U.S. Navy statements on passing of Sen. John McCain From the Office of the Navy Chief of Information Secretary of the Navy Richard V. Spencer, Chief of Naval Operations Adm. John Richardsonand the commanding officer ofUSS John S. McCain (DDG 56),Cmdr. Micah Murphy,released statements on the death of Senator and Navy veteran John S. McCain III who died Aug. 25 at age 81. Statement by Secretary of the Navy Richard V. Spencer: Today, the Navy and Marine Corps team lost a friend and one of our own when Senator John McCain passed. From the Naval Academy to flight school and throughout his time as a prisoner of war in Vietnam, McCain displayed unfailing honor and duty to country. If that was the end of his ser vice, he would still be renowned as a hero, but McCains desire to serve didnt stop when his uniform came off. He con tinued to serve as a representative and senator from Arizona. Throughout his life, McCain never ceased serving our nation or fighting for what he believed. My heartfelt condolences go out to the McCain family, their friends and loved ones. Everyone on the Navy and Marine Corps team shares this loss with all who had the fortune of knowing Sen. John McCain. Statement by Chief of Naval Operations Adm. John Richardson: The nation has lost a great patri ot and warrior. Whenever we were in a tough spot, we knew Sen. McCain would be on our side with his character istic toughness and integrity. The U.S. Navy mourns the loss of a true ship mate. Our prayers go with him and to his family, that they find consolation. May Sen. John McCain, who never flinched from a worthy fight, rest in a well-deserved peace. Statement by USS John S. McCain (DDG 56) commanding officer Cmdr. Micah Murphy: On behalf of the crew of USS John S. McCain, I offer our support and prayers to the McCain family, our gratitude to the senator for his years of service to our nation, and a heartfelt traditional Navy sendoff: Fair winds and following seas. It is an honor to have our mighty warship carry on your name and con tinue your legacy. DDG-56s namehonors three gen erations of dedicated service to the Navy and nation. Sen. McCains father, Adm. John S. McCain, Jr. served as U.S. Pacific Command commander. Sen. McCainsgrandfather, Adm. John S. McCain was a distinguished World War II carrier task force commander. Sen. McCain continued this proud legacy as a naval aviator during the Vietnam War. As a prisoner of war, he endured more than five years of cap tivity, representing America honorably and selflessly. After retiring from the Navy, he con tinued national service in Congress, first as a representative and later as a senator from Arizona. Sen. McCain took an active interest in the destroyer and its crew, including a visit to the ship during a port visit to Cam Ranh International Port in Vietnam on June 2, 2017. The ship had visited ports in Vietnam several times before over the years in honor of the McCain legacy. www.cnic.navy.mil/jacksonville www.jaxairnews.com VOL. 76 NO. 34 NAS J ACKSONVILLE F LA THURSDAY, AUGUST 30, 2018 SAVING MONEY FRCSE Mech Rewrites Book Page 3 LEARNING TO FL Y Jax Navy Flying Club Offers Lessons Pages 4-5 EQUALITY DAY Promoting Womens Rights Page 6 U.S. Navy photo Former prisoner of war Lt. Cmdr. John S. McCain III (later Senator McCain), arrives at Naval Air Station (NAS) Jacksonville in March 1973 following his release from captiv ity. McCain was in command of a squadron from NAS Cecil Field when his plane was shot down over North Vietnam after bombing Hanoi Oct. 26, 1967. Navy receives preliminary drinking water test results From Staff Preliminary drinking water results for 12 offstation wells sampled during the first week of test ing indicate all are below the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Lifetime Health Advisory (LHA) of 70 parts per trillion (PPT) for perand poly-fluoroalkyl substances, or PFAS. All prop erty owners have been notified of the preliminary results received. The laboratory results are current ly undergoing the data validation process and prop erty owners will receive validated test results when available. Results from seven other wells samped the second week are pending. The Navy voluntarily began testing private drink ing water wells within identified areas around Naval Air Station Jacksonville (NAS Jax) earlier this month as part of its commitment to ensure local drinking water supplies are not impacted by past Navy use of chemicals on the air station. These tests are at no cost to the well owners. This is part of Navys ongoing testing of drinking water for PFAS substances currently taking place at and near Navy installations across the nation. PFAS are man-made chemicals persistent in the environment that are not absorbed well in soil and could migrate to groundwater. PFAS have been used for many years to make products that resist heat, stains, grease and water, and have been used in a variety of products and substances. In May 2016, the EPA issued LHA levels for two PFAS, specifically perfluorooctane sulfonate (PFOS) and perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA), at 70 PPT, individually and combined if both are pres ent. While there are no EPA regulations for these compounds, the EPA established these LHA levels to offer a margin of protection for all Americans Photo by Kaylee LaRocque Mike Grzegorek, a project scientist with Tetra Tech, a consulting, engineering, program manage ment, construction management and technical services company in Jacksonville, takes a sample of well water at a home near Naval Air Station Jacksonville Aug. 15 to test the water temperature for stabilization. The Navy contractors are test ing drinking water wells within identified areas around the air station for perand poly-fluoral kyl substances used in firefighting foam on Navy installations. Photo by Reggie Jarrett An F-35C Lightning II comes in for a landing aboard Naval Air Station Jacksonville (NAS Jax) Aug. 22. Four F-35Cs with Strike Fighter Squadron 101 out of Eglin Air Force Base are currently operating out of NAS Jax flying daily training missions. Carrier Strike Group 12 embarks Lincoln By MC2 Jessica Paulauskas USS Abraham Lincoln Public Affairs The Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72) embarked its strike group, Carrier Strike Group (CSG) 12, July 2. The embarkation of all the assets of CSG 12 marked a first for flagship Abraham Lincoln since the ships redelivery from the mid-life maintenance period Refuel and Complex Overhaul to the fleet in May of last year. The strike group is underway conducting the Tailored Ships Training Availability and Final Evaluation Problem (TSTA/FEP) assessment. Abraham Lincoln is now part of a larger team and with the strike group we will maintain superior sea power to protect our national security, said Abraham Lincoln Commanding Officer Capt. Putnam Browne. CSG 12 is a dynamic, globally-deployable force, which is ready to respond quickly and poised to fight and win decisively from the sea and air with unprec edented maritime combat power. There is no doubt that the maritime domain is growing in importance, said Rear Adm. John Wade, commander, CSG 12 in his May change of command speech. Therefore, by extension, our Navy is growing in importance. As such, everything we do, everything we aim to achieve as a strike group is geared toward protecting our nation, ensuring freedom of the seas, and preserving our strategic interests around the globe. Operational excellence will require keeping the press on to achieve a well-trained and synchronized adherence to the mission and the chain of command. By practicing strict procedural compliance and oper ational risk management at every level of operations, CSG 12 is taking steps to be ready, adaptable and agile to respond to any challenge. We must shake off any vestiges of comfort or com placency that our previous advantages may have afforded us, and move out to build a larger, more distributed, and more capable battle fleet that can execute our mission, said Chief of Naval Operations Adm. John Richardson. The foundation of the fleet will be leaders and teams who learn and adapt to achieve maximum pos sible performance, ready for decisive operations and combat. The Abraham Lincoln Strike Group combines advanced surface, air and systems assets to cre ate operational capability to address any challenge Photo by MC3 Jeff Sherman Three F/A-18E Super Hornets from Carrier Air Wing 7 launch from the flight deck of the Nimitz-class air craft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72). See WATER, Page 9 See LINCOLN, Page 9 See FAREWELL, Page 9
2 JAX AIR NEWS, NAS JACKSONVILLE, Thursday, August 30, 2018 From Staff Aug. 30 1913 Navy tests Sperry gyroscopic stabilizer (automatic pilot). 1929 Near New London, Conn., 26 officers and men test Momsen lung to exit submerged USS S-4 1961 Two Cuban frigates fire on a Naval Reserve aircraft on a training mission over international waters. Aug. 31 1842 Congress replaces the Board of Navy Commissioners (a group of senior officers who oversaw naval technical affairs) with the five technical Bureaus, ancestors of the Systems Commands. One of the 1842 bureaus, the Bureau of Medicine and Surgery, continues to serve under its original name. 1943 Commissioning of USS Harmon (DE-678), first Navy ship named for an African-American Sailor. 1944 Carrier task group begins three-day attack on Iwo Jima and Bonin Islands. 1962 Last flight of Navy airship takes place at NAS Lakehurst, N.J. Sept. 1 1781 French fleet traps British fleet at Yorktown, Va. 1814 USS Wasp captures HMS Avon. 1925 Cmdr. John Rodgers and crew of four flying PN-9 run out of fuel on first San Francisco to Hawaii flight. Landing at sea, they rigged a sail and set sail for Hawaii. 1941 U.S. assumes responsibility for trans-Atlantic convoys from Argentina, Canada to the meridian of Iceland. 1942 First Seabee unit to serve in a combat area, 6th Naval Construction Battalion, arrives on Guadalcanal. 1945 USS Benevolence (AH-13) evacuates civilian internees from two internment camps near Tokyo, Japan. Sept. 2 1918 Navy ships and crews assist earthquake victims of Yokohama and Tokyo, Japan. 1940 Destroyer-for-Bases agreement between U.S. and United Kingdom. 1944 USS Finback (SS-230) rescues Lt. j.g. George Bush (USNR) of VT-51, shot down while attacking Chichi Jima. 1945 Japan signs surrender docu ments on board USS Missouri (BB-63) at anchor in Tokyo Bay. Fleet Adm. Chester Nimitz signs for the U.S. In other ceremonies, Japanese forces on Palau Islands, Truk, and on Pagan Island and Rota in the Marianas sur render. Sept. 3 1782 As a token of gratitude for French aid during American Revolution, the U.S. gives America (first ship-of-the-line built by U.S.) to France to replace a French ship lost in Boston. 1783 Signing of Treaty of Paris ends American Revolution. 1885 First classes at U.S. Naval War College begin. 1925 Crash of rigid airship Shenandoah near Byesville, Ohio. 1944 First combat employment of a missile guided by radio and television takes place when Navy drone Liberator, controlled by Ensign James Simpson in a PV, flew to attack German submarine pens on Helgoland Island. 1945 Japanese surrender Wake Island in ceremony on board USS Levy (DE-162). Sept. 4 1941 German submarine U-652 attacks USS Greer, which was tracking the submarine southeast of Iceland. Greer was not damaged, but drops depth charges, damaging U-652. 1954 Icebreakers, USS Burton Island (AGB-1) and USCG Northwind, com plete first transit of Northwest passage through McClure Strait. 1954 P2V from VP-19 shot down by Soviet aircraft near Swatow, China. 1960 USS Bushnell and Penguin begin relief operations in Marathon, Fla., after Hurricane Donna. Sept. 5 1776 Adoption of first uniforms for Navy officers. 1813USS Enterprise captures HM brig Boxer off Portland, Maine. 1918 The transport USS Mount Vernon is torpedoed by German sub marine off France. 1923 U.S. Asiatic Fleet arrives at Yokohama, Japan, to provide medical assistance and supplies after Kondo Plain earthquake. 1939 President Franklin Roosevelt orders Navy to form a Neutrality Patrol to report the presence of foreign war ships within 300 miles of eastern United States. 1946 USS Franklin Delano Roosevelt (CVB-42) and four escorts visit Greece to underscore U.S. support for the Greek Government which faced a communist insurgency. 1990 USS Acadia (AD-42) departs San Diego for first wartime deployment of male-female crew on combat vessel. The JAX AIR NEWS is an authorized publication for members of the Military Services. 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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 This Week In Navy History U.S. Navy photo Flown extensively during the Vietnam War, the single-seat A-7E had a speed of 698 mph at sea level and a combat radius of 700 miles. Armament included a 20 mm Vulcan gatling cannon and combinations of rockets, missiles and bombs. The plane also featured AN/APQ-128 terrain-following radar. The price-less gifts brought home from deployments By Lisa Smith Molinari I have a drawer at home filled with loving gifts from my hus band, Francis. They are things he picked up while on military travel or deployments during his 28 years in the Navy. He would arrive home, and no matter how travel-weary he was, hed gather up our family and give each of us a memento of his trip. What were these precious items that Francis so thoughtfully picked out for us while he was away? Czechoslovakian crystal, you ask? No. Italian leather goods? Naw. Japanese pearls? Nope. Mexican sil ver? Huh uh. Chinese silk? Negative. African art? Well, yes, if you count those bongos we had to throw away because they smelled like rotten ani mal hide, and those clay masks that scared the bejesus out of the kids. While I must admit that Francis did give me a lovely set of enameled jewelry from an airport in Kuwait, a suitcase full of Polish pottery after a trip to Warsaw, a bottle of pisco from Chile that could sprout hair on your chest, and Persian rugs that put us deeply in debt, the most com mon souvenir Francis brought home from his trips were more economical items. And by economical, I mean free. You see, that drawer of gifts from Francis is actually in our bathroom. Its filled with hotel soap, mini sham poos, tiny bottles of lotion, shower caps, sewing kits and shoe mits. He also brought us consumables like hotel teabags and airline snacks mostly pretzels or cookies, because he couldnt resist the peanuts. When the kids were little, Francis thoughtfulness was charming. Sometimes hed put the hotel and airline freebees in trinket boxes hed buy cheap from street vendors. Other times, hed just use the vomit bags from the airplane seat backs, which were the perfect size. When the kids would open their bags or boxes, they would squeal with delight. Lilly would use the tiny bottles and soaps to play house with her American Girl doll. The sewing kits went to Anna, who was obsessed with fash ion design from an early age. And Hayden got airline snacks, which he was only too happy to rip open and consume on the spot. But as the kids grew older, the nov elty wore off. Another trinket box? Anna would complain. These cookies are stale, Hayden would comment. Heres more soap and shampoo, Mom, Lilly would say, handing it all over to me for the bathroom drawer. Although I sometimes dreamed of Francis coming home with an Italian leather handbag or an exotic piece of Asian art, I couldnt deny that the free stuff came in quite handy. We never worried about running out of lotion or toothpaste. And when guests came to visit, I would make them a hospitality basket and place it beside their bed. Nothing says class like funky Korean teabags and a shoe horn from Holiday Inn Express! In fact, I received so many hotelsized toiletries from Francis over the years, I became quite the connois seur, which is a fancy way of saying that I developed a strange case of OCD. I would sort the items in the drawer, putting only the best qual ity matched sets out for guests, and squirreling the rest away. I couldnt wait for someone to forget a tooth brush or ask for lotion so that I could open my drawer and solve their problem. Finally, after my drawerful PCSed with us twice, I knew I needed to dial back my hotel-toiletry obses sion. Our church was doing its annu al drive for items for the homeless, so I donated the whole lot, cold turkey. The drawer is full again, because even though Francis can afford to buy me nice souvenirs, giving hotel freebies has become our tradition. Ever since Francis transitioned from the military to the corporate world, he stays at better hotels with cooler stuff to swipe. When Francis went to Boston last month, I got mango gin ger tea bags and a tiny loofa sponge. Not too shabby. Francis travel gifts may not have a price tag, but the way I see it, the luxury of having a shower cap when you need one is truly priceless. National Preparedness Month: September highlights emergency planning; commissary patrons can save much on their critical supplies By Kevin L. Robinson, DeCA Public Affairs Specialist Last year was a record-setting year for bad weather in North America with 10 hurricanes six of which were category 3 or higher wreaking havoc on the mil lions of people caught in their path. With grocery stores overrun by pan ic-stricken customers caught in the storms melee, many people struggled to get much-needed supplies. National Preparedness Month in September is a reminder of how important it is to plan for emergencies natural or manmade before they occur. A crisis can occur at any time, and National Preparedness Month reminds us to plan for an emergency before it hap pens, said Tracie Russ, DeCAs director of sales said. We want to reinforce to the military community that their commissaries and exchanges are benefits that save them money as they prepare their survival kits. From April through Oct. 31, DeCAs severe weather preparedness promotional package is offering various items for those survival kits at reduced prices. This pack age includes: beef jerky and other assort ed meat snacks, soup and chili mixes, canned goods, powdered milk, cereals, batteries, airtight bags, weather-ready flashlights, tape (all-weather, heavy-duty shipping and duct), first-aid kits, lighters, matches, lanterns, candles, hand sani tizer and anti-bacterial wipes. Specific promotional items may vary from store to store. The theme for this years National Preparedness Month is Disasters Happen. Prepare Now. Learn How. The month is separated into four activities: Sept. 1-8 make and practice your plan; Sept. 9-15 learn life-saving skills; Sept. 16-22 check your insurance coverage; and Sept. 23-29 save for an emergency. Generally, emergency preparedness officials suggest having a disaster supply kit that includes the following items: Water at least one gallon daily, per person (three-day supply for evacuation, two-week supply for home) Nonperishable foods canned meats, fruits, vegetables, dried fruits, nuts, rai sins, cereal, crackers, cookies, energy bars, granola, peanut butter, and foods for infants and the elderly (three-day sup ply for evacuation, two-week supply for home) Paper goods writing paper, paper plates, paper towels and toilet paper Cooking items pots, pans, baking sheets, cooking utensils, charcoal, a grill and a manual can opener First-aid kit including bandages, med icines and prescription medications Cleaning materials bleach, sanitizing spray, and hand and laundry soap Specialty foods diet and low-calorie foods and drinks Toiletries personal hygiene items and moisture wipes Pet care items food, water, muzzle, leash, carrier, medications, medical records, and identification and immuni zation tags Lighting accessories flashlight, batter ies, candles and matches Battery-powered or hand-crank radio ( NOAA weather radio, if possible) Duct tape, scissors Multipurpose tool Copies of personal documents (medi cation list and pertinent medical infor mation, proof of address, deed/lease to home, passports, birth certificates and insurance policies) Cell phone with chargers Family and emergency contact infor mation Extra cash Emergency blanket Maps of the area Blankets or sleeping bags Commissary patrons can go to com missaries.com for web links to a variety of disaster preparedness resources For more information about National Preparedness Month, go to Ready. gov where there are also links to more resources such as the Hurricane Seasonal Preparedness Digital Toolkit Military families can also find informa tion on emergency procedures specific to their service. 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JAX AIR NEWS, NAS JACKSONVILLE, Thursday, August 30, 2018 3 Feds Feed Families: Stateside commissaries serve as collection points By Mike Perron DeCA Public Affairs Specialist Commissaries are again serving as com mon collection points for 2018s Feds Feed Families campaign, which began Aug. 10 this year, and continues through Oct. 15 at participating state side military installa tions. During this campaign, participating installa tions help collect items most needed by food pantries and then donate them to area food banks. 2018 marks the ninth consecutive year com missaries have partici pated. It started with the local area food banks just in the D.C. area. It was only for them, explained Randy Eller, chief of the Defense Commissary Agencys U.S. distribu tion, equipment, proper ty and recycling division. The Pentagon and all those people would par ticipate, and they would put out boxes so people would donate. They got us interested, and we took it from the capital area and put it in every commissary we have in the United States. Overall, the Department of Defense collected 2.6 million pounds of grocery items for donation last year. For their part, com missary employees and patrons collected 1.5 million pounds, or 60 percent of the total DOD donation, said Eller. DeCAs 2017 total increased by 480,000 pounds from 2016. Weve got it down to a fine art now. After you get past the first couple of times its pretty smooth, and the stores are used to doing it. Once the items have been collected, installa tion officials work with their commissary to deliver the items to local food banks. The most-needed items for donations include: Canned vegetables low sodium, no salt Canned fruits in light syrup or its own juices Canned proteins tuna, salmon, chicken, peanut butter and beans Soups beef stew, chili, chicken noodle, turkey or rice Condiments tomatobased sauces, light soy sauce, ketchup, mustard, salad dressing or oils Snacks individually packed snacks, crack ers, trail mix, dried fruit, granola and cereal bars, pretzels and sandwich crackers Multigrain cereal 100 percent juice all sizes, including juice boxes Grains brown and white rice, oatmeal, bul gar, quinoa, couscous, pasta, and macaroni and cheese Paper products and household items paper towels, napkins and cleaning supplies Hygiene items dia pers, deodorants (men and women), feminine products, toilet paper, tissues, soap, toothpaste and shampoo For more information on this campaign, go to the United States Department of Agriculture website, www.usda.gov/fedsfeedfami lies Photo by AO Haley Ballard Faces of Naval Air Station Jacksonville This weeks face of Naval Air Station Jacksonville is Keston Saharsingh, an IT specialist who provides IT support for Sailors and civilians aboard the station. Keston is from Orlando, Florida. His favorite place hes travelled to is the Philippines and one day he hopes to visit New Zealand. In his free time, he enjoys watching football, the TV show Once Upon a Time and hanging out with his two-year-old son. FRCSE mechanical engineer helps rewrite the book on blasting By Clifford Davis FRCSE Public Affairs A mechanical engineer at Fleet Readiness Center Southeast is helping to rewrite the book on industrial pro cesses concerning component blasting. Not only will his findings change the rulebook on industrial ventilation, it will also mean big savings and greater efficiency for the Navy aviation mainte nance, overhaul and repair facility. We estimate this will save between $40,000 to $50,000 per blast booth per year, said FRCSE mechanical engineer Michael Clarke. And we have 12 of these booths. Clarke sits on the board of the American Conference of Governmental Industrial Hygienists industrial ven tilation committee that publishes Industrial Ventilation Manual. The group will be changing its guidance due to his findings a change that will reverberate far beyond FRCSE. The American Conference of Governmental Industrial Hygienists sets the standards that U.S. companies and the Department of Defense adhere to, Clarke said. Blasting, uses minute material known as media to blast off coatings like primers and paints from metal parts that need to be refurbished at the Navy aviation repair, maintenance and overhaul facility. Back in 2013, I noticed the guys doing the blasting were quickly running out of media, Clarke said. It was cost ing a lot of money to replace it so often. The blast booths, where the work is done, are sealed rooms with grated floors. The artisan holds a tube and directs the blast to the desired portion of the part. Artisans wear special Tyvek suits and supplied air abrasive blasting hel mets, due to many of the coatings being removed containing heavy metals. To ensure a safer and clearer environment inside the blast booths, a cross-draft air flow is created by large fans. The way its supposed to work, is that the blasted coatings and smashed media are sucked into a filter system before being contained in hazardous material containers. Media that can be used again is supposed to fall through the grates on the floor to be reclaimed and used again. Clarke had a theory, and set out to see if it was correct. He began carrying out tests in the booths along with process engineer Cory Skinner. We use aluminum oxide, plastic and glass beads as abrasives, Skinner said. They were all getting sucked into the filters to one degree or another, but the glass bead was the worst because its so light. When it impacts the part, the glass bead actually shatters. Instead of reclaiming those pieces, it gets sucked out. During the testing, Clarke found that slowing the 100 feet-per-minute crossdraft velocity to 60 feet-per-minute dramatically increased the media the facility could reclaim without reducing visibility. Since employees already wear sealed suits with respirators, the reduc tion would have no effect on safety. So this study was to show that we could make production more efficient and not increase the workers expo sure, Clarke said. As the only DOD employee of the board at the American Conference of Governmental Industrial Hygienists industrial ventilation committee, Clarke shared his findings. The minimum velocity had been set at 100 feet per minute at least since the 1980s, Clarke said. Now theyll be low ering the minimum range to 60 feet per minute. It feels good to know that well be saving money and making our blasting process more efficient. Transition Summit offers job solutions By staff A Hiring Our Heroes Transition Summit was held aboard Naval Air Station (NAS Jax) Jacksonville at the River Cove Catering and Conference Center Aug. 20. The event was kicked off with a few words from NAS Jax Executive Officer Capt. Brian Weiss. What other organization really pushes you in the direction of finding a job, to be prepared on your way out, Weiss asked the audience. Today isnt just about a job fair youve got workshops, seminars and numerous other resources at your fingertips. The program was sponsored by Hiring Our Heroes, an organization which started in 2011. This was the 77 th summit offered by the organization. They esti mate around 44,000 spouses and service members have attended their events. The first program of the day was the 10 Keys to Unlocking the Door for Transition Success, given by Chuck Hodges, the senior director of events and pro grams for Hiring Our Heroes. Hodges, a retired Army officer. If you know someone who is transitioning and they arent here, call them and tell them this is the place to be, Hodges said. All of you in this room, if you want a job, you will guaranteed. Hodges polled the room to see where everyone was from their actual transition date and praised those who were at a year or more. I came here just to get a big ger picture of what the future holds for me when I get out, said ET2 Jessica McClain of Naval Air Station Jacksonville. After going through the five phases of transi tion, Hodges ran the audience through a drill where they had to smile and introduce themselves to another in the room, using their first names. Following the exercise, he ran through priorities to set when transitioning, such as location, job satisfaction and money. He additionally ran through incentives and benefits to check out when job search ing. Amazon employees are always smiling because stock is $1,800 per share six years ago it was $400, Hodges said. If you get a job in D.C. making $100,000 per year, immediately deduct $5,000 for parking, because it is very likely you will have to pay to park in garage. Hodges spoke in the next segment about LinkedIn for veterans and spouses. A free lunch was given to partici pants during financial services industry discussions. In the afternoon, sessions ranged from a Starbucks industry workshop, to a resume review, mock inter views and free LinkedIn headshots. More than 65 employees filled a room, with jobs available and hiring on-the-spot. Employers ranged from law enforcement to IT and many Fortune 500 com panies We seek out prior military to hire because we know they are quality employees, said Ricoh Manager Kirsten Leavell. Fleet Readiness Center Southeast mechanical engineer Michael Clarke stands in front of the filtration system for one of the facilitys blast booths. Through testing different cross draft velocities, Clarke determined the speed was too high, leading to an unneces sary loss of blasting material to the filtration system. Photos by Clifford Davis Sandblaster Ken Almas readies to blast an aircraft component in the Fleet Readiness Center Southeast blast booth. The lower cross draft velocity will help blasters like Almas not have to refill their media tanks as often, mak ing them more productive. Photos by Julie M. Lucas Hiring Our Heroes Senior Director of Events and Programs Chuck Hodges gave his "10 Keys to Unlocking the Door for Transition Success" during the Transition Summit aboard Naval Air Station Jacksonville Aug. 20. Attendees at the Hiring Our Heroes Transition Summit practice introducing themselves with their first name. The event featured a lunch and learn and free LinkedIn headshots, as well as a resume review and mock interviews.
4 JAX AIR NEWS, NAS JACKSONVILLE, Thursday, August 30, 2018 So you want to learn how to fly . By Reggie Jarrett Editor, Jax Air News One of the best-kept secrets aboard Naval Air Station (NAS) Jacksonville is tucked away outof-sight on the north side of the airfield. The Jax Navy Flying Club (JNFC) offers not only the pos sibility of learning how to fly, it also has aircraft available for members to use. One of the unique things you can do here is to rent a plane and go places, said club mem ber and flying instructor Bill Derr. You can fly to St. Simons Island, the Bahamas or Key West for the weekend. It beats the heck out of driving the over seas highway. Derr is a retired naval flight officer for the P-3C Orion and one of four Federal Aviation Authority licensed flying instructors at JNFC. The club also has three single-engine Cessna and Piper airplanes members can check out. I enjoy being an instructor, Derr said. It takes me back to some of the favorite parts of my Navy career, as an instructor at VP-30. It is rewarding. It is fun to teach people new skills. The club offers a number of flying courses including the Private Pilot Certificate, Commercial Pilot Certificate, Instrument Rating, Airline Transport Rating and Certified Flight Instructor course. One of the students tak ing lessons at JNFC is Cmdr. Dave Brosche, a Navy under sea warfare reservist at Naval Submarine Base Kings Bay. I enjoy the sense of freedom and controlling your own des tiny, Brosche said about what he likes about flying. I love the beauty of being in the air and seeing everything from above. Its amazing. Brosche is close to getting his private pilots license, but he is undecided on his flying goals. The Jacksonville native said he may want to continue on to get his commercial pilots license. Brosche said he considered other flying schools, but chose JNFC. Cost was a factor. It is cheap er here, he said. Part of it also is the familiarity with the Navy and the base. Everyone here has some military ties. It is a broth erhood that exists here. Acquiring a private pilots license requires a minimum of forty hours of flight time which can been done aggressively in a couple months or up to a year or more on a more relaxed sched ule. It takes a lot of work, so it is not something you just do casu ally, Derr said. For those who are considering A Piper Cherokee 140 taxies to the Naval Air Station Jacksonville runway Aug. 23 carrying flying instructor Chris Ambler and student Dave Brosche. The Jax Navy Flying Club Bill Derr, an instructor with the Jax Navy Flying Club, pulls a Piper Cherokee 160 out of the hangar in preparation for a flight. Dave Brosche (right), a student taking lessons at the Jax Navy Flying Club, prepares to take off with instructor Chris Ambler Aug. 23. Student pilot Dave Brosche takes off from the Naval Air Station Jacksonville runway in a Piper Cherokee 140 with flying instructor Chris Ambler. The Jax Navy Flying Club offers flying lessons to anyone wishing to become a pilot. A Piper Arrow airplane is reflected in his sunglasses of John Barnard, operations officer for the Jax Navy Flying Club. See FLY, Page 5
JAX AIR NEWS, NAS JACKSONVILLE, Thursday, August 30, 2018 5 A plane from the Jax Navy Flying Club soars over downtown Jacksonville and the St. Johns River. Student pilot Dave Brosche uses an electronic flight bag to plan a flight from Naval Air Station Jacksonville Aug. 23. Electronic flight bags are becoming the norm because pilots can access maps and procedures with a smartphone or tab let. Brosche is taking flying lessons at the Jax Navy Flying Club. The cockpit of a Piper Cherokee 160 is pictured. The Jax Navy Flying Club has three planes available for use by its members. Bill Derr, a flying instructor with the Jax Navy Flying Club, takes to the skies in a Piper Cherokee 160. Student pilot Dave Brosche checks the propeller during a pre-flight check of a Piper Cherokee 140 before taking off from Naval Air Station Jacksonville Aug. 23. Brosche is taking flying lessons at the Jax Navy Flying Club. A Piper Cherokee 160 takes off from Naval Air Station Jacksonville Aug. 22. Photos by Reggie Jarett learning how to fly, JNFC offers Discovery Flights, which gives prospective students the opportunity to take a flight with an instructor where they can take control of the plane. JNFC is sponsored by the NAS Jacksonville commanding officer and is administered by the Morale, Welfare and Recreation (MWR) Department. It is a non-profit club that is funded by club memberships, aircraft rentals and the flight school. We are part of the Navy Flying Club Program, which is a national program, saidJohn Barnard, operations officer of the JNFC.We are an MWR program that has established Navy written instructions on how we have to operate. The club currently has about 50 members and is located in Bldg. 847-A aboard NAS Jacksonville. Its hours of operations areMonday-Friday,8 a.m. 4 p.m. For members, airplanes are available 24 hours and day and seven days a week as the planes are signed out for rental online. The club is also con stantly looking to increase its fleet of aircraft. There is nothing like flying, and Florida offers year-round flying, Derr said. That is the beauty of Florida and there are fantastic places to go. We have the coastline here. My favorite thing to do is to fly up around Fernandina and Cumberland Island or to the west coast of Florida. It is just gor geous from the air. For more information on the Jax Navy Flying Club, call 542-8509 or visit their web site atwww.jaxnfc. net. FLY From Page 4
6 JAX AIR NEWS, NAS JACKSONVILLE, Thursday, August 30, 2018 Rear Adm. Bolivar speaks at Womens Equality Day event By Suzanne Speight Navy Region Southeast Public Affairs Commander, Navy Region Southeast, Rear Adm. Bette Bolivar, praised the contribu tions of women in the history of the nation and the Navy, as the guest speaker at a Womens Equality Day event, Aug. 23. Nearly 100 people attended the event, hosted by Naval Hospital Jacksonvilles diver sity committee aboard Naval Air Station Jacksonville. Womens Equality Day, instituted by Congress in 1971, coincides with the anni versary of the passage of the 19th Amendment to the Constitution that granted women the right to vote. This day represents the ideal of female equality brought to focus after years of work and sacrifice, said Bolivar. Womens equality has made us a stronger Navy, a more globally engaged Navy and, most importantly, a Navy more fully reflective of the values and best characteristics of our great nation. The womens suffrage move ment began in 1848 at the Seneca Falls Convention in Seneca Falls, New York. This movement outlined key social, civil, and political demands for women, which helped the cause of womens suffrage gain national prominence. Bolivar spoke about the his tory of the suffrage movement, touching on the accomplish ments of pioneers Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Lucretia Mott, two leading suffragettes who organized the Seneca Falls convention. Mott and Stanton travelled to London in 1840 to attend a world anti-slavery conference, Bolivar said. When they got there, after weeks of travel, the organiz ers wouldnt engage with them because they were women. So they came back to the United States where they worked, planned, and fought for eight years, before holding the first womens rights convention. We stand on the shoulders of those early pioneers, who sacrificed and fought for the freedoms women enjoy today, she said. Our U.S. Navy has in fact often been more progressive than civilian society in allow ing women the opportunity to succeed, said Bolivar. In 1908, women first entered the naval service more than a decade before they were grant ed the right to vote. She shared personal experiences from her career, and highlighted her predecessors, including Rear Adm. Alene Duerk, the Navys first female flag officer. Adm. Duerk was a trailblaz er, said Bolivar. She came in the Navy as a nurse during World War II, and served proudly for more than 30 years. She was a surgical nurse, a ward manager, an edu cator and a barrier-breaking administrator. AZ2 Shadasia Helton, assigned to the Center for Naval Aviation Technical Training Unit Jax, said she appreciated learning about the women who fought for equality. I think its so important to look back at where we came from, said Helton. Today we have equal oppor tunity, but it wasnt always that way. CU2 Kenneth Alexander, president of the diversity com mittee and one of the organiz ers of the event, offered closing remarks, remembering the sac rifices of his own mother who raised him and his brothers as a single mother. Todays event is about remembering those women who have made a difference in our own lives, and recognizing the many contributions they have made to our nation and our Navy, he said. USNS Comfort to support humanitarian mission in Latin America From U.S. Southern Command Public Affairs USNS Comfort (T-AH 20) will deploy to Central America and South America in late September to begin a two-month humanitarian mission with stops in Colombia and the region. During the deployment, military medical personnel will work alongside our partners to provide needed medi cal assistance, according to the needs defined by each stop. The USNS Comfort support in Colombia was requested by the Colombian government to relieve the pressure of increased population flows from Venezuela on their national health system. This mission is a symbol of what can be accomplished when partners work together to aid people in need, said Adm. Kurt Tidd, commander of U.S. Southern Command, which will over see the deployment. Because this mission is humanitar ian in nature, it will focus on the peo ple were assisting, on the nations were partnering with, and on the region were supporting together. This marks the sixth hospital ship deployment to the region since 2007 and reflects the United States steadfast commitment of friendship and solidar ity with the Americas. go to and net Photo by Jacob Sippel Rear Adm. Bette Bolivar, commander, Navy Region Southeast, discusses the impact that women and diversity have had in the Navy at a Womens Equality Day event held aboard Naval Air Station Jacksonville. Women's Equality Day is celebrated Aug. 26 to commemorate the 1920 adoption of the 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, which prohibits the states and the federal government from denying the right to vote to U.S. citizens on the basis of sex. It was first celebrated in 1973 and is proclaimed each year by the U.S. president. Community Calendar Photo by MC3 Jonathan Clay A view of Military Sealift Commands hospital ship USNS Comfort (T-AH 20) at sea during its Comfort Exercise (COMFEX) 2018. COMFEX is an advanced-phase training exercise designed to prepare and test the capabilities of the ships U.S. Navy medical professionals and civil service mariners, ensuring readiness to rap idly answer any emergent crisis.
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8 JAX AIR NEWS, NAS JACKSONVILLE, Thursday, August 30, 2018 Navy announces rating modernization progress update From Chief of Naval Personnel Public Affairs Navy released an update on the Sailor 2025 Rating Modernizations four lines of effort (LOE): Career Fields, Marketplace Force Management, Advancement, and Credentialing in NAVADMIN 196/18, Aug. 13. The updates listed below pro vide a summary on the current status and way ahead of the four LOEs, but all personnel are strongly encouraged to read the NAVADMIN for greater detail on each topic. Career Fields The alignment of Navy rat ings into 23 career fields and 12 broad communities has pro vided a foundation for future development of more flexible and sustainable career paths for Sailors.In October 2017, and March and June of this year, three groups of over 850 Navy Enlisted Classification (NEC) codes were successfully con verted to a new construct. More information about the revised NEC construct and communi ties and career fields can be found at http://www.public. navy.mil/bupers-npc/refer ence/nec/Pages/default.aspx. Marketplace Force Management Driven by the urgent require ment to update and modernize personnel systems, the Navy began to expand career fields, in order to transform enlisted force community and career management in the future. A new Navy Detailing Marketplace is currently under development, through which the foundational ele ments of an automated person nel management system will tie Sailor enlistment direct ly to negotiations for a billet, which will then allow Sailors to reenlist or extend for that billet assignment.The mar ketplace will be a single sys tem that uses the new NEC construct to better represent Sailors qualifications, experi ence and performance in the form of a resume.The Sailor Resume function will be avail able in the future under My Record on MyNavy Portal (MNP). Starting in Fiscal Year 2019, Sailors will be able to view all advertised billets for which they are qualified and to then submit a resume that includes: ASVAB scores, security clear ance status, worldwide deploy ability, qualifications, evalua tions, NECs earned, education degrees and training certifica tions.Ultimately, the resume function will provide the ability to better match Sailors to bil lets. Advancement Process Late in 2017, Navy senior enlisted leaders completed the first phase of the Advancement Exam Readiness Review (AERR) testing bank improve ment plan by drafting advance ment exam questions that match current and relevant rat ing-specific technical require ments with the hands-on, realworld knowledge and experi ence needed in the Fleet. The establishment of the Professional Military Knowledge Eligibility Exam (PMK-EE) focuses the Navy Wide Advancement Exam (NWAE) on occupational knowledge and will serve as an eligibility requirement for advancement to paygrades E4/5/6/7.PMK-EE will be deliv ered electronically, and will be available via the MyNavyPortal (MNP) website beginning in October. The online Enlisted Advancement Worksheet (EAW) will automate the man ual advancement processes and enable Sailors to review their worksheets before the exam and take charge of their advancement records.An EAW pilot, available through the Navy Standard Integrated Personnel System (NSIPS), will be implemented with the Active Duty and Reserve spring 2019 advancement cycles. The Senior Enlisted Advancement to Vacancy (A2V) pilot was announced in June and will fill senior chief petty officer and master chief petty officer priority billets using a spot advancement incentive, and will lead enlisted advance ment modernization for excep tional Sailors in all paygrades with critical NECs in the future. Credentialing Navy Credentialing Opportunities On-Line (COOL) currently funds over 2,700 cer tificates/licenses with oppor tunities for Sailors in every rating.Navy COOL recently reduced the minimum service remaining on a Sailors enlist ment contract to earn creden tials from 12 to six months, and expanded opportunity for Sailors to earn credentials mapped to an academic degree or technical education certifi cate.Additionally, there are more opportunities for Sailors to maximize their Navy train ing and qualifications toward attainment of U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) licenses, to include funding the Transportation Worker Identification Card.These opportunities are highlighted in a dedicat ed USCG National Maritime Center (NMC) Credentialing tab for ratings with applicable USCG license alignment on the Navy COOL website.Sailors will be able to convert their military training records, billet assignment history and other credentialing data to a compat ible civilian resume by the end of fiscal year 2019.Using those standardized data, Sailors can easily research information on civilian and federal occupa tions mapped to their ratings at https://www.cool.navy.mil/ usn or via the Navy COOL app available on the Google Play store or iTunes. The goals for Rating Modernization are to provide greater choice and flexibil ity for our Sailors with respect to detailing and training, to provide greater flexibility for the Navy in assigning high ly trained personnel, and to increase professional align ment with civilian employers. Rating Modernization sup ports Sailor 2025 initiatives through the goals of redefining career fields, improving talent management and the detailing process, offering more career choices, and expanding pro fessional development oppor tunities. These initiatives are intended to increase Fleet read iness, sustainability and fit. Getting organized in your life From DONCEAP As the summer winds down, call the DONCEAP today for support and tools that will help you get organized. We can connect you to reliable child care for back to school, refer yard services and home improvement profession als, match you with pet care tips and resources, offer cold weather guidance for your aging loved ones, locate local fall recreation programs, and much more. Getting organized can seem like a real chore. However daunting it may seem, you can do it with these ten easy-to-follow strategies. Get organized at the start and end of each day .As you start your day, write down your 3 Most Important Tasks (MITs), along with a handful of other things youd like to do that day. Clear your desk, get things in order. At the end of each day, tidy up, check off your list, and get things ready for tomorrow. Deal with an email instead of put ting it off .When you open an email, try to deal with it immediately. Read it, reply, take action, or archive it. Or put it on your to-do list for later if its a big task. Dont open emails without han dling them in some way or another. When you get up from your desk or leave a room, put one thing away .Whenever you get up for a glass of water or to take a break, clear one item from your workspace or the room youre leaving. When youre done eating, wash your dish es instead of leaving them in the sink. If there are other dishes in the sink, wash a few of those too. When you take off a piece of clothing, put it away .Dont just drop them on the floor or on a piece of furniture, hang them up or put them in the hamper. Keep flat surfaces clear. Your tables, coun ters, desks, and floors keep them all clear of clutter. Put non-essential purchases on a 30-day list .Create a 30-day list, and whenever you want to buy something thats not absolutely essen tial, put it on the list with the date you added it. To avoid adding to your clut ter, dont allow yourself to buy any thing until its been on the list for 30 days. Put your clothes in a different clos et or box for a month and only take out what you need to wear. Afterward, youll see what you actually wear reg ularly, and which items you can con sider donating. Declutter on Saturdays .Every Saturday morning, spend an hour or two decluttering one area. One in, one out .When you bring something new in your life, get rid of one similar thing. For example, if you buy a pair of shoes, donate a pair. This will help you 1) think more about each thing you buy, and 2) slowly have fewer and fewer possessions. One at a time, youll find the rules that work for you. And one step at a time, your life will slowly become less cluttered and more organized. Call the DONCEAP today for expert guidance on getting and staying tidy. The DONCEAP is a voluntary and confidential employee benefit from the Department of the Navy to federal employees and their family members at no cost. 24 HOURS A DAY 1-844-DONCEAP (1-844-366-2327) TTY: 1-888-262-7848 INTERNATIONAL: 001-866-829-0270 DONCEAP.foh.psc.gov 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 sponsoring Navy Life, an online platform of Navythemed games and simulations. Navy Life matches potential recruits to enlisted jobs according to their skills, abilities and, most important, intereststhereby increasing recruitment and encouraging Sailors to consider longterm 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 tech nical schooling, so the Navy doesnt want to lose that investment early, said Dr. Ray Perez, a program offi cer in ONRs Warfighter Performance Department. With Navy Life, the service can improve recruiting, increase training efficiency, reduce Sailor attrition and enhance fleet performance. Navy recruits currently deter mine 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, multiplechoice test, given in either computer or written form, that covers topics like science and mathematics, word knowl edge and paragraph comprehension, and electronics and mechanical knowl edge. ASVAB scores determine jobs for which recruits qualify. Along with ASVAB scores, JOIN is an online instrument that measures inter est 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 interest them. Theyll then play a video game con sisting of a 3D simulation of a Navy ships interior. Assigned the role of damage controlman-a maintenance and emergency repair specialist-players must take command of the virtual ves sel, extinguish 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 sophisticated software algo rithms measure participants situation al awareness and reactions to evolving threats, how they prioritize tasks, their decision-making capabilities, and how quickly they complete the game. Despite its maintenance focus, the 3D game also is effective in assessing the skills of those interested in nonmechanical career fields like communi cations or health care. Afterward, players are shown Navy jobs for which they qualify, based on their game performance. Choosing an occupation will cause a computer-gen erated avatar (perhaps a Navy master chief) to appear and describe that par ticular career-including required tech nical training, duty stations, combat deployments and civilian job equiva lents. 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 Educationand 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 recruit ing process more engaging, 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 selection 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 controlman game with scenarios featuring other Navy jobs. Warren Duffie Jr. is a contrac tor for ONR Corporate Strategic Communications. For more information, visit www.navy. mil, www.facebook.com/usnavy, or www. twitter.com/usnavy. Photo by MC2 Paul L. Archer More than 300 Sailors participate in a frocking ceremony on the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71).
JAX AIR NEWS, NAS JACKSONVILLE, Thursday, August 30, 2018 9 around the world. By embodying this teams-of-teams con cept, all components of CSG 12 will come togeth er to prepare for and con duct global operations, have effective and lasting command and control, and demonstrate dedi cation and commitment to become the strongest warfighting force for the Navy and the nation. CSG 12 is a synthesis of the nations finest mari time assets. CSG 12 is comprised of Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 7, Destroyer Squadron (CDS) 2, Abraham Lincoln, and the Ticonderoga-class guided-missile cruiser USS Leyte Gulf (CG 55). LINCOLN From Page 1 WATER From Page 1 throughout their life from potential adverse health effects resulting from exposure to PFOA and PFOS in drink ing water. The most common historical Navy use of these chemicals has been fire fighting foam (AFFF) used on Navy installations. AFFF is the most effec tive way to put out petroleum-based fires, such as an aircraft accident. In June 2016, the Navy issued a poli cy to identify areas of potential release of these materials to the environment. On station, drinking water is pro duced by NAS Jaxs Public Works Utilities Division and supplemented by JEA. Both systems have been tested for PFAS, which were below the detec tion level. More information about the Navys PFAS initiative and drinking water test ing program may be found at: https:// www.cnic.navy.mil/regions/cnrse/instal lations/nas_jacksonville.html Farewell to a legend and shipmate: Sen. John S. McCain III passes away By Elizabeth M. Collins Defense Media Activity Senator and retired Capt. John S. McCain III, former prisoner of war, passed away Aug. 25, 2018, at the age of 81. McCain had been battling an aggressive type of brain tumor known as a glioblastoma since at least the summer of 2017. Born in the Panama Canal Zone, Aug. 29, 1936, the son and grandson of men who would become four-star admi rals, McCains future seemed preordained. He resisted it, from time to time, he said in an oral history for the Veterans History Project, but I was pret ty sure thats what was going to happen. He graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy in 1958 fifth from the bottom of his class and headed for flight school, according to a Naval History and Heritage Command (NHHC ) biography I thought it was the most glamorous and exciting life anyone could choose, he said of his decision to become a pilot. And my grandfather had been a Navy aviator. As a new pilot, McCain was guilty of self-confessed dare devil clowning. He had several misses and near misses, and once knocked out power lines in Spain. A small internation al incident resulted, accord ing to his memoir, Faith of my Fathers. But when war came, he was ready. McCain deployed to Vietnam in 1967 as an A-4 Skyhawk pilot with VA-46. There, in addition to his bomb ing runs, McCain was witness to one of the Navys most dev astating fires which occurred aboard USS Forrestal (CVA 59) July 29, 1967, when a rocket misfired, then hit a fuel tank. This set off a chain of explo sions that eventually resulted in the loss of 134 lives. Then-Lt. Cmdr. McCains plane was next to the initial explosion: In a very short peri od of time, there was a huge conflagration . . I shut down the engine on my airplane, felt the shock, saw the fire, jumped out by going down the refueling probe . and rolled through the fire and went across the other side of the flight deck, he recalled. I saw the pilot in the plane next to mine jump out of his airplane, only he didnt jump as far and when he rolled out, he was on fire. I started toward him and just as I did, the first bomb blew off and knocked me back. Reluctant to cut his tour short, McCain volunteered to transfer to USS Oriskany (CV 34), which he said had the highest losses of any air wing in Vietnam. That October, he pleaded with the squadron operations officer to put him on the roster for a large Alpha strike scheduled the next day. Four Navy squadrons partici pated in the raid [on a thermal power plant]. It was McCains 23 mission and his first attack on Hanoi, according to NHHC. McCain and his fellow pilots took off Oct. 26, 1967, and were picked up by North Vietnamese radar almost immediate ly. McCain soon had an SA-2 Guideline missile the size of a telephone pole on his tail. As he released his own bomb, the missile blew the right wing off my Skyhawk dive bomber, he told U.S. News & World Report in 1973 It went into an inverted, almost straight-down spin. McCain bailed out upside down at a high speed. The force of the ejection broke his right leg, both arms, tore his helmet off and knocked him uncon scious. He landed in a lake. I hit the water and sank to the bottom, McCain wrote in his U.S. News account. I did not feel any pain at the time, and was able to rise to the surface. I took a breath of air and started sinking again. Of course, I was wearing 50 pounds, at least, of equip ment and gear. I went down and managed to kick up to the surface once more. I couldnt understand why I couldnt use my right leg or my arm. I was in a dazed condition. I went up to the top again and sank back down. This time I couldnt get back to the surface. I was wear ing an inflatable life-preservertype thing . . I reached down with my mouth . and inflated the preserver and finally float ed to the top. A mob of angry civilians attacked McCain, stripping and beating him. He was quickly interred in Hoa L Prison, bet ter known as the Hanoi Hilton. His captors refused to take him to a hospital unless he divulged military secrets. McCain declined, so his injuries went untreated for days. It wasnt until the North Vietnamese realized his father was Adm. John S. McCain Jr., soon to be commander of U.S. Forces in the Pacific, that they relented. The hospital was primitive, filthy and prone to flooding, and McCain received only the most rudimentary of care. Doctors spent hours attempt ing to set his bones without giving him painkillers, for example. He eventually under went a botched operation on his leg as well. For the next five and a half years, McCain, who frequently suffered from dysentery, would be starved, beaten, tortured and put in solitary confine ment where he spent two of his five and a half years in captiv ity. As far as this business of solitary confinement goes, he recalled, the most important thing for survival is commu nication with someone, even if its only a wave or a wink, a tap on the wall, or to have a guy put his thumb up. It makes all the difference. Its vital to keep your mind occupied, and we all worked on that. Some guys were inter ested in mathematics, so they worked out complex formu las in their heads . . Others would build a whole house, from basement on up. I have more of a philosophical bent. I had read a lot of history. I spent days on end going back over those history books in my mind . . I thought a lot about the meaning of life. It was easy to lapse into fantasies. I used to write books and plays in my mind, he continued, later add ing that humor was essential to survival as well. His captors, hoping to capi talize on the propaganda value of releasing the son of Adm. McCain, offered him the chance to go home early. His senior ranking officer recom mended that he accept the offer because his injuries qualified McCain for early release. McCain refused because he worried about the propagan da value that North Vietnam might derive from the release, said NHHC historian John Sherwood, Ph.D. His refusal infuriated his jail or, who said, Now, McCain, it will be very bad for you. Finally, brutalized by four days of near constant torture, McCain reached the end of his rope. He signed a confession about black crimes and other generalities . . I felt just ter rible about it . . I had learned what we all learned over there: Every man has his breaking point. I had reached mine. Horrified by what he had done, McCain was able to find new inner strength and con tinue resisting. When the pressure was on, you seemed to go one way or the other. Either it was easier for them to break you the next time, or it was harder. In other words, if you are going to make it, you get tougher as time goes by . . You get to hate them so bad that it gives you strength. That strength sustained him, and conditions gradually improved as the war dragged on. He was finally released in 1973 after the U.S. and North Vietnam signed peace agree ments. To him, its as if that time is a chapter of a book that has already been read, the pages turned, and now it is just another lesson imparted by life, McCains son, Lt. John Jack McCain IV wrote in The Sextant, NHHCs blog, in 2017. He does not talk about it unless asked not out of unwillingness, but rather a lack of fixation. He holds no malice about his captivity or even his torture . . It was the separa tion from his country . which truly brought him to under stand the United States, and to love it with a ferocity that I have never experienced else where. McCain spent almost five months receiving medical treatment. He then attended the Naval War College, com manded VA-174 and served in the Navys Office of Legislative Liaison in the Senate. According to NHHC, he knew his injuries meant his chances of promotion to admi ral were slim. He decided he could better serve his country in politics, and retired from the Navy as a captain in 1981, with numerous awards and decora tions They included the Silver Star, the Bronze Star with V device and two gold stars, the Legion of Merit with a V and gold star, the Purple Heart with star, a Distinguished Flying Cross, the Prisoner of War Medal and a Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal with a V and a star. McCain was first elected to the House of Representatives for the state of Arizona in 1982, and to the Senate in 1986. He won the Republican Partys nomination for president in 2008, but lost the election to Barack Obama. He remained in the Senate and eventually became the chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, a position he held until his death. McCain, who once described himself as very fortunate and the luckiest person, is survived by his second wife, Cindy, and seven children, including two naval officers and a Marine. Since my fathers diagnosis of glioblastoma, there has been a reflex to speak in terms of leg acies, Jack McCain, wrote. Legacies are important, remembering is important, but it is not forgetting the human that matters most. No one is born great. Instead, it is the assimilation of all of our expe riences, and what we choose to do with those experiences that has the capacity to make us great. U.S. Navy photo Undated photo of Lt. John S. McCain III (lower right) during flight training. Photo by MC3 Joshua Mortensen Sen. John S. McCain III is piped aboard during a visit to the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS John S. McCain (DDG 56) in Cam Ranh, Vietnam. McCain passed away Aug. 25 after a lifetime of service to his country. Photo by Tiffany Young Naval Air Station Jacksonville Commanding Officer Capt. Michael Connor is interviewed by First Coast News reporter Ken Amaro during a Drinking Water Investigation Open House in Orange Park, Aug. 16. The event was open to the public allowing them to meet subject matter experts regarding the Navy's investigation into perand poly-fluoralkyl (PFAS) ground water contamination in the local community. The Navy is testing drinking water wells within identi fied areas around the air station for PFAS substances used in firefighting foam on Navy installations. Photo by Reggie Jarrett Four F-35C Lightning II aircraft from Strike Fighter Squadron 101 flew into Naval Air Station Jacksonville Aug. 22. They will be flying daily training missions with USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72) and its strike group, Carrier Strike Group (CSG) 12 through Aug. 30.
10 JAX AIR NEWS, NAS JACKSONVILLE, Thursday, August 30, 2018 FRCSE The Old Guys win Greybeard Summer Basketball Championship By Bill Bonser The Greybeard Basketball Summer League featured seven teams: FLCJ/ VP-62, TPU/PCF, NAVHOSP, VR-62/ NRSE RCC, FRCSE, and NAVFAC with two teams. VR-62/NRSE RCC won the league with a 4-1 record and were the champions for the 2018 Greybeard Winter Basketball League. Six out of the seven teams made it to the playoffs. In the playoffs, the defending champs got beat in their first game by FLCJ/ VP-62 and would have to win three con secutive games to have a chance to play in the championship game. Meanwhile, FRCSE recorded victories over NAVFAC Red, NAVHOSP, and FLCJ/VP-62 to land in the championship game awaiting the winner of the losers bracket. In the losers bracket final it was a rematch between FLCJ/VP-62 and VR-62/NRSE RCC. FLCJ/VP-62 won the first matchup between the two teams; however, the result was different as VR-62/NRSE RCC won the rematch to put them into the championship game against FRCSE. VR-62/NRSE RCC came to play to defend their title and they defeated FRCSE 49-29 to give FRCSE their first loss in the playoffs. With both teams now having one loss in the double elimination format, the teams had to play one more game to determine the champion. The second game started out much different as FRCSE took a 12-9 lead in the first half when in the previ ous game they were down by 10 at the half. FRCSE maintained the lead in the second half and VR-62/NRSE RCC could not get their shooting game off the ground. FRCSE bounced back from their previous loss to VR-62/ NRSE RCC by defeating the defend ing champs 40-27 to win the 2018 Greybeard Basketball Summer League Championship. AZ2 Derrick Thornton from FRCSE was the high score for the game with 17 points. NAS Jacksonville releases UAS guidance From Staff With the growing popularity of Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) or drones, Naval Air Station Jacksonville (NAS Jax) has specific guidelines regarding usage aboard the station. Although there are Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) rules that provide guidelines for the safe operation of UAS in the National Airspace System as a whole, flying these aircraft over NAS Jax is strictly prohibited without prior permission of the commanding officer. Restrictions for flying these aircraft are set within a five-mile radius of NAS Jax and three-mile radius of Outlying Field Whitehouse. These restrictions are in place to ensure aircraft safety and security of base assets and personnel. Those flying drones illegally over pro hibited airspace are subject to civil and criminal penalties imposed by the FAA and law enforcement agencies. Service members could be subject to discipline under the Uniform Code of Military Justice. Only base-sponsored activities can request authorization to fly drone air craft aboard the station for official pur poses through the NAS Jax command ing officer. For more information, contact base physical security at 542-5118. Photo by Julie M. Lucas NAS Jax Sailor rings bell YN2 Charles E. Scott, of Commander, Patrol and Reconnaissance Wing 11, was chosen to ring the bell at the beginning of the fourth quarter of the Jacksonville Jaguars preseason game against the Atlanta Falcons Aug. 25. Ringing the bell during Jaguars games honors the Navy heritage in Jacksonville. Scott is a six-year Navy veteran, who returned from deploy ment in 2015 aboard USS Iwo Jima (LDH 7) in support of Operation Inherent Resolve in Iraq and Syria. Scott received the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal for service while aboard Iwo Jima. Intramural Fall Softball League forming 7-on-7 Flag Football League forming Fall Bowling League forming Ultimate Frisbee League meeting Aug. 29 Kickball Tournament Sept. 17 Sept. 24 Sept. 24 Tennis lessons and clinics now offered on base Private Lessons person person For more information about any of the sports articles, call Bill Bonser at 5422930/3239 or e-mail email@example.com. Standings As of Aug. Badminton Singles Player Wins Losses NAS Jax Sports Courtesy photo Fleet Readiness Center Southeast's "The old Guys" Greybeard Basketball Team won the 2018 Greybeard Basketball Summer Aug. 17. CPO Select Chili Cook-off Photos by Julie M. Lucas (Above) AWOC (Select) John Herrman (left) and AWOC (Select) Grant McClellan serve bowls of chili to ISC William Martin during a competition out side the Navy Exchange Aug. 20. Around 14 different kinds of chili were avail able with a variety of toppings. (Below) The USS Florida Boat Team of AEC (select) Kat Morgan and AMC (select) Jordan Gonzalez hold up their award for winning the chili cook-off Aug. 20. The team said their secret winning ingredient was andouille sausage.
JAX AIR NEWS, NAS JACKSONVILLE, Thursday, August 30, 2018 11 Get Connected with MWR navymwrjacksonville.com facebook.com/nasjaxmwr twitter.com/nasjaxmwr instagram.com/nasjaxmwr firstname.lastname@example.org Community Recreation Call 542-3227 River Cove Catering & Conference Center Call 542-3041 Deweys Call 542-3521 times. Freedom Lanes Bowling Center Call 542-3493 p.m. Fitness, Sports & Aquatics Call 542-2930 Pool Visit www.navymwrjacksonville.com for available. Patrons can select from a variety of MWR Digital Library The Liberty Recreation Center Trips & events are for all E1-E6 single or unaccompanied active duty members & reservists only. Call 542-1335 for information. Transportation Admission NAS Jax Golf Club Golf Course: 542-3249 Mulligans Restaurant: 542-2936 daily. Friday. Mulberry Cove Marina Call 542-3260 session by appointment only. Auto Skills Center Call 542-3681 welding Youth Activities Center Call 778-9772 Family Fitness Center Call 771-8469 Jax Navy Flying Club Call 542-8509 Find more info online at jaxnfc.net Community Recreation Tickets Call 542-3318, Email directly at email@example.com (Sold out of Steelers and Patriots tickets) Prices vary depending on dates Arena on seating and dates 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) 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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