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Check us out Online! mayportmirror.com USS Gettysburg Helps Adrift Dhow The guided-missile cruiser USS Gettysburg (CG 64) provided humanitarian assistance to an adrift fishing dhow while operating in the Arabian Gulf, Sept. 24. Gettysburg stopped to render assistance after being signaled by the dhows crew shortly before 11:30 a.m. According to the crew, which consisted of an Omani and four Bangladeshi men, they had been at sea for five days and had suffered an engine failure on the third day, leaving the vessel powerless and drifting for two days. The crew were found in good health and had food and water on hand. Fire Controlman 2nd Class Yasser Rady, a close-in weapons sys tems (CIWS) technician assigned to Gettysburg, provided translation that facilitated mutual com munication and allowed Gettysburg to provide the crew with additional food, water, and safety flares. We were able to quickly and effectively provide some assistance for the crew of the fishing vessel while they awaited help from local authorities, said Lt. Cmdr. Nathan Scherry, Gettysburgs executive officer. Our assistance allowed us to enhance cooperation, build trust, and mutual respect to our fellow mariners in the region. Local authorities were contacted by U.S. 5th Fleet to provide further assistance. The guidedmissile destroyer USS The Sullivans (DDG 68) was operating nearby and offered help to ensure the -Photo by Paige GnannCommand Ombudsmen from Naval Station Mayport and its tenant commands are honored at the annual Ombudsman Dinner held Sept. 26 at Ocean Breeze Conference Center. Guest speaker, NS Mayport Commanding Officer, Capt. Wes McCall, thanked the spouses for their continued support as a liaison between families and their Sailors command. Also pictured is Fleet and Family Support Center Ombudsman coordinator Kris Edmondson, bottom right.-Photo by FC2 Robert OrtegaSailors assigned to the guided-missile cruiser USS Gettysburg (CG 64) prepare to provide humanitarian assistance to a stranded fishing dhow. Gettysburg is deployed as part of the Harry S. Truman Carrier Strike Group supporting maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility.See Gettysburg, Page 8Get Cookin With Fire Safety Its time for Fire Prevention Week and the First Coast Navy Fire and Emergency Services Department is joining forces with the nonprofit National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) to remind local residents to Prevent Kitchen Fires. Firefighters and safety advocates are spreading the word about the dan gers of kitchen fires--most from unattended cook ingand teaching how to prevent kitchen fires from starting in the first place. This years fire safety campaign runs from Oct. 6-12. The latest statistics from NFPA say U.S. Fire Departments responded to an estimated annual average of 156,600 cook ing-related fires between 2007-2011. Two of every five home fires begin in the kitchenmore than any other place in the home. Cooking fires are also the leading cause of home fire-related injuries. Among the fire safety tips being emphasized: when you are frying, grilling, or broiling food. If you must leave the room even for a short period of time, turn off the stove. ing, baking, or roasting food, check it regularly, stay in the home, and use a timer toremind you. clean and clear of com bustibles (e.g. potholders, towels, rags, drapes and food packaging). from cooking areas by enforcing a kid-free zone of three feet around the stove. your microwave, turn it off immediately and keep See Fire, Page 9
2 THE MIRROR, NS MAYPORT, Thursday, October 3, 2013 Command Chaplain Lt. Cmdr. Jerome Cayangyang Roman Catholic Mass Sunday 9 a.m. Monday-Thursday 11:30 a.m. Holy Day of Obligation (call chapel for schedule) 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 9:30 a.m. Protestant Youth Group 1st Friday Youth Quak Trip 6:30 p.m. 2nd & 4th Friday at Chapel 5-8:30 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, call 270-5212. The Mirror The Mirror The Mirror The new school year has been marked by many of the traditional signs of children return ing to school fresh hair cuts, new shoes, the lat est backpacks, sharpened pencils, and the grateful smiles of loving parents who have longed for that first day of school. While it is certainly impor tant that the school year begins well, it is even more important that par ents and schools work together to make sure the entire school year contin ues well. Parents with children entering school for the first time may experi ence some apprehension about where and how to become involved in their young childs school life. More experienced parents may struggle with making the transition as children move into new grades, schools, or districts. The involvement of a caring adult in the school life of a child cannot be overemphasized. Research has suggested again and again that stu dent achievement can be tied to many factors, one of which is support from home. Many families struggle to balance work demands, family needs, and extra-curricular activities. Here are a few simple suggestions which could make a big differ ence in your childs suc cess in school: Communicate with the teacher on a regular basis Early in the school year, clarify how infor mation will be shared between home and school and how concerns and problems will be handled. With the technology available, many teach ers post information on a classroom website, blog, or e-mail. Volunteer for school activities Schools, especially middle and high schools, struggle to get enough parent support to sustain programs and events. Your willingness to make yourself available will help create a coop erative working relation ship between you and the school. If your work schedule does not permit volunteering at daytime events, consider help ing out in the evening at sporting events, with tutoring programs, or providing refreshments for a PTA meeting. Monitor homework completion and work together on assignments which invite family par ticipation Set a regular time for homework, cre ate an actual schedule, post it where everyone in the family can see it, and stick to it. Find a place within your home where you can concentrate, away from distractions. Set and enforce appropriate rules for homework time. During homework time, be available to work with your child. Know your childs friends and the friends parents it is important to know who your child interacts with in and out of school to make sure that you approve of the activities your child is involved in. An easy way to accomplish this is to participate in school events and to become involved in aca demic activities. Sporting events, PTA meetings, and choral concerts give you an opportunity to meet not only your childs friends, but also their parents. Schedule informal meetings You briefly met your childs teachers at Open House, but there wasnt time for a faceto-face meeting. If this progress report you just received indicated some academic problems or at least a negative slide from this time last year, sched ule a meeting at school or via the phone. These meetings should be brief and to the point. Write down your questions ahead of time. It is important that you share your concerns in a manner which demonstrates pur pose, caring, and respect. If your child has an IEP or 504 plan, consider a face-to-face meeting asap. The beginning of school is sometimes overwhelming for teachers as they prepare new lesson plans and get to know their students. But you do not want your childs academic needs overlooked. Plus the last time you looked at the IEP was probably last spring. Now is a good time for you to review it as well. Know your childs academic program Understanding the goals for a certain grade level or for a particular sub ject will better prepare you to support your childs learning at home. You can log on to www. SoarAtHome.org to view by grade level and subject the core curriculum your child will be responsible for this year on language arts, math, and science. For elective classes, the syllabus or course outline can give you a better idea of what will be expected in a class. Looking at your childs textbook will also give you a good idea of what will be taught. Review your childs daily schedule Become familiar with your childs daily schedule. It will help you understand your childs day and how it may impact his or her learn ing. Middle and high school students may only Tips For Fostering School ConnectednessJudy Cromartie School Liaison Officer Out of sheer boredom and motivation to reduce my ever-expanding waistline, I somehow found myself trying a Zumba class at the base gym this week. An old veteran of the now out-of-style step aerobics craze, I figured, How hard could it be? Gyms across the nation are now offering Zumba classes, which incor porate salsa, meringue, hip-hop, African beats, samba, reggaeton, cumbia, Bollywood and belly dance moves into group fitness routines. I had seen a Zumba DVD infomercial once, with spandexed men and women writhing and jumping to Latin, Caribbean and trib al beats, claiming that you could party your self into shape. It made exercise look more like a wild night out in Tijuana than a workout, so I was intrigued. After placing my keys and water bottle in the corner of the exer cise room, I tried to find a spot where I could remain anonymous. I was relieved to find that our instructor looked like a middle-aged mom just like me, and did not have a figure that screamed, I am about to kill you. She put on some catchy Latin music, and next thing you know I was kickball-changing, single-sin gle-doubling, and body rolling my way around the room as if I had been doing it all my life. But after 30 minutes, the mild-mannered instructor bid us all adieu and told us that our warm up was finished. The real Zumba class was about to begin, and the real instructor would arrive momentarily. What?! I had only a moment to wipe the sweat from my brow and slurp some water, when in walked a woman with Beyonces muscular thighs, Pamela Andersons generous bust, and Charros rolling R. Suddenly, driving African beats blared from the sound system and, using only crazed facial expressions and minimal hand motions, Charro ordered us to rhythmi cally gyrate and flail our arms while in a semisquat position. A few minutes later we had moved on to reggae ton, whatever that is, and were ordered to stick out our rear ends and rotate our hips in complete circles from right to left My Hips Dont Swing That Way, But My Stomach DoesLisa Smith Molinari Military Spouse Columnist A Rabbi and a Baptist minister walk into a Starbucks; no, this isnt the beginning of a corny joke, this actually hap pened. I met with a local Rabbi at Starbucks the other day, which leads me to this Chaplains Corner message. There are a lot of great things going on at Mayport chapel. Most people know that we offer both a Catholic and Protestant service on Sundays, but soon there will be more; Beginning Oct. 4, the Mayport Chapel will also provide a Shabbat service led by a Jewish Lay Leader. Many of you may be wonder ing what a Shabbat is. Shabbat is the Hebrew word for Sabbath. At its simplest meaning, its a day of rest and spiritual replenishment. Exodus 31:17 tells us that even the L_rd rested; For in six days the L_rd made the heavens and the earth and on the seventh day he abstained from work and rested. He also tells us in the Ten Commandments to observe the Sabbath and keep it holy. If you want to know more about the obser vance of the Jewish Sabbath we invite you to come experience it with us here at the cha pel. Again, Shabbat ser vices will be held every Friday, beginning on Oct. 4, at 7:15 p.m. here at the Mayport Chapel. But that isnt the only thing going on. Very soon, we will also be offering a Torah study. You may be thinking, Chaps, you keep using all of these big words and I dont know what they mean. No worries, Ill explain this one, too. Torah, in this case, means the five books of Moses: Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers and Deuteronomy. But it also refers to entire Jewish bible, which to Christians would be called the Old Testament. A local Rabbi has volunteered to lead this class and we will officially advertise this class very soon. Many think a mili tary chapel is only about church services on Sunday, or the chapel is where you go when you have a problem and want to talk to a chaplain in confidentiality. All true, but chapels and chap lains are here for so much more than that. We are also here to help fulfill religious and spiritual needs of all recognized faith groups. You may be a Muslim or Buddhist reading this and saying to yourself, How come there isnt a Muslim or Buddhist service at the chapel? I invite you to come by and talk to a chaplain and lets find out together if there is a need to start one of those ser vices or we will help you find a place to worship. Navy chaplains provide religious ministry and support to those of our own faith, but we also facilitate for all religious beliefs, and we care for all Sailors, Marines, Coast Guardians and their fam ily and friends. To find out about more happenings at the chapel, check us out on Facebook. Better yet, come by and see us. A Rabbi and a Baptist minister walk into a Starbucks, and G_d was there. Base Chapel Adds Jewish ServicesChap Karen Rector NS Mayport Chapel See School, Page 3 See Hips, Page 3 CorrectionDue to an editing error, the Sept. 26 photo of USS Shamal featured on the front page of The Mirror incorrectly identified the photographer. The photographer should have been identified as QM1 David C. Ratcliffe. We apologize for any confusion this may have caused.
while pumping our hands out in front of us. I was able to rotate my hips counter-clockwise, but when she asked us to go the opposite direction, I was unable to maintain the fluid roll of my hips, jerking awkwardly from side to side. I thought this might be due to the magnetism of the Earths polls and like toilet bowl water, I can swirl one way in the Northern Hemisphere, but would have to travel south of the equator to be able to rotate my hips in the other direction. Halfway through the class I was soaked with sweat, and we hadnt even gotten to salsa and meringue. Despite the fact that every one around me seemed to have the basic salsa steps down pat, I was so confused I just marched in place. And meringue, for me, was more of a lesson in how to sprain ones ankle. I prayed that it would all be over soon. Somewhere between the Brazilian samba and the Columbian cumbia, Charro started jumping three feet into the air. Like lemmings, we fol lowed. Finally happy to have a dance move I could under stand, I leapt like a gazelle. But then I remembered I am 47 years old and have given birth to three large babies. My innards are not where they used to be. Thankfully, the jump ing routine ended before my uterus broke loose, and we moved onto our final dance Bollywood. At first, it seemed that Charro was merely putting us through a cruel endurance test when she demanded that we get into a deep plie squat while holding our arms out in a sort of King Tut position. Just as my quads were about to snap, she began to twist and turn her torso back and forth, rising like a cobra from a basket. I left the class feeling exhausted, sweaty, and humiliated. I realized that my northern European genes made it nearly impossible for me to perform the sexy writhing movements of Zumba. But interestingly, my stomach had performed its own wiggling dance all by itself, and at least I could be proud that it had kept perfect time to the beat. Get more wit and observa tions from Lisa at her blog, The Meat and Potatoes of Life, www. themeatandpotatoesoflife.comFrom Page 2Hips have of their schedule each day. Note which classes are on A day and which ones are on B. One of the days may be mea surably more difficult or require much more homework. Knowing this will allow you to help your child become better organized. Establish a spot for communication While elementary schools often send home important information in the back pack, secondary schools leave it up to the stu dent on how to best get information home. By checking the backpack or establishing a special spot for handouts, homework to be signed, notes from the teacher, etc., you will stay better informed. This spot can also then be the place where you can put signed tests, notes to the teacher, or even your childs lunch. Having this spot can really reduce morning where did I put that headaches! At first glance, many of these suggestions seem rather simple, but they can require a bit of com mitment. With a little help from home, this could be your childs best school year ever. Be that parent who makes a dif ference! Judy Cromartie is the School Liaison Officer for NS Mayport. If you have questions about this arti cle or concerns about an educational issue impacting your child, she can be reached via email at Judith.cromartie@navy. mil or by phone at (904) 270-6289 X1305 [office] or (904) 993-5860 [cell]. Or you can schedule a meeting with her in her office in Building One.From Page 2SchoolGetting To Know YouEditors Note: The Mirror is starting a new bi-weekly section to highlight an Officer or Sailor throughout NS Mayport and its tenant commands. Every other week, a photo with a description of a command designated service member will be published. To have your Sailor or Officer published, email The Mirror at mayport email@example.com or call 270-7817 ext. 1012. Name: CTT2 Benjamin Rera of USS De Wert Job: Cryptologic Technician Technical (TECH) Age: 28 Hometown: Baton Rouge, LA Favorite Hobby: Weight Lifting Hero: The Apostle Peter Best Piece Of Advice Received: Be particular, you know how you are. -Paul Rera Goal for Navy: Finish BA and follow on to DDS. Possibly re-enlist as Dental Corps Officer. How has the Navy improved your life?: In the sense of leader ship, the Navy has helped broaden my view, deepen my understanding, and allowed my experience to burgeon. The pride that service to your country provides you certainly instills a sense of honesty, loyalty, respect, and sheer dedication to everything put in front of you. I was a well-cultured person before the Navy, growing up in a meltingpot of ethnicity. Through the Navy I have gained a diverse education in other cul tures; not only from for eign ports, but equally so from ship life on board. Why was this Sailor/ Officer chosen to be highlighted? CTT2 Rera is full of energy and consistently strives for success. He is a self-starter and a motivator for all around him. Recently, he stepped up and took on a huge program, United through Reading. Normally, this program is coordinated by a Senior First Class or a Chief; however, CTT2 requested to take this on and so far has done an outstanding job getting it implement ed. As his CMC, I often wonder if I was as moti vated and driven as CTT2 is back in my SK2 days. I would like to say yes, but given the energy CTT2 has I am not sure. -Photo courtesy of USS De WertCTT2 Benjamin Rera of USS De Wert is being highlighted as the Officer/Sailor of the Week as part of a new section in The Mirror. To get a service member from your command highlighted, email The Mirror at firstname.lastname@example.org THE MIRROR NS MAYPORT, Thursday, October 3, 2013 3
4 THE MIRROR, NS MAYPORT, Thursday, October 3, 2013 HSM-40 Crew Takes On Each Other! Left, Aviation Structural Mechanic 3rd Class Todd Heismann pitches it straight during the kickball competition held at the fields behind the base gym. HSM-40 held a command sports day on Sept. 27 to promote physical fitness and comraderie. Below left, teams gather on the fields for a morning of kickball. Below right, Aviation Machinists Mate 2nd Class Jordan Shaver tries to avoid an out during kickball. -Photos by YN3 (AW) Adam DevineSailors from HSM-40 pull hard against the opposing team during a tug-o-war competition at the command Sports Day on Sept. 27 at Sea Otter Pavillion. Command Master Chief Stephen Roberts tries for a ringer during the horseshoes competition. Above, Naval Aircrewman (Tactical Helicopter) 3rd Class Cody Johnson, middle, watches as Sailors from his command practice chipping the ball during one of several sports competitions held Sept. 27. Right, Aviation Boatswains Mate (Handling) 1st Class Asha Hughes and Aviation Structural Mechanic Airman Caitlin Ventura enjoy the time spent with their command during HSM-40s Sports Day. Aviation Electronics Technician Airman Apprentice Keith Hermiston lets a horseshoe fly during the horseshoes challenge at the HSM-40 command Sports Day on Sept. 27.
THE MIRROR NS MAYPORT, Thursday, October 3, 2013 5 A Sailor goes for a spike during the volleyball competition held as part of HSM-40s command Sports Day on Sept. 27. A Sailor goes in for a block during a basketball game at HSM-40s command Sports Day.Teams wait to see where the ball will go during a volleyball competition. Aviation Electronics Technician 2nd Class Bridgette Wells waits for her turn during a game of cornhole. Aviation Machinists Mate 1st Class Jamale Cross and Aviation Structural Mechanic 1st Class Kelvin Burke keep the grill going during the HSM-40 command Sports Day. Above, Sailors from HSM-40 watch the games underway during the HSM-40 command Sports Day on Sept. 27. Right, Chief Aviation Machinists Mate Luis Ruiz and Chief Naval Aircrewman (Tactical Helicopter) Michael Skinner serve up some food during the sports day. Left and above, Sailors from HSM-40 enjoy playing cornhole during the command sports day.
6 THE MIRROR, NS MAYPORT, Thursday, October 3, 2013 Gettysburg Sees A New Era Of Chiefs Guided-missile cruiser USS Gettysburg (CG 64) welcomed seven new chief petty officers to its ranks on Sept. 14. Chief Gunners Mate Jack Daniels Chief Gunners Mate Jose Vasquez Chief Machinery Repairman Brandon Woodard Chief Fire Controlman Mark Tynes Chief Machinists Mate Robert Woodward Chief Gas Turbine Systems Technician (Mechanic) Deandray Singleton Chief Electricians Mate Gerard Denne The chiefs received their anchors during a ceremony held on board Gettysburg while the ship was conducting opera tions with the Harry S. Truman Carrier Strike Group (HST CSG) in the Arabian Gulf. It is both the greatest honor Ive ever received and the most daunt ing task Ive ever faced to be selected for chief petty officer. said Denne. Every advancement Ive ever had has been in this region. It was the perfect setting. The pinning ceremony followed a transitional period to becoming a chief known as CPO 365. The CPO 365 program allows the chiefs Mess to mentor first class petty officers as they transition from their role as junior enlisted Sailors, to men tors and senior enlisted leaders. This program prepares chiefs to guide junior petty officers, providing knowledge from years of experience, and instilling values through deck plate leadership. Gettysburg is current ly deployed with Harry S. Truman Carrier Strike Group supporting mari time security operations and theater security cooperation in the U. S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility -Photo by MC2 Donald R. White Jr.Chief Machinists Mate Robert Woodward has his anchors pinned on during the chief pinning ceremony aboard the guided-missile cruiser USS Gettysburg (CG 64). Gettysburg is deployed as a part of the Harry S. Truman Carrier Strike Group supporting maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility. -Photo by OS2(SW) Quintrel BrownChief Logistics Specialist (SW) Leketa Gaines and Chief Hull Technician (SW) Kyle Heck of USS Halyburton join the CPO mess during a Chief Pinning ceremony Sept. 13.Reaching Out For Enlisted Rating Subject Matter Experts The latest Advancement Examination Readiness Review (AERR) schedule and volunteer request was announced in Naval Administrative Message (NAVADMIN) 238/13. Navy chiefs (E7 to E9) on active duty, Full Time Support (FTS), and Reservists on Active Duty for Special Work (ADSW) who are interested and motivated to participate in the process that helps identify the most qualified advancement candidates are encouraged to apply. I can think of no bet ter way for a chief petty officer to positively impact his or her entire rating then by participat ing in an Advancement Exam Rating Review, said Naval Education and Training Professional Development Technology Center (NETPDTC) Command Master Chief Cryptologic Technician (Collections) Eddy Mejias. Seasoned chiefs who have served on various platforms, have a variety of NECs, and are at the top of their game as technical experts are exactly who we want to develo padvancement exams. These subject matter experts provide us with the knowledge and expe rience to produce accu rate and valid exams for each rate. Chiefs who are selected as Fleet Subject Matter Experts (FSME) for the AERR panels are respon sible for determining the content of E4 through E7 rating advancement exams. Chiefs with expe rience in multiple plat forms or recent experi ence on a major rating skill-set are highly desir able. There are seven eligibility requirements listed in the nomination package and detailed in the NAVADMIN. Potential applicants should contact NETPDTC for additional information. The application to vol unteer as a FSME must be endorsed by the members command ing officer or officer in charge, as well as their command master chief, senior chief or chief of the boat prior to submission to NETPDTC. The Navy Advancement Center (NAC) AERR fleet liaison, Peter Pappas, coordinates with learning center rat ing managers, detailers and Type Commander (TYCOM) representatives to select the best nomi nees. The FSME selection determination is based on having a well-round ed panel with the exten sive rating knowledge and experience that cor responds with what the rating is tasked to accomplish out in the fleet, said Pappas. NETPDTC continues to seek expe rienced applicants to enable seating panels for every AERR with all of the rating-critical skills included. The FMSE selection process is vital to the development of valid and reliable enlisted examinations. The exam reviews are held at Saufley Field in Pensacola, Fla. and FSME travel is funded by NETPDTC. The reviews run one or two weeks in length with each rating being reviewed about every two years. Updates to the AERR schedule are published quarterly. For application forms and additional require ments, visit https:// wwwa.nko.navy.mil/por tal/careermanagement/ navyadvancementcenter. NKO Technology Gets Refresh The NKO Technology Refresh (NKO-TR) was deployed Sept. 18. Most of NKOs users will see only minor changes to the portals look and feel since the technology refresh replaces the underlying technology. NKO was launched in 2001 to support Naval Education and Training Command (NETC) Training Centers and Schoolhouses, and the last portal software upgrade was in 2004, said Bill Johnson, NKO Project Director. The NKO tech refresh is a major step in delivering the capabilities needed for todays dynamic Navy training environment. The new portal technology improves navigation and search, and provides a cleaner-looking, more intuitive interface. A new global navigation bar provides quick-access links and dropdown menus to more easily find relevant content. System alerts now appear on both the NKO login page and home page. Users are notified in advance of scheduled system outages and receive other important informa tion that may affect NKO access. In addition, replacing NKOs older infrastructure with modern technol ogy will reduce operating costs and position NKO for future Manpower, Personnel, Training and Education (MPTE) portal integration efforts. While many of the tech refresh changes wont be apparent to NKO users, the portal administrators which number about 5,000 will appreciate the expanded configuration options and flexibility, said Johnson. Tutorials and training materials for NKO administrators are available at: https://wwwa.nko.navy. mil/portal/aboutnko/ home/nko-tr. NKO currently has 756 active communities of practice (COPs) and 26,178 active knowledge centers. The NKO-TR project is a collabora tive effort with the Navy Education and Training Command (NETC), the Sea Warrior Program (PMW 240), and OPNAV N156. In accordance with information assurance policy, a Common Access Card (CAC) is required to use NKO. For help, please contact the NAVY 311 at: Phone: 1-855-NAVY311 (1-855-628-9311) DSN: 628-9311 Email: NAVY311@navy. mil> Chat: www.navy311. navy.mil
Chiefs Take Pride In ATG Mayport Heritage Another induction sea son has ended and the Navy has pinned its new est Chief Petty Officers. While the induction sea son marks a time of new beginnings, it is also the chance to reflect on the rich heritage around us. ATG Mayports newest Chief Petty Officers, Chief Operations Specialist (SW) Tavares D. Ricks and Chief Gunners Mate (SW/ AW) Amy L. Hamilton were tasked to research the commands history during induction. What they found was a great war story and the Navy continuing to honor its Sailors and Officers. The story is one about battle, sunken boats and rare events. The new chiefs said that they were amazed to have been unknowingly working and living around such an interesting part of their heritage. As a Chief Petty Officer ,you are charged with keeping the naval heritage and traditions alive, Ricks said. Learning that naval heritage comes from knowing your command history. It does not matter if you are on a ship or at a shore command; there is still some type of naval history in the namesake of the building, he added. You can find naval heri tage in the pictures on the wall or the bell located in our auditorium. When you learn the mean ing of the inscription or research the history of the name, you feel a sense of pride for what that person has accomplished. You get a sense of pride from the building that you are working in. It was 1943 in the Mid-Atlantic and one of the U.S. Navys finest Destroyers was alongside refueling when the report came up to the Bridge. SONAR contact, 1,100 yards! Without pause, the Captain and his Crew sprang into action. Officer of the Deck Emergency Breakaway, Set General Quarters! Aye aye, Captain! Boats, pass the word for Emergency Breakaway and sound the alarm for General Quarters! Aye aye, sir. Sonar, Captain, where away? ,100 yards off the starboard bow and closing, sir! The orders came quick and sharp. The response from the crew was even quicker and sharper. And before most could even comprehend what had just happened, the ship was buttoned up and making its first attack run on the contact. Depth charges fired off the fan tail of the ship with precision and lethality. Ah, but the foe was not going to just roll over and take it. And, the first pass didnt get her. The sec ond pass missed and the Sailors knew they were in the fight of their lives. The third pass missed, too. But, before anyone could start thinking they might be in trouble, the U.S. Navy captain changed his tactic, and made a fourth pass. Oil, clothes, mattresses, dead bodies, and other flotsam all littered to the surface. The crew was ecstatic! What they didnt know, and what we would find out years later, was that the SONAR contact was a German U-boat, U613 to be exact. It had spe cific orders to proceed to Jacksonville and foul the entrance of the harbor to the 25-meter line. The captain of the U.S. Navy Destroyer, a Lt. Thomas H. Byrd, would go on to retire from the Navy as a fullbird Captain and be one of the few people in our history to have a Navy building dedicated in his honor while still alive. He attended the dedication of the building that is now the northernmost portion of ATG Mayports presentday complex. The ship he com manded was the World War I-era destroyer, USS George E. Badger. Her bell graces the ATG audi torium and is used in the ceremonies held there. Now, some of you may be asking, Why tell this story? What does it have to do with the Navy of today? Well, those are terrific questions. But, before the answer is revealed, its quiz time! So, the first question. Remember when the ship was alongside the oiler and they called away Emergency Breakaway and General Quarters? Heres the question: Amidst all the confusion that had to ensue, who do you think made sure the Sailors on the Main Deck organized themselves, acted with precision and safely detached all the UNREP gear? The Chief. Okay, that was too easy. So, you get a second question. All that equipment and all those weapons on George E. Badger were put through its paces in just a few quick minutes engines at full speed, SONAR banging away, rudders causing the ship to heel over, depth charges being set and fired, damage control lockers being manned. But, youre only as good as you train and youre equipment will only work if its maintained. So, heres the ques tion: Who made sure those Sailors knew their jobs and maintained their equipment and weapons day in and day out and who ensured they had the confidence, amidst all the chaos, to use it correctly and lethally? The Chief. So they missed on the first run, and the second run, and the third run. You know by the fourth run, there were some young uns who hazard ed a glance from behind their flash gear, looking around with the beginnings of doubt. Heres your last ques tion: Who do you all think they saw that restored their confidence and kept them focused on the task at hand, who reassured those young Sailors from all walks of life that they were going to win? The Chief. Thats right! The Chief. And, that is how this story from our past is relevant today. The pride of the ATG Mayports two Selectees was evident, as was the pride of the Genuines who spent the last few weeks preparing them for their new mis sion. Their new mission is to develop their leader ship and management skills, skills necessary to accomplish the Navys mission through the Sailors for whom they will be responsible. And, what better place to par ticipate in the great tradition of induction, the pinning ceremony and kick ing off their first day as a Chief than here, at ATG Mayport. A place, as it turns out, that has a rich heritage, storied and steeped in the valiant achievements of unnamed Chiefs and Sailors who answered the call. We often hear and some of us may have said. They dont make Chiefs like they used to. That statement is disingenuous! The Genuines made these Selectees into Chiefs, and will continue to shape them, just as the Genuines before made the Chief of today. That chain of Chiefs goes all the way back, even before the Chiefs in George E. Badger were brought together as a Mess. I am so grateful for those who have lead me to be successful to include my family, leadership, subordinates, and even my peers, Hamilton. At first, I was over whelmed with how much I must learn in such a short amount of time, especially knowing that every day as a Chief, there will always be more to learn, she continued. But I humbly accepted this challenge. My time as a Select will never be forgotten, but I look forward to the trials, tribulations, and duty that come with being The Chief. During the process I have learned the importance of heritage and history. Learning about Afloat Training Group Mayport was not only interesting, but it is important to know where this command came from. This command has grown into such a valuable asset. , Hamilton added. The special emphasis placed on training ships training teams, special evolution teams and watch teams to institutionalize the onboard capability to sustain and improve combat readiness throughout an employment cycle. This task was an honor to complete and to share with fellow Sailors. Lt. Thomas H. Byrd captained USS George E. Badger when it was attacked by a WWII submarinee off the Jacksonville coast.-Photos courtesy of ATG MayportNewly pinned Chiefs, Chief Operations Specialist (SW) Tavares D. Ricks and Chief Gunners Mate (SW/AW) Amy L. Hamilton researched ATG Mayports heritage during the CPO 365 Phase II. Above, USS George E. Badger successfully defended Jacksonvilles coast after it was targeted in 1943 by a WWII German U-boat. Because of the ships effort, the captain was honored with the renaming of ATG Mayport building in his honor. Right, the ships bell from USS George E. Badger is used in ceremonies at ATG Mayport. THE MIRROR NS MAYPORT, Thursday, October 3, 2013 7
-Photos by MC2 Donald R. White Jr.Sailors aboard the guided-missile cruiser USS Gettysburg (CG 64) lower a rigid hull inflatable boat (RHIB) after the crew of a stranded fishing dhow signaled the ship for help. Gettysburg is deployed as part of the Harry S. Truman Carrier Strike Group supporting maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility. Sailors assigned to the guided-missile cruiser USS Gettysburg (CG 64) steer a rigid hull inflatable boat (RHIB) toward a stranded fishing dhow after its crew signaled the ship for help. From Page 1Gettysburgdhows security and wel fare until that aid arrived. Rear Adm. Kevin Sweeney, commander, Harry S. Truman Carrier Strike Group, said the assistance provided by Gettysburg was a good example of how profes sional mariners help each other in time of need. This is what we do as professional mariners, said Sweeney. When someone at sea needs help, we help them. The assistance provided by Gettysburg and her crew will help ensure those fishermen are safe until the local authorities arrive. Gettysburg is currently deployed with the Harry S. Truman Carrier Strike Group supporting mari time security operations and theater security cooperation efforts in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of respon sibility. 8 THE MIRROR, NS MAYPORT, Thursday, October 3, 2013
the door closed. Never open the door until the fire is completely out. If in doubt, get out of the home and call the fire department mitt and a lid nearby. If a small grease fire starts in a pan, smother the flames by carefully sliding the lid mitt). Turn off the burner. Do not move the pan. To ing, do not remove the lid until it is completely on a grease fire. If the fire does not go out, get out of the home and call the fire department. the door closed. If the fire does not go out, get out of the home and call the fire department. Several activities have been scheduled for Fire 7 at 9:30 a.m. at the offbase Child Development Center Building 2287 and 10:45 a.m. at Building and Engine Company ances at both CDCs. conducted on base and live fire extinguisher training at Building 365 p.m. actively supported by fire departments across the country. Fire Prevention ning public health and safety observance on record. -Photo by Paige GnannFishermen line the rocks along the Jetties at the mouth of the St. Johns River, across from Naval Station Mayports RV park, Pelican Roost. The spot is popular with fishermen looking for some fresh catch on the weekends. In the background, ships line the piers of Mayports basin.From Page 1Fire Naming Ceremony Held For 3 DDGs at Naval Base San Diego for the sile destroyers USS John Finn (DDG 113), USS Ralph Johnson (DDG 114) and USS Rafael Peralta (DDG 115) Sept. 20. Friends and family attend ed the ceremony and Lt. Gen. Expeditionary Force command address. Toolan expressed that the their units and set a high stan vices. These three men are exam ples of the service, sacrifice, dedibe that anchor from World War II to Vietnam to Iraq, said Toolan. Were here today to name these destroyers in their honor. These duct a variety of operations, from peace time presence and crisis management, to sea control and of the USS Ralph Johnson, said defending his ship from Japanese and to prevent the enemy from penetrating his patrol perimeter. Nov. 2004. THE MIRROR NS MAYPORT, Thursday, October 3, 2013 9
10 THE MIRROR, NS MAYPORT, Thursday, October 3, 2013 Auto Skills Center Oct. Special: 10% off open stall fees and 4-wheel brake job, turn rotors, tire rotation and balance $225 (most vehi cles). 270-5392 Tire Special: Buy four tires and receive free rotation on those tires for life (must show receipt to receive rotation). 2705392 Beachside Bingo 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. 6 p.m. at Castaways. Test your general trivia knowledge! the winning team of four takes home awesome prizes! 270-7205 NFL Sunday Ticket. Every Sunday at Noon at Castaways. Watch you favorite NFL team on one of Castaways 9 flatscreens. Drink specials throughout the day and opportunity to win prizes every Sunday. 270-7205 Oct. 16: Game Night 7:30 p.m. at Castaways Lounge Enjoy a nigh of your favorite games: LifeSized Jenga, Twister & more. 270-7205 Oct. 18: UFC 166-Velasquez vs. Dos Santos. 10 p.m. at Castaways Lounge. 2707205 Oct. 25: Liberty Halloween Party. 8 p.m. at Beachside Community Center. Be prepared to be scared to death. DJ, food, costume contest, prizes, games and more. 2707205 Community Events Oct. 26: Make a Difference Day 8 a.m.1 p.m. True Blue Navy Family Benefactors has partnered with First Coast News to assist in Naval Station Mayports Lake Wonderwood Project. We are inviting volunteers from the Naval Station Mayport Community to assist in this event focus ing on helping our base community. We will fol low this event with our annual Fall Fest. 270-5228 Oct. 26: Fall Fest 2013. 1-5 p.m. at Sea Otter Pavilion. Free activities include a haunted house, games, rides, bounce houses, take your own pictures in the pump kin patch and more. Food and beverages will be available. A variety of vendors will be on-hand selling arts and crafts, baked goodies, and more. Purchase your seasonal pumpkin from the pumpkin patch. 270-5228 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 ITT Monster Jam Tickets Now On Sale. Tickets are now on sale for Monster Jam on Feb. 22, 2014 at Everbank Stadium. 200s section is $22 and 100s is $42. 270-5145 Halloween Horror Nights Now On Sale. Tickets are now available for Halloween Horror Nights at Universal Studios Orlando select nights from Sept. 20Oct. 31. Prices range from $44.25-$74.25. 270-5145 Jacksonville Zoo Halloween Spooktacular Tickets on Sale. Dates available Oct. 18-20 and Oct. 25-31. Tickets are $9.00, ages 3 and up (under 3 are free) 2705145 Oct. 4: Freedom FridayFreaky Creepy Friday Movie Night. 7-11 p.m. at the Youth Center. Cost is $8 advanced signup and $10 day of, space permitting. 270-5680 Oct. 18: Freedom FridaySpooktacular Costume Dance Party. 7-11 p.m. at the Youth Center. Cost is $8 advanced sign-up and $10 day of. Oct. 19: Teen TripIce Skating at Jacksonville Ice and Sports Complex Departs 6 p.m.; returns no later than 11 p.m. Cost $15. The following activities target single or unaccom panied Sailors. For more information, call 2707788/89 or stop by the Mayport Liberty Center and pick up the month ly activity calendar with a complete listing of all upcoming Liberty events. Oct. 4: Movie Trip. Van Departs 5:15 p.m. at Liberty Center. Transportation only; sign up by Oct. 2. Oct. 6: Paintball. Van Departs 7:30 a.m. at Liberty Center. Cost $15; includes transportation, field fees and gear. Sign up by Oct. 2. Oct. 7: Billiards Tournament. 6 p.m. at Liberty Center. Oct. 11: Halloween Horror Nights at Universal. Van Departs 10 a.m. at Liberty Center. Cost $40.00. Sign up by Oct. 8. Oct. 14: Ping Pong Tournament. 6 p.m. at Liberty Center. Oct. 15: Liberty Programmer Meeting. 4 p.m. at the Liberty Center. This is a chance to tell the programmer what you want on YOUR Liberty Calendar. Free Food! Stop by and bring your ideas! Oct. 16: Help Feed the Homeless. Van departs 3:15 p.m. Sign up dead line Oct. 7. Oct. 18: Mall Trip: Town Center. Van departs Liberty Center at 5 p.m; transportation only. Oct. 20: Jacksonville Jaguars vs. San Diego Chargers. Van Departs 11 a.m. at Liberty Center. Cost $15. Sign up by Oct. 14. Oct. 23: Chess Tournament. 6 p.m. at Liberty Center. Oct. 27: Jacksonville Jaguars vs. San Francisco 49ers. Van Departs 11 a.m. at Liberty Center. Cost $15; Sign up by Oct. 21. Oct. 29: Ping Pong Tournament. 6 p.m. at Liberty Center. Oct. 30: Call of Duty Black Ops Tournament. 6 p.m. at Liberty Center. Intramural Sports Please contact Rita Hammerstad at for more information Oct. 8: Knock Out Domestic Violence 3K Walk/5K Run 8:10 a.m. in front of the gym. Oct. 8: Mens Basketball Meeting. 11 a.m. at the Fitness Center. Oct. 18: Surf Contest. 10 a.m. at Sea Otter Pavilion. Sign up by Oct. 9. Oct. 21-24: Pre-Season Basketball Tournament Sign up by Oct. 14. Oct. 28: Mens Basketball Season Begins Season ends Feb. 13. Mayport Bowling Center Friday Nights: Xtreme Bowling. 8-11 p.m. every Friday at Mayport Bowling Center. $10 include 2 hours of black light bowling, shoe rent al, prizes and dazzling laser light show. 270-5377 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 Oct. 27: Halloween Family Fun Night 4-7 p.m. at Mayport Bowling Center. Enjoy a night of ghoulish fun which includes Xtreme Bowling, shoe rental, goodie bags, costume contest (4 age brackets) and more. $10.00 for adults, $7.00 for children 12 and under. Advanced tickets and reservations required. Call (904) 270-5377 for tickets. 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 Surfside Fitness class schedule Monday 11:30 a.m., Kickboxing Tuesday 9:30 a.m., Yoga 11:30 a.m., Zumba Wednesday 11:30 a.m., Strength Training For Women Thursday 9:30 a.m., Strength Fundamentals 11:30 a.m., Zumba Friday 9:30 a.m., Zumba Basics 11:30 a.m., Strength Training For Women Mayport Sandbox The Mayport Sandbox is a high intensity (H.I.T.) outdoor workout area located oceanfront behind Surfside Fitness Center. The area includes a Pull -up Bar and Ring rig, Kettlebells, Sleds, Tires, TRX Suspension Frame, Slam Balls, Ropes, Ab Mats, Sledge Hammers, Farmers Walk, Olympic Lift area and equipment, Monkey Bars, Low Crawl, Sprint and Drag area. H.I.T. training involves functional pro gramming that will take your workout to the next level. Monday 7-8:30 a.m., Open Sandbox 7:30 a.m., Command Bootcamp 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Open Sandbox Tuesday 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Open Sandbox Wednesday 7-8:30 a.m., Open Sandbox 7 a.m., NOFFS 9:30 a.m., TRX Suspension Training 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Open Sandbox Thursday 7 a.m., Sunrise Yoga 7-8:30 a.m. Open Sandbox 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Open Sandbox Friday 7-8:30 a.m., Open Sandbox 7 a.m., Command Bootcamp. 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Open Sandbox Saturday 9:30-11:30 a.m. Open Sandbox Gymnasium class schedule Monday 11:30 a.m., Spinning 5:45 p.m., Kids Clinic Tuesday 11:30 a.m., Steel Anchor 4:30 p.m., Spinning Wednesday 7 a.m., Rowing 11:30 a.m., Rowing 11:30 a.m., Spinning Thursday 5:30 p.m., Steel Anchor Friday 7:30 a.m., Spinning 11:30 a.m., Rowing -Photo courtesy of MWRThe softball season has come to an end with the Coast Guard coming out on top in the Playoffs. The teams hard hitting and exceptional fielding stopped the Airwolves in their tracks with a 10-4 victory in the finals. The Coast Guard took 2nd in the league with a 14-2 record behind the Phil Seas Champion league 8-0 record before heading to sea.
NEX Mayport Sponsors 1st Chili CookoffThe NEX is inviting all Mayport commands to compete in the 1st annual Last Command Standing Chili Cookoff to be held in front of the Main Exchange on Oct 25. This event is opened to all departments and tenant com mands based at Mayport. This also includes Family Readiness Groups. More than one department from the same command can enter. In addition to competing for the best chili on base, each department or group may use this opportunity to raise funds by selling their chili to custom ers from 11 a.m. -3 p.m. Each group will determine what price they want to sell their chili for. Side dishes and drinks may also be sold but will not be part of the judging. Judging will begin at noon but you may setup as early as you like. A panel of 5 judges will select the three best tasting chili entries. The NEX will award 1st, 2nd and 3rd place prizes to the winners. Each group that enters the contest will receive a certifi cate from the NEX that they can use at a later date for up to 5 percent off their total purchase for their Christmas party or other function (discount not to exceed $250. Some exclusions do apply). To enter, contact Pam Haley at email@example.com prior to Oct 11.NEX Gives Back This Navy Blue Holiday SeasonThe NEX has made some exciting changes to our second Navy Blue Holiday celebration. The Navy Blue Holiday is a time to celebrate the NEXs unique connec tion to the Navy and Navy families, emphasize Navy values and to give back to deserving NEX customers. This year, our Navy Blue Holiday is going to be even bigger and bet ter, said Rear Adm. Robert J. Bianchi (Ret), Chief Executive Officer, Navy Exchange Service Command (NEXCOM). We are very excited to bring our customers more savings, quality and value, and most importantly, say thank you for being a loyal customer of your NEX. The Navy Blue Holiday season will kick off this year on the Navys 238th birthday on Oct. 13. The kick off includes one of the largest single cus tomer giveaways ever! NEXCOM has partnered with its vendor community to give away 1,000 NEX $100 gift cards. Customers can enter for the draw ing beginning October 9 at their local NEX or online at www.myNavy Exchange.com. We are excited to be able to give away $100,000 in NEX gift cards to our customers, said Bianchi. I know there are many other shopping options available. We are thrilled to be able to thank our customers for their sup port throughout the years. It is our honor to give back, because our mis sion is our customers. One thing that hasnt changed is that custom ers will continue to find a great selection of items in all price ranges including prestige brands, nation al mass brands and pri vate brands at excellent savings, plus no sales tax on NEX purchases. Throughout the holiday season, the NEX will offer even more savings and promotions so customers can save even more. In addition, based on the success of last years afloat Navy Blue Holiday sale, NEXCOM will once again be offering spe cial pricing on the most popular gifts through its web store to Sailors and Marines at sea prior to Thanksgiving. From Nov. 24 27, afloat personnel will be able to take advantage of a sale designed just for them. Once again, we tai lored the items for sale to be ones that would appeal most to Sailors and Marines at sea, said Bianchi. They will find electronics, video games, outerwear and holiday gifts that can be sent home to loved ones. Afloat Sailors and Marines can also sign up to win one of the $100 NEX gift cards that are being given away. The Navy Exchange Service Command (NEXCOM) oversees 100 Navy Exchange (NEX) facilities and nearly 300 stores world wide, 40 Navy Lodges, Ships Stores Program, the Uniform Program Management Office, the Navy Clothing Textile and Research Facility and the Telecommunications Program Office. NEXCOMs parent com mand is the Naval Supply Systems Command. NEXCOMs mission is to provide authorized cus tomers quality goods and services at a savings and to support quality of life programs for active duty military, retirees, reserv ists and their families. NEXs and Navy Lodges operate primarily as a non-appropriated fund (NAF) business instru mentality. NEX reve nues generated are used to support Navy Morale, Welfare, and Recreation (MWR) programs. In FY12, $2.8 billion in sales were generated with $45.9 million in dividends pro vided to Navy MWR pro grams. Nail Services At NEXNail care services are now available at the Navy Exchange Salon, located at the Navy Exchange Main Store on Mayport Road. Manicures, pedi cures, acrylic and gel nails, and long-lasting OPI gel polish are avail able. Call the Salon at 242-3249 for an appoint ment and pamper your self. THE MIRROR NS MAYPORT, Thursday, October 3, 2013 11
SWOS Graduates Navys Newest Department Heads Prospective Ops Officer For USS Taylor Earns Top Gunner Department Head Class 223 of the Surface Warfare Officers School (SWOS) graduated Sept. 19 in the schools Admiral Michael G. Mullen Auditorium. The class of 49 Surface Warfare officers, com pleted the 27-week course designed to prepare offi cers for duty as chief engineers, combat sys tems and weapons offi cers, operations officers on all classes of ships, and as first lieutenants on amphibious ships. The course is divided into two major subdivi sions: the Tactical Action Officer (TAO) curriculum focuses on areas such as undersea warfare, air defense, and surface warfare; and Operations, Readiness, Training, and Engineering (ORTE), which explores the specifics of each students pro spective job assignments. The duties and responsibilities of the shipboard department head are sig nificant and reflect a great degree of authority, said Capt. Richard A. Brown, SWOS commanding offi cer. The length of the course is indicative of the investment the Navy has made in the future readi ness of the students and in their importance to the mission of the ship. A significant graduation ceremony is merited to acknowledge these facts and to note each officers passage from student to ships officer. The guest of honor for the ceremony, Rear Adm. Michael Gilday, com mander, Carrier Strike Group 8, shared his experience and some words of wisdom with the gradu ates. We are eager to get you back to where you belong, which is at sea, said Gilday. Theres nothing like being positive. Think about how you will be that department head that your (division officers) want to be. What youre going to do isnt going to be easy. Go out there, confident in who you are and how well youve been trained. Gilday also thanked the families of the students for their enormous contributions to the service and the SWOS staff for their superb training and mentoring. Lt. J.R. Munoz, prospective operations officer for Mine Countermeasures rotational (MCM) Crew Constant, received the Arleigh Burke Award for the graduate recognized by classmates as the individual possessing the strongest leadership, industry and persever ance best exemplifying the fighting spirit of Adm. Burkes Little Beavers of Destroyer Squadron 23. Its a great honor to be selected by my class mates, my shipmates, my peers, who have stayed with me during my time at SWOS, said Munoz. I couldnt have done it without them. This course was definitely a challenge in many regards, both mentally and physi cally and psychological ly. Overall, it was a great course and its definitely going to help me perform my duties. Munoz added that he is eager to get back to sea and stand the watch for which hes been trained. Lt. Jason Holbrook, prospective weapons officer for USS San Jacinto (CG 56), received the City of Newport Award for dem onstrating the highest qualities of profession alism and leadership, as reflected by his over all contributions to Class 223. Lt. Graig Diefenderfer, the prospective opera tions officer for USS Taylor (FFG 50), earned the Top Gunner award for having the highest over all grade point average for the TAO portion of the course. Diefenderfer also received the Newport Navy League Award for academic excellence as the top graduate for department head class 223. Lt. Ken Lusk, prospec tive chief engineer for USS Gonzalez (DDG 66), earned the Top Snipe award for having the highest overall grade point average for the engineer ing portion of the course. The graduates will report to their next assignments aboard ships around the world in the coming months. After more than 50 years, the Department Head course remains the flagship course at SWOS. Approximately 275 stu dents attend the course each year. SWOS is headquartered in Newport, R.I. and oversees nine learning sites, which provide more than 1,000 courses a year to more than 67,000 Sailors. SWOS uses a mix of blended-learning tech niques comprised of instructor-led classes, hands-on labs, simula tion and computer-based training. Courses include specialized training sup porting all enlisted engi neering ratings, and Surface Warfare Officers at every level. Building maritime partnerships, the command also pro vides training to many international students.October Officer Promotion Message Incomplete The office of the chief of naval personnel (CNP) announced Sept. 27 that the October 2013 monthly officer promotion mes sage will not include all officers who are autho rized promotion on Oct. 1, 2013. The following will not be reflected in the October promotion mes sage: -active line and staff O4 -active and reserve All Fully Qualified (AFQ) O3 -active and reserve W3, W4 and W5 Final review of the above-mentioned O4s and O3s was not completed in time for inclusion of those officers in the message. Also, the board results for the active W3, W4, and W5 are still in the approval process and will be announced once the process is complete. Once the respective vetting and approval processes are complete, a supplemental message announcing those officers authorized for promotion will be released by CNP with a retroactive pro motion and pay date as appropriate. -Photo by MC3 Shane A. JacksonAn MH-60R Sea Hawk helicopter delivers a palette of mail on the flight deck of the guided-missile destroyer USS Bulkeley (DDG 84) during a vertical replenishment. Bulkeley is deployed as part of the Harry S. Truman Carrier Strike Group supporting maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility. 12 THE MIRROR, NS MAYPORT, Thursday, October 3, 2013
THE MIRROR NS MAYPORT, Thursday, October 3, 2013 13 4th Fleet Reservist Accomplishes Lifelong GoalLogistics Specialist 2nd Class Owenvbiugie Edoohonba will accom plish one of the goals he set for himself when his career in the Navy began when he is commissioned as a Supply Corps officer in the Navy Reserve next month. Edoohonba, who was born in Nigeria and goes by Owen, recently graduated from Webster University in Jacksonville, earning a masters degree in business administra tion. After eight years as an enlisted Sailor, he was selected in January for a direct commission. I always wanted to be an officer, and I told myself from day one that I would not limit myself, he said. I never took my eyes off of my goal. Education was always a high priority in Edoohonbas family. His father was the head of the elementary school in his hometown of Benin City, in southwestern Nigeria. After finishing high school there, Edoohonba studied at the University of Benin, earning his bachelors degree in electrical engi neering. After college, Edoohonba began work ing with Nigerias National Electric Power Authority but despite a promis ing start to his career, he wanted more out of life. I had family who had gone to the United States, and knew there would be more opportunities there, so I began to explore coming to here, he said. Edoohonba obtained a Permanent Resident Card, also known as a green card, through the State Departments Diversity Immigrant Visa program. The program, started in 1995, makes available 55,000 green cards annually to natives of countries with low rates of immigration to the U.S. In July 2005, at 31, Edoohonba arrived in Austin, Texas, where he had relatives, and began to explore his career options. The Navy gave him the opportunity to become a U.S. citizen, and through the Post 9/11 G.I. Bill, Edoohonba could further his education. Edoohonba enlisted in the Navy. After boot camp at Great Lakes, he attended aviation struc tural mechanic equip ment A School at Naval Air Technical Training Center Pensacola, gradu ating at the top of his class and earning meritorious advancement. As AME3 Edoohonba, he reported to Strike Fighter Squadron 106 at Naval Air Station Oceana, Va. He eventually trans ferred to Patrol Squadron 8 at Naval Air Station Jacksonville, where he completed his five-year active-duty term and transferred to the Navy Reserve. Edoohonba remained in Jacksonville, but changed ratings and became a logistics spe cialist, first drilling with Patrol Squadron 30s aug mentation unit and then transferring to the U.S. Naval Forces Southern Command/U.S. 4th Fleet reserve unit at Naval Station Mayport. Cmdr. David Polatty, who led the 4th Fleet reserve unit until December 2012, said he was deeply honored to be Edoohonbas command ing officer. From the moment he checked onboard the unit, our entire leadership team knew that we had gained a true superstar, Polatty said. His phe nomenal attitude, heart felt care for his fellow Sailors, tenacious work ethic, and love of our Navy and our nation were evident in everything he did. Edoohonba said his family and his late father will be proud of his accomplishments. In Nigeria, fam ily legacy is very impor tant, he said. My father impressed that upon me at an early age. I feel like earning my masters degree and becoming an officer in the Navy will make him, and my family, proud. Photo by MC1 Sean AllenAs a member of the U.S. 4th Fleet reserve unit, Logistics Specialist 2nd Class Owenvbiugie Edoohonba supported the commands Logistics Readiness Center by tracking supplies in the Fleet Logistics Center warehouse at Naval Station Mayport. Edoohonba is scheduled to be commissioned as a Supply Corps officer next month.Information Warriors Work Together To Reach Career Milestone Six Sailors assigned to U.S. Naval Forces Southern Command and U.S. Fourth Fleet earned their Enlisted Information Dominance Warfare Specialist designations Sept. 26 after studying together for as many as 3 hours daily since August. Chief Information Systems Technician (SW/AW) Torivio Hall led Information Systems Technician 1st Class (SW) Faith Elbert, Intelligence Specialist 1st Class Jolene Lovett, Cryptologic Technician Technical 1st Class (SW) Craig Pendergrass, Electronics Technician 2nd Class Harold Holloway II and Intelligence Specialist 2nd Class Hector Serrano in study sessions held over lunch and after work. The group members set an ambitious schedule in hopes of earning their designations as quickly as possible, Hall said. I am proud of each and every one of them, he said. Some group members were keeping up with college class es as well as regular duties and leadership responsibilities dur ing the preparation period. They lost sleep but gained a sense of commitment to one another. I absolutely love the group, said Elbert, who is among those enrolled in college. Based on all the time we spent together, I would say we became a close family. By relying on members from different ratings to explain or expand on the Navy person nel qualification standards, the group also became an efficient board-preparation machine. The contributions of other group members gave Elbert a clearer understanding of what she was studying, which helped her feel more confident when asked intelligence-related questions during her board, she said. Likewise, when Holloway fielded questions from the board, he thought back to examples that group members had provided and used those examples to provide solid information, he said. In passing their boards, the 4th Fleet study group mem bers join the thousands of Sailors who earned the right to wear the Enlisted Information Dominance Warfare Specialist pin since it was created in 2010. By becoming experts in mission areas that are related to their traditional fields, but vastly dif ferent, they also make the Navy stronger, said Cmdr. Bradley Maas, the director of commu nications and information sys tems at 4th Fleet. The breadth of knowledge required to demonstrate mas tery in information dominance is overwhelming at first glance, Maas said. The studying and hard work they invested in their qualification will pay off for them, and the greater Navy as an organization, as we become ever more dependent on the effects of information domi nance across all war-fighting disciplines. U.S. Naval Forces Southern Command and U.S. 4th Fleet employ maritime forces in cooperative maritime security operations to maintain access, enhance interoperability and build enduring partnerships that foster regional security in the U.S. Southern Command area of responsibility. -Photo by Lt. Cmdr. Mike CodySix Sailors assigned to U.S. Naval Forces Southern Command and U.S. 4th Fleet passed their Enlisted Information Dominance Warfare Specialist boards Sept. 26 after studying together during lunch periods and after work since August. They are, from left, Chief Information Systems Technician Torivio Hall, Electronics Technician 2nd Class Harold Holloway II, Intelligence Specialist 2nd Class Hector Serrano, Information Systems Technician 1st Class Faith Elbert, Cryptologic Technician Technical 1st Class Craig Pendergrass and Intelligence Specialist 1st Class Jolene Lovett.FFSC Gears Classes To Military, FamiliesThe 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. Oct. 3, 9 a.m.-noon, Tottle Tyme Playgroup USO Parents and children together meet to share parenting concerns, ideas, and fun! The group invites professionals to address specific areas of concern such as nutrition, toilet training, etc. We even take field trips sev eral times a year to local parks, museums and playgrounds. This group is designed for moms new to the area or moms who want their child to inter act with other children their childs age. All chil dren age four and below are invited to attend. Oct. 3, 10 a.m.-noon, Active Parenting Ages 5-12 FFSC Building 1, Room 607 The program is based on Dr. Michael Popkin, PH.D ACTIVE PARENTING NOW 6 classes. This program is designed to assist you and your family put into practice the skills learned in the class. Specific parenting skills that are dis cussed as well as some of the challenges that are faced by all families include understanding yourself and your child, the four goals of misbe havior, building courage and character in your child, and encourag ing and listening to your child. Each week a differ ent topic is thoroughly covered via discussion, video vignettes, and handbook information. Participation in all 6 sessions is required. Oct. 7, 1-3 p.m., Relationship Communication FFSC Bldg. 1, Room 702 Oct. 7-11 7:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m., Transition GPS Separatee Workshop Bldg. 1, Room 1616 Oct. 9, 9 a.m.12:30 p.m., Military Family Employment Orientation FFSC Bldg. 1, Room 719 Oct. 9, 1:30-3 p.m., Military Family Employment Resume Writing FFSC Bldg. 1, Room 719 Oct. 9, 8:30 a.m.12:30 p.m., Stress Management Wellness Center Oct. 9, 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Developing Your Spending Plan, Bldg. 1, Room 719 Oct. 10, 9 a.m.-noon, Tottle Tyme Playgroup USO Oct. 10, 10 a.m.-noon, Active Parenting Ages 5-12 FFSC Building 1, Room 607 Oct. 15, 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m., Command Liaison FFSC Bldg. 1, Room 719 Oct. 16, 8 a.m.noon, Point of Contact Training, FFSC Bldg. 1, Room 719 Oct. 16, 1-3 p.m., Data Collection Coordinator, FFSC Bldg. 1, Room 719 Oct. 16, 9 a.m.12:30 p.m., Military Family Employment Orientation FFSC Bldg. 1, Room 719 Oct. 16, 1:30-3 p.m., Military Family Employment Resume Writing FFSC Bldg. 1, Room 719 Oct. 17, 9 a.m.-noon, Tottle Tyme Playgroup USO Oct. 21, 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m., Ombudsman Basic Training, FFSC Bldg. 1, Room 607 Oct. 21-25, 7:30 a.m.4:30 p.m., Transition GPS Separatee Workshop Bldg. 1, Room 1616 Oct. 22, 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m., Ombudsman Basic Training, FFSC Bldg. 1, Room 607 Oct. 22, 10 a.m.-noon, What About The Kids?, FFSC Building 1, Room 702 Children who witness family violence are often forgotten as the unintended victims. A wide range of child adjustment prob lems has been found to be associated with expo sure to domestic violence. Parents need to see, understand the effects of domestic violence on children as encompass ing behavior, emotion, development and social ization. Parents need to understand that there is an intergenerational cycle of violence and they may be creating a legacy for their child of learned vio lent behavior. The pur pose of this program is not to shame parents for events that have already happened, but to instill hope that things can change. The knowledge that the violence, which many parents incorrectly believe is unseen by their children, is negatively impacting their childrens growth and development and may provide an additional motivator for end ing the violence and seeking intervention. Oct. 23, 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m., Ombudsman Basic Training, FFSC Bldg. 1, Room 607 Oct. 23, 9 a.m.12:30 p.m., Military Family Employment Orientation FFSC Bldg. 1, Room 719
14 THE MIRROR, NS MAYPORT, Thursday, October 3, 2013 2013 Marine Corps Marathon And Freedom 5k Join us for the 10th Anniversary Marine Corps Marathon and Freedom 5K down at Metropolitan Park on Saturday, Oct. 5. Over 3,500 runners take to the roads at 7 a.m.! Come out for one of Jacksonvilles finest races. For registration forms, stop by either your Mayport or NAS Jax USO Centers. There will be age group awards, overall prize payouts, a challenged athletes divi sion, and medals to all finishers. Southern Womens Show The Southern Womens show will be at the Prime Osborn Convention Center on Oct. 17-20. Come on out to enjoy food, fashion, celebrity guests, health informa tion, along with beauty and lifestyle informa tion. For more informa tion please visit: www. southernwomensshow. com. Mayport and NAS JAX USO Centers are selling tickets for $5 each/ cash only. Tickets will also be available for purchase through the ITT office at Kings Bay. Military Spouse Vendor Show Looking for holiday gift ideas? Are you a military spouse with a small busi ness? If you answered yes to either of these questions, the Military Spouse Vendor Show at the Mayport USO on November 2 from 9 a.m.3 p.m. is for you. Please email milwivesbusines firstname.lastname@example.org for more information or to become a vendor. Vendor slots fill fast, so sign up today. Jaxtoberfest Tickets The Mayport and NAS Jax USO centers are sell ing discounted tickets to Jaxtoberfest. General admission tickets are $6 each/cash only for either day (a 25% sav ings) and VIP tickets for $35 (a $5 savings). VIP tickets are for Saturday only. Children under 12 do not require a ticket. Dont miss this inau gural event Oct. 11-12. There will be traditional German music and dancing, food and drinks, games, and a kinderfest for all ages. Activities at the kinderfest include pumpkin decorating, face painting, bouncy houses, pumpkin bowling, wie ner dog racing, birdhouse decorating, and more. No alcohol will be served at the kinderfest. Activities at the games include a beer barrel race, brat eat ing competition, stein holding competition, corn hole, apple pie eat ing contest, paintball, over-sized jenga, and over sized connect four. Tickets are open to Active Duty, National Guard, Reservists, Retirees, DOD, Veterans with I.D., and dependents. Visit jax toberfest.com for more information. Are You Ready For Some Football? Jaguar Ticket sales will begin at noon. Price is $15 per ticket (cash only). All active duty mem bers, including Florida National Guard, Reserve personnel who are on current active duty orders and dependents are eligi ble to purchase/use these tickets. Tickets are first come, first served. Military Spouse COMPASS Program COMPASS is a spouseto-spouse mentoring program that introduces participants to all aspects of the military lifestyle. COMPASS offers mili tary spouses the oppor tunity to establish a peer network, acquire knowl edge and develop skills necessary to successfully meet future challenges of military life. Please come join us! Well be sure to make you smile, help you meet other spouses, pro vide you with YUMMY Dinners, and even reim burse you for babysitting fees** (please inquire with a Compass Mentor for more info). Registration IS REQUIRED! Please visit www.gocompass.org to find a Session near you. There is a computer resource center avail able to all service mem bers with email, Internet and word processing. Fax, copy and free notary ser vice is also available. There is a full kitchen, showers, a quiet reading room and a meeting room available at the USO. The USO is available for meetings, support groups, receptions, parties and pre-deployment briefs. A TV, VCR and overhead projector are available for use. For more information about activities or meet ing availabilities, call 2463481 or stop by the center at 2560 Mayport Road. Saturday, Oct. 5 The 41st Annual Rock Shrimp Festival continues its long-standing tradi tion of family fun in his toric St. Marys, Georgia. The festival presents a full day of events includ ing a 5K and 10K races, 1-mile Kids Fun Run and a themed parade featur ing decorated floats, fire trucks, tractors, golf carts, and more. The streets will be overflowing with all day entertainment, dem onstrations, arts & crafts vendors and food concessionaire. For informa tion or questions contact the St. Marys Convention & Visitors Bureau at 912.882.4000 visit www. smkiwanis.com. Join a park ranger at 2 p.m. and discover the importance of estuarine systems that surround the inshore sides of barrier islands like those of the Talbot Islands State Parks complex. This rangerguided hike along the salt marsh will help point out why these areas are one of the most productive eco systems on Earth. This program will take place at the Ribault Club on Fort George Island Cultural State Park. No reserva tions are necessary and the program is free. Oct. 10-13 Aviation Boatswains Mates Association Jacksonville Chapter will hold its Fall Jam & Campout at Grassy Pond Recreation area at 5360 Grassy Pond Road, Lake Park, Georgia. For reservations: call (229) 5595840. Friday, Oct. 11 The Ladies Auxillary Fleet Reserve Association Unit #290 will have a potluck dinner from 5-8 p.m. Donation $8 at our branch home 390 Mayport Rd., Atlantic Beach. The dinner is open to the puplic. Take out orders welcome. For more information, call 2466855. Oct. 11-12 The United States Southeast Navy Band Pride will perform at the inaugural Jaxtoberfest Family Fall Festival. Pride will join musical acts The Rhinelanders German Band, a polka playing sensation and the Swinging Bavarians, offering a traditional German show complete with Lederhosen! Jacksonvilles very own First Coast Wind Ensemble will also per form along with many other melodious groups. Go online www.jaxtober fest.com to learn more about the musical tal ents and other family fun activities. Saturday, Oct. 12 Tree Hill Nature Center will hold a free Music on the Hill community music festival from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. All events will be held at the Joseph A. Strasser Amphitheater. The pumpkins arrive and the pumpkin patch opens at Christ United Methodist Church Neptune Beach, 400 Penman Road. Join us as the Beaches communities celebrate this annual tra dition. For more information, contact the Church Office at 249-5370.Out in Town COMMUNITYCALENDARSame-Sex Spouses of Military Retirees Now Eligible For Survivor Benefits Program Same-sex spouses of military members and retirees will now be eli gible for Survivor Benefit Plan (SBP) coverage according to an Assistant Secretary of Defense memorandum. SBP coverage is a ben efit extended to same-sex couples after the June 26 Supreme Court ruling on the Defense of Marriage Act in addition to medical, dental, and with-dependent Basic Allowance for Housing (BAH) benefits. NAVADMIN 218/13 was released Aug. 29 to provide Navy guid ance on the Department of Defense memo dated Aug. 13 that announced the plan to extend bene fits to same-sex spouses of uniformed service mem bers and Department of Defense civilian employ ees. Effective from June 26, a service member who becomes eligible to par ticipate in the SBP under 10 U.S.C. 1448(a)(1) and is married to a same-sex spouse shall have the SBP program applied as for any other married couple under U.S.C. 1448. A ser vice member who was married to a same-sex partner upon becom ing eligible to participate in the SBP prior to June 26, and who was mar ried prior to the date, will have until June 25, 2014 to make a spouse election under 10 U.S.C. 1448(a) (3). If an election is not received on or before June 25, 2014, full spousal coverage will be entered and the member shall be responsible for premium payments effective from June 26, 2013. A service member who was not married upon becoming eligible to participate in SBP, but who married a same-sex spouse before June 26, shall have until June 25, 2014 to make a spouse election under 10 U.S.C. 1448(a)(5). If the elec tion is not received on or before that date, the ser vice member shall be prohibited by law from mak ing such an election. Additionally, a ser vice member who mar ried a same-sex partner on or after June 26, and has insurable interest coverage under 10 U.S.C. 1448(b) may terminate that coverage and, if eli gible, elect spousal coverage under 10 U.S.C. 1448 (a)(5). The Department of Defense recognizes all marriages that are certi fied with a valid marriage certificate. Other entitle ments, such as BAH, family separation allowance and medical expenses are retroactive to the date of the Supreme Courts decision, June 26. For those married after June 26, entitlements will begin on the date of marriage. Spousal and family ben efits, including ID cards, were made available to same-sex spouses begin ning Sept. 3. Enrollment in the SBP is not automatic. Individuals must take action to confirm each service member is receiv ing the benefits to which he or she is entitled. It is incumbent upon the ser vice member to ensure he or she is enrolled and up to date on their intended beneficiaries. TRICARE Prime Service Area Reduces The Defense Department reduced the number of TRICARE Prime service areas in the United States beginning Oct. 1, affecting about 171,000 retirees and their family mem bers. Those beneficiaries, who mostly reside more than 40 miles from a military clinic or hospital, received a letter ear lier this year explaining their options. They will receive a second letter later this month. TRICARE Management Activity officials said changing the location of Prime service areas has been planned since 2007 as part of the move to the third-generation of managed care support contracts and will allow them to continue their commitment to making highquality health care available while supporting DOD efforts to control the rising cost of health care for 9.6 million beneficia ries. Health care under TRICARE Prime costs about $600 more annually per enrollee, but on average, each member of a family of three using TRICARE Standard will pay only about $20 more per month than if they were using Prime. The first thing TRICARE beneficiaries should know about the reduction in the number of Prime service areas is that it doesnt mean theyre losing their TRICARE benefit, said Dr. Jonathan Woodson, assis tant secretary of defense for health affairs. Next, its impor tant to remember this change does not affect most of the more than 5 million people using TRICARE Prime, and [it affects] none of our active duty mem bers and their families. All affected beneficiaries will receive a letter this month fol lowing up on their initial noti fication to ensure they have the time and information to make important decisions about their future health care options, officials said. Current details on Prime ser vice areas and the option for beneficiaries to sign for email updates are available at http:// www.tricare.mil/PSA. A ZIP code tool is available on the site to help beneficiaries determine if they live in an affected area. As always, officials noted, TRICARE beneficiaries still are covered by TRICARE Standard. For those living within 100 miles of a remaining Prime service area, re-enrolling in Prime may be an option, depending on availability. To do this, beneficiaries must waive their drivetime standards, and they may have to travel long distances for primary and specialty care. I urge all impacted ben eficiaries to carefully consider their health care options they should talk them over with family members and their current health care provider, Woodson said. Many beneficiaries may be able to continue with their current provider using the Standard benefit. Being close to your health care team usually offers the best and safest access to care. Those enrolled in TRICARE Prime are assigned a primary care provider who manages their health care. Retirees pay an annual enrollment fee and have low out-of-pocket costs under this plan. TRICARE Standard is an open-choice option with no monthly premi ums and no need for referrals, but it has cost shares and an annual deductible. The Prime service areas being eliminated are not close to existing military treatment facilities or base realignment and closure sites, officials said. Prolonged protests resulted in a staggered transition, they added, and all Prime service areas were retained until all three new regional contracts were in place. The West region completed the transition April 1. Same-Sex Spouse Benefits Available The Department of Defense has extended benefits to same-sex spouses of uniformed service members and Department of Defense civilian employees, according to a DOD news release. After a review of the departments benefit policies following the Supreme Courts ruling that Section Three of the Defense of Marriage Act is unconstitution al, and in consultation with the Department of Justice and other executive branch agencies, the Defense Department made spousal and fam ily benefits available regardless of sexual ori entation, as long as ser vice member-sponsors provide a valid marriage certificate. The DOD remains committed to ensuring that all men and women who serve in the U.S. military, and their fami lies, are treated fairly and equally as the law directs. Entitlements such as TRICARE enrollment, basic allowance for housing and family sep aration allowance are retroactive to the date of the Supreme Courts decision. Any claims to entitlements before that date will not be granted. For those members married after June 26, 2013, entitlements begin at the date of marriage. The DOD recognizes that same-sex military couples who are not stationed in a jurisdiction that permits same-sex marriage would have to travel to another juris diction to marry. That is why the department will implement policies to allow military personnel in such a relation ship non-chargeable leave for the purpose of travelling to a jurisdic tion where such a mar riage may occur. This will provide accelerated access to the full range of benefits offered to married military couples throughout the depart ment, and help level the playing field between opposite-sex and samesex couples seeking to be married. For civilian benefits administered govern ment-wide to federal employees, the DOD will follow the Office of Personnel Management and the Department of Labors guidance to ensure that the same benefits currently avail able to heterosexual spouses are also avail able to legally married same-sex spouses.
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