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Check us out Online! mayportmirror.com Mayport To Hold Town Halls On Residents Energy The Mirror editorTown Hall meetings for Naval Station Mayport on base and off base residents are being scheduled to talk about their home energy consumption and the possi bility of paying for it. Three meetings have been scheduled in November to talk with residents about a resident energy conserva tion program being implemented by NS Mayport and Balfour Beatty Communities (BBC), the bases fam ily housing partner. The meetings are scheduled for Nov. 5, from 3-5 p.m.; Nov 6, from 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. and Nov. 7, from 5-9 p.m. at Ocean Breeze Conference Center. According to NS Mayport Commanding Officer, Capt. Doug Cochrane, BBC has been gathering energy con sumption information from the base housing units to provide a power consumption baseline based on hous ing type ad size. A letter was sent out to all housing resi dents to bring attention to the conservation program and explain some of the programs initiatives. Residents will begin to receive a monthly utility usage report, or mock bill, in February designed to educate them on how much energy they consume each month compared to the baseline. While residents wont have to pay now if they exceed the approved home usage, that will change in the future, Cochrane said. The personal responsibility component involves changes that you can make in your behavior that will help lower utility usage and save energy, Cochrane said in the letter. The monthly utility usage report will be your primary tool to achieving this goal. [The report] will eventually serve as an actual bill for electricity (and gas where applicable) consumed above the normal usage band. So residents could pay if they use too much energy, but they could also be rewarded with a rebate if they use under the baseline, Cochrane continued. Tips and tricks for energy conservation are also a part of the program and will be included in the monthly utility usage report, he added. Individually these energy saving tips result in small savings, but collectively they can make a big difference, Cochrane stated in the letter. Naval Station Mayport and BBC are also doing our part to reduce energy consumption through energy efficient construction, infrastructure upgrades and education to increase aware ness. For more information, contact the NS Mayport Housing Service Center at 270-5730.-Photo by MC2 Stuart PhillipsA BQM-74E drone prepares to launch from the flight deck of the Oliver Hazard Perry-class guided-missile frigate USS Underwood (FFG 36) during a live-fire drone exercise. Underwood is participating in UNITAS Atlantic 53-2012, a combined South Americaand U.S. 4th Fleet-sponsored annual exercise that incorporates participants from Brazil, Canada, Colombia, Dominican Republic, Mexico, and the United Kingdom and the United States (host nation). See more UNITAS, Pages 4-5.Underwood Launches Drone For UNITAS Missile Exercise U.S. Fourth Fleet Public AffairsUSS Underwood (FFG 36) joined Ticonderogaclass guided-missile cruiser USS Anzio (CG 68) in a standard missile (SN-2) launch and a live fire gunnery exercise during a drone exer cise supporting UNITAS Atlantic 53-12, Sept. 21, which is being hosted by U.S. Fourth Fleet. The missile launch was the first to be done on Anzio in nine years and was part of a larger subject matter expert exchange with other UNITAS participants. It was a challenge to coordinate this intri cate operation with so many different ships, said Lt. Julio A. Nilsson, the operations offi cer aboard Anzio. My job was to make sure everyone was on the same page so we could execute this as quickly and safely as possible. It takes teamwork to accomplish any kind of mission whether it be subject matter exchang es or the real thing. The type of missile used for the exercise was a SM-2/RIM-66 and was used to fire at a drone aerial tar get launched from the Oliver Hazard Perryclass guided-missile frigate USS Underwood (FFG 36). My job is to make sure that our guns work Marsh Takes Command Of HSMWSL -Photo by MC2 Stuart PhillipsSailors assigned to USS Underwood use a rigid-hull inflatable boat (RHIB) to recover a BQM-74E drone following a live-fire drone exercise. HSMWSL PAOCmdr. Raymond B. Marsh III assumed com mand of Helicopter Maritime Strike Weapons School, U.S. Atlantic Fleet (HSMWSL) on Sept. 7, relieving Cmdr. Andrew D. Danko during a Change of Command ceremony at Naval Station Mayport, Fla. HSMWSL is respon sible for training todays Atlantic Fleet Helicopter Maritime Strike Wing detachments with the most comprehensive tac tics and techniques avail able as well as ensuring future combat success of all East Coast Helicopter Maritime Strike aircraft. Danko, during his 15-month tour as com manding officer, made immediate and lasting readiness improvements to combat aircrews preparing for deployment while notably continuing a seamless integration of the new MH-60R into the Atlantic Fleet. His next assignment will be the Air Operations Officer on board the USS Makin Island (LHD-8), home ported in San Diego, Calif. Marsh, a native of Tallahassee, Fla., is a graduate of the United States Naval Academy, with a Masters from the University of Pennsylvania. He brings to the position a wide array of experience from helicopter tours on both the East and West Coast as well as experience from a tour completed in the Pentagon and Capitol Hill. -Photo by Lt. Justin Cooper Cmdr. Raymond B. Marsh III, right, assumed command of Helicopter Maritime Strike Weapons School, U.S. Atlantic Fleet (HSMWSL), relieving Cmdr. Andrew D. Danko, middle, during a Change of Command ceremony at Naval Station (NS) Mayport, FL. From NEX MayportGet out to the off-base Mayport NEX for some great deals. Mayport NEX will host Customer Appreciation Day on Sept. 28 with door prizes, refreshments, tasting, unadvertised spe cials, and a spe cial demo by Chef Marty Griffin on Kitchen Aid prod ucts. Enter to win a special door prize from Swarovski. You must be present to win from 11 a.m.-3 p.m.NEX Thanks CustomersSee Drone, Page 4

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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.Throughout elemen tary, middle, and high school my husband was responsible for getting our two daughters out of bed and off to school since his work day started much later than mine. As part of getting them off to school, his task included making their daily lunch sandwiches. For years we would buy healthy ingre dients for sandwiches and accompanying snacks. Then one day I discov ered behind the drivers seat on the floorboard of my older daughters car a mound of brown sand wich bags with the care fully prepared lunches still inside each bag. Needless to say that was the end of lunch prepara tion for the girls! We are now into the 5th week of school, and you are probably already out of ideas for bag lunches much less healthy bag lunches. Your children are complaining that they are tired of peanut but ter and jelly and want Lunchables those neat ly packaged, expensive treats, that according to your children, other chil dren bring EVERY day! To provide you with some ideas for not only your childrens lunch es but also your own, I checked out several sites on the internet. In an online article by Elaine Magee, MPH, RD, the Recipe Doctor for WebMD, she explains that lunchbox ideas are based on four key elements: Include more whole foods and less pro cessed foods. Choose lunch items with higher amounts of fiber and nutrients children need (like calcium, protein, and vitamin C). Include fewer processed foods such as cookies, chips, and snack cakes, which have higher sodium, added sugar, and saturated fat. Be creative. Think out side the lunchbox. Does your child enjoy spana kopita triangles, Chinese chicken salad, or veggie/ soy corn dogs at home? With a little forethought and a reusable cold pack, you can probably pack them for lunch, too. Keep it cold. For safe tys sake, pack lunch with a reusable ice pack. Better yet, freeze a small water bottle or box of 100% juice. Your child will have a slushy drink to enjoy at lunch and wont have to worry about bringing an ice pack home. Keep it fun. Include items that kids can stack or mix up to their taste when they eat. Remember that kids like to dunk, and include healthy dips with vegetables or other items. Cut foods into fun shapes with cookie cutters. While I found that some of these elements gave me some good tips like freezing the juice box or water bottle to keep the lunch cool, others like cutting food into fun shapes with cookie cutters seemed time consum ing for an already harried morning rush to get out of the door. But what do I know? Here are a few more tips from Dr. Magee that might just be the per fect lunch for your child. Mediterranean Pita Pocket. Fill a pita pock et with falafel balls and some homemade or store-bought hummus. Some falafel balls come cooked and ready to add. Fruit and Cheese Plate. Fill a divided plas tic container with assort ed cubes or slices of reduced fat cheese, easyto-eat fruit such as apple and pear slices, grapes, or melon, and whole-wheat crackers. Peanut Butter Fun Pack. Make a peanut but ter fun pack by spooning two tablespoons of nat ural-style peanut butter in a reusable plastic con tainer, along with whole wheat crackers or whole wheat pita pocket wedges and raw vegetables such as celery, zucchini, or jicama sticks. Everything Is Better on a Mini Bagel. Wholewheat bagels are a won derful foundation for hardy sandwiches, which stand up to being in a backpack or locker all morning. Start with one regular or a few mini bagels. Add tuna or lean, roasted, and sliced turkey. Top it off with reduced-fat cheese and fresh tomato, onion, and Romaine let tuce or sprouts. Two mini bagels can supply 6 grams of fiber to the meal. Its a Wrap! Wraps are a nice change of pace from the usual sandwich. Use a high-fiber multigrain flour tortilla. Spread on mustard, hummus, light salad dressing, or green or sundried tomato pesto. Then fill er up with chicken Caesar salad or assort ed lean meats, cheese, tomato, sliced onion, and shredded Romaine let tuce. Just roll it up and wrap in foil. Talk About Taquitos. Taquitos are easy to eat and easy to pack. In the morning, lay a few bean and cheese frozen taqui tos on a small sheet of foil. Pop them into a toaster oven to crisp them up. Wrap them up in the foil and slide them in your childs lunch bag. For a vegetarian option, try bean taquitos. Add some of these to round out your childs lunch: Fruit cups (with no sugar added) ; Applesauce in flavors such as pomegranate or cranberry-raspberry (also with no sugar added); Nuts or seeds in a shell (if age and allergy appro priate), such as walnuts, pistachios, peanuts, or Health Tips For Packing Your Students LunchJudy Cromartie School Liaison Officer KnowingAbout a million years ago, I had a career, a briefcase, an office, a secretary, and a view from the 24th floor. I did research, argued motions, interviewed clients and attended the firm holiday party. My name was on the wall in the lobby. But then, when I least expected it, something happened. That something was an incessant, unrelenting thing called life. Two years after being blindsided by love, I found myself sitting on my Navy husbands bach elor couch in our dumpy base house, in a state that did not recognize my law license, nursing our new baby while watch ing Maury Povich inter view people whod been abducted by aliens. At first it was kind of fun, getting to relive all the times I played house as a kid, except that I had to do the boring stuff too, like making sandwiches and cleaning toilets. I never really thought it all through, and truly believed that Id get back to my career at some point. Seventeen years, eight moves, and two more babies later, Im still making sandwiches and cleaning toilets, and the opportunity to get my career back simply never came. In the meantime, Ive discovered that longterm housewifery does not always provide one with the obvious sense of achievement that a career offers. In fact, the daily drudgery of housework and mothering is highly susceptible to being com pletely taken for granted. We dont get bonuses for sparkling floors, pay rais es for fresh laundry, or promotions for perfectly steamed green beans. So, we veteran house wives must seize our ego boosts where we can get them. When my son, Hayden, started his sophomore year at his new school, I packed his lunch every day like I always had. But, I decided to bump it up a notch. My usual routine was to roll up three slices of deli chicken on two slices of whole wheat with a leaf of lettuce and a slice of Swiss cheese. To reward my son for working hard at foot ball practice, I decided to double the meat, adding tender slices of ham and roast beef. Two slices of pepper jack and extra let tuce made the sandwich so thick that I had to put it into a quart-sized stor age bag. On our way home from football practice that evening, Hayden, who is firmly entrenched in that infuriating stage of teen agedom characterized by an almost complete lack of normal conversation, said, Hey Mom, I really liked that sandwich. My heart nearly skipped a beat. Over the next couple weeks, I continued craft ing thick, meaty sand wiches, sometimes sub stituting cheeses, adding spicy slices of pepperoni, or a fresh sub roll. Instead of waiting for accolades, I had taken to eagerly asking him how he liked the sandwich on our ride home from football prac tice. He would answer in typical teenage brevity, but always communicat ed his appreciation Then one day, Hayden told me that his football buddy commented that he wished his mom made sandwiches like that. I couldnt believe my ears and was exhilarated by my new sense of culinary superiority. Call me pathetic, but the seemingly insignifi cant compliments gave me a renewed sense of purpose, and a slight spring in my middleaged step as I packed the lunches each morning. Sure, its true that the closest thing I have to an office has a washer and dryer in it. And yes, it is rather ironic that I used to have a secretary, but am now Secretary of the Football Team. And even though my name is no longer posted in an office lobby, my name is the one my kids utter when they want a tissue, help with their homework, a snack, someone to hear about their day at school, or a hug. While I may never make Senior Partner of a Law firm as I had planned over 20 years ago, Ive attained a status I never expect ed. Im Head Nurse, Accountant, General Manager, Commander in Chief of the House, and now, The Sandwich Queen. Sure, my scepter may be a toilet bowl brush and my carriage a minivan, but I dont mind, because I know I am loved by my people. Get more wit and observations from Lisa at her blog, The Meat and Potatoes of Life, www. themeatandpotatoesofli fe.comRuling Her Kingdom As The Sandwich QueenLisa Smith Molinari Military Spouse Columnist The Meat&PotatoesYou have to love PRT season dont you? Surfside fitness is hap pening place these days. Runners are out in force on the beach. Some are running alone, running in formation, jogging, walk ing, panting, and in my case, maybe even a little crawling at the end. As I trudge along at a sea turtles pace, I get passed by a formation of yellow and blue. I can hear the cadence over the ocean breeze. We Started Tooogether, We Finish Tooogether. And the thought hits me of the truth of that cadence. If you query all of us, you will find many join the Navy for various reasons and answering dif ferent motivations. But the reality is this Navy of ours, in function at least, is a large institution. It is vast and spread around the globe. Regulations give it structure, oaths ensure our allegiance. Have you ever wondered how such an imperson al entity can elicit such strong emotions? If you dont believe me, go to the next Navy Chiefs retirement in your community. Watch that salty dog veteran Sailor of many seas fight the emo tions and the tears as he reflects back on a career given to this naval institution. He may say he got something in his eye, but we know better as he furi ously rubs his eyes and fights for composure. So why does this imper sonal institution we serve prompt such personal and human reactions from us? Well, I wont presume to know all of that answer, but I certain ly know part of it. Long after our medals are cov ered in dust and our uni forms have been boxed in the attic of our postnaval service homes, the memory and friendships of those we served with will replay in our minds like a broken loop. That is part of what we cherish. The memory of adversi ty, challenges, hardships, and yes...even the PFAs and PRTs fade away in time, but the memory of those that ran with us lin gers much longer. That is what makes salty dogs cry sometimes. (But dont tell them that.) I come to the end of my sluggish jog, feeling miserable, asking myself why I am doing this. Part of the answer has come around and is passing me again. A formation of blue and yellow jogging in unison We Started Tooogether, We Finish Tooogether. What Comes Around, Goes Around In LifeChap. Darin Dunham CHSMWL Chaplain CHAPLAINSSee SLO, Page 3 2 THE MIRROR NS MAYPORT, Thursday, September 27, 2012

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NS Mayport Gets Gold Star For Energy, Water Management EffortsRegion Southeast Public AffairsSeveral installations across the Navy Southeast Region have recently been named winners of the Secretary of the Navy Energy and Water Management Awards in recognition of their ener gy and water conservation programs. Naval Support Activity (NSA) Panama City was awarded a top honor by being named a Platinum level award winner. Gold level win ners were Naval Air Station (NAS) Pensacola, NAS Jacksonville, Naval Station (NS) Mayport, Naval Submarine Base (NSB) Kings Bay, NS Guantanamo Bay, NAS Joint Reserve Base (JRB) Fort Worth, NSA Orlando, NAS Kingsville and Naval Construction Battalion Center (NCBC) Gulfport. Blue level winners includ ed NAS Corpus Christi, NAS JRB New Orleans, NAS Key West, NAS Whiting Field and NAS Meridian. The annual awards are presented to commands that have made nota ble progress toward the Department of the Navy (DON) goals to reduce energy and water con sumption, increase use of renewable energy sourc es, and construct sustain able facilities. The DON Energy Program evaluates and classifies the overall energy and water man agement performance of each installation. Awardees are categorized according to SECNAV winners as platinum, gold and blue level achieve ment. Being recognized as a leader in supporting SECNAVs goal of shrink ing the Navys energy and water consumption footprint is a great honor and a testament to the base personnels commit ment to being a green team, said Evelyn Baskin, the Installation Energy Manager for Naval Facilities Engineering Command Southeast at NSA Panama City. The SECNAV recog nition is a great honor reflecting daily bootson-the-ground hard work, said Baskin. NSA Panama Citys energy program recent success is due to an effort in getting all-hands onboard with our energy reduction and management program. Baskin said their instal lation has become an energy champion through efforts such as mechan ics practicing preventive maintenance to keep facilities tuned-up and building energy monitors (BEMs) staying vigilant in reporting energy leaks and displaying energy awareness materials in their buildings. She added that pur chasing Energy Star prod ucts and implementing energy reduction mea sures like installing pro grammable thermostats and high efficiency HVAC systems have also helped the base meet its energy reduction goals. Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus will present the Platinum award to NSA Panama City offi cials during a ceremony at the U.S. Navy Memorial & Naval Heritage Center Oct. 3. The remainder of Navy Region Southeast installations is working hard to achieve similar results as a culture of conservation has taken root and continues to grow. Doug Mercer, Director of Infrastructure Assessment for CNRSE, said that seeing every installation in the Southeast Region earn a SECNAV award for ener gy and water conserva tion shows that meeting energy reduction goals is a team effort. We have come a long way in spreading the cul ture of energy conserva tion, Mercer said. More people are realizing they can make an individu al contribution to our energy independence, and that the funding we reduce in our utility bills goes directly to the train ing and equipment need ed to maintain the U.S. Navy as the preeminent force in the world. Those contributions have added up in the past several years as accolades for CNRSE installa tions have increased, said Andrew Rubio, an energy projects engineer with the Energy Management Branch of Naval Facilities Engineering Command (NAVFAC) Southeast. In 2007, less than 30 percent of Region Southeast installations received any level of rec ognition. Since then, con certed efforts across the Region Southeast at the installation and Region level emphasized the importance of the pro gram piece, and shored up its key components at each installation, said Rubio. Fiscal Year 2010 was the first year that all Region Southeast instal lations were recognized for their efforts with a SECNAV energy award level of blue or higher. This trend has continued and improves today.Dispose Safely Of Prescription DrugFrom NCISThe Naval Criminal Investigative Service and the Naval Hospital Jacksonville/Branch Health Clinic Mayport will give the public anoth er opportunity to pre vent pill abuse and theft by ridding their homes of potentially danger ous expired, unused, and unwanted prescription drugs on Sept. 29, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.. Bring your medications for disposal to the Navy Exchange Main Entrance, Mayport or the Target Superstore, next door to NAS Jacksonville. The service is free and anony mous, no questions asked. Last April, Americans turned in 552,161 pounds-276 tons-of pre scription drugs at over 5,600 sites operated by the DEA and nearly 4,300 state and local law enforcement partners. This initiative addresses a vital public safety and public health issue. Medicines that languish in home cabinets are highly susceptible to diversion, misuse, and abuse. In addition, Americans are now advised that their usual methods for dispos ing of unused medicinesflushing them down the toilet or throwing them in the trash-both pose potential safety and health hazards. Additional collection sites and information can be found by visiting www. dea.gov, and clicking on the link, Got Drugs? sunflower seeds; Raw veggies (ready to pack) such as carrot sticks, sugar snap peas, celery, or jicama sticks; Cheese sticks -avail able in 2% sharp cheddar, part skim-milk mozzarel la, pepper jack, and more; and Healthy snack bars (individually wrapped) with 3 or more grams of fiber, less than 10 grams sugar, and no more than 1 gram saturated fat If you enjoyed these ideas, Dr. Magee is the author of numerous books on nutrition and health. Her opinions and conclusions from this WebMD article are her own. Or for more healthy eating ideas, attend the next parent program: Childhood Health and Nutrition pre sented by Nuray Pastika on Thursday, Oct. 18 at 6 p.m. at the USO on Mayport Rd. To make a reservation, call (904) 247-7740, (904) 270-6289 X1305, or (904) 270-5228. 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.From Page 2SLO Fight Cancer.St. Jude is working to defeat childhood cancer and other deadly diseases. A CFC Participant provided as a public service. THE MIRROR NS MAYPORT, Thursday, September 27, 2012 3

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4 THE MIRROR NS MAYPORT, Thursday, September 27, 2012 UNITAS Atlantic Gets Underway U.S. 4th Fleet Public AffairsNaval forces from Brazil, Canada, Colombia, Dominican Republic, Mexico, the United Kingdom and the United States departed Naval Air Station Key West Sept. 20 and conducted air defense exercises to begin the at-sea phase of the Atlantic Phase of UNITAS, an annual mul tinational exercise hosted by Commander, U.S. 4th Fleet. Thirteen warships are conducting operations in the Atlantic Ocean and Western Caribbean through Sept. 28. UNITAS trains the participat ing forces in a variety of maritime scenarios to test command and con trol of forces at sea, while operating as a multina tional force to provide the maximum opportunity to improve interoperability. Shortly after depart ing Naval Air Station Key West, F-5N Freedom Fighter attack aircraft from VAW-111 adversary squadron tested the ships air defense capabilities. This was a very impor tant evolution as it was the first time the multi national ships were able to assemble at sea and work as a team to defend the task group from aer ial threats, Capt. Ace VanWagoner, command er, Combined Task Group 138.20 said. The adversary air planes flew threatening approaches towards the task group and the ships were able to respond quickly and successfully defended themselves, he said. This years Atlantic Phase will include a live-free exercises and a Navy Standard Missile (SM-2) launch against remote control aerial tar gets launched from the flight deck of frigate, USS Underwood (FFG 36). While the overarch ing goal of the exercise is to develop and test command and control of forces at sea, training in this exercise will address the spectrum of maritime operations, Commander, U.S. 4th Fleet, Rear Adm. Sinclair Harris said. Specifically, there will be high-end warfare scenarios addressing elec tronic warfare, anti-air warfare and air defense, anti-submarine warfare, anti-surface warfare, and maritime interdiction operations, he said. UNITAS develops and sustains relationships to improve the capacity of our partners maritime forces. Underwood Joins Multinational Ships For Air ExerciseU.S. Naval Forces Southern Command & U.S. 4th Fleet Public AffairsThirteen ships representing the seven countries par ticipating in the Atlantic Phase of UNITAS 2012 sortied to their operating area in the Caribbean, Sept. 20. After spending a few days in port in Key West, Fla. preparing for the exercise through planning meetings, ships from Brazil, Canada, Colombia, the Dominican Republic, Mexico, the United Kingdom and the U.S. Navy and U.S. Coast Guard departed the Mole Pier on the Truman Waterfront throughout the day. Meeting all the new people from all the different countries it was fun to talk to them, hear their stories and I think its going to be fun to work with them in the exercise now after having met with them in all the meetings and spending some time with them, said Lt. Matthew Bornemeier, a pilot embarked aboard USS Underwood (FFG 36). After leaving the pier, each ship completed a simu lated channel transit and then rendezvoused at a pre determined location in the Caribbean. The afternoon comprised of each ships air department conducting deck landing qualifications. Its one of those skills thats a perishable skill, said Bornemeier of the deck landing qualifications. If you dont continue to practice, you become a little rusty and its something we do all the time...to maintain our proficiency. Its a challenging exercise and we do it every time we take off and land. The afternoon concluded with an air defense exer cise, the purpose of which is to assess each ships combat information center in air plotting and anti-air war fare radio telephone procedures. An air defense exercise tests a units capability to detect, track and engage an air target, said Lt. Lori Rose, Underwoods operations officer. It flexes com bats ability to conduct anti-air warfare. Sept. 20 is the first day of the eight-day at-sea phase of the 53rd iteration of UNITAS Atlantic. UNITAS is the longest running and largest maritime exercise in this hemisphere. The 12-day exercise will entail a variety of operations intended to enhance interoperability between the partner navies.-Photo by MC2 Stuart PhillipsMulti-national ships participating in UNITAS rehearse a replenishment-at-sea. -Photo by MC2 Stuart PhillipsSailors aboard a rigid-hull inflatable boat (RHIB) assigned to USS Underwood (FFG 36) search an abandoned makeshift raft for survivors. No bodies were found on or near the raft. -Photo by MC2 Stuart PhillipsMulti-national ships participating in UNITAS rehearse a replenishment-at-sea. UNITAS Atlantic 53-2012 is a combined South Americaand U.S. 4th Fleet-sponsored annual exercise that incorporates participants from Brazil, Canada, Colombia, Dominican Republic, Mexico, and the United Kingdom and the United States (host nation).-Photo by MC2 Stuart PhillipsThe Oliver Hazard Perry-class guided-missile frigate USS Underwood is underway during a UNITAS group sail with multinational ships. Underwood is participating in UNITAS Atlantic 53-2012, a combined South Americaand U.S. 4th Fleet-sponsored annual exercise that incor porates participants from Brazil, Canada, Colombia, Dominican Republic, Mexico, and the United Kingdom and the United States (host nation). -Photo by MC2 Stuart PhillipsBoatswain's Mate 1st Class (SW) Dmitry Spiridonov (right) talks to embarked Canadian navy Boatswain Master Seaman Adam Hills as they observe a "hot pump" refueling of an SH-60B Sea Hawk helicopter assigned to the Vipers of HSL-48 on the flight deck of USS Underwood. -Photo by MC2 Stuart PhillipsSeaman Jonathan Howard (right) holds up a fuel sample for Lt. Cmdr. Edward Raisner to inspect during a "hot pump" refueling of an SH-60B Sea Hawk helicopter assigned to the Vipers of HSL-48 on the flight deck of the guided-missile frigate USS Underwood. properly and the missile launches, said Lt. Cmdr. Jonathan M. Griffin, the combat systems officer aboard Anzio. It takes plenty of planning and hard work [goes] into firing off these weap ons, especially when we havent fired a missile off the ship in nearly a decade. Once launched the missile locked on and hit the fast moving drone destroying it. We accomplished our mission today because the end result was a dead drone, said Griffin. This shows the impor tance of the planning and years of training that we receive that culminate in moments like these. UNITAS Atlantic 53-2012 is a U.S. and South America-sponsored international naval exer cise. This is the 53rd year partner nations have participated in UNITAS, which stands for unity in Latin, making it the longest ongoing mari time exercise in the region. Thirteen war ships from Brazil, Canada, Colombia, Dominican Republic, Mexico, the United States and the United Kingdom and observers from France, Jamaica, Panama and Peru are participating in the exercise, which will run from, Sept. 17 though September 28, 2012 in the west Caribbean and asso ciated areas. From Page 1Drone

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THE MIRROR NS MAYPORT, Thursday, September 27, 2012 5 UNITAS Atlantic Participants Compete In Cooking, SportsU.S. Naval Forces Southern Command & U.S. 4th Fleet Public AffairsSailors from ships representing the seven countries participating in the Atlantic Phase of UNITAS 2012 joined together for a sports day and cui sine contest in Key West, Fla., Sept. 19. Teams representing the Brazilian, Canadian, Colombian, Dominican Republic, Mexican, U.K., and the U.S. Navy and U.S. Coast Guard went headto-head in contests of basketball, run ning, soccer, tug-of-war, volleyball, and cooking. It was a pretty exciting game, play ing the Brits, said Logistics Specialist Seaman Christian Jones, who is assigned to the guided-missile cruiser USS Anzio (CG-68). We put a lot of energy into it. We lost a previous game so when we came back, we had to put more energy in the game. It was pretty intense. As the sports teams competed against each other, cooks from each ship were preparing dishes representing their respective countries in an international cuisine contest. We had to choose dishes that represent our country and the XOs [executive officers] from every ship came by to taste test the food and pick the best ships food, said Chief Culinary Specialist (SW) Kenneth Bohan, USS Underwoods head chef. We did macaroni and cheese and fried chicken to represent south ern cooking and especially where our Culinary Specialist Seaman (SW) Trent Powell is from, Georgia. Hes been work ing out here with Culinary Specialist 2nd Class (SW) Ernesto Lopez and they have really been putting their hearts and souls into it. Were just representing our coun tries so the judges can taste everything and pick the best one. The day culminated in an awards cer emony presided over by Capt. Ace Van Wagoner, the commodore of Destroyer Squadron 40. The Brazilian navy took first place in running and volleyball. Sailors representing Anzio won first place in basketball and tug-of-war, and the British took first place in cooking and soccer. Brazil was our most difficult oppo nent, said Leading Seaman Martin Kelly, captain of the soccer team from the British destroyer HMS Dauntless (D-33). We just beat them with a 2-1 win that we scored in the last minute. It was good to play different countries all at the same time. At some times tensions were a little bit high, but we all shook hands at the end of the game. UNITAS is the longest running and largest maritime exercise in this hemi sphere. The twelve-day long exercise will entail a variety of operations intended to enhance interoperability between the partner nations. COMUSNAVSO/COMFOURTHFLT supports U.S. Southern Command joint and combined full-spectrum military operations by providing prin cipally sea-based, forward presence to ensure freedom of maneuver in the maritime domain, to foster and sustain cooperative relationships with inter national partners and to fully exploit the sea as maneuver space in order to enhance regional security and promote peace, stability, and prosperity in the Caribbean, Central and South American regions. -Photo by MC3 Frank J. PikulSailors from U.S. and British Royal Navies raise a sunshade at the Sigsbee School in Key West during a community relations project for UNITAS Atlantic (LANT) 53-12. UNITAS LANT is an annual multi-national exercise consisting of naval forces from the U.S., United Kingdom, Canada, Colombia, Dominican Republic, Mexico, and Brazil. -Photo by MC3 Frank J. PikulInformation Systems Technician 3rd Class Curtis Franklin, assigned to the Ticonderogaclass guided-missile cruiser USS Anzio (CG 68) paints a rain collection barrel at the Sigsbee School in Key West during a community relations project for UNITAS Atlantic (LANT) 53-12. -Photo by MC3 Frank J. PikulSailors from the U.S., British, Canadian, Mexican, Colombian, Brazilian, and Dominican navies and members of the U.S. Coast Guard remove rocks from a pathway at the Sigsbee School in Key West during a community relations project for UNITAS Atlantic (LANT) 53-12. -Photo by MC2 Stuart PhillipsSailors assigned to the Arleigh Burke-class destroyer USS Gravely (DDG 107) play bas ketball with U.S. Coast Guardsmen assigned to USCG cutter Escanaba (WMEC 907) during an international cuisine contest and sports day with partner navies held in Key West. -Photo by MC2 Stuart PhillipsCmdr. Michael Brasseur, the executive officer of the Oliver Hazard Perry-class guided-missile frigate USS Underwood (FFG 36), judges food prepared by cooks assigned to the Canadian supply ship HMCS Preserver (AR-8) during an inter national cuisine contest and sports day with partner navies held in Key West.-Photo by MC2 Stuart PhillipsSailors assigned to the guided-missile cruiser USS Anzio (CG-68) play volleyball with a team from the Brazilian ship BNS Greenhalgh (F-46) during an international cuisine contest and sports day with partner navies held in Key West.

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Volunteers Clean Up Mayport Beach For 2012 International Coastal CleanupPublic Works MayportOn Saturday, Sept. 15, mili tary and civilian personnel from Naval Station Mayport joined with the Ocean Conservancy and hundreds of thousands of volunteers around the world when they hit the beach and the Jetties for the 2012 International Coastal Cleanup. Volunteers spent two hours picking up trash and debris from these areas resulting in the collection of many large bags of trash in addition to a multitude of other odds and ends that had washed ashore. The largest group to turn out for the event was the approximately 48 cadets and adult volunteers from the Navy JROTC at Terry Parker High School. This group cleared the beach from the Jetties south to Hannah Park. Several family groups also came out to participate togeth er in the cleanup. Every year, countless marine mammals, sea turtles, seabirds, and other animals are sick ened, injured, or killed because of dangerous items that are carried by rain water and wind into rivers and ultimately the ocean. These animals are poisoned, choked, or entangled by care lessly discarded trash such as fishing line, Styrofoam, plastic bags and bottles, and cigarette butts. The work of volunteers to remove these items is impor tant and greatly appreciated. A further goal of this event is to help people to understand that when they dont properly dispose of their trash it poses a long term hazard to wildlife, people, and the environment. -Photos courtesy of Mayport EnvironmentalPictured top and bottom left, several families show up at Naval Station Mayports Jetties to participate in this years International Coastal Cleanup held Sept. 15. Volunteers walked the Jetties and Mayport beach to pick up trash washed up ashore by the river and ocean. Above, approximately 48 cadets and adult volunteers at the Navy JROTC at Terry Parker High School stand outside the Chief Petty Officer Club, Focsle Lounge, with bags of trash picked up during the coastal cleanup. 6 THE MIRROR NS MAYPORT, Thursday, September 27, 2012

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From Mayport F&ESThe Naval Station Mayport Fire Department will host activities during Fire Prevention Week to promote Have Two Ways Out! Through these educational, family-oriented activi ties, residents can learn more about the importance of fire escape planning and practice, as well as the power of prevention. Oct. 7-13, 9:30 a.m.-4 p.m., Fire Department Open House tours Oct. 9, 9:30 a.m., Kick off Fire Prevention Week at Building 2287, Off-Base Child Development Center w/ Sparky Pumper and Engine Company. Company to visit Bldg 1960, Off-Base Child Development Center w/ Sparky Pumper and Engine Company. Drills at Youth Center Buildings 1326 and 2084 Oct 10, 9:30 a.m.-1 p.m., Static Display Table at Building 1900 NEX Oct 11, 9 a.m.2 p.m., LIVE FIRE Extinguisher Training (using water and CO2 extinguishers) at Building 365 Oct 12, 9 a.m.2 p.m., Base-wide unannounced fire drills. 9 a.m.-2 p.m., Family Home Care Provider Home Evacuation DrillsMayport Plans Activities For Fire PreventionEnterprise To Inactivate After 51 Years Of ServiceFrom Enterprise Carrier Strike Group Public AffairsAfter 51 years of dis tinguished service, the aircraft carrier USS Enterprise (CVN 65) will inactivate on Dec. 1, 2012, in a ceremony to be held at Norfolk Naval Station, in Norfolk, Va. The inactivation cer emony will be the last official public event for the ship, and will serve as a celebration of life for the ship and the more than 100,000 Sailors who served aboard. Details of the actual ceremony are still being finalized; however, numerous dig nitaries and thousands of veterans of the ship are expected to attend the event. Commissioned on November 25, 1961, the eighth ship to bear the illustrious name Enterprise, the Big E was the worlds first nuclear-powered aircraft carrier. A veteran of 25 deployments to the Mediterranean Sea, Pacific Ocean, and the Middle East, Enterprise has served in nearly every major conflict to take place during her history. From the Cuban Missile Crisis in 1962 to six deployments in support of the Vietnam conflict through the Cold War and the Gulf Wars, Enterprise was there. On Sept. 11, 2001, Enterprise aborted her transit home from a long deployment after the terrorist attacks, and steamed overnight to the North Arabian Sea. Big E once again took her place in history when she launched the first strikes in direct support of Operation Enduring Freedom. All Enterprise veter ans, their families, ship yard workers, and friends of Enterprise are invited to register to attend the inactivation week events and the ceremony on the ships website, www. enterprise.navy.mil. Tickets to the events will be on a first available basis. For more information on USS Enterprise, her legendary history, and Inactivation Week events, please visit www.enter prise.navy.mil USS Enterprise Inactivation Ceremony TixFrom USS EnterpriseTickets for the USS Enterprise (CVN 65) Inactivation Ceremony on Dec. 1, 2012 can be obtained by filling out the required infor mation online at https://ein vitations.afit.edu/inv/anim. cfm?i=126327&k=0363440A7950. Please you take your time in filling out the RSVP information and read all of the information. If you have already filled out a simi lar form on the Enterprise website, this form is still required be filled out as the command is collecting addi tional data. Tickets are scheduled to be mailed out no later than Nov. 1, 2012. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact Robert Gorsuch, COMVAIRLANT Protocol Officer, at DSN: 564-4254 Comm: (757) 4444254 or via e-mail at Robert.gor such@navy.mil.Navy To Name Research Vessel After Neil ArmstrongFrom DoNSecretary of the Navy Ray Mabus announced this week that the first Armstrong-class Auxiliary General Oceanographic Research (AGOR) ship will be named Neil Armstrong. Mabus named the future R/V Neil Armstrong (AGOR 27) to honor the memory of Neil Armstrong, best known for being the first man to walk on the moon. Armstrong was an aeronautics pioneer and explorer for the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) serving as an engineer, test pilot, astronaut and administrator. Armstrong also served as a naval avi ator flying nearly 80 combat missions during the Korean War. Neil Armstrong rightly belongs to the ages as the man who first walked on the moon. While he was a true pioneer of space exploration and science, he was also a combatproven naval aviator, said Mabus. Naming this class of ships and this ves sel after Neil Armstrong honors the memory of an extraordinary individual, but more importantly, it reminds us all to embrace the challenges of explo ration and to never stop discovering. Armstrongs widow, Carol, will serve as the ships sponsor. The Armstrong-class AGOR ship will be a modern oceanograph ic research platform equipped with acous tic equipment capable of mapping the deepest parts of the oceans, and modular on-board labo ratories that will provide the flexibility to meet a wide variety of oceano graphic research chal lenges. These make them capable of supporting a wide range of oceano graphic research activities conducted by academic institutions and national laboratories. Additionally, the research vessel will be outfitted with multi-drive, low-voltage diesel elec tric propulsion systems. This upgraded system will maintain engine efficien cy while lowering maintenance and fuel costs. Armstrong-class AGOR ships will be 238 feet in length, have a beam length of 50 feet, and operate at more than 12 knots. AGOR 27 is currently under con struction by Dakota Creek Industries, Inc. in Anacortes, Wash. Media may direct que ries to the Navy Office of Information at 703-6975342. For more news from secretary of the Navy pub lic affairs, visit www.navy. mil/SECNAV. 8 THE MIRROR NS MAYPORT, Thursday, September 27, 2012

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Gettysburg Joins Joint Warrior Exercise 12-2 Navy Public Affairs Support Ele ment WestTwo U.S. Navy ships, led by Commander, Destroyer Squadron (COMDESRON) 26, departed from the U.S. for Scotland, Sept. 17. The ships will take part in the Joint Warrior 12-2 exercise with allied navies. Joint Warrior is a coalition exercise designed and led by the Joint Tactical Exercise Planning Staff (JTEPS) in the United Kingdom. Sailors from guid ed-missile destroyer USS Mitscher (DDG 57), guided-missile cruiser USS Gettysburg (CG 64), Helicopter Maritime Strike (HSM) 46 Detachment 2 and U.S. maritime support reconnaissance patrol air craft from Experimental Evaluation Test Squadron (VX) 1, Patrol Squadron (VP) 9 and VP 10 and fleet replenishment oiler USNS Leroy Grumman (TAO 195) will play a role in the exercise, which is intend ed to improve interoper ability between allied navies and prepare them for possible joint exercises in the real world. Allied and coali tion operations are the standard when units deploy, said Capt. Nelson Castro, commander of COMDESRON 26. This exercise provides a venue for our Sailors to practice and learn NATO operating procedures. Joint Warrior is the United Kingdoms advanced naval certifi cation course and is on par with a U.S. Joint Task Force Exercise. The exer cise is a multi-national training event for allies in a maritime environ ment. There are 12 coun tries participating in Joint Warrior including the U.S. and the United Kingdom. Those countries are Denmark, Netherlands, Estonia, France, Spain, Norway, Brazil, Germany, Canada, Sweden, and Belgium. Many of the allied units involved in Joint Warrior exercises will be the same units our ships will see on deploy ment, said Castro. This familiarity allows for the development of trust. All nations benefit from open commerce in the mari time common. Our Navy deployed forward sup ports the movement of goods worldwide, which affects everyone. Joint Warrior is a two-week exercise that begins in early October. It involves sea, ground and air assets from participating allied and NATO forces and aims to fos ter a spirit of teamwork between allied nations. -Photo by MC2 Foster BamfordSeaman Kenneth Jones, left, and Boatswain's Mate 3rd Class Devonte Sims tend a line aboard the guided-missile cruiser USS Gettysburg (CG 64) as the ship gets underway. Gettysburg is heading to Scotland for exercise Joint Warrior. -Photo by MC2 Foster BamfordAviation Structural Mechanic 3rd Class Justin Stillwell, right, and Aviation Electricians Mate 2nd Class Sidney Rivera wait as an MH-60R Sea Hawk helicopter from the Grandmasters of Helicopter Maritime Strike Squadron (HSM) 46 takes off from the guided-missile cruiser USS Gettysburg (CG 64). Gettysburg is on its way to Scotland for Exercise Joint Warrior. The exercise is led by the joint tactical exercise planning staff in the United Kingdom and is intended to improve interoperability between allied navies and prepare participants for a role in a joint maritime environment. THE MIRROR NS MAYPORT, Thursday, September 27, 2012 9

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Klakring Celebrates 29 Years of Service USS Klakring Public Affairs OfficerUSS Klakring celebrated 29 years of naval service on Aug. 20. USS Klakring was commissioned in Bath, Maine, in 19833. Since commissioning she has been homeported in Charleston, S.C., Norfolk, Va, and NS Mayport. USS Klakring has deployed 22 times and traveled more than 3.2 million miles in service to the United States. In honor of this mile stone, USS Klakring rec ognized many of her outstanding Sailors during an awards and re-enlistment ceremo ny. Command Master Chief Steve Lupton, Chief Electricians Edeh, Boatswains Mate 1st Class Blanchard, Cryptologic Technician Technical 2nd Class Turner, Logistics Specialist 2nd Class Aceituno, Culinary Specialist 3rd Class Cruz, and Logistics Specialist 3rd Class Doeblin all renewed their contracts to continue their service in the Navy. Damage Controlman 1st Class Dagoberto Lerma, Ships Serviceman 2nd Class Rodricus Lewis, and Gas Turbine Systems Mechanic 3rd Class Quashuan Haynes were recognized as Klakrings Sailor of the Quarter, Junior Sailor of the Quarter, and Blue Jacket of the Quarter respective ly. Additionally, 22 Navy Achievement Medals and three Good Conduct Awards were presented to some of Klakrings hard est working Sailors during the ceremony. What a great way to commemorate our ships 29 years of service to the Navy, Lupton said. I was very proud to see all the Sailors who reenlisted today and those that were awarded for all of their hard work in prepara tions for Klakrings final deployment. This was not only a day of career building but also a day filled with MWR sponsored events. There was a barbeque steel beach picnic on the flight deck with a special cake to commemorate the occasion. MWR also coordinated an afternoon full of tournaments and activities for the crew. USS Klakring also took some time to reflect on the achievements of Rear Adm. Thomas B. Klakring, the ships name sake. During World War II, Klakring was cred ited with sinking eight Japanese ships within sight of Japanese ports. He later played a crucial role in developing the first ballistic missile subma rines. USS Klakring is cur rently on her final deployment, operating in the C6F and C5F AORs in support of maritime security operations. She is scheduled to return to Mayport in December and decommission on March 22, 2013. -Photos courtesy of USS KlakringAbove, USS Klakring Sailors gather on the flight deck for an awards ceremony. The ship is currently deployed to the Fifth and Sixth Fleet areas of responsibility. It celebrated 29 years of naval service in August. Right, Klakring Commanding Officer, Cmdr. Darrell Canady, presents ET3 Jeremy Harris with a Good Conduct Award. Left, Sailors fire up the grill on the flight deck for a Steel Beach picnic in honor of the ships 29th birthday. Above, the ships crew enjoy a little down time during the picnic. 10 THE MIRROR NS MAYPORT, Thursday, September 27, 2012

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Ruptured Duck Women Veterans Fly South To NS Mayport For 37th Annual Golf TournamentContributorKatie Anderson remembers when she first became captivated by some of countrys oldest living veterans. It was five years ago in Charleston, S.C., at a golf tournament for veterans women vet erans. As a slideshow was playing at the reception dinner, Anderson remembers, They were show ing pictures of women in overalls with those 40s hairdos standing next to a big plane with mechanic wrenches in their hands. And from the room of 300 women veter ans from World War II, Vietnam, the Korean War, Desert Storm, and Desert Freedom, Someone in the back would yell, Thats me! And I thought to myself, This is great stuff! Anderson said. That tournament was the 32nd that the International Women Veterans Golf Association has held every year since 1976. This year, Anderson, who hasnt been able to stay away since Charleston, has volun teered as the 37th tourna ment director and will be hosting the group Oct. 23 at Naval Station Mayports Windy Harbor Golf Course. A Woman Marine and a Navy WAVE, Rosemary Dillard and Gwen Danko, respectively, began the IWVGA out of pure enjoy ment for golf and camaraderie with fellow women veterans. They named the annual tournament The Ruptured Duck after the World War II discharge lapel pin, which depicted an eagle flying through a circle. American GIs decided it looked more like a bird with a broken wing. If you were a ruptured duck, you were coming home, Anderson said. And so thats our thing: Were coming together. Were coming home. The IWVGA recruited members on the bul letin boards of military base locker rooms across the country. Fifty-three women responded for the first tournament, held in Las Vegas. A few of the original members now in their 80s and 90s are still playing. We have women who have not missed a tour nament in 20 years, Anderson said. The players receive a commemorative pin spe cific to each tournament, and women show up with hats and vests densely decorated in their collec tions. The pin for the 2012 tournament represents Mayport with an image of the USS Starke FFG 31, the Mayport-based frigate that was struck with two Iraqi missiles in 1987 killing 37 Sailors. When Katie Anderson presented the opportu nity to host the IWVGA golf tournament here at Mayport, I had no hesi tation the answer was a sure thing, said Jon Fine, head golf profes sional at Windy Harbor Golf Club. A number of years ago, we hosted the Military Dependents Golf Tournament for Women, and I remember what a blast that was, so to have women veterans for a few days on base, I had no doubt we would have a week of interesting and educational stories. The tournament is held at a different golf course and state every year, and women come from all corners of the country to attend, even footing the bill for their own travel costs. Though they do share an interest in golf, this annual tradition is more about seeing old friends and making new ones. I was absolutely amazed at the instant connection, Anderson said. Immediately you bond with these women. The competitors are randomly paired with partners for two days of golf, but also get a chance to bond over sightseeing excursions and other tournament events. One of my closest friends out of this group is an 84-year-old, Anderson said. Shes a Korean War vet, a Vietnam vet one of the few women who served in the Tet Offensive and she kicks my butt on the golf course. Though 70 women vet erans representing all military branches will be coming to Mayport this year, the group is quickly dwindling from its peak of 300 members as they age and are unable to travel and play golf. Anderson said they are looking to generate new interest in the group with active duty servicewomen and those who have been discharged. All that is needed to join is a DD 214 certificate or an active duty military ID. With any luck, The Ruptured Duck will still be going strong in another 50 years, and todays ser vice women will be the ones in the slideshow. -Photo courtesy of Jackie HansonFrom left, three generations of Ducks, Sarah Lagomarsino, Kathryn Eres and Katie Anderson, have enjoyed participating in the International Women Veterans Golf Association tournament. The golf tournament will be held this year at the Windy Harbor Golf Course. THE MIRROR NS MAYPORT, Thursday, September 27, 2012 11

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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 Oct. 2-5: Fall Sports Challenge. Sign up your command at the Gym for this bi-annual, four-day, multi-event challenge. FREE. 270-5451 Oct. 3: 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 Oct. 3: 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) Oct. 5: Oktoberfest Party. 9 p.m. at Castaways Lounge. Featuring live band Kustom Deluxe, free food, giveaways and more. 270-7205 Oct. 6: 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 Oct. 7: 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 Oct. 10: Karaoke Night 8 p.m. at Castaways Lounge. Karaoke with DJ Tom Turner. Free food! 270-7205 Oct. 10: 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 Oct. 10: All-Hands Steak Night. 4-7 p.m. at Focsle CPO Club. Cost is $10 per person. Purchase tickets in advance; limit ed tickets available at the door. Sponsored by the A-Team. For tickets, con tact (904) 270-5228. Oct. 12: 60s Bingo Party. 6:30 p.m. at Beachside Bingo. Wear your bell-bottoms and love beads! Well have our gift wheel, double pay outs, desserts & more. 270-7204 Oct. 12: TGIF Extreme Bowling Party. Every Friday from 4-6 p.m. at Mayport Bowling Center. Free for Active Duty; guests $5. Awesome music and light show! 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. Sept. 27: Liberty Bash 4-7:30 p.m. at Sea Otter Pavilion. Free food, DJ, Laser Tag, games, rock wall, t-shirts and more! FREE Sept. 28: Movie Trip. Van departs 6 p.m. Cost $5. Sept. 30: Jacksonville Jaguars vs. Cincinnati Bengals. Van departs 2 p.m. Cost $10. Oct. 1: Command Break-In. Look for us at the Galley for Lunch. Oct. 2-5: Fall Sports Challenge. Sign up your command at the Gym for this bi-annual, four-day, multi-event challenge. FREE. 270-5451 Oct. 3: 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 Oct. 3: 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) Oct. 4: Chess Club & Tournament. 6 p.m. at Liberty Center. Oct. 5: Oktoberfest Party. 9 p.m. at Castaways Lounge. Featuring live band Kustom Deluxe, free food, giveaways and more. 270-7205 Oct. 6: Rocky Horror Picture Show Trip Van Departs Liberty Center 6:30 p.m. Cost $20, props included. Sign up dead line Oct. 2 Oct. 6: 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 Oct. 7: 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 Oct. 7: Jacksonville Jaguars vs. Chicago Bears. Van departs 2 p.m. Cost $10. Oct. 10: 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 Oct. 10: All-Hands Steak Night. 4-7 p.m. at Focsle CPO Club. Cost is $10 per person. Purchase tickets in advance; limit ed tickets available at the door. Sponsored by the A-Team. For tickets, con tact (904) 270-5228. Oct. 10: Karaoke Night 8 p.m. at Castaways Lounge. Karaoke with DJ Tom Turner. Free food! 270-7205 Oct. 11: Texas Holdem Tournament. 6 p.m. at Liberty Center. Oct. 12: Halloween Horror Nights Trip. Van departs 4:30 p.m. Cost $35. Sign up by Oct. 8. Oct. 12: TGIF Extreme Bowling Party. LIBERTYSept. 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 Oct. 13: Fall Fest 2012. 2-6 p.m. at Sea Otter Pavilion. Free activities include a haunted house, games, rides, bounce houses, take your own pictures in the pumpkin patch and more. Food and beverages will be available for purchase. A variety of vendors will be on-hand selling arts and crafts, baked goodies, and more. Purchase your seasonal pumpkin from the pumpkin patch. 2705228 KID 12 THE MIRROR NS MAYPORT, Thursday, September 27, 2012

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Naval Station Mayport has updated its fitness classes effective immedi ately for Surfside Fitness and the Gymnasium. The new Surfside Fitness class schedule is as follows: Monday 11:30 a.m., Pilates You will learn exercis es based on the original guidelines set forth by Joseph Pilates in the late 1920s. This class focuses on strengthening the core and all postural muscles. Flexibility gains will also be achieved. Grow taller and eradicate backache. 4:30 p.m., Cut N Core Want to see more mus cles in the mirror? Perfect your form and technique in a resistance training class designed to maxi mize muscle strength. This full body strength training class will chal lenge every major mus cle group and includes core training specifically designed to build and strengthen the muscles of the abdomen and back. Get ready to get ripped! 5:30 p.m., Flex N Stretch Reap the benefits of flexibility training in this 30-minute class designed for increasing range of movement of limbs and improving circulation. Stretching assists with relaxation, flexibility, strength and injury pre vention. Class includes active and passive stretch es as well as myofascial release. Learn proper stretching techniques for every muscle in the body and tissue management techniques that can be used after every workout to aide in recovery. Tuesday 10:30 a.m., Intro to Yoga 11:30 a.m., Zumba A fusion of hot, sexy and explosive Latin American and International dance music. Caloric output, fat burning and total body toning are maximized through fun and easy to follow dance steps. Come experience the ultimate dance party in this high energy, motivating class that is great for both the body and the mind. 4:30 p.m., Yoga Wednesday 6:30 a.m., NOFFS Nutrition & Fitness Series NOFFS (Navy Operational Fitness and Fueling Series) is a pro gram designed to improve the operational perfor mance of Navy personnel through fitness and nutrition. Emphasis is placed on injury prevention via tissue management and refueling. This is a 4-week program for CFLs and ACFLs only. 11:30 a.m., Strength Training For Women 12:30 p.m., Flex N Stretch 4:30 p.m., Zumba Thursday 9:30 a.m., Strength Fundamentals Learn basic strength training with focus on form and proper tech nique utilizing dumbbells, barbells, resistance bands and medicine balls. The results will be an overall increase in energy and endurance, a more effi cient metabolism, health ier posture and much more! 11:30 a.m., Zumba 4:30 p.m., Kickboxing Friday 9:30 a.m., Zumba Basics 11:30 a.m., Yoga Mayport Sandbox The Mayport Sandbox is a high intensity (H.I.T.) outdoor workout area located oceanfront behind Surfside Fitness Center. The area includes a Pull -up Bar and Ring rig, Kettlebells, Sleds, Tires, TRX Suspension Frame, Slam Balls, Ropes, Ab Mats, Sledge Hammers, Farmers Walk, Olympic Lift area and equipment, Monkey Bars, Low Crawl, Sprint and Drag area. H.I.T. training involves functional pro gramming that will take your workout to the next level. Both open Sandbox hours and instructor led classes are provided by Olympic Lift and Crossfit certified Mayport Fitness Team members. Monday 7 a.m., HIT High Intensity Training is held in the Mayport Sandbox behind Surfside Fitness Center (weather permitting). Participation in the WOD requires completion of the 6 part Intro to HIT programming. HIT is instructor led, timed, intense workouts involving refined exercise techniques, gymnastics, kettlebells, olympic lifts and other HIT apparatus. Class size is limited to 25. 7 a.m., Command Bootcamp 8 a.m., Intro to HIT 9:30 a.m., Bootcamp Basics 11 a.m., HIT Noon, HIT Skill Review Tuesday 7 a.m., Command Bootcamp 11 a.m., HIT Noon, Intro to HIT 2 p.m., HIT 3 p.m., Intro to HIT Wednesday 7 a.m., HIT 8 a.m., HIT Skill Review 9:30 a.m., Intro to TRX Suspension Training Learn how to train using the unique and innovative TRX Suspension Training System. This class is reserved for those entire ly new to TRX training. This class will result in increased strength, coor dination, balance and CORE-power. Class size limited to 25. Class is held at Mayport Sandbox behind Surfside Fitness Center; weather permit ting. 11 a.m., HIT Noon, Intro to HIT Thursday 7 a.m., Sunrise Yoga 7 a.m., HIT 8 a.m., Intro to HIT 11:30 a.m., HIT for Women 3 p.m., HIT 4 p.m., Intro to HIT Friday 7 a.m., HIT 7 a.m., TRX Suspension Training 8 a.m., HIT Skill Review 11 a.m., HIT Noon, Intro to HIT The new Gymnasium class schedule is as fol lows: Monday 11:30 a.m., Spinning 5:45 p.m., Kids Clinic This clinic is designed for children ages 10-14. It teaches how to safely use fitness equipment and provides general information on exercise and fit ness workouts. Held at Surfside Fitness Center. After completion of the course, participants will be issued a card which will allow them to use the facility when accompa nied by a parent or legal guardian. Tuesday 11:30 a.m., Steel Anchor 5:30 p.m., Spinning Wednesday 11:30 a.m., Rowing 101 4:30 p.m., Weight Training For Warfighters Thursday 11:30 a.m., Steel Anchor 5:30 p.m., Spinning Friday 7:30 a.m., Spinning 11:30 a.m., Rowing 101 MWR THE MIRROR NS MAYPORT, Thursday, September 27, 2012 13

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Mayport Honors IA Service-Photos by FC2 Robert LeonardThe Naval Station Mayport Color Guard parades the colors during the Individual Augmentee (IA) luncheon held last week at Ocean Breeze Conference Center. The luncheon was a chance for commands to welcome home their Sailors from temporary duties to Afghanistan and other hardship assigments.LDO/CWO Provide Commissioning OpportunitiesFrom Navy Personnel Command Public AffairsThe Navy is seeking applications from highly quali fied Sailors in pay grades E-6 through E-9 for the Fiscal Year 2014 Active Duty Limited Duty Officer (LDO) and Chief Warrant Officer (CWO) programs, officials said Sept. 20. LDOs and CWOs bring a variety of technical exper tise and a seasoned perspective into the wardroom from their enlisted service, said Lt. Shane Walker, assistant LDO/CWO community manager, Bureau of Naval Personnel and an LDO. These programs deliver to the officer corps seasoned technical professionals with proven leadership abilities. LDOs and CWOs are composed of Sailors from the enlisted ranks who serve in 56 different officer techni cal fields. These programs serve as a path to commis sioning for qualified Sailors, but more importantly the LDO and CWO communities support the warfighting capability and readiness of naval forces through leader ship, technical proficiency, and experience, according to Walker. They are the primary manpower source for techni cally specific billets not best suited for traditional unre stricted line, restricted line or staff corps career path officers, said Walker, Using critical enlisted experi ence, they are committed to the continuous leadership, improvement, training and mentoring of Sailors. The LDO and CWO communities have designators in the surface, submarine, aviation, information dominance, expeditionary, and general series as well as staff corps communities and serve in a variety of leadership billets within their technical fields, ranging from divi sion officer to commanding officer ashore. Eligibility requirements for LDO include US citizen ship, serving in pay grade E-7 through E-9 or an E-6 who has passed the exam for E-7 and been determined board eligible. Active-duty applicants for LDO must have at least eight, but not more than 15 years of activeduty service. Eligibility requirements for CWO include US citizen ship, serving in pay grade E-7 through E-9. Active-duty applicants for CWO must have at least 13, but not more than 22 years of active-duty service. These programs do not require applicants to have a college degree. Applications must be postmarked no later than Nov. 1, 2012. The in-service procure ment board is scheduled to convene Jan. 7, 2013. NAVADMINs 285/12 contains additional application criteria and guidance. Nuclear qualified candidates must also refer to NAVADMINs 099/12 and 238/12. Eligible Sailors should apply for the designator for which they are most qualified, regardless of their current rating. Upon commissioning, Sailors select ed for LDO/CWO will attend the four-week Officer Development School in Newport, R.I. USS Hu City Pins New CPOs-Photo by MCSN Darien G. KenneyNewly-pinned Chief Operations Specialist Michael Postell is welcomed into the Chief's Mess aboard the guidedmissile cruiser USS Hue City (CG 66) after receiving his anchors during the chief petty officer pinning ceremony. Hue City is deployed to the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility conducting maritime security operations, theater security cooperation efforts and support missions as part of Operation Enduring Freedom. 14 THE MIRROR NS MAYPORT, Thursday, September 27, 2012

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Chief Selects From USS De Wert Pinned USS De Wert Public AffairsSix chief select candi dates from USS De Wert (FFG 45) and two from Naval Operation Support Center (NOSC) com plete the transition pro cess with the time hon ored pinning ceremony aboard USS Little Rock (CLG 4) while deployed to the Great Lakes region with the Navys Commemoration of the War of 1812 in Buffalo, New York, on Sept. 14. The honor of being selected for Chief Petty Officer (CPO) is a life changing event in the life of a Sailor. For a few aboard the De Wert it is a historical experience in both ceremony and con tent. Although they are not the last class for the De Wert to be honored with the selection to the Chiefs mess before its decommissioning in 2014, they are certainly pioneers for the Class of 2012. De Wert Command Master Chief LaDon Washington said he was enthusiastic for journey the selects have taken and the once in a lifetime chance to accompanying the Commemoration of the War of 1812 journey. De Wert Chief Petty Officer selects are partici pating in one of the great est opportunities that can be offered to a Chief Select, touring the Great Lakes in commemora tion of the bicentennial of the War of 1812 and [The] inter action with the general public presented them with an opportunity to tell their story about becoming a CPO and the significance of the rank to the U.S. Navy, said Washington. The rich Navy heritage of the Chiefs Mess was also accentuated for the selects by the company they kept while underway. They have been meet ing hundreds of genu ine Chief Petty Officers, active, reserve and retired from various regions. We met one retired Chief in Cleveland, Ohio at a Chief Petty Officer Association function that was pinned as a Chief Petty Officer back in 1950s, WOW! said Washington. The process has not been easy for the selects who have had just as many challenges as opportunities and dur ing the transition. The challenges have come in the form of the travel from city to city, limited resources, and of course limited time because of the extra watch standing required from the General Ship Tours (GPV). Chief (SEL) Gas Turbine System Technician Mechanical (SW) Philip Brady, who has supported several of his fellow GSMs to the elite [chief], had a positive attitude about the transition. There are ups and downs in the whole pro cess. It makes it difficult to be on the ship, he said. Its a unique experience, its what you make of it, said Brady. Senior Chief Culinary Specialist (SW) Timothy Hardin, De Wert Supply Leading Chief Petty Officer exalts the unique ness of the process for the De Wert selects. The exposure they have had most chiefs dont get at such a young age. Its a lot of history for they charge boxes. That is something they will use for their careers. They have been introduced everywhere they go, they are almost celebrities, said Hardin. Not feeling the celebrity but more of the tradition of the Chiefs Mess was Chief (Select) Gas Turbine Systems Technician (Mechanical) (SW) Nick Burnworth explained. It rings home for me, my grandfather was a chief back in WWII, said Burnworth. [He] didnt get the chance to see me [join the Navy] he passed away two years before I joined, he said. The reminiscence was not limited fam ily but others who had touched Burnworths life during his Navy career. Burnworth who was sta tioned aboard the USS Cole (DDG 67) in October 2000 at the time of ter rorist attack that took 17 lives. It is my biggest accom plishment. It is a tribute my friends and ship mates. -Photo by MC1 Todd StaffordBuffalo Navy Week 2012 is one of 15 signature events planned across America in 2012. The weeklong event commemorates the bicentennial of the War of 1812, hosting service members from the U.S. Navy, Marine Corps, Coast Guard and Royal Canadian Navy. THE MIRROR NS MAYPORT, Thursday, September 27, 2012 15

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Navy Lodge Offers Greater Savings This HolidayFrom NEXCOMSelect Navy Lodges will be offering even greater savings this holiday season, including the one at Naval Station Mayport. From Dec. 3, 2012 Jan. 7, 2013, guests who stay at select Navy Lodges will receive 20 percent off their lodging. Guests can book their lodging now through Jan. 2, 2013. Navy Lodges are a great place for guests of military members to stay during the holidays, said Mike Bockelman, Vice President, Navy Lodge Program. Navy Lodges normally offer a value up to 45 percent less than comparable civilian hotels. With this addi tional 20 percent sav ings, guests will really get a good value for their money. To take advantage of these savings, guests must make their reserva tion online at www.navylodge.com Reservations will not be accepted through the Reservation Center or the local Navy Lodge for this promotion. All rooms must be booked in advance. Every Navy Lodge guest room offers queen-sized beds, high-speed Internet access, and a kitchenette complete with microwave and refrigerator. Guest laundry facilities are on site, breakfast is offered daily in the lobby where free Wi-Fi access is avail able as well as free news papers. Navy Lodges also offer convenient on-base parking as well as handi capped accessible and non-smoking rooms. As an added convenience, many Navy Lodges allow dogs and cats up to 50 pounds in weight to stay when traveling with their owners. Check with the Navy Lodge for more details. Navy Lodges participat ing in the holiday promo tion include Navy Lodge Patuxent River, Annapolis and Bethesda, Md.; Navy Lodge Fort Worth and Corpus Christi, Texas; Navy Lodge and Navy Inn Memphis, Tenn.; Navy Lodge Mayport, Fla.; Navy Lodge Kings Bay, Ga.; Navy Lodge New London, Conn.; Navy Lodge Washington, DC; Navy Lodge Everett, Wash.; Navy Lodge Moffett Field and Staten Island, NY; and Navy Lodge Great Lakes, Ill.NEXs Go Navy Blue This Holiday SeasonFrom NEXCOMNEXs worldwide will be taking a new approach to the holiday shopping season this year. NEXs will offer sales and specials throughout the holiday season beginning in early November instead of starting off the holiday shop ping season with a big sale the day after Thanksgiving. Also new this year, deployed Sailors will be able to take advantage of holiday specials by shop ping on-line. For the 2012 holiday shopping sea son, we have revised and refreshed our approach to the traditional Black Friday sales events. We are calling it Navy Blue Friday and will emphasize Navy core values, Navy family and pre serving Thanksgiving cultural values, said Robert J. Bianchi, Chief Executive Officer, Navy Exchange Service Command (NEXCOM). We will also pro vide broader access to NEX sale items for afloat and deployed Sailors. NEX customers will still find a wide variety of holiday gifts on sale as they have in the past. The prices on the items for sale will last for the duration of the sale, not be limited to a certain day or time period. NEX events will begin, worldwide, at 6:00 a.m. on Friday morn ing, featuring all-day Friday specials and additional sale items will be available across the entire three-day weekend. We took this approach so cus tomers wouldnt feel obligated to get up early and leave their families to go shopping for the holidays, said Tess Paquette, NEXCOM Senior Vice President and Chief Merchandising Officer. Beginning our sales earlier in the season will allow our customers to better budget their holiday spending by purchasing gifts over a longer period of time. NEXCOM also looked into how it could better serve its deployed custom ers. Based on feedback gained through focus groups, NEXCOM will run a special sale event for afloat Sailors at mynavyexchange.com three days prior to Thanksgiving, with exclusive sales tailored specifically to their needs. Deployed customers will start receiving electronic or paper copies of the sales flyer onboard their ship in mid-Novem ber through their Supply Officer or Sales Officer. We have developed an assortment of Sailor requested items such as electron ics, games and sports nutrition prod ucts which will be featured in the threeday sale, said Paquette. If Sailors are unable to participate in the sale due to operational or mission requirements, they will be able to contact NEXCOMs call center after the sale dates and NEXCOM will accommodate them. Farragut Gets Kicking Signature Not Needed For Some NEX Credit Card PurchasesFrom NEXCOMNEX customers who make a purchase for $25 or less using a credit card will no longer need to sign a sales receipt. This option is available to custom ers who make a purchase using a Visa, MasterCard, Discover or Military Star Card. For those customers using an American Express card to pay for pur chases, a signature will still be required. This change to make it easier and more efficient for customers to com plete their NEX purchase, said Richard Dow, Navy Exchange Service Command (NEXCOM) Senior Vice President, Store Operations. We know our customers often times run into their NEX to make a small purchase, such as a cold bever age, snack or other convenience item, especially in our mini marts. This new procedure will make shopping at your NEX even more convenient. Customers will still receive a printed receipt for all purchases.-Photo by MC3 A.J. JonesSailors assigned to the guided-missile destroyer USS Farragut (DDG 99) play a game of soccer with the La Rochelle City Employee Team. Farragut is on a sched uled deployment in support of maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts in the U.S. 6th Fleet area of responsibility. 16 THE MIRROR NS MAYPORT, Thursday, September 27, 2012

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Thursday, Sept. 27 The Duval County Extension Offices/ UF IFAS will be offer ing a workshop on Fall Gardening at the Mandarin Garden Club, 2892 Loretto Road, Jacksonville, Fla. The time is 10 a.m.-1 p.m. The cost is $5 for mate rials and light snacks. Payment can be made at the door. Topics covered will be Fall Gardening and Landscape Tips, Planting Wildflowers and Misconceptions about Trees. To pre-register, please call Becky at 904255-7450 or email her at beckyd@coj.net with your name and phone number. Saturday, Sept. 29 The Duval County Extension Office and the Florida Federation of Garden Clubs District IV will be hosting the 2012 GardenFest at the Duval County Extension Office, 1010 N McDuff Ave., Jacksonville, Fla. The time is 9-2 p.m. The cost is $10 without lunch or $15 with lunch. Drinks will be provided. To reg ister, call Rachel Wilson at 904-272-4252 or pick up a registration form at the extension office. The deadline to register is Sept. 24. Speakers are Terry DelValle, Options for Managing Pests, Jim DeValerio, Vegetable Gardening Gold Nuggets, Larry Figart, Money does grow on Trees, and Joe Stewards, Water: Waste Not, Want Not. Join a park ranger at 2 p.m. and learn about the lifecycle of the sea turtle and the importance of these creatures. The pro gram will take place at the multi-use trail pavil ion located at the south beach area on Little Talbot Island. No reser vations are necessary and the program is free with regular park admission. Sunday, Sept. 30 Health Planning Council of Northeast Florida, Inc. is hosting a free community docu mentary screening of the movie Weight of the Nation at noon at SunRay Cinemas, Five Points. The Mission of the Health Planning Council of Northeast Florida, Inc. is to develop regional, unbiased research and evidence-based initia tives that promote healthy communities, lifestyles and improve accessible, quality health care. www. hpcnef.org Monday, Oct. 1 The Duval County Extension Master Gardeners are offering a free Plant Clinic at the Extension Office on from 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m. at 1010 N McDuff Ave. Master Gardeners will be avail able to answer your gar dening questions, test your soil for pH, ID your plants or weeds, or give out gardening publica tions. Pick up your free color St. Augustine Turf Maintenance Calendar while you are there. Master Gardeners are available everyday at the extension office from 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m., MondayFriday, for your gardening needs. Tuesday, Oct. 2 Beaches Photography Club will meet at the Beaches Library, 600 3rd St., Neptune Beach, 6-8 p.m. Diane Macdonald will present Shooting for Stock Photography. This is a Free event with peo ple of all ability levels and camera types welcomed and encouraged to come and learn more about photography. Saturday, Oct. 6 Learn about the pre historic beasts that lived in this area such as dino saurs, sharks and megamammals. Find out what prehistoric life was like and the evidence left behind for us to dis cover. This program will take place at 2 p.m. at the Ribault Club on Fort George Island Cultural State Park. No reserva tions are necessary and the program is free. Saturday, Oct. 13 Join a park ranger to learn about the many common species that inhabit the natural com munities of the undevel oped barrier islands of northeast Florida. This program will take place at 2 p.m. at the Ribault Club on Fort George Island Cultural State Park. No reservations are necessary and the program is free. Saturday, Oct. 20 Crafters Wanted! Christ United Methodist Church, 400 Penman Road, Neptune Beach will host its annual Craft Fair and Fall Festival on from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. To reserve your booth, please con tact the church office today at 249-5370. The City of Atlantic Beach Family Fun Day and Campout under the Stars returns to Jack Russell Park, 1:30-10 p.m. Our 19th Annual Campout is one of the Citys most popu lar events. Reserve your campsite early before they sell out! Campers can reserve a 10 x 10 camp site for a $10 fee before Oct. 1, and $15 after Sept. 30. This year continues the Saturday Family Fun Day activities and per formances for kids of all ages! Afternoon and evening events, includ ing our Twilight Movie are free and open to the public. Russell Park field is located on Plaza St., north of Atlantic Beach City Hall on Seminole Rd. Registration forms are on the City website and campers can reg ister by mail, or choose your campsite at the Recreation Office, 716 Ocean Blvd., weekdays 8-noon and 1-4:30 p.m. Call 247-5828 for more information or visit www. coab.us/events. Girls Inc of Jacksonville is sponsoring Fall into the Daddy Daughter Dance! 5:30-9:30 p.m. at the Renaissance Resort at the World Golf Village. All proceeds benefit Girls Inc. of Jacksonville, a nonprofit organization that inspires all girls to be Strong, Smart & Bold. Cost is $80 per couple (Dad or significant adult male) and $30 per addi tional daughter. Find out more at www.DaddyDau ghterDanceGIJ.com or call 904-731-9933 The Friends of Talbot Islands State Parks will host the annual A Day for Hope and Friends bene fit event at Amelia Island State Park from 3-6 p.m. at Kelly Seahorse Ranch, Amelia Island State Park, State Road A1A North, Jacksonville. Each year the Friends of Talbot Islands State Parks coor dinate an equestrian event to increase mem bership and raise funds for Amelia Island, George Crady Bridge Fishing Pier, Big Talbot Island, Little Talbot Island, Fort George Island, Pumpkin Hill Creek Preserve and Yellow Bluff Fort State Parks. All proceeds from the event will benefit these organizations. Participants will enjoy an afternoon of horse back riding on the beach, educational opportuni ties, a low country boil, barbeque and bever ages. The cost is $10 per plate. While you are there, sign up to become a member of the Friends of Talbot Islands State Parks. Donations are also welcomed and are 100% tax deductible. For direc tions and additional information, visit www. FloridaStateParks.org Monday, Oct. 22 A Beauty Berry Jelly Class at the Duval County Canning Center will be held at 9 a.m.-Noon and 1-4 p.m. at Duval County Extension Office, 1010 N. McDuff Avenue. Cost is $20 with Pre-registration and pre-payment being required. Please contact Jeannie Crosby @ 2557450. Southern Womens Show Your Greater Jacksonville USO Mayport and NAS Centers have discounted tickets avail able for this years Southern Womens Show Oct. 19-21. Tickets are $5 each and cash only. Enjoy food, fashion, celebrity guests, health, beauty, and lifestyle ven dors at the Prime Osborn Convention Center October 18th-21st. For more information on this event, visit www. SouthernWomensShow. com. NAS Jacksonville Riverfest 2012 Come enjoy ven dors, door prizes, food, and much more at the Mulberry Cove Marina from 11 a.m.-5 p.m. on Sept. 29. For more infor mation, call the Mulberry Cove Marina at (904) 5423260. Recognition Ceremony Veteran Special Recognition Ceremony to honor Fourth Congressional District Operation Desert Shield and Desert Storm vet erans. Those eligible for the honor will receive certificates of Special Recognition in a cere mony on Nov. 8 at Naval Air Station Jacksonville. The application deadline to register for the honor is Oct. 5. The applica tion can be found on Congressman Crenshaws site: www.crenshaw. house.gov. Free Banners For Returning Service Members Sign-a-Rama, a local, small business has a great offer to support returning troops! Offer details: 1. This a free banner provided to a spouse or parent or child of an indi vidual service member returning from combat duty. 2. One free banner per household, please. 3. Orders are placed by the family, by calling (904) 272-8333, or emailing me at herb@jaxsignarama. com with the subject line banner for my loved one 4. We would like about a 7 to 10 day notice, if possible, so that we can fit it into our production schedule. 5. We are unable to ship these banners. We are a local owned fran chise, with a store at 175-1 Blanding Boulevard, and one in Jacksonville at 3663 Southside Boulevard. This is a service for the Jacksonville/Orange Park area. Banners are only for returning combat troops and unfortunately, are not available for troops assigned to NSB Kings Bay, GA. These banners are provided for FREE and please do not request a banner be prepared and no show up to pick it up. K9S For Warriors K9sforwarriors is locat ed in Ponte Vedra Beach and they specifically offer service dogs for warriors medically diagnosed with Post Traumatic Stress. If you or someone you know would greatly ben efit from having a canine companion, please visit www.k9sforwarriors.org for more information. Special For Military Hunting And Fishing License Active-duty and retired military Florida residents can get a low cost ($20) Military Gold Sportsmans License. The license cov ers hunting, freshwater and saltwater fishing and a variety of associ ated permits at a greatly reduced cost. The Military Gold Sportsmans License is available at tax col lectors offices only. Applicants must present a current military ID card plus a Florida drivers license or orders show ing they are stationed in Florida as proof of eli gibility. Military Gold Sportsmans License (includes same privileg es as Gold Sportsmans License, Listed Below) Available to Florida resi dents who are active or retired members of the U.S. Armed Forces, Armed Forces Reserve, Florida National Guard, Coast Guard or Coast Guard Reserve; upon submis sion of a current military identification card and proof of Florida resi dency. Gold Sportsmans License includes Hunting, Saltwater Fishing and Freshwater Fishing licens es; and Deer, Wildlife Management Area, Archery, Muzzleloading Gun, Crossbow, Turkey and Florida Waterfowl, Snook and Lobster per mits. Recycling Recycling has come to the Greater Jacksonville Area USO. If you have any office paper, shred ded paper, old magazines, and newspapers that you would like to donate, please bring it to either the Mayport or NAS JAX USO Center. This will be a great fundraiser for the USO so please help us fill the bins. Help support the troops with your unwant ed paper! United Through Reading program makes it possible to share in the enjoyment of reading to the children in your life, even while thousands of miles apart. The Mayport Center and NAS Center can record you reading a book to your children and send it to them after you have gone on deploy ment. It is a great way to make them smile on their special day even when you can not be there with them. Please contact your local USO center for more information. There is a computer resource center avail able to all service mem bers with email, Internet and word processing. Fax, copy and free notary ser vice is also available. Watch TV or a movie from the video library Service members can also enjoy video games or use the sports equipment. There is a full kitchen, showers, a quiet reading room and a meeting room available at the USO. The USO is available for meet ings, support groups, receptions, parties and pre-deployment briefs. A TV, VCR and overhead projector are available for use. For more information about activities or meet ing availabilities, call 2463481 or stop by the center at 2560 Mayport Road. THE MIRROR NS MAYPORT, Thursday, September 27, 2012 17



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Check us out Online! mayportmirror.com Mayport To Hold Town Halls On Residents Energy The Mirror editorTown Hall meetings for Naval Station Mayport on base and off base residents are being scheduled to talk about their home energy consumption and the possi bility of paying for it. Three meetings have been scheduled in November to talk with residents about a resident energy conservation program being implemented by NS Mayport and Balfour Beatty Communities (BBC), the bases fam ily housing partner. The meetings are scheduled for Nov. 5, from 3-5 p.m.; Nov 6, from 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. and Nov. 7, from 5-9 p.m. at Ocean Breeze Conference Center. According to NS Mayport Commanding Officer, Capt. Doug Cochrane, BBC has been gathering energy con sumption information from the base housing units to provide a power consumption baseline based on housing type ad size. A letter was sent out to all housing residents to bring attention to the conservation program and explain some of the programs initiatives. Residents will begin to receive a monthly utility usage report, or mock bill, in February designed to educate them on how much energy they consume each month compared to the baseline. While residents wont have to pay now if they exceed the approved home usage, that will change in the future, Cochrane said. The personal responsibility component involves changes that you can make in your behavior that will help lower utility usage and save energy, Cochrane said in the letter. The monthly utility usage report will be your primary tool to achieving this goal. [The report] will eventually serve as an actual bill for electricity (and gas where applicable) consumed above the normal usage band. So residents could pay if they use too much energy, but they could also be rewarded with a rebate if they use under the baseline, Cochrane continued. Tips and tricks for energy conservation are also a part of the program and will be included in the monthly utility usage report, he added. Individually these energy saving tips result in small savings, but collectively they can make a big difference, Cochrane stated in the letter. Naval Station Mayport and BBC are also doing our part to reduce energy consumption through energy efficient construction, infrastructure upgrades and education to increase aware ness. For more information, contact the NS Mayport Housing Service Center at 270-5730.-Photo by MC2 Stuart PhillipsA BQM-74E drone prepares to launch from the flight deck of the Oliver Hazard Perry-class guided-missile frigate USS Underwood (FFG 36) during a live-fire drone exercise. Underwood is participating in UNITAS Atlantic 53-2012, a combined South Americaand U.S. 4th Fleet-sponsored annual exercise that incorporates participants from Brazil, Canada, Colombia, Dominican Republic, Mexico, and the United Kingdom and the United States (host nation). See more UNITAS, Pages 4-5.Underwood Launches Drone For UNITAS Missile Exercise U.S. Fourth Fleet Public AffairsUSS Underwood (FFG 36) joined Ticonderogaclass guided-missile cruiser USS Anzio (CG 68) in a standard missile (SN-2) launch and a live fire gunnery exercise during a drone exer cise supporting UNITAS Atlantic 53-12, Sept. 21, which is being hosted by U.S. Fourth Fleet. The missile launch was the first to be done on Anzio in nine years and was part of a larger subject matter expert exchange with other UNITAS participants. It was a challenge to coordinate this intri cate operation with so many different ships, said Lt. Julio A. Nilsson, the operations offi cer aboard Anzio. My job was to make sure everyone was on the same page so we could execute this as quickly and safely as possible. It takes teamwork to accomplish any kind of mission whether it be subject matter exchanges or the real thing. The type of missile used for the exercise was a SM-2/RIM-66 and was used to fire at a drone aerial tar get launched from the Oliver Hazard Perryclass guided-missile frigate USS Underwood (FFG 36). My job is to make sure that our guns work Marsh Takes Command Of HSMWSL -Photo by MC2 Stuart PhillipsSailors assigned to USS Underwood use a rigid-hull inflatable boat (RHIB) to recover a BQM-74E drone following a live-fire drone exercise. HSMWSL PAOCmdr. Raymond B. Marsh III assumed com mand of Helicopter Maritime Strike Weapons School, U.S. Atlantic Fleet (HSMWSL) on Sept. 7, relieving Cmdr. Andrew D. Danko during a Change of Command ceremony at Naval Station Mayport, Fla. HSMWSL is respon sible for training todays Atlantic Fleet Helicopter Maritime Strike Wing detachments with the most comprehensive tac tics and techniques avail able as well as ensuring future combat success of all East Coast Helicopter Maritime Strike aircraft. Danko, during his 15-month tour as com manding officer, made immediate and lasting readiness improvements to combat aircrews preparing for deployment while notably continuing a seamless integration of the new MH-60R into the Atlantic Fleet. His next assignment will be the Air Operations Officer on board the USS Makin Island (LHD-8), home ported in San Diego, Calif. Marsh, a native of Tallahassee, Fla., is a graduate of the United States Naval Academy, with a Masters from the University of Pennsylvania. He brings to the position a wide array of experience from helicopter tours on both the East and West Coast as well as experience from a tour completed in the Pentagon and Capitol Hill. -Photo by Lt. Justin Cooper Cmdr. Raymond B. Marsh III, right, assumed command of Helicopter Maritime Strike Weapons School, U.S. Atlantic Fleet (HSMWSL), relieving Cmdr. Andrew D. Danko, middle, during a Change of Command ceremony at Naval Station (NS) Mayport, FL. From NEX MayportGet out to the off-base Mayport NEX for some great deals. Mayport NEX will host Customer Appreciation Day on Sept. 28 with door prizes, refreshments, tasting, unadvertised spe cials, and a spe cial demo by Chef Marty Griffin on Kitchen Aid prod ucts. Enter to win a special door prize from Swarovski. You must be present to win from 11 a.m.-3 p.m.NEX Thanks CustomersSee Drone, Page 4

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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.Throughout elemen tary, middle, and high school my husband was responsible for getting our two daughters out of bed and off to school since his work day started much later than mine. As part of getting them off to school, his task included making their daily lunch sandwiches. For years we would buy healthy ingre dients for sandwiches and accompanying snacks. Then one day I discov ered behind the drivers seat on the floorboard of my older daughters car a mound of brown sand wich bags with the care fully prepared lunches still inside each bag. Needless to say that was the end of lunch preparation for the girls! We are now into the 5th week of school, and you are probably already out of ideas for bag lunches much less healthy bag lunches. Your children are complaining that they are tired of peanut but ter and jelly and want Lunchables those neat ly packaged, expensive treats, that according to your children, other chil dren bring EVERY day! To provide you with some ideas for not only your childrens lunch es but also your own, I checked out several sites on the internet. In an online article by Elaine Magee, MPH, RD, the Recipe Doctor for WebMD, she explains that lunchbox ideas are based on four key elements: Include more whole foods and less pro cessed foods. Choose lunch items with higher amounts of fiber and nutrients children need (like calcium, protein, and vitamin C). Include fewer processed foods such as cookies, chips, and snack cakes, which have higher sodium, added sugar, and saturated fat. Be creative. Think outside the lunchbox. Does your child enjoy spana kopita triangles, Chinese chicken salad, or veggie/ soy corn dogs at home? With a little forethought and a reusable cold pack, you can probably pack them for lunch, too. Keep it cold. For safe tys sake, pack lunch with a reusable ice pack. Better yet, freeze a small water bottle or box of 100% juice. Your child will have a slushy drink to enjoy at lunch and wont have to worry about bringing an ice pack home. Keep it fun. Include items that kids can stack or mix up to their taste when they eat. Remember that kids like to dunk, and include healthy dips with vegetables or other items. Cut foods into fun shapes with cookie cutters. While I found that some of these elements gave me some good tips like freezing the juice box or water bottle to keep the lunch cool, others like cutting food into fun shapes with cookie cutters seemed time consum ing for an already harried morning rush to get out of the door. But what do I know? Here are a few more tips from Dr. Magee that might just be the perfect lunch for your child. Mediterranean Pita Pocket. Fill a pita pock et with falafel balls and some homemade or store-bought hummus. Some falafel balls come cooked and ready to add. Fruit and Cheese Plate. Fill a divided plas tic container with assort ed cubes or slices of reduced fat cheese, easyto-eat fruit such as apple and pear slices, grapes, or melon, and whole-wheat crackers. Peanut Butter Fun Pack. Make a peanut butter fun pack by spooning two tablespoons of nat ural-style peanut butter in a reusable plastic con tainer, along with whole wheat crackers or whole wheat pita pocket wedges and raw vegetables such as celery, zucchini, or jicama sticks. Everything Is Better on a Mini Bagel. Wholewheat bagels are a won derful foundation for hardy sandwiches, which stand up to being in a backpack or locker all morning. Start with one regular or a few mini bagels. Add tuna or lean, roasted, and sliced turkey. Top it off with reduced-fat cheese and fresh tomato, onion, and Romaine let tuce or sprouts. Two mini bagels can supply 6 grams of fiber to the meal. Its a Wrap! Wraps are a nice change of pace from the usual sandwich. Use a high-fiber multigrain flour tortilla. Spread on mustard, hummus, light salad dressing, or green or sundried tomato pesto. Then fill er up with chicken Caesar salad or assort ed lean meats, cheese, tomato, sliced onion, and shredded Romaine let tuce. Just roll it up and wrap in foil. Talk About Taquitos. Taquitos are easy to eat and easy to pack. In the morning, lay a few bean and cheese frozen taqui tos on a small sheet of foil. Pop them into a toaster oven to crisp them up. Wrap them up in the foil and slide them in your childs lunch bag. For a vegetarian option, try bean taquitos. Add some of these to round out your childs lunch: Fruit cups (with no sugar added) ; Applesauce in flavors such as pomegranate or cranberry-raspberry (also with no sugar added); Nuts or seeds in a shell (if age and allergy appro priate), such as walnuts, pistachios, peanuts, or Health Tips For Packing Your Students LunchJudy Cromartie School Liaison Officer KnowingAbout a million years ago, I had a career, a briefcase, an office, a secretary, and a view from the 24th floor. I did research, argued motions, interviewed clients and attended the firm holiday party. My name was on the wall in the lobby. But then, when I least expected it, something happened. That something was an incessant, unrelenting thing called life. Two years after being blindsided by love, I found myself sitting on my Navy husbands bachelor couch in our dumpy base house, in a state that did not recognize my law license, nursing our new baby while watch ing Maury Povich inter view people whod been abducted by aliens. At first it was kind of fun, getting to relive all the times I played house as a kid, except that I had to do the boring stuff too, like making sandwiches and cleaning toilets. I never really thought it all through, and truly believed that Id get back to my career at some point. Seventeen years, eight moves, and two more babies later, Im still making sandwiches and cleaning toilets, and the opportunity to get my career back simply never came. In the meantime, Ive discovered that longterm housewifery does not always provide one with the obvious sense of achievement that a career offers. In fact, the daily drudgery of housework and mothering is highly susceptible to being completely taken for granted. We dont get bonuses for sparkling floors, pay rais es for fresh laundry, or promotions for perfectly steamed green beans. So, we veteran housewives must seize our ego boosts where we can get them. When my son, Hayden, started his sophomore year at his new school, I packed his lunch every day like I always had. But, I decided to bump it up a notch. My usual routine was to roll up three slices of deli chicken on two slices of whole wheat with a leaf of lettuce and a slice of Swiss cheese. To reward my son for working hard at foot ball practice, I decided to double the meat, adding tender slices of ham and roast beef. Two slices of pepper jack and extra let tuce made the sandwich so thick that I had to put it into a quart-sized stor age bag. On our way home from football practice that evening, Hayden, who is firmly entrenched in that infuriating stage of teen agedom characterized by an almost complete lack of normal conversation, said, Hey Mom, I really liked that sandwich. My heart nearly skipped a beat. Over the next couple weeks, I continued craft ing thick, meaty sand wiches, sometimes sub stituting cheeses, adding spicy slices of pepperoni, or a fresh sub roll. Instead of waiting for accolades, I had taken to eagerly asking him how he liked the sandwich on our ride home from football prac tice. He would answer in typical teenage brevity, but always communicat ed his appreciation Then one day, Hayden told me that his football buddy commented that he wished his mom made sandwiches like that. I couldnt believe my ears and was exhilarated by my new sense of culinary superiority. Call me pathetic, but the seemingly insignifi cant compliments gave me a renewed sense of purpose, and a slight spring in my middleaged step as I packed the lunches each morning. Sure, its true that the closest thing I have to an office has a washer and dryer in it. And yes, it is rather ironic that I used to have a secretary, but am now Secretary of the Football Team. And even though my name is no longer posted in an office lobby, my name is the one my kids utter when they want a tissue, help with their homework, a snack, someone to hear about their day at school, or a hug. While I may never make Senior Partner of a Law firm as I had planned over 20 years ago, Ive attained a status I never expect ed. Im Head Nurse, Accountant, General Manager, Commander in Chief of the House, and now, The Sandwich Queen. Sure, my scepter may be a toilet bowl brush and my carriage a minivan, but I dont mind, because I know I am loved by my people. Get more wit and observations from Lisa at her blog, The Meat and Potatoes of Life, www. themeatandpotatoesofli fe.comRuling Her Kingdom As The Sandwich QueenLisa Smith Molinari Military Spouse Columnist The Meat&PotatoesYou have to love PRT season dont you? Surfside fitness is hap pening place these days. Runners are out in force on the beach. Some are running alone, running in formation, jogging, walk ing, panting, and in my case, maybe even a little crawling at the end. As I trudge along at a sea turtles pace, I get passed by a formation of yellow and blue. I can hear the cadence over the ocean breeze. We Started Tooogether, We Finish Tooogether. And the thought hits me of the truth of that cadence. If you query all of us, you will find many join the Navy for various reasons and answering dif ferent motivations. But the reality is this Navy of ours, in function at least, is a large institution. It is vast and spread around the globe. Regulations give it structure, oaths ensure our allegiance. Have you ever wondered how such an imperson al entity can elicit such strong emotions? If you dont believe me, go to the next Navy Chiefs retirement in your community. Watch that salty dog veteran Sailor of many seas fight the emotions and the tears as he reflects back on a career given to this naval institution. He may say he got something in his eye, but we know better as he furiously rubs his eyes and fights for composure. So why does this impersonal institution we serve prompt such personal and human reactions from us? Well, I wont presume to know all of that answer, but I certainly know part of it. Long after our medals are cov ered in dust and our uniforms have been boxed in the attic of our postnaval service homes, the memory and friendships of those we served with will replay in our minds like a broken loop. That is part of what we cherish. The memory of adversi ty, challenges, hardships, and yes...even the PFAs and PRTs fade away in time, but the memory of those that ran with us lingers much longer. That is what makes salty dogs cry sometimes. (But dont tell them that.) I come to the end of my sluggish jog, feeling miserable, asking myself why I am doing this. Part of the answer has come around and is passing me again. A formation of blue and yellow jogging in unison We Started Tooogether, We Finish Tooogether. What Comes Around, Goes Around In LifeChap. Darin Dunham CHSMWL Chaplain CHAPLAINSSee SLO, Page 3 2 THE MIRROR, NS MAYPORT, Thursday, September 27, 2012

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NS Mayport Gets Gold Star For Energy, Water Management EffortsRegion Southeast Public AffairsSeveral installations across the Navy Southeast Region have recently been named winners of the Secretary of the Navy Energy and Water Management Awards in recognition of their ener gy and water conservation programs. Naval Support Activity (NSA) Panama City was awarded a top honor by being named a Platinum level award winner. Gold level win ners were Naval Air Station (NAS) Pensacola, NAS Jacksonville, Naval Station (NS) Mayport, Naval Submarine Base (NSB) Kings Bay, NS Guantanamo Bay, NAS Joint Reserve Base (JRB) Fort Worth, NSA Orlando, NAS Kingsville and Naval Construction Battalion Center (NCBC) Gulfport. Blue level winners included NAS Corpus Christi, NAS JRB New Orleans, NAS Key West, NAS Whiting Field and NAS Meridian. The annual awards are presented to commands that have made nota ble progress toward the Department of the Navy (DON) goals to reduce energy and water con sumption, increase use of renewable energy sourc es, and construct sustain able facilities. The DON Energy Program evaluates and classifies the overall energy and water man agement performance of each installation. Awardees are categorized according to SECNAV winners as platinum, gold and blue level achieve ment. Being recognized as a leader in supporting SECNAVs goal of shrink ing the Navys energy and water consumption footprint is a great honor and a testament to the base personnels commit ment to being a green team, said Evelyn Baskin, the Installation Energy Manager for Naval Facilities Engineering Command Southeast at NSA Panama City. The SECNAV recog nition is a great honor reflecting daily bootson-the-ground hard work, said Baskin. NSA Panama Citys energy program recent success is due to an effort in getting all-hands onboard with our energy reduction and management program. Baskin said their installation has become an energy champion through efforts such as mechan ics practicing preventive maintenance to keep facilities tuned-up and building energy monitors (BEMs) staying vigilant in reporting energy leaks and displaying energy awareness materials in their buildings. She added that pur chasing Energy Star products and implementing energy reduction mea sures like installing pro grammable thermostats and high efficiency HVAC systems have also helped the base meet its energy reduction goals. Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus will present the Platinum award to NSA Panama City offi cials during a ceremony at the U.S. Navy Memorial & Naval Heritage Center Oct. 3. The remainder of Navy Region Southeast installations is working hard to achieve similar results as a culture of conservation has taken root and continues to grow. Doug Mercer, Director of Infrastructure Assessment for CNRSE, said that seeing every installation in the Southeast Region earn a SECNAV award for ener gy and water conserva tion shows that meeting energy reduction goals is a team effort. We have come a long way in spreading the cul ture of energy conserva tion, Mercer said. More people are realizing they can make an individu al contribution to our energy independence, and that the funding we reduce in our utility bills goes directly to the train ing and equipment need ed to maintain the U.S. Navy as the preeminent force in the world. Those contributions have added up in the past several years as accolades for CNRSE installa tions have increased, said Andrew Rubio, an energy projects engineer with the Energy Management Branch of Naval Facilities Engineering Command (NAVFAC) Southeast. In 2007, less than 30 percent of Region Southeast installations received any level of rec ognition. Since then, concerted efforts across the Region Southeast at the installation and Region level emphasized the importance of the pro gram piece, and shored up its key components at each installation, said Rubio. Fiscal Year 2010 was the first year that all Region Southeast instal lations were recognized for their efforts with a SECNAV energy award level of blue or higher. This trend has continued and improves today.Dispose Safely Of Prescription DrugFrom NCISThe Naval Criminal Investigative Service and the Naval Hospital Jacksonville/Branch Health Clinic Mayport will give the public another opportunity to pre vent pill abuse and theft by ridding their homes of potentially danger ous expired, unused, and unwanted prescription drugs on Sept. 29, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.. Bring your medications for disposal to the Navy Exchange Main Entrance, Mayport or the Target Superstore, next door to NAS Jacksonville. The service is free and anonymous, no questions asked. Last April, Americans turned in 552,161 pounds-276 tons-of pre scription drugs at over 5,600 sites operated by the DEA and nearly 4,300 state and local law enforcement partners. This initiative addresses a vital public safety and public health issue. Medicines that languish in home cabinets are highly susceptible to diversion, misuse, and abuse. In addition, Americans are now advised that their usual methods for disposing of unused medicinesflushing them down the toilet or throwing them in the trash-both pose potential safety and health hazards. Additional collection sites and information can be found by visiting www. dea.gov, and clicking on the link, Got Drugs? sunflower seeds; Raw veggies (ready to pack) such as carrot sticks, sugar snap peas, celery, or jicama sticks; Cheese sticks -available in 2% sharp cheddar, part skim-milk mozzarel la, pepper jack, and more; and Healthy snack bars (individually wrapped) with 3 or more grams of fiber, less than 10 grams sugar, and no more than 1 gram saturated fat If you enjoyed these ideas, Dr. Magee is the author of numerous books on nutrition and health. Her opinions and conclusions from this WebMD article are her own. Or for more healthy eating ideas, attend the next parent program: Childhood Health and Nutrition presented by Nuray Pastika on Thursday, Oct. 18 at 6 p.m. at the USO on Mayport Rd. To make a reservation, call (904) 247-7740, (904) 270-6289 X1305, or (904) 270-5228. Judy Cromartie is the School Liaison Officer for NS Mayport. If you have questions about this arti cle or concerns about an educational issue impacting your child, she can be reached via email at judith.cromartie@navy. mil or by phone at (904) 270-6289 X1305 [office] or (904) 993-5860 [cell]. Or you can schedule a meeting with her in her office in Building One.From Page 2SLO Fight Cancer.St. Jude is working to defeat childhood cancer and other deadly diseases. A CFC Participant provided as a public service. THE MIRROR NS MAYPORT, Thursday, September 27, 2012 3

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4 THE MIRROR, NS MAYPORT, Thursday, September 27, 2012 UNITAS Atlantic Gets Underway U.S. 4th Fleet Public AffairsNaval forces from Brazil, Canada, Colombia, Dominican Republic, Mexico, the United Kingdom and the United States departed Naval Air Station Key West Sept. 20 and conducted air defense exercises to begin the at-sea phase of the Atlantic Phase of UNITAS, an annual mul tinational exercise hosted by Commander, U.S. 4th Fleet. Thirteen warships are conducting operations in the Atlantic Ocean and Western Caribbean through Sept. 28. UNITAS trains the participat ing forces in a variety of maritime scenarios to test command and con trol of forces at sea, while operating as a multina tional force to provide the maximum opportunity to improve interoperability. Shortly after depart ing Naval Air Station Key West, F-5N Freedom Fighter attack aircraft from VAW-111 adversary squadron tested the ships air defense capabilities. This was a very important evolution as it was the first time the multi national ships were able to assemble at sea and work as a team to defend the task group from aer ial threats, Capt. Ace VanWagoner, command er, Combined Task Group 138.20 said. The adversary air planes flew threatening approaches towards the task group and the ships were able to respond quickly and successfully defended themselves, he said. This years Atlantic Phase will include a live-free exercises and a Navy Standard Missile (SM-2) launch against remote control aerial tar gets launched from the flight deck of frigate, USS Underwood (FFG 36). While the overarch ing goal of the exercise is to develop and test command and control of forces at sea, training in this exercise will address the spectrum of maritime operations, Commander, U.S. 4th Fleet, Rear Adm. Sinclair Harris said. Specifically, there will be high-end warfare scenarios addressing electronic warfare, anti-air warfare and air defense, anti-submarine warfare, anti-surface warfare, and maritime interdiction operations, he said. UNITAS develops and sustains relationships to improve the capacity of our partners maritime forces. Underwood Joins Multinational Ships For Air ExerciseU.S. Naval Forces Southern Command & U.S. 4th Fleet Public AffairsThirteen ships representing the seven countries participating in the Atlantic Phase of UNITAS 2012 sortied to their operating area in the Caribbean, Sept. 20. After spending a few days in port in Key West, Fla. preparing for the exercise through planning meetings, ships from Brazil, Canada, Colombia, the Dominican Republic, Mexico, the United Kingdom and the U.S. Navy and U.S. Coast Guard departed the Mole Pier on the Truman Waterfront throughout the day. Meeting all the new people from all the different countries it was fun to talk to them, hear their stories and I think its going to be fun to work with them in the exercise now after having met with them in all the meetings and spending some time with them, said Lt. Matthew Bornemeier, a pilot embarked aboard USS Underwood (FFG 36). After leaving the pier, each ship completed a simu lated channel transit and then rendezvoused at a pre determined location in the Caribbean. The afternoon comprised of each ships air department conducting deck landing qualifications. Its one of those skills thats a perishable skill, said Bornemeier of the deck landing qualifications. If you dont continue to practice, you become a little rusty and its something we do all the time...to maintain our proficiency. Its a challenging exercise and we do it every time we take off and land. The afternoon concluded with an air defense exer cise, the purpose of which is to assess each ships combat information center in air plotting and anti-air warfare radio telephone procedures. An air defense exercise tests a units capability to detect, track and engage an air target, said Lt. Lori Rose, Underwoods operations officer. It flexes com bats ability to conduct anti-air warfare. Sept. 20 is the first day of the eight-day at-sea phase of the 53rd iteration of UNITAS Atlantic. UNITAS is the longest running and largest maritime exercise in this hemisphere. The 12-day exercise will entail a variety of operations intended to enhance interoperability between the partner navies.-Photo by MC2 Stuart PhillipsMulti-national ships participating in UNITAS rehearse a replenishment-at-sea. -Photo by MC2 Stuart PhillipsSailors aboard a rigid-hull inflatable boat (RHIB) assigned to USS Underwood (FFG 36) search an abandoned makeshift raft for survivors. No bodies were found on or near the raft. -Photo by MC2 Stuart PhillipsMulti-national ships participating in UNITAS rehearse a replenishment-at-sea. UNITAS Atlantic 53-2012 is a combined South Americaand U.S. 4th Fleet-sponsored annual exercise that incorporates participants from Brazil, Canada, Colombia, Dominican Republic, Mexico, and the United Kingdom and the United States (host nation).-Photo by MC2 Stuart PhillipsThe Oliver Hazard Perry-class guided-missile frigate USS Underwood is underway during a UNITAS group sail with multinational ships. Underwood is participating in UNITAS Atlantic 53-2012, a combined South Americaand U.S. 4th Fleet-sponsored annual exercise that incor porates participants from Brazil, Canada, Colombia, Dominican Republic, Mexico, and the United Kingdom and the United States (host nation). -Photo by MC2 Stuart PhillipsBoatswain's Mate 1st Class (SW) Dmitry Spiridonov (right) talks to embarked Canadian navy Boatswain Master Seaman Adam Hills as they observe a "hot pump" refueling of an SH-60B Sea Hawk helicopter assigned to the Vipers of HSL-48 on the flight deck of USS Underwood. -Photo by MC2 Stuart PhillipsSeaman Jonathan Howard (right) holds up a fuel sample for Lt. Cmdr. Edward Raisner to inspect during a "hot pump" refueling of an SH-60B Sea Hawk helicopter assigned to the Vipers of HSL-48 on the flight deck of the guided-missile frigate USS Underwood. properly and the missile launches, said Lt. Cmdr. Jonathan M. Griffin, the combat systems officer aboard Anzio. It takes plenty of planning and hard work [goes] into firing off these weap ons, especially when we havent fired a missile off the ship in nearly a decade. Once launched the missile locked on and hit the fast moving drone destroying it. We accomplished our mission today because the end result was a dead drone, said Griffin. This shows the impor tance of the planning and years of training that we receive that culminate in moments like these. UNITAS Atlantic 53-2012 is a U.S. and South America-sponsored international naval exer cise. This is the 53rd year partner nations have participated in UNITAS, which stands for unity in Latin, making it the longest ongoing mari time exercise in the region. Thirteen war ships from Brazil, Canada, Colombia, Dominican Republic, Mexico, the United States and the United Kingdom and observers from France, Jamaica, Panama and Peru are participating in the exercise, which will run from, Sept. 17 though September 28, 2012 in the west Caribbean and associated areas. From Page 1Drone

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THE MIRROR NS MAYPORT, Thursday, September 27, 2012 5 UNITAS Atlantic Participants Compete In Cooking, SportsU.S. Naval Forces Southern Command & U.S. 4th Fleet Public AffairsSailors from ships representing the seven countries participating in the Atlantic Phase of UNITAS 2012 joined together for a sports day and cui sine contest in Key West, Fla., Sept. 19. Teams representing the Brazilian, Canadian, Colombian, Dominican Republic, Mexican, U.K., and the U.S. Navy and U.S. Coast Guard went headto-head in contests of basketball, run ning, soccer, tug-of-war, volleyball, and cooking. It was a pretty exciting game, play ing the Brits, said Logistics Specialist Seaman Christian Jones, who is assigned to the guided-missile cruiser USS Anzio (CG-68). We put a lot of energy into it. We lost a previous game so when we came back, we had to put more energy in the game. It was pretty intense. As the sports teams competed against each other, cooks from each ship were preparing dishes representing their respective countries in an international cuisine contest. We had to choose dishes that represent our country and the XOs [executive officers] from every ship came by to taste test the food and pick the best ships food, said Chief Culinary Specialist (SW) Kenneth Bohan, USS Underwoods head chef. We did macaroni and cheese and fried chicken to represent south ern cooking and especially where our Culinary Specialist Seaman (SW) Trent Powell is from, Georgia. Hes been working out here with Culinary Specialist 2nd Class (SW) Ernesto Lopez and they have really been putting their hearts and souls into it. Were just representing our countries so the judges can taste everything and pick the best one. The day culminated in an awards ceremony presided over by Capt. Ace Van Wagoner, the commodore of Destroyer Squadron 40. The Brazilian navy took first place in running and volleyball. Sailors representing Anzio won first place in basketball and tug-of-war, and the British took first place in cooking and soccer. Brazil was our most difficult oppo nent, said Leading Seaman Martin Kelly, captain of the soccer team from the British destroyer HMS Dauntless (D-33). We just beat them with a 2-1 win that we scored in the last minute. It was good to play different countries all at the same time. At some times tensions were a little bit high, but we all shook hands at the end of the game. UNITAS is the longest running and largest maritime exercise in this hemi sphere. The twelve-day long exercise will entail a variety of operations intended to enhance interoperability between the partner nations. COMUSNAVSO/COMFOURTHFLT supports U.S. Southern Command joint and combined full-spectrum military operations by providing prin cipally sea-based, forward presence to ensure freedom of maneuver in the maritime domain, to foster and sustain cooperative relationships with inter national partners and to fully exploit the sea as maneuver space in order to enhance regional security and promote peace, stability, and prosperity in the Caribbean, Central and South American regions. -Photo by MC3 Frank J. PikulSailors from U.S. and British Royal Navies raise a sunshade at the Sigsbee School in Key West during a community relations project for UNITAS Atlantic (LANT) 53-12. UNITAS LANT is an annual multi-national exercise consisting of naval forces from the U.S., United Kingdom, Canada, Colombia, Dominican Republic, Mexico, and Brazil. -Photo by MC3 Frank J. PikulInformation Systems Technician 3rd Class Curtis Franklin, assigned to the Ticonderogaclass guided-missile cruiser USS Anzio (CG 68) paints a rain collection barrel at the Sigsbee School in Key West during a community relations project for UNITAS Atlantic (LANT) 53-12. -Photo by MC3 Frank J. PikulSailors from the U.S., British, Canadian, Mexican, Colombian, Brazilian, and Dominican navies and members of the U.S. Coast Guard remove rocks from a pathway at the Sigsbee School in Key West during a community relations project for UNITAS Atlantic (LANT) 53-12. -Photo by MC2 Stuart PhillipsSailors assigned to the Arleigh Burke-class destroyer USS Gravely (DDG 107) play basketball with U.S. Coast Guardsmen assigned to USCG cutter Escanaba (WMEC 907) during an international cuisine contest and sports day with partner navies held in Key West. -Photo by MC2 Stuart PhillipsCmdr. Michael Brasseur, the executive officer of the Oliver Hazard Perry-class guided-missile frigate USS Underwood (FFG 36), judges food prepared by cooks assigned to the Canadian supply ship HMCS Preserver (AR-8) during an inter national cuisine contest and sports day with partner navies held in Key West.-Photo by MC2 Stuart PhillipsSailors assigned to the guided-missile cruiser USS Anzio (CG-68) play volleyball with a team from the Brazilian ship BNS Greenhalgh (F-46) during an international cuisine contest and sports day with partner navies held in Key West.

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Volunteers Clean Up Mayport Beach For 2012 International Coastal CleanupPublic Works MayportOn Saturday, Sept. 15, mili tary and civilian personnel from Naval Station Mayport joined with the Ocean Conservancy and hundreds of thousands of volunteers around the world when they hit the beach and the Jetties for the 2012 International Coastal Cleanup. Volunteers spent two hours picking up trash and debris from these areas resulting in the collection of many large bags of trash in addition to a multitude of other odds and ends that had washed ashore. The largest group to turn out for the event was the approximately 48 cadets and adult volunteers from the Navy JROTC at Terry Parker High School. This group cleared the beach from the Jetties south to Hannah Park. Several family groups also came out to participate together in the cleanup. Every year, countless marine mammals, sea turtles, seabirds, and other animals are sick ened, injured, or killed because of dangerous items that are carried by rain water and wind into rivers and ultimately the ocean. These animals are poisoned, choked, or entangled by care lessly discarded trash such as fishing line, Styrofoam, plastic bags and bottles, and cigarette butts. The work of volunteers to remove these items is important and greatly appreciated. A further goal of this event is to help people to understand that when they dont properly dispose of their trash it poses a long term hazard to wildlife, people, and the environment. -Photos courtesy of Mayport EnvironmentalPictured top and bottom left, several families show up at Naval Station Mayports Jetties to participate in this years International Coastal Cleanup held Sept. 15. Volunteers walked the Jetties and Mayport beach to pick up trash washed up ashore by the river and ocean. Above, approximately 48 cadets and adult volunteers at the Navy JROTC at Terry Parker High School stand outside the Chief Petty Officer Club, Focsle Lounge, with bags of trash picked up during the coastal cleanup. 6 THE MIRROR, NS MAYPORT, Thursday, September 27, 2012

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From Mayport F&ESThe Naval Station Mayport Fire Department will host activities during Fire Prevention Week to promote Have Two Ways Out! Through these educational, family-oriented activi ties, residents can learn more about the importance of fire escape planning and practice, as well as the power of prevention. Oct. 7-13, 9:30 a.m.-4 p.m., Fire Department Open House tours Oct. 9, 9:30 a.m., Kick off Fire Prevention Week at Building 2287, Off-Base Child Development Center w/ Sparky Pumper and Engine Company. Company to visit Bldg 1960, Off-Base Child Development Center w/ Sparky Pumper and Engine Company. Drills at Youth Center Buildings 1326 and 2084 Oct 10, 9:30 a.m.-1 p.m., Static Display Table at Building 1900 NEX Oct 11, 9 a.m.2 p.m., LIVE FIRE Extinguisher Training (using water and CO2 extinguishers) at Building 365 Oct 12, 9 a.m.2 p.m., Base-wide unannounced fire drills. 9 a.m.-2 p.m., Family Home Care Provider Home Evacuation DrillsMayport Plans Activities For Fire PreventionEnterprise To Inactivate After 51 Years Of ServiceFrom Enterprise Carrier Strike Group Public AffairsAfter 51 years of dis tinguished service, the aircraft carrier USS Enterprise (CVN 65) will inactivate on Dec. 1, 2012, in a ceremony to be held at Norfolk Naval Station, in Norfolk, Va. The inactivation cer emony will be the last official public event for the ship, and will serve as a celebration of life for the ship and the more than 100,000 Sailors who served aboard. Details of the actual ceremony are still being finalized; however, numerous dig nitaries and thousands of veterans of the ship are expected to attend the event. Commissioned on November 25, 1961, the eighth ship to bear the illustrious name Enterprise, the Big E was the worlds first nuclear-powered aircraft carrier. A veteran of 25 deployments to the Mediterranean Sea, Pacific Ocean, and the Middle East, Enterprise has served in nearly every major conflict to take place during her history. From the Cuban Missile Crisis in 1962 to six deployments in support of the Vietnam conflict through the Cold War and the Gulf Wars, Enterprise was there. On Sept. 11, 2001, Enterprise aborted her transit home from a long deployment after the terrorist attacks, and steamed overnight to the North Arabian Sea. Big E once again took her place in history when she launched the first strikes in direct support of Operation Enduring Freedom. All Enterprise veter ans, their families, ship yard workers, and friends of Enterprise are invited to register to attend the inactivation week events and the ceremony on the ships website, www. enterprise.navy.mil. Tickets to the events will be on a first available basis. For more information on USS Enterprise, her legendary history, and Inactivation Week events, please visit www.enter prise.navy.mil USS Enterprise Inactivation Ceremony TixFrom USS EnterpriseTickets for the USS Enterprise (CVN 65) Inactivation Ceremony on Dec. 1, 2012 can be obtained by filling out the required infor mation online at https://ein vitations.afit.edu/inv/anim. cfm?i=126327&k=0363440A7950. Please you take your time in filling out the RSVP information and read all of the information. If you have already filled out a similar form on the Enterprise website, this form is still required be filled out as the command is collecting addi tional data. Tickets are scheduled to be mailed out no later than Nov. 1, 2012. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact Robert Gorsuch, COMVAIRLANT Protocol Officer, at DSN: 564-4254 Comm: (757) 4444254 or via e-mail at Robert.gor such@navy.mil.Navy To Name Research Vessel After Neil ArmstrongFrom DoNSecretary of the Navy Ray Mabus announced this week that the first Armstrong-class Auxiliary General Oceanographic Research (AGOR) ship will be named Neil Armstrong. Mabus named the future R/V Neil Armstrong (AGOR 27) to honor the memory of Neil Armstrong, best known for being the first man to walk on the moon. Armstrong was an aeronautics pioneer and explorer for the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) serving as an engineer, test pilot, astronaut and administrator. Armstrong also served as a naval aviator flying nearly 80 combat missions during the Korean War. Neil Armstrong rightly belongs to the ages as the man who first walked on the moon. While he was a true pioneer of space exploration and science, he was also a combatproven naval aviator, said Mabus. Naming this class of ships and this vessel after Neil Armstrong honors the memory of an extraordinary individual, but more importantly, it reminds us all to embrace the challenges of explo ration and to never stop discovering. Armstrongs widow, Carol, will serve as the ships sponsor. The Armstrong-class AGOR ship will be a modern oceanograph ic research platform equipped with acous tic equipment capable of mapping the deepest parts of the oceans, and modular on-board labo ratories that will provide the flexibility to meet a wide variety of oceano graphic research chal lenges. These make them capable of supporting a wide range of oceano graphic research activities conducted by academic institutions and national laboratories. Additionally, the research vessel will be outfitted with multi-drive, low-voltage diesel elec tric propulsion systems. This upgraded system will maintain engine efficien cy while lowering maintenance and fuel costs. Armstrong-class AGOR ships will be 238 feet in length, have a beam length of 50 feet, and operate at more than 12 knots. AGOR 27 is currently under con struction by Dakota Creek Industries, Inc. in Anacortes, Wash. Media may direct que ries to the Navy Office of Information at 703-6975342. For more news from secretary of the Navy public affairs, visit www.navy. mil/SECNAV. 8 THE MIRROR, NS MAYPORT, Thursday, September 27, 2012

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Gettysburg Joins Joint Warrior Exercise 12-2 Navy Public Affairs Support Element WestTwo U.S. Navy ships, led by Commander, Destroyer Squadron (COMDESRON) 26, departed from the U.S. for Scotland, Sept. 17. The ships will take part in the Joint Warrior 12-2 exercise with allied navies. Joint Warrior is a coalition exercise designed and led by the Joint Tactical Exercise Planning Staff (JTEPS) in the United Kingdom. Sailors from guid ed-missile destroyer USS Mitscher (DDG 57), guided-missile cruiser USS Gettysburg (CG 64), Helicopter Maritime Strike (HSM) 46 Detachment 2 and U.S. maritime support reconnaissance patrol aircraft from Experimental Evaluation Test Squadron (VX) 1, Patrol Squadron (VP) 9 and VP 10 and fleet replenishment oiler USNS Leroy Grumman (TAO 195) will play a role in the exercise, which is intend ed to improve interoper ability between allied navies and prepare them for possible joint exercises in the real world. Allied and coali tion operations are the standard when units deploy, said Capt. Nelson Castro, commander of COMDESRON 26. This exercise provides a venue for our Sailors to practice and learn NATO operating procedures. Joint Warrior is the United Kingdoms advanced naval certifi cation course and is on par with a U.S. Joint Task Force Exercise. The exer cise is a multi-national training event for allies in a maritime environ ment. There are 12 coun tries participating in Joint Warrior including the U.S. and the United Kingdom. Those countries are Denmark, Netherlands, Estonia, France, Spain, Norway, Brazil, Germany, Canada, Sweden, and Belgium. Many of the allied units involved in Joint Warrior exercises will be the same units our ships will see on deploy ment, said Castro. This familiarity allows for the development of trust. All nations benefit from open commerce in the mari time common. Our Navy deployed forward sup ports the movement of goods worldwide, which affects everyone. Joint Warrior is a two-week exercise that begins in early October. It involves sea, ground and air assets from participating allied and NATO forces and aims to fos ter a spirit of teamwork between allied nations. -Photo by MC2 Foster BamfordSeaman Kenneth Jones, left, and Boatswain's Mate 3rd Class Devonte Sims tend a line aboard the guided-missile cruiser USS Gettysburg (CG 64) as the ship gets underway. Gettysburg is heading to Scotland for exercise Joint Warrior. -Photo by MC2 Foster BamfordAviation Structural Mechanic 3rd Class Justin Stillwell, right, and Aviation Electricians Mate 2nd Class Sidney Rivera wait as an MH-60R Sea Hawk helicopter from the Grandmasters of Helicopter Maritime Strike Squadron (HSM) 46 takes off from the guided-missile cruiser USS Gettysburg (CG 64). Gettysburg is on its way to Scotland for Exercise Joint Warrior. The exercise is led by the joint tactical exercise planning staff in the United Kingdom and is intended to improve interoperability between allied navies and prepare participants for a role in a joint maritime environment. THE MIRROR NS MAYPORT, Thursday, September 27, 2012 9

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Klakring Celebrates 29 Years of Service USS Klakring Public Affairs OfficerUSS Klakring celebrated 29 years of naval service on Aug. 20. USS Klakring was commissioned in Bath, Maine, in 19833. Since commissioning she has been homeported in Charleston, S.C., Norfolk, Va, and NS Mayport. USS Klakring has deployed 22 times and traveled more than 3.2 million miles in service to the United States. In honor of this mile stone, USS Klakring rec ognized many of her outstanding Sailors during an awards and re-enlistment ceremo ny. Command Master Chief Steve Lupton, Chief Electricians Edeh, Boatswains Mate 1st Class Blanchard, Cryptologic Technician Technical 2nd Class Turner, Logistics Specialist 2nd Class Aceituno, Culinary Specialist 3rd Class Cruz, and Logistics Specialist 3rd Class Doeblin all renewed their contracts to continue their service in the Navy. Damage Controlman 1st Class Dagoberto Lerma, Ships Serviceman 2nd Class Rodricus Lewis, and Gas Turbine Systems Mechanic 3rd Class Quashuan Haynes were recognized as Klakrings Sailor of the Quarter, Junior Sailor of the Quarter, and Blue Jacket of the Quarter respectively. Additionally, 22 Navy Achievement Medals and three Good Conduct Awards were presented to some of Klakrings hard est working Sailors during the ceremony. What a great way to commemorate our ships 29 years of service to the Navy, Lupton said. I was very proud to see all the Sailors who reenlisted today and those that were awarded for all of their hard work in prepara tions for Klakrings final deployment. This was not only a day of career building but also a day filled with MWR sponsored events. There was a barbeque steel beach picnic on the flight deck with a special cake to commemorate the occasion. MWR also coordinated an afternoon full of tournaments and activities for the crew. USS Klakring also took some time to reflect on the achievements of Rear Adm. Thomas B. Klakring, the ships namesake. During World War II, Klakring was cred ited with sinking eight Japanese ships within sight of Japanese ports. He later played a crucial role in developing the first ballistic missile subma rines. USS Klakring is cur rently on her final deployment, operating in the C6F and C5F AORs in support of maritime security operations. She is scheduled to return to Mayport in December and decommission on March 22, 2013. -Photos courtesy of USS KlakringAbove, USS Klakring Sailors gather on the flight deck for an awards ceremony. The ship is currently deployed to the Fifth and Sixth Fleet areas of responsibility. It celebrated 29 years of naval service in August. Right, Klakring Commanding Officer, Cmdr. Darrell Canady, presents ET3 Jeremy Harris with a Good Conduct Award. Left, Sailors fire up the grill on the flight deck for a Steel Beach picnic in honor of the ships 29th birthday. Above, the ships crew enjoy a little down time during the picnic. 10 THE MIRROR, NS MAYPORT, Thursday, September 27, 2012

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Ruptured Duck Women Veterans Fly South To NS Mayport For 37th Annual Golf TournamentContributorKatie Anderson remembers when she first became captivated by some of countrys oldest living veterans. It was five years ago in Charleston, S.C., at a golf tournament for veterans women veterans. As a slideshow was playing at the reception dinner, Anderson remembers, They were show ing pictures of women in overalls with those 40s hairdos standing next to a big plane with mechanic wrenches in their hands. And from the room of 300 women veter ans from World War II, Vietnam, the Korean War, Desert Storm, and Desert Freedom, Someone in the back would yell, Thats me! And I thought to myself, This is great stuff! Anderson said. That tournament was the 32nd that the International Women Veterans Golf Association has held every year since 1976. This year, Anderson, who hasnt been able to stay away since Charleston, has volun teered as the 37th tourna ment director and will be hosting the group Oct. 23 at Naval Station Mayports Windy Harbor Golf Course. A Woman Marine and a Navy WAVE, Rosemary Dillard and Gwen Danko, respectively, began the IWVGA out of pure enjoyment for golf and camaraderie with fellow women veterans. They named the annual tournament The Ruptured Duck after the World War II discharge lapel pin, which depicted an eagle flying through a circle. American GIs decided it looked more like a bird with a broken wing. If you were a ruptured duck, you were coming home, Anderson said. And so thats our thing: Were coming together. Were coming home. The IWVGA recruited members on the bul letin boards of military base locker rooms across the country. Fifty-three women responded for the first tournament, held in Las Vegas. A few of the original members now in their 80s and 90s are still playing. We have women who have not missed a tour nament in 20 years, Anderson said. The players receive a commemorative pin spe cific to each tournament, and women show up with hats and vests densely decorated in their collec tions. The pin for the 2012 tournament represents Mayport with an image of the USS Starke FFG 31, the Mayport-based frigate that was struck with two Iraqi missiles in 1987 killing 37 Sailors. When Katie Anderson presented the opportu nity to host the IWVGA golf tournament here at Mayport, I had no hesi tation the answer was a sure thing, said Jon Fine, head golf profes sional at Windy Harbor Golf Club. A number of years ago, we hosted the Military Dependents Golf Tournament for Women, and I remember what a blast that was, so to have women veterans for a few days on base, I had no doubt we would have a week of interesting and educational stories. The tournament is held at a different golf course and state every year, and women come from all corners of the country to attend, even footing the bill for their own travel costs. Though they do share an interest in golf, this annual tradition is more about seeing old friends and making new ones. I was absolutely amazed at the instant connection, Anderson said. Immediately you bond with these women. The competitors are randomly paired with partners for two days of golf, but also get a chance to bond over sightseeing excursions and other tournament events. One of my closest friends out of this group is an 84-year-old, Anderson said. Shes a Korean War vet, a Vietnam vet one of the few women who served in the Tet Offensive and she kicks my butt on the golf course. Though 70 women vet erans representing all military branches will be coming to Mayport this year, the group is quickly dwindling from its peak of 300 members as they age and are unable to travel and play golf. Anderson said they are looking to generate new interest in the group with active duty servicewomen and those who have been discharged. All that is needed to join is a DD 214 certificate or an active duty military ID. With any luck, The Ruptured Duck will still be going strong in another 50 years, and todays ser vice women will be the ones in the slideshow. -Photo courtesy of Jackie HansonFrom left, three generations of Ducks, Sarah Lagomarsino, Kathryn Eres and Katie Anderson, have enjoyed participating in the International Women Veterans Golf Association tournament. The golf tournament will be held this year at the Windy Harbor Golf Course. THE MIRROR NS MAYPORT, Thursday, September 27, 2012 11

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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 Oct. 2-5: Fall Sports Challenge. Sign up your command at the Gym for this bi-annual, four-day, multi-event challenge. FREE. 270-5451 Oct. 3: 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 Oct. 3: 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) Oct. 5: Oktoberfest Party. 9 p.m. at Castaways Lounge. Featuring live band Kustom Deluxe, free food, giveaways and more. 270-7205 Oct. 6: 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 Oct. 7: 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 Oct. 10: Karaoke Night 8 p.m. at Castaways Lounge. Karaoke with DJ Tom Turner. Free food! 270-7205 Oct. 10: 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 Oct. 10: All-Hands Steak Night. 4-7 p.m. at Focsle CPO Club. Cost is $10 per person. Purchase tickets in advance; limit ed tickets available at the door. Sponsored by the A-Team. For tickets, con tact (904) 270-5228. Oct. 12: 60s Bingo Party. 6:30 p.m. at Beachside Bingo. Wear your bell-bottoms and love beads! Well have our gift wheel, double pay outs, desserts & more. 270-7204 Oct. 12: TGIF Extreme Bowling Party. Every Friday from 4-6 p.m. at Mayport Bowling Center. Free for Active Duty; guests $5. Awesome music and light show! 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. Sept. 27: Liberty Bash 4-7:30 p.m. at Sea Otter Pavilion. Free food, DJ, Laser Tag, games, rock wall, t-shirts and more! FREE Sept. 28: Movie Trip. Van departs 6 p.m. Cost $5. Sept. 30: Jacksonville Jaguars vs. Cincinnati Bengals. Van departs 2 p.m. Cost $10. Oct. 1: Command Break-In. Look for us at the Galley for Lunch. Oct. 2-5: Fall Sports Challenge. Sign up your command at the Gym for this bi-annual, four-day, multi-event challenge. FREE. 270-5451 Oct. 3: 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 Oct. 3: 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) Oct. 4: Chess Club & Tournament. 6 p.m. at Liberty Center. Oct. 5: Oktoberfest Party. 9 p.m. at Castaways Lounge. Featuring live band Kustom Deluxe, free food, giveaways and more. 270-7205 Oct. 6: Rocky Horror Picture Show Trip Van Departs Liberty Center 6:30 p.m. Cost $20, props included. Sign up dead line Oct. 2 Oct. 6: 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 Oct. 7: 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 Oct. 7: Jacksonville Jaguars vs. Chicago Bears. Van departs 2 p.m. Cost $10. Oct. 10: 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 Oct. 10: All-Hands Steak Night. 4-7 p.m. at Focsle CPO Club. Cost is $10 per person. Purchase tickets in advance; limit ed tickets available at the door. Sponsored by the A-Team. For tickets, con tact (904) 270-5228. Oct. 10: Karaoke Night 8 p.m. at Castaways Lounge. Karaoke with DJ Tom Turner. Free food! 270-7205 Oct. 11: Texas Holdem Tournament. 6 p.m. at Liberty Center. Oct. 12: Halloween Horror Nights Trip. Van departs 4:30 p.m. Cost $35. Sign up by Oct. 8. Oct. 12: TGIF Extreme Bowling Party. LIBERTYSept. 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 Oct. 13: Fall Fest 2012. 2-6 p.m. at Sea Otter Pavilion. Free activities include a haunted house, games, rides, bounce houses, take your own pictures in the pumpkin patch and more. Food and beverages will be available for purchase. A variety of vendors will be on-hand selling arts and crafts, baked goodies, and more. Purchase your seasonal pumpkin from the pumpkin patch. 2705228 KID 12 THE MIRROR, NS MAYPORT, Thursday, September 27, 2012

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Naval Station Mayport has updated its fitness classes effective immedi ately for Surfside Fitness and the Gymnasium. The new Surfside Fitness class schedule is as follows: Monday 11:30 a.m., Pilates You will learn exercis es based on the original guidelines set forth by Joseph Pilates in the late 1920s. This class focuses on strengthening the core and all postural muscles. Flexibility gains will also be achieved. Grow taller and eradicate backache. 4:30 p.m., Cut N Core Want to see more mus cles in the mirror? Perfect your form and technique in a resistance training class designed to maxi mize muscle strength. This full body strength training class will chal lenge every major mus cle group and includes core training specifically designed to build and strengthen the muscles of the abdomen and back. Get ready to get ripped! 5:30 p.m., Flex N Stretch Reap the benefits of flexibility training in this 30-minute class designed for increasing range of movement of limbs and improving circulation. Stretching assists with relaxation, flexibility, strength and injury pre vention. Class includes active and passive stretches as well as myofascial release. Learn proper stretching techniques for every muscle in the body and tissue management techniques that can be used after every workout to aide in recovery. Tuesday 10:30 a.m., Intro to Yoga 11:30 a.m., Zumba A fusion of hot, sexy and explosive Latin American and International dance music. Caloric output, fat burning and total body toning are maximized through fun and easy to follow dance steps. Come experience the ultimate dance party in this high energy, motivating class that is great for both the body and the mind. 4:30 p.m., Yoga Wednesday 6:30 a.m., NOFFS Nutrition & Fitness Series NOFFS (Navy Operational Fitness and Fueling Series) is a pro gram designed to improve the operational perfor mance of Navy personnel through fitness and nutrition. Emphasis is placed on injury prevention via tissue management and refueling. This is a 4-week program for CFLs and ACFLs only. 11:30 a.m., Strength Training For Women 12:30 p.m., Flex N Stretch 4:30 p.m., Zumba Thursday 9:30 a.m., Strength Fundamentals Learn basic strength training with focus on form and proper tech nique utilizing dumbbells, barbells, resistance bands and medicine balls. The results will be an overall increase in energy and endurance, a more effi cient metabolism, health ier posture and much more! 11:30 a.m., Zumba 4:30 p.m., Kickboxing Friday 9:30 a.m., Zumba Basics 11:30 a.m., Yoga Mayport Sandbox The Mayport Sandbox is a high intensity (H.I.T.) outdoor workout area located oceanfront behind Surfside Fitness Center. The area includes a Pull -up Bar and Ring rig, Kettlebells, Sleds, Tires, TRX Suspension Frame, Slam Balls, Ropes, Ab Mats, Sledge Hammers, Farmers Walk, Olympic Lift area and equipment, Monkey Bars, Low Crawl, Sprint and Drag area. H.I.T. training involves functional pro gramming that will take your workout to the next level. Both open Sandbox hours and instructor led classes are provided by Olympic Lift and Crossfit certified Mayport Fitness Team members. Monday 7 a.m., HIT High Intensity Training is held in the Mayport Sandbox behind Surfside Fitness Center (weather permitting). Participation in the WOD requires completion of the 6 part Intro to HIT programming. HIT is instructor led, timed, intense workouts involving refined exercise techniques, gymnastics, kettlebells, olympic lifts and other HIT apparatus. Class size is limited to 25. 7 a.m., Command Bootcamp 8 a.m., Intro to HIT 9:30 a.m., Bootcamp Basics 11 a.m., HIT Noon, HIT Skill Review Tuesday 7 a.m., Command Bootcamp 11 a.m., HIT Noon, Intro to HIT 2 p.m., HIT 3 p.m., Intro to HIT Wednesday 7 a.m., HIT 8 a.m., HIT Skill Review 9:30 a.m., Intro to TRX Suspension Training Learn how to train using the unique and innovative TRX Suspension Training System. This class is reserved for those entire ly new to TRX training. This class will result in increased strength, coor dination, balance and CORE-power. Class size limited to 25. Class is held at Mayport Sandbox behind Surfside Fitness Center; weather permit ting. 11 a.m., HIT Noon, Intro to HIT Thursday 7 a.m., Sunrise Yoga 7 a.m., HIT 8 a.m., Intro to HIT 11:30 a.m., HIT for Women 3 p.m., HIT 4 p.m., Intro to HIT Friday 7 a.m., HIT 7 a.m., TRX Suspension Training 8 a.m., HIT Skill Review 11 a.m., HIT Noon, Intro to HIT The new Gymnasium class schedule is as fol lows: Monday 11:30 a.m., Spinning 5:45 p.m., Kids Clinic This clinic is designed for children ages 10-14. It teaches how to safely use fitness equipment and provides general information on exercise and fit ness workouts. Held at Surfside Fitness Center. After completion of the course, participants will be issued a card which will allow them to use the facility when accompa nied by a parent or legal guardian. Tuesday 11:30 a.m., Steel Anchor 5:30 p.m., Spinning Wednesday 11:30 a.m., Rowing 101 4:30 p.m., Weight Training For Warfighters Thursday 11:30 a.m., Steel Anchor 5:30 p.m., Spinning Friday 7:30 a.m., Spinning 11:30 a.m., Rowing 101 MWR THE MIRROR NS MAYPORT, Thursday, September 27, 2012 13

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Mayport Honors IA Service-Photos by FC2 Robert LeonardThe Naval Station Mayport Color Guard parades the colors during the Individual Augmentee (IA) luncheon held last week at Ocean Breeze Conference Center. The luncheon was a chance for commands to welcome home their Sailors from temporary duties to Afghanistan and other hardship assigments.LDO/CWO Provide Commissioning OpportunitiesFrom Navy Personnel Command Public AffairsThe Navy is seeking applications from highly quali fied Sailors in pay grades E-6 through E-9 for the Fiscal Year 2014 Active Duty Limited Duty Officer (LDO) and Chief Warrant Officer (CWO) programs, officials said Sept. 20. LDOs and CWOs bring a variety of technical expertise and a seasoned perspective into the wardroom from their enlisted service, said Lt. Shane Walker, assistant LDO/CWO community manager, Bureau of Naval Personnel and an LDO. These programs deliver to the officer corps seasoned technical professionals with proven leadership abilities. LDOs and CWOs are composed of Sailors from the enlisted ranks who serve in 56 different officer technical fields. These programs serve as a path to commissioning for qualified Sailors, but more importantly the LDO and CWO communities support the warfighting capability and readiness of naval forces through leadership, technical proficiency, and experience, according to Walker. They are the primary manpower source for technically specific billets not best suited for traditional unrestricted line, restricted line or staff corps career path officers, said Walker, Using critical enlisted experi ence, they are committed to the continuous leadership, improvement, training and mentoring of Sailors. The LDO and CWO communities have designators in the surface, submarine, aviation, information dominance, expeditionary, and general series as well as staff corps communities and serve in a variety of leadership billets within their technical fields, ranging from divi sion officer to commanding officer ashore. Eligibility requirements for LDO include US citizenship, serving in pay grade E-7 through E-9 or an E-6 who has passed the exam for E-7 and been determined board eligible. Active-duty applicants for LDO must have at least eight, but not more than 15 years of activeduty service. Eligibility requirements for CWO include US citizenship, serving in pay grade E-7 through E-9. Active-duty applicants for CWO must have at least 13, but not more than 22 years of active-duty service. These programs do not require applicants to have a college degree. Applications must be postmarked no later than Nov. 1, 2012. The in-service procure ment board is scheduled to convene Jan. 7, 2013. NAVADMINs 285/12 contains additional application criteria and guidance. Nuclear qualified candidates must also refer to NAVADMINs 099/12 and 238/12. Eligible Sailors should apply for the designator for which they are most qualified, regardless of their current rating. Upon commissioning, Sailors select ed for LDO/CWO will attend the four-week Officer Development School in Newport, R.I. USS Hu City Pins New CPOs-Photo by MCSN Darien G. KenneyNewly-pinned Chief Operations Specialist Michael Postell is welcomed into the Chief's Mess aboard the guidedmissile cruiser USS Hue City (CG 66) after receiving his anchors during the chief petty officer pinning ceremony. Hue City is deployed to the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility conducting maritime security operations, theater security cooperation efforts and support missions as part of Operation Enduring Freedom. 14 THE MIRROR, NS MAYPORT, Thursday, September 27, 2012

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Chief Selects From USS De Wert Pinned USS De Wert Public AffairsSix chief select candi dates from USS De Wert (FFG 45) and two from Naval Operation Support Center (NOSC) com plete the transition pro cess with the time hon ored pinning ceremony aboard USS Little Rock (CLG 4) while deployed to the Great Lakes region with the Navys Commemoration of the War of 1812 in Buffalo, New York, on Sept. 14. The honor of being selected for Chief Petty Officer (CPO) is a life changing event in the life of a Sailor. For a few aboard the De Wert it is a historical experience in both ceremony and con tent. Although they are not the last class for the De Wert to be honored with the selection to the Chiefs mess before its decommissioning in 2014, they are certainly pioneers for the Class of 2012. De Wert Command Master Chief LaDon Washington said he was enthusiastic for journey the selects have taken and the once in a lifetime chance to accompanying the Commemoration of the War of 1812 journey. De Wert Chief Petty Officer selects are participating in one of the greatest opportunities that can be offered to a Chief Select, touring the Great Lakes in commemora tion of the bicentennial of the War of 1812 and [The] inter action with the general public presented them with an opportunity to tell their story about becoming a CPO and the significance of the rank to the U.S. Navy, said Washington. The rich Navy heritage of the Chiefs Mess was also accentuated for the selects by the company they kept while underway. They have been meet ing hundreds of genu ine Chief Petty Officers, active, reserve and retired from various regions. We met one retired Chief in Cleveland, Ohio at a Chief Petty Officer Association function that was pinned as a Chief Petty Officer back in 1950s, WOW! said Washington. The process has not been easy for the selects who have had just as many challenges as opportunities and dur ing the transition. The challenges have come in the form of the travel from city to city, limited resources, and of course limited time because of the extra watch standing required from the General Ship Tours (GPV). Chief (SEL) Gas Turbine System Technician Mechanical (SW) Philip Brady, who has supported several of his fellow GSMs to the elite [chief], had a positive attitude about the transition. There are ups and downs in the whole pro cess. It makes it difficult to be on the ship, he said. Its a unique experience, its what you make of it, said Brady. Senior Chief Culinary Specialist (SW) Timothy Hardin, De Wert Supply Leading Chief Petty Officer exalts the unique ness of the process for the De Wert selects. The exposure they have had most chiefs dont get at such a young age. Its a lot of history for they charge boxes. That is something they will use for their careers. They have been introduced everywhere they go, they are almost celebrities, said Hardin. Not feeling the celebrity but more of the tradition of the Chiefs Mess was Chief (Select) Gas Turbine Systems Technician (Mechanical) (SW) Nick Burnworth explained. It rings home for me, my grandfather was a chief back in WWII, said Burnworth. [He] didnt get the chance to see me [join the Navy] he passed away two years before I joined, he said. The reminiscence was not limited fam ily but others who had touched Burnworths life during his Navy career. Burnworth who was sta tioned aboard the USS Cole (DDG 67) in October 2000 at the time of ter rorist attack that took 17 lives. It is my biggest accomplishment. It is a tribute my friends and ship mates. -Photo by MC1 Todd StaffordBuffalo Navy Week 2012 is one of 15 signature events planned across America in 2012. The weeklong event commemorates the bicentennial of the War of 1812, hosting service members from the U.S. Navy, Marine Corps, Coast Guard and Royal Canadian Navy. THE MIRROR NS MAYPORT, Thursday, September 27, 2012 15

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Navy Lodge Offers Greater Savings This HolidayFrom NEXCOMSelect Navy Lodges will be offering even greater savings this holiday season, including the one at Naval Station Mayport. From Dec. 3, 2012 Jan. 7, 2013, guests who stay at select Navy Lodges will receive 20 percent off their lodging. Guests can book their lodging now through Jan. 2, 2013. Navy Lodges are a great place for guests of military members to stay during the holidays, said Mike Bockelman, Vice President, Navy Lodge Program. Navy Lodges normally offer a value up to 45 percent less than comparable civilian hotels. With this addi tional 20 percent sav ings, guests will really get a good value for their money. To take advantage of these savings, guests must make their reserva tion online at www.navylodge.com. Reservations will not be accepted through the Reservation Center or the local Navy Lodge for this promotion. All rooms must be booked in advance. Every Navy Lodge guest room offers queen-sized beds, high-speed Internet access, and a kitchenette complete with microwave and refrigerator. Guest laundry facilities are on site, breakfast is offered daily in the lobby where free Wi-Fi access is avail able as well as free news papers. Navy Lodges also offer convenient on-base parking as well as handi capped accessible and non-smoking rooms. As an added convenience, many Navy Lodges allow dogs and cats up to 50 pounds in weight to stay when traveling with their owners. Check with the Navy Lodge for more details. Navy Lodges participating in the holiday promotion include Navy Lodge Patuxent River, Annapolis and Bethesda, Md.; Navy Lodge Fort Worth and Corpus Christi, Texas; Navy Lodge and Navy Inn Memphis, Tenn.; Navy Lodge Mayport, Fla.; Navy Lodge Kings Bay, Ga.; Navy Lodge New London, Conn.; Navy Lodge Washington, DC; Navy Lodge Everett, Wash.; Navy Lodge Moffett Field and Staten Island, NY; and Navy Lodge Great Lakes, Ill.NEXs Go Navy Blue This Holiday SeasonFrom NEXCOMNEXs worldwide will be taking a new approach to the holiday shopping season this year. NEXs will offer sales and specials throughout the holiday season beginning in early November instead of starting off the holiday shop ping season with a big sale the day after Thanksgiving. Also new this year, deployed Sailors will be able to take advantage of holiday specials by shop ping on-line. For the 2012 holiday shopping sea son, we have revised and refreshed our approach to the traditional Black Friday sales events. We are calling it Navy Blue Friday and will emphasize Navy core values, Navy family and pre serving Thanksgiving cultural values, said Robert J. Bianchi, Chief Executive Officer, Navy Exchange Service Command (NEXCOM). We will also provide broader access to NEX sale items for afloat and deployed Sailors. NEX customers will still find a wide variety of holiday gifts on sale as they have in the past. The prices on the items for sale will last for the duration of the sale, not be limited to a certain day or time period. NEX events will begin, worldwide, at 6:00 a.m. on Friday morning, featuring all-day Friday specials and additional sale items will be available across the entire three-day weekend. We took this approach so cus tomers wouldnt feel obligated to get up early and leave their families to go shopping for the holidays, said Tess Paquette, NEXCOM Senior Vice President and Chief Merchandising Officer. Beginning our sales earlier in the season will allow our customers to better budget their holiday spending by purchasing gifts over a longer period of time. NEXCOM also looked into how it could better serve its deployed customers. Based on feedback gained through focus groups, NEXCOM will run a special sale event for afloat Sailors at mynavyexchange.com three days prior to Thanksgiving, with exclusive sales tailored specifically to their needs. Deployed customers will start receiving electronic or paper copies of the sales flyer onboard their ship in mid-Novem ber through their Supply Officer or Sales Officer. We have developed an assortment of Sailor requested items such as electronics, games and sports nutrition prod ucts which will be featured in the threeday sale, said Paquette. If Sailors are unable to participate in the sale due to operational or mission requirements, they will be able to contact NEXCOMs call center after the sale dates and NEXCOM will accommodate them. Farragut Gets Kicking Signature Not Needed For Some NEX Credit Card PurchasesFrom NEXCOMNEX customers who make a purchase for $25 or less using a credit card will no longer need to sign a sales receipt. This option is available to custom ers who make a purchase using a Visa, MasterCard, Discover or Military Star Card. For those customers using an American Express card to pay for pur chases, a signature will still be required. This change to make it easier and more efficient for customers to com plete their NEX purchase, said Richard Dow, Navy Exchange Service Command (NEXCOM) Senior Vice President, Store Operations. We know our customers often times run into their NEX to make a small purchase, such as a cold beverage, snack or other convenience item, especially in our mini marts. This new procedure will make shopping at your NEX even more convenient. Customers will still receive a printed receipt for all purchases.-Photo by MC3 A.J. JonesSailors assigned to the guided-missile destroyer USS Farragut (DDG 99) play a game of soccer with the La Rochelle City Employee Team. Farragut is on a scheduled deployment in support of maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts in the U.S. 6th Fleet area of responsibility. 16 THE MIRROR, NS MAYPORT, Thursday, September 27, 2012

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Thursday, Sept. 27 The Duval County Extension Offices/ UF IFAS will be offer ing a workshop on Fall Gardening at the Mandarin Garden Club, 2892 Loretto Road, Jacksonville, Fla. The time is 10 a.m.-1 p.m. The cost is $5 for mate rials and light snacks. Payment can be made at the door. Topics covered will be Fall Gardening and Landscape Tips, Planting Wildflowers and Misconceptions about Trees. To pre-register, please call Becky at 904255-7450 or email her at beckyd@coj.net with your name and phone number. Saturday, Sept. 29 The Duval County Extension Office and the Florida Federation of Garden Clubs District IV will be hosting the 2012 GardenFest at the Duval County Extension Office, 1010 N McDuff Ave., Jacksonville, Fla. The time is 9-2 p.m. The cost is $10 without lunch or $15 with lunch. Drinks will be provided. To reg ister, call Rachel Wilson at 904-272-4252 or pick up a registration form at the extension office. The deadline to register is Sept. 24. Speakers are Terry DelValle, Options for Managing Pests, Jim DeValerio, Vegetable Gardening Gold Nuggets, Larry Figart, Money does grow on Trees, and Joe Stewards, Water: Waste Not, Want Not. Join a park ranger at 2 p.m. and learn about the lifecycle of the sea turtle and the importance of these creatures. The pro gram will take place at the multi-use trail pavil ion located at the south beach area on Little Talbot Island. No reser vations are necessary and the program is free with regular park admission. Sunday, Sept. 30 Health Planning Council of Northeast Florida, Inc. is hosting a free community docu mentary screening of the movie Weight of the Nation at noon at SunRay Cinemas, Five Points. The Mission of the Health Planning Council of Northeast Florida, Inc. is to develop regional, unbiased research and evidence-based initia tives that promote healthy communities, lifestyles and improve accessible, quality health care. www. hpcnef.org Monday, Oct. 1 The Duval County Extension Master Gardeners are offering a free Plant Clinic at the Extension Office on from 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m. at 1010 N McDuff Ave. Master Gardeners will be avail able to answer your gar dening questions, test your soil for pH, ID your plants or weeds, or give out gardening publica tions. Pick up your free color St. Augustine Turf Maintenance Calendar while you are there. Master Gardeners are available everyday at the extension office from 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m., MondayFriday, for your gardening needs. Tuesday, Oct. 2 Beaches Photography Club will meet at the Beaches Library, 600 3rd St., Neptune Beach, 6-8 p.m. Diane Macdonald will present Shooting for Stock Photography. This is a Free event with peo ple of all ability levels and camera types welcomed and encouraged to come and learn more about photography. Saturday, Oct. 6 Learn about the pre historic beasts that lived in this area such as dino saurs, sharks and megamammals. Find out what prehistoric life was like and the evidence left behind for us to dis cover. This program will take place at 2 p.m. at the Ribault Club on Fort George Island Cultural State Park. No reserva tions are necessary and the program is free. Saturday, Oct. 13 Join a park ranger to learn about the many common species that inhabit the natural com munities of the undevel oped barrier islands of northeast Florida. This program will take place at 2 p.m. at the Ribault Club on Fort George Island Cultural State Park. No reservations are necessary and the program is free. Saturday, Oct. 20 Crafters Wanted! Christ United Methodist Church, 400 Penman Road, Neptune Beach will host its annual Craft Fair and Fall Festival on from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. To reserve your booth, please con tact the church office today at 249-5370. The City of Atlantic Beach Family Fun Day and Campout under the Stars returns to Jack Russell Park, 1:30-10 p.m. Our 19th Annual Campout is one of the Citys most popu lar events. Reserve your campsite early before they sell out! Campers can reserve a 10 x 10 camp site for a $10 fee before Oct. 1, and $15 after Sept. 30. This year continues the Saturday Family Fun Day activities and per formances for kids of all ages! Afternoon and evening events, includ ing our Twilight Movie are free and open to the public. Russell Park field is located on Plaza St., north of Atlantic Beach City Hall on Seminole Rd. Registration forms are on the City website and campers can reg ister by mail, or choose your campsite at the Recreation Office, 716 Ocean Blvd., weekdays 8-noon and 1-4:30 p.m. Call 247-5828 for more information or visit www. coab.us/events. Girls Inc of Jacksonville is sponsoring Fall into the Daddy Daughter Dance! 5:30-9:30 p.m. at the Renaissance Resort at the World Golf Village. All proceeds benefit Girls Inc. of Jacksonville, a nonprofit organization that inspires all girls to be Strong, Smart & Bold. Cost is $80 per couple (Dad or significant adult male) and $30 per addi tional daughter. Find out more at www.DaddyDau ghterDanceGIJ.com or call 904-731-9933 The Friends of Talbot Islands State Parks will host the annual A Day for Hope and Friends bene fit event at Amelia Island State Park from 3-6 p.m. at Kelly Seahorse Ranch, Amelia Island State Park, State Road A1A North, Jacksonville. Each year the Friends of Talbot Islands State Parks coor dinate an equestrian event to increase mem bership and raise funds for Amelia Island, George Crady Bridge Fishing Pier, Big Talbot Island, Little Talbot Island, Fort George Island, Pumpkin Hill Creek Preserve and Yellow Bluff Fort State Parks. All proceeds from the event will benefit these organizations. Participants will enjoy an afternoon of horse back riding on the beach, educational opportuni ties, a low country boil, barbeque and bever ages. The cost is $10 per plate. While you are there, sign up to become a member of the Friends of Talbot Islands State Parks. Donations are also welcomed and are 100% tax deductible. For direc tions and additional information, visit www. FloridaStateParks.org Monday, Oct. 22 A Beauty Berry Jelly Class at the Duval County Canning Center will be held at 9 a.m.-Noon and 1-4 p.m. at Duval County Extension Office, 1010 N. McDuff Avenue. Cost is $20 with Pre-registration and pre-payment being required. Please contact Jeannie Crosby @ 2557450. Southern Womens Show Your Greater Jacksonville USO Mayport and NAS Centers have discounted tickets avail able for this years Southern Womens Show Oct. 19-21. Tickets are $5 each and cash only. Enjoy food, fashion, celebrity guests, health, beauty, and lifestyle ven dors at the Prime Osborn Convention Center October 18th-21st. For more information on this event, visit www. SouthernWomensShow. com. NAS Jacksonville Riverfest 2012 Come enjoy ven dors, door prizes, food, and much more at the Mulberry Cove Marina from 11 a.m.-5 p.m. on Sept. 29. For more infor mation, call the Mulberry Cove Marina at (904) 5423260. Recognition Ceremony Veteran Special Recognition Ceremony to honor Fourth Congressional District Operation Desert Shield and Desert Storm vet erans. Those eligible for the honor will receive certificates of Special Recognition in a cere mony on Nov. 8 at Naval Air Station Jacksonville. The application deadline to register for the honor is Oct. 5. The applica tion can be found on Congressman Crenshaws site: www.crenshaw. house.gov. Free Banners For Returning Service Members Sign-a-Rama, a local, small business has a great offer to support returning troops! Offer details: 1. This a free banner provided to a spouse or parent or child of an individual service member returning from combat duty. 2. One free banner per household, please. 3. Orders are placed by the family, by calling (904) 272-8333, or emailing me at herb@jaxsignarama. com with the subject line banner for my loved one 4. We would like about a 7 to 10 day notice, if possible, so that we can fit it into our production schedule. 5. We are unable to ship these banners. We are a local owned fran chise, with a store at 175-1 Blanding Boulevard, and one in Jacksonville at 3663 Southside Boulevard. This is a service for the Jacksonville/Orange Park area. Banners are only for returning combat troops and unfortunately, are not available for troops assigned to NSB Kings Bay, GA. These banners are provided for FREE and please do not request a banner be prepared and no show up to pick it up. K9S For Warriors K9sforwarriors is locat ed in Ponte Vedra Beach and they specifically offer service dogs for warriors medically diagnosed with Post Traumatic Stress. If you or someone you know would greatly ben efit from having a canine companion, please visit www.k9sforwarriors.org for more information. Special For Military Hunting And Fishing License Active-duty and retired military Florida residents can get a low cost ($20) Military Gold Sportsmans License. The license cov ers hunting, freshwater and saltwater fishing and a variety of associ ated permits at a greatly reduced cost. The Military Gold Sportsmans License is available at tax col lectors offices only. Applicants must present a current military ID card plus a Florida drivers license or orders show ing they are stationed in Florida as proof of eli gibility. Military Gold Sportsmans License (includes same privileg es as Gold Sportsmans License, Listed Below) Available to Florida resi dents who are active or retired members of the U.S. Armed Forces, Armed Forces Reserve, Florida National Guard, Coast Guard or Coast Guard Reserve; upon submis sion of a current military identification card and proof of Florida resi dency. Gold Sportsmans License includes Hunting, Saltwater Fishing and Freshwater Fishing licenses; and Deer, Wildlife Management Area, Archery, Muzzleloading Gun, Crossbow, Turkey and Florida Waterfowl, Snook and Lobster per mits. Recycling Recycling has come to the Greater Jacksonville Area USO. If you have any office paper, shred ded paper, old magazines, and newspapers that you would like to donate, please bring it to either the Mayport or NAS JAX USO Center. This will be a great fundraiser for the USO so please help us fill the bins. Help support the troops with your unwant ed paper! United Through Reading program makes it possible to share in the enjoyment of reading to the children in your life, even while thousands of miles apart. The Mayport Center and NAS Center can record you reading a book to your children and send it to them after you have gone on deployment. It is a great way to make them smile on their special day even when you can not be there with them. Please contact your local USO center for more information. There is a computer resource center avail able to all service mem bers with email, Internet and word processing. Fax, copy and free notary service is also available. Watch TV or a movie from the video library Service members can also enjoy video games or use the sports equipment. There is a full kitchen, showers, a quiet reading room and a meeting room available at the USO. The USO is available for meetings, support groups, receptions, parties and pre-deployment briefs. A TV, VCR and overhead projector are available for use. For more information about activities or meet ing availabilities, call 2463481 or stop by the center at 2560 Mayport Road. THE MIRROR NS MAYPORT, Thursday, September 27, 2012 17