHCs) to Capt. John Le Favour during the Aug. 8 change of command ceremony. Approximately 400 guests (military and civil ians) attended the time-honored Navy tradition at All Saints Chapel aboard Naval Air Station Jacksonville, presided over by Rear Adm. Terry Moulton, commander of Navy Medicine East and Naval Medical Center Portsmouth. Moulton praised Shaffers leadership and out standing performance, and acknowledged her several accomplishments as commanding offi cer. Its clear that you and the Naval Hospital Jacksonville team are dedicated to delivering high-quality compassionate care to our military, their families, and others entrusted to our care. You can be proud of your accomplishment, said Moulton. He then presented Shaffer with the Legion of Merit Award, on behalf of Vice Adm. Matthew Nathan, Navy surgeon general and chief of Bureau of Medicine and Surgery (BUMED), for her exceptional meritorious conduct in the per formance of outstanding services and achieve ments. The past two years have been an incredible journey and the highlight of my naval adven ture, said Shaffer. We have witnessed a whirlwind of change, improvement and excellence all of which could not have happened without each and every member of the Naval Hospital Jacksonville team. I leave here proud, humbled and grateful for the men and women (military, civil service, contract employees and volunteers) with whom I have served every day for the past two years. Capt. Le Favour, I can confidently say that Naval Hospital Jacksonville is poised for greatness. And like me, you too will have the privilege of com manding a high-performance team that thrives Photo by Yan KennonCapt. Gayle Shaffer (left) turns over command of Naval Hospital (NH) Jacksonville to Capt. John Le Favour (right) as Rear Adm. Terry Moulton, commander of Navy Medicine East and Naval Medical Center Portsmouth officiates during the change of com mand on Aug. 8 at All Saints Chapel aboard Naval Air Station Jacksonville.Photo by AWVC Joe SegretiThe FY-15 CPO selectees are coached on proper stretching technique by AWOC Jerry Mcafee (left center) and other leaders of the CPO 365 PT Committee.See Page 6 See Page 9 See Page 7


2 JAX AIR NEWS, NAS JACKSONVILLE, Thursday, August 14, 2014 From StaffAug. 14 1813 HMS Pelican captures USS Argus. 1886 SecNav establishes Naval Gun Factory at Washington Navy Yard. 1945 Japan agrees to surrender; last Japanese ships sunk during World War II. Aug. 15 1845 U.S. Naval Academy estab lished at Annapolis, Md. on former site of Fort Severn. 1895 Commissioning of USS Texas, the first American steel-hulled battle ship. Texas served off Cuba during the Spanish-American War and took part in the naval battle of Santiago. Under the name of San Marcos, she was sunk in weapon effects tests in Chesapeake Bay in 1911. Her hulk continued in use as a gunnery target through World War II. 1908 First Navy post offices estab lished in Navy ships. 1944 Operation Dragoon, the allied invasion of Southern France. 1953 Adm. William Radford is first naval officer appointed Chairman, Joints Chiefs of Staff. He served until Aug. 15, 1957. 1958 USS Lexington (CVA-16) arrives in vicinity of Taiwan. Aug. 16 1812 USS Constitution recaptures American merchant brig Adeline. 1954 Beginning of Operation Passage to Freedom, transport of refu gees from Haiphong to Saigon, Vietnam. Aug. 17 1812 Frigate USS President captures British schooner LAdeline in North Atlantic. 1942 Submarines USS Nautilus (SS168) and USS Argonaut (SS-166) land 222 Marines on Makin Island, the first amphibious attack made from subma rines. 1959 Adm. Arleigh Burke reappoint ed CNO for third, two-year term. 1962 Navys first hydrofoil patrol craft, USS High Point (PCH-1) launched at Seattle, Wash. Aug. 18 1838 Expedition under Lt. Charles Wilkes embarks on world cruise. 1911 First Navy Nurse Corps super intendent, Esther Voorhees Hasson, appointed. 1965 First major amphibious assault in Vietnam, Operation Starlight cap tures 2,000 Viet Cong. 1966 First ship-to-shore satellite radio message sent from USS Annapolis in South China Sea to Pacific Fleet Headquarters at Pearl Harbor 1974 After flooding in Philippines, Navy helicopters begin six days of oper ations to rescue victims and deliver supplies (244 flights). Aug. 19 1812 USS Constitution captures HMS Guerriere. 1812Devastating hurricane strikes the Navys New Orleans station, delay ing military preparations in the War of 1812. 1818 Capt. James Biddle takes pos session of Oregon Territory for U.S. 1967 Operation Coronado IV begins in Mekong Delta. 1981 During a routine combat air patrol over the Mediterranean, two VF-41 Black Aces flying F-14 Tomcats from USS Nimitz (CVN 68) were fired upon by two Libyan Su-22 Fighters. Quickly engaged by the pursuing Black Aces both Libyan jets were shot down. These were the first recorded air-to-air kills for the Navy since Vietnam, and the first ever for the F-14. Aug. 20 1952 An inter-service (Navy, Marine and Air Force) air operation at Chang Pyong-ni, Korea destroys 80 percent of assigned target area. 1959 USS Thetis Bay (LPH-6) com pletes six-day humanitarian operation after floods in Taiwan. 1969 Navy Seabees and Sailors from Helicopter Training Squadron Eight (HT-8) evacuate 820 people from Pass Christian, Miss. after Hurricane Camille. 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 AE2 Samantha Jones Design/Layout George Atchley 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 U.S. Navy photosIntroduced to the fleet in 1964, the North American RA-5C Vigilante was a Mach 2-plus aircraft, capable of electromagnetic, optical and electronic recon naissance that could operate from sea level to above 50,000 feet. The pilot and reconnaissance attack navigator flew tandem. The aircraft above catches a wire the Fleet. The combination of the RA-5C Vigilante's ability to deliver conventional weapons, day or night, in all kinds of weather, as well as to complete tactical reconnais sance missions, made it one of the most versatile aircraft in the Navy. RA-5Cs served throughout the Vietnam War. Here, two Vigilantes assigned to RVAH-3 fly in formation near the Bahamas. The last of the RA-5C fleet squadrons were dises This Week in Navy History Sarah SmileySpecial ContributorSometimes, events that affect us the most have a difficult time finding their way to the page. Its been a week since Dustin and I were invited to the Commandant of the Marine Corps Gen. Amoss house to welcome First Sea Lord Sir George Zambellas, from the United Kingdom. We watched the evening parade at 8th and I, the Oldest Post of the Corps. Even after seven days and driving 600 miles from Washington, D.C., to Maine, I am still profoundly moved by what I experienced. The parade is difficult to put into words because it involves all the senses. Its the sound of the cannons firing, and the way you feel it in your sternum. Its the smell of the smoke rolling in the wind. Its a flag snap ping high above the parade field. And its dozens of soldiers perfectly aligned, marching in step. Its the music of The Presidents Own United States Marine Corps Band and The Commandants Own Drum and Bugle Corps, and the haunting sound of a singular bugler, lit only by one beam of light, playing Taps from atop the barracks roof. But mostly, its the Silent Drill Platoon. I got to know Gen. Amoss wife this year when she selected DINNER WITH THE SMILEYS to be on her recommended reading list for military spouses. When I told Dustin we had been invited to the eve ning parade, at first he didnt believe me. This is a man who has done many exciting things in his life, and although he is in the Navy, he is not afraid to admit that the Marines, and especially the Silent Drill Platoon, have them all beat. What you are going to see, Dustin told me, you will never forget. Dustin looked sharp in his choker whites as we arrived at the commandants house for a reception before the parade. But when a Marine offered to escort me to my seat, Dustin smiled knowingly. I love the Navy, and Ive been a Navy dependent for 37 years, but those Marines well, theres nothing quite like them. If a bear jumped out of the bushes, I was sure this Marine by my side could stop it with one hand and not miss a step or release my arm. In fact, I over heard someone behind me say that the Marine Corps Barracks is the safest block in Washington, D.C. People dont mess with Marines. Sir Zambellas said the same in his speech at the reception. After noting that the British did not burn the Marine Corps Barracks during the War of 1812, he said that even then his predecessors knew not to mess with the Marine Corps. The Marines are quietly polished. They are dedicat ed. And they are disciplined to a level beyond compre hension. For 90 minute, five platoons stood in place, not moving a muscle (quite literally) or swaying in the slightest. Anyone who witnesses the parade can imagine how formidable these men and women would seem in combat. Before the platoons came out from behind a breezeway shrouded by shrubs, we could hear them. We heard their footsteps, their commands and the clinking of their weaponry. The Marines are coming! The Marines are com ing! I thought. Its the same thought I had while run ning a 5K in Pensacola. I heard the rhythmic thump of their footsteps and turned around to see about 100 Marines in line and running toward me on the route. Dustin pushed me up onto the curb yelling, Get out of the way, the Marines are coming! In the eerie half-darkness of the parade field, as the Marines footsteps echoed from behind the bushes, I thought it again: Get out of the way, the Marines are coming. And then the Silent Drill Platoon came forward. Their precision and timing defies absolutely every thing you thought humanly possible. I will never for get their expressionless faces, half illuminated and half not. After the parade, the band played the Navy hymn, Eternal Father, and Im certain everyone even all those stoic admirals and generals had goose bumps. How could they not? Each gentle rise of the notes brought tears to my eyes as I thought of military friends weve lost and the wounded warriors seated in front of us. Thats when I realized: the parade was fascinating to us, but its not for us. Its clear the Marines are doing it for them the lost and wounded. Thats where their discipline and dedication comes from. And, honestly, no other group looks quite as good doing it. On Page 9 of the Aug. 7 edition of Jax Air News, the photo caption beneath the Harpoon missile launching off the wing is incorrect. Instead of Japanese Military Defense Force, it should read, Japan Maritime SelfDefense Force. Correction From the Homefront8th and I an unforgettable Marine experience


Compiled from U.S. Central Command News ReleasesThe U.S. military conducted a third airdrop of food and water for thousands of Iraqi citizens threatened by the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant on Mount Sinjar in northern Iraq, and airstrikes against ISIL tar gets continued, U.S. Central Command officials said Aug. 10. The airdrop was conducted from multiple air bases in CentComs area of responsibility, officials said, and included one C-17 and two C-130 cargo aircraft that together dropped a total of 72 bundles of supplies. U.S. fighter aircraft in the area supported the mission. The C-17 dropped 40 container delivery system bun dles of fresh drinking water totaling 3,804 gallons. In addition, the two C-130s dropped 32 bundles totaling 16,128 packaged meals. To date, in coordination with the Iraqi government, U.S. military aircraft have delivered more than 52,000 meals and more than 10,600 gallons of fresh drinking water to the displaced Yezidis seeking refuge from ISIL on the mountain. Meanwhile, U.S. military forces continued to attack ISIL terrorists in Iraq, conducting four airstrikes to defend Yezidi civilians being indiscriminately attacked by ISIL near Sinjar, CentCom officials said. A mix of U.S. fighters and remotely piloted aircraft destroyed one of two ISIL armored personnel carriers firing on Yezidi civilians near Sinjar. After the strike, U.S. forces monitored movement of the second vehicle and subsequently located two ISIL armored personnel carriers and an armed truck nearby. U.S. aircraft struck the vehicles, and all indications are that they were destroyed, officials said. Later, U.S. aircraft located and struck another armored personnel carrier near Sinjar. This strike also apparently was successful, officials said. From Navy Public AffairsTwo U.S. Navy F/A-18 Super Hornets assigned to Carrier Air Wing 8 embarked on USS George H. W. Bush (CVN 77) struck Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) targets near Erbil, Iraq, Aug. 8. Bush is operating in the Arabian Gulf on a scheduled deployment to U.S. 5th Fleet. The F/A-18s dropped 500-pound laser-guided bombs against ISIL artil lery targets. CVW-8 aircraft assigned to the Bush carrier strike group include: the Golden Warriors of VFA87; theValions of VFA-15; the Fighting Black Lions of VFA-213; the Tomcatters of VFA-31; the Bear Aces of VAW-124; the Garudas of VAQ-134; the Tridents of HSC-9; the Rawhides of VRC-40; and the Spartans of HSM70 (based at NAS Jacksonville). By Claudette RouloDoD News, Defense Media ActivityDefense Secretary Chuck Hagel has estab lished an internal Ebola task force to eval uate how the department can most effec tively support overarching U.S. government and international efforts to prevent further transmission of the virus, the Pentagon press secretary said Aug.5. There has been no impact to U.S. Africa Commands operations in Africa as a result of the Ebola virus, Navy Rear Adm. John Kirby told reporters during a news briefing. But clearly, were watching this as closely as everybody else is and its an interagency effort here in the United States, the admiral said. Its not just the Pentagon, its CDC, USAID, its State Department. I mean, were all talking about this and working on this. A small number of department personnel remain on the ground in West Africa, Kirby said, assigned to the U.S. Army Medical Research Institute of Infectious Diseases in Liberia. They have established diagnostic labo ratory capabilities there and have provid ed personal protective equipment to those involved in testing for the disease, a defense official said. The personnel have also sup plied thousands of Ebola test kits to labo ratory personnel. No DoD personnel are currently in Sierra Leone, but AMRIID has established diagnostic laboratory capability there as well. A second American patient, Nancy Writebol, arrived at Dobbins Air Reserve Base in Marietta, Ga., today. Writebol and Dr. Kent Brantly, who arrived Aug. 2, were transported from Liberia on contracted pri vate aircraft. There was no military par ticipation in the movement, Kirby said. Both patients are being treated in a special ized containment unit at Emory University Hospital in Atlanta. Humanitarian airdrops, strikes against ISIL continue in Iraq Navy F/A-18s strike ISIL targets Photo by MC3 Margaret KeithSailors make final inspections on an F/A-18C Hornet assigned to the Golden Warriors of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 87 aboard the aircraft carrier USS George H.W. Bush (CVN 77). DoD stands up Ebola task force JOIN TODAY! ducks.org 800-45-DUCKS A CFC participant provided as a public service JAX AIR NEWS, NAS JACKSONVILLE, Thursday, August 14, 2014 3


4 JAX AIR NEWS, NAS JACKSONVILLE, Thursday, August 14, 2014 Hornet pilot takes up with beesBy Clark PierceEditorWhen he isnt supporting flight testing activitiesfor a Defense Contract Management Agency office at Cecil Commerce Center, F/A-18 pilot Cmdr. Aaron Rouland freely admits he is a devoted apiarist more commonly known as a beekeeper. Rouland, who recently com pleted his 20th year in the Navy, took up his honey hobby about four years ago, while stationed at NAS Patuxent River, Md. His wife, Erin, asked if he was interested in attending a bee keeping class in the local com munity. In just four classes, we learned the basics of beekeep ing and bought our first hives and equipment. All you have to do is register your hives with the state. As pollinators, bees positive ly affect plants and crops, espe cially in Floridas citrus industry, which counts honey as a cash crop, too, said Rouland. When we did our PCS move from Pax River to NAS Jax, we gave away our hives rather than transport them hundreds of miles. After receiving permission to setup hives aboard NAS Jax, Rouland bought two nucleus colonies that house seven medi um-size frames full of comb that contain brood (young bees developed from larval to pupae stages), honey and pollen. Most importantly, the rack contains a fertile queen that can lay hun dreds of eggs a day. Roulands son, Gus (11) said, When we bought these new hives, dad got a beekeeper suit for me and my younger brother, so we could help him out with the colonies. I really like it, even though I mainly just hand him tools and keep the smoker going. In addition to pollen and nec tar, honeybees gather water for use in cooling the inside of the hives on hot days. Bees typical ly range in a fourto six-mile radius from the hive. The Florida Bureau of Plant and Apiary Inspection checks honeybee colonies annually and issues a certificate of bee keeping registration. When it comes time to extract the honey (about next February), as a hobby beekeep er, if Rouland harvests more than 25 pounds of the golden liquid and comb, hell be very pleased with his bees. Bee balm flowers aboard NAS Jacksonville are attractive additions to late-summer herb gardens. Bees and other nectar-seeking creatures covet the tubular flowers. Father and son finish inspection of the 8th rack of honeycomb in the hive. Wildflower beds, like these late-blooming golden coreopsis near the St. Johns River and Mustin Road, provide necessary protein and fats (pollen) to keep the hive happy.


JAX AIR NEWS, NAS JACKSONVILLE, Thursday, August 14, 2014 5 Photos by Clark Pierce and John YoungAfter enjoying a smoke, bees in the top of the hive are calm and ready for inspection. As his son, Gus, puts on his protec tive beekeeper suit, urban apiarist (bee keeper) Cmdr. Aaron Rouland loads his smoker with kindling wood. Smoke calms honeybees so a beekeeper may manipulate the hive for peak perfor mance. Gus Rouland (left) tends the smoker as his father, Aaron, gets into his protective beekeeper suit Aug. 1 near the family's two hives aboard NAS Jacksonville. Gus Rouland, 11, reminds base nature lovers that bee hives should not be disturbed. Working tirelessly seven days a week, honeybees will soon finish the hexagonal honeycomb in this rack from the hive. With the hive top removed, the Roulands gain access to eight frames of honeycomb. Blue ageratum (floss flower) provides pollen to hon eybees that make NAS Jacksonville home. A smoker is basically like a coffee can with an attached bellow for producing and directing smoke. Gus Roulard removes the top of a hive so his father can inspect the bees and the racks of honeycomb. Each bee hive contains eight racks of honeycomb. Rouland inspected some racks and determined the hives are healthy.


ance, higher dash speed to get to the area of action faster, and larger passive search area due to its capability to pro cess 64 vice 32 sonobuoys. Additionally, P-8s acoustic processor demonstrat ed better reliability and longer passive detection ranges than a P-3. Over the course of the seven-month deployment, the P-8A became the plat form of choice for long-range maritime domain awareness, and search and rescue missions due to its increased range and endurance. The higher transit speed of a P-8 resulted in more on-sta tion time during the execution of longrange missions, Papp said. He added that the ALQ-240 Electronic Support Measures (ESM) system sig nificantly extended the tactical surveil lance range of the P-8A and enabled aircrews to quickly locate surface con tacts of interest in the dense maritime environment of the Western Pacific. In addition to the ESM systems perfor mance, he explained that the datalink and sensor fusion capability of the P-8 significantly enhanced aircrew situ ational awareness and enabled higherfidelity tactical reporting to operational commanders. P-8 demonstrated high levels of SIPRNET chat, Link 16, and Link 11 connectivity, which enabled aircrews to better integrate with U.S. and allied naval and joint platforms operating in the Western Pacific, Papp added. Not only did VP-16 conduct various operational missions while deployed, the squadron also conducted demon strations for high-ranking officials from allies and partners such as Japan, South Korea, Australia, and Malaysia. The high quality work of the P-8A team has made this fleet delivery possible. We look forward to having con tinued successes within the program, Dillon said. The P-8A Poseidon is replacing the P-3C Orion as a long-range anti-sub marine warfare, anti-surface warfare, intelligence, surveillance and recon naissance aircraft, capable of broadarea, maritime and littoral operations. POSEIDON 15From Page 1 By April PhillipsNaval Safety Center Public AffairsIn an effort to save lives and resourc es needlessly lost due to mishaps, an Operational Safety Council has been established and will meet monthly to share ideas and concerns. The council was directed as part of the Fleet Safety Campaign plan recent ly signed by Adm. Bill Gortney, com mander, U.S. Fleet Forces Command, (USFF) and Adm. Harry Harris, com mander, U.S. Pacific Fleet (PACFLT). The council is comprised of safety officers from Type Commanders (TYCOMs) across warfighting commu nities in both the Atlantic and Pacific Fleets (through video teleconferenc ing), and representatives from the Naval Safety Center, USFF and PACFLT. The group meets at the Naval Safety Center headquarters in Norfolk, Va. Were trying to collect all the best practices across our different cultures in a collaborative environment, said Cmdr. Brendan Murphy, director of Fleet Safety. Were also trying to bring visibility to our safety-related issues and raise them up the chain of com mand. The Operational Safety Council sup ports the Operational Safety Board, which is chaired jointly by Gortney and Harris, so important issues will ulti mately receive high-level visibility. Murphy said the idea of safety coun cils is time-honored, especially onboard ships and in squadrons. This is simply a bigger version of the unit-level safety councils, he said. The goal is to learn from each other and work on safety issues that warrant a higher level of scrutiny. The TYCOMs now have an organizational body designed specifically to raise aware ness about safety concerns important to them. Unit-level safety professionals who would like to raise concerns for the council to consider are encouraged to communicate them to their TYCOM safety counterparts.New Fleet Safety Council to meet Photo by AE2 Samantha JonesNAS Jax CPO selectees announcedNAS Jax Commanding Officer Capt. Roy Undersander (left) and NAS Jax Command Master Chief CMDCM(SW/AW) Teri McIntyre (third from left) are the first to congratulate the chief petty officer selectees of NAS Jax. (From left) Undersander, ENC(Sel) Chad Burnett, McIntyre, BMC(Sel) David Brown, CSC (Sel) Nelson Albores, ABEC(Sel) Dequinton Baker, AEC(Sel) Larry Renew, ACC (Sel) Dax Bonnett, AOC(Sel) Kendric Stockdale. When asked how they reacted upon learning of their selection, Baker said, "Relieved. The anticipation was killing us. By Terri Moon Cronk DoD News, Defense Media ActivityAugust is National Immunization Awareness Month, and while vac cines are important for people of all ages, theyre vital to the Defense Departments fighting force, the direc tor of the Military Vaccine Agency, Vaccine Healthcare Centers Networks said. Army Col. (Dr.) Margaret Yacovone emphasized that vaccinations are safe and effective, and without them, debili tating diseases and even death can occur. [About] 46,000 Americans and 1.5 million children die from vaccine-pre ventable illnesses each year, she said. Studies also have found there is no evidence that vaccinating 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 tremendous suc cess, Yacovone said. And while many diseases have been eradicated from the United States, some, such as measles and pertussis, have reappeared because of complacency and people who choose to not vaccinate, she said, noting 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 manufacturers have added the pertussis vaccine to the inoc ulations 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 pertussis vaccination. While infants and children have developing immune systems and need early childhood vaccinations, the older population 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 people or those with compromised respiratory systems is for pneumonia. In addition, there are immunizations for adolescents such as the vaccine for Immunization Awareness Month kicks offSee IMMUNIZATION, Page 13 6 JAX AIR NEWS, NAS JACKSONVILLE, Thursday, August 14, 2014


II and we are excited to hopefully wel come the new chiefs in September. said NAS Jax Command Master Chief (CMDCM) Teri McIntyre. The FY-15 CPO selectees started CPO 365 Phase II at a meet-and-greet with all CPOs aboard NAS Jacksonville fol lowed by their first PRT. The NAS Jacksonville CPO Mess has an exciting season planned for the selectees as we mold their mind and body into that of a chief petty officer, said AWOCS Glenn Plower of VP-30, the lead CPO Phase II coordinator. The Selectees will participate in training with the current chiefs until their pin ning ceremonies on Sept. 16. CPOsFrom Page 1 Photos by AWVC Joe SegretiAZC Marilyn Buford facilitates a discussion on deckplate leadership as part of the CPO Selectee Leadership Course. ISC(Sel) Damon Philbeck leads selectees in brainstorming barriers to being an effective leader during the CPO Selectee Leadership Course. ATC(Sel) Chad Abel performs the pushup portion of the PRT while AMC(Sel) Oscar Garciaestrada counts for him. AMCS Suzanne Sheerin monitors the test and provides encouragement. AWOC Eric Rider performs a PFA weigh-in of AMC(Sel) Billy Jack Avance. All CPO selectees must pass the PFA before they may be pinned. Members of the NAS Jacksonville Chiefs Mess run alongside as AWOC (Sel) Chris Aiu finishes the run portion of the PRT. Photo by Kaylee LarocqueFRCSE production officer retiresFleet Readiness Center Southeast (FRCSE) Detachment Mayport Officer in Charge Lt. Cmdr. Claude Taylor presents FRCSE Engine Production Officer Lt. Cmdr. Stanley Lake Jr. with a shadow box displaying memorabilia from his 22-year naval career during his retirement ceremony at the NAS Jacksonville River Cove Catering and Conference Center on Aug. 7. Image courtesy of Webster UniversityMilitary affiliated graduatesWebster University convened its 24th commencement ceremony Aug. 2 celebrat ing the graduation of 126 students at the Jacksonville Times Union Center for the Performing Arts. Among the graduates there were 42 affiliated with the military (3 active duty Navy, 25 retired Navy, six active duty Army, six retired Army, one retired Marine and one retired Air Force). The graduates were joined by several officials who congratulated them on their accomplishments that included: Dr. Elizabeth Stroble, president of Webster University; Dr. Carol Adams, associate vice president for Academic Affairs; Nick Spina, regional director for the State of Florida; Dr. Cristina Echeverry, Greater Jacksonville Campuses director; Robert Cox, director of the Melbourne Campus; and Vicki O'Tool, Navy College director of Jacksonville's Naval Air Station. JAX AIR NEWS, NAS JACKSONVILLE, Thursday, August 14, 2014 7


8 JAX AIR NEWS, NAS JACKSONVILLE, Thursday, August 14, 2014 By Kaylee LaRocqueFRCSE Public AffairsFleet Readiness Center Southeast (FRCSE) artisans and engineers are leading the way in additive manufacturing (AM), a new cutting-edge tech nology that uses 3D modeling to create prototyping of aircraft components, fixtures and tools. The process is putting the military depot at the forefront of innovation by creating air craft parts in house to increase production, reduce outsourced manufacturing and expand its ability to provide accurate and timely repairs. Additive manufacturing is the future of FRCSE, said Bill Sowell, branch head, FRCSE Manufacturing Engineering Support. Its a win-win for everyone. We are staying cur rent with the latest technology by making various parts and tools. This is another tool in the toolbox to help FRCSE meet manufacturing demands in a timely and cost-effective man ner, so we can rapidly respond to the warfighters needs. Artisans use blueprints to build computer-aided design files that create mod els through a 3D software program. The 3D model is then converted to a Standard Tessellation Language file and uploaded to a ZCorp Spectrum Z510 printer. The printer uses a plaster-like powder and binder to build a three-dimensional mold of an object one layer at a time. We have been using the ZCorp Spectrum printer to grow smaller models for sev eral years, because it is more cost effective, said Sowell. In the past, artisans in the manufacturing division used aluminum to create the model or prototype parts which took about 12 to 24 hours. Now, the engineers send us the digital 3D model prototypes, and we can build the model within four hours. If the model needs to be changed, it is modified as needed and regrown for fit checking. Once the prototype is fully accepted by engineer ing, the 3D model becomes the certified model based defi nition (MBD) of the part and is released to manufactur ing. This MBD and associated technical data is placed into a repository to be used by those needing to manufacture the part. Because the model is built layer by layer, the machine is capable of producing a vari ety of shapes including com plex assemblies. These models can be linked or fully assem bled depending on engineer ing specifications. Once the machine completes the build ing process, the part must harden before being cleaned, sanded, painted or drilled. Artisans fit the model into an aircraft to ensure precise spec ifications are met. The model is then used by FRCSE Computer Numerical Control program mers who program the equip ment and machinists who build the actual parts. FRCSE continues to advance to new technologies with the addition of a Statasys Fortus 400mc prototyping machine. The Fortus is a new state-ofthe-art machine used in indus trial manufacturing facili ties to build larger parts. The machine is capable of using several different thermoplas tic materials to withstand resistance to heat and chemi cals as well as eliminating static electricity. These mate rials are also biocompat ible with various compounds. We installed the Fortus in April after sending our engi neers through training to learn how to operate the new system, said Sowell. We are currently prototyping F/A-18 Hornet parts and designing and building tooling, such as form blocks for manufactur ing sheet metal parts with great success. In the near future, we hope to be actually building metal parts that are aircraft worthy and can be direct ly installed on the aircraft. To achieve this goal, FRCSE is converting an existing Sciaky Electron Beam Welding System to an Electron Beam Additive Manufacturing System. This new system uses a high ener gy beam to melt metal wire into a shape and size defined by the 3D model. The process takes place in a large vacuum chamber where various metal alloys are deposited layer by layer until the desired part is created. The part may require machining and inspection to the MBD and engineering specifications before being installed on an aircraft. Our top goal is to develop the capability to qualify and certify a flight critical compo nent and install it on an air craft at the depot within three years, said Chris Williams, FRCSE AM site lead and a sub ject matter expert on the Naval Air Systems Command AM Integrated Product Team. The process engineering team has been pivotal in our capability at FRCSE by using prototype equipment years ago, continued Williams. They began this effort before it became a hot topic and have been looking to upgrade these capabilities. This has placed us in a position to potentially meet that threeyear goal. Its a great opportu nity to be at the forefront of a new technology that can pro vide many benefits and ensure its done properly, safely and effectively. We are not just making tools, we are making parts which saves machine time, By Army Sgt. 1st Class Tyrone Marshall Jr.DoD News, Defense Media ActivityThe Defense Departments top voting official provided absentee voting tips Aug. 5 and re-emphasized the impor tance of registering, requesting ballots and voting early in the process. The most important thing to remem ber when dealing with absentee vot ing is to start the process early, Matt Boehmer, director of the Federal Voting Assistance Program said in an inter view with DoD News. You can use the federal postcard application, or FPCA, to both register to vote and to request your absentee bal lot, Boehmer said. And you can use our online assistant tools that walk you through the process. Boehmer discussed why it is impor tant to notify election officials of where to send ballots and how to do so. You actually have to tell them, he said. Your address isnt updated when you move, so we strongly suggest that you fill out a new federal postcard appli cation when you move. There are also a few things to keep in mind when dealing with the absentee voting process. Dont use the federal postcard appli cation if you plan on voting in person at the polls. Instead, use your state form. Also, dont forget to check your inbox for your ballot if youve requested to receive it by e-mail. Also, dont forget to send in your bal lot as soon as possible, Boehmer said. When you get your ballot, vote it, sign it and send it. In the event that a service member or family member doesnt receive their ballot in time, Boehmer said a backup ballot can be used. If, by the first of October, you havent seen your state ballot, use our backup ballot, and you can get that at www. fvap.gov. If the state ballot comes in after you have sent in your backup ballot, simply fill out the state ballot, Boehmer con tinued, [and] send it in, but dont worry your vote will only count once. There is also help available for those wishing to vote who may feel over whelmed by the process. Thats why FVAP is here, Boehmer said. We know that the process of absentee voting can seem overwhelm ing, but the tools that we have available at www.fvap.gov help make the process easier. Other options for assistance include contacting a voting assistance officer, calling 1-800-438-VOTE or sending an e-mail with any questions to vote@fvap. gov. Boehmer also shared how service members can help raise awareness about the FVAP. Simply spreading the word is the best way that service members can help. You can find us on Facebook [and] on Twitter. Also, sharing information with your unit and family members is a great way to help out. FVAP is here to help throughout the 2014 election cycle, Boehmer said. For those service members and their families who want to vote, we want to make sure that they can vote and know how to do it.Senior DoD voting official offers absentee voting tips FRCSE applies new 3D technologyPhotos by Victor PittsFleet Readiness Center Southeast (FRCSE) Mechanical Engineer Julio Williams removes a prototype aircraft part created in the ZCorp Spectrum Z510 machine July 16. The machine uses a computer-aided design file via 3D modeling software to build the part one layer at a time. Once the mold is hardened, sanded, drilled and painted, it is fitted into an aircraft for specific measurements. FRCSE machinists then use the mold to create the actual part for the aircraft. Harry Rowell, an aircraft sheet metal mechanic with Tyonek Services Corporation, uses a molded block to make a metal part for the EA-6B Prowler aircraft Aug. 4. The modeled block was created using Fleet Readiness Center Southeast's new Statasys Fortus 400mc printer.Photo by Kaylee LaRocqueThe new Statasys Fortus 400 mc printer at Fleet Readiness Center Southeast's (FRCSE) manufacturing division creates a mold of an aircraft part using a computer-aided design file cre ated by an FRCSE engineer. The part is used to determine exact specifications of an aircraft part before the metal part is built by machinists. Tom Ligdas (right), a test engineer with Sciaky Inc., closes the door of the Sciaky Electron Beam Welder at Fleet Readiness Center Southeast (FRCSE) after examining the machine as FRCSE Industrial Engineer George D'Amato looks on Aug. 4. The machine is being upgraded to an Electron Beam Additive Manufacturing machine to manufacture metal aircraft parts and tools from a computer-aided design. Fleet Readiness Center Southeast (FRCSE) Sheet Metal Worker Kenny Boykins removes a modeled form block for an F/A-18 Hornet brack et from the Statasys Fortus 400mc printer in the military depot's manufacturing division Aug. 4. The printer creates the 3D model from a comput er-aided design one layer at a time using a thermoplastic product. The modeled form block is then used to form the metal bracket used on the air craft.See 3D, Page 17


on challenges and is commit ted to providing superb care to our nations heroes, past and present, and their families. During Shaffers two-year tour, NH Jacksonville set the standard of excellence with in Navy Medicine, achiev ing numerous awards and certifications for health care quality including: The Joint Commissions Gold Seal of Approval accredita tion; the National Committee for Quality Assurance Level III (highest level possible); Recognition for all 14 Medical Home Port teams; 2014 Outstanding Achievement in Scholarly Activity Award; 2013 Excellence in Teaching Award from the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences; and the Navy Surgeon Generals Health Promotion and Wellness Blue H Award (all six facilities and reserve Operational Health Support Unit detachments). Additionally, NH Jacksonville won the Captain Joan Dooling Award for IT Professional Excellence and passed inspections by the Navy Medical Inspector General, College of American Pathologists, Navy Supply Fleet Logistics Center, and the American Association of Blood Banks (achieving a two-year reaccreditation with an overall compliance rate of 99 percent). And in response to Hurricane Isaac, its BHC aboard Marine Corps Logistics Base Albany extended health and den tal care services to an addi tional 4,000 relocated Naval Air Technical Training Center (NATTC) students and Marine Aviation Training Support Group (MATSG) Pensacola. Shaffer was noted as the driv ing force in the success of the command during a period of extraordinary challenges that included sequestration, civilian furloughs and a government shutdown. Under her leader ship, Shaffer improved overall primary care provider continu ity (from 43 to 75 percent) and expanded medical treatment facility enrollment across its facilities resulting in the recap ture of 14,000 patients back into the direct care system. Other notable accomplish ments during Shaffers tour include: maintaining a 90 per cent or higher patient satisfac tion rate; sustained medical readiness rates above 90 per cent, for the NH Jacksonville enterprise and its tenant com mands; sustained operational dental readiness at or above 95 percent; redirected $9.8 mil lion from commercial insur ance companies back to Navy Medicine through expand ed health care capabilities; launched a new Mental Health Directorate and Sexual Assault Forensic Exam services; and ventured into health care col laborations with the Veterans Administration, Marine Corps, Air Force and com munity health care organiza tions which expanded avail able services while decreasing TRICARE network costs. Shaffer, a native of Bloomington, Ill., and U.S. Navy Dental Corps officer, took leadership of NH Jacksonville June 8, 2012. She is a mem ber of the American Dental Association and Academy of General Dentistry and a Fellow of the Academy of General Dentistry (FAGD) and International College of Dentists (FICD). Shaffer will embark on a new assignment at BUMED as the Assistant Deputy Chief for Medical Operations, where she will be focusing primar ily on Navy Medicines global approach to delivering out standing care. Le Favour, a Medical Service Corps officer and NH Jacksonvilles new command ing officer, most recently served as executive officer of NH Camp Pendleton, Calif. He is board certified in health care management and a Fellow in the American College of Healthcare Executives. Le Favour acknowledged the exceptionally high standard set by Shaffer, observing that the heroes of our nation can rest easy and focus on their mis sion because they and their families are receiving the best care a grateful nation can give. He finished his remarks by tell ing those in attendance, I am ready to go to work! NH Jacksonvilles priority since its founding in 1941 is to heal the nations heroes and their families. The command is comprised of the Navys third largest hospital and five branch health clinics across Florida and Georgia. Of its patient popula tionabout 163,000 active and retired sailors, soldiers, Marines, airmen, guardsmen and their families70,000 are enrolled with a primary care manager and Medical Home Port team at one of its facilities. To find out more, visit the command Web site at www.med.navy.mil/sites/ NavalHospitalJax NHJ COCFrom Page 1 Photo by Yan KennonCapt. Gayle Shaffer, Naval Hospital (NH) Jacksonville com manding officer, receives the Legion of Merit award Aug. 8 on behalf of Vice Adm. Matthew Nathan, Navy Surgeon General, from Rear Adm. Terry Moulton, commander of Navy Medicine East and Naval Medical Center Portsmouth, during the change of command ceremony at All Saints Chapel aboard NAS Jacksonville. The award recognized Shaffers dynamic leader ship, keen judgment and inspiring devotion to duty during her two-year tour as commanding officer. Shaffer passed on the leadership of NH Jacksonville to Capt. John Le Favour. Rear Adm. Terry Moulton, commander of Navy Medicine East and Naval Medical Center Portsmouth, discusses the goals and future of Navy Medicine with Naval Hospital Jacksonville staff during his Aug. 7 visit. He also attended senior leadership meetings and toured the facility during his visit to the hospital the Navys third largest. Photos by Jacob SippelMoulton visitsPaul Friend (center), NH Jacksonville facilities manager, confers with Rear Adm. Terry Moulton (right), commander of Navy Medicine East and Naval Medical Center Portsmouth, and Capt. John Le Favour, NH Jacksonvilles prospective commanding officer, about the location of the hospitals anticipated inpatient mental health department. Moulton also met Aug. 7 with NH Jacksonvilles commanding officer, Capt. Gayle Shaffer, and her senior leadership for a status briefing on the commands operations, goals, performance and readiness. JAX AIR NEWS, NAS JACKSONVILLE, Thursday, August 14, 2014 9


Navy Lodge celebrates renovationNAS Jax Commanding Officer Capt. Roy Undersander (in uniform) is joined by (from left) Robert Ashley of NAS Jax Public Works Department, Vice President of Navy Exchange Command and Director, Navy Lodge Program, Michael Bockelman, Navy Lodge General Manager Melanie Peters, Navy Lodge Regional Manager Francine Faison, and Celio Cedeno of NAS Jax Public Works Department at the NAS Jax Navy Lodge ribbon cutting ceremony on Aug 7. I applaud the Navy Lodge and NAS Jax Public Works team for their efforts in the renovations of this facility, said Undersander. Your diligence and hard work have made this lodge more family friendly and also, a place where military personnel can enjoy quality facilities and amenities at an affordable cost. Stephen Pepe Jr., director, DoD Reservation Center, presents the new two-bedroom family suite available at the Navy Lodge. The suite can house up to seven people, contains two separate bathrooms, a fully equipped kitchen, and includes a private courtyard and entrance. Over the last two years, our Navy Lodge served 65,409 guests, despite construction, and came out rated in the top 10 percent for the first quarter of this year, just after completing renovations, said NAS Jax Commanding Officer Capt. Roy Undersander. This accomplishment is a testament to the outstanding customer service the NAS Jax Navy Lodge staff provides to all of their patrons. Photo by AE2 Samantha Jones 10 JAX AIR NEWS, NAS JACKSONVILLE, Thursday, August 14, 2014 Ronnie Munsey knows the restaurant business. Hes been in it for 27 years. And, Ronnie Munsey knows wings. He prepares and sells wings at three locations: Green Cove Springs, Orange Park and his newest location at Cecil Com merce Center. Weve got the best wings in the state, Munsey said. I put the best quality I can on the table, beginning with wings and including everything on the menu. And, we are happy to serve the folks who live and work around Cecil. Were a short ride, and weve got food ready when you get here. Munsey has been in the Cecil Commerce Center location at 13715 Lake Newman St. for only four months, and hes eager to serve military personnel and civilians in the area. To accommodate shorter lunch periods, Munsey has intro duced a hot-lunch buffet. We understand the need to get in and get out quickly, he said. By having the fresh-cooked hot lunch already on the within minutes of entering the restaurant. The all-you-can-eat buffet offers wings on Monday, a taco bar on Tuesday, baked spaghetti on Wednesday, pork chops price for the buffet. Even though diners may need to eat quickly, they do so Course. The atmosphere inside is relaxed, friendly and en joyable, and the view through the expanse of windows is the well-kept greens of the golf course. every day in your choice of mild, medium, hot, krypton and honey barbecue. Sandwiches, items from the grill, salads, appetizers and sides round out the menu. Beverage selec tions include soft drinks, fresh iced tea and a full bar, wine and beer. Munsey puts a high premium on quality. You keep customers coming back by making sure the food is the highest quality possible, he said. People may want to eat quickly, but they dont necessarily want fast our high standards of quality. Ronnies Wings is open 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. daily. Military Phone your order in advance or for take-out at 778-5272. eat wings on Mondays, Munsey said. Simply the best wings at the best price it doesnt get any better than that. *Hot-lunch buffet available only at Cecil Commerce Cen ter location. Ronnies Wings: Ready when you are Ronnies Wings Cecil Commerce Center location offers the best wings in the state, a hot-lunch buffet, inviting surroundings and a scenic golf course view. Convenience and fresh food ready to serve Enjoy Ronnies Wings at these three locations: Ronnies at Fiddlers Green/Cecil Commerce Center* 13715 Lake Newman 778-5272 Ronnies in Orange Park 2141 Loch Rane Blvd. 272-0064 Ronnies in Green Cove Springs 232 Walnut St. 284-4728


Lt. j. g. Mark BadenVP-8 Public Affairs OfficerPatrol Squadron (VP) -8 began its historic transition Aug. 4 to the Navys new maritime patrol and reconnaissance aircraft, the P-8A Poseidon. After 50 years of flying the venerable P-3 Orion, the Fighting Tigers are just the fourth Navy squadron to make the transition to the P-8A. We are extremely excited for the challenge and oppor tunity to fly the P-8 Poseidon, said VP-8 Commanding Officer, Cmdr. Derek Adametz. I am confident in the pride and professionalism of our Fighting Tiger aircrew, maintainers and support personnel and we are deter mined to make this a very successful transition. Following turnover of their P-3 aircraft from their recent seven-month dual-site deployment, the pilots, NFOs and aircrew checked in to the P-8A Integrated Training Center to start their six-month transition syl labus. The Fighting Tiger Maintainers checked into the Center for Naval Aviation Technical Training Unit (CNATTU), Jacksonville for organizational-level maintenance class es taught by Boeing instructors. By the beginning of February, the Fighting Tigers will begin their 12-month Inter-Deployment Readiness Cycle in preparation for their first deployment as a P-8A Poseidon squadron. By Lt. j.g. Joseph BayoVP-26 PAOThe Tridents of VP-26 wel comed Naval Reserve Officers Training Corps (NROTC) mid shipmen Christine Walker and Evan Forst for four weeks as part of their First Class Aviation midshipmen summer cruise. Summer cruise for first-year midshipmen is a brief overview of ships, aircraft and subma rines while the second and third year for second and first class midshipmen gives them the opportunity to select a war fare community and experi ence more in-depth training. Midshipmen First Class Christine Walker, 22, and a native of Jacksonville, just graduated from the University of Florida with a bachelors in geology. After commissioning as an Ensign on Aug. 12, she will be heading to San Diego where she will serve as a division officer aboard the USS Princeton (CG59). Initial training as a prospec tive Surface Warfare Officer will include Basic Division Officer Course (BDOC) at San Diego and Surface Warfare Officer School (SWOS) at Naval Station Newport, R.I. Evan and I were given the opportunity to join some of the combat aircrews during tactical and pilot training simulators. Additionally, we went on sev eral flights and gained handson exposure to the different responsibilities and roles of the P-3C. One of the most exciting parts of the cruise was being able to fly aboard the P-3C and work with a Coast Guard ship on a search-and-rescue mis sion, said Walker. Another highlight of the cruise was the mentoring and great advice we got from the junior officers of VP-26. Midshipmen First Class Evan Forst, 21, is a native of Jupiter, Fla. He is a rising senior cur rently majoring in electrical engineering at Virginia Tech. Being able to take the con trols of a P-3C was the high light of my summer cruise with VP-26. It was also great to be able to see the lifestyle of the maritime patrol community. This midshipmen training has only further increased my desire to become a naval avia tor and may have an impact on my decision of which commu nity I decide to pursue, said Forst. The NROTC program devel ops midshipmen mentally, morally and physically. It imbues them with the highest ideals of duty, loyalty and Navy core values in order to commis sion college graduates as naval officers who possess a basic professional background, are motivated toward careers in the Naval service and have a poten tial for future development in mind and character so as to assume the highest responsibil ities of command, citizenship and government. All the Tridents of VP-26 wish the midshipmen the best of luck and look forward to seeing them in the fleet. Photo courtesy of VP-26Midshipmen First Class Evan Forst and Christine Walker tour the VP-26 Hangar in their transition to commissioned officers. In their visit with the "Tridents," they gained insight into the dif ferent fields they may enter into once they put on the rank of Ensign.VP-26 hosts NROTC midshipmen Fighting Tigers enter P-8A schoolhouseRoyal Air Force FLT Lt. Colin McChristie, a VP-30 instructor (left), acquaints three officers assigned to the Fighting Tigers of VP-8 with the P-8A Poseidon internal equipment functions and capabilities Aug. 6 at NAS Jax.Photo by MC2 Clay Whaley JAX AIR NEWS, NAS JACKSONVILLE, Thursday, August 14, 2014 11


National Night Out heightens crime prevention awarenessFrom MWRThe NAS Jax Security and Morale, Welfare and Recreation (MWR) departments hosted the 31st Annual National Night Out Aug. 5 at the Allegheny Softball Complex and outdoor pool. The event itself is aimed at increasing police program aware ness, drug prevention, neighborhood watches, and bringing the com munity together. The first National Night Out began in early 1984 through the National Association of Town Watch (NATW). The event has been held around the country on the first Tuesday in August ever since. NATW is a nonprofit, crime pre vention organization that works in coopera tion with thousands of crime watch groups and law enforcement agencies throughout the country. The base is our com munity and we are always excited when we are able to meet and edu cate the community, said NAS Jax Physical Security Officer Richard Hunt. After Colors, NAS Jax Commanding Officer Captain Roy Undersander kicked off the event by welcom ing the families and acknowledging everyone that made the event pos sible. We coordinated the entertainment element which ranged from a DJ booth, a hula hoop con test, bounce houses, an inflatable obstacle course, potato sack races, tug-of-war and a water balloon toss, said NAS Jax Youth Activities Center Director Jason McKenzie.Hopefully, we will continue to make this event even bigger next year as we partner with security personnel to promote crime preven tion awareness. Families and security personnel spent the eve ning interacting with various organizations such as the Fish and Wildlife Commission, Naval Criminal Investigative Service (NCIS) booth, as well as the Jacksonville Sheriffs Office. Participants could also feast on free hamburgers and hot dogs courtesy of MWR. Military dog handlers MA1 Keith Danalewich, MA1 Andrew Barnhart of the NAS Jax Security Department and Military Working Dog Doly per formed detection train ing and also demon strated how the dog can apprehend a suspect. The event was family friendly, safe, and informative for all who attended. Baby B/WPG TRAF TIME USED MAC1 amy bc/tlART COPY AE PROD PROOF5.75 x 10.5B T1 T2 Lmike s caryVERSION: DATE:6-21-2005ZPUB05-010-1012RELEASEDTO VENDORdate Vendor 6/21/05 At the Naval Criminal Investigative Service (NCIS) booth, Carmelo Felix took advantage of the photo op to pose wearing a Kevlar vest and cradling an unloaded assault rifle. Photos by Morgan KehnertNAS Jacksonville Commanding Officer Capt. Roy Undersander welcomed fami lies on Aug. 5 to the 31st National Night Out, an event created for our commu nity to help heighten crime and drug awareness, strengthen neighborhood spirit and send a message to criminals that military families build strong neighbor hoods. Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission State Law Enforcement officers were on site to provide infor mation about their department. Siblings Mikayla and Michael Geiger attended the event with Kianna and Taisha Gibson and were able to climb into the boat for a tour and tested out the boat's intercom system. At the 31st National Night Out, children participated in sack races and hula-hoop competitions, as well as relay races held in the outfield of the softball field. Families gathered to enjoy the free hot dogs and hamburgers grilled by NAS Jax Security. During the National Night Out event, MA1 Andrew Barnhart played the part of the "criminal" in the military working dog demonstration that showed how vital working dogs like "Doly" are to base security. A CFC Participant provided as a public service.While he works to defend our country, St. Jude works to save his son from a deadly disease.St. Jude patient, Aaron, with his father Lieutenant Commander, Scott 12 JAX AIR NEWS, NAS JACKSONVILLE, Thursday, August 14, 2014


meningitis and the human papilloma virus. Most critical is the need for all age groups to get the annual influenza vac cine, Yacovone said. [Everyone] 6 months and older should get flu vaccine. [Influenza] mutates rapidly and develops new strains. Its particularly important for preg nant women to get the flu shot to pro tect themselves and their unborn babies, Yacovone added. Without being properly up-to-date on vaccinations, countless days are lost from school and work, she added. And in a global society where travel ing from country to country is com mon, unvaccinated travelers can con tract U.S.-eradicated diseases and bring them back home, Yacovone said. Its important for people to con sult with their health care providers to determine which immunizations are best for them, she said. IMMUNIZATIONFrom Page 6 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 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 featuring How to Train Your Dragon 2 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 Halloween Horror Nights on sale now! 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. 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. Ichetucknee River Tubing Trip August 30 at 9 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 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 available Auto 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 JAX AIR NEWS, NAS JACKSONVILLE, Thursday, August 14, 2014 13


14 JAX AIR NEWS, NAS JACKSONVILLE, Thursday, August 14, 2014 By Kaylee LaRocque Fleet Readiness Center Southeast Public Affairs Artisans in the Fleet Readiness Center Southeast (FRCSE) weld ing shop are helping manufacture the new AH-1Z Viper helicopter by building canopy, gunner and pilot door frames for the aircraft now in production at Bell Helicopter in Fort Worth, Texas. The five-year contract requires FRCSE to build 30 canopies each year for Kaman Aerospace Corporation of Jacksonville, Fla., a subcontractor responsible for building the cabins for 150 new attack helicopters. Three years ago, we met Kaman representatives at a Florida Manufacturers Association meeting, said FRCSE Business Management Specialist Bill Spencer. We discussed a partnership with them on this project because they didnt want to establish a new welding shop and we have one here that would utilize our world class artisans and facilities. After going through the bid ding vendor qualification pro cess with Bell Helicopter, we got the approval to proceed with prototype and production, he added. The contract is to pro duce 30 canopy sets [consisting of four pieces per set] each year. We began producing prototypes to iron out some issues, and this is the first full year of production. Our goal is to finish two shipped sets each month. FRCSE Welders Cliff Willimon and Steve Hyatt spent many hours training to earn weld certifica tions from Bell Helicopter to spe cifically work on this project. We were required to have this certi fication as part of the contract, said Hyatt. The process begins when the FRCSE welding shop receives a set of tubing and other fabricated metal parts from Kaman. The tub ing arrives wrapped in plastic and covered in a thin film of protective oil. The first step is to send the tubing over to the FRCSE clean ing shop to be steam cleaned to remove the oil, explained FRCSE Assistant Product Manager Randy Parker, who is overseeing the project. Then the tubing is mounted in specifically designed weld fixtures to be welded. Each piece must be precisely welded into place. Bell weld specifications only allow for a .750 of an inch gap in between the tube weld joint fix tures. It has to be an exact fit. Once the frame is welded using a tungsten inert gas with a wire weld process, it is sent to the heat treatment ovens located in the FRCSE heat treat shop. The welds change the molecular structure of the metal and by slowly increas ing the temperature, it alleviates stresses of the weld on the frame, said Parker. It also hardens the metal. When a frame returns to the welding shop, it goes through a non-destructive inspection pro cess which includes a fluid pen etration inspection, and acid etch inspection of the weld joints. This process checks for cracks and voids. Once completed, a source inspection request is forwarded to Kaman. After Kaman inspec tors complete the inspection, they sign off and stamp the cer tificate of conformance which is put into the crates with the frames and returned to Kaman. As the frames are picked up, a new set is delivered. Kaman personnel then assemble the canopies into the cabins before sending them to Bell Helicopter in Texas. Weve had a few glitches when we started this project with some parts that needed to be remanu Anchorage completes URT-2 NASA testingBy MCC(SW/AW) Elena PenceUSS Anchorage Public AffairsAmphibious transport dock USS Anchorage (LPD 23) completed the second Underway Recovery Test (URT-2) Aug. 5 for NASAs Orion Program. URT-2 is the second at-sea test ing of the Orion crew module using a well-deck recovery meth od. The first testing was conducted on board USS San Diego (LPD 22). Anchorage provided a unique, validated capability to support NASAs request for operational support without adversely impact ing the Navys primary warfight ing mission, said Commanding Officer, Cmdr. Joel Stewart. This unique mission gave Anchorage Sailors an opportunity to hone their skills for the routine missions of recovering vehicles in the welldeck and operating RHIBs in the open water while support ing NASA. The testing with NASA was a success and Anchorage Sailors continue to raise the bar, completing missions above and beyond any expectations. During the URT, a test model of the crew module will be deployed from Anchorage and recovered to finalize techniques and proce dures. The first test, the Stationary Recovery Test, occurred at Naval Station Norfolk in August 2013 aboard USS Arlington (LPD 24). Expeditionary Strike Group 3 lead URT-2 which includes Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron 8, providing air support for obser vation and documentation. Also, Anchorage Sailors conducted small boat operations using rigidhulled inflatable boats support ing Explosive Ordnance Disposal Group 1s divers. Fleet Weather Center San Diego monitored and reported sea and weather condi tions during the test Achorage was built at the Huntington Ingalls Shipbuilding site in Avondale, Louisiana and is the seventh San Antonio-class amphibious transport dock ship. Delivered to the U.S. Navy on Sept. 17, 2012, the ship was com missioned on May 4, 2013 in the namesake city of Anchorage, Alaska. Skeet Shooting League FormingOpen to active duty, selective reservists, DoD civilians, and DoD Contractor personnel assigned to a command at NAS Jacksonville. The skeet range does have shotguns to use for free and there is a fee for targets and ammunition.Indoor Volleyball League FormingOpen to active duty, selective reservists, DoD civilians, and DoD Contractor personnel assigned to a command at NAS Jacksonville. 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. 8 Wallyball Team Wins Losses FRCSE 3 1 VP-26 3 1 VP-45 2 1 VP-62 BroadArrows 2 1 VR-62 1 1 NAVFAC 0 3Intramural Summer Basketball Team Wins Losses FRCSE Gold 9 0 NAVHOSP Galley 8 1 HS-11 6 3 FRCSE Blue 4 3 VP-45 4 4 NAS Jax 4 5 NAVHOSP 4 5 FACSFAC/NOSC 3 4 VP-26 2 7 VP-62 BroadArrows 1 8Singles BadmintonTeam Wins Losses Nathan 6 0 Garrett 4 1 Brown 3 2 Bonser 3 2 Bradshaw 2 3 Kubalewski 2 3 Rajendran 2 3 Drost 1 4 Sperry 1 4 NAS Jax Photo by MC1 Corey GreenSailors from the amphibious transport dock ship USS Anchorage (LPD 23) and Navy divers assigned to Explosive Ordnance Disposal Mobile Unit (EODMU) 11, Mobile Diving and Salvage Company 11-7, par ticipate in the second underway recovery test on Aug. 3 for the NASA Orion Program. This is the second at-sea testing for the Orion crew module using a welldeck recovery method. FRCSE welding shop supports new helicopterPhotos by Kaylee LaRocquePhil Weimann, a quality inspector with Kaman Aerospace in Jacksonville carefully inspects the weld on a door canopy frame for the Bell AH-1Z Viper Helicopter in the Fleet Readiness Center Southeast (FRCSE) welding shop on July 10. Once a frame passes inspection in the shop, it is sent to a heat treatment oven at FRCSE for structural testing.Photo by Randy ParkerFleet Readiness Center Southeast (FRCSE) Metals Inspector Whitney Greaney, conducts aluminum etching and a fluorescent penetrant inspection on a canopy in the FRCSE welding shop on July 15. Fleet Readiness Center Southeast Assistant Product Manager Randy Parker inspects a Bell AH-1Z Viper helicopter canopy door frame fixture on July 10 that will be welded, heat treated and inspected before returning to Kaman Aerospace Corporation, the subcontractor that is manu facturing the helicopters cabins. Fleet Readiness Center Southeast Welder Cliff Willimon preps the surface of a Bell AH-1Z Viper helicopter canopy door frame using a pneumatic sander on July 10 before the fixture is welded together in the FRCSE welding shop.See FRCSE, Page 16


Photo by Earl Bittner, NAVFAC Southeast Public Affairs Specialist Navy Yard CERT reservists trainNaval Facilities Engineering Command (NAVFAC) Headquarters, deployed a team of Navy Reservists assigned to the NAVFAC Navy Reserve Contingency Engineering Unit (NRCEU) here from the Washington D.C. Navy Yard to prac tice Contingency Engineering Response Team (CERT) processes and procedures August 4-8. The team of Reserve Seabees used the resources at Public Works Department, NAS Jacksonville, to practice their skills. The CERT was assigned to assess simulated damaged buildings located on NAS Corpus Christi and NAS Kingsville, Texas so that repairs could be programmed to return the bases to full mission capability following a devastating hurricane if it were to make landfall at the simulated location. Pictured from left are CERT Leader and Mechanical Engineer Cmdr. Lester Ortiz, Disaster Assessment Team (DAT) Team Two Leader and Civil Engineer Lt. Cmdr. Jeff Dong, DAT Team One Leader and Architect Cmdr. Brad Davis, and DAT Team One Member and Civil Engineer Lt. Cmdr. Frank Snell review a base map on an electronic tablet to ascertain the locations of the simulated damaged building they are about to assess. Photo by Earl Bittner, NAVFAC Southeast Public Affairs Specialist NAS Jax hosts CERT traineesNaval Facilities Engineering Command (NAVFAC) Headquarters, deployed a team of Navy Reservists assigned to the NAVFAC Navy Reserve Contingency Engineering Unit (NRCEU) here from the Washington D.C. Navy Yard to prac tice Contingency Engineering Response Team (CERT) processes and procedures August 4-8. The team of Reserve Seabees used the resources at Public Works Department, NAS Jacksonville, to practice their skills. The CERT was assigned to assess simulated damaged buildings located on NAS Corpus Christi and NAS Kingsville, Texas so that repairs could be programmed to return the bases to full mission capability following a devastating hurricane if it were to make landfall at the simulated location. (From left) are CERT Leader and Mechanical Engineer Cmdr. Lester Ortiz, Disaster Assessment Team (DAT) Team Two Leader and Civil Engineer Lt. Cmdr. Jeff Dong, DAT Team One Leader and Architect Cmdr. Brad Davis, and DAT Team One Member and Civil Engineer Lt. Cmdr. Frank Snell and Environmental Engineer Lt. Robert McDonald review a base map to ascertain the locations of the simulated damaged building they are about to assess. JOIN TODAY! ducks.org 800-45-DUCKS A CFC participant provided as a public service JAX AIR NEWS, NAS JACKSONVILLE, Thursday, August 14, 2014 15


factured due to bad tub ing supplied by tubing manufacturers, said Hyatt, who has been an FRCSE welder for the past 25 years. The fix tures were made in England and the frames were made in the United States so there were some problems matching them up at the beginning but everything is running smoothly now. The Bell AH-1ZViper helicopter is a twinengine attack helicop ter upgraded from the AH-1W Super Cobra that was developed for the U.S. Marine Corps. According to the Bell Helicopter website, it features state-of-the-art weapons, avionics and communications sys tems flying with the most advanced aircraft surviv ability equipment in the world. The Marine Corps began flying the helicop ter in September 2010 and production of the aircraft is expected to continue through 2019. FRCSEFrom Page 14Steve Hyatt, a welder at Fleet Readiness Center Southeast (FRCSE), welds joints together on a Bell AH-1Z Viper helicopter canopy door frame in the FRCSE welding shop on July 10. From the Office of the Chief of InformationSecretary of the Navy Ray Mabus officially announced Aug. 7 that six Littoral Combat Ships (LCS) will be homeported at Naval Station (NS) Mayport, beginning in 2016. The decision to homeport the ships in Mayport follows pre vious discussions to expand training and infrastructure to support the continued develop ment of the program. LCS was designed for naval operations today and tomor row, and will be a key compo nent of our fleet for a long time to come, Mabus said. The assignment of these six ships underscores just how important the First Coast is to our national defense, and how committed we are to the strategic disper sal of our Fleet. Mayport will soon be a hub for small surface combat ships, and will continue to serve as an important Navy partner. Fast, agile and missionfocused, littoral combat ships are designed to operate in near-shore environments and employ modular mission pack ages that can be configured for surface warfare, mine counter measures or anti-submarine warfare. The LCS Class consists of two variants, the monohull design Freedom variant and the trimaran design Independence variant. The ships are designed and built by two industry teams, led by Lockheed Martin and Austal USA, respectively. They operate with a core crew of 50, a composite aviation detachment of 23, and a mis sion module crew of 15 to 20 depending on the assignment. Due to Mayports existing pier structure and layout, six Freedom-variant ships were chosen to be based at Mayport. The ships are the future Little Rock (LCS 9), Sioux City (LCS 11), Wichita (LCS 13), Billings (LCS 15), Indianapolis (LCS 17) and LCS 19 (name pending). The homeporting will even tually bring an estimated 900 Sailors and support personnel to the Mayport area. The 900 personnel will be part of the LCS Squadron (LCSRON), LCS crews, mission module detach ments, Afloat Training Group Mayport, Center for Surface Combat Systems detachment Mayport, Damage Control School and the Southeast Regional Maintenance Center. NS Mayport has a long history as a strategic hub for the Navy. On Dec. 27, 1938 a congressio nally appointed board recom mended establishing a major base at Mayport as the loca tion offered a prime setting for two carrier groups with room to expand aircraft facilities and complete plane and engine overhaul facilities. NS Mayport, today, covers 3,409 acres, is now the third largest naval facility in the continental United States and remains dedicated to pro viding The Finest Service to the Finest Fleet. From a Consumer Financial Protection Bureau News ReleaseThe Consumer Financial Protection Bureau and 13 state attorneys general obtained about $92 mil lion in debt relief from Colfax Capital Corp. and Culver Capital LLC, also collectively known as Rome Finance, for about 17,000 U.S. service members and other consumers harmed by the companys predatory lending scheme. No one who serves our country in uniform espe cially during a time of war should ever fall victim to predatory financial practices, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said in a statement, and this announce ment is an important step in righting this wrong. Rome Finance lured consumers with the promise of no money down and instant financing, officials said, and then masked expensive finance charges by arti ficially inflating the disclosed price of the consumer goods being sold. The company also withheld information on billing statements and illegally collected on loans that were void. Rome Finance and two of its owners are perma nently banned from consumer lending. Rome Finances business model was built on fleec ing service members, said CFPB Director Richard Cordray. Rome Finance lured service members in with the promise of instant financing on expensive electron ics, then masked the finance charges with inflated prices in marketing materials and later withheld key information on monthly bills. Today, their long run of picking the pockets of our military has come to an ignominious end. Colfax, formerly known as Rome Finance Co. Inc., is a California consumer lending company, and Culver is its wholly owned subsidiary, formerly known as Rome Finance LLC. The companies offered credit to con sumers purchasing computers, video game consoles, televisions or other products. These products were typically sold at mall kiosks near military bases, offi cials said, with the promise of instant financing with no money down. In some cases, they added, Rome Finance was the initial creditor, and in other cases, Rome Finance provided indirect financing by agreeing to buy the financing contracts from merchants who sold the goods. Service members and other consumers would fill out a credit application at the kiosk and, if approved, sign financing agreements that did not accurately disclose the amounts they would have to pay for that financing. These contracts generated millions for Rome Finance while weighing down consumers with expensive debt. Rome Finance has been the subject of previous state and federal enforcement actions, and Colfax is cur rently in Chapter 7 bankruptcy. The CFPB and state attorneys general uncovered substantial evidence that Rome Finances lending scheme violated several laws and that these illegal practices harmed about 17,000 consumers, officials said. In its consent order, CFPB found that Rome Finance: Rome Finance and merchants it worked with masked expensive finance charges by artificially inflating the disclosed price of the consumer goods being sold. As a result, they provided consumers with disclosures that had inaccurately low finance charges and annual percentage rates. Consumers received disclosures, for example, indicating the APR was 16 percent, when in fact the APR was 100 percent or more. That inaccurate information prevented consumers from making an informed decision about whether to take out credit. ing statements: Billing statements that Rome Finance sent to consumers failed to include certain disclosures required by law, such as the annual percentage rate, the balance that was subject to that interest rate, how that balance was determined, the closing date of the billing cycle, and the account balance on the closing date. that was not owed: Rome Finance was not licensed to provide consumer lending in any state and charged annual percentage rates higher than some states allowed, which voided or limited the collectable debt in some states under state lending law. Rome Finance deceived consumers in these states by failing to inform them that some or all of their debt was void or otherwise did not have to be repaid. As a result, many consumers were misled into thinking that they had to repay the entire loan balance and were making those payments when they did not have to. The Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act gives the CFPB authority to take action against institutions or individuals engaging in unfair, deceptive, or abusive acts or practices. The Truth in Lending Act also authorizes the CFPB to take action against creditors who do not accurately disclose the cost of credit and other credit terms to consumers. To address these violations, the CFPBs consent order requires Rome Finance to: to collect on any of the outstanding Rome Finance financing agreements must cease. Rome Finance still has about $60 million in contracts owed by about 12,000 consumers that it will no longer seek to col lect. Separately, a liquidating trust created as part of Colfaxs bankruptcy plan will stop collections on about $32 million owed by more than 5,000 consum ers for Rome Finances financing agreements. Service members may keep the merchandise they purchased. vice members and other consumers of debt status: The Colfax Trustee must update the credit reporting agen cies so that affected consumers are listed as having paid their debt. The Colfax Trustee must also notify all affected consumers that their debt will no longer be collected. sumer lending: Rome Finance and two of their own ers, Ronald Wilson and William Collins, are perma nently banned from conducting any business in the field of consumer lending. Finance was ordered to pay redress to compensate affected consumers for the amount of excess finance charges they paid. When Colfaxs Trustee has com plied with certain provisions of the consent order, the requirement to pay redress will be suspended, because Rome Finance has no ability to pay such redress. sures and its unfair, deceptive and abusive practices, Colfax, through its bankruptcy trustee, will make a $1 penalty payment to the CFPBs Civil Penalty d. The bureau is not assessing a larger penalty because Colfax is bankrupt. With Colfax making a payment to the Civil Penalty Fund, Rome Finances victims may be eligible for relief from the Civil Penalty Fund in the future, although that determination has not yet been made, officials said. sumers who seek to vacate judgments: The Colfax Trustee is required until the Colfax bankruptcy case is closed to cooperate in executing any documents presented to him to vacate or satisfy any judgments against consumers relating to the financing agree ments.Six LCS to call Mayport homeBureau gets service members debt relief from predatory lenderPhoto by Kaylee LaRocque 16 JAX AIR NEWS, NAS JACKSONVILLE, Thursday, August 14, 2014


JAX AIR NEWS, NAS JACKSONVILLE, Thursday, August 14, 2014 17 Editors Note: This story ran in the July 31 edition of Jax Air News. Due to a production error, part of the story was left out. Here is the story in its entirety.By Kaylee LaRocque Fleet Readiness Center Southeast Public Affairs The Fleet Readiness Center Southeast (FRCSE) Materials Engineering division is host ing 10 college and high school students enrolled in the Navys Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) program this summer, exposing them to the various science and engineering fields within the Department of the Navy. Employees provide aircraftrelated materials engineer ing and analytical services to FRCSE, Naval Air Systems Command, fleet personnel, and industry partners using state-of-the-art analytical equipment to conduct materi als identification, solve materi als problems, develop intricate process procedures, perform research, testing and evalua tions, and continually improve processes. Each student is paired with a mentor who works with them in the laboratory setting. There are six branches within the division the students can work including metals and ceramics; non-destructive testing; poly mers and composites; industri al and operational chemicals; analytical chemistry; and cor rosion and wear. This is a great program because it gives the students the experience to learn about the working field of science and engineering, said FRCSE Chemist Kellie Carney, who is mentoring one of the students. And, we benefit because they help out with the various projects we are working on. We give them specific tasks that are matched up with their field of study. The students work side-byside with their mentors par ticipating in research and technology projects, such as evaluating low temperaturecured powder coatings for alu minum and projects focused on developing improved envi ronmentally-friendly material processes, like nano-cobalt phosphorus electroplating. Demonstrating and validating new technologies to improve material performance is a key area of research interest at FRCSE. Students not only benefit from the hands-on experience of research in the laboratory but also by gaining experience out in the field working on air craft and depot engineering processes. College students pursu ing science and engineer ing careers are encouraged to apply for the 10-week internships through the Naval Research Enterprise Internship Program to learn about the Department of the Navys research and technol ogy efforts. These internships may also lead to future federal employment. Im learning a lot of things that cant be taught in a class room setting, said intern Katrina Boos, a materials engi neering student at Ohio State University. This is my second year as an intern here, and its really been a great program for me. Its a lot of hands-on work learning how to use all the equipment and how to apply scientific knowl edge to practical engineering problems. I would love to come here and work after gradua tion. High school students can apply for an internship through the Science and Engineering Apprenticeship program that offers eight weeks of training. I love working here, said Katie Lewis, a senior at The Bolles School in Jacksonville. Ive done a lot of hands-on training. Even though Im an intern, I get to do a lot of the same tasks that the engineers are doing here. Im hoping to study materials engineering. I love this opportunity because it gives me the chance to gain work experience and will help me decide if this is the profes sion I want to pursue before committing to a college. Gabriel Valdes, a senior at Mandarin High School in Jacksonville, also expressed his enthusiasm about the intern ship and working at the materi als engineering laboratory. Im learning quite a bit using the different instruments in the laboratory and learning about procedures, said Valdes, who applied after his math teacher gave him a flyer on the program. I am learning how a lab in the real work environment works. Im thinking about studying chemical engineer ing, and this is a great program to learn about the field. In the ever-changing world of technology, the Department of the Navy is striving to pro mote scientific and engineer ing fields to entice the future workforce. The Navy STEM program is funded by the Office of Naval Research offering nearly 700 students scientific and engi neering training opportunities in more than 25 Navy laborato ries across the nation. Trevor Bailey, a recent Princeton University gradu ate (physics) and a sum mer intern with the Naval Research Enterprise Internship Program, sprays aluminum panels with a special coating to test for corrosion issues on July 3, as Jensen Waterson, an intern with the Science and Engineering Apprenticeship Program, looks on. The interns are working at the Fleet Readiness Center Southeast Materials Engineering division this summer. reduces stock material and provides a capa bility that does not exist at the moment, said Williams. There is also the potential to cre ate aircraft parts directly from this machine. They would still need to complete the fin ishing process which includes stress relief and heat treatment before being certified by inspectors and mounted on an aircraft. The FRCSE Materials Engineering Laboratory is supporting the development of metallic AM for aircraft parts along with engineers from Naval Air Station Patuxent River, the Office of Naval Research, National Aeronautics and Space Administration, Penn State University, and several contrac tors. The goal of the project is to develop pre cise AM modeling processes by determining specific material properties used to create metal parts allowing flexibility and rapid qualification of these components. Analytical Chemist Jennifer Williams of the FRCSE Materials Engineering Laboratory is the subject matter expert on naval additive manufacturing tech nology interchange and the lead author of Acceleration of High Impact Additive Manufacturing Technology into the Navy Initial Recommendations. This document helps identify a community-recommended path forward for AM implementation and investments, she said. 3DFrom Page 8 Interns enhance skills at FRCSEA group of students participating in the Naval Research Enterprise Internship Program and Science and Engineering Apprenticeship Program gather with their mentors from the Fleet Readiness Center Southeast (FRCSE) Materials Engineering division. The students are working in the division's laboratories throughout the summer to hone their skills in chemical and material engineering. Photos by Kaylee LaRocqueNaval Research Enterprise Internship Program intern Katrina Boos, a student at Ohio State University, uses an optical micro scope to determine how a lock tab for a T-56 engine fractured at the Fleet Readiness Center Southeast Materials Engineering divi sion on July 3. Fleet Readiness Center Southeast (FRCSE) summer intern Ted Greene emerges an aircraft sealant in hydrau lic fluid to test its resistan cy at the FRCSE Materials Engineering division July 3. Greene is a senior majoring in chemical engineering at the University of Massachusetts. This is the second year he has participated in the Naval Research Enterprise Internship Program at FRCSE. Jennifer Nunez, a materials engineer at Fleet Readiness Center Southeast (FRCSE) Materials Engineering division, carefully watches as Kevin Dai, a student enrolled in the Naval Research Enterprise Internship Program, tests polymers and composites for corrosion issues July 3. Dai is majoring in mechanical engi neering at Georgia Institute of Technology. Fleet Readiness Center Southeast (FRCSE) Materials Engineer Ian Hawkins, left, watches as Naval Research Enterprise Internship Program summer intern Chris Greene, a graduate student at the University of Massachusetts, demonstrates a volt hole eddy cur rent inspection on a special plate that he designed and manufac tured July 3. The inspection uses electrons to locate cracks in the aluminum and titanium plate. Ahnna Beruk, a student partic ipating in the Naval Research Enterprise Internship Program at the Fleet Readiness Center Southeast (FRCSE) Materials Engineering Division, works on a project to install a new process water treatment sys tem utilizing a reverse osmo sis system as opposed to the deionization system in FRCSE Electro Plate and Sandblasting shop on July 3. Fleet Readiness Center Southeast (FRCSE) materi als engineer Jack Benfer dis cusses how different chemi cal compounds are used on aluminum panels to test for corrosion with Katie Lewis, a Science and Engineering Apprenticeship Program intern July 3. Lewis, a senior at The Bolles School, is working at the FRCSE Materials Engineering division for eight weeks this summer to learn about chemi cal engineering. Trevor Bailey, a recent Princeton University gradu ate (Physics) and a sum mer intern with the Naval Research Enterprise Internship Program, places aluminum panels covered with spe cial coatings into a salt fog chamber for an accelerated corrosion test July 3 at Fleet Readiness Center Southeast Materials Engineering division as Science and Engineering Apprenticeship Program interns Jensen Waterson, cen ter, and Katie Lewis look on. The testing process determines the amount of buildup of cor rosion on the individual pan els. Jessica Wilson, Naval Research Enterprise Internship Program intern, analyzes plating bath for trace contaminants on July 3 at the Fleet Readiness Center Southeast Materials Engineering division.Wilson is a senior at the University of North Florida where she is studying chemistry and phys ics. Science and Engineering Apprenticeship Program sum mer intern Katie Lewis care fully places aluminum plates sprayed with a special coat ing into rows for corrosion testing at the Fleet Readiness Center Southeast Materials Engineering division on July 3. Fleet Readiness Center Southeast (FRCSE) summer intern Gabriel Valdes places epoxy adhesive samples into a Fourier Transform Infrared Spectrometer for testing and evaluation at the FRCSE Materials Engineering division on July 3. Valdes is a senior at Mandarin High School and plans to study chemical engi neering in college.


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