www.cnic.navy.mil/jacksonville www.jaxairnews.com VOL. 76 NO. 12 NAS J ACKSONVILLE F LA THURSDAY, MARCH 22, 2018 VP-8 In Japan, Australia Page 3 NAS JAX FITNESS Meet the Volunteer Instructors Pages 4-5 NAS JAX Recognizes TBI Month Page 8 By Lt. j.g. Nicholas Senecal and Lt. j.g. Christopher Pence VP-16 AWO1(NAC/AW) John Herrman was chosen as U.S. Fleet Forces Command 2018 Sailor of the Year (SOY) in Norfolk, Virginia during a cer emony hosted by the Hampton Roads Navy League, March 8. Herrman grew up in Elkheart, Kansas; a town of less than 2,000 residents bordering the Oklahoma state line. It was here that he learned lifelong lessons from his father and uncle that have and continue to guide him in all aspects of his life. I am fortunate enough to be my fathers son, Herrman said. He was always working two or three jobs, and I learned the value of hard work from him. Herrman also stated that it is not only effort but also the hard work of a collection of people who have led him to this point. Herrmans naval career began in 2003 when he arrived at Aircrew Rescue School in Pensacola, Florida. He has completed tours with Helicopter Anti-submarine Squadron (HSL) 6, HSL-10, Advanced Coast Guard Rescue Swimmer School and Patrol Squadron (VP) 30. Following a potentially career ending automobile accident, he was forced to transition platforms and rates, a daunting challenge considering the atmosphere of advancement and retention. He checked into VP-16 four and a half years ago as an electron ic warfare operator (EWO) and immediately set himself apart with his positive attitude and infectious motivation. His efforts did not go unno ticed by members of the Chiefs Mess who he credits for his accomplishments. Thank you for believing in a cross rate, forced conversion from another job and allow ing me to learn and serve, said Herrman, who serves as the acting aircrew office lead ing petty officer and is an EWO instructor. Herrman continues to posi tively impact the lives of oth ers and dedicates his efforts preparing the War Eagles for future deployments. In addition to mastering his professional field as an air crewman, Herrman volun teers his time as a coach for Special Olympics track and field and Fresh Start Surgical gifts. He has also earned his Bachelors Degree in Security Management and is currently pursuing a Masters Degree in Operational Management. Being a husband, father of four, instructor, volunteer and student, Herrman has no time to waste. He lives by his mantra, Make a one percent improvement every day. He doesnt search for the instant gratification or big jumps, but rather the constant reading, understanding, and gathering of information to constant ly and consistently improve his life and the lives of those around him. It is these principles that led him to become the VP-16 Sailor of the Year. Herrman was subsequently select ed Commander, Patrol and Reconnaissance Group Sailor of the Year, advancing to the Naval Air Forces Atlantic P-8A Poseidon supports missions in U.S. 5th Fleet From Commander, U.S. Naval Forces Central Command Public Affairs A P-8A Poseidon from the Mad Foxes of Patrol Squadron (VP) 5 supported maritime operations in U.S. 5th Fleet under Commander, Task Force (CTF) 57, Feb. 24 to March 3. The first time a P-8A had deployed to U.S. 5th Fleet since 2016, the aircraft conducted missions spanning the area of operation in the Arabian Gulf, Strait of Hormuz, Gulf of Oman, Red Sea and Arabian Sea. By having an asset deployed to Italy operate here in Bahrain, and to do so extremely well, we demon strate the inherent maneuverability of naval air forces and the ready, relevant posture of the maritime patrol and reconnaissance community, said Capt. Chris Flaherty, commodore of CTF 57. Though we planned this cross-combatant com mand interoperability as a proof of concept, it high lights how we can flow forces between theaters in a matter of hours to respond to crisis. We will continue to exercise these capabilities, in conjunction with our counterparts at CTF 67 in Italy and CTF 72 in Japan, to ensure we provide fleet commanders with crosscomponent options to cross-component threats. The aircraft participated in two long-range intel ligence, surveillance and reconnaissance missions, supported U.S. Navy ships as they transited through the Strait of Hormuz and provided an orientation flight for members of the Royal Saudi Naval Forces while conducting a mission over the Red Sea. It was a unique experience for our crew to work with the Saudi Arabian military, said VP-5 pilot Lt. Steve Mehr. Demonstrating the P-8As combat systems in an operational environment with our partners was an incredible experience. The dynamic 5th Fleet is the perfect place to demonstrate our versatility. The P-8A was also able to exercise its full command, control, communications and intelligence suite, shar ing their tactical picture in near real-time with CTF 50s USS Theodore Roosevelt Carrier Strike Group via exchange networks like Links 11 and 16. The P-8A Poseidon, the Navys newest maritime, patrol and reconnaissance aircraft, is a multi-mis sion capable replacement aircraft for the legacy P-3C Orion. It is a militarized version of the Boeing 737 and utilized for a wide-array of missions. U.S. 5th Fleet area of operations encompasses about 2.5 million square miles of water area and includes the Arabian Gulf, Gulf of Oman, Red Sea and parts of the Indian Ocean. The expanse is comprised of 20 countries and includes three critical choke points at the Strait of Hormuz, the Suez Canal and the Strait of Bab al Mandeb at the southern tip of Yemen. Photo courtesy of VP-5 A P-8A Poseidon (left) from Patrol Squadron (VP) 5 sits next to P-3 Orion assigned to VP-40, on the flight line. The Mad Foxes of VP-5, detached from Commander, Task Force (CTF) 67 to CTF 57, are supporting missions in U.S. 5th Fleet to demonstrate cross-combatant command interoperability, deter potential adversaries and to provide large-scale intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance collection. War Eagle named U.S. Fleet Forces Sailor of the Year Photo courtesy of VP-16 AWO1(NAC/AW) John Herrman of Patrol Squadron 16, works at his station aboard a P-8A Poseidon aircraft. Herrman, the squadron's Sailor of the Year, was recently selected as U.S. Fleet Forces Command Sailor of the Year. See VP-16 SOY, Page 7 By Yan Kennon Naval Hospital Jacksonville Public Affairs Senior Writer Capt. David Collins turned over leadership of Naval Hospital Jacksonville (comprised of a hospi tal and five branch health clinics) to Capt. Matthew Case during a change of command ceremony at the hospital on March 16. More than 500 staff, family, friends, and guests attended the time-honored Navy tradition at the hospital, presided over by Rear Adm. Anne Swap, commander of Navy Medicine East. Swap commended Collins leadership as commanding offi cer. From developing commu nity partnerships to launching not one but two ground-breaking pilots for Navy Medicine worldwide, Capt. Collins and Naval Hospital Jacksonville are leading from the front. Thank you for a job well done, keeping our Navy and Marine Corps family healthy, ready, and on the job. Swap presented Collins with the Legion of Merit Award on behalf of Vice Adm. C. Forrest Faison III, Navy surgeon general, for excep tionally meritorious conduct in the performance of outstanding ser vice. As I finish my command tour here at Naval Hospital Jacksonville, I want you to know what an honor and privilege it has been to be your commanding officer. I realize all too well that one of the great est jobs in my career is coming to an end, said Collins. I leave here both proud of, and humbled by, the staff (military, civilian, contract, and volunteer) at our hospital and five branch health clinics. You are leading the way for Navy Medicine and military medicine. Collins thanked the staff for achieving healthcare excellence; enabling readiness, health and partnerships; and being profes sional in everything they do. Capt. Case, you are taking com mand of the best hospital in Navy Medicine. You have a team that is committed to healing our nations heroes and their families. The team will exceed your expectations every day. They have the honor of taking care of the most deserving patients on the planet, Collins continued. The commands enrollees include active duty from five installations, 115 tenant com mands, and 53 operational plat forms. During Collins tenure, the command also supported 252 non-enrolled ships, squadrons, and other operational units. The Photo by Yan Kennon Capt. David Collins (left) turns over command of Naval Hospital (NH) Jacksonville to Capt. Matthew Case (as Rear Adm. Anne Swap, commander of Navy Medicine East, looks on) during a change of command ceremony at the hospital March 16. NH Jacksonville is the Navy's third largest medical treat ment facility, comprised of a hospital and five branch health clinics across Florida and Georgia. Naval Hospital Jacksonville changes command See HOSPITAL, Page 7
2 JAX AIR NEWS, NAS JACKSONVILLE, Thursday, March 22, 2018 First Coast Navy Fire & Emergency Services Fire Chief Mark Brusoe (right) presents Fire Rescue Officer Bill Strickland with a plaque commemorating his 28 years of duty with the Federal Fire Service as Assistant Fire Chief Gary Blaylock looks on. Strickland began his career at Naval Air Station (NAS) Cecil Field, transferring to NAS Jacksonville, Naval Station Mayport, closing out his service back at NAS Jacksonville. He was honored for his exceptional service to the community during a retirement luncheon March 13. 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. 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Michael Connor Command Master Chief CMDCM(AW/SW) Jeffery Waters Public Affairs Officer Kaylee LaRocque Public Affairs Specialist Julie Lucas Staff Writers Hannah Simmons Editor Reggie Jarrett Design/Layout George Atchley From Staff March 22 1820 Commodore Stephen Decatur dies after duel with Capt. James Barron. 1915 Naval Aviator replaces Navy Air Pilot for officers qualified as avia tors. 1929 Navy ships protect Americans and their property during Mexican rev olution. 1946 USS Missouri (BB-63) departs U.S. to return body of deceased Turkish ambassador to the U.S. back to Turkey for burial. 1955 A Douglas R6D of VR-3, assigned to Military Air Transport Service, crashed and exploded on Pali Kea Peak, 15 miles northwest of Honolulu, Hawaii, killing all on board. The 57 passengers and nine crewmem bers lost in this tragedy made it the worst heavier-than-air crash in naval aviation history. March 23 1815 USS Hornet captures HMS Penguin in battle lasting 22 minute.s 1882 SecNav Hunt issues General Order No. 292 creating Office of Naval Intelligence. 1945 Carriers begin pre-assault strikes on Okinawa, kamikaze attacks follow. 1958 First launch of simulated Polaris missile from submerged tactical launcher facility off Calif. 1965 Lt. Cmdr. John Young, pilot of Gemini 3, completed three orbits in four hours, 53 minutes at an altitude of 224 km. Recovery was by helicopters from USS Intrepid (CVS-11). March 24 1903 George Dewey commissioned Admiral of the Navy with the date of rank, March 2, 1899. He was the only person to hold this rank. March 25 1813 USS Essex takes Neryeda for first capture by U.S. Navy in Pacific. 1898 Assist. SecNav Theodore Roosevelt proposes Navy investi gate military application of Samuel Langleys flying machine, beginning the development of naval aviation. March 26 1942 Adm. King becomes both Chief of Naval Operations and Commander, U.S. Fleet. 1943 Battle of Komandorski Islands, prevents Japanese reinforcements from reaching Attu, Alaska. 1966 Operation Jackstay in Navys first amphibious assault in Vietnams inland waters. 1968 Operation Bold Dragon III begins in Mekong Delta. March 27 1794 Congress authorizes con struction of six frigates, including USS Constitution. 1799 USS Constitution recaptures American sloop Neutrality from France. 1880 USS Constellation departs New York with food for famine victims in Ireland. March 28 1800 Essex becomes first U.S. Navy vessel to pass Cape of Good Hope. 1814 HMS Phoebe and Cherub cap ture USS Essex off Valparaiso, Chile. Before capture, Essex had captured 24 British prizes during the War of 1812. 1848 USS Supply reaches the Bay of Acre, anchoring under Mount Carmel near the village of Haifa, during expe dition to explore the Dead Sea and the River Jordan. This Week in Navy History U.S. Navy photo Two Sailors and a civilian employee (center), work on an aircraft wing at the Assembly and Repair Department in September of 1943. Photo by Kaylee LaRocque Firefighter retires after 28 years NAS Jax Sailors making an impact in lives of children By Reggie Jarrett Editor Jax Air News Since the beginning of the year, six Sailors from Naval Air Station (NAS) Jacksonville have made the trip to Cedar Hills Elementary School to mentor a group of stu dents. Once a month we come out here and mentor these kids, said Lt. Kyron Bell, a Navy chaplain aboard NAS Jacksonville and coordinator of the mentoring pro gram. Other times we just come and do activities with them. The 12 students they are men toring are third, fourth and fifth graders. The children we are talking to have been identified as needing a little extra help, Bell said. We have been mentoring them with great success. We are imparting life lessons that can help them make good choices. Stacey Cox, school counselor for Cedar Hills Elementary School, said the program will benefit the students beyond the classroom. The kids are paired with some one who can help them to see their goals, see the potential they have and help them grow into great adults, she said. The Sailors also benefit from the mentoring program. They get the satisfaction of knowing they are doing some thing to help the community, Bell said. They have pride in knowing they are making a differ ence in these kids lives. Photos by Reggie Jarrett Six Sailors from Naval Air Station Jacksonville mentor a group of students at Cedar Hills Elementary School. The Sailors talk to the kids, help them with their schoolwork and even play games with them. The games are geared to getting the kids to open up and talk about their goals with the Sailors. Lt. Kyron Bell, a Navy chaplain aboard Naval Air Station (NAS) Jacksonville, mentors a student at Cedar Hills Elementary School March 13. Sailors from NAS Jacksonville mentor a group of students at the school once a month.
JAX AIR NEWS, NAS JACKSONVILLE, Thursday, March 22, 2018 3 Lt. j.g. Nathan Byam-Mooney VP-8 Public Affairs Officer Patrol Squadron (VP) 8 Fighting Tigers partici pated in a coordinated train ing exercise with members of the Japanese Maritime SelfDefense Force (JMSDF) Fleet Air Wing 4 (FAW-4) March 5-7 at Naval Air Facility Atsugi. The exercise demonstrated U.S. and Japanese interoper ability and tactical proficiency in a series of anti-submarine warfare and anti-surface war fare scenarios designed to pre pare participating units for real-world operations. During the exercise, VP-8 Combat Aircrew One (CAC-1) flew the P-8A Poseidon, whose next-generation capabilities allow for significant advanc es in coordinated collection, prosecution, and strike sce narios against both surface and sub-surface targets of interest. CAC-1 flew alongside FAW-4 in their Kawasaki P-1, the JMSDFs newest maritime patrol aircraft. The exercise also included an exchange flight, in which members from VP-8s CAC-7 and CAC-10 flew on the P-1 during the mission, while members from FAW-4 flew on the P-8A. This exercise allowed the aircrews of both squadrons to operate side-byside and fur ther their own training while demonstrating the capabilities of each aircraft. We always look forward to the opportunity to work coordinated events with the JMSDF, said Lt. Moira Casey, tactical coordinator of CAC-10. Today was a great chance to see operations from their new est maritime patrol aircraft. I believe our future coordinated missions will be more success ful based on the experience we gained today. The U.S. Navy and JMSDF work closely together in a num ber of warfare areas through a shared interest in preserv ing peace and theater security cooperation throughout the Indo Pacific. Coordinated operations such as this promote the shared commitment to freedom of navigation, respect for interna tional law and unimpeded and lawful commerce. Lt. j.g. Brent Thompson VP-8 The Fighting Tigers of Patrol Squadron (VP) 8 traveled to Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) Base Edinburgh in Adelaide, Australia to participate in Exercise Ocean Explorer, Feb. 25 to March 7. The second itera tion of one of the Australian navys larg est war games included complex and diverse warfare scenarios in anti-air warfare, anti-submarine warfare, and anti-surface warfare mission areas over a three-week period. Ocean Explorer featured a diverse series of maritime warfare training scenarios designed to challenge the Navys top warfighters to achieve sea control. Participants included two sub marines, 10 ships, and embarked air craft from Australia, New Zealand, the United Kingdom and the United States. Led by Mission Commander Lt. Kevin Willett, Combat Aircrew (CAC) 11 and the Fighting Tigers maintenance team demonstrated the tactical proficiency and advanced capabilities of the P-8A. VP-8 was hosted by members of the RAAF No. 11 Squadron, Australias maritime patrol squadron which also operates the P-8A Poseidon. This unique opportunity to expand interop erability not only provided insight and training to both squadrons, but also built upon the rich history of the United States and Australias maritime part nership. U.S. 7th Fleet, which celebrates its 75th anniversary this month, was born in Brisbane, Australia. The opportunity to work with our Royal Australian Air Force counterparts was both incredibly rewarding and a positive experience for both squad rons, said Lt. Ryan Dendler, VP-8s detachment aircraft commander. Their professionalism and dedication to excellence is evident in everything they have contributed to this exercise. Among the many highlights of the detachment, CAC-11 was privileged to host members from the Royal New Zealand Air Force No. 5 Squadron on board their aircraft. The Fighting Tigers demonstrated to their guests the nextgeneration acoustic capabilities of the P-8A Poseidon. It was a great privilege to showcase the United States newest maritime patrol platform to a partner nation, said AWO2 Brandon Chall. Photo by AWO2 Christina Marcano AWO2 Mitchell Nelson (left) assigned to Patrol Squadron 8, gives a tour of a P-8A Poseidon to members of the Japanese Maritime Self Defense Force Fleet Air Wing 4, during a coordinated training exercise. Photo by Lt. Patrick Murphy The Fighting Tigers of Patrol Squadron 8 Combat Air Crew 1 participated in a coordinated training exercise with the Japanese Maritime Self Defense Force Fleet Air Wing 4 March 5-7. Fighting Tigers promote interoperability with the Japanese Maritime Self-Defense Force Photo by Lt. j.g. Dylan Spencer Lt. j. g. Brent Thompson (left) and Lt. Kevin Willett, assigned to Patrol Squadron 8 Combat Air Crew 11, demonstrate the P-8As capabilities to the tactical coordinator from Royal Australian Air Force Squadron No.11, during Exercise Ocean Explorer. VP-8 participates in Australian navy fleet exercise Ocean Explorer
4 JAX AIR NEWS, NAS JACKSONVILLE, Thursday, March 22, 2018 By Julie M. Lucas NAS Jacksonville Public Affairs The Naval Air Station Jacksonville Fitness Center and Gym offers more than 15 different group class options and half of those classes are taught by volunteers. According to Fitness Director Jill Sheppard, it is because of the volunteers they can have such a wide variety to offer. Our volunteers make our pro gram well-rounded and shine, said Sheppard. We recently added swing dancing and a martial arts class, so there is something for everyone. The volunteers have a variety of rea sons they personally became involved with volunteering as an instructor, but most of them agree, it is because they love what they do. I was taking classes on the base and the instructor left and they didnt have anyone else, so it pushed me to get my certification, said Deonne Noe Freeman, who teaches Cardio Jam and Zumba. My favorite part about coming to classes is seeing all the smiling faces. Many of the spinning instructors are volunteers, including Charles Chuck Kerekes, who teaches an express spin on Tuesdays at 11:15 a.m., which lasts 30 minutes. For those looking for a new type of class, check out Mixxed Fit, which is dancing to popular songs, with bootcamp type exercises added to make it more challenging. This class is offered at 5:30 p.m. on Thursdays and is taught by volunteer instructor Shavon Stokes. One instructor encourages those who feel intimidated by choreography, to give Zumba classes a shot. Volunteers teach classes at NAS Jax Fitness Center Naval Air Station Jacksonville fitness instructor volunteer Noe Freeman yells out a movement during her Cardio Jam class, held at noon on Wednesdays. Freeman has volunteered as an instructor since 2013. Meet The Volunteer Instructors See FITNESS, Page 5 Jovaun Brown Hometown: Asbury Park, New Jersey Education: Bachelors in exercise science, Bujinkan Budo Taijutsu master instructor. What do you teach? I teach Japanese classical martials of the feudal age period of Japan. Navy and martial arts life experience as a way to show appreciation for the opportunity to serve my country. I simply enjoy working with people and assisting them on their goals related to martial practices. Off-duty: I train to improve on my skills to teach, spend time with family and I have a part-time job on base at the passenger air terminal. Hometown: Pennsylvania Education: What do you teach? Spin classes. The students who take the class. Off-duty: I enjoy riding my motorcycle, going to the gun range, hanging out with my spouse and our dog. Andrea Freeman Hometown: Lima, Ohio but lived in Japan for 17 years before coming here. Education: Off-duty: I hangout with my teenage son, lift weights, read books, attend plays and concerts and travel. Terry Crawford Hometown: Tuscaloosa, Alabama Education: What do you teach? Naval Station Mayport. the class. I volunteered to teach and in the middle of class, Barbara looked in, remembered me, and with employment paperwork in hand, hired me on the spot. Off-duty: with family and friends, enjoy movies, music, volunteering in the community, mentoring young people, traveling, exploring new places, foods, art, beaches.
JAX AIR NEWS, NAS JACKSONVILLE, Thursday, March 22, 2018 5 Photos by Julie M. Lucas Volunteer step instructor Terry Crawford (right) demonstrates a move during his Wednesday 4:15 p.m. class at the Naval Air Station Jacksonville Fitness Center. Crawford has been teaching classes for more than 17 years. Meet The Volunteer Instructors Many people are afraid to try Zumba because they think they cant dance, are uncoordinated or have no rhythm, but I tell them it is not about dancing, coordina tion or rhythm but more about achieving cardio fitness, said Terry Crawford. Crawford has been teaching fitness classes for more than 17 years and can be seen at the Fitness Center in the evenings often teaching back-to-back classes. If my class is not sweat ing, cheering or having a good time, then Im not doing my job, he said. Other Zumba classes are taught by volunteer instruc tors such as Andrea Freeman at 11 a.m. on Tuesdays or a two-hour Zumba party on Saturdays with Crawford, Amirah Azziz and Tonya Martin. The party is great because we combine all of our differ ent styles and you get one big work-out, Crawford said. Class schedules and hours of operation can be found at the gym and fitness center or online at www.navymwrjack sonville.com under Fitness and Recreation on both the gym and fitness pages. FITNESS From Page 4 Tonya Martin Hometown: Education: What do you teach? that assistance for someone else. Interacting with the wonderful patrons, fellow instructors and Off-duty: Hometown: Education: What do you teach? shell, seeing and hearing others who have made better choices in their health and have had great news from their doctor. The camaraderie we share as a group. Off-duty: I enjoy hanging out with my husband. David Santillo Hometown: Orlando Education: What do you teach? I was asked by a former instructor and encouraged by class members. results from hard work. Best of all, when they thank you for volunteering and teaching classes. Off-duty: Ebony Solomon Hometown: Education: What do you teach? truly grateful for the support I receive from the active duty members, retirees, dependents, contractors, civilian workers and family members. Off-duty: Hometown: Lake Station, Indiana Education: shape while listening to music you hear every day. open arms and have taught me so much. The students really love what we do as well that makes it all worth it. Off-duty: I mostly hang out with friends cooking, eating, and going out to enjoy Jacksonville.
6 JAX AIR NEWS, NAS JACKSONVILLE, Thursday, March 22, 2018 By Sue Brink NAVFAC Southeast Public Affairs Officer Naval Facilities Engineering Command (NAVFAC) Southeast Deputy Operations Officer John Knox celebrated the conclusion of his U.S. Navy civil service career during a luncheon roast at the River Cove Catering and Conference Center aboard Naval Air Station (NAS) Jacksonville Feb. 21. Family, friends and co-workers gathered to celebrate his more than 35 years of dedicated ser vice. NAVFAC Southeast Business Director Jeff Killian served as host and retirement roast mas ter of ceremonies. I could not think of some one that was more competent or dedicated in the position for which they serve, said Killian. John has been a consummate leader and today we lose one of the great ones. Knox, a civil engineer ing graduate of The Citadel Military College in Charleston, South Carolina, has spent his entire adult career serving as a civilian for the U.S. Navy begin ning his service as a structural engineer in 1982 with what was then called Southern Division in Charleston, SC. His work took him to Kings Bay, Georgia, where from 1986 to1987 he worked as the Resident Officer In Charge of Construction (ROICC) project engineer dur ing the $1.4 billion construction program for Naval Submarine Base Kings Bay. Knox served in increas ing positions of responsibil ity at Southern Division until 2001 when he made the move to Naples, Italy to serve as the deputy assistant operations officer working closely with NATO, USAFE and other major clients on programs valued at more than $1 billion. His final move came in 2006, when he moved his family back to the continental U.S. to Jacksonville to serve as the NAVFAC Southeast deputy operations officer, his final position with the Navy. NAVFAC has truly been a great place to work. Ive had fantastic professional and personal growth opportu nities here and abroad, said Knox. The men and women in NAVFAC are tasked with a difficult job, covering an enor mous spectrum of responsibili ties and make it look easy every day. Many friends and colleagues spoke of their time working with Knox over the years. Ive worked with John since 1983. Little did I know that wed both end up on the leadership team with NAVFAC Southeast 35 years later, said longtime friend and colleague Jack McCarthy, NAVFAC Southeast Capital Improvements Business Line coordinator. John genu inely cares about the success of NAVFAC and our supported commands. He is passionate in his decisions and forward thinking about the future of the organization. John will be missed. Knox was especially touched by the turnout for his lun cheon and said this, I will always be proud of the NAVFAC teams accomplishments and will most definitely miss my NAVFAC family as I move to the next phase of my life. Knox officially retired March 3. NAVFAC Southeast deputy operations officer retires after 35 years of service Photo by Sue Brink Naval Facilities Engineering Command (NAVFAC) Southeast Executive Officer Capt. Gil Manalo presents NAVFAC Southeast Deputy Operations Officer John Knox with a framed map of the NAVFAC Southeast area of responsibility, that includes 17 Public Works Departments and two Resident Officers in Charge of Construction offices in the Southeastern United States and Cuba. Knox officially retired March 3 after more than 35 years of dedicated service to the U.S. Navy. IT1 Tyler Simonsen of Naval Air Station Jacksonville (left), his son, Ryan Simonsen, and father Dave Simonsen (right), meet pro-golfer Billy Hurley III (center) at Arnold Palmer's Bay Hill Club and Lodge March 13. Simonsen, the command's 2018 Senior Sailor of the Year, was presented a three-day visit to Walt Disney World and Epcot Center courtesy of the Billy Hurley III Foundation which supports military families. U.S. Navy Photos NAS Jax Sailor earns family trip to Orlando IT1 Tyler Simonsen (left) of Naval Air Station Jacksonville, his son, Ryan, 9, and father, Dave Simonsen, enjoy spending some quality time together at Walt Disney World in Orlando March 11. Simonsen, the command's 2018 Senior Sailor of the Year, was given the three-day trip courtesy of the Billy Hurley III Foundation which was created to support the sacrifices of mili tary families. Photos by Reggie Jarrett USO sponsored golf tournament tees off A golfer waves as he heads out on the course for the start of the USO Troop Championship Golf Tournament aboard Naval Air Station Jacksonville March 16. The Naval Air Station Color Guard were part of the opening ceremony for the USO Troop Championship Golf Tournament March 16. 144 golfers participated in the annual event. Ryan Flowers tees off on the first tee during the 15th Annual USO Troops Championship Golf Tournament aboard Naval Air Station Jacksonville March 16. Mike O'Brien (right), executive director of the Greater Jacksonville Area USO, receives a check for $2,500 from Brad Smith, vice-president VyStar Credit Union Naval Air Station (NAS) Jacksonville to help fund the USO Troop Championship Golf Tournament March 16. Thanks to sponsors like VyStar, the 92 active duty Sailors that participated in the tournament were able to play for free.
JAX AIR NEWS, NAS JACKSONVILLE, Thursday, March 22, 2018 7 (CNAL) Sailor of the Year selection board. Once again, Herrmans profession alism and dedication led to his selec tion as Commander, Naval Air Force Atlantic Sailor of the Year. On March 9, Herrman completed his final evaluation and was named the U.S. Fleet Forces Command Sailor of the Year having competed against seven finalists during a weeklong process of board interviews and leadership cours es. This quest to be a chief petty offi cer in the U.S. Navy started for me a long time ago, and I have been extreme ly fortunate throughout my life, said Herrman. In May, Herrman will be meritori ously promoted to chief petty offi cer in Washington, DC by Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) Adm. John Richardson. The Sailor of the Year Program was established in 1972 by then CNO, Adm. Elmo Zumwalt and Master Chief Petty Officer of the Navy John Whittet to rec ognize one Atlantic and Pacific Fleet Sailor who represents the best of the Navy by demonstrating both profes sional and personal dedication. command deployed 127 staff on com bat and humanitarian missions around the world, as well as 58 staff in sup port of Continuing Promise and Pacific Partnership. The command celebrated its 75th Anniversary on July 1, 2016, dedicating a time capsule to be opened in 2066. In October 2016, NH Jacksonville launched Navy Medicines pilot of val ue-based care, which defines success based on each patients unique goals. Its a team approach organized around medical conditions, with diabetes and musculoskeletal care teams. In January 2018, NH Jacksonville launched Navy Medicines pilot of vir tual health. The Navy Care app enables patients (at any location) to have a vir tual visit with a clinician, by using a smartphone, tablet, or computer. The hospital performed Navy Medicines first outpatient, same-day hip replacement surgery in January 2018. Branch Health Clinic Jacksonville recently opened a lactation suite for active duty moms, the first of its kind in Navy Medicine. The family medicine residen cy program won the 2018 and 2017 Outstanding Achievement in Scholarly Activity awards from the Uniformed Services Academy of Family Physicians, and maintained its 100 percent board certification pass rate. Three command physicians were recognized as Health Care Heroes by the Jacksonville Business Journal. One command nurse won the Spirit Award (and five oth ers were recognized as final ists) in First Coast Magazines Celebration of Nurses. All six facilities earned the Navy Surgeon Generals Health Promotion and Wellness Blue H Award. As part of its commitment to patient safety, the command hosted a High Reliability in Healthcare Summit in April 2017, with experts from health care, aviation, and submarine communities. The hospital is also developing community partnerships to maintain and enhance the clinical capabili ties of command staff. Collins successfully guid ed the command through 27 inspections, including a survey by The Joint Commission, which resulted in Gold Seal of Approval re-accreditation. The National Committee for Quality Assurance granted highest-level recog nition to Medical Home Port teams at the command. During Collins tour, the command provided 1,293,854 medical and 119,075 dental visits; performed 9,660 surgeries; admitted 5,091 patients; filled 2,053,783 prescriptions; performed 1,819,573 laboratory tests; and delivered 2,209 babies. Collins, a native of Avoca, Michigan, is a Medical Service Corps officer, com missioned in 1991. He assumed leader ship of NH Jacksonville on May 6, 2016. Collins now embarks on a new assign ment as executive assistant to the Navy surgeon general. Case, NH Jacksonvilles newest com manding officer, previously served as executive officer of Naval Medical Center Portsmouth. A native of New Hampshire, he was commissioned as a Medical Service Corps officer in 1994. Case acknowledged the exception ally high standard set by Collins. Im honored to take command of Naval Hospital Jacksonville. I look forward to maintaining the momentum created by Capt. Collins and continuing to move us forward, said Case. HOSPITAL From Page 1 VP-16 SOY From Page 1 Photo by Yan Kennon Capt. David Collins (right), Naval Hospital (NH) Jacksonville commanding officer, receives the Legion of Merit Award from Rear Adm. Anne Swap, commander of Navy Medicine East, on behalf of Vice Adm. C. Forrest Faison III, Navy surgeon general, during a change of command ceremony at the hospital March 16. The award recognizes Collins exception ally meritorious conduct in the performance of outstanding service during his tour as com manding officer. Collins passed on leadership of NH Jacksonville to Capt. Matthew Case.
8 JAX AIR NEWS, NAS JACKSONVILLE, Thursday, March 22, 2018 NMCRS fund drive kicks off at NH Jax Capt. David Collins, Naval Hospital Jacksonville commanding officer, along with Monika Woods, Naval Air Station (NAS) Jacksonville Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society (NMCRS) director, and HM1 Jade Milar, NMCRS coordinator for the hospital, cut the ceremonial cake kicking off this years NMCRS fund drive at the hospital. Last year the NAS Jacksonville active duty fund drive raised more than $340,000. NMCRS is a non-profit, volunteer service organization which helps clients improve their personal financial skills and encourages individual financial responsibility. By Yan Kennon Public Affairs Senior Writer, Naval Hospital Jacksonville National Brain Injury Awareness Month is a time to recognize the millions of Americans living with trau matic brain injury (TBI)-related disabilities. TBI is caused by a bump, blow or jolt to the head, or penetrating head injury that disrupts the normal function of the brain. However not all blows or jolts to the head result in a TBI. Its a major cause of death and disability in the U.S., contributing to about 30 per cent of all injury deaths each year, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Everyone is at risk for a TBI, especially children and older adults, said Kirsten Pollick, Ph.D., Naval Hospital (NH) Jacksonvilles neuropsycholo gist and TBI program director. Know the signs and symptoms of TBI and seek proper care. Physical signs and symptoms of TBI include headache, fuzzy or blurry vision, nausea or vomiting (early on), dizziness, sensitivity to noise or light, bal ance problems, or feeling tired or having no energy. Some symptoms might appear right away, while others might not be noticed for days or months after injury. Children with a brain injury can have the same symptoms as adults, but its often harder for them to let others know. According to the CDC, about 75 percent of TBIs that occur each year are concussions or other forms of mild TBI. Repeated mild TBIs occurring over an extended period of time can result in cumulative neu rological and cognitive deficits. Repeated mild TBIs occurring within short periods of time (hours, days, or weeks) can be catastrophic or fatal. Leading causes of TBI include falls, being hit by an object, and motor vehi cle crashes. According to the Defense and Veterans Brain Injury Center, active duty and reservists are at increased risk of sustaining a TBI compared to their civilian peers, as a result of several factors: demograph ics (age), operational and train ing activities, and deployment to areas that put service mem bers at risk for experiencing blast exposures (such as impro vised explosive devices, suicide bombers, and grenades). TBI is a serious condition. Individuals with suspected brain injuries should seek medical care immediately by contacting their Medical Home Port team to schedule an urgent care appointment, or for emer gencies going to the emergency room or calling 911. NH Jacksonville patients can be evaluated by the hos pitals TBI screening program after receiving a consultation or referral from their Medical Home Port team, Deployment Health Center, Neurology, or Behavioral Health. To find out more about the hospitals TBI program, call the program manager at 904546-6331. For more on deploy ment services, contact the Deployment Health Center at 904-546-7099. To learn more about brain injury awareness visit the CDC website at https://www.cdc.gov. By Public Affairs, Naval Hospital Jacksonville The American Red Cross at Naval Hospital (NH) Jacksonville is currently recruiting for this summers Junior Red Cross volunteers. This offers an excellent opportunity for students, interested in health care careers, to volunteer along side highly skilled Navy Medicine professionals physicians, nurses, therapists, and technicians as well as contribute to a positive experience for patients at the hospital. This years program is limited to 20 high school stu dents age 15 to 17 who have base access. Volunteers work four to 20 hours per week in locations through out the hospital. Those interested should apply online by April 13, at www.redcross.org/local/florida/north-florida/volun teer. At the website, scroll down the page and click Youth Volunteer Application. Create a Red Cross ID, or sign in if you already have one. Fill out the applica tion, select Northeast Florida Chapter (North Florida Region). After submitting the application, complete the online orientation and print and sign the parental consent/media release and confidential information and intellectual property agreement (CIIPA) forms. All applicants are required to attend a kick-off event (which includes an interview) Saturday June 9, from 10 a.m. to noon in the hospitals second deck conference room in the central tower (next to the hospital cha pel). Applicants must be accompanied by a parent or guardian (no exceptions). Orientation will be held at the hospitals Staff Education and Training, in build ing 2004, June 11 and 12 (8 a.m. to 3 p.m.). Volunteers report to NH Jacksonvilles Immunizations Clinic for TB test results June 13, at 10 a.m., and can begin their first day of volunteer service. The youth volunteer programs last day is July 27, and includes a Youth Appreciation Day from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the hospitals second deck conference room. For more information, call NH Jacksonvilles American Red Cross representatives at 904-542-7525. Brain Injury: Know the signs Photo by Jacob Sippel Noah Duncan, Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) Program Coordinator at Naval Hospital Jacksonville, discusses brain health with a Sailor. March is brain injury awareness month. TBI can severely reduce performance and can occur when an out side force impacts the head with enough force to move the brain within the skull, resulting in a direct injury to the brain. Naval Hospital Jacksonville accepting junior volunteer applications through April 13 Photo by Jacob Sippel Justin Delacruz, a Junior Red Cross volunteer last summer, hands check-in paperwork to a Naval Hospital (NH) Jacksonville ophthalmology patient. NH Jacksonvilles Junior Red Cross program offers an opportunity for students, interested in healthcare careers, to volunteer alongside highly skilled Navy Medicine professionals and contribute to a positive experience for patients. Photo by Jacob Sippel rf rrf ntb r r r r r f rr
JAX AIR NEWS, NAS JACKSONVILLE, Thursday, March 22, 2018 9 assigned to a command at NAS Jacksonville and retirees Tuesdays. The entry form and roster is due. a command at NAS Jacksonville and retirees. The games are played in the evenings on Tuesdays and Thursdays. The entry form and roster is due. and retirees. The games are played in the evenings. The entry form and roster is due. and retirees. The games are played at lunchtime. The entry form and roster is due. The tournament is open to active duty, selective reservists, men assigned to a command at NAS Jacksonville. The The tournament is open to active duty, selective reservists, men assigned to a command at NAS Jacksonville. The For more information, call Bill Bonser at 5422930/3239 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org Standings As of March 16 Winter Golf Skeet NAS Jax Buffs 1 5 NAS Jax Sports Photo by Morgan Kehnert Three-peat for NAVFAC SE Of the 47 commands competing for 2017 Captain's Cup aboard Naval Air Station Jacksonville, Naval Facilities Engineering Command (NAVFAC) Southeast took home the trophy for the third consecutive year. NAVFAC finished the year with a total 1,090 points participating in 27 out of 35 Captain's Cup events.
10 JAX AIR NEWS, NAS JACKSONVILLE, Thursday, March 22, 2018 Get Connected with MWR navymwrjacksonville.com facebook.com/nasjaxmwr twitter.com/nasjaxmwr instagram.com/nasjaxmwr email@example.com Community Recreation Call 542-3227 River Cove Catering & Conference Center Call 542-3041 Deweys Call 542-3521 Freedom Lanes Bowling Center Call 542-3493 League Fitness, Sports & Aquatics Call 542-2930 Visit www.navymwrjacksonville.com of operation. center. The Liberty Recreation Center Trips & events are for all E1-E6 single or unaccompanied active duty members & reservists only. Call 542-1335 for information. NAS Jax Golf Club Golf Course: 542-3249 Mulligans Restaurant: 542-2936 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 Community Recreation Call 542-3318, Email directly at firstname.lastname@example.org What to do this year? Local Fun Trips! Current Ticket Promotions Include the Following: Hopper. 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 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. (Redeemable through 12/31/18, ticket expires on this date) (Redeemable through 12/31/18, ticket expires on this date) Photo by Demi M. Cruz Looking for a pot of gold? Nearly 200 runners came out to run the Leprechaun Dash 5K March 16 at the Naval Air Station (NAS) Jacksonville Antenna Farm. Medals were given to the top runners in each age group. On-site sponsor First Command held a drawing for a Fitbit 2 and distributed water to race finishers. Age groups included 50 & over, 40-49, 30-39, 24-29, 18-23 and 17 & under. Neither NAS Jacksonville, MWR nor Jax Air News or any part of the federal government, officially endorses any company or sponsor or their products or services.
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