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www.cnic.navy.mil/jacksonville www.jaxairnews.com ACKSONVILLE F LA THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 18, 2014 I I D E OBAMA PLAN Other Nations To Pitch In FRESH PAINT For Neptune at Heritage Park Page 5 IN MEMORIAM ASC Wayne Downing Jr. Page 8Check us out Online! jaxairnews.com Photo by AWVC Joe SegretiPinning day approachesNAS Jacksonville CPO Selectees stand at attention on Sept. 10 at Heritage Park. In front is AWOCS Glenn Plower, the CPO 365 Phase II Coordinator. By Lt. Brian MorganVP-30 Public Affairs OfficerVP-30 participated in Operation NANOOK 2014, a joint search-andrescue exercise (SAREX) Aug. 19 22. Operation NANOOK is the larg est annual training opportunity for the Canadian Armed Forces in Canadas Arctic Region. This marks the eighth annual arctic joint training exercise run by the Canadian Armed Forces and the Canadian Coast Guard. NANOOK 2014 is an annual engagement with international military and security partners to demonstrate interoperability in the Arctic Area of Operations. This year, the exercise had more than 800 participants, including the Royal Danish Navy Warship HMDS Triton, the Royal Canadian Navy HMCS Shawinigan, the Canadian Coast Guard Ship CCGS Henry Larsen, a Canadian CH-139 SAR Helicopter, a CP-140 Aurora (Canadas current maritime patrol P-3 variant), and a US Navy P-8A Poseidon from the VP-30 Pros Nest the P-8A Fleet Replacement Squadron at NAS Jacksonville. The exercise tested the coordi nated SAR response from multiple nations when a simulated fishing vessel carrying 13 people failed to meet a deadline for a scheduled satellite phone update. The P-8A demonstrated its capa Red Lancers making an impact in El SalvadorBy Lt. j.g. Brendan McGoeyVP-10 Public Affairs OfficerThe Red Lancers of VP-10 have had an immedi ate positive impact since arriving in El Salvador on June 24 in support of Operation MARTILLO, a U.S., Europe, and Western Hemisphere effort targeting illicit drug trafficking routes in Central America. Operationally, the Red Lancers, a P-3C squadron based at NAS Jacksonville, have conducted numer ous patrols, helping bring to justice those suspected of illegal smuggling operations. So far, their efforts have prevented the transfer of 5,703 kilograms of cocaine with an estimated U.S. market value of $1.16 million. These surveillance flights would not be possible without the tireless diligence of the VP-10 mainte nance team, who provide the aircrews with mis sion-capable aircraft. The maintainers have pro vided a total of 2,400 man hours that have included one engine change, two propeller changes, two engine driven compressor changes, two hydraulic pump changes, and one AIMS turret change. The Red Lancers will also be attending the annu al UNITAS and Silent Force Exercise conferenc es in Lima, Peru. These conferences, beginning mid-September, consist of multinational exercises conducted to enhance interoperability and mutu al cooperation between navies. The Red Lancers will be joined by forces from Central and South America, as well as European countries. Additionally, the Red Lancers have had a positive impact in the local community by participating in various community relations activities with local organizations. They have donated nearly 4,450 lbs. of clothing, food and school supplies to Iglesia Gran Comisin (Grand Commission Church), in La Libertad, El Salvador. Squadron members have also helped by cleaning floors, painting rooms, and building new shelves in the churchs child develop ment center. The Love and Hope Childrens Home, which pro vides care and shelter for local children in need, has also benefited from Red Lancer involvement. Volunteers have given more than 163 hours of their time to build connections with the orphaned, abused, abandoned, or neglected children who are supported by the home. Squadron members are also raising money to help support future volunteer efforts. The squadron had 79 members participate in the COMREL 5K run on Aug. 23, that raised $2,255. The money will sub sidize improvements to the child development cen A pilot's view through the P-8A Poseidon "heads up display" focused on an iceberg floating near the exercise's simulated life raft. Photos courtesy of VP-30VP-30 aircrew stand with one of their Canadian Armed Forces liaisons. (From left) Warrant Officer Sean Organ of 5 wing operations, Lt. Brian Morgan, Lt. Ron Belany, Lt. Jason Dodge, Lt. Jill Kroncke AWO1 Jarrod Post, AWO3 Rachel Korzeb, AWO1 Tymothy Waddell and Lt. Ryan Seligman.VP-30 Poseidon joins Operation NANOOK 2014See Page 7 See Page 6


2 JAX AIR NEWS, NAS JACKSONVILLE, Thursday, September 18, 2014 From StaffSept. 18 1926 Navy brings relief aid to Miami, Fla., after a severe hurricane. 1941 U.S. Navy ships escort eastbound British trans-Atlan tic convoy for first time. Sept. 19 1915 Navy Secretary Josephus Daniels organizes the Naval Consulting Board to mobilize the scientific resourc es of U.S. for national defense. 1957 Bathyscaph Trieste, in a dive sponsored by the Office of Naval Research in the Mediterranean, reaches record depth of two miles. Sept. 20 1911 Navigational instru ments first requested for naval aircraft. 1951 In Operation Summit (Korea), U.S. Marines complete the first combat helicopter landing in history. Sept. 21 1858 Sloop Niagara departs Charleston, S.C., for Liberia with African slaves rescued from slave ship. 1939 President Franklin Roosevelt asks congress to repeal the arms embargo pro vision of the Neutrality Act. 1944 Aircraft from 12 carri ers commence two-day attack against Japanese ships and airfields on Luzon, Philippine Islands. 1984 Mideast Force begins escort of U.S. flagged vessels in Persian Gulf. Sept. 22 1776 John Paul Jones in Providence sails into Canso Bay, Nova Scotia, and attacks British fishing fleet. 1943 U.S. destroyers and landing craft land Australian troops at Finschhafen, New Guinea. 1989 After Hurricane Hugo, Sailors and Marines provide assistance to Charleston, S.C. Sept. 23 1779 Capt. John Paul Jones in Continental Navy frigate Bonhomme Richard captures HMS Serapis. 1931 Lt. Alfred Pride pilots Navys first rotary wing air craft, XOP-1 autogiro, in land ings and takeoffs on board USS Langley while underway. 1944 Naval Task Group lands Army troops on Ulithi Atoll, Caroline Islands. 1944 USS West Virginia (BB-48) reaches Pearl Harbor and rejoins the Pacific Fleet, marking the end of the salvage and reconstruction of 18 ships damaged at Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941. 1947 James Forrestal, for mer Navy secretary, takes office as first Secretary of Defense. 1990 Two hospital ships (USNS Mercy and USNS Comfort) steam together for first time in Arabian Gulf. Sept. 24 1918 Ensign David Ingalls, in a Sopwith Camel, shoots down his fifth enemy air craft, becoming the first U.S. Navy ace while flying with the British Royal Air Force. 1944 5th Fleet carrier air craft attack Japanese in Visayas, Philippines. 1960 First nuclear powered aircraft carrier, USS Enterprise (CVAN-65), launched at Newport News, Va. 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 By Sarah SmileySpecial ContributorLindell and I were driving to and from errands, me lost in my thoughts about the day, and Lindell play ing with my phone in the backseat. The car streamed music over Bluetooth, but because Lindell had the phone and it was on shuffle, I had no control over which tracks would come on next. The radio was shuf fling through all 300-something songs in my library, many of them I hadnt heard in years. It didnt matter, though. My mind was filled with thoughts about the dishes, the laundry, and my work that wasnt finished. The music and Lindells hum ming were purely peripheral. And then I heard it this tiny, feathery voice com ing through the speakers: Tee, tee, tee. What? Lindell looked up from his game. What is this? And then he hit next and changed the song. I quickly pulled off the side of the road, parking almost perpendicular to the curb. No, go back, I said. Go back one song. What? Why? Lindell said, without looking up. It was weird. It was you, I said. Me? Go back. Lindell tapped on the phone, and then there it was again: Tee, tee, tee . E, B, C . J, K, M, M, M, M, P. I dont say this frivolously: I was breathless. It was a recording of Lindell saying his ABCs when he was 2 years old. For a moment, it was like Lindell was seeing himself for the first time and I was meeting a long lost friend. Both of us were silent. Q, U, R . Munch . 2, U, V, W, S, Y, N, T. Ive had feelings similar to this before when Im cleaning closets and come across one of the boys old onsies or their favorite stuffed animal from when they were a baby. Ive stopped and put a hand to my chest many times when I open a book and one of the boys baby pictures falls out. But those things are material. They remind me of the boys, like an echo, but they arent my boys. This voice, however, so ephemeral and intangible, got me right in the gut. Lindells 2-year-old self had been photographed many times. I know that face like I know the veins on my hand. Even today, I can close my eyes and picture the way Ford, almost 14, or Owen, almost 12, looked when they were two. Our culture, especially today, is vigilant about docu menting faces with photographs before they grow and change. But their voices? Those seem to disappear into time and history like a curling spiral of smoke rising up into the sky. Just like that poofand the voices are gone. After the ABCs were done, another recording began. It was 2-year-old Lindell singing Child of Mine on a road trip. His voice is breathy and bur dened with drool. He mispronounces words, saying Chire of By. He hums all the parts he doesnt under stand. In the background of the recording, Im talking to Dustin about directions and the weather. Was the sweet little voice that ordinary to me back then? By the time Lindell and I got to the recording where he says, I luf you, Mom, four little words with such power, we had picked up Ford and Owen and they joined Lindell in the backseat. Once we got them caught up Yes, thats really Lindell when he was 2 the look on their faces showed that they, too, were profoundly moved by rediscovering a tiny voice that used to seem so normal. Wow, Owen said. I think I remember him sound ing like that. We laughed at Lindells ABCs and the way he sang Chire of My, and then Lindell tapped the phone again to play the last track in that album. It begins with ABCs again, but then, for the first time, you can hear young Ford and Owen in the background. I want a turn, they whine. I didnt get a turn. Let me do something. Soon, that little sweet voice turns angry. Go away! I wanna do Dar Wars. A fight erupts. Now the voices sound more familiar bickering, arguing, begging for a turn. And then, in the far background of the recording, my voice comes through loud and clear: Do you guys want me to play that back so you can hear what you sound like when you fight like this? I can almost see myself in a bathrobe and with curlers in my hair. Ah, yes. I remember those voices now. But what my heart will choose to hold onto is that little, breathy voice singing his E-B-Cs and M-M-MM-Ps. It will go right in the place where the old stuff ies and onsies dont have stains or smell bad. Where children never fought. And where that baby boy will always say luf instead of love. With Mount Vesuvius in the distance, the aircraft carrier USS Forrestal (CVA-59) enters the port of Naples, Italy, in 1959. Aircraft visible on deck include A3D-2 bombers of squadron VAH-5, F4D-1 fighters of squadron VF-102 and A4D-2 attack air craft of squadron VA-12.U.S. Navy Photo The third Lockheed P2V-1 Neptune (BuNo. 89082), named the "Truculent Turtle," was stripped down and fitted with auxiliary fuel tanks, plus an extended nose. The maritime patrol aircraft set an unrefueled, long-distance flight record in 1946. The aircraft took off from Perth, Australia on Sept. 29 and landed in Columbus, Ohio on Oct.1. It was flown by four naval aviators and a young kangaroo, covering 11,235.6 miles in 55 hours 18 minutes. This Week in Navy History From The HomefrontA voice from the pastRamp repairsContractors recently broke ground on a 365-day project to repair 340 cement slabs along the NAS Jax flight line. Repair areas include the aircraft wash rack, seawall, and the Fleet Readiness Center Southeast ramp.Photo by AE2(AW) Samantha Jones


Obama announces campaign against ISILBy Jim Garamon DoD News, Defense Media ActivityThe United States will lead a broad coalition of nations to take the fight to the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), President Barack Obama said in a nationally televised address Sept. 10 at the White House. The president vowed to degrade and ultimately destroy ISIL, and added that he will not hesitate to target the terrorists with airstrikes in Syria as well as in Iraq. The trigger for the announcement was the forma tion of a unity government in Iraq, he said. ISIL poses a threat to the people of Iraq and Syria, and the broader Middle East including American citizens, personnel and facilities, he said. If left unchecked, these terrorists could pose a growing threat beyond that region including to the United States. Though there is no evidence of an attack planned on the U.S. homeland, the president said, ISIL leaders have threatened America and its allies. Our intelli gence community believes that thousands of foreign ers including Europeans and some Americans have joined them in Syria and Iraq, he said. Trained and battle-hardened, these fighters could try to return to their home countries and carry out deadly attacks. Taking threat seriously The United States is taking the ISIL threat seriously and will meet all threats with strength and resolve, the president said. In August, Obama ordered limited U.S. military airstrikes against ISIL to protect Americans and stop the ISIL advance into Iraq. Since then, we have con ducted more than 150 successful airstrikes in Iraq, he said. These strikes have protected American person nel and facilities, killed ISIL fighters, destroyed weap ons, and given space for Iraqi and Kurdish forces to reclaim key territory. These strikes have helped save the lives of thousands of innocent men, women and children. But while American military power can make a decisive difference, this is not our fight alone, he said. Iraqis and other Arab partners must do their parts in securing the region and confronting the threat. That coalition is coming together with the objective of degrading and ultimately destroying ISIL through a comprehensive and sustained counterterrorism strat egy, the president said. American air power in cooperation with Iraqi boots on the ground will strike at the terrorists. Moreover, I have made it clear that we will hunt down terrorists who threaten our country, wherever they are, Obama said. That means I will not hesitate to take action against ISIL in Syria, as well as Iraq. This is a core principle of my presidency: if you threaten America, you will find no safe haven. Increasing U.S. support As part of the strategy, the United States will increase support to forces fighting these terrorists on the ground. In June, I deployed several hundred American service members to Iraq to assess how we can best support Iraqi security forces, Obama said. Now that those teams have completed their work and Iraq has formed a government we will send an additional 475 service members to Iraq. These American forces will not have a combat mis sion, but they will provide Iraqi and Kurdish forces with training, intelligence and equipment. We will also support Iraqs efforts to stand up national guard units to help Sunni communities secure their own freedom from ISIL control, the president said. As part of this, the United States will continue its ramp-up of efforts to train and supply the moderate Syrian opposition. Tonight, I again call on Congress to give us additional authorities and resources to train and equip these fighters, Obama said. In the fight against ISIL, we cannot rely on an Assad regime that terrorizes its people; a regime that will never regain the legitimacy it has lost. Instead, we must strengthen the opposition as the best counterweight to extremists like ISIL, while pursuing the political solution neces sary to solve Syrias crisis once and for all. Another front in the counterterrorism campaign is to work with allies and friends around the world to cut ISILs funding, improve intelligence on the terror group and strengthen defenses. Finally, the United States will continue to provide humanitarian assistance to innocent civilians who have been displaced by ISIL. This includes Sunni and Shia Muslims who are at grave risk, as well as tens of thousands of Christians and other religious minori ties, Obama said. We cannot allow these communi ties to be driven from their ancient homelands. Other nations pitch in Nations will support each of these legs of the strate gy in different ways. Some already are flying humani tarian missions alongside U.S. Air Force crews. Others will work to train and supply Iraqi, Kurdish and mod erate Syrian forces. Pilots of other nations will fly fighter jets alongside Americans. Still others will share intelligence. This is American leadership at its best: we stand with people who fight for their own freedom, and we rally other nations on behalf of our common security and common humanity, he said. All this will take time, the president said. Any time we take military action, there are risks involved especially to the servicemen and women who carry out these missions, he said. But I want the American people to understand how this effort will be different from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. It will not involve American combat troops fighting on foreign soil. The counterterrorism campaign requires a steady, relentless effort to take out ISIL wherever it exists, using our air power and our support for partner forces on the ground, he said. This strategy of taking out terrorists who threaten us, while supporting part ners on the front lines, is one that we have successfully pursued in Yemen and Somalia for years. The approach also is consistent with the one he outlined at West Point, N.Y. in May. That is to use American force against those threat ening Americas core interests, but to mobi lize partners wherever possible to address broader challenges to international order, he said. Hagel: military is ready The American mil itary is ready for this new campaign, said Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel in a written statement released after the presidents speech. The men and women of the U.S. armed forces are ready to carry out the orders of our commander in chief, to work with our partners across government, and to work with our friends and allies around the world to accomplish this mission, he said. Hagel stressed that this effort is not limited to simply military action. As the president made clear, American military power cannot alone eradicate the threats posed by ISIL to the United States, our allies, and our friends and partners in the region, he said. Iraqs continued political prog ress toward a more inclusive govern Photo by USAF Master Sgt. Adrian Cadiz After addressing the nation on Sept. 10 from the White House, President Barack Obama, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel, and Army Gen. Martin Dempsey, chair man of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, salute the American flag as the national anthem plays during the ceremony to commemorate 9/11 at the Pentagon, Sept. 11, 2014. ment will be critical, as will our coalitions use of all instruments of power military, law enforce ment, economic, diplo matic, intelligence and humanitarian assistance in coordination with countries in the region. JAX AIR NEWS, NAS JACKSONVILLE, Thursday, September 18, 2014 3


4 JAX AIR NEWS, NAS JACKSONVILLE, Thursday, September 18, 2014 By MC1(SW/AW) John SmolinskiStaff WriterA detachment from the Greyhawks of Carrier Airborne Early Warning Squadron (VAW) 120, tem porarily operating from NAS Jacksonville, conducted field carrier landing practice (FCLP) at Outlying Landing Field (OLF) Whitehouse Sept. 2-11. The detachment, led by Operations Officer Lt. Cmdr. Mike Ferrara, consisted of four E-2C Hawkeye and two C-2A Greyhound aircraft, as well as instructor pilots, student pilots, landing signal officers (LSO), naval aircrewmen and mainte nance personnel. We are here for the final training of student pilots to demonstrate their skills in safely executing aircraft car rier landings and become full fledged E-2 and C-2 pilots, said Ferrara. Their training all leads up to their final exam phase which is what they are going through right now, explained Ferrara. This is the most important part of their training. Grant it, they have already learned the basics of flying and know their aircrafts systems. But this is the hardest part putting it all together. Each student flies with an instructor pilot and has to adhere to conditions similar to situations they will encounter when conducting flight opera tions on a carrier such as restricted flight patterns, night operations and following guid ance from the LSO. The LSOs job is safety, said Lt. Glenn Smith, senior LSO at VAW-120. We talk to the pilots on the radio and direct them in the right spot, so they can land on the deck safely. But our role here is more specific to train ing, teaching and leading these new pilots to success. Once qualified, these pilots will be assigned to their new squadrons in the fleet, either at Atsugi, Japan, Point Mugu, Calif. or Norfolk, Va. Its realistic to say that these pilots can finish up their train ing here and be on deployment in a few weeks, flying combat missions, said Ferrara. For C-2 student pilot Lt. j.g. Desmond Fournier, from Houston, this training marks the completion of two and a half years of training. Fournier joined the Navy after graduating from Rice University, and after complet ing Officer Candidate School, he began the process of becoming a Navy pilot. My Navy experience has been a dream come true, said Fournier. All I knew coming into the Navy was that I wanted to do something exciting and flying looked like a lot of fun. Early on, I didnt know what kind of aircraft I wanted to fly. My on-wing instructor was a COD (Carrier On-board Delivery) pilot. He introduced me to the relatively unknown communi ty of the C-2 Greyhounds. After that, I knew it was the aircraft I wanted to fly. Our training is all about hammering in our landing pat terns, so we can land on the boat, said Fournier. It takes a lot of muscle mem ory, kind of like developing a jump shot in basketball. You have to just practice it over and over until it becomes instinc tual. If you have to think about it, its too late and you are going to miss. At Whitehouse, each pilot will perform between 200 and 220 FCLP passes (or bounces) before being qualified to move on to the aircraft carrier. Landing aboard an aircraft carrier is one of most diffi cult things an aviator can do, especially in the E-2 and C-2 aircraft, said Cmdr. Geoff McAlwee, executive officer of VAW-120. That is why we spend so much time training before they have to do the real thing. Based at NAS Norfolk, the Greyhawks are the Navys fleet replacement squadron for the E-2C Hawkeye, E-2D Advanced Hawkeye and C-2A Greyhound aircraft. Greyhawks complete carrier landing practice at WhitehousePhotos by MC1(SW/AW) John SmolinskiMaintainence personnel run through a propeller check on a E-2C Hawkeye that is part of a training detachment from the "Greyhawks" of VAW-120. Aircraft maintainers prepare the E-2C Hawkeyes of VAW-120 "Greyhawks" for flight operations at NAS Jacksonville on Sept. 9. The E-2C Hawkeye aircraft provides important command and control leadership to aircraft carrier strike groups throughout the Fleet. Cmdr. Geoff McAlwee, executive officer of VAW-120, conducts a pre-flight walk around of a C-2A Greyhound aircraft before launching from NAS Jacksonville on Sept. 9. The "Greyhawks" of VAW-120, based at NAS Norfolk, Va., conducted field carrier landing practice for new pilots preparing to earn their carrier qualifications. A naval aviator inspects the exterior of his aircraft before board ing the C-2A Greyhound for flight operations at NAS Jacksonville and Outlying Landing Field Whitehouse on Sept. 9. Cmdr. McAlwee conducts a pre-flight walk around of a C-2A Greyhound aircraft before launching from NAS Jacksonville. Maintainers assigned to the VAW-120 "Greyhawks" direct an E-2C Hawkeye aircraft through pre-flight checks on the NAS Jax flight line.


JAX AIR NEWS, NAS JACKSONVILLE, Thursday, September 18, 2014 5 Heritage Park P-2V Neptune gets makeover By Clark PierceEditorVolunteering to help preserve his toric aircraft on static display at NAS Jacksonville Heritage Park is a labor of love for most squadrons. That was the case when maritime patrol and recon naissance force Sailors were called to adopt the parks P-2V Neptune anti-sub marine warfare aircraft. When Commander, Patrol and Reconnaissance Wing 11 Capt. Sean Liedman put out the call for volun teers, he was soon contacted by VP-8 Commanding Officer Cmdr. Derek Adametz, who had a team of metal smiths ready to go, said AM1 Dane Allred of the VP-8 Tool Room, who spearheaded the project. This aircraft was last painted in 2009, so we started the project by pres sure washing years of dirt and grime from the aircraft, explained Allred. After that, well sand and feather the metal surfaces to get a smooth sur face thats ready for the primer and fin ish coats of paint. Finally, well apply insignia and other markings that will make it look like it just arrived from the Lockheed factory. The P-2V Neptune served between 1945 and 1984 when it was replaced by the Lockheed P-3 Orion. Allred is also responsible for manag ing hazardous waste at the job site. Each day, well rake and broom up any paint chips or other debris for prop er disposal. With thunderstorms factored in, he was looking at project completion in a couple of weeks. Pressure washing removes cracked and peeling paint. Next comes hours of sanding the wings and fuselage. The commemorative plaque for the VP-5 LA-9 crew placed on the fuselage of the P-2V Neptune patrol aircraft at NAS Jacksonville Heritage Park.Photos by Clark PierceSince the VP-5 "Mad Foxes" are on deployment with the 7th Fleet, metalsmiths with the VP-8 'Fighting Tigers" stepped forward to renew the paint on the P-2V Neptune on display at Heritage Park. (From left) AM2 Patrick Esposito, AM3 Quincy Morris, AM2(AW) Steven Berger, AM3(AW) Zachary Page, AMAN Edward Meunier and (not pictured) AM2(AW) Matthew Larkin. Using an extension for his sanding pad, AM2(AW) Steven Berger attacks corrosion on the starboard wing tip fuel tank of the P-2V Neptune. In preparation for the primer coat, AM2(AW) Matthew Larkin sands the port wing tip fuel tank of the P-2V on static display at NAS Jacksonville Heritage Park. AM3(AW) Zachary Page of VP-8 takes a sanding pad to the Neptune's vertical stabilizer to prep the aircraft for fresh paint. AM3 Quincy Morris of VP-8 uses a pneumatic sander to prepare the port engine nacelle of the four-blade Wright R-3350-32W Cyclone Turbo-Radial Engine. Dedicated to VP-5 aircrew LA-9e P-2V at NAS Jacksonville Heritage Park is dedicated to the LA-9 aircrew assigned to the VP-5 Mad Foxes. While ying a routine patrol from NAS Keavik, Iceland in 1962, the base lost contact with LA-9. When the ight was overdue, all the squadrons available aircra were launched on search and rescue (SAR) missions. Aer a fruitless week, the SAR missions were called o and the 12 crewmen of LA-9 were declared lost at sea. Four and a half years later, on Aug. 6, 1966, the wreckage of LA-9 was found on Greenlands remote Kronborg glacier by an Oxford University geological survey team led by Charles Kent Brooks, who reported the discovery to the American embassy in Reykjavik, Iceland. A recovery mission ensued. In 1995, Brooks revisited the crash site via helicopter and found additional human remains that had been missed in the 1966 recovery eort. e nal recovery mission was completed in 2004 and all of the remains were laid to rest.


VP-10From Page 1ter to include building a set of retractable folding doors so the children will have a protected place to do homework and other after-school activities. Additionally, 2,000 pounds of high-protein, nutri tious rice packages will be delivered, providing meals for up to 14,000 people. U.S. Naval Forces Southern Command and U.S. 4th Fleet provide a sea-based, forward presence to ensure freedom of maneuver in the maritime domain, to foster and sustain cooperative rela tionships with international partners and to fully exploit the sea as maneuver space in order to enhance regional security and promote peace, sta bility, and prosperity in the Caribbean, Central and South American regions. From Staff Navy Drug Screening Laboratory, Jacksonville (NAVDRUGLAB JAX) is celebrating its 30th anniver sary as a tenant command at NAS Jacksonville this month. This historic event will be commemorated Sept. 26 at 10:30 a.m. at the NAS Jacksonville Officers Club with a special luncheon that will feature remarks from Capt. Roy Undersander, commanding officer of NAS Jacksonville; Cmdr. Darryl Arfsten, commanding offi cer NAVDRUGLAB JAX; and retired Capt. (Dr.) John Jemionek, the laboratorys first commanding officer. We are very proud to honor the labs history of working to ensure the safety of all those who serve in the U.S. Navy, said Arfsten. But we also are excited to acknowledge the con tinuing efforts to keep this laboratory at the fore front of forensic science for the U.S. Department of Defense. The laboratory is one of three Navy Drug Screening Laboratories authorized to perform forensic urine drug testing for the Department of the Navy. Its 73-person integrated operation is capable of test ing more than 1 million samples each year for the presence of 19 drugs of abuse, such as opiates, cocaine and marijuana. The laboratory also provides scientific and legal service support to all units and legal service officers to assist with adjudication of positive drug-test results. From its roots in the 1970s treating active duty personnel struggling with drug problems after the Vietnam conflict, the laboratory moved to its current location in January 1983 and became a separate com mand in June 1984. It tests Navy and Marine Corps specimens from units located east of the Mississippi River, Europe, the Middle East, and other locations, as well as U.S. Army units stationed at Ft. Benning, Ga., and Red Stone Arsenal, Ala. This year, the laboratory is preparing to begin test ing Army National Guard units from the eastern United States. The laboratory has received Meritorious Unit Citations in 1999 and 2006, and several staff mem bers have received letters of recognition from the Department of Defense. Those in this lab work each day to maintain the U.S. Navys place at the cutting-edge of forensic sci ence, Arfsten said. Their hard work and dedication is a testament to the enduring heritage of the Navy Drug Screening Laboratory, Jacksonville to consistently adapt to the ever-changing needs of our modern Navy. By Twilla SmithNavy Region Southeast Public AffairsNavy Region Southeast recently com pleted another successful year of food and non-perishable donations collected for the Feds Feed Families campaign. Feds Feed Families primary goal is to help end hunger in America by offering emergency food assistance to support families across the country. This years campaign ran from June 1 to Aug. 31 throughout the region and the country. All region totals Navy wide were turned in on Sept. 5 for a grand total of 1.3 million pounds collected through out the nation. Navy Region Southeast announced it collected 373,299 pounds of food and non-perishable dontations accounting for 30 percent of the nation wide total. Each region and all of its installions collect donations and choose local area food banks to distribute the collected food items. This years donations for Navy Region Southeast were collected and dropped off at Waste Not Want Not in Orange Park, Fla. Waste Not Want Not is a vol unteer organization that exists to pre vent the discarding of items that can be used to fight hunger and poverty in the community. This years August issue of National Geographic mentioned the Feds Feed Families campaign as a program that could be used to help fight the The New Face of Hunger. The 2014 Feds Feed Families cam paign was an overwhelming success due to the hard work of the Sailors at each installation throughout the Southeast Region, said RPC(SW/FMF) Michael Hawthorne, the region coor dinator for the 2014 Feds Feed Families campaign. It is this dedication that enables unity within the community at each of our installations. Although the 2014 Feds Feed Families campaign is coming to an end, your local food banks welcome donations year round. The Feeding America Web site provides a locator tool that can assist you with finding local food banks in your area. Visit http://feedingamer ica.org/foodbank-results.aspx to find a local food bank near you because fight ing hunger is a year-round effort. CNRSE wraps up 2014 Feds Feed Families campaignPhoto by Twilla SmithAO1 Andrew Burk and ET3 James Wright gather the last round of donations on Sept. 4 for Navy Region Southeasts 2014 Feds Feeds Families campaign.Navy Drug Screening Lab Jacksonville celebrates 30 years of service A CFC Participant provided as a public service.While he works to defend our country, St. Jude works to save his son from a deadly disease.St. Jude patient, Aaron, with his father Lieutenant Commander, Scott800-822-6344 stjude.org 6 JAX AIR NEWS, NAS JACKSONVILLE, Thursday, September 18, 2014


bility to operate autonomously from a remote area with a single crew and a small maintenance detach ment that deployed with the aircraft. The P-8A detachment established a two-hour ready, waiting for the call to launch for the SAR exercise. Shortly after assuming the ready posture, the crew received the word to launch. The simulated vessel was presumed to have sunk as much as 36 hours prior and two orange life rafts were now floating in the open ocean. The Poseidons crew was tasked to locate the life rafts and guide local assets to recover the survivors. During preflight preparations, the crew learned the Canadian Aurora, which was already on station, had located one of the life rafts but was low on fuel and would need to return to base with the second raft still not located. Due to short required preflight times the P-8A the crew was soon airborne and heading to their on-station point 650 miles to the north. The P-8A demonstrated its value as a quick response SAR asset, arriving on station just one hour and 15 minutes after takeoff. While transiting to the operating area, a VP-30 Electronic Warfare Operator (EWO) began utilizing the aircrafts powerful radar to help locate any ships or small objects in the area. Utilizing the Inverse Synthetic Aperture Radar (ISAR), the EWO was able to differentiate between the ships and icebergs, greatly reducing the crews workload. Upon check ing in with CCGS Henry Larsen and the Joint Rescue Coordination Center (JRCC) based in Halifax Canada, that was leading the SAR evolution, the crew received tasking to conduct a ladder search of the area. While descending to the assigned working altitude of 1,000 feet one of the pilots sighted an object in the water. The crew quickly maneuvered to investigate. As the crew approached, they were able to visually con firm that it was indeed one of the missing life rafts. They quickly reported their success to the HMCS Shawinigan and provided guidance to find and recov er the survivors. The VP-30 P-8A crew was on station a total of six minutes before they found the missing life raft. The crew continued to circle and maintain contact with the life raft while the ship maneuvered to recover the survivors. After HMCS Shawinigan recovered the life raft, the Poseidon crew was tasked to provide top cover and serve as a communication relay for a Canadian CH-149 SAR helicopter that was inbound to the ship to conduct a hoisting evolution. The P-8As long on-station capability allowed the crew to complete both its primary and secondary tasking. When the CH-149 completed its mission and had established radio communications with the return controlling agency, the VP-30 crew was cleared to return to base. NANOOK 2014 was a great success. The VP-30 crew was comprised of aircrew with experience in the P-3 who had transitioned to P-8A. Despite being instruc tors who teach students how to operate the aircraft tactically none of them had ever performed a realworld mission or actually deployed with the Poseidon. This exercise validated the training syllabus that is still evolving as the P-8A program grows. The ability to take a crew that has never flown the aircraft on a real mission and succeed on-station is a testament to its outstanding mission software and the comprehen sive training that instructors receive. VP-30From Page 1 From StaffTwenty members of the Florida Conference of the American Planning Association (APA) were greeted Sept. 5 by NAS Jacksonville Commanding Officer Capt. Roy Undersander and Environmental Director Kevin Gartland. During their tour, they learned about the stations numerous Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design Silver facilities. The bases Low Impact Development aircraft hangars, squadron facilities, parking areas and wildlife interpre tive center were also part of the tour itinerary. Sailors at VP-45 briefed the planners on the squadrons environmental compliance measures to maintain the P-8A Poseidon. The purpose of the tour was to educate community plan ners on NAS Jacksonvilles strong commitment to envi ronmental stewardship and educational outreach in the performance of its operational mission, said Gartland. Im pleased whenever we can showcase our environmen tal commitment to concerned citizens outside our gates. APA is an independent, notfor-profit educational organi zation that provides leadership in the development of sustain able communities by dem onstrating environmentally sound business practices. APAcertified planners help com munities reduce consumption of energy and natural resourc es, as well as greenhouse gas emissions. City planners check out bases environmental initiativesPhoto courtesy of Kevin GartlandNAS Jacksonville Commanding Officer Capt. Roy Undersander discusses the station's environmental initiatives with members of the American Planning Association who visited the Black Point Interpretive Center, an environmental teaching facility near the Mulberry Cove Marina. Photos courtesy of VP-30The VP-30 aircrew briefs at the Joint Rescue Coordination Center for Operation NANOOK 2014. (From left) AWO1 Tymothy Waddell, Lt. Ryan Seligman, Lt. Jill Kroncke, Lt. Ron Belany and AWO1 Jarrod Post. JAX AIR NEWS, NAS JACKSONVILLE, Thursday, September 18, 2014 7


From 7th Fleet Public AffairsThe Navy has identified Lt. Nathan Poloski, a 26-year-old native of Lake Arrowhead, Calif., as the pilot who was declared presumed deceased, Sept. 15. Poloski was declared presumed deceased following an apparent col lision between the F/A-18C Hornet he was flying and another Hornet aircraft during routine flight operations in the western Pacific. A 2009 graduate of the United States Naval Academy, Poloski reported to Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 94, based in Lemoore, Calif. in April 2014. Nathan was an outstanding person, naval officer and aviator, said Cmdr. Michael Langbehn, commanding offi cer of VFA 94. My personal thoughts and prayers are for his family, friends and shipmates as they endure this immeasurable loss. Following the apparent collision the Navy conducted an extensive search for Poloski, covering more than 3,000 square miles using the USS Carl Vinson, guided-missile cruiser USS Bunker Hill, guided-missile destroyers USS Gridley, USS Sterett, USS Dewey, helicopters assigned to HSC-15 and HSM-73. A P-8A Poseidon aircraft from Guam provided satellite imagery. The search was unable to locate or recover any remains of the missing avi ator. Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 94, Carrier Air Wing 17, and USS Carl Vinson will hold a memorial service on board USS Carl Vinson to honor the life and service of Lt. Poloski at a date and time to be determined. The cause of the incident remains under investigation. In Memoriam: Shipmate ASC Wayne Downing Jr.By ADC Christopher CobbCNATTU Jax Public Affairs OfficerShipmates, family, and friends gath ered at the NAS Jacksonville Chapel Sept. 10 for a memorial service to honor the life and career of ASC Wayne Downing Jr. The ceremony was pre sided by Cmdr. Carvin Brown, exec utive officer of the Center for Naval Aviation Technical Training Unit (CNATTU), Jacksonville and Master of Ceremonies, ATCS(AW/SW) Kevin McNulty, Maintenance Training Unit 3032 department head. Downing was remembered for his unwavering devotion to duty and ded ication to his Sailors over the course of his illustrious career that spanned more than 20 years of faithful and loyal service to his country. It included the presentation of a shadowbox from the CNATTU Jacksonville Chiefs Mess to his family along with the national ensign to Downings wife, Genevieve. Fellow shipmates spoke about Downings impact on their careers as a mentor, as well as on their own personal lives as a friend. Downing was born in Millington, Tenn. in 1964. He graduated from Naval Recruit Training Command (RTC) Great Lakes, Ill. in 1991 and went on to gradu ate from Storekeeper A school before arriving at his first duty station onboard USS Enterprise (CVN 65). In March of 1995, he left the Navy but then rejoined as an Aviation Support Equipment Technician in 1998, following in the footsteps of his father who happened to be one of the first members of the AS rating and retired as an ASCM. Downing was nothing short of a model Sailor throughout his Naval career, excelling and advancing at every duty station, always taking on the most difficult jobs and inspiring all of those around him. His career included being stationed at the Aircraft Intermediate Maintenance Department (AIMD), NAS Cecil Field, Fla.; Fleet Readiness Center Mid Atlantic, Detachment, Norfolk, Va.; USS Saipan (LHA 2), Norfolk; Instructor Duty at Naval Aviation Technical Training Center, Pensacola, Fla.; USS Eisenhower (CVN 69), where he was selected as a Chief Petty Officer in 2010. His final tour led him to CNATTU, Jacksonville, where he served as the Leading Chief Petty Officer for Maintenance Training Unit 3032. As a chief petty officer, he never stopped giving back to those who had paved the way for him and con tinued on with the great tradition of taking care of his Sailors all the way to his final days saying that seeing them accomplish their goals, gave him strength. The Navy has lost a one-of-akind shipmate. His sense of humor was con tagious and his personality brought light into everybodys life. As said many times, this memorial service provided a way for many of his fellow shipmates and friends to bid farewell and follow ing seas to CPO Wayne Downing. ASC Wayne Downing Jr.Photo by MC2 John Philip WagnerAn MH-60S Seahawk helicopter from the "Red Lions" of Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron (HSC) 15 lands on the flight deck Sept. 12 of the aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70) during search and rescue operations for the pilot of one of two F/A-18 Hornets that crashed earlier in the day while operating from the ship. The other pilot was located and returned to Carl Vinson for medical care. The Carl Vinson Carrier Strike Group is on deployment to the U.S. 7th Fleet area of responsibility supporting security and stability in the Indo-Asia-Pacific region.Navy identifies F/A-18C Hornet pilot in crash, declared presumed dead 8 JAX AIR NEWS, NAS JACKSONVILLE, Thursday, September 18, 2014


By Lt. Cmdr. Tom Gordy4th Fleet Public AffairsSailors and civilians of U.S. 4th Fleet staff gathered to remember shipmates, family and friends who had fallen vic tim to suicide, in a ceremony on Sept. 11. Since the beginning of the year, 50 of our shipmates have fallen to suicide. That is 50 too many, said YNC Yvonne Rodriguez, the commands suicide pre vention coordinator who organized the ceremony. We all know someone who was a victim, so we must remember to act. The ceremony included a moment of silence followed by a prayer offered by Surface Forces Atlantic Staff Chaplain Lt. Cmdr. Alan Cameron, and com ments by 4th Fleets Deputy Chief of Staff, Lt. Cmdr. John Liddle. Liddle reflected on the significance of Sept. 11 for all citizens as well as the imperative everyone has to ACT (Ask, Care, Treat) if a shipmate is perceived to be enduring personal struggle or dif ficulty. We need to care enough to ask and we need to care enough get help for our shipmates. said Liddle. Suicide shouldnt be a permanent solution for problems or issues that could be transient with appropriate care, counseling and treatment. Participants signed a banner with 50 yellow ribbons in remembrance of vic tims of suicide. The banner was placed on a tree outside 4th Fleet headquarters as a reminder to command staff to ask, care and seek treatment for shipmates who may be contemplating suicide. By Capt. Mike SmithNavy Resilience Chief As many of you know, life can get challenging when trying to balance mission demands in a changing envi ronment along with our family and personal lives. As a part of the Navy family, were never alone when trying to navigate these challenges. Our connections with each other can help us build resilience and protect us from the negative effects of stress when times get tough. Every day actions to build trust and encourage open and ongoing conversation can make a dif ferenceand may save a life. It starts with each one of us having the cour age to break the silence and reach out to our shipmates and friends when we notice them struggling, setting the stage for open communication and support. Its about being there for Every Sailor, Every Day, by every Sailor, every day. As we join in global recognition of September as Suicide Prevention Month, I ask that you take a moment to Pledge to ACT (Ask, Care, Treat) if you notice things that seem out of the norm for a shipmate, possibly indicat ing signs of distress. This confidential, quick and voluntary pledge is avail able to all Sailors and families online at https://survey.max.gov/index. php/437524/lang-en from Sept. 1 30. The pledge not only emphasizes ongoing support and bystander inter vention, but encourages personal and proactive stress navigation practices that empower you to lead by example. Pledge to ACT today . we are all in this together, and together we will make a difference. From 4th Fleet Public AffairsNaval forces from Chile, Colombia, Mexico, Peru and the United States kicked off UNITAS 2014, an annual multinational exercise, in Cartagena, Colombia, Sept. 12. Personnel from Argentina, Brazil, Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Honduras, Italy, Panama, United Kingdom and New Zealand are also participating in the exercise. This years exercise is hosted by the Peruvian navy and will include 20 war ships that will conduct operations in the Southern Pacific through Sept. 26. UNITAS is intended to train partici pating forces in a variety of maritime scenarios to test command and control of forces at sea, while operating as a multinational force to provide the max imum opportunity to improve interop erability. UNITAS develops and sustains rela tionships that improve the capacity of both U.S. forces and partner nation maritime forces through complex and comprehensive multinational train ing at sea, said Rear Adm. George Ballance, commander, U.S. Naval Forces Southern Command, U.S. 4th Fleet. The overall objectives of the intense training focus on developing coalition building, multilateral security coopera tion, promoting tactical interoperability and promoting friendship, professional ism and mutual understanding among the participating partner nations. While the overarching goal of the exercise is to develop and test com mand and control of forces at sea, training in this exercise will address the spectrum of maritime operations, Ballance said. Specifically, there will be high-end warfare scenarios addressing elec tronic warfare, anti-air warfare and air defense, anti-submarine warfare, antisurface warfare and maritime interdic tion operations. UNITAS began in 1960. It is the U.S. Navys longest running annual multi national maritime exercise. UNITAS, which means unity in Latin, is a dem onstration of the U.S. commitment to the region and to the value of the strong relationships forged between our part ner militaries. U.S. Naval Forces Southern Command and U.S. 4th Fleet (COMUSNAVSO/C4F) employs mari time forces in cooperative mari time security operations in order to enhance interoperability, build endur ing partnerships that foster region al security, and maintain access in the U.S. Southern Command Area of Responsibility (AOR). From StaffOn Sept. 8 around 3:10 p.m., Fleet Readiness Center Southeast employ ee Michael Kerridge left the Navy Exchange Gas Station, inadvertently leaving his wallet on Pump No. 1. When he realized his wallet was miss ing, he returned 15 minutes later and it was gone. Neither attendants at the gas booth nor Car Care Center had the missing wallet. The NEX Loss Prevention office had not received it either. Kerridge cancelled all credit cards and obtained a new drivers license but he is devastated that the Civilian Expeditionary Workforce award coin he earned while serving as direc tor of logistics, Office of Security Cooperation-Iraq, Umm Qsar, Iraq from April 20 to Dec. 31, 2012 and from May 1 to Dec. 15, 2013 is gone. For Kerridge, this coin commemo rates a cherished period of proud ser vice and has significant meaning. He is hoping whoever has it will make the right decision and return the coin, that is Pentagon shaped with a white star on a black background. If you can help, please contact Kerridge at 790-6122/962-1905, e-mail michael.kerridge@navy.mil or drop the coin off at the FRCSE Quarterdeck or Navy Exchange Administrative office.4th Fleet staff remembers victims of suicidePledge to ACT its about being there for every Sailor, everyday Annual UNITAS naval exercise kicks off in Peru 800-45-DUCKS A CFC participant provided as a public service 13 MILLION ACRES AND COUNTING For more information, go to www.ducks.org Lost wallet brings heartache to civilian employee JAX AIR NEWS, NAS JACKSONVILLE, Thursday, September 18, 2014 9


Photos by Jacob SippelRemembering 9/11Capt. Roy Undersander (left), Naval Air Station Jacksonville commanding officer, and Capt. John Le Favour (right), Naval Hospital (NH) Jacksonville commanding officer, salute during morning colors during an event to commemorate the 13th anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks. Sailors assigned to Naval Hospital (NH) and Naval Air Station Jacksonville participate in a 9/11 Memorial 5K run in remembrance of the lives lost during the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks. Approximately 200 military and civilian personnel later gathered at the NH Jacksonville flagpole for the raising of morning colors. Photo by Jacob SippelHospital awards quartersCapt. Donald Carr (right) receives the Meritorious Service Medal from Cmdr. Darryl Green (left), NH Jacksonville director for administration, during an awards ceremony at the hospital on Sept. 5. Other award recipients included: Cmdr. Deborah Carr (Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal); HM2 Clement Lamptey (Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal); FCC Eric Shaffer (Letter of Commendation, commanding officer, U.S. Naval Support Activity, Bahrain); Lori Cochran (10 Year Length of Service Award); and CS2 Cortez Walters (Letter of Appreciation, Church Women's Christian Ministries).Photo by MC1(SW/AW) John SmolinskiCombined Federal Campaign now underwayCombined Federal Campaign (CFC) loaned executives program (left) ADCS Jennifer Keisacker, ABE1 William Ward, Gloria Roesler, John Smith, ASC Armando Villegas and Lt. Rob Maul garhered at the Regional CFC training session at the NAS Jax River Cove Catering and Conference Center, Sep. 9. CFC is the world's largest annual workplace charity campaign that runs from Sep.1 to Dec. 15. CFC helps federal employees by giving them the opportunity to donate money to eligible non-profit organizations that provide health and human service benefits around the world. 10 JAX AIR NEWS, NAS JACKSONVILLE, Thursday, September 18, 2014


From StaffU.S. Congressman Ander Crenshaw, a member of the House Defense Appropriations Subcommittee, announced that his 2014 Veterans Special Recognition Ceremony will honor veterans and active duty mem bers who served during World War II, as well as the wars in Vietnam, Iraq and Afghanistan. The application deadline for those who have not previously been recog nized with a Special Recognition Certificate is Oct. 3. The ceremony will be held Nov. 5 at NAS Jacksonville. The Veterans Special Recognition Ceremony is one of the highlights of my year and provides a welcome oppor tunity to honor those servicemen and women who put their lives on the line to protect our freedom and democracy, said Crenshaw. The annual event shows our appre ciation for those who answered the call of duty, and I encourage all who think they may be eligible to fill out an appli cation. Veterans who live in the 4th Congressional District, and would like to participate are encouraged to contact Crenshaws district office in Jacksonville at (904) 598-0481 or go to his official web site at Crenshaw.house. gov to obtain an application. Click on Constituent Services, then Special Events & Notices, and lastly on the Veterans Recognition Ceremony to download the application. Completed applications and proof of eligibility should be mailed to: 1061 Riverside Ave., Suite 100, Jacksonville, FL 32204. To determine eligibility for the cer tificate, veterans must complete the application and submit a copy of their DD-214. Active duty members who wear the Southwest Asia Service Medal qual ify for this certificate. Aircrew refresher training: Day oneBy AE2(AW) Samantha JonesNaval aircrew from several squadrons aboard NAS Jax trained during the past few weeks at Aviation Survival Training Center (ASTC) Jacksonville to refresh their aircraft emergency procedure skills. ASTC is one of eight facili ties around the country that is tasked to provide safe and effective survival training for aviators and aircrew. Training includes classroom lectures and simulators in a curricu lum that emphasizes hands-on exposure to survival skills in a realistic, yet safe, environment. New aviators and aircrew undergo initial survival train ing at NAS Pensacola, and are required to attend an ASTC refresher course every four years. Following classroom instruc tion, students experience the low-pressure chamber (LPC). The LPC familiarizes students with the emergency procedure as a result of cabin pressuriza tion and the need for supple mentary oxygen. It also dem onstrates the effects of altitude exposure on the body, simu lates rapid decompression, and provides training in the use of aviation life support systems. Following the LPC training, students are brought into a room consisting of a platform and a soft landing area to practice parachute landing falls (PLF). PLF are a safe way to simu late parachute landings on land. Aviators and aircrew are required to per form the proper landing on each side of their body as well as facing back wards. Finally, stu dents com plete the Virtual Reality Parachute Descent Trainer (VRPDT) which is designed to provide hands-on simulated parachute canopy steering and carrion of malfunctions. This device is a computer graphics interactive system that allows the student to respond to para chute descent scenarios select ed by the instructor. The classroom training is conducted using an Integrated Parachute Harness, Thin Pack Parachute Harness, or Standard Navy Parachute Harness simulatorsrOct. 3 application deadline for Crenshaws annual veterans ceremony Photos by AE2(AW) Samantha JonesInstructor AWF1 Ryan Kenyon talks student through prop er parachute descent procedures during the Virtual Reality Parachute Descent Trainer (VRPDT). (From left) Safety Observer James Williams monitors the low pressure chamber (LPC) evolution while Chris Amicarelle, assis tant LPC engineer, and Sean Glase, LPC engineer, control alti tude and rate of ascent/descent simulations. AWV1 Joshua Saras instructs students during the Parachute Landing Fall (PLF) evolution. Students give a thumbs-up during a communications check before conducting low pressure chamber operations. JAX AIR NEWS, NAS JACKSONVILLE, Thursday, September 18, 2014 11


USS New York commemorates 9/11By Lt. j.g. Timothy PietrackCommander, Amphibious Squadron 8 Public AffairsThe San Antonio-class amphibious transport dock USS New York (LPD 21) held a remembrance ceremony commemorating the 13th anniversary of the 9/11 ter rorist attacks. The New York, homeported at Naval Station Mayport, is a floating memorial dedicated to the men and women who lost their lives that day and a steadfast symbol of American resolve. The ship is underway in the Atlantic preparing for an upcoming deployment, where she will bring sevenand-a-half tons of World Trade Center steel across the globe in support of national security. The ceremony included three volleys, followed by taps and a moment of silence, remarks from the ships Commanding Officer, and remarks from the 24th MEUs Commander of Troops. In conclusion, Chaplain Justin Bernard offered words of hope to all who suffered loss on 9/11. This ship that we serve on today is a beacon of light, one that reminds our nation and the world that by Gods grace we can and will rise. Today, once again, Sailors and Marines stand shoulder to shoulder on this great warship, to pay homage to the past and contemplate the challenges of the future. We are strengthened by a profound sense of duty, brought into sharp focus by the memory of those who have gone before us. It is our sacred duty to our nation, our sacred duty to our fellow countrymen, and our sacred duty to those who perished thirteen years ago, said Capt. Christopher Brunett, command ing officer of USS New York. Nearly 1,100 Sailors and Marines currently call USS New York home. A select few of those dedicated ser vice members have the unique opportunity to serve on a ship dedicated to their hometown. Being a native New Yorker and a part of this ships crew, I feel I have come full circle in my 22 year career, said Aviation Boatswains Mate Fuels Chief Hector Respetto. The feeling I get from being privileged enough to still be able to touch the steel of the Twin Towers like I did as a kid sends chills through me. I truly believe that Im here for those families, including my own, that have suffered the loss of fallen heroes on 9/11. The Sailors and Marines on board have a profound sense of what this ship truly means to the citizens of New York City and the State of New York. Corporal Michael Scuderi, whose uncle was a dedi cated NYPD officer and first responder on 9/11, said As a native New Yorker it is an incredible honor to serve on this ship. From the nightly prayers dedicated to the fallen first responders, to the countless memori als spread throughout New York, there isnt a minute that passes where I dont find myself thinking about the selfless dedication of the fallen first responders. The USS New Yorks motto Strength Forged Through Sacrifice . Never Forget, coupled with the steadfast devotion displayed by the men and women who serve aboard New York, reaffirm that the heroes of that day will never be forgotten. USS New York is underway as part of the Iwo Jima Amphibious Ready Group (IWO ARG) and is under way conducting Amphibious Ready Group/Marine Expeditionary Unit Exercise with the 24th MEU. Photo by Lt. j.g. Timothy PietrackCapt. Chris Brunett, commanding officer of the amphibious transport dock ship USS New York (LPD 21), addresses the Marines of the 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit during a 9/11 ceremony. New York, homeported at NS Mayport, is underway as part of the Iwo Jima Amphibious Ready Group con ducting training exercises with the 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit. Sailors and Marines remember Sept. 11, 2001 during a memorial service aboard the amphibious transport dock ship USS New York (LPD 21). Photo by MC3 Angus Beckles 12 JAX AIR NEWS, NAS JACKSONVILLE, Thursday, September 18, 2014


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Sunday: Family Day $1.50 all day, per person, per game Monthly Handicap Single Tournament Sept. 20, 1 4 p.m., $20 per person Scratch Sweeper Aug. 23 & Sept. 27, 1 4 p.m., $30 *Please note, the specials do not include shoes unless stated otherwise* 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: Busch Gardens HOWL-O-SCREAM CURSED $38.25 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 $22.00 & $38.00 Casting Crowns $30.25 & $35.75 Hunter Hayes $56.00 Transiberian Orchestra $54.00 Daytona 500 $62.00-$212.0 /Sprint Fanzone $70.00 10:00 $20 Shuttle leaves at 10:00am 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 Victory Casino Cruise Trip January 17 $28.00 Jacksonville Jaguar tickets $50.00 $70.00 Catty Shack Ranch Wildlife Sanctuary $8.50 $13.50 AMC gold ticket $8.50 Jacksonville Zoo $8.50 $17 Spooktacular $9.00 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) $173.75 $ 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 Special 2Pack $82.50 Book Shades of Green, Disneyworld Hotel properties, Universal Hotels and off property hotels near attractions at ITT!The Vault Liberty Recreation CenterTrips, activities and costs may be restrict ed to E1-E6 single or unaccompanied active duty members. Call 542-1335 for information. Paintball Trip Sept. 20 at 9 a.m. Jags VS. Colts Game Sept. 21 at 11 a.m. Riverfest Event Sept. 27, 10:30 a.m. 3 p.m. Free cookout, water activities and prizes!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. 22 Retirees, DoD and sponsored guests Sept. 25Mulberry Cove MarinaCall 542-3260. Free kayak & canoe rental Every Thursday for active duty Free stand-up paddleboard lessons Every Thursday 11 a.m. 1 p.m. *Weather dependent Skipper B Sailing Classes available Riverfest Event Sept. 27, 10:30 a.m. 3 p.m. Free cookout, water activities and prizes!Auto Skills CenterCall 542-3227 22 work bays, wheel balancing, tool checkout, paint booth and welding ASE certified mechanic onsiteYouth Activities CenterCall 778-9772 Family Fitness Center hours Monday Friday, 9 a.m. 1 p.m. Bring your child to work out with you! Movie Under the Stars Patriots Grove Sept. 19 at 7:30 p.m. Featuring Muppets Most WantedFlying 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 New fitness opportunity for home school familiesBy Tanya HenigmanMWR Fitness DirectorNAS Jax Morale, Welfare and Recreation (MWR) Department Family Fitness introduc es a physical education opportunity for military home school families, beginning Oct. 21. The military youth physical education pro gram (MYPEP) will be taught weekly by a certi fied fitness instructor. MYPEP is for home school students ages 5-18. The class takes place at MWR Family Fitness located at Bldg. 2069 on Mustin Road, behind the Youth Activity Center. Classes run every Tuesday, 11 a.m. 12:30 p.m. Subject matter includes exercise, nutri tion, circuit training and fun fitness challenges. At the end of each ses sion, students receive a certificate of comple tion signifying the class meets the State of Florida requirements for physical education. The three sessions are scheduled to help accommodate military families that are in tran sition. Sessions include: September December; January March; and April June. The MYPEP program is designed to enhance physical education for the military home school curriculum. The next MYPEP will jump start on Oct. 21. Class size is limited. Please register with MWR Fitness Assistant Instructor Blondell Sisco at: blondell.sisco@navy. mil or call 771-8468 from 9 a.m. 1 p.m. Open 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 the st, 2nd, or 3rd place. Call NAS Jax Athletics to sign up by Sept. 26.Open to active duty, selective reservists, DoD civilians, and DoD contractor women assigned to a command at NAS Jacksonville. Participants earn participation points for their command toward the st, 2nd, or 3rd place. Call NAS Jax Athletics to sign up by Sept. 26.thOpen 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 10:30-11:15 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.Every command on NAS Jacksonville is encouraged to participate in dodge ball, 3-on-3 basketball, ultimate Frisbee, and swim relay. Events toss, tug-o-war, and the canoe race. Commands may pickup a rules and registration form at the base gym. Rosters are due by noon on Sept. 30. Open to active duty, selective reservists, DoD civilians and DoD contractor men. The tournament is held at the Guy Ballou Tennis Courts on the corner of Allegheny Road and Birmingham Road. Call NAS Jax Athletics to sign up by Oct. 24. The tournament is open to active duty, retirees, dependents over 18, selective reservists, DoD civilians and DoD contractor women. The tournament is held at the Guy Ballou Tennis Courts on the corner of Allegheny Road and Birmingham Road. Call NAS Jax Athletics to sign up by Oct. 24. Cup 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 542-2930/3239 or e-mail bill.bonser@navy.mil Visit the MWR website at www.cnic.navy.mil or www.facebook.com /nasjax mwr StandingsAs of Sept. 12 HS-11 2 0 NAVFAC Sons of Guns 2 0 VP-30 II 2 0 NAS Jax 1 0 CNATTU Blue 1 1 CNATTU Gold 1 1 NAVFAC Reigning Clays 1 1 NAVFAC Skeeters 1 1 NAVFAC Sky Busters 1 1 NAVFAC Soap Gang 1 1 NAVFAC World War Z 1 1 VP-45 Pelicans 1 1 VP-8 1 1 NAVFAC Smoke Wagons 0 1 FRCSE Claybusters 0 2 VP-30 I 0 2 NAS Jax From FEMA Public AffairsThe Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) encourages everyone to make disaster preparedness a prior ity. National Preparedness Month reminds us that we all need to be ready for disasters and emergencies, said FEMA Region IV Acting Regional Administrator Andrew Velasquez III. September is also the height of hurri cane season, so preparing now is even more critical for families and businesses in the Southeast. Across the Nation, disas ters are occurring with greater frequency, and are larger and more complex. Severe weath er and other emergencies can strike with little or no warn ing and can have disastrous impacts. Already this year, states across the Southeast have experienced destructive severe storms, including the winter storms that affected Alabama, Georgia and North and South Carolina. Spring tornadoes and flooding also affected sev eral states. Four named tropi cal cyclones, Arthur, Bertha, Cristobal, and Dolly have already formed this summer, and they serve as a reminder to be ready for hurricanes. Take the steps necessary to make preparedness a part of your everyday life, said Velasquez. Prepare for the hazards that are most likely to occur where you live and work. Talk to your family and make a family disaster plan. But dont stop there. Practice your plan. Practicing in advance of a disaster makes you better pre pared to handle any emergency you may encounter. Make disaster readiness manageable by taking one step at a time start by learning your specific risks, then gath er supplies for an emergency kit, and finally develop a fam ily communications plan. By taking these small, but criti cal steps, over time you can be prepared for disasters. A useful guide to prepare for hurricanes is located at FEMAs Americas PrepareAthon! website. Throughout the month, FEMA will offer tips to help you be disaster ready, including ways you can stay safe during a disaster. Follow FEMA Region IV online at twitter.com/ femaregion4 and www.face book.com/fema, to receive the latest preparedness updates. For detailed information about how to be ready for severe weather in your area, including a list of items you will want to have in your emergen cy kit, visit http://www.ready. gov/, or our Spanish site at www.listo.gov. FEMAs mission is to support citizens and first responders to ensure that as a nation we work together to build, sustain, and improve our capability to prepare for, protect against, respond to, recover from, and mitigate all hazards.Be disaster aware, take action to prepareSeptember is National Preparedness Month


DoD News, Defense Media ActivityDefense Department officials announced Sept. 3 the names of almost 100 military athletes who will represent the United States at the first Invictus Games, to be held Sept. 10-14 in the United Kingdom. The games are an international sport ing event for wounded, ill and injured ser vice members and veterans and will take place at the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park and the Lee Valley Athletics Centre. The United States is one of 14 teams participating, and the team includes 98 military athletes: 22 from the Army, 20 from the Marine Corps, 22 from the Navy, 22 from the Air Force and 12 from U.S. Special Operations Command. Of the ser vice members, 53 are active duty and 45 are veterans, officials said. The courage and resilience of our mil itary athletes is an inspiration to all of us, said Jessica Wright, undersecretary of defense for personnel and readiness. We are very proud of their service, their accomplishments, their spirit, and are pleased that they are representing us to the world. The wounded, ill and injured service members will participate in nine events: cycling, swimming, track and field, archery, wheelchair rugby, sitting volley ball, wheelchair basketball, indoor row ing, powerlifting, and a driving challenge. The athletes were selected by their specific services after a yearlong series of camps, clinics and trials throughout the country. Selections were based on the athletes level of ability and skill, officials said. The men and women representing the United States and the other 13 nations at the Invictus Games, are the embodiment of precisely what Invictus means: uncon quered, said James Rodriquez, deputy assistant secretary of defense for warrior care policy. The athletes, despite their wounds, injuries and illness, have chosen to be the masters of their fate and the cap tains of their souls. They are an inspira tion to the global community. The team members wounds, illnesses and injuries range from post-traumatic stress, post-traumatic stress disorder and traumatic brain injury to spinal cord inju ries, autoimmune diseases and amputa tions. The U.S. teams captain, Chris Self, a retired Army sergeant major, supported operations in Afghanistan and Iraq with Army Special Forces. Assistant captain Scott Palomino, a retired Air Force senior airman, served in Iraq. The international stage that our nations service members will be show cased on represents the spirit of competi tion and camaraderie, said Dr. Jonathan Woodson, assistant secretary of defense for health affairs. They wore our flag while defending the United States. Now they wear it to represent our country alongside service men and women from around the world, demonstrating the per sistence and perseverance that allows them to live life to the fullest, regardless of what challenges one may encounter. Adaptive sports and athletic recondi tioning play a key role in recovery and rehabilitation for wounded, ill, and injured service members and veterans, officials said. They expose service mem bers to opportunities for physical fitness and activity, and introduce them to sports and other activities they may not have participated in or even heard of before their wound, illness, or injury, officials noted. After attending the 2013 Warrior Games, Prince Henry of Wales was inspired to host an international adap tive sports event in the United Kingdom. The Royal Foundation of The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry, who holds the rank of captain and con tinues to serve in Britains armed forces, announced the 2014 Invictus Games in March. U.S. team members from Navy and Marine Corps currently serving on active duty or veterans of their respective ser vices are: Angelo Anderson, PO1 Jim Castaneda, SA Steven Davis, CPO Ching Dressel, Lt. John Edmonston, PO2 Jacob Emmott, PO2 Isaac Francois, PO3 Jaime Garza, Lt. Cmdr. Maria Gomez-Mannix, PO2 Shericka Goza, PO3 Donald Jackson, PO1 Paul Johnson, PO1 John Kremer, PO2 Sonny Lemerande, PO2 Stephan Miller, AN Brett Parks, PO3 Redmond Ramos, CPO Javier Rodriguez Santiago, PO2 Max Rohn, Lt. j.g. Laura Root and CPO Hector Varela. Anderson, Sgt. Lakin Booker, Maj. Richard Burkett, Lance Cpl. Johnny Canizlopez, Sgt. Jesse Clark, Cpl. Dustin Gabehart, Cpl. Robert Hamilton, Gunnery Sgt. Matthew Hammond, Sgt. Kevin Hoffman, Gunnery Sgt. Tyrone Judge, Sgt. Jeremy Lake, Master Sgt. Ben LeCour, Cpl. Joshua Lopez, Staff Sgt. Jeremy Mendiaz, Staff Sgt. Jacob Rich, Sgt. Brian Scarbrough, Sgt. Micihael Touraille, Gunnery Sgt. Jason Tumbleson, Master Gunnery Sgt. William VanHoy and Staff Sgt. Christopher Whittemore. VA CLAIMS Preparation WORKSHOP Held monthly at NAS Jacksonville Building 1 for guidance on all VA claim preparations. Active duty members and retirees are invited to attend: Sept. 26; Oct. 17; Nov. 14; Dec. 19. For more information or to sign up, contact the American Veterans office via email at: amvetsjax@gmail.com. Reservation required, as seating is limited. Members of the U.S.sitting volleyball team shake hands with members of the German sitting volleyball team after a preliminary match.Photos by MC2 Joshua SheppardUnited States wheelchair basketball player Scott Palomino shoots a free throw on Sept. 9, during a training session at the 2014 Invictus Games. Invictus Games is an international competition that brings together wounded, injured and ill service members in the spirit of friendly athletic competition. American Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen and Marines are representing the United States in the competition that took place in London, Sept. 10-14.U.S. military athletes compete at first Invictus GamesU.S. sitting volleyball player Delvin Maston serves during a preliminary match. 14 JAX AIR NEWS, NAS JACKSONVILLE, Thursday, September 18, 2014


Navy BallNAS JAX MWR PRESENTS: 239TH NAVY BIRTHDAY BALL THANKING THOSE WHO SERVE USFor more information, contact your Navy Ball representative by emailing jamie.wallace@navy.mil or by calling (904) 542-1847 Like us on Facebook at facebook.com/NASJAX2014NAVYBALLNAVY BALL COMMITTEE IS A NONFEDERAL ENTITY. IT IS NOT A PART OF THE DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE OR ANY OF ITS COMPONENTS AND IT HAS NO GOVERNMENTAL STATUSFriday, October 10, 2014 at the River Cove Catering & Conference Center/OClub aboard Naval Air Station JacksonvilleCocktail Hour and Hors doeuvres 6 pm Dinner and Ceremony 7 pm Dancing until Midnight 9 pm Guest Speaker: Astronaut CAPT Jon McBride, Retired Musical Performances by Navy Band Southeast Pride Military: Dinner Dress Blues with mini medals. Optional uniform is Service Dress Blues with ribbons. Civilian: Formal or semi-formal attire. Childcare available at CDC $4 hour. Must be preregistered by Tuesday 7 October. Call (904) 542-9075 for reservations. Dinner includes garden salad, beef and chicken, cheesy potatoes, green beans, gourmet dessert, coffee, tea, and water. Prices: E4 and below $25 E5-E6 $35 E7-O3 $40 O4 and above/Civilians $55 Members may purchase two tickets at their respective rank/pay grade. Additional tickets may be purchased at the civilian cost. JAX AIR NEWS, NAS JACKSONVILLE, Thursday, September 18, 2014 15 Ronnie Munsey knows the restaurant business. Hes been in it for 27 years. And, Ronnie Munsey knows wings. He prepares and sells wings at three locations: Green Cove Springs, Orange Park and his newest location at Cecil Com merce Center. Weve got the best wings in the state, Munsey said. I put the best quality I can on the table, beginning with wings and including everything on the menu. And, we are happy to serve the folks who live and work around Cecil. Were a short ride, and weve got food ready when you get here. Munsey has been in the Cecil Commerce Center location at 13715 Lake Newman St. for only four months, and hes eager to serve military personnel and civilians in the area. To accommodate shorter lunch periods, Munsey has intro duced a hot-lunch buffet. We understand the need to get in and get out quickly, he said. By having the fresh-cooked hot lunch already on the within minutes of entering the restaurant. The all-you-can-eat buffet offers wings on Monday, a taco bar on Tuesday, baked spaghetti on Wednesday, pork chops price for the buffet. Even though diners may need to eat quickly, they do so Course. The atmosphere inside is relaxed, friendly and en joyable, and the view through the expanse of windows is the well-kept greens of the golf course. every day in your choice of mild, medium, hot, krypton and honey barbecue. Sandwiches, items from the grill, salads, appetizers and sides round out the menu. Beverage selec tions include soft drinks, fresh iced tea and a full bar, wine and beer. Munsey puts a high premium on quality. You keep customers coming back by making sure the food is the highest quality possible, he said. People may want to eat quickly, but they dont necessarily want fast our high standards of quality. Ronnies Wings is open 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. daily. Military Phone your order in advance or for take-out at 778-5272. eat wings on Mondays, Munsey said. Simply the best wings at the best price it doesnt get any better than that. *Hot-lunch buffet available only at Cecil Commerce Cen ter location. Ronnies Wings: Ready when you are Ronnies Wings Cecil Commerce Center location offers the best wings in the state, a hot-lunch buffet, inviting surroundings and a scenic golf course view. Convenience and fresh food ready to serve Enjoy Ronnies Wings at these three locations: Ronnies at Fiddlers Green/Cecil Commerce Center* 13715 Lake Newman 778-5272 Ronnies in Orange Park 2141 Loch Rane Blvd. 272-0064 Ronnies in Green Cove Springs 232 Walnut St. 284-4728


From Department of Veterans Affairs The Department of Veterans Affairs launched an improved version of the GI Bill Comparison Tool, Aug. 28, that was first launched in February 2014. The GI Bill Comparison Tool makes it easier for vet erans, service members and family members to esti mate their GI Bill education benefits and learn more about VAs approved college, university, and other education and training programs across the country. It also provides key information about college afford ability and value so beneficiaries can choose the best education program to meet their needs. In the past six months, nearly 350,000 people have accessed the tool on VAs GI Bill website. The top schools searched by users include: American Public University, Harvard, University of Texas at Austin, Arizona State University, and University of Washington. VA successfully trademarked GI Bill to prevent its fraudulent use for recruiting purposes and to protect this publicly owned intellectual property. We are excited to see how veterans respond to the wealth of information now available on the updated GI Bill Comparison Tool, said VA Undersecretary for Benefits Allison Hickey. Were grateful for the chance to work with our partners at the departments of Defense and Education to ensure beneficiaries are informed education consumers. The updated version of the GI Bill Comparison Tool has new functionality, including a more robust GI Bill benefits calculator and additional information perti nent to the Veteran population (e.g., identifies schools with student veteran groups, VetSuccess on Campus program, and those that have agreed to the 8 Keys to Success). The GI Bill calculator provides a personalized estimate of Post-9/11 GI Bill tuition and fee, hous ing allowance, and book stipend benefits that would potentially be paid to the student. The calculator prepopulates the tuition and fee estimates from the EDs Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System. The veteran indicator section now contains new information on schools student veterans groups, VetSuccess on Campus program and Yellow Ribbon agreement status. The GI Bill Comparison Tool is one item in a series of resources VA has launched in response to the Presidents Executive Order 13607, signed April 27, 2012, which directs agencies to implement and pro mote Principles of Excellence for educational insti tutions that interact with veterans, service members and their families, and to ensure beneficiaries have the information they need to make informed choices about VA education benefits and approved programs. As students return to school this fall, VA is committed to providing the support and information they need to succeed. Since April 2012, VA has deployed the GI Bill Comparison Tool, the GI Bill Feedback System, and offered a free academic-readiness tool online. In addition, VA, the Department of Education and Department of Defense have agreed to new Veteranspecific outcome measures and signed a memoran dum of understanding to exchange information, which will ensure greater compliance from schools receiving military and Federal education benefits. The Post-9/11 GI Bill is a comprehensive education benefit created by Congress in 2008. Veterans and service members who have served on active duty for 90 or more days since Sept. 10, 2001, are eligible for the benefit. The Veterans Benefits Administration, which administers the Post-9/11 GI Bill program, has distrib uted more than $43 billion in the form of tuition and other education-related payments to more than one million veterans, service members, and their families, and to the universities, colleges, and trade schools they attend. The River City Umpires Association is looking for baseball and softball umpires for games in Duval, Nassau, Baker, St. Johns, Clay, Bradford and Putnam Counties. Call Terry at (904) 879-6442. N.E. Florida Chapter 18 meets Sept. 17 at 11 a.m. at the NAS (904) 215-8560 by Sept. 15. Membership is open to active MOAA, contact Johnnie Walsh at (904) 282-4650. Ga. Call 229-559-5840 or 9:30 it to a rain garden that supports water conservation. http:// rainbarrelworkshop92714.eventbrite.com or call 904-255-7450. pond design, as well as planting and maintenance of 1010 N. McDuff Ave. Please pre-register at 904-255-7450. holds its annual reunion in Titusville, Fla., Oct. 17-19, at the Best Western Space Shuttle Inn. For more information, call Mike Davino at (NNOA) meets the fourth Thursday of each month at 5 p.m. at Jacksonville paul. nix@navy.mil. of each month at 7:30 P.M. at Five Star Veterans Center at 40 Acme St in Arlington. For information visit https:// meets the third Thursday of each month at 7 p.m. at the Fleet Reserve Center on Collins Road. For information, visit www.aao9. com. (VFW) Post 5968 and its Auxiliary located at 187 Aurora Blvd. meets on the second Wednesday of the month at 7:30 p.m. VFW combat veterans and eligible service members from the Active, Guard or Reserve forces. Go to www.vfwpost5968. org or call 276-5968. at NAS Jax Fleet and Family Support Center (FFSC) needs volunteers to assist military retirees and dependents. Work four hours a day, one day per week. Call 542-5790 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. weekdays to volunteer. a breast cancer support group at Naval Hospital Jacksonville, meets on the second Tuesday of the month at 7 p.m. Call 542-7857 for more info. is open to active duty, reserve and retired military, plus, active or retired DoD civilians. Call 778-0805 or email Helping others help themselves. Visit www. gocompass.org for more info. meets the Methodist Church, 2246 Blanding Blvd. Call 272-9489. Wednesday at 7 p.m. next to the Thrift Store at the NAS Jax Yorktown gate. monthly Atlantic Beach. Call 246-6855. meets at 1:30 p.m. every second for more info. meets at 1 p.m. on the fourth Thursday of each month at the Murray Hill United Methodist Church, (Fellowship Hall Building) at 4101 College Street. Call 786-7083. meets the fourth Wednesday of each month at 1 p.m. at the Fleet Reserve Hall at 7673 Blanding Blvd. Call 772-8622. meets the second Wednesday of each month at 7:30 p.m. at 187 Arora Blvd., Orange Park. Call 276-5968. Community Calendar VA rolls out improved benefits Web site 16 JAX AIR NEWS, NAS JACKSONVILLE, Thursday, September 18, 2014


JAX AIR NEWS, NAS JACKSONVILLE, Thursday, September 18, 2014 17 CNO tours Navy electromagnetic railgun and directed energy facilitiesBy John Joyce NSWC Dahlgren Division Corporate CommunicationsNaval Surface Warfare Center Dahlgren Division (NSWCDD) leaders briefed Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) Adm. Jonathan Greenert on technologies rang ing from the electromagnetic railgun to the laser weapon system during his Sept. 4 visit. The CNO spoke to Sailors and civilian technologists about the great impact of emerging capabilities on the current and future fleet during an all-hands call held after his tour. You are the test and evaluation national treasure that makes the surface fleet more lethal and more survivable, Greenert told more than 400 military, government, and contractor personnel from Naval Support Facility Dahlgren, NSWCDD, Aegis Training and Readiness Center, Center for Surface Combat Systems, Aegis Ballistic Missile Defense, Joint Warfare and Analysis Center, and the 614th Air and Space Operations Center. The national treasure he observed included NSWCDD facilities where real-time spectrum opera tions and directed energy technologies such as the laser weapon system and electromagnetic railgun are under a continual state of research, development, test and evaluation. I am really excited you are taking concepts and putting them in the fleet for what is, up until now, record time, said Greenert, pointing out that NSWCDD scientists and engineers are integrating the laser weapon system into the USS Ponce (AFSB-I), an Austin-class amphibious transport dock. We have to continue to turn this cycle faster and faster, said Greenert, standing on a stage facing a 16-inch naval gun displayed at the end of the parade field. Technology gets proliferated and other people have systems that we really dont want them to have. We have to figure out how to defeat and stay ahead of that and be where it matters, when it matters. The installation of the laser weapon system on Ponce for at-sea testing in the Persian Gulf fulfills plans the CNO announced at the 2013 Sea-Air-Space Expo. The deployment on Ponce will prove crucial as the Navy continues its push to provide laser weapons to the fleet at large. The CNO who observed an electromagnetic rail gun firing described the technology as our future surface weapon during the all-hands event to be available video on demand via the NSWCDD internal website to the commands 6,000 plus personnel com prised of government civilians, contractors, and mili tary members. The electromagnetic railgun launcher is a longrange weapon that fires projectiles using electricity instead of chemical propellants. Magnetic fields cre ated by high electrical currents accelerate a sliding metal conductor, or armature, between two rails to launch projectiles at 4,500 mph to 5,600 miles per hour. Moreover, Greenert considers the system a revolu tionary technology that gives the Navy an extremely affordable, multi-mission weapon with a deep maga zine and unmatched precision, targeting and control functions. Since lasers run on electricity, they can be fired as long as there is power and provide a measure of safety as they dont require carrying propellants and explosives aboard ships. The advancing technology gives Sailors a variety of options they never had before, including the ability to control a laser weapons output and perform actions ranging from non-lethal disabling and deterrence all the way up to destruction. The CNO congratulated three NSWCDD employees as Capt. Mary Feinberg, Naval Support Activity South Potomac commanding officer, read award citations commending their role in turning ships into warships. Greenert later recounted for all hands in attendance that NSWCDD Commander Capt. Brian Durant pre sented him with a coin inscribed with the commands slogan, we dont build ships, we turn them into war ships. NSWCDD, a NAVSEA warfare center division, is a premier research and development center that serves as a specialty site for weapon system integration. The commands unique ability to rapidly introduce new technology into complex warfighting systems is based on its longstanding competencies in science and tech nology, research and development, and test and evalu ation. Softball tourney to benefit CFC Oct. 3By Lt. Kevin BakerNAVSUP FLC JaxJoin the NAVSUP Fleet Logistics Center Jacksonville in celebrating the inaugural Combined Federal Campaign (CFC) NAS Jacksonville softball tourna ment. The tournament will be held Oct. 3 at the NAS Jacksonville McCaffrey softball fields from 8:30 a.m. 3 p.m. The tournament consists of a one pitch, one foul ball, double elimination tournament. There is a $100 donation to the CFC 2014 per team; minimum of an eight-person team is recommended. Before the championship game, there will be a homerun derby consisting of 10 swings per partici pant; a donation of $5 per participant is requested. The point of contact for the tournament is Lt. Kevin Baker at 542-8981 or email kevin.m.baker@navy. mil. Join us for a fun day of softball and camaraderie that supports a good cause. Photo by John Williams Dan Wise, from the Naval Surface Warfare Center, Dahlgren Division, prepares to take readings fol lowing a successful 2012 test of the Office of Naval Research-funded Electromagnetic (EM) Railgun installed at a test facility in Dahlgren, Va. During his 2014 visit, CNO Adm. Jonathan Greenert said, "you are taking concepts and putting them in the fleet for what is, up until now, record time." U.S. Navy photo illustrationA 2014 artist rendering shows the Office of Naval Research-funded electromagnetic railgun installed aboard the joint high-speed vessel USNS Millinocket (JHSV 3). The railgun is a long-range weapon that launches projectiles using electricity instead of chem ical propellants and is currently undergoing testing at Naval Sea Systems Command, Dahlgren Division in Virginia. By Terri Moon CronkDoD News, Defense Media ActivityThe Defense Department will transport a 25-bed hospital to Liberia in western Africa to help in the fight against the deadly Ebola virus there, Pentagon spokesman Rear Adm. John Kirby said Sept. 12. Equipping, and logistical and training details must be worked out before the hospital can be loaded onto an aircraft transport to deliver it to the stricken nation, Kirby told reporters during a DoD press con ference. DoD has about $30 million in program funding approved for its Ebola response, which includes deliv ery of the hospital and pay for diagnostic equipment, supplies and training, he said. Weve also requested reprogramming $500 million in this fiscal years Overseas Contingency [Operations] fund for humanitarian assistance that would include West Africa, he said. In addition to the hospital, Kirby emphasized that active discussions are going on across the whole United States government about the threat posed by this terrible disease and the urgency with which the international community needs to respond to it. He said he is convinced the U.S. government will continue its role to address the Ebola crisis, and that DoD likely has capabilities that might prove helpful. In addition to the hospital, the department has had military physicians in West Africa treating patients with the Ebola virus and battling its rapid spread. Most of military medicine has been focused over the last 13 years -and is designed to be focused -on battlefield trauma and injuries, he noted. Yet DoD is good about rising to the call and doing everything it can, when and where it can, Kirby said. I can assure you were going to continue in the best way that we can. As a government and at the Pentagon, were very actively involved in this, he said.DoD sending 25-bed hospital to Liberia in fight against Ebola virus


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