Title: Mirror (Mayport, FL)
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Title: Mirror (Mayport, FL)
Physical Description: Newspaper
Language: English
Publisher: Naval Station Mayport, Public Affairs Office
Place of Publication: Jacksonville, FL
Publication Date: January 17, 2008
Copyright Date: 2008
Spatial Coverage: United States -- Florida -- Duval -- Jacksonville -- Mayport Naval Station
Coordinates: 30.391944 x -81.423611 ( Place of Publication )
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CHINFO Award Winner

Artistic Endeavor

EOY Luncheon
Is On Jan. 23
Naval Station Employee
of the Quarter for Fourth
Quarter, Employee of the
Year and Civilian Supervisor
of the Year Luncheon/
Presentation will be held
on Jan. 23 at Ocean Breeze
Conference Center at 11:30
a.m. The selectee, nomi-
nees and Department Heads/
Supervisors should attend.
All Naval Station employ-
ees are encouraged to attend
to support those nominated.
Please RSVP for the lun-
cheon by 3 p.m. on Jan. 18 to
Sandra Barrett, 270-5228 or
email sandra.barrettl@navy.
mil. Cost is $7 at the door.
Nominees for Employee
of the Quarter are Fredrick
Barton, Security; Thomas
Wheeler, Air Ops; Ilvia Torres,
Housing; Rita Hammerstad,
MWR; Sam Williams, Safety;
Susan Webb, Environmental;
Andrew Penski, Fire &
Emergency Services
Nominees for Supervisor
of the Year are Vern Benson,
Air Ops; Werner Schrenk,
Security; Don Martin, Fire
& Emergency Services;
Pamela Larsen, MWR; Tom
Anderson, PWD

Keep Your New
Year Resolutions
Want to get started with
your resolution to eat healthy
and exercise? MWR Post
Holiday Meltdown can give
you a kick in the right direc-
Post holiday Meltdown
held every year after the holi-
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Jan. 30 at 4:30 p.m. until last
man standing. The next melt-
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Medical Clinic
Closes For MLK
Naval Health Branch
Clinic Mayport will close on
Jan. 22 in honor of Martin
Luther King, Jr.'s birthday.
TRICARE Prime patients
requiring non-emergency
cares should call the Naval
Hospital Jacksonville Nurse
Call-Line at 1-800-529-4677
and select the option for
"Prime to speak to a regis-
tered nurse." For an emergen-
cy, go to your nearest emer-
gency room.

Oasis Galley
Celebrates MLK
The Special Meal deal at
the galley when civilians
can eat along with the mili-
tary will be Jan. 22 in honor
of Martin Luther King, Jr.'s
birthday. The lunch menu for
the day includes:
Shrimp Gumbo Soup
Southern Fried Chicken
BBQ Spareribs
Macaroni & Cheese
Rice Pilaf
Collard Greens
Blackeye Peas

-Photo by Paige Gnann
Children from the Youth Activities Center look at artwork created by classmates during the youth
center's art show last week. Children created art in several different mediums, including water col-
ors, mixed media, sculptures, crayons and chalks. Overall winners of the event were Kelly Martin,
T.J. Hall and Alan Legoretta, respectively.

New Uniform

To Come Later

From ( .of Naval Personnel Public

The Navy announced a
revised rollout plan for the
new uniforms in NAVADMIN
004/08, pushing back the release
of the all ranks Navy Working
Also referred to as the blue
digital camouflage uniform,
it will be released to the fleet
in winter 2008 and to Recruit
Training Command in spring
2009. The Service Uniform for
E-1 through E-6 will begin late
this summer.
Contracting and manufac-
turing issues caused the delay,
according to Robert Carroll,
head of Uniform Matters for
the Chief of Naval Personnel.
"Our goal is quality uniforms
for all Sailors. We've amended
our rollout plan to make sure
our contractors deliver the best
possible products to the Fleet,"
he explained.
The new uniforms will be
made available through Navy
Exchange uniform centers and
temporary off-site locations
until all regions have been fully
outfitted, according to Carroll.

Outfitting of accession com-
mands will occur separately and
independent of regional roll-
Each uniform rollout will
take 24 months from the start
of the uniforms availability to
completion. The sequence and
timeline for the rollouts will be
announced later this year by
NAVADMIN. During the phase
in period both old and new uni-
forms are authorized for wear.
Carroll reminds Sailors that
the increase in the clothing
replacement allowance they are
beginning to see in their pay
now will be needed later to pay
for the new uniforms.
"Sailors need to carefully
manage this money to ensure
they have the funds to buy new
items to meet uniform require-
ments," he said.
Rollout of the Navy physi-
cal fitness uniform is on track
for Spring 2008 according to
NAVADMIN 004/08 is on the
Web at www.npc.navy.mil.

Officers Reminded To Update Records

From Navy Personnel
Command Communications

With the Active Duty 0-6
Line, Reserve 0-6 Line, and
Full Time Support 0-6 Line
selection boards scheduled to
begin Jan. 15, Navy Personnel
Command (NPC) is reminding
officers to review their records
before selection boards, using
NPC's early warning system
that can rescue a promotion
The early warning system
can be used one week before
the selection board's conven-
ing date. However, candidates
should be reviewing their
records at least six months prior
to this date.
Board recorders arrive to
review the records of promo-
tion-eligible officers one week
before the selection board con-



By Ensign Kimberly Koss
USE Taylor PAO
Ship Serviceman 2nd Class
Eustace Kwapong recently
became the United States' new-
est citizen.
Growing up in Accra, Ghana,
Kwapong moved to the United
States 15 years ago.
Upon visiting the country, he
immediately fell in love with
the Big Apple and decided to
move to New York City.
In 2003, Kwapong decided to
continue his travels around the
world and joined the Navy.
Kwapong leaves USS Taylor
in February after serving on
board for two deployments. He
beamed with pride as he reflect-
ed on achieving U.S. citizen-
"Earning US citizenship was
a proud moment for me and
for my family," he said. "I am
grateful to live and serve in a
country where so much oppor-
tunity exists."
Kwapong was recognized by
the Commanding Officer, Cmdr.
Kurush Morris, at a Taylor
awards ceremony and present-
See Taylor, Page 3

venes. It's not the responsibil-
ity of the recorders to interpret
records; they only verify con-
tinuity and completeness of
BUPERS Online (BOL),
https://www.bol.navy.mil, is the
main tool for board preparation
and helps members to be pro-
active in making the most of a
promotion opportunity.
"It has always been good
career management to maintain
one's record," said Cmdr. Steve
Lepp, director of officer career
progression at NPC. "The web-
based tools make it significantly
easier to verify and correct your
record. No one has a more vest-
ed interest in your career than
you do."
An additional requirement
for this year announced in
NAVADMIN 103/07 reinstated

the requirement for a photo-
graph in grade for each officer.
"Boards this year will be
looking for a photograph, hav-
ing a current color photo in your
record indicates to members
that you are serious about main-
taining your record properly,"
Lepp said.
Six months out, officers
should visit the BOL website
and order their official military
personnel file. Next, the perfor-
mance summary record (PSR)
and officer data card (ODC)
should be checked and veri-
fied. Updates and corrections
to these can be made by fol-
lowing the directions on BOL.
When checking records six
months out officers should sub-
mit corrections to PERS-312.
For the mailing address visit

If a selection board is about
to convene, officers must send
missing information via letter
to the board president. Letters
should be sent by mail or fax
to the NPC Customer Service
Center (CSC). This information
must be received at least one
day prior to the starting date of
the board.
Only those being considered
may submit information direct-
ly to a board. Information sent
to the board will only be used
during the board and will not be
changed in the officer's perma-
nent record.
Officers who served as indi-
vidual augmentees (IA) should
also ensure their official records
reflect this service. NAVADMIN
298/07 outlines information.
"Boards are giving additional

consideration for personnel who
serve on arduous IA missions
in support of the global war on
terrorism, so it is very important
that eligible members make sure
the board knows about their
accomplishments," said Lepp.
Officers are strongly encour-
aged to call the NPC CSC at
1-866-U ASK NPC (1-866-827-
5672) or DSN 882-5672 to con-
firm receipt of their package for
statutory promotion selection
boards. They may also check
the Customer Service Web site
online using the CSC link on
the NPC homepage: https://
ahdsedstws 16.ahf.nmci.navy.
mil/OA HTML/jtflogin.j sp.
For a additional information
regarding promotion boards
visit www.npc.navy.mil.

Coast Guard Commandant Visits Mayport

-Photo by PAC Donnie Brzuska
The commandant of the Coast Guard, Adm. Thad Allen, addresses Coast Guardsmen from Jacksonville at Naval Station Mayport,
Fla. Allen was in Jacksonville to visit the joint Coast Guard and Customs and Border Protection Vessel Targeting Center at Blount
Island Marine Terminal here. The Coast Guard's highest-ranking officer also promoted several petty officers and took time for a
quick question-and-answer session.


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6 THE MIRROR, NS MAYPORT, Thursday, January 17, 2008

American Legion Provides Children

Cuddly Friend For When Things Get Scary

By Loren Barnes play through the bears, talks to ly equipped as the bears b
Naval Hospital Jacksonville Public children about what to expect used to explain to children
during their medical care and to expect if they're going
There's nothing more com- to offer comfort. Bears are also surgery.
forting than having a friend used in nursing homes and other They also brought 120
with you when you're going to care settings for patients of all dren's books which the c
see the doctor. That's especially ages. can provide to children
important when you're a small Sons Of American Legion have a deployed parent. 1
child who requires multiple vis- Squadron 283 representative were titled "Daddy You'r
its including shots and blood Tom Harris and Sylvia Cumutte Hero" and "Mommie Yo
draws or scary procedures such of Auxiliary Unit 283 brought My Hero." Harris said
as surgery. 18 of the bears to the Naval American Legion Post can
One organization which does Hospital's Pediatrics Clinic tinue to provide such iten
a lot to reach out to children and on Dec. 20 to be distributed to an ongoing basis.
their families in such circum- children with ongoing health The Spinoza Company
stances is the American Legion. challenges. These range from been around since 1984 an
A particularly well-received multiple corrective surgeries bear was created by a sp
project they sponsor is the dis- to continued care for life alter- education teacher and a
tribution of "Spinoza Bears," a ing conditions such as cerebral munication specialist. The
soft, furry therapeutic stuffed palsy, cardiac and pulmonary pany and their employees s
bear from "the North Woods." conditions. Besides the Spinoza need to help children and
The bears are equipped with an Bears the American Legion did something about it.
internal CD player and head- program provided two stuffed started producing these 1
sets allowing them to talk to the dogs from a line called Josh in 2004 and thousands
children "from the heart." Most and friends. Josh comes in his benefited since. Harris saii
of the nine tapes available to own dog house and is similar- American Legion saw the

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of these items and was proud to
take on the role of distributing
them for free to children in both
civilian and military hospitals.
Hospital Commanding
Officer Capt. Raquel Bono and
Lt. Martyn Rothermel, a Naval
Hospital Jacksonville pediatrics
nurse was on hand to accept
the items for the children. They
helped distribute the bears to
several children regularly seen
at the clinic.
Bono said that she greatly
appreciated the support that
such organizations provide to
our military families.
Marcarena Schmidt accepted
a Spinoza Bear for her three-
year-old daughter Torsten.
Schmidt said, "Martina listens
to her bear daily, especially
when I'm driving." She said,
"She has something in common
with Daddy who also just got
an IpodTM." Martina's dad is
Lt. Cmdr. Torsten Schmidt of
HSL-48, based at Naval Station
Mayport, Fla.
Rothermel, the Pediatric
Clinic's division officer, said
he can see how the items the
American Legion provided
could be very helpful in helping
a child cope.
Information on the Spinoza
Bear program is available at the
company website Spinozabear.

-Photo by Martina Schmidt
The Spinoza Bear seems to be a hit with 3-year-old Martina
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THE MIRROR, NS MAYPORT, Thursday, January 17, 2008 7

Naval Hospital Jacksonville Honors Best Of '07

By Loren Barnes
Naval Hospital Jacksonville Public
Some of the Navy's finest
assembled in front of Naval
Hospital Jacksonville on Dec.
7 to be honored as Sailors of the
Year, Junior Sailors of the Year
and Blue Jackets of the Year
for 2007. They were selected
from a field of candidates with
extremely competitive accom-
plishments. All of them are stel-
lar performers in their Naval
Branch Health Clinic (NBHC)
or core facility departments.
Most have earned honors while
deployed and back home at their
Naval Hospital Jacksonville
Sailor of the Year
Honored as the 2007 Naval
Hospital Jacksonville Sailor of
the Year for the entire command
was Hospital Corpsman 1st
Class (FMF) Dewel Jamerson.
Previously selected as NBHC
Albany, Ga.'s Sailor of the
Year, Jamerson was honored as
the sailor best representing the
Navy's core values of honor,
courage and commitment.
Jamerson reported to Naval
Hospital Jacksonville in January
2005. A six-month deploy-
ment in 2007 to Expeditionary
Medical Facility-Kuwait
(EMF-K) was his third in his
career. In Kuwait he was the
Leading Petty Officer (LPO)
of the Dental Clinic and the
Director of Clinics LPO.
The staff he managed deliv-
ered more than $2 million in
dental care to U.S. and Coalition
forces transiting the Kuwait
Area of Responsibility (AOR).
As the clinic LPO, he processed
more than 225 monthly reports
to higher echelons.
He also managed more
than 50 accounts for provid-
ers in the Air Force Complete
Immunization Tracking
Application (AFCITA). This
web-based data management
portal tracks immunization data
for all personnel in the AOR.
Jamerson was honored with the
Navy Commendation Medal for
his deployed service.
Also honored at the Dec. 7
ceremony were the top Sailors
from the Naval Branch NBHCs
and the core hospital.
Top NBHC Sailors
Hospital Corpsman 2nd
Class (SW/AW) Michele A.
Young, a vital division LPO in
NBHC Key West's Resource
Management Department, was
named the 2007 NBHC Junior
Sailor of the Year. Her prima-
ry duties include purchasing
agent, warehouse manager and
budget manager. Young is cur-
rently pursuing a Bachelor's of
Science degree in Nursing.
She deployed to Kuwait
in support of Operation Iraqi
Freedom and later served
aboard the USS Kittyhawk (CV-
63) prior to coming to her pres-
ent command.
Hospital Corpsman Jarrett
White of NBHC Jacksonville
is the NBHC Blue Jacket of the
He deployed to Guantanamo
Bay, Cuba in February to serve
six months supporting the
detainee hospital.
White is a Montgomery,
Ala. native with a stellar career
already on its way with one
Joint Service Achievement
Medal and a Global War on
Terrorism Expeditionary Medal
on his chest.
The Core Hospital's Best
Hospital Corpsman 1st Class
(FMF) Simeyon Gillespie,
the LPO of the hospital's
Plans, Operations and Medical
Intelligence (POMI) depart-
ment, is the Naval Hospital
Jacksonville Senior Sailor of the
Year. Deployed, he was the LPO
of the Detention Hospital, Joint
Task Force, Guantanamo, Bay,
Cuba. Gillespie was recognized
for maintaining the deployment
readiness of command person-
nel to support of military and
humanitarian operations. He
oversees 54 POMI representa-
tives at NH Jax and the NBHCs.
Together, they have maintained
a command readiness status
above BUMED's average.
Junior Sailor of the Year for

Rolando Brooks, of the hospi-
tal's Endoscopy Suite, is the
Naval Hospital Jacksonville
Blue Jacket of the Year. Brooks
is an exceptional endoscopy
technician and general duty
corpsman. His quality of work
has been well demonstrated
during his recent deployment
to Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. At
NH Jax he is a physical fitness
leader among his peers and is
the Vice President of the Junior
Enlisted Association.
The field of those considered
for previously mentioned over-
all awards included individual
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Senior SOYs, Jr. SOYs and
Blue Jackets of the Year. There
were also top performers nomi-
nated from the core hospital.
These included:
NBHC Senior SOYs
Hospital Corpsman 1st Class
Dewel Jamerson NBHC
Albany, Ga.
Hospital Corpsman 1st Class
Sidney Sykes NBHC Mayport,
Hospital Corpsman 1st Class
Justin Pryzbyla NBHC Key
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Hospital Corpsman 1st
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Jacksonville, Fla.

Hospital Corpsman 2nd Class
Michele Young NBHC Key
West, Fla.
Hospital Corpsman 3rd Class
Alexis Del Valle NBHC
Jacksonville, Fla.
Hospital Corpsman 2nd Class
Spencer Bolton NBHC
Atlanta, Ga.
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Hospital Corpsman 2nd Class
Kelli Morrison NBHC
Mayport, Fla.
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Holly Boynton X
U.S. Naval Forces Southern Command p,__

Vice Adm. Gustavo Jordan,
Commander Naval Operations
(CNO) of the Chilean Navy,
visited Naval Station Mayport
Jan. 4 to meet with two local
commands for familiarization
Jordan met with Rear Adm.
James W. Stevenson Jr., com-
mander, U.S. Naval Forces
Southern Command (NAVSO)
at his headquarters to discuss
the various maritime operations
in Latin America. Jordan and
Stevenson spoke about contin-
ued future interactions between
the U.S. and Chilean Navies.
"Each opportunity to meet
in person with partner nation
representatives is always mutu-
ally beneficial for everyone
involved," said Stevenson. "We
have a strong working relation-
ship with Chile and look for-
ward to strengthening the cur-
rent bonds this year during
the Partnerships of America
UNITAS Pacific exercise with

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-Photo b y MCI(SW) Holly Boynton
Chilean Vice Adm. Gustavo Jordan is saluted by sideboys as he
departs U.S. Naval Forces Southern Command after meeting with
NAVSO Commander, Rear Adm. James W. Stevenson Jr.

USS George Washington."
Following his visit to
NAVSO, Jordan met with Capt.
J. W. Zeiders III, commanding
officer, Afloat Training Group
Mayport (ATGM). Zieders
explained the various training
programs available at Mayport.
Jordan completed his tour of

the base before departing the
Jacksonville area. NAVSO fre-
quently hosts foreign military
members in a continuing effort
to strengthen ties through-
out Latin America and the
Caribbean to support theater
security cooperation and the
new U.S. Maritime Strategy.


Uruguay, U.S. Navy Plan

2008 Maritime Operations

Holly Boynton
U.S. Naval Forces Southern Command
Public. -
Representatives from the
U.S. Navy, Marine Corps, and
Coast Guard met with a dele-
gation from Armada Nacional
de Uruguay (Uruguayan Navy)
Dec. 18-19 for the U.S. Navy
and Uruguayan Operational
Naval Committee Conference
(ONC Uruguay). The two
navies met to outline and agree
to various exercises and interac-
tions between their countries in
Latin America during 2008.
Hosted by U.S. Naval Forces
Southern Command (NAVSO)
in Mayport, Fla., this year, ONC
Uruguay is an annual confer-
ence to plan and agree to the

various exercises and theater
security cooperation events the
U.S. and Uruguay intend to
conduct for the upcoming year.
The ONC brings together rep-
resentatives from the U.S. and
Uruguayan Navy so they may
meet in person to discuss their
countries mutual goals of mari-
time security in Latin America.
"We use these couple of days
together to foster meaningful,
professional relationships," said
Capt. Steven Blaisdell, NAVSO
Director of Exercises and
Theater Security Cooperation.
"We discuss the mutual inter-
ests of our navies to enhance
interoperability at the opera-
tional and tactical level. These
relationships are important for

our mutual security."
During each ONC, a record of
the various items and subjects
discussed is recorded into a doc-
ument. This document becomes
a memorandum of understand-
ing (MOU), which is referred to
throughout the following year
during interactions between
the U.S. Navy and partner
nation navies. This year's ONC
Uruguay MOU was signed
by Blaisdell and Uruguayan
Navy Capt. Rubens Romanelli,
Commander, Uruguayan Marine
"It is a privilege to be here,"
said Romanelli. "We have com-
mon objectives in some areas
and we must work together to
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active duty and retired Navy
personnel recently assembled on
the foggy bank of the St. Johns
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THE MIRROR, NS MAYPORT, Thursday, January 17, 2008 9

At HOS Polester Launch FRCSE Mayport

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Atlantic Marine Shipyard.
and commented, "Ship launch- "First of all, the commercial
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has worked to maintain ships ability and heavy steel fabrica-
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this is a really noteworthy event, required for Navy ship repair
There is something unique about following collisions, ground-
watching a ship slide gracefully ings, or even operation in
into the water for the first time heavy seas," he said. "In addi-
and then float upright, exactly tion, commercial work serves
the way the naval architects and to lower the Navy's share ol
engineers designed it. I imag- overhead costs in shipyards like
ine it must be a very rewarding Atlantic Marine, who do both
feeling for the hundreds of ship- Navy and commercial work, sc
yard employees who had a hand I'm here to show my support
in building the ship." for Atlantic Marine's initiative
Green also commented on the to go out and find commercial
benefit to the Navy of having work. It's a win-win situation
a local shipyard building com- for Atlantic Marine and for the
mercial ships. Navy."

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Fleet Readiness Center Site Mayport
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Support Equipment Technician First
Class (SW) Patrick Ryan as its 2007
Sailor of the Year during a ceremony
held at Ramada Conference Center,
Ryan is attached to FRCSE's
AIRSpeed department where he
is directly responsible for the man-
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of more than 200 personnel in the
NAE/NAVRIIP Continuous Process
Improvement initiative. AS 1(SW) Patrick Ryan
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finalists, noting their excellence served to not only raise the bar of
performance for their peers, but of the entire Navy.
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Sailors and to call them shipmates," Guiler said. ""They repre-
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values of Honor, Courage and Commitment in every aspect.
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come from different learning centers, they have all demonstrat-
ed superior performance and dedication to self-improvement."
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company he was in, but he also made it clear that it is the people he
works with and the collective drive they have as a team that makes
his job so fulfilling.
While proud of his career accomplishments so far, Ryan said
he still has several goals left to achieve. He wants to ensure that
those who come after him have the same opportunities he had, and
continue to be a role model for those who have supported him and
inspired him to be the best Sailor and person he can be.
Ryan's previous duty stations include the USS Saint Louis,
USS Belleau Wood, ACU-1 Detachment West Pacific Bravo, USS
Simpson, NS Mayport Cyptologic Management System Vault
and Fleet Readiness Center Southeast Site, Mayport where serves
as the leading petty officer for FRCSE's Support Equipment and
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Weekday hours for the Oasis
Galley are 6-7:30 a.m. for
breakfast, 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
for lunch, and 4:30-6 p.m. for
dinner. Weekend and holi-
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for brunch, and 4:30-6 p.m. for
dinner. The Oasis Galley also
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Friday, Jan. 18
Turkey Sausage Patties
French Toast
Vegetable Soup
Chicken Wings
Tuna Melts
French Fries
Squash & Carrot Medley

On Base
Thursday, Jan. 17
USS Philippine Sea FRG will
meet and hold a potluck on the
third Thursday of the month at
6:30 p.m. at the Mayport USO.
Tuesday, Feb. 5
The Naval Officers' Spouses'
Association of Mayport will
meet at 9:30 am at the USO on
Mayport Road. Babysitting
is available for a nominal fee.
NOSA of Mayport is open to all
spouses of officers, active duty
and retired, from all branches;
Navy, Coast Guard, Marine
Corps, Army and Air Force and
spouses of Foreign Exchange
Services. For more informa-
tion, please check the NOSA
website at www.orgsites.com/fl/
Friday, Feb. 8
The Robert G. Bradley FRG
will host a Valentine's Dance
from 7-10 p.m. at the American
Legion on Atlantic Blvd. and

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Mambo Pork Roast
Oven Brown Potatoe
Green Beans Combo
Saturday, Ja
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Corned Beef Hash
French Toast
Potato Rounds
Cream of Mushroom
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Green Beans
Ham Slices
French Toast
Cream of Mushroom
Roast Beef
BBQ Chicken
Tangy Spinach
Mixed Vegetables
Sunday Jan
Corned Beef Hash
French Toast

Tomato Rice Soup
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Tomato Rice Soup
Roast Pork
Curry Turkey
Monday, Jan. 21
'Soup Corned Beef Hash
Sausage Patties
French Toast
Potato Rounds
a Soup Chicken Gumbo Soup
Baked Stuffed Pork Chops
Yankee Pot Roast
Steam Rice
Mashed Potatoes
. 20 Club Spinach
Mixed Vegetables
French Fries
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Saturday, Jan. 19
The Jacksonville Genealogical
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lar monthly meeting at 1:30
p.m., at the Webb-Wesconnett
Branch Library, 6887 103rd St.
Speaker, Dr. Carolyn Williams,
Professor of History at the
University of North Florida
will discuss African-American
History and Genealogy; From
Slavery to Freedom; African-
American Migration from Fort

George Island to Jacksonville,
1870-1910." For additional
information please contact Mary
Chauncey at 781-9300.
Sunday, Jan. 20
The Fleet Reserve Association
Branch 290 has helped bring
together other Beaches veterans
groups to become the Beaches
Veterans Organization, in sup-
port of community events.
Other veterans groups, in addi-
tion to FRA 290, are American
Legion Post 316 and Post 129
along with Veterans of Foreign
Wars Post 3270. Their first
community event will be a fam-
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p.m. This event is open to the
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Waxed Beans
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Cream Ground Turkey
French Toast
Shrimp Gumbo Soup
Southern Fried Chicken
BBQ Spareribs
Macaroni & Cheese
Rice Pilaf
Collard Greens
Blackeye Peas
Shrimp Gumbo Soup
Pepper Steak
Spicy Baked Fish
Long Grain & Wild Rice
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Corned Beef Hash
French Toast
Potato Rounds
Cream of Broccoli Soup
Chicken Parmesan
Spaghetti with Meat Sauce
Boiled Pasta
Marinara Sauce
Italian Roasted Potatoes
French Fried Cauliflower
French Fries
Baked Beans
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N avy News

Mullen: Guantanamo Mission Mitigates Global Risk

By Army Spc. Shanita Sim-
Joint Task Force Guantanamo Public

The chairman of the Joint
Chiefs of Staff visited the
Guantanamo Naval Station Jan.
13 to share his vision for the
joint services and express his
gratitude to those serving at
Adm. Mike Mullen toured
the new Expeditionary Legal
Complex and the Joint Task
Force detention facilities where
he thanked service members
guarding detainees for their ser-
vice. He also met with service
members in a "town hall" meet-
ing where he discussed future
goals for the military and Joint
Task Force Guantanamo.
"JTF Guantanamo has per-
formed extraordinarily well and


By MCC Rhonda Burke
Commander Navy Region Midwest
The Global War on Terror
Support Assignment (GSA)
detailing system is offering a
better balance between person-
nel requirements and the global
war on terrorism (GWOT) and
improving stability for Sailors
and their families.
"Just this last week, we final-
ly realized the outlines of the
GSA detailing and GWOT sup-
port assignments process. It is
how we have brought the IA
process into the mainstreaming
of the detailing process," said
Vice Adm. John C. Harvey Jr.,
commander, Naval Personnel
Command. "We have put pre-
dictability and stability into the
process for our Sailors and their
Individual Augmentation
Manpower Management
Business Rules and
Detailing Business Rules,
released this week, capture the
feedback Navy leaders received
when asking Sailors and com-
mands how to create a better
system for IA assignments.
Harvey said more than 700
Sailors have negotiated IA
assignments under the GSA
Detailing process, since it was
introduced in June 2007, and
that number will grow over the
next two years to encompass
the entire IA process.
The GSA detailing concept
allows Sailors to negotiate for

has really delivered during a
difficult mission," Mullen said.
"The naval station has also done
great work to support the mis-
sion here. I am equally proud
of what the naval station has
During his visit, Mullen
spoke favorably of the need to
continue fostering the integrated
capabilities that have allowed
service members to perform the
JTF mission in a safe and pro-
fessional manner.
"The world is focused on
Guantanamo Bay. We've got to
get it right every single hour.
The consequences of getting it
wrong could be global," said
Although Mullen admitted to
going on record in support of
closing the Guantanamo Bay

an IA when it fits their needs.
Eventually it will replace the
need to pull Sailors from other
assignments mid tour in order
to fill an IA.
GSA Sailors receive admin-
istrative Permanent Change of
Station orders to San Diego or
Norfolk and TDY orders for all
training and movement, includ-
ing to the Navy Mobilization
Processing Site. PCS allows
for moving dependents to fleet
concentration areas with large
support services and infrastruc-
ture. If dependents choose to
remain in their current location,
they retain military housing and
basic allowance for housing
entitlements for that location.
In addition to improving the
detailing process, the Navy has
also implemented several other
provisions for those who com-
plete an IA tour.
"We have put incredible flexi-
bility into the exam process. If it
is the right circumstances where
the Sailor can prepare and take
the exam then we will give it to
them. If that Sailors is engaged
in operations on the ground, that
do not permit us to give him the
exam, it won't adversely affect
that Sailor," Harvey said.
Additionally, advancement
points are now awarded for suc-
cessful IA duty accomplished.
Selection boards will be given
precepts, which will guide them
and provide weight to the IA
experience for both officers and
enlisted on active and reserve
selection boards.

detention facilities, he said no
decision has been made to do
"There is no decision to close
Guantanamo Bay. Clearly, we
have worked our way in the last
several years through processes,
which have allowed us to under-
stand where we are and what
we are doing in a very com-
prehensive way," said Mullen.
"Guantanamo Bay is known to
the world and there are many
who editorialize on the fact that
Guantanamo Bay should be
closed down. The decision to
close it down would be made
completely out of our purview,
and I am not aware of anyone
who is considering doing that."
Since the Joint Task Force
mission here plays an essen-
tial part in fighting the global

"Recognizing that this IA mis-
sion is extremely important and
it will be with us for a while,
we are taking the steps to bring
it into the mainstream of how
we do business and that will be
better for the Sailor, it will be
better for their command and it
will be a lot better for their fam-
ily," Harvey said.
In addition to billets in Iraq
and Afghanistan, GSA detail-
ing will also cover assign-
ments to the Horn of Africa,
Kuwait, Bahrain, Germany,
South America, Cuba, Kosovo,
Philippines, and even state-
side duty in Tampa, Fla., and
Arlington, Va.
GSA billets are cur-
rently available on Career
Management System-Interactive
Detailing, the program enlisted
Sailors use to apply for orders.
The Web address is https://
www.cmsid.navy.mil. Billets are
listed under the category code
90GS. Officers can contact their
detailer directly for information
on GSA billets.
"I think we have a good pack-
age in these two NAVADMINS
and our focus now is on execu-
tion," Harvey said. "What we
want to do now is to hear from
the Sailors, hear from their com-
mands, work with the Master
Chief Petty Officer of the Navy
and the master chief community
and seek feedback and deter-
mine what else we need to do to

U SO News

The USO has free
Jacksonville University basket-
ball game tickets on Jan. 25 at
7:30 p.m. at Veterans Memorial
Monster truck club seats and
pit passes are $27 each and are
available at both the NAS Jax
and Mayport USOs. The event
is planned for Feb. 23. Please
visit usojax.org for more infor-
mation, or drop by either of the
Mayport of Jax USO Centers
and buy your tickets.
The USO at Mayport will
be closed until 11 a.m. on Jan.
17 for testing. The USO at
Mayport will be open for hol-
iday hours on Jan. 21. Hours
will be 9 a.m.-2 p.m. The USO
at Mayport will be closed on
Tuesday, Jan. 29 for the Primary
The USO at Mayport will host
the next "No Dough Dinner"
on Feb. 4 from 5-7 p.m. The
menu will be turkey, dress-
ing, gravy, cranberries, green

bean casserole, rolls, pecan and
pumpkin pie.
The American Red Cross will
hold a CPR class at the Mayport
USO on Jan. 26 from 9 a.m.-5
p.m. Please call 246-1395 to
pre-register for this class.
The American Red Cross will
hold a Babysitting Class at the
Mayport USO on Saturday, Feb.
2, from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Please
call 246-1395 to pre-register.
"Family Fun On Florida's
First Coast" books are on sale
at the Mayport USO and NAS
JAX USO for $20. Listing
events both seasonal and
year-round that are fun for the
whole family, this book makes
an excellent gift!
Tickets to Adventure Landing,
on Beach Boulevard, are now
available at the USO!
USO sells discounted tick-
ets to AMC Movie Theatres,
Disney World, Sea World,
Busch Gardens, Wet N' Wild,
Universal Studios, Islands

of Adventure, and Adventure
There is a computer resource
center available to all service
members with email, Internet
and word processing. Fax, copy
and free notary service is also
Watch TV or a movie from
the video library. Service mem-
bers can also enjoy video games
or use the sports equipment.
There is a full kitchen, show-
ers, a quiet reading room and a
meeting room available at the
USO. The USO is available for
meetings, support groups, recep-
tions, parties and pre-deploy-
ment briefs. A TV, VCR and
overhead projector are available
for use.
For more information about
activities or meeting avail-
abilities, call 246-3481 or stop
by the center at 2560 Mayport
Road. USO is open from 9 a.m.-
9 p.m., Monday-Friday and 9
a.m.-6 p.m., Saturday.

Lions Club Supports USO

By Jack Berry
A new Lions Club is be is
being formed in Mayport to
support the Greater Jacksonville
Area USO in their programs of
providing services to our men
and women in uniform.
The first informal, organi-
zational meeting, is being held
at the Mayport USO Center on
Jan. 22 at 7 p.m., for anyone
interested in becoming involved
in our military community ser-

vice. Meetings will be held at
the Mayport USO Center on the
second and fourth Tuesdays of
each month
Everyone is welcome to
attend, especially business
people, community leaders and
retirees, both men and women,
who wish to support our mili-
tary service members.
Lions International is the
largest service organization in
the world with over 1.3 mil-
lion members in more than 200

countries working to support
the environment, diabetes edu-
cation, hearing programs, and
many other worthy causes.
Our USO MOAA Committee
Liaison Officer assisting in
this formation is retired Cmdr
Chuck Carroll, who will provide
assistance to the Lions organi-
zational programs. Lion Chuck
can be reached at 463-2884 or,

war on terrorism, Mullen men-
tioned that the operations here
are necessary to help protect
Americans against possible ter-
rorist attacks.
"The joint detention opera-
tion is a part of mitigating risk.
We need to keep the deten-

tion facilities operating as
best as they can be to protect
Americans against individu-
als who have pretty bad back-
grounds in terms of the [global]
war on terror[ism]," Mullen.
"This facility helps mitigate that
global risk."

Mullen was sworn in as the
17th Chairman of the Joint
Chiefs of Staff on Oct. 1, 2007.
He serves as the principal mili-
tary advisor to the President,
the Secretary of Defense, the
National Security Council, and
the Homeland Security Council.

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(CG 66). Hue City is deployed in support ofMaritime Security Operations (MSO) with the USS
Harry S. Truman Carrier Strike Group (CSG 10). MSO helps set the conditions for security and
stability in the maritime environment, as well as complement the counterterrorism and security
efforts of regional nations. These operations seek to disrupt violent extremists' use of the mari-
time environment as a venue for attack or to transport personnel, weapons or other material.


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