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www.cnic.navy.mil/jacksonville www.jaxairnews.com ACKSONVILLE F LA THURSDAY, OCTOBER 30, 2014 I I D E ARMY HELOS Air National Guard at Show Page 16 CNIC COCSmith Relieves French Page 3 YOUNG EAGLE High Schoolers First Flight Page 11Check us out Online! jaxairnews.com A Look At NAS Jax Air Show 2014


2 JAX AIR NEWS, NAS JACKSONVILLE, Thursday, October 30, 2014 From StaffOct. 30 1799 William Balch becomes Navys first commis sioned Chaplain. Oct. 31 1941 German submarine U-552 sinks USS Reuben James (DD245), which was escorting Convoy HX 156, with loss of 115 lives. First U.S. ship lost to enemy action in World War II. 1943 Lt. Hugh ONeill of VF(N)-75 destroys a Japanese aircraft during night attack off Vella Lavella in first kill by a radar-equipped night fighter in the Pacific. 1956 Navy personnel land in R4D Skytrain on the ice at the South Pole. Rear Adm. George Dufek, Capt. Douglas Cordiner, Capt. William Hawkes, Lt. Cmdr. Conrad Shinn, Lt. John Swadener, AD2 J. P. Strider and AD2 William Cumbie are the first men to stand on the South Pole since Capt. Robert Scott in 1912. 1956 USS Burdo (APD-133) and USS Harlan R. Dickson (DD-708) evacuate 166 persons from Haifa, Israel due to the fighting between Egypt and Israel. 1961 End of Lighter than Air in U.S. Navy with dis establishment of Fleet Airship Wing One and ZP-1 and ZP-3, the last operating units in Navy LTA branch at Lakehurst, N.J. Nov. 1 1841 Mosquito Fleet commanded by Lt. Cmdr. J. T. McLaughlin, carries 750 Sailors and Marines into the Everglades to fight the Seminole Indians. 1941 President Franklin D. Roosevelt places Coast Guard under jurisdiction of Department of the Navy for duration of national emergency. 1967 Operation Coronado IX began in Mekong Delta. 1979 Beginning of retirement of Polaris A-3 pro gram begins with removal of missiles from USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72). Last Polaris missile removed in February 1982. Nov. 2 1943 In Battle in Empress Augusta Bay, U.S. cruisers and destroyers turn back Japanese forces trying to attack transports off Bougainville, Solomons. 1968 Operation Search Turn begins in Mekong Delta. Nov. 3 1853 USS Constitution seizes suspected slaver H. N. Gambrill. 1931 Dirigible USS Los Angeles makes 10-hour flight from NAS Lakehurst, N.J., carrying 207 passen gers, establishing a new record for the number of pas sengers carried by a single lighter-than-air craft. 1943 Battleship Oklahoma (BB-37) sunk at Pearl Harbor on Dec. 7, 1941 is refloated. 1956 USS Cambria (APA-36) removes 24 members of United Nations Truce Commission team from the Gaza Strip. 1956 USS Chilton (APA-38), USS Thuban (AKA-19), and USS Fort Snelling (LSD-30) evacuate more than 1,500 U.S. and foreign nationals from Egypt and Israel because of the fighting. 1961 After Hurricane Hattie, helicopters from USS Antietam (CV-36) begin relief operations at British Honduras providing medical personnel, medical sup plies, general supplies and water. Nov. 4 1967 Landing craft from USS Navarro (APA-215) rescue 43 men from British SS Habib Marikar aground on a reef at Lincoln Island in the Tonkin Gulf. 1971 USS Nathaniel Greene (SSBN-636) launch es a Poseidon C-3 missile in first surface launch of Poseidon missile. Nov. 5 1775 Commodore Esek Hopkins appointed to Commander in Chief of the Continental Navy. 1915 In an AB-2 flying boat, Lt. Cmdr. Henry Mustin makes first underway catapult launch from a ship, USS North Carolina, at Pensacola Bay, Fla. 1917 German submarine torpedoes the yacht USS Alcedo (SP-166) off French coast. She was the first American vessel lost in World War I. 1923 Tests designed to prove the feasibility of launching a small seaplane from a submarine take place at Hampton Roads Naval Base. A Martin MS-1, stored disassembled in a tank on board submarine USS S-1, was removed and assembled. Then the sub marine submerged allowing the plane to float free and take off. 1944 TF 38, under Commanding Officer Vice Admiral John S. McCain begins two days of carrier strikes on Luzon, Philippines. 1945 Ensign Jake West (VF-41) makes first jet land ing on board a carrier, USS Wake Island (CVE-65). 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 This Week in Navy HistoryU.S. Navy photosOrdnancemen load the 20mm nose guns of a P2V-2 Neptune assigned to the VP-5 "Mad Foxes" at NAS Jacksonville on July 23, 1951. "Black Falcons" flies over the Atlantic in 1954. Based at NAS Jacksonville, this patrol and reconnaissance enlarged canopy for a better all-round view. Wingtip tanks were also smaller and more streamlined. By Sarah SmileySpecial ContributorI ruined my oldest son s Halloween experience. I regret that. But maybe by sharing my story, I can help you not to ruin your child s experience. Parenting is scary stuff, and our society is full of fear. I drank that K ool-aid once. I believed my son might be kidnapped while trick-or-treating or that a neighbor might slip a needle into his chocolate candy bar. (Has that ever really happened?) If Ford snuck a piece of candy from his bag before I inspected it, I d nearly have a heart attack on the sidewalk. Now he s going to die! You see, I thought that Halloween was about little kids. Turns out that Halloween is really for the older kids. (I know. Stay with me.) It all began in Florida where Ford spent most of his first Halloweens. While he had no voice (liter ally) or opinion, I dressed him in Winnie the Pooh and Thomas the Tank costumes. Because Ford was my first child, I got away with this for many years, until my second child, Owen, arrived and was forced to wear the Winnie the Pooh and Thomas the Tank costume s. Ford has no good memories of these Halloweens. It didn t help that I made the boys costumes myself using double-thick felt that isnt known for being super breathable. I n Florida s 100-degree October temperatures, this was a problem. We d walk to a few houses, with the boys always in my sight. Sometimes I even walked up to the neigh bors doors with them. I held the pail of candy, guard ing it with my life so that neither of my boys could possibly eat a tainted, needle-laced piece. I put reflector tape on their shoes and Winnie-the-Pooh ears, and I put an emergency whistle around their necks. I stopped just short of driving the boys to each indi vidual house. Eventually, Ford and Owen wanted to wear cos tumes they picked out. Also, they wanted to wear ones that I didnt make. In fact, they didnt want me to have any part in costume decisions. This began the era of Star Wars. From the time I released my costume control to Ford, until about three years ago, he and Owen only dressed as Star Wars characters for Halloween. The Star Wars era also coincided with the boys not wanting me to walk up to the neighbors doors with them. The boys suggested I wait by the curb some one elses curb. But I followed behind, like a creeper in the bushes, always vigilant against poisoned candy. I wanted to take them to safer Halloweens inside stores or nearby gyms. But apparently I was missing the point of October 31. Last year, when Ford was nearly 13, I gave up com pletely. Ford and Owen ran off with their friends, and I didnt see them again until 9 p.m. According to Ford, it was his best Halloween ever. Of course, its important to note that my boys are good kids. They arent stealing peoples candy or egg ing houses. No, they are putting on funny mustaches, using British accents, and running through the neigh borhood (ours happens to be very safe) at dark with their friends. And maybe that is what Halloween is about: preteens practicing independence in a controlled envi ronment. Actually, isnt that what Halloween always was about until helicopter parenting came in vogue? I dont remember my mom ever walking with me while I went trick-or-treating. Im sure she did when I was really young, but I trick-or-treated until I was about 13, and I have no memories of my Mom being there. I only remember running around with my friend Leslie, eating too much sugar and feeling like a rebel because I was out at 8 p.m. on a school night. I know, people sigh when they open the door and see lanky, awkward teenagers standing on the stoop asking for candy. We think, arent they too old for this? and Halloween is for the kids! I felt the same way until I had a new teenager of my own. Now, when I open the door and see an absolutely clueless 2-yearold waiting there, his mother close by with the bucket of candy, I think, Where are the kids who are flexing their wings, running around with their friends? We mothers try to control everything else, but for one night, on the eve of November, the neighborhood opens up to young boys and girls who dont need to hold their moms hand and are practicing to be adults (well, besides the fez and bag of candy). Perhaps Halloween really is the only holiday specifically for them. Hey, Money Chic! My wife and I attend church and try to give money regularly, but with the birth of our third child, we are having trouble making ends meet. We dont want to cut out our giving, but we dont want financial hardship, either. We want our children to learn to give as well as receive, but were having trou ble doing that ourselves. Any advice? Money Chic says: Monetary giving is just one way to support your church or community organizations. Just as important is the giving of your time. If you want to show your children that it is important to have a grateful heart and help others, volunteer your time. The example you set for your children with an act of service can be even more powerful than a monetary donation. Most churches have many opportunities to volunteer. The following websites allow you to set parameters to search for volunteer options in your community: www.handsonjacksonville.org; www. volunteermatch.org ; or www.createthegood.org. Even if it is difficult to make a time commitment, finding one evening or Saturday afternoon a month to do something for others can be a transforming experi ence for your family. Get a group together to serve a meal at the mis sion downtown. Visit with residents of a nearby nurs ing home or patients in a hospital. Walk dogs at the Humane League. Volunteer to help with a command function. Help out a neighbor. Perhaps you will be in a better situation to give money in the future, but for now, your time is a valu able gift. Plus, in return, you get the chance to have fun, feel good about yourself, and bond with your fam ily.Halloween is for the (older) kids From The Homefront Hey, Money Chic!Giving time vs. money


By Sandra NiedzwieckiNavy Installations Command Public AffairsMore than 500 military and civilian personnel attended the change of command cer emony for Commander, Navy Installations Command (CNIC) on Oct. 24 at Admiral Leutze Park on the Washington Navy Yard. Vice Adm. Dixon Smith relieved Vice Adm. William French as the fifth commander since the commands inception in 2003. The ceremony included an a cappella rendition of the nation al anthem and a special par ticipation of side boys by former submarine Sailors with whom French served during his first command, USS Spadefish. From these men, said French, Ive learned the trade of going to sea in submarines. Gentlemen thank you for find ing your full dress blues, putting them all together and being here today. Guest speaker was Chief of Naval Operations Adm. Jonathan Greenert. Im honored to be here to take some time to speak about a per son who has had a long and dis tinguished career, who has dedi cated the last two and half years to CNIC, and who is an extraor dinary leader, said Greenert. Bill French has sustained the fleet, enabled the fighter and supported the family. He has revolutionized the Navy shore enterprise. Responsible for 52,000 mili tary and civilian personnel, 11 Regions and 69 installations worldwide, French received the Defense Distinguished Service Medal for his accomplishments, including the attainment of the Homeport Ashore initiative, the development of governance and oversight for the Overseas Drinking Water program, and efforts to align CNIC to support fleet requirements. The ceremony also recognized Frenchs retirement after more than three-decades of exemplary service to the Navy. Today I want to thank many people, said French. One of the many thankful parts of this job is you get the opportunity to work with so many different people both inside the Navy, fellow ser vices and support organizations that take care of our sailor and families outside the Navy. French thanked his family, shipmates and mentors through out his career, and welcomed Smith to CNIC, recognizing the talent and commitment of Smiths new staff. Prior to the ceremony, Smith was promoted to Vice Admiral to serve as Commander, Navy Installations Command. He is the first former installation com manding officer to lead CNIC. Smith shared his enthusiasm about taking on greater respon sibility to lead the Navys shore enterprise. CNO, thank you for your kind words, he said. Im honored and deeply humbled by your faith and confidence for this opportunity for continued ser vice to our Navy and our nation. A native of Connecticut, Smith was commissioned through the Naval Academy in 1983. He was designated as a surface warfare officer in 1985 and then went on to serve aboard five surface combatants and held five shore assignments. Later, he went on to lead shore installations as the commander for three Regions including Naval Surface Group Middle Pacific, Navy Region Hawaii, Navy Region Southwest, and most recently, Region Mid Atlantic prior to arriving in Washington, D.C. Im happy to report that as I assume this watch, that thanks to Vice Admiral Bill French, CNIC is on course, focused on fully supporting CNOs tenets of warfighting first, operating forward, and being ready, said Smith. CNIC will maintain that course. I consider it a privilege to lead and serve you, he said. To those who serve, the only reason we at CNIC exist is to support you. You have my promise and commit ment to do just that. Leading a world-class enter prise, CNIC is responsible for managing shore installation sup port for the Navys fleet, fighter and family under the Chief of Naval Operations. CNIC holds Change of CommandPhoto by MC2 Eric LockwoodVice Adm. Dixon Smith salutes Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) Adm. Jonathan Greenert on Oct. 24 after he assumed com mand as Commander, Navy Installations Command (CNIC), during a change of command ceremony held at Leutze Park on the Washington Navy Yard. Hundreds of guests, coworkers and family members attended the ceremony during which Smith relieved Vice Adm. William French. JOIN TODAY! ducks.org 800-45-DUCKS JAX AIR NEWS, NAS JACKSONVILLE, Thursday, October 30, 2014 3


4 JAX AIR NEWS, NAS JACKSONVILLE, Thursday, October 30, 2014 Air show draws record crowd297,000 people, including 2,100 boaters, attendFrom Staff I didnt know what to expect a year out when we started planning for this, it is really eye opening to see it all come together. My expec tations were truly exceeded, exclaimed NAS Jacksonville Commanding Officer Capt. Roy Undersander at the conclusion of the 2014 NAS Jacksonville Air Show this past Sunday. My expectation was to present a quality air show that was conducted safely for our commu nity to enjoy. I think the NAS Jax team did all of it with great class. According to Undersander a lot of effort was put into moving air show traffic off base in a timely manner. Im very proud of our base secu rity force as well as the 11 state and local law enforcement agencies who supported this event. When you have more than a quarter million people attending an event you can expect delays. I want our community to know how much we truly appreciate their attendance and continued support of our armed forces. All the performers who helped make the air show possible, and the many agencies involved said this was one to the best air shows held in the nation, Undersander continued. I am very pleased with the upbeat and high caliber performance delivered by the mili tary and civilian personnel here at NAS Jax. They worked around the clock to pull it off. Additionally, the tenant commands teamed up with us to stage another first class event starring the Blue Angels. I was impressed that everybody from the various tenant command volunteers to the squadrons that moved over to Cecil Airport worked toward one goal and took pride in own ership of this years air show. I salute everyone for their outstanding execution, Undersander stated, proudly. The execution of an event that has thousands of moving parts gives the American public the opportunity to understand why Americas Navy is a global force for good. And celebrating the sights and sounds of freedom is NAS Jaxs way of giving back to the city of Jacksonville and sur rounding communities that are so supportive of the military men and women. To many of the attendees the weekend was an exciting blur of activities that enabled them to swap flying stories, as well as talk with air force and naval aviators, marines and national guardsman teams and talented civilian pilots. The exhilarating performances and interesting static displays attracted huge crowds. Although todays Navy Flight Demonstration Team the Blue Angels -performed the same diamond formation as they did in 1946 when the squadron was established at NAS Jacksonville, they con tinue to thrill spectators of all ages. Mike McCool, NAS Jax Morale, Welfare and Recreation (MWR) operations manager said, The logistics of getting all the food concessions, displays and entertainment together is a total group effort. We have a lot of people in MWR who are behind the scenes that have made this whole event so successful. On Friday, nearly 4,000 public school students and Junior Reserve Officers Training Corps cadets came aboard the station for the air show dress rehearsal. For many students in the five surrounding school districts, this may be their first trip to an air show to watch the Blue Angels perform their thrilling aerial gymnastics, explained NAS Jacksonville School Liaison Dawn Mills. We appreciate the support from all area superintendents and school principals in facili tating field trips for their students in order for them to enjoy this exciting outdoor show. Having the Clay County Teacher of the Year Matthew Boyack, an Orange Park High School (OPHS) teacher, go flying with the Blue Angels generated a lot of interest, Mills said. Watching the OPHS principal, faculty and students on the airfield as they had their pic tures taken next to the F-18 Hornet aircraft and cheering their teacher was an unforget table moment and a first aboard NAS Jax, Mills added. Middleburg resident Wanda Rodriguez attend ed the show with her brother, daughter, son-inlaw and their three children. Its a spectacular, wholesome family event that never fails to entertain and stir our support for the U.S. Navy. Were lucky to have this free event that showcases the prowess and commit ment of Americas military. My family and I had a great time and plan to be back in 2016. This years air show guests of honor were the Gold Star Mothers and Families who carry on with pride and resolve despite unthinkable loss. The 2014 NAS Jax Air Show will go down in naval aviation history books as the most memo rable three-day event for military and civilian aviation enthusiasts in Northeast Florida. Photo by MC2 Sean La MarrWith the Jacksonville skyline in the background, the U.S. Navy Flight Demonstration Team the Blue Angels, launch and begin their performance in the 2014 Naval Air Station Jacksonville Air Show. Photos by Miriam S. GalletThe 2014 NAS Jax Air Show drew the largest crowd in the events history.Photo by MC1 John SmolinskiNavy Band Southeast performed patriotic favorites to welcome aviation fans on Saturday and Sunday mornings.Photo by MC2 Clay Whaley Blue Angels C-130, affectionately known as Fat Albert, taxis back to the flight line after demonstrating its jetassisted take-off capabilities to the air show audience. U.S. Navy photoFranklin D. Roosevelt Squadron Sea Cadets Commanding Officer Lt. Robert Long speaks to the cadets after they had an opportunity to see a Blue Angel F-18 Hornet and the C-130 Fat Albert. U.S. Navy photoCivilian stunt pilot Sean Tucker performs a dangerous low-altitude maneuver in the Team Oracle biplane.Photo by MC2 Sean LaMarrStudents, service members, and local commu nity members watch Roger Buis perform with OTTO, an agility and comedy arial routine, at the 2014 Naval Air Station Jacksonville Air Show. Photo by MC2 Sean LaMarrAn NJROTC student competes in a pullup competition at the USMC recruiting dis play near the flight line. Photo by MC2 Sean La MarrThe Immortals, a flight demonstra tion team, and Paul Stender with the School Time Jet-Powered Bus per form at the 2014 Naval Air Station Jacksonville Air Show.


JAX AIR NEWS, NAS JACKSONVILLE, Thursday, October 30, 2014 5 Photo by MC2 Salt Cebe Two young fans of naval aviation show off their Blue Angel replicas at the 2014 NAS Jax Air Show. The Blue Angels have performed 67 demonstrations at 33 locations across the U.S. in 2014. Photo by Clark PierceAviation enthusiasts stood in line for an hour to tour a gigantic U.S. Air Force C-17 transport aircraft. Photo by MC2 Clay Whaley Air show attendees witnessed the historic fly over of two generations of Maritime Patrol Aircraft a P-3C Orion (bottom) and a P-8A Poseidon.Photo by MC2 Clay Whaley A Vietnam-era A-4 Skyhawk (top) flew in formation with a World War II-era F4U Corsair. U.S. Navy photoThe Blue Angels execute their famous diamond maneuver, led by Flight Leader Cmdr. Thomas Frosch.U.S. Navy photoAll six Blue Angels fly in delta formation before separating in dramatic fashion for the delta break-out. Photo by MC2 Clay WaleyThe Air Force F-22 Raptor delights the air show par ticipants with its dynamic performace. Photo by Clark PierceAn old salt takes a close look at the S-2 Tracker. At show center on the flight line, Blue Angels jets power up for the show.U.S. Navy photo Photo by Miriam S. GalletSailors assigned to the NAS Jax Recycling Center collected all recyclable plastic throughout the air show weekend.


From 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 condi tion 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 taking place at the tenant commands. Stay tuned for news about flu vac cine availability for all family mem bers and retirees at Immunizations Clinic, including flu shot exercises at NAS Jacksonvilles NEX Courtyard on upcoming Saturdays. By MC2 Amanda CabasosNearly 50 children and adult volun teers with the Department of Defense (DOD) sponsored Drug Education for Youth (DEFY) kicked off Red Ribbon Week (RRW) by spending the day raising drug awareness and handing out pro motional items to shoppers outside the NAS Jacksonville Navy Exchange Oct. 18. The dedicated volunteers from 11 tenant commands aboard NAS Jax were participating in support of the nationally recognized RRW Oct. 23-31. The RRW brings millions of people together to raise awareness regarding the need for alcohol, tobacco and other drug and violence prevention, early intervention, and treatment services, said NAS Jacksonville DEFY program Local Program Coordinator AWOC Jeremy Auler of VP-30. It is the largest, most visible prevention awareness cam paign observed annually in the United States. The event included DEFY students setting up an informational booth and preparing RRW gift bags that contained red ribbons, rulers, pencils, wristbands, lapel pins and dog tags. Patrons passing by were also given a quick history of how influential RRW has been in drug and violence prevention efforts. The DEFY students also shared with the community about their programs core values and mission. As they passed out drug awareness material, the chil dren spoke about DEFY phase one sum mer camp and also about the monthly meetings that incorporate fun and les sons on drug prevention efforts. The highlight for 10-year-old Bobby Oxx, was to bring drug awareness to mil itary and their families. I am here today to help people be drug free. I am having a great time handing out gifts such as rulers and ribbons to military shoppers, he said. For 15-year-old Reeland Rambaran was interacting with service members and passing out anti-drug giveaways that made his day special. We are here today to support the Red Ribbon Week by handing out drug-free themed gifts to patrons. I am having a great time talk ing with people and educating them about what we are doing, Rambaran remarked. I think the event positively affects local Sailors and civilians through direct interaction with our DEFY youth and for all involved to see the continued com mitment towards educating everyone about the dangers of illegal drugs, alco hol and prescription drug abuse, and other damaging substances, said Auler. Navy ends Standard Transfer OrdersFrom Navy Personnel Command Public AffairThe Navy announced the cancellation of Standard Transfer Orders (STO) and the establishment of the Navy Standard Integrated Personnel System (NSIPS) order writing module in a message Oct. 17. According to NAVADMIN 244/14, the NSIPS mod ule must be used for all orders for transferring Sailors for unit moves, unit decommissionings, Base Realignment and Closure moves, Overseas Tour Extension Incentive Program, and enlisted sep arations and retirements. All other Permanent Change of Station orders will be written by Navy Personnel Command through the appropriate detailer. Commanding officers and officers-in-charge can not write orders allocat ing NPC funds unless they use the NSIPS module, the message states. Units that are not sup ported by a Personnel Support Detachment (PSD) or a Customer Service Detachment (CSD) have until Oct. 31 to start using the NSIPS order writing module. PSD/CSDs will not process STOs after Sept. 30. Some ships are exempt from the transition while NSIPS upgrades are taking place. They are: 39) (LCC 20)Flu vaccine available for high-risk patients Photos by Amanda BrittinghamMembers from Drug Education For Youth (DEFY) gather together during a Red Ribbon Week event held at the NAS Jax Navy Exchange to promote an anti-drug society. Christian Mowfy, 11, a member of Drug Education For Youth (DEFY) group, hands out anti-drug information to AZAN Sircharles Henderson (left) of VP-30 and LSSN Mylando Monroe of HS-11 at the NAS Jax Navy Exchange on Oct. 18. Bobby Oxx, 10, hands AE3 Adolfo Gomez of VR-62 various anti-drug gifts as part of the Red Ribbon Week event. Red ribbon week celebratedThe day was an outstanding success, said Auler. The combined efforts of the Navy Exchange and the large turnout of DEFY youth enabled us to pass out RRW material and information to more than 500 patrons. According to Auler, The DEFY program is open to DOD youth ages 9-12. The DOD dependents ages 13-17 serve as junior mentors. The parents of the youth that participate in the local DEFY program are from various tenant commands aboard NAS Jacksonville. The DEFY program continues to hold monthly meetings and events to further strengthen the bond between students, mentors, and the community. The RRW started as an outpouring of com munity support after the brutal murder of Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) Special Agent Enrique Kiki Camarena in 1985. Citizens residing in agent Camarenas hometown of Calexico, CA, donned red ribbons and became a voice for the pre vention of illegal drugs. 6 JAX AIR NEWS, NAS JACKSONVILLE, Thursday, October 30, 2014


Fleet Readiness Center Southeast Sailors (from left) ASAN Peyton Taveney, AMAN Shayna Clark, AM2 Devon Cross, AMAN Clark Phillips, and ASAN Kyle Drummond gather in front of the restored A-7E Corsair II on static display at NAS Jacksonville Heritage Park. The Sailors spent approximately three weeks sanding, washing, painting and stenciling the aircraft in preparation for the NAS Jacksonville Air Show. By Twilla SmithNavy Region Southeast Public AffairsNavy Region Southeast has launched a program to assist Gold Star Families those whose family members have died in military service as a part of an initiative started by Commander, Navy Installations Command (CNIC). The Navy Gold Star (NGS) Program ensures that surviving families of deceased service members are not for gotten and remain part of the Navy family for as long as they desire. Gold Star Families consist of surviv ing family members of those whose loved ones died on active duty or those designated as Prisoner of War/Missing in Action (POW/MIA). Survivors are not only primary and secondary next-ofkin, but may include other family mem bers. Eligible for this program are the widow, parents and the next of kin. The term widow includes widower; the term parents includes mother, father, stepmother, stepfather, mother or father through adoption, and foster parents who stood in loco parentis; the term next of kin includes children, broth ers, sisters, half-brothers, and half-sis ters; and the term children includes stepchildren and children through adoption. The program is enhanced by the active participation of new NGS region and installation coordinators, which are the lead agents for actions within the long-term casualty support process. Navy Region Southeasts coordinator for the Navy Gold Star Program is Rufus Bundrige. Survivors tell us that one of the greatest challenges they face in their grief journey is rebuilding resiliency as they transition to their new normal, said Bundrige. A huge help in the resiliency building process for survivors is the reassur ance that their loved one will never be forgotten and that they still can main tain their link to the Navy culture. Navy Gold Stars mission is to deliver survi vor assistance programs and services through a holistic approach. My plans for NRSE is to provide first class service that is second to none, with continued support to our survivors as needed that exceeds their expecta tion. I would desire nothing less than that which I would provide to my own family, Bunbrige added. All GSP personnel have been trained and supplied with the informational tools needed to standardize the process to effectively provide assistance to Gold Star Families. I feel this program is important because of the long-term or short-term connection that it provides to the survi vors, as theyre loved ones have paid the ultimate sacrifice. The Navy Gold Star Program is all inclusive and will provide services to any branch of services qualifying sur vivors. For more information about the Navy Gold Star Program go to www. navygoldstar.com or to https://www. facebook.com/NavyGoldStar Navy Region Southeast launches Navy Gold Star ProgramU.S. Navy photoVice Adm. Bill French, Commander, Navy Installations Command (CNIC), presents NRSE Gold Star Program Coordinator Rufus Bundrige with a command coin during the Navy Gold Star DCIPS training workshop Sept. 24. in Washington D.C. Photo by MC2 Stacy Laseter'Our honor, your home'Commander, Navy Region Southeast Rear Adm. Mary Jackson speaks during a city hall press conference on Oct. 20 about the launch of Jacksonville's 2014 Week of Valor and this year's theme "Jacksonville: Our Honor, Your Home," while City of Jacksonville Mayor Alvin Brown looks on. The Week of Valor, Nov 4-11, includes educational, patriotic, and commu nity events centering on representing Jacksonville's gratitude for those who serve. The week concludes with the annual Veteran's Day Parade in downtown Jacksonville. Unmanned Patrol Squadron (VUP) 19, based at NAS Jacksonville, will operate the MQ-4C Triton, an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) with a 130-foot wingspan that can fly more than 10 miles high and spend 28 hours aloft. The craft, built by Northrop Grumman, is part of the Navy's Broad Area Maritime Surveillance program. (From left) Lt. Bryant Becote, Lt. Davis Jarvis, Lt. Jay Thurman, Lt. Cmdr. Rob Wilhelm, AWOC Scotty Strahan, PS2 Dean Hughes, AWO2 Brandon Jenkins and IT1 Nathan Robinson.Photo by Clark Pierce VUP-19 displays Triton model Photo by Victor Pitts Restoring historic aircraft JAX AIR NEWS, NAS JACKSONVILLE, Thursday, October 30, 2014 7


Adm. Bill Gortney receives Gray Eagle awardFrom U.S. Fleet Forces Public AffairsCommander, U.S. Fleet Forces Command, Adm. Bill Gortney, received the Gray Eagle award in honor of being the most senior naval aviator on active duty during a cer emony aboard nuclear air craft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt (TR) (CVN 71), Oct. 18. The award presentation was held in conjunction with the Navys 239th Birthday celebra tion aboard the ship. The Gray Eagle award is a metallic trophy that resembles a gray eagle landing on the deck of the Navys first aircraft carrier, USS Langley (CV 1). Retired Vice Adm. James Zortman, sector vice presi dent for Global Logistics and Operational Support at Northrop Grumman, presented the award to Gortney. The for mer Gray Eagle award holder was Gen. James Amos, the 35th Commandant of the Marine Corps, who held the award from July 17, 2008 until Oct. 17. This award is symbolic of the historical significance of naval aviation as we pass excel lence from one generation to another, said Gortney as he addressed the audience during the award ceremony. I would like you all to give a round of applause to the future of naval aviation, many of whom you see right here aboard Theodore Roosevelt, and to the young student naval aviators and naval flight offi cers that will continue to bear the true torch of excellence of naval aviation. Gortney said being awarded the Gray Eagle was significant because he could share it with the Gray Owl awardee, which is presented to the most senior naval flight officer serving on active duty. The best part of this award is the fact that I get to share it with my longtime wingman and shipmate, Vice Adm. Dave Buss. He is the Gray Owl, and our current air boss (the com mander, Naval Air Forces and commander, Naval Air Force, U.S. Pacific Fleet). He couldnt be here today because he is in Corpus Christi, Texas, pin ning the gold wings on his son, who just two weeks ago, car rier qualified aboard the USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75), said Gortney. According to Zortman, the Gray Eagle award is a culmi nation of Gortneys 38 years of military service, having gar nered more than 5,360 mishapfree flight hours, 1,265 carrierarrested landings, and leading at various levels of naval avia tion and throughout the Navy. After the conclusion of the award presentation, the Fleet Forces Band provided a con cert in celebration of the Navys 239th Birthday. In addition, Navy culinary specialists stationed aboard TR provided decorative cakes and refreshments for all who attended the event. The Gray Eagle Trophy made its first appearance in 1961 during the celebration of the 50th Anniversary of Naval Aviation. Two years prior, while serv ing as commander in chief, Allied Forces, Southern Europe, Adm. Charles R. Brown wrote to the then Deputy Chief of Naval Operations (Air), Vice Adm. Robert B. Pirie, that a baton or similar token be awarded to the senior aviator in the point of service in flying, and be hand ed down from one person to the next in the passing years. In 1960, Chance Vought Aircraft, Inc., now Northrop Grumman Corporation, pro posed the trophy design with the inscription, In recognition of a clear eye, a stout heart, a steady hand, and a daring defi ance of gravity and the law of averages. The name of each recipi ent and the dates of the title the award was held are also engraved on the trophy. The senior Navy or Marine Corps aviator maintains the title of Gray Eagle until the member retires and a new recipient is named from the official precedence list of pro spective Gray Eagles, main tained by the Office of the Chief of Naval Operations. By Barbara BurchNAVSUP FLC Jacksonville Corporate CommunicationsLt. Bentley Hodsdon, mate rial officer at NAVSUP Fleet Logistics Center (FLC) Jacksonville, recently had the honor of participating in a cer emony fewer get to witness the award of a World War II D-Day medal. Lt. Hodsdon escorted his grandfather, former Army Capt. George Hodsdon Jr. onstage at South Carolinas Greenwood County Hall of Heroes, where he had the honor of participat ing in the award of the Bronze Star medal to his grandfather. It was a moment that reaf firmed what Hodsdon always felt, that his grandfather was an amazing man, a true hero. Capt. Hodsdon had been awarded the Bronze Star for his heroic actions at the Battle of Saint Lo, but due to injuries and hospital delays, was not made aware of the award until 70 years later. Capt. Hodsdons daughter wanted to obtain a copy of his Purple Heart medal to include in his shadow box to be hung in the Greenwood County Hall of Heroes, so she contacted the local Veterans Association (VA) for assistance. The VA was able to locate his Purple Heart medal, and much to the surprise of the family, also the Bronze Star medal. When asked about his reac tion to the news, the younger Hodsdon said, I was shocked at the news. It was definitely not what I was expecting! He added, I felt like it just made sense, for everything that he endured, the men that he led and life threatening inju ry he received fighting for our country. If anyone deserves the Bronze Star surely its my grandfather. Seventy years after his bravery on the battlefield, Hodsdon was inducted into the Greenwood County Hall of Heroes in the same ceremony where he received his Bronze Star. Seventy years is a long time for an award to be delayed, but his contribution in 1944 and dedication to maintaining our nations freedom is never too late to be recognized. As his grandson stated, He is the reason we call his the Greatest Generation! Capt. Hodsdons courage and honor continue on today and is evident in his descendants. For generations the Hodsdon family has served this country. From great, great grandfathers in World War I to the present, they have all worn the uniform. According to Lt. Hodsdon, to be the one who currently wears it is definitely special for me. It allowed me the opportunity to not only represent our fam ily but to pin the medal on my grandfather. Photo by MC1 Erik A. WehnesRetired Vice Adm. James Zortman, Sector Vice President for Global Logistics and Operational Support at Northrop Grumman, pres ents Adm. William E. Gortney, commander of U.S. Fleet Forces Command, with the Gray Eagle Trophy award during a ceremony aboard the aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71) to celebrate the Navy's 239th Birthday. The trophy is presented to the most senior Navy or Marine Corps aviator serving on active duty.Bronze Star awarded 70 years after D-DayPhoto by Bradford Hodsdon(From left) South Carolina Legislative Representative Mike Pitts, South Carolina Legislative Representative J. Anne Parks, Capt. George Hodsdon Jr., U.S. Army, Brig. Gen. Marie Goff, South Carolina National Guard, Lt. Bentley Hodsdon, Supply Corps, U.S. Navy. Vision Suggestion awardFleet Readiness Center Southeast (FRCSE) Electronics Mechanic Purchase Wood (left) explains his Vision Suggestion to FRCSE Commanding Officer Capt. John Kemna on Oct. 21. Wood reduced tooling cost and improved repair of the Airborne Low Frequency Sonar reel and cable assembly. He suggested using a less expensive tool design originally developed by FRCSE Process Engineering. The new tool, which was made by modifying a spare splined socket, allows artisans to easily remove the pressure cap from the cable assembly.Photo by Victor Pitts 8 JAX AIR NEWS, NAS JACKSONVILLE, Thursday, October 30, 2014


Photo by Jacob Sippel Hospital awards quartersCapt. John Le Favour (left), Naval Hospital (NH) Jacksonville commanding officer, presents a Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal to HM3 Chantal Nesbeth during an awards ceremony at the hospital on Oct. 24. Other award recipients included: HM2 Ryan Ribellia (Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal); HM2 Omar Soto (Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal); Emma Ansley (40-year Length of Service Award); and a group Letter of Appreciation from the Palm Avenue Exceptional Student Center, was presented to HM3 Sara Bookall, HM3 Emmanuel Washington, Hospitalman Joyanna Bermudez, Hospitalman Dolicia Hoskins, Hospitalman Kandace Oman, and Hospitalman Allyshia Wallace. NH Jacksonville's priority since its founding in 1941 is to heal the nation's heroes and their families. The command is comprised of the Navy's third largest hospital and five branch health clinics across Florida and Georgia. Photo by Yan Kennon Celebrating pharmacistsNaval Hospital (NH) Jacksonville Commanding Officer Capt. John Le Favour (cen ter), Pharmacist Cmdr. Christopher Lynch (left), and Hospital Apprentice Ilandra Elmi celebrate National Pharmacy Week (Oct. 19 25). NH Jacksonville its hospital and five branch health clinics across Florida and Georgia, dispenses about 5,800 prescriptions daily. JAX AIR NEWS, NAS JACKSONVILLE, Thursday, October 30, 2014 9


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From StaffFlorida Congressman Ander Crenshaw, a member of the House Defense Appropriations Subcommittee, will hold the 2014 Veterans Special Recognition Ceremony at the Naval Air Station Jacksonville Officers Club on Nov. 5 at 10 a.m. During the annual ceremony, he will officially recognize the military service of veterans who have served the country from World War II through the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Jacksonvilles Week of Valor is a fitting time to honor all our veterans, includ ing more than 60 servicemen and women from Northeast Florida communities who will receive the 4th Congressional District Special Recognition Certificate at my annual ceremony, said Crenshaw. I thank each of our honorees for stand ing in the face of incredible danger and hardship and give them my deep appre ciation.In all, let us never forget that our nations greatness is drawn from the blood and sacrifices of honorable and courageous men and women. The event is not open to the general public. Media wanting to cover the event must be at the base main gate at 9 a.m. For further info, call NAS Jax Public Affairs Officer Miriam Gallet at 904-5425588. 14-year-old becomes young eagleBy Clark PierceEditorMason Dobrenen, a stu dent at Clay High School in Green Cove Springs, took part in a unique aviation experi ence Oct. 23, courtesy of the U.S. Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA) Young Eagles program. I didnt know what to expect when my geometry teacher asked our class if anyone would like to fly with a stunt pilot before the NAS Jax Air Show so I raised my hand and she gave me some paperwork to fill out, said Dobrenen. The Young Eagles program was launched in 1992 by the EAA in its mission to provide a meaningful flight experience free of charge in a general avi ation aircraft for young people (primarily between the ages of 8 and 17). Flights are provided by EAA pilots worldwide. Sean Tucker, a renowned aerobatic pilot who performed at last weekends NAS Jax Air Show, is the current Young Eagles volunteer chairman. He met Mason and his father, AWF1 Michael Dobrenen (a P-3 flight engineer attached to Fleet Readiness Center Southeast) in NAS Jax Hangar 117 as Team Oracle was pushing its Challenger III aerobatic aircraft to the flight line. This is such a unique experi ence for Mason, because Sean Tucker is such a well known air show performer. And as a bonus, Ill be flying in the Team Oracle photographers plane to document the first 10 minutes of the flight. The EAA Young Eagles flight lasted about 30 min utes. Upon land ing Tucker explained, We did climbs, turns and roller coast ers (gentle wing overs) at speeds of up to 180 knots about 200 miles-per-hour. Mason just really got with it and was very cool about learning how to fly roller coaster lines. As Tucker signed off on Dobrenens official Young Eagles flight certificate, he recalled that as they approached the NAS Jax runway, he jokingly asked Dobrenen if hed like to land the plane. He responded, heck yeah, lets give it a try and I said just kidding, maybe on your next flight. Dobrenen said the roller coaster maneuver was the most memorable part of the flight. Oh yeah, Id definitely come back and do this again. Feeling the G-force push you down in the seat when climbing or turn ing. And then, when you put the nose down, it feels like zerogravity for a few seconds. Veterans special recognition ceremony set for Nov. 5 at NAS Jacksonville Sharing the magic of flightPhotos by Clark Pierce At the beginning of the Young Eagles demonstration flight over the St. Johns River, pilot Sean Tucker tests his aircraft's smoke dispensor. Clay High School student Mason Dobrenen received his flight certificate from the Experimental Aircraft Association's Young Eagles Program Chairman Sean Tucker. Team Oracle aerobatic pilot Sean Tucker climbs for altitude over the St. Johns River with 14-yeaar-old Mason Dobrenen in the front seat. It was Dobrenen's first flight in a civil aviation aircraft. JAX AIR NEWS, NAS JACKSONVILLE, Thursday, October 30, 2014 11


Capt. Joseph McQuade, Naval Hospital Jacksonville family medicine physician says, Women's health needs to begin earlier than most people think. Making a habit of regular exercise and good diet control is so very important for pre-teen and teen age girls. The vaccine against human papil loma virus should be given at the child's 11-12 year-old visit. Challenge your pro vider to go that extra step to make firm recommendations to your child about mak ing healthy choices and getting vaccinated early. Exercise is good for everyone and vaccines are good medicine. Lisa Walden, Naval Hospital Jacksonville OB/GYN medical assistant says, Be, Know and Do. Be concerned about your own health and pay close attention to signs and symptoms. Know your body and keep records of abnormal occurrences. Try to obtain and be familiar with the health his tory of women in your immediate family. Do the right things: make healthier lifestyle choices and schedule routine visits with your gynecologist. Become part of a local women's group in your community and share your experiences. Nikki Levinson-Lustgarten, Naval Hospital Jacksonville breast care coordinator, says A healthy weight is your best friend. Too much abdominal fat is a risk factor for heart disease. It has also been shown to increase your risk for breast cancer due to the estrogen precursors present in that spare pillow. We are always fight ing an extra 10 pounds, and some carry much more. For more information, con tact Naval Hospital Jacksonvilles Wellness Center, or visit www.myplate.gov or www. diabetes.org. Photos by Jacob Sippel 12 JAX AIR NEWS, NAS JACKSONVILLE, Thursday, October 30, 2014


JAX AIR NEWS, NAS JACKSONVILLE, Thursday, October 30, 2014 13 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. 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. Open to active duty, selective reservists, DoD civilians and DoD contractors age 30 and older assigned to a command designated representative attend the meeting will receive and obtain required paperwork. Open to active duty, selective reservists, DoD civilians, and DoD Contractor personnel assigned to a command at NAS cup points. Attend the meeting to discuss rules and obtain required paperwork. Race is free and open to all authorized gym patrons. 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 10:30-11:15am. 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 website at www.cnic.navy.mil or www.facebook.com nasjaxmwr.StandingsAs of Oct. 24 Bad News Babes 2 0 Sweet Heat 1 1 Hit it-n-Quit it 1 1 Diamond Divas 0 2 NAS Jax 7 0 VP-8 8 1 NAVFAC Sons of Guns 6 2 CNATTU Blue 5 2 NAVFAC Soap Gang 5 3 NAVFAC Reigning Clays 4 3 HS-11 2 1 NAVFAC World War Z 4 4 VP-30 II 4 4 FRCSE Claybusters 3 3 NAVFAC Skeeters 3 5 CNATTU Gold 2 6 VP-30 I 2 6 NAVFAC Sky Busters 1 5 NAVFAC Smoke Wagons 1 6 VP-8 4 0 AIR OPS 2 0 FRCSE 3 1 NAVFAC 3 1 VP-30 3 1 TPU/PCF 2 4 VP-45 1 2 VR-62 1 2 War Eagles host former squadron membersBy Lt. j.g. Eric ScottVP-16 Public Affairs OfficerRecently, VP-16 hosted two visitors from the VP-16 Reunion Association, retired Capt. Benjamin Folsom and William Sherman, a former Aviation Ordnanceman (AO). They are both former members of VP-16, and were invited to address the squadron during quarters. Having lived through the P-2 Neptune to the P-3 Orion transition, members of the Reunion Association can pro vide valuable insight about squadron life during an aircraft transition, remarked VP16 Commanding Officer, Cmdr. Dan Papp. The Reunion Association members also provide an important historical perspec tive for our younger Sailors in the squadron. Folsom was designated a Naval Aviator in May of 1965, and subsequently assigned to VP-16 during his first sea tour. He later completed tours at VP-30, VP-23, as well as his command tour at VP-44. After retiring from active duty in 1991, he worked with the Navy as a defense indus try contractor. In 2005, he once again retired from the industry. Sherman entered the Navy in July of 1961 and was assigned to VP-16 in September of 1965 and served as an AO on the P-2 and transitioned to the P-3A. After leaving active duty, he worked in the construction industry, ultimately retiring from the industry in 2005. Sherman and Folsom cur rently serve as the president and vice president of the VP-16 Reunion Association, respec tively. They also took the opportu nity to share sea stories with members of the squadron following quarters. Folsom shared his experiences during his time in the squadron as a P-3 Patrol Plane Commander, and during later assignments in his career. Sherman was able to share his unique perspective, having served as aircrew on both the P-2 and the P-3. After discuss ing their history and insight with current squadron mem bers, Folsom and Sherman were given a tour of the spaces and an opportunity to interact with members of the squadron in their shops. While addressing the squadron, Folsom remarked, Despite having left VP-16 almost 50 years ago, the Sailors today are remarkably similar. They are extremely hard work ing and technically proficient. Folsom and Sherman also took the opportunity while vis iting the squadron to promote the VP-16 Reunion Association. With more than 350 members, the reunion associations goal is to bring together past and present members of the War Eagles. The VP-16 Reunion Association hosted the 2014 reunion in San Antonio, Texas from Oct. 1 5, where former members of the squadron had the opportunity to view the P-8A Poseidon, as well as inter act with current members of the squadron. (Right) Cmdr. Daniel Papp, commanding officer of the VP-16 War Eagles, introduces two former War Eagles retired Capt. Benjamin Folsom and former AO William Sherman during the squadrons awards quarters. Photos by MC2 Eric PastorRetired Capt. Benjamin Folsom, a naval aviator who served with the War Eagles from 1966-1968, addressed current Sailors attached to VP-16 during the squadrons bi-weekly awards quar ters. VP-16 Commanding Officer Cmdr. Daniel Papp places the first class petty officer cover onto PR1 Makhmud Ibragimov dur ing the squadrons awards quarters. Ibragimov was one of two Sailors selected by the command to be advanced under the Command Advancement Program (CAP). 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. 31 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 Nov. 15, 1 4 p.m., $20 per person Scratch Sweeper Nov. 22, 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 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 & Sunday Monster Dash 5K October 31 at 11:30 a.m.I.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 restricted to E1-E6 single or unaccom panied active duty members. Call 5421335 for information. Paintball Trip November 1 at 9 a.m. Pet Food Distro Volunteer Trip November 8 at 7:30 a.m. All Day Man Movie Marathon November 15 at LibertyNAS 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 Nov. 4 & 18 Retirees, DoD and sponsored guests Nov. 6 & 20Mulberry 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 flightAdditional ratings are available including instrument, complex and commercialFind more info. online at jaxnfc.net See SPORTS, Page 17


14 JAX AIR NEWS, NAS JACKSONVILLE, Thursday, October 30, 2014 Natouri Ottun (right), a Medical Home Port team pharmacist at Naval Hospital (NH) Jacksonville, performs a medication check-up on Oct. 23 with Lois Charles at the hospi tal. Medication check-ups are personalized reviews of patient medications both pre scriptions and over-the-counter to identify any potential safety problems, and ensure medications and instructions are understood. NH Jacksonville is promoting medication check-ups in observance of Talk About Your Medicines Month. By Clifford DavisFlorida Times-UnionIf Darth Vader had a fighter jet, it would be an F-22 Raptor. Though the Blue Angels were the stars of the air show, the ferocious looking Raptors are the baddest birds on the planet. Its been said that in dogfight training with other U.S. fighters, flying the F-22 is almost unfair. It is unfair in a way, said F-22 pilot Capt. John Cummings. The F-22 is the only operational fifth-generation fighter aircraft in the world. What that means is that it has stealth, super cruise, advanced avionics and superior maneuverability. Super cruise allows the Raptor to trav el at Mach 1.5, roughly 1,000 mph, with out using its gas-guzzling afterburners. The F-22 was designed as an airsuperiority fighter to give the U.S. unmatched control over the skies and, by all accounts from war games, it does. The problem was partially with the pricetag of $412 million per plane. The plane also had several flaws, most notably a problem in the oxygen supply system that was causing pilots to lose consciousness. One pilot died and one plane was lost, though there is dispute over whether it was caused by pilot or plane error. Concerns with the program reached a cresciendo in 2009 when Secretary of Defense Robert Gates capped the F-22 program at 187 planes instead of the 381 the Air Force said it required. The slack is to be picked up by the F/A-18E/F Super Hornet and the F-35 Lightning II, though neither share the Raptors unique capabilities against other jets. However, with the problems addressed, Raptor pilots now are show ing Americas enemies what it can do. Though not specifically intended for gound-attack roles, the planes are par ticipating in bombings against ISIS in Iraq. The Air Forces F-22 Raptor Demo Team, on the other hand, is meant to bring home the fighters capabilities to the American public. The pilots travel around the country, participating in 20 shows a year, to illustrate the capabili ties of the peerless aircraft. To showcase the Air Forces evolution from bi-planes of the old Army Air Corps days to the Raptors of today, the demo team will be doing heritage flights with some historic aircraft Friday and Saturday. Well be here at the airshow all week end and well be starting about 1:30 p.m., Cummings said. Well be doing flights with the F-22s along with a P-51 Mustang as well in the heritage flight. F-22 RAPTO R COMBAT JET IS 'DA R TH VA D E R' O F THE AI R WAYS Photo by MC2 Clay Waley The Air Force F-22 Raptor delights the air show participants with its dynamic performance. By MC2(SW) Sean La MarrNPASE DET SENearly 4,000 students from 59 schools, including Navy Junior Reserves Officers Training Corps (NJROTC) units, spent their day away from traditional curriculum to learn about aviation sciences first-hand with the Navys Flight Demonstration team, the Blue Angels. Members of the Association of Naval Aviators (ANA), active-duty service member and retired mili tary members served as docents and guided the students through the aircfat displays. ANA is a group of retired naval aviators dedicated to community service and other projects, said retyired Navy Capt. Bill Bailey. Today were here to show these students what the Navy is capable of, and maybe one day, what t they could be capable of. We drove down from Georgia to see the air show, said Duwan, a Georgia student and NJROTC unit member from Brunswick High School. I want to become a pilot one day, so its cool to see them fly ing and to think that could me one day. The students were guided through over a dozen static dis plays showcasing the Navy, Air Force, and Armys past and current aviation capability. Aircraft includ ed in flight line static display were the P-8A Poseidon, MQ-4C Triton unmanned aerial system (UAS), the MH-60R Seahawk helicopter, and many others. The main purpose of bring ing the students here is to inspire them, said retired lieutenant commander Bob Peterson, the leader of the Bridge View High School NJROTC program. These students are the next generation of potential Navy Sailors and by teaching them and inspiring them to strive for excel lence now will help ensure a posi tive future. In addition to the demonstra tions and static displays, there were food concessions, souvenir and sponsor displays, and a Kids Zone with multiple attractions for younger students and children. More than 297,000 were in atten dance at the air show, along with 2,100 boaters on the St Johns River. These record-breaking numbers make the 2014 air show the most successful in recent history. Such high numbers this year could be attributed to the 2013 NAS Jax Air show being cancelled due to gov ernment sequestration. The Blue Angels inspire local students Photos by Jacob SippelGet your pharmacy check-upPatrick Yongue, a Florida A&M University doctor of pharmacy intern training at Naval Hospital (NH) Jacksonville, checks Sally Solows blood pressure at a screening booth in the hospital. In observance of Talk About Your Medicines Month (October) and National Pharmacy Week (Oct. 19-25), the hospital is promoting glucose and blood pressure screenings and prescription check-ups. Photo by MCSean LaMarrRetired Capt. (Dr.) Bill Bailey, from Jacksonville,Fla., explains the maneuver capability of the Blue Angels F/A-18 jet to local students ON Oct. 24 at the NAS Jax Air Show.


Air Force F-22 Raptor Aerial Demonstration Team Commander and Pilot Capt. John Cummings presents NAS Jax Commanding Officer Capt. Roy Undersander with the official F-22 Raptor Demonstration Team photo during a reception held on Oct. 24 at the NAS Jax Officers' Club. By Yan Kennon Naval Hospital Jacksonville Public Affairs Senior WriterNaval Hospital Jacksonville launched its Reintegrate, Educate and Advance Combatants in Healthcare (REACH) program Oct. 16. REACH is a mentoring pro gram designed to help recover ing service members develop skills for careers in health care. We are pleased to be part of this Navy Medicine initia tive to prepare wounded, ill and injured service mem bers for civil service medical positions, said Capt. John Le Favour, NH Jacksonville com manding officer. REACH was designed for recovering service members who are expected to receive a 30 percent or greater disabil ity rating after going through the medical board process. A variety of health care careers are supported by REACH, including case manager, den tal assistant, diagnostic radio logical technician, health care administrator, medical records technician, medical assistant, nurse, occupational therapist, physical therapist, physician assistant, and respiratory ther apist. REACH continuously sup ports service members throughout their recovery as they reintegrate back to active duty or transition to the fed eral civilian workforce. NH Jacksonvilles REACH career coach will provide service members with insight into desired career fields, and along with mentor, assist service members in obtaining handson training, job shadowing and internships. In addition to NH Jacksonville, REACH has also been implemented at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, Bethesda, Md.; Naval Medical Center Portsmouth, Va.; Naval Hospital Camp Lejeune, N.C.; Naval Hospital Camp Pendleton, Calif.; and Naval Medical Center San Diego. To learn more about the REACH program at NH Jacksonville, contact Leigh Hammer at (757) 342-6665 or leigh@ smartsolutionscorp.com. NH Jacksonvilles prior ity since its founding in 1941 is to heal the nations heroes and their families. The com mand is comprised of the Navys third largest hospital and five branch health clinics across Florida and Georgia. Of its patient population about 163,000 active and retired sail ors, soldiers, Marines, airmen, guardsmen and their families about 70,000 are enrolled with a primary care manager and Medical Home Port team at one of its facilities. To find out more, visit the command website at www.med.navy.mil/ sites/NavalHospitalJax From StaffThe firefighters of First Coast Navy Fire & Emergency Services at NAS Jacksonville are ready for anything at the NAS Jax Air Show, Oct. 24-26. Although the Firefighters regularly train to protect the pilots and aircrew of NAS Jax, there is a greater spectrum of intangibles involved with an air show. Were staffing extra emer gency vehicles, rapid response vehicles and we brought on three extra units from the Jacksonville Fire Department to help us during the event, said First Coast Navy Fire & Emergency Services Chief Mark Brusoe. There will be an estimated 275,000 people on base during the air show including the peo ple you see here today. The NAS Jax fire fighters are manning the flight line for the duration of the air show in order to make sure that every one remains safe while the aer ial acrobatics are taking place. The TI 1500 fire truck car ries 1500 gallons of water, has turrets, is equipped with an under-truck nozzle and car ries foam. Its basically a fully equipped Aircraft Rescue Fire Fighting Apparatus, said Kraig Parker, NAS Jax station chief. We have two of those dedi cated to the runway. This will allow us to get moving within 10 seconds of impact and arrive on scene within 60 seconds of any incident. Air shows are always an exciting part of naval aviation and the NAS Jax fire fighters are just as pumped up as any one to be a part of the event. Dont let any fire fighters tell you that theyre not excited. Weather they admit it or not were all excited that the air show is back again, said Luke Jackson, NAS Jax firefighter. Wounded, ill and injured service members can now REACH for successPhoto by Jacob SippelLeigh Hammer (right), Naval Hospital (NH) Jacksonvilles Reintegrate, Educate and Advance Combatants in Healthcare (REACH) program career coach, mentors the commands first REACH student, MA3 Anthony Devesa on Oct. 23. REACH is a mentoring program designed to help recov ering service members develop skills for careers in health care. NAS Jacksonville firefighters shadow air show for safetyPhoto by MC2 Salt CebeThe NAS Jacksonville Fire Department prepares for the 2014 NAS Jax Air Show, featuring the Blue Angels. Photo by AE2(AW) Samantha JonesAir show reception welcomes the Blue AngelsThe Blue Angels Cmdr. Thomas Frosch presents NAS Jax Commanding Officer Capt. Roy Undersander with the signed copy of the 2014 official Blue Angels poster. "It is humbling to perform at the birthplace of the Blue Angels," said Frosch, during a welcoming reception held at the NAS Jax Officers' Club Oct. 24 in honor of the Blue Angels. "I have had the honor to speak with some of the original Blue Angels and they are so proud of what their legacy has become today," he added. NAS Jax Commanding Officer Capt. Roy Undersander and his wife, Pam, enjoy conversing with Marine Capt. Katie Higgins, 27, the first female Blue Angel. Higgins started flying as a C-130 demon stration pilot this month. JAX AIR NEWS, NAS JACKSONVILLE, Thursday, October 30, 2014 15


16 JAX AIR NEWS, NAS JACKSONVILLE, Thursday, October 30, 2014 By Lt. j.g. Anthony MontesVP-45 Public Affairs OfficerEvery two years since 1990, members of the VP-45 Association have come togeth er for a full-scale reunion at various venues around the country. This year, the Pelicans alumni came back to NAS Jax to celebrate with the next generation of Sailors and see how much the squadron they once called their own has changed. A luncheon at Deweys and a banquet at the Crowne Plaza Riverfront Hotel in downtown Jacksonville were among the events on their itinerary. But the real treat was a visit to the squadron that culminated in a tour of the P-8A Poseidon antisubmarine warfare (ASW) air craft. The two-bus convoy was greeted by VP-45 Commanding Officer Cmdr. T.J. Grady and Executive Officer Cmdr. John Weidner who addressed the group before escorting them out to a Poseidon aircraft, where current pilots, NFOs and warfare operators waited to bring them up to speed on the advancements of the latest ASW platform. As the members of the VP-45 Association took in the new plane, aircrew addressed the updated systems that many of the members had done more than half a century ago. Quite a number of the asso ciation members had gone through a transition them selves, from the P5M Marlin and P-2V Neptune to the P-3 Orion. When asked about some of the more striking dif ferences, one alumnus com mented, For one, the Marlin was a sea plane. You hoped the water wasnt too rough oth erwise touchdowns wouldnt be a good time. We all carried bags to put control knobs in that would consistently fall off during takeoffs and landings. Despite some of the hardships of the older technology, all the Julie-Jezs looked back with fond memories. On the cultural differences between then and now, it was the women of the group that were elated by another evo lution the shift to greater female representation. Female guests were surprised and delighted to see a female pilot in the Poseidon flight station, directing the tour of that area. When told how many female aviators and crewmembers VP-45 boasts, one associa tion member gave a high-five to another at the prospect of an all-female crew in the near future. One former pilot noted, The military has always been at the forefront of evolutionary progression. It makes me very happy to see this squadron not only adapting the newest and best hardware for its mission, but also it being accomplished by operators with a trust and rapport that wouldnt have been so accepted by the status quo our time. The Pelicans took great plea sure in the opportunity to show off the future to its predeces sors and look forward to the next opportunity to host the VP-45 Association. A qualified Tactical Coordinator (TACCO) from the 1950s era expressed, Youre all part of the next generation of flyers and crew. I know weve handed you a pretty big torch to carry, but knowing what youre all capable of, we pass it on with confidence. Photos courtesy of VP-45The VP-45 Association had perfect weather for alumni tours of P-8A Poseidons parked on the ramp at NAS Jacksonville.VP-45 welcomes association tourLt. j.g. Lara Bzik directed the flight station portion of the tour, answering questions about flight characteristics of the new Boeing P-8A Poseidon. AD2 Catherine Larkin and a prior VP-45 Sailor swapped stories about power plants and other aspects of naval aviation. VP-45 Executive Officer Cmdr. John Weidner addresses a group from the VP-45 Association reunion party during their tour of Hangar 511 at NAS Jacksonville. Lt. Cmdr. Wayne Lewis (right) shows tour members the "rail" sec tion of the aircraft, where warfare operators monitor contacts. Photos by Clark PierceArmy aviators exhibit at air showFlying in from Cecil Airport for the air show was a helicopter contingent from the Florida Army National Guard (FLARNG) 1st Battalion of the 111th Aviation Regiment. (From right) UH-60M Black Hawk, OH-58 Kiowa and CH-47 Chinook. WO1 Steven Nawrocki pilots a UH-72A Lakota helicopter for the Florida Army National Guard Company B, 151st Aviation Regiment at Cecil Airport. It's an unarmed multi-mission helicopter used for counter-drug, logistics and border protection support missions in non-combat environments. CW3 Rob Lyman, Sgt. Spencer Webb and Sgt. Michael Stiltner crew one of Florida Army National Guards newest Black Hawk variant the UH-60M. When not equipped for MEDEVAC, the helicopter performs a range of utility missions. CW3 Rocky Alumbaugh and Staff Sgt. Wesley Baity fly a CH-47 Chinook to NAS Jax. The twin-engine, tandem rotor heavy-lift helicopter that has served the military since 1962. The helicopter is attached to Florida Army National Guard (FLARNG) 1st Battalion of the 111th Aviation Regiment.


JAX AIR NEWS, NAS JACKSONVILLE, Thursday, October 30, 2014 17 VP-16 1 3 NCTS 0 4 NAVHOSP Dirty Birdz 10 0 VP-8 7 0 VP-30 Dirty 30 6 0 FRCSE Honey Badgers 4 1 FRCSE 900 4 1 VR-62 3 1 HSM-74 4 3 VP-16 2 2 FRCSE Rabid Possums 3 4 CRS-10 3 5 NMC Braves 3 5 VP-45 Pelicans 2 4 NCTS Freqz 3 6 CNRSE 2 5 FRCSE Renegades 2 5 NBHC 2 5 HSM-72 2 6 FRCSE Wrecking Crew 1 3 FACSFAC 0 5 CBMU202 0 6 NBHC Bad Company 5 0 VR-62 5 0 VP-8 Tigers 4 1 NMC Titans 3 1 VP-30 Staff 3 1 VR-58 3 1 NAS Jax 2 1 VP-30 ZAWWBS 3 2 FRCSE 2 2 NCTS Jax 3 3 HSM-72 Proud Warriors 2 3 VP-26 2 3 FACSFAC 1 4 VP-45 1 4 VP-62 1 4 NOSC 0 0 NAVHOSP 0 1 HITRON 0 4 FRCSE Thundercats 0 5 Sports (Contd. from Page 13) By MC3 Chase MartinUSS George H.W. Bush Public AffairsUSS George H.W. Bush (CVN 77) arrived in Duqm, Oman for a scheduled port visit, Oct. 21. This is the first time that Duqm, Oman has hosted an aircraft carrier. This port visit was designed to test the capability of the port to handle an aircraft carrier and provides the opportunity to strengthen the relationship with the Sultanate of Oman. This visit was strategically important. said Rear Adm. DeWolfe Miller, commander of the George H.W. Bush Carrier Strike Group. The actions taken and lessons learned during this first-ever visit by a nucle ar powered aircraft carrier will help pave the way for future port calls here and reinforces the superb relationship that 5th fleet has with the Sultanate of Oman. The visit was a chance to visit a new country for the Sailors on board. This visit gave our Sailors an opportunity to expe rience the culture of one of our partner nations said Capt. Andrew Loiselle, commanding officer of George H.W. Bush. It was a great chance to visit Duqm and for the crew to take some well-deserved time off. Sailors were able to relax, visit a local resort, and enjoy festivities on the pier including a barbecue, games and a movie under the stars. The ships morale, welfare and recreation division also offered a tour in Oman to Sailors aboard USS George H.W. Bush. I think its great that I am able to be a part of this experience, said Hospitalman Nicholas Zerbe, a Sailor on board USS George H.W. Bush, especially if it ben efits the fleet and my other shipmates. I really had a great time. The George H.W. Bush Carrier Strike Group is on a scheduled deployment to support maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts in the U.S. 5th Fleet AOR. By Earl BitttnerNAVFAC Southeast Public Affairs Naval Facilities Engineering Command (NAVFAC) Southeast awarded a nearly $10 million firm-fixedprice contract Oct. 22 to Whitesell-Green Inc., a small business based in Pensacola, Fla. to repair the Corry A School Bachelor Quarters 3709 and 3710 at Corry Station, Naval Air Station (NAS) Pensacola. This project will further alleviate student barracks overcrowding as we send a growing number of sail ors through training at the Center for Information Dominance at Corry Station, said NAS Pensacola Public Works Officer Cmdr. Jeff Deviney, who will oversee the project. The project will mirror the renovations that began last year with Bachelor Quarters 3707 and 3708 and, once complete, the four build ings will share laundry, study, and television rooms, continued Deviney. Renovating these 1970s-era facilities will eliminate health and safety hazards while pro viding suitable berthing for our students. The work to be performed includes interior demolition, minor structural repairs, sheet rock replacement on walls and ceilings, interi or electrical repairs, interior plumbing replace ment, installation of fire suppression system and detection systems, floor covering replace ment, interior and exterior door replacement, roof replacement, stairwell repairs, heat ing, ventilation and air conditioning system replacement, miscellaneous interior repairs and construction of exterior walkways with handrails. Its exciting to be part of a team that con siders small business the first option to meet the NAVFAC Southeast mission, said Nelson Smith, NAVFAC Southeast small business dep uty. In addition to providing the best return on the dollar for our taxpayers, every contract awarded to a small business also helps our nations economy. Smith explained that this is one of many contract awards NAVFAC Southeast has pro vided to the small business community. NAVFAC Southeast continues to build on its success by provid ing contract opportunities to small businesses. Each year NAVFAC establishes target goals for Small Business, Small Disadvantaged Business, Historically Underutilized Business Zone Small Business, ServiceDisabled Veteran-Owned Small Business, and Women-Owned Small Business categories. Smith explained that the maximum practicable utilization of small business concerns is a matter of national interest with both social and economic ben efits. Work is expected to be completed by May 2016. at the corner of Walk among crosses remembering courage and valor shown by the men and women of our armed forces. Facebook:Fallen Floridian Tribute 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 354-5547 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 542-2518 or paul.nix@navy.mil. duty or retired from all military services. Call Johnnie Walsh 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) 6930280 meets the third Thursday of each month at 7 p.m. at the Fleet Reserve Center on Collins Road. For information, visit www.aao9.com. (VFW) Post 5968 and its Auxiliary located at 187 Aurora Blvd. meets on the second Wednesday of the month at 7:30 composed of combat veterans and eligible service members from the Active, Guard or Reserve forces. Go to www.vfwpost5968.org or call 276-5968. at NAS Jax Fleet and Family Support Center (FFSC) needs volunteers to assist military retirees and dependents. Work four hours a day, one day per week. Call 542-5790 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. weekdays to volunteer. a breast cancer support group at Naval Hospital Jacksonville, meets on the second Tuesday of the month at 7 p.m. Call 542-7857 for more info. is open to active duty, reserve and retired military, plus, active or retired DoD civilians. Call 778-0805 or email commodore@njyc. org. Helping others help themselves. Visit www. gocompass.org for more info. meets the Methodist Church, 2246 Blanding Blvd. Call 272-9489. Wednesday at 7 p.m. next to the Thrift Store at the NAS Jax Yorktown gate. monthly Atlantic Beach. Call 246-6855. meets at 1:30 p.m. every second Tuesday of each month Guests welcome. Call 264-3486 for more info. meets at 1 p.m. on the fourth Thursday of each month at the Murray Hill United Methodist Church, (Fellowship Hall Building) at 4101 College Street. Call 786-7083. meets the fourth Wednesday of each month at 1 p.m. at the Fleet Reserve Hall at 7673 Blanding Blvd. Call 772-8622. meets the second Wednesday of each month at 7:30 p.m. at 187 Arora Blvd., Orange Park. Call 276-5968. Community Calendar MC2(SW) Anthony Martinez'Spartans' serve USS MitscherAn MH-60R Seahawk helicopter assigned to the Spartans of Helicopter Maritime Strike Squadron (HSM) 70 flies from the forecastle of the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Mitscher (DDG 57) during a vertical replenishment exercise. Mitscher, homeported, in Norfolk, Va., and the Spartans are home based at NAS Jacksonville. George H.W. Bush arrives in Duqm, OmanNAVFAC Southeast awards almost $10 million to small business Reminder: Set clocks back one hour this weekendFrom StaffDaylight Saving Time ends Sunday, Nov. 2 so remember to set your clocks back (fall back) one hour. The NAS Jax Fire Prevention Division also reminds everyone to change your batteries in your smoke detector at the same time.


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