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www.cnic.navy.mil/jacksonville www.jaxairnews.com ACKSONVILLE F LA THURSDAY, OCTOBER 2, 2014 I I D E ISIL STRATEGY Hagel Holds News Conference CHARITY RIDE Cyclists Support CFC Page 4 RIVERFE ST Family Fun on the St. Johns Page 14Check us out Online! jaxairnews.com VP-45 supports Valiant Shield 2014By Lt. j.g. Daniel AlmendralesThe Pelicans of VP-45 recently returned from Guam after participating in Valiant Shield 2014, a biennial, U.S. military only field training exercise. Its goal is to attain joint interoperability tasks uti lizing available service compo nent surface and air assets to replicate maritime interdiction scenarios with defensive coun ter air support. The exercise was comprised of 18,000 Sailors and Airmen, along with more than 200 air craft and 19 ships from two carrier strike groups. To support this joint training exercise, 30 members of VP-45, including Combat Aircrews (CAC) Seven and Ten, operated on site for two weeks. Missions were flown around the clock to flex the P-8A Poseidons range of mission capabilities. The two CAC participated in antisubmarine warfare as well as real-world search and rescue operations. In addition, they conducted coordinated oper ations with surface and air units from the USS Carl Vinson and USS George Washington Carrier Strike Groups. The VP-45 Poseidon worked closely with U.S. Air Force assets to improve the interop erability of the different avia tion communities while operating forward. Lt. David Cloward said of the experi ence, It was amazing to see all the assets from the different branches come together and support one another to accom plish the mission. The Mad Foxes of VP-5 currently on deployment at Kadena Airbase in Okinawa were also on hand with their P-8A Poseidons. They contrib By Lt. Cmdr. Joel MartinezMPRWS Fleet TrainingThe Maritime Patrol and Reconnaissance Force (MPRF) began writing a new chap ter in its storied history Sept. 19 with the appointment of Cmdr. Gerald Smith as the first commanding officer of the Maritime Patrol and Reconnaissance Weapons School (MPRWS) at NAS Jacksonville. Rear Adm. Matthew Carter, commander Patrol and Reconnaissance Group (GPRG) was guest speaker and presiding officer. He was joined at the podium by VP-30 Commanding Officer Capt. Curt Phillips. Carter welcomed Smith to his new command and honored outgoing Officer in Charge (OIC) Cmdr. Michael Granger. Grangers tenure as MPRWS OIC coincided with major changes across the MPRF. His 50 months at the weap ons school saw the arrival of the first P-8A Poseidon to NAS Jacksonville in March 2012, fol lowed by the transition of three operational VP squadrons from P-3C to P-8A capability. His keen vision and leader ship established the founda tion for successful post-FRS training and tactical instruc tion for the first P-8A squad rons, while maintaining con tinued advanced tactical initia tives in the P-3C. He oversaw and directed the evolution required to meet the dynamic needs of the MPRF. His tactical expertise has increased the value of MPRF assets across the fleet culmi nating in the official standup of the Maritime Patrol and Reconnaissance Weapons School. Smith returns to NAS Jacksonville after serving as a J8 Operations Planner, U.S. Special Operations Command. He previously served in NAS Jacksonville at VP-30 as a fleet replacement instructor pilot in 2003 and as operations offi cer for the VP-45 Pelicans in 2010. Smith holds aircraft qualifi cations in both the P-3C Orion and P-8A Poseidon, which makes him uniquely qualified to assume initial command of the MPRWS. With the War Eagles of VP-16 recently completing the first P-8A Poseidon opera tional deployment, and the Mad Foxes of VP-5 currently engaged in deployed opera tions, the weapons school is poised to train and maintain tactical superiority in the P-3C and continue to develop the future of anti-submarine warf ighting excellence with the P-8A. In light of the challenges associated with transitioning the MPRF to its first new air craft in more than 50 years and the introduction of MQ-4C Triton, the first persistent maritime unmanned aerial system the Maritime Patrol Reconnaissance Weapons School is poised and ready to usher in a new era in naval avi ation history. New MPRWS Commanding Officer, Cmdr. Gerald Smith (right), salutes Rear Adm. Matthew Carter, commander, Patrol and Reconnaissance Group, as he assumed command of the Maritime Patrol and Reconnaissance Weapons School.Photos courtesy of MPRWSCmdr. Gerald Smith addresses the audience on Sept. 19 as the first commanding officer of the Maritime Patrol and Reconnaissance Weapons School at NAS Jacksonville.CPRG presides over standup of weapons school Photo courtesy of VP-45VP-45's P-8A Poseidon No. 434 is rinsed off by one of the frequent tropical downpours on the ramp at Andersen Air Force Base in the United States Territory of Guam. By MC1(SW/AW) John SmolinskiStaff WriterNAS Jacksonvilles Fleet and Family Support Center (FFSC) hosted the 44th appreciation luncheon honor ing the base and tenant commands ombudsmen at River Cove Catering and Conference Center Sept. 25. The event featured guest speaker Commander Navy Region Southeast Rear Adm. Mary Jackson who acknowl edged the hard work and dedica tion that Navy spouses put into their Command Navy Family Ombudsman program. Let me begin by saying just how truly impressed I am by the fantastic and selfless jobs our ombudsmen do all the time, she said. Even in the world we live in today where many families have both spous es who work, raise children and just live busy, busy lives, we have people, like our ombudsmen here, who carve out the time to volunteer and help us achieve what we all want to do . to serve our Sailors and serve our nation. Ombudsmen are official representa tives of the commanding officer who play a vital role in establishing and maintaining current and accurate com munication between the command and its family members. The ombudsmans job goes beyond the standard definition, she said. There is a character, talent and a quality to our ombudsmen that they embody and emulate everyday that is so important. All ombudsmen are trained by Fleet and Family Support Centers on how to provide support for families that are having issues, how to disseminate important information including offi cial Department of the Navy and com mand information, command climate issues, quality of life improvements. Ombudsmen maintain their knowl edge and skills by attending advanced training offered by Fleet and Family Support Centers and local Ombudsman Assemblies. We have seen the ombudsman pro gram work, she said. We have seen what it does case after case. It strengthens the bonds between families and the command. The Navy Family Ombudsman Program was created in 1970 by then Chief of Naval Operations Adm. Elmo R. Zumwalt, Jr. to improve communication between commands and the families of FFSC honors command ombudsmenPhoto by MC1(SW/AW) John SmolinskiCommander Navy Region Southeast Rear Adm. Mary Jackson addresses the audi ence during an Ombudsman Appreciation Luncheon at River Cove Catering and Conference Center on Sept. 25. The event recognizes the hard work and dedication that ombudsmen put in throughout the year for their commands.See VP-45, Page 9 See Page 9


2 JAX AIR NEWS, NAS JACKSONVILLE, Thursday, October 2, 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 From StaffOct. 2 1799 Establishment of Washington Navy Yard. 1939 Foreign ministers of countries of the Western Hemisphere agree to establish a neutrality zone around the Atlantic and Pacific coasts of North and South America to be enforced by the U.S. Navy. Oct. 3 1921 USS Olympia sails for France to bring home the Unknown Soldier of World War I. 1955 USS Saipan (CVL48) begins disaster relief at Tampico, Mexico, rescuing injured and delivering supplies. 1962 Launch of NASA Mercury 8 piloted by Cmdr. Walter Schirra Jr. In a mission lasting 9 hours and 13 minutes, he made six orbits at an altitude of 175.8 statute miles at 17,558 mph. Recovery by aircraft carrier USS Kearsarge (CVS-33). Oct. 4 1821 Lt. Robert Stockton sails from Boston for Africa to help stop the inter national slave trade. 1943 Aircraft from USS Ranger (CV4) sink five German ships and damage three in Operation Leader, the only U.S. Navy carrier operation in northern European waters during World War II. 1952 Task Force 77 aircraft encoun ter MIG-15 aircraft for the first time. Oct. 5 1863 Confederate David seriously damages USS New Ironsides with a spar torpedo off Charleston, S.C. 1913 Sea trial of OWL, Navys first amphibian flying boat. 1957 Minitrack, a satellite tracking net developed by the Naval Research Laboratory, becomes operational. This network, with stations from Maine to Chile, tracked the Vanguard satellite. Oct. 6 1884 Department of the Navy establishes the Naval War College at Newport, R.I. (General Order 325). 1940 Fourth group of eight U.S. destroyers involved in Destroyers for Bases deal are turned over to British authorities at Halifax, Canada. 1943 In night Battle of Vella Lavella, three U.S. destroyers attack nine Japanese destroyers to stop evacuation of Japanese troops from Vella Lavella, Solomon Islands. 1958 USS Seawolf (SSN-575) com pletes record submerged run of 60 days, logging over 13,700 nautical miles. 1962 Commissioning of USS Bainbridge (DLGN-25), first nuclearpowered frigate. 1997 NASA Astronaut and Navy Cmdr. Wendy Lawrence returns from mission of STS-86: Shuttle -Mir 7 when Atlantis docked with Mir Space Station. The mission began on 25 September. Oct. 7 1864 USS Washusett captures Confederate raider CSS Florida in har bor of Bahia, Brazil. 1924 Rigid airship Shenandoah commences transcontinental flight. 1975 President Gerald Ford signs law allowing admission of women into ser vice academies. 2001 Operation Enduring Freedom begins with carrier air strikes, plus, ship and submarine Tomahawk strikes. Oct. 8 1812 Boat party under Lt. Jesse Elliott captures HMS Detroit and Caledonia on Niagara River. 1842 Commodore Lawrence Kearny in USS Constitution, addresses a let ter to the Viceroy of China, urging that American merchants in China be grant ed the same treaty privileges as the British. His negotiations are successful. 1950 1st Marine Division commenc es embarkation at Inchon for landings at Wonsan, Korea. By Sarah SmileySpecial ContributorFour weeks ago (before I left Dustin home alone with the kids for a whole week): Me: Im making a list of things Id like you to do while Im away. Dustin: Okay. Just make sure you give me the list and Ill get it done. Three weeks ago: Dustin: Do you have anything youd like me to get done while youre gone? Me: Didnt I tell you never mind. Yes, Im making a list. Dustin: Great. Just make sure you give me a list, and Ill get it done. One week ago: Dustin: If you want to make a list of things for me to get done next week, that would be fine. Me: Um, okay. Sounds like a good idea. Two days before I left: Me: Heres a list of things to get done while Im gone. Dustin: Oh, good idea. Me: Its kind of long, but . Dustin (looking at the two-page list): Is this instead of doing laundry and dishes? Or do I do those things, too. Me: Youll be doing those things, plus the list, plus everything else I do on a daily basis. Dustin: Theres more? One day before: Me: When youre making school lunches, make sure Owens sandwich doesnt get squashed. Put it in this sandwich box [hold up sandwich box]. You wont forget, right? But dont put the sandwich in the com partment with the yogurt. Then it will just get soggy. If you give the boys a pre-made lunch, they have to take yogurt, too. Ford wont want a drink. He buys it at school. Owen will want water and Lindell will want juice. If you give them popcorn, make sure the ice pack doesnt crush it. Dustin: (Staring blankly) Me: Never mind. Ill write it down. The morning of: Me: Here are instructions for the boys lunches. Here is the list of things I need you to do for me. Lindell will probably get sad and not want to go into the school. It will be tough, but you have to just walk away. Sometimes I cry about it when I get to work. I doubt youll cry, but I know youll feel my pain. Oh, and remember, Lindell has flag football, and Owen has baseball. Only let them eat pizza one night. Dustin (looking scared): Are you going to the woods are something? I mean, youre going to maintain con tact with me, right? Day one: Text from Dustin: When you said some of the boys will want a waffle for breakfast, did you mean waf fles plural? Because I made one waffle and it didnt go over very well. Text from Owen: I miss you already. Day two: Text from Dustin: Breakfast was better today. Lindell was happy going to school. He went right in with a smile on his face. Me: What? He didnt throw a fit? You didnt have to peel him off you? Are you sure you dropped off the right kid? Night two: Text from Ford: Dad doesnt understand how to do some of this stuff. Me: Youll survive. Day three: Dustin: How do I get one of the boys to football and the other to baseball at the same time? Me: Complicated, isnt it? Dustin: But seriously . Night three: Text from Owen: I miss you. Day Four: Dustin: So about that list you gave me. Its really hard to get everything done. Day five: Dustin: Im exhausted. Me: I know. But did you finish the list? Youre thinking: Now Dustin has a greater appre ciation for what I go through on a daily basis. Yes, he does. Never again will he question why I didnt get a chance to sew a button on his uniform. But it turns out that I got more insight into his life as well. Dustin has been away for a good portion of our 15-year marriage. I used to envy his trips. I envisioned him in luxury hotels, or, when the Navy sent him to Key West for training, I imagined him drinking by the sea with his toes in the sand. And maybe he was. But after last week, I know the other side to traveling for work and being separated from your family. Its lonely. When I called home and heard the rowdy voices of our boys in the background, the air-conditioning in my hotel room seemed to rattle louder. Each day at 3 p.m., I longed to see the boys walking home from school and throwing their backpacks on the porch. Every night, when I caught them in the middle of Lindells bedtime story, I missed hearing his little voice sounding out the words. The grass isnt necessarily greener on either side. And, so, maybe Dustin put Owens shorts in Fords drawer, and he splattered red sauce on the wall, but he actually finished the list. And, believe me, I know what a victory that was. Its good to be home. A Sailor Asks: My wife and I are thinking of all the expenses coming up for the holidays and are starting to panic. It starts with Halloween costumes, followed by big meals and travel, and then of course Christmas gifts. We have just recently recovered from going into debt over the holiday season last year. How can we better prepare ourselves for this holiday seasons expenses? MoneyChic Says: Luckily, it is not too late to start squirreling away some savings for the holiday season. The best way to pre pare is to sit down together and come up with a rea This Week in Navy HistoryU.S. Navy photosThe NR-1 Ryan trainer aircraft was stationed at NAS Jax from March 1941 until late 1942. There were 100 NR-1 aircraft assigned to the base for primary flight training. Being under-powered, it was known as the "Flying Washing Machine" by the students. A Vought OS2U-2 Kingfisher float plane sits on the NAS Jacksonville seaplane Whitney R-985-50 Wasp engine. It was the main shipboard observation aircraft serving on cruisers and battleships during World War II. From The HomefrontAt home or away, the grass isnt greener Hey, MoneyChic!See MONEYCHIC, Page 3


By Nick SimeoneDoD News, Defense Media ActivityDefeating the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) will require a long-term com mitment by the United States and its allies on many fronts and will not be achieved by airstrikes alone, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel told reporters Sept. 26. This will not be an easy or brief effort, Hagel said at a Pentagon news confer ence, where he took questions alongside Army Gen. Martin Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. We are at the beginning, not the end, of efforts to degrade and destroy ISIL, Hagel said. Airstrikes continue Since August, the United States along with France have carried out more than 200 air strikes against terrorist targets in Iraq. The impact of more than 40 airstrikes conducted by the U.S.-led coalition in Syria this week including those against a little known group of al-Qaida veterans called Khorasan that U.S. officials say was plotting attacks against the United States and its allies is still being assessed. The air attacks to deny ISIL freedom of movement are just one element of a strat egy announced by President Barack Obama earlier this month to defeat the group, which has declared a caliph ate spanning the Iraqi-Syrian border, threatening minor ity groups and non-adherents while forcing hundreds of thousands of people to flee. No one is under any illu sions that airstrikes alone will destroy ISIL, Hagel said. He also emphasized that the strategy must include dip lomatic, economic and intel ligence components along with cooperation from the new Iraqi government, and will require a long term commitment from the United States and all of our partners and allies. The key to the strategy in Syria will be training and equipping moderate Syrian opposition forces to take on the battle against ISIL on the ground. Hagel said U.S. mili tary assessment teams have arrived in Saudi Arabia where Syrian fighters are set to be trained. Congress has approved $500 million in funds to train Syrian opposition forces but the Defense Department has said it could take up to a year before the first vetted Syrian rebels are sent into battle. sonable budget for all of your expenses. Then decide on an amount that you can set aside each paycheck that will help cover these costs. Many banks or credit unions have Christmas Club accounts for this pur pose, or you could start your own sav ings account and begin an allotment that goes into this account on MyPay. Consider starting earlier next year to lessen the financial burden even more. Most importantly, stick to your bud get! Consider that your children will not miss out on any of the magic of the sea son if you spend less on gifts. The time you spend as a family and the fun traditions you start will be the memories your children hold dear. Make cookies, do a simple craft togeth er, have a family movie night at home these will be the things that make the holidays special. If you would like assistance budget ing for the holidays, a caseworker at NMCRS would be happy to help. Call 904-542-3515 for an appointment. MONEYCHICFrom Page 2 By Cheryl PellerinDoD News, Defense Media ActivityThe Ebola outbreak in West Africa is a health crisis that threatens regional and global security, and if its not stopped, it could cause a humanitarian catastro phe across the region, President Barack Obama said Sept. 25 at a United Nations meeting on the epidemic. In an era where regional crises can quickly become global threats, he added, stopping Ebola is in the interest of all of us. The president told of his visit last week to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), which he said is mounting the largest international response in its history. While there, he announced that in addition to its civilian response, the United States would establish a military command in Liberia to support civilian efforts across the region. Now, he said, that command is up and running. Our commander is on the ground in Monrovia, and our teams are working as fast as they can to move in personnel, equipment and supplies, he added. Were working with Senegal to stand up an air bridge to get health workers and medical supplies into West Africa faster. Were setting up a field hospital that will be staffed by personnel from the U.S. Public Health Service, and a training facility where [well] train thousands of health workers from around the world. The president said the command is distributing supplies and information kits to hundreds of thou sands of families, and with partners such as the U.S. Agency for International Development and others, it will quickly build new treatment units across Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone, where thousands will be able to receive care. In the past week, Obama told his audience, more countries and organizations have stepped up their efforts, and so has the United Nations. Mr. Secretary-General, the new U.N. Mission for Ebola Emergency Response that you announced last week will bring all of the U.N.s resources to bear in fighting the epidemic. We thank you for your leader ship, he said to Ban Ki-moon. From Chief of Naval PersonnelThis spring, based on Fleet feedback, Navy revised the Final Multiple Score (FMS), the weight ed formula used to select Sailors for advancement. The new formula rewards sustained supe rior performance and increases the role of the command triad in the advancement of Sailors, officials said Sept. 25. Changes to the for mulation were made to achieve the right balance between technical skill proficiency, as measured by the test, and on the job performance as gauged by chain of command input through the evaluation process. It also places less emphasis on longevity based elements. This falls petty officer advancement results will be the first use of the new formula. Here are seven things Sailors should know about FMS: 1. FMS is a weightbased calculation used to rank Sailors eligible for advancement. 2. The advancement examination is the larg est factor considered for advancement to E4 and E5, increasing in weight by eight percentage points, going from 37 per cent to 45 percent. 3. For E6 and E7, Performance Mark Average (PMA) becomes the largest factor in deter mining Sailors FMS. For advancement to E6, PMA increased three per centage points and now counts for 50 percent of the FMS calculation. For advancement to E7, PMA increased 10 percentage points to count for 60 per cent of the total FMS. 4. Sailors who pass the advancement exam, but do not advance due to quota limitations, are eli gible to receive Pass Not Advanced (PNA) points; however, the new policy limits PNA points to the top 25 percent of Sailors 1.5 PNA points go to the top 25 percent of Sailors by test score, and 1.5 go to the top 25 percent by Performance Mark Average. However, for the next five test exams, those who have PNA points will have those points carried over. 5. Total PNA points in the FMS are determined from a Sailors last five advancement cycles for a maximum of 15 possible points. 6. Service in Pay Grade has been reduced from seven percent to a weight of one percent of FMS for advancement to E4 through E6. 7. The Good Conduct Medal and the Reserve Meritorious Service Medal will no longer contribute award points in the FMS. From Chief of Naval PersonnelThe Navy announced changes to its High Year Tenure (HYT) policy in NAVADMIN 223/14, released Sept. 26. High Year Tenure is a management tool used to properly size and shape the Navys Total Force, said Capt. William Kronzer, branch head, Enlisted Personnel Plans and Policy. In 2012, we merged active and drill ing reserve HYT policies and adjusted gates on length of service (LOS). After a subsequent review, and keeping with the Total Force perspective, we saw a need to include Individual Ready Reserve (IRR) members under this same policy. The IRR includes members of Navy Reserve Volunteer Training Units (VTUs) and the Navy Reserves Active Status Pool (ASP). New rules impacting these members include making LOS limits apply to the IRR and establishing a ceiling for ASP Sailors not serving in the VTU. ASP Sailors can affiliate with the VTU prior to reaching the imposed ceiling. The new rules will effect an estimated 700 ASP and IRR Sailors but are intended to ensure parity for all. Until now, LOS limits for IRR were not consistent with active duty and drilling reservist limits, said Kronzer. We have corrected this to ensure equity for all members serving in the Navy. All changes are enumerated in MILPERSMAN (MPM) article 1160-120, the Navys HYT policy. Other updates include a Reserve status chart clarify ing service categories, the inclusion of Reserve-specific language in the revised MPM, and updated procedures for applying for waivers. The NAVADMIN advises all affected Sailors to receive counseling from their command and unit career counsel ors. Notification of ASP Sailors will be done by the Reserve Enlisted Personnel Branch (PERS-913).Hagel: defeating ISIL is long-term endeavorDoD photo by PO2 Sean Hurt Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel speaks to members of the press at a news conference at the Pentagon on Sept. 26.Obama urges nations to do more to fight Ebola St. Jude patient Izarah with her father, Chief Warrant Ofcer 3 Isaac A CFC Participant. Provided as a public service. Because of you, we never received a bill. Final Multiple Score: 7 things Sailors should knowNavy announces changes to High Year Tenure policy JAX AIR NEWS, NAS JACKSONVILLE, Thursday, October 2, 2014 3


4 JAX AIR NEWS, NAS JACKSONVILLE, Thursday, October 2, 2014 By Kaylee LaRocque Fleet Readiness Center Southeast Public Affairs For the 10th consecutive year, members of Team Navy Jax spent the weekend of Sept. 20-21 pedaling in support of the 28th annual Bike MS PGA TOUR Cycle to the Shore ben efiting the National Multiple Sclerosis (MS) Society, a Combined Federal Campaign (CFC)-supported charity. Team Navy Jax cyclists had the option to start Saturday morning at THE PLAYERS Championship (TPC) Sawgrass in Ponte Vedra, Fla. or Marineland in St. Augustine, Fla. with 1,800 other cyclists from the area in a ride to Daytona Beach. Cyclists had the option to pedal 83 miles each day from TPC, 36 or 59 miles from Marineland or an extra loop for the 100-mile century ride. Despite the dismal rainy day, the 23 Team Navy Jax cyclists remained enthusiastic as they gathered for the scenic ride along the Northeast Florida coast to support the organiza tions goal of finding a cure for MS. Cyclists have support along the routes with rest stops every 10 to 15 miles, bike mechanics and support vehicles. Several cyclists were riding not only to benefit the overall cause but for more personal rea sons. Seven cyclists from our com mand joined Team Navy Jax and are out here riding today because our co-workers wife was recently diagnosed with MS, said ATC(AW) Breshen Whitson of the Center for Naval Technical Training Unit (CNATTU) Jax. We all enjoy cycling and came together to do this ride for the family. We joined Team Navy Jax in May and this is our first time participating in this ride. I rode because multiple scle rosis is a condition that is very close to me, added AE1 Joshua Boyts of CNATTU Jax. My sister-in-law recently lost her battle against MS and my grandfather has been deal ing with it for as long as Ive been alive. Raising money and increasing awareness for MS is very important to not only help research a cure but to enlighten others on how terrible this disease really is. I logged 83 miles on Saturday, he continued. It was the longest I had ever ridden a bicycle and the first time work ing with a pace line. Team Navy Jax worked very well together sharing the load of pulling the pace line along, which allowed us to average more than 20 miles per hour for the entire 83-mile distance. All the hard work and training paid off. I had a great time supporting an amazing cause and cant wait till next year! According to team captain Lt. Cmdr. Victor Feal, Fleet Readiness Center Southeast industrial manufacturing and processes product offi cer, Team Navy Jax mem bers truly care about the Jacksonville community. Team Navy Jax members are awesome. We are comprised of active duty military, retir ees and federal employees. They pedal thousands of miles every year in an effort to give back to their communities, said Feal. This year was a very wet and windy ride, but our team endured it and everyone crossed the finish line. I am so proud of our team. Feal also acknowledges how important it is to have the team sponsored by VyStar Credit Union. They have provided jer seys and shorts for Team Navy Jax since the team was founded 10 years ago, said Feal. We really appreciate their support and its an honor to wear this uniform. Team Navy Jax members raised $10,280 for the MS Society through sponsorship and pledges. Four Team Navy Jax members Jeff Carbiener, Jerry Dryden, Anthony Glass and Laura Scholl reached Top Banana status by raising more than $1,000 for the cause. Top Bananas are the VIPs of Bike MS and considered elite cyclists. We are so thrilled to have Team Navy Jax here every year, said National MS Society, North Florida Chapter President Corrina Madrid on Saturday morning. They are a terrific group of individuals who are fundraising and training to end multiple sclerosis. I am just amazed at the number of dedi cated cyclists who are out here on this soggy morning. They are committed to this ride raising money and awareness for this cause. CFC is the worlds largest and most successful annual work place charity campaign with more than 200 CFC campaigns throughout the country and internationally to help raise millions of dollars each year, according to the U.S. Office of Personnel Management. Pledges made by federal civil ian, postal and military donors during the campaign season, which runs September through December, support eligible nonprofit organizations that pro vide health and human service benefits throughout the world.Neither the U.S. Navy, NAS Jacksonville, MWR or Jax Air News, nor any part of the federal government, officially endorses any company, sponsor or their products or services. Members of Team Navy Jax gather for a group photo before heading out on the annual Bike MS: PGA TOUR Cycle to the Shore ride on Sept. 20 at TPC Sawgrass in Ponte Vedra. The cyclists braved a rainy day to participate in the ride to Daytona Beach to raise awareness for those suffering from multiple sclerosis. Photo by Kaylee LaRocque Team Navy Jax cyclists pedal for CFC charity Team Navy Jax members gather with local pirates Chuck Steffans (left) and Jimmy Densford (right) at the start of the Bike MS PGA Tour Cycle to the Shore at Marineland in St. Augustine on Sept. 20. (From left) Steffans, former Team Navy Jax captain Jerry Dryden, Team Navy Jax captain Victor Feal, Team Navy Jax founder and former captain Miriam S. Gallet, Team Navy Jax member Jaymie Brooks and Densford.Photo courtesy of Team Navy JaxMembers of Team Navy Jax gather on the boardwalk in Daytona Beach, ready for day two of the Bike MS: PGA TOUR Cycle to the Shore ride on Sept. 21.


JAX AIR NEWS, NAS JACKSONVILLE, Thursday, October 2, 2014 5 Photos courtesy of Team Navy JaxTeam Navy Jax cyclists take a break at one of the "pirate" rest stops along the way to Daytona Beach dur ing the ride. Volunteers dressed up as pirates and decorated the rest stops to entertain the cyclists. Team Navy Jax members Jerry Dryden (left) and Lt. Cmdr. Victor Feal of Fleet Readiness Center Southeast cross the finish line on Sept. 21 after participating in the annual two-day Bike MS: PGA TOUR Cycle to the Shore ride from Marineland in St. Augustine to Daytona Beach and back. Team Navy Jax member Jim Butters checks the time at the starting line on Sept. 20.Photo by Kaylee LaRocqueTeam Navy Jax member Bob Bream braves the rain as he leaves the starting line on Sept. 20 at TPC Sawgrass in Ponte Vedra Beach for the annual Bike MS: PGA TOUR Cycle to the Shore ride.Photo by Kaylee LaRocque Team Navy Jax member AD2 Wayde Oberholzer of Fleet Readiness Center Southeast and other teammates head out on the course of the Bike MS: PGA TOUR Cycle to the Shore ride at TPC Sawgrass in Ponte Vedra Beach on Sept. 20.Photo by Kaylee LaRocque Photo by Kaylee LaRocqueTeam Navy Jax member Lt. Cmdr. Kris Sanchack of Naval Hospital Jacksonville, checks the air in his tires before participating in the annual MS: PGA TOUR Cycle to the Shore ride Sept. 20 from TPC Sawgrass in Ponte Vedra Beach to Daytona Beach. Many of the cyclists also rode back from Daytona Beach in the two-day event. Several members of Team Navy Jax joined forces with other cyclists as they pedal south on A1A headed to Daytona Beach on Sept. 20. This was the first day of the two-day event. Team Navy Jax members Jerry Dryden (front), Jaymie Brooks and Team Navy Jax captain Victor Feal depart Marineland in St. Augustine at the start of the 2014 Bike MS PGA TOUR Cycle to the Shore on Sept. 20. Photo by Miriam S. Gallet


From Robert AdamsNAS Jax Fire InspectorFire Prevention Week was created to commemo rate the Great Chicago Fire, the tragic Oct. 8 9, 1871 conflagration that killed more than 250 people, left 100,000 homeless, destroyed more than 17,400 structures and burned more than 2,000 acres. Commemorating a conflagrationAccording to popular legend, the fire broke out after a cow, owned by Mrs. Catherine OLeary, kicked over a lamp, setting first her barn, then the whole city on fire. Chances are youve heard some version of this story yourself; people have been blaming the Great Chicago Fire on the cow and Mrs. OLeary, for more than 130 years. But recent research by Chicago histo rian Robert Cromie has helped to debunk this version of events.The Moo mythLike any good story, the case of the cow has some truth to it. The great fire almost certainly started near the barn where Mrs. OLeary kept her five milking cows. But there is no proof that OLeary was in the barn when the fire broke out or that a jumpy cow sparked the blaze. OLeary herself swore that shed been in bed early that night, and that the cows were also tucked in for the evening. But if a cow wasnt to blame for the huge fire, what was? Over the years, journalists and historians have offered plenty of theories. Some blamed the blaze on a couple of neighborhood boys who were near the barn sneaking cigarettes. Others believed that a neighbor of the OLearys may have started the fire. Some people have specu lated that a fiery meteorite may have fallen to earth on Oct. 8, starting several fires that day in Michigan and Wisconsin, as well as in Chicago.The biggest blaze that weekWhile the Great Chicago Fire was the best-known blaze to start during this fiery two-day stretch, it wasnt the biggest. That distinction goes to the Peshtigo Fire, the most devastating forest fire in American history. The fire, which also occurred on Oct. 8, 1871, and roared through Northeast Wisconsin, burning down 16 towns, killing 1,152 people, and scorching 1.2 mil lion acres before it ended. Historical accounts of the fire say that the blaze began when several railroad workers clearing land for tracks unintentionally started a brush fire. Before long, the fast-moving flames were whipping through the area like a tornado, some survivors said. It was the small town of Peshtigo, Wisconsin that suffered the worst damage. Within an hour, the entire town had been destroyed.Nine decades of fire preventionThose who survived the Chicago and Peshtigo fires never forgot what theyd been through; both blazes produced countless tales of bravery and heroism. But the fires also changed the way that firefighters and public officials thought about fire safety. On the 40th anniversary of the Great Chicago Fire, the Fire Marshals Association of North America (today known as the International Fire Marshals Association), decided that the anniversary of the Great Chicago Fire should henceforth be observed not with festivities, but in a way that would keep the pub lic informed about the importance of fire prevention. The commemoration grew incrementally official over the years. In 1920, President Woodrow Wilson issued the first National Fire Prevention Day proclamation, and since 1922, Fire Prevention Week has been observed on the Sunday through Saturday period in which Oct. 9 falls. According to the National Archives and Records Administrations Library Information Center, Fire Prevention Week is the longest running public health and safety observance on record. The President of the United States has signed a proclamation proclaiming a national observance during that week every year since 1925. From Staff prevention exhibit manned by NAS Jax fire inspectors and Pluggie the talking fire hydrant p.m. uation drills. Pluggie the talking fire hydrant rolls into the Childrens Ward and Pediatric Clinic. session with Pluggie the talking fire hydrant. Fire inspectors and firefighters demonstrate fire apparatus. Pluggie joins Sparky the fire prevention dog to educate preschoolers. Why do we recognize fire prevention week? Photo by Clark Pierce Skipper signs fire prevention week proclamationFlanked by firefighters and fire inspectors, NAS Jacksonville Commanding Officer Capt. Roy Undersander prepares to sign the 2014 NAS Jax Fire Prevention Week Proclamation on Sept. 30 at the main fire station. This year's theme is "Working Smoke Alarms Save Lives." 212243A01NOTE TO PUB:DO NOT PRINT INFO BELOW, FOR ID ONLY.NO ALTERING OF AD COUNCIL PSAs. Wildfire Prevention Newspaper B&W WFPA03-N-01263-E Your Name Here3 3/4 x 3 1/2 85 line screen digital files at Schawk:(212) 689-8585 Ref#:212243 6 JAX AIR NEWS, NAS JACKSONVILLE, Thursday, October 2, 2014


By MC2 Stacy LaseterCNRSE Public AffairsCommander, Navy Region Southeast (CNRSE) recent ly welcomed its new com mand master chief when CMDCM(AW/SS) Michael Jackson relieved CMDCM (SW/ AW) Herbert Ellis on Sept. 25. Ellis began his assignment at NRSE in April 2011, following his previous tour of duty at Navy Region Hawaii in Pearl Harbor. He said the entire NRSE team led to the success of the region. I came here three years ago and Ive had great support. Ive brought a new philosophy here and Ive made sure it was exe cuted, but I didnt do the work, Ellis said. I always give the credit where its due. And to Ellis, that credit should be given straight back to the Sailors and civilians of Navy Region Southeast. These past three years have been very rewarding. Every Sailor and civilian here has a voice, Ellis said. I wish I could stay, but Master Chief Jackson is going to make this better. Ellis will go on to be the CMDCM for U.S. 4th Fleet headquarters at Naval Station Mayport. Jackson comes to NRSE fol lowing his tour as the CMDCM of Naval Leadership and Ethics Center in Newport, R.I. He expressed gratitude for the work Ellis has put forth over the past three years. With 30 years of naval ser vice, nine of which have been as a CMDCM, Jackson has had plenty of experience. His previ ous CMDCM tours include the Ragin Bulls of Strike-Fighter Squadron (VFA) 37, Naval Weapons Station Charleston, and Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 17. Hopefully I can do a good job, Jackson said. Id like to carry on the proud reputation that region southeast has across the CNIC domain.CMDCM (AW/SS) Michael K. JacksonCNRSE holds CMC turnover By MC2(SW/AW/EXW) Stacy LaseterNavy Region Southeast Public AffairsNavy Region Southeast (NRSE) completed the third and final phase of the Emergency Family Assistance Center (EFAC) exercise Sept. 18 in conjunction with Naval Air Station Jacksonville, Naval Submarine Base Kings Bay and Naval Station Mayport, as well as outside agencies. In her opening remarks, Commander, Navy Region Southeast Rear Adm. Mary Jackson placed emphasis on the importance of training and getting to know the individuals behind the resources before an incident occurs. We need to make sure we are connecting with the entire area of responsibility, Jackson said. If you are waiting until a disaster strikes to make those relationships, then it is way too late. The first phase of the exer cise trained the Fleet and Family Support Centers from the three bases. The second part added the Personnel Support Detachment person nel and staff judge advocates, and the final session brought in American Red Cross, Salvation Army, Florida National Guard, local banks, along with other outside resources. We would bring in differ ent organizations, depending on the needs of the situation, said Carol Lucius, the work and family life coordinator for NRSE. Those could be child care, morale, welfare and recre ation, anything. Thats why its important to bring in people from outside the fence line for this phase of the exercise. An EFAC is the central loca tion for supporting shortand long-term recovery. It provides a staging area where individ uals and families can obtain disaster relief support, current information and emergency services, including the ability to return to a stable environ ment and mission ready status for Department of Defense per sonnel and their families. It allows our families to have one place to go, where we would bring all the resources under one roof to provide the assistance or support those families that may need to recover from a disaster or other type of crisis, Kandi Debus, the NRSE family readiness case management coordinator, said. Navy Region Southeast holds EFAC exercisePhoto by MC2 Stacy LaseterCommander, Navy Region Southeast Rear Adm. Mary Jackson gives opening remarks to individuals at the Emergency Family Assistance Center training aboard Naval Air Station Jacksonville Sept. 18. The training was given to members of the communities involving NAS Jacksonville, Naval Station Mayport and Naval Submarine Base Kings Bay, as well other outside organizations, in order to establish procedures in the event of an incident or disaster. Photo by MC1 John SmolinskiRAN Chief of Navy visitsThe Royal Australian Navy (RAN) Chief of Navy Vice Admiral Tim Barrett (left) met with NAS Jacksonville Commanding Officer Capt. Roy Undersander during a tour of the base on Sept. 15. Barrett continued his tour at RAN 725 Squadron that is training with U.S. Navy counterparts on operating the MH-60R Seahawk helicopter. The squadrons transition is scheduled to be completed in December. JAX AIR NEWS, NAS JACKSONVILLE, Thursday, October 2, 2014 7


8 JAX AIR NEWS, NAS JACKSONVILLE, Thursday, October 2, 2014 By AE2(AW) Samantha JonesJulie Kieffer, Information Tickets and Tours (ITT) Manager and Security Assistant Penny Roberts were named NAS Jax Senior and Junior Civilians of the 3rd Quarter respectively. Kieffers efforts have brought positive value to our stations commitment of providing outstanding service. Serving as the ITT tri-base coordina tor, Kieffer served as overall coordinator for registration for June General Schedule Administration (GSA) events and the ITT Travel Fair. She also developed a business model to advance purchase tickets to enhance savings for patron by locking the prices in at a lower cost. As Navy Region Southeast Non Appropriated Funds Credit Card Manger, Kieffer is recognized for hav ing zero deficiencies in credit card purchasing for yearly transactions totaling over 4 million dollars. As a volun teer initiative, she served as a training facilitator for MWR/ Navy Gateway Inn and Suites Managers. Julie Kieffer strives for excellence each and every day. I continually rely on her to pro vide assistance when there is special tasking. I can rely on her positive approach to meet the assigned mission, said NAS Jax MWR Director John Bushick. I am passionate about what I do and I dont view it as a job. My goal is to save our Sailors money and providing the best value. The most rewarding part is seeing the Sailors and their families happy, said Kieffer. Penny Roberts has estab lished herself as the resident expert through her vast work ing knowledge and techni cal expertise of governing the AMAG system, the access con trol system used by the base. She has demonstrated excep tional leadership and devo tion to duty by volunteering to manage multiple depart mental programs. During the last three months, Roberts has tracked 26,064 SONRA checks, conducted 3,380 back ground checks, issued 353 Rapid Gate Badges, and 21,721 Consolidated Law Enforcement Operations Center (CLEOC) entries/passes. I am honored to receive this award in recognition of the hard work I have done over the last 10 years. It is a job that carries a lot of responsibility to customers, coworkers, and the bases security. However, its also a very rewarding job when you have the opportuni ty to help so many people and affect change for the better, said Roberts. Penny is the face of Pass and ID and the front line of defense for our base. She has received accolades for her top-notch service from many employees around the installation. She is a valued member of our team, said Security Officer Jeffery Thacker. By MC2 Amanda CabasosThe NAS Jax Coalition of Sailors Against Destructive Decisions (CSADD) chapter is taking strides to encourage junior Sailors to make positive deci sions. CSADD is important in todays Navy because its a peer to peer mentor ing program that helps junior Sailors avoid destructive decisions, said MA3 Allante Charles, NAS Jax CSADD chap ter president. Sailors in the CSADD program meet once a month to train, discuss vari ous issues amongst the lower ranks and plan events to help boost service members morale. During our monthly meetings we discuss topics such as sex ual assault and suicide awareness, said Charles. We have plans to reach out to our peers to provide awareness on these topics by incorporating alternate choices, such as bowling, movie nights, sports, community service and other creative activities. This month, we are highlighting the theme Suicide Prevention, said NAS Jax CSADD Chapter Program Advisor RPC(AW/SW/FMF) Nino Miranda. We encourage our members to share their events, experiences, and conduct train ing. According to Miranda, their prima ry goal is to promote the CSADD pro gram and recruit as many members and advocates as possible. We need to let every Sailor know that CSADD is avail able in case service members need to talk about issues affecting their careers, life and family. There are currently more than 20 Sailors participating in the NAS Jax CSADD program, however, Miranda plans to unite as many CSADD chapters together as possible from various com mands aboard NAS Jax. The more chapters involved the stronger we are, said Miranda. Currently we have five chapters col laborating that include Center for Naval Aviation Technical Training Unit Jacksonville, VP-45, HSM-74, Region Legal Service Office Southeast and NAS Jax Southeast Regional Calibration Center Sailors join CSADD for various rea sons. I became involved in the pro gram because I was not making great decisions as a Sailor, said Charles. I was easily influenced by my peers and it had a negative effect on my naval career. I decided to look for a better way to spend my liberty by trying to help junior Sailors like myself that would need positive people around to help them. Its about shipmates helping ship mates, he added For Miranda, I volunteered to be the CSADD Program Advisor because I want to support our Junior Sailors, help build their leadership and organiza tional skills. We can do this by giving Sailors responsibilities and projects that promotes spiritual and physical fitness and deglamorize the over-consumption of alcohol. For more information on how to become a member or advocate for NAS Jax CSADD Chapter, email MA3 Allante Charles at Allante.charles@navy.mil or ABHAN Cynthia Trevizo at Cynthia. trevizo@navy.mil By Clark PierceEditorThe DON Civilian Employee Assist-ance Program (CEAP), available to DON civilian employees and their families, is a free program that provides centralized access to licensed counselors, work/life specialists, management coaching and consultation, along with various online resources. DONCEAP provides confidential resources and referrals to services that support parenting, childcare, college, eldercare, legal and financial management, and other daily life situa tions, such as relocation and overall wellness. The DON and the Department of Health and Human Services Federal Occupational Health (FOH) began phasing in DONCEAP in October 2013 to consolidate local-level com mand employee assistance programs into one office at each base. Of the 195,000 civilian employees in the Department of the Navy, most have transitioned from their command plans to this consolidated program. Gary Gray is the DONCEAP field consultant/contractor at NAS Jacksonville. Many of my face-to-face consultations involve employee assistance and work/life services. We also offer access to legal and financial services through our CONCEAP call center thats staffed 24/7 by licensed professionals who will listen carefully to your concerns. I also work with supervisory per sonnel to help them to help their employees who may be fac ing difficulties at work or at home. He added, One example could be that your childcare cen ter is closing. Another problem could be an aging parent who needs a higher level of care. One call to 1-844-DONCEAP can provide information on licensed childcare facilities in your area. DONCEAP also provides specialists in finding quality home care or assisted living facilities for elders. These are very popular resources within our work/life services. Gray, whose office is located in Building 13 at the NAS Jacksonville Yorktown gate, may be contacted at 542-0095. By Kevin GartlandNAS Jax Environmental DirectorNAS Jacksonville recently completed its mandated Safe Drinking Water Act triennial testing for lead and copper in the drinking water from faucets and water fountains at 60 sites (combination of homes and facilities) designated by the State of Florida, including the child development center and youth activities center. According to the base Water Commodities Manager Jay Caddy, the drinking water tested safe. All of the tests were negative, he stated. Caddy further explained that since 1991, the state of Florida has required all commu nity water systems such as the one oper ated by NAS Jax to test their drinking water for lead and copper every three years in order to protect public health. If the level of lead was ever found to be greater than .015 milligram per liter or the level of copper was greater than 1.3 milligram per liter in a home or facility aboard NAS Jax, an immedi ate flush of the line would be conducted and the water retested. Our testing program is solid. And if at any time in the future results were to show greater levels of lead or copper than permitted by EPA we would imme diately notify impacted personnel and take corrective action by replacing the service line, water fountain or plumbing fixture as applicable, explained Caddy. As a result of the Navys newly imple mented drinking water program which requires drinking water be tested every five years, the drinking water at vari ous locations through NAS Jax and at all installations throughout the coun try will be tested again. Tests will be conducted here Oct. 10 and 11, and will include the child development center, youth center, teen center, gym and play areas. If you have questions about the base drinking water, contact Water Commodities Manager Jay Caddy at 542-6440.Please visit: http://www2.epa.gov/lead http://water.epa.gov/drink/info/lead/ schools_index.cfm http://www.med.navy.mil/sites/nmcphc/ Drinking-Water.aspx http://www.cnic.navy.mil/regions/cnrse/om/ environmental_support/ drinking-water/lead-inpriority-areasamplingprogram.html Photo by AE2(AW) Samantha JonesJulie Keiffer, ITT manager, assists Air Force Lt. Col Damon Boehmer with planning the perfect weekend getaway for his family. Penny Roberts assists a customer with a Rapid Gate issue at the Pass and ID office.NAS Jax Junior, Senior Civilians of the Quarter Shipmates helping shipmates: CSADD provides the way(From left) NAS Jax CSADD Chapter President MA3 Allante Charles, AM3 Charles Glover and YN2 Kiram Woods play a round of bag toss at the MWR Barracks Bash. CSADD is a peer-to-peer mentoring program.Photos by Clark Pierce(From left) CSSR Miranda See and AM3 Charles Glover talk about the advan tages of joining CSAAD in their booth at the Sept. 25 NAS Jax MWR Barracks Bash.Consolidated DONCEAP offers free problem solving Photo by Clark PierceCEAP Field Consultant Gary Gray is available by appointment to meet with civilian employees at NAS Jacksonville. To schedule an appointment at his office in Building 13 (at the Yorktown gate) call 542-0095.Station triennial drinking water tested for lead and copper


uted to the success of VP-45s detach ment, by acting as host and making transportation and housing arrange ments. After months of planning for their training in Guam, the Pelicans also enjoyed the opportunity to explore the islands many attractions including museums, hiking, snorkeling and din ing on local cuisine. The exercise yielded valuable train ing in joint operations, preparedness for VP-45s future deployment to the Western Pacific, in addition to creat ing memories and friendships while representing Commander, Patrol and Reconnaissance Wing (CPRW) 11 on the far side of the world. VP-45 and VP-5 are home based at NAS Jacksonville. Sailors who served in them. The ombudsman program is not that old, she said. Think about the time before the program. Who did our spouses have to reach out to? What the ombudsman program pro vides is a real link that everyone can reach out to . it is a powerful tool to have in our toolbox. The event concluded as each ombudsman was presented a certificate of appreciation by Jackson and goodie bags courtesy of Navy Wives Club of America Jacksonville No. 86 and the Daughters in Dixie No. 300. HSM-70 keeps watch on the Arabian GulfAn MH-60R Seahawk helicopter assigned Working together smoothly is essential Working together smoothly is essential to the "Spartans" of Helicopter Maritime Strike Squadron (HSM) 70 takes off from the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS George H.W. Bush (CVN 77) Sept. 2. George H.W. Bush is supporting maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility. The Spartans are home based at NAS Jacksonville.Photo by MC3 Brian Stephens VP-45From Page 1 OMBUDSMENFrom Page 1 Lt. j.g. Bryan Scott and Lt. Ashton Vaughan mission plan in the temporary tactical operations center located in the Valiant Shield 2014 tent city located on Andersen Air Force Base, Guam.Photo courtesy of VP-45Shaunnah Esteves, ombudsman from CPRW11, recieves gift bags from Betty Stringfellow of Daughters In Dixie No. 300, Chris McCloskey and Amy Johnson from Navy Wives Club of America Jacksonville No. 86 during the 44th Anniversary Appreciation Luncheon at NAS Jax River Cove Catering and Conference Center on Sept. 25. Photo by MC1(SW/AW) John Smolinski JAX AIR NEWS, NAS JACKSONVILLE, Thursday, October 2, 2014 9


Navy Drug Lab celebrates 30 yearsBy AE2(AW) Samantha JonesStaff WriterThe Navy Drug Screening Laboratory (NDSL) Jacksonville celebrated its 30th anniversary on Sept. 26 at the NAS Jax River Cove Conference and Catering Center. I want to thank all employees, past and present, for your contributions, your efforts, and your day in to day out dedi cation to the mission of this lab and to your coworkers over the past 30 years., said Navy Drug Screening Laboratory, Jacksonville Commanding Officer Cmdr. Darryl Arfsten during his open ing remarks. The technology, the processes and the procedures have changed somewhat over the past 30 years but one thing that has remained throughout is the profes sionalism, dedication, and honor of this staff to each other and to the mission. It is the employees of this lab that sets it apart and makes it one of the most unique places to work, he continued. NAS Jax Commanding Officer Capt. Roy Undersander and NAS Jax Command Master Chief CMDCM(AW/ SW) Teri McIntyre attended the lun cheon. Im honored to be here today to share in this milestone event for the Navy Drug Screening Lab Jacksonville. For the last 30 years youve provided an essential service for the Navy and Department of Defense at large and done an amazing job at it, said Undersander. From my prospective as a leader, you are an integral part of my leader ship tool bag. You provide a determent to help us keep Sailors on the right path and help us identify the ones who refuse to do the right thing, he added. All the accolades that this lab has received are due to the quality and com mitment of its employees. Im amazed at the teamwork that happens here at NAS Jax to make us one of the most responsive installations in the Navy. I am proud to have the NDSL on this base and a part of our team, concluded Undersander. During the awards and presentations segment of the ceremony, Arfsten pre sented Carl Horn and Brian Fisher with the Superior Civilian Service Award, the second highest award achievable by a civilian employee in the Department of Defense. MU1 David Kraftchak of Navy Band Southeast performed the national anthem and Chaplain Dennis Andrews provided the invocation. Navy Drug Screening Laboratory, Jacksonville Commanding Officer Cdr. Darryl Arfsten presents Carl Horn with the Superior Civilian Service Award, the second highest award achiev able by a civilian employee in the Department of Defense.Photos by AE2(AW) Samantha JonesThe Navy Drug Screening Laboratory held their 30th Anniversary Celebration at the River Cove Conference and Catering Center on September 26. Brian Fisher was presented with the Superior Civilian Service Award by Navy Drug Screening Laboratory, Jacksonville Commanding Officer Cdr. Darryl Arfsten during the command's 30th anniversary celebration. Guest speakers and former command ing officers of the Navy Drug Screening Laboratory, Jacksonville, retired Cmdr. Lisa McWhorter (left) and retired Capt. (Dr.) John Jemionek were presented with the "traditional" awards for their contributions and services to the com mand during their tenure. A CFC Participant. Provided as a public service.Because of you, there is St. Jude.Call 800-822-6344 or visit stjude.org to learn more. Families never receive a bill from St. Jude for treatment, travel, housing or food because all a family should worry about is helping their child live. 10 JAX AIR NEWS, NAS JACKSONVILLE, Thursday, October 2, 2014


By Mike ChmuraNAS Jax Energy ManagerThe Navy spends approxi mately $752,000,000 on shore facility utilities each year. That equates to approximately 40 percent of the overall shore facility operating support bud get. Thats right 40 percent of what the Navy spends ashore goes toward turning on the lights and a/c. And of that 40 percent, more than half will be consumed on heating or cool ing the building. In order for the Navy to achieve its sus tainable energy consump tion goals, utilizing effective building energy management control systems (EMCS) has become an essential part of the solution. An EMCS is a net work of digital smart controls with can allow analysis of real time data on a building or a network of buildings, allowing energy waste to be identified and then eliminated by ensur ing efforts are made towards more efficient performance. Back in 2010, NAS Jacksonville Public Works Department (PWD), working in conjunc tion with the Trane Company (a worldwide supplier of digi tal smart controls systems for buildings), embarked on the first of several phases to con vert the entire base onto a network of smart controls for buildings. The first phase of this work consisted of retrofitting new digital smart controls for 14 NAS Jax facilities which previ ously contained obsolete and proprietary, non-functioning building temperature con trols. Control and monitor ing of all 14 buildings would operate from a central brain or monitoring station known as the EMCS, located in PWD Building 27. The digital smart project team included NAVFAC Public Works, the regional base oper ating contractor, Fluor, and the Trane Company. The project goal was to pro vide a single seat of operation for reliable control of all con nected buildings and provide an energy efficient network of facilities. Several phases have been completed since then and today the base wide digital smart building controls ini tiative has grown to almost 50 facilities. By the end of next year the effort is expect to encompass 70 facilities all being monitored from the central location in Building 27. The digital smart team has incorporated many innova tive energy saving strategies for the network of buildings. Strategies include optimal start/stop of equipment based on occupancy schedules, con trol of building ventilation using carbon monoxide sen sors, fan speed optimization, and chilled water plant opti mization. To date, the digital smart team has battled energy waste to the tune of approxi mately $817,972 of annual sav ings and theres more work to be done. Building energy manage ment control systems can be utilized not only to maximize the building efficiency, but also for the convenience of operat ing the overall building envi ronment as well. An EMCS collects real-time data from (From left) NAS Jax Public Works Energy Manager Mike Chmura and Train Company Controls Technician Casey Jones review the Building 1 chilled water schematic on the Energy Management Control System.Photos by AE2(AW) Samatha Jones(From left) Energy Program Assistant BU2 Camaren Walker, Rusty Owens, David Hatanpa, Randall Register, Robert Spradley, Jocob Yancey, and NAVFAC SE Public Works Energy Manager Mike Chmura teamed up with the Train Company to provide a single seat of operation for reliable con trol of all connected buildings and provide an energy efficient network of facilities. (From left, clockwise) Mark Stone, Bert Bost, Tom Doherty, Allan Bond, Randy Orr, Mike Hart and Casey Jones of the Trane Company worked in conjunction with NAS Jacksonville Public Works Department (PWD) to convert the entire base onto a network of buildings with smart environmental controls. Saving energy through digital smart controlsSee ENERGY, Page 17 JAX AIR NEWS, NAS JACKSONVILLE, Thursday, October 2, 2014 11


By MCSA Alex MillarUSS Theodore Roosevelt Public AffairsThe Afloat Training Group (ATG) Atlantic, from Naval Station Norfolk, came aboard the aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71) Sept. 16, to conduct 25 days of training underway for Tailored Ships Training Availability (TSTA) and Final Evaluation Problem (FEP). ATG conducts TSTA and FEP aboard every carrier prior to deployment. These evolutions test assigned Sailors and Marines knowledge and proficien cy in areas such as damage control and medical readiness. Every carrier undergoes TSTA before deployment, said Lt. Cmdr. Zavean Ware, the training officer aboard TR. TSTA phases are the processes that ramp us up and help us prepare for the final evaluation and ultimately our deployment next year. TR Sailors will be running at-sea fire parties, general quarters, and chemical, biological and radiological (CBR) drills for TSTA in preparation for an upcom ing deployment, said Chief Warrant Officer Nicholas Mason, TRs fire mar shal. USS George H.W. Bush (CVN 77) com pleted TSTA and FEP in August 2013. At the end of the evaluation Bush received score of 97 percent after more than 300 drills. Were going to try to out do the pre vious carriers on the East Coast, said Ware. The Rough Rider mantra is to be the best, and this is just part of the process to get us to the top. The key to accomplishing this is to stay focused and stay positive. The strike group will continue to conduct more integrated training in the coming months as it prepares for deployment next year. Next up for the strike group is Composite Training Unit Exercise (COMPTUEX) and Joint Task Force Exercise (JTFEX) that involve exercises with the aircraft carriers air wing. Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 1 consists of eight squadrons and approximate ly 1,500 Sailors. Each squadron has unique capabilities that range from electronic warfare to aviation combat power. CVW-1 is comprised of Strike Fighter Squadron 11, Strike Fighter Squadron 211, Strike Fighter Squadron 136, Marine Fighter Attack Squadron 251, Electronic Attack Squadron 137, Carrier Airborne Early Warning Squadron 123, Helicopter Anti-submarine Squadron 11 and VRC-40 Photo by MC2 Katie Lash The aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71) leads a formation of ships from Carrier Strike Group (CSG) 12 during a Tailored Ship's Training Availability (TSTA) maneuvering exercise Sept. 23 in the Atlantic. Theodore Roosevelt participated in the exercise with the Peruvian submarine BAP Islay (SS 35), the guided-mis sile destroyers USS Winston Churchill (DDG 81), USS Forrest Sherman (DDG 98), USS Farragut (DDG 99) and the guided-missile cruiser USS Normandy (CG 60).Photo by MC3 Joshua PetrosinoAn SH-60 Seahawk helicopter assigned to the "Dragonslayers" of Helicopter Antisubmarine Squadron (HS) 11 participates in a straits transit exercise Sept. 22 with Arleigh Burke-class guided missile destroyer USS Winston S. Churchill (DDG 81), one of six ships assigned to Carrier Strike Group (CSG) 12. The Dragonslayers are based at NAS Jacksonville. Photo by MCSA Alex Millar Sailors participate in a flight deck firefighting drill aboard the aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71). Theodore Roosevelt is underway preparing for future deployments.USS Theodore Roosevelt undergoes TSTA, FEP 12 JAX AIR NEWS, NAS JACKSONVILLE, Thursday, October 2, 2014


JAX AIR NEWS, NAS JACKSONVILLE, Thursday, October 2, 2014 13 DeweysCall 542-3521 Free Texas Holdem Tournaments Monday & Thursday at 7 p.m. Friday Social Hour 49 p.m., live enter tainment, $.50 wings and $7.95 pizza your way Friday Night Live Entertainment Karaoke Oct. 3, 17, 24 & 31 2nd Tyme Around Band Oct. 10 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 Oct. 25, 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 is closed. Indoor Pool Hours Monday Friday Lap swim 5 8 a.m., 11:30 a.m. 12:30 p.m., & 4 5 p.m. Open recreation swim 5 7 p.m. Monday Friday Open recreation swim 11 a.m. 2:30 p.m. Saturday & SundayI.T.T. EventsCall 542-3318 E-mail them directly at jaxs_nas_ mwritt@navy.mil ITT current ticket promotions include the following: Armed Forces Vacation Club Resort Condo Rentals www.afvclub.com installation $349-$369 Busch Gardens HOWL-O-SCREAM CURSED $38.25 Universal Halloween Horror Nights $45.25 $76.50! Universal Special 3Day park to park for the price of a 1day park to park until Nov 30 Florida Theatre Tickets available Beyond Glory & Celtic Thunder -more to come! FSCJ Broadway Artist Series on sale now! Thrasher Horne Center for the Arts on sale now price! Hunter Hayes $56.00 Transiberian Orchestra $54.00 FL Gators vs. Missouri $28.00 (limited quantity) Monster Jam Tickets Feb. 21, 2015 Everbank Field $21 $47.50 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 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 ITT offers Shades of Green, Disneyworld Hotels, Universal Hotels and off prop erty hotels 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. 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 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 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 availableAuto Skills CenterCall 542-3227 22 work bays, wheel balancing, tool checkout, paint booth and welding ASE certified mechanic onsiteYouth Activities CenterCall 778-9772 Family Fitness Center hours Monday Friday, 9 a.m. 1 p.m. Bring your child to work out with you!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.netOpen 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. 26 FACSFAC 1 0 FRCSE 1 0 HSM-72 Proud Warriors 1 0 NAS Jax 1 0 NBHC Bad Company 1 0 NCTS Jax 1 0 VP-8 Tigers 1 0 VR-62 1 0 VR-58 0 0 FRCSE Thundercats 0 1 HITRON 0 1 NMC Titans 0 1 VP-26 0 1 VP-30 Staff 0 1 VP-30 ZAWWBS 0 1 VP-45 0 1 VP-62 0 1 TPU/PCF 2 0 VP-30 2 0 FRCSE 1 1 AIR OPS 1 0 VP-8 1 0 NAVFAC 1 1 FACSFAC 0 1 NCTS 0 1 VR-62 0 1 VP-16 0 1 VP-45 0 2 NAVFAC Sons of Guns 4 0 NAS Jax 3 0 HS-11 2 0 NAVFAC Soap Gang 3 1 NAVFAC World War Z 3 1 VP-8 3 1 CNATTU Gold 2 2 NAVFAC Reigning Clays 2 2 VP-30 II 2 2 CNATTU Blue 1 2 FRCSE Claybusters 1 2 NAVFAC Skeeters 1 2 NAVFAC Sky Busters 1 3 VP-30 I 1 3 VP-45 Pelicans 1 3 NAVFAC Smoke Wagons 0 3 Photo by AE2(AW) Samantha JonesMWR skeet shooters take aim NAS Jax Commanding Officer Capt. Roy Undersander shoots for team NAS JAX during the 2014 Captain's Cup Intramural Skeet League. The competition consists of 17 four-person teams. Each participant shoots 25 targets for a maximum score of 100 points. Single elimination playoffs are set to begin Nov. 3. For questions or notifications, contact Bill Bonser at 5422930.


4th Annual Mulberry Cove Marina RiverfestSeven-year-old Eve Williams stays still with eyes closed while Debra Heuskin paints beautiful art around her eyes during the Mulberry Cove Marina annual Riverfest event on Saturday. Laila and Genna Edenfield engage in some sisterly completion during the rain gutter regatta competi tion hosted by the Navy Jax Yacht Club during the annual Riverfest event at the Mulberry Cove Marina. MWR offers free paddle board lessons instructed by MWR Marina Manager Phil Collins during the annual Riverfest event. The St. Johns River was nice and smooth, making it easier for first timers.Photos by Shannon LeonardGerald Dake of the Sunnyland Chapter of Antique and Classic Boat Society took Riverfest participants for rides in his 22-foot 1947 Chris Craft Sportsman runabout.See story and more photos from 4th Annual MWR Riverfest on Page 15 14 JAX AIR NEWS, NAS JACKSONVILLE, Thursday, October 2, 2014 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


A fun day on the St. Johns for military familiesBy Shannon Leonard, MWR MarketingOvercast skies did not impede hundreds of military family members to come out for the 4th Annual Mulberry Cove Marina Riverfest event hosted by the Morale, Welfare and Recreation (MWR) Department. MWR provided a bounce house, volleyball, bag toss, face painting, door prizes and a free cookout featuring hamburgers, hotdogs, potato salad, chips and drinks. The Navy Jax Yacht Club provided free balloons and the rain gutter regatta game. A free childrens casting clinic was offered by the St. Johns Bass Anglers Club. Members of the Sunnyland Chapter of Antique and Classic Boat Society offered rides in their beautiful, custom-restored water craft dating back to the early 1900s. Water activi ties included free kayaking, canoeing and paddleboard lessons. The Second Tyme Around band entertained the crowd playing classic rock while event attendees were enjoying the free cookout and taking part in the days activities. We do this event every year in appreciation of our customers. This day is all about them. This year we have a new addition with the Sunnyland Antique and Classic Boat Society showcasing their restored wooden water craft and offering free rides, said Phil Collins, MWR marina manager. The weather was supposed to be rainy, however, it turned out perfect for this event. Overcast, cool and not a drop of rain, continued Collins. A military retiree added, I am super thrilled with the way MWR has all of these events on the base for mili tary families. We initially were not going to come due to the weather, however the day turned out great and my grandson event learned how to paddleboard for the first time today. MWR would like to thank all of the volunteers for helping out. The event was sponsored by the University of Phoenix. Neither the U.S. Navy, nor any other part of the federal government officially endorses any company, sponsor or its products or services. Photos by Shannon LeonardThe line stays steady for free hamburgers and hot dogs provided by MWR during the annual Riverfest event at the Mulberry Cove Marina. Mike Sloan with the St. John's Bass Anglers club teaches four-year-old Malcolm Mickler how to cast a fishing line during the Riverfest event on Saturday at the Marina. Liliana Angulo, 12, is all smiles as she learns how to paddleboard for the first time during the annual Mulberry Cove Marina Riverfest on Sept. 27. Bob Breidert, owner of the 1929 Chris Craft triple cockpit custom runabout, explains to event attendee Dane Larocque how the boat was restored to its current pristine condition during the annual Riverfest event at the Mulberry Cove Marina on Saturday. Members of the Sunnyland Chapter of the Antique and Classic Boat Society brought out beautiful, custom watercraft for patrons to view and ride during the event. Jennifer and Ryan Roberson, with their children, and HM3 Pablo Flemate from the Naval Hospital win a fishing rod, tackle box, fishing knife and water bottle during one of the free door prize drawings at the Mulberry Cove Marina Riverfest event on Sept. 27. Sgt. Nick Puga and Sgt. Courtney Stephenson, along with her son Liam, play a friendly game of bag toss during Riverfest at the Mulberry Cove Marina. JAX AIR NEWS, NAS JACKSONVILLE, Thursday, October 2, 2014 15


16 JAX AIR NEWS, NAS JACKSONVILLE, Thursday, October 2, 2014 An F/A-18B Hornet sits in a Fleet Readiness Center Southeast paint hangar Sept. 22 waiting to be con verted to the Blue Angels paint scheme. The aircraft from Marine Fighter Attack Training Squadron 101 based at Marine Corps Air Station Miramar, Calif., was painted by the squadron in 2012 to honor four Medal of Honor recipients. The Hornet was flown in several air shows and is no longer used by the fleet. The four inscriptions commemorate Lt. Michael Murphy, a Navy SEAL who was killed in Afghanistan June 28, 2005; MA2 Michael Monsoor, a Navy SEAL killed in Iraq Sept. 29, 2006; Cpl. Jason Dunham killed in Iraq April 22, 2004 and Sgt. Dakota Meyer, a veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps and War in Afghanistan. Meyer is the second youngest living Medal of Honor recipient. From U.S. Fleet Cyber Command/ U.S. 10th Fleet Public AffairsThe Vice Chief of Naval Operations (VCNO), Adm. Michelle Howard, visited U.S. Fleet Cyber Command/U.S. 10th Fleet (FCC/C10F) headquarters at Fort Meade, Maryland, Sept. 26. Howard received an update on FCC/ C10F operations and plans, met with Sailors and civilian staff, and participat ed in a round table discussion with Vice Adm. Jan Tighe, the commander of FCC/ C10F, and her leadership team. We have operated and excelled in three dimensions of warfighting [sea, air, land] over the past 100 years, after thousands of years focused only on sea and land, Howard said, and now we must master a fourth dimension: the cyberspace domain. She noted the imperative to continue to better educate the Navy team about the operational impact of cyber in order to transform the culture and provided the historical example of Fleet Admiral William Frederick Halsey, Jr. to illustrate the point. Halsey was born in the 1882 and grad uated from the U.S. Naval Academy in 1904 (which, for example, was before zippers, toasters, or color photography existed). After the First World War, in the 1920s, he saw the vital importance of air power (an emerging domain at the time, similar to cyber today) when others doubted it. That vision led him to attend flight school in 1935 at the age of 52, helping him successfully lead the air craft carrier fight during World War II. Howard went on to emphasize the need for todays senior and junior Navy team members, both uniformed and civilian, to similarly embrace cyber. We must make the understanding of cybers impact on the maritime opera tional level of war as fundamental as damage control or flight operations in our Navy, Howard said. Tighe further highlighted this in describing threats to Navy networks in terms of attack surface and how that surface expands based on poor user behavior, for example, which in turn increases opportunities for adversaries to exploit. The attack surface grows larger when network users, unaware of the ramifica tions of their on-line behavior, unwit tingly succumb to spear phishing emails that link and download malicious soft ware, or use peer-to-peer file sharing software that introduces malware to our networks, or simply plug their person al electronic device into a computer to recharge it, Tighe said. She also discussed the Navys layered, defense in depth approach to protecting those Navy networks, the Navys portion of the Cyber Mission Force build for U.S. Cyber Command, and the need for some in industry and academia to understand the importance of protecting unclas sified, but sensitive Navy data on their networks. One of our toughest challenges is in ensuring the protection of sensitive but unclassified data that is Navy related and resides outside Navy/Department of Defense networks in the defense industry base and academia. It is largely outside of our control, but poses a great threat to maintaining our war fighting advantage, Tighe said. Tighe noted that the Navy and DoD are moving toward greater cooperation and sharing and across government, industry, and academia, but this needs to go further and faster. We need the information in business and academic networks to be as pro tected as the information in the DoD networks Tighe said. Both leaders agreed now is the time to implement additional, comprehensive cyber education for all hands and based on work roles (i.e., a tiered approach with training respectively tailored for all network users, for leaders, and for cyber experts). Updated cyber training for all hands is expected to begin by the end of FY15. The visit was also a remarkable moment for gender integration, with the two leaders having each made history in 2014. On July 1 of this year, Howard made U.S. Navy history as first female ever promoted to the rank of four-star admi ral. Earlier, on April 2, Tighe became the first female commander of a numbered fleet in U.S. Navy history when she took the helm of FCC/C10F. U.S. Fleet Cyber Command (FCC) reports directly to the Chief of Naval Operations as an Echelon II command and is responsible for Navy Networks, Cryptology, Signals Intelligence, Information Operations, Electronic Warfare, Cyber, and Space. FCC serves as the Navy Component Command to U.S. Strategic Command and U.S. Cyber Command, and the Navys Service Cryptologic Component Commander under the National Security Agency/Central Security Service, exercising operational control of Fleet Cyber Command mission forces through U.S. 10th Fleet (C10F). C10F is the operational arm of FCC and executes its mission through a task force structure similar to other warfare commanders. By AE2(AW) Samantha JonesStaff WriterOn Sept. 26, 20 volunteers from Team Depot, the Home Depots associateled volunteer force collaborated with HandsOn Jacksonville Inc. to renovate the NAS Jax Navy Wives Club No. 86 Thrift Shop, located in building 13 at the Yorktown gate. This effort is part of The Home Depots 4th annual Celebration of Service campaign, in which Team Depot volunteers use their skills to transform more than 1,000 homes and facilities for veterans across the nation from Sept. 11 to Veterans Day. In eight hours, Team Depot and HandsOn Jackosnville Inc. volunteers were able to organize the thrift shop inventory for retail receipt work area, install modular cabinets, counters and shelving for organizational efficiency, and transform the inventory and retail receipt work area to provide safe access for customers. Chris McCloskey, a member of Navy Wives Club No. 86 and chairman of the thrift shop on Tuesdays, said, Were so happy for all the hard work the vol unteers put into the renovations. They have remodeled the rack space so we will have more room for display. It takes a lot of work to keep all the donations organized and these renovations will be a tremendous help to us. Team Depot is a way for the Home Depot to give back to the community. This is a way for our team to serve the veterans who have served us and we appreciate the opportunity. Today were out here assisting the Navy Wives Club, which does so much good for the community, and we thought it would make a great partnership. In addition to HandsOn Jacksonville volunteers, eight Seabees from NAS Jacksonville volunteered their time to this project, said vol unteer leader Les Crawford of Argyle Home Depot. The Not New Shop accepts donat ed clothes, toys and household goods, which are sold to raise money that goes to base and local charities. The shop is open 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays. For more information call 542-1582.Neither the U.S. Navy, nor any other part of the federal government officially endorses any company, sponsor or its products or ser vices. By Sallie CauthersDeCA Marketing Specialist October represents the unofficial start to the holi day season for commissary customers who want to save more than their usual 30 percent or more. Were offering daily specials throughout our stores and seasonal club packs at great savings for the upcoming holidays, said Tracie Russ, the Defense Commissary Agencys director of sales. Dont forget to check out our fresh produce sec tion for coupon bundles, and, if you dont have your Commissary Rewards Card yet, get one now. You could be missing out on some really great deals and giveaways. During October, DeCAs industry partners ven dors, suppliers and brokers are collaborating with commissaries to offer discounts beyond everyday savings. Overseas stores may have substitute events for cer tain promotional programs. Customers should check their local commissary for dates and times for the following promotions: From Oct. 9-22, the Dr Pepper Snapple Group is offering 20 military families 16 families of four stationed state side and four families of four stationed overseas a free trip home anywhere in the United States, to include airfare, lodging and $1,000 spending money. Customers can scan the QR code located on in-store signage or go online starting Oct. 9 to http://www. commissaries.com/shopping/sales-events.cfm to find the link to enter and for contest rules. Continuing through mid-Octo ber, commissary customers will find in-store dis plays and coupons for imported items from Germany and other European countries. Commissaries have German products ranging from chocolates, cookies, sauerkraut, mustard, red cabbage, rich German cof fee and more. Beginning Nov. 1, customers worldwide will be able to purchase their complete Thanksgiving meal with the Free Turkey Coupon booklet. The following industry partners Kraft Foods, General Mills, Heinz, P&G, Wesson, PAM, Nabisco, Kelloggs, and Hefty and Reynolds Wrap, Johnsonville, Presto, Pepperidge Farm and Pfizer will provide shoppers with the booklet. Supplies of these booklets worldwide will be limited. Watch for the Hungry for Football store dis plays throughout October that have recipe books and coupon savings. Go to www.conagracommis sarydeals.com for a list of items ConAgra has on sale along with printable coupons. Commissary patrons are also reminded to contin ually check the DeCA website at www.commissaries. com, select the Shopping link and click on Sales & Events tab for the latest in promotional information. Vice Chief of Naval Operations visits FCC/C10FPhoto by MC2 David Finley Jr.Vice Adm. Jan Tighe assumed command of U.S. Fleet Cyber Command and U.S. 10th Fleet in April of 2014. Tighe and her leadership team participated in a round table discussion on Sept. 26 with VCNO Adm. Michelle Howard.U.S. Navy photoVice Chief of Naval Operations (VCNO) Adm. Michelle Howard received a command update during her visit to U.S. Fleet Cyber Command/U.S. 10th Fleet (FCC/C10F) headquarters at Fort Meade, Md., Sept. 26. Fresh look for the Not New ShopPhotos by AE2(AW) Samantha JonesThe volunteers installed modular cabinets, counters and shelving for organiza tional efficiency and to optimize the product display. Recipe for holiday savings now at your Commissary An F/A-18B Hornet from Marine Fighter Attack Training Squadron 101 based at Marine Corps Air Station Miramar, Calif., waits to be painted with the Blue Angels paint scheme on Sept. 22.Becoming a Blue AngelPhotos by Victor PittsTo kick off the renovation, Team Depot volunteers gave the Not New Shop a fresh coat of paint.


JAX AIR NEWS, NAS JACKSONVILLE, Thursday, October 2, 2014 17 sensors located within the building to help the operator determine the cur rent health of the building systems by doing such things as knowing when a valve should open or close, when a chiller should turn on or off, or when a heating unit should activate or deac tivate. Dave Hatanpa, the HVAC Lead tech nician for Fluor, explains this benefit further: We view the EMCS from our office every morning to see where the building alarms have occurred over night. We can troubleshoot problems before anyone in the building even knows there was problem. An EMCS system can be extremely helpful tool not only for automation and building efficiency, but for trouble shooting operational problems and scheduling preventative maintenance efficiently. Digital smart controls has already proven to be an effective tool against for managing energy use and curtailing high maintenance costs at NAS Jacksonville. ENERGYFrom Page 11 By Army Sgt.1st Class Tyrone Marshall Jr.DoD News, Defense Media ActivityThe 2014 Warrior Games, bringing together more than 200 wounded or ill U.S. service members and veterans opened here Sept. 28, with a senior Defense Department official lauding all those competing as an inspiration to everyone who wears the uniform. Through these games we celebrate athletes the war riors and we recognize your service and your accomplish ments and we applaud them, said Jessica Garfola Wright, the undersecretary of defense for personnel and readiness as she opened the six days of games. The competition includes seven sports archery, cycling, shooting, sitting volleyball, swimming, track and field and wheelchair basketball. Athletes, I will tell you you inspire me, Wright said. And you inspire your fellow service members, and your families and your friends. Americans everywhere, she said, will use one word and thats just awe some. You are awesome. Wright said she was honored to represent Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel who she said sent his best wishes to all the ath letes. Your courage, your strength and your perseverance it is awesome, she said. Thank you for your service in uniform to the United States of America. Thank you for your sustained excellence in the face of adver sity. Wright said the warrior-ath letes had so much to be proud of and it just simply gave me chills to see you march in to the opening ceremony. The undersecretary also expressed her gratitude to the families and friends of the competitors. It comes down to the sup port you give them. The sup port, the love, the motivation that you give them to get them through the very hard times that they have. Wright also thanked the U.S. Olympic Committee for its commitment to the athletes, and specifically, Charlie Huebner, vice presi dent of paralympic develop ment for the U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Foundation. She also thanked the games sponsors, including Deloitte and the USO. You are partners not only with the U.S. Olympic Committee, but with [the Defense Department] and I appreciate your support. By Kristine SturkieNEXCOM Public Affairs SpecialistThe Navy Exchange (NEX) kicks off its third annual Navy Blue Holiday season Oct. 13, the Navys 239th birth day. As in the past, customers will find a great selection of items in all price ranges during the Navy Blue Holiday season. As always, there is no sales tax for NEX shoppers. The NEX will offer additional savings and promotions so customers can save even more. Our Navy Blue Holiday is a time to celebrate the NEXs unique connec tion to the Navy and Navy families, emphasize Navy values and give back to its valued customers, said retired Rear Adm. Robert Bianchi, chief exec utive officer, Navy Exchange Service Command (NEXCOM). Its a time to deliver even more sav ings on quality products and, most importantly, to say thank you to NEX customers for their support. This year, shoppers will also be able to experi ence our new web store, myNavyEx change.com, with an expanded online assortment, as well as the ability to buy online and ship to store. Once again, NEXCOM has part nered with its vendor community to give away $100,000 in NEX Gift Cards. Customers can enter the drawing Oct. 8 Jan. 31 at their local NEX or online at myNavyExchange.com. During the giveaway, 1,000 customers will be cho sen to receive a $100 NEX Gift Card. Our NEX Gift Card giveaway was very well received by our customers last year, said Bianchi. We are happy to be able to part ner with our vendor community again this year to give away $100,000 in NEX Gift Cards. Its our way of thanking our customers for their loyal support throughout the years. NEXCOM will also be offering spe cial pricing prior to Thanksgiving on some of the seasons most popu lar gifts for Sailors and Marines at sea through its web store. From Nov. 23 26, afloat person nel will be able to take advantage of a unique sales event designed just for them. In addition, afloat Sailors and Marines can also sign up to win one of the $100 NEX Gift Cards being given away. Our afloat Sailors and Marines look forward to this sales event, said Bianchi. It gives them the opportuni ty to use their NEX benefit even while they are out to sea in addition to get ting some great deals on gifts for the holidays. This year, they will find a variety of great holiday gifts on sale during the event. By Jim GaramoneDoD News, Defense Media ActivityMilitary and civilian personnel who expose wrongdoing in the govern ment should not become victims, said Nilgun Tolek, the director of whistle blower reprisal investigation at the DoD Inspector Generals Office in Washington D.C. The common understanding of a whistleblower is somebody who brings wrongdoing to light in general, Tolek said during a Sept. 16 interview. He is in charge of ensuring that peo ple who disclose wrongdoing are not reprised against for their actions. Whistleblower protections Under the Military Whistleblower Protection Law, a military member is protected across the board for any kind of communication with an inspec tor general or a member of Congress, as long as it is a lawful communica tion, she said. Civilians including DoD appropriated and nonappropriat ed fund employees, as well as contrac tor and sub-contractor personnel are similarly protected. Commanders and supervisors can not retaliate against people who make these lawful communications, she said. If they do, it is reprisal. Tolek steps in when those who have made protected communications or disclosures allege they were retaliated against. Her group of around 45 investigators looks at each case to determine if reprisal occurred. Reprisals gener ally take the form of adverse personnel actions demoting a person or reas signing them to a lesser job or by the complainant not getting a favorable personnel action denying a regular pay raise or promotion. Investigator involvement Obviously, investigators look at when a complainant made allegations and when adverse actions occurred. They also examine the case to see if the supe rior knew or suspected that the com plainant was the one speaking to the IG or a member of Congress. If there is any possible inference of the circumstances described to us by the complainant that one was a factor in the other, then we call that a prima facie allegation and that would cause us to investigate, Tolek said. Her group received slightly less than 1,300 complaints in fiscal 2013 and that number is running a bit higher this year. For military personnel, investiga tions are to be completed within 180 days. However, investigations often take longer and Tolek must notify the office of the Secretary of Defense when that occurs. Approval of conclusions Some of the cases the office receives are referred to the service or agency IGs, once Toleks investigators determine there is prima facie evidence. Once those offices complete their investiga tions, they send the conclusions to Tolek to approve their results. We do all contractor and sub-con tractor and non-appropriated fund employees, she said. There have been recent changes to the law that include protections to sub-contractors. Tolek emphasized that no one is required to exhaust their chain of com mand before making a whistleblower complaint. Even if there are internal channels you can go directly outside, she said. The statute for military members has a provision [that] no one can restrict a military member from speaking to an IG or a member of Congress. If reprisal is proven, the IG recom mends to the head of the agency that the person be made whole and we actu ally specify what has to happen, she said. The office also recommends appro priate corrective action against the person who took the action against the whistleblower. Warrior Games begin in ColoradoDoD photos by EJ HersomMarine Cpl. Jorge Salazar passes the Olympic torch to Navy Petty Officer 2nd Class Sharona Young during the opening cer emony for the 2014 Warrior Games at the Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colo., Sept. 29. Army Capt. Ashley Ritchie dives into the U.S. Olympic Training Center pool while practicing Sept. 26 for the upcoming Warrior Games in Colorado Springs, Colo. Ritchie is competing for the Special Operations Command. DoD IG office protects whistleblowersNEX kicks off third Navy Blue Holiday season to celebrate Navy birthday HM2 Josh Piper, assigned to Naval Hospital Jacksonville Laboratory, advanced to the next round during a three-point shootout competition at the base gym Sep. 15. Piper will represent NAS Jax at the next round between NAS Jax, NS Mayport and NSB King's Bay. The overall winner will represent the tri-base at a NBA basketball game between the New Orleans Pelicans and the Washington Wizards at the Jacksonville Veteran's Memorial Arena on Oct. 8. AZ2 Jose Prince assigned to Fleet Readiness Center Southeast participates in a 3-point shootout competition held at the Gym Sept. 15. Participants competed for the chance to represent the tri-base at an NBA game between the New Orleans Pelicans and the Washington Wizards on Oct. 8.Photos by MC1 John SmolinskiShooting 3-pointersMorale, Welfare and Recreation's Navy Fitness held a three-point shootout com petition at the base gym Sep. 15. The overall winner will represent the tri-base at the NBA basketball game between the New Orleans Pelicans and the Washington Wizards at the Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena on Oct. 8.


Photo by MC2 Damian BergIwo Jima ARG and 24th MEU complete trainingPhoto by MC3 Corey DillThe amphibious dock landing ship USS Fort McHenry (LSD 43) is part of the Iwo Jima Amphibious Ready Group (ARG) that recently made a homeport change to Naval Station Mayport.Photo by MC2 Marcus L. StanleyThe San Antonio-class amphibious transport dock ship USS New York (LPD 21) arrives at Naval Station Mayport. For Sailors and Marines, every facet of their training is put into use during evolutions as varied as damage control on the ship to landing Marines on a beach. Working together smoothly is essential to a highfunctioning ARG. USS Iwo Jima Amphibious Ready Group (ARG) arrived at Naval Station Mayport, Sept. 25, after completing a 23-day ARG/ Marine Expeditionary Unit Exercise (ARG/MEU Ex) with the 24th MEU. The exercise is designed to foster a better working relationship between the Sailors and Marines on board. TPU welcomes back IA Official Navy photosWelcome Back YN1 LaQuinta Flint was the theme for this TPU/PCFs returning Individual Augmentee (IA). A wife and mother from St. Augustine, Flint voluntarily deployed to Afghanistan for nine months in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. As a mem ber of the NAVCENT FWD HQ AFG staff she provid ed administrative support for a rotating pool of 1,200 Navy IA. Her valor and complete dedication to duty earned her countless accolades and superstar status throughout the area of responsibility. Family and Navy shipmates are grateful for her courage, dedica tion and outstanding performance, and are happy to have her back. 18 JAX AIR NEWS, NAS JACKSONVILLE, Thursday, October 2, 2014


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