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By StaffIn response to the grow ing need to protect the pri vacy and security of its active and retired service members, their families, civilian work force and contractors; Social Security numbers (SSNs) are no longer displayed on the new Department of Defense (DoD) uniformed services identifica tion (ID) cards, including the Common Access Card (CAC). This policy began in June 2011 and will continue until all SSNs have been removed from ID cards. Instead of displaying the service members or sponsors SSN, uniformed services ID cards, including the CAC, now show an individuals 10-digit DoD ID number. This number is also known as the Electronic Data InterchangePersonal Identification number (EDI-PI). The EDI-PI is assigned through the Defense Enrollment Eligibility Reporting System (DEERS) and is retained in the magnetic strip of all cards. If you have DoD benefits such as health care, commis sary, and Navy exchange privi leges, an 11-digit DoD Benefits Number (DBN) is also printed on the back of the card. In the absence of the sponsors SSN, health care providers can verify eligibility by using the first nine digits of the DBN and the date of birth. In other instances you may be asked to provide your SSN in order to verify your eli gibility. NAS Jacksonville ID Card Office Operational Quality Control Manager Savannah Shulman stated, I want all of our military ID card hold ers to understand that they do not need to get a new ID card until their old card expires, or the card is within 90 days of its expiration date. Also, having an SSN on an ID card will not pre vent them from entering NAS Jacksonville, Shulman added. There are several factors that could trigger a red light when an ID card is scanned at the gates. A card reported lost or stolen, the DoD imbedded token is terminated, the token is expired, the card is invalid or not found in the DEERS system, or the token is valid for multiple individuals which causes an ambiguous situation. NAS Jax Security personnel are dedicated professionals executing mandated policy. All personnel entering NAS Jax are encouraged to be patient and follow the guidance given by the military sentry when an ID card is rejected. Depending on your cards expiration date, you may find that your DoD ID card retains your SSN until you are required to get a new card. Current ID cards are valid until the card expires, unless your card dis plays an INDEF end date, in By Amaani LyleDoD News, Defense Media ActivityThe Defense Department expressed its concern to Chinese diplomatic offi cials about an Aug. 19 incident in which an armed Chinese fighter jet conducted a dangerous intercept of a U.S. Navy P-8 Poseidon patrol aircraft, Pentagon Press Secretary Navy Rear Adm. John Kirby told reporters Aug. 22. The aircraft was on a routine mis sion when the intercept took place over the Pacific Ocean about 135 miles east of Hainan Island in international air space, Kirby said. We have registered our strong con cerns to the Chinese about the unsafe and unprofessional intercept, which posed a risk to the safety and the wellbeing of the aircrew, and was inconsis tent with customary international law, he said. Kirby also noted that DoD officials believe the Chinese jet made several passes and crossed under the aircraft with one pass having only 50 to 100 feet of separation. The Chinese jet . passed the nose of the P-8 at 90 degrees with its belly toward the P-8 Poseidon, we believe to make a point of showing its weapons load out, Kirby said. They flew directly under and along side the P-8, bringing their wingtips. . to within 20 feet and then conducted a roll over the P-8, passing within 45 feet. The admiral asserted that the inci dent undermines efforts to continue developing military-to-military rela tions with the Chinese military. This kind of behavior, not only is unprofessional, its unsafe, Kirby said, and it is certainly not keeping with the kind of military-to-military . relations that wed like to have with China. On April 1, 2001, a Chinese fighter jet collided with a U.S. Navy EP-3 surveil lance aircraft the P-8 Poseidons pre decessor aircraft that was flying a rou tine mission in international airspace over the South China Sea. Wang Wei, the Chinese pilot whose fighter jet collided with the EP-3, was killed. The damaged EP-3 made an emergen cy landing on Chinas Hainan Island, where its crew was held by Chinese authorities and eventually released. By AWVC Joe Segreti Ima Black, the wife of the late Master Chief Petty Officer of the Navy (MCPON) Dilbert Black, visited NAS Jacksonville Aug. 20. MCPON Dilbert Black (July 1922 March 2000) was the very first Master Chief Petty Officer of the Navy. He served as MCPON from Jan. 13, 1967 to Apr. 1,1971. He and his wife, Ima, were married for 50 years. Mrs. Black is now 93 years old. During her time aboard NAS Jacksonville, she spoke with the FY-15 CPO Selectees about her husband and his contribu tions to the Navy. She shared stories of the many challeng es and decisions her husband faced while defining the office of the MCPON. When her discussion time drew to a close, Mrs. Black personally congratulated and spoke with every selectee in attendance. After her discussions with the selectees, she said, One thing that strikes me is the age difference between us and how comfortable we are talking to each other. Thats because we share the Navy together. Mrs. Black was in the Navy from 1943-1947, and met her husband during that time. Also during her time on base, Mrs. Black toured an MH-60R Seahawk helicopter in the HSM-72 Proud Warriors hanger. She was escorted on her tour by HMC (Sel) Harry Egleston and AWFC (Sel) Shawn Gray. www.cnic.navy.mil/jacksonville www.jaxairnews.com ACKSONVILLE F LA THURSDAY, AUGUST 28, 2014 I I D E ISIL UPDATE Hagel Briefs Media LASER MASTER S FRCSE Avionics Shop Page 4 H2O PURITY Checking Base Water Page 16Check us out Online! jaxairnews.com New ID card key to protecting your personal privacyPhoto by AE2(AW) Samantha JonesAC2 Chayenne Thomas of FASFAC Jax receives her new DoD identification card from Gerald McCullah of the NAS Jax PSD ID Card Division on Aug. 21. DoD registers concern for dangerous interceptPhoto by PS1 Anthony PerryA P-8A Poseidon assigned to the "War Eagles" of Patrol Squadron (VP) 16 flies over NAS Jacksonville in this 2013 image. Photo by AWVC(NAC/AW) Joe Segreti(Back row, from left) CSCS J.R. Agliam, AWOCS Glenn Plower, CMDCM Jaffery Barlow, CMDCM Teri McIntyre GMC Steve Duran and (front row) AWFC(Sel) Shawn Gray, LSC(Sel) Jose de la Cruz, Ima Black and HMC(Sel) Harry Egleston gather outside the NAS Jax CPO Club.First MCPONs widow meets with NAS JAX CPO SelecteesSee Page 8 See Page 9


2 JAX AIR NEWS, NAS JACKSONVILLE, Thursday, August 28, 2014 From StaffAug. 28 1867 Capt. William Reynolds of USS Lackawanna raises U.S. flag over Midway Island to take formal possession for the U.S. 1942 Navy Reserve Midshipmens School, nick named USS Northampton at Smith College, directly com missioned 120 women as offi cers to lead the WAVES. 1952 Units on USS Boxer (CV-21) launch explosive-filled drone that explodes against railroad bridge near Hungnam, Korea. First guided missile launched from a ship during Korean Conflict. 1965 Navy Cmdr. Scott Carpenter and nine aquanauts enter SeaLab II, 205 ft. below Southern California waters to conduct underwater living and working tests. 1991 A helicopter from USS America (CV-66) rescues three civilian sailors who spent 10 days in a lifeboat 80 miles off Cape May, N.J. after their sail boat capsized. 1992 Navy, Marines and Army forces provide disaster relief in Florida after Hurricane Andrew. Aug. 29 1861 Union squadron cap tures forts at Hatteras Inlet, N.C. 1915 Navy salvage divers raise F-4, first U.S. submarine sunk in an accident. 1916 Congress passes act for expansion of Navy, but most ships not completed until after World War I. Aug. 30 1913 Navy tests Sperry gyro scopic stabilizer (automatic pilot) 1929 Near New London, Conn., 26 officers and men test Momsen lung emergency escape gear to exit submerged USS S-4. 1961 Two Cuban frigates fire on a Naval Reserve air craft on a training mission over international waters Aug. 31 1943 Commissioning of USS Harmon (DE-678), first Navy ship named for an African American Sailor. 1944 Carrier task group begins three-day attack on Iwo Jima and Bonin Islands 1962 Navy lighter-thanair program discontinued. Last Navy airship flight (heli um blimp ZPG-3W) at NAS Lakehurst, N.J. Sept. 1 1781 French fleet traps British fleet at Yorktown, Va. 1925 Cmdr. John Rodgers and four-man crew of the fly ing boat, PN-9, run out of fuel on first San FranciscotoHawaii flight. Landing at sea, they rigged a sail and set sail for Hawaii. 1941 U.S. assumes respon sibility for trans-Atlantic convoys from Canada to the meridian of Iceland. 1942 First Seabee unit to serve in a combat area, 6th Naval Construction Battalion, arrives on Guadalcanal. 1945 USS Benevolence (AH13) evacuates civilian internees from two internment camps near Tokyo, Japan Sept. 2 1918 Navy ships and crews assist earthquake victims of Yokohama and Tokyo, Japan 1940 Destroyers for Bases agreement signed between U.S. and United Kingdom. 1944 USS Finback (SS230) rescues VT-51 pilot Lt. j.g. George Bush, USNR (VT51), who was shot down while attacking Chichi Jima. 1945 Japan signs surren der documents on board USS Missouri (BB-63) at anchor in Tokyo Bay. Fleet Admiral Chester W. Nimitz signs for the U.S. In other ceremo nies, Japanese forces on Palau Islands, Truk and Pagan Island surrender. Sept. 3 1782 As a token of grati tude for French aid during American Revolution, the U.S. gives America (first ship-ofthe-line built by U.S.) to France to replace a French ship lost in Boston. 1783 Signing the Treaty of Paris ends American Revolution. 1885 First classes begin at U.S. Naval War College. 1925 Crash of rigid airship Shenandoah near Byesville, Ohio. 1944 First combat employ ment of a missile guided by radio and television takes place when Navy drone Liberator, controlled by Ensign James Simpson in a PV, flew to attack German submarine pens on Helgoland Island. By Sarah SmileySpecial ContributorThe second biggest secret parents keep from their children is this: training wheels in no way truly pre pare you for riding a bike with assistance. They just dont. This is what makes learning to ride a bike so unfor gettable. The entire process is unnatural. There is no way to ease into it, because it takes speed and faith to keep a bike balanced. Sure, there are the aforemen tioned training wheels and metal bars for a parent to hold, but a child cannot balance on his own two wheels until he is actually doing it. Its like walking: either youre walking, or youre just standing there. There isnt much in-between room. This is why we always remember a childs first steps. The instant he lets go of the couch and trusts that his right leg will follow the left is a miraculous thing. No one can make a child do it. It just happens. I was truly horrified when Ford learned to ride a bike eight years ago. I actually had to go inside and let Dustin handle the lessons. In one afternoon, my first born child became intimately familiar with the pave ment, except for the time he catapulted forward off the bike and landed in a bush. Things were different when Owen learned to ride a bike. While Ford goes at life full throttle, Owen is a bit more cautious. He would like you to jump off the rock into the lake before he tries it. And even then, peer pressure is no match for Owens will of steel. He seemed to look at the two-wheeled contraption we bought for him and say, If God had wanted us to ride bikes, wouldnt he have built them? Again, I asked Dustin to handle the lessons. I couldnt watch. Turns out, however, there was nothing to watch. Owen wasnt having any part of this balance on two spinning wheels thing. He did like the helmet, though. Then one day, Ford came running into the house. Come outside and see Owen, he said. I stepped onto the front porch, and just like that, Owen was riding his bike without training wheels. Ford had taught him. I hoped the same thing would happen with Lindell. If Owen has will of steel, Lindells is super glued, secured in plastic ties, and locked down with a dead bolt that I assure you has no key. Seriously, weve tried all of them: bribes, pressure, chocolate. When Lindell doesnt want do something, not even a cupcake will convince him. He is like the dog who literally shimmies its head out of the collar when you try to put him on a boat. He can make his legs turn to jelly like nobodys business, or he can make his body as stiff as a board (really unwelcome when he was younger and we tried to get him in his car seat). If all else fails, theres always screaming. And Lindell can scream. In other words: I would eat rotten asparagus before Id try to teach my youngest how to ride a bike. But Dustin gave it a shot. They did the training wheels and the metal bar sticking off the back. Lindell played along for a couple years, probably just to see his dad running up and down the street like that. Riding bikes was always a dad thing for Lindell. Ill try again when dad is home, hed say. It was like Lindell could smell my fear. Then one day he said, Mom, its time for you to teach me how to ride my bike. I started to explain that no one really learns how to ride a bike. You just have to do it. But saying that goes against every sort of par ent code. Its best to let them think the training wheels will somehow make it all easier. So we went outside, and I reluctantly ran up and down our street holding on to the back of Lindells bicycle seat. There is a video of this, and its not attrac tive. No one runs gracefully when they have one hand fixed to a seat. We went back and forth, up and down, until sweat ran down my temples. And then I let go. But Lindell didnt know it. He rode to the end of the street by himself. When he stopped and turned around, I yelled, See, you did it! Lindell was angry I had let go. All I felt was sad. My last child can ride a bike. There is no one to run behind, no bicycle seat to hold. Yes, I had released the bike, but I knew it was Lindell who was letting go. He did it so naturally, and yet it felt so unnatural to me. Which, of course, is the first biggest secret parents keep from their children: We never really wanted to let go. From Navy Marine Corps Relief Society A Sailor asks: I recently moved into a new apart ment where I received a flyer on renters insurance. Is this something I need? I dont have much furniture right now besides the basic pieces. I also have a TV and laptop. Is it worth me getting renters insurance? NMCRS says: It is always wise to protect your belongings, because anything can go wrong at any given time. The possibilities are endless. Some exam ples include, a neighbor who falls asleep with a ciga rette or have a fire on their stove that sets off the sprinkler system. It is smart to realize that anything can happen. As usual, it is always wise to protect your assets. According to the National Multi-Housing Council one-third of American households are now renting and that two-thirds of apartment manage ment firms will not rent to you without insurance. Landlords are requiring that more renters have insur ance because they know if something does happen you will not be financially strapped and therefore you can continue to pay your rent on time. Renters insurance can cost $100 to $300 a year. If you think you cant afford it then think about how you would pay for temporary lodging if something happened? On top of that think about how you would replace all your clothes, dishes, furniture, jewelry and electronics? Signing up for renters insurance is a quick and painless process. Some insurance companies allow you to sign up online or over the phone. If you go with the company that insures your vehicle and other belongings you may qualify for a discount. Whatever you do dont wait to sign up. 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 Jack sonville Civilian SAPR Victim Advocate 24/7 Duty phone is (904) 910-9075. The Naval Air Station Jack sonville Sexual Assault Re sponse Coordinator (SARC) Duty phone is (904)5487789. 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 photos The unarmed Lockheed EC-121 Warning Star was an airborne early warning radar surveillance aircraft flown by the U.S. Navy EC-121 aircraft aided in downing enemy planes, directed U.S. aircraft to aerial refueling tankers, and guided rescue planes to downed pilots. With a range of 4,000 miles, it provided early warning by detecting and tracking enemy aircraft with the elec tronic gear in the radomes above and below its fuselage. The typical crew consisted of six officers and 11 enlisted. When a parent lets go of the bike From The HomefrontAdvice from Navy Marine Corps Relief Society A CFC participant. 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By Claudette RouloDoD News, Defense Media ActivityU.S. airstrikes and military assistance to Iraqi and Kurdish security forces have stalled the advance of Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (USIL) ter rorist forces around Irbil, Iraq, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said Aug. 21. This assistance helped the Iraqis retake and hold the Mosul Dam, which, if breached, would have threatened the lives of thousands of Iraqis as well as American personnel and facilities, Hagel said during a joint news confer ence with Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Army Gen. Martin Dempsey. The United States led an internation al effort to address the humanitarian crisis that unfolded at Mount Sinjar, the secretary said. As there continues to be an acute humanitarian need else where in Iraq, the U.S. appreciates the partnership of the United Kingdom, Canada, France, Italy and Australia and the United Nations in helping provide relief. I expect more nations to step for ward with more assistance in the weeks ahead. While the airstrikes and other assis tance created an opening for Iraqi and Kurdish forces to snatch back the initia tive from ISIL forces, air attacks will not be enough to remove the terrorist orga nization from Iraq, Hagel said. . . Addressing the threat posed by ISIL to the future of Iraq requires politi cal reform in Iraq, he said. The countrys peaceful transition of power last week was important, and the United States will continue urging Iraqs new prime minister to establish an inclusive government that is respon sive to the needs of all Iraqs citizens. A united Iraq will be a more secure and prosperous Iraq. The Defense Department continues to explore all options regarding ISIL, the defense secretary said, including continued assistance to moderate forc es in Syria. President Barack Obamas request to Congress for $5 billion to establish an antiterrorism fund includ ed $500 million for moderate Syrian opposition forces who are also battling ISIL, Hagel noted. The murder by ISIL forces of reporter James Foley is just one example of the ruthless, barbaric ideology of the group, he said. ISIL militants continue to massacre and enslave innocent people and per secute Iraqs Sunni, Shia and Kurdish and minority populations, the defense secretary said. The U.S. doesnt have the luxury to write ISIL off just because theyre oper ating in far-off countries, Hagel said. The organization is absolutely an immi nent threat to the safety of America and Europe, he added. Some of that immediacy comes from the numbers of westerners who have flocked to the region to join the terror group, Dempsey said. When we look at what they did to Mr. Foley, what they threatened to do to all Americans and Europeans, what they are doing now I dont know any other way to describe it other than barbaric, Hagel said. They have no standard of decency, of responsible human behavior, and I think the records clear on that. ISIL is the most sophisticated and well-funded terrorist organization the department has ever seen, the secretary said. Theyre beyond just a terrorist group. They marry ideology [with] a sophisti cation of strategic and tactical military prowess, he said. To meet that threat, Hagel said, the department must prepare for every thing. And the only way you do that, he said, is that you take a cold, steely, hard look at it and get ready. Photo by Miriam S. GalletE-9s tour base commissary(From left) NAS Jax Command Master Chief CMDCM(AW/SW) Teri McIntyre and Defense Commissary Agency (DeCA) Senior Enlisted Advisor, Air Force Command Chief Master Sgt. Stuart Allison discuss the Department of Defense (DoD) Healthy Base Initiative (HBI) during Allison's Aug. 19 visit to NAS Jax. HBI began in August 2013 as a demonstration project that examines select military installations' efforts to support improved nutritional choices, increased physical activity, obesity reduction and decreased tobacco use. HBI is also a part of Operation Live Well, that aims to make healthy living the easy choice and the social norm across the DoD. DeCA is a DoD agency that supports more than 245 commissaries worldwide, providing groceries and household supplies to members of the armed services and their families. Photo by U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Sean Harp Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel and Army Gen. Martin Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, brief reporters at the Pentagon, Aug. 21, on progress to dis rupt ISIL advances in Iraq.Hagel: Joint efforts blunt ISILs advance in Iraq JAX AIR NEWS, NAS JACKSONVILLE, Thursday, August 28, 2014 3


4 JAX AIR NEWS, NAS JACKSONVILLE, Thursday, August 28, 2014 By Kaylee LaRocqueFleet Readiness Center Southeast Public AffairsArtisans at the Fleet Readiness Center Southeast (FRCSE) avionics division multi-target surveillance shop strive for excellence by providing essential repairs to critical laser systems used on various military aircraft. These systems include the Navys SH-60B helicopter AN/AAS-44V and MH-60R helicopter Multispectral Targeting System (MTS)-A AAS-44C tur rets, Air Force MQ1 Predator aircraft MTS-A turret and the Air Forces MQ-9 Reaper unmanned aerial vehicle MTS-B turrets. The state-of-the-art multiple weapons systems provide pilots with long-range surveillance, high-altitude target acquisi tion, tracking, range-finding, and specific designation for laser-guided munitions. This capability began with a part nership with the Raytheon Company in 2003 to repair the 44V turrets, said FRCSE Multi-Target Surveillance Shop Supervisor Jim Ranieri. In January 2009, we began repair of the AAS-44C turrets for the U.S. Navy. In January 2011, FRCSE established capa bility with the U.S. Air Force to stand up depot-level repair capability for the MTSA. Then in October 2013, we established capability for the MTS-B turrets. To handle this new MTS workload, FRCSE converted a 16,500-square-foot workspace from an existing avion ics workspace into a specialized avion ics testing and repair area. This includes a multi-use Forward Looking InfraRed (FLIR) testing center, electro-optical, and laser detecting range tracking rooms. The facility is equipped with eight laser test firing rooms and 20 test benches to give technicians more space to work on tur rets. This state-of-the-art equipment allows us to expand our services and better serve our customers, Ranieri explained. This is the biggest growing product line for the FRCSE avionics division. This is the work of the future. Weve gone from working on the smaller 44V turrets in the early stages to working on the newest technologies of Multispectral Targeting Systems. FRCSE artisans perform all aspects of maintenance on these sophisticated sys tems. This is pretty in-depth work, said Ranieri. We have 28 electronic mechan ics working here on two shifts, six days a week, 24 hours a day. They break down and disassemble turrets, test and repair parts, test laser firing of the turrets, and ensure the lenses and fields of view are working correctly. Raytheon Company field service engi neers are on site for consultation as need ed. We have six field service representa tives who work side by side our techni cians, added Ranieri. Its a team effort. As the manufacturer of these turrets, they are available to help resolve issues. We maintain a good working relationship. The repair process begins when a tur ret arrives at the FRCSE avionics division and a work order is created to repair the equipment. Each turret is issued a work order, unpacked by Defense Logistics Agency (DLA) personnel and mounted on a special cart. The turrets are transferred to the multi-target surveillance shop where they are added to a repair schedule board. The first thing our technicians do is review the customer complaint, said Ranieri. Theyll try to duplicate the equipment issue and determine what type of repair the turret needs and what parts need to be ordered. If we cant duplicate the issue, the turret is placed into a boresite enhancement chamber to test it at various temperatures simulating an aircraft fly ing at different altitudes. Our technicians run the chamber from minus 65 degrees Celsius to 150 degrees Fahrenheit while continually monitoring data. This is nor mally a 12to 18-hour process. Once the artisans have identified the problem and repaired the turret, it is sent to the laser firing room for testing to ensure all systems are aligned correctly. All of our operators are laser-certified and enrolled in the FRCSE Laser Safety program, Ranieri said. We monitor testing procedures in each room with cameras to ensure our techni cians are safe during operations. And all doors have warning lights to prevent peo ple walking in during testing. If someone does accidently open the door, monitors shutdown the laser testing immediately for safety reasons. Each turret undergoes a final quality assurance check after repair before being signed off. DLA employees then pick up the turret, repack it and send it back to the customer. The average turnaround time for the 44V turret is 150 to 160 man hours. The average Air Force turret turnaround time is approximately 170 depending on the complaint and testing requirements. This shop has a highly skilled and diversified workforce, said Ranieri. Our technicians are extremely motivated and dedicated to seeing that every turret, from cradle to grave, is handled with precision and care in support of our warfighters. Many of them have prior military back grounds and have worked on other prod uct lines here before transitioning into the MTS arena. Fleet Readiness Center Southeast Avionics Division Multi-Target Surveillance Shop gather in front of several Navy SH-60 helicopter AN/AAS-44V Forward Looking InfraRed turrets and Air Force MQ1 Predator aircraft MTS-A/C turrets that are repaired in the shop. The artisans enjoy dressing up a bit for "Sport Jacket Friday" to show their professionalism on the job and commitment to serving the fleet. Jose Miranda, an electronics mechanic at Fleet Readiness Center Southeast, removes a circuit card to access the motherboard on a Navy SH-60 helicopter AN/AAS-44V Forward Looking InfraRed turret in the FRCSE avionics division multi-target surveillance shop on July 31. Kathleen Wilborne, an electronics mechanic with Fleet Readiness Center Southeast (FRCSE), conducts a laser optics check on an Air Force MQ1 Predator aircraft MTS-A turret in a laser firing room at FRCSE avionics division on Aug. 5. FRCSE artisans repair lasers to enhance fleet readinessMary Ann Nichols, an electronics mechanic at Fleet Readiness Center Southeast (FRCSE), collects data for tracking targets while testing a laser on an Air Force MQ1 Predator aircraft MTS-A turret on July 31 at the FRCSE avionics division multitarget surveillance shop. Fleet Readiness Center Southeast (FRCSE) Electronics Mechanic David Aviles touches up paint on a Navy SH-60 helicopter AN/AAS-44V Forward Looking InfraRed turret as part of the final repair process of the turret in the FRCSE avionics division multi-target surveillance shop on July 31. The part is then stamped off, boxed up and returned to the customer.Fleet Readiness Center Southeast (FRCSE) Electronics Mechanic Paul Wojcik checks a circuit board on a Navy SH-60 helicopter AN/AAS-44V Forward Looking InfraRed turret during the laser testing phase in the FRCSE multi-target surveillance shop on July 31.


JAX AIR NEWS, NAS JACKSONVILLE, Thursday, August 28, 2014 5 Photos by Victor Pitts and Kaylee LaRocqueA Navy SH-60 helicopter AN/AAS-44V Forward Looking InfraRed turret is ready for testing in the BE cooling and heating chamber in the Fleet Readiness Center Southeast avionics division multi-target surveillance shop on Aug. 5. The chamber subjects turrets to temperatures from -65C to 150F to duplicate extreme tempera tures during flight operations. Fleet Readiness Center Southeast (FRCSE) Electronics Mechanic Ralph Doll checks the motor and electronic parts of an A-Focal test box used to repair and test the optic cameras of Navy SH-60 helicopter AN/AAS-44V Forward Looking InfraRed turrets and Air Force MQ1 Predator aircraft MTS-A/C turrets at the FRCSE avionics division multi-target surveillance shop on Aug. 5. Louis Arocho, an electronic mechanic with Fleet Readiness Center Southeast (FRCSE), removes a fan from a Navy SH-60 helicopter AN/AAS-44V Forward Looking InfraRed turret intake duct assembly at the FRCSE avionics division multitarget surveillance shop on Aug. 5. The fan cools the laser when fired from the turret. Fleet Readiness Center Southeast (FRCSE) Electronics Mechanic Tom Sullivan (right) adjusts a receiver that tests camera specifications for Navy SH-60 helicop ter AN/AAS-44V Forward Looking InfraRed turrets and Air Force MQ1 Predator aircraft MTS-A/C turrets in the FRCSE multi-target surveillance shop on July 31 as Raytheon Company Field Service Engineer David Lonowski looks on. Fleet Readiness Center Southeast (FRCSE) Electronics Mechanic Robert MaxeyBillings carefully attaches hardware to the azimuth gimbal for a Navy SH-60 helicopter AN/AAS-44V Forward Looking InfraRed turret in the FRCSE avionics division multi-target surveillance shop on July 31. The azimuth gimbal stabilizes the line of sight in an optical tracking system. At the Fleet Readiness Center Southeast avionics division multi-target surveil lance shop, Electronics Mechanic Clay Townsend evaluates a circuit board on an electronic unit for the receiving unit of a Navy SH-60 helicopter AN/AAS-44V Forward Looking InfraRed turret on Aug. 5. Fleet Readiness Center Southeast (FRCSE) Avionics Division Multi-Target Surveillance Shop Supervisor Jim Ranieri (left) and FRCSE Avionics Division Multi-Target Surveillance Shop Electronics Mechanic Rick Knowles (right) inspect a flex cable used on the Navy SH-60 helicopter AN/AAS-44V Forward Looking InfraRed turret and Air Force MQ1 Predator aircraft MTS-A/C turret test benches on July 31 as Steve Kippen, an aircraft electrical equipment repairman at the military depot, discusses the specifications.


From Chief of Naval Operations Public AffairsThe Navys top leader released a detailed plan Aug. 20 that highlights the U.S. Navys intended track and invest ments for the next five fiscal years. This navigation plan defines the course and speed we will follow to orga nize, train and equip our Navy over the next several years, said Greenert in the document. Despite likely sequestration in 2016, our priority is to operate forward where it matters, when it matters, and be ready to address a wide range of threats and contingencies. Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) Adm. Jonathan Greenerts 2015-2019 Navigation Plan defines how the Navy will use its resources to safely and effec tively pursue the vision detailed in Sailing Directions. Crafting this years budget includ ed tough choices across a wide range of competing priorities we focused first on building appropriate capability, then delivering it at a capacity we could afford, said Greenert. Each year since Greenert released the Sailing Directions, the Navigation Plan has described the annual Navys bud get submission for the future years. The Navigation Plan has highlighted invest ments in support of DoDs guidance and strategic documents, as well as this years 2014 Quadrennial Defense Review. In the plan, Greenert explains how the Navy will acclimate to budget chal lenges, increasing operational tempo, while balancing current readiness with the need to build a highly capable future fleet. Pursuing the vision set in the Sailing Directions, this plan lays out the invest ments that will allow the Navy to main tain its warfighting edge, forward pres ence and keep Navy members prepared, confident and proficient. This plan highlights how investments will support Navy missions through the lens of the three tenets: Warfighting First, Operate Forward and Be ready. Greenert emphasizes in the document that everything sailors and civilians do must be grounded in the responsibility of warfighting first. He says the Navy must be able to achieve access in any domain and possess the capability mix of kinet ic and non-kinetic weapons to prevail today and be ready to win tomorrow. He provided a list of capabilities that cen ter on this objective and followed with a comparable list of items that support operate forward and be ready. Additionally, the Navigation Plan sum marizes the six programmatic priorities that guided the Navys budget planning for the future of the fleet: maintaining sea-based strategic deterrent, sustain ing a global forward presence, preserve the means for victory against aggressors, focus on readiness afloat and ashore, enhance asymmetric capabilities in physical domains, as well as in cyber space and electromagnetic spectrum and sustain a relevant industrial base. This navigation plan was released by Greenert to Navys senior leaders and distributed on Navys social media prop erties as a priority to be communicated at all levels. Greenert will release a Position Report later in the year that reviews the Navys progress over the last year in pursu ing objectives laid out in the Sailing Directions and earlier Navigation Plans, which can be found on his leadership page. Service members receiving RAND Military Workplace SurveyDoD News, Defense Media ActivityAbout 580,000 service mem bers have begun receiving emails or letters inviting them to participate in the first RAND Military Workplace Study, defense department officials said Aug. 18. Active and reserve component members in all military branches and the Coast Guard are being invited to participate. The survey is unprecedent ed in its scale and will influence policies that affect everyone in the services, defense officials said. The survey is voluntary and confidential. No one at the defense department will ever see how an individual service mem ber responds, officials stressed. No service member may be ordered or pressured to complete the survey or not to complete it, officials said. Survey respondents can for ward the survey to their personal email addresses and they can complete the survey on smart phones. Service members can use duty time to complete the survey. Service members will not all see the same survey questions. The study will help command ers at all levels evaluate current military workplace relations, professionalism and personal safety, officials said. It will have important implications for how the military operates. It can have implications on military training, justice and ser vices. The survey is being con ducted independently of the U.S. Department of Defense by experts at the nonprofit, nonpar tisan RAND Corporation. A full and public report of the RAND findings will be available in May 2015. Photo by MCC Peter LawlorChief of Naval Operations (CNO) Adm. Jonathan Greenert spoke recently to NAS Fallon Sailors, civilians and family members during an all-hands call. Fallon was Greenert's first stop on a four-day fleet engagement tour of Navy bases, stations and ships. CNO releases annual navigation plan ducks.org 800-45-DUCKS ducks.org 800-45DUCKS Help us conserve another 13 Million acres. Help us conserve another 13 Million acres. 13 MILLION ACRESAND COUNTING 6 JAX AIR NEWS, NAS JACKSONVILLE, Thursday, August 28, 2014


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While discussing Blacks visit, Gray said, It is truly an honor to be able to meet and talk to someone who has 61 years of experience with the Navy. Gray organized the event after contacting Black for information about her husband and learning she would be delighted to visit the base. IMA BLACKFrom Page 1 Photos by AWVC(NAC/AW) Joe SegretiDuring her MH-60R Seahawk tour at Hangar 1122, Ima Black was presented a squadron ballcap and patches from HSM-72 Commanding Officer Cmdr. Torsten Schmidt and CMDCM Jeffery Barlow. During an Aug. 20 reception at Dewey's All Hands Club, Ima Black signs the charge book of AWFC (Sel) Shawn Gray. 8 JAX AIR NEWS, NAS JACKSONVILLE, Thursday, August 28, 2014 The Childrens Corner Learning Cen ter and Daycare in Orange Park was estab lished in 1988 by Nancy Mitchell based on the philosophy that each child is unique and develops at his or her own rate. We operate on the principle that children learn best when they are having fun, Mitch ell said. And weve created a safe, com fortable environment where children can ex press their individuality, socialize with other children and their adult caregivers and have a lot of fun learning. The fully-accredited Childrens Corner consistently ranks as one of the top schools based on school readiness scores by the state of Florida. Mitchell, who taught in Clay County schools for 10 years and has a masters de gree in elementary and early childhood edu cation, and her staff take great care to ensure that their facility will remain the top-ranked daycare center in Orange Park. Our staff sees to it that preschool, daycare and VPK children are involved in activities appropriate for their ages and de velopmental levels, she said. We have a loving, caring and supporting staff who en courage the academic and overall wellbeing of the children in our care. The staff is ded icated to providing your child with a unique learning experience. They are highly trained in early childhood development. They take pride in The Childrens Corner Learning Center. The stability of the staff gives the children a sense of continuity. The fact the facility is privately owned gives parents the reassur ance that everything possible will be done to accommodate their needs and their chil drens needs. We have the advantage of being able to give one-on-one consideration and person alize the program to meet parents and chil drens needs within the requirements of the regulatory guidelines we must follow. The Childrens Corner welcomes mili tary families with a 10 percent discount for each child enrolled. Its proximity to Naval Air Station Jacksonville is an added plus for families stationed there. The year-around schedule includes a va riety of summer camps in addition to the programs offered during the school year. The facility has programs for children from 18 months through the sixth grade (about 12 swimming, and other interesting pursuits designed to keep children busy, happy and having fun. Free Voluntary Pre-Kindergarten is avail able at The Childrens Center during the school year. Transportation is provided to and from lo cal Clay County schools, including Fleming Island, Montclair, Lakeside, Grove Park and nearby Orange Park Elementary. Hours are 6:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday. Fulland part-time schedules are offered. Children can receive a full week of services or a few hours of socialization activities each day or all day several days a week multiple part-time options are available. In addition to meeting state guidelines Parents are welcome to visit the center at any time, Mitchell said. We have an open-door policy and encourage parent vol unteering. The Childrens Corner, 1720 Smith St., Orange Park, invites you to call (904 2788651), visit the website at www.thechil drenscornerop.com. Or stop by and see for yourself how children who are comfortable, relaxed, well cared for and having fun thrive at The Childrens Corner. The Childrens Corner: More than a place to go its a place to grow A fully equipped playground provides exercise, fun and fresh air for The Childrens Corners youngsters. Water tables and sprinklers delight and cool on a hot summer day.


which case, the cardholder may choose to renew their card at their earliest con venience. To renew your ID card, visit any uni formed services ID card-issuing facility. To find a location near you, go to www. dmdc.osd.mil/rsl or you can make an appointment at the NAS Jacksonville PSD office at https://rapids-appoint ments.dmdc.osd.mil and follow the online directions. Be sure to select NAS Jacksonville PSD. Appointments are encouraged in order to avoid a long wait time at the ID card facility.For more information about the proce dures to acquire a new DoD ID card at the NAS Jacksonville PSD office, call (904) 5423633. Frequently Asked Questions Q. Who is issued a new ID card? A. All DoD ID cardholders will get a new ID card with a DoD ID number in place of their SSN. Q. When should I go get my new ID card? A. Current ID cards should not be replaced until your card is within 90 days of its expiration date. If your ID card has an INDEF expiration date, and you would like your SSN removed, con tact your nearest RAPIDS ID Card facil ity for an appointment. Q. Will my ID be rejected without a visible SSN? A. Your ID should not be rejected but you may be asked to verbally state your SSN or sponsors SSN to obtain benefits. Q. Will I have access to NAS Jacksonville if my ID card still con tains an SSN? A. Yes, you will. Having an SSN on your ID card will not keep you from entering the base. Q. Is there a deadline when my card would no longer work if I have an SSN on it. A. No. A deadline has not been issued by DoD. The process to remove all SSNs from military IDs in ongoing. Q. Is there a correlation between an ID card having an SSN and being rejected when it is scanned at the gate or com missary? A. No. There is no correlation. An SSN displayed on an ID card alone will not cause a rejection. Q. Will my medical provider use my DoD Benefits Number? A. Service providers may use either your SSN or DoD benefits number. Q. Where can I get my new ID card? A. ID cards are available at over 1,500 RAPIDS ID card centers worldwide. Visit the RAPIDS Site Locator at www. dmdc.osd.mil/rls to find a location near you. To schedule an appointment at the NAS Jacksonville PSD Office, visit https://rapids-appointments.dmcd.osd. mil and follow the online directions. Be sure to select the NAS Jacksonville PSD site. If you have specifics questions about your DoD ID card, call the NAS JAX PSD ID Card Desk at (904) 5423633. Q. What should I bring? A. Bring two forms of identification. One must be a valid (not expired) fed eral or state issued photo ID. Visit www cac.mil for more information and a prearrival checklist. DoD ID card, Social Security number reduction ID CARDSFrom Page 1 Photo by AE2(AW) Samantha JonesHM3 Jason Farmer scans military ID cards at the Yorktown Gate on August 25. JAX AIR NEWS, NAS JACKSONVILLE, Thursday, August 28, 2014 9


Sellock promoted to dental directorCmdr. George Sellock was selected as Naval Hospital (NH) Jacksonville Director for Dental Services for its hospital and five branch health clinics across Florida and Georgia. Sellock previously served as NH Jacksonville's associate director for dental services. Photos by Yan KennonHospital awards quartersCapt. John Le Favour (left), Naval Hospital (NH) Jacksonville commanding officer, presents a Length of Service Award (30 years) to Sandra Pratt-Roberts during an awards ceremony Aug. 22 at the hospital. Other award recipients included: Lt. j.g. Nathaniel Jessee (Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal); HM2 Aura Williams (Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal); Naomi Mellos (Length of Service Award 20 years); Vicki Bisquera (Length of Service Award 10 years); and Sonya Borquez-Bledso (Length of Service Award 10 years). Cmdr. George Sellock 10 JAX AIR NEWS, NAS JACKSONVILLE, Thursday, August 28, 2014


By Kaylee LaRocqueFleet Readiness Center Southeast Public AffairsThe partnership between Fleet Readiness Center Southeast (FRCSE) and Pratt & Whitney (P&W) United Technologies Company to repair EA-6B Prowler aircraft J52 engine components offi cially came to a close during a short presentation ceremony at the military depot Aug. 14. P&W representatives thanked the FRCSE team for 12 years of dedicated service in supporting the program which has end with the induc tion of the last Prowler air craft at the military depot. The Navy is scheduled to tran sition to the follow-on EA-18G Growler in 2015, and the Marine Corps will continue to fly the aircraft until its final sundown in 2019. We began this contract in 2002 to repair 10 different components, said P&W J52 Logistics Program Manager Steven Stephan. This was soon expanded to 15 components. After 12 years of doing business, we have delivered 21,507 components to support the fleet, and we cur rently have a two-year inven tory of these components for future use. Stephan continued, One of the things I want to recognize about this partnership is the teamwork. Over the years, we have found efficient ways to cut costs and work smarter. I think that overall this program has been a great example of the benefits that can be achieved by a collaborative partnership like this. The first yearly contract between FRCSE and P&W began in 2002, said FRCSE Business Operations Tactical and Engines Program Manager Michael Schoonover. The contract was renewed each year with specific induc tion quantities. FRCSE has been repairing the J52 engines since the early 1970s, so it made sense for us to develop a partnership with Pratt & Whitney for the components of this engine. The partnership identified and implemented initiatives that improved product support to the fleet with decreasing costs, repair turnaround time and reduced material scrap rates. We have reduced the origi nal equipment manufacturer cost to Naval Supply Systems Command by 21 percent since the project started in 2002, said Schoonover. And we have reduced scrap rates on fuel nozzles and pumps, and oil pumps with repair yields by 100 percent. This partnership has been a win-win for all of us, said FRCSE Business Management Specialist Joey Milstead. With the sundown of a program, its no longer cost effective to pro duce components. However, we will continue to support J52 operations for a couple more years. Our artisans have done such a great job that there is large shelf stock of these com ponents available. Photos by Victor PittsFleet Readiness Center Southeast (FRCSE) Executive Officer Capt. Chuck Stuart (left, center) and FRCSE Engines Integrated Product Team Head Don Dunlap proudly display a plaque presented to the military depot on Aug. 14 by Pratt & Whitney representatives in appreciation of its partnership with FRCSE in support of the J52 engine component repair program. The repair contract ended with the last induction of the EA-6B "Prowler" aircraft at the military depot which is scheduled for com pletion in the fall of 2015.Successful repair partnership ends at FRCSEPratt & Whitney (P&W) J52 Logistics Program Manager Steven Stephan, left, presents Fleet Readiness Center Southeast (FRCSE) Executive Officer Capt. Chuck Stuart with a plaque on Aug. 14 in appreciation of the organization's partnership with FRCSE in support of the J52 engine component repair contract as P&W General Manager Gary Smith looks on. The military depot has partnered with P&W since September 2002, producing 21,507 J52 engine components. WE BRING THE MILITARY TO YOUTogether, our communities of service members and their families, and your business, can spell SUCCESS. Not only will your business benet while the families are stationed here, many military families retire to the area, with NAS Jacksonville being one of the most sought-after assignments in the U.S. Navy. To advertise, or to nd out more information, please call 904.359.4336. JAX AIR NEWS, NAS JACKSONVILLE, Thursday, August 28, 2014 11


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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 Aug. 22 & 29 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 Sept. 20, 1 4 p.m., $20 per person Scratch Sweeper Sept. 27, 1 4 p.m., $30 *Please note, the specials do not include shoes unless stated otherwise* 80 Days of Summer going on now! Youth bowlers 17 years of age and younger receive one FREE game of bowling until 5 p.m. all summer long. Prize drawings are open to all autho rized patrons. Luau Party, Friday, Aug. 29 at 7 p.m. midnight $20 per person, includes all you can bowl with shoes, a buffet, music and prizes!Fitness & AquaticsCall 542-2930 Outdoor Pool Hours through September 30, 2014 Monday Friday Lap swim 6 8 a.m., Swim lessons 8 11 a.m., open recre ation swim 11 a.m. 7 p.m. Saturday and Sunday Open recreation swim 11 a.m. 6 p.m.I.T.T. EventsCall 542-3318 E-mail them directly at jaxs_nas_ mwritt@navy.mil ITT current ticket promotions include the following: Monster Jam Tickets Feb. 21, 2015 Everbank Field $21 $47.50 Universal Halloween Horror Nights $45.25 $76.50! FCCJ Broadway Series on sale now! Thrasher Horne Center for the Arts on sale now price! Pre-Season Basketball Pelicans vs. Wizards Veterans Memorial Arena $38 Casting Crowns $30.25 & $35.75 Gator Football vs. Kentucky and Missouri $27 each Soul Food Festival-Metropolitan Park, Sep 13 $25 $66 Daytona 500 $62.00-$212.0 /Sprint Fanzone $70.00 ALSO AVAILABLE IS DAYTONA 500 SHUTTLE DEPARTING 10 a.m. $20 Daytona 300 $55.00/Child (ages 12 and under) $9.35/Sprint Fanzone $20 Budweiser Duels $55.00/Child (ages 12 and under) $9.35/Sprint Fanzone $20 Sprint Unlimited Unreserved/Reserved -$30.00-$55.00/Child 12 & under $9.35 Sprint Fanzone -$20 Rolex 24 -January 24-25, 2015 -$25/ Garage Access -$25 Tampa Lowry Zoo $15.75 $19.75 / Zoo Boo $11.50-$14.75 Mt. Dora Trip October 25 $20 Victory Casino Cruise Trip January 17 $28 Jacksonville Jaguar tickets on sale now, section 147 & 148 $70 Catty Shack Ranch Wildlife Sanctuary $8.50 $13.50 AMC gold ticket $8.50 Jacksonville Zoo $8.50 $17 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) $173.50 $ 203.25 Jacksonville Symphony $27.50 Armed Forces Vacation Club Resort Condo Rentals www.afvclub.com installation $349-$369 Amelia Island Museum of History $4 $10 MOSH $7 $12 Pirates Museum St. Augustine $4 $21.75 St Augustine Alligator Farm $6.75 $13.50/ Nile Zip Line $35.25 Kennedy Space Center AD $44.50 / CH $35.50 Wild Florida Airboats (Kenansville, FL) $18 $46.75 Forever Florida $22.75 $52.75 Book Shades of Green, Disneyworld Hotel properties, Universal Hotels and off property hotels near attractions at ITT!The Vault Liberty Recreation CenterTrips, activities and costs may be restrict ed to E1-E6 single or unaccompanied active duty members. Call 542-1335 for information. Ichetucknee River Tubing Trip August 30 at 9 a.m. House of Fame MMA Event September 6 at 6 p.m. $10 per person Florida Gators Football Game September 13 at 2 p.m.NAS Jax Golf ClubGolf course info: 542-3249 Mulligans info: 542-2936 Dog Days of Summer Special Play 18-holes with cart and green fees Monday Friday for only $20! Not appli cable on holidays. Monday Friday play 18-holes with cart for only $16 after 1:30 p.m. Military Appreciation Days Play 18-holes with cart for $18 Active duty Sept. 9 & 23 Retirees, DoD and sponsored guests Sept. 11 & 25Mulberry Cove MarinaCall 542-3260. Free kayak & canoe rental Every Thursday for active duty Free stand-up paddleboard lessons Every Thursday 11 a.m. 1 p.m. *Weather dependent Skipper B Sailing Classes availableAuto Skills CenterCall 542-3227 22 work bays, wheel balancing, tool checkout, paint booth and welding ASE certified mechanic onsiteYouth Activities CenterCall 778-9772 Family Fitness Center hours Monday Friday, 9 a.m. 1 p.m. Bring your child to work out with you! Back to School Registration going on now! Fees based on income.Flying ClubCall 777-8549 Learn to fly at NAS Jax Call for introduction flight Additional ratings are available includ ing instrument, complex and commer cial Find more info. online at jaxnfc.net Indoor Volleyball League FormingOpen to active duty, selective reservists, DoD civilians, and DoD Contractor personnel assigned to a command at NAS Jacksonville. Intramural Softball League FormingOpen to active duty, selective reservists, DoD civilians, and DoD Contractor personnel assigned to a command at NAS Jacksonville. Open to active duty, selective reservists, dependents over 18, DoD civilians, and DoD Contractor personnel assigned to NAS Jacksonville. Games play in the evening.7on-7 Flag Football League FormingOpen to active duty, selective reservists, DoD civilians, and DoD Contractor personnel assigned to a command at NAS Jacksonville. Fall Bowling League Meeting Sept. 5Open to active duty, selective reservists, DoD civilians, and DoD Contractor personnel assigned to a command at Cup points. Attend the meeting to discuss rules and obtain the required paperwork.Dodge Ball Tournament Sept. 8Open to active duty, selective reservists, DoD civilians, and DoD Contractor personnel assigned to a command at NAS Jacksonville. Teams must be comprised of six players from the same command. The tournament will be held at the Guy Ballou Tennis Courts at 5 p.m. Contact the NAS Jax Gymnasium to sign up by Sept. 3.Open to active duty, selective reservists, DoD civilians, and DoD contractor men assigned to a command at NAS Jacksonville. Participants earn participation points for st, 2nd, or 3rd place. Call NAS Jax Athletics to sign up by Sept. 26. Open to active duty, selective reservists, DoD civilians, and DoD contractor women assigned to a command at NAS Jacksonville. Participants earn participation points st, 2nd, or 3rd place. Call NAS Jax Athletics to sign up by Sept. 26. Open to active duty, selective reservists, DoD civilians and DoD contractor men. The tournament is held at the Guy Ballou Tennis Courts on the corner of Allegheny Road and Birmingham Road. Call NAS Jax Athletics to sign up by Oct. 24. The tournament is open to active duty, retirees, dependents over 18, selective reservists, DoD civilians and DoD contractor women. The tournament is held at the Guy Ballou Tennis Courts on the corner of Allegheny Road and Birmingham Road. Call NAS Jax Athletics to sign up by Oct. 24. The race is free and open to all authorized gym patrons. for participating. Runners can sign up at the NAS Jax Gymnasium or the Fitness Source prior to the Oct. 24 deadline. The race is held on Perimeter Road at the end of Mustin Road before the Antenna Farm. Registration will 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 Aug. 22 WallyballTeam Wins Losses FRCSE 4 1 VP-26 Tridents 3 2 VR-62 Nomads 2 1 VP-45 Pelicans 2 2 VP-62 Broad Arrows 2 3 NAVFAC 1 3Singles Badminton Team Wins Losses Nathan 7 1 Garrett 6 1 Brown 4 3 Bradshaw 4 3 Bonser 3 4 Rajendran 3 4 Kubalewski 2 4 Sperry 2 5 Drost 1 5 Do not accept defeat. Fight deadly childhood diseases. St. Jude Childrens Research HospitalA CFC Participant provided as a public service. JAX AIR NEWS, NAS JACKSONVILLE, Thursday, August 28, 2014 13


By Ricky Bateh, PhD. Navy Drug Screening Laboratory JacksonvilleTalk about ecstasy summons visions of rave scenes and dance-club crowds during the 1980s and 1990s, when the use of a street drug called Adam was popular. Today, that illicit street drug has been rebranded as Molly and has become associ ated with a more dangerous, and possibly, deadly trend. Whatever it is called, both are the common names for 3,4 methylenedioxymethamphet amine (MDMA). Ecstasy is normally MDMA cut with additives such as caf feine, baking soda and other unwanted fillers. Molly is just an offshoot of ecstasy minus the additives. Regardless, the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) recognizes Molly as pure MDMA. The Navy Drug Screening Laboratory (NDSL), Jacksonville, along with all the Department of Defense (DoD) drug-testing laboratories, first started testing for MDMA in service member urine speci mens in 1997. The drug remains popu lar today, said Bob Sroka, a forensic toxicologist at NDSL Jacksonville. Its inexpensive, readily available and cleared from the body relatively quick ly. According to Sroka, this makes it difficult to truly assess the use of the drug among the military population. However, all DoD drug-screening labo ratories continue to screen ser vice member urine specimens for the presence of MDMA and its breakdown product MDA (3, 4-methylenedioxyamphet amine). Despite the relatively high prevalence for MDMA use among the general popula tion, MDMA drug test positives among active duty personnel 18-25 years of age has consis tently decreased from 20092013. That suggests the DoD zero tolerance policy is playing a role in deterring MDMA use, including ecstasy and Molly, among young active duty per sonnel. This is considered a significant trend toward the goal of eliminating MDMA use and its dangerous effects. The National Institute of Health describes MDMA as having both stimulant and hal lucinogenic effects. The drug also induces a sense of emo tional closeness, euphoria and sexual arousal in some users. The effects typically only last a few hours. In the 2013 National Survey of Drug Use and Health by the National Institute on Drug Abuse, nearly 13 percent of all 18-25 year olds surveyed had used MDMA within their life time as opposed to only 6 per cent among persons 25 or older. Dangers associated with using Molly are the same as those for MDMA and ecstasy and include elevated heart rate and body temperature. When a person is in a mind-altered state, these symptoms often go unnoticed and can, in some cases, be fatal, said Sroka. When several deaths linked to Molly usage at concerts were reported in 2013, it garnered national media attention. However, compared with drugs like heroin and cocaine, MDMA typically accounts for only a small fraction of the overdose deaths, explained NDSL forensic toxicologist Dr. Erick Roman. According to Roman, the tox icological reports revealed that in some instances the cause of death was not MDMA, but another illegal drug or drugs. The concern is that illicit drug manufacturers are taking advantage of the popularity of the Molly brand name and, unbeknownst to the buyer, are packaging and selling other illicit drugs as Molly. Also, just as they had done with ecsta sy, the clandestine labs mak ing these compounds cut the pure MDMA with other syn thetic drugs and still call it Molly. At the end of the day, no one really knows what he or she is ingesting, said Roman. In the past few years, a num ber of new classes of synthetic drugs sold under names like Spice and Bath Salts have emerged. Marketed as legal highs the types and concen trations of drugs in these prod ucts are unknown and one dose can lead to very serious health effects, including over doses and death. Use of street drugs is a dan gerous practice. It not only threatens the health and safe ty of the user, it also threatens the safety of the warfighter that service member is there to support, said Cmdr. Darryl Arfsten, NDSL commanding officer.For more information about NDSL Jacksonville and drug test ing go to www.med.navy.mil/ sites/jaxdruglab. From Naval Education and Training Command Public Affairs OfficeEffective immediately, commanding officers and officers-in-charge may approve waivers to the oneyear requirement that Sailors must be on board their first permanent duty station (PDS) to be eligible for Tuition Assistance (TA) according to NAVADMIN 190/14 released Aug. 21. In addition to command triad waiver approval, Sailors must meet all existing requirements for par ticipation eligibility. The NAVADMIN also detailed changes to the grade and fee policy for TA for courses stating after 1 Oct. to align with recent Department of Defense TA policy. Successful course completion will be defined as a grade of C or higher for undergraduate courses, a B or higher for graduate courses, and a Pass for Pass/Fail grades and must be attained to avoid reim bursement of TA funding. Reimbursement will also be required from Sailors who dont make up a grade of I (incomplete) by the educational institutions deadline or six months after the completion of the class, which ever comes first. Also changing Oct. 1, only tuition directly related to the course of instruction and not including fees will be paid with TA funds. Fees no longer covered by TA include equipment, supplies, books/materials, exams, admissions, registration, fines and costs associated with distance learning. These changes align the Navys policy with Department of Defense Instruction 1322.25 for Voluntary Education (VOLED) programs covering policies for service members use of TA. Historically, more than 85 percent of Sailors satis factorily complete and pass their undergraduate and/ or graduate level classes; this is a tribute to the focus and dedication of the Sailors using VOLED programs, said Ernest DAntonio, the Center for Personal and Professional Developments (CPPD) Navy VOLED pro gram director. In FY-2013, approximately 89 percent of courses paid for by TA were successfully passed, with 72 per cent of those courses resulting in an A or B grade, according to DAntonio. Sailors not successfully completing courses using TA must reimburse the Navy for TA funds. For more information Sailors can contact their local Navy College Office, Virtual Education Center (VEC) or the Navy College Program website at https://www. navycollege.navy.mil/. From Navy Personnel Command Public AffairsThe fiscal year 2015 (FY-15) performance-based Senior Enlisted Continuation board (SECB) will convene Oct. 27 according to a Navy message released Aug. 14. The SECB is a performance based board intend ed to ensure our mess meets and maintains our high standards of ethics and professional conduct, said Manpower, Personnel, Training and Education Fleet Master Chief (AW/SW) April Beldo. Using the criteria laid out in the precepts, the board will review an indi viduals record and decide to either select or not-select for continuation. Quite simply this is about quality. There are no preset numbers, but for every person not selected for continuation, there is a vacancy created in which we can promote a new chief into next year. The performance indicators are detailed in the board precept and on the NPC continuation page at www.npc. navy.mil/boards/enlistedcontinuation. As outlined in NAVADMIN 180/14, active component (AC) and Full Time Support (FTS) E-7 to E-9 Sailors with at least 19 years of active service computed from their active duty service date as of Feb. 28, 2014 and threeyears time-in-rate (TIR) as of June 30, 2014; and selected Reserve (SELRES) and Voluntary Training Unit (VTU) E-7 to E-9 Sailors with at least 20 years qualifying service as of Feb. 28, 2014, and three-years TIR by June 30, 2014, will be considered by the board. The Naval Education and Training Professional Development and Technology Center will publish the names of board-eligible Sailors Aug. 29. The names will be posted to the Navy Enlisted Advancement System website at https://neasos.cnet.navy.mil, and individu als can view their board eligibility profile sheet on Navy Knowledge Online(https://wwwa.nko.navy.mil). Commands will be able to review their FY-15 SECB listing for accuracy. If an eligible candidate is not listed, commands must contact NPC to make the required adjustment. Sept. 22 is the last day for commands to resolve eligibility issues. Letters to the board must be received by Oct. 6. See NAVADMIN 180/14 for submission procedures and mail ing addresses. Board results will be posted on BUPERS On-Line for command access only, and commanding officers will be notified via a Personal For NAVADMIN when this occurs. AC/FTS Sailors who are not selected for continuation must transfer to the Fleet Reserve or retire by Aug. 31, Tuition Assistance policy changing in FY-15A rebranding of the illicit street drug ecstasy meet MollyPhoto by Robert SrokaCathy Ross, a technician at Navy Drug Screening Laboratory Jacksonville, inserts a tray of specimens into an automatic scan ning device. See SECB, Page 16Navy announces FY-15 senior enlisted continuation board 14 JAX AIR NEWS, NAS JACKSONVILLE, Thursday, August 28, 2014


Photo by MC2 Ryan RileyA tilt-rotor MV-22 Osprey assigned to the Argonauts of Marine Operational Test and Evaluation Squadron (VMX) 22 prepares to land aboard future amphibious assault ship USS America (LHA 6) on Aug. 19. The aircraft transported Secretary of the Navy (SECNAV) Ray Mabus. America is transiting through the Strait of Magellan on its maiden transit, America visits the Americas. The ship is scheduled to be commissioned on Oct. 11 in San Francisco. Photo by MC3 Huey Younger Jr.Secretary of the Navy (SECNAV) Ray Mabus (left) has dinner with Sailors and Marines on the mess deck aboard the future amphibious assault ship USS America (LHA 6) as it transits the Strait of Magellan. America is traveling through the U.S. Southern Command and U.S. 4th Fleet areas of responsibility on its maiden tran sit, America visits the Americas." Photo by MC1 Jason GrahamSECNAV visits USS AmericaRainbow sideboys render honors as Secretary of the Navy (SECNAV) Ray Mabus arrives aboard the future amphibious assault ship USS America (LHA 6), as it transits the Strait of Magellan. America is traveling through the U.S. Southern Command and U.S. 4th Fleet areas of responsibility on its maiden transit, America visits the Americas. JAX AIR NEWS, NAS JACKSONVILLE, Thursday, August 28, 2014 15


16 JAX AIR NEWS, NAS JACKSONVILLE, Thursday, August 28, 2014 2015, unless operationally waived by the Deputy Chief of Naval Personnel. SELRES/VTU Sailors must trans fer by Sept. 1, 2015. Sailors with an approved opera tional waiver must transfer by Nov. 30. For more information, read the message at the NPC website at www.npc.navy.mil, visit the NPC enlist ed continuation page at www.npc.navy.mil/boards/ enlistedcontinuation or call the NPC Customer Service Center at 1-866-U-ASK-NPC (1-866-827-5672). SECBFrom Page 14 By AE2(AW) Samantha Jones and Kevin GartlandThrough aggressive moni toring of the water supply, the NAS Jacksonville Public Works Department (PWD) provides 23,000 customers aboard the station safe and depend able drinking water via three deep wells, that draw from the Floridan Aquifer. The water supply aboard the station is aerated in order to reduce water odor and disin fected via a chlorination pro cess prior to being distributed through potable lines to facili ties and family housing. Federal and state laws and regulations, such as the Safe Drinking Water Act, require routine monitoring of the sta tion water system for contami nates that may have an adverse effect on human health. In 2013, the Florida Department of Environmental Protection (FDEP) performed a source water assessment that identified no potential sources of contamination near the deep wells. In the 20 years Ive worked here, we havent experienced any issues with our water sup ply, said NAS Jax PWD Water Commodities Manager Jay Caddy. Forty-two tap water samples are collected and tested month ly for microbiological contami nation from various water taps including housing, the Navy Lodge, and Youth Activities Center. The results are then submitted to the FDEP. In addition to the monthly sampling required by FDEP, PWD also conducts routine lead and copper testing follow ing Environmental Protection Agency guidelines. These guidelines require testing to be conducted every three years to ensure lead and copper lev els are below 20 parts per bil lion (ppb) which is equivalent to 20 drops in an Olympic-size swimming pool. Every three years, following strict EPA guidelines, the sta tion water supply is tested at sixty sites for lead and copper. If you have any questions or concerns with the quality of your drinking water, please contact NAS Jax PWD Water Commodities Manager Jay Caddy at (904) 542-6440. Jaguars Foundation awards $10,000 grant to fund scholarships for veterans flight feesBy Phillip MilanoJacksonville UniversityA $10,000 grant award announced Aug. 21 by the Jaguars Foundation furthers the Jacksonville University Davis Aviation Centers role as a premier flight-training program in the region, by providing scholarships to eligible veterans seeking to obtain their initial pilot license. The program is supported by the Jaguars Foundation on behalf of the City of Jacksonville Veterans Resource and Reintegration Center. Jacksonville University, one of Americas most mili tary friendly schools, will provide matching funds to enable two or more scholarships of up to $10,000 to be awarded to eligible veterans for the 2014-15 academic year. Many of our nations veterans have dreamed of becoming pilots. In volunteering to defend our nation, they have earned the privilege and deserve the opportunity to make their personal dreams come true, said Capt. Mark Willette, JU associate director of aeronautics. This award will help bridge the funding gap that sometimes cannot be overcome through VA benefits alone, andputs in place a safety net that will give veterans studying aviation at Jacksonville University a fighting chance to succeed without the added pressure of a financial shortfall. For student veterans pursuing a career in avia tion, the Post 9/11 GI Bill covers only the cost of flight school tuition. Flight fees are not covered, and veterans must assume the $10,000 cost, and sometimes more, out of their own pockets. The Davis Aviation Centers Aviation Management & Flight Operations (AVO) and Aviation Management (AVM) programs require students to earn their private pilot license, which typically requires 50 hours of logged flight time. All JU aviation students learn to pilot an aircraft and hone their airmanship skills at the Aerosim Flight Academy housed at Jacksonville Executive at Craig Airport (JAXEX). The scholarships from the Jaguars Foundation, in partnership with the City of Jacksonville, Deutsche Bank and JU, will support up to 50 flight hours for each recipient. More information about the program can be obtained by calling (904) 256-7434 or mwillet@ ju.edu. Florida Master Naturalist Program for adults is sponsored by St. Johns Trout Creek Park in Orangedale. For www. masternaturalist.org or call 904-2200232. USS Iwo Jima (LPH2/LHD7) Reunion Aug. 27-31 at Crowne Plaza Hotel in Jacksonville. Call 757-723-0317 or Union Garrison Interpretive Program, Sept. 6 www. FloridaStateParks.org for more info. Jam, Oct. 2-5 at Grassy Pond in rotesmj@gmail.com Northeast Florida Chapter 18 will meet Aug. 20 at 11 a.m. RSVP by Aug.17 to CW4 Kenneth Snyder at (904) 2158560. Membership is open to all active duty branches. Call Johnnie Walsh at (904) 282-4650 for membership info. nd Association holds its annual reunion in Titusville, Fla., Oct. 17-19, at the Best Western Space Shuttle Inn. For more information, call Mike Davino at (919) 498-1910 or email to 2ida.mail@ charter.net. (NNOA) meets the fourth Thursday of each month at 5 p.m. at Jacksonville Jacksonville. For information, contact 2518 or paul.nix@navy.mil Marine Corps League Det. 059 meets P.M. at Five Star Veterans Center at 40 Acme St in Arlington. For information Dwayne Enos (904) 693-0280 men 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. Wars (VFW) Post 5968 and its Auxiliary located at 187 Aurora Blvd. meets on the second Wednesday of composed of combat veterans and eligible service members from the Active, Guard or Reserve forces. Go to www.vfwpost5968.org or call 2765968. 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. Ribbons & Roses 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 tary Mentoring Program. Helping others help themselves. Visit www. gocompass.org for more info. Navy Wives Clubs of America DID meets the second Thursday Methodist Church, 2246 Blanding Blvd. Call 272-9489. Navy Wives Clubs of America No. 86 p.m. next to the Thrift Store at the NAS Jax Yorktown gate. Thursday at 8 p.m., 390 Mayport Rd., Atlantic Beach. Call 246-6855. National Active and Retired Federal Employees 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. Retired Enlisted Association 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 p.m. at 187 Arora Blvd., Orange Park. Call 276-5968. DoD News, Defense Media ActivityDefense Secretary Chuck Hagel has congratulated the crew of the U.S. ship MV Cape Ray for completing the work of neutralizing Syrian chemical weapons components. Pentagon Press Secretary Navy Rear Adm. John Kirby issued a statement Aug. 18 saying Hagel called Navy Capt. Rich Dromerhauser aboard the ship to congratulate the crew on finishing their unprecedent ed work of neutralizing, at sea, the most dangerous chemicals in Syrias declared stockpile. The secretary said that by ridding the world of these materials, they as part of an ongoing international effort to eliminate the Syrian chemical weapons arse nal have helped make an important and enduring contribution to global security. Secretary Hagel expressed his gratitude for the crews service, dedication, and expertise, noting that with the world watching, they performed flawlessly every step of the way despite a very long deployment, and a complex operation that required careful coordi nation with our international partners. The secretary commended the crew for conducting every aspect of the mission in a highly professional manner, with strict adherence to safety and with no impact to the surrounding environment, and said that they should all be very proud of what theyve accom plished to help reduce the threat posed by chemical weapons. Todays milestone would not have been possible without the contributions of our many internation al partners, or the Nunn-Lugar Cooperative Threat Reduction program, which provided the funding to carry out these operations. While the international communitys work to completely eliminate Syrias chemical weapons program is not yet finished, the secretary believes this is a clear demonstration of what can be achieved when diplomacy is backed by a willingness to use military force. The United States will remain vigilant in our efforts to deter future use of chemicals as weapons, and in ensuring that all questions about the extent of Assads chemical weapons program are answered in full. Drinking water testing essential to allPhotos by AE2(AW) Samantha JonesSH1 Durben Matthews of NAS Jax drinks cold water from the NAS Jacksonville gym water fountain after a tough work out. Sam Stage, NAS Jax PWD lead water plant operator, takes a water sample from the Youth Activity Center on Aug. 19. Sample sites are secured overnight prior to the sampling in order to get the most accurate analysis of the water. Tap water samples from representative sites aboard NAS Jacksonville are collected and tested monthly to ensure water has not been contaminated from facility plumbing lines and equipment. The sites tested are selected by the Florida Department of Environmental Protection. Hagel congratulates Cape Ray for Syria mission Community Calendar


By Lisa Woodbury Rama Naval Station Newport Public AffairsThousands of specta tors lined the shores of Narragansett Bay Aug. 21 to view the final departure from Newport of the ex-USS Saratoga (CV 60) as she left Pier 1, Naval Station (NS) Newport, enroute to her final destina tion at a dismantling facility in Brownsville, Texas. The ship arrived in Newport Aug. 7, 1998 following 38 years of commissioned service from 1956 to 1994. She arrived to what was then the Naval Education and Training Center Aug. 7, 1998 following four years in storage at the Philadelphia shipyard. The Saratoga, the second carrier of the Forrestal class, completed 22 deployments during her career, includ ing the service off the coast of Cuba during the Cuban Missile Crisis in 1962 and in the Persian Gulf in support of Operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm. She was decommissioned Aug. 20, 1994 in Mayport, Fla. Its sad that she could not be turned into a museum, said Darryl Fern, 51, of Tatamy, Pa. Fern, a member of the USS Saratoga Association, was vid eotaping from the shoreline as the commercial tugs guided her into the main channel of the bay. He served as an EM2 aboard the Saratoga, 19821984. Like all the other older car riers, its time for her to meet her demise, he said. She served proudly for a long time, said Mitchell Abood, 48, of Belchertown, Mass. He served as an AT3 with Carrier Airborne Early Warning Squadron 125 aboard Saratoga from 1985-1987. A ship like this shouldnt be taken apart piece by piece, he said. Abood served during the carriers Mediterranean deployments in 1985 and 1987. Joe Roberts, an explosives safety specialist at NAVSTA Newport, served aboard the Saratoga during Operation Desert Storm/Desert Shield. Roberts recalled his service saying, there is a bit sadness that the Saratoga will never be seen again. Pier 1 berthed Navy ships until 1973, when the Shore Establishment Realignment program relocated all Newport-based ships to south ern ports. The pier was leased to the State of Rhode Island for a period of time and remained vacant of ships between 1992 and 1998 until the Saratoga arrived. The Navy competitively awarded the contract May 8 to ESCO Marine of Brownsville, Texas, for the towing, disman tling and recycling of conven tionally powered aircraft car riers stricken from the Naval Vessel Register. As part of the planning pro cess for the relocation, teams from Naval Sea Systems Command Inactive Ships and ESCO Marine arrived at NAVSTA Newport to assess the condition of the vessel and pre pare the work plan. Mother Nature was deter mined to have her way with this operation. It was verified that a pair of Peregrine falcons had yet again decided to start a family in a nest adjacent to the elevators on the ship and, after consultation with the U.S. Department of Fish and Wildlife, any movement plans were put on hold until after Aug. 15 to be certain that any fledglings would have ample time to learn to fly and move elsewhere. On Aug. 13, after view ing long-range forecasts and performing final equipment checks, the date was set to relo cate the ship Aug. 20. Excess safety lines were sev ered Aug. 19 when the Newport weather forecast called for clear skies with little wind. NOAA meteorologists checked the forecast through out the Atlantic seaboard since the ship would depart Newport then head south to Florida and into the Gulf of Mexico prior to her final destination. A lowpressure system off the coast of West Africa caused the original plan to be delayed for safety. On Aug. 21, the movement team arrived on station and a safety brief was completed. The tugs took control of the ship and eased her out to the middle of Narragansett Bays main shipping lane where the main tow ship, the Signet Warhorse III, was positioned to begin towing. Saratoga was underway to Texas at 9:31 a.m. The trip is expected to take approximate ly 16 days with an anticipated arrival of Sept. 6. By MCC Joshua TreadwellNavy Office of Community OutreachA Jacksonville native, and Edward H. White High School graduate, is serving in the U.S. Navy as part of a handpicked crew charged with bringing the Navys newest aircraft carrier into service. SN Nicholas Owens is a logistics spe cialist aboard Pre-Commissioning Unit Gerald R. Ford (CVN 78), the first ship in its class and the successor to the Navys Nimitz-class aircraft carriers that have been in operation for the last half-cen tury. Owens and the rest of the 1,000-Sailor crew are slowly bringing the ship to life, a crew that will eventually grow to more than 4,500 when the ship is at sea. When complete, the aircraft car rier, powered by two nuclear reactors, will measure more than three football fields long at 1,092 feet in length and will weigh more than 100,000 tons. It will be capable of sailing at nearly 35 mph and will carry more than 75 Navy aircraft. Seaman Owens plays a vital role in preparing our Nations newest and most technologically advanced warship for sea, said Fords Commanding Officer, Capt. John Meier. We have the opportunity to build this command with the ideals of our namesake and we are creating the com mand climate and a culture of excel lence that we have always wanted. This crew is setting that standard, a standard that will last for the 50-plus-year life span of the ship. As one of the Sailors who will com mission the ship, Owens has the oppor tunity to see firsthand the innovations being incorporated into the design of the ship; from a redesigned flight deck to allow for more efficient aircraft oper ations to equipment that requires less maintenance. As the crew grows and works toward the goal of joining the fleet in 2016, Owens and other Gerald R. Ford Sailors will be will be accepting spaces on the ship, training to operate it and build ing a legacy that will last beyond their lifetimes. Training for the crew has to come from some unique sources. There are no Navy schools for some of the new equipment, so the crew is partnering with Huntington Ingalls Newport News Shipbuilding and other vendors to mas ter the new systems. This is a unique opportunity to see firsthand how the systems are installed and tested, which is an advantage that future crews wont have an opportunity to experience, said Meier. Seaman Owens and his shipmates are becoming the subject matter experts. They are working hand in hand with the shipyard throughout the test ing phase and in turn teaching the Navy how to operate this new class of aircraft carriers. Owens said it is an exciting time to be in the Navy, helping to build a crew and a ship from scratch, something he never expected to be doing just a couple years ago. He also said he is proud of the work he is doing to help commis sion and man the Navys newest aircraft carrier. As a 20-year-old with numerous responsibilities, Owens said he is learn ing about himself as a leader, sailor and a person. The Navy has allowed me to build the ground work to grow as an individ ual and become a leader, said Owen. My mother and father were both in the Navy, and I am proud to call myself a Sailor. Owens adds that he is getting to experience a lot the Navy has to offer aboard Ford. I will be proud to see it [Ford] come together and set sail in the future. Like the Nimitz-class aircraft carri ers that came before it, USS Gerald R. Fords mission is to protect and defend America on the worlds oceans. When the ship deploys, it will bring four-anda-half acres of survivable, sovereign U.S. territory increasing the Navys strike capability and defending the countrys interests in any region of the world. The ship is scheduled to commission in spring 2016. Photo by Lindsay ChurchThe former aircraft carrier USS Saratoga (CV 60) prepares for her final voyage from Newport Naval Station to a dismantling facility in Brownsville, Texas, the aircraft carriers final resting place. The ship arrived in Newport on Aug. 7, 1998, after spending four years in storage following her decommissioning in 1994. Saratoga was the second carrier of the Forrestal class and complet ed 22 deployments in her 38-year career.Ex-USS Saratoga departs NS Newport for dismantling and recycling Jacksonville Sailor serves aboard USS Gerald R. FordSN Nicholas OwensPhoto by MC1(SW) Patrick GriecoService members, crew, their families and distinguished guests bow their heads as Navy Capt. Jerome Hinson gives a benediction during the PCU Gerald R. Ford (CVN 78) christening ceremony Nov. 9, 2013. The new Ford-class of aircraft car riers brings improved war fighting capacity, quality of life improvements and reduced acquisition and life cycle costs. JAX AIR NEWS, NAS JACKSONVILLE, Thursday, August 28, 2014 17


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