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Check us out Online! mayportmirror.com Decoms, Ship Movements Proposed 3 Mayport CGs Tapped For DecommissionFrom Department of the NavyPresident Barack Obama sent Congress a proposed defense budget of $613.9 bil lion for fiscal 2013, Feb. 13. The request for the Department of Defense (DoD) includes $525.4 billion in discretion ary budget authority to fund base defense pro grams and $88.5 bil lion to support Overseas Contingency Operations (OCO), primarily in Afghanistan. Of the discretionary budget, $155.9 billion represents the Department of the Navys budget request. This is a decrease of $1.4 billion from last years baseline appropriation. Rear Adm. Joseph Mulloy, deputy assistant secretary of the Navy for budget, briefed media at the Feb. 13 DoD budget press conference about the Navy portion of the budget. Mulloy said that dur ing budget deliberations, a premium was placed on the Navys presence in the Asia-Pacific region and the Middle East and took into account innova tive methods to generate more forward presence with a smaller and leaner force while retaining the ability to surge as needed. Following the Defense Strategic Guidance, Mulloy said Navys bud get was built by applying the tenets of warfighting first, operate forward, and be ready. As a result, he believes the force will be leaner, agile, flexible, ready and technologically advanced while retaining core Navy-Marine Corps warfighting capabilities to operate forward, preserve the peace, respond to cri ses, and protect U.S. and allied interests. The $525.4 billion for the base DoD budget includes cuts and other initiatives that will reduce planned spending by $259 billion over the next five years and $487 bil lion over ten years, levels that are consistent with the Budget Control Act. The budget adjusts pro grams that develop and procure military equip ment; begins to re-size ground forces; slows the growth of compensation and benefit programs; continues to make better use of defense resources by reducing lower-priority programs, and restruc tures the defense orga nization to achieve more efficient approaches to doing business. Defense officials say the DoD budget request focuses on funding pri orities for a 21st century defense that protects the country and sustains U.S. global leadership. It reflects the need for DoD and the military to adapt in order to proac tively address the chang ing nature of the secu rity environment and to reflect new fiscal realities. Highlights of the Navy budget proposal include: -Investment of approxi mately $13 billion per year in shipbuilding, resulting in 41 new-con struction ships across the Future Years Defense Plan (FYDP). Although a decrease from the Presidents FY12 Budget, the investment strives to maintain a healthy indus New Base Pool Takes Shape-Photo by John AimoneConstruction on Naval Station Mayports new fitness facility progresses as the concrete is poured for the new Olympic-sized indoor pool. The pool is part of a $27 million project to replace the outdated gym, along with the new pool.Get Fiscally Fit With Military Saves Navy Public Affairs Support Element East, Detachment SoutheastMilitary Saves Week, Feb. 19 to 26 is an important part of the Department of Defense (DoD) campaign for personal financial readiness. Commands are encouraged to provide financial resource infor mation and training to Sailors and their family members. Its a national Campaign that has been around since 2007 and its a means to assist ser vice members in achiev ing financial stabil ity, said Gregory Tanner, personal financial man ager at Fleet and Family Support Center (FFSC). The program is designed to change savings behaviors by educating service members and their families on how they can build wealth, not debt. Try to save more and spend less, said Tanner. Financial stability is highly important to ser vice members and their families, and we want them reduce debt and in turn build wealth. Over the coming weeks, the Military Saves Campaign will provide saving tips, strategies, awareness and initia tives through a variety of mediums to help them reach their goals. A challenge with establishing a budget is DoD Begins Proprating Imminent Danger PayAmerican Forces Press ServiceService members now will receive immi nent danger pay only for days they actually spend in hazardous areas, Pentagon offi cials said here today. The change, which took effect yesterday, was included in the 2012 National Defense Authorization Act, which President Barack Obama signed into law Dec. 31. Members will see the prorated amount in their Feb. 15 pay records, Pentagon spokesman Navy Capt. John Kirby said. The act called for DOD to pay service members imminent danger pay only for the time they spend in areas that quali fy for the pay. In the past, service mem bers received $225 per month if they spent any time that month in an area where the pay was authorized. This is a more tar geted way of handling that pay, Kirby said. Now, service mem bers will receive $7.50 a day for days spent in these areas. Personnel who travel to the des ignated areas for peri ods less than 30 days should keep track of the number of days they are in the area to verify that they are paid for the correct number of days, officials said. The military ser vices are working to waive or remit debts for members who may have been overpaid for January, officials said. The services can waive this when there is no indication of -Photo by MCSA Damian BergFrom left Capt. Douglas Cochrane, Doug McBride, Janie Phillips, Cmdr. Pat Pickard, Gregory Tanner, Amie McKague, Marc Childers and Cyndi Hill with the proclamation for Military Saves Week. The Military Saves Week Campaign is a year-round social mar keting campaign to persuade, motivate and encourage Department of Defense employ ees to save money and reduce consumer debt. See Fiscal, Page 9 See Pay, Page 9 See Mayport, Page 7

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2 THE MIRROR NS MAYPORT, Thursday, February 16, 2012 The Mirror The Mirror The Mirror 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 & Adult Ed: Sunday 10:30 a.m. Baptisms 3rd Sunday of month 10:30 a.m. Catholic Youth Group 2nd & 4th Sunday 11:30 a.m-1 p.m. 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. Protestant Youth Group 1st Friday Youth Quak Trip 6:30 p.m. 3rd Friday at Chapel 7-10:30 p.m. PWOC 2nd Saturday 9:30 a.m. PMOC 3rd Saturday Prayer Breakfast 9 a.m. MOPS 1st & 3rd Thursday, 9:30 a.m. For more information or other worship opportunities and religious organizations in Jacksonville, call 270-5212.To get help for your child, you must become an advocate for him. Why should you do this? Well, you are a natural advocate for your child. You were his first teacher, his most important role model, and you have his best interests at heart! Because you will be involved with your child for life, you need to be an active participant in planning his education. As your childs advo cate, your first step is to learn as much as you can about the special ed services available at your childs school and from the district. You will need to gather informa tion about the processes used to make the deci sions about your child and who the people are making them. Who are the specific individuals in your childs school and at the district office you will work with to secure those services designed to meet your childs special needs? Since your child is entitled to an appropriate education, not the best education, nor an education that will maxi mize your childs poten tial, you must know these individuals, the processes, and the State and Federal laws, especially The Indi -How Do I Get Help for My Special Needs Child?Judy Cromartie School Liaison Officer KnowingShipmates, Big thanks to our Air Operations team for all the hard work during the recent distinguished visitor overnight embarks on board USS Enterprise (CVN 65). The program is designed to show community leaders and dignitaries what Navy life is all about, and their first impression of the Navy happened right here on our flight line. From exceptional customer service to gourmet refresh ments courtesy of our galley, you all came through in aces. Thanks to every one and well done. Speaking of well done, thanks to our Harbor Operations crew, MWR, Security, and everyone involved in welcoming USS Enterprise during an overnight stop pier side. Great support, and the feed back I received from the ships leader ship was phenomenal. Last Thursday we welcomed home our own Master Chief Dave Anderson from his IA assignment in Afghanistan. Master Chief had a very successful tour there, and as he did here, mentored Sailors throughout the region while making sure their career goals and quality of life was all it should be. He is a true Sailors Master Chief, and we are certainly happy he is back safe and sound. March is just around the corner and we will all recognize with the nation, all the significant accomplishments of our women in uniform with Womans History Month. Navy commands throughout the fleet will reflect on the national 2012 theme, Womens Education Womens Empowerment to increase their knowl edge and awareness of the contributions women have made both to U.S. history and to the Navy. Women have served with great honor and valor in defense of our nation since the Revolutionary War. However, women did not become an official part of the service until 1908, when Congress estab lished the Navy Nurse Corps. The first 20 nurses, called the Sacred Twenty broke the barriers that eventually paved the way for all women to officially enter naval service. Today, nearly every naval community is open to women and female Sailors continue to excel in almost all facets of naval duties both ashore and afloat. More than 54,000 active duty women and more than 10,000 female Reservists are serving in the Navy, comprising 17.1 percent of the force. The current Navy Total Force includes 34 active and Reserve female flag officers and 59 female command master chiefs. Vice Admiral Ann E. Rondeau, current pres ident of National Defense University, remains the most senior three-star admiral in the Navy. Fair Winds to the crew of USS Taylor (FFG 50) as they set sail last week for operations in the European Theater. Be safe, and know that each and every one of you have our support. Finally, watch over your shipmates. Far too often tragedy occurs that could be prevented by counseling, or simply just listening. There is no problem big or small that we cant fix together. Be safe, and keep sending those sug gestions to the COs suggestion box or email them at douglas.cochrane@navy. milCapt. Doug Cochrane CAPTAINSLast week, a Sailor from one of my ships stopped by for a visit with me. It had been a difficult week, especially in these times of ERB and PTS. We dis cussed the particular issue that this Sailor was facing, developed a few resources, connected with some outside sup port, and discovered a few new possibilities that helped reduced the stress that they had originally felt. As we were prepar ing to bring our meeting to a close, the Sailor said, Chaps, Ive been in the Navy for 10 and half years and this is the first time that Ive spoken to a chaplain. There are probably many of our Sailors, Marines and Coast Guardsman who have never spoken with a chap lain. Unfortunately, some of those same individuals may have benefitted from a conversation with their chaplains. In that spirit, I would like you to consider the following, You might just need a chaplain, if The cares and stresses of the day seem over whelming. Chaplains dont have a Mr./Ms. Fix-It Hat to put on, but they do offer valu able training, experience, and insight for almost any situation. When you feel that nobody could understand the complexi ties of whatever challenge you are facing, remember these words of wisdom from Proverbs, There is nothing new under the sun. You feel discouraged Ever had a day when everything seems to go bad? Ever feel deflated? The word inspiration is central to a vocation of ministry and is focused on the drawing in of that which stimulates our hearts, minds, and emo tions. Youre asking God, why ? This is more common than most think. Events happen each and every day that cause people to wonder Where is God in all this? Sometimes it is important to discover that God isnt in the storms of life, but in the healing, guiding, and sustaining hands of those who stand by us through those storms. Your family is upset Financial strain and worry is the leading cause of conflict in fami lies. Nobody has been immune to the financial challenges of our econo my or the uncertainty of DoD reductions. While there may be other sourc es of concern within families such as relocation, the loss of friends, dis tance from other family members, a family con cern that is left unattend ed can grow into other aspects of your life. Youre facing a diffi cult decision Sometimes a private and confiden tial setting is beneficial in weighing a decision that could impact your future. Chaplains will provide open an honest feedback with you and perhaps help you view a decision in a fuller 360 degree per spective. Someone close to you has died Death touches everyone regardless of rank, ethnicity, or station in life. Death is an event, but grief is a process. Working through grief with individuals has been a rewarding part of min istry. You would like to pray or receive the prayers of others Chaplains under stand the power of prayer in our lives. You would like to cel ebrate the sacraments For some the celebration of the Eucharist, (Holy Communion or the Lords Supper) is important par ticularly prior to travel or deployment. Others wish to have a child, spouse or family member baptized. Some families do not have connections to a local congregation in town, or would prefer to have this take place at the Base Chapel or aboard their ship. For those who have never experienced a bap tism with a ships bell, it can be very meaningful to a family or crew. Youre planning to get married. Please be mindful that Chaplains per form wedding ceremonies in accordance in the man ner and custom of their endorsing religious bod ies. In almost every case, pre-marital counseling, planning, and preparation are required. Your CMC, XO, CO, or shipmate has suggested it. Sometimes you may not know what a chap lain can do for you. If your CMC, XO, or Skipper have suggested it, then chances are they are seeing some thing that you may not. Your Chaplains are standing by to listen and to help. Chaplains care.You Might Be In Need Of A Chaplain If...Lt. Thomas Bingol Surface Force Ministry Center CHAPLAINSviduals with Disabilities Education Act of 2004. What do you currently know about your childs disability and educational history? Remember, the district only has to provide an appropriate education. Your main goal is to ensure that your child is provided with special education and related services [which are] designed to meet [the childs] unique needs and prepare them for further education, employment, and independent living... 20U.S.C. 1400(d). You will not be able to determine if what they are offering is appropriate if you dont know what has been tried before and whether it worked or not. Another important goal involves building a healthy working relation ship with the school staff. Because you will be nego tiating with the school for special education ser vices, you will need your knowledge of special education law and his disabil ity and educational histo ry. School personnel may or may not inform you of your rights and respon sibilities. By maintain ing a cordial relationship with school personnel, they will be more willing to discuss issues, make additional proposals, and develop Individualized Educational Programs (IEPs) which specifically address your childs needs and result in that appro priate education for your child. Are you the only one advocating for your child? Absolutely not! Teachers, school staff, and schooland district-based administrators are available to provide support to you and your child. But as you know, schools and district special education departments are woefully understaffed. They will evaluate your child and make recommendations to you about educational services. However, these evaluations and resulting recommendations will vary from school to school and from individual to individual as the educa tional background and training of these individuals is quite varied. Another individual who can advocate for your child is a lay advocate. These individuals use their specialized knowl edge and expertise to help parents resolve prob lems with schools. They can attend meetings with you, help you craft letters, negotiate for services, and advise you about your legal rights and respon sibilities. If this service sounds like what you need to get help for your special needs child, join me on Thursday, March 8 in the training room of Building 2287 (the new CDC located at1650 America Street, Atlan tic Beach, FL 32233) at 6 PM. Jill Fane, NE Florida Trainer for the Central Florida Parent Center, Mayport Chapel Plans For LentMardi Gras Sunday: Mayport Chapel Community invites Navy personnel and their families to join the con gregation for some fam ily fun on Sunday, Feb. 19 at noon. There will be games and crafts for all ages to enjoy as well as traditional New Orleans food. There is no cost for any of the food or activi ties. Give us a call at 270-5212 or e-mail alline. zwarycz@navy.mil to RSVP. Ash Wednesday, Feb. 22, Religious Services Schedule for Mayport Naval Station Chapel is as follows: Catholic Masses are at 11:00am & 7:00pm in the Main Chapel, Protestant Services are at 12:30pm & 6:00pm in the Main Chapel. Mayport Chapel will have Stations of the Cross offered every Friday at 6 p.m. starting Feb. 24. Afterwards there will be a pot-luck dinner in the Fellowship Hall. Please consider joining us for this Lenten Tradition. See SLO, Page 7

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Come Out For Navy College FairMayport Navy Career Center Can HelpNavy Public Affairs Support Ele ment East, Detachment SoutheastAt the Mayport Navy Career Center students can earn college degrees in a traditional classroom setting, online, or both, depending on their needs. Its important that every Sailor has face to face time to help guide them to a manageable career path, said Gloria Jorgenson, field represen tative at the University of Maryland college. Some of the colleges that are offered on Mayport includes EmbryRiddle Aeronautical University, Florida State College at Jacksonville, Saint Leo University and Southern Illinois University. The Navy College Program for Afloat Education (NCPACE) includes schools such as Central Texas College, NCPACE (computer classes), Coastline Community College, Thomas Edison State University, Excelsior College and University of Maryland. NCPACE offers flex ibility and opportuni ties for deployed Sailors and Marines who seek an academic degree while underway. Due to the challeng ing work schedules of many service members time for school is lim ited, so we help sched ule classes around their service obligations, said James Barnette, assis tants director at Saint Leo University. I got my edu cation this way and its important we offer these services to the Fleet. The institutions offer ing undergraduate courses are affiliated with Navy Sailor and Marine American Council on Education Registry Transcript, or (SMART), which makes it easier to transfer credits and com plete degrees. The par ticipating institutions also offer degrees at both the undergraduate and grad uate levels. Im living proof the Navy College Program works, said Dr. Charles L. Sidell, Ph. D., program coordinator for Southern Illinois University. I got both an associates and a bachelors while on active duty, as well as its one of the reason I made master chief before I retired. All schools on base par ticipate in Department of Defense (DoD) Education Partnership Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) otherwise they cant par ticipate Tuition Assistance (TA) program. Without the GI Bill and Tuition Assistance, I would never have earned my degrees, said Sidell. In order to recive TA a Sailor must attend the Tuition Assistance Brief. The brief is held every Thursday at 2 p.m. in Building 351, room 30. Take advantage of Tuition Assistance, because if you dont use it you will lose it, said Navy Counselor 1st Class Jonathan Dingler, petty officer in charge of Mayport Navy Career Center. All schools on base are recognized by both the U.S. Department of Education and the State of Florida. The Mayport Navy Career Center will hold a open house Feb. 27, as well as a Navy college fair March 19, 2012 in build ing 460, next the the Navy Exchange. When it comes to your future you cant make a solid decision without factual information and the Mayport Navy Career Center will supply you with all the information you need, said Sidell. For more information about the Navy College Program, visit https:// www.navycollege.navy. mil/, or you can call (904) 270-7387 for the Mayport Navy Career Center. A CFC participant. Provided as a public serviceCatholic Charities USA Hope Needs Your Help.1-800-919-9338www.CatholicCharitiesUSA.org Photo: Steve Liss, AmericanPoverty.org Donate Locks For CharityFrom Balfour Beatty CommunitiesBalfour Beatty Communities at Naval Station Mayport will host a Locks of Love event on Feb. 25. The event will be held at the Ribault Bay Community Center from 11a.m.-3 p.m. anyone who donates will receive a trim and style from two guest hair stylists. Also, those who donate will receive a gift bag with styling and beauty prod ucts and the person who donates the longest pony tail of the day will receive a special gift. To donate to Locks of Love, hair must be at least 10 inches log, clean and dry. It must be bundled in a ponytail or a braid. Bleached hair cannot be used. Hair that has been dyed or permed can be used. According to their press release, most of the chil dren who are helped by Locks have lost their hair due to a medical condi tion called alopecia area ta. Others have suffered severe burns or injuries or endured radiation treat ment to the brain stem or other dermatological conditions that result in per manent hair loss. Locks has been in place since 1998 and provides t he hair pieces for children under age 21. Because of the high quality of the pieces, it takes between 6-10 ponytails and take approximately 4-6 months to manufacture. The event is open to the public. To read more about the Locks of Love organiza tion and more details about donation require ments please visit their website at http://www. locksoflove.org/. We are so excited to have two professional and experienced hair stylists donating their time to help with this event. The following bios will provide you with some additional information about them: Guest stylist Ladia Vargas has been a licensed cosmologist since 2001 in California and also is licensed in Florida since 2002. She has been working at Adessa Salon in Atlantic Beach since 2007. Guest stylist Renee Pendlay is an Independent Hair Designer & Makeup Artist at Salon @ 220 in Orange Park. For more informa tion, please visit her web site at www.hairdesignb yrenee.com THE MIRROR NS MAYPORT, Thursday, February 16, 2012 3

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4 THE MIRROR NS MAYPORT, Thursday, February 16, 2012 HSM Weaps School Mentors Students Navy Public Affairs Support Ele ment East Detachment SoutheastSailors assigned to Helicopter Maritime Strike (HMS) Weapons School aboard Naval Station Mayport jump restarted their Lunch Buddy Mentor Program Feb. 10 with students from Atlantic Beach Elementary School. The Lunch Buddy Program is a way for adults in the community to help local elementary students succeed. For at least one hour per week, a mentor is a students craft companion, check er opponent, and recess partner. They eat lunch, play games, and just talk. They are a confidante. They are a friend. They are a buddy. The program aims to encourage confidence in children that may need some extra help through positive social interaction and genuine friendship from an adult role model. HSM Weapons School launched this program with Atlantic Beach Elementary at the start of the 2010-2011 school year. The enormous success of the program and posi tive feedback prompted them to continue it for the 2011-2012 school year. The mentors main role is to be a caring and supportive adult in the students school life. Some mentors might occasionally do some tutoring during their vis its; however this isnt their primary role, states Dianne Drysdale, Atlantic Beach Elementary Mentor Coordinator. Sometimes focusing on tutoring can conflict with the main purpose of the mentor ship relationship, which is to be a positive adult friend. This is an oppor tunity for the students to talk about anything with their mentor; whether its schools, friends, family or anything else. We want them to open up. A teacher, staff mem ber, parent, principal, or counselor recommends students for the program who would benefit from positive recognition and additional individual attention from a caring adult. The school uses a detailed matching strat egy to pair a child in need with one of the volunteer mentors. The Sailor joins their buddy at lunchtime for a relaxed meal. By using this approach during the lunch hour, the atmo sphere stays informal with no expectations of con tact outside school. The simple fact that a mili tary member is coming to lunch solely for that child begins developing feelings of self worth and confidence. Additionally, other children are drawn into the mentor and bud dys conversation. The child, who may have been shy and a relative stranger to their classmates, is now more outgoing and finds themselves forging new friendships. The mentor then works with the chil dren to establish mutual respect, friendship, and core values and ethics. I really love this pro gram. I want to be a teacher someday so help ing kids with problems is very important to me. Today I was with a kid that was very shy and slowly throughout the day she opened up to me. Its amazing to see how much of a difference a short amount of time can make in a childs life, said Intelligence Specialist 2nd Class Shaerica West, Volunteer Coordinator for HSM Weapons School. I think all commands should be involved in something like this. We spend time with these kids and they just love us and we are there for them. Encouragement can go a long way! HSM Weapons School is also involved in other events with Atlantic Beach Elementary such as their upcoming Dolphin Dash Run for Fun March 16. We, as members of the military, are huge positive role models for children. What I find amazing is how much we learn from those same children, said Cmdr. Andrew Danko, HSM Weapons School Commanding Officer. My Sailors tell me their mentoring stories every day and the bottom line is theyve always gotten back as much if not more than what they put in. The Dolphin Dash is an all day event to meet the requirements of the Presidential Fitness Program. Children run with their classroom and must complete between one-quarter mile and one mile depending on their grade. During the Dolphin Dash, volunteers provides motivation by stretching and running alongside the children. HSM Weapons School was recently awarded the Health, Safety and Fitness Community Service Award for their community service excellence. The award recognizes com mands with the best over all community service programs teaching and encouraging individuals, especially youth, to lead healthy and active lives. -Photo by MC2 Salton CebeAbove, Students at Atlantic Beach Elementary School try on Aviation Warfare Systems Operator 1st Class Edward Shires hat during a Lunch Buddy Mentor Program. Sailors visited the school to begin a weekly mentoring program to encourage confidence through positive social interaction. Below, Yeoman 2nd Class Junior Saintjuste, assigned to Helicopter Maritime Strike Weapons School, helps a student solve a riddle on the back of a milk box. Above, Aviation Ordnanceman 1st Class Hector Torres chats with students at Atlantic Beach Elementary School. Right, Cmdr. Andrew Danko, assigned to Helicopter Maritime Strike Weapons School, discusses the responsibilities of being a naval pilot with an Atlantic Beach Elementary School student during a Lunch Buddy Mentor Program. Sailors visited the school to begin a weekly mentoring program to encourage confidence through positive social interaction.

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THE MIRROR NS MAYPORT, Thursday, February 16, 2012 5 Navy Public Affairs Support Ele ment East Detachment Europe The deputy chief of staff for strategy, resourc es, and plans at U.S. Naval Forces Europe-Africa and a team of delegates com pleted a three-day visit to Casablanca, Morocco, to engage in staff talks with the Royal Moroccan Navy, Feb. 3. The visit focused on the U.S. Naval Forces Europe-Africa and Royal Moroccan Navys joint commitment to regional stability and maritime security in the African theater of operation. Its an honor for us to be hosted in such a beau tiful city by our Moroccan allies, said Rear Adm. Kenneth K.J. Norton. A strong sense of teamwork is required for any force protection plan to be met, and these staff talks between our respective naval forces will strength en our ties to each other and ensure we meet our goal of maritime secu rity. During the visit, U.S. Navy delegates had the opportunity to visit Moroccan sites such as the Hassan II mosque and the legendary Ricks Caf based on the famous establishment owned by Humphrey Bogart in the 1942 film Casablanca. Also visiting Morocco was the guided-missile frigate USS Simpson (FFG 56) which hosted an evening reception by members of the Royal Moroccan Navy and numerous Moroccan and U.S. attaches and ambas sadors. Simpson deployed the day before Thanksgiving, and everything weve been doing on this deployment has worked towards events like this, where we have the oppor tunity to visit a port such as Casablanca and strengthen ties with our Moroccan allies, said Cmdr. Leonard Milliken, Simpsons commanding officer. This crew has been primarily deployed in the U.S. Southern Command area of opera tion, so for many of us, this is our first time in Morocco and its a tre mendous experience. The Simpson crew has done a phenomenal job of get ting the ship prepped and ready to come over here and operate. Samuel Kaplan, U.S. ambassador to Morocco, was equally impressed by the camaraderie dis played between the U.S. and Moroccan naval forc es. Being based in Morocco, we dont see a lot of the military come through this area of the world, but every time an event like this occurs, where Americas forces are here to visit with the Royal Moroccan Navy, you get such a great sense of the devotion these young men and women bring to their jobs and their commitment to our country, said Kaplan. Nortons three-day visit to Morocco served to pro mote peace and stabil ity within the U.S. Naval Forces Africa area of responsibility, and it dem onstrated commitment to regional partnerships and to foster growing relation ships between the U.S. Navy and its African part ners.U.S. Navy Delegation Wraps Up Moroccan Staff Talks Visit -Photos by MC2 Felicito RustiqueNaval officers from the Royal Moroccan Navy depart the guided-missile frigate USS Simpson (FFG 56) after receiving a tour of the bridge and training on combat sys tems operations. Simpson, homeported out of Mayport, Fla., is currently conducting theater security cooperation and maritime security operations in the U.S. 6th Fleet area of responsibility. Sailors stand a low visibility detail on the bow of the guided-missile frigate USS Simpson (FFG 56) during a sand storm off the West African coastline. Simpson, homeported out of Mayport, Fla., is cur rently conducting theater security cooperation and maritime security operations in the Naval Forces Africa area of responsibility. -Photo by MC2 Felicito RustiqueSailors stand a low visibility detail on the stern of the guided-missile frigate USS Simpson (FFG 56) during a sand storm off the West African coastline. Quartermaster 3rd Class Josef Fisher, assigned to the guided-missile frigate USS Simpson (FFG 56), explains how to plot points on a chart to Togolese Petty Officer 1st Class Meyebina-Esso Baka during navigation training in support of Africa Partnership Station (APS) 2012. APS is an international security cooperation initiative, facili tated by Commander, U.S. Naval Forces Europe-Africa, aimed at strengthening global maritime partnerships through training and collaborative activities in order to improve maritime safety and security in Africa. A member from the Royal Moroccan Navy departs the guided-missile frigate USS Simpson (FFG 56) after a visit, board, search and seizure training session. Sailors aboard the guided-missile frigate USS Simpson (FFG 56) observe morning colors. Simpson is conducting theater security cooperation and maritime security opera tions in the Naval Forces Africa area of responsibility.

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Mayport Mens Tennis League The U.S. Coast Guard served it up strong this week with Boatswains Mate 2nd Class Christopher Hunt beating Senior Chief Boatswains Mate George Zitzewitz in a two set match 6-4, 6-1. Master Chief Boatswains Mate James Pancari got his first win against CSSN Dustin Snyder in straight sets 6-2, 6-1. In this weeks line up Pancari takes on Zitzewitz, Drab takes on Hunt and Evans take on Snyder. This is a Captains Cup league open to all Active Duty. For more information on the tennis league and how you can get involved contact Rita at 904-270-5451. Time to dust off your Michael Jordans and take it to the hoop for the upcoming Mens Captains Cup Basketball season for both Greybeard (30 and older) and Intramurals. The league meeting will be Feb. 21 at 11 a.m. in the gym. Pre-season tournament March 19-22. This is a Captains Cup league open to all Active Duty commands. For more information contact Rita at 904-2705451. Step up to the plate with bats in hand for the upcoming PreSeason Captains Cup Mens Softball tourna ment 27-30 February. Teams must register by Tuesday 21 February to be eligible to participate. For more information on how to get your com mand involved contact Rita at 904-270-5451. Come join us this weekend Feb 18, 19 and 20 for the Mens Post Season SEMAC Basketball Tournament. Games begin on Saturday at 1000 and run through the week end with the finals on Monday at noon. Come support the Navys very own Mayport Hurricanes as they take on Keesler AFB, Robins AFB, Eglin AFB, Maxwell AFB and Moody AFB. For more information contact Rita at 904-2705451 In Womens Volleyball Sunday the Lady Aces spiked up a few more wins as they took on the Angels 21-12, 21-14 and the Mamacitas 21-13, 21-7 to keep their first place status. The Angels came out ahead this week against the Lady War Dawgs 21-12, 21-14. More Womens Volleyball to come Sunday, February 26 as Lady War Dawgs take on the Lady Aces, Angels take on the Mamacitas and the Lady Aces. Games begin at 3 p.m. Feb. 20: Presidents Day Holiday Bowling Special. 11 a.m-5 p.m. at Mayport Bowling Center. 2 hours of extreme bowling, shoes, one item off Fast Lanes Grilles menu and a soda for only $15 (non-food option $12; a la carte option also avail able). 270-5377 Feb. 21: Captains Cup Mens Intramural Basketball Organizational Meeting 11 a.m. at the Gym. League begins March 19. 270-5451 Feb. 22: 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 FLC Jax. For tickets, call SHCM Brad Watson at (904) 2707178. Feb. 24: Ron Perry Connection. 9 p.m. Live at Castaways. FREE. 2707205 Feb. 26: UFC 144 9 p.m. at Castaways. FREE MWRThe following activities target single or unaccom panied 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. Feb. 17: Movie Trip. Van departs 5 p.m. Transportation Only. Cost $5. Feb. 18: Dave & Busters Trip. Van departs 7 p.m. Transportation Only. FREE Feb. 19: Paintball. Van departs Liberty Center at 9 a.m. Cost $5 (includes paintballs, gear and trans portation) Feb. 20: Minute to Win It. 5 p.m. at Liberty Center. Feb. 20: Presidents Day Holiday Bowling Special 11 a.m-5 p.m. at Mayport Bowling Center. 2 hours of extreme bowl ing, shoes, one item off Fast Lanes Grilles menu and a soda for only $15 (non-food option $12; a la carte option also avail able). 270-5377 Feb. 21: Captains Cup Mens Intramural Basketball Organizational Meeting 11 a.m. at the Gym. League begins March 19. 270-5451 Feb. 22: 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 FLC Jax. For tickets, call SHCM Brad Watson at (904) 2707178. Feb. 22: Pool Tournament Finals 6 p.m. at the Liberty Center. Feb. 23: Killer Bunny. 6 p.m. at Liberty Center. Refreshments Provided. Feb. 24: Ron Perry Connection. 9 p.m. Live at Castaways. FREE. 2707205 Feb 25: Ping Pong Tournament. 6 p.m. at Liberty Center. Feb. 26: UFC 144 9 p.m. at Castaways. FREE Feb. 28: Texas Hold Em Tournament. 6 p.m. at Liberty Center. LIBERTYFeb. 17: Freedom Friday Movie Night. 7-11 p.m. at the Youth Center. Cost is $8 advanced signup and $10 day of, space permitting. 270-5680 Feb. 17: Fire Pit Friday. 2-11 p.m. Bring your Blankets and chairs and sit around the fire pit for smores and music. 2460347 Feb. 18: Youth Sponsorship Mardis Gras Dance Party. 7-10 p.m. at the Teen Center. Your chances to win the drawing for a Pack Prize will increase with every new member you bring to this event! 246-0347 Feb. 20: Presidents Day Holiday Bowling Special. 11 a.m-5 p.m. at Mayport Bowling Center. 2 hours of extreme bowling, shoes, one item off Fast Lanes Grilles menu and a soda for only $15 (non-food option $12; a la carte option also avail able). 270-5377 Feb 23: Drama Club Presents The Hunchback of Notre Dame. 4:15 p.m. at the Youth Center. 270-5680. Feb. 25: Cicis Pizza Night. 1-3:30 p.m. Bring money for dinner. Permission slip required. 270-5680. KID -Photo by Rita HammerstadBoatswains Mate 2nd Class Christopher Hunt returns the ball during his match against Senior Chief Boatswains Mate George Zitzewitz MWR 6 THE MIRROR NS MAYPORT, Thursday, February 16, 2012

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trial base to ensure future innovation and techno logical advantage. -Overall battle force ships will be 284 in FY13. Shipbuilding budget changes will result in a Navy fleet size of more than 280 ships by the end of the five-year plan. -The ordering date of the future John F. Kennedy (CVN 79) has not changed; signing of the detailed design and construction contract in FY13 will remain on schedule. The construc tion schedule will be moved back two years in order to decrease pres sure on the shipbuilding budget without impacting force structure. CVN 79 is the numerical replace ment for USS Nimitz (CVN 68) and will be delivered no later than 2022 in order to maintain the 11-carrier force struc ture. -The department remains committed to a 55-ship LCS class. However, due to fiscal constraints, procurement has been slowed across the FYDP, reducing LCS by two ships, one of each variant. -The first year of full funding for LHA 8 will be moved from FY16 to FY17. The impact is mini mal since LHA 8 also has advance procurement funding in FY15 and FY16. Construction and delivery timelines are not affected. LHA 8 is antici pated to be operational approximately one year after delivery in the FY25 timeframe. -Retirement of seven guided missile cruis ers: USS Cowpens (CG 63), USS Anzio (CG 68), USS Vicksburg (CG 69), USS Port Royal (CG 73), in FY13; and USS Gettysburg (CG 64), USS Chosin (CG 65) and USS Hue City (CG 66) in FY14. Two Amphibious Dock Landing Ships will also be retired during the FYDP: USS Whidbey Island (LSD 41) and USS Tortuga (LSD 46). All nine ships will be retired before the end of their service lives which is consistent with work ing more efficiently and cost-effectively in this resource-constrained environment. -Support for develop ment efforts for the Ohio class replacement program continue, but at reduced levels. Virginia class procurement was reduced in the FYDP from 10 SSNs to nine (delayed procurement of 1 SSN from FY14 to FY18). To mitigate the large under sea strike capacity lost when SSGN retires in 2026-2028, the Navy is investing in research and development for the Virginia Payload Module. -The Department con tinues to procure aircraft at sufficient levels to meet fielding and com bat requirements with manageable risk (765 air craft across the FYDP). However, many pro grams have been delayed or reduced. Joint Strike Fighters (F-35 B/C) are reduced by nearly 50 per cent across the FYDP (21 F-35B and 48 F-35C models reduced). Additional reductions include P-8A, MV-22B, MH-60R, and KC-130J. -While funding for unmanned aerial vehi cles has been reduced, it remains robust despite a delay in the Unmanned Carrier Launched Airborne Surveillance and Strike program and termination of the Medium Range Maritime Unmanned Aerial System. -The proposed budget protects development of new sea-based intelli gence, surveillance, and reconnaissance (ISR) systems and other mari time capabilities (Fire Scout, Small Tactical Unmanned Air System, and Broad Area Maritime Surveillance). -The budget propos al reflects the depart ments commitment to taking care of its Sailors, Marines, Civilians and their families and con tinues the investments needed to ensure they remain the worlds pre mier maritime force. A 1.7 percent military basic pay increase that reflects the economic conditions of the country is pro posed in FY13 and FY14. Pay growth is slowed in FY15 and beyond over the FYDP to achieve more control over personnel costs while also keeping pay competitive. The separate OCO budget totals $88.5 billion, $26.6 billion below the fiscal 2012 enacted bud get of $115.1 billion. The proposed budget reflects the withdrawal of com bat troops from Iraq in December 2011, as well as savings due to operational progress in Afghanistan and the transition to Afghan responsibility for security. To view the proposed FY 2013 DoN budget doc uments, visit http://www. finance.hq.navy.mil/ fmb/13pres/books.htm. Highlights of the proposed DoD budget are outlined at http:// www.defense.gov/ news/2013budget.pdf. For more information and to view the entire fis cal 2013 budget proposal, visit http://www.budget. mil and download the FY 2013 Budget Request Overview Book. To view budget-related transcripts, visit http:// www.defense.gov/tran scripts.From Page 1Mayport will be speaking on how to effectively advocate for your special needs child. Also presenting will be Jose Sanchez, EFMP Liai son, for NS Mayport. He will provide an overview of the EFMP program, why it is important for you to enroll in the program, and how to enroll. Judy Cromartie is the School Liaison Officer for NS Mayport. If you have questions about this arti cle or concerns about an educational issue impact ing 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 meet ing with her in her office in Building One. From Page 2SLO THE MIRROR NS MAYPORT, Thursday, February 16, 2012 7

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ERB Seminar Educates Sailors On Next StageNavy Publics Affairs Support Ele ment East, Detachment SoutheastSailors gathered for a Post-Enlisted Retention Board (ERB) Fleet Engagement brief at the Beachside Community Center on Naval Station Mayport on Feb. 8. The Post-Enlisted Retention Board (ERB) Fleet Engagement brief was created to provide guidance to Sailors who are transitioning out of the Navy and into the civilian work force. Anytime you can talk face to face with Sailors and help them under stand their benefits, it benefits the Navy, said Capt. Steve Holmes, Director of BUPERS 3. The main goal is to engage the fleet and answer all questions and change polices to help our shipmates. This brief discussed the reasoning behind the Enlisted Retention Board, the results of the board, actions to occur this year in order to move for ward with the emphasis on transitioning service members and command support. The goal was to have every ERB Sailor in atten dance to understand the benefits and entitlements they deserve during their separation and transitioning phase to the civilian world, said Southeast Region Navy Career Counselor Senior Chief Andre Brown. The work force is look ing for young men and women like them simply because they show up to work on time, are drug free, know how to work hard and they have the leadership ability already instilled in them, said Mike McCalip, retired Fleet Master Chief. The information and resources provided during the brief can be beneficial to more than just the tran sitioning Sailor. Its important to offer these service to these young men and women who volunteered to make sure we have the rights and liberties we have today, said McCalip. We feel its are duty to help these Sailors get the best job opportunities pos sible. For more information about ERB and other transition benefits, visit the NPC ERB Web Page at www.npc.navy.mil/ boards/ERB/, contact the NPC customer service center at 1-866-U-ASKNPC (1-866-827-5672) or email cscmailbox@navy. mil. -Photo by MCSA Damian BergTeam members from the Fleet Engagement Team talk with Sailors about post-Enlisted Retention Board benefits during an information brief held at Naval Station Mayport on Feb. 8 at Beachside Community Center.the discipline to adhere to an effective financial plan, said Tanner. Were here to help establish a sound financial plan or budget. The theme this year is Set a Goal Path and Save Automatically. During the financially focused week, Sailors and their families can attend lec tures or participate in forums and contests that promote personal savings, debt reduction and good financial habits. Some of the events that will be held are: Budgeting for Families, Wealth Watchers, Financial Literacy, Home Buying and Selling Education and Military Saves Member Appreciation Day, said Tanner. For more information read the NAVADMIN or visit, www.militarysaves. org or www.ameri casavesweek.org. FFSC Personal Financial Management (PFM) team will hold several classes and briefs starting on Feb. 21 with a PFM leadership brief from 8-9 a.m. in Building 1, Room 702 and a PFM information awareness booth set up at the Navy Federal Credit Union from 10 a.m.-noon. Frank Gorman, CFA, will hold a Savings and Investments brief at Building 1, Room 1616 from 1-3 p.m. On Feb. 22, the team will talk Thrift Savings Plan from 9 a.m.-noon at Building 1, Room 1616, followed by Budgeting for Families from 1-4 p.m. On Feb 23, join Carrie Davis of Wealth Watchers talk about Financial Literacy Home Buying and Selling at Building 1, Room 1616 from 9-10:30 a.m. On Feb. 24, the Navy Federal Credit Union will sponsor a Military Saves Member Appreciation Day from 8:30 a.m.-3 p.m. For more information, or to register for classes and briefs, call FFSC at 270-6600 ext. 1700/01From Page 1Fiscalfraud, fault, misrepresentation, or when members were unaware they were overpaid, Pentagon spokeswoman Eileen Lainez said. Proration is based on a 30-day month, which trans lates into a rate of $7.50 per day. It does not matter if the month is 28 or 31 days long, officials explained; if service members serve in affected areas for the com plete month, they will receive the full rate of $225 per month. The Defense Department defines imminent danger pay areas as places where members are subject to the threat of physical harm or imminent danger because of civil insurrection, civil war, terrorism or wartime conditions. Service members who come under fire, regardless of location, will receive the full monthly hostile-fire pay amount of $225. From Page 1Pay THE MIRROR NS MAYPORT, Thursday, February 16, 2012 9

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NAVSO/4th Fleet Joins Operation HammerFrom U.S. Southern Command U.S. 4th Fleet Public Affairs OfficeU.S. 4th Fleet is cur rently supporting Joint Interagency Task Force-South (JIATF-S) Operation Martillo with deployed maritime and aviation assets to the U.S. Southern Commands (USSOUTHCOM) area of responsibility (AOR). JIATF-S, a com ponent of U.S. Southern Command (SOUTHCOM), announced its par ticipation in Operation MARTILLO (spanish word for hammer), a U.S., European, and Western Hemisphere partner nation effort targeting illicit trafficking routes in coastal waters along the Central American isth mus. Oliver Hazard Perryclass frigates USS Ingraham (FFG 61), USS Elrod (FFG 55), USS McClusky (FFG 41) and USS Nicholas (FFG 47) are already operating in support of Operation Martillo by conducting Combating Transnational Organized Crime operations(C-TOC), while Patrol Squadron 1 (VP 1) is providing a aerial patrol support while forward deployed to El Salvador. JIATF-South is the lead Federal agency for all of our activities in combating transna tional organized crime, said Rear Adm. Kurt Tidd, Commander, U.S. Naval Forces Southern Command/U.S. 4th Fleet. The Department of Defense, and specifically U.S. Southern Command and 4th Fleet plays an important supporting role in Operation Martillo. Our ships and aircraft have unique capabilities to detect and monitor crimi nal activities in the mari time domain especially tracking the movement, by sea and air, of illicit materials intended for the United States. The 4th Fleet assets are working closely with JIATF-S, USSOUTHCOM, U.S. Coast Guard, U.S. Air Force, and various Federal law enforcement agencies and partner nations to deny transna tional criminal organiza tions the ability to exploit shipping routes through South and Central America for the move ment of narcotics, precur sor chemicals, bulk cash and weapons. Operation MARTILLO is a critical component of the U.S. governments coordinated interagency regional security strategy in support of the White House Strategy to Combat Transnational Organized Crime and the U.S. Central America Regional Security Initiative. U.S. Naval Forces Southern Command and U.S. 4th Fleet (COMUSNAVSO/C4F) supports U.S. Southern Command joint and combined full-spectrum military operations by providing principally sea-based, forward presence to ensure freedom of maneuver in the mari time domain, to foster and sustain cooperative relationships with inter national partners and to fully exploit the sea as maneuver space in order to enhance regional secu rity and promote peace, stability, and prosperity in the Caribbean, Central and South American regions. For more informa tion, please contact COMUSNAVSO/C4F Public Affairs by email at comusnavso-c4f_mypt_ pao@navy.mil, visit www. public.navy.mil/comus navso-c4f, on Facebook at www.facebook.com/ NAVSOUS4THFLT, or on Twitter at www.twitter. com/NAVSOUS4THFLT. Farragut VBSS Gets Certified -Photo by Ensign Alaina Bussell USS Farragut (DDG 99) Visit, Board, Search and Seizure (VBSS) Team prepares to board another vessel dur ing its final Basic Phase Certification. The Farragut VBSS Team successfully certified during this evolution. The VBSS Team provides critical capabilities that will support USS Farraguts upcoming deployment.CNO To Speak At MidwayFrom Navy League Mayport The Navy League of Mayport is host ing the 70th Anniversary of the Battle of Midway Commemoration Dinner. Tickets are now on sale for this years Battle of Midway Commemoration Dinner, which will be held Saturday, June 9, at the Renaissance Resort, World Golf Village. Guest speaker Chief of Naval Operations Admiral Jonathan Greenert; Veterans of the Battle of Midway, several widows of Midway Veterans, and Veterans of all branches of the military have been invited to attend this years dinner. Also invited are Medal of Honor recipients and former prison ers of war in our area who have heroically answered the call of duty. Come meet these national trea surers and hear their adventures first hand. The evening prom ises to be emotional and patriotic, and provides an excellent opportunity to connect with survivors of what historians call one of the U. S. Navys greatest sea victories and the turning point of World War II in the Pacific. Ticket costs are: Active Duty E-6 and below, $25; E-7 to O3, $35; O4 to O5, $45, O6 and above, civil ians, and retirees, $60. Make checks payable to NAVY LEAGUE MIDWAY DINNER Tickets may be purchased from the fol lowing locations: Navy League Mayport Bob Price, Phone 904718-2118 Email: bpricex4@com cast.net 10 THE MIRROR NS MAYPORT, Thursday, February 16, 2012

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Helo, Is It Me Youre Looking For?Enterprise Carrier Strike Group Public Affairs The Helicopter Anti-Submarine Light Squadron (HSL 46) The Grandmasters, Detachment Six, The Big Irons have an impor tant job aboard the guid ed-missile cruiser USS Vicksburg (CG 69). The detachment may be young, only forming in May of 2011, and hav ing only been attached to Vicksburg since August 2011, but that doesnt mean The Big Irons are inexperienced. The detachment has been running the full range of missions during this underway period, said Lt. Cmdr. Scott Taz Simpson, the Officer in Charge of The Big Irons. Weve already flown nearly 90 flight hours dur ing the two weeks weve been underway, said Simpson. Weve conducted antisubmarine warfare and anti-surface warfare, mar itime interdiction opera tions, naval surface fire support, gunnery exercis es and logistics to include passengers, parts and a vertical replenishment, said Simpson. Air operations are not generally synonymous with a cruiser, but the 22 Sailors, seven pilots and two SH 60-B helicopters in The Big Irons play a vital role in Enterprise Strike Group. We are the extended eyes and ears of this bat tle group, said Aviation Structural Mechanic 2nd Class Tyson D. Cromwell of The Big Irons. We create a web, along with the carrier and destroyers, that can do anything from gather ing information, to con ducting rescue missions and protecting the battle group if need be, said Cromwell. All the ships in the bat tle group need helicop ters close at hand, not just the aircraft carrier, said Cromwell. Less Sailors in the squadron mean that every Sailor has to be very wellrounded in the air com munity. We have to know our job very well and we also have to be able to help out others in our detach ment, said Aviation Electricians Mate 1st Class Josh K. Peirpoint, The Big Irons leading petty officer. I think we see more action on an individual basis than our counter parts on the aircraft car rier, said Pierpoint. We have to be able to back everyone up, so we have to know more than just our own job, said Pierpoint. We are like a family, we look out for each other, said Pierpoint. We work together to make sure that the ship stays safe, stays supplied and we do whatever we can to protect other ships in the battle group, said Pierpoint. It can be stressful, but our guys are on point and ready for anything, any time, said Pierpoint. HSL-46 The Grandmasters, Detachment Six, The Big Irons are prepar ing for deployment with Enterprise Carrier Strike Group. Enterprise Carrier Strike Group just finished a composite training unit exercise (COMPTUEX). COMPTUEX is designed to bring every part of a strike group together to work effectively and effi ciently as one cohesive unit, ensuring overall readiness prior to a regu lar deployment. -Photo by MC3 Nick C. ScottSailors prepare to man the hose during a flight deck fire drill aboard the guided-missile cruiser USS Vicksburg (CG 69). Vicksburg and HSL-46 Detachment Six participated in Enterprise Carrier Strike Group composite training unit exercise (COMPTUEX). -Photo by MC3 Nick C. ScottCapt. Logan Jones, commanding officer of the guided-missile cruiser USS Vicksburg (CG 69) instructs Sailors as they prepare for an underway replenishment with the aircraft carrier USS Enterprise (CVN 65). -Photo by MC3 Jesse L. GonzalezThe Ticonderoga-class guided-missile cruiser USS Vicksburg (CG 69) is underway in the Atlantic Ocean. -Photo by Ensign Rachel Manning Vicksburg Sailors man the Phone and Distance line during an UNREP with USNS John Lenthall. THE MIRROR NS MAYPORT, Thursday, February 16, 2012 11

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Navy Names New LCS Gabrielle GiffordsFrom Department of the NavySecretary of the Navy Ray Mabus announced Feb. 10 that the next Independence vari ant littoral combat ship (LCS) will be named USS Gabrielle Giffords (LCS 10). The selection of Gabrielle Giffords, desig nated LCS 10, honors the former congresswoman from Tucson, Ariz. who is known for supporting the military and veterans, advocating for renewable energy and championing border security. Giffords recently resigned from Congress to recover from wounds she sustained in an assassination attempt in 2011. The Navy motto is Semper Fortis, Always Courageous, said Mabus during a ceremony held in the Pentagon Courtyard. Unwavering courage has defined the Navy for 236 years and it is what we expect, what we demand of our Sailors every single day. So its very appropriate that LCS 10 be named for someone who has become synony mous with courage, who has inspired the nation with remarkable resilien cy and showed the pos sibilities of the human spirit. Mabus also announced the ships sponsor will be Roxanna Green. Green is the mother of ChristinaTaylor Green, the nineyear-old girl who was killed while attending the meeting of constituents where Giffords was shot. A ships sponsor plays an important role in the life of the ship, naval tradition holds that her spirit and presence guide the ship throughout its service life. On that dark, trag ic day now more than a year ago, Christina-Taylor Green was taken from us. A nine-year-old who had just been elected to the student council, she wanted to become a more active participant in our democracy. Her mother, Roxanna Green, contin ues to express her daughters hope for the future and, as the President said, of a nation as good as she imagined. I am pleased to honor Gabrielle Giffords and the people of Arizona with the naming of this ship, said Mabus. Giffords and the ships spon sor, Roxanna Green, are sources of great inspira tion and represent the Navy and Marine Corps qualities of overcoming, adapting and coming out victorious despite great challenges. The ship is part of a dual block buy of LCS class ships announced by Mabus in December 2010. By procuring both versions of the LCS Lockheed Martins semi planing monohull and General Dynamics alu minum trimaran the Navy is stabilizing the LCS program and the industrial base with an award of 20 ships each; increasing ship procure ment rates to support operational requirements; sustaining competition through the program; and enhancing foreign mili tary sales opportunities. Both designs meet the Navys LCS requirement. However, the diversity provided by two designs provides operational flex ibility. Littoral combat ships perform a vital role in the Navys ability to execute DoDs Defense Strategy. USS Gabrielle Giffords will be designed to defeat growing littoral threats and provide access and dominance in the coastal waters. A fast, agile sur face combatant, the LCS provides the required warfighting capabilities and operational flexibility to execute focused mis sions close to the shore, such as mine warfare, anti-submarine warfare, and surface warfare. The LCS class of ships will be outfitted with recon figurable payloads, called mission packages, which can be changed out quickly as combat needs demand. These mission packages are supported by special detachments that will deploy manned and unmanned vehicles and sensors in support of mine, undersea and sur face warfare missions. Gabrielle Giffords will be 419 feet in length, have a waterline beam of 103 feet, displace approxi mately 3,000 tons, and make speed in excess of 40 knots. The construction will be led by Austal Shipbuilding in Mobile, Ala. This is the 16th ship to be named for a woman and the 13th ship to be named for a living per son since 1850. This is the first ship to bear Giffords name. -Photo by MCC Sam ShaversThe Secretary of the Navy (SECNAV) the honorable Ray Mabus shakes hands with retired Navy Capt. Mark Kelly, husband of former U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, from Arizona, at the Pentagon. Mabus announced that the name of the 10th littoral combat ship, LCS 10, will be USS Gabrielle Giffords. A CFC participant. Provided as a public service. 12 THE MIRROR NS MAYPORT, Thursday, February 16, 2012

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FFSC Workshops 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. Feb. 16, 1:30 p.m. 3 p.m., Conflict Resolution for Women, FFSC Room 702 Feb. 16, 9 a.m. noon, Tottle Tyme Playgroup, USO Parents and chil dren 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 interact with other children their childs age. All children age four and below are invited to attend. Feb. 22, 3 p.m.-4:30 p.m., Managing Anger Group, FFSC Room 702 Feb. 22, 9 a.m. noon, Thrift Savings Plan, Building One Room 104 Feb. 23, 9 a.m. noon, Tottle Tyme Playgroup, USO Parents and chil dren 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. Feb. 23, 1:30 p.m. 3 p.m., Conflict Resolution for Women, FFSC Room 702 Feb. 27 1 p.m.-4 p.m., Relationship Communication FFSC Room 702 Whether youve been dating for six months or married for 20 years, effective communica tion is critical to keeping your relationship happy, healthy and strong. Come learn new techniques which will help you build on the strengths of your relationship and learn to identify barriers to effec tive communication. Class is a one-time two-hour class. Couples are encouraged but not required to attend class together. Feb. 27, 6 p.m. 8 p.m., Ombudsman Assembly, Building One Room 104 Feb. 27-Mar. 1, 8 a.m. 4 p.m., TAP Separatee Workshop, Building One Room 1616 Feb. 29, 3 p.m.-4:30 p.m., Managing Anger Group, FFSC Room 702 Feb. 29, 9 a.m. 11:30 a.m., Marketing Yourself for a Second Career, Ocean Breeze Feb. 29, 9 a.m. 11 a.m., Saving and Investing, FFSC Room 719 By Appointment, 8 a.m. 4 p.m., Resume Review, FFSC TBDRetired Activities Office Keeps Retirees UpdatedFrom the Retired Activities Pro gram office The Retired Activities Office (RAO) mission according to IAW SecNav Directive 5420.1 and OPNAVInst 1720.3E, is to provide assistance and informational services to all military retirees, their family members, depen dents and survivors, and active military contem plating retirement. The NAS Jacksonville RAO is located in the Fleet and Family Support Center on the corner of Enterprise Avenue and Child Street across from the Post Office and Navy Exchange. It serves all North Florida area mili tary retirees and their families. RAO provides direct assistance and counsel ing on current retiree related information mat ters. In some cases, RAO will direct a client to the appropriate agency or other resource to resolve a retirees issue. RAO works in cooper ation with all on station service providers, as well as those at NS Mayport and NSB Kings Bay, Navy Marine Corps Relief Society, USO and City of Jacksonville Veterans Services. Services available at RAO include: of a service member or spouse (SBP) claim forms filing and support compensation efits and privileges benefits Special Compensation (CRSC) Retirement and Disability Pay (CRDP) The office is open with volunteer representa tives from 10 a.m.2 p.m. during the week and 1-4 p.m. on Wednesdays. Appointments are not required, but can be made by calling 542-5790. Walk-ins are welcomed. Learn To Market YourselfFrom FFSCThe Fleet and Family Support Center is spon soring a once-a-year lecture regarding tran sition here at Naval Station Mayport. It will be presented by The Military Officers Association of America (MOAA), and is entitled Marketing Yourself for a Second Career. The event will be held on Feb. 29, at 9-11:30 a.m., in the Ocean Breeze Conference Center Grand Ballroom. This top-shelf pre sentation is a great pro fessional development opportunity. Transition is of course ultimate ly a part of all military careers. Therefore, the lecture is perfect for those who are con templating retirement in one to five years. However, it doesnt stop there. Regardless of whether any par ticular officer or senior enlisted member has reached the point of being in their own transition, they should be educated about the pro cess in order to mentor and counsel those who work for them and are contemplating or going through their transi tions. This executive summary presentation can prepare them for that role as well as many multi-day programs. Simply stated, its a great fit for any commander, officer, or senior enlist ed supervisor -from the most senior, to the most junior. The lecture will be given by Colonel Dan Koslov, USAF (Ret), now a deputy director of transition services on MOAAs national staff. The presentation, given annually at over 150 military installations of all Services worldwide, is universally praised by audiences as, up-todate, hard-hitting, and sharply focused a must see . It includes com prehensive information on the retirement decision itself, employ er perceptions, your competition, resumes, cover letters, job search, networking, career fairs, interview tech niques, salary negotia tion, benefits packages, the current job market, and other relevant and important transition topics. The presentation is geared toward officers and senior enlisted, but those of all ranks are warmly welcomed. SPOUSES are highly encouraged to attend as well! All who attend will receive a free copy of the lectures com panion book, also titled Marketing Yourself for a Second Career . It is an in-depth, all-in-one resource for the transi tion process. For further infor mation, contact Jose Sanchez, at jose.san chez3.ctr@navy.mil or call 904-270-6600, ext. 1700 or 1701. Dont accept defeat.Fight deadly childhood diseases.A CFC participant provided as a public service. THE MIRROR NS MAYPORT, Thursday, February 16, 2012 13



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Check us out Online! mayportmirror.com Decoms, Ship Movements Proposed 3 Mayport CGs Tapped For DecommissionFrom Department of the NavyPresident Barack Obama sent Congress a proposed defense budget of $613.9 bil lion for fiscal 2013, Feb. 13. The request for the Department of Defense (DoD) includes $525.4 billion in discretion ary budget authority to fund base defense pro grams and $88.5 bil lion to support Overseas Contingency Operations (OCO), primarily in Afghanistan. Of the discretionary budget, $155.9 billion represents the Department of the Navys budget request. This is a decrease of $1.4 billion from last years baseline appropriation. Rear Adm. Joseph Mulloy, deputy assistant secretary of the Navy for budget, briefed media at the Feb. 13 DoD budget press conference about the Navy portion of the budget. Mulloy said that dur ing budget deliberations, a premium was placed on the Navys presence in the Asia-Pacific region and the Middle East and took into account innovative methods to generate more forward presence with a smaller and leaner force while retaining the ability to surge as needed. Following the Defense Strategic Guidance, Mulloy said Navys bud get was built by applying the tenets of warfighting first, operate forward, and be ready. As a result, he believes the force will be leaner, agile, flexible, ready and technologically advanced while retaining core Navy-Marine Corps warfighting capabilities to operate forward, preserve the peace, respond to crises, and protect U.S. and allied interests. The $525.4 billion for the base DoD budget includes cuts and other initiatives that will reduce planned spending by $259 billion over the next five years and $487 bil lion over ten years, levels that are consistent with the Budget Control Act. The budget adjusts pro grams that develop and procure military equip ment; begins to re-size ground forces; slows the growth of compensation and benefit programs; continues to make better use of defense resources by reducing lower-priority programs, and restruc tures the defense orga nization to achieve more efficient approaches to doing business. Defense officials say the DoD budget request focuses on funding pri orities for a 21st century defense that protects the country and sustains U.S. global leadership. It reflects the need for DoD and the military to adapt in order to proac tively address the chang ing nature of the secu rity environment and to reflect new fiscal realities. Highlights of the Navy budget proposal include: -Investment of approxi mately $13 billion per year in shipbuilding, resulting in 41 new-con struction ships across the Future Years Defense Plan (FYDP). Although a decrease from the Presidents FY12 Budget, the investment strives to maintain a healthy indusNew Base Pool Takes Shape-Photo by John AimoneConstruction on Naval Station Mayports new fitness facility progresses as the concrete is poured for the new Olympic-sized indoor pool. The pool is part of a $27 million project to replace the outdated gym, along with the new pool.Get Fiscally Fit With Military Saves Navy Public Affairs Support Element East, Detachment SoutheastMilitary Saves Week, Feb. 19 to 26 is an important part of the Department of Defense (DoD) campaign for personal financial readiness. Commands are encouraged to provide financial resource information and training to Sailors and their family members. Its a national Campaign that has been around since 2007 and its a means to assist service members in achieving financial stabil ity, said Gregory Tanner, personal financial man ager at Fleet and Family Support Center (FFSC). The program is designed to change savings behaviors by educating service members and their families on how they can build wealth, not debt. Try to save more and spend less, said Tanner. Financial stability is highly important to ser vice members and their families, and we want them reduce debt and in turn build wealth. Over the coming weeks, the Military Saves Campaign will provide saving tips, strategies, awareness and initia tives through a variety of mediums to help them reach their goals. A challenge with establishing a budget is DoD Begins Proprating Imminent Danger PayAmerican Forces Press ServiceService members now will receive immi nent danger pay only for days they actually spend in hazardous areas, Pentagon offi cials said here today. The change, which took effect yesterday, was included in the 2012 National Defense Authorization Act, which President Barack Obama signed into law Dec. 31. Members will see the prorated amount in their Feb. 15 pay records, Pentagon spokesman Navy Capt. John Kirby said. The act called for DOD to pay service members imminent danger pay only for the time they spend in areas that quali fy for the pay. In the past, service mem bers received $225 per month if they spent any time that month in an area where the pay was authorized. This is a more tar geted way of handling that pay, Kirby said. Now, service mem bers will receive $7.50 a day for days spent in these areas. Personnel who travel to the des ignated areas for peri ods less than 30 days should keep track of the number of days they are in the area to verify that they are paid for the correct number of days, officials said. The military ser vices are working to waive or remit debts for members who may have been overpaid for January, officials said. The services can waive this when there is no indication of -Photo by MCSA Damian BergFrom left Capt. Douglas Cochrane, Doug McBride, Janie Phillips, Cmdr. Pat Pickard, Gregory Tanner, Amie McKague, Marc Childers and Cyndi Hill with the proclamation for Military Saves Week. The Military Saves Week Campaign is a year-round social marketing campaign to persuade, motivate and encourage Department of Defense employees to save money and reduce consumer debt. See Fiscal, Page 9 See Pay, Page 9 See Mayport, Page 7

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2 THE MIRROR, NS MAYPORT, Thursday, February 16, 2012 The Mirror The Mirror The Mirror 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 & Adult Ed: Sunday 10:30 a.m. Baptisms 3rd Sunday of month 10:30 a.m. Catholic Youth Group 2nd & 4th Sunday 11:30 a.m-1 p.m. 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. Protestant Youth Group 1st Friday Youth Quak Trip 6:30 p.m. 3rd Friday at Chapel 7-10:30 p.m. PWOC 2nd Saturday 9:30 a.m. PMOC 3rd Saturday Prayer Breakfast 9 a.m. MOPS 1st & 3rd Thursday, 9:30 a.m. For more information or other worship opportunities and religious organizations in Jacksonville, call 270-5212.To get help for your child, you must become an advocate for him. Why should you do this? Well, you are a natural advocate for your child. You were his first teacher, his most important role model, and you have his best interests at heart! Because you will be involved with your child for life, you need to be an active participant in planning his education. As your childs advo cate, your first step is to learn as much as you can about the special ed services available at your childs school and from the district. You will need to gather informa tion about the processes used to make the deci sions about your child and who the people are making them. Who are the specific individuals in your childs school and at the district office you will work with to secure those services designed to meet your childs special needs? Since your child is entitled to an appropriate education, not the best education, nor an education that will maximize your childs poten tial, you must know these individuals, the processes, and the State and Federal laws, especially The Indi -How Do I Get Help for My Special Needs Child?Judy Cromartie School Liaison Officer KnowingShipmates, Big thanks to our Air Operations team for all the hard work during the recent distinguished visitor overnight embarks on board USS Enterprise (CVN 65). The program is designed to show community leaders and dignitaries what Navy life is all about, and their first impression of the Navy happened right here on our flight line. From exceptional customer service to gourmet refresh ments courtesy of our galley, you all came through in aces. Thanks to everyone and well done. Speaking of well done, thanks to our Harbor Operations crew, MWR, Security, and everyone involved in welcoming USS Enterprise during an overnight stop pier side. Great support, and the feed back I received from the ships leader ship was phenomenal. Last Thursday we welcomed home our own Master Chief Dave Anderson from his IA assignment in Afghanistan. Master Chief had a very successful tour there, and as he did here, mentored Sailors throughout the region while making sure their career goals and quality of life was all it should be. He is a true Sailors Master Chief, and we are certainly happy he is back safe and sound. March is just around the corner and we will all recognize with the nation, all the significant accomplishments of our women in uniform with Womans History Month. Navy commands throughout the fleet will reflect on the national 2012 theme, Womens Education Womens Empowerment to increase their knowledge and awareness of the contributions women have made both to U.S. history and to the Navy. Women have served with great honor and valor in defense of our nation since the Revolutionary War. However, women did not become an official part of the service until 1908, when Congress established the Navy Nurse Corps. The first 20 nurses, called the Sacred Twenty broke the barriers that eventually paved the way for all women to officially enter naval service. Today, nearly every naval community is open to women and female Sailors continue to excel in almost all facets of naval duties both ashore and afloat. More than 54,000 active duty women and more than 10,000 female Reservists are serving in the Navy, comprising 17.1 percent of the force. The current Navy Total Force includes 34 active and Reserve female flag officers and 59 female command master chiefs. Vice Admiral Ann E. Rondeau, current pres ident of National Defense University, remains the most senior three-star admiral in the Navy. Fair Winds to the crew of USS Taylor (FFG 50) as they set sail last week for operations in the European Theater. Be safe, and know that each and every one of you have our support. Finally, watch over your shipmates. Far too often tragedy occurs that could be prevented by counseling, or simply just listening. There is no problem big or small that we cant fix together. Be safe, and keep sending those sug gestions to the COs suggestion box or email them at douglas.cochrane@navy. milCapt. Doug Cochrane CAPTAINSLast week, a Sailor from one of my ships stopped by for a visit with me. It had been a difficult week, especially in these times of ERB and PTS. We dis cussed the particular issue that this Sailor was facing, developed a few resources, connected with some outside sup port, and discovered a few new possibilities that helped reduced the stress that they had originally felt. As we were prepar ing to bring our meeting to a close, the Sailor said, Chaps, Ive been in the Navy for 10 and half years and this is the first time that Ive spoken to a chaplain. There are probably many of our Sailors, Marines and Coast Guardsman who have never spoken with a chaplain. Unfortunately, some of those same individuals may have benefitted from a conversation with their chaplains. In that spirit, I would like you to consider the following, You might just need a chaplain, if The cares and stresses of the day seem over whelming. Chaplains dont have a Mr./Ms. Fix-It Hat to put on, but they do offer valu able training, experience, and insight for almost any situation. When you feel that nobody could understand the complexities of whatever challenge you are facing, remember these words of wisdom from Proverbs, There is nothing new under the sun. You feel discouraged Ever had a day when everything seems to go bad? Ever feel deflated? The word inspiration is central to a vocation of ministry and is focused on the drawing in of that which stimulates our hearts, minds, and emo tions. Youre asking God, why ? This is more common than most think. Events happen each and every day that cause people to wonder Where is God in all this? Sometimes it is important to discover that God isnt in the storms of life, but in the healing, guiding, and sustaining hands of those who stand by us through those storms. Your family is upset Financial strain and worry is the leading cause of conflict in fami lies. Nobody has been immune to the financial challenges of our econo my or the uncertainty of DoD reductions. While there may be other sources of concern within families such as relocation, the loss of friends, dis tance from other family members, a family con cern that is left unattended can grow into other aspects of your life. Youre facing a diffi cult decision Sometimes a private and confiden tial setting is beneficial in weighing a decision that could impact your future. Chaplains will provide open an honest feedback with you and perhaps help you view a decision in a fuller 360 degree perspective. Someone close to you has died Death touches everyone regardless of rank, ethnicity, or station in life. Death is an event, but grief is a process. Working through grief with individuals has been a rewarding part of min istry. You would like to pray or receive the prayers of others Chaplains under stand the power of prayer in our lives. You would like to cel ebrate the sacraments For some the celebration of the Eucharist, (Holy Communion or the Lords Supper) is important par ticularly prior to travel or deployment. Others wish to have a child, spouse or family member baptized. Some families do not have connections to a local congregation in town, or would prefer to have this take place at the Base Chapel or aboard their ship. For those who have never experienced a bap tism with a ships bell, it can be very meaningful to a family or crew. Youre planning to get married. Please be mindful that Chaplains per form wedding ceremonies in accordance in the manner and custom of their endorsing religious bod ies. In almost every case, pre-marital counseling, planning, and preparation are required. Your CMC, XO, CO, or shipmate has suggested it. Sometimes you may not know what a chap lain can do for you. If your CMC, XO, or Skipper have suggested it, then chances are they are seeing some thing that you may not. Your Chaplains are standing by to listen and to help. Chaplains care.You Might Be In Need Of A Chaplain If...Lt. Thomas Bingol Surface Force Ministry Center CHAPLAINSviduals with Disabilities Education Act of 2004. What do you currently know about your childs disability and educational history? Remember, the district only has to provide an appropriate education. Your main goal is to ensure that your child is provided with special education and related services [which are] designed to meet [the childs] unique needs and prepare them for further education, employment, and independent living... 20U.S.C. 1400(d). You will not be able to determine if what they are offering is appropriate if you dont know what has been tried before and whether it worked or not. Another important goal involves building a healthy working relationship with the school staff. Because you will be negotiating with the school for special education ser vices, you will need your knowledge of special education law and his disability and educational history. School personnel may or may not inform you of your rights and respon sibilities. By maintain ing a cordial relationship with school personnel, they will be more willing to discuss issues, make additional proposals, and develop Individualized Educational Programs (IEPs) which specifically address your childs needs and result in that appro priate education for your child. Are you the only one advocating for your child? Absolutely not! Teachers, school staff, and schooland district-based administrators are available to provide support to you and your child. But as you know, schools and district special education departments are woefully understaffed. They will evaluate your child and make recommendations to you about educational services. However, these evaluations and resulting recommendations will vary from school to school and from individual to individual as the educa tional background and training of these individuals is quite varied. Another individual who can advocate for your child is a lay advocate. These individuals use their specialized knowl edge and expertise to help parents resolve prob lems with schools. They can attend meetings with you, help you craft letters, negotiate for services, and advise you about your legal rights and respon sibilities. If this service sounds like what you need to get help for your special needs child, join me on Thursday, March 8 in the training room of Building 2287 (the new CDC located at1650 America Street, Atlan tic Beach, FL 32233) at 6 PM. Jill Fane, NE Florida Trainer for the Central Florida Parent Center, Mayport Chapel Plans For LentMardi Gras Sunday: Mayport Chapel Community invites Navy personnel and their families to join the con gregation for some fam ily fun on Sunday, Feb. 19 at noon. There will be games and crafts for all ages to enjoy as well as traditional New Orleans food. There is no cost for any of the food or activi ties. Give us a call at 270-5212 or e-mail alline. zwarycz@navy.mil to RSVP. Ash Wednesday, Feb. 22, Religious Services Schedule for Mayport Naval Station Chapel is as follows: Catholic Masses are at 11:00am & 7:00pm in the Main Chapel, Protestant Services are at 12:30pm & 6:00pm in the Main Chapel. Mayport Chapel will have Stations of the Cross offered every Friday at 6 p.m. starting Feb. 24. Afterwards there will be a pot-luck dinner in the Fellowship Hall. Please consider joining us for this Lenten Tradition. See SLO, Page 7

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Come Out For Navy College FairMayport Navy Career Center Can HelpNavy Public Affairs Support Element East, Detachment SoutheastAt the Mayport Navy Career Center students can earn college degrees in a traditional classroom setting, online, or both, depending on their needs. Its important that every Sailor has face to face time to help guide them to a manageable career path, said Gloria Jorgenson, field representative at the University of Maryland college. Some of the colleges that are offered on Mayport includes EmbryRiddle Aeronautical University, Florida State College at Jacksonville, Saint Leo University and Southern Illinois University. The Navy College Program for Afloat Education (NCPACE) includes schools such as Central Texas College, NCPACE (computer classes), Coastline Community College, Thomas Edison State University, Excelsior College and University of Maryland. NCPACE offers flex ibility and opportuni ties for deployed Sailors and Marines who seek an academic degree while underway. Due to the challeng ing work schedules of many service members time for school is lim ited, so we help sched ule classes around their service obligations, said James Barnette, assis tants director at Saint Leo University. I got my education this way and its important we offer these services to the Fleet. The institutions offer ing undergraduate courses are affiliated with Navy Sailor and Marine American Council on Education Registry Transcript, or (SMART), which makes it easier to transfer credits and com plete degrees. The par ticipating institutions also offer degrees at both the undergraduate and grad uate levels. Im living proof the Navy College Program works, said Dr. Charles L. Sidell, Ph. D., program coordinator for Southern Illinois University. I got both an associates and a bachelors while on active duty, as well as its one of the reason I made master chief before I retired. All schools on base participate in Department of Defense (DoD) Education Partnership Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) otherwise they cant par ticipate Tuition Assistance (TA) program. Without the GI Bill and Tuition Assistance, I would never have earned my degrees, said Sidell. In order to recive TA a Sailor must attend the Tuition Assistance Brief. The brief is held every Thursday at 2 p.m. in Building 351, room 30. Take advantage of Tuition Assistance, because if you dont use it you will lose it, said Navy Counselor 1st Class Jonathan Dingler, petty officer in charge of Mayport Navy Career Center. All schools on base are recognized by both the U.S. Department of Education and the State of Florida. The Mayport Navy Career Center will hold a open house Feb. 27, as well as a Navy college fair March 19, 2012 in build ing 460, next the the Navy Exchange. When it comes to your future you cant make a solid decision without factual information and the Mayport Navy Career Center will supply you with all the information you need, said Sidell. For more information about the Navy College Program, visit https:// www.navycollege.navy. mil/, or you can call (904) 270-7387 for the Mayport Navy Career Center. A CFC participant. Provided as a public serviceCatholic Charities USA Hope Needs Your Help.1-800-919-9338www.CatholicCharitiesUSA.org Photo: Steve Liss, AmericanPoverty.org Donate Locks For CharityFrom Balfour Beatty CommunitiesBalfour Beatty Communities at Naval Station Mayport will host a Locks of Love event on Feb. 25. The event will be held at the Ribault Bay Community Center from 11a.m.-3 p.m. anyone who donates will receive a trim and style from two guest hair stylists. Also, those who donate will receive a gift bag with styling and beauty prod ucts and the person who donates the longest ponytail of the day will receive a special gift. To donate to Locks of Love, hair must be at least 10 inches log, clean and dry. It must be bundled in a ponytail or a braid. Bleached hair cannot be used. Hair that has been dyed or permed can be used. According to their press release, most of the chil dren who are helped by Locks have lost their hair due to a medical condi tion called alopecia area ta. Others have suffered severe burns or injuries or endured radiation treat ment to the brain stem or other dermatological conditions that result in per manent hair loss. Locks has been in place since 1998 and provides t he hair pieces for children under age 21. Because of the high quality of the pieces, it takes between 6-10 ponytails and take approximately 4-6 months to manufacture. The event is open to the public. To read more about the Locks of Love organiza tion and more details about donation require ments please visit their website at http://www. locksoflove.org/. We are so excited to have two professional and experienced hair stylists donating their time to help with this event. The following bios will provide you with some additional information about them: Guest stylist Ladia Vargas has been a licensed cosmologist since 2001 in California and also is licensed in Florida since 2002. She has been working at Adessa Salon in Atlantic Beach since 2007. Guest stylist Renee Pendlay is an Independent Hair Designer & Makeup Artist at Salon @ 220 in Orange Park. For more informa tion, please visit her website at www.hairdesignb yrenee.com THE MIRROR NS MAYPORT, Thursday, February 16, 2012 3

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4 THE MIRROR, NS MAYPORT, Thursday, February 16, 2012 HSM Weaps School Mentors Students Navy Public Affairs Support Element East Detachment SoutheastSailors assigned to Helicopter Maritime Strike (HMS) Weapons School aboard Naval Station Mayport jump restarted their Lunch Buddy Mentor Program Feb. 10 with students from Atlantic Beach Elementary School. The Lunch Buddy Program is a way for adults in the community to help local elementary students succeed. For at least one hour per week, a mentor is a students craft companion, check er opponent, and recess partner. They eat lunch, play games, and just talk. They are a confidante. They are a friend. They are a buddy. The program aims to encourage confidence in children that may need some extra help through positive social interaction and genuine friendship from an adult role model. HSM Weapons School launched this program with Atlantic Beach Elementary at the start of the 2010-2011 school year. The enormous success of the program and posi tive feedback prompted them to continue it for the 2011-2012 school year. The mentors main role is to be a caring and supportive adult in the students school life. Some mentors might occasionally do some tutoring during their vis its; however this isnt their primary role, states Dianne Drysdale, Atlantic Beach Elementary Mentor Coordinator. Sometimes focusing on tutoring can conflict with the main purpose of the mentor ship relationship, which is to be a positive adult friend. This is an oppor tunity for the students to talk about anything with their mentor; whether its schools, friends, family or anything else. We want them to open up. A teacher, staff mem ber, parent, principal, or counselor recommends students for the program who would benefit from positive recognition and additional individual attention from a caring adult. The school uses a detailed matching strat egy to pair a child in need with one of the volunteer mentors. The Sailor joins their buddy at lunchtime for a relaxed meal. By using this approach during the lunch hour, the atmo sphere stays informal with no expectations of con tact outside school. The simple fact that a mili tary member is coming to lunch solely for that child begins developing feelings of self worth and confidence. Additionally, other children are drawn into the mentor and buddys conversation. The child, who may have been shy and a relative stranger to their classmates, is now more outgoing and finds themselves forging new friendships. The mentor then works with the chil dren to establish mutual respect, friendship, and core values and ethics. I really love this pro gram. I want to be a teacher someday so helping kids with problems is very important to me. Today I was with a kid that was very shy and slowly throughout the day she opened up to me. Its amazing to see how much of a difference a short amount of time can make in a childs life, said Intelligence Specialist 2nd Class Shaerica West, Volunteer Coordinator for HSM Weapons School. I think all commands should be involved in something like this. We spend time with these kids and they just love us and we are there for them. Encouragement can go a long way! HSM Weapons School is also involved in other events with Atlantic Beach Elementary such as their upcoming Dolphin Dash Run for Fun March 16. We, as members of the military, are huge positive role models for children. What I find amazing is how much we learn from those same children, said Cmdr. Andrew Danko, HSM Weapons School Commanding Officer. My Sailors tell me their mentoring stories every day and the bottom line is theyve always gotten back as much if not more than what they put in. The Dolphin Dash is an all day event to meet the requirements of the Presidential Fitness Program. Children run with their classroom and must complete between one-quarter mile and one mile depending on their grade. During the Dolphin Dash, volunteers provides motivation by stretching and running alongside the children. HSM Weapons School was recently awarded the Health, Safety and Fitness Community Service Award for their community service excellence. The award recognizes com mands with the best overall community service programs teaching and encouraging individuals, especially youth, to lead healthy and active lives. -Photo by MC2 Salton CebeAbove, Students at Atlantic Beach Elementary School try on Aviation Warfare Systems Operator 1st Class Edward Shires hat during a Lunch Buddy Mentor Program. Sailors visited the school to begin a weekly mentoring program to encourage confidence through positive social interaction. Below, Yeoman 2nd Class Junior Saintjuste, assigned to Helicopter Maritime Strike Weapons School, helps a student solve a riddle on the back of a milk box. Above, Aviation Ordnanceman 1st Class Hector Torres chats with students at Atlantic Beach Elementary School. Right, Cmdr. Andrew Danko, assigned to Helicopter Maritime Strike Weapons School, discusses the responsibilities of being a naval pilot with an Atlantic Beach Elementary School student during a Lunch Buddy Mentor Program. Sailors visited the school to begin a weekly mentoring program to encourage confidence through positive social interaction.

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THE MIRROR NS MAYPORT, Thursday, February 16, 2012 5 Navy Public Affairs Support Element East Detachment Europe The deputy chief of staff for strategy, resourc es, and plans at U.S. Naval Forces Europe-Africa and a team of delegates com pleted a three-day visit to Casablanca, Morocco, to engage in staff talks with the Royal Moroccan Navy, Feb. 3. The visit focused on the U.S. Naval Forces Europe-Africa and Royal Moroccan Navys joint commitment to regional stability and maritime security in the African theater of operation. Its an honor for us to be hosted in such a beautiful city by our Moroccan allies, said Rear Adm. Kenneth K.J. Norton. A strong sense of teamwork is required for any force protection plan to be met, and these staff talks between our respective naval forces will strengthen our ties to each other and ensure we meet our goal of maritime secu rity. During the visit, U.S. Navy delegates had the opportunity to visit Moroccan sites such as the Hassan II mosque and the legendary Ricks Caf based on the famous establishment owned by Humphrey Bogart in the 1942 film Casablanca. Also visiting Morocco was the guided-missile frigate USS Simpson (FFG 56) which hosted an evening reception by members of the Royal Moroccan Navy and numerous Moroccan and U.S. attaches and ambas sadors. Simpson deployed the day before Thanksgiving, and everything weve been doing on this deployment has worked towards events like this, where we have the opportunity to visit a port such as Casablanca and strengthen ties with our Moroccan allies, said Cmdr. Leonard Milliken, Simpsons commanding officer. This crew has been primarily deployed in the U.S. Southern Command area of opera tion, so for many of us, this is our first time in Morocco and its a tre mendous experience. The Simpson crew has done a phenomenal job of getting the ship prepped and ready to come over here and operate. Samuel Kaplan, U.S. ambassador to Morocco, was equally impressed by the camaraderie dis played between the U.S. and Moroccan naval forces. Being based in Morocco, we dont see a lot of the military come through this area of the world, but every time an event like this occurs, where Americas forces are here to visit with the Royal Moroccan Navy, you get such a great sense of the devotion these young men and women bring to their jobs and their commitment to our country, said Kaplan. Nortons three-day visit to Morocco served to promote peace and stabil ity within the U.S. Naval Forces Africa area of responsibility, and it demonstrated commitment to regional partnerships and to foster growing relationships between the U.S. Navy and its African partners.U.S. Navy Delegation Wraps Up Moroccan Staff Talks Visit -Photos by MC2 Felicito RustiqueNaval officers from the Royal Moroccan Navy depart the guided-missile frigate USS Simpson (FFG 56) after receiving a tour of the bridge and training on combat systems operations. Simpson, homeported out of Mayport, Fla., is currently conducting theater security cooperation and maritime security operations in the U.S. 6th Fleet area of responsibility. Sailors stand a low visibility detail on the bow of the guided-missile frigate USS Simpson (FFG 56) during a sand storm off the West African coastline. Simpson, homeported out of Mayport, Fla., is currently conducting theater security cooperation and maritime security operations in the Naval Forces Africa area of responsibility. -Photo by MC2 Felicito RustiqueSailors stand a low visibility detail on the stern of the guided-missile frigate USS Simpson (FFG 56) during a sand storm off the West African coastline. Quartermaster 3rd Class Josef Fisher, assigned to the guided-missile frigate USS Simpson (FFG 56), explains how to plot points on a chart to Togolese Petty Officer 1st Class Meyebina-Esso Baka during navigation training in support of Africa Partnership Station (APS) 2012. APS is an international security cooperation initiative, facili tated by Commander, U.S. Naval Forces Europe-Africa, aimed at strengthening global maritime partnerships through training and collaborative activities in order to improve maritime safety and security in Africa. A member from the Royal Moroccan Navy departs the guided-missile frigate USS Simpson (FFG 56) after a visit, board, search and seizure training session. Sailors aboard the guided-missile frigate USS Simpson (FFG 56) observe morning colors. Simpson is conducting theater security cooperation and maritime security opera tions in the Naval Forces Africa area of responsibility.

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Mayport Mens Tennis League The U.S. Coast Guard served it up strong this week with Boatswains Mate 2nd Class Christopher Hunt beating Senior Chief Boatswains Mate George Zitzewitz in a two set match 6-4, 6-1. Master Chief Boatswains Mate James Pancari got his first win against CSSN Dustin Snyder in straight sets 6-2, 6-1. In this weeks line up Pancari takes on Zitzewitz, Drab takes on Hunt and Evans take on Snyder. This is a Captains Cup league open to all Active Duty. For more information on the tennis league and how you can get involved contact Rita at 904-270-5451. Time to dust off your Michael Jordans and take it to the hoop for the upcoming Mens Captains Cup Basketball season for both Greybeard (30 and older) and Intramurals. The league meeting will be Feb. 21 at 11 a.m. in the gym. Pre-season tournament March 19-22. This is a Captains Cup league open to all Active Duty commands. For more information contact Rita at 904-2705451. Step up to the plate with bats in hand for the upcoming PreSeason Captains Cup Mens Softball tourna ment 27-30 February. Teams must register by Tuesday 21 February to be eligible to participate. For more information on how to get your command involved contact Rita at 904-270-5451. Come join us this weekend Feb 18, 19 and 20 for the Mens Post Season SEMAC Basketball Tournament. Games begin on Saturday at 1000 and run through the week end with the finals on Monday at noon. Come support the Navys very own Mayport Hurricanes as they take on Keesler AFB, Robins AFB, Eglin AFB, Maxwell AFB and Moody AFB. For more information contact Rita at 904-2705451 In Womens Volleyball Sunday the Lady Aces spiked up a few more wins as they took on the Angels 21-12, 21-14 and the Mamacitas 21-13, 21-7 to keep their first place status. The Angels came out ahead this week against the Lady War Dawgs 21-12, 21-14. More Womens Volleyball to come Sunday, February 26 as Lady War Dawgs take on the Lady Aces, Angels take on the Mamacitas and the Lady Aces. Games begin at 3 p.m. Feb. 20: Presidents Day Holiday Bowling Special. 11 a.m-5 p.m. at Mayport Bowling Center. 2 hours of extreme bowling, shoes, one item off Fast Lanes Grilles menu and a soda for only $15 (non-food option $12; a la carte option also avail able). 270-5377 Feb. 21: Captains Cup Mens Intramural Basketball Organizational Meeting 11 a.m. at the Gym. League begins March 19. 270-5451 Feb. 22: 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 FLC Jax. For tickets, call SHCM Brad Watson at (904) 2707178. Feb. 24: Ron Perry Connection. 9 p.m. Live at Castaways. FREE. 2707205 Feb. 26: UFC 144 9 p.m. at Castaways. FREE MWRThe 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. Feb. 17: Movie Trip. Van departs 5 p.m. Transportation Only. Cost $5. Feb. 18: Dave & Busters Trip. Van departs 7 p.m. Transportation Only. FREE Feb. 19: Paintball. Van departs Liberty Center at 9 a.m. Cost $5 (includes paintballs, gear and transportation) Feb. 20: Minute to Win It. 5 p.m. at Liberty Center. Feb. 20: Presidents Day Holiday Bowling Special 11 a.m-5 p.m. at Mayport Bowling Center. 2 hours of extreme bowl ing, shoes, one item off Fast Lanes Grilles menu and a soda for only $15 (non-food option $12; a la carte option also avail able). 270-5377 Feb. 21: Captains Cup Mens Intramural Basketball Organizational Meeting 11 a.m. at the Gym. League begins March 19. 270-5451 Feb. 22: 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 FLC Jax. For tickets, call SHCM Brad Watson at (904) 2707178. Feb. 22: Pool Tournament Finals 6 p.m. at the Liberty Center. Feb. 23: Killer Bunny. 6 p.m. at Liberty Center. Refreshments Provided. Feb. 24: Ron Perry Connection. 9 p.m. Live at Castaways. FREE. 2707205 Feb 25: Ping Pong Tournament. 6 p.m. at Liberty Center. Feb. 26: UFC 144 9 p.m. at Castaways. FREE Feb. 28: Texas Hold Em Tournament. 6 p.m. at Liberty Center. LIBERTYFeb. 17: Freedom Friday Movie Night. 7-11 p.m. at the Youth Center. Cost is $8 advanced signup and $10 day of, space permitting. 270-5680 Feb. 17: Fire Pit Friday. 2-11 p.m. Bring your Blankets and chairs and sit around the fire pit for smores and music. 2460347 Feb. 18: Youth Sponsorship Mardis Gras Dance Party. 7-10 p.m. at the Teen Center. Your chances to win the drawing for a Pack Prize will increase with every new member you bring to this event! 246-0347 Feb. 20: Presidents Day Holiday Bowling Special. 11 a.m-5 p.m. at Mayport Bowling Center. 2 hours of extreme bowling, shoes, one item off Fast Lanes Grilles menu and a soda for only $15 (non-food option $12; a la carte option also avail able). 270-5377 Feb 23: Drama Club Presents The Hunchback of Notre Dame. 4:15 p.m. at the Youth Center. 270-5680. Feb. 25: Cicis Pizza Night. 1-3:30 p.m. Bring money for dinner. Permission slip required. 270-5680. KID -Photo by Rita HammerstadBoatswains Mate 2nd Class Christopher Hunt returns the ball during his match against Senior Chief Boatswains Mate George Zitzewitz MWR 6 THE MIRROR, NS MAYPORT, Thursday, February 16, 2012

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trial base to ensure future innovation and techno logical advantage. -Overall battle force ships will be 284 in FY13. Shipbuilding budget changes will result in a Navy fleet size of more than 280 ships by the end of the five-year plan. -The ordering date of the future John F. Kennedy (CVN 79) has not changed; signing of the detailed design and construction contract in FY13 will remain on schedule. The construc tion schedule will be moved back two years in order to decrease pres sure on the shipbuilding budget without impacting force structure. CVN 79 is the numerical replace ment for USS Nimitz (CVN 68) and will be delivered no later than 2022 in order to maintain the 11-carrier force structure. -The department remains committed to a 55-ship LCS class. However, due to fiscal constraints, procurement has been slowed across the FYDP, reducing LCS by two ships, one of each variant. -The first year of full funding for LHA 8 will be moved from FY16 to FY17. The impact is minimal since LHA 8 also has advance procurement funding in FY15 and FY16. Construction and delivery timelines are not affected. LHA 8 is antici pated to be operational approximately one year after delivery in the FY25 timeframe. -Retirement of seven guided missile cruis ers: USS Cowpens (CG 63), USS Anzio (CG 68), USS Vicksburg (CG 69), USS Port Royal (CG 73), in FY13; and USS Gettysburg (CG 64), USS Chosin (CG 65) and USS Hue City (CG 66) in FY14. Two Amphibious Dock Landing Ships will also be retired during the FYDP: USS Whidbey Island (LSD 41) and USS Tortuga (LSD 46). All nine ships will be retired before the end of their service lives which is consistent with work ing more efficiently and cost-effectively in this resource-constrained environment. -Support for develop ment efforts for the Ohio class replacement program continue, but at reduced levels. Virginia class procurement was reduced in the FYDP from 10 SSNs to nine (delayed procurement of 1 SSN from FY14 to FY18). To mitigate the large under sea strike capacity lost when SSGN retires in 2026-2028, the Navy is investing in research and development for the Virginia Payload Module. -The Department con tinues to procure aircraft at sufficient levels to meet fielding and com bat requirements with manageable risk (765 aircraft across the FYDP). However, many pro grams have been delayed or reduced. Joint Strike Fighters (F-35 B/C) are reduced by nearly 50 percent across the FYDP (21 F-35B and 48 F-35C models reduced). Additional reductions include P-8A, MV-22B, MH-60R, and KC-130J. -While funding for unmanned aerial vehi cles has been reduced, it remains robust despite a delay in the Unmanned Carrier Launched Airborne Surveillance and Strike program and termination of the Medium Range Maritime Unmanned Aerial System. -The proposed budget protects development of new sea-based intelli gence, surveillance, and reconnaissance (ISR) systems and other mari time capabilities (Fire Scout, Small Tactical Unmanned Air System, and Broad Area Maritime Surveillance). -The budget propos al reflects the depart ments commitment to taking care of its Sailors, Marines, Civilians and their families and con tinues the investments needed to ensure they remain the worlds pre mier maritime force. A 1.7 percent military basic pay increase that reflects the economic conditions of the country is pro posed in FY13 and FY14. Pay growth is slowed in FY15 and beyond over the FYDP to achieve more control over personnel costs while also keeping pay competitive. The separate OCO budget totals $88.5 billion, $26.6 billion below the fiscal 2012 enacted bud get of $115.1 billion. The proposed budget reflects the withdrawal of com bat troops from Iraq in December 2011, as well as savings due to operational progress in Afghanistan and the transition to Afghan responsibility for security. To view the proposed FY 2013 DoN budget documents, visit http://www. finance.hq.navy.mil/ fmb/13pres/books.htm. Highlights of the proposed DoD budget are outlined at http:// www.defense.gov/ news/2013budget.pdf. For more information and to view the entire fiscal 2013 budget proposal, visit http://www.budget. mil and download the FY 2013 Budget Request Overview Book. To view budget-related transcripts, visit http:// www.defense.gov/tran scripts.From Page 1Mayport will be speaking on how to effectively advocate for your special needs child. Also presenting will be Jose Sanchez, EFMP Liai son, for NS Mayport. He will provide an overview of the EFMP program, why it is important for you to enroll in the program, and how to enroll. Judy Cromartie is the School Liaison Officer for NS Mayport. If you have questions about this arti cle or concerns about an educational issue impact ing 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. From Page 2SLO THE MIRROR NS MAYPORT, Thursday, February 16, 2012 7

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ERB Seminar Educates Sailors On Next StageNavy Publics Affairs Support Element East, Detachment SoutheastSailors gathered for a Post-Enlisted Retention Board (ERB) Fleet Engagement brief at the Beachside Community Center on Naval Station Mayport on Feb. 8. The Post-Enlisted Retention Board (ERB) Fleet Engagement brief was created to provide guidance to Sailors who are transitioning out of the Navy and into the civilian work force. Anytime you can talk face to face with Sailors and help them under stand their benefits, it benefits the Navy, said Capt. Steve Holmes, Director of BUPERS 3. The main goal is to engage the fleet and answer all questions and change polices to help our shipmates. This brief discussed the reasoning behind the Enlisted Retention Board, the results of the board, actions to occur this year in order to move for ward with the emphasis on transitioning service members and command support. The goal was to have every ERB Sailor in attendance to understand the benefits and entitlements they deserve during their separation and transitioning phase to the civilian world, said Southeast Region Navy Career Counselor Senior Chief Andre Brown. The work force is looking for young men and women like them simply because they show up to work on time, are drug free, know how to work hard and they have the leadership ability already instilled in them, said Mike McCalip, retired Fleet Master Chief. The information and resources provided during the brief can be beneficial to more than just the transitioning Sailor. Its important to offer these service to these young men and women who volunteered to make sure we have the rights and liberties we have today, said McCalip. We feel its are duty to help these Sailors get the best job opportunities pos sible. For more information about ERB and other transition benefits, visit the NPC ERB Web Page at www.npc.navy.mil/ boards/ERB/, contact the NPC customer service center at 1-866-U-ASKNPC (1-866-827-5672) or email cscmailbox@navy. mil. -Photo by MCSA Damian BergTeam members from the Fleet Engagement Team talk with Sailors about post-Enlisted Retention Board benefits during an information brief held at Naval Station Mayport on Feb. 8 at Beachside Community Center.the discipline to adhere to an effective financial plan, said Tanner. Were here to help establish a sound financial plan or budget. The theme this year is Set a Goal Path and Save Automatically. During the financially focused week, Sailors and their families can attend lec tures or participate in forums and contests that promote personal savings, debt reduction and good financial habits. Some of the events that will be held are: Budgeting for Families, Wealth Watchers, Financial Literacy, Home Buying and Selling Education and Military Saves Member Appreciation Day, said Tanner. For more information read the NAVADMIN or visit, www.militarysaves. org or www.ameri casavesweek.org. FFSC Personal Financial Management (PFM) team will hold several classes and briefs starting on Feb. 21 with a PFM leadership brief from 8-9 a.m. in Building 1, Room 702 and a PFM information awareness booth set up at the Navy Federal Credit Union from 10 a.m.-noon. Frank Gorman, CFA, will hold a Savings and Investments brief at Building 1, Room 1616 from 1-3 p.m. On Feb. 22, the team will talk Thrift Savings Plan from 9 a.m.-noon at Building 1, Room 1616, followed by Budgeting for Families from 1-4 p.m. On Feb 23, join Carrie Davis of Wealth Watchers talk about Financial Literacy Home Buying and Selling at Building 1, Room 1616 from 9-10:30 a.m. On Feb. 24, the Navy Federal Credit Union will sponsor a Military Saves Member Appreciation Day from 8:30 a.m.-3 p.m. For more information, or to register for classes and briefs, call FFSC at 270-6600 ext. 1700/01From Page 1Fiscalfraud, fault, misrepresentation, or when members were unaware they were overpaid, Pentagon spokeswoman Eileen Lainez said. Proration is based on a 30-day month, which trans lates into a rate of $7.50 per day. It does not matter if the month is 28 or 31 days long, officials explained; if service members serve in affected areas for the com plete month, they will receive the full rate of $225 per month. The Defense Department defines imminent danger pay areas as places where members are subject to the threat of physical harm or imminent danger because of civil insurrection, civil war, terrorism or wartime conditions. Service members who come under fire, regardless of location, will receive the full monthly hostile-fire pay amount of $225. From Page 1Pay THE MIRROR NS MAYPORT, Thursday, February 16, 2012 9

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NAVSO/4th Fleet Joins Operation HammerFrom U.S. Southern Command U.S. 4th Fleet Public Affairs OfficeU.S. 4th Fleet is cur rently supporting Joint Interagency Task Force-South (JIATF-S) Operation Martillo with deployed maritime and aviation assets to the U.S. Southern Commands (USSOUTHCOM) area of responsibility (AOR). JIATF-S, a com ponent of U.S. Southern Command (SOUTHCOM), announced its par ticipation in Operation MARTILLO (spanish word for hammer), a U.S., European, and Western Hemisphere partner nation effort targeting illicit trafficking routes in coastal waters along the Central American isth mus. Oliver Hazard Perryclass frigates USS Ingraham (FFG 61), USS Elrod (FFG 55), USS McClusky (FFG 41) and USS Nicholas (FFG 47) are already operating in support of Operation Martillo by conducting Combating Transnational Organized Crime operations(C-TOC), while Patrol Squadron 1 (VP 1) is providing a aerial patrol support while forward deployed to El Salvador. JIATF-South is the lead Federal agency for all of our activities in combating transna tional organized crime, said Rear Adm. Kurt Tidd, Commander, U.S. Naval Forces Southern Command/U.S. 4th Fleet. The Department of Defense, and specifically U.S. Southern Command and 4th Fleet plays an important supporting role in Operation Martillo. Our ships and aircraft have unique capabilities to detect and monitor criminal activities in the mari time domain especially tracking the movement, by sea and air, of illicit materials intended for the United States. The 4th Fleet assets are working closely with JIATF-S, USSOUTHCOM, U.S. Coast Guard, U.S. Air Force, and various Federal law enforcement agencies and partner nations to deny transna tional criminal organiza tions the ability to exploit shipping routes through South and Central America for the move ment of narcotics, precursor chemicals, bulk cash and weapons. Operation MARTILLO is a critical component of the U.S. governments coordinated interagency regional security strategy in support of the White House Strategy to Combat Transnational Organized Crime and the U.S. Central America Regional Security Initiative. U.S. Naval Forces Southern Command and U.S. 4th Fleet (COMUSNAVSO/C4F) supports U.S. Southern Command joint and combined full-spectrum military operations by providing principally sea-based, forward presence to ensure freedom of maneuver in the mari time domain, to foster and sustain cooperative relationships with inter national partners and to fully exploit the sea as maneuver space in order to enhance regional security and promote peace, stability, and prosperity in the Caribbean, Central and South American regions. For more informa tion, please contact COMUSNAVSO/C4F Public Affairs by email at comusnavso-c4f_mypt_ pao@navy.mil, visit www. public.navy.mil/comus navso-c4f, on Facebook at www.facebook.com/ NAVSOUS4THFLT, or on Twitter at www.twitter. com/NAVSOUS4THFLT. Farragut VBSS Gets Certified -Photo by Ensign Alaina Bussell USS Farragut (DDG 99) Visit, Board, Search and Seizure (VBSS) Team prepares to board another vessel during its final Basic Phase Certification. The Farragut VBSS Team successfully certified during this evolution. The VBSS Team provides critical capabilities that will support USS Farraguts upcoming deployment.CNO To Speak At MidwayFrom Navy League Mayport The Navy League of Mayport is host ing the 70th Anniversary of the Battle of Midway Commemoration Dinner. Tickets are now on sale for this years Battle of Midway Commemoration Dinner, which will be held Saturday, June 9, at the Renaissance Resort, World Golf Village. Guest speaker Chief of Naval Operations Admiral Jonathan Greenert; Veterans of the Battle of Midway, several widows of Midway Veterans, and Veterans of all branches of the military have been invited to attend this years dinner. Also invited are Medal of Honor recipients and former prison ers of war in our area who have heroically answered the call of duty. Come meet these national treasurers and hear their adventures first hand. The evening prom ises to be emotional and patriotic, and provides an excellent opportunity to connect with survivors of what historians call one of the U. S. Navys greatest sea victories and the turning point of World War II in the Pacific. Ticket costs are: Active Duty E-6 and below, $25; E-7 to O3, $35; O4 to O5, $45, O6 and above, civil ians, and retirees, $60. Make checks payable to NAVY LEAGUE MIDWAY DINNER Tickets may be purchased from the fol lowing locations: Navy League Mayport Bob Price, Phone 904718-2118 Email: bpricex4@com cast.net 10 THE MIRROR, NS MAYPORT, Thursday, February 16, 2012

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Helo, Is It Me Youre Looking For?Enterprise Carrier Strike Group Public Affairs The Helicopter Anti-Submarine Light Squadron (HSL 46) The Grandmasters, Detachment Six, The Big Irons have an important job aboard the guid ed-missile cruiser USS Vicksburg (CG 69). The detachment may be young, only forming in May of 2011, and hav ing only been attached to Vicksburg since August 2011, but that doesnt mean The Big Irons are inexperienced. The detachment has been running the full range of missions during this underway period, said Lt. Cmdr. Scott Taz Simpson, the Officer in Charge of The Big Irons. Weve already flown nearly 90 flight hours during the two weeks weve been underway, said Simpson. Weve conducted antisubmarine warfare and anti-surface warfare, maritime interdiction opera tions, naval surface fire support, gunnery exercis es and logistics to include passengers, parts and a vertical replenishment, said Simpson. Air operations are not generally synonymous with a cruiser, but the 22 Sailors, seven pilots and two SH 60-B helicopters in The Big Irons play a vital role in Enterprise Strike Group. We are the extended eyes and ears of this bat tle group, said Aviation Structural Mechanic 2nd Class Tyson D. Cromwell of The Big Irons. We create a web, along with the carrier and destroyers, that can do anything from gather ing information, to con ducting rescue missions and protecting the battle group if need be, said Cromwell. All the ships in the battle group need helicop ters close at hand, not just the aircraft carrier, said Cromwell. Less Sailors in the squadron mean that every Sailor has to be very wellrounded in the air com munity. We have to know our job very well and we also have to be able to help out others in our detach ment, said Aviation Electricians Mate 1st Class Josh K. Peirpoint, The Big Irons leading petty officer. I think we see more action on an individual basis than our counter parts on the aircraft car rier, said Pierpoint. We have to be able to back everyone up, so we have to know more than just our own job, said Pierpoint. We are like a family, we look out for each other, said Pierpoint. We work together to make sure that the ship stays safe, stays supplied and we do whatever we can to protect other ships in the battle group, said Pierpoint. It can be stressful, but our guys are on point and ready for anything, any time, said Pierpoint. HSL-46 The Grandmasters, Detachment Six, The Big Irons are prepar ing for deployment with Enterprise Carrier Strike Group. Enterprise Carrier Strike Group just finished a composite training unit exercise (COMPTUEX). COMPTUEX is designed to bring every part of a strike group together to work effectively and effi ciently as one cohesive unit, ensuring overall readiness prior to a regu lar deployment. -Photo by MC3 Nick C. ScottSailors prepare to man the hose during a flight deck fire drill aboard the guided-missile cruiser USS Vicksburg (CG 69). Vicksburg and HSL-46 Detachment Six participated in Enterprise Carrier Strike Group composite training unit exercise (COMPTUEX). -Photo by MC3 Nick C. ScottCapt. Logan Jones, commanding officer of the guided-missile cruiser USS Vicksburg (CG 69) instructs Sailors as they prepare for an underway replenishment with the aircraft carrier USS Enterprise (CVN 65). -Photo by MC3 Jesse L. GonzalezThe Ticonderoga-class guided-missile cruiser USS Vicksburg (CG 69) is underway in the Atlantic Ocean. -Photo by Ensign Rachel Manning Vicksburg Sailors man the Phone and Distance line during an UNREP with USNS John Lenthall. THE MIRROR NS MAYPORT, Thursday, February 16, 2012 11

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Navy Names New LCS Gabrielle GiffordsFrom Department of the NavySecretary of the Navy Ray Mabus announced Feb. 10 that the next Independence vari ant littoral combat ship (LCS) will be named USS Gabrielle Giffords (LCS 10). The selection of Gabrielle Giffords, desig nated LCS 10, honors the former congresswoman from Tucson, Ariz. who is known for supporting the military and veterans, advocating for renewable energy and championing border security. Giffords recently resigned from Congress to recover from wounds she sustained in an assassination attempt in 2011. The Navy motto is Semper Fortis, Always Courageous, said Mabus during a ceremony held in the Pentagon Courtyard. Unwavering courage has defined the Navy for 236 years and it is what we expect, what we demand of our Sailors every single day. So its very appropriate that LCS 10 be named for someone who has become synonymous with courage, who has inspired the nation with remarkable resilien cy and showed the pos sibilities of the human spirit. Mabus also announced the ships sponsor will be Roxanna Green. Green is the mother of ChristinaTaylor Green, the nineyear-old girl who was killed while attending the meeting of constituents where Giffords was shot. A ships sponsor plays an important role in the life of the ship, naval tradition holds that her spirit and presence guide the ship throughout its service life. On that dark, trag ic day now more than a year ago, Christina-Taylor Green was taken from us. A nine-year-old who had just been elected to the student council, she wanted to become a more active participant in our democracy. Her mother, Roxanna Green, contin ues to express her daughters hope for the future and, as the President said, of a nation as good as she imagined. I am pleased to honor Gabrielle Giffords and the people of Arizona with the naming of this ship, said Mabus. Giffords and the ships spon sor, Roxanna Green, are sources of great inspira tion and represent the Navy and Marine Corps qualities of overcoming, adapting and coming out victorious despite great challenges. The ship is part of a dual block buy of LCS class ships announced by Mabus in December 2010. By procuring both versions of the LCS Lockheed Martins semiplaning monohull and General Dynamics alu minum trimaran the Navy is stabilizing the LCS program and the industrial base with an award of 20 ships each; increasing ship procure ment rates to support operational requirements; sustaining competition through the program; and enhancing foreign mili tary sales opportunities. Both designs meet the Navys LCS requirement. However, the diversity provided by two designs provides operational flex ibility. Littoral combat ships perform a vital role in the Navys ability to execute DoDs Defense Strategy. USS Gabrielle Giffords will be designed to defeat growing littoral threats and provide access and dominance in the coastal waters. A fast, agile sur face combatant, the LCS provides the required warfighting capabilities and operational flexibility to execute focused mis sions close to the shore, such as mine warfare, anti-submarine warfare, and surface warfare. The LCS class of ships will be outfitted with recon figurable payloads, called mission packages, which can be changed out quickly as combat needs demand. These mission packages are supported by special detachments that will deploy manned and unmanned vehicles and sensors in support of mine, undersea and sur face warfare missions. Gabrielle Giffords will be 419 feet in length, have a waterline beam of 103 feet, displace approxi mately 3,000 tons, and make speed in excess of 40 knots. The construction will be led by Austal Shipbuilding in Mobile, Ala. This is the 16th ship to be named for a woman and the 13th ship to be named for a living per son since 1850. This is the first ship to bear Giffords name. -Photo by MCC Sam ShaversThe Secretary of the Navy (SECNAV) the honorable Ray Mabus shakes hands with retired Navy Capt. Mark Kelly, husband of former U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, from Arizona, at the Pentagon. Mabus announced that the name of the 10th littoral combat ship, LCS 10, will be USS Gabrielle Giffords. 80 800533 A CFC participant. Provided as a public service. 12 THE MIRROR, NS MAYPORT, Thursday, February 16, 2012

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FFSC Workshops 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. Feb. 16, 1:30 p.m. 3 p.m., Conflict Resolution for Women, FFSC Room 702 Feb. 16, 9 a.m. noon, Tottle Tyme Playgroup, USO Parents and chil dren 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 interact with other children their childs age. All children age four and below are invited to attend. Feb. 22, 3 p.m.-4:30 p.m., Managing Anger Group, FFSC Room 702 Feb. 22, 9 a.m. noon, Thrift Savings Plan, Building One Room 104 Feb. 23, 9 a.m. noon, Tottle Tyme Playgroup, USO Parents and chil dren 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. Feb. 23, 1:30 p.m. 3 p.m., Conflict Resolution for Women, FFSC Room 702 Feb. 27 1 p.m.-4 p.m., Relationship Communication FFSC Room 702 Whether youve been dating for six months or married for 20 years, effective communica tion is critical to keeping your relationship happy, healthy and strong. Come learn new techniques which will help you build on the strengths of your relationship and learn to identify barriers to effec tive communication. Class is a one-time two-hour class. Couples are encouraged but not required to attend class together. Feb. 27, 6 p.m. 8 p.m., Ombudsman Assembly, Building One Room 104 Feb. 27-Mar. 1, 8 a.m. 4 p.m., TAP Separatee Workshop, Building One Room 1616 Feb. 29, 3 p.m.-4:30 p.m., Managing Anger Group, FFSC Room 702 Feb. 29, 9 a.m. 11:30 a.m., Marketing Yourself for a Second Career, Ocean Breeze Feb. 29, 9 a.m. 11 a.m., Saving and Investing, FFSC Room 719 By Appointment, 8 a.m. 4 p.m., Resume Review, FFSC TBDRetired Activities Office Keeps Retirees UpdatedFrom the Retired Activities Program office The Retired Activities Office (RAO) mission according to IAW SecNav Directive 5420.1 and OPNAVInst 1720.3E, is to provide assistance and informational services to all military retirees, their family members, depen dents and survivors, and active military contem plating retirement. The NAS Jacksonville RAO is located in the Fleet and Family Support Center on the corner of Enterprise Avenue and Child Street across from the Post Office and Navy Exchange. It serves all North Florida area mili tary retirees and their families. RAO provides direct assistance and counsel ing on current retiree related information mat ters. In some cases, RAO will direct a client to the appropriate agency or other resource to resolve a retirees issue. RAO works in cooper ation with all on station service providers, as well as those at NS Mayport and NSB Kings Bay, Navy Marine Corps Relief Society, USO and City of Jacksonville Veterans Services. Services available at RAO include: of a service member or spouse (SBP) claim forms filing and support compensation efits and privileges benefits Special Compensation (CRSC) Retirement and Disability Pay (CRDP) The office is open with volunteer representa tives from 10 a.m.2 p.m. during the week and 1-4 p.m. on Wednesdays. Appointments are not required, but can be made by calling 542-5790. Walk-ins are welcomed. Learn To Market YourselfFrom FFSCThe Fleet and Family Support Center is spon soring a once-a-year lecture regarding tran sition here at Naval Station Mayport. It will be presented by The Military Officers Association of America (MOAA), and is entitled Marketing Yourself for a Second Career. The event will be held on Feb. 29, at 9-11:30 a.m., in the Ocean Breeze Conference Center Grand Ballroom. This top-shelf pre sentation is a great pro fessional development opportunity. Transition is of course ultimate ly a part of all military careers. Therefore, the lecture is perfect for those who are con templating retirement in one to five years. However, it doesnt stop there. Regardless of whether any par ticular officer or senior enlisted member has reached the point of being in their own transition, they should be educated about the process in order to mentor and counsel those who work for them and are contemplating or going through their transi tions. This executive summary presentation can prepare them for that role as well as many multi-day programs. Simply stated, its a great fit for any commander, officer, or senior enlist ed supervisor -from the most senior, to the most junior. The lecture will be given by Colonel Dan Koslov, USAF (Ret), now a deputy director of transition services on MOAAs national staff. The presentation, given annually at over 150 military installations of all Services worldwide, is universally praised by audiences as, up-todate, hard-hitting, and sharply focused a must see . It includes com prehensive information on the retirement decision itself, employ er perceptions, your competition, resumes, cover letters, job search, networking, career fairs, interview tech niques, salary negotia tion, benefits packages, the current job market, and other relevant and important transition topics. The presentation is geared toward officers and senior enlisted, but those of all ranks are warmly welcomed. SPOUSES are highly encouraged to attend as well! All who attend will receive a free copy of the lectures com panion book, also titled Marketing Yourself for a Second Career . It is an in-depth, all-in-one resource for the transi tion process. For further infor mation, contact Jose Sanchez, at jose.san chez3.ctr@navy.mil or call 904-270-6600, ext. 1700 or 1701. Dont accept defeat.Fight deadly childhood diseases.A CFC participant provided as a public service. THE MIRROR NS MAYPORT, Thursday, February 16, 2012 13