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www.cnic.navy.mil/jacksonville www.jaxairnews.com ACKSONVILLE F LA THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 25, 2014 I I D E OBAMA ON EBOLA President Mobilizes Agencies NEW CHIEFS Pinning Ceremonies Pages 4-5 V A PRIMARY CAR E New Choice In Albany, Ga. Page 16Check us out Online! jaxairnews.com From Naval Air Systems Command The MQ-4C Triton Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS) arrived at NAS Patuxent River Sept. 18 after complet ing its inaugural cross-country ferry flight, bringing the Navy closer to delivering this new capability to the fleet. This flight marked the tran sition from initial flight test, which established basic safe ty of flight, to testing that will demonstrate Tritons capabil ity to perform operational mis sions in the maritime domain. Today we brought Triton home to the center of research, development, test and evaluation for naval avia tion, said Rear Adm. Mat Winter, who oversees the Program Executive Office From Chief of Naval Operations Public AffairsChief of Naval Operations (CNO) Adm. Jonathan Greenert, the host of the 21st International Seapower Symposium (ISS-21), presented his vision Sept. 17 for what he hopes to accomplish at this years symposium during his ISS opening remarks at the U.S. Naval War College. If you assume that each of you has 30 years of experi ence, then we would have 2,500 years of maritime expe rience here in this room during this week, said Greenert to the attendees. Everyone here is a leader, and every one here can learn from one another. More than 170 senior officers and civilians from 113 countries, including many of the senior-most offi cers from those countries navies and coast guards, are attending this years symposium. The Peoples Liberation Army Navy and the Madagascar Navy were two new first time attendees of this years ISS. During his remarks, Greenert said focusing on com monalities, open sharing and mutual respect are what will make the symposium productive. Its about finding partners, in and out of uniform, that we know we can trust and that we have confidence in working with, said Greenert. In building that trust and confidence we learn to take risks, share ideas and perspective without regard for the size of each navy. Every single person, regard less of whom they represent, adds value to the collective group. Greenert said, no matter how great or small, every nation can contribute toward collaborative solutions. The common responsibility that I share, and that you share, is the security of your homeland and the security of the sea, Greenert said. All of us raised our hands and took an oath for country we all want prosperity and we can all benefit from an open global trade system. Delegates to the first ISS in 1969 were veterans of World War II, leaders who recognized the need for inter national dialogue after many years at war. Since then ISS has become the largest gathering of maritime lead ers. This years theme, Global Solutions to Common Maritime Challenges, speaks to one of ISSs core func tions to create and solidify solutions to shared mari time challenges and threats in ways that are also in the interests of individual nations. ISS is not a standalone event but part of a larger con tinuum of events aimed at expanding international naval partnerships throughout the year. ISS consists of meetings, panels and discussions between maritime leaders Sept. 16 19. Looking at ASW from a different perspectiveBy Lt. j.g. Anthony MontesPublic Affairs OfficerWith interoperability a key to suc cess in modern warfare, it is jointly beneficial when military communi ties come together to learn the specif ics of each others platforms. Pilots, naval flight officers and aviation war fare operators from VP-45 at NAS Jacksonville were recently hosted by crewmembers on board the destroyer USS Farragut (DDG 99), home ported at NS Mayport. They toured the ships anti-submarine warfare (ASW) sys tems and operations, courtesy of Lt. j.g. Tim Pellittiere, division officer of com bat acoustics systems that the P-8A Poseidon complements from the avia tion side. The tour started in sonar control, where similarities between the ships systems and those of the P-8A Poseidon aircraft were immediately recognized. AWO3 Irma Sanchez said, Its inter esting to see how the ships crew pro cesses data for a solution versus ours. Ships crew on ASW surface platforms work in conjunction with ASW aircraft for a more accurate sub-surface picture. The tour continued in the Combat Information Center, the ships hub of communication and tactical visibili ty. Dozens of workstations manned by specialized personnel contribute to the tactical picture. It was here that the air crew saw what fruits of their labor were yielded with every mission. AWO3 Makala Herrera noted, Knowing their system interface and capabilities is a big help. It breeds better communication flow of what they need from us and vice versa. The aircrew then separated to become familiar with systems that per tained more directly to their assigned aircrew positions. AWO3 Phillip Reynolds saw more than one benefit to the experience. As an Electronic Warfare Operator, it was eye-opening to see Farraguts radar, ESM and countermeasure suites. This contribution to the task completion for mula really broadened my spectrum of knowledge. Even outside specific mis sions, advancement exams include top ics based around other platform sys tems of similar type. Seeing them in person teaches a lot more than what one can learn in a classroom. Triton UAS completes first cross-country flight CNO charts course for a successful ISSPhoto by MCC(SW/EXW) Peter LawlorChief of Naval Operations (CNO) Adm. Jonathan Greenert makes introductory remarks during a spe cial Gulf of Guinea Maritime Security Dialogue on Sept. 16 that was hosted by Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus at the 21st International Seapower Symposium (ISS-21). The ISS is hosted by the U.S. Naval War College biannually and is the world's larg est gathering of naval leadership. Photos courtesy of VP-45(From left) AWO3 Phillip Reynolds, AWO3 Matthew Pereida, Lt. j.g. Chris Duncan, AWO3 Makala Herrera, Lt. j.g. Chris Roberts, AWO3 Irma Sanchez, Lt. j.g. Tony Montes and Lt. j.g. Laura Ibarra in front of the destroyer USS Farragut's Phalanx Close-in Weapons System. AWO3 Phillip Reynolds and AWO3 Matthew Pereida learn what it's like to dry the Multifunction Towed Array sensor as it is reeled into the ship from water deployment.Pelicans tour destroyer at NS MayportSee Page 7 See VP-45, Page 9 Photo by Kelly SchindlerThe MQ-4C Triton unmanned aircraft system prepares to land at Naval Air Station Patuxent River, Md., Sept. 18 after completing an approximately 11-hour cross-country flight from Northrop Grummans California facility. The first Navy squadron that will be sup porting this new platform, VUP-19, was established at NAS Jacksonville in Oct. 2013.


2 JAX AIR NEWS, NAS JACKSONVILLE, Thursday, September 25, 2014 The JAX AIR NEWS is an authorized publication for members of the Military Services. Contents of the JAX AIR NEWS do not necessarily reflect the official views of, or endorsed by, the U.S. Government, the Department of Defense, or the Department of the Navy. The appearance of advertising in this publication, including inserts or supplements, does not constitute endorsement by the Department of Defense, or The Florida Times-Union, of the products and services advertised. Everything advertised in the publication S hall be made available for purchase, use or patronage without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, marital status, physical handicap, political affiliation or any other non-merit factor of the purchaser, user or patron. If a violation or refraction of this equal opportunity policy by an advertiser is confirmed, the publisher shall refuse to print advertising from that source until the violation is corrected. The deadline for all story and photo submissions is close of business the Friday before publication, and can be sent to jaxairnews@ comcast.net. The deadline for classified submissions is noon Monday. Questions or comments can be directed to the editor. The JAX AIR NEWS can be reached at (904) 542-3531, fax (904) 542-1534, e-mail JaxAirNews@ comcast.net or write the JAX AIR NEWS, Box 2, NAS Jacksonville, Fla., 32212-5000. The JAX AIR NEWS is published by The Florida Times-Union, a private firm in no way connected with the U. S. Navy under exclusive written agreement with the U. S. Naval Air Station, Jacksonville, Florida. It is published every Thursday by The Florida Times-Union, whose offices are at 1 Riverside Ave., Jacksonville, FL 32202. Estimated readership over 32,000. Distribution by The Florida Times-Union. Advertisements are solicited by the publisher and inquiries regarding advertisements should be directed to: Ellen S. Rykert, Publisher 904-359-4168Advertising Sales Commanding Officer Capt. Roy Undersander Executive Officer Capt. Howard Wanamaker Command Master Chief CMDCM(SW/AW) Teri McIntyre Public Affairs Officer Miriam S. Gallet Editor Clark Pierce Staff Writer AE2 Samantha Jones Design/Layout George Atchley SAPR Assistance Available 24/7The DOD Safe Helpline may be reached by phone 1-877-995-5247, text 55-247 or via the app on iOs. The Naval Air Station Jacksonville Civilian SAPR Victim Advocate 24/7 Duty phone is (904) 910-9075. The Naval Air Station Jacksonville Sexual Assault Response Coordinator (SARC) Duty phone is (904)548-7789. The Naval Station Mayport Sexual Assault Response Coordinator (SARC) Duty phone is (904)548-8392. Civilian Community Sexual Assault Services may be obtained by calling (904) 721-RAPE or 721-7273. Commands are encouraged to post their Unit SAPR Victim Advocates name and after hours Duty phone number visible in the commands to be accessible to sexual assault victims. Chaplains may be reached for support (904) 542-3051 or Duty phone (904) 614-7385 Fleet and Family Support Center may be reached for counseling services 1-866-293-2776 U.S. Navy photos The first aircraft assigned to NAS Jacksonville was the J2F-3 Grumman Duck, a single-engine amphibian that arrived from San Diego at Jacksonville Municipal Jacksonville (March 22, 1940) with station Executive Officer Cmdr. V.F. Grant at the controls. It taxied up the seaplane ramp with little fanfare. The bright yellow N2S-3 Stearman trainer was a common site at NAS Jacksonville during its early years. The first Stearmans arrived on Christmas Eve of 1940, directly from the factory in St. Louis. One year later, the station was assigned 208 Stearmans. Hundreds of naval aviators learned to fly in this primary flight trainer. The Stearmans flew from NAS Jacksonville until February 1943, when primary flight training was transferred to NAS Corpus Christi, Texas. From StaffSept. 25 1957 In project Stratoscope, Office of Naval Research obtains sharp pho tographs of suns corona from first bal loon-borne telescope camera. Sept. 26 1781 French fleet defeats British at Yorktown, Va. 1918 USCG Cutter Tampa lost with 118 men, probably by German subma rine. 1931 Keel laying at Newport News, Va. of USS Ranger (CV-4), the first ship designed and constructed as an aircraft carrier. 1963 First steam-eject launch of Polaris missile at sea off Cape Canaveral, Fla. (now Cape Kennedy) from USS Observation Island (EAG-154). Sept. 27 1922 Report on observations of experiments with short-wave radio at Anacostia, D.C., begins Navy develop ment of radar. 1941 Launch of first Liberty ship, SS Patrick Henry, in Baltimore, Md. 1942 Armed Guard on SS Stephen Hopkins engages German auxil iary cruiser Stier and supply ship Tannenfels. Stephen Hopkins and Stier both sink. 1944 Special Air Task Force (STAG1) commences operations with drones, controlled by TBM aircraft, against Japanese in Southwestern Pacific. 1950 First Marine Division captures Seoul, South Korea. Sept. 28 1822 Sloop-of-war Peacock captures 5 pirate vessels. 1850 Congress outlaws flogging on Navy ships. 1923 Navy aircraft take first and sec ond places in international Schneider Cup Race. 1944 Marines occupy islands in Palaus under cover of naval aircraft and gunfire support. 1964 First deployment of Polaris A-3 missile on USS Daniel Webster (SSBN 626) from Charleston, SC Sept. 29 1944 USS Narwhal (SS-167) evacu ates 81 Allied prisoners of war that sur vived sinking of Japanese Shinyo Maru from Sindangan Bay, Mindanao. 1946 Lockheed P2V Neptune, Truculent Turtle, leaves Perth, Australia, on long-distance, non-stop, non-refueling flight that ends Oct. 1. 1959 Aircraft carrier USS Kearsarge (CVS-33), with Helicopter Squadron 6 and other 7th Fleet units, begins six days of disaster relief to Nagoya, Japan, after Typhoon Vera. Sept. 30 1944 USS Nautilus (SS-168) lands supplies and evacuates some personnel from Panay, Philippine Islands. 1946 U.S. Government announces that U.S. Navy units would be perma nently stationed in the Mediterranean to carry out American policy and diplo macy. 1954 Commissioning at Groton, Conn. of USS Nautilus (SSN-571), the worlds first nuclear-powered ship. 1958 Marines leave Lebanon. 1959 Last flight of airships assigned to the Naval Air Reserve at NAS Lakehurst, N.J. 1968 Battleship USS New Jersey (BB62) arrives off coast of Vietnam. Oct. 1 1800 U.S. schooner Experiment cap tures French Schooner Diana. 1844 Naval Observatory headed by Lt. Matthew Fontaine Maury occupies first permanent quarters. 1874 Supply Corps purser, Lt. J. Q. Barton, given leave to enter service of new Japanese Navy to organize a pay department and instruct Japanese about accounting. 1880 John Phillip Sousa becomes leader of Marine Corps Band. 1928 First class at school for enlisted Navy and Marine Corps radio intercept operators. 1937 Patrol aviation transferred to Aircraft Scouting Force, a reestablished type command. Five patrol wings were established as separate administrative command over their squadrons. 1946 P2V Neptune Truculent Turtle lands at Columbus, Ohio, break ing the world record for distance with out refueling in a flight of 11,235 miles, originating in Perth, Australia. 1949 Military Sea Transportation Service activated. 1955 Commissioning of aircraft car rier USS Forrestal (CVA-59), first of postwar super carriers. 1979 President Jimmy Carter awards the Congressional Space Medal of Honor to former naval aviators Neil Armstrong, Capt. Charles Conrad Jr., USMC Col. John Glenn, and Rear Adm. Alan Shepard Jr. 1980 USS Cochrane (DDG-21) res cues 104 Vietnamese refugees 620 miles east of Saigon. 1990 USS Independence (CV-62) enters Persian Gulf (first carrier in Persian Gulf since 1974). By Sarah SmileySpecial ContributorIn 2012, my three sons and I hosted 52 weekly din ners to fill Dustins empty chair at our dinner table while he was on a yearlong deployment. In 2013, our story came out as the book, Dinner with the Smileys (www.dinnerwiththesmileys.com). Last week, it was released in paperback. While I traveled the northeast, on my book tour, Dustin stayed home with the boys, and together they hosted their own Dinner with the Smileys this time to fill my empty chair. It was the first dinner without yours truly, and I felt like I was leaving an infant with the babysitter for the first time. How many times will I feel compelled to call home and check in? Did I leave enough emergency contacts (like the pizza delivery man)? What if Dustin does it differently? And, most of all: Can Dinner with the Smileys succeed without me? I grew more concerned at dinnertime when I received this text from Ford: Mom, I dont think Dad understands how Dinner with the Smileys works. When Dustin was deployed, we were all about keep ing things casual. I gave Senator Susan Collins a paper towel to put in her lap for a napkin. Dustin, who is well trained in protocol through the military, would not have approved. Was he changing the dinner now that he was at the helm? Would my baby be different when I got home? I did lose some sleep over this. What follows is Dustins account of the dinner, plus my reaction. Having watched Dinner with the Smileys from the outside, I thought I understood how Sarah and the boys did it. Still, I wasnt crazy enough to volunteer myself as host. So Sarah did it for me, but the boys and I got to pick the guests: Chris Kilgour, CEO of C&L Aviation Group, and Brad Rand, our family dentist. Dont worry, Dad, its not a big deal. We dont even clean up the house, Ford said. The idea of leaving the house in its after-school state felt strange to me. Even more pressing was the food. I staked my con fidence in our crockpot and the Internet and decided to give chicken parmesan a try. After recovering from a brief smoke alarm scare and some panic-stricken moments that could have been avoided by reading the directions first, I felt my preparations were coming together. The boys wore their play clothes, because thats what Sarah said they could do, but I changed into a button-up shirt. Sarah had assured me that if I just relaxed and focused on being in the moment, everything would fall into place. She said the guests were coming for the conversation, not the food. Turns out, she was right. Right away, the boys noticed Chriss Australian accent and everyone started asking questions: Are there polar bears there? Lindell asked. Does it stay light all night? No, that was Alaska Lindell was thinking of. Do the toilets really flush in the opposite direction in the southern hemisphere? Chris nodded and said light switches are on the back of the wall, too. I thought he was joking. Switches on the back of the wall? But thats just the way Australians describe flipping switches down, instead of up, to turn on the lights. Brad and Chris, both Mormons, also told us about their church. Brad said kids used to tease him for being Mormon, but eventually he realized his convic tions meant more to him than anything those kids could say. When Brad was 20, he did a two-year mis sion in Belgium. Chris said that his oldest son is on a mission right now in Las Vegas. While on mission, the Mormon men cannot watch television or date. They have a very rigid schedule and standards . somewhat similar to the military. I wonder if they also would have felt strange hosting a dinner when the house was still a mess? Overall, dinner was a great experience and I feel like I know Chris and Brad in a different way, a way that wouldnt have been possible except through dinner. Sarah said, Um, I didnt know about the fire alarm until just now. But besides that, it sounds like Dinner with the Smileys did exactly what it was supposed to do, and what I always suspected it would do, even in my absence it brought people together through the great equalizer of the table and a shared meal. View more dinner photos at www.Facebook.com/ DinnerWithTheSmileys.A Sailor asks: I hear so much in the news about identity theft. I know Im supposed to make my pass words hard to crack and use different passwords for each web login, but it just seems impossible to keep track of all that. How can I protect myself from iden tity theft without going crazy? MoneyChic says: Identity theft is on the rise, and it comes in many different forms. First, consider not just your web logins, but also other ways in which your personal information is at risk. Here are some simple protections you can take: are contacted by phone even if it is a trusted com panys name. If you are called and asked for any infor mation related to taxes or a financial account you have, look up the phone number and call to speak This Week in Navy History From The HomefrontDustin hosts Dinner with the Smileys solo Hey, MoneyChic!See MONEYCHIC, Page 3


with a customer service representative. seem suspicious. MoneyChic is provided by Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society at NAS Jax. MONEYCHICFrom Page 2 By Cheryl Pellerin DoD News, Defense Media Activity Mobilizing to confront Ebola Epidemic is getting worse Military command center Assistance. An international effort Ebola demands a global response Obama details major increase in U.S. Ebola responseCDC photo by Sally Ezra This photograph was taken in the West African city of Conakry, Guinea, at the capitols airport, and shows Dr. Tom Frieden, director of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), as he was undergoing a ther mal scan to be checked for fever dur ing the 2014 Ebola outbreak that also affected northern Liberia, Sierra Leone and Nigeria. JAX AIR NEWS, NAS JACKSONVILLE, Thursday, September 25, 2014 3


4 JAX AIR NEWS, NAS JACKSONVILLE, Thursday, September 25, 2014 Welcome to the MessNAS Jax Chief Petty Officers pinnedBy AE2(AW) Samantha JonesStaff WriterThe NAS Jacksonville CPO induction season came to a close Sept. 16 with pinning ceremonies for new chief petty officers held at various locations around the base. Ten new chiefs were pinned by their family mem bers and sponsors at NAS Jacksonville Hangar 117. The event began with the selectees proudly march ing in and lining up facing the audience. RPC Nino Miranda delivered the invocation, followed by NAS Jacksonville Command Master Chief CMDCM(AW/ SW) Teri McIntyre who welcomed the guests and stressed the importance of the ceremony. Today, we celebrate the dawn of your new Navy life and the accomplishment of a recognition you so richly deserve. No one knows better than you that it wasnt easy. You are here today because you have already dem onstrated your deckplate leadership, professionalism, loyalty, character and commitment, said McIntyre. You are here today because you have persevered through long deployments, tough assignments, and difficult family separations. You are here because you worked hard and contributed to the mission. But you also are here today because of your coworkers, shipmates, mentors, and most importantly, your family members who helped you along the way. I salute all of the family members here today for your support of our new chiefs and our Navy. They could not have achieved this wonderful milestone without you, added McIntyre. After recognizing spouses and family members, several traditional readings were given before each selectee was officially pinned and covered. All current and former CPOs were then asked to stand for the reading of the Chiefs Creed and Sailors Creed. Each of the new chiefs was then welcomed to the Chiefs Mess as they proudly saluted fellow CPO side boys. After each chief had been pinned, the entire Chiefs Mess proudly sang, Anchors Aweigh. Fleet Readiness Center Southeast (FRCSE) Commanding Officer Capt. John Kemna (right) con gratulates ADC Jamie Shearer on his frocking to chief petty officer during the FRCSE Chief Pinning. Newly frocked chief petty officers from Fleet Readiness Center Southeast gather to celebrate after the com mand's chief pinning ceremony at NAS Jacksonville Hangar 1000 on Sept. 16. (From left) ADC Jamie Shearer, ATC Jerome Destura, ADC Emefre Nkere, AEC Amanda Carpenter, EOC Robbie Hopson and ADC Elvis Lopez. ASCS Antoinette Roberson of the Fleet Readiness Center Southeast (FRCSE) Support Equipment Division plac es a new chief petty officer cover on ADC Emefre Nkere, as AMC Mario Delacruz looks on during the FRCSE Chief Pinning Ceremony. Robertson was Nkeres sponsor. HMC Kari Ferguson (left) places the combination cover on the head of HMC Jonathan Scott, during the chief pinning ceremony at Naval Hospital Jacksonville. HMC Denise Galvan is pinned chief by her father, retired GMCS Carlos Galvan, during the ceremony at Naval Hospital Jacksonville. Capt. John Le Favour, Naval Hospital (NH) Jacksonville commanding officer, addresses the chief selectees dur ing the Sept. 16 chief petty officer pinning ceremony at the hospital. HMC Jonathan Scott and HMC Denise Galvan are NH Jacksonvilles newest chief petty officers.


JAX AIR NEWS, NAS JACKSONVILLE, Thursday, September 25, 2014 5 Family members of the new chiefs were recognized and received a well-deserved recognition during the CPO pinning ceremony. NAS Jax Chief petty offi cer (CPO) selectees stand at attention before family and friends prior to being officially pinned as CPOs during a ceremony at Hangar 117 on Sept. 16. (From left) BMC David Brown, ACC Dax Bonnett, AEC Larry Renew, LSC Kimberly McClam, MAC Carly Bohannon, OSC Luis Huerta, CSC Nelson Albores, ENC Chad Burnett, ABEC Dequinton Baker, CSC Stacey Washington. AEC Larry Renew was pinned by his wife, Amber, and ADC Shane Wright. MAC Carly Bohannon was pinned by her daughter, Piper, and husband, MA1 Thomas Bohannon. She received her cover from ICC James Whitehead. ACC Dax Bonnett is saluted by the sideboys after he was pinned at the ceremony. OSC Luis Huerta receives his chiefs cover from his sponsor ETC Valentine Elizondo after being pinned by Mariella Huerta and LSC Terry Loeffelholtz at Hangar 117. CPO Sideboys salute AWOC Richard Dixon as he is piped ashore after pinning on his well-earned anchors. Newly pinned AWFC Cecil Honeycut salutes the CPO Sideboys at the All Saints Chapel ceremony. AWOC Albert Flores is pinned by AWOC Adam Jessee at All Saints Chapel. AWFC Tony Versage was covered by his son, Anthony, at the VP community ceremony. AWOC Michael Oldham was pinned by his daughters, Adelynn and Presley, at the VP community ceremony.


Aviation detachments join Navy ships and allies for Joint Warrior 14-2By Lt. j.g. Courtney CallaghanDestroyer Squadron 26 Public AffairsTwo U.S. Navy ships, led by Commander, Destroyer Squadron (DESRON) 26, departed the U.S. for Scotland, Sep 18-19, to participate in Joint Warrior 14-2. Joint Warrior is a semi-annual train ing exercise conducted off the coast of Scotland. The training, led by the United Kingdom, is designed to provide NATO and allied forces a multi-warfare envi ronment in which to prepare for global operations. Participating countries aim to improve interoperability and prepare forces for future combined exercises. The guided-missile cruiser USS Vicksburg (CG 69); guided-missile destroyer USS Jason Dunham (DDG 109) and fleet replenishment oiler USNS Kanawha (TAO 196) will be joined by aviation detachments from Commander, Patrol and Reconnaissance Wing (CPRW) 11; and, Helicopter Maritime Strike Squadrons 46 and 48 for the exercise. The operational environment in which ships execute missions is comprised of allied and coalition forces, said Capt. Cary Krause, commander, Destroyer Squadron (DESRON) 26. Joint Warrior allows us to deploy with the trust and familiarity of having trained with our international partners. Joint Warrior is the United Kingdoms advanced naval certification course. The scenarios include small boat attacks, boarding operations, air defense, antisubmarine warfare, and ship maneuver ability tasks. Our Sailors have worked hard in prep aration for the exercise and we are thank ful these ships have the opportunity to build upon a foundation of cooperation and teamwork, said Krause. Joint Warrior will begin in early October and last approximately two weeks. The exercise includes air, sea and ground assets from Belgium, Canada, Denmark, Estonia, France, Germany, Latvia, Lithuania, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Poland, Spain, Sweden, the United Kingdom and the United States. From Chief of Naval Personnel Public AffairsThe Navy announced this week that women can now be assigned to the Coastal Riverine Force Joint Terminal Attack Controller (CRF JTAC) training and positions. The 30-day Congressional notifi cation requirement ended Sept. 15, which now opens 21 JTAC positions for the assignment of women. This decision is part of the Department of Defenses rescission of the 1994 Direct Ground Combat Definition and Assignment Rule and is one of Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabuss goals to maximize profession al opportunities for women. JTAC is a Navy Enlisted Classification (NEC) in the Riverine Squadrons. There are 21 billets avail able in the CRF. CRF operates in harbors, rivers, bays, across the littorals and ashore. The primary mission of CRF is to con duct maritime security operations across all phases of military opera tions by defending high value assets, critical maritime infrastructure, ports and harbors both inland and on coast al waterways against enemies, and when commanded conduct offensive combat operations. The only remaining community that is still closed to women is Special Warfare, an issue Special Operations Command and the Navy continues work on together. By Jim GaramoneDoD News, Defense Media ActivityDefense Secretary Chuck Hagel has not ordered review or investigation of the Defense Departments rela tionship with the National Football League, Pentagon Press Secretary Navy Rear Adm. John Kirby said Sept. 19. There is no study being done by the Pentagon on the National Football League or our involvement with the National Football League, Kirby said at a news conference today. Secretary Hagel, just like every leader in this building, is monitoring the situation ongoing with the NFL. The NFL has been rocked by con troversy recently surrounding its han dling of players involved in domestic violence incidents. High expectations No one takes issues of violence or sexual assault more seriously than DoD, Kirby said. We have more work to do, and we know that. We also have high expectations of organi zations that we partner with. And so the secretary is viewing with concern what he has seen the National Football League go through. Thats why hes asking questions about the full scope of our interaction with them. DoD has many contacts with the NFL, running from service members who present the colors at football games to serious research into concus sions and traumatic brain injury that service members and football players suffer in common. I think the secretary just wants to get a sense of the depth and the scope of the interaction, Kirby said. Thats all thats going on. Its not a review. DoD plans no review of DoD-NFL relationshipMore Coastal Riverine positions open to womenPhoto by MC2 Bryan IlyankoffThe Navy's Coastal Riverine Force operates in harbors, rivers, bays and ashore. Its primary mission is conducting mari time security operations in the defense of high-value assets. 6 JAX AIR NEWS, NAS JACKSONVILLE, Thursday, September 25, 2014


for Unmanned Aviation and Strike Weapons (PEO (U&W) at NAVAIR. The testing performed here over the next few years is critical to delivering a capability that will provide our warf ighters an unparalleled awareness of the maritime environment in locations across the globe. Winter, along with the flight crew and members from the Tritons Persistent Maritime Unmanned Systems Program Office (PMA-262), witnessed the his toric landing at 7:53 a.m. During the approximately 11 hours and 3,290 nautical miles flight originating from Northrop Grummans Palmdale, Calif., facility, Triton flew along the south ern U.S. border, the Gulf of Mexico and across Florida via an approved instrument route. Operators navigat ed the aircraft up the Atlantic Coast to Chesapeake Bay at altitudes in excess of 50,000 feet to ensure there were no con flicts with civilian air traffic. The coordination to bring the Navys largest unmanned asset across the country was significant and involved many organizations, said Capt. Jim Hoke, PMA-262 program manager. This phenomenal team executed the systems longest flight to date, exactly as planned. Hoke said this perfect execution was no surprise to him since the system has exceeded performance standards dur ing the course of the last year. Triton has completed 15 test flights prior to todays ferry flight, demonstrating its ability to operate at various speeds and altitudes. PMA-262 has scheduled Triton opera tions to start at NAS Pax River within the next several weeks. The Triton inte grated test team will conduct further envelope expansion, sensor, communi cations and interoperability testing. These are just a few of the many robust tests we will conduct over the next three years, said Mike McDaniel, lead flight test director. Three Triton test vehicles will fly approximately 2,000 hours before achieving initial operational capability in 2017. TRITONFrom Page 1 Photo by Erik HildebrandtThe MQ-4C Triton unmanned aircraft system completes its inaugural cross-coun try ferry flight at Naval Air Station Patuxent River, Md. Triton took off from the Northrop Grumman Palmdale, Calif. facility on Sept. 18. JAX AIR NEWS, NAS JACKSONVILLE, Thursday, September 25, 2014 7


From the Office of the Chief of InformationAs part of a 2011 presidential directive, the Departments of Navy, Energy, and Agriculture announced Sept. 19 that three companies have been award ed contracts to construct biorefineries capable of produc ing drop-in biofuels to meet the transportation needs of the military and private sector. Made through the Department of Defenses (DoD) Defense Protection Act (DPA) of 1950, the awards support the administrations goals to boost and diversify the domestic fuel supply base, make American warfighters less beholden to volatile oil markets, and strengthen national security. These contracts will help expand the operational capa bility of our Navy and Marine Corps around the world, said Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus. In todays complex fiscal environment, we are balancing our mission with our resources and we must be innovative and forward-thinking. Programs like these help keep our opera tional capabilities on the cut ting edge. This is how Sailors and Marines defend our great nation. This is a tremendous announcement for Americas national security and our economy. Any time our mili tary can use more American grown fuels instead of relying on foreign sources it makes our armed forces more ener gy secure. And the expan sion of our advanced biofuel sector means the creation of good jobs across the country, especially in many of our rural communities, said Agriculture Secretary Vilsack. Advanced biomass-based transportation fuels have the potential to provide a reliable and cost-effective alternative to traditional fuel sources, said Deputy Energy Secretary Daniel Poneman. By advancing technolo gies that reduce our carbon emissions, this multi-agency partnership is demonstrating that by protecting our energy and environmental security, we will enhance our national security as well. In total, these projects will produce more than 100 million gallons of military grade fuel beginning in 2016 and 2017 at a price competitive with their petroleum counterparts. The drop-in alternative fuels can be blended at a 50/50 ratio with traditional fossil fuels. This blend was successfully demonstrated during the Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) dem onstration in 2012 for ships and planes, showing firsthand that this fuel can be utilized in Navys warfighting platforms with no degradation to per formance or mission. As these fuels become more available, the Department of the Navy will make advanced drop-in biofuel a regular part of its bulk fuel procurement, ushering in the new normal of Naval supremacy. The companies receiving federal investments for the construction and commission ing of biorefineries are: ing an 82 million gallon-peryear refinery on the Gulf Coast using waste fats to create mili tary grade fuel. ing a 10 million gallon-per-year refinery in McCarran, Nev., using municipal solid waste as Tropsch process to create fuel. On Sept. 4, USDA announced a $105 million Bio-refinery Assistance Program loan guar the construction of this facility. ing a 12 million gallon-peryear refinery in Lakeview, Ore., using woody biomass, or the by-products of forest manage ment, as its feedstock and the ate a refined product. This effort brought by the U.S. Departments of Agriculture, Energy and Navy, along with partners in the pri vate sector, will expand mili tary fuel sources, improving the reliability of our overall fuel supply, adding resilience against supply disruptions, and giving the military more fuel options to maintain its readi ness and defend the national security interests of the United States. Photo by Sarah BurfordIn 2012, the guided-missile destroyer USS Chung-Hoon (DDG 93) receives a biofuel delivery from the Military Sealift Command fleet replenishment oiler USNS Henry J. Kaiser (T-AO 187). Kaiser delivered 900,000 gallons of a 50/50 biofuel blend in support of the Secretary of the Navy's Great Green Fleet demonstration during the Rim of the Pacific international maritime exercise off the coast of Hawaii. Departments of the Navy, Energy, Agriculture invest in bio-refineries 800-45-DUCKS 13 MILLION ACRES AND COUNTING For more information, go to www.ducks.orgA CFC participant provided as a public service 8 JAX AIR NEWS, NAS JACKSONVILLE, Thursday, September 25, 2014


By Clark PierceEditorNAS Jacksonville Commanding Officer Capt. Roy Undersander recently signed a proclamation designating Sept. 28 as Gold Star Mothers and Family Day. The families of service members who paid the ulti mate sacrifice deserve our respect, gratitude and the very best support we can provide for as long as they desire, said Undersander as he signed the document in the Building 1 conference room. Ours is the the land of the free because of the devotion to duty of the men and women in uniform who put themselves in harms way to defend a people they love and a land they cherish so it is with great pride and humble hearts that we pay tribute to them. American Gold Star Mothers (AGSM) Jacksonville Chapter President Mary Setzler was proud to attend the signing. She started the AGSM Jacksonville Chapter about six months ago in memory of her son, Army Pfc. Tavarus Setzler, who was killed in Afghanistan in 2008. Our group provides a mother-to-mother outlet for those who are grieving over the loss of a son, daugh ter or other family member. We meet on the third Saturday of each month. Being a new chapter, we only number six mothers, but are working hard to get the word out about available counseling and other activi ties, explained Setzler. She added, Captain Undersander put us in touch with the NAS Jax Fleet & Family Support Center, where FFSC Director Myrna Wilson appointed Jamie Banther as Navy Gold Star Coordinator. We look for ward to sharing resources and expertise with FFSC experts.Contact Setzler at 376-9267 and Banther at 542-5578.The groups reconvened at the MFTA (Multi-Function Towed Array), the actual cable or tail extended from the aft end of the ship as a sub-surface acoustic sensor. Until that moment, the vast majority of aircrew knew only what was conveyed through classroom lessons and radio communications. Seeing it in person creates a more tangible understanding the tactical pos sibilities, recalled Lt. j.g. Chris Roberts. The ships crew expressed equal curiosity about the P-8A capabilities. Farragut operators were invited to VP-45 for a recipro cal visit to see how ASW works from the aviation side. The lessons learned will serve to increase ASW effectiveness in the future. VP-45From Page 1 CO proclaims Sept. 28 Gold Star Mothers and Family DayPhoto by Clark PierceNAS Jax Commanding Officer Capt. Roy Undersander recently proclaimed Sept. 28 as "Gold Star Mothers and Family Day," during a ceremony held Sept. 19. Standing from left: American Gold Star Mothers (AGSM) Jacksonville Chapter President Mary Setzler, Chapel Dept. RPC Nino Miranda, Security Dept. Supervisor MA1 Roberto Colon, FFSC Navy Gold Star Coordinator Jamie Banther, FFSC Work/Family Life Specialist Wanda Archer, FFSC Director Myrna Wilson and NAS Jax Command Master Chief CMDCM((SW/AW) Teri McIntyre. Lt.j.g. Tim Pellittiere shows AWO3 Makala Herrera how Farragut deploys its Expendable Bathythermograph (XBT) buoys. Photos courtesy of VP-45Lt.j.g. Chris Roberts and Lt.j.g. Tony Montes check out USS Farragut's "wine racks" a large-scale version of the sonobuoy storage racks on the P-8A Poseidon. FIGHTA CFC participant provided as a public service. Deadly Childhood Disea ses. stjude.org JAX AIR NEWS, NAS JACKSONVILLE, Thursday, September 25, 2014 9


Photo by Clark Pierce Grand Prize winnersNAS Jax Commanding Officer Capt. Roy Undersander (right) congratulates the MWR "80 Days of Summer" winners Emma and Detroit Steeple. She is a retired HMC and he is a retired AD2 Reservist. They're looking forward to a fun time at entertainment venues in Orlando. Photo by Jacob SippelNaval Hospital quartersCapt. John Le Favour (left), Naval Hospital (NH) Jacksonville commanding offi cer, presents the Meritorious Service Medal to Capt. Christine Sears (right), NH Jacksonville executive officer during an awards ceremony at the hospital on Sept. 18. Other award recipients included: HM1 Chad Sinclair (Flag Letter of Commendation, Navy Medicine East); HM3 Theresa Kuster (Flag Letter of Commendation, Navy Medicine East); David Strobel (10-Year Length of Service Award); Elida Morgan (20-Year Length of Service Award); and Diane Troyano (2014 Circle of Excellence Award).Photos by Kaylee LaRocqueFRCSE hosts Navy Special Emphasis Operation SE TeamMembers of the Navy Special Emphasis Operation Southeast Team listen as Fleet Readiness Center Southeast (FRCSE) P-3C Orion Production Officer and Test Pilot Lt. Cmdr. Rick Foster explains the P-3C production line process of replacing the aircraft's wings during a tour of FRCSE Sept. 16. FRCSE artisans continue to work on the legacy aircraft to expand its capabilities after more than 30 years of service to the fleet. During a tour of Fleet Readiness Center Southeast (FRCSE) on Sept. 16, members of the Navy Special Emphasis Operation Southeast Team listen as FRCSE F/A-18 Hornet Production Officer and Test Pilot Lt. Cmdr. Q Sterling explains how the F/A-18 Hornet production line replaces the aircraft's center barrel to extend the service life of the mission-critical aircraft by as much as 70 percent. The Defense Contract Management Agency Navys Special Emphasis Operations acts as a frontline interface between the government and Department of Defense (DoD) contractors, bringing together both entities to strengthen the nations naval industrial base. The agency works directly with defense suppliers to help ensure that DoD, federal, and allied government supplies and services are delivered on time, at projected cost, and meet all performance requirements. 10 JAX AIR NEWS, NAS JACKSONVILLE, Thursday, September 25, 2014


239 Years of Navy Strong Oct. 13, 1775 Oct. 13, 2014 Thursday, Oct. 2 Navy Ball Golf Tournament Tuesday, Oct. 7 NAS Jax Galley Navy 239th Birthday Special Lunch All Hands Cake-cutting Ceremony Wednesday, Oct. 8 NAS Jax MWR Navy 239th Birthday 5K Run 21st Century Navy Energy Awareness Display at NEX/Commissary Adopt-a-School Tour of Heritage Park NBA Jax Hoops for Troops and Reenlistments Thursday, Oct. 9 All Hands Bell Ringing Ceremony and Reenlistments at Flag Pole Friday, Oct. 10 Navys 239th Birthday Ball at Officers Club Guest Speaker, Astronaut Jon McBride, Capt. (USN, Ret.) All military and civilian personnel are invited to participate in the events.NAS Jacksonville Navy Birthday Activities Mothers honoredOperation Shower held at TPC SawgrassBy AE2(AW) Samantha JonesStaff WriterFor military families who are expecting a new baby and are experiencing or have recently experienced deployment, Operation Shower accomplishes their mission through hosting amazing baby showers, delivering high-quality products, creating a shared experience, bringing recognition to military families, and working with individuals and companies to pro vide them an opportunity to show their appreciation and love for military families. On Sept. 17, Operation Shower hosted a party at TPC Sawgrass for 30 pregnant military wives whose spous es are deployed. Tabitha Furyk, wife of professional golfer Jim Furyk, hosted the event and started off by presenting each expectant mother with a Stella and Dot jewelry set. Naval Station Mayport Commanding Officer Capt. Wesley McCall was in attendance and spoke about how much he appreciates and understands the sacri fices made by military families. When you e-mail your husband while he is deployed, you tell him how proud you are of him and what hes doing for his country. I will tell you, its com forting to get those e-mails. And I will tell you its even more comforting for him to know that youre back home, serving and sacrificing, and doing everything you can to make his service possible. After McCalls speech, Operation Showers Chief Event Planner, Amy Belle Isle, welcomed all the moth ers and handed out Carousel Bedding to three lucky mothers. Furyk and Belle Isle then did a round of Q&A with the moms before awarding each of them with a Chicco high chair or play yard. Eight prizes were raffled off such as infant moni tors and a car seat but every mom went home with a Chicco Cortina Stroller and a $100 gift card to Babies R Us. Pam Undersander, wife of NAS Jax Commanding Officer Capt. Roy Undersander, and Teri Wannamaker, wife of NAS Jax Executive Officer Capt. Howard Wannamaker, were also present at the shower to show their appreciation for the soon-to-be moms in atten dance. Thank you to Operation Shower, Birdies for the Brave, Jim and Tabitha Furyk Foundation, Chase, and the Web.com PGA Tour for celebrating life and sup porting our local military by honoring expectant mili tary momsthe generosity of gift giving at the baby shower was phenomenal! Clearly their support of mili tary families is heartfelt and true, said Undersander. Neither the U.S. Navy, nor any other part of the feder al government officially endorses any company, sponsor or its products or services. Photos by AE2(AW) Samantha JonesThe moms-to-be and their invited guest enjoy the lunch provided by the TPC Sawgrass Club House before the shower begins. Naval Station Mayport Commanding Officer Capt. Wesley McCall delivered a heartfelt speech to 30 expectant mothers during the Operation Shower event held at TPC Sawgrass on Sept. 17. Upon arrival, moms were checked in and regis tered for bedding, then escorted to their tables by Operation Shower staff. (From left) Joanna Schneider of web.com, Pam Undersander, Teri Wanamaker and Sylvia Hernandez from Fashionably Cute Baby Wipes, attend the Operation Shower event to show their support of the expectant mothers. JAX AIR NEWS, NAS JACKSONVILLE, Thursday, September 25, 2014 11


By Lt. j. g. Mark BadenVP-8 Public Affairs OfficerOfficers from the Fighting Tigers of VP-8 hosted the Commander, Patrol and Reconnaissance Wing (CPRW) -11 Flag Night on Sept. 11 at the NAS Jacksonville McCaffrey Softball Complex,. The event included a hail and farewell ceremony, a 9/11 commemoration, and a whiffle ball tournament for participating squad ron wardrooms. CPRW-11 and squadron wardrooms first paused for a moment of silence in the remembrance of the tragic events of Sept. 11, 2001. The Hail and Farewell ceremony recognized the outgoing CPRW-11 Chief Staff Officer, Capt. Chris Janke, followed by the welcoming of Capt. Anthony Corapi, deputy commodore. The evening social event concluded with a competitive five-team whiffle ball tournament. Flag Night is a great opportunity for officers from sister commands to socialize through some friendly competition and display of squad ron pride, said Lt. j. g. Gavin Karski, the Flag Night organizer. I want to thank everyone who made the event a success as well as recognize the VP-16 War Eagles on their impressive whiffle ball tournament victory. Photos courtesy of VP-8Sailors assigned to Commander, Patrol and Reconnaissance Wing 11 (CPRW-11) battle against a VP-8 whiffle ball team on Sept. 11 at MCaffrey softball complex during Flag Night. Capt. Sean Liedman (right), Patrol and Reconnaissance Wing 11 (CPRW-11) com mander, presents a plaque of recognition and appreciation to Capt. Chris Janke, the outgoing chief staff officer of CPRW-11.Wing-11 wardrooms play for squadron prideFive VP squadron wardrooms competed in the friendly but serious whiffle ball tournament at Flag Night. The War Eagles of VP-16 came out on top. 12 JAX AIR NEWS, NAS JACKSONVILLE, Thursday, September 25, 2014


DeweysCall 542-3521 Free Texas Holdem Tournaments Monday & Thursday at 7 p.m. Friday Social Hour 49 p.m., live enter tainment, 50-cent wings and $7.95 pizza your way Friday Night Live Entertainment Kenny Holliday Sept. 26 Lunch bingo Monday through Friday begins at 11:15 a.m.Freedom Lanes Bowling CenterCall 542-3493. Mondays: All you can bowl for $5, 4-6 p.m. Wednesdays: All you can bowl for $5.95, 4-10 p.m. Thursdays: Free bowling for active duty 11 a.m. 1 p.m., Color Pin bowling 4 10 p.m. $2.50 games Saturdays: Family Extreme Bowling $8, 4 6 p.m., Party Extreme $10, 8 p.m. midnight (up to 2 hours of play). Shoes Included. Sunday: Family Day $1.50 all day, per person, per game Monthly Handicap Single Tournament Oct. 18, 1 4 p.m., $20 per person Scratch Sweeper Sept. 27, 1 4 p.m., $30 *Please note, the specials do not include shoes unless stated otherwise* Fall Bowling Leagues are now forming!Fitness & AquaticsCall 542-2930 Outdoor Pool Hours through September 30, 2014 Monday Friday Lap swim 6 8 a.m., Swim lessons 8 11 a.m., open recre ation swim 11 a.m. 7 p.m. Saturday and Sunday Open recreation swim 11 a.m. 6 p.m. Outdoor Pool closes on Oct. 1, 2014 and Indoor Pool opens.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 restricted to E1-E6 single or unaccom panied active duty members. Call 5421335 for information. Riverfest Event Sept. 27, 10:30 a.m. 3 p.m. Free cookout, water activities and prizes! Halloween Horror Nights Overnight Trip October 4 $60 per person Jags vs. Steelers Game October 5 at 11 a.m. Free admission, boxed lunch and trans portationNAS 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 Oct. 7 & 21 Retirees, DoD and sponsored guests Sept. 25, Oct. 9 & 23Mulberry 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!Flying ClubCall 777-8549 Learn to fly at NAS Jax Call for introduction flight Additional ratings are available includ ing instrument, complex and commer cial Find more info. online at jaxnfc.net MWR photoWallyball championsFleet Readiness Center Southeast defeated the VP-26 Tridents on Sept. 17 for the 2014 Captain's Cup Wallyball Championship. (Standing, from left) AT1 Reyna, AT3 Chatham, NC1 Ferguson, AT2 Diagiacomo, AT2 Tekac, AE1 Carlton (coach). (Kneeling, from left) AE3 Dodge and AEAN Bosiacki. (Not pictured) AT1 Howard (Coach) and ATAN Cooper.Open to active duty, selective reservists, DoD civilians, and DoD contractor men assigned to a command at NAS Jacksonville. Participants earn participation points for st, 2nd, or 3rd place. Call NAS Jax Athletics to sign up by Sept. 26. Open to active duty, selective reservists, DoD civilians, and DoD contractor women assigned to a command at NAS Jacksonville. Participants earn participation points st, 2nd, or 3rd place. Call NAS Jax Athletics to sign up by Sept. 26.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 are the 1,500 meter dash, dodge ball, 3-on-3 basketball, ultimate Frisbee, and swim relay. Events on Oct. 17 are the 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. The race is free to all authorized gym patrons. Runners 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 nasjaxmwr. StandingsAs of Sept. 19 FRCSE 1 0 TPU/PCF 1 0 VP-30 1 0 VP-8 1 0 FACSFAC 0 0 AIR OPS 0 0 VP-16 0 0 NAVFAC 0 1 NCTS 0 1 VP-45 0 1 VR-62 0 1 NAVFAC Sons of Guns 3 0 HS-11 2 0 NAS Jax 2 0 CNATTU Gold 2 1 NAVFAC World War Z 2 1 VP-30 II 2 1 VP-8 2 1 CNATTU Blue 1 1 NAVFAC Soap Gang 1 1 FRCSE Claybusters 1 2 NAVFAC Reigning Clays 1 2 NAVFAC Skeeters 1 2 NAVFAC Sky Busters 1 2 VP-45 Pelicans 1 2 NAVFAC Smoke Wagons 0 2 VP-30 I 0 3 JOIN TODAY! ducks.org 800-45-DUCKS A CFC participant provided as a public serviceContinental Conservation: You Make it Happen JAX AIR NEWS, NAS JACKSONVILLE, Thursday, September 25, 2014 13


Photos by Morgan KehnertCar, bike and truck enthusiasts gathered at Deweys All Hands Club parking lot on Sept. 12 for the second-annual MWR Car and Bike Show to show off their vehi cles and answer questions from judges and spectators. "We had a lot of positive responses this year. Everyone liked that we increased the number of categories and instead of having just one winner in each category, we had the top-3 winners that resulted in 17 total wins," said MWR Event Coordinator Tom Kubalewski. "In addition to the trophies sculpted by the MWR Marina Manager Phil Collins, each first place winner took home a gift certificate to Dewey's." Jim Kanas, the third place winner for his 2008 Suzuki Hyabusa, talks with event sponsor Keith Kunze of Wyotech, who served as the primary judge for the Bike Category at the show. Fred Armstead, first place winner in the bike category for his 2011 Harley Davidson Street Glide, poses with his wife, Kimberly, and sons Derick, Kederick, and Trey, after receiving his trophy. Judges Fitness Director Tanya Henigman and NAS Jax Executive Officer Capt. Howard Wanamaker speak with participant Hardy Kircher about his 1965 Shelby Cobra. For the second year, NAS Jax Commanding Officer Capt. Roy Undersander presented Robert Atkinson with the People's Choice award for his 2011 Dodge Challenger. After receiving his award Atkinson said, "It is an honor to be on a naval base being a retired member of the military. Being around brothers and sisters in arm and being recognized, that's paradise that you can never buy." 14 JAX AIR NEWS, NAS JACKSONVILLE, Thursday, September 25, 2014 The Childrens Corner Learning Cen ter and Daycare in Orange Park was estab lished in 1988 by Nancy Mitchell based on the philosophy that each child is unique and develops at his or her own rate. We operate on the principle that children learn best when they are having fun, Mitch ell said. And weve created a safe, com fortable environment where children can ex press their individuality, socialize with other children and their adult caregivers and have a lot of fun learning. The fully-accredited Childrens Corner consistently ranks as one of the top schools based on school readiness scores by the state of Florida. Mitchell, who taught in Clay County schools for 10 years and has a masters de gree in elementary and early childhood edu cation, and her staff take great care to ensure that their facility will remain the top-ranked daycare center in Orange Park. Our staff sees to it that preschool, daycare and VPK children are involved in activities appropriate for their ages and de velopmental levels, she said. We have a loving, caring and supporting staff who en courage the academic and overall wellbeing of the children in our care. The staff is ded icated to providing your child with a unique learning experience. They are highly trained in early childhood development. They take pride in The Childrens Corner Learning Center. The stability of the staff gives the children a sense of continuity. The fact the facility is privately owned gives parents the reassur ance that everything possible will be done to accommodate their needs and their chil drens needs. We have the advantage of being able to give one-on-one consideration and person alize the program to meet parents and chil drens needs within the requirements of the regulatory guidelines we must follow. The Childrens Corner welcomes mili tary families with a 10 percent discount for each child enrolled. Its proximity to Naval Air Station Jacksonville is an added plus for families stationed there. The year-around schedule includes a va riety of summer camps in addition to the programs offered during the school year. The facility has programs for children from 18 months through the sixth grade (about 12 swimming, and other interesting pursuits designed to keep children busy, happy and having fun. Free Voluntary Pre-Kindergarten is avail able at The Childrens Center during the school year. Transportation is provided to and from lo cal Clay County schools, including Fleming Island, Montclair, Lakeside, Grove Park and nearby Orange Park Elementary. Hours are 6:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday. Fulland part-time schedules are offered. Children can receive a full week of services or a few hours of socialization activities each day or all day several days a week multiple part-time options are available. In addition to meeting state guidelines Parents are welcome to visit the center at any time, Mitchell said. We have an open-door policy and encourage parent vol unteering. The Childrens Corner, 1720 Smith St., Orange Park, invites you to call (904 2788651), visit the website at www.thechil drenscornerop.com. Or stop by and see for yourself how children who are comfortable, relaxed, well cared for and having fun thrive at The Childrens Corner. The Childrens Corner: More than a place to go its a place to grow A fully equipped playground provides exercise, fun and fresh air for The Childrens Corners youngsters. Water tables and sprinklers delight and cool on a hot summer day.


By MWR Fitness StaffIf youve had a chance to stop by the NAS Jax Fitness Center lately you may have noticed a significant increase in patron attendance. With cardio equipment all occupied and yellow PT jerseys buzzing about yes, its PRT (physical readiness test) time once again and were here to give you some key points to help you prepare for your upcoming fitness testing. Keep in mind that slow and steady wins the race. For ideal results, training should be started at least 6-8 weeks prior to testing to see any significant gains. Within this time frame you should be training often at a minimum of three times a week to maintain fitness. According to the new ACSM/AHA guidelines, 150 minutes of moderate ly intense cardio per week, resistance exercises with two-to-four sets of each exercise, two to three days a week, flex ibility exercises at least two or three days a week and 20-30 minutes of func tional training two or three days a week. The ideal exercise program for PRT training includes cross-training and balance. Incorporating cardiovascular, mus cular strength and endurance with flexibility will keep you on a balanced training program. Often, individuals will neglect one aspect and therefore do not achieve optimal results. Using cross-training to keep variety within your exercise program will pre vent monotony and boredom. It also reduces the risk of injury due to over training. Below is a sample training pro gram that follows the above concepts. As always, come see us at the Fitness Center when you need any assistance with your training preparation. Happy PRT. Cross-Training Sample Routine Monday: 3-mile run Tuesday: upper body strength train ing Wednesday: 5 sets of 40-yard sprints Thursday: lower body strength train ing Friday1.5-mile run for time Saturday: 45-60 minutes on elliptical Sunday: rest day U.S. Navy photo The elliptical trainer is an alternative testing option for the cardio portion of the Physical Readiness Test's (PRT) 1.5-mile run. The elliptical trainer test is a 12-min ute fixed-time test, that correlates wth results of the 1.5-mile run.Preparing for your PRT JAX AIR NEWS, NAS JACKSONVILLE, Thursday, September 25, 2014 15


16 JAX AIR NEWS, NAS JACKSONVILLE, Thursday, September 25, 2014 By Colie Young, Tami Begasse and Frank JordanDuring a joint ceremony and open house held Sept. 19, leaders from the Marine Corps, Navy and Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) solidi fied the final move of VA health care services from the VA clinic previously located in down town Albany, Ga. to Marine Corps Logistics Base (MCLB) Albany. VA Community-Based Outpatient Clinic (CBOC) pri mary care and ancillary ser vices (audiology, podiatry and optometry) are now colocated within Naval Branch Health Clinic (NBHC) Albanys 22,179-square-foot building at MCLB Albany. Additional VA specialty care services, includ ing mental health, are provided at Bldg. 7200, which is adjacent to NBHC Albany. Our hope is that veterans feel at home aboard the base and the collaborative effort of MCLB Albany, the VA and the Navy provide a beacon of hope and a continued way forward in regard to exceptional care and services for a veteran com munity that has given so much here, nationally and globally in the capacity they served, MCLB Albany Commanding Officer Col. Don Davis said. Through the health care col laboration, the almost 6,000 veterans in the region will now have on-base access to care from VA providers. This takes place alongside the existing care from Navy providers to the approximately 1,300 active duty military and their fami lies, and 2,800 civilians at the installation. Our Branch Health Clinic Albany is nationally recog nized for delivering high-qual ity care as well as transform ing primary care practices through its Medical Home Port. By combining Navy Medicine, Veterans Affairs and Marine Corps resources, our nations heroes past and present and their families have access to the best in patient care, said Naval Hospital Jacksonville Commanding Officer Capt. John Le Favour. The integration of health care services aims to provide a seamless continuum of care to Albanys broad military com munity. Working with the Navy and Marine Corps to bring high quality health care to veterans and active duty military has been rewarding beyond words, said Dublin VA Medical Center Director John Goldman. Their atti tude throughout the process was Lets get it done! which has made everything so much easier to accomplish. To make appointments, eli gible veterans can call 800-5955229, ext. 2711. Care is pro vided on an appointment basis only, with same-day appoint ments available for urgent care. The VAs CBOC hours of operation are Monday through Friday, from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The appointment process has not changed for active-duty military and their families, or MCLB civil service employees seeking occupational health care, who should continue to call 229-639-7884/7886. NBHC Albany hours of operation are Monday through Friday, from 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Due to security require ments for base access, veterans without military identification cards should contact the MCLB Pass and ID Office at 229-6395100. Hours of operation are Monday through Friday, from 7:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. The office is closed for training the second Thursday of each month from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. It is important to observe all signs posted aboard the base, to include no cell phone usage while driving except when using a hands-free device. MCLB Albany provides exemplary installation support services to its many tenants, who in turn, provide vital sup port to the Marine Corps and other Department of Defense operations critical to support ing warfighters across the full spectrum of operations world wide. Its goal is to embrace the principles and values of effec tively and efficiently managing limited resources, providing a safe and secure installation, ensuring good stewardship of taxpayer dollars and engaging our local community in mutu ally beneficial partnerships. More information on MCLB Albany can be found at www. albany.marines.mil. NH Jacksonville is com prised of the Navys third larg est hospital and five branch health clinics across Florida and Georgia, to include NBHC Albany. Of its patient popula tionabout 163,000 active and retired sailors, soldiers, Marines, airmen, guards men and their familiesmore than 71,000 are enrolled with a primary care manager and Medical Home Port team at one of its facilities. To find out more, visit the command website at www.med.navy.mil/ sites/NavalHospitalJax. The Carl Vinson VA Medical Center in Dublin, Ga., is one of 153 VA medical centers that cares for U.S. military veter ans. The medical center serves 38,000 veterans in 52 coun ties in middle and southeast Georgia and manages commu nity based outpatient clinics in Albany, Brunswick, Macon, Milledgeville and Perry. The medical centers strategic goal is to provide Americas heroes with the best personal ized, proactive, patient-driven healthcare anywhere. More information on the medical center and VA is available at www.dublin.va.gov. By Shannon CollinsDoD News, Defense Media ActivityAs Suicide Prevention Month and yearlong Defense Department and Department of Veterans Affairs efforts continue to combat suicide, Pentagon officials emphasize the importance of the power of one, peer support and resources. The DoD, in collaboration with the Department of Veterans Affairs, has launched The Power of 1 campaign in observance of Suicide Prevention Month during September. The theme underscores the belief that one person has the power to teach resilience, recognize warning signs, intervene, chat, or make a call; it only takes one person or one act to save another persons life. Secretary emphasizes collective responsibility Watching out for each other every day is a collec tive responsibility for the Defense Departments mili tary and civilian workforce, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said. Preventing military suicide is one of DoDs highest priorities and something Im personally committed to as Secretary of Defense, Hagel said. As we observe Suicide Prevention Month, we must rededicate our selves to actively working not only every month, but every day to fulfill our collective responsibility to watch out for each other and take care of each other. One way service members and DoD civilians can take care of each other is by using the The Power of One theme, said Jacqueline Garrick, director of the Defense Suicide Prevention Office. One conversation, one text, one chat, could save a life. Know the resources out there, Garrick said. Reach out, find the person who can help you; dont be afraid to have these kinds of conversations, whether youre the one who needs help or you see someone who needs help. One conversation can save a life. Helping those at risk Suicide is currently the 10th-leading cause of death in America, and the secondand third-leading causes of death among young adults, Garrick said. Some of the indicators of persons considering suicide, could include talking about suicide, making plans, stockpil ing medications, and withdrawing from people and activities that were previously enjoyable. Persons at risk could also be going through a significant loss, relationship issue, financial problems, drug and/or alcohol problems or legal or punishment issues. The key is that whatever issue someone is facing, suicide is a permanent solution to a temporary prob lem, officials said. And Pentagon leaders encourage leadership at all levels to reduce the stigma for those needing help. When someone is going through challenges and comes to you for help, it doesnt make them weak, Hagel said. It means theyre strong, because asking for help when you need it takes courage and strength. What we need to remember what our entire country needs to remember is that these brave individuals shouldnt be avoided or stigmatized. They need to be embraced. Whether youre a service member, a veteran, a DoD civilian, or a friend or family member of someone who is, you have the power to make a difference, the secretary continued. It only takes one person to ask one question or make one call and that single act can save a life. Garrick echoed Hagels sentiment, noting that lead ers at all levels should be open to having these kinds of conversations with potentially troubled troops and civilians. You have to be able to ask the question, she said. One small act can save a life and thats what you want to do. You just want to be able to reach out, let people know what youre concerned about them. If you see something that doesnt look right, say something and get involved. Provide those resources that are out there. Resources are available to help Garrick encourages those needing help to use the many resources available, such as chaplains, military family life consultants, mental health clinics, peers, community support organizations, Vets4Warriors and the Military Crisis Line. We want to encourage people to seek help when and where they need it and know that those resources are there for them, Garrick said of the Military Crisis Line and Vets4Warriors programs. You dont have to have a diagnosis. A peer is there because they under stand what someone is going through because they have gone through it themselves and can talk you through the situation. The peers on the line are veterans themselves, she continued. We have some spouses on the line who can work with family members about family issues. Our peers are just good to be able to talk to, whatever your problem is, whether youre having a financial problem or a relationship issue. You can talk through the issue with a peer who understands what its like to access healthcare, find a good provider, talk to your command and talk to other unit members, Garrick added. Theyve had to do those things themselves, so they can really guide you and help you make those deci sions. When people call the Military Crisis Line, 1-800273-8255, and press 1, they can speak to a confidential peer responder specifically trained to deal with any crisis or stresses the service member, veteran or fam ily member may be facing, Garrick said. People can also reach it via an online chat or text message or online at http://www.militarycrisisline. net. It is free, confidential, and trained professionals are there 24 hours-a-day, 365 days a year. Vets4Warriors is also free and confidential for ser vice members, their family members, veterans and DoD civilians. It can be reached at 1-855-838-8255 or by visiting http://vets4warriors.com. Peer support is available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Sailors and Marines authorized hardship duty pay-tempoBy Chief of Naval Personnel Public AffairsTo compensate Sailors and Marines for extended deployments driven by normal peacetime require ments, Hardship Duty Pay Tempo (HDP-T) will be paid to Sailors and Marines, active duty and reserve, deployed beyond 220 consecutive days, effective Sept. 17. The Department of the Navy HDP-T proposal, authorized by the Secretary of the Navy earlier this summer, was approved by the Department of Defense for two years. The Navy and Marine Corps unique ability to pro vide and maintain a global presence is made possible by the hard work of our Sailors and Marines, said Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus. For some time now, these men and women have met the significant demand for our forces with out waver. As the need for our presence continues, Hardship Duty Pay Tempo (HDP-T) is an important effort to further compensate our Sailors and Marines for their willingness to take on extended deployments and for the frontline role they continue to play in Photo by Nathan Hanks (From left) Col. Donald Davis, Marine Corps Logistics Base (MCLB) Albany, Ga. commanding officer; John Goldman, direc tor, Dublin VA Medical Center director; Jason Maxwell, U.S. Army veteran; and Capt. John Le Favour, Naval Hospital (NH) Jacksonville commanding officer, cut the ceremonial ribbon during the Sept. 19 grand opening of a joint health care collabo ration between Dublin VA Medical Center and Naval Hospital Jacksonvilles branch health clinic aboard MCLB Albany. 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keeping our nation, and our world, safe. Sailors and Marines will receive HDP-T on a prorat ed daily basis of $16.50, not to exceed a monthly rate of $495, when they are operationally deployed beyond 220 consecutive days. For units currently deployed, like the USS Bataan Amphibious Ready Group and George H. W. Bush Strike Group consecutive days prior to Sept. 17 will count when determining eligibility for payment. Payment will not be made for deployments that con cluded before Sept. 17. Military pay systems are being updated to handle payment of HDP-T; expected date of completion is by the end of the year. Sailors and Marines eligible for HDP-T as of Sept. 17 will accrue the pay and see it in their paychecks once the system update is complete. PAYFrom Page 16 By MC1 James GreenNavy Office of Community OutreachA Glen St. Mary, Fla. native and 1997 Baker County High School graduate is serving aboard one of the U.S. Navys most advanced ships the guided-mis sile destroyer Zumwalt (DDG 1000), that is currently under construction at Bath Iron Works in Bath, Maine. LS1 Jamie Osborne is a logistics spe cialist aboard the Zumwalt, which is scheduled to be commissioned in 2016. Once the Zumwalt is commissioned, it will receive the familiar United States Ship (USS) designation and become USS Zumwalt. Built with a stealthy design intended to reduce the ships radar profile, the Zumwalts futuristic appearance seems fitting given that the ships command ing officer is Capt. James Kirk. No kid ding. The ship has advanced technologies in every area engines, power systems, weapons systems, shipboard electron ics and sensors making it one of the worlds most capable ships. When at sea, Zumwalt will perform a variety of missions, including attacking targets on land with gunfire and cruise missiles, hunting and tracking submarines, air space surveillance and support to spe cial operations forces. Longer than two football fields, the ship is 80 feet wide and weighs more than 15,000 long tons when fully loaded. Twin gas turbine engines can push the ship through the water at more than 30 knots. Zumwalt is named in honor of Adm. Elmo Bud Zumwalt Jr., who served as chief of naval operations, the Navys most senior uniformed officer, from 1970-1974. Osborne said it is an exciting time to be in the Navy, helping to build a crew and a ship from scratch, something she never expected to be doing just a couple years ago. She also said she is proud of the work she is doing to help commis sion and man one of the Navys new est ships. As a 36 year-old with numer ous responsibilities, Osborne said she is learning about herself as a leader, Sailor and a person. Ive developed my confidence, said Osborne. The Navy has helped me be more outgoing and taught me disci pline. Zumwalt represents the beginning of a new era of service for this great name, said Kirk. Just as Admiral Zumwalt helped shape our nations Navy as the 19th chief of naval operations, this ship will help shape the future of surface combatants. The sophisticated new technologies incorporated aboard this ship, combined with its multi-mission capabilities, will ensure it is a relevant and integral part of our battle force for years to come, said Kirk. By StaffIn the Sept. 18 issue of the Jax Air News a story ran regarding a Fleet Readiness Center Southeast civilian employee losing his wallet at the Navy Exchange Gas Station containing an important personal item a coin earned for service in Iraq. The wallet belonging to Michael Kerridge was inad vertently left on one of the fuel pumps while he was filling his tank. Kerridge checked with the NEX Loss Prevention Office and base security, but no one had turned in his wallet. After the article was published, 10 days after the wallet was lost, a base police officer read the story in the Jax Air News and again checked lost and found. Fortunately, the wallet had been turned in with all the contents, including the coin that Kerridge earned while serving as director 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. Kerridge is extremely appreciative that someone found his missing wallet and returned it. He is also thankful to the base police officer who read Jax Air News and called him after locating the item. Glen St. Mary native serves aboard ZumwaltPhoto courtesy of General DynamicsThe Zumwalt-class guided-missile destroyer (DDG 1000) is floated out of dry dock at the General Dynamics Bath Iron Works shipyard in October 2013. This first of three Zumwalt-class destroyers will provide independent forward pres ence and deterrence, support special operations forces and operate as part of joint and combined expeditionary forces. U.S. Navy photoLS1 Jamie Osborne (a native of Glen St. Mary, Fla.), is a logistics specialist aboard the guided-missile destroyer Zumwalt (DDG 1000) being fitted-out in Bath, Maine. Lost wallet returned to civilian employeeMichael Kerridge, Fleet Readiness Center Southeast logistics manager for air refueling stores and fuel containment/ metrology pro grams, holds the returned coin.Photo by Kaylee LaRocque From a U.S. Central Command News ReleaseU.S. military forces and partner nations, including Bahrain, Jordan, Saudi Arabia, Qatar and the United Arab Emirates, undertook mili tary action against ISIL terrorists in Syria overnight, according to a Sept. 23 U.S. Central Command news release. A mix of fighters, bombers, remotely piloted aircraft and Tomahawk Land Attack Missiles conducted 14 strikes against ISIL targets. The strikes destroyed or dam aged multiple ISIL targets in the vicinity of the towns of Ar Raqqah in north central Syria, Dayr az Zawr and Abu Kamal in eastern Syria and Al Hasakah in northeast ern Syria. The targets included ISIL fight ers, training compounds, head quarters and command and con trol facilities, storage facilities, a finance center, supply trucks and armed vehicles, the news release said. The United States employed 47 Tomahawk Land Attack Missiles, launched from the USS Arleigh Burke and USS Philippine Sea, which were operating from inter national waters in the Red Sea and North Arabian Gulf. In addition, U.S. Air Force, Navy and Marine Corps fighters, bombers and remotely piloted air craft deployed to the U.S. Central Command area of operations par ticipated in the airstrikes. Bahrain, Jordan, Saudi Arabia, Qatar and the United Arab Emirates also participated in or supported the airstrikes against ISIL targets. All aircraft safely exited the strike areas. Also, in Iraq yesterday, U.S. mili tary forces continued to attack ISIL terrorists, using attack air craft to conduct four airstrikes. The airstrikes destroyed two ISIL Humvees, an ISIL armed vehi cle and an ISIL fighting position southwest of Kirkuk. All aircraft exited the strike areas safely. To date, U.S. Central Command has conducted a total of 194 air strikes across Iraq against ISIL. The United States conduct ed these strikes as part of the Presidents comprehensive strategy to degrade and ultimately defeat ISIL. Going forward, the U.S. military will continue to conduct targeted airstrikes against ISIL in Syria and Iraq as local forces go on the offen sive against this terrorist group, the release said. Separately, the United States also took action to disrupt the immi nent attack plotting against the United States and Western inter ests conducted by a network of sea soned al-Qaida veterans known as the Khorasan Group. The group has established a safe haven in Syria to develop external attacks, construct and test impro vised explosive devices and recruit Westerners to conduct operations, the release said. These strikes were undertaken only by U.S. assets. In total, U.S. Central Command forces conducted eight strikes against Khorasan Group targets located west of Aleppo, to include training camps, an explosives and munitions production facility, a communication building and com mand and control facilities. 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