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www.cnic.navy.mil/jacksonville www.jaxairnews.com ACKSONVILLE F LA THURSDAY, OCTOBER 23, 2014 I I D E ADV ANCEMENT? Learn New CAP Rules Page 3 V R-62 WINS Command Sports Challenge HSM-70Heading Home With Bush Check us out Online! jaxairnews.com By Kaylee LaRocque Fleet Readiness Center Southeast Public Affairs The deputy chief of naval operations for warfare systems and key leaders from U.S. Fleet Forces Command (USFF) vis ited Fleet Readiness Center Southeast (FRCSE), the largest tenant command on Naval Air Station Jacksonville, to meet with managers and tour the military depot Oct. 8. Vice Adm. Joseph Aucoin, along with Vice Adm. Nora Tyson, USFF deputy command er, Rear Adm. Richard Berkey, USFF fleet maintenance offi cer, and Mark Honecker, USFF executive director/chief of staff, visited the command to gain a better understanding of FRCSE programs and initiatives. Rear Adm. Paul Sohl, commander, Fleet Readiness Centers, was also in attendance. One of my primary missions is to resource air warfare requirements, to include the associated systems and readi ness, said Aucoin. FRCSE directly affects the availability of aircraft to main tain readiness. I came here to This Saturday & SundayGates Open at 9 a.m. Show Begins at 10 a.m. Blue Angels Perform at 3 p.m. More info at: www.nasjaxairshow.com FRCSE hosts top leaders for familiarization visitPhoto by Victor Pitts(From left) Deputy Chief of Naval Operations for Warfare Systems Vice Adm. Joseph Aucoin, U.S. Fleet Forces (USFF) Deputy Commander Vice Adm. Nora Tyson and USFF Executive Director/Chief of Staff Mark Honecker learn about the F/A-18 Boot Strap program from FRCSE F/A-18 Hornet Production Officer and Test Pilot Lt. Cmdr. Q. Sterling during a visit to the military depot on Oct. 8. Reusing treated wastewater improves water qualityBy StaffNAS Jacksonville Commanding Officer Capt. Roy Undersander host ed a ribbon-cutting ceremony with representatives from state and local environmental agencies Oct. 17 for the final phase of the $4.2 million NAS Jacksonville Wastewater Reuse Project. When completed next fall, it will result in the air station being the first major wastewater system in Northeast Florida to attain zero discharge of treated wastewater to the St. Johns River. This phase involves installing pipe line from the reuse pond at the NAS Jacksonville Golf Club course, through the weapons area, to spray fields around the antenna farm in the south ern area of the station. The project will eliminate 315 mil lion gallons a year discharge into the St. Johns River and 48 million gallons a year of withdrawal from the Floridan Aquifer. The success of the project has been accomplished through a long term State/City/Navy partnership commit ted to improving the water quality of the St Johns River. This is a prime example of partner ships focused on achieving a common goal. This final phase, ending with a spray field at the antenna farm, will achieve zero-discharge of waste water into the St. Johns River, said Undersander. Its gratifying to see the enthusiasm people have for our river and how excit ed they are to see the progress of this multi-phase project, he continued. At the special retention pond within the boundaries of the NAS Golf Club, purple signs are posted to warn peo ple that recycled wastewater should never be ingested it is for irrigation only.Photos by Clark Pierce Representatives from the Navy, City of Jacksonville (COJ), St. Johns River Water Management District (SJRWMD), Florida Dept. of Environmental Projection (FDEP), civil engineering and construction firms gathered on Oct. 17 at the NAS Jax Golf Club to break ground on the final phase of the installation's waste water reuse project. (From left) Melissa Long, COJ; Dave Miracle, SJRWMD; Bill Joyce and Tom McKnight, Coj; Ryan Schmitt of Petticoat-Schmitt Civil Contractors; Harrison Conyers, COJ; retired Rear Adm. Victor Gillory, COJ; NAS Jax Commanding Officer Capt. Roy Undersander; George Robbins, SJRWMD; John Barnard of John Barnard & Associates; Jay Caddy, NAS Jax; Jim Maher, FDEP; Kimberly Scott, COJ; and John Pappas, COJ.See Page 8 See Page 8


2 JAX AIR NEWS, NAS JACKSONVILLE, Thursday, October 23, 2014 From StaffOct. 23 1944 Battle of Leyte Gulf, a series of separate battles, begins with attacks on Japanese ships. 1983 A suicide truck bomber attacks the Marine barracks at Beirut airport, Lebanon killing 241 (220 Marines, 18 Sailors, and 3 soldiers) 1983 Operation Urgent Fury (Grenada, West Indies) begins. Oct. 24 1944 In air-sea battle in the Sibuyan Sea, carrier aircraft attack Japanese Center Force. 1958 USS Kleinsmith (APD134) evacuates U.S. nationals from Nicaro, Cuba. 1962 Atlantic Fleet begins quarantine operations to force Soviet Union to agree to remove ballistic missiles and long range bombers from Cuba. Oct. 25 1812 USS United States, under Capt. Stephen Decatur, captures HMS Macedonian. 1924 Navy airship USS Shenandoah (ZR-1) completes round-trip transcontinental cruise that began Oct. 7. 1944 During Battle of Leyte Gulf, in the Surigao Straits, U.S. battleships execute the maneu ver of crossing the tee of the Japanese forces. Off Samar, escort carriers, destroyers and destroyer escorts heroically resist attacks of Japanese Center Force. Off Cape Engano, 3rd Fleet carriers attack Japanese Northern Force sinking several small carriers. 1950 Chinese Communist Forces launch first offensive in Korea. 1983 U.S. Marines and U.S. Army troops land on Grenada to evacuate U.S. citizens threat ened by the islands unstable political situation. Oct. 26 1921 In first successful test, a compressed air, turntable catapult, launches an N-9 sea plane. 1922 Lt. Cmdr. Godfrey de Chevalier makes first landing aboard a carrier (USS Langley) while underway off Cape Henry, Va. 1942 Battle of Santa Cruz Island. USS Hornet (CV-8) was lost and USS Enterprise (CV-6) was badly damaged during the battle. 1944 Battle of Leyte Gulf ends with Navy carrier and USAAF aircraft attacks on the retreating Japanese ships. U.S. forces sink many Japanese ships including four carriers, three battleships, 10 cruisers, and nine destroyers, for a total of 26 capital ships. Afterwards, Japanese fleet ceases to exist as an organized fighting fleet. 1944 Special Task Air Group One makes last attack in monthlong demonstration of TDR drone missile against Japanese shipping and islands in the Pacific. Of 46 missiles fired, 29 reached their target areas. 1950 U.S. Amphibious Force 7th Fleet lands 1st Marine Division at Wonsan, Korea. 1963 USS Andrew Jackson (SSBN-619) launches first Polaris A-3 missile from a sub merged submarine, off Cape Canaveral, Fla. Oct. 27 1864 Lt. William Cushing sinks Confederate ram Albemarle with a spar torpe do attached to the bow of his launch. 1922 Navy League of U.S. sponsors first annual celebra tion of Navy Day to focus pub lic attention on the importance of the U.S. Navy. That date was selected because it was Theodore Roosevelts birthday. 1943 First women Marines report for duty at Camp Pendleton. 1944 Fast Carrier Task Forces attack Japanese shipping and installations in Visayas and northern Luzon. 1967 Operation Coronado VIII begins in Rung Sat Zone. Oct. 28 1864 Steamer General Thomas and gunboat Stone River destroy Confederate bat teries on Tennessee River near Decatur, Alabama. Oct. 29 1814 Launching of Fulton I first American steam-powered warship, at New York City. The ship was designed by Robert Fulton. 1980 USS Parsons (DDG-33) rescues 110 Vietnamese refu gees 330 miles south of Saigon. The JAX AIR NEWS is an authorized publication for members of the Military Services. Contents of the JAX AIR NEWS do not necessarily reflect the official views of, or endorsed by, the U.S. Government, the Department of Defense, or the Department of the Navy. The appearance of advertising in this publication, including inserts or supplements, does not constitute endorsement by the Department of Defense, or The Florida Times-Union, of the products and services advertised. Everything advertised in the publication S hall be made available for purchase, use or patronage without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, marital status, physical handicap, political affiliation or any other non-merit factor of the purchaser, user or patron. If a violation or refraction of this equal opportunity policy by an advertiser is confirmed, the publisher shall refuse to print advertising from that source until the violation is corrected. The deadline for all story and photo submissions is close of business the Friday before publication, and can be sent to jaxairnews@ comcast.net. The deadline for classified submissions is noon Monday. Questions or comments can be directed to the editor. The JAX AIR NEWS can be reached at (904) 542-3531, fax (904) 542-1534, e-mail JaxAirNews@ comcast.net or write the JAX AIR NEWS, Box 2, NAS Jacksonville, Fla., 32212-5000. The JAX AIR NEWS is published by The Florida Times-Union, a private firm in no way connected with the U. S. Navy under exclusive written agreement with the U. S. Naval Air Station, Jacksonville, Florida. It is published every Thursday by The Florida Times-Union, whose offices are at 1 Riverside Ave., Jacksonville, FL 32202. Estimated readership over 32,000. Distribution by The Florida Times-Union. Advertisements are solicited by the publisher and inquiries regarding advertisements should be directed to: Ellen S. Rykert, Publisher 904-359-4168Advertising Sales Commanding Officer Capt. Roy Undersander Executive Officer Capt. Howard Wanamaker Command Master Chief CMDCM(SW/AW) Teri McIntyre Public Affairs Officer Miriam S. Gallet Editor Clark Pierce Staff Writer AE2 Samantha Jones Design/Layout George Atchley SAPR Assistance Available 24/7The DOD Safe Helpline may be reached by phone 1-877-995-5247, text 55-247 or via the app on iOs. The Naval Air Station Jacksonville Civilian SAPR Victim Advocate 24/7 Duty phone is (904) 910-9075. The Naval Air Station Jacksonville Sexual Assault Response Coordinator (SARC) Duty phone is (904)548-7789. The Naval Station Mayport Sexual Assault Response Coordinator (SARC) Duty phone is (904)548-8392. Civilian Community Sexual Assault Services may be obtained by calling (904) 721-RAPE or 721-7273. Commands are encouraged to post their Unit SAPR Victim Advocates name and after hours Duty phone number visible in the commands to be accessible to sexual assault victims. Chaplains may be reached for support (904) 542-3051 or Duty phone (904) 614-7385 Fleet and Family Support Center may be reached for counseling services 1-866-293-2776 By Sarah SmileySpecial ContributorDid you know? remove swings sets from its playgrounds after the tragic death of a child. Never mind the thousands no, millions of children nationwide who get good old-fashioned, diabetes-fighting exercise from school swing sets. using terms like boys and girls and to try something less gender-specific like purple penguins. (Wait, are penguins purple? I thought they were black and white.) approval, for the long Columbus Day weekend just days after having close contact with the first Ebola patient to die in the United States. posed to be in home isolation for possible exposure to Ebola, went out to get some soup because she was hungry. In other news: from juvenile sports leagues across the country probably in a neighborhood near you children get trophies just for showing up. Even when they lose. I cant think of a time when our me culture has become more blatantly obvious. After decades of handing out meaningless trophies, wrapping our youth in protective bubble wrap and making sure that not one single person ever hurts, suffers, or loses some personal freedom, weve finally met our match a dis ease that doesnt care. But if Octobers news has you feeling as gloomy and defeated as it has me, suddenly there was this: 4,000 U.S. troops, who are undoubtedly worried about a new, invisible opponent, are headed to Africa because the government ordered them to go. And when they return, those boots on the ground person nel will wait an extra 21 days in quarantine before they can be with their families. Yes, even if its a holi day weekend or they just want soup. People of the U.S. military are still sacrificing their personal freedoms for you every single day. I was especially struck by news of the Texas nurses travel, which came just a few days after the militarys strategy for post-deployment quarantines became widely known. That nurse became sick with Ebola hours after land ing in Dallas, and now a plane full of people, plus several employees at Kent State, not to mention the airline itself, are affected. Was the CDC afraid to tell her no to make her life and travel more complicated, to inconvenience her? This wont happen when the military men and women serving in West Africa return to the United States. If you wondered why the government unflinch ingly sent 4,000 troops to fight Ebola, knowing they will come home and potentially spread it, let me clear it up: the military knows it can order its men and women to stay in quarantine. Yes, order them. Because in the military, where your boss still has authority over how you wear your mustache, no one cares about whats fair. In fact, the old adage is this: Were protecting democracy, not practicing it. The military doesnt care about hurting anyones feelings or stepping on toes. Sometimes it doesnt even care about being politically correct. Thats why it works. Military men and women dont get to go home when they want to, even if their wife is having a baby or their father is dying. Military men and women go home when the country tells them to go home. Military men and women also compete. They com pete for physical fitness, rank, honors and jobs. There is no trophy for second best. And no one really cares if the next move will hurt your finances or your childs adjustment in school. Believe me, I know. So while the NBC correspondent goes out to get soup, and the CDC allows a high-risk nurse to get on a place, and our government continues to argue about whether a ban on flights from west Africa is fair, our men and women in uniform will go overseas and help anyway. Then theyll come back and wait in quaran tine. Thats the way it works in the military. This is also why Ive sometimes resented the mili tary during my 38 years of being associated with it. I suspect this is also why some Americans are skeptical of the military lifestyle. Its funny how all of us sigh in relief when we see those troops getting off the plane in Africa, just like theyve been told to do. In October, our country learned an uncomfortable lesson: we cant make things better for each individual person. We cant give everyone a trophy. We cant have the soup we want when we want it. Our military men and women have always known this. Not coinciden tally, if you look around, they are the only ones not panicking these days. Instead, they are jumping to action for you, for me, for the world. And then theyll wait until they can safely go home. Gives the Navys a global force for good a whole new meaning, doesnt it? A Sailors spouse wonders : My house is getting clut tered with stuff, especially things my children have outgrown. Id like to get some cash for my gently used things, but it seems like so much work to try to resell them. What is the best way to resell clothing and household items? MoneyChic says: Youve got a good idea to de-clutter your home and to try to recoup some of the money you spent on things you dont need or use any longer. And these days you have so many options besides a garage U.S. Navy photos its battle group to the Red Sea to protect Kuwait from the Iraqi troops massing on its border. Additionally, the Tripoli Amphibious Ready Group, with 2,000 embarked Marines, aircraft in the photo can you identify? Designed in the 1920s and commissioned in 1934, USS Ranger (CV-4), was a relatively small ship, closer in size to the first U.S. aircraft carrier USS Langley. When World War II began, she was deemed too slow for use with the Pacific Fleets carrier task forces, so most of her wartime service was spent in the Atlantic theater. In 1944, Ranger became a training carrier out of Quonset Point, This Week in Navy History From The HomefrontAmericas military: Sacrificing personal freedoms for you Hey, Money Chic!See MONEYCHIC, Page 8


By Michael ChmuraInstallation Energy ManagerAT1(AW/SW) Timothy Smith, Center for Naval Aviation Technical Training Unit ( CNATTU) Jacksonville Command International Military Student Officer (IMSO) Program Coordinator, received the Navy Achievement Metal for his outstanding work as the command Building Energy Monitor (BEM). Smith took the initiative to help develop a future lighting sensor retrofit project throughout several spaces within the buildings that he monitors for ener gy conservation. His efforts in this project will save the U.S. Navy $2,500 annually. What is A BEM? A BEM stands for a building energy monitor. A BEM plays an important role as the energy and water conservationist boots-on-the-ground for their command facilities. BEMs assist in identifying and eliminating energy waste and help in the development of new energy saving projects. Each facility, each activity, and each building has its unique set of efficiency opportunities based on mis sion requirements and building use. Every energy consuming facility at NAS Jacksonville is required to have a BEM. Moreover, Smith volunteered to serve as the BEM for Buildings 858, 848, and 848A, all part of CNATTU. For futher information about the NAS Jax BEM pro gram, call the Installation Energy Manager at 5428784. Air show security first and foremostBy Lt. Cmdr. Jay HaddockNAS Jax Air Show CoordinatorRemember that NAS Jax will be opening its gates to thousands of curious citizens during the air show weekend (Oct. 25-26). Please heed security measures to ensure all of your spaces that are not manned during the air show week end are properly secured. There will be thousands of unverified personnel walking the base who may try to find their way into areas that are not open to the public. Of particular note are hangars on the flight line. Do not allow anyone to just start walking through your spaces. Recognizing outstanding building energy monitorPhoto by AE2(AW) Samantha JonesNAS Jacksonville Commanding Officer Capt. Roy Undersander presents AT1 Timothy Smith with a Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal for his professional achievements while serving as build ing energy monitor coordinator for the Center for Naval Aviation Technical Training Unit (CNATTU). Smith developed a lighting sensor retrofitting project throughout the facility resulting in $2,500 in energy savings without impacting the mission. New CAP policy 5 things you need to knowFrom Chief of Naval Personnel Public AffairsEarlier this year, the Chief of Naval Personnel announced updates to the Command Advancement Program (CAP) for active component (AC) and Reserve component (RC) and a shift from a calendar to a fiscal year timeline for CAP and Navy Recruiter Meritorious Advancement Program (NRMAP), starting Oct. 1. These changes are based on Fleet feedback, empow er the command triad to advance their top Sailors and are in alignment with ongoing performance-based initiatives. CAP and NRMAP are intended to reward sustained superior performance, providing command triads fur ther opportunities to advance their top Sailors. Quotas for CAP and NRMAP for eligible commands will be listed in a NAVADMIN that will be posted on www. npc.navy.mil. Here are five things you need to know about CAP: 1. CAP continues to provide commanding officers with the authority to advance eligible rated Sailors in recognition of their superior performance in pay grades E3, E4 and E5 to the next higher pay grade. 2. Beginning Oct. 1, CAP will shift from a calen dar year program to a fiscal year program, with the period of observance from Oct. 1 through Sept. 30. The updated policy incorporates a CAP season, July 1 to Sept. 30. The CAP season is the only the time when commands can advance eligible Sailors under CAP. 3. The CAP season aligns with the Navy-wide advancement examination cycles, which allows CAP to be factored in when determining the number of advancement quotas each cycle. The CAP data helps to minimize over promotions thus ensuring future advancement opportunity exists. 4. COs continue to have the authority to set CAP performance standards and select their best Sailors. The Combat Meritorious Advancement program remains unchanged. 5. For Fiscal Year 2015, there will be a hold on CAP for Selected Reserve Sailors due to reductions in end strength and over-manning in multiple rates. JAX AIR NEWS, NAS JACKSONVILLE, Thursday, October 23, 2014 3


4 JAX AIR NEWS, NAS JACKSONVILLE, Thursday, October 23, 2014 Commands battle it out at MWR Sports ChallengeBy AE2(AW) Samantha JonesStaff WriterMore than 450 Sailors from 13 com mands aboard NAS Jacksonville com peted in the 2014 Command Sports Challenge, hosted by NAS Jacksonville Morale, Welfare and Recreation (MWR) Department Oct. 16-17. There were record numbers of par ticipants in the team-building competi tion to take on defending champs, the VR-62 Nomads. Among all of the par ticipants, both Carrier Tactical Support Center (CV-TSC) and VR-62 brought the most vociferous cheering sections with almost their entire commands present. The MWR Command Sports Challenge is a great avenue for boost ing morale in commands at NAS Jacksonville as they engage in a friend ly two-day, 10-event sports and fitness competition. It enables command per sonnel to get away from their workspace and spend time with their shipmates in a more casual and fun way, said Bill Bonser, MWR sports coordinator for NAS Jacksonville. It is really fantastic to see our sail ors having a blast playing together and competing against one another in a non-work environment. The competition began Oct. 16 with a 1,500-meter relay at the outdoor track. Other events included 3-on-3 basket ball, Ultimate Frisbee, a swim relay and dodge ball. The events on Oct. 17 included 3-on-3 sand volleyball, bag toss, tug-o-war, the fitness challenge and finished with the most popular event the COs canoe race. NAS Jacksonville Commanding Officer Capt. Roy Undersander said, Its great to see all these commands come together and build camaraderie. Theres a lot of healthy competition going on. Thanks go out to all the people who worked so hard to make this event hap pen. VR-62 took first place with 1,275 points and former champs, VR-58 Sunseekers, finished second with 1,100 points. Rounding out the top three was Fleet Area Control & Surveillance Facility (FACSFAC) Jacksonville with 775 points. Other finishers included NBHC (650), NCTS (625), NRSE RCC (550), CV-TSC (475), VP-8 (450), FRCSE (350), CBMU202 (325), TPU/PCF (300), VP-62 (250), VP-16 (150) and VP-30 (25). Special thanks to sponsor USAA.Neither MWR, nor the U.S. Navy or any other part of the federal government offi cially endorses any company, sponsor or its products or services. NAS Jax Commanding Officer Capt. Roy Undersander presents the VR-62 Nomads with the Command Sports Challenge trophy at Mulberry Cove Marina. Once the burpees were completed, the team could then begin 100 box jumps which equates to 25 per team member. To perform a box jump correctly, both feet must begin on the ground and you cannot take a running jump. The first event of the MWR Command Sports Challenge on Oct. 17 was the bur pees. Each team member had to complete 25 burpees before the next teammate could begin his or her set. AWF2 Tyler Lewis of VR-58 is cheered on by his teammate during his leg of the swim relay. The command triad of VP-8 Fighting Tigers took 1st place in the CO Canoe Race in Mulberry Cove. Lt. Shane Kitterman of VP-30 nails his Bag Toss as his opponent, STG2 Eric Adams of CV-TSC awaits his turn. In the 400-meter sandbag carry, all four team members had to start the run together while alternating who carried the sandbag for at least five steps by each team member. The NAS Jax Branch Clinic team consisting of HM3 Tyler Courtney, HM3 Blake Lantelme, HM3 Justin Hayes ran alongside HN Autumn Gahimer as she carries the sandbag for the final steps of the race.


JAX AIR NEWS, NAS JACKSONVILLE, Thursday, October 23, 2014 5 At the starting line of the Commanding Officer Canoe Race, two members of the command triad are required to paddle blind-folded as the third crew member tells them where to steer. VR-62 Nomads celebrates after being announced as the 1st place winner of the MWR Command Sports Challenge for the second year in a row. VR-62 cheered on their squadron's competitors during the championship round of the tug-o-war challenge. Photos by AE(AW) Samantha Jones and Morgan KehnertIn the dodgeball game between CBMU-202 Team 2 and VR-58 Team 1, UTCN Mike Gilliss proved to be a fierce competitor by throwing the foam balls with great velocity and accuracy. AWF3 Max Martin gets ready to catch a ball as his VR-62 team mate, PRAA Kieron Evans, launches a high one. In the basketball matchup between CBMU202 and VP-8, Lt. Toochikwu Udeinya shoots over EA2 Henry Andermann. In heat 1 of the 1,500 meter relay at the outdoor track, Seabee EOCN Matt Ebert hands the baton to the team anchor, EACN Keith Wilett of CBMU-202. Some will argue that Bag Toss is not a sport, yet, it was standing room only for competitors at the NAS Jax MWR Command Sports Challenge Oct. 1617. YN2 Andrew Nightwine of VR-58 works to get the volley ball over the net as his opponent AWF1 Michael McCoy of VR-62 jumps up to block. TPU and FASFAC Jax cheer on their teams as they compete in Ultimate Frisbee on the first day of the MWR Command Sports Challenge. VR-58 takes on CBMU-202 during game one of the Ultimate Frisbee challenge.


By Kaylee LaRocque Fleet Readiness Center Southeast Public Affairs Cmdr. Scott Carter relieved Cmdr. David Vondrak as offi cer in charge of Fleet Readiness Center Southeast (FRCSE) Site Jacksonville during a change of charge ceremony at NAS Jacksonville Oct. 9. FRCSE Commanding Officer Capt. John Kemna was the guest speaker. Kemna praised the FRCSE Site Jax team of Sailors and civilians on their accomplish ments. Thank you for what you do every day. You are aviation maintenance inspection ready and I am confident that your efforts will lead us through upcoming inspections. I appre ciate everything youve done to keep us inspection ready 365 days a year, said Kemna. I would also like to com mend our Power Plants team for building a pool of T-56 air craft engines and recognize the efforts you have made to reduce backlog items. This task proved challenging but with your dedication and com mitment, weve achieved this goal. Id like to welcome Cmdr. Carter aboard, continued Kemna. He comes from the maritime patrol community and has the professionalism, leadership and experience to lead FRCSE Site Jacksonville. The skipper also thanked Vondrak for his service while presenting him with the Navy and Marine Corps Meritorious Service Medal for demonstrat ing outstanding service as the FRCSE Site Jacksonville offi cer in charge from July 2012 to October 2014. During Vondraks tour, FRCSE Site Jacksonville had many accomplishments. Some of these include earning the 2012 Retention Excellence award; reducing a backlog of 1,264 items to a 220 weekly average in 18 months, achiev ing an 82 percent decrease in workable backlog; establish ing a T-56 engine pool, saving the Navy more than $4 million; establishing the commands first integrated work center repairing of the SH-60 airborne low frequency sonar; and sav ing the Navy $1.1 million dur ing fiscal year 2013 using con tinued process improvement guidelines, Fleet Capabilities Assessment program, rapid improvement events and value stream analysis projects. Two Sailors were also recog nized during the ceremony for their significant contributions to the command. AD3(AW) Eunha Oh and AT3Brandyn Baez received promotions to petty officer 2nd class through the Navys Command Advancement Program. While addressing the audi ence, Vondrak thanked his team for a successful tour. When I arrived here two years ago, the Navy was tran sitioning platforms and going through budget challenges, he said. We met every issue head on. We championed the idea of bringing additional capabil ity to FRCSE to better support the local commands. We set a lofty goal to reduce our backlog of items due to lack of parts or manpower. We created a Tiger team to fix test sets saving the Navy millions of dollars.FRCSE Site Jacksonville holds change of charge ceremony Cmdr. David Vondrak thanks his team of Sailors and civilians for their accomplish ments. Vondrak is reporting to the Chief of Naval Education and Training Command at NAS Pensacola. Photos by Victor PittsFleet Readiness Center Southeast (FRCSE) Command Master Chief CMDCM(AW/SW) Leonard Gage, right, and Senior Enlisted Leader AFCM(AW/SW) Shalonda Jackson, left, present a plaque from the FRCSE Chiefs' Mess to FRCSE Site Jacksonville Officer in Charge Cmdr. David Vondrak during a change of charge ceremony on Oct. 9. Senior Enlisted Leader AFCM(AW/SW) Shalonda Jackson (left) and FRCSE Site Jax Officer in Charge Cmdr. David Vondrak pin petty officer 2nd class chevron devices on AD3(AW) Eunha Oh. Oh was promoted through the Command Advancement Program (CAP) for exceptional service to the command. FRCSE Site Jacksonville Officer in Charge Cmdr. David Vondrak (left) and FRCSE Command Master Chief CMDCM (AW/SW) Leonard Gage pin petty officer 2nd class chevron devices on AT2 Brandyn Baez. Baez was promoted through the Command Advancement Program (CAP) for outstanding service working in the FRCSE avionics division. See FRCSE, Page 8 6 JAX AIR NEWS, NAS JACKSONVILLE, Thursday, October 23, 2014


Popular Sesame Street character "Grover" interacts with the NAS Jax Youth Activities Center crowd on Oct. 17 during one of the high-energy dance numbers presented by the cast of Sesame Street Live. Ready for the holidays?Commissary cards provide gift of groceriesBy Kevin Robinson,DeCA public affairs specialist As the calendar flips toward the holidays, the Commissary Gift Card is always a viable option for anyone wishing to support their loved ones in the military community by giving the gift of groceries. The Commissary Gift Card is a wonderful way for anyone to help spread the gift of groceries whether its the holidays or any time of year, said Air Force Command Chief Master Sgt. Stuart M. Allison. The gift card can be sent by anyone for any authorized patron conve niently and quickly. Commissary Gift Cards come in denominations of $25 and $50. Anyone can purchase a card for an authorized patron either online through DeCAs website, http://www.commissaries.com, or at a com missary. The gift card can be used to pay for all in-store purchases or custom ers can use multiple forms of payments and coupons along with the gift card. Gift cards cannot be redeemed for cash, and customers will not be able to receive change for any unused amount left on the card. With its declining balance, the gift card is used until it is zeroed out. Since DeCA began the gift card program in June 2011, commissar ies have sold nearly 470,000 cards worth nearly $16 million, said Bob Bunch, gift card program manager. A lot of families and friends of service members have used Commissary Gift Cards because theyre a quick and easy way to show support, Bunch said. Organizations routinely use them, especially during the holidays, to help military families in need. Here are some Commissary Gift Card quick facts: Gift cards are available at all commissaries worldwide on a rack at full service, front-end registers as well as through the DeCA website, http://www.commissaries.com. Click on Shopping, then Gift Cards and then the Place your order box. The cards expire five years from the date of purchase. Commissary Gift Cards purchased online incur a shipping and handling fee. These fees are not assessed, however, when the card is purchased in a store. There is no limit to the number of gifts cards that a purchaser can buy. However, DeCA officials recommend organizations and activities consider purchasing their gifts cards online if they plan to purchase more than 50 cards at a time. Commissary Gift Cards can be shipped anywhere in the United States. When shipping outside the United States, an APO, FPO or DPO address must be used. To check the gift card balance, visit http://www.commissaries.com, click on Shopping, then Gift Cards and then the Check your bal ance box. For customer service questions, please call 877-988-4438, which is also found on the back of the gift card. Customers can also use this number to check the balance on their card. Customers who still have unused gift vouchers, the precursor to the gift card, may still redeem them through Aug. 31, 2016, regardless of the expiration date printed on it. After this date, DeCA will no longer accept gift vouchers as a form of payment. In the military, we pride ourselves on taking care of our own, Allison said. Well, with the Commissary Gift Cards, anyone can use these cards to help make the holidays a little brighter for our military and their families. Photos by Jacob SippelCapt. John Le Favour (center), Naval Hospital Jacksonville commanding officer, and the Ribbons and Roses breast cancer support group, cut the ceremonial cake to celebrate NH Jacksonvilles annual Breastival an event centered on raising breast cancer awareness. Survivors and supporters attend the event and give encouragement to those affected by breast cancer. Breast cancer awarenessNikki Levinson-Lustgarten, Naval Hospital Jacksonvilles breast care coor dinator, talks to a group of supporters during a breast cancer awareness event held at the Navy Exchange on Oct. 17 aboard NAS Jacksonville.Photo by Morgan Kehnert Zumbaphiles fight domestic violence The 5th Navy Zumba event took place at the Outdoor Pavilion Oct. 15, hosted by the NAS Jax Fleet and Family Support Center and MWR Fitness. Participants were encouraged to wear purple to show their support of Domestic Violence Awareness Month, including military spouse Thiqueta "T" Beasley who led a portion of the event. Photos by Morgan KehnertLovin' it on Sesame StreetTwo-year-old friends Jerrod Williams (left) and Cameron Moore pose for their photo in front of the Sesame Street Live backdrop just before the matinee performance at the NAS Jacksonville Youth Activities Center. JAX AIR NEWS, NAS JACKSONVILLE, Thursday, October 23, 2014 7


meet, in person, those who work every day on depot and intermediate level maintenance to hear their perspective and to determine how best I may assist in their mission as the OPNAV N9. FRCSE Commanding Officer Capt. John Kemna and command leadership provided an in-depth overview of the command including products and ser vices, funding concepts, Critical Chain Project Management (CCPM), part nerships with technical and logistical agencies, environmental stewardship, major accomplishments, and future workloads. While touring the F/A-18 Hornet production line, the group was very engaged as FRCSE F/A-18 Hornet Production Officer and Test Pilot Lt. Cmdr. Q. Sterling explained the Center Barrel Replacement program which extends the service life of the missioncritical aircraft. The process is per formed in conjunction with Phased Maintenance Interval One, an inspec tion-based, major overhaul of the air craft using CCPM methods. During a tour of the Industrial Manufacturing Division, Director Angello Evans pointed out one-of-akind aircraft components that the arti sans are producing for the fleet. He credited the highly skilled manufactur ing team for its innovative solutions to provide exceptional value to the cus tomer. On the P-3 Orion production line, FRCSE P-3C Production Officer and Test Pilot Lt. Cmdr. Rick Foster discussed the process of replacing the aircrafts wings. He explained how military depot artisans continue to work on the leg acy aircraft to expand its capabilities after more than 30 years of service to the fleet. The team gave a thorough brief on their mission, workload, and chal lenges, stated Aucoin. I found the F/A-18 CCPM brief especially helpful in identifying key areas for process improvement. The facility tour high lighted areas external to FRCSE where we might look or invest to include cor rosion control and metrics for use in tracking and reporting. The FRCSE team is highly profes sional and dedicated to its mission, continued Aucoin. It was a privilege to meet the highly skilled artisans that are so critical to the production of aircraft for the fleet. VISITFrom Page 1Were proud that NAS Jax is leading the way to be a respon sible environmental steward of the river we couldnt be more proud of this partnership, explained Undersander. NAS Jax Environmental Director Kevin Gartland praised those involved in the project. Its the partnerships with our city and state counterparts that are making this all hap pen. We couldnt have done this without them. Its a winwin for all of us, he stated. This wastewater reuse proj ect is another superb example of the partnership between the Navy, the City of Jacksonville, and the State of Florida, said retired Rear Adm. Victor Guillory, director, City of Jacksonville Military and Veterans Affairs Department. This groundbreaking rep resents another milestone in making our local military installations more efficient, cost effective, and a terrific example of environmental stewardship that is so impor tant in our community and state. NAS Jax has a history of reusing treated wastewater for irrigation, rather than dis charging directly into the St. Johns River. In 1997, the base and the adjacent Timuquana Country Club agreed to con struct a 200,000-gallons-perday treated wastewater reuse system for the club to irrigate its golf course and eliminate groundwater withdrawal. In 2010, the station con structed an additional 300,000 gallons per day wastewater reuse system for its ball fields and the NAS Jax Golf Club course. The retention pond at the golf course is now separated into two reservoirs one for stormwater and one for treated wastewater.sale. Many different resale or consign ment options are out there you just need to choose the right one for you. One of the least labor-intensive ways to sell items is to try a Facebook resale page like SwipSwap for your area. When you come across something you dont use, snap a pic and post it on the page with a price. You can meet potential buyers in a convenient public place, and you keep the entire resale price, as opposed to consigning your item. Another option, if you dont want to sell each item separately, is to take all of your items to a consignment shop. Jacksonville has many consignment shops for childrens clothes and toys, womens clothes, and furniture or decor. Make sure you look up their poli cies before you go, and call ahead to make sure they will accept the kinds of items you have. If you consign items at a store, dont forget to call monthly to see if you have a check! Another type of consignment you can look into is occasional pop-up sales for children like weeTrade, jumpnjax, or finderskeepersjax. These require a bit more preparation on your part because you must price and tag the items yourself. You can make 60-66 per cent of the price of your items at these sales, and the benefit is that you can drop off all your items at once, have them sell quickly, and gain the com mission immediately after the sale. Consignment shops and sales will donate unsold items to a charity, so at least you know your things will go to someone in need. In addition, clean out your books and take them to used book stores like Chamblins for cash or credit for new books. Send your old cell phones, tab lets, or computers to a site like Gazelle. com for cash. I hope this helps you to clean out your spaces and make a little bit of money. Got a topic for Money Chic? Just give a call to your Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society office at NAS Jacksonville, 5423515. MONEYCHICFrom Page 2I am so very proud to be part of all the milestones our team accomplished during my tour here, said Vondrak. I will miss working with you and wish you much success in the future. Vondrak is reporting to Naval Air Technical Training Center, Pensacola, Fla. Carter reported to the command Oct. 8 after serving with OPNAV N98 at the Pentagon in Washington D.C. FRCSEFrom Page 6 REUSEFrom Page 1 Photos by Clark Pierce Wielding 12 golden shovels, the partnership of water regulators and conservationists officially kicked off the final phase of the NAS Jax wastewater reuse project on Oct. 17. Retired Rear Adm. Victor Guillory (left), director, City of Jacksonville (COJ) Military and Veterans Affairs Department, dis cusses the wastewater irrigation project with Harrison Conyers of COJ, and NAS Jacksonville Commanding Officer Capt Roy Undersander.Photos by Victor PittsFleet Readiness Center Southeast patternmaker Larry Wheeler explains how he manufactured a form block of a rib for an EA-6B wing to (from right), Deputy Chief of Naval Operations for Warfare Systems Vice Adm. Joseph Aucoin, Executive Director/Chief of Staff, U.S. Fleet Forces Command (USFF) Mark Honecker and USFF Deputy Commander Vice Adm. Nora Tyson during a visit to the military depot on Oct. 8. (FRCSE) Industrial Manufacturing Director Angello Evans (left) discusses how the military depot uses additive manufacturing processes to grow air craft parts and tools with (from right) Executive Director/Chief of Staff, U.S. Fleet Forces Command (USFF) Mark Honecker, Deputy Chief of Naval Operations for Warfare Systems Vice Adm. Joseph Aucoin, and USFF Deputy Commander Vice Adm. Nora Tyson. 8 JAX AIR NEWS, NAS JACKSONVILLE, Thursday, October 23, 2014


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Flu vaccine available for high-risk patientsFrom Naval Hospital Jacksonville Public AffairsFlu vaccine is now available at Naval Hospital (NH) Jacksonville for highrisk family members and high-risk retirees (pregnant women, adults age 65 and over, children under age 5, and those with a chronic medical con dition like asthma, diabetes or heart dis ease). These groups can walk-in to NH Jacksonvilles Immunizations Clinic on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday or Friday, 7:30 a.m. 4 p.m.; or Thursday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. For active duty, flu shot exercises are tak ing place at the tenant commands. Stay tuned for news about flu vaccine availability for all fam ily members and retir ees at Immunizations Clinic, including flu shot exercises at NAS Jacksonvilles NEX Courtyard on upcom ing Saturdays. Reducing energy consumptionNAS Jax Energy Manager Mike Chmura explains the new energy saving technolgies being implemented at NAS Jax to AE3 Ashley Stoner and AWF2 Joseph Correia of VR-62 as apart of an informational campaign for Energy Awarness Month. Photo from Public Works Department Photo by MC2 Korrin Kim The aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70), bot tom, relieves USS George H.W. Bush (CVN 77) in the Arabian Gulf. George H.W. Bush will soon depart the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility for its homeport at Norfolk, Va., and Carl Vinson will take over sup port of maritime security operations, strike operations in Iraq and Syria as directed, and theater secu rity cooperation efforts in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility.Photo by MC2 Abe McNattSailors perform a helicopter in-flight refueling exercise Oct. 14 with an MH-60R Seahawk helicopter assigned to the "Spartans" of Helicopter Maritime Strike Squadron (HSM) 70 aboard the guided-missile cruiser USS Philippine Sea (CG 58). Philippine Sea is deployed as part of the George H.W. Bush Carrier Strike Group supporting maritime security operations, strike operations in Iraq and Syria as directed, and theater security cooperation efforts in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility. The Spartans are home based at NAS Jacksonville.'Spartans' hover at cruiser for fuel JAX AIR NEWS, NAS JACKSONVILLE, Thursday, October 23, 2014 11


Photos by Clark PierceOn Oct. 16, (from left) AM2 Michael Whitmoyer, AM2 Howard Heim and AMAR William Robinson of the VP-8 "Fighting Tigers" pressure washed the P-3 Orion on static display near the NAS Jax main gate.Sprucing up for the air showAM2 Devon Cross (front) carefully applies masking tape to the A-7E Corsair II as AMAN Clark Phillips looks on. They volunteered from Fleet Readiness Center Southeast to help paint the attack aircraft. The park's World War II TBM Avenger torpedo bomber was pressure washed and scrubbed on Oct. 16 by AM3 Robert Cochran and AM3 Susanna Spence, both from VP-16. (From left) AMAN Kaylin Patzke, AN Blair Nye, and AM2 Rian Sweet of HSM-74 "Swamp Foxes" wield sandpaper against the fuselage of an SH-60 Seahawk helicopter slated for new paint before the Oct. 25-26 air show. NAS Jax Executive Officer Capt. Howard Wanamaker addresses a group of Sailors assigned to NAS Jax and other tenant commands during an all-hands call on domestic violence awareness and prevention training in the VP-30 auditorium.Photos by MC1(SW/AW) John SmolinskiDealing with violence(Left) Terry Crawford, an administrator for Fleet and Family Support Center (FFSC), and Erika Clark, a Family Advocate Program Educator for FFSC, role play a common domestic violence scenario during a training session about how to prevent and identify domestic abuse at VP-30 auditorium aboard NAS Jax on Oct. 14. Erica Schneider, domestic abuse victim advocate for Fleet and Family Support Center (FFSC) Jacksonville, explains to Sailors how domestic violence cases are referred to FFSC and roles that victim advocates play in the process, during the Oct. 14 training session. 12 JAX AIR NEWS, NAS JACKSONVILLE, Thursday, October 23, 2014


FRCSE employee restores glass fixturesFleet Readiness Center Southeast Sheet Metal Mechanic Michael Wieber carefully pol ishes a T-34/44 aircraft glass panel at the FRCSE Power Plants Division Oct. 15. Wieber, an employee at the military depot since 1995, uses an orbital sand er with various graded pads to removes the scratches from the part. After a polishing cream is applied, Wieber buffs the glass to restore the clear finish. His ability to restore these parts to pris tine condition reduces the Navy's costs of having to purchase new parts. From Program Executive OfficeLittoral Combat Ships Public AffairsSailors aboard USS Coronado (LCS 4) recently conducted dynamic inter face testing with the MQ-8B Fire Scout Vertical Take-Off and Landing Tactical Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (VTUAV) NAVSEA announced Oct. 16. The tests familiarized the crew with operating unmanned aircraft, verified and expanded the launch and recovery envelopes, and identified opportunities for envelope expansion, thereby dem onstrating the future concept of operations for unmanned helicopters aboard LCS. Fire Scout brings great capabil ity to LCS, said Capt. Tom Anderson, program manager for Littoral Combat Ships, and will be included as a mod ule within each of the three LCS mis sion packages. Just as LCS is a modular warship, VTUAV is a modular airframe and will employ specific sensors to sup port the assigned mission. Fire Scout will support mine detection operations with the mine countermeasures mis sion package, and the detect, classify, and identification mission with the surface warfare and anti-submarine mission packages. I am excited about getting this capability into the hands of the fleet. LCS is expected to routinely deploy with Fire Scout in addition to a manned MH-60 helicopter as part of its surface warfare (SUW), mine countermeasures (MCM), and anti-submarine warfare (ASW) mission packages. The Fire Scout will complement the MH-60 by extend ing the range and endurance of shipbased intelligence gathering operations. Coronado, the second ship of the Independence variant of LCS, complet ed Final Contract Trials (FCT) in June, participated in RIMPAC exercises in July, and will continue developmental testing of the ship and the SUW mis sion package in preparation for Initial Operational Testing and Evaluation and Initial Operational Capability. Coronado is scheduled to begin Post Shakedown Availability in October, where she will undergo a maintenance period to correct any deficiencies dis covered during FCT. The LCS class consists of the Freedom variant and Independence variant, designed and built by two industry teams. The Freedom variant team is led by Lockheed Martin (for odd-numbered hulls, e.g. LCS 1). The Independence variant team is led by General Dynamics, Bath Iron Works (LCS 2 and LCS 4) and Austal USA (for subsequent even-numbered hulls). Purchased under the innovative block-buy acqui sition strategy, 12 ships are currently under construction. LCS is a modular, reconfigurable ship, with three types of mission packages: SUW, MCM, and ASW. The Program Executive Office for Littoral Combat Ships is responsible for deliver ing and sustaining credible littoral mis sion capabilities to the fleet. Delivering high-quality warfighting assets while balancing affordability and capability is key to supporting the nations maritime strategy. U.S. Navy photoAn MQ-8C Fire Scout unmanned aerial vehicle takes off from Naval Base Ventura County at Point Mugu, Calif. The Navy's newest variant of the Fire Scout unmanned helicopter completed its first day of flying Oct. 31, 2013 with two flights reaching 500 feet altitude. The MQ-8C unmanned aerial vehicle upgrade will provide longer endurance, range and greater payload capability than the MQ-8B. Initial operating capability for the MQ-8C is planned for 2016, with the potential for an early deployment in 2014. USS Coronado conducts dynamic interface testing with Fire ScoutPhoto by MC2 Tim GodbeeAn MQ-8B Fire Scout unmanned helicopter assigned to Helicopter Maritime Strike Squadron (HSM) 35 prepares to land on the littoral combat ship USS Freedom (LCS 1). The training marked the first time a littoral combat ship, an MQ-8B Fire Scout unmanned helicopter and an MH-60R Seahawk helicopter con ducted integrated VBSS training. Photo by Victor Pitts JAX AIR NEWS, NAS JACKSONVILLE, Thursday, October 23, 2014 13


VP-8 adopts Heritage Park Neptune for restoration projectBy Lt. j.g. Mark BadenVP-8 Public Affairs OfficerSailors from VP-8 honored their maritime patrol and reconnais sance legacy Oct. 14 by completion restoring of the P-2V Neptune on dis play at NAS Jacksonvilles Heritage Park. Four Aviation Structural Mechanics from the Fighting Tigers vol unteered more than 550 man hours to clean, sand, paint and apply insignia to restore the exterior of the Neptune to its origi nal condition. The P-2V Neptune at NAS Jacksonville Heritage Park was assigned to VP-5 during the 1960s and was loaned to the park on Aug. 8, 1993. It is dedicated to the crew of LA-9, a VP-5 patrol aircraft that disap peared during a routine mission originating from NAS Keflavik, Iceland on Jan. 12, 1962. Initial Search and Rescue missions to recov er the crew were unsuc cessful. But on Aug. 6, 1966, wreckage from the Neptune was found on Greenlands remote Kronborg glacier. The final recovery mission was completed in 2004. It was great to learn the history of the P-2V Neptune and put our professional skills to work in restoring it, said AM2(AW) Matthew Larkin. The P-2V Neptune restoration project was a collaborative effort between five organiza tions: Lockheed Martin, the Maritime Patrol Association (MPA), the Association of Naval Aviation (ANA), Commander, Patrol and Reconnaissance Wing (CPRW)-11 and VP-8. Aircraft on display at Heritage Park rely on charitable donations from organizations such as Lockheed Martin, MPA and ANA for main tenance and upkeep. FRCSE employee earns top award for suggestionFleet Readiness Center Southeast (FRCSE) Aircraft Electrician Johnhenry Greene, center, receives the Vision Suggestor of the Year award from FRCSE Commanding Officer Capt. John Kemna, left, and Vision Program Manager Ralph Brown during a ceremony Oct. 16. Greene's idea to fix broken and worn pin assemblies on the EA-6B canopy chart-board lighting assembly using electrically conductive adhesive, resulted in a savings of $84,000 and prevents workload delays due to the procurement of materials. By Claudette RouloDoD News, Defense Media ActivityAfter nearly four years as Marine Corps comman dant, Gen. James Amos passed command to Gen. Joseph Dunford Jr. in an Oct. 17 ceremony at Marine Barracks Washington. Amos, who is retiring, has a long record of leader ship and impressive accomplishments in his 44 years of military service, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said at the change of command ceremony. He helped make peace and keep it in the Balkans. He commanded Marine aviation in Iraq. He served in important positions of responsibility at NATO and the Pentagon, Hagel said. . . As commandant, Jim brought a Marine avia tors focus, discipline and creativity to the challenges facing the Corps at this unique time in our history, the defense secretary said. Amos was the first Marine Corps Commandant to have come from the aviation community. A Marine Corps in transition Amos tenure as commandant spanned the draw down and conclusion of two wars and a period of great budgetary uncertainty and wrenching challenges for the military, Hagel noted. After more than 13 years of war, Amos oversaw the Marine Corps revitalization of its amphibious and expeditionary roles, the secretary said. Under Amos, he added, the Marine Corps led the way in the strate gic rebalance to the Asia-Pacific region. And, under Amos leadership, the Marines established an inno vative rotational presence in Australia that will help strengthen our partnerships and alliances across the region, the defense secretary said. From North Africa to the Middle East, when crisis strikes, the Marines are first responders, because Gen. Amos made readiness and the health of the force his highest priority, ensuring that Marines meet their mission with the right tools at the right time and with the highest standards of integrity and discipline, Hagel said. New commandant Great commandants are formed from great chal lenges, said Navy Secretary Ray Mabus, who presided over the change of command ceremony. Today we say Godspeed to one great commandant, while we welcome the Marines next great comman dant, Mabus said. Dunford becomes the 36th commandant of the Marine Corps after a storied career as an infantry offi cer, Hagel said. Over the last two years his steady leadership his wise leadership of the International Security Assistance Force has successfully kept our transition in Afghanistan on track and on focus despite, despite unrelenting challenges, the defense secretary said. Dunford is superbly qualified and prepared to help write the next chapter of the United States Marine Corps history, Hagel said. Dunford succeeds Amos as Marine Corps CommandantDoD photo by PO2 Sean Hurt Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel pins Commandant of the Marine Corps General James Amos with a medal at his change of command ceremony. Photo by Victor Pitts Photo by MC2 Clay WhaleyAviation structural mechanics assigned to the "Fighting Tigers" of VP-8 position equipment in preparation to perform a renovation project on Oct. 1 on the P-2V Neptune at NAS Jacksonvilles Heritage Park. Photo by AM2 Michael WhitmoverAviation structural mechanics use a hydraulic lift to spray primer coating on the tops of the P-2V wings, during a renovation project at NAS Jax Heritage Park.See VP-8 HERITAGE, Page 17 14 JAX AIR NEWS, NAS JACKSONVILLE, Thursday, October 23, 2014


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(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. Jags vs. Dolphins Game October 26 at 11 a.m. Paintball Trip November 1 at 9 a.m.NAS 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 Retirees, DoD and sponsored guests Oct. 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 dependentAuto 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! Halloween Egg Haunt Oct. 30, 7 8 p.m. at McCaffrey Softball Complex Wear your best costume and come ready to hunt for Halloween eggs! Movie Under the Stars featuring Up November 14 at 6 p.m. Patriots Grove Park at 7:30 p.m. Free popcorn and drinks on saleFlying ClubCall 777-8549 Learn to fly at NAS Jax Call for introduction flight Additional ratings are available includ ing instrument, complex and commer cial Find more info. online at jaxnfc.net Photo by Shannon LeonardBarktoberfest ParadeLt. Peter Freeman of CPRW-11 participates in the MWR-sponsored Barktoberfest event on Oct. 18 with his children Jack and Emma. The sunny, cool morning attract ed dozens of pets and their families who all dressed up for the costume contest. Tennis Tournament Oct. 27 at 5 p.m.Open to active duty, selective reservists, DoD civilians and DoD contractor men. The tournament is held at the Guy Ballou Tennis Courts on the corner of Allegheny Road and Birmingham Road. Call NAS Jax Athletics to sign up by Oct. 24. Tournament Oct. 27 at 5 p.m. The tournament is open to active duty, retirees, dependents over 18, selective reservists, DoD civilians and DoD contractor women. The tournament is held at the Guy Ballou Tennis Courts on the corner of Allegheny Road and Birmingham Road. Call NAS Jax Athletics to sign up by Oct. 24. Oct. 31 at 11:30 a.m.The race is free to all authorized gym patrons. points for their commands for participating. Runners can sign up at the NAS Jax Gym or the Fitness Source by the Oct. 24 deadline. The race is held on Perimeter Road at the end of Mustin Road before the Antenna Farm. Registration will also be at the race site from 10:30-11:15 a.m. Awards go to the top male and top female runner for age groups: 19 & under; 20-24; 25-29; 30-34; 35-39; 40-44; 45-49; and 50 over. Racquetball Tournament Nov. 17 Open to active duty, selective reservists, dependents over 18, retirees, DoD civilians, and DoD contractors assigned to a command at NAS Jax. Tournament plays in evenings at the base gym Nov. 17 21. Call NAS Jax Athletics by Nov. 10 to sign up. Meeting Nov. 19 at 11:30 a.m.Open to active duty, selective reservists, DoD civilians and DoD contractors age 30 and older assigned to a command at NAS Jax. Meet room at Building 1 at 11:30pm. Commands designated representative attend the meeting will points. Attend the meeting to discuss rules and obtain required paperwork. 19 at Noon Open to active duty, selective reservists, DoD civilians, and DoD Contractor personnel assigned to a command at NAS Jax. Meet in the at Building 1 at 11:30pm. Commands whose athletic representative attend the meeting will receive 5 the meeting to discuss rules and obtain required paperwork. 21 at 11:30 a.m.Race is free and open to all authorized gym patrons. Cup points for their commands by participating. Sign up at the NAS Jax Gym or the Fitness Source by Nov. 14. Race site is Perimeter Road at the end of Mustin Road, before the Antenna Farm. Register at the race site from 10:3011:15am. 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. 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 Web site at www.cnic.navy.mil or www.facebook.com /nas jaxmwr. JAX AIR NEWS, NAS JACKSONVILLE, Thursday, October 23, 2014 15


16 JAX AIR NEWS, NAS JACKSONVILLE, Thursday, October 23, 2014 By SN Matthew FairchildUSS Constitution Public AffairsThe crew of USS Constitution embarked on their final Boston Harbor underway demonstra tion aboard Old Ironsides this year, Oct. 17. Constitution set out into the harbor for her fifth and final underway of 2014 at 10 a.m. with more than 600 guests in attendance aboard Americas Ship of State. The guest list, made up of individuals and organizations with long-stand ing ties of support to both the ship and the Navy, featured Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick, a Boston Pops quin tet and the Dropkick Murphys, one of Bostons most popular hometown bands. This was the historic war ships final Boston Harbor cruise until 2018, as she is scheduled to enter dry dock in March 2015 for a three-year planned restoration period. I do not think there is any better way to have celebrat ed this ships final underway before going into dry dock for 3 years than having it on this glorious day with all these long-time supporters of the ship and crew here with us, said Cmdr. Sean Kearns, USS Constitutions 73rd command ing officer. It really made this underway very special for all involved. The underway began with a wreath-laying ceremony in commemoration of the U.S. Navys 239th birthday and Constitutions upcoming 217th birthday on Oct. 21, and to honor all Navy Sailors who have served and lost their lives both aboard Constitution and throughout the fleet. This underway meant a lot to me because not only did I receive the ships Blue Jacket of the Year award, but I can also say I was part of the crew that sailed Constitution for the last time for three years, said YN Brianna Bays. Following a wreath lay ing, Constitutions under way attendees were led in the singing of the Star-Spangled Banner by Constitution GMSN Amada Williamson, which was followed by the ships tra ditional 21-gun salute to the nation off Fort Independence at Castle Island. On the return trip back to Constitutions berth, both crew and guests alike were treated to special live musical perfor mances by the Boston Pops and Dropkick Murphys, respec tively. A Boston Pops quintet performed two musical num bers, followed by the Dropkick Murphys playing a set of nine crowd-rousing songs from the ships spar deck main hatch, which concluded with one of their most popular hits Im Shipping Up To Boston. Today was an amazing and very unique experience, said BMC Christopher Haws, a Constitution crew member. This was the culmination of everything we, as a crew, have pushed for all year every thing weve worked toward for the future of this historic com mand. In a harbor cruise that offered its guests a little bit of everything; even representa tives from the Boston Celtics displayed the teams 1981 NBA Championship Trophy in Constitutions captains cabin for all to see. Following an additional 17-gun salute off U.S. Coast Guard Base Boston, the site where Constitution was originally constructed and launched Oct. 21, 1797, Old Ironsides returned to her berth in Charlestown Navy Yard at 1 p.m., where she will contin ue undergoing preparations for transition into Drydock 1 in Charlestown Navy Yard in March 2015. USS Constitution, the worlds oldest commissioned warship afloat, actively defended sea lanes against global threats from 1797 to 1855. Now a fea tured destination on Bostons Freedom Trail, Constitution and her crew of U.S. Navy Sailors offer community out reach and education about the ships history and the impor tance of naval seapower to more than 500,000 visitors each year. By Army Sgt. 1st Class Tyrone Marshall Jr.DoD News, Defense Media ActivityThe U.S. military response to the outbreak of Ebola in Liberia continues to progress, with facilities expected to be fully operational next week, Pentagon Press Secretary Navy Rear Adm. John Kirby said Oct. 16. Speaking during a State Department news conference, Kirby provided an update on Operation United Assistance. Our forces on the ground in Liberia continue to make prog ress in setting up infrastruc ture and facilities to support the international response, he said. Setup has been complete on the 25-bed hospital, and we expect it to be fully opera tional with U.S. Public Health Service medical workers tak ing responsibility for that unit next week, Kirby said. Construction continues on the Ebola treatment facilities, with the first expected to be completed by the end of the month. Mobile medical labs In the interim, Kirby said, personnel from the U.S. Naval Medical Research Center con tinue to operate three mobile medical labs, which provide 24-hour turnaround results on samples, with more than 1,200 total samples having been pro cessed to date. The admiral emphasized that no U.S. mili tary personnel will be provid ing direct patient care to the local population. Were focused on four lines of effort, and only four lines effort: command and control, logistics support, training and engineering. Additionally, Kirby said, an air bridge has been set up in Senegal to help logistics flow, because some areas have no roads, and many roads that do exist are inundated with mud. We now have Ospreys that are helping speed the delivery of resources, supplies and troops to some of these very remote areas where these labs are being set up, he said. Avoiding overburdening infrastructure The admiral also noted the Defense Department recogniz es the need not to overburden the already burdened infra structure in Liberia. Weve been asked why there arent greater troop numbers in Liberia at a faster rate, he said, but theres only so much impact that Liberia and the infrastructure can take from the U.S. military. We just cant go in there lock, stock and bar rel without thinking about the impact on their own infra structure. So we have to do this care fully, in a measured, deliberate way, he continued. But we believe that the kinds of capabilities that were contributing in terms of . logistics and training are exactly the kinds of things were really good at doing in an expeditionary environment. performs with the Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra, Nov. 7 at 11 a.m. and 8 p.m., and Nov. 8 at 8 p.m. For tickets, call 3545547 or go to JaxSymphony.org. at Times-Union Center on Riverwalk. Check-in at 8 a.m. More info at: act.alz.org/ Jacksonville or 800-272-3900. (NNOA) meets the fourth Thursday of each month at 5 p.m. at Jacksonville paul.nix@navy. mil at (904) 282-4650 for MOAA membership info. of each month at 7:30 P.M. at Five Star Veterans Center at 40 Acme St in Arlington. For information visit https:// mcljacksonville.org/ or call Dwayne Enos (904) 693-0280. meets the third Thursday of each month at 7 p.m. at the Fleet Reserve Center on Collins Road. For information, visit www.aao9. com. 5968 and its Auxiliary located at 187 Aurora Blvd. meets combat veterans and eligible service members from the Active, Guard or Reserve forces. Go to www.vfwpost5968. org or call 276-5968. at NAS Jax Fleet and Family Support Center (FFSC) needs volunteers to assist one day per week. Call 542-5790 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. weekdays to volunteer. a breast cancer support group at Naval Hospital Jacksonville, meets on the second Tuesday of the month at 7 p.m. Call 542-7857 for more info. is open to active duty, reserve and retired military, plus, active or retired DoD civilians. Call 778-0805 or email commodore@njyc.org Program. Helping others help themselves. Visit www. gocompass.org for more info. meets the Methodist Church, 2246 Blanding Blvd. Call 272-9489. Jax Yorktown gate. monthly meeting Beach. Call 246-6855. meets at 1:30 p.m. every second more info. meets at 1 p.m. on the fourth Thursday of each month at the Murray Hill United Methodist Church, (Fellowship Hall Building) at 4101 College Street. Call 786-7083. of each month at 1 p.m. at the Fleet Reserve Hall at 7673 Blanding Blvd. Call 772-8622. month at 7:30 p.m. at 187 Arora Blvd., Orange Park. Call 276-5968. Photo by MC3 Victoria Kinney USS Constitution gets underway on Oct. 17 in Boston Harbor for the ship's 217th birthday cruise. This is Constitution's last scheduled cruise before entering dry dock in 2015 for three years of res toration work. USS Constitution conducts final underway demonstration until 2018 Hagel orders expeditionary Ebola support teamDoD News, Defense Media ActivityIn response to a request by the Department of Health and Human Services and as an added prudent measure to ensure the nation is ready to respond quickly, effectively, and safely in the event of additional Ebola cases in the United States Secretary Hagel ordered his Northern Command Commander, Gen. Chuck Jacoby, to prepare and train a 30-person expeditionary medical support team that could, if required, provide short-notice assistance to civilian medical professionals in the United States. Pentagon Press Secretary Rear Adm. John Kirby issued a statement Oct. 17 saying Gen. Jacoby is now working with the military services to source and to form this joint team. It will consist of 20 critical care nurses, five doctors trained in infec tious disease, and five trainers in infectious disease protocols. Once formed, team members will be sent to Fort Sam Houston in Texas for up to seven days of specialized train ing in infection control and personal protective equipment (PPE). That training is expected to start within the next week or so and will be provided by the U.S. Army Medical Research Institute of Infectious Diseases. Upon conclusion of training, team members will remain in a prepare to deploy status for 30 days, available to be sent to other CONUS locations as required. They will not be sent to West Africa or elsewhere overseas and will be called upon domestically only if deemed prudent by our public health professionals. Identifying, training, and preparing forces in advance of potential requests ensures that we can respond quickly and is analogous to how we prepare DoD personnel in advance of other potential civil support missions, such as hurricane relief and wildland firefighting. Secretary Hagel is committed to ensuring DoD is prepared to provide appropriate capabilities, as required, to support our governments response to this deadly disease. He is extraordinarily proud of the skill and professionalism of our servicemen and women and of the unique capabilities they bring to this important effort. As always, their safety and security will remain foremost on his mind.Pentagon spokesman notes Operation United Assistance progressPhoto by CPO Jerrold Diederich Lt. James Regeimbal inspects and records samples received at a Naval Medical Research Center mobile laboratory. The Naval Medical Research Center sent two mobile testing labs to Liberia Oct. 3 to support Operation United Assistance. Each two-person lab is capable of testing up to 80 samples per day. The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) is the lead U.S. government organization for Operation United Assistance. U.S. Africa Command is supporting the effort by providing command and control, logistics, training and engineering assets to contain the Ebola virus outbreak in West African nations. Community Calendar WITH A STROKE, TIME LOST IS BRAIN LOST.Learn the warning signs atStrokeAssociation.orgor1-888-4-STROKE. American Heart Association Made possible in part by a generous grant from The Bugher Foundation. 211115A01NOTE TO PUB:DO NOT PRINT INFO BELOW,FOR ID ONLY.NO ALTERING OF AD COUNCIL PSAs.American Stroke Association Newspaper (3 3/4 x 3 1/2) B&W ASNYR2-N-01065-I Brain Lost85 line screendigital files at Schawk:(212) 689-8585 Ref#:211115


JAX AIR NEWS, NAS JACKSONVILLE, Thursday, October 23, 2014 17 Once funding was secured for the project, CPRW-11 put out the call for volunteers and VP-8 immediately took on the challenge. The Fighting Tiger restoration team included: AM3(AW) Quincy Morris, AM3(AW) Zachary Page, AM2(AW) Steven Berger and AM2(AW) Matthew Larkin. I am incredibly proud of the bril liant work performed by our Fighting Tigers Aviation Structural Mechanics, said VP-8 Commanding Officer Cmdr. Derek Adametz. Over the course of the past several weeks, each of these Sailors volun teered their precious time and exper tise to preserve and honor a piece of our naval heritage. VP-8 HERITAGEFrom Page 14 By MC2(SW/AW/EXW) Stacy LaseterNavy Region Southeast Public AffairsThe Navy Wounded Warrior (NWW) Safe Harbor program, is the Department of the Navys support pro gram for critically wounded, injured or ill Sailors and Coast Guardsmen. With more than 3,000 men and women served, it is a vital care network for those in need. The programs objective is to resolve persistent nonmedical concerns and arrange enrollees for transition back to active duty or civilian life so the service mem bers can focus on getting well. They do this by facilitating assistance during three phases: recovery, rehabilitation and reintegration. The recovery phase is typically the hospitalization phase, said Lt. Daniel Simonds, the program manag er for Navy Region Southeast Navy Wounded Warrior Safe Harbor. Next is the rehabilitation phase, when a service member is out of the hospital and learning how to navigate through their injury, illness or wound. Finally, the reintegration phase is when the service member is found unfit for continued naval service we help with the transition into the civilian life, or if they are found fit, we help reintegrate them back into the Navy or Coast Guard. The program currently has over 1,640 enrollees, with more than 1,500 additional service members who have received assistance, though they did not qualify for enrollment. If a Sailor or Coast Guardsmen is considered severely wounded, ill or injured by a physician, then their parent command will submit information on their behalf and we receive the notification that there is a service member in our region who needs assis tance, Simonds said. From there an enrollment committee makes the determination on whether they will be accepted into the program. Regardless of the decision, they can and will receive assistance from us. NWW Safe Harbor offers an extensive variety of services, including assisting with employment and education opportunities, connecting them to ben efits, hosting adaptive athletics events, and family and mental health resources. The program was established in 2008, and since its founding, its mission has extended beyond offer ing support to service members wounded in combat. Currently, of its enrolled service members, half are injured and half are ill. The injuries may have been acquired while on lib erty, training or on shipboard accidents. For more information about NWW, call 1-855-NAVY WWP/1-855-628-9997, or visit http://safeharbor. navylive.dodlive.mil or email safeharbor@navy.mil. By David Smalley Office of Naval Research Public Affairs A technological break through will allow any unmanned surface vehicle (USV) to not only protect Navy ships, but also, for the first time, autonomously swarm offensively on hostile vessels, officials at the Office of Naval Research (ONR) announced Oct. 5. The first-of-its-kind technol ogy, successfully demonstrated over two weeks in August on the James River in Virginia, allows unmanned Navy vessels to overwhelm an adversary. Its sensors and software enable swarming capability, giving naval warfighters a decisive edge. This networking unmanned platforms demonstration was a cost-effective way to inte grate many small, cheap and autonomous capabilities that can significantly improve our warfighting advantage, said Adm. Jonathan Greenert, chief of naval operations. The technology, called CARACaS (Control Architecture for Robotic Agent Command and Sensing), is under development by ONR and can be put into a transportable kit and installed on almost any boat. It allows boats to operate autonomously, without a Sailor physically needing to be at the controls including operating in sync with other unmanned vessels, choosing their own routes, swarming to interdict enemy vessels and escorting/ protecting naval assets. Our Sailors and Marines cant fight tomorrows battles using yesterdays technology, said Chief of Naval Research Rear Adm. Matthew Klunder. This kind of breakthrough is the result of the Navys longterm support for innovative research in science and tech nology. In the demonstrations, as many as 13 Navy boats oper ated using either autonomous or remote control. First they escorted a high-value Navy ship, and when a simulated enemy vessel was detected, the boats sped into action, swarm ing around the threat. In the future, the capabil ity could scale to include even greater numbers of USVs and even to other platforms, including unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs). This multiplies combat power by allowing CARACaSenabled boats to do some of the dangerous work, said Dr. Robert Brizzolara, program manager at ONR. It will remove our Sailors and Marines from many dangerous situations -for instance, when they need to approach hostile or suspicious vessels. If an adversary were to fire on the USVs, no humans would be at risk. The new technology will allow the USVs to detect, deter or destroy attacking adversar ies. Any weapons fire from the USVs would need to be initi ated by a Sailor supervising the mission. Naval leadership has empha sized a blended force of manned and unmanned sys tems in recent years. Not only can USVs take on dangerous missions, thus pro tecting the warfighter, but even multiple USVs are a frac tion of the cost of a single large manned ship. The swarm demo announce ment comes near the somber anniversary of the terrorist attack on USS Cole (DDG-67) off the coast of Yemen. In that October 2000 attack, a small boat laden with explosives was able to get near a guided-mis sile destroyer and detonate, killing 17 Sailors and injuring 39 others. Autonomous swarm boat capabilities could play a vital role in protecting people, ports and commerce. While the attack on Cole was not the only motivation for developing autonomous swarm capability, it certainly is front and center in our minds and hearts, said Klunder. If Cole had been support ed by autonomous USVs, they could have stopped that attack long before it got close to our brave men and women on board. Wounded Warrior Safe Harbor program helps Sailors and Coast Guardsmen in needPhoto by MC2 Clay WhaleyAM2(AW) Steven Burger, assigned to the Fighting Tigers of VP-8, sands the P-2V Neptune at NAS Jacksonvilles Heritage Park during the renovation proj ect performed by volunteers from the squadrons aviation structural mechanics shop. Navys USV swarm boats can overwhelm adversariesAn unmanned 11-meter cabin rigid-hull inflatable boat from Naval Surface Warfare Center Carderock operates autonomously on Aug. 14 during an Office of Naval Research-sponsored dem onstration of swarm boat technology on the James River in Newport News, Va. The USVs operate autonomously escorting a simulated high-value unit while unmanned high-speed maneu vering surface targets, in background, simulate blocking access to a port facility. Photos by John WilliamsAn unmanned 11-meter rigid-hull inflatable boat from Naval Surface Warfare Center Carderock operates autonomously during an Office of Naval Research-sponsored demonstra tion of swarm boat technology on the James River in Newport News, Va. During the demonstration as many as 13 Navy boats, using an ONR-sponsored system called CARACaS (Control Architecture for Robotic Agent Command Sensing), operated autonomously or by remote control during escort, intercept and engage scenarios. By Debbie DortchNAVSUP Corporate CommunicationsThe Navy postal enterprise has teamed with the U.S. Postal Service and Military Postal Service Agency to pro vide in-transit visibility for absentee ballots mailed from Navy Fleet Postal Offices (FPOs), said Naval Supply Systems Command (NAVSUP) Navy Postal Director Gabe Telles. Ballots mailed from Navy FPOs are upgraded to Priority Mail Express ser vice paid for by the Department of Defense, Telles said. This upgrade pro vides the customer a tracking number to have visibility of the mailed ballot from the time it leaves the FPO to the time it arrives at its final destination. Navy postal per sonnel have received training, equipment and supplies to facili tate this upgrade and ensure this voting sea son is the most suc cessful ever, Telles added. The 13-digit track ing numbers can be tracked online at www.usps.gov. Sailors can con tact their command Voting Assistance Officer for questions. The NAVSUP and Navy Supply Corps team oversee a diverse portfolio, including supply chain management for material support to Navy, Marine Corps, joint and coalition partners, sup ply operations, conventional ordnance, contracting, resale, fuel, transportation, security assistance, and quality-of-life issues.Navy FPO, USPS collaborate to track absentee ballots


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