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PAGE 1 VOL. 76 NO. 32 NAS J ACKSONVILLE F LA THURSDAY, AUGUST 16, 2018 CNATTU Trains Saudi Sailors Page 3 BACK T O SCHOOL Luau Offers Fun For All Pages 4-5 ENERGY AW ARD For NAS Jax, CNRSE Page 7 Australia and United States: Allies in maritime patrol and reconnaissance By Lt. Matthew Guza, Lt. Kristofer Ochs and Lt. Darryl Abriam Australia and the United States have long been allies, and our countries militaries have developed a partnership that fosters interoperability all across the globe. The mari time patrol and reconnaissance (MPR) community is a strong contributor to this partnership. Currently, the United States and Australia are in a coopera tive partnership in developing the next generation of mari time patrol around the P-8A Poseidon. The Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) No. 11 Squadron has just successful ly completed their transition to the P-8A at Patrol Squadron (VP) 30 at Naval Air Station Jacksonville. A total of 120 aircrewmen were trained by VP-30 staff and a contingent of Australian instructors who served with the Pros Nest as part of the ini tial Australian transition. Fully trained as staff instructors, the team was critical to the initial success of the P-8A transition for both countries. Squadron No. 11, formerly operated the Lockheed P-3C Orion aircraft, and the RAAF mirrored the U.S. in shifting its focus to operating the new P-8A Poseidon by purchasing the new aircraft in full cooperative partnership with the United States. Now fully equipped and trained to conduct operations in the P-8A Poseidon, the RAAF aircrewmen are returning to their home base at Edinburgh, Australia. Future Aussie crews will be trained at home as the RAAF has taken over their training responsibilities. Flight Lt. Matt Coombes, the lead Australian transition offi cer, said, VP-30 and the U.S. Navy have been integral in 11SQN and the RAAF success fully getting the P-8A to interim operational capability in such a short timeframe. Currently, Australia and the U.S. regularly conduct joint military exercises around the world to ensure that readi ness for any threat that may arise. These exercises include MPR detachments to Australia for forward deployed U.S. air crews, exchange programs for esteemed cadre between the two nations MPR fleets, and flying together at the biennial Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) Exercise. According to the Navy. mil website, RIMPAC is the worlds largest international maritime warfare exercise. The end result of such a thriv ing partnership has aided in the United States and Australian Navies efforts to provide world wide maritime security. Flight Lt. Jack Cox, a RAAF naval flight officer, said, Having been through the same training system and course as the United States Navy squad rons will make operating together much easier. Weve really enjoyed the training here at VP-30. The P-8A will continue as a Joint Cooperative Development Program between U.S. and Australia. All future P-8A capa bilities and tactics will aim to be jointly developed and exe cuted with each nation comple menting and learning from the other. Australia will also continue its association with VP-30, as they introduce the Unmanned Aircraft Systems MQ-4C Triton into service with initial RAAF Triton training conducted in the U.S. with VP-30. Three aircraft carriers to change homeports From Commander, Naval Air Forces Public Affairs The U.S. Navy announced Aug. 2 that three Nimitzclass aircraft carriers, USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70), USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72) and USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74) will conduct homeport shifts. USS Abraham Lincoln, currently located in Norfolk, Virginia, will rejoin the Pacific Fleet, making San Diego its homeport. Abraham Lincoln, commissioned in 1989, previously served in the Pacific Fleet from 1990-2011 before moving to Norfolk for midlife refuel ing. The other two carrier homeport shifts are tied to carrier maintenance. John C. Stennis, currently home ported in Bremerton, Washington, will change home ports to Norfolk in advance of its midlife refueling, or reactor complex overhaul (RCOH) at Newport News Shipbuilding. John C. Stennis was commissioned in 1995; Nimitzclass carriers are built to last 50 years. USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70) will conduct a home port change to Bremerton in advance of its dock ing-planned incremental availability (DPIA) at Puget Sound Naval Shipyard. Photo by MC Seaman Shane Bryan Photo by MC3 Jake Greenberg Photo by MC1 Arthurgwain L. Marquez USS Carl Vinson (CVN ) USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN ) USS John C. Stennis (CVN ) Photo by Lt. Darryl Abriam Royal Australian Air Force aircrew and instructors gather in front of a P-8A Poseidon aircraft at Patron Squadron 30. The team recently completed training in the new aircraft. Tank maintenance at Fuel Farm By Reggie Jarrett Editor, Jax Air News Anyone driving down Yorktown Avenue at Naval Air Station Jacksonville (NAS Jax) can see the newest addition to the Fuel Farm. A spiderweb of scaffolding encircles tank 2109H in preparation of mainte nance and a new paint job. The overall goal of this project is to clean, inspect and repair the tank as needed, said Construction Manager Lisa Kouchinsky of the NAS Jax Public Works Department, who said an inspec tion on the structure was performed last year. Our contractor mobilized at the end of April and they have been working on repairs on the interior and exterior of the tank in accordance with those find ings from the inspection. Once the maintenance is complete on the exterior of the tank, it will be painted. The entire exterior will be repaint ed, said Kouchinsky, who is the project manager. The contractor will have an artist repaint the lettering and logo. The work on the tank is expected to be complete in December and it will return to service by May 2019. The tanks at the Fuel Farm were man ufactured in 1999 and each tank holds 630,000 gallons of JP-5 jet fuel. Tank 2109G at the Fuel Farm went through a similar inspection and repair cycle in 2015-16. Photos by Reggie Jarrett Workers set up scaffolding around a tank at the Fuel Farm aboard Naval Air Station Jacksonville Aug. 3. Maintenance will be done to the interior and exterior of the structure and then the entire exterior will be repainted. Work is expected to be competed in December. NAS Jacksonville Private Drinking Well Water Information Meeting 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 invit ed to attend a public information meeting to learn about the plan to test drinking water from wells within designated areas near the base related to potential impacts from perand polyfluoroalkyl sub stances (PFAS). The Navy historically used fire-fighting foam con taining PFAS in response to crashes, equipment test ing, and training activities at NAS Jacksonville. The meeting format will include informational dis plays along with representatives 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 https://www.cnic. ville.html.


2 JAX AIR NEWS, NAS JACKSONVILLE, Thursday, August 16, 2018 From Staff Aug. 16 1812 Frigate USS Constitution recap tures American merchant brig Adeline. 1954 Beginning of Operation Passage to Freedom, transport of refugees from Haiphong to Saigon, Vietnam. Aug. 17 1812 Frigate President captures British schooner LAdeline in North Atlantic. 1942 Submarines USS Nautilus (SS168) and USS Argonaut (SM-1) land 222 Marines on Makin Island. It was the first amphibious attack made from subma rines. 1959 Adm. Arleigh Burke reappoint ed CNO for third, two-year term, serving longest term as CNO. Aug. 18 1838 Expedition under Lt. Charles Wilkes embarks on world cruise. 1911 First Navy Nurse Corps super intendent, Esther Voorhees Hasson, appointed. 1965 First major amphibious assault in Vietnam, Operation Starlight captures 2,000 Viet Cong. 1966 First ship-to-shore satellite radio message sent from USS Annapolis (AGMR-1) in South China Sea to Pacific Fleet Headquarters at Pearl Harbor. 1974 After flooding in Philippines, Navy helicopters begin six days of oper ations to rescue people and bring sup plies (244 flights). Aug. 19 1812 Frigate USS Constitution cap tures HMS Guerriere. 1812Devastating hurricane struck the Navys New Orleans station, delaying military preparations in the War of 1812. 1818 Capt. James Biddle takes pos session of Oregon Territory for U.S. 1967 Operation Coronado IV begins in Mekong Delta. 1981 Two VF-41 aircraft from USS Nimitz (CVN 68) shoot down two Libyan aircraft that fired on them over interna tional waters. Aug. 20 1952 Inter-service air operation (U.S. Navy, Marine Corps and Air Force) at Chang Pyong-ni, Korea destroys 80 per cent of assigned area. 1959 USS Thetis Bay (LPH-6) com pletes six-day humanitarian operation after floods in Taiwan. 1969 Navy Seabees and sailors from Helicopter Training Squadron Eight (HT-8) evacuate 820 people from Pass Christian, Miss. after Hurricane Camille. Aug. 21 1800 U.S. Marine Corps Band per forms its first concert in Washington, D.C. 1883 Installation of the first electric lighting on a U.S. Navy Ship completed on USS Trenton. 1920 Radio station built by U.S. Navy and French Government transmits first wireless message heard around the world. At the time it was the most power ful radio station in the world. 1951 First contract for nuclear-pow ered submarine awarded. 1965 Launch of Gemini 5, piloted by Lt. Cmdr. Charles Conrad Jr., who com pleted 120 orbits in almost eight days at an altitude of 349.8 km. Recovery was by helicopter from USS Lake Champlain (CVS-39). 1980 USS Truxtun (CGN 35) res cues 42 Vietnamese refugees and USS Merrill (DD 976) rescues 62 Vietnamese refugees, about 200 miles southeast of Saigon. Aug. 22 1912 U.S. Navy Dental Corps estab lished. 1945 First surrender of Japanese gar rison at end of World War II. USS Levy receives surrender of Mille Atoll in Marshall Islands. 1980 USS Passumpsic (AO-107) res cues 28 Vietnamese refugees. 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 After losing their starboard engine during an anti-submarine patrol 180 miles off the coast of Mayport, the crew of this Patrol Squadron 45 Martin P5M flying boat taxied the aircraft from the open sea to Naval Station (NS) Mayport. After refu eling, the "Pelicans" crew taxied their aircraft up the St. Johns River to its home base of Naval Air Station Jacksonville. The Navy tug Umpqua escorted but did not tow the aircraft from NS Mayport. Not surprisingly, this mission took days longer than planned. This Week In Navy History Blue Angels announce 2019 officers By Navy Flight Demonstration Squadron Public Affairs U.S. Navy Flight Demonstration Squadron, the Blue Angels, announced officers selected for the 2019 air show season, Aug. 1. The squadron selected three F/A-18 demonstration pilots, an events coordinator, flight surgeon and supply officer to replace outgoing team mem bers. Each officer was recom mended for selection by Chief of Naval Air Training Rear Adm. Gregory Harris, and ultimately approved by Commander, Naval Air Forces Vice Adm. DeWolfe Miller, for final selection to the 2019 Blue Angels team. Many highly qualified Navy and Marine Corps officers sub mit applications to join the Blue Angels each year. It was an impressive slate of applicants this year, said Cmdr. Eric Doyle, command ing officer and flight leader of the Blue Angels. Every officer that applied represented the high caliber of personnel serving in our Navy and Marine Corps. It was a hard decision, but one that will ultimately lead to an amazing 2019 show season. The Blue Angels select final ists to interview at the teams home base of Naval Air Station (NAS) Pensacola, during the week of the Pensacola Beach Air Show each year. The team makes selections at the conclu sion of that week. The newly selected 2019 offi cers include: F/A-18 Demonstration Pilots Navy Lt. James Cox, 35, of Chesapeake, Virginia, is an F/A-18 Hornet pilot currently assigned to Strike Fighter Weapons School Atlantic. He graduated from James Madison University in 2005. Navy Lt. James Haley, 31, of Canadian, Texas, is an F/A-18 Hornet pilot currently assigned to the Gladiators of VFA-106. He graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy in 2009. Navy Lt. Cary Rickoff, 31, of Atlanta, Georgia, is an F/A-18 Hornet pilot currently assigned to the Golden Eagles of VT-22. He graduated from Duke University in 2009. Events Coordinator: Navy Lt. Cmdr. Adam Kerrick, 35, of Huntingdon Valley, Pennsylvania, is a Naval flight officer currently assigned to the Star Warriors of Electronic Attack Squadron 209. He graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy in 2005. Flight Surgeon: Navy Lt. Aaron Hicks, 33, of Federal Way, Washington, is a flight surgeon currently assigned to Carrier Air Wing 17. He gradu ated from Western Washington University in 2007. Supply Officer: Navy Lt. j.g. Kristin Toland, 31, of Sedalia, Missouri, is a supply officer currently assigned to Fleet Air Reconnaissance Squadron 1. She graduated from Columbia College in 2012. Pre-selected to join the 2019 team Executive Officer: Navy Cmdr. William Schomer, 48, of Lorain, Ohio, is currently the air operations officer for Naval Air Station Pensacola. He graduated from Jacksonville University in 2006. Expected to return for the 2019 season Commanding Officer / Flight Leader: Navy Cmdr. Eric Doyle, 44, of League City, Texas. F/A-18 Demonstration Pilots: Marine Corps Maj. Jeff Mullins, 36, of Memphis, Tennessee. Navy Lt. Cmdr. Brandon Hempler, 33, of Wamego, Kansas. Navy Lt. Andre Webb, 35, of Lawton, Oklahoma. C-130 Demonstration Pilots: Marine Maj. Mark Montgomery, 38, of Cartersville, Georgia. Marine Maj. Kyle Maschner, 35, of Scottsdale, Arizona. Marine Capt. Beau Mabery, 29, of Lompoc, California. Maintenance Officer: Navy Lt. Garrett Hopkins, 39, of Charlotte, North Carolina. Public Affairs Officer: Navy Lt. David Gardner, 37, of Warrensburg, Missouri The new team members will officially begin their train ing for the 2019 show season following the Blue Angels Homecoming Air Show at Naval Air Station Pensacola Nov. 3. The mission of the Blue Angels is to showcase the pride and professionalism of the United States Navy and Marine Corps by inspiring a culture of excellence and service to coun try through flight demonstra tions and community outreach. For more information, con tact Blue Angels Public Affairs at (850) 452-3955 or bapao@ Florida admissions rule supports military spouse attorneys From the Military Spouse J.D. Network Effective Sept. 17, 2018, military spouse attorneys on orders to Florida will now be able to apply for tempo rary admission without examination to the Florida Bar pursuant to the newly enactedChapter 21 of the Rules Regulating the Florida Bar. In its Opinion released July 19, 2018, the Florida Supreme Court recog nized that the choice frequently faced by military spouse attorneys to give up the practice of law to accompany the service member to Florida or to continue to practice law and remain in the jurisdiction where he/she is licensed is an untenable position. The Court recognized the sacrifice of ser vice also endured by the families of service members, stating: It is our hope that the adoption of these new rules will assuage some of the hardships associated with service in the U.S. Armed Services. At a mini mum, our adoption of these new rules gives form to the abiding gratitude we all share for the men and women who voluntarily serve in the U.S. Armed Services and the sacrifices endured by their families. Military spouse attorneys seeking admission under the new Chapter 21 must meet the eligibility require ments set forth in the rule, pay a fee of $1,000, and establish satisfactory character and fitness qualifications. The applicant must complete a Basic Skills course within six months of cer tification and complete Continuing Legal Education during each year the license is renewed. Additionally, an admittee under Chapter 21 must either be employed by or in a mentor ship relationship with a member of The Florida Bar who is eligible to prac tice law in Florida. A mentor network will be established by the Military Affairs Committee of The Florida Bar for the sole purpose of facilitating this requirement. A license issued under this rule is subject to annual renewal and fees equal to those paid by active members of the Florida Bar. Finally, the duration of a Chapter 21 license will not exceed five years. Florida is the 31st jurisdiction to adopt a military spouse admission rule Other states include: Alaska, Arizona, Colorado, Connecticut, Georgia, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Nevada, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, U.S. Virgin Islands, Virginia, West Virginia. Election year guidance From Staff The Department of Defense (DoD) has a longstanding and well-defined policy regarding political campaigns and elec tions to avoid the perception of DoD spon sorship, approval or endorsement of any political candidate, campaign or cause. The Department encourages and actively supports its personnel in their civic obliga tion to vote, but makes clear members of the Armed Forces on active duty shall not engage in partisan political activities. To mitigate the perception of endorse ment or support, no candidate for civil office is permitted to engage in campaign or election-related activities while on a DoD installation or in a DoD facility. Any activity that may be reasonably viewed as directly or indirectly associating the DoD, or any component or personnel of the department, with or in support of political campaign or election events is strictly prohibited. File photo U.S. Navy Flight Demonstration Squadron, the Blue Angels, announced officers selected for the 2019 air show season that begins Aug. 1.


JAX AIR NEWS, NAS JACKSONVILLE, Thursday, August 16, 2018 3 CNATTU trains Royal Saudi Navy Sailors on MH-60R By MC1 (SW) Brian G. Reynolds NAS Jax Assistant Public Affairs Officer Members of the Royal Saudi Naval Force are participat ing in a multilevel MH-60R Seahawk Helicopter train ing at the Center for Naval Aviation Technical Training Jacksonville (CNATTU Jax) that began July 16 and ends Aug. 16. The training is being held to train and equip mem bers of the Royal Saudi Naval Force with the knowledge and information to maintain the MH-60R Seahawk helicopter. The Saudi sailors came to Naval Air Station (NAS) Jacksonville from NAS Pensacola where they took a basic aviation maintenance course. They are getting the followon training from the basic avi ation maintenance course in Pensacola, said AMC Stephen Johnson. Then they came here where they will learn specific platforms like the MH-60R. A myriad of topics were cov ered pertaining to organiza tional level maintenance to the aircraft. We cover a lot of things along the lines of familiariza tion, said AM1 Devin Ilae, an instructor at CNATTU Jax. Just like how the aircraft is config ured and the different ways that it can be configured. Later in the course we cover more in depth systems, as far as the systems that they are going to maintain, specifically as air framers, said CNATTU Jax Instructor AM2 Joe Taylor. Some of these are main land ing gear, rotor blades, flight controls, hydraulic systems and things of that nature. The training that the Saudi sailors receive at NAS Jacksonville is used as a start ing point to bolster further real world training. Basically what our initial class is set up for is to give the maintainers a good founda tion that they can build on, so that when they start working on their on-the-job training, Ilae said. After the Royal Saudi sail ors complete their training at NAS Jacksonville they will be going to Naval Station Mayport where they will continue fur ther training for another year. When they complete their training here they will go to Mayport where they are stand ing up their first detachment squadron, Johnson said. They will get about a year of on-the-job training to give them the experience to be able to maintain these. So far the instructors believe that the training is showing positive results. Its going very well so far, Taylor said. Theyre very receptive to all of the informa tion. They ask great questions. Once they are able to profi ciently maintain the squadron in Mayport, all equipment will be transferred to Saudi Arabia. Photos by MC1 (SW) Brian Reynolds (From left) AM2 Joe Taylor, an instructor at the Center for Naval Aviation Technical Training Unit Jacksonville (CNATTU Jax); PO1 Ibrahim M. A. Abu-Oyun; PO1 Mutlaq A. Al-Harbi;PO1 Abdulaziz K. Al-Bishi; AM1 Devin Ilae; and AMCS Stephen Johnson gather during a training session to better familiarize and equip members of the Royal Saudi Naval Force on MH-60R Seahawk helicopter maintenance procedures. Photo by Reggie Jarrett AM2 Joe Taylor (second from left) and AM1 Devin Ilae (right) train members of the Royal Saudi Naval Force (RSNF) on the maintenance of a MH-60R Seahawk helicopter at Center for Naval Aviation Technical Training, Unit Jacksonville (CNATTU Jax). Taylor is the lead instructor of the first RSNF class at CNATTU Jax. AM2 Joe Taylor, an instructor with the Center for Naval Aviation Techinical Training Unit Jacksonville, trains members of the Royal Saudi Naval Force on a MH-60R Seahawk simulator. The training was held to better prepare and equip the sailors with the knowledge and information to maintain the aircraft. Photo by Anthony Casullo Fleet Readiness Center Southeast Executive Officer Col. Fred Schenk gives a thumbs up to a ground crewman before taking a Blue Angels F/A-18C up for a test flight. Test flight Fleet Readiness Center Southeast Executive Officer Col. Fred Schenk inspects a Blue Angels' F/A-18C before taking it for a test flight Aug. 9. The aircraft is undergoing maintenance at the military depot. Photo by Clifford Davis


4 JAX AIR NEWS, NAS JACKSONVILLE, Thursday, August 16, 2018 Aloha! Back-to-School Luau offers fun for families By Demi M. Cruz MWR Marketing Naval Air Station Jacksonville children are returning to school with some amazing memories from the Back-to-School Luau Aug. 4 hosted by the Morale, Welfare & Recreation (MWR) Community Recreation pro gram. The event took place at Allegheny Field and the out door pool. Activities included hula dancing lessons and perfor mances by Hula Halau, a waterslide, miniature golf, bounce house, palm tree climbing wall, a live DJ from Progressive Entertainment, games, contests and plenty of back to school prizes! The event also featured a special visit from characters Moana and Captain America. The outdoor pool staff hosted relay races throughout the day. Also present were resources and sponsors from the com munity including Duval County Libraries, the Child & Youth Program (CYP) school liaison officer and Naval Hospital Jacksonville Wellness Center representatives. Navy Exchange employees offered free haircuts and hair braiding lessons. The Fleet and Family Support Center helped MWR support the Exceptional Family Member Program with a sen sory tent and fast passes for families to utilize throughout the day. On-site sponsors included VyStar Credit Union, AAFMAA Life Insurance, Ernie Palmer Toyota and Tropical Smoothie Cafe. Neither the U.S. Navy, nor any other part of the federal govern ment officially endorses any com pany, sponsor or its products or services. Young children swing and sway to the music in the hula hoop contest for special prizes during the Back-to-School Luau Aug. 4 at Allegheny Field aboard Naval Air Station Jacksonville. Theres nothing but smiles and sunshine for Victoria and little Athena as they swim together in the outdoor pool during the Back-to-School Luau Aug. 4. Young girls take a break from all of the fun in the sun and express their artistic abilities in the shade with the origami col oring books provided during the Back-to-School Luau. Kids werent the only ones having a good time. The limbo contest was open to all ages and this gentleman was a force to be reckoned with. Jannis Simmons putts along the mini golf course at the Back-toSchool Luau Aug. 4 at Allegheny Field.


JAX AIR NEWS, NAS JACKSONVILLE, Thursday, August 16, 2018 5 Photos by Morgan Kehnert and Demi M. Cruz Kalyn Pearson slips and slides her way into the new school year on one of the water inflatable activities during the Back-to-School Luau at Allegheny Field Aug. 4. Young girls step up to take hula lessons from an instructor during the Back-toSchool Luau Aug. 4. Dancers from Hula Halau, a local hula school, perform a special hula dance about the seaweed in the ocean at the Back-to-School Luau aboard Naval Air Station Jacksonville Aug. 4. Titan Geronimo cheerfully comes through the tunnel of the giant waterslide, ready to go down another time at the Back-to-School Luau Aug. 4 at Allegheny Field. Theres just no telling how far Moana will go, even all the way to Naval Air Station Jacksonville to see some of the children attending the Back-to-School Luau at the outdoor pool Aug. 4. Ariel Goode poses for pictures with her children, Leilani and Will, at the photo booth during the Back-to-School Luau Aug. 4 at Allegheny Field.


6 JAX AIR NEWS, NAS JACKSONVILLE, Thursday, August 16, 2018 Mad Foxes toast to 2,000 days DUI free Lt. Ridgely Riggs VP-5 Public Affairs The Mad Foxes of Patrol Squadron (VP) 5 achieved the signifi cant milestone of 2,000 days without a DUI Aug. 15. This success is large ly due to VP-5s strong emphasis on personal accountability and the safe, responsible con sumption of alcohol. The Mad Fox philoso phy is based on higher personal expectations accompanied by more freedom. VP-5 is all about work-hard, playhard, said AWO Alex Leonard. We put in long hours and our work shows it, so we make sure to take advantage of every break we get. That being said, we make sure to have fun responsibly and our command climate makes it easy to do that. At the core of VP-5s mindset are the Operational Risk Management (ORM) principles. First adopted by the air lines to reduce the volume and sever ity of mishaps, ORM soon became a critical piece of Naval operations. VP-5 takes ORM to the next level by encour aging Sailors to make it a part of every day life. The consumption of alcohol carries with it risks that could imperil careers or even lives. By identifying the asso ciated risks and planning ahead, destructive outcomes can be reduced, if not entirely eliminated. The Mad Foxes mitigate the threat through honest communication on the dangers of alcohol and awareness of the assets available to eliminate them. The most important part is hav ing a plan and sticking to it, whether it be a designated driver or a commer cial service such as Uber or Lyft. The second most important part is knowing what to do when plans fall through. Mad Foxes have quick, con venient access to their chain-of-com mand in addition to the Club 2000 taxi service, which allows Sailors to get a free taxi ride home in a pinch. For Lt. Mary Jordan, the command ground safety officer, this achieve ment carries added significance. It means we doing something right. Our Sailors have the resources they need to stay safe at, and away from, work; thats music to my ears. Between the hard work of the Safety depart ment, the professionalism exhibited by the Mad Fox family, and the myri ad options available to eliminate the need to ever get behind the wheel, I anticipate DUIs within our command to be a thing of the past. By Reggie Jarrett Editor, Jax Air News Fighter jets from Airborne Tactical Advantage Company (ATAC) have returned to Naval Air Station (NAS) Jacksonville to help support training exercises of the USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72) Strike Group with Carrier Wing 17. ATAC brought four planes, two British-made Mark 58 Hunters and two Israeli F-21 Kfir fighter jets, to act as the aggressors in the COMPTUEX training exercise against planes from the Lincoln, which is off the coast of Jacksonville. The planes and ATAC pilots and maintenance crew will be aboard NAS Jacksonville for two weeks fromAugust 6-17. We typically fly eight missions a day, and we provide adversary training services to the fleet, said Scott Troyer, director of safety for ATAC and one of their pilots. Troyer said he enjoys playing the role of the aggressor in the exercise. Its great to be the adversary, because for 20 years when I was in the Navy flying F-18s, the services provided by ATAC were critical in getting us ready for deployment, he said. Its nice to be on the other side of it now, helping them out. I feel like I have a hand in keeping the next generation up to speed. For the two weeksthey are aboard NAS Jacksonville, ATAC will have the full support of the base said Doug Chaney, airfield facilities manager. We give ATAC a base of operations with administrative space, mainte nance space, maintenance hangar and ramp space with fuel support, he said. Everything they need to operate. NAVSUP FLC Jacksonville reservists attend logistics course From NAVSUP FLCJ Sailors from Naval Supply Systems Command (NAVSUP) Fleet Logistics Center Jacksonville (FLCJ) Navy Reserve element participat ed in the Logistics Support Representative training course, July 11-15, at Naval Station (NS) Mayport. The Logistics Support Representative (LSR) course is designed to refine the reserv ists skillset and facilitate inte gration into the NAVSUP FLCJ mission. This year, nine mem bers of the FLCJ NR command attended the course, which exposed attendees to multi ple areas of logistics support, including pairing with active duty counterparts and con ducting site tours to improve reserve and active component integration. Each day of the four-day course began with LSR Master/ Journeyman-level classroom training facilitated by LS1 Bianka Echevarria and LS1 Darrell Moore. The second half of each day involved a site visit which provided a forum for understanding the application of the topics in real world cir cumstances. The best part of the course for the students is the site tours, said Echevarria. Its an opportunity for the students to get a feel of exact ly how they would integrate Courtesy photo The "Mad Foxes" of Patrol Squadron 5 recently cel ebrated 2,000 days without a DUI. Photo by Reggie Jarrett Maintenance crew with Airborne Tactical Advantage Company (ATAC) prepare an Israeli-made F-21 Kfir jet fighter for flight at the Naval Air Station Jacksonville airfield Aug. 9. See LSR, Page 7 ATAC returns to NAS Jax


JAX AIR NEWS, NAS JACKSONVILLE, Thursday, August 16, 2018 7 Courtesy photo Naval Reserve Fleet Logistics Center Jacksonville Navy Reserve Commanding Officer and members of HQ & Det. A units enjoyed a ship tour of USS Milwaukee in conjunction with Logistics Support Representative training held at Naval Station Mayport. within the FLCJ mission and visual ize how they would work alongside their active duty counterparts in both annual training as well as in contin gency response operations. The course attendees conducted site tours of various logistics opera tions at NS Mayport, including post al operations, husbanding activities, Logistics Support Center, hazardous material control operations, as well as a ship tour of the USS Milwaukee (LCS 5), a visit to Southeast Regional Maintenance Center and the Logistics Support Center. Students were also exposed to infor mation systems to process requisi tions and obtain status of material as well as exposure to processes and resources managed by NAVSUP and DLA. The course resulted in further advancing the students qualifications as NAVSUP-qualified logistics support representatives. LSR From Page 6 Navy Region Southeast leads the way in energy conservation By Jay Cope CNRSE Public Affairs The Secretary of the Navy (SECNAV) released the recipients of the annual Energy Excellence Awards Aug. 3 and installations from Navy Region Southeast were prominent in the final lists. Naval Air Station (NAS) Whiting Field will be authorized to fly the SECNAV Energy Conservation Award flag for the next year as the winner in the Small Shore Installation category. NAS Pensacola and Naval Construction Battalion Command Gulfport received Platinum level honors and were two of only three shore installations to achieve the highest designation. The SECNAV Energy Excellence Awards program promotes excel lence in the areas of energy security, new technology, innovation, program management, and efficiency across the Department of the Navy. Top winners in the eight command-type categories receive $25,000 which they are encour aged to use on further energy improve ments at their command. Congratulations to all of our award recipients. Improving the energy resil iency and security of our operating forc es and our installations remains a top priority and I look forward to all your future accomplishments in support of this critical program. Bravo Zulu! Secretary of the Navy Richard Spencer stated in his announcement message. NAS Whiting Fields nomination package highlighted the commands proactive partnership with Gulf Power on a $9.8 million Utilities Energy Savings Contract (UESC), which was the largest in the utility providers history. The contract saved more than $200,000 in energy costs in less than one year. Additionally, the command achieved a nearly a 20 percent decrease in energy consumption from fiscal year 2016 to 2017 putting it ahead of its 2020 reduc tion goals. NAS Whiting Field also pro moted an awareness for energy con servation throughout the year through ground breaking ceremonies on new equipment, news stories, energy saving tips, an energy expo and 5K run, Earth Day activities and more. Nomination packages are graded on seven functional areas: awareness and compliance with energy management directives, command commitment to energy management, planning, main tenance of energy consuming systems, innovative improvements, personnel training, and results of energy pro grams. Separate from the award winners, the program also honors other supe rior programs with three tiers of rec ognition. Platinum level indicates an outstanding energy program and only 11 commands Navy-wide were select ed as Platinum recipients. Gold level recognizes excellent energy programs and four more CNRSE commands achieved that level of recognition: NAS Corpus Christi, NAS Jacksonville, Naval Support Activity Mid-South and NAS Meridian. Six more commands reached Blue level honors, indicating well-rounded energy conservation pro grams. Rear Adm. Bette Bolivar, Commander, Navy Region Southeast, congratulated the installation com manding officers and praised the command teams for their significant achievements. What we do at the installations to conserve energy has a tremendous impact on energy security and readi ness across the fleet, she said. Their hard work and dedication on environ mental stewardship and conservation is truly appreciated. They do a fantastic job day-in and day-out, and I couldnt be prouder of their accomplishments. NAS Jax wins gold in energy awards By Reggie Jarrett Editor, Jax Air News Naval Air Station (NAS) Jacksonville was one of several Navy bases across the country to be recognized by the Secretary of the Navy (SECNAV) Energy Awards, NAS Jacksonville won Gold Level for Fiscal Year (FY) 2018 in the annual energy awards, which rewards Navy bases for their efforts to reduce energy and water usage. Earning the Gold Level in the SECNAV Energy Excellence Award is an outstanding achievement that rep resents the hard work and dedication of all Sailors on our base, said NAS Jacksonville Commanding Officer Capt. Michael Connor. At the same time, we have to contin ue to improve our efforts to make this the most energy efficient installation in the Navy. NAS Jacksonville won the Platinum award and received the Secretary of the Navy Large Shore Energy Award in FY 2011 and then received gold from FY 2012-2016 before falling to blue last year. The 2018 award recognizes efforts and accomplishments in 2017. The awards are given out on three levels, according to Andrew Rubio, installation energy manager for NAS Jacksonville. Awards are blue, gold or platinum, he said. Blue award means you have a good program, but you havent yet generated results to reduce energy and water con sumption. Gold means you are show ing some improvements and platinum means you are right on track to meet energy reduction goals. The goal set forth by the Navy is a 25 percent reduction in energy intensity, Photo by Reggie Jarrett Naval Air Station Jacksonville earned the Gold Level of the SECNAV Energy Excellence Award Aug. 3. See ENERGY, Page 8


8 JAX AIR NEWS, NAS JACKSONVILLE, Thursday, August 16, 2018 which is energy used per square footage on a base, by 2025 as measured by the FY 2015 baseline. We averaged a 2.5 percent reduction over a 10-year range, which would put us on track to meet that goal, Rubio said. This past reporting cycle we got very close to a 3 percent reduction, so that is a pretty good reduction in energy intensity. NAS Jacksonville has some challenges to overcome to meet the energy stan dard. The main challenge we have is our utility rates have gone down, Rubio said. That is good for everyone paying utility bills, but it is not so good when we have to justify all the energy conser vation reduction projects based on the dollars they save. They have to pay for themselves. The last major energy project on base was awarded in 2016 and completed in the first quarter of FY 2017, was light ing improvements, which included the replacing of fluorescent lights with L.E.D. fixtures and expanding control systems, to better operate and run those systems. Another challenge facing NAS Jacksonville and other Navy bases is the high energy-intensive training, such as simulators, are becoming the norm. The way energy conservation is viewed is changing also. One of the biggest changes with the energy management program here is that we have gone from doing energy efficiency projects wherever we can to now focusing on energy security, that is improving the reliability, resiliency and efficiency of our systems, Rubio said. NAS Jacksonville is also looking at alternative forms of energy, such as wind and solar, but will have to justify the energy savings. The costs are com ing down, but are still prohibitive for widespread implementation. While Rubio and NAS Jacksonville are looking to the future for energy solu tions, right now with October being Energy Awareness Month, they are focusing on more practical methods of conservation. My greatest efforts are going to be working with people in the buildings to reduce power, Rubio said. We will have more energy awareness cam paigns on base, and we are going to have to reinvigorate our energy moni toring program. While Rubio is pleased with winning the gold, he is always aiming higher. Getting platinum is the eventual goal, he said. It is going to be a real challenge that will take everyones efforts working together to get there. ENERGY From Page 7 Photos by Jacob Sippel Capt. Kevin Brown (second from left), Naval Hospital Jacksonville execu tive officer, presents the Customer Service Excellence Award to the hospitals Family Medicine clinic during an awards ceremony at the hospital Aug. 10. The Customer Service Excellence Award, selected by the Patient and Family Advisory Council, recognizes a department for providing superior service. NH Jax awards Capt. Kevin Brown, Naval Hospital Jacksonville executive officer, presents Lt. j.g. Madison Scheidt, a charge nurse in the hospitals ambulatory procedures unit, with the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal for superior performance in leading 30 personnel in the postoperative management of 5,374 patients. WWE Champ World Wrestling Entertainment Raw Womens Champion Alexa Bliss poses for a photo with (from left) AO2 Taylor McQuinn, AO3 Nate Smalley, AO3 Josiah Sater and AO3 Christabel Robinson at the Naval Air Station Jacksonville Navy Exchange Aug. 6. Hundreds of fans showed up to meet the wrestler during the event. Photo by MC1(SW) Brian G. Reynolds Photo by AO2 Haley Ballard OneBlood Phlebotomist Paulina Tomaszewska takes blood from HM3 James Fukartas of Naval Hospital Jacksonville during a blood drive at the Naval Air Station Jacksonville Chapel Aug. 8. Nearly 20 pints of blood was collected during the event. Blood drive


JAX AIR NEWS, NAS JACKSONVILLE, Thursday, August 16, 2018 9 Navy First Coast Fire and Emergency Services Inspector Robert Adams demonstrates how a fire extinguisher works during National Night Out at the Naval Air Station Jacksonville Youth Activities Center Aug. 7. Military Working Dog (MWD) Bruno takes a bite into MA2 Robert Muccino after following commands by MAC (select) Michael Langehennig during an MWD demonstration at NAS Jacksonville's Youth Activities Center Aug. 7. Photos by Julie M. Lucas Heather Barry of the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, helps Nalani Weaver hold an American Alligator during the second annual National Night Out event at the Naval Air Station Jacksonville Youth Activities Center Aug. 7. Several local agencies participated in the annual event. National Night Out Members of the Naval Air Station Jacksonville Security Department fill out child identification kits as a part of the annual National Night Out event Aug. 7. Jacksonville Sheriff Mike Williams discusses law enforcement with youths at the Naval Air Station Jacksonville Youth Activities Center Aug. 7 during a National Night Out event. 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 5422930 to sign up your league. 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. 614 in the at 11:30 a.m. Fall Bowling League Meeting Aug. 24 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, Bldg. 614 in the designated representative attend the meeting will receive attend the meeting to discuss rules and to get the required paperwork to join the league. Ultimate Frisbee League meeting 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 at 11:30 a.m. to discuss rules and to get the required paperwork to join the leagues. Kickball Tournament Sept. 17 The tournament is open to active duty, selective reservists, dependent spouses, DOD civilians, and DOD contractor men assigned to a command at NAS Jacksonville. The tournament starts at 5 p.m. and will be held at the McCaffrey Softball Complex on Child Street. Participants will earn or third place. Call NAS Jax Athletics to sign up by Sept. 12. Tennis lessons and clinics now offered on base We now have a professional tennis instructor on base to offer tennis lessons to all authorized MWR patrons. Interested personnel can contact the base gym at 5422930 to get more information about the tennis lessons and to make an appointment for a lesson. Private Lessons Adults and Juniors: 60 minutes = $40 90 minutes = $60 Additional hours if person takes more than two hours per week = $25 Semi-Private (2 people) Lessons Adults and Juniors: 60 minutes = $20 each person Group/Clinic Lessons (3 or more people taking lesson(s) 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 Aug. Badminton Singles Player Wins Losses VAZQUEZ 6 0 GARSKE 4 1 GRIMES 4 1 BROWN 4 2 TENCHAVEZ 4 2 KNIGHT 3 2 BONSER 3 3 NEUDIGATE 2 2 GOSWAMI 3 4 YUNOS 2 3 CANAS 2 4 HARTONG 2 4 FOSTER 1 4 GILES 0 6 Summer Golf Teams Wins Losses GEMD 7 1 HSM-70 Team 1 6 2 NMCLant Chicken Nuggets 5 3 NCTL 4 4 CNATTU 3 5 HSM-70 Team 2 3 5 VP-62 Tweet Tweet 3 5 FACSFAC 2 6 VP-8 2 6 TPU/PCF 0 8 Team Wins Losses TPU/PCF Ugly but effective 5 0 TPU/PCF El Guapo 4 1 NAVFAC Gold 3 2 NAVFAC Navfacers 2 3 NAVFAC Red 1 4 NAS Jax Sports


10 JAX AIR NEWS, NAS JACKSONVILLE, Thursday, August 16, 2018 Get Connected with MWR Community Recreation Call 542-3227 Paint Night or beverage. 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 Pavilion for more info. Base Gym for more information. for now available. Call the base gym for pricing information. Patrons can select from a variety treatments. For a complete list of center. The Liberty Recreation Center Trips & events are for all E1-E6 single or unaccompanied active duty members & reservists only. Call 5421335 for information. NAS Jax Golf Club Golf Course: 542-3249 Mulligans Restaurant: 542-2936 th register. Mulberry Cove Marina Call 542-3260 appointment only. session. Sail Classes Auto Skills Center Call 542-3681 Youth Activities Center Call 778-9772 Family Fitness Center Call 771-8469 Jax Navy Flying Club Call 542-8509 commercial Community Recreation Call 542-3318, Email directly at representative will be available to (Sold out of Steelers and Patriots tickets) Prices vary depending on dates Arena What to do this year? Local Fun Trips! th 3 p.m. Current Ticket Promotions Include the Following: Tickets expire Dec. 19, 2018. (excluding weekends) limit. (Redeemable through 12/31/18, ticket expires on this date) (Redeemable through 12/31/18, ticket expires on this date)


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