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PAGE 1 VOL. 76 NO. 25 NAS J ACKSONVILLE F LA THURSDAY, JUNE 21, 2018 FRCSE CMC Honored By Former Jaguar Page 6 SUMMER CAMP Fun And Educational Activities For Kids Pages 4-5 NH JAX High School Internships Page 9 NAS Jax passes VPP inspection with flying colors By Reggie Jarrett Editor, Jax Air News Naval Air Station (NAS) Jacksonville underwent inspection for the Voluntary Protection Program (VPP) last week and passed with no vio lations enabling the base to maintain the Star status it has held since 2010. VPP is a certification of your safety program, said Ron Williamson, safety manager for NAS Jacksonville. You get a Star certification if your pro gram meets all of the elements that the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has for the Voluntary Protection Program. Williamson stated that less than one-tenth of one percent of all industries in America are Star certified. NAS Jacksonville Commanding Officer Capt. Mike Connor expressed his gratitude after hearing the news the base was recertified. Thank you is not enough to express my apprecia tion for your focus, attention to detail, and ownership of safety in your jobs and work spaces, he wrote in a message to the base. The OSHA team was very impressed with your compliance with safety direc tives, attitudes, performance and condition of the spaces. As I told the OSHA team, the executive officer, command master chief, department heads and I know we have an outstanding team. It is nice to hear that sentiment vali dated by an outside agency. Connor also stressed to his Sailors that now the certifica tion process is over, the focus on safety doesnt stop. Even though the VPP inspection is behind us, continue and improve upon our safety pro cesses and adhere to our safety policy so we can become an even better model of safe ty compliance within the Department of Defense (DoD), Department of the Navy and private sector. OSHA created VPP in 1982 topromote effective worksitebased safety and health. NAS Jax Sailor wins gold, bronze medals in Warrior Games By MC1 Brian G. Reynolds NAS Jax Assistant Public Affairs Officer A U.S. Navy Sailor stationed aboard Naval Air Station (NAS) Jacksonville brought home two gold and one bronze medal in the 2018 Department of Defense Warrior Games in Colorado Springs, Colorado. CS2 Mario Ingram won a gold medals in track and field and seated volleyball; and won a bronze medal in wheelchair basketball. It feels awesome, Ingram said. It still feels surreal. Im still kind of bummed about powerlifting though. I wish I would have won powerlifting. [Ingram chuckled]. The games, hosted this year by the U.S. Air Force at the Air Force Academy, were open to ill and wounded service members. In 2016 Ingram was diagnosed with Stage 2 Non-Hodgkins Lymphomia. After much treatment and surgery, the cancer is now in remission. Because of his illness, Ingram was asked to com pete in the Warrior Games in 2017. I just wanted to be alone at the time, Ingram said. I didnt want to be bothered by any thing. I didnt want to be around peo ple or any of that stuff. After a while, though, I was like what the heck? So, I gave it a shot. Ingram ended up winning a gold and bronze medal in the 2017 Warrior Games. Because of his success, Ingram, along with eight other athletes were asked to meet with one of the coordinators of the Warrior games after a training in California. I walked into the room and the coor dinator told us, We had you all come here because we want you to compete in the Invictus Games, Ingram said. I was like, Cool, Ill enjoy my 15 min VP-26 is ORE qualified From VP-26 Public Affairs Patrol Squadron (VP) 26, com pleted the operational readiness evaluation (ORE), qualifying 12 combat aircrews, June 15. The completion of ORE is a major milestone for the squadron as a whole, said Lt. Cmdr. Travis Ream, VP-26 training officer. It marks the culmination of the Fleet Readiness Training Program (FRTP), for the crews, and quali fies them to operate in a deployed status. Though it is normally broken up over the course of a few months, as a whole, ORE is roughly two weeks long and evaluates the air crews through graded flights and simulations as well as written tests. ORE also evaluated the readi ness of the Trident Intelligence Department. Intel is evaluated on all of the tasks they will be required to per form on an actual deployment, said Lt. Shaun Lillard, VP-26 intel ligence officer. They conduct graded pre-mission briefs and Intel updates and are also evaluated on their ability to interpret post mis sion products. With the completions of ORE, Trident aircrew has now complet ed FRTP, which also consisted of the Advanced Readiness Program, which evaluated the crews abili ties to operate as a crew, and an inspection from the Fleet NATOPS Evaluation Team, which tested the Trident instructor cadre as well as the squadrons NATOPS program. The Tridents are homeported at Naval Air Station Jacksonville and are currently undergoing FRTP in preparation for their upcoming deployment. Navy launches pilot program to pair senior enlisted with priority leadership billets From Navy Personnel Command Public Affairs A new rating modernization initiative will provide active duty, senior enlisted Sailors looking for their next billet the opportunity to get a jump on the pro cess thanks to a new selection board pilot program, the Navy announced June 14. The Fiscal Year (FY) 19 Senior Enlisted Advancement-to-Vacancy Selection Board, announced in NAVADMIN 144/18, is a pilot program where activePhoto by Kyle Malloy CS2 Mario Ingram displays the U.S. Navy flag after winning a gold medal in seat ed volleyball during the Department of Defense (DOD) 2018 Warrior Games In Colorado Springs, Colorado. Photo by MC1 Micah Blechner Sailors assigned to Combat Air Crew 4 of Patrol Squadron (VP) 26 fly a P-8A Poseidon aircraft during a demonstration flight for Maritime Training Activity Sama Sama 2017 in Cebu, Philippines in June 2017. The squadron recently completed their operational readiness evalua tion qualifying 12 combat aircrews. Photo by MC2 Timothy Schumaker Members of Naval Station Mayport's Chief's Mess stand at attention during a Chief Petty Officer pin ning ceremony at the base gym. Photo by Reggie Jarrett Celebrating Naval Air Station (NAS) Jacksonvilles recertification as a Volunteer Protection Program (VPP) Star Worksite are (back row from left) Commanding Officer Capt. Michael Connor, Robert Mendez and Executive Officer Capt. Brian Weiss. (Front row from left) Carl Sherk, Safety Manager Ron Williamson, Sandra Acosta, Joe Barron and Elvis Snerling. Following the recertifica tion, NAS Jacksonville can fly the VPP Star Worksite flag for another five years. See VPP, Page 7 See INGRAM, Page 8 See BILLETS, Page 6


2 JAX AIR NEWS, NAS JACKSONVILLE, Thursday, June 21, 2018 From staff June 21 1898 USS Charleston captures island of Guam from Spain. 1945 Okinawa declared secure after most costly naval campaign in history. U.S. had 30 ships sunk and 223 dam aged, mostly from kamikaze attacks, with 5,000 dead and 5,000 wounded, while the Japanese lost 100,000 dead June 22 1807 HMS Leopard attacks USS Chesapeake. 1865 Confederate raider Shenandoah fires last shot of Civil War in Bering Strait. 1884 Navy relief expedition under Cmdr. Winfield Schley rescues Lt. A.W. Greely, and six others from Ellesmere Island, where they were marooned for three years. 1898 Adm. Sampson begins amphibious landing near Santiago, Cuba. June 23 1933 Commissioning of USS Macon (ZRS-5), the Navys last dirigible. 1961 Navys first major low-fre quency radio station commissioned at Cutler, Maine. 1972 Navy helicopter squadron aids flood-stricken residents in WilkesBarre, Scranton and Pittstown areas of Pennsylvania. June 24 1833 USS Constitution enters dry dock at Charlestown Navy Yard, Boston, Mass. for overhaul. The ship was saved from scrapping after public support ral lied to save the ship following publica tion of Oliver Wendell Holmes poem, Old Ironsides. 1926 Office of Assistant SecNav set up to foster naval aeronautics and air craft building. 1948 Berlin airlift initiated to off set the Soviet Unions blockade of land access to the U.S., France and Great Britain sectors of Berlin. June 25 1917 Navy convoy of troopships car rying American expeditionary forces arrives in France. 1950 North Korea invades South Korea beginning Korean Conflict. June 26 1884 Congress authorizes commis sioning of Naval Academy graduates as ensigns. 1918 The 4th Marine brigade cap tures Belleau Wood, France. At the beginning of the three-week cam paign, the French fell back through the Marines, and an officer advised Marine Corps Capt. Lloyd Williams to withdraw his men. Williams replied, Retreat, hell! We just got here. 1959 Twenty-eight naval vessels sail from the Atlantic to the Great Lakes, marking the formal opening of Saint Lawrence Seaway to ocean-going ships. 1962 Naval Facility Cape Hatteras makes first Sound Surveillance System (SOSUS) detection of a Soviet diesel submarine. 1973 Navy Task Force 78 completes minesweeping of North Vietnamese ports. June 27 1813 USS President, a 44-gun, threemasted heavy frigate anchors in Bergen, Norway. Commissary savings remain at mandated levels By Kevin L. Robinson, DeCA Public Affairs Specialist Commissary savings remain at more than 23 per cent, according to price comparisons of fiscal 2016 and 2017 sales. When you do the math, the value of the commis sary benefit continues to add up for our patrons when compared to commercial retailers outside the gate, said Robert Bianchi, the interim director and CEO of the Defense Commissary Agency. Congress requires that DeCA maintain savings at levels that are reasonably consistent with the fiscal 2016 baseline savings level, even as commissaries look to improve the patron shopping experience by integrating commercial business practices such as variable pricing and private label brands. The current savings methodology helps DeCA and Congress better monitor and protect patron savings, Bianchi said. Since 2016, weve used this calculation to take a deeper dive into what those numbers represent, Bianchi said. Now we have a clearer picture of the benefits value, reflecting savings as they apply to the products our patrons buy most and the regional cost of living where they shop. From the latest commissary market basket com parisons, DeCAs annual global savings for fiscal 2017 is 23.32 percent, down slightly from the 23.65 percent reported for 2016. The overall percentage is a salesweighted average of U.S. and overseas savings. The savings decline was attributed to a combina tion of lower savings in certain U.S. regions and a drop in overseas savings linked to a lower average cost of living Allowance (COLA) in fiscal 2017; COLA fluctua tions have a direct impact on DeCAs level of overseas savings. Historically, DeCA measured savings globally, by comparing national prices at commissaries against average market prices for the whole country. However, the cost of living varies by region. To account for these geographic differences, Congress now requires DeCA to report on savings regionally, comparing prices with two-to-three commercial grocers, including super centers, in the local area of each commissary in the United States. Commissaries also expanded the range of items in its savings comparisons. In addition to measuring 38,000 items at a national level, DeCA is comparing local prices on about 1,000 products, which are repre sentative of a shoppers typical market basket. Sustaining the overall level of patron savings for our valued customers is a top priority and mon itored very closely by the DeCA team, said Chris Burns, the agencys executive director for Business Transformation. I am very pleased that DeCA con tinues to offer significant savings on items that our patrons purchase savings that can help them stretch their budget. Although market fluctuations will cause prices of grocery products to increase and decrease, Burns added, our patrons can rely on the fact that the value of their commissary benefit will not change. 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 Writer MC1(SW) Brian Reynolds Editor Reggie Jarrett Design/Layout George Atchley This Week in Navy History Navy photo A helicopter from Naval Air Station (NAS) Jacksonville rescues an injured guest from the roof of the Hotel Roosevelt in downtown Jacksonville, where an early morning fire broke out Dec. 29, 1963. When the lower floors of the hotel were engulfed in flames, guests made their way to the roof. Four helicopters from NAS Jacksonville and one from NAS Cecil Field responded to the call for help and res cued a total of 14 people from the burning building. At least 12 people died in the fire. Photo by MC1 Brian G. Reynolds CMEO training promotes equality Rear Adm. Bette Bolivar, commander, Navy Region Southeast, speaks at the Command Managed Equal Opportunity (CMEO) Program Manager Training Summit at Naval Air Station Jacksonville. The objective of CMEO is to promote positive command morale and quality of life by providing an environment in which all personnel can perform to their maximum ability, unimpeded by institutional or individual biases based on race, color, religion, sex (including gender identity), national origin or sexual orientation.


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4 JAX AIR NEWS, NAS JACKSONVILLE, Thursday, June 21, 2018 NAS Jax YAC Summer Camp offers good time By Staff Naval Air Station Jacksonville (NAS Jax) Youth Activities Center (YAC) 2018 Summer Camp is hosting nearly 200 youths daily to enjoy the centers ser vices and programming throughout the summer. The camp offers numerous daily programs at the facility, with high lights including a trip to the Museum of Science and History, Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens, Adventure Landing, movie trips, and water activities at the NAS Jax Outdoor Pool and Mulberry Cove Marina. YAC Director Jason McKenzie has managed this summer camp for several years. The purpose of this camp is to pro vide educational and fun events, so learning can continue throughout the summer, he said. Of course, safety is our number one concern by our staff, which we incorpo rate all year long. The camp hosts daily programs for different age groups of kids every day and each featuring a wide variety of activities. Some include life science learning, coloring and painting in the art room, educational computer games in the computer room and learning in the Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics room. The camp also offers other activities outside of these rooms to keep all of the kids entertained and active throughout the day. Recently the camp hosted a fun run for the children and they spent the week preparing for the competition. Preparation activities included run ning drills, as well as stretching and running short distances. The distances increased each day of the week. The fun run offered three different distances based on age groups. The five to eightyear-old children ran a half-mile, nine to 10-year-olds ran a mile, and the 11 to 12-year-olds ran two miles. Parents were invited to join in the event. The camp also takes regular trips to the NAS Jax Outdoor Pool. Tuesdays are for the younger kids to play in the splash pad, while others swim in the pool. On Thursdays, the older children use the pool and are separated by age, arriving at different times. All the kids who use the pool must pass a swimming test at the beginning of the summer or wear a life vest. Im enjoying meeting new people and having so much fun, said first-time camper Amber Roberts. One of the big events the summer camp offers each year is a trip to the Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens. The chil dren are divided into groups and spend the day viewing the animals. Lunch is provided to give them a break from touring. Some of the other excursions planned for the summer campers include a trip to the St. Augustine Alligator Farm, kayak and paddleboarding, as well as a day at Adventure Landing. They also have a theater production coordinated by Missoula Childrens Theatre. The traveling group will work with the children on acting and teach them about make-up. Everyone is encouraged to attend their show, Robin Hood on July 20 and the annual YAC Talent Show July 21. Naval Air Station (NAS) Jacksonville Environmental Intern Sarah Hill answers a question of a NAS Jacksonville Summer Camp attendee during the first week of camp. Campers learned about how pollution affects wildlife. Jeanelle Previllion (left), and Michelle Dansoh partner up during a scavenger hunt at Black Point Interpretive Center aboard Naval Air Station Jacksonville. Campers enjoy the educational games played during computer time while at Naval Air Station Jacksonville Youth Activities Center Summer Camp. Children ages 6-7 learn about numer ous topics from typing to spelling. Naval Air Station Jacksonville Youth Summer Camp participants stand and kneel while paddleboarding June 11. The week prior, the youths learned about water safety before getting on the water.


JAX AIR NEWS, NAS JACKSONVILLE, Thursday, June 21, 2018 5 Photos by Julie M. Lucas Field trips are a favorite among the campers, such as the Museum of Science and History in downtown Jacksonville. The Naval Air Station Jacksonville Youth Activities Center Summer Camp takes daily trips to the base outdoor pool. All campers are required to take a swim test before entering the pool. Photo by AO2 Haley Ballard Mulberry Cove Manager Phil Collins (left) demonstrates how to turn on a paddleboard to youth participants in the Naval Air Station Jacksonville Summer Camp. Environmental Resource Management Assistant Dennis Marshall explains the affects of pollution affecting animals with Naval Air Station Jacksonville Summer Camp youths. Around 200 children attend the camp annually. Naval Air Station Youth Activities Center camper Arianna Johnson, 7, glues cotton swabs to paper while studying bones June 13. The camp stresses educational and fun activities. Naval Air Station Jacksonville Summer Camp attendees examine bark on a tree during a scavenger hunt June 6. Camp activities are filled with fun and educational experiences.


6 JAX AIR NEWS, NAS JACKSONVILLE, Thursday, June 21, 2018 CNO Environmental Award Naval Air Station Jacksonville (NAS Jax) Commanding Officer Capt. Michael Connor (second from right) pres ents NAS Jax Cultural Resource Program Manager Angela Glass with the 2017 Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) Environmental Award for Cultural Resources Management Large Category as NAS Jax Executive Officer Capt. Brian Weiss (left), and NAS Jax Public Works Officer Cmdr. Sylvester Adamah look on. The award was presented as part of a video teleconferencing ceremony June 13 with Vice Adm. Dixon Smith, deputy CNO, Fleet Readiness and Logistics and Rear Adm. Carl Lahti, director, Energy and Environmental Readiness Division, who recognized win ners from naval bases and ships throughout the world. The environmental team earned the award for identifying, inventorying and evaluating 37 archaeological sites aboard the station and creating an exhibit at the Jacksonville Museum of Science and History. duty senior enlisted Sailors apply for specific priority leadership billets listed in the NAVADMIN and, if selected, are temporarily advanced to the billet pay grade. To be permanently advanced, Sailors must be selected for advancement by the senior chief or master chief petty officer selection boards. This program will give motivated Sailors an opportunity to take on posi tions of greater responsibility, while at the same time helping the Navy to better align our senior enlisted lead ers to the places we need them to be, said Capt. Rick Cheeseman, director, Career Management Department, Navy Personnel Command. The selection board is scheduled to convene Aug. 13; applications to the board must be postmarked no later than July 9. For Sailors to be eligible, they must meet the following criteria: Must meet all eligibility require ments for the regularly scheduled FY-19 active-duty SCPO or MCPO advance ment selection boards. Applicants must receive a favorable endorsement from their commanding officer (CO) via a NAVPERS 1306/7. Applicants must sign, and have their CO witness, a NAVPERS 1070/613 with the following statement: I under stand that by submitting an application for consideration by the FY-19 Senior Enlisted Advancement-to-Vacancy Pilot Selection Board I am certifying that I am assignable to any billets for which I applied and will execute orders to those billets if directed. Applicants must possess any required Navy Enlisted Classification (NEC) codes for the billets advertised or have the experience to obtain the NEC en-route to the billet. Specific prereq uisites for each billet are outlined in the NAVADMIN. Sailors who have submitted voluntary Fleet Reserve/retirement requests are not eligible. A full list of available billets, board application and communication proce dures can be found in the NAVADMIN at NAVADMINS/NAV2018/NAV18144.txt. BILLETS From Page 1 FRCSE Command Master Chief honored by former Jacksonville Jaguars player By Clifford Davis FRCSE Public Affairs Former Jacksonville Jaguars great Donovin Darius honored Fleet Readiness Center Southeast (FRCSE) Command Master Chief Donald Henderson June 9 with his All-Pro Service Award. The Donovin Darius Foundations 2018 Fathers Day Celebration Event was held at Dailys Place, and honored more than 3,000 fathers and father figures for their roles in the community. I truly believe this, and I shared this with him, the legacy you leave is the life that you lived, Darius said in a phone call to FRCSE. Hes done a tremendous job of leaving a legacy with the people hes led, the people hes served with and the people hes protected and fought for. Hell forever be remembered because of what he did. Henderson is wrapping up a 30-year naval career in July that has seen nearly every corner of the globe. In an avia tion maintenance career mostly spent aboard carriers, hes transited the Suez Canal six times. He took part in carrier deploy ments in support of operations Desert Storm, Southern Watch, Iraqi Freedom, Enduring Freedom and Inherent Resolve. However, he was nominated for excel lence in his current role as command master chief a role that emphasizes training, caring for and promoting the careers of his Sailors. To me, he is the perfect master chief. He takes care of his Sailors, and wants to see them promoted, which improves their quality of life, said the person who nominated him, Greater Jacksonville USO Operations Director and retired master chief Bob Ross. Whenever we get donations, like tickets and stuff like that, his number one thought is always the junior mili tary personnel who otherwise could not afford to attend these events. For Henderson, who is used to nom inating his Sailors for awards, the whole ordeal came as a shock. FRCSE Executive Officer Col. Fred Schenk told him they were attending as representa tives of the command. We were seated at a table in front of the stage when a woman comes and gets me and escorts me on the stage, he said. Next thing you know, Im stand ing there with Donovin Darius, holding a trophy and thinking, What just hap pened? For Henderson, though he was hon ored, the moment came with a sense of introspection. I really didnt feel like I deserved it. As it is with most men and women who serve in our nations military, Hendersons distinguished career came with sacrifice. Serving as a father figure to his Sailors came at a cost. Ive always thought of myself as a good example to my sons, given my work ethic and being a provider, serving my country, loving my country and lov ing my family, he said. If I have any regrets, Id say I truly missed a lot of time with my kids. I find that Im making a lot of it up now, and Im going to embark on my next chapter of being a better father and a better husband. Darius said he wanted to make sure Henderson knew those sacrifices were appreciated. At this next chapter of his life, a chapter that may be unknown to him because hes spent so much of his life in one area, I wanted him to know that I honor and appreciate what he did, Darius said. As he moves forward, the positive impact hes made on so many lives will never be forgotten, but the next chapter will be even greater than his last. For Ross, theres no doubt Henderson has made a tremendous impact. The only thing he ever wanted was to see them excel, contribute to the mis sion and let them know how important they were no matter if they were an E1 or an E9, theyre part of the team, Ross said. I wish Id had a master chief like him when I was coming up through the ranks. Photo by Anthony Casullo Former Jacksonville Jaguars player and motivational speaker Donovin Darius (left) presents CMDCM(AW/SW) Donald Henderson of Fleet Readiness Center Southeast with an All-Pro Service award June 9 in recognition of his sacrifice, commitment and discipline serving in the U.S. Armed Forces. Henderson was honored during the fifth annual Donovin Darius Foundation's Father's Day Celebration Event in downtown Jacksonville. Photo by Kaylee LaRocque CPRW-11 Change of Command Photos by MC1 Jerome D. Johnson Commander, U.S. Fourth Fleet Rear Adm. Sean Buck, gives remarks during the Commander, Patrol and Reconnaissance Wing (CPRW) 11 Change of Command ceremony at Naval Air Station Jacksonville June 7. CPRW-11 is responsible for the training, maintenance, and administrative support of its assigned Patrol Squadrons, Unmanned Patrol Squadron, Fleet Support Unit, Tactical Operations Center and Mobile Tactical Operations Centers. Capt. James Robinson Jr. (right) transfers command of Commander, Patrol and Reconnaissance Wing 11 to Capt. Craig Mattingly.


JAX AIR NEWS, NAS JACKSONVILLE, Thursday, June 21, 2018 7 Tridents host family picnic From VP-26 Public Affairs Patrol Squadron (VP) 26 hosted its annual command picnic June 8, aboard Naval Air Station (NAS) Jacksonville. The picnic, which was open to all family and friends of the Tridents, was held in Patriots Grove Park and included bounce houses and an inflat able obstacle course for the chil dren and a dunk tank sponsored by the Trident First Class Petty Officer Association. Members of the squadron voted to dunk their favorite squadron-mate. CWO4 Joseph Doyle won the vot ing with the backing of the Ordnance shop. He said, The dunk tank is a great way to raise morale and funds to benefit the squadron and future events. The annual picnic is a great oppor tunity for the Trident family to take a pause from our busy schedule, said Cmdr. Michael Haymon, VP-26 com manding officer. It gives us a chance to get everyone together and enjoy a relaxing afternoon away from work. NAS Jacksonville first qualified as a Star site in 2010. The base was re-cer tified in 2013. After the initial recerti fication after three years, the process calls for an inspection every five years to maintain the Star status. The inspection was carried out June 11-14 by an OSHA lead and four inspec tors. The inspectors are safety manag ers from VPP Star certified corpora tions, such as NASA and Delta Airlines. Everyone has to perform to the OSHA regulations for any business, anywhere in the United States, but under VPP, you have to go above and beyond that standard, said Tom Dwyer, safety program manager for NASA Kennedy Space Center since 1991. You have to set a higher standard for your business to be a Star site. The inspection team toured 16 facili ties aboard NAS Jacksonville chosen at random. They interviewed personnel and pored over base safety records. We look for improvement, Dwyer said. We look for the company to be better than it was the last time we were here. And that they constantly find ways to make it a safer environment for all their employees and management. One of the NAS Jacksonville facili ties inspected by the VPP team was the First Coast Navy Fire and Emergency Services. We are always prepared for VPP, said Fire Chief Mark Brusoe. It is a way of life on NAS Jacksonville. Brusoe was the fire chief when dur ing the last VPP inspection in 2013 and praised the program for increasing safe ty awareness. VPP is key in reducing injuries and workplace incidents and educating the public on the safety program, he said. The DoD came out with a directive in 2015 that every shore installation has to have a safety management system. VPP is one of the safety management systems the DoD has approved for use to meet that requirement. We were already way ahead of the requirement because weve been doing this since 2010, Williamson said. Commander, Naval Region Southeast Rear Adm. Bette Bolivar also ordered earlier this year, that all 17 bases under her command will be certified by VPP as a Star site. Right now, the only three bases meeting that requirement are NAS Jacksonville, Naval Station Mayport, Florida and Naval Submarine Base Kings Bay, Georgia. Williamson said the VPP inspection team had glowing comments for the NAS Jacksonville Safety program in the 44-page evaluation they sent to the OSHA office in Atlanta. We have no deficiencies in our records and no field violations that we have to fix, Williamson said. It was an amazing inspection. We have a great workforce here at NAS Jax that embraces the safety culture. They said very clearly that they saw that everywhere they went. VPP From Page 1 Photos by Reggie Jarrett OSCS Paula Tukes (right) shows Voluntary Protection Program inspec tor Keith Harned around Naval Air Station Jacksonville's Recycling Center June 13. Mike McAninch (right), firearms instructor at Naval Air Station (NAS) Jacksonville, shows Voluntary Protection Program (VPP) inspector Keith Harned around the gun range June 13. NAS Jacksonville is undergo ing recertification for VPP "Star" status, which is the Occupational Safety and Health Administration's highest level of recognition for excellence. Auto Skills Center Manager Phil Collins (second from left) shows inspectors for the Voluntary Protection Program and members of Naval Air Station Jacksonville's Safety Office around the Auto Skills Center June 13. AC1 Chereigne Smith of the Naval Air Station Jacksonville (NAS Jax) Air Operations Department, points out the emergency escape route from the air control tower to Tom Dwyer, a Volunteer Protection Program (VPP) inspector June 14. VPP inspectors visited many commands aboard NAS Jax during the process to recertify the base as a "Star" status installation. Courtesy photo CWO4 Joseph Doyle of Patrol Squadron 26, sits in a dunk tank as squadron family members attempt to dunk him during a picnic aboard Naval Air Station Jacksonville June 8. Support Your Print And Digital Advertisers! They Support You!


8 JAX AIR NEWS, NAS JACKSONVILLE, Thursday, June 21, 2018 Comedian presents comedy with message By Staff Resiliency, safety, risk reduction, substance abuse, sexual assault and other topics were presented in a humor ous format to Sailors aboard Naval Air Station Jacksonville during a destructive behavior workshop June 12. Comedian Bernie McGrenahan uses standup comedy, with a power ful message. How many of you have to be here? McGrenahan asked as he opened his presentation at Deweys. As the hands went up, he said, A mandatory com edy show that makes me feel good. McGrenahan shared his experiences and joked about bad deci sions, while engaging the audience. He spoke about using fake IDs and friends, which are highrisk factors and getting a DUI arrest. What I spent at the bar that night $35 was noth ing compared to what I paid with my reputa tion being damaged, my honor and integrity. McGrenahan con tinued with destructive behaviors and had two DUIs by the age of 19. He was deeply affected by a family members sui cide and discusses how to assist when you have concerns with a possibly suicidal person. Suicide should never be an option for you. You are important to your family and if you ever see a fellow Sailor down, ask if they are ok, he said. Two of the shows main underlying messages were that asking for help is a sign of courage not of weakness, and that ask ing for help should never be stigmatized. I dont know what its utes in the spotlight. The Invictus Games, cre ated by Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex, spotlight injured or ill armed services person nel from militaries all over the world to compete in a myriad of sports. This years Invictus Games will be held in Sydney, Australia. The Invictus Games are comprised of teams from 18 nations, Ingram said. Ill be doing powerlifting and track and field. Ingram has undoubt edly risen above his illness to become a true competi tor and advises people who have similar setbacks in their lives to stay positive and keep their eyes on the future. Grab at something posi tive and keep at it, Ingram said. You have to do stuff that will keep you moving on to the next day. My motto is that if there is something bad, its not going to always be bad. Everything heals with time. Someone always has it worse than you. INGRAM From Page 1 Photos by Kyle Malloy CS2 Mario Ingram celebrates after winning an event at the Department of Defense 2018 Warrior Games. Andrew Bell, adaptive sports program manager for the 2018 Department of Defense (DOD) Warrior games, hugs CS2 Mario Ingram after he won an event at the DOD Warrior Games. This years DOD Warrior Games were host ed by the U.S. Air Force at the U.S. Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Colorado. Photo by Kaylee LaRocque Naval Air Station Jacksonville Command Master Chief Jeffery Waters (right), checks out the two gold and one bronze medals that CS2 Mario Ingram earned at the recent Department of Defense Warrior Games. Ingram returned to the Bachelor Enlisted Quarters where he works June 11 after competing in the games and will head to Australia in October. Comedian Bernie McGrenahan gathers with Naval Air Station Jacksonville Sailors after his presenta tion June 12 at Dewey's. He invited Sailors to stay after the presentation for a meet and greet, while he shared photos of his family. Photos by Julie M. Lucas Comedian Bernie McGrenahan jokes with a Naval Air Station Jacksonville Sailor dur ing his presentation June 12 aboard the base. McGrenahan spoke about resiliency, safety, respect and the impor tance of bystander inter vention. See COMEDY, Page 9


JAX AIR NEWS, NAS JACKSONVILLE, Thursday, June 21, 2018 9 like to wear the uniform, he said, but I pray that you never hurt yourselves because you dont want to ask for help. Secrets keep us sick. Numerous Sailors in attendance said they appreciated a different kind of approach for the training. This was a very meaningful mes sage and it was so much better than just looking at a bunch of slides, said OS2 Noal White of Naval Air Station Jacksonvilles 1 st Lieutenant Division. McGrenahan gave away copies of a book during the show titled, I Killed, which is a collection of stories from comedians with true road stories. His personal story is about performing in Bosnia in 1998 on a hilltop with 20 men. McGrenahan is now 29 years sober and has been doing comedy since 1988. His comedy show. With a Message has been presented to more than 300 military bases worldwide the last 11 years. COMEDY From Page 8 Schools out, but future docs are in at Naval Hospital Jacksonville By Yan Kennon Public Affairs Senior Writer, Naval Hospital Jacksonville Naval Hospital (NH) Jacksonville hosted its annual Science, Service, Medicine and Mentoring (S2M2) intern ship at the hospital June 11-15 with 13 high school students from DarnellCookman School of the Medical Arts. S2M2 helps us grow the next genera tion of health care professionals, said Capt. Matthew Case, NH Jacksonville commanding officer. And it allows stu dents the opportunity to witness Navy Medicine first-hand, where we get to care for the most deserving patients in the world. The goal of NH Jacksonvilles S2M2 program is to nurture high school stu dents commitment to science and medicine in a welcoming and intel lectually stimulating environment. The S2M2 partnership with DarnellCookman complements the schools focus on equipping high-performing students with the skills to pursue advanced medical degrees. My S2M2 internship this week has been eye-opening, said Ricardo Stewart, a rising twelfth grader. The hands-on experiences with the doctors, nurses and corpsmen helped me learn from the experts and narrow down my decision to be a cardiologist. It was an honor to witness the harmony and pre cision as the physicians and surgical team worked together to perform an actual knee-replacement on a patient. In addition to clinical rotations through the operating suites, outpatient clinics, and inpatient units, students participated in hospital corpsman skills training and Trauma Combat Casualty Cares obstacle course. They witnessed how Navy first responders conduct combat trauma care. Students also per formed medical procedures on life-like mannequins in the hospitals simula tion laboratory, and performed ortho pedic procedures on artificial bone and joints. S2M2 was developed in 2004 by the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences, and launched in 2010 at NH Jacksonville. It includes two activities each academic year: a kick-off event in the fall at Darnell-Cookman for about 80 ninth and tenth graders, and a week-long immersion program the next summer at NH Jacksonville for a select group. To date, the hospital has host ed 72 Darnell-Cookman students at its summer internship, and looks forward to working with future students. Photo by Jacob Sippel HM2 Joshua Crisano explains the benefits of the anti-gravity treadmill to Samara Habyarinana at Naval Hospital Jacksonvilles physical therapy clinic. Habyarinana is one of 13 high school students from Darnell-Cookman School of the Medical Arts participating in the hospitals Science, Service, Medicine and Mentoring sum mer internship. Photos by Jennifer Price Participants in the Naval Air Station Jacksonville Morale, Welfare and Recreation Powerlifting Competition gather after the event June 9 at the out door weightlifting pavillion. Naval Air Station Jacksonville Fitness Trainer Brian Williams (right) gives the signal to hold the bar steady to Vincent McClure as he competes in the dead lift portion of the base pow erlifting competition June 9. Hailey Westphal prepares herself to lift the bar in the dead lift competi tion. Participants are required to raise the bar and stand erect, locking knees until a referee signals the downward movement. Naval Air Station Jacksonville Fitness Trainer Richie Stout (left) presents DeAnna Daniel, right, with the first place trophy in the female powerlift ing competition as Hailey Westphal displays her second place medal. Peter Aarons (center) happily dis plays his first place trophy after the powerlifting competition June 9. Joey Marques (right) placed second in the event with Robert Bavero coming in third. Powerlifters Compete


10 JAX AIR NEWS, NAS JACKSONVILLE, Thursday, June 21, 2018 Get Connected with MWR Community Recreation Call 542-3227 River Cove Catering & Conference Center Call 542-3041 Deweys Call 542-3521 Freedom Lanes Bowling Center Call 542-3493 p.m. Fitness, Sports & Aquatics Call 542-2930 Base Gym for more information. Visit for now available. treatments. For a complete list of center. MWR Digital Library The Liberty Recreation Center Trips & events are for all E1-E6 single or unaccompanied active duty members & reservists only. Call 542-1335 for information. Free NAS Jax Golf Club Golf Course: 542-3249 Mulligans Restaurant: 542-2936 Mulberry Cove Marina Call 542-3260 Auto Skills Center Call 542-3681 Youth Activities Center Call 778-9772 Family Fitness Center Call 771-8469 Jax Navy Flying Club Call 542-8509 Community Recreation Tickets Call 542-3318, Email directly at What to do this year? Local Fun Trips! Current Ticket Promotions Include the Following: Tickets valid Jan. 1, 2018 and expire Dec. 19, 2018. (Redeemable through 12/31/18, ticket expires on this date) (Redeemable through 12/31/18, ticket expires on this date) Wallyball League forming The league is open to active duty, selective reservists, DoD civilians, DoD contractors, dependent spouses assigned to a command at NAS Jacksonville and retirees. The games are played in the evenings. All interested personnel should contact the NAS Jax Sports Department at 542-2930 to receive a copy of the rules and the required forms to register for the league. The tournament is open to active duty, selective reservists, DoD civilians, DoD contractor, and dependent spouse women assigned to a command at NAS Jacksonville. Participants will earn participation points for their command to sign up by July 9. The tournament is open to active duty, selective reservists, DoD civilians, DoD contractor, and dependent spouse men assigned to a command at NAS Jacksonville. Participants will earn participation points for their command toward the up by July 16. The tournament is open to active duty, selective reservists, dependent spouses, DoD civilians, and DoD contractor men assigned to a command at NAS Jacksonville. The tournament starts at 5 p.m. and will be held at the pavilion earn participation points for their command toward the up by July 27. We now have a professional tennis instructor on base to offer tennis lessons to all authorized MWR patrons. Interested personnel can contact the base gym at 5422930 to get more information about the tennis lessons and to make an appointment for a lesson. Private Lessons Adults and Juniors: 60 minutes = $40 90 minutes = $60 Additional hours if person takes more than two hours per week = $25 Semi-Private (2 people) Lessons Adults and Juniors: 60 minutes = $20 each person together : Adults: 3-8 people (60 minutes for 3 people; 90 min for 4 or more people) = $15 per person Note: The minimum of each clinic is 3 people and maximum is 8. For more information about any of the sports articles, call Bill Bonser at 542-2930/3239 or e-mail bill.bonser@ Visit the MWR website at or nasjaxmwr. Standings As of June 15 VR-58/VR-62 2 0 AIR OPS 1 0 NAVHOSP 1 0 VP-8 Toon Squad 0 1 VP-16 0 1 VP-30 0 1 VUP-19 Big Red 0 1 HSM-70 Team 1 1 0 HSM-70 Team 2 0 1 VP-62 Tweet Tweet 0 1 VP-8 0 1 NAS Jax Sports Photo by AD1 (AW/SW) Mark Foster Helicopter Maritime Strike Squadron 70 and Transient Personnel Unit/Pre-Trial Confinement Facility tee off 2018 Intramural Golf season aboard Naval Air Station Jacksonville June 13.


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