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PAGE 1 VOL. 76 NO. 7 NAS J ACKSONVILLE F LA MILITARY SAVES Week Starts Feb. 26 Page 3 LIBERTY CENTER For Fun and Adventure Pages 4-5 VP-5 Hones ASW Skills Page 7 THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 15, 2018 Promoting cultural change From the FFSC Pure Praxis is a social theater group dedicated to cultural change by empowering individuals into exploring positive ways to respond to conflict and to step up and actively intervene in potentially negative situ ations. The team will visit Naval Air Jacksonville Feb. 22 and will conduct two presentations of 70 to 90 minutes each: 8-9:30 a.m. and 2-3:30 p.m. at Deweys. All ranks/commands are welcome to attend. Topics of discussion will be: The component of consent required in sexual activity Understanding retaliation, repri sal, coercion, ostracism, maltreatment and how it affects victims The importance of using preven tion The negative impact of sexual harassment and sexist remarks Eradicate command climate that enables sex offenses Develop and maintain your active intervener skills For more information, call 542-5935. Truman gets underway for COMPTUEX By MC3 Thomas Bonaparte Jr. USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75) Public Affairs The Harry S. Truman Carrier Strike Group (HST CSG) took another step in its pre-deployment work-up cycle by commencing the composite training unit exercise (COMPTUEX) Feb 1. COMPTUEX is an intensive, monthlong exercise designed to fully integrate units of HST CSG, while testing the strike groups ability as a whole to carry out sustained combat operations from the sea. Ships, squadrons and staffs will be tested across every core warfare area within their mission sets through a variety of simulated and live events, including air warfare, strait transits, and responses to surface and subsur face contacts and electronic attacks. Completing these assessments effec tively certifies Truman as a deploy ment-ready fighting force capable of commencing missions overseas. COMPTUEX tests our ability to combine all units and capabilities within the strike group into a cohesive, multi-mission fighting force that can perform sustained combat operations at sea, said Rear Adm. Gene Black, HST CSG commander. Performing this critical evolution now, before deployment, allows our strike group to find out its strengths, but more impor tantly to pin-point where we can better integrate as a team. During the exercise, trainers, mentors and assessors from Carrier Strike Group 4, the U.S. Fleet Forces Command for mation charged with training and men By Lt. j.g. Charles Sundal VP-45 PAO In late January, Patrol Squadron (VP) 45 and VP-4 set out to test and successfully fire two AGM-84D Harpoon mis siles in an assessment of the P-8A Poseidon aircrafts ability to coordinate weapon launches from separate aircraft. The flights were not only a demonstration of the P-8As weapon system, but also a successful test of the aircrafts robust communication and coordination systems as well. VP-4, stationed at NAS Whidbey Island, Washington, flew one of their P8-As down to NAS Jacksonville just a week before the planned shot date. This short amount of time was used primarily for coordi nating safety of flight and estab lishing a plan of attack. The importance of interoperability cannot be overstat ed, said VP-45s Lt. j.g. Tanner Anjola. Its not very often that we get to work with our west coast counterparts, so mission plan ning and pre-flight coordina tion became paramount. In a net-centric warfare environment, coordination between aircraft becomes paramount in establishing an advantage over an adversary. This coordinated harpoon shot displayed the P8-As abil ity to establish a network and dominate a battlespace all while maintaining plane-toplane communications in a complex environment. The usage of various com munications systems, includ ing a robust datalink network, gives Poseidon crews a sub stantial leg-up in both situ ational awareness and main taining the communication infrastructure that is vital to preserving connectivity in the modern fleet battlespace. Before January, the most recent Harpoon shot for VP-45 came in August 2016 during the biennial Rim of the Pacific multinational maritime exer cise, which takes place near the Hawaiian Islands. VP-9 transitions from Orion to Poseidon By VP-9 Public Affairs With a new year comes unique challenges and pioneering opportunities. For the Golden Eagles of Patrol Squadron (VP) 9, 2018 brings a new aircraft, a new home, and a new beginning. After 54 years of relentless dedication and service in the P-3 Orion, VP-9 starts their new year with the transition to the P-8A Poseidon. The P-8A Poseidon will be the fourth distinguished aircraft flown by VP-9 since its commissioning in 1951. Preceding aircraft include the P4Y-2 Privateer, P2V Neptune, and all variants of the P-3 Orion (A/B/C/UII/UIII/ and AIP). Patrol Squadron Nine originated in Naval Air Station (NAS) Whidbey Island and has had four homeport changes on the West Coast, to NAS Alameda, California, in 1952, NAS Moffett Field, California, in 1963, NAS Barbers Point, Hawaii, in 1992, and Marine Corps Base Hawaii, Kaneohe, Hawaii, in 1999. Now, after 66 years, the Golden Eagles have returned to their roots in NAS Whidbey Island, Washington. VP-9 began its seven-month deployment to the 7th Fleet area of responsibility in March 2017. Upon returning in October, the Golden Eagles relocated back to the Pacific Northwest to Whidbey Island, Washington and began working tenaciously to excel in their transition to the P-8 Poseidon. The transition is comprised of three phases. Phase one began November 2017 in Whidbey Island, and included classroom academics and simulator training. Phase two began January 2018 in Jacksonville, where the squadron is currently executing training flights, crew simulators and extensive maintenance instruction. Phase three will send the squadron back to Whidbey Island for tactical aircraft employment and qualifying safe-for-flight, signifying the completion of the training syllabus. When asked how the command is handling the stresses of establishing themselves in their new home while deal ing with the intense training requirements inherent in Photo by MC3 Thomas Bonaparte An MH-60R Sea Hawk helicopter assigned to the "Proud Warriors" of Helicopter Maritime Strike Squadron (HSM) 72, takes off from the flight deck aboard the aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75) Feb. 3. Harry S. Truman is underway con ducting a composite training unit exercise (COMPTUEX), which evaluates the strike group's ability as a whole to carry out sustained combat operations from the sea, ultimately certifying the Harry S. Truman Carrier Strike Group for deployment. VP-45 fires successful joint AGM-84 Harpoon shot alongside VP-4 Photo by AWO2 Annie Huynh (From left) AOC Dustin Mccuthen, AO1 Derek Torrence and AO2 Alexa Mendez from Patrol Squadron (VP) 45 observe as AO3 Katherine Callahan secures an AGM-84D Harpoon mis sile to a VP-45 P-8A Poseidon aircraft at Naval Air Station Jacksonville. Photo courtesy of VP-9 (From left) AE3 Pavel Parfilo, AD2 Sabrina Hartwell, and AN Austin Scott of Patrol Squadron 9 train on the P-8A Poseidon engine bay aboard Naval Air Station Jacksonville. See COMPTUEX, Page 6 See VP-9, Page 6


2 JAX AIR NEWS, NAS JACKSONVILLE, Thursday, February 15, 2018 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@ 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@ or write the JAX AIR NEWS, Box 2, NAS Jacksonville, FL, 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 1 Riverside Avenue Jacksonville, FL 32202 904-359-4168 Advertising Sales (904) 359-4168 (800) 472-6397, Ext. 4168 FAX (904) 366-6230 Commanding Officer Capt. Sean Haley Executive Officer Capt. Michael Connor Command Master Chief CMDCM(AW/SW) Jeffery Waters Public Affairs Officer Kaylee LaRocque Public Affairs Specialist Julie Lucas Staff Writers AZ2 Sarah Morris Hannah Simmons Editor Reggie Jarrett Design/Layout George Atchley From Staff Feb. 15 1856 USS Supply, commanded by Lt. David Dixon Porter, sails from Smyrna, Syria, bound for Indianola, Texas, with a load of 21 camels intended for experi mental use in the American desert west of the Rockies. 1898 U.S. battleship Maine blows up in Havana Harbor. Feb. 16 1804 Lt. Stephen Decatur, with vol unteers from frigate Constitution and schooner Enterprise, enters Tripoli har bor by night in the ketch Intrepid to burn the captured frigate Philadelphia. Decaturs raid succeeds without American losses. Englands Lord Nelson calls this the most daring act of the age. 1815 USS Constitution captures British Susannah. 1967 Operation River Raider begins in Mekong Delta, Vietnam. Feb. 17 1864 Confederate submarine H.L. Hunley sinks USS Housatonic. 1942 First Navy Construction Battalion (Seabees) arrive in Bora-Bora. 1944 Carrier aircraft strike Japanese fleet at Truk, sinking ships and destroy ing aircraft. Feb. 18 1846 General order on Port and Starboard. 1944 Amphibious Force under Rear Adm. Hill lands troops on Engebi Island, Eniwetok. 1955 First of 14 detonations in Operation Teapot nuclear test. Feb. 19 1814 USS Constitution captures British brig Catherine. 1945 Marines with naval gunfire sup port land on Iwo Jima. Island secured March 16. Feb. 20 1815 USS Constitution, under Captain Charles Stewart, captures HMS Cyane and sloop-of-war Levant. 1962 USMC Lt. Col. John Glenn becomes first American to orbit Earth. His flight in Friendship 7 (Mercury 6) consisted of 3 orbits in 88 minutes at a velocity of 17,544 mph with the highest altitude of 162.2 statute miles. Recovery was by USS Noa (DD-841). 1962 USS Dixie (AD-14) rescues lone crewman aboard a sailing yawl adrift for four days. 1974 S-3A Viking ASW aircraft (car rier jet) introduced officially by VS-41. Feb. 21 1944 Marines with support of naval bombardment and carrier aircraft secure Eniwetok atoll. 1945 USSBismark Sea (CVE-95) is struck by a kamikaze off Iwo Jima and sinks in 90 minutes with loss of 318 men. USSSaratoga (CV-3) struck by five kami kazes, but survives with loss of 123 men. Bismark Sea was the last carrier lost in World War II combat. By Lisa Smith Molinari Special Contributor My mother, a retired first-grade teacher, has always put a positive spin on things that appeared to be sad, unjust, terrifying or disgusting. Ive always admired her capacity to see the good in all things, but there are times when this ability seems out of reach. On a mud-splattered, dreary Monday morning in February, my mother would hear birds singing. Along a litter-strewn highway dotted with decrepit strip malls, my mother would spy Queen Annes Lace growing in a nearby ditch. If I served my mother a revolting cas serole made from two weeks of medio cre leftovers, she would delight at the colorful pimentos. My mother could encounter a great big pile of excrement, and chances are, she would point out the skats scientific benefits fertil ization, seed distribution, or compost ing. I know, because shes actually done this. Many times. Having been a military spouse for 24 years, I found it difficult to channel my mothers relentless positivity. Military moves, separations and inadequate pay were like big piles of excrement plopped down into our path. As far as I could tell, there were no benefits. These inevi table hardships were the sacrifices of military service. But just because I couldnt see a bright side doesnt mean there wasnt one. Take PCS moves, for example. After I packed up my entire household, left my job and everything I had come to know, said good-bye to good friends and our favorite pizza joint, was I supposed to see rainbows and unicorns? No, because there were no unicorns and rainbows, but there were cer tain hidden benefits of PCS moves. A fresh start, a clean slate, or a reset was sometimes just what our family need ed. Our first move overseas gave my husband and I an opportunity to travel together, rather than spending all our vacations with extended family. Our orders to move from England were a ticket out of my tedious obligations as Parliamentarian of the Spouses Club. When we moved away from Virginia, we were relieved to get our son out of the school where he had been bullied. Our move from Germany enabled me to break up with the hairdresser who had turned my hair an unnatural shade of yellow-orange. During our move to Florida, the movers finally broke that microwave cart I always hated anyway. With each move, we were given a unique opportunity to reinvent our selves, our routines and our living situ ations. And in that way, moving was actually a good thing. Lets face it, military pay grades are not the stuff that dreams are made of. My minivan with 215,000 miles on it and interior carpeting that smells like pickled eggs is proof that military fami lies arent wealthy. However, receiving military pay that is a matter of public record has its benefits, too. We never had to wonder how we stacked up to our military peers. Minivans, pot lucks, and bill-splitting were never frowned upon. There was no competition or pretentiousness. And in that way, military pay was actually a good thing. Believe it or not, even military sepa rations offer something positive. Aside from the obvious absence makes the heart grow fonder phenomenon, theres also crumbs, clickers and com munication to appreciate. Men are crumb-producing machines, and during the times that my husband was deployed or on travel, I relished my crumb-free existence. I also savored full reign over the television clicker. But best of all, my husband and I communi cated best when he was away. We emailed and called often, and never forgot to say, I love you. And in that way, military separations were a very good thing. Artists say that the lump of plaster is a masterpiece because beauty is in the eye of the beholder. Real estate agents will tell you that the old shack is a charming Cape Cod. And my mother will tell you that the dog doo you just stepped in is an essen tial element of the circle of life. Families enduring the challenges of military life can put a positive spin on their world. No matter how dark it seems, as long as the sun shines, there will always be a bright side. This Week in Navy History Meat & Potatoes of Life Photo courtesy of Ron Williamson Early Navy patrol aircraft In 1925, the Naval Aircraft Factory solicited pro totypes for a patrol flying boat designed to traverse the thousands of miles of ocean between San Francisco and Hawaii. Seen here after a test flight at Lake Washington in Seattle, the Model 50 or PB-1 was Boeings contribution to the project. One of the largest flying boats of its day, the patrol planes design fea tured a metal fuselage, accommodations for a crew of four, and was powered by two 800-horsepower Packard engines mounted in tandem. The PB-1 design was never put into production. Is your cup half full or half empty? By AZ2 Sarah Morris NAS Jacksonville Public Affairs Since 1994, the Naval Air Station Jacksonville (NAS Jax) Child Development Home (CDH) program has provided military families quality childcare in a home setting both during and after normal working hours. CDH homes are independent business enterprises operated by Navy certified military family members in their private homes. The CDH program is regulated by Navy Child and Youth Programs (CYP) and offers free training and support for providers. The CDH program is a quality alternative to centerbased care because of the smaller ratios and flexible hours. CDH providers can offer more flexible hours of care than the Child Development Center (CDC) and each home can accept only a limited number of children, explained CDC Assistant Director Lisa Williams. Quality care and a safe environment are our main goals, she continued. Our home providers are nor mally open from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m., but they can be open on weekends, as well as provide after-hours care, when the daycare center cannot provide for parents who work off hours and duty days. The advantage of a CDH is the home away from home environment. The childcare ratio is smaller so theres more opportunity to provide children with more one on one time. The CDH program provides a more in depth communication with one provider verses more than one teacher like you would find at a daycare center where there are different teachers throughout the day. CDH providers are trained professionals who follow specific guidelines and regulations mandated by the Department of Defense and the State of Florida if they are located off base. The CDH program is regulated by the Navy Child and Youth Programs and offers free orientation and monthly training and support for providers. Active military member spouses or retired military members who have a high school diploma or GED equivalent may apply to become a certified provider. The applicant must complete the five-day orientation class, applicants and family members must pass sev eral back-ground checks such as a health screening, Fleet and Family Support Center checks, security, sub stance abuse, home inspections, etc. The process may take up to 120 days or longer. Once an applicant has passed all required back ground clearances, they are scheduled for the manda tory five-day CDH provider orientation that includes infant, child and adult CPR and first aid, food sani tation, customer service and U.S. Department of Agriculture training. CDH directors and monitors are responsible for the ongoing monitoring of all aspects of the CDH opera tion. This includes ensuring providers are adequately supported, homes are well equipped, providers are engaging the children in meaningful and develop mentally appropriate activities, food service is being provided appropriately, and policies and procedures are fully implemented. Monthly home visits allow the CDH Program Management Team to observe how each home is functioning, ensure the provider is meeting program requirements, identify areas in need of improvement, and identify any practices in the field that may be shared with others as best practice. After training, our fire department, preventive medicine and CDH monitor Regina Seabrook inspect the home, Williams added. Once the home is set-up and the applicant has liability insurance, their infor mation packet is presented to the quality review board for recommendation and then routed to the base com manding officer for final approval. Then they are cer tified and can start their business. One advantage offered by the Navy is free use of the Lending Library that provides items to start up Child Development Home program offers home setting for childcare Photo by AZ2 Sarah Morris Child Development Home (CDH) provider Alison Rosati enjoys being able to provide quality childcare and make an impact in the lives of other families while being at home to raise her own children. See CDH, Page 6


JAX AIR NEWS, NAS JACKSONVILLE, Thursday, February 15, 2018 3 By Hannah Simmons Staff writers The 2018 Military Saves Week Campaign starts Feb. 26 with a celebratory kick-off at 9 a.m. at Deweys. The entire week will be filled with ses sions encouraging practical financial behavior and how to embark on the road to financial success. Last years campaign was centered on Start Small-Think Big. Sailors, retirees, civilians and family members attend ed classes on Debt Reduction Strategies, Basic Budgeting and Money Management, How to Be a Million Dollar Sailor, Retirement Savings, Investing, Car Buying Strategies, and more. During this years cam paign, trainings will be held at the commands, such as Naval Hospital Jacksonville, Patrol Squadron 30, Center for Naval Aviation Technical Training Unit Jacksonville, VyStar Credit Union, and other locations. This is the first year classes will be brought to the commands, instead of spending the week at Fleet and Family Support Center. We are trying to maximize participation of the Sailors, and we came up with the idea to take the training to them, said John Baker, FFSC financial educator. A new savings strategy will be the introduced each day during Military Saves Week. On the first day attendees will be asked to make a Military Saves Pledge, and throughout the week those who made a pledge will be entered into a contest for a chance to win up to $750. According to a Military Saver Survey taken in 2017, 58 percent of the military savers reported they have implement ed the tactics they learned and began saving. There will be one session on how to automatically trans fer money from a checking account to a savings account in order to prevent overspending. There are times in life when emergency funds are needed. Another course will show how saving for emergency funds is beneficial and eliminates the need to panic during unexpect ed inconveniences. A Five-Step Blended Retirement System Checklist to Success was created by the Department of Defenses Office of Financial Readiness to encourage service members to plan for retirement. Tax refunds and work bonus es are often, more than likely, spent instead of put into the bank. There will be a session encouraging participants to save the extra funds instead of going on a shopping spree. There will also be sessions centered on saving money as a family. The planned sessions are designed to demonstrate how thinking ahead of time and planning for the future can result in better financial stabil ity and success. The goal of these free assem blies is to educate service members on financial health in hopes that the attendants carryout the strategies they are taught. The campaign will end March 2 in the Vystar Credit Union training room. For more information on Military Saves Week events call the FFSC at 542-4718/5635 or view their Facebook page: FFSCNASJAX VP-26 hosts Chief of Supply Corps By Lt. j.g. Joseph Brant VP-26 PAO Commander, Naval Supply Systems Command (NAVSUP) and 47th Chief of Supply Corps Rear Adm. Jonathan Yuen visited Naval Air Station (NAS) Jacksonville Feb. 6. He was welcomed by Commander, Patrol and Reconnaissance Wing 11, Capt. James Robinson and Cmdr. Drew Klosterman, commanding officer of Patrol Squadron (VP) 26. During his visit to NAVSUP Fleet Logistics Center Jacksonville Headquarters, he had the opportunity to tour a P-8A Poseidon aircraft with the Tridents of VP-26. This was his first time seeing a P-8A in person. Trident aircrew took time to share the Poseidons mission and their roles as operators. Certainly, his dialogue focused on pro viding logistical support to the Maritime Patrol and Reconnaissance Aircraft Warfighter, but Yuen couldnt help but step back and observe, It really is a good look ing aircraft! Advancement exams slated From Staff During the month of March, three advance ment exams will be administered. With an influx of traffic on those dates, those arriving early in the morning are encouraged to plan ahead to avoid delays at the gate. The dates of the exams are: March 1 for E6 March 8 for E5 March 15 for E4 For more information, contact the Personnel Support Detachment at 542-4218. FFSC preps to educate on saving Photo by Kaylee LaRocque Naval Air Station Jacksonville Commanding Officer Capt. Sean Haley signs a proclamation designating Feb. 26-March 2 as Military Saves Week during a tenant command meeting Feb. 7 at Dewey's as Fleet and Family Support Center Personal Financial Manager John Baker looks on. The campaign kicks off Feb. 26 at 9 a.m. at Dewey's and consists of numerous training events throughout the station. AWO2 A.J. Brixon (right) of Patrol Squadron 26, discusses some of the equipment on the P-8A Poseidon aircraft with Commander, Naval Supply Systems Command Rear Adm. Jonathan Yuen Feb. 8. Photos by MC2 Sean R. Morton From left, Cmdr. Andrew Klosterman, com manding officer of Patrol Squadron (VP) 26, and Capt. James Robinson, command er, Patrol and Reconnaissance Wing 11, greet Commander, Naval Supply Systems Command Rear Adm. Jonathan Yuen dur ing his visit to the squadron for a tour of a P-8A Poseidon aircraft.


4 JAX AIR NEWS, NAS JACKSONVILLE, Thursday, February 15, 2018 By Julie M. Lucas NAS Jacksonville Public Affairs There are times when Sailors just need to get away for a while. Whether it is getting off the base for a few hours or get ting out of town for a few days, time away from the stress of everyday life can make a world of difference The Naval Air Station Jacksonville (NAS) Liberty Center features numerous activities and trips each month and can help Sailors without vehicles to get off the base and see the local community. We take great pride in offering a wide variety of fun activities for our single ser vice members, said Liberty Center Program Manager Jaime Shugart. This is a great place to meet up with friends or make new friends. Some of the more popu lar trips in the past have been going to Disney World or Universal Studios in Orlando. Last year for the first time, the center took Sailors to Key West during Labor Day. The trip featured several excursions including snorkeling and deepsea fishing. When I saw the Liberty Center was going to Key West, I was so excited because the price was affordable and it was a holiday weekend. I got some of my friends to go on the trip and we had a memorable time, said QM2 Elvis Ortiz of NAS Jacksonville. Trips being offered dur ing the month of February include ice skating, a cooking class, and a mixed martial arts fight night. For sports fans, local trips include attending Jacksonville Icemen games, NBA games in Orlando and during the season, Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp games. In addi tion to taking Sailors to events off base, the center offers its own events like a ping pong and cornhole tournaments, and trivia night. Our trips are at such great prices that people couldnt do the same activities at the prices we offer, including the trans portation, said Shugart. We have something offered nearly every day. Another trip is being offered Feb. 16-18, during the Presidents Day weekend to go skiing and snowboarding in Gatlinburg, Tennessee. The fee of $200 includes transporta tion, lodging and lift tickets. Ski equipment is also included in the trip. Participants are asked to pack winter clothing such as snow pants, gloves and goggles. Use of Liberty Center activi ties is limited to single service members E1-E6 and unaccom panied military, to include Reservists. For more information about upcoming trips and programs, call 542-1335/3491. Patrons of the NAS Jax Liberty Center enjoy using the driving range aboard the base before going inside for free wings. To find out what activites are going on this month call 542-3491. Courtesy photo Sean Dopp takes his turn swinging at a NAS Jax Liberty Center event at Top Golf in Jacksonville. Liberty Center offers trips, adventure It was all smiles as Sailors spent a day at Diamond D Ranch horseback riding and feeding animals at the petting zoo. Sailors enjoy a day of paintball courtesy of the MWR Liberty pro gram. Sailors have the need for speed and the MWR Liberty Program knows the place to go! Liberty Trips to Autobahn Speedway are the perfect mid-week activity to push the pedal to the metal. Courtesy photo NAS Jacksonville Sailors run the rapids while on a whitewater rafting trip to Chattanooga, Tennessee. The Liberty Center will take Sailors on a ski/snowboarding excursion this weekend to Gatlinburg.


JAX AIR NEWS, NAS JACKSONVILLE, Thursday, February 15, 2018 5 Sailors from Naval Air Station Jacksonville enjoy a trip to Disney World as part of the MWR Liberty program. Fishing is a popular activity for Liberty trips to the Florida Keys. Sailors from Naval Air Station Jacksonville enjoy a day at Disney World in Orlando, courtesy of the Liberty program. The MWR Liberty program took Sailors on a week end trip to visit Disney World in January. Sailors enjoyed meeting characters, viewing shows and going on rides. Sailors enjoy a day of paintball courtesy of the MWR Liberty program. Always a popular Liberty event, paintball is a great recreational activity to help de-stress and unwind. Photos courtesy of Naval Air Station Jacksonville Liberty Center Amanda Doyle of Mobile Tactical Operations Center 3 enjoys a day at Diamond D Ranch horseback riding and feeding animals at the petting zoo. Some of the activities planned for February include attending an Orlando Magic game and Jacksonville Icemen hockey. Courtesy photo Nasumbi Beard saddles up at Diamond D Ranch horseback riding for an outing with the NAS Jax Liberty Center. Transportation is provided to events to assist Sailors without vehicles.


6 JAX AIR NEWS, NAS JACKSONVILLE, Thursday, February 15, 2018 the transition to a new type/model/series air craft, VP-9 Commanding Officer Cmdr. Jeff Bowman commented, The professionalism of the Golden Eagles is unmatched. We have planned, communicated and all levels of leader ship have been actively engaged in the prepara tions so every Sailor and officer can execute this dynamic evolution with confidence. Over their storied his tory operating the P-3 Orion, the Golden Eagles have been honored with nine Battle Efficiency Awards, four Meritorious Unit Commendations, five Coastal Command Trophies, and two Golden Wrench Awards for avia tion maintenance excel lence. VP-9 From Page 1 toring Atlantic Fleet Carrier Strike Groups, Amphibious Ready Groups, and independently deploying surface ships for deployment, will embark with participating units to pro vide training through carefully planned, realistic scenarios. More than anything, COMPTUEX gets us into the right state of mind, said IT2 Andrew Horstead. The things we do are essential. It prepares us for a variety of scenarios we may encounter on deployment. COMPTUEX is the symbolic battle between our adversaries and coalition forces. HST CSG is scheduled to deploy later this year. Strike group elements participating in COMPTUEX include USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75) and embarked Carrier Air Wing One; staffs from Carrier Strike Group 8 and Destroyer Squadron 28, guided missile cruiser USS Normandy (CG 60); guided-missile destroyers USS Arleigh Burke (DDG 51), USS Bulkeley (DDG 84), USS The Sullivans (DDG 68), USS Winston S. Churchill (DDG 81), USS Farrragut (DDG 99), USS Jason Dunham (DDG 109), USS Forrest Sherman (DDG 98), the Royal Norwegian Navy frigate HNoMS Roald Amundsen (F 311) and the Sachsen-class German frigate FGS Hessen (F 221). COMPTUEX is the final stage of pre-deployment workups for the strike group. For USS Harry S. Truman, the evolution caps off more than seven months of training to ensure the ship and crew are ready to deploy. their business, including pack-n-plays (required for children six weeks to 12 months), cots, cubbies, table and chairs, toys, books, etc. Our providers should not have many start-up costs, said Williams. In addition, CDH pro gram staff work with pro viders to actively pursue accreditation through the National Association for Family Child Care (NAFCC). Accreditation requires significant time and effort but the result is worth it. Accredited homes are recognized as childcare providers of excellence, the gold standard and a role model for other providers across the nation. NAS Jax currently has three providers accredited by NAFCC. Each provider can serve six children, including their own, with two children under the age of two. An infant -only home may only pro vide childcare for three infant/pre-toddlers ages six weeks to 23 months at a time. My children have practically grown-up in a CDH home and I real ly like the closeness you develop with the other CDH providers and my CDH families, said CDH provider Tanya Dedeaux. Because we focus so much on quality verses quantity our numbers for providers have been pretty low, but we are marketing to those who think they have what it takes to become a CDH provider, said Williams. The reward is there and the sacrifice will not go unnoticed. Brittany Alexander, a parent using the pro gram, said, My son loves going to his CDH providers home. Its less traumatic because of the smaller number of chil dren. The CDH program is such a great program because of the CDH pro viders. It takes a special kind of person to provide quality childcare and maintain a balance with their family home life. They understand that being a home care pro vider is not a right, its a privilege, said Williams. The sacrifice these providers make to sup port our military fami lies is incredible and still to this day never ceases to amaze me. The CDH program allows that extra cushion for military members who work after hours, weekends and rotating shifts. The flex ibility, positive attitudes and willingness to adapt to change is what makes this program work, she continued. New providers are always needed both on and off base, especially for infants and pre-tod dlers and on weekends. If you are interested in becoming a CDH provid er, call 542-5381. CDH From Page 2 Photo by MC3 Kaysee Lohmann BM2 Emmanuel Shirley watches as the aircraft car rier USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75) departs from Naval Station Norfolk. Truman is underway for a composite training unit exercise (COMPTUEX), which evaluates the strike group's ability as a whole to carry out sustained combat operations from the sea, ultimately certifying the Harry S. Truman Carrier Strike Group for deployment. 15th Annual USO T r o o p s C hamp io n s hip G o lf T o u r n amen t Photos by Hannah Simmons A group of F/A-18 Hornets line aboard Naval Air Station Jacksonvilles flight line Feb. 8. The Hornets will play the role of the agressors during the composite training unit exercise. F/A-18 Hornets take off from Naval Air Station Jacksonville Feb. 8 to rendevous with the aircraft carrier Harry S. Truman (CVN 75) as part of the composite training unit exercise. COMPTUEX From Page 1


JAX AIR NEWS, NAS JACKSONVILLE, Thursday, February 15, 2018 7 Lt. j.g. Mary Carter Jordan VP-5 Public Affairs The Mad Foxes of Patrol Squadron (VP) 5 arrived at the Lajes Air Base, Portugal, and participated in mari time domain awareness and an antisubmarine warfare exercise Jan. 13. This U.S.-led exercise in the North Atlantic facilitated the progressive training of maritime patrol and ASW techniques and aided in strengthen ing the security of the U.S. 6th Fleet area of operations. VP-5s Combat Air Crew (CAC) 2 and CAC-8 flew the P-8A Poseidon from their current deployment site in Sigonella, Italy, to operate out of Lajes Air Base. From Jan. 14-21, these CACs flew eight training and exercise flights with American and Portuguese sup port out of Lajes Air. The Air Force and Portuguese hosts were incredibly accommodating, said VP-5 pilot Lt. Jon Glassman. Being able to effectively operate from a new location was a great experience and provided an excellent training oppor tunity for our maintenance team and aircrews. The Mad Foxes used the opportu nity to plan and execute training mis sions in coordination with support elements from the Air Force and work effectively through cooperation with Portuguese hosts. This enabled suc cessful flights in a part of the Atlantic that is otherwise difficult to access. The exercise provided us a fantastic training opportunity to go to a new location and work with a new team so that we could conduct this train ing opportunity in a new location, said Naval AW1 Xavier Page. We are excited to build on this experience and continue to develop our relationships with our hosts. VP-5 is halfway through their sixmonth deployment to U.S. 4th Fleet and U.S. 6th Fleet. In just a few months, they have already operated out of 11 countries and have no plans to slow operations anytime soon, as these activities have played a vital role in improving maritime security and dominance through these continued operations. NAS Jax Sailors help judge Clay County Science Fair By Reggie Jarrett Jax Air News Editor A contingent of more than 40 offi cers and Sailors from Naval Air Station (NAS) Jacksonville volunteered to help judge the Clay County Science Fair in Green Cove Springs Feb. 6. Almost 300 junior and senior high school students participated in the annual event held at the Clay County Fairgrounds. This is truly a representation of Clay County, said Addison Davis, superin tendent for schools in Clay County. Its a community organization where we are all giving back to education because it is our greatest priority. Davis added that the presence of NAS Jacksonville was important for the event. We are truly excited for the Navy to be here and be part of this process, he said. Tracey Kumm, science fair coordi nator for Clay High School and retired Navy, agreed that the Navy involvement made a big impression on her students. My students from Clay High are so excited to talk to the military person nel in their uniforms. They are telling me about possibly wanting to go in the military based on conversations they are having. The students in the science fair made just as big an impression on the Navy VP-5 hones ASW skills Photo by Reggie Jarrett Clay County School Superintendent Addison Davis (left) speaks to judges of the Clay County Science Fair in Green Cove Springs Feb. 6. About 40-50 Sailors from Naval Air Station (NAS) Jacksonville volunteered as judges for the event for stu dents in grades 6-12. Photos by Hannah Simmons AT1 Michelle Rairigh of Patrol Squadron 30, listens to student Jackson Murphy as he explains his project on comparing xylem filters to traditional water filtration materials at the Clay County Science Fair Feb. 6. Murphy shared his hypothesis and listed the procedures needed to produce filtered water. CS2 Mario Ingram of Naval Air Station Jacksonville (right) listens to student Joseph Salazar as he explains his proj ect on how to make salt water safe to drink at the Clay County Science Fair Feb. 6. "These kids are teaching me stuff I didn't even know was possible," said Ingram. "When I was their age I was not thinking about how to make water clean." See SCIENCE, Page 8 rfntb n bn Support Your Print And Digital Advertisers! They Support You!


8 JAX AIR NEWS, NAS JACKSONVILLE, Thursday, February 15, 2018 personnel. They were very impres sive,AWVC Jesse Kendrick of Patrol Squadron 30 who judged the zoology category said of the students. The projects were great. They were very thoughtful and relevant. The science fair brought back mem ories from some the Sailors and was one of the reasons they volunteered at the event. Its something I enjoyed as a child, said AM1 Brandon Fournier ofCenter for Naval Aviation Technical Training Unit (CNATTU) who partici pated in science fairs as a student. My project was magnets. I wanted to see if changes in temperature affect magne tism and I found out that it did. Fournier chose to judge the physics category because it is one of the sub jects he teaches at CNATTU. He was impressed by the projects he saw. They were outstanding, he said. The students put a lot of time and effort into this. Kendrick pointed out that the fair emphasized fields of study that are vital to todays Navy. Technology, mathe matics and science are all important things that the Navy looks for, he said. So it is important for us to come out here and support the local community. NAS Jacksonville has been doing that for about two decades. I have been doing science fair at Clay County for 19 years and the Navy has been a huge supporter every year with all volunteer efforts, not just in science fair but in our schools as well. Kumm said. It has been absolutely positive. It is also nice when the Sailors come in their uni forms because the kids really look up to them and are asking what they do in the Navy. So it is learning experience for both. Lt. Cmdr. Anthony Baker, a Navy chaplain, judged the behavioral social sciences for the high school students. We want to be involved in the com munity as much as possible, he said. I personally enjoy engaging with stu dents and letting them know that we are interested in hearing what they have to say. I like asking them questions and hearing what they have learned. We are able to show the community that Sailors care. SCIENCE From Page 7 By Reggie Jarrett Jax Air News Editor A group of 10 civilians, includ ing a senior legislative assistant, got the opportunity to fly from Naval Air Station (NAS) Jacksonville and land on an aircraft carrier as part of the Distinguished Visitor (DV) Flight Program. The group took off in a C-2 Greyhound Feb. 9 and flew out to USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75) for an over night stay and a tour of the ship. I feel like I am 7-years-old and tomorrow morning is Christmas, said Earl Lambert of Brewton, Alabama. This is an absolute thrill. I used to fly and I have a love for aircraft and a love for ships, so this is just unbelievable. Lambert is the manager of the Brewton Municipal Airport, which has been used by Navy training aircraft as an Outlying Landing Field since the end of World War II. The Distinguished Visitor program is designed to increase the publics under standing and appreciation for our U.S. Navy by providing an insider view of carrier operations at sea, said Suzanne Speight, Navy Region Southeast DV coordinator. This specific group of visitors included a number of individuals from Southeast Region installation commu nities, including Meridian, Kingsville and Whiting Field, she said. It is a win-win situation because these are some leaders in those com munities where we have bases, and they return home with a greater understand ing of the Navys bigger picture. Also taking the flight was Nicholas Vance, Senior Legislative Assistant for Congressman John Rutherford. I hope to learn the daily operations for the whole carrier strike group, Vance said. So when we evaluate defense pri orities up on the Hill we will know what they do on a day-to-day basis. Rutherford, a former Duval County Sheriff, was also scheduled to take the flight, but was unable to, due to a vote on the United States budget in Washington, D.C. Getting a closer look at Naval opera tions is the most exciting part of the trip for most of the visitors like Lambert, who was anxious to see operations up close. I want to see how all of this works, how our Navyprotects our country, he said. I want to see it in action. By Hannah Simmons Staff Writer This weeks Naval Air Station Jacksonville Sailor in the Spotlight is AC1 Jason Reed. Reed was named Senior Sailor of the First Quarter for FY18 and his current duty is monitoring air operations. A native of Memphis, Tennessee, Reed joined the Navy 10 years ago because of the discipline and job secu rity. Reed says he really enjoys his job and was thrilled to recently see three of his trained Sailors achieve facility watch designations. He chose air traffic control because he is passionate about communicating with other people. I was asked what I wanted to do when I joined the Navy, Reed said. I was looking for somewhere I would be allowed to talk a lot. He enjoys being able to spend his days speaking to pilots and aircrafts. Outside of work, Reed spends his time mentoring middle school youths who live in low poverty communities. Civilians take Distinguished Visitor Flight from NAS Jax Nicholas Vance, senior legislative assistant for Congressman John Rutherford, prepares to take the Distinguished Visitor flight from Naval Air Station Jacksonville to USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75) Feb. 9. Photos by Reggie Jarrett (From left) Luther Upton, Mayor Pro Tem of Evergreen, Alabama; Yank Lovelace, Mayor of Brewton, Alabama; and Dr. Terisa Riley of Kingsfield, Texas, were among 10 people to take the Distinguished Visitor flight from Naval Air Station Jacksonville to USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75) Feb. 9. Ten civilians taking the Distinguished Visitor flight walk out to the waiting C-2A Greyhound that would take them out to the USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75) from Naval Ait Station Jacksonville Feb. 9. AC1 Jason Reed Sailor in the Spotlight Photo by Kaylee LaRocque Sailors recognized at quarters A group of Naval Air Station Jacksonville Sailors gather with NAS Jax Commanding Officer Capt. Sean Haley, (top row, right) and NAS Jax Command Master Chief Jeffrey Waters (top row, left) after being presented awards during command quarters Feb. 2. (Front row, from left) MA3 Jose Ayala, AC1 Heather Colby, ABH3 Benjamin Wheeler, ABH2 Terrelle Williams and MA3 Justin Lawson. (Second row, from left) AC1 Jason Reed, AC1 Nicholas Done, ABEAN Megan May and ABE2 Edelson Michelin. (Top row, center) ET2 Mark Smith. Photos by Demi M. Cruz Golfers of all abilities gather on the driving range to test the latest equipment for the 2018 Naval Air Station Jacksonville Golf Expo Feb. 2. Families gather to join the Closest to the Pin competition during the Golf Expo aboard Naval air Station Jacksonville Feb. 2. Larry Akin swings for the Closest to the Pin competition during the Naval Air Station Jacksonville (NAS Jax) Golf Expo Feb. 2 at the NAS Jax Golf Course. Golfers of all levels of ability visited the driving range for the annual event. On-site vendors included Titleist, Callaway, Srixon, Mizuno, Ping, Cobra and Wilson. Golfers also had the chance to speak with golf pro representatives and make purchases. Neither the U.S. Navy, NAS Jacksonville, MWR or Jax Air News, nor any part of the federal govern ment, officially endorses any company, sponsor or their products or services. Golf Expo 2018


JAX AIR NEWS, NAS JACKSONVILLE, Thursday, February 15, 2018 9 The tournament is open to active duty, selective reservists, DoD civilians, DoD contractors, and dependent spouse women assigned to a command at NAS Jacksonville. Call the NAS Jax Gym to sign up by Feb. 15. The league is open to active duty, selective reservists, DOD civilians, DOD contractors, dependent spouses assigned to a command at NAS Jacksonville and retirees. The games are played in the evenings. The meeting will be interested personnel should attend the meeting to discuss rules and to get the required paperwork to join the league. The tournament is open to active duty, selective reservists, DoD civilians, DoD contractors, and dependent spouse men assigned to a command at NAS Jacksonville. Call the NAS Jax Gym to sign up by Feb. 22. The league is open to active duty, selective reservists, DOD civilians, DOD contractors, dependent spouses assigned up. The games are played at lunchtime on Tuesdays. The meeting will be held at the base gym in the classroom on cup points. All interested personnel should attend the meeting to discuss rules and to get the required paperwork to join the league. The league is open to active duty, selective reservists, DOD civilians, DOD contractors, dependent spouses assigned to a command at NAS Jacksonville and retirees. The games are played in the evenings on Tuesdays and Thursdays. The meeting will be held at the base gym in should attend the meeting to discuss rules and to get the required paperwork to join the league. The league is open to active duty, selective reservists, DOD civilians, DOD contractors, dependents at NAS Jacksonville and retirees. The games are played in the evenings. The meeting will be held at the base gym in the classroom on p.m. All interested personnel should attend the meeting to discuss rules and to get the required paperwork to join the league. We now have a professional tennis instructor on base to offer tennis lessons to all authorized MWR patrons. Interested personnel can contact the base gym at 542to make an appointment for a lesson. Private Lessons Additional hours if person takes more than two hours per Semi-Private (2 people) Lessons together For more information, call Bill Bonser at 5422930/3239 or e-mail Visit the MWR website at or nas jaxmwr. Standings As of Feb. 9 NAVFAC Gold 4 1 VP-62/NAVSUP FLCJ 4 1 CNATTU 1 4 FRC Blue 4 1 NMC/NAVY RESERVE 4 1 NAS Jax Sports Photo by Demi Cruz Valentine 5K Runners gather at the Antenna Farm for the annual Captain's Cup Valentine's Day 5K run Feb. 9. Command participants received points toward the Captain's Cup for running and even more for placing in the top three of their running category.


10 JAX AIR NEWS, NAS JACKSONVILLE, Thursday, February 15, 2018 Get Connected with MWR Community Recreation Call 542-3227 River Cove Catering & Conference Center Call 542-3041 Deweys Call 542-3521 Freedom Lanes Bowling Center Call 542-3493 p.m. Fitness, Sports & Aquatics Call 542-2930 Farm Visit for now available. information. treatments. For a complete list of center. MWR Digital Library register. The Liberty Recreation Center Trips & events are for all E1-E6 single or unaccompanied active duty members & reservists only. Call 5421335 for information. NAS Jax Golf Club Golf Course: 542-3249 Mulligans Restaurant: 542-2936 teams Mulberry Cove Marina Call 542-3260 Auto Skills Center Call 542-3681 Youth Activities Center Call 778-9772 Family Fitness Center Call 771-8469 Jax Navy Flying Club Call 542-8509 commercial Community Recreation Tickets Call 542-3318, Email directly at $20. promo What to do this year? Local Fun Trips! Current Ticket Promotions Include the Following: 22. For Florida residents only. Must be exchanged for applicable pass at a ticket booth at the Magic Kingdom, Epcot, Animal Kingdom or Hollywood Studios. Proof of a Florida be required to be shown at time of exchange. Acceptable forms of Florida Residency: Fla. Drivers License, Fla. State ID (must have Fla. Address or a Fla. Base Military ID). Tickets may not be used after June 24, 2018 Parking not included. No blackout dates. Tickets valid January 1, 2018 and expire December 19, 2018. Coming soon! (Redeemable through 12/31/18, ticket expires on this date) (Redeemable through 12/31/18, ticket expires on this date)