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Check us out Online! mayportmirror.com Pay Raises, Major Cuts In Budget ProposalAmerican Forces Press ServiceDefense Secretary Leon E. Panetta revealed that the proposed mili tary pay raise for 2014 is 1 percent, and that the department is proceed ing in a logical, careful way to do its part to cut the deficit and preserve military capabilities. Panetta and Army Gen. Martin E. Dempsey, the chair man of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, spoke at the Pentagon during a reporters roundtable about what the 2014 budget proposal would look like and what the threat of budget uncer tainty including the looming threat of sequester would mean to it. In a normal year, defense officials would be discussing the fis cal 2014 DOD budget request now. But this year is far from nor mal, and officials do not expect the budget to even go to Congress until late in March. The budget the secre tary outlined includes the $487 billion in cuts that were proposed in 2011. The budget also is based on the defense strategy unveiled in January 2012. It really does set a framework for what the force of the 21st century should look like, Panetta said. Whats most impor tant is the budget pro posal would protect the strongest military on Earth, he said. The fiscal year 2014 budget proposal also requests a military pay raise of 1 percent. No one is getting a pay cut, but we will provide a pay raise thats smaller than weve seen in past years in order to achieve some savings by virtue of what we con front in the compensa tion area, Panetta said. The DOD will ask for money for new invest ment in transition assis tance, sexual assault prevention, suicide prevention, and family programs to boost sup port for the all-volunteer force. The department needs to get personnel costs under control, Panetta said. These accounts have grown 80 percent since 2003, and if steps are not taken now it would force the department to cut military end strength and sacrifice readiness. Congress has approved a DOD request for a commission to look at military retirement, the secretary said. We will stress that retirement benefits would be Farragut Keeps Moving Mission Forward See Budget, Page 3 -Photo by MCommunication Specialist 2nd Class A.J. JonesBoatswain's Mate 3rd Class Ernest Obengmanu and Seaman Lucas Foley prepare to receive supplies aboard the guid ed-missile destroyer USS Farragut (DDG 99) during a replenishment-at-sea. Farragut is deployed with the John C. Stennis Strike Group to the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility conducting maritime security operations, theater secu rity cooperation efforts and support missions for Operation Enduring Freedom. Mayport Moves Ahead On Citadel ShieldFrom StaffNaval Station Mayport is moving forward on plans for a base-wide security exercise scheduled for Feb. 19-22. The four-day exercise will focus on anti-terrorism/force protection measures on the base. Citadel Shield is an installationdriven exercise, said Willie Green, Naval Station Mayport Installation Training and Readiness Officer. It gives us an opportunity to test a few things local at the installation. Green said commuters should expect travel delays during the exer cise. Weve talked with Medical, PSD and other commands so they can plan and schedule their appoint ments appropriately during the exercise, Green added. A second week of exercises, Solid Curtain, was cancelled late last week due to DoD-wide budget issues. Deployment DelayFrom American Forces Press ServiceThe deployment of the U.S. Navys aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman and the guidedmissile cruiser USS Gettysburg to the U.S. Central Command area of operations has been delayed, according to a statement issued Feb. 6 by Pentagon Press Secretary George Little. Littles statement reads as follows: The Secretary of Defense has delayed the deploy ment of the USS Harry S. Truman (CVN-75) and the USS Gettysburg (CG-64), which were scheduled to depart Norfolk, Virginia, later this week for the U.S. Central Command (CENTCOM) Area of Responsibility. Facing budget uncertainty includ ing a Continuing Resolution and the looming poten tial for across-theboard sequestration cuts the U.S. Navy made this request to the Secretary and he approved. This prudent deci sion enables the U.S. Navy to maintain these ships to deploy on short notice in the event they are needed to respond to national security contingencies. The United States will continue to maintain a robust military presence in the CENTCOM region, including the current car rier presence and a mix of other assets, to fulfill enduring commitments to our partners. The U.S. military continues to stand ready to respond to any con tingency and to con front any threat in the region.-Photo by FC2 George A. DeCoste IIIEnsign Dillan Thomas and the Sales Division team present a check for $20,000 to Chief Fire Controlman (SW) Danny Fontaine and the MWR committee onboard guided-missile cruiser USS Vicksburg (CG 69).Vicksburg is underway as a part of the opposition force in a Composite Training Unit Exercise (COMPTUEX) for the Harry S. Truman Carrier Strike Group and Kearsarge Expeditionary Strike Group. Vburg MWR Gets Pay Day USS Vicksburg Public Affairs The Morale, Welfare, and Recreation (MWR) program on board guid ed-missile cruiser USS Vicksburg (CG 69) had a great day on Feb. 3. Over the past year, Vicksburgs Sales Division (S-3) has generated more than $350,000 in revenue, and continues a long-stand ing trend of passing sig nificant profits on to the crew. S-3 Division, the MWR Committee, and other key USS Vicksburg lead ers were on hand for the celebration during which the Sales Officer, Ensign Dillan Thomas, presented Capt. Logan Jones with a check for $20,000 for use in the MWR operating fund. I think its amazing the amount of work that Supply Department puts into providing quality ser vices to the crew. I cant wait to get this money put to good use; to gather the crew and families togeth er for morale and recre ational activities. said Jones. MWR funds are used for many activities through out the command to include Single Sailor lib erty programs, divisional gatherings, subsidizing tour costs during port visits, and various rec reational activities that help build crew camaraderie and ease the stress of being away from loved ones while underway. S-3 Division does a pre sentation like this every four months, and over the last year the division has contributed $56,500 toward the commands MWR fund. Sailors con tribute daily to the fund via ship store and vending machine purchases. USS Vicksburg returned from a 5th Fleet deployment in November 2012 and on that deployment alone, S-3 division sold more See Vicksburg, Page 11

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2 THE MIRROR NS MAYPORT, Thursday, February 14, 2013 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. The Mirror The Mirror The Mirror Now that second semester is in full swing having begun January 22 and students have their second quarter report card, is your child settling into the school routine? Or is he is still reluctant to get back into any kind of routine? Is he still for getting that weekly spell ing/vocabulary test? Is it hard to get him up in the morning for school like it was back in August? Are the number of tardies and absences increasing? Are you at your wits end? You just dont know if you can deal with this! Of course, as a parent, you recognize the value and importance of edu cation to your childs future. But no amount of lecturing, pleading, or disciplining has gotten your child excited about the return to school. There are some positive steps you can take. 1. Determine if he is getting enough rest to be success ful in school. Students today are involved in a myriad of activities in addition to school, including youth sports, dance, music, or karate classes; cheerleading, band, or JROTC practice; faith-based youth activities; and home com puter games. Older stu dents work many hours a week to assist with car and insurance pay ments. With physical tiredness comes a weari ness that makes it hard to stay awake at school to deal with assignments, homework, and time management. 2. Talk to your child about his busy schedule. Try to deter mine whether it is due to activities or work. 3. Then map out a plan to insure that he gets the sleep he needs. A rested student is a more interest ed and engaged student. Look over that second quarter report card. Students making Ds and Fs no matter how hard they have studied or how many extra credit assignments they turned in are more apt to tune out and stop trying. If this continues for any length of time, it can lead to failure. Their some what positive attitude at the beginning of the school year turns to frus tration after a semester of really trying, but get ting the same grade over and over. 4. Dont add to the frustration by pil ing on saying, Why dont you study harder? Why dont you ask for help? when that may be exactly what he thought he was doing. 5. Instead, talk to your child about how you value him and his efforts. To do this you need to have some quiet no yelling or blaming dia logue about the problem. During the discussion you will probably hear many of the above excus es: tiredness, boredom, and frustration. Be an active listener. Genuinely express sympathy for the causes. 6. To correct this, you will need to map out an academic plan that could include you getting him help or him getting help for himself. Joining a study group or getting tutoring are two ways to receive help. For active duty mili tary dependents, www. TUTOR.com provides professional tutors to help with all math, sci ence, social studies, and English subjects from elementary to advanced levels. The tutor will work with your child in a one-to-one secure online classroom where every thing is anonymous. The tutors use an interactive whiteboard, file sharing, and instant messaging to work through the prob lem. Because of this, I frequently advise parents that students younger than 3rd grade may need parental assistance to work with the tutor. Older students should have no problem working with the tutor, and each tutor is screened, certified, and background-checked. No personal information is ever shared between tutor and student. 7. If the problem is more behavioral than academic, make a clearcut list of unacceptable behaviors and result ing consequences. For instance, continually forgetting to complete homework in a class might result in the loss of a favorite privilege until the resulting lower grade is raised. Resist the temp tation to ground your child indefinitely or to take away all prized pos sessions. However, if you do not follow through on the promised conse quences, your child will quickly realize that you are not serious about school success, and he will remain unchanged. Students do want to succeed, but as children they arent always able to figure out by themselves what the actual prob lem is. With patience and understanding, you can take these suggested actions to help your child figure out how he can achieve academic suc cess. Judy Cromartie is the School Liaison Officer for NS Mayport. If you have questions about this arti cle or concerns about an educational issue impact ing your child, she can be reached via email at Judith.cromartie@navy. mil or by phone at (904) 270-6289 ext. 1305 [office] or (904) 993-5860 [cell]. Or you can schedule a meeting with her in her office in Building One. Judy Cromartie School Liaison Officer KnowingWhen I met my hus band almost 20 years ago, he had a couch. It was his bachelor couch, and even though it may have looked cool back in 1990 when he bought it to fur nish his bachelor pad, the upholstery pattern on that piece of furniture can only be described as a cross between a Bill Cosby sweater and the wallpaper in a gynecologists office. However, I came into the marriage without a couch, so on our limited budget, I was thankful to have one at all. For the first couple years of mar riage, the couch was a useful piece of furniture, despite her crisscrossing shades of teal, gray and mauve, and the outdated honey oak embellish ments on the armrests. Moving with the mili tary every few years, I thought my husbands bachelor couch would eventually be jettisoned like other outdated items from our past my black and white TV, his old girl friends wine glasses, the kids worn out stuffed animals, my stirrup pants but somehow, that old bachelor couch just never went away. Sure, we bought other furni ture, but the old bachelor couch stuck around in a spare bedroom, or waited in a storage unit until we could find another use for her. More than a decade into the marriage, I sug gested that we donate my husbands bachelor couch to charity. But shes so well built and still has so much use we cant get rid of her! he replied, incredulously. I never brought it up again, and as I sit here in my office writing this column at my desk, that 22-year-old bachelor couch sits just two feet away, made tolerable with a striped slipcover. I could feel threat ened by the fact that my husband has had a lon ger relationship with his bachelor couch than with his own wife; in fact, when I am alone in the room with his couch, I sometimes feel her mocking me. But I have learned that, as much as I dislike her distaste ful appearance, my hus bands bachelor couch symbolizes something Lisa Smith Molinari Military Spouse Columnist The Meat&PotatoesMotivating Your Child Toward School SuccessI recently read a devo tional that told the follow ing story; One night a clergyman was walking to church when a thief pulled a gun on him and demanded his money or his life. When he reached in his pocket to hand over his wallet, the robber saw his clerical collar and said: I see you are a priest. Never mind, you can go. The clergyman, sur prised by the robbers unexpected act of piety, offered him a candy bar. The robber said, No thank you. I dont eat candy during Lent. Funny, this guy had given up candy as his sac rifice for Lent, which is the period of 40 weekdays before Easter observed in some Christian churches as a period of prayer, pen ance, fasting, and selfdenial. This period, starting on Ash Wednesday in Western churches, com memorates the 40 days that Jesus Christ spent fasting in the wilder ness. This mans lifestyle, however, showed his true character. What do your actions say about you? Proverbs 10:21 tells us that Even children are known by the way they act, whether their conduct is pure, and whether it is right. If someone talks the talk, but doesnt walk the walk, they soon lose any and all credibility with people. In Jesus day, there were a few Pharisees, the preachers and teachers of Jewish law, that were suf fering from this. In Matthews gospel in chapter 23, Jesus is call ing them on it, What sor row awaits you teachers of religious law and you Pharisees. Hypocrites! For you are like white washed tombsbeau tiful on the outside but filled on the inside with dead peoples bones and all sorts of impurity. Outwardly you look like righteous people, but inwardly your hearts are filled with hypocrisy and lawlessness. Ouch! Harsh words to hear, but do we need to hear those words some times? I wish I could say I didnt, but sometimes I do need to hear them. If we say we love God, we demonstrate our love for Him not just by what we say, but more impor tantly, by what we do. Marvin Williams wrote: Spiritual words are mere distractions If not backed up by our godly actions, And all our good and beautiful creeds Are nothing without God-honoring deeds. Chap Karen Rector Surface Force Ministry Center CHAPLAINSWhat Do Actions Say About You?for him, something with which he is not yet willing to part. Perhaps, the couch that my husband purchased in his mid-20s reminds him of his youth, his virility, his long-gone full head of hair and former waistline. Or perhaps, she reminds my husband of buddies from his squadron days, who sat upon its sturdy cushions to watch football in unspoken camaraderie. And as much as I dont like to think about it, per haps she reminds my hus band of old girlfriends, who were probably tacky, wore too much make up, drank wine coolers and did God-knows-what with him while lying on her garish upholstery. I guess I cant blame him for grasping onto bygone virtues. Heck, I have two file boxes out in the garage that contain a useless jumble of high school yearbooks, photos, diaries, artwork, playbills, swimming ribbons, and even the bronze Junior Firefighter Badge I sent away for from a Smokey the Bear advertisement in the back of Highlights magazine. If anyone tried to throw those file boxes away, Id turn from mid dle-aged housewife into vicious cage fighter faster than you can say aggra vated assault. Why? Because those scraps of crumpled paper and corroding metal sym bolize a simple, carefree time. A time when my greatest worry was curl ing my bangs right or whether my parents were going to let me have the car on Friday night. So, on days when the minutia of my middle-aged life as military spouse bogs me down, its nice to know that I still have in my pos session, in two moldy file boxes in the garage, the hope that life can be simple and carefree again. So, I will not begrudge my husband his reminder of days gone by, even if his little memento has had a longer relation ship with him than I have and takes up eight feet of wall space in my office. Besides, she has provided the rest of the family some consolation by facilitating many an afternoon nap. Get more wit and observations from Lisa at her blog, The Meat and Potatoes of Life, www. themeatandpotatoesofli fe.com A four-legged member of Lisas family enjoys a nap on the bachelor couch.

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2013 Deployed Military, Property Tax Exemptions Deadline ApproachesFrom the Jacksonville Office of the Property AppraiserMarch 1 is the deadline for members of the ser vice who meet the statu tory qualifications to apply for the Deployed Servicemember Property Tax Exemption for the 2013 tax year as well as other exemptions. The Deployed Servicemember Property Tax Exemption is avail able for 2013 to members of the service who receive a homestead exemption and who were deployed outside the continental United States, Alaska or Hawaii during the preced ing calendar year (2012) in support of designated operations. Though the operations have not been officially designated for the 2013 exemption, applicants are encouraged to file before the March 1 deadline and they will be notified if they do not qualify. Applications are avail able in the Duval County Property Appraisers Office at 231 East Forsyth Street, Suite 260 or at www.duvalpa.com. Those applying for the 2013 exemption must also supply deployment orders or other proofs of the qualify ing deployment(s) that include dates of the deployment(s) and that clearly identify the sup ported operation(s) and the days during which the servicemember was outside the continental United States, Alaska or Hawaii. The amount of the exemption is based on the number of days deployed in the previous calendar year. Applicants who miss the March 1 deadline, may file late up to the 25th day following the mailing of theNotices of Proposed Property Taxes inmidAugust.Applications will not be accept edafter this dead line.Servicemembers whose deployment spansover two or more calendar years must apply each year. This exemption is not automatically renewed, and applicants must have a homestead exemption on their property to qualify. For forms or more information, visit www. duvalpa.com or call the Customer Service/ Exemptions Division at (904) 630-2020. grandfathered, Panetta said, noting the depart ment will continue to look for savings in the militarys TRICARE health program. The secretary stressed that the budget would find savings in overhead and efficiencies. We have identified $30 billion in new initiatives over the next five years to eliminate overhead and duplication, he said. The department will consoli date capabilities and look to new technologies for more savings. In the budget, the sec retary proposes another round of base closures and realignments. We will have to because ... you cant have a huge infrastructure supporting a reduced force, he said. The budget continues the glide path for reduc tions in land, naval and air forces detailed last year. Ultimately, the Army will go down to 490,000 active duty soldiers and the Marine Corps to 182,000 troops. The department will propose some additional cuts to the Air Force and we will resubmit some of our proposed cuts to the Navy, Panetta said. These are proposals that Congress rejected last year. The department will continue to push for growth in special opera tions capability and cyber warfare experts. The department must continue to modernize the force and the bud get continues the push for tactical fighters, aer ial refueling capabilities, ballistic-missile subs and bombers, Panetta said. New capabilities include sea-based unmanned aerial vehicles, cyber tools and space systems. This is the bare bones of the fiscal year 2014 bud get, but it would all go out the window if sequestra tion occurs on March 1. DOD is taking steps to confront sequestration because at the spend rate were on now ... if we con tinue it will be that much more of a blow, Panetta said. The department has ordered hiring freezes, cutting back on mainte nance and in other areas. And, budget uncer tainty -including a con tinuing resolution and the looming potential for across-the-board seques tration cuts -has caused DOD to delay the deploy ment of the aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman and the guided-missile cruiser USS Gettysburg to the U.S. Central Command area of operations. If sequester happens, DOD is looking at fur loughs for as many as 800,000 civilian employ ees. This would mean a 20-percent pay cut. Its a lousy, lousy way to treat people frankly, the secretary said. Sequestration cuts Army training, Air Force and Navy flight hours, and shrinks ship operations. These are real conse quences and our fear is that it really is going to cause a readiness crisis for the military to respond to the crises that we still have to confront in the world, Panetta said.Lunch Time Class With ERAUFrom ERAUEmbry-Riddle Aeronautical University (ERAU) will be organiz ing a series of Lunch Time classes if a minimum of students show inter est. The requirements to launch this project is a minimum of seven stu dents. All classes offered will be business core related and could be used in any general education core. We will like to begin these classes in the spring term on May 31 in Building 1553 (FRC) near the base helicopter squadrons. Classes will run from Monday to Thursday from 11 a.m.-noon in the train ing room. There are some general requirements that need to be completed if you are not currently enrolled in ERAU. Please contact us if you have any questions or need more information at 904-249-6700/may port@erau.edu Bring in a new student referral and you could be eligible for a textbook reimburse ment of up to $50. Go to http://worldwide.erau. edu/admissions/finance/ scholarships/index.html for current scholarships available.From Page 1Budget THE MIRROR NS MAYPORT, Thursday, February 14, 2013 3

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4 THE MIRROR NS MAYPORT, Thursday, February 14, 2013 Halyburton Returns To Mayport USS Halyburton Public AffairsUSS Halyburton returned home Saturday after completing a six month deployment to the COMFIFTHFLT and COMSIXTHFLT areas of responsibility with focused operations off the Horn of Africa. Halyburton with NATO and main tasking was counter piracy operations in support of Operation Ocean Shield off the coast of Africa and the Somali Basin. Assigned to Standing NATO Maritime Group One, Halyburtons primary mission was to deter piracy and provide maritime security. Halyburton conducted Maritime Interdiction Operations and Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance mis sions to gather informa tion on local piracy. While Halyburton was on station, one event in particular caught the attention of the inter national communities. Halyburton responded to a distress call from a cargo ship, Motor Vessel (M/V) Jasmine, who reported being shot at by possible pirates with assault rifles and a Rocket Propelled Grenade (RPG). Halyburton tracked down the suspected pirates, who were traveling in a small skiff, and boarded the craft to question the crew about their recent activity. Using the infor mation obtained by the Visit Board Search and Seizure (VBSS) team, Halyburton passed the skiff off to a European Union asset who was able to detain the suspected pirates. In a welcome home message sent from Commander, Destroyer Squadron 14 to Halyburton, Commodore Paul Flood wrote, I com mend you for tremen dous efforts in execut ing Maritime Security Operations during Operation Ocean Shield -Photo by MC1 Ian W. AndersonEngineman 1st Class Cory Ondrusek embraces his wife Brandi after a six-month deployment on USS Halyburton (FFG-40). Halyburton was deployed in support of North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) conducting counterpiracy operations in the 5th Fleet Area of Responsibility. -Photo by MC1 Ian W. AndersonCryptologic Technician Technical 2nd Class Daniel Moore hugs his wife, Spring, after returning home from a six-month deplyment onboard USS Halyburton (FFG40). -Photo by MC1 Ian W. AndersonEngineman 2nd Class Dustin Fort proposes to Amy Williams, his girlfriend and now fiance, following a six-month deployment onboard USS Halyburton (FFG-40). -Photo by MC1 Ian W. AndersonA Sailor's daughter waits pierside as USS Halyburton (FFG-40) returns to her homeport of Naval Station Mayport Fla. following a six month deployment. See Haly, Page 5 -Photo by Paige GnannOperations Specialist 3rd Class Colin Doty reunites with his wife, Mary, pierside and receives the first kiss off the ship.-Photo by Paige GnannNew dad Sonar Technician (Surface) 2nd Class (SW) Charles Brandon meets his daugh ter for the first time after reuniting with his family at the Halyburton homecoming.-Photo by Paige GnannAaron Walters, 8, waves at his father, Cryptologic Technician (Technical) 1st Class (SW) Patrick Walters after USS Halyburton pulls pierside Saturday.

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THE MIRROR NS MAYPORT, Thursday, February 14, 2013 5 and Operation Active Endeavour. From counter piracy to escort opera tions, you did an out standing job as exempli fied in 20 maritime secu rity assistance approach es, four boardings, and more than 346 operation al flight hours. Besides conducting counter piracy operations, the crew of Halyburton had to maintain their proficiency in all areas of Surface Warfare. Many drills and exercises were conducted in the areas of Damage Control, VBSS, small boat operations, Air Defense, Anti-Submarine Warfare, Electronic Warfare and live gunnery firing exercises. But when time permit ted, Halyburton planned and executed many cel ebrations and events to keep morale high. Over the last six months, the crew enjoyed five steel beach picnics on the flight deck, eight ice cream socials, Thanksgiving and Christmas Dinners, and multiple raffles and game nights giving away thousands of dollars in prizes. The hard work of the crew was rewarded with four award ceremonies total ing 56 awards, including 25 Navy Achievement Medals. The Halyburton Sailors are excited to be home and will enjoy up to two weeks of leave before they begin training for their upcoming deployment. From Page 4Haly-Photo by MC1 Ian W. AndersonChief Gas Turbine Systems Technician Timothy Johnson embraces his newborn child after returning home from a sixmonth deployment onboard USS Halyburton (FFG-40). -Photo by MC1 Ian W. AndersonFamily and friends wait pierside as USS Halyburton (FFG-40) returns to her homeport of Naval Station Mayport Fla. following a six month deployment. Halyburton was deployed in support of North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) conducting counter-piracy operations in the 5th Fleet Area of Responsibility. -Photo by Paige GnannSeaman Simon Cheruiyot is welcomed home Saturday after returning to NS Mayport with USS Halyburton.-Photo by Paige GnannTears flow as Chief Petty Officer Danny Anderson reunites with his family during USS Halyburtons homecoming celebration on Saturday.-Photo by Paige GnannQuartermaster 2nd Class Patrick Cherry gets big hugs from his three-year-old daughter, Isabella, after reuniting pierside at USS Halyburtons homecoming.-Photo by Paige GnannOperations Specialist 3rd ClassTrevor Kinsella hugs his girlfriend Alexsa Chesser before giving her flowers. Kinsella returned from deployment with USS Halyburton.

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Get Financially Fit With FFSCFrom FFSCThe following class es and activities are offered by the Fleet and Family Support Center (FFSC) and are free of charge. Pre-registration is required and childcare is not available. For more information about the classes or to register call 270-6600, ext. 1701. FFSC is located in Building One on Massey. Feb. 19, 9-11 a.m., Active Parenting Class FFSC Room 702 Feb. 19, 1-3 p.m., Financial Leadership Seminar Building 1 Room 104 Feb. 20, 9-11 a.m., Thrift Savings Plan Workshop Building 1 Room 104 Feb. 20, 9 a.m.-noon, Employment Seminar FFSC Room 719 Feb. 21, 11 a.m.-noon, Savings and Investment Class Building 1 Room 104 Feb. 21, 9 a.m.-noon, Tottle Tyme Playgroup USO USO Parents and chil dren together meet to share parenting concerns, ideas, and fun! The group invites professionals to address specific areas of concern such as nutrition, toilet training, etc. We even take field trips sev eral times a year to local parks, museums and play grounds. This group is designed for moms new to the area or moms who want their child to inter act with other children their childs age. All chil dren age four and below are invited to attend. Feb. 22, 11:30 a.m.12:30 p.m., Banking and Financial Services Class Building 1 Room 104 Feb. 25, 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Anger Management Class, FFSC Room 702 What does anger do for you? Communicate for you? Keep people at a safe distance from you? Keep you in charge? For many people, anger serves them many uses, but all too often, it is at a high costusually of rela tionships, unhappiness in the workplace, and a general feeling of dis dain. If you want to be able to break out of the get angry/get even syn drome, come to this class. Participants learn how anger and judgment are related, about irrational beliefs and faulty self-talk, what E + R = O means, and the roles of stress and forgiveness in anger. Feb. 25-March 1, 8 a.m.4 p.m., TAP Separatee Workshop Building 1 Room 1616 Designed for Military personnel within 90-180 days of leaving the mili tary. The seminar focus es on benefits for service members and their fam ily members. Participants receive help in translat ing their military acquired skills into civilian lan guage and are exposed to the civilian job mar ket and how to success fully compete in the civilian employment arena; learning about resumes, employment interviews and marketing them selves. If you are within a minimum of 180 days of leaving the military see your career counselor for a quota for this highly successful program. Feb. 26-27, 7:30 a.m.4 p.m., Million Dollar Sailor Workshop Building 1 Room 104 Feb. 26, 6-8 p.m., Ombudsman Assembly Building 1, Room 104 Feb. 26, 9-11 a.m., Active Parenting Class FFSC Room 702 Feb. 27, 9 a.m.-noon, Employment Seminar FFSC Room 719 Feb. 28, 9 a.m.-noon, Tottle Tyme Playgroup USO USO Parents and chil dren together meet to share parenting concerns, ideas, and fun! The group invites professionals to address specific areas of concern such as nutrition, toilet training, etc. We even take field trips sev eral times a year to local parks, museums and play grounds. This group is designed for moms new to the area or moms who want their child to inter act with other children their childs age. All chil dren age four and below are invited to attend. Saturday, Feb. 16 Want to find out how to lawn bowl or play bocce ball? Join a ranger at 2 p.m. on the green to learn about these fun outdoor games. This program will take place at the Ribault Club on Fort George Island Cultural State Park. No reservations are nec essary and the program is free. Thursday, Feb. 21 Join us as we explore a new definition of beauty for girls while examining our own at the Growing Great Girls Workshop Series from 9-11 a.m. at 6850 Belfort Oaks Place Upstairs Conference Room in the Northeast Regional Council Building. Registration begins at 8:30 a.m. You will learn clear strategies to help shift a girl;s focus from external characteris tics to a deeper awareness of themselves. Register online: www.fcgijax.org. Cost is $15 members; $20 nonmembers. Register by Feb. 15. The Beaches Museum & History Park announc es that the next Whistle Talk will feature author Maurice Robinson, who will speak about his new book, Hidden History of Ponte Vedra, from 5:30-7:30 p.m. Lecture is $5 per person and free for museum members. Refreshments will begin at 5:30 p.m. and the lec ture will begin at 6 p.m. After the lecture, the author will be available for book signings. Copies of the book will be avail able through the museum bookstore. Saturday, Feb. 23 Join a ranger at 2 p.m. as they re-enact a firstperson sales pitch for the Ribault Club in its hey day. This program will take place at the Ribault Club on Fort George Island Cultural State Park. No reservations are nec essary and the program is free. Saturday, March 2 The Florida Department of Environmental Protections Fort Clinch State Park will host a Union Garrison event on Saturday, March 2 and Sunday, March 3 at Fort Clinch State Park, 2601 Atlantic Avenue, Fernandina Beach. This program will allow visi tors to interact with living historians to experience life in the fort as it was in 1864. The grounds will be bustling with soldiers in period costumes involved in firing demonstrations, marching drills, cooking and daily activities. Ladies in their dresses, sutlers displaying their wares and drummer boys bring every part of the civil war era to life. Come join in this unique, family friend ly event. Fees include the $6 per vehicle Park entrance fee plus $2.00 per person Fort admis sion. For additional infor mation, contact the park at (904) 277-7274 or visit www.FloridaStateParks. org. Saturday, March 9 Orlando HarleyDavidson will host a pair of events benefiting Operation Giveback www. operation-giveback.org to honor the heroic sacrifice of Americas veterans and their families. Starting at 11:45 a.m., a large motor cycle convoy will travel on surface roads from the Orlando Harley-Davidson South Dealership on 192 in Kissimmee to the Orlando HarleyDavidson Historic Factory Dealership. Starting at 1 p.m., hundreds of riders and members of the public will be treated to enter tainment and food. A $10 donation (cash or check) per rider and a $5 dona tion per passenger will be required. All proceeds will benefit wounded war riors, their families and the children of our fallen heroes. For more information, visit www.orlando harley.com Out in Town COMMUNITYCALENDAR 6 THE MIRROR NS MAYPORT, Thursday, February 14, 2013

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Congratulations!BBC Wants Your LocksFrom BBCBalfour Beatty Communities at Naval Station Mayport is host ing its second annual Locks of Love event on Feb. 24 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Ribault Bay Community Center. During last years event, Balfour Beatty collected more than 75 ponytails. which contributed to constructing almost eight hairpieces for underprivi leged children suffer ing from permanent hair loss. It typically takes 8-10 ponytails to make one prosthetic hairpiece. Locks of Love is a pub lic, non-profit organiza tion whose mission is to return a sense of self, confidence and normal cy to children suffering from hair loss by utilizing donated ponytails to pro vide the highest quality hair prosthetics to finan cially disadvantaged chil dren. The children receive hair prostheses free of charge or on a sliding scale, based on financial need. Hair donations must be at least 10 inches long and cannot have been bleached (highlighted). Hair that has been col ored or permed can be used and dreadlocks, extensions, synthetic hair or wigs cannot be used. Those who donate will receive a trim and style from master stylists Renee Pendlay and Kristin Greco of Victorias Hair and Nails, a gift bag for par ticipation and be entered to win a gift basket filled with gift cards, health and beauty products and other surprises. The event will be held at the Ribault Bay Community Center locat ed at 1201 Assisi Lane, Atlantic Beach, Fla. 32233. For more information about the event, please call Jessica at 904-3724702.Financial management is a key quality of life issue that affects every Sailor, family member and the command. Sailors experiencing financial challenges should notify their chain of command and work with their command financial specialist to develop a budget, explore options for military relief societies, eligibility for interest rate reductions and other strategies. Visit www.MilitarySaves.org to learn more.Financial Management -Photos by FC2 Robert LeonardAbove, NS Mayport Commanding Officer, Capt. Doug Cochrane congratulates 2012 Supervisor of the Year Pam Larsen of MWR during a luncheon Feb. 5 at Ocean Breeze Conference Center. Below, Percy Williams of Security is named Civilian Employee of the year for 2012. THE MIRROR NS MAYPORT, Thursday, February 14, 2013 7

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Canadian Admiral Visits 4th Fleet in Mayport -Photo by Lt. Cmdr. Corey Barker Commander, U.S. Naval Forces Southern Command/U.S. 4th Fleet, Rear Adm. Sinclair M. Harris, discusses his mission in South and Central America and the Caribbean with Commander, Maritime Forces Atlantic/Joint Task Force Atlantic Royal Canadian Navy Rear Adm. David Gardam during a visit to the headquar ters Feb 5, 2013.Same-Sex Couples Can Claim New Benefits by OctoberAmerican Forces Press ServiceMilitary members and retirees with same-sex partners will qualify for up to 24 new benefits under policy changes Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta announced today. In a memo to the ser vice chiefs outlining the new policy, Panetta noted the department has essentially completed repeal of the so-called Dont Ask, Dont Tell law that barred gay and lesbian military members from serving openly. Now, the secretary wrote to the chiefs, mili tary leaders work must expand to changing our policies and practices to ensure fairness and equal treatment and to taking care of all of our service members and their fami lies, to the extent allowable under law. Two of the new benefits are available at the ser vice members election: hospital visitation and Family Readiness Group membership. For 22 other benefits, service members and their same-sex part ners may file a declara tion of domestic partner ship. That declaration entitles same-sex part ners to military identifi cation cards, commissary and exchange shopping privileges, child care and youth programs, sexual assault counseling and other benefits. Housing, medical and dental care, and overseas command sponsorship for same-sex partners are not included in this round of policy changes. As Panetta noted in a statement, those ben efits are restricted under the Defense of Marriage Act, commonly known as DOMA, which defines spouse as someone married to a person of the opposite sex. The Supreme Court is review ing the law, and is expect ed to rule on it later this year. The secretary wrote, In the event that the Defense of Marriage Act is no longer applicable to the Department of Defense, it will be the policy of the department to construe the words spouse and marriage without regard to sexual orientation, and married couples, irre spective of sexual orien tation, and their depen dents, will be granted full military benefits. A senior Pentagon official emphasized in a briefing to Pentagon reporters today that bene fit changes will happen as soon as possible. Panettas guidance to the services directed they make every effort to have systems in place to accept same-sex benefit requests by Aug. 31. In no case, he wrote, may the services delay beyond Oct. 1 in rolling out the benefits. Rolling out a new ben efit takes time, the official said, as regulations and instructions, systems and software all have to be updated, and workers will need to be trained in new processes. Normally, were looking at a year to make such changes, the official noted. This is a very ambitious schedule; were really pressing hard to do this. Another official said the Defense Department is working to see if the hous ing benefit can be added to the list and is develop ing a mechanism to allow burial of samesex part ners at Arlington National Cemetery. The domestic partnership declaration isnt feasible in cases where one or both part ners have died, the sec ond official added. Retirees and their same-sex partners will be able to file the decla ration once the new sys tems are in place. The first official estimated that 5,600 same-sex cou ples include an activeduty service member, 3,400 include a Reserve or National Guard mem ber, and 8,000 include a retired military member. The cost of implement ing the new benefits, the official added, would be negligible. NAVYDOD, VA Improve Online Access To Benefits InformationFrom a Department of Veterans Affairs News ReleaseThe Defense and Veterans Affairs depart ments have released improvements to the functionality of eBenefits, a joint, self-service Web portal that provides reg istered users with secure online information and access to a variety of ben efits resources for service members and veterans. The increasing capa bilities of eBenefits give veterans and service members greater flexibil ity in securing the infor mation they are look ing for, said Allison A. Hickey, the undersecre tary of veterans affairs for benefits. The latest release, eBenefits 4.3, allows for easy navigation of the online disability compen sation claim submission process using interviewstyle questions and dropdown menus similar to tax-preparation software. Veterans also can view processing times for each phase of their claim. To access eBenefits, vet erans and service members must obtain a DOD Self-Service Logon. The service is free and may be obtained in person at a VA Regional Office, DOD ID Card station or online at www.ebenefits.va.gov. 8 THE MIRROR NS MAYPORT, Thursday, February 14, 2013

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Chilean Sub Departs NS Mayport After Completing Exercise With U.S. Navy4th Fleet Public AffairsChilean Submarine (CS) Simpson (SS-21) departed for Chile from Naval Station Mayport Feb. 7, after taking part in the Diesel Electric Submarine Initiative (DESI), and CHILEMAR IV with the U.S. Navy. DESI is a partnership that allows the United States and other partner navies to work together to train and test under water warfare capabilities through engagement tac tics, weapon system tests and close encounter oper ations. This particular train ing evolution helps the American and Peruvian navies to train their crews and test capabilities while helping foster bilateral cooperation and further improve joint interoper ability. CHILEMAR is an annual bilateral exercise between the U.S. and Chile, which is designed to demonstrate interop erability between U.S. submarine rescue sys tems and Chilean subma rines. The exercise also promotes greater under standing and coopera tion between the U.S. and Chile. During its three-month deployment, Simpson conducted training with both surface and air units. Shortly after Simpson arrived in Mayport, the submarine participated in Independent Deployed Certification Exercises with various units from the USS Kearsarge Amphibious Readiness Group. In January, she took part in CHILEMAR IV, which focused on the notification and local ization phases of a bot tomed, disabled subma rine. Several U.S. Atlantic Fleet air and surface units also participated in the exercise, employing sidescan sonar, an undersea unmanned vehicle, and several P-3 Orion and SH-60 aircraft. Simpson then partici pated in an ASW Exercise with Helicopter Maritime Strike Weapons School, and excelled in her role in USS Harry S. Truman Carrier Strike Group Composite Training Unit Exercise. (COMPTUEX). Rear Admiral Joseph Tofalo, Commander Submarine Group 10 was at the closing ceremony for DESI, held aboard Naval Station Mayport, and talked about the importance of exercises such as DESI. I was actually in the audience when for mer U.S. Chief of Naval Operations Admiral Gary Roughead rolled out the Cooperative Strategy for 21st Century Sea power, and Ill never forget his words where he stated, you cant surge trust. Rather, it takes long term relationships, built upon interactions like CHILEMAR and DESI, to foster the important bond between our great nations. Also attending the closing ceremony was Vicealmirante Jos Romero, Commander Naval Operations of Chile, and talked about the importance of the U.S. Navy and Chilean Navy continuing to work together. Exercises such as this will only continue to improve the inoperabil ity of our navies, which is important for our nations. Commander Eduardo Torres, Commanding Officer of Simpson thanked his crew and Naval Station Mayport during his speech. To the crew of Simpson, thank you for your hard work, I would like to thank Naval Station Mayport for giving us the support we needed when we were in port. -Photos by MC2 Salt CebeCommander U.S. Naval Forces Southern Command and U.S. Fourth Fleet Rear Adm. Sinclair Harris bids the Commanding Officer of Chilean Submarine CS Simpson (SS-21) Capitn de Fragata Eduardo Torres Figueroa and his crew fair winds and following seas. Simpson has been participating in the Navys Diesel Electric Submarine Initiative which provides training opportunities against the real world threat of a modern, quiet, diesel-electric submarine. Chilean Submarine CS Simpson (SS-21) departs from Naval Station Mayport after participating in the Navys Diesel Electric Submarine Initiative. THE MIRROR NS MAYPORT, Thursday, February 14, 2013 9

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FRCSE Backdrop For Training FilmFrom FRCSEVideo cameras began rolling Jan. 22 at Fleet Readiness Center Southeast (FRCSE) as airframe mechanics, engineers and techni cal experts collaborated to document the exact ing work required to maintain and repair sophisticated military aircraft. Specialists from FRCSE, Airborne Electronic Attack/EA-6B Program Manager Air (PMA-234), Marine Tactical Electronic Warfare Squadron ONE (VMAQ-1), Naval Air Technical Data & Engineering Service Command (NATEC) and Job Performance Associates (JPA) con cluded a two-week effort to videotape rigging pro cedures for the main landing gear of an EA-6B Prowler Feb. 1. The Navy is creat ing multimedia train ing aids to provide Fleet maintainersSailors and Marineswith visual tools to augment textbased instruction, predicted to reduce repair errors and improve mis sion readiness. Engineer Becky Thacker, the P-8 Poseidon Fleet Support Team (FST) lead, said this integrated technology is the wave of the future. Thacker worked closely with Andy Porter, PMA 234 Air Vehicle, Deputy Assistant Program Manager, Logistics (DAPML), who she said did the heavy lifting for the manpower and sup port. We brought a team of two Marines from Cherry Point, said Porter. Weve been having issues with (Prowler) nose and main landing gears for quite a while. We are relying on the expertise of the FRCSE artisans. This airplane is 30 years old. The training track is robust, but stu dents cant possibly cover all aircraft subsystems in a three-week period. Sgt. Jonathan B. Williams and Cpl. Victor H. Lopez, both airframe mechanics with VMAQ1 at Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point, N.C., demonstrated the maintenance procedures as the video cameras rolled. Lopez said the aids will clarify some of the more detailed aspects involved in rigging land ing gear and provide a better understanding of specific techniques not covered extensively in the military trade school or technical publications. Matt Waters, JPA chief executive officer, said his company has been creating job perfor mance aids for the Navy contracted through the Defense Logistics Agency (Document Services) since 2004. He said JPA puts visual and audio tools at the fingertips of the maintainer to improve accuracy, save time and reduce cost. This is the first effort at Jax, but weve been doing JPAs at Cherry Point for a long time, said Waters. The Marine Corps is one of the most aggressive agencies. We are collab orating to introduce the same kinds of learning tools for the Navy. We are leveraging so much from FRCSEs expertise. We are capturing knowledge from experts for mentor ing segments and turning text-based manuals into multimedia tools, step by step, to read, see, hear and do. NATEC field ser vice representative, Bob Szarmach who has worked with the Marines as a civilian since 1995 at Cherry Point, said the team laid out step by step rigging procedures for the main landing gear before each session and conducted a dry run before filming each day. We targeted 19 para graphs in one work pack age with one add-on, said Szarmach of the teams efforts to update the technical publications. Steve Faulk, the FRCSE EA-6B FST lead, who arranged for the shoot in Jacksonville, said the location rested on the avail ability of a Prowler that could be used during filming. We couldnt get a Fleet aircraft set aside for two weeks, said Faulk. It was all about availabil ity. This aircraft wasnt in work here; prior to being removed from service, it was being used for a landing gear engineering investigation. Faulk said the Prowler used for this effort will soon be struck from the Fleet. He is locating another so the team can reassemble this summer to film the nose landing gear rigging procedures. On the last day of film ing at FRCSE, Winston E. Scott, a retired Navy captain and former astro naut, met with the team to observe the technical aspects and JPA film ing efforts headed by the executive producer for the segment, Ken Nakanishi and videotaped by Nick Solorzano. Scott report ed to the military depot in 1985 as an aerospace engineering duty officer assigned as the F/A-18 Hornet strike fighter proj ect officer and produc tion test pilot flying F/A18, F-14 Tomcat and A-7 Corsair aircraft. Today, Scott serves as the senior vice presi dent for external rela tions and economic development at Florida Institute of Technology in Melbourne, Fla. He hopes to integrate the training toolsat the private technical university. The Navys multimedia training aid is scheduled for release to Fleet maintainers at the end of 2013. -U.S. Navy photo Ken Nakanishi (from left), film segment executive producer; Sgt. Jonathan B. Williams, a U.S. Marine airframe mechanic; Nick Solorzano, a videographer; Air Vehicle, Deputy Assistant Program Manager, Logistics Andy Porter with Program Manager Air (PMA) 234; and Winston E. Scott, a retired Navy captain and former astronaut, discuss the technical aspects of videotaping maintenance procedures on an EA-6B Prowler at Fleet Readiness Center Southeast Jan. 31. A team of Navy and Marine Corps specialists gathered to document repairs and update technical publications for a multimedia training aid to enhance Fleet maintainers skills. 10 THE MIRROR NS MAYPORT, Thursday, February 14, 2013

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than 80,000 sodas. Chief Sonar Technician Surface (SW) Jonathan Hanson, the ships MWR Officer said, Plans for future events are currently in the works to include a family oriented summer bash, which is sure to be a great time. Other events such as a command sports day and an annual family day pic nic are being planned. USS Vicksburg is underway as a part of the opposition force in a Composite Training Unit Exercise (COMPTUEX) for the Harry S. Truman Carrier Strike Group and Kearsarge Expeditionary Strike Group. COMPTUEX is designed to bring every part of a strike group together to work effectively and effi ciently as one cohesive unit, ensuring overall readiness prior to a regu lar deployment.From Page 1VicksburgVicksburg Gets Ready For Some Football USS Vicksburg Public Affairs While many families spend the Super Bowl gathered around the tele vision, sharing a pepper oni pizza, sailors onboard the guided-missile cruiser USS Vicksburg (CG 69) got a chance to experi ence Super Bowl XLVII while gathered around the helicopter hangar and enjoying a spread of hamburgers, ribs, and BBQ chicken courtesy of the ships First Class Petty Officers Association (FCPOA). It was Seaman Aaron Currys first time away from the United States during the Super Bowl. Usually Im at home and my aunt has a big Super Bowl party, so I miss my family but Im glad to be out here with a lot of my friends and Im really looking forward to see ing the Super Bowl. Go Ravens! Curry exclaimed. Vicksburgs FCPOA not only hosted a steel beach picnic prior to the game, they also served nachos and wings until half-time, and provided other enter tainment for members of the crew leading up to kick off. I think a Super Bowl party is a really good idea, and Im glad to see everyone out hav ing a great time. It really helps to build camaraderie amongst the crew and were happy to have been able to host it, said Electronics Technician 1st Class (SW/AW) Michael Lewis, USS Vicksburgs FCPOA President. It has only been in recent years that naval ships have been able to enjoy such amenities as live television underway. Chief Gas Turbine Systems Technician Electrical (SW) Brent Jakeway said, In 12 years at sea, Ive prob ably missed about 6 Super Bowls, and as technology has advanced, it has allowed us to do more things like this. I know in my first 3 cruises this wouldnt have been an option, but now we have the opportunities for our sailors to watch events like the Super Bowl and I think its great for crew morale. -Photos by FC2 George A. DeCoste IIIAbove, Gas Turbine Systems Technician Mechanical 1st Class (SW) Jonathan Zezulka, Electricians Mate 1st Class (SW) Gustavo Alban, and Electronics Technician 1st Class (SW) Michael Lewis prepare food for the Super Bowl XLVII steel beach picnic onboard guided-missile cruiser USS Vicksburg (CG 69). Right, members of the First Class Petty Officer Association serve food to the crew during the steel beach picnic. Vicksburg is underway as a part of the opposition force in a Composite Training Unit Exercise (COMPTUEX) for the Harry S. Truman Carrier Strike Group and Kearsarge Expeditionary Strike Group. THE MIRROR NS MAYPORT, Thursday, February 14, 2013 11

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Feb. 14: Bingo Valentines Special. 6:30 p.m. at Beachside Bingo. There will be double payouts on all warm-ups, $150 payouts on all hard cards, free desserts and dauber, plus, when you bring your significant other, they will receive a free paper pack. 270-7204 Feb. 18: Presidents Day Holiday Bowling Special. 11 a.m-5 p.m. at Mayport Bowling Center. 2 hours of extreme bowling, shoes, one item off Fast Lanes Grilles menu and a soda for only $15 (non-food option $12; a la carte option also avail able). 270-5377 Feb. 19: Mens Captains Cup Softball Begins League ends Apr. 18. 270-5451 Feb. 22: Chocolate Fest 9 p.m. at Castaways Lounge. Featuring live band Second Tyme Around. Come dress to impress and enjoy all the chocolate you can eat. 270-7205 Feb. 23: UFC 157Rousey vs. Carmouche 10 p.m. at Castaways Lounge. 270-7205 Feb. 27: All-Hands Seafood Boil. 4-7 p.m. at Focsle CPO Club. Cost is $12 per person. Purchase tickets in advance; limit ed tickets available at the door. Sponsored by the CDS-14. For tickets, con tact ITCS Phil Smith (904) 270-5801 x143. Teen Lock-In This Saturday-Photo courtesy of MWRThe Teen Center is hosting a Teen Lock in on Saturday, Feb. 16, from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. There will be a bonfire, hot dogs, smores, volleyball, corn hole, horseshoes, fear factor, silent library, movies, ice cream sundaes and breakfast in the morning. Permission slip required; $15 early sign up, $20 day of if space permits. Open to eligible teens ages 13-17 or 18 if still attending high school. For more information, please call (904) 2460347. Kid ZoneFeb 14: Youth Drama Club Presents Charlie Browns Valentine. 4:15 p.m. at the Youth Center. 270-5680 Feb. 15: Freedom FridayCupid Shuffle. 7-11 p.m. at the Youth Center. Cost is $8 advanced sign-up and $10 day of, space per mitting. 270-5680 Feb. 16: Teen Lock In 7 p.m.7 a.m. at the Teen Center. Enjoy a bonfire, smores, hot dogs, games, ice cream breakfast and more. Permission slip required; cost is $15 advanced sign-up and $20 day of Feb. 23: Teen Bowling Trip. Depart Teen Center at 7 p.m.; return 10 p.m. Permission slip required. 246-0347 March 1: Freedom FridayArcade Night and Movie. 7-11 p.m. at the Youth Center. Cost is $8 advanced sign-up and $10 day of March 15: Freedom FridayRock Your Shamrock. 7-11 p.m. at the Youth Center. Wear your green and dance with DJ Derek! Cost is $8 advanced sign-up and $10 day of March 20: Teen Employment Orientation. 4-5 p.m. at the Youth Center. This orientation will provide you an overview of the employment program, hiring process, resume help, and more. Liberty CallThe 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. Feb. 15: Dinner & a Movie in San Marco. Van departs 5:30 p.m. Transportation Only. Feb. 16: Disc Golf. Van departs 11 a.m. FREE; equipment provided. Feb. 18: Liberty Programmer Meeting. 4 p.m. at the Liberty Center. This is a chance to tell the programmer what you want on YOUR Liberty Calendar. Free food for all attendees. Feb. 18: Presidents Day Holiday Bowling Special 11 a.m-5 p.m. at Mayport Bowling Center. 2 hours of extreme bowl ing, shoes, one item off Fast Lanes Grilles menu and a soda for only $15 (non-food option $12; a la carte option also avail able). 270-5377 Feb. 19: Mens Captains Cup Softball Begins League ends Apr. 18. 270-5451 Feb. 19: Snag Golf. 4 p.m. at Liberty Center. Learn the basics, hone your skills, or just have some fun. Feb. 20: Pool Tournament. 6 p.m. at Liberty Center. Feb. 22: Movie Trip. Van departs 5 p.m. Cost $5. Sign up deadline Feb. 20 Feb. 23: Monster Jam. Van departs 5 p.m. Cost $15; Sign up deadline Feb. 20 Feb. 22: Chocolate Fest 9 p.m. at Castaways Lounge. Featuring live band Second Tyme Around. Come dress to impress and enjoy all the chocolate you can eat. Feb. 23: UFC 157Rousey vs. Carmouche 10 p.m. at Castaways Lounge. 270-7205 Feb. 24: Jacksonville Giants vs. Fayetteville Flight. Van departs 5:30 p.m. FREE. Feb. 25: Help Feed the Homeless. Van departs 3:15 p.m. Sign up dead line Feb. 21 Feb. 27: All-Hands Seafood Boil. 4-7 p.m. at Focsle CPO Club. Cost is $12 per person. Purchase tickets in advance; limit ed tickets available at the door. Sponsored by the CDS-14. For tickets, con tact ITCS Phil Smith (904) 270-5801 x143. Feb. 28: Ping-Pong Tournament. 6 p.m. at Liberty Center. Mardi Gras Fun-Photo courtesy of MWRCaregivers from the Mayport Child Development Center take the children on a parade of the facility to celebrate Mardi Gras on Friday, Feb. 8. On The MessdeckFocsle Lounges Spring SpecialsSmashed Sandwich, $8 Chicken Breast & Spinach Panini, $8 Strawberry Chicken Salad, $7.50 Big Chief Grilled Cheese Sandwich, $7 Shrimp & Bacon Pita, $8.50Bogeys SpecialsThursday, Feb. 14 BBQ Pulled Pork Sandwich with Fries, Chips Or Slaw, $ 6.50 Blackened Tilapia Sandwich with Side, $ 6.95 Chicken Caesar Wrap with a Side, $7.95 Steak Caesar Salad, $10.95 Friday, Feb. 15 BBQ Pulled Pork Sandwich with Side, $ 6.50 Blackened Tilapia Sandwich with Side, $6.95 Pot Roast with Potatoes, Vegetable and a Roll, $7.95 Egg Salad Sandwich with Side, $4.25 Monday, Feb 18 Holiday No Specials Tuesday, Feb 19 Chicken Fried Steak with Whipped Potatoes, Vegetable and Roll, $8.95 BBQ Pulled Pork Sandwich Side, $ 6.50 Blackened Tilapia Sandwich with Side, $ 6.50 Chicken Caesar Tortellini, $7.95 Wednesday, Feb 20 BBQ Pulled Pork Sandwich with Side, $ 6.50 Blackened Tilapia Sandwich with Side, $ 6.95 8 Oz NY Strip Steak, Garden Rice, Broccoli and Roll, $10.95 Chicken Cobb Salad, $ 7.95 12 THE MIRROR NS MAYPORT, Thursday, February 14, 2013

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MWR Sports/FitnessNaval 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., Kickboxing 4:30 p.m., Cut N Core 5:30 p.m., Flex N Stretch Tuesday 9:30 a.m., Intro to Yoga 11:30 a.m., Zumba 4:30 p.m., Yoga Wednesday 11:30 a.m., Strength Training For Women 12:30 p.m., Flex N Stretch 4:30 p.m., Zumba Thursday 9:30 a.m., Strength Fundamentals Learn basic strength training with focus on form and proper tech nique utilizing dumbbells, barbells, resistance bands and medicine balls. The results will be an overall increase in energy and endurance, a more effi cient metabolism, health ier posture and much more! 11:30 a.m., Zumba 4 p.m., Kickboxing Friday 9:30 a.m., Zumba Basics A fusion of hot, sexy and explosive Latin American and International dance music. Caloric output, fat burning and total body toning are maximized through fun and easy to follow dance steps. Come experience the ultimate dance party in this high energy, motivating class that is great for both the body and the mind. 11:30 a.m., Strength Training For Women 12:30 p.m., Flex N Stretch Mayport Sandbox The Mayport Sandbox is a high intensity (H.I.T.) outdoor workout area located oceanfront behind Surfside Fitness Center. The area includes a Pull -up Bar and Ring rig, Kettlebells, Sleds, Tires, TRX Suspension Frame, Slam Balls, Ropes, Ab Mats, Sledge Hammers, Farmers Walk, Olympic Lift area and equipment, Monkey Bars, Low Crawl, Sprint and Drag area. H.I.T. training involves functional pro gramming that will take your workout to the next level. Both open Sandbox hours and instructor led classes are provided by Olympic Lift and Crossfit certified Mayport Fitness Team members. Monday 7:30 a.m., Command Bootcamp 11:30 a.m., TRX Suspension Training Incorporate this inno vative training device invented by a Navy Seal into your workout regi men. The TRX is a suspension training system, used in confined space as well as small group work outs. Build functional and pillar strength. Mold your CORE into concrete! Class size limited to 25. Class is held at Mayport Sandbox behind Surfside Fitness Center; weather permitting. Tuesday 7-8:30 a.m. Open Sandbox 2:30-4:30 p.m. Open Sandbox Wednesday 7 a.m., NOFFS 9:30 a.m., Intro to TRX Suspension Training Learn how to train using the unique and innovative TRX Suspension Training System. This class is reserved for those entire ly new to TRX training. This class will result in increased strength, coor dination, balance and CORE-power. Class size limited to 25. Class is held at Mayport Sandbox behind Surfside Fitness Center; weather permit ting. 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Open Sandbox Thursday 7 a.m., Sunrise Yoga 7-8:30 a.m. Open Sandbox 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Open Sandbox 2:30-4:30 p.m. Open Sandbox Friday 7 a.m., Command Bootcamp HIT At the Sandbox Monday 7 a.m., HIT 8 a.m., Intro to HIT 11 a.m., HIT 12 p.m., HIT Skill Review Tuesday 7:30 a.m., HIT Skill Review 11 a.m., HIT 12 p.m., Intro to HIT 3 p.m., Intro to HIT Wednesday 7 a.m., HIT 8 a.m., Intro to HIT Thursday 11:30 a.m., HIT for Women 3 p.m., Intro to HIT Friday 7 a.m., HIT 8 a.m., HIT Skill Review 11 a.m., HIT 12 p.m., Intro to HIT Saturday 9:30 a.m., HIT 10:30 a.m. Intro to HIT The new Gymnasium class schedule is as follows: Monday 11:30 a.m., Spinning 5:45 p.m., Kids Clinic This clinic is designed for children ages 10-14. It teaches how to safely use fitness equipment and provides general information on exercise and fit ness workouts. Held at Surfside Fitness Center. After completion of the course, participants will be issued a card which will allow them to use the facility when accompa nied by a parent or legal guardian. Tuesday 11:30 a.m., Steel Anchor This incentive program develops muscu lar strength and power needed to attain the Steel Anchor Award. Structured and progres sive training targets muscles to increase your bench press, squat, and dead-lift. Participants will utilize multiple pieces of free weight, selectorized and plate loaded strength equipment in the gym. Workouts will be tracked to provide motivation, guidance and award determination. Steel Anchor award includes a shirt and plaque recogni tion. 4:30 p.m., Spinning Wednesday 7 a.m., Rowing 11:30 a.m., Rowing 11:30 a.m., Spinning Thursday 11:30 a.m., HIT for Women 3 p.m., Intro to HIT A 6part prerequisite training program which will prepare Mayports personnel for safe and effective incorporation into Mayports HIT pro gram. All 6 training seg ments of Intro to HIT must be completed before entry into HIT and par ticipation in the WOD (workout of the day). Intro to HIT includes protocol review, physical assess ment, Rowing 101, pillar and movement prepara tion, flexibility training, tissue management, refu eling and the fundamen tals of the Olympic lifts, the squat, the pull-up and more. Friday 7:30 a.m., Spinning 11:30 a.m., Rowing THE MIRROR NS MAYPORT, Thursday, February 14, 2013 13

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MLS Soccer Match Coming To Jacksonville On Feb. 15, the Philadelphia Union will face another MLS team, to be announced in the near future, at Everbank Field starting at 7:30 p.m. Use the link and password listed below and $2 for every ticket will be donat ed back to your local Jacksonville USO office. Come out and support this great event and our local Military Men and Women. There will also be a FREE youth clinic at 5:30 p.m before the game. PASSWORD USOJAX http://www.ticketmas ter.com/event/2200498A A0DC6031?did=uso COMPASS: A Course For Navy Life Upcoming Course For Navy Spouses COMPASS is a 12-hour Team mentoring program developed by spouses for spouses. Come make new friends as you learn about the Navy lifestyle and gain knowledge and skills to successfully meet the challenges ahead. COMPASS is FREE and open to ALL Navy spous es! For more information and to register for the upcoming February session, please visit: http:// www.gocompass.org/ jacksonville.html 2013 Players Championship Birdies For Charity Campaign The Greater Jacksonville Area USO is pleased once again to be participating in the 2013 Players Championship Birdies for Charity Campaign held in May in conjunction with The Players Championship. For more information visit www.birdiesforchar ity.playerschampionship. com to participate and become eligible to win a fabulous grand prize. 2nd Annual Jax Area USO Chili Cook Off Do you think you make the best chili around? Would you like a chance to prove it? The 2nd annual Jax Area USO Chili Cook off will be held Feb. 23 from 12:00-5:00pm at the Fleet Reserve on Collins Road. For more information and registra tion, visit www.jaxuso chilicookoff.com. Rugged Maniac 5k Obstacle Race How about a day filled with epic obstacles and live bands? Rugged Maniac 5K Obstacle Race on Feb. 16 has got you covered! Heres how it works: Sign up for the race and youll get a chance to run our 3.1mile course filled with 25 obstacles designed to push you to your limits! While youre waiting for your turn on the course, youll get to hang out with thousands of other maniacs in the festival area where you can ride mechanical bulls, play muddy tug-o-war, pre tend to be a kid in our adult bounce houses, or just hang out and listen to the bands while enjoy ing plenty of food and beverages. Not only that, but each runner gets a high-quality t-shirt with registration! Courses fea tures 25 obstacles; youll climb over walls up to 20 feet high, slide down a 100 foot water slide, jump over fire, crawl through tunnels of mud and face a host of other challenges all while running through a combination of forests, fields, motocross tracks and ski slopes! Each wave of runners is limited to 250 maniacs to avoid overcrowding. In short, Rugged Maniac strikes the perfect balance between fun and physicality with a day-long party and our award-winning course. Military and student dis counts are available. For more information, along with the full 2013 event schedule, go to www.rug gedmaniac.com. Hiring Our Heroes Military Spouse Employment Program The Military Spouse Business Alliance pre sented by Capital One is bringing you a one-ofa-kind Hiring Fair and Career Forum on Feb. 21 for spouses of active duty, guard, reserves and retired veteran popula tion. Veterans, Active Duty Military, and Members of Guard and Reserve Components are also welcome. All are encouraged to attend. See attached flyer for more information. For regis tration questions, please contact us at hiringourhe roes@uschamber.com or call 202-463-5807. Relay For Life-NS Mayport Join Relay For Life and NS Mayport in fighting cancer. NS Mayport will host its first Relay For Life on April 13-14 with the opening ceremo ny beginning at noon. The theme this year is Seek and Destroy. This event is open to family, friends, coworkers, and those wishing to join the fight against cancer. For more information, visit www.relayforlife.org/ MayportFL. The Players Military Job Fair-May 5 In partnership with Jacksonville Military Veterans Coalition, The Players will welcome active duty, reservists, retired military, veterans, and military spouses to TPC Sawgrass on Sunday, May 5 to participate in its second annual job fair. Information on local educational institutions with veterans programs, career counseling, and resume writing assistance will also be provided. The job fair at The Players will take place in The Turn hospitality venue. Companies interested in participating may contact Bill Hickley at bill.hick ley@incepture.com Supporting Americas Heroes The American Red Cross is expanding ser vices to provide assis tance and resources to veterans of Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Iraqi Freedom to help support their tran sition into civilian life. Emergency needs that may warrant assistance may include medical and dental needs, rent assis tance, utility payments, and food; access to refer ral services; or other assistance depending on need. Applicants for these funds must demonstrate financial hardship, and/ or lack of other available resources due to par ticipation in OEF or OIF. Eligible veterans include those of all services, the Reserve component and National Guard. For more information, please contact a Red Cross Military Services caseworker at (904) 2461395 Recycling Recycling has come to the Greater Jacksonville Area USO. If you have any office paper, shred ded paper, old magazines, and newspapers that you would like to donate, please bring it to either the Mayport or NAS JAX USO Center. This will be a great fundraiser for the USO so please help us fill the bins. Help support the troops with your unwant ed paper! United Through Reading program makes it possible to share in the enjoyment of reading to the children in your life, even while thousands of miles apart. The Mayport Center and NAS Center can record you reading a book to your children and send it to them after you have gone on deploy ment. It is a great way to make them smile on their special day even when you can not be there with them. There is a computer resource center avail able to all service mem bers with email, Internet and word processing. Fax, copy and free notary ser vice is also available. There is a full kitchen, showers, a quiet reading room and a meeting room available at the USO. The USO is available for meet ings, support groups, receptions, parties and pre-deployment briefs. A TV, VCR and overhead projector are available for use. For more information about activities or meet ing availabilities, call 2463481 or stop by the center at 2560 Mayport Road. USONEWS 14 THE MIRROR NS MAYPORT, Thursday, February 14, 2013

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Check us out Online! mayportmirror.com Pay Raises, Major Cuts In Budget ProposalAmerican Forces Press ServiceDefense Secretary Leon E. Panetta revealed that the proposed mili tary pay raise for 2014 is 1 percent, and that the department is proceed ing in a logical, careful way to do its part to cut the deficit and preserve military capabilities. Panetta and Army Gen. Martin E. Dempsey, the chair man of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, spoke at the Pentagon during a reporters roundtable about what the 2014 budget proposal would look like and what the threat of budget uncer tainty including the looming threat of sequester would mean to it. In a normal year, defense officials would be discussing the fis cal 2014 DOD budget request now. But this year is far from nor mal, and officials do not expect the budget to even go to Congress until late in March. The budget the secre tary outlined includes the $487 billion in cuts that were proposed in 2011. The budget also is based on the defense strategy unveiled in January 2012. It really does set a framework for what the force of the 21st century should look like, Panetta said. Whats most impor tant is the budget pro posal would protect the strongest military on Earth, he said. The fiscal year 2014 budget proposal also requests a military pay raise of 1 percent. No one is getting a pay cut, but we will provide a pay raise thats smaller than weve seen in past years in order to achieve some savings by virtue of what we con front in the compensa tion area, Panetta said. The DOD will ask for money for new invest ment in transition assistance, sexual assault prevention, suicide prevention, and family programs to boost sup port for the all-volunteer force. The department needs to get personnel costs under control, Panetta said. These accounts have grown 80 percent since 2003, and if steps are not taken now it would force the department to cut military end strength and sacrifice readiness. Congress has approved a DOD request for a commission to look at military retirement, the secretary said. We will stress that retirement benefits would be Farragut Keeps Moving Mission Forward See Budget, Page 3 -Photo by MCommunication Specialist 2nd Class A.J. JonesBoatswain's Mate 3rd Class Ernest Obengmanu and Seaman Lucas Foley prepare to receive supplies aboard the guided-missile destroyer USS Farragut (DDG 99) during a replenishment-at-sea. Farragut is deployed with the John C. Stennis Strike Group to the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility conducting maritime security operations, theater security cooperation efforts and support missions for Operation Enduring Freedom. Mayport Moves Ahead On Citadel ShieldFrom StaffNaval Station Mayport is moving forward on plans for a base-wide security exercise scheduled for Feb. 19-22. The four-day exercise will focus on anti-terrorism/force protection measures on the base. Citadel Shield is an installationdriven exercise, said Willie Green, Naval Station Mayport Installation Training and Readiness Officer. It gives us an opportunity to test a few things local at the installation. Green said commuters should expect travel delays during the exercise. Weve talked with Medical, PSD and other commands so they can plan and schedule their appoint ments appropriately during the exercise, Green added. A second week of exercises, Solid Curtain, was cancelled late last week due to DoD-wide budget issues. Deployment DelayFrom American Forces Press ServiceThe deployment of the U.S. Navys aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman and the guidedmissile cruiser USS Gettysburg to the U.S. Central Command area of operations has been delayed, according to a statement issued Feb. 6 by Pentagon Press Secretary George Little. Littles statement reads as follows: The Secretary of Defense has delayed the deploy ment of the USS Harry S. Truman (CVN-75) and the USS Gettysburg (CG-64), which were scheduled to depart Norfolk, Virginia, later this week for the U.S. Central Command (CENTCOM) Area of Responsibility. Facing budget uncertainty includ ing a Continuing Resolution and the looming poten tial for across-theboard sequestration cuts the U.S. Navy made this request to the Secretary and he approved. This prudent deci sion enables the U.S. Navy to maintain these ships to deploy on short notice in the event they are needed to respond to national security contingencies. The United States will continue to maintain a robust military presence in the CENTCOM region, including the current car rier presence and a mix of other assets, to fulfill enduring commitments to our partners. The U.S. military continues to stand ready to respond to any con tingency and to con front any threat in the region.-Photo by FC2 George A. DeCoste IIIEnsign Dillan Thomas and the Sales Division team present a check for $20,000 to Chief Fire Controlman (SW) Danny Fontaine and the MWR committee onboard guided-missile cruiser USS Vicksburg (CG 69).Vicksburg is underway as a part of the opposition force in a Composite Training Unit Exercise (COMPTUEX) for the Harry S. Truman Carrier Strike Group and Kearsarge Expeditionary Strike Group. Vburg MWR Gets Pay Day USS Vicksburg Public Affairs The Morale, Welfare, and Recreation (MWR) program on board guid ed-missile cruiser USS Vicksburg (CG 69) had a great day on Feb. 3. Over the past year, Vicksburgs Sales Division (S-3) has generated more than $350,000 in revenue, and continues a long-stand ing trend of passing sig nificant profits on to the crew. S-3 Division, the MWR Committee, and other key USS Vicksburg lead ers were on hand for the celebration during which the Sales Officer, Ensign Dillan Thomas, presented Capt. Logan Jones with a check for $20,000 for use in the MWR operating fund. I think its amazing the amount of work that Supply Department puts into providing quality services to the crew. I cant wait to get this money put to good use; to gather the crew and families togeth er for morale and recre ational activities. said Jones. MWR funds are used for many activities through out the command to include Single Sailor lib erty programs, divisional gatherings, subsidizing tour costs during port visits, and various rec reational activities that help build crew camaraderie and ease the stress of being away from loved ones while underway. S-3 Division does a presentation like this every four months, and over the last year the division has contributed $56,500 toward the commands MWR fund. Sailors con tribute daily to the fund via ship store and vending machine purchases. 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2 THE MIRROR, NS MAYPORT, Thursday, February 14, 2013 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. The Mirror The Mirror The Mirror Now that second semester is in full swing having begun January 22 and students have their second quarter report card, is your child settling into the school routine? Or is he is still reluctant to get back into any kind of routine? Is he still forgetting that weekly spell ing/vocabulary test? Is it hard to get him up in the morning for school like it was back in August? Are the number of tardies and absences increasing? Are you at your wits end? You just dont know if you can deal with this! Of course, as a parent, you recognize the value and importance of edu cation to your childs future. But no amount of lecturing, pleading, or disciplining has gotten your child excited about the return to school. There are some positive steps you can take. 1. Determine if he is getting enough rest to be successful in school. Students today are involved in a myriad of activities in addition to school, including youth sports, dance, music, or karate classes; cheerleading, band, or JROTC practice; faith-based youth activities; and home com puter games. Older stu dents work many hours a week to assist with car and insurance pay ments. With physical tiredness comes a weari ness that makes it hard to stay awake at school to deal with assignments, homework, and time management. 2. Talk to your child about his busy schedule. Try to deter mine whether it is due to activities or work. 3. Then map out a plan to insure that he gets the sleep he needs. A rested student is a more interested and engaged student. Look over that second quarter report card. Students making Ds and Fs no matter how hard they have studied or how many extra credit assignments they turned in are more apt to tune out and stop trying. If this continues for any length of time, it can lead to failure. Their some what positive attitude at the beginning of the school year turns to frus tration after a semester of really trying, but get ting the same grade over and over. 4. Dont add to the frustration by pil ing on saying, Why dont you study harder? Why dont you ask for help? when that may be exactly what he thought he was doing. 5. Instead, talk to your child about how you value him and his efforts. To do this you need to have some quiet no yelling or blaming dia logue about the problem. During the discussion you will probably hear many of the above excus es: tiredness, boredom, and frustration. Be an active listener. Genuinely express sympathy for the causes. 6. To correct this, you will need to map out an academic plan that could include you getting him help or him getting help for himself. Joining a study group or getting tutoring are two ways to receive help. For active duty mili tary dependents, www. TUTOR.com provides professional tutors to help with all math, sci ence, social studies, and English subjects from elementary to advanced levels. The tutor will work with your child in a one-to-one secure online classroom where every thing is anonymous. The tutors use an interactive whiteboard, file sharing, and instant messaging to work through the prob lem. Because of this, I frequently advise parents that students younger than 3rd grade may need parental assistance to work with the tutor. Older students should have no problem working with the tutor, and each tutor is screened, certified, and background-checked. No personal information is ever shared between tutor and student. 7. If the problem is more behavioral than academic, make a clearcut list of unacceptable behaviors and result ing consequences. For instance, continually forgetting to complete homework in a class might result in the loss of a favorite privilege until the resulting lower grade is raised. Resist the temptation to ground your child indefinitely or to take away all prized pos sessions. However, if you do not follow through on the promised conse quences, your child will quickly realize that you are not serious about school success, and he will remain unchanged. Students do want to succeed, but as children they arent always able to figure out by themselves what the actual prob lem is. With patience and understanding, you can take these suggested actions to help your child figure out how he can achieve academic suc cess. Judy Cromartie is the School Liaison Officer for NS Mayport. If you have questions about this arti cle or concerns about an educational issue impact ing your child, she can be reached via email at Judith.cromartie@navy. mil or by phone at (904) 270-6289 ext. 1305 [office] or (904) 993-5860 [cell]. Or you can schedule a meeting with her in her office in Building One. Judy Cromartie School Liaison Officer KnowingWhen I met my hus band almost 20 years ago, he had a couch. It was his bachelor couch, and even though it may have looked cool back in 1990 when he bought it to furnish his bachelor pad, the upholstery pattern on that piece of furniture can only be described as a cross between a Bill Cosby sweater and the wallpaper in a gynecologists office. However, I came into the marriage without a couch, so on our limited budget, I was thankful to have one at all. For the first couple years of mar riage, the couch was a useful piece of furniture, despite her crisscrossing shades of teal, gray and mauve, and the outdated honey oak embellish ments on the armrests. Moving with the mili tary every few years, I thought my husbands bachelor couch would eventually be jettisoned like other outdated items from our past my black and white TV, his old girlfriends wine glasses, the kids worn out stuffed animals, my stirrup pants but somehow, that old bachelor couch just never went away. Sure, we bought other furni ture, but the old bachelor couch stuck around in a spare bedroom, or waited in a storage unit until we could find another use for her. More than a decade into the marriage, I sug gested that we donate my husbands bachelor couch to charity. But shes so well built and still has so much use we cant get rid of her! he replied, incredulously. I never brought it up again, and as I sit here in my office writing this column at my desk, that 22-year-old bachelor couch sits just two feet away, made tolerable with a striped slipcover. I could feel threat ened by the fact that my husband has had a lon ger relationship with his bachelor couch than with his own wife; in fact, when I am alone in the room with his couch, I sometimes feel her mocking me. But I have learned that, as much as I dislike her distaste ful appearance, my hus bands bachelor couch symbolizes something Lisa Smith Molinari Military Spouse Columnist The Meat&PotatoesMotivating Your Child Toward School SuccessI recently read a devo tional that told the following story; One night a clergyman was walking to church when a thief pulled a gun on him and demanded his money or his life. When he reached in his pocket to hand over his wallet, the robber saw his clerical collar and said: I see you are a priest. Never mind, you can go. The clergyman, sur prised by the robbers unexpected act of piety, offered him a candy bar. The robber said, No thank you. I dont eat candy during Lent. Funny, this guy had given up candy as his sacrifice for Lent, which is the period of 40 weekdays before Easter observed in some Christian churches as a period of prayer, penance, fasting, and selfdenial. This period, starting on Ash Wednesday in Western churches, com memorates the 40 days that Jesus Christ spent fasting in the wilder ness. This mans lifestyle, however, showed his true character. What do your actions say about you? Proverbs 10:21 tells us that Even children are known by the way they act, whether their conduct is pure, and whether it is right. If someone talks the talk, but doesnt walk the walk, they soon lose any and all credibility with people. In Jesus day, there were a few Pharisees, the preachers and teachers of Jewish law, that were suf fering from this. In Matthews gospel in chapter 23, Jesus is call ing them on it, What sorrow awaits you teachers of religious law and you Pharisees. Hypocrites! For you are like white washed tombsbeau tiful on the outside but filled on the inside with dead peoples bones and all sorts of impurity. Outwardly you look like righteous people, but inwardly your hearts are filled with hypocrisy and lawlessness. Ouch! Harsh words to hear, but do we need to hear those words some times? I wish I could say I didnt, but sometimes I do need to hear them. If we say we love God, we demonstrate our love for Him not just by what we say, but more impor tantly, by what we do. Marvin Williams wrote: Spiritual words are mere distractions If not backed up by our godly actions, And all our good and beautiful creeds Are nothing without God-honoring deeds. Chap Karen Rector Surface Force Ministry Center CHAPLAINSWhat Do Actions Say About You?for him, something with which he is not yet willing to part. Perhaps, the couch that my husband purchased in his mid-20s reminds him of his youth, his virility, his long-gone full head of hair and former waistline. Or perhaps, she reminds my husband of buddies from his squadron days, who sat upon its sturdy cushions to watch football in unspoken camaraderie. And as much as I dont like to think about it, perhaps she reminds my husband of old girlfriends, who were probably tacky, wore too much make up, drank wine coolers and did God-knows-what with him while lying on her garish upholstery. I guess I cant blame him for grasping onto bygone virtues. Heck, I have two file boxes out in the garage that contain a useless jumble of high school yearbooks, photos, diaries, artwork, playbills, swimming ribbons, and even the bronze Junior Firefighter Badge I sent away for from a Smokey the Bear advertisement in the back of Highlights magazine. If anyone tried to throw those file boxes away, Id turn from mid dle-aged housewife into vicious cage fighter faster than you can say aggra vated assault. Why? Because those scraps of crumpled paper and corroding metal symbolize a simple, carefree time. A time when my greatest worry was curl ing my bangs right or whether my parents were going to let me have the car on Friday night. So, on days when the minutia of my middle-aged life as military spouse bogs me down, its nice to know that I still have in my possession, in two moldy file boxes in the garage, the hope that life can be simple and carefree again. So, I will not begrudge my husband his reminder of days gone by, even if his little memento has had a longer relation ship with him than I have and takes up eight feet of wall space in my office. Besides, she has provided the rest of the family some consolation by facilitating many an afternoon nap. Get more wit and observations from Lisa at her blog, The Meat and Potatoes of Life, www. themeatandpotatoesofli fe.com A four-legged member of Lisas family enjoys a nap on the bachelor couch.

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2013 Deployed Military, Property Tax Exemptions Deadline ApproachesFrom the Jacksonville Office of the Property AppraiserMarch 1 is the deadline for members of the ser vice who meet the statu tory qualifications to apply for the Deployed Servicemember Property Tax Exemption for the 2013 tax year as well as other exemptions. The Deployed Servicemember Property Tax Exemption is avail able for 2013 to members of the service who receive a homestead exemption and who were deployed outside the continental United States, Alaska or Hawaii during the preceding calendar year (2012) in support of designated operations. Though the operations have not been officially designated for the 2013 exemption, applicants are encouraged to file before the March 1 deadline and they will be notified if they do not qualify. Applications are avail able in the Duval County Property Appraisers Office at 231 East Forsyth Street, Suite 260 or at www.duvalpa.com. Those applying for the 2013 exemption must also supply deployment orders or other proofs of the qualify ing deployment(s) that include dates of the deployment(s) and that clearly identify the sup ported operation(s) and the days during which the servicemember was outside the continental United States, Alaska or Hawaii. The amount of the exemption is based on the number of days deployed in the previous calendar year. Applicants who miss the March 1 deadline, may file late up to the 25th day following the mailing of theNotices of Proposed Property Taxes inmidAugust.Applications will not be accept edafter this dead line.Servicemembers whose deployment spansover two or more calendar years must apply each year. This exemption is not automatically renewed, and applicants must have a homestead exemption on their property to qualify. For forms or more information, visit www. duvalpa.com or call the Customer Service/ Exemptions Division at (904) 630-2020. grandfathered, Panetta said, noting the depart ment will continue to look for savings in the militarys TRICARE health program. The secretary stressed that the budget would find savings in overhead and efficiencies. We have identified $30 billion in new initiatives over the next five years to eliminate overhead and duplication, he said. The department will consoli date capabilities and look to new technologies for more savings. In the budget, the sec retary proposes another round of base closures and realignments. We will have to because ... you cant have a huge infrastructure supporting a reduced force, he said. The budget continues the glide path for reduc tions in land, naval and air forces detailed last year. Ultimately, the Army will go down to 490,000 active duty soldiers and the Marine Corps to 182,000 troops. The department will propose some additional cuts to the Air Force and we will resubmit some of our proposed cuts to the Navy, Panetta said. These are proposals that Congress rejected last year. The department will continue to push for growth in special opera tions capability and cyber warfare experts. The department must continue to modernize the force and the bud get continues the push for tactical fighters, aer ial refueling capabilities, ballistic-missile subs and bombers, Panetta said. New capabilities include sea-based unmanned aerial vehicles, cyber tools and space systems. This is the bare bones of the fiscal year 2014 bud get, but it would all go out the window if sequestra tion occurs on March 1. DOD is taking steps to confront sequestration because at the spend rate were on now ... if we continue it will be that much more of a blow, Panetta said. The department has ordered hiring freezes, cutting back on mainte nance and in other areas. And, budget uncer tainty -including a con tinuing resolution and the looming potential for across-the-board seques tration cuts -has caused DOD to delay the deployment of the aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman and the guided-missile cruiser USS Gettysburg to the U.S. Central Command area of operations. If sequester happens, DOD is looking at fur loughs for as many as 800,000 civilian employ ees. This would mean a 20-percent pay cut. Its a lousy, lousy way to treat people frankly, the secretary said. Sequestration cuts Army training, Air Force and Navy flight hours, and shrinks ship operations. These are real conse quences and our fear is that it really is going to cause a readiness crisis for the military to respond to the crises that we still have to confront in the world, Panetta said.Lunch Time Class With ERAUFrom ERAUEmbry-Riddle Aeronautical University (ERAU) will be organizing a series of Lunch Time classes if a minimum of students show inter est. The requirements to launch this project is a minimum of seven stu dents. All classes offered will be business core related and could be used in any general education core. We will like to begin these classes in the spring term on May 31 in Building 1553 (FRC) near the base helicopter squadrons. Classes will run from Monday to Thursday from 11 a.m.-noon in the training room. There are some general requirements that need to be completed if you are not currently enrolled in ERAU. Please contact us if you have any questions or need more information at 904-249-6700/may port@erau.edu Bring in a new student referral and you could be eligible for a textbook reimburse ment of up to $50. Go to http://worldwide.erau. edu/admissions/finance/ scholarships/index.html for current scholarships available.From Page 1Budget THE MIRROR NS MAYPORT, Thursday, February 14, 2013 3

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4 THE MIRROR, NS MAYPORT, Thursday, February 14, 2013 Halyburton Returns To Mayport USS Halyburton Public AffairsUSS Halyburton returned home Saturday after completing a six month deployment to the COMFIFTHFLT and COMSIXTHFLT areas of responsibility with focused operations off the Horn of Africa. Halyburton with NATO and main tasking was counter piracy operations in support of Operation Ocean Shield off the coast of Africa and the Somali Basin. Assigned to Standing NATO Maritime Group One, Halyburtons primary mission was to deter piracy and provide maritime security. Halyburton conducted Maritime Interdiction Operations and Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance mis sions to gather informa tion on local piracy. While Halyburton was on station, one event in particular caught the attention of the inter national communities. Halyburton responded to a distress call from a cargo ship, Motor Vessel (M/V) Jasmine, who reported being shot at by possible pirates with assault rifles and a Rocket Propelled Grenade (RPG). Halyburton tracked down the suspected pirates, who were traveling in a small skiff, and boarded the craft to question the crew about their recent activity. Using the infor mation obtained by the Visit Board Search and Seizure (VBSS) team, Halyburton passed the skiff off to a European Union asset who was able to detain the suspected pirates. In a welcome home message sent from Commander, Destroyer Squadron 14 to Halyburton, Commodore Paul Flood wrote, I commend you for tremen dous efforts in execut ing Maritime Security Operations during Operation Ocean Shield -Photo by MC1 Ian W. AndersonEngineman 1st Class Cory Ondrusek embraces his wife Brandi after a six-month deployment on USS Halyburton (FFG-40). Halyburton was deployed in support of North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) conducting counterpiracy operations in the 5th Fleet Area of Responsibility. -Photo by MC1 Ian W. AndersonCryptologic Technician Technical 2nd Class Daniel Moore hugs his wife, Spring, after returning home from a six-month deplyment onboard USS Halyburton (FFG40). -Photo by MC1 Ian W. AndersonEngineman 2nd Class Dustin Fort proposes to Amy Williams, his girlfriend and now fiance, following a six-month deployment onboard USS Halyburton (FFG-40). -Photo by MC1 Ian W. AndersonA Sailor's daughter waits pierside as USS Halyburton (FFG-40) returns to her homeport of Naval Station Mayport Fla. following a six month deployment. See Haly, Page 5 -Photo by Paige GnannOperations Specialist 3rd Class Colin Doty reunites with his wife, Mary, pierside and receives the first kiss off the ship.-Photo by Paige GnannNew dad Sonar Technician (Surface) 2nd Class (SW) Charles Brandon meets his daughter for the first time after reuniting with his family at the Halyburton homecoming.-Photo by Paige GnannAaron Walters, 8, waves at his father, Cryptologic Technician (Technical) 1st Class (SW) Patrick Walters after USS Halyburton pulls pierside Saturday.

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THE MIRROR NS MAYPORT, Thursday, February 14, 2013 5 and Operation Active Endeavour. From counter piracy to escort opera tions, you did an out standing job as exempli fied in 20 maritime secu rity assistance approach es, four boardings, and more than 346 operation al flight hours. Besides conducting counter piracy operations, the crew of Halyburton had to maintain their proficiency in all areas of Surface Warfare. Many drills and exercises were conducted in the areas of Damage Control, VBSS, small boat operations, Air Defense, Anti-Submarine Warfare, Electronic Warfare and live gunnery firing exercises. But when time permit ted, Halyburton planned and executed many cel ebrations and events to keep morale high. Over the last six months, the crew enjoyed five steel beach picnics on the flight deck, eight ice cream socials, Thanksgiving and Christmas Dinners, and multiple raffles and game nights giving away thousands of dollars in prizes. The hard work of the crew was rewarded with four award ceremonies total ing 56 awards, including 25 Navy Achievement Medals. The Halyburton Sailors are excited to be home and will enjoy up to two weeks of leave before they begin training for their upcoming deployment. From Page 4Haly-Photo by MC1 Ian W. AndersonChief Gas Turbine Systems Technician Timothy Johnson embraces his newborn child after returning home from a sixmonth deployment onboard USS Halyburton (FFG-40). -Photo by MC1 Ian W. AndersonFamily and friends wait pierside as USS Halyburton (FFG-40) returns to her homeport of Naval Station Mayport Fla. following a six month deployment. Halyburton was deployed in support of North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) conducting counter-piracy operations in the 5th Fleet Area of Responsibility. -Photo by Paige GnannSeaman Simon Cheruiyot is welcomed home Saturday after returning to NS Mayport with USS Halyburton.-Photo by Paige GnannTears flow as Chief Petty Officer Danny Anderson reunites with his family during USS Halyburtons homecoming celebration on Saturday.-Photo by Paige GnannQuartermaster 2nd Class Patrick Cherry gets big hugs from his three-year-old daughter, Isabella, after reuniting pierside at USS Halyburtons homecoming.-Photo by Paige GnannOperations Specialist 3rd ClassTrevor Kinsella hugs his girlfriend Alexsa Chesser before giving her flowers. Kinsella returned from deployment with USS Halyburton.

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Get Financially Fit With FFSCFrom FFSCThe following class es and activities are offered by the Fleet and Family Support Center (FFSC) and are free of charge. Pre-registration is required and childcare is not available. For more information about the classes or to register call 270-6600, ext. 1701. FFSC is located in Building One on Massey. Feb. 19, 9-11 a.m., Active Parenting Class FFSC Room 702 Feb. 19, 1-3 p.m., Financial Leadership Seminar Building 1 Room 104 Feb. 20, 9-11 a.m., Thrift Savings Plan Workshop Building 1 Room 104 Feb. 20, 9 a.m.-noon, Employment Seminar FFSC Room 719 Feb. 21, 11 a.m.-noon, Savings and Investment Class Building 1 Room 104 Feb. 21, 9 a.m.-noon, Tottle Tyme Playgroup USO USO Parents and chil dren together meet to share parenting concerns, ideas, and fun! The group invites professionals to address specific areas of concern such as nutrition, toilet training, etc. We even take field trips sev eral times a year to local parks, museums and playgrounds. This group is designed for moms new to the area or moms who want their child to inter act with other children their childs age. All chil dren age four and below are invited to attend. Feb. 22, 11:30 a.m.12:30 p.m., Banking and Financial Services Class Building 1 Room 104 Feb. 25, 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Anger Management Class, FFSC Room 702 What does anger do for you? Communicate for you? Keep people at a safe distance from you? Keep you in charge? For many people, anger serves them many uses, but all too often, it is at a high costusually of relationships, unhappiness in the workplace, and a general feeling of dis dain. If you want to be able to break out of the get angry/get even syn drome, come to this class. Participants learn how anger and judgment are related, about irrational beliefs and faulty self-talk, what E + R = O means, and the roles of stress and forgiveness in anger. Feb. 25-March 1, 8 a.m.4 p.m., TAP Separatee Workshop Building 1 Room 1616 Designed for Military personnel within 90-180 days of leaving the mili tary. The seminar focus es on benefits for service members and their fam ily members. Participants receive help in translat ing their military acquired skills into civilian lan guage and are exposed to the civilian job mar ket and how to success fully compete in the civilian employment arena; learning about resumes, employment interviews and marketing them selves. If you are within a minimum of 180 days of leaving the military see your career counselor for a quota for this highly successful program. Feb. 26-27, 7:30 a.m.4 p.m., Million Dollar Sailor Workshop Building 1 Room 104 Feb. 26, 6-8 p.m., Ombudsman Assembly Building 1, Room 104 Feb. 26, 9-11 a.m., Active Parenting Class FFSC Room 702 Feb. 27, 9 a.m.-noon, Employment Seminar FFSC Room 719 Feb. 28, 9 a.m.-noon, Tottle Tyme Playgroup USO USO Parents and chil dren together meet to share parenting concerns, ideas, and fun! The group invites professionals to address specific areas of concern such as nutrition, toilet training, etc. We even take field trips sev eral times a year to local parks, museums and playgrounds. This group is designed for moms new to the area or moms who want their child to inter act with other children their childs age. All chil dren age four and below are invited to attend. Saturday, Feb. 16 Want to find out how to lawn bowl or play bocce ball? Join a ranger at 2 p.m. on the green to learn about these fun outdoor games. This program will take place at the Ribault Club on Fort George Island Cultural State Park. No reservations are nec essary and the program is free. Thursday, Feb. 21 Join us as we explore a new definition of beauty for girls while examining our own at the Growing Great Girls Workshop Series from 9-11 a.m. at 6850 Belfort Oaks Place Upstairs Conference Room in the Northeast Regional Council Building. Registration begins at 8:30 a.m. You will learn clear strategies to help shift a girl;s focus from external characteristics to a deeper awareness of themselves. Register online: www.fcgijax.org. Cost is $15 members; $20 nonmembers. Register by Feb. 15. The Beaches Museum & History Park announc es that the next Whistle Talk will feature author Maurice Robinson, who will speak about his new book, Hidden History of Ponte Vedra, from 5:30-7:30 p.m. Lecture is $5 per person and free for museum members. Refreshments will begin at 5:30 p.m. and the lec ture will begin at 6 p.m. After the lecture, the author will be available for book signings. Copies of the book will be avail able through the museum bookstore. Saturday, Feb. 23 Join a ranger at 2 p.m. as they re-enact a firstperson sales pitch for the Ribault Club in its hey day. This program will take place at the Ribault Club on Fort George Island Cultural State Park. No reservations are nec essary and the program is free. Saturday, March 2 The Florida Department of Environmental Protections Fort Clinch State Park will host a Union Garrison event on Saturday, March 2 and Sunday, March 3 at Fort Clinch State Park, 2601 Atlantic Avenue, Fernandina Beach. This program will allow visi tors to interact with living historians to experience life in the fort as it was in 1864. The grounds will be bustling with soldiers in period costumes involved in firing demonstrations, marching drills, cooking and daily activities. Ladies in their dresses, sutlers displaying their wares and drummer boys bring every part of the civil war era to life. Come join in this unique, family friendly event. Fees include the $6 per vehicle Park entrance fee plus $2.00 per person Fort admis sion. For additional information, contact the park at (904) 277-7274 or visit www.FloridaStateParks. org. Saturday, March 9 Orlando HarleyDavidson will host a pair of events benefiting Operation Giveback www. operation-giveback.org to honor the heroic sacrifice of Americas veterans and their families. Starting at 11:45 a.m., a large motor cycle convoy will travel on surface roads from the Orlando Harley-Davidson South Dealership on 192 in Kissimmee to the Orlando HarleyDavidson Historic Factory Dealership. Starting at 1 p.m., hundreds of riders and members of the public will be treated to entertainment and food. A $10 donation (cash or check) per rider and a $5 dona tion per passenger will be required. All proceeds will benefit wounded warriors, their families and the children of our fallen heroes. For more information, visit www.orlando harley.com Out in Town COMMUNITYCALENDAR 6 THE MIRROR, NS MAYPORT, Thursday, February 14, 2013

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Congratulations!BBC Wants Your LocksFrom BBCBalfour Beatty Communities at Naval Station Mayport is host ing its second annual Locks of Love event on Feb. 24 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Ribault Bay Community Center. During last years event, Balfour Beatty collected more than 75 ponytails. which contributed to constructing almost eight hairpieces for underprivi leged children suffer ing from permanent hair loss. It typically takes 8-10 ponytails to make one prosthetic hairpiece. Locks of Love is a pub lic, non-profit organiza tion whose mission is to return a sense of self, confidence and normal cy to children suffering from hair loss by utilizing donated ponytails to pro vide the highest quality hair prosthetics to finan cially disadvantaged chil dren. The children receive hair prostheses free of charge or on a sliding scale, based on financial need. Hair donations must be at least 10 inches long and cannot have been bleached (highlighted). Hair that has been col ored or permed can be used and dreadlocks, extensions, synthetic hair or wigs cannot be used. Those who donate will receive a trim and style from master stylists Renee Pendlay and Kristin Greco of Victorias Hair and Nails, a gift bag for par ticipation and be entered to win a gift basket filled with gift cards, health and beauty products and other surprises. The event will be held at the Ribault Bay Community Center locat ed at 1201 Assisi Lane, Atlantic Beach, Fla. 32233. For more information about the event, please call Jessica at 904-3724702.Financial management is a key quality of life issue that affects every Sailor, family member and the command. Sailors experiencing financial challenges should notify their chain of command and work with their command financial specialist to develop a budget, explore options for military relief societies, eligibility for interest rate reductions and other strategies. Visit www.MilitarySaves.org to learn more.Financial Management -Photos by FC2 Robert LeonardAbove, NS Mayport Commanding Officer, Capt. Doug Cochrane congratulates 2012 Supervisor of the Year Pam Larsen of MWR during a luncheon Feb. 5 at Ocean Breeze Conference Center. Below, Percy Williams of Security is named Civilian Employee of the year for 2012. THE MIRROR NS MAYPORT, Thursday, February 14, 2013 7

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Canadian Admiral Visits 4th Fleet in Mayport -Photo by Lt. Cmdr. Corey Barker Commander, U.S. Naval Forces Southern Command/U.S. 4th Fleet, Rear Adm. Sinclair M. Harris, discusses his mission in South and Central America and the Caribbean with Commander, Maritime Forces Atlantic/Joint Task Force Atlantic Royal Canadian Navy Rear Adm. David Gardam during a visit to the headquarters Feb 5, 2013.Same-Sex Couples Can Claim New Benefits by OctoberAmerican Forces Press ServiceMilitary members and retirees with same-sex partners will qualify for up to 24 new benefits under policy changes Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta announced today. In a memo to the ser vice chiefs outlining the new policy, Panetta noted the department has essentially completed repeal of the so-called Dont Ask, Dont Tell law that barred gay and lesbian military members from serving openly. Now, the secretary wrote to the chiefs, mili tary leaders work must expand to changing our policies and practices to ensure fairness and equal treatment and to taking care of all of our service members and their fami lies, to the extent allowable under law. Two of the new benefits are available at the ser vice members election: hospital visitation and Family Readiness Group membership. For 22 other benefits, service members and their same-sex part ners may file a declara tion of domestic partner ship. That declaration entitles same-sex part ners to military identifi cation cards, commissary and exchange shopping privileges, child care and youth programs, sexual assault counseling and other benefits. Housing, medical and dental care, and overseas command sponsorship for same-sex partners are not included in this round of policy changes. As Panetta noted in a statement, those ben efits are restricted under the Defense of Marriage Act, commonly known as DOMA, which defines spouse as someone married to a person of the opposite sex. The Supreme Court is reviewing the law, and is expected to rule on it later this year. The secretary wrote, In the event that the Defense of Marriage Act is no longer applicable to the Department of Defense, it will be the policy of the department to construe the words spouse and marriage without regard to sexual orientation, and married couples, irre spective of sexual orien tation, and their depen dents, will be granted full military benefits. A senior Pentagon official emphasized in a briefing to Pentagon reporters today that benefit changes will happen as soon as possible. Panettas guidance to the services directed they make every effort to have systems in place to accept same-sex benefit requests by Aug. 31. In no case, he wrote, may the services delay beyond Oct. 1 in rolling out the benefits. Rolling out a new ben efit takes time, the official said, as regulations and instructions, systems and software all have to be updated, and workers will need to be trained in new processes. Normally, were looking at a year to make such changes, the official noted. This is a very ambitious schedule; were really pressing hard to do this. Another official said the Defense Department is working to see if the housing benefit can be added to the list and is develop ing a mechanism to allow burial of samesex partners at Arlington National Cemetery. The domestic partnership declaration isnt feasible in cases where one or both part ners have died, the sec ond official added. Retirees and their same-sex partners will be able to file the decla ration once the new sys tems are in place. The first official estimated that 5,600 same-sex cou ples include an activeduty service member, 3,400 include a Reserve or National Guard mem ber, and 8,000 include a retired military member. The cost of implement ing the new benefits, the official added, would be negligible. NAVYDOD, VA Improve Online Access To Benefits InformationFrom a Department of Veterans Affairs News ReleaseThe Defense and Veterans Affairs depart ments have released improvements to the functionality of eBenefits, a joint, self-service Web portal that provides reg istered users with secure online information and access to a variety of benefits resources for service members and veterans. The increasing capa bilities of eBenefits give veterans and service members greater flexibil ity in securing the infor mation they are look ing for, said Allison A. Hickey, the undersecre tary of veterans affairs for benefits. The latest release, eBenefits 4.3, allows for easy navigation of the online disability compen sation claim submission process using interviewstyle questions and dropdown menus similar to tax-preparation software. Veterans also can view processing times for each phase of their claim. To access eBenefits, veterans and service members must obtain a DOD Self-Service Logon. The service is free and may be obtained in person at a VA Regional Office, DOD ID Card station or online at www.ebenefits.va.gov. 8 THE MIRROR, NS MAYPORT, Thursday, February 14, 2013

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Chilean Sub Departs NS Mayport After Completing Exercise With U.S. Navy4th Fleet Public AffairsChilean Submarine (CS) Simpson (SS-21) departed for Chile from Naval Station Mayport Feb. 7, after taking part in the Diesel Electric Submarine Initiative (DESI), and CHILEMAR IV with the U.S. Navy. DESI is a partnership that allows the United States and other partner navies to work together to train and test under water warfare capabilities through engagement tac tics, weapon system tests and close encounter operations. This particular train ing evolution helps the American and Peruvian navies to train their crews and test capabilities while helping foster bilateral cooperation and further improve joint interoper ability. CHILEMAR is an annual bilateral exercise between the U.S. and Chile, which is designed to demonstrate interop erability between U.S. submarine rescue sys tems and Chilean submarines. The exercise also promotes greater under standing and coopera tion between the U.S. and Chile. During its three-month deployment, Simpson conducted training with both surface and air units. Shortly after Simpson arrived in Mayport, the submarine participated in Independent Deployed Certification Exercises with various units from the USS Kearsarge Amphibious Readiness Group. In January, she took part in CHILEMAR IV, which focused on the notification and local ization phases of a bot tomed, disabled subma rine. Several U.S. Atlantic Fleet air and surface units also participated in the exercise, employing sidescan sonar, an undersea unmanned vehicle, and several P-3 Orion and SH-60 aircraft. Simpson then partici pated in an ASW Exercise with Helicopter Maritime Strike Weapons School, and excelled in her role in USS Harry S. Truman Carrier Strike Group Composite Training Unit Exercise. (COMPTUEX). Rear Admiral Joseph Tofalo, Commander Submarine Group 10 was at the closing ceremony for DESI, held aboard Naval Station Mayport, and talked about the importance of exercises such as DESI. I was actually in the audience when for mer U.S. Chief of Naval Operations Admiral Gary Roughead rolled out the Cooperative Strategy for 21st Century Sea power, and Ill never forget his words where he stated, you cant surge trust. Rather, it takes long term relationships, built upon interactions like CHILEMAR and DESI, to foster the important bond between our great nations. Also attending the closing ceremony was Vicealmirante Jos Romero, Commander Naval Operations of Chile, and talked about the importance of the U.S. Navy and Chilean Navy continuing to work together. Exercises such as this will only continue to improve the inoperabil ity of our navies, which is important for our nations. Commander Eduardo Torres, Commanding Officer of Simpson thanked his crew and Naval Station Mayport during his speech. To the crew of Simpson, thank you for your hard work, I would like to thank Naval Station Mayport for giving us the support we needed when we were in port. -Photos by MC2 Salt CebeCommander U.S. Naval Forces Southern Command and U.S. Fourth Fleet Rear Adm. Sinclair Harris bids the Commanding Officer of Chilean Submarine CS Simpson (SS-21) Capitn de Fragata Eduardo Torres Figueroa and his crew fair winds and following seas. Simpson has been participating in the Navys Diesel Electric Submarine Initiative which provides training opportunities against the real world threat of a modern, quiet, diesel-electric submarine. Chilean Submarine CS Simpson (SS-21) departs from Naval Station Mayport after participating in the Navys Diesel Electric Submarine Initiative. THE MIRROR NS MAYPORT, Thursday, February 14, 2013 9

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FRCSE Backdrop For Training FilmFrom FRCSEVideo cameras began rolling Jan. 22 at Fleet Readiness Center Southeast (FRCSE) as airframe mechanics, engineers and techni cal experts collaborated to document the exact ing work required to maintain and repair sophisticated military aircraft. Specialists from FRCSE, Airborne Electronic Attack/EA-6B Program Manager Air (PMA-234), Marine Tactical Electronic Warfare Squadron ONE (VMAQ-1), Naval Air Technical Data & Engineering Service Command (NATEC) and Job Performance Associates (JPA) con cluded a two-week effort to videotape rigging pro cedures for the main landing gear of an EA-6B Prowler Feb. 1. The Navy is creat ing multimedia train ing aids to provide Fleet maintainersSailors and Marineswith visual tools to augment textbased instruction, predicted to reduce repair errors and improve mis sion readiness. Engineer Becky Thacker, the P-8 Poseidon Fleet Support Team (FST) lead, said this integrated technology is the wave of the future. Thacker worked closely with Andy Porter, PMA 234 Air Vehicle, Deputy Assistant Program Manager, Logistics (DAPML), who she said did the heavy lifting for the manpower and sup port. We brought a team of two Marines from Cherry Point, said Porter. Weve been having issues with (Prowler) nose and main landing gears for quite a while. We are relying on the expertise of the FRCSE artisans. This airplane is 30 years old. The training track is robust, but stu dents cant possibly cover all aircraft subsystems in a three-week period. Sgt. Jonathan B. Williams and Cpl. Victor H. Lopez, both airframe mechanics with VMAQ1 at Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point, N.C., demonstrated the maintenance procedures as the video cameras rolled. Lopez said the aids will clarify some of the more detailed aspects involved in rigging land ing gear and provide a better understanding of specific techniques not covered extensively in the military trade school or technical publications. Matt Waters, JPA chief executive officer, said his company has been creating job perfor mance aids for the Navy contracted through the Defense Logistics Agency (Document Services) since 2004. He said JPA puts visual and audio tools at the fingertips of the maintainer to improve accuracy, save time and reduce cost. This is the first effort at Jax, but weve been doing JPAs at Cherry Point for a long time, said Waters. The Marine Corps is one of the most aggressive agencies. We are collab orating to introduce the same kinds of learning tools for the Navy. We are leveraging so much from FRCSEs expertise. We are capturing knowledge from experts for mentor ing segments and turning text-based manuals into multimedia tools, step by step, to read, see, hear and do. NATEC field ser vice representative, Bob Szarmach who has worked with the Marines as a civilian since 1995 at Cherry Point, said the team laid out step by step rigging procedures for the main landing gear before each session and conducted a dry run before filming each day. We targeted 19 para graphs in one work pack age with one add-on, said Szarmach of the teams efforts to update the technical publications. Steve Faulk, the FRCSE EA-6B FST lead, who arranged for the shoot in Jacksonville, said the location rested on the avail ability of a Prowler that could be used during filming. We couldnt get a Fleet aircraft set aside for two weeks, said Faulk. It was all about availabil ity. This aircraft wasnt in work here; prior to being removed from service, it was being used for a landing gear engineering investigation. Faulk said the Prowler used for this effort will soon be struck from the Fleet. He is locating another so the team can reassemble this summer to film the nose landing gear rigging procedures. On the last day of film ing at FRCSE, Winston E. Scott, a retired Navy captain and former astro naut, met with the team to observe the technical aspects and JPA film ing efforts headed by the executive producer for the segment, Ken Nakanishi and videotaped by Nick Solorzano. Scott report ed to the military depot in 1985 as an aerospace engineering duty officer assigned as the F/A-18 Hornet strike fighter project officer and produc tion test pilot flying F/A18, F-14 Tomcat and A-7 Corsair aircraft. Today, Scott serves as the senior vice presi dent for external rela tions and economic development at Florida Institute of Technology in Melbourne, Fla. He hopes to integrate the training toolsat the private technical university. The Navys multimedia training aid is scheduled for release to Fleet maintainers at the end of 2013. -U.S. Navy photo Ken Nakanishi (from left), film segment executive producer; Sgt. Jonathan B. Williams, a U.S. Marine airframe mechanic; Nick Solorzano, a videographer; Air Vehicle, Deputy Assistant Program Manager, Logistics Andy Porter with Program Manager Air (PMA) 234; and Winston E. Scott, a retired Navy captain and former astronaut, discuss the technical aspects of videotaping maintenance procedures on an EA-6B Prowler at Fleet Readiness Center Southeast Jan. 31. A team of Navy and Marine Corps specialists gathered to document repairs and update technical publications for a multimedia training aid to enhance Fleet maintainers skills. 10 THE MIRROR, NS MAYPORT, Thursday, February 14, 2013

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than 80,000 sodas. Chief Sonar Technician Surface (SW) Jonathan Hanson, the ships MWR Officer said, Plans for future events are currently in the works to include a family oriented summer bash, which is sure to be a great time. Other events such as a command sports day and an annual family day picnic are being planned. USS Vicksburg is underway as a part of the opposition force in a Composite Training Unit Exercise (COMPTUEX) for the Harry S. Truman Carrier Strike Group and Kearsarge Expeditionary Strike Group. COMPTUEX is designed to bring every part of a strike group together to work effectively and effi ciently as one cohesive unit, ensuring overall readiness prior to a regu lar deployment.From Page 1VicksburgVicksburg Gets Ready For Some Football USS Vicksburg Public Affairs While many families spend the Super Bowl gathered around the television, sharing a pepper oni pizza, sailors onboard the guided-missile cruiser USS Vicksburg (CG 69) got a chance to experi ence Super Bowl XLVII while gathered around the helicopter hangar and enjoying a spread of hamburgers, ribs, and BBQ chicken courtesy of the ships First Class Petty Officers Association (FCPOA). It was Seaman Aaron Currys first time away from the United States during the Super Bowl. Usually Im at home and my aunt has a big Super Bowl party, so I miss my family but Im glad to be out here with a lot of my friends and Im really looking forward to see ing the Super Bowl. Go Ravens! Curry exclaimed. Vicksburgs FCPOA not only hosted a steel beach picnic prior to the game, they also served nachos and wings until half-time, and provided other entertainment for members of the crew leading up to kick off. I think a Super Bowl party is a really good idea, and Im glad to see everyone out hav ing a great time. It really helps to build camaraderie amongst the crew and were happy to have been able to host it, said Electronics Technician 1st Class (SW/AW) Michael Lewis, USS Vicksburgs FCPOA President. It has only been in recent years that naval ships have been able to enjoy such amenities as live television underway. Chief Gas Turbine Systems Technician Electrical (SW) Brent Jakeway said, In 12 years at sea, Ive prob ably missed about 6 Super Bowls, and as technology has advanced, it has allowed us to do more things like this. I know in my first 3 cruises this wouldnt have been an option, but now we have the opportunities for our sailors to watch events like the Super Bowl and I think its great for crew morale. -Photos by FC2 George A. DeCoste IIIAbove, Gas Turbine Systems Technician Mechanical 1st Class (SW) Jonathan Zezulka, Electricians Mate 1st Class (SW) Gustavo Alban, and Electronics Technician 1st Class (SW) Michael Lewis prepare food for the Super Bowl XLVII steel beach picnic onboard guided-missile cruiser USS Vicksburg (CG 69). Right, members of the First Class Petty Officer Association serve food to the crew during the steel beach picnic. Vicksburg is underway as a part of the opposition force in a Composite Training Unit Exercise (COMPTUEX) for the Harry S. Truman Carrier Strike Group and Kearsarge Expeditionary Strike Group. THE MIRROR NS MAYPORT, Thursday, February 14, 2013 11

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Feb. 14: Bingo Valentines Special. 6:30 p.m. at Beachside Bingo. There will be double payouts on all warm-ups, $150 payouts on all hard cards, free desserts and dauber, plus, when you bring your significant other, they will receive a free paper pack. 270-7204 Feb. 18: Presidents Day Holiday Bowling Special. 11 a.m-5 p.m. at Mayport Bowling Center. 2 hours of extreme bowling, shoes, one item off Fast Lanes Grilles menu and a soda for only $15 (non-food option $12; a la carte option also avail able). 270-5377 Feb. 19: Mens Captains Cup Softball Begins League ends Apr. 18. 270-5451 Feb. 22: Chocolate Fest 9 p.m. at Castaways Lounge. Featuring live band Second Tyme Around. Come dress to impress and enjoy all the chocolate you can eat. 270-7205 Feb. 23: UFC 157Rousey vs. Carmouche 10 p.m. at Castaways Lounge. 270-7205 Feb. 27: All-Hands Seafood Boil. 4-7 p.m. at Focsle CPO Club. Cost is $12 per person. Purchase tickets in advance; limit ed tickets available at the door. Sponsored by the CDS-14. For tickets, con tact ITCS Phil Smith (904) 270-5801 x143. Teen Lock-In This Saturday-Photo courtesy of MWRThe Teen Center is hosting a Teen Lock in on Saturday, Feb. 16, from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. There will be a bonfire, hot dogs, smores, volleyball, corn hole, horseshoes, fear factor, silent library, movies, ice cream sundaes and breakfast in the morning. Permission slip required; $15 early sign up, $20 day of if space permits. Open to eligible teens ages 13-17 or 18 if still attending high school. For more information, please call (904) 2460347. Kid ZoneFeb 14: Youth Drama Club Presents Charlie Browns Valentine. 4:15 p.m. at the Youth Center. 270-5680 Feb. 15: Freedom FridayCupid Shuffle. 7-11 p.m. at the Youth Center. Cost is $8 advanced sign-up and $10 day of, space per mitting. 270-5680 Feb. 16: Teen Lock In 7 p.m.7 a.m. at the Teen Center. Enjoy a bonfire, smores, hot dogs, games, ice cream breakfast and more. Permission slip required; cost is $15 advanced sign-up and $20 day of Feb. 23: Teen Bowling Trip. Depart Teen Center at 7 p.m.; return 10 p.m. Permission slip required. 246-0347 March 1: Freedom FridayArcade Night and Movie. 7-11 p.m. at the Youth Center. Cost is $8 advanced sign-up and $10 day of March 15: Freedom FridayRock Your Shamrock. 7-11 p.m. at the Youth Center. Wear your green and dance with DJ Derek! Cost is $8 advanced sign-up and $10 day of March 20: Teen Employment Orientation. 4-5 p.m. at the Youth Center. This orientation will provide you an overview of the employment program, hiring process, resume help, and more. Liberty CallThe following activities target single or unaccompanied Sailors. For more information, call 2707788/89 or stop by the Mayport Liberty Center and pick up the month ly activity calendar with a complete listing of all upcoming Liberty events. Feb. 15: Dinner & a Movie in San Marco. Van departs 5:30 p.m. Transportation Only. Feb. 16: Disc Golf. Van departs 11 a.m. FREE; equipment provided. Feb. 18: Liberty Programmer Meeting. 4 p.m. at the Liberty Center. This is a chance to tell the programmer what you want on YOUR Liberty Calendar. Free food for all attendees. Feb. 18: Presidents Day Holiday Bowling Special 11 a.m-5 p.m. at Mayport Bowling Center. 2 hours of extreme bowl ing, shoes, one item off Fast Lanes Grilles menu and a soda for only $15 (non-food option $12; a la carte option also avail able). 270-5377 Feb. 19: Mens Captains Cup Softball Begins League ends Apr. 18. 270-5451 Feb. 19: Snag Golf. 4 p.m. at Liberty Center. Learn the basics, hone your skills, or just have some fun. Feb. 20: Pool Tournament. 6 p.m. at Liberty Center. Feb. 22: Movie Trip. Van departs 5 p.m. Cost $5. Sign up deadline Feb. 20 Feb. 23: Monster Jam. Van departs 5 p.m. Cost $15; Sign up deadline Feb. 20 Feb. 22: Chocolate Fest 9 p.m. at Castaways Lounge. Featuring live band Second Tyme Around. Come dress to impress and enjoy all the chocolate you can eat. Feb. 23: UFC 157Rousey vs. Carmouche 10 p.m. at Castaways Lounge. 270-7205 Feb. 24: Jacksonville Giants vs. Fayetteville Flight. Van departs 5:30 p.m. FREE. Feb. 25: Help Feed the Homeless. Van departs 3:15 p.m. Sign up dead line Feb. 21 Feb. 27: All-Hands Seafood Boil. 4-7 p.m. at Focsle CPO Club. Cost is $12 per person. Purchase tickets in advance; limit ed tickets available at the door. Sponsored by the CDS-14. For tickets, con tact ITCS Phil Smith (904) 270-5801 x143. Feb. 28: Ping-Pong Tournament. 6 p.m. at Liberty Center. Mardi Gras Fun-Photo courtesy of MWRCaregivers from the Mayport Child Development Center take the children on a parade of the facility to celebrate Mardi Gras on Friday, Feb. 8. On The MessdeckFocsle Lounges Spring SpecialsSmashed Sandwich, $8 Chicken Breast & Spinach Panini, $8 Strawberry Chicken Salad, $7.50 Big Chief Grilled Cheese Sandwich, $7 Shrimp & Bacon Pita, $8.50Bogeys SpecialsThursday, Feb. 14 BBQ Pulled Pork Sandwich with Fries, Chips Or Slaw, $ 6.50 Blackened Tilapia Sandwich with Side, $ 6.95 Chicken Caesar Wrap with a Side, $7.95 Steak Caesar Salad, $10.95 Friday, Feb. 15 BBQ Pulled Pork Sandwich with Side, $ 6.50 Blackened Tilapia Sandwich with Side, $6.95 Pot Roast with Potatoes, Vegetable and a Roll, $7.95 Egg Salad Sandwich with Side, $4.25 Monday, Feb 18 Holiday No Specials Tuesday, Feb 19 Chicken Fried Steak with Whipped Potatoes, Vegetable and Roll, $8.95 BBQ Pulled Pork Sandwich Side, $ 6.50 Blackened Tilapia Sandwich with Side, $ 6.50 Chicken Caesar Tortellini, $7.95 Wednesday, Feb 20 BBQ Pulled Pork Sandwich with Side, $ 6.50 Blackened Tilapia Sandwich with Side, $ 6.95 8 Oz NY Strip Steak, Garden Rice, Broccoli and Roll, $10.95 Chicken Cobb Salad, $ 7.95 12 THE MIRROR, NS MAYPORT, Thursday, February 14, 2013

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MWR Sports/FitnessNaval 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., Kickboxing 4:30 p.m., Cut N Core 5:30 p.m., Flex N Stretch Tuesday 9:30 a.m., Intro to Yoga 11:30 a.m., Zumba 4:30 p.m., Yoga Wednesday 11:30 a.m., Strength Training For Women 12:30 p.m., Flex N Stretch 4:30 p.m., Zumba Thursday 9:30 a.m., Strength Fundamentals Learn basic strength training with focus on form and proper tech nique utilizing dumbbells, barbells, resistance bands and medicine balls. The results will be an overall increase in energy and endurance, a more effi cient metabolism, health ier posture and much more! 11:30 a.m., Zumba 4 p.m., Kickboxing Friday 9:30 a.m., Zumba Basics A fusion of hot, sexy and explosive Latin American and International dance music. Caloric output, fat burning and total body toning are maximized through fun and easy to follow dance steps. Come experience the ultimate dance party in this high energy, motivating class that is great for both the body and the mind. 11:30 a.m., Strength Training For Women 12:30 p.m., Flex N Stretch Mayport Sandbox The Mayport Sandbox is a high intensity (H.I.T.) outdoor workout area located oceanfront behind Surfside Fitness Center. The area includes a Pull -up Bar and Ring rig, Kettlebells, Sleds, Tires, TRX Suspension Frame, Slam Balls, Ropes, Ab Mats, Sledge Hammers, Farmers Walk, Olympic Lift area and equipment, Monkey Bars, Low Crawl, Sprint and Drag area. H.I.T. training involves functional pro gramming that will take your workout to the next level. Both open Sandbox hours and instructor led classes are provided by Olympic Lift and Crossfit certified Mayport Fitness Team members. Monday 7:30 a.m., Command Bootcamp 11:30 a.m., TRX Suspension Training Incorporate this inno vative training device invented by a Navy Seal into your workout regi men. The TRX is a suspension training system, used in confined space as well as small group work outs. Build functional and pillar strength. Mold your CORE into concrete! Class size limited to 25. Class is held at Mayport Sandbox behind Surfside Fitness Center; weather permitting. Tuesday 7-8:30 a.m. Open Sandbox 2:30-4:30 p.m. Open Sandbox Wednesday 7 a.m., NOFFS 9:30 a.m., Intro to TRX Suspension Training Learn how to train using the unique and innovative TRX Suspension Training System. This class is reserved for those entire ly new to TRX training. This class will result in increased strength, coor dination, balance and CORE-power. Class size limited to 25. Class is held at Mayport Sandbox behind Surfside Fitness Center; weather permit ting. 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Open Sandbox Thursday 7 a.m., Sunrise Yoga 7-8:30 a.m. Open Sandbox 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Open Sandbox 2:30-4:30 p.m. Open Sandbox Friday 7 a.m., Command Bootcamp HIT At the Sandbox Monday 7 a.m., HIT 8 a.m., Intro to HIT 11 a.m., HIT 12 p.m., HIT Skill Review Tuesday 7:30 a.m., HIT Skill Review 11 a.m., HIT 12 p.m., Intro to HIT 3 p.m., Intro to HIT Wednesday 7 a.m., HIT 8 a.m., Intro to HIT Thursday 11:30 a.m., HIT for Women 3 p.m., Intro to HIT Friday 7 a.m., HIT 8 a.m., HIT Skill Review 11 a.m., HIT 12 p.m., Intro to HIT Saturday 9:30 a.m., HIT 10:30 a.m. Intro to HIT The new Gymnasium class schedule is as follows: Monday 11:30 a.m., Spinning 5:45 p.m., Kids Clinic This clinic is designed for children ages 10-14. It teaches how to safely use fitness equipment and provides general information on exercise and fit ness workouts. Held at Surfside Fitness Center. After completion of the course, participants will be issued a card which will allow them to use the facility when accompa nied by a parent or legal guardian. Tuesday 11:30 a.m., Steel Anchor This incentive program develops muscu lar strength and power needed to attain the Steel Anchor Award. Structured and progres sive training targets muscles to increase your bench press, squat, and dead-lift. Participants will utilize multiple pieces of free weight, selectorized and plate loaded strength equipment in the gym. Workouts will be tracked to provide motivation, guidance and award determination. Steel Anchor award includes a shirt and plaque recogni tion. 4:30 p.m., Spinning Wednesday 7 a.m., Rowing 11:30 a.m., Rowing 11:30 a.m., Spinning Thursday 11:30 a.m., HIT for Women 3 p.m., Intro to HIT A 6part prerequisite training program which will prepare Mayports personnel for safe and effective incorporation into Mayports HIT pro gram. All 6 training seg ments of Intro to HIT must be completed before entry into HIT and par ticipation in the WOD (workout of the day). Intro to HIT includes protocol review, physical assess ment, Rowing 101, pillar and movement prepara tion, flexibility training, tissue management, refu eling and the fundamen tals of the Olympic lifts, the squat, the pull-up and more. Friday 7:30 a.m., Spinning 11:30 a.m., Rowing THE MIRROR NS MAYPORT, Thursday, February 14, 2013 13

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MLS Soccer Match Coming To Jacksonville On Feb. 15, the Philadelphia Union will face another MLS team, to be announced in the near future, at Everbank Field starting at 7:30 p.m. Use the link and password listed below and $2 for every ticket will be donated back to your local Jacksonville USO office. Come out and support this great event and our local Military Men and Women. There will also be a FREE youth clinic at 5:30 p.m before the game. PASSWORD USOJAX http://www.ticketmas ter.com/event/2200498A A0DC6031?did=uso COMPASS: A Course For Navy Life Upcoming Course For Navy Spouses COMPASS is a 12-hour Team mentoring program developed by spouses for spouses. Come make new friends as you learn about the Navy lifestyle and gain knowledge and skills to successfully meet the challenges ahead. COMPASS is FREE and open to ALL Navy spous es! For more information and to register for the upcoming February session, please visit: http:// www.gocompass.org/ jacksonville.html 2013 Players Championship Birdies For Charity Campaign The Greater Jacksonville Area USO is pleased once again to be participating in the 2013 Players Championship Birdies for Charity Campaign held in May in conjunction with The Players Championship. For more information visit www.birdiesforchar ity.playerschampionship. com to participate and become eligible to win a fabulous grand prize. 2nd Annual Jax Area USO Chili Cook Off Do you think you make the best chili around? Would you like a chance to prove it? The 2nd annual Jax Area USO Chili Cook off will be held Feb. 23 from 12:00-5:00pm at the Fleet Reserve on Collins Road. For more information and registra tion, visit www.jaxuso chilicookoff.com. Rugged Maniac 5k Obstacle Race How about a day filled with epic obstacles and live bands? Rugged Maniac 5K Obstacle Race on Feb. 16 has got you covered! Heres how it works: Sign up for the race and youll get a chance to run our 3.1mile course filled with 25 obstacles designed to push you to your limits! While youre waiting for your turn on the course, youll get to hang out with thousands of other maniacs in the festival area where you can ride mechanical bulls, play muddy tug-o-war, pre tend to be a kid in our adult bounce houses, or just hang out and listen to the bands while enjoy ing plenty of food and beverages. Not only that, but each runner gets a high-quality t-shirt with registration! Courses fea tures 25 obstacles; youll climb over walls up to 20 feet high, slide down a 100 foot water slide, jump over fire, crawl through tunnels of mud and face a host of other challenges all while running through a combination of forests, fields, motocross tracks and ski slopes! Each wave of runners is limited to 250 maniacs to avoid overcrowding. In short, Rugged Maniac strikes the perfect balance between fun and physicality with a day-long party and our award-winning course. Military and student dis counts are available. For more information, along with the full 2013 event schedule, go to www.rug gedmaniac.com. Hiring Our Heroes Military Spouse Employment Program The Military Spouse Business Alliance pre sented by Capital One is bringing you a one-ofa-kind Hiring Fair and Career Forum on Feb. 21 for spouses of active duty, guard, reserves and retired veteran popula tion. Veterans, Active Duty Military, and Members of Guard and Reserve Components are also welcome. All are encouraged to attend. See attached flyer for more information. For regis tration questions, please contact us at hiringourheroes@uschamber.com or call 202-463-5807. Relay For Life-NS Mayport Join Relay For Life and NS Mayport in fighting cancer. NS Mayport will host its first Relay For Life on April 13-14 with the opening ceremo ny beginning at noon. The theme this year is Seek and Destroy. This event is open to family, friends, coworkers, and those wishing to join the fight against cancer. For more information, visit www.relayforlife.org/ MayportFL. The Players Military Job Fair-May 5 In partnership with Jacksonville Military Veterans Coalition, The Players will welcome active duty, reservists, retired military, veterans, and military spouses to TPC Sawgrass on Sunday, May 5 to participate in its second annual job fair. Information on local educational institutions with veterans programs, career counseling, and resume writing assistance will also be provided. The job fair at The Players will take place in The Turn hospitality venue. Companies interested in participating may contact Bill Hickley at bill.hick ley@incepture.com Supporting Americas Heroes The American Red Cross is expanding ser vices to provide assis tance and resources to veterans of Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Iraqi Freedom to help support their transition into civilian life. Emergency needs that may warrant assistance may include medical and dental needs, rent assis tance, utility payments, and food; access to refer ral services; or other assistance depending on need. Applicants for these funds must demonstrate financial hardship, and/ or lack of other available resources due to par ticipation in OEF or OIF. Eligible veterans include those of all services, the Reserve component and National Guard. For more information, please contact a Red Cross Military Services caseworker at (904) 2461395 Recycling Recycling has come to the Greater Jacksonville Area USO. If you have any office paper, shred ded paper, old magazines, and newspapers that you would like to donate, please bring it to either the Mayport or NAS JAX USO Center. This will be a great fundraiser for the USO so please help us fill the bins. Help support the troops with your unwant ed paper! United Through Reading program makes it possible to share in the enjoyment of reading to the children in your life, even while thousands of miles apart. The Mayport Center and NAS Center can record you reading a book to your children and send it to them after you have gone on deployment. It is a great way to make them smile on their special day even when you can not be there with them. There is a computer resource center avail able to all service mem bers with email, Internet and word processing. Fax, copy and free notary service is also available. There is a full kitchen, showers, a quiet reading room and a meeting room available at the USO. The USO is available for meetings, support groups, receptions, parties and pre-deployment briefs. A TV, VCR and overhead projector are available for use. For more information about activities or meet ing availabilities, call 2463481 or stop by the center at 2560 Mayport Road. USONEWS 14 THE MIRROR, NS MAYPORT, Thursday, February 14, 2013

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