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Check us out Online! mayportmirror.com First Lady Obama Talks Joining Forces With Service Members, Vets, SpousesAmerican Forces Press ServiceThe White House initiative to hire veterans and military spouses has sur passed its goals, having led to the hiring or train ing of more than 125,000 veterans and spouses in the past year, First Lady Michelle Obama announced during a visit to Naval Station Mayport on Aug. 22. Speaking to Sailors and their families at Naval Station Mayport in Jacksonville, Fla., the first lady said 2,000 compa nies have hired 125,000 employees through their pledges to the Joining Forces campaign, and, of those, 140 employers have hired 28,000 military spouses. Thats 125,000 people who are providing for their families, contribut ing to our economy and serving the country they love, Obama said. The first lady said she has a clear message to troops, spouses and vet erans: When you fin ish your service to your nation, youve got 2,000 great companies waiting to bring you on board. These companies are not just making these com mitments because its the right thing to do, which it is, but because its the right thing for their bot tom line. Obama said shes heard a thousand times over from heads of companies who say veterans and military spouses are their best employees. CNP Addresses Changes To Personnel PoliciesFrom Chief of Naval Personnel Public AffairsAs part of an effort to inform the fleet of key personnel policies, the chief of naval personnel held sev eral all hands calls at Naval Station Mayport and Naval Air Station Jacksonville Aug. 22-23. During his visit to the region, Vice Adm. Scott R. Van Buskirk spoke with Navy leaders and Sailors about Navys force management initiatives, efforts to improve sea duty man ning, and 21st Century Sailor and Marine programs. We continue to focus on Warfighting First we Operate Forward and will continue to Be Ready to meet the nations call, said Van Buskirk to the audience of Sailors. To meet these tenets, our people must be deployable, assign able and distributable. Our work is vitally important and I am so very proud of you, our Sailors who con tinue to make this all happen. Van Buskirk also discussed how the Navy is addressing the ongo ing challenge of filling sea duty gaps following the FY12 Enlisted Retention Board, which reduced overmanning in ratings throughout the Fleet. According to Van Buskirk, the majority of gaps at sea are due to challenges in filling under manned ratings and Sailors on lim ited duty, operational deferment, and in training and transit. Manning the Fleet is our high est priority, and we must continue to provide our Fleet with qualified, -Photo by MC2 Sunday SawyerVice Adm. Scott R. Van Buskirk, Chief of Naval Personnel, speaks to Sailors at Naval Station Mayport during an all-hands call. Van Buskirk is touring naval bases to inform Sailors of the future direction of the U.S. Navy. See Initiative, Page 13 See CNP, Page 13 -Photo by MC1 Toiete JacksonFirst Lady Michelle Obama announces new hiring commitments by the private sector as well as major accomplishments of the Joining Forces initiative during her speech at Naval Station Mayport. First Lady Michelle Obama and Dr. Jill Biden created Joining Forces to bring Americans together to recognize, honor and take action to support veterans and mili tary families as they serve our country and throughout their lives. Cupcake Wars At ExchangeFrom NEXMayport Navy Exchange is encourag ing Commands, Petty Officer Associations and family readi ness groups to get in the kitchen and come out with their best cupcakes for the 2nd annual Cupcake Wars on Sept. 7. Judging will begin at 11 a.m. Last years winner was USS Farragut. After the judging, all baked goods will be on sale to customers with proceeds going to the Commands Recreation commit tees.Wounded Warrior Holds 8K RunFrom WWPJoin Wounded Warrior Project (WWP) for the WWP 8K Run in Jacksonville on Saturday, Sept. 8. Activities begin at 7 a.m. and a race start time of 9 a.m. at the Jacksonville Landing to help honor and empower our nations Wounded Warriors. Race proceeds sup port the free programs WWP offers wounded service members. Advance registration is $25 and each runner must raise a minimum of $99. Visit the event website to register, woundedwarriorpro ject.org.

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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.School has started. Have those homework battles begun? Avoid those nasty battles with five strategies to help your children get the most out of their study time. Each strategy begins with a question about your child. Your answer should help you to identify your childs overall strengths and weaknesses when it comes to studying. Getting Started: Does your child dive right in or get stuck at the begin ning? Many children need help with planning so get them started on an assignment by breaking it into smaller parts. For example, if your child has four chapters to read, sug gest tackling one or two in the first study session. The others can be saved for later. By decreasing the initial task, it may be easier to begin. Schedule as many sessions as necessary to complete the entire assignment. Knowing that part of the assignment is already completed will make it easier for completing the overall requirement. Managing Time: Does your child manage time well? The key to time management is planning. Help your child map out study sessions in writing so the study plan is vis ible, much like a builder uses blueprints. If the school doesnt provide a planner, buy one. Then demonstrate its use! Even though it may look userfriendly to you, if you have never used one, it might be initially tricky for your child to figure out how to write in assignments or projects. Also as part of the planning, assist with finding the right time for study sessions. Does right after school work best? Maybe after a snack? After dinner? Or maybe the sessions work better as mini-sessions? Evaluate different strat egies over a couple of weeks to determine which study strategy works best. Taking Notes: When you help your child study for a test, does he have notes from class? If not, why not? Trying to write word-for-word transcrip tions in class is nearly impossible. Some stu dents even those in high school still have trouble copying notes from the board, an overhead, or a power point. Suggest focusing on getting the key words and/or ideas down on paper. Then that night at home, encourage rewriting the notes and filling in the details that are still fresh from the lec ture or class that day. This has the added benefit of looking at those notes a second time. Organizing Study: Is your child the organized type? If not, color-coded folders for each subject may provide some organi zation. Notes, handouts, classwork, and returned tests will go into that subjects folder so study time will not be taken up with looking for all the infor mation needed to study. But when it is time to study, where does your child study? Some chil dren do better in a com mon area like the kitch en table so that help is readily available. Other children like a quiet spot away from the hustle and bustle of family life. It is important to have a des ignated place and have at that place the materi als needed for most types of studying: highlight ers, note cards, sticky notes, pens, pencils, pen cil sharpener, notebook paper, a dictionary, and maybe a thesaurus. So now you that know where your child stud ies, ask how does your child study? Does he go over the questions at the end of each chapter the test will cover? Does he check out those high lighted boxes in his text that might be called Important Points or Keys to Understanding? What does he do with his class notes? Check out this next section on Reviewing the Material for a better understanding of how to use class notes as a study guide. Reviewing the Material: Does your child avoid reviewing course material until right before a test? Bad idea! Reviewing is one of the most important study skills! Each night prior to starting on that nights homework, your child should review what was done in class that day. He should look over his notes to fill in any blanks, correct misspellings, and highlight the main ideas of the lesson. Or if your child tells you there is no homework in a class for that night, then empha size that the review of the days lesson IS tonights homework. The next step is to review at regular intervals daily, weekly, every couple of weeks all of the material that is being covered, paying special attention to all the material that he has high lighted in his notes. Then when it is test time, the material is fresh! Getting Expert Help: Go to www.tutor.com/ military to get a profes sional tutor to help with math, science, social studies, and English from elementary through high school. These tutors are screened, certified, and background-checked. They only work with one student at a time. No exceptions. The tutor will make sure that your child understands the mate rial whether it is a single homework problem in 5th grade math, a unit test in social studies, or a quar ter exam in 18th Century British lit. Remind your child that getting the most out of a study session will bring many rewards, including more time for other activi ties, greater confidence, and better grades. Judy Cromartie is the School Liaison Officer for NS Mayport. If you have questions about this arti cle or concerns about an educational issue impact ing your child, she can be reached via email at Judith.cromartie@navy. mil or by phone at (904) 270-6289 X1305 [office] or (904) 993-5860 [cell]. Or you can schedule a meet ing with her in her office in Building One.Avoiding The Homework BattlesJudy Cromartie School Liaison Officer KnowingMCPON Sends Labor Day MessageSpecial Master Chief Petty Officer of the Navy (SS/SW) Rick D. WestMaster Chief Petty Officer of the Navy (MCPON)(SS/SW) Rick D. West released the fol lowing Labor Day message to the Fleet Aug. 27. Shipmates and Navy fami lies, For 130 years, our great nation has celebrated Labor Day, the workingmens holi day as it was referred to in the 1800s. Labor Day is, in fact, a celebration of the social and economic achievements of American workers; those work ers whose drive, determination and relentless strength made our nation into what it is today, and those who continue on their path. Labor Day weekend is also seen as the last hooyah before the end of summer ... a long weekend filled with various out door activities or one final road trip with the kids before school starts. Whatever your Labor Day plans happen to involve, be sure your holiday weekend includes risk management and preventive measures so it ends on a safe and positive note. In 2011, between Memorial Day and Labor Day, 16 Sailors lost their lives. One in an ATV wreck; two drowned; one dur ing recreational activities; five in four-wheeled motor vehicles; and seven on motorcycles. This year we have lost 15 Sailors in similar mishaps. Lets not see the number rise this Labor Day weekend. You and your families are important to the Navy and the loss of just one trained and ready Sailor or family member is unacceptable, and in most cases preventable with proper planning. As you enjoy time off with family and friends this holiday weekend, keep in mind our Shipmates who are deployed and in harms way. Their labor of keeping the watch for the safety and security of our nation is one we all share. Its because of you that Americans can enjoy the freedoms and liberties we all hold so dearly. Thank you, Shipmates, for your continued service and dedication to our great Navy and nation. Stay focused; stay alert; stay safe and lets bring this summer to a close with zero fatalities or injuries. Enjoy your Labor Day week end and Hooyah! Very Respectfully, MCPON Shipmates, Big thanks to the Mayport team for the hard work and semper gumby last week during the visit by the First Lady, Michelle Obama. Our base services, security, MWR and PAO rolled up their sleeves for a flawless visit. Special thanks to our XO Cmdr. Pat Pickard, (hardest working man in Mayport) for his lead ership and detailed execution of this highly visible event. Well done to all! The First Ladys message emphasizes the importance of services provided by Fleet and Family Support Center to our sepa rating and retiring shipmates, as well as their families. Speaking of well done..great job to everyone who had a hand in making the 10th annual PANAMAX 2012 exer cise the success that it was. Military and security forces from the United States and 16 partner nations took part in the nearly two-week round of intense simu lated training here, and those involved shared unique and invaluable skills in a real world scenario. Hopefully some of you took the time to meet some of your counterparts, and shared some of the camaraderie that was seen throughout the base. Huge event and excellent train ing. Although Tropical Storm Isaac didnt cross our path, its a solid reminder that we need to stay prepared. Have an evacuation plan and make sure all your important documents and papers are in a grab and go box in case you need to evacuate. If you dont have a plan now, you could be scrambling. We are not out of hurricane season for another couple of months, and anything can happen. For 130 years, our great nation has cel ebrated Labor Day, the workingmens holiday as it was referred to in the 1800s. Labor Day is, in fact, a celebra tion of the social and economic achievements of American workers; those work ers whose drive, determination and relentless strength made our nation into what it is today, and those who continue on their path. Labor Day weekend right around the corner and marks the end of summer. The long weekend for many will mean travel and various other out door activities. BE SAFE and make sure your time off includes risk management and preventive measures so it ends on a safe and positive note. In 2011, between Memorial Day and Labor Day, 16 Sailors lost their lives. One in an ATV wreck; two drowned; one during recreational activities; five in four-wheeled motor vehicles; and seven on motorcycles. This year we have lost 15 Sailors in similar mishaps. ALL OF YOU are a vital part of this team and the loss of just one trained and ready Sailor or family member is something we just cannot have. I would rather get a call about a Sailor who needed and extra day of leave to get back to the base safe, then a call from the chaplain reporting a senseless death. Fair winds to our game warden Art Burt as he retires after 52 years of honor able government service. His love of the outdoors, sea turtles and wildlife will be missed. Hats off to you Art, and enjoy retirement! Thanks to each of you for bringing your hard work and professionalism each day through our gates. Be safe, and keep sending those sug gestions to the COs suggestion box or email them at douglas.cochrane@navy. milCapt. Doug Cochrane CAPTAINSMayport Chapel Programs BeginFrom Mayport ChapelNaval Station Mayport Chapel is registering now for its FY 12/13 Religious Education programs. Both the Protestant Sunday School and Catholic Religious Education will have their first classes on Sunday, Sept. 9. Protestant Sunday School has classes for elementary age through adult. Classes are held each Sunday at 9:15 a.m. Protestant worship follows at 10:30 a.m. with Childrens Church the 2nd thru 4th Sundays. Catholic religious education has classes for Pre-K through Confirmation. There is also a RCIA class for inquirers as well as an adult bible study group. All classes are held each Sunday at 10:30 a.m. You may register for either program by contacting the Director of Religious Education, Alline Zwarycz, either before or after Sunday worship services or by contacting the chapel during regular working hours Monday thru Friday at 270-5212. 2 THE MIRROR NS MAYPORT, Thursday, August 30, 2012

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Wildlife Officer Retires After 52 YearsFrom StaffNaval Station Mayport is bidding fair winds and following seas to a pil lar of the base Security department this week as Wildlife Officer Art Burt prepares to retire after 52 years of combined naval service. Burt started his career with the Navy at Naval Station Mayport when he hitchhiked up from his hometown of Orlando, Fla., to enlist at just 17 years old in 1959. He came out of boot camp as a Culinary Specialist, cross rated to Boatswains Mate and then Signalman before converting to Master-atArms (MA) and making chief petty officer. Burt was one of the first MAs in the Navy, graduat ing with honors from the second class to attend MA school. He retired from active duty in 1979 off of USS Manley (DD 940) and spent the next two years as owner/operator of the Dunkin Donuts on Beach Boulevard. But the call of the U.S. Navy came again. Burt sold the donut shop and returned to NS Mayport in 1981 as a patrolman with Base Security. In 1983, he attended a patrol drug dog handler course and established the military working dog kennels at Mayport. In fact, Burt was one of only three civilian kennel masters in the Navy. He stayed in that posi tion for 14 years before assuming the position of Fish and Wildlife Officer for the base. Thats what Ive been ever since, he said. During his tenure, Burt has become one of the most recognizable faces of Mayport. He estab lished a robust sea tur tle protection program, toured schools and youth activities centers to edu cate children about area fish and wildlife and enforcing the federal laws and regulation. Burt said his retirement plans include camping in his pull-behind camper and visiting his children, grandchildren and two great-grandchildren with his wife, Sharon. -U.S. Navy PhotoNaval Station Mayport Wildlife Officer Art Burt receives his 50-year pin from NS Mayport Executive Officer, Cmdr. Pat Pickard, earlier this year. Burt is retiring this month after 52 years of combined naval service.Friday, Sept. 7 Christ United Methodist Church Neptune Beach will host our annual Fall Rummage Sale on Sept. 7-8 from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. at the Church at 400 Penman Road. Come join us to search for your special treasures! For information, please con tact the church office at 249-5370 Saturday, Sept. 8 Join Wounded Warrior ProjectTM(WWP) for the WWP 8K Run in Jacksonville. Activities begin at 7 a.m. and a race start time of 9 a.m. at the Jacksonville Landing. Advance registration is $25 (includes race day number, timing, and post-race festivities) and each runner must raise a minimum of $99. Top finisher awards and additional race-day options are available. Visit http:// www.woundedwarrior project.org/wwp-8k-runs. aspx to register. Christ United Methodist Church Neptune Beach will host our annual Fall Rummage Sale from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. at the Church at 400 Penman Road. Come join us to search for your spe cial treasures! For infor mation, please contact the church office at 2495370 Want to find out how to lawn bowl or play bocce ball? Join a ranger at 2 p.m. on the green to learn about these fun outdoor games. This program will take place at the Ribault Club on Fort George Island Cultural State Park. No reservations are nec essary and the program is free. Saturday, Sept. 15 An Eating and Growing Seasonably Workshop; a food demo/ sampling using seasonal produce and learn to grow warm season veg etables will be held at Duval County Extension Office, 1010 N. McDuff Ave. 32254, from 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Cost is $10 with pre-registra tion and pre-payment being required. A tour of the Canning Center will be offered at the end of this class. Please con tact Jeannie Crosby at 255-7450. Make checks payable to: DCOHAC and mail to: Duval County Extension Office, Attention: Jeannie. Please call Jeannie to register, 255-7450. Find out from a park ranger at 2 p.m. what a gopher is, where they live and why they are so important. This pro gram will take place at the Ribault Club on Fort George Island Cultural State Park. No reserva tions are necessary and the program is free. Saturday, Sept. 22 Join a park ranger at 2 p.m. for an adventur ous hike to discover the islands wondrous wild flowers. Participants are encouraged to bring bug spray and bottled water. This program will take place at the Ribault Club on Fort George Island Cultural State Park. Out in Town THE MIRROR NS MAYPORT, Thursday, August 30, 2012 3

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4 THE MIRROR NS MAYPORT, Thursday, August 30, 2012 USS Underwood, Carr Resupply At Sea With USNS SacagaweaSouthern Seas 2012 Public AffairsThe Oliver Hazard Perryclass guided-missile frigates USS Underwood (FFG 36) and USS Carr (FFG 52) took part in an underway replenishment (UNREP) at sea with the supply ship USNS Sacagawea (T-AKE 2), Aug. 20. The evolution included refueling by suspended lines and a vertical replenishment (VERTEP) utiliz ing an SH-60B Sea Hawk helicopter assigned to Helicopter AntiSubmarine Squadron Light (HSL) 48 Detachment 2 stationed aboard Carr. Underwood took on approxi mately 120,000 gallons of fuel oil and 14,000 gallons of JP-5 (jet fuel) from Sacagawea in an evolution that took two hours to complete. We were running low on fuel and needed it badly, said Senior Chief Gas Turbine System Technician William Schmelling, the senior enlisted mechanic aboard Underwood. Evolutions like these take a while and require a lot of planning to ensure it goes smooth ly. The whole crew is involved and without them we cant complete the refueling. Underwood also received 23 pallets of various supplies such as equipment parts, food, and mail during the resupply process. I am always happy when I can do my job and get the sup plies that everyone ordered to the ship, Logistics Specialist 2nd Class Jeremy Cole on Underwood said. The best thing is that we received -Photo by MC3 Frank J. PikulSeaman (SW) Aaron Drendel holds a line as USS Underwood (FFG 36) launches a rigid-hull inflatable boat to conduct a parts exchange with USS Carr (FFG 52). -Photo by MC2 Stuart PhillipsBoatswain's Mate Seaman Elleston Taylor (left) trains by mimicking Boatswain's Mate 2nd Class (SW) Joshua Singleton as he acts as the landing signalman enlisted (LSE) during a functional check flight of an SH-60B Sea Hawk helicopter assigned to HSL-48 on the flight deck of USS Underwood (FFG 36). -Photo by MC2 Stuart PhillipsBoatswain's Mate 1st Class (SW) Dmitry Spiridinov looks on during a functional check flight of an SH-60B Sea Hawk helicopter assigned to the Vipers of HSL-48 USS Underwood (FFG 36). -Photo by MC3 Frank J. PikulSailors fire M9 pistols during a small arms qualification on the flight deck of USS Underwood (FFG 36). -Photo by MC2 Stuart PhillipsLt. Dustin Schultz fires an M9 pistol during a live-fire exercise aboard USS Underwood (FFG 36). -Photo by MC2 Stuart PhillipsFire Controlman 1st Class (SW) Dennis Fairbanks tightens a strap on the close-in weap ons system (CIWS) before a live-fire exercise aboard USS Underwood (FFG 36). -Photo by MC3 Frank J. PikulFire Controlman 1st Class (SW) Dennis Fairbanks opens the radar guidance box on the close in weapons system (CIWS) aboard USS Underwood (FFG 36) to conduct routine maintenance. -Photo by MC2 Stuart PhillipsThe Oliver Hazard Perry-class guided-missile frigate USS Underwood (FFG 36) receives a refueling hose during a replenishment-at-sea with USNS Sacagawea (T-AKE 2). Underwood is deployed to Central and South America and the Caribbean in support of Southern Seas 2012.

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THE MIRROR NS MAYPORT, Thursday, August 30, 2012 5 mail and that is an impor tant boost for the morale of the crew. Every member of the crew was motivated to help and they always come together to help each other out for the greater good of the ship, Underwood Command Master Chief Michael P. Bates said. After the comple tion of the resupply at sea, a U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Office of Air and Marine (OAM) P-3, operating out of National Air Security Operations CenterJacksonville (NASOCJAX), air dropped a sealed capsule containing mis sion essential parts for the air detachment assigned to HSL 48 Detachment 3 stationed aboard Underwood. It was interesting to see a P-3 that close and I hope that the part will do the trick to fix the heli copter, said Operations Specialist Seaman Recruit Aaron Smith, a junior enlisted Sailor aboard Underwood. I have the best job in the world because I get to see things most people dont ever get to see in their lives. Underwood Sailors used a rigid-hull inflat able boat (RHIB) to recover the capsule from the sea and returned to Underwood. We were manned and ready to go as soon as the aircraft was in the area, said Gas Turbine System Technician Brian Stankowitz, one of the search and rescue swim mers and members of the RHIB team aboard Underwood. I think we definitely accomplished our mission today from start to finish and I am proud to serve with a ded icated crew like this one. -Photo by MC3 Frank J. PikulSeaman Kaala Morrison uses a pneumatic sander while conducting routine maintenance on the main deck of USS Underwood (FFG 36). -Photo by MC2 Stuart PhillipsSeaman (SW) Everett Harper chips paint from a hatch aboard USS Underwood (FFG 36). -Photo by MC2 Stuart PhillipsSeaman Ka'ala Morrison paints a cleat aboard USS Underwood.-Photo by MC2 Stuart PhillipsSeaman (SW) Aaron Drendel acts as the sound-powered phone talker on the foc'sle as the Oliver Hazard Perry-class guided-missile frigate USS Underwood (FFG 36) anchors in Cartagena, Colombia. Underwood is deployed to Central and South America and the Caribbean in support of Southern Seas 2012. -Photo by MC3 Frank J. PikulLogistics Specialist Seaman Michael Spears carries chocks and chains across the flight deck of the Oliver Hazard Perry-class guided-missile frigate USS Underwood (FFG 36) during the launch of an SH-60B Sea Hawk helicopter assigned to HSL-48. -Photo by MC2 Stuart PhillipsSeaman Jonathan Howard (center) displays a fuel sample for visual inspection to pilot Lt. Richard Kroeger (left) during a "hot pump" and functional check flight of an SH-60B Sea Hawk helicopter assigned to HSL-48 on the flight deck of the Oliver Hazard Perryclass guided-missile frigate USS Underwood (FFG 36). -Photo by MC2 Stuart PhillipsSeaman (SW) Francis Mliswa uses the "big eyes" to search for contacts while standing the forward lookout watch aboard USS Underwood (FFG 36). -Photo by MC2 Stuart PhillipsQuartermaster 3rd Class David Collins plots naviga tional aids in the pilothouse aboard USS Underwood (FFG 36). From Page 4

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Helicopter Pilot Makes Permanent Bond With USS Farragut, Surface NavyUSS FarragutLt.j.g. Pete Mooney has been going to air shows since he was a kid. His father was an Air Force pilot; his brother and sister fly planes, so it comes as no surprise that Mooney would become a pilot too. Theres a feeling I get whenever I go near anything that flies, com mented Mooney, a heli copter pilot with the Vipers of Helicopter Anti-Submarine Light Squadron (HSL) 48. Theres nothing else in the world that gives me that same feeling. Mooney has been in the Navy for three years. HSL 48 is his first duty sta tion, and he is assigned to the Deadly Sinners of Detachment 7. Im guilty of being like everyone else, said Mooney. When I came in it was all about wanting to be a jet pilot. I remem ber my dads stories of the golden age of fighter jets and fighter pilots, and I wanted to be a part of that pretty badly. Lt.j.g. Mooney went through flight school, but Top Gun wasnt his call ing. Instead Mooney was assigned to a helicopter squadron. I ended up getting helicopters, and I was bummed at first, Mooney recalled. But its been an absolute perfect fit for me. Although Mooney is a Navy pilot, he has yet to earn a call sign from his squadron. I dont have a call sign yet, he proclaimed. You usually dont get one, unless you do some thing to earn one, usu ally something, not too bright. Even though Mooney hasnt earned a call sign from the squadron, he has earned a nickname aboard guided-missile destroyer USS Farragut (DDG 99). HSL 48 Detachment 7 is assigned to Farragut during their 2012-2013 deployment. Aboard Farragut he is known as Arleigh. I got the nickname, Arleigh, because I was filling out a report and I knew we were DDG 99 and I knew the flight deck class, but I didnt know what class of ship Farragut was, he said laughing. So I called the bridge, and I just asked, Hey, what kind of ship are we on? The kid that answered hesitated and then start ed telling me it was USS Farragut, DDG 99 and the flight deck category, stuff I already knew, and I got frustrated and just hung up, Mooney recalled. Well then it spread like a wildfire around the bridge, I didnt know where I was, what kind of ship this was, and when it finally came to light what happened, the answer I needed the whole time was Arleigh Burke Class. So the name Arleigh stuck. Mooney will have to endure this name for the entirety of his deploy ment on Farragut, a name he helped create. Some men may be upset about this, but Mooney just takes it in stride. I love the people here, said Mooney. This is the first Navy vessel Ive been on, and I didnt know what to expect, but the experience so far has been great. Photo by MC3 A.J. Jones Lt. j.g. Pete Mooney from the Vipers of Helicopter AntiSubmarine Light Squadron (HSL) 48 Det 7, walks across the flight deck of guided-missile destroyer USS Farragut after landing an SH-60B Seahawk. Washing Your Car Can Have ConsequencesFrom NS Mayport EnvironmentalWhen thinking about the health of our sur face waters, it should be remembered that our homes are at the head waters of our lakes, streams, and rivers. Every chemical pollutant that gets on our driveway, sidewalk, or street will be picked up in rain water and carried untreated through a series of pipes and ditches to the nearest natural water body. One residential practice that can contribute to pol lution of stormwater run off is the home car wash. But what harm can washing my car at home cause? many would ask. Part of the answer lies in the cumulative effect of the approximately 250 million vehicles registered in the United States. Even with just a small per centage of those vehicles being washed at home at any time, cumulatively the runoff from car wash ing can add significant toxicity to our waterways. Discharge from wash ing cars will carry a mix of pollutants even when using just water. The runoff contains oil, grease, brake dust, sediment, rust and other trace metals, and many other contami nants. When the variety of soaps and cleaners on the market are added to the mix, its hard to determine all the various chemicals that are being added to the runoff. Even if the water evaporates, the pollutants are not gone. Most of the pollut ants dry on paved surfac es or soil particles only to be picked up again during the next rain event. Most of the damage caused by car wash clean ers is due to chemicals known as surfactants. These chemicals make cleaners more effec tive at removing oil and grease from your vehicle and allow the cleaner to rinse off easily with water. Surfactants however are very harmful to fish. Studies have indicated that even when car wash runoff was significantly diluted, it was still very toxic to fish species. To avoid the harmful effects of washing your personal vehicle, the best practice is to do it at a pro fessional car wash facility. Often, the water used in these types of facilities is recycled. Pollutants, especially sediments, oil, and grease are normally separated out for proper disposal. Discharges from the facilities go to sanitary sewage treatment facilities for further treatment. On Naval Station Mayport, there are two car wash facilities available. One is at the Navy Exchange Gas Station on Maine Street. The other is the MWR car wash next to Bldg. 414 on Supply Street. If you do wash your vehicle elsewhere, here are some tips on minimizing the environmental impact. phosphate-free, waterbased cleaners only. turned off when not in use to conserve water and reduce runoff. absorbs water, such as gravel, or grass. This can filter water before it enters groundwater, storm drains, or creeks. Avoid washing cars on con crete or asphalt pavement unless it drains into a veg etated area. buckets into sinks or toi lets. Dont dump them on the pavement. car wash fundraiser, try developing a partnership with a commercial car wash facility, or use a safe location. Fundraiser car washes on Naval Station Mayport should be held at one of the two car wash facilities that are designed to treat the runoff. While he works to protect the country,St. Jude works to save his daughter from a deadly disease.A CFC Participant provided as a public service.800-822-6344www.stjude.orgMatt Pasco, Chief Warrant Ofcer 2 and his daughter Delilah Promoting social justice and human services since 1910Catholic Charities USAA CFC participant. Provided as a public service1-800-919-9338www.CatholicCharitiesUSA.org 6 THE MIRROR NS MAYPORT, Thursday, August 30, 2012

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Taylor Drills Helps Sailors Prepare -Photo by CTSNAnders CarterChief Fire Controlman James Iko, right, observes while Fire Controlman 3rd Class Robert Perry demonstrates his ability to operate a .50-caliber machine gun during a qualification shoot aboard guided-missile frigate USS Taylor (FFG 50). Taylor is assigned to Commander, NATO Task Force 508 supporting Operation Ocean Shield, maritime interception operations and counter-piracy missions in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility. -Photo by Lt. j.g. Jennifer GabrielCmdr. Dennis Volpe, executive officer and damage control training team leader, center, and Chief Damage Controlman David Helegda, damage control training team coordinator, right, observe Lt. j.g. Kenneth Perfido, damage control assistant, aboard guidedmissile frigate USS Taylor (FFG 50), during a toxic gas drill. THE MIRROR NS MAYPORT, Thursday, August 30, 2012 7

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CPO Selectees Tackle Beach RunNaval Air Station Jacksonville Public AffairsProspective Master Chief Petty Officer of the Navy (MCPON)(AW/ NAC) Mike Stevens joined 117 chief petty officers (CPO) and CPO selectees from Naval Air Station Jacksonville and Naval Station Mayport in the 5-mile Tijuana Flats Beach Run at Jacksonville Beach, Aug. 25. After a series of warmup exercises and singing the national anthem, the runners took off down the beach, followed by the formation of CPO select ees carrying flags and singing traditional Navy songs. They were cheered on by hundreds of fam ily members, friends and spectators who came out for the event. I came to Jacksonville to take a look at the train ing for our new CPO selectees, interact with them and meet with the leadership who are pro viding the opportunity for them to participate in this event. Im also here to run with the Jacksonville com munity and to have good time, said Stevens. As participants hit the halfway mark, the group turned around and head ed back to the finish line, coming in at a little over one hour. Stevens praised the CPO selectees for completing the run. Im impressed that the group stayed together nice job. I guess the CPO 365 program is working out pretty well, Stevens said. Its great to be an American and do some thing special and then we join the U.S. Navy and become part of something even more special. Then, a chosen few get the opportunity to be called a chief petty officer. There are about 30,000 CPOs in the United States Navy, and when you compare that to the 300-plus mil lion population of our country, you are the cho sen few and you should feel good about that. Im so very, very proud of you all coming out here tonight and to see those who will soon wear the coveted fouled anchors perform in such a mag nificent manner in front of the great citizens of Jacksonville. What a great Navy town this is, said Stevens, who also recog nized the spouses and families, thanking them for their support. After completing the run, the chief selectees gathered in formation to show their pride by recit ing the Sailors Creed, singing Anchors Aweigh and participating in some cool down stretches. -Photos by MC1 Ian W. AndersonChief Petty Officer selectees from Naval Air Station Jacksonville, Naval Station Mayport and Naval Submarine Base Kings Bay, Ga. stand in formation and pledge allegiance to the National Ensign prior to the annual 5-mile Tijuana Flats Summer Beach Run. Nearly 200 chief's and chief-selects participated in the event to build esprit de corps. Prospective Master Chief Petty Officer of the Navy (PMCPON) Michael Stevens stretch es with chief petty officer selectees before the race. Chief Petty Officer selectees stand in formation prior to the annual 5-mile Tijuana Flats Summer Beach Run. THE MIRROR NS MAYPORT, Thursday, August 30, 2012 9

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DC Training Above, Hull Maintenance Technician 1st Class Wesley Deckard from Bloomington Ind., a Surface Warfare Officer School Learning Site Mayport instructor, performs a safety brief to firefighters from First Coast Navy Fire and Emergency Services prior to entering the Damage Control Wet Trainer. Right, Damage Controlman 1st Class Benjamin Lieb and Damage Controlman 1st Class Thomas Menard, Surface Warfare Officer School Learning Site Mayport instructors, attach a hose to a portable dewatering pump during simulated flooding at a damage control wet trainer.-Photos by MC1 Ian W. Anderson Working together for stronger, healthier babies marchofdimes.com a CFC participant Provided as a public service 10 THE MIRROR NS MAYPORT, Thursday, August 30, 2012

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USS Carney Runs For CauseUSS Carney PAOTwelve Carney Sailors ran in the American Lung Associations Fight For Air Run/Walk on Aug. 18 at Metropolitan Park in Jacksonville. Several Carney Warriors placed in their age groups: Cmdr. Crossman (Carneys XO) and Electronics Technician 2nd Class (SW/AW) Rita Crosby placed first in their respective age groups, and Electronics Technician 2nd Class (SW) Justin Miller and Fire Controlman 2nd Class (SW) Eric Johnson placed third in their age group. The event was a great way for Carney Sailors to get out in the community to support a worthy cause, and the team had fun doing it. Electronics Technician 2nd Class (SW) Justin Miller, the ship coordina tor for the event, said, It was really exciting to get the command involved in this 5K and I think we will participate in more events like this in the near future. Operations Specialist 2nd Class (SW) Andrew Yelverton said this was my first 5K, and I cant wait to run in another one soon! USS Carney is in port Mayport completing a maintenance availability, and plans to be under way for Sea Trials in November in preparation for her first deployment as a Ballistic Missile Defense Destroyer in 2013. -Photo courtesy of USS CarneyTeam Carney in front of the finish line after the race.Navy Holds Tri-Base Job FairFrom FFSCNaval Station Mayport, Kings Bay SUBASE, and NAS Jacksonville Fleet and Family Support Centers (FFSC) will spon sor the Navy Tri-Base Job Fair on Wednesday, Sept. 19 from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. at the Morocco Shrine Center. Active duty, separating, retiring and retired ser vice members, military spouses, family mem bers and separated ser vice members up to 180 days after separation date are eligible to attend. Attendees are encouraged to bring several copies of their resumes and dress for interviewing. Local, state and nation al companies will be collecting resumes for numerous jobs. The fol lowing types of compa nies will be at the Job Fair: energy, defense contrac tors, government, law enforcement, financial healthcare, engineering logistics, aviation, naval ship repair, education, industrial, construction, maritime, technology, and more. The Job Fair and park ing are free. The Morocco Shrine Center is located at 3,800 St. Johns Bluff Road in the Southside of Jacksonville. For more information, call the Fleet and Family Support Center at 904270-6600 ext. 1700. A CFC participant. Provided as a public service. THE MIRROR NS MAYPORT, Thursday, August 30, 2012 11

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Aug. 31: Outdoor MoviesThe Avengers (PG-13) Film begins at Sunset behind Beachside Community Center. FREE. 270-7205 Sept. 1: Youth Bowling Program Open House. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. at Mayport Bowling Center. Bring the whole family for free bowling and hot dogs. Pre-registration for the 2012-2013 Youth Bowling Program will also be available. 270-5377. Sept. 2: End of Summer Bowling Bash. 4-7 p.m. at Mayport Bowling Center. 3 hours of summertime bowling fun with Beach Boys music, prizes, hot dogs and hamburgers for everyone and more! Cost is $10 per adult, $8 kids 4-10, Free for kids 3 and under. 270-5377 Sept. 4: Softball Begins Season ends Nov. 1. 270-5451 Sept. 5: Chicken Wednesdays. Every Wednesday, 11 a.m.-2 p.m., at Focsle Lounge. Enjoy a two-piece fried chicken plate with two sides for only $7.00. 2705431 Sept. 5: Lunchtime Bingo. Every Wednesday at 11:30 a.m. at Beachside Bingo. Two $500 payouts every week. Buy two, get one free. Still only $13.00 per pack. 270-7204 Sept. 5: 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 FY13 CPO Selectees. For tickets, contact ACC Ferrer (904) 270-7211. Sept. 7: TGIF Extreme Bowling Party. Every Friday from 4-6 p.m. at Mayport Bowling Center. Free for Active Duty; guests $5. Beer & drink specials, half-price wings, awesome music videos and light show! 270-5377 Sept. 7: Teen Base Round-Up and Pizza Party. 7-11 p.m. at the Teen Center. This is a chance for Teens to round-up any newcomers to the base to introduce them to the Teen Center and invite them to a Pizza Party. Permission slip is required to participate in the round up on base. Staff will be on hand at the Teen Center with reg istration packets and per mission slips. 246-0347 Sept. 8: Military Classic Flag Football Tournament. Sign up by Aug. 30. 270-5451 Sept. 8: Xtreme Bowling. 8-11 p.m. every Saturday at Mayport Bowling Center. $10 include 2 hours of black light bowling, shoe rental, prizes and dazzling laser light show. 270-5377 Sept. 9: NFL Sunday Ticket. Every Sunday at Noon at Castaways. Watch you favorite NFL team on one of Castaways 9 flatscreens. Drink specials throughout the day. 2707205 Sept. 10: 7v7 Fall Soccer Begins Season ends Nov. 8. 270-5451. Sept. 11: Freedom 5K Run/ 3K Walk 8:10 a.m. in front of the gym. Sept. 11: All Khaki Wings and Trivia Night. 3-7 p.m. every Tuesday at Focsle CPO Club with 40-cent wings, drink spe cials and all-you-candrink soft drinks for $1. Trivia begins at 5:30 p.m. All Khakis welcome (Chief Petty Officers, Officers and their guests). 2705431 Sept. 12: Just For Fun Wednesdays. Every Wednesday at Mayport Bowling Center. Its not about how good you bowl, its about how much fun you can have! $1 Colormania Bowling, drink specials, request your favorite music all day long and more. 270-5733 Sept. 12: Military Appreciation Day every Wednesday at Windy Harbor Golf Club.18 Holes and a Cart Only $15. Offer open to DOD, active duty, retired, and military dependents (Must provide proper ID) Sept. 14: Xtreme Bowling. 8 p.m. to Midnight every Friday at Mayport Bowling Center. $10 include 2 hours of black light bowling, shoe rental, prizes and dazzling laser light show. 270-5377 Sept. 15: ESPN College Gameday. Every Saturday at Noon at Castaways. Watch you favorite NCAA Football teams on one of Castaways 9 flat-screens. Drink specials throughout the day. 270-7205 Sept. 15: Singles Tennis Tournament. Sign up by Sept. 6. 270-5451 Sept. 21: Bingo Extravaganza. 6:30 pm at Beachside Bingo. Our first ever $25,000 one-game payout. Ten $1000 games, Ten $500 games and more. Only 225 packages available; multiple pack ages may be purchased. Advanced purchase required. 270-7204. Sept. 26: All-Hands Steak Night. 4-7 p.m. at Focsle CPO Club. Cost is $10 per person. Purchase tickets in advance; limit ed tickets available at the door. Sponsored HSM 46. For tickets, call AMC Mani Bitor (904) 270-6010 x144. Sept. 28: One Night in Mexico. 7-11 p.m. at the Teen Center. Its a fiesta! Well have a taco and nacho bar, mock-aritas, jalapeo eating contest, Spanish music and much more. 246-0347 MWRThe following activities target single or unaccom panied Sailors. For more information, call 2707788/89 or stop by the Mayport Liberty Center and pick up the month ly activity calendar with a complete listing of all upcoming Liberty events. 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 Sept. 1: Youth Bowling Program Open House. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. at Mayport Bowling Center. Bring the whole family for free bowling and hot dogs. Pre-registration for the 2012-2013 Youth Bowling Program will also be available. 270-5377. Sept. 2: End of Summer Bowling Bash. 4-7 p.m. at Mayport Bowling Center. 3 hours of summertime bowl ing fun with Beach Boys music, prizes, hot dogs and hamburgers for everyone and more! Cost is $10 per adult, $8 kids 4-10, Free for kids 3 and under. 270-5377 Sept. 2: Paintball. Van departs Liberty Center at 7:30 a.m. Cost $5 (includes paintballs, gear and transportation) Signup deadline Aug. 16. Sept. 4: Command Break-In. Look for us at the Galley for Lunch. Sept. 4: Softball Begins. Season ends Nov. 1. 270-5451 Sept. 5: Chicken Wednesdays. Every Wednesday, 11 a.m.-2 p.m., at Focsle Lounge. Enjoy a two-piece fried chicken plate with two sides for only $7.00. 2705431 Sept. 5: Lunchtime Bingo Every Wednesday at 11:30 a.m. at Beachside Bingo. Two $500 payouts every week. Buy two, get one free. Still only $13.00 per pack. 270-7204 Sept. 5: All-Hands Steak Night. 4-7 p.m. at Focsle CPO Club. Cost is $10 per person. Purchase tickets in advance; limited tickets available at the door. Sponsored by the FY13 CPO Selectees. For tickets, contact ACC Ferrer (904) 270-7211. Sept. 5: Pool Tournament. 6 p.m. at Liberty Center. Sept. 6: Bahama Breeze Dinner Trip. Van departs Liberty Center at 5 p.m. Transportation Only. Sept. 7: TGIF Extreme Bowling Party. Every Friday from 4-6 p.m. at Mayport Bowling Center. Free for Active Duty; guests $5. Beer & drink specials, half-price wings, awesome music videos and light show! 270-5377 Sept. 8: Military Classic Flag Football Tournament. Sign up by Aug. 30. 270-5451 Sept. 8: Xtreme Bowling. 8-11 p.m. every Saturday at Mayport Bowling Center. $10 include 2 hours of black light bowling, shoe rental, prizes and dazzling laser light show. 270-5377 Sept. 8: Laser Tag. 7-9 p.m. at Sea Otter Pavilion. Free. Sept. 9: St. Augustine Alligator Farm Van Departs Liberty Center 10 a.m. Cost $10. Sign up deadline Sept. 5 Sept. 9: NFL Sunday Ticket. Every Sunday at Noon at Castaways. Watch you favorite NFL team on one of Castaways 9 flatscreens. Drink specials throughout the day. 2707205 Sept. 10: 7v7 Fall Soccer Begins Season ends Nov. 8. 270-5451. Sept. 10: Manga and Comic Art Competition. All Day at the Liberty Center. We provide the supplies; you provide your creativity. Prizes awarded to the best entries. Sept. 11: Freedom 5K Run/ 3K Walk 8:10 a.m. in front of the gym. LIBERTYSept. 1: Youth Bowling Program Open House. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. at Mayport Bowling Center. Bring the whole family for free bowling and hot dogs. Pre-registration for the 2012-2013 Youth Bowling Program will also be available. 270-5377. Sept. 2: End of Summer Bowling Bash. 4-7 p.m. at Mayport Bowling Center. 3 hours of summertime bowl ing fun with Beach Boys music, prizes, hot dogs and hamburgers for everyone and more! Cost is $10 per adult, $8 kids 4-10, Free for kids 3 and under. 270-5377 Sept. 7: Teen Base Round-Up and Pizza Party. 7-11 p.m. at the Teen Center. This is a chance for Teens to round-up any newcom ers to the base to intro duce them to the Teen Center and invite them to a Pizza Party. Permission slip is required to par ticipate in the round up on base. Staff will be on hand at the Teen Center with registration pack ets and permission slips. 246-0347 Sept. 28: One Night in Mexico 7-11 p.m. at the Teen Center. Its a fiesta! Well have a taco and nacho bar, mock-aritas, jalapeo eating contest, Spanish music and much more. 246-0347 KID 12 THE MIRROR NS MAYPORT, Thursday, August 30, 2012

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THE MIRROR NS MAYPORT, Thursday, August 30, 2012 13 Unemployment still is too high for veterans and military spouses, but Joining Forces has helped to push the national vet eran unemployment rate down nearly 20 percent from a year ago, Obama said. The veteran unem ployment rate in July was 6.9 percent, compared to 8.6 percent in July 2011, Joining Forces officials said. I got the job, said Paul Andrews, a former sonar technician stationed on USS Roosevelt until March. It honestly feels like a storybook ending to me. And today I live in Houston, Texas with my wife and three young children. I didnt have to go a single day unemployed. So Joining Forces is real, he added. It has impact. It connected me with meaningful employ ment that leveraged the skills I gained during my military service. Though the initiative has exceeded its goals, Obama said, the partici pating companies have pledged to hire another 250,000 veterans and spouses, with at least 50,000 of that total being spouses. It would be understandable if these companies just stopped now and patted them selves on the back and called it a day, the first lady said. But these companies are doing just the opposite. The first lady and Dr. Jill Biden, wife of Vice President Joe Biden, start ed Joining Forces in April 2011 to rally Americans to actively support service members and their fami lies in areas of employ ment, education and well ness. A year ago, President Barack Obama asked Joining Forces to chal lenge the private sector to hire or train 100,000 veter ans and military spouses by the end of 2013. I thought this chal lenge was pretty ambi tious, the first lady, said, noting that the effort was launched with just two partner companies. Before long, compa nies all over this country had started stepping up. By April, they had hired 60,000 veterans and spouses, and by May, the number was 80,000. The federal government has made the same commit ment, and veterans and spouses made up 28 per cent of all federal hiring last year, a White House official told reporters. Also at the event, Vice Adm. Scott Van Buskirk, chief of naval personnel, said he supports Joining Forces because it has had a huge impact on Sailors, their spouses and veterans. Theyve shined a spotlight on the unique needs and strengths of military families and vet erans, he said. The Joining Forces ini tiative to make profes sional licenses portable from state to state for military spouses is near and dear to my heart, Van Buskirk said. His wife is a speech pathologist who has had to recertify mul tiple times, he explained.From Page 1Initiativeexperienced Sailors. Now that we have balanced the overmanned ratings, assigning Sailors to where we need them most is key. The recent manning policies and initiatives are intended to achieve this. We are Americas away team, and our Navy is in demand, continued Van Buskirk. With this increased demand for naval forces, there is a renewed need for prop er sea duty manning. To meet the most pressing needs of the Fleet, we have worked with Fleet Forces, Pacific Fleet and MCPON to execute short, medium and long term initiatives and policy adjustments to improve sea duty manning. In early August, Navy introduced several vol untary and involuntary measures intended to reduce gaps at sea. These include changes to detailing through the Career Management System Interactive Detailing (CMS/ID), extension of the Voluntary Sea Duty Program (VSDP), the Limited Directed Detailing Program, the Chief Petty Officer (CPO) Early Return to Sea Program, and expansion of the ratings eligible for Sea Duty Incentive Pay (SDIP). These measures aim to manning operation al units with qualified Sailors with critical skill sets, ensuring Fleet and operational readiness, said Van Buskirk. Van Buskirk also emphasized the impor tance of sea duty and the important role Sailors play in their career man agement. I highly encour age you to be proactive, speak with your chain of command, and con sider all the voluntary measures Navy has in place to pursue sea duty. Professionally, volunteer ing may offer additional training opportunities, and your demonstration of superior performance at sea is the benchmark for top evaluations and advancement. Van Buskirk also emphasized the impor tance of the 21st Century Sailor and Marine initia tive, which consolidates a set of objectives and policies, new and existing, to maximize Sailor and Marine personal readi ness, build resiliency and hone the most combateffective force in the his tory of the Department of the Navy. The 21st Century Sailor and Marine ini tiative ensures that you and your families are equipped to meet both the physical and mental challenges of our global mission, and are ready to be Sailors and Navy fami lies, said Van Buskirk. In particular, Id like to highlight the impor tance of Sexual Assault Prevention and Response as part of the 21st Century initiative, continued Van Buskirk. As shipmates, we must look out for each other and prevent harm before it occurs. Bystander intervention is key to preventing sexual assault its recognizing inappropriate, coercive and harassing behaviors, knowing when to inter vene, and then interven ing. This is important. I urge you to ask questions and get involved. It is about taking care of you, our Sailors, and about all of us taking care of one another. Van Buskirks all hands calls in Navy Region Southeast are part of a series of visits around the Fleet to inform Sailors of key personnel policies affecting their careers. From Page 1CNPFeds Feed Families Drive Ends FridayUSS Philippine SeaFor the past three months, national charity Feds Feed Families has beenreceiving donations from all over the country, and the Naval Station Mayport Chapel, which will stop receiving donations at the end of August, are hoping for more contributions before they seal the last box this week. What we have collected so far is about 4-to-5000 pounds of non-perishable goods, cal culated Operations Specialist 1st Class Jeremy Daniels, who is in charge of the advertising, col lection and the distribution of said goods. The charity, now in its 4th year, is a nationwide effort led by a collection of government agencies, including that of the Departments of Defense and Agriculture, to help all fami lies, whether they are mili tary or civilians. Its basically designed for federal employees tO come together and gather up food and take them out to the local food banks for fami lies, Daniels says of the charity. This helps replenish the food supply that gets severely dimin ished, especially in the summer months when children are out of school. The national goal of Foods Feed Families is approximately 2 million pounds, and around half of the 5000 pounds that Daniels has already collected from the local community have come from the Mayport com missary. It has a tremendous impact on the community, Daniels added. If a hundred people came in, thats a hundred cans of vegetables that we wouldnt have had before. And it doesnt just have to be food, it can be deodarant, tooth paste, any thing that can help the families out who are struggling or on the verge of being homeless. What little bit they get from those food banks helps keep them afloat until the next paycheck comes around. Donations can be dropped off at the Mayport Chapel at 350 Massey Street. -Photo by SN Matthew MuhlA Feds Feed Families donation box at the Mayport Chapel is filled with non-perishable food items waiting to be collected. The food drive will end tomorrow.Money App Puts Finances in HandAmerican Forces Press ServiceFinancial planners often talk about being smart when it comes to your finances where, when and how to save, spend, and invest your money and how to manage your credit. The ins and outs of getting and staying in good financial shape can feel like a full-time job. From buying a house to researching tax breaks to asking about lower interest rates on credit cards or auto insurance, getting smart about finances takes effort. That endeavor can be made easier, however, with a free website and app created espe cially for military members by the Better Business Bureau and McGraw Hill Companies. The consumer advocacy groups military division teamed up with the global financial information company to create militaryand money.com and its smartphone app, which is available for the iPhone and iPad. There will also soon be an Android version avail able, Brenda Linnington, director of the BBB Military Line, told me today. Linnington, wife of Army Gen. Mike Linnington, who com mands the Military District of Washington, creates curriculum for the Military Lines personal finance workshops, which are given at military bases around the country as part of the Defense Department and services financial readiness outreach. BBBs Military Line also is a partner in the Kipplinger/BBB Financial Field Manual. Linnington replaced Holly Petraeus last year as MilitaryLines director when Petraeus was appointed to head the military division of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. Both have worked to ease personal finance for service members and their families. We dont want it be laborious kind of thing, Linnington said of the website and app. They can just plug in their numbers, so they have their personal financial situation in palm of their hands. The digital aids came about after the bureau and McGraw Hill separately pledged to help Joining Forces, the campaign First Lady Michelle Obama and Second Lady Jill Biden created last year to support military fami lies, Linnington said. The cam paign fostered the partnership, merging the bureaus military financial acumen with McGraw Hills global financial reach. The website and app provide basic training in personal finance with video instruc tions on budgeting and man aging credit. They also offer an action center with a calculator for entering your own financial information to help with building savings you can set a remind er for regular installments and reducing debt. The great thing about the app is its very user-friendly, and it puts that persons financial situ ation in the palm of their hands, Linnington said They can have it with them wherever they go. The website and app can help families through the financial shift of deployments and how to ease the burden when com bat and hazard pay go away, she noted. That reunion period, as won derful as it is, especially during the honeymoon period, also is full of a lot of stressors, she said. Add in the changes to your financial situation now you have less income, your children are getting older, and becoming more expensive that can cause more stress on an already stress ful situation. The website and app are tai lored to enlisted members at the E6 level and below, Linnington said, because that is who the bureau found needs it most. Most complaints of financial problems from service members come from the E5 and E6 level, she said. Unlike junior service mem bers, they most in their mid20s are beginning to develop credit and make enough money to pay off debt and save. And they are starting families. They have more money than they had before, but they also have more expenses and theyre getting into larger purchases, she said. Changes Coming To Family Health EligibilityFrom TRICAREStarting this fall, the eli gibility requirements for the US Family Health Plan (USFHP) are changing for new enrollees. TRICARE beneficia ries who enroll in USFHP after Aug. 20, 2012 will lose their eligibility for the program when they turn 65 and be transitioned into TRICARE For Life. Under the new policy, beneficiaries 65 and older wont be able to enroll in USFHP after Aug. 20, 2012. Because the eligibility requirements are effective Oct. 1, 2012, new USFHP enrollees must submit their application by Aug. 20, to be enrolled before the requirements go into effect. All current USFHP members, including those who enroll before Aug. 20, can remain in USFHP, regardless of age, until they no longer qual ify for TRICARE coverage. However, if a beneficiary dis-enrolls from USFHP, the new rule applies if they wish to re-enroll at a later date. USFHP enrollment will remain open to eligible active duty family mem bers, qualifying surviv ing children and spouses who have not remarried, unmarried children up to age 21 or until age 23 for full-time students, retirees and their family members under the age of 65, and former adult dependent children whose sponsors status qualifies them for TRICARE Young Adult coverage. Beneficiaries can enroll at any time and coverage follows the 20th of the month rule. USFHP is a managed care TRICARE Prime option offering compre hensive coverage at a low cost to beneficiaries. Beneficiaries enrolled in USFHP receive their care at one of their health care facilities. For more infor mation on USFHP or to enroll go to www.tricare. mil/usfhp or call mem bership services at 1-800748-7347.Your Droid, Iphone Can Help With VotingFrom a Federal Voting Assistance Program News ReleaseService members, their families and U.S. citizens living overseas now have voting information at their fingertips with the Federal Voting Assistance programs new mobile website. The site provides an interface that quickly leads users to voting informa tion in an easy-toread, mobile-friend ly format. Accessible from any smartphone, the site connects voters with the latest news alerts, absentee vot ing information, state election dates, key contact information, and answers to frequently asked questions. Users also can sign up for FVAPs voting alerts. Users will be directed automati cally to the mobile website when they visit FVAP.gov from a mobile browser.

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Check us out Online! mayportmirror.com First Lady Obama Talks Joining Forces With Service Members, Vets, SpousesAmerican Forces Press ServiceThe White House initiative to hire veterans and military spouses has sur passed its goals, having led to the hiring or train ing of more than 125,000 veterans and spouses in the past year, First Lady Michelle Obama announced during a visit to Naval Station Mayport on Aug. 22. Speaking to Sailors and their families at Naval Station Mayport in Jacksonville, Fla., the first lady said 2,000 compa nies have hired 125,000 employees through their pledges to the Joining Forces campaign, and, of those, 140 employers have hired 28,000 military spouses. Thats 125,000 people who are providing for their families, contribut ing to our economy and serving the country they love, Obama said. The first lady said she has a clear message to troops, spouses and vet erans: When you fin ish your service to your nation, youve got 2,000 great companies waiting to bring you on board. These companies are not just making these com mitments because its the right thing to do, which it is, but because its the right thing for their bot tom line. Obama said shes heard a thousand times over from heads of companies who say veterans and military spouses are their best employees. CNP Addresses Changes To Personnel PoliciesFrom Chief of Naval Personnel Public AffairsAs part of an effort to inform the fleet of key personnel policies, the chief of naval personnel held sev eral all hands calls at Naval Station Mayport and Naval Air Station Jacksonville Aug. 22-23. During his visit to the region, Vice Adm. Scott R. Van Buskirk spoke with Navy leaders and Sailors about Navys force management initiatives, efforts to improve sea duty man ning, and 21st Century Sailor and Marine programs. We continue to focus on Warfighting First we Operate Forward and will continue to Be Ready to meet the nations call, said Van Buskirk to the audience of Sailors. To meet these tenets, our people must be deployable, assignable and distributable. Our work is vitally important and I am so very proud of you, our Sailors who con tinue to make this all happen. Van Buskirk also discussed how the Navy is addressing the ongo ing challenge of filling sea duty gaps following the FY12 Enlisted Retention Board, which reduced overmanning in ratings throughout the Fleet. According to Van Buskirk, the majority of gaps at sea are due to challenges in filling under manned ratings and Sailors on limited duty, operational deferment, and in training and transit. Manning the Fleet is our high est priority, and we must continue to provide our Fleet with qualified, -Photo by MC2 Sunday SawyerVice Adm. Scott R. Van Buskirk, Chief of Naval Personnel, speaks to Sailors at Naval Station Mayport during an all-hands call. Van Buskirk is touring naval bases to inform Sailors of the future direction of the U.S. Navy. See Initiative, Page 13 See CNP, Page 13 -Photo by MC1 Toiete JacksonFirst Lady Michelle Obama announces new hiring commitments by the private sector as well as major accomplishments of the Joining Forces initiative during her speech at Naval Station Mayport. First Lady Michelle Obama and Dr. Jill Biden created Joining Forces to bring Americans together to recognize, honor and take action to support veterans and military families as they serve our country and throughout their lives. Cupcake Wars At ExchangeFrom NEXMayport Navy Exchange is encouraging Commands, Petty Officer Associations and family readi ness groups to get in the kitchen and come out with their best cupcakes for the 2nd annual Cupcake Wars on Sept. 7. Judging will begin at 11 a.m. Last years winner was USS Farragut. After the judging, all baked goods will be on sale to customers with proceeds going to the Commands Recreation commit tees.Wounded Warrior Holds 8K RunFrom WWPJoin Wounded Warrior Project (WWP) for the WWP 8K Run in Jacksonville on Saturday, Sept. 8. Activities begin at 7 a.m. and a race start time of 9 a.m. at the Jacksonville Landing to help honor and empower our nations Wounded Warriors. Race proceeds sup port the free programs WWP offers wounded service members. Advance registration is $25 and each runner must raise a minimum of $99. Visit the event website to register, woundedwarriorpro ject.org.

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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.School has started. Have those homework battles begun? Avoid those nasty battles with five strategies to help your children get the most out of their study time. Each strategy begins with a question about your child. Your answer should help you to identify your childs overall strengths and weaknesses when it comes to studying. Getting Started: Does your child dive right in or get stuck at the begin ning? Many children need help with planning so get them started on an assignment by breaking it into smaller parts. For example, if your child has four chapters to read, suggest tackling one or two in the first study session. The others can be saved for later. By decreasing the initial task, it may be easier to begin. Schedule as many sessions as necessary to complete the entire assignment. Knowing that part of the assignment is already completed will make it easier for completing the overall requirement. Managing Time: Does your child manage time well? The key to time management is planning. Help your child map out study sessions in writing so the study plan is vis ible, much like a builder uses blueprints. If the school doesnt provide a planner, buy one. Then demonstrate its use! Even though it may look userfriendly to you, if you have never used one, it might be initially tricky for your child to figure out how to write in assignments or projects. Also as part of the planning, assist with finding the right time for study sessions. Does right after school work best? Maybe after a snack? After dinner? Or maybe the sessions work better as mini-sessions? Evaluate different strat egies over a couple of weeks to determine which study strategy works best. Taking Notes: When you help your child study for a test, does he have notes from class? If not, why not? Trying to write word-for-word transcrip tions in class is nearly impossible. Some stu dents even those in high school still have trouble copying notes from the board, an overhead, or a power point. Suggest focusing on getting the key words and/or ideas down on paper. Then that night at home, encourage rewriting the notes and filling in the details that are still fresh from the lecture or class that day. This has the added benefit of looking at those notes a second time. Organizing Study: Is your child the organized type? If not, color-coded folders for each subject may provide some organization. Notes, handouts, classwork, and returned tests will go into that subjects folder so study time will not be taken up with looking for all the infor mation needed to study. But when it is time to study, where does your child study? Some chil dren do better in a com mon area like the kitch en table so that help is readily available. Other children like a quiet spot away from the hustle and bustle of family life. It is important to have a des ignated place and have at that place the materi als needed for most types of studying: highlight ers, note cards, sticky notes, pens, pencils, pen cil sharpener, notebook paper, a dictionary, and maybe a thesaurus. So now you that know where your child stud ies, ask how does your child study? Does he go over the questions at the end of each chapter the test will cover? Does he check out those high lighted boxes in his text that might be called Important Points or Keys to Understanding? What does he do with his class notes? Check out this next section on Reviewing the Material for a better understanding of how to use class notes as a study guide. Reviewing the Material: Does your child avoid reviewing course material until right before a test? Bad idea! Reviewing is one of the most important study skills! Each night prior to starting on that nights homework, your child should review what was done in class that day. He should look over his notes to fill in any blanks, correct misspellings, and highlight the main ideas of the lesson. Or if your child tells you there is no homework in a class for that night, then empha size that the review of the days lesson IS tonights homework. The next step is to review at regular intervals daily, weekly, every couple of weeks all of the material that is being covered, paying special attention to all the material that he has highlighted in his notes. Then when it is test time, the material is fresh! Getting Expert Help: Go to www.tutor.com/ military to get a profes sional tutor to help with math, science, social studies, and English from elementary through high school. These tutors are screened, certified, and background-checked. They only work with one student at a time. No exceptions. The tutor will make sure that your child understands the mate rial whether it is a single homework problem in 5th grade math, a unit test in social studies, or a quar ter exam in 18th Century British lit. Remind your child that getting the most out of a study session will bring many rewards, including more time for other activities, greater confidence, and better grades. Judy Cromartie is the School Liaison Officer for NS Mayport. If you have questions about this arti cle or concerns about an educational issue impact ing your child, she can be reached via email at Judith.cromartie@navy. mil or by phone at (904) 270-6289 X1305 [office] or (904) 993-5860 [cell]. Or you can schedule a meeting with her in her office in Building One.Avoiding The Homework BattlesJudy Cromartie School Liaison Officer KnowingMCPON Sends Labor Day MessageSpecial Master Chief Petty Officer of the Navy (SS/SW) Rick D. WestMaster Chief Petty Officer of the Navy (MCPON)(SS/SW) Rick D. West released the fol lowing Labor Day message to the Fleet Aug. 27. Shipmates and Navy fami lies, For 130 years, our great nation has celebrated Labor Day, the workingmens holi day as it was referred to in the 1800s. Labor Day is, in fact, a celebration of the social and economic achievements of American workers; those work ers whose drive, determination and relentless strength made our nation into what it is today, and those who continue on their path. Labor Day weekend is also seen as the last hooyah before the end of summer ... a long weekend filled with various outdoor activities or one final road trip with the kids before school starts. Whatever your Labor Day plans happen to involve, be sure your holiday weekend includes risk management and preventive measures so it ends on a safe and positive note. In 2011, between Memorial Day and Labor Day, 16 Sailors lost their lives. One in an ATV wreck; two drowned; one dur ing recreational activities; five in four-wheeled motor vehicles; and seven on motorcycles. This year we have lost 15 Sailors in similar mishaps. Lets not see the number rise this Labor Day weekend. You and your families are important to the Navy and the loss of just one trained and ready Sailor or family member is unacceptable, and in most cases preventable with proper planning. As you enjoy time off with family and friends this holiday weekend, keep in mind our Shipmates who are deployed and in harms way. Their labor of keeping the watch for the safety and security of our nation is one we all share. Its because of you that Americans can enjoy the freedoms and liberties we all hold so dearly. Thank you, Shipmates, for your continued service and dedication to our great Navy and nation. Stay focused; stay alert; stay safe and lets bring this summer to a close with zero fatalities or injuries. Enjoy your Labor Day week end and Hooyah! Very Respectfully, MCPON Shipmates, Big thanks to the Mayport team for the hard work and semper gumby last week during the visit by the First Lady, Michelle Obama. Our base services, security, MWR and PAO rolled up their sleeves for a flawless visit. Special thanks to our XO Cmdr. Pat Pickard, (hardest working man in Mayport) for his lead ership and detailed execution of this highly visible event. Well done to all! The First Ladys message emphasizes the importance of services provided by Fleet and Family Support Center to our separating and retiring shipmates, as well as their families. Speaking of well done..great job to everyone who had a hand in making the 10th annual PANAMAX 2012 exer cise the success that it was. Military and security forces from the United States and 16 partner nations took part in the nearly two-week round of intense simulated training here, and those involved shared unique and invaluable skills in a real world scenario. Hopefully some of you took the time to meet some of your counterparts, and shared some of the camaraderie that was seen throughout the base. Huge event and excellent training. Although Tropical Storm Isaac didnt cross our path, its a solid reminder that we need to stay prepared. Have an evacuation plan and make sure all your important documents and papers are in a grab and go box in case you need to evacuate. If you dont have a plan now, you could be scrambling. We are not out of hurricane season for another couple of months, and anything can happen. For 130 years, our great nation has celebrated Labor Day, the workingmens holiday as it was referred to in the 1800s. Labor Day is, in fact, a celebra tion of the social and economic achievements of American workers; those workers whose drive, determination and relentless strength made our nation into what it is today, and those who continue on their path. Labor Day weekend right around the corner and marks the end of summer. The long weekend for many will mean travel and various other out door activities. BE SAFE and make sure your time off includes risk management and preventive measures so it ends on a safe and positive note. In 2011, between Memorial Day and Labor Day, 16 Sailors lost their lives. One in an ATV wreck; two drowned; one during recreational activities; five in four-wheeled motor vehicles; and seven on motorcycles. This year we have lost 15 Sailors in similar mishaps. ALL OF YOU are a vital part of this team and the loss of just one trained and ready Sailor or family member is something we just cannot have. I would rather get a call about a Sailor who needed and extra day of leave to get back to the base safe, then a call from the chaplain reporting a senseless death. Fair winds to our game warden Art Burt as he retires after 52 years of honorable government service. His love of the outdoors, sea turtles and wildlife will be missed. Hats off to you Art, and enjoy retirement! Thanks to each of you for bringing your hard work and professionalism each day through our gates. Be safe, and keep sending those sug gestions to the COs suggestion box or email them at douglas.cochrane@navy. milCapt. Doug Cochrane CAPTAINSMayport Chapel Programs BeginFrom Mayport ChapelNaval Station Mayport Chapel is registering now for its FY 12/13 Religious Education programs. Both the Protestant Sunday School and Catholic Religious Education will have their first classes on Sunday, Sept. 9. Protestant Sunday School has classes for elementary age through adult. Classes are held each Sunday at 9:15 a.m. Protestant worship follows at 10:30 a.m. with Childrens Church the 2nd thru 4th Sundays. Catholic religious education has classes for Pre-K through Confirmation. There is also a RCIA class for inquirers as well as an adult bible study group. All classes are held each Sunday at 10:30 a.m. You may register for either program by contacting the Director of Religious Education, Alline Zwarycz, either before or after Sunday worship services or by contacting the chapel during regular working hours Monday thru Friday at 270-5212. 2 THE MIRROR, NS MAYPORT, Thursday, August 30, 2012

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Wildlife Officer Retires After 52 YearsFrom StaffNaval Station Mayport is bidding fair winds and following seas to a pil lar of the base Security department this week as Wildlife Officer Art Burt prepares to retire after 52 years of combined naval service. Burt started his career with the Navy at Naval Station Mayport when he hitchhiked up from his hometown of Orlando, Fla., to enlist at just 17 years old in 1959. He came out of boot camp as a Culinary Specialist, cross rated to Boatswains Mate and then Signalman before converting to Master-atArms (MA) and making chief petty officer. Burt was one of the first MAs in the Navy, graduating with honors from the second class to attend MA school. He retired from active duty in 1979 off of USS Manley (DD 940) and spent the next two years as owner/operator of the Dunkin Donuts on Beach Boulevard. But the call of the U.S. Navy came again. Burt sold the donut shop and returned to NS Mayport in 1981 as a patrolman with Base Security. In 1983, he attended a patrol drug dog handler course and established the military working dog kennels at Mayport. In fact, Burt was one of only three civilian kennel masters in the Navy. He stayed in that posi tion for 14 years before assuming the position of Fish and Wildlife Officer for the base. Thats what Ive been ever since, he said. During his tenure, Burt has become one of the most recognizable faces of Mayport. He estab lished a robust sea tur tle protection program, toured schools and youth activities centers to edu cate children about area fish and wildlife and enforcing the federal laws and regulation. Burt said his retirement plans include camping in his pull-behind camper and visiting his children, grandchildren and two great-grandchildren with his wife, Sharon. -U.S. Navy PhotoNaval Station Mayport Wildlife Officer Art Burt receives his 50-year pin from NS Mayport Executive Officer, Cmdr. Pat Pickard, earlier this year. Burt is retiring this month after 52 years of combined naval service.Friday, Sept. 7 Christ United Methodist Church Neptune Beach will host our annual Fall Rummage Sale on Sept. 7-8 from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. at the Church at 400 Penman Road. Come join us to search for your special treasures! For information, please con tact the church office at 249-5370 Saturday, Sept. 8 Join Wounded Warrior ProjectTM(WWP) for the WWP 8K Run in Jacksonville. Activities begin at 7 a.m. and a race start time of 9 a.m. at the Jacksonville Landing. Advance registration is $25 (includes race day number, timing, and post-race festivities) and each runner must raise a minimum of $99. Top finisher awards and additional race-day options are available. Visit http:// www.woundedwarrior project.org/wwp-8k-runs. aspx to register. Christ United Methodist Church Neptune Beach will host our annual Fall Rummage Sale from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. at the Church at 400 Penman Road. Come join us to search for your special treasures! For infor mation, please contact the church office at 2495370 Want to find out how to lawn bowl or play bocce ball? Join a ranger at 2 p.m. on the green to learn about these fun outdoor games. This program will take place at the Ribault Club on Fort George Island Cultural State Park. No reservations are nec essary and the program is free. Saturday, Sept. 15 An Eating and Growing Seasonably Workshop; a food demo/ sampling using seasonal produce and learn to grow warm season veg etables will be held at Duval County Extension Office, 1010 N. McDuff Ave. 32254, from 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Cost is $10 with pre-registra tion and pre-payment being required. A tour of the Canning Center will be offered at the end of this class. Please con tact Jeannie Crosby at 255-7450. Make checks payable to: DCOHAC and mail to: Duval County Extension Office, Attention: Jeannie. Please call Jeannie to register, 255-7450. Find out from a park ranger at 2 p.m. what a gopher is, where they live and why they are so important. This pro gram will take place at the Ribault Club on Fort George Island Cultural State Park. No reserva tions are necessary and the program is free. Saturday, Sept. 22 Join a park ranger at 2 p.m. for an adventur ous hike to discover the islands wondrous wild flowers. Participants are encouraged to bring bug spray and bottled water. This program will take place at the Ribault Club on Fort George Island Cultural State Park. Out in Town THE MIRROR NS MAYPORT, Thursday, August 30, 2012 3

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4 THE MIRROR, NS MAYPORT, Thursday, August 30, 2012 USS Underwood, Carr Resupply At Sea With USNS SacagaweaSouthern Seas 2012 Public AffairsThe Oliver Hazard Perryclass guided-missile frigates USS Underwood (FFG 36) and USS Carr (FFG 52) took part in an underway replenishment (UNREP) at sea with the supply ship USNS Sacagawea (T-AKE 2), Aug. 20. The evolution included refueling by suspended lines and a vertical replenishment (VERTEP) utiliz ing an SH-60B Sea Hawk helicopter assigned to Helicopter AntiSubmarine Squadron Light (HSL) 48 Detachment 2 stationed aboard Carr. Underwood took on approxi mately 120,000 gallons of fuel oil and 14,000 gallons of JP-5 (jet fuel) from Sacagawea in an evolution that took two hours to complete. We were running low on fuel and needed it badly, said Senior Chief Gas Turbine System Technician William Schmelling, the senior enlisted mechanic aboard Underwood. Evolutions like these take a while and require a lot of planning to ensure it goes smooth ly. The whole crew is involved and without them we cant complete the refueling. Underwood also received 23 pallets of various supplies such as equipment parts, food, and mail during the resupply process. I am always happy when I can do my job and get the sup plies that everyone ordered to the ship, Logistics Specialist 2nd Class Jeremy Cole on Underwood said. The best thing is that we received -Photo by MC3 Frank J. PikulSeaman (SW) Aaron Drendel holds a line as USS Underwood (FFG 36) launches a rigid-hull inflatable boat to conduct a parts exchange with USS Carr (FFG 52). -Photo by MC2 Stuart PhillipsBoatswain's Mate Seaman Elleston Taylor (left) trains by mimicking Boatswain's Mate 2nd Class (SW) Joshua Singleton as he acts as the landing signalman enlisted (LSE) during a functional check flight of an SH-60B Sea Hawk helicopter assigned to HSL-48 on the flight deck of USS Underwood (FFG 36). -Photo by MC2 Stuart PhillipsBoatswain's Mate 1st Class (SW) Dmitry Spiridinov looks on during a functional check flight of an SH-60B Sea Hawk helicopter assigned to the Vipers of HSL-48 USS Underwood (FFG 36). -Photo by MC3 Frank J. PikulSailors fire M9 pistols during a small arms qualification on the flight deck of USS Underwood (FFG 36). -Photo by MC2 Stuart PhillipsLt. Dustin Schultz fires an M9 pistol during a live-fire exercise aboard USS Underwood (FFG 36). -Photo by MC2 Stuart PhillipsFire Controlman 1st Class (SW) Dennis Fairbanks tightens a strap on the close-in weapons system (CIWS) before a live-fire exercise aboard USS Underwood (FFG 36). -Photo by MC3 Frank J. PikulFire Controlman 1st Class (SW) Dennis Fairbanks opens the radar guidance box on the close in weapons system (CIWS) aboard USS Underwood (FFG 36) to conduct routine maintenance. -Photo by MC2 Stuart PhillipsThe Oliver Hazard Perry-class guided-missile frigate USS Underwood (FFG 36) receives a refueling hose during a replenishment-at-sea with USNS Sacagawea (T-AKE 2). Underwood is deployed to Central and South America and the Caribbean in support of Southern Seas 2012.

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THE MIRROR NS MAYPORT, Thursday, August 30, 2012 5 mail and that is an important boost for the morale of the crew. Every member of the crew was motivated to help and they always come together to help each other out for the greater good of the ship, Underwood Command Master Chief Michael P. Bates said. After the comple tion of the resupply at sea, a U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Office of Air and Marine (OAM) P-3, operating out of National Air Security Operations CenterJacksonville (NASOCJAX), air dropped a sealed capsule containing mis sion essential parts for the air detachment assigned to HSL 48 Detachment 3 stationed aboard Underwood. It was interesting to see a P-3 that close and I hope that the part will do the trick to fix the helicopter, said Operations Specialist Seaman Recruit Aaron Smith, a junior enlisted Sailor aboard Underwood. I have the best job in the world because I get to see things most people dont ever get to see in their lives. Underwood Sailors used a rigid-hull inflat able boat (RHIB) to recover the capsule from the sea and returned to Underwood. We were manned and ready to go as soon as the aircraft was in the area, said Gas Turbine System Technician Brian Stankowitz, one of the search and rescue swim mers and members of the RHIB team aboard Underwood. I think we definitely accomplished our mission today from start to finish and I am proud to serve with a dedicated crew like this one. -Photo by MC3 Frank J. PikulSeaman Kaala Morrison uses a pneumatic sander while conducting routine maintenance on the main deck of USS Underwood (FFG 36). -Photo by MC2 Stuart PhillipsSeaman (SW) Everett Harper chips paint from a hatch aboard USS Underwood (FFG 36). -Photo by MC2 Stuart PhillipsSeaman Ka'ala Morrison paints a cleat aboard USS Underwood.-Photo by MC2 Stuart PhillipsSeaman (SW) Aaron Drendel acts as the sound-powered phone talker on the foc'sle as the Oliver Hazard Perry-class guided-missile frigate USS Underwood (FFG 36) anchors in Cartagena, Colombia. Underwood is deployed to Central and South America and the Caribbean in support of Southern Seas 2012. -Photo by MC3 Frank J. PikulLogistics Specialist Seaman Michael Spears carries chocks and chains across the flight deck of the Oliver Hazard Perry-class guided-missile frigate USS Underwood (FFG 36) during the launch of an SH-60B Sea Hawk helicopter assigned to HSL-48. -Photo by MC2 Stuart PhillipsSeaman Jonathan Howard (center) displays a fuel sample for visual inspection to pilot Lt. Richard Kroeger (left) during a "hot pump" and functional check flight of an SH-60B Sea Hawk helicopter assigned to HSL-48 on the flight deck of the Oliver Hazard Perryclass guided-missile frigate USS Underwood (FFG 36). -Photo by MC2 Stuart PhillipsSeaman (SW) Francis Mliswa uses the "big eyes" to search for contacts while standing the forward lookout watch aboard USS Underwood (FFG 36). -Photo by MC2 Stuart PhillipsQuartermaster 3rd Class David Collins plots naviga tional aids in the pilothouse aboard USS Underwood (FFG 36). From Page 4

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Helicopter Pilot Makes Permanent Bond With USS Farragut, Surface NavyUSS FarragutLt.j.g. Pete Mooney has been going to air shows since he was a kid. His father was an Air Force pilot; his brother and sister fly planes, so it comes as no surprise that Mooney would become a pilot too. Theres a feeling I get whenever I go near anything that flies, com mented Mooney, a heli copter pilot with the Vipers of Helicopter Anti-Submarine Light Squadron (HSL) 48. Theres nothing else in the world that gives me that same feeling. Mooney has been in the Navy for three years. HSL 48 is his first duty station, and he is assigned to the Deadly Sinners of Detachment 7. Im guilty of being like everyone else, said Mooney. When I came in it was all about wanting to be a jet pilot. I remember my dads stories of the golden age of fighter jets and fighter pilots, and I wanted to be a part of that pretty badly. Lt.j.g. Mooney went through flight school, but Top Gun wasnt his call ing. Instead Mooney was assigned to a helicopter squadron. I ended up getting helicopters, and I was bummed at first, Mooney recalled. But its been an absolute perfect fit for me. Although Mooney is a Navy pilot, he has yet to earn a call sign from his squadron. I dont have a call sign yet, he proclaimed. You usually dont get one, unless you do something to earn one, usu ally something, not too bright. Even though Mooney hasnt earned a call sign from the squadron, he has earned a nickname aboard guided-missile destroyer USS Farragut (DDG 99). HSL 48 Detachment 7 is assigned to Farragut during their 2012-2013 deployment. Aboard Farragut he is known as Arleigh. I got the nickname, Arleigh, because I was filling out a report and I knew we were DDG 99 and I knew the flight deck class, but I didnt know what class of ship Farragut was, he said laughing. So I called the bridge, and I just asked, Hey, what kind of ship are we on? The kid that answered hesitated and then start ed telling me it was USS Farragut, DDG 99 and the flight deck category, stuff I already knew, and I got frustrated and just hung up, Mooney recalled. Well then it spread like a wildfire around the bridge, I didnt know where I was, what kind of ship this was, and when it finally came to light what happened, the answer I needed the whole time was Arleigh Burke Class. So the name Arleigh stuck. Mooney will have to endure this name for the entirety of his deployment on Farragut, a name he helped create. Some men may be upset about this, but Mooney just takes it in stride. I love the people here, said Mooney. This is the first Navy vessel Ive been on, and I didnt know what to expect, but the experience so far has been great. Photo by MC3 A.J. Jones Lt. j.g. Pete Mooney from the Vipers of Helicopter AntiSubmarine Light Squadron (HSL) 48 Det 7, walks across the flight deck of guided-missile destroyer USS Farragut after landing an SH-60B Seahawk. Washing Your Car Can Have ConsequencesFrom NS Mayport EnvironmentalWhen thinking about the health of our sur face waters, it should be remembered that our homes are at the head waters of our lakes, streams, and rivers. Every chemical pollutant that gets on our driveway, sidewalk, or street will be picked up in rain water and carried untreated through a series of pipes and ditches to the nearest natural water body. One residential practice that can contribute to pollution of stormwater run off is the home car wash. But what harm can washing my car at home cause? many would ask. Part of the answer lies in the cumulative effect of the approximately 250 million vehicles registered in the United States. Even with just a small percentage of those vehicles being washed at home at any time, cumulatively the runoff from car washing can add significant toxicity to our waterways. Discharge from wash ing cars will carry a mix of pollutants even when using just water. The runoff contains oil, grease, brake dust, sediment, rust and other trace metals, and many other contami nants. When the variety of soaps and cleaners on the market are added to the mix, its hard to determine all the various chemicals that are being added to the runoff. Even if the water evaporates, the pollutants are not gone. Most of the pollut ants dry on paved surfaces or soil particles only to be picked up again during the next rain event. Most of the damage caused by car wash cleaners is due to chemicals known as surfactants. These chemicals make cleaners more effec tive at removing oil and grease from your vehicle and allow the cleaner to rinse off easily with water. Surfactants however are very harmful to fish. Studies have indicated that even when car wash runoff was significantly diluted, it was still very toxic to fish species. To avoid the harmful effects of washing your personal vehicle, the best practice is to do it at a professional car wash facility. Often, the water used in these types of facilities is recycled. Pollutants, especially sediments, oil, and grease are normally separated out for proper disposal. Discharges from the facilities go to sanitary sewage treatment facilities for further treatment. On Naval Station Mayport, there are two car wash facilities available. One is at the Navy Exchange Gas Station on Maine Street. The other is the MWR car wash next to Bldg. 414 on Supply Street. If you do wash your vehicle elsewhere, here are some tips on minimizing the environmental impact. phosphate-free, waterbased cleaners only. turned off when not in use to conserve water and reduce runoff. absorbs water, such as gravel, or grass. This can filter water before it enters groundwater, storm drains, or creeks. Avoid washing cars on con crete or asphalt pavement unless it drains into a vegetated area. buckets into sinks or toi lets. Dont dump them on the pavement. car wash fundraiser, try developing a partnership with a commercial car wash facility, or use a safe location. Fundraiser car washes on Naval Station Mayport should be held at one of the two car wash facilities that are designed to treat the runoff. While he works to protect the country,St. Jude works to save his daughter from a deadly disease.A CFC Participant provided as a public service.800-822-6344www.stjude.orgMatt Pasco, Chief Warrant Ofcer 2 and his daughter Delilah Promoting social justice and human services since 1910Catholic Charities USAA CFC participant. Provided as a public service1-800-919-9338www.CatholicCharitiesUSA.org 6 THE MIRROR, NS MAYPORT, Thursday, August 30, 2012

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Taylor Drills Helps Sailors Prepare -Photo by CTSNAnders CarterChief Fire Controlman James Iko, right, observes while Fire Controlman 3rd Class Robert Perry demonstrates his ability to operate a .50-caliber machine gun during a qualification shoot aboard guided-missile frigate USS Taylor (FFG 50). Taylor is assigned to Commander, NATO Task Force 508 supporting Operation Ocean Shield, maritime interception operations and counter-piracy missions in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility. -Photo by Lt. j.g. Jennifer GabrielCmdr. Dennis Volpe, executive officer and damage control training team leader, center, and Chief Damage Controlman David Helegda, damage control training team coordinator, right, observe Lt. j.g. Kenneth Perfido, damage control assistant, aboard guidedmissile frigate USS Taylor (FFG 50), during a toxic gas drill. THE MIRROR NS MAYPORT, Thursday, August 30, 2012 7

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CPO Selectees Tackle Beach RunNaval Air Station Jacksonville Public AffairsProspective Master Chief Petty Officer of the Navy (MCPON)(AW/ NAC) Mike Stevens joined 117 chief petty officers (CPO) and CPO selectees from Naval Air Station Jacksonville and Naval Station Mayport in the 5-mile Tijuana Flats Beach Run at Jacksonville Beach, Aug. 25. After a series of warmup exercises and singing the national anthem, the runners took off down the beach, followed by the formation of CPO select ees carrying flags and singing traditional Navy songs. They were cheered on by hundreds of fam ily members, friends and spectators who came out for the event. I came to Jacksonville to take a look at the training for our new CPO selectees, interact with them and meet with the leadership who are pro viding the opportunity for them to participate in this event. Im also here to run with the Jacksonville community and to have good time, said Stevens. As participants hit the halfway mark, the group turned around and head ed back to the finish line, coming in at a little over one hour. Stevens praised the CPO selectees for completing the run. Im impressed that the group stayed together nice job. I guess the CPO 365 program is working out pretty well, Stevens said. Its great to be an American and do some thing special and then we join the U.S. Navy and become part of something even more special. Then, a chosen few get the opportunity to be called a chief petty officer. There are about 30,000 CPOs in the United States Navy, and when you compare that to the 300-plus mil lion population of our country, you are the cho sen few and you should feel good about that. Im so very, very proud of you all coming out here tonight and to see those who will soon wear the coveted fouled anchors perform in such a mag nificent manner in front of the great citizens of Jacksonville. What a great Navy town this is, said Stevens, who also recog nized the spouses and families, thanking them for their support. After completing the run, the chief selectees gathered in formation to show their pride by recit ing the Sailors Creed, singing Anchors Aweigh and participating in some cool down stretches. -Photos by MC1 Ian W. AndersonChief Petty Officer selectees from Naval Air Station Jacksonville, Naval Station Mayport and Naval Submarine Base Kings Bay, Ga. stand in formation and pledge allegiance to the National Ensign prior to the annual 5-mile Tijuana Flats Summer Beach Run. Nearly 200 chief's and chief-selects participated in the event to build esprit de corps. Prospective Master Chief Petty Officer of the Navy (PMCPON) Michael Stevens stretches with chief petty officer selectees before the race. Chief Petty Officer selectees stand in formation prior to the annual 5-mile Tijuana Flats Summer Beach Run. THE MIRROR NS MAYPORT, Thursday, August 30, 2012 9

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DC Training Above, Hull Maintenance Technician 1st Class Wesley Deckard from Bloomington Ind., a Surface Warfare Officer School Learning Site Mayport instructor, performs a safety brief to firefighters from First Coast Navy Fire and Emergency Services prior to entering the Damage Control Wet Trainer. Right, Damage Controlman 1st Class Benjamin Lieb and Damage Controlman 1st Class Thomas Menard, Surface Warfare Officer School Learning Site Mayport instructors, attach a hose to a portable dewatering pump during simulated flooding at a damage control wet trainer.-Photos by MC1 Ian W. Anderson Working together for stronger, healthier babies marchofdimes.com a CFC participant Provided as a public service 10 THE MIRROR, NS MAYPORT, Thursday, August 30, 2012

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USS Carney Runs For CauseUSS Carney PAOTwelve Carney Sailors ran in the American Lung Associations Fight For Air Run/Walk on Aug. 18 at Metropolitan Park in Jacksonville. Several Carney Warriors placed in their age groups: Cmdr. Crossman (Carneys XO) and Electronics Technician 2nd Class (SW/AW) Rita Crosby placed first in their respective age groups, and Electronics Technician 2nd Class (SW) Justin Miller and Fire Controlman 2nd Class (SW) Eric Johnson placed third in their age group. The event was a great way for Carney Sailors to get out in the community to support a worthy cause, and the team had fun doing it. Electronics Technician 2nd Class (SW) Justin Miller, the ship coordina tor for the event, said, It was really exciting to get the command involved in this 5K and I think we will participate in more events like this in the near future. Operations Specialist 2nd Class (SW) Andrew Yelverton said this was my first 5K, and I cant wait to run in another one soon! USS Carney is in port Mayport completing a maintenance availability, and plans to be under way for Sea Trials in November in preparation for her first deployment as a Ballistic Missile Defense Destroyer in 2013. -Photo courtesy of USS CarneyTeam Carney in front of the finish line after the race.Navy Holds Tri-Base Job FairFrom FFSCNaval Station Mayport, Kings Bay SUBASE, and NAS Jacksonville Fleet and Family Support Centers (FFSC) will sponsor the Navy Tri-Base Job Fair on Wednesday, Sept. 19 from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. at the Morocco Shrine Center. Active duty, separating, retiring and retired ser vice members, military spouses, family mem bers and separated ser vice members up to 180 days after separation date are eligible to attend. Attendees are encouraged to bring several copies of their resumes and dress for interviewing. Local, state and national companies will be collecting resumes for numerous jobs. The fol lowing types of compa nies will be at the Job Fair: energy, defense contrac tors, government, law enforcement, financial healthcare, engineering logistics, aviation, naval ship repair, education, industrial, construction, maritime, technology, and more. The Job Fair and park ing are free. The Morocco Shrine Center is located at 3,800 St. Johns Bluff Road in the Southside of Jacksonville. For more information, call the Fleet and Family Support Center at 904270-6600 ext. 1700. A CFC participant. Provided as a public service. THE MIRROR NS MAYPORT, Thursday, August 30, 2012 11

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Aug. 31: Outdoor MoviesThe Avengers (PG-13) Film begins at Sunset behind Beachside Community Center. FREE. 270-7205 Sept. 1: Youth Bowling Program Open House. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. at Mayport Bowling Center. Bring the whole family for free bowling and hot dogs. Pre-registration for the 2012-2013 Youth Bowling Program will also be available. 270-5377. Sept. 2: End of Summer Bowling Bash. 4-7 p.m. at Mayport Bowling Center. 3 hours of summertime bowling fun with Beach Boys music, prizes, hot dogs and hamburgers for everyone and more! Cost is $10 per adult, $8 kids 4-10, Free for kids 3 and under. 270-5377 Sept. 4: Softball Begins Season ends Nov. 1. 270-5451 Sept. 5: Chicken Wednesdays. Every Wednesday, 11 a.m.-2 p.m., at Focsle Lounge. Enjoy a two-piece fried chicken plate with two sides for only $7.00. 2705431 Sept. 5: Lunchtime Bingo. Every Wednesday at 11:30 a.m. at Beachside Bingo. Two $500 payouts every week. Buy two, get one free. Still only $13.00 per pack. 270-7204 Sept. 5: 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 FY13 CPO Selectees. For tickets, contact ACC Ferrer (904) 270-7211. Sept. 7: TGIF Extreme Bowling Party. Every Friday from 4-6 p.m. at Mayport Bowling Center. Free for Active Duty; guests $5. Beer & drink specials, half-price wings, awesome music videos and light show! 270-5377 Sept. 7: Teen Base Round-Up and Pizza Party. 7-11 p.m. at the Teen Center. This is a chance for Teens to round-up any newcomers to the base to introduce them to the Teen Center and invite them to a Pizza Party. Permission slip is required to participate in the round up on base. Staff will be on hand at the Teen Center with registration packets and per mission slips. 246-0347 Sept. 8: Military Classic Flag Football Tournament. Sign up by Aug. 30. 270-5451 Sept. 8: Xtreme Bowling. 8-11 p.m. every Saturday at Mayport Bowling Center. $10 include 2 hours of black light bowling, shoe rental, prizes and dazzling laser light show. 270-5377 Sept. 9: NFL Sunday Ticket. Every Sunday at Noon at Castaways. Watch you favorite NFL team on one of Castaways 9 flatscreens. Drink specials throughout the day. 2707205 Sept. 10: 7v7 Fall Soccer Begins Season ends Nov. 8. 270-5451. Sept. 11: Freedom 5K Run/ 3K Walk 8:10 a.m. in front of the gym. Sept. 11: All Khaki Wings and Trivia Night. 3-7 p.m. every Tuesday at Focsle CPO Club with 40-cent wings, drink spe cials and all-you-candrink soft drinks for $1. Trivia begins at 5:30 p.m. All Khakis welcome (Chief Petty Officers, Officers and their guests). 2705431 Sept. 12: Just For Fun Wednesdays. Every Wednesday at Mayport Bowling Center. Its not about how good you bowl, its about how much fun you can have! $1 Colormania Bowling, drink specials, request your favorite music all day long and more. 270-5733 Sept. 12: Military Appreciation Day every Wednesday at Windy Harbor Golf Club.18 Holes and a Cart Only $15. Offer open to DOD, active duty, retired, and military dependents (Must provide proper ID) Sept. 14: Xtreme Bowling. 8 p.m. to Midnight every Friday at Mayport Bowling Center. $10 include 2 hours of black light bowling, shoe rental, prizes and dazzling laser light show. 270-5377 Sept. 15: ESPN College Gameday. Every Saturday at Noon at Castaways. Watch you favorite NCAA Football teams on one of Castaways 9 flat-screens. Drink specials throughout the day. 270-7205 Sept. 15: Singles Tennis Tournament. Sign up by Sept. 6. 270-5451 Sept. 21: Bingo Extravaganza. 6:30 pm at Beachside Bingo. Our first ever $25,000 one-game payout. Ten $1000 games, Ten $500 games and more. Only 225 packages available; multiple pack ages may be purchased. Advanced purchase required. 270-7204. Sept. 26: All-Hands Steak Night. 4-7 p.m. at Focsle CPO Club. Cost is $10 per person. Purchase tickets in advance; limit ed tickets available at the door. Sponsored HSM 46. For tickets, call AMC Mani Bitor (904) 270-6010 x144. Sept. 28: One Night in Mexico. 7-11 p.m. at the Teen Center. Its a fiesta! Well have a taco and nacho bar, mock-aritas, jalapeo eating contest, Spanish music and much more. 246-0347 MWRThe following activities target single or unaccompanied Sailors. For more information, call 2707788/89 or stop by the Mayport Liberty Center and pick up the month ly activity calendar with a complete listing of all upcoming Liberty events. 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 Sept. 1: Youth Bowling Program Open House. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. at Mayport Bowling Center. Bring the whole family for free bowling and hot dogs. Pre-registration for the 2012-2013 Youth Bowling Program will also be available. 270-5377. Sept. 2: End of Summer Bowling Bash. 4-7 p.m. at Mayport Bowling Center. 3 hours of summertime bowl ing fun with Beach Boys music, prizes, hot dogs and hamburgers for everyone and more! Cost is $10 per adult, $8 kids 4-10, Free for kids 3 and under. 270-5377 Sept. 2: Paintball. Van departs Liberty Center at 7:30 a.m. Cost $5 (includes paintballs, gear and transportation) Signup deadline Aug. 16. Sept. 4: Command Break-In. Look for us at the Galley for Lunch. Sept. 4: Softball Begins. Season ends Nov. 1. 270-5451 Sept. 5: Chicken Wednesdays. Every Wednesday, 11 a.m.-2 p.m., at Focsle Lounge. Enjoy a two-piece fried chicken plate with two sides for only $7.00. 2705431 Sept. 5: Lunchtime Bingo Every Wednesday at 11:30 a.m. at Beachside Bingo. Two $500 payouts every week. Buy two, get one free. Still only $13.00 per pack. 270-7204 Sept. 5: All-Hands Steak Night. 4-7 p.m. at Focsle CPO Club. Cost is $10 per person. Purchase tickets in advance; limited tickets available at the door. Sponsored by the FY13 CPO Selectees. For tickets, contact ACC Ferrer (904) 270-7211. Sept. 5: Pool Tournament. 6 p.m. at Liberty Center. Sept. 6: Bahama Breeze Dinner Trip. Van departs Liberty Center at 5 p.m. Transportation Only. Sept. 7: TGIF Extreme Bowling Party. Every Friday from 4-6 p.m. at Mayport Bowling Center. Free for Active Duty; guests $5. Beer & drink specials, half-price wings, awesome music videos and light show! 270-5377 Sept. 8: Military Classic Flag Football Tournament. Sign up by Aug. 30. 270-5451 Sept. 8: Xtreme Bowling. 8-11 p.m. every Saturday at Mayport Bowling Center. $10 include 2 hours of black light bowling, shoe rental, prizes and dazzling laser light show. 270-5377 Sept. 8: Laser Tag. 7-9 p.m. at Sea Otter Pavilion. Free. Sept. 9: St. Augustine Alligator Farm Van Departs Liberty Center 10 a.m. Cost $10. Sign up deadline Sept. 5 Sept. 9: NFL Sunday Ticket. Every Sunday at Noon at Castaways. Watch you favorite NFL team on one of Castaways 9 flatscreens. Drink specials throughout the day. 2707205 Sept. 10: 7v7 Fall Soccer Begins Season ends Nov. 8. 270-5451. Sept. 10: Manga and Comic Art Competition. All Day at the Liberty Center. We provide the supplies; you provide your creativity. Prizes awarded to the best entries. Sept. 11: Freedom 5K Run/ 3K Walk 8:10 a.m. in front of the gym. LIBERTYSept. 1: Youth Bowling Program Open House. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. at Mayport Bowling Center. Bring the whole family for free bowling and hot dogs. Pre-registration for the 2012-2013 Youth Bowling Program will also be available. 270-5377. Sept. 2: End of Summer Bowling Bash. 4-7 p.m. at Mayport Bowling Center. 3 hours of summertime bowl ing fun with Beach Boys music, prizes, hot dogs and hamburgers for everyone and more! Cost is $10 per adult, $8 kids 4-10, Free for kids 3 and under. 270-5377 Sept. 7: Teen Base Round-Up and Pizza Party. 7-11 p.m. at the Teen Center. This is a chance for Teens to round-up any newcom ers to the base to intro duce them to the Teen Center and invite them to a Pizza Party. Permission slip is required to par ticipate in the round up on base. Staff will be on hand at the Teen Center with registration pack ets and permission slips. 246-0347 Sept. 28: One Night in Mexico 7-11 p.m. at the Teen Center. Its a fiesta! Well have a taco and nacho bar, mock-aritas, jalapeo eating contest, Spanish music and much more. 246-0347 KID 12 THE MIRROR, NS MAYPORT, Thursday, August 30, 2012

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THE MIRROR NS MAYPORT, Thursday, August 30, 2012 13 Unemployment still is too high for veterans and military spouses, but Joining Forces has helped to push the national vet eran unemployment rate down nearly 20 percent from a year ago, Obama said. The veteran unem ployment rate in July was 6.9 percent, compared to 8.6 percent in July 2011, Joining Forces officials said. I got the job, said Paul Andrews, a former sonar technician stationed on USS Roosevelt until March. It honestly feels like a storybook ending to me. And today I live in Houston, Texas with my wife and three young children. I didnt have to go a single day unemployed. So Joining Forces is real, he added. It has impact. It connected me with meaningful employ ment that leveraged the skills I gained during my military service. Though the initiative has exceeded its goals, Obama said, the partici pating companies have pledged to hire another 250,000 veterans and spouses, with at least 50,000 of that total being spouses. It would be understandable if these companies just stopped now and patted them selves on the back and called it a day, the first lady said. But these companies are doing just the opposite. The first lady and Dr. Jill Biden, wife of Vice President Joe Biden, started Joining Forces in April 2011 to rally Americans to actively support service members and their fami lies in areas of employ ment, education and wellness. A year ago, President Barack Obama asked Joining Forces to chal lenge the private sector to hire or train 100,000 veterans and military spouses by the end of 2013. I thought this chal lenge was pretty ambi tious, the first lady, said, noting that the effort was launched with just two partner companies. Before long, compa nies all over this country had started stepping up. By April, they had hired 60,000 veterans and spouses, and by May, the number was 80,000. The federal government has made the same commit ment, and veterans and spouses made up 28 per cent of all federal hiring last year, a White House official told reporters. Also at the event, Vice Adm. Scott Van Buskirk, chief of naval personnel, said he supports Joining Forces because it has had a huge impact on Sailors, their spouses and veterans. Theyve shined a spotlight on the unique needs and strengths of military families and vet erans, he said. The Joining Forces ini tiative to make profes sional licenses portable from state to state for military spouses is near and dear to my heart, Van Buskirk said. His wife is a speech pathologist who has had to recertify mul tiple times, he explained.From Page 1Initiativeexperienced Sailors. Now that we have balanced the overmanned ratings, assigning Sailors to where we need them most is key. The recent manning policies and initiatives are intended to achieve this. We are Americas away team, and our Navy is in demand, continued Van Buskirk. With this increased demand for naval forces, there is a renewed need for prop er sea duty manning. To meet the most pressing needs of the Fleet, we have worked with Fleet Forces, Pacific Fleet and MCPON to execute short, medium and long term initiatives and policy adjustments to improve sea duty manning. In early August, Navy introduced several vol untary and involuntary measures intended to reduce gaps at sea. These include changes to detailing through the Career Management System Interactive Detailing (CMS/ID), extension of the Voluntary Sea Duty Program (VSDP), the Limited Directed Detailing Program, the Chief Petty Officer (CPO) Early Return to Sea Program, and expansion of the ratings eligible for Sea Duty Incentive Pay (SDIP). These measures aim to manning operation al units with qualified Sailors with critical skill sets, ensuring Fleet and operational readiness, said Van Buskirk. Van Buskirk also emphasized the impor tance of sea duty and the important role Sailors play in their career man agement. I highly encour age you to be proactive, speak with your chain of command, and con sider all the voluntary measures Navy has in place to pursue sea duty. Professionally, volunteer ing may offer additional training opportunities, and your demonstration of superior performance at sea is the benchmark for top evaluations and advancement. Van Buskirk also emphasized the impor tance of the 21st Century Sailor and Marine initia tive, which consolidates a set of objectives and policies, new and existing, to maximize Sailor and Marine personal readi ness, build resiliency and hone the most combateffective force in the his tory of the Department of the Navy. The 21st Century Sailor and Marine ini tiative ensures that you and your families are equipped to meet both the physical and mental challenges of our global mission, and are ready to be Sailors and Navy families, said Van Buskirk. In particular, Id like to highlight the impor tance of Sexual Assault Prevention and Response as part of the 21st Century initiative, continued Van Buskirk. As shipmates, we must look out for each other and prevent harm before it occurs. Bystander intervention is key to preventing sexual assault its recognizing inappropriate, coercive and harassing behaviors, knowing when to inter vene, and then interven ing. This is important. I urge you to ask questions and get involved. It is about taking care of you, our Sailors, and about all of us taking care of one another. Van Buskirks all hands calls in Navy Region Southeast are part of a series of visits around the Fleet to inform Sailors of key personnel policies affecting their careers. From Page 1CNPFeds Feed Families Drive Ends FridayUSS Philippine SeaFor the past three months, national charity Feds Feed Families has beenreceiving donations from all over the country, and the Naval Station Mayport Chapel, which will stop receiving donations at the end of August, are hoping for more contributions before they seal the last box this week. What we have collected so far is about 4-to-5000 pounds of non-perishable goods, cal culated Operations Specialist 1st Class Jeremy Daniels, who is in charge of the advertising, col lection and the distribution of said goods. The charity, now in its 4th year, is a nationwide effort led by a collection of government agencies, including that of the Departments of Defense and Agriculture, to help all fami lies, whether they are mili tary or civilians. Its basically designed for federal employees tO come together and gather up food and take them out to the local food banks for fami lies, Daniels says of the charity. This helps replenish the food supply that gets severely diminished, especially in the summer months when children are out of school. The national goal of Foods Feed Families is approximately 2 million pounds, and around half of the 5000 pounds that Daniels has already collected from the local community have come from the Mayport com missary. It has a tremendous impact on the community, Daniels added. If a hundred people came in, thats a hundred cans of vegetables that we wouldnt have had before. And it doesnt just have to be food, it can be deodarant, tooth paste, any thing that can help the families out who are struggling or on the verge of being homeless. What little bit they get from those food banks helps keep them afloat until the next paycheck comes around. Donations can be dropped off at the Mayport Chapel at 350 Massey Street. -Photo by SN Matthew MuhlA Feds Feed Families donation box at the Mayport Chapel is filled with non-perishable food items waiting to be collected. The food drive will end tomorrow.Money App Puts Finances in HandAmerican Forces Press ServiceFinancial planners often talk about being smart when it comes to your finances where, when and how to save, spend, and invest your money and how to manage your credit. The ins and outs of getting and staying in good financial shape can feel like a full-time job. From buying a house to researching tax breaks to asking about lower interest rates on credit cards or auto insurance, getting smart about finances takes effort. That endeavor can be made easier, however, with a free website and app created espe cially for military members by the Better Business Bureau and McGraw Hill Companies. The consumer advocacy groups military division teamed up with the global financial information company to create militaryand money.com and its smartphone app, which is available for the iPhone and iPad. There will also soon be an Android version available, Brenda Linnington, director of the BBB Military Line, told me today. Linnington, wife of Army Gen. Mike Linnington, who commands the Military District of Washington, creates curriculum for the Military Lines personal finance workshops, which are given at military bases around the country as part of the Defense Department and services financial readiness outreach. BBBs Military Line also is a partner in the Kipplinger/BBB Financial Field Manual. Linnington replaced Holly Petraeus last year as MilitaryLines director when Petraeus was appointed to head the military division of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. Both have worked to ease personal finance for service members and their families. We dont want it be laborious kind of thing, Linnington said of the website and app. They can just plug in their numbers, so they have their personal financial situation in palm of their hands. The digital aids came about after the bureau and McGraw Hill separately pledged to help Joining Forces, the campaign First Lady Michelle Obama and Second Lady Jill Biden created last year to support military families, Linnington said. The cam paign fostered the partnership, merging the bureaus military financial acumen with McGraw Hills global financial reach. The website and app provide basic training in personal finance with video instruc tions on budgeting and man aging credit. They also offer an action center with a calculator for entering your own financial information to help with building savings you can set a remind er for regular installments and reducing debt. The great thing about the app is its very user-friendly, and it puts that persons financial situ ation in the palm of their hands, Linnington said They can have it with them wherever they go. The website and app can help families through the financial shift of deployments and how to ease the burden when com bat and hazard pay go away, she noted. That reunion period, as won derful as it is, especially during the honeymoon period, also is full of a lot of stressors, she said. Add in the changes to your financial situation now you have less income, your children are getting older, and becoming more expensive that can cause more stress on an already stressful situation. The website and app are tai lored to enlisted members at the E6 level and below, Linnington said, because that is who the bureau found needs it most. Most complaints of financial problems from service members come from the E5 and E6 level, she said. Unlike junior service members, they most in their mid20s are beginning to develop credit and make enough money to pay off debt and save. And they are starting families. They have more money than they had before, but they also have more expenses and theyre getting into larger purchases, she said. Changes Coming To Family Health EligibilityFrom TRICAREStarting this fall, the eligibility requirements for the US Family Health Plan (USFHP) are changing for new enrollees. TRICARE beneficia ries who enroll in USFHP after Aug. 20, 2012 will lose their eligibility for the program when they turn 65 and be transitioned into TRICARE For Life. Under the new policy, beneficiaries 65 and older wont be able to enroll in USFHP after Aug. 20, 2012. Because the eligibility requirements are effective Oct. 1, 2012, new USFHP enrollees must submit their application by Aug. 20, to be enrolled before the requirements go into effect. All current USFHP members, including those who enroll before Aug. 20, can remain in USFHP, regardless of age, until they no longer qualify for TRICARE coverage. However, if a beneficiary dis-enrolls from USFHP, the new rule applies if they wish to re-enroll at a later date. USFHP enrollment will remain open to eligible active duty family mem bers, qualifying surviv ing children and spouses who have not remarried, unmarried children up to age 21 or until age 23 for full-time students, retirees and their family members under the age of 65, and former adult dependent children whose sponsors status qualifies them for TRICARE Young Adult coverage. Beneficiaries can enroll at any time and coverage follows the 20th of the month rule. USFHP is a managed care TRICARE Prime option offering compre hensive coverage at a low cost to beneficiaries. Beneficiaries enrolled in USFHP receive their care at one of their health care facilities. For more infor mation on USFHP or to enroll go to www.tricare. mil/usfhp or call mem bership services at 1-800748-7347.Your Droid, Iphone Can Help With VotingFrom a Federal Voting Assistance Program News ReleaseService members, their families and U.S. citizens living overseas now have voting information at their fingertips with the Federal Voting Assistance programs new mobile website. The site provides an interface that quickly leads users to voting informa tion in an easy-toread, mobile-friend ly format. Accessible from any smartphone, the site connects voters with the latest news alerts, absentee vot ing information, state election dates, key contact information, and answers to frequently asked questions. Users also can sign up for FVAPs voting alerts. Users will be directed automati cally to the mobile website when they visit FVAP.gov from a mobile browser.

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