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Check us out Online! mayportmirror.com 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.orgCharlie Wharf 1 Opens For BusinessRepresentatives from Naval Station Mayports Surface community joined Naval Facilities Engineering Command (NAVFAC) and construc tion company, Orion Marine, in a ribbon cut ting ceremony to celebrate the completion of Charlie Wharf 1 on Jan. 27 and a groundbreaking for Charlie Wharf 2 only a couple of day s later. The projects are part of funded improvements to the aging Charlie Pier. Started in August 2011, Charlie Wharf 1 included constructing more than 600 feet of double decked wharf the first of its kind in the Navy, according to NAVFAC. The wharf is designed to relocate and configure ship to shore utilities and loading sur faces to speed on and offload of munitions and supplies. Charlie 1 has serviced Naval Station Mayport since the 1950s. I look forward to Charlie 1 being here to support our fleet for another 60 years, NS Mayport Commanding Officer, Capt. Wes McCall said. -Photo by Paige GnannRepresentatives from the military, Naval Facilities Engineering Command (NAVFAC) and the construction contracting company cut the ribbon on Charlie Wharf 1 on Monday, signifying the end of the first phase of the Wharf Improvement Project to Charlie Pier. From left, Orion Marine Construction Project Manager Matt Tate, Orion Quality Control Manager Shane McCreery, COMDESRON Commodore, Capt. Ryan Tillotson, Rear Adm. Sinclair Harris, COMUSNAVSO/C4F, Orion Area Operations Manager Tony Landry, Orion Senior Vice President Dave Thornton, NS Mayport Commanding Officer, Capt. Wes McCall, NAVFAC Southeast Engineering Technician Joann Mason, Orion Superintendent Alvin Lopez, Orion Site Safety & Health Officer Robert Capelli, NAVFAC Southeast Construction Manager Chanda Comegys, NAVFAC Southeast Contracting Officer Patricia Livingstone, Mayport Public Works Officer, Cmdr. Phillip Lavallee. VITA Helps Mayport Sailors File Taxes April 15 or D-Day is just around the corner. This is the final day that many people find themselves in a stressful situation of making sure their taxes are filed, sometimes pay ing civilian tax agencies $175 and up to do it for them. For Sailors at Naval Station Mayport there is a service that files your taxes and best of all, its easy and free. The military-based Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program (VITA) provides free tax advice and preparation, return filing, and other tax assistance to mili tary members and their families. Beginning as a small program in 1995, tax year 2012 saw Navy VITA volunteers save service members and their dependents more than $1.4 million in fees and provided almost $16 million in expedited tax refunds. According to Mayport VITA Coordinator Legalman 2nd Class Teresa Richardson, the VITA program is a valuable resource that many service members dont know about. The vast majority of enlisted Sailors that we help are entitled to an income tax refund, and we want to make sure they are getting every penny that they deserve, she said. We like helping people. Sometimes tax law can be a little vague or confusing, and the volunteers want to make sure that Sailors have all the information they need for their situation. One of the major changes in the VITA program this year is fil ing returns for same-sex partners. The elimination of the Dont ask, Dont Tell law the Navy recog nizes gays and lesbians as equal members of the fighting force. The U.S. Department of Treasury has announced that same-sex couples, legally married in jurisdiction that recognize their mar riages, will be treated as married for federal tax purposes. The means legally-married same-sex couples must file their federal income tax return using either married filing jointly or mar ried filing separately fil ing status. According to Richardson, this is a big breakthrough for the pro gram. We want to make sure to help all Sailors filing their tax returns, regard less of their marriage partner, she said. We will provide assistance as long as it is within the tax laws put forth by the Internal Revenue Service. -Photo by MC3 Angus BecklesThe amphibious transport dock ship USS New York (LPD 21) conducts an emergency towing exercise with the Perryclass guided-missile frigate USS Samuel B. Roberts (FFG 58). New York is underway conducting routine training exercises. RGB FCPOA Donates Toys To Wolfson Before the holiday break First Class Petty Officers stationed aboard the guided-missile frigate USS Robert G. Bradley (FFG 49) donat ed more than $600 worth of toys to the Wolfson Childrens Hospital in Jacksonville. The First Classes took the time to give disad vantaged children a bet ter chance for enjoying the holidays while they are away from home. The Wolfsons Children Hospital is a safe haven for children with over 199 beds pro viding world-class care for those in need and the only full-service tertia ry hospital for children in the region, serving North Florida and South Georgia. Electricians Mate 1st Class Noland B. Mitchell, the presi dent of the First Class Association on board RGB, said the event was humbling. It was great to be able to bring holiday cheer to those who arent able to come home for the holidays, said Mitchell. USS Robert G. Bradley, homeported out of Mayport, Fla., is currently scheduled to decommission on March 28 after 30 years of faithful service.See VITA, Page 13
2 THE MIRROR, NS MAYPORT, Thursday, January 30, 2014 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, Its tax season once again. W-2s are now available and free tax assistance will soon be offered through the Volunteer Tax Income Assistance (VITA) Office and Military One Source. The center will open on Feb. 3 and is available to all active duty, reserve personnel and their dependents for filing taxes with no annual gross income (AGI) restric tion. The tax center is located at 707A Everglades Ct in housing. Parking is available in the parking lot at the cor ner of Moale Avenue and Maine Street. Please ensure you sign up for a Military One Source account at http://www.militaryonesource.com/ before visiting the center. There are AGI restrictions for retirees and their spouses. Retirees will be able to use either Tax Slayer or Free Tax USA only if their AGI is less than $58,000. VITA is a self-service program and volunteers are there to answer questions, but are no longer authorized to prepare returns for customers. I would like to extend a warm wel come to our new Fleet and Family Service Center Director, Ms. Kathy Selves. Kathy is coming to us from NS Guantanamo Bay, Cuba where she worked as their FFSC director. She is a Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker and has been providing out standing service to our military families for almost 20 years. Welcome Aboard Kathy! Congratulations to the Royal Australian Navy (RAN) 725 Squadron for bringing online their Navys newest helicopter, the MH-60R Seahawk. The in-service ceremony was held at NAS Jacksonville on Jan. 24 and was a fitting celebration of the many years of hard work it has taken to bring these heli copters to the RAN. 725 Squadron has operated on board NAS Jacksonville and Naval Station Mayport over the last year working closely with Helicopter Maritime Strike Wing Atlantic and HSM40. Australian Sailors have worked side by side with their U.S. Navy counterparts to ensure they can effectively maintain and fight this extremely advanced weapon system. We look forward to con tinuing this great relationship with the Aussies over the next year! I want to thank Capt. Dan Boyles for his leadership at Commander, Helicopter Maritime Strike Wing, U.S. Atlantic Fleet and congratulate Capt. Clay Conley as he assumes command tomorrow (Jan. 31) during a Change of Command ceremony. Captain Boyles has served as commodore of CHSMWL since August 2012 and will soon assume new responsibilities in the Pentagon. Fair Winds and Following Seas Dan! On Jan. 27, we cut the ribbon on the first phase of the Charlie Wharf proj ect and on Jan. 29 we broke ground on the second phase, improvement to our Charlie 2 Wharf. Charlie Wharf was constructed in 1952 and is one of two primary deep draft berths at Mayport. When construction began the existing bulkhead was 57 years old and exhib ited signs of severe corrosion and partial failure. These improvements to the pier will enhance overall operational flex ibility, efficiency and readiness for Naval Station Mayport and its basin for many years to come. Its time to roll up your sleeve and save a life by giving blood. The American Red Cross will be accepting donations from eligible donors Feb. 4 from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. in the Building One training room. Walkins are welcome, however, you can also make an appointment online at www. redcrossblood.org. If saving a life isnt incentive enough, donors are also eli gible to win a $1,500 gift card. Naval Station Mayport and tenant commands will be participating in the annual exercises Citadel Shield and Solid Curtain Feb. 17-28. These exercises are capstone Force Protection/AntiTerrorism exercises for Commander, U.S. Fleet Forces and Commander, Navy Installations Command and accurately simulate real-world conditions while assessing how our security forces and emergency responders operate in this simulated environment. Please be aware that these exercises will impact every one who works and lives onboard Naval Station Mayport. Short term gate clo sures and increased traffic will be the most noticeable aspect of the exercises to most, so please plan accordingly during the exercise window. One final thought.cones are up along Massey Avenue and actual con struction will begin next week. For those of you who work on or around Massey, the road is still usable, however, parking areas will be affected and traffic congestion should be expected. The Massey Avenue project is the second stage of our overall installation road improvement project and, although inconvenient, the project will improve overall traffic man agement throughout the coming years as Mayport continues to grow. Please accept my apologies for the inconve nience and exercise patience and cau tion when you are driving along the road. Pedestrians ALWAYS have the right of way. 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 Military service mem bers now have the opportunity to transfer their unused education bene fits to their spouse or children. This benefit comes from the new Post-9/11 GI Bill. The Department of Defense issued guidance in June 2009, establishing criteria for eligibility and the transfer of benefits. To be eligible for the Post 9/11 GI Bill ben efit, service members or veterans must have served at least 90 aggre gate days on active duty after September 10, 2001. Individuals honorably discharged for a serviceconnected disability who served 30 continuous days after September 10, 2001, may also establish eligibility. In addition to receiving this benefit, career service members on active duty or in the selected reserve on August 1, 2009 may be entitled to transfer all or a portion of their education entitlement to children, or spouse and children. The transferability option must be elected while the service mem ber is serving in the armed forces, explains Paul Wilder, program manager, Post-9/11 GI Bill, Navy Personnel Command. Active-duty members who separate, retire, transfer to the Fleet Reserve, or who were discharged prior to August 1, 2009 are not eligible to elect transferability. Despite efforts to edu cate personnel, some Sailors mistakenly believe that they may elect trans ferability after they leave the Navy, according to Wilder. Transferability under Post-9/11 GI Bill is a recruiting and retention incentive. While a service member may be eligible for education benefits provided by Post-9/11, generally the option to transfer a members unused benefits to a family member requires an additional service com mitment in the Armed Forces, said Wilder. Even if a family mem ber is eligible, there are still stipulations to be met. Spouses can use the benefit immediately and do so while the sponsor is serving, and up to 15 years after separation. A spouse, however, isnt eligible to receive the monthly housing allow ance, but they are eligible for the books and sup plies stipend if the service member is on active duty. Children can only use their benefits after the service member has completed at least 10 years of service. They are required to earn a high school diploma or equivalency or be at least 18 years of age. Unlike a spouse, children can receive stipends while the service member is on active duty, and they dont have to use the benefit within 15 years of the service members separa tion, although they arent eligible to use it after they reach the age of 26. As useful and cost-sav ing as this change may be, many service mem bers have not wanted to attempt the task of mak ing the transfer. While the DOD guidance includes pages and pages of infor mation, here is a simple step-by-step guide to transferring the ben efits, provided by www. AmeriForce.net: 1. Make sure you are eligible, whether through an education officer, postsecondary institution financial aid official, or the VA. 2. Log in to the DOD transfer of Education Benefits (TEB) at www. dmdc.osd.mil/appj/ agentsso/LoginSelect. jsp?gotourl=/TEB/index. jsp&modules=DFAS.CAC. You can log in with your CAC, DOD Self-Service, or DFAS myPay account. 3. Youll find your fam ily members listed here. Click the Yes by any eligible family members name and fill in informa tion about the months of transfer. Read and agree to the statements and submit your request. 4. Return to the TEB to check the status. Youll receive an Approval Form once the request has been processed and approved. Print the form and save a digital copy, just in case. 5. To start using their benefits, family mem bers will need to fill out VA form 22-1990E, which can be found on the Department of Veterans Affairs VONAPP Web Site. The DVA will send fam ily members certificates of eligibility, which they can provide to their eligible school. To get help with your questions here at NS Mayport, you can contact Terri Green at (904) 9972632 or by email at terri. email@example.com. Chris Lathem is also available to answer your questions at christopher.lathem@navy. mil or by phone at (904) 542-2477. To get additional help with questions about the GI Bill transferability options and about com pleting the FAFSA and the Florida Financial Aid Application, plan to attend the NS Mayports Financial Aid Night on Jan 30th at 6:30 pm. It will be held at the USO, 2560 Mayport Rd., Atlantic Beach, FL 32233. Clarence Richardson, a retired US Navy Lt. Commander and enroll ment specialist for FSCJ, is the area expert on all aspects of financial aid. He will explain the pro cess for completing the FAFSA and answer any questions you may have. I will present the mili tary side of financial aid provide additional infor mation on the Florida Financial Aid Application, including the Florida Bright Futures Program. This special program on financial aid is offered for military parents and students as part of Duval County Public Schools Financial Aid Nights. If you are unable to attend this special presentation which includes information on mili tary financial aid, you can attend any of DCPS Regional Financial Aid Nights. However, these presentations will not provide military financial aid info. Contact your area high school for the date and time 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.A Source of Financial Aid: GI Bill TransferabilityJudy Cromartie School Liaison Officer Football-shaped bowl of nuts is on the coffee table. Starter log is sput tering in the fireplace. Dog has been walked. Wings are in the oven. Official play begins. My husband, ensconced in his tattered college sweatshirt, cargo pants he bought himself off the sale rack at Target, and ratty old sheepskin slippers, surveys the field, attempting to locate the best seating formation for maximum game-viewing comfort. Capped beer in hand, he glances around to be sure that I am not in the room, then posi tions himself in front of my favorite spot on the couch. My husband doesnt utilize his quadriceps to gradually lower his weight into a seat like most human beings; instead, the instant he feels his knees break their upright locked position, he disengages all muscles, allow ing his entire torso to freefall toward his desired location. Interestingly, my husband, all three of his brothers, and their father are infamous chair wreckers, leaving snapped legs, warped springs, and crooked recliners in their wakes. Play by PlayLisa Smith Molinari Military Spouse Columnist As if seized with temporary paralysis of his lower extremities, my husbands knees buckle, sending his girth plummeting toward our aging couch with violent impact. *GUHGLUNK* Entering the room, I see my son sitting on the floor munching a bag of tortilla chips, and my husband in my seat. Hoping a bit of nagging will roust him, I harp, Hey Hon, if you insist on watching the game from my favorite spot, could you at least sit down gently? Every time you sit there, I hear that spring clunk under you like its broken or some thing.See Bowl Day, Page 14
Blessed Be The Ties That Bind UsIt was a surprisingly warm January morning on the 11th, something that has been in short supply in recent weeks. With family, friends, and shipmates gathered, lit tle Thomas Grapentine III, was baptized on the Focsle of the USS Roosevelt (DDG 80) in one of our Navys oldest traditions, using the Ships Bell as the Baptismal Font. Years from now, young Thomas may not remem ber the weather or that the commanding officer was in attendance. He may not remember the candle that was burn ing or the charge to Let his light so shine before others. He may not even remember the sign of the cross that was made on his forehead or the lay ing on of hands and the petitions for spiritual gifts; but hopefully, his baptism will be remembered with photographs and stories. When I was growing up my grandmother used tell stories of growing up in Norway and going to church. When she came to America she brought her Norwegian hymnal, Small Catechism, and Bible with her. Today, I keep these items protect ed from the elements as the binding have cracked and the pages yellowed over the years. For me, they are a touchstone that connects me to a part of my religious heritage. From time to time, I have Sailors inquire about baptism and how this sacrament is also tied to our Navy heritage. While each denomination that endorses military chaplains may vary in their perspectives, I believe that Baptism is not sim ply a mechanism for for giveness but also a vehicle for establishing a Faith identity. Sometimes claim ing that identity can be deeply moving and pow erful, for example, there are days when even the chaplain can be grumpy. Yet even in the midst of that grumpiness, through the waters of Baptism, I lay claim to the spiritual gift of Joy in Gods pres ence. When my brain is a little scattered (havent we all had a time when we couldnt find our keys?) I lay claim to the mind of Christ. And even when the chaos is circling around us, with uncertainty and doubt I have laid claim to the Peace of God which passes all understanding and found safe harbors during lifes storms. Perhaps one day, when Thomas Grapentine III is a little older he will visit USS Roosevelt and see the ships bell. Perhaps he will look inside the bell and see his name stamped into the brass and know that he will always be connected to that ship, to our Navy, and to God. Blest be the tie that binds! ChapsChaplain Tom Bingol CNSL Ministry Center -Photo submittedChaplain Tom Bingol baptises Thomas Grapentine III, son of Information Systems Technician 1st Class Grapentine and his wife, Jaqci, during a ceremony on board USS Roosevelt. In keeping with Navy tradition, they performed the baptism using the ships bell.Naval Academy Summer Seminar Program Seeks Student Applicants The United States Naval Academys 2014 Summer Seminar Program invites a select group of young men and women to attend the Naval Academy Summer Seminar (NASS). This fast-paced, six-day experience is designed to introduce the Naval Academy to rising high school seniors. At the core of the NASS is the academic program involving 90-minute workshops designed to promote problem-solv ing skills using critical thinking, optimization, innovation, creativity, and team work. Students choose eight work shops from a wide range of subjects to include: Information Technology, Naval Architecture, Mechanical Engineering, Ocean Engineering, Aerospace Flight Testing, Systems Engineering, Microcomputer Design, Ethics and Character Development, Oceanography, Mathematics, History, Meteorology, Literature, Chemistry, Political Science, Language Studies, Martial Arts, and Economics. Students par ticipate in project-based modules applying handson, real-world approach es to solving design and analysis problems utiliz ing the Naval Academys world-class laboratory facilities. These facilities provide a unique learning environment outside the traditional classroom. The NASS teaches pro spective applicants about the life of midshipmen at the Naval Academy, where academics, ath letics, and professional training are key elements in developing our nations leaders. Students live in the dormitory, eat in the dining hall and par ticipate in academic and leadership workshops. They also participate in daily physical training including group runs and conditioning exercises. Seamanship and naviga tion classes culminate in a cruise aboard a Navy Yard Patrol Craft. The program helps educate, motivate and prepare selected students who are con sidering application for appointment to the Naval Academy. If you think that you may be interested in pur suing an appointment to the Naval Academy and serving your country as an officer, you should seriously consider attending the Naval Academys 2014 Summer Seminar. Application open Jan. 16, 2014 at www.usna. edu/admissions/nass. Session dates include May 31-June 5, June 7-12 and June 14-19. THE MIRROR NS MAYPORT, Thursday, January 30, 2014 3
4 THE MIRROR, NS MAYPORT, Thursday, January 30, 2014 Carney Raises Over $12,000 For CFC USS Carney (DDG 64) raised more than $12,000 for the Combined Federal Campaign (CFC) while deployed to the Arabian Gulf. With close to 200 campaigns throughout the world and more than 20,000 participating charities, CFC is the largest work place charity organization. CFC is a program that allows federal employees to donate to a vari ety of charities, from larger non profit organizations such as Wounded Warriors Project to local charities. Quartermaster Petty Officer 1st Class Keith McBride led the push onboard Carney by orga nizing the fund-raising and reaching out to all divisions on board to spread the word and get maximum involvement in the program. The CFC is a great program because it gives you a chance to give back to a charity of your choice, McBride remarked, Everyone that gave a charita ble contribution will benefit or know someone who can ben efit from the organization they donated to. Anytime you get the opportunity to help whether its a little or a lot is a great accomplishment. Carney Sailors led by exam ple as they generously donated toward various charities sup ported by CFC. Although far from home and missing our loved ones, they were able to make a positive difference in more ways than one. I was really impressed with the amount of money raised by Carney Nation Sailors. For such a small ship to raise this much for charity is noteworthy, commented Cmdr. Eddie Crossman, Carneys commanding officer. Im very proud of how deep the Carney Sailors dug and gave from the heart providing for charities around the world. The money donated by Carney Sailors will be greatly appreciated by the beneficiaries of the charities. I am proud to serve with a group of people who found the need to put some of their hard earned money to a cause to help millions all over the world. Even if they did not know much about a particular charity, the thought of helping someone in need should feel the heart with joy, commented McBride. Nearly three months through deployment, Carney Sailors continue to work hard to support the mission in the Arabian Gulf. As Carney tests the fortitude of her crew through a wide range of exercises, drills and mission tasking, it is evident that Carney Sailors are up for the challenge. Carney supported over six rounds of flight operations this past week, and worked closely with the USS Harry S. Truman (CVN-75) Strike Group to organize personnel trans fers between the two ships. Engineering, damage control, seamanship and combat sys tems drills are regular occur rences in the day-to-day operations of Carney, keeping Carney Sailors sharp and proficient in crisis prevention and mitiga tion. Carney closed out this past week with a series of crew served weapons qualifica tion shoots and an underway replenishment with the USNS Arctic (T-AOE-8). -Photo by GSMC Roy FloresFire Controlman 1st Class Michael Barbatelli stands a careful look out on board USS Carney (DDG 64) as he watches for Carneys bow to cross the flight deck of the supply ship, USNS Alan Shepard (T-AKE-3) during an underway replenishment. As the con ning officer drives the ship alongside Alan Shepard to take on fuel and cargo, the Carney crew stands ready at all stations to execute another flawless replenishment at sea, keeping safety and procedural compliance at the forefront.-Photo by Ensign Max SchreiberBoatswains Mate 2nd Class Matthew Klimek drives the Visit Board Search and Seizure Team as the team heads out to visit small local fishing vessels in the area. The team visits these vessels to make them aware of coalition forces in the area, as well as to gain awareness of any suspicious activity that may be taking place. -Photo by GSMC Roy FloresFire team members assess the situation at hand during a series of damage control drills. The use of a smoke machine helps set the scene, making the conditions more realistic. Carney executes drills weekly to keep everyone well practiced and prepared to fight a wide variety of possible casualties throughout the ship. -Photo by GSMC Roy FloresGas Turbine Systems TechnicianMechanical 1st Class Michael Jones and Gas Turbine Systems TechnicianMechanical 2nd Class Evan Peterson replace the main fuel control under the guidance and mentorship of Chief Gas Turbine Systems TechnicianMechanical Roy Flores. -Photo by GSMC Roy FloresInformation Systems Technician Seaman Apprentice Daniel Halasz and Cryptologist Technician 3rd Class Jeremy Rausch keep spirits light during a working party to transport the stores after an underway replenishment. -Photo submittedUSS Carney patrols the Arabian Gulf while deployed to the area for seven months. The ships crew raised more than $12,000 for Combined Federal Campaign while underway.
THE MIRROR NS MAYPORT, Thursday, January 30, 2014 5 -Photo by Ensign Marina NanartowichNewly Enlisted Surface Warfare Specialist (ESWS) qualified Carney Sailors stand proudly on the flight deck with Carneys Commanding Officer, Cmdr. Eddie Crossman and Command Master Chief Jon Londsdale after being pinned. The ESWS qualification process is long and extensive, but Carney Sailors have proved they are up for the challenge as more and more Sailors continue to qualify as the Carney Nation press on through deployment.-Photo by Ensign Marina NanartowichCommander Eddie Crossman, Carneys Commanding Officer addresses his crew during a weekly Captains Call. The Captain uses this time to discuss any changes in plans for Carney, address problems, answer questions, present awards and issue praise. Gathering together and maintaining open lines of communication is testament to the fact that the Carney Nation is a strong family out on the ocean thousands of miles from their families stateside. -Photo by Ensign Marina NanartowichDuring a series of man overboard drills, Seaman Logan Havranek, one of Carneys search and rescue (SAR) swimmers, is lowered into the water by the J-Bar davit in order to swim out to retrieve the simulated man overboard. -Photo by YN2 Amy EricksonMember of the Second Class Petty Officers Association gather together for a group photo after spending the evening cooking breakfast for dinner for the rest of the crew.-Photo by ITC Willie WilkersonCulinary Specialist 3rd Class Stephen Fuqua reads Martin Luther King Juniors I have a Dream Speech on in memorial of Doctor Kings life. -Photo by Ensign Marina NanartowichChief Fire Controlman Curtis Little works hard on the spinning bike during the first annual Carneyathlon. A twist on a classic triathlon, the Carneyathlon consisted of a 2000-meter row, 5-kilometer run and a 10-mile bike. The event could be completed individually or in teams. Engineman 1st Class Louis Martin and Gas Turbine Systems TechnicianMechanical 1st Class Michael Jones organized the event, which proved to be extremely rewarding, fun and overall a huge success.-Photo by Ensign Marina NanartowichHarnessed in for safety while working aloft, Information Systems Technician 2nd Class William Black and Tyree Melchor do maintenance on antennas while in port. -Photo by LS2 Flavio RiveraEnsign Melissa Carwile shoots a bearing to a United Arab Emirati Coast Guard vessel during exercise Falcon Defender, a multi-national exercise that Carney par ticipated in the Arabian Gulf, flexing the ships tactical maneuvering and defensive responses to various threats.
6 THE MIRROR, NS MAYPORT, Thursday, January 30, 2014 NBHC Mayport Bids Farewell To McMillan On Jan. 2 Naval Branch Health Clinic (NBHC) Mayport said goodbye to Occupational Health Technician Leo McMillan, after 33 and a half years of civil service McMillan, a retired Navy senior chief hospital corpsman, began civil service at NBHC Mayport July 1980 as an occu pational health technician. Leo has achieved many accomplishments through out the yearsactive duty and civil serviceand has estab lished cherished memories with patients and staff that will not soon be forgotten, said Cmdr. Michael Service, NBHC Mayport officer in charge. He was an outstanding team mate whose calm and pleasant demeanor and patient dedica tion will be greatly missed. McMillan was instrumental in implementing and expand ing the Asbestos Medical Surveillance Program at NBHC Mayport, actively identify ing Navy service members and Department of the Navy civilian employees with a history of occupational exposure to asbestos, providing service to 30 ships and 45 tenant commands. McMillan provided key leadership and technical sup port to assigned corpsmen and clinic occupational health staff, and led the transition to a fully operational Occupational Health Program at Naval Station Mayport. During a farewell lun cheon, Service presented McMillan with a Navy Letter of Commendation, on behalf of Capt. Gayle Shaffer, Naval Hospital Jacksonville com manding officer, for dedication of service. When asked his plans after retirement, McMillan replied, I will be enjoying time with my wife Mary, my family and stay ing active in church. NBHC Mayport is one of Naval Hospital Jacksonvilles six health care facilities locat ed across Florida and Georgia. Of NH Jacksonvilles patient populationabout 163,000 active and retired sailors, sol diers, Marines, airmen, guards men and their familiesmore than 60,000 are enrolled with a primary care manager at one of its facilities. To find out more about NBHC Mayport, visit the command website at www.med.navy.mil/sites/ NavalHospitalJax. -Photo by Jacob SippelLt. Cmdr. Calvin Suffridge, a dentist at Naval Branch Health Clinic (NBHC) Mayport, conducts an oral examination on a patient during a routine appointment to maintain dental readiness. NBHC Mayport is one of NH Jacksonvilles six health care facilities located across Florida and Georgia. NBHC Mayport provides approxi mately 70,000 dental procedures a year. Ribbons & Roses Holds Monthly Meeting Feb. 11Naval Hospital (NH) Jacksonvilles Ribbons & Roses, a breast cancer support group, meets on Tuesday Feb. 11 at 7 p.m. The meeting will be held in the hospitals General Surgery Clinic, on the second floor of the east annex. Naturopathic Doctor Todd Robinson will be the guest speaker. Robinson has supported clients both dur ing and after treatment for breast cancer. He serves as Secretary of the Board for the Florida Naturopathic Physicians Association and operates Wellness Working Group at Jacksonville Beach. Naturopathic doctors have expertise in botanical medicine, clinical nutrition, homeopathy, physical medicine and lifestyle counseling. Ribbons & Roses support group meets monthly at NH Jacksonville General Surgery Clinic on the second Tuesday of the month at 7 p.m.September through June. All are welcome are welcome to attend. For more information on Ribbons & Roses support group, call (904) 542-7857.MyICP Gives Military Spouses New ToolMilitary spouses who need guidance on educa tion and careers have a new online tool at their finger tips, a program analyst for the Spouse Education and Career Opportunities program, known as SECO, said in an interview last week. My Individual Career Plan, or MyICP, allows spouses to build a virtual career roadmap based on their specific goals and objectives, Lee McMahon said. MyICP launched Jan. 10 on Military OneSources MySECO website, the pri mary access point for the Defense Departments Spouse Education and Career Opportunities program, McMahon said. SECO provides expert career and education guidance to military spouses worldwide, she explained, supporting them in four career lifecycle stages: career exploration, education, training and licensing, employment readiness, and career connections. The MyICP tool is available for all active-duty Army, Navy, Air Force and Marine Corps spouses and to National Guard and Reserve spouses as well, McMahon said, noting that its also open to spouses for up to 180 days after their service member separates or retires from the military. Spouses must first register at https://myseco. militaryonesource.mil to use it. Surviving spouses of military members who died while on active duty also are eligible. To illustrate how MyICP works, McMahon used the example of a nursing student military spouse who has just moved to a new duty station and wants to see what opportunities exist in the new area. Licensing requirements are an issue for nurses, McMahon notes. So once logged on and after clicking on manage my individual career plan, the spouse would begin to build a MyICP by selecting licensed and student. Next, the spouse would go to the occupation page to find nursing, which would generate information from the Labor Department. The spouse would then select topics from the challenges and growth opportunities catego ry. This category may include topics such as child care and relocation or time-management skills. The self-service wizard then produces a MyICP, McMahon said, which recommends activities to meet a persons career and education goals based on the selections made. The Military Spouse Employment Partnership, a component of SECO, is com posed of more than 200 com panies and organizations that have committed to hiring mili tary spouses, she added, so MyICP also includes the ability for users to see which of MSEPs partners might have jobs in the users occupation, and provides a link to check the companys openings in the chosen field. McMahon encouraged all military spouses in search of such opportunities to try the MyICP tool. We would love to hear their feedback, she said, noting that users can submit their input on the MySECO website by clicking on SECO Satisfaction or the feedback button. Military spouses who have additional questions or need more information about using the MyICP tool can call Military OneSource at 1-800-342-9647 and speak to a SECO career counselor.Workshops, Classes Offered To Sailors, FamiliesThe following class es and activities are offered by the Fleet and Family Support Center (FFSC) and are free of charge. Pre-registration is required and childcare is not available. For more information about the classes or to register call 270-6600, ext. 1701. FFSC is located in Building One on Massey Avenue. Feb. 3, 1-3 p.m., Part 2: Targeting Your Resume, FFSC Room 719 Feb. 3, 8:30 a.m.12:30 p.m., Anger Management FFSC Room 702 What does anger do for you? Communicate for you? Keep people at a safe distance from you? Keep you in charge? For many people, anger serves 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. Feb. 4, 8:30 a.m.12:30 p.m., Stress Management Wellness Center Stress is a normal part of everyones life. It can be energizing and a fac tor in motivating us. But too much stress, without relief, can have debili tating effects. This pro gram is designed to pro vide participants with an understanding of what stress is and how it affects them. The class also helps participants begin to look at their own lives and development way to cope with stress and make life style changes. Feb. 4, 10 a.m.-noon, Active Parenting Bldg. 1 Room 702 Feb. 5, 9 a.m.-1 p.m., Part 1: Organizing Your Job Search & Networking FFSC Room 719 Feb. 6, 9-11 a.m., Relationship Communication FFSC Room 719 Whether youve been dating for 6 months or married for 20 years, effective communica tion is critical to keeping your relationship happy, healthy and strong. Come learn new techniques which will help you build on the strengths of your relationship and learn to identify barriers to effective communica tion. Class is held every month from 3-hour class. Couples are encouraged but not required to attend class together. Feb. 6, 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 nutri tion, toilet training, etc. We even take field trips several 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 interact with other chil dren their childs age. Tottle Tyme Childrens Playgroup meets every Thursday from 9:00am to 12:00pm at the USO. All children age four and below are invited to attend. Feb. 8, 8 a.m.-5 p.m., Family Readiness Group Leadership Training Bldg. 1, Room 702 Feb. 10-14, 7:30 a.m.4:30 p.m., TAP Separatee Workshop, Bldg. 1, Room 1616 Feb. 10, 1-3 p.m., Part 2: Targeting Your Resume, FFSC Room 719 Feb. 11, 10 a.m.-noon, Active Parenting Bldg. 1 Room 702 Feb. 12, 9 a.m.-1 p.m., Part 1: Organizing Your Job Search & Networking FFSC Room 719 Feb. 13, 9 a.m.-noon, Tottle Tyme Playgroup USO Feb. 18, 10 a.m.-noon, Active Parenting Bldg. 1 Room 702 Feb. 19, 9 a.m.-1 p.m., Part 1: Organizing Your Job Search & Networking FFSC Room 719 Feb. 19, 8 a.m.-noon, FAP Key Personnel Training Bldg. 1, Room 1124 Feb. 20, 9-11 a.m., Victim Advocate Refresher Training, Bldg. 1, Room 1616 Feb. 20, 9 a.m.-noon, Tottle Tyme Playgroup USO Feb. 24-28, 7:30 a.m.4:30 p.m., TAP Retiree Workshop, Bldg. 1, Room 1616 Feb. 24, 6-7 p.m., IA Family Connection Group, USO Feb. 24, 1-3 p.m., Part 2: Targeting Your Resume, FFSC Room 719 Nominations For EOQPlease come out and support the nominees at the Naval Station Mayport Employee of the Quarter (1st quar ter) and Supervisor of the Year 2013 lun cheon/presenta tion 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 fol lows: 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
Emergency Data Critical For FamiliesIts not going to happen to me, is probably something each of the Sailors who died in 2013 was thinking. Considering only one percent of these deaths were in theater, it is important that Sailors prepare for the unexpected, Navy Casualty officials said Jan. 17. Sailors often dont take the time to to update their record of emergency data (NAVPERS 1070/602, or Page 2), or their Service Members Group Life Insurance (SGLI) elections. While command lead ership works diligently to ensure their Sailors have done this, the best and most reliable person to ensure records are up to date, is you, said Cheryl Dockery, branch head, Navy Casualty Operations. We take the death of a Sailor very seriously, and intend to provide for the primary next of kin and each additional beneficiary as compassionately and professionally as possible, Dockery said. Too many times weve discovered that Sailors dont take the time to update their Record of Emergency Data (Page 2), or their SGLI, and that causes undue stress for their families. We only have the Sailors documents to rely on when there is a discrepancy, we are obligated to ensure payments are made in accordance with the Sailors desires. Sailors are encouraged to review their current documents in the Electronic Service Record (ESR), and check their Leave and Earning Statement (LES) to ensure the deductions for SGLI premiums match their intent. We need Sailors and commands, for that matter to be proactive in encouraging regular reviews and updates of beneficiaries and Page 2s. They should also keep hard copies of all documents on hand, said Dockery. According to Dockery, there are more than 4,000 Sailors who have elected zero (SGLI) coverage and more than 10,000 who elected less than the full $400,000 coverage available. While saving the premium costs may seem like a good idea, when a Sailor dies leaving their family with little or no money to continue, it doesnt seem like a good place to have conserved, Dockery said. Contact the Personnel Support Detachment or personnel office if changes to beneficiary data are needed. For more information on death benefits, Sailors should contact the Navy Casualty Assistance office at 1-800-368-3202/(901) 874-2501/DSN 882-2501 or call the Navy Personnel Command (NPC) Customer Service Center at 1-866-U-ASK-NPC, e-mail CSCMailbox@navy.mil or visit NPCs website at www.npc.navy.mil.-Photos by Lt. Lawrence MortonAbove, a Crew Served Weapons instructor from Naval Station Mayport instructs annual qualifications on the M240 machine gun qualification at Camp Blanding on Jan. 14. Below, Sailors from Naval Station Mayport Security shoot on a 400-meter range at Camp Blanding. THE MIRROR NS MAYPORT, Thursday, January 30, 2014 7
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. 31: Mall Trip: Town Center. Van departs Liberty Center at 5 p.m. Sign up by Jan. 30; trans portation only. Feb. 4: Chess Tournament. 6 p.m. at Liberty Center. Feb. 5: WWE Smackdown. Van departs 5 p.m. FREE. Must be in uniform. Feb. 8: Cosmic Ice Skating. Van departs 1 p.m. Cost $5. Sign up deadline Feb. 6 Feb. 10: 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! Feb. 11: Help Feed the Homeless. Van departs 3:15 p.m. Sign up deadline Feb. 10. Feb. 15: Mall Trip: Town Center. Van departs Liberty Center at 1 p.m. Sign up by Feb. 14, trans portation only. Feb. 16: Paintball. Van Departs 9 a.m. at Liberty Center. Transportation only; you pay for the paint. Sign up by Feb. 14. Feb. 17: Snag Golf. 4 p.m. at Liberty Center. Learn the basics, hone your skills, or just have some fun. Feb. 19: Billiards Tournament. 6 p.m. at Liberty Center. Feb. 21: Movie Trip. Van departs 5 p.m. Cost $5. Feb. 22: Monster Jam. Van departs 5 p.m. Cost $35 active duty, $42 all others; Sign up deadline Feb. 20. Space is limited. Feb. 23: Disc Golf. Van Departs 11 a.m. at Liberty Center. Equipment pro vided. Feb. 24: Lets Go Fishing! 3 p.m. Free for active duty, $10 for guests; sign up by Feb. 21. Space is limited. Feb. 25: Help Feed the Homeless. Van departs 3:15 p.m. Sign up deadline Feb. 24. Feb. 28: Dinner & a Movie in San Marco. Van departs 5:30 p.m. Transportation Only. Jan. 31: Freedom Friday. 7-11 p.m. at the Youth Center. Cost is $8 advanced sign-up and $10 day of, space permitting. 270-5680 Feb. 14: Youth Spring Baseball & Soccer Registration Opens. Open to military, DOD and civilians chil dren ages 7-14 (soc cer) and 4-12 (baseball). Registration can be done at the Youth Center Mon.Fri. 11:30 a.m.-6:30 p.m. Registration deadline is March 17. For more information, call 2705018 or email the Youth Sports Coordinator at firstname.lastname@example.org. Intramural Sports Feb. 7: Womens Volleyball Begins. Season Ends Apr. 4. 2705451 Feb. 10-13: Pre-Season Soccer Tournament. Sign up by Feb. 4. 270-5451 Feb. 11: Superbowl 5K Run/3K Walk 8:10 a.m. in front of the gym. Feb. 18: Mens Captains Cup Soccer Begins. Season Ends Apr. 17. 270-5451 Feb. 18: Mens Captains Cup Softball Meeting. 11 a.m. at the Fitness Center. 270-5451 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 hotdog with fries and a soda, All-You-Can Bowl with shoes, music videos, light show and colored headpin 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) Golfers Wanted For Base LeagueThe Mayport Golf Association (MGA) wants to expand its membership through active duty military personnel and golf ers with military ID or MWR Guest Card. The association meets at Windy Harbor. For information, call Bernard Ciamarichello at 270-5126 x3517 ducks.org 800-45-DUCKS ducks.org 800-45DUCKS Help us conserve another 13 Million acres. Help us conserve another 13 Million acres. 13 MILLION ACRESAND COUNTING 8 THE MIRROR, NS MAYPORT, Thursday, January 30, 2014
Auto Skills Center January Special: $2 off of brake rotor turning and Extreme Oil Change $75.00 (most vehicles). 270-5392 January Tire Special: Buy four tires and receive free rotation on those tires for life (must show receipt to receive rotation). 2705392 February Special: 10% off alignment and deluxe oil change for the price of a regular oil changes (most vehicles). 270-5392 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 Feb. 14: Bingo Valentines Special. 6:30 p.m. at Beachside Bingo. There will be double payouts on all hard cards, free desserts, extra $1000 Sweetheart Game, plus, when you bring your sig nificant other, they will receive a free paper pack. 270-7204 Castaways Lounge Every Weekday: Castaways After Work, At Ease: Stop into Castaways every Monday-Friday from 4-6 p.m. for our great nightly specials! Enjoy Margarita Monday, Tuesdays Pint Glass Night, Around-theWorld Wednesday, BOGO Thursday and Five Dollar Friday! Plus, Last Buck Bottles on the 14th and last day of every month! 2707205 Every Thursday: Trivia on Tap. 6 p.m. at Castaways. Test your general trivia knowledge! the winning team of four takes home awesome prizes! 270-7205 Feb. 1: UFC 169Cruz vs. Borao 10 p.m. at Castaways. 270-7205 Feb. 2: Superbowl XLVIII at Castaways Lounge. Pre-game at 5:30 p.m. Kick off at 6:20 p.m. Watch the Big Game while you enjoy refresh ments, snacks, giveaways and more. Free t-shirts for the first 100 attendees through the door. 2707205 Feb. 7: Castaways Olympics Opening Ceremony. 7:30 p.m. at Castaways Lounge. Come show your support to your favorite ath letes and country. While youre there, watch the Opening Ceremony of the 2014 Winter Games and sign up for the events YOU want to play during our very own Castaways Olympics. 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 Feb. 2: CPO Club AllKhaki Chili Cook-Off. 2 p.m. at Focsle Lounge. Bring you lawn chairs, enjoy live music from One-Eyed Jakes, and watch the Big Game on out jumbo screen. Bring your best Chili Recipe for the chance to win great prizes; individual and command teams are welcome. All entrants must register at the CPO club by Feb. 1; limit 20 entrants. For more infor mation, please call 2705431. 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 THE MIRROR NS MAYPORT, Thursday, January 30, 2014 9
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-Photo by MC3 Karl AndersonSailors assigned to the guided-missile cruiser USS Gettysburg (CG 64) direct cargo from the Military Sealift Command fast combat support ship USNS Arctic (T-AOE 8) during a replenishment-at-sea. 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. -Photo by MC3 Lorenzo J. BurlesonAviation Machinist's Mate 2nd Class Hyun Park performs maintenance on helicopter parts in the hangar bay aboard the guided-missile cruiser USS Gettysburg (CG 64). -Photo by MC3 Lorenzo J. BurlesonGunner's Mate 2nd Class Eric Wheller stands watch aboard the guided-missile cruiser USS Gettysburg (CG 64). THE MIRROR NS MAYPORT, Thursday, January 30, 2014 11
NMCRS -110 Years Serving Navy, Marines The Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society (NMCRS) marked its 110th Anniversary amid world wide office celebrations, Jan. 23. The NMCRS provides financial assistance and education, as well as other programs and ser vices to members of the United States Navy and Marine Corps, their eligi ble family members, wid ows and survivors. The NMCRS started as a way to systemati cally provide support to widows and orphans of service members during World War I, according to the Societys website. The initial proceeds came from the 1903 Army-Navy Football Game and the NMCRS gave $9,500 to widows and families of enlisted men in its first year. The office in San Diego marked the occasion with a cake-cutting ceremony and chili potluck. While the NMCRS still supports widows and orphans, the scope has expanded quite a bit, said Barry White, San Diego NMCRS Office director. In 2013, the NMCRS conducted many pro grams, including more than 25,000 home visits and other contacts with families and retirees and more than 30,000 home visits and other con tacts to provide Combat Casualty Assistance (CCA). The NMCRS also held a 2013 Budget-for-Baby workshop for more than 7,600 moms and dads and provided more than 5,800 gift bags with hand-made blankets for expectant parents. Some situations that Sailors come in the door with are difficult, said Marcie Land, San Diego NMCRS office chairman of volunteers. Its very rewarding when you can help them through that. Its amazing how many people we impact, said Land. Its a great organi zation. Ive volunteered with other places where I would never have given it this much of my time. The NMCRS formed to provide benefits to Sailors and Marines that the newly formed United States of America couldnt provide. The primary goal of the NMCRS is to help provide each person who comes to them with support for their immediate needs and a long-term goal of educating Sailors and Marine on how to man age personal finances and plan for unexpected expenses. In 2013 the NMCRS provided more than 65,000 clients with more than $48.6 Million in financial assistance. For more information about the NMCRS or to make a donation, con tact your local NMCRS Coordinator or visit www. nmcrs.org. -Photo by Lt. j.g. David HancockThe flight deck refueling team hot pumps an MH-60R Sea Hawk helicopter during fight quarters aboard the guided-missile frigate USS Taylor (FFG 50). Taylor, homeported in Mayport, Fla., is deployed supporting theater security cooperation and maritime security operations in the U.S. 6th Fleet area of responsibility. 12 THE MIRROR, NS MAYPORT, Thursday, January 30, 2014
THE MIRROR NS MAYPORT, Thursday, January 30, 2014 13 Australian Navy Celebrates In Service DateFocusing on what unites Aussies and Yanks in the Helicopter Maritime Strike Wing community, officers and Sailors from both navies gathered Jan. 24 at NAS Jacksonville Hangar 1122 to commemorate the Royal Australian Navy (RAN) 725 Squadron In Service Date (ISD) mile stone. Historically, Australia has enjoyed a close rela tionship with America since World War II in the Pacific. Through innumerable cam paigns, a mutual friend ship developed between allies that continues today, said Head of Australian Defense Staff (Washington) Rear Adm. Stephen Gilmore. Now, as America rebalances its naval assets around the globe, this close rela tionship will continue to be critical and what were accomplishing here in Jacksonville with the MH-60R program is an important part of that relationship. Achievement of the ISD followed a comprehensive range of activities under taken over the past 14 months by the joint RAN and the U.S. Navy Foreign Military Sales team to deliver 24 MH-60R Seahawk helicopters by 2016. Since the formal acceptance of its first two MH-60R Seahawks in December 2013, RAN 725 Squadron conducted its acceptance program aboard NAS Jacksonville to ensure the aircraft were ready to commence ser vice with everything well ahead of schedule. Gilmore added, The Royal Australian Navy is in a period of regenera tion and our new Romeo helicopters will deploy with guided-missile destroyers supported by the evolutionary Aegis combat system. Their capabilities in both antisubmarine and anti-sur face warfare create a very lethal combination. Whilst the RAN men and women serving in Jacksonville return home by the end of this year, the professional relationships and friendships that were formed create a legacy that will last for the next 20 years of Romeo opera tions, he said. Australia is proud to be the first U.S. ally to purchase and operate the same ver sion MH-60R that is flown by USN squadrons. We appreciate your welcom ing us into your rotary wing community at NAS Jacksonville and NS Mayport. Indeed, you are now a part of RAN history. Thank you. RAN 725 Squadron Commanding Officer Cmdr. David Frost said the term ISD best trans lates as, we are ready! He added that the ISD event is also the squad rons way of saying thank you to all the commands and individuals that have contributed to the suc cess of the acquisition project. In particular, he mentioned HSM-40 at NS Mayport and the Center for Naval Aviation Technical Training Unit Jax for developing and implementing the train ing systems. Frost told report ers that RAN has flown an early version of the anti-submarine war fare Seahawk for more than 24 years, So even though we understand the Seahawk platform the MH-60R variant is a whole new ballgame. The Romeo integrates many mission systems, sensors and weapons that are new to us, including the antisurface warfare capability. Except for a kangaroo on the tail, well be operating the Seahawk thats iden tical the USN squadrons in the helicopter mari time strike wing. When this acquisition is com plete, RAN will operate 24 Romeos seven for our training squadron (725) and 17 for our operational squadron (816) that will deploy at sea on board RAN surface combatants. Rear Adm. Sinclair Harris commander, U.S. Naval Forces Southern Command and U.S. 4th Fleet, told the audience, The Royal Australian Navy and the U.S. Navy are kinsmen of the sea. They are our breth ren. Our relationship is the strongest it has ever been. Our two navies have fought beside each other in numerous con flicts andtoday we cel ebrate another impor tant collaboration the induction of the MH-60R here at Naval Air Station Jacksonville. This project represents the continu ing evolution in our part nership and I am excited to say it can only lead to continued cooperation in the future. By training with our counterparts, like the Royal Australian Navy, the U.S. and our part ner nations learn from each other, sharing the best practices and prov ing collective reliability for addressing common challenges, Harris con tinued. In a larger sense, these opportunities for exchange of ideas not only allow us the chance to learn best practices and challenges, but also allows us to unite around the common goals of securing our waters and providing for peace in our regions. Frost also expressed his appreciation for the families of 725 Squadron officers and Sailors who moved from the coast of New South Wales to the shores of the St. Johns River in Jacksonville. To our families, thank you for supporting us and work ing to be part of this great community, he said. Frost concluded, The USN uses the term ship mates whilst the RAN, in true Aussie fashion, abbreviates it to mates. For us, this is a very strong word bringing with it a commitment that you will always be there for each other, will watch each others back, and share a bond that will stand the test of time. You never forget your mates, you remember when you met them and you look for ward to when you meet them again. I am very proud to call our USN hosts mates. Conserving Energy With One Sailor At A Time From the use of energysaving technologies and biofuels for our aircraft and ships to the even tual sailing of the Great Green Fleet in 2016, the Navy is leading the charge in incorporating best practices and affordable, domestically produced energy sources within our operating forces. While those initia tives can enhance com bat capability and overall energy security, they tend to have little impact on the day-to-day life of the Sailor and his family or at home, at work or impact behaviors of his or her family. I want to talk about a program that affects everyone Sailors, civil ians, dependents and contractors. Its called the Navy Shore Energy Program the impact of which can be felt across the Navys bases world wide. Changing the para digm for how we man age energy on our bases is essential. Energy costs are on the rise and, as global demand continues, we dont foresee it get ting cheaper. To provide some perspective, energy bills for Navy installations equal almost a third of the entire cost it takes to manage all our bases, mak ing it the single largest expense out of our $6.1 billion shore budget. Turning off the lights when you leave a room is not going to get us the future reductions we need to make. Although basic steps like these are important in order to achieve our goals, weve got to take bigger steps and engage in more effective energy conservation and management. Many of these steps are ongo ing and already saving the Navy millions, put ting us well on the road to reducing our shore energy intensity (energy consumption (MBTU) per square foot (kSF)) by at least half of what were using now by 2020. In fact, weve already reduced shore energy consumption by 19 per cent since 2003 and we currently produce or consume 23 percent of our shore energy from renewable sources. In addition, non-tactical vehicles (NTV) petroleum consumption is down by more than 20 percent since 2005. These savings are equal to about 83,000 flight hours for an F/A-18 or 3,000 days at sea for a DDG-51.Dont Wash Grease Down Sink Be careful what you put down the sinks and drains in your homes and food establishments. Fats, oils, and grease, when improperly disposed in the sani tary sewer system or storm drain system, can cause property damage, health hazards and envi ronmental problems. When cleaning up after dinner, pouring a little meat fat from your fry ing pan down the kitchen sink may not seem like such a bad thing. After all, what harm can that little bit of grease cause? However, grease sticks to the insides of sewer pipes (both on your property and in the streets). Over time, the small quanti ties of grease can build up and block the entire pipe. Garbage disposals do not keep grease out of the plumbing system. They only shred solid material in to smaller pieces but do not prevent grease from solidifying in the drain. The result can be sew age backing up and over flowing in your or your neighbors homes, yards, streets, wetlands, or the river. When this occurs, it is not just the oils and grease that overflow, but untreated sewage as well. This would entail an expensive and unpleas ant cleanup and possibly cause contact with dis ease-causing organisms. The best way to solve the grease problem and help prevent overflows of raw sewage is to keep this material out of the sewer system in the first place. How you can help: fats, oils, or grease down sink drains or into toilets. cooking oil and grease into a metal can (soup, vegetable, etc.). Let the grease cool and solidify (you can place the con tainer in the refrigerator or freezer), then place it in the garbage can for disposal. and food scraps from trays, plates, pots, pans, utensils and grills and cooking surfaces into the trash for disposal. greasy foods down gar bage disposals. Put bas kets/strainers in sink drains to catch food scraps and other solids, and empty the drain baskets/strainers into the Do not run water over dishes to wash oil and grease down the drain. Restaurants that have grease traps in place still need to follow the prop er disposal practices for fats, oils, and grease. The grease traps serve as a backup and only remove minimal amounts of grease. Restaurants with grease traps or grease interceptors are respon sible for inspecting and cleaning them regularly in order for them to be effective. Onetime events or ongoing cooking activities can sometimes generate a large quantity of used cooking oil. Used cook ing oil can be taken to the MWR Recycling Center (Bldg. 1624) and placed in the used cooking oil storage tank. This cooking oil is recycled into biodiesel and provides a beneficial reuse by fueling equip ment and vehicles. If you have questions about disposal or recycling of used cooking oil or grease, call the Environmental Division at (904) 2706816. Photo by Clark PierceRAN 725 Squadron Commanding Officer Cmdr. David Frost, right, expresses his thanks to Naval Station Mayports HSM-40 Commanding Officer Cmdr. Sil Perrella. The HSM-40 Airwolves train MH-60R pilots and aircrew of the U.S. Atlantic Fleet, in addition to foreign students from around the globe. Those eligible for the free tax preparation include: *All active duty ser vice members and their dependents *All retirees and their dependents *Reservists on active duty for more than 30 days *Reservists within 30 days of demobilization *Reservists involved in pre-mobilization Before making an appointment, customers should have: *All 2013 W-2s and 1099s *Copies of social security cards for taxpayers and dependents *Taxpayer(s) military ID cards *Bank account numbers and routing numbers *Any other tax records including copies of 2012 tax returns if available Service members must provide either a copy of a Social Security card or a previous years tax return, along with the same doc umentation for all dependents. Couples wishing to file joint returns should come to the tax center together. If a spouse is unavailable, the spouse preparing the return will need to bring a power of attorney that specifi cally covers tax filing purposes or an IRS Power of Attorney Form 2848. The Mayport VITA Center is located at 707A Everglade Ct. (adja cent to the Thrift Store) and will be open begin ning February 3. Hours of operation will be Monday-Thursday from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. and Friday from 8 a.m. until Noon. There are no appoint ments; all those wishing to use VITA are on a walk in basis. For more infor mation or to volunteer contact the Mayport VITA center at 904-270-5150. From Page 1VITA A CFC participant provided as a public service.Do not accept defeat. Fight deadly childhood diseases.
14 THE MIRROR, NS MAYPORT, Thursday, January 30, 2014 God help me, he grumbles under his breath. I settle temporar ily for the other end of our couch, and realize that my husbands offensive move required a smarter defense. You know, I think youd better poke that fire Honey, you know how unpredictable those starter logs can be. My husband looks at me suspiciously, but I feign ignorance, Have the Seahawks colors changed? Didnt they have royal blue jerseys a few years ago? As my husband steps toward the fireplace, I inconspicuously employ a slide-lift-blitz maneuver to regain territory. But just as I reach the center cushion, our dog appears, licking my face. Nice block. *GUH-GLUNK* Alright guys, cmon, lets get some real points on the board! my husband yells after swiftly retaking my rightful seat. To add insult to injury, he lobs his ratty sheepskin-slippered foot into my lap and slurps the last of his beer. Unsportsmanlike conduct. Hey Mom. Yes, I mutter, trying to hide my gritting teeth. Are those wings done yet? Not yet, I look over just as my son tips the bag of chips over his open mouth, triggering a mini-avalanche of corner crumbs which cascades into his mouth, eyes, shirt, and the freshly-vacuumed family room carpet, but Im fairly certain youll survive. Just then, the cells of my brain call a huddle, and a new play is formed. Time out. While my husband and son laugh at silly beer commercials like simple tons, I disappear to the kitchen, returning a few minutes later with a heaping tray of hot wings. Like some kind of modern day June Cleaver, I smilingly dole out platefuls to my unsuspecting husband and son. And then I wait, nib bling patiently on a stalk of celery. As expected, they dig right in, my son meticu lously dissecting each tiny radius, ulna and humerus, then sucking each finger from base to tip. My hus band on the other hand, plops whole wings into his open mouth, and after manipulation with teeth and tongue, pulls the bones out from his pursed lips, stripped clean of meat, fat, skin and carti lage. Whew! my husband exclaims, wiping his brow with a saucy napkin, Spicy, huh?! My son is the first casualty, running for a soda, while my husband tena ciously sweats through another wing or two before abandoning his position in search of cold beer to sooth his burning lips. Thanks to a few extra shakes of hot sauce, my play worked. With the coast finally clear, I muster whats left of my middle aged agility. Hail Mary Reentering the room, my husband sees me, firmly seated in my favorite spot on our couch. I pump my upturned hands in the air while wiggling my knees back and forth, in a pompous victory dance. Score. Get more wit and observations from Lisa at her blog, The Meat and Potatoes of Life, www. themeatandpotatoesofli fe.com -Photo submittedLisa Smith Molinari has a favorite spot on her couch. and shes ready to tackle for it.Craig Morgan Free Ticket Drawing Country music star Craig Morgan is com ing to Mavericks at the Landing on Feb. 7 and the Greater Jacksonville Area USO wants to send you to the concert. We are hav ing a drawing for a lim ited number of FREE pairs of tickets to this concert. The ticket drawing is open to active duty military families only. Deadline to enter the drawing is 9 a.m. on Friday, Jan. 31. Winners will be notified beginning at noon. To enter, email draw email@example.com with the following information: First and Last Name: Command/Branch of Service: Phone Number: Name of Guest: 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. 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. 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. 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. From Page 2Bowl DaySaturday, Feb. 1 The Florida Department of Environmental Protections Fort Clinch State Park, 2601 Atlantic Ave., Fernandina Beach, will host a Union Garrison event on Saturday, February 1 from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. and Sunday, Feb. 2 from 9 a.m.-noon. This program will allow visitors to interact with living historians to experience life in the fort as it was in 1864. The grounds will be bus tling with soldiers in period cos tumes involved in firing demon strations, marching drills, cooking and daily activities. Ladies in their dresses, sutlers displaying their wares, fife players and drummer boys bring every part of the civil war era to life. Come join in this unique, family friendly event. Fees include the $6 per vehicle Park entrance fee plus $2 per person Fort admission. For additional information, contact the park at (904) 277-7274 or visit www.FloridaStateParks.org. Tuesday, Feb. 4 Beaches Photography Club will meet at the Beaches Library, 600 3rd St., Neptune Beach, 6-8 p.m. The program will be presented by Linda Olsen, professional pho tographer and fine artist on The Art and Business of Photography. Linda will be discussing some tips on making a hobby of photography into a business as well as showing the evolution of her fine art photography over the last decade. For more information go to www. beachesphotographyclub.org Friday, Feb. 7 The Ladies Auxillary FRA #290 will hold a steak dinner from 5-8 p.m. at the branch home, 390 Mayport Road. A glass of wine and a box of chocolates will be served with the mea. Donation is $12. Open to the public. Take out orders welcome. 249-6855 Saturday, Feb. 8 Davidson Realty, Inc., has announced the Davidson Cares 5K and Fun Run through World Golf Village. Registration is open now at www.DavidsonCares.com or www.UltimateRacingInc.com. Runners, walkers, strollers and dogs are all welcome! There will be fun kids activities like giant hamster balls, laser tag, a bouncy house, face painting, temporary tattoos, a mile long kids fun run and more. The event sponsor, Mile Marker Brewing, will have delicious brews on tap, and the S.O.S. Diner food truck will be on site. The race starts at 11 a.m. Growing and Eating Seasonally: 9 a.m.1 p.m. at the Duval County Extension Office. Grow WarmSeason Vegetables, Compost, and Food Sampling using seasonal product. Cost $10, checks should be made payable to DCOHAC, send to 1010 N. McDuff Avenue, Jacksonville, FL 32254. Preregistration and pre-payment required. Call Jeannie at 255-7450 to pre-register. Red knots migrate from the southern tip of South America to the arctic every year. Join a park ranger at 2 pm to learn about these and other shorebirds that rely on the beaches of Little Talbot Island. The program will take place at the multi-use trail pavilion located at the south beach area on Little Talbot Island. No reservations are necessary and the program is free with regular park admission. Saturday, Feb. 15 Ever dreamed of getting the per fect shot of a great blue heron in flight or a bumble bee nestled on a flower? Join a photographer at 10 a.m. and nature enthusiast for a leisurely stroll on the Fairway Loop Trail and learn techniques to help capture the beauty of the maritime forest and salt marsh on film. Please bring your own camera and photography supplies, sturdy shoes, bug spray, sunscreen and water. Space is limited on this program to 10 participants. Please RSVP to the Talbot Islands State Park Ranger Station at (904) 251-2320. This program will take place at the Ribault Club on Fort George Island Cultural State Park. No reservations are necessary and the program is free. Saturday, Feb. 22 The Duval County Extension Office is offering a fun day for gar dening enthusiast to listen to exciting speakers on many different subjects from 8:30 a.m.2:30 p.m. You can shop for plants and gar den themed items with the ven dors and have lunch with us. The workshop will be located at 1010 N McDuff Ave. Jacksonville, Fl. The cost is $15 per person Prepayment and registration required. Payment must be received by Tuesday, Feb. 18. To pay by check, please email Beckyd@coj. net to get a registration form. You can register with credit card at http://2014adayofgardening.event brite.com. There is a small service fee for registering online. No walkins. Space is limited. For questions, call 904-255-7450. Join a Park Ranger at 2 p.m. for a leisurely paced hike to discover the islands natural communities. Participants are encouraged to bring bug spray and bottled water. This program will take place at the Ribault Club on Fort George Island Cultural State Park. No reservations are necessary and the program is free. Saturday, March 1 The St. Marys, Ga., Mardi Gras Festival will feature a parade with decorated floats and impressive costumes. This years Out of This World themed event showcases exciting activities that are fam ily friendly and begins with a 7 a.m. Color Run that offers both a 5K Run and 1-Mile Walk. Other festi val events continue from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. and include a 10 a.m. parade and more than 100 vendors offering food, art, and miscellaneous items. The center stage will be bursting with entertainment throughout the afternoon including a perfor mance by 2012 Americas Got Talent performer Chris McCarty. Chris is a high-energy charismatic art ist with an eclectic rock/pop music style that is out of this world. The St. Marys Waterfront Park will host the 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Great Camden County Chili Cook-Off benefit and the 1 p.m. costumed pet-parade. For any additional information contact the St. Marys Welcome Center at www.visitstmarys.com or 912882-4000.Out in Town COMMUNITYCALENDAR A CFC participant. Provided as a public service. Please visit JDRF.org today. Gov Honors Troops To Teachers Florida Gov. Rick Scott has honored five educa tors certified through the Troops to Teachers Program with the Governors Shine Award for exemplary service to their country and contri butions to Floridas stu dents. The Governors Shine Award is presented to Floridians who have positively impacted children through education. Kim Stefansson, a Navy veteran and currently a history teacher at Bellview Middle School represent ed the veterans. Both the military and education career fields call for flexibility and those who are not eas ily deterred, Stefansson told a meeting of the governors cabinet. Both careers call for service 24/7, whether you are standing watch or spending your weekends grad ing papers, and both jobs ask our families to be supportive when we need extra time to do our jobs. It is an honor to thank these teachers who went from serving their coun try to serving Florida students in the classroom, Gov. Scott said. A great education sys tem is key to creating a highly-skilled workforce and driving our economy forward, the governor added. These teach ers have gone above and beyond the call of duty by preparing our stu dents today for the jobs of tomorrow and I thank them for their continued service to Florida fami lies. David Silverman, a vet eran of both the Marine Corps and Florida Army National Guard, is now teaching adults at the Clay County Center for Adult and Community educa tion in Orange Park, Fla. He said that like many of the jobs he held in the military, teaching adults is enjoyable. Teaching adults in many respects is easier than teaching kids -they want to be here and really care about getting an education; they need to get their diploma or GED to get or keep a job, so they are definitely motivated with a positive attitude, Silverman said. William McAleer, Chief of the Troops to Teachers Program for the Defense Activity for NonTraditional Education Support in Pensacola Fla., said that teaching is an outstanding fit for many veterans. Every service mem ber was training their replacement while on active duty, McAleer said. They bring real-life experiences into the classroom and add perspective to subjects. The other Florida Troops to Teachers vet erans honored with Shine Awards at the cabi net meeting included: Kenneth McAllister, an Air Force veteran now teaching at Clay High School in Green Cove Springs; Jacqueline Williams, a Navy veteran now teaching at A. Phillip Randolph High School Academies of Technology in Jacksonville; and Glenn Meyer, an Air Force veteran and 5th grade teacher at Navy Point Elementary in Pensacola.
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