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PAGE 1 VOL. 76 NO. 31 NAS J ACKSONVILLE F LA THURSDAY, AUGUST 9, 2018 TRIDENT S Complete AMI, Host ROTC Page 3 JUNIOR GOLF CAMPS Kids Learn How To Play Golf Pages 4-5 SAILOR Spotlights, Quarters Page 8 ASTC Jax, VP-30 participate in groundbreaking tests By Reggie Jarrett Editor Jax Air News Navy aviators and aircrews have been undergoing hypoxia training since World War II, but a new system tested at Aviation Survival Training Center (ASTC) Jacksonville promises to make that training safer, more efficient and more real istic. The first manned tests of the 9A19 Normobaric Hypoxia Trainer (NHT) took place with personnel from Patrol Squadron (VP) 30 at ASTC July 25. NHT simulates altitude change by altering the com position of the air the test sub jects are breathing. Oxygen is pumped out of the closed test ing chamber and is replaced by nitrogen. The more the oxygen level is reduced, the higher the altitude is simulated.NHT can simulate an altitude as high as 25,000 feet. The idea is to provide hypoxia training at normal atmospheric conditions, said Rocco Portoghese, senior research and development engineer for the Rapid Design and Fabrication Lab of Naval Air Warfare Center Training System Division (NAWCTSD) in Orlando where the NHT was developed. Its an inherently safer method of hypoxia training when compared with hypox ia training in a low pressure chamber. Hypoxia is a potentially deadly condition where there is adeficiency in the amount of oxygen reaching the tissues in the body. Prolonged lack of oxygen can result in lightheadedness, confusion and eventually loss of conscious ness. Navy pilots and aircrews undergo hypoxia training every four years so they can recognize the onset of the symptoms and take proper steps, such as donning their oxygen mask and following their emergency procedures. Earlier hypoxia training con Exercise PANAMAX 2018 kicks off in Mayport From U.S. 4th Fleet Public Affairs U.S. Naval Forces Southern Command/U.S. 4th Fleet is currently hosting the Combined Force Maritime Component Command (CFMCC) por tion of the annual exercise PANAMAX. PANAMAX, an annual multinational exercise, develops and sustains rela tionships that allow partner-nation security forces in the region to achieve common goals, increase cooperation and improve understanding. PANAMAX began in 2003 with three countries, Chile, Panama and the United States, and originally focused solely on the maritime security of the Panama Canal. Since that time, the exercise has grown to become the regions largest coalition Command Post Exercise, ensuring the defense of the Panama Canal, which is one of the most strategically and economically crucial pieces of infrastructure in the world. Since inception, partner nations have continued to take increased lead ership roles in the exercise. This year, Brazil is leading the CFMCC, Colombia is leading the Combined Force Land Component Command, and Argentina is leading the Combined Force Special Operations Component Command. The main focus of PANAMAX 2018 is exercising a variety of responses to fulfill requests from the government of Panama to protect and guarantee safe passage of traffic through the Panama Canal, ensure its neutrality, and respect national sovereignty. This exercise is designed to conduct stability operations under in support of a fictitious United Nations Security Council Resolution, providing interop erability training for the participating multinational staffs, and building par ticipating nation capability to plan and conduct complex multinational opera tions. Joining the U.S., 98 participants from 17 partner nations are participat ing in the maritime portion of exercise PANAMAX 2018 including: Argentina, USO, VyStar team up for Veteran Transition Service By MC1 (SW) Brian G. Reynolds Transitioning from a military lifestyle to the civilian sector can be a daunting task for even the most tenured military veter ans. However, USO Pathfinders, a service member transition program, is poised to provide assistance to members transition ing out of the military and into the civilian world at the VyStar Credit Union at Naval Air Station (NAS) Jacksonville. We have that trust with our military Photos by Reggie Jarrett AWO3 Austin Garant of Patrol Squadron (VP) 30 gives the thumbs-up signal during testing of the Normobaric Hypoxia Trainer (NHT) at Aviation Survival Training Center Jacksonville July 25. Aircrewman from VP-30 participated in the first manned test of the NHT system. Cmdr. J.T. Morarend (seated inside chamber), a physiologist with Naval Aerospace Medical Institute at Pensacola, participates in the first manned solo test of the Normobaric Hypoxia Trainer (NHT) at Aviation Survival Training Center Jacksonville July 25. NHT promises to make hypoxia training for Navy aviators safer and more realistic. Photo by MC2 Michael Hendricks Commander, U.S. Naval Forces Southern Command/U.S. 4th Fleet, Rear Adm. Sean Buck delivers opening remarks to U.S. and partner nation personnel who comprise the Combined Force Maritime Component Command (CFMCC) portion of exercise PANAMAX 2018. Photo by MC3 Ian Parham U.S. 4th Fleet Command Master Chief Johannes Gonzalez provides guidance to active duty and reserve Sailors par ticipating in PANAMAX 2018. The exer cise is focused on the security of the Panama Canal and stability within the U.S. Southern Command area of opera tions. Photo by MC1 (SW) Brian G. Reynolds USO Executive Director Mike OBrien (left) and VyStar Credit Union Vice President Brad Smith stand outside the USO Pathfinder addition to the Naval Air Station Jacksonville VyStar Credit Union branch. See NHT, Page 7 See PANAMAX, Page 7 See PATHFINDER, Page 3 NAS Jacksonville private drinking well water information meeting From Staff Courtyard by Marriott, 610 Wells Road, Orange Park, FL 32073 4-7 p.m., August 16, 2018 The Public is Invited to Attend Residents in the vicinity of Naval Air Station (NAS) Jacksonville and other interested parties are invited to attend a public information meeting to learn about the plan to test drink ing water from wells within designated areas near the base related to potential impacts from perand polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS). The Navy histori cally used fire-fighting foam contain ing PFAS in response to crashes, equip ment testing, and training activities at NAS Jacksonville. The meeting format will include informational displays along with rep resentatives from the Navy, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, JEA, and the Florida Department of Health. You are encouraged to attend, at your convenience, anytime between the hours listed above. For additional information regarding the meeting, you may visit the public web site at regions/cnrse/installations/nas_jack sonville.html.


2 JAX AIR NEWS, NAS JACKSONVILLE, Thursday, August 9, 2018 From Staff Aug. 9 1815 Capt. Stephen Decatur con cludes treaty for U.S. with Tripoli. 1842 Signing of Webster-Ashburton Treaty under which U.S. and Great Britain agreed to cooperate in suppress ing the slave trade. 1865 Return of Naval Academy to Annapolis after four years at Newport, R.I. 1919 Construction of rigid airship ZR-1 (Shenandoah) authorized. 1941 Atlantic Charter Conference is first meeting between President Roosevelt and Winston Churchill. 1942 Battle of Savo Island begins, the first of many sea battles near Guadalcanal. 1945 U.S. drops atomic bomb armed by Navy weaponeer on Nagasaki, Japan. 1949 First use of pilot-ejection seat for emergency escape in U.S. made by Lt. Jack Fruin of VF-171 near Walterboro, S.C. Aug. 10 1916 First naval production contract for N-9 amphibious aircraft. 1921 General Order establishes the Bureau of Aeronautics under Rear Adm. William Moffett. 1944 Guam secured by U.S. forces. 1964 Signing of Gulf of Tonkin Resolution that is used as the starting point of the Vietnam Conflict. Aug. 11 1812 Frigate USS Constitution cap tures and destroys brig Lady Warren. 1877 Professor Asaph Hall of Naval Observatory discovers first of two satel lites of Mars. He found the second one within a week. 1921 Carrier arresting gear first test ed at Hampton Roads, Va. 1960 USNS Longview, using Navy helicopters and frogmen, recovers a Discover satellite capsule after 17 orbits. This is first recovery of U.S. satellite from orbit. Aug. 12 1812 Frigate USS Constitution cap tures and destroys British brig Adeona. 1918 SECNAV approves acceptance of women as yeoman (F) in U.S. Navy. 1942 Light cruiser USS Cleveland (CL-55) demonstrates effectiveness of radio-proximity fuze (VT-fuze) against aircraft by successfully destroying three drones with proximity bursts fired by her five-inch guns. 1944 Lt. Joseph P. Kennedy Jr., USNR, the older brother of John F. Kennedy, was killed with his co-pilot in a mid-air explosion after taking off from England in a PB4Y from Special Attack Unit One (SAU-1). Following manual takeoff, they were supposed to parachute out over the English Channel while the radio-controlled explo sive filled drone proceeded to attack a German V-2 missile-launching site. Possible causes include faulty wiring or FM signals from a nearby transmitter. 1957 In first test of Automatic Carrier Landing System, Lt. Cmdr. Don Walker lands on USS Antietam (CV-36). 1958 USS Nautilus (SSN-571) arrives Portland, England completing first sub merged under ice cruise from Pacific to Atlantic Oceans. Aug. 13 1777 American explosive device made by David Bushnell explodes near British vessel off New London, Conn. 1846 Joint expedition led by Cmdr. Robert Stockton seizes Los Angeles, Calif. 1870 Armed tug Palos becomes first U.S. Navy ship to transit Suez Canal Aug. 14 1813 HMS Pelican captures USS Argus. 1886 SECNAV establishes Naval Gun Factory at Washington Navy Yard. 1945 Japan agrees to surrender; last Japanese ships sunk in World War II. Aug. 15 1845 U.S. Naval Academy estab lished at Annapolis, Md. on former site of Fort Severn. 1895 Commissioning of USS Texas, the first American steel-hulled battle ship. Texas served off Cuba during the Spanish-American War and took part in the naval battle of Santiago. Under the name of San Marcos, she was sunk in weapon-effects tests in Chesapeake Bay in 1911. Her hulk continued in use as a gunnery target through World War II. 1908 First Navy post offices estab lished in Navy ships. 1944 Operation Dragoon, Allied invasion of Southern France 1953 First naval officer appointed Chairman, Joints Chiefs of Staff, Adm. William Radford. 1958 USS Lexington (CVA-16) arrives in vicinity of Taiwan. 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 AO2 Haley Ballard Editor Reggie Jarrett Design/Layout George Atchley U.S. Navy photo The unarmed Lockheed EC-121 Warning Star was an airborne early warning radar surveillance aircraft flown by the U.S. Navy and Air Force from 1954 to 1978. During the Vietnam War, EC-121 aircraft aided in downing enemy planes, direct ed U.S. aircraft to aerial refueling tankers, and guided rescue planes to downed pilots. With a range of 4,000 miles, it provided early warning by detecting and tracking enemy aircraft with the electronic gear in the radomes above and below its fuselage. The typical crew consisted of six officers and 11 enlisted. This Week In Navy History Connect with your Fleet and Family Support Center From the FFSC In addition to providing informa tion and referral, the Naval Air Station Jacksonville Fleet and Family Support Center (FFSC) provides an array of ser vices to support military families. Work and Family Life programs directly support mission readiness by preparing service members and their families for the physical, emotional, interpersonal and logistical demands of the military lifestyle. Counseling, Advocacy and Prevention programs provide individ ual, group and family counseling, vic tim intervention and related prevention education and awareness programs. Sexual Assault Prevention and Response Program provides sexu al assault awareness and prevention education, victim advocacy, response coordination, case management and incident data collection to active-duty personnel, adult family members and commands. Navy Gold Star Program is the Navys official program for providing longterm non-medical case management, information and referral, education, recognition and support services to sur viving families of service members who pass while on active duty. Exceptional Family Member Program provides non-medical case manage ment, links families with available military, national and local community resources. For access to services at the FFSC, call 542-5745, the counseling appointment line at (866) 293-2776 or email Jaxs_ The hours of operation are Monday through Thursday from 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. To stay updated on events and activi ties, follow on Facebook at https://www. Navy releases 2018 Personal and Professional Choices Survey results From Chief of Naval Personnel Public Affairs The 2018 Personal and Professional Choices Survey results were released by the Chief of Naval Personnels office of inclusion and diversity July 25. The biennial Personal and Professional Choices Survey, formerly named the Pregnancy and Parenthood Survey, provides leadership with infor mation from Sailors on retention, work/ life balance, family planning, childcare, pregnancy and other related issues. The data gathered from the survey helps Navy track the trends and impact of personnel policies, not only on indi vidual Sailors and their families, but also on Navy readiness. Both men and women were surveyed to gather their opinions and concerns on Navy life and family issues. Survey results show reasons for staying or leaving the Navy were similar for both women and men. The 2018 survey was sent to a ran domly selected group of 29,103 women and 49,800 men on active duty, repre senting 48 percent and 19 percent of the active duty force, respectively. The sur vey produced 12,682 useable responses, with a 16 percent response rate and a margin of error of plus or minus 1 per centage point. Some of the key takeaways from par ticipants of the 2018 survey include: Men and women have similar influ encers to stay Navy, including job secu rity/stability, pay/benefits, retirement and service to nation. Men and women have similar influencers to leave the service as well, including family impact, work/life balance and schedule predict ability. Men and women find it difficult to balance a Navy career with a personal life, and policies intended to improve life/work balance need to be directed to all Sailors. Forty-five percent of unmar ried men and 52 percent of unmarried women report being in the Navy has reduced the likelihood that they will get married, while 41 percent of men with out children and 49 percent of women without children report that being in the Navy has reduced the likelihood that they will have or adopt children. Experiences and perceptions vary widely between men and women, and parents and non-parents. 55 percent of women think having children nega tively impacts the careers of women, compared to only 26 percent of men. Women in the Navy are less likely than men to be married or have chil dren. Of Sailors who are married, women are more likely to be in a dualmilitary relationship. Approximately 9 percent of women in the Navy are pregnant at any point in time, and 17 percent of women had a pregnancy in the past year. Approximately 76 percent of female offi cer and 47 percent of female enlisted pregnancies are planned. Although 25 percent of women were attached to a deployable unit when they found out they were pregnant, only 15 percent of these women were actually deployed at the time. Fifty-one percent of women who were transferred to a new command due to pregnancy felt valued by their new command, but only 34 percent were transferred to a career-enhancing position. The percentage of single parents in the Navy is increasing (10 percent of women and 1 percent of men), indicat ing that the Navy is becoming more sin gle-parent friendly. Women are more likely than men to embark on the adoption process without a partner and more likely to not complete the process due to workrelated factors. Women are significantly less likely than their male peers to have children. The percentage of men and women in the Navy who are parents is rela tively similar through age 28 (32 per cent), at which time the percentage of female parents begins to significantly lag behind the percentage of male par ents. Womens parenthood rates later increase between the ages of 33 to 35 to 68 percent, compared to 75 percent for men of the same age. While most Sailors think Navy pro vides adequate information on how to access birth control, only 44 percent think there is enough information on birth control side effects and 36 percent think there is enough information on how to access emergency contracep tion. Of women who use birth control, 89 percent received enough to last the entire length of their most recent deployment, a slight increase from the 2016 survey. Although most women (54 percent) are satisfied with the quality of military OB/GYN care, only 48 percent report having easy access to OB/GYN care regardless of duty station, and only 22 percent have easy access while on shore duty. While 61 percent of Sailors report hearing their commands leaders talk about work/life balance, only 47 per cent see their commands leaders dem onstrate work/life balance. A summary of the survey can be found at bupers-npc/support/inclusion/Pages/ Resources.aspx. Web based field language test appointments available for Portuguese-Brazilian and Indonesian From Staff The Department of Defense is seeking U.S. Navy personnel with Portuguese-Brazilian or Indonesian linguist skills to participate in the Web Based Field Test [WBFT], to contribute with the revision of these Defense Language Proficiency Test. When applying for a WBFT, please annotate WBFT in the comments block. Deadline for WBFT participation is Oct. 25. Tests are administered at your base Navy Language Testing Office. Test appointments are accepted through mil/group/information-warfaretraining/n-dfltp. For more language testing infor mation, please contact: CIWT_CRRY_Lang_Testing_


JAX AIR NEWS, NAS JACKSONVILLE, Thursday, August 9, 2018 3 VP-26 Tridents complete AMI From VP-26 Public Affairs Patrol Squadron (VP) 26, the Tridents, completed the Commander, Naval Air Forces (COMNAVAIRFOR) Aviation Maintenance Inspection (AMI) Aug. 3. The completion of AMI quali fies Trident maintenance to operate independently on deployment and is the second to last inspection that the Tridents must complete before they leave. AMI is conducted by inspectors from Naval Air Forces and covered 39 of the squadrons maintenance programs. It consisted of five drills, including a missing tool drill and an emergency reclamation drill, and 50 practicals, which covered a broad spectrum of day-to-day maintenance activities. This is an all hands on deck effort, said Lt. Cmdr. Rick Dorsey, the VP-26 maintenance officer. Everyone contributes to the suc cess of this inspection and it takes a lot of time, training and muscle memory to make this successful. Its completion is a direct reflection of the attention to detail and professional ism of all the Sailors in the Trident Maintenance Department. The completion of AMI is a major milestone for Trident maintenance as it is the last of two major maintenance inspections in the Fleet Readiness Training Program (FTRP) that the squadron must complete before deployment. The next and final step for the VP-26 Maintenance Department is the Maritime Patrol and Reconnaissance Wing (CPRW) 11 Material Control Inspection, where inspectors from the CPRW-11 will come and inspect the overall condi tion of the Trident aircraft in prepara tion for deployment. The Tridents are homeported on Naval Air Station Jacksonville and are currently executing the FRTP in prep aration for their upcoming deploy ment. VP-26 conducts static display for ROTC midshipmen From VP-26 Public Affairs Eight Sailors from Patrol Squadron (VP) 26, the Tridents, conducted a static display for 80 Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC) midshipmen, Jul. 20, on Naval Air Station Norfolk. The ROTC midshipmen, from colleg es and universities across the United States, attended the static display as part of the aviation week during their four week Career Orientation Training (CORTRAMID). The Trident aircrew introduced the midshipmen to the P-8A Poseidon air craft, allowed them to tour the plane and gave them a rundown of its dif ferent mission types and systems. The Tridents also gave them the opportu nity to ask questions about not just the P-8, but also Naval Aviation in general, training pipelines and the differences between Naval Aviation platforms. The static display marked the end of CORTRAMIDs aviation week which also included a familiarization flight in a T-34C Turbo Mentor and introduced the midshipmen to other Naval Aviation platforms such as the SH-60R Sea Hawk. Courtesy photo Sailors from Patrol Squadron (VP) 26 give a tour of a P-8A Poseidon to a group of midshipmen. The midship men, from ROTC units across the United States, participated in the static display as part of the aviation week during their four week Career Orientation Training. Courtesy photo Cmdr. Michael Haymon (left), com manding officer of Patrol Squadron (VP) 26, the Tridents shakes hands with inspectors from Commander, Naval Air Forces after VP-26s suc cessful completion of the Aviation Maintenance Inspection (AMI). The completion of AMI qualifies Trident maintenance to operate independent ly on deployment. Photos by Victor Pitts Fleet Readiness Center Southeast sheet metal mechanics Matthew Moquin (left), and Richard Shultz perform maintenance on an F/A-18E Super Hornet July 30 at Cecil Commerce Center. Members of the Fleet Readiness Center Southeast (FRCSE) team at Cecil Commerce Center are making a big contribution to the fleet through their work on the F/A-18E/F Super Hornet. The artisans are also repairing a Blue Angel F/A-18C Hornet that had a bird strike in Vero Beach April 21. A view of an FRCSE hangar at Cecil Commerce Center on July 30 includes the Blue Angel F/A-18C Hornet (left), and three F/A-18 Super Hornets. Rebuilding Hornets Photo by Clifford Davis Fleet Readiness Center Southeast sheet metal mechanics Benjamin Meehan (left), and Thomas Smith prepare to seal an access panel on an F/A18E Super Hornet at Cecil Commerce Center. men and women and that reputation to now help them at the final stage of their transition, said USO Executive Director Mike OBrien. We like to say that from the day they enlist to the day that they find their next career, the USO is always by their side. The USO Pathfinder will be located inside the VyStar Credit Union building in building 39 on base. [The USO] was looking for a place on a base, said VyStar Credit Union Vice President Brad Smith. The bases were pretty much full as what the DoD could provide, but with the history of our company here on base, it just seemed like a natural partnership that we could help them with. When a service member or military family member visits a USO transition site, a professional scout will assist them with services to help in their reintegration to the civilian workforce. These services include education, employment skills and training to name a few. The scout will then help the individual establish an action plan that will provide a roadmap to accomplishing tasks in each area of assistance. The scouts will be the individuals who work one-onone with the [service members] and their spouses to build a relationship to find out where they are in the process, OBrien said. We work one year pre separation and one year post separation. There is a whole lifestyle approach. Financial readiness is critical VA benefits, health and wellness, housing, etc. Its not just the job. Its also all the factors of preparing for life once they hang up the uniform. VyStar Credit Union will also be providing much of the expertise to assist military members. VyStar and our other partners will be providing the expertise, OBrien said. Our USO doesnt necessarily have the expertise in things like financial readiness. VyStar is a perfect partner to deliver that presentation to our [service members]. The financial counseling offered by VyStar is not only open to active duty service members, but it also extends to anyone working on NAS Jacksonville. Our certified financial counselor serves not only for our members of VyStar, it serves anybody on the base who works as a contractor, civil servant, active duty or their families. Smith said. If they have any financial counseling needs, they can come to our financial counselor here thats on our staff full time anytime we are open. The Public Works department and Naval Facilities Engineering Command (NAVFAC) played a large role in allowing the USO Pathfinders facility to be built in VyStar. I just want to pass along a great thank you to the base, Naval Facilities and all those who helped bring it to where it is now, Smith said. An official ribbon cutting ceremony will be held Sept. 13 at 11 a.m. to celebrate the opening of USO Pathfinders at NAS Jacksonville. The big carrot at the end of the road is finding that next career, OBrien said. Its also about building that relationship with the scouts and the [service members] and spouses. PATHFINDER From Page 1


4 JAX AIR NEWS, NAS JACKSONVILLE, Thursday, August 9, 2018 Campers ages 6-10 years swing away on the Naval Air Station Jacksonville driving range for the Junior Golf Camp June 27. Photo by Julie M. Lucas and Demi M. Cruz Junior golfers pick up balls after practicing their putting. Junior Golf Clinic participant WIll Buzby works on his driving skills on the fourth day of the clinic. Junior Golf Clinic participants watch a ball land on the driving range at the Naval Air Station Jacksonville Golf Course. Assistant Golf Professional Angello Collins instructs a group of kids on the driving range for the Junior Golf Camp June 27 at the Naval Air Station Jacksonville Golf Course. A Naval Air Station Jacksonville Junior Golf Clinic participant lines up a putt on the first day. Different skills are stressed each day of the clinic. Addison McCollough practices holding her final swing position under the watch ful eye of Assistant Golf Professional Angello Collins for the Junior Golf Camp. A Naval Air Station Jacksonville Junior Golf Clinic participant looks for his ball after a swing. Madilyn Willingham volunteers to show proper stance throughout a golf swing.


JAX AIR NEWS, NAS JACKSONVILLE, Thursday, August 9, 2018 5 Kids have fun learning how to play golf at summer camp By Demi M. Cruz Summertime is not only meant for vacation. Kids also have an opportunity each summer to grow in skill, knowledge and ability at the Junior Golf Camps on the Naval Air Station Jacksonville (NAS Jax) Golf Course. Assistant Golf Professional Angello Collins spent a total of nine years, with the past five being here at NAS Jax, teaching children and youth between the ages 6-17 the art of the game. We cover the basics. Theyre going to learn G.A.S.P (Grip, Aim, Stance and Posture), Collins explained Thats the main core of everything. Along with that, theyre going to learn putting, golf rules and they will even get some on-course experience to apply what they have learned throughout the week. Collins personally understands the benefits of learning to play golf at an early age, having fallen in love with the game when he was 13-years-old. Golf teaches kids mathematics, honesty and integrity. Its the only sport where there are no officials, so you have to learn to be responsible enough to police yourself. The weeklong camps run throughout the summer and are broken up by age group. Children and teens learn and practice Monday through Thursday, and then play the course on Friday, with an awards cer emony to celebrate their achievements. Are you interested in learning more about golf? Lessons are available for all ages! For more informa tion, call the NAS Jax Golf Course at (904) 542-3249. Naval Air Station Jacksonville Golf Course Pro Angello Collins gives instructions to junior golfers during the first day of the clinic July 9. Numerous clinics for different ages groups and skill levels are offered throughout the summer. Patrick Hester, a Junior Golf Clinic participant, carefully lines up a putt during the first day of the clinic July 9. Grace Bondy works on her chipping to the green during the Naval Air Station Jacksonville Junior Golf Camp July 12. This was Bondy's first golf clinic expe rience. Sierra Amescua (left) and Addison McCollough take turns putting during Junior Golf Camp June 27 at the Naval Air Station Jacksonville Golf Course. Naval Air Station Jacksonville Golf Course Pro Angello Collins works with a junior golfer on his grip and stance.


6 JAX AIR NEWS, NAS JACKSONVILLE, Thursday, August 9, 2018 Integrated mosquito management for certain species From the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Local governments and mosquito control programs often use an inte grated mosquito management (IMM) or integrated vector management (IVM) approach to control mosquitoes. IMM uses a combination of methods to prevent and control mosquitoes that spread viruses, like Zika, dengue, and chikungunya. IMM uses methods to control mos quitoes based on an understanding of mosquito biology, the mosquito life cycle, and the way mosquitoes spread viruses to develop plans for control ling mosquitoes. IMM uses methods that, when followed correctly, are safe and have been scientifically proven to reduce mosquito populations. Everyone can help control mosqui toes. Professionals from local govern ment departments or mosquito con trol districts develop mosquito control plans, perform tasks to control larvae and adult mosquitoes, and evaluate the effectiveness of actions taken. You, your neighbors, and the com munity can also take steps to reduce mosquitoes in and around your home and in your neighborhood. Conduct mosquito surveillance Mosquito control plans include tak ing steps to control mosquito popula tions before people start getting sick with a virus spread by mosquitoes. Professionals need to understand what types and numbers of mosquitoes are in an area. In order to find out this infor mation, mosquito control experts con duct surveillance. Surveillance activities can include : Finding and monitoring places where adult mosquitoes lay eggs. The larvae that hatch from eggs are found in these same places. Tracking mosquito populations and the viruses they may be carrying. Determining if EPA-registered insecticides will be effective. These activities help professionals determine if, when, and where control activities are needed to manage mos quito populations before people start getting sick. If professionals discover that local mosquitoes are carrying viruses (like dengue, Zika, or others), they start implementing other activities identified in their mosquito control plans. Remove places where mosquitoes lay eggs Removing places where mosqui toes lay eggs is an important step. Mosquitoes lay eggs near water because larvae need water to survive. Professionals and the public can remove standing water to reduce mos quito larvae before they become adult flying mosquitoes. Professionals at local government agencies and mosquito control districts may collect and dispose of illegally dumped tires, clean up and maintain public spaces like parks and greenways, and clean up illegal dumps and road side trash. You, your neighbors, and communi ty can remove standing water. Once a week, items that hold water like tires, buckets, planters, toys, pools, birdbaths, flower pot saucers, and trash contain ers should be emptied and scrubbed, turned over, covered, or thrown away. If needed, a community clean up event can be held to remove large items like tires that collect water. Control larvae and pupae Once mosquito eggs hatch, they become larvae and then pupae. Both larvae and pupae live in standing water. Dumping or removing standing water in and around your home is one way to control larvae. For standing water that cannot be dumped or drained, a larvicide can be used to kill lar vae.Larvicidesare products used to kill larvae before they become biting adults. The public and professionals can use US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)-registered larvicides according to label instructions. Professionals treat water-holding structures and containers in pub lic places, like storm drains or urns in cemeteries. They may also treat stand ing water on private property as part of a neighborhood cleanup campaign. People can treat fountains, septic tanks, and pool covers that hold water with larvicides. Controlling larvae and pupae before they become adults can minimize widespread use of insecticides that kill adult mosquitoes Control adult mosquitoes Adult mosquitoes can spread viruses (like dengue, Zika, or others) that make you sick. When surveillance activities show that adult mosquito populations are increasing or that they are spread ing viruses, professionals may decide to applyadulticides to kill adult mosqui toes. Adulticides help to reduce the num ber of mosquitoes in an area and reduce the risk that people will get sick. The public and professionals can use US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)-registered adulticides according to label instructions. If mosquitoes are spreading viruses over larger areas, professionals spray adulticides by using backpack spray ers,trucks, orairplanes People can buy adulticides and use them inside and outside their homes. Monitor control programs To make sure that mosquito control activities are working, professionals monitor the effectiveness of their efforts to control both larvae and adult mos quitoes. For example, if an insecticide did not work as well as predicted, pro fessionals may conduct additional stud ies on insecticide resistance or evaluate the equipment used to apply insecti cides. Florida First Lady Ann Scott reads the book, "Dragons Love Tacos" by Adam Rubin to children at the Naval Air Station Jacksonville Child Development Center July 31. Scott visited the center as part of her initiative to promote read ing literacy to Florida children. Following the reading session, she presented several books to classroom teachers and was given a poster created by the children. Scott also toured the center to learn about what childcare services are provided to Navy families here. Florida First Lady visits NAS Jax Photos by Kaylee LaRocque Florida First Lady Ann Scott (center), meets with Naval Air Station Jacksonville (NAS Jax) Commanding Officer Capt. Michael Connor and members of the NAS Jax Fleet and Family Support Center staff during her visit to the sta tion July 31. The team discussed some of the many services the FFSC pro vides including new parent support; counseling, suicide prevention, family employment readiness, transition assistance, Ombudsmen Program, Gold Star Program, financial counseling and the Exceptional Family Member Program.


JAX AIR NEWS, NAS JACKSONVILLE, Thursday, August 9, 2018 7 sisted of putting the aircrews into hypo baric chambers, where the pressure inside was lowered to mimic flying at high altitudes. The pressure changewas risky as it could result in ear and sinus damage, as well as decompression sickness.This type of training also restricted pilots from flying for at least 24 hours. A later training device called the Reduced Oxygen Breathing Device (ROBD) was safer because there was no change in pressure. However, the pilot or aircrew had to wear a mask for the training. This made it unrealistic for aircrew members who do not generally wear an oxygen mask while flying, such as P-8 pilots. We needed to find a way to get them to experience hypoxia without wearing a mask, said Lt. Cmdr. Phillip Dobbs, ASTC director. This new hypoxia trainer is going to allow people to come into a hypoxic environment, fly a simulator, or if they are a non-flying aircrew, they will per form aircrew equivalent tasks with out their masks on, like they normally would. NHT contains flight simulators for as many as four pilots and workstations for up to six non-pilot aircrew. Their heart rate and blood oxygen saturation levels are recorded in real time, Dobbs said. They are able to communicate with their instructor, who is outside the chamber. Safety observers inside help them and provide assistance if needed. Four cameras are also in the chamber sending a live feed to a monitoring sta tion. When we want to get the air back to normal, we switch the computer to give them more oxygen, Dobbs said. In a worst-case scenario, we just open the doors and they walk outside and breathe normal air. There are so few safety hazards with this trainer; that is what makes it an elite training device. The first test was a maximum capac ity test with 10 students and two safety observers in the chamber. The second test was a minimum capacity test with one student and one observer. Each test took about 30 minutes to complete. Cmdr. J.T. Morarend, a physiologist with Naval Aerospace Medical Institute at Pensacola, participated in both tests. I have done this type of training sev eral times in my career, and this was a lot more realistic, he said, and a lot more comfortable. There is also no down time for pilots, as they are able to fly immedi ately after the training. Personnel from NAWCTSD, who developed NHT, wit nessed the tests. The tests went outstanding, said Lt. Cmdr. Marcus Gobrecht, integrat ed product team leader who helped to deliver and install the NHT. We met all of the metrics of our spec ifications. The NHT took two months to install at ASTC and was about two years in development. Once it proves its capability, they will build seven more for the other survival training units, Dobbs said. They are supposed to be all online by September of next year. Capt. B.L. Bohrer, of Naval Air Systems Command, which takes care of acquisitions for all airborne training systems for the Navy and the Marine Corps, also witnessed the tests. This is a monumental event, he said. It isgroundbreaking. No one else in the service branches are doing this. ASTC is a division of the Naval Survival Training Institute (NSTI). NSTI and NAMI are detachments of Navy Medicine Operational Training Center (NMOTC), whose mission is to provide operational medical and aviation sur vival training. NMOTC is part of the network of Navy medicine professionals who support Sailors and Marines worldwide, pro viding critical mission support aboard ships, in the air, under the sea, and on the battlefield. NHT From Page 1 PANAMAX From Page 1 Belize, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Ecuador, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, Peru and Trinidad and Tobago. The exercise provides unique simulated training opportuni ties that incorporate scripted, event-driven scenarios to pro vide the maximum opportunity to improve interoperability. These simulated training sce narios address key aspects of multination and combined oper ations such as technology stan dardization and common oper ating procedures. Photo by Reggie Jarrett Aviators from Patrol Squadron 30 participate in the first manned test of the Normobaric Hypoxia Trainer (NHT) at Aviation Survival Training Center Jacksonville July 25. NHT simulates flying at altitudes up to 25,000 feet. Photo by MC2 Anna-Liesa Hussey Honduran Lt. Magno Henriquez (left), U.S. Navy Lt. Johnny Aviles (center), and Ecuadorian navy Lt. Diego Encalada (right) discuss logistics requirements for PANAMAX 2018. ET2 Alvin Cintron and Brazilian Capt. Leandro Demitrio, the Maritime Operations Center director, work together in preparation for PANAMAX 2018. The exercise is focused on the security of the Panama Canal and stabil ity within the U.S. Southern Command area of operations.


8 JAX AIR NEWS, NAS JACKSONVILLE, Thursday, August 9, 2018 Navy fuels Army in joint exercise By NAVSUP Fleet Logistics Center Jacksonville Office of Corporate Communications Naval Supply Systems Command(NAVSUP) Fleet Logistics Center Jacksonville (FLCJ) and U.S. Army 61st Quartermaster Battalion conducted QLLEX (Quartermaster Liquid Logistics Exercise) at Defense Fuel Supply Point (DFSP) Jacksonville, 17-25 July. QLLEX is an annual exercise for Army Reserve units to train for their wartime mission of providing petro leum and water to units worldwide. This years exer cise used Army convoys to transport fuel from DFSP Jacksonville to Naval Air Station (NAS) Jacksonville supporting the ongoing operations of twelve aviation squadrons focused on anti-submarine warfare. This exercise is a fantastic opportunity to train alongside the Army in executing a wartime mission, said Lt. Cmdr. Jason Monts, NAVSUP FLCJ fuels offi cer. QLLEX tests critical skills for proper onload, control and delivery of fuel for the Army, while assess ing our ability to provide fuel services throughout the Southeast region. QLLEX began as the Petroleum Oil and Lubricant Exercise (POLEX), 32 years ago, with the initial focus on petroleum, oils, and lubricants. In 2004 it evolved into QLLEX, with a broader focus, becoming a multiechelon, multi-component joint exercise. Today, QLLEX is a real-world test of Soldiers and Sailors skills in rapidly conducting fuel operations through out the geographic region. NAVSUP FLCJ fuel operators manned the pumps at the fueling station, filling tanker trucks and conduct ing safety training with the Soldiers. Once fueled, the Soldiers transported the fuel to the aviation squadrons to support ongoing opera tions. During the exercise, more than half a million gallons of fuel was transported from the north side of Jacksonville to NAS Jacksonville via 133 Army truck deliveries. This training tested the FLCJs fuels teams ability to support Army operations while affording Soldiers an opportunity to operate their equipment in support of a real-world mission, according to Chief Warrant Officer Norris Sherfield, 61st Quartermaster Battalion petroleum systems technician. Tiger of the Month By CMDCM (AW/SW) Timothy D. Hardin Name: AT2(AW) Savanna Murray Command: Patrol Squadron 8 Job: AT Shop Day shift supervisor Age: 27 Hometown: Jesup, Georgia Favorite Hobby: Reading Hero: Mom Best Piece Of Advice Received: Always do your best no matter what situation arises Goal For Navy: To constantly pass on knowledge and train my replacement How Has The Navy Improved Your Life?: The Navy has given me the tools for success along with finan cial stability. This Sailor was our Tiger of the Month for her hard work and ability to help all Sailors. Sailor in the Spotlight By Staff This weeks Naval Air Station Jacksonville (NAS Jax) Sailor in the Spotlight is ABE3 Jamal Forkiner. Forkiner was named Junior Sailor of the Third Quarter for fiscal year 2018. He cur rently works at air opera tions in the arresting gear division. A native of Baltimore, Maryland, Forkiner joined the Navy five years ago because he wanted a better life. I wanted to be bet ter than a product of my environment, Forkiner said. I wouldnt have met my wife and had two beautiful children if I hadnt joined. Forkiner said his favorite duty station so far is NAS Jax. He says his proudest accomplishment is fighting a fire while stationed aboard USS Theodore Roosevelt in July 2016. Outside of the Navy, Forkiner volunteers at the Sulzbacher Center, preparing food and helping feed local homeless. He will soon start an Emergency Medical Technician program and is hoping to make the Navy a career. His words of advice for those going up for a board is to have confidence, get your uniform squared away and have a fresh haircut! SAPR Spotlight From the FFSC The Sexual Assault Prevention and Response (SAPR) team at Unmanned Patrol Squadron (VUP) 19 is a committed group of Sailors. During Sexual Assault Awareness and Prevention Month they coordinated several events that yielded maximum participation at the command. Outside of the awareness activities dur ing the month of April, personnel at VUP-19 are always seeking ways to prevent sexual assault or bring atten tion to sexual assault issues. AZ2 Victoria Wilkinson recalls, At my last com mand, I witnessed a sexual assault. I can still remem ber every detail. Becoming a victim advocate meant I could be whatever a victim may need during that time to help them get through the trauma. It is extremely important to me for the survivors to be heard, not judged and to exercise their rights. AWO2 Quentin Robinson says he decided to become a victim advocate because sexual assault has affected some of his loved ones. I want to take a stand and do what I can to help others in their time of need and help build the health and awareness of this horrible act that is affecting society. Victims are going through a time where support and comfort are crucial in healing and allowing them to move forward with a positive outlook, said IS2 Katalena Honeycutt. I wanted to have a role in ensur ing the victim that any support or comfort needed would be provided. IT1 Shonteka Durant added, Ive always felt my call ing is to uplift, encourage, and just be that support system that someone may not have. I just knew that the program was a way to fulfill my purpose. Not only that, but to also gain more knowledge on a subject that I wasnt total ly familiar with. If you have been affect ed by a sexual assault, contact the DOD SAFE Helpline at 1-877-9955247 or the 24/7 SAPR victim advocate at (904) 910-9075. If you are interested in becoming a SAPR victim advocate, please con tact the Fleet and Family Support Center at (904) 542-5745 or email Jaxs_ nas_ffsc_connnect@ Courtesy photo Members of the Unmanned Patrol Squadron 19 Sexual Assault Prevention Response (SAPR) Team gather to show their alliance of supporting this issue. (Front row, from left) IT2 Marlene Manning, IT1 Shonteka Durant, AWO2 Quentin Robinson, LaTresa Henderson, Naval Air Station Jacksonville SAPR victim advocate at the Fleet and Family Support Center, Jacqueline Morales, NAS Jax sexual assault response coordinator, YN2 Nakia Carter AZ2 Victoria Wilkinson and YNC Leydi Mendez. (Second row, from left) PS2 Luis Sifuentes, YN2 Bruce Norcise, IS2 Katalena Honeycutt, YN1 Thomas Gilbert, YN2 Olmar Aguilus and YN2 Alysa Lassiter. ABE3 Jamal Forkiner AT2(AW) Savanna Murray Photo by Capt. John Strickland Sailors from Naval Supply Systems Command Fleet Logistics Center Jacksonville and Soldiers from the U.S. Armys 61st Quartermaster Battalion conduct a Quartermaster Liquid Logistics Exercise at Naval Air Station Jacksonville, July 17-25. Photo by MC1(SW) Brian G. Reynolds Command Quarters A group of Naval Air Station Jacksonville (NAS Jax) Sailors and a civilian gather with command leader ship following command quarters Aug. 2. From left, front row, NAS Jax Command Master Chief Jeffery Waters, Donnis Hinz (25 years of service), AC3 Peter Rosche (Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal), EN2 Ianjames Castil (Flag Letter of Commendation (FLOC)), ABE3 Jamal Forkiner (FLOC) and NAS Jax Commanding Officer Capt. Michael Connor. Second row, from left, AC1 Jason Reed (FLOC), LS2 Cintia Chicon (Military Outstanding Volunteer Service Medal) and CS2 Travis Nardine (FLOC). Back row, from left, BM1 Stephan Marriott (FLOC), RP1 Brooks Kuhn (FLOC) and CSSN Jayla Green (FLOC).


JAX AIR NEWS, NAS JACKSONVILLE, Thursday, August 9, 2018 9 Photo by Yan Kennon MSC's st birthday Capt. Matthew Case (right), Naval Hospital Jacksonville commanding officer, and Ensign Reiner Cubelo, the hospitals laboratory division officer, represent the hospitals most senior and junior Medical Service Corps officers during a ceremonial cake cutting Aug. 3 to celebrate the Navys Medical Service Corpss 71st birthday. Since its establishment on Aug. 4, 1947, the Medical Service Corps has played a vital role in carrying out the mission of Navy Medicine. The Medical Service Corps has grown from 251 plank owners to the most diverse Corps in Navy Medicine. Photos by Yan Kennon NH Jax celebrates World Breastfeeding Week Alisa Davis (right) and Lt. Alexis McDermott, along with other Naval Hospital (NH) Jacksonville Baby Friendly Initiative Committee members, cut a ceremo nial cake at the hospital Aug. 3, in recognition of World Breastfeeding Week Aug. 1-7. NH Jacksonville held its inaugural Latch On event for breastfeed ing and pumping mothers, their partners and family, and those who support women feeding their babies. NH Jacksonville was the first hospital on Floridas First Coast certified Baby Friendly by World Health Organization and United Nations Childrens Fund. Photo by Yan Kennon NH Jax appreciates Junior Red Cross vols Capt. Matthew Case (left), Naval Hospital (NH) Jacksonville commanding officer, Command Master Chief Lewis Jackson, and NH Jacksonvilles Red Cross Chairman Mary Miciano (right) stand with NH Jacksonville Red Cross and Junior Red Cross volunteers during an appreciation event at the hospital July 27. NH Jacksonvilles Junior Red Cross program presents an opportunity for students interested in health care careers to work each summer with highly-skilled Navy medicine professionals.


10 JAX AIR NEWS, NAS JACKSONVILLE, Thursday, August 9, 2018 Indoor Volleyball 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 Tuesdays and Thursdays at lunchtime. Call 542-2930 to sign up your league. Intramural Fall Softball League meeting Aug. 15 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 meeting will be held at the base gym, a.m. The games are played in the evenings on Tuesdays and Thursdays. meeting Aug. 15 The league is open to active duty, selective reservists, DOD civilians, DOD contractors, dependents (18 and older) at NAS Jacksonville and retirees. The meeting will be held at the base gym, Bldg. 614 in are played in the evenings on Tuesdays and Thursdays. 7-on-7 Flag Football League meeting Aug. 22 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 Mondays and Wednesdays in the evenings. The meeting will be held at the base gym, Bldg. Aug. 29 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 Tuesdays and Thursdays in the evenings. The meeting will be held at the base gym, Bldg. 614 in the second designated representative attending these points. All interested personnel should attend to discuss rules and to get the required paperwork to join the leagues. 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 542-2930 to get more information about the tennis lessons and to make an appointment for a lesson. Private Lessons 60 minutes = $40 90 minutes = $60 Additional hours if person takes more than two hours per week = $25 Semi-Private (2 people) Lessons person Group/Clinic Lessons (3 or more people taking lesson(s) together 90 min for 4 or more people) = $15 per person people and maximum is 8. For more information about any of the sports articles, call Bill Bonser at 5422930/3239 or e-mail Visit the MWR website at or nasjaxmwr. Standings As of Aug. VAZQUEZ 6 0 GARSKE 4 1 GRIMES 3 1 TENCHAVEZ 3 1 BONSER 3 3 GOSWAMI 3 3 BROWN 2 2 KNIGHT 2 2 NEUDIGATE 2 2 YUNOS 2 2 CANAS 2 3 FOSTER 1 3 HARTONG 1 4 GILES 0 5 Intramural Summer NAVHOSP 10 0 VR-58/VR-62 7 3 VP-62/NAVSUP FLCJ 7 3 AIR OPS 7 3 NMC/NAVY RESERVE 5 5 VP-16 5 5 FRCSE Gold 4 6 VP-8 Toon Squad 4 6 TPU/PCF/ASD 4 6 VP-30 1 9 Summer Golf GEMD 6 1 HSM-70 Team 1 6 1 NCTL 4 3 NMCLant Chicken Nuggets 4 3 CNATTU 3 4 HSM-70 Team 2 3 4 VP-62 Tweet Tweet 3 4 FACSFAC 2 5 VP-8 1 6 TPU/PCF 0 7 Wallyball TPU/PCF Ugly but effective 4 0 TPU/PCF El Guapo 3 1 NAVFAC Gold 2 2 NAVFAC Navfacers 2 2 NAVFAC Red 1 3 NAS Jax Sports Ready player one: Video games and the Navy future force By Warren Duffie Jr. Office of Naval Research Can computer games help U.S. Navy recruits find military jobs theyll enjoy and turn into long-term careers? To find out, the Office of Naval Research (ONR) is spon soring Navy Life, an online platform of Navy-themed games and simulations. Navy Life matches poten tial recruits to enlisted jobs according to their skills, abili ties and, most important, interests-thereby increasing recruitment and encouraging Sailors to consider long-term naval careers. Navy Life also presents a realistic look at the services career development path. It costs a lot of money to put one recruit through basic training and technical school ing, so the Navy doesnt want to lose that investment early, said Dr. Ray Perez, a program officer in ONRs Warfighter Performance Department. With Navy Life, the ser vice can improve recruiting, increase training efficiency, reduce Sailor attrition and enhance fleet performance. Navy recruits currently determine their career paths via two tools-the Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery (ASVAB) and the Job Opportunities in the Navy (JOIN). The ASVAB is a timed, multi ple-choice test, given in either computer or written form, that covers topics like science and mathematics, word knowl edge and paragraph compre hension, and electronics and mechanical knowledge. ASVAB scores determine jobs for which recruits qualify. Along with ASVAB scores, JOIN is an online instrument that measures interest in Navy jobs and plays an important role in assignments. The creators of Navy Life designed it to complement both the ASVAB and JOIN. When potential recruits first visit Navy Life, which could be linked to the services main recruitment website, theyll see a list of Navy enlisted jobs and can indicate which ones inter est them. Theyll then play a video game consisting of a 3D simu lation of a Navy ships interior. Assigned the role of damage controlman-a maintenance and emergency repair special ist-players must take command of the virtual vessel, extin guish multiple fires and floods spreading throughout the ship, ensure the safety of Sailors on board, and make necessary equipment repairs. As players navigate these challenges, Navy Lifes sophis ticated software algorithms measure participants situ ational awareness and reac tions to evolving threats, how they prioritize tasks, their decision-making capabilities, and how quickly they complete the game. Despite its mainte nance focus, the 3D game also is effective in assessing the skills of those interested in non-mechanical career fields like communications or health care. Afterward, players are shown Navy jobs for which they quali fy, based on their game perfor mance. Choosing an occupation will cause a computer-generated avatar (perhaps a Navy master chief) to appear and describe that particular career-includ ing required technical train ing, duty stations, combat deployments and civilian job equivalents. If players are still interested, they can provide their contact information for recruiters. Other Navy Life research partners include the Office of the Deputy Chief of Naval Operations for Manpower, Personnel, Training and Education-and the National Center for Research on Evaluation, Standards and Student Testing (CRESST), located at the University of California, Los Angeles. Navy Life will make the recruiting process more engag ing, especially for high school and college students, said Dr. Eva Baker, CRESST director. It blends Millennials [born between 1981 and 1996] and Generation Zs [born after 1996] interest in technology with immersive, game-based selec tion and assessment tools. Bakers team will have a Navy Life prototype ready for testing at CRESST and various military recruiting centers by the end of 2018. They later hope to expand the damage control man game with scenarios fea turing other Navy jobs. Warren Duffie Jr. is a con tractor for ONR Corporate Strategic Communications. For more information, visit, www.facebook. com/usnavy, or www.twitter. com/usnavy. Courtesy photo NAS Jax Racquetball king! AWF1 Shawn Lawson, of Fleet Logistics Support Squadron 62, won the Naval air Station Jacksonville 2018 Captain's Cup Summer Racquetball Championship July 26. There were 10 players in the tournament that ran from July 23-26. Lawson won all four of his matches to win the tournament. Bean bag toss champs AWRC John Sigman (left) and Lt. j.g. Timothy Dickhaus, of Helicopter Maritime Strike Squadron 70, won the 2018 Captain's Cup Bean Bag Toss Doubles Tournament July 30. There were 15 teams in the one-day tournament at the Pavilion behind the Fitness Center. Sigman and Dickhaus defeated four opponents on their way to winning the tournament. Courtesy photo


JAX AIR NEWS, NAS JACKSONVILLE, Thursday, August 9, 2018 11 Get Connected with MWR nasjaxmwr@ Community Recreation Call 542-3227 River Cove Catering & Conference Center Call 542-3041 Deweys Call 542-3521 Freedom Lanes Bowling Center Call 542-3493 Fitness, Sports & Aquatics Call 542-2930 information. operation. MWR Digital Library com to register. assistance. The Liberty Recreation Center Trips & events are for all E1-E6 single or unaccompanied active duty members & reservists only. Call 542-1335 for information. NAS Jax Golf Club Golf Course: 542-3249 Mulligans Restaurant: 542-2936 Mulberry Cove Marina Call 542-3260 appointment only. Auto Skills Center Call 542-3681 Youth Activities Center Call 778-9772 Family Fitness Center Call 771-8469 a.m. Jax Navy Flying Club Call 542-8509 Community Recreation Call 542-3318, Email directly at (Sold out of Steelers and Patriots tickets) seating. Prices vary depending on dates booking. What to do this year? Local Fun Trips! Current Ticket Promotions Include the Following: Tickets valid Jan. 1, 2018 and expire Dec. 19, 2018. (excluding weekends) (Redeemable through 12/31/18, ticket expires on this date) (Redeemable through 12/31/18, ticket expires on this date)


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