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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: 07-29-2010
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2008 CHINFO Award Winner USS Hue City Returns From Deployment Pages 6-7 Post 9/11 GI Bill Transferability With Required Service Page 21 USS Taylor Enjoys Sea Breeze Page 13 2008 CHINFO Award Winner HSL-48 Wins DARTS Competition Aircrewmen Show Superior Deployable Readiness From HSL-48 HSL-48 does it again! The Vipers have won the annu al HSMWL (Helicopter Submarine Maritime Wing Atlantic) Deployable Acoustics Readiness System (DARTS) competition for the fifth time in the last 10 years. The competition includes all squadrons within HSMWL and assesses the anti-subma rine warfare readiness of each squadrons Aircrewmen. The evaluation is made based upon an average of the top scores in a written examination. Keeping with tradition, the Viper aircrew shop shattered all expectations and set an unprec edented score of 100 percent. All HSL-48 Aircrewmen tak ing the test posted a perfect score, earning them special recognition from Capt. Carl F. Bush, Commodore HSMWL. Commodore Bush commended the Viper Aircrewmen for their efforts and reminded them of the very practical need for con tinued tactical excellence in the fleet. Cmdr. Stephen E. Banta, HSL-48 commanding officer, not only praises his aircrew shop for their impressive per formance, but also commends the leadership of Chief Air Warfare Rescue (NAC/AW/ SW) Roland Dupras and Air Warfare Rescue 1 st Class (NAC/ AW/SW) Michael Skinner. Thanks to their leadership and the efforts of each Viper Aircrewman, the HSMWL DARTS trophy once again calls HSL-48 home. -Photo courtesy of HSL-48 DARTS awardees: Naval Air Crewmen 1 st Class Michael Skinner, Naval Air Crewmen 2 nd Class Daniel Dotras, Naval Air Crewmen 2 nd Class Brendon Light, Naval Air Crewmen 2 nd Class Sebastian Delossantos, Naval Air Crewmen 2 nd Class Jimmy Stewart, Naval Air Crewmen 3rd Class Brendan Brown, Naval Air Crewmen 3rd Class Mitchell Masters By AEAN Michael Roggio Staff On Friday, July 23, approxi mately 40 loggerhead hatch ling sea turtles followed the light of the moon and made their way from Naval Station Mayports beach for a new life at sea. Its rare that all eggs hatch, said Naval Station Mayport Wild life Officer Art Burt, who carefully supervised the release. We managed to save 45 eggs after discovering that the nest had been raided by a fox. NS Mayport has a flourish ing sea turtle nesting area on its mile-long beach, with doz ens of volunteers searching the beach for new nests, signs of tampering or distress and for hatchlings. Burt explained that now more than ever before, pro grams to facilitate breeding are essential to the sea turtle popu lation, due to the oil spill in the Gulf. In an effort to reduce hatchling fatality, animal con trol officers across the East Coast often relocate or mark off nesting areas to protect them. Currently the base has eight nests on the beach that are easily identified by bright orange net barriers surround ing them. Sea turtle nesting takes place May 31 through Oct. 31, annually. Depending on the species and other envi ronmental factors, incuba tion can last from 45-75 days. Once out of their shells, the hatchlings quickly migrate toward the ocean using the light of the moon to navi gate the first stretch of their journey. Unfortunately, since the hatchlings use light to navigate to the waters edge, they are often disoriented by artificial ambient light from homes, businesses or vehicles and wander toward these light sources, to their demise. Due to lower traffic and less ambi ent light, Mayports beach offers a more successful breeding ground for sea turtle nesting, undisturbed incuba tion, and less hatchling disori entation when following the moonlight to their new home in the sea. Even the hatchlings that do make it to the sea face a peril ous journey to adulthood and scientists estimate that only one in one thousand make it to adulthood, Burt said. For more information, or if you sight an unmarked nest, hatchling or stranded sea tur tles, contact the NS Mayport Wildlife Office immediately at 219-2178 for the base beach and Hanna Park. Call the Beaches Sea Turtle Patrol at 613-6081 for all Jacksonville area beaches or the Florida Marine Patrol at 270-2500. Base Holds Sea Turtle Release Navy Readies New Evaluation Software By MC1(AW) LaTunya Howard Navy Personnel Command Public Affairs The Navy will release a new version of NAVFIT98A software Aug. 1, changing the way physical fitness assessment (PFA) results and individual augmentee (IA) service are documented in a fitness report or evaluation. We released a new version of NAVFIT98A to accommodate the recent policy changes and at the same time fix several long standing problems associated with the application, explained Jim Price, director, Navy Personnel Command (NPC) Performance Evaluation Division. NAVFIT98A Version 28 supports new performance report policy changes and fixes known security and printing problems, as well as other technical issues associated with older versions of the soft ware. Because of these changes, all forms will have new version numbers. Electronic versions can be found at http://www.npc.navy. mil/careerinfo/performanceevaluation/softwareforms. Commands that still have an older version installed but that need to submit performance reports with ending dates of Aug. 1 or later can submit performance reports generated by older software ver sions until Navy/Marine Corps Intranet (NMCI) updates are com plete. The E7-E9 chief evaluation has been modified to include the new policy guidance. Evaluation form NAVPERS 1616/27 8-10 can be found at the above link beginning Aug. 1. This Web site also answers frequently asked questions concerning Version 28 deploy ment and provides a reference guide on using the application. Its important for us to recognize the performance and contribu tions of our Sailors who are serving IAs, said Price. This revised New CO For SBR By Ensign Beth-Ann Dick USS Samuel B. Roberts PaO USS Samuel B. Roberts (FFG 58) held a change of command ceremony on July 23 when Cmdr. Chuck L. Sellers turned over command to Cmdr. Angel C. Cruz after serving in com mand since December 2008. Sellers began his command tour in the middle of a high ly-successful Counter NarcoTerrorism deployment in the SOUTHCOM Area of Responsibility (AOR), dur ing which Sammy B captured more than $190 million worth of illegal drugs being trafficked through the Eastern Pacific. Upon return from deployment in April 2009, he led Sammy B through a demanding mainte nance cycle and several group sails, including one with the -Photo by Paige Gnann JSO Officer Theron Golleher holds a bucket of loggerhead sea turtle nestlings before their release off the beach of Naval Station Mayport on July 23. -Photo courtesy of SBR Cmdr. Chuck Sellers, salutes Capt. Gary Haben, COMDESRON 14, during a change of command ceremony in which he is relieved by Cmdr. Angel Cruz as USS Samuel B. Roberts CO. See Eval, Page 18 See SBR, Page 9



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2008 CHINFO Award Winner USS Hue CityReturns From Deployment Pages 6-7 Post 9/11 GI BillTransferability With Required Service Page 21 USS TaylorEnjoys Sea Breeze Page 13 2008 CHINFO Award Winner HSL-48 Wins DARTS CompetitionAircrewmen Show Superior Deployable ReadinessFrom HSL-48HSL-48 does it again! The Vipers have won the annu al HSMWL (Helicopter Submarine Maritime Wing Atlantic) Deployable Acoustics Readiness System (DARTS) competition for the fifth time in the last 10 years. The competition includes all squadrons within HSMWL and assesses the anti-subma rine warfare readiness of each squadrons Aircrewmen. The evaluation is made based upon an average of the top scores in a written examination. Keeping with tradition, the Viper aircrew shop shattered all expectations and set an unprec edented score of 100 percent. All HSL-48 Aircrewmen tak ing the test posted a perfect score, earning them special recognition from Capt. Carl F. Bush, Commodore HSMWL. Commodore Bush commended the Viper Aircrewmen for their efforts and reminded them of the very practical need for continued tactical excellence in the fleet. Cmdr. Stephen E. Banta, HSL-48 commanding officer, not only praises his aircrew shop for their impressive per formance, but also commends the leadership of Chief Air Warfare Rescue (NAC/AW/ SW) Roland Dupras and Air Warfare Rescue 1st Class (NAC/ AW/SW) Michael Skinner. Thanks to their leadership and the efforts of each Viper Aircrewman, the HSMWL DARTS trophy once again calls HSL-48 home. -Photo courtesy of HSL-48DARTS awardees: Naval Air Crewmen 1st Class Michael Skinner, Naval Air Crewmen 2nd Class Daniel Dotras, Naval Air Crewmen 2nd Class Brendon Light, Naval Air Crewmen 2nd Class Sebastian Delossantos, Naval Air Crewmen 2nd Class Jimmy Stewart, Naval Air Crewmen 3rd Class Brendan Brown, Naval Air Crewmen 3rd Class Mitchell Masters By AEAN Michael RoggioStaffOn Friday, July 23, approxi mately 40 loggerhead hatch ling sea turtles followed the light of the moon and made their way from Naval Station Mayports beach for a new life at sea. Its rare that all eggs hatch, said Naval Station Mayport Wild life Officer Art Burt, who carefully supervised the release. We managed to save 45 eggs after discovering that the nest had been raided by a fox. NS Mayport has a flourish ing sea turtle nesting area on its mile-long beach, with dozens of volunteers searching the beach for new nests, signs of tampering or distress and for hatchlings. Burt explained that now more than ever before, pro grams to facilitate breeding are essential to the sea turtle population, due to the oil spill in the Gulf. In an effort to reduce hatchling fatality, animal con trol officers across the East Coast often relocate or mark off nesting areas to protect them. Currently the base has eight nests on the beach that are easily identified by bright orange net barriers surround ing them. Sea turtle nesting takes place May 31 through Oct. 31, annually. Depending on the species and other envi ronmental factors, incuba tion can last from 45-75 days. Once out of their shells, the hatchlings quickly migrate toward the ocean using the light of the moon to navi gate the first stretch of their journey. Unfortunately, since the hatchlings use light to navigate to the waters edge, they are often disoriented by artificial ambient light from homes, businesses or vehicles and wander toward these light sources, to their demise. Due to lower traffic and less ambi ent light, Mayports beach offers a more successful breeding ground for sea turtle nesting, undisturbed incuba tion, and less hatchling disorientation when following the moonlight to their new home in the sea. Even the hatchlings that do make it to the sea face a peril ous journey to adulthood and scientists estimate that only one in one thousand make it to adulthood, Burt said. For more information, or if you sight an unmarked nest, hatchling or stranded sea tur tles, contact the NS Mayport Wildlife Office immediately at 219-2178 for the base beach and Hanna Park. Call the Beaches Sea Turtle Patrol at 613-6081 for all Jacksonville area beaches or the Florida Marine Patrol at 270-2500. Base Holds Sea Turtle Release Navy Readies New Evaluation SoftwareBy MC1(AW) LaTunya HowardNavy Personnel Command Public AffairsThe Navy will release a new version of NAVFIT98A software Aug. 1, changing the way physical fitness assessment (PFA) results and individual augmentee (IA) service are documented in a fitness report or evaluation. ( ( We released a new version of NAVFIT98A to accommodate the recent policy changes and at the same time fix several long standing problems associated with the application, explained Jim Price, director, Navy Personnel Command (NPC) Performance Evaluation Division. ( ( NAVFIT98A Version 28 supports new performance report policy changes and fixes known security and printing problems, as well as other technical issues associated with older versions of the soft ware. Because of these changes, all forms will have new version numbers. Electronic versions can be found at http://www.npc.navy. mil/careerinfo/performanceevaluation/softwareforms. ( ( Commands that still have an older version installed but that need to submit performance reports with ending dates of Aug. 1 or later can submit performance reports generated by older software ver sions until Navy/Marine Corps Intranet (NMCI) updates are com plete. ( ( The E7-E9 chief evaluation has been modified to include the new policy guidance. Evaluation form NAVPERS 1616/27 8-10 can be found at the above link beginning Aug. 1. This Web site also answers frequently asked questions concerning Version 28 deployment and provides a reference guide on using the application. ( ( Its important for us to recognize the performance and contribu tions of our Sailors who are serving IAs, said Price. This revised New CO For SBRBy Ensign Beth-Ann DickUSS Samuel B. Roberts PaOUSS Samuel B. Roberts (FFG 58) held a change of command ceremony on July 23 when Cmdr. Chuck L. Sellers turned over command to Cmdr. Angel C. Cruz after serving in com mand since December 2008. Sellers began his command tour in the middle of a high ly-successful Counter NarcoTerrorism deployment in the SOUTHCOM Area of Responsibility (AOR), dur ing which Sammy B captured more than $190 million worth of illegal drugs being trafficked through the Eastern Pacific. Upon return from deployment in April 2009, he led Sammy B through a demanding mainte nance cycle and several group sails, including one with the -Photo by Paige GnannJSO Officer Theron Golleher holds a bucket of loggerhead sea turtle nestlings before their release off the beach of Naval Station Mayport on July 23.-Photo courtesy of SBRCmdr. Chuck Sellers, salutes Capt. Gary Haben, COMDESRON 14, during a change of command ceremony in which he is relieved by Cmdr. Angel Cruz as USS Samuel B. Roberts CO.See Eval, Page 18 See SBR, Page 9