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PAGE 1 VOL. 76 NO. 13 NAS J ACKSONVILLE F LA THURSDAY, MARCH 29, 2018 VP-30 Raises Funds for NMCRS Page 3 CS EXAMS Page 4 NH JAX Page 7 By Reggie Jarrett Editor Jax Air News Personnel from Naval Air Station (NAS) Jacksonvilles Environmental Department and gun ners mates from Navy Munitions Command (NMC) Atlantic Fleet Detachment Jacksonville went out looking for a gopher tortoise on base March 14, but found some thing entirely different. They found part of a tail wing from a crashed World War II-era Vought F4U Corsair fighter plane. Corsairs were stationed aboard NAS Jacksonville from 1943 to 1954 according to Ron Williamson, safe ty manager for NAS Jacksonville and unofficial base historian. Corsairs were used by 15 base squadrons, he said. Fleet Readiness Center Southeast worked on 2,872 Corsairs over a ten-year period. Williamson estimates that there have been as many as 100 plane crashes on NAS Jacksonville over the years. By Reggie Jarrett Editor Jax Air News A Sailor stationed aboard Naval Air Station (NAS) Jacksonville will be one of about 265 service members and veterans to participate in the 2018Department of Defense Warrior Games in Colorado Springs, Colorado. CS2 Mario Ingram will com pete in wheelchair basketball, seated volleyball, power lifting and track and field during the games, which be held at the Air Force AcademyJune 2-9. The games are open to wounded, ill and injured ser vice members from the U.S. military branches, as well as the United Kingdom and Australian Armed Forces. Ingram, in the Navy for eight years, was diagnosed with Stage 2 Non-Hodgkins Lymphoma in 2016. After sur gery and a course of chemo therapy, the cancer is now in remission. Because of the illness, Ingram was eligible to par ticipate in the Warrior Games. Although, when he wasfirst approached about it, he wanted no part of it. I didnt want to be bothered with anything, Ingram said. Despite the reluctance, Ingram decided to compete in the games in 2017. I gave it a chance and I ended up liking it, he said. Ingram played on the seated volleyball team, which won a team gold medal. He also com peted on the archery team, which won a bronze medal. He hopes to repeat the suc cess at this years games, but it is the camaraderie with the athletes that has made the big gest impact on Ingram. I made friends for life, he said of his fellow athletes. I love those guys. I cant wait to see them again. He will see them in April when the team meets for train NAVFAC Southeast participates in Engineering Career Day Naval Facilities Engineering Command (NAVFAC) Southeast civilians and military per sonnel participated in the Jacksonville District U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACOE) 2018 Engineering Career Day Feb. 23. The annual event introduces high school stu dents to engineering as a career by presenting hands-on activities, providing interaction with engineers from the government, private industry, and several university representatives, as well as providing a road map on how to become an engi neer. The teams are given a problem that incorporates math, science and engineering principles, said NAVFAC Southeast Chief Engineer Jack McCarthy. They bring their completed projects to the Army Corps offices and compete with one another based on aesthetics, quality of construction, engineering soundness and esprit de corps. I have been honored to serve as a judge at this highly competitive com petition for the last seven years. More than 90 students from ten different public and private schools in northeast and central Florida attended the event. The daylong competition is co-sponsored by the Jacksonville District USACOE and the Society of American Engineers (SAME) and has been for 16 years. The event is one of the major events of Northeast Florida Engineers Week. The event challenged student teams to compete in building and entering a take home project, com NAS Jax Sailor to compete in Warrior Games Tail wing section from crashed WWII-era plane found on base Courtesy photos Photo by Reggie Jarrett Photo courtesy Ron Williamson Photo by Jeffrey Hamlin Command Southeast information booth at the See INGRAM, Page 9 See WING, Page 9 See ENGINEERING, Page 9 NOFFS Page 5


2 JAX AIR NEWS, NAS JACKSONVILLE, Thursday, March 29, 2018 The JAX AIR NEWS JAX AIR NEWS S hall JAX AIR NEWS JAX AIR NEWS, The JAX AIR NEWS Advertising Sales Commanding Officer Executive Officer Command Master Chief Jeffery Waters Public Affairs Officer Public Affairs Specialist Staff Writer Hannah Simmons Editor Reggie Jarrett Design/Layout This Week in Navy History March 29 1954 Carrier aircraft begin recon naissance near Dien Bien Phu, Indochina. 1960 Launch of first fully inte grated Fleet Ballistic Missile from USS Observation Island (T-AGM-23). 1973 Naval Advisory Group and Naval forces, Vietnam disestablished and last U.S. prisoners of war left Vietnam. 1975 Evacuation of Da Nang by sea begun. March 30 1944 First use of torpedo squad rons from carriers to drop aerial mines (Palau Harbor). 1972 Easter Offensive begins in Vietnam. March 31 1854 Commodore Matthew C. Perry and Japanese officials sign the Treaty of Kanagawa, opening trade between U.S. and Japan. The treaty also provided pro tection for American merchant seamen wrecked in Japanese waters. 1917 Rear Adm. James H. Oliver takes possession of the Danish West Indies for the United States, and they are renamed the U.S. Virgin Islands. He also becomes the first governor of the islands under American control. 1945 USS Morrison (DD 560) and USS Stockton (DD 646) sink the Japanese submarine I 8, 65 miles south east of Okinawa. 1992 USS Missouri (BB-63), the last active American battleship, is decom missioned. Commissioned in June 1944, she served during World War II, notably for the location of the official Japanese surrender on Sept. 2, 1945. Today, the Mighty Mo is open for visitors in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, as the Battleship Missouri Memorial, under the care of the USS Missouri Memorial Association, Inc. 1993 Two 2 EP-3E aircraft, from Fleet Air Reconnaissance Squadron 2 (VQ2), are on station over the Adriatic pro viding crucial support to the delivery of humanitarian air drops over east ern Bosnia-Herzegovina in Operation Provide Promise. This operation becomes the longest running humani tarian airlift in history at the time and operates from February 1993 to January 1996. April 1 1893 Navy General Order 409 estab lishes the rank of Chief Petty Officer. 1899 A landing party of 60 men from USS Philadelphia (C 4) and a force of 100 friendly natives join 62 men from HMS Porpoise and Royal Isle in Samoa to establish order over Samoan throne. 1943 USS Shad (SS 235) torpedoes and damages the Italian blockade run ner Pietro Orseolo, shortly after the Italian ship reaches the Bay of Biscay and her escort of four German destroy ers. 1945 Under heavy naval gunfire and aircraft support, U.S. Army and U.S. Marine Corps troops begin the invasion of Okinawa, the last major amphibious assault of World War II. 1948 Helicopter Utility Squadron ONE and TWO (HU-1 and HU-2), both known as the Fleet Angels, were formed from the newly decommissioned Helicopter Development Squadron THREE (VX-3) at Lakehurst, New Jersey. These were the Navys first two helicop ter squadrons. 1991 USS Marvin Shields (FF 1066) arrives at her home port of San Diego, Calif. She is the first West Coast ship to return to CONUS from Operation Desert Storm. 2007 The last US Navy T-2C Buckeye, assigned to VX-20, retires to Patuxent River Naval Air Museum. April 2 1781 During the American Revolution, the Continental frigate Alliance, commanded by John Barry, captures the British privateers Mars and Minerva off the coast of France. 1916 Lt. R.C. Saufley sets an altitude record for a Navy aircraft, 16,072 feet in a Curtiss pusher type hydroplane at Pensacola, Fla., bettering the record he set on March 29 that was set with a record of 16,010 feet. 1943 USS Tunny (SS 282) sinks the Japanese transport No.2 Toyo Maru west of Truk. 1951 Two F9F-2B Panthers of VF-191, each loaded with four 250and two 100-pound general-purpose bombs, are catapulted from USS Princeton (CV 37) for an attack on a railroad bridge near Songjin, North Korea. This mission is the first US Navy use of a jet fighter as a bomber. 1960 After floods cause destruction at Paramaribo, Suriname, USS Glacier (AGB 4) begins 12 days of relief oper ations, providing helicopter and boat transportation and emergency supplies to the residents. 1991 USS Chicago (SSN 721) arrives at San Diego, Calif., homeport following Operation Desert Storm. During the sixmonth deployment, the attack subma rine works with US and coalition forces deployed to the Southwest Asia area of operations, conducting surveillance and reconnaissance operations. April 3 1797 Capt. Thomas Truxtun issues the first known American signal book using a numerary system entitled, Instructions, Signals, and Explanations, Ordered for the United States Fleet. 1942 Admiral Chester W. Nimitz, is named Commander-in-Chief, Pacific Ocean Areas (CINCPOA) and also retains the title of Commander-in-Chief, Pacific Fleet (CINCPAC). 1943 USS Haddock (SS 231) sinks Japanese fleet tanker Arima Maru north of Palau, and USS Pickerel (SS 177) sinks Japanese submarine chaser Ch 1. 1944 USS Sanders (DE 40), tank landing ship (LST 127), and two infan try landing crafts occupy Mejit Island, Marshall Islands and defeat Japanese force. 1991 USS America (CV 66), along with USS Normandy (CG 60), and USS William V. Pratt (DDG 44) transit the Suez Canal en route to CONUS after pro viding support for Operations Desert Storm and Desert Shield. 1992 The first five co-ed recruit companies from Recruit Training Command, Naval Training Center, Orlando, Fla., graduate. BRAC recom mends closure the following year. April 4 1776 Continental Navy Frigate Columbus captures the British schooner HMS Hawk, making the first American capture of a British armed vessel. Columbus later captures the British brig Bolton. 1854 American and British naval bri gades of 90 and 150 men engage Chinese Imperial troops at Shanghai after acts of aggression against American and British citizens. The American party fell under the command of Cmdr. J. Kelly, the com manding officer of USS Plymouth. 1933 USS Akron (ZRS-4)crashes tailfirst into the sea due to a violent storm coming off the New Jersey coast, killing Rear Adm. William A. Moffett, Medal of Honor recipient and the first Chief of the Bureau of Aeronautics, along with 75 others. Only three survive. 1943 USS Porpoise (SS 172) sinks the Japanese whaling ship Koa Maru near Eniwetok. 1949 The North Atlantic Treaty is signed in Washington, D.C., establishing the North Atlantic Treaty Organization. The treaty promotes peace, stability, and well-being in the North Atlantic area with a collective defense effort. 1981 USS Stephen W. Groves (FFG 29) is launched and commissioned the following year. She is named in honor of Ensign Groves for fearlessly plung ing into aerial combat against large for mations of enemy aircraft threatening the American carriers in the Battle of Midway. U.S. Navy photo From the Maritime The Maritime Patrol Association (MPA) has launched its online registra tion for the 2018 Symposium in preparation for three full days of events that will cele brate this years theme: Family of Systems Unite: Triton, Poseidon, Orion and Aries. The 2018 MPA Symposium will take place April 25-27 at Naval Air Station Jacksonville (NAS Jax). The delivery of the first two Triton aircraft to Unmanned Patrol Squadron 19 and successful completion of their safe for flight inspection has resulted in the first fleet events with Triton as it pre pares to forward deploy later this summer. Tritons arrival, marks the uniting of our future with our past, as the commu nity continues to transition squadrons from the P-3 Orion to the P-8 Poseidon and Triton continues development as the replacement for the EP-3 Aries. It is an honor to accept these new aircraft from Northrup Grumman Corporation on behalf of the U.S. Navy, said Cmdr. Benjamin Stinespring, VUP-19 commanding officer. Our aircrews and maintainers are eager to push this platform to see how far we can go in sup porting the fleet. Symposium attendees can register for a host of events, including the Scholarship Golf Tournament and 5K Run, Flight Suit Social, aircraft tours, and historical commu nity presentations, as well as the Heritage Dinner. The guest speaker for the April 25 Heritage Dinner is Vice Adm. Bill Moran. Moran is a P-3 pilot who served across the maritime patrol com munity and commanded Patrol Squadron 46 and Patrol and Reconnaissance Wing Two. As a flag officer he has commanded the Patrol and Reconnaissance Group, served as director, Air Warfare, N98 and Chief of Naval Personnel. He currently serves as Vice Chief of Naval Operations. Past and present, American and allied maritime patrol aviators will attend this event and join in celebrat ing the Maritime Patrol and Reconnaissance Force (MPRF) pilot, naval flight officer, air crewmen and maintainer of the year awards, a lifetime achievement recipient to be named by the Military Officers Association of America, and the induction of the newest members of the MPRF Hall of Honor. On April 26, golfers and run ners can participate in MPAs annual scholarship fundrais ing events at the NAS Jax golf course and in the 5K run. Net proceeds of all funds collect ed at these events go direct ly to the MPA Scholarship Fund, which is facilitated by the Wings Over America Scholarship Foundation and benefits outstanding student dependents of MPRF person nel, past and present. For a complete schedule of events, as well as to register for events online, visit: http:// www.maritimepatrolassocia html Driver Improvement AAA Driver Improvement Course, April 6 and 20, 7:30 a.m.-1 p.m; and April 28, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Teens are welcome to attend. Classroom attendance only no actual hands-on driving. Call 542-3082 to register. From Staff Interested in taking the Defense Language Aptitude Battery (DLAB) or the Defense Language Proficiency Test (DLPT) for foreign languages? Tests are administered Tuesdays and Thursdays at the Navy Language Testing Office Bldg. 110, Yorktown Ave., NAS JAX. Test appointments are accepted only through information-warfare-training/n-dfltp. For language test counseling and questions, contact: CIWT_CRRY_Lang_Testing_Jacksonville Learn more about what the Center for Language, Regional Expertise, and Culture offers at clrec/. Maritime Patrol Association opens registration for 2018 Symposium Language test appointments available twice weekly


JAX AIR NEWS, NAS JACKSONVILLE, Thursday, March 29, 2018 3 Photos by Jacob Sippel Patrol Squadron (VP) 30 hosted their 27 th annual golf tournament in support of Navy Marine Corps Relief Society (NMCRS) March 16. This annual tradition was led by Lt. Carson Burton and Lt. Harry Lesher. They began planning eight months prior, as they looked for cooperate sponsors and a location to hold the tournament. The title sponsors for 2018 were VyStar Credit Union and Boeing. More than 80 golfers arrived at Eagle Harbor Golf Club to check in and begin their day of golf, ending with a BBQ lunch. Volunteers from VP-30 and NMCRS manned the course to help manage the event, which brought in a record setting $37,500. This will be added to the Active Duty Fund Drive donations for VP-30. Winners in this years scramble were: Curtis ONeal, Scott Peterson and Lt. Cmdr. David Joselyn of the Weapons School. Coming in second place with a score of 55 was Josh Curls, Rick Gregson, Russell Buck and Bobby Johnson from VyStar. Distinguished guests included retired Gen. Peter Collins, Chief Operating Officer of NMCRS and HQ, retired Vice Adm. Mark P. Fitzgerald. Former NMCRS Jacksonville director and retired Navy captain, Dave Faraldo also attended. He has not missed a single tournament since the founding of this tournament in 1991. All proceeds go to NMCRS, who in turn, provided assistance to our Sailors, Marines and their families when they need it most. In 2017, NAS Jacksonville NMCRS provided over $1.7 million in assistance to over 2,500 families. Visiting nurses touched the lives of over 550 moms and babies, while the Combat Casualty Nurses helped those returning from Afghanistan and Iraq with injuries. NMCRS is a non-profit organization established in 1904. VP-30 golf tournament raises funds for NMCRS Chief of Navy Medical Corps visits NH Jacksonville


4 JAX AIR NEWS, NAS JACKSONVILLE, Thursday, March 29, 2018 Culinary specialists strive for certification By Hannah Simmons Staff Writer Culinary specialists (CS) and culinary evaluators from the Navy Region Southeast gathered for two days to par ticipate in a sous chef certifi cation exam aboard Naval Air Station (NAS) Jacksonville March 13-14. Cathy Wiseman, a retired chief warrant officer 5, and David Bearl, certification testing and training specialist, hosted the training. Wiseman began offering these events here in 2012. I saw an opportunity while I was working in the River Cove Catering and Conference Center, Wiseman said. There were days when we werent busy, so I decided why not start training. This is not only a win for us by bringing in revenue, but it is an opportu nity for a culinary specialist to advance and for the shipmates to have better quality food. Bearl has been training Navy culinary specialists since 1989. During this exam, there were three official evaluators grad ing the CS students and three candidate evaluators who were grading the students as well, but their scoring did not count. The candidate evaluators must take part in evaluating three certification exams before their scores count and they become official evaluators. This is a dual-purpose exam giving culinary students and evaluators an opportunity to advance, Bearl said. I enjoy watching them suc ceed and being able to advance in their professions and rates. This class had 10 students and half tested each day. To qualify for this exam, Sailors need to be well-rounded, have excelled-management skills, and be a supervisor in his or her field. The exam consisted of two parts: a practical and a written portion. There were students working towards becoming a certified culinar ian, as well as becoming a cer tified sous chef. The students must show organization skills, craftsmanship, and follow the appropriate cooking methods that fall in line with the guide lines. The practical portion of the exam consisted of cooking globe artichokes, preparing a six-ounce steak to medium rare, fillet and poach a floun der, and prepare a classic mati gnon containing diced ham, celery and carrots. Students must exemplify their ability of caramelizing and display the four classical cuts: paysanne, dice, brunoise, and batonnet. The written portion involves terms and knowledge of French culinary cooking. Knowing these facts can prepare a CS for the rating exams. To pass the exam, students need to score at least 80 per cent on both the practical and written portions. These exams are high demanding. A lot of people struggle with the writ ten portion because they are not used to the terminology on the exam, Wiseman said. We try to continuously refine our teaching methods. By getting the information out earlier, so the students can gain an advanced foothold. After obtaining a certifica tion, it is good for five years. One NAS Jax Sailor is excited to take his skills back to his galley. CS2 Shane Thompson said, This exam gives me an oppor tunity to test my skills and show my abilities. Coming here pushes me to my edge and helps me strive to be a better cook. The knowledge we learn during this exam, not only helps us become certified, but we can bring that knowledge back to fleet. Photos by Hannah Simmons and Julie M. Lucas


JAX AIR NEWS, NAS JACKSONVILLE, Thursday, March 29, 2018 5 By Reggie Jarrett Editor Jax Air News The Navy Operational Fitness and Fueling System (NOFFS) is an exercise and fitness program designed to teach Sailors how to increase their fitness level, and then teach what they learned to other Sailors. NOFFS is one of the best ways to get our Sailors in shape and keep them more mobile in a functional way, said Heather Carty, fitness instructor for Naval Air Station (NAS) Jacksonville. We are looking to decrease injury and increase performance. The NOFFS class is taken by Sailors that have been rec ognized as command fitness leaders (CFL). They learn exercises that emphasize strength, stability and endurance. Command fitness leaders take this back to their com mands and teach their commands or squadrons how to do NOFFS exercises to make them stronger, said Jennifer Price, fitness coordinator of NAS Jacksonville. The NOFFS program was established in 2009 and it is an eight-hour course. It is offered about once a quarter. One of the CFLs taking the NOFFS training was CM1 Kenneth Kline of Construction Battalion Maintenance Unit 202. I enjoy working out, he said. It keeps me mellow throughout the day to get my work out in the morning and I have a better day. Kline, who has been a CFL for one year, also likes helping others improve their fitness level. I enjoy helping people get better. This is the one body you have for your entire life, so you might as well take care of it. Photos by Reggie Jarrett NOFFS: Teaching Sailors how to teach Sailors about fitness


6 JAX AIR NEWS, NAS JACKSONVILLE, Thursday, March 29, 2018 Nease High School JROTC Nease Navy JROTC won the Area 12 Drill Championships on March 3 in Douglas, Georgia winning this cham pionship for the 4 th consecutive year thus earning a trip to the national championships. Nease competed against the top 16 Navy high school JROTC drill teams in Area 12, which includes all of northern Florida and the state of Georgia. Sixty NJROTC programs competed at local drill meets during the fall and winter with the top 16 advancing to the Area cham pionships. Nease earned its berth by winning first place at both the Mandarin High School and Terry Parker High School drill competitions ear lier. This win was a total team effort, said cadet battalion commander Connie Oswald. Our athletic, academic and drill teams picked the right moment to deliver their best performances. In addition to winning the overall drill meet champion ships, Nease claimed first place in personnel inspection, over all drill, unarmed exhibition, and armed exhibition; second place in overall athletics, aca demics, unarmed basic, pushups and sit-ups; and third place in armed basic. Several cadets also earned individual medals for achievement including Scott Cummings in academics; Erin Sass (106) in push-ups; and Elizabeth Villalba (305), Aberlyn Short (300) and Teagan Pettit (284) in sit-ups. The cadets really buckled down hard in practice leading up to the championship, said naval science instructor Master Chief Petty Officer Duane Spears. Teamwork makes the dream work. Nease will now travel to the Navy National Drill Championships in Pensacola, Florida on April 6-7. From March 22 April 22, custom ers at select NEXs will be able to take advantage of a great sale event and support the Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society (NMCRS) by purchasing a $5 benefit coupon. This coupon entitles customers to specific percent-off dis counts applied to a one-time NEX pur chase April 20 22. The entire $5 dona tion will be passed onto NMCRS on behalf of NEX customers. Our partnership with the Navy Exchange Service Command is impor tant because we share a common mis sion, to support Sea Service members and their families said Adm. Steve Abbot (Ret), President and CEO, NavyMarine Corps Relief Society. Their annual coupon sale to ben efit the Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society supports the Societys interestfree loans and grants for Sailors and Marines in need, and allows Navy and Marine Corps families to enjoy signifi cant savings on their NEX purchases during the redemption period. Thats a win-win! NEXs participating in this event include NEX Little Creek, Portsmouth, Norfolk, and Oceana, Va.; NEX Pearl Harbor; NEX San Diego; NEX Jacksonville, Orlando, Key West, Whiting Field, Mayport and Pensacola, Fla.; NEX Kings Bay, Ga.; NEX North Island, Monterey, Port Hueneme and Lemoore, Calif.; NEX Whidbey Island, Bangor, Bremerton and Everett, Wash.; NEX Great Lakes, Ill.; NEX Washington Navy Yard, D.C.; NEX Mitchel Field, N.Y.; NEX Fallon, Nev.; NEX Corpus Christi, Texas; NEX Belle Chasse, La.; NEX Gulfport and Meridian, Miss.; NEX New London, Conn.; NEX Patuxent River, Annapolis and Bethesda, Md.; NEX Charleston, S.C.; NEX Newport, R.I.; NEX Memphis, Tenn.; NEX Yokosuka, Atsugi and Sasebo, Japan; NEX Naples and Sigonella, Italy; NEX Rota, Spain; NEX Guam and NEX Bahrain. The coupon is valid for one-time use in-store only and is limited to $1,000 total discount. For more information, speak to a NEX associate. Across the nation, Americans are uniting to thank and honor Vietnam veterans for their service and sacrifice. The NEX, in support of The United States of America Vietnam War Commemoration, is honoring Vietnam veterans at select NEX locations March 29 from 11am-2pm. Vietnam veterans are invited to come in to participating NEX locations to receive a lapel pin as a token of the nations thanks. Participation NEX locations include: NEX Norfolk, Va.; NEX Jacksonville and NEX Pensacola, Fla.; NEX Bethesda, Md.; NEX San Diego; NEX Pearl Harbor and NEX Guam. This is the fourth year for the United States of America Vietnam War Commemoration event, which hon ors the service of the 6.6 million liv ing Vietnam War veterans March 29, Vietnam Veterans Day. Approximately nine million U.S. military mem bers served on active duty during the Vietnam War era, Nov. 1, 1955 May 15, 1975. Vietnam Veterans Day was first estab lished by presidential proclamation in 2012 leading to the start of annual observance events in 2014. The Vietnam War Veterans Recognition Act of 2017 further estab lished the events as a national obser vance to recognize Vietnam War veter ans for their service. Due to the overwhelming response, the spouse pins were not made avail able to the Military Exchanges. If a Vietnam Veteran spouse would like to find an official Commemorative Partner event and get a lapel pin, they can go tohttp://www.vietnamwar50th. com/events/. For more information, go to vietnam NEXs to again sell Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society benefit coupon NEX to honor Vietnam veterans Courtesy Photos Four-peat! Nease JROTC heading to nationals Photos by Reggie Jarrett NJROTC cadets tour NAS Jax


JAX AIR NEWS, NAS JACKSONVILLE, Thursday, March 29, 2018 7 By Yan Kennon Public Affairs Senior Writer, Naval Hospital Jacksonville Naval Hospital Jacksonvilles sameday Contraception Clinic now offers services on the second and fourth Thursday of the month (rather than the first and third Thursday), starting in April. The same-day contraception clinic, located in the hospitals Obstetrics/ Gynecology Clinic, offers all types of contraception for patients considering birth control options. During a clinic visit, patients will be screened, evaluated and will obtain a contraceptive thats medically appropriate as well as right for them. Contraceptives offered include longacting reversible contraceptives such as intrauterine devices and arm implants, as well as oral contraceptives, injec tions, vaginal ring, skin patch and con doms. Emergency contraception is also available. The clinic is now open for walk-ins the second and fourth Thursday of each month, 7:30 11:00 a.m. and 1 3 p.m. No referral is needed. The clinic is available to all TRICARE beneficiaries (active duty, retirees, and family mem bers). For more information, call the Contraception Clinic at 904-542-7419. Photo by Jacob Sippel Same-day walk-in contraception moves to 2 nd and 4 th Thursdays Photo by Jacob Sippel Celebrating Certified Nurses Day ALSO course held at NH Jax Photo by Jacob Sippel Photo by Jacob Sippel Celebrating National Doctors Day


8 JAX AIR NEWS, NAS JACKSONVILLE, Thursday, March 29, 2018 Preventive medicine, saving lives Continuing Promise Public Affairs The ability to shower in a remote campground, or shave every morning in a plastic storage container or walk on dry sand because of proper drain age are all luxuries made possible by the Continuing Promise 2018 (CP18) Forward Deployed Preventive Medicine Unit. Public health is an essential part of daily life, in and out of the military. Navy Environmental and Preventive Medicine Unit (NEPMU) 2 performs many tasks to help protect the Sailors and Soldiers, as well as the local com munity during CP18. Public health is a critical part of any mission, because if troops are sick, they cannot complete the mission, said HM1 Adriane Weldon, of Greenville, Alabama, who is assigned to NEPMU 2 in Norfolk. Educating the public really does help lessen the transmission and spread of diseases, as well as build a bond between nations. Public health covers a wide range of necessities such as water purification, epidemiology, parasitology, food-borne illnesses and berthing and food inspec tions. This is really a team effort here, said Lt. Cmdr. Amy Rogers, officer in charge of the Forward Deployed Preventative Medicine Unit. We have a physician, an entomolo gist, environmental health officer and three preventative medicine techni cians. The team began their mission in Honduras by coordinating meetings with local hospitals. Then, they gath ered a list of needs and organized train ings accordingly. Rogers explained the impact is more than one or two patients, its about the larger population and sustaining pre ventive measures like the use of bug spray or proper hand washing and sani tation measures. The team hosted an interactive table with microscopes and specimens such as a scorpion, mosquitoes and house flies. They went a step further and explained how children can minimize standing water, which is a breeding ground for mosquitoes. Furthermore, during black-flag weather conditions, the team set up two BG-Sentinel mosquito traps around an open grass field behind the Franklin D. Roosevelt school in Puerto Cortes, to trap day-biting mosquitoes. Day-biting mosquitoes spread many of the epidemic diseases we are trying to prevent, said Weldon. This area is a great place to catch mosquitoes because the temperature, climate and extended period of time that its warm. Mosquitoes have a hard time flying against the wind, so the traps consist of a fan and catch net. The bait is a clear tube filled with small blue pebbles made of human hormone derivatives and scents, which mosquitoes can not resist. Once they enter the trap to explore the scent, they are unable to fly out against the fan. Once we catch the mosquitoes, we usually freeze them, said Weldon. We then identify the females by spe cies so we can determine if theyre car rying any diseases. Weldon went on to say that this area is very high in malaria and Zika, testing here provides a great deal of valuable knowledge that helps the team educate the public on how to minimize the risk of transmission. A lot of our job is learning and sharing that knowledge with the host nation, said Rogers. Thats why its so great having a team with all differ ent specialties, so we can communicate things from disaster response to mos quito safety and preventive measures. Members of the Forward Deployed Preventive Medicine Unit are truly the unsung heroes of any mission theyre on. While here, they are often hard to find, pending their time exploring the tall grasses and reeds of Honduras to seek out the creatures that most people avoid. They are the first line of defense between people and the dangers of the natural world around them. Photos by MC2 Brianna K. Green Navy Environmental and Preventative NAS Jacksonville Public Affairs The Naval Air Station Jacksonville (NAS Jax) Morale, Welfare and Recreation Fitness Department created a new pro gram to assist those with fit ness goals in the new year, in conjunction with the Wellness Center. The Total Body Transformation (TBT) program began the first week of January open to all those with base access. We started off the program with participants getting their bodies measured in the bod pod which shows muscle, fat and other information, so that we could assess where they were starting from, said Misty Carman, Wellness Center nurse educator. Participants were then advised to fill out forms to be assigned a trainer at the base fitness center. Trainers were established along with the par ticipants availability so indi vidual goals could be achieved. Weekly hour-long classes were offered to continue the education of participants. The first week, a tour of the Commissary was given by Wellness staff members, with helpful pointers on which items are healthier. If you are trying to eat fresh and healthy, most of the items you are going to be purchasing will be on the outside perim eter, said Carman. A map of the commissary was handed out and informa tion that is located on healthier options was pointed out. You will see tags on items that are high fiber and other healthier items, said Commissary Store Manager Kim Jackson. The next topics covered dur ing the weekly classes included stress and eating management, supplements and flavoring food naturally, and meal prep ping. In the middle of the pro gram, another weigh in took place. NAS Jax Fitness Director Jill Sheppard dropped in to a class to make sure all the par ticipants were getting their needs met. Im here to get feedback on this trial run of the program because we want you all to be successful, Sheppard said. The group took a field trip together to Mulligans Restaurant aboard the base and together ate lunch and asked questions of the Wellness staff. For the last class, partici pants were asked to take a rec ipe they like and turn it into a healthy option. A potluck with the items and recipes were exchanged, while participants took a final bod pod assess ment to see how far they had come. I signed up for the TBT pro gram because I wanted to learn the proper way to fuel my body. I had reached a weight loss pla teau and needed guidance on what my next steps should be, said Family member Bristan Campbell. Im so glad we did the bod pod at the beginning and end; this was great to see our progress and keep us moti vated. Photos by Julie M. Lucas TBT program teaches healthier living Increasing TBI awareness Photo by Yan Kennon


JAX AIR NEWS, NAS JACKSONVILLE, Thursday, March 29, 2018 9 ing in California. Icant wait, he said. Ingram has been com petitive for most of his life. He was a three-sport athlete in high school, where he played base ball, football and basket ball. I play pretty much anything with a ball, he said. Even as a long-time athlete, Ingram learned a lot about himself with what he has gone through the last two years. I learned I can push myself to the limit, and then some, he said. Even in the worst of situ ations, I try to be positive because it doesnt mat ter how bad you have it, somebody has it worse. Ingram trains for an hour-and-a-half every day to keep up with other Warrior Games athletes. I have to train every day because those guys are serious, he said. He does cardio in the morn ing and weight-lifting in the evening. The other athletes he met durng the Warrior Games impressed Ingram with what they are able to accomplish. They motivate me a lot, he said. Some of those people do stuff I couldnt even fathom. They showed me that anything is possible. INGRAM From Page 1 WING From Page 1 pleting a surprise project assigned the day of the event, and completing a trivia challenge. For this years theme, Power of the Wind, students had to design and fabricate a portable wind turbine that could har ness wind energy and convert it to use ful power. Volunteer judges tested the projects by timing and mea suring the distance the turbine was able to raise a weight. The surprise project required students to design and construct a structure out of straws and tape that could sup port the weight of a tennis ball. The groups were judged on how long the structure could remain standing when placed in front of a fan. One of the eighth grade teams, from The Weiss School, located in Palm Beach, Florida, is currently working with SpaceX to deliver and monitor certain types of bacteria, to determine if they can exist in space. There are a bunch of smart kids out there, said McCarthy. It was a pleasure to work with them. The competition promotes Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM). STEM is a national education program focused on preparing the workforce of tomor row by encour aging students today to focus on these areas of study. The hope is the competi tion will inspire the scholars efforts and energies toward careers in STEM fields in the future. During the event, NAVFAC Southeast Facilities Engineering Acquisition Division Director Lt. Cmdr. Richard Buechel and Naval Submarine Base Kings Bay Assistant Public Works Officer Lt. j.g. Frank Sysko spoke to students about which engineering disciplines they were considering, what colleges they might be thinking of attending or if they were thinking about a military career. The information booth they set up provided the students informa tion on military and civilian STEM careers with the Navy. A few planes from that era may have crashed in our compound, said NMCs GM1 Ryan Stewart. We were very surprised to find it. The wing was found in the weapons area on the southern part of the base. The Corsair was used as acarrier-based aircraft, but it came to be known more as a land-based plane flown by theU.S. Marines in the Pacific, including the famous Black Sheep Squadron (VMF-214) led by Maj. Gregory Pappy Boyington. The Japanese called the Corsair Whistling Death because of the unique sound made by the shape of the planes wings, Williamson said. The section of wing is now on display in the Stearman Building in Heritage Park. As for the gopher tortoise they were looking for in the first place, they found him also. It is one of two tortoises that Environmental has been following with a tracking device. We had been tracking him, but we lost the signal just before Hurricane Irma, said Angela Glass, natu ral and cultural resourses manager for NAS Jax. We realized he had moved, because his burrow flooded. Environmental is tracking the gopher tortoises because they are a protected in Florida where they are listed as athreatened species. We figured he would go into weapons because there is good habitat for him, Glass said. He made a great new burrow. Photo courtesy Ron Williamson ENGINEERING From Page 1 Photo by Jeffrey Hamlin teer Melissa Reynolds measure the height of a Navy neighbors pitch in with park pickup NAS Jacksonville Public Affairs More than 50 Sailors and civilians from eight commands volunteered to collect trash and debris March 15 at Tillie K. Fowler Regional Park as part of the St. Johns River Celebration Cleanup. City of Jacksonville Parks Naturalist Supervisor Jean Schubert is pleased that Sailors have taken ownership of various portions of the park, located across Roosevelt Blvd. from the Naval Air Station (NAS) Jacksonville Yorktown Gate. Last fall, Sailors from Fleet Area Control and Surveillance Facility Jacksonville (FACSFAC Jax) volunteered to maintain the parks historic brick road. It dates back to 1917, when the property was part of U.S. Army Camp Joseph E. Johnston. Todays cleanup is part of the recur ring process to maintain the historic brick road and control litterbugs across the park, said Schubert. We value the support we receive from NAS Jacksonville and its tenant commands, as well as from all area mili tary personnel and veterans. Because of tight budgets, were fortunate to have military men and women who volun teer to maintain parks throughout Duval County, she said. Volunteers from the following com mands took part in the cleanup: NAS Jax, Patrol Squadron 30, Southeast Regional Calibration Center, Mobile Tactical Operations Center-J reserve, Carrier Tactical Support Center Ashore Jacksonville, HSM-60, Information Warfare Training Center Virginia Beach site Jacksonville and Fleet Area Control and Surveillance Facility Jacksonville. I was really excited to participate in this event, to help give back to our local city that does so much for us Sailors, said LS3 Rebecca Brooks of NAS Jacksonville. I often take my sons to parks and want to show them to keep our environment clean, so everyone can enjoy these areas. Schubert concluded, Today, this park benefitted from the efforts of 47 Sailors and five civilian environmental staff who participated in the St. Johns River Celebration Cleanup. The final tally was 25 bags of trash and litter, plus, miscellaneous debris (including three tires) for a total weight in excess of 1,760 pounds. The volunteers gathered it all in just two hours, expending a total of 100 man hours a labor value to the City of Jacksonville worth $2,000. Photos by Julie M. Lucas


10 JAX AIR NEWS, NAS JACKSONVILLE, Thursday, March 29, 2018 Greybeard softball league forming The league is open to active duty, selective reservists, DoD civilians, DoD contractors, military dependent spouses assigned to a command at NAS Jacksonville and retirees age 30 and up. The games are played at lunchtime on Tuesdays. The entry form and roster is due. 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 entry form and roster is due. 3-on-3 Volleyball League forming The league is open to active duty, selective reservists, DoD civilians, DoD contractors, dependents at NAS Jacksonville and retirees. The games are played at lunchtime. The entry form and roster is due. For more information, call Bill Bonser at 5422930/3239 or e-mail Standings As of March 23 Badminton Doubles Teams Wins Losses VP-30 C 6 0 NAVFAC Clear 6 1 NAVFAC Turtles 6 1 NAVFAC Flying Gravity 7 2 NAS Jax Holy Rollers 6 3 TPU/PCF Shuttle Roosters 5 4 TPU/PCF Watch the Birdies 2 5 NAVFAC Ray Ban Shades 1 6 CNATTU Old School 1 7 TPU/PCF Lockem Up 0 7 Winter Golf Teams Wins Losses MPRWS 5 1 GEMD 5 2 HSM-70 Team 1 5 2 HSM-70 Team 2 5 2 CNATTU 4 3 FACSFAC Blue 3 4 FRCSE 600 2 5 FACSFAC Gold 1 5 FRCSE Alfs 0 7 HITRON 0 7 Skeet Teams Wins Losses NAVFAC Moskeeters 7 0 FRCSE Shooters 6 2 FLCJ Orange Crush 5 2 NAVFAC Sons of Guns 5 2 TPU/PCF Dusters 5 2 VP-45 5 2 NAVFAC Gulf Coast Shooters 4 2 CNATTU Skeet Happens 4 3 NAVFAC PDHC 4 Life 3 4 VP-30 3 4 VUP-19 (1) 3 4 FRCSE Tailgaters 3 5 NAS Jax Buffs 1 5 TPU/PCF Shotguns & Roses 1 6 FACSFAC 0 7 VUP-19 (2) 0 7 NAS Jax Sports Photos by Julie M. Lucas NAS Jax Travel Fair Many booths had give 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. Your NAS Jacksonville Fleet and Family Support Center (FFSC) Life Skills Education and Support Program is the foremost preventive measure for growth in personal and family issues. All FFSC workshops and classes are free to service members and their families. Preregistration is required at 542-5745. If special accommo dations or handicapped access is required, please notify FFSC upon registration. The following is the schedule for 2018: Ombudsman Basic Training May 13-16 (5:30-10 p.m.), Aug. 19-21 (8 a.m. 4 p.m.), Nov. 12-15 (5:30-10 p.m.) Transition Assistance Program (TAP) Separation Workshop (7:30 a.m. 4:15 p.m.) April 1-5, April. 8-12, May 6-10, May 13-17, June 3-7, June 17-21, July 8-12, July 15-19, Aug. 5-9, Aug. 19-23, Sept. 9-13, Sept. 16-20, Oct. 7-11, Oct. 21-25, Nov. 4-8, Dec. 2-6. Transition Assistance Program (TAP) Retirement Workshop (7:30 a.m. 4:15 p.m.) March 25-29, April 15-19, May 20-24, June 24-28, July 22-26, Aug. 26-30, Sept. 23-27, Oct. 28-Nov. 1, Nov. 18-22, Dec. 16-20. Federal Employment Workshop (9 a.m. noon) March 20, April 22, May 3, June 12, Aug. 16, Sept. 6, Oct. 17, Nov. 27, Dec. 11. (Noon-3 p.m.) July 2. Job Search & Interview Techniques Workshop (8-9:30 a.m.) April 10, May 30, July 15, Sept. 5, Nov. 25. Resumes & Cover Letters Workshop (9:40 a.m. noon) April 10, May 30, July 15, Sept. 5, Nov. 25. Million Dollar Sailor Workshop (7:30 a.m. 4 p.m.) May 1-2, Aug. 14-15, Nov. 13-14. Command Financial Specialist Training (7:30 a.m. 4 p.m.) March 18-22, June 10-14, Sept. 30-Oct. 4, Dec. 9-13. Money, Debt and Credit Management Workshop (8-11 a.m.) April 30, July 2, Oct. 15. Strategies for First-time Home Buyers (1-3:30 p.m.) April 22, May 29, Sept. 4. Strategies for Best Deals in Car Buying (9-10:30 a.m.) May 29, Aug. 12, Nov. 26. PCS Sponsor Training (1:303 p.m.) April 11, June 13, Aug. 8, Oct. 10, Dec. 12. PCS Smooth Move Workshop (1:30-4 p.m.) May 9, July 11, Sept. 12, Nov. 14. Military Spouse 101 Workshop March 16 (10-11:30 a.m.), May 21 (5-6:30 p.m.), July 18 (1-2:30 p.m.) Sept. 14 (1-2:30 p.m.) Nov. 21 (5-6:30 p.m.) What About the Kids (9-11 a.m.) April 8, May 13, June 10, July 8, Aug. 12, Sept. 9, Oct. 7, Nov. 4, Dec. 9. Stress Management 101 Workshop (9-10:30 a.m.) April 9, May 14, June 11, July 9, Aug. 13, Sept. 10, Oct. 8, Nov. 5, Dec. 10. Extended Stress Management Workshop (8 a.m. noon) April 16 & 30, July 16 & 30, Oct. 15 & 29. Anger Management Workshop (8 a.m.-noon) March 26, April 23, May 21, June 25, July 23, Aug. 27, Sept. 24, Oct. 22, Nov. 26, Dec. 17. Personal Anger Control Group May 2 June 6 (Thursdays 11 a.m.-1 p.m.), June 25 July 30 (Tuesdays 2-4 p.m.), Aug. 15 Sept. 19 (Thursdays 11 a.m.-1 p.m.), Oct. 8 Nov. 12 (2-4 p.m.) Individual Communication (11 a.m. 1 p.m.) March 19, May 14, July 9, Sept. 10, Nov. 19. Parenting with Love & Logic (1-3 p.m.) March 19, 26; May 7, 14, 21, 28; July 9, 16, 23, 30; Sept. 3, 10, 17, 24; Nov. 5, 12, 19, 26. Active Parenting of Teens (1-4 p.m.) April 3, 10, 17, 24; June 5, 12, 19, 26; Aug. 7, 14, 21, 28; Oct. 2, 9, 16, 23. Power 2 Change Womens Support Group (9:30-11 a.m.) Every Wednesday Expectant Families (9 a.m.-3 p.m.) June 4, Sept. 16, Dec. 3. Tiny Tots Play Group (10 a.m.-noon) March 19; April 2, 16, 30; May 14, 18; June 11, 25; July 9, 23; Aug. 6, 20; Sept. 3, 17; Oct. 1, 15, 29; Nov. 12, 16; Dec. 10, 17. Exceptional Family Member Program (EFMP) Orientation (1:30-3 p.m.) May. 2, July 3, Sept. 5, Nov. 7. EFMP Command POC Training (1:30-3 p.m.) April 4, June 6, Aug. 1, Oct. 3, Dec. 5. To register for any of the above workshops please con tact 542-5745. Fleet and Family Support Center offers life skills workshops


JAX AIR NEWS, NAS JACKSONVILLE, Thursday, March 29, 2018 11 Get Connected with MWR Community Recreation Call 542-3227 for details. River Cove Catering & Conference Center Call 542-3041 Conference Center? Deweys Call 542-3521 Freedom Lanes Bowling Center Call 542-3493 p.m. details. Fitness, Sports & Aquatics Call 542-2930 calendar/ Visit center. MWR Digital Library assistance. 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 complex and commercial Find more info. online at Community Recreation Call 542-3318, Email directly at nasjaxtickets@navy. mil and click on click apply. What to do this year? Local Fun Trips! Current Ticket Promotions Include the Following: 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 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. (Redeemable through 12/31/18, ticket expires on this date) (Redeemable through 12/31/18, ticket expires on this date) Valid for 4 days


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