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Publication Date: 12-01-2011
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Mayports Top Sailor-Photo by MC1 William TownsendNavy Counselor 1st Class (SW) Jonathan Dingler is presented a plaque by NS Mayport Commanding Officer, Capt. Doug Cochrane, after being named NS Mayport Sailor of the Year. Dingler also won the Sailor of the Year for Commander, Navy Region Southeast. He will go up against Sailors throughout Commander, Navy Installations Command later this year.New Captain For CarneyFrom USS CarneySailors assembled on the flight deck just after morning colors aboard guided-missile destroyer USS Carney (DDG 64) on Nov. 23 to participate in the time-honored tradi tion of a change of com mand ceremony. The ceremony was held pier side during a port visit to Manama, Bahrain. Cmdr. Richard Field was relieved by Cmdr. Marc Boran as command ing officer of USS Carney (DDG 64). Capt. Edward Cashman, Commodore of Destroyer Squadron 50, was the special guest for the cer emony. Cashman gave Cdr. Field the Meritorious Service Medal for his exceptional performance and dedication to duties as the commanding offi cer of USS Carney (DDG 64). After 15 months of com mand, Field reflected on the many accomplish ments of Carney as an integral player in NATOs complex and demanding anti-piracy mission. He spoke of Carneys new NATO nickname, police men of the IRTC, with great pride and honor in his voice. He emphasized that Carney is a very special ship with a special crew, with camaraderie like no other destroyer in the fleet. Carneys Sailors were proud to honor their outgoing Captain and welcome the new Captain in this special ceremony. Field will report to OPNAV in Arlington, Va., for his next assignment. Boran left his most recent post at Personel Command in Millington to assume command of Carney. Boran expressed his appreciation for a thorough turnover and such a warm welcome when he arrived to the ship. He also expressed his enthusiasm about leading the sailors of USS Carney. I am privileged to be able to accept command of Carney and to be able to lead this team of hard working profes sional sailors through the many challenges that lay ahead, said Boran. Carney is currently deployed as part of the Standing NATO Maritime Group, participating in Operation Ocean Shield in the Fifth Fleet area of responsibility. Special Duty Pay Rates ChangeFrom Navy Personnel Command Public AffairsA Navy message released Nov. 22 announced revi sions in special duty assignment pay (SDAP). NAVADMIN 356/11 lists updated SDAP levels for active-duty and Reserve component full-time sup port and qualified select ed Reserve Sailors on active duty. Increases to existing SDAP levels are effective immediately and reductions are effective 60 days from release of NAVADMIN 356/11. Sailors whose SDAP will be eliminated will receive half of their pre vious SDAP entitlement for 12 months, or until the Sailor completes the tour, whichever comes first. The SDAP pro gram is an incentive pay ranging from $75 to $450 a month used to entice qualified Sailors to serve in designated billets that are considered extremely difficult or entail ardu ous duty. Program levels change to reflect the cur rent environment associ ated with each billet and to sustain adequate man ning levels. In order to qualify for SDAP, Sailors must be assigned to and work ing in a valid billet on the Command Manpower Authorization Listing. This billet must be autho rized by the Bureau of Naval Personnel as a special duty assignment billet. Commands hold ing SDAP billets are required to complete an annual recertifica tion. NAVADMIN 356/11 supersedes previously released SDAP rates. More than 25,000 Sailors currently receive SDAP. Sailors can read OPNAVINST 1160.6 and talk with their command career counselor to learn more about SDAP.Photo courtesy of USS CarneyCmdr. Marc Boran, incoming commanding officer of USS Carney, Cmdr. Richard Field, outgoing command ing officer, and Capt. Edward Cashman, Commodore of Destroyer Squadron 50, salute during the parading of the flags at the ships change of command ceremony in the port of Manama, Bahrain. Mayport Is Flag Football ChampionRaccoon Watch At NS MayportFrom StaffNaval Station Mayport Wildlife is warning base residents to use precau tion and be aware of their surroundings after two raccoons were caught and killed this weekend on the base. The raccoons exhibited signs of rabies, but were disposed of before tests could be completed. As a precaution, pet owners should use cau tion with their animals and be certain that each has received current rabies immunization shots from a licensed vet erinarian. According to The Humane Society, rac coons are one of four wild animals (along with the fox, skunk, and bat) con sidered primary carriers of the rabies virus in the United States. If you see a raccoon in your yard dur ing the day, dont panic its perfectly normal for raccoons to be active throughout the day. Key in on the behavior of the raccoon before calling for assistance. Look for: to noise or nearby move ment. or mouth; watery-looking face. If you find a raccoon exhibiting any of these signs call 219-2178.-Photo by Paige GnannSome of the Naval Station Mayports Mayport Gold flag football team members stand with NS Mayport Commanding Officer, Capt. Doug Cochrane, and HSL-46 CMC, CMDCM Jeff Owejan, after winning the TriBase Flag Football Classic championship for the third consecutive year. The annual tournament was hosted by NAS Jacksonville for all commands in the tri-base region and included teams from Mayport, Jax, Kings Bay and NAS Key West. Mayport Gold went 4-0, beating NAS Jacksonville in the championship for the third straight year. Pictured from left is Logistics Specialist Airman Steven Jones, Logistics Specialist 2nd Class Rashon Jones, Senior Chief Air Warfare Rescue John Goings, Cochrane, Owejan and Master-at-Arms 1st Class Nicholas Fessler.

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2 THE MIRROR NS MAYPORT, Thursday, December 1, 2011 Command Chaplain Lt. Cmdr. Jerome Cayangyang Roman Catholic Mass Sunday 9 a.m. Monday-Thursday 11:30 a.m. Confessions: before & after mass or upon request CCD & RCIA: Sunday 10:30 a.m. Baptisms 3rd Sunday of month Protestant Worship Sunday 10:30 a.m. Sunday school 9:15 a.m. Choir: Wednesday 7 p.m. Baptism: For information contact your chaplain Womens Bible Study Wednesday 10 a.m. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints Family Home Evening Social Wednesday 7 p.m. For more information or other worship opportunities and religious organizations in Jacksonville, call 270-5212. The Mirror The Mirror The Mirror For students anticipating graduation in June 2012, today marks the first day they can go online to complete the application for the Bright Futures Scholarships and other state loans and grants. Go to www. FloridaStudentFinancialAid. org, select State Grants, Scholarships & Applications and then select Apply Here. The completion of the Initial Student Florida Financial Aid Application gives the Florida Department of Education per mission to evaluate the stu dents high school transcript and test scores for eligibility for state scholarships and grants. General eligibility require ments include the following: U.S. citizen or eligible non-cit izen. degree at an eligible Florida postsecondary institution. ship funds within three years of high school graduation (Unless enlist directly in the military after high school graduation. Then the three-year period begins upon date of separation from active duty.). or have pled not contest to a fel ony charge. non-remedial semester credit hours. A major change to this years process is the submis sion of a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). This is now a REQUIREMENT for Bright Futures eligibility. Up until now, the FAFSA was required for any federal finan work-study. Florida has now joined several states and many school financial aid programs which require the FAFSA. The online Florida Financial Aid Application is a self-report ed document. The student can use his transcript from last June to complete the application. All information will be verified when the district uploads his first semester grades and cours es in January of 2012. However, families sometimes need addi tional help when completing a FAFSA for the first time. To get help with the ins and outs of completing the FAFSA, plan to attend the Aid, scheduled for January 26th in the new CDC (off Assisi), Building 2287 from 6:00 pm 8:00 pm. The speaker Clarence Richardson is a retired US Navy Lt. Commander and enroll ment specialist for FSCJ. He is of financial aid. Andrea Reese, Military OneSource consultant, will present the military side of financial aid, and I will provide additional information on the available Florida Financial Aid Application. In the meantime, go online to www. FloridaStudentFinancialAid.org for additional information on the Bright Futures Application. Starting with the 2011-2012 high school graduates, more community service hours will be required for the scholar ships. Learn how to create a Number) online. This year the state will not be sending acceptance letters by mail so it is important for students to know how to check the status of their application and award online. Funding for the scholar ship does not begin until the fall term following high school graduation. Scholarship recipients are not eligible for funding during the summer term immediately following high school graduation. The academic year begins in the fall and ends in the summer. Summer disbursements are only made if funds are available. You can check the website each year for summer funding information. Judy Cromartie is the School Liaison Officer for NS Mayport. If you have questions about this article or concerns about an educational issue impacting your child, she can be reached via email at judith.cromartie@ navy.mil or by phone at (904) 270-6289 X1305 [office] or (904) 219-3894 [cell]. Or you can schedule a meeting with her in her office in Building One.Florida Bright Futures Online Application Opens Today KNOWINGJudy Cromartie School Liaison Officer 1Chronicles 16:34 Oh, give thanks to the LORD, for He is good! For His mercy endures forever. Its that time of year again, time for the holi days. We begin with Thanksgiving, followed by Christmas, then a new year when we make a res olution, which is usually followed by the breaking of our resolution. But lets begin with Thanksgiving. As a kid I loved Thanksgiving, probably because we got out of school early and it meant that Christmas was just around the corner, but I also loved the fact that all of my mothers brothers and sisters and about 20 first cousins would gath er for a night of laugh ter, games and feasting. Oh yeah, us kids would also draw names for our Christmas gathering. Throughout the years, the Thanksgiving and Christmas gatherings dont happen as often as they did when I was a kid. All the cousins have grown up and have fami lies of their own, some have moved away, a few family members have passed away, but we still try and gather everyone we can from time to time. And, we all still have our wonderful memories of those holidays past and for that I am truly Thankful. What are you thankful for this holiday season? Many may feel there is nothing to be thankful for. There is no doubt that times seem to be much more difficult right now, but that doesnt mean there arent still things to be grateful for. I am grateful for such wonderful memories of family gatherings. I am thankful that I get to gath er with family and friends this Thanksgiving for the first time in four years. I am thankful that God has allowed me to work in a career where I can help people who are going through a tough time. I am thankful for the people in my life, past, pres ent, and future that God has blessed and will bless me with knowing. I am thankful for those difficult times in life, because I learned that God never left me and always blessed me through my adversities. What are you thankful for? If you are struggling this holiday season keep this quote in mind, Can you see the holiness in those things you take for grant ed a paved road or a washing machine? If you concentrate on finding what is good in every situ ation, you will discover that your life will sudden ly be filled with gratitude, a feeling that nurtures the soul. Rabbi Harold Kushner May God bless you and keep you, and may you always have a thankful heart. Lt. Karen Rector Surface Force Ministry Center CHAPLAINSThanksgiving Reminds Us To Be Grateful Reading Lists Promote Personal, Professional GrowthAmerican Forces Press ServiceLegend has it that with a copy of The Iliad, Homers epic tale set dur ing the Trojan War, under his pillow. Almost 2,500 years later, professional read ing remains an important part of the military cul ture. Every service, most professional military schools and an increas ing number of geographic and combatant com mands offer up reading programs and reading lists as part of their pro fessional development efforts. In fact, many have mul tiple reading lists, aimed at different groups within the military at different ranks and stages of their careers. Navy Adm. James G. Stavridis, commander of U.S. European Command and NATOs supreme allied commander for Europe, recently took this initiative to a new level with an online video encouraging all of his command to check out the Eucom reading list. The list is divided into sections with books about different phases of European history, culture and languages, as well as works of literary fiction that provide insight into European culture. This reading list is your gateway to really under standing the sea in which you swim when you are part of U.S. European Command, Stavridis said in his video. I would say, if you want to help us be stronger together, spend a little time on the U.S. European Command reading list. Stavridis, a voracious reader who majored in English at the U.S. Naval Academy, is a trailblaz er in using a video to emphasize the impor tance of off-duty professional reading. And by encouraging all members of his command to par ticipate -not just senior officers and non-commis sioned officers -hes part of a growing chorus of military leaders who promote reading as a route to professional and personal growth. The Army chief of staffs professional reading list, titles that provoke criti cal thinking about profes sional soldiering and the role of land power. It also encourages analysis of the past to provide a better understanding of todays Army and the future of the profession of arms. Army Gen. Martin E. Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, shared his own recommended reading list while he served as the Army chief of staff. Dempsey always has been a soldier-schol ar, earning a masters degree in English at Duke University and teaching English at the U.S. Military N.Y. So its not surprising that, in addition to vol umes on the art of war fare and specific military engagements, he encour aged Army leaders to read books that provide insight into broader issues such as geopolitics and global ization. Similarly, the chief of naval operations read ing list includes history, fiction, inspirational and patriotic titles, as well as classics on military strat egy and theory. According site, selected volumes are designed to provide read ers a deeper understand ing and appreciation for naval heritage, the pro fession of arms and the which they operate. The Air Force chief of staff reading list consists of 14 books divided into three categories: leader military heritage. Titles are selected to inform readers about Air Force history, analyze ongo ing conflicts and their relevancy to the future, inspire readers with suc cess stories and provide lessons learned from conflicts. In the same vein, the Marine Corps com mandants reading list is developed to enrich readers knowledge and understanding of war. As of July 8, every Marine is required to read First to Fight: An Insider View of the U.S. Marine Corps, by retired Marine Lt. Gen. Victor H. Krulak. In addi tion, by regulation, every Marine is required to read a minimum of one book per grade per year. A new reading list, called the Sergeant Major of the Marine Corps Library, includes 54 titles selected to capture the Corps history, culture and evolution. The list, developed by Sgt. Maj. of the Marine Corps Michael Barrett in cooperation with the Marine Corps Association, includes almost two dozen books on Marine Corps Commandant Gen. James F. Amos professional reading list. But it also features books about pro fessionalism, sacrifice and camaraderie in the face of challenge throughout his tory. Among myriad other reading lists is the Joint Forces Staff College com mandants list, with rec ommended books on joint and multinational operations past and pres ent and volumes on lead ership and command.See Reading List, Page 3

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The U.S. Pacific Command commander has a reading list to pro mote an understanding of and appreciation for key countries and issues in the region. The selections provide historical context and insight into Willards five strategic focus areas: allies and partners; trans national threats; and China, North Korea and India. The militarys appreciation of reading is not new. Sir William Francis Butler, the 19th-century British lieutenant gen eral, recognized the importance of an enlight ened military force. The nation that will insist upon drawing a broad line of demarcation between the fighting man and the thinking man is liable to find its fight ing done by fools and its thinking by cowards, he noted. John Adams shared Butlers sentiment as he helped found the U.S. Military Academy in 1802. Adams encouraged military officers to tap into the great source of information found in an active reading program. Before assuming his post at Eucom in 2009, Stravridis said his foundation in English and litera ture has made him a bet ter communicator, analyst and leader. Every day I wrote something and commu nicated to my team; every day I had to analyze prob lems, most often regard ing human personality; and every day I used what I learned as a leader, he told a U.S. Naval Institute blogger. Stavridis said his read ing gave him insights into the complexi ties of the world and its people military leaders must understand. What I discovered reading Hemingway, Shakespeare, Dostoyevsky, Faulkner, Updike, Forester, McCarthy and countless other authors shaped my world view and honed my understanding of the most complex terrain in the world: the human heart.SpiceFrom Page 2New Online Portal For DoD BeneficiariesAmerican Forces Press ServiceA range of informa tion about Defense Department benefits information and eligi bility is now available online, the director of the Defense Manpower Data Center said yesterday. Two new online efforts milConnect and eCor respondence give ben eficiaries 24/7 access to personnel information; the ability to update infor mation related to health, education and other ben efits; and e-mail notifications about changes in benefits, Mary Dixon told American Forces Press Service. At the Defense Manpower Data Center, one of our many respon sibilities is to be the inter face with beneficiaries, especially on benefits and eligibility for benefits, Dixon said. MilConnect, avail able online and through a mobile application for the Android smart phone, was known for a year as the mydodbenefits web site. The revamped mil Connect site is available online, around-the-clock, to all DOD beneficiaries and their spouses and children age 18 or older. Users can sign on in several ways, Dixon said. Anyone who has a common access card, a Defense Finance and Accounting Services myPay account logon, or a DOD Self-Service or DS logon can sign in on the MilConnect website, or apply at the site for a DS logon. MilConnect informa tion comes from the Defense Enrollment Eligibility System called DEERS. Eligible users are active duty, National Guard and Reserve members; and military retirees, spouses and eligible fam ily members age 18 and older. Sponsors can view information about all dependents listed in DEERS but eligible dependents can see only their own information, unless accommodations are made for spouse, legal guardian or caregiver access. Beneficiaries who use milConnect, Dixon said, can update DEERS con tact information, manage health care enrollments, locate the nearest military ID card issuing facility, view personnel informa tion, transfer education benefits to eligible family members, view group life insurance information, and manage other infor mation. Army National Guard, Air Force Reserve and Air National Guard can update civilian employ ment information. The mobile applica tion works today on Android phones, but Dixon said her center is in the process of making MilConnect available for iPhones and other smart phones and mobile devic es. The smart phone app lets users find sites for the Real-time Automated Personnel Identification System called RAPIDS, where military members receive new ID cards, military treatment facili ties, and contact informa tion for Tricare regional offices. Related to milConnect, Dixon said, is an initiative called eCorrespondence that will use e-mail noti fications of changes in benefits rather than postal service letters for activeduty service members and National Guard and Reserve service members on periods of active duty. E-mail notifications will be sent to the e-mail address associated with a service members com mon access card, Dixon said. Beginning this month, service members will receive e-mail notifi cations of a change in Tricare primary-care manager, of potential eli gibility changes when a child turns 21 or 23, and of the ability to view or print a Tricare enrollment card and welcome letter after enrollment into a Tricare medical or dental program. The e-mail notifications will refer service mem bers to the milConnect web portal. Service members will be able to check Tricare eligibility and information through the MilConnect portal, whether or not they receive an e-mail notification. Dixon said service members also can opt out of the e-mail notifications. Were hoping to con tinue to expand both the things that we let you know by e-mail ... and to expand to other kinds of benefits changes and to additional populations, she said, including retir ees. Its a little bit hard with retirees because we dont necessarily know their e-mail addresses, she added. But thats some thing they can enter into the system on milCon nect. From StaffNaval Officers Spouses Association (NOSA) has partnered with United Sevicemembers Organization (USO) in sponsoring a fundraising event with shopping, local artist, vendors and childrens activities at the Mayport USO on Saturday, Dec. 3. The event will be held from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. Free pictures with Santa will be taken from 10 a.m. until 1 p.m. All NOSA proceeds will be donated to the USO to help support holiday programs for local servicemembers and their families. The Mayport USO is located at 2560 Mayport Rd., Atlantic Beach. Space available for interested vendors: For more information and details, contact Jennifer Wilsnack at jenniffer.wil snack@gmail.com. Families Can Get Free Photos With Santa At NOSA Bazaar Catholic Charities USA1-800-919-9338 www.CatholicCharitiesUSA.orgA CFC participant. Provided as a public service THE MIRROR NS MAYPORT, Thursday, December 1, 2011 3

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4 THE MIRROR NS MAYPORT, Thursday, December 1, 2011 Vicksburg Families Spend Day At Sea USS Vicksburg hosts a breakfast and coffee in the hangar as the ship heads off the coast of Mayport. The Mirror editorFriends and families of USS Vicksburg (CG 69) got the oppor tunity to experience a day in the life of their Sailor while underway with the ship during a Friends and Family Day Cruise on Nov. 18. The ship sailed approximately 40 miles off the coast of Mayport to give guests a chance to watch the Close-in Weapons System (CIWS) and the 5-inch guns. It also gave guests a chance to see how their Sailors cope in all kinds of weather. Its not all blue skys and calm waves during a day at sea and that held true for the Family Day Cruise. With six to eight-foot waves rocking the cruiser, families got a chance to experience one of the harder parts of being a Sailor. I think this is a great opportu nity for the friends and family of Vicksburg Sailors, said Barbara Bartley, wife of Lt. Joe Bartley. They get to see the ship and see what their spouse or significant other or their kidsto see what they do every day. Its great. I think its important to support your family. The day was filled with activities such as a tour of the main areas of the ship, including the bridge. There was a Visit, Board, Search and Seizure (VBSS) and Damage -Photos by Paige GnannAn SH-60B Seahawk helicopter performs flight maneuvers for the friends and families of USS Vicksburg crewmembers during a recent Family Day Cruise.SeeVicksburg, Page 5Families and friends watch a CIWS demonstration dur ing the family day cruise. Lt.j.g. Fred Buckley points out different parts of the Mayport basin as Vicksburg pulls out early Nov. 18. Family members brace against the high winds as the ship sails out to open waters. An overcast day with choppy waters showed family members and friends how their Sailors work in all types of weather. Cryptologic Technician Maintenance 2nd Class Christopher Fruth talks with his wife, Lindsey, and her parents Babs and Jeff Josefyk. Boatswains Mate 2nd Class SW) Alfred Martinez rigs the pilot ladder as the ship pulls out for a day with family.

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THE MIRROR NS MAYPORT, Thursday, December 1, 2011 5 Control exhibit, and a chance for everyone to enjoy lunch in the mess decks. This is my first time out and its beautiful out here, said Ramona McCall, mother-in-law of Gas Turbine System Technician Electrical 2nd Class Michael White. Ive asked him questions [about being a Sailor]. Now Ill be able to understand it better. This really gives me a better appreciation of the Navy now.VicksburgFrom Page 4Operations Specialist 3rd Class Lawrence Nichols, wife Tailyn and Jeremy Fisher sit topside during the ships fam ily day cruise. Friends and family members check on board USS Vicksburg for its family day cruise. Operations Specialist 3rd Class Michael Brucato, standing, talks with Logisitics Specialist 2nd Class Joshua Jones, Melanie Stars and Karolina Brucato, left. Sonar Technician Surface 2nd Class (SW) Lance Vanderpool talks with his dad, George, on the flight deck. Lt. Joe Bartley and his wife Barbara enjoy the cool breeze off the bridge area of the ship. Sonar Technician Surface Seaman Karel Moyer enjoys time with his guest, his wife Jess. Boatswains Mate 3rd Class Anquahn Williams and Damage Controlman 1st Class (SW/AW) Gary Lee help Williams 12-year-old brother Curtis into firefighting gear dur ing a damage control display on the ship. Sailors and families look over the Visit, Board, Search and Seizure (VBSS) gear during a VBSS display. Ensign Dustin Roberts, second to left, stands with his guests, from left Jay Miller, dad Major George Roberts,Wayne Lind and girlfriend Jayme Miller. Ensign Fitzgerald reenlists Boatswains Mate 2nd Class Siegrist as friends and family members of USS Vicksburg watch the event. Zack Ursulean, 12, puts together shells from the CIWS.

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Farragut Spotlighted On Veterans Day Special USS Farragut Public AffairsVeterans Day is a day that our country honors those who have served in our military; many differ ent companies and indi viduals have gone out of their way to honor current and former service mem bers. USS Farragut and her officers and Sailors were showcased by HLN (formerly CNN Headline News) over Veterans Day weekend. The pro duction crew and HLN Morning Express host Robin Meade visited the ship about a month ago to bring attention to life aboard a Navy destroyer to be televised in their Salute to Troops: Stories of Courage special. Meade and her crew were escorted through out Farragut by the for mer Commanding Officer, Cmdr. William Daly, and visited various spaces to get a better idea of how US Navy sailors live day to day and experience the jobs they do to sup port the Navys mission. Farragut sailors explained different duties, such as how the ship is driven, the type of weapons sys tems used on the ship, and where Sailors eat and sleep while out to sea and on duty. Farraguts Visit Board Search and Seizure (VBSS) team was also interviewed by Meade. Im proud to show the public what we do to keep the world safe from piracy; it is impor tant they know we are out there risking our lives in order to save theirs said Master-at-Arms 1st Class Dan Fuentes. Meade and her crew were exceptional guests while on Farragut. The Sailors were impressed by the support and genu ine care the crew showed them. I couldnt believe how genuinely nice she was; she asked me where I was from and thanked me for the job we do, and gave me a big hug! exclaimed Sonar Technician 3rd Class Sarah Gladstone, who was also interviewed for a shout out to her hus band, who is currently deployed overseas. USS Farragut is cur rently participating in its basic training cycle and is home ported in Mayport, Florida as part of Destroyer Squadron 14. For a video clip of the HLN visit on USS Farragut, go to http:// www.hlntv.com/ video/2011/11/09/navaldestroyer-uss-farragut. -Photo courtesy of USS FarragutMaster-at-Arms 1st Class (SW) Dan Fuentes explains maritime Interdiction Operations (MIO) to HLNs Robin Meade during the filming of Salute to Heroes: Stories of Courage.Thursday, Dec. 1 The Mayport Coastal Sciences Middle School PTA will host the annual spaghetti dinner at the school from 6-8 p.m. The Band will be performing and the cheerlead ers will be cheering! We will also be conduct ing a silent auction with many wonderful items donated from local busi nesses such as Casa Marina Hotel and Poes Tavern as well as El Conquistador speedboat tour from St. Augustine and the Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens. Tickets are $5.00 per person (or a family of four for $15.00) and can be purchased at the school during lunch hours starting Nov. 21-30. Tickets will be $8 per per son at the door. Saturday, Dec. 3 Growing Farm Profits workshop is designed for individuals who are interested in small-scale or urban agricultural production. This course is open to interested citi zens, new or aspiring farmers, rural or urban landowners, small farm ers and farm families looking for new ideas. The topics included developing a business plan for your operation, marketing, financial con siderations and regulations for selling products in Florida. The work shop will be held from 8:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. at Duval County Extension Office, 1010 N. McDuff Ave. Cost is $20, includes snacks and lunch. Online registration and pay ment is http://growingprofits.eventbrite.com. For more information contact Marice Hague at UNF Small Business Development Center @ 620-2476 or mhague@ unf.edu Join a Park Ranger at 2 p.m. for a leisurely paced hike to discover the islands natural com munities. Participants are encouraged to bring bug spray and bottled water. The program will take place at the multiuse trail pavilion located at the south beach area on Little Talbot Island. No reservations are nec essary and the program is free with regular park admission. Sunday, Dec. 4 Christmas Rememberedthe St. Augustine Garden Clubs 43rd Annual Christmas Tour of Homes: noon-5 p.m. Tickets: $20 if pur chased prior to day of Tour. $25 day of event, if still available. Tea and cookies (included) and shopping at the bou tique beginning at 1pm at Memorial Presbyterian Church, 36 Sevilla St., St. Augustine, Florida. Walk to nearby homes on tour, or hop on courtesy red train. 904 826 0024 phone for credit card ticket pur chases, Please see web site: www.gardenclubof staugustine.org for addi tional information. Click on Tour. Out in Town COMMUNITYCALENDAR 6 THE MIRROR NS MAYPORT, Thursday, December 1, 2011

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Frocked SH1 Willie Atkins, NS Mayport MA1 Nicholas Fessler, NS Mayport BM1 Jason Hibbs, NS Mayport ABH1 Terrell Jones, NS Mayport SH1 Melvin Mallety, NS Mayport EN1 Bryan Pentlin, NS Mayport MA2 Najeeb Abdullah, NS Mayport ABH2 Asif Azeez, NS Mayport ABH2 Nicole Bolden, NS Mayport CS2 Lindsey Dennett, NS Mayport BM2 Steven Dow, NS Mayport SH2 Quitin Ellis, NS Mayport AC2 Benjamin Finn, NS Mayport AC2 Casey Gray, NS Mayport MA2 Tiffany Irving, NS Mayport MA2 Alesha Kearse, NS Mayport EM2 Kerry Mathews, NS Mayport BM2 David Searles, NS Mayport MM2 Deon Singleton, NS Mayport CS2 Jose Villafane, NS Mayport AC3 Brittney Arnold, NS Mayport MA3 Jessica Billings, NS Mayport MA3 Tyler Farmer, NS Mayport YN3 Mark Hill, NS Mayport BM3 Ka Hudson, NS Mayport MA3 Harley Lowe, NS Mayport MA3 Richard Mccormack, NS Mayport MA3 Adam Myers, NS Mayport BM3 Tyler Wetterling, NS Mayport AC3 Jared Wood, NS Mayport MILESTONES -Photo by MC1 William TownsendFrockees from Naval Station Mayport stand at attention during Command Quarters before getting frocked to their next pay grade last week at the picnic area at Mayport Jetties. Have your command awards, advancements and retirements featured in The Mirror. Contact editor Paige Gnann at mayportmirror@comcast.net or call 270-7817 ext. 1012 for more information. Mayport Holiday PartyNaval Station Mayport is also selling tickets for its Winter Wonderland 2011 Holiday Party on Dec. 16 from 7-11 p.m. at Ocean Breeze Conference Center. Prizes will be given away throughout the night. ou must be present to win. Cost is $25 for E7 and above; $20 for E6; $15 for E4-E5; $10 for E1-E3; and $25 for civilians. Couple tickets will receive a $5 discount. For more informa tion, contact RP1 Celeste Shield at celeste.shield@navy.mil. THE MIRROR NS MAYPORT, Thursday, December 1, 2011 7

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USS Samuel B. Roberts Visits Israel USS Samuel B. Roberts PAO USS Samuel B. Roberts visited the Northern Israeli city of Haifa, Nov. 15 -18, to enjoy a few days of liberty after their November 14 Suez Canal transit, which marked the fifth month point of their deployment. The crew took advan tage of many opportuni ties to tour not only Haifa, but the ancient cities of Jerusalem and Nazareth. The ships Morale, Welfare and Recreation offered two days of guided tours to the historic cities for an experience of a lifetime. It was a chance to walk and see the Old City and childhood home of Jesus. Haifa afforded the crew many chances to experi ence Israel within walk ing distance. From the pier Sailors could walk to the historic district of the German Colony and unwind with a nice meal or drink. It was nice just to get out and see some sights and eat some food, said Petty Officer Marcus Ellis, despite the raining weather we endured I was still able to enjoy the city in relaxation. In Jerusalem, Sailors toured Temple Mount, Church of the Holy Sepulchre, the Western Wall, the Garden of Gethsemane and the Mount of Olives. Lt.j.g. Wesley Kuehlthau said of the trip, The sight from the Mount of Olives at dusk was pretty over whelming. The entire city was illuminated to make an awesome sunset panoramic picture. Petty Officer Second Class Ryan Bagtas expressed how mov ing his walk was through the Church of the Holy Sepulchre saying, Just to walk in the footsteps of Jesus Christ was a surreal event. Sailors also visited Nazareth and the Sea of Galilee about an hour east of Haifa. When asked about the tour to the Biblical loca tions Chief Petty Officer Jeffrey Matus said, The tour to Nazareth and the Sea of Galilee was amaz ing. To visit places where Jesus first held mass at the Synagogue of Peter and the journey to the River Jordan where Jesus was baptized were truly hum bling. He also said, The experience at the Sea of Galilee was indescrib able. -Photo courtesy of USS Samuel B. RobertsInformation Systems Technician 2nd Class (SW) Ryan Etheridge, Lt. Mark Berglund, Israeli Police Officer, Cryptologic Technician Technical 2nd Class Alex Griffin, Sonar Technician Surface 2nd Class Justin Salem, and Fire Controlman 3rd Class Gregory Hand pose outside the Western Wall in Jerusalem, Israel. HSL-42, SBR Perform Sub PAXFER HSL-42HSL-42 Det One Yellow Bellied Sliders, currently deployed with the USS Samuel B. Roberts (FFG 58), recent ly had the opportunity to help out a fellow Sailor. While flying surface surveillance coordina tion, Proud Warrior 431 was called on to conduct a personnel transfer for humanitarian reasons. Having previously con ducted several passen ger transfers and medical evacuations during the deployment, the crew dis missed the idea of a rou tine event when they were informed the transfer would be from a subma rine. USS Georgia (SSGN 729) requested assistance in the transfer of a Sailor who urgently needed to return home to his family. USS Georgia was unable to leave their sta tion, so USS Samuel B. Roberts immediately began to close Georgias position at best speed. After calculating time and distance to the subma rine, it was decided that the transfer would take place the following morn ing in lieu of a night trans fer. The crew reviewed submarine transfer pro cedures and prepared themselves to execute this unique mission. After conducting a thorough preflight brief, Proud Warrior 431 launched just after sunrise and headed toward USS Georgia. The combination of winds and sea state were not ideal for the trans fer. The course that gave the submarine the most stable deck required a downwind recovery from the starboard sail plane. The preferred recovery from the missile deck would have required a compromise between a headwind component for the helicopter and bow seas for the submarine. Unfortunately, waves crashing over the bow and the missile deck were cause for concern for the Sailors who were required to be on deck. After close coordination, the subma rine maneuvered to place the winds directly off the bow, providing a more stable deck while also providing a headwind component for the heli copter. The helicopter set up for the approach at approximately one-half mile and 200 feet. Proud Warrior 431 established a 30-foot steady hover, conned into position by the senior aircrewman, Chief Air Warfare Rescue Scott Wade. On deck below the helicopter were the Transfer Petty Officer and the passenger. Three other safety observers were on deck, next to the Dry Dock Shelter (DDS) just aft of the sail. Once in position, the junior aircrewman, Air Warfare Rescue Airman Robert Dukes, was low ered to the deck of USS Georgia. Upon arrival on deck, Dukes attached a seabag to the rescue hoist and stayed on deck to give the passenger a safety brief for the upcoming return to the Sammy B. Dukes connected him self to the hoist, and then the passenger to himself, and both were lifted off deck. Once safely inside the cabin, Proud Warrior 431 was cleared for for ward flight and departed to conduct an uneventful landing on Sammy B. -Photo courtesy of HSL-42HSL-42 Air Warfare Rescue Airman Robert Dukes is lowered to the deck of USS Georgia during a personnel transfer to USS Samuel B. Roberts. THE MIRROR NS MAYPORT, Thursday, December 1, 2011 9

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FFSC Offers Classes For Families, SailorsFrom FFSCThe following class es and activities are offered by the Fleet and Family Support Center (FFSC) and are free of charge. Pre-registration is required and childcare is not available. For more information about the classes or to register call 270-6600, ext. 1701. FFSC is located in Building One on Massey. Dec. 1, 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., How To Survive The Holidays FFSC, Room 719 Dec. 1, 1:30-3 p.m., Conflict Resolution For Women, FSC Room 702 Dec. 1, 9-11 a.m., Tottle Tyme Playgroup, USO Parents and children together meet to share parenting concerns, ideas, and fun! The group invites professionals to address specific areas of concern such as nutrition, toilet training, etc. We even take field trips sev eral times a year to local parks, museums and play grounds. This group is designed for moms new to the area or moms who want their child to inter act with other children their childs age. All chil dren age four and below are invited to attend. Dec. 5, 8:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m., Military Spouse 101, FFSC Room 719 The Fleet and Family Support Center offers this class to military spouses new to the area, and those new to the military way of life. Guest speakers from the military and civilian communities will present useful information to help you have a pleasant tour at Naval Station Mayport. Dec. 5, 1-4 p.m., Expectant Dads Class USO This program is designed for new Dads and Moms. The program will address, investigate, and discuss issues facing fathers in todays weird world. The attendees will look at being a father in the military, on care of newborns and toddlers and how to grow with your child and become the Dad you really want to be. The program will increase the participants knowledge about child development and will also address relationship changes that accompany the birth of a child. Dec. 5, 9-11 a.m., What About The Kids? FFSC Room 702 Children who witness family violence are often forgotten as the unintend ed victims. A wide range of child adjustment prob lems has been found to be associated with expo sure to domestic violence. Parents need to see, understand the effects of domestic violence on children as encompass ing behavior, emotion, development and social ization. Parents need to understand that there is an intergenerational cycle of violence and they may be creating a legacy for their child of learned vio lent behavior. The pur pose of this program is not to shame parents for events that have already happened, but to instill hope that things can change. The knowledge that the violence, which many parents incorrectly believe is unseen by their children, is negatively impacting their childrens growth and development and may provide an addi tional motivator for end ing the violence and seek ing intervention. Dec. 5-9, 7:30 a.m.4 p.m., Command Financial Specialist Training Building 1 Room 1616 Dec. 6, 8 a.m.-4 p.m., SAPR Refresher Course NAS Jax Chapel Dec. 6, 9-11 a.m., Active Parenting Now Parenting Class FFSC Room 607 Dec. 7, 8-11 a.m., SAPR Refresher Course NAS Jax Chapel Dec. 7, 8-11:30 a.m., Stress Management Wellness Center Stress is a normal part of everyones life. It can be energizing and a fac tor in motivating us. But too much stress, without relief, can have debili tating effects. This pro gram is designed to pro vide participants with an understanding of what stress is and how it affects them. It will also help participants begin to look at their own lives and ways they currently cope with stress. Participants will be challenged to develop behavior and lifestyle changes that will improve their ability to cope with stress. Dec. 7, 3-4:30 p.m., Managing Anger Group FFSC Room 702 Dec. 8, 1:30-3 p.m., Conflict Resolution For Women, FSC Room 702 Dec. 8, 9-11 a.m., Tottle Tyme Playgroup, USO Parents and children together meet to share parenting concerns, ideas, and fun! The group invites professionals to address specific areas of concern such as nutrition, toilet training, etc. We even take field trips sev eral times a year to local parks, museums and play grounds. This group is designed for moms new to the area or moms who want their child to inter act with other children their childs age. All chil dren age four and below are invited to attend. Dec. 9, 6-9 p.m ., IA Christmas Party, Bowling Alley Dec. 12-15, 8 a.m.4 p.m., TAP Separatee Workshop Building 1, Room 1616 Dec. 12, 8:30 a.m.-noon, Career and Employment Readiness Class FFSC Room 702 Dec. 12, 1-3 p.m., Federal Employment Class, FFSC Room 702 Dec. 13, 9-11 a.m., Active Parenting Now Parenting Class FFSC Room 607 Dec. 13, 6-7 p.m., Exceptional Family Member Support Group Building 1, Room 104 Dec. 13, 8:30 a.m.-noon, Anger Management Building 1 Room 1615 What does anger do for you? Communicate for you? Keep people at a safe distance from you? Keep you in charge? For many people, anger serves them many uses, but all too often, it is at a high costusually of rela tionships, unhappiness in the workplace, and a general feeling of dis dain. If you want to be able to break out of the get angry/get even syn drome, come to this class. Participants learn how anger and judgment are related, about irrational beliefs and faulty self-talk, what E + R = O means, and the roles of stress and forgiveness in anger. Dec. 14, 9-11 a.m., PFM Forum, FFSC Room 719 Dec. 14, 3-4:30 p.m., Managing Anger Group FFSC Room 702 Dec. 15, 9-11 a.m., Car Buying Strategies FFSC Room 1615 Dec. 15, 1:30-3 p.m., Conflict Resolution For Women, FSC Room 702 Dec. 15, 9-11 a.m., Tottle Tyme Playgroup, USO Parents and children together meet to share parenting concerns, ideas, and fun! The group invites professionals to address specific areas of concern such as nutrition, toilet training, etc. We even take field trips sev eral times a year to local parks, museums and play grounds. This group is designed for moms new to the area or moms who want their child to inter act with other children their childs age. All chil dren age four and below are invited to attend. Dec. 21, 3-4:30 p.m., Managing Anger Group FFSC Room 702 Dec. 22, 1:30-3 p.m., Conflict Resolution For Women, FSC Room 702 Dec. 22, 9-11 a.m., Tottle Tyme Playgroup, USO Parents and children together meet to share parenting concerns, ideas, and fun! The group invites professionals to address specific areas of concern such as nutrition, toilet training, etc. We even take field trips sev eral times a year to local parks, museums and play grounds. This group is designed for moms new to the area or moms who want their child to inter act with other children their childs age. Dec. 27, 2-4 p.m., Relationship Communication FFSC Room 702 Dec. 28, 3-4:30 p.m., Managing Anger Group FFSC Room 702 Dec. 29, 1:30-3 p.m., Conflict Resolution For Women, FSC Room 702 Dec. 29, 9-11 a.m., Tottle Tyme Playgroup, USO Parents and children together meet to share parenting concerns, ideas, and fun! The group invites professionals to address specific areas of concern such as nutrition, toilet training, etc. We even take field trips sev eral times a year to local parks, museums and play grounds. This group is designed for moms new to the area or moms who want their child to inter act with other children their childs age. All chil dren age four and below are invited to attend. CNIC N913 Hosts First Webinar For FamiliesBy CNIC Public AffairsCommander, Navy Installation Commands Fleet and Family Readiness Program announces their first webinar focused directly on families. The webinar improves understanding of all Navy family readiness pro grams and increases family prepared ness. This webinar will highlight the new Family Readiness Groups (FRG) Standardized Curriculum, and will include topics such as: Establishing an FRG, FRG Membership Building, Fundraising, Event Planning and Emergency Response and more! Not to replace the eight-hour Family Readiness Groups Leadership Training provided by Fleet and Family Support Centers (FFSC), its purpose is to invite attendees to preview the training and encourage attendance. The FRG webinar will be held Dec. 7 at 7 p.m. (EST). FRG members and families will need to create a webinar account by logging on to the LMS http://learning.zeiders.com and complete the form for first time users to register. Seating is limited. Note: The LMS is not compatible with AOL accounts. 10 THE MIRROR NS MAYPORT, Thursday, December 1, 2011

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Chapel Gives Thanks With Mayport Families-Photo by MC1 William TownsendNaval Station Mayport Commanding Officer, Capt. Doug Cochrane, talks with families attending the base Chapel thanksgiving dinner on Nov. 20. Hosted by the Catholic and Protestant communities within the chapel, the dinner included tra ditional fare such as turkey, stuffing and dessert.Exam Readiness Reviews Offer Chiefs Unique InsightsNaval Education and Training Command Public AffairsActive duty Navy chiefs (E7 to E9) inter ested in shaping the future of the fleet should mark their calendars for the 2012 Advancement Examination Readiness Reviews (AERRs) announced Nov. 21 in Naval Administrative Message (NAVADMIN) 352-11. AERR participants serve as fleet subject matter experts (FSMEs) for their respective rat ings and review and develop E4 E7 rating advancement exams. The two-week reviews are held throughout the year with each specific rating being reviewed about every two years. The reviews are held at the Naval Education and Training Professional Development Technology Center (NETPDTC) at Saufley Field in Pensacola, Fla. Participants receive tem porary additional duty (TAD) orders from their parent command, paid for by NETPDTC. We use fleet subject matter experts (FSMEs) and draw from com mands throughout the fleet including the school houses and learning cen ters to ensure the testbank questions reflect the latest technology and techniques, said Tom Updike, enlisted exam team leader at the Navy Advancement Center. The chiefs that have par ticipated know theyre helping to develop 21st century leaders and have given us feedback that their participation has been an invaluable expe rience. Senior Chief Yeoman (AW/SCW/FMF) Julie Long, Administration department leading chief petty officer for the Blue Angels, volunteered for an upcoming AERR that takes place right after Thanksgiving. I saw the NAVADMIN announcing the exam reviews, and since we just finished our show sea son, it fit my timeline per fectly, said Long. I knew it would be great for my own professional devel opment and will help me be a better counselor. Seeing how the exam development process works and how the ques tions are chosen will give me the insight to recom mend good study habits and research methods for my Sailors. Nominations must be endorsed by the com manding officer or officer in charge, as well as the command master chief, senior chief or chief of the boat for submission to NETPDTC. Six nominees will be selected for each rating scheduled during the AERR. NETPDTC will coordinate with respec tive rating learning cen ters and community sponsors to select the best nominees. Selections of FSMEs for the AERRs will be made 45 days prior to each review and select ees will be notified by NETPDTC via e-mail. The knowledge that our fleet experts bring to the reviews provides the relevance required to construct an exam that identifies a Sailor with the right skills to select for advancement, said Master Chief Electricians Mate (SS) Jeromie Cook, NETPDTC command master chief. AERRs give chiefs a direct and tangi ble input toward shaping their community partici pants have a say in who their replacement will be. Additional information, including the latest AERR schedule and application details can be found in NAVADMIN 352-11. A CFC participant. Provided as a public service. THE MIRROR NS MAYPORT, Thursday, December 1, 2011 11

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Dec. 1: Registration Opens for Jingle Bell Winter Camp. Open for children in Kindergarten through age 12. First Session: Dec. 19-23. Second Session: Dec. 27-30. (904) 270-5680 or (904) 270-5421 Dec. 1: Free Pre-Leave Vehicle Inspection at the Auto Skills Center. Dec. 1-15 from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Before you head home on leave, stop by the Auto Skills Center for a vehicle inspection. Call ahead for an appointment. 270-5392 Dec. 1: Last Day for Youth Basketball Registration. Open to military, DOD and civil ians children ages 5-15 (age determined as of Jan. 1, 2012). Registration can be done at the Youth Center Mon.-Fri. 11:30 a.m.-6:30 p.m. For more information, please call (904) 2705680 or email the Youth Sports Coordinator at victor.e.miller@navy.mil. Dec. 3: Xtreme Bowling. 8 p.m. to Midnight every Saturday at Mayport Bowling Center. $10 include 2 hours of black light bowl ing, shoe rental, prizes and dazzling laser light show. 270-5377 Dec. 4: NFL Sunday Special. Every Sunday at Windy Harbor Golf Club. Play 18 holes with a cart for just $20. Offer only valid after 12 p.m. 2705380 Dec. 4: Bowling Family Fun Night. 4-7 p.m. at Mayport Bowling Center. Cost is $10 per person and includes spaghetti dinner, All-You-Can Bowl with shoes, music videos, light show and colored head pin bowling for prizes. 270-5377 Dec. 6: All Khaki Wings and Trivia Night. 3-7 p.m. every Tuesday at Focsle CPO Club with 40-cent wings, drink specials and all-you-can-drink soft drinks for $1. Trivia begins at 5:30 p.m. All Khakis welcome (Chief Petty Officers, Officers and their guests). 2705431 Dec. 6: Remember Pearl Harbor 5k Walk/ 10K Run. 8 a.m. in front of the gym. Dec. 7: Lunchtime Bingo. Every Wednesday at 11:30 a.m. at Beachside Bingo. Two $500 payouts every week. Buy two, get one free. Still only $13.00 per pack. 270-7204 Dec. 7: Military Appreciation Day every Wednesday at Windy Harbor Golf Club.18 Holes and a Cart Only $15. Offer open to DOD, active duty, retired, and military dependents (Must provide proper ID) Dec. 7: Chicken Wednesdays. Every Wednesday, 11 a.m.-2 p.m., at Focsle Lounge. Enjoy a two-piece fried chicken plate with two sides for only $7.00. 2705431 Dec. 8: Magical Christmas: 6:30-8:30 p.m. at Sea Otter Pavilion. Childrens games and crafts, Kids Performances and a Special Appearance by Santa. 270-5680 Dec. 9: Teen Center Presents The Grinch. 4 p.m. at the Teen Center. Tickets cost $3; includes play, spaghetti dinner, bread and drink. Tickets must be purchased by Dec. 6. 246-0347. Dec. 10: Army Navy Football Party. Free tailgating. Flag football behind the gym. 12:30 p.m. Mayport vs. Army. 1:30 p.m. NAS JAX vs. Army. Army vs. Navy College Football Game at 2:30 p.m. at Beachside Community Center. 2705451. Dec. 10: UFC 140: Jones vs. Machida. 9 p.m. at Castaways. FREE Dec. 14: Windy Harbor Balloon Sale & Open House. Stop by Windy Harbor Golf Club and choose a free balloon containing discounts at our pro shop from 5%-50%. Snacks and bev erages will be served. 2705380 Dec. 14: All-Hands Steak Night. 4-7 p.m. at Focsle CPO Club. Cost is $10 per person. Purchase tickets in advance; limit ed tickets available at the door. Sponsored by MWR A-Team. For tickets, call (904) 270-5228. Dec. 14: Just For Fun Wednesdays. Every Wednesday at Mayport Bowling Center. Its not about how good you bowl, its about how much fun you can have! $1 Colormania Bowling, drink specials, request your favorite music all day long and more. 270-5733 Dec. 16: Xtreme Bowling. 8 p.m. to Midnight every Friday at Mayport Bowling Center. $10 include 2 hours of black light bowling, shoe rental, prizes and dazzling laser light show. 270-5377 Dec. 16: Bread and Butter Band. 9 p.m. Live at Castaways. FREE. 2707205 Dec. 31: New Years Eve Bingo Special 6:30 p.m. at Beachside Bingo. Double Payouts on all hand cards, 3 extra $1000 games, food provided by MWR and more. 2707204. Dec. 31: New Years Eve Bash featuring Lift 9 p.m. Live at Castaways. FREE. 270-7205 Dec. 31: New Years Eve at Mayport Bowling Center. 9:30 p.m.-12:30 a.m. $15 per adult, $10 per child ages 9-4, chil dren 3 and under free. Enjoy bowling, music, prizes, snacks, and more. Reservations Required. MWRDec. 1: Registration Opens for Jingle Bell Winter Camp. Open for children in Kindergarten through age 12. First Session: Dec. 19-23. Second Session: Dec. 27-30. (904) 270-5680 or (904) 270-5421 Dec. 1: Last Day for Youth Basketball Registration. Open to military, DOD and civil ians children ages 5-15 (age determined as of Jan. 1, 2012). Registration can be done at the Youth Center Mon.-Fri. 11:30 a.m.-6:30 p.m. For more information, please call (904) 2705680 or email the Youth Sports Coordinator at victor.e.miller@navy.mil. Dec. 4: Bowling Family Fun Night. 4-7 p.m. at Mayport Bowling Center. Cost is $10 per person and includes spaghetti dinner, All-You-Can Bowl with shoes, music videos, light show and colored headpin bowling for prizes. 270-5377 Dec. 8: Magical Christmas: 6:30-8:30 p.m. at Sea Otter Pavilion. Childrens games and crafts, Kids Performances and a Special Appearance by Santa. 270-5680 Dec. 9: Teen Center Presents The Grinch. 4 p.m. at the Teen Center. Tickets cost $3; includes play, spaghetti dinner, bread and drink. Tickets must be purchased by Dec. 6. 246-0347. Dec. 16: Teen Holiday Party & Movie Night. 4:30-11 pm at the Teen Center. Enjoy a cook ie station, art station, Christmas challenges from 4:30-6:30 p.m. fol lowed by a holiday movie. 246-0347 Dec. 20: Teens on the Go: Avenues Mall Christmas Shopping 1:30-6 p.m. Permission slip required. Bring money for shopping. 2460347 Dec. 21: Youth & Teen Cosmic Bowling Trip 1-3:30 p.m. Two games for $4. Bring extra money for snack bar. Permission slip required. 270-5680. Dec. 28: Youth & Teen Cosmic Bowling Trip 1-3:30 p.m. Two games for $4. Bring extra money for snack bar. Permission slip required. 270-5680. Dec. 31: New Years Eve at Mayport Bowling Center 9:30 p.m.-12:30 a.m. $15 per adult, $10 per child ages 9-4, chil dren 3 and under free. Enjoy bowling, music, prizes, snacks, and more. Reservations Required. 270-5377 KID ONR Rope Ascender Featured In Modern Marvels TV EpisodeFrom Office of Naval Research Corporate CommunicationsThe History Channel featured an Office of Naval Research (ONR)sponsored device that could help Sailors and Marines scale walls like Batman during its Modern Marvels show Nov. 28. Funded by ONRs TechSolutions pro gram, the Powered Rope Ascender was originally designed for use by sol diers in urban combat and cave exploration. The handheld climbing tool allows warfighters to ascend and descend verti cal surfaces quickly, at a rate of six feet per second. As ONRs rapidresponse science and technology program, TechSolutions funded the project to create a next-generation system for naval operations. The resulting technology, which is more compact and runs on a recharge able battery, can assist maritime security teams in boarding ships and help helicopter rescue crews evacuate casualties, among other applications. The Ascender was spot lighted during a Modern Marvels episode called Weird Machines. Modern Marvels airs on the History Channel on Monday nights. Check local listings for show times. ONR provides the science and technology necessary to maintain the Navy and Marine Corps technological advantage. Through its affiliates, ONR is a leader in sci ence and technology with engagement in 50 states, 70 countries, 1,035 insti tutions of higher learn ing and 914 industry partners. ONR employs approximately 1,400 people, comprising uni formed, civilian and contract personnel, with additional employees at the Naval Research Lab in Washington, D.C. 12 THE MIRROR NS MAYPORT, Thursday, December 1, 2011

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The following activities target single or unaccompanied Sailors. For more information, call 2707788/89 or stop by the Mayport Liberty Center and pick up the month ly activity calendar with a complete listing of all upcoming Liberty events. Dec. 1: Command Break-In. Look for us at Barracks 1586 and 1587 dropping off goodies. Dec. 1: Free Pre-Leave Vehicle Inspection at the Auto Skills Center. Dec. 1-15 from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Before you head home on leave, stop by the Auto Skills Center for a vehicle inspection. Call ahead for an appointment. 270-5392 Dec. 2: Avenues Mall & Movie Trip. Van departs Liberty Center at 5 p.m. Cost $5. Dec. 3: Xtreme Bowling. 8 p.m. to Midnight every Saturday at Mayport Bowling Center. $10 include 2 hours of black light bowl ing, shoe rental, priz es and dazzling laser light show. 270-5377 Dec. 3: 54th USO PAL Day Enjoy all the attrac tions of St. Augustine for FREE! Van Departs Liberty Center 9 a.m. Dec. 4: Paintball. Van departs Liberty Center at 8 a.m. Cost $5 (includes paintballs, gear and trans portation) Dec. 4: NFL Sunday Special. Every Sunday at Windy Harbor Golf Club. Play 18 holes with a cart for just $20. Offer only valid after 12 p.m. 270-5380 Dec. 5: Jacksonville Jaguars vs. San Diego Chargers Van Departs Liberty Center 6:30 p.m. Cost $5. Dec. 6: Remember Pearl Harbor 5k Walk/ 10K Run 8 a.m. in front of the gym. Dec. 6: WWE Smackdown FREE! (Must wear uniform.) Van Departs Liberty Center 5:30 p.m. Dec. 7: Military Appreciation Day every Wednesday at Windy Harbor Golf Club.18 Holes and a Cart Only $15. Offer open to DOD, active duty, retired, and military dependents (Must provide proper ID) Dec. 7: Chicken Wednesdays. Every Wednesday, 11 a.m.2 p.m., at Focsle Lounge. Enjoy a twopiece fried chicken plate with two sides for only $7.00. 270-5431 Dec. 8: Avenues Mall Trip. Van departs 4 p.m. Transportation Only. FREE Dec. 9: Ping Pong Tournament. 5 p.m. at Liberty Center. Dec. 10: Army Navy Football Party. Free tailgating. Flag football behind the gym. 12:30 p.m. Mayport vs. Army. 1:30 p.m. NAS JAX vs. Army. Army vs. Navy College Football Game at 2:30 p.m. at Beachside Community Center. 2705451. Dec. 10: UFC 140: Jones vs. Machida 9 p.m. at Castaways. FREE Dec. 11: Jacksonville Jaguars vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers Van Departs Liberty Center 11 a.m. Cost $5. Dec. 14: All-Hands Steak Night. 4-7 p.m. at Focsle CPO Club. Cost is $10 per person. Purchase tickets in advance; lim ited tickets available at the door. Sponsored by MWR A-Team. For tick ets, call (904) 270-5228. Dec. 14: Windy Harbor Balloon Sale & Open House. Stop by Windy Harbor Golf Club and choose a free balloon containing discounts at our pro shop from 5%-50%. Snacks and bev erages will be served. 2705380 Dec. 14: Just For Fun Wednesdays. Every Wednesday at Mayport Bowling Center. Its not about how good you bowl, its about how much fun you can have! $1 Colormania Bowling, drink specials, request your favorite music all day long and more. 270-5733 Dec. 15: St. Johns Town Center Trip. Van departs 4 p.m. Transportation Only. FREE Dec. 16: St. Augustine Amphitheater Trip Enjoy ice skating, sleigh rides, ice slides & more. Please bring cash. Van Departs Liberty Center 4 p.m. FREE Dec. 16: Xtreme Bowling. 8 p.m. to Midnight every Friday at Mayport Bowling Center. $10 include 2 hours of black light bowling, shoe rental, prizes and dazzling laser light show. 270-5377 Dec. 16: Bread and Butter Band. 9 p.m. Live at Castaways. FREE. 270-7205 Dec. 17-18: Holiday Matsuri Convention in Orlando. Convention includes video games, anime, sci-fi, celeb rity guests & more. Cost is $50; includes hotel & convention ticket. Van departs Liberty Center at 7 a.m. Dec. 17-18: Universal Studios Island of Adventure Trip Cost is $65; includes hotel & theme park ticket. Van departs Liberty Center at 7 a.m. Dec. 20: Chess Tournament. 6 p.m. at Liberty Center. Dec. 22: Ping Pong Tournament. 5 p.m. at Liberty Center. LIBERTY Underwood, FRCSE Split Gold -Photos courtesy of MWRFRCSE Gold took first place in the Captains Cup 3 V 3 Soccer league and pushed to win the playoffs but fell short as they went head to head in the playoffs against the USS Underwood. Playoffs began with PSD Indomitable Lions beating FRCSE Fireshots 6-3. USS Underwood took on COMUSNAVSO Recruit FC beating them in a close 4-3 game. FRCSE Gold took on the Indomitable lions in a tight 10-9 game moving on to the finals against USS Underwood. USS Underwood came out strong in the final game of the playoffs to beat the FRCSE Gold 8-4 and take the Playoff Championship. Pictured above, FRCSE soccert team and left, USS Underwood soccer team.MWR Fun Run Shirts Become Motivation Tool From CSD From MWRTo help promote good health and fitness, Naval Station Mayport hosts a monthly Fun Run on the second Tuesday of each month beginning at 8:10 a.m.. MWR gives t-shirts to the runners. Senior Chief Sonar Technician Surface (SW) Cecil Bazley and Fire Controlman 1st Class (SW) Zachary Dunavant have been participating in the runs for more than a year. Their enthusiasm and pride have brought a new view on the runs. Dunavant and Bazley have created a run wall at the command that show cases the Part of Center For Security Forces mission statement says to produce physically fit Sailors. The base Fun Run gives us, as instructors, a chance to par ticipate in physical training in a fun way, Dunavant said about the wall display. As a health and wellness committee, we challenged the command to come up with fun ways for us to stay physically fit. We came up with the shirt wall to show to our students our commitment and pride in our mission statement as well as physical fitness. -Photos courtesy of MWRFire Controlman 1st Class (SW) Zachary Dunavant and Senior Chief Sonar Technician Surface (SW) Cecil Bazleystand in front of their Fun Run Wall at Center for Security Forces at NS Mayport. Fun Runs are held ever 2nd Tuesday of the month at the Gym. THE MIRROR NS MAYPORT, Thursday, December 1, 2011 13



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Mayports Top Sailor-Photo by MC1 William TownsendNavy Counselor 1st Class (SW) Jonathan Dingler is presented a plaque by NS Mayport Commanding Officer, Capt. Doug Cochrane, after being named NS Mayport Sailor of the Year. Dingler also won the Sailor of the Year for Commander, Navy Region Southeast. He will go up against Sailors throughout Commander, Navy Installations Command later this year.New Captain For CarneyFrom USS CarneySailors assembled on the flight deck just after morning colors aboard guided-missile destroyer USS Carney (DDG 64) on Nov. 23 to participate in the time-honored tradi tion of a change of com mand ceremony. The ceremony was held pier side during a port visit to Manama, Bahrain. Cmdr. Richard Field was relieved by Cmdr. Marc Boran as commanding officer of USS Carney (DDG 64). Capt. Edward Cashman, Commodore of Destroyer Squadron 50, was the special guest for the cer emony. Cashman gave Cdr. Field the Meritorious Service Medal for his exceptional performance and dedication to duties as the commanding offi cer of USS Carney (DDG 64). After 15 months of command, Field reflected on the many accomplish ments of Carney as an integral player in NATOs complex and demanding anti-piracy mission. He spoke of Carneys new NATO nickname, police men of the IRTC, with great pride and honor in his voice. He emphasized that Carney is a very special ship with a special crew, with camaraderie like no other destroyer in the fleet. Carneys Sailors were proud to honor their outgoing Captain and welcome the new Captain in this special ceremony. Field will report to OPNAV in Arlington, Va., for his next assignment. Boran left his most recent post at Personel Command in Millington to assume command of Carney. Boran expressed his appreciation for a thorough turnover and such a warm welcome when he arrived to the ship. He also expressed his enthusiasm about leading the sailors of USS Carney. I am privileged to be able to accept command of Carney and to be able to lead this team of hard working profes sional sailors through the many challenges that lay ahead, said Boran. Carney is currently deployed as part of the Standing NATO Maritime Group, participating in Operation Ocean Shield in the Fifth Fleet area of responsibility. Special Duty Pay Rates ChangeFrom Navy Personnel Command Public AffairsA Navy message released Nov. 22 announced revi sions in special duty assignment pay (SDAP). NAVADMIN 356/11 lists updated SDAP levels for active-duty and Reserve component full-time support and qualified select ed Reserve Sailors on active duty. Increases to existing SDAP levels are effective immediately and reductions are effective 60 days from release of NAVADMIN 356/11. Sailors whose SDAP will be eliminated will receive half of their pre vious SDAP entitlement for 12 months, or until the Sailor completes the tour, whichever comes first. The SDAP pro gram is an incentive pay ranging from $75 to $450 a month used to entice qualified Sailors to serve in designated billets that are considered extremely difficult or entail ardu ous duty. Program levels change to reflect the cur rent environment associ ated with each billet and to sustain adequate man ning levels. In order to qualify for SDAP, Sailors must be assigned to and work ing in a valid billet on the Command Manpower Authorization Listing. This billet must be authorized by the Bureau of Naval Personnel as a special duty assignment billet. Commands hold ing SDAP billets are required to complete an annual recertifica tion. NAVADMIN 356/11 supersedes previously released SDAP rates. More than 25,000 Sailors currently receive SDAP. Sailors can read OPNAVINST 1160.6 and talk with their command career counselor to learn more about SDAP.Photo courtesy of USS CarneyCmdr. Marc Boran, incoming commanding officer of USS Carney, Cmdr. Richard Field, outgoing commanding officer, and Capt. Edward Cashman, Commodore of Destroyer Squadron 50, salute during the parading of the flags at the ships change of command ceremony in the port of Manama, Bahrain. Mayport Is Flag Football ChampionRaccoon Watch At NS MayportFrom StaffNaval Station Mayport Wildlife is warning base residents to use precau tion and be aware of their surroundings after two raccoons were caught and killed this weekend on the base. The raccoons exhibited signs of rabies, but were disposed of before tests could be completed. As a precaution, pet owners should use cau tion with their animals and be certain that each has received current rabies immunization shots from a licensed veterinarian. According to The Humane Society, rac coons are one of four wild animals (along with the fox, skunk, and bat) con sidered primary carriers of the rabies virus in the United States. If you see a raccoon in your yard during the day, dont panic its perfectly normal for raccoons to be active throughout the day. Key in on the behavior of the raccoon before calling for assistance. Look for: to noise or nearby move ment. or mouth; watery-looking face. If you find a raccoon exhibiting any of these signs call 219-2178.-Photo by Paige GnannSome of the Naval Station Mayports Mayport Gold flag football team members stand with NS Mayport Commanding Officer, Capt. Doug Cochrane, and HSL-46 CMC, CMDCM Jeff Owejan, after winning the TriBase Flag Football Classic championship for the third consecutive year. The annual tournament was hosted by NAS Jacksonville for all commands in the tri-base region and included teams from Mayport, Jax, Kings Bay and NAS Key West. Mayport Gold went 4-0, beating NAS Jacksonville in the championship for the third straight year. 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2 THE MIRROR, NS MAYPORT, Thursday, December 1, 2011 Command Chaplain Lt. Cmdr. Jerome Cayangyang Roman Catholic Mass Sunday 9 a.m. Monday-Thursday 11:30 a.m. Confessions: before & after mass or upon request CCD & RCIA: Sunday 10:30 a.m. Baptisms 3rd Sunday of month Protestant Worship Sunday 10:30 a.m. Sunday school 9:15 a.m. Choir: Wednesday 7 p.m. Baptism: For information contact your chaplain Womens Bible Study Wednesday 10 a.m. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints Family Home Evening Social Wednesday 7 p.m. For more information or other worship opportunities and religious organizations in Jacksonville, call 270-5212. The Mirror The Mirror The Mirror For students anticipating graduation in June 2012, today marks the first day they can go online to complete the application for the Bright Futures Scholarships and other state loans and grants. Go to www. FloridaStudentFinancialAid. org, select State Grants, Scholarships & Applications and then select Apply Here. The completion of the Initial Student Florida Financial Aid Application gives the Florida Department of Education per mission to evaluate the stu dents high school transcript and test scores for eligibility for state scholarships and grants. General eligibility require ments include the following: U.S. citizen or eligible non-cit izen. degree at an eligible Florida postsecondary institution. ship funds within three years of high school graduation (Unless enlist directly in the military after high school graduation. Then the three-year period begins upon date of separation from active duty.). or have pled not contest to a felony charge. non-remedial semester credit hours. A major change to this years process is the submis sion of a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). This is now a REQUIREMENT for Bright Futures eligibility. Up until now, the FAFSA was required for any federal finan work-study. Florida has now joined several states and many school financial aid programs which require the FAFSA. The online Florida Financial Aid Application is a self-report ed document. The student can use his transcript from last June to complete the application. All information will be verified when the district uploads his first semester grades and courses in January of 2012. However, families sometimes need addi tional help when completing a FAFSA for the first time. To get help with the ins and outs of completing the FAFSA, plan to attend the Aid, scheduled for January 26th in the new CDC (off Assisi), Building 2287 from 6:00 pm 8:00 pm. The speaker Clarence Richardson is a retired US Navy Lt. Commander and enroll ment specialist for FSCJ. He is of financial aid. Andrea Reese, Military OneSource consultant, will present the military side of financial aid, and I will provide additional information on the available Florida Financial Aid Application. In the meantime, go online to www. FloridaStudentFinancialAid.org for additional information on the Bright Futures Application. Starting with the 2011-2012 high school graduates, more community service hours will be required for the scholar ships. Learn how to create a Number) online. This year the state will not be sending acceptance letters by mail so it is important for students to know how to check the status of their application and award online. Funding for the scholar ship does not begin until the fall term following high school graduation. Scholarship recipients are not eligible for funding during the summer term immediately following high school graduation. The academic year begins in the fall and ends in the summer. Summer disbursements are only made if funds are available. You can check the website each year for summer funding information. Judy Cromartie is the School Liaison Officer for NS Mayport. If you have questions about this article or concerns about an educational issue impacting your child, she can be reached via email at judith.cromartie@ navy.mil or by phone at (904) 270-6289 X1305 [office] or (904) 219-3894 [cell]. Or you can schedule a meeting with her in her office in Building One.Florida Bright Futures Online Application Opens Today KNOWINGJudy Cromartie School Liaison Officer 1Chronicles 16:34 Oh, give thanks to the LORD, for He is good! For His mercy endures forever. Its that time of year again, time for the holi days. We begin with Thanksgiving, followed by Christmas, then a new year when we make a resolution, which is usually followed by the breaking of our resolution. But lets begin with Thanksgiving. As a kid I loved Thanksgiving, probably because we got out of school early and it meant that Christmas was just around the corner, but I also loved the fact that all of my mothers brothers and sisters and about 20 first cousins would gath er for a night of laugh ter, games and feasting. Oh yeah, us kids would also draw names for our Christmas gathering. Throughout the years, the Thanksgiving and Christmas gatherings dont happen as often as they did when I was a kid. All the cousins have grown up and have fami lies of their own, some have moved away, a few family members have passed away, but we still try and gather everyone we can from time to time. And, we all still have our wonderful memories of those holidays past and for that I am truly Thankful. What are you thankful for this holiday season? Many may feel there is nothing to be thankful for. There is no doubt that times seem to be much more difficult right now, but that doesnt mean there arent still things to be grateful for. I am grateful for such wonderful memories of family gatherings. I am thankful that I get to gather with family and friends this Thanksgiving for the first time in four years. I am thankful that God has allowed me to work in a career where I can help people who are going through a tough time. I am thankful for the people in my life, past, pres ent, and future that God has blessed and will bless me with knowing. I am thankful for those difficult times in life, because I learned that God never left me and always blessed me through my adversities. What are you thankful for? If you are struggling this holiday season keep this quote in mind, Can you see the holiness in those things you take for grant ed a paved road or a washing machine? If you concentrate on finding what is good in every situation, you will discover that your life will suddenly be filled with gratitude, a feeling that nurtures the soul. Rabbi Harold Kushner May God bless you and keep you, and may you always have a thankful heart. Lt. Karen Rector Surface Force Ministry Center CHAPLAINSThanksgiving Reminds Us To Be Grateful Reading Lists Promote Personal, Professional GrowthAmerican Forces Press ServiceLegend has it that with a copy of The Iliad, Homers epic tale set during the Trojan War, under his pillow. Almost 2,500 years later, professional read ing remains an important part of the military cul ture. Every service, most professional military schools and an increas ing number of geographic and combatant com mands offer up reading programs and reading lists as part of their pro fessional development efforts. In fact, many have multiple reading lists, aimed at different groups within the military at different ranks and stages of their careers. Navy Adm. James G. Stavridis, commander of U.S. European Command and NATOs supreme allied commander for Europe, recently took this initiative to a new level with an online video encouraging all of his command to check out the Eucom reading list. The list is divided into sections with books about different phases of European history, culture and languages, as well as works of literary fiction that provide insight into European culture. This reading list is your gateway to really under standing the sea in which you swim when you are part of U.S. European Command, Stavridis said in his video. I would say, if you want to help us be stronger together, spend a little time on the U.S. European Command reading list. Stavridis, a voracious reader who majored in English at the U.S. Naval Academy, is a trailblaz er in using a video to emphasize the impor tance of off-duty professional reading. And by encouraging all members of his command to par ticipate -not just senior officers and non-commissioned officers -hes part of a growing chorus of military leaders who promote reading as a route to professional and personal growth. The Army chief of staffs professional reading list, titles that provoke criti cal thinking about professional soldiering and the role of land power. It also encourages analysis of the past to provide a better understanding of todays Army and the future of the profession of arms. Army Gen. Martin E. Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, shared his own recommended reading list while he served as the Army chief of staff. Dempsey always has been a soldier-schol ar, earning a masters degree in English at Duke University and teaching English at the U.S. Military N.Y. So its not surprising that, in addition to vol umes on the art of war fare and specific military engagements, he encour aged Army leaders to read books that provide insight into broader issues such as geopolitics and global ization. Similarly, the chief of naval operations read ing list includes history, fiction, inspirational and patriotic titles, as well as classics on military strat egy and theory. According site, selected volumes are designed to provide readers a deeper understand ing and appreciation for naval heritage, the pro fession of arms and the which they operate. The Air Force chief of staff reading list consists of 14 books divided into three categories: leader military heritage. Titles are selected to inform readers about Air Force history, analyze ongo ing conflicts and their relevancy to the future, inspire readers with suc cess stories and provide lessons learned from conflicts. In the same vein, the Marine Corps com mandants reading list is developed to enrich readers knowledge and understanding of war. As of July 8, every Marine is required to read First to Fight: An Insider View of the U.S. Marine Corps, by retired Marine Lt. Gen. Victor H. Krulak. In addi tion, by regulation, every Marine is required to read a minimum of one book per grade per year. A new reading list, called the Sergeant Major of the Marine Corps Library, includes 54 titles selected to capture the Corps history, culture and evolution. The list, developed by Sgt. Maj. of the Marine Corps Michael Barrett in cooperation with the Marine Corps Association, includes almost two dozen books on Marine Corps Commandant Gen. James F. Amos professional reading list. But it also features books about pro fessionalism, sacrifice and camaraderie in the face of challenge throughout history. 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The U.S. Pacific Command commander has a reading list to pro mote an understanding of and appreciation for key countries and issues in the region. The selections provide historical context and insight into Willards five strategic focus areas: allies and partners; transnational threats; and China, North Korea and India. The militarys appreciation of reading is not new. Sir William Francis Butler, the 19th-century British lieutenant gen eral, recognized the importance of an enlight ened military force. The nation that will insist upon drawing a broad line of demarcation between the fighting man and the thinking man is liable to find its fight ing done by fools and its thinking by cowards, he noted. John Adams shared Butlers sentiment as he helped found the U.S. Military Academy in 1802. Adams encouraged military officers to tap into the great source of information found in an active reading program. Before assuming his post at Eucom in 2009, Stravridis said his foundation in English and literature has made him a bet ter communicator, analyst and leader. Every day I wrote something and commu nicated to my team; every day I had to analyze problems, most often regard ing human personality; and every day I used what I learned as a leader, he told a U.S. Naval Institute blogger. Stavridis said his read ing gave him insights into the complexi ties of the world and its people military leaders must understand. What I discovered reading Hemingway, Shakespeare, Dostoyevsky, Faulkner, Updike, Forester, McCarthy and countless other authors shaped my world view and honed my understanding of the most complex terrain in the world: the human heart.SpiceFrom Page 2New Online Portal For DoD BeneficiariesAmerican Forces Press ServiceA range of informa tion about Defense Department benefits information and eligi bility is now available online, the director of the Defense Manpower Data Center said yesterday. Two new online efforts milConnect and eCor respondence give ben eficiaries 24/7 access to personnel information; the ability to update information related to health, education and other ben efits; and e-mail notifications about changes in benefits, Mary Dixon told American Forces Press Service. At the Defense Manpower Data Center, one of our many respon sibilities is to be the interface with beneficiaries, especially on benefits and eligibility for benefits, Dixon said. MilConnect, avail able online and through a mobile application for the Android smart phone, was known for a year as the mydodbenefits web site. The revamped mil Connect site is available online, around-the-clock, to all DOD beneficiaries and their spouses and children age 18 or older. Users can sign on in several ways, Dixon said. Anyone who has a common access card, a Defense Finance and Accounting Services myPay account logon, or a DOD Self-Service or DS logon can sign in on the MilConnect website, or apply at the site for a DS logon. MilConnect informa tion comes from the Defense Enrollment Eligibility System called DEERS. Eligible users are active duty, National Guard and Reserve members; and military retirees, spouses and eligible fam ily members age 18 and older. Sponsors can view information about all dependents listed in DEERS but eligible dependents can see only their own information, unless accommodations are made for spouse, legal guardian or caregiver access. Beneficiaries who use milConnect, Dixon said, can update DEERS con tact information, manage health care enrollments, locate the nearest military ID card issuing facility, view personnel informa tion, transfer education benefits to eligible family members, view group life insurance information, and manage other infor mation. Army National Guard, Air Force Reserve and Air National Guard can update civilian employ ment information. The mobile applica tion works today on Android phones, but Dixon said her center is in the process of making MilConnect available for iPhones and other smart phones and mobile devices. The smart phone app lets users find sites for the Real-time Automated Personnel Identification System called RAPIDS, where military members receive new ID cards, military treatment facili ties, and contact information for Tricare regional offices. Related to milConnect, Dixon said, is an initiative called eCorrespondence that will use e-mail noti fications of changes in benefits rather than postal service letters for activeduty service members and National Guard and Reserve service members on periods of active duty. E-mail notifications will be sent to the e-mail address associated with a service members com mon access card, Dixon said. Beginning this month, service members will receive e-mail notifi cations of a change in Tricare primary-care manager, of potential eli gibility changes when a child turns 21 or 23, and of the ability to view or print a Tricare enrollment card and welcome letter after enrollment into a Tricare medical or dental program. The e-mail notifications will refer service mem bers to the milConnect web portal. Service members will be able to check Tricare eligibility and information through the MilConnect portal, whether or not they receive an e-mail notification. Dixon said service members also can opt out of the e-mail notifications. Were hoping to con tinue to expand both the things that we let you know by e-mail ... and to expand to other kinds of benefits changes and to additional populations, she said, including retir ees. Its a little bit hard with retirees because we dont necessarily know their e-mail addresses, she added. But thats some thing they can enter into the system on milCon nect. From StaffNaval Officers Spouses Association (NOSA) has partnered with United Sevicemembers Organization (USO) in sponsoring a fundraising event with shopping, local artist, vendors and childrens activities at the Mayport USO on Saturday, Dec. 3. The event will be held from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. Free pictures with Santa will be taken from 10 a.m. until 1 p.m. All NOSA proceeds will be donated to the USO to help support holiday programs for local servicemembers and their families. The Mayport USO is located at 2560 Mayport Rd., Atlantic Beach. Space available for interested vendors: For more information and details, contact Jennifer Wilsnack at jenniffer.wilsnack@gmail.com. Families Can Get Free Photos With Santa At NOSA Bazaar Catholic Charities USA1-800-919-9338 www.CatholicCharitiesUSA.orgA CFC participant. Provided as a public service THE MIRROR NS MAYPORT, Thursday, December 1, 2011 3

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4 THE MIRROR, NS MAYPORT, Thursday, December 1, 2011 Vicksburg Families Spend Day At Sea USS Vicksburg hosts a breakfast and coffee in the hangar as the ship heads off the coast of Mayport. The Mirror editorFriends and families of USS Vicksburg (CG 69) got the oppor tunity to experience a day in the life of their Sailor while underway with the ship during a Friends and Family Day Cruise on Nov. 18. The ship sailed approximately 40 miles off the coast of Mayport to give guests a chance to watch the Close-in Weapons System (CIWS) and the 5-inch guns. It also gave guests a chance to see how their Sailors cope in all kinds of weather. Its not all blue skys and calm waves during a day at sea and that held true for the Family Day Cruise. With six to eight-foot waves rocking the cruiser, families got a chance to experience one of the harder parts of being a Sailor. I think this is a great opportu nity for the friends and family of Vicksburg Sailors, said Barbara Bartley, wife of Lt. Joe Bartley. They get to see the ship and see what their spouse or significant other or their kidsto see what they do every day. Its great. I think its important to support your family. The day was filled with activities such as a tour of the main areas of the ship, including the bridge. There was a Visit, Board, Search and Seizure (VBSS) and Damage -Photos by Paige GnannAn SH-60B Seahawk helicopter performs flight maneuvers for the friends and families of USS Vicksburg crewmembers during a recent Family Day Cruise.SeeVicksburg, Page 5Families and friends watch a CIWS demonstration dur ing the family day cruise. Lt.j.g. Fred Buckley points out different parts of the Mayport basin as Vicksburg pulls out early Nov. 18. Family members brace against the high winds as the ship sails out to open waters. An overcast day with choppy waters showed family members and friends how their Sailors work in all types of weather. Cryptologic Technician Maintenance 2nd Class Christopher Fruth talks with his wife, Lindsey, and her parents Babs and Jeff Josefyk. Boatswains Mate 2nd Class SW) Alfred Martinez rigs the pilot ladder as the ship pulls out for a day with family.

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THE MIRROR NS MAYPORT, Thursday, December 1, 2011 5 Control exhibit, and a chance for everyone to enjoy lunch in the mess decks. This is my first time out and its beautiful out here, said Ramona McCall, mother-in-law of Gas Turbine System Technician Electrical 2nd Class Michael White. Ive asked him questions [about being a Sailor]. Now Ill be able to understand it better. This really gives me a better appreciation of the Navy now.VicksburgFrom Page 4Operations Specialist 3rd Class Lawrence Nichols, wife Tailyn and Jeremy Fisher sit topside during the ships family day cruise. Friends and family members check on board USS Vicksburg for its family day cruise. Operations Specialist 3rd Class Michael Brucato, standing, talks with Logisitics Specialist 2nd Class Joshua Jones, Melanie Stars and Karolina Brucato, left. Sonar Technician Surface 2nd Class (SW) Lance Vanderpool talks with his dad, George, on the flight deck. Lt. Joe Bartley and his wife Barbara enjoy the cool breeze off the bridge area of the ship. Sonar Technician Surface Seaman Karel Moyer enjoys time with his guest, his wife Jess. Boatswains Mate 3rd Class Anquahn Williams and Damage Controlman 1st Class (SW/AW) Gary Lee help Williams 12-year-old brother Curtis into firefighting gear during a damage control display on the ship. Sailors and families look over the Visit, Board, Search and Seizure (VBSS) gear during a VBSS display. Ensign Dustin Roberts, second to left, stands with his guests, from left Jay Miller, dad Major George Roberts,Wayne Lind and girlfriend Jayme Miller. Ensign Fitzgerald reenlists Boatswains Mate 2nd Class Siegrist as friends and family members of USS Vicksburg watch the event. Zack Ursulean, 12, puts together shells from the CIWS.

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Farragut Spotlighted On Veterans Day Special USS Farragut Public AffairsVeterans Day is a day that our country honors those who have served in our military; many differ ent companies and indi viduals have gone out of their way to honor current and former service mem bers. USS Farragut and her officers and Sailors were showcased by HLN (formerly CNN Headline News) over Veterans Day weekend. The pro duction crew and HLN Morning Express host Robin Meade visited the ship about a month ago to bring attention to life aboard a Navy destroyer to be televised in their Salute to Troops: Stories of Courage special. Meade and her crew were escorted through out Farragut by the for mer Commanding Officer, Cmdr. William Daly, and visited various spaces to get a better idea of how US Navy sailors live day to day and experience the jobs they do to sup port the Navys mission. Farragut sailors explained different duties, such as how the ship is driven, the type of weapons sys tems used on the ship, and where Sailors eat and sleep while out to sea and on duty. Farraguts Visit Board Search and Seizure (VBSS) team was also interviewed by Meade. Im proud to show the public what we do to keep the world safe from piracy; it is impor tant they know we are out there risking our lives in order to save theirs said Master-at-Arms 1st Class Dan Fuentes. Meade and her crew were exceptional guests while on Farragut. The Sailors were impressed by the support and genu ine care the crew showed them. I couldnt believe how genuinely nice she was; she asked me where I was from and thanked me for the job we do, and gave me a big hug! exclaimed Sonar Technician 3rd Class Sarah Gladstone, who was also interviewed for a shout out to her hus band, who is currently deployed overseas. USS Farragut is cur rently participating in its basic training cycle and is home ported in Mayport, Florida as part of Destroyer Squadron 14. For a video clip of the HLN visit on USS Farragut, go to http:// www.hlntv.com/ video/2011/11/09/navaldestroyer-uss-farragut. -Photo courtesy of USS FarragutMaster-at-Arms 1st Class (SW) Dan Fuentes explains maritime Interdiction Operations (MIO) to HLNs Robin Meade during the filming of Salute to Heroes: Stories of Courage.Thursday, Dec. 1 The Mayport Coastal Sciences Middle School PTA will host the annual spaghetti dinner at the school from 6-8 p.m. The Band will be performing and the cheerlead ers will be cheering! We will also be conduct ing a silent auction with many wonderful items donated from local busi nesses such as Casa Marina Hotel and Poes Tavern as well as El Conquistador speedboat tour from St. Augustine and the Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens. Tickets are $5.00 per person (or a family of four for $15.00) and can be purchased at the school during lunch hours starting Nov. 21-30. Tickets will be $8 per person at the door. Saturday, Dec. 3 Growing Farm Profits workshop is designed for individuals who are interested in small-scale or urban agricultural production. This course is open to interested citi zens, new or aspiring farmers, rural or urban landowners, small farm ers and farm families looking for new ideas. The topics included developing a business plan for your operation, marketing, financial considerations and regulations for selling products in Florida. The work shop will be held from 8:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. at Duval County Extension Office, 1010 N. McDuff Ave. Cost is $20, includes snacks and lunch. Online registration and pay ment is http://growingprofits.eventbrite.com. For more information contact Marice Hague at UNF Small Business Development Center @ 620-2476 or mhague@ unf.edu Join a Park Ranger at 2 p.m. for a leisurely paced hike to discover the islands natural com munities. Participants are encouraged to bring bug spray and bottled water. The program will take place at the multiuse trail pavilion located at the south beach area on Little Talbot Island. No reservations are nec essary and the program is free with regular park admission. Sunday, Dec. 4 Christmas Rememberedthe St. Augustine Garden Clubs 43rd Annual Christmas Tour of Homes: noon-5 p.m. Tickets: $20 if pur chased prior to day of Tour. $25 day of event, if still available. Tea and cookies (included) and shopping at the bou tique beginning at 1pm at Memorial Presbyterian Church, 36 Sevilla St., St. Augustine, Florida. Walk to nearby homes on tour, or hop on courtesy red train. 904 826 0024 phone for credit card ticket purchases, Please see web site: www.gardenclubof staugustine.org for addi tional information. Click on Tour. Out in Town COMMUNITYCALENDAR 6 THE MIRROR, NS MAYPORT, Thursday, December 1, 2011

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Frocked SH1 Willie Atkins, NS Mayport MA1 Nicholas Fessler, NS Mayport BM1 Jason Hibbs, NS Mayport ABH1 Terrell Jones, NS Mayport SH1 Melvin Mallety, NS Mayport EN1 Bryan Pentlin, NS Mayport MA2 Najeeb Abdullah, NS Mayport ABH2 Asif Azeez, NS Mayport ABH2 Nicole Bolden, NS Mayport CS2 Lindsey Dennett, NS Mayport BM2 Steven Dow, NS Mayport SH2 Quitin Ellis, NS Mayport AC2 Benjamin Finn, NS Mayport AC2 Casey Gray, NS Mayport MA2 Tiffany Irving, NS Mayport MA2 Alesha Kearse, NS Mayport EM2 Kerry Mathews, NS Mayport BM2 David Searles, NS Mayport MM2 Deon Singleton, NS Mayport CS2 Jose Villafane, NS Mayport AC3 Brittney Arnold, NS Mayport MA3 Jessica Billings, NS Mayport MA3 Tyler Farmer, NS Mayport YN3 Mark Hill, NS Mayport BM3 Ka Hudson, NS Mayport MA3 Harley Lowe, NS Mayport MA3 Richard Mccormack, NS Mayport MA3 Adam Myers, NS Mayport BM3 Tyler Wetterling, NS Mayport AC3 Jared Wood, NS Mayport MILESTONES -Photo by MC1 William TownsendFrockees from Naval Station Mayport stand at attention during Command Quarters before getting frocked to their next pay grade last week at the picnic area at Mayport Jetties. Have your command awards, advancements and retirements featured in The Mirror. Contact editor Paige Gnann at mayportmirror@comcast.net or call 270-7817 ext. 1012 for more information. Mayport Holiday PartyNaval Station Mayport is also selling tickets for its Winter Wonderland 2011 Holiday Party on Dec. 16 from 7-11 p.m. at Ocean Breeze Conference Center. Prizes will be given away throughout the night. ou must be present to win. Cost is $25 for E7 and above; $20 for E6; $15 for E4-E5; $10 for E1-E3; and $25 for civilians. Couple tickets will receive a $5 discount. For more information, contact RP1 Celeste Shield at celeste.shield@navy.mil. THE MIRROR NS MAYPORT, Thursday, December 1, 2011 7

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USS Samuel B. Roberts Visits Israel USS Samuel B. Roberts PAO USS Samuel B. Roberts visited the Northern Israeli city of Haifa, Nov. 15 -18, to enjoy a few days of liberty after their November 14 Suez Canal transit, which marked the fifth month point of their deployment. The crew took advan tage of many opportuni ties to tour not only Haifa, but the ancient cities of Jerusalem and Nazareth. The ships Morale, Welfare and Recreation offered two days of guided tours to the historic cities for an experience of a lifetime. It was a chance to walk and see the Old City and childhood home of Jesus. Haifa afforded the crew many chances to experi ence Israel within walk ing distance. From the pier Sailors could walk to the historic district of the German Colony and unwind with a nice meal or drink. It was nice just to get out and see some sights and eat some food, said Petty Officer Marcus Ellis, despite the raining weather we endured I was still able to enjoy the city in relaxation. In Jerusalem, Sailors toured Temple Mount, Church of the Holy Sepulchre, the Western Wall, the Garden of Gethsemane and the Mount of Olives. Lt.j.g. Wesley Kuehlthau said of the trip, The sight from the Mount of Olives at dusk was pretty over whelming. The entire city was illuminated to make an awesome sunset panoramic picture. Petty Officer Second Class Ryan Bagtas expressed how mov ing his walk was through the Church of the Holy Sepulchre saying, Just to walk in the footsteps of Jesus Christ was a surreal event. Sailors also visited Nazareth and the Sea of Galilee about an hour east of Haifa. When asked about the tour to the Biblical loca tions Chief Petty Officer Jeffrey Matus said, The tour to Nazareth and the Sea of Galilee was amaz ing. To visit places where Jesus first held mass at the Synagogue of Peter and the journey to the River Jordan where Jesus was baptized were truly hum bling. He also said, The experience at the Sea of Galilee was indescrib able. -Photo courtesy of USS Samuel B. RobertsInformation Systems Technician 2nd Class (SW) Ryan Etheridge, Lt. Mark Berglund, Israeli Police Officer, Cryptologic Technician Technical 2nd Class Alex Griffin, Sonar Technician Surface 2nd Class Justin Salem, and Fire Controlman 3rd Class Gregory Hand pose outside the Western Wall in Jerusalem, Israel. HSL-42, SBR Perform Sub PAXFER HSL-42HSL-42 Det One Yellow Bellied Sliders, currently deployed with the USS Samuel B. Roberts (FFG 58), recently had the opportunity to help out a fellow Sailor. While flying surface surveillance coordina tion, Proud Warrior 431 was called on to conduct a personnel transfer for humanitarian reasons. Having previously con ducted several passen ger transfers and medical evacuations during the deployment, the crew dismissed the idea of a rou tine event when they were informed the transfer would be from a subma rine. USS Georgia (SSGN 729) requested assistance in the transfer of a Sailor who urgently needed to return home to his family. USS Georgia was unable to leave their sta tion, so USS Samuel B. Roberts immediately began to close Georgias position at best speed. After calculating time and distance to the subma rine, it was decided that the transfer would take place the following morning in lieu of a night transfer. The crew reviewed submarine transfer pro cedures and prepared themselves to execute this unique mission. After conducting a thorough preflight brief, Proud Warrior 431 launched just after sunrise and headed toward USS Georgia. The combination of winds and sea state were not ideal for the trans fer. The course that gave the submarine the most stable deck required a downwind recovery from the starboard sail plane. The preferred recovery from the missile deck would have required a compromise between a headwind component for the helicopter and bow seas for the submarine. Unfortunately, waves crashing over the bow and the missile deck were cause for concern for the Sailors who were required to be on deck. After close coordination, the subma rine maneuvered to place the winds directly off the bow, providing a more stable deck while also providing a headwind component for the heli copter. The helicopter set up for the approach at approximately one-half mile and 200 feet. Proud Warrior 431 established a 30-foot steady hover, conned into position by the senior aircrewman, Chief Air Warfare Rescue Scott Wade. On deck below the helicopter were the Transfer Petty Officer and the passenger. Three other safety observers were on deck, next to the Dry Dock Shelter (DDS) just aft of the sail. Once in position, the junior aircrewman, Air Warfare Rescue Airman Robert Dukes, was low ered to the deck of USS Georgia. Upon arrival on deck, Dukes attached a seabag to the rescue hoist and stayed on deck to give the passenger a safety brief for the upcoming return to the Sammy B. Dukes connected him self to the hoist, and then the passenger to himself, and both were lifted off deck. Once safely inside the cabin, Proud Warrior 431 was cleared for for ward flight and departed to conduct an uneventful landing on Sammy B. -Photo courtesy of HSL-42HSL-42 Air Warfare Rescue Airman Robert Dukes is lowered to the deck of USS Georgia during a personnel transfer to USS Samuel B. Roberts. THE MIRROR NS MAYPORT, Thursday, December 1, 2011 9

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FFSC Offers Classes For Families, SailorsFrom FFSCThe following class es and activities are offered by the Fleet and Family Support Center (FFSC) and are free of charge. Pre-registration is required and childcare is not available. For more information about the classes or to register call 270-6600, ext. 1701. FFSC is located in Building One on Massey. Dec. 1, 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., How To Survive The Holidays FFSC, Room 719 Dec. 1, 1:30-3 p.m., Conflict Resolution For Women, FSC Room 702 Dec. 1, 9-11 a.m., Tottle Tyme Playgroup, USO Parents and children together meet to share parenting concerns, ideas, and fun! The group invites professionals to address specific areas of concern such as nutrition, toilet training, etc. We even take field trips sev eral times a year to local parks, museums and playgrounds. This group is designed for moms new to the area or moms who want their child to inter act with other children their childs age. All chil dren age four and below are invited to attend. Dec. 5, 8:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m., Military Spouse 101, FFSC Room 719 The Fleet and Family Support Center offers this class to military spouses new to the area, and those new to the military way of life. Guest speakers from the military and civilian communities will present useful information to help you have a pleasant tour at Naval Station Mayport. Dec. 5, 1-4 p.m., Expectant Dads Class USO This program is designed for new Dads and Moms. The program will address, investigate, and discuss issues facing fathers in todays weird world. The attendees will look at being a father in the military, on care of newborns and toddlers and how to grow with your child and become the Dad you really want to be. The program will increase the participants knowledge about child development and will also address relationship changes that accompany the birth of a child. Dec. 5, 9-11 a.m., What About The Kids? FFSC Room 702 Children who witness family violence are often forgotten as the unintended victims. A wide range of child adjustment problems has been found to be associated with expo sure to domestic violence. Parents need to see, understand the effects of domestic violence on children as encompass ing behavior, emotion, development and social ization. Parents need to understand that there is an intergenerational cycle of violence and they may be creating a legacy for their child of learned violent behavior. The pur pose of this program is not to shame parents for events that have already happened, but to instill hope that things can change. The knowledge that the violence, which many parents incorrectly believe is unseen by their children, is negatively impacting their childrens growth and development and may provide an additional motivator for end ing the violence and seeking intervention. Dec. 5-9, 7:30 a.m.4 p.m., Command Financial Specialist Training Building 1 Room 1616 Dec. 6, 8 a.m.-4 p.m., SAPR Refresher Course NAS Jax Chapel Dec. 6, 9-11 a.m., Active Parenting Now Parenting Class FFSC Room 607 Dec. 7, 8-11 a.m., SAPR Refresher Course NAS Jax Chapel Dec. 7, 8-11:30 a.m., Stress Management Wellness Center Stress is a normal part of everyones life. It can be energizing and a fac tor in motivating us. But too much stress, without relief, can have debili tating effects. This pro gram is designed to pro vide participants with an understanding of what stress is and how it affects them. It will also help participants begin to look at their own lives and ways they currently cope with stress. Participants will be challenged to develop behavior and lifestyle changes that will improve their ability to cope with stress. Dec. 7, 3-4:30 p.m., Managing Anger Group FFSC Room 702 Dec. 8, 1:30-3 p.m., Conflict Resolution For Women, FSC Room 702 Dec. 8, 9-11 a.m., Tottle Tyme Playgroup, USO Parents and children together meet to share parenting concerns, ideas, and fun! The group invites professionals to address specific areas of concern such as nutrition, toilet training, etc. We even take field trips sev eral times a year to local parks, museums and playgrounds. This group is designed for moms new to the area or moms who want their child to inter act with other children their childs age. All chil dren age four and below are invited to attend. Dec. 9, 6-9 p.m ., IA Christmas Party, Bowling Alley Dec. 12-15, 8 a.m.4 p.m., TAP Separatee Workshop Building 1, Room 1616 Dec. 12, 8:30 a.m.-noon, Career and Employment Readiness Class FFSC Room 702 Dec. 12, 1-3 p.m., Federal Employment Class, FFSC Room 702 Dec. 13, 9-11 a.m., Active Parenting Now Parenting Class FFSC Room 607 Dec. 13, 6-7 p.m., Exceptional Family Member Support Group Building 1, Room 104 Dec. 13, 8:30 a.m.-noon, Anger Management Building 1 Room 1615 What does anger do for you? Communicate for you? Keep people at a safe distance from you? Keep you in charge? For many people, anger serves them many uses, but all too often, it is at a high costusually of relationships, unhappiness in the workplace, and a general feeling of dis dain. If you want to be able to break out of the get angry/get even syn drome, come to this class. Participants learn how anger and judgment are related, about irrational beliefs and faulty self-talk, what E + R = O means, and the roles of stress and forgiveness in anger. Dec. 14, 9-11 a.m., PFM Forum, FFSC Room 719 Dec. 14, 3-4:30 p.m., Managing Anger Group FFSC Room 702 Dec. 15, 9-11 a.m., Car Buying Strategies FFSC Room 1615 Dec. 15, 1:30-3 p.m., Conflict Resolution For Women, FSC Room 702 Dec. 15, 9-11 a.m., Tottle Tyme Playgroup, USO Parents and children together meet to share parenting concerns, ideas, and fun! The group invites professionals to address specific areas of concern such as nutrition, toilet training, etc. We even take field trips sev eral times a year to local parks, museums and playgrounds. This group is designed for moms new to the area or moms who want their child to inter act with other children their childs age. All chil dren age four and below are invited to attend. Dec. 21, 3-4:30 p.m., Managing Anger Group FFSC Room 702 Dec. 22, 1:30-3 p.m., Conflict Resolution For Women, FSC Room 702 Dec. 22, 9-11 a.m., Tottle Tyme Playgroup, USO Parents and children together meet to share parenting concerns, ideas, and fun! The group invites professionals to address specific areas of concern such as nutrition, toilet training, etc. We even take field trips sev eral times a year to local parks, museums and playgrounds. This group is designed for moms new to the area or moms who want their child to inter act with other children their childs age. Dec. 27, 2-4 p.m., Relationship Communication FFSC Room 702 Dec. 28, 3-4:30 p.m., Managing Anger Group FFSC Room 702 Dec. 29, 1:30-3 p.m., Conflict Resolution For Women, FSC Room 702 Dec. 29, 9-11 a.m., Tottle Tyme Playgroup, USO Parents and children together meet to share parenting concerns, ideas, and fun! The group invites professionals to address specific areas of concern such as nutrition, toilet training, etc. We even take field trips sev eral times a year to local parks, museums and playgr ounds. This group is designed for moms new to the area or moms who want their child to inter act with other children their childs age. All chil dren age four and below are invited to attend. CNIC N913 Hosts First Webinar For FamiliesBy CNIC Public AffairsCommander, Navy Installation Commands Fleet and Family Readiness Program announces their first webinar focused directly on families. The webinar improves understanding of all Navy family readiness pro grams and increases family preparedness. This webinar will highlight the new Family Readiness Groups (FRG) Standardized Curriculum, and will include topics such as: Establishing an FRG, FRG Membership Building, Fundraising, Event Planning and Emergency Response and more! Not to replace the eight-hour Family Readiness Groups Leadership Training provided by Fleet and Family Support Centers (FFSC), its purpose is to invite attendees to preview the training and encourage attendance. The FRG webinar will be held Dec. 7 at 7 p.m. (EST). FRG members and families will need to create a webinar account by logging on to the LMS http://learning.zeiders.com and complete the form for first time users to register. Seating is limited. Note: The LMS is not compatible with AOL accounts. 10 THE MIRROR, NS MAYPORT, Thursday, December 1, 2011

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Chapel Gives Thanks With Mayport Families-Photo by MC1 William TownsendNaval Station Mayport Commanding Officer, Capt. Doug Cochrane, talks with families attending the base Chapel thanksgiving dinner on Nov. 20. Hosted by the Catholic and Protestant communities within the chapel, the dinner included traditional fare such as turkey, stuffing and dessert.Exam Readiness Reviews Offer Chiefs Unique InsightsNaval Education and Training Command Public AffairsActive duty Navy chiefs (E7 to E9) inter ested in shaping the future of the fleet should mark their calendars for the 2012 Advancement Examination Readiness Reviews (AERRs) announced Nov. 21 in Naval Administrative Message (NAVADMIN) 352-11. AERR participants serve as fleet subject matter experts (FSMEs) for their respective rat ings and review and develop E4 E7 rating advancement exams. The two-week reviews are held throughout the year with each specific rating being reviewed about every two years. The reviews are held at the Naval Education and Training Professional Development Technology Center (NETPDTC) at Saufley Field in Pensacola, Fla. Participants receive tem porary additional duty (TAD) orders from their parent command, paid for by NETPDTC. We use fleet subject matter experts (FSMEs) and draw from com mands throughout the fleet including the schoolhouses and learning cen ters to ensure the testbank questions reflect the latest technology and techniques, said Tom Updike, enlisted exam team leader at the Navy Advancement Center. The chiefs that have participated know theyre helping to develop 21st century leaders and have given us feedback that their participation has been an invaluable expe rience. Senior Chief Yeoman (AW/SCW/FMF) Julie Long, Administration department leading chief petty officer for the Blue Angels, volunteered for an upcoming AERR that takes place right after Thanksgiving. I saw the NAVADMIN announcing the exam reviews, and since we just finished our show sea son, it fit my timeline perfectly, said Long. I knew it would be great for my own professional devel opment and will help me be a better counselor. Seeing how the exam development process works and how the ques tions are chosen will give me the insight to recom mend good study habits and research methods for my Sailors. Nominations must be endorsed by the com manding officer or officer in charge, as well as the command master chief, senior chief or chief of the boat for submission to NETPDTC. Six nominees will be selected for each rating scheduled during the AERR. NETPDTC will coordinate with respec tive rating learning cen ters and community sponsors to select the best nominees. Selections of FSMEs for the AERRs will be made 45 days prior to each review and select ees will be notified by NETPDTC via e-mail. The knowledge that our fleet experts bring to the reviews provides the relevance required to construct an exam that identifies a Sailor with the right skills to select for advancement, said Master Chief Electricians Mate (SS) Jeromie Cook, NETPDTC command master chief. AERRs give chiefs a direct and tangi ble input toward shaping their community participants have a say in who their replacement will be. Additional information, including the latest AERR schedule and application details can be found in NAVADMIN 352-11. 80 800533 A CFC participant. Provided as a public service. THE MIRROR NS MAYPORT, Thursday, December 1, 2011 11

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Dec. 1: Registration Opens for Jingle Bell Winter Camp. Open for children in Kindergarten through age 12. First Session: Dec. 19-23. Second Session: Dec. 27-30. (904) 270-5680 or (904) 270-5421 Dec. 1: Free Pre-Leave Vehicle Inspection at the Auto Skills Center. Dec. 1-15 from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Before you head home on leave, stop by the Auto Skills Center for a vehicle inspection. Call ahead for an appointment. 270-5392 Dec. 1: Last Day for Youth Basketball Registration. Open to military, DOD and civil ians children ages 5-15 (age determined as of Jan. 1, 2012). Registration can be done at the Youth Center Mon.-Fri. 11:30 a.m.-6:30 p.m. For more information, please call (904) 2705680 or email the Youth Sports Coordinator at victor.e.miller@navy.mil. Dec. 3: Xtreme Bowling. 8 p.m. to Midnight every Saturday at Mayport Bowling Center. $10 include 2 hours of black light bowling, shoe rental, prizes and dazzling laser light show. 270-5377 Dec. 4: NFL Sunday Special. Every Sunday at Windy Harbor Golf Club. Play 18 holes with a cart for just $20. Offer only valid after 12 p.m. 2705380 Dec. 4: Bowling Family Fun Night. 4-7 p.m. at Mayport Bowling Center. Cost is $10 per person and includes spaghetti dinner, All-You-Can Bowl with shoes, music videos, light show and colored head pin bowling for prizes. 270-5377 Dec. 6: All Khaki Wings and Trivia Night. 3-7 p.m. every Tuesday at Focsle CPO Club with 40-cent wings, drink specials and all-you-can-drink soft drinks for $1. Trivia begins at 5:30 p.m. All Khakis welcome (Chief Petty Officers, Officers and their guests). 2705431 Dec. 6: Remember Pearl Harbor 5k Walk/ 10K Run. 8 a.m. in front of the gym. Dec. 7: Lunchtime Bingo. Every Wednesday at 11:30 a.m. at Beachside Bingo. Two $500 payouts every week. Buy two, get one free. Still only $13.00 per pack. 270-7204 Dec. 7: Military Appreciation Day every Wednesday at Windy Harbor Golf Club.18 Holes and a Cart Only $15. Offer open to DOD, active duty, retired, and military dependents (Must provide proper ID) Dec. 7: Chicken Wednesdays. Every Wednesday, 11 a.m.-2 p.m., at Focsle Lounge. Enjoy a two-piece fried chicken plate with two sides for only $7.00. 2705431 Dec. 8: Magical Christmas: 6:30-8:30 p.m. at Sea Otter Pavilion. Childrens games and crafts, Kids Performances and a Special Appearance by Santa. 270-5680 Dec. 9: Teen Center Presents The Grinch. 4 p.m. at the Teen Center. Tickets cost $3; includes play, spaghetti dinner, bread and drink. Tickets must be purchased by Dec. 6. 246-0347. Dec. 10: Army Navy Football Party. Free tailgating. Flag football behind the gym. 12:30 p.m. Mayport vs. Army. 1:30 p.m. NAS JAX vs. Army. Army vs. Navy College Football Game at 2:30 p.m. at Beachside Community Center. 2705451. Dec. 10: UFC 140: Jones vs. Machida. 9 p.m. at Castaways. FREE Dec. 14: Windy Harbor Balloon Sale & Open House. Stop by Windy Harbor Golf Club and choose a free balloon containing discounts at our pro shop from 5%-50%. Snacks and beverages will be served. 2705380 Dec. 14: All-Hands Steak Night. 4-7 p.m. at Focsle CPO Club. Cost is $10 per person. Purchase tickets in advance; limit ed tickets available at the door. Sponsored by MWR A-Team. For tickets, call (904) 270-5228. Dec. 14: Just For Fun Wednesdays. Every Wednesday at Mayport Bowling Center. Its not about how good you bowl, its about how much fun you can have! $1 Colormania Bowling, drink specials, request your favorite music all day long and more. 270-5733 Dec. 16: Xtreme Bowling. 8 p.m. to Midnight every Friday at Mayport Bowling Center. $10 include 2 hours of black light bowling, shoe rental, prizes and dazzling laser light show. 270-5377 Dec. 16: Bread and Butter Band. 9 p.m. Live at Castaways. FREE. 2707205 Dec. 31: New Years Eve Bingo Special 6:30 p.m. at Beachside Bingo. Double Payouts on all hand cards, 3 extra $1000 games, food provided by MWR and more. 2707204. Dec. 31: New Years Eve Bash featuring Lift 9 p.m. Live at Castaways. FREE. 270-7205 Dec. 31: New Years Eve at Mayport Bowling Center. 9:30 p.m.-12:30 a.m. $15 per adult, $10 per child ages 9-4, chil dren 3 and under free. Enjoy bowling, music, prizes, snacks, and more. Reservations Required. MWRDec. 1: Registration Opens for Jingle Bell Winter Camp. Open for children in Kindergarten through age 12. First Session: Dec. 19-23. Second Session: Dec. 27-30. (904) 270-5680 or (904) 270-5421 Dec. 1: Last Day for Youth Basketball Registration. Open to military, DOD and civil ians children ages 5-15 (age determined as of Jan. 1, 2012). Registration can be done at the Youth Center Mon.-Fri. 11:30 a.m.-6:30 p.m. For more information, please call (904) 2705680 or email the Youth Sports Coordinator at victor.e.miller@navy.mil. Dec. 4: Bowling Family Fun Night. 4-7 p.m. at Mayport Bowling Center. Cost is $10 per person and includes spaghetti dinner, All-You-Can Bowl with shoes, music videos, light show and colored headpin bowling for prizes. 270-5377 Dec. 8: Magical Christmas: 6:30-8:30 p.m. at Sea Otter Pavilion. Childrens games and crafts, Kids Performances and a Special Appearance by Santa. 270-5680 Dec. 9: Teen Center Presents The Grinch. 4 p.m. at the Teen Center. Tickets cost $3; includes play, spaghetti dinner, bread and drink. Tickets must be purchased by Dec. 6. 246-0347. Dec. 16: Teen Holiday Party & Movie Night. 4:30-11 pm at the Teen Center. Enjoy a cook ie station, art station, Christmas challenges from 4:30-6:30 p.m. fol lowed by a holiday movie. 246-0347 Dec. 20: Teens on the Go: Avenues Mall Christmas Shopping 1:30-6 p.m. Permission slip required. Bring money for shopping. 2460347 Dec. 21: Youth & Teen Cosmic Bowling Trip 1-3:30 p.m. Two games for $4. Bring extra money for snack bar. Permission slip required. 270-5680. Dec. 28: Youth & Teen Cosmic Bowling Trip 1-3:30 p.m. Two games for $4. Bring extra money for snack bar. Permission slip required. 270-5680. Dec. 31: New Years Eve at Mayport Bowling Center 9:30 p.m.-12:30 a.m. $15 per adult, $10 per child ages 9-4, chil dren 3 and under free. Enjoy bowling, music, prizes, snacks, and more. Reservations Required. 270-5377 KID ONR Rope Ascender Featured In Modern Marvels TV EpisodeFrom Office of Naval Research Corporate CommunicationsThe History Channel featured an Office of Naval Research (ONR)sponsored device that could help Sailors and Marines scale walls like Batman during its Modern Marvels show Nov. 28. Funded by ONRs TechSolutions pro gram, the Powered Rope Ascender was originally designed for use by sol diers in urban combat and cave exploration. The handheld climbing tool allows warfighters to ascend and descend vertical surfaces quickly, at a rate of six feet per second. As ONRs rapidresponse science and technology program, TechSolutions funded the project to create a next-generation system for naval operations. The resulting technology, which is more compact and runs on a recharge able battery, can assist maritime security teams in boarding ships and help helicopter rescue crews evacuate casualties, among other applications. The Ascender was spotlighted during a Modern Marvels episode called Weird Machines. Modern Marvels airs on the History Channel on Monday nights. Check local listings for show times. ONR provides the science and technology necessary to maintain the Navy and Marine Corps technological advantage. Through its affiliates, ONR is a leader in sci ence and technology with engagement in 50 states, 70 countries, 1,035 insti tutions of higher learn ing and 914 industry partners. ONR employs approximately 1,400 people, comprising uni formed, civilian and contract personnel, with additional employees at the Naval Research Lab in Washington, D.C. 12 THE MIRROR, NS MAYPORT, Thursday, December 1, 2011

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The following activities target single or unaccompanied Sailors. For more information, call 2707788/89 or stop by the Mayport Liberty Center and pick up the month ly activity calendar with a complete listing of all upcoming Liberty events. Dec. 1: Command Break-In. Look for us at Barracks 1586 and 1587 dropping off goodies. Dec. 1: Free Pre-Leave Vehicle Inspection at the Auto Skills Center. Dec. 1-15 from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Before you head home on leave, stop by the Auto Skills Center for a vehicle inspection. Call ahead for an appointment. 270-5392 Dec. 2: Avenues Mall & Movie Trip. Van departs Liberty Center at 5 p.m. Cost $5. Dec. 3: Xtreme Bowling. 8 p.m. to Midnight every Saturday at Mayport Bowling Center. $10 include 2 hours of black light bowling, shoe rental, priz es and dazzling laser light show. 270-5377 Dec. 3: 54th USO PAL Day Enjoy all the attrac tions of St. Augustine for FREE! Van Departs Liberty Center 9 a.m. Dec. 4: Paintball. Van departs Liberty Center at 8 a.m. Cost $5 (includes paintballs, gear and transportation) Dec. 4: NFL Sunday Special. Every Sunday at Windy Harbor Golf Club. Play 18 holes with a cart for just $20. Offer only valid after 12 p.m. 270-5380 Dec. 5: Jacksonville Jaguars vs. San Diego Chargers Van Departs Liberty Center 6:30 p.m. Cost $5. Dec. 6: Remember Pearl Harbor 5k Walk/ 10K Run 8 a.m. in front of the gym. Dec. 6: WWE Smackdown FREE! (Must wear uniform.) Van Departs Liberty Center 5:30 p.m. Dec. 7: Military Appreciation Day every Wednesday at Windy Harbor Golf Club.18 Holes and a Cart Only $15. Offer open to DOD, active duty, retired, and military dependents (Must provide proper ID) Dec. 7: Chicken Wednesdays. Every Wednesday, 11 a.m.2 p.m., at Focsle Lounge. Enjoy a twopiece fried chicken plate with two sides for only $7.00. 270-5431 Dec. 8: Avenues Mall Trip. Van departs 4 p.m. Transportation Only. FREE Dec. 9: Ping Pong Tournament. 5 p.m. at Liberty Center. Dec. 10: Army Navy Football Party. Free tailgating. Flag football behind the gym. 12:30 p.m. Mayport vs. Army. 1:30 p.m. NAS JAX vs. Army. Army vs. Navy College Football Game at 2:30 p.m. at Beachside Community Center. 2705451. Dec. 10: UFC 140: Jones vs. Machida 9 p.m. at Castaways. FREE Dec. 11: Jacksonville Jaguars vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers Van Departs Liberty Center 11 a.m. Cost $5. Dec. 14: All-Hands Steak Night. 4-7 p.m. at Focsle CPO Club. Cost is $10 per person. Purchase tickets in advance; lim ited tickets available at the door. Sponsored by MWR A-Team. For tick ets, call (904) 270-5228. Dec. 14: Windy Harbor Balloon Sale & Open House. Stop by Windy Harbor Golf Club and choose a free balloon containing discounts at our pro shop from 5%-50%. Snacks and beverages will be served. 2705380 Dec. 14: Just For Fun Wednesdays. Every Wednesday at Mayport Bowling Center. Its not about how good you bowl, its about how much fun you can have! $1 Colormania Bowling, drink specials, request your favorite music all day long and more. 270-5733 Dec. 15: St. Johns Town Center Trip. Van departs 4 p.m. Transportation Only. FREE Dec. 16: St. Augustine Amphitheater Trip Enjoy ice skating, sleigh rides, ice slides & more. Please bring cash. Van Departs Liberty Center 4 p.m. FREE Dec. 16: Xtreme Bowling. 8 p.m. to Midnight every Friday at Mayport Bowling Center. $10 include 2 hours of black light bowling, shoe rental, prizes and dazzling laser light show. 270-5377 Dec. 16: Bread and Butter Band. 9 p.m. Live at Castaways. FREE. 270-7205 Dec. 17-18: Holiday Matsuri Convention in Orlando. Convention includes video games, anime, sci-fi, celeb rity guests & more. Cost is $50; includes hotel & convention ticket. Van departs Liberty Center at 7 a.m. Dec. 17-18: Universal Studios Island of Adventure Trip Cost is $65; includes hotel & theme park ticket. Van departs Liberty Center at 7 a.m. Dec. 20: Chess Tournament. 6 p.m. at Liberty Center. Dec. 22: Ping Pong Tournament. 5 p.m. at Liberty Center. LIBERTY Underwood, FRCSE Split Gold -Photos courtesy of MWRFRCSE Gold took first place in the Captains Cup 3 V 3 Soccer league and pushed to win the playoffs but fell short as they went head to head in the playoffs against the USS Underwood. Playoffs began with PSD Indomitable Lions beating FRCSE Fireshots 6-3. USS Underwood took on COMUSNAVSO Recruit FC beating them in a close 4-3 game. FRCSE Gold took on the Indomitable lions in a tight 10-9 game moving on to the finals against USS Underwood. USS Underwood came out strong in the final game of the playoffs to beat the FRCSE Gold 8-4 and take the Playoff Championship. Pictured above, FRCSE soccert team and left, USS Underwood soccer team.MWR Fun Run Shirts Become Motivation Tool From CSD From MWRTo help promote good health and fitness, Naval Station Mayport hosts a monthly Fun Run on the second Tuesday of each month beginning at 8:10 a.m.. MWR gives t-shirts to the runners. Senior Chief Sonar Technician Surface (SW) Cecil Bazley and Fire Controlman 1st Class (SW) Zachary Dunavant have been participating in the runs for more than a year. Their enthusiasm and pride have brought a new view on the runs. Dunavant and Bazley have created a run wall at the command that show cases the Part of Center For Security Forces mission statement says to produce physically fit Sailors. The base Fun Run gives us, as instructors, a chance to participate in physical training in a fun way, Dunavant said about the wall display. As a health and wellness committee, we challenged the command to come up with fun ways for us to stay physically fit. We came up with the shirt wall to show to our students our commitment and pride in our mission statement as well as physical fitness. -Photos courtesy of MWRFire Controlman 1st Class (SW) Zachary Dunavant and Senior Chief Sonar Technician Surface (SW) Cecil Bazleystand in front of their Fun Run Wall at Center for Security Forces at NS Mayport. Fun Runs are held ever 2nd Tuesday of the month at the Gym. THE MIRROR NS MAYPORT, Thursday, December 1, 2011 13