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www.cnic.navy.mil/jacksonville www.jaxairnews.com ACKSONVILLE F LA THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 11, 2014 I I D E ISIL UPDATE Kerry, Hagel Discuss Threat ANIMAL CARE Base Veterinary Clinic FLU FIGHTERS Never Too Early For A ShotPage 10Check us out Online! jaxairnews.com From StaffWhen asked for comment concerning the 13th anni versary of 9/11, NAS Jacksonville Commanding Officer Capt. Roy Undersander paused in reflection saying, Sept. 11 reminds all of us that Americans are at their best when they unite in response to crisis. Our service men and women have made count less sacrifices since that fateful day to ensure freedom for the United States and other countries around the world. Remembering the tragic timeline: At 8:46 a.m. American Airlines Flight 11 crashed with a speed of roughly 490 mph into the north side of the 94 and 98. At 9:02 a.m. United Airlines Flight 175 crashed with a speed of about 590 mph into the south side of the south tower, banked between floors 78 and 84. Killed: 2753. At 9:37 a.m. American Airlines Flight 77 crashed into At 10:03 a.m. United Airlines Flight 93 crashed in a Killed: 40. Hurricane preparedness: Are you ready?By MC2(SW/AW/EXW) Stacy LaseterNavy Region Southeast Public AffairsIts the middle of the 2014 hurricane season with a possible storm brewing in the Atlantic, so theres no better time to ask yourself this question: Are you ready? Although the Atlantic hurricane season lasts from June 1 to Nov. 30, the bulk of the named systems form during the lat ter part of the season, according to the National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration. And while the first part of this hurricane season has been quiet, NOAA records show that 321 hurricanes have made Southeast installations squarely in the target zone. So how do you prepare? Start with a plan. Make a plan that your family understands, Navy Region Southeast Regional Emergency Management Officer Scott Crossley said. separated, out of town contact numbers, local evacuation routes, medicines, what youll do with your pets, important papers youll need, and more. You cant be too prepared. In addition to an evacuation plan, its recommended families have at least three days of emergency supplies, according to the American Red Cross, including one gallon of water per person per day, non-perishable foods and hygiene products. Hurricane season will come and go, but as Crossley points out, being pre pared is not a seasonal event. Its not just for hurricane season, said Crossley. You need to DoD News, Defense Media ActivityMessage to the Force on Suicide Prevention Month, as written by Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel, Washington, D.C., Sept. 2. To the men and women of the Department of Defense: one of DoDs highest priorities, and something Im personally committed to as Secretary of Defense.As we observe Suicide rededicate ourselves to actively working not only every month, but every day to fulfill our col lective responsibility to watch out for each other and take care of each other. Human beings are fragile, and suicide is a complex and devastating event that affects and its heartbreaking aftermath spread beyond the individual and immediate family, taking a toll on fellow service members, friends, neighbors, coworkers, and society itself.While pre venting suicide takes all of us working together, it begins with a personal commitment. When someone is going through challenges and comes to you for help, it doesnt make them weak.It means theyre strong, because asking for help when you need it takes cour age and strength.What we need to remember what our entire country needs to remem ber is that these brave indi viduals shouldnt be avoided be embraced.Whether youre a service member, a veteran, a DoD civilian, or a friend or fam ily member of someone who is, you have the power to make a difference.It only takes one per son to ask one question or make one call and that single act can save a life. If you need help, if you know someone who is, or even if you just need someone to talk to, contact the Military Crisis Line via phone, online chat, or text message.Just call 1-800273-8255 and press 1; visit www.militarycrisisline.net [ http://www.militarycrisisline. net/?source=GovDelivery ]; or text 838255. Its free, confidential, and trained professionals are always there for you 4 hours a day, 365 days a year. cannot be waged on a single front. It will only be won if we stand together and take every opportunity in our homes, at our duty stations, and in con versations with friends and mentors to support each other and be there for those in our communities who need our help.By fighting as one team, we will help prevent suicide. for all that you do for our coun try. Electrical outage scheduled for Sept.14From NAS Jax Public Works DepartmentDue to a scheduled main tenance power outage, the NAS Jax Navy Exchange and Commissary will close at 5 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 14. outage is required to replace critical high voltage equip ment. Some other areas affected on base include warehouses the weapons area, security, Fleet & Family Support Center, Allegheny Ballpark, lane direc tional lights on Birmingham Ave., Birmingham Gate, and street lights. Hagel: Suicide prevention means watching out for each otherPhoto by Glenn FawcettU.S. Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel makes opening com ments in a Sept. 7 meeting at the Georgian State Chancellery in Tbilisi, Georgia. Commemorating 9/11 Remembrance, renewal and resilienceDoD photo by Tech. Sgt. Cedric RudisillFBI agents, firefighters, rescue workers and engineers work at the Pentagon crash site on Sept. 14, 2001, where a highjacked American Airlines flight slammed into the building on Sept. 11. The terrorist attack caused extensive damage to the west face of the building and followed similar attacks on the twin towers of the World Trade Center in New York City. Image by Hal PierceVisualization of hurricane Floyd approaching the coast of Florida in 1999.See Page 6


2 JAX AIR NEWS, NAS JACKSONVILLE, Thursday, September 11, 2014 The JAX AIR NEWS is an authorized publication for members of the Military Services. Contents of the JAX AIR NEWS do not necessarily reflect the official views of, or endorsed by, the U.S. Government, the Department of Defense, or the Department of the Navy. The appearance of advertising in this publication, including inserts or supplements, does not constitute endorsement by the Department of Defense, or The Florida Times-Union, of the products and services advertised. Everything advertised in the publication S hall be made available for purchase, use or patronage without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, marital status, physical handicap, political affiliation or any other non-merit factor of the purchaser, user or patron. If a violation or refraction of this equal opportunity policy by an advertiser is confirmed, the publisher shall refuse to print advertising from that source until the violation is corrected. The deadline for all story and photo submissions is close of business the Friday before publication, and can be sent to jaxairnews@ comcast.net. The deadline for classified submissions is noon Monday. Questions or comments can be directed to the editor. The JAX AIR NEWS can be reached at (904) 542-3531, fax (904) 542-1534, e-mail JaxAirNews@ comcast.net or write the JAX AIR NEWS, Box 2, NAS Jacksonville, Fla., 32212-5000. The JAX AIR NEWS is published by The Florida Times-Union, a private firm in no way connected with the U. S. Navy under exclusive written agreement with the U. S. Naval Air Station, Jacksonville, Florida. It is published every Thursday by The Florida Times-Union, whose offices are at 1 Riverside Ave., Jacksonville, FL 32202. Estimated readership over 32,000. Distribution by The Florida Times-Union. Advertisements are solicited by the publisher and inquiries regarding advertisements should be directed to: Ellen S. Rykert, Publisher 904-359-4168Advertising Sales Commanding Officer Capt. Roy Undersander Executive Officer Capt. Howard Wanamaker Command Master Chief CMDCM(SW/AW) Teri McIntyre Public Affairs Officer Miriam S. Gallet Editor Clark Pierce Staff Writer AE2 Samantha Jones Design/Layout George Atchley SAPR Assistance Available 24/7The DOD Safe Helpline may be reached by phone 1-877-995-5247, text 55-247 or via the app on iOs. The Naval Air Station Jacksonville Civilian SAPR Victim Advocate 24/7 Duty phone is (904) 910-9075. The Naval Air Station Jacksonville Sexual Assault Response Coordinator (SARC) Duty phone is (904)548-7789. The Naval Station Mayport Sexual Assault Response Coordinator (SARC) Duty phone is (904)548-8392. Civilian Community Sexual Assault Services may be obtained by calling (904) 721-RAPE or 721-7273. Commands are encouraged to post their Unit SAPR Victim Advocates name and after hours Duty phone number visible in the commands to be accessible to sexual assault victims. Chaplains may be reached for support (904) 542-3051 or Duty phone (904) 614-7385 Fleet and Family Support Center may be reached for counseling services 1-866-293-2776 U.S. Navy photosAfter losing their starboard engine in July 1958 on anti-submarine patrol 180 miles off the coast of Mayport, the VP-45 crew of this Martin P5M flying boat taxied the aircraft from the open sea and up the St. Johns River to NAS Jacksonville. The Navy tug Umpqua escorted but did not tow the aircraft from NS Mayport. A Lockheed P2V-2 Neptune, assigned to the Flying Phantoms of VP-18, flies over NAS Jacksonville on a training mission in July 1953. The dash 2 variant flew with a crew of 10, and included dorsal and tail gun turrets. VP-18 was disestablished in October of 1963. Patrol and reconnaissance Sailors should know that one of the most famous Neptune aircraft is the P2V-1 "Truculent Turtle" which set a world distance record in 1946 by flying non-stop and unrefueled from Perth, Australia to Columbus, Ohio a distance of 11,236 miles in 55 hours, 18 minutes. From StaffSept. 11 1814 In Battle of Lake Champlain, Commodore Thomas MacDonough defeats a British Squadron. 1939 Bear (AG-29) is commissioned by the U.S. Navy for Antarctic operations under command of Rear Adm. Richard Byrd. 1941 President Franklin Roosevelt announces order to the Navy to shoot on sight vessels threaten ing U.S. shipping or ships under U.S. escort. 1942 Pharmacists Mate First Class Wheeler Lipes performs emergency appendectomy on Seaman First Class Darrell Rector on board USS Seadragon on patrol in South China Sea. 1943 Italian Navy surrenders to Allies. 1945 Operation Magic Carpet, the return of troops to the U.S., begins. 2001 American Flight 77 hijacked by terrorists struck the Pentagon. Casualties include 33 Sailors, six Department of the Navy civilians, and three Navy civilian contractors reported missing, at Arlington, Va. Two commercial airliners also struck the World Trade Center in New York City destroying both towers. 2002 The Dont Tread on Me first Navy Jack is flown by Navy ships marking the first anniversary of the terrorist attacks on the Pentagon and World Trade Center. Sept. 12 1916 First demonstration of automatic stabilization and direction gear in aircraft. 1944 Fifth Fleet carrier aircraft begin three-day attack on Japanese shipping and facilities in Visayas, Philippines. 1952 USS Coral Sea (CVB-43) took Marshall Josip Tito for a one-day cruise in the Adriatic Sea where he was shown flight operations. 1961 Navy task force sails to aid the Galveston area after hurricane Carla hits Texas. 1966 Launch of Gemini 11, piloted by Cmdr. Charles Conrad Jr. and Lt. Cmdr. Richard Gordon Jr. Their mission lasted two days and 23 hours and included 44 orbits at an altitude of 1368.9 km. Recovery was by HS-3 helicopter from USS Guam (LPH-9). 1967Operation Coronado V began in Mekong Delta. 1992 Joint Task Force Hawaii activated to pro vide humanitarian aid after Typhoon Iniki struck Hawaiian Islands Sept. 13 1814 British bombardment of Baltimores Fort McHenry inspires Francis Scott Key to pen the Star Spangled Banner. 1847 Marine brigade leads U.S. forces that storm Chapultepec Castle near Mexico City, inspiring one line of the Marine Corps Hymn. 1906 Sailors and Marines from USS Denver land in Havana at the request of the Cuban government to preserve order during a revolution. 1939 Navy suspends transfers to the Fleet Reserve after 20 years service and retains men on active duty. 1985 Commander, Middle East Force orders escort of Military Sealift Ships in Persian Gulf because of Iranian seizure of merchant vessels. Sept. 14 1899 Gunboat Concord and monitor Monterey capture two insurgent schooners at Aparri, Philippine Islands. 1939 Atlantic Squadron Neutrality Patrol ships deploy Sept. 15 1944 Invasion of Peleliu, Palau Islands, after sever al days of intensive carrier aircraft bombing and ship bombardment. 1950 U.S. forces under Vice Adm. Arthur Struble achieve an amphibious landing at Inchon, Korea. 1967 Operation Crimson Tide in Mekong Delta. Sept. 16 1854 Cmdr. David Farragut takes possession of Mare Island, the first U.S. Navy Yard on the Pacific. 1917 Navy Department authorizes establishment of 16 naval air stations abroad. 1922 Cmdr. Halsey Powell in USS Edsall (DD-219) became the senior officer directing the evacuation of 250,000 Greek refugees from Turkey after war between Greece and Turkey. 1940 President Roosevelt signs Selective Training and Service Act, the first peacetime draft. 1958 USS Grayback (SSG-574) fires first operational launch of Regulus II surface-tosurface guided mis sile off Calif. coast; Missile carries first U.S. mail sent by guided missile. 1966 USS Oriskany (CV-34) helicopters rescue 44-men crew of British merchant ship August Moon near Hong Kong. Sept. 17 1861 Union landing party from USS Massachusetts takes possession of Ship Island south of New Orleans, La. This was the headquarters for Adm. David Farraguts Gulf Coast Blockading Squadron. 1944 Navy task force lands Army troops on Angaur, Palau Islands supported by Navy carrier aircraft and shore bombardment. By Sarah SmileySpecial ContributorI knew this day would eventually come, but I always thought it would be while Dustin was on deployment. Every morning while Dustin was away, Id wake up and stare at the faint, blinking light on the fire alarm, fixed to the highest point of the vaulted ceiling above our bed, and wonder, How will I replace that battery when it dies? The blink seemed to taunt me. Often I imagined that its pattern had quickened. (Did this mean the battery was low?) Then, just as suddenly, the blink would slow down again. (And what exactly did that mean?) As far as I could tell, if the battery died while Dustin was away, the only reasonable solution would be for me and the kids to move to a hotel until he got back. Thats how much I feared the fire alarm. Because you know what happens when a fire alarm battery dies: it chirps as erratically as it used to blink, and always in the middle of the night. The chirping continues until the battery is replaced, and for an alarm on a vaulted ceiling above a bed, that involves moving furniture and getting a 6-foot ladder. So I watched, and I waited. But the battery never died while Dustin was gone. It died last week when Dustin was home and waiting to do a Fantasy Football draft. We heard the first chirp while we were in the kitch en. I prayed that it was coming from the hallway or the basement. Those alarms are easy to fix. But the faint ness of the sound made my cheeks turn cold: the chirp was coming from upstairs. Its always hard to find the chirp once it begins. One person is positive its coming from a bedroom; another is sure its coming from the basement. Everyone runs to where they think the sound is coming from. Then, when the chirp happens again, they run to a new spot. And they wait, staring at the ceiling. Chirp! Everyone changes places again. Suddenly I heard Dustin from upstairs: Oh no. Not that one. It was important that I got our youngest son to bed so hed be asleep and less distracting when Dustin did his Fantasy Baseball draft. So I cheerfully offered to take care of that while Dustin figured out the fire alarm. Except, Lindells room is directly across from ours, so the commotion of the chirps plus the clanking of the metal ladder and the sound of Dustin moving furni ture was in the periphery as I read aloud a calming bedtime story. And then Flat Stanley became as flat as a pancake, I said, flipping the page. Chirp. Clank. Squeak. Dustin came very close to saying not-so-nice words under his breath as he teetered on the top step of the ladder and tried to reach the fire alarm. Chirp. Clank. Squeak. Grunt. Then Dustin appeared in Lindells doorway, smiling. I did it, he said. All fixed. Chirp. Dustins face went flat. Youve got to be kidding me! This is Annoying Facts of the World No. 1: the new fire alarm battery never works the first time you put it in. Dustin climbed the ladder again while I read to Lindell. Dustin was panicking now about missing his draft. He made more noise as he stomped up the lad der. Ten minutes later, as Dustin was walking down the stairs, satisfied with his work. Chirp. No! he screamed and ran back up again. He tried different batteries. Maybe that first one was bad. Every time he thought he had fixed it, the alarm chirped again. I came into the room to see if I could help. Not that either of us expected that I actually could, but its nice to offer. Dustin was sweaty. His face was red. The lad der wobbled beneath him as he again reached for the alarm. Chirp. Suddenly, I realized the noise was not coming from the ceiling, but from the floor, where we have a car bon monoxide detector plugged into an outlet. On its screen were the letters B-A-T-T L-O-W. Oh, its this thing, I said breezily, already removing the old battery and replacing it with a new one. Dustin stared down at me from the ladder. Excuse me? And thats when I knew that, in hindsight, I prob ably could have handled this while he was gone.Hey, MoneyChic! Im looking for a way to lower my monthly expenses, and I hear some people talk about ditching cable. I dont think I can live without any TV. What are alternatives to cable that will save money? MoneyChic says: Indeed, ditching cable is becom ing a popular trend, and for good reason. People who ditch it find all the entertainment they need for a frac tion of the cost of cable. A common scenario for going without cable is to get a flat antennae that goes on the wall for broadcast channels along with a device that streams internet content, or a TV that is internetcapable. Did you know that broadcast channels like NBC, PBS and FOX come through very clearly with the flat terrain here in Florida, and broadcast channels come through in even better HD than cable channels? With a streaming device like a Roku, Chromecast, or Apple TV, you can access tons of content with sub scriptions to services like Amazon Prime, Hulu Plus or Netflix. After the initial investment in equipment (approx. $100), you will pay for high-speed Internet connection and your streaming subscription of choice each month (approx. $60/month). Consumers need to research the combination of equipment and services This Week in Navy History From The HomefrontChirping fire alarm tests patience Hey, MoneyChic!See MONEYCHIC, Page 3


that will serve them best. You will not be able to view every thing available on cable channels, so if there is a particular show or channel that you cant live without, then you may want to keep your cable subscrip tion and consider pairing down your package or inquiring about a promotion to save money. If your cable or Internet bill has increased lately, call the com pany and say that you are dissatisfied with the cost and are considering other options. Ask if they have a military dis count that will lower your bill. If all else fails with the representative, try call ing back to talk to someone else. Often representatives will find a promotion to save you money, and they will recom mend that you call back each year to ask again for the promotion (dont forget to make an electronic reminder for your self). MoneyChic is provided by Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society at NAS Jax. MONEYCHICFrom Page 2 By Cheryl Pellerin DoD NewsDefense Media ActivityWith the NATO summit in Wales as the backdrop, Secretary of State John Kerry and Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel met Sept. 5 with allies and part ners to discuss the threat posed to Iraq, the region and the international com munity by the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL). We and the ministers agreed today that there is no time to waste in build ing a broad international coalition to degrade and, ultimately, to destroy the threat posed by ISIL, Kerry and Hagel said in a joint statement issued after the meeting. The formation of a new and inclusive government in Iraq will be a critical step in this effort, they said. We are hopeful that this process can be completed over the coming days, they added, and we discussed in detail how NATO allies can extend immediate support to a new gov ernment in its efforts to unify the coun try against ISIL. Multiple lines of effort To be effective, an international coali tion to defeat ISIL must coordinate across multiple lines of effort, the state ment said. These include: We discussed each of these lines of effort today, and how to build on the contributions that many NATO allies and partners are already making in Iraq, the statement said. We agreed to engage in an immediate conversa tion with a new Iraqi government about accelerating these efforts, including the potential for additional training and equipping of the Iraqi security forces at the federal, regional and provincial level. The meeting also included discussion of further cooperation to address the humanitarian crisis in Iraq, and noted the shared effort by the military forces of the United States, France, Australia, and the United Kingdom to deliver Amerli in northern Iraq, the statement said. This town had been surrounded for two months by ISIL, but today is receiv ing humanitarian aid and supplies led by a UN team on the ground, Kerry and Hagel said in their statement. Such a common effort will be essential as we move forward. Security Council resolution The two Cabinet officials said that they and the ministers noted the strong Chapter 7 United Nations Security Council Resolution enacted last month that calls on all member states to take decisive action to stop the flow of foreign fighters, counter ISILs financing and combat its incitement. We agreed today that NATO allies in particular should work in concert towards these goals, they said. Specifically, they added, a multina tional task force will be formed to share more information about the flow of for eign fighters into Syria and from Syria into Iraq. These foreign fighters repre sent an acute threat to our NATO allies, the statement said. We also agreed to work in concert to stifle ISILs sources of revenue, including any trade in petro leum products, and hold accountable those who violate international prohibi tions on such trade. The secretaries noted that President Barack Obama has said the effort to degrade and destroy the threat posed by ISIL will take time and persistence. It will also require a unified approach at the international, regional and local level combining military, law enforce ment, intelligence, economic and dip lomatic tools, they added. Our NATO allies and partners today have con firmed their readiness to be a full part of this coordinated approach, and over the coming days, we will continue the discussion with our partners in the region, who have an important role to play across these lines of effort. The effort will be a focus of the U.N. General Assembly, whose 69th ses sion will convene Sept. 16 at U.N. Headquarters in New York, where Kerry and Hagel said work would continue to establish a truly global coalition. Acting together, with clear objectives and common purpose, we will degrade and destroy ISIL capabilities and ensure that it can no longer threaten Iraq, the region, and the world, they added. NATO leaders weigh in At the NATO summit this morn ing, Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen said the principal founda tions of global security are being chal lenged in a way the alliance has not seen since the end of the Cold War. In a dangerous world, he added, we must continue to respond to these multiple challenges with unity and with strength. We must ensure that NATO remains ready, able and willing to defend all Allies against any threat. NATO will ensure it the right forces and equipment in the right place for as long as required, the secretary general said. In his remarks this morning, Prime Kingdom, which hosted the summit, also addressed new and evolving dan gers. To the east, Russia is ripping up the rulebook with its annexation of Crimea and its troops on sovereign soil in Ukraine. To the south, an arc of insta bility bends from North Africa to the threat posed by ISIL in Iraq and Syria, he said. NATO members are united in their condemnation of what he called barbar ic and despicable acts, Cameron added. They should be very clear, these ter rorists: their threats will only harden our resolve to stand up for our values and to defeat them, he said. To do so and to deal with all the threats we face our great alliance must now evolve and refocus on the new capabilities that we need to keep our people safe. One of the changes needed, he said, is for NATO to extend its partnerships and build a more effective security network that fosters stability around the world. To do this, NATO must become not but an exporter of capability, Cameron said. I hope we can agree to use our expertise to provide training and men toring of forces in Jordan and Georgia, and also in Iraq when the new govern ment has been established. NATO photoDefense Secretary Chuck Hagel, NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen and British Prime Minister David Cameron talk together Sept. 5, dur ing a meeting on the final day of the NATO Summit in Wales. Kerry, Hagel discuss ISIL threat with allies, partners JAX AIR NEWS, NAS JACKSONVILLE, Thursday, September 11, 2014 3


4 JAX AIR NEWS, NAS JACKSONVILLE, Thursday, September 11, 2014 Soldiers provide top-notch care at base animal clinic By AE2(AW) Samantha JonesStaff WriterThe NAS Jax Veterinary Treatment Facility (VTF) is professionally staffed by Army Veterinary Corps personnel who provide medical and surgical care for the base military working dogs, as well as pri vately owed pets of service members. We are fortunate to have a more fully equipped VTF than most bases, said VTF Officer In Charge U.S. Army Capt. Whitney Waldsmith. We take care of the six military work ing dogs stationed here at NAS Jax, six working dogs from NS Mayport, and few Transportation Security Administration working dogs. Im fortunate to have a highly motivated staff; my sergeants are awesome at their jobs, continued Waldsmith. The military working dogs receive com prehensive medical care. They are seen twice a year for physicals that include blood work, urine and stool samples, radiographs, vaccines, and dental clean ings. The handlers know their dogs better than anybody else, so their input on how their dogs are doing is really important, said Waldsmith. The NAS Jax Veterinary Treatment Facility staff provides the highest quality health care to pets owned by active duty and retired personnel, their dependents and Reservists on active duty. (Top row, from left) Capt. Andrew Choset, Operations Assistant Steven Randle-Salley, Capt. Whitney Waldsmith, Veterinary Technition Ashley Cooper, Dr. Gregory Cooper, (bottom row, from left) Operations assistant Wendy Basinski, black Labrador Oakley, Dr. Heidi Graves, veterinary techni cian Faith Conkle. Military spouse Alana Brown has been bringing her two boxers, Rocky and Tigreso, to the NAS Jax VTF for several years now. "The care my dogs receive here is unbeatable." Spc. Jesus Gutierrezlara weighs toy Pomeranian Emma-Leigh during a health certificate appointment. Dog handler MA1 Andrew Barnhart restrains military work ing dog Anouk while Waldsmith bandages her foot to help heal her broken toe. Spc. Jesus Gutierrezlara positions Cooper, an English Mastiff, for an x-ray. Waldsmith checks a patients eye for cataracts during a post-operation check up. Doly, a military working dog, remains calm as dog handler MA1 Keith Danalewich assists Waldsmith as she takes a swab of the patient's ear.See VET, Page 5


JAX AIR NEWS, NAS JACKSONVILLE, Thursday, September 11, 2014 5 Anytime a handler has a concern about their dog they are seen the same day. In addition to the military working dogs, the VTF treats about 75 privately owned pets each week. Active duty service member Roelof Wesseling and his wife, Emily, have been taking their German shepherd, Achilles, and their dachshund, Gadget, to the VTF for several years. The staff here is extremely helpful. Our experience with the NAS Jax VTF far exceeds other veteri nary clinics we have tried. Krisiti Richburg, civil service spouse and VTF patron, said she, loves the con venience of having our veterinary clinic on base at such an affordable cost. The care they receive here is excellent. The VTF offers many types of routine care services for pets of military families including new puppy/kitten vaccines, health certificates, routine pet immuni zations, testing for intestinal parasites/ heartworms, medical management of obe sity, arthritis, allergies, and minor sick call appointments. Routine surgery and dentistry is also available, as well as digital radiology, ultrasound and in-house blood analysis. The VTF also has a well-stocked phar macy. The facility is open 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday. Veterinary ser vice is available to pets owned by active duty and retired personnel, their depen dents and reservists on active duty. To schedule an appointment or for more information, call 904-542-3786. VETFrom Page 4Veterinary Technician Faith Conkle checks Achilles' heart rate while owner, Roelof Wesseling, helps soothe the German shepherd. Waldsmith removes stitches from Princess' eye 10 days after eye surgery. Waldsmith views an ear swab culture under a microscope to determine whether the patient has an ear infection. Sgt. Nicolaus Puga keeps Oakley calm while Spc. Jesus Gutierrezlara takes the patient's pulse. Spc. Jesus Gutierrezlara assists Veterinary Technician Ashley Cooper as she takes an ear swab from Elby, a Yorkshire terrier-Pomeranian mix, to test for an ear infection. Dog handler MA1 Andrew Barnhart helps restrain Zoran, a military patrol dog, as Waldsmith monitors her heart rate during a routine checkup. Photos by AE2(AW) Samantha Jones


plan and be prepared year round. YN1 Serge Kabanda, CNRSE flag writ er, whose entire career has been located in states prone to hurricanes, understands the need to be ready. Disaster preparedness is important, espe cially if you dont live alone, said Kabanda. Even if you have pets, you should always have an emergency plan. A hurricane. A fire. Even being robbed. Just be ready for any thing that could happen and know what to do. Being prepared means you dont have to panic whenever things actually do happen. So what do you do if something does happen? If an evacuation is ordered, the Regional Operations Center, commonly known as the ROC, springs into action. The resources section, which includes administrative, logistics, and finan cial personnel, uses the Total Workforce Management System, or TWMS, to automat ically generate the names of all military and civilian personnel in the affected area. Orders are printed and made available so Sailors can travel to their designated safe haven, which is usually identified ahead of time by the installation. Specific guidance will be provided on authorization of families to travel, depend ing on circumstances of the incident. Once the event, such as a hurricane, has passed and its safe to return, personnel and fami lies are directed to return. Mission essential personnel and emergen cy response personnel may be required to remain at their installation for the duration of the evacuation order. Each installation, as well as the Navy Region Southeast headquarters, has emer gency information cards. They provide spe cific instructions on mustering, as well as emergency contact numbers and Web sites, including the Navy Family Accountability and Assessment System Web site https:// navyfamily.navy.mil This site provides key information to help keep you and your family safe and tells you what to do if disaster strikes. NFAAS recom mends that after a severe weather event, its critical to alert your chain of command on you and your familys status. Its not just mustering. Its also providing Fleet and Family Support necessary infor mation on your specific needs. Its called a needs assessment. This is key is to make those needs known so Navy Family person nel can address them as quickly as possible. The Navy Region Southeast web site http://www.cnic.navy.mil/regions/cnrse/ om/emergency_management/hurricane_ season_2014.html has addtional informa tion on how to prepare for hurricanes, as well as the American Red Cross http:// www.redcross.org/prepare/location/homefamily. So dont wait until the storm is here. The time to prepare is now. Are you ready? HURRICANESFrom Page 1 By Susan Henson Center for Personal and Professional Development Public AffairsThe Navys General Military Training (GMT) schedule for fiscal year 2015 (FY-15), announced Sept. 2, outlines significant changes for the program, according to Naval Administrative Message (NAVADMIN) 202/14. We listened to what the fleet had to say and what command leaders recommended, and as a result the Navy is giving com mand triads greater flexibility and more say in how their indi vidual commands deliver GMT topics, said Capt. Ferdinand Reid, commanding officer of the Center for Personal and Professional Development, which administers the GMT program. The feedback came from a variety of levels throughout the Navy and was provided to the Navys Flag/Senior Executive Planning Board for Training, with input from U.S. Fleet Forces Command, as well as numerous others, according to the message. The outcome of this coordi nation was the consolidation of several training topics into fewer lessons and eliminating anger management as a topic altogether. Another significant change is command leaders will have the option of what subjects to deliver that satisfy the personal financial management (PFM) GMT requirement. This allows command ers to best meet the needs of their command by tailoring the training to their Sailors knowl edge level and requirements, said Reid. Examples of PFM topics include car buying strategies, credit management, home buy ing, and financial planning for deployment. The NAVADMIN also lists required training for FY-15, provides updated guidance for unit commanders regarding which lessons must be deliv ered face to face, and gives dis cretion on how some lessons are delivered to Sailors in their commands. All the required lessons are listed on the Navy Knowledge Online (NKO) GMT page along with the standardized training materials. Content is also avail able on Navy eLearning for cer tain topics that arent required to be delivered in face to face sessions, said Reid. GMT is an opportunity for command leaders to have tar geted, meaningful conversa tions with their Sailors about character, integrity and profes sionalism using the GMT con tent as their road map, he said. In keeping with guidance that supports the Navys efforts of reducing administrative dis tractions to eliminate admin istrative burdens on the fleet, FY-15 GMT topics are divided into two categories. Category one training must be conducted as faceto-face sessions led by facili tators at the command level. Commands are directed to use senior leadership, such as chief petty officers and com mand training team members, to deliver this category of train ing. We encourage commands to partner with local subject matter experts and collateral duty officers to complement the standardized GMT con tent. This will help expand the impact of the training experi ence for Sailors, Reid said. FY-15 training topics in category one include Equal Opportunity; Hazing Policy and Prevention; Sexual Assault Prevention and Response Awareness; and Suicide Awareness and Prevention. The topics listed on the NKO GMT page not identified as cat egory one are considered cat egory two. The delivery meth od for category two lessons is at the discretion of unit com manders. Several, but not all, category two lessons are avail able as web based training and can also be delivered in face to face sessions. When multiple delivery methods exist, com manders may also choose to combine them in order to most effectively balance command operational requirements with training opportunities. To help commands plan their training, the NKO GMT page has a planning calendar that lays out suggested months for training delivery coinciding with national and Navy wide communication themes. These wont be the only changes to the Navy GMT pro gram, said Reid. Were constantly review ing GMT materials with the intent of delivering the most up to date training to meet fleet needs and Sailors learning styles, he said. Because of this, we update the GMT page on NKO on a monthly basis, at a minimum. So keep checking the NKO GMT page and please send us feedback on how we can improve GMT lessons and the overall program. Sailors with feedback should submit it to the Center for Personal and Professional Development (CPPD) via email at gmt.distribution(at)navy.mil.FY-2015 General Military Training requirements announced JOIN TODAY! ducks.org 800-45-DUCKS A CFC participant provided as a public service 6 JAX AIR NEWS, NAS JACKSONVILLE, Thursday, September 11, 2014


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By Twilla SmithNavy Region Southeast Public AffairsRear Adm. Mary Jackson, commander, Navy Region Southeast, signed a proclamation in support of the Navy Family Ombudsman Program (NFOP) aboard Naval Air Station Jacksonville Sept. 2. The proclamation signing commemorated the 44th anniversary of the NFOP and declared Sept. 14 as Ombudsman Appreciation Day throughout the region. The NFOP was launched Sept. 14, 1970, by Chief of Naval Operations Adm. Elmo Zumwalt to assist com mands in maintaining the morale, health and welfare of Navy families. Ombudsmen are military spouses who understand the challenges that often come with the military lifestyle. Although they do not wear military uniforms, they stand firmly beside Sailors and their families to help any way they can. According to Dianne Parker, Navy Region Southeast deployment support program manager and ombudsman program coordinator, the importance behind the proc lamation is that it acknowledges the efforts of ombudsmen not only throughout the region, but throughout the Navy. When Navy families are dealing with everyday life issues, it is always great to know you have someone in your corner, Parker said. That is what an ombudsman does and why she or he is an important part of the command support team. The daily efforts in ensuring families know where to find the resources available to them is invaluable. For more information about the Navy Ombudsman Program, including how to contact your command ombudsman, visit http://www.cnic.navy.mil/ffr/family_ readiness/fleet_and_family_support_program/ombuds man_program/ombudsman_program_overview.html. By Twilla SmithNavy Region Southeast Public AffairsRear Adm. Mary Jackson, com mander, Navy Region Southeast, signed a suicide prevention awareness proc lamation aboard Naval Air Station Jacksonville Sept. 2. The proclamation recogniz es September as National Suicide Prevention Awareness Month and is intended to raise suicide awareness prevention throughout the Southeast Region. According to the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, in the United States, one person dies by suicide every 13.3 minutes. Annually, more than 30,000 lives are lost in our country, making death by suicide one of the most disruptive and tragic events a family and a community can experi ence. It is estimated that for every sui cide, there are from eight to 25 attempt ed suicides. The Navys choice of Every Sailor, Every Day as the theme for Suicide Prevention Month emphasizes that the loss of one Sailor to suicide is one loss too many, Jackson said. The Navy has a great tradition of looking out for shipmates, but we can always do more. We should always be looking for ways to help Sailors help themselves and come to their aide any time when they show signs of distress, not just during Suicide Prevention Month. The proclamations theme highlights the importance of taking action as indi viduals and to recognize the impact of stressors in our day-to-day lives, as well how to develop protective measures against stress and suicide. According to Dianne Parker, Navy Region Southeast assistant suicide pre vention outreach coordinator, continu ously providing program information to all personnel that explain prevention tips and how to recognize indicators is a sure way to have a successful program. Unfortunately, suicide is one of the top issues military members and their families deal with, she said. Our goal is to be proactive in reduc ing the number of suicides within the Navy through education and aware ness initiatives, and this proclamation serves as the kickoff of suicide preven tion month. The Navys 21st Century Sailor and Marine Program initiative encourages Sailors, commands, families, and civil ian employees to empower themselves by taking personal responsibility for their health, wellness and growth the important step in building resilience. I Pledge to Act, a web-based effort encouraging all Sailors, families and members of the Navy community to take steps to build personal resilience, support their shipmates and intervene if they notice signs of distress, is one way to help with suicide prevention and awareness. The program recognizes that in the military community, suicide has been the second or third leading cause of death for the last decade, Parker said. The goal is to try to recognize warning signs and help our fellow Sailors, their family member and civilians. Despite great strides in our country to understand mental illness and encour age improvements in conversation sur rounding it, too many people still suf fer in silence. Cmdr. William Stallard, director of Navy Region Southeasts Chaplains Religious Enrichment Development Operations explains, Suicide has been one of the most chal lenging problems throughout the ages. Professionally, I have studied this phe nomenon for 25 years; also I have had countless interactions with persons who were suicidal. Last year as duty chaplain, I responded to 5 suicides and 1 homicide, so I know firsthand how difficult it is on the families of those who kill themselves, the impact on the commands morale and the unplanned loss; plus the toll it takes on the first responders and caregivers. The Navys 2014 suicide prevention message Every Sailor, Every Day stresses the necessity of the Navy com munity to strengthen their connec tions with those around them and to make sure open communication, indi vidual responsibility, peer support and bystander intervention are a part of everyday activities. Completed suicide has second and third order effects such as moral and psychological injury to family and friends; thus it is imperative we do the best job possible as suicide prevention coordinators, facilitators and leaders in order to strive to ameliorate this trau matic social problem within the mili tary and beyond, Stallard said. For more information about the Navys 21st Century Sailor and Marine Program and Suicide Prevention Month, go to http://www.public.navy. mil/bupers-npc/support/21st_Century_ Sailor/suicide_prevention/spmonth/ Pages/default.aspx Aviation command retention bonus is backFrom Chief of Naval PersonnelAfter a years worth of work and staffing, Navy leadership approved the restoration of the Aviation Command Retention Bonus (ACRB) Sept. 5. This will increase the pool of talented and qualified officers with command experi ence to fill critical commander and captain jobs. Below are the top-five things you need to know about ACRB: 1. The potential for an improving economy has increased job opportunities in the civil ian sector for skilled O5 aviators. With this Jackson signs suicide prevention month proclamationPhoto by Twilla SmithRear Adm. Mary Jackson, surround ed by personnel from Navy Region Southeast Fleet and Family Support program, signs Suicide Prevention Month Proclamation on Sept. 2, aboard NAS Jacksonville. The Navys 2014 suicide prevention message Every Sailor, Every Day stresses the necessity of the Navy community to strengthen con nections with those around them.Jackson signs ombudsman recognition proclamation See ACRB, Page 17 8 JAX AIR NEWS, NAS JACKSONVILLE, Thursday, September 11, 2014


Navy Region Southeast administrative officer promoted to commanderBy Twilla SmithNavy Region Southeast Public AffairsVanessa Givens, a Navy human resources officer, was promoted to commander Sept. 2 during a brief ceremony on NAS Jacksonville offici ated by Commander, Navy Region Southeast Rear Adm. Mary Jackson. Throughout my career, I have had the opportunity to work with some wonder ful Sailors and civilian personnel, learn from some awesome chief petty offi cers, and serve under great leadership, Givens said. Additionally, my fam ily has provided support throughout my career, especially my husband, Rickey, who has been with me every step of the way. My promotion to commander is a direct result of me being surrounded by great people throughout my career. Givens, from Beaufort, S.C., served in the U.S. Navy enlisted ranks as a con struction mechanic with the Seabees for four years before attending one of the Navys commissioning programs: Broadened Opportunity for Officer Selection and Training After graduating from BOOST in 1995, she attended Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University (FAMU). In 1998, she graduated from FAMU with a Bachelor of Science degree in account ing and received her commission as a Naval Surface Warfare Officer. Her first assignment as a commis sioned naval officer was aboard USS Spruance (DD-963), as the anti-subma rine warfare officer. Upon completion of her 15-month tour aboard Spruance, she reported to USS Vicksburg (CG-69), Navy Region Southeast Sailor commissioned as LDOBy MC2(SW/AW/EXW) Stacy LaseterNavy Region Southeast Public AffairsMA1 Eliot Fiaschi replaced his dixie cup and chevrons with a combination cover and one gold bar during his commissioning ceremo ny as a limited duty offi cer (LDO), Sept. 5. Fiaschi, the Navy Region Southeast region al kennel master, joined the Navy in 2002 and has completed tours of duty in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, Portsmouth, Va., Bahrain, and Guam, as well as three individual augmentee tours to Iraq and Djibouti. He says he is always ready for a new experience. I wanted a new chal lenge, and I wanted to make changes, Fiaschi said. I figured the best way to do that is to be in charge of implementing policy. The LDO program is based on an individuals skill and expertise, and its a chance for senior enlisted personnel to bridge the gap to the officer ranks. According to Lt. Robert Estrella, CNRSE harbor secu rity officer and Fiaschis supervisor, the Sailors who are selected as LDO play an important role in the Navy. There definitely needs to be continuity between enlisted and officers, and LDOs fill that role. Theyre subject mat ter experts and they are a sort of tie-in between enlisted and officer ranks, Estrella said. Fiaschi has advice for Sailors who might want to become a Navy officer. Keep your record clean, make sure every thing is up to date, and get a little bit of every thing, like volunteering and school. Do a little bit of it all, Fiaschi said. And dont quit if you dont pick it up the first time. I think hell make a good officer. He has great professionalism, and he also has unlimited fore sight and forward think ing. He knows how to manage programs very well, which is key to being an officer, Estrella said. The Navy did a great job by picking him. In order to meet the eligibility requirements for LDO, a Sailor must have U.S. citizenship, be serving in pay grade E-7 through E-9 or an E-6 who has passed the exam for E-7 and been deter mined board eligible, and active-duty applicants for LDO must have at least eight, but not more than 15 years of active duty service. Sailors interested in the LDO or chief warrant officer commissioning programs should contact their command career counselor to find out how to earn their own gold bars. For related news, visit the Navy Region Southeast Navy NewsStand page at www. navy.mil/local/nrse/. Photos by Toiette JacksonMA1 Eliot Fiaschi is pinned by his sister Rachel Fiaschi and parents Susan and Robert Fiaschi at his LDO commissioning ceremony Sept. 5 at the NAS Jacksonville Chapel. Navy Region Southeast Chief of Staff Capt. Steven Blaisdell (left) presents newly commissioned Ensign Eliot Fiaschi with his Navy and Marine Corps Commendation medal.Photo by AE2(AW) Samantha JonesOutstanding Sailors recognizedThirteen NAS Jax sailors were recognized at an awards quarters held Aug. 29. (First row from left) NAS Jax Commanding Officer Capt. Roy Undersander, MA2 Christopher Ortiz, AME2 Ruby Gill, ABE2 Ronnie Shephard, ABHAN Cynthia Trevizo, LS1 Diana Martinez, NAS Jax Command Master Chief CMDCM(AW/SW) Teri McIntyre, (second row from left) MA2 Glenn Patton, AC2 Joseph Barry, QM3 Tirzah Hendrick, BU2 Camaren Walker, (third row from left) YN2 Jeffrie Key, ET1 Erik Paulsen, MA1 Ronald Hughes and MA1 Thomas Kelly. U.S. Navy photo by Twilla SmithNavy Human Resources Officer Vanessa Givens is pinned on Sept. 2 by CNRSE Rear Adm. Mary Jackson and her husband, Ricky, upon her pro motion to commander aboard NAS Jacksonville. See PROMOTION, Page 17 JAX AIR NEWS, NAS JACKSONVILLE, Thursday, September 11, 2014 9


From StaffThe peak season for the flu is the dead of winter, but the illness can strike at any time between autumn and spring, according the Association of Mature American Citizens. Thats why the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends getting your flu shots as early as October. Its particularly important for older people to take precautions. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) says that the older you are the greater the risk of complica tions resulting from the flu. The agency says: Its estimat ed that 90 per cent of seasonal flu-related deaths and more than 60 percent of season al flu-related hos pitalizations in the United States each year occur in people 65 years and older. This is because human immune defenses become weaker with age. So, check with your doctor or local pharmacy to find out when this years flu shots will be available in your area and book an appointment as early as possible. MOVIE UNDER THE STARSSept. 19, 7:30 pm Patriots Grove Popcorn will be provided & drinks will be available for purchase. Call 542-1335 for more info! Get ready, Flu prevention season begins nowNaval Hospital Jacksonville Commanding Officer Capt. John Le Favour (left), Executive Officer Capt. Christine Sears, and Command Master Chief Bennora Simmons give a thumbs-up after receiving their annual influenza vaccines at the hospital on Aug. 29. Photos by Jacob Sippel NAS Jacksonville Commanding Officer Capt. Roy Undersander (right) and Executive Officer Capt. Howard Wanamaker receive their annual influenza vac cinations at the Aug. 29 base tenant command meeting. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends an annual flu vaccine for everyone six months of age and older. Flu vaccine will be available soon for all patients at Naval Hospital Jacksonville. 10 JAX AIR NEWS, NAS JACKSONVILLE, Thursday, September 11, 2014


Photos by AE2(AW) Samantha Jones(From left) AOC Anthony Bond directs as AOAN Tameka Sledge, AO3 Theresa Hulten, CWO4 Selena Richardson and AO1 Craig Achord of VP-26 position an AGM-65 Maverick to be loaded under the wing of a P-3C Orion. The AGM-65 Maverick is an air-to-surface tactical missile designed for close air support. AO3 Theresa Hulten (third from left) attaches a cable to the Maverick ordnance trolley in order to lift the weapon up to the bomb rack while AO3 Christian Rexrode works the hoist (far right) at the NAS Jax Combat Aircraft Loading Area (CALA). JAX AIR NEWS, NAS JACKSONVILLE, Thursday, September 11, 2014 11


By Kaylee LaRocqueFleet Readiness Center Southeast Public AffairsFleet Readiness Center Southeast (FRCSE) held a wom ens panel discussion in recog nition of Womens Equality Day Aug. 26 highlighting the suc cesses of five top female leaders working at the military depot. The event, sponsored by the FRCSE Womens Advisory Group (WAG), offered the audi ence insight to the variety of job opportunities, challenges, and success stories of the pan elists who were asked a series of questions relating to their career paths, goals and role models. FRCSE Executive Officer Capt. Chuck Stuart kicked off the event. Today, we com memorate the 94th anniver sary of the certification of the 19thAmendment, which grant ed women the right to vote, he said. Its hard to believe that less than 100 years ago, women did not have the right to vote, Stuart continued. On this Womens Equality Day, we honor those who fought tirelessly for this right, but we know that there is much more work to do. While our theme today is Celebrating Progress, we must continue to define barriers, so we can address them. FRCSE panelists includ ed: Production Director Holly Martinez, Mechanical Engineer Alvernia Johnson, Senior Enlisted Leader Aircraft Maintenanceman Master Chief (AW/SW) Shalonda Jackson, Research and Engineering Competency Site Manager Elizabeth Nealin, and Aviation Resource and Readiness Analysis Department Director Caridad Rocque. FRCSE Public Affairs Officer Terresa White moderated the event asking each panelist to give a brief overview of their career paths and querying them on such topics as how to promote womens rights in everyday situations, career obstacles, role models, and advice to women looking for success within the organiza tion. The audience was also encouraged to ask questions of the influential panelists to From Chief of Naval Personnel Public AffairsBeginning Sept. 1, Sailors are autho rized to wear the Navy and command ball caps in place of the eight-point cover with the Navy Working Uniform (NWU) Type I, II or III. Based on feedback from the Fleet, Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus and Chief of Naval Operations Adm. Jonathan Greenert made the decision in July to expand the ball cap wear policy. According to NAVADMIN 200/14, command ball caps are organizational clothing that may be purchased with appropriated funds. Sailors may purchase command ball caps with personal funds, just as they purchase command badges, patches, belt buckles and other permissible uni form items. Additionally, wardrooms, chief petty officer messes, first class petty officer associations, junior enlisted associa tions, and other organizations may pur chase command ball caps with their funds. Department of Defense guidance pro hibits the use of morale, welfare and recreations non-appropriated funds to purchase command ball caps. The eight-point cover remains the basic uniform component cover for the NWUs and will be the only appropriate cover for personnel uniform inspec tions and special occasions to ensure a uniform appearance within the com mand. The Navy and command ball cap will remain authorized, optional head gear worn with Navy flight suits, Navy blue coveralls, flame resistant coveralls, and the Navy physical training uniform.Ball Cap may now be worn with Navy Working UniformFRCSE celebrates Women Equality Day Photos by Kaylee LaRocqueFleet Readiness Center Southeast (FRCSE) Mechanical Engineer Alvernia Johnson (second from left) talks about her career path during a women's panel discussion sponsored by the FRCSE Women's Advisory Group in celebration of Women's Equality Day at the military depot on Aug. 26. Other FRCSE panelists included (from left) Production Director Holly Martinez, Senior Enlisted Leader AFCM (AW/SW) Shalonda Jackson, Research and Engineering Competency Site Manager Elizabeth Nealin and Aviation Resource and Readiness Analysis Department Director Caridad Rocque.Fleet Readiness Center Southeast (FRCSE) Senior Enlisted Leader AFCM(AW/ SW) Shalonda Jackson (cen ter) talks about some of the challenges she's faced in her military career, as FRCSE Research and Engineering Competency Site Manager Elizabeth Nealin (right) and Alvernia Johnson, an FRCSE mechanical engineer listen before offering their remarks.See FRCSE PANEL, Page 17 12 JAX AIR NEWS, NAS JACKSONVILLE, Thursday, September 11, 2014 The Childrens Corner Learning Cen ter and Daycare in Orange Park was estab lished in 1988 by Nancy Mitchell based on the philosophy that each child is unique and develops at his or her own rate. We operate on the principle that children learn best when they are having fun, Mitch ell said. And weve created a safe, com fortable environment where children can ex press their individuality, socialize with other children and their adult caregivers and have a lot of fun learning. The fully-accredited Childrens Corner consistently ranks as one of the top schools based on school readiness scores by the state of Florida. Mitchell, who taught in Clay County schools for 10 years and has a masters de gree in elementary and early childhood edu cation, and her staff take great care to ensure that their facility will remain the top-ranked daycare center in Orange Park. Our staff sees to it that preschool, daycare and VPK children are involved in activities appropriate for their ages and de velopmental levels, she said. We have a loving, caring and supporting staff who en courage the academic and overall wellbeing of the children in our care. The staff is ded icated to providing your child with a unique learning experience. They are highly trained in early childhood development. They take pride in The Childrens Corner Learning Center. The stability of the staff gives the children a sense of continuity. The fact the facility is privately owned gives parents the reassur ance that everything possible will be done to accommodate their needs and their chil drens needs. We have the advantage of being able to give one-on-one consideration and person alize the program to meet parents and chil drens needs within the requirements of the regulatory guidelines we must follow. The Childrens Corner welcomes mili tary families with a 10 percent discount for each child enrolled. Its proximity to Naval Air Station Jacksonville is an added plus for families stationed there. The year-around schedule includes a va riety of summer camps in addition to the programs offered during the school year. The facility has programs for children from 18 months through the sixth grade (about 12 swimming, and other interesting pursuits designed to keep children busy, happy and having fun. Free Voluntary Pre-Kindergarten is avail able at The Childrens Center during the school year. Transportation is provided to and from lo cal Clay County schools, including Fleming Island, Montclair, Lakeside, Grove Park and nearby Orange Park Elementary. Hours are 6:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday. Fulland part-time schedules are offered. Children can receive a full week of services or a few hours of socialization activities each day or all day several days a week multiple part-time options are available. In addition to meeting state guidelines Parents are welcome to visit the center at any time, Mitchell said. We have an open-door policy and encourage parent vol unteering. The Childrens Corner, 1720 Smith St., Orange Park, invites you to call (904 2788651), visit the website at www.thechil drenscornerop.com. Or stop by and see for yourself how children who are comfortable, relaxed, well cared for and having fun thrive at The Childrens Corner. The Childrens Corner: More than a place to go its a place to grow A fully equipped playground provides exercise, fun and fresh air for The Childrens Corners youngsters. Water tables and sprinklers delight and cool on a hot summer day.


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 Sept. 19, Kenny Holliday 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_ mwritt@navy.mil 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 restrict ed to E1-E6 single or unaccompanied active duty members. Call 542-1335 for information. FREE Florida Gators Football Game Trip Sept. 13 at 2 p.m. Paintball Trip Sept. 20 at 9 a.m. Jags vs. Colts NFL game Sept. 21 at 11 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. 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 City announces job & resource fairs for military veteransFrom StaffThe City of Jacksonvilles Military Affairs and Veterans Department will host a two-day Veterans Stand Down event, with a job fair for active-duty military, veterans and their families on Sept. 19 (10 a.m. 3 p.m.) followed by a resource fair for homeless and at-risk veterans on Sept. 20 (9 a.m. 3 p.m.) at the Jacksonville Fairgrounds near EverBank Field. The job fair is open to active-duty military, veterans and family members. More than 50 businesses are participating. The resource fair is focused on homeless and at-risk veter ans providing resources such as health screenings, dental services, clothing, barbering services and access to resource agencies. Wal-Mart is donating 20 bicycles to be given to area veterans in need. For more information, call the Citys Military Affairs & Veterans Department at (904) 630-3680 or visit www.coj.net/ JobsForVets Intramural Softball League FormingOpen to active duty, selective reservists, DoD civilians, and DoD Contractor personnel assigned to a command at NAS Jacksonville. Games play Tuesday and Thursday, beginning Sept. 22. League FormingOpen to active duty, selective reservists, dependents over 18, DoD civilians, and DoD Contractor personnel assigned to NAS Jacksonville. Games play in the evening, beginning Sept. 22.7on-7 Flag Football League FormingOpen to active duty, selective reservists, DoD civilians, and DoD Contractor personnel assigned to a command at NAS Jacksonville. Games play Monday and Wednesday evenings, beginning Sept. 22.Fall Bowling League FormingOpen to active duty, selective reservists, DoD civilians, and DoD Contractor personnel assigned to a command at NAS Jacksonville.. Tennis 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 their command toward earn additional points for st, 2nd, or 3rd place. Call NAS Jax Athletics to sign up by Sept. 26. Tennis 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 their command toward earn additional points for st, 2nd, or 3rd place. Call NAS Jax Athletics to sign up by Sept. 26.Navy 239th Birthday 5k Oct. 8Open to all authorized gym patrons. Sign up at the NAS Jax Gymnasium or the Fitness Source by Oct. 3. The race will be held on Perimeter Road at the end of Mustin Road before the Antenna Farm at 11:30 a.m. Registration will also be held at the race site from 10:3011:15 a.m. Awards given 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. Tournament Oct. 27 at 5 p.m.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. Tournament Oct. 27 at 5 p.m. 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. Oct. 31 at 11:30 a.m.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 bill.bonser@navy.mil Visit the MWR website at www.cnic.navy. mil or www.facebook.com nasjaxmwr. StandingsAs of Sept. 5Skeet ShootingTeams Wins Losses CNATTU Gold 1 0 HS-11 1 0 NAVFAC Reigning Clays 1 0 NAVFAC Skeeters 1 0 NAVFAC Sky Busters 1 0 NAVFAC Sons of Guns 1 0 VP-8 1 0 VP-30 II 1 0 NAS Jax 0 0 CNATTU Blue 0 1 FRCSE Claybusters 0 1 NAVFAC Smoke Wagons 0 1 NAVFAC Soap Gang 0 1 NAVFAC World War Z 0 1 VP-30 I 0 1 VP-45 Pelicans 0 1 To support and to learn moreabout great Afr ican American innovators, pleasevisit us at www. uncf.org or call 1 800 332 UNCF. Amindisresponsible for the traffic light, the blood bank, ice cream, peanut butter, the doorknob, the microphone, the elevator, clothes dryer, lawn mower, pacemaker, the typewriter, guided missile, mailbox, the air conditioner, automatic transmission, cur tain rod, baby carriage, lawn sprinkler, fountain pen, dust pan, the hand stamp, first open-heart surgery, cataract laser, fire extinguisher, doorstop, home security camera, the golf tee, fire escape, potato chip, food preservation, synthesized cortisone, the guitar, railroad telegraphy, envelope seal, printing press, bicycle frame, rocket catapult, insect destroyer gun, ice cream scoop, window cleaner, laser fuels, folding chair, gas mask, mop, refrigerator, pressing comb, urinalysis machine, door lock, electric cutoff switch, telephone transmitter, stair-climbing wheelchair, hairbrush, egg beater, eye protector, electric lamp bulb, biscuit cutter, chamber commode, almanac, horse shoe, lunch pail, motor, lantern, key chain, furniture caster, ironing board, sugar-refining system, lemon squeezer, portable weighing scales, wrench, airplane propeller, ore bucket, steam boiler, portable x-ray machine, cotton chopper fertilizer, street sweeper, cattle-roping apparatus, spark plug, galoshes, casketlowering device, clothes wringer, disrail car coupling, riding saddles, and so on and so on. The list is endless. Indeed, its time to stop and celebrate the fact that each and every one of the wonderful innovations mentioned here came from the mind. The mind of an African American. By supporting minority education, you keep open the possibility of tomorrows great ideas. Because of all the things that the human mind has created, perhaps the most amazing is the one that has yet to be created. And that possibility is a terrible thing to waste. UNCF To support and to learn moreabout great Afr ican American innovators, pleasevisit us at www. uncf.org or call 1 800 332 UNCF. Amindisresponsible for the traffic light, the blood bank, ice cream, peanut butter, the doorknob, the microphone, the elevator, clothes dryer, lawn mower, pacemaker, the typewriter, guided missile, mailbox, the air conditioner, automatic transmission, cur tain rod, baby carriage, lawn sprinkler, fountain pen, dust pan, the hand stamp, first open-heart surgery, cataract laser, fire extinguisher, doorstop, home security camera, the golf tee, fire escape, potato chip, food preservation, synthesized cortisone, the guitar, railroad telegraphy, envelope seal, printing press, bicycle frame, rocket catapult, insect destroyer gun, ice cream scoop, window cleaner, laser fuels, folding chair, gas mask, mop, refrigerator, pressing comb, urinalysis machine, door lock, electric cutoff switch, telephone transmitter, stair-climbing wheelchair, hairbrush, egg beater, eye protector, electric lamp bulb, biscuit cutter, chamber commode, almanac, horse shoe, lunch pail, motor, lantern, key chain, furniture caster, ironing board, sugar-refining system, lemon squeezer, portable weighing scales, wrench, airplane propeller, ore bucket, steam boiler, portable x-ray machine, cotton chopper fertilizer, street sweeper, cattle-roping apparatus, spark plug, galoshes, casketlowering device, clothes wringer, disrail car coupling, riding saddles, and so on and so on. The list is endless. Indeed, its time to stop and celebrate the fact that each and every one of the wonderful innovations mentioned here came from the mind. The mind of an African American. By supporting minority education, you keep open the possibility of tomorrows great ideas. Because of all the things that the human mind has created, perhaps the most amazing is the one that has yet to be created. And that possibility is a terrible thing to waste. UNCF JAX AIR NEWS, NAS JACKSONVILLE, Thursday, September 11, 2014 13


Navys spokeswoman promoted to rear admiralBy MC1 Stuart PhillipsDefense Media ActivityThe United States Navy promoted Dawn Cutler to the rank of rear admiral lower half during a cer emony at the Women in Military Service for America Memorial at Arlington National Cemetery, Sept. 3. Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus spoke about Cutlers past performance as a public affairs offi cer (PAO) and commended her ability to step into the role as the Navys acting Chief of Information (CHINFO) on short notice nine months ago. She was ready, she didnt take any time to get up to speed, said Mabus. She knew what she had to do and she had the wealth and breadth and depth of experience that a job like this takes. In fact one of the things that has been noticeable about her career the people she has served as PAO for ... all went on to get four stars from the time she was their PAO. And she was their PAO usually when they had one star. I cant tell you how much Im looking forward to my next job. Because it is clear the only thing those folks had in common was Dawn Cutler. The 30th Chief of Naval Operations, Admiral Jonathan Greenert, spoke on the importance of the role of CHINFO and the responsibilities that come with the title. She will be the chief of all Navy information. And in this world of being hyper connected, information is power. And the management of it is the manage ment of power. And if we do this right, well get the Navys narrative right both externally and internal ly, said Greenert. Photo by MCC Peter LawlorSecretary of the Navy (SECNAV) Ray Mabus pro motes Capt. Dawn Cutler to the rank of rear admi ral (lower half) on Sept. 3 before family and friends at the Women in Military Service for America Memorial. Cutler was promoted upon her appoint ment as the Navy chief of information. Photo by Kaylee LaRocqueFRCSE PA specialist retiresFleet Readiness Center Southeast (FRCSE) Commanding Officer Capt. John Kemna presents the Department of the Navy Meritorious Civilian Service Medal to FRCSE Deputy Public Affairs Officer Marsha Childs during her retirement ceremony at the military depot on Aug. 29. Childs earned the award for exceptional public affairs support in coordinating numerous distinguished visitor tours, town hall meet ings, and scripting and co-producing historical videos in honor of the command's upcoming 75th anniver sary in 2015. Childs retired after 27 years of federal service.See CHINFO, Page 17 14 JAX AIR NEWS, NAS JACKSONVILLE, Thursday, September 11, 2014


By Kristine Sturkie NEXCOM Public Affairs SpecialistThe Navy Exchange Service Command (NEXCOM) has been offer ing students a chance to help pay for college through its A-OK Student Reward Program since 1997. The A-OK Student Reward Program offers all qualified students to participate in a quarterly drawing for monetary awards of $2,500, $1,500, $1,000 or $500 for a total of $5,500 per quarter. The next drawing will be held at the end of August. Any eligible full-time student who has a B grade point average equiva lent or better, as determined by their school system, may enter the drawing. Homeschooled students can also qual ify with acknowledgement that the stu dent has a B average or equivalent record of accomplishment. Eligible students include dependent children of active duty military mem bers, reservists and military retirees enrolled in grades 112. Dependent children without an individual Dependent Identification Card must be accompanied by their sponsor to sub mit their entry. Each student may enter only once each grading period and must re-enter with each qualifying report card. To enter the drawing, stop by any NEX with a current report card or prog ress report and have a NEX associ ate verify the eligibility. Then fill out an entry card and obtain an A-OK ID that entitles the student to19 discount coupons for NEX products and servic es. Along with the award, each win ner will receive a lapel pin, certificate and medallion ribbon In Honor of Academic Excellence. Since the programs inception, NEXCOM has awarded more than $640,000 to students with the help of its generous vendor partners. NEX gives back to students through A-OK reward program Photo by Arlene StilesSixth-grader Robert Jones of Jacksonville's Liberty Pines Academy was awarded a $1,500 U.S. Savings Bond from the NEX A-OK Student Reward Program. His parents and sister joined NEX Jax General Manager Marsha Brooks (left) and NEX Store Manager Kitty Case (right) in congratulating him on Sept. 2 at NAS Jax. 3 POINT SHOOTOUTThe winner of the three point shootout will represent the Navy at the NBA basketball game between the New Orleans Pelicans and the Washington Wizards on October 8th at the Jacksonville Veteran's Memorial Arena. This event is only open to Active Duty Navy personnel assigned to a command at NAS Jacksonville. Call (904) 542-2930 for info.15 SEPT, 1700 IN THE BASE GYM SIGN UP BY12 SEPTMUST Photos by Yan KennonGillingham visits hospitalCmdr. Michael Robinson (right), Naval Hospital (NH) Jacksonvilles Executive Committee of the Medical Staff chairman, briefs Rear Adm. Bruce Gillingham (left), commander Navy Medicine West and for mer NH Jacksonville commanding officer, on facility improvements and patient care capabilities during a Sept. 2 tour of the hospital. Cmdr. Michael Robinson (left), Naval Hospital (NH) Jacksonvilles Executive Committee of the Medical Staff chairman, presents former Duval County Medical Society (DCMS) President Dr. Eli Lerner with the Admiral Paul Kaufman Award at the annual DCMS and Navy Dinner held on Sept. 3 at Naval Air Station Jacksonville Officers' Club. The Admiral Kaufman Award honors a local physician or health care professional who delivers outstanding community service to beneficiaries and staff. Also awarded was NH Jacksonvilles Circle of Excellence Award to Diane Troyano, patient relations manager at the hospital. Rear Adm. Bruce Gillingham, commander Navy Medicine West and former Naval Hospital (NH) Jacksonville com manding officer, addresses NH Jacksonville leadership and Duval County Medical Society (DCMS) members during an awards dinner held at Naval Air Station Jacksonville Officers' Club. Approximately 100 guests attended the annual dinner that provides an excellent forum for presenting important medical issues relevant to both the Navy and private sector institutions. It also allows collegial interaction between military and nonmilitary physicians and their families. DCMS, is the oldest and most prestigious medical society in Florida, serves as the voice for organized medicine in Duval County. JAX AIR NEWS, NAS JACKSONVILLE, Thursday, September 11, 2014 15


By Army Sgt. 1st Class Tyrone Marshall Jr.DoD News, Defense Media ActivityDefense Secretary Chuck Hagel announced supplemen tal guidance to military records boards to ensure consistency in considering veterans dis charge upgrade requests relat ed to post-traumatic stress disorder, Defense Department spokesman Army Col. Steven Warren told Pentagon reporters Sept 3. Recent attention has been focused on the petitions of Vietnam veterans to upgrade their discharges based on claims of unrecognized posttraumatic stress disorder, Warren said. In these cases, post-trau matic stress was not recog nized as a diagnosis at the time of service, and in many cases, diagnoses were not made until decades after service was com pleted. This supplemental guid ance, Warren said, issued in a DoD memorandum, applies to veterans who assert that they suffered post-traumatic stress related to their service. It will help review boards ensure fair and consistent results across the military ser vices and ease the application process for veterans who are seeking redress, he said. The DoD memo says the supplemental guidance is not intended to interfere with or impede the Military Department Boards for Correction of Military/Naval Records statutory indepen dence to correct errors or remove injustices through the correction of military records, and that it will help to ensure consistency across the military services. Hagel notes in the memo that the boards are neither courts nor investigative agencies. Therefore, he wrote, his sup plemental guidance details medical considerations, miti gating factors and procedures for review. According to the memo, the policy guidance also will assist the boards in carefully consid ering every petition brought regarding discharge upgrade requests by veterans claiming post-traumatic stress disor der, including a comprehen sive review of all materials and evidence provided by the peti tioner. Hagels guidance also man dates liberal waivers of time limits, ensures timely consid eration of petitions, and allows for increased involvement of From USS Bataan (LHD 5) Public Affairs OfficeThe Secretary of Defense ordered the Bataan Amphibious Ready Group (ARG) and embarked 22nd Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) Aug. 30, to remain in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of respon sibility (AOR) until the begin ning of October. Bataan ARG includes USS Bataan (LHD 5), USS Mesa Verde (LPD 19), and USS Gunston Hall (LSD 44). The Bataan ARG and 22nd MEU are being extended to assure a continuous ARG/ MEU physical presence in the Arabian Gulf and uninterrupt ed support for potential task ing. This extension provides time for USS Bataans relief, USS Makin Island and the embarked 11th MEU, to arrive on station for a face-to-face turnover before Bataan departs for her homeport of Norfolk, Va. The Bataan ARG/22nd Marine Expeditionary Unit entered the U.S. 5th Fleet AOR March 13. The U.S. 5th Fleet AOR encompasses about 2.5 million square miles of water area and includes the Arabian Gulf, Gulf of Oman, Gulf of Aden, North Arabian Sea, and the Red Sea. The expanse comprises 20 countries and includes three critical choke points at the Strait of Hormuz, the Suez Canal and the Strait of Bab al Mandeb at the southern tip of Yemen. The BATARG is commanded by Capt. Neil Karnes, commo dore, Amphibious Squadron (PHIBRON) Six, and comprises the multipurpose amphibious assault ship USS Bataan (LHD 5), amphibious transport dock ship USS Mesa Verde (LPD 19), and amphibious dock landing ship USS Gunston Hall (LSD 44). Bataan, commanded by Capt. George Vassilakis, left her homeport in Norfolk, Va., Feb. 8, on a scheduled deployment as the flagship of the Bataan Amphibious Readiness Group. The 22nd MEU is command ed by Col. William Dunn and comprises a ground combat element, Battalion Landing Team 1st Battalion, 6th Marine Regiment; aviation combat element, Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron (VMM) 263 (Reinforced); logistics com bat element, Combat Logistics Battalion 22; and its command element. The 22nd MEUs Air Combat Element has been flying non-traditional Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (NTISR) mis sions from USS Bataan over Iraq using its AV-8B Harrier aircraft since Aug. 8. Since deploying in February, the ships crew has operated in several locations in the 5th Fleet and 6th Fleet regions. The ships tasking includes providing the regional combat ant commander with a versa tile sea-based, expeditionary force that can be tailored to a variety of missions, including quick reaction crisis response options in maritime, littoral and inland environments in support of the nations mari time strategy. Photo by MC1 RJ StratchkoThe Military Sealift Command dry cargo and ammunition ship USNS Robert E. Peary (T-AKE 5), left, conducts a vertical replen ishment with the multipurpose amphibious assault ship USS Bataan (LHD 5). The guided-missile destroyer USS Roosevelt (DDG 80) is in the background. Bataan is the flagship for the Bataan Amphibious Ready Group and, with the embarked 22nd Marine Expeditionary Unit (22nd MEU), is deployed in support of maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility.Bataan ARG deployment extended in 5th FleetPhoto by MC2 Sean Hurt Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel speaks to Marines stationed at Camp Pendleton, Calif., on Aug. 12. Hagel issues guidance for veterans discharge upgrade requestsSee SEC DEF, Page 17 16 JAX AIR NEWS, NAS JACKSONVILLE, Thursday, September 11, 2014


bonus, the Navy gets a two-fer, that will provide compensation for our most talented operators to con tinue their service, as well as moti vation for junior officers to pursue an aviation command career path. 2. The bonus will be paid to O5 commanding officers (COs) (opera tional, operational training or spe cial mission) in two installments of $18K, COs may apply for the bonus upon taking command. First pay ment can occur during the com mand tour, second payment will be one year later. 3. COs who take the bonus are obligated to serve through their 21st and 22nd years of service ensuring the Navy has needed O5s with command experience, encouraging retention until these officers are in zone for promotion to O6. 4. Specifics will be promulgat ed in an upcoming NAVADMIN and will be detailed on the Navy Personnel Command Aviation Career Continuation Pay (ACCP) website at http://www.public.navy. mil/bupers-npc/officer/detailing/ aviation/ocm/pages/ 5. A similar bonus for Surface Warfare Officers is in the works. ACRBFrom Page 8 where she served as the ships navigator. In 2002, Givens transitioned from surface warfare officer to the Navys human resources officer com munity. Since then, she has served as a member of the Defense Equal Opportunity Management Institute, aboard Naval Station Mayport as the administrative officer. She also served an inter im tour in Tikrit, Iraq, and as training officer on USS Enterprise (CVN-65). Cmdr. Givens current assignment is as the administrative officer for Navy Region Southeast. PROMOTIONFrom Page 9 gain insight into their roles within FRCSE. I think the best way we can pro mote equality for women in the workforce is to look at the qualifi cations required for the job, said Nealin. It doesnt matter what flavor of individual a person is if they meet those qualifications. Jackson added, When we can put on blinders and not see people for the color of their skin or their gender, I think thats the only way a difference will be made to ensure women are treated equally across the board at all times. White praised the panel on their accomplishments acknowledg ing that some of their fields could be considered male-dominant careers. She encouraged them to share their struggles as women in their chosen career paths. When I went to work for an engineering company after gradu ating college, I was the only female engineer, said Nealin. I was treated more like a mother or sister than a colleague. Unfortunately, I often let myself be treated that way. My advice is to take responsibility yourself for fixing these issues. Let your coworkers know that you want to be treated as an equal. The panel also discussed the mentors who guided them along their career paths and how they are passing their knowledge on to others. They also offered words of wisdom to women striving for a successful career at FRCSE. Choose your battles wisely, said Martinez. Not everything is worth a fight. There are so many different ways of doing things. Conflict is not nec essarily always bad, but not every thing has to be a conflict. I think the biggest predictors for success are tenacity and drive, added Nealin. Its not education or socioeconomic background, its your own personal motivation. The FRCSE WAG provides an open forum for FRCSE employees to discuss topics related to women in the workplace and promotes an effective work environment for men and women to achieve rewarding careers. Team members initiate educational programs and career development for women in the workplace and encourage recruitment of women in non-tra ditional jobs. Congress designated Aug. 26 as Womens Equality Day in 1971 to commemorate the 1920 passage of the 19th Amendment to the Constitution, granting women the right to vote. The amendment was passed following a peaceful civil rights movement by women beginning in 1848 at the worlds first womens rights convention, in Seneca Falls, N.Y. FRCSE PANELFrom Page 12 Cutler expressed gratitude for her supportive family and spoke fondly of the ideals instilled by her father, a former Sailor. He taught me about service to others, selfless ness, dedication, that people are important, and treating them with dignity and respect is a must no matter what, said Cutler. He taught me that being anchored in faith and having a moral compass is essential. Simply put, if you just do the right thing youll be just fine. Retired Rear Adm. Bill Thompson, the first Navy public affairs flag officer, and Lt. j.g. Kat Dransfield, the Navys newest public affairs officer, placed onestar shoulder boards on Cutler during the promo tion ceremony. Cutler is a native of Portland, Oregon. She is a 1989 graduate of Oregon State University, where she received a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration and earned her commission as a General Unrestricted Line Officer through Navy Reserve Officers Training Corps program. She holds a Master of Arts in National Security and Strategic Studies from the Naval War College. As the U.S. Navys Chief of Information, Cutler is the principal spokeswoman for the Department of the Navy and provides strategic counsel to the Secretary of the Navy and the Chief of Naval Operations. She leads the Navys public affairs community consisting of more than 2,500 active and reserve officer, enlisted and civilian communi cation professionals. CHINFOFrom Page 14 medical personnel in board determinations. The defense secretarys guidance also provides in petitions for changes in characterization of service, boards should give liberal consideration to service treatment record entries that document one or more symptoms that meet the diagnostic criteria of post-traumatic stress disorder or related condi tions. Hagel has directed the military services to imple ment his guidance within 45 days. This is our responsibility and the right thing to do for veterans, Hagel said. This new guidance reflects our commitment to those who served our country during times of war many decades ago. SEC DEFFrom Page 16 Do not accept defeat. Fight deadly childhood diseases. St. Jude Childrens Research HospitalA CFC Participant provided as a public service. A merica departs Peru, sets sail for homeportBy MC1 John Scorza USS America (LHA 6) Public AffairsThe future amphibious assault ship USS America (LHA 6) departed Callao, Peru, Sept. 3 after a three-day port visit. This was the crews final port visit on the ships maiden transit, America Visits the Americas as the ship continues to make its way from Ingalls Shipbuilding in Pascagoula, Miss. to its homeport of San Diego. The crew visited Cartagena, Colombia; Guantanamo Bay, Cuba; Rio de Janeiro, Brazil; and Valparaiso, Chile before visiting Callao, Peru. While in Peru, the ship hosted a reception in the ships hangar bay for more than 300 guests. The dis tinguished guests included the Honorable Brian A. Nichols, U.S. Ambassador to Peru; Gen. John F. Kelly, commander, U.S. Southern Command; as well as senior Peruvian, U.S. government and military offi cials. During the visit, the ships military and civilian crew had the opportunity to experience their host nation and to serve as goodwill ambassadors. While in port, 25 America Sailors participated in a community relations (COMREL) project with Peruvian Navy sailors at Immaculate Conception Municipal School. The volunteers teamed up with the Peruvian sailors to paint portions of the school and refurbish the lawn. Its impressive the impact that a group of Sailors and Marines can have in a community during a few short hours, said Rear Adm. Frank L. Ponds, Commander, Expeditionary Strike Group 3, currently embarked on America. They are great ambassadors for the U.S. because of their can-do spirit and desire to be of ser vice to others during port visits. Americas soccer team also played a friendly match against the local Peruvian Navy team. After the game, members from both teams exchanged mementos and enjoyed a barbecue prepared by the Peruvian Navy. In addition, members of the America crew participated in rugby and basketball games with Peruvian Navy sailors. I am very proud of the Sailors and Marines serv ing on board America, said Capt. Robert A. Hall, Jr., Americas commanding officer. Throughout this maiden transit, the crew has far exceeded what the expectations typically are for a ship in this phase. From COMREL projects to meaningful exchanges with vari ous countries, everyone on this journey has contribut ed to something much greater than the ship. They have contributed to the strong bond that exists between the U.S. Navy and navies throughout South America. Following the ships departure from anchorage, America conducted a series of formation drills with seven Peruvian naval ships. Hall described the experi ence as the prime example of partnership building and training. Safely performing complex evolutions with another Navy so soon after departing the shipyard is a testa ment to the quality of Sailors we have in Americas bridge and combat information center watch teams, said Hall. I was impressed with the flawless com munication between the Peruvian Navy ships and our own watch standers, as well as the professionalism of the Peruvian Navy ship handlers. America is now on the final leg of its journey to its homeport of San Diego and is expected to arrive midSeptember. As the maiden transit comes to an end, the crew continues to strive toward refining its processes and preparing to join the fleet. U.S. Naval Forces Southern Command, U.S. 4th Fleet and U.S. Marine Forces South support U.S. Southern Commands joint and combined military operations by employing maritime forces in cooperative maritime security operations in order to maintain access and build enduring partnerships to enhance regional secu rity and promote peace, stability and prosperity in the Caribbean, Central and South American regions. America is currently traveling through the U.S. Southern Command and U.S. 4th Fleet area of respon sibility. America is the first ship of its class, replacing the Tarawa-class of amphibious assault ships. As the next generation big-deck amphibious assault ship, America is optimized for aviation, capable of supporting current and future aircraft such as the tilt-rotor MV-22 Osprey and F-35B Joint Strike Fighter. The ship is scheduled to be ceremoniously commissioned Oct. 11 in San Francisco. From 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, please visit www.wingsovera merica.us or call 757-671-3200 ext. 2. The Wings Over America Scholarship Foundation annually sponsors more 50 scholarships ranging from $2,500$10,000 for students who are selected on the basis of scholastic merit, community service, extra curricular activities and character. The WOASF mission is to provide college scholar ships to dependent children and spouses of all naval aviation commands, officer and enlisted, active duty, retired, honorably discharged or deceased. The Foundation has awarded over $870,000 to out standing students since 1987. The foundation is fund ed solely through the generous contributions of pri vate and corporate sources.WOASF Golf Tournament set for Sept. 19 Photo by MC3 Huey Younger Jr. Rear Adm. Frank L. Ponds (center) commander of Expeditionary Strike Group 3, speaks with Peruvian Minister of Foreign Affairs Gonzalo Gutierrez (right) during a tour of the future amphibious assault ship USS America (LHA 6). 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