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Runway repairs completeBy Clark PierceEditorLast Friday and Saturday, contractors worked to repair a small section of the WWII-era runway aboard NAS Jax. Its an old runway, covered in old asphalt so we inspect it daily for pop-ups those are cracks or piec es of asphalt that de-laminate to expose the sub-base beneath the pavement, explained Winston Rogers, NAS Jax assistant airfield manager. When damage is found, we immediately take the necessary steps to repair it. Base Air Operations Officer Cmdr. Mark McManus said the repair was finished very early Saturday morn ing. All of this was necessary to assure the safety of our aircraft, aircrew and passengers. Our mission is to keep the airfield functioning until we kick off our major run way and taxiway improvement project in April off 2015. He added, This airport dates back to before Pearl Harbor and its really showing its age. So I wouldnt be surprised if we have to temporarily close down for some other repairs in the future. Our paving contrac tors are prompt and professional assuring that NAS Jacksonville will continue to support the training of warfighters and maintainers throughout the Fleet. www.cnic.navy.mil/jacksonville www.jaxairnews.com ACKSONVILLE F LA THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 4, 2014 I I D E ISIL UPDATE DoD To Present Options SURV IVA L Training Aviators & Aircrew MUSEUM SHIP City Council Approves Page 11Check us out Online! jaxairnews.com Valid ID card a mustBy AE2(AW) Samantha JonesStaff WriterNavy Access Control Management System (NACMS) Enabler Handheld Scanners are now employed at NAS Jacksonville and other naval installa tions as part of an ongoing program to heighten security measures at entry control points (ECPs) or gates. The program is designed to enhance installation safety and security through electronic verification of DoD-issued identification cards (ID). Our gate sentries are now scanning all DoD ID cards, including Common Access Card or CAC for active duty, reserve, civil service employees and foreign military on a temporary duty status, the TESLIN card for dependents and retirees and NCACS cards for con tractors and vendors entering NAS Jax, explained NAS Jax Director of Security Lt. Jeffrey Thacker. There are no exceptions to the Navy Physical Access Control System and the NACMS scanners. The scanning pro cess of IDs is to authenticate the card prior to granting a person access to the installation. Therefore, it is imperative that all personnel active duty, reserve, retired, DoD civilians, contractors, ven dors and authorized military family members keep their ID card valid. According to Thacker, steps can be taken by all prior to entering the base. The long traffic lines that have been experienced these past few weeks will be diminished as the process contin ues forward and personnel entering the base become aware that keeping their ID card valid is a must, he said. I and the entire NAS Jax Security team appreciate the support and under standing of all personnel throughout this implementation process. Our goal is to scan an ID card in a few seconds. But in order to achieve this goal and prevent delays at the gates, military per sonnel must keep their and their fami lies DEERS information current. The same message goes to the rest of our patrons be proactive and be sure the By Lt. Daniel Sepulveda-Prieto, SC, USNMaterial Officer, Fleet Logistics Center Jacksonville, SERMC Mayport DetachmentSupply Corps Officers from NAVSUP Fleet Logistics Center (FLC) Jacksonville had the unique opportunity to visit one of the nations leading trans portation suppliers, CSX, on Aug. 14. A group of 30 Supply Corps Officers was hosted by several technical experts and profes sionals who explained how their principal operating com pany, CSX Transportation Inc., provides an important link for the transportation supply chain throughout the United States and Canada. In addition to its railways, CSX also offers a variety of con tainer-shipping, intermodal trucking, and contract logistics services. The presenters tailored their presentation to the audience by elaborating on the numerous ways their services are used to support the military. For exam ple, different military branches have to ship large equipment such as tanks or airplanes. In order to find the most efficient and suitable route for these shipments, CSX inputs the dimensions of the product into a computer software program that then maps the best route and speeds to use based on tunnel tolerances. Previously, these measurements had to be manually calculated, but now the program creates such pre cise calculations that some of the larger military products clear tunnels with only a few inches on each side to spare. Additionally, using CSX helps the military achieve one of its goals to reduce its environ mental footprint. By using the railways, CSX is able to move a broad portfolio of products with minimal impact to the environment. A few of the ways the trains accomplish that objective are Notice: ID scanning in effect at all gates NAVSUP Fleet Logistics Center Jacksonville tours CSXPhoto by FLC JacksonvilleSupply Corps Officers from NAVSUP Fleet Logistics Center (FLC) Jacksonville shared briefings on Aug. 14 with counterparts at CSX Transportation Inc. Taking advantage of the closed runway, repair crews also replaced some cracked concrete pads at the end of the runway.See Page 6 See Page 6 Photo by AE2(AW) Samantha JonesAn NAS Jax gate sentry scans the DoD identification card of a person entering the installation on Sept. 2.Photos by Clark Pierce This specialized asphalt milling machine is used to clear popups and other abnormalities before applying a new layer of black top.
2 JAX AIR NEWS, NAS JACKSONVILLE, Thursday, September 4, 2014 From StaffSept. 4 1804 USS Intrepid (Lt. Richard Somers) blows up in failed attack on Tripoli. 1941 German subma rine U-652 attacks USS Greer (DD-145), which was tracking the submarine southeast of Iceland. Greer is undamaged, but drops depth charges, dam aging U-652. 1954 Icebreakers USS Burton Island (AGB-1) and USCG Northwind, complete first transit of Northwest Passage through McClure Strait. 1954 P2V from VP-19 shot down by Soviet aircraft near Swatow, China. 1960 USS Bushnell and Penguin begin relief opera tions in Marathon, Fla., after Hurricane Donna. Sept. 5 1776 Adoption of first uni forms for Navy officers. 1813USS Enterprise cap tures HM Brig Boxer off Portland, Maine. 1918 USS Mount Vernon tor pedoed by German submarine off coast of France. 1923 U.S. Asiatic Fleet arrives at Yokohama, Japan, to provide medical assistance and supplies after Kondo Plain earthquake. 1939 President Franklin D. Roosevelt orders Navy to form a Neutrality Patrol to report the presence of foreign warships within 300 miles of eastern United States. 1946 USS Franklin Delano Roosevelt (CVB-42) and four escorts visit Greece to under score U.S. support for the Greek government that faced a Communist insurgency. 1990 USS Acadia (AD-42) departs San Diego for first wartime deployment of malefemale crew on a combat vessel. Sept. 6 1918 Sailors fire first of the five railroad batteries at Tergnier, a German railhead in the Comeigne Forest. These 14 guns were originally designed for battleships. 1940 First destroyers transferred to Great Britain at Halifax, Nova Scotia, under Destroyers-for-Bases agree ment. 1944 USS Independence (CVL-22) begins use of special ly trained air group for night work. First time that a fully equipped night carrier operates with fast carrier task force. 1945 U.S. troops begin returning to U.S. when Task Force 11 left Tokyo Bay for U.S. 1953 Exchange of prison ers of war from Korean War (Operations Big Switch) ends Sept. 7 1776 David Bushnell attempts to destroy a British ship of the line, HMS Asia, in New York harbor with his Turtle submarine. 1814 USS Wasp captures HMS Avon. 1864 USS Wachusett cap tures CSS Florida at Bahia, Brazil. 1942 First air evacua tion of casualties to hospi tal ships occurs off shore at Guadalcanal. Sept. 8 1923 In disaster at Point Honda, Calif., seven destroy ers run aground through faulty navigation. 1939 President Roosevelt proclaims limited nation al emergency and increases enlisted strength in the Navy and Marine Corps. He also authorizes the recall to active duty of officer, men and nurses on the retired lists of the Navy and Marine Corps. 1954 U.S. signs Manila Treaty forming SEATO. 1958 Lt. R. H. Tabor, wear ing a Navy developed pressure suit, completes 72-hour simu lated flight at altitudes as high a 139,000 feet. It was another step in the development of the Navy spacesuit, which NASA accept ed in 1959 for use by Mercury astronauts. Sept. 9 1825 USS Brandywine sails for France, carrying the Marquis de Lafayette home after his yearlong visit to America. 1841 First iron ship autho rized by Congress 1940 Navy awards contracts for 210 ships, including 12 car riers and 7 battleships 1943 Operation Avalanche, Western Naval Task Force under VADM Hewitt, USN, lands Allied forces at Salerno, Italy 1944 Fifth Fleet carrier aircraft begin air strikes on Japanese shipping and facilities at Mindanao, Philippines. 1945 A computer bug is first identified and named by Lt. Grace Murray Hopper while she was on Navy active duty in 1945. It was found in the Mark II Aiken Relay Calculator at Harvard University. The oper ators affixed the moth to the computer log, where it still resides, with the entry: First actual case of bug being found. They debugged the computer, first introducing the term. Sept. 10 1813 In Battle of Lake Erie, Commodore Oliver Hazard Perry, flying his Dont give up the ship flag, defeats British squadron and declares, We have met the enemy and they are ours... 1925 Submarine R-4 rescues crew of PN-9 just 10 miles from their destination of Hawaii. 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. 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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 By Sarah SmileySpecial ContributorMaine summers are so beautiful, yet so fleet ing. Soon enough, the snow will fall and dark will come before dinner. Little wooden teepees will cover neighbors shrubs, and stakes on the side of the road will mark how far the plows should go. And before Christmas, we will begin dreaming of summer again. This, by the way, is why I fell in love with Maine six years ago. For the first time in my life, I understood summer because I had felt the winter. To mark the end of this summer, my son, Ford, and I did one of our familys favorite things: we kayaked to the middle of the lake and watched the sunset. A few months ago, the sun was setting in a valley between two mountains. Now it has moved and is setting far ther south. The sun hasnt moved, my son reminds me. We have. Kayaking trips with Ford can be deep. He tells me about physics and how everything in the universe has mass except for our thoughts, because technically they dont exist. (Is this why we value thoughts? Why we try to hold onto them?) Watching a sunset with Ford is a cerebral affair. On this particular night, Ford and I discussed time. It was our last week on the lake, after all, and school was looming in the distance. Also, Ford was worried wed miss the sunset because dinner had gone late. It seemed like everything was on a schedule and clocks, real or imagined, ticked in our ears. I told Ford that its impossible to miss the sunset entirely unless you dont go out at all. Thats not true, he said. The sun actually sets at one precise moment. I thought that over. The sun does dip below the hori zon in one seemingly impossible second. You blink and its gone. After a full day of hanging in the sky (The sun doesnt hang, Mom.), the sun slips behind the trees in one final movement. Its there, and then its not. Kind of like summer. Ford continued: Everything in life happens at one precise instant. Nothing really lingers. We debated this for a while. Is the sunset the moment the sun goes below the horizon? Or is the sunset everything leading up to that second, and everything after? I think the best part of the sunset is after the sun has gone down. Thats when light reflects off some clouds and casts shadows on others. The colors turn warm orange, red, and sometimes purple. If the sky is just right, the colors can even cast a glow on peoples faces. Yeah, but then the sun is gone, Ford said. Its already set. Suddenly, we both realized we were talking about more than a sunset. I was thinking metaphorically, about how the sunset reminds me of raising kids, and Ford was well, Ford was still thinking about phys ics. But as the sky turned orange and Ford continued to talk, I thought about how many of the best things in life are fleeting. Raising kids is filled with so much emotion because it doesnt last. They grow up. College is memorable because it came to an end. Our birth days mark the passing of an age we will never see again. We long for our 20s because they went by so quickly. And just like the sun, thinking back on these things after the precise moment they ended is sometimes the most moving part of all. After the sun goes behind the trees, you stare at the colors and forget that 10 minutes before, you had a headache from the glare. Ford was silhouetted by the light as he circled my kayak and continued to talk about science. Hes broad er and taller now, but his face still has a glimmer of that little boy I once knew. I hardly remember any more how loud Ford was as a baby, or how he always woke up early. I just have his baby face laughing engraved in my memory. Its the most beautiful vision. But thats just a thought, and Ford said thoughts dont exist. Which is exactly why I pine for that little face, isnt it? When winter comes, we will all forget the flies and mosquitos of summer. Sunburns will fade and also be forgotten. Well only remember moments like this, floating in a kayak, watching the sunset and listening to a boy talk about life. Oh, Maine. Seasons come and go in a moment, leaving only the beautiful colors of a sunset in our memory. Until the next summer. This Week in Navy HistoryPhoto by MCSN Brandon Morris lished in September 2008.U.S. Navy photo ready to rejoin the war in the Pacific, where she used her 16-inch guns against Japanese forces in Iwo Jima, Okinawa and the Phillipines. From The HomefrontSummers brevity is also its beauty
Advice from NavyMarine Corps Relief SocietyFrom Navy-Marine Corps Relief SocietyA Sailor asks: Im planning on buying a new car soon. Ive been saving for some time and am ready to narrow down my purchase choices. A couple of my friends said I better plan on figuring in the insurance cost before I get too serious. If one car is much more expensive on insurance than another, it will help me narrow down my choices. To get an idea for these costs, should I call my insur ance company and go through all of the questions for each car Im considering? That seems like a hassle. Right now there are about eight cars Im considering. NMCRS says: We cant help but remind you that if you purchase a vehicle that is slightly used, say one or two years old, you will immediately be saving money.Large amounts of depreciation occur on a vehicle within the first two years. If you have made up your mind that your next car must be brand new, then here are some tips. Your friends are correct in that different makes and models of vehicles all have different prices for cover age. For instance, a sports car is typically going to be more costly to insure than a sedan. Check out http://moneycentral.msn.com. This will take you to the personal finance section, from there, click on the Insurance tab. Next, you can click on auto insurance and from there you will find a set of tools. One of them shows the average insurance rates for all car models. Its simple to scroll through to see any car you are interested in purchasing and the cost to insure. You can also specify the state in which you reside, for a more detailed estimate. Keep in mind that these are estimates only. Once you call your insurance agent, there will be other factors to figure in, such as your age and driving his tory. The agent will be the only one that can give you exact figures for your scenario, and yes, that can take some time on the phone. Utilize the online tool to help you narrow down your choices and then as you get serious about purchasing and have the options narrowed down to about three, you can call and get actual quotes. By Jim GaramoneDoD News, Defense Media ActivityPresident Barack Obama on Aug. 28 directed Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel and Army Gen. Martin Dempsey, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, to present a range of options aimed at the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant. During a White House news conference today, Obama called ISIL a cancer that poses an imme diate threat to the people of Iraq and to people throughout the region. The United States has struck the terror group in Iraq. Any effort taken against the group in its sanctu ary in Syria must be part of a broader regional and international effort, the president said. Rooting out a cancer like ISIL will not be quick or easy, but Im confident that we can, and we will, working closely with our allies and our partners, Obama said. The president said the options hes asking for are aimed primarily at thwarting ISILs designs in Iraq. My priority at this point is to make sure that the gains that ISIL made in Iraq are rolled back and that Iraq has the opportunity to govern itself effectively and secure itself, he said. Were going to have to build a regional strategy to degrade ISIL over the long term, Obama said. Part of the goal here, the president said, is to make sure that Sunnis, both in Syria and in Iraq, feel as if theyve got an investment in a government that actually functions. A government that can protect them. A government that makes sure that their fami lies are safe from the barbaric acts that weve seen in ISIL. All aspects of national and international power must be in play, the president said. Diplomatic, polit ical and economic power will be just as important as military actions, he said. The limited airstrikes against ISIL in Iraq have had an effect, Obama said. Because of our strikes, the terrorists of ISIL are losing arms and equipment, he said. In some areas, Iraqi government and Kurdish forces have begun to push them back. And we continue to be proud and grateful to our extraordinary personnel serving in this mission. Obama: U.S. combat troops will not return to IraqBy Jim GaramoneDoD News, Defense Media ActivityPresident Barack Obama has again emphasized that U.S. combat troops will not be sent back into Iraq even as the United States continues to provide military assistance to the Iraqi government and the Kurds in their battle against Sunni terrorists who have taken hold of large sections of the country. In an address Aug. 26 to the American Legions annual convention in Charlotte, North Carolina, Obama said the security of the American people, including diplomats and military advisors in Iraq, remains his top priority, which is why he authorized airstrikes against fighters from the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant. But he added well not allow the United States to be dragged back into another ground war in Iraq. Because ultimately, it is up to the Iraqis to bridge their differences and secure themselves. And he said, our military action in Iraq has to be part of a broader strategy to protect our people and support our partners to take the fight to ISIL. U.S. strategy is to strengthen partners and to pro vide more military assistance to government and Kurdish forces in Iraq and moderate opposition in Syria, Obama said. The United States also urges Iraq to form an inclusive government to build national unity and strong security forces. This will provide the antidote against terrorists, he said. The United States is also building a coalition of nations against ISIL, but America can and will defend its citizens. Our message to anyone who harms our people is simple: America does not forget. Our reach is long. We are patient. Justice will be done, the president said. We have proved time and time again we will do what is necessary . to go after those who harm Americans. He made the comments just days after American journalist James Foley, who had been held captive by ISIL terrorists for two years, was beheaded on video. The American military is ready to take direct action when ordered, Obama said. Rooting out a cancer like ISIL wont be easy, and it wont be quick, he said. But tyrants and murderers before them should recognize that kind of hateful vision ultimately is no match for the strength and hopes of people who stand together for the security and dignity and freedom that is the birthright of every human being. Overall, the presidents message was that the United States will continue to lead in the 21st century. Nobody else can do what we do, Obama said. No other nation, he added, does more to under write the security and prosperity on which the world depends. In times of crisis, no other nation can rally such broad coalitions to stand up for international norms and peace, he said. Even nations that criticize the United States turn to America when the chips are down, he said. Thats what American leadership looks like, he said. Its why the United States is, and will remain, the one indispensable nation in the world. Obama tasks DoD for options against ISIL ducks.org 800-45-DUCKS 13 MILLION ACRES AND COUNTING Help us conserve another 13 Million acres. JAX AIR NEWS, NAS JACKSONVILLE, Thursday, September 4, 2014 3
4 JAX AIR NEWS, NAS JACKSONVILLE, Thursday, September 4, 2014 Aircrews refresh emergency procedure skillsBy AE2(AW) Samantha JonesNaval aircrew from several squad rons aboard NAS Jax trained at Aviation Survival Training Center (ASTC) Jacksonville August 20-21 to refresh their aircraft emergency proce dure skills. NAS Jacksonvilles ASTC is one of eight facilities around the country that are tasked to provide safe and effec tive survival training for aviators and aircrew. Training includes classroom lectures and simulator devices in a curriculum that emphasizes hands-on exposure to survival skills in a realistic, yet safe, environment. New aviators and aircrew under go initial survival training at NAS Pensacola and are required to attend an ASTC refresher course every four years after. Training scenarios take place in a large swimming pool with an aircraft egress trainer for teaching basic water survival. After demonstrating proficiency in the survival breaststroke, treading water, and drown-proofing, students begin the Underwater Problem Solving (UPS) evolution. During UPS, aircrew must dem onstrate egress skills while being strapped into harnesses and turned upside-down under water in full NATOPS Required Flight Gear. Next, the students enter the 9D6 underwater egress trainer, or the dunker, which simulates an aircraft ditching into a body of water and sink ing upside-down. It allows aircrew to practice escaping from a submerged fuselage. Immediately following the dunker, the students must preform the survival breaststroke for 50 yards in full flight gear and then orally inflate their Life Preserve Unit (LPU). In order to simulate a rescue situ ation, students are subjected to sim ulated rain, fog, waves, thunder and lightning in a pitch black environment, and must make it to a life raft and wait for rescue. Upon completion of the Night Storm Scenario, the aircrew are hoisted out of the pool in a rescue basket to simulate a helicopter rescue. Finally, the students must attempt the Parachute In-Water Release Trainer and the Parachute Over-Water Slide Trainer, which simulates entering the water while still connected to a para chute. AVI A TION SURVIV A L TR A INING CENTER ND3 Preston Smidt explains the Shallow Water Initial Mechanical Memory Exit Release Trainer (SWIMMER) evolution to students. The SWIMMER device is designed to provide hands-on training in procedures for underwater problem solving. PR1 Brandon Rainey, Naval Aviation Water Survival Training Instructor (NAWSTI), describes proper survival breast stroke technique. During the Fixed Wing Aircrew Refresher Training, students are required to perform many training evolutions in full NATOPS Required Flight Gear. HM1 Michael Armbruster and AWV1 Joshua Saras ensure students safety during the 50-yard survival breast stroke swim in full NATOPS Required Flight Gear.
JAX AIR NEWS, NAS JACKSONVILLE, Thursday, September 4, 2014 5 Students are required to tread water for two minutes after swimming the survival breaststroke for one pool length. After swimming 50 yards in full NATOPS required flight gear, students must orally inflate their Life Preserve Unit (LPU) and then gather in a huddle. PR2 Adan Garcia operates the hoist during a simu lated helicopter rescue. The Parachute In-Water Release Trainer is a device used to simulate an aviator being dragged through the water by a parachute. Photos by AE2(AW) Samantha JonesHM1 Armbruster (left) and PR2 Luis Hermosillo De Anda (right) operate the Modular Shallow Water Egress Trainer (MSWET). While in the MSWET, the student is flipped upside down and required to push out the window, release his five-point harness, and egress through the frame. AWF1 Ryan Kenyon demonstrates how to enter a rescue basket. The Parachute Over-Water Slide Trainer simulates entering the water while still connected to a para chute. PR1 Christopher Yarder assists students in getting the proper gear before the Underwater Problem Solving (UPS) evolution.
through reducing the amount of large shipping trucks on congested highways, routing hazardous materials through less populated areas, and obtaining about 350 miles per gallon of gas. CSX has received numerous awards in recognition of their efforts. The Supply Corps Officers also learned about CSXs efforts to hire veterans and how to market the skills they have gained during their service when searching for a job. In fact, CSX is the only company to have received two Secretary of Defense Employer Support Freedom Awards. This nationally renowned award is the high est award given by the U.S. Government to employers for their support of their employees who serve in the Guard and Reserves. This event was a great opportunity for our local Supply Corps Officers to see civilian logistics opera tions outside of their normal scope, stated Capt. Duke Heinz, NAVSUP FLC Jacksonville commanding offi cer. We are grateful for the willingness of CSX to host our personnel and share their experiences of how technological advances have impacted their opera tions. NAVSUPFrom Page 1information in your ID is current. Thacker explained the main factors that could ren der an ID card invalid. During the initial scanning process, the majority of the cards that were rejected or invalid were found to have been reported lost or stolen, had defective bar codes, were expired or mutilated. Also, the token may be terminated, expired, invalid or not found, or the token is valid for multiple individuals, he said. All personnel entering NAS Jax must be aware that a scanner rejection due to an ID card having been reported lost or stolen or with a defective bar code will result in an immediate confiscation of the card and base entry will be denied, he added. At this point, the person will be issued an ID card receipt and directed to the Pass and ID office locat ed in Building 9, outside the Yorktown gate where a 72-hour base access pass will be issued. Check your ID card and be sure its current and valid. The bottom line is that the system is designed to keep our work force, housing residents and other base assets safe. Glenn Williams, deputy director of Security said, Our security force is executing mandated policy. We appreciate everyones patience during this process and ask that they follow the guidance given by the gate sentries when an ID card is rejected. Personnel with questions pertaining to access to NAS Jacksonville, may contact the installation physi cal security officer at 542-4422/3667. To renew your ID card, visit any uniformed ser vices ID card-issuing facility. To find a location near you, go to www.dmdc.osd.mil/rsl or you can make an appointment at the NAS Jacksonville PSD office at https://rapids-appointments.dmdc.osd.mil and follow the online directions. Be sure to select NAS Jacksonville PSD. Appointments are encouraged in order to avoid a long wait time at the ID card facility.For more information about the procedures to acquire a new DoD ID card at the NAS Jacksonville PSD office, call (904) 542-3633. ID SCANFrom Page 1 From Navy Personnel Command Public AffairsThe Professional Apprenticeship Career Track (PACT) program provides unique career opportunities for some first-term Sailors through apprentice-level formal and on-the-job training within a 24-month period. The main purpose of PACT is to provide Sailors who are unsure about which Navy career fields interest them an oppor tunity to learn about different Navy jobs without having to make a decision at the time of enlistment. The PACT program has three apprentice tracks encompassing career fields within aviation (A-PACT), engi neering (E-PACT) and surface (S-PACT). PACT places the Sailor in a better position to choose from a variety of ratings and gives them a chance to see a rating in its entirety, said NCC(SW/EXW/ AW) Jesse Reed, Navy Personnel Command Force career coun selor. The Sailor is provided an opportunity to learn more about a particular rate in order to bet ter make a decision about what path they would like to follow. Soon after checking aboard their first command, PACT Sailors will meet with their com mand career counselor and immediate chain of command to discuss personal and pro fessional goals. They will also discuss rating or job eligibil ity for potential ratings via the Career Waypoint (C-WAY) system, conduct required Career Development Boards (CDB), PACT designation quotas, and potential time-in-rate eligibil ity for participation in the Navy wide advancement exams. It is detrimental to the Sailor if commands are not engaging with the progression of their PACT designated Sailors, added Reed. PACT Sailors who are not designated into a specific rat ing within 12-months on board their first duty station may apply for an available Navy A school quota provided that they have maintained PACT program and A school eligibility. If a Sailor has not received a quota into a new rating within the original 24-month window, their pro jected rotation date will extend to their end of active obligated service. If they dont pick up a rating by their EAOS, they will be separated. Gain career knowledge through PACT designation A CFC participant. Provided as a public service. Out of state drivers check your licenseFrom staff expired? that issued the license? the rules and laws of the state you are from and the state you are in? If you are active duty, your license may be valid after it expires but this is not auto matic and varies from state to state. The link below will take you to your states DMV where most questions can be answered. License extensions, if offered, are for active duty members only and do not pertain to spous es or other licensed members of the family. http://www.dmvdepartment-of-motorvehicles.com/index. html.Photo by Yan KennonNaval Hospital Awards QuartersCapt. John Le Favour (left), Naval Hospital (NH) Jacksonville commanding officer, presents the Meritorious Service Medal to AOCS Andrea McCormick during an awards ceremony at the hospital Aug. 29. Other award recipients included: Cmdr. Tammy Weinzatl (Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal); HM1 Jose Poblete (Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal); HN Avilsi Mateo (Flag Letter of Commendation, Naval Medical Center Portsmouth); HM2 Nakita Boyd (Letter of Appreciation, Naval Air Station Jacksonville); and Lt. Ogwo Ogwo was promoted to the rank of Lt. Cmdr. 6 JAX AIR NEWS, NAS JACKSONVILLE, Thursday, September 4, 2014
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By AWOCS Craig Hert On Aug. 26, the NAS Jacksonville Navy Exchange closed its doors early to host the 15th annual Chief Petty Officer (CPO) Selectee Family Celebration event. CPOs, Senior Chiefs, and Master Chief Petty Officers took to the fashion runway to model the full gambit of uni forms for the new CPO Selectees. From the Navys Physical Training Uniform, all the way to the Chiefs Dinner Dress uniforms, the new select ees were shown examples of the uni forms that they will be wearing in just a few short weeks. NEX General Store Manager Marsha Brooks kicked off the event by telling the CPO Selectees, The Navy Exchange takes great pride in honoring your out standing achievement as CPO Selectees and we also want to show our apprecia tion for your sponsors and family mem bers that have helped guide and sup port you through this somewhat stress ful process. Some Navy Exchange employees even lent a hand by modeling examples of appropriate civilian equivalents for many of the military uniforms. This gave the Selectees spouses an idea of dress expectations depending on their spouses uniform requirements. Following the uniform show, select ees received raffled prizes in addi tion to the complimentary gift bag they received when they arrived. NAS Jacksonville Commanding Officer Capt. Roy Undersander, Naval Hospital Jacksonville Executive Officer Capt. Christine Sears and NAS Jacksonville CMC Teri McIntyre were on hand to assist with distributing the raffled gifts to the CPO Selectees. The Chiefs Mess in attendance also got a chance to win various raffled prizes. Refreshments were provided by the NAS Jacksonville Commissary. The FY-15 CPO 365 Phase II lead, AWOCS Glenn Plower, commented on the success of the evening, This was a great event and Id really like to thank the NEX and their vendors for their help and support not only for the CPO Selectee sea son but for supporting the base as a whole. When asked what it took to make this event happen, NEX Store Manager Kitty Case replied, We started plan ning this in early June and worked with the CPO representatives and vendors it took a lot of planning and hard work all this just doesnt happen overnight. The event was hosted and sponsored by the Navy Exchange and by various vendors such as Vanguard, Republic National, Soffee and Bates. Neither the U.S. Navy, nor any other part of the federal government official ly endorses any company, sponsor or its products or services. Photos by AWOCS Craig Hert and AWVC Joe Segreti CPO Selectees display the latest E-7 military fashionsYNC Gail Stockman confidently shows off the Female CPO Khaki Uniform. CPO Selectees watch intently as the CPO uni forms are paraded at the Navy Exchange. PSC(Sel) Victoria Lewis accepts a raffle prize from NAS Jax Commanding Officer Capt. Roy Undersander while CMCDCM Teri McIntyre, Marsha Brooks and Kitty Case look on. AWOCS Patrick Biddinger preps to walk down the NEX cat walk in the Male CPO Dinner Dress White Uniform. CMDCM Benni Simmons shows off the Female CPO Dinner Dress White Uniform Sept. 26 dur ing CPO night at the NAS Jax Navy Exchange. NAS Jax Commanding Officer Capt. Roy Undersander shares some humor with the CPO Selectees and their families. OSC(Sel) Luis Huerta receives a raf fle prize from NAS Jax CMDCM Teri McIntyre. NCC(Sel) Deborah Tucker (VP-8) won a bottle of perfume: It was good to see all of the uniforms and how to wear them. It was also nice to see our mentors having a good time. (From left) ASC Justo Valverde, AWOC Lloyd Wood, FCC Eric Shaffer, LSC Nicola Canada, AZC Marilyn Buford and CMCS Sam Green attended the event. 8 JAX AIR NEWS, NAS JACKSONVILLE, Thursday, September 4, 2014
By MC2(SW/AW/EXW) Stacy LaseterNavy Region Southeast Public AffairsSailors assigned to Commander, Navy Region Southeast (CNRSE) prepared and served more than 150 meals to the homeless and needy Aug. 19 at the City Rescue Mission in downtown Jacksonville. City Rescue Mission has been in operation since 1946 and provides an estimated 300,000 meals annu ally to the citys displaced population. It also offers safe shelter and clean clothes for the areas men, women and children in need. City Rescue Mission is a program for people who want to come off drugs and alcohol and want to rebuild their life, Brenda Smith, the kitchen supervi sor, said. We are a nonprofit organization and we thrive on donations and volunteers. The event provided a remarkable opportunity for CNRSE Sailors to give back to the community, accord ing to Cmdr. Douglas Huggan. We are here to serve the public. We live in this community; thats why we do what we do. They wel come us to their area, support our mission, and we support the community, so it benefits everybody, Huggan said. CNRSE Flag Aide CS1 Teresa Duson agreed, I feel great about volunteering at the mission. Seeing how thankful the people were for us being there is appre ciation enough. Huggan also said that even though people go through difficult periods, its wonderful that they have a place to get a nice, warm meal and an opportunity to talk with others who may be experiencing similar situations. With one in six people in Northeast Florida not knowing where their next meal will come from, according to its Web site, the task of City Rescue Mission and the necessity of its partnership with vol unteer groups such as the Sailors of CNRSE has never been more clear. I love having anyone come and donate or volun teer. We have a good program here and if anyone needs help, they are coming to the right place, said Smith. Life can get better. CNRSE Sailors serve at City Rescue MissionPhoto by MC2 Stacy LaseterCmdr. Douglas Huggan, Navy Region Southeast special project assistant, prepares plates of spaghetti for the homeless and needy of Jacksonville on Aug. 19 at the City Rescue Mission. Sailors served more than 150 meals, emphasizing the Navys mission of support to local communities. WOASF Golf Tournament set for Sept. 19From StaffWings Over America Scholarship Foundation (WOASF) is hosting its NAS Jax Golf Tournament to benefit scholarships for Navy dependents Sept. 19 at 7:30 a.m. The event is open to the public. Individual fees are $75 and foursome fees are $300 and include golf cart, breakfast, lunch, prizes and awards. Shotgun start at 9 a.m. All proceeds benefit WOASF, a 501(c) 3 non-profit foundation. To register, visit www.wingsoveramerica.us or call 757-671-3200 ext. 2. The Wings Over America Scholarship Foundation annually sponsors more 50 scholar ships ranging from $2,500$10,000 for students who are selected on the basis of scholastic merit, community service, extracurricular activities and character. JAX AIR NEWS, NAS JACKSONVILLE, Thursday, September 4, 2014 9
By Twilla SmithNavy Region Southeast Public AffairsMA1(SW/AW) James Williams and OS2(SW) David McKellum were awarded Commander, Navy Region Southeast (CNRSE) Senior and Junior Sailors of the Third Quarter at an awards ceremony on Aug. 25. Navy Region Southeast Force Protection Department, Williams is responsible for ensuring region installions are compliant in all aspects of their force protection programs. During the quarter, as a member of the Regional Operational Assesment and Assistance Team (ROAAT), Williams conducted two on-site force pro tection assessments. As an assistant command fitness leader, he assisted in attaining a 99 percent passing rate for the commands most recent physical fitness assessment cycle. Petty Officer Williams accomplishments have been absolutely outstanding here at Commander, Navy Region Southeast, said Williams supervisor, MAC(SW) Jon Benninger. He is an inspiring and driven leader for junior Sailors and sets a positive tone for the command. Williams professionalism and performance has cer tainly warranted his selection as CNRSE Senior Sailor of the Quarter. Williams said his departments continued support has been instrumental to his success. Since reporting on board Commander, Navy Region Southeast, he said, I have been afforded the oppor tunity to present myself as a valuable asset to the com mand and the community. I am honored to have been selected as the Senior Sailor of the Quarter, not as a recognition piece of my career, but as a symbol of what it means to be dedicated to the mission and to the people that I serve with. Its not always about what the Navy can do for me, its about what I can do for the Navy. Leading and setting the example for others has always been my number one goal. In addition to his primary duties, Williams partici pated in command volunteer events that involved the City Rescue Mission and Ronald McDonald House. watch supervisor. In this capacity, he supervised active duty and reserve personnel through two active shooter drills, five force protection drills, four threat working groups and four crisis action team scenarios. Recently, during the HURREX/Citadel Gale exercise, McKellem played the role of command staff knowl edge manager. Additionally, he enhanced situational awareness for region program directors and special assistants by organizing more than 10 briefings and teleconferences. As the assistant command fire marshall, McKellum was integral in maintaining the program and conduct ing monthly inspections. He is a hard-charging Sailor with outstanding military bearing, said QMC(SW/AW) Dexter Collins, McKellums immediate supervisor. He is one of the most squared-away Sailors I have ever had the pleasure of working with. McKellums involvement with the command is integral in the com mand maintaining mission readiness. Im honored and happy to be CNRSE sailor of the quarter, McKellum said. I would like to thank everyone involved in this pro cess and for everyone who believed in me. I will always strive for excellence and will continue to make my command and family proud. Individual selection criteria for the awards was based upon exemplary performance of tasks, contri butions that enhanced organization accomplishment of command objectives, mission, teamwork or public image, and ones professional attitude toward self and others. CNRSE announces senior, junior Sailors of the QuarterCNRSE Rear Adm. Mary Jackson contratulates OS2(SW) David McKellum who was named Junior Sailor of the Third Quarter 2014 on Aug. 25 at NAS Jax All-Hands Club. Photos by Twilla SmithMA1(SW/AW) James Williams was named Senior Sailor of the Third Quarter 2014 on Aug. 2 by CNRSE Rear Adm. Mary Jackson at NAS Jax All-Hands Club. By Earl BittnerNAVFAC Southeast Public AffairsNaval Facilities Engineering Command (NAVFAC) Southeast announced the first task order from a $240 million indefinite-delivery indefinite-quanti ty (IDIQ) multiple award design-build construction contract Aug. 26. Carothers Construction Inc., of Oxford, Miss., was awarded the ini tial task order for $34.4 million for the design and construction of an aircraft maintenance hangar at Marine Corps Air Station, Beaufort, S.C. The new hangar is designed to sup port the F-35B Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter and its unique operational and maintenance requirements, said Troy Ward, MCAS Beaufort Site Activation Task Force program manager. The hangar project is expected to be completed by September 2016. Other work to be performed under this contract includes general building type projects (new construction, reno vation, alteration, demolition and repair work) including industrial, airfield, aircraft hangar, aircraft traffic control, infrastructure, administrative, train ing, dormitory and community support facilities. The existing hangars were designed and built to accommodate legacy air craft, almost 60 years ago, said Ward. They have reached the end of their useful life and renovating or expanding the existing hangars would not be cost effective. Were building a 21st century facility here to support our new fifth generation fighters, the Lightning II. The five contractors for this IDIQ con tract include Carothers Construction Inc., Oxford, Miss.; Archer Western Construction, LLC (small business), Chicago, Ill.; Brasfield and Gorrie General Contractors, Birmingham, Ala.; Hensel Phelps Construction Co., Orlando, Fla; and M.A. Mortenson Construction Co., Minneapolis, Minn. The contract period is for 36 months with an expected completion date of August 2017.NAVFAC Southeast awards F-35B JSF hangar contract 10 JAX AIR NEWS, NAS JACKSONVILLE, Thursday, September 4, 2014
Special from Dodie Cantrell Jacksonvilles City Council gave its resounding approval to the plan to open the states first Navy warship museum in Jacksonville. The 16-to-1 vote by the coun cil on Aug. 27 clears the way to bring home the USS Charles F. Adams, moor her at the north bank of the St. Johns River, and open the USS Charles F. Adams Museum. Dan Bean, president of the Jacksonville Historic Naval Ship Association (JHNSA), the all-volunteer group spearhead ing the project said, This vote is the last piece of the puzzle for the USS Charles F. Adams Museum. Were thankful for City Councils support. It is gratifying to see that those who believe in Jacksonvilles vision of a thriving downtown river bank understand how anchor ing such a development with a world-class warship museum will create a unique an unri valed environment for growth. The former USS Charles F. Adams (DDG-2) is the last sur viving ship of the Adams Class guided-missile destroyers; a class of warship that revolu tionized naval warfare from two aspect anti-air warfare and anti-submarine warfare. The vision to display the for mer USS Charles F. Adams as a Naval warship museum began with the Sailors who served in these warships, but is now the vision of thousands of residents of the Northeast Florida area. This vision will be a last ing and fitting memorial being established to honor all veterans, pay tribute to Jacksonvilles proud military history, while providing a unique environment for special events and educational activi ties. TheJHNSA has launched a major fundraising campaign to assist with refurbishing the ship to serve as a museum. The group has created sever al opportunities for giving that range from corporate spon sorships of special venues on board to low-cost annual youth memberships. The next generationBy Darryl OrrellCenter for Security Forces Public AffairsThe Center for Security Forces is working towards developing a new training continuum for the Coastal Riverine Force, in response to new training requirements identified by the fleet last December. The Navys Coastal Riverine Force (CRF) was formed in June 2012, as part of the Chief of Naval Operations direct ed force consolidation. As a result, the Maritime Expeditionary Security Force and Riverine Group One were merged to form a single combat ready force. William McFarland, who serves as the Expeditionary Warfare Course Curriculum model manager (CCMM) at the Center, shared some of what Sailors can expect to see in the new courses. The major difference between what is currently taught at the schoolhouse and the new training will be the addi tion of Coastal and Expeditionary Security skill sets, said McFarland. This new content will teach the knowledge and skills that Sailors will need in order to perform additional maritime and expeditionary missions undertaken by the CRF. Trying to develop these new courses in an unpredictable fiscal environment has proven to be a major challenge at times according to McFarland. The instability caused by continued overseas operations adds to the mix of challenges faced as well. The Center has facilitated several JDTAs [Job, Duty, Tasks Analysis] that are directly related to the CRF HPRR [Human Performance Readiness Review] held last December. Each of these JDTAs helped define critical skills that need to be taught within the new Coastal Riverine Continuum, said McFarland. Facilitating a JDTA is just the first step in the Naval Education and Training Commands (NETC) End-to-End or E2E process. E2E is a process specifically designed to guide training from cradle to grave. This serves to ensure the train ing community remains responsive to new and changing training require ments, and provides the most relevant, efficient and effective training to the fleet. The JDTA is just the first step in the E2E process; therefore, much more work is still ahead to determine exactly who, what, when, where and how this train ing will be delivered, said McFarland. When complete, the fleet could expect to see topics that will support the Coastal Riverine Forces mission requirements and capabilities, as speci fied in OPNAVs Required Operational Capabilities (ROC) and Projected Operational Environments (POE) docu ments, he added. Once the business case analysis is complete, OPNAV will then decide how and what training will be funded in order for the Center to move forward with development. The Center for Security Forces pro vides specialized training to more than 28,000 students each year. It has 14 training locations across the U.S. and around the world. Navy warship museum cleared to come home to Northeast FloridaU.S. Navy photo Naval Station Mayport was the USS Charles F. Adams' homeport from 1969 until she was decom missioned in 1990. Riverine training JAX AIR NEWS, NAS JACKSONVILLE, Thursday, September 4, 2014 11
X-47B achieves new set of firsts aboard USS Theodore RooseveltFrom Naval Air Systems Command Public AffairsThe Navys X-47B complet ed its final test aboard USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71) Aug. 24 and returned to its home base at Naval Air Station Patuxent River after eight days at sea. While underway, the X-47B flew in the carrier pattern with manned aircraft for the first time and conducted a total of five catapult launches, four arrestments and nine touchand-go landings, including a night time shipboard flight deck handling evaluation. This is another detachment for the record books; all tests were safely and effectively exe cuted, said Capt. Beau Duarte, Navys Unmanned Carrier Aviation program manager. We have set the bar for the future of unmanned carrier aviation. Testing began Aug. 17 when the X-47B performed its ini tial cooperative launch and recovery cycle with an F/A-18. With its automatic wing-fold capability and new tailhook retract system, the X-47B met the programs objective to demonstrate that carrier-based manned and unmanned air craft could maintain a 90 sec ond aircraft launch and recov ery interval. Throughout the week, the Navy/Northrop Grumman test team captured X-47B flying quality and recovery wind con dition data to evaluate how the aircraft responds to wake tur bulence during approach and landing. This data will be used to improve a simulation model for use with carrier-based air craft. The team also evaluated how the unmanned aircraft per formed during the first night time taxi and deck handling operations aboard a carrier. Since the shipboard environ ment presents different chal lenges at night, this test was an incremental step in develop ing the operational concept for more routine unmanned air system flight activity. We conducted X-47B night flight deck operations to understand the human inter face and suitability of the unmanned air vehicle and deck operators hand-held con trol unit in the night environ ment, said Barbara Weathers, X-47B Unmanned Combat Air System lead. These lessons learned will help with the development of future unmanned platforms. The Navy will continue to execute shore-based testing at Patuxent River to further the goal of seamless integra tion with manned aircraft and to refine best practices for the evaluation of future unmanned air systems. Photo by Liz WolterThe X-47B unmanned aircraft conducts its first night time deck handling and taxi tests Aug. 21 aboard aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71). 12 JAX AIR NEWS, NAS JACKSONVILLE, Thursday, September 4, 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. 29, Sept. 5 & 19, Kenny Holliday on Sept. 26 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 Sept. 27, 1 4 p.m., $30 *Please note, the specials do not include shoes unless stated otherwise* Fall Bowling Leagues are now forming!Fitness & AquaticsCall 542-2930 Outdoor Pool Hours through September 30, 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.I.T.T. EventsCall 542-3318 E-mail them directly at jaxs_nas_ email@example.com ITT current ticket promotions include the following: Monster Jam Tickets Feb. 21, 2015 Everbank Field $21 $47.50 Universal Halloween Horror Nights $45.25 $76.50! FCCJ Broadway Series on sale now! Thrasher Horne Center for the Arts on sale now price! Pre-Season Basketball Pelicans vs. Wizards Veterans Memorial Arena $38.00 Casting Crowns $30.25 & $35.75 Gator Football vs. Kentucky and Missouri $27.00 each Daytona 500 $62.00-$212.0 /Sprint Fanzone $70.00 ALSO AVAILABLE IS DAYTONA 500 SHUTTLE DEPARTING 10:00 $20 Daytona 300 $55.00/Child (ages 12 and under) $9.35/Sprint Fanzone $20.00 Budweiser Duels $55.00/Child (ages 12 and under) $9.35/Sprint Fanzone $20.00 Sprint Unlimited Unreserved/Reserved -$30.00-$55.00/Child 12 & under $9.35 Sprint Fanzone -$20.00 Rolex 24 -January 24-25, 2015 -$25.00/ Garage Access -$25.00 Tampa Lowry Zoo $15.75 $19.75 / Zoo Boo $11.50-$14.75 Mt. Dora Trip October 25 $20 Victory Casino Cruise Trip January 17 $28.00 Jacksonville Jaguar tickets on sale now, section 147 & 148 $70 Catty Shack Ranch Wildlife Sanctuary $8.50 $13.50 AMC gold ticket $8.50 Jacksonville Zoo $8.50 $17 Trapeze High Fleming Island $35 St Johns Rivership in Sanford, FL. (includes dinner) $40$57.75 Disney World Orlando Armed Forces Salute ticket FL (Sept 28-Oct 3, 2015) $173.50 $ 203.25 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 $6.75 $13.50/ Nile Zip Line $35.25 Kennedy Space Center AD $44.50 / CH $35.50 Wild Florida Airboats (Kenansville, FL) $18 $46.75 Forever Florida $22.75 $52.75 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 restricted to E1-E6 single or unaccom panied active duty members. Call 5421335 for information. House of Fame MMA Event Sept. 6 at 6 p.m. $10 per person FREE Florida Gators Football Game Trip Sept. 13 at 2 p.m. Paintball Trip Sept. 20 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 Sept. 9 & 23 Retirees, DoD and sponsored guests 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 availableAuto Skills CenterCall 542-3227 22 work bays, wheel balancing, tool checkout, paint booth and welding ASE certified mechanic onsiteYouth Activities CenterCall 778-9772 Family Fitness Center hours Monday Friday, 9 a.m. 1 p.m. Bring your child to work out with you! 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 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 Jacksonville. FormingOpen to active duty, selective reservists, dependents over 18, DoD civilians, and DoD Contractor personnel assigned to NAS Jacksonville. Games play in the evening.7on-7 Flag Football League FormingOpen to active duty, selective reservists, DoD civilians, and DoD Contractor personnel assigned to a command at NAS Jacksonville. Fall Bowling League Meeting Sept. 5Open to active duty, selective reservists, DoD civilians, and DoD Contractor personnel assigned to a command at NAS at 11:45 a.m. Commands whose athletic 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. Tournament Sept. 29Open to active duty, selective reservists, DoD civilians, and DoD contractor men assigned to a command at NAS Jacksonville. Participants earn participation points for 1st, 2nd, or 3rd place. Call NAS Jax Athletics to sign up by Sept. 26. Tournament Sept. 29Open to active duty, selective reservists, DoD civilians, and DoD contractor women assigned to a command at NAS Jacksonville. Participants earn participation points for 1st, 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 men. The tournament is held at the Guy Ballou Tennis Courts on the corner of Allegheny Road and Birmingham Road. Call NAS Jax Athletics to sign up by Oct. 24. The tournament is open to active duty, retirees, dependents over 18, selective reservists, DoD civilians and DoD contractor women. The tournament is held at the Guy Ballou Tennis Courts on the corner of Allegheny Road and Birmingham Road. Call NAS Jax Athletics to sign up by Oct. 24. The race is free to all authorized gym points for their commands for participating. Runners can sign up at the NAS Jax Gym or the Fitness Source by the Oct. 24 deadline. The race is held on Perimeter Road at the end of Mustin Road before the Antenna Farm. Registration will also be at the race site from 10:30-11:15 a.m. Awards go to the top male and top female runner for age groups: 19 & under; 20-24; 25-29; 30-34; 35-39; 40-44; 45-49; and 50 over. For more information about any of the sports articles, call Bill Bonser at 5422930/3239 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org Visit the MWR website at www.cnic.navy. mil or www.facebook.com nasjaxmwr. StandingsSingles Badminton Final StandingsTeam Wins Losses Nathan 8 1 Garrett 6 2 Brown 5 3 Bradshaw 4 3 Bonser 4 4 Rajendran 4 4 Kubalewski 2 5 Sperry 2 6 Drost 1 6Wallyball Final StandingsTeam Wins Losses FRCSE 4 1 VR-62 4 1 VP-26 3 3 VP-45 3 3 VP-62 2 3 NAVFAC 1 4 JAX AIR NEWS, NAS JACKSONVILLE, Thursday, September 4, 2014 13
By Earl BittnerNAVFAC Southeast Public AffairsNaval Facilities Engineering Command (NAVFAC) Southeast Commanding Officer Capt. Steve Hamer presented three employees with Meritorious Civilian Service Awards Aug. 27 during an All Hands meeting held in the NAS Jacksonville Chapel. The U.S.M.C. recognized five employ ees from NAVFAC Southeast for coor dination of work on energy projects at Marine Corps Logistics Base, Albany, Ga. Its an honor for me to be able to present these most prestigious awards to our outstanding employees on behalf of the United States Marine Corps, said Hamer. These folks are just a sampling of the outstanding employees that call NAVFAC Southeast home and it is won derful to be able to recognize them in this way. The teams extra efforts were key to the base meeting or exceed ing all Executive, Congressional and Service Department energy goals and mandates, and to the base receiv ing Secretary of the Navy Energy Management awards for three consecu tive years. The teams leadership and techni cal expertise made possible an ener gy program that included a complex $20 million energy savings contract for a 1.9 Megawatt Landfill-to-GasElectric generator, and a $4.5 mil lion project combining an Energy Conservation Improvement funded and Environmental Security Technology Certification Program project for a 2.1 Megawatt Landfill-to-Gas-Electric gen erator and a $5 million leading-edge ground source heat pump system to cool and heat a headquarters building for 800 personnel and many other tech nologically complex and contractually challenging projects. The team was key in coordinat ing technical and contract discus sions with Headquarters Marine Corps, Headquarters Naval Facilities Engineering Command and the Georgia Power Company to obtain approval to proceed with a legally, con tractually and technically complex large scale biomass partnership for the base to achieve Net-Zero status the first base in the Marine Corps to have a viable plan to do so. They provided excep tional energy support for the base to significantly reduce its dependence on fossil fuels without any negative impact on the missions of Marine Depot Maintenance Command, Production Plant Albanys 493 product lines and $400 million annual workload and Marine Corps Logistics Commands management of more than $2 billion of principal end items in support of Marine warfighters engaged in Global War on Terror missions across the world. This team was the driving force behind the base setting the standard in the Marine Corps for energy man agement, read Hamer. They were key to the base meeting or exceeding all Executive, Congressional and Service Department energy goals and mandates and the base receiving Secretary of the Navy Energy Management awards for three consecutive years. Naval Facilities Engineering Command (NAVFAC) Southeast Commanding Officer Capt. Steve Hamer (right) presents John Goethe, NAVFAC Southeast deputy leader, Integrated Product Team (IPT) South and Central, with a Meritorious Civilian Service Award during an All Hands meeting held in the NAS Jacksonville Chapel on Aug. 27. The U.S.M.C. recognized five employees from NAVFAC Southeast recently for coordination of work on energy projects at Marine Corps Logistics Base, Albany, Ga. Photos by Matt Simons Naval Facilities Engineering Command (NAVFAC) Southeast Commanding Officer Capt. Steve Hamer (right) presents George Paspalaris, NAVFAC Southeast project manager, IPT South and Central, with a Meritorious Civilian Service Award during an All Hands meeting. Naval Facilities Engineering Command (NAVFAC) Southeast Commanding Officer Capt. Steve Hamer (right) presents William Waller, NAVFAC Southeast attorney advisor, with a Meritorious Civilian Service Award during an All Hands meeting.U.S.M.C. salutes energy accomplishments Beginner Rider Course Experienced Rider Course Military Sportbike Rider Course Call for class dates NAS Jax Safety Office 542-2584 14 JAX AIR NEWS, NAS JACKSONVILLE, Thursday, September 4, 2014
By Lt. Caleb WhiteNavy Office of Community OutreachA Jacksonville native and 2011 Frank H. Peterson High School graduate is serving his nation as part of a crew working aboard one of the U.S. Navys most advanced ballistic missile submarines, the USS Alaska (SSBN 732). Petty Officer Ryan Shields is a culinary specialist serving aboard the Kings Bay-based boat, one of 14 Ohio-class ballistic missile sub marines. Measuring 560 feet long, 42 feet wide and weighing more than 16,500 tons, a nuclear-pow ered propulsion system helps push the submarine through the water at more than 20 knots. The Navys ballistic missile submarines, often referred to as boomers, serve as undetectable launch platforms for interconti nental ballistic missiles. They are designed specifically for stealth, extended patrols and the precise delivery of missiles when directed by the president. The Ohio-class design allows the submarines to operate for 15 or more years between major over hauls. On average, the submarines spend 77 days at sea followed by 35 days in port for maintenance. We demand the highest stan dards from CS3 Shields, techni cally and personally, said Rear Adm. Charles Richard, command er, Submarine Group Ten in Kings Bay, Ga. His commanding officer, his country, and I take great pride in his willingness to raise his hand and volunteer to serve the nation. The importance of our Sailors is immeasurable; people like Petty Officer Shields are crucial to ensuring our submarines are oper ating at their best and the mission is flawlessly executed. Im so very proud he is on our team. Shields is part of the boats Blue Crew, one of the two rotat ing crews, that allow the ship to be deployed on missions more often without taxing one crew too much. A typical crew on this submarine is approximately 150 officers and enlisted Sailors. Because of the stressful environ ment aboard submarines, person nel are accepted only after rigorous testing and observation. Submariners are some of the most highly trained and skilled people in the Navy. The training is highly technical and each crew has to be able to operate, maintain and repair every system or piece of equipment on board. Regardless of their specialty, everyone also has to learn how everything on the ship works and how to respond in emergencies to become qualified in submarines and earn the right to wear the cov eted gold or silver dolphins on their uniform. Proving my proficiency in sub marine warfare and earning my qualification, has been one of the crowning achievements in my career so far. Working among a tight community of Sailors, get ting to make friendships that I will carry with me for the rest of my life is something that I will always treasure, Shields said. Although it is difficult for most people to imagine living on a sub marine, challenging submarine living conditions actually build strong fellowship among the crew. The crews are highly motivated, and quickly adapt to changing con ditions. It is a busy life of special ized work, watches, and drills. Meeting new people and see ing new parts of the country has been a great reward. Being in the Navy affords me the opportunity to earn my college degree and still weigh my options for the future, something I would likely not have received in the civilian world, Shields added. Jacksonville native serves aboard USS Alaska based at Kings BayPhoto by MC1 James Kimber The Ohio-class ballistic missile submarine USS Alaska (SSBN 732) approaches Naval Submarine Base Kings Bay, Ga., after successfully completing sea trials in 2011. Photo by MC1 Chris LaurentCS3 (Submarine/Submarine Deterrent Patrol Warfare) Ryan Shields, a native of Jacksonville, is a culinary specialist serving aboard USS Alaska (SSBN 732). JAX AIR NEWS, NAS JACKSONVILLE, Thursday, September 4, 2014 15 Howard Burgess enjoys helping people. He specializes in helping people repair their credit, and as CEO at Better Credit Now he has discovered the perfect way to do that. Ive been helping people with their credit problems for about 12 years now, Burgess said. Good credit is essential today, and people dont always realize just how important it is to maintain good credit until they let a few bills slip or take on more credit than they can handle. Burgess said there are many so-called credit repair experts who promise help but dont deliver. And they certainly dont put the promises in writing. We are unique in that we offer a written full money-back guarantee if we are unable to improve a persons credit score by 75 to 150 points, he said. Of course, there are obligations on the part of the client to meet due dates and minimum payment requirements of the creditor during the contract. But our guarantee ensures that someone who is committed to improving his or her credit permanently will do so using our service. the process by educating consumers, and that is a major fo cus throughout the process. Simply paying off all your bills doesnt necessarily mean you will have good credit, he said. Those late payments, judgments and liens can stay on your record for a long time. Our proven methods restore your credit within three to six months, depending on how damaged it is to begin with. Consumers also need to be educated about their rights. They often are not familiar with the regulations that govern creditors. Creditors are bound by the Fair Credit reporting Act, which has 300 guidelines creditors must abide by when reporting negative information to credit bureaus, Burgess said. Although a creditor can put negative information on your report, the consumer has rights too. Challenges can be made and the creditor must respond with proof of the allega tions and within a reasonable time. Burgess served with the U.S. Navy for 10 years, and he and the team at Better Credit Now are especially sensitive to credit issues facing military personnel. Being stationed overseas can hinder a persons ability to respond within the required time frame, he said. Mail can take 45 to 60 days and because we transact much of our business by e-mail, Better Credit Now can usually work within the time limits. We dont believe the men and women cause they are out of the country. Better Credit Now is a tool to help those with credit prob Credit Now has been servicing those in need for more than seven years. The companys methods and approach guaran And, the affordable payment plans are designed to meet the needs of most budgets. Better Credit Nows corporate headquarters is based in Jacksonville and credit consultants are available by phone and by e-mail providing service to clients locally, nationally and abroad. Our service is a six-month money-back guaranteed cred it consulting program, Burgess said. During this period one of our credit specialists will be removing the negative items from your credit report applying federal laws to your situation. They also coach you on adding positive points to your credit score. At the end of your program term you are guaranteed to leave with a credit score boost of no less than 75 points or you will receive a full refund on your service. Call today toll-free at 1-877-766-5505 to talk to a qual Better Credit Now can help you recover from bad credit. Visit online at www.time4bettercreditnow.com for more healthy credit. A Better Credit Now credit specialist can show you how. First step to good credit begins at Better Credit Now Howard Burgess (right) and the team of credit specialists at Better Credit Now are committed to helping people restore and repair their credit. Its a guarantee they put in writing.
By Mark PiggottNaval Weapons Station Yorktown Public AffairsNaval Weapons Station Yorktown Morale, Welfare and Recreation (MWR) department is preparing to host the last All-Military Wilderness Challenge after 14 years of hosting the competition. The Wilderness Challenge is sched uled for Oct. 9-11 in the heart of the Appalachian Mountains on the New and Gauley Rivers in Minden, West Va. Military personnel representing more than 30 teams from around the world are expected to compete for the title of the Ultimate Extreme Military Race Team. The challenge contains a series of five outdoor adventure races in a team for mat, including an 8-kilometer moun tain run, a 12-mile mountain bike race, a 14-mile forced hike through the mountains, a 13-mile whitewater raft race on the Gauley River, and a 7-mile kayak race on the New River for a total of more than 52 miles travelled in two days. The All-Military Wilderness Challenge brings together the best ath letes the armed forces have to offer and puts them to the test, said Michael Bond, event coordinator. As the com petition has gotten tougher and tough er, so have the competitors as more teams join in to battle it out for the title. The race is designed to bring cama raderie, competition and team spirit between all five branches of the armed services. Teams are comprised of four active duty military members, one of whom must be a female. Teams may also include active reservists, retirees, and Reserve Officers Training Corps. This is one of the most grueling, hard-fought competitions in the armed forces, so the winning team will be one of the few to hold the title of Wilderness Challenge Champion, Bond added. Since 2000, the All-Military Wilderness Challenge has tested the limits of human endurance as teams push themselves to finish the race. To the competitors, its not just about win ning, its about crossing the finish line and getting that Wilderness Challenge Coin a memento given only to those who complete all 52 miles of the race, said Bond. The Wilderness Challenge will always be remembered as the ultimate test of strength, speed and endurance, both mental and physical, Bond con cluded. Thats something the men and women of our military rely upon each and every day in defense of our Nation. Registration is open to all branches of the military. The registration fee is $600 per team and can be made online at www.wildernesschallenge.net or by calling (757) 887-7256. By Lt. Brendan Horgan JAGC, RLSO Legal Assistance AttorneyWould you buy an iPAD for $5,000? What if the iPAD only cost $35 a month for 72 months? Depending on the inter est rate and other add-ons, these two purchases could end up costing you the same amount. Some credit agreements will have you paying extremely large amounts over time without realizing it. Be careful. Making a purchase on credit is not something to be taken lightly. Remember, you may be signing an agreement that will result in your making monthly payments for several years, or even having your wages gar nished. Below are 11 Dos and Donts to help you with buying goods on credit: DO your research. Prior to engag ing in a long-term agreement with a company, search the internet for com plaints. Look at your states Better Business Bureau website to check the companys rating. DO ask questions. If you dont under stand terms on a contract, ask. Or, take the contract to a Legal Assistance Attorney to review prior to purchase. If the company refuses to let you take a contract for review, then dont do busi ness with them. DO ask about the interest rate. The interest rate may change based on the purchase type and upon your credit. Any interest rate greater than 10 per cent is going to greatly affect the overall amount that you pay. DO ask about the total amount you will pay at the end of the contract. You may be shocked to find out what you are truly paying for items when payments are drawn out over a period of months or years. DO ask about additional charges, optional warranties, and other fees. A large portion of credit profits are derived from these types of add-ons. Understand the full scope of the agree ment prior to signing. DO speak with your Command Financial Specialist about credit scores. DO make a budget and determine if you can afford the thing you are buy ing. Many service members get into financial difficulty by buying things they cant afford. If you dont have the money to purchase something outright in cash, you need to seriously consider whether or not owning that item is a priority. DONT sign a document the first time you walk into a store. Dont fall prey to high pressure sales tactics. DONT sign anything that you dont understand. Dont sign a complicated document based on what the sales per son is telling you. DONT sign a document that says Servicemembers Civil Relief Act or SCRA. The SCRA is a law that protects servicemembers from court judgments while they are deployed. It is possible to waive these SCRA protections by sign ing them away. Do not waive these pro tections. DONT miss payments or be late with payments. Missing payments may nega tively affect your credit score and might result in you defaulting on the agree ment. Many companies that sell con sumer goods on credit are very effective at turning missed payments into DFAS garnishments. From LifeLinesTerrorism isnt just for adults. Some kids endure this on a daily basis at a place that is supposed to be safe and filled with hope, optimism and trustat school. This type of terrorism is euphemistically known as bullying. Although most children know bullying from seeing it on a day-to-day basis, sometimes they cant define it. According to the Stop Bullying Now Web site, via the United States Department of Health and Human Services, bullying happens when someone hurts or scares another person on purpose and the person being bullied has a hard time defending himself or herself. This includes: Punching, shoving and other acts that hurt people physically Spreading bad rumors about people Keeping certain people out of a group Teasing people in a mean way Getting certain people to gang up on others With all the technology kids are exposed to, bully ing has entered cyberspace. This includes such tech niques as: Sending mean text, e-mail, or instant messages; Posting nasty pictures or messages about others in blogs or on Web sites; Using someone elses user name to spread rumors or lies about someone. Preventing this type of intimidation can be tricky. Just saying no doesnt always work. According to Jim Wright, author of Preventing Classroom Bullying: What Teachers Can Do, children have options in stop ping this behavior. He suggests finding an adult in the school with whom the student who bullies has a close relationship. Get the adult to sit down with the bully and have a heart-to-heart talk, he advises on his Web site. If that doesnt work, then the parents, if available, should be informed. Although prevention is the best medicine for most of what ails people, sometimes a child gets bullied, just the same. When that happens its time for parents to step in with a firm foothold on the problem. Even if you only suspect your child is being bullied, here is a list of things you can do to correct the prob lem or potential problem courtesy of the U.S. Health Resources and Services Administration arm of DHS. that your child reports to you. Record the names of the children involved, where and when the bullying occurred, and what happened. room teacher and explain your concerns in a friendly, non confrontational way. Then ask the teacher what he or she intends to do to investigate and help to stop the bullying. ing with the stress of being bullied, ask to speak with your childs guidance counselor or other school-based mental health professional. discuss progress. to your childs teacher, speak with the school princi pal. administrators. Bullying is not a rite of passage with children and is absolutely unacceptable. Bullies must be stopped now before they grow up to be unacceptable citizens in this civilized society. Naval Station Yorktown to host last All-Military Wilderness ChallengePhoto by Mark PiggottMembers of Team Caped Crusaders assigned to the Aviation Logistics School at the U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command at Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Va., maneuver through rapids on the New River during the 2011 All-Military Wilderness Challenge. The event brings together teams from across all five branches of the armed forces to compete in five extreme outdoor events over a two-day period.Read this before you make another purchase on creditStop bullying now before tragedy strikes 16 JAX AIR NEWS, NAS JACKSONVILLE, Thursday, September 4, 2014
JAX AIR NEWS, NAS JACKSONVILLE, Thursday, September 4, 2014 17 From USS Dwight D. Eisenhower Public AffairsThe aircraft carrier USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69) moved from Dry Dock 8 to pier 42/43 at Norfolk Naval Shipyard (NNSY) in Portsmouth, Va., Aug. 26. Thirty feet of water was introduced to Dry Dock 8 on Aug. 25, and the remaining space was flooded to the water line Aug. 26. Once flooding was complete, Ike exited the dry dock for her new location at pier 42/43. Ike has been in dry dock since September 2013, con ducting a scheduled docking planned incremental availabil ity (DPIA) period. Without the excellent work of the ships team leaders and zone managers, the ship wouldnt have been ready when it was, said Lt. Cmdr. Jeremy James, Ikes maintenance man ager. James said the ships force and NNSY personnel worked well together, completing approximately 12,500 jobs prior to flooding the dock. Brian Bennett, the Ikes DPIA project supervisor, said the undocking is the first of many major events to come for the Ike project team. Putting water on the hull and floating the ship is truly a monumental task, he said. Capt. Mark Bridenstine, commanding officer of Norfolk Naval Shipyard, said it was the commitment and dedication of Bennett, deputy project super intendents John Tuthill and Steve Hein, and the entire Ike team that enabled the ship to reach this milestone. With the undocking, the combined Norfolk Naval Shipyard, contractor and ships force team moves another step closer to delivery of this highvalue asset back to the Fleet, Bridenstine said. [They] have overcome sig nificant new work and pro duction delays, leading to this momentous event in the life of a carrier dry-docking avail ability. Momentum is high and focused on production comple tion. While most of Ikes mainte nance was completed during the past year, work remains to be completed in preparation for the ships return to opera tional readiness. James said the crews focus will be on moving the crew aboard the ship, getting the mess decks up and running, and getting critical systems in the ships reactor and com bat systems departments fully operational for the next deployment. Early on the morning of Aug. 26, the shipyard resumed flooding operations, and Ike floated for the first time in nearly a year. Later that afternoon, with the assistance of tugboats, Ike had been relocated from Dry Dock 8 to new moorage at pier 42/43. Having Ike back in the water is a major milestone as we progress through this main tenance period, said Capt. Stephen Koehler, Ikes com manding officer. Not only does it allow us to do maintenance that had to wait until we were waterborne, but it gives the crew and the shipyard a very big morale boost to achieve this event. The next milestone during Ikes DPIA will be the crew move aboard, that is sched uled to commence in less than a month. Both the crew and I are fired up to move back aboard and bring the Ike back to life, Koehler said. The entire ships force and shipyard team has worked extremely hard getting us to this point, and now we must keep up the maintenance and training focus throughout the fall to get Ike back to the Fleet. From a Consumer Financial Protection Bureau News ReleaseRecently, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau and 13 state attorneys general obtained about $92 million in debt relief from Colfax Capital Corp. and Culver Capital LLC, also collectively known as Rome Finance, for about 17,000 U.S. service mem bers 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 todays announcement 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 electronics, then masked the finance charges with inflated prices in marketing materials and later with held 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 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 Photo by SA Theodore Quintana Tugboats guide the aircraft carrier USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69) from her dry dock at Norfolk Naval Shipyard Aug. 26 to a nearby pier following a scheduled dock flooding earlier in the morning. Dwight D. Eisenhower is undergoing a scheduled docking planned incremental availability (DPIA) at the shipyard. Ike departs dry dock, returning to the FleetBureau gets service members debt relief from predatory lenderSee FINANCE, Page 18
18 JAX AIR NEWS, NAS JACKSONVILLE, Thursday, September 4, 2014 Garrison Interpretive Program Sept. 6 & 7. Call (904) 277-7274 or visit www. FloridaStateParks.org for more info. Oct. 2-5 229-559-5840 or email@example.com Northeast Florida Chapter 18 will meet Aug. 20 at NAS a.m. RSVP by Aug.17 to CW4 Kenneth Snyder at (904) 2158560. Membership is from all military branches. Call Johnnie Walsh at (904) 282-4650 for membership info. nd Infantry holds its annual reunion in Titusville, Fla., Oct. 17-19, at the Best Western Space Shuttle Inn. For more information, call Mike Davino at (919) 498-1910 or email to firstname.lastname@example.org. (NNOA) meets the fourth Thursday of each month at 5 p.m. at Jacksonville Mark Jean-Pierre at 910-459-6858 or email@example.com. Marine Corps League Det. 059 meets P.M. at Five Star Veterans Center at 40 Acme St in Arlington. For information visit https://mcljacksonville.org/ or call Dwayne Enos (904) 693-0280 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. Wars (VFW) Post 5968 and its Auxiliary located at 187 Aurora Blvd. meets on the second Wednesday of the month at service organization composed of combat veterans and eligible service members from the Active, Guard or Reserve forces. Go to www.vfwpost5968.org or call 2765968. at NAS Jax Fleet and Family Support Center (FFSC) needs volunteers to assist military retirees and dependents. Work four hours a day, one day per week. Call 5425790 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. weekdays to volunteer. Ribbons & Roses a breast cancer support group at Naval Hospital Jacksonville, meets on the second Tuesday of the month at 7 p.m. Call 5427857 for more info. is open to active duty, reserve and retired military, plus, active or retired DoD civilians. Call 778-0805 or email firstname.lastname@example.org Mentoring Program. Helping others help themselves. Visit www.gocompass.org for more info. Navy Wives Clubs of America DID No. meets the second Thursday of each Church, 2246 Blanding Blvd. Call 2729489. Navy Wives Clubs of America No. 86 next to the Thrift Store at the NAS Jax Yorktown gate. 8 p.m., 390 Mayport Rd., Atlantic Beach. Call 246-6855. National Active and Retired Federal Employees 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 2765968.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 collect. Separately, a liquidating trust created as part of Colfaxs bankruptcy plan will stop col lections on about $32 million owed by more than 5,000 consumers for Rome Finances financing agreements. Service members may keep the mer chandise they purchased. and notify service members and other consumers of debt status: The Colfax Trustee must update the credit report ing agencies so that affected consum ers are listed as having paid their debt. The Colfax Trustee must also notify all affected consumers that their debt will no longer be collected. must cease consumer lending: Rome Finance and two of their owners, Ronald Wilson and William Collins, are permanently banned from con ducting any business in the field of consumer lending. charges: Rome Finance was ordered to pay redress to compensate affected consumers for the amount of excess finance charges they paid. When Colfaxs Trustee has complied 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. inaccurate disclosures and its unfair, deceptive and abusive practices, Colfax, through its bankruptcy trust ee, will make a $1 penalty payment bureau is not assessing a larger pen alty because Colfax is bankrupt. With Colfax making a payment to the Civil may be eligible for relief from the Civil that determination has not yet been made, officials said. and other consumers who seek to vacate judgments: The Colfax Trustee is required until the Colfax bank ruptcy case is closed to cooperate in executing any documents presented to him to vacate or satisfy any judg ments against consumers relating to the financing agreements. FINANCEFrom Page 17 Community Calendar By Earl BittnerNAVFAC Public AffairsNaval Facilities Engineering Command (NAVFAC) Southeast awarded a $28.3 million contract Aug. 22 to OroconCarothers, JV1, a small business based in Oxford, Miss., for the renovation and repairs of the historic and cur 603 on board Naval Air Station The contract award for onboard Naval Air Station milestone in Naval Air Station date the DoD tenants from Special Area Saufley Field to Officer Capt. Keith Hoskins. built in 1936 as a warehouse with a major addition com pleted in 1942. During its 78-year lifespan, the building had many functions, though in recent years the occupan cy load declined as a result of perfect candidate for revital ization. The project includes reno vation of all four floors, total ing more than 250,000 square feet, and will include accessi bility upgrades, fire protection improvements, energy efficien cy modifications and a restora tion of the external faade to enhance the historic fabric of Deviney. The completion of this con tract and two smaller contracts will enable several commands totaling more than 600 people operating out of Saufley Field The Naval Education Development and Technology Defense Activity for NonTraditional Education Support (DANTES), and the Defense Logistics Agency-Document The relocation will provide $6.7 million in annual savings to the Navy in maintenance and operating costs at Saufley Field, and will provide tremen dous efficiency gains within the commands through con solidated operations, according to Deviney. The project is expected to be completed by August 2016. This award is another example of NAVFAC s com mitment to providing the maximum practicable oppor tunity for small businesses to NAVFAC Southeast Deputy for Small businesses are responsive and efficient, and provide a great value to the By Earl BittnerNAVFAC Southeast Public AffairsNaval Facilities Engineering Command (NAVFAC) Southeast awarded a $12.5 million contract Aug. 15 to Drace Anderson Joint Venture, a small business based in Gulfport, Miss., for the con struction of an aircraft crash/ rescue and fire station head quarters at NAS Key West. This brand-new firehouse was a long time in coming, and will greatly improve the fire and aircraft crash and res cue response at NAS Key Wests Key West Commanding Officer Capt. Steve McAlearney. It is also better situated on the field, out of FAA-mandated The award provides for the construction of a new facil ity for combined aircraft crash, rescue and structural fire oper ations with pile foundation, reinforced concrete floors and concrete panel/block walls. The facility will include administrative areas, singleoccupancy rooms for firefight ers, male and female rest rooms and showers, kitchen and break room and apparatus storage areas. The project will provide all utility connections to the new facility. Following the construction of the new facility, the existing hangar A-132 will be demol ished. The facility offers a signif icant quality of life improve ment for our firefighters, which will enable them to main McAlearney. The project is expected to be completed by January 2016. This award is another example of NAVFAC s com mitment to providing the maximum practicable oppor tunity for small businesses to NAVFAC Southeast Deputy for Small businesses are responsive and efficient, and provide a great value to the Each year NAVFAC estab lishes target goals for Small Disabled Veteran-Owned ries. From DoD News, Defense Media Activity tion Command has directed that site survey teams be sent to privately owned vehicle staging facilities this week as part of a series of steps to restore the confidence of service members and owned vehicles) shipping process. The site survey teams will focus on verifying the location of service mem and observe and evaluate location capacity concerns, according to an Aug. 18 Transcom news release. These actions will be taken as a result of information gathered during mul tiple site visits by Transcom represen team leader. After visits to several vehicle stag ing facilities by senior members of Transcom, and a review of figures pro vided by International Auto Logistics, the fusion cell determined it would be necessary to significantly increase oversight of the contract transition, Guemmer said. The site survey teams will be at the vehicle staging facilities for about a week to gather additional data regard ing contract performance. The information gathered by the teams will help Transcom validate IALs data and develop a better understand ing of the companys supply chain. The teams will not be doing IALs job, but [will] provide additional con tractual oversight, which is a function explained. Transcoms increased focus on IALs supply chain and its contract compli ance will lead to more accurate infor will lead to better accountability. This latest action reinforces Transcoms long-standing commitment to service members and their families, the release said. Military moves are stressful enough, Guemmer said, and service members must have the most accurate informa tion possible about their vehicles and a concrete plan to move those vehicles to their final destinations. We have service members waiting on delivery of their vehicles past the required delivery dates, and it is unac ceptable. Their issue is our issue. We are treating each service members vehicle Small business wins contract for Saufley Field ProjectNAVFAC Southeast awards $12.5 million contract for NAS Key West Fire StationTranscom to examine vehicle staging facilities
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