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Check us out Online! mayportmirror.com Wood Brings Home GoodsU.S. 4th Fleet Public AffairsThe Oliver Hazard Perry-class guided-missile frigate USS Underwood (FFG 36), recovered 49 bales of narcotics from the Caribbean Sea during Operation Martillo, Aug. 3. Underwood pursued a go-fast speed boat late Tuesday evening, Aug. 2, but it dumped its load before Underwood was able to effect a boarding. A Customs and Border Protection maritime patrol air craft flying overheard, reported the gofast dumping packages over the side and informed Underwood, who marked the position of the debris field in order to locate the packages in daylight. Chief Warrant Officer 3 Miguel Aponte, a member of the bridge watch team, spotted the first bale in the water around 8:15 a.m. Underwood Sailors manned the boat deck and loaded a team, including two members of an onboard U.S. Coast Guard Law Enforcement Detachment (LEDET), into a rigid-hull inflatable boat (RHIB). Over the next few hours, Sailors aboard Underwood used binoculars to search the surrounding area for more bales while the RHIB team recovered anything spotted in the water. Right off the bat, we just start picking up bales that were floating in our area, said a member of the LEDET. After that, the ship vectored us in to different sec tions that they could see from a further -Photo by MC3 Frank J. PikulSailors assigned to the Oliver Hazard Perry-class guided-missile frigate USS Underwood (FFG 36) and U.S. Coast Guardsmen assigned to Law Enforcement Detachment (LEDET) 107 recover contraband from the water. Underwood is deployed to Central and South America and the Caribbean supporting Southern Seas 2012. Ten Hoopen Is Fla. Top Volunteer FirefighterFrom StaffCapt. Douglas J. ten Hoopen has been named the Volunteer Firefighter of the Year for 2012 by the Florida State Firefighters Association (FSFA). Ten Hoopen, who served as Commander, Helicopter Maritime Strike Wing, U.S. Atlantic Fleet (CHSMWL) until he was relieved on Aug. 1, has led a dual life as a Navy officer and a volunteer firefighters in the communities he has lived. He volunteer[ed] in every state he could in the fire/res cue service, which made FSFAs decision to name him to this position very easy, said John Knoll, 2nd vice president for FSFA. We at FSFA feel humble that we can only give him the award for Florida. Ten Hoopen has served as a volunteer firefighter since he was 17 years old in New York and most recently has worked with the Jacksonville Fire & Rescue Department (JFRD) at Station 55 in Atlantic Beach. Like professional firefighters, ten Hoopen has to maintain a Florida certification as well as possess an EMT or para medic certification, according to Jacksonville Fire & Rescue Volunteer Services Coordinator, Lt. Don Hinson. They have to be just as quali fied as career [firefighters], Hinson said. He is what I con sider one of our go-to guys. Most volunteer firefighters are there to keep up their quali fications in hopes of being hired by the area fire department, Hinson said. Ten Hoopen does it because its a passion. Ten Hoopen received the award during FSFAs 85th annal conference on July 27 and a sec ond presentation by JFRD at the CHSMWL change of command ceremony. -Photo by Paige GnannJacksonville Fire & Rescue Volunteer Services Coordinator, Lt. Donald Hinson, presents framed letters of appreciation to Capt. Douglas ten Hoopen, 2012 Florida Volunteer Firefighter of the Year. Bringing On Supplies-Photo by MC2 Nick ScottU.S. Navy Sailors heave a line during a replenishment-at-sea aboard guided-missile cruiser USS Vicksburg (CG 69). Vicksburg is deployed to the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility conducting maritime security operations, theater security cooperation efforts and support missions for Operation Enduring Freedom. Read more about Vicksburg, Page 11 Halyburton Deploys USS Halyburton Public AffairsGuided-missile frigate USS Halyburton (FFG 40) departed Naval Station Mayport Aug. 10 on a regularly scheduled deployment to the U.S. 5th Fleet Area of Responsibility after recently completing Basic/Integrated Phase training and certifica tion. Led by Cmdr. Bertram C. Hodge, Halyburton is one of eight Mayportbased Oliver Hazard Perry class ships. During her deploy ment, she will join other U.S. and coalition ships in support of Navy Maritime Interdiction Operations. Halyburton will remain ready to pro vide deterrence, pro mote peace and secu rity, while preserving freedom of the seas and responding to humani tarian/disaster missions as necessary. USS Halyburton is the 34th ship of the Oliver Hazard Perry class of guided-missile frigates and has a crew of 220 Sailors and officers. She is named for U.S. Navy Pharmacist Mate 2nd Class William D. Halyburton who was posthumously awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor for his heroic actions during the Battle of Okinawa.See Underwood, Page 6

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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.Shipmates, Huge drug bust under the belts of the crew of USS Underwood (FFG 36) as they recovered 49 bales of narcotics from the Caribbean Sea during Operation Martillo on Aug. 3. Underwood, along with the Vipers of HSL-48 Detachment 3, recovered 1,225 kilograms of narcotics with a street value at more than $27.5 million. Martillo (Spanish for hammer) is a U.S., European, and Western Hemisphere partner nation effort tar geting illicit trafficking routes in coastal waters along the Central American isth mus. Amazing bust and team effort to keep this junk out of our country. Fair winds and safe return for the crew of USS Halyburton (FFG 40) with their departure on Aug. 10. The ship is heading out on a regularly scheduled deployment to the U.S. 5th Fleet Area of Responsibility. During her deployment, Halyburton will join other U.S. and coali tion ships in support of Navy Maritime Interdiction Operations. Be safe, and we look forward to your homecoming. Thank you to everyone involved in the recent port visit of USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72). Anytime we have a carrier visit, espe cially one picking up tigers, it takes a lot of hard work and coordination. Once again the Mayport team brought their A game and made it happen. Last week, Rear Adm. Sinclair Harris, Commander, U.S. Naval Forces Southern Command and U.S. 4th Fleet and Brazilian Rear Adm. Wilson Pereira de Lima Filho welcomed partner nation participants during PANAMAX exercise. Representatives from 17 nations par ticipated this year and drilled for many of the same 21st century threats encoun tered in todays land, sea, air and cyber environments. Special thanks to our partners at U.S 4th Fleet and Libby Swim of Ocean Breeze Conference Center for hosting spectacular receptions for all partici pants and each of you that had a hand in making this exercise a success. Calling all Navy actors...Naval Personnel Command (NPC) will be on base Aug. 26 to shoot a Navy-wide photo campaign called Keep What Youve Earned, a drug and alcohol prevention initiative. The location for the photo shoot is still being worked, but if you are interested in being one of the stars of the photo shoot, contact our base PAO Bill Austin at (904) 635-6599. The Navys focus on sexual assault is still front and center and needs our daily attention. This is not an issue to sugar coat or pretend its not a problem. On an average, two of our shipmates Navywide are sexually assaulted daily. Take advantage of all the resources we have at our Fleet and Family Support Center, and sound off if you or someone else has been sexually assaulted in any way shape or form. The Sexual Assault Prevention and Response (SAPR) hotline number is 563-1254. Congratulations to all of our Chief Selectees. This career milestone is sig nificant, and your leadership, experience and deck plate mentorship is extremely important to our Sailors. Be safe dur ing the induction, and get ready for increased responsibility. Thanks to each of you for bringing your hard work and professionalism each day through our gates. Be safe and think safety at all times. OSHA team will be on board Naval Station Mayport the week of Sept. 17-20. Get smart on VPP! For any safety or VPP related ques tions, contact Elvis Snerling at 270-5218 ext. 1529. Keep sending those suggestions to the COs suggestion box or email them at douglas.cochrane@navy.mil.Capt. Doug Cochrane CAPTAINSMost parents understand the importance of being actively involved in their childrens education. But as children get older, par ents frequently become less and less involved in their schools. However, research indicates that children are more like ly to have a successful school year if the parents are involved in their chil drens school. One way to ensure that is to make a connection with the school by attending Open House. Duval schools will begin their schedule of Open Houses on August 16th. (For area schools, see box.) And far from one more useless activity in an already over-sched uled life, Open House can actually provide a wealth of information for parents. This is a great opportunity for parents to meet their childrens teachers, the school counselor, the principal, and other staff. Whether your child has one teacher or several, it is an ideal opportunity to meet the teacher(s) in one fell swoop. In middle and high schools youll follow your childrens sched ule by actually going to all of their classes. In all grade levels youll find out important dates, including field trips and major class assignments; home work and test schedules; and most importantly how to contact the teach er. Open House IS NOT the time to try to have a pri vate conference with your childs teacher. How could it be private with several parents in line behind you also want ing a chance to say a few words about their chil dren to the teacher? As someone who taught 27 years, let me assure you that what parents share with the teacher on Open House night other than a quick Hello or Im Jons mom rarely sticks in the teachers mind. A high school teacher, for example, may have over 100 parents in attendance and, that is, if they teach the core. Pity the poor physical education teach ers who teach many more students than that. Open House IS the night to listen to what the teacher wants to share with you about the struc ture of the curriculum, how the class will be orga nized, the texts which will be used, frequency of homework, test sched ules, make-up policies, and, most importantly, how to get in touch with the teacher. Write all of this down! It will make it much easier to remind your child of an upcoming deadline or the need to study for those weekly spelling tests. Now that you know the regimen, youll be better prepared to talk privately with the teacher about your concerns about your child. And because you have the teachers pre ferred method for contact, it will be much easier for you to set up a parentteacher conference. Active parenting takes time, but the time you spend at an Open House will help your children be personally and academi cally successful. Your positive involvement and time, your childs time, and your childs teachers time are all directly relat ed to helping your child become tomorrows suc cessful adult. Judy Cromartie is the School Liaison Officer for NS Mayport. If you have questions about this arti cle, concerns about an educational issue impact ing your child, or the date and time of an Open House not listed here, she can be reached via email at judith.cromartie@navy. mil or by phone at (904) 270-6289 X1305 [office] or (904) 219-3894 [cell]. Or you can schedule a meet ing with her in her office in Building One.Duval County Schools Host Open HouseJudy Cromartie School Liaison Officer KnowingAs an active duty Navy family, we are definitely feeling the strain of the economy and military cutbacks. With all this talk about the struggling mid dle class, who would have thought that rich guys like Ralph Lauren are in the financial hurt locker? I mean, why else would he feel the need to pinch pennies by having the US Olympic Team uniforms made in China? The poor guy must be clipping cou pons for foie gras and hit ting early bird specials at Le Bernardin. Otherwise, he surely wouldnt have made a deal with the country that is currently our biggest Olympic, eco nomic and political rival to design and manufac ture our team uniforms. Right? And, did anyone else notice that, despite the absence of stars and stripes, the US Olympic uniforms are emblazoned with HUGE Polo logos? Ralph Lauren must be financially strapped if he felt the need to shame lessly promote his brand at the expense of patrio tism. Bless his shriveled, greedy little heart, he must really be strapped for cash. But to be fair, Ralphs not the only one com mitting Olympic fash ion faux pas this year. The Spaniards are being accused of wearing McDonalds uniforms, the reserved Brits are blinged out in metallic, and the stern Germans are uncharacteristically warm and fuzzy in baby blue and pastel pink. Are we in some sort of Twilight Zone of haberdashery or am I missing something Bikini Bottom Economics Good For AmericaLisa Smith Molinari Military Spouse Columnist The Meat&Potatoes Date Time School Grades(s) 13Sept 6:30 p.m. Abess Park ES Pre K-2/CSS 20Sept 6:30 p.m. Abess Park ES 3-5 06Sept 6:30 p.m. Alimacani ES Pre-K,K,1,3,5 13Sept 6:30 p.m. Alimacani ES K, 2, 4 18Sept 6 p.m. Atlantic Beach ES K, 2, 4 20Sept 6 p.m. Atlantic Beach ES 1, 3, 5 06Sept 6 p.m. Finegan, Joseph ES All grades 28Aug 6 p.m. Fletcher Middle School All grades 10Sept 6:30 p.m. Fletcher High School All grades 30Aug 6:30 p.m. Jacksonville Beach ES 1, 3, 5 06Sept 6:30 p.m. Jacksonville Beach ES K, 2, 4 28Aug 5 p.m. Kernan Middle School All grades 06Sept 6:30 p.m. Kernan Trail ES K 2 13Sept 6:30 p.m. Kernan Trail ES 3 5 28Aug 6 p.m. Landmark MS All grades 20Sept 6 p.m. Mayport ES All grades 28Aug 6 p.m. Mayport MS All grades 06Sept 6:30 p.m. Neptune Beach ES K 2 13Sept 6:30 p.m. Neptune Beach ES 3-5/ESE 28Aug 6:30 p.m. 1st session; 7:15 pm 2nd session Sabal Palm ES K, 2, 4/ ESE 30Aug 6:30 p.m. 1st session; 7:15 p.m. 2nd session Sabal Palm ES 1, 3, 5 06Sept 6 p.m. San Pablo ES All grades 27Aug 5:30 p.m. Sandalwood All grades 23Aug 6 p.m. Seabreeze ES K, 1 23Aug 7:15 p.m. Seabreeze ES 4, 5 06Sept 6 p.m. Seabreeze ES 2, 3 For a complete listing of Open House dates/times, go to www.duvalschools.org. Search Open House Schedule 2012. Area Schools 2012 Open House Schedulehere? If the Olympic Opening Ceremonys Parade of Nations wasnt bizarre enough, the uniforms worn by athletes dur ing competitions has me wondering whether pole dancing might soon be added as an Olympic event. Most striking are the womens beach volleyball uniforms, which consist of booty-revealing bot toms that are about four square inches short of being thongs, and the tiniest sports bras ever made. And apparently track shorts are now See Bikini, Page 3 2 THE MIRROR NS MAYPORT, Thursday, August 16, 2012

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pass runners wear bikini underwear instead. Similarly, our womens diving team suits have extremely high-cut leg openings which expose the athletes derrieres and guarantee a turbo wedgie with every dive. Whats the practical rationale for showing so much flesh? Was the fab ric creating performance issues for these athletes? Too much drag perhaps? Based on how many times Ive seen them reach back to pull their uniforms out of their rear ends, I highly doubt that the athletes find that the new thonglike bottoms enhance their performance. Even some male ath letes are over-exposed. Take the Mens Water Polo Team for example. Are they wearing those itsy-bitsy, teeny-weeny swim trunks to balance out the un-sexiness of their ridiculous swim bonnets that are fastened with big bows under their chins? They look like what might happen if an Amish cross-dresser got a job at Chippendales. Now, if any group of athletes had a reason to expose more flesh, youd think it would be our Olympic swimmers, who benefit from the smooth hydrodynamics of water against bare skin. But no, for some reason, they are wearing more fabric than ever this year. The men are forgoing skimpy Speedos in favor of con servative bicycle shorts, and the women are sport ing knee-length wrestling uniforms. Go figure. Other than fencers, whose uniforms not only cover every inch of flesh but also flash dramati cally in bright robotic green and red lights mak ing them look like swordwielding R2D2s, the only other athletes who insist on being totally covered are Olympic archers. In keeping with the ancient tradition of the sport, one might reason ably expect an archer to be simply clad in a bark loincloth or animal pelt. However, for some unknown reason, they all dress like Gilligan, wear ing buttoned up shirts, bucket hats, chinos and boat shoes. I keep won dering when the Skippers going to show up and cheer, Hey Little Buddy! As crazy as this years Olympic clothing choices seem to be, I cant rule out the possibility that the attention-getting uniforms might just be a brilliant strategy for bet ter ratings. Be it bare but tocks or bucket hats, I have to admit that I cant seem to tear my eyes away. Lets face facts: more viewers lead to better rat ings. Better ratings lead to more advertising. More advertising leads to more sales. More sales lead to more money in the pockets of businessmen like poor destitute Ralph Lauren. More money in Ralphs pocket might keep him from giving our jobs to the Chinese. Im not sure if thats top down or bottom up economics, but keeping an eye on Olympians bottoms might just be improving our countrys bottom line. Get more wit and observations from Lisa at her blog, The Meat and Potatoes of Life, www. themeatandpotatoesofli fe.comFrom Page 3BikiniNADAP Seeks Sailors OpinionsFrom Navy Personnel Command Public AffairsA Navy-wide survey was launched Aug. 6 to learn more about Sailors alco hol use and the best ways to communicate abuse prevention and responsi ble use of alcohol messag es, according to the Navy Alcohol and Drug Abuse Prevention (NADAP) Office director. The survey is completely anonymous, according to Dorice Favorite, direc tor, NADAP program, and will take only five to eight minutes to finish. Every Sailors feedback will be invaluable in help ing to shape the messages we create, to determine the appropriate commu nication tactics, and identify effective tools to use to help prevent alcohol abuse in the Navy, said Dorice Favorite, director, NADAP program. The Right Spirit campaign was created in 1995 and focused on alcohol abuse prevention educa tion, de-glamorization of alcohol use, alternatives to drinking, and clear and enforceable policy guid ance from commanders. As a result, the Navys responsible use policy on alcohol has led to an overall steady decline in alcohol use by Sailors. It is time to effectively revamp the Navy Right Spirit campaign, said Favorite. NADAP is con ducting qualitative and quantitative research to identify knowledge, attitude, behaviors, and practices associ ated with alcohol abuse in the Navy. Sailors have changed since we started the Right Spirit program and we need a commu nications campaign that grows with them. Sailors responses to the survey will help to inform a new social marketing campaign aimed at reduc ing alcohol abuse in the Navy. To take the survey, visit http://www.sur veymonkey.com/s/ Z3LNH7P. The survey password is Navy. The password is case sensi tive. For security purpos es, participants can only take the survey once from an IP address, which protects the integrity of the data. The survey will be online until Aug. 27. For more information, visit www.npc.navy.mil. Check Heat Flag Before ExerciseFrom MWRWith summer here and the temperatures rising please be aware of the need for caution when participating in physical activities outdoors. There is a heat index flag system to help assist you in the decision mak ing process. It is as fol lows: white flag-80 degrees and under-unre stricted physical activity may be carried out; green flag-80-84.9 degreesunrestricted physical activity may be carried out; yellow flag-85-87.9 degrees-physical activity is advised only for person nel who have been work ing out in similar weather for a minimum of 10 days; red flag-88-88.9 degreesphysical activity is advised for personnel who have been working out in sim ilar heat for 12 weeks or more; black flag-90 plus degrees-vigorous outdoor activity is prohibited. The flags are flown at the flag pole in front of the Gym, Building #1391, with updates provided three to four times a day. You can also call the Gym at 2705451 to find out the heat flag index. THE MIRROR NS MAYPORT, Thursday, August 16, 2012 3

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4 THE MIRROR NS MAYPORT, Thursday, August 16, 2012 Mayport Kids Enjoy Beach Bash At VBSFrom StaffNaval Station Mayport children gathered last week at the baase cha pel for its annual Vacation Bible School celebration from Aug. 6-10. The children, ranging in age from 4 years old thru sixth grade, spent the week enjoying Beach Bash activi ties Their days were filled traveling to different centers where they will sing songs, watch skits, create crafts, play games and make new friends. On Aug. 10, the children enter tained their families and friends with a final song and skit perfor mance. -Photos by Paige GnannJuliet Bitor, 5, shows off the stickers decorating her face during Vacation Bible School at the Mayport Chapel on Friday. Children enjoy a snack at Big Ds Diner during Vacation Bible School held at Mayport Chapel from Aug 6-10. Campers watch an inspirational show at one of the activities planned at this years Vacation Bible School. Bitor and Klara Drozdzowski enjoy a game of tag during outdoor play time at Mayports Vacation Bible School. Children answer questions during story time at Vacation Bible School.

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THE MIRROR NS MAYPORT, Thursday, August 16, 2012 5 Vacation Bible School campers spell out Jesus Love Is The Best during a skit and song performed for their faimlies on the last day of VBS at Mayport Chapel. Children perform a skit for their families during the closing performance. All the campers from Vacation Bible School gather on stage to sing and perform for their families. Four-year-olds play with stickers at one of the different centers set up at VBS. Families watch as the children perform at the base chapel. Left, a camper enjoys playing with the beach hats at one of the stations set up during VBS Beach Bash. Above, older chil dren throw ping pong balls in the inflatable hoops to score points for their teams.

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Hellenic Naval Officers Embark USS FarragutUSS Farragut Public AffairsTwo Hellenic naval officers arrived aboard guid ed-missile destroyer USS Farragut (DDG 99) as part of a midshipmen foreign exchange program, July 23. The program brings junior officers and midshipmen from partner countries throughout the region aboard U.S. Navy ships to help train them in surface warfare opera tions while fostering rela tionships with the crew. I greatly value the opportunity afforded by the program for my offi cers and crew to integrate with members of foreign navies, said Cmdr. Glen Quast, commanding offi cer of Farragut. These relationships will assist our ability to conduct exercises and operations in the future to increased maritime security. The program gives for eign junior naval officers and midshipmen from partner navies a chance to see how everyday evo lutions and training are conducted on a U.S. Navy ship and provides them a personal qualification standard (PQS) in surface warfare. They also receive a sponsor to assist them with becoming accus tomed with shipboard life while completing their PQS. The program helps them broaden their hori zons, said Ensign Jeff Heckelman. It lets you know that there are other ways of doing things. The difference in the way things are done is not drastic, said Ensign Alexandros Nikolakakis, a participating Hellenic navy officer. Some of the watches are similar, and I really like the way the ship does general quar ters drills because they are very realistic and in depth.Underwood Celebrates U.S. Coast Guard Birthdaydistance and then also the helo [helicopter] vectored us in. An SH-60B Sea Hawk helicopter assigned to the Vipers of Helicopter Anti-Submarine Squadron Light Four Eight Detachment Three (HSL-48.3) launched to assist the search from the air. Initially we took off, were given two initial points to go between, searching back and forth using a linear pattern, said Lt. j.g. Lance Herdon, one of the SH-60B pilots that flew the mission. We got vec tored in by the ship after calculating set and drift. We went to that area and began spotting the packages. We called back the position back to the ship and they began direct ing the RHIB over in that area. We orbited the area and continued to find more packages. In the end, Underwood recovered approximately 1,225 kilograms of narcotics. Going wholesale price is $22,500 per kilo. So estimated with 49 bales and 25 kilos per bale, we estimate about $27.5 million worth of nar cotics recovered today, according to a Naval Criminal Investigative Services (NCIS) Special Agent familiar with the case. Operation Martillo (Spanish for hammer) is a U.S., European, and Western Hemisphere partner nation effort targeting illicit traf ficking routes in coastal waters along the Central American isth mus. Led by Joint Interagency Task Force (JITF) South, a compo nent of U.S Southern Command (SOUTHCOM), Operation Martillo is a component of the U.S. govern ments coordinated interagency regional security strategy in sup port of the White House strategy to combat transnational orga nized crime and the U.S. Central America Regional Security Initiative. Fourteen countries are participating: Canada, Belize, Colombia, Costa Rica, El Salvador, France, Guatemala, Honduras, the Netherlands, Nicaragua, Panama, Spain, United Kingdom and the United States. JIATF South is a multiservice, multiagency national task force which conducts counter-illicit traf ficking operations and intelligence fusion to detect, monitor, and hand off suspected illicit trafficking tar gets to law enforcement activities; promotes security cooperation and coordinates country team and part ner nation initiatives in order to defeat the flow of illicit traffic. Underwood is deployed to Central and South America and the Caribbean in support of Southern Seas 2012. Commander, U.S. Naval Forces Southern Command/U.S. 4th Fleet supports U.S. Southern Command joint and combined full-spectrum military operations by provid ing 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 maneuver space in order to enhance regional security and pro mote peace, stability, and prosper ity in the Caribbean, Central and South American regions.From Page 1Underwood Southern Seas 2012 Public AffairsSailors assigned to guided-missile frig ate USS Underwood (FFG 36) celebrat ed the U.S. Coast Guards 222nd birth day, Aug. 4. The crew was joined by members of the Coast Guards Law Enforcement Detachment (LEDET) 107 who embarked aboard Underwood, July 18, to assist with the interdiction of drug traffickers. Im happy to be out here on the Coast Guards birthday operating with the Navy, doing counter-drug opera tions, said Maritime Enforcement Specialist 3rd Class Matthew Rincon, assigned to LEDET 107. Hopefully well get some good work done out here. The Coast Guardsmen and crew celebrated the birthday with a cake cutting ceremony on the mess deck. The Navy and the Coast Guard have a centuries-old history of working together, said Cmdr. Peter Mirisola, the com manding officer. In every theater the Navy operates in all over the globe, the Coast Guard is there as one of our part ner services. When the Navy and the Coast Guard work together, the syn ergy that is created is a force multiplier for any mission we have going on. We share different tac tics, techniques and procedures which allows us to learn from each other and enhances the overall mission capability of any unit. CPO Selectees Can Save 5% When Using Military Star Card For UniformsFrom NEXCOMChief Petty Officer (CPO) selectees can pay for newly required Navy uniforms using the Military Star Card. With the new and improved program, CPO selectees will receive a 5 percent credit on their next Military Star Card statement showing the purchase of CPO uniforms. The special offer good at any NEX Uniform Shop world wide, but not for uniform purchases made online or toll free phone calls to the Uniform Support Center. Using the Military Star Card lets CPO selectees charge their new uniforms like anything else in the NEX, said Cmdr. Marcia Coleman, Director, Navy Exchange Service Command (NEXCOM) Uniform Program Management Office. Its quick, easy and the new CPO selectee receives a 5 percent credit on their Military Star Card. Customers who open a Military Star Card account will receive 10 percent off their first days purchases, including a uniform pur chase. The 10 percent dis count is also applied to the customers Military Star Card statement. Providing Help. Creating Hope. Catholic Charities USA 1-800-919-9338www.CatholicCharitiesUSA.org A CFC participant. Provided as a public service 6 THE MIRROR NS MAYPORT, Thursday, August 16, 2012

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CPO Selectees In Double Digits On GettysburgUSS Gettysburg PAOChief induction is a time of the year that most first class petty officers optimistically await. For 10 first class petty officers aboard Mayport-based cruiser, USS Gettysburg (CG 64), the message sent out on July 31 means that they will be shopping for khakis. After recently having the highest advancement numbers in the Atlantic fleet, Gettysburgs com manding officer said he was not surprised by the number of chief selectees. These men and women work hard every day to make this ship great. They were leading at a Chief level and they will now be members of the mess. Gettysburg has an outstanding reputation and this group of chief selectees is part of that tradition, said Capt. Bob Hein. As the induction pro cess begins, Command Master Chief Brent Tidwell, looks on with pride at the selectees. Ive watched these Sailors grow as leaders during my time onboard and our chiefs mess is honored to be a part of their induction season as they transition from first class petty officers to chiefs, Tidwell said. The chiefs mess is excited to welcome them as broth ers and sisters. The chiefs will be pinned on Sept. 14 in time to get underway to support Operation Joint Warrior, a semi-annual coalition exercise off of the coast of Scotland. I have waited for this for 18 years and I am excited to learn from the chiefs mess as I go through the inductions process, Chief Select Personnel Specialist (SW) Kelly Johnson. There are 10 of us, which is amazing, Johnson added. We are working together to be ready for Sept. 14. It is also great that we get to put our new leadership role to work during such an important exercise as Joint Warrior 2012. HSL-46 Armed and Ready -Photos by MC3 Jeff AthertonU.S. Navy Sailors load a Hellfire missile onto an SH-60B Seahawk helicopter from NS Mayport-based HSL-46 Det. 8 aboard guided-missile destroyer USS Nitze (DDG 94). Nitze is deployed as part of the Enterprise Carrier Strike Group to U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility conducting maritime security, theater security coop eration efforts and support missions for Operation Enduring Freedom. An SH-60B Seahawk helicopter from HSL-46 Det. 8 flies over the Strait of Hormuz. THE MIRROR NS MAYPORT, Thursday, August 16, 2012 7

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USS Hu City Celebrates New Baby Dragons USS Hu City (CG 66) Public AffairsOne of the greatest moments in life is the birth of a child. Multiply that by four and USS Hu City celebrates the birth of four new baby drag ons. We have had two days with two births each already this deployment. Though each Sailor is ecstatic about the won derful news, it is equally hard not being able to be physically present. Advanced technol ogy has allowed fathers and grandfathers to see their new borne babies almost instantly. The three new proud fathers include Jarrett Seibel, Brice Lovan, Loudelson Goby, and our proud new grandfather, Jason Franey. Each of which have been seen carrying around a photo of their new addi tion to the family. One of the new fathers, Jarrett Seibel, was able to be on the phone to hear his sons first cries from the arms of his wife. While he could not be physically present, this was the next best thing. I am so blessed to be able to share such a spe cial moment with my wife, says Seibel. Seibel looks forward to being reunited with his son and wife, but until then he intends to stay in close contact with his expand ing family through phone and email. Senior Chief Fire Controlman(SW) Jason Franey welcomes his newest granddaughter, Allison Paul, weighing in at 7lbs and 8oz. My daughter delivered my newest granddaughter today, said Franey. She had two eyes and ears, one nose and mouth, and ten fingers and toes! Mom and baby are doing great! It has been a great past couple of days aboard Hu City. With two more Sailors, EM2 Bradley and Lt. Peltier, expecting their bundle of joy in the next few days Hu City could be on track to have three days with two births each. Hu City is deployed to the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility conducting maritime security opera tions, theater security cooperation efforts and support missions as part of Operation Enduring Freedom. One of the most dif ficult things for a parent is being deployed away from your child/children for a long period of time. Technology today has given deployed parents an opportunity to reach out to their children at home. Founded in 1989, United Through Reading has brought military fami lies separated through deployment a little bit closer by allowing ser vicemembers to video record reading storybooks to their children. One of the people in charge of this program aboard Hu City (CG 66) is Fire Controlman (SW/ AW) Pedro Alvelo, who puts out the dates and times Hu City Sailors are able to read to their love ones. Ive used this program for every deployment I have ever done and this is the first time I have been able to coordinate and take lead of it, with that I bring a lot of experience in showing what it has done for my family and seeing what it is doing for their families, said Alvelo. Given a selection of books to choose from, Sailors read aloud while being recorded in a des ignated area on the ship and read to their chil dren. The DVD is made and sent off to awaiting and sometimes surprised kids watching and reading along with their parents on television. Its a nice feeling to know that my kids will be watching me reading to them and knowing that mommy still care about them even though I am away, said Yoeman 1st Class (SCW/AW) Leydi Mendez. I think this will boost moral of Sailors here knowing that we can send a little piece of our selves back home even though we cant physically be there, I think this pro gram is great! Lt. Karen Rector, com mand chaplain aboard Hu City, helps out with finding the space on the ship to do the readings. Rector also coordinates with Alvelo on spreading the word of the reading program throughout the ship. This program start ed with parents in mind but now it has grown to reach out to nieces, nephews and even classrooms watching you read to them, said Rector. All the feedback that I have got ten from servicemembers has been positive, the kids love it. I see this program continuing on for a long time, said Rector. Whether youre a par ent, aunt, uncle or grand parent this program is a great way to communi cate to a child in your life and make their day. Hu City is deployed to the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility conducting maritime security opera tions, theater security cooperation efforts and support missions as part of Operation Enduring Freedom. -Photos by MCSN Darien G. KenneyChief Gas Turbine Systems Technician (Electrical) Hernan Senoren, from Oahu, Hawaii, conducts training with Gas Turbine Systems Technician (Electrical) Fireman Chelvis Marshall, from Shepherd, Texas, on transferring electrical loads from shore power to ship's power aboard the guided-missile cruiser USS Hu City (CG 66). Boatswains Mate 3rd Class Brandon Wilson, from McLoud, Okla., yells orders to heave around lines as the guided-missile cruiser USS Hu City (CG 66) prepares to rig up dur ing a replenishment at sea. Hu City is deployed to the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibil ity conducting maritime security operations, theater security cooperation efforts and support missions as part of Operation Enduring Freedom. 8 THE MIRROR NS MAYPORT, Thursday, August 16, 2012

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Blackshear Is NAVSUP FLC Jax Civilian Of QuarterNAVSUP Fleet Logistics Center Jacksonville Director of Corporate CommunicationsNAVSUP Fleet Logistics Center (FLC) names its GS and WG Civilians of the Quarter, Second Quarter 2012. Romie Blackshear, Jr., of NAVSUP FLC Jacksonvilles Mayport Bulk Fuel Division, was the winner in the WG category. The winner in the GS category is Steve Silver, deputy site director at NAVSUP FLC Jacksonville, Site NAS Jacksonville. Blackshear expertly led operations of NAVSUP FLC Jacksonvilles Mayport Bulk Fuel Divisions receipt and issue of more than 11 million gallons of fuel and lubricants, includ ing a 29,700-gallon defuel from a Fleet unit, which resulted in a return for credit and saved the Navy $106,623. During Tropical Storms Beryl and Debbie, Blackshear went out of his way to meet Mayport home ported ships fuel ing needs. Instead of calling by phone, he vis ited each unit person ally. Through this action, Blackshear enabled NAVSUP FLC Jacksonville to meet its customers emergency fuel require ments. Additionally, Blackshear has quick ly become an essential player in the newly estab lished, customer-request ed process of delivering fuel directly to U.S. Coast Guard ships. Blackshear is a sustained superior performer with exemplary customer service skills and, as such, is recognized as NAVSUP FLC Jacksonvilles WG Civilian of the Quarter, Second Quarter 2012. Silvers knowledge of supply and leadership abilities are demonstrat ed through his NAVSUP FLC Jacksonville, Site NAS Jacksonvilles avia tion supply support met rics, which are consistently the best among all Navy/Marine Corps Air Stations. As a matter of course, Silver works to develop and maintain great working relation ships with the Aviation Support Detachment, NAVSUP FLC Jacksonville headquarters, NAS Jacksonville, CNAF staff, and person nel in customer com mands. Throughout NERP Regional Go Live 3 (RGL3), Silver served as the primary point of contact for the NAS Jacksonville site work ing tirelessly to lead the implementation. As a result, NAS Jacksonville was the most prepared site for NERP implemen tation. Silver is an invalu able asset and is recog nized as NAVSUP FLC Jacksonvilles GS Civilian of the Quarter, Second Quarter 2012. NAVSUP Fleet Logistics Center (FLC) Jacksonville, one of seven fleet logistics centers under NAVSUP Global Logistics Support (GLS), provides opera tional logistics, business and support services to fleet, shore and industrial commands of the Navy, Coast Guard, Military Sealift Command, and other Joint and Allied Forces. Services include contracting, regional transportation, fuel, material management, household goods move ment support, postal and consolidated mail, ware housing, global logistics and husbanding, haz ardous material management, and integrated logistics support. NAVSUP GLS compris es more than 5,700 mili tary and civilian logistics professionals, contrac tors and foreign nation als operating as a single cohesive team provid ing an array of integrated global logistics and con tracting services from 110 locations worldwide to Navy and Joint operation al units across all warfare enterprises. A component of the Naval Supply Systems Command headquartered in Mechanicsburg, Pa., NAVSUP GLS is part of a worldwide logistics net work of more than 22,500 military and civilian per sonnel providing combat capability through logis tics.-Photo by Daphne CassaniRomie Blackshear, Jr., is NAVSUP Fleet Logistics Center (FLC) Jacksonvilles WG Civilian Employee of the Quarter, Second Quarter 2012. THE MIRROR NS MAYPORT, Thursday, August 16, 2012 9

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Midshipmen Get Taste Of Life At Sea On USS Philippine Sea USS Philippine SeaApproximately 40 Midshipmen joined the Sailors of USS Philippine Sea during a 12-day underway to Virginia recently. The officers-in-train ing, roughly half of them students from the Naval Academy and the other half from ROTC col leges all over the coun try, capped a three-week surface cruise with the cruiser to observe the sea faring lifestyle from the closest possible vantage point. The ship experience has been absolutely amazing, said Michael Hayes, a Third Class cadet from the academy. Im very impressed by the routine on the ship, the character of the crew how everybody has a pur pose and what their jobs are. I feel like Ive learned a lot in just these past couple of days. Similarly impressed was Michael Hardin, another USNA student. The experience has been amazing, Hardin said. I couldnt have asked for a better ship. I havent been restricted to any areas. One of those areas included the weather deck, where the Mids learned the ropes of underway evolutions by actually manning some of the lines themselves. I learned how every thing comes together on a ship, chimed Peter Brooke, a Second Class ROTC student from the University of Colorado. You always talk about it, but you never actu ally get to see first-hand once youre on board. Everyones always in con tact with each other, and it all works very fluidly. These summer cruises, which extends to various types of naval vessels, are a required program for all Midshipmen, and a great opportunity for the guests to form relationships with the crew. I love the atmosphere of a smaller ship rather than being on a carrier where you cant expect to see the same faces every day, Hardin added. I love how you can come in the mess decks and see everybody everyday, and say hi to people, and get the same friendly response back because you work with them everyday. -Photo courtesy of USS Philippine SeaMidshipmen aboard USS Philippine Sea perform a sea and anchor evolution as part of their shipboard training this summer.Shipshape, Base CFL Meeting On Aug. 28From Health Promotion by the OceanThe Navy and Marine Corp Public Health Center directed eightweek Nutrition and Weight Management Course is starting here at Mayport Health Promotion on Aug. 28. The class runs for 8 consecutive Tuesdays and runs from 9-11 a.m. It is open to active duty, Sailors on the Fitness Enhancement Program, adult dependents, and retirees. Shipshape is an actionoriented weight manage ment program focusing on nutrition education, increasing exercise, and behavior modifica tion skills that support a healthy lifestyle. The quarterly Health Promotion Command Fitness Leader meet ing will be held on Aug. 16 at Health Promotion, Building 2050, Marshal Couch Drive from 9-10 a.m. All com mand Health Promotion Representatives and Command Fitness Leaders are welcome to attend. Call 270-5251 for more information. 10 THE MIRROR NS MAYPORT, Thursday, August 16, 2012

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Vicksburg Trains Chief Selects For LeadershipEnterprise Carrier Strike Group Public AffairsGuided-missile cruiser USS Vicksburg (CG 69) began induction of four new chief selectees, Aug. 1. The chief petty officer induction process, which began this week for selectees, culminates in a pinning ceremony aboard Vicksburg, Sept. 14. Chief induction is meant to train selectees in their new tier of leadership as well as provide mentor ship. It has been a tradition since the creation of the rank of chief petty offi cer in 1893. Everybody looks at a chief petty offi cer as someone who has the answers, said Information Systems Technician 1st Class Michael G. Burns, a chief petty officer selectee. You have to be a sub ject matter expert in your field and be completely squared away, or else junior Sailors could lose faith in you. The induction process is one aspect making the E-7 rank in the United States Navy so unique. We are the only branch of service that has a rank like chief, said Burns. I think it builds a camara derie between us that the other branches dont get to experience. Chief induction can be a rigorous and challenging process for some Sailors, but it is meant to offer training for the chal lenges ahead. Some people dread induction, said Operations Specialist 1st Class Luis A. Sandoval, a chief petty officer select ee. I dont dread it at all. Its not easy, but few things that are worth doing are, and it is a great learning opportunity. According to Sandoval, the combined experi ences of the Chiefs Mess make induction an invaluable process. The chiefs that train us have so much knowledge and experience that can prepare us for the road ahead and show us how to deal with difficult situations, said Sandoval. The induction process is also meant to expand on leadership skills Sailors learned as first class petty officers and enhance them. One thing you have to ask yourself is what kind of leader will I be? said Fire Controlman 1st Class Lawrence Evans, a chief petty officer select ee. You have to choose a leadership style that fits you and helps your junior Sailors. These are the questions they like us to reflect on during the induction process. Although the chief induction process has been around for more than a century, it has changed through the years. They have streamlined the whole process, said Damage Controlman 1st Class Gary S. Lee, another of Vicksburgs chief petty officer selectees. A lot has changed in the Navy over the last few years. One of the things you can do as a chief petty officer is effect real changes for good in the Navy. Vicksburg is on its final deployment and is currently operating in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility conducting maritime security opera tions, theater security cooperation efforts and support missions as a part of Operation Enduring Freedom.Vicksburg Trains Sailors In CPREnterprise Carrier Strike Group Public AffairsGuided-missile cruiser USS Vicksburg (CG 69) held cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) train ing, July 27. CPR training is held every two weeks, and Sailors are encouraged to become qualified. I believe that Sailors should be CPR qualified, said Hospital Corpsman 2nd Class Clayton Duke, who runs Vicksburgs CPR training program. Whether you are in the field, on a ship or on shore, you may need to resuscitate someone. Medical personnel may not always be the first ones on the scene. During the training Sailors are taught basic patient evaluation, and how to recognize respira tory and cardiac arrest. To earn their qualification they must demonstrate what they learned. Ive been CPR quali fied before, but its important to keep your qualifications current, said Sonar Technician (Surface) 3rd Class Joshua Doane. The training was very helpful. The focus was on what we could encounter in the Navy, and made sure to involve everyone in the class. Training keeps Sailors safe. CPR may be one of the most important qualifications a Sailor can have. Just like all Sailors need to be able to fight fires, we also expect them to know medical basics like CPR, said Cmdr. Carl Brobst, Vicksburgs exec utive officer. We train Sailors to be first responders because loss of human life is not something Im willing to gamble with. I expect to come back with the exact number of Sailors I left with every time I go on deployment, and I can do that because of training like this. Vicksburg is on her final deployment and is currently operating in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility conduct ing maritime security operations, theater secu rity cooperation efforts and support missions for Operation Enduring Freedom. Vicksburg At Sea -Photo by MC2 Nick ScottAbove, U.S. Navy Sailors hold up chocks and chains to show the pilot of an SH-60B Sea Hawk helicopter from HSL-46 Detachment Six they have been removed from the helicopters wheels prior to flight operations aboard guided-missile cruiser USS Vicksburg (CG 69. Vicksburg is deployed to the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility conducting maritime security operations, theater security cooperation efforts and support missions as part of Operation Enduring Freedom. Above right, Fire Controlman 2nd Class George DeCoste performs a communications check aboard guided-missile cruiser USS Vicksburg (CG 69). THE MIRROR NS MAYPORT, Thursday, August 16, 2012 11

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Aug. 17: Outdoor MoviesJourney 2The Mysterious Island (PG-13). Film begins at Sunset behind Beachside Community Center. FREE. 270-7205 Aug. 20: Mens Summer Basketball Begins. Season ends Oct. 18. 270-5451 Aug. 21: 7v7 Fall Soccer Organizational Meeting 11 a.m. at the Gym. 270-5451. Aug. 22: All-Hands Steak Night. 4-7 p.m. at Focsle CPO Club. Cost is $10 per person. Purchase tickets in advance; lim ited tickets available at the door. Sponsored by the NS Mayport CPO Selectees. For tickets, call (904) 270-5431. Aug. 24: Dusk til Dawn Softball Tournament. Sign up by Aug. 16. 2705451 Aug 24: Shiver Me Timbers Party. 9 p.m. at Castaways Lounge. Featuring Rock Band LIFT. Come dressed in your best pirate costume. Prizes for best costume, most original and best couple. Food, giveaways, Open Mic with band, bev erage specials and more. 270-7205 Aug. 24: Outdoor MoviesPirates: Band of Misfits (PG) Film begins at Sunset behind Beachside Community Center. FREE. 270-7205 Aug. 31: Outdoor MoviesThe Avengers (PG-13). Film begins at Sunset behind Beachside Community Center. FREE. 270-7205 MWRAug. 17: Outdoor MoviesJourney 2The Mysterious Island (PG13) Film begins at Sunset behind Beachside Community Center. FREE. 270-7205 Aug. 24: Outdoor MoviesPirates: Band of Misfits (PG) Film begins at Sunset behind Beachside Community Center. FREE. 270-7205 Aug. 31: Outdoor MoviesThe Avengers (PG-13) Film begins at Sunset behind Beachside Community Center. FREE. 270-7205 KIDThe 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. Aug. 17: St. Johns Town Center Shopping. Van departs 5 p.m. Transportation only. FREE Aug. 17: Outdoor MoviesJourney 2The Mysterious Island (PG13) Film begins at Sunset behind Beachside Community Center. FREE. 270-7205 Aug. 18: Liberty LockIn. Begins at 11:30 p.m. at the Liberty Center. Come for snacks, games, and more as we stay open all night! Aug. 19: Paintball. Van departs Liberty Center at 9 a.m. Cost $5 (includes paintballs, gear and trans portation) Sign-up dead line Aug. 16. Aug. 20: Mayport 500 Pinewood Derby. 8 p.m. at the Liberty Center. Put you car to the test in the Mayport 500. Aug. 20: Mens Summer Basketball Begins Season ends Oct. 18. 270-5451 Aug. 21: 7v7 Fall Soccer Organizational Meeting 11 a.m. at the Gym. 270-5451. Aug. 21: Chess Tournament. 6 p.m. at Liberty Center. Aug. 22: All-Hands Steak Night. 4-7 p.m. at Focsle CPO Club. Cost is $10 per person. Purchase tickets in advance; lim ited tickets available at the door. Sponsored by the NS Mayport CPO Selectees. For tickets, call (904) 270-5431. Aug. 23: Hooter Dinner Trip. Van departs 5 p.m. Transportation Only. Aug. 24: Dusk til Dawn Softball Tournament. Sign up by Aug. 16. 2705451 Aug 24: Shiver Me Timbers Party. 9 p.m. at Castaways Lounge. Featuring Rock Band LIFT. Come dressed in your best pirate costume. Prizes for best costume, most original and best couple. Food, giveaways, Open Mic with band, bev erage specials and more. 270-7205 Aug. 24: Outdoor MoviesPirates: Band of Misfits (PG) Film begins at Sunset behind Beachside Community Center. FREE. 270-7205 Aug. 25: Wet n Wild Water Park. Van departs 7 a.m. Cost $20. Sign-up deadline Aug. 19. Aug. 29: Movie Trip. Van departs 5 p.m. Transportation Only. FREE Aug. 30: Jacksonville Jaguars vs. Atlanta Falcon Football. Van departs 5:30 p.m. Cost $8. Aug 31: Pool Tournament. 6 p.m. at Liberty Center. Aug. 31: Outdoor MoviesThe Avengers (PG-13) Film begins at Sunset behind Beachside Community Center. FREE. 270-7205 LIBERTY Did You Know?Symptoms of DiabetesIf you notice one or more of the following symtoms, see a doctor immediately: Extreme thirst Frequent urination Drowsiness, lethargy Sugar in urine Sudden vision changes Increased appetite Sudden weight loss Fruity, sweet, or wine-like odor on breath Heavy, labored breathing Stupor, unconsciousness To learn more, call 800.533.CURE or visit jdrf.org.A CFC participant. Provided as a public service. 12 THE MIRROR NS MAYPORT, Thursday, August 16, 2012

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SERMC Conducts Assessments, Repairs On RGBCommander, Navy Regional Main tenance Center Public AffairsThe Navys Southeast Regional Maintenance Center (SERMC) locat ed in Mayport, Fla. per formed a Total Ship Readiness Assessment (TSRA) on the USS Robert G. Bradley (FFG 49) in preparation for the ships Inspection and Survey (INSURV) scheduled for July 30-Aug. 2. During the TSRA event, SERMC identified and assisted ships force in working nearly 900 jobs. Typically, these jobs would be given to ships force to write ship main tenance forms known as 2-Kilo reports, which they would then use to plan, document and perform the work themselves. Rather than handing over the immense num ber of jobs identified dur ing the TSRA for ships force to work, we decided to partner with them and provide the support of our TSRA and maintenance assist teams (MATs), said SERMCs Commanding Officer, Capt. Ronald Cook. Our work on the USS Robert G. Bradley is a great display of sail ors helping sailors, said Cook. TSRA is designed to assess shipboard systems and provides the opportunity for those problems to be remedied prior to the INSURV. The purpose of an INSURV is to inspect and assess the material condition of U.S. Navy vessels. These inspections are conducted on all Navy ships to ensure each is properly equipped, reli able and mission ready. Our TSRA and MAT teams look at many of the same systems during their assessments, so we took this opportunity to work together and leverage off one other, said SERMCs Production Shop Department Head, Pat Shepler. Our engineering department conducted the ships TSRA event, and though they have a great depth of knowledge of the ships systems and equip ment they didnt, in many cases, have the time and manpower to conduct repairs during their find ings. This work presented us with a perfect opportunity to pull in the Sailors from our MATs and from ships force, all of whom have a basic understanding of these systems and equipment, and place them under the guidance of the TSRA team. This helped all of the Sailors learn from our techs at the RMC, while providing the manpower and muscle needed to get the ships discrepancies corrected, said Shepler. This particular event illustrates the value of TSRA in supporting INSURV preparations, said Commander, Navy Regional Maintenance Center (CNRMC) Rear Adm. David Gale. It is important for all COs to understand that, under the Surface Force Readiness Manual con struct, there are five phas es to TSRA, said Gale. These phases are integrated with Type Commander and Afloat Training Group Readiness Evaluation events (READ-E). Each TSRA event is designed to sup port the ship during dif ferent phases of mainte nance planning and Fleet Response Plan (FRP) training, deployment and sustainment, said Gale. TSRA 1 is conducted prior availability and deployment. This phase helps prepare ships for upcoming major main tenance availabilities by accomplishing technical ly mandated life cycle material assessments. TSRA 2 is also conduct ed prior to an availabil ity, but is conducted after the ships deployment. This phase is integrated with READ-E to evaluate the condition of a ships mechanical, electrical and Command, Control, Communications, Computers, Collaboration, and Intelligence (C5I) equip ment to minimize growth/new work discov ery in availability. TSRA 3 takes place dur ing availability, at which time tanks and voids are assessed, along with other areas that are only assessable during a Chief of Naval Operations availability. TSRA 4 is conducted after an availability, prior to the basic phase (xx), and is integrated with READ-E 5. During phase 4, assessments of hull, mechanical and electri cal equipment and C5I systems are completed to ensure that ship is materi ally ready to exit mainte nance phase of the FRP to prepare the ship to enter basic phase training. TSRA 5/Ballistic Missile Defense Readiness Assessment (BMDRA) is completed prior to deployment in order to assess C5I systems and ensure readiness for deployment. In addi tion to conducting a TSRA event, SERMC also conducted eight MATs recently that helped train SERMC and ships force Sailors to repair the ship board equipment. Those teams include the auxiliary maintenance assist team; valve main tenance assist team; deck maintenance assist team, gas turbine maintenance assist team, watertight door maintenance assist team, electric motor-con trollers and circuit break ers maintenance assist team, rigid hull inflatable boat maintenance assist team, and gunnery equip ment maintenance assist team. There is an extensive amount of planning, hard work, and long hours that goes into a ships prepa rations for INSURV, said Gale. INSURVs are extreme ly challenging for ships force, and can be equally demanding for the RMC. Im very proud of the way SERMC and the leader ship and crew of the USS Robert G. Bradley have partnered in these weeks and months leading up to their INSURV to prepare for a successful inspec tion, said Gale. For their INSURV preps, SERMC and USS Robert G. Bradley prepared the main engines and drive train for full power and steering checks, groomed Close-in Weapons Systems and 25mm chain guns to ensure they would be ready for demonstra tion. The teams also assessed and prepared the ships auxiliary sys tems, such as air condi tioning plants, refrig eration plants, and deck machinery for material checks. Additionally, the teams cleaned and inspected more than 100 motor controllers, repaired doz ens of darken ship light switches, and repaired and inspected more than 90 watertight doors, hatches, and main and secondary drainage sys tems. Every space and every system is inspected for material condition dur ing INSURV, which is why we reached out to support every work center on the ship, said Shepler. This kind of training can only be done in this type of an environment, where real life, real-time problems are discovered, identified and corrected, said Shepler. And in the end, everybody wins. SERMC CWO Promoted -Photo courtesy of SERMCSERMC Executive Officer Capt. Pierre Fuller, left, and SERMC Commanding Officer, Capt. Ronald Cook, right congratulate CWO5 Deborah Eady, Code 920 Production Officer, for her promotion to CWO5 on Aug. 1. Chief Warrant Officer Community sup ports the war-fighting capability and readiness of Naval Forces through leadership, tech nical proficiency, and experience. The Chief Warrant Officer program is the primary manpower source for technically specific billets not best suited for traditional Unrestricted Line, Restricted Line or Staff Corps career path Officers. Using critical enlisted experience, CWOs are committed to the continuous leadership, improvement, training and mentoring of Sailors. Saturday, Aug. 18 Join a park ranger at 2 p.m. and discover the importance of estuarine systems that surround the inshore sides of bar rier islands like those of the Talbot Islands State Parks complex. This ranger-guided hike along the salt marsh will help point out why these areas are one of the most produc tive ecosystems on Earth, the many roles the salt marsh plays, the plant and animal life found in this natural community, and the impacts humans have on this system. This program will take place at the Ribault Club on Fort George Island Cultural State Park. No reserva tions are necessary and the program is free. The City of Atlantic Beach will show Dolphin Tale as its first sum mer Twilight Movie in the Park. Based on true events, this family film is about Winter, a young dolphin who loses her tail in a crab trap, and Sawyer, the reserved 11-year-old boy who befriends her. Sawyer meets the rescued dolphin at the Clearwater Marine Aquarium, a marine rehabilitation center where she lives. Sawyer rallies friends and family alike to save Winter and enlists a pioneering doctor to create a unique prosthetic appendage to restore the dolphins ability to swim. Admission is free and open to the public, so bring your blankets, lawn chairs, and snacks. The film is being shown at Jack Russell Park, 800 Seminole Rd, Atlantic Beach. Adults are asked to accompany children. Free refreshments and fun for kids of all ages begins at 7 p.m. with the movie showing at twilight. Visit the AB website for special events page for upcoming events atwww.coab.us/ events. Sunday, Aug. 19 Christ United Methodist Church will be hosting a back to school celebration for all chil dren of the community from 11:30 a.m. Please join us for fun, food, games and giveaways as we bid farewell to sum mer and hello to a new school year. For more information, please con tact the church office at 249-5370 or Hanna Thomas, Childrens Ministry Leader, at thom wacky@aol.com. Christ UMC Wilson Hall, 400 Penman Road, Neptune Beach. Saturday, Aug. 25 Join a park ranger at 2 p.m. to learn about the many common species that inhabit the natural communities of the undeveloped barrier islands of northeast Florida. This program will take place at the Ribault Club on Fort George Island Cultural State Park. No reserva tions are necessary and the program is free. Tijuana Flats is cel ebrating summers end with the 48th annual Summer Beach Run and its unforgettable postrace celebration at 7 p.m. at Jacksonville Beach Seawalk Pavilion, 1st St. N, Jacksonville Beach. This family-friendly event will benefit the res taurants Just In Queso Foundation, which pro vides aid to individu als, communities and organizations in need. Participants will not cross the finish line emptyhanded. Directly after the race, runners will be treat ed to free food provided by Tijuana Flats, beer and live music. This event is the perfect opportunity to bring friends and families together to help the com munity, have fun and stay fit. The event includes both a five mile and a one mile fun run with a por tion of the proceeds from the race benefiting the Just in Queso Foundation. To sign-up or for more information about the event, visit http:// www.1stplacesports. Start Your Own Vegetables from Seed Lecture and Hands-on: Take home your own planted tray at Duval County Extension Office 1010 N. McDuff Ave. from 9:30 a.m.-noon. Cost is $15. Pre-registration and pre-payment is required, please contact Jeannie Crosby at 255-7450. Make checks payable to: DCOHAC and mail to: Duval County Extension Office, Attention: Jeannie. Operation: Mmilitary Kids will host an end of the summer family event at Adventure Landing, 1944 Beach Blvd, Jacksonville Beach, 32250. The event will be held from 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. Each ticket includes all day access to Shipwreck Island Water Park, three additional activities and lunch for $31. Sign up, register and pay on-line at http://omkadventure landingday-eorg.event brite.com/ to get this great price. This is NOT a drop-off camp, it is a family event and all youth must be accompanied by adults. There will be NO chaperones provided.Out in Town FFSC Mayport Works To Help 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. Aug. 16, 9 a.m.-noon, 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. Aug. 20-23, 8 a.m.4 p.m., TAP Separatee Workshop Building 1, Room 1616 Aug. 22, 11-12:40 p.m., Car Buying Strategies FFSC Room 702 Aug. 22, 3-4:30 p.m., Managing Anger Group FFSC Room 702 Aug. 23, 9 a.m.-noon, 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. Aug. 27, 1-4 p.m., Relationship Communication FFSC Room 702 Aug. 28, 6-8 p.m., Ombudsman Assembly Building 1, Room 104 Aug. 29, 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Raising Financially Fit Kids, FFSC Room 702 Aug. 29, 3-4:30 p.m., Managing Anger Group FFSC Room 702 Aug. 30, 9 a.m.-noon, 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. THE MIRROR NS MAYPORT, Thursday, August 16, 2012 13



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Check us out Online! mayportmirror.com Wood Brings Home GoodsU.S. 4th Fleet Public AffairsThe Oliver Hazard Perry-class guided-missile frigate USS Underwood (FFG 36), recovered 49 bales of narcotics from the Caribbean Sea during Operation Martillo, Aug. 3. Underwood pursued a go-fast speed boat late Tuesday evening, Aug. 2, but it dumped its load before Underwood was able to effect a boarding. A Customs and Border Protection maritime patrol air craft flying overheard, reported the gofast dumping packages over the side and informed Underwood, who marked the position of the debris field in order to locate the packages in daylight. Chief Warrant Officer 3 Miguel Aponte, a member of the bridge watch team, spotted the first bale in the water around 8:15 a.m. Underwood Sailors manned the boat deck and loaded a team, including two members of an onboard U.S. Coast Guard Law Enforcement Detachment (LEDET), into a rigid-hull inflatable boat (RHIB). Over the next few hours, Sailors aboard Underwood used binoculars to search the surrounding area for more bales while the RHIB team recovered anything spotted in the water. Right off the bat, we just start picking up bales that were floating in our area, said a member of the LEDET. After that, the ship vectored us in to different sec tions that they could see from a further -Photo by MC3 Frank J. PikulSailors assigned to the Oliver Hazard Perry-class guided-missile frigate USS Underwood (FFG 36) and U.S. Coast Guardsmen assigned to Law Enforcement Detachment (LEDET) 107 recover contraband from the water. Underwood is deployed to Central and South America and the Caribbean supporting Southern Seas 2012. Ten Hoopen Is Fla. Top Volunteer FirefighterFrom StaffCapt. Douglas J. ten Hoopen has been named the Volunteer Firefighter of the Year for 2012 by the Florida State Firefighters Association (FSFA). Ten Hoopen, who served as Commander, Helicopter Maritime Strike Wing, U.S. Atlantic Fleet (CHSMWL) until he was relieved on Aug. 1, has led a dual life as a Navy officer and a volunteer firefighters in the communities he has lived. He volunteer[ed] in every state he could in the fire/res cue service, which made FSFAs decision to name him to this position very easy, said John Knoll, 2nd vice president for FSFA. We at FSFA feel humble that we can only give him the award for Florida. Ten Hoopen has served as a volunteer firefighter since he was 17 years old in New York and most recently has worked with the Jacksonville Fire & Rescue Department (JFRD) at Station 55 in Atlantic Beach. Like professional firefighters, ten Hoopen has to maintain a Florida certification as well as possess an EMT or para medic certification, according to Jacksonville Fire & Rescue Volunteer Services Coordinator, Lt. Don Hinson. They have to be just as qualified as career [firefighters], Hinson said. He is what I consider one of our go-to guys. Most volunteer firefighters are there to keep up their qualifications in hopes of being hired by the area fire department, Hinson said. Ten Hoopen does it because its a passion. Ten Hoopen received the award during FSFAs 85th annal conference on July 27 and a second presentation by JFRD at the CHSMWL change of command ceremony. -Photo by Paige GnannJacksonville Fire & Rescue Volunteer Services Coordinator, Lt. Donald Hinson, presents framed letters of appreciation to Capt. Douglas ten Hoopen, 2012 Florida Volunteer Firefighter of the Year. Bringing On Supplies-Photo by MC2 Nick ScottU.S. Navy Sailors heave a line during a replenishment-at-sea aboard guided-missile cruiser USS Vicksburg (CG 69). Vicksburg is deployed to the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility conducting maritime security operations, theater security cooperation efforts and support missions for Operation Enduring Freedom. Read more about Vicksburg, Page 11 Halyburton Deploys USS Halyburton Public AffairsGuided-missile frigate USS Halyburton (FFG 40) departed Naval Station Mayport Aug. 10 on a regularly scheduled deployment to the U.S. 5th Fleet Area of Responsibility after recently completing Basic/Integrated Phase training and certifica tion. Led by Cmdr. Bertram C. Hodge, Halyburton is one of eight Mayportbased Oliver Hazard Perry class ships. During her deploy ment, she will join other U.S. and coalition ships in support of Navy Maritime Interdiction Operations. Halyburton will remain ready to pro vide deterrence, pro mote peace and secu rity, while preserving freedom of the seas and responding to humani tarian/disaster missions as necessary. USS Halyburton is the 34th ship of the Oliver Hazard Perry class of guided-missile frigates and has a crew of 220 Sailors and officers. She is named for U.S. Navy Pharmacist Mate 2nd Class William D. Halyburton who was posthumously awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor for his heroic actions during the Battle of Okinawa.See Underwood, Page 6

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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.Shipmates, Huge drug bust under the belts of the crew of USS Underwood (FFG 36) as they recovered 49 bales of narcotics from the Caribbean Sea during Operation Martillo on Aug. 3. Underwood, along with the Vipers of HSL-48 Detachment 3, recovered 1,225 kilograms of narcotics with a street value at more than $27.5 million. Martillo (Spanish for hammer) is a U.S., European, and Western Hemisphere partner nation effort tar geting illicit trafficking routes in coastal waters along the Central American isthmus. Amazing bust and team effort to keep this junk out of our country. Fair winds and safe return for the crew of USS Halyburton (FFG 40) with their departure on Aug. 10. The ship is heading out on a regularly scheduled deployment to the U.S. 5th Fleet Area of Responsibility. During her deployment, Halyburton will join other U.S. and coalition ships in support of Navy Maritime Interdiction Operations. Be safe, and we look forward to your homecoming. Thank you to everyone involved in the recent port visit of USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72). Anytime we have a carrier visit, especially one picking up tigers, it takes a lot of hard work and coordination. Once again the Mayport team brought their A game and made it happen. Last week, Rear Adm. Sinclair Harris, Commander, U.S. Naval Forces Southern Command and U.S. 4th Fleet and Brazilian Rear Adm. Wilson Pereira de Lima Filho welcomed partner nation participants during PANAMAX exercise. Representatives from 17 nations par ticipated this year and drilled for many of the same 21st century threats encountered in todays land, sea, air and cyber environments. Special thanks to our partners at U.S 4th Fleet and Libby Swim of Ocean Breeze Conference Center for hosting spectacular receptions for all partici pants and each of you that had a hand in making this exercise a success. Calling all Navy actors...Naval Personnel Command (NPC) will be on base Aug. 26 to shoot a Navy-wide photo campaign called Keep What Youve Earned, a drug and alcohol prevention initiative. The location for the photo shoot is still being worked, but if you are interested in being one of the stars of the photo shoot, contact our base PAO Bill Austin at (904) 635-6599. The Navys focus on sexual assault is still front and center and needs our daily attention. This is not an issue to sugar coat or pretend its not a problem. On an average, two of our shipmates Navywide are sexually assaulted daily. Take advantage of all the resources we have at our Fleet and Family Support Center, and sound off if you or someone else has been sexually assaulted in any way shape or form. The Sexual Assault Prevention and Response (SAPR) hotline number is 563-1254. Congratulations to all of our Chief Selectees. This career milestone is sig nificant, and your leadership, experience and deck plate mentorship is extremely important to our Sailors. Be safe dur ing the induction, and get ready for increased responsibility. Thanks to each of you for bringing your hard work and professionalism each day through our gates. Be safe and think safety at all times. OSHA team will be on board Naval Station Mayport the week of Sept. 17-20. Get smart on VPP! For any safety or VPP related ques tions, contact Elvis Snerling at 270-5218 ext. 1529. Keep sending those suggestions to the COs suggestion box or email them at douglas.cochrane@navy.mil.Capt. Doug Cochrane CAPTAINSMost parents understand the importance of being actively involved in their childrens education. But as children get older, parents frequently become less and less involved in their schools. However, research indicates that children are more like ly to have a successful school year if the parents are involved in their chil drens school. One way to ensure that is to make a connection with the school by attending Open House. Duval schools will begin their schedule of Open Houses on August 16th. (For area schools, see box.) And far from one more useless activity in an already over-sched uled life, Open House can actually provide a wealth of information for parents. This is a great opportunity for parents to meet their childrens teachers, the school counselor, the principal, and other staff. Whether your child has one teacher or several, it is an ideal opportunity to meet the teacher(s) in one fell swoop. In middle and high schools youll follow your childrens sched ule by actually going to all of their classes. In all grade levels youll find out important dates, including field trips and major class assignments; homework and test schedules; and most importantly how to contact the teacher. Open House IS NOT the time to try to have a pri vate conference with your childs teacher. How could it be private with several parents in line behind you also want ing a chance to say a few words about their chil dren to the teacher? As someone who taught 27 years, let me assure you that what parents share with the teacher on Open House night other than a quick Hello or Im Jons mom rarely sticks in the teachers mind. A high school teacher, for example, may have over 100 parents in attendance and, that is, if they teach the core. Pity the poor physical education teach ers who teach many more students than that. Open House IS the night to listen to what the teacher wants to share with you about the struc ture of the curriculum, how the class will be organized, the texts which will be used, frequency of homework, test sched ules, make-up policies, and, most importantly, how to get in touch with the teacher. Write all of this down! It will make it much easier to remind your child of an upcoming deadline or the need to study for those weekly spelling tests. Now that you know the regimen, youll be better prepared to talk privately with the teacher about your concerns about your child. And because you have the teachers pre ferred method for contact, it will be much easier for you to set up a parentteacher conference. Active parenting takes time, but the time you spend at an Open House will help your children be personally and academi cally successful. Your positive involvement and time, your childs time, and your childs teachers time are all directly relat ed to helping your child become tomorrows suc cessful adult. Judy Cromartie is the School Liaison Officer for NS Mayport. If you have questions about this arti cle, concerns about an educational issue impact ing your child, or the date and time of an Open House not listed here, 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.Duval County Schools Host Open HouseJudy Cromartie School Liaison Officer KnowingAs an active duty Navy family, we are definitely feeling the strain of the economy and military cutbacks. With all this talk about the struggling mid dle class, who would have thought that rich guys like Ralph Lauren are in the financial hurt locker? I mean, why else would he feel the need to pinch pennies by having the US Olympic Team uniforms made in China? The poor guy must be clipping coupons for foie gras and hitting early bird specials at Le Bernardin. Otherwise, he surely wouldnt have made a deal with the country that is currently our biggest Olympic, economic and political rival to design and manufac ture our team uniforms. Right? And, did anyone else notice that, despite the absence of stars and stripes, the US Olympic uniforms are emblazoned with HUGE Polo logos? Ralph Lauren must be financially strapped if he felt the need to shame lessly promote his brand at the expense of patrio tism. Bless his shriveled, greedy little heart, he must really be strapped for cash. But to be fair, Ralphs not the only one com mitting Olympic fash ion faux pas this year. The Spaniards are being accused of wearing McDonalds uniforms, the reserved Brits are blinged out in metallic, and the stern Germans are uncharacteristically warm and fuzzy in baby blue and pastel pink. Are we in some sort of Twilight Zone of haberdashery or am I missing something Bikini Bottom Economics Good For AmericaLisa Smith Molinari Military Spouse Columnist The Meat&Potatoes Date Time School Grades(s) 13Sept6:30 p.m. Abess Park ES Pre K-2/CSS 20Sept6:30 p.m. Abess Park ES 3-5 06Sept6:30 p.m. Alimacani ES Pre-K,K,1,3,5 13Sept6:30 p.m. Alimacani ES K, 2, 4 18Sept6 p.m. Atlantic Beach ESK, 2, 4 20Sept6 p.m. Atlantic Beach ES1, 3, 5 06Sept6 p.m. Finegan, Joseph ESAll grades 28Aug6 p.m. Fletcher Middle School All grades 10Sept6:30 p.m. Fletcher High SchoolAll grades 30Aug6:30 p.m. Jacksonville Beach ES1, 3, 5 06Sept6:30 p.m. Jacksonville Beach ESK, 2, 4 28Aug5 p.m. Kernan Middle SchoolAll grades 06Sept6:30 p.m. Kernan Trail ES K 2 13Sept6:30 p.m. Kernan Trail ES 3 5 28Aug6 p.m. Landmark MS All grades 20Sept6 p.m. Mayport ES All grades 28Aug6 p.m. Mayport MS All grades 06Sept6:30 p.m. Neptune Beach ESK 2 13Sept6:30 p.m. Neptune Beach ES3-5/ESE 28Aug6:30 p.m. 1st session; 7:15 pm 2nd session Sabal Palm ES K, 2, 4/ ESE 30Aug6:30 p.m. 1st session; 7:15 p.m. 2nd session Sabal Palm ES 1, 3, 5 06Sept6 p.m. San Pablo ES All grades 27Aug5:30 p.m. Sandalwood All grades 23Aug6 p.m. Seabreeze ES K, 1 23Aug7:15 p.m. Seabreeze ES 4, 5 06Sept6 p.m. Seabreeze ES 2, 3 For a complete listing of Open House dates/times, go to www.duvalschools.org. Search Open House Schedule 2012. Area Schools 2012 Open House Schedulehere? If the Olympic Opening Ceremonys Parade of Nations wasnt bizarre enough, the uniforms worn by athletes dur ing competitions has me wondering whether pole dancing might soon be added as an Olympic event. Most striking are the womens beach volleyball uniforms, which consist of booty-revealing bot toms that are about four square inches short of being thongs, and the tiniest sports bras ever made. And apparently track shorts are now See Bikini, Page 3 2 THE MIRROR, NS MAYPORT, Thursday, August 16, 2012

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pass runners wear bikini underwear instead. Similarly, our womens diving team suits have extremely high-cut leg openings which expose the athletes derrieres and guarantee a turbo wedgie with every dive. Whats the practical rationale for showing so much flesh? Was the fab ric creating performance issues for these athletes? Too much drag perhaps? Based on how many times Ive seen them reach back to pull their uniforms out of their rear ends, I highly doubt that the athletes find that the new thonglike bottoms enhance their performance. Even some male ath letes are over-exposed. Take the Mens Water Polo Team for example. Are they wearing those itsy-bitsy, teeny-weeny swim trunks to balance out the un-sexiness of their ridiculous swim bonnets that are fastened with big bows under their chins? They look like what might happen if an Amish cross-dresser got a job at Chippendales. Now, if any group of athletes had a reason to expose more flesh, youd think it would be our Olympic swimmers, who benefit from the smooth hydrodynamics of water against bare skin. But no, for some reason, they are wearing more fabric than ever this year. The men are forgoing skimpy Speedos in favor of conservative bicycle shorts, and the women are sporting knee-length wrestling uniforms. Go figure. Other than fencers, whose uniforms not only cover every inch of flesh but also flash dramati cally in bright robotic green and red lights making them look like swordwielding R2D2s, the only other athletes who insist on being totally covered are Olympic archers. In keeping with the ancient tradition of the sport, one might reason ably expect an archer to be simply clad in a bark loincloth or animal pelt. However, for some unknown reason, they all dress like Gilligan, wear ing buttoned up shirts, bucket hats, chinos and boat shoes. I keep won dering when the Skippers going to show up and cheer, Hey Little Buddy! As crazy as this years Olympic clothing choices seem to be, I cant rule out the possibility that the attention-getting uniforms might just be a brilliant strategy for bet ter ratings. Be it bare buttocks or bucket hats, I have to admit that I cant seem to tear my eyes away. Lets face facts: more viewers lead to better ratings. Better ratings lead to more advertising. More advertising leads to more sales. More sales lead to more money in the pockets of businessmen like poor destitute Ralph Lauren. More money in Ralphs pocket might keep him from giving our jobs to the Chinese. Im not sure if thats top down or bottom up economics, but keeping an eye on Olympians bottoms might just be improving our countrys bottom line. Get more wit and observations from Lisa at her blog, The Meat and Potatoes of Life, www. themeatandpotatoesofli fe.comFrom Page 3BikiniNADAP Seeks Sailors OpinionsFrom Navy Personnel Command Public AffairsA Navy-wide survey was launched Aug. 6 to learn more about Sailors alco hol use and the best ways to communicate abuse prevention and responsi ble use of alcohol messages, according to the Navy Alcohol and Drug Abuse Prevention (NADAP) Office director. The survey is completely anonymous, according to Dorice Favorite, direc tor, NADAP program, and will take only five to eight minutes to finish. Every Sailors feedback will be invaluable in helping to shape the messages we create, to determine the appropriate commu nication tactics, and identify effective tools to use to help prevent alcohol abuse in the Navy, said Dorice Favorite, director, NADAP program. The Right Spirit campaign was created in 1995 and focused on alcohol abuse prevention educa tion, de-glamorization of alcohol use, alternatives to drinking, and clear and enforceable policy guid ance from commanders. As a result, the Navys responsible use policy on alcohol has led to an overall steady decline in alcohol use by Sailors. It is time to effectively revamp the Navy Right Spirit campaign, said Favorite. NADAP is con ducting qualitative and quantitative research to identify knowledge, attitude, behaviors, and practices associ ated with alcohol abuse in the Navy. Sailors have changed since we started the Right Spirit program and we need a commu nications campaign that grows with them. Sailors responses to the survey will help to inform a new social marketing campaign aimed at reducing alcohol abuse in the Navy. To take the survey, visit http://www.sur veymonkey.com/s/ Z3LNH7P. The survey password is Navy. The password is case sensi tive. For security purpos es, participants can only take the survey once from an IP address, which protects the integrity of the data. The survey will be online until Aug. 27. For more information, visit www.npc.navy.mil. Check Heat Flag Before ExerciseFrom MWRWith summer here and the temperatures rising please be aware of the need for caution when participating in physical activities outdoors. There is a heat index flag system to help assist you in the decision mak ing process. It is as fol lows: white flag-80 degrees and under-unre stricted physical activity may be carried out; green flag-80-84.9 degreesunrestricted physical activity may be carried out; yellow flag-85-87.9 degrees-physical activity is advised only for personnel who have been work ing out in similar weather for a minimum of 10 days; red flag-88-88.9 degreesphysical activity is advised for personnel who have been working out in sim ilar heat for 12 weeks or more; black flag-90 plus degrees-vigorous outdoor activity is prohibited. The flags are flown at the flag pole in front of the Gym, Building #1391, with updates provided three to four times a day. You can also call the Gym at 2705451 to find out the heat flag index. THE MIRROR NS MAYPORT, Thursday, August 16, 2012 3

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4 THE MIRROR, NS MAYPORT, Thursday, August 16, 2012 Mayport Kids Enjoy Beach Bash At VBSFrom StaffNaval Station Mayport children gathered last week at the baase chapel for its annual Vacation Bible School celebration from Aug. 6-10. The children, ranging in age from 4 years old thru sixth grade, spent the week enjoying Beach Bash activities Their days were filled traveling to different centers where they will sing songs, watch skits, create crafts, play games and make new friends. On Aug. 10, the children enter tained their families and friends with a final song and skit perfor mance. -Photos by Paige GnannJuliet Bitor, 5, shows off the stickers decorating her face during Vacation Bible School at the Mayport Chapel on Friday. Children enjoy a snack at Big Ds Diner during Vacation Bible School held at Mayport Chapel from Aug 6-10. Campers watch an inspirational show at one of the activities planned at this years Vacation Bible School. Bitor and Klara Drozdzowski enjoy a game of tag during outdoor play time at Mayports Vacation Bible School. Children answer questions during story time at Vacation Bible School.

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THE MIRROR NS MAYPORT, Thursday, August 16, 2012 5 Vacation Bible School campers spell out Jesus Love Is The Best during a skit and song performed for their faimlies on the last day of VBS at Mayport Chapel. Children perform a skit for their families during the closing performance. All the campers from Vacation Bible School gather on stage to sing and perform for their families. Four-year-olds play with stickers at one of the different centers set up at VBS. Families watch as the children perform at the base chapel. Left, a camper enjoys playing with the beach hats at one of the stations set up during VBS Beach Bash. Above, older children throw ping pong balls in the inflatable hoops to score points for their teams.

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Hellenic Naval Officers Embark USS FarragutUSS Farragut Public AffairsTwo Hellenic naval officers arrived aboard guid ed-missile destroyer USS Farragut (DDG 99) as part of a midshipmen foreign exchange program, July 23. The program brings junior officers and midshipmen from partner countries throughout the region aboard U.S. Navy ships to help train them in surface warfare opera tions while fostering rela tionships with the crew. I greatly value the opportunity afforded by the program for my offi cers and crew to integrate with members of foreign navies, said Cmdr. Glen Quast, commanding offi cer of Farragut. These relationships will assist our ability to conduct exercises and operations in the future to increased maritime security. The program gives for eign junior naval officers and midshipmen from partner navies a chance to see how everyday evolutions and training are conducted on a U.S. Navy ship and provides them a personal qualification standard (PQS) in surface warfare. They also receive a sponsor to assist them with becoming accus tomed with shipboard life while completing their PQS. The program helps them broaden their hori zons, said Ensign Jeff Heckelman. It lets you know that there are other ways of doing things. The difference in the way things are done is not drastic, said Ensign Alexandros Nikolakakis, a participating Hellenic navy officer. Some of the watches are similar, and I really like the way the ship does general quar ters drills because they are very realistic and in depth.Underwood Celebrates U.S. Coast Guard Birthdaydistance and then also the helo [helicopter] vectored us in. An SH-60B Sea Hawk helicopter assigned to the Vipers of Helicopter Anti-Submarine Squadron Light Four Eight Detachment Three (HSL-48.3) launched to assist the search from the air. Initially we took off, were given two initial points to go between, searching back and forth using a linear pattern, said Lt. j.g. Lance Herdon, one of the SH-60B pilots that flew the mission. We got vec tored in by the ship after calculating set and drift. We went to that area and began spotting the packages. We called back the position back to the ship and they began direct ing the RHIB over in that area. We orbited the area and continued to find more packages. In the end, Underwood recovered approximately 1,225 kilograms of narcotics. Going wholesale price is $22,500 per kilo. So estimated with 49 bales and 25 kilos per bale, we estimate about $27.5 million worth of nar cotics recovered today, according to a Naval Criminal Investigative Services (NCIS) Special Agent familiar with the case. Operation Martillo (Spanish for hammer) is a U.S., European, and Western Hemisphere partner nation effort targeting illicit traf ficking routes in coastal waters along the Central American isth mus. Led by Joint Interagency Task Force (JITF) South, a compo nent of U.S Southern Command (SOUTHCOM), Operation Martillo is a component of the U.S. govern ments coordinated interagency regional security strategy in sup port of the White House strategy to combat transnational orga nized crime and the U.S. Central America Regional Security Initiative. Fourteen countries are participating: Canada, Belize, Colombia, Costa Rica, El Salvador, France, Guatemala, Honduras, the Netherlands, Nicaragua, Panama, Spain, United Kingdom and the United States. JIATF South is a multiservice, multiagency national task force which conducts counter-illicit traf ficking operations and intelligence fusion to detect, monitor, and handoff suspected illicit trafficking tar gets to law enforcement activities; promotes security cooperation and coordinates country team and partner nation initiatives in order to defeat the flow of illicit traffic. Underwood is deployed to Central and South America and the Caribbean in support of Southern Seas 2012. Commander, U.S. Naval Forces Southern Command/U.S. 4th Fleet supports U.S. Southern Command joint and combined full-spectrum military operations by provid ing 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 maneuver space in order to enhance regional security and pro mote peace, stability, and prosper ity in the Caribbean, Central and South American regions.From Page 1Underwood Southern Seas 2012 Public AffairsSailors assigned to guided-missile frig ate USS Underwood (FFG 36) celebrat ed the U.S. Coast Guards 222nd birth day, Aug. 4. The crew was joined by members of the Coast Guards Law Enforcement Detachment (LEDET) 107 who embarked aboard Underwood, July 18, to assist with the interdiction of drug traffickers. Im happy to be out here on the Coast Guards birthday operating with the Navy, doing counter-drug opera tions, said Maritime Enforcement Specialist 3rd Class Matthew Rincon, assigned to LEDET 107. Hopefully well get some good work done out here. The Coast Guardsmen and crew celebrated the birthday with a cake cutting ceremony on the mess deck. The Navy and the Coast Guard have a centuries-old history of working together, said Cmdr. Peter Mirisola, the com manding officer. In every theater the Navy operates in all over the globe, the Coast Guard is there as one of our part ner services. When the Navy and the Coast Guard work together, the syn ergy that is created is a force multiplier for any mission we have going on. We share different tac tics, techniques and procedures which allows us to learn from each other and enhances the overall mission capability of any unit. CPO Selectees Can Save 5% When Using Military Star Card For UniformsFrom NEXCOMChief Petty Officer (CPO) selectees can pay for newly required Navy uniforms using the Military Star Card. With the new and improved program, CPO selectees will receive a 5 percent credit on their next Military Star Card statement showing the purchase of CPO uniforms. The special offer good at any NEX Uniform Shop world wide, but not for uniform purchases made online or toll free phone calls to the Uniform Support Center. Using the Military Star Card lets CPO selectees charge their new uniforms like anything else in the NEX, said Cmdr. Marcia Coleman, Director, Navy Exchange Service Command (NEXCOM) Uniform Program Management Office. Its quick, easy and the new CPO selectee receives a 5 percent credit on their Military Star Card. Customers who open a Military Star Card account will receive 10 percent off their first days purchases, including a uniform pur chase. The 10 percent dis count is also applied to the customers Military Star Card statement. Providing Help. Creating Hope. Catholic Charities USA 1-800-919-9338www.CatholicCharitiesUSA.org A CFC participant. Provided as a public service 6 THE MIRROR, NS MAYPORT, Thursday, August 16, 2012

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CPO Selectees In Double Digits On GettysburgUSS Gettysburg PAOChief induction is a time of the year that most first class petty officers optimistically await. For 10 first class petty officers aboard Mayport-based cruiser, USS Gettysburg (CG 64), the message sent out on July 31 means that they will be shopping for khakis. After recently having the highest advancement numbers in the Atlantic fleet, Gettysburgs com manding officer said he was not surprised by the number of chief selectees. These men and women work hard every day to make this ship great. They were leading at a Chief level and they will now be members of the mess. Gettysburg has an outstanding reputation and this group of chief selectees is part of that tradition, said Capt. Bob Hein. As the induction pro cess begins, Command Master Chief Brent Tidwell, looks on with pride at the selectees. Ive watched these Sailors grow as leaders during my time onboard and our chiefs mess is honored to be a part of their induction season as they transition from first class petty officers to chiefs, Tidwell said. The chiefs mess is excited to welcome them as broth ers and sisters. The chiefs will be pinned on Sept. 14 in time to get underway to support Operation Joint Warrior, a semi-annual coalition exercise off of the coast of Scotland. I have waited for this for 18 years and I am excited to learn from the chiefs mess as I go through the inductions process, Chief Select Personnel Specialist (SW) Kelly Johnson. There are 10 of us, which is amazing, Johnson added. We are working together to be ready for Sept. 14. It is also great that we get to put our new leadership role to work during such an important exercise as Joint Warrior 2012. HSL-46 Armed and Ready -Photos by MC3 Jeff AthertonU.S. Navy Sailors load a Hellfire missile onto an SH-60B Seahawk helicopter from NS Mayport-based HSL-46 Det. 8 aboard guided-missile destroyer USS Nitze (DDG 94). Nitze is deployed as part of the Enterprise Carrier Strike Group to U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility conducting maritime security, theater security cooperation efforts and support missions for Operation Enduring Freedom. An SH-60B Seahawk helicopter from HSL-46 Det. 8 flies over the Strait of Hormuz. THE MIRROR NS MAYPORT, Thursday, August 16, 2012 7

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USS Hu City Celebrates New Baby Dragons USS Hu City (CG 66) Public AffairsOne of the greatest moments in life is the birth of a child. Multiply that by four and USS Hu City celebrates the birth of four new baby drag ons. We have had two days with two births each already this deployment. Though each Sailor is ecstatic about the won derful news, it is equally hard not being able to be physically present. Advanced technol ogy has allowed fathers and grandfathers to see their new borne babies almost instantly. The three new proud fathers include Jarrett Seibel, Brice Lovan, Loudelson Goby, and our proud new grandfather, Jason Franey. Each of which have been seen carrying around a photo of their new addi tion to the family. One of the new fathers, Jarrett Seibel, was able to be on the phone to hear his sons first cries from the arms of his wife. While he could not be physically present, this was the next best thing. I am so blessed to be able to share such a spe cial moment with my wife, says Seibel. Seibel looks forward to being reunited with his son and wife, but until then he intends to stay in close contact with his expand ing family through phone and email. Senior Chief Fire Controlman(SW) Jason Franey welcomes his newest granddaughter, Allison Paul, weighing in at 7lbs and 8oz. My daughter delivered my newest granddaughter today, said Franey. She had two eyes and ears, one nose and mouth, and ten fingers and toes! Mom and baby are doing great! It has been a great past couple of days aboard Hu City. With two more Sailors, EM2 Bradley and Lt. Peltier, expecting their bundle of joy in the next few days Hu City could be on track to have three days with two births each. Hu City is deployed to the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility conducting maritime security opera tions, theater security cooperation efforts and support missions as part of Operation Enduring Freedom. One of the most dif ficult things for a parent is being deployed away from your child/children for a long period of time. Technology today has given deployed parents an opportunity to reach out to their children at home. Founded in 1989, United Through Reading has brought military families separated through deployment a little bit closer by allowing ser vicemembers to video record reading storybooks to their children. One of the people in charge of this program aboard Hu City (CG 66) is Fire Controlman (SW/ AW) Pedro Alvelo, who puts out the dates and times Hu City Sailors are able to read to their love ones. Ive used this program for every deployment I have ever done and this is the first time I have been able to coordinate and take lead of it, with that I bring a lot of experience in showing what it has done for my family and seeing what it is doing for their families, said Alvelo. Given a selection of books to choose from, Sailors read aloud while being recorded in a des ignated area on the ship and read to their chil dren. The DVD is made and sent off to awaiting and sometimes surprised kids watching and reading along with their parents on television. Its a nice feeling to know that my kids will be watching me reading to them and knowing that mommy still care about them even though I am away, said Yoeman 1st Class (SCW/AW) Leydi Mendez. I think this will boost moral of Sailors here knowing that we can send a little piece of our selves back home even though we cant physically be there, I think this pro gram is great! Lt. Karen Rector, com mand chaplain aboard Hu City, helps out with finding the space on the ship to do the readings. Rector also coordinates with Alvelo on spreading the word of the reading program throughout the ship. This program start ed with parents in mind but now it has grown to reach out to nieces, nephews and even classrooms watching you read to them, said Rector. All the feedback that I have got ten from servicemembers has been positive, the kids love it. I see this program continuing on for a long time, said Rector. Whether youre a par ent, aunt, uncle or grandparent this program is a great way to communi cate to a child in your life and make their day. Hu City is deployed to the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility conducting maritime security opera tions, theater security cooperation efforts and support missions as part of Operation Enduring Freedom. -Photos by MCSN Darien G. KenneyChief Gas Turbine Systems Technician (Electrical) Hernan Senoren, from Oahu, Hawaii, conducts training with Gas Turbine Systems Technician (Electrical) Fireman Chelvis Marshall, from Shepherd, Texas, on transferring electrical loads from shore power to ship's power aboard the guided-missile cruiser USS Hu City (CG 66). Boatswains Mate 3rd Class Brandon Wilson, from McLoud, Okla., yells orders to heave around lines as the guided-missile cruiser USS Hu City (CG 66) prepares to rig up during a replenishment at sea. Hu City is deployed to the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility conducting maritime security operations, theater security cooperation efforts and support missions as part of Operation Enduring Freedom. 8 THE MIRROR, NS MAYPORT, Thursday, August 16, 2012

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Blackshear Is NAVSUP FLC Jax Civilian Of QuarterNAVSUP Fleet Logistics Center Jacksonville Director of Corporate CommunicationsNAVSUP Fleet Logistics Center (FLC) names its GS and WG Civilians of the Quarter, Second Quarter 2012. Romie Blackshear, Jr., of NAVSUP FLC Jacksonvilles Mayport Bulk Fuel Division, was the winner in the WG category. The winner in the GS category is Steve Silver, deputy site director at NAVSUP FLC Jacksonville, Site NAS Jacksonville. Blackshear expertly led operations of NAVSUP FLC Jacksonvilles Mayport Bulk Fuel Divisions receipt and issue of more than 11 million gallons of fuel and lubricants, includ ing a 29,700-gallon defuel from a Fleet unit, which resulted in a return for credit and saved the Navy $106,623. During Tropical Storms Beryl and Debbie, Blackshear went out of his way to meet Mayport home ported ships fuel ing needs. Instead of calling by phone, he vis ited each unit person ally. Through this action, Blackshear enabled NAVSUP FLC Jacksonville to meet its customers emergency fuel require ments. Additionally, Blackshear has quick ly become an essential player in the newly established, customer-request ed process of delivering fuel directly to U.S. Coast Guard ships. Blackshear is a sustained superior performer with exemplary customer service skills and, as such, is recognized as NAVSUP FLC Jacksonvilles WG Civilian of the Quarter, Second Quarter 2012. Silvers knowledge of supply and leadership abilities are demonstrat ed through his NAVSUP FLC Jacksonville, Site NAS Jacksonvilles avia tion supply support met rics, which are consistently the best among all Navy/Marine Corps Air Stations. As a matter of course, Silver works to develop and maintain great working relation ships with the Aviation Support Detachment, NAVSUP FLC Jacksonville headquarters, NAS Jacksonville, CNAF staff, and person nel in customer com mands. Throughout NERP Regional Go Live 3 (RGL3), Silver served as the primary point of contact for the NAS Jacksonville site work ing tirelessly to lead the implementation. As a result, NAS Jacksonville was the most prepared site for NERP implemen tation. Silver is an invalu able asset and is recog nized as NAVSUP FLC Jacksonvilles GS Civilian of the Quarter, Second Quarter 2012. NAVSUP Fleet Logistics Center (FLC) Jacksonville, one of seven fleet logistics centers under NAVSUP Global Logistics Support (GLS), provides opera tional logistics, business and support services to fleet, shore and industrial commands of the Navy, Coast Guard, Military Sealift Command, and other Joint and Allied Forces. Services include contracting, regional transportation, fuel, material management, household goods move ment support, postal and consolidated mail, ware housing, global logistics and husbanding, haz ardous material management, and integrated logistics support. NAVSUP GLS compris es more than 5,700 mili tary and civilian logistics professionals, contrac tors and foreign nation als operating as a single cohesive team provid ing an array of integrated global logistics and con tracting services from 110 locations worldwide to Navy and Joint operational units across all warfare enterprises. A component of the Naval Supply Systems Command headquartered in Mechanicsburg, Pa., NAVSUP GLS is part of a worldwide logistics net work of more than 22,500 military and civilian per sonnel providing combat capability through logis tics.-Photo by Daphne CassaniRomie Blackshear, Jr., is NAVSUP Fleet Logistics Center (FLC) Jacksonvilles WG Civilian Employee of the Quarter, Second Quarter 2012. THE MIRROR NS MAYPORT, Thursday, August 16, 2012 9

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Midshipmen Get Taste Of Life At Sea On USS Philippine Sea USS Philippine SeaApproximately 40 Midshipmen joined the Sailors of USS Philippine Sea during a 12-day underway to Virginia recently. The officers-in-train ing, roughly half of them students from the Naval Academy and the other half from ROTC col leges all over the coun try, capped a three-week surface cruise with the cruiser to observe the seafaring lifestyle from the closest possible vantage point. The ship experience has been absolutely amazing, said Michael Hayes, a Third Class cadet from the academy. Im very impressed by the routine on the ship, the character of the crew how everybody has a purpose and what their jobs are. I feel like Ive learned a lot in just these past couple of days. Similarly impressed was Michael Hardin, another USNA student. The experience has been amazing, Hardin said. I couldnt have asked for a better ship. I havent been restricted to any areas. One of those areas included the weather deck, where the Mids learned the ropes of underway evolutions by actually manning some of the lines themselves. I learned how every thing comes together on a ship, chimed Peter Brooke, a Second Class ROTC student from the University of Colorado. You always talk about it, but you never actu ally get to see first-hand once youre on board. Everyones always in con tact with each other, and it all works very fluidly. These summer cruises, which extends to various types of naval vessels, are a required program for all Midshipmen, and a great opportunity for the guests to form relationships with the crew. I love the atmosphere of a smaller ship rather than being on a carrier where you cant expect to see the same faces every day, Hardin added. I love how you can come in the mess decks and see everybody everyday, and say hi to people, and get the same friendly response back because you work with them everyday. -Photo courtesy of USS Philippine SeaMidshipmen aboard USS Philippine Sea perform a sea and anchor evolution as part of their shipboard training this summer.Shipshape, Base CFL Meeting On Aug. 28From Health Promotion by the OceanThe Navy and Marine Corp Public Health Center directed eightweek Nutrition and Weight Management Course is starting here at Mayport Health Promotion on Aug. 28. The class runs for 8 consecutive Tuesdays and runs from 9-11 a.m. It is open to active duty, Sailors on the Fitness Enhancement Program, adult dependents, and retirees. Shipshape is an actionoriented weight manage ment program focusing on nutrition education, increasing exercise, and behavior modifica tion skills that support a healthy lifestyle. The quarterly Health Promotion Command Fitness Leader meet ing will be held on Aug. 16 at Health Promotion, Building 2050, Marshal Couch Drive from 9-10 a.m. All com mand Health Promotion Representatives and Command Fitness Leaders are welcome to attend. Call 270-5251 for more information. 10 THE MIRROR, NS MAYPORT, Thursday, August 16, 2012

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Vicksburg Trains Chief Selects For LeadershipEnterprise Carrier Strike Group Public AffairsGuided-missile cruiser USS Vicksburg (CG 69) began induction of four new chief selectees, Aug. 1. The chief petty officer induction process, which began this week for selectees, culminates in a pinning ceremony aboard Vicksburg, Sept. 14. Chief induction is meant to train selectees in their new tier of leadership as well as provide mentor ship. It has been a tradition since the creation of the rank of chief petty officer in 1893. Everybody looks at a chief petty offi cer as someone who has the answers, said Information Systems Technician 1st Class Michael G. Burns, a chief petty officer selectee. You have to be a sub ject matter expert in your field and be completely squared away, or else junior Sailors could lose faith in you. The induction process is one aspect making the E-7 rank in the United States Navy so unique. We are the only branch of service that has a rank like chief, said Burns. I think it builds a camara derie between us that the other branches dont get to experience. Chief induction can be a rigorous and challenging process for some Sailors, but it is meant to offer training for the challenges ahead. Some people dread induction, said Operations Specialist 1st Class Luis A. Sandoval, a chief petty officer select ee. I dont dread it at all. Its not easy, but few things that are worth doing are, and it is a great learning opportunity. According to Sandoval, the combined experi ences of the Chiefs Mess make induction an invaluable process. The chiefs that train us have so much knowledge and experience that can prepare us for the road ahead and show us how to deal with difficult situations, said Sandoval. The induction process is also meant to expand on leadership skills Sailors learned as first class petty officers and enhance them. One thing you have to ask yourself is what kind of leader will I be? said Fire Controlman 1st Class Lawrence Evans, a chief petty officer select ee. You have to choose a leadership style that fits you and helps your junior Sailors. These are the questions they like us to reflect on during the induction process. Although the chief induction process has been around for more than a century, it has changed through the years. They have streamlined the whole process, said Damage Controlman 1st Class Gary S. Lee, another of Vicksburgs chief petty officer selectees. A lot has changed in the Navy over the last few years. One of the things you can do as a chief petty officer is effect real changes for good in the Navy. Vicksburg is on its final deployment and is currently operating in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility conducting maritime security opera tions, theater security cooperation efforts and support missions as a part of Operation Enduring Freedom.Vicksburg Trains Sailors In CPREnterprise Carrier Strike Group Public AffairsGuided-missile cruiser USS Vicksburg (CG 69) held cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) train ing, July 27. CPR training is held every two weeks, and Sailors are encouraged to become qualified. I believe that Sailors should be CPR qualified, said Hospital Corpsman 2nd Class Clayton Duke, who runs Vicksburgs CPR training program. Whether you are in the field, on a ship or on shore, you may need to resuscitate someone. Medical personnel may not always be the first ones on the scene. During the training Sailors are taught basic patient evaluation, and how to recognize respira tory and cardiac arrest. To earn their qualification they must demonstrate what they learned. Ive been CPR quali fied before, but its important to keep your qualifications current, said Sonar Technician (Surface) 3rd Class Joshua Doane. The training was very helpful. The focus was on what we could encounter in the Navy, and made sure to involve everyone in the class. Training keeps Sailors safe. CPR may be one of the most important qualifications a Sailor can have. Just like all Sailors need to be able to fight fires, we also expect them to know medical basics like CPR, said Cmdr. Carl Brobst, Vicksburgs exec utive officer. We train Sailors to be first responders because loss of human life is not something Im willing to gamble with. I expect to come back with the exact number of Sailors I left with every time I go on deployment, and I can do that because of training like this. Vicksburg is on her final deployment and is currently operating in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility conduct ing maritime security operations, theater secu rity cooperation efforts and support missions for Operation Enduring Freedom. Vicksburg At Sea -Photo by MC2 Nick ScottAbove, U.S. Navy Sailors hold up chocks and chains to show the pilot of an SH-60B Sea Hawk helicopter from HSL-46 Detachment Six they have been removed from the helicopters wheels prior to flight operations aboard guided-missile cruiser USS Vicksburg (CG 69. Vicksburg is deployed to the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility conducting maritime security operations, theater security cooperation efforts and support missions as part of Operation Enduring Freedom. Above right, Fire Controlman 2nd Class George DeCoste performs a communications check aboard guided-missile cruiser USS Vicksburg (CG 69). THE MIRROR NS MAYPORT, Thursday, August 16, 2012 11

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Aug. 17: Outdoor MoviesJourney 2The Mysterious Island (PG-13). Film begins at Sunset behind Beachside Community Center. FREE. 270-7205 Aug. 20: Mens Summer Basketball Begins. Season ends Oct. 18. 270-5451 Aug. 21: 7v7 Fall Soccer Organizational Meeting 11 a.m. at the Gym. 270-5451. Aug. 22: All-Hands Steak Night. 4-7 p.m. at Focsle CPO Club. Cost is $10 per person. Purchase tickets in advance; lim ited tickets available at the door. Sponsored by the NS Mayport CPO Selectees. For tickets, call (904) 270-5431. Aug. 24: Dusk til Dawn Softball Tournament. Sign up by Aug. 16. 2705451 Aug 24: Shiver Me Timbers Party. 9 p.m. at Castaways Lounge. Featuring Rock Band LIFT. Come dressed in your best pirate costume. Prizes for best costume, most original and best couple. Food, giveaways, Open Mic with band, beverage specials and more. 270-7205 Aug. 24: Outdoor MoviesPirates: Band of Misfits (PG) Film begins at Sunset behind Beachside Community Center. FREE. 270-7205 Aug. 31: Outdoor MoviesThe Avengers (PG-13). Film begins at Sunset behind Beachside Community Center. FREE. 270-7205 MWRAug. 17: Outdoor MoviesJourney 2The Mysterious Island (PG13). Film begins at Sunset behind Beachside Community Center. FREE. 270-7205 Aug. 24: Outdoor MoviesPirates: Band of Misfits (PG) Film begins at Sunset behind Beachside Community Center. FREE. 270-7205 Aug. 31: Outdoor MoviesThe Avengers (PG-13) Film begins at Sunset behind Beachside Community Center. FREE. 270-7205 KIDThe 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. Aug. 17: St. Johns Town Center Shopping. Van departs 5 p.m. Transportation only. FREE Aug. 17: Outdoor MoviesJourney 2The Mysterious Island (PG13) Film begins at Sunset behind Beachside Community Center. FREE. 270-7205 Aug. 18: Liberty LockIn. Begins at 11:30 p.m. at the Liberty Center. Come for snacks, games, and more as we stay open all night! Aug. 19: Paintball. Van departs Liberty Center at 9 a.m. Cost $5 (includes paintballs, gear and transportation) Sign-up dead line Aug. 16. Aug. 20: Mayport 500 Pinewood Derby. 8 p.m. at the Liberty Center. Put you car to the test in the Mayport 500. Aug. 20: Mens Summer Basketball Begins Season ends Oct. 18. 270-5451 Aug. 21: 7v7 Fall Soccer Organizational Meeting 11 a.m. at the Gym. 270-5451. Aug. 21: Chess Tournament. 6 p.m. at Liberty Center. Aug. 22: All-Hands Steak Night. 4-7 p.m. at Focsle CPO Club. Cost is $10 per person. Purchase tickets in advance; lim ited tickets available at the door. Sponsored by the NS Mayport CPO Selectees. For tickets, call (904) 270-5431. Aug. 23: Hooter Dinner Trip. Van departs 5 p.m. Transportation Only. Aug. 24: Dusk til Dawn Softball Tournament. Sign up by Aug. 16. 2705451 Aug 24: Shiver Me Timbers Party. 9 p.m. at Castaways Lounge. Featuring Rock Band LIFT. Come dressed in your best pirate costume. Prizes for best costume, most original and best couple. Food, giveaways, Open Mic with band, beverage specials and more. 270-7205 Aug. 24: Outdoor MoviesPirates: Band of Misfits (PG) Film begins at Sunset behind Beachside Community Center. FREE. 270-7205 Aug. 25: Wet n Wild Water Park. Van departs 7 a.m. Cost $20. Sign-up deadline Aug. 19. Aug. 29: Movie Trip. Van departs 5 p.m. Transportation Only. FREE Aug. 30: Jacksonville Jaguars vs. Atlanta Falcon Football. Van departs 5:30 p.m. Cost $8. Aug 31: Pool Tournament. 6 p.m. at Liberty Center. Aug. 31: Outdoor MoviesThe Avengers (PG-13) Film begins at Sunset behind Beachside Community Center. FREE. 270-7205 LIBERTY Did You Know?Symptoms of DiabetesIf you notice one or more of the following symtoms, see a doctor immediately: Extreme thirst Frequent urination Drowsiness, lethargy Sugar in urine Sudden vision changes Increased appetite Sudden weight loss Fruity, sweet, or wine-like odor on breath Heavy, labored breathing Stupor, unconsciousness To learn more, call 800.533.CURE or visit jdrf.org.A CFC participant. Provided as a public service. 12 THE MIRROR, NS MAYPORT, Thursday, August 16, 2012

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SERMC Conducts Assessments, Repairs On RGBCommander, Navy Regional Maintenance Center Public AffairsThe Navys Southeast Regional Maintenance Center (SERMC) locat ed in Mayport, Fla. per formed a Total Ship Readiness Assessment (TSRA) on the USS Robert G. Bradley (FFG 49) in preparation for the ships Inspection and Survey (INSURV) scheduled for July 30-Aug. 2. During the TSRA event, SERMC identified and assisted ships force in working nearly 900 jobs. Typically, these jobs would be given to ships force to write ship main tenance forms known as 2-Kilo reports, which they would then use to plan, document and perform the work themselves. Rather than handing over the immense num ber of jobs identified during the TSRA for ships force to work, we decided to partner with them and provide the support of our TSRA and maintenance assist teams (MATs), said SERMCs Commanding Officer, Capt. Ronald Cook. Our work on the USS Robert G. Bradley is a great display of sail ors helping sailors, said Cook. TSRA is designed to assess shipboard systems and provides the opportunity for those problems to be remedied prior to the INSURV. The purpose of an INSURV is to inspect and assess the material condition of U.S. Navy vessels. These inspections are conducted on all Navy ships to ensure each is properly equipped, reli able and mission ready. Our TSRA and MAT teams look at many of the same systems during their assessments, so we took this opportunity to work together and leverage off one other, said SERMCs Production Shop Department Head, Pat Shepler. Our engineering department conducted the ships TSRA event, and though they have a great depth of knowledge of the ships systems and equipment they didnt, in many cases, have the time and manpower to conduct repairs during their find ings. This work presented us with a perfect opportunity to pull in the Sailors from our MATs and from ships force, all of whom have a basic understanding of these systems and equipment, and place them under the guidance of the TSRA team. This helped all of the Sailors learn from our techs at the RMC, while providing the manpower and muscle needed to get the ships discrepancies corrected, said Shepler. This particular event illustrates the value of TSRA in supporting INSURV preparations, said Commander, Navy Regional Maintenance Center (CNRMC) Rear Adm. David Gale. It is important for all COs to understand that, under the Surface Force Readiness Manual con struct, there are five phases to TSRA, said Gale. These phases are integrated with Type Commander and Afloat Training Group Readiness Evaluation events (READ-E). Each TSRA event is designed to sup port the ship during dif ferent phases of mainte nance planning and Fleet Response Plan (FRP) training, deployment and sustainment, said Gale. TSRA 1 is conducted prior availability and deployment. This phase helps prepare ships for upcoming major main tenance availabilities by accomplishing technical ly mandated life cycle material assessments. TSRA 2 is also conducted prior to an availabil ity, but is conducted after the ships deployment. This phase is integrated with READ-E to evaluate the condition of a ships mechanical, electrical and Command, Control, Communications, Computers, Collaboration, and Intelligence (C5I) equip ment to minimize growth/new work discov ery in availability. TSRA 3 takes place during availability, at which time tanks and voids are assessed, along with other areas that are only assessable during a Chief of Naval Operations availability. TSRA 4 is conducted after an availability, prior to the basic phase (xx), and is integrated with READ-E 5. During phase 4, assessments of hull, mechanical and electri cal equipment and C5I systems are completed to ensure that ship is materially ready to exit mainte nance phase of the FRP to prepare the ship to enter basic phase training. TSRA 5/Ballistic Missile Defense Readiness Assessment (BMDRA) is completed prior to deployment in order to assess C5I systems and ensure readiness for deployment. In addi tion to conducting a TSRA event, SERMC also conducted eight MATs recently that helped train SERMC and ships force Sailors to repair the ship board equipment. Those teams include the auxiliary maintenance assist team; valve main tenance assist team; deck maintenance assist team, gas turbine maintenance assist team, watertight door maintenance assist team, electric motor-con trollers and circuit break ers maintenance assist team, rigid hull inflatable boat maintenance assist team, and gunnery equipment maintenance assist team. There is an extensive amount of planning, hard work, and long hours that goes into a ships prepa rations for INSURV, said Gale. INSURVs are extreme ly challenging for ships force, and can be equally demanding for the RMC. Im very proud of the way SERMC and the leader ship and crew of the USS Robert G. Bradley have partnered in these weeks and months leading up to their INSURV to prepare for a successful inspec tion, said Gale. For their INSURV preps, SERMC and USS Robert G. Bradley prepared the main engines and drive train for full power and steering checks, groomed Close-in Weapons Systems and 25mm chain guns to ensure they would be ready for demonstra tion. The teams also assessed and prepared the ships auxiliary sys tems, such as air condi tioning plants, refrig eration plants, and deck machinery for material checks. Additionally, the teams cleaned and inspected more than 100 motor controllers, repaired doz ens of darken ship light switches, and repaired and inspected more than 90 watertight doors, hatches, and main and secondary drainage sys tems. Every space and every system is inspected for material condition dur ing INSURV, which is why we reached out to support every work center on the ship, said Shepler. This kind of training can only be done in this type of an environment, where real life, real-time problems are discovered, identified and corrected, said Shepler. And in the end, everybody wins. SERMC CWO Promoted -Photo courtesy of SERMCSERMC Executive Officer Capt. Pierre Fuller, left, and SERMC Commanding Officer, Capt. Ronald Cook, right congratulate CWO5 Deborah Eady, Code 920 Production Officer, for her promotion to CWO5 on Aug. 1. Chief Warrant Officer Community sup ports the war-fighting capability and readiness of Naval Forces through leadership, technical proficiency, and experience. The Chief Warrant Officer program is the primary manpower source for technically specific billets not best suited for traditional Unrestricted Line, Restricted Line or Staff Corps career path Officers. Using critical enlisted experience, CWOs are committed to the continuous leadership, improvement, training and mentoring of Sailors. Saturday, Aug. 18 Join a park ranger at 2 p.m. and discover the importance of estuarine systems that surround the inshore sides of bar rier islands like those of the Talbot Islands State Parks complex. This ranger-guided hike along the salt marsh will help point out why these areas are one of the most produc tive ecosystems on Earth, the many roles the salt marsh plays, the plant and animal life found in this natural community, and the impacts humans have on this system. This program will take place at the Ribault Club on Fort George Island Cultural State Park. No reserva tions are necessary and the program is free. The City of Atlantic Beach will show Dolphin Tale as its first sum mer Twilight Movie in the Park. Based on true events, this family film is about Winter, a young dolphin who loses her tail in a crab trap, and Sawyer, the reserved 11-year-old boy who befriends her. Sawyer meets the rescued dolphin at the Clearwater Marine Aquarium, a marine rehabilitation center where she lives. Sawyer rallies friends and family alike to save Winter and enlists a pioneering doctor to create a unique prosthetic appendage to restore the dolphins ability to swim. Admission is free and open to the public, so bring your blankets, lawn chairs, and snacks. The film is being shown at Jack Russell Park, 800 Seminole Rd, Atlantic Beach. Adults are asked to accompany children. Free refreshments and fun for kids of all ages begins at 7 p.m. with the movie showing at twilight. Visit the AB website for special events page for upcoming events atwww.coab.us/ events. Sunday, Aug. 19 Christ United Methodist Church will be hosting a back to school celebration for all chil dren of the community from 11:30 a.m. Please join us for fun, food, games and giveaways as we bid farewell to sum mer and hello to a new school year. For more information, please con tact the church office at 249-5370 or Hanna Thomas, Childrens Ministry Leader, at thom wacky@aol.com. Christ UMC Wilson Hall, 400 Penman Road, Neptune Beach. Saturday, Aug. 25 Join a park ranger at 2 p.m. to learn about the many common species that inhabit the natural communities of the undeveloped barrier islands of northeast Florida. This program will take place at the Ribault Club on Fort George Island Cultural State Park. No reserva tions are necessary and the program is free. Tijuana Flats is cel ebrating summers end with the 48th annual Summer Beach Run and its unforgettable postrace celebration at 7 p.m. at Jacksonville Beach Seawalk Pavilion, 1st St. N, Jacksonville Beach. This family-friendly event will benefit the restaurants Just In Queso Foundation, which pro vides aid to individu als, communities and organizations in need. Participants will not cross the finish line emptyhanded. Directly after the race, runners will be treated to free food provided by Tijuana Flats, beer and live music. This event is the perfect opportunity to bring friends and families together to help the community, have fun and stay fit. The event includes both a five mile and a one mile fun run with a por tion of the proceeds from the race benefiting the Just in Queso Foundation. To sign-up or for more information about the event, visit http:// www.1stplacesports. Start Your Own Vegetables from Seed Lecture and Hands-on: Take home your own planted tray at Duval County Extension Office 1010 N. McDuff Ave. from 9:30 a.m.-noon. Cost is $15. Pre-registration and pre-payment is required, please contact Jeannie Crosby at 255-7450. Make checks payable to: DCOHAC and mail to: Duval County Extension Office, Attention: Jeannie. Operation: Mmilitary Kids will host an end of the summer family event at Adventure Landing, 1944 Beach Blvd, Jacksonville Beach, 32250. The event will be held from 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. Each ticket includes all day access to Shipwreck Island Water Park, three additional activities and lunch for $31. Sign up, register and pay on-line at http://omkadventure landingday-eorg.event brite.com/ to get this great price. This is NOT a drop-off camp, it is a family event and all youth must be accompanied by adults. There will be NO chaperones provided.Out in Town FFSC Mayport Works To Help 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. Aug. 16, 9 a.m.-noon, 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. Aug. 20-23, 8 a.m.4 p.m., TAP Separatee Workshop Building 1, Room 1616 Aug. 22, 11-12:40 p.m., Car Buying Strategies FFSC Room 702 Aug. 22, 3-4:30 p.m., Managing Anger Group FFSC Room 702 Aug. 23, 9 a.m.-noon, 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. Aug. 27, 1-4 p.m., Relationship Communication FFSC Room 702 Aug. 28, 6-8 p.m., Ombudsman Assembly Building 1, Room 104 Aug. 29, 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Raising Financially Fit Kids, FFSC Room 702 Aug. 29, 3-4:30 p.m., Managing Anger Group FFSC Room 702 Aug. 30, 9 a.m.-noon, 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. THE MIRROR NS MAYPORT, Thursday, August 16, 2012 13