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Check us out Online! mayportmirror.com Commands Take MWR Challenge-Photo by Paige GnannCrewmembers of USCG Cutter Valiant are cheered on as they pull against Sailors from Afloat Training Group Mayport during the Tug-o-War competition at this years MWR 2013 Fall Sports Challenge. Valiant didnt win the challenge, but they did take home this years trophy. Find out the break down of all the winners, plus more photos and the full story, Pages 4-5. See all the photos online at www.mayportmirror.com 4th Fleet Sailors Speak At Jax Schools During Week of ValorSailors assigned to U.S. 4th Fleet at Naval Station Mayport spoke at local elementary, middle and high schools Nov. 12-15 in support of Jacksonville Week of Valor. The city-sponsored ini tiative, Week of Valor is a citywide event that salutes the sacrifice and service its military women and men, and Jacksonvilles growing military veter ans community, and is designed to showcase Jacksonville as one of the most military-friendly cities in the country. 4th Fleet Command Master Chief David Tellez visited First Coast High School, and spoke to stu dents about the values he learned in the Navy and how they can be applied to everyday life, and answered questions the students had about the Navy. Whether you join the military or not after high school, chase your dreams, and know that it will take hard work, and dedication. Said Tellez. Devan Skapetis, a physics teacher at First Coast was pleased his students had the opportunity to interact with a member of the Armed Forces. It was great having Master Chief speak to the students, especially dur ing Week of Valor. These young men and women will be graduating high school next year, so hav ing someone speak to them about the Navy, and their options is a huge benefit. Said Skapetis. -Photo by MC1 Sean Allen4th Fleet Command Master Chief David Tellez talks about his experiences in the Navy with students from First Coast High School during Week of Valor 2013. Week of Valor is a citywide event that salutes the sacrifice and service of our military women and men, and Jacksonville's growing military veterans community. ApprenticeApplicationGets EasierThe United Services Military Apprenticeship Program (USMAP) announced website updates Nov. 14, simplifying the process for Sailors working toward civilian credentials by documenting their daily work. The USMAP team works closely with the Department of Labor (DOL) to provide nationallyrecognized apprenticeship programs that result in journeyman-level certificates of completion for members of the Navy, Marine Corps and Coast Guard. Service members receive credit for the hours they are working in their rating or military occu pational specialties (MOS), similar to their civilian counterparts working in an apprenticeship. The program is free to service members and requires minimal time outside of the normal work day. To improve our service and meet the grow ing demand we are constantly tweaking our web site, said Tom Phillips, USMAP Certification and Credentialing Program lead. The site is now more concise and easier-to-use since weve rearranged information, enabled user login without a CAC card, removed trades already completed by the user and improved local command resources. Phillips noted that the program has experienced significant and constant growth over the past several years. Over 8,100 service members earned journeymanlevel certificates through USMAP in the fiscal year 2013 and there are nearly 74,000 active participants in the program, which is the highest level of involvement we have ever seen, added Phillips. With the economy in flux and the military looking at future downsizing, many service members are looking for a leg-up to differentiate themselves for current and future employment and this program certainly helps them accomplish that. See Apprentice, Page 12 See Valor, Page 10
2 THE MIRROR, NS MAYPORT, Thursday, November 21, 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 Shipmates, Ive got to tell you how much I enjoyed participating in this falls sports chal lenge. This was my first opportunity to participate and BZs go out to MWR Sports Coordinator Rita Hammerstad and her team for putting on such a wonderful event. Congratulations to US Coast Guard Cutter Valiant for bringing home this years trophy. They came at us hard and ended up winning several events including the CO/CMC Canoe Race. Thats fine, because now I know all the tricks and Ill be out to get them in the Spring. Additional BZs go out to MWR, Security and the whole Naval Station Mayport team for their hard work put ting together a fantastic concert featur ing country music star Tim McGraw and rising star Tyler Farr at the Chase Presents Live from the HomeFront concert here on Nov. 10. More than 16,000 country music fans filled the concert area to enjoy the free show and from my view it looked like everyone had a great time. One last BZ goes out to the Oasis Galley and the Multi-cultural Committee for recognizing American Indian and Alaska Native Heritage Month yester day. American Indian and Alaska Native Heritage Month is observed Nov. 1 through Nov. 30. More than 12,000 Sailors and 1,500 civilians of Native American and Alaska Native heritage serve in our great Navy. I want everyone to know that the Commissary is adjusting its hours for the Thanksgiving holiday starting Nov. 24. The store will be open Sunday from 9 a.m.-6 p.m., Monday-Friday from 9 a.m.7 p.m. and 9 a.m.-6 p.m. on Saturday. The Commissary will be closed on Thursday. One of the many things I have noticed since moving to Jacksonville is how much this city loves its military service members and veterans. It was never so apparent to me than last Monday when I participated in the Jacksonville Veterans Day Parade downtown. Thousands of people lined the streets to show their patriotism and to just say thanks for our service. And it wasnt just one day, it was two weeks of events span ning from Nov. 6 with the JAX Chamber Military Appreciation Luncheon to the Nov. 17 Jacksonville Jaguars Military Appreciation Game in which our Sailors helped hold the flag during the pregame ceremonies. Its really a great feeling to know that the community you live in values your commitment and sacri fice. Jacksonville is a special place and I am truly glad to live and work here. If you have the means to give back a little, please remember that the USO Mayport is holding a holiday food drive to help out local Sailors that may need some extras to make their Thanksgiving special. Our local USO is a valuable resource and they are truly interested in helping our Sailors and their families enjoy the holidays. With the holiday season rapidly approaching, I want to remind everyone to be safe during the festivities. If you plan on drinking alcoholic beverages, please make sure you have a designated driver. If you dont have a Mayport Club 2000 card, please see your chain of command. If you are not familiar with the Mayport Club 2000 card program, its a program that provides free taxi rides to service members that may require them. The MWR 2000 card can be used in Duval, Clay, Baker, Nassau or St. Johns counties and is available to all military personnel assigned to NS Mayport and its tenant commands. Call 270-5401 for your ride. Please continue sending your suggestions to the COs suggestion box or email them to firstname.lastname@example.org. Capt. Wesley McCall NS Mayport Commanding Officer All students can learn. However, a student who is troubled cannot learn as easily. When students deal with physical illness, divorce, abuse, or pover ty, for example, it places them at-risk of educa tional failure and maybe dropping out of school. Military students have the added social stressor of deployment: transi tions, family relocations, and extended separa tions. Students and par ents report mobility as the most challenging aspect of the military. Most young people report the greatest stress is antici pation of the move and then the first month of the move. Add to that aca demic adjustment and peer acceptance through out the first year of the move and a family may be left with a sense of little control over their envi ronment. Early intervention is essential, and par ents play a vital role. Professional school counselors can also help. A school counseling program which provides direct services and is guided by a professionally trained school counselor is a critical component of a schools prevention efforts in the 21st century. The professional school counselor is a certified educator trained in school counseling with unique qualifications and skills to address all students aca demic, personal/social, and career development needs. As a parent, your past experiences with a school counselor may be vastly different than the experi ences your child will now have in school. Today professional school counselors advocate, mediate, coordinate, refer, lead and collaborate with teachers, administrators and par ents to help students be successful. They provide services not only to stu dents in need but to all students through specialized groups, academic planning programs, inter pretation of assessment results, exploration of college/career options, and one-on-one conferencing to name of few. Now that the first report card has gone home, it may be time to initiate contact with your childs school counselor. If your child is struggling aca demically or behaviorally, the counselor may assist you in providing a posi tive school experience for your child. Depending on the grade your child is in, whether he is in a special program, a mag net school, or on a special diploma track, now is the perfect time to determine what needs to happen when. It is not too late to craft positive changes to be implemented for the rest of the school year. Consider scheduling a conference to discuss your childs challenges and concerns, especially if this is your childs first year in this school. As a parent, you know your child best. However, school counselors can offer options for dealing with concerns, including better ways to communi cate with your child and with the childs teacher(s). By sharing informa tion with each other, you establish a helping rela tionship, which can turn problems around. School counselors are excellent resources; however, they do not provide therapy or long-term counseling. Referrals to outside agen cies may be initiated at the school. But remember that parent-school collaboration takes time and work. This collaboration requires tenacity because things dont always go perfectly at first. But when parents work with schools, their children tend to have greater social adjustment. They get along better with fellow students and teachers. They communicate more effectively, and believe it or not, some times they do their homework more willingly. By taking advantage of all the school counseling department has to offer, you can help your child start off on the right foot and stay there for the remainder of this school year. 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.Connecting With Your Childs School Counselor For A Successful School YearJudy Cromartie School Liaison Officer Our ability to laugh at everyday life helps us to keep things in perspec tive. If we laugh more with our family and friends, we will feel better and so will they. Research studies show that humor and laughter help people live longer, happier lives, be more creative and productive, and have more energy with less physi cal discomfort. Laughter reduces stress, fear, intimidation, embarrassment, and anger. Humor and laughter have amazing healing power. When one laughs, blood pressure decreases, heart rate and respiration increase, the body releases endorphins, and depression declines. And the good feeling that accompanies laughter has a lasting effect. On average, children laugh 400 times a day, while adults only laugh 15 times a day. We may wonder why there is such a big difference and why children seem to cope with life better than adults. Perhaps it is because children laugh, play, have fun, and are spontaneous. When we become adults, we may start to get too seri ous, maybe even boring! Humor is about how we see things, the way we think, and our attitude. Perhaps a key to having a good sense of humor and being happy is becoming more childlike. Making a conscious effort to introduce humor into daily life at home can help set the tone for a fun environment and put everyone at ease. Humor can help us make the mental transition from work to home. We should avoid coming home act ing tired and irritable. We are usually able to be our best at work, but what about at home? Humor and laughter can have a calming effect on the home environment. Humor may be even more important than a vacation because it can be part of our lives every day. Humor and laughter can give us a much needed break. As we read in the Bible, A merry heart does good, like medicine (Proverbs 17:22). Humor and laughter improve our communi cation and relationships. People are more recep tive when they are having fun. Laughter helps us create memories. Humor can lead to positive learning experiences because it makes us laugh and feel good which helps us remember. Humor builds friend -Chaplain Luke Wilson CNSL Ministry Center Apply Healthy Dose Of Humor To Life See Chaplain, Page 7
CNRSE Cuts Energy Costs With Switch4GoodAn increasing number of residents throughout the Southeast Region are reducing energy bills through the Switch4Good energy savings program, which is now in place at 11 of the regions installations. Balfour Beatty Investments, the Navys housing management partner, designed the program to inform housing residents on ways to reduce energy consumption and lower their energy bills. The company decided to expand Switch4Good to installations throughout the region after a pilot progam at Travis Air Force Base in 2011 reduced energy consumption by 18 percent. The program rolled out alongside the Resident Energy Conservation Program (RECP) and attrib uted to the success and effectiveneness of meeting energy savings expectations, said Richard Dye, Navy Region Southeast (NRSE) housing program director. Participation in the Switch4Good program has been outstanding and impact on energy savings has been right in line with, or exceeded, expectations. The programs first phase began in October and consisted of a three-month period where residents received mock bills and energy saving tips. The mock reports and saving tips served as a tool for residents to know how much energy they were using compared to like homes, Dye said. It was a good opportunity for residents to monitor and change any behavior that could help to reduce their consumption before actual billing started. Under RECP, utility accounts are either charged or credited if they are more than 10 percent over or under the established baseline energy consumption. The mock billing period provided residents three months to monitor and change any behavior to help reduce consumption before actual billing started. According to Tabitha Crawford, senior vice presi dent of sustainability and innovation, Balfour Beatty Investments, the program has been a success. The program clearly demonstrates that using smart meter data to provide personalized habit cues for residents results in reduced energy consumption, without retrofits, Crawford said. With housing comprising 20-25 percent of a military installations energy con sumption, this program is an important tool in sup porting the sustainability goals of our Army, Navy and Air Force partners. Switch4Good consists of three levels of resident engagement: Info and Peers, Digital Outreach and In-Home Coaching. The application of these methods varies from base to base. Info and peers is in place at 11 of the regions installations, Dye said. Residents receive monthly savings reports and access to a web portal with feedback on household energy usage. Its a great tool because they have immediate access to energy consumption data that updates every hour. Digital Outreach provides participating residents the same resources as Info and Peers, but with personalized, detailed tracking and analysis of their energy consumption via Twitter and text messages. Its very precise monitoring of energy usage, not just throughout the base, but for each individual house hold, Dye said. If there is a consistent spike in energy usage during certain times of the day, you might receive a text or tweet, then residents can take a look and determine what happened during that time that may have caused the spike. Its a valuable tool for people to become more efficient energy consumers. So far, Digital Outreach has been implemented on board three installations: Joint Base Charleston, Naval Air Station (NAS) Jacksonville and NAS Pensacola. More than 1,800 homes are eligible to enroll in the voluntary program. In addition to Digital Outreach and Info and Peers, residents on board NAS Key West and Naval Station Mayport have access to home visits from a personal trainer. These optional visits are designed to engage the entire family on specific ways to reduce energy costs. Many people dont realize how much energy they can save through very simple practices, Dye said. For example, they might not realize how much they could save from limiting television use or simply unplugging the television when theyre done. According to Lea Williford, regional team lead for public and private ventures, even a modest reduction in energy usage throughout the region can have a significant impact on the installations total consumption. A reduction of 10 percent in energy costs across the 11 installations currently implementing Switch4Good would result in savings of more than $100,000 monthly and more than $1 million annually, Williford said. Its good for both the Navy and base residents, because the money saved from lower utility bills goes back to the community to help pay for maintenance and updgrades. In addition, residents can receive a rebate for using less energy than the baseline. As of June, energy consumption was down 10-15 percent at installations using the program. Base residents interested in enrolling in the Switch4Good program should contact their base housing authority. -Photo by Lt.j.g. Sean MenezesLogistics Specialist 2nd Class Joshua Gavitt and Gunners Mate 2nd Class Caleb Rosariogarcia prepare to conduct maritime security operations. THE MIRROR NS MAYPORT, Thursday, November 21, 2013 3
4 THE MIRROR, NS MAYPORT, Thursday, November 21, 2013 Mayport Cutter Makes Valiant Effort To Win Sports ChallengeFifty points was enough to push one Coast Guard team out of of the way for the other to take home bragging rights as the winner of the 2013 MWR Fall Sports Challenge. Scoring an overall 1150 points, U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Valiant won a total of five events, includ ing the CO/CMC Canoe Challenge to edge out the U.S. Coast Guard Mayport into second place with 1100 points. Third place overall winner this year was FRCSE Mayport again with 850 points. Competing over four days, Nov. 12-15, this seasons Sports Challenge had more than 300 par ticipants from 13 different commands from Naval Station Mayport and U.S. Coast Guard. The first day opened with a win for Valiant in the CO/CMC Canoe Race and the Experienced Canoe Race. U.S. Coast Guard Mayport had its first win of the Challenge in Kickball while USS Hu City brought home wins in Bowling and 3-on-3 Basketball. On day two, HSM-40 made a splash as the winners of the Swim Relay while Valiant made strides as the winner of the Baton Relay. The Chicago 16 Softball tournament was cancelled this year due to inclement weather. On day three, Valiant took the day in Golf while Coast Guard Mayport showed its dominance in Dodgeball. Harbor Ops flew to victory in Frisbee Golf, while CSCS Mayport won Horseshoes and USS Hu City sunk the 8-ball in pool. The last day of compe tition, U.S. Coast Guard Mayport spiked a win in Volleyball, the Strongman Competition and TugoWar, while FRCSE dominated Cornhole. Valiant brought home its last win of the day in Cricket Darts. Seaman Alejandro Romero of Valiant was named MVP for this years Sports Challenge. The MWR Sports Challenge is a bian nual event held in the Fall and Spring. The next challenge is scheduled for April 2014. For more information, contact Rita Hammerstad at 270-5451. -Photos by Paige GnannNS Mayport Commanding Officer, Capt. Wes McCall awards the MWR Sports Challenge trophy to the crew of U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Valiant after their win at the Fall Sports Challenge held Nov. 12-15. McCall and First Command representative Art Porcelli present Seaman Alejandro Romero of Valiant with MVP plaque. Command teams gather behind the CPO Club for the Horseshoes competition held Nov. 14, part of 17 events planned for the Fall Sports Challenge. Capt. Dan Uhls and CMDCM Jimmie Carter Jr. get a lift back to shore after tipping over their canoe during the CO/CMC race. NS Mayport CMDCM Bob White, left, and Commanding Officer, Capt. Wes McCall, right, present the CO/CMC Canoe Challenge trophy to U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Valiant with help from representatives from sponsor, Navy Federal Credit Union. Coast Guard Mayport goes for the ball during their game of Volleyball against HSL-60.Security throws the ball toward the Hu City team during the Dodgeball competition. Other commands watch as DESRON 40 pulls against Coast Guard Mayport. Aviation Electronics Technician 2nd Class (AW) Dallis Bellamy and Aircrew Survival Equipmentman Airman Nathan L Jasko of HSM-40 swim their canoe back to shore after tipping over during the Experienced Canoe Race.
THE MIRROR NS MAYPORT, Thursday, November 21, 2013 5 A Sailor from USS Hu Citys volleyball team goes for a hit during their game between CSCS Detachment Mayport. A Coastie from U.S. Coast Guard Mayport tries to sidestep with the ball during their game of 3 on 3 Basketball with Mayport Security. FRCSE Mayport swimmers try to encourage their team mate during the Swim Relay event.-Photo by Lt.j.g. Sherrie FlippinA Sailor from CSCS takes his shot during 8-Ball. The FRCSE Strongman team carries a barbell and weights down the course during the competition. Coast Guard Mayport pulls out a victory by seconds during the Strongman Competition. A Sailor from ATG Mayport runs with 200 pounds, part of the Strongman competition. Teams from HSM-40 and FRCSE play against each other during the Cornhole competition, Mayport Security runs to first while the team from CSCS go after the ball during the Kickball competition.
Auto Skills Center November Special: Coolant flush $40 and free antifreeze check. 270-5392 Dec. Special: 10% off deluxe oil change. 270-5392 Dec. 3-13: Free Pre-Leave Vehicle Inspection at the Auto Skills Center. Dec. 3-13 from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Before you head home on leave, stop by the Auto Skills Center for a vehicle inspection. Call ahead for an appointment. 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. 270-7204 Nov. 29: Black Friday at Beachside Bingo. 6:30 p.m. Join us on Black Friday for spe cials, double payouts and more. 270-7204 Dec. 15: Kids Christmas Bingo 12:30 p.m. at Beachside Bingo. $10 per person (includes bingo, hot dogs, soda, cook ies, and prize drawing). Special appearance by Santa. 270-7204 or 270-5145 Castaways Lounge Every Weekday: Castaways After Work, At Ease: Stop into Castaways every MondayFriday 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! 270-7205 Every Thursday: Trivia on Tap. 6 p.m. at Castaways. Test your general trivia knowledge! the winning team of four takes home awesome prizes! 2707205 Every Sunday: NFL Sunday Ticket. Every Sunday at Noon at Castaways. Watch you favorite NFL team on one of Castaways 9 flat-screens. Drink specials throughout the day and oppor tunity to win prizes every Sunday. 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 all-you-candrink soft drinks for $1. Trivia begins at 5:30 p.m. All Khakis welcome (Chief Petty Officers, Officers and their guests). 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. 2705431 Dec. 11: All-Hands Steak Night. 4-7 p.m. at Focsle CPO Club. For tickets, call (904) 2705940 x1228. Child and Youth Programs Dec. 6: Youth Basketball Registration Ends. Open to military, DOD and civilians chil dren ages 5-15 (age determined as of Jan. 1, 2012). Registration can be done at the Youth Center Mon.Fri. 11:30 a.m.-6:30 p.m. Registration deadline is Dec. 6. For more information, call (904) 270-5680 or email victor.e.miller@ navy.mil. Intramural SportsDec. 10: Jingle Bell 5K/10K Run 8:10 a.m. in front of the gym. Dec. 14: Army Navy Football Party. Free tailgating. Flag football behind the gym. 12:30 p.m. Mayport vs. Army. 1 p.m. Mayport Gold vs. Army. Army vs. Navy College Football Game at 3 p.m. at Beachside Community Center. 2705451. 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 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 Nov. 29: Day After Thanksgiving Bowling Specials. 3 different spe cials, all day at Mayport Bowling Center. Daytime Special: 10:30 a.m.-5 p.m. 2 hours of Red Pin Bowling, plus a lb. burger or hot dog with chips and a soda $11. Evening Special: 5-8 p.m. 2 hours of Red Pin Bowling, plus one item of Fast Lanes Grille Menu and a soda $13. Late Night Special: 8-11 p.m. 2 hours of Xtreme Bowling, music videos, awesome laser light show, and special drink specials $10. 2705377 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) The 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. Nov. 25: Chess Tournament. 6 p.m. at Liberty Center. Nov. 26: Help Feed the Homeless. Van departs 3:15 p.m. Sign up deadline Nov. 25. Nov. 27 Ping Pong Tournament. 6 p.m. at Liberty Center. Nov. 29: Black Friday Shopping. Van departs Liberty Center at 11 p.m. on Nov. 28; transportation only. Dec. 3: Mall Trip: Town Center. Van departs Liberty Center at 4 p.m; transportation only. Dec. 5: Jacksonville Jaguars vs. Houston Texans. Van Departs 6:30 p.m. at Liberty Center. Cost $15. Dec. 7: USO PAL Day in St. Augustine. Van Departs 8 a.m. at Liberty Center. Free; transporta tion only. Dec. 9: 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! Dec. 11: Chess Tournament. 6 p.m. at Liberty Center. Dec. 15: Jacksonville Jaguars vs. Buffalo Bills. Van Departs 11 a.m. at Liberty Center. Cost $15. Dec. 16: Mall Trip: Town Center. Van departs Liberty Center at 4 p.m; transportation only. Dec. 18: Help Feed the Homeless. Van departs 2:30 p.m. Sign up deadline Dec. 17. Dec. 19: Billiards Tournament. 6 p.m. 6 THE MIRROR, NS MAYPORT, Thursday, November 21, 2013
ships. Family members and friends that laugh together are closer to one another. Humor and laughter make us more approachable and remove barriers. Talking to someone about a serious issue can go better by using a lighter approach. Humor, used with sensitivity, can unite families and friends. Humor can often disarm tension. There are some cau tions with humor. We must be careful not to offend, intimidate, or embarrass others. We should laugh with rath er than at someone. Learning to laugh at our selves can help prevent us from offending others. We should not take our selves too seriously. Humor can vary, of course, depending on our personalities. While some people may have a natural sense of humor, most of us must work to develop it. Smiling is a good start and is something we can all do. Smiling leads to laughter. As a wise greatgrandmother said, The only way to get through life is to laugh your way through it. You either have to laugh or cry. I prefer to laugh. Crying gives me a headache. -Photos by Paige GnannHSL-60 CMDCM Don Carr takes Jacksonville Jaguars linebacker Geno Hayes on a tour of the squadron on Nov. 12. The squadron, which is also known as HSL-60 Jaguars, has a long standing relationship with the football team. HSL-60 Commanding Officer, Cmdr. William Maske, shows Jacksonville Jaguars guard Jacques McClendon the inside of an SH-60B Seahawk helicopter during a tour of the squadron on Nov. 12. McClendon and Hayes also spent time signing autographs for the Sailors at HSL-60. -Photos by GSM3 Hillary HicksJacksonville Jaguars Offense Running Back Jordan Todman shakes hands with ser vice members attending a pre-game practice on Nov. 15 downtown at Everbank Field. Hundreds of service members were invited to attend the practice as part of several events leading up to the football teams Military Appreciation game on Nov. 17. Jacksonville Jaguars team members shake hands with the hundreds of area service members from the U.S. Navy, Coast Guard, Marines and Army during a meet and greet at a pre-game practice on Nov. 15 at Everbank Field. The military members got a chance to talk with their favorite players, take photos and meet with cheerleaders from The Roar.From Page 2Chaplain Commissary Thanksgiving Week Store Hours Adjust During HolidayThe NS Mayport Commissary is adjusting its hours Thanksgiving week from Nov. 24-30. The hours will be: Sunday: 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday: 9 a.m.-7 p.m. Tuesday: 9 a.m.-7 p.m. Wednesday: 9 a.m.-7 p.m. Thursday: Closed Friday: 9 a.m.-7 p.m. Saturday: 9 a.m.-6 p.m. THE MIRROR NS MAYPORT, Thursday, November 21, 2013 7
Naval Academy Is Looking For Instructors The U.S. Naval Academy needs quali fied Navy Reserve officers, especially at the ranks of lieutenant and lieutenant commander, with at least a masters degree in an appropriate academic discipline to instruct in des ignated academic departments for Fall 2014 and to serve as outstanding military role models and mentors for midshipmen. Recall opportunities will be considered for the following disciplines: cyber security, informa tion systems, and infor mation technology; elec trical engineering, com puter engineering, gen eral engineering, nuclear engineering, mechanical engineering, naval archi tecture, ocean engineer ing, aerospace engineer ing, and control systems engineering; mathemat ics, chemistry, physics, computer science, and oceanography; politi cal science, economics, English, history, and for eign languages, including Spanish, French, German, Russian, Arabic, Chinese, or Japanese. Interested Navy Reservists should email the following: states which discipline(s) you are applying for and your qualifications for the position. ence (academic, profes ence, including any recent mobilizations, recalls, or ods). A full-length khaki photo. Email: reserve.recall@ usna.edu Reserve Recall Liaison Officer, CDR John Schedel United States Naval Academy, Code 11C 121 Blake Road Annapolis, MD 214021300 Telephone: (410) 2936513 DSN: 281-6513 To receive full consid eration, interested offi cers for Academic Year 2014-2015 should apply no later than December 15, 2013. Officers selected will be recalled to active duty and assigned orders for an officer-instructor years, commencing July 2014. Recalled officers will remain on the reserve active status list and will remain eligible for pro motion consideration before reserve selection boards. Selections will be made only after USNA place ment officers are confi dent that USNA billets will not be filled from the active duty pool of potential officer instruc tors. Applicants will be made aware of their selection status by mid-April 2014. Final arrangements are contingent upon PCS funding being available through the Navy.-Photo U.S. Naval AcademyLt. Teng Ooi with Midshipmen of his Calculus II class. The U.S. Naval Academy needs qualified Navy Reserve officers, especially at the ranks of lieutenant and lieutenant commander, RHIBMAT Pilot Program Begins On USS RossNorfolk Ship Support Activitys (NSSA) Rigid Hulled Inflatable Boat Maintenance Assist Team (RHIBMAT) pilot program initiated work on USS Ross (DDG 71). RHIBMAT is the newest NSSA MAT established shipboard material dis crepancies within the Fleet. Specifically on the RHIBs, we are looking at the engines. It is the area where, in past inspections Ships Force (S/F) has found discrepancies, said NSSA Lead MAT Zone Manager Jorge Lopez. RHIBMAT was created in order to reduce those discrepancies. Our guys go aboard and conduct Preventative Maintenance System (PMS) checks with S/F. We answer any questions S/F may have regarding PMS checks on the RHIB. When we help ment discrepancies thor go aboard, fewer correc tive actions are needed. Even though the engine is a critically important part of the RHIB, when doing PMS checks the MAT looks at everything from bow to stern. These PMS inspections cover the boats electronics sys tems, associated safety gear, checking the boats sponson and a hull check is completed. An opera tional check of the RHIB is also done. We take these PMS checks very seriously. When you have a man overboard you need to be able to turn the key and start the boat. Minutes are very precious in those situations. It is our job to help S/F maintain the readiness of these RHIBs, said Lopez. RHIBMAT will spend two weeks aboard USS Ross. thankful to help our fel low Sailors and ship mates on the waterfront. We like to think of NSSA as the NASCAR pit stop for the Fleet. Our job is to get these ships in-andout in a timely manner where our work is done as efficiently as possible, said NSSA Production Manager Ronnie Saunders. Since the MATs incep tion in 2010, the NSSA team has completed over 2,000 I-Level and Depot Level repairs, 3,000-PMS checks along 150 ship visits. Currently NSSA has nine Maintenance Assist Electrical, Gas Turbine, Valve, Watertight Door, Gun, Laundry and Galley team. 8 THE MIRROR, NS MAYPORT, Thursday, November 21, 2013
NY Sailors Participate In Veterans Week Several hundred Sailors from USS New York (LPD 21) and various local commands marched up Fifth Avenue in the heart of New York City dur ing Americas Parade, the culminating event of Veterans Week New York City, Nov. 11. Veterans Week New York City and Americas Parade are a continua tion of a New York tradi tion that began in 1919, honoring the service and sacrifice of American veterans. Sailors participated in more than 40 events throughout the week, providing opportunities to meet with local veterans and to share their personal experiences with many New Yorkers. Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus was in the city on Veterans Day as part of the remembrance. It is important for us to remember the sacri fice of all our veterans. The impact they have had on our nation can not be overstated, said Mabus. For more than 238 years, our Sailors and Marines have provided a global presence, defend ing Americas interests far from home, as part of the finest expeditionary fight ing force the world has ever known. This legacy was built upon the selfless sacrifices of our veterans, those who have willingly stood the watch, in harms way, for decades. The arrival of USS New York was one of the highlights of Veterans Week and offered the public an opportunity to inter act with the Navy up close and to thank Sailors and Marines. Thousands of visitors toured the ships vehicle storage spaces, flight deck, and hangar bay, even exploring some of the vehicles that are used by crew members and embarked Marines. I saw little kids and they lit up at everything they saw, said Boatswains Mate 3rd Class Hailey Shover, one of the ships tour guides. They wanted to be around it. They were excited by it. The parents with them, they showed a huge admiration for everything we did. Many New York Sailors visited the National 9/11 Memorial and Museum and toured the 9/11 Tribute Center, which was especially meaning ful for Culinary Specialist 1st Class Arthur Johnson, who reenlisted during the visit. What happened on September 11 is the rea son why I joined the Navy, said Johnson. Right after I found out we were coming to New York, I couldnt think of a better place than right here to reenlist. This memorial is truly amaz ing. New Yorkers will get to engage again with Sailors in 2014 when Navy ships return to the city for Fleet Week 2014. -Photos by MC3 Billy HoAbove left, Aviation Electronics Technician 2nd Class Kevin Lenox, assigned to the Vipers of Helicopter Anti-Submarine Squadron Light (HSL) 48, performs maintenance on a main rotor head spindle aboard the guided-missile cruiser USS Monterey (CG 61). Monterey is deployed in support of maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts in the U.S. 6th Fleet area of operations. Above right, Aviation Machinists Mate 2nd Class Daniel Riley, right, and Aviation Electronics Technician 2nd Class Kevin Lenox troubleshoot a main rotor head spindle aboard the guided-missile cruiser USS Monterey (CG 61). THE MIRROR NS MAYPORT, Thursday, November 21, 2013 9
USS Roosevelt Honors Former CO A 21-gun salute and Taps were performed to honor Capt. Matthew E. Bobola, retired, during a Burial at Sea ceremony aboard USS Roosevelt (DDG 80), November 14. Bobola was the com missioning commanding officer when the Arieigh Burke-Class destroyer first joined the fleet on October 14, 2000. Being buried by the ship was Bobolas final wish. According to Charles Bobola, Roosevelt held a special place in his fathers heart. My father was very proud to be the first commanding officer of the USS Roosevelt, he said. He was very adamant that this would be the best ship in the fleet. He wanted to make sure the ship started up right. During his 30-year Navy career Bobola served as Chief of Staff, Theodore Roosevelt Carrier Strike Group, and Harry S. Truman Carrier Strike Group, Section Head for the Director, Surface Warfare Division (N86) and Director of Staff, commander, US Naval Forces, Europe. He dedi cated many years for his country and with this he left an ever lasting legacy for many Sailors to follow. Captain Bobolas legacy was that his crew trusted him, they loved him because he loved his crew, said Cmdr. Todd Manus, retired. I feel privileged to have the opportunity to have known Matt. My children and his grew up together, he was my best friend. Bobola lost his battle with cancer on September 7, and is survived by his wife Suzanne and three children, Matthew, Yeoman 2nd Class Robert Stokes, assigned to the Administrative department at 4th Fleet spoke at Fletcher Middle School and talked about the privilege of being able to visit the school. It was an honor to share my experiences and talk about Veterans Day. It is important for kids to know about the sacrific es Veterans have made. Said Stokes. U.S. Naval Forces Southern Command and U.S. 4th Fleet employ maritime forces in coop erative maritime securi ty operations in order to maintain access, enhance interoperability, and build enduring partnerships that foster regional secu rity in the U.S. Southern Command area of responsibility.From Page 1Valor -Photos by MC2 Marcus L. StanleySailors, family, friends and plankowners pay their final respects to Capt. Matthew E. Bobola, Roosevelt's commissioning commanding officer, with a burial at sea off the coast of Jacksonville Beach. Charles Bobola speaks at his father's burial at sea service off the coast of Jacksonville Beach, Fla. aboard the guided-missile destroyer USS Roosevelt (DDG 80). Bobola's father, Capt. Matthew E. Bobola, was the commissioning commanding officer of Roosevelt. See Roosevelt, Page 11 10 THE MIRROR, NS MAYPORT, Thursday, November 21, 2013
Charles and Valerie. In addition he left an ever lasting impression of honor and respect to all those who served under his command. Captain Bobola was a very generous, kind and a proud man, said Roosevelts pre commis sioning executive offi cer Cmdr. Larry Datko, retired. He was a great role model for my chil dren and all Sailors under his command. He was a great American.From Page 10RooseveltSailors aboard the guided-missile destroyer USS Roosevelt (DDG 80) serve as pall bearers during the burial at sea service of Capt. Matthew E. Bobloa, the commissioning commanding officer of Roosevelt, off the coast of Jacksonville Beach. Sailors aboard the guidedmissile destroyer USS Roosevelt (DDG 80) stand in formation during the burial at sea service off the coast of Jacksonville Beach, Fla. for Capt. Matthew E. Bobola, Roosevelt's commissioning commanding officer. Sailors aboard the guided-missile destroyer USS Roosevelt (DDG 80) handle mooring lines as the ship prepares to get underway at Naval Station Mayport. THE MIRROR NS MAYPORT, Thursday, November 21, 2013 11
FFSC Schedule Includes Workshops For FutureThe 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 Avenue. Nov. 21, 1-3 p.m., Troops to Teachers FFSC Bldg. 1, Room 702 Nov. 21, 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. Nov. 21, 10-11 a.m., Healthy You FFSC Bldg. 1, Room 702 Nov. 22, What About the Kids?, 10 a.m.-noon, FFSC Bldg. 1, Room 702 Children who witness family violence are often forgotten as the unintended victims. A wide range of child adjustment problems 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 violent 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. Nov. 25, 9 a.m.noon, Resume Writing Workshop FFSC Bldg. 1, Room 1616 This workshop is for those who are develop ing a rough resume and for those who are close to the perfecting theirs. We will work in a small group format to review and provide input on participants resumes. This unique learning method helps participants real ize that we can all be experts and that we can get great input from our peers. FFSC Staff will participate and provide input on individual resumes. A completed rough resume will be required. Nov. 25, Anger Management Workshop, FFSC Bldg. 1, Room 702 What does anger do for you? Communicate for you? Keep people at a safe distance from you? Keep you in charge? For many people, anger serves many uses, but all too often, it is at a high cost, anger can effect ones relationship, career and friendship. If you would like to break out of the get angry/get even syndrome, come to this class. Participants learn how anger and judgment are related, about irra tional beliefs and faulty self-talk, what E + R = O means, and the roles of stress and forgiveness in anger. Managing your anger group is recom mended as well. Nov. 26, 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 ses sions is required. Nov. 26, 9-11:30 a.m., Salary and Negotiations FFSC Bldg. 1, Room 1616 Nov. 27, 9 a.m.-noon, Part 1: Organizing Your Job Search & Networking FFSC Bldg. 1, Room 607 Nov. 27, 1:30-3 p.m., Part 2: Targeting Your Resume FFSC Bldg. 1, Room 607 Nov. 28, 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. One website addition that has added to the popularity of the program is the inclusion of coordinator information and pro motional materials. USMAP recently began providing the contact information of the com mand coordinator to new users, Phillips continued. Command coordina tors work like a conduit to our program. In order to assist the coordinators we added an informative coordinator guide and program briefing, along with items intended to be printed and distributed (pamphlets) or displayed (promotional posters). Naval Air Technical Training Centers com mand coordinator for USMAP, Chief Navy Career Counselor Eric Babin has taken advan tage of the program by earning three certificates since he first learned about the program ten years ago in Career Counselor School. Babin noted that getting an early start in USMAP can pay big dividends. Sailors should be informed of the program upon arrival at their new command so they can start documenting their hours immediately, added Babin. We push USMAP at command indoctrination and also at the Sailors career devel opment boards. Blue Angels main tenance crewmember Aviation Maintenance Administrationman 1st Class Yvonne Dumas was encouraged early in her career to work toward an apprenticeship. During my time onboard the USS Eisenhower I was vol un-told by my leading petty officer to begin a USMAP program, said Dumas. I earned a cer tificate of completion of apprenticeship for com puter operator while my squadron was deployed onboard the USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69). I got a tremendous feeling of accomplishment knowing that this would help me for evaluation pur poses and in the civilian world, as I am not going to be in the Navy forever. Dumas success with USMAP inspired her to improve herself in other areas as well. In the military it can be hard to do things out side of your job as you are working at a high tempo and may feel you dont have time, added Dumas. But after initially being pushed into continuing my education while in the Navy by documenting my hours through USMAP, I have been inspired and am now close to earn ing a bachelors degree in database administration from American Military University through online courses. It is motivating being around others that are gaining education and credentials and that is the command culture here with the Blue Angels. I am also looking toward earn ing another apprentice ship certificate through USMAP as a data ana lyst. For certification through DOL, Trades require a mix of instruc tion in addition to hours worked in the field. The instruction portion can be acquired through techni cal schools; A schools count regardless of the length of school. Required hours, which are achieved during normal daily work, are designated in specific skill areas that apply to the given trade and are signed off by supervisor on a weekly basis, a sec ond level supervisor on a monthly basis and by a Sailors commanding officer semiannually. Trades are available to nearly every rate and MOS. Each rate or MOS has a specific set of trade opportunities available to them and the trade must align with a Sailors daily work. 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THE MIRROR NS MAYPORT, Thursday, November 21, 2013 13 Saturday, Nov. 23 Find out from a park ranger at 2 p.m. what a gopher is, where they live and why they are so important. This pro gram will take place at the Ribault Club on Fort George Island Cultural State Park. No reserva tions are necessary and the program is free. Join a ranger by the campfire at 7 p.m. for smores and stories about the incredible wild life that call the Talbot Islands home. No reser vations are necessary and the program is free with campsite registration. Wednesday, Nov. 27 Chabad @ the Beaches is gearing up for our largest Chanukah event ever as Chabad takes Chanukah to a whole new level this year! Hundreds of people nor mally attend Chabads Chanukah Wonderland. Chabad is hosting a fan tastic Chanukah celebration with a free chanukah delicacies, entertainment and fun fair on at the Ponte Vedra Library from 4:30-6 p.m. culminating with a menorah lighting at 6 p.m. The event will include family entertainment, a fabulous Arts and Crafts Fair and traditional Chanukah food. Children will also have the oppor tunity to get their face painted and enjoy crafts and various fun activi ties. The event will culminate in the lighting of the Beaches largest menorah. The entire community is welcome to join in the festivities. Event is open to the public and there is no charge, donations are always appreciated. Please see www.chanu kahwonderland.com for further details or call the office at 904-543-9301. Saturday, Nov. 30 The City of Jacksonville invites boat captains and crews to register for the 2013 Jacksonville Light Parade. Registration is free; however, it is lim ited to the first 100 ves sels. The Jacksonville Light Parade is a river tradition, during which festively decorated ves sels of all shapes and sizes parade along the St. Johns River through Downtown Jacksonville. The event begins at 7 p.m. and culminates in a fireworks show. Boaters interested in participat ing can visit the website JaxHappenings.com for registration information. Why are we fascinated with monsters and the mysterious? They creep into our dreams and thoughts; we seek out souvenirs and keep our eyes on the horizon for a glimpse of them. Come learn about these mysterious creatures of the deep with a Park Ranger. Join a park ranger at 2 p.m. for a discussion on the different types of shark teeth that can be found on the areas beaches. This pro gram will take place at the Ribault Club on Fort George Island Cultural State Park. Saturday, Dec. 7 Isle of Faith United Methodist Church will hold Breakfast With Santa at 8 a.m. and 9:30 a.m. Enjoy a pancake break fast with Santa and Mrs. Claus. Tickets at the door cost $5 for adults, $3 for children. All proceeds benefit the Dominican Republic Medical Mission Trip in June 2014. Join us at the Omni Amelia Island Plantation Resort for the 40th Anniversary Big Event Gala to join Amelia Island Montessori School in cel ebrating their 40th year educating young minds. All proceeds will go to supporting this non-profit school. This Ruby Jubileethemed event will include dinner, open bar, dancing with a live band, and over 200 live and silent auc tion items. Reservations for tables can be made on the website at: www. ameliaislandmontessori. com or by calling 904261-6610. Tables of 10 are $1000, individual tickets are $125. Space is limited, make reservations today! Join a park ranger at 2 p.m. to learn about the difference between a conch and a whelk, or a cockle and a clam? Discover how to identify many of the frequently found shells that wash up on the Talbot Islands State Parks shores. This program will take place at the Ribault Club on Fort George Island Cultural State Park. Friday, Dec. 13 The Duval County Extension Offices/UF IFAS will be offering a Winter Workshop from 9:30-noon at the Duval County Extension Office, 1010 N McDuff Ave. The cost is $10 to attend. Topics include Repotting Orchids, Winter Garden Tips, and Make and Take Seed Starting. To pre-reg ister, please call Becky at 904-255-7450 or email her at email@example.com with your name and phone number then mail payment to Winter Workshop, 1010 N McDuff Ave. Jacksonville, Fla., 32254. Make check payable to DCOHAC. Deadline for payment is Tuesday, Dec. 10. Class is limited.Out in Town COMMUNITYCALENDAR Holiday Food Baskets And Giving TreeTaking Donations Now Help local service members in need this holiday season. The Mayport and NAS Jacksonville USO centers are in need of food donations for our holiday food basket program to help provide Thanksgiving and Christmas meals to ser vice members in need as well as toy donations. Stuff The Scion Come Kick off the Holiday Season with the Greater Jacksonville USO as we Stuff the Scions for a good cause. Bring an unwrapped gift Saturday Nov. 23 from noon-2 p.m. to Keith Pierson Toyota Scion @ 6501 Youngerman Circle Jacksonville, Fl 32244. Real Housewives of Miami star and inter national super model Joanna Krupa will be on hand to sign copies of her 2014 calendar for everyone. All gifts will be donated to the Greater Jacksonville USO to be given out to Military Families this holiday sea son. American Legion Post 283 Blood Drive Join American Legion Post 283 on Nov. 24 in supplying much needed blood donations for the holiday season. American Legion Post 283 will be sponsoring a blood drive with The Blood Alliance from 8 a.m.-noon. Post 283 is located at 9459 Fort Caroline Rd, Jacksonville FL. 32225. All donors are welcome and your com munity thanks you. Jacksonville Jaguars Tickets Tickets to the Jacksonville Jaguars vs. Houston Texans game will go on sale Monday, November 25 at NOON at the NAS JAX and MAYPORT USO centers and the OFFCREW build ing at Kings Bay to Active Duty, National Guard, and Reserve Personnel on active orders as well as dependents. 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. Jazzland Caf Free Admission Active Duty, Retirees, Reservists, and National Guard members enjoy live jazz music sessions for free every Tuesday night from 6-9 p.m. at the Jazzland Caf located at 1324 University Blvd. North. Jazzland has an authentic mix of local and inter nationally known musi cians, led by a Jazz Trio of great, world class performers. And for you musicians out there, youre invited to partici pate in the jam sessions. For more information, please email: info@jaz zlandcafe.com or call Carole at (904) 240-1009. Recycling Recycling has come to the Greater Jacksonville Area USO. If you have any office paper, shred ded paper, old magazines, and newspapers that you would like to donate, please bring it to either the Mayport or NAS JAX USO Center. This will be a great fundraiser for the USO so please help us fill the bins. Help support the troops with your unwant ed paper! United Through Reading program makes it possible to share in the enjoyment of reading to the children in your life, even while thousands of miles apart. The Mayport Center and NAS Center can record you reading a book to your children and send it to them after you have gone on deployment. It is a great way to make them smile on their special day even when you can not be there with them. Contact your USO center for information. There is a computer resource center avail able to all service mem bers with email, Internet and word processing. Fax, copy and free notary ser vice is also available. Watch TV or a movie from the video library Service members can also enjoy video games or use the sports equipment. There is a full kitchen, showers, a quiet reading room and a meeting room available at the USO. The USO is available for meetings, support groups, receptions, parties and pre-deployment briefs. A TV, VCR and overhead projector are available. For more information about activities or meet ing availabilities, call 2463481 or stop by the center at 2560 Mayport Road. -Photos courtesy of Dave PagaduanTwo local service members were recognized for their service while deployed to Afghanistan with a plaque and dozen roses presented to each of them and their spouses on Oct. 19 at the Jacksonville Landing during the 2013 Filipino Pride Day. The individuals recognized were Chief Aviation Electricians Mate (AW/SW) Joseph Krajewski from HSM-72, deployed to Afghanistan from April 2012 to June 2013, and Cmdr. Gene Mershell Jr. from COMUSNAVSO, deployed to Afghanistan from September 2012 to September 2013. Presenting the awards was Rosabel Hill, chairman of the Filipino Pride Day, and U.S. Navy veteran and Veterans Recognition Chairman Filipino Pride Day Dave Pagaduan. Navy Seeks Ideas From Across Fleet On Balancing Capacity, Capabilities In order to gener ate innovative ideas on how to best maintain the capabilities and capacity of the Navy and mitigate risks in an era of con strained resources, the Navy is hosting an online collaborative event to solicit input from a broad, diverse audience. cap2con MMOWGLI or Capacity, Capabilities and Constraints Massive Multiplayer Online War Game Leveraging the Internet seeks creative ideas to spread mission requirements across the active, reserve and civil ian forces to keep warf ighting first. The game will be played in two phases: Phase I an idea discovery phase will took place Nov. 4 10. Phase II, which will focus on further refining the ideas from Phase I, will be played Dec. 2 8. cap2con MMOWGLI is sponsored by the Chief of Navy Reserve, Navy Warfare Development Command (NWDC), Office of Naval Research and the Naval Post Graduate School. Some of the best ideas come from the deck plate, said Vice Adm. Robin Braun, chief of Navy Reserve. I believe this exercise will draw out ideas that can help the Navy best leverage the talents of our active and reserve component Sailors. Results of the game will be used to inform highlevel discussions about future Navy force struc ture, strategies and capa bilities across the active, reserve and civilian com ponents. The internet cardbased game is easy to play. Root cards start off the game, and players build on, counter, refine or seek further informa tion by placing their own cards on top of root cards. Promising card chains form the basis for action plans that further develop the participants ideas. Participants can play for as little or as long as they want, 24-hours a day, from any internet browser. For those competitive gamers, leader boards recognize players with special achievements and bragging rights, all in good fun. Internet crowdsourc ing games are gaining traction helping the Navy to address some of its more challenging prob lems, said Rear Adm. Scott Jerabek, command er, NWDC. The CNOs Reducing Administrative Distractions (RAD) initia tive received nearly 1,500 ideas, had more than 7,600 comments posted on these ideas, and 91,000 votes casted to help eas ily identify the top ideas. We are looking forward to similar collaboration in cap2con MMOWGLI to address this very serious challenge for all of us. Interested players can sign up at https://mmowgli.nps.edu/cap2con/ signup anytime and will be notified once the game is open for play Nov. 4. For more news from Navy Warfare Development Command, visit www.navy.mil/local/ nwdc/. Right Whale Festival 2013 This WeekendJoin biologists from NAVFAC at the 5th Annual Right Whale Festival on Saturday, Nov. 23 from 10 a.m.4 p.m. at the Seawalk Pavilion in Jacksonville Beach. The Right Whale Festival is a daylong, family-oriented festival with something for everyone including local arts and crafts, live music, great food from local vendors, hands-on kids activities, educational speakers, a 5K beach run and 2.5K beach walk, a beach clean-up, bounce house, silent auction, and dozens of educa tional booths to help you learn how to protect the highly endangered Northern Right Whale. The event is free and open to the public. Visit www.rightwhalefestival.org for more information.
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