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By Lt. j.g. Anthony MontesVP-45 Public Affairs OfficerA formal graduation ceremony took place Aug. 5 aboard NAS Jax for 67 incoming fresh men enrolled in the Navy Junior Reserve Officers Training Corps (NJROTC program at Nease High School in Ponte Vedra. The new cadets completed a rigorous sixday NJROTC military indoctrination and training program known as BCT (Basic Cadet Training). Designed to jump-start the incoming freshmens JROTC training, the cadets learn how to wear their uniforms, how to march in formation, military customs and courtesies, as well as undergo intensive physical fitness training. Upper classmen instruct all phases of the BCT program under the guidance and super vision of two NJROTC naval science instruc tors, in this case, retired AECM John Duffy and retired USMC Gunnery Sgt. D.D. Hanson. On the final day of BCT, cadets visited the VP-45 Pelicans for an informative brief by VP-45 Commanding Officer Cmdr. T.J. Grady. Following the presentation, the cadets were divided into smaller groups for a closer look at each squadron work center, as well as a tour of the new P-8A Poseidon. Student questions for the tour guides ranged from general flight characteristics to the specific aircraft systems. Members of the Pelicans aircrew were impressed by the students background knowledge and overall enthusiasm for the event. Lt. j.g. Joseph Johannes reflected, It was very motivating to see young adults so inter ested in a career in the military. The graduation ceremony culminated with the cadets parents pinning on the collar device rank of E-2 on their cadets uniforms. Cadets Sydney Washington and Lily Short were selected as the Honor Graduates an award given to the cadets with the highest academic and physical fitness average during the training. The Nease High School NJROTC unit was commissioned in 1993 and its current offi cer in charge is retired USCG Capt. Scott LaRochelle. From USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71) Public AffairsThe Navys unmanned X-47B returned to carrier opera tions aboard USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71) Aug. 17 and completed a series of tests, operating safely and seamless ly with manned aircraft. Building on lessons learned from its first test period aboard TR in November 2013, the X-47B team is now focused on perfecting deck operations and performing maneuvers with manned aircraft in the flight pattern. Today we showed that the X-47B could take off, land and fly in the carrier pattern with manned aircraft while main taining normal flight deck operations, said Capt. Beau Duarte, program manager for the Navys Unmanned Carrier Aviation office. This is key for the future Carrier Air Wing. www.cnic.navy.mil/jacksonville www.jaxairnews.com ACKSONVILLE F LA THURSDAY, AUGUST 21, 2014 I I D E VP-10Bahrain Deployment CNRSERear Adm. Mary Jackson Visits Page 4 PAR TY ON! Back To School CelebrationPage 11Check us out Online! jaxairnews.com Photo by MCSA Alex Millar The Navys unmanned X-47B lands aboard the aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71). The aircraft completed a series of tests on Aug. 17 over the Atlantic, demonstrating its ability to operate safely and seamlessly with manned aircraft, such as the F/A-18 Hornet.USS Theodore Roosevelt conducts combined manned, unmanned operationsSee X-47B, Page 7 NJROTC basic training wraps up at VP-45Photo by Carol BlairCadet Cali Vaughn (right) briefs incoming cadets on NJROTC standards during Basic Cadet Training at Nease High School in Ponte Vedra.See more photos of Page 9The amphibious dock landing ship USS Fort McHenry (LSD 43) arrives at its new homeport at Naval Station Mayport. The homeport change is part of the Iwo Jima Amphibious Ready Group homeport change in support of strategic dispersal. Photos by MC2 Damian BergThe Wasp-class amphibious assault ship USS Iwo Jima (LHD-7) arrives at its new homeport at Naval Station Mayport on Aug. 17. By Lt. j.g. Lily HinzAmphibious Squadron 8 Public Affairs OfficerNaval Station Mayports pier was filled with friends, families and the local community to wel come the newest ships to the basin. More than 1,300 Sailors can officially call Mayport and Jacksonville home as of Sunday afternoon when USS Iwo Jima (LHD 7) and USS Fort McHenry (LSD 43) changed homeport from Naval Station Norfolk to Naval Station Mayport on Aug. 17. All three ships that make up the Iwo Jima Amphibious Ready Group (ARG) have made the shift to NS Mayport after much preparation and planning. USS New York (LPD 21) was the first to make the move in December and received a similar welcome from the Mayport and Jacksonville communities. Excitement filled the air as Iwo Jima and Fort McHenry arrived in the Mayport basin Sunday after noon. The two ships moored within a couple hours of each other, and the events culminated with a cer emony on the pier to honor the ARGs Sailors and their families. Naval Station Mayport welcomes Iwo Jima Amphibious Ready GroupSee Page 10
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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 US Navy photosThe Grumman F4F Wildcat was the primary Navy and Marine Corps fighter during the first year and a half of World War II. Its rugged construction and six .50 caliber Browning machine guns ensured the Wildcat gave as good as it got when fighting the faster and more maneuverable Japanese "Zero." Here, Navy pilots fly in tactical formation of four-plane divisions, comprised of two-plane sections. Grumman F6F-5K Hellcat drones are launched from the port catapult of the aircraft carrier USS Boxer (CV21) during the Korean War in August 1952. The F6F-5Ks were used as "guided missiles" and were directed to their targets by Douglas AD-2D Skyraider control planes. The attacks produced only meager results. Note the 1,000-pound bomb attached to the belly of the Hellcat. From StaffAug. 21 1800 U.S. Marine Corps Band performs its first concert in Washington, D.C. 1883 Installation of the first electric lighting on a Navy ship completed on USS Trenton, a wooden hull screw steamer. 1951 First contract for a nuclear-powered subma rine, USS Nautilus (SSN-571), awarded to Electric Boat Company in Groton, Conn. 1965 Launch of Gemini 5, piloted by Lt. Cmdr. Charles Conrad Jr., completed 120 orbits in almost eight days at an altitude of 349.8 km. Recovery was by helicopter from USS Lake Champlain (CVS-39). 1980 USS Truxtun (CGN-35) rescues 42 Vietnamese refugees and USS Merrill (DD-976) res cues 62 Vietnamese refugees, over 200 miles southeast of Saigon. Aug. 22 1912 Birthday of U.S. Navy Dental Corps 1945 First surrender of Japanese garrison at end of World War II; USS Levy receives surrender of Mille Atoll in Marshall Islands. 1980 Fleet replenishment oiler USS Passumpsic (AO-107) rescues 28 Vietnamese refugees. Aug. 23 1864 Rear Adm. David Farraguts squadron cap tures Fort Morgan at Mobile Bay, Ala. 1958 In Taiwan Straits crisis, ships of 7th Fleet move into Taiwan area to support the nationalist Chinese island against Chinese communists. 1963 The first satellite communications ship, USNS Kingsport (T-AG-164) in Lagos, Nigeria, con nected President John F. Kennedy with Nigerian Prime Minister Balewa, who was on board for the first satellite (Syncom II) relayed telephone conversation between heads of state. Aug. 24 1814 British invasion of Maryland and Washington, D.C. caused Washington Navy Yard and ships to be burned to prevent capture by the British. 1912 Launching of USS Jupiter (AC-3), a collier, later converted into the Navys first aircraft carrier and renamed USS Langley (CV-1) in 1920. 1942 U.S. carrier aircraft begin two-day Battle of Eastern Solomons, where Japanese task force is defeated and one Japanese carrier sunk, forcing the Japanese to recall their expedition to recapture Guadalcanal. 1960 Attack transport USS Bexar (APA-237) deploys to Pangahan Province, Philippines in response to emergency request for aid from the pro vincial governor. Aug. 25 1843 The side-wheel steam frigate USS Missouri arrives at Gibraltar completing the first trans-Atlantic crossing by U.S. steam powered ship. The next day she was accidentally set afire, exploded and sank fortu nately without loss of life. 1942 Five Navy nurses who were POWs on Guam are repatriated 1951 Because the target was beyond range of landbased fighters, 23 fighters from USS Essex (CV-9) escort USAF heavy bombers attacking Najin, Korea. Aug. 26 1775 Rhode Island Resolve: Rhode Island del egates to the Continental Congress press for creation of Continental Navy to protect the colonies from the British. 1839 U.S. Brig Washington seizes Spanish slaver, Amistad, near Montauk Point, N.Y. The case was a defining moment in the struggle to abolish slavery in the United States. 1861 Union amphibious force lands near Hatteras, N.C. 1865 Civil War ends with Naval strength of more than 58,500 men and 600 ships. Aug. 27 1917 Squadron of minesweepers departs U.S. for service off the coast of France. 1944 USS Stingray (SS-186) lands men and supplies on Luzon, Philippines to support guerilla operations against the Japanese. 1959 Off Cape Canaveral, Fla., USNS Observation Island (EAG-154) completes first shipboard launching of a Polaris missile. By Sarah SmileySpecial ContributorRobin Williams tragic death fortunately brings depression back into focus. I say fortunately because the more we talk about it, the more people we help. In January, and again in April, I shared with you my own struggles with depression. This past winter, I experienced one of my worst episodes. Im doing much better today, with the help of medication, diet and daily walks but I owe the biggest thanks for my recovery to my husband, Dustin. Im a big proponent of treating depression with medication. For many of us, its the only way, and diet and exercise serve to augment the medications effects. None of us, however, can get better without the help of our closest loved ones. For me, that is Dustin. Today, when people ask how I got through that dark period (it truly is like a dark cloud that hovers), I tell them that Dustin, naturally nurturing and a born problem solver, was smart. I dont know how he knew exactly what to do. Im not even sure he knew what he was doing at the time. But when I look back on those months, I realize there were steps Dustin took that led to the dark cloud lifting. He took charge. Dustin was in Washington, D.C., when he realized things were bad and that he needed to come home. He took 14 days of leave and flew home to Maine at mid night. All I remember is him coming upstairs, pulling the blankets up around my shoulders and kissing my forehead. The next morning, I awoke to the sounds of him putting our home back in order. Things dishes, laundry, cleaning had taken a back seat when I was struggling just to get out of bed. That morning, Dustin was taking out the trash, folding laundry, picking up shoes and books in the living room, and emptying the dishwasher. He was also making doctor appointments for me and figuring out our insurance. When you feel like the world is caving in on you, it helps if someone digs in a bit with their own shovel. They cant (and probably shouldnt) do everything for you, but making a dent helps the light in the tunnel shine through a bit easier. He pushed me. When Dustin got back from taking the kids to school, however, the pampering abruptly stopped. Get up, he said, throwing back the covers. Were going to the YMCA to exercise. I tried to crawl back under the sheets, but Dustin literally pulled me out of bed. Then he brought me my running shoes. Lets go, he said. And when we get back, youre going to fold the next load of laundry. I must say, I wasnt very fond of Dustin that day. Or the next one either. The last thing I wanted was to go to the YMCA and exercise. And couldnt we just con tinue taking clothes directly out of the laundry basket? Why fold them? But Dustin was persistent. He kept me moving and making progress those first difficult mornings. I might have screamed, You just dont get it, a few times, but that didnt matter. Dustin knew staying in bed solves nothing. After I did 30 minutes on the treadmill, he said, without an ounce of sarcasm, Tomorrow, try to bump up your speed above 1 mph, okay? Then he backed off. I sort of wanted Dustin to go back to D.C. when he was making me get up in the morning. I felt mentally and physically ill. Depression will do that to you. After a day of doing more than I had managed to do for at least a month, I couldnt imagine making it through the evening dinner, dishes, more laundry, too. So I was surprised when 7 p.m. rolled around and Dustin said, Go to bed. Get rest. Ill wake you in the morn ing. In other words, Dustin knew when to push and when to back off. He also didnt bother me with any details about doc tor appointments or insurance. I simply didnt have the capacity at the time to make any sense of it. Even today, when bills from that period come, he whisks them away and takes care of it. All he wanted all he ever expected was for me focus on getting better. He showed me my progress. We are not the best judge of our own progress. By the time Dustins 14 days of leave were over, I was on my way to feeling normal (whatever that is) again. It was easy for me to forget how far Id come. Suddenly I was hard on myself for not doing more. When I got discouraged about walking only 30 min utes instead of an hour, or for ordering pizza instead of making lasagna, thats when Dustin did perhaps the best thing of all. He put it into perspective. If you walked faster than 1 mph, Sarah, he said, I think youre doing great. And Im proud of you. This Week in Navy History From the HomefrontHow my husband helped me through depression
U.S. military conducts airstrikes near Sinjar, IrbilCompiled from U.S. Central Command News ReleasesU.S. military forces continued to attack ISIL (Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant) terrorists in Iraq Aug. 16, with remotely piloted aircraft successfully conducting airstrikes on two armed vehicles south of the village of Sinjar. After receiving reports from Kurdish forces that ISIL terrorists were attacking civilians in Kawju, a village located south of Sinjar, U.S. aircraft identified and followed an ISIL armed vehicle to a roadside area. At approximately 10:10 a.m. EDT, U.S. aircraft struck and destroyed two vehicles in the area. All aircraft exited the area safely. On Aug. 14, U.S. military forces attacked ISIL terror ists with a mix of fighter and remotely piloted aircraft northwest of Irbil. The aircraft successfully conducted airstrikes on two ISIL-armed vehicles and an ISIL-operated mineresistant ambush-protected (MRAP) vehicle. At approximately 11:05 a.m. EDT, U.S. aircraft struck and destroyed the first of two armed vehicles after following them from a position where they had been firing on nearby Kurdish forces. At 11:07 a.m. EDT, U.S. aircraft struck and destroyed the second armed vehicle. At approximately 11:40 a.m. EDT, U.S. aircraft struck an ISIL-operated MRAP, located near the site of the previous strikes against the two armed vehicles. After initial assessment, U.S. aircraft returned at approxi mately 12:55 p.m. EDT and destroyed the MRAP. Photos by MC3 Julie CoxPR3 Shepherd of VP-10, teaches AA Mccann the importance of manning fire bottles on the flight line. Knowing the proper way to operate a fire bottle will allow the crew members to safely disembark from a P-3C Orion aircraft. VP-10 is currently forward deployed to Bahrain on a seven-month deployment to support U.S. 5th Fleet Operations. 'Red Lancers' at work in BahrainIn Bahrain, AT3 Brown of VP-10 completes a full plane walk around inspection on Aug. 15, ensuring the integrity of the P-3C Orion aircraft meets the proper requirements for flight. Florida Master Naturalist Program for adults is sponsored by St. Johns County Recreation & Parks and Duval County Extension Aug. 21 and 28 at Trout Creek Park in Orangedale. For details and registration, go to: www.masternaturalist.org or call 904-220-0232. USS Iwo Jima (LPH2/LHD7) Reunion, Aug. 27-31 at Crowne Plaza Hotel in Jacksonville. Call 757-723-0317 or http:// ussiwojimashipmates.cfns.net/ (MOAA) Northeast Club at 11 a.m. RSVP by Aug.17 to CW4 Kenneth Snyder at (904) retirees from all military branches. Call Johnnie Walsh at (904) 282-4650 for membership info. The Florida Branch of the 2nd Infantry (Indianhead) Division Association holds its annual reunion in Titusville, Fla., Oct. 1719, at the Best Western Space Shuttle Inn. For more information, call Mike Davino at (919) 498-1910 or email to 2ida.mail@charter. net. (NNOA) meets the fourth at 542-2518 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Marine Corps League month at 7:30 P.M. at Five Star Veterans Center at 40 Acme St in Arlington. For information visit https://mcljacksonville.org/ or call Dwayne Enos (904) 693-0280. Association of Aviation Ordnancemen meets the third Thursday of each month at 7 p.m. at the Fleet Reserve Center on Collins Road. For information, visit www.aao9.com. Orange Park Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) Post 5968 and its Auxiliary located at 187 Aurora Blvd. meets on the second veterans service organization composed of combat veterans and eligible service members from the Active, Guard or Reserve forces. Go to www.vfwpost5968.org or call 276-5968. (RAO) at NAS Jax Fleet and Family Support Center (FFSC) needs volunteers to assist military retirees and dependents. Work four hours a day, one day per week. Call 542-5790 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. weekdays to volunteer. Ribbons & Roses, a breast cancer support group at Naval Hospital Jacksonville, meets on the second Tuesday of the month at 7 p.m. Call 542-7857 for more info. Navy Jacksonville Yacht Club is open to active duty, reserve and retired military, plus, active or retired DoD civilians. Call 7780805 or email email@example.com COMPASS Spouse-to-Spouse Military Mentoring Program Helping others help themselves. Visit www.gocompass.org for more info. Navy Wives Clubs of America DID No. 300 meets the second Church, 2246 Blanding Blvd. Call 272-9489. Navy Wives Clubs of America at 7 p.m. next to the Thrift Store at the NAS Jax Yorktown gate. Fleet Reserve Association Branch 290 monthly meeting is the 246-6855. National Active and Retired Federal Employees Westside Jacksonville Chapter 1984 meets at 1 p.m. on the fourth Thursday of each month at the Murray Hill United Methodist Church, (Fellowship Hall Building) at 4101 College Street. Call 786-7083. Retired Enlisted Association meets the fourth Wednesday of each month at 1 p.m. at the Fleet Reserve Hall at 7673 Blanding Blvd. Call 772-8622. VFW Post 5968 meets the second Wednesday of each month at 7:30 p.m. at 187 Arora Blvd., Orange Park. Call 276-5968. Community Calendar JAX AIR NEWS, NAS JACKSONVILLE, Thursday, August 21, 2014 3
4 JAX AIR NEWS, NAS JACKSONVILLE, Thursday, August 21, 2014 CNRSE learns about NAS Jax and tenant commandsFrom StaffRear Adm. Mary Jackson, com mander, Navy Region Southeast vis ited Naval Air Station Jacksonville Aug. 13 for her installation orientation tour. She assumed command July 18 and leads a region that guides and sup ports 17 installations throughout the Southeastern United States and the Caribbean. As the third-largest installation in the Navy, the NAS Jacksonville tour featured a number of interesting commands and departments, includ ing: Commander, Navy Region Southeast Rear Adm. Mary Jackson is escorted by NAS Jax Commanding Officer Capt. Roy Undersander to the NAS Jax Black Point Interpretive Center near Mulberry Cove, the first stop during her tour of the base. NAS Jax Assistant Natural Resources Manager Angela Glass describes community outreach programs for area schools at Black Point Interpretive Center as CNRSE Rear Adm. peruses the station's Integrated Natural Resources Management Plan. Black Point Interpretive Center NAS Jax Air Operations Department NAS Jax Boat House Division NAS Jax Airfield Crash Crew Base wastewater treatment facility VP-30 P-8A Integrated Training Center NAS Jax Flight Line Caf NAS Jax Unaccompanied Housing NAS Jax Child Development CenterP-8A FIT Assistant OIC Cmdr. Pat McCormick answers questions about the weapon tactics trainer and its instructor operator stations to Commander, Navy Region Southeast Rear Adm. Mary Jackson. CNRSE Command Master Chief (CMDCM) Mack Ellis and CNRSE Rear Adm. Mary Jackson top off their plates at the award-winning NAS Jax Flight Line Caf.
JAX AIR NEWS, NAS JACKSONVILLE, Thursday, August 21, 2014 5 Photos by Clark PierceAs AC2 Cory Jordan and AC2 Alexis Ray man their stations in the control tower, the admiral's party observes aircraft takeoffs and landings. (From right) Air Operations Officer Cmdr. Mark McManus, Commander Navy Region Southeast Rear Adm. Mary Jackson, NAS Jax Commanding Officer Capt. Roy Undersander and NAS Jax Public Works Officer Cmdr. Joel Van Essen. Commanding Officer Capt. Roy Undersander discusses station improvements for the year ahead with Commander, Navy Region Southeast Rear Adm. Mary Jackson, during her Aug. 13 orientation visit. NAS Jax Air Operations Officer Cmdr. Mark McManus described the aifield, its runways and the support provided to home-based and visiting squadrons. VP-30 Commanding Officer Capt. Curtis Phillips (second from right) talks about the advantages of electronic classrooms with the admiral. Each student sits at a keyboard and monitor because there are no paper-and-ink manuals. Commander Navy Region Southeast Rear Adm. Mary Jackson and VP-30 Commanding Officer Capt. Curtis Phillips listen to the post-flight (simulated) analysis by P-8A flight instructor Lt. Jacob Pitchford. On a mostly rainy day, (from left) VP-30 Commanding Officer Capt. Curtis Phillips greeted the admiral and her party under the portico of the P-8A Integrated Training Center. (From left) NAS Jax Airfield Facilities Manager Doug Chaney; Commander, Navy Region Southeast Rear Adm. Mary Jackson; NAS Jax Assistant Operations Officer Lt. Cmdr. Jay Haddock; NAS Jax Commanding Officer Capt. Roy Undersander; and NAS Jax Public Works Officer Cmdr. Joel Van Essen talk about the upcoming runway and airfield improvements.
From Florida Division of Emergency Management Ten years ago, on Aug. 13, Hurricane Charley made landfall near Port Charlotte in Southwest Florida as a Category 4 storm, making it the stron gest storm since Hurricane Andrew to impact Florida. On the 10th anniversary of Hurricane Charley, Floridas residents and visitors are reminded to have a family emergen cy plan and a disaster supply kit. It only takes one storm to significantly impact your family, business, and community. Hurricane Charley was the first of four hurricanes to impact Florida dur ing the 2004 season. Floridas State Emergency Response Team worked together to provide support during the response and recovery of the storm, said FDEM Director Bryan Koon. The 2004 hurricane season produced some of the most devastating hurri canes in Floridas history and serves as a reminder that hurricanes can change the landscape of a community. Hurricane Charleys impact was felt across the state as it made its way through the Central and Eastern coun ties before exiting the state near New Smyrna Beach. Charley left behind an estimated $15 billion in damage and was just the first of four hurricanes to impact Florida that year. Floridians are encouraged to review and update their family and business emergency plans using the Get A Plan tool available at www.FLGetAPlan.com. It is also important to keep your disas ter supply kit stocked with essentials, including canned food and water, to last you and your family for up to seven days after a storm hits.It only takes one storm to change the landscape of a community By AE2 Samantha JonesEvery three months, new members to the Auxiliary Security Force (ASF) are trained in order to supplement the civil ian security force aboard NAS Jax. ASF guard entry control points and assist the civilian security force in checking military IDs at all three gates. During the NAS Jax Air Show in October, more than 100 ASF members will serve as crowd and traffic control, as well as provide watch standers for the flight line and fuel farm. Sailors who join the ASF, are required to complete a fire arms instruction course to train in marksmanship, safe ty, and weapons familiarization for the 9mm pistol, shotgun and M-16. The weapons training also includes use of force and deadly force training, weapon condition codes, clearing bar rel procedures, discretionary target acquisition, characteristics/ nomen clature, cycle of operation, remedial actions, assembly/ disassembly, marks manship fundamentals, and weapon presentation. During this course, the students are repeatedly required to demonstrate they ability to present the weapon, engage the tar get, and perform remedi al actions before live fire qualifications. In order to become comfortable with han dling their assigned weapon, Sailors dry fire their weapons in a ste rol environment with no ammunition pres ent prior to their live fire qualification. We take weapons training very seriously. Many hours of train ing are documented before range day, said NAS Jax Security Range Operations Manager Michael McAninch. At the range, the Sailors qualify on the 9mm pistol and then are required to pass a low light course. During this course, they are taught to shoot in a minimal lighting environ ment with blue and red strobe lights to simulate a squad car. Next, the students get their heart rates elevated by running in place and engage multiple targets downrange during the Practical Weapons Course (PWC). Finally, the Sailors are taught proper breathing techniques and trigger con trol while operating an M-16. I volunteered to do ASF because I believe its very important to set a good example for the junior Sailors. I believe you should never expect them to do anything you are not willing to do yourself. As a first class petty officer, its important to make your presence felt on the gate and prove to junior Sailors that this job is important to the safety of our base, said AWF1 Stephen Albino after he completed his annual live fire quali fication. Weapons proficiency: ASF live fire qualification (From left) AMAR Addison Lavie, BU2 Milton Curry, and HN Austin Knox each load six magazines before entering the range to qualify on the 9mm pistol. Photos by AE2 Samantha JonesSailors are required to fire five rounds aiming for the middle left target from the kneeling position during the Rifle Lowlight Course. AWF1 Stephen Albine fires a 9mm pis tol from the prone postition during the Practical Weapons Course (PWC). (From left) ADAA Logan Rausch, ET2 Pedro Amparo, and GM3 Daniel Smith dry fire a shotgun during the firearms instructions course in order to become more familiar with their assigned weapon before their live fire qualification. Dry firing is the action of "firing" a firearm without ammunition. AWF1 Stephen Albino fires 18 rounds at three different targets during the shot gun course of fire during his annual ASF requalification. 6 JAX AIR NEWS, NAS JACKSONVILLE, Thursday, August 21, 2014
By Lt. Kevin DarmodyNAVFAC-NR Contingency Engineering UnitNavy Reserve, Naval Facilities Engineering Command, Contingency Engineering Unit (NR NAVFAC CEU) took significant steps Aug. 6 towards developing a Contingency Engineering Response Team (CERT) to respond to disasters that can strike at any time, or anywhere. Working closely with the Contingency Engineering Business Line from NAVFAC Southeast, the CEU CERT trained for and responded to a simulat ed hurricane (Hurricane Quinn) aboard NAS Jacksonville. As part of their training, the CERT team assessed simulated damage to various buildings, developed dam age assessment documentation, and transmitted it to a mock Emergency Operations Center for further trans mission to higher headquarters for development of repair plans and cost estimates, said Don Maconi, NAVFAC Southeast contingency engineer. The implementation and certification of a CERT team staffed by reservists is a new milestone for NAVFAC. The CEU CERT team was comprised individuals with significant construction experi ence in both military and civilian sec tors. The team brings the capability as a force multiplier to NAVFAC when they need us, said NR NAVFAC CEU Officer in Charge Capt. Darcy Wolfe. Our team has really come togeth er and is now operating as a cohesive unit. Led by Cmdr. Lester Ortiz, the CEU CERT team has now trained, practiced, and demonstrated their capability as an effective engineering response force. While most NAVFAC CERTs are com prised of civilian engineers serving as a collateral duty, the CEU CERT is dedi cated year-round to the training and execution of the CERT mission, world wide, wherever NAVFAC needs us, said Ortiz. We plan to train in all potential disaster scenarios, not limiting our selves to the specific hazards of any one region. The use of the Reservists allows NAVFAC to deploy CERTs to semi-per missive environments inside or out side of the continental United States. Support missions inside the U.S. would also allow the CEU CERT to supplement civilian teams during large contingen cies, or relieve them on site, allowing them to return to their regular jobs. Currently the NR NAVFAC CEU CERT consists of 10 engineers and architects with additional members undergoing training. The team is adaptable and can be customized depending on the event and team members can be deployed in as little as 72 hours after activation. The first series of manned/unmanned operations began this morning when the ship launched an F/A-18 and an X-47B. After an eight-minute flight, the X-47B executed an arrested landing, folded its wings and taxied out of the landing area. The deck-based operator used newly developed deck handling control to manually move the aircraft out of the way of other aircraft, allowing the F/A-18 to touch down close behind the X-47Bs recovery. This cooperative launch and recovery sequence will be repeated multiple times over the course of the planned test periods. The X-47B performed multiple arrested landings, catapults, flight deck taxiing and deck refueling operations. For this test period, we really focused on integra tion with manned aircraft, said Lt. Cmdr Brian Hall, X-47B flight test director. We re-engineered the tailhook retract actuator and updated operating software to expedite wingfold dur ing taxi, both of which reduce time in the landing area post-recovery. Our goal was to minimize the time in the landing area and improve the flow with manned aircraft in the landing pattern. The X-47Bs air vehicle performance, testing effi ciency and safety technologies and procedures devel oped and tested throughout the programs execution have paved the way for the Navys future carrier-based unmanned system capability, said Rear Adm. Mat Winter, who oversees the Program Executive Office for Unmanned Aviation and Strike Weapons. The X-47B will remain aboard CVN 71 for the dura tion of the underway period. It will perform additional cooperative deck and flight operations with F/A-18s and complete night deck handling and flying quality evaluations. The Navy will continue X-47B flight operations over the next year to refine the concept of operations to demonstrate the integration of unmanned carrierbased aircraft within the carrier environment and mature technologies for the future Unmanned Carrier Launched Airborne Surveillance and Strike system. X-47BFrom Page 1 Photo by MCSA Alex MillarThe Navys unmanned X-47B (left) is readied for launch as an F/A-18 Hornet conducts flight opera tions on Aug. 17 aboard the aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71). The aircraft completed a series of tests demonstrating its ability to operate safely and seamlessly with manned aircraft. Photo by Earl Bittner Navy Reserve Seabees assigned to Naval Facilities Engineering Command (NAVFAC) Navy Reserve Contingency Engineering Unit from the Washington Naval Yard (NAVFAC) Headquarters, practice contin gency engineering response team processes and procedures on Aug. 6 at NAS Jacksonville.NAVFAC reservists execute CERT training JAX AIR NEWS, NAS JACKSONVILLE, Thursday, August 21, 2014 7
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Photos from NJROTC trainingFrom Page 1 Photo courtesy of VP-8Learning about PoseidonLt. Cmdr. Gregory Hinkle (left), assigned to the Fighting Tigers of VP-8, conducts a P-8A Poseidon walk-around with three of his fellow Sailors on the VP-30 apron. VP-8 is transitioning from the P-3C Orion to the P-8A Poseidon. Photos courtesy of VP-45VP-45 Commanding Officer Cmdr. T.J. Grady and squadron leadership brief the cadets upon their arrival at the Pelicans' space in NAS Jax Hangar 511. Three aspiring aviators get a chance to see firsthand what it's like in a P-8A Poseidon flight station. Lt. j.g. Bryan Scott and AWO3 Keenan Brunson explain "the rail" to seven cadets in the cabin of a P-8A Poseidon. JAX AIR NEWS, NAS JACKSONVILLE, Thursday, August 21, 2014 9
We have been excited about this move since we found out about it in the sum mer of 2012, and it is great to finally be here. We received a warm welcome from the base and it has been a very posi tive experience thus far, said Capt. Jim McGovern, USS Iwo Jima Commanding Officer. Not only did Mayport facili ties help to make the home port shift day a success, but they were also on board first thing Monday morning to provide technical assistance which had been requested prior to the arrival of the two ships. We have only been here about 15 hours and I am already overwhelm ingly impressed by the sup port Southeastern Regional Maintenance Facility, or SERMC, has provided. I could not believe that we got the support we requested in such a timely and efficient manner. I love SERMC!, said Lt.j.g. Grade Waigei Yau, fire control officer on board Iwo Jima. Both Iwo Jima and Fort McHenry have been busy all summer preparing for the shift, passing inspections and assessments and conducting training in preparation for deployment, but for many, the shift was truly a light at the end of the tunnel. For Iwo Jima Sailors like Interior Communications Specialist Seaman Andrew Bradley from Chickamauga, Ga., the homeport shift has brought them closer to their families. I am closer to my home town now, which is nice, but I am honestly pretty excited about being closer to these awesome beaches, Bradley said. Amphibious ships like USS Iwo Jima and USS Fort McHenry provide the nation a crisis response capability and demonstrate the Navy-Marine Corps team in action. Now together with USS New York, the Iwo Jima ARG is finally together, ready to expertly respond to national tasking alongside their Marine broth ers and sisters from the 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit. MAYPORTFrom Page 1 Photos by Damian BergTug boats from Naval Station Mayport guide the Wasp-class amphibious assault ship USS Iwo Jima (LHD-7) to its pier. The amphibious dock landing ship USS Fort McHenry (LSD 43) arrives on Aug. 17 at its new homeport at Naval Station Mayport. The homeport change is part of the Iwo Jima Amphibious Ready Group move in support of strategic dispersal and two viable East Coast surface ship homeports, as well as the preservation of the ship repair industrial base in those areas. Photo by MC2 Adam HendersonABH2 Melisa Hawkins, assigned to Naval Station Mayport, signals to an MV-22 Osprey from Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron 365, about passengers being walked to the rear of the aircraft. The DV passengers were headed to USS Iwo Jima in preparation for the homeport shift. Rear Adm. Mary Jackson, commander, Navy Region Southeast, welcomes families at USS Fort McHenry (LSD 43) and USS Iwo Jima (LHD-7) homeport change ceremony on Aug. 17 at Naval Station Mayport. 10 JAX AIR NEWS, NAS JACKSONVILLE, Thursday, August 21, 2014
Back to School celebration is a hit!By Shannon LeonardMWR MarketingHundreds of military family members enjoyed an afternoon at Deweys Back to School Celebration presented by NAS Jax Morale, Welfare and Recreation (MWR) Department on Aug. 15. The free event featured bag toss, inflat ables, balloon animals, a magician, face painting and much more. The Navy Exchange provided a lollipop tree with prizes and Balfour Betty Communities provided information along with stickers, bubbles and candy for the children. This event began as a way to create aware ness for our new childrens menu at our Deweys restaurant in 2013 and has quick ly evolved into our largest back to school event for kids here at NAS Jax. It is a way to acknowledge the end of summer and the beginning of a new school year. We had a lot of great sponsors and vendors supporting the event and we could not have put this on with out them said Liberty Program Manager Tom Kubalewski. With the threat of thunderstorms, we had to change up our game plan a little bit and move everything inside of Deweys. So we were not able to have everything we planned on setting up, but the families were very understanding added Kubalewski. Local celebrity appearances included Danielle and Katie with the ROAR of the NFL Jacksonville Jaguars and Curious George and Clifford from WJCT.. My family enjoyed the face painting, visiting with Clifford & Curious George and the bounce house said Jorge Candelario. The evening wrapped up with a drawing for a two-night stay at the CoCo Key resort and water park in Orlando, Fla. MWR thanks everyone who participated in or volunteered for this event. Sponsors University of Phoenix, USAA, WJCT, CoCo Key resort and water park, and VyStar Credit Union were generous in their support of this unique Family Night.Neither MWR, nor the U.S. Navy or any other part of the federal government officially endorses any company, sponsor or its products or services. Children enjoy a game of bag toss during the Back to School Celebration at Dewey's. USMC Lance Cpl. Dionel Cabancordero embraces his aunt, Veronica Cordero and his mom, Pilar Cordero, for the first time in 10 months during the Back to School Celebration at Dewey's. His fam ily flew in from Puerto Rico and hid behind a large inflatable and surprised him during the event. Curious George, from WJCT Public Television, interacts with the chil dren during the Back to School Celebration. The NFL Jacksonville Jaguars ROAR members, Danielle and Katie, sign 2014 posters for football-fan families. Diana Heintz, with Balfour Beatty Communities, provides information on base housing along with stickers, candy and bubbles for the children. Stephanie, the Balloon Lady, hands 6-year-old Ashlynn Yuque a colorful mermaid balloon sculpture. Whitney Meyers, with Art-Z-Faces, paints a scary face on 6-year-old Jayden Ducusin during the Back to School Party at Dewey's this past Friday.Photos by Shannon LeonardNAS Jax School Liaison Officer Dawn Mills (left) provides Sarah Dickey information about starting a home school group during the Back to School Celebration at Dewey's Aug. 15. Bill the clown, with AAA Big Top Entertainment, makes a balloon bracelet for 4-year-old Kiana Garcia as other youths wait for their turn. JAX AIR NEWS, NAS JACKSONVILLE, Thursday, August 21, 2014 11
12 JAX AIR NEWS, NAS JACKSONVILLE, Thursday, August 21, 2014 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. 22 & 29 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 Sept. 20, 1 4 p.m., $20 per person Scratch Sweeper Aug. 23 & Sept. 27, 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 through September 2, 2014 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_ firstname.lastname@example.org 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 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. 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, Sept. 8 & 22 Retirees, DoD and sponsored guests August 21, Sept. 11 & 25Mulberry 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! Back to School Registration going on now! Fees based on income.Flying 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 Photo by Shannon LeonardSummer golf leagueThe MWR Intramural Summer Golf League end-of-year golf tournament, spon sored by the University of Phoenix, took place Aug. 13 at NAS Jax Golf Course. The format was a four-person scramble for 18 holes with the winners receiving prizes. VP-30 won the league championship and CNATTU Jax was runner-up. The Navy, the Department of Defense, and the federal government do not endorse any com pany, sponsor, advertiser, or their products or services.Photos by Tom Kubalewski Summer cookout(At left) ADAR Derrick Gaines and PRAR Cedrick Washington, both assigned to Fleet Readiness Center Southeast, enjoy free hamburgers and hotdogs during the Liberty "Grill & Chill" program on Aug. 12. The cookout was sponsored by the University of Phoenix and USAA. (At right) AWVAN Theodore Ball of VP-30 took full advantage of the Liberty Grill and Chill to enjoy a free cookout offering all-you-can-eat cheeseburgers and hotdogs Thanks to University of Phoenix and USAA for sponsoring the event. The Navy, the Department of Defense, and the federal government do not endorse any company, sponsor, advertiser, or their products or ser vices.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 FormingOpen 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.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. Sept. 29Open 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. 15Wallyball Team Wins Losses FRCSE 4 1 VP-26 3 1 VR-62 2 1 VP-45 2 2 VP-62 2 2 NAVFAC 0 3Summer Basketball Final StandingsTeam Wins Losses FRCSE Gold 10 0 NAVHOSP Galley 9 1 HS-11 7 3 NAS Jax 5 5 FRCSE Blue 4 4 NAVHOSP 4 5 VP-45 4 5 FACSFAC/NOSC 3 6 VP-26 2 8 VP-62 BroadArrows 2 8Singles BadmintonPlayer Wins Losses Nathan 7 0 Garrett 5 1 Brown 3 2 Bradshaw 3 3 Bonser 3 3 Kubalewski 2 4 Rajendran 2 4 Drost 1 4 Sperry 1 4
From Naval Surface Warfare Center Dahlgren Public AffairsA new development in electromag netic technology patented in May 2014 will impact future military capabilities, Navy officials announced Aug. 13. The superconducting stator patent describes a discovery that enables a magnetic flux compression generator to produce an electromagnetic pulse (EMP). Most conventional magnetic flux compression generators are explosive ly driven, dangerous to handle, and limited to one-time use, said Albert Corda, a Naval Surface Warfare Center Dahlgren Division (NSWCDD) physi cist. The novel architecture of the gen erator described in this patent, howev er, is not explosive in nature. Its inher ently safer to handle and potentially reusable. An EMP is characterized as a broad band signal with a frequency-power distribution ranging from a few hun dred kilohertz to a few gigahertz. The magnetic flux compression generator is designed to generate a high voltage pulse output that can be incorporated into an EMP generator. The patent jointly filed by scientists from NSWCDD in Virginia and NSWC Carderock Division in Maryland began as they collaborated at the Chief of Naval Operations Strategic Studies Group in 2008. The idea originated from a side-bar discussion that centered on the utility of high temperature superconducting materials, said Dr. Jack Price, NSWC Carderock scientist. These materials composed of par ticular copper oxides called cuprates and typically layered on top of a nickel substrate have very low resistance at liquid nitrogen temperatures. Someone posed a what if question. We earnestly discussed all the possibilities and tech nical difficulties and the concept was born. The concept resulted in a device designed to produce a short duration, highly localized electromagnetic pulse controlled by a superconducting stator that also enables multiple activations of the flux compression generator. The architecture provides elements of scalability and control not possible with conventional magnetic flux com pression generator designs, said Corda. Conventional magnetic flux compression generators have been in existence since the 1950s with initial work for the United States being carried out at Los Alamos, New Mexico. Now, much smaller generators featuring high power pulses with very fast rise times can be made. The proposed superconducting sta tor is potentially practical and afford able given the commercial availabil ity of high temperature superconductor materials that operate at liquid-nitro gen temperature, said Price. Military and industrial applications depend on the output configuration but can range from the production of broadband radio frequency transmis sions to the rapid acceleration of physi cal mechanisms to high velocities. Each of the warfare center divi sions has particular mission areas of expertise, said Blaise Corbett, of the NSWCDD EMP Assessment Group. Dahlgren has a long history and exper tise in pulsed power systems and appli cations. Carderock has expertise in high temperature superconducting (HTS) materials and applications evidenced by their development of a HTS degauss ing system and motor. The patents inventors included Price and Dr. Y. Dan Agassi from NSWC Carderock Division in addition to Corda, Corbett, and Dr. Walter Sessions from NSWC Dahlgren Division. Our leadership encourages col laboration between the warfare center divisions when synergies exist that can be effectively leveraged to benefit the Navy, said Corbett. This is only one of a number of col laborations between scientists at Dahlgren and Carderock. Ongoing col laborative efforts can be expected to yield other novel and innovative con cepts focused on the Navys needs in the months and years ahead.NSWC scientists patent electromagnetic technology to impact future Navy We are born with limitless potential. Help us make sure that we have all the chance to achieve. Please visit uncf.org or call 1-800-332-8623. Give to the United Negro College Fund .DENNIS MANARCHY 2006 UNCF ALL RIGHTS RESERVED JAX AIR NEWS, NAS JACKSONVILLE, Thursday, August 21, 2014 13
By AWOC Gene EasonThe annual Chief Selectee Heritage Park Plane Wash and BBQ took place Aug. 13 in between roll ing thunderstorms. More than 100 of the FY-15 CPO selectees appreciated the help from Mother Nature. As soon as the vintage aircraft were lathered up and scrubbed, another rain show er would come through and help rinse the old birds. The rain didnt put much of a damper on the BBQ either. There was a steady turnout under the canopies for the smokin good grilled chicken, burgers and hot dogs. When asked what he thought about helping to control corro sion on historic aircraft, AMC(Sel) Isaac Chavez, from VP-8 said, It means a lot be a part of preserving our aviation heritage today. I know that veterans will come here in the future with their children and grandchildren to tell sea stories of when they flew or maintained these birds. ITC(Sel) David Smith was asked about the importance of keeping the retired aircraft in good repair. He stated, If you dont have an understanding of the past, then you dont have a future. He went on to say that he was honored to participate in the wash and to follow in the footsteps of those that came before him. Smith is the sixth member of his family to serve in the military. He hopes that by bringing his children to places like NAS Jax Heritage Park, that maybe one day, one of them will follow his lead and join the military as well. The selectees will participate in training with current chiefs until their pin ning ceremo nies on Sept. 16. ATC(Sel) Jason Herspberger takes his brush to a Grumman EA-6B Prowler at NAS Jax Heritage Park. This four-seat Navy carrier aircraft specialized in electronic counter measures activities. It is still flown today by the U.S. Marine Corps.Photos by AWOC Gene EasonAMC(Sel) Isac Chavez (right) attacks grime on the landing gear of a Consolidated PBY Catalina from the 1940s. This "flying boat" was one of the most widely used seaplanes by American and allied patrol aviators. AZC(Sel) Nicole Grey brings plates of BBQ to mem bers of the Chiefs' Mess during the plane wash event at NAS Jax Heritage Park. During a sun shower, ATC(Sel) Antonio Hart scrubs a pontoon on the PBY Catalina flying boat on display at NAS Jax Heritage Park. Those CPO selectees not washing aircraft were cook ing up a storm like AZC(Sel) Wilken Thomas as part of their training at NAS Jax Heritage Park.Chief selectees respect naval aviation legacy aircraft AMC(sel) Donald White rins es suds from a Grumman TBF Avenger torpedo bomber, one of the Navy's most versatile patrol and anti-submarine aircraft in the 1940s. 14 JAX AIR NEWS, NAS JACKSONVILLE, Thursday, August 21, 2014 Its pretty well understood that not just anyone can serve in todays military. In short, the serviceman or woman of today has to be a cut above average. There are high school graduation requirements, weight requirements, and the preclusion of persons with certain criminal histories that vary between the various branches of armed forces. It is generally accepted that the men and women who serve in the armed services today are responsible individuals. But even trouble by events outside of their ability to control. times it is the best of bad options and some times it is the only reasonable option when creditors start calling. stop. This includes phone calls, law suits, repossessions and garnishments. Depend one may pay little, and more often than not, nothing to their unsecured creditors. The re lief is permanent. Once a debt is discharged by anyone again. In short, the debt is wiped out forever. While not terribly complicated, there are cy. This is why if you are someone who is is important to get the facts from someone ruptcy but if you do I hope you will con for a free initial consultation.
From NAS Jax MWRThe NAS Jacksonville Morale, Welfare and Recreation (MWR) Department has a Florida State Powerlifting record holder. Amelia Johnson, an account ing technician for MWR Jacksonville, became the Florida State Powerlifting Record Holder in the Womens Open 44 kilogram/97pound weight class on June 14, after competing in just her second powerlifting contest. She set the state record while participating in the USA Powerlifting Central Florida Open Powerlifting Championships at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Orlando. She set the records contest ing three lifts: the squat, the bench press, and the deadlift. She also set the record for the combined total of all three lifts, which was over four times her body weight. Amelia attributes her quick progress in powerlifting to the encouragement of her hus band, retired Chief Warrant Officer Ned Johnson, who com peted in the same contest and placed first in the masters divi sion. Ned is a certified personal trainer. My husband taught me how to preform the lifts correctly and helped me track my prog ress. After competing in my first powerlifting contest last year, I got excited about com peting again and it did not hurt that I won a medal in the con test, she said. The MWR training facili ties on base are nothing short of first class. Setting a state record was something I never intended to do, I was just there to compete and have fun. It was great when I receive notification from USA Powerlifting Florida on Aug. 5 that I had set four Florida state records for my weight class, she added. Amelia intends to compete again in upcoming events. My husband started call ing me Mighty Mite and now I think I am addicted to becom ing ever better in the sport of powerlifting. Special and General Courts-Martial for July From the Office of the Chief of InformationThe following reports the results of Special and General Courts-Martial tried within United States Navy Region Southeast in July 2014. General Court-Martial ville, Fla., AWVC Michael J. Esparza, USN pleaded guilty to assault with a dangerous weapon. On July 17, 2014, the panel of mem bers sentenced him to a reprimand and reduction in rank to paygrade E-6. Fla., ABH2 Ogarry L. Clarke, USN was tried for sexual assaults of a child. On July 23, 2014, the military judge returned a verdict of guilty for one specification of sexual assault of a child and sentenced him to be discharged with a Dishonorable Discharge and confine ment for seven years. Special Court-Martial Fla., GM2 Themie G. Burdette, USN pleaded guilty to larceny and selling military property of the United States. On July 3, 2014, the mili tary judge sentenced him to be discharged with a Bad Conduct Discharge, reduction in rank to paygrade E-3, and confinement for 30 days. MWR employee is Florida Powerlifting record holderPhoto courtesy of MWRAmelia Johnson squats 144 lbs. at the 2013 MWR Powerlifting Competition. Johnson won the competition for her weight class. U.S. Navy photoNew business directorCmdr. Gerard White was recently selected as Naval Hospital (NH) Jacksonville Director for Health Care Business for its hospital and five branch health clinics across Florida and Georgia. White previously served as NH Jacksonville Associate Director for Public Health.Photo by Jacob SippelHospital awards quartersCapt. John Le Favour (left), Naval Hospital (NH) Jacksonville commanding officer, presents the Defense Meritorious Service Medal to Lt. Cmdr. Leslie Hair during an awards ceremony at the hospital on Aug. 15. Other award recipi ents included: HM2 Jason Fekete (Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal); HM3 Andrew Sinclair (Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal); IS2 Jerome Weston (Enlisted Information Dominance Warfare Specialist); and CS2 Carlton Jackson and CS2 Tiffany Northcutt (Letter of Appreciation, Church Womens Christian Ministries). JAX AIR NEWS, NAS JACKSONVILLE, Thursday, August 21, 2014 15
16 JAX AIR NEWS, NAS JACKSONVILLE, Thursday, August 21, 2014 Partner-nation participants visit USS New YorkBy MC1 Andre McIntyre,U.S. Southern Command/U.S. 4th Fleet Public AffairsMembers of partner navies visited USS New York (LPD 21) Aug. 7-9, on Naval Station (NS) Mayport while participating in PANAMAX 2014, an exercise aimed at developing strong working relationships between multinational forces to ensure the defense of the Panama Canal. The exercise, which is scheduled to run through Aug. 15, includes partici pants from 15 nations: Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, El Salvador, France, Guatemala, Honduras, Jamaica, Mexico, Panama, Paraguay, Peru and the United States. Many of participants had never been aboard a U.S. Navy warship, let alone an amphibi ous transport dock ship. I like the fact that the ship was built in remembrance of those who died on 9-11, said Capt. Dennis Azmitia of the El Salvadoran navy, who is serv ing as an operations officer for the exercise. There is great honor to serve on this ship. Azmitia said serving along side Americans is a privilege because of their moral convic tion. I admire U.S. armed forces, he said. There is always a rea son for what you do. Capt. Marcela Vergara of Chile, who is serving in the legal cell for the exercise, said she was amazed to see that USS New York was built with steel from the original World Trade Center in New York City. Who would have ever thought to make a memorial out of a warship to remember those who lost (their lives), Vergara said. This has truly been the best part of the visit. The U.S. Navy has been very hospitable to us by opening their arms and allowing us to feel at home even though we are far away from our loved ones. U.S. Naval Forces Southern Command, the exercise host, supports U.S. Southern Commands joint and com bined military operations by employing maritime forces in cooperative maritime security operations in order to maintain access, enhance interoperabil ity and build enduring part nerships in order to enhance regional security and promote peace, stability, and prosperity in the Caribbean, Central and South American regions. By MC1 Andre McIntyreU.S. Naval Forces Southern Command/ U.S. 4th Fleet Public AffairsLeaders of the maritime compo nent of PANAMAX 2014 paused Aug. 11, approximately halfway through the exercise, to assess its benefits so far. Rear Adm. Benjamin Calle of Colombia is the Combined Forces Maritime Component Commander (CFMCC) and U.S. Navy Rear Adm. Jon Matheson, the deputy commander of U.S. Naval Forces Southern Command/ U.S. 4th Fleet, is deputy CFMCC for the exercise, which was scheduled to end Aug. 15. U.S. and partner-nation militar ies are also participating in simulated training at Fort Sam Houston in San Antonio; Homestead Air Reserve Base in Homestead, Fla.; Davis-Monthan Air Force Base in Tucson, Ariz.; the Joint and Coalition Warfighting Center in Suffolk, Va. and at U.S. Southern Command headquarters in Miami. Altogether, about 1,200 military person nel participated. This exercise is a huge event, said Calle. It is one of the largest maritime exercises in the world, centered on pro tecting the Panama Canal. Sources say that 38 to 40 ships transit the canal daily between the Pacific and Atlantic oceans, carrying some five per cent of world maritime trade. Multinational forces have a major responsibility in protecting the Panama Canal and remaining a force in this region, said Calle. This exercise is making sure that we do that by enhanc ing our interoperability forged through partnerships. The main focus of PANAMAX 2014 is to exercise a variety of responses to any request from the government of Panama to protect and guarantee safe passage of traffic through the Panama Canal while respecting national sover eignty. We have over 320 military and civil ian personnel from 15 countries partici pating here at Naval Station Mayport, said Calle. This has been an excellent opportunity to train with our partner nations and develop camaraderie. We have learned so much from each other. In Mayport, the exercise includes approximately 80 participants from Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, El Salvador, France, Jamaica, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, Panama, Paraguay, Peru and the United States. Matheson said that one of the chal lenges is overcoming language barriers, but despite or even because of that the effort has been rewarding. This exercise is a fantastic opportu nity for all of us with our different per spectives to understand the challenges that are going to exist, said Matheson. It is important because in the event of a humanitarian effort or natural disas ter in our hemisphere, we will need to come together in a real-time situation. One goal of PANAMAX 2014 is to develop and sustain relationships that improve the capacity of emerging part ners security forces to achieve common desired goals while fostering friendly cooperation and understanding among participating forces. Matheson said there is an increased leadership role taken by all the partner nations. Brazil is leading the ground component, Colombia is leading the maritime component, and the Special Forces component is led by Chile. Big or small, it doesnt matter the size of the country, said Matheson. We must bring whatever capabilities we have to the table. At the end of the day, it is about getting the most from each nation to achieve a common goal and mission. U.S. Naval Forces Southern Command, the exercise host, sup ports U.S. Southern Commands joint and combined military operations by employing maritime forces in coop erative maritime security opera tions in order to maintain access, enhance interoperability, and build enduring partnerships in order to enhance regional security and pro mote peace, stability, and prosper ity in the Caribbean, Central and South American regions. From USS America Public AffairsForty high-ranking civil ian and military officials from the South American nation of Uruguay visited the future amphibious assault ship USS America (LHA 6) Aug. 13 to participate in a key leadership engagement. Distinguished visitors included U.S. Ambassador to Uruguay, Julissa Reynoso; Deputy Chief of Mission, Brad Freden; members of the Uruguay House of Representatives and Senate Defense Committee; and three Uruguay military flag officers. Once aboard, the guests were welcomed by Rear Adm. Frank Ponds, commander, Expeditionary Strike Group (ESG) 3, and America leader ship. Our journey around South America has been about part nerships and engagements with our friends and our neigh bors, said Ponds. The United States and Uruguay have a long and meaningful relationship based on the shared values of fairness, respect, dignity and compassion; realized through a fair and transparent demo cratic process. Today reinforces the mutual commitment and cooperation we share as navies and nations in ensuring the security of our maritime com mons; advancing peace keep ing operations; addressing transnational threats and; car rying out humanitarian relief and disaster relief missions. America Sailors and embarked Marines from Special Purpose Marine Air Ground Task Force (SPMAGTF) South provided the distin guished visitors with a tour of the ships vehicle stowage area, hangar bay, medical spaces and flight deck. During the tour, Marines showcased their humanitarian assistance and disaster relief (HADR) capabili ties available on board, includ ing their transportable light weight water purification sys tem. As a Navy and Marine Corps team, we must all be ready for unexpected humanitarian missions, said Lt. Col. George Hasseltine, commanding offi cer, SPMAGTF South. Marines are able to bring incredible capability from the sea to on ground locations expeditiously. Just like our Uruguayan part ners, humanitarian efforts are a priority for us, and we train and prepare for these types of missions daily. Guests had an opportunity to walk through the ships medi cal spaces as well and observe Americas diverse medical and dental services, including two operating rooms, an intensive care unit, 23-bed ward and bed-surge capabilities. We have a highly-trained team of physicians and hospi tal corpsmen, said Lt. Cmdr. Jian Mei, Americas senior medical officer. America brings with it a robust medi cal capability. We can perform surgical procedures on board, and provide intensive care and post-surgical monitoring. Our digital x-ray allows us to take an x-ray and consult with doc tors thousands of miles away. In the case of humanitarian missions, this ability is essen tial to ensure patients receive Photo by MC2 Marcus StanleyThe San Antonio-class amphibious transport dock ship USS New York (LPD 21) arrives at its new homeport Dec. 6, 2013 at Naval Station Mayport. The homeport change was part of a larger move of the Iwo Jima Amphibious Ready Group homeport change in support of strategic dispersal.PANAMAX participants at Mayport prepare defense of Panama CanalPhoto by MC1 Andre McIntyreOperations officer Lt. j.g Daniel Minter, left, OS1 Gavin Hawthorne, Chilean navy Capt. Allan Nettle, Commander of Command Task Force, and Peruvian Capt. Christian Ponce, all members of Command Task Force 801, discuss high value tar get locations during PANAMAX 2014 at Naval Station Mayport.US ambassador to Uruguay visits USS America at seaPhoto by MC3 Huey Younger Jr.A tilt-rotor MV-22 Osprey assigned to the Argonauts of Marine Operational Test and Evaluation Squadron (VMX) 22 transports distinguished visitors and guests from Uruguay Aug. 8 to the future amphibious assault ship USS America (LHA 6). America is traveling through the U.S. Southern Command and U.S. 4th Fleet area of responsibility on its maiden transit to San Francisco.Photo by MC1 John Scorza The future amphibious assault ship USS America (LHA 6) approaches Rio De Janeiro, Brazil, for a scheduled port visit. America is traveling through the U.S. Southern Command and U.S. 4th Fleet areas of responsibility on its maiden transit to San Francisco.See USS AMERICA, Page 17
JAX AIR NEWS, NAS JACKSONVILLE, Thursday, August 21, 2014 17 the best treatment available. America is an amphibious platform built for aviation-centric missions, said Capt. Robert Hall Jr., Americas commanding officer. The additional space for aircraft, aviation mainte nance and storage capacity built into this ship would enable us to remain on station longer to sustain Marine Corps operations ashore. Through flexible lift and air delivery, the Navy and Marines Corps team can provide quick relief along the coast or deeper inland in a humanitarian or disaster relief situation. America can also per form as a command and control cen ter to help coordinate and ensure a unity of effort among partners. A focus area during our transit around South America is to help strengthen exist ing partnerships and to share lessons learned and experiences on how to best prepare and work together during these types of unforeseen events. America is currently traveling through the U.S. Southern Command and U.S. 4th Fleet area of responsibil ity on her maiden transit, America Visits the Americas. She is the first ship of her class, replacing the Tarawaclass of amphibious assault ships. As the next generation big-deck amphibious ship, America is opti mized for aviation, capable of support ing current and future aircraft such as the MV-22 Osprey and the F-35B Joint Strike Fighter. The ship is scheduled to be ceremoniously commissioned Oct. 11 in San Francisco. USS AMERICAFrom Page 16 By MC3 Kelby Sanders, USS Blue Ridge Public Affairs U.S. 7th Fleet flagship USS Blue Ridge (LCC 19) now holds the honor of being the old est ship in the U.S. Navys active duty fleet, next to USS Constitution, after the decom missioning of the USS Denver (LPD 9) Aug. 14. Blue Ridge has been forward deployed to Yokosuka, Japan for 34 years. As the flagship for Commander, U.S. 7th Fleet, Vice Adm. Robert Thomas, Blue Ridge is vital in main taining partnerships in the 7th Fleet area of operations. Blue Ridges keel was laid Feb. 27, 1967, and she was com missioned Nov. 14, 1970. Since then, the flagship has had a rich history to include com manding Operations Eagle Pull and Frequent Wind dur ing the Vietnam War, receiv ing the Humanitarian Service Medal in 1984 for rescuing Vietnamese refugees during Operation Boat People, per forming a nine-and-a-half month deployment as flagship for U.S. Naval Forces Central Command during the Persian Gulf War and rushing sup plies and relief to Japan during Operation Tomodachi. Blue Ridge has a rich his tory of providing our Navy with the most capable afloat com mand platform in the world, said Blue Ridge Commanding Officer Capt. Richard McCormack. To maintain her position as the most capable flagship in the world, Blue Ridge utilizes the most advanced communi cation satellite and computer technologies available. Blue Ridge has a superior and more robust communica tions system than any other type of ship by far, said Cmdr. Hezekiah Natta, Blue Ridge communications officer. As the demands of the mission evolve over the years, so too must Blue Ridge. The ship is constantly updating its equipment to stay a step ahead of its competition. Last year we did a complete overhaul and upgraded our communications equipment to allow us to continue our mis sion well into the future, said Natta. In 2016 Blue Ridge is sched uled to install a brand new Consolidated Afloat Network Enterprise System (CANES). CANES will provide the ship and her staff the capabil ity to continue efficiently com manding and controlling all of 7th Fleets assets in her area of responsibility, said Natta. At every port the ship visits, the crew and embarked staff participate in community ser vice engagements designed to promote peace, partnership and cooperative security. The mission requires Sailors who take pride in their service and hard work. Its a great opportunity to serve and be part of U.S. Navy history, said Ships Serviceman 2nd Class Terrence Daye. I feel good knowing I play a critical role in something great and meaningful to the com mand mission. Blue Ridges mission is unique and requires a top-ofthe-line crew ready to respond, at a moments notice, to any threat or humanitarian crisis. Im honored to command this ship knowing she will con tinue, well into the future, to play the lead role in promot ing stability and theater secu rity cooperation in the Pacific, said McCormack. The flagship is currently on patrol in the Indo-Asia-Pacific with embarked 7th Fleet staff, Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron 12 and Marines from Fleet Anti-Terrorism Security Team Pacific. By MC3 Jeffrey MadlangbayanUSS George H.W. Bush Public AffairsThe chief of naval personnel (CNP) and fleet master chief responsible for manpower in the Navy visited forward deployed units in the Arabian Gulf to meet with Sailors, in early August. Vice Adm. William Moran, CNP, and Fleet Master Chief April Beldo, Morans senior enlisted advisor, spoke to the crew of the aircraft carrier USS George H. W. Bush (CVN 77) during a televised all-hands call on Site TV where they addressed Sailors questions. Its great to be here, and weve been here all day talking to a lot of Sailors from many departments, said Moran. We got a lot of great feedback during our conversations with them, and we appreciate it. Moran and Beldo received questions from Sailors and discussed topics such as retirement plans, benefits, advance ment policy, rating billets, and sea and hazardous pay. Were trying to stabilize advance ment opportunities for all of the rates in the Navy, said Moran. There are some rates that are real ly tough. We are trying to figure out ways to increase opportunities so when Sailors take the exam they have a bet ter chance to advance to the next pay grade. Recently, more than 50 1st class petty officers throughout the strike group were selected to advance to chief petty officer. Moran took time to acknowledge and congratulate the chief selects for their hard work and dedication to the Navy. Id like to give a shout out to all of the chief selects out there who made it just recently, youve earned it, said Moran. There are 52 chief selects across the strike group and that is outstand ing. I saw many of them down at the mess decks and Im really proud you all for making it to this milestone of your career. I look forward to seeing you all with anchors on your uniform in September. Moran offered words of wisdom to Sailors who still endeavor to make chief some day. For those of you that want to make chief our opportunity is still above historic norms and we dont see that changing in the future, said Moran. So continue to work hard, test well and youll see some great results in the future. During their visit, Moran and Beldo visited many of the ships departments and squadrons, dined with service members and viewed the ships daily operations. Moran later met with the chief petty officers during a visit to the chiefs mess, and also spoke with officers during an officers call in the wardroom. In addition to his visit to George H.W. Bush, Moran also took time to visit Sailors aboard USS Roosevelt (DDG 80) and USS Philippine Sea (CG 58). Moran added that he wanted to remind Sailors that their country con tinues to stand by them, and he person ally appreciated what the crew does in support of operations. Thank you for the great questions you all sent in, said Moran. We really appreciate the opportu nity to get around and talk with you. I couldnt be more proud of the work youre doing. Keep up the great work. Beldo offered her appreciation to the crew of George H.W. Bush for their kindness and service to their country. Thank you so much for the hospital ity from the crew, said Beldo. We had a great visit during the past few days. Were really impressed with the work and the tone of the fleet force out here. Youre doing a great job out here. CNP is responsible to the chief of naval operations for the Navys man power readiness, and also serves as deputy chief of naval operations (manpower, personnel, training and education) and oversees the Bureau of Naval Personnel, Navy Personnel Command and the Navy Manpower Analysis Center. Commanded by Rear Adm. DeWolfe Miller, George H. W. Bush Carrier Strike Group (GHWB CSG) is comprised of the aircraft carrier George H.W. Bush, Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 8, Destroyer Squadron (DESRON) 22, guided-missile cruiser USS Philippine Sea (CG 58), guided-missile destroyer USS Truxtun (DDG 108) and guided-missile destroyer USS Roosevelt (DDG 80). NAS Jacksonville-based HSM-70 Spartans is embarked aboard Bush as part of CVW-8. Blue Ridge now second-oldest behind ConstitutionPhoto by MC3 Kelby SandersU.S. 7th Fleet flagship USS Blue Ridge (LCC 19) participates in a search-and-rescue exercise off the coast of China. Blue Ridge visited Qingdao to build partnerships with the People's Liberation Army (Navy) during a goodwill port visit. U.S. Sailors participated in professional military exchanges, exercise plan ning, and cultural and sporting events.Photo by MC3 Ivana CampbellSailors from Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron (HSC) 12 conduct routine maintenance on an MH-60S Sea Hawk helicopter aboard the U.S 7th Fleet flagship USS Blue Ridge (LCC 19). Blue Ridge is on patrol in the Indo-Asia-Pacific region with embarked U.S. 7th Fleet staff, HSC-12 and Marines from Fleet Antiterrorism Security Team Pacific.Chief of Naval Personnel talks service, stability, leadership on Bush Photo by Clark Pierce VA claims workshop(From right) VA Legal Administrative Specialist Bryon Hodges and AMVETS National Service Officer David Sanders conducted a VA claims preparation workshop Aug. 8 at Building 1 aboard NAS Jacksonville. The free monthly workshop is open to active duty military and retirees. The next workshop is scheduled for Sept. 29.
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