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Check us out Online! mayportmirror.com Colombian Tall Ship Gloria Visits NS MayportFrom COMUSNAVSO/C4F Public AffairsThe Colombian Navys sailing ship ARC Gloria is scheduled to arrive at Naval Station (NS) Mayport at 9 a.m. on Thursday, May 10. Military Personnel wanting to watch the arrival are welcome to do so from the Camp Grounds. Each summer, the cadets of the Gloria take an annual cruise as a training opportunity to learn how to maneu ver the ship and act as ambassadors of the Colombian Navy. While sailing into the NS Mayport basin Friday, the cadets of the Gloria will man the yard-arms and sing the Colombian national anthem, among other patriotic songs. NS Mayport will be the Glorias first port visit as part of a sixmonth deployment to the U.S. East Coast, Europe and Africa. The ship will be in port through Sunday after noon, before it departs to continue its training mission. Ship Tours The ship will be open for valid DoD ID hold ers and families/friends Friday 10 a.m.-3 p.m. and Saturday 10 a.m.3 p.m. Guests must have base access or be escorted by a DoD ID holder to tour the ARC Gloria. Bags, purses and backpacks are not per mitted. Children under 8 years are not permit ted. Cameras are highly encouraged. Civilians arriving to the gate without DoD escort will not be allowed on base.-Photo by MCSN Brian T. GluntChief Gunners Mate Sean Holmes loads ammunition into a .50-caliber machine gun before a pre-action aim calibration test-fire exercise aboard the guided-missile frigate USS Simpson (FFG 56). See Story, Photos, Page 10.Simpson Crew Protects Maritime WaterwaysWork From HomeFrom American Forces Press ServiceThe Department of Defense announced a new policy that will promote more teleworking across the civilian workforce, according to a DOD news release. Changes to the exist ing telework policy were prompted by the Telework Enhancement Act of 2010, officials said, and will help DOD achieve greater flex ibility in managing its work force. Telework is a powerful tool, one that helps DOD maximize the agility it needs to operate in all kinds of conditions, while promot ing workforce efficiency and quality of life, Paige HinkleBowles, deputy assistant sec retary of defense for civilian personnel policy, said in the release. The new policy requires DOD leaders to promote telework within their respec tive components, make every effort to overcome artificial barriers to program implementation, authorize telework for the maximum number of positions without compromising mission read iness, and integrate telework into continuity of operations activities. The changes are far-reach ing. All civilian positions in the department need to be marked as being eligible or not eligible for telework. All employees need to be notified if they are eligible for telework in the position they are in, Hinkle-Bowles said. Also, any employee in a telework-eligible position who opts to telework must sign a telework agreement with the supervisor, and both the supervisor and employee need to attend training on the program. In the past, the program required only the employee to attend training. The Defense Department finds telework to be an effec tive recruiting and reten tion tool and key to quality of work-life, but an integral readiness strategy for conti nuity of operations during a crisis or emergency. Mayport Plays Role In BattleshipFrom Orion Solutions, LLCSailors from ships stationed at Naval Station Mayport and two retired Navy residents par ticipated in filming the movie, Battleship, which comes out nationwide on May 18. Retired Navy Capt. Rick Hoffman, who commanded two Mayport based ships, was on the set for the entire filming as the Technical advisor to the direc tor, Peter Berg. Peter wanted the real parts of the movie to be as accurate as possible, because the fantastic elements were justso fantas tic, said Hoffman, a longtime resident of Jacksonville Beach. I was on the shoot from early August to late December and was able to make sure we kept the Navy part of the film as real as we could. Also assisting in accuracy was retired Master Chief Ryland Reamy. Rick asked me to come out to Baton Rouge where we spent two weeks creating the Combat Information Center scenes, Reamy said. CIC is where I spent most of my career and I could bring some real details to the set. Filming took five months with time split between Hawaii, principally Naval Station Pearl Harbor, and sound stages in Baton Rouge. As the com pany shifted from Hawaii to Louisiana, the availability of active duty Sailors became an issue. The casting director came to me with a bunch of pictures of local extras who may have spent some time in the National Guard or Reserves. Peter Berg wanted as many real Sailors as possible and they just werent available there. I knew that USS Hu City was in drydock and the CO was happy to let me take some volunteers from the ship, Hoffman said. Ultimately Sailors from USS Carney and USS The Sullivans joined Hu City Sailors in film ing the action sequences on the bridge and CIC on the sound stage. In Hawaii, we had access to crowds of Sailors to fill out the larger sequences, Hoffman said. Probably half of all the uniformed people you see are active duty, in their own uni form. It was really fun to bring shipmates over from Mayport for the filming. Battleship stars Taylor Kitsch, Brooklyn Decker, Liam Neeson and features Rihanna in her first film role. It follows the character Alex Hopper played by Taylor Kitsch (John Carter, Friday Night Lights) as the Weapons officer aboard USS John Paul Jones as his ship sails from Pearl Harbor as part of the annual Rim of the Pacific Exercise. When there is an unexplained landing south of Hawaii, USS John Paul Jones and USS Sampson, command ed by Hoppers brother Stone Hopper (played by Alexander Skarsgard) and the Japanese destroyer Miyoko, command ed by Capt. Nagata, (played by Tadanobo Asano, Japanese film renowned), are sent to inves tigate. Very quickly conflict ensues with an alien life form whose intentions are not under stood. My principal responsibil ity was to help shape the script to preserve accuracy with out detracting from the story. In many cases the way we say things on the ship would not be easily delivered by the actors and might not be easily understood by the audience. We had to make compromis es to maintain the story flow. I also got with the actors before a scene to understand how to be Sailors and with the Sailors to understand how to be actors and to rehearse the scene. This became known as Captain Ricks Boot Camp, said Hoffman. I also had the oppor tunity to play a small role as the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. That was a pretty cool. Look For Sailors from USS Hu City, USS Carney and USS The Sullivans in Universals upcoming action film

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2 THE MIRROR NS MAYPORT, Thursday, May 10, 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.If you have a junior who hasnt yet taken the SAT or ACT or a senior who hasnt yet made the score needed for a particu lar scholarship, here is a won derful opportunity to gain the knowledge needed to do well on these two tests. Professional athletes from MLB and eKnowledge are donating $200 SAT and ACT PowerPrep Programs to help students prepare for college entrance exams. The eKnowledge SAT and ACT PowerPrep programs come in a single DVD and include more than 11 hours of video instruction, 3000 files of supplemental test prep materi al, sample questions, and prac tice tests. Students select the training they need and study at their own pace. The donation project is in alli ance with the Department of Defense, and supported by 75 groups, athletes and organiza tions. eKnowledge has donated 200,000 programs with a value of $38 million at no profit to the company. One military mom gave this testimony: Thank you so much for making this program avail able at such a discount to us. My daughter used this pro gram and scored a 2350 on the SAT and a 34 on the ACT! She received $21,000 in scholar ships, by the grace of God and with the contribution of these test scores. We are now using this program to prepare our son for the tests. Thank you, again. You can order your donated DVD online at www.eKnowl edge.com/Navy or by tele phone at 951-256-4076. NOTE: you must use this special link to obtain the Military discount! Also, there is a nominal charge of $17.55 per standard SAT or ACT program for the cost of materials, processing, distribu tion and customer service. eKnowledge provides cus tomer service and technical support Monday to Friday, 8:30 am 5:30pm EST by email Support@eknowledge.com or by telephone 951-256-4076. For further information, please contact Lori Caputo 951-2564076 LoriCaputo@eKnowledge. com The 2012 SAT test date is June 2. ACT tests will be held June 9, Aug. 12 and Sept. 16 Judy Cromartie is the School Liaison Officer for NS Mayport. If you have questions about this article or concerns about an educational issue impacting your child, she can be reached via email at judith.cromartie@ navy.mil or by phone at (904) 270-6289 X1305 [office] or (904) 219-3894 [cell]. Or you can schedule a meeting with her in her office in Building One. Judy Cromartie School Liaison Officer KnowingeKnowledge, MLB Players Donate $200 SAT, ACT Test Prep Programs To Military Families NEX Rewards Students For Good GradesFrom NEXCOMThe Navy Exchange wants to help its customers pay for their childrens col lege education through its A-OK Student Reward Program. Four times per school year, four students will be the recipients of a $5,000, $3,000 $2,000 or $1,000 U.S. savings bond, denominations at matu rity. The next drawing will be held at the end of May 2012. Any eligible full-time student that has a B-grade point average equivalent or better, as determined by their school system, may enter the drawing. Eligible students include dependent children of active duty military members, reserv ists and military retirees enrolled in first through 12th grade. Dependent children without an individual Dependent Identification Card must be accompa nied by their sponsor to submit their entry. Each student may enter only once each grading period and must re-enter with each qualifying report card. To enter the drawing, stop by any NEX with a current report card and have a NEX associate verify the minimum grade average. Then fill out an entry card and obtain an A-OK ID, which entitles the student to discount coupons for NEX products and services. The Navy Exchange Service Command (NEXCOM) has been offering students a chance to win a savings bond through its A-OK Student Reward Program since 1997. Since the program began, NEXCOM has awarded $504,000 in sav ings bonds with the help of its generous vendor partners. Military Kids Can Apply For Free Summer CampsAmerican Forces Press ServiceWith the temperature rising and the school year drawing to a close, par ents across the nation are starting to think about summertime plans. With three young children and a stretch of lazy summer days ahead, its definitely a hot topic in my house hold. Military families can get a head start on their planning today by applying for the National Military Family Associations Operation Purple Summer Camp program. The nonprofit organiza tion launched this free program nine years ago to support military children, ages 7 to 17, dealing with the stress of war. The weeklong camps are open to military chil dren of all ranks and ser vices, both active and reserve. Officials will give priority to children who meet the associations deployment criteria and have never attended an Operation Purple camp. Families should submit their application by mid night EDT on April 19. This summer, offi cials said, 1,400 children will attend an Operation Purple camp at one of 16 locations in 14 states: Alaska, California, Connecticut, Florida, Hawaii, Indiana, North Carolina, New York, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Texas, Washington and West Virginia. For more information or to submit an online application, visit the NMFA website.NCIS Committed To Crime Reduction NCIS Resident Agency MayportNCIS has implement ed a collaborative Crime Reduction Program (CRP) to proactively fight crime within the military com munity. Working with the Judge Advocate General (JAG), Public Affairs, Family Advocacy Program (FAP), Chaplain Corps, and other Department of Navy (DON) entities, NCIS has facilitated a cross-cutting effort to help military communities reduce crime. These campaigns highlight the precursors of crime and victimiza tion. Military personnel, their dependents, and civilian employees often face tremendous stress in their lives, and poten tial threats to their safety. Unchecked, this environ ment can impact military readiness. The CRP will organize multiple crime campaigns throughout the year. Each campaign will focus on a singular theme, such as Child Abuse, Identity theft, Insider Threat, Domestic Violence, and Sexual Assaults. This Quarter theme is Child Abuse: From one small grandmothers small act of remembrance comes a national child abuse prevention move ment. HELP us bring about awareness and protect our most precious gift our children! Every Child Counts! See something wrong; Do Something Right Text NCIS + your tip info to CRIMES (274637) Web: www.ncis.navy.mil NCIS overall mis sion is to investigate and defeat criminal, terrorist, and foreign intelligence threats, to the United States Navy and Marine Corps and their families, wherever they operate, ashore, afloat or in cyber space. Remember, Agents assigned to the NCIS Resident Agency Mayport are always available 24 hrs/ 7 days a week to pro vide assistance. For more information, call 904-2703327. Sabrina E. Friday NCIS Resident Agency Mayport Long Distance Relationships There is great news for those who are or will be experiencing separa tion. Recent research has shown that long distance relationships (LDRs) have as good a chance at being successful as other rela tionships. Guldner (2006) concluded that there is no connection between distance or frequency of contact and the success of LDRs. It matters more how a couple interacts than how often. In a way, separation can actually be beneficial to a rela tionship because it forces the couple to strengthen areas of their relationship that may not get much attention otherwise. There are several things you can do to help your relationship grow stron ger through separa tion. Here are just a few suggestions based on research. SEND MAIL. The #1 factor linked to success ful LDRs is the sending of actual letters. Email and text messages dont have the same effect. By writing letters and send ing packages you provide physical evidence of your commitment to the rela tionship. CONTROL PHONE CONVERSATIONS If you dont know what you are doing, phone conver sations can cause a lot of frustration. Control what you talk about and how often. Many people believe that the only way to overcome the separa tion is to spend as much time as possible talking on the phone or online. But when you talk too much, conversations can become negative and leave you full of self pity. You both need to get a life outside of each other. If you are using all your free time to talk on the phone, then you are probably iso lating yourself from the world you are in. When you run out of uplift ing things to say, end the conversation. You may even decide to put a limit on yourselves. The last thing you want is to begin dreading phone conver sations. BE POSITIVE Negativity will suck the life out of the relation ship, even if it is directed elsewhere. Many couples Sustaining Long Distance Relationships Takes WorkLt. Justin Top Surface Force Ministry Center CHAPLAINSthink that it will strengthen their relationship to tell each other all their problems. But because the other person usually feels responsible to fix the problem but cant, they begin to feel frustrated and trapped. Though it is okay to occasionally vent your frustrations, try to limit it and make sure See Chaplain, Page 3 Everyone has a right to dignity and respect.1-800-919-9338A CFC participant. Provided as a public serviceCatholic Charities USAwww.CatholicCharitiesUSA.org

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Mayport Gears Up For Stark Memorial ServiceFrom StaffA ceremony of remem brance, along with a Meet and Greet CPO Steak Night and USS Stark Memorial Dinner will mark the 25th anniver sary of the attack on USS Stark (FFG 31) that cost 37 Sailors their lives. Each year, NS Mayport hosts a memorial ceremo ny on May 17 at Mayports Memorial Park. The cer emony will be at 10 a.m. and guest speaker for this years event is Rear Adm. David M. Thomas Jr., Commander, Naval Surface Force Atlantic. Preceding the event, HSL-60 CPO Mess is hosting an all-hands Steak Night at the CPO Club on May 15 from 4-7 p.m. Tickets are $10 in advance, $12 at the door and can be purchased from the CPO Club are by calling 716-1465. COMDESRON 14 CPO Mess is also sponsoring a 25th anniversary memo rial dinner on May 16 at Ocean Breeze Conference Center. Tickets are $35 for adult and $17.50 for kids 12-18 and $8.75 for chil dren 11 and under. Call Ocean Breeze Conference Center at 270-5313 for tickets. Special commemora tive USS Stark coins may also be purchased from Jeff Lawrence for $10. Proceeds benefit the Stark memorial. On May 17, 1987, while on patrol in the Arabian Gulf, 37 Sailors died when two Iraqi missiles struck USS Stark. Despite the severe damage inflict ed, the heroic efforts of Starks crew saved the ship. Stark was decom missioned at Mayport in 1999. In order to pre serve the tradition once the ship was retired, the Naval Order of the United States, North Florida Commandery, assumed sponsorship for the memorial service. Several members of the 1987 crew of Stark will attend the service. The service will feature accounts of some of the events that occurred fol lowing the attack, both aboard ship and here in Mayport, from crew and volunteers who worked to provide information and support services to the families of crew members. Mayports Memorial Park was established Aug. 1, 1987, with the dedica tion of the Stark monu ment. Thomas, a native of Norfolk, graduated from the United States Naval Academy in 1981 and is a distinguished graduate of the Industrial College of the Armed Forces. Assignments at sea included USS Shreveport (LPD 12) as main propul sion assistant and navigator; engineer officer in USS Estocin (FFG 15) and USS Willamette (AO 180); flag lieutenant to com mander, 2nd Fleet; execu tive officer in USS Leyte Gulf (CG 55); command of USS Ross (DDG 71); and command of Destroyer Squadron 26. Ashore, Thomas served in the Surface Warfare Junior Officer Assignment Branch of the Bureau of Naval Personnel; in the Personnel Plans and Policy Division of the Joint Staff; as flag sec retary to commander, Naval Surface Force, U.S. Atlantic Fleet; on the staff of the Office of the Chief of Naval Operations as executive officer to the director of the 2001 Quadrennial Defense Review and executive assistant to the director of Operations, Plans, and Policy (N3/N5); and as chief of staff to command er, 2nd Fleet. Upon selection for flag officer, Thomas has served as the deputy chief of staff for Global Force Management and Joint Operations on the staff of commander, U.S. Fleet Forces Command; and commander, Joint Task Force, Guantanamo Bay, Cuba; commander, Carrier Strike Group Two; and his current assign ment as commander, Naval Surface Force Atlantic. the other person under stands that you just want them to listen, not to fix it. Share with each other happy things. Make sure the positive far outweighs the negative. Be upbeat, optimistic, and excited and the enthusiasm will spill over into your rela tionship. LAUGH TOGETHER just like you did when you first fell in love. Humor is a great reliever of stress. Look for funny things (jokes, stories, experienc es, etc.) to share with each other. Try to always have both of you smiling when you hang up the phone. ESTABLISH RITUALS Choose uplifting family rituals to keep you close and in a routine. This is especially important if you have children. Some examples of family rituals are telling a bedtime story over the phone, sending mail once a week, etc. Rituals are also important in romantic relationships. Some examples may be reading scripture and praying together over the phone, choosing a book to read together and dis cuss, watching sporting events then discussing them. Base your rituals on what you love to do, what brings you close, and what your family needs. EMPOWER EACH OTHER Dont fall into the trap of believing that if you really love each other you will be miser able when you are apart. In truth, needy relation ships are the most likely to fail. I need you is actually the opposite of I love you. If you truly love each other, you will want what is best for each other. Empower each other to get involved and to do things that will bring happiness. Foster in each other ability to be happy and independent. Only when your happiness comes from yourself will you really be able to share it with each other.From Page 2ChaplainFerguson Guest Speaker At Midway DinnerFrom 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, 9 June 2012, at the renaissance resort, world golf village. Guest speaker Vice Chief of Naval Operations Admiral Mark E. Ferguson III; 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. 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. The evening includes fine dining and enter tainment. Uniform will be O4 and above din ner dress white jacket; O3 and below dinner dress white/dinner dress white jacket optional and civil ian is black tie or business attire. Cocktails begin at 1800, dinner at 1900. Reserved seating. Make checks payable to NAVY LEAGUE MIDWAY DINNER. Tickets may be purchased from Navy League Mayport Bob Price, 904-718-2118 or email bpricex4@com cast.net; or Navy League St. Augustine Bill Dudley, 904-806-4712 or 904-7947814 or email anuday00@ aol.com THE MIRROR NS MAYPORT, Thursday, May 10, 2012 3

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4 THE MIRROR NS MAYPORT, Thursday, May 10, 2012 Gettysburg CSs Dominate Galley Wars USS Gettysburg Food Service OfficerUSS Gettysburg (CG 64) took home the Culinary Excellence Award at Fleet Week Port Everglades Galley Wars on April 28. Hosted by the Broward Navy Days, Inc. and its sponsors, the event pit ted Gettysburg, USS Wasp (LHD 1), USS San Jacinto (CG 56), USS De Wert (FFG 43), USS Dallas (SSN 16) and USCGC Bruce C. Webber against each other in an Iron Chef style cook-off. Each team was given a list of available ingredi ents and had five minutes to plan a menu. They were then brought on stage to be introduced and learned of the secret ingredient, swordfish. Each team had an hour to prepare three dishes, one of which had to include the secret ingredient. Every team utilized the swordfish and made deli cious food. However, the Gettysburg team, led by Chief Culinary Specialist (Surface Warfare) Juan Yarbrough, surpassed them all. The effort was superb, Yarbrough said. After the initial planning, everyone took ownership of their dish, and it just clicked. The team members joining Yarbrough were Culinary Specialist 1st Class (SW) Brian Hardin, Culinary Specialist 2nd Class (SW) Ashley Colbert, Culinary Specialist 3rd Class (SW) Justin Tereza, and Culinary Specialist 3rd Class (SW) Nathaniel Gales. I thought Is it April Fools? CS2 Colbert exclaimed. I couldnt believe it was happening. It feels awesome [to win], Hardin said. It couldnt have gone any better. Its really nice to let the captain shine in his hometown. Commanding Officer, Capt. Bob Hein, hails from the Fort Lauderdale area, and was equally as proud of his team. Its one thing to know that your folks are the best; its another for the culinary community to recognize it, Hein said. For taking home first place, the Gettysburg team was awarded chef coats, a knife set, and a story in each members local paper. Gettysburg Sailors Reach Out To CommunityUSS Gettysburg PAO Fleet Week events all over the country provide Sailors with an opportu nity to reach out to local communities and provide needed repairs to build ings, fresh coats of paints to houses, and visits to those who do not often get visitors. USS Gettysburg (CG 64) participated in these com munity relation events as a part of Fleet Week Fort Lauderdale hosted by Broward Navy Days, Inc. The four organized events Gettysburg participated in were led by Chaplain Buster Williams. Williams said, These events were a great way for the crew of Gettysburg to show Fort Lauderdale how much their patrio tism is appreciated. These were Sailors volun teering to reach out to the community. A dozen Gettysburg Sailors travelled to Coral Springs Medical Center to visit with patients. Most patients had some attach ment to the Navy, wheth er it was through their own service or the service of a family member. The patients, both young and old, lit up when Sailors in their dress whites entered the rooms. Gas Turbine Systems Machinist 2nd Class (SW) Terrence Erroch partici pated in the event and remarked, Speaking with the patients about their lives and letting them know that we hope they feel better was simple, but really rewarding. We left the patients with smiles on their faces, but we left smiling also. At the Naval Air Station Fort Lauderdale Museum, a dozen Sailors worked on painting and restoring the building. As a reward, the Sailors were given a tour of the museum where they saw memorabilia from George H. W. Bush, who flew at the Air Station, and Flight 19, which was mysteri ously lost in the Bermuda triangle. Sailors enjoyed helping a non-profit organization preserve a piece of Naval history. The painting continued at a local day care where a dozen members of the First Class Petty Officers Association (FCPOA) of Gettysburg worked with members of the crew of USS Dallas (SSN 16). The Prestige Club of Broward County set up the oppor tunity to fill a need at the day care. The Sailors also had the opportunity to interact with the children at the day care. Machinery Repair 1st Class Brandon Woodard, President of the Gettysburg FCPOA stated, The First Class Petty Officers Association wanted to work together to accomplish a commu nity relations event. It was a great oppor tunity to show junior enlisted Sailors to lead by example by investing in the community. Nine Gettysburg Sailors and more than a dozen Marines worked together to make a major reno vation at the Broward Childrens Center. The center is a small medical facility that caters to chil dren with serious physical limitations who often cannot be cared for at their home or are in foster care. Some of the team worked with a local con tractor who donated his time to renovate a storage facility into a recreational room for the children liv ing at the center. Other members of the team played with some of the children with education al toys or pushed their wheelchairs around the block. By the end of the event, the building being worked on had the items being stored removed, new windows installed, and a wall torn down. Chief Logistics Specialist (SW) Evelyn Hadley remarked, Seeing the joy in the childrens faces for just having someone to hold them and play with them for a few hours reminded me how important it is to do that with my own son. I am so grateful to the Navy for giving me opportuni ties like this so that I can impact the community, but the Sailors all walked away being impacted the most.Gettysburg Determination Breaks Record At Port Everglades Fleet Week DC OlympicsUSS Gettysburg Damage Control AssistantEvery Sailor must be a fire fighter in order to protect the ship from casualties at sea. On April 26, Sailors from USS Gettysburg (CG 64) rallied together to prove their damage control skills against the five other ships in port for Fleet Week Port Everglades. The 12th Annual Damage Control Olympics, hosted by Resolve Marine Group, took place at their facil ity aboard a 140-foot long training ship created to train and demonstrate team abilities in realis tic simulations. Eleven Sailors from Gettysburg participated in five events, including pipe patch ing drills, a fire fighting ensemble relay, a fire fighting team trainer, search and rescue drills, and a P-100 firefighting event. This was the first time Ive competed in an event like this, explained Damage Controlman 2nd Class Christina Busey. Damage Controlman 3rd Class Fungai Diura chimed in, It was a lot of fun. It didnt feel like work. For the first event, Sailors quickly donned the fire fighting ensemble, mask, hood, gloves, hel met, boots, and self-con tained breathing appara tus (SCBA). Often, it is a group effort to get dressed out and when fighting fires every second counts. Other competing ships at the event were USS Wasp (LHD 1), USS Dallas (SSN 16), USS DeWert (FFG 45), USS San Jacinto (CG 56), and the Coast Guard cutter USCG Bernard C. Webber. Each ship provided their most skilled damage control experts. During the main space fire competition the teams were required to take a hose down to a fire two floors below and extinguish it. Sailors from the Gettysburg blew the competition out of the water, setting a new record in the main space fire competition. The previous record had been sent just hours ear lier at 3:57, but Gettysburg extinguished the fire in a mere 3:37 and left with the record. Damage Controlman 1st Class (SW) Peter Martinez was the team leader for the last event, We were looking to the end of the day on a high note. Beating an eleven year record in front of the Captain definitely exceeded that desire. -Photo by MC2 Greg JohnsonA firefighting team competes in a firefighting competition during the 2012 Fleet Week Port Everglades damage con trol Olympics. USS Gettysburg and USS De Wert partici pated in Fleet Week Port Everglades 2012.-Photos courtesy of USS GettysburgUSS Gettysburg Command Master Chief Brent Tidwell, Commanding Officer, Capt. Bob Hein and Executive Officer, Cmdr. John Gray are joined by crew and guests during a luncheon provided by celebrity Chef Jose Fuentes during Fleet Week Port Everglades. Chief Culinary Specialist Juan Yarborough assists Fuentes and his son in Gettysburgs Galley during the luncheon.-Photos courtesy of USS GettysburgMachinery Repairman 1st Class(SW) Brandon Woodward hosts a tour of USS Gettysburg during its time at Fleet Week Port Everglades 2012. Ensign Ian Meredith and Chief Gas Turbine System Technician (Electrical) (SW) Nakia Riley show members of Miami Dolphins around USS Gettysburg during Fleet Week Port Everglades 2012.

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THE MIRROR NS MAYPORT, Thursday, May 10, 2012 5 Underwood Kicks Off Southern Seas 2012Southern Seas 2012 Public AffairsThe Mayport-based Oliver Hazard Perry-class guidedmissile frigate USS Underwood (FFG 36) began Southern Seas 2012, May 2. Southern Seas is an annual collaborative deployment in the U.S. Southern Command (USSOUTHCOM) area of responsibility where a task group deploys to conduct a variety of exercises and mul tinational exchanges. During Southern Seas, U.S. and South American forces will partici pate in three major exercis es including UNITAS Pacific (PAC), UNITAS Atlantic (LANT) and Silent Forces Exercise (SIFOREX). Underwood will be working with a vast array of other navies during these three exercises. The ship recently completed Composite Training Unit Exercise (COMTUEX) off the eastern coast of the United States in preparation for its scheduled six-month deploy ment. I look forward to this deploy ment for a number of reasons, said Cmdr. Peter T. Mirisola, USS Underwood commanding officer. First, our partners bring diverse experiences and skills to the mission. We can learn from them and they from us, and together prepare for future events by understanding each other better. The first exercise for Underwood will be UNITAS PAC, hosted by Peru. The exer cise, the longest-running inter national military training exer cise in the world, enhances friendly, mutual cooperation and understanding between participating navies by devel oping interoperability in naval operations among the nations of the region. Southern Seas is a great opportunity for navies of the Western Hemisphere to con duct navy-to-navy exercises, build military relationships and enhance multinational force interoperability. Its designed to emphasize interoperability and cooperation through vari ous training opportunities at sea and ashore, said Mirisola. This will be the final deploy ment of USS Underwood, and the ship will be decom missioned in March 2013. Underwood was commissioned Jan. 29, 1983, and embarked on her maiden deployment in 1985. The ship has been involved in numerous coun ter-narcotics operations in the Caribbean in her 29 years of service to the fleet. Underwood also deployed to Haiti after the 2010 earthquake in support of Operation Unified Response. U.S. Naval Forces Southern Command and U.S. 4th Fleet (COMUSNAVSO/C4F) sup port USSOUTHCOM joint and combined full-spectrum mili tary operations by providing principally sea-based, forward presence to ensure freedom of maneuver in the maritime domain, to foster and sustain cooperative relationships with international partners and to fully exploit the sea as maneu ver space in order to enhance regional security and promote peace, stability, and prosperity in the Caribbean, Central and South American regions. -Photo by MC2 Stuart PhillipsThe Oliver Hazard Perry-class frigate USS Underwood (FFG 36) approaches the Military Sealift Command fleet replenishment oiler USNS Bighorn (T-AO 198) for a replenishment at sea as Underwood participates in a composite training unit exercise (COMTUEX). Underwood deployed to Central and South America and the Caribbean supporting Southern Seas 2012. -Photo by MC2 Stuart PhillipsBoatswain's Mate Hugh Taylor and Logistics Specialist Michael Speers run to remove the chocks and chains from an SH-60B Sea Hawk helicopter assigned to the Vipers of HSL-48 as it takes off from USS Underwood (FFG 36). -Photo by MC2 Stuart PhillipsElectronics Technician 3rd Class Carl Miller fires a .50-caliber machine gun aboard USS Underwood (FFG 36) in a live fire exercise during composite training unit exercise (COMTUEX). -Photo by MCSN Frank J. PikulThe visit, board, search and seizure (VBSS) team from USS Underwood approaches USNS Hugo (TYL-8201) on a rigid hull inflatable boat to conduct a VBSS exercise. -Photo by MCSN Frank J. PikulElectronics Technician 2nd Class James Blocker helps Electricians Mate 2nd Class Aldo Rodriguez place a radio in his vest during training for the visit, board, search and seizure team aboard the Oliver Hazard Perry-class guided-missile frigate USS Underwood (FFG 36). -Photo by MC2 Stuart PhillipsQuartermaster Seaman Kaiser Chowdhury uses a compass divider to plot a course in the pilothouse. -Photo by MC2 Stuart PhillipsEnsign Kellye Quirk uses a stadimeter sextant to take a range finding from the port bridge wing of USS Underwood during a composite training unit exercise with the guid ed-missile destroyer USS Farragut (DDG 99) and the guided-missile cruiser USS Hue City (CG 66).

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May 11: Mountain Bike Trail Race (Time Trial). 11 a.m. at Sea Otter Pavilion. Sign up by May 8. 270-5451 May 11: Xtreme Bowling. 8 p.m. to Midnight every Friday at Mayport Bowling Center. $10 include 2 hours of black light bowling, shoe rental, prizes and dazzling laser light show. 270-5377 May 12: 2012 Mayport Music Fest. 6:30 p.m. at Sea Otter Pavilion. Switchfoot, Fuel & Natalie Stovall. Admission opens at 5 p.m. FREE. 270-5228 May 12: Pool Open for Recreation Swim Open on Weekends. Full hours begin Monday, Jun. 9. Active Duty and chil dren ages 2 or under free. Entrance fees are ages 13-15 $1.50, and ages 16 or older $2.00. Season passes available for sale at ITT. 270-5101/5425 May 13: Mothers Day Family Bowling Special. Moms bowl for free all day, including family fun bowl. At least one child must accompany mom; bowling must be complet ed by 7 pm. 270-5377 May 13: Mothers Day Bingo and Buffet. 12:30 p.m. at Beachside Bingo. Double payouts on all hand cards,Mother of the Year drawing, 25 players will spin our Prize Wheel for prizes and compli mentary food! Special drawing for 46 Flat Screen TV plus surprises for all Moms!!! 270-7204 May 18: White T-Shirt Graffiti Party. 9 p.m. at Castaways Lounge. Grab a sharpie and get to writ ing! Make new friends, network or maybe meet that special someone. T-shirts will be provid ed. Featuring live band Cupids Alley plus free food, prizes, and more! 270-7205 May 23: All-Hands Steak Night. 4-7 p.m. at Focsle CPO Club. Cost is $10 per person. Purchase tickets in advance; limit ed tickets available at the door. Sponsored by MWR A-Team. For tickets, call (904) 270-5228. May 24: Party like a Pin-Up 40s Night. 9 p.m. at Castaways Lounge. Karaoke, costume con test, free food, prizes, and more! 270-7205 May 25-31: Spin Your Yarn. All day at Castaways lounge. Anyone from the armed forces, young or seasoned, can stop by Castaways and share their story. Sign out poster with your name, branch, com mand and service dates. After signing, pick your booty from Castaways Treasure Chest. 270-7205 May 27: Memorial Day Bingo Specials. 12:30 p.m. at Beachside Bingo. Double payouts on all hand cards, computer and paper specials, extra drawings, free hot snack food, and more! Wear red, white & blue and receive a $5 discount. May 27: Showtime Video Rock & Bowl Special. 7-11 p.m. at Mayport Bowling Center. $12 include 4 hours of black light bowling, shoe rental, prizes and daz zling laser light show. Free T-Shirts, beverage specials, colored headpin bowling, and half-price wings for bowlers. 2705377 May 28: Beat the Heat Memorial Day Special: Bowl all day long (11 am-7 pm) for only $8! Kids 4-5 years old $5; Kids 3 and under FREE. First come, first serve. Individuals may be asked to share lanes and make new friends. Lanes left vacant will be turned off. 270-5377 May 29: Captains Cup Kickball Begins Season ends July 26. 270-5451. May 29: Co-Ed Softball Organizational Meeting 11 a.m. at the Gym. 2705451. MWRMay 11: Twilight Zone Party. 7-9 p.m. at the Teen Center. Your about to enter a dimension; a dimension full crazy chal lenges and wacky games. 246-0347 May 12: 2012 Mayport Music Fest. 6:30 p.m. at Sea Otter Pavilion. Switchfoot, Fuel & Natalie Stovall. Admission opens at 5 p.m. FREE. 270-5228 May 12: Pool Open for Recreation Swim Open on Weekends. Full hours begin Monday, Jun. 9. Active Duty and chil dren ages 2 or under free. Entrance fees are ages 13-15 $1.50, and ages 16 or older $2.00. Season passes available for sale at ITT. 270-5101/5425 May 13: Mothers Day Family Bowling Special. Moms bowl for free all day, including family fun bowl. At least one child must accompany mom; bowling must be complet ed by 7 pm. 270-5377 May 18: Movie Night Punch & Munch. 7-11 p.m. at the Teen Center. We provide the food and drinks, you sit back and enjoy the film. 246-0347 May 18: Freedom FridayFiesta. 7-11 p.m. at the Youth Center. Cost is $8 advanced sign-up and $10 day of, space per mitting. 270-5680 May 19: Teen TripSaturday Night Cosmic Skate. Jacksonville Indoor Sports & Ice Complex 8-10 pm. Meet up at 6:30 p.m. at the Teen Center; return by 11 pm Permission slip required. Ages 13-17; cost $5. Bring your own money for the concession stand. 2460347 May 24: School Age Care Talent Show. 4:15 p.m. at the Youth Activity Center. Advanced sign up required. 270-5680 May 25: Wet Wild Wacky Water Wars. 7-9 p.m. at the Teen Center. Beat the heat with water balloon fights, slip n slide challenges and more. 2460347 May 28: Beat the Heat Memorial Day Special: Bowl all day long (11 am-7 pm) for only $8! Kids 4-5 years old $5; Kids 3 and under FREE. First come, first serve. Individuals may be asked to share lanes and make new friends. KID Navy Game Exchange -Photo courtesy of Mayport NEXMayport NEX now offers Video games for sale, trading, or buying. You can buy, trade, or sale your X-Box 360, WII, PS-3, PSP and Nintendo DS games at the Mayport Exchange store. They have a large variety of games to choose from. 6 THE MIRROR NS MAYPORT, Thursday, May 10, 2012

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The following activities target single or unaccompanied Sailors. For more information, call 2707788/89 or stop by the Mayport Liberty Center and pick up the month ly activity calendar with a complete listing of all upcoming Liberty events. May 11: Mountain Bike Trail Race (Time Trial). 11 a.m. at Sea Otter Pavilion. Sign up by May 8. 270-5451 May 11: Xtreme Bowling. 8 p.m. to Midnight every Friday at Mayport Bowling Center. $10 include 2 hours of black light bowling, shoe rental, prizes and dazzling laser light show. 270-5377 May 11: San Marco Theatre Dinner and The Avengers. Van departs Liberty Center at 6 p.m. Transportation Only. Cost $9. May 12: 2012 Mayport Music Fest. 6:30 p.m. at Sea Otter Pavilion. Switchfoot, Fuel & Natalie Stovall. Admission opens at 5 p.m. FREE. 270-5228 May 12: Pool Open for Recreation Swim Open on Weekends. Full hours begin Monday, Jun. 9. Active Duty and chil dren ages 2 or under free. Entrance fees are ages 13-15 $1.50, and ages 16 or older $2.00. Season passes available for sale at ITT. 270-5101/5425 May 14: Black Jack Tournament. 6 p.m. at Liberty Center. May 15: Johnny Angels Dinner Trip. Van departs 6 p.m. Transportation Only. May 18: Jacksonville Suns Baseball. Van departs Liberty Center at 5:30 p.m. FREE. May 18: White T-Shirt Graffiti Party. 9 p.m. at Castaways Lounge. Grab a sharpie and get to writ ing! Make new friends, network or maybe meet that special someone. T-shirts will be provid ed. Featuring live band Cupids Alley plus free food, prizes, and more! 270-7205 May 19-20: Daytona Beach Weekend. Come enjoy fun in the sun at the beach. Van departs 9 a.m. Sign-up deadline May 15. Cost $60; cost includes transportation & hotel. May 21: Command Break-In. Look for us at Barracks 1586 and 1587 dropping off goodies. May 22: Ice Skating. Van departs 6:30 p.m. Cost $5 May 23: Black Jack Tournament. 6 p.m. at Liberty Center. May 23: All-Hands Steak Night. 4-7 p.m. at Focsle CPO Club. Cost is $10 per person. Purchase tickets in advance; limit ed tickets available at the door. Sponsored by MWR A-Team. For tickets, call (904) 270-5228. May 24: Party like a Pin-Up 40s Night. 9 p.m. at Castaways Lounge. Karaoke, costume contest, free food, and more! May 24: Beach and Picnic Trip. Van departs Liberty Center at 4 p.m. FREE. May 25-31: Spin Your Yarn. All day at Castaways lounge. Anyone from the armed forces, young or seasoned, can stop by Castaways and share their story. Sign out poster with your name, branch, com mand and service dates. After signing, pick your booty from Castaways Treasure Chest. 270-7205 May 27: Memorial Day Bingo Specials. 12:30 p.m. at Beachside Bingo. Double payouts on all hand cards, computer and paper specials, extra drawings, Wear red, white & blue and receive a $5 discount. LIBERTY USCG wins Tennis League-Photo courtesy of MWRBoatswains Mate 2nd Class Christopher Hunt and Master Chief Petty Officer James Pancari of U.S. Coast Guard hold up their Championship trophies after a grueling tennis match for the Naval Station Mens Tennis league. Eliminating the Navy players, the U.S. Coast Guard championship match went three sets 7-6,16,6-1. If you are interested in tennis, Mens, Womens all levels and Mixed doubles, contact Rita at 904-270-5451. Open to active duty, dependent, retired and DoD civilian. THE MIRROR NS MAYPORT, Thursday, May 10, 2012 7

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DeWert, San Jacinto Reach Out To Community During Fleet Week Navy Public Affairs Support Ele ment East Detachment SoutheastUSS DeWert (FFG 45) Sailors and USS San Jacinto (CG 56) partici pated in a community relations project April 27 supporting the U.S. Navys largest community outreach effort in south Florida. The Feeding South Florida community rela tions project, part of Fleet Week Port Everglades 2012, provided Sailors the opportunity to assist an organization dedicated to eradicating hunger in South Florida. The nearly 40 volun teers assisted in distrib uting 37,000 pounds of chicken and 10,000 pieces of fruit and vegetables. More than 500 individuals and families all of whom were faced with a need and received help from the Feeding South Florida organization were pres ent during the community relations project. Feeding South Florida, a non-profit organiza tion dedicated to feeding South Floridas hungry in an effort to improve qual ity of life, distributes food and groceries through a network of other nonprofit organizations, edu cates the public on hun ger issues in America and engages the community in an effort to end hunger. We capture food that would ordinarily go to waste in the community food that is still good and usable, said Feeding South Florida Director of External Affairs Anthea Pennant. We redistribute to other non-profit orga nizations who are on the frontline feeding those that are hungry. Hunger doesnt have to exist in America and Im glad we have some of the nations finest men and women to help today. San Jacinto and DeWert Sailors sorted and packed canned goods along with other boxed food products. According to Pennant, much of what Feeding South Florida does relies heavily on volunteer help in the ware house. She said food donated from food drives, supermarkets and other food industry compa nies needs to be sorted, checked and repack aged. Volunteers process the bulk of the food, and last year Feeding South Florida distributed more than 30 million pounds of food and grocery prod ucts in Broward County. I feel pretty good about this were giving back to the community, said DeWert Sailor Cryptologic Technician (Technical) 2nd Class Kirby Duckett. This crisis is bigger than I thought it was and I feel very special to be helping out. I never thought about America starving like this because I was always given ample opportunity to have food. Pennant thinks the relationship between the Navy and Feeding South Florida is a special one marked by years of con stant interaction with visiting Sailors, Soldiers, Airmen and Marines. I think this is a great partnership with the Sailors, she said. They get to help hand out the food to the individuals in need and then maybe help walk the elderly, some of whom are not strong enough to carry boxes of food. We are all just really excited to have the Navy helping us today. Its the Sailors who are making sure were safe right here at home and also are helping to fight hunger and feed hope. Four U.S. Navy ships, a submarine and a U.S. Coast Guard cutter are participating in Fleet Week Port Everglades 2012, an event designed to showcase the invest ment Americans have made in their Navy and increase awareness in cit ies that do not have a sig nificant Navy presence.weHSL-46 Works At Rhone American CemeteryFrom HSL-46On Aug. 15, 1944, the Allied Forces began their endeavor to take back German-held lands in Southern France. In their quest, numer ous American Sailors, soldiers, airmen, and Marines lost their lives. Of these service mem bers, 861 were provided their final resting place by a grateful French govern ment on 12.2 acres of land peacefully adorned with olive trees. Nearly 70 years later, another group of Americans rose early to pay their respects to those that had fallen. Volunteers from the crew of Arleigh Burkeclass guided-missile destroyer USS Nitze (DDG 94) and HSL-46 Detachment Eight recent ly donated their time to assist in the upkeep of this historic monument to the fallen. They came with brushes and buckets in hand to clean the symbols that mark these heroes final resting place. It is an honor to have these Sailors out here to clean the headstones and pay their respects to the service members who have gone before them, said Bruce Malone, the superintendant of the cemetery. For many of the Sailors participating in the event, the honor was theirs. It is a pleasure to be here pay tribute to these fallen brothers-in-arms, said Boatswains Mate 1st Class Justin Johnson. It just takes a little bit of time to clean the headstones and get them looking as beautiful as they should, said Fire Controlman 3rd Class Valerie Goldfarb. They scrubbed and polished until all 861 tombstones gleamed in the sunlight and the respect for what these ser vice members had been through grew as the vol unteers continued to work in the hot afternoon sun. It really is an impres sive sight, said Johnson. Knowing why these peo ple are here makes it even more impressive. From young to old it was impossible to escape the feeling of satisfaction as they looked over the grounds and took in the silence. I am glad that we were able to get out here and get the headstones cleaned up, said Senior Chief Aviation Electronics Technician Christopher Lewis. For the junior Sailors on the ship, it is something they have not gotten to do before and hopefully it will help them understand and appreciate the sacrifices of the service members who came before us. Awestruck, they lis tened to the story of a woman who found out that her husband was lost in one of the many battles on the countryside. It was so long ago, it is easy to forget what happened, but these are people just like me, said Goldfarb. It really kind of hits home listening to their stories. As they finished their task and slowly walked away, every one of them took pride in this trium phant return to care for their fallen brothers. -Photo courtesy of HSL-46The crew of HSL-46 Detachment Eight and USS Nitze stand with with Allison Libersa and Bruce Malone, superintendent of the Rhone American Cemetery and Memorial in France. a CFC participant Provided as a public service marchforbabies.org Crenshaw Hosts Military Service Academy DayFrom the office of Ander Cren shawCongressman Ander Crenshaw is hosting a Military Service Academy Day on Saturday, May 12 at Mandarin High School, 4831 Greenland Rd., at 1 p.m. for high school stu dents interested in learn ing about the service academies. Academy representa tives will be on hand to answer questions, visit one-on-one with Fourth Congressional District students. Northeast Florida stu dents have been some of the best and the bright est. I strongly encourage interested students to attend Military Service Academy Day where they and their parents can learn more about our nations military ser vice and perhaps open a door to attending one of the nations finest educa tional institutions, said Crenshaw. On Saturday, there will be a one hour presentation followed by one-on-one sessions with academy officials about academic programming and the process involved with being accepted to the schools. Our service academies are vital in preparing todays youth to assume the responsi bility and skills required to become our future military leaders, and Im always proud to help show them the way to attend. 8 THE MIRROR NS MAYPORT, Thursday, May 10, 2012

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Simpson Participates In Saharan ExpressBy MCSN Brian T. Glunt Commander, U.S. Naval Forces Europe-Commander, U.S. Naval Forces Africa/Commander, U.S. 6th Fleet Public AffairsSailors aboard the guided-missile frigate USS Simpson (FFG 56) concluded their participa tion in exercise Saharan Express 2012 while underway off the coast of West Africa, April 30. Saharan Express, one of four express series exer cises, focused on improv ing communications and building relationships of West African countries to counter common maritime threats. Navies, coast guards and army paramedic teams from 12 countries gathered in Dakar, Senegal, April 23, to kick off the maritime training and exercises with a press conference and pre-sail conference, introducing the 10 com manders and participants. The main role of Simpson was to work with the other countries to provide a platform for them to train on, evaluate how they progressed during training and submit feed back, said Ensign Kevin Mullin, Simpsons board ing officer. It was a really good learning experience to work with the other nations, I think they defi nitely got something out of it too. The 12 nations that par ticipated in the second Saharan Express are Cape Verde, represented by CV Guardiao; France, rep resented by FS Tonnere; The Gambia, repre sented by GNS Taipai; Cote dIvoire; Liberia; Mauritania, represented by Limam Elhadrami; Morocco, represented by RMN Bir Anzarane; Senegal, represented by SN Popnguine, SN Ex Conejera and SN Baye Sogul; Sierra Leone; Spain, represented by ESPS Vencedorea; the United Kingdom repre sented by HMS Dauntless, and the United States, represented by USS Simpson. During this years Saharan Express, Simpson acted as a target ship while crewmembers set up different scenarios of illegal fishing, illicit drug trafficking and first aid medical response for the other nations visit, board, search and seizure (VBSS) teams to board and treat the exercise as they would in an actual situation. Back in Dakar, the idea of the training was to cross train with our African partners on medi cal topics that VBSS teams may have to put in effect during a boarding, said Hospital Corpsman 1st Class (FMF) Christopher Tilley, Simpsons Saharan Express medical train ing mentor. We had the Senegalese army para medics actually instruct ing the training. They did a very good job. They were concise. They were clear with their instruc tion and the African nations really walked out of it with the point of the training. While medical and boarding train ing was conducted in Dakar, Senegal, the Counternarcotics and Maritime Security (COSMAR) interagency operations center in Praia, Cape Verde controlled the underway portion. Saharan Express is one of four regional mari time exercises in Africa, an international secu rity cooperation ini tiative facilitated by Commander, U.S. Naval Forces Europe-Africa, aimed at strengthening global maritime partner ships through training and collaborative activi ties to improve maritime safety and security in Africa. Simpson, an Oliver Hazard Perry-class guid ed-missile frigate home ported out of Mayport, Fla. and is deployed to U.S. Naval Forces Africa area of responsibility. -Photo by MCSN Brian T. GluntLogistics Specialist 2nd Class Jared Pugh, right, hands Culinary Specialist 1st Class Dominique Birch a breathing apparatus during a firefighting training evolution aboard the guided-missile frigate USS Simpson (FFG 56). -Photo by MC1 Brian A. GoyakCape Verdean coast guard 1st Sgt. Manuel Ribeiro climbs a ladder to board the guided-missile frigate USS Simpson (FFG 56) during an exercise as part of Saharan Express 2012. Saharan Express is an at-sea maritime exercise designed to improve cooperation among participating nations in order to increase maritime safety and security for West African nations.-Photo by MCSN Brian T. GluntSenegalese army Sgt. Ousseynou Magnane demonstrates first aid procedures on Masterat-Arms 1st Class Gary Morrison, assigned to the guided-missile frigate USS Simpson (FFG 56), during tactical combat casualty care training as part of exercise Saharan Express 2012. 10 THE MIRROR NS MAYPORT, Thursday, May 10, 2012

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Moms To Be Showered With Birdies, PGA Navy Public Affairs Support Ele ment East Detachment SoutheastMore than 40 moms and moms-to-be were honored on May 6 at Operation Shower, a group baby shower for the wives of deployed service men. Birdies for the Brave and the PGA Tour hosted Operation Shower at The Players Club Sawgrass in Ponte Vedra. It is one of several events planned for military, retirees and their families throughout TPC week. We are a non-profit organization and our mis sion is to host baby showers across the country to honor military families and to ease the stress of deployment for preg nant moms to be whose spouses are deployed, said Leann Morrissey, Chief Shower Officer for Operation Shower. The event included a catered lunch by Zoes Kitchen and moms were able to interact and share stories about mother hood. Moms were presented with brand new strollers, car seats and Mommy GPS services. The mothers said they were overwhelmed with the kindness of the people who put on the shower. I think this is awe some! I love that people see that the wives are sacrificing too and how hard it is to go through something like having a baby without your hus band, said Katheryne Lowe who is married to Electronics Technician 2nd Class Joshua Lowe who is deployed aboard USS Florida (SSGN 728). I appreciate all that has been done here today so much. A couple of military dads were able to make it back from deployment for the baby shower and said they were so thankful for the support of Operation Shower. It is hard to be away from your wife when she is going through pregnan cy but knowing she had this support system made it easier for me to not worry and focus on the mission and created less stress for the both of us, said Naval Air Crewmen Flight Engineer 1st Class Leslie Fuqua attached to Patrol Squadron 30 at Naval Air Station Jax and recently returned home from Guantnamo Bay, Cuba. For more information about Operation Shower got to www.operation shower.org. -Photos by MC2 Sunday WilliamsExpecting moms smile over gift boxes they received at the 2012 Operation Shower at TPC Sawgrass. Operation Shower, a non-profit organization dedicated to celebrating and honoring military families by providing baby showers for military moms-to-be to ease the stress of deployment, is supported by Birdies for the Brave, a PGA national mili tary outreach initiative. Mommy-to-be Katheryne Lowe, wife of Electronics Technician 2nd Class Joshua Lowe who is deployed aboard USS Florida (SSGN 728) gets emotional as she goes through a gift box she received at the 2012 Operation Shower at TPC Sawgrass. THE MIRROR NS MAYPORT, Thursday, May 10, 2012 11

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FFSC Workshops Geared To Sailors, FamiliesFrom 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. May 10, 1:303:30p.m., Troops to Teachers, FFSC TBD May 10, 1:303p.m., Conflict Resolution For Woman, FFSC room 702 May 10, 9:00a.m. 12:00p.m., Tottle Tyme Playgroup, USO 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. May 11 (rain date 18), 6:30-9:30p.m., IA Family Outing Swimming Pool Party, NS Swimming Pool May 14, 8:30a.m. 3:30p.m., Anger Management Class, FFSC room 702 What does anger do for you? Communicate for you? Keep people at a safe distance from you? Keep you in charge? For many people, anger serves them many uses, but all too often, it is at a high costusually of rela tionships, unhappiness in the workplace, and a general feeling of dis dain. If you want to be able to break out of the get angry/get even syn drome, come to this class. May 14-18, 7:30a.m. 5:00p.m., SAPR Advocate Refresher Class FFSC NAS JAX May 15, 9-11a.m., Active Parenting FFSC room 702 May 16, 34:30p.m., Managing Anger Group FFSC room 702 May 17, 1:303p.m., Conflict Resolution For Woman, FFSC room 702 May 17, 9:00a.m. 12:00p.m., Tottle Tyme Playgroup, USO May 21, 1-4p.m., Relationship communi cation, 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. May 21-24, 8a.m.4p.m., TAP Separatee Workshop Building One Room 1616 May 22, 9-11a.m., Active Parenting FFSC room 702 May 23, 34:30p.m., Managing Anger Group FFSC room 702 May 24, 1-2p.m., Resume Writing For Military Spouses FFSC room 719 May 24, 1:303p.m., Conflict Resolution For Woman, FFSC room 702 May 24, 9:00a.m. 12:00p.m., Tottle Tyme Playgroup, USO May 24, 10-11a.m., Craft Hour (during play group), USO May 29, 9-11a.m., Active Parenting FFSC room 702 May 29, 6-8p.m., Ombudsman Assembly Building One Room 104USS Vicksburg Takes Part In Earth DayEnterprise Carrier Strike Group Public AffairsGuided-missile cruiser USS Vicksburg (CG 69) joined the rest of the Navy in recognizing Earth Day, April 22, while oper ating in the Arabian Gulf. Vicksburg crew members, currently on deployment in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of respon sibility (AOR), are actively engaged in protecting the envi ronment. It really boils down to the little things, said Senior Chief Hospital Corpsman Steven Pietrusza. We encourage Sailors to utilize re-usable water bottles, which significantly cuts down on plastic waste. We also use biodegradable cleaning solutions on the ship. These are not only better for the environ ment, but better for our Sailors, too. In addition, Vicksburg stays environmentally friendly by sorting its waste into three sep arate categories: plastic, metal, and paper/food. Trash has to be separated aboard the ship, said Seaman Tyler Shafer, one of the Sailors responsible for operating the waste-disposal machines. If Sailors bring us mixed trash, we send them back to their shops to sort it properly before bring ing it back. Plastic waste aboard Vicksburg is melted and com pacted into discs that are offloaded in port. Metal is ground down, then placed in burlap sacks to corrode at the bottom of the sea. All paper and food products are discarded at sea to degrade naturally. These procedures are all environmentally friendly and safe, said Shafer. Additionally, the crew takes it one step further by using elec tronic resources to cut down on paper use. I have noticed a massive change in recent years, said Yeoman 1st Class Kenneth Bryant, the ships secretary. We have a greener Navy now because use e-mail and the ships local computer network to keep track of things, only using paper when we absolutely have to. I think its important to treat every day like Earth Day. Vicksburg is deployed with the Enterprise Carrier Strike Group in the U.S. 5th Fleet AOR, conducting maritime security operations, theater security cooperation efforts and support missions as a part of Operation Enduring Freedom. 12 THE MIRROR NS MAYPORT, Thursday, May 10, 2012

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Military Mom Movie Night The Greater Jacksonville Area USO, in partnership with Chevrolet and General Motors, invites all expect ing military mothers to enter for a chance to par ticipate in our first ever Military Mom Movie Night. This mommys night out event on Friday, May 18 is an opportunity for expecting military mothers to watch the highly anticipated What to Expect When Youre Expecting, movie togeth er featuring an ensemble cast of Jennifer Lopez, Cameron Diaz, Elizabeth Banks, Anna Kendrick, Brooklyn Decker, Rodrigo Santoro, Dennis Quaid, Chris Rock and others. Randomly selected win ners will meet at George Moore Chevrolet on Atlantic Boulevard and caravan in brand new GM vehicles to the theater. After the movie, well go to a local pizzeria to eat, socialize and talk about the movie! To enter for a chance at participat ing in this Military Mom Movie Night event, you must be an expecting mother and must respond to drawing@usojax.com by Friday, May 11 3 p.m. Please include your full name and phone number. E-mail subject line should be titled Military Mom Movie Night. Participants must be able to meet at 3 p.m. on Friday, May 18, 2012. The event is sched uled to end between 8-8:30 p.m. This is a free event (GM will provide theater tickets and dinner afterwards. Participants are welcome to purchase movie concessions on their own). Seats avail able: 22 (no husbands, boyfriends, sisters, kids, etc.). Participants must be at least 21 years of age. Winners will be random ly selected, notified by phone and announced in our weekly USO newslet ter. USO Military Appreciation Day At Mayport Your Greater Jacksonville Area USO will host our 10th Annual Military Appreciation Day at NS Mayport Sea Otter Pavilion on Saturday, May 19. This is a great FREE family event from noon4 p.m. There will be free food, music, bounce houses, games and much more, including free admission to pool. Play Group At The Mayport USO Fleet and Family Service Center sponsors a playgroup at the Mayport USO every Thursday from 9 a.m.-noon. May 24 will include a craft hour from 10-11 a.m. as well. For more information please contact Lauren Walton, New Parent Support Program at Naval Station Mayport Fleet and Family Support Center 904-2706600. Free Banners For Returning Service Members Sign-a-Rama, a local, small business has a great offer to support returning troops! Offer details: 1. This a free banner provided to a spouse or parent or child of an indi vidual service member returning from combat duty. 2. One free banner per household, please. 3. Orders are placed by the family, by calling (904) 272-8333, or emailing me at herb@jaxsignarama. com with the subject line banner for my loved one 4. We would like about a 7 to 10 day notice, if possible, so that we can fit it into our production schedule. 5. We are unable to ship these banners. We are a local owned fran chise, with a store at 175-1 Blanding Boulevard, and one in Jacksonville at 3663 Southside Boulevard. This is a service for the Jacksonville/Orange Park area. Banners are only for returning combat troops and unfortunately, are not available for troops assigned to NSB Kings Bay, GA. These banners are provided for FREE and please do not request a banner be prepared and no show up to pick it up. Veterans Farm Needs Your Support Veterans Farm is a farm in Jacksonville that strives to help disabled combat veterans get back into society through the use of horticulture thera py. Veterans work on the farm and develop skills to help them overcome their physical, mental, and employment problems. We grow datil peppers and blueberries that carry our Veterans Farm label. Wal-Mart is having a Get on the Shelf contest, similar to American Idol. If we win, Veterans Farm products will be on WalMart shelves all over the country. The more prod ucts we sell, the more vet erans you will help. Our mission is to win this con test, and get our products on their shelves. PLEASE text 4970 to 383838 to VOTE! For more infor mation please visit www. getontheshelf.com You Could Win A 1948 Pontiac Torpedo! Do you like old antique cars? The American Legion Riders Chapter 283 has proudly offered a 1948 Pontiac Torpedo car in a raffle drawing to be held on June 1 at 8 pm. NAS Jax USO and Mayport USO now have Donation Tickets available for pur chase! The tickets are only $10. Stop by your USO center today! All sales are cash only at the centers or at Post 283. K9S For Warriors K9sforwarriors is locat ed in Ponte Vedra Beach and they specifically offer service dogs for warriors medically diagnosed with Post Traumatic Stress. If you or someone you know would greatly ben efit from having a canine companion, please visit www.k9sforwarriors.org for more information. Smiles Over Miles Smiles Over Miles gives all active duty mili tary service members the opportunity to send video messages back home for free, easily from any computer with an inter net connection and web cam. The technology also comes with built in secu rity, so messages are kept private and delivered via secure transmission. Signup now via the following link: http://smilesover miles.com Special For Military Hunting And Fishing License Active-duty and retired military Florida residents can get a low cost ($20) Military Gold Sportsmans License. The license cov ers hunting, freshwater and saltwater fishing and a variety of associ ated permits at a greatly reduced cost. The Military Gold Sportsmans License is available at tax col lectors offices only. Applicants must present a current military ID card plus a Florida drivers license or orders show ing they are stationed in Florida as proof of eli gibility. Military Gold Sportsmans License (includes same privileg es as Gold Sportsmans License, Listed Below) Available to Florida resi dents who are active or retired members of the U.S. Armed Forces, Armed Forces Reserve, Florida National Guard, Coast Guard or Coast Guard Reserve; upon submis sion of a current military identification card and proof of Florida resi dency. Gold Sportsmans License includes Hunting, Saltwater Fishing and Freshwater Fishing licens es; and Deer, Wildlife Management Area, Archery, Muzzleloading Gun, Crossbow, Turkey and Florida Waterfowl, Snook and Lobster per mits. Recycling Recycling has come to the Greater Jacksonville Area USO. If you have any office paper, shred ded paper, old magazines, and newspapers that you would like to donate, please bring it to either the Mayport or NAS JAX USO Center. This will be a great fundraiser for the USO so please help us fill the bins. Help support the troops with your unwant ed paper! Honorably discharged veterans, active-duty service and reserve members will receive a 25 percent discount on the purchase of a Florida State Park annual pass. The discount pro vides a savings of $15 on an individual annual pass and $30 on a fam ily annual pass, which allows up to eight peo ple in a group to access most of Floridas 160 state parks. In addition, hon orably discharged vet erans who have service connected disabilities, and surviving spouses of military veterans who have fallen in combat, will receive a lifetime family annual entrance pass at no charge. For information on qualifi cations and necessary forms to receive these discounts, visit www. FloridaStateParks.org/ The USO and RocketLife have partnered to deliver a heart-warming oppor tunity for the men and women of the armed forces and their fami lies. The Personal Photo Book program enables troops serving abroad and their families to create 20-page personal photo books and ship them to any APO/FPO address for free. These full-color, customized photo books are small enough to fit in a soldiers cargo pockets yet can hold more than 60 photos of loved ones. RocketLife prints the books for free, and the USO pays for the ship ping. To get started, visit http://uso.myphotoproducts.com. There is a computer resource center avail able to all service mem bers with email, Internet and word processing. Fax, copy and free notary ser vice is also available. Watch TV or a movie from the video library Service members can also enjoy video games or use the sports equipment. There is a full kitchen, showers, a quiet reading room and a meeting room available at the USO. For more information about activities or meet ing availabilities, call 2463481 or stop by the center at 2560 Mayport Road. USO THE MIRROR NS MAYPORT, Thursday, May 10, 2012 13



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Check us out Online! mayportmirror.com Colombian Tall Ship Gloria Visits NS MayportFrom COMUSNAVSO/C4F Public AffairsThe Colombian Navys sailing ship ARC Gloria is scheduled to arrive at Naval Station (NS) Mayport at 9 a.m. on Thursday, May 10. Military Personnel wanting to watch the arrival are welcome to do so from the Camp Grounds. Each summer, the cadets of the Gloria take an annual cruise as a training opportunity to learn how to maneu ver the ship and act as ambassadors of the Colombian Navy. While sailing into the NS Mayport basin Friday, the cadets of the Gloria will man the yard-arms and sing the Colombian national anthem, among other patriotic songs. NS Mayport will be the Glorias first port visit as part of a sixmonth deployment to the U.S. East Coast, Europe and Africa. The ship will be in port through Sunday after noon, before it departs to continue its training mission. Ship Tours The ship will be open for valid DoD ID hold ers and families/friends Friday 10 a.m.-3 p.m. and Saturday 10 a.m.3 p.m. Guests must have base access or be escorted by a DoD ID holder to tour the ARC Gloria. Bags, purses and backpacks are not per mitted. Children under 8 years are not permit ted. Cameras are highly encouraged. Civilians arriving to the gate without DoD escort will not be allowed on base.-Photo by MCSN Brian T. GluntChief Gunners Mate Sean Holmes loads ammunition into a .50-caliber machine gun before a pre-action aim calibration test-fire exercise aboard the guided-missile frigate USS Simpson (FFG 56). See Story, Photos, Page 10.Simpson Crew Protects Maritime WaterwaysWork From HomeFrom American Forces Press ServiceThe Department of Defense announced a new policy that will promote more teleworking across the civilian workforce, according to a DOD news release. Changes to the exist ing telework policy were prompted by the Telework Enhancement Act of 2010, officials said, and will help DOD achieve greater flex ibility in managing its work force. Telework is a powerful tool, one that helps DOD maximize the agility it needs to operate in all kinds of conditions, while promot ing workforce efficiency and quality of life, Paige HinkleBowles, deputy assistant secretary of defense for civilian personnel policy, said in the release. The new policy requires DOD leaders to promote telework within their respective components, make every effort to overcome artificial barriers to program implementation, authorize telework for the maximum number of positions without compromising mission readiness, and integrate telework into continuity of operations activities. The changes are far-reaching. All civilian positions in the department need to be marked as being eligible or not eligible for telework. All employees need to be notified if they are eligible for telework in the position they are in, Hinkle-Bowles said. Also, any employee in a telework-eligible position who opts to telework must sign a telework agreement with the supervisor, and both the supervisor and employee need to attend training on the program. In the past, the program required only the employee to attend training. The Defense Department finds telework to be an effective recruiting and reten tion tool and key to quality of work-life, but an integral readiness strategy for conti nuity of operations during a crisis or emergency. Mayport Plays Role In BattleshipFrom Orion Solutions, LLCSailors from ships stationed at Naval Station Mayport and two retired Navy residents par ticipated in filming the movie, Battleship, which comes out nationwide on May 18. Retired Navy Capt. Rick Hoffman, who commanded two Mayport based ships, was on the set for the entire filming as the Technical advisor to the direc tor, Peter Berg. Peter wanted the real parts of the movie to be as accurate as possible, because the fantastic elements were justso fantas tic, said Hoffman, a longtime resident of Jacksonville Beach. I was on the shoot from early August to late December and was able to make sure we kept the Navy part of the film as real as we could. Also assisting in accuracy was retired Master Chief Ryland Reamy. Rick asked me to come out to Baton Rouge where we spent two weeks creating the Combat Information Center scenes, Reamy said. CIC is where I spent most of my career and I could bring some real details to the set. Filming took five months with time split between Hawaii, principally Naval Station Pearl Harbor, and sound stages in Baton Rouge. As the com pany shifted from Hawaii to Louisiana, the availability of active duty Sailors became an issue. The casting director came to me with a bunch of pictures of local extras who may have spent some time in the National Guard or Reserves. Peter Berg wanted as many real Sailors as possible and they just werent available there. I knew that USS Hu City was in drydock and the CO was happy to let me take some volunteers from the ship, Hoffman said. Ultimately Sailors from USS Carney and USS The Sullivans joined Hu City Sailors in film ing the action sequences on the bridge and CIC on the sound stage. In Hawaii, we had access to crowds of Sailors to fill out the larger sequences, Hoffman said. Probably half of all the uniformed people you see are active duty, in their own uni form. It was really fun to bring shipmates over from Mayport for the filming. Battleship stars Taylor Kitsch, Brooklyn Decker, Liam Neeson and features Rihanna in her first film role. It follows the character Alex Hopper played by Taylor Kitsch (John Carter, Friday Night Lights) as the Weapons officer aboard USS John Paul Jones as his ship sails from Pearl Harbor as part of the annual Rim of the Pacific Exercise. When there is an unexplained landing south of Hawaii, USS John Paul Jones and USS Sampson, command ed by Hoppers brother Stone Hopper (played by Alexander Skarsgard) and the Japanese destroyer Miyoko, command ed by Capt. Nagata, (played by Tadanobo Asano, Japanese film renowned), are sent to inves tigate. Very quickly conflict ensues with an alien life form whose intentions are not understood. My principal responsibil ity was to help shape the script to preserve accuracy with out detracting from the story. In many cases the way we say things on the ship would not be easily delivered by the actors and might not be easily understood by the audience. We had to make compromis es to maintain the story flow. I also got with the actors before a scene to understand how to be Sailors and with the Sailors to understand how to be actors and to rehearse the scene. This became known as Captain Ricks Boot Camp, said Hoffman. 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2 THE MIRROR, NS MAYPORT, Thursday, May 10, 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.If you have a junior who hasnt yet taken the SAT or ACT or a senior who hasnt yet made the score needed for a particu lar scholarship, here is a won derful opportunity to gain the knowledge needed to do well on these two tests. Professional athletes from MLB and eKnowledge are donating $200 SAT and ACT PowerPrep Programs to help students prepare for college entrance exams. The eKnowledge SAT and ACT PowerPrep programs come in a single DVD and include more than 11 hours of video instruction, 3000 files of supplemental test prep materi al, sample questions, and practice tests. Students select the training they need and study at their own pace. The donation project is in alliance with the Department of Defense, and supported by 75 groups, athletes and organiza tions. eKnowledge has donated 200,000 programs with a value of $38 million at no profit to the company. One military mom gave this testimony: Thank you so much for making this program avail able at such a discount to us. My daughter used this pro gram and scored a 2350 on the SAT and a 34 on the ACT! She received $21,000 in scholar ships, by the grace of God and with the contribution of these test scores. We are now using this program to prepare our son for the tests. Thank you, again. You can order your donated DVD online at www.eKnowl edge.com/Navy or by tele phone at 951-256-4076. NOTE: you must use this special link to obtain the Military discount! Also, there is a nominal charge of $17.55 per standard SAT or ACT program for the cost of materials, processing, distribu tion and customer service. eKnowledge provides cus tomer service and technical support Monday to Friday, 8:30 am 5:30pm EST by email Support@eknowledge.com or by telephone 951-256-4076. For further information, please contact Lori Caputo 951-2564076 LoriCaputo@eKnowledge. com. The 2012 SAT test date is June 2. ACT tests will be held June 9, Aug. 12 and Sept. 16 Judy Cromartie is the School Liaison Officer for NS Mayport. If you have questions about this article or concerns about an educational issue impacting your child, she can be reached via email at judith.cromartie@ navy.mil or by phone at (904) 270-6289 X1305 [office] or (904) 219-3894 [cell]. Or you can schedule a meeting with her in her office in Building One. Judy Cromartie School Liaison Officer KnowingeKnowledge, MLB Players Donate $200 SAT, ACT Test Prep Programs To Military Families NEX Rewards Students For Good GradesFrom NEXCOMThe Navy Exchange wants to help its customers pay for their childrens col lege education through its A-OK Student Reward Program. Four times per school year, four students will be the recipients of a $5,000, $3,000 $2,000 or $1,000 U.S. savings bond, denominations at matu rity. The next drawing will be held at the end of May 2012. Any eligible full-time student that has a B-grade point average equivalent or better, as determined by their school system, may enter the drawing. Eligible students include dependent children of active duty military members, reserv ists and military retirees enrolled in first through 12th grade. Dependent children without an individual Dependent Identification Card must be accompa nied by their sponsor to submit their entry. Each student may enter only once each grading period and must re-enter with each qualifying report card. To enter the drawing, stop by any NEX with a current report card and have a NEX associate verify the minimum grade average. Then fill out an entry card and obtain an A-OK ID, which entitles the student to discount coupons for NEX products and services. The Navy Exchange Service Command (NEXCOM) has been offering students a chance to win a savings bond through its A-OK Student Reward Program since 1997. Since the program began, NEXCOM has awarded $504,000 in sav ings bonds with the help of its generous vendor partners. Military Kids Can Apply For Free Summer CampsAmerican Forces Press ServiceWith the temperature rising and the school year drawing to a close, par ents across the nation are starting to think about summertime plans. With three young children and a stretch of lazy summer days ahead, its definitely a hot topic in my house hold. Military families can get a head start on their planning today by applying for the National Military Family Associations Operation Purple Summer Camp program. The nonprofit organiza tion launched this free program nine years ago to support military children, ages 7 to 17, dealing with the stress of war. The weeklong camps are open to military chil dren of all ranks and ser vices, both active and reserve. Officials will give priority to children who meet the associations deployment criteria and have never attended an Operation Purple camp. Families should submit their application by mid night EDT on April 19. This summer, offi cials said, 1,400 children will attend an Operation Purple camp at one of 16 locations in 14 states: Alaska, California, Connecticut, Florida, Hawaii, Indiana, North Carolina, New York, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Texas, Washington and West Virginia. For more information or to submit an online application, visit the NMFA website.NCIS Committed To Crime Reduction NCIS Resident Agency MayportNCIS has implement ed a collaborative Crime Reduction Program (CRP) to proactively fight crime within the military com munity. Working with the Judge Advocate General (JAG), Public Affairs, Family Advocacy Program (FAP), Chaplain Corps, and other Department of Navy (DON) entities, NCIS has facilitated a cross-cutting effort to help military communities reduce crime. These campaigns highlight the precursors of crime and victimiza tion. Military personnel, their dependents, and civilian employees often face tremendous stress in their lives, and poten tial threats to their safety. Unchecked, this environ ment can impact military readiness. The CRP will organize multiple crime campaigns throughout the year. Each campaign will focus on a singular theme, such as Child Abuse, Identity theft, Insider Threat, Domestic Violence, and Sexual Assaults. This Quarter theme is Child Abuse: From one small grandmothers small act of remembrance comes a national child abuse prevention move ment. HELP us bring about awareness and protect our most precious gift our children! Every Child Counts! See something wrong; Do Something Right Text NCIS + your tip info to CRIMES (274637) Web: www.ncis.navy.mil NCIS overall mis sion is to investigate and defeat criminal, terrorist, and foreign intelligence threats, to the United States Navy and Marine Corps and their families, wherever they operate, ashore, afloat or in cyberspace. Remember, Agents assigned to the NCIS Resident Agency Mayport are always available 24 hrs/ 7 days a week to provide assistance. For more information, call 904-2703327. Sabrina E. Friday NCIS Resident Agency Mayport Long Distance Relationships There is great news for those who are or will be experiencing separa tion. Recent research has shown that long distance relationships (LDRs) have as good a chance at being successful as other rela tionships. Guldner (2006) concluded that there is no connection between distance or frequency of contact and the success of LDRs. It matters more how a couple interacts than how often. In a way, separation can actually be beneficial to a rela tionship because it forces the couple to strengthen areas of their relationship that may not get much attention otherwise. There are several things you can do to help your relationship grow stron ger through separa tion. Here are just a few suggestions based on research. SEND MAIL. The #1 factor linked to success ful LDRs is the sending of actual letters. Email and text messages dont have the same effect. By writing letters and send ing packages you provide physical evidence of your commitment to the rela tionship. CONTROL PHONE CONVERSATIONS If you dont know what you are doing, phone conver sations can cause a lot of frustration. Control what you talk about and how often. Many people believe that the only way to overcome the separa tion is to spend as much time as possible talking on the phone or online. But when you talk too much, conversations can become negative and leave you full of self pity. You both need to get a life outside of each other. If you are using all your free time to talk on the phone, then you are probably isolating yourself from the world you are in. When you run out of uplift ing things to say, end the conversation. You may even decide to put a limit on yourselves. The last thing you want is to begin dreading phone conver sations. BE POSITIVE Negativity will suck the life out of the relation ship, even if it is directed elsewhere. Many couples Sustaining Long Distance Relationships Takes WorkLt. Justin Top Surface Force Ministry Center CHAPLAINSthink that it will strengthen their relationship to tell each other all their problems. But because the other person usually feels responsible to fix the problem but cant, they begin to feel frustrated and trapped. Though it is okay to occasionally vent your frustrations, try to limit it and make sure See Chaplain, Page 3 Everyone has a right to dignity and respect.1-800-919-9338A CFC participant. Provided as a public serviceCatholic Charities USAwww.CatholicCharitiesUSA.org

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Mayport Gears Up For Stark Memorial ServiceFrom StaffA ceremony of remem brance, along with a Meet and Greet CPO Steak Night and USS Stark Memorial Dinner will mark the 25th anniver sary of the attack on USS Stark (FFG 31) that cost 37 Sailors their lives. Each year, NS Mayport hosts a memorial ceremony on May 17 at Mayports Memorial Park. The cer emony will be at 10 a.m. and guest speaker for this years event is Rear Adm. David M. Thomas Jr., Commander, Naval Surface Force Atlantic. Preceding the event, HSL-60 CPO Mess is hosting an all-hands Steak Night at the CPO Club on May 15 from 4-7 p.m. Tickets are $10 in advance, $12 at the door and can be purchased from the CPO Club are by calling 716-1465. COMDESRON 14 CPO Mess is also sponsoring a 25th anniversary memo rial dinner on May 16 at Ocean Breeze Conference Center. Tickets are $35 for adult and $17.50 for kids 12-18 and $8.75 for chil dren 11 and under. Call Ocean Breeze Conference Center at 270-5313 for tickets. Special commemora tive USS Stark coins may also be purchased from Jeff Lawrence for $10. Proceeds benefit the Stark memorial. On May 17, 1987, while on patrol in the Arabian Gulf, 37 Sailors died when two Iraqi missiles struck USS Stark. Despite the severe damage inflict ed, the heroic efforts of Starks crew saved the ship. Stark was decom missioned at Mayport in 1999. In order to pre serve the tradition once the ship was retired, the Naval Order of the United States, North Florida Commandery, assumed sponsorship for the memorial service. Several members of the 1987 crew of Stark will attend the service. The service will feature accounts of some of the events that occurred fol lowing the attack, both aboard ship and here in Mayport, from crew and volunteers who worked to provide information and support services to the families of crew members. Mayports Memorial Park was established Aug. 1, 1987, with the dedica tion of the Stark monu ment. Thomas, a native of Norfolk, graduated from the United States Naval Academy in 1981 and is a distinguished graduate of the Industrial College of the Armed Forces. Assignments at sea included USS Shreveport (LPD 12) as main propulsion assistant and navigator; engineer officer in USS Estocin (FFG 15) and USS Willamette (AO 180); flag lieutenant to com mander, 2nd Fleet; executive officer in USS Leyte Gulf (CG 55); command of USS Ross (DDG 71); and command of Destroyer Squadron 26. Ashore, Thomas served in the Surface Warfare Junior Officer Assignment Branch of the Bureau of Naval Personnel; in the Personnel Plans and Policy Division of the Joint Staff; as flag sec retary to commander, Naval Surface Force, U.S. Atlantic Fleet; on the staff of the Office of the Chief of Naval Operations as executive officer to the director of the 2001 Quadrennial Defense Review and executive assistant to the director of Operations, Plans, and Policy (N3/N5); and as chief of staff to commander, 2nd Fleet. Upon selection for flag officer, Thomas has served as the deputy chief of staff for Global Force Management and Joint Operations on the staff of commander, U.S. Fleet Forces Command; and commander, Joint Task Force, Guantanamo Bay, Cuba; commander, Carrier Strike Group Two; and his current assign ment as commander, Naval Surface Force Atlantic. the other person under stands that you just want them to listen, not to fix it. Share with each other happy things. Make sure the positive far outweighs the negative. Be upbeat, optimistic, and excited and the enthusiasm will spill over into your rela tionship. LAUGH TOGETHER just like you did when you first fell in love. Humor is a great reliever of stress. Look for funny things (jokes, stories, experienc es, etc.) to share with each other. Try to always have both of you smiling when you hang up the phone. ESTABLISH RITUALS Choose uplifting family rituals to keep you close and in a routine. This is especially important if you have children. Some examples of family rituals are telling a bedtime story over the phone, sending mail once a week, etc. Rituals are also important in romantic relationships. Some examples may be reading scripture and praying together over the phone, choosing a book to read together and dis cuss, watching sporting events then discussing them. Base your rituals on what you love to do, what brings you close, and what your family needs. EMPOWER EACH OTHER Dont fall into the trap of believing that if you really love each other you will be miser able when you are apart. In truth, needy relation ships are the most likely to fail. I need you is actually the opposite of I love you. If you truly love each other, you will want what is best for each other. Empower each other to get involved and to do things that will bring happiness. Foster in each other ability to be happy and independent. Only when your happiness comes from yourself will you really be able to share it with each other.From Page 2ChaplainFerguson Guest Speaker At Midway DinnerFrom 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, 9 June 2012, at the renaissance resort, world golf village. Guest speaker Vice Chief of Naval Operations Admiral Mark E. Ferguson III; 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. 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. The evening includes fine dining and enter tainment. Uniform will be O4 and above din ner dress white jacket; O3 and below dinner dress white/dinner dress white jacket optional and civil ian is black tie or business attire. Cocktails begin at 1800, dinner at 1900. Reserved seating. Make checks payable to NAVY LEAGUE MIDWAY DINNER. Tickets may be purchased from Navy League Mayport Bob Price, 904-718-2118 or email bpricex4@com cast.net; or Navy League St. Augustine Bill Dudley, 904-806-4712 or 904-7947814 or email anuday00@ aol.com THE MIRROR NS MAYPORT, Thursday, May 10, 2012 3

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4 THE MIRROR, NS MAYPORT, Thursday, May 10, 2012 Gettysburg CSs Dominate Galley Wars USS Gettysburg Food Service OfficerUSS Gettysburg (CG 64) took home the Culinary Excellence Award at Fleet Week Port Everglades Galley Wars on April 28. Hosted by the Broward Navy Days, Inc. and its sponsors, the event pit ted Gettysburg, USS Wasp (LHD 1), USS San Jacinto (CG 56), USS De Wert (FFG 43), USS Dallas (SSN 16) and USCGC Bruce C. Webber against each other in an Iron Chef style cook-off. Each team was given a list of available ingredi ents and had five minutes to plan a menu. They were then brought on stage to be introduced and learned of the secret ingredient, swordfish. Each team had an hour to prepare three dishes, one of which had to include the secret ingredient. Every team utilized the swordfish and made deli cious food. However, the Gettysburg team, led by Chief Culinary Specialist (Surface Warfare) Juan Yarbrough, surpassed them all. The effort was superb, Yarbrough said. After the initial planning, everyone took ownership of their dish, and it just clicked. The team members joining Yarbrough were Culinary Specialist 1st Class (SW) Brian Hardin, Culinary Specialist 2nd Class (SW) Ashley Colbert, Culinary Specialist 3rd Class (SW) Justin Tereza, and Culinary Specialist 3rd Class (SW) Nathaniel Gales. I thought Is it April Fools? CS2 Colbert exclaimed. I couldnt believe it was happening. It feels awesome [to win], Hardin said. It couldnt have gone any better. Its really nice to let the captain shine in his hometown. Commanding Officer, Capt. Bob Hein, hails from the Fort Lauderdale area, and was equally as proud of his team. Its one thing to know that your folks are the best; its another for the culinary community to recognize it, Hein said. For taking home first place, the Gettysburg team was awarded chef coats, a knife set, and a story in each members local paper. Gettysburg Sailors Reach Out To CommunityUSS Gettysburg PAO Fleet Week events all over the country provide Sailors with an opportu nity to reach out to local communities and provide needed repairs to build ings, fresh coats of paints to houses, and visits to those who do not often get visitors. USS Gettysburg (CG 64) participated in these community relation events as a part of Fleet Week Fort Lauderdale hosted by Broward Navy Days, Inc. The four organized events Gettysburg participated in were led by Chaplain Buster Williams. Williams said, These events were a great way for the crew of Gettysburg to show Fort Lauderdale how much their patrio tism is appreciated. These were Sailors volunteering to reach out to the community. A dozen Gettysburg Sailors travelled to Coral Springs Medical Center to visit with patients. Most patients had some attachment to the Navy, wheth er it was through their own service or the service of a family member. The patients, both young and old, lit up when Sailors in their dress whites entered the rooms. Gas Turbine Systems Machinist 2nd Class (SW) Terrence Erroch partici pated in the event and remarked, Speaking with the patients about their lives and letting them know that we hope they feel better was simple, but really rewarding. We left the patients with smiles on their faces, but we left smiling also. At the Naval Air Station Fort Lauderdale Museum, a dozen Sailors worked on painting and restoring the building. As a reward, the Sailors were given a tour of the museum where they saw memorabilia from George H. W. Bush, who flew at the Air Station, and Flight 19, which was mysteri ously lost in the Bermuda triangle. Sailors enjoyed helping a non-profit organization preserve a piece of Naval history. The painting continued at a local day care where a dozen members of the First Class Petty Officers Association (FCPOA) of Gettysburg worked with members of the crew of USS Dallas (SSN 16). The Prestige Club of Broward County set up the oppor tunity to fill a need at the day care. The Sailors also had the opportunity to interact with the children at the day care. Machinery Repair 1st Class Brandon Woodard, President of the Gettysburg FCPOA stated, The First Class Petty Officers Association wanted to work together to accomplish a commu nity relations event. It was a great oppor tunity to show junior enlisted Sailors to lead by example by investing in the community. Nine Gettysburg Sailors and more than a dozen Marines worked together to make a major reno vation at the Broward Childrens Center. The center is a small medical facility that caters to chil dren with serious physical limitations who often cannot be cared for at their home or are in foster care. Some of the team worked with a local con tractor who donated his time to renovate a storage facility into a recreational room for the children liv ing at the center. Other members of the team played with some of the children with education al toys or pushed their wheelchairs around the block. By the end of the event, the building being worked on had the items being stored removed, new windows installed, and a wall torn down. Chief Logistics Specialist (SW) Evelyn Hadley remarked, Seeing the joy in the childrens faces for just having someone to hold them and play with them for a few hours reminded me how important it is to do that with my own son. I am so grateful to the Navy for giving me opportuni ties like this so that I can impact the community, but the Sailors all walked away being impacted the most.Gettysburg Determination Breaks Record At Port Everglades Fleet Week DC OlympicsUSS Gettysburg Damage Control AssistantEvery Sailor must be a fire fighter in order to protect the ship from casualties at sea. On April 26, Sailors from USS Gettysburg (CG 64) rallied together to prove their damage control skills against the five other ships in port for Fleet Week Port Everglades. The 12th Annual Damage Control Olympics, hosted by Resolve Marine Group, took place at their facil ity aboard a 140-foot long training ship created to train and demonstrate team abilities in realis tic simulations. Eleven Sailors from Gettysburg participated in five events, including pipe patch ing drills, a fire fighting ensemble relay, a fire fighting team trainer, search and rescue drills, and a P-100 firefighting event. This was the first time Ive competed in an event like this, explained Damage Controlman 2nd Class Christina Busey. Damage Controlman 3rd Class Fungai Diura chimed in, It was a lot of fun. It didnt feel like work. For the first event, Sailors quickly donned the fire fighting ensemble, mask, hood, gloves, hel met, boots, and self-con tained breathing appara tus (SCBA). Often, it is a group effort to get dressed out and when fighting fires every second counts. Other competing ships at the event were USS Wasp (LHD 1), USS Dallas (SSN 16), USS DeWert (FFG 45), USS San Jacinto (CG 56), and the Coast Guard cutter USCG Bernard C. Webber. Each ship provided their most skilled damage control experts. During the main space fire competition the teams were required to take a hose down to a fire two floors below and extinguish it. Sailors from the Gettysburg blew the competition out of the water, setting a new record in the main space fire competition. The previous record had been sent just hours ear lier at 3:57, but Gettysburg extinguished the fire in a mere 3:37 and left with the record. Damage Controlman 1st Class (SW) Peter Martinez was the team leader for the last event, We were looking to the end of the day on a high note. Beating an eleven year record in front of the Captain definitely exceeded that desire. -Photo by MC2 Greg JohnsonA firefighting team competes in a firefighting competition during the 2012 Fleet Week Port Everglades damage control Olympics. USS Gettysburg and USS De Wert participated in Fleet Week Port Everglades 2012.-Photos courtesy of USS GettysburgUSS Gettysburg Command Master Chief Brent Tidwell, Commanding Officer, Capt. Bob Hein and Executive Officer, Cmdr. John Gray are joined by crew and guests during a luncheon provided by celebrity Chef Jose Fuentes during Fleet Week Port Everglades. Chief Culinary Specialist Juan Yarborough assists Fuentes and his son in Gettysburgs Galley during the luncheon.-Photos courtesy of USS GettysburgMachinery Repairman 1st Class(SW) Brandon Woodward hosts a tour of USS Gettysburg during its time at Fleet Week Port Everglades 2012. Ensign Ian Meredith and Chief Gas Turbine System Technician (Electrical) (SW) Nakia Riley show members of Miami Dolphins around USS Gettysburg during Fleet Week Port Everglades 2012.

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THE MIRROR NS MAYPORT, Thursday, May 10, 2012 5 Underwood Kicks Off Southern Seas 2012Southern Seas 2012 Public AffairsThe Mayport-based Oliver Hazard Perry-class guidedmissile frigate USS Underwood (FFG 36) began Southern Seas 2012, May 2. Southern Seas is an annual collaborative deployment in the U.S. Southern Command (USSOUTHCOM) area of responsibility where a task group deploys to conduct a variety of exercises and mul tinational exchanges. During Southern Seas, U.S. and South American forces will partici pate in three major exercis es including UNITAS Pacific (PAC), UNITAS Atlantic (LANT) and Silent Forces Exercise (SIFOREX). Underwood will be working with a vast array of other navies during these three exercises. The ship recently completed Composite Training Unit Exercise (COMTUEX) off the eastern coast of the United States in preparation for its scheduled six-month deploy ment. I look forward to this deployment for a number of reasons, said Cmdr. Peter T. Mirisola, USS Underwood commanding officer. First, our partners bring diverse experiences and skills to the mission. We can learn from them and they from us, and together prepare for future events by understanding each other better. The first exercise for Underwood will be UNITAS PAC, hosted by Peru. The exercise, the longest-running inter national military training exer cise in the world, enhances friendly, mutual cooperation and understanding between participating navies by devel oping interoperability in naval operations among the nations of the region. Southern Seas is a great opportunity for navies of the Western Hemisphere to con duct navy-to-navy exercises, build military relationships and enhance multinational force interoperability. Its designed to emphasize interoperability and cooperation through vari ous training opportunities at sea and ashore, said Mirisola. This will be the final deploy ment of USS Underwood, and the ship will be decom missioned in March 2013. Underwood was commissioned Jan. 29, 1983, and embarked on her maiden deployment in 1985. The ship has been involved in numerous coun ter-narcotics operations in the Caribbean in her 29 years of service to the fleet. Underwood also deployed to Haiti after the 2010 earthquake in support of Operation Unified Response. U.S. Naval Forces Southern Command and U.S. 4th Fleet (COMUSNAVSO/C4F) sup port USSOUTHCOM joint and combined full-spectrum mili tary operations by providing principally sea-based, forward presence to ensure freedom of maneuver in the maritime domain, to foster and sustain cooperative relationships with international partners and to fully exploit the sea as maneu ver space in order to enhance regional security and promote peace, stability, and prosperity in the Caribbean, Central and South American regions. -Photo by MC2 Stuart PhillipsThe Oliver Hazard Perry-class frigate USS Underwood (FFG 36) approaches the Military Sealift Command fleet replenishment oiler USNS Bighorn (T-AO 198) for a replenishment at sea as Underwood participates in a composite training unit exercise (COMTUEX). Underwood deployed to Central and South America and the Caribbean supporting Southern Seas 2012. -Photo by MC2 Stuart PhillipsBoatswain's Mate Hugh Taylor and Logistics Specialist Michael Speers run to remove the chocks and chains from an SH-60B Sea Hawk helicopter assigned to the Vipers of HSL-48 as it takes off from USS Underwood (FFG 36). -Photo by MC2 Stuart PhillipsElectronics Technician 3rd Class Carl Miller fires a .50-caliber machine gun aboard USS Underwood (FFG 36) in a live fire exercise during composite training unit exercise (COMTUEX). -Photo by MCSN Frank J. PikulThe visit, board, search and seizure (VBSS) team from USS Underwood approaches USNS Hugo (TYL-8201) on a rigid hull inflatable boat to conduct a VBSS exercise. -Photo by MCSN Frank J. PikulElectronics Technician 2nd Class James Blocker helps Electricians Mate 2nd Class Aldo Rodriguez place a radio in his vest during training for the visit, board, search and seizure team aboard the Oliver Hazard Perry-class guided-missile frigate USS Underwood (FFG 36). -Photo by MC2 Stuart PhillipsQuartermaster Seaman Kaiser Chowdhury uses a compass divider to plot a course in the pilothouse. -Photo by MC2 Stuart PhillipsEnsign Kellye Quirk uses a stadimeter sextant to take a range finding from the port bridge wing of USS Underwood during a composite training unit exercise with the guided-missile destroyer USS Farragut (DDG 99) and the guided-missile cruiser USS Hue City (CG 66).

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May 11: Mountain Bike Trail Race (Time Trial). 11 a.m. at Sea Otter Pavilion. Sign up by May 8. 270-5451 May 11: Xtreme Bowling. 8 p.m. to Midnight every Friday at Mayport Bowling Center. $10 include 2 hours of black light bowling, shoe rental, prizes and dazzling laser light show. 270-5377 May 12: 2012 Mayport Music Fest. 6:30 p.m. at Sea Otter Pavilion. Switchfoot, Fuel & Natalie Stovall. Admission opens at 5 p.m. FREE. 270-5228 May 12: Pool Open for Recreation Swim Open on Weekends. Full hours begin Monday, Jun. 9. Active Duty and chil dren ages 2 or under free. Entrance fees are ages 13-15 $1.50, and ages 16 or older $2.00. Season passes available for sale at ITT. 270-5101/5425 May 13: Mothers Day Family Bowling Special. Moms bowl for free all day, including family fun bowl. At least one child must accompany mom; bowling must be completed by 7 pm. 270-5377 May 13: Mothers Day Bingo and Buffet. 12:30 p.m. at Beachside Bingo. Double payouts on all hand cards,Mother of the Year drawing, 25 players will spin our Prize Wheel for prizes and compli mentary food! Special drawing for 46 Flat Screen TV plus surprises for all Moms!!! 270-7204 May 18: White T-Shirt Graffiti Party. 9 p.m. at Castaways Lounge. Grab a sharpie and get to writ ing! Make new friends, network or maybe meet that special someone. T-shirts will be provid ed. Featuring live band Cupids Alley plus free food, prizes, and more! 270-7205 May 23: All-Hands Steak Night. 4-7 p.m. at Focsle CPO Club. Cost is $10 per person. Purchase tickets in advance; limit ed tickets available at the door. Sponsored by MWR A-Team. For tickets, call (904) 270-5228. May 24: Party like a Pin-Up 40s Night. 9 p.m. at Castaways Lounge. Karaoke, costume con test, free food, prizes, and more! 270-7205 May 25-31: Spin Your Yarn. All day at Castaways lounge. Anyone from the armed forces, young or seasoned, can stop by Castaways and share their story. Sign out poster with your name, branch, com mand and service dates. After signing, pick your booty from Castaways Treasure Chest. 270-7205 May 27: Memorial Day Bingo Specials. 12:30 p.m. at Beachside Bingo. Double payouts on all hand cards, computer and paper specials, extra drawings, free hot snack food, and more! Wear red, white & blue and receive a $5 discount. May 27: Showtime Video Rock & Bowl Special. 7-11 p.m. at Mayport Bowling Center. $12 include 4 hours of black light bowling, shoe rental, prizes and daz zling laser light show. Free T-Shirts, beverage specials, colored headpin bowling, and half-price wings for bowlers. 2705377 May 28: Beat the Heat Memorial Day Special: Bowl all day long (11 am-7 pm) for only $8! Kids 4-5 years old $5; Kids 3 and under FREE. First come, first serve. Individuals may be asked to share lanes and make new friends. Lanes left vacant will be turned off. 270-5377 May 29: Captains Cup Kickball Begins Season ends July 26. 270-5451. May 29: Co-Ed Softball Organizational Meeting 11 a.m. at the Gym. 2705451. MWRMay 11: Twilight Zone Party. 7-9 p.m. at the Teen Center. Your about to enter a dimension; a dimension full crazy challenges and wacky games. 246-0347 May 12: 2012 Mayport Music Fest. 6:30 p.m. at Sea Otter Pavilion. Switchfoot, Fuel & Natalie Stovall. Admission opens at 5 p.m. FREE. 270-5228 May 12: Pool Open for Recreation Swim Open on Weekends. Full hours begin Monday, Jun. 9. Active Duty and chil dren ages 2 or under free. Entrance fees are ages 13-15 $1.50, and ages 16 or older $2.00. Season passes available for sale at ITT. 270-5101/5425 May 13: Mothers Day Family Bowling Special. Moms bowl for free all day, including family fun bowl. At least one child must accompany mom; bowling must be completed by 7 pm. 270-5377 May 18: Movie Night Punch & Munch. 7-11 p.m. at the Teen Center. We provide the food and drinks, you sit back and enjoy the film. 246-0347 May 18: Freedom FridayFiesta. 7-11 p.m. at the Youth Center. Cost is $8 advanced sign-up and $10 day of, space permitting. 270-5680 May 19: Teen TripSaturday Night Cosmic Skate. Jacksonville Indoor Sports & Ice Complex 8-10 pm. Meet up at 6:30 p.m. at the Teen Center; return by 11 pm Permission slip required. Ages 13-17; cost $5. Bring your own money for the concession stand. 2460347 May 24: School Age Care Talent Show. 4:15 p.m. at the Youth Activity Center. Advanced sign up required. 270-5680 May 25: Wet Wild Wacky Water Wars. 7-9 p.m. at the Teen Center. Beat the heat with water balloon fights, slip n slide challenges and more. 2460347 May 28: Beat the Heat Memorial Day Special: Bowl all day long (11 am-7 pm) for only $8! Kids 4-5 years old $5; Kids 3 and under FREE. First come, first serve. Individuals may be asked to share lanes and make new friends. KID Navy Game Exchange -Photo courtesy of Mayport NEXMayport NEX now offers Video games for sale, trading, or buying. You can buy, trade, or sale your X-Box 360, WII, PS-3, PSP and Nintendo DS games at the Mayport Exchange store. They have a large variety of games to choose from. 6 THE MIRROR, NS MAYPORT, Thursday, May 10, 2012

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The following activities target single or unaccompanied Sailors. For more information, call 2707788/89 or stop by the Mayport Liberty Center and pick up the month ly activity calendar with a complete listing of all upcoming Liberty events. May 11: Mountain Bike Trail Race (Time Trial). 11 a.m. at Sea Otter Pavilion. Sign up by May 8. 270-5451 May 11: Xtreme Bowling. 8 p.m. to Midnight every Friday at Mayport Bowling Center. $10 include 2 hours of black light bowling, shoe rental, prizes and dazzling laser light show. 270-5377 May 11: San Marco Theatre Dinner and The Avengers. Van departs Liberty Center at 6 p.m. Transportation Only. Cost $9. May 12: 2012 Mayport Music Fest. 6:30 p.m. at Sea Otter Pavilion. Switchfoot, Fuel & Natalie Stovall. Admission opens at 5 p.m. FREE. 270-5228 May 12: Pool Open for Recreation Swim Open on Weekends. Full hours begin Monday, Jun. 9. Active Duty and chil dren ages 2 or under free. Entrance fees are ages 13-15 $1.50, and ages 16 or older $2.00. Season passes available for sale at ITT. 270-5101/5425 May 14: Black Jack Tournament. 6 p.m. at Liberty Center. May 15: Johnny Angels Dinner Trip. Van departs 6 p.m. Transportation Only. May 18: Jacksonville Suns Baseball. Van departs Liberty Center at 5:30 p.m. FREE. May 18: White T-Shirt Graffiti Party. 9 p.m. at Castaways Lounge. Grab a sharpie and get to writ ing! Make new friends, network or maybe meet that special someone. T-shirts will be provid ed. Featuring live band Cupids Alley plus free food, prizes, and more! 270-7205 May 19-20: Daytona Beach Weekend. Come enjoy fun in the sun at the beach. Van departs 9 a.m. Sign-up deadline May 15. Cost $60; cost includes transportation & hotel. May 21: Command Break-In. Look for us at Barracks 1586 and 1587 dropping off goodies. May 22: Ice Skating. Van departs 6:30 p.m. Cost $5 May 23: Black Jack Tournament. 6 p.m. at Liberty Center. May 23: All-Hands Steak Night. 4-7 p.m. at Focsle CPO Club. Cost is $10 per person. Purchase tickets in advance; limit ed tickets available at the door. Sponsored by MWR A-Team. For tickets, call (904) 270-5228. May 24: Party like a Pin-Up 40s Night. 9 p.m. at Castaways Lounge. Karaoke, costume contest, free food, and more! May 24: Beach and Picnic Trip. Van departs Liberty Center at 4 p.m. FREE. May 25-31: Spin Your Yarn. All day at Castaways lounge. Anyone from the armed forces, young or seasoned, can stop by Castaways and share their story. Sign out poster with your name, branch, com mand and service dates. After signing, pick your booty from Castaways Treasure Chest. 270-7205 May 27: Memorial Day Bingo Specials. 12:30 p.m. at Beachside Bingo. Double payouts on all hand cards, computer and paper specials, extra drawings, Wear red, white & blue and receive a $5 discount. LIBERTY USCG wins Tennis League-Photo courtesy of MWRBoatswains Mate 2nd Class Christopher Hunt and Master Chief Petty Officer James Pancari of U.S. Coast Guard hold up their Championship trophies after a grueling tennis match for the Naval Station Mens Tennis league. Eliminating the Navy players, the U.S. Coast Guard championship match went three sets 7-6,16,6-1. If you are interested in tennis, Mens, Womens all levels and Mixed doubles, contact Rita at 904-270-5451. Open to active duty, dependent, retired and DoD civilian. THE MIRROR NS MAYPORT, Thursday, May 10, 2012 7

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DeWert, San Jacinto Reach Out To Community During Fleet Week Navy Public Affairs Support Element East Detachment SoutheastUSS DeWert (FFG 45) Sailors and USS San Jacinto (CG 56) partici pated in a community relations project April 27 supporting the U.S. Navys largest community outreach effort in south Florida. The Feeding South Florida community rela tions project, part of Fleet Week Port Everglades 2012, provided Sailors the opportunity to assist an organization dedicated to eradicating hunger in South Florida. The nearly 40 volun teers assisted in distrib uting 37,000 pounds of chicken and 10,000 pieces of fruit and vegetables. More than 500 individuals and families all of whom were faced with a need and received help from the Feeding South Florida organization were pres ent during the community relations project. Feeding South Florida, a non-profit organiza tion dedicated to feeding South Floridas hungry in an effort to improve quality of life, distributes food and groceries through a network of other nonprofit organizations, edu cates the public on hun ger issues in America and engages the community in an effort to end hunger. We capture food that would ordinarily go to waste in the community food that is still good and usable, said Feeding South Florida Director of External Affairs Anthea Pennant. We redistribute to other non-profit orga nizations who are on the frontline feeding those that are hungry. Hunger doesnt have to exist in America and Im glad we have some of the nations finest men and women to help today. San Jacinto and DeWert Sailors sorted and packed canned goods along with other boxed food products. According to Pennant, much of what Feeding South Florida does relies heavily on volunteer help in the ware house. She said food donated from food drives, supermarkets and other food industry compa nies needs to be sorted, checked and repack aged. Volunteers process the bulk of the food, and last year Feeding South Florida distributed more than 30 million pounds of food and grocery products in Broward County. I feel pretty good about this were giving back to the community, said DeWert Sailor Cryptologic Technician (Technical) 2nd Class Kirby Duckett. This crisis is bigger than I thought it was and I feel very special to be helping out. I never thought about America starving like this because I was always given ample opportunity to have food. Pennant thinks the relationship between the Navy and Feeding South Florida is a special one marked by years of con stant interaction with visiting Sailors, Soldiers, Airmen and Marines. I think this is a great partnership with the Sailors, she said. They get to help hand out the food to the individuals in need and then maybe help walk the elderly, some of whom are not strong enough to carry boxes of food. We are all just really excited to have the Navy helping us today. Its the Sailors who are making sure were safe right here at home and also are helping to fight hunger and feed hope. Four U.S. Navy ships, a submarine and a U.S. Coast Guard cutter are participating in Fleet Week Port Everglades 2012, an event designed to showcase the invest ment Americans have made in their Navy and increase awareness in cit ies that do not have a significant Navy presence.weHSL-46 Works At Rhone American CemeteryFrom HSL-46On Aug. 15, 1944, the Allied Forces began their endeavor to take back German-held lands in Southern France. In their quest, numer ous American Sailors, soldiers, airmen, and Marines lost their lives. Of these service mem bers, 861 were provided their final resting place by a grateful French govern ment on 12.2 acres of land peacefully adorned with olive trees. Nearly 70 years later, another group of Americans rose early to pay their respects to those that had fallen. Volunteers from the crew of Arleigh Burkeclass guided-missile destroyer USS Nitze (DDG 94) and HSL-46 Detachment Eight recently donated their time to assist in the upkeep of this historic monument to the fallen. They came with brushes and buckets in hand to clean the symbols that mark these heroes final resting place. It is an honor to have these Sailors out here to clean the headstones and pay their respects to the service members who have gone before them, said Bruce Malone, the superintendant of the cemetery. For many of the Sailors participating in the event, the honor was theirs. It is a pleasure to be here pay tribute to these fallen brothers-in-arms, said Boatswains Mate 1st Class Justin Johnson. It just takes a little bit of time to clean the headstones and get them looking as beautiful as they should, said Fire Controlman 3rd Class Valerie Goldfarb. They scrubbed and polished until all 861 tombstones gleamed in the sunlight and the respect for what these service members had been through grew as the vol unteers continued to work in the hot afternoon sun. It really is an impres sive sight, said Johnson. Knowing why these people are here makes it even more impressive. From young to old it was impossible to escape the feeling of satisfaction as they looked over the grounds and took in the silence. I am glad that we were able to get out here and get the headstones cleaned up, said Senior Chief Aviation Electronics Technician Christopher Lewis. For the junior Sailors on the ship, it is something they have not gotten to do before and hopefully it will help them understand and appreciate the sacrifices of the service members who came before us. Awestruck, they lis tened to the story of a woman who found out that her husband was lost in one of the many battles on the countryside. It was so long ago, it is easy to forget what happened, but these are people just like me, said Goldfarb. It really kind of hits home listening to their stories. As they finished their task and slowly walked away, every one of them took pride in this trium phant return to care for their fallen brothers. -Photo courtesy of HSL-46The crew of HSL-46 Detachment Eight and USS Nitze stand with with Allison Libersa and Bruce Malone, superintendent of the Rhone American Cemetery and Memorial in France. a CFC participant Provided as a public service marchforbabies.org Crenshaw Hosts Military Service Academy DayFrom the office of Ander CrenshawCongressman Ander Crenshaw is hosting a Military Service Academy Day on Saturday, May 12 at Mandarin High School, 4831 Greenland Rd., at 1 p.m. for high school stu dents interested in learn ing about the service academies. Academy representa tives will be on hand to answer questions, visit one-on-one with Fourth Congressional District students. Northeast Florida stu dents have been some of the best and the bright est. I strongly encourage interested students to attend Military Service Academy Day where they and their parents can learn more about our nations military ser vice and perhaps open a door to attending one of the nations finest educa tional institutions, said Crenshaw. On Saturday, there will be a one hour presentation followed by one-on-one sessions with academy officials about academic programming and the process involved with being accepted to the schools. Our service academies are vital in preparing todays youth to assume the responsi bility and skills required to become our future military leaders, and Im always proud to help show them the way to attend. 8 THE MIRROR, NS MAYPORT, Thursday, May 10, 2012

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Simpson Participates In Saharan ExpressBy MCSN Brian T. Glunt Commander, U.S. Naval Forces Europe-Commander, U.S. Naval Forces Africa/Commander, U.S. 6th Fleet Public AffairsSailors aboard the guided-missile frigate USS Simpson (FFG 56) concluded their participa tion in exercise Saharan Express 2012 while underway off the coast of West Africa, April 30. Saharan Express, one of four express series exer cises, focused on improv ing communications and building relationships of West African countries to counter common maritime threats. Navies, coast guards and army paramedic teams from 12 countries gathered in Dakar, Senegal, April 23, to kick off the maritime training and exercises with a press conference and pre-sail conference, introducing the 10 com manders and participants. The main role of Simpson was to work with the other countries to provide a platform for them to train on, evaluate how they progressed during training and submit feed back, said Ensign Kevin Mullin, Simpsons board ing officer. It was a really good learning experience to work with the other nations, I think they defi nitely got something out of it too. The 12 nations that participated in the second Saharan Express are Cape Verde, represented by CV Guardiao; France, rep resented by FS Tonnere; The Gambia, repre sented by GNS Taipai; Cote dIvoire; Liberia; Mauritania, represented by Limam Elhadrami; Morocco, represented by RMN Bir Anzarane; Senegal, represented by SN Popnguine, SN Ex Conejera and SN Baye Sogul; Sierra Leone; Spain, represented by ESPS Vencedorea; the United Kingdom repre sented by HMS Dauntless, and the United States, represented by USS Simpson. During this years Saharan Express, Simpson acted as a target ship while crewmembers set up different scenarios of illegal fishing, illicit drug trafficking and first aid medical response for the other nations visit, board, search and seizure (VBSS) teams to board and treat the exercise as they would in an actual situation. Back in Dakar, the idea of the training was to cross train with our African partners on medical topics that VBSS teams may have to put in effect during a boarding, said Hospital Corpsman 1st Class (FMF) Christopher Tilley, Simpsons Saharan Express medical train ing mentor. We had the Senegalese army para medics actually instruct ing the training. They did a very good job. They were concise. They were clear with their instruc tion and the African nations really walked out of it with the point of the training. While medical and boarding train ing was conducted in Dakar, Senegal, the Counternarcotics and Maritime Security (COSMAR) interagency operations center in Praia, Cape Verde controlled the underway portion. Saharan Express is one of four regional mari time exercises in Africa, an international secu rity cooperation ini tiative facilitated by Commander, U.S. Naval Forces Europe-Africa, aimed at strengthening global maritime partner ships through training and collaborative activi ties to improve maritime safety and security in Africa. Simpson, an Oliver Hazard Perry-class guid ed-missile frigate home ported out of Mayport, Fla. and is deployed to U.S. Naval Forces Africa area of responsibility. -Photo by MCSN Brian T. GluntLogistics Specialist 2nd Class Jared Pugh, right, hands Culinary Specialist 1st Class Dominique Birch a breathing apparatus during a firefighting training evolution aboard the guided-missile frigate USS Simpson (FFG 56). -Photo by MC1 Brian A. GoyakCape Verdean coast guard 1st Sgt. Manuel Ribeiro climbs a ladder to board the guided-missile frigate USS Simpson (FFG 56) during an exercise as part of Saharan Express 2012. Saharan Express is an at-sea maritime exercise designed to improve cooperation among participating nations in order to increase maritime safety and security for West African nations.-Photo by MCSN Brian T. GluntSenegalese army Sgt. Ousseynou Magnane demonstrates first aid procedures on Masterat-Arms 1st Class Gary Morrison, assigned to the guided-missile frigate USS Simpson (FFG 56), during tactical combat casualty care training as part of exercise Saharan Express 2012. 10 THE MIRROR, NS MAYPORT, Thursday, May 10, 2012

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Moms To Be Showered With Birdies, PGA Navy Public Affairs Support Element East Detachment SoutheastMore than 40 moms and moms-to-be were honored on May 6 at Operation Shower, a group baby shower for the wives of deployed servicemen. Birdies for the Brave and the PGA Tour hosted Operation Shower at The Players Club Sawgrass in Ponte Vedra. It is one of several events planned for military, retirees and their families throughout TPC week. We are a non-profit organization and our mission is to host baby showers across the country to honor military families and to ease the stress of deployment for preg nant moms to be whose spouses are deployed, said Leann Morrissey, Chief Shower Officer for Operation Shower. The event included a catered lunch by Zoes Kitchen and moms were able to interact and share stories about mother hood. Moms were presented with brand new strollers, car seats and Mommy GPS services. The mothers said they were overwhelmed with the kindness of the people who put on the shower. I think this is awe some! I love that people see that the wives are sacrificing too and how hard it is to go through something like having a baby without your hus band, said Katheryne Lowe who is married to Electronics Technician 2nd Class Joshua Lowe who is deployed aboard USS Florida (SSGN 728). I appreciate all that has been done here today so much. A couple of military dads were able to make it back from deployment for the baby shower and said they were so thankful for the support of Operation Shower. It is hard to be away from your wife when she is going through pregnancy but knowing she had this support system made it easier for me to not worry and focus on the mission and created less stress for the both of us, said Naval Air Crewmen Flight Engineer 1st Class Leslie Fuqua attached to Patrol Squadron 30 at Naval Air Station Jax and recently returned home from Guantnamo Bay, Cuba. For more information about Operation Shower got to www.operation shower.org. -Photos by MC2 Sunday WilliamsExpecting moms smile over gift boxes they received at the 2012 Operation Shower at TPC Sawgrass. Operation Shower, a non-profit organization dedicated to celebrating and honoring military families by providing baby showers for military moms-to-be to ease the stress of deployment, is supported by Birdies for the Brave, a PGA national military outreach initiative. Mommy-to-be Katheryne Lowe, wife of Electronics Technician 2nd Class Joshua Lowe who is deployed aboard USS Florida (SSGN 728) gets emotional as she goes through a gift box she received at the 2012 Operation Shower at TPC Sawgrass. THE MIRROR NS MAYPORT, Thursday, May 10, 2012 11

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FFSC Workshops Geared To Sailors, FamiliesFrom 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. May 10, 1:303:30p.m., Troops to Teachers, FFSC TBD May 10, 1:303p.m., Conflict Resolution For Woman, FFSC room 702 May 10, 9:00a.m. 12:00p.m., Tottle Tyme Playgroup, USO 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. May 11 (rain date 18), 6:30-9:30p.m., IA Family Outing Swimming Pool Party, NS Swimming Pool May 14, 8:30a.m. 3:30p.m., Anger Management Class, FFSC room 702 What does anger do for you? Communicate for you? Keep people at a safe distance from you? Keep you in charge? For many people, anger serves them many uses, but all too often, it is at a high costusually of relationships, unhappiness in the workplace, and a general feeling of dis dain. If you want to be able to break out of the get angry/get even syn drome, come to this class. May 14-18, 7:30a.m. 5:00p.m., SAPR Advocate Refresher Class FFSC NAS JAX May 15, 9-11a.m., Active Parenting FFSC room 702 May 16, 34:30p.m., Managing Anger Group FFSC room 702 May 17, 1:303p.m., Conflict Resolution For Woman, FFSC room 702 May 17, 9:00a.m. 12:00p.m., Tottle Tyme Playgroup, USO May 21, 1-4p.m., Relationship communi cation, 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. May 21-24, 8a.m.4p.m., TAP Separatee Workshop Building One Room 1616 May 22, 9-11a.m., Active Parenting FFSC room 702 May 23, 34:30p.m., Managing Anger Group FFSC room 702 May 24, 1-2p.m., Resume Writing For Military Spouses FFSC room 719 May 24, 1:303p.m., Conflict Resolution For Woman, FFSC room 702 May 24, 9:00a.m. 12:00p.m., Tottle Tyme Playgroup, USO May 24, 10-11a.m., Craft Hour (during play group), USO May 29, 9-11a.m., Active Parenting FFSC room 702 May 29, 6-8p.m., Ombudsman Assembly Building One Room 104USS Vicksburg Takes Part In Earth DayEnterprise Carrier Strike Group Public AffairsGuided-missile cruiser USS Vicksburg (CG 69) joined the rest of the Navy in recognizing Earth Day, April 22, while operating in the Arabian Gulf. Vicksburg crew members, currently on deployment in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of respon sibility (AOR), are actively engaged in protecting the environment. It really boils down to the little things, said Senior Chief Hospital Corpsman Steven Pietrusza. We encourage Sailors to utilize re-usable water bottles, which significantly cuts down on plastic waste. We also use biodegradable cleaning solutions on the ship. These are not only better for the environ ment, but better for our Sailors, too. In addition, Vicksburg stays environmentally friendly by sorting its waste into three separate categories: plastic, metal, and paper/food. Trash has to be separated aboard the ship, said Seaman Tyler Shafer, one of the Sailors responsible for operating the waste-disposal machines. If Sailors bring us mixed trash, we send them back to their shops to sort it properly before bringing it back. Plastic waste aboard Vicksburg is melted and com pacted into discs that are offloaded in port. Metal is ground down, then placed in burlap sacks to corrode at the bottom of the sea. All paper and food products are discarded at sea to degrade naturally. These procedures are all environmentally friendly and safe, said Shafer. Additionally, the crew takes it one step further by using elec tronic resources to cut down on paper use. I have noticed a massive change in recent years, said Yeoman 1st Class Kenneth Bryant, the ships secretary. We have a greener Navy now because use e-mail and the ships local computer network to keep track of things, only using paper when we absolutely have to. I think its important to treat every day like Earth Day. Vicksburg is deployed with the Enterprise Carrier Strike Group in the U.S. 5th Fleet AOR, conducting maritime security operations, theater security cooperation efforts and support missions as a part of Operation Enduring Freedom. 12 THE MIRROR, NS MAYPORT, Thursday, May 10, 2012

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Military Mom Movie Night The Greater Jacksonville Area USO, in partnership with Chevrolet and General Motors, invites all expecting military mothers to enter for a chance to participate in our first ever Military Mom Movie Night. This mommys night out event on Friday, May 18 is an opportunity for expecting military mothers to watch the highly anticipated What to Expect When Youre Expecting, movie together featuring an ensemble cast of Jennifer Lopez, Cameron Diaz, Elizabeth Banks, Anna Kendrick, Brooklyn Decker, Rodrigo Santoro, Dennis Quaid, Chris Rock and others. Randomly selected win ners will meet at George Moore Chevrolet on Atlantic Boulevard and caravan in brand new GM vehicles to the theater. After the movie, well go to a local pizzeria to eat, socialize and talk about the movie! To enter for a chance at participat ing in this Military Mom Movie Night event, you must be an expecting mother and must respond to drawing@usojax.com by Friday, May 11 3 p.m. Please include your full name and phone number. E-mail subject line should be titled Military Mom Movie Night. Participants must be able to meet at 3 p.m. on Friday, May 18, 2012. The event is sched uled to end between 8-8:30 p.m. This is a free event (GM will provide theater tickets and dinner afterwards. Participants are welcome to purchase movie concessions on their own). Seats avail able: 22 (no husbands, boyfriends, sisters, kids, etc.). Participants must be at least 21 years of age. Winners will be random ly selected, notified by phone and announced in our weekly USO newslet ter. USO Military Appreciation Day At Mayport Your Greater Jacksonville Area USO will host our 10th Annual Military Appreciation Day at NS Mayport Sea Otter Pavilion on Saturday, May 19. This is a great FREE family event from noon4 p.m. There will be free food, music, bounce houses, games and much more, including free admission to pool. Play Group At The Mayport USO Fleet and Family Service Center sponsors a playgroup at the Mayport USO every Thursday from 9 a.m.-noon. May 24 will include a craft hour from 10-11 a.m. as well. For more information please contact Lauren Walton, New Parent Support Program at Naval Station Mayport Fleet and Family Support Center 904-2706600. Free Banners For Returning Service Members Sign-a-Rama, a local, small business has a great offer to support returning troops! Offer details: 1. This a free banner provided to a spouse or parent or child of an individual service member returning from combat duty. 2. One free banner per household, please. 3. Orders are placed by the family, by calling (904) 272-8333, or emailing me at herb@jaxsignarama. com with the subject line banner for my loved one 4. We would like about a 7 to 10 day notice, if possible, so that we can fit it into our production schedule. 5. We are unable to ship these banners. We are a local owned fran chise, with a store at 175-1 Blanding Boulevard, and one in Jacksonville at 3663 Southside Boulevard. This is a service for the Jacksonville/Orange Park area. Banners are only for returning combat troops and unfortunately, are not available for troops assigned to NSB Kings Bay, GA. These banners are provided for FREE and please do not request a banner be prepared and no show up to pick it up. Veterans Farm Needs Your Support Veterans Farm is a farm in Jacksonville that strives to help disabled combat veterans get back into society through the use of horticulture thera py. Veterans work on the farm and develop skills to help them overcome their physical, mental, and employment problems. We grow datil peppers and blueberries that carry our Veterans Farm label. Wal-Mart is having a Get on the Shelf contest, similar to American Idol. If we win, Veterans Farm products will be on WalMart shelves all over the country. The more prod ucts we sell, the more veterans you will help. Our mission is to win this contest, and get our products on their shelves. PLEASE text 4970 to 383838 to VOTE! For more infor mation please visit www. getontheshelf.com You Could Win A 1948 Pontiac Torpedo! Do you like old antique cars? The American Legion Riders Chapter 283 has proudly offered a 1948 Pontiac Torpedo car in a raffle drawing to be held on June 1 at 8 pm. NAS Jax USO and Mayport USO now have Donation Tickets available for pur chase! The tickets are only $10. Stop by your USO center today! All sales are cash only at the centers or at Post 283. K9S For Warriors K9sforwarriors is locat ed in Ponte Vedra Beach and they specifically offer service dogs for warriors medically diagnosed with Post Traumatic Stress. If you or someone you know would greatly ben efit from having a canine companion, please visit www.k9sforwarriors.org for more information. Smiles Over Miles Smiles Over Miles gives all active duty mili tary service members the opportunity to send video messages back home for free, easily from any computer with an inter net connection and web cam. The technology also comes with built in secu rity, so messages are kept private and delivered via secure transmission. Signup now via the following link: http://smilesover miles.com Special For Military Hunting And Fishing License Active-duty and retired military Florida residents can get a low cost ($20) Military Gold Sportsmans License. The license cov ers hunting, freshwater and saltwater fishing and a variety of associ ated permits at a greatly reduced cost. The Military Gold Sportsmans License is available at tax col lectors offices only. Applicants must present a current military ID card plus a Florida drivers license or orders show ing they are stationed in Florida as proof of eli gibility. Military Gold Sportsmans License (includes same privileg es as Gold Sportsmans License, Listed Below) Available to Florida resi dents who are active or retired members of the U.S. Armed Forces, Armed Forces Reserve, Florida National Guard, Coast Guard or Coast Guard Reserve; upon submis sion of a current military identification card and proof of Florida resi dency. Gold Sportsmans License includes Hunting, Saltwater Fishing and Freshwater Fishing licenses; and Deer, Wildlife Management Area, Archery, Muzzleloading Gun, Crossbow, Turkey and Florida Waterfowl, Snook and Lobster per mits. Recycling Recycling has come to the Greater Jacksonville Area USO. If you have any office paper, shred ded paper, old magazines, and newspapers that you would like to donate, please bring it to either the Mayport or NAS JAX USO Center. This will be a great fundraiser for the USO so please help us fill the bins. Help support the troops with your unwant ed paper! Honorably discharged veterans, active-duty service and reserve members will receive a 25 percent discount on the purchase of a Florida State Park annual pass. The discount pro vides a savings of $15 on an individual annual pass and $30 on a fam ily annual pass, which allows up to eight peo ple in a group to access most of Floridas 160 state parks. In addition, hon orably discharged vet erans who have service connected disabilities, and surviving spouses of military veterans who have fallen in combat, will receive a lifetime family annual entrance pass at no charge. For information on qualifi cations and necessary forms to receive these discounts, visit www. FloridaStateParks.org/ The USO and RocketLife have partnered to deliver a heart-warming oppor tunity for the men and women of the armed forces and their fami lies. The Personal Photo Book program enables troops serving abroad and their families to create 20-page personal photo books and ship them to any APO/FPO address for free. These full-color, customized photo books are small enough to fit in a soldiers cargo pockets yet can hold more than 60 photos of loved ones. RocketLife prints the books for free, and the USO pays for the ship ping. To get started, visit http://uso.myphotoproducts.com. There is a computer resource center avail able to all service mem b ers with email, Internet and word processing. Fax, copy and free notary service is also available. Watch TV or a movie from the video library Service members can also enjoy video games or use the sports equipment. There is a full kitchen, showers, a quiet reading room and a meeting room available at the USO. For more information about activities or meet ing availabilities, call 2463481 or stop by the center at 2560 Mayport Road. USO THE MIRROR NS MAYPORT, Thursday, May 10, 2012 13