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Check us out Online! mayportmirror.com What Budget Changes Mean To YouBy Chief of Naval Operations Public AffairsChief of Naval Operations (CNO) Adm. Jonathan Greenert released a video message to the fleet recently about the pas sage of yet another continuing resolution (CR) and what that means for the fleet. In the video, the Navys top admiral discussed the CR extension that the President signed last week putting legislation into effect that will restore Defense Department funds through September. What was projected to be a $9 billion shortfall in the Navys operations accounts will be halved according to Greenert. He explained in the video that the Bill will take care of four and a half billion dollar short fall in operations and that the Navy will have to adjust. He also stated, that sequestration, the reduction of spending in all accounts, remains in place. Were going to move ahead in a very deliberate fashion and decide whats important and fund those most important things, said Greenert. Money will be distributed to the fleet and important operations can get underway. Among those priorities Greenert said that the Navys bills will be paid, deployed operations will remain funded and some restoration and mod ernization projects will return. So what does this mean to you? For our Sailors, this means your pay will be stable as it has been, our manpower accounts have been stable throughout this turmoil, said Greenert. Were going to get our fam ily readiness programs and MWR programs back on track where they need to be. PCS will remain stable throughout all this, so moves should continue apace. Despite other branches reducing access to tuition assis tance, Greenert stated that he will fight to keep education benefits for Sailors intact. Tuition assistance is still at 100 percent, and Im work ing to keep it at that level, said Greenert. Thats where I think we need to be. Greenert thanked the Navy civilian workforce for their patience during the turmoil of the last couple of months. Less Days Of FurloughAmerican Forces Press ServiceThe Defense Department has revised from 22 to 14 the number of days hun dreds of thousands of civilian employees could be furloughed this year because of the budget sequester, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel announced March 28. In addition, a senior Defense Department official speaking on back ground told reporters the start of the fur loughs will be delayed until mid-to-late June, after more than 700,000 depart ment employees receive furlough notices now set to go out in early May. Furloughs would happen over seven two-week pay periods until the end of September, when the current fiscal year ends, the senior offi cial said, with employees likely to be told not to come to work for two days during each of those pay periods. Department officials say they are still working to determine which employees might be exempted. Hagel characterized the reduced fur loughs as well as a revised estimate of sequestrations impact on the defense budget as good news. The changes fol low Congressional approval last week of a defense appropriations bill that prevented an additional six billion dollars in cuts, ordered under sequestration, from taking effect. It reduces a shortfall at least in the operations budget, the secretary told reporters at a Pentagon news confer ence. We came out better than we went in under the sequester, where it looks like our number is $41 billion [in cuts] now versus the $46 billion. But despite a Congressional reprieve, Hagel said the Pentagon is still going to be short at least $22 billion for operations and maintenance, and that means we are going to have to prioritize and make some cuts and do what weve got to do, including making sharp reductions in base operating support and training for nondeployed units. More critical in the long run, he said, is how budget cuts will affect readiness and the departments overall mission. Because of that concern, he said he has directed Deputy Defense Secretary Ash Carter and Army Gen. Martin E. Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, to conduct an intensive department-wide review of U.S. strategic interests including how to protect the nation with fewer resources. How do we prioritize the threats and then the capabilities required to deal with threats? he said. There will be some sig nificant changes, theres no way around it. Dempsey said the department has already exhausted 80 percent of its operat ing funds halfway through the fiscal year and characterized the current budget situ ation as not the deepest, but the steepest decline in our budget ever, and warned it will affect military readiness into the future. We will have to trade at some level and to some degree our future readiness for current operations, the chairman said. He called on elected leaders to give the Pentagon the budget flexibility it needs to carry out institutional reforms. -Photto by MC3 Damian BergSailors from USS Gettysburg (CG 64) pose for a photo after winning the 365 Burpee challenge following Naval Station Mayports Run with the Chiefs 5K fun run. The run celebrated the 120th birthday of the United States Chief Petty Officer, who since April 1, 1893 have been charged with the responsibility of leading Sailors to be the best in the world, ready to carry out our Navys mission when the nation calls. Mayport NGIS Receives Zumwalt NPASE East det. SENaval Station Mayports Navy Gateway Inn and Suites (NGIS) employees received the Four-Star Admiral Elmo R. Zumwalt Award for excellence in housing and lodging man agement during an awards ceremony March 27. Capt. Doug F. Cochrane, commanding officer of Naval Station Mayport, pre sented the coveted award to the crew and gave each staff member a certificate of appreciation. Presenting the Zumwalt Award to such a hardwork ing staff is an honor, said Cochrane. The facility is top-notch, and the staff con tinues to exceed the stan dards set before them. The Admiral Elmo R. Zumwalt Award for Excellence was established in 1974 to improve customer service, financial manage ment, operations, facilities and the overall lodging expe rience for guest aboard naval facilities. We had an extensive accreditation inspection where they viewed the condi tion of our rooms, our facili -Happy 120th Birthday CPOs!From Master Chief Petty Officer of the NavyA message from the Master Chief Petty Officer of the Navy: Fellow Chief Petty Officers, On April 1st, the U.S. Navy Chiefs mess will celebrate 120 years of the United States Chief Petty Officer. We are not only celebrating another year of chiefs serving the Navy; we are celebrating everything it means to be the Chief. Our anchors are the symbol of a culture and a way of life. Since 1893, chiefs have been charged with the responsibility of leading sailors to be the best in the world, ready to carry out our navys mis sion when the nation calls. We welcome that responsibility and lead with honor, courage, and commitment. As chiefs, its important to remember that we must be all in, all the time because being a chief petty officer is not for the weak of heart or lazy of mind and body. Happy birthday shipmates! I truly appreciate your leader ship and the hard work you do every day. Very Respectfully, MCPON (AW/ NAC) Mike D. Stevens -Photo by MC2 Marcus L. StanleyNaval Station Mayports Navy Gateway Inn and Suites (NGIS) employees received the FourStar Admiral Elmo R. Zumwalt Award for excellence in housing and lodging management dur ing an awards ceremony. The Admiral Elmo R. Zumwalt Award for Excellence was established in 1974 to improve customer service, financial management, operations, facilities and the overall lodging experience for guest aboard naval facilities. See Budget, Page 9 See NGIS, Page 9

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2 THE MIRROR NS MAYPORT, Thursday, April 4, 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 A great, new website for military families has been created by the Florida Department of Education. The site can be found at http://www.fldoe.org/ military. The website focuses on The Interstate Compact on Educational Opportunity for Military Children which is, in essence, an agreement among member states that they will address school transition issues for military children in a consistent manner. The Compact provisions spe cifically provide for flex ibility and local discretion in course and program placement and on-time graduation within the cri teria established by the state. Florida has not only adopted the Compact but adopted it into Florida School Law. The mobile military lifestyle creates tough challenges for children who attend, on average, six to nine different school systems from kindergar ten to twelfth grade. In addition, these children often endure the anxiety of parental separation during deployments. The Compact was designed to replace the widely varying treatment of transitioning military students with a comprehensive uniform procedure and policy to be followed in every school district of every state which joins. Eligibility for Enrollment: During deployments, it is often necessary for students to stay with a non-custodial parent or someone serv ing in loco parentis. If the non-custodial par ent or person serving in loco parentis lives out side of the students cur rent attendance area and is willing to transport the student back to the cur rent school, the child may continue to attend his or her current school which will help provide much needed consistency for the child. The Compact also stip ulates that the power of attorney for guardianship given during deployment is sufficient for enroll ment and all other actions requiring parental partici pation or consent. Educational Records: When a family leaves a school district in a member state, they may request a copy of a complete set of unoffi cial academic records to carry to the new school. The receiving school of a member state agrees to accept the unofficial student records to enroll and place the student, pending receipt of offi cial records. Once a stu dent is enrolled, the new school will request official records. A school district in a member state must send these records with in 10 days of receiving a request. Kindergarten and First Grade Entrance Age: A student who moves to a member state may con tinue in the same grade in the receiving state regard less of the entrance age requirements in that state if he or she has already started kindergarten or first grade in a state accredited school in the sending state. Immunizations: A child transferring to a member state who needs addi tional immunizations is allowed to immediately enrollthen is given 30 days to obtain the need ed immunizations. If a series of immunizations is required, it must be started within 30 days of enrollment. Special Education Services: The Compact requires that students covered by the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) receive the same services (although not necessar ily identical programs) identified in the students Individual Education Plan (IEP) from the sending state. The receiving state may subsequently perform an evaluation to ensure the appropriate placement of the student. Academic Placement: A receiving school dis trict in a member state agrees to initially honor placement of a student based on the students enrollment in the send ing state as long as that school has a similar or equivalent program. However, the Compact allows the school to sub sequently perform an evaluation to ensure the child is placed appropri ately according to the new schools requirements. This provision ensures students will not be put in a holding class while they are awaiting assess ment, thus missing out on valuable instruction, but does not take away the new schools right to set their own criteria for placement in programs or courses. In addition, the Compact does not require the receiving school dis trict to create a course or program that is not cur rently offered, but does require that the district demonstrate reasonable accommodation. Absences Related to Deployment Activities: The Compact allows students to request addi tional, excused absences to visit with their par ent/legal guardian dur ing deployment, defined as one month before the Service members depar ture from the home sta tion through six months after return. As with other provisions, school districts are given lee way in determining whether to grant these additional absences. If a child already has exces sive absences, a district may correctly feel addi tional time out of school would be education ally unsound. One state wrote in their Compact legislation that students could not take addition al absences during state testing. Extracurricular Participation: Member states agree to be creative in providing transferring students the opportunity for inclusion in extracur ricular activities regard less of the deadlines for application as long as the child is otherwise quali fied. The receiving school must demonstrate they are making reasonable accommodation for mili tary students. However, some state student ath letic associations are private organizations, not run by the state, and consequently do not fall under the umbrella of the Compact. Graduation Requirements: The Compact encourages school districts to take extra steps to determine if they can waive course or program prerequisites where similar course work has been complet ed in the sending school district. This will allow students to take more advanced courses rather than repeating similar basic courses and allow for on-time graduation. Mandatory waiver of state exit exams or acceptance of alternative results is not required under the Compact and each state may determine what they are willing to accept or require. These rules apply to dependents of 1) active duty service members, 2) service members or vet erans who are severely injured and medically discharged or returned for a period of one year after medical discharge or retirement, and 3) ser vice members who die on active duty or as a result of injuries sustained in active duty for a period of one year after death. The website contains additional information to that briefly outlined above. Please check out this evolving internet tool and provide your feed back on how it could bet ter serve your family. Judy Cromartie is the School Liaison Officer for NS Mayport. If you have questions about this arti cle or concerns about an educational issue impact ing your child, she can be reached via email at judith.cromartie@navy. mil or by phone at (904) 270-6289 X1305 [office] or (904) 993-5860 [cell]. Or you can schedule a meet ing with her in her office in Building One.Judy Cromartie School Liaison Officer KnowingFlorida Sponsors New Military Family Services Web siteOccasionally, I am approached by a per son who says, Chaplain, things are not working in my marriage. I am unhappy and would like to get a divorce. What do you think about that? They are generally look ing for me to tell them if it is okay or not. Divorce is an extremely compli cate issue, influenced by religion, upbringing, and individual circumstanc es. I am not qualified to make that decision for another person, but what I can do is offer informa tion and resources so they can make an informed decision. In writing this, my goal is not to pass judgment and I certain ly dont want to offend, but I would like to help those who are consider ing divorce to really think things through. If you are contemplating divorce, you need to study and understand what the ram ifications are. You need to become an expert in divorce. I believe there are situ ations in which divorce cannot be avoided and may even be a good choice. I am convinced, however, that a large por tion of people who get divorced are making a mistake. In one study, 40 percent admitted that divorce was the wrong decision. Lawyers and therapists generally esti mate that about 70 per cent of divorces could be avoided. When you are hurting it is easy to get angry, or to convince yourself that the grass is greener on the other side of the fence. It is easy to blame your problems on your spouse and be con vinced that you would be better with somebody else or with nobody at all. But the way it seems is not always reality. It is impor tant that you look at the research and evidence with an open mind. In her book Thinking Divorce? Think Again divorce attorney Lorie Fowlke offers seven reali ties about divorce. Any person contemplating divorce needs to under stand these things. Divorce costs lots of money. Be prepared for serious financial prob lems. Your spouse may empty your account and savings. Some of the assets may be temporar ily frozen, but the bills will keep coming in. Your attorney will want money and there will be court costs, filing fees and many other legal fees. You may also lose income due to time away from work seeing to legal matters. Divorce has a tendency to damage your credit rating, and heap up huge debt. The average total cost of divorce is $18,000. Divorce reduces your lifestyle One house hold cannot divide into two households with the same income. You may have to pay child support, or your spouse may not pay child support like he/ she is supposed to. Since your property will likely be divided up, you will Chap Justin Top Surface Force Ministry Center CHAPLAINSDivorce: What You Should Know Before You UncommitWhat You Need To Know About Navys SRBsNAVADMIN 077/13 announced updates to Selective Reenlistment Bonus (SRB). Here are five frequent questions with answers on the Navys SRB program. 1. What is the Selective Reenlistment Bonus? SRB is a re-enlistment incentive for Sailors with critical skills and experi ence to stay Navy. SRB rewards Sailors who attain special training in skills most needed in the fleet, and helps meet critical skill reenlistment benchmarks and enhance Navys ability to size, shape and stabilize man ning. Award levels are adjusted as reenlistment requirements for specific ratings and skill sets are met. 2. When was the SRB update announced and where can I get informa tion on the changes? The update was announced Mar. 26 in NAVADMIN 077/13. The NAVADMIN contains the skill/zone combinations that qualify for a bonus. Sailors should work with their Career Counselor counselors, command master chiefs, and chain of command to discuss timing of reenlistment and procedures well before their EAOS. You can read the complete list of SRB award levels and policy at http://www.public.navy.mil/bupers-npc/ career/enlistedcareerad min/pages/srb.aspx 3. Will sequestration impact Navys ability to pay SRB to Sailors? Military pay, including bonuses, is exempt from the effects of sequestration. We do adjust our SRB to remain within budget. 4. With so many Sailors staying in the Navy why does there need to be SRBs? We must manage the force at the rating and NEC level rather than looking at just the over all end strength num ber. We use SRBs to pro vide incentive to Sailors with high demand skills to reenlist in ratings that have critical manning needs. 5. When do SRB chang es take place? The increased award levels are effective imme diately and decreased lev els are effective 30 days from the release of the NAVADMIN. Rear Adm. Tony Kurta Director, Military Personnel Plans and PolicySee Chaplain, Page 3

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have to either do without many things, or buy new stuffanother expense. You also now have half the help to maintain your household and possibly to teach and discipline the children. Divorce causes emo tional devastation now and/or later. There is usually already some emotional pain that has caused a person to seek divorce. The divorce process, however, can seri ously escalate the pain and conflict in a relation ship. It may involve loss, grief, a feeling of failure, and much anger. After the divorce, loneliness and regret are common. Studies show that 60% of divorces have medium to high levels of conflict. Divorce negatively impacts your employ ment. The complications cause a loss of focus and productivity. You may have to miss work often for court appearances or meetings with your law yer. You may lose your health insurance, or have to discontinue your schooling. Your schedule may be affected by the need to pick up your chil dren, etc. Divorce traumatizes your children. Children tend to internalize the conflict and blame them selves. Studies show that divorce negatively effects childrens self-esteem and behavior. Unfortunately, children are often used as a weapon against the other spouse, which is extremely traumatic for the children. Remember that children will often mirror attitudes they see in their parents. They also learn to exploit the situation to get what they want. The negative effects of divorce continue long after the divorce is settled. Divorce complicates your life Divorce rarely removes your spouse from your life. If you have children, you will be con nected to your spouse for ever, and that may mean that conflict will continue. It can get even more com plicated with remarriage, second families, step families, deciding who gets who for the holidays, etc. In addition, dating again after divorce carries its own type of baggage and can be tricky. Divorce damages soci ety Each divorce costs the government an aver age of $30,000. In addi tion, children from divorced families are at a higher risk for delinquent behavior, and far more likely to divorce. The effects tend to pass on and increase from generation to generation. Not a pretty picture is it? Unfortunately, there are times when remaining together will have consequences worse than the ones listed above. In such cases it may be wise to continue to pursue the divorce. However, you should plan for the above consequences and try to mitigate them as much as possible. For many oth ers, however, divorce may not be the best answer. Let me offer another alter native. If you will take a fraction of the time and money that you would spend on a divorce and use it to improve your marriage you will likely solve the problems mak ing you consider it in the first place. Before you consider divorce you should exhaust all other options. Get counseling, read marriage books, go on retreats, etc. Marriage is hard. It is supposed to be that way. I dont believe it is pos sible to fall out of love. If you dont feel love for your spouse it is likely because you let it hap pen. You can get that love back. If your happiness problem really lies within you, then it doesnt matter who you are with, you will eventually be unhappy again. You may think that finding somebody else will make you happy, but research suggests other wise. While 50 percent of marriages end in divorce, 60 percent of remarriages end in divorce. Only 19 percent of unhappily mar ried couples that divorced and then remarried some one else reported they were happy five years later. On the contrary, 86 percent of unhappily mar ried couples who stayed married reported that they were happier five years later. Occasionally you have no choice, or for your own safety or sanity divorce cannot be avoided. In such cases, I hope that you will seek support as you work through the dif ficult process. However, if you can make it work, staying married is usually your best chance at hap piness.From Page 2ChaplainCNRSE SAAM, Military Child Proclamations Commander Navy Region Southeast Public AffairsCommander, Navy Region Southeast (CNRSE), signed proclamations March 29 in support of child abuse prevention, sexual assault awareness and the Month of the Military Child. The proclamations coincide with National Child Abuse Prevention Month, National Sexual Assault Prevention Month and the Month of the Military Child, which are all recognized during the month of April. These proclamations are in support of some very important issues that lead ers at all levels in the chain of command should be aware of, Rear Adm. John C. Scorby Jr., CNSRE, said. Sexual assault is something that should never happen and cannot be tolerated in our Navy, and child abuse is in the same category, as well. While April is a month that we look to raise awareness of these issues, we need to remain constantly vigilant to ensure the safety of our children and family members. According to Commander, Navy Installations Command, the Navy recorded more than 15,000 substanti ated reports of child abuse during the last ten years. While those numbers have been steadily decreasing, many incidents go unreported, said Jeanette Werby, CNRSE counseling and advocacy coordinator. There are many reasons that abuse goes unreported, Werby said. Many people who know about abuse dont report it because they think its none of their business, or are concerned about the stigma a report creates and the damage it may cause to ones career. Also, many children do not report abuse because they worry they will not be believed, have been threat ened with further physical harm or simply feel responsible themselves for the abuse. According to Werby, the best way to combat child abuse is to raise awareness. Raising awareness about child abuse underscores that the problem is still here and so are the people who care about its resolution. Affirming at the high est levels that child abuse has serious, long-term outcomes for children and their families adds a compelling dimen sion to the message that child abuse is unacceptable. Those in leadership roles set the tone and course for awareness, response and intervention, Werby said. To find out more about how you can help prevent child abuse or to report an incident of child abuse, contact your installations Fleet and Family Support Center (FFSC). Like the child abuse pre vention and military child proclamation, the Sexual Assault Awareness Month proclamation is intended to raise awareness about sexual assault. Leadership input is of the utmost importance with sexual assault awareness and preven tion efforts, said Julie Mooney, regional sexual assault response coordinator. The Secretary of the Navy estab lished the Sexual Assault Prevention and Response Office (SAPRO) in 2009, and it has significantly raised awareness. In 2011, SAPRO hosted a SAPR summit with the primary focus of raising leader ships awareness of sexual assaults that occur within the ranks and the need for increased prevention efforts. I am optimistic that support from leadership in regards to those prevention efforts will have a significant impact on the effectiveness of the Navys overall efforts. While raising awareness is one of the primary tools in preventing sexu al assault, the Navy SAPR program also focuses on supporting victims. The Navy offers a variety of support services, including clinical counseling and legal services. Each installation has a 24-hour SAPR victim advocate line. These numbers are advertised through out the installations and may be dialed to ask questions, inquire about resources or report a sexual assault. In addition, each installation has a Sexual Assault Response Coordinator (SARC) located at the FFSC to ensure victims receive the support services they need, Mooney said. People may also contact the DoD Safe Helpline at 1-877-995-5247 or via http://www.safehelpline.org. To find out more about the Navys SAPR program, contact your local FFSC or SARC, or visit http:// cnic.navy.mil/CNIC_HQ_Site/ WhatWeDo/FleetandFamilyReadiness/ FamilyReadiness/ FleetAndFamilySupportProgram/ SexualAssaultPreventionandResponse/ index.htm. THE MIRROR NS MAYPORT, Thursday, April 4, 2013 3

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4 THE MIRROR NS MAYPORT, Thursday, April 4, 2013 Mayport Families Enjoy Easter FunFrom StaffNaval Station Mayport families spent Saturday playing games, arts and crafts and hunting Easter eggs thanks to the Base Chapel, its staff and con gregation. The Chapel sponsors an Easter egg hunt each year, but this year was expand ed after MWR had to cut funding for its Easter Eggstravaganza due to budget constraints with sequestration. The Chapels grounds were filled with inflatable bounce houses and slides and carnival games. The Chapel also offered arts and crafts, along with face painting and free hot dogs and snacks for the hundreds of children and their families in atten dance. This is really great, said spouse Laura Strader. It was great that the kids could enjoy a day of fun on the base and be reminded why we cel ebrate Easter to begin with. -Photos by Paige GnannThe Easter Bunny waves hello to anxious hunters as they get ready to find prize eggs during NS Mayport Chapels Easter celebration held on March 30. William Henderson, 4, aims for the cups to win a prize during one of several carnival games available for children attending the Chapels Easter celebration on Saturday at the Chapel grounds. Children wait in line for their turn inside the bounce house at the Easter celebration. Delali Ekpeh, 10, makes a leap for the finish line during the sack race. The girls make their way to the finish line during the sack race. Children check their aim to get a ball through the hole at one of several carnival games at this years Chapel Easter celebration. Children enjoy creating Easter eggs and decorating Crosses at the Arts and Crafts station at this years Chapel Easter celebration.

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THE MIRROR NS MAYPORT, Thursday, April 4, 2013 5 Brayden Weets,7, goes in for his best shot with the ham mer and bell carnival game. Angelyn Rivera, 12, and her family win one of the prize baskets raffled off during the Easter celebration. Daniel Herrera, 4, has a bat painted on his face at the face painting booth at the Chapel Easter celebration. Three to five-year-old children race around for their Easter egg bounty during the NS Mayport Chapels Easter celebration and Easter egg hunt held on March 30. Children enjoy a snack of popcorn, one of several edibles offered at this years Easter celebration at the NS Mayport Chapel. Children race for their seat during a game of Musical Chairs. Children slide down a big obstacle course inflatable at the NS Mayport Chapel Easter celebration. Infants through two get help from their parents during the Easter egg hunt. A young boy tries to make a hole in one at the putting green during the Easter celebration event at the Chapel.

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Auto Skills Center April Special: 10% off open stall fee. 270-5392 Tire Special: Buy four tires and receive free alignment on those tires for life (must show receipt to receive alignment). 270-539 Beachside Bingo Tuesdays: Special Pricing! Every Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. at Beachside Bingo. $18 for a 3-pack, $20 for a 6-pack, and computers are just $50 for a 3-6 pack. Plus door prizes nightly, lots of sur prises and an additional $5 off for all active duty military (must show valid ID). 270-7204 Wednesdays: Lunchtime Bingo. Every Wednesday at 11:30 a.m. at Beachside Bingo. Two $500 payouts every week. Buy two, get one free. Still only $13.00 per pack. 2707204 Castaways Lounge Every Weekday: Castaways After Work, At Ease: Stop into Castaways every Monday-Friday from 4-6 p.m. for our great nightly specials! Enjoy Margarita Monday, Tuesdays Pint Glass Night, Around-theWorld Wednesday, BOGO Thursday and Five Dollar Friday! Plus, Last Buck Bottles on the 14th and last day of every month! 2707205 Every Thursday: Trivia on Tap. 5:30 p.m. at Castaways. Test your general trivia knowledge! the winning team of four takes home awesome prizes! 270-7205 April 8: NCAA Championship Game! 10 p.m. at Castaways. Cheer on your favorite team and win some great prizes. 270-7205 April 10: Poker Tournament 7 p.m. at Castaways Lounge. Test your card shark abilities for great prizes. Free to enter. 270-7205 April 19: Live Music by Second Tyme Around. 9 pm at Castaways. 2707205 April 24: Game Night 7:30 p.m. at Castaways Lounge Enjoy a nigh of your favorite games: LifeSized Jenga, Twister & more. 270-7205 April 25: Bar Biathlon 7 p.m. at Castaways Lounge (after Trivia). Test your skills at darts and billiards in our biathlon. Overall winner takes away a champion ship trophy. 270-7205 Focsle Lounge CPO Club Every Tuesday: All Khaki Wings and Trivia Night. 3-7 p.m. every Tuesday at Focsle CPO Club with 40-cent wings, drink specials and allyou-can-drink soft drinks for $1. Trivia begins at 5:30 p.m. All Khakis welcome (Chief Petty Officers, Officers and their guests). 270-5431 Chicken Wednesdays. Every Wednesday, 11 a.m.-2 p.m., at Focsle Lounge. Enjoy a twopiece fried chicken plate with two sides for only $7.00. 270-5431 April 24: All-Hands Seafood Boil. 4-7 p.m. at Focsle CPO Club. Cost is $10 per per son in advance; $12 at the door. Purchase tick ets in advance; lim ited tickets available at the door. Sponsored by CDS-14/CNSL CRUDES MAYPORT. For tickets, call (904) 270-5801 x147 ITT Jacksonville Suns Baseball: Tickets on Sale April 4. Prices range from $5.50-$13.50 depending on section. 270-5145 Universal Military Salute: All active duty military, retirees, reserves or national guard can receive one complimen tary Park-to-Park pass for Universal Studios Orlando or Islands of Adventure (while sup plies lasts). All three days must be used within a 14 consecutive day window. Tickets valid through June 30, 2013. Must have valid military ID to activate ticket at front gate. 2705145 Blue Man Group at Universal Studios: Active duty, retirees, reservists and children only pay $29 per ticket; Regular tickets $44 per person. 270-5145 Wild Florida Airboat and Sightseeing Tour in Kenansville, FL : New to ITT! Prices range from $19.50-$46.00 depending on length of tour.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. April 5: Mall Trip: Town Center. Van departs Liberty Center at 5 p.m. April 7: Scary Movie Marathon. 2 p.m. at Liberty Center. Free Popcorn! April 9: Snag Golf. 4 p.m. at Liberty Center. Learn the basics, hone your skills, or just have some fun. April 10: Help Feed the Homeless. Van departs 3:15 p.m. Sign up dead line Mar. 4. April 12: NBA2K13 Tournament. 6 p.m. at Liberty Center. April 13: Ping-Pong Tournament. 6 p.m. at Liberty Center. April 14: Action Movie Marathon. 2 p.m. at Liberty Center. Free Popcorn! April 15: Chess Tournament. 6 p.m. at Liberty Center. April 17: 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. Stop by and bring your ideas! April 19: Movie Trip. Van departs 6 p.m. Cost $5. April 21: Comedy Movie Marathon. 2 p.m. at Liberty Center. Free Popcorn! April 22: Billiards Tournament. 6 p.m. at Liberty Center. April 24: Help Feed the Homeless. Van departs 3:15 p.m. Sign up dead line Mar. 4 April 26: Madden 13 Tournament. 6 p.m. at Liberty Center. April 28: Action Movie Marathon. 2 p.m. at Liberty Center. Free Popcorn! April 29: Killer Bunny. Will you win the quest to find the Magic Carrot? 5 p.m. at Liberty Center. April 30: COD: Black Ops Tournament. 6 p.m. at Liberty Center. Kid ZoneApril 5: Teen Job Fair. 10 a.m.-1 p.m. at Beachside Community Center. Open to Teens of active duty military only. Applications must be submitted by April 2, 2013 in order to attend event. 2460347 April 12: Freedom FridayInside Out. 7-11 p.m. at the Youth Center. Cost is $8 advanced signup and $10 day of, space permitting. 270-5680 April 18: Youth Drama Club Presents Little Rascal. 4 p.m. at the Youth Center. 270-5680 April 26: Operation Megaphone Worldwide Lock-In 7 p.m.-7 a.m. at the Teen Center. $15 advanced sign up, $20 day of if space permits. Permission slip required. 6 THE MIRROR NS MAYPORT, Thursday, April 4, 2013

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On The MessdeckMayport Bowling CenterThursday Cheeseburger with fries and 20 oz soda, $6 Friday 2 chili dogs, fries, and 20 oz. soda, $5 2-pieces fish, fries, and 20 oz. soda, $6.25 Fish sandwich (2 pieces), fries, and 20 oz. soda, $6.25. Monday hicken patty sand wich with lettuce, tomato, onion, pick les, fries and 20 oz. soda, $6.25 Tuesday BBQ beef sand wich, fries and 20 oz. soda, $5 Wednesday Hamburger with jalapenos, grilled onions, fries and 20 oz soda, $5.75Focsle Lounge Spring SpecialsSmashed Sandwich, $8 Chicken Breast & Spinach Panini, $8 Strawberry Chicken Salad, $7.50 Big Chief Grilled Cheese Sandwich, $7 Shrimp & Bacon Pita, $8.50 Every Wednesday: Fried Chicken Buffet, $8 Include Ice Tea or Water Intramural Sports April 9: Spring Forward 3K Walk/5K Run 8:10 a.m. in front of the gym. April 9: Co-ed Softball Meeting. 11 a.m. at the Gym. Season begins April 29; season ends Jun. 20. 270-5451. April 16-19: Spring Sports Challenge. Sign up deadline is April 8. 270-5452. April 23: Intramural 7v7 Soccer Meeting. 11 a.m. at the Gym. 2705451. April 26: Dusk til Dawn Softball Tournament. Sign up by April 18. 270-5451. Mayport Bowling Center Friday Nights: Xtreme Bowling. 8 p.m. to Midnight every Friday at Mayport Bowling Center. $10 include 2 hours of black light bowling, shoe rental, prizes and dazzling laser light show. 270-5377 Saturday Nights: Xtreme Bowling. 8-11 p.m. every Saturday at Mayport Bowling Center. $10 include 2 hours of black light bowling, shoe rental, prizes and dazzling laser light show. 270-5377 Sunday Nights: Bowling Family Fun Night. 4-7 p.m. at Mayport Bowling Center. Cost is $10 per person and includes your choice of a lb hamburger or a hot dog with fries and a soda, All-You-Can Bowl with shoes, music videos, light show and colored head pin bowling for prizes. 270-5377 Windy Harbor Golf Club Wednesdays: Military Appreciation Day every Wednesday at Windy Harbor Golf Club.18 Holes and a Cart Only $15. Offer open to DOD, active duty, retired, and military dependents (Must provide proper ID) MWR Sports/FitnessAre You Ready For 2013 MWR Challenge?From StaffNaval Station Mayport and tenant commands will go head to head once again to find out who is t he best on base at the annual MWR Spring 2013 Sports Challenge on April 16-19. This years challenge includes a new event and the return of obstacles not performed in awhile. Ships might to start making their Sailors walk the plank to get ready for the new event, 4-Person Plank Walk, on April 19. The Strongman Competition and Arm Wrestling are also return ing to the Spring event. Other events include the Canoe challeng es, Golf, Swim relay, Basketball, Tennis, Balloon Launch and Tugo-War. The awards program will be held at 12:30 p.m. on April 19. Commands must turn in their sign-up sheets by April 5 at noon so that brackets can be made and events can start on time. For additional information, contact Rita Hammerstad at 270-5451. You can also register by emailing Hammerstad at rita.hammerstad@navy. mil. -Photo courtesy of MWRAviation Boatswains Mate (Fuel) 2nd Class (AW/SW) LaMarcus Woodgett of Fleet Logistics Center Detachment Mayport receives a plaque after being selected the 2012 Athlete of the Year for Naval Station Mayport. In 2012, Woodgett competed in basket ball and softball, as well as serving as the captain of the FLC golf team and being named MVP for the FLC flag football team for scoring 15 touchdowns in the season. He also received the 2012 Golden Glove Award for Air Ops Softball. He is a volunteer starter and ranger at Windy Harbor Golf Course and serves as his command assist command fitness leader. Also pictured is Lt. Abe Cook of FLC and MWR Sports Coordinator Rita Hammerstad.MWR Athlete of the Year THE MIRROR NS MAYPORT, Thursday, April 4, 2013 7

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Commander Army South visits 4th Fleet4th Fleet Public AffairsMaj. Gen. Frederick S. Rudesheim, Commander Army South (ARSOUTH) visited Rear Admiral Sinclair Harris, Commander U.S. Naval Forces Southern Command/ Commander U.S. 4th Fleet (COMUSNAVSO) Tuesday March 26th at 4th Fleet Headquarters. COMUSNAVSO and AROSUTH are the Navy and Army Service Component Commands for U.S. Southern Command (USSOUTHCOM). The purpose of the visit was to give the com ponent commanders an opportunity to dis cuss the mission in the USSSOUTHCOM Area of Responsibility (AOR), and continue to work together as one team. This is what it is about, interacting, having a twoway conversation about ideas in the region. This visit has been everything I expected and more, it has given me the oppor tunity to not only talk with Adm. Harris, but meet the rest of his team as well. Rudesheim said. Rudesheim also visited the Ticonderoga Class guided missile cruiser USS Gettysburg. (CG-69) and Helicopter Maritime Strike Squadron 46. The Navy is about plat forms, and the Sailors make the platforms, as an Army Infantryman I could not appreciate these platforms until I had the opportunity to see them up close. After visit ing Gettysburg I am very impressed. Harris discussed the importance of the NavyArmy team continuing to work together. It is essential for 4th Fleet and Army South to continue to work togeth er and with our regional partners because we all have common inter ests both afloat and ashore. Hosting General Rudesheim here at the fleet headquarters gives us the opportunity to dis cuss and align our mis sions as well as maximize our efforts in the region, Harris said. ARSOUTH advises USSOUTHCOM on the proper employment and support of Army and land component forces; con ducts deployment/redeployment training plan ning and execution of assigned /attached nonSpecial Operations Forces (SOF) Army Force to and accomplishes other operational missions and engagements as assigned to ultimately to promote partner nation coop eration, improve partner nation capacity, and fos ter friendships to provide for security within the hemisphere and mitigate transnational threats. COMUSNAVSO/C4F supports USSOUTHCOM joint and combined fullspectrum military opera tions by providing prin cipally sea-based, for ward presence to ensure freedom of maneuver in the maritime domain, to foster and sustain coop erative relationships with international partners and to fully exploit the sea as maneuver space in order to enhance region al security and promote peace, stability, and pros perity in the Caribbean, Central and South American regions. Inspiring The Future-Photo by MC3 Adam HendersonRear Adm. Sinclair Harris addresses a group of NJROTC students from South Carolina duirng a visit to 4th Fleet headquarters March 28. Remember were a team here and we cant function without your dedication, said Greenert. As you may know our furloughs are being reduced from 22 to 14 days, said Greenert. The Secretary of the Navy and I are working with the Department of Defense staff to keep that as low as possible. Greenert stressed that with a balanced approach to spending, careful plan ning and the dedication of all hands, the Navy will be able to successfully navi gate these tumultuous fis cal times. I want you to remember to focus on Warfighting First, Operate Forward and Be Ready, said Greenert. Thank you for your patience, thank you for your profession alism, thank you for your service. Greenerts video mes sage can be viewed in its entirety on his blog: http://cno.navylive.dod live.milFrom Page 1Budgetties management, opera tions, administration, and finances, said Ada Ferran, Mayports NGIS general manager. This award is a direct reflection of all the hard work of our staff, how much they love those who serve and how much they love our mis sion. The inspection, con ducted by Commander Naval Installations Command inspection team, was a complete surprise to the 30-person staff. We would have liked to know when they were coming, but we had no idea, Ferran said. Again, this shows how dedicated our staff is to our mission and keeping the standard around the clock. It is our goal that those who serve or who have served will make us their preferred lodging choice. The NGIS Employee of the Year Awards for asso ciate, housekeeper, super visor and manager were also awarded at the cer emony.From Page 1NGIS THE MIRROR NS MAYPORT, Thursday, April 4, 2013 9

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U.S. Fleet Forces Visits USS The Sullivans USS The Sullivans PAOAdm. Bill Gortney, Commander, U.S. Fleet Forces, visited USS The Sullivans (DDG 68) for a special award presentation and visit with the crew on March 20. Gortney present ed Ship Serviceman Destiney Canada with the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal dur ing an all-hands ceremo ny on the flight deck. He praised The Sullivans performance during a rigorous certifi cation cycle and the dedication of the crew during a compressed Ballistic Missile Defense (BMD) training schedule. He also answered Sailors ques tions, focusing on tuition assistance; the effects of sequestration; and the upcoming ship schedule. The Sullivans is cur rently underway complet ing their Independent Deployment Certification in preparation for a BMD deployment later this year. -Photo courtesy of USS The SullivansAdm. Bill Gortney, Commander, U.S. Fleet Forces, pres ents Ship Serviceman Destiney Canada with the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal during an allhands ceremony on the flight deck. Tickets On Sale For Battle Of Midway DinnerFrom Mayport Navy LeagueThe Navy League of Mayport is host ing the 71st Anniversary of the Battle of Midway Commemoration Dinner. Tickets are now on sale for this years event, which will be held Saturday, June 1, 2013, at the Renaissance Resort Hotel, World Golf Village in St. Augustine. The keynote speaker is Adm. William E. Gortney, USN, Commander, U.S. Fleet Forces Command. Numerous Veterans of the Battle of Midway and several widows of these Veterans, and Veterans of all branch es of the military have been invited to attend this years dinner. Additionally, Medal of Honor recipients and former Prisoners of War from the local area who have heroically answered the call of duty will also be in attendance. Come meet these national treasurers and hear their adventures first hand. The evening promises to be emotional and patriotic, and provides an excel lent opportunity to connect with survi vors of what historians call one of the U. S. Navys greatest sea victories and the turning point of World War II in the Pacific. Ticket costs are: Active Duty E-6 and below, $25; E-7 to O3, $35; O4 to O5, $45, O6 and above, civilians, and retir ees, $65. The evening includes fine dining and entertainment. Uniform will be O4 and above dinner dress white jacket; O3 and below dinner dress white/dinner dress white jacket optional and civilian is black tie or business attire. Cocktails begin at 1800, dinner at 1900. Tickets are mandatory and seating is reserved. Make checks payable to Navy League Midway Dinner Tickets may be pur chased from the following locations: Phone 904-718-2118; email: bpricex4@ comcast.net Dudley, Phone 904-806-4712 or 904-7947814; email: anuday00@aol.com 10 THE MIRROR NS MAYPORT, Thursday, April 4, 2013

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Mayport Cruiser, Destroyer Get Battle EFrom StaffUSS Farragut (DDG 99) Sailors painted four Es on the ships bridge while moored in Funchal, Portugal, March 20, in recognition of the com mand recently being awarded the Battle E for 2012. The award recognizes the crew for displaying excellence in maritime warfare, engineering, sur vivability; and command, control, communication and information warfare. It also represents a years worth of dedica tion and hard work from the entire crew. The crewmembers are also entitled to wear the Battle E rib bon on their uniform. Earning the Battle E is a win for every Farragut crew member, said Cmdr. Glen B. Quast, USS Farragut commanding officer. Its more than just a one year accomplish ment. Im very proud of the crew. Farragut successfully completed certification in the basic, integrated and sustainment phases of her 2012 patrol, while assigned to the Navys 5th and 6th Fleet areas of responsibility. She flawlessly executed her duties while representing the Navy during nine port vis its and several multina tional exercises. Farragut also served as the Combined Task Force 151 flagship for counter-piracy, provid ing maritime security and strengthening rela tions with African and European partner nations. Farragut, homeported out of Mayport, Fla., is on a scheduled deployment supporting maritime security operations and theater security coopera tion efforts in the U.S. 6th Fleet area of responsibil ity. Pierside at NS Mayport, USS Vicksburg (CG 69) was presented a plaque signifying its own Battle E award by Commander, Naval Surface Forces Atlantic, Rear Adm. David Thomas, Jr., on March 25 during an all hands call. Thomas told the crew how proud he was of their efforts, especially dur ing the past year after the ship future was uncertain. Vicksburg decommissioning was announced early in 2012, but has since been put on hold. Thomas praised the ship for being able to maintain excellence dur ing stressful times. This is a squared away ship that does it right all the time, not just when you have inspections, Thomas added.-Photo by Paige GnannCapt. Logan Jones, commanding officer of USS Vicksburg, receives a Battle E plaque from Rear Adm. David Thomas, Commander, Naval Surface Forces Atlantic during an All Hands Call with the crew. -Photo byMC2 Aaron ChaseThe guided-missile destroyer USS Farragut (DDG 99) operates in heavy seas. Farragut is on a scheduled deployment supporting maritime security operations, theater security cooperation efforts in the U.S. 2nd Fleet area of responsibility. American Red Cross Offers Assistance To VeteransFrom American Red CrossThe J. Wayne and Delores Barr Weaver Veterans Emergency and Transition Services (VETS) Fund goal is to provide emergency financial assistance and resources to vet erans of Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Iraqi Freedom that will help to sup port their transition into civilian life and stabilization into the community. This financial assistance is to be provided directly to the vet erans of these wars. The geographic service area is: Duval, Clay, Nassau, Baker and St. Johns counties. Types of emergency needs we help withbut not strictly lim ited too: needs/vehicle payment or repair, insurance needs ent needing to find work or learn a life skill For more information, please contact a Red Cross Military Services caseworker at 2461395. THE MIRROR NS MAYPORT, Thursday, April 4, 2013 11

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Hu City Chiefs Celebrating 120 Years USS Hu City Public AffairsThe Chiefs Mess of USS Hu City (CG 66) cele brated the 120th birthday of Navy chief petty officers April 1. The Chiefs Mess mus tered on the flight deck in the morning to sing Anchors Aweigh before conducting morning col ors on the ships fantail. Later, the chiefs served lunch to the crew, orga nized a run and ended the day with a cake-cutting ceremony. Naval traditions are the foundation upon which many of its core values are built on. Navy chiefs take pride in understand ing where they came from so that they can teach the next generation of Sailors these traditions. Chiefs have long been a crucial factor in leadership and training Sailors, said Hu Citys Command Master Chief Raymond F. Charest. We have a responsibility to the Sailors entrusted to us that takes precedence above all else. The rank of chief petty officer was created April 1, 1893 to distinguish senior enlisted leaders. The U.S. Navy is the only branch of the military in which advancing to the pay grade of E-7 holds such a high distinction. Every other branch of service, they go home one day an E-6 and wake up the next morning and come to work an E-7, said Chief Fire Controlman Terrence Jones. In the Navy, it is a huge honor to be selected, and the induction is a right of pas sage for us, passing on the tradition of the Chiefs Mess. In addition to being the keepers of Naval tradi tions, the chiefs mess is a support network and only the best, hardest-working enlisted can join. What we as a mess hope our Sailors take away from our birthday celebration is the visual of pride itself, said Charest. We hope that they notice how we come together as a mess and support one another as we celebrate 120 years. We can only hope our Sailors come away from this celebra tion with hopes of one day taking our place in the Mess. It is our job and responsibility to forge new Chief Petty Officers to carry on our traditions. -Photo by MC2 Matthew R. ColeChief petty officers and first class petty officers conduct physical training on the forecas tle of the guided-missile cruiser USS Hu City (CG 66) as part of the CPO 365 program. Hu City is deployed to the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility promoting maritime security operations, theater security cooperation efforts and support missions as part of Operation Enduring Freedom. Vipers Take Care Of Business -Photos by MC2 Matthew R. ColeSailors assigned to the Vipers of Helicopter Squadron Light (HSL) 48 aboard the guided-missile cruiser USS Hu City (CG 66) attach a Hell-Fire rocket to an SH-60B Sea Hawk helicopter. Hu City is deployed to the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility. Aviation Machinists Mate 3rd Class Zack Wolfang, assigned to the Vipers of Helicopter Squadron Light (HSL) 48 aboard the guided-missile cruiser USS Hu City (CG 66) attaches a Hell-Fire rocket to an SH-60B Sea Hawk helicopter. 12 THE MIRROR NS MAYPORT, Thursday, April 4, 2013

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RGB Volunteers At Mondragone Orphanage USS Robert G. Bradley Public Affairs OfficerSailors stationed aboard the guided-missile frig ate USS Robert G. Bradley (FFG 49) participated in a community service project at a Naples-area orphanage during their port visit from March 22nd to March 27th. The Sailors took time out of their liberty to give back to the community by visiting the Centro Laila Center in Mondragone, an orphanage housing over 40 disadvantaged children. The Sailors spent the day cleaning and repair ing furniture, and organized an Easter egg hunt. During their sevenmonth deployment, Robert G. Bradley (RGB) Sailors have taken multi ple opportunities to lend a hand in foreign ports. This was another great opportunity for our Sailors, said (Chaplain) Lt. Stephen Cloer, RGBs community relations pro gram coordinator. Our Sailors are always eager to help out those in need while we are overseas. The Centro Laiala Orphanage is a safe haven for children and families who immigrate to Italy from Northern Africa. Housing and childcare is provided for single par ents who work during the day. Hull Maintenance Technician 1st Class Cade Brock, one of the volun teers, said the event was fun and worthwhile. I had a blast helping the children and getting involved with the Easter egg hunt, said Brock. Gunners Mate 3rd Class Sean Gallagher agreed that working with the children was a great reward. I remember my first Easter egg hunt as a kid, Gallagher said, Im glad I was able to share this experience with these children. USS Robert G. Bradley, homeported out of Mayport, Fla., is cur rently on a scheduled deployment in support of maritime security opera tions and theater securi ty cooperation efforts in the U.S. 6th Fleet Area of Responsibility. -Photo by Lt. Stephen Cloer All of the volunteers from the Community Relations project at the Centro Laila Orphange pose for a photo. -Photo by Lt. Stephen Cloer Hull Maintenance Technician 1st Class Cade Brock helps hold some of the Easter Eggs found by the children during their Easter Egg Hunt.-Photo by Lt. Stephen Cloer Children from the Centro Laila Orphanage enjoy their eggs after the Easter Egg Hunt is over. Friday, April 5-Sunday, April 7 The City of Jacksonvilles Animal Care and Protective Services (ACPS), in con junction with area pet partners First Coast No More Homeless Pets (FCNMHP), Jacksonville Humane Society (JHS) and Friends of Jacksonville Animals (FOJA), will host a threeday adoption at its facil ity just west of Riverside. ACPS is experiencing an extremely high number of dogs, prompting the local pet organizations to come together to help adopt and foster these highly-adoptable pets. Typical capacity for dogs at ACPS is 56 dogs, how ever; last week, as many as 160 adoptable dogs were housed at ACPS. A special adoption rate of $20 will be offered for dogs and cats on Friday, April 5 and Saturday, April 6 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday, April 7 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. On Saturday, April 6 ACPS and FOJA will host the first Saturday of the month pet adoption event featuring a food truck, sponsors, and vendors. FOJA will host a charity dog wash and yard sale as well. Saturday, April 6 Find out from a park ranger what a gopher is, where they live and why they are so impor tant. This program will take place at 2 p.m. at the Ribault Club on Fort George Island Cultural State Park. No reser vations are necessary and the program is free. For additional informa tion on any of these pro grams, contact the Talbot Islands Ranger Station at (904) 251-2320. For more information about Florida State Parks, visit www.floridastateparks.org Saturday, April 6 and Sunday, April 7 The Florida Department of Environmental Protections Fort Clinch State Park will host a Union Garrison event on. This program will allow visitors to interact with living historians to expe rience life in the fort as it was in 1864. The grounds will be bustling with sol diers in period costumes involved in firing dem onstrations, 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 per person Fort admission. For additional infor mation, contact the park at (904) 277-7274 or visit www.FloridaStateParks. org. Wednesday, April 10 Duval County Extension staff are offer ing a workshop on spring gardening from 10 a.m.1 p.m. at Mandarin Garden Club, 2892 Loretto Rd. Learn about the Good, Bad and Ugly Insects, Landscape Tips and Keeping Tools in Shape. This is a free program. Pre-registration requested to beckyd@coj.net or 904255-7450. Thursday, April 11 The Duval County Extension Offices/ UF IFAS will offer a free workshop on Seasonal Landscape and Gardening Tips at Highlands Branch Library, 1826 Dunn Ave., from 6:30-8:30 p.m. Topics covered will be what to plant now, latest fertilizer information and watering rules and how to attract wildlife, especially butterflies to your garden. Bring your soil samples for testing for pH for free. To pre-register, please call Becky at 904-255-7450 or email her at beckyd@coj. net with your name and phone number.Out in Town COMMUNITYCALENDAR THE MIRROR NS MAYPORT, Thursday, April 4, 2013 13

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14 THE MIRROR NS MAYPORT, Thursday, April 4, 2013 FFSC Workshops Geared To Sailor, FamiliesFrom FFSCThe following class es and activities are offered by the Fleet and Family Support Center (FFSC) and are free of charge. Pre-registration is required and childcare is not available. For more information about the classes or to register call 270-6600, ext. 1701. FFSC is located in Building One on Massey. April 4, 9-11:30 a.m., Marketing Yourself For a Second Career, Ocean Breeze Conference Center April 4, 9 a.m.-noon, Tottle Tyme Playgroup USO April 8-12, 8 a.m.4 p.m., TAP Retiree Workshop Building 1 Room 1616 April 8, 6-7 p.m., IA Family Connection Group, USO April 8, 1-3 p.m., Relationship Communication Building 1, Room 702 April 8, 9-11 a.m., Active Parenting Class FFSC Room 702 April 9, 9-10:30 a.m., Stroller Strut FFSC Building 1 April 10, 11 a.m.-noon, Gambling Awareness Building 1, Room 719 April 10, 9 a.m.-noon, Employment Seminar Building 1 Room 719 April 10, 8:30 a.m.12:30 p.m., Stress Management Wellness Center April 11, 9 a.m.-noon, Tottle Tyme Playgroup USO April 15-16, 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m., Boots to Business Building 1 Room 104 April 15, 9-11 a.m., Active Parenting Class FFSC Room 702 April 15-19. 7:30 a.m.4 p.m., Command Financial Specialist Training Building 1 Room 1616 April 17, 4:30-6 p.m., Home Buying Building 1 Room 1616 April 17, 9 a.m.-noon, Employment Seminar Building 1 Room 719 April 18, 9 a.m.-noon, Tottle Tyme Playgroup USO April 22-26, 8 a.m.4 p.m., TAP Separatee Workshop Building 1 Room 1616 April 22, 9-11 a.m., Active Parenting Class FFSC Room 702 April 24, 11 a.m.-noon, Raising Financially Fit Kids, Building 1, Room 719 April 24, 9 a.m.-2 p.m., Tri-base Job Fair, Morocco Shrine Temple April 24, 9 a.m.-noon, Employment Seminar Building 1 Room 719 April 25, 1-3 p.m., English Tea for Expectant Moms, Chapel April 25, 9 a.m.-noon, Tottle Tyme Playgroup USO April 29, 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Anger Management Workshop FFSC Room 702 April 29-May 3, 8 a.m.4 p.m., TAP Separatee Workshop Building 1 Room 1616 April 29-May 1, 8 a.m.-4 p.m., Ombudsman Basic Training Building 1, Room 702 April 30, 6-8 p.m., Ombudsman Assembly Building 1 Room 104 April 30, 10 a.m.-noon, What About The Kids? Building 1 Room 702 FFSC Plans Tea Party For Soon-to-be MomsFrom FFSCThe New Parent Support Program is hosting an English Tea for expectant moms on April 25 from 1-3 p.m. at the base Chapel. The program is honoring these women in rec ognition of Aprils Child Abuse Prevention Month. This is a special opportunity for moms-to-be to meet each other and have a grand day of pamper ing. If you are pregnant, you are invited to come out and enjoy the food, tea and good company. There is no charge for this event, however reg istration is required. There are limited seats avail able. Call FFSC at 270-6600 ext. 1700 to save your seat. Learn To Market Yourself For Next CareerFrom FFSCThe Fleet and Family Support Center is sponsoring a once-a-year lecture regarding transi tion here at Naval Station Mayport. It will be presented by The Military Officers Association of America (MOAA), and is entitled Marketing Yourself for a Second Career. The event will be held today (April 4) at 9 a.m. in the Ocean Breeze Conference Center This top-shelf presentation is a great professional development opportunity. Transition is of course ultimately a part of all military careers. Therefore, the lecture is perfect for those who are contemplating retire ment in one to five years. However, it doesnt stop there. Regardless of whether any particular officer or senior enlisted member has reached the point of being in their own transi tion, they should be edu cated about the process in order to mentor and counsel those who work for them and are contem plating or going through their transitions. This executive sum mary presentation can prepare them for that role as well as many multi-day programs. Simply stated, its a great fit for any com mander, officer, or senior enlisted supervisor -from the most senior, to the most junior. The lecture will be given by retired Capt. Jim OKeefe, deputy direc tor of transition services on MOAAs national staff. The presentation, given annually at over 150 mili tary installations of all Services worldwide, is universally praised by audiences as, up-to-date, hard-hitting, and sharply focused a must see . It includes compre hensive information on the retirement decision itself, employer percep tions, your competition, resumes, cover letters, job search, networking, career fairs, interview techniques, salary nego tiation, benefits packages, the current job market, and other relevant and important transition top ics. The presentation is geared toward officers and senior enlisted, but those of all ranks are warmly welcomed. Spouses are highly encouraged to attend as well! All who attend will receive a free copy of the lectures compan ion book, also titled Marketing Yourself for a Second Career. It is an in-depth, all-inone resource for the tran sition process. For further information, contact Stephanie Hoppe at stephanie.hoppe.ctr@ navy.mil for call 904-2706600 ext. 1604. No Dough Dinner The Mayport USO Center will host a No Dough Dinner on Monday, April 8, from 5-7 p.m. This is free for Active Duty Service Members and their immediate fam ilies. The wonderful staff and volunteers will serve meatloaf, potatoes, corn, gravy, rolls, and dessert. USO Yard Sale April 13 Have some things youd like to get off your hands? The Mayport USO is hav ing a yard sale Saturday, April 13th from 8 a.m.-3 p.m. Space is limited so call the Mayport USO at (904) 246-2481 today to reserve your table. Tables are $10 for an inside table and $5 for an outside table. Table setup begins at 7 a.m. 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. Salute To Floridas Heroes Concert The Camp Blanding Museum will be host ing a concert starring Montgomery Gentry at the Keystone Heights Airport, 1700 Airport Road, Stark, Florida on Saturday, April 27. Gates will open at 11:30 a.m., entertainment starts at noon; NO COOLERS or umbrellas allowed. All children over the age of 3 must have a ticket pur chased. Food and bever age vendors will be avail able for sales. Tickets can be purchased at: www.flheroes.org 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. Greater Jax USO Zoo Night Wristbands On Sale Save the date! The Greater Jacksonville USO is having a USO night at the Jacksonville ZOO on Friday, May 3. We will begin sell ing wristbands today at noon. Enjoy a night at the Jacksonville Zoo with the family on Friday, May 3rd (see attached flyer). Wristbands are $2.50 each; cash only please. Wristbands are open for purchase by Active/ Retired/Reservists/ National Guard/ and Veterans (with ID). Wristbands can be pur chased at the NS Mayport USO, NAS Jacksonville USO. Wristbands will be sold today from noon till 1pm at the Off-Crew Building onboard Naval Submarine Base Kings Bay. Hawaiian Tropic Sunscreen Free At The USO Protect your skin this summer. Stop by the NAS Jax and Mayport USO centers for your free bag of Hawaiian Tropic sun screen and after sun prod ucts. Liberty Mutual Legends Of Golf Free Admission For Military Enjoy complimentary admission for all active duty, retirees, reservists, and dependents with military ID to the Liberty Mutual Legends of Golf Tournament in April at The Westin Savannah Harbor Golf Resort & Spa. Military Wives Vendor Show May 4 Join the Mayport USO for another wonderful Military Wives Vendor Show. This event is free and open to the public. There will be raffle tick ets and food for sale. For more information, or to signup as a vendor, email: milwivesbusinessesande vents@gmail.com Disney On Ice TicketsThis Week The Mayport and NAS USO centers is sell ing lower level tickets to the Friday, April 5 per formance of Disney on Ice. Lower level Tickets are $10 each and are cash only. Tickets are open to Active/Retired/ Reservists/ National Guard/ and Veterans (with ID). Share a great evening with your fam ily. Call the Mayport USO (246-3481) or the NAS USO (778-2821) to reserve your tickets. Sorry, no refunds/exchanges on tickets purchased for the Thursday night. 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 Fax, copy and free nota ry 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 meet ings, support groups, receptions, parties and pre-deployment briefs. 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Check us out Online! mayportmirror.com What Budget Changes Mean To YouBy Chief of Naval Operations Public AffairsChief of Naval Operations (CNO) Adm. Jonathan Greenert released a video message to the fleet recently about the pas sage of yet another continuing resolution (CR) and what that means for the fleet. In the video, the Navys top admiral discussed the CR extension that the President signed last week putting legislation into effect that will restore Defense Department funds through September. What was projected to be a $9 billion shortfall in the Navys operations accounts will be halved according to Greenert. He explained in the video that the Bill will take care of four and a half billion dollar short fall in operations and that the Navy will have to adjust. He also stated, that sequestration, the reduction of spending in all accounts, remains in place. Were going to move ahead in a very deliberate fashion and decide whats important and fund those most important things, said Greenert. Money will be distributed to the fleet and important operations can get underway. Among those priorities Greenert said that the Navys bills will be paid, deployed operations will remain funded and some restoration and modernization projects will return. So what does this mean to you? For our Sailors, this means your pay will be stable as it has been, our manpower accounts have been stable throughout this turmoil, said Greenert. Were going to get our family readiness programs and MWR programs back on track where they need to be. PCS will remain stable throughout all this, so moves should continue apace. Despite other branches reducing access to tuition assistance, Greenert stated that he will fight to keep education benefits for Sailors intact. Tuition assistance is still at 100 percent, and Im work ing to keep it at that level, said Greenert. Thats where I think we need to be. Greenert thanked the Navy civilian workforce for their patience during the turmoil of the last couple of months. Less Days Of FurloughAmerican Forces Press ServiceThe Defense Department has revised from 22 to 14 the number of days hun dreds of thousands of civilian employees could be furloughed this year because of the budget sequester, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel announced March 28. In addition, a senior Defense Department official speaking on back ground told reporters the start of the furloughs will be delayed until mid-to-late June, after more than 700,000 depart ment employees receive furlough notices now set to go out in early May. Furloughs would happen over seven two-week pay periods until the end of September, when the current fiscal year ends, the senior official said, with employees likely to be told not to come to work for two days during each of those pay periods. Department officials say they are still working to determine which employees might be exempted. Hagel characterized the reduced fur loughs as well as a revised estimate of sequestrations impact on the defense budget as good news. The changes fol low Congressional approval last week of a defense appropriations bill that prevented an additional six billion dollars in cuts, ordered under sequestration, from taking effect. It reduces a shortfall at least in the operations budget, the secretary told reporters at a Pentagon news confer ence. We came out better than we went in under the sequester, where it looks like our number is $41 billion [in cuts] now versus the $46 billion. But despite a Congressional reprieve, Hagel said the Pentagon is still going to be short at least $22 billion for operations and maintenance, and that means we are going to have to prioritize and make some cuts and do what weve got to do, including making sharp reductions in base operating support and training for nondeployed units. More critical in the long run, he said, is how budget cuts will affect readiness and the departments overall mission. Because of that concern, he said he has directed Deputy Defense Secretary Ash Carter and Army Gen. Martin E. Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, to conduct an intensive department-wide review of U.S. strategic interests including how to protect the nation with fewer resources. How do we prioritize the threats and then the capabilities required to deal with threats? he said. There will be some significant changes, theres no way around it. Dempsey said the department has already exhausted 80 percent of its operating funds halfway through the fiscal year and characterized the current budget situation as not the deepest, but the steepest decline in our budget ever, and warned it will affect military readiness into the future. We will have to trade at some level and to some degree our future readiness for current operations, the chairman said. He called on elected leaders to give the Pentagon the budget flexibility it needs to carry out institutional reforms. -Photto by MC3 Damian BergSailors from USS Gettysburg (CG 64) pose for a photo after winning the 365 Burpee challenge following Naval Station Mayports Run with the Chiefs 5K fun run. The run celebrated the 120th birthday of the United States Chief Petty Officer, who since April 1, 1893 have been charged with the responsibility of leading Sailors to be the best in the world, ready to carry out our Navys mission when the nation calls. Mayport NGIS Receives Zumwalt NPASE East det. SENaval Station Mayports Navy Gateway Inn and Suites (NGIS) employees received the Four-Star Admiral Elmo R. Zumwalt Award for excellence in housing and lodging man agement during an awards ceremony March 27. Capt. Doug F. Cochrane, commanding officer of Naval Station Mayport, pre sented the coveted award to the crew and gave each staff member a certificate of appreciation. Presenting the Zumwalt Award to such a hardwork ing staff is an honor, said Cochrane. The facility is top-notch, and the staff continues to exceed the stan dards set before them. The Admiral Elmo R. Zumwalt Award for Excellence was established in 1974 to improve customer service, financial manage ment, operations, facilities and the overall lodging experience for guest aboard naval facilities. We had an extensive accreditation inspection where they viewed the condition of our rooms, our facili -Happy 120th Birthday CPOs!From Master Chief Petty Officer of the NavyA message from the Master Chief Petty Officer of the Navy: Fellow Chief Petty Officers, On April 1st, the U.S. Navy Chiefs mess will celebrate 120 years of the United States Chief Petty Officer. We are not only celebrating another year of chiefs serving the Navy; we are celebrating everything it means to be the Chief. Our anchors are the symbol of a culture and a way of life. Since 1893, chiefs have been charged with the responsibility of leading sailors to be the best in the world, ready to carry out our navys mis sion when the nation calls. We welcome that responsibility and lead with honor, courage, and commitment. As chiefs, its important to remember that we must be all in, all the time because being a chief petty officer is not for the weak of heart or lazy of mind and body. Happy birthday shipmates! I truly appreciate your leader ship and the hard work you do every day. Very Respectfully, MCPON (AW/ NAC) Mike D. Stevens -Photo by MC2 Marcus L. StanleyNaval Station Mayports Navy Gateway Inn and Suites (NGIS) employees received the FourStar Admiral Elmo R. Zumwalt Award for excellence in housing and lodging management during an awards ceremony. The Admiral Elmo R. Zumwalt Award for Excellence was established in 1974 to improve customer service, financial management, operations, facilities and the overall lodging experience for guest aboard naval facilities. See Budget, Page 9 See NGIS, Page 9

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2 THE MIRROR, NS MAYPORT, Thursday, April 4, 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 A great, new website for military families has been created by the Florida Department of Education. The site can be found at http://www.fldoe.org/ military. The website focuses on The Interstate Compact on Educational Opportunity for Military Children which is, in essence, an agreement among member states that they will address school transition issues for military children in a consistent manner. The Compact provisions spe cifically provide for flex ibility and local discretion in course and program placement and on-time graduation within the criteria established by the state. Florida has not only adopted the Compact but adopted it into Florida School Law. The mobile military lifestyle creates tough challenges for children who attend, on average, six to nine different school systems from kindergar ten to twelfth grade. In addition, these children often endure the anxiety of parental separation during deployments. The Compact was designed to replace the widely varying treatment of transitioning military students with a comprehensive uniform procedure and policy to be followed in every school district of every state which joins. Eligibility for Enrollment: During deployments, it is often necessary for students to stay with a non-custodial parent or someone serv ing in loco parentis. If the non-custodial par ent or person serving in loco parentis lives out side of the students cur rent attendance area and is willing to transport the student back to the cur rent school, the child may continue to attend his or her current school which will help provide much needed consistency for the child. The Compact also stip ulates that the power of attorney for guardianship given during deployment is sufficient for enroll ment and all other actions requiring parental participation or consent. Educational Records: When a family leaves a school district in a member state, they may request a copy of a complete set of unoffi cial academic records to carry to the new school. The receiving school of a member state agrees to accept the unofficial student records to enroll and place the student, pending receipt of offi cial records. Once a stu dent is enrolled, the new school will request official records. A school district in a member state must send these records with in 10 days of receiving a request. Kindergarten and First Grade Entrance Age: A student who moves to a member state may con tinue in the same grade in the receiving state regardless of the entrance age requirements in that state if he or she has already started kindergarten or first grade in a state accredited school in the sending state. Immunizations: A child transferring to a member state who needs addi tional immunizations is allowed to immediately enrollthen is given 30 days to obtain the need ed immunizations. If a series of immunizations is required, it must be started within 30 days of enrollment. Special Education Services: The Compact requires that students covered by the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) receive the same services (although not necessar ily identical programs) identified in the students Individual Education Plan (IEP) from the sending state. The receiving state may subsequently perform an evaluation to ensure the appropriate placement of the student. Academic Placement: A receiving school dis trict in a member state agrees to initially honor placement of a student based on the students enrollment in the send ing state as long as that school has a similar or equivalent program. However, the Compact allows the school to sub sequently perform an evaluation to ensure the child is placed appropri ately according to the new schools requirements. This provision ensures students will not be put in a holding class while they are awaiting assess ment, thus missing out on valuable instruction, but does not take away the new schools right to set their own criteria for placement in programs or courses. In addition, the Compact does not require the receiving school dis trict to create a course or program that is not cur rently offered, but does require that the district demonstrate reasonable accommodation. Absences Related to Deployment Activities: The Compact allows students to request addi tional, excused absences to visit with their par ent/legal guardian dur ing deployment, defined as one month before the Service members depar ture from the home sta tion through six months after return. As with other provisions, school districts are given lee way in determining whether to grant these additional absences. If a child already has exces sive absences, a district may correctly feel addi tional time out of school would be education ally unsound. One state wrote in their Compact legislation that students could not take addition al absences during state testing. Extracurricular Participation: Member states agree to be creative in providing transferring students the opportunity for inclusion in extracur ricular activities regard less of the deadlines for application as long as the child is otherwise quali fied. The receiving school must demonstrate they are making reasonable accommodation for mili tary students. However, some state student ath letic associations are private organizations, not run by the state, and consequently do not fall under the umbrella of the Compact. Graduation Requirements: The Compact encourages school districts to take extra steps to determine if they can waive course or program prerequisites where similar course work has been complet ed in the sending school district. This will allow students to take more advanced courses rather than repeating similar basic courses and allow for on-time graduation. Mandatory waiver of state exit exams or acceptance of alternative results is not required under the Compact and each state may determine what they are willing to accept or require. These rules apply to dependents of 1) active duty service members, 2) service members or vet erans who are severely injured and medically discharged or returned for a period of one year after medical discharge or retirement, and 3) ser vice members who die on active duty or as a result of injuries sustained in active duty for a period of one year after death. The website contains additional information to that briefly outlined above. Please check out this evolving internet tool and provide your feed back on how it could better serve your family. Judy Cromartie is the School Liaison Officer for NS Mayport. If you have questions about this arti cle or concerns about an educational issue impact ing your child, she can be reached via email at judith.cromartie@navy. mil or by phone at (904) 270-6289 X1305 [office] or (904) 993-5860 [cell]. Or you can schedule a meeting with her in her office in Building One.Judy Cromartie School Liaison Officer KnowingFlorida Sponsors New Military Family Services Web siteOccasionally, I am approached by a per son who says, Chaplain, things are not working in my marriage. I am unhappy and would like to get a divorce. What do you think about that? They are generally looking for me to tell them if it is okay or not. Divorce is an extremely compli cate issue, influenced by religion, upbringing, and individual circumstanc es. I am not qualified to make that decision for another person, but what I can do is offer informa tion and resources so they can make an informed decision. In writing this, my goal is not to pass judgment and I certain ly dont want to offend, but I would like to help those who are consider ing divorce to really think things through. If you are contemplating divorce, you need to study and understand what the ramifications are. You need to become an expert in divorce. I believe there are situ ations in which divorce cannot be avoided and may even be a good choice. I am convinced, however, that a large portion of people who get divorced are making a mistake. In one study, 40 percent admitted that divorce was the wrong decision. Lawyers and therapists generally esti mate that about 70 per cent of divorces could be avoided. When you are hurting it is easy to get angry, or to convince yourself that the grass is greener on the other side of the fence. It is easy to blame your problems on your spouse and be con vinced that you would be better with somebody else or with nobody at all. But the way it seems is not always reality. It is important that you look at the research and evidence with an open mind. In her book Thinking Divorce? Think Again divorce attorney Lorie Fowlke offers seven reali ties about divorce. Any person contemplating divorce needs to under stand these things. Divorce costs lots of money. Be prepared for serious financial prob lems. Your spouse may empty your account and savings. Some of the assets may be temporar ily frozen, but the bills will keep coming in. Your attorney will want money and there will be court costs, filing fees and many other legal fees. You may also lose income due to time away from work seeing to legal matters. Divorce has a tendency to damage your credit rating, and heap up huge debt. The average total cost of divorce is $18,000. Divorce reduces your lifestyle. One house hold cannot divide into two households with the same income. You may have to pay child support, or your spouse may not pay child support like he/ she is supposed to. Since your property will likely be divided up, you will Chap Justin Top Surface Force Ministry Center CHAPLAINSDivorce: What You Should Know Before You UncommitWhat You Need To Know About Navys SRBsNAVADMIN 077/13 announced updates to Selective Reenlistment Bonus (SRB). Here are five frequent questions with answers on the Navys SRB program. 1. What is the Selective Reenlistment Bonus? SRB is a re-enlistment incentive for Sailors with critical skills and experi ence to stay Navy. SRB rewards Sailors who attain special training in skills most needed in the fleet, and helps meet critical skill reenlistment benchmarks and enhance Navys ability to size, shape and stabilize man ning. Award levels are adjusted as reenlistment requirements for specific ratings and skill sets are met. 2. When was the SRB update announced and where can I get informa tion on the changes? The update was announced Mar. 26 in NAVADMIN 077/13. The NAVADMIN contains the skill/zone combinations that qualify for a bonus. Sailors should work with their Career Counselor counselors, command master chiefs, and chain of command to discuss timing of reenlistment and procedures well before their EAOS. You can read the complete list of SRB award levels and policy at http://www.public.navy.mil/bupers-npc/ career/enlistedcareerad min/pages/srb.aspx 3. Will sequestration impact Navys ability to pay SRB to Sailors? Military pay, including bonuses, is exempt from the effects of sequestration. We do adjust our SRB to remain within budget. 4. With so many Sailors staying in the Navy why does there need to be SRBs? We must manage the force at the rating and NEC level rather than looking at just the over all end strength num ber. We use SRBs to pro vide incentive to Sailors with high demand skills to reenlist in ratings that have critical manning needs. 5. When do SRB changes take place? The increased award levels are effective imme diately and decreased levels are effective 30 days from the release of the NAVADMIN. Rear Adm. Tony Kurta Director, Military Personnel Plans and PolicySee Chaplain, Page 3

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have to either do without many things, or buy new stuffanother expense. You also now have half the help to maintain your household and possibly to teach and discipline the children. Divorce causes emo tional devastation, now and/or later. There is usually already some emotional pain that has caused a person to seek divorce. The divorce process, however, can seri ously escalate the pain and conflict in a relation ship. It may involve loss, grief, a feeling of failure, and much anger. After the divorce, loneliness and regret are common. Studies show that 60% of divorces have medium to high levels of conflict. Divorce negatively impacts your employ ment. The complications cause a loss of focus and productivity. You may have to miss work often for court appearances or meetings with your law yer. You may lose your health insurance, or have to discontinue your schooling. Your schedule may be affected by the need to pick up your children, etc. Divorce traumatizes your children. Children tend to internalize the conflict and blame them selves. Studies show that divorce negatively effects childrens self-esteem and behavior. Unfortunately, children are often used as a weapon against the other spouse, which is extremely traumatic for the children. Remember that children will often mirror attitudes they see in their parents. They also learn to exploit the situation to get what they want. The negative effects of divorce continue long after the divorce is settled. Divorce complicates your life. Divorce rarely removes your spouse from your life. If you have children, you will be connected to your spouse forever, and that may mean that conflict will continue. It can get even more complicated with remarriage, second families, step families, deciding who gets who for the holidays, etc. In addition, dating again after divorce carries its own type of baggage and can be tricky. Divorce damages soci ety Each divorce costs the government an aver age of $30,000. In addi tion, children from divorced families are at a higher risk for delinquent behavior, and far more likely to divorce. The effects tend to pass on and increase from generation to generation. Not a pretty picture is it? Unfortunately, there are times when remaining together will have consequences worse than the ones listed above. In such cases it may be wise to continue to pursue the divorce. However, you should plan for the above consequences and try to mitigate them as much as possible. For many oth ers, however, divorce may not be the best answer. Let me offer another alternative. If you will take a fraction of the time and money that you would spend on a divorce and use it to improve your marriage you will likely solve the problems mak ing you consider it in the first place. Before you consider divorce you should exhaust all other options. Get counseling, read marriage books, go on retreats, etc. Marriage is hard. It is supposed to be that way. I dont believe it is pos sible to fall out of love. If you dont feel love for your spouse it is likely because you let it hap pen. You can get that love back. If your happiness problem really lies within you, then it doesnt matter who you are with, you will eventually be unhappy again. You may think that finding somebody else will make you happy, but research suggests other wise. While 50 percent of marriages end in divorce, 60 percent of remarriages end in divorce. Only 19 percent of unhappily married couples that divorced and then remarried some one else reported they were happy five years later. On the contrary, 86 percent of unhappily married couples who stayed married reported that they were happier five years later. Occasionally you have no choice, or for your own safety or sanity divorce cannot be avoided. In such cases, I hope that you will seek support as you work through the difficult process. However, if you can make it work, staying married is usually your best chance at hap piness.From Page 2ChaplainCNRSE SAAM, Military Child Proclamations Commander Navy Region Southeast Public AffairsCommander, Navy Region Southeast (CNRSE), signed proclamations March 29 in support of child abuse prevention, sexual assault awareness and the Month of the Military Child. The proclamations coincide with National Child Abuse Prevention Month, National Sexual Assault Prevention Month and the Month of the Military Child, which are all recognized during the month of April. These proclamations are in support of some very important issues that leaders at all levels in the chain of command should be aware of, Rear Adm. John C. Scorby Jr., CNSRE, said. Sexual assault is something that should never happen and cannot be tolerated in our Navy, and child abuse is in the same category, as well. While April is a month that we look to raise awareness of these issues, we need to remain constantly vigilant to ensure the safety of our children and family members. According to Commander, Navy Installations Command, the Navy recorded more than 15,000 substanti ated reports of child abuse during the last ten years. While those numbers have been steadily decreasing, many incidents go unreported, said Jeanette Werby, CNRSE counseling and advocacy coordinator. There are many reasons that abuse goes unreported, Werby said. Many people who know about abuse dont report it because they think its none of their business, or are concerned about the stigma a report creates and the damage it may cause to ones career. Also, many children do not report abuse because they worry they will not be believed, have been threat ened with further physical harm or simply feel responsible themselves for the abuse. According to Werby, the best way to combat child abuse is to raise awareness. Raising awareness about child abuse underscores that the problem is still here and so are the people who care about its resolution. Affirming at the high est levels that child abuse has serious, long-term outcomes for children and their families adds a compelling dimension to the message that child abuse is unacceptable. Those in leadership roles set the tone and course for awareness, response and intervention, Werby said. To find out more about how you can help prevent child abuse or to report an incident of child abuse, contact your installations Fleet and Family Support Center (FFSC). Like the child abuse prevention and military child proclamation, the Sexual Assault Awareness Month proclamation is intended to raise awareness about sexual assault. Leadership input is of the utmost importance with sexual assault awareness and preven tion efforts, said Julie Mooney, regional sexual assault response coordinator. The Secretary of the Navy estab lished the Sexual Assault Prevention and Response Office (SAPRO) in 2009, and it has significantly raised awareness. In 2011, SAPRO hosted a SAPR summit with the primary focus of raising leaderships awareness of sexual assaults that occur within the ranks and the need for increased prevention efforts. I am optimistic that support from leadership in regards to those prevention efforts will have a significant impact on the effectiveness of the Navys overall efforts. While raising awareness is one of the primary tools in preventing sexu al assault, the Navy SAPR program also focuses on supporting victims. The Navy offers a variety of support services, including clinical counseling and legal services. Each installation has a 24-hour SAPR victim advocate line. These numbers are advertised through out the installations and may be dialed to ask questions, inquire about resources or report a sexual assault. In addition, each installation has a Sexual Assault Response Coordinator (SARC) located at the FFSC to ensure victims receive the support services they need, Mooney said. People may also contact the DoD Safe Helpline at 1-877-995-5247 or via http://www.safehelpline.org. To find out more about the Navys SAPR program, contact your local FFSC or SARC, or visit http:// cnic.navy.mil/CNIC_HQ_Site/ WhatWeDo/FleetandFamilyReadiness/ FamilyReadiness/ FleetAndFamilySupportProgram/ SexualAssaultPreventionandResponse/ index.htm. THE MIRROR NS MAYPORT, Thursday, April 4, 2013 3

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4 THE MIRROR, NS MAYPORT, Thursday, April 4, 2013 Mayport Families Enjoy Easter FunFrom StaffNaval Station Mayport families spent Saturday playing games, arts and crafts and hunting Easter eggs thanks to the Base Chapel, its staff and con gregation. The Chapel sponsors an Easter egg hunt each year, but this year was expanded after MWR had to cut funding for its Easter Eggstravaganza due to budget constraints with sequestration. The Chapels grounds were filled with inflatable bounce houses and slides and carnival games. The Chapel also offered arts and crafts, along with face painting and free hot dogs and snacks for the hundreds of children and their families in atten dance. This is really great, said spouse Laura Strader. It was great that the kids could enjoy a day of fun on the base and be reminded why we cel ebrate Easter to begin with. -Photos by Paige GnannThe Easter Bunny waves hello to anxious hunters as they get ready to find prize eggs during NS Mayport Chapels Easter celebration held on March 30. William Henderson, 4, aims for the cups to win a prize during one of several carnival games available for children attending the Chapels Easter celebration on Saturday at the Chapel grounds. Children wait in line for their turn inside the bounce house at the Easter celebration. Delali Ekpeh, 10, makes a leap for the finish line during the sack race. The girls make their way to the finish line during the sack race. Children check their aim to get a ball through the hole at one of several carnival games at this years Chapel Easter celebration. Children enjoy creating Easter eggs and decorating Crosses at the Arts and Crafts station at this years Chapel Easter celebration.

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THE MIRROR NS MAYPORT, Thursday, April 4, 2013 5 Brayden Weets,7, goes in for his best shot with the ham mer and bell carnival game. Angelyn Rivera, 12, and her family win one of the prize baskets raffled off during the Easter celebration. Daniel Herrera, 4, has a bat painted on his face at the face painting booth at the Chapel Easter celebration. Three to five-year-old children race around for their Easter egg bounty during the NS Mayport Chapels Easter celebration and Easter egg hunt held on March 30. Children enjoy a snack of popcorn, one of several edibles offered at this years Easter celebration at the NS Mayport Chapel. Children race for their seat during a game of Musical Chairs. Children slide down a big obstacle course inflatable at the NS Mayport Chapel Easter celebration. Infants through two get help from their parents during the Easter egg hunt. A young boy tries to make a hole in one at the putting green during the Easter celebration event at the Chapel.

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Auto Skills Center April Special: 10% off open stall fee. 270-5392 Tire Special: Buy four tires and receive free alignment on those tires for life (must show receipt to receive alignment). 270-539 Beachside Bingo Tuesdays: Special Pricing! Every Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. at Beachside Bingo. $18 for a 3-pack, $20 for a 6-pack, and computers are just $50 for a 3-6 pack. Plus door prizes nightly, lots of sur prises and an additional $5 off for all active duty military (must show valid ID). 270-7204 Wednesdays: Lunchtime Bingo. Every Wednesday at 11:30 a.m. at Beachside Bingo. Two $500 payouts every week. Buy two, get one free. Still only $13.00 per pack. 2707204 Castaways Lounge Every Weekday: Castaways After Work, At Ease: Stop into Castaways every Monday-Friday from 4-6 p.m. for our great nightly specials! Enjoy Margarita Monday, Tuesdays Pint Glass Night, Around-theWorld Wednesday, BOGO Thursday and Five Dollar Friday! Plus, Last Buck Bottles on the 14th and last day of every month! 2707205 Every Thursday: Trivia on Tap. 5:30 p.m. at Castaways. Test your general trivia knowledge! the winning team of four takes home awesome prizes! 270-7205 April 8: NCAA Championship Game! 10 p.m. at Castaways. Cheer on your favorite team and win some great prizes. 270-7205 April 10: Poker Tournament 7 p.m. at Castaways Lounge. Test your card shark abilities for great prizes. Free to enter. 270-7205 April 19: Live Music by Second Tyme Around. 9 pm at Castaways. 2707205 April 24: Game Night 7:30 p.m. at Castaways Lounge Enjoy a nigh of your favorite games: LifeSized Jenga, Twister & more. 270-7205 April 25: Bar Biathlon 7 p.m. at Castaways Lounge (after Trivia). Test your skills at darts and billiards in our biathlon. Overall winner takes away a champion ship trophy. 270-7205 Focsle Lounge CPO Club Every Tuesday: All Khaki Wings and Trivia Night. 3-7 p.m. every Tuesday at Focsle CPO Club with 40-cent wings, drink specials and allyou-can-drink soft drinks for $1. Trivia begins at 5:30 p.m. All Khakis welcome (Chief Petty Officers, Officers and their guests). 270-5431 Chicken Wednesdays. Every Wednesday, 11 a.m.-2 p.m., at Focsle Lounge. Enjoy a twopiece fried chicken plate with two sides for only $7.00. 270-5431 April 24: All-Hands Seafood Boil. 4-7 p.m. at Focsle CPO Club. Cost is $10 per per son in advance; $12 at the door. Purchase tick ets in advance; lim ited tickets available at the door. Sponsored by CDS-14/CNSL CRUDES MAYPORT. For tickets, call (904) 270-5801 x147 ITT Jacksonville Suns Baseball: Tickets on Sale April 4. Prices range from $5.50-$13.50 depending on section. 270-5145 Universal Military Salute: All active duty military, retirees, reserves or national guard can receive one complimen tary Park-to-Park pass for Universal Studios Orlando or Islands of Adventure (while sup plies lasts). All three days must be used within a 14 consecutive day window. Tickets valid through June 30, 2013. Must have valid military ID to activate ticket at front gate. 2705145 Blue Man Group at Universal Studios: Active duty, retirees, reservists and children only pay $29 per ticket; Regular tickets $44 per person. 270-5145 Wild Florida Airboat and Sightseeing Tour in Kenansville, FL : New to ITT! Prices range from $19.50-$46.00 depending on length of tour.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. April 5: Mall Trip: Town Center. Van departs Liberty Center at 5 p.m. April 7: Scary Movie Marathon. 2 p.m. at Liberty Center. Free Popcorn! April 9: Snag Golf. 4 p.m. at Liberty Center. Learn the basics, hone your skills, or just have some fun. April 10: Help Feed the Homeless. Van departs 3:15 p.m. Sign up dead line Mar. 4. April 12: NBA2K13 Tournament. 6 p.m. at Liberty Center. April 13: Ping-Pong Tournament. 6 p.m. at Liberty Center. April 14: Action Movie Marathon. 2 p.m. at Liberty Center. Free Popcorn! April 15: Chess Tournament. 6 p.m. at Liberty Center. April 17: 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. Stop by and bring your ideas! April 19: Movie Trip. Van departs 6 p.m. Cost $5. April 21: Comedy Movie Marathon. 2 p.m. at Liberty Center. Free Popcorn! April 22: Billiards Tournament. 6 p.m. at Liberty Center. April 24: Help Feed the Homeless. Van departs 3:15 p.m. Sign up dead line Mar. 4 April 26: Madden 13 Tournament. 6 p.m. at Liberty Center. April 28: Action Movie Marathon. 2 p.m. at Liberty Center. Free Popcorn! April 29: Killer Bunny. Will you win the quest to find the Magic Carrot? 5 p.m. at Liberty Center. April 30: COD: Black Ops Tournament. 6 p.m. at Liberty Center. Kid ZoneApril 5: Teen Job Fair. 10 a.m.-1 p.m. at Beachside Community Center. Open to Teens of active duty military only. Applications must be submitted by April 2, 2013 in order to attend event. 2460347 April 12: Freedom FridayInside Out. 7-11 p.m. at the Youth Center. Cost is $8 advanced signup and $10 day of, space permitting. 270-5680 April 18: Youth Drama Club Presents Little Rascal. 4 p.m. at the Youth Center. 270-5680 April 26: Operation Megaphone Worldwide Lock-In 7 p.m.-7 a.m. at the Teen Center. $15 advanced sign up, $20 day of if space permits. Permission slip required. 6 THE MIRROR, NS MAYPORT, Thursday, April 4, 2013

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On The MessdeckMayport Bowling CenterThursday Cheeseburger with fries and 20 oz soda, $6 Friday 2 chili dogs, fries, and 20 oz. soda, $5 2-pieces fish, fries, and 20 oz. soda, $6.25 Fish sandwich (2 pieces), fries, and 20 oz. soda, $6.25. Monday hicken patty sand wich with lettuce, tomato, onion, pick les, fries and 20 oz. soda, $6.25 Tuesday BBQ beef sand wich, fries and 20 oz. soda, $5 Wednesday Hamburger with jalapenos, grilled onions, fries and 20 oz soda, $5.75Focsle Lounge Spring SpecialsSmashed Sandwich, $8 Chicken Breast & Spinach Panini, $8 Strawberry Chicken Salad, $7.50 Big Chief Grilled Cheese Sandwich, $7 Shrimp & Bacon Pita, $8.50 Every Wednesday: Fried Chicken Buffet, $8 Include Ice Tea or Water Intramural Sports April 9: Spring Forward 3K Walk/5K Run 8:10 a.m. in front of the gym. April 9: Co-ed Softball Meeting. 11 a.m. at the Gym. Season begins April 29; season ends Jun. 20. 270-5451. April 16-19: Spring Sports Challenge. Sign up deadline is April 8. 270-5452. April 23: Intramural 7v7 Soccer Meeting. 11 a.m. at the Gym. 2705451. April 26: Dusk til Dawn Softball Tournament. Sign up by April 18. 270-5451. Mayport Bowling Center Friday Nights: Xtreme Bowling. 8 p.m. to Midnight every Friday at Mayport Bowling Center. $10 include 2 hours of black light bowling, shoe rental, prizes and dazzling laser light show. 270-5377 Saturday Nights: Xtreme Bowling. 8-11 p.m. every Saturday at Mayport Bowling Center. $10 include 2 hours of black light bowling, shoe rental, prizes and dazzling laser light show. 270-5377 Sunday Nights: Bowling Family Fun Night. 4-7 p.m. at Mayport Bowling Center. Cost is $10 per person and includes your choice of a lb hamburger or a hot dog with fries and a soda, All-You-Can Bowl with shoes, music videos, light show and colored head pin bowling for prizes. 270-5377 Windy Harbor Golf Club Wednesdays: Military Appreciation Day every Wednesday at Windy Harbor Golf Club.18 Holes and a Cart Only $15. Offer open to DOD, active duty, retired, and military dependents (Must provide proper ID) MWR Sports/FitnessAre You Ready For 2013 MWR Challenge?From StaffNaval Station Mayport and tenant commands will go head to head once again to find out who is t he best on base at the annual MWR Spring 2013 Sports Challenge on April 16-19. This years challenge includes a new event and the return of obstacles not performed in awhile. Ships might to start making their Sailors walk the plank to get ready for the new event, 4-Person Plank Walk, on April 19. The Strongman Competition and Arm Wrestling are also return ing to the Spring event. Other events include the Canoe challeng es, Golf, Swim relay, Basketball, Tennis, Balloon Launch and Tugo-War. The awards program will be held at 12:30 p.m. on April 19. Commands must turn in their sign-up sheets by April 5 at noon so that brackets can be made and events can start on time. For additional information, contact Rita Hammerstad at 270-5451. You can also register by emailing Hammerstad at rita.hammerstad@navy. mil. -Photo courtesy of MWRAviation Boatswains Mate (Fuel) 2nd Class (AW/SW) LaMarcus Woodgett of Fleet Logistics Center Detachment Mayport receives a plaque after being selected the 2012 Athlete of the Year for Naval Station Mayport. In 2012, Woodgett competed in basketball and softball, as well as serving as the captain of the FLC golf team and being named MVP for the FLC flag football team for scoring 15 touchdowns in the season. He also received the 2012 Golden Glove Award for Air Ops Softball. He is a volunteer starter and ranger at Windy Harbor Golf Course and serves as his command assist command fitness leader. Also pictured is Lt. Abe Cook of FLC and MWR Sports Coordinator Rita Hammerstad.MWR Athlete of the Year THE MIRROR NS MAYPORT, Thursday, April 4, 2013 7

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Commander Army South visits 4th Fleet4th Fleet Public AffairsMaj. Gen. Frederick S. Rudesheim, Commander Army South (ARSOUTH) visited Rear Admiral Sinclair Harris, Commander U.S. Naval Forces Southern Command/ Commander U.S. 4th Fleet (COMUSNAVSO) Tuesday March 26th at 4th Fleet Headquarters. COMUSNAVSO and AROSUTH are the Navy and Army Service Component Commands for U.S. Southern Command (USSOUTHCOM). The purpose of the visit was to give the component commanders an opportunity to dis cuss the mission in the USSSOUTHCOM Area of Responsibility (AOR), and continue to work together as one team. This is what it is about, interacting, having a twoway conversation about ideas in the region. This visit has been everything I expected and more, it has given me the oppor tunity to not only talk with Adm. Harris, but meet the rest of his team as well. Rudesheim said. Rudesheim also visited the Ticonderoga Class guided missile cruiser USS Gettysburg. (CG-69) and Helicopter Maritime Strike Squadron 46. The Navy is about platforms, and the Sailors make the platforms, as an Army Infantryman I could not appreciate these platforms until I had the opportunity to see them up close. After visit ing Gettysburg I am very impressed. Harris discussed the importance of the NavyArmy team continuing to work together. It is essential for 4th Fleet and Army South to continue to work togeth er and with our regional partners because we all have common inter ests both afloat and ashore. Hosting General Rudesheim here at the fleet headquarters gives us the opportunity to discuss and align our mis sions as well as maximize our efforts in the region, Harris said. ARSOUTH advises USSOUTHCOM on the proper employment and support of Army and land component forces; con ducts deployment/redeployment training plan ning and execution of assigned /attached nonSpecial Operations Forces (SOF) Army Force to and accomplishes other operational missions and engagements as assigned to ultimately to promote partner nation coop eration, improve partner nation capacity, and fos ter friendships to provide for security within the hemisphere and mitigate transnational threats. COMUSNAVSO/C4F supports USSOUTHCOM joint and combined fullspectrum military opera tions by providing prin cipally sea-based, for ward presence to ensure freedom of maneuver in the maritime domain, to foster and sustain coop erative relationships with international partners and to fully exploit the sea as maneuver space in order to enhance region al security and promote peace, stability, and prosperity in the Caribbean, Central and South American regions. Inspiring The Future-Photo by MC3 Adam HendersonRear Adm. Sinclair Harris addresses a group of NJROTC students from South Carolina duirng a visit to 4th Fleet headquarters March 28. Remember were a team here and we cant function without your dedication, said Greenert. As you may know our furloughs are being reduced from 22 to 14 days, said Greenert. The Secretary of the Navy and I are working with the Department of Defense staff to keep that as low as possible. Greenert stressed that with a balanced approach to spending, careful planning and the dedication of all hands, the Navy will be able to successfully navi gate these tumultuous fiscal times. I want you to remember to focus on Warfighting First, Operate Forward and Be Ready, said Greenert. Thank you for your patience, thank you for your profession alism, thank you for your service. Greenerts video mes sage can be viewed in its entirety on his blog: http://cno.navylive.dod live.milFrom Page 1Budgetties management, opera tions, administration, and finances, said Ada Ferran, Mayports NGIS general manager. This award is a direct reflection of all the hard work of our staff, how much they love those who serve and how much they love our mis sion. The inspection, con ducted by Commander Naval Installations Command inspection team, was a complete surprise to the 30-person staff. We would have liked to know when they were coming, but we had no idea, Ferran said. Again, this shows how dedicated our staff is to our mission and keeping the standard around the clock. It is our goal that those who serve or who have served will make us their preferred lodging choice. The NGIS Employee of the Year Awards for asso ciate, housekeeper, supervisor and manager were also awarded at the cer emony.From Page 1NGIS THE MIRROR NS MAYPORT, Thursday, April 4, 2013 9

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U.S. Fleet Forces Visits USS The Sullivans USS The Sullivans PAOAdm. Bill Gortney, Commander, U.S. Fleet Forces, visited USS The Sullivans (DDG 68) for a special award presentation and visit with the crew on March 20. Gortney present ed Ship Serviceman Destiney Canada with the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal dur ing an all-hands ceremo ny on the flight deck. He praised The Sullivans performance during a rigorous certifi cation cycle and the dedication of the crew during a compressed Ballistic Missile Defense (BMD) training schedule. He also answered Sailors ques tions, focusing on tuition assistance; the effects of sequestration; and the upcoming ship schedule. The Sullivans is cur rently underway completing their Independent Deployment Certification in preparation for a BMD deployment later this year. -Photo courtesy of USS The SullivansAdm. Bill Gortney, Commander, U.S. Fleet Forces, pres ents Ship Serviceman Destiney Canada with the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal during an allhands ceremony on the flight deck. Tickets On Sale For Battle Of Midway DinnerFrom Mayport Navy LeagueThe Navy League of Mayport is host ing the 71st Anniversary of the Battle of Midway Commemoration Dinner. Tickets are now on sale for this years event, which will be held Saturday, June 1, 2013, at the Renaissance Resort Hotel, World Golf Village in St. Augustine. The keynote speaker is Adm. William E. Gortney, USN, Commander, U.S. Fleet Forces Command. Numerous Veterans of the Battle of Midway and several widows of these Veterans, and Veterans of all branch es of the military have been invited to attend this years dinner. Additionally, Medal of Honor recipients and former Prisoners of War from the local area who have heroically answered the call of duty will also be in attendance. Come meet these national treasurers and hear their adventures first hand. The evening promises to be emotional and patriotic, and provides an excel lent opportunity to connect with survi vors of what historians call one of the U. S. Navys greatest sea victories and the turning point of World War II in the Pacific. Ticket costs are: Active Duty E-6 and below, $25; E-7 to O3, $35; O4 to O5, $45, O6 and above, civilians, and retir ees, $65. The evening includes fine dining and entertainment. Uniform will be O4 and above dinner dress white jacket; O3 and below dinner dress white/dinner dress white jacket optional and civilian is black tie or business attire. Cocktails begin at 1800, dinner at 1900. Tickets are mandatory and seating is reserved. Make checks payable to Navy League Midway Dinner. Tickets may be pur chased from the following locations: Phone 904-718-2118; email: bpricex4@ comcast.net Dudley, Phone 904-806-4712 or 904-7947814; email: anuday00@aol.com 10 THE MIRROR, NS MAYPORT, Thursday, April 4, 2013

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Mayport Cruiser, Destroyer Get Battle EFrom StaffUSS Farragut (DDG 99) Sailors painted four Es on the ships bridge while moored in Funchal, Portugal, March 20, in recognition of the com mand recently being awarded the Battle E for 2012. The award recognizes the crew for displaying excellence in maritime warfare, engineering, survivability; and command, control, communication and information warfare. It also represents a years worth of dedica tion and hard work from the entire crew. The crewmembers are also entitled to wear the Battle E ribbon on their uniform. Earning the Battle E is a win for every Farragut crew member, said Cmdr. Glen B. Quast, USS Farragut commanding officer. Its more than just a one year accomplish ment. Im very proud of the crew. Farragut successfully completed certification in the basic, integrated and sustainment phases of her 2012 patrol, while assigned to the Navys 5th and 6th Fleet areas of responsibility. She flawlessly executed her duties while representing the Navy during nine port visits and several multina tional exercises. Farragut also served as the Combined Task Force 151 flagship for counter-piracy, provid ing maritime security and strengthening rela tions with African and European partner nations. Farragut, homeported out of Mayport, Fla., is on a scheduled deployment supporting maritime security operations and theater security coopera tion efforts in the U.S. 6th Fleet area of responsibil ity. Pierside at NS Mayport, USS Vicksburg (CG 69) was presented a plaque signifying its own Battle E award by Commander, Naval Surface Forces Atlantic, Rear Adm. David Thomas, Jr., on March 25 during an all hands call. Thomas told the crew how proud he was of their efforts, especially dur ing the past year after the ship future was uncertain. Vicksburg decommissioning was announced early in 2012, but has since been put on hold. Thomas praised the ship for being able to maintain excellence dur ing stressful times. This is a squared away ship that does it right all the time, not just when you have inspections, Thomas added.-Photo by Paige GnannCapt. Logan Jones, commanding officer of USS Vicksburg, receives a Battle E plaque from Rear Adm. David Thomas, Commander, Naval Surface Forces Atlantic during an All Hands Call with the crew. -Photo byMC2 Aaron ChaseThe guided-missile destroyer USS Farragut (DDG 99) operates in heavy seas. Farragut is on a scheduled deployment supporting maritime security operations, theater security cooperation efforts in the U.S. 2nd Fleet area of responsibility. American Red Cross Offers Assistance To VeteransFrom American Red CrossThe J. Wayne and Delores Barr Weaver Veterans Emergency and Transition Services (VETS) Fund goal is to provide emergency financial assistance and resources to veterans of Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Iraqi Freedom that will help to sup port their transition into civilian life and stabilization into the community. This financial assistance is to be provided directly to the vet erans of these wars. The geographic service area is: Duval, Clay, Nassau, Baker and St. Johns counties. Types of emergency needs we help withbut not strictly lim ited too: needs/vehicle payment or repair, insurance needs ent needing to find work or learn a life skill For more information, please contact a Red Cross Military Services caseworker at 2461395. THE MIRROR NS MAYPORT, Thursday, April 4, 2013 11

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Hu City Chiefs Celebrating 120 Years USS Hu City Public AffairsThe Chiefs Mess of USS Hu City (CG 66) cele brated the 120th birthday of Navy chief petty officers April 1. The Chiefs Mess mus tered on the flight deck in the morning to sing Anchors Aweigh before conducting morning col ors on the ships fantail. Later, the chiefs served lunch to the crew, orga nized a run and ended the day with a cake-cutting ceremony. Naval traditions are the foundation upon which many of its core values are built on. Navy chiefs take pride in understand ing where they came from so that they can teach the next generation of Sailors these traditions. Chiefs have long been a crucial factor in leadership and training Sailors, said Hu Citys Command Master Chief Raymond F. Charest. We have a responsibility to the Sailors entrusted to us that takes precedence above all else. The rank of chief petty officer was created April 1, 1893 to distinguish senior enlisted leaders. The U.S. Navy is the only branch of the military in which advancing to the pay grade of E-7 holds such a high distinction. Every other branch of service, they go home one day an E-6 and wake up the next morning and come to work an E-7, said Chief Fire Controlman Terrence Jones. In the Navy, it is a huge honor to be selected, and the induction is a right of passage for us, passing on the tradition of the Chiefs Mess. In addition to being the keepers of Naval tradi tions, the chiefs mess is a support network and only the best, hardest-working enlisted can join. What we as a mess hope our Sailors take away from our birthday celebration is the visual of pride itself, said Charest. We hope that they notice how we come together as a mess and support one another as we celebrate 120 years. We can only hope our Sailors come away from this celebra tion with hopes of one day taking our place in the Mess. It is our job and responsibility to forge new Chief Petty Officers to carry on our traditions. -Photo by MC2 Matthew R. ColeChief petty officers and first class petty officers conduct physical training on the forecastle of the guided-missile cruiser USS Hu City (CG 66) as part of the CPO 365 program. Hu City is deployed to the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility promoting maritime security operations, theater security cooperation efforts and support missions as part of Operation Enduring Freedom. Vipers Take Care Of Business -Photos by MC2 Matthew R. ColeSailors assigned to the Vipers of Helicopter Squadron Light (HSL) 48 aboard the guided-missile cruiser USS Hu City (CG 66) attach a Hell-Fire rocket to an SH-60B Sea Hawk helicopter. Hu City is deployed to the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility. Aviation Machinists Mate 3rd Class Zack Wolfang, assigned to the Vipers of Helicopter Squadron Light (HSL) 48 aboard the guided-missile cruiser USS Hu City (CG 66) attaches a Hell-Fire rocket to an SH-60B Sea Hawk helicopter. 12 THE MIRROR, NS MAYPORT, Thursday, April 4, 2013

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RGB Volunteers At Mondragone Orphanage USS Robert G. Bradley Public Affairs OfficerSailors stationed aboard the guided-missile frig ate USS Robert G. Bradley (FFG 49) participated in a community service project at a Naples-area orphanage during their port visit from March 22nd to March 27th. The Sailors took time out of their liberty to give back to the community by visiting the Centro Laila Center in Mondragone, an orphanage housing over 40 disadvantaged children. The Sailors spent the day cleaning and repair ing furniture, and organized an Easter egg hunt. During their sevenmonth deployment, Robert G. Bradley (RGB) Sailors have taken multi ple opportunities to lend a hand in foreign ports. This was another great opportunity for our Sailors, said (Chaplain) Lt. Stephen Cloer, RGBs community relations pro gram coordinator. Our Sailors are always eager to help out those in need while we are overseas. The Centro Laiala Orphanage is a safe haven for children and families who immigrate to Italy from Northern Africa. Housing and childcare is provided for single par ents who work during the day. Hull Maintenance Technician 1st Class Cade Brock, one of the volun teers, said the event was fun and worthwhile. I had a blast helping the children and getting involved with the Easter egg hunt, said Brock. Gunners Mate 3rd Class Sean Gallagher agreed that working with the children was a great reward. I remember my first Easter egg hunt as a kid, Gallagher said, Im glad I was able to share this experience with these children. USS Robert G. Bradley, homeported out of Mayport, Fla., is cur rently on a scheduled deployment in support of maritime security opera tions and theater securi ty cooperation efforts in the U.S. 6th Fleet Area of Responsibility. -Photo by Lt. Stephen Cloer All of the volunteers from the Community Relations project at the Centro Laila Orphange pose for a photo. -Photo by Lt. Stephen Cloer Hull Maintenance Technician 1st Class Cade Brock helps hold some of the Easter Eggs found by the children during their Easter Egg Hunt.-Photo by Lt. Stephen Cloer Children from the Centro Laila Orphanage enjoy their eggs after the Easter Egg Hunt is over. Friday, April 5-Sunday, April 7 The City of Jacksonvilles Animal Care and Protective Services (ACPS), in con junction with area pet partners First Coast No More Homeless Pets (FCNMHP), Jacksonville Humane Society (JHS) and Friends of Jacksonville Animals (FOJA), will host a threeday adoption at its facil ity just west of Riverside. ACPS is experiencing an extremely high number of dogs, prompting the local pet organizations to come together to help adopt and foster these highly-adoptable pets. Typical capacity for dogs at ACPS is 56 dogs, how ever; last week, as many as 160 adoptable dogs were housed at ACPS. A special adoption rate of $20 will be offered for dogs and cats on Friday, April 5 and Saturday, April 6 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday, April 7 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. On Saturday, April 6 ACPS and FOJA will host the first Saturday of the month pet adoption event featuring a food truck, sponsors, and vendors. FOJA will host a charity dog wash and yard sale as well. Saturday, April 6 Find out from a park ranger what a gopher is, where they live and why they are so impor tant. This program will take place at 2 p.m. at the Ribault Club on Fort George Island Cultural State Park. No reser vations are necessary and the program is free. For additional informa tion on any of these pro grams, contact the Talbot Islands Ranger Station at (904) 251-2320. For more information about Florida State Parks, visit www.floridastateparks.org Saturday, April 6 and Sunday, April 7 The Florida Department of Environmental Protections Fort Clinch State Park will host a Union Garrison event on. This program will allow visitors to interact with living historians to expe rience life in the fort as it was in 1864. The grounds will be bustling with sol diers in period costumes involved in firing dem onstrations, 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 per person Fort admission. For additional information, contact the park at (904) 277-7274 or visit www.FloridaStateParks. org. Wednesday, April 10 Duval County Extension staff are offer ing a workshop on spring gardening from 10 a.m.1 p.m. at Mandarin Garden Club, 2892 Loretto Rd. Learn about the Good, Bad and Ugly Insects, Landscape Tips and Keeping Tools in Shape. This is a free program. Pre-registration requested to beckyd@coj.net or 904255-7450. Thursday, April 11 The Duval County Extension Offices/ UF IFAS will offer a free workshop on Seasonal Landscape and Gardening Tips at Highlands Branch Library, 1826 Dunn Ave., from 6:30-8:30 p.m. Topics covered will be what to plant now, latest fertilizer information and watering rules and how to attract wildlife, especially butterflies to your garden. Bring your soil samples for testing for pH for free. To pre-register, please call Becky at 904-255-7450 or email her at beckyd@coj. net with your name and phone number.Out in Town COMMUNITYCALENDAR THE MIRROR NS MAYPORT, Thursday, April 4, 2013 13

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14 THE MIRROR, NS MAYPORT, Thursday, April 4, 2013 FFSC Workshops Geared To Sailor, FamiliesFrom FFSCThe following class es and activities are offered by the Fleet and Family Support Center (FFSC) and are free of charge. Pre-registration is required and childcare is not available. For more information about the classes or to register call 270-6600, ext. 1701. FFSC is located in Building One on Massey. April 4, 9-11:30 a.m., Marketing Yourself For a Second Career, Ocean Breeze Conference Center April 4, 9 a.m.-noon, Tottle Tyme Playgroup USO April 8-12, 8 a.m.4 p.m., TAP Retiree Workshop Building 1 Room 1616 April 8, 6-7 p.m., IA Family Connection Group, USO April 8, 1-3 p.m., Relationship Communication Building 1, Room 702 April 8, 9-11 a.m., Active Parenting Class FFSC Room 702 April 9, 9-10:30 a.m., Stroller Strut FFSC Building 1 April 10, 11 a.m.-noon, Gambling Awareness Building 1, Room 719 April 10, 9 a.m.-noon, Employment Seminar Building 1 Room 719 April 10, 8:30 a.m.12:30 p.m., Stress Management Wellness Center April 11, 9 a.m.-noon, Tottle Tyme Playgroup USO April 15-16, 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m., Boots to Business Building 1 Room 104 April 15, 9-11 a.m., Active Parenting Class FFSC Room 702 April 15-19. 7:30 a.m.4 p.m., Command Financial Specialist Training Building 1 Room 1616 April 17, 4:30-6 p.m., Home Buying Building 1 Room 1616 April 17, 9 a.m.-noon, Employment Seminar Building 1 Room 719 April 18, 9 a.m.-noon, Tottle Tyme Playgroup USO April 22-26, 8 a.m.4 p.m., TAP Separatee Workshop Building 1 Room 1616 April 22, 9-11 a.m., Active Parenting Class FFSC Room 702 April 24, 11 a.m.-noon, Raising Financially Fit Kids, Building 1, Room 719 April 24, 9 a.m.-2 p.m., Tri-base Job Fair, Morocco Shrine Temple April 24, 9 a.m.-noon, Employment Seminar Building 1 Room 719 April 25, 1-3 p.m., English Tea for Expectant Moms, Chapel April 25, 9 a.m.-noon, Tottle Tyme Playgroup USO April 29, 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Anger Management Workshop FFSC Room 702 April 29-May 3, 8 a.m.4 p.m., TAP Separatee Workshop Building 1 Room 1616 April 29-May 1, 8 a.m.-4 p.m., Ombudsman Basic Training Building 1, Room 702 April 30, 6-8 p.m., Ombudsman Assembly Building 1 Room 104 April 30, 10 a.m.-noon, What About The Kids? Building 1 Room 702 FFSC Plans Tea Party For Soon-to-be MomsFrom FFSCThe New Parent Support Program is hosting an English Tea for expectant moms on April 25 from 1-3 p.m. at the base Chapel. The program is honoring these women in rec ognition of Aprils Child Abuse Prevention Month. This is a special opportunity for moms-to-be to meet each other and have a grand day of pampering. If you are pregnant, you are invited to come out and enjoy the food, tea and good company. There is no charge for this event, however reg istration is required. There are limited seats available. Call FFSC at 270-6600 ext. 1700 to save your seat. Learn To Market Yourself For Next CareerFrom FFSCThe Fleet and Family Support Center is sponsoring a once-a-year lecture regarding transi tion here at Naval Station Mayport. It will be presented by The Military Officers Association of America (MOAA), and is entitled Marketing Yourself for a Second Career. The event will be held today (April 4) at 9 a.m. in the Ocean Breeze Conference Center This top-shelf presentation is a great professional development opportunity. Transition is of course ultimately a part of all military careers. Therefore, the lecture is perfect for those who are contemplating retire ment in one to five years. However, it doesnt stop there. Regardless of whether any particular officer or senior enlisted member has reached the point of being in their own transi tion, they should be edu cated about the process in order to mentor and counsel those who work for them and are contemplating or going through their transitions. This executive sum mary presentation can prepare them for that role as well as many multi-day programs. Simply stated, its a great fit for any commander, officer, or senior enlisted supervisor -from the most senior, to the most junior. The lecture will be given by retired Capt. Jim OKeefe, deputy direc tor of transition services on MOAAs national staff. The presentation, given annually at over 150 military installations of all Services worldwide, is universally praised by audiences as, up-to-date, hard-hitting, and sharply focused a must see . It includes compre hensive information on the retirement decision itself, employer percep tions, your competition, resumes, cover letters, job search, networking, career fairs, interview techniques, salary nego tiation, benefits packages, the current job market, and other relevant and important transition top ics. The presentation is geared toward officers and senior enlisted, but those of all ranks are warmly welcomed. Spouses are highly encouraged to attend as well! All who attend will receive a free copy of the lectures compan ion book, also titled Marketing Yourself for a Second Career. It is an in-depth, all-inone resource for the transition process. For further information, contact Stephanie Hoppe at stephanie.hoppe.ctr@ navy.mil for call 904-2706600 ext. 1604. No Dough Dinner The Mayport USO Center will host a No Dough Dinner on Monday, April 8, from 5-7 p.m. This is free for Active Duty Service Members and their immediate families. The wonderful staff and volunteers will serve meatloaf, potatoes, corn, gravy, rolls, and dessert. USO Yard Sale April 13 Have some things youd like to get off your hands? The Mayport USO is hav ing a yard sale Saturday, April 13th from 8 a.m.-3 p.m. Space is limited so call the Mayport USO at (904) 246-2481 today to reserve your table. Tables are $10 for an inside table and $5 for an outside table. Table setup begins at 7 a.m. 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. Salute To Floridas Heroes Concert The Camp Blanding Museum will be host ing a concert starring Montgomery Gentry at the Keystone Heights Airport, 1700 Airport Road, Stark, Florida on Saturday, April 27. Gates will open at 11:30 a.m., entertainment starts at noon; NO COOLERS or umbrellas allowed. All children over the age of 3 must have a ticket pur chased. Food and bever age vendors will be avail able for sales. Tickets can be purchased at: www.flheroes.org 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. Greater Jax USO Zoo Night Wristbands On Sale Save the date! The Greater Jacksonville USO is having a USO night at the Jacksonville ZOO on Friday, May 3. We will begin sell ing wristbands today at noon. Enjoy a night at the Jacksonville Zoo with the family on Friday, May 3rd (see attached flyer). Wristbands are $2.50 each; cash only please. Wristbands are open for purchase by Active/ Retired/Reservists/ National Guard/ and Veterans (with ID). Wristbands can be pur chased at the NS Mayport USO, NAS Jacksonville USO. Wristbands will be sold today from noon till 1pm at the Off-Crew Building onboard Naval Submarine Base Kings Bay. Hawaiian Tropic Sunscreen Free At The USO Protect your skin this summer. Stop by the NAS Jax and Mayport USO centers for your free bag of Hawaiian Tropic sun screen and after sun products. Liberty Mutual Legends Of Golf Free Admission For Military Enjoy complimentary admission for all active duty, retirees, reservists, and dependents with military ID to the Liberty Mutual Legends of Golf Tournament in April at The Westin Savannah Harbor Golf Resort & Spa. Military Wives Vendor Show May 4 Join the Mayport USO for another wonderful Military Wives Vendor Show. This event is free and open to the public. There will be raffle tick ets and food for sale. For more information, or to signup as a vendor, email: milwivesbusinessesande vents@gmail.com Disney On Ice TicketsThis Week The Mayport and NAS USO centers is sell ing lower level tickets to the Friday, April 5 per formance of Disney on Ice. Lower level Tickets are $10 each and are cash only. Tickets are open to Active/Retired/ Reservists/ National Guard/ and Veterans (with ID). Share a great evening with your fam ily. Call the Mayport USO (246-3481) or the NAS USO (778-2821) to reserve your tickets. Sorry, no refunds/exchanges on tickets purchased for the Thursday night. 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 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. For more information about activities or meet ing availabilities, call 2463481 or stop by the center at 2560 Mayport Road. USONEWS

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