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PAGE 1 VOL. 76 NO. 27 NAS J ACKSONVILLE F LA THURSDAY, JULY 12, 2018 VP-5 Change of Command Page 3 SAIL ACADEMY Teaching NJROTC Cadets How To Sail Pages 4-5 HSC-5 Undergoes HARP at NAS Jax Page 6 File photo Lt. Brady Martin, of Helicopter Maritime Strike Squadron (HSM) 70, holds his son Maxton for the first time with his wife Whitney at HSM-70's homecoming to Naval Air Station Jacksonville Aug. 18, 2017. Navy releases new parental leave program From Chief of Naval Personnel Public Affairs Navy announced the establishment of the Military Parental Leave Program in NAVADMIN 151/18, released June 21. The new program increases paren tal leave and combines the current family leave poli cies into one. The Military Parental Leave Program also aligns the Navy with recently released Department of Defense guidance pertaining to changes about parental leave. Under the new program, parental leave for the sec ondary caregiver increases from 10 days to 14 days and consolidates Adoption Leave Naval Military Personnel Manual (MILPERSMAN) 1050-420, Paternity Leave MILPERSMAN 1050-430 and Maternity Leave MILPERSMAN 1050-435 into the Military Parental Leave Program MILPERSMAN 1050-415 that will be published at a later date. The program applies to all active duty Sailors. Reserve Sailors who were performing active duties, or mobilized more than 12 continuous months, and are the parents of a qualifying birth or adoption on or after Dec. 23, 2016 are also eligible. The three family leave categories under the Military Parental Leave Program are: Maternity Convalescent Leave is a six-week (42 days), non-chargeable leave period for the Sailor who gives birth, commencing the first full day after a Sailor is released from the hospital following a birth. Primary Caregiver Leave is a six-week (42 days) non-chargeable leave period for the parent who gives birth or is designated with primary responsi bility for caring for the child or children following a birth or adoption. Secondary Caregiver leave is a two-week (14 days) non-chargeable leave period for the parent not designated with primary responsibility for caring for the child following a birth or adoption. Details about the leave periods are described in NAVADMIN 151/18. Based on a commands readiness requirements, members on or within three months of a deploy ment will normally have to defer executing Primary and Secondary Caregiver Leave until return of the deployment. Commanding Officers, in extenuating circum stances and where operational requirements allow, may authorize members to take parental leave. Navys parental leave program supports Sailor 2025s goal of removing obstacles that negatively influence a Sailors decision to stay Navy when they are looking to start or raise a family. Sailor 2025 is the Navys program to more effec tively recruit, develop, manage, reward and retain the force of tomorrow. It consists of approximately 45 living, breathing initiatives and is built on a frame work of three pillars a modern personnel system, a career learning continuum and career readiness. More information on Sailor 2025 can be found at asp. For complete details on the parental leave pro gram read NAVADMIN 151/18 at Safe drinking water a priority for CO By Capt. Michael Connor Commanding officer Naval Air Station Jacksonville You may have seen recent media reports regard ing testing for perfluorinated compounds (PFCs) in ground water at DoD installations. The safety and security of our service members, families and communities remains the top priority at Naval Air Station (NAS) Jacksonville. This includes the safety of the drinking water aboard the station. The drinking water at NAS Jacksonville comes from the Floridian Aquifer a limestone formation deep underground. There are three deep wells, all great er than 1,000 feet deep, which are used for drink ing water. The station also has a water connection with Jacksonville Electric Authority to supplement the drinking water system. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) requires all public water systems serving more than 10,000 people to sample and test for several currently unregulated contaminants. PFCs such as perfluorooc tanesulfonate acid (PFOS) and perflouroctanoic acid (PFOA) are on the list of contaminants to sample and test. These are man-made chemicals used in many industrial and consumer products. PFOS and PFOA are used to make coatings and products that are oil and water repellent such as for carpets, clothing, and paper packaging for food and cookware. They are also contained in foams used for fighting petroleum fires primarily at airfields because it rapidly extinguishes Navy reestablishes Sailor early Return-to-Sea policy From Navy Personnel Command Public Affairs In an effort to fill critical billets at sea, the Navy announced June 27 that it has increased detailers authority to transfer Sailors from their shore duty assignment earlier than their projected rotation date. Announced in NAVADMIN 156/18, the Sailor Early Return to Sea (SERTS) policy enables enlisted rat ing detailers to begin filling high-priority E4 E9 sea duty billets by using an increased distribution authority. Navy Personnel Command already has a num ber of programs and policies that provide Sailors an opportunity to volunteer to return to sea duty early, said Capt. Alonza Ross, director, NPC NH Jax graduates family medicine physicians By Yan Kennon Public Affairs Senior Writer, Naval Hospital Jacksonville Naval Hospital Jacksonvilles award-winning Family Medicine Residency Program, now in its 47th year of continuous accreditation, graduated 25 phy sicians (13 interns and 12 residents) at a ceremony June 29 at the Officers Club aboard Naval Air Station Jacksonville. The graduation also served as a kick-off to the pro grams new academic year, which begins July 1 with 44 residents and interns. Photo by Reggie Jarrett The water towers that provide drinking water for Naval Air Station Jacksonville loom over Mulberry Cove Marina as water enthusiasts prepare to take canoes and kayaks into the cove July 9. Photo by MC2 David A. Brandenburg The aircraft carrier USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74) (right) conducts a replenishment-at-sea with the fleet replenishment oiler USNS Henry J. Kaiser (T-AO 187). The Navy announced June 27 that it is reestablishing the Sailor Early Return to Sea Program that increases detailers' authority to transfer Sailors from their shore duty assignment earlier than their projected rotation date to fill critical billets at sea. Photo by Jacob Sippel This years class of physicians graduating from Naval Hospital (NH) Jacksonvilles award-winning Family Medicine Residency Program stands in for mation during a ceremony at Naval Air Station Jacksonville's River Cove Catering and Conference Center June 29. The ceremony recognized the com pletion of 12-month internships and 36-month resi dencies for 25 Navy physicians. NH Jacksonvilles Family Medicine Residency Program is the Navys oldest and largest program of its kind. See WATER, Page 6 See PHYSICIANS, Page 6 See RETURN-TO-SEA, Page 6


2 JAX AIR NEWS, NAS JACKSONVILLE, Thursday, July 12, 2018 From staff July 12 1836 Charles H. Haswell is commissioned as the first regularly appointed Engineer Officer. In Oct. 1844, he is pro moted to Engineer in Chief of the Navy. 1916 The AB-3 flying boat, piloted by Lt. Godfrey de Chevalier, is catapulted from USS North Carolina (ACR 12) while underway in Pensacola Bay, Fla. The launch completes calibration of the first catapult designed for shipboard use. 1943 USS Taylor (DD 468) sinks Japanese submarine (RO 107), east of Kolombangara, Solomon Islands. 1988 Secretary of Defense Frank Carlucci III approves opening the Navys Underwater Construction Teams, fleet oil ers, ammunition ships and combat stores ships to women. 1990 Cmdr. Rosemary B. Mariner becomes the first woman to command an oper ational aviation squadron, Tactical Electronic Warfare Squadron 34 (VAQ 34). She is one of the first women to become qualified as a Naval Aviator in 1974 and one of the first women to fly light attack aircraft. Mariner attained the rank of Captain before retiring in 1997. 2003 USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76) is commissioned at Naval Station Norfolk. The ninth in the Nimitz-class of nuclear-powered supercar riers, the ships motto is Peace through Strength, a phrase coined by President Reagan. July 13 1812 The frigate, USS Essex, commanded by Capt. David Porter, captures the merchant brig, Lamprey, in the Atlantic. 1854 The sloop of war, USS Cyane, bombards San Juan del Norte (Greytown), Nicaragua, in retaliation for ill-treatment of U.S. citizens. Marines and Sailors also seize weapons and powder in retribution for an attack on U.S. Consular officials for U.S. refusal to pay repara tion. 1939 Rear Adm. Richard Byrd is appointed to command the 1939-1941 U.S. Antarctic Service Expedition. Under objectives outlined by President Franklin D. Roosevelt, Byrd establishes an east and west base and holds a wide range of scientific observations until international tensions end the expedition in early 1941. 1942 USS Lansdowne (DD 486) sinks the German sub marine (U 153) off the Panama Canal Zone. 1943 TBF aircraft (VC 13) based on board USS Core (ACV 13) sinks German submarine U 487, 720 miles south-southwest of Fayal, Azores. 1943 The Japanese are inter cepted from landing reinforce ments in the Solomon Islands, resulting in the night Battle of Kolombangara. During the battle, the U.S. Navy loses USS Gwin (DD 433). 1991 USS Kentucky (SSBN 737) is commissioned at Groton, Conn., the third Navy vessel to be named after the Bluegrass state. The Thoroughbred of the Fleet is an Ohio-class ballistic missile sub marine. 1996 USS Wyoming (SSBN 742) is commissioned at Groton, Conn. The Ohio-class ballistic missile submarine is the fourth named Wyoming and is home ported at Kings Bay, Ga. July 14 1813 Lt. John Gamble, the first marine to command a ship in battle (prize vessel Greenwich in capture of British whaler Seringapatam) 1853 Commodore Matthew Perry lands and holds first meeting with Japanese at Uraga, Japan. 1882 Sailors and Marines from four U.S. ships land to help restore order at Alexandria, Egypt. 1945 U.S. warships bom bard Kamaishi, Japan; first naval gunfire bombardment of Japanese Home Islands. 1950 U.S. Marines sail from San Diego for Korean Conflict. 1952 Laying the keel of USS Forrestal, the first 59,900-ton aircraft carrier. July 15 1942 First photographic interpretation unit set up in the Pacific. 1958 In response to request by President of Lebanon, 6th Fleet lands 1,800 Marines at Beruit to support Lebanese gov ernment against Communist rebels. July 16 1862 Congress creates rank of Rear Admiral. David G. Farragut is named the first Rear Admiral. 1915 First Navy vessels, the battleships Ohio, Missouri, and Wisconsin, transit Panama Canal. 1945 First atomic bomb test at Alamogordo, N.M. July 17 1858 U.S. sloop Niagara departs Queenstown, Ireland, to assist in laying first transAtlantic telegraph cable. 1898 Santiago, Cuba surren ders to U.S. naval forces. 1927 First organized dive bombing attack in combat by Marine Corps pilots against Nicaraguan bandits who were surrounding U.S. Marine garri son at Ocotal, Nicaraguan. 1944 More than 320 men are killed in an ammunition explo sion at Naval Magazine, Port Chicago, California. 1975 Docking in space of the U.S. Apollo (Apollo 18) and Soviet Soyuz (Soyuz 19) space craft. This was the first manned space flight conducted jointly by the two nations. Former naval aviator Vance Brand was the Apollo Command Module Pilot. The Apollo craft was in space for nine days and 7.5 hours. Recovery was by USS New Orleans (LPH-11). July 18 1775 Continental Congress resolves that each colony pro vide armed vessels. 1779 Commodore Abraham Whipples squadron captures 11 prizes in largest prize value of Revolutionary War. 1792 John Paul Jones dies in Paris, France. 1813 U.S. Frigate President captures British Daphne, Eliza Swan, Alert and Lion. 1920 Naval aircraft sink exGerman cruiser Frankfurt in target practice. 1943 German submarine shoots down K-74, the first and only U.S. airship lost during World War II. 1966 Launch of Gemini 10 with Lt. Cmdr. John Young as command pilot. Mission involved 43 orbits at an alti tude of 412.2 nautical miles and lasted two days, 22 hours and 46 minutes. Recovery was by HS-3 helicopter from USS Guadalcanal (LPH-7). 1973 Task Force 78, Mine Counter-measures Force, departs waters of North Vietnam after completing minesweeping operations of 1,992 tow hours at a cost of $20,394,000. The JAX AIR NEWS is an authorized publication for members of the Military Services. 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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 U.S. Navy photo An E-1B Tracer aircraft of Airborne Early Warning Squadron (VAW) 12 in 1964. A derivative of the C-1 Trader, The E-1 featured folding wings for compact storage aboard aircraft carriers. Unlike the S-2 and C-1 in which the wings folded upwards, the radome atop the fuselage necessitated the E-1 to fold its wings along the sides of the fuselage. FEDVIP is coming: Get to know dental and vision plans today From Naval Hospital Jacksonville Public Affairs The TRICARE Retiree Dental Program (TRDP) ends on Dec. 31. Beginning in 2019, dental and vision plans will be available through the Federal Employees Dental and Vision Insurance Program (FEDVIP). Now is a good time to become familiar with FEDVIP options. FEDVIP 2019 plans and rates will be online in the fall. But you can look at 2018 plans and rates now. FEDVIP offers a choice between 10 dental and 4 vision options. This fall will be your first chance to enroll in a FEDVIP dental or vision plan for 2019 coverage. If youre eligible, you can enroll in FEDVIP during the 2018 Federal Benefits Open Season. This runs from Nov. 12 to Dec. 10. Who is eligible? Retired service members and their families who were eligible for TRDP are eligible for FEDVIP dental coverage. Also, theyre eligible for FEDVIP vision cov erage if enrolled in a TRICARE health plan Family members of active duty service members who are enrolled in a TRICARE health plan are eli gible for FEDVIP vision coverage. Children enrolled in or eligible for TRICARE Young Adult arent eligible to enroll in FEDVIP. When do you enroll? You can enroll in FEDVIP during the Federal Benefits Open Season. This years open season runs from Nov. 12 through Dec. 10. Your coverage will begin on Jan. 1, 2019. If you currently have TRDP, you must enroll in a FEDVIP plan during the Federal Benefits Open Season to continue dental coverage for 2019. The Federal Benefits Open Season is your annual opportunity to enroll in, change, or cancel a FEDVIP dental or vision plan. For more information, visit the FEDVIP website. You can see if youre eligible for FEDVIP in 2019. You can also compare FEDVIP plans, look up frequently asked questions, and sign up for updates. Please properly dispose your cigarette butts By Scott Dombrosky NAS Jax Environmental If you take a look around the shore line and along the sides of the roads, parking lots and sidewalks at Naval Air Station Jacksonville, you will most assuredly notice cigarette butts not just one or two, but handfuls. The sta tion is no different than most other communities around the world. Tossing cigarette butts on the ground has become an accepted method of dis posal for many smokers who dont think of cigarette butts as litter. While the exact number of cigarette butts littered worldwide each year is not known, the estimate is in the tril lions. One estimate is that the filter portion of this many cigarettes would weigh more than two billion pounds. Every year during the International Coastal Cleanup, cigarette butts are the most abundant item found worldwide. Likewise, research by the organization, Keep America Beautiful, found that 32 percent of the litter at storm drains is tobacco products. Discarded cigarette butts are more than just unsightly. The greater prob lem is that they are not biodegradable. In fact, the filter portion of the ciga rette, though it looks like it is made of a cottony material, is actually made of a substance called cellulose acetate, a plastic that is slow to degrade. Most estimates are that it takes a cigarette fil ter somewhere between 10 to 15 years to naturally degrade in the environment. Cigarette butts, like most other forms of floatable trash, have also been found ingested by marine animals. Ingestion of such items interferes with the ani mals ability to eat and digest food. Additionally, the question has been raised as to whether the substances contained in used cigarette filters are toxic and whether they can have a nega tive effect on organisms in the environ ment. Cigarettes contain a wide variety of chemical compounds, including nic otine, formaldehyde, toluene, ammo nia, and arsenic. Cigarette filters are specifically designed to absorb vapors and to remove chemical particulates from the smoke. A majority of the items that end up on the beach and in our rivers and oceans originate far inland and arrive there with other floatable trash that wash es through storm drains. Debris such as cigarette butts that is discarded on streets and other surfaces gets caught up in stormwater runoff, moves to near by storm drains, and flows through pipes and ditches to be deposited into creeks, rivers, and the ocean. One esti mate is that 80 percent of cigarette butts littered on streets and sidewalks end up in our waterways. Steps people can take to reduce cig arette litter and protect the environ ment include using designated smok ing areas; outfitting smoking areas with cigarette butt receptacles; and empty ing butt cans on a regular basis before they are full and policing smoking areas periodically. Furthermore, smokers can use portable ash trays in their cars if they dont want to use the built-in ash tray. Remember, what you do on the street or beach ends up in our waterways. Please dispose of cigarette butts prop erly.


JAX AIR NEWS, NAS JACKSONVILLE, Thursday, July 12, 2018 3 VP-5 Mad Foxes hold change of command By Lt. Ridgely Riggs VP-5 Public Affairs After a successful year as the com manding officer of Patrol Squadron (VP) 5, Cmdr. Will Toraason was relieved by Cmdr. Rob Wilkerson during a ceremony aboard Naval Air Station (NAS) Jacksonville June 28. Wilkerson will serve as the Mad Foxes 68 th commanding officer. A native of San Diego, Wilkerson graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy in May 2000 with a Bachelor of Science in English. He was designated a naval aviator in April 2002 and completed fleet replace ment training with VP-30 in January 2003. Wilkerson subsequently completed tours at VP-5, VXS-1, USS Carl Vinson (CVN-70), VP-30, VP-10, and U.S. Southern Command, respectively, before arriving back at VP-5 last spring to assume the responsibilities of execu tive officer. With more than 2,500 hours logged in various U.S. Navy aircraft, Wilkerson has received numerous awards includ ing the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (5), Joint Service Achievement Medal, Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal (2), the Navy & Marine Association Leadership Award (2), and various campaign and unit awards. When asked about his plans following change of command, Wilkerson said, We will continue to ensure that the P-8A Poseidon is the most formidable anti-submarine warfare platform in the world, and we will continue to cultivate a command culture that is team orient ed and results in a rewarding on-the-job experience for each and every member of our squadron. Toraason, a Cincinnati native, graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Physics from Carnegie Mellon University in 1999, and commissioned through the Naval Reserve Officers Training Corps. He holds a masters degree in Public Administration from the Harvard Kennedy School of Government. Toraason served his first operational tour as a submarine officer aboard the fast attack submarine USS Jefferson City (SSN 759), where he earned his gold dol phins and completed nuclear engineer qualifications, deploying with the boat to the western Pacific and Arabian Gulf. He then transitioned to avia tion, completing tours with VP-45, VP-16, CTF-72, Maritime Patrol and Reconnaissance Weapons School, and OPNAV N8 at the Pentagon. He assumed command of VP-5 last spring, leading the Mad Foxes through a successful split-site deployment to the 4th and 6th Fleets. Reflecting on his time as the 67 th VP-5 commanding officer, Toraason said, This past year, the Mad Foxes have excelled in every mission area operat ing in North America, South America, Europe, and the Middle East. This is founded in the culture our women and men show of commitment to each other as a family. With Cmdr. Wilkerson in command, this squadron is bound for even greater achievements. After relinquishing command at VP-5, Toraason will serve as deputy commander, Patrol and Reconaissance Wing 57 based in Manama, Bahrain. War Eagles former commanding officer wins Capt. Joy Bright Hancock Award By Lt. j.g. Branden Thomas VP-16 Public Affairs Officer The Navy announced its selection of Cmdr. Amanda Hawkins, former commanding officer of Patrol Squadron (VP) 16, to receive the Capt. Joy Bright Hancock Award. Established in 1987, the Hancock leadership award is an annual honor awarded for visionary leadership of Navy service members whose ideals and dedication foster a positive working envi ronment while reinforcing and furthering the integra tion of women into the Navy. Hawkins was selected from over 100 nominees as one of three officers to win the award. This honor demonstrates Hawkins not only took action for women within her own squadron but also worked for all women in naval aviation and the Navy as a whole. The award came as no surprise to those who work with Hawkins who is well known for her tactical knowledge, command presence and involvement with the Naval Aviatrixes of the Southeast (NASE). NASE is an organization she helped to create with the pur pose of networking, professional education and active service of women in aviation at Naval Air Station Jacksonville. Cmdr. Troy Tartaglia, the commanding officer of VP-16, responded with strong praise to Hawkins selec tion saying, [Cmdr. Hawkins] sets a great example for all women in the armed forces; the encouragement and mentorship that she provides to all around her has led to the retention and success of many Sailors. Not only has Hawkins impressed her colleagues, she also motivates young women in the Navy like Lt. j.g. Kara Pollinger, who attended multiple events host ed by NASE said that she, was motivated by Cmdr. Hawkins, as well as the many other female naval per sonnel in attendance, to continue to strive for success within the Navy. Receiving the Hancock award highlights just how much Hawkins achieved in her time with both the Navy and with VP-16. There is no doubt that she will continue to be a positive force for women in the Navy for long into the future. Photo by MC2 Nicholas Bergman Cmdr. Rob Wilkerson, new Patrol Squadron 5 commanding officer, is saluted by sideboys after taking command from Cmdr. Will Toraason in a change of com mand ceremony June 28. Wilkerson is the 68th commanding officer of the "Mad Foxes." U.S Navy Photo Commander, Navy Installations Command Vice Adm. Mary Jackson, left, presents Cmdr. Amanda Hawkins, former Patrol Squadron 16 commanding officer, with the Capt. Joy Bright Hancock Award.


4 JAX AIR NEWS, NAS JACKSONVILLE, Thursday, July 12, 2018 NJROTC cadets learn to sail in Mulberry Cove As the son of a son of a sailor, I went out on the sea for adventure . . Jimmy Buffett By Reggie Jarrett Editor Jax Air News The cockpit of a sailboat is a beehive of activity. The boom swinging back and forth. Sailors switching sides on the boat to keep it from capsizing and spill ing everyone into the water. Being con stantly at the mercy of the ever-shifting winds and tides. It can be an intimidat ing place even for experienced sailors. For teenagers learning how to sail it can be overwhelming. Tacking, jibing and heeling are words most of the teen sailors participat ing in the Sail Academy at Mulberry Cove June 20-24 had not heard before. Many of them had never been on a boat before. They were 43 Naval Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps (NJROTC) cadets participating in the Sail Academy, a nationwide program that teaches the basics of sailing. The cadets were from Area 12, which consists of high schools across North Florida and Georgia. Some came from as far away as Atlanta. In the beginning they were scared to handle the boat, said Berley Rodabaugh, Sail Academy instructor. After two days, they were all wanting to take control. The course began with classroom instruction, introducing the students to the nomenclature of the boat, as well as knot-tying and points of sail. Before long, the students were on the water. First, getting instruction while the boats were tied up at the dock where they were shown parts of the boat and how to rig and hoist the sails. Then it was time to head out into the cove, where the students put into prac tice what they learned under the super vision of an instructor. During the weeklong course, the cadets manned eight 19-foot long Flying Scot sailboats. Each boat had four to five cadets and an instructor. The Mulberry Cove marina aboard Naval Air Station Jacksonville supplied the sailboats, as well as the safety equip ment and four motorboats to act as safe ty boats to monitor the students. It is great for the kids, said Keili Arce, assistant manager for the marina. Its an experience that creates other opportunities for the them, because it strengthens their ability to work on a team. Teamwork is a concept emphasized by the 14 instructors during the course. They are using teamwork because they cant sail these boats by them selves, Rodabaugh said. They need everyone to pitch in. Thats what I really enjoy about this camp. Cadets who pass the course earn a Skipper B qualification, which not only allows them to operate small, center board sailboats at any marina, it is also a required certification for Navy and Marine Corps officers. Not all NJROTC cadets plan on enter ing the military, but Leah Gaddis does. The 17-year-old junior at First Coast High School has wanted to join the Marines ever since she visited Marine Corps Recruit Depot Parris Island in South Carolina. She has also wanted to take part in the Sail Academy for more than a year. I wanted to do this since my fresh man year, but there werent any spots open for our school, said Gaddis, who participated in the program this year. I really wanted to have this experi Sailboats used for the annual NJROTC Sail Academy are framed by the running rigging of another sailboat. The weeklong course at Naval Air Station Jacksonville drew 43 NJROTC students from as far away as Atlanta. Peyton Valencia (left) holds the tow rope as the safety motorboat gives a tow to a sailboat used by NJROTC students dur ing Sail Academy aboard Naval Air Station Jacksonville. Valencia went through the course last year and returned as a cadre assisting the course instructors this year. NJROTC students head out into Mulberry Cove on their first day of being on the water during the annual Sail Academy aboard Naval Air Station Jacksonville. Jay Simpson, an NJROTC student from Lassiter High School in Marietta, Georgia, prepares to hoist the jib dur ing the annual Sail Academy aboard Naval Air Station Jacksonville. Sailing instructor Jeff Knudson points out the parts of a sailboat to a group of NJROTC students during the annual Sail Academy aboard Naval Air Station Jacksonville June 20-24. Sail Academy instructor Berley Rodabaugh (second from right) teaches NJROTC students (from left) Marcos Ivey, Kendall Flores and Elena Mortensen how to sail during the weeklong course aboard Naval Air Station Jacksonville June 20-24. See SAIL, Page 5


JAX AIR NEWS, NAS JACKSONVILLE, Thursday, July 12, 2018 5 Photos by Reggie Jarrett ence on my checklist that I can sail a boat. I hope to open my mind to other parts of the Navy, more than the general knowledge that I already know. Gaddis, and the other cadets, stayed in the Bachelor Officers Quarters aboard NAS Jacksonville while taking the course. The Sail Academy is a program specifically for NJROTC cadets, but Mulberry Cove Marina offers sailing lessons that are open to everyone want ing to learn how to sail. The monthly classes are offered March through October and last for two full weekends. The cost for the class is $150 per person. For more information on sailing lessons and other activities at the marina, call 542-3260. The Sail Academy is basically a pro gram that teaches teens how to sail, but the lessons go beyond the water. The course gets them trained on how to be proficient sailors, said instructor Matt Masi. The focus of the program is also to teach students leadership, disci pline, attention to detail and to be good citizens. A sailboat used by NJROTC students is framed by the sail of another boat during Sail Academy aboard Naval Air Station Jacksonville. The hands of NJROTC student Tristan Campbell, of Hillgrove High School in Powder Springs, Georgia, are reflected in his sunglasses as he prepares to hoist the mainsail. Sailing instructor Jeff Knudson demonstrates what not to do in a man overboard situation. Students are taught to pull a person up by the arms, not by the life jack et, if they fall overboard. NJROTC students from Florida and Georgia participated in the annual Sail Academy aboard Naval Air Station Jacksonville June 20-24. NJROTC students learn how to sail in Mulberry Cove Marina during the weeklong Sail Academy aboard Naval Air Station Jacksonville. An NJROTC student ties a cleat hitch knot during the annual Sail Academy aboard Naval Air Station Jacksonville June 20-24. Sail Academy is for NJROTC students in Area 12, which includes North Florida and the entire state of Georgia. An NJROTC student prepares to moor his sailboat to a buoy during the annual Sail Academy aboard Naval Air Station Jacksonville. The weeklong course drew 43 students from as far as Atlanta. NJROTC student Sean Seabrooke, of Bishop Kenny High School in Jacksonville, rigs the jib. Jenna Batten, of Middleburg High School, was one of 43 NJROTC cadets to participate in Sail Academy aboard Naval Air Station Jacksonville June 20-24. The weeklong course taught the cadets the basics of sailing. SAIL From Page 4


6 JAX AIR NEWS, NAS JACKSONVILLE, Thursday, July 12, 2018 Command quarters Sailors and civilians recognized during command quarters gather with Naval Air Station Jacksonville (NAS Jax) leadership after the ceremony July 3. (Front row, from left) Roy Clark, AO2 Garrette Wright, ABH3 Leaundre Johnson, ET2 Christopher Stark, ET3 Kattie Smith, ABH2 Jarred Scrifert and ABE3 David Boucher. (Second row, from left) NAS Jax Command Master Chief Jeffery Waters, NAS Jax Commanding Officer Capt. Michael Connor, CS2 Caesar King, GM2 Dustin Jackson, SH2 Shiangela Edwards, ET2 Klintton Connor, Kaylee LaRocque and NAS Jax Executive Officer Capt. Brian Weiss. (Back row, from left) ABH2 Anthony Henry, EM1 Whylkeems Valcin, MA3 Imani Solomon and RP3 Joshua Silva. All program participants are physicians who have completed medical school. By the end of the first year, each has completed training rotations in primary care and inpatient care, emergency medicine, obstetrics, pediatrics, general surgery, orthopedics, ophthalmol ogy, urology, and dermatology. To become board certified by the American Board of Family Medicine (ABFM), physicians must be licensed and successfully complete three years of residency training in a program (like NH Jacksonvilles) thats accredited by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education. Additionally, physicians must meet all board requirements and pass the ABFM board certification exam. This graduation celebrates excellence in patient care, scholarly research, and leadership, said Cmdr. Kristian Sanchack, NH Jacksonvilles medical residen cy program director. Our family medicine physicians provide a full spectrum of care to active duty, retirees, and families. Upon completion of the first year of study, some residents choose to go directly into the fleet to serve as general medical officers, flight surgeons, or under sea medical officers. Those who stay continue for two additional years of training in key areas of fam ily medicine such as obstetrics, pediatrics, internal medicine, sports medicine, neurology, mental health, trauma, and intensive care. After completing residen cy and passing the national ABFM exam, the residents become board certified family medicine physicians, assigned as staff providing care to active duty, retir ees, and families across the globe. NH Jacksonvilles Family Medicine Residency Program earned the top award for scholarly activity in 2018, 2017, 2015 and 2014 from the Uniformed Services Academy of Family Physicians, and 2013 Excellence in Teaching Award and 2011 Family Medicine Clinical Site of the Year Award from the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences. Graduating physi cians have also earned a 100 percent board certifica tion pass rate for the past five years. Naval Hospital Jacksonvilles priority, since its founding in 1941, is to heal the nations heroes and their families. The command is the Navys third larg est medical treatment facility, comprised of a hospi tal and five branch health clinics across Florida and Georgia. Of its patient population (163,000 active and retired sailors, soldiers, Marines, airmen, guardsmen, and their families), about 84,000 are enrolled with a primary care manager and Medical Home Port team at one of its facilities. To find out more or download the commands mobile app, visit sites/navalhospitaljax. WATER From Page 1 RETURN-TO-SEA From Page 1 PHYSICIANS From Page 1 fires protecting personnel and property. Drinking water at NAS Jacksonville is routinely tested in compliance with the Safe Drinking Water Act. All results for the NAS Jacksonville drinking water system were non-detect for these PFCs at detection limits of 0.02 ug/l and 0.04 ug/l respec tively. These limits are in micrograms/liter, or parts per billion, and are below the EPA Lifetime Health Advisory level of 0.07 parts per billion. Information published in a DoD report that the Military Times recently published states that PFC compounds were found or detected in shallow groundwater monitoring wells at NAS Jacksonville. No surface water or shallow groundwater is used as a drinking water source. NAS Jacksonville is committed to providing safe drinking water to our employees and residents. If testing results indicated that drinking water was unsafe, it would be promptly communicated to installation personnel and residents until it was safe to drink. Enlisted Distribution Division, Career Management Department. A number of these programs provide incentives such as money or C-WAY deferment. When the available number of Sailors for a key rate or with critical skills-Navy Enlisted Classification Codes NECsisnt available due to any number of reasons, the detailers will use the plus or minus sixmonth transfer window, said Ross. In those cases, where the transferring population just isnt there, NPC will use the SERTS program to identify Sailors who can be moved back to sea duty early to help address readiness issues in the Fleet. Factors that will be considered as to whether a Sailor is eligible for SERTS are: Length of time on shore Current or frocked paygrade Fleet experience NECs held Types of previous sea duty Remaining obligated service Sailors must have completed at least 18-23 months of shore duty, and will not transfer until they have at least completed 24 months on shore. Further, the impact on a Sailors shore duty command will be balanced against at-sea priorities. Sailors in special program billets such as recruit division commanders, recruiters, brig duty, instructors and special warfare operators will not be considered for SERTS. Nucleartrained Sailors will continue to be detailed according to the Naval Nuclear Propulsion Program. In addition to filling billets at their current pay grade, SERTS candidates may be selected to fill vacant requirements within their pay band: supervisor (E7E9), journeyman (E5-E6), and apprentice (E1-E4). For example, E8s and E9s may be chosen to fill vacant E7 and E8 requirements. Upon selection, the Navy Personnel Command will notify the Sailor and the Sailors current command of the possible transfer. Sailors and their command may submit an adverse impact statement within 15 days of notification. For more information, read the NAVADMIN at www. HSC-5 undergoes HARP at NAS Jax By MC1(SW) Brian G. Reynolds NAS Jacksonville Assistant Public Affairs Officer The Nightdippers of Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron (HSC) 5 visited Naval Air Station (NAS) Jacksonville June 21-29 in preparation for their upcoming deployment. The squadron was visit ing to undergo a Helicopter Advanced Readiness Program (HARP) initiative that every helicopter squadron must undergo before deploying. Its an exercise designed to ensure the squadrons pilots and aircrewmen are capable of using basic and advanced level tactics to effectively fly and fight the aircraft in every mis sion set the MH-60S is capable of, said Lt.j.g. JimmyGavidia, HSC-5s public affairs offi cer. Events include academic training, simulators, and tac tical/live fire exercises. The exercise is run by Helicopter Sea Combat Wing School Atlantic (HSCWSL) who evalu ated HSC-5 during the monthlong evolution. HSC-5s HARP exercise began shortly before the squadron landed at NAS Jacksonville. The evolutions like these are important in order to test the squadrons readiness and ability to handle contingencies while integrated with the air wing. HARP began on May 1 at our home base, Naval Station Norfolk, with academic train ing, simulator events, and local training flights, Gavidia said. On June 15, HSC-5 then sent out a detachment to Atlantic Undersea Test and Evaluation Center located on Andros Island, Bahamas. Here, the squadron was evaluated on several mission sets, to include: maritime interdiction opera tions, helicopter visit, board, search and seizure, maritime combat search and rescue, and restricted waters transit. This detachment also allowed the squadron to integrate and con duct training with the MH-60R from HSM-79 (also in Carrier Air Wing 7) and Naval Special Warfare TRADET. HSC-5 will next go on to inte grate with the remainder of the airwing aboard USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72). Successful completion of HARP gives HSC-5 a better understanding on where we stand in regards to mission readiness as we get ready to integrate with Carrier Air Wing 7 in preparation to the upcom ing 2019 deployment, said Gavidia. Next step will be tailored ships training availability aboard USS Abraham Lincoln later this summer. Photos by MC1 Brian Reynolds A Sailor attached to the "Nightdippers" of Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron (HSC) 5 works on one of the squadron's Seahawk helicopters at Naval Air Station Jacksonville. The squadron was visiting to undergo a Helicopter Advanced Readiness Program initiative that every helicopter squadron must undergo before deployment. A MH-60S Seahawk helicopter, assigned to the "Nightdippers" of Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron 5, sits on the flight line at Naval Air Station Jacksonville. Photo by MC1 Brian Reynolds


JAX AIR NEWS, NAS JACKSONVILLE, Thursday, July 12, 2018 7 VP-26 master chief retires after 30 years From VP-26 AOCM Voris Soileau from Patrol Squadron (VP) 26, retired from the U.S. Navy June 29 after 30 years of active duty service. Soileau, a native of Eunice, Louisiana, graduated from Eunice High School in May 1983. He entered the Navy on July 11, 1988. After completing Basic Training in Orlando, Florida, he attended Aviation Ordnance A School in Millington, Tennessee. In May 1989, he transferred to the Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 137 Kestrels at Naval Air Station (NAS) Cecil Field. The squadron was attached to USS Coral Sea (CV-43) and later USS Forrestal (CV 59). He completed the final deployment of both carriers. During this tour of duty, he worked as an ordnance technician, integrated weapons team leader and a final check er, trouble shooter on the F/A-18 Hornet aircraft. He advanced to the rank of sec ond class petty officer during this tour. His next tour was with the VFA131 Wildcats at NAS Cecil Field. While serving with the Wildcats, Soileau deployed aboard USS George Washington (CVN-73) and the maiden deployment aboard USS John C. Stennis (CVN-74). During this tour, he was advanced to first class petty officer. Soileau then attended Shipboard Weapons School before reporting aboard USS Kitty Hawk (CV-63) in Yokosuka, Japan in July 2002. Upon reporting to the carrier, he was advanced to chief petty officer (CPO) in August 2002 and senior chief petty offi cer in May 2005. He then transferred to the VP-8 Fighting Tigers completing two deployments and was selected for mas ter chief petty officer. He then received his final orders to VP-26 where he served as the Avionics/Armament/Line Division master chief and maintenance master chief. His shore duty assignments include Helicopter Anti-Submarine Squadron Light (HSL) 42 Proud Warriors and HSL-44 Swamp Foxes at Naval Station Mayport. In June 2005, he reported to Naval Air Facility, Atsugi, Japan as the weapons officer and subsequently tran sitioned to become the CPO in charge, Navy Munitions Command East Asia Division, Detachment Yokosuka and Atsugi Annex JA. His last shore duty was the Center for Aviation Technical Training in Pensacola, Florida where he served as the aviation ordnance rate training manager. Soileau earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Information Technology from the University of Management and Technology and a Master of Arts in Homeland Security from American Military University. His personal awards and decorations include the Navy Commendation Medal (six), Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal (five), Good Conduct (nine), Joint Commendation Medal and various other unit and personal awards. When asked about what he plans to do after retirement Soileau replied, Im just going to take some time and visit my kids and learn how to not wake up so early in the morning. From the Greater Area Jacksonville USO NAS Jacksonville No Dough Dinner July 25 The monthly No Dough Dinner will be held July 25 from 5-7 p.m. at the Fleet Reserve Center #91 at 5391 Collins Road. This is free for active duty, National Guard and Reservists on active orders, and their dependents. Enjoy a delicious Italian meal dinner from Brio Tuscan Grille Military Appreciation Night at Adventure Landing July 26 This event offers a summer evening of fun at the water park July 26 from 6-11 p.m. Wristbands are available for purchase at the NAS Ja cksonville USO, Naval Station Mayport USO and ITT Kings Bay, Georgia for $5 each. Kids 3 and under are free.Wristbands include unlimited access to Shipwreck Island Waterpark, Miniature Golf, Go-Karts, Laser Tag, Wacky Worm Rollercoaster and Frog Hopper. This event is open to active duty, retirees, Reservists, National Guard, veterans, DoD person nel and dependents. Please note that dependent children are not authorized to purchase wristbands. Wristbands will not be sold at the venue This event is sponsored by VyStar Credit Union. Back to School Backpack Drive The NAS Jacksonville and NS Mayport USO offices are collecting school sup plies and backpacks to support mili tary families in need. Donations can be dropped off at the NAS Jax office Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. 5 p.m. and the Mayport USO office Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Neither the U.S. Navy, nor any other part of the federal government officially endorses any company, sponsor or its products or services. On the Go with USO College graduates recognized in Tri-Base ceremony By Julie M. Lucas NAS Jacksonville Public Affairs The Navy Voluntary Education Program Southeast held its first-ever Tri-Base grad uation ceremony June 29 for service members and depen dents. Around 75 graduates from multiple colleges and universi ties participated in the event held at Hangar 117 aboard Naval Air Station Jacksonville (NAS Jax). The base had not hosted a combined graduation event in about 15 years and we decided to celebrate the accomplish ments of our active duty mem bers with their families, said Darlene Davis, Navy Region Southeast Voluntary Education regional advisor. Graduates from eight differ ent colleges represented Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines and Coast Guard, with a variety of degrees from associates to masters. One service member has found studies outside of his work career rewarding. I chose to get a Bachelors degree in Criminal Justice because I find it fascinating and Im really enjoying all my classes, said CS1 Eddie Davis of USS Philippine Sea (CG-58). I chose Saint Leo University because I am a Christian and it is a Catholic university. They Photo by MC2 Sean Morton AOCM Voris Soileau (left) of Patrol Squadron (VP) 26 is presented his retirement certificate by VP-26 Commanding Officer Cmdr. Michael Haymon during his retirement ceremony June 29. Soileau retired from the U.S. Navy after 30 years of active duty service. Photos by Julie M. Lucas EM2 Glalaceshia Foxworth of Naval Submarine Base Kings Bay, Georgia displays her graduation cap to represent her Associate of Arts degree in Supervision and Management from Coastline Community College during the graduation ceremony at Naval Air Station Jacksonville June 29. Eight colleges had students who participated in the ceremony. Naval Air Station Jacksonville (NAS Jax) Executive Officer Capt. Brian Weiss gives the commencement address dur ing the first ever NAS Jax Graduation Ceremony for mili tary and family members in the tri-base area. Naval Air Station Jacksonville Executive Officer Capt. Brian Weiss congratulates AME2 Marquan Carter of Patrol Squadron 26, after he received his Associates in Science for Aeronautics from EmbryRiddle Aeronautical University during a graduation ceremony. This was the first time a gradu ation ceremony was held for military and family members in more than 15 years. See GRADUATION, Page 8


8 JAX AIR NEWS, NAS JACKSONVILLE, Thursday, July 12, 2018 worked with me and were understand ing while I was underway. NAS Jax Executive Officer Capt. Brian Weiss gave the commencement address and spoke about his college experience. Congratulations on reaching this day, youve earned it, said Weiss. However you accomplished this feat, I applaud your perseverance and dedication to set the goal and stay on course. Weiss called the Voluntary Education Program, a crown jewel in the Navys repertoire of services. The program began May 1974 and has gone through numerous changes, while assisting thousands of men and women in furthering their educational opportunities. Since 2015, 3,695 active duty military used tuition assistance to help fund their courses at NAS Jax. I challenge you to lead an excep tional life and by choosing higher edu cation, youre already on that path way, said Weiss. Graduates were called on stage by college, presented their degrees, shook hands with Weiss and took a photo with a representative from their col lege. Families gathered on the other side of the stage to congratulate their grad and take photos next to their uni versity flags. AME2 Marquan Carter of Patrol Squadron 26, crossed the stage in his uniform of the day under his gown to get his Associates Degree in Science from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University. He was greeted by his son, Cameron. It feels great to show my son how important getting an education is and that serving in the Navy is helping me achieve my goals, Carter said. Davis said that plans are ongoing for next years event. We look forward to an even larger event next year celebrating the amaz ing accomplishments of our active military members, Davis said. To participate in next years event, con tact your local on base school repre sentative for more information. GRADUATION From Page 7 Photos by Julie M. Lucas ETVCS Osman Bangura hugs his daughters Jemla, left and Salmata, after receiving his Master of Arts in International Relations and Conflict Resolution from American Military University. Bangura is currently sta tioned with Submarine Group 7 in Yokosuka, Japan, but was home visit ing family and partipated in the cer emony. Sun exposure safety for the summer From the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Travelers spending time outdoors are exposed to the suns harmful ultra violet (UV) rays, even on cloudy days. Travelers are at increased risk when travel ing near the equa tor, during sum mer months, and at high altitudes. Reflection from the snow, sand, and water increases exposure, so con sider sun safety during outdoor activities, including snow skiing, spend ing time at the beach, swimming, and sailing. Protect yourself from the sun Stay in the shade, especially during midday hours (10 am to 4 pm). Wear clothing to protect exposed skin. Wear a hat with a wide brim to shade the face, head, ears, and neck. Drink plenty of fluids. Wear sunglasses that block both UVA and UVB rays. Use sunscreen. Use SPF 15 or high er. Look for blocks UVA and UVB or broad spectrum on the label. Apply liberally (minimum of 1 oz) at least 20 minutes before sun exposure. Apply to all exposed skin. Remember to apply to ears, scalp, lips, neck, tops of feet, and backs of hands. Reapply at least every 2 hours and each time you get out of the water or sweat heavily. If you are also using bug spray, apply sunscreen first and bug spray second. Sunscreen may need to be reapplied more often. Throw away sunscreens after one to two years. Avoid indoor tanning. Getting a base tan before your vacation does damage to your skin and doesnt protect you from sun exposure on your trip. Treating a sunburn Take aspirin, acetaminophen, or ibuprofen to relieve pain, head ache, and fever. Drink plenty of water, and soothe burns with cool baths or by gently applying cool, wet cloths. Use a topical moisturizing cream or aloe to provide additional relief. Dont go back into the sun until the burn has healed. If skin blisters, lightly bandage or cover the area with gauze to prevent infection. Dont break blisters (this slows healing and increases risk of infection). Apply antiseptic ointment if blisters break. Seek medical attention if any of the following occurs: Severe sunburn, especially if it cov ers more than 15% of the body. Dehydration High fever (above 101F). Extreme pain that lasts more than 48 hours. PTSD awareness HM3 James Ditaranto, a behavioral health technician at Naval Hospital Jacksonville, hands a patient a check-in form. Ditaranto, a native of Debary, Florida, says Mental health is essential to mission readiness. Helping our warfighters is our priority. PostTraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) Awareness Day is observed every year on June 27. PTSD is a condition that affects many veterans and non-veterans alike. PTSD treatment can turn someones life around, even if theyve struggled for years. Talk to your doctor, mental health clinic, or chaplain; call NBHC Jacksonvilles Deployment Health Center at (904) 546-7099/7110; or go to: Photo by Jacob Sippel Lab analysis Sandra McBride, an industrial hygiene technician at Naval Hospital (NH) Jacksonville, studies a specimen in a microscope. McBride, a native of Austin, Texas, says Industrial hygienists strive to provide safe and healthy work environment. Nine industrial hygienists at NH Jacksonville (its hospital and five branch health clinics) recently competed a weeklong course that qualifies them to perform the laboratory analysis needed to identify or rule out the presence of asbestos on ships, submarines, vehicles and in shore facilities. This helps NH Jacksonville's industrial hygiene team provide effective and efficient service to operational units and installations. Photo by Jacob Sippel Celebrating diversity HM3 Jamie Hopkins, a pharmacy technician at Naval Hospital Jacksonville, speaks about diversity in the Navy during a Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) Pride Month celebration at the hospital June 28. Hopkins, a native of Fruitland, Idaho, says Were a part of something so beautiful and diverse: the United States Navy. We have so many different cultures, religions, races and orientations and we all have something great to bring to the table. So today, I want us to celebrate who we were born to be. LGBT Pride Month, one of the diversity themes recognized annually by the Department of Defense, recognizes diversity within our society as well as the many achievements of LGBT individuals. Photo by Jacob Sippel


JAX AIR NEWS, NAS JACKSONVILLE, Thursday, July 12, 2018 9 Lightning safety information: Avoid getting thunderstruck National Weather Service There is no safe place outside when thunderstorms are in the area. If you hear thunder, you are likely within striking distance of the storm. Just remember, When Thunder Roars, Go Indoors! Too many people wait far too long to get to a safe place when thunder storms approach. Unfortunately, these delayed actions lead to many of the lightning deaths and injuries in the U.S. The best way for you to protect yourself from light ning is to avoid the threat. You simply dont want to be caught outside in a storm. Have a lightning safety plan, and cancel or postpone activities early if thunder storms are expected. Monitor weather conditions and get to a safe place before the weather becomes threat ening. Substantial buildings and hard-topped vehicles are safe options. Rain shelters, small sheds, and open vehicles are not safe. When inside, do not touch anything that is plugged into an electrical outlet, plumbing, and corded phones. Cell phones and cordless phones are safe. Also, keep away from outside doors and windows and do not lie on a garage floor. Understanding the threat The threat that someone will be struck by lightning depends on their behavior when thunderstorms are in the area. The graphs below provide some insight into why and when people are struck by lightning and what can do to lower their risk. In the first graph, the threat of lightning increases as a thunderstorm approaches, reaches a peak when the storm is overhead, and then gradually diminishes as the storm moves away. At the same time, its peoples behavior that determines the risk of a fatal lightning strike. While some people move inside at the first signs of a thunderstorm, many people wait far too long to get to a safe place. Some wait until the thunderstorm is overhead and it starts to rain. Others, due to poor plan ning, are caught outside and cant get to a safe place. Although most people get inside, some put themselves at risk by touching items that could become electrified by a nearby lightning strike. Finally, many people go outside too soon after the storm has seemingly passed, often only waiting for the rain to become lighter or end. It is all of these unsafe behaviors that put people at risk when thunderstorm are in the area. Minimizing the risk To minimize your personal risk of being struck by lightning, when going outside, plan ahead so that you can get to a safe place quickly if a thunderstorm threat ens. If the sky looks threatening or if you hear thunder, get inside a safe place immediately. Once inside, avoid contact with corded phones, electrical equipment, plumbing, and windows and doors. Finally, wait 30 minutes after the last lightning or thunder before going back outside. If everyone followed those simple rules, the number of lightning casualties in this country could be greatly reduced. Remember, it is your behavior when thunderstorms are in the area that determines your personal risk of being struck by lightning. Lightning Victims If someone is struck by lightning, they may need immediate medical attention. Lightning victims do not carry an electrical charge and are safe to touch. Call 911 and monitor the victim. Start CPR or use an Automated External Defibrillator if needed. Photo by Julie M. Lucas Leadership tours station Members of the Northeast Florida Regional Leadership Academy gather with Naval Air Station Jacksonville Commanding Officer Capt. Michael Connor and other staff members during a tour of Heritage Park June 27. Naval Air Station Jacksonville Commanding Officer Capt. Michael Connor dis cusses base operations during a tour for Northeast Florida Regional Leadership Academy (RLA) members June 27. The group visited the static displays at Heritage Park and Fleet Readiness Center Southeast. The RLA is a program of the Northeast Florida Regional Council that nurtures and cultivates a commitment to regionalism.


10 JAX AIR NEWS, NAS JACKSONVILLE, Thursday, July 12, 2018 Walleyball 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 men assigned to a command at NAS Jacksonville. Participants will earn participation points for their command toward the 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 earn participation points for their command toward the to offer tennis lessons to all authorized MWR patrons. 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 July 6 AIR OPS 4 0 NAVHOSP 4 0 VR-58/VR-62 4 1 VP-16 3 2 VP-8 Toon Squad 1 3 VP-30 1 4 VUP-19 Big Red 1 5 NAVHOSP Monstars 0 2 NAS Jax Sports Doing summer right From DONCEAP The DONCEAP can help you make the most of your summer. We can find summer child care, camps, local pro grams and activities, research travel and staycation options, locate a vari ety of pet care services, assist with planning your summer events, con nect you with yard services and home improvement specialists, match you to resources for living a healthy lifestyle, and much more. While summer often inspires joy in children, it doesnt always provide the same feeling for working parents who may have to do some scrambling to find safe, reliable, and fun ways to keep children occupied and well cared for. Check out ideas that range from tried and true, to out of the box. Day Camps : Day camps provide daily summer care and supervision for school-age children, as well as a variety of educational and recreation al activities. Most operate Monday through Friday and offer partor fullday scheduling. Day camps may offer opportunities for older kids as well by volunteering or working as counselors or leaders in training. 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Create a Neighborhood Summer Camp : This variation of shared care may take some effort, but can be worth it. Work with a group of other parents in your neighborhood or your childs friends parents to develop a Neighborhood Camp where you all chip in to hire a full-time nanny or babysitter who will watch the kids and keep them active and entertained. Youll have care and your kids will have a summers worth of built-in play dates. Negotiate a Care Swap : Offer to trade a couple of days of care for another parents child in return for them doing the same for you. Schedule two or three days where youll have all of the kids and, two or three days when the other parent will have them. Make sure you choose parents who you feel comfortable with and can rely on, and have a backup plan just in case. With some planning and prepara tion, you can create a happy, stress free summer for both you and your kids. Call the DONCEAP today for expert guidance on finding and choosing the right summer program. 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Branden Thomas VP-16 Public Affairs Officer On June 27, Patrol Squadron (VP) 16 had the honor of hosting CMDCS Stephanie Weavers reen listment aboard a P-8A aircraft during a training flight. At 10,000 feet in the air, Weaver took her oath of enlistment to con tinue on in her military service for another four years. At 20 years of service in the Navy, Weaver is currently assigned as the senior enlisted leader, Directorate of Nursing services at Naval Hospital Jacksonville. As an added bonus, her husband, CWO3 Robert Weaver of VP-16, performed the reenlistment. This is the third time Weavers husband reenlisted her, with the first being immediately after his commissioning in March 2012 and then again at Weavers previous command, USS New York in March 2016. The Weavers met while they were stationed in Sasebo, Japan, and married in April 2010. They have four children includ ing a son who is also currently following in the family tradition, serving on active duty in the Navy. Photos courtesy of VP-16 CWO3 Robert Weaver of Patrol Squadron 16 reen lists his wife, CMDCS Stephanie Weaver of Naval Hospital Jacksonville during a training flight aboard a P-8A Poseidon aircraft July 27. CMDCS Weaver reen listed for another four years of naval service. CMDCS Stephanie Weaver of Naval Hospital Jacksonville recites the oath of enlistment while being reenlisted by her husband, CWO3 Robert Weaver of Patrol Squadron 16 during a P-8A Poseidon training flight July 17.


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