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Check us out Online! mayportmirror.com -Photo by MC2 Marcus L. StanleyThe guided-missile frigate USS Taylor (FFG 50) departs Naval Station Mayport on a seven-month deployment to the U.S. 5th and 6th Fleet Areas of Responsibility (AOR). This deployment marks Taylors final deployment as the ship is scheduled to be decommissioned in 2015. Saying Goodbye One Last TimeThe guided missile frigate USS Taylor (FFG 50), led by Cmdr. Dennis Volpe, commanding officer, departed Naval Station Mayport today on a sevenmonth deploy ment to the U.S. 5th and 6th Fleet Areas of Responsibility (AOR). This deployment marks Taylors final deployment as the ship is scheduled to be decommissioned in 2015. The ship will participate in theater security coop eration, maritime security and counter-piracy operations in support of 5th Fleet, 6th Fleet and NATO requirements. Taylor last deployed in February 2012, to support NATOs Operation Ocean Shield Counter-Piracy near the Horn of Africa. The Proud Defender team is ready and excit ed to support its forward deployed operational requirements and the ater security coopera tion opportunities, said. Volpe. Were looking forward to operating with other naval forces throughout the 5th and 6th Fleet AORs. Commissioned Dec. 1, 1984, Taylor was named after Cmdr. Jesse Junior Taylor who was a veteran of World War II, Korea, and Vietnam. He was posthumously award ed the Navy Cross for his heroic actions dur ing a rescue attempt of a downed pilot near the North Vietnamese port of Haiphong in November 1965. More information about the Taylor can be found on the ships webpage at www.public.navy.mil/ surflant/ffg50.USS Taylor Heads Out On Its Final Deployment EOQ, SOY Lunch On Feb. 11Come out and support the nominees at the Naval Station Mayport Employee of the Quarter (1st quarter) and Supervisor of the Year 2013 lun cheon/presentation at Ocean Breeze Conference Center on Tuesday, Feb. 11 at 11:30 a.m. Pay $8 at the door. RVSP to Sandra Barrett by Feb. 7 to ensure you have a seat Nominees are as follows: Employee of the Quarter 1st Quarter Stevan Ames, Fire/Emergency Services Robert Garis, Air Ops Rebecca Klink, MWR Jacob Neith, PWD/NAVFAC Charles Smith, Security Supervisor of the Year 2013 Edward Namyslowski, Fire & Emergency Services Thomas Douget, Air Ops John Aimone, MWR Emerita Lewis, NEX Bob Meury, SJA Simpson Sailors Work For ESWSSailors on board USS Simpson (FFG-56) were recently recognized for their achievement and awarded the ESWS pin. Simpson departed on its 6th Fleet deployment on Sept. 18 to relieve USS Samuel B. Roberts in its mission sup porting the Global War on Terrorism. Prior to deployment the Simpsons command set a goal for all Sailors to obtain the ESWS qualification prior to her return from its mission. The task has proven to be both challenging and reward ing for the Sailors as they amass critical knowledge to will broaden their individual understanding of the various warfare areas and systems on board. The initiative has also given the crew a unique opportunity to maximize on train ing evolutions each day. The Sailors are afforded the chance to participate in numerous -Photo courtesy of USS SimpsonSimpson Sailors coach and mentor each other as they prepare to earn their ESWS while underway on a deployment to the 6th Fleet area of responsibility.See Simpson, Page 8 Due to new Pharmacy automation upgrades, NBHC Mayport Pharmacy will be closed from noon on Friday, Jan. 17 to 7:30 a.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 21. Naval Station Mayport will host its blood drive on Feb. 4 from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. at Building One. Walk-ins welcome or make an appointment at redcrossblood.org


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, For many of us January means new beginnings. Some of us will set goals to spend more time with the fam ily, strengthen our financial situation or to eat healthier and exercise more. But before you set out on your own to accomplish your goals, I want you know that Naval Station Mayport has a team of professionals ready to help you achieve all of them. Our new state-of-the-art Fitness Center not only has the latest and greatest work out equipment, but we also have fitness experts on call to help you with all your fitness goals. There are also monthly fun runs held every second Tuesday of the month at 8:10 a.m. out side the center. If you need nutrition al advice, Laura Goldstein with Health Promotion is holding a free nutrition and weight management class starting Jan. 21. It is available for active duty, adult dependents and retirees. You can contact her at 270-5251 for more infor mation. MWR also offers fun activities for the family including the Mayport Bowling Center and other activities such as last Sundays concert at the Beachside Convention Center that featured coun try rock band Blackberry Smoke. Please check out the MWR Happenings page in The Mirror or MWRs Facebook page to see whats going on throughout the month. Later this month, work will resume on the Massey Avenue road improve ment project. Cones and signs will be placed along Massey Avenue to indi cate new traffic patterns for the road beginning Jan. 27. The plan is to close the North lane for construction while the middle and far lane will be used to accommodate traffic. We apologize in advance for all who routinely utilize Massey Avenue. Without doubt, this will be an inconvenience, however, the end result will improve overall traffic management throughout the installa tion. Construction is scheduled to be complete in October. Until then, Moale Avenue can be used as an alternative route, but remember our families and especially our children who live along Moale Avenue. Please keep your speed down and your eyes on the road. I want to bid fair winds and following seas to the crew of USS Taylor, which departed Naval Station Mayport last week for a seven-month deployment to the U.S. 5th and 6th Fleet Areas of Responsibility (AOR). This deployment marks Taylors final deployment with the ship scheduled to be decommissioned in 2015. I want to welcome aboard Vice Adm. William F. Moran, Chief of Naval Personnel. Adm. Moran will be visiting some of our ships in the basin to discuss manning and other important issues facing the Navy. On Monday, Jan. 20, we will recognize the significant contributions of Martin Luther King Jr. In 1994, Congress designated the Martin Luther King Jr. (MLK) Federal Holiday as a national day of service. Each year on the third Monday in January, the MLK Day of Service calls for Americans to work together to provide solutions to our most pressing national problems by empowering individuals, strengthening communities, bridging barriers, creating solutions to social problems, and moving us closer to Dr. Kings vision of a beloved community. Use this day to volunteer for your favorite charity or local community project. There are many ways to make MLK Day a day of service, not just another day off work. I wish you all a very safe, healthy and prosperous 2014. Please continue sending your suggestions to the COs suggestion box or email them to wesley.mccall@navy.mil. Capt. Wesley McCall NS Mayport Commanding Officer Two Sides Of Same Coin: Repentance, ForgivenessInterpersonal offenses are common in all rela tionships. They can range from minor misunder standings and mistakes to more major disagree ments and even serious sins. In most relationships, where there may be daily interpersonal offenses, repentance and forgiveness need to be ongoing. Individuals and families can experi ence healing and per sonal growth through the process of repentance and forgiveness. Repentance and for giveness have been referred to as two sides of the same coin. According to research, apologies facilitate forgiveness and forgiveness encour ages repentance. In rela tionships, repentance and forgiveness blend into an interactive pro cess. Although this pro cess is interpersonal, it is also a profoundly indi vidual experience. One researcher explained, Forgiveness does not occur in a relationship. It occurs within the for giver. Why repent and for give? In the past, repen tance and forgiveness have been viewed as only religious issues. However, recently these topics have become prominent in professional social science research. Mental health experts recognize that repentance and for giveness are relevant to emotional and physical well-being. And many religious leaders have taught about the central importance of these principles. In the Bible we are taught that if you have anything against anyone, forgive him, that your Father in heaven may also forgive you your trespasses (Mark 11:25). When there are serious offenses, forgiveness can be diffi cult, but it can also lead to peace and healing. One religious leader taught that forgiveness may be the greatest virtue on earth, and certainly the most needed. What does repentance mean? It is a process of increasing aware ness and accountabil ity. Outwardly, it includes acknowledging wrongdo ing, seeking forgiveness, and making amends. Inwardly, it includes developing humility, empathy, and a change of perspective. Repentance is a change of mind and heart and involves turning away from sin and turning towards God. What does it mean to forgive? Forgiving is a divine attribute. Forgiveness is about let ting go of anger and developing empa thy. There is a change in expectations. Being able to genuinely say I forgive you means that there is no longer resent ment, and that there will be no later revenge. It also includes a change of heart. True forgiveness is a process. It is hard work and it takes time. It is a voluntary choice that frees the hurt individual from harmful bitterness. Repentance and for giveness are important in relationships. Simple offenses can often be for given quickly. With more severe betrayals and injuries, the process can be lengthy and painful, but can ultimately result in true healing. Sincere repentance and genuine forgiveness are gifts from God. May we all strive to repent of our sins and seek Gods forgiveness and also be willing to forgive those who offend or hurt us. We can pray for strength to forgive those who have wronged us, and we can let go of feel ings of anger. We can also look for the good in oth ers rather than focusing on their faults and mag nifying their weaknesses. Let us trust God to be the judge of others actions.Chaplain Luke Wilson CNSL Ministry Center If I have to spend one more day in this filthy, salt-crusted, paintchipped, rusted, dog-hairfilled, good-for-nothing tin can of a minivan, Im gonna lose it.... This is the thought that brings me to a near mom meltdown each morning during my daily school drop offs. I swear, I used to really love my minivan, but nowadays, I cant stop dreaming of trading her in. I remember the first time I drove her. It was 2006, and we were sta tioned in Norfolk, Virginia. Our old stalefrench-fry-and-Gold fish-cracker-filled, spitup scented, dented, scratched, rusted, threehub-capped, hunter green Plymouth Voyager was ready to give up the ghost. Having three young kids and our first mort gage, we knew that buying used was the only way to go. Other than an almost imperceptible dent in the hatch back door and a mere 8,000 miles on the odometer, our new Toyota Sienna was per fect, and even had a lin gering bit of new car smell. We drove away feeling like we were riding in the upholstered lap of pure luxury. But like every new car weve had, it doesnt take long for the novelty to wear off. Inevitably, Happy Meals get dropped, dogs are wet, kids get carsick, rocks crack windshields, grocery carts ding doors, and before we know it, our minivan has become nothing more than a roll ing ghetto. In all fairness, our minivan has served us well, Finding Swagger In My Wagon All In PerspectiveLisa Smith Molinari Military Spouse Columnist traveling with us on an overseas military tour in Germany and sheltering us from the baking sun during a two-year tour of duty in Florida. Now, stationed in Newport, Rhode Island, our minivan is really showing her age. After 130,000 miles, her glossy paint has faded to a dull dirty white, which is most often hazed with salt and grime. Her alloy wheels are corroded and per manently stained with brake dust. Her hood is dented and pitted with spots of rust. Much to my middle school daughters embarrassment, the slid ing doors freeze shut at the slightest chill, requir ing her to climb out the trunk in the morning car pool line. And worst of all, the interior is almost unbearable, with Godknows-what ground into the upholstery, carpeting, vents and faux naugahyde grain. Seriously, its gross. But with three teenag ers in private schools and college tuition bills on the horizon, buying a new car right now is about as likely as me keeping my New Years resolution to stop eating seconds. So, rather than focus ing on the filth, Ive got to concentrate on the posi tive. In my youth, I drove a 1975 Volkswagen Beetle for 11 years. Despite her torn horsehair-stuffed upholstery, useless wind shield wipers, and finicky alternator, we developed a symbiotic relation ship. I could expertly hover in that sweet spot between the clutch and gas on a steep hill in first gear without using the break. When her battery went dead, I could pop the clutch without assis tance, jumping in to put her in gear after pushing her myself from the open drivers side door. I could tune in the most obscure radio station, because I knew all the points on her radio-tape deck dial. Despite her age, I was sad to see my old Beetle go when marriage and child rearing made her impractical. Now, when marriage and child rear ing make my old minivan the only practical vehicle for our family, I need to channel that same symbiotic feeling. I guess I have always liked the way she holds my coffee cup in her center console. I must admit, she has always kept all my favorite radio stations stored where I can reach them with the punch of a button. I guess it is kind of nice to not worry when the dog jumps in, wet and dirty after a swim in the bay. And if we trad ed her in, Id have to buy more school stickers for the back window, which would be a real pain, right? Just like me, my old minivan might be show ing her age, but I guess theres still a little swag ger left in my wagon. Get more wit and obser vations from Lisa at her blog, The Meat and Potatoes of Life, www. themeatandpotatoesofli fe.com 2 THE MIRROR, NS MAYPORT, Thursday, January 16, 2014


JECC Completes Exercise Aboard NS Mayport Personnel from the Joint Enabling Capabilities Command (JECC), Command U.S. Naval Forces Southern Command (COMUSNAVSO), Commander Destroyer Squadron 40, (DESRON-40) and Marine Forces South (MARFORSOUTH) par ticipated in mission readiness exercise Dec.9-13 at Naval Station Mayport. The JECC deployed a mission-tailored team from its three subordinate joint commands the Joint Communications Support Element (JCSE), the Joint Public Affairs Support Element and the Joint Planning Support Element (JPSE) that took part in the exercise. Each subordinate com mand applied its specific capabilities to contribute to the overall construct and execution of the mission. JCSE provided the communications backbone for the opera tion, JPASE was charged with preparing public affairs guidance, con ducting interviews and assisted JPSE with devel oping a mission analysis and course of action to present to the JTF com mander. Upon comple tion of the exercise, the JECC provided a conclu sion brief to the JECC Vice Commander Air Force Brig. Gen. Dennis Ployer, and COMUSNAVSO Commander, Rear Admiral Sinclair Harris. Cmdr. Eric Covington, who is assigned to the JECC discussed the benefits of traveling to a different location to complete the exercise. It is an excellent opportunity to get away from the office and really focus on the mission of providing a higher level of planning, we get practical application of applying tactics, techniques and procedures to develop a solution to a problem. The JECC exercise not only brought together personnel from mul tiple commands work ing together, but different branches as well. This exercise has enhanced my under standing of work ing with other ser vices and it has been a great working environ ment. Said Marine Lt. Col. Joe Debinski, of MARFORSOUTH. The JECC, headquar tered in Norfolk, Va. provides mission readi ness training in order to facilitate rapid estab lishment of Joint Force Headquarters, and fulfill Global Response Force execution in the event of a real world crisis or combat situation, and is a subordinate joint command of U.S. Transportation Command. CSL Comalapa Commemorates 10th Anniversary Cooperative Security Location (CSL) Comalapa, El Salvador commem orated its 10-year Anniversary by host ing a general public visit Sat., Dec. 14. CSL Comalapa began operations in late 2000, it was not until Nov. 13, 2003 that an official site location was deter mined and construc tion started. CSL Comalapa provides critical logistics, infrastructure, and operational support to forward deployed U.S. and partner aviation assets that participate in Joint Interagency Task Force-South assigned counter-narcotic/illicit traffick ing operations and Naval Forces Southern Commanddirected humanitarian efforts. CSL Comalapa has played a vitally important part in protecting the southern approaches to the U.S. and her interests for over 10 years. Guests and citizens of the local El Salvadoran com munity were treated to static displays of aircraft, including the P-3C Orion maritime patrol aircraft, U.S. Customs and Border Protection MQ-9, a Guardian Unmanned Aerial System, and an El Salvadorian Air Force A-37 Dragonfly, and others. Additionally there was a mix of American and El Salvadorian foods and refreshments that also symbolized the deep and very important relationship that CSL continues to maintain with the local community. CSL Commanding Officer, Cmdr. Odin Klug, talked about the importance of having a forward operating air field in El Salvador. Over 2,600 missions flown with targets of all shapes and sizes interdicted, seizing or disrupting tens of thousands of metric tons of contraband narcotics equating to a street value in the billions of dollars. The Anniversary ceremony was concluded by a cake cutting with U.S. Ambassador to El Salvador Mari Carmen Aponte, U.S. Deputy Chief of Mission to El Salvador Michael Barkin, and Cmdr. Klug. and the guests had the pleasure and honor of witnessing the final reenlistment of Chief Petty Officer Master-at-Arms David Shisk, who will transfer to his final command next summer. Klug shared a message from Rear Admiral Sinclair Harris, Commander U.S. Naval Southern Command/ Commander U.S. Fourth Fleet, who said [The suc cess of our mission requires you to be ready, skilled, and dedicated. And for a decade, CSL Comalapa has been ready, skilled and dedicated. Well done to all the brave men and women who have and continue to serve aboard CSL Comalapa!! CSL Comalapa is under the operational control of U.S. Forces Southern Command/U.S. 4th Fleet. U.S. Naval Forces Southern Command and U.S. 4th Fleet employ maritime forces in cooperative maritime security operations in order to maintain access enhance interoperability and build enduring partnerships that foster regional security in the U.S. Southern Command Area of Responsibility. Deputy Chief of Mission Michael Barkin, U.S. Ambassador Mari Carmen Aponte, and CSL Comalapa Commanding Officer Cmdr. Odin Klug proudly cut the 10-year Anniversary cake. Golfers Wanted For Base LeagueThe Mayport Golf Association (MGA) is looking to expand its membership through active duty military personnel and other golfers with military ID or MWR Guest Card permit. The association meets regularly for golf at Windy Harbor. For more information, contact Bernard Ciamarichello at 270-5126 x3517 THE MIRROR NS MAYPORT, Thursday, January 16, 2014 3


4 THE MIRROR, NS MAYPORT, Thursday, January 16, 2014 USS Gettysburg Commemorates 2,000 Safe Helicopter Landings in 2013USS Gettysburg Public Affairs Guided-missile cruis er USS Gettysburg (CG64) successfully per formed is 2000th helicopter landing of 2013 on Dec. 4, while deployed in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility as part of the Harry S. Truman Carrier Strike Group in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. Embarked Helicopter Maritime Strike (HSM) Squadron 74 Detachment 2, proudly landed their helicop ter on USS Gettysburg after conducting Surface Surveillance Coordination opera tions. Lt. John Briley, one of the six embarked pilots onboard USS Gettysburg stated This milestone is truly a team effort; we are consis tently training to ensure the highest level of safety in support of missions within the Strike Group Crew members who work on the flight deck are trained to safely conduct helicopter opera tions. Ensuring the safety of the helicopter and the air crew is something I pride myself in, said Damage Controlman 2nd Class StephenLawrence Ellis, one of the ships helicopter firefighting team members. Training is something we do daily so that we can continue operating our helicopters with zero incidents. Air crewmen con sistently work to main tain, repair and inspect the two helicopters embarked aboard USS Gettysburg. The work that we do ensures that our pilots and air crew come home safe, said Aviation Electronics Technician 2nd Class Patrick Apple. Helicopters embarked on USS Gettysburg are capable of supporting medical evacuations, search and rescue oper ations, vertical replen ishments, personnel transfers, and air, sur face, and submarine warfare operations. USS Gettysburg is deployed as part of the Harry S. Truman Carrier Strike Group support ing Operation Enduring Freedom in the US 5th Fleet areas of operation. -Photos by MC3 Lorenzo J. BurlesonAbove, a MH-60S Sea Hawk helicopter assigned to Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron (HSC) 7 lands aboard the guided-missile cruiser USS Gettysburg (CG 64). Below, Sailors assigned to Air Department on board Gettysburg perform a wash down on an MH-60R Sea Hawk on the flight deck. 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. Gas Turbine System Technician (Mechanical) 1st Class Darwin Demeterio, left, and Gas Turbine System Technician (Mechanical) 2nd Class Cori Johnson perform maintenance on an emergency diesel generator on board the guidedmissile cruiser USS Gettysburg (CG 64). Gas Turbine System Technician (Mechanical) 2nd Class Cori Johnson performs maintenance on an emergency diesel generator on USS Gettysburg. Operations Specialist 3rd Class Kenneth Jones plots a course on board the guided-missile cruiser USS Gettysburg.


THE MIRROR NS MAYPORT, Thursday, January 16, 2014 5 -Photo by MC3 Taylor M. DiMartinoThe guided-missile cruiser USS Gettysburg (CG 64) sails ahead of the Italian aircraft carrier ITS Cavour (CVH 550) and the aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75). Harry S. Truman, flagship for the Harry S. Truman Carrier Strike Group, is conducting operations with Task Force 473 to enhance levels of cooperation and interoperability, enhance mutual maritime capabilities and promote long-term regional stability in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility. Sailors aboard USS Gettysburg receive cargo from the Military Sealift Command fast combat support ship USNS Arctic (T-AOE 8) during a replenishment-at-sea. Quartermaster 1st Class Peter Hill, right, trains Seaman Recruit Jessica Wilkens on pennants and flags on the bridge of the guided-missile cruiser USS Gettysburg. Boatswain's Mate Seaman Brantley Harper, left, and Boatswain's Mate 3rd Class Elleston Taylor perform maintenance on a deck on board the guided-missile cruiser USS Gettysburg (CG 64). 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. Culinary Specialist 3rd Class Kyle Bartlett, left, and Culinary Specialist 3rd Class Damian Liker read cards from their care packages during a holiday spirit celebration on the mess decks of the guided-missile cruiser USS Gettysburg (CG 64). Every Sailor received a care package during the celebration. Electronics Technician 1st Class Vannon Alonso performs maintenance in the main engine room aboard the guided-missile cruiser USS Gettysburg (CG 64).


Carney Nation Welcomes New Year Unable to be home for the holidays, USS Carney (DDG 64) crew rang in the New Year together, rec reating the family atmo sphere of home. Carney Sailors celebrated the New Year pier side in Bahrain with a festive holiday party, complete with music, food and drink and good company. Carneys MWR commit tee, led by Ensign Mike Chimiak, Ensign Seelye Clements and Chief Gas Turbine TechnicianMechanical (SW) Roy Flores organized the event. From extensive force protection planning, to complicated supply logistics and Wifi pier side, creative planning was essential. The MWR committee spent two days setting up the tent, tables, food, sound system, and projector, among other tasks necessary for a suc cessful New Years party. Electronic Technician 3rd Class Brian Woosley is Carneys in-house DJ for all social events, and the New Years Eve celebra tion was no exception. Woosley spent hours set ting up all his DJ equip ment and all other sup porting electronics, including karaoke, for the festivities. Its something that brings me comfort and that I do on my off time, commented Woosley in regards to providing the entertainment for the celebration, I was glad to be able to support the New Years party doing some thing that I love. Carneys skilled Culinary Specialists produced a delicious American-style barbeque for the crew to enjoycomplete with barbequed ribs, hot dogs, ham burgers and traditional sides and drinks. Supply department worked with the local services to get a few AT&T phones and for the Sailors to use to call and video chat with their loved ones across the ocean. Probably the most popular event was the Family Readiness Groups (FRG) slide-show of pictures and videos from home. The slide show, which arrived just hours before the event, was projected onto the side of the ship and was the favorite among Carney Sailors. All eyes and hearts were fixed on the touching photos the FRG so carefully put to music. This small piece of home traveled far and left a lasting impact on the crew. Several Carney Sailors representing the Coalition of Sailors Against Destructive Decisions (CSADD) set up a table at the event. CSADD emphasizes good deci sions and encourages Sailors to make positive changes in their lives. To promote responsible decisions in the New Year, CSADD set up a box for New Years resolutions and provided homebaked treats. The goal was to encourage people to make positive resolu tions, commented Hospital Corpsman 3rd Class Laura Perez, who has been a driving force behind Carneys involve ment with the CSADD program. True to the nature of the multi-national opera tions in the Arabian Gulf, the Carney crew wel comed guests from the RFA Diligence, the British Royal Fleet Auxiliary Ship. Carney has been oper ating as a part of First Combined Destroyer Squadron (1-CDS) under Commodore Steven Holt of the Royal Navy, and Deputy Commodore, Capt. Glen Kuffle, who also serves as Deputy Commodore Destroyer Squadron 14 in Mayport, Florida, Carneys home port. Kuffle is also a prior commanding officer of Carney. 1-CDS is a multinational destroyer squad ron, serving as an experi ment for possible future combined strike groups. The British mariners helped Carney celebrate by treating the Carney crew to a bagpipe show. Maximum participation was encouraged as the British guests invited sev eral Carney Sailors to give the bagpipes a try. The sharing of traditions and mixing of cultures was entertaining and memo rable for all. Carney closed out 2013 with an enthusiastic countdown and an inno vative lighted ball drop, mimicking the iconic ball drop in New York City. Quarter Master 3rd Class Heath Thurman worked throughout the day cre ating a New Years ball using navigational day shapes, Christmas lights and a little creativity. The Carney crew stood together pier side count ing down and watching Thurmans masterpiece slowly lower from the mast, signaling the end of 2013 and the start of 2014. Being deployed away from your loved ones during the holidays is an especially tough time emotionally for Sailors, commented Carneys Commanding Officer, Cmdr. Eddie Crossman. We wanted New Years to be enjoyable for the Sailors, a time to be with their Carney family. The MWR committee did a great job presenting a responsible option to cel ebrate the coming of the New Year. It was as close to home as could be, with WIFI and AT&T phones to call home, a great cook out, music and the most popular of all...a video of friends and relatives from our FRG projected on the side of Carney! The Carney crew worked hard to make the evening feel as close to home as possible with out being home; gather ing together as the Carney family to celebrate and reflect upon the year passed and the year to come. -Photo courtesy of USS CarneySailors aboard USS Carney enjoy New Year celebrations pierside in Bahrain with a holiday party including Americanstyle barbeque. The crew also got a chance to watch a slide show of photos from home thanks to the ships Family Readiness Group. 6 THE MIRROR, NS MAYPORT, Thursday, January 16, 2014


-Photos by Jessica EnnisThe Bradley Family of Marsh Cove, The Bryant Family of Ribault Bay, The Surowiec Family of Bennett Shores East and The Gavitt Family of Bennett Shores West are named Holiday Lighting Contest Winners for on and off base housing. Each winner received a $50 gift card that was donated by the USO on Mayport Road.Walgreens Cooking For A Cause On Jan. 18, the Walgreens at 5990 Townsend Road will be hosting their first annu al Cooking for a Cause. Enjoy music, food, and fun for the whole family for $10. There will be live music, face painting and clowns, a bounce house, food, and much more. All proceeds will benefit the Greater Jacksonville Area USO. FRA #91 Daddy Daughter Dance Join FRA #91 at the Daddy Daughter dance on Feb. 15 from 6-8 p.m. Enjoy dinner, dancing, and daddy/daughter time. Tickets are $10 for each daddy/daughter pair and $5 for each additional daughter. Proceeds benefit the Greater Jacksonville USO. Please contact FRA #91 for more information or to purchase tickets at 904-264-2833. Harlem Globetrotters Enjoy a military dis count on tickets to see the Harlem Globetrotters on Friday, Feb. 28 at 7:00PM at the Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena. Calling All Chili Cooks Join us for the 3rd annual Jax USO Chili Cook Off on March 15 from noon-5 p.m. at the Fleet Reserve Association on Collins Road. Visit jaxusochilicookoff.com for more information on rules and sign ups. 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. Please contact your local USO center for more 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 service 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 use. For more information about activities or meet ing availabilities, call 2463481 or stop by the center at 2560 Mayport Road. THE MIRROR NS MAYPORT, Thursday, January 16, 2014 7


drills that dial in their proficiency in the areas of engineering, operations, logistics, combat systems and damage control. The end result is a highly trained competent pro fessional Sailor, confident in their ability to respond to whatever situation that arises at sea. A routine walkthrough of the ships mess decks in the evenings provides view of the individual resolve of the Sailors working towards the vari ous PQS line items. Each study session prepares each Sailor for the two boards required for the final endorsement for qualification. ESWS preparation has truly become an All Hands event giv ing Sailors a chance to be coached and mentored by Petty Officers that have gone before to accom plish the same feat. This undertaking has resulted in 16 qualified Sailors since the ships departure for deployment. A posi tive side effect of these accomplishments is the satisfaction of bringing out the best in our Sailors. USS Simpson, home ported out of Mayport FL, is currently sched uled to decommission in August of 2015. The Oliver Hazard Perry Class guided missile frigate was built by Bath Iron Works, Maine and formally com missioned on Nov. 9, 1985. SH3(SW) Bernard Ford EN1(SW) Jeremy Francisco QM3(SW ) Kristoff Fraites QM3 (SW ) Anthony Salliey STG2(SW) Ryan Schutt OS2(SW) James Hendrickson BM2(SW) Kyle Herrera LS2(SW) Jared Pugh PS1(SW/FMF) Anthony Petry OS2(SW) Michael Moore GM2(SW) Travis Locker BM3(SW) Joshua Maurer IT1(SW) Joshua Clay OS3(SW) Justin Vaqsuez QM2(SW) Christopher Bourne HN(SW) Bernard Hutchinson-Photo courtesy of USS SimpsonSixteen Sailors from USS Simpson completed their ESWS qualifications while underway.Simpson Navy 311 Has Answers To Your QuestionsNAVY 311 is ready to help Sailors answer any question, any where, anytime. NAVY 311 is the single point of entry for help desk support across the Navy. Ask NAVY 311 about systems, equipment, train ing, personnel, facilities, career, quality of life and more. Whether at sea, in port, on duty or liberty, NAVY 311 is available 24/7 via phone email, web, text, chat and more. 8 THE MIRROR, NS MAYPORT, Thursday, January 16, 2014


NBHC Mayport Serves Community Naval Branch Health Clinic (NBHC) Mayport provides medical and dental care to members from the Navys 4th Fleet more than 80 com mands at Naval Station Mayporttheir families and retirees. Of its more than 12,000 enrolled patients, the staff of approximately 260 military and civil ians, provide more than 78,000 outpatient visits, 70,000 dental procedures and fill more than 206,000 prescriptions a year. NBHC Mayport is one of six medical facilities, in Florida and Georgia that make up Naval Hospital Jacksonville. Hospital Corpsman 1st Class Dishern Tucker, at Naval Branch Health Clinic (NBHC) Mayport, checks the vision of Coast Guard Seaman James Crooks during Crooks air crewman application physical. -Photos by Jacob SippelLt. Patrick Burbano, a flight surgeon with Helicopter Maritime Strike Squadron 46, checks the heartbeat of Lt. Scot Peterson during a routine physical at Naval Branch Health Clinic (NBHC) Mayport to maintain medical readiness. NBHC Mayport provides primary care to about 12,000 enrolled patients, including service members from the Navys 4th Fleet, their families and retirees. Naval Branch Health Clinic (NBHC) Dentist Lt. Monica Rancourt (l) and Dental Assistant Latricia Stubbs perform an endodontic procedure on Staff Sgt. Vincent Sicilia from 6th Marine Corps Recruiting District Jacksonville, Fla. Hospital Corpsman 2nd Class William Berdecia, a den tal laboratory technician at Naval Branch Health Clinic (NBHC) Mayport, operates a dental tool to adjust a patients porcelain dental crown. NBHC Mayport pro vides approximately 70,000 dental procedures a year. THE MIRROR NS MAYPORT, Thursday, January 16, 2014 9


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. Jan. 17: Mall Trip: Town Center. Van departs Liberty Center at 5 p.m. Sign up by Jan. 16; trans portation only. Jan. 18: Swampcon. Van departs 9 a.m. FREE. Sign up by Jan. 16. Transportation only. Jan. 21: Lets Go Fishing! 3 p.m. Free for active duty, $10 for guests; sign up by Jan. 20. Jan. 22: Ping Pong Tournament. 6 p.m. at Liberty Center. Jan. 26: Hoggetowne Medieval Faire. Van departs 9 a.m. Transportation only; sign up by Jan. 23. Jan. 29: Help Feed the Homeless. Van departs 3:15 p.m. Sign up deadline Jan. 27. Jan. 31: Mall Trip: Town Center. Van departs Liberty Center at 5 p.m. Sign up by Jan. 30; trans portation only. Auto Skills Center Jan. Special: $2 off of brake rotor turning and Extreme Oil Change $75.00 (most vehicles). 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, Returning Jan. 16: Trivia on Tap. 6 p.m. at Castaways. Test your general trivia knowledge! the winning team of four takes home awesome prizes! 270-7205 Every Sunday: 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 Jan. 24: Madden 25 Pro Bowl Tournament. 7 p.m. Prizes for top players. 2707205 Feb. 1: UFC 169Cruz vs. Borao 10 p.m. at Castaways. 270-7205 Focsle Lounge CPO Club Every Tuesday: All Khaki Wings and Trivia Night. 3-7 p.m. every Tuesday at Focsle CPO Club with 40-cent wings, drink specials and allyou-can-drink soft drinks for $1. Trivia begins at 5:30 p.m. All Khakis welcome (Chief Petty Officers, Officers and their guests). 270-5431 Chicken Wednesdays. Every Wednesday, 11 a.m.-2 p.m., at Focsle Lounge. Enjoy a twopiece fried chicken plate with two sides for only $7.00. 270-5431 ITT Disney Jr Live: Pirates and Princesses. Tickets are now on sale for Disney Jrs Pirates and Princesses on March 8, 2014 at the Times Union Moran Center. Tickets $15 each; available only at ITT on base. 270-5145 Ringling Bros Barnum and Bailey Circus. Special military discount tickets available for shows Jan. 17-19. $15 per ticket. 270-5145 Jan. 18: Pre-Teen and Teen Lock In. 7 p.m.-7 a.m. $18 advanced signup pr $20 day of, space permitting. Jan. 31: Freedom Friday. 7-11 p.m. at the Youth Center. 270-5680 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 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) 10 THE MIRROR, NS MAYPORT, Thursday, January 16, 2014


-Photo courtesy of MWRBrave swimmers run out into the surf at Naval Station Mayport on New Years Day as part of the bases Polar Plunge annual event.-Photo by MC3 Angus BecklesLt. Justin Bernard, ships chaplain serves food to Aviation Boatswains Mate Airman Jacob Collazo for the Christmas dinner celebrations aboard the amphibious transport dock ship USS New York (LPD 21). New York shifted homeport to Naval Station Mayport, Fla., as part of a larger move of an amphibious ready group homeport change in support of strategic maritime dispersal. NEX Lowers Prices On Everyday Household Items The Navy Exchange Service Command (NEXCOM) announced Jan. 13 that it has low ered prices on nearly 240 everyday household items to better serve its Sailors and their families. Customers will see new lower prices on items such as laundry deter gent, bleach, fabric soft eners, paper towels and bath tissue. Customers can expect to see lower prices on additional household items in the future. We know these are items our customers buy on a regular basis and so we re-evaluated our pricing model based on competition outside the gate, said Tess Paquette, Navy Exchange Service Command (NEXCOM) senior vice president and chief merchandising offi cer, We want customers to know that when they shop their NEX, they will find hundreds of house hold essential items at everyday low prices to help them save money. To make it easier for customers to find the merchandise with the new lower prices, yellow New Lower Price stick ers will be placed on the shelves next to the prod ucts. As always, if custom ers find a lower price on a product at another retail er, the NEX will match the price. If the price dif ference is $10 or less, the price will be matched on the spot. No proof is required. For details and more information about the price matching policy and all NEX policies, visit www.mynavyexchange. com/command/custom er_service/price_match. html or speak with an NEX associate. THE MIRROR NS MAYPORT, Thursday, January 16, 2014 11


New Study Validates Commissarys 30% SavingsCommissary savings are now being measured against a wider range of retailers that sell grocer ies, and the comparison confirms the value of the benefit, according to the Defense Commissary Agencys 2013 price com parison study. For the first time, the expanded comparison survey allowed DeCA to look beyond traditional grocery stores to include price comparisons with club stores, drug stores, dollar stores and the dis count department stores. This comparison validates the current 30.5 percent savings military members and their families enjoy when they shop their commissary, said DeCA Director and CEO Joseph H. Jeu. Its not enough for us to say that the commis sary is worth the trip and a significant part of the militarys total compen sation package, Jeu said. This study proves our overall savings hold up across a much wider retail landscape. Commissary savings percentages are calcu lated based on an annu al market basket study. Procedures differ some what depending on geo graphic location. In the continental United States, DeCA employs a comparison study, over a 26-week period that ended June 22, which uses Nielsens database of commissary and industry front end sales volume on 37,000 grocery items with a Universal Product Code. Pricing comparisons for meat and produce department items in the conti nental United States are accomplished through in-store audits at 30 ran domly selected commis saries to compare them with commercial retail stores within commuting distance. Outside the continen tal United States (Alaska, Hawaii, the Far East, Europe, Guam and Puerto Rico), DeCA conducts additional in-store audits, using a broad sample of grocery, meat and pro duce items. Savings per centages compare com missary prices, which include DeCAs 5-percent surcharge, to commercial prices with any applicable sales taxes included. Last year, with a price survey that focused on traditional grocery retail ers, commissary savings were at 31.2 percent. This years 30.5 percent sav ings figure comes from DeCAs ability now to access Nielsens all out lets combined database, which allows the agency to compare its prices to more retailers discount department stores, club stores, drug stores and dollar stores that also sell grocery items. In a sense, now we are tougher on ourselves when it comes to measuring commissary patron savings, Jeu said. Thats a good thing, because it raises credibility. DeCA significantly increased confidence in its saving survey in the 1990s, when the commis sary began to compare pricing on thousands of items, not just a literal market basket of a dozen or two-dozen items. The scope of retailers in the comparison was limited to traditional supermar kets. Later DeCA made an approximated pricing adjustment in the savings calculation, because more types of retailers expand ed into the grocery busi ness, but their full pricing data wasnt always avail able. With all outlets retail data available today, DeCA increased the sav ings surveys accuracy by using actual pricing of the grocery newcomers. The value of the benefit moved front and center for DeCAs patrons in 2013 as commissary shoppers were impacted by the six days commissaries closed due to sequestration, July 8 Aug. 18, and again when all but remote stateside stores were closed Oct. 2-6 for the govern ment shutdown. Our patrons have been quite passionate about being able to access their commissary benefit, Jeu said. When word got out on Sept. 30 that we were closing because of the government shutdown, our customers flocked to their stores Oct. 1, making it our largest sales day $30.6 million, more than double our normal daily sales volume of the 21st century. Those numbers underscore the fact that our patrons understand and value the savings they get from their commissary benefit. Fast facts about com missary savings include the following: when compared to com mercial stores, military commissaries saved their customers more than $2.6 billion. taxpayer funds invested in the commissary ben efit, authorized shoppers received $2.08 in savings. redeemed nearly 100 million coupons in fiscal year 2013 for a customer sav ings of about $91 million. WE BRING THE MILITARY TO YOUTogether, our communities of service members and their families, and your business, can spell SUCCESS. Not only will your business benet while the families are stationed here, many military families retire to the area, with NS Mayport being one of the most sought-after assignments in the U.S. Navy. To advertise, or to nd out more information, please call 904.359.4336. 12 THE MIRROR, NS MAYPORT, Thursday, January 16, 2014


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