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Check us out Online! mayportmirror.com Underwood Salutes-Photo by MC2 Stuart PhillipsSailors assigned to the Oliver Hazard Perry-class guided-missile frigate USS Underwood fire the 40 mm saluting battery for a pass and review by Rear Adm. Sinclair Harris, Commander, U.S. 4th Fleet, during his approach aboard the guided-missile cruiser USS Anzio (CG 68). 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). See more UNITAS news on Page 6.Mayport Works To Prevent FiresFrom First Coast Navy F&ES Mayport DivisionIts 3 a.m. You and your family are sound asleep and awake to the beeping smoke alarm. You are tired and confused from the effects of the smoke. You know you need to get to safety, but when you head for the front door, you find that escape route is blocked by fire that is spreading by the second. What do you do? While this scenario is one the Naval Station Mayport Fire Department hopes you never have to encounter, the statistics tell us that many people do every day. According to the nonprofit National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), one home structure fire was reported every 85 sec onds in 2010. That added up to 369,500 home structure fires, which caused 13,350 injuries and 2,640 deaths. We also know that most fatal fires kill one or two people. However, in 2010, 19 home fires killed five or more people, resulting in 101 deaths. The numbers are scary, but there is something you can do to help ensure your familys safety should a fire break out in your home: Have Two Ways Out! Naval Station Mayport Fire Department is team ing up with NFPA during Fire Prevention Week, Oct. 7-13, to urge residents to Have Two Ways Out! This years theme focuses on the importance of fire escape planning and practice. Only one-third of Americans have both developed and practiced a home fire escape plan. And of the three-quarters Roth TSP OpensAmerican Forces Press ServiceBeginning Oct. 1, 2012, active-duty members of the Army, Navy and Air Force are able to contribute to the Roth Thrift Savings Plan as part of their investment planning, Defense Financing and Accounting Service officials said today. The after-tax contributions will be electronically deduct ed from service members pay accounts. Active-duty service mem bers also can start their Roth TSP contributions now through their online MyPay accounts, which offer the fastest, easiest and most secure method to manage both Roth and traditional TSP contributions. The sec ond option open to service members is to submit a TSPU-1 form to their finance office. Active-duty Marines, Guardsmen, reservists and civilians paid by DFAS were able to begin making con tributions to the program in June, officials said. Additionally, the other branches of the National Guard and reserves will be able to make Roth TSP con tributions by midto late 2013. The timeline difference between active-duty and other service members resulted from an interim solution for reserve component members, which didnt meet Federal Retirement Thrift Investment Board requirements, according to DFAS. While work continues for options that will be available more quickly and satisfy the law and FRTIB requirements at the same time, the new schedule will allow time to make systems changes and electronic deductions that meet all requirements. DFAS officials said. To begin making Roth TSP contributions, service mem bers should determine how much of their pay is eligible. A Roth TSP worksheet can help make the calculations. Military members are required to contribute an amount equaling 1 percent of their eligible pay to begin TSP contributions. For those who are not participating in traditional TSP investments, the initial Roth TSP election must meet this 1 percent requirement. The IRS maxi mum contribution to Roth TSP is $17,000 per year, DFAS officials said. Military members can use pay earned in combat zones, and are excluded from feder al taxes to contribute to Roth TSP. De Wert Returns To Mayport From Great Lakes CruiseUSS De WertThe officers and crew of USS De Wert (FFG 45) returned home to their fami lies and friends after a successful 73-day cruise throughout the Great Lakes to com memorate the Bicentennial of the War of 1812. Throughout her cruise, DE WERT vis ited Halifax, Quebec City, Montreal, Milwaukee, Chicago, Toledo, Cleveland, Detroit, and Buffalo. USS Hurricane (PC 3) and the Royal Canadian Navys HMCS Ville de Quebec also traveled with De Wert for the commemoration events. De Werts arrival into the Great Lakes was a highly anticipated event, as it was the first frigate to visit the Great Lakes region since the Navys last Great Lakes Cruise in 1999. Since her departure on July 16, 2012, De Wert hosted seven distinguished visi tor receptions that included visits from Governors of the respective states, the cities mayors, consulate generals, and other public officials. Distinguished visi tor cruises were hosted between the city transits where the local citizens could come aboard USS De Wert and see how the U.S. Navy operates on a daily basis while underway. Visitors were entertained through various demonstrations such as VBSS drills, pipe patching procedures, and crash and salvage exercises. The ship was open for tours to the general public in each city. There were more than 50,000 people who came to tour De Wert throughout her entire cruise. Additionally, crewmembers logged more than 1,200 hours of community service through community relation projects that benefited various non-profit organizations such as Habitat for Humanity, Ronald McDonald House, homeless shelters, food banks, Boys and Girls Club, and childrens hospitals. -Photo by Paige GnannNaval Station Mayport Commanding Officer, Capt. Doug Cochrane, is joined by Fire per sonnel from Mayports Fire and Emergency Services department as he signs a proclamation declaring Oct. 7-13 as Fire Prevention Week at the base. See Fire Week, Page 3

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2 THE MIRROR NS MAYPORT, Thursday, October 4, 2012 The Mirror The Mirror The Mirror Command Chaplain Lt. Cmdr. Jerome Cayangyang Roman Catholic Mass Sunday 9 a.m. Monday-Thursday 11:30 a.m. Confessions: before & after mass or upon request CCD, RCIA & Adult Ed: Sunday 10:30 a.m. Baptisms 3rd Sunday of month 10:30 a.m. Catholic Youth Group 2nd & 4th Sunday 11:30 a.m-1 p.m. Protestant Worship Sunday 10:30 a.m. Sunday school 9:15 a.m. Choir: Wednesday 7 p.m. Baptism: For information contact your chaplain Womens Bible Study Wednesday 10 a.m. Protestant Youth Group 1st Friday Youth Quak Trip 6:30 p.m. 3rd Friday at Chapel 7-10:30 p.m. PWOC 2nd Saturday 9:30 a.m. PMOC 3rd Saturday Prayer Breakfast 9 a.m. MOPS 1st & 3rd Thursday, 9:30 a.m. For more information or other worship opportunities and religious organizations in Jacksonville, call 270-5212.Shipmates, Welcome back to USS De Wert (FFG 45) from a very successful Great Lakes deployment in conjunc tion with Nationwide War of 1812 Commemoration. The ship was deployed for 73 days and made stops throughout Canada and the United States in company with USS Hurricane (PC 3) and the Royal Canadian Navys HMCS Ville de Quebec. The ship was able to connect with more than 50,000 people on both sides of the border and promote Americas strong bond with its northern neighbors. Welcome Home Shipmates! We were humbled and honored last Thursday night by having as our guest speaker for the Ombudsman Appreciation Dinner, Nancy HogsheadMakar. Professor Hogshead Makar was the number one ranked female swim mer in the world as a 14-year-old, and is a three-time Olympic Gold medal winner from the 1984 Los Angeles Olympiad. She went on to graduate from Georgetown Law school and is one of this countrys foremost experts in Title IX issues, and issues related to equal treatment for women in sport. She very appropriately drew a relationship between being an Olympic athlete and our very own Ombudsman an extreme ly dedicated force of volunteers, who toil away for the betterment of something larger than themselves the Sailors, ships and Installation. Our debt of grati tude can probably never be paid for these dedicated spouses, but it sure was nice to try! Thank you again for all you do Ladies! I want to thank all of the participants of this seasons MWR Sports Challenge. Its always a highly anticipated event and well find out today which com mand is up for the challenge. Im bet ting on NS Mayport. Thanks go out to Rita Hammerstad from MWR for coor dinating the event. She and her team always give a 100 percent to make sure the Sports Challenge is fun as well as competitive. Speaking of fun, Naval Station Mayport has several fun events on the horizon, including the annual Hispanic Heritage Month celebration on Oct. 10 at Sea Otter Pavilion. Sponsored by Mayports Multicultural Committee, the event will include a guest speaker and a special galley meal from 11 a.m.12:30 p.m. Each year, the Navy cel ebrates the contributions, culture and histories of Americans who trace their roots to Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean and Central and South American. Todays Navy employs more than 58,000 Hispanic active duty and Reserve Sailors and officers, including four Hispanic flag officers and 172 Hispanic master chiefs. Mayport also enjoys a rich Hispanic community in conjunction with COMUSNAVSO/Fourth Fleet, which serves as a main link between the U.S. Navy and the navies of South America, Central American and the Caribbean. USS Underwood and USS Robert G. Bradley are currently deployed in sup port of UNITAS. UNITAS is the longest running and largest multinational mari time exercise in this hemisphere and held in the NAVSO AOR. The 12-day exercise entails a variety of operations intended to enhance interoperability between the partner navies. MWR Fall Festival will be held on Oct. 13 from 2-6 p.m. at the Sea Otter Pavilion. This family friendly event will include pictures in a pumpkin patch, arts and crafts, performances by Youth Center and even a haunted house. The off-base Navy Exchange is also hosting a Fall Fashion Show on Oct. 6 at 1 p.m. Ive heard they have 60 models from Mayport signed up to show off the 2012 fall styles and will be giving away door prizes. Get out and support the Navy Exchange and get started on a little early holiday shopping while youre at it. Speaking of holiday shopping, if you havent already budgeted for the upcom ing holiday season now is the time to do it. Everyone wants to make this holiday the best ever for their loved ones with lavish and plentiful gifts, especially when you have children. But the holidays wont be any fun for you if youre wor ried about how you will pay for it. For bigger items, take advantage of layaways offered at some of the big box stores or go online to find better deals. Just dont let yourself get caught up in the credit card trap or over extend your budget to the point you cant pay your bills. If you are on a tight budget, but you still want to enjoy your com mands Christmas party or the Navy Ball, the Ombudsmen are sponsoring a Cinderellas Closet with free ball gowns, cocktail dress, shoes and acces sories. The event open to all Mayport spouses with military ID and for the girl friends/fiances accompanied by their Sailor. The event will be held on Oct. 6 from 1-4 p.m. in Building One and includes door prizes and light refresh ments. Contact your command ombuds man for more information. The Navy Ball will be held Oct. 25 at Ocean Breeze Conference Center. Tickets are on sale now at ITT. Be safe, and keep sending those sug gestions to the COs suggestion box or email them at douglas.cochrane@navy. milCapt. Doug Cochrane CAPTAINSAre You Aware of the Changes for Eligibility for Florida Bright Futures Scholarships? For students anticipating graduation in June 2013, have you been briefed on the eligi bility changes to the Bright Futures scholarships? General eligibility require ments include the following: U.S. citizen or eligible non-cit izen. degree at an eligible Florida postsecondary institution. ship funds within two not the previous three years of high school graduation. This is a 2012 legislative change. or have pled not contest to a fel ony charge. non-remedial semester credit hours. A major change implemented in 2011 was the submission of a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). This is still a REQUIREMENT for Bright Futures eligibility. New language states that students must submit an ERROR-FREE FAFSA. The FAFSA is also required in the submission of a Florida Resident Access Grant and Access to Better Learning and Education Grant. Students, after the initial submission of the FAFSA, must then annually submit the FAFSA for renewal of the scholarship prior to dis bursement of funds. Another 2011 change was the increased community service requirements for all three Bright Futures award levels. from 75 hours) from 0 hours) from 0 hours). Nan Worsowicz, Supervisor of Guidance for Duval County Schools, indicated that this new requirement caused the most problems for 2012 graduates. Many students reported to her that they were unaware of this change. So be sure to provide this information to the childs school counselor or designee by the end of the first semester of the senior year for 7th semester evaluation or by graduation for 8th semester evaluation. SAT and ACT test score requirements also changed for this years graduating class. The Florida Gold Seal Vocational Scholars Award is no longer funded for an AA or BA degree program. GSV award is now limited to 72 semester hours towards an AS, AAS, CCC, and PSAV. However in the Applied Technology Diploma (ATP) it is limited to 60 semes ter hours. GSV no longer rolls over to the Medallion level award. For additional information on the Bright Futures Scholarship Program, go online to www. FloridaStudentFinancialAid. org. Or make plans now to attend the NACAC (National Association of College Admissions Counselors) National College Fair co-hosted by Duval County Public Schools at the Prime Osborn on Oct. 13th from 9 am 1 pm. This is a free event. Parking fees are collected in some of the area lots. Judy Cromartie is the School Liaison Officer for NS Mayport. If you have questions about this article or concerns about an educational issue impacting your child, she can be reached via email at judith.cromartie@ navy.mil or by phone at (904) 270-6289 X1305 [office] or (904) 219-3894 [cell]. Or you can schedule a meeting with her in her office in Building One.Did You Know There Are Changes To Florida Bright Futures Scholarship Eligibility?Judy Cromartie School Liaison Officer KnowingTheres a joke about a man who goes to the doc tor complaining that he sees spots. The receptionist asks, Have you ever seen a doctor? And he replies, No. Just the spots. The joke gets laughs because it reflects a truth. According to the American Psychological Association (APA), men are much less likely than women to look after their health and see physicians. Theyre 25 percent less likely to have vis ited a health-care pro vider in the past year, and almost 40 percent more likely to have skipped recommended choles terol screenings, accord ing to the U.S. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality. As stereotype would have it, nagging from women is the main reason men ever get their health checked out. But whats no laughing matter are the statistics on mens poorer health out comes: U.S. men are 1.5 times more likely than women to die from heart disease, cancer and respiratory diseases, according to U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention data. And they die, on average, five years earlier than women. Men, the aforemen tioned data are facts, not fiction. Moreover, for those of us who embrace the Christian faith we are reminded of a truth that deserves our immediate attention. Paul writes, ..Know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own (1 Corinthians 6:19, KJV). Although the immedi ate context of this pas sage addresses the issue of immorality, the idea that God dwells in us transcends every area of our live, to include, tak ing care of it. Of course, that would include eating properly, exercising, giv -Treat Your Body As A Temple Of The LordChap Calvin Gardner, Sr. Surface Force Ministry Center CHAPLAINSing it rest, and yes even performing routine main tenance, i.e. visiting the doctor for annual check ups/screenings. Before empirical research noted the bene fits of exercise, the Apostle Paul reminded us that physical training is of some value (1 Timothy 4:8a, NIV). Few lifestyle choices can impact health as significantly as regular physical activity. Mayo Clinic researchers noted that as little as seven hours of physical activ ity a week can lower your risk of dying early by 40 percent as compared with someone whose weekly activity level is less than 30 minutes. To this end, the Apostle John prays, that all is well with you and that you enjoy good health in the same way that you pros per spiritually (3 John 1:2, CEB). One of Johns prayer requests is that you enjoy good health. The idea behind this request has to do with us being sound and well in our bod ies. Metaphorically, it suggests that our bodies be free from any admix ture of error. Moreover, the mood of the phrase implies that we are to be active participants in making this happen. Thus, just as we per form preventative main tenance on our cars, homes, and relationships, we ought to do the same for our bodies. By the way, when was your last head to toe physical? Graduation Year FAS SAT ACT FMS SAT ACT 2011-2012 1270 28 980 21 2012-2013 1280 28 1020 22

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of Americans who do have an escape plan, less than half actually prac ticed it. As we saw in the scenario above, fire is unpredictable. Seconds and minutes can mean the difference between life and death. We want to ensure that Naval Station Mayport residents know what to do if a fire breaks out in their home. Preparation is an impor tant part of being able to deal with an emergency and it is crucial you take steps to prepare your fam ily for the potential of a home fire by having an escape plan and practic ing it. Although preparing for the unexpected is diffi cult, reviewing the infor mation below and taking action based on it to plan for a fire could save lives. Naval Station Mayport Fire Department recom mends the following tips for planning your familys escape: If you have children and want to make this a family activity home. Mark a door and a window that can be used to get out of every room. place outside in front of your home. This is where everyone can meet once theyve escaped. Draw a picture of your outside meeting place on your escape plan. telephone number for the fire department on your escape plan. alarm and practice your escape drill with everyone living in your home. on the refrigerator and practice the drill twice a year or whenever anyone in your home celebrates a birthday. If your family is all adults: home and identify two ways out of each room. place outside in front of your home. This is where everyone can meet once theyve escaped. knows the emergency number for your local fire department. drill twice a year. The Naval Station Mayport Fire Department will be hosting activities during Fire Prevention Week to promote Have Two Ways Out! Through these educational, family-oriented activities, 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, OffBase 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. 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 DrillsWests Last Hooyah, Stevens Takes Helm Office of the Master Chief Petty Officer of the NavyMaster Chief Petty Officer of the Navy (MCPON) (SS/SW) Rick D. West gave his last HOOYAH during the change-of-office ceremony at the Washington Navy Yard, Sept. 28. Chief of Naval Operations Adm. Jonathan Greenert was the guest speaker for the ceremony and highlight ed MCPON Wests accom plishments during his naval career while thank ing him for his leadership. MCPON West, you made the Navy better through your willingness to listen and learn, said Greenert. I watched you firsthand in the Pacific Fleet, at U.S. Fleet Forces, as VCNO, and I had the honor to serve with you for one year as CNO. MCPON West had the heartbeat of the Navy. Sailors communicated with him. He challenged Sailors and they loved it. The ceremony marked the end of a nearly 32-year career for West, who had served as the 12th MCPON since Dec. 12, 2008. During his time as MCPON, West insti tuted the Senior Enlisted Continuation Board, introduced CPO 365, and implemented the manda tory enlisted warfare des ignation. MCPON West made a difference and led by example. He made a tan gible improvement in our Navy, said Greenert. I say to you and Bobbi (wife), thank you very much and our nation and our Navy thanks you. West did not discuss personal accomplish ments during his retire ment remarks, instead focusing on thanking family, friends, shipmates and mentors who helped shape him into a leader and the memories hell take with him of his years of service. There is simply no way I can mention you all. Just know that if you are here today, you played some part in the success that I have enjoyed, said West. It has been an honor and privilege to serve our great Navy for nearly 32 years and especially to serve as MCPON for the last four. Thirty-two years is a long time, but when you are talking about the end of a fantastic jour ney, it was just a flash of time. Ive never had a bad command because I feel commands are what you make of them and how you choose to seize the opportunities. The thing Im going to miss the most is, by far, the people and the energy and innovation of our Sailors and fami lies. The engine that truly drives our Navy is our people. Our Sailors are what makes our Navy the best thats ever sailed the worlds oceans, said West. MCPON (AW/NAC) Mike D. Stevens took the helm of the enlisted force as the Navys 13th MCPON after receiving the ceremonial cutlass from MCPON West. I was honored to pick MCPON 13, said Greenert. It was not an easy task. MCPON Stevens is a proven and effective leader. This is a guy ready to lead our Navy and I look forward to your insight and per spective. Stevens, a native of Montana, joined the Navy in 1983 and most recently served as Fleet Master Chief for U.S. Fleet Forces Fleet Master Chief in Norfolk. His previous Command Master Chief tours included U.S. 2nd Fleet, Helicopter Sea Combat Wing Atlantic, Helicopter Mine Countermeasures Squadron 14, and Naval Air Station Pensacola. MCPON Stevens thanked Admiral Greenert for his trust and faith in his selection as MCPON. I am both humbled and honored to have been provided this magnificent opportunity to lead and serve our Sailors, their families and our govern ment civilians as the 13th Master Chief Petty Officer of the Navy, said Stevens. Stevens thanked West for his service, leader ship and friendship and spoke to the Navy, saying he is excited about the future and looking for ward to serving the Navy as MCPON by working together to carry out the Navys mission. The MCPON serves as an advisor to the CNO and to the Chief of Naval Personnel in matters dealing with enlisted per sonnel and their families. The MCPON is also an advisor to boards deal ing with enlisted person nel issues; is the enlisted representative of the Department of the Navy at special events; may be called upon to testify on enlisted personnel issues before Congress; and maintains a liaison with enlisted spouse organiza tions. -Photo by MC2 Thomas L. Rosprim Master Chief Petty Officer of the Navy (MCPON) Michael D. Stevens accepts the cer emonial cutlass from the Navy's 12th MCPON, Rick D. West, during a change of office ceremony at the Washington Navy Yard as Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) Adm. Jonathan Greenert presides over the ceremony. From Page 1Fire WeekNavy Ball Tix On SaleFrom MWRTickets are on sale for the 2012 Naval Station Mayport Navy Ball at Mayport ITT (270-5145 x5). The Navy Ball will be held on Oct. 25 at Ocean Breeze Conference Center starting with the cocktail hour at 6 p.m. and dinner at 7:30 p.m. Ticket prices are O-6 and above, Retiree/DoD Civilians $50; 04-05 $45; 01-03/CWO/E7-E9 $40; E-5 and below $30. Command tables can be purchased $450 per table of 10 people. Guest speaker is Rear Adm. Sinclair M. Harris, Commander, COMUSNAVSO/C4F. This is a Black Tie event; military: mess dress 0-4 and above; service dress uniform w/ miniature medals 0-3 and below; civil ian: formal attire. What does HOPE look like?Hope looks like Eli and his mother, Mary Elizabeth.They are working together to help accelerate the pace of research to nd better treatments and a cure for type 1 diabetes. To learn more, call 800.533.CURE or visit jdrf.org. A CFC participant. Provided as a public service. THE MIRROR NS MAYPORT, Thursday, October 4, 2012 3

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4 THE MIRROR NS MAYPORT, Thursday, October 4, 2012 Service, Fun In Seychelles For Klakring USS KlakringAfter nearly a month and a half continuously at sea, USS Klakring took a break from Fire Scout flight operations and departed its assigned operating area for some well-deserved liberty in the beautiful islands of Seychelles. Since the small group of islands sits just south of the equator, the ship held a Crossing the Line cer emony on Sept. 8 to ini tiate those who had not before sailed across the equator, known as polly wogs. King Neptune and Davey Jones were both on hand to preside over the ceremony. About the event, Davey Jones explained, Arrrggghhh! Twas a mighty enjoyable thing, watching as me trusty Shellbacks worked off the stubbornness and cleansed the ocean scum from the slimy wogs that had infested the mighty warship Klakring. For she is a sound vessel and her entire crew is now wor thy of serving on King Neptunis Rexs Raging Main. AARRRGgghhhh! A total of 86 wogs were raised to the distinction of Shellback after satisfacto rily completing the challenges they were present ed by the Royal Court and their Shellback assistants. The following morn ing, USS Klakring entered the harbor of Victoria, Seychelles where it would remain moored for the next three days against the backdrop of a pleas ant town, lush tropical forest-covered mountains, and impressive black-rock cliffs. Over the next several days, the crew ventured out into town to find relaxation, adventure, and, most importantly, wireless internet. Just about everyone found what they were looking for. Many relaxed by stay ing overnight in one of the hotels along the beach; others enjoyed local res taurants, while others simply lounged around the pool or on the beach. The ships MWR com mittee provided plenty of opportunities for adven ture by setting up various tours for the crew. Some of the crew explored the reefs around the island through a scuba diving tour. Certified divers did two separate boat dives in various locations, while beginners learned the basics of scuba div ing before going on a reef dive themselves. Others brushed off the rainy weather and got in a cou ple of rounds of golf at the local island club. A couple of groups chartered fishing boats and braved the high seas for a day. After pulling their lines in the final time, they went to the beach and grilled up their catch for a nice afternoon seafood feast. Klakrings Commanding Officer, Cmdr. Darrell Canady, led another group to tiny Cousin Island, where the group got an amazing up close view of all kinds of exotic wild-life, including giant turtles, the worlds longest species of milli pede, and a variety of rare birds and lizards. It wasnt all relaxation for the crew in Seychelles. USS Klakring sponsored two separate commu nity relations (COMREL) projects to assist the people of Seychelles and to strengthen the Navys relationship with this key island nation. On Monday, Sept. 10, a group of 19 crewmembers visited the Foyer de Nazareth Orphanage of Mahe, Seychelles, where they were tasked with clearing the garbage and weeds out of several over grown garden areas. They set to work pulling weeds and chopping down trees, and were soon joined by the boys from the orphan age. Together they turned the area from a weedinfested field to a terraced garden area ready to be planted. After the work was complete, the boys climbed up into the palm trees and cut down coco nuts to share with their Navy guests. As they all drank and ate from the coconuts, the 14 boys from the orphan age had a lot of fun taking pictures and listening to -Photos courtesy of USS KlakringMembers of King Neptunes Royal court visit USS Klakring for the Crossing the Line Ceremony. From Left, USS Klakring Commanding Officer, Cmdr. Darrell Canady, Davey Jones (Chief Damage Controlman Hampton), Operations Specialist 2nd ClassBass, King Neptune (Lt. Pavelka), Chief Personnel Specialist Steer, and Operations Specialist 3rd Class Johnson. Shellback Logistics Specialist 2nd Class Byron Aceituno prepares to wash sea-scum off wogs. USS Klakring moored in Port Victoria, Seychelles. Senior Chief Sonar Technician Surface Adam OBrian, Chief Gas Turbine System Technician (Mechanical) Michael McNeal, and Chief Information Systems Technician Carlos Ortiz enjoy some down time by the beach.See Klakring, Page 5Above, Chaplain Justin Top explores one of the reefs near Seychelles. Right, Senior Chief Naval Aircrewman John Chapman shows off his catch after deep sea fishing in Seychelles.

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THE MIRROR NS MAYPORT, Thursday, October 4, 2012 5 music on the Sailors cell phones. Representatives from Klakring also pre sented 20 blankets and several gardening tools to Sister Jacqueline Neff of the orphanage. On Sept. 11, another group of 22 Klakring Sailors displayed their giving spirit by dedicat ing their liberty time to help beautify the Nature Seychelles Sanctuary. Despite the rain, heat, mud and mosquitoes, Sailors cut down trees and hauled dirt, blocks, and sand to rehabilitate the 20-acre Roche Caiman Park. All building supplies were produced from the natural habitat of the park and the leftover supplies will be used to make additional needed fences for the sanctuary. The Sailors work will provide protection for wild species, while encouraging tourism. The crew also planted several endangered man grove trees, which are considered critical to the Seychelles ecosystem. The following morning USS Klakring slipped out of the harbor to return to its mission. USS Klakring is now halfway through its deployment where she is conducting operations with embarked HSL42 Fire Scout Helicopter Detachment Two, the Proud Warriors, in sup port of Maritime Security in the 5th and 6th Fleet Areas of Responsibility. From Page 4KlakringChief Culinary Specialist Corey Glenn moves blocks as part of a COMREL at Nature Seychelles Sanctuary on Sept. 11. COMREL participants from USS Klakring gather for a photo after completing their Service at Nature Seychelles Sanctuary on Sept. 11, 2012. Volunteers from USS Klakring pose with residents of the Foyer de Nazareth Orphanage after clearing the garden area of weeds and trash. Chief Damage ControlmanAustin Hampton shares his phone to entertain one of the boys from the orphanage. Air Boss Lt. Cmdr. Jay Lambert poses with a Giant Tortoise in Cousin Island, Seychelles. Commanding Officer, Cmdr. Darrell Canady, enjoys the beach on Praslin Island, Seychelles. Boatswains Mate 2nd Class Delgado, Logistics Specialist 3rd Class Doeblin, Aviation Electricians Mate 2nd ClassBishop, AAviation Structural Mechanic 3rd Class Bonam, Interior Communications Electrician 1st Class Free, Damage Controlman 3rd Class Abd Ebrah, and Chaplain Justin Top prepare for a boat dive in Seychelles.

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The Sullivans Gun Receives Overhaul USS The SullivansExperienced technicians from Naval Surface Warfare Center (NSWC) spent about two and a half months on board USS The Sullivans overhauling or replac ing every mechanical, hydrau lic, and electronic element inside the ships gun mount as a part of the Standard Pierside Maintenance and Repair, or SPMR. The SPMR is a joint ship and NSWC Indian Head venture for restoring the MK 45 5-inch 54 Caliber Light Weight Gun. The ships gunners mates received beneficial training from these technicians who are former Navy gunners them selves. In the final phase of this proj ect, the lead NSWC represen tative rode along during Sea Trials to observe a rigorous live fire exercise and determined if the gun is fully up and ready to fight. The restoration and sup port from NSWC along with les sons learned by the Sailors who conduct regular maintenance on this weapon is an incredible asset to the ship and her mis sion. The Sullivans SPMR began with an in-brief outlining every aspect of the project from craning on their tools and supplies to a suggested completion course of fire. It was made clear from the beginning what the ship should expect from NSWC and what requirements the ship needed to meet. NSWC was responsible for all labor and parts excluding very expensive parts, hydraulic fluid, and nitro gen. In the case of The Sullivans a new index drive was installed and hydraulic fluid was replaced. NSWCs team lead, Anthony Bowers, made under standing causes of corrosion and repairs to prevent costly damage from occurring in the future accessible to the most junior technician. Bowers pro fessionalism made the project an exceptionally predictable and rewarding experience Standard Pier-side Maintenance and Repair avail ability offers a unique opportu nity for technicians to observe and receive hands-on training from experts troubleshoot ing and resolving faults typi cally handled by intermedi ate maintenance activities. The complete overhaul of the mount with the shield removed gave THE SULLIVANS gun ners mates uncommon access to areas of the gun which are usually cramped or inaccessible. The experience maintain ers gained during the SPMR will pay dividends later in their careers. An operational 5-inch gun is essential to The Sullivans Surface, Air, and Naval Fire Support missions. Firing a suc cessful battery of 33 rounds at the conclusion of the overhaul reinforced confidence in the guns ability to meet any task ing. UNITAS Ships Rehearse Refueling At Sea U.S. Naval Forces Southern Command & U.S. 4th Fleet Public AffairsEleven multinational warships participating in a maritime exercise hosted by U.S. 4th Fleet practiced replenishing at sea with U.S. supply ship USNS Patuxent (T-AO 201) and Canadian sup ply ship HMCS Preserver (AR-8) in the Caribbean as part of UNITAS Atlantic (LANT), Sept. 23. The ships, from Brazil, Canada, Colombia, the Dominican Republic, Mexico, the United Kingdom, and the United States, were divided into two groups, five ships rehearsing with Patuxent and six with Preserver. Patuxent and Preserver started out in front of their respective group of ships, steaming at 13 knots. They then directed, via radio communica tions and flag hoists, each ship to come alongside in order to be positioned to receive lines for fuel. The supply ship gives you a signal via FLT TAC [Fleet Tactical], which is a like a radio or tele phone signal, said Ensign Clarissa Carpio, Underwoods junior officer of the deck and the ships 1st lieutenant, responsible for refueling evolutions such as this one. They give us a sig nal of where they want us stationed and then after that point, we use the flag hoists. That will deter mine when well go along side and when the oiler is ready for us. The ships approached either Patuxent or Preserver at 25 knots. Once alongside, they matched speeds at about 13 knots. When ready to depart and break off, the ships went flank speed ahead for 30 knots and turned away from the supply ship. The ships did not actually receive fuel during todays event nor were any lines exchanged between ships. We [U.S. Navy] do this quite often, but our part ner nations do not, said Chief Warrant Officer 3 Miguel Aponte, the offi cer of the deck during the evolution aboard USS Underwood (FFG 36). When you do a rehearsal, you get to go through all the motions of bringing the ship in close proximity to another ship without having to do all the extra stuff, like rigging the span wire or sending the hoses across the deck, which brings along its own chal lenges. By doing a dry rehearsal we can practice approaching and break ing away from the refuel ing ship. In the two separate groups, the ships sailed in a two-line formation behind their respective supply ships and when directed by the supply ship crew, came along side to take station. After demonstrating proficien cy in maintaining correct position, the ships pulled away and turned around to rejoin the back of their formation. This was repeated for the entire three-hour event. I think it [the evolu tion] went well, said Carpio. In our group of six ships, we had two foreign [Mexican and Colombian] ships. They did well coming into station and they understood all the signals. The evolution went very smoothly, said Aponte. We ended up doing two approaches: one on the starboard side and one on the port side. Two actual refueling evolutions will occur later this week and ships will be afforded the opportu nity to top off their tanks before the end of the exer cise. -Photo by Lt. Cmdr. Corey BarkerRear Adm. Sinclair Harris, commander of U.S. Naval Forces Southern Command and U.S. 4th Fleet, sends a "Bravo Zulu" message via flashing light to a Dominican Republic navy vessel from guided-missile cruiser USS Anzio (CG 68), the flagship, during the annual multinational UNITAS maritime exercise. Thirteen ships and personnel from eleven partner nations participated in the exercise in the Western Caribbean Sea hosted by U.S. Fourth Fleet. 6 THE MIRROR NS MAYPORT, Thursday, October 4, 2012

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Gettysburg In Scotland For Joint Warrior Navy Public Affairs Support Ele ment WestDestroyer Squadron (DESRON) 26, guid ed-missile cruiser USS Gettysburg (CG 64), guided-missile destroy er USS Mitscher (DDG 57) and Helicopter Maritime Strike (HSM) 46 Detachment 2 pulled into the port of Faslane, Scotland for a port visit, Sept. 26. Gettysburg, Mitscher and fleet replen ishment ship USNS Leroy Grumman (TAO 195) are in the area to take part in Exercise Joint Warrior. Test Squadron 1, Patrol Squadron (VP) 9 and VP 10 will arrive later this week and also play a role in the exercise, which begins Oct. 1. Joint Warrior is a coalition exercise designed and led by the joint tactical exercise planning staff in the United Kingdom. Joint Warrior is the United Kingdoms advanced cer tification course and is on par with a U.S. Joint Task Force Exercise, which certifies U.S. ships for deployment. Before any kind of major operation or deployment, we want to make sure that the ships are fully capable and the crew is ready to go, said Capt. Bob Hein, Gettysburgs command ing officer. Thats kind of what were doing in this training event. Exercise Joint Warrior is intended to improve interoperability between allied navies and prepare them for possible joint exercises in the real world. Maritime support reconnaissance patrol air craft from Experimental Evaluation Joint Warrior gives coalition forces a chance to find out what each countrys navy is capable of and how they can work with each other. The exercise also gives the ships the rare oppor tunity to practice in a realworld training environ ment. Many of the allied units involved in Joint Warrior exercises will be the same units our ships will see on deployment. said Capt. Nelson Castro, commander, DESRON 26. Capt. Robert Hein, left, commanding officer of the guided-missile cruiser USS Gettysburg (CG 64), looks through binoculars while the conning officer, Ensign Kiley Provenzano, takes a bearing on the bridge as the ship arrives into Fastlane, Scotland. Sailors aboard the guided-missile cruiser USS Gettysburg (CG 64) tend line as the ship docks at the port of Faslane, Scotland. Gettysburg is in Scotland to take part in Exercise Joint Warrior. Engineman 3rd Class Nahun Rodriguez lays out firehose during a general quarters drill aboard the guided-missile cruiser USS Gettysburg (CG 64). --Photos by MC2 Foster BamfordThe visit, board, search and seizure team aboard the guided-missile cruiser USS Gettysburg (CG 64) clean their weapons outside of the ship's armory. Gettysburg is on its way to take part in Exercise Joint Warrior off the coast of Scotland. The exercise takes place off the coast of Scotland and is designed and 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 during deployments. THE MIRROR NS MAYPORT, Thursday, October 4, 2012 7

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FRCSE DET Mayport Sets Record, Zero Alcohol-Related Cases In YearFrom FRCSE DET MayportJacksonville Sheriffs Office (JSO) recognized Fleet Readiness Center Southeast (FRCSE) Detachment (DET) Mayport for achieving 365 consecutive days without an alcohol-related inci dent (ARI) during a cere mony at the military facil ity Sept. 27. JSO Traffic Officer Theron Golleher pre sented Airman Jocelyn Thomas and Maintenance Master Chief (AFCM) Kevin Holden, the com mands youngest and oldest Sailors respectively, with a plaque commemo rating the record set from Sept. 20, 2011 to Sept. 20, 2012. Statistics show that one out of two drivers is impaired on the street, said Golleher, an 18-year JSO veteran who provid ed training to the DET in December 2011. I want to congratulate you individually and as a com mand. Its a milestone you can all be proud of. Cmdr. Michael Barriere, the officer in charge (OIC), said this was a team effort with each of the nearly 200 DET Sailors contributing to the goal. It means more, its about people, its about Sailors, he said. Keep doing exactly what youve been doing. Capt. Robert Caldwell, the FRCSE command ing officer, said in his 27 years of Naval service he had never seen an activ ity reach this milestone until today. My hats off to you, he said. You take personal responsibility watching out for yourself and for your shipmate. This is about everybody on the road. Its an expensive mistake. It can kill you or someone you care about. In a surprise move at the conclusion of the ceremony, the OIC announced that from a very competi tive field of candidates Aviation Maintenance Administrationman 1st Class Jose Zayas was selected as the FRCSE DET 2012 Sailor of the Year. Senior Chief Logistics Specialist Jack Beardmore and Machinery Repairman 1st Class Vincent Yaich, the units Drug and Alcohol Program advisors, attribute the zero ARI success to continuous training, open lines of communi cation at all levels, and a genuine concern for the Sailors wellbeing. Yaich said when Sailors check in, they are given a Club 2000 card that allows Sailors assigned to Mayport and its tenant commands to get a free taxi ride home as an alter native to driving under the influence. If Sailors have a mobile phone, they are instructed to enter the number. Holden, the outgo ing senior enlisted advi sor, was one of the driv ing forces for responsible alcohol use according to Yaich. He said most of the Sailors had heard Holdens speech so often they could recite it from memory. It goes like this, If you know your limit, have one less, if you think you know your limit have two less, if you dont know your limit, then you have no business drinking alcohol. And if you ever do drink alcohol, you have no busi ness behind the wheel of a car, even if its a sip. Holden said he robbed the alcohol thing from retired Rear Admiral Mack Gaston, his for mer boss at Naval Station Great Lakes, Ill. He said Gaston was passionate about the issue. With everything Sailors and their families are going through today, they cant afford an ARI, he said. Lt. Cmdr. Joseph Kamara, the assistant OIC, believes committed leadership is the main reason for setting the record. He said publish ing the number of days since the last alcoholrelated incident in the Plan of the Week instills a sense of pride in our Sailors, as nobody wants to be that guy or girl who breaks the streak. -U.S. Navy photoJacksonville Sheriffs Office (JSO) Traffic Officer Theron Golleher (left) congratu lates AZAN Jocelyn Thomas, the youngest Sailor at Fleet Readiness Center Southeast Detachment Mayport after reading a plaque from JSO commemorating the units milestone of zero alcohol-related incidents in a year, as AFCM Kevin Holden (center left), the outgoing senior enlisted advisor and Cmdr. Michael Barriere (right) look on during a ceremony at the unit Sept 27. 8 THE MIRROR NS MAYPORT, Thursday, October 4, 2012

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Vicksburg Sailors Practice Firearms SafetyEnterprise Carrier Strike Group Public AffairsU.S. Navy Sailors, assigned to the Grandmasters of Helicopter Antisubmarine Squadron Light (HSL) 46, and the visit, board, search and seizure (VBSS) team aboard guided-missile cruiser USS Vicksburg (CG 69) conducted train ing in firearms safety and familiarization, Sept. 21. Vicksburg and HSL-46 Sailors trained with Sig Sauer M11 semi-automat ic pistols for the purpos es of familiarization and safety. It keeps Sailors famil iar with movements and tactics, said Ensign Christopher Anderson, gunnery officer aboard Vicksburg. The more we practice, the better we get. Aviation Machinist Mate 3rd Class Melvin Faust, who is assigned to the Grandmasters, par ticipated in the training. Everyone aboard should know how to use a weapon properly, said Faust. I dont own a gun, but I really enjoyed the training. It refreshed my knowledge about gun safety. After HSL-46 completed their firearms training, the VBSS team trained in both small arms and smallarms tactics. VBSS team member Electronics Technician 3rd Class Benjamin Arndt owns a personal firearm and understands the importance of weapon safety. So many things go into shooting and maintain ing a firearm, you really do need proper training, said Arndt. I have been using firearms since I was young and I think one of the most important things to remember is to manage your stress. If you cant keep your stress under control, you cant stay focused. Vicksburg Sailors also trained with the M4 Carbine, the M16 Rifle, the Mossberg Shotgun and the Beretta M9 semiautomatic pistol. Vicksburg is currently deployed in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibil ity conducting maritime security operations, the ater security coopera tion efforts and support missions for Operation Enduring Freedom. -Photos by MC2 Nick ScottU.S. Navy Sailors, assigned to the Grandmasters of Helicopter Anti-submarine Squadron Light (HSL) 46, conduct a live-fire exercise using the Sig Sauer M11 pistol aboard guided-missile cruiser USS Vicksburg (CG 69). Vicksburg is deployed to the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility conducting maritime security operations, theater security coopera tion efforts and support missions for Operation Enduring Freedom. Aviation Electronics Technician 2nd Class Phillip H. Craven, assigned to HSL-46, loads a magazine for a Sig Sauer M11 pistol during a live-fire exercise aboard guided-missile cruiser USS Vicksburg (CG 69). U.S. Navy Sailors, assigned to HSL-46, conduct a live-fire exercise using the Sig Sauer M11 pistol aboard guided-missile cruiser USS Vicksburg (CG 69). THE MIRROR NS MAYPORT, Thursday, October 4, 2012 9

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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 flat-screens. Drink specials through out the day. 270-7205 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; lim ited tickets available at the door. Sponsored by the A-Team. For tickets, contact (904) 270-5228. Oct. 12: 60s Bingo Party. 6:30 p.m. at Beachside Bingo. Wear your bellbottoms and love beads! Well have our gift wheel, double payouts, 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. Beer & drink specials, half-price wings, awesome music videos and light show! 270-5377 Oct. 12: Xtreme Bowling. 8 p.m. to Midnight every Friday at Mayport Bowling Center. $10 include 2 hours of black light bowling, shoe rent al, prizes and dazzling laser light show. 270-5377 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 sea sonal pumpkin from the pumpkin patch. 270-5228 Oct. 13: ESPN College Gameday. Every Saturday at Noon at Castaways. Watch you favorite NCAA Football teams on one of Castaways 9 flat-screens. Drink specials through out the day. 270-7205 Oct. 13: UFC 153: Aldo vs. Edgar 10 p.m. at Castaways Lounge. 2707205 Oct. 16: Knock Out Domestic Violence 5K Run/ 3K Walk 8:10 a.m. in front of the gym. Oct. 16: All Khaki Wings and Trivia Night. 3-7 p.m. every Tuesday at Focsle CPO Club with 40-cent wings, drink spe cials and all-you-candrink soft drinks for $1. Trivia begins at 5:30 p.m. All Khakis welcome (Chief Petty Officers, Officers and their guests). 2705431 Oct. 17: Just For Fun Wednesdays. Every Wednesday at Mayport Bowling Center. Its not about how good you bowl, its about how much fun you can have! $1 Colormania Bowling, drink specials, request your favorite music all day long and more. 270-5733 Oct. 19: Toga Party 9 p.m. at Castaways Lounge. Rock out with your togas out. Featuring live band Southern Magic, free food, giveaways and more. Before the band, we will be screening the movie Animal House. 270-7205 Oct. 20: All Khaki Oktoberfest. 6-10 p.m. at Focsle CPO Lounge. Don yer lederhosen & grab ye maiden for Focsle Lounges very first Oktoberfest Celebration! Festivities include live band One-Eyed Jakes, free German-inspired food, barrel roll obstacle course, bratwurst-eating contest, barrel toss, Yodeling contest, prizes & more! Oct. 24: All-Hands Steak Night. 4-7 p.m. at Focsle CPO Club. Cost is $10 per person. Purchase tickets in advance; lim ited tickets available at the door. Sponsored by HSL-48. To purchase tick ets in advance, please call CMDCM Jim Key at (904) 270-6810 x119; lim ited tickets available at the door. MWRThe following activities target single or unaccom panied Sailors. For more information, call 2707788/89 or stop by the Mayport Liberty Center and pick up the month ly activity calendar with a complete listing of all upcoming Liberty events. 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; lim ited tickets available at the door. Sponsored by the A-Team. For tickets, contact (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 deadline Oct. 8. Oct. 12: TGIF Extreme Bowling Party. Every Friday from 4-6 p.m. at Mayport Bowling Center. Free for Active Duty; guests $5. Beer & drink specials, half-price wings, awesome music videos and light show! 270-5377 Oct. 12: Xtreme Bowling. 8 p.m. to Midnight every Friday at Mayport Bowling Center. $10 include 2 hours of black light bowling, shoe rent al, prizes and dazzling laser light show. 270-5377 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 sea sonal pumpkin from the pumpkin patch. 270-5228 Oct. 13: ESPN College Gameday. Every Saturday at Noon at Castaways. Watch you favorite NCAA Football teams on one of Castaways 9 flat-screens. Drink specials through out the day. 270-7205 Oct. 13: UFC 153: Aldo vs. Edgar 10 p.m. at Castaways Lounge. 2707205 Oct. 14: Ghosts & Gravestones Trip. Van departs 5 p.m. Cost $10. Sign up deadline Oct. 8. Oct. 15: Ping-Pong Tournament. 6 p.m. at Liberty Center. Oct. 16: Knock Out Domestic Violence 5K Run/ 3K Walk 8:10 a.m. in front of the gym. Oct. 17: Just For Fun Wednesdays. Every Wednesday at Mayport Bowling Center. Its not about how good you bowl, its about how much fun you can have! $1 Colormania Bowling, drink specials, request your favorite music all day long and more. 270-5733 Oct. 17: Candy/ Caramel Apple Making. 6 p.m. at Liberty Center. Oct. 18: Pool Tournament. 6 p.m. at Liberty Center. Oct. 19: Toga Party 9 p.m. at Castaways Lounge. Rock out with your togas out. Featuring live band Southern Magic, free food, giveaways and more. Before the band, we will be screening the movie Animal House. 270-7205 LIBERTY 10 THE MIRROR NS MAYPORT, Thursday, October 4, 2012

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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 good ies, and more. Purchase your seasonal pumpkin from the pumpkin patch. 270-5228 Oct. 19: Freedom Friday Monster Mash Movie Bash. 7-11 p.m. at the Youth Center. Cost is $8 advanced sign-up and $10 day of, space permit ting. 270-5680 Oct. 25: Drama Club Presents Casper. 4:15 p.m. at the Youth Center. 270-5680. KID 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 4:30 p.m., Cut N Core 5:30 p.m., Flex N Stretch Tuesday 10:30 a.m., Intro to Yoga 11:30 a.m., Zumba 4:30 p.m., Yoga Wednesday 6:30 a.m., NOFFS Nutrition & Fitness Series 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 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. Monday 7 a.m., HIT 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 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 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, October 4, 2012 11

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Get Coupons, Special Offers With Commissary Rewards CardFrom DeCAIts here! The Commissary Rewards Card is available now in the Mayport Commissary. The card is free and designed to reduce the number of paper coupons commissary customers clip and carry saving them time and money. As an introductory offer, customers who pick up their cards by Oct. 24 receive preloaded digital coupons on their cards that can be used immedi ately. Adding digital coupons is easy and is done online after registering the card through the commis sary website at http:// www.commissaries.com/ rewards/index.cfm. New digital coupons will typically become available every two or three weeks. Visit the website for more information or ask in the commissary. -DeCA ImageThe Mayport Commissary is issuing new Commissary Rewards Cards with preloaded digital coupons for cus tomers who sign up by Oct. 24. The new card is designed to help reduce the need for paper coupons.NEXCOM Improves Return PolicyFrom NEXCOMThe Navy Exchange Service Command (NEXCOM) is mak ing improvements to its return policy. Merchandise purchased at a NEX or from myNa vyExchange.com can be returned to any NEX store within 45 days of pur chase for a refund or even exchange. We made this improvement to our return policy make it more convenient for our customers, said Richard Dow, NEXCOMs Senior Vice President Store Operations. By extend ing our return policy to 45 days, it gives our cus tomers more time to bring back an item to our store. In todays busy world, thats important to our customers. The standardized 45 day return policy on merchandise eliminates the previous exclusions including the 14 day return policy on certain items, such as comput ers, software and digital cameras. Now, the only exception to the 45 day NEX Customer Return Policy are pre-paid cards, such as financial, music, phone and gift cards, which are not returnable. The refund will be pro cessed in the same payment form as the origi nal purchase. A return without a receipt will be issued on an NEX Gift Card at the items current NEX price. Refunds made without a receipt can only be made at the NEXs Customer Service desk. Finally, diamond jewelry returns may be subject to an IGI appraisal prior to issuing a refund. NEXs To Open Mobile CentersFrom NEXCOMStarting in October, NEX customers at Naval Station Mayport will find purchasing a mobile phone and mobile servic es easier thanks to its new NEX Mobile Centers. Partnering with Wireless Advocates, NEX Mobile Centers will offer customers wireless prod ucts, accessories and services from a variety of service providers includ ing AT&T, Boost Mobile, T-Mobile and Verizon Wireless. With hot new advanced mobile phones hitting the mar ket every few weeks, customers can now turn to their NEX Mobile Center for great pric ing on the latest mobile phones and service plans, said Mary More, Navy Exchange Service Command (NEXCOM) Telecommunications Program Office. NEX Mobile Centers will be a one-stop shopping for all mobile phone and mobile phone service plans. NEX customers will find prod ucts and services from all the major brands in the mobile phone industry as well as a highly-trained staff. The new NEX Mobile Centers will sell a wide variety of Smartphones including a basic model flip phone to the Apple iPhone, Android and Blackberry. Customers will also find mobile phone service plans to meet the needs of their families. NEX Mobile Centers have value added in its pricing, said Morse. They meet or beat the most competitive pric ing in the area. They also offer a standard military discount, so NEX custom ers can feel at ease when purchasing their mobile phone or mobile ser vice from a NEX Mobile Center. NEX Mobile Centers offer special programs for the military members, including suspension of service during a deploy ment and a release from their contract due to an overseas transfer. It also offers a special order pro gram where if a mobile phone is not in stock, the NEX Mobile Center will mail the phone directly to the customers house, fully ready to use.NEXs Are Going Navy Blue This Holiday SeasonFrom NEXCOMNEXs worldwide will be taking a new approach to the holiday shop ping season this year. NEXs will offer sales and specials through out the holiday season beginning in early November instead of start ing off the holiday shopping sea son with a big sale the day after Thanksgiving. Also new this year, deployed Sailors will be able to take advantage of holiday specials by shopping on-line. For the 2012 holiday shop ping season, we have revised and refreshed our approach to the tra ditional Black Friday sales events. We are calling it Navy Blue Friday and will emphasize Navy core val ues, Navy family and preserving 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 addi tional sale items will be available across the entire three-day week end. We took this approach so cus tomers wouldnt feel obligated to get up early and leave their fami lies to go shopping for the holi days, said Tess Paquette, NEXCOM Senior Vice President and Chief Merchandising Officer. Beginning our sales earlier in the season will allow our customers to better bud get their holiday spending by pur chasing 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 mynavy exchange.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-November through their Supply Officer or Sales Officer. We have developed an assort ment of Sailor requested items such as electronics, games and sports nutrition products which will be featured in the three-day sale, said Paquette. If Sailors are unable to participate in the sale due to operational or mission require ments, they will be able to contact NEXCOMs call center after the sale dates and NEXCOM will accommodate them. 12 THE MIRROR NS MAYPORT, Thursday, October 4, 2012

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Navy Provides Subsistence Assistance For Qualifying FamiliesFrom Navy Personnel Command Public AffairsLow-income service members with depen dents may benefit from the Family Subsistence Supplemental Allowance (FSSA) Program, accord ing to a Navy message released Sept. 24. FSSA is an additional food allowance some mil itary families may qual ify for based on a mem bers household size and household income. According to NAVADMIN 292/12, the program is designed to bring eligible service members gross house hold income to 130 per cent of the federal pover ty line as established by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). The program is avail able for Sailors stationed in the United States and overseas. Members may be eligible for up to $1,100 per month. Active component and Reserve Sailors on active duty meeting dependent and income-eligibility requirements on the Defense Manpower Data Center website may par ticipate in the FSSA pro gram. To apply, Sailors must submit a signed application and associated docu ments through their chain of command to OPNAV N130 for final certification and approval. OPNAV will forward approved applications to Defense Finance and Accounting Service for posting to the Sailors pay account. During participation in the FSSA Program, any increases in house hold income of $100 or more per month, or any decrease in the size of that household, must be reported within 30 days to the certifying official. Sailors receiving FSSA are responsible to report changes, and failure to do so may result in termina tion of eligibility for the FSSA Program and com mand action. The FSSA income may affect participation of the household in certain pro grams for which eligibil ity is based on income, such as subsidized school lunch programs, the Women, Infant, and Children Program, day care programs, and earned income tax credit. To learn more about FSSA, read NAVADMIN 292/12 and visit https:// www.dmdc.osd.mil/fssa/ to determine eligibil ity and review application procedures. NAVYDont Wait To Mail Holiday PackagesFrom Naval Supply Systems Command Corporate CommunicationsThe Naval Supply Systems Commands (NAVSUP) Postal Policy Division mail-by dates for pre-Dec. 25, deliv ery of holiday cards, let ters, and packages were announced Sept. 5. The dates are as follows: Shore APO/FPO/DPO AE zips 090-098 (except 093); AA zips 340; AP zips 962-966 Express Mail: Dec. 17 First-Class Mail (let ters/cards and priority mail): Dec. 10 *Parcel Airlift Mail: Dec. 3 *Space Available Mail: Nov 26 *Parcel Post: Nov. 13 Shore APO/FPO/DPO AE ZIP 093 *Express mail Military Service: N/A *First-Class Letters/ Cards/Priority Mail: Dec. 3 Parcel Airlift Mail: Dec. 1 *Space Available Mail: Nov. 26 Parcel Post: Nov. 13 For mail addressed from all shore FPOs (except 093) *Express Mail Military Service: Dec. 17 *First-Class Mail (Letters/cards, priority mail): Dec. 10 *Parcel Airlift Mail: Dec. 3 *Space Available Mail: Nov. 26 Express Mail Military Service (EMMS) is avail able from selected military post offices. If mailing to an APO/FPO address, check with your local post office to determine if this service is available. Parcel Airlift Mail (PAL) is a service that provides air transportation for parcels on a space-avail able basis. It is available for Parcel Post items not exceeding 30 pounds in weight or 60 inches in length and girth com bined. The applicable PAL fee must be paid in addi tion to the regular surface rate of postage for each addressed piece sent by PAL service. Space Available Mail (SAM) refers to par cels mailed to APO/ FPO addresses at parcel post rates that are first transported domesti cally by surface and then to overseas destinations by air on a space avail able basis. The maximum weight and size limits are 15 pounds and 60 inches in length and girth com bined. From overseas locations, items mailed at Parcel Post rates are sent to CONUS by air on a space available basis. The maximum weight and size limit are 70 pounds and 130 inches in length and girth combined. It is also recommended that customers check with their local civilian or mili tary post office for infor mation on size restric tions and possible need for customs declaration forms. Additionally, cus tomers are advised that certain mail restrictions apply and some items can not be mailed. Examples are: switch blade knives, pornog raphy, controlled sub stances, and explosive or incendiary devices. If in doubt as to what can or cannot be sent through the mail, contact your local civilian or military post office. As a final note, custom ers are cautioned that packages must not be mailed in boxes that have markings related to any type of hazardous mate rial, such as bleach, alco hol, or cleaning fluids. Parcels found by the U.S. Postal Service with such markings or labels on the outside of the box will not be processed. Silver Star Recipients Added To Valor SiteFrom American Forces Press ServiceOfficials have added the names of those who have received Silver Star awards to a website listing recipients of the nations highest awards for valor. The site launched in July with the names of those who have received the Medal of Honor, the nations highest award for valor, since Sept. 11, 2001. On Aug. 1, officials added the names of those who have received the Distinguished Service Cross, the Navy Cross or the Air Force Cross the nations second-highest valor awards. Now, the site also lists those who have received the Silver Star. The site at http://valor. defense.gov is designed to raise awareness of ser vice members heroism and to help in deterring those who falsely claim military honors, officials said. Working together for stronger, healthier babies marchofdimes.com a CFC participant Provided as a public service THE MIRROR NS MAYPORT, Thursday, October 4, 2012 13

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Check us out Online! mayportmirror.com Underwood Salutes-Photo by MC2 Stuart PhillipsSailors assigned to the Oliver Hazard Perry-class guided-missile frigate USS Underwood fire the 40 mm saluting battery for a pass and review by Rear Adm. Sinclair Harris, Commander, U.S. 4th Fleet, during his approach aboard the guided-missile cruiser USS Anzio (CG 68). 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). See more UNITAS news on Page 6.Mayport Works To Prevent FiresFrom First Coast Navy F&ES Mayport DivisionIts 3 a.m. You and your family are sound asleep and awake to the beeping smoke alarm. You are tired and confused from the effects of the smoke. You know you need to get to safety, but when you head for the front door, you find that escape route is blocked by fire that is spreading by the second. What do you do? While this scenario is one the Naval Station Mayport Fire Department hopes you never have to encounter, the statistics tell us that many people do every day. According to the nonprofit National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), one home structure fire was reported every 85 sec onds in 2010. That added up to 369,500 home structure fires, which caused 13,350 injuries and 2,640 deaths. We also know that most fatal fires kill one or two people. However, in 2010, 19 home fires killed five or more people, resulting in 101 deaths. The numbers are scary, but there is something you can do to help ensure your familys safety should a fire break out in your home: Have Two Ways Out! Naval Station Mayport Fire Department is teaming up with NFPA during Fire Prevention Week, Oct. 7-13, to urge residents to Have Two Ways Out! This years theme focuses on the importance of fire escape planning and practice. Only one-third of Americans have both developed and practiced a home fire escape plan. And of the three-quarters Roth TSP OpensAmerican Forces Press ServiceBeginning Oct. 1, 2012, active-duty members of the Army, Navy and Air Force are able to contribute to the Roth Thrift Savings Plan as part of their investment planning, Defense Financing and Accounting Service officials said today. The after-tax contributions will be electronically deducted from service members pay accounts. Active-duty service mem bers also can start their Roth TSP contributions now through their online MyPay accounts, which offer the fastest, easiest and most secure method to manage both Roth and traditional TSP contributions. The sec ond option open to service members is to submit a TSPU-1 form to their finance office. Active-duty Marines, Guardsmen, reservists and civilians paid by DFAS were able to begin making con tributions to the program in June, officials said. Additionally, the other branches of the National Guard and reserves will be able to make Roth TSP con tributions by midto late 2013. The timeline difference between active-duty and other service members resulted from an interim solution for reserve component members, which didnt meet Federal Retirement Thrift Investment Board requirements, according to DFAS. While work continues for options that will be available more quickly and satisfy the law and FRTIB requirements at the same time, the new schedule will allow time to make systems changes and electronic deductions that meet all requirements. DFAS officials said. To begin making Roth TSP contributions, service mem bers should determine how much of their pay is eligible. A Roth TSP worksheet can help make the calculations. Military members are required to contribute an amount equaling 1 percent of their eligible pay to begin TSP contributions. For those who are not participating in traditional TSP investments, the initial Roth TSP election must meet this 1 percent requirement. The IRS maxi mum contribution to Roth TSP is $17,000 per year, DFAS officials said. Military members can use pay earned in combat zones, and are excluded from federal taxes to contribute to Roth TSP. De Wert Returns To Mayport From Great Lakes CruiseUSS De WertThe officers and crew of USS De Wert (FFG 45) returned home to their fami lies and friends after a successful 73-day cruise throughout the Great Lakes to commemorate the Bicentennial of the War of 1812. Throughout her cruise, DE WERT vis ited Halifax, Quebec City, Montreal, Milwaukee, Chicago, Toledo, Cleveland, Detroit, and Buffalo. USS Hurricane (PC 3) and the Royal Canadian Navys HMCS Ville de Quebec also traveled with De Wert for the commemoration events. De Werts arrival into the Great Lakes was a highly anticipated event, as it was the first frigate to visit the Great Lakes region since the Navys last Great Lakes Cruise in 1999. Since her departure on July 16, 2012, De Wert hosted seven distinguished visi tor receptions that included visits from Governors of the respective states, the cities mayors, consulate generals, and other public officials. Distinguished visi tor cruises were hosted between the city transits where the local citizens could come aboard USS De Wert and see how the U.S. Navy operates on a daily basis while underway. Visitors were entertained through various demonstrations such as VBSS drills, pipe patching procedures, and crash and salvage exercises. The ship was open for tours to the general public in each city. There were more than 50,000 people who came to tour De Wert throughout her entire cruise. Additionally, crewmembers logged more than 1,200 hours of community service through community relation projects that benefited various non-profit organizations such as Habitat for Humanity, Ronald McDonald House, homeless shelters, food banks, Boys and Girls Club, and childrens hospitals. -Photo by Paige GnannNaval Station Mayport Commanding Officer, Capt. Doug Cochrane, is joined by Fire personnel from Mayports Fire and Emergency Services department as he signs a proclamation declaring Oct. 7-13 as Fire Prevention Week at the base. See Fire Week, Page 3

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2 THE MIRROR, NS MAYPORT, Thursday, October 4, 2012 The Mirror The Mirror The Mirror Command Chaplain Lt. Cmdr. Jerome Cayangyang Roman Catholic Mass Sunday 9 a.m. Monday-Thursday 11:30 a.m. Confessions: before & after mass or upon request CCD, RCIA & Adult Ed: Sunday 10:30 a.m. Baptisms 3rd Sunday of month 10:30 a.m. Catholic Youth Group 2nd & 4th Sunday 11:30 a.m-1 p.m. Protestant Worship Sunday 10:30 a.m. Sunday school 9:15 a.m. Choir: Wednesday 7 p.m. Baptism: For information contact your chaplain Womens Bible Study Wednesday 10 a.m. Protestant Youth Group 1st Friday Youth Quak Trip 6:30 p.m. 3rd Friday at Chapel 7-10:30 p.m. PWOC 2nd Saturday 9:30 a.m. PMOC 3rd Saturday Prayer Breakfast 9 a.m. MOPS 1st & 3rd Thursday, 9:30 a.m. For more information or other worship opportunities and religious organizations in Jacksonville, call 270-5212.Shipmates, Welcome back to USS De Wert (FFG 45) from a very successful Great Lakes deployment in conjunc tion with Nationwide War of 1812 Commemoration. The ship was deployed for 73 days and made stops throughout Canada and the United States in company with USS Hurricane (PC 3) and the Royal Canadian Navys HMCS Ville de Quebec. The ship was able to connect with more than 50,000 people on both sides of the border and promote Americas strong bond with its northern neighbors. Welcome Home Shipmates! We were humbled and honored last Thursday night by having as our guest speaker for the Ombudsman Appreciation Dinner, Nancy HogsheadMakar. Professor Hogshead Makar was the number one ranked female swim mer in the world as a 14-year-old, and is a three-time Olympic Gold medal winner from the 1984 Los Angeles Olympiad. She went on to graduate from Georgetown Law school and is one of this countrys foremost experts in Title IX issues, and issues related to equal treatment for women in sport. She very appropriately drew a relationship between being an Olympic athlete and our very own Ombudsman an extremely dedicated force of volunteers, who toil away for the betterment of something larger than themselves the Sailors, ships and Installation. Our debt of gratitude can probably never be paid for these dedicated spouses, but it sure was nice to try! Thank you again for all you do Ladies! I want to thank all of the participants of this seasons MWR Sports Challenge. Its always a highly anticipated event and well find out today which com mand is up for the challenge. Im bet ting on NS Mayport. Thanks go out to Rita Hammerstad from MWR for coor dinating the event. She and her team always give a 100 percent to make sure the Sports Challenge is fun as well as competitive. Speaking of fun, Naval Station Mayport has several fun events on the horizon, including the annual Hispanic Heritage Month celebration on Oct. 10 at Sea Otter Pavilion. Sponsored by Mayports Multicultural Committee, the event will include a guest speaker and a special galley meal from 11 a.m.12:30 p.m. Each year, the Navy cel ebrates the contributions, culture and histories of Americans who trace their roots to Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean and Central and South American. Todays Navy employs more than 58,000 Hispanic active duty and Reserve Sailors and officers, including four Hispanic flag officers and 172 Hispanic master chiefs. Mayport also enjoys a rich Hispanic community in conjunction with COMUSNAVSO/Fourth Fleet, which serves as a main link between the U.S. Navy and the navies of South America, Central American and the Caribbean. USS Underwood and USS Robert G. Bradley are currently deployed in sup port of UNITAS. UNITAS is the longest running and largest multinational maritime exercise in this hemisphere and held in the NAVSO AOR. The 12-day exercise entails a variety of operations intended to enhance interoperability between the partner navies. MWR Fall Festival will be held on Oct. 13 from 2-6 p.m. at the Sea Otter Pavilion. This family friendly event will include pictures in a pumpkin patch, arts and crafts, performances by Youth Center and even a haunted house. The off-base Navy Exchange is also hosting a Fall Fashion Show on Oct. 6 at 1 p.m. Ive heard they have 60 models from Mayport signed up to show off the 2012 fall styles and will be giving away door prizes. Get out and support the Navy Exchange and get started on a little early holiday shopping while youre at it. Speaking of holiday shopping, if you havent already budgeted for the upcoming holiday season now is the time to do it. Everyone wants to make this holiday the best ever for their loved ones with lavish and plentiful gifts, especially when you have children. But the holidays wont be any fun for you if youre wor ried about how you will pay for it. For bigger items, take advantage of layaways offered at some of the big box stores or go online to find better deals. Just dont let yourself get caught up in the credit card trap or over extend your budget to the point you cant pay your bills. If you are on a tight budget, but you still want to enjoy your com mands Christmas party or the Navy Ball, the Ombudsmen are sponsoring a Cinderellas Closet with free ball gowns, cocktail dress, shoes and acces sories. The event open to all Mayport spouses with military ID and for the girlfriends/fiances accompanied by their Sailor. The event will be held on Oct. 6 from 1-4 p.m. in Building One and includes door prizes and light refresh ments. Contact your command ombudsman for more information. The Navy Ball will be held Oct. 25 at Ocean Breeze Conference Center. Tickets are on sale now at ITT. Be safe, and keep sending those sug gestions to the COs suggestion box or email them at douglas.cochrane@navy. milCapt. Doug Cochrane CAPTAINSAre You Aware of the Changes for Eligibility for Florida Bright Futures Scholarships? For students anticipating graduation in June 2013, have you been briefed on the eligi bility changes to the Bright Futures scholarships? General eligibility require ments include the following: U.S. citizen or eligible non-cit izen. degree at an eligible Florida postsecondary institution. ship funds within two not the previous three years of high school graduation. This is a 2012 legislative change. or have pled not contest to a felony charge. non-remedial semester credit hours. A major change implemented in 2011 was the submission of a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). This is still a REQUIREMENT for Bright Futures eligibility. New language states that students must submit an ERROR-FREE FAFSA. The FAFSA is also required in the submission of a Florida Resident Access Grant and Access to Better Learning and Education Grant. Students, after the initial submission of the FAFSA, must then annually submit the FAFSA for renewal of the scholarship prior to dis bursement of funds. Another 2011 change was the increased community service requirements for all three Bright Futures award levels. from 75 hours) from 0 hours) from 0 hours). Nan Worsowicz, Supervisor of Guidance for Duval County Schools, indicated that this new requirement caused the most problems for 2012 graduates. Many students reported to her that they were unaware of this change. So be sure to provide this information to the childs school counselor or designee by the end of the first semester of the senior year for 7th semester evaluation or by graduation for 8th semester evaluation. SAT and ACT test score requirements also changed for this years graduating class. The Florida Gold Seal Vocational Scholars Award is no longer funded for an AA or BA degree program. GSV award is now limited to 72 semester hours towards an AS, AAS, CCC, and PSAV. However in the Applied Technology Diploma (ATP) it is limited to 60 semes ter hours. GSV no longer rolls over to the Medallion level award. For additional information on the Bright Futures Scholarship Program, go online to www. FloridaStudentFinancialAid. org. Or make plans now to attend the NACAC (National Association of College Admissions Counselors) National College Fair co-hosted by Duval County Public Schools at the Prime Osborn on Oct. 13th from 9 am 1 pm. This is a free event. Parking fees are collected in some of the area lots. Judy Cromartie is the School Liaison Officer for NS Mayport. If you have questions about this article or concerns about an educational issue impacting your child, she can be reached via email at judith.cromartie@ navy.mil or by phone at (904) 270-6289 X1305 [office] or (904) 219-3894 [cell]. Or you can schedule a meeting with her in her office in Building One.Did You Know There Are Changes To Florida Bright Futures Scholarship Eligibility?Judy Cromartie School Liaison Officer KnowingTheres a joke about a man who goes to the doctor complaining that he sees spots. The receptionist asks, Have you ever seen a doctor? And he replies, No. Just the spots. The joke gets laughs because it reflects a truth. According to the American Psychological Association (APA), men are much less likely than women to look after their health and see physicians. Theyre 25 percent less likely to have vis ited a health-care pro vider in the past year, and almost 40 percent more likely to have skipped recommended choles terol screenings, accord ing to the U.S. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality. As stereotype would have it, nagging from women is the main reason men ever get their health checked out. But whats no laughing matter are the statistics on mens poorer health out comes: U.S. men are 1.5 times more likely than women to die from heart disease, cancer and respiratory diseases, according to U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention data. And they die, on average, five years earlier than women. Men, the aforemen tioned data are facts, not fiction. Moreover, for those of us who embrace the Christian faith we are reminded of a truth that deserves our immediate attention. Paul writes, ..Know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own (1 Corinthians 6:19, KJV). Although the immedi ate context of this pas sage addresses the issue of immorality, the idea that God dwells in us transcends every area of our live, to include, tak ing care of it. Of course, that would include eating properly, exercising, giv -Treat Your Body As A Temple Of The LordChap Calvin Gardner, Sr. Surface Force Ministry Center CHAPLAINSing it rest, and yes even performing routine main tenance, i.e. visiting the doctor for annual check ups/screenings. Before empirical research noted the bene fits of exercise, the Apostle Paul reminded us that physical training is of some value (1 Timothy 4:8a, NIV). Few lifestyle choices can impact health as significantly as regular physical activity. Mayo Clinic researchers noted that as little as seven hours of physical activ ity a week can lower your risk of dying early by 40 percent as compared with someone whose weekly activity level is less than 30 minutes. To this end, the Apostle John prays, that all is well with you and that you enjoy good health in the same way that you pros per spiritually (3 John 1:2, CEB). One of Johns prayer requests is that you enjoy good health. The idea behind this request has to do with us being sound and well in our bod ies. Metaphorically, it suggests that our bodies be free from any admix ture of error. Moreover, the mood of the phrase implies that we are to be active participants in making this happen. Thus, just as we per form preventative main tenance on our cars, homes, and relationships, we ought to do the same for our bodies. By the way, when was your last head to toe physical? Graduation Year FAS SAT ACT FMS SAT ACT 2011-201212702898021 2012-2013 1280 28 102022

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of Americans who do have an escape plan, less than half actually prac ticed it. As we saw in the scenario above, fire is unpredictable. Seconds and minutes can mean the difference between life and death. We want to ensure that Naval Station Mayport residents know what to do if a fire breaks out in their home. Preparation is an impor tant part of being able to deal with an emergency and it is crucial you take steps to prepare your family for the potential of a home fire by having an escape plan and practic ing it. Although preparing for the unexpected is diffi cult, reviewing the infor mation below and taking action based on it to plan for a fire could save lives. Naval Station Mayport Fire Department recom mends the following tips for planning your familys escape: If you have children and want to make this a family activity home. Mark a door and a window that can be used to get out of every room. place outside in front of your home. This is where everyone can meet once theyve escaped. Draw a picture of your outside meeting place on your escape plan. telephone number for the fire department on your escape plan. alarm and practice your escape drill with everyone living in your home. on the refrigerator and practice the drill twice a year or whenever anyone in your home celebrates a birthday. If your family is all adults: home and identify two ways out of each room. place outside in front of your home. This is where everyone can meet once theyve escaped. knows the emergency number for your local fire department. drill twice a year. The Naval Station Mayport Fire Department will be hosting activities during Fire Prevention Week to promote Have Two Ways Out! Through these educational, family-oriented activities, 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, OffBase 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. 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 DrillsWests Last Hooyah, Stevens Takes Helm Office of the Master Chief Petty Officer of the NavyMaster Chief Petty Officer of the Navy (MCPON) (SS/SW) Rick D. West gave his last HOOYAH during the change-of-office ceremony at the Washington Navy Yard, Sept. 28. Chief of Naval Operations Adm. Jonathan Greenert was the guest speaker for the ceremony and highlight ed MCPON Wests accomplishments during his naval career while thank ing him for his leadership. MCPON West, you made the Navy better through your willingness to listen and learn, said Greenert. I watched you firsthand in the Pacific Fleet, at U.S. Fleet Forces, as VCNO, and I had the honor to serve with you for one year as CNO. MCPON West had the heartbeat of the Navy. Sailors communicated with him. He challenged Sailors and they loved it. The ceremony marked the end of a nearly 32-year career for West, who had served as the 12th MCPON since Dec. 12, 2008. During his time as MCPON, West insti tuted the Senior Enlisted Continuation Board, introduced CPO 365, and implemented the manda tory enlisted warfare des ignation. MCPON West made a difference and led by example. He made a tan gible improvement in our Navy, said Greenert. I say to you and Bobbi (wife), thank you very much and our nation and our Navy thanks you. West did not discuss personal accomplish ments during his retire ment remarks, instead focusing on thanking family, friends, shipmates and mentors who helped shape him into a leader and the memories hell take with him of his years of service. There is simply no way I can mention you all. Just know that if you are here today, you played some part in the success that I have enjoyed, said West. It has been an honor and privilege to serve our great Navy for nearly 32 years and especially to serve as MCPON for the last four. Thirty-two years is a long time, but when you are talking about the end of a fantastic jour ney, it was just a flash of time. Ive never had a bad command because I feel commands are what you make of them and how you choose to seize the opportunities. The thing Im going to miss the most is, by far, the people and the energy and innovation of our Sailors and fami lies. The engine that truly drives our Navy is our people. Our Sailors are what makes our Navy the best thats ever sailed the worlds oceans, said West. MCPON (AW/NAC) Mike D. Stevens took the helm of the enlisted force as the Navys 13th MCPON after receiving the ceremonial cutlass from MCPON West. I was honored to pick MCPON 13, said Greenert. It was not an easy task. MCPON Stevens is a proven and effective leader. This is a guy ready to lead our Navy and I look forward to your insight and per spective. Stevens, a native of Montana, joined the Navy in 1983 and most recently served as Fleet Master Chief for U.S. Fleet Forces Fleet Master Chief in Norfolk. His previous Command Master Chief tours included U.S. 2nd Fleet, Helicopter Sea Combat Wing Atlantic, Helicopter Mine Countermeasures Squadron 14, and Naval Air Station Pensacola. MCPON Stevens thanked Admiral Greenert for his trust and faith in his selection as MCPON. I am both humbled and honored to have been provided this magnificent opportunity to lead and serve our Sailors, their families and our govern ment civilians as the 13th Master Chief Petty Officer of the Navy, said Stevens. Stevens thanked West for his service, leader ship and friendship and spoke to the Navy, saying he is excited about the future and looking for ward to serving the Navy as MCPON by working together to carry out the Navys mission. The MCPON serves as an advisor to the CNO and to the Chief of Naval Personnel in matters dealing with enlisted per sonnel and their families. The MCPON is also an advisor to boards deal ing with enlisted person nel issues; is the enlisted representative of the Department of the Navy at special events; may be called upon to testify on enlisted personnel issues before Congress; and maintains a liaison with enlisted spouse organiza tions. -Photo by MC2 Thomas L. Rosprim Master Chief Petty Officer of the Navy (MCPON) Michael D. Stevens accepts the ceremonial cutlass from the Navy's 12th MCPON, Rick D. West, during a change of office ceremony at the Washington Navy Yard as Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) Adm. Jonathan Greenert presides over the ceremony. From Page 1Fire WeekNavy Ball Tix On SaleFrom MWRTickets are on sale for the 2012 Naval Station Mayport Navy Ball at Mayport ITT (270-5145 x5). The Navy Ball will be held on Oct. 25 at Ocean Breeze Conference Center starting with the cocktail hour at 6 p.m. and dinner at 7:30 p.m. Ticket prices are O-6 and above, Retiree/DoD Civilians $50; 04-05 $45; 01-03/CWO/E7-E9 $40; E-5 and below $30. Command tables can be purchased $450 per table of 10 people. Guest speaker is Rear Adm. Sinclair M. Harris, Commander, COMUSNAVSO/C4F. This is a Black Tie event; military: mess dress 0-4 and above; service dress uniform w/ miniature medals 0-3 and below; civil ian: formal attire. What does HOPE look like?Hope looks like Eli and his mother, Mary Elizabeth.They are working together to help accelerate the pace of research to nd better treatments and a cure for type 1 diabetes. To learn more, call 800.533.CURE or visit jdrf.org. A CFC participant. Provided as a public service. THE MIRROR NS MAYPORT, Thursday, October 4, 2012 3

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4 THE MIRROR, NS MAYPORT, Thursday, October 4, 2012 Service, Fun In Seychelles For Klakring USS KlakringAfter nearly a month and a half continuously at sea, USS Klakring took a break from Fire Scout flight operations and departed its assigned operating area for some well-deserved liberty in the beautiful islands of Seychelles. Since the small group of islands sits just south of the equator, the ship held a Crossing the Line ceremony on Sept. 8 to ini tiate those who had not before sailed across the equator, known as polly wogs. King Neptune and Davey Jones were both on hand to preside over the ceremony. About the event, Davey Jones explained, Arrrggghhh! Twas a mighty enjoyable thing, watching as me trusty Shellbacks worked off the stubbornness and cleansed the ocean scum from the slimy wogs that had infested the mighty warship Klakring. For she is a sound vessel and her entire crew is now wor thy of serving on King Neptunis Rexs Raging Main. AARRRGgghhhh! A total of 86 wogs were raised to the distinction of Shellback after satisfactorily completing the challenges they were presented by the Royal Court and their Shellback assistants. The following morn ing, USS Klakring entered the harbor of Victoria, Seychelles where it would remain moored for the next three days against the backdrop of a pleas ant town, lush tropical forest-covered mountains, and impressive black-rock cliffs. Over the next several days, the crew ventured out into town to find relaxation, adventure, and, most importantly, wireless internet. Just about everyone found what they were looking for. Many relaxed by stay ing overnight in one of the hotels along the beach; others enjoyed local res taurants, while others simply lounged around the pool or on the beach. The ships MWR com mittee provided plenty of opportunities for adven ture by setting up various tours for the crew. Some of the crew explored the reefs around the island through a scuba diving tour. Certified divers did two separate boat dives in various locations, while beginners learned the basics of scuba div ing before going on a reef dive themselves. Others brushed off the rainy weather and got in a couple of rounds of golf at the local island club. A couple of groups chartered fishing boats and braved the high seas for a day. After pulling their lines in the final time, they went to the beach and grilled up their catch for a nice afternoon seafood feast. Klakrings Commanding Officer, Cmdr. Darrell Canady, led another group to tiny Cousin Island, where the group got an amazing up close view of all kinds of exotic wild-life, including giant turtles, the worlds longest species of milli pede, and a variety of rare birds and lizards. It wasnt all relaxation for the crew in Seychelles. USS Klakring sponsored two separate commu nity relations (COMREL) projects to assist the people of Seychelles and to strengthen the Navys relationship with this key island nation. On Monday, Sept. 10, a group of 19 crewmembers visited the Foyer de Nazareth Orphanage of Mahe, Seychelles, where they were tasked with clearing the garbage and weeds out of several overgrown garden areas. They set to work pulling weeds and chopping down trees, and were soon joined by the boys from the orphanage. Together they turned the area from a weedinfested field to a terraced garden area ready to be planted. After the work was complete, the boys climbed up into the palm trees and cut down coco nuts to share with their Navy guests. As they all drank and ate from the coconuts, the 14 boys from the orphan age had a lot of fun taking pictures and listening to -Photos courtesy of USS KlakringMembers of King Neptunes Royal court visit USS Klakring for the Crossing the Line Ceremony. From Left, USS Klakring Commanding Officer, Cmdr. Darrell Canady, Davey Jones (Chief Damage Controlman Hampton), Operations Specialist 2nd ClassBass, King Neptune (Lt. Pavelka), Chief Personnel Specialist Steer, and Operations Specialist 3rd Class Johnson. Shellback Logistics Specialist 2nd Class Byron Aceituno prepares to wash sea-scum off wogs. USS Klakring moored in Port Victoria, Seychelles. Senior Chief Sonar Technician Surface Adam OBrian, Chief Gas Turbine System Technician (Mechanical) Michael McNeal, and Chief Information Systems Technician Carlos Ortiz enjoy some down time by the beach.See Klakring, Page 5Above, Chaplain Justin Top explores one of the reefs near Seychelles. Right, Senior Chief Naval Aircrewman John Chapman shows off his catch after deep sea fishing in Seychelles.

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THE MIRROR NS MAYPORT, Thursday, October 4, 2012 5 music on the Sailors cell phones. Representatives from Klakring also pre sented 20 blankets and several gardening tools to Sister Jacqueline Neff of the orphanage. On Sept. 11, another group of 22 Klakring Sailors displayed their giving spirit by dedicat ing their liberty time to help beautify the Nature Seychelles Sanctuary. Despite the rain, heat, mud and mosquitoes, Sailors cut down trees and hauled dirt, blocks, and sand to rehabilitate the 20-acre Roche Caiman Park. All building supplies were produced from the natural habitat of the park and the leftover supplies will be used to make additional needed fences for the sanctuary. The Sailors work will provide protection for wild species, while encouraging tourism. The crew also planted several endangered man grove trees, which are considered critical to the Seychelles ecosystem. The following morning USS Klakring slipped out of the harbor to return to its mission. USS Klakring is now halfway through its deployment where she is conducting operations with embarked HSL42 Fire Scout Helicopter Detachment Two, the Proud Warriors, in sup port of Maritime Security in the 5th and 6th Fleet Areas of Responsibility. From Page 4KlakringChief Culinary Specialist Corey Glenn moves blocks as part of a COMREL at Nature Seychelles Sanctuary on Sept. 11. COMREL participants from USS Klakring gather for a photo after completing their Service at Nature Seychelles Sanctuary on Sept. 11, 2012. Volunteers from USS Klakring pose with residents of the Foyer de Nazareth Orphanage after clearing the garden area of weeds and trash. Chief Damage ControlmanAustin Hampton shares his phone to entertain one of the boys from the orphanage. Air Boss Lt. Cmdr. Jay Lambert poses with a Giant Tortoise in Cousin Island, Seychelles. Commanding Officer, Cmdr. Darrell Canady, enjoys the beach on Praslin Island, Seychelles. Boatswains Mate 2nd Class Delgado, Logistics Specialist 3rd Class Doeblin, Aviation Electricians Mate 2nd ClassBishop, AAviation Structural Mechanic 3rd Class Bonam, Interior Communications Electrician 1st Class Free, Damage Controlman 3rd Class Abd Ebrah, and Chaplain Justin Top prepare for a boat dive in Seychelles.

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The Sullivans Gun Receives Overhaul USS The SullivansExperienced technicians from Naval Surface Warfare Center (NSWC) spent about two and a half months on board USS The Sullivans overhauling or replacing every mechanical, hydrau lic, and electronic element inside the ships gun mount as a part of the Standard Pierside Maintenance and Repair, or SPMR. The SPMR is a joint ship and NSWC Indian Head venture for restoring the MK 45 5-inch 54 Caliber Light Weight Gun. The ships gunners mates received beneficial training from these technicians who are former Navy gunners them selves. In the final phase of this project, the lead NSWC represen tative rode along during Sea Trials to observe a rigorous live fire exercise and determined if the gun is fully up and ready to fight. The restoration and support from NSWC along with lessons learned by the Sailors who conduct regular maintenance on this weapon is an incredible asset to the ship and her mis sion. The Sullivans SPMR began with an in-brief outlining every aspect of the project from craning on their tools and supplies to a suggested completion course of fire. It was made clear from the beginning what the ship should expect from NSWC and what requirements the ship needed to meet. NSWC was responsible for all labor and parts excluding very expensive parts, hydraulic fluid, and nitrogen. In the case of The Sullivans a new index drive was installed and hydraulic fluid was replaced. NSWCs team lead, Anthony Bowers, made under standing causes of corrosion and repairs to prevent costly damage from occurring in the future accessible to the most junior technician. Bowers professionalism made the project an exceptionally predictable and rewarding experience Standard Pier-side Maintenance and Repair avail ability offers a unique opportunity for technicians to observe and receive hands-on training from experts troubleshoot ing and resolving faults typi cally handled by intermedi ate maintenance activities. The complete overhaul of the mount with the shield removed gave THE SULLIVANS gun ners mates uncommon access to areas of the gun which are usually cramped or inaccessible. The experience maintain ers gained during the SPMR will pay dividends later in their careers. An operational 5-inch gun is essential to The Sullivans Surface, Air, and Naval Fire Support missions. Firing a successful battery of 33 rounds at the conclusion of the overhaul reinforced confidence in the guns ability to meet any task ing. UNITAS Ships Rehearse Refueling At Sea U.S. Naval Forces Southern Command & U.S. 4th Fleet Public AffairsEleven multinational warships participating in a maritime exercise hosted by U.S. 4th Fleet practiced replenishing at sea with U.S. supply ship USNS Patuxent (T-AO 201) and Canadian sup ply ship HMCS Preserver (AR-8) in the Caribbean as part of UNITAS Atlantic (LANT), Sept. 23. The ships, from Brazil, Canada, Colombia, the Dominican Republic, Mexico, the United Kingdom, and the United States, were divided into two groups, five ships rehearsing with Patuxent and six with Preserver. Patuxent and Preserver started out in front of their respective group of ships, steaming at 13 knots. They then directed, via radio communica tions and flag hoists, each ship to come alongside in order to be positioned to receive lines for fuel. The supply ship gives you a signal via FLT TAC [Fleet Tactical], which is a like a radio or tele phone signal, said Ensign Clarissa Carpio, Underwoods junior officer of the deck and the ships 1st lieutenant, responsible for refueling evolutions such as this one. They give us a sig nal of where they want us stationed and then after that point, we use the flag hoists. That will deter mine when well go alongside and when the oiler is ready for us. The ships approached either Patuxent or Preserver at 25 knots. Once alongside, they matched speeds at about 13 knots. When ready to depart and break off, the ships went flank speed ahead for 30 knots and turned away from the supply ship. The ships did not actually receive fuel during todays event nor were any lines exchanged between ships. We [U.S. Navy] do this quite often, but our part ner nations do not, said Chief Warrant Officer 3 Miguel Aponte, the offi cer of the deck during the evolution aboard USS Underwood (FFG 36). When you do a rehearsal, you get to go through all the motions of bringing the ship in close proximity to another ship without having to do all the extra stuff, like rigging the span wire or sending the hoses across the deck, which brings along its own challenges. By doing a dry rehearsal we can practice approaching and break ing away from the refuel ing ship. In the two separate groups, the ships sailed in a two-line formation behind their respective supply ships and when directed by the supply ship crew, came along side to take station. After demonstrating proficien cy in maintaining correct position, the ships pulled away and turned around to rejoin the back of their formation. This was repeated for the entire three-hour event. I think it [the evolu tion] went well, said Carpio. In our group of six ships, we had two foreign [Mexican and Colombian] ships. They did well coming into station and they understood all the signals. The evolution went very smoothly, said Aponte. We ended up doing two approaches: one on the starboard side and one on the port side. Two actual refueling evolutions will occur later this week and ships will be afforded the opportu nity to top off their tanks before the end of the exercise. -Photo by Lt. Cmdr. Corey BarkerRear Adm. Sinclair Harris, commander of U.S. Naval Forces Southern Command and U.S. 4th Fleet, sends a "Bravo Zulu" message via flashing light to a Dominican Republic navy vessel from guided-missile cruiser USS Anzio (CG 68), the flagship, during the annual multinational UNITAS maritime exercise. Thirteen ships and personnel from eleven partner nations participated in the exercise in the Western Caribbean Sea hosted by U.S. Fourth Fleet. 6 THE MIRROR, NS MAYPORT, Thursday, October 4, 2012

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Gettysburg In Scotland For Joint Warrior Navy Public Affairs Support Element WestDestroyer Squadron (DESRON) 26, guid ed-missile cruiser USS Gettysburg (CG 64), guided-missile destroy er USS Mitscher (DDG 57) and Helicopter Maritime Strike (HSM) 46 Detachment 2 pulled into the port of Faslane, Scotland for a port visit, Sept. 26. Gettysburg, Mitscher and fleet replenishment ship USNS Leroy Grumman (TAO 195) are in the area to take part in Exercise Joint Warrior. Test Squadron 1, Patrol Squadron (VP) 9 and VP 10 will arrive later this week and also play a role in the exercise, which begins Oct. 1. Joint Warrior is a coalition exercise designed and led by the joint tactical exercise planning staff in the United Kingdom. Joint Warrior is the United Kingdoms advanced cer tification course and is on par with a U.S. Joint Task Force Exercise, which certifies U.S. ships for deployment. Before any kind of major operation or deployment, we want to make sure that the ships are fully capable and the crew is ready to go, said Capt. Bob Hein, Gettysburgs command ing officer. Thats kind of what were doing in this training event. Exercise Joint Warrior is intended to improve interoperability between allied navies and prepare them for possible joint exercises in the real world. Maritime support reconnaissance patrol aircraft from Experimental Evaluation Joint Warrior gives coalition forces a chance to find out what each countrys navy is capable of and how they can work with each other. The exercise also gives the ships the rare oppor tunity to practice in a realworld training environ ment. Many of the allied units involved in Joint Warrior exercises will be the same units our ships will see on deployment. said Capt. Nelson Castro, commander, DESRON 26. Capt. Robert Hein, left, commanding officer of the guided-missile cruiser USS Gettysburg (CG 64), looks through binoculars while the conning officer, Ensign Kiley Provenzano, takes a bearing on the bridge as the ship arrives into Fastlane, Scotland. Sailors aboard the guided-missile cruiser USS Gettysburg (CG 64) tend line as the ship docks at the port of Faslane, Scotland. Gettysburg is in Scotland to take part in Exercise Joint Warrior. Engineman 3rd Class Nahun Rodriguez lays out firehose during a general quarters drill aboard the guided-missile cruiser USS Gettysburg (CG 64). --Photos by MC2 Foster BamfordThe visit, board, search and seizure team aboard the guided-missile cruiser USS Gettysburg (CG 64) clean their weapons outside of the ship's armory. Gettysburg is on its way to take part in Exercise Joint Warrior off the coast of Scotland. The exercise takes place off the coast of Scotland and is designed and 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 during deployments. THE MIRROR NS MAYPORT, Thursday, October 4, 2012 7

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FRCSE DET Mayport Sets Record, Zero Alcohol-Related Cases In YearFrom FRCSE DET MayportJacksonville Sheriffs Office (JSO) recognized Fleet Readiness Center Southeast (FRCSE) Detachment (DET) Mayport for achieving 365 consecutive days without an alcohol-related inci dent (ARI) during a cere mony at the military facility Sept. 27. JSO Traffic Officer Theron Golleher pre sented Airman Jocelyn Thomas and Maintenance Master Chief (AFCM) Kevin Holden, the com mands youngest and oldest Sailors respectively, with a plaque commemorating the record set from Sept. 20, 2011 to Sept. 20, 2012. Statistics show that one out of two drivers is impaired on the street, said Golleher, an 18-year JSO veteran who provid ed training to the DET in December 2011. I want to congratulate you individually and as a com mand. Its a milestone you can all be proud of. Cmdr. Michael Barriere, the officer in charge (OIC), said this was a team effort with each of the nearly 200 DET Sailors contributing to the goal. It means more, its about people, its about Sailors, he said. Keep doing exactly what youve been doing. Capt. Robert Caldwell, the FRCSE command ing officer, said in his 27 years of Naval service he had never seen an activ ity reach this milestone until today. My hats off to you, he said. You take personal responsibility watching out for yourself and for your shipmate. This is about everybody on the road. Its an expensive mistake. It can kill you or someone you care about. In a surprise move at the conclusion of the ceremony, the OIC announced that from a very competi tive field of candidates Aviation Maintenance Administrationman 1st Class Jose Zayas was selected as the FRCSE DET 2012 Sailor of the Year. Senior Chief Logistics Specialist Jack Beardmore and Machinery Repairman 1st Class Vincent Yaich, the units Drug and Alcohol Program advisors, attribute the zero ARI success to continuous training, open lines of communi cation at all levels, and a genuine concern for the Sailors wellbeing. Yaich said when Sailors check in, they are given a Club 2000 card that allows Sailors assigned to Mayport and its tenant commands to get a free taxi ride home as an alternative to driving under the influence. If Sailors have a mobile phone, they are instructed to enter the number. Holden, the outgo ing senior enlisted advi sor, was one of the driv ing forces for responsible alcohol use according to Yaich. He said most of the Sailors had heard Holdens speech so often they could recite it from memory. It goes like this, If you know your limit, have one less, if you think you know your limit have two less, if you dont know your limit, then you have no business drinking alcohol. And if you ever do drink alcohol, you have no business behind the wheel of a car, even if its a sip. Holden said he robbed the alcohol thing from retired Rear Admiral Mack Gaston, his for mer boss at Naval Station Great Lakes, Ill. He said Gaston was passionate about the issue. With everything Sailors and their families are going through today, they cant afford an ARI, he said. Lt. Cmdr. Joseph Kamara, the assistant OIC, believes committed leadership is the main reason for setting the record. He said publish ing the number of days since the last alcoholrelated incident in the Plan of the Week instills a sense of pride in our Sailors, as nobody wants to be that guy or girl who breaks the streak. -U.S. Navy photoJacksonville Sheriffs Office (JSO) Traffic Officer Theron Golleher (left) congratu lates AZAN Jocelyn Thomas, the youngest Sailor at Fleet Readiness Center Southeast Detachment Mayport after reading a plaque from JSO commemorating the units milestone of zero alcohol-related incidents in a year, as AFCM Kevin Holden (center left), the outgoing senior enlisted advisor and Cmdr. Michael Barriere (right) look on during a ceremony at the unit Sept 27. 8 THE MIRROR, NS MAYPORT, Thursday, October 4, 2012

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Vicksburg Sailors Practice Firearms SafetyEnterprise Carrier Strike Group Public AffairsU.S. Navy Sailors, assigned to the Grandmasters of Helicopter Antisubmarine Squadron Light (HSL) 46, and the visit, board, search and seizure (VBSS) team aboard guided-missile cruiser USS Vicksburg (CG 69) conducted train ing in firearms safety and familiarization, Sept. 21. Vicksburg and HSL-46 Sailors trained with Sig Sauer M11 semi-automatic pistols for the purpos es of familiarization and safety. It keeps Sailors famil iar with movements and tactics, said Ensign Christopher Anderson, gunnery officer aboard Vicksburg. The more we practice, the better we get. Aviation Machinist Mate 3rd Class Melvin Faust, who is assigned to the Grandmasters, par ticipated in the training. Everyone aboard should know how to use a weapon properly, said Faust. I dont own a gun, but I really enjoyed the training. It refreshed my knowledge about gun safety. After HSL-46 completed their firearms training, the VBSS team trained in both small arms and smallarms tactics. VBSS team member Electronics Technician 3rd Class Benjamin Arndt owns a personal firearm and understands the importance of weapon safety. So many things go into shooting and maintain ing a firearm, you really do need proper training, said Arndt. I have been using firearms since I was young and I think one of the most important things to remember is to manage your stress. If you cant keep your stress under control, you cant stay focused. Vicksburg Sailors also trained with the M4 Carbine, the M16 Rifle, the Mossberg Shotgun and the Beretta M9 semiautomatic pistol. Vicksburg is currently deployed in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibil ity conducting maritime security operations, the ater security coopera tion efforts and support missions for Operation Enduring Freedom. -Photos by MC2 Nick ScottU.S. Navy Sailors, assigned to the Grandmasters of Helicopter Anti-submarine Squadron Light (HSL) 46, conduct a live-fire exercise using the Sig Sauer M11 pistol aboard guided-missile cruiser USS Vicksburg (CG 69). Vicksburg is deployed to the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility conducting maritime security operations, theater security cooperation efforts and support missions for Operation Enduring Freedom. Aviation Electronics Technician 2nd Class Phillip H. Craven, assigned to HSL-46, loads a magazine for a Sig Sauer M11 pistol during a live-fire exercise aboard guided-missile cruiser USS Vicksburg (CG 69). U.S. Navy Sailors, assigned to HSL-46, conduct a live-fire exercise using the Sig Sauer M11 pistol aboard guided-missile cruiser USS Vicksburg (CG 69). THE MIRROR NS MAYPORT, Thursday, October 4, 2012 9

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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 flat-screens. Drink specials through out the day. 270-7205 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; lim ited tickets available at the door. Sponsored by the A-Team. For tickets, contact (904) 270-5228. Oct. 12: 60s Bingo Party. 6:30 p.m. at Beachside Bingo. Wear your bellbottoms and love beads! Well have our gift wheel, double payouts, 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. Beer & drink specials, half-price wings, awesome music videos and light show! 270-5377 Oct. 12: Xtreme Bowling. 8 p.m. to Midnight every Friday at Mayport Bowling Center. $10 include 2 hours of black light bowling, shoe rent al, prizes and dazzling laser light show. 270-5377 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 sea sonal pumpkin from the pumpkin patch. 270-5228 Oct. 13: ESPN College Gameday. Every Saturday at Noon at Castaways. Watch you favorite NCAA Football teams on one of Castaways 9 flat-screens. Drink specials through out the day. 270-7205 Oct. 13: UFC 153: Aldo vs. Edgar 10 p.m. at Castaways Lounge. 2707205 Oct. 16: Knock Out Domestic Violence 5K Run/ 3K Walk 8:10 a.m. in front of the gym. Oct. 16: All Khaki Wings and Trivia Night. 3-7 p.m. every Tuesday at Focsle CPO Club with 40-cent wings, drink spe cials and all-you-candrink soft drinks for $1. Trivia begins at 5:30 p.m. All Khakis welcome (Chief Petty Officers, Officers and their guests). 2705431 Oct. 17: Just For Fun Wednesdays. Every Wednesday at Mayport Bowling Center. Its not about how good you bowl, its about how much fun you can have! $1 Colormania Bowling, drink specials, request your favorite music all day long and more. 270-5733 Oct. 19: Toga Party 9 p.m. at Castaways Lounge. Rock out with your togas out. Featuring live band Southern Magic, free food, giveaways and more. Before the band, we will be screening the movie Animal House. 270-7205 Oct. 20: All Khaki Oktoberfest. 6-10 p.m. at Focsle CPO Lounge. Don yer lederhosen & grab ye maiden for Focsle Lounges very first Oktoberfest Celebration! Festivities include live band One-Eyed Jakes, free German-inspired food, barrel roll obstacle course, bratwurst-eating contest, barrel toss, Yodeling contest, prizes & more! Oct. 24: All-Hands Steak Night. 4-7 p.m. at Focsle CPO Club. Cost is $10 per person. Purchase tickets in advance; lim ited tickets available at the door. Sponsored by HSL-48. To purchase tickets in advance, please call CMDCM Jim Key at (904) 270-6810 x119; lim ited tickets available at the door. MWRThe following activities target single or unaccom panied Sailors. For more information, call 2707788/89 or stop by the Mayport Liberty Center and pick up the month ly activity calendar with a complete listing of all upcoming Liberty events. 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; lim ited tickets available at the door. Sponsored by the A-Team. For tickets, contact (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 deadline Oct. 8. Oct. 12: TGIF Extreme Bowling Party. Every Friday from 4-6 p.m. at Mayport Bowling Center. Free for Active Duty; guests $5. Beer & drink specials, half-price wings, awesome music videos and light show! 270-5377 Oct. 12: Xtreme Bowling. 8 p.m. to Midnight every Friday at Mayport Bowling Center. $10 include 2 hours of black light bowling, shoe rent al, prizes and dazzling laser light show. 270-5377 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 sea sonal pumpkin from the pumpkin patch. 270-5228 Oct. 13: ESPN College Gameday. Every Saturday at Noon at Castaways. Watch you favorite NCAA Football teams on one of Castaways 9 flat-screens. Drink specials through out the day. 270-7205 Oct. 13: UFC 153: Aldo vs. Edgar 10 p.m. at Castaways Lounge. 2707205 Oct. 14: Ghosts & Gravestones Trip. Van departs 5 p.m. Cost $10. Sign up deadline Oct. 8. Oct. 15: Ping-Pong Tournament. 6 p.m. at Liberty Center. Oct. 16: Knock Out Domestic Violence 5K Run/ 3K Walk 8:10 a.m. in front of the gym. Oct. 17: Just For Fun Wednesdays. Every Wednesday at Mayport Bowling Center. Its not about how good you bowl, its about how much fun you can have! $1 Colormania Bowling, drink specials, request your favorite music all day long and more. 270-5733 Oct. 17: Candy/ Caramel Apple Making. 6 p.m. at Liberty Center. Oct. 18: Pool Tournament. 6 p.m. at Liberty Center. Oct. 19: Toga Party 9 p.m. at Castaways Lounge. Rock out with your togas out. Featuring live band Southern Magic, free food, giveaways and more. Before the band, we will be screening the movie Animal House. 270-7205 LIBERTY 10 THE MIRROR, NS MAYPORT, Thursday, October 4, 2012

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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 good ies, and more. Purchase your seasonal pumpkin from the pumpkin patch. 270-5228 Oct. 19: Freedom Friday Monster Mash Movie Bash. 7-11 p.m. at the Youth Center. Cost is $8 advanced sign-up and $10 day of, space permitting. 270-5680 Oct. 25: Drama Club Presents Casper. 4:15 p.m. at the Youth Center. 270-5680. KID 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 4:30 p.m., Cut N Core 5:30 p.m., Flex N Stretch Tuesday 10:30 a.m., Intro to Yoga 11:30 a.m., Zumba 4:30 p.m., Yoga Wednesday 6:30 a.m., NOFFS Nutrition & Fitness Series 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 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. Monday 7 a.m., HIT 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 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 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, October 4, 2012 11

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Get Coupons, Special Offers With Commissary Rewards CardFrom DeCAIts here! The Commissary Rewards Card is available now in the Mayport Commissary. The card is free and designed to reduce the number of paper coupons commissary customers clip and carry saving them time and money. As an introductory offer, customers who pick up their cards by Oct. 24 receive preloaded digital coupons on their cards that can be used immediately. Adding digital coupons is easy and is done online after registering the card through the commis sary website at http:// www.commissaries.com/ rewards/index.cfm. New digital coupons will typically become available every two or three weeks. Visit the website for more information or ask in the commissary. -DeCA ImageThe Mayport Commissary is issuing new Commissary Rewards Cards with preloaded digital coupons for cus tomers who sign up by Oct. 24. The new card is designed to help reduce the need for paper coupons.NEXCOM Improves Return PolicyFrom NEXCOMThe Navy Exchange Service Command (NEXCOM) is mak ing improvements to its return policy. Merchandise purchased at a NEX or from myNa vyExchange.com can be returned to any NEX store within 45 days of pur chase for a refund or even exchange. We made this improvement to our return policy make it more convenient for our customers, said Richard Dow, NEXCOMs Senior Vice President Store Operations. By extend ing our return policy to 45 days, it gives our customers more time to bring back an item to our store. In todays busy world, thats important to our customers. The standardized 45 day return policy on merchandise eliminates the previous exclusions including the 14 day return policy on certain items, such as comput ers, software and digital cameras. Now, the only exception to the 45 day NEX Customer Return Policy are pre-paid cards, such as financial, music, phone and gift cards, which are not returnable. The refund will be pro cessed in the same payment form as the origi nal purchase. A return without a receipt will be issued on an NEX Gift Card at the items current NEX price. Refunds made without a receipt can only be made at the NEXs Customer Service desk. Finally, diamond jewelry returns may be subject to an IGI appraisal prior to issuing a refund. NEXs To Open Mobile CentersFrom NEXCOMStarting in October, NEX customers at Naval Station Mayport will find purchasing a mobile phone and mobile services easier thanks to its new NEX Mobile Centers. Partnering with Wireless Advocates, NEX Mobile Centers will offer customers wireless prod ucts, accessories and services from a variety of service providers includ ing AT&T, Boost Mobile, T-Mobile and Verizon Wireless. With hot new advanced mobile phones hitting the mar ket every few weeks, customers can now turn to their NEX Mobile Center for great pric ing on the latest mobile phones and service plans, said Mary More, Navy Exchange Service Command (NEXCOM) Telecommunications Program Office. NEX Mobile Centers will be a one-stop shopping for all mobile phone and mobile phone service plans. NEX customers will find prod ucts and services from all the major brands in the mobile phone industry as well as a highly-trained staff. The new NEX Mobile Centers will sell a wide variety of Smartphones including a basic model flip phone to the Apple iPhone, Android and Blackberry. Customers will also find mobile phone service plans to meet the needs of their families. NEX Mobile Centers have value added in its pricing, said Morse. They meet or beat the most competitive pric ing in the area. They also offer a standard military discount, so NEX customers can feel at ease when purchasing their mobile phone or mobile ser vice from a NEX Mobile Center. NEX Mobile Centers offer special programs for the military members, including suspension of service during a deploy ment and a release from their contract due to an overseas transfer. It also offers a special order program where if a mobile phone is not in stock, the NEX Mobile Center will mail the phone directly to the customers house, fully ready to use.NEXs Are Going 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 through out the holiday season beginning in early November instead of starting off the holiday shopping sea son with a big sale the day after Thanksgiving. Also new this year, deployed Sailors will be able to take advantage of holiday specials by shopping on-line. For the 2012 holiday shop ping season, we have revised and refreshed our approach to the tra ditional Black Friday sales events. We are calling it Navy Blue Friday and will emphasize Navy core val ues, Navy family and preserving 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 addi tional sale items will be available across the entire three-day week end. We took this approach so cus tomers wouldnt feel obligated to get up early and leave their fami lies to go shopping for the holi days, 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 pur chasing 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 mynavy exchange.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-November through their Supply Officer or Sales Officer. We have developed an assort ment of Sailor requested items such as electronics, games and sports nutrition products which will be featured in the three-day sale, said Paquette. If Sailors are unable to participate in the sale due to operational or mission require ments, they will be able to contact NEXCOMs call center after the sale dates and NEXCOM will accommodate them. 12 THE MIRROR, NS MAYPORT, Thursday, October 4, 2012

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Navy Provides Subsistence Assistance For Qualifying FamiliesFrom Navy Personnel Command Public AffairsLow-income service members with depen dents may benefit from the Family Subsistence Supplemental Allowance (FSSA) Program, accord ing to a Navy message released Sept. 24. FSSA is an additional food allowance some military families may qual ify for based on a mem bers household size and household income. According to NAVADMIN 292/12, the program is designed to bring eligible service members gross house hold income to 130 per cent of the federal pover ty line as established by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). The program is avail able for Sailors stationed in the United States and overseas. Members may be eligible for up to $1,100 per month. Active component and Reserve Sailors on active duty meeting dependent and income-eligibility requirements on the Defense Manpower Data Center website may par ticipate in the FSSA pro gram. To apply, Sailors must submit a signed application and associated documents through their chain of command to OPNAV N130 for final certification and approval. OPNAV will forward approved applications to Defense Finance and Accounting Service for posting to the Sailors pay account. During participation in the FSSA Program, any increases in house hold income of $100 or more per month, or any decrease in the size of that household, must be reported within 30 days to the certifying official. Sailors receiving FSSA are responsible to report changes, and failure to do so may result in termina tion of eligibility for the FSSA Program and com mand action. The FSSA income may affect participation of the household in certain pro grams for which eligibil ity is based on income, such as subsidized school lunch programs, the Women, Infant, and Children Program, day care programs, and earned income tax credit. To learn more about FSSA, read NAVADMIN 292/12 and visit https:// www.dmdc.osd.mil/fssa/ to determine eligibil ity and review application procedures. NAVYDont Wait To Mail Holiday PackagesFrom Naval Supply Systems Command Corporate CommunicationsThe Naval Supply Systems Commands (NAVSUP) Postal Policy Division mail-by dates for pre-Dec. 25, deliv ery of holiday cards, let ters, and packages were announced Sept. 5. The dates are as follows: Shore APO/FPO/DPO AE zips 090-098 (except 093); AA zips 340; AP zips 962-966 Express Mail: Dec. 17 First-Class Mail (let ters/cards and priority mail): Dec. 10 *Parcel Airlift Mail: Dec. 3 *Space Available Mail: Nov 26 *Parcel Post: Nov. 13 Shore APO/FPO/DPO AE ZIP 093 *Express mail Military Service: N/A *First-Class Letters/ Cards/Priority Mail: Dec. 3 Parcel Airlift Mail: Dec. 1 *Space Available Mail: Nov. 26 Parcel Post: Nov. 13 For mail addressed from all shore FPOs (except 093) *Express Mail Military Service: Dec. 17 *First-Class Mail (Letters/cards, priority mail): Dec. 10 *Parcel Airlift Mail: Dec. 3 *Space Available Mail: Nov. 26 Express Mail Military Service (EMMS) is avail able from selected military post offices. If mailing to an APO/FPO address, check with your local post office to determine if this service is available. Parcel Airlift Mail (PAL) is a service that provides air transportation for parcels on a space-avail able basis. It is available for Parcel Post items not exceeding 30 pounds in weight or 60 inches in length and girth com bined. The applicable PAL fee must be paid in addi tion to the regular surface rate of postage for each addressed piece sent by PAL service. Space Available Mail (SAM) refers to par cels mailed to APO/ FPO addresses at parcel post rates that are first transported domesti cally by surface and then to overseas destinations by air on a space avail able basis. The maximum weight and size limits are 15 pounds and 60 inches in length and girth com bined. From overseas locations, items mailed at Parcel Post rates are sent to CONUS by air on a space available basis. The maximum weight and size limit are 70 pounds and 130 inches in length and girth combined. It is also recommended that customers check with their local civilian or military post office for infor mation on size restric tions and possible need for customs declaration forms. Additionally, cus tomers are advised that certain mail restrictions apply and some items can not be mailed. Examples are: switch blade knives, pornog raphy, controlled sub stances, and explosive or incendiary devices. If in doubt as to what can or cannot be sent through the mail, contact your local civilian or military post office. As a final note, customers are cautioned that packages must not be mailed in boxes that have markings related to any type of hazardous mate rial, such as bleach, alco hol, or cleaning fluids. Parcels found by the U.S. Postal Service with such markings or labels on the outside of the box will not be processed. Silver Star Recipients Added To Valor SiteFrom American Forces Press ServiceOfficials have added the names of those who have received Silver Star awards to a website listing recipients of the nations highest awards for valor. The site launched in July with the names of those who have received the Medal of Honor, the nations highest award for valor, since Sept. 11, 2001. On Aug. 1, officials added the names of those who have received the Distinguished Service Cross, the Navy Cross or the Air Force Cross the nations second-highest valor awards. Now, the site also lists those who have received the Silver Star. The site at http://valor. defense.gov is designed to raise awareness of ser vice members heroism and to help in deterring those who falsely claim military honors, officials said. Working together for stronger, healthier babies marchofdimes.com a CFC participant Provided as a public service THE MIRROR NS MAYPORT, Thursday, October 4, 2012 13

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