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PAGE 1 VOL. 76 NO. 17 NAS J ACKSONVILLE F LA THURSDAY, APRIL 26, 2018 MPWRS Change of Command Page 3 FUN AND GAMES At Spring Barracks Bash Pags 4-5 JAX SAILORS Judge Cadet Competition Page 7 NAS Jax top CNO environmental award winner By Staff Deputy Chief of Naval Operations, Fleet Readiness and Logistics Vice Adm. Dixon Smith, announced 27 winners of the fiscal year 2017 Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) Environmental Awards com petition in a naval message released April 5. The CNO Environmental Awards honor exceptional achievements in environmen tal stewardship among nomi nated ships, installations and individuals on an annual basis. Naval Air Station Jacksonville (NAS Jax) Commanding Officer Capt. Michael Connor said that it was no sur prise that the base environ mental team was being recog nized a second year in a row. The NAS Jax Cultural Resource Program, led by Angela Glass, under the super vision of Environmental Division Head Mike Pattison, provides guidance for identi fying, evaluating, nominating and managing archaeologi cal sites and historic proper ties located on the base, said Connor. A total of 37 archaeologi cal sites have been identified, inventoried and evaluated aboard the base. These sites show occupation from the Early Archaic period, 6500 B.C. Superhero parade brings child abuse prevention awareness By Staff For the second consecutive year, the Naval Air Station Jacksonville Fleet and Family Support Center (FFSC) sponsored the Parade for Prevention. The parade was held to bring together base tenant commands during Child Abuse Prevention Month. The theme of this years parade is super heroes and all par ticipants were encour aged to use it on their vehicles, said Carolyn McCorvey, FFSC direc tor. This is an event our whole staff looks forward to all year. The Prevent Child Abuse Florida organization brought a tractor trailer aboard the base with a large message about child abuse prevention dis Photo by Julie M. Lucas A display at the Jacksonville Museum of Science and History shows replicas of historic hangars from Naval Air Station Jacksonville (NAS Jax), as well as artifacts from the hangars that were demolished in 2015. This display was mentioned in the write-up for the annual Chief of Naval Operations Environmental Award, which the base environmental division won in the Cultural Resources Management category. Photos by Julie M. Lucas Naval Air Station Jacksonville Fleet and Family Support Center (FFSC) employees greet children at the Child Development Center during the 2018 Parade for Prevention April 19. This is the second year FFSC sponsored the event, in recognition of Child Abuse Prevention Month. Photos by Jacob Sippel Under Secretary of the Navy Thomas Modly (center), Naval Hospital Jacksonville commanding officer Capt. Matthew Case (left), and Naval Branch Health Clinic Jacksonville dentist Lt. Cmdr. Andrew Hoppe discuss agility and the role of dental readiness in unit readiness during wartime, while on a visit to the clinic April 16. See more photos, Page 7. See ENVIRO, Page 8 See PARADE, Page 8 "Batman" ITC Paul Cummings of Naval Air Station Jacksonville greets fellow Batman enthusiast Dominic Berrios during the parade. Numerous par ticipants dressed in costume following the superhero theme. NAS Jax preparing for hurricane season From NAS Jacksonville Public Affairs U.S. Fleet Forces Command (USFF), headquar tered in Norfolk, Va., and Washington, D.C.-based Commander, Navy Installations Command (CNIC) are conducting a natural disaster preparedness exercise, Hurricane Exercise/Citadel Gale 2018 (HURREX/CG 18), April 24-May 11. This annual exercise prepares Naval Air Station Jacksonville and all Navy commands to respond to adverse weather threats in U.S. coastal regions, and to maintain the ability to deploy forces even under the most severe weather conditions. HURREX/CG 18 will involve a simulated storm system developing and intensifying to hurricane strength, threatening the East Coast regions. NAS Jacksonville will participate by reviewing and exercising heavy weather instructions and pro cedures and accounting for Sailors, Department of the Navy civilians, and Navy families in the affected regions through the Navy Family Accountability and Assessment System. This annual exercise prepares the Navy to respond to adverse weather threats in U.S. coastal regions, and to maintain the ability to deploy forces even under the most severe weather conditions. There will be no U.S. Navy aircraft or ship move ments associated with HURREX/CG 18. For more information about HURREX/CITADEL GALE 18, contact the Naval Air Station Jacksonville Public Affairs Office at 904.542.5588 or via email Vice Adm. Forrest Faison, U.S. Navy surgeon general, describes Naval Hospital Jacksonville as the tip of the spear in innovation, during a visit to the hospital April 16. Faison also focused on maintaining Navy clinicians present-day readiness to save lives in the next conflict, as well as integrating health care delivery into the everyday lives of Sailors, Marines and families while stationed ashore. Surgeon general visits NH Jacksonville


2 JAX AIR NEWS, NAS JACKSONVILLE, Thursday, April 26, 2018 The JAX AIR NEWS is an authorized publication for members of the Military Services. Contents of the JAX AIR NEWS do not necessarily reflect the official views of, or endorsed by, the U.S. Government, the Department of Defense, or the Department of the Navy. The appearance of advertising in this publication, including inserts or supplements, does not constitute endorsement by the Department of Defense, or The Florida Times-Union, of the products and services advertised. Everything advertised in the publication S hall be made available for purchase, use or patronage without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, marital status, physical handicap, political affiliation or any other non-merit factor of the purchaser, user or patron. If a violation or refraction of this equal opportunity policy by an advertiser is confirmed, the publisher shall refuse to print advertising from that source until the violation is corrected. The deadline for all story and photo submissions is close of business the Friday before publication, and can be sent to jaxairnews@ The deadline for classified submissions is noon Monday. Questions or comments can be directed to the editor. The JAX AIR NEWS can be reached at (904) 542-3531, fax (904) 542-1534, e-mail JaxAirNews@ or write the JAX AIR NEWS, Box 2, NAS Jacksonville, FL, 32212-5000. The JAX AIR NEWS is published by The Florida Times-Union, a private firm in no way connected with the U. S. Navy under exclusive written agreement with the U. S. Naval Air Station, Jacksonville, Florida. It is published every Thursday by The Florida Times-Union, whose offices are at 1 Riverside Ave., Jacksonville, FL 32202. Estimated readership over 32,000. Distribution by The Florida Times-Union. Advertisements are solicited by the publisher and inquiries regarding advertisements should be directed to: Ellen S. Rykert, Publisher 1 Riverside Avenue Jacksonville, FL 32202 904-359-4168 Advertising Sales (904) 359-4168 (800) 472-6397, Ext. 4168 FAX (904) 366-6230 Commanding Officer Capt. Michael Connor Executive Officer Capt. Brian Weiss Command Master Chief CMDCM(AW/SW) Jeffery Waters Public Affairs Officer Kaylee LaRocque Public Affairs Specialist Julie M. Lucas Staff Writers Hannah Simmons Editor Reggie Jarrett Design/Layout George Atchley U.S. Navy photo On May 16, at about 6 p.m., three Navy-Curtiss (NC) flying boats of Seaplane Squadron One took off from Trepassey Bay, Newfoundland, to attempt the first trans-Atlantic flight. NC-4, commanded by Lt. Cmdr. Albert Read, landed safely at Horta, Azores, after more than 15 hours in the air. The other two NC aircraft were not so fortunate both lost their bearings in thick fog and sustained damage when landing on the water and were unable to resume flight. From staff April 26 1869 The Good Conduct medal was authorized. 1952 USS Hobson (DMS-26) sinks after collision with aircraft carrier USS Wasp (CV-18) in the North Atlantic 176 lives lost. April 27 1861 President Lincoln extended blockade of Confederacy to Virginia and North Carolina ports. 1865 Body of John Wilkes Booth brought to Washington Navy Yard. April 28 1862 Naval forces capture Forts Jackson and St. Philip in Louisiana. 1965 Dominican Republic interven tion. 1944 Navy LSTs (Landing Ship, Tank) attacked during Operation Tiger. 1993 SECDEF memo orders armed forces to train and assign women on com bat aircraft and most combat ships, but not to ground combat positions. April 29 1814 Sloop-of-war USS Peacock (22 guns) captures the18-gun HMS Epervier. 1898 U.S. warships engage Spanish gunboats and shore batteries at Cienfuegos, Cuba. 1944 Fast carrier task force (12 carri ers) commence two-day bombing of Truk. 1975 Operation Frequent Wind, the helicopter evacuation of American citi zens from Saigon, begins. The last heli copter lifted off the roof of the United States Embassy at 7:52 p.m. carrying Marine security guards. April 30 1798 Congress establishes Department of the Navy. 1973 The last Marine Corps NAP (enlisted Naval Aviation Pilot) retired. Master Gunnery Sgt. Patrick ONeil enlisted during World War II and com pleted over 30 years of active duty. 1975 Saigon falls to North Vietnamese forces. May 1 1898 Battle of Manila Bay, Adm. Dewey defeats Spanish at Manila, Philippines. 1934 Lt. Akers demonstrates blind landing system at College Park, Md. in OJ-2 aircraft. 1945 Vice Adm. Barbey lands Australian troops on Tarakan Island, Borneo, supported by naval gunfire. 1951 VA-195 Skyraider air craft from the aircraft carrier USS Princeton (CV-37) attack Hwachon Dam in Korea using aerial torpedoes. 1980 11 Navy ships begin opera tions assisting Coast Guard in rescu ing Cuban refugees fleeing Cuba in overcrowded boats. May 2 1975 U.S. Navy departs Vietnamese waters at end of evacua tion of refugees. Tis the Season of Change for military kids By Lisa Smith Molinari When we were leaving Guam, Devon isolated himself from his friends as they were isolating him. We dealt with it by spending more time with one friend and her family that didnt isolate him and we all became fast friends. Unfortunately she is PCSing in a few months and her mother is telling us that she is now being isolated by her friends, says Navy spouse Jay of his son, age 10. My son decided not to play baseball this spring, his sophomore year, says Army wife Kimberly. Were moving to Rhode Island, and here in Alaska the season is just starting, snow is still cov ering the fields. He didnt want to train on a team when he wouldnt get to be there for part of the season. He felt hed be letting the team down. Marine child Gabby, age nine, describes her most stressful move as leaving Okinawa, Japan in fourth grade, because we had an entire life there with friends away from all family, and, it was one of the longest duty stations Ive been alive for. While I was excited to start middle school in Virginia, I quickly figured out that these kids had gone to school with each other since kindergarten, recalls Navy dependent Adrienne D., now age 20. This was a new concept that these kids have known each other their whole lives. I found it very difficult to find friends within the first year of moving. It was stressful just knowing every thing was happening at once. Moving away from my comfortable place and having to start fresh. Knowing that the friends I do make will only be for a short time, says Navy child Aliyah, age 8. Adrienne G., Navy spouse, explains how her two boys react differently to change: I have an extrovert who wants to spend more time with friends and an introvert who wants to pull away. To meet the needs of both kids, were stay ing in one state. The Navy can survive without us for a while. According to the Department of Defense, there are 1.7 million American force-dependent children across the globe, about 80 percent of which attend public schools. Since over half of all military moves take place at the end of the school year, there are roughly a million military kids currently facing an impending move. That makes April, the Month of the Military Child, pretty stressful. According to the authors of a new book available June 1, The Seasons of My Military Child: Practical Ideas for Parents and Teachers parents and edu cators should use a team-approach to help military kids through transitions. Authors Amanda Trimillos, Air Force spouse, teacher, and mother of four, and Stacy Allsbrook-Huisman, Air Force spouse, military advocate, and mother of two, advise parents to build an army of awareness. Together, parents, teach ers, administrators, and counselors can guide the child through the seasons of transition. The team should watch for signs of struggle, which include isolation, low grades, eating alone at lunch, and lack of involvement. Trimillos and AllsbrookHuisman recommend that parents lis ten.Let them lead the conversation, especially tweens and teens. Ask openended questions. Kids are watching the way we handle moves, so remember not to project your feelings onto them, says Allsbrook-Huisman. Through networking, communica tion, and more specific tools described in the book such as creating an Education Binder that follows your child to each school the authors say military children can thrive. Even social media can be an effec tive tool in easing transition stress, according to Trimillos, whose daughter still plays Barbies with her best friend from three stations ago via FaceTime. She sets her screen inside her Barbie house while her friend does the same in Oklahoma. Our own daughters developed a way to turn fear into positive excitement after our move to Germany in 2008. Anna would point out forests, play grounds, sidewalks anything, and proclaim conspiratorially to her little sister, Lilly, Adventure awaits! Military kids have tried and failed, tried and succeeded . and live to tell about it, Allsbrook-Huisman says, acknowledging that military children are more experienced than civilian peers. Its the gift of perspective, some thing only military kids have. This Week in Navy History Meat & Potatoes of Life Photos by Reggie Jarrett Jim Lentini, of Airfield Facilities, uses a forklift to move a World War II-era airfield beacon light into the Stearman Building in Heritage Park aboard Naval Air Station (NAS) Jacksonville April 19. The Stearman Building houses historic artifacts from NAS Jacksonville's past. Joe Vanderheiden, of Airfield Facilities, helps move a World War II-era airfield beacon light into the Stearman Building in Heritage Park aboard Naval Air Station (NAS) Jacksonville April 19. The beacon joins other artifacts from NAS Jacksonville's past. "It is a huge piece of our aviation history," Ron Williamson, safety manager and unofficial base historian, said of the beacon. "It was in use for over 70 years." Another artifact for Stearman Bldg.


JAX AIR NEWS, NAS JACKSONVILLE, Thursday, April 26, 2018 3 Sentinels hold change of command ceremony By MC1 Charles Panter MPRWS Public Affairs The Sentinels of the Maritime Patrol and Reconnaissance Weapons School (MPRWS) held their change of command ceremony aboard Naval Air Station (NAS) Jacksonville April 20. Cmdr. Jonathan Floyd relieved Cmdr. Kent Smith and became the fourth command ing officer of the MPRWS. Rear Adm. William Wheeler III commander, Patrol and Reconnaissance Group, the pre siding officer and guest speaker at the ceremony, commended Smith for his outstanding perfor mance. The Maritime Patrol and Reconnaissance Weapons School is our one-stop-shop for all grad uate level tactics and weapons training. These are the com munity Jedi Knights, our tacti cal Ninjas. To lead this group of superstars, you must be at the top of your game, a tactical expert, and a great team builder. That personifies Skipper Smith he has been a great coach for our Maritime Patrol and Reconnaissance All-Star Team, said Wheeler. Wheeler presented Smith with the Meritorious Service Medal for his excellent performance as MPRWS commanding offi cer from December 2016 to April 2018. Upon his departure, Smith shared his great honor for the opportunity to serve with the Sailors and families of the com mand. I can truly say that I have never served with a more dedi cated and professional group of Sailors than the fighting men and women of the Weapons School. It has been an absolute honor to be able to call myself their commanding officer. I wish Skipper Floyd and the Sentinels continued success, and I am sure that under his com mand the Maritime Patrol and Reconnaissance Weapons School will reach even greater heights, said Smith. After assuming command, Floyd stated, I am humbled to serve with the finest Sailors of the Maritime Patrol and Reconnaissance Force. The Sailors assembled here today truly are the tactical experts criti cal to our communitys global success. This is an incredible time for the Maritime Patrol and Reconnaissance Force as we sun down the P-3C Orion and EP-3 Aries and shift to the future of our force. We are focused on completing the P-8A Poseidon transition, integrating the MQ-4C Triton, and developing future capabilities such as the advanced airborne sensor and multi-static active coherent sonar. Floyd, native of Amityville, New York, graduated from the United States Naval Academy in 1999 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Aerospace Engineering. He winged as a naval flight officer in 2000 and has completed two operation al tours with Patrol Squadron 40 at NAS Whidbey Island, Washington. The Weapons School mission is to provide standardized instruc tion to the Maritime Patrol and Reconnaissance community. The command is committed to opera tional practices that demonstrate full adherence to both the letter and spirit of the law. They fos ter an environment of dignity, diversity and respect within the command and value every Sailor, civilian and allied service mem ber. Photos by MC1 Charles Panter Cmdr. Kent Smith, left, outgoing commanding officer (CO) of Maritime Patrol and Reconnaissance Weapons School (MPRWS), expresses his honor of serving with Cmdr. Jonathan Floyd, incoming MPRWS CO, and AVCM Andrew Jeter, MPRWS senior enlisted advisor, during the MPRWS Change of Command cer emony April 20. Cmdr. Jonathan Floyd (right), incoming commanding offi cer of Maritime Patrol and Reconnaissance Weapons School, salutes Rear Adm. William Wheeler, command er, Patrol and Reconnaissance Group, reporting that he has assumed command. Gwendolyn Floyd pins the command ashore insignia pin to her husband Cmdr. Jonathan Floyd's uniform after he assumed com mand of Maritime Patrol and Reconnaissance Weapons School April 20. A tearful goodbye Naval Air Station (NAS) Jacksonville Emergency Managment Officer and retired Chief Damage Controlman Ray Edmond Sr. is honored by active and retired chief petty officers as they "man the rails" at the conclusion of his celebration of life ceremony April 17 at the NAS Jax All Saints Chapel. Edmond, who worked aboard the station since 2009 and was recognized as the 2018 Senior Civilian of the Year, passed away April 9. Photos by Reggie Jarrett


4 JAX AIR NEWS, NAS JACKSONVILLE, Thursday, April 26, 2018 Fun and games at Spring Barracks Bash By Demi M. Cruz MWR Marketing Approximately 300 E1-E6 single and unaccompanied service members gath ered in the field behind the Naval Air Station Jacksonville gym for the Spring Barracks Bash April 19. Inflatable activities included a velcro wall, joust ing, wipe out and sumo wrestling. Participants also took on a Rubiks Cube challenge, tug-o-war and a dance con test. Other featured activities included a dunk tank, beanbag toss, Jumbo Jenga, football and volleyball. Attendees even enjoyed a special visit from The ROAR of the Jacksonville Jaguars. Prizes were given away every half hour and included hundreds of dollars in gift cards to the Tickets and Travel Office, certificates to Deweys, tickets for I-Drive NASCAR in Orlando, cer tificates and merchandise from the Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp, an Amazon Echo, Fujifilm Instax Mini 9 camera, Sony Sound Bar and a Samsung flat screen LED TV. Representatives from the Naval Hospital Jacksonville Wellness Center passed out information promoting healthy lifestyle options. On-site sponsors included VyStar Credit Union and American Armed Forces Mutual Aid Association Neither the U.S. Navy, NAS Jacksonville, MWR or Jax Air News, nor any part of the federal government, officially endorses any company, sponsor or their products or services. E1-E6 single and unaccompanied service members play volleyball at the annual Spring Barracks Bash aboard Naval air Station Jacksonville April 19. AM2 Joshua Erik Olsen of the Center for Naval Aviation Technical Training Unit Jax, is totally amped as he sticks to the Velcro wall during the annual Spring Barracks Bash April 19. A ROAR cheerleader for the Jacksonville Jaguars jumps in splits against the Velcro wall during the Spring Barracks Bash at Naval Air Station Jacksonville April 19. Barracks Bash attendees visit the welcome tent to receive free T-shirts, glasses, Atomic Blonde DVDs and to enter the draw ing for prizes throughout the evening. HN Lizuyi Hernandez (left) and HN Jarod Rivera of Naval Hospital Jacksonville, sumo wrestle at the annual Spring Barracks Bash April 19. Friends gather around Pvt. 1st Class Kelsey Robinson (second from left) of Fleet Logistics Center Jacksonville. Robinson was one of the prize winners of the evening, taking home a Fujifilm Instax Mini 9 Camera and also racing tickets to I-Drive NASCAR Indoor Kart Racing in Orlando. It's a double take! AOAN Tommy Knox of Helicopter Maritime Strike Squadron 70 and DJ Justin from Progressive Entertainment are totally twinning at the Spring Barracks Bash aboard Naval Air Station Jacksonville.


JAX AIR NEWS, NAS JACKSONVILLE, Thursday, April 26, 2018 5 Photos by Demi M. Cruz LSSA Lamont Singletary of Fleet Logistics Support Squadron 62, breakdances for the 80s themed Spring Barracks Bash busting out the windmill during the Dance Battle. Barracks Bash attendees test their skills at the dunk tank and sink a fellow service member during the annual event aboard Naval Air Station Jacksonville April 19. ATAA Eric Johnson (right) and ACAA Rodrigo Villegas, both from Fleet Area Control and Surveillance Facility Jacksonville, battle it out at the joust inflatable activity during the annual Spring Barracks Bash. ATAN Michael Worley of Fleet Readiness Center Southeast, wipes out on one of the inflatables. This team knows how to smile when the heat is on in the middle of the tug-o-war competition. Barracks Bash attendees split into teams of nine and compete in the tug-o-war competition.


6 JAX AIR NEWS, NAS JACKSONVILLE, Thursday, April 26, 2018 U.S. 4th Fleet participates in SIFOREX 2018 From U.S. 4th Fleet Public Affairs Silent Forces Exercise (SIFOREX) 2018 began in Lima, Peru April 16. Peru is hosting naval forces from the United States and Colombia for the biannual exercise. SIFOREX is a naval exercise that focuses on anti-submarine warfare (ASW) proficiency. It provides a unique opportunity for U.S. naval forces to conduct ASW operations against mul tiple diesel submarines in a complex environment. The primary focus of SIFOREX is ASW operations, but the exercise will also pro vide some events in surface warfare, maritime interdiction operations, and search and res cue. Participants from the U.S. include personnel assigned to U.S. 4th Fleet and Destroyer Squadron 40, USS Lake Champlain (CG 57), three P-8A Poseidon maritime patrol air craft from Patrol Squadrons (VP) 16 and 26, and one MH-60R helicopter from HSM78. This year, SIFOREX will boast additional submarine participation from Colombia who is providing a Type-209 submarine to conduct exer cise operations and will have observers from the Brazilian and Argentinian navies. Conducting these types of exercises is critical, said Cmdr. Mark Yehl, lead planner for SIFOREX 2018. We can always expect maxi mum effort from our crews at sea, but one often overlooked aspect is the logistics that go into each exercise we do. Being able to identify problems and create solutions is critical for smooth operations, both in exercises and real-world situa tions. SIFOREX has been a routine exercise since 2001, becoming a biannual exercise in 2006, occurring every even year since. U.S. Naval Forces Southern Command/U.S. 4th Fleet (USNAVSO/FOURTHFLT) ful fills the maritime role within U.S. Southern Commands joint and combined military opera tions. USNAVSO/FOURTHFLT employs maritime forces in cooperative maritime security operations to maintain access, fortify the ability of U.S. forces to work together with partner nations, and build enduring partnerships with the ultimate goal of enhancing Regional security and pro moting peace, stability, and prosperity in the Caribbean, Central, and South American regions. Photo by MC2(SW) Michael Hendricks Commander, U.S. Naval Forces Southern Command/U.S. 4th Fleet Rear Adm. Sean Buck delivers remarks during the open ing ceremony for the Peruvian hosed, Silent Forces Exercise (SIFOREX) 2018 April 16. SIFOREX is a biannual exercise focused on anti-submarine warfare proficiency. Photo by MC1 Nathan Carpenter GM2 Julio Vargas unloads a GAU-21 .50 caliber machine gun aboard Ticonderoga-class guided-missile cruiser USS Lake Champlain (CG 57) April 15. Lake Champlain is preparing to participate in Silent Forces Exercise (SIFOREX) 2018 with the Peruvian and Columbian navies. Region receives honors Mayor John A. Miller, mayor of the City of Fernandina Beach, Florida, reads a proclamation to Rear Adm. Bette Bolivar, commander, Navy Region Southeast. The proclamation recognized the Navy for providing the sand from a Naval Submarine Base Kings Bay dredging project to renourish the shoreline along the City of Fernandina Beach and Amelia Island. The project was a joint effort by Navy Region Southeast, Naval Facilities Engineering Command Southeast, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Jacksonville Office, and the City of Fernandina Beach. Photo by MC1 Brian G. Reynolds Photos by Victor Pitts Cmdr. Scott Carter, Fleet Readiness Center Southeast Detachment Jacksonville officer in charge, is piped ashore following a change of charge and retirement ceremony at Naval Air Station Jacksonville April 19. Fleet Readiness Center Southeast (FRCSE) Commanding Officer Capt. Trent DeMoss (right) presents Cmdr. Scott Carter with the Meritorious Service Medal for his dedication and service as officer in charge of FRCSE Detachment Jacksonville on April 19 during his retirement ceremony. Carter retired with 27 years of honorable naval service. Carter retires from FRCSE


JAX AIR NEWS, NAS JACKSONVILLE, Thursday, April 26, 2018 7 Vice Adm. Forrest Faison, U.S. Navy sur geon general, address es Naval Hospital Jacksonvilles leader ship during an executive steering council meet ing on April 16. Faison, along with Thomas Modly, Under Secretary of the Navy; Vice Adm. Rocky Bono, director, Defense Health Agency (left); and Rear Adm. Anne Swap, command er, Navy Medicine East (right), discussed strategic opportunities to enhance the deployment readiness of Navy and Marine Corps warfighters and the readiness of Navy clinicians to save lives in combat. Photos by Jacob Sippel Naval Hospital Jacksonville commanding officer Capt. Matthew Case (left), along with execu tive officer Capt. William Todd and director of Surgical Services Capt. Carol Burroughs, speaks about strategic opportunities (including mili tary civilian partnerships) to enhance readi ness, during an executive steering council meet ing with senior leaders on April 16. The senior leaders included Under Secretary of the Navy Thomas Modly; Vice Adm. Forrest Faison, U.S. Navy surgeon general; Vice Adm. Rocky Bono, director, Defense Health Agency; and Rear Adm. Anne Swap, commander, Navy Medicine East. Vice Adm. Rocky Bono, director, Defense Health Agency, discusses the critical integration of readiness and health (including quality care, warfighter readiness, and clinician readiness) with Naval Hospital (NH) Jacksonville leaders and staff during a visit April 16. Bono also addressed information technology to support innovation, such as NH Jacksonvilles recent launch of the Navy Care virtual health app. More Navy Hospital Jax photos, from Page 1 Sailors volunteer to judge Sea Cadet competition By AD1(AW/SW) Mark L. Foster Jr. Transient Personnel Unit/Pre-Trial Confinement Facility Reveille, reveille, all hands heave out and trice-up, are the infamous early morning ritual commands every Sailor has heard and sometimes dreaded in their career. The same went for the 70-plus United States Naval Sea Cadets (NSCC) who competed in this years WalterTillett Flagship Region 6-2 Sea Cadet competition at the St. Johns County Fairgrounds. These cadets ranging in ages from 10 to 17, differ in experi ence and maturity with two divisions being recognized as Sea Cadet leaders while the remaining are known as Sea Cadet battalions. The Sea Cadet program fos ters the leadership and citi zenship of Americas next gen eration providing youths an opportunity to learn about and experience military life with out future commitment to join a service. They meet one week Photos by AD1 Mark Foster AO1 Deseret DeJesus of Patrol Squadron 26 conducts a uniform inspection at the start of the annual Flagship Walter Tillet Sea Cadet competition held at St. John's County Fairgrounds April 14. About 70 cadets participated in the event. St. Augustine Sea Cadets are judged on their color guard skills by Sailors from Patrol Squadron 16 during the competition April 14. Sea Cadets from six different locations in Florida and Georgia participated in the event. See CADETS, Page 10


8 JAX AIR NEWS, NAS JACKSONVILLE, Thursday, April 26, 2018 up to and including, late prehistoric times or 1200 A.D. Seven base facilities have been determined to be individually eligible for listing in the National Register of Historic Places (NRHP) and five historic districts have been determined eligible for listing in the NRHP. The facilities include the Power Plant (Building 104), Aircraft Parts Storage (Building 109), Maintenance Hangar (Building 117), Aircraft Battery Shop (Building 125), and the two chapels and offices (Buildings 750, 751, 752). I really feel that we were given this honor because of the numerous facets in which our pro gram operates, to include a display that was placed at the Museum of Science & History (MOSH) in Jacksonville, said Glass, who serves as the NAS Jax Environmental Division Natural Resource manager. In an exhibit placed last year in MOSH, replicas of the historic Hangars 113, 114, and 115 that were demolished in 2015 during the runway repair project, are displayed and include salvaged artifacts from the hangars. The hangars were demolished because they posed problems with vertical obstruction and air traf fic control runway visibility as well as no longer being adequate in terms of space requirements. The following are the award winners: Natural Resources Conservation, Small Installation Naval Air Station Key West, Florida Naval Air Station Pensacola, Florida Natural Resources Conservation, Individual/Team Environmental Quality, Non-Industrial Installation Environmental Quality, Individual/Team Sustainability, Industrial Installation Environmental Restoration, Individual/Team Cultural Resources Management, Large Installation Naval Air Station Jacksonville, Florida Environmental Excellence in Weapon System Acquisition, Large Program 77) Smith lauded the honorees in his message announc ing the winners. Our Navy Sailors and civilians work in diverse ecosystems worldwide while performing our national security mission. I commend the winners of the CNO Environmental Awards program for maintaining mis sion excellence while protecting the natural environ ment in which we operate. Congratulations and Bravo Zulu! In the next tier of competition, the 27 winners will compete along with Marine Corps nominees for the Secretary of the Navy Environmental Awards. ENVIRO From Page 1 PARADE From Page 1 played on the sides. Staff mem bers handed out giveaways to children at the base Child Development Center during the parade. We love being partners with NAS Jacksonville and the Navy, said Prevent Child Abuse Florida Executive Director Chris Lolley. The parade ended its route at FFSC where three judges tallied scores of the command par ticipating vehicles. Third place went to Transient Personnel Unit/Pre-Trial Confinement Facility Jacksonville, second place to ITC Paul Cummings of NAS Jax and first place to Aviation Support Detachment Jacksonville. The winning entry featured a theme of child abuse being unbearable and decorated a solar vehicle as a bear. Participants handed out stuffed bears to the children. The judges were given an opportunity to give one extra point to a favorite. When the winners were announced, one judge explained her thought process. I gave my extra point to this person for their permanent spirit which he displays every day, Monika Woods, NavyMarine Corps Relief Society director said of Cummingss personally-owned bat mobile. One of the final events of the month takes place Saturday at the Bounce-a-palooza, from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. in the field across from Deweys. Photo by Julie M. Lucas Naval Air Station Jacksonville (NAS Jax) was recently recognized as the Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) Environmental Award winner in the Cultural Resource Management category for large base. The NAS Jax Environmental Division provides guidance for identifying, evaluating, nominating and managing archaeologi cal sites and historic properties located on the station, including the base chapel, which is eligible for listing in the National Register of Historic Places. Photos by Julie M. Lucas Participants in the 2018 Naval Air Station Jacksonville Parade for Prevention gather for a photo following the event April 19. The top three winning entries were given plaques. The "Old Goats" of Naval Air Station Jacksonville's Fleet and Family Support Center wave to the children at the base Child Development Center during the parade. Naval Air Station Jacksonville crime fighters show some moves, demonstrating the power aboard the base to combat child abuse. Photo by Reggie Jarrett The Parade for Prevention travels down Yorktown Avenue on the way to Fleet and Family Support Center aboard Naval Air Station Jacksonville April 19. Photo by Reggie Jarrett Patrol Squadron 30's float in the Parade for Prevention had a superhero theme as it rolled down Yorktown Avenue April 19. A Sailor from Aviation Support Detachment (ASD) Jacksonville hands out a teddy bear during the Parade for Prevention. ASD took first place with their bear-themed solar vehicle. Naval Air Station Jacksonville (NAS Jax) Command Master Chief Jeffery Waters was front and center on the NAS Jax's float in the Parade for Prevention April 19. The parade was sponsored by Fleet and Family Support Center to help raise awareness of child abuse. Photo by Reggie Jarrett


JAX AIR NEWS, NAS JACKSONVILLE, Thursday, April 26, 2018 9 Photos by Jacob Sippel Ron Weekes, a clerk at Naval Hospital Jacksonvilles admissions office, conducts a surgery preregistration with a Sailor. Weekes, a native of Clewiston, Florida, has been in the civil service for ten years. Before that, he served as a hospital corpsman. Were behind the scenes, making a difference by giving back to those that serve or have served. April 30 marks the first birthday of Navy Medicines Civilian Corps. The Civilian Corps joined the Medical, Dental, Medical Service, Nurse and Hospital Corps as a means to support career and leadership development for Navy Medicines civilian team. Navy Medicine Civilian Corps birthday Mary Ann Borgman, a physician assistant on Naval Branch Health Clinic Jacksonvilles Medical Home Port Silver Team and a native of Jacksonville, Florida, checks a Sailors heart beat. Nobody in my family is military, so I find this a fascinating job. I love hearing my patients stories and providing the best care possible to those that serve this country. Theresa Bowser, an information technologist at Naval Hospital Jacksonville, programs a network device. Technology is always changing and it makes coming to work at this hospital so exciting, states Bowser, a native of Lebanon, Ohio. We make sure the hospitals technology is operational so we can continue to provide excellent care. Carol Graves, a medi cal support assistant at Naval Hospital Jacksonvilles multiservice unit, has spent 23 years in civil service. Graves, a native of Sacred Heart, Minnesota, loves the interaction and training at the hospital.


10 JAX AIR NEWS, NAS JACKSONVILLE, Thursday, April 26, 2018 Volunteer judges for the Sea Cadet competition from Patrol Squadron 16 gather during the event. (From left) HM3 Edgar Robles, LSSR Roxanne Ketcham, YN3 Nicole Fontaine, AN Desi Washington, LS3 Nasumbi Beard, LS3 Brea Jackson and AT3 Jaleel Benjamin. end each month and a week during the summer. An evening gathering near the end of the month is sched uled for training/practicing, upkeep and planning of military related activities including physical fitness, drilling, orientation, and wilderness survival. When you see it, you want to be it, said Cassandra Peck, operations officer for Sea Cadet Region 6-2, referring to selfless leadership and invaluable presence U.S. Navy Sailors provide the youth of tomor row. After arriving on site April 13, six divisions repre senting Daytona Beach, Jacksonville, St. Augustine, Florida and Kings Bay Georgia, pitched tents and con ducted evening routine prior to hitting the racks after Taps. Similar to active duty naval ships company coun terparts, quarters was called the next morning to have all divisional personnel form in ranks while morning colors was observed. Cadets were then presented with the plan of the day giving them the sequence of events to be executed by all hands. In contrast to their normal routine, this particular day was where all the practicing, training, and study ing would be put to the test much like the ending cycle of Recruit Training Commands infamous battle sta tions. Twelve events were held ranging from Navy reg ulated push-ups, curl-ups, and an age graded mile run to a uniform inspection, line handling, marksman ship, knot tying, team building, marching maneuvers, color guard, knock out, concluding with a basic military requirement academic knowledge event and a morale boosting non-graded tire flipping/carrying obstacle course. Much to the cadets surprise, 26 Sailors from Patrol Squadron (VP) 16 and 26 volunteered to judge the events and offer support. These Sailors, who have endured the receiving end of constructive criticism, training, and motivation, scored and critiqued events. Prior to each event, the Sailors were briefed as to what to expect and the grading criteria. This included safety protocol, emergency procedures, and which divisions were competing. While events like curl-ups, push-ups, the one-mile run, marksmanship, and knot tying were graded for accuracy and timing, the Type I Navy blue working uniform inspection, marching, and color guard events were assigned two judges independently for variety of judging perceptions. If there was a conflict with an interpretation of a regulation or discrepancy, a third judge oversaw the dispute for an equitable decision. The final event to be evaluated by the Sailors, was led by AT3 Jaleel Benjamin and AN Desi Washington of VP-16 who issued commonly used formation commands, in random order, to knock out those who did not exe cute properly, until there was one remaining victor. Throughout the day, cadets who were lacking profi ciency in specific areas were given the opportunity for one-on-one time with a judge for further training. After a grueling and eventful day with the cadets, the Sailors gained a genuine respect for the NSCC and were glad to have contributed toward a good cause working with potential future service members. Being that this was my first time participating in this type of event, I had a fantastic time and would love to do it again, stated AWO1 Jeffrey Graham of VP-26. A retired Army major, Peck described the Sailors overall experience as stimulating to the extent that the event, really could not have been pulled off without the volunteers from Naval Air Station Jacksonville. The enthusiasm and professionalism was impressive from early morning to late at night, she said. Those teams winning the competition will continue compet ing on a regional level and possibly national level. CADETS From Page 7 Photos by AD1 Mark Foster Tire flip and tire carry were two of the 11 events that took place April 14 at the St. Johns County Fairgrounds. Participants ages ranged from 5 to 16. One of the many competitions at the Sea Cadet event included a line throwing competition, judged by AWO1 Jeffrey Graham of Patrol Squadron 26. A total of 11 events were judged during the day. A group of Sea Cadets fire air rifles as a part of the marksmanship event. AT3 Jaleel Benjamin of Patrol Squadron 16 assist a Sea Cadet in the tire carry event April 14. A one-mile run is timed by volunteers from Patrol Squadron's 16 and 26 based at Naval Air Station Jacksonville. A group of volunteers from Patrol Squadron 26 gather during the Sea Cadet com petition April 14. (Front row, from left) AZ3 Iris Knight, AO1 Deseret DeJesus, YN1 Sheliat Scott, AZ2 Ashley Shubert, AMC Bryan Yumul, PR1 Kayla Harris and AD1 Brian Wilmoth. (Back row, from left) AT1 Jose Lizarraga, AWO1 Jeffrey Graham, LS1 Brian Green, AO1 James Peters, AME1 David Montes, and AME2 Brian Miller. April 30 April 30 Greybeard Basketball League meeting May 9 Intramural Basketball League meeting May 9 Golf Summer League meeting May 16 Dodge Ball Tournament May 21 Badminton Singles League meeting May 23 Walleyball League meeting May 30 For more information about any of the sports articles, call Bill Bonser at 542-2930/3239 or e-mail bill.bonser@ Standings As of April 20 Soccer Team Wins Losses NAS Jax Sports


JAX AIR NEWS, NAS JACKSONVILLE, Thursday, April 26, 2018 11 Get Connected with MWR Community Recreation Call 542-3227 Deweys River Cove Catering & Conference Center Call 542-3041 Conference Center? Deweys Call 542-3521 Bingo at Deweys Freedom Lanes Bowling Center Call 542-3493 p.m. Fitness, Sports & Aquatics Call 542-2930 Visit 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 Call 542-3318, Email directly at nasjaxtickets@navy. mil 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. (Redeemable through 12/31/18, ticket expires on this date) (Redeemable through 12/31/18, ticket expires on this date) Photos by AD1 Mark Foster Skeet champions Members of the Naval Facilities Engineering Command Southeast "Mo-Skeet'ers" Team happily display the 2018 Captain's Cup Intramural Skeet Championship trophy April 20. From left, Eric Cannon, Jose Deliz, Mark Jackson, Jason Summers, and Mike Davis. Other team members (not pictured) are Jeff Killian, John Knox and Joe Cassidy. The team won the event after outshooting Transient Personnel Unit/Pre-Trial Confinement Facility's team 75-66. Their high season score was 90. The Transient Personnel Unit/Pre-Trial Confinement Facility Skeet Team placed second in the 2018 Captain's Cup Intramural Skeet Championships April 20. Their overall high score for the season was 72. From left, STSC Rick Cornthwaite, AMC Michael Knight, LS2 Alexander Neudigate, AO1 Robert Hartong, and CMDCM Christopher Haas.


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