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CHINFO Award Winner Vicksburg DrillBrings Navy, City Together Page 4 Check us out Online! mayportmirror.com By Lt.j.g. Anastasia Abid USS Hu City (CG 66) Public AffairsThe guided missile cruiser USS Hu City (CG 66) was awarded its Battle Efficiency Award by Commander, Naval Surface Forces. Receiving the Battle E award denotes sustained supe rior performance throughout the year. Consideration for the Battle E requires excellence in at least four of the five cat egories: Maritime Warfare, Engineering/Survivability, Command and Control, Logistics Management, and CNSF Ship Safety. Through grueling inspections, certifica tions, assessments, and sus tained superior operations at sea, ships are evaluated and then nominated by their immediate superior in command. Selection for the Battle E is truly an honor, and serves as a testament to the hard work, pride, and dedication of the Hu City crew. Winning the Battle E is significant because it shows that my ship strives for excellence, said Ensign Savanna Reynolds. Its great that all our hard work over the past year has Battle E For Hu USS Gettysburg Best Ship In Atlantic FleetBy Ensign Kiley ProvenzanoUSS Gettysburg Public AffairsThe guided-missile cruis er USS Gettysburg (CG 64) was awarded the 2013 Battenberg Cup by Adm. Bill Gortney, commander, U.S. Fleet Forces Command, May 6. An annual honor that rewards the best all around in crew achievement, the Battenberg Cup is presented to only one of the more than 100 eligible surface ships, aircraft carriers, and submarines in the Atlantic Fleet. When every Sailor is committed to the same mission, to the same goals, and to the same principles from the wardroom to our great chief petty officers mess, down to our newest seamen we are guaranteed success in everything for which we strive, said Gettysburg Command Master Chief (SW/AW) Daniel Hacker. Our Sailors have been through an incred ible amount in the past year. This award is a testament to their dedication and com mitment to the ship and our nation. Gettysburgs success starts with a focus on people excellence. Through a steady focus on the positive development of Sailors as a command priority, the crew was awarded the Gold Anchor award for per sonnel program excellence. The ship had the Atlantic Fleets lowest attrition rate and nearly doubled the Navy-wide advancement rate during last falls advance ment cycle. The excellence continued with 99 percent of Gettysburg petty offi cers qualifying as Enlisted Surface Warfare Specialists. In addition, the crew fea tured a finalist in both the Surface Force Atlantic (SURFLANT) Sailor of the Year and Shiphandler of the Year competi tions. Three Gettysburg Sailors received the pres tigious Navy and Marine Association Leadership Award, while another crewmember received the 2013 AFCEA Copernicus Award for Information Warfare Excellence. Backed by a long-term commitment to junior offi cer training and develop ment, Gettysburg recently returned from deployment -Photo by MC2 Lorenzo J. BurlesonSailors aboard the guided-missile cruiser USS Gettysburg (CG 64) salute during a com mand photo on the forecastle. Gettysburg was just awarded the 2013 Battenberg Cup for the Atlantic Fleet, an annual award signifying the best all around in crew achievement.Mayport Gears Up For USS Stark MemorialFrom StaffNS Mayport will host a USS Stark memorial ceremony on May 16 at Mayports Memorial Park. The ceremony will be at 10 a.m. and guest speaker for this years event is NS Mayport Commanding Officer, Capt. Wes McCall. On May 17, 1987, while on patrol in the Arabian Gulf, 37 Sailors died when two Iraqi missiles struck USS Stark. Despite the severe damage inflicted, the heroic efforts of Starks crew saved the ship. Stark was decommissioned at Mayport in 1999. In order to preserve the tradition once the ship was retired, the Naval Order of the United States, North Florida Commandery, assumed sponsorship for the memorial service. Several members of the 1987 crew of Stark will attend the service. The service will fea ture accounts of some of the events that occurred following the attack, both aboard ship and here in Mayport, from crew and volunteers who worked to provide information and support services to the families of crew members. Mayports Memorial Park was established Aug. 1, 1987, with the dedication of the Stark monument. Mayport Commissary Named Best In U.S.See Story, Page 7 See Gettysburg, Page 10 See Hu City, Page 10

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2 THE MIRROR, NS MAYPORT, Thursday, May 15, 2014 Command Chaplain Chap. Karen Rector 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. Naval Station Mayport Capt. Wesley McCall ..........................................................................................Commanding Officer Cmdr. Patrick Pickard ...............................................................................................Executive Officer CMDCM Ross Cramer ....................................................................................Command Master Chief Naval Station Mayport Editorial Staff MCC William Townsend ......................................................................................Public Affairs Officer GSM3 Hillary Hicks ............................................................................Assistant Public Affairs Officer Paige Gnann...............................................................................................................................Editor The Mirror is distributed without charge throughout Mayports Navy community, including the Naval Station, onand off-base Navy housing areas, and ships, squadrons and staffs homeported at NS Mayport. Copies are also available at the Naval Stations Public Affairs Office, Building 1, and The Florida Times-Union, 1 Riverside Avenue, Jacksonville, FL 32202. The deadline for all submissions is Thursday at 4 p.m., one week prior to publication. News and articles should be submitted to the Public Affairs Office, or mailed to: The Mirror P.O. Box 280032 Naval Station Mayport, FL 32228-0032 Commercial: (904) 270-7817 Ext. 1012 DSN: 270-7817 Ext. 1012 Commercial FAX (904) 270-5329 DSN FAX: 270-5329 Email: mayportmirror@comcast.net CO Actionline: 270-5589 or 1-800-270-6307 This DoD newspaper is an authorized publication for members of the Department of Defense. Contents of The Mirror are not necessarily the official views of, or endorsed by, the U.S. Government, the Department of Defense or the Department of the Navy. Published by The Florida Times-Union, a private firm in no way connected with the U.S. Navy, under exclusive written contract with Naval Station Mayport, Fla. The appearance of advertising in this publication, including inserts or supplements, does not constitute endorsement by the Department of Defense, U.S. Navy or The Florida Times-Union, of the products or services advertised. Everything advertised in this publication shall be made available for purchase, use or patronage without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, marital status, physical handicap, political affiliation, or any other non-merit factor of the purchaser, user or patron. The editorial content of this publication is the responsibility of the Naval Station Mayport, Fla., Public Affairs Office. Advertisements are solicited by the publisher. Inquiries regarding advertising should be directed to: Shipmates, I have travelled all over the world with the U.S. Navy and there is no doubt in my mind that the best and the brightest have converged here to work and support the warriors and families of Mayport. One great example of that dedication and determination is our very own Mayport Commissary, which has just been awarded the Bill Nichols Award for the Best Large Commissary in the United States for FY2013. Congratulations to Ed Kleckner and all the great people at our Commissary for earning this tremendous recognition and thanks for everything you do every day to support the Fleet, Fighter and Family. Again, congratulations and keep up the great work. Special thanks to MWR Mayport and all our volunteers for last Fridays Mayport Music Fest featuring Blue October and The Cab. Although the concert was held under less than ideal conditions (rain, rain and more rain), we had a great time and both bands put on a fabulous show. I want to thank our Air Operations T-Line personnel for their hard work maintaining Naval Station Mayports runway arresting gear. A certification team from the Navys Carrier and Field Service Unit (CAFSU) visited Mayport last week and left very impressed with the outstanding job our personnel have performed in maintaining our gear. They went so far as to say our gear was ranked among the very best in the Southeast Region. Once again, the pride and professionalism the team at Air Operations has displayed with their hard work and dedication to the job shines through and proves why Naval Station Mayport produces the Finest Service to the Finest Fleet. Thanks to all of the donors who gave during the active duty fund drive for the Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society. I just received the numbers from NMCRS Director Bill Kennedy and I am proud to announce that we exceeded this years fund raising goal with a total $216,000 raised. Bill and I both want to thank our key person nel for their dedicated hard work in helping Sailors and retirees in their time of need. A big thank you also goes out to the patrons of Navy Exchange Mayport for helping the Exchange raise just under $20,000 for the fund drive. Your generosity will most certainly help one of our own. Over the past two weeks, Naval Station Mayport has joined bases throughout the United States by par ticipating in the annual hurricane preparedness exercise, HURREX/ Citadel Gale 2014 in preparation for the upcoming Atlantic, Gulf of Mexico and Caribbean area hurricane season. The purpose of HURREX/Citadel Gale 2014 is to prepare the Navy to respond to weather threats to U.S. coastal regions and to maintain the ability to deploy forces even under the most adverse weather conditions. It is not only Naval Station Mayport assets and commands that need to practice disaster response scenarios, HURREX is a great reminder for all residents of Naval Station Mayport and Jacksonville to start putting together a plan for the upcoming hurricane sea son that officially begins on June 1st. There were 13 named storms in 2013. We have been extremely fortunate in Jacksonville not to be directly hit by a hurricane, but Tropical storm Beryl in 2012 should remind us all that it doesnt have to be hurricane strength to cause a lot of damage. Over the next several weeks, The Mirror will pub lish tips on being prepared for natural disasters like hurricanes, along with its annual Hurricane Preparedness Guide. Make sure to pick up a copy and start building your list of supplies for your pack-up kit. It never hurts to prepare early. Last week, USS Vicksburg, SERMC, Jacksonville Fire Department and Mayports Fire and Emergency Services participated in a coordinated ship-fire drill. It was a great training evolution designed to test and stress the coordinated response of the ship, installation and local community. Valuable lessons were learned and the great support and cooperation between organizations both in and outside the fence line demonstrates once again why Naval Station Mayport is so spe cial. There arent many places that so many departments and commands can come together and work seamlessly well together, but Mayport is one of them. Thanks for the great exercise. I want to thank THE PLAYERS Championship and Chick-fil-A for their generosity to our local military com munity. Active duty service members, retirees and their dependents enjoyed free admission all week to this years golf tournament at TPC Sawgrass, as well as a free concert by country music star Jake Owen during Military Appreciation Day on May 7. On May 6th, Chick-fil-A handed out thousands of free chicken sandwiches, chips and cookies to Naval Station Mayport Sailors and civilian personnel. What a great gesture and morale builder. I keep saying it and Jacksonville keeps proving me right this community knows how to show its appreciation. Lastly, we have two chances over the next few weeks to honor those Sailors who came before us. On Friday, we will hold the annual USS Stark memorial ceremony at 10 a.m. at Memorial park, across from the Gas Station. Everyone is invited to join us as we remember the 37 Sailors who died after Stark was struck by two Iraqi missiles while on patrol in the Arabian Gulf. Historically, former crew members and families have attended the event. It will be a great opportunity for todays Sailors to say thank you for their service and sacrifice. The second event is the 72nd Anniversary of the Battle of Midway Commemoration Dinner and Program on June 7 at the Renaissance World Golf Village Resort in St. Augustine. The keynote speaker is Vice Admiral Mark I. Fox, Deputy Commander, U.S. Central Command. Ticket prices for Active Duty and Spouses: E-6 and below $25; E-7 to O3 $40; O4 to O5 $50, O6 and above $65. Prices for Civilians and Retirees $65. The evening includes fine dining and a memorable program. Uniform will be O4 and above dinner dress white jacket; O3 and below dinner dress white/dinner dress white jack et optional and civilian is black tie or business attire. Tickets may be purchased from Bob Price, at 904-246-9982 or 904-7182118 or bpricex4@comcast.net. Please continue sending your sug gestions to the COs suggestion box or email them to wesley.mccall@navy.mil. Capt. Wesley McCall NS Mayport Commanding Officer CAPTAINSCORNERCounseling For Deployment IssuesYou Cant Always Get What You WantDelayed gratification; now thats a term we rarely hear about any more. In fact, Id wager that a lot of people dont even know what that term means. After all, arent we living in the I want it, and I want now generation? We recently had our big push for the Navy and Marine Corps Relief Society. Let me first say that I love the NMCRS, and have made dona tions to the fund my entire Navy career. Ive heard personal testimo nies from several peo ple on how the NMCRS made a huge difference in their lives at a time when their world seemed to be crashing down around them; and I have directed many a Sailor and Marine, even a few retirees, over to them. Unfortunately there are many who have had to use the NMCRS, because they dont know about, or just dont care about delayed gratification, or living within their means. Growing up on a farm in Kentucky, it was often feast or famine; actually it was more famine than feast. Even if we had a good year, it meant whatever extra income that came in went into paying off more farm debt and buying only the things we needed. Just about all of my clothing was Experienced clothing. If you dont know what that means, they were hand me downs in their third or fourth use. Being a typical kid, I sometimes wanted stuff, and stuff always costs money. My parents often told me that if I wanted it bad enough Id have to earn it. I am of the Atari gen eration; some are say ing, Whats that? Atari was one of the first gaming systems. All my Chaplain Karen Rector Base ChaplainWith so many com mands deployed or about to be deployed at this time, the emotion al effects are spread ing from the immediate family to extended fam ily members and into the community itself. While a military parent may understand a childs reactions to deployment and have learned to spot these reactions, other family members, and friends may not. So how can you prepare this larger community to support your child dur ing a spouses deploy ment? You can prepare the child first and foremost by educating yourself, your family, and those in the community your child comes into contact with. Sunday school teachers, coaches on youth sports teams, and the life guard at the neighborhood pool need help spotting and dealing with potential reactions to the experience. These adults need the infor mation to allow them to help your child hon estly express feelings and concerns. However, this does not mean a tem per tantrum at the pool because the life guard says it is time for the 10 12 year olds to get out of the water so the teenagers can have a turn. While emotional responses vary from child to child, there are some similarities in how children feel when their lives are impacted by a deployment, especially to a war zone. Some com mon responses include the following: fear, loss of control, anger, loss of stability, and isolation. Limiting exposure to media coverage of the war will help the child feel encouraged and safe at a time when the world seems a dangerous place. If the child is exhibit ing these responses and seems to need help beyond what you can provide or the school, there are resources available to the military fam ily to provide help for your child and you. Counseling services are provided by a number of organizations. The Fleet and Family Support Centers (FFSC) offer various programs which range from cri sis and information, to stress management and parenting workshops. Each center has profes sional counselors avail able for individual and family consultations. It is part of the Fleet and Family Support Centers mission to ensure that Navy families have the support they need to deal with a childs response to deployment. Contact the FFSC at 904.270.6600. The Military and Family Life Counseling Program also provides short-term, situational, problem-solving coun seling services to Active Duty, Guard, Reserve, and their families. This program addresses the Judy Cromartie School Liaison Officer KNOWINGTHE ROPESfriends whose parents had money were getting Ataris; naturally, I had to have one, so I asked my parents. They told me that if I wanted an Atari, Id have work to earn the money to buy one. An Atari cost around $190. To a nine year old, it may as well have been $1 million. Regardless, I start ed doing extra chores around the house and farm, Id save all my birthday money, pick up change on the ground. My biggest score would always come from cleaning out my parents car. After about a year I had a lot of money, but still not enough. My mom asked me one day how much I had saved, and I told her. She then said that if I still wanted an Atari, she and dad would help me with the rest. The funny thing was I didnt want an Atari after all. During that year I had played my friends Ataris and realized I didnt much care for video games. CHAPLAINSCORNERSee Issues, Page 3 See Gratify, Page 3

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From Page 2GratifyBesides, I wasnt very good at them. I also discovered that I liked hav ing that money vice some gaming system or new toy. If my parents had given me that Atari when I asked for it, by the end of that year it would have just been collecting dust. Thats delayed gratification. Im so grateful my parents helped me learn such a useful les son. When I was living on E3 pay, many years ago, I always had plenty of money, because I lived within my means and practiced a lot of delayed gratification. Many of my peers did not, and they paid the price, both literally and figuratively. In Luke 12:15 Jesus said, Life is not defined by what you have, even when you have a lot. All that stuff you have? Its not yours. And you know what else about all that stuff? Its not you! Scripture also tells us that humans look at the outward appearanc es, but God looks at our hearts. In other words, God doesnt care how new your car is, if it has heated leather seats, or if your house is over 2,000 square feet. God does care how you handle his assets, though. Max Lucado said it best, Define yourself by your stuff, and youll feel good when you have a lot and bad when you dont. Contentment comes when we can honestly say with Paul who said, I know how to live when I am poor, and I know how to live when I have plenty (Philippians 4:12). Start managing Gods money responsibly, and you know what, God will bless you. If you dont know where to start, well, ask a chap lain, or even ask those great folks at the Navy and Marine Corps Relief Society, weve got the answers. militarys impact on children, and their services can be provided on or off military installations. For school-based coun seling, contact at Mayport Middle School: Robyn Ashburn at 904.247.5977 X1189 Finegan Elementary School: Ruthanne Wing at 904.247.5996 Mayport Elementary and Jax Beach Elementary: Susan Schanen at 904.524.7445 And starting next week, there will be a fulltime MFLC at Fletcher High School. To reach Dee Lexandra call 904.247.5905. Military OneSource provides access to faceto-face counseling; short-term solutionfocused telephone con sultation; and online consultation for Active Duty, Guard, Reserve (regardless of activation status), and their fami lies. Contact Military OneSource 24 hours a day, 7 days a week at 1-800-342-9647 or www. militaryonesource.com. Extra support, con sistency, empathy, and patience will help your child to return to his/ her more usual behavior patterns. But while you are providing extra help to your child, dont forget to take time for yourself. You, too, are dealing with your own reactions to the situa tion. The organizations indicated above will also provide assistance to you in dealing with not only your childs reactions but yours too. Caring for yourself is one of the most important and often the most forgotten things you can do as a parent who is carrying the load while a spouse is deployed. When your needs are taken care of, your child will benefit as well. Additional Resources: Deployment Binder http://ra.defense. gov/documents/ family/Family%20 Readiness%20 Toolkit%20061307.pdf Staying Connected: assisting w/pre-deploy ment issues www.sesamestreetfam ily.org/parents/topicsandactivity/toolkits/tlc Military Child Education Coalition: programs to meet chal lenges of military child www.militarychild.org Military Student in Transition: assisting w/ transition and deploy ment www.militaryK12part ners.dodea.edu Operation Military Kids: support for youth impacted by deployment www.operationmili tarykids.org Wishing Tree: online book store for books supporting deployment www.survivingdeploy ment.com Military Benefits: web resources for all aspects of military life www.military.com Judy Cromartie is the School Liaison Officer for NS Mayport. If you have questions about this article or concerns about an educational issue impacting your child, she can be reached via email at judith. cromartie@navy.mil or by phone at (904) 2706289 X1305 [office] or (904) 993-5860 [cell].From Page 2Issues Sailor of the WeekName: Gas Turbine Specialist (Mechanical) Petty Officer Second Class (Surface Warfare) Syed Balkhi Job: Work Center Supervisor in Main Propulsion Division on USS Carney Age: 21 Hometown: West Palm Beach, Fl. Favorite Hobby: Basketball Hero: GSCS(SW) Bellnoski Best Piece Of Advice Received: Everything we do is a training opportunity -Take advantage of it. Goal for Navy: Make Chief and have a suc cessful career. How has the Navy improved your life?: Was able to take on more responsibilities than civilians my age. I was also able to learn new skill sets and afforded the oppor tunity to be in a lead ership role to lead Sailors earlier than my peers. I enjoy training our junior person nel (because they are our future and reliefs) what right looks like and instill owner ship. Finally, the Navy has made me a bet ter person and sailor all around, I am more driven and goal oriented than ever before. GSM2(SW) Balkhi is a highly motivated Sailor, outstanding workcenter supervisor and gage calibra tion LPO. Everyday he shows up ready to go and knows his job inside and out. Petty Officer Balkhi is the Sailor every ships hopes to have. I cannot think of a better person to nominate for this esteemed recognition. GSM2(SW) Syed Balkhi OPERATIO N: I DENTIFICATIONCancer is one of our children's biggest enemies; but if identied early, a child's chances of survival are greatly enhanced.Parents, please be aware of these warning signs: Call 800-822-6344 or visit stjude.org to learn more.A CFC Participant provided as a public service. THE MIRROR NS MAYPORT, Thursday, May 15, 2014 3

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4 THE MIRROR, NS MAYPORT, Thursday, May 15, 2014 Vicksburg Conducts Coordinated Fire DrillBy FC2 George A. DeCoste IIIUSS VicksburgMembers from the Navy Regional Maintenance Centers (CNRMC), Southeast Regional Maintenance Center (SERMC), Navy Installations Command (CNIC), Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA), a number of Naval Shipyards and Regional Maintenance Centers, and Naval Station Mayport were on board guided missile cruiser USS Vicksburg (CG 69) May 7 to evaluate the effectiveness of a coordinated shipboard fire drill. The purpose of the exer cise was to simulate the loss of major shipboard systems essential to fighting a fire in a main engine room. When conducting an exercise like this, you get to see integration with the base, city, and shipboard firefighting teams and how they would come together to combat a casualty of this magnitude said Capt. Pierre Fuller, executive officer of SERMC. The drill was modeled to simulate a major fire on board a Navy ship that is undergo ing a major repair availabil ity. Integration with civilian agencies was a critical portion when a ship is in a major overhaul period. Firefighters, Paramedics, and Emergency Medical Technicians from NAVSTA Mayport, as well as Jacksonville Fire/Rescue Department Engines 41, 150, and Rehab 37 responded to the exercise and received training for a casualty of this magnitude. Its always great to get opportunities like this for inter-agency training so that we maintain a good work ing relationship in case of a real scenario said Kevin Dix, District 2 Fire Chief for the Jacksonville Fire/Rescue Department. Navy personnel are heavily trained to combat shipboard casualties that may occur both in port and underway. These types of casualties include fire, flooding, and toxic gas leaks. This exercise was the first of its kind on board NS Mayport, and the goal was to develop a plan used as the standard throughout all shipyards to help prevent a tragedy happening. We ultimately saved the ship with no major injuries, thats the ultimate goal in this situation. In my opinion, we exceeded the training require ments and noted valuable data points for execution and inte gration of such events in the future said Lt.j.g. Michael Wilkinson, USS Vicksburg Damage Control Assistant. USS Vicksburg is currently in homeport and executing continuous maintenance availability 4A3. Continuous maintenance availabilities are essential to conduct necessary repairs prior to operational movements. -Photos by FC2 George A. DeCoste III The primary hose team from repair locker #5 stands by to combat a simulated class bravo fire in main engine room #2 onboard guided missile cruiser USS Vicksburg (CG 69). USS Vicksburg was the host ship for a coordinated shipyard fire drill exercise. Gas Turbine Systems Technician (Electrical) Fireman Jose Lares isolates a fuel-oil valve while reporting a simulated major fuel-oil leak to the central control station onboard guided missile cruiser USS Vicksburg (CG 69). USS Vicksburg was the host ship for a coordinated shipyard fire drill exercise. Damage Controlman 3rd Class Blake Huey assists Gas Turbine Systems Technician (Mechanical) Fireman Richard Martin while he dons a firefighting ensemble to fight a simulated main engine room fire onboard guided missile cruiser USS Vicksburg (CG 69). USS Vicksburg was the host ship for a coordi nated shipyard fire drill exercise. Lt. j.g. Michael Wilkinson leads casualty control efforts from damage control central as Lt. j.g. Melanie Arden records information received via the internal voice communication system during a simulated engine room fire onboard guided missile cruiser USS Vicksburg (CG 69). USS Vicksburg was the host ship for a coordinated shipyard fire drill exercise. Firefighters from Jacksonville Fire-Rescue Department Engine 150 standby to provide assistance during a simulated engine room fire onboard guided missile cruiser USS Vicksburg (CG 69). USS Vicksburg was the host ship for a coordinated shipyard fire drill exercise.

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THE MIRROR NS MAYPORT, Thursday, May 15, 2014 5 Namesake Family Visits USS RooseveltBy MC2 Justin WolpertGeorge H.W. Bush Strike Group (CVN 77) Public AffairsUSS Roosevelt (DDG 80) hosted the grand son of her namesakes Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt, H. Delano Roosevelt with family and friends on May 2. The visit consisted of a tour of the ship, led by Cmdr. Jay Clark, Roosevelts Commanding Officer, with presentations made by Sailors on the various departments and capabilities of the ship including visit, board, search, and seizure (VBSS) operations, bridge fundamentals, navigation, engineering, gunnery, damage con trol, search and rescue, and aviation. It was an honor and a privilege to introduce USS Roosevelt to Mr. Roosevelt, said Cmdr. Jay Clark. The crew, as well as myself, take immense pride in being Roosevelt Sailors, Clark added. I am sure that the grand son of our namesake saw that pride and knew we were honoring the lega cy Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt left behind. After the tour came to a close, Clark led the group into the ward room, where officers were assembled to attend the Surface Warfare Officer (SWO) designation pinning of Chief Warrant Officer James Smith. As a surprise to Mr. Roosevelt, Smith bestowed the honor of pinning the SWO device on him. It was dynamic, said Smith. To have the grandson of such a great man and woman and the namesakes of our ship perform the pinning is a once in a lifetime occur rence I will never forget. Following the pin ning Cmdr. Clark presented Mr. Roosevelt with Roosevelt memora bilia including a signed picture of the ship. In return Mr. Roosevelt presented Cmdr. Clark with a coin from the USS Iowa which his family has been influential in help ing to restore as a historical monument in Long Beach, CA where H. Delano Roosevelt and his family call home. -Photos by MC2 Justin WolpertLt.j.g. Dustin Ellis explains navigation procedures to H. Delano Roosevelt and family during a ship tour aboard the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Roosevelt (DDG 80). Roosevelt is deployed as a part of the George H.W. Bush Carrier Strike Group supporting maritime security operations and theatre security efforts in the U.S. 5th fleet area of responsibility. Gunner's Mate 2nd Class Jeff Straus, from Jacksonville, Fla. explains visit, board, search and seizure (VBSS) equipment to H. Delano Roosevelt and family aboard the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Roosevelt (DDG 80). H. Delano Roosevelt and family listen to a presentation about Search and Rescue swimmers during a ship tour aboard the Arleigh Burke-class guidedmissile destroyer USS Roosevelt (DDG 80). Operation Gratitude SuccessfulBy MC2 Justin WolpertGeorge H.W. Bush Strike Group (CVN 77) Public AffairsSailors aboard USS Roosevelt (DDG 80) received more than 300 care packages from Operation Gratitude. Operation Gratitude annually sends 150,000+ care packages filled with snacks, entertainment, hygiene and hand-made items, plus personal let ters of appreciation, to Veterans, First Responders, Wounded Warriors, Care Givers and to individually named U.S. Service Members deployed overseas. Carolyn Blashek, founder and CEO of the program, and her dedicated crew sent the packages. Command Master Chief Michael Kelly said, Our Sailors deserve to be reminded that they are thought of. The benefits of a program like this are far reaching; morale is increased, spirits are lifted and the day to day grind is more tolerable when you realize your sacrifice has not gone unnoticed. The packages were collected by vol unteers and relied on the generosity of the American people to supply, assemble and ship, with a program-wide shipping cost of 75,000 dollars. We were definitely surprised, said Personnel Specialist 2nd Class Adrian Johnson. I was humbled by the thought of a complete stranger going out of their way to make sure I knew I was being thought of. Yeoman 2nd Class Zeck Lee echoed the sentiment. I was excited! said Lee. It means a lot that people under no obligation to do so made sure we were taken care of. Roosevelt is on a scheduled deploy ment with the USS George H.W. Bush Carrier Strike Group in support of maritime security operations and the ater security cooperation efforts in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility. For more information about Operation Gratitude, visit www.opera tiongratitude.com Yeoman 3rd Class Austin Kelley opens a package from Operation Gratitude aboard USS Roosevelt (DDG 80). Seaman Joseph Jena signals during a replenishment-at-sea with USNS Robert E. Peary (T-AKE-5) aboard the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Roosevelt (DDG 80). Gunner's Mate 2nd Class Nicholas Garlick, from Live Oak, Fla. blows a whistle to signal firing a shot line during a replenishment-at-seav aboard the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Roosevelt (DDG 80).

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USS Philippine Sea Gets PsychedBy SHSN Matthew MuhlUSS Philippine Sea65 Sailors added a college level class to their shipboard routines April 28, aboard the guidedmissile cruiser USS Philippine Sea (CG 58). The courses are Intro to Psychology and Growth and Development offered by Navy College Program for Afloat College Education (NCPACE). Classes are taught by the vessels newest civil ian guest ship-rider Jodi McKenna, an NCPACE instructor. Each course is six weeks in length worth three college credits. This particular experience on USS Philippine Sea has been absolutely great, said McKenna, a five-year NCPACE vet eran who has been teaching in general for more than 25 years. The stu dents here are bright, motivated and on-top of it, and the morale has been considerably high for Phil Seas early stage of deployment. The students will need to juggle nine hours of classes a week with their daily duties and routine. Its very excit ing, said Damage Controlman 3rd Class Elisha Smith, a 20-yearold Sailor who is begin ning her college career with the introductory course. Im lucky to have this kind of oppor tunity, and the instruc tor is really the best part because shes very welcoming and interac tive to all the students involved. The class is really challenging and enlighten ing, said Gunners Mate 3rd Class Jacob Miller, a student of the advanced 2314 course. Its very interesting to learn why people act in different ways. With experience in non-traditional class room settings such as prisons and correction al facilities there are no teaching opportunities that are off limits, said McKenna. I actually keep trying to retire, but they keep calling me to come back out, McKenna said with a laugh. Teaching is my passion. Photo by MC3 Abe McNatt Instructor Jodi McKenna from Navy College Program for Afloat College Education (NCPACE) teaches a Psychology class aboard the guided-missile cruiser USS Philippine Sea (CG 58). Philippine Sea is deployed as part of the George H.W. Bush Carrier Strike Group supporting maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility. FY14 GMT Schedule Update AnnouncedFrom Chief of Naval Personnel Public AffairsGeneral Military Training (GMT) for Fiscal Year (FY) 14 now includes the Privacy and Personally Identifiable Information Awareness topic as required training. NAVADMIN 264/13 announced the FY14 GMT schedule and mistakenly omitted the Privacy and Personally Identifiable Information Awareness training. This training was not intend ed to be overlooked and is required as a Category Two topic. There are two catego ries of GMT topics that must be completed in FY 14. Category One topics must be conducted via face-to-face, instructorled training sessions provided at the command level and Category Two topics can be completed via Navy e-Learning or through face-to-face, command delivered training at the discre tion of the unit com mander. Completion of individually completed web-based training is automatically tracked via Fleet Training Management Planning System (FLTMPS). Commands are required to enter face-to-face completions in FLTMPS via an event completion form. Standardized training material for Category One and Category Two training are available for download from the Personal Development GMT page on the Navy Knowledge Online (NKO) webpage at www.nko.navy.mil. Additionally, a GMT calendar for FY 14 is also available on the NKO GMT page, including recommended train ing delivery months to coincide with Navy-wide training themes. The NKO GMT web page has been updated to reflect the addition of the Privacy and Personally Identifiable Information Awareness training topic. GMT questions should be via e-mail to the Center for Personal and Professional Development at gmt.dis tribution@navy.mil. 6 THE MIRROR, NS MAYPORT, Thursday, May 15, 2014

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From DeCAEach year, the Defense Commissary Agency honors select military commissaries worldwide for exceptional service and dedication in deliv ering the commissary benefit. This year, Naval Station Mayport took home the top award. Achieving this honor has never been easy, DeCA Director and CEO Joseph H. Jeu said. To win, a store has to exceed our normal criteria for customer service, accountability, safety, operations and sales. But for 2013, it seemed like every challenge possible impacted commissaries, including furlough, budget cuts, hiring freezes and cus tomers stressed by the government shutdown, he continued. Our commissaries worked with our industry partners and military stakehold ers to not just prevail but excel in delivering the benefit. These awards highlight the best of what our stores do every day for our service members and their families. The awards are named in honor of American statesmen who pro tected the commissary benefit and championed quality-of-life issues for the military community. Known as the DeCA Best Commissary Awards, the honors continue at least a 50-year tradition, dating back long before DeCAs inception, to recognize overall excellence in commissary opera tions and service, said Jeu. Winning commissaries by category are: Bill Nichols Award for the Best Large Commissary in the United States First Place: Naval Station Mayport, Fla. Second Place: Fort Jackson, S.C. Honorable Mention: Fort Drum, N.Y.; Fort Polk, La.; Fort Riley, Kan.; Keesler Air Force Base, Miss.; Naval Air Station North Island, Calif.; Naval Air Station Patuxent River, Md. Richard M. Paget Award for the Best Small Commissary in the United States First Place: Vance Air Force Base, Okla. Second Place: Naval Air Facility El Centro, Calif. Dan Daniel Award for the Best Large Commissary Overseas First Place: Misawa Air Base, Japan Second Place: Yokota Air Base, Japan Honorable Mention: Kadena Air Base, Okinawa, Japan; Naval Fleet Activities Yokosuka, Japan L. Mendel Rivers Award for the Best Small Commissary Overseas First Place: U.S. Army Garrison Camp Humphreys, South Korea Second Place: U.S. Army Garrison Camp Casey, South Korea Directors Award for the Best Superstore First Place: Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune, N.C. Second Place: Naval Air Station Jacksonville, Fla. For the competi tion, all stores were measured first against specific pass-fail crite ria in accountability, Commissary Customer Satisfaction Survey, sales, unit cost and safety. Those that pass that first phase are given a score on each of those same criteria elements. The winners were those whose combined score was the highest in their award category. Mayport Commissary Named Best In U.S. Barber Shop Reno Complete -Paige GnannNaval Station Mayport Commanding Officer Capt. Wes McCall joins members of Navy Exchange Mayport in cutting the ribbon on the newly renovated base barber shop last week. The NEX spent $75,000 to remodel the shop with new floors, new vacuum system, chairs, photos and a 55-inch TV. The last time the barber shop was renovated was 1998. Pictured from left, CMDCM Ross Cramer, McCall, NEX Director Bill Hockenbury, Toni Moore, and Gerald McMahan. A New Coat Of Paint Above, Aviation Structural Mechanic 2nd Class (AW) Vladimir Ilnitskiy of HSM-40 sands off an emblem painted on the SH-60B helicopter on the corner of Maine Street and Patrol Road during a renovation project that includes all the HSM squadrons at NS Mayport. Right, Aviation Structural Mechanic 2nd Class (AW) Jason ParkerJones of HSM-46 sands the top of the helos tail while Aviation Structural Mechanic 2nd Class (AW) Tim James of HSM-48 sands the bottom.-Photos by Paige GnannMemorial Day At Beaches Vet ParkFrom Beaches Veterans AssociationThis Memorial Day, May 26, the Beaches Veterans will salute their fallen Comrades with wreaths presented by various veterans organi zations in their memory starting at 2 p.m.. They will also recog nize the Terry Parker; Forrest; Ed White; and First Coast high schools Junior ROTC Cadets, future leaders and vet erans of our Armed Forces, who will per form their Drill Team exhibitions beginning at 2 p.m. Additionally, the Fletcher High School Band Ensemble will entertain with patriotic music. During the pro gram, the Sandalwood AFROTC Team will explain and demonstrate the proper folding of our National Standard. Guest speaker this year is Congressman Ander Crenshaw. The program will conclude with a Rifle Salute and Taps by our Beaches Honor Guard and the klaxon sounding of SURFACE SURFACE SURFACE. THE MIRROR NS MAYPORT, Thursday, May 15, 2014 7

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USS Taylor Conducts Underway EngagementFrom U.S. Naval Forces EuropeAfrica/U.S. 6th Fleet Public AffairsThe Oliver Hazard Perryclass frigate USS Taylor (FFG 50) participated in a bilateral underway engagement with the Turkish navy in the Black Sea, May 11. The exercise was aimed at improving maritime capa bilities and reassuring NATO allies and partners of the United States commitment to the alliance and security in the region. During the event, Taylor, along with the Turkish frigate TCG Turgutries (F-241) conducted tactical maneuvering exercises, a Detect-to-Engage (DTE) scenario, and a simu lated attack on Cutlass 471 (a MH-60R Sea Hawk Helicopter assigned to Taylor). Taylor is deployed in a multi-mission role in the U.S. 6th Fleet area of operations to contribute to regional mari time security, perform search and rescue activities, support humanitarian missions, con duct bilateral and multilateral training missions, and to support NATO operations and deployments throughout the region. U.S. 6th Fleet, headquar tered in Naples, Italy, conducts a full range of maritime security operations and the ater security cooperation mis sions in concert with coalition, joint, interagency, and other partners in order to advance security and stability in Europe and Africa. -Photo by Lt. j.g. David HancockThe guided-missile frigate USS Taylor (FFG 50) and the Turkish frigate TCG Turgutries (F-241) conduct a tactical maneuvering exercise. USS Taylor Has Port Visit In Batumi, GeorgiaBy U.S. Naval Forces Europe-Africa/U.S. 6th Fleet Public AffairsThe Oliver Hazard Perry-class frigate USS Taylor (FFG 50) arrived in Batumi, Georgia, for a scheduled port visit, May 8. Taylors presence in Georgia reaffirms the United States commitment to strengthening ties with NATO allies and partners like Georgia, while working toward mutual goals of promoting peace and stability in the region. While in Georgia, Taylor will host ship tours and a reception for local officials. The crew will also conduct training with the Georgia Coast Guard in visit, board, search and seizure (VBSS), maritime medical care, career development systems and leadership ethics. Taylor, homeported in Mayport, Fla., is deployed in a multi-mis sion role in the U.S. 6th Fleet area of operations to contribute to regional maritime security, conduct bilateral and multilateral training missions, and to support NATO operations and deployments throughout the region. U.S. 6th Fleet, headquartered in Naples, Italy, conducts a full range of maritime security operations and theater security cooperation missions in concert with coalition, joint, interagency, and other partners in order to advance security and stability in Europe and Africa. -Photo by Lt. j.g. David HancockGeorgian and U.S. officials render honors during the U.S. and Georgian national anthems. -Photo by Lt. Roy ChongGeorgian artisans demonstrate a traditional Georgian dance during a welcoming ceremony for the guided-missile frigate USS Taylor (FFG 50). Taylors port visit to Georgia reaffirms the United States commitment to strengthening ties with NATO allies and partners like Georgia. -Photo by Lt. j.g. David HancockThe visit, board, search and seizure team aboard the guided-missile frigate USS Taylor (FFG 50) conducts training with the Georgian Maritime Detachment and coast guard. -Photo by Lt. j.g. David HancockAmerican Embassy personnel and their families tour the guided-mis sile frigate USS Taylor (FFG 50) while the ship is in Batumi, Georgia. 8 THE MIRROR, NS MAYPORT, Thursday, May 15, 2014

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USS Carney Departs El Ferrol, SpainBy Ensign Marina NanartowichUSS Carney Public AffairsThe guided-missile destroy er, USS Carney (DDG 64) departed El Ferrol, Spain, May 8, after a regularly scheduled port visit. The purpose of the port visit reinforced U.S. 6th Fleets efforts in building global maritime partnerships with European nations, improving maritime safety and contributing to global security. Weve been forward deployed with many of the ships here in El Ferrol, and were excited to come meet them at their home, said Cmdr. Eddie Crossman, Carneys commanding officer. It was a great port visit that highlighted the closeness of our countries. While in port, the ship hosted a reception for the U.S. Ambassador to Spain, James Costos; members of the local government; and the Spanish Navy, including Vice Adm. Manuel Garat Carame, Commander of Arsenal de Ferrol; and the captains of various Spanish ships. Carneys visit provided the crew the opportunity to interact with the sailors of the Spanish Fleet. Carney hosted members of the Spanish frig ate, Blas de Lezo (F-103) for a tour. Blas de Lezo reciprocated the gesture with a tour of their ship and a small reception in their wardroom. After the conclusion of the tours, Sailors from both ships participated in a soccer game. Sailors assigned to Carney also got to experience the rich culture and history of El Ferrol and the surrounding area while in port. From visiting the Castillo de San Felipe to the friendships made on the futbol (soccer) field, the Carney truly enjoyed our visit to El Ferrol, Crossman said. The gener ous hospitality of the people of Spain helped our Sailors gain an appreciation for their country, thus strengthening the bonds between the U.S. and Spain. Carney, homeported in Mayport, Fl. is on a scheduled deployment supporting maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts in the U.S. 6th Fleet area of operations. U.S. 6th Fleet, headquar tered in Naples, Italy, conducts a full range of maritime security operations and the ater security cooperation mis sions in concert with coalition, joint, interagency, and other partners in order to advance security and stability in Europe and Africa.USS Carney Coordinates Griffin Missile Test FiringBy Ensign Marina Nanartowich USS Carney Public AffairsUSS Carney (DDG 64), embarked Combined Task Force 55 and a Program Executive Office-Integrated Warfare Systems (PEO-IWS) team, recently provided command and control as well as air and surface coverage for the first ever United States Navy live fire missile shoot in the Arabian Gulf. The missile shoot was con ducted by four coastal patrol ships, USS Firebolt (PC-10), USS Sirocco (PC-6), USS Typhoon (PC-5) and USS Whirlwind (PC-11), who fired the 33-pound Raytheon BGM176B Griffin Missile. The Griffin is a lightweight, laserguided, surface-to-surface missile designed to provide self-defense against small boat threats. Remote-controlled small boats towed targets at a high speed for the missiles to engage. As the Navy continues to embrace the technologi cal advances in shipboard weaponry for self-defense, it is crucial that the testing of these systems is executed in the most realistic conditions possible, said Lt. Desmond Walker, USS Carney opera tions officer. Carney was on station to provide air and surface surveillance, and station ing support as four coastal patrol craft performed live firings of the Griffin Missile System. Carneys efforts included direction of P-3C Orion and MH-60S helicopters for air and surface search. Capt. Wallace Lovely, U.S. Naval Forces Southern command Maritime Operations Center director and Contra-Almirante Gilberto Cezar Lourenco, Operations Deputy, Naval Operations Command sign the minutes of the con ference April 30. The ONC brings together representatives from the U.S. and Brazilian navy so they may meet in person and share insights on their countries mutual goals of maritime security in Latin America. -Photos by MCC Erica R. GardnerLt. Kevin Mullin, navigation officer, USS Gettysburg (CG 64), explains the mission of ship and her capabilities during a tour of CG 64 as part of the U.S. Navy and Brazil Maritime Operational Law Subject Matter Expert Exchange May 1. The U.S. Navy participates in subject matter expert exchanges and interaction through presentations, personal interactions and hands-on, joint exercises4th Fleet Works Together With Brazil THE MIRROR NS MAYPORT, Thursday, May 15, 2014 9

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VCNO Speaker At Midway DinnerFrom Navy League of MayportThe Navy League of Mayport is celebrating the 72nd Anniversary of the Battle of Midway Commemoration Dinner and Program. Tickets are now on sale for this years event which will be held on June 7 at the Renaissance World Golf Village Resort in St. Augustine. The keynote speaker is Adm. Michelle Howard, Vice Chief of Naval Operations. Ticket prices for Active Duty and Spouses: E-6 and below $25; E-7 to O3 $40; O4 to O5 $50, O6 and above $65. Prices for Civilians and Retirees $65. The evening includes fine dining and a memorable program. Uniform will be O4 and above dinner dress white jacket; O3 and below dinner dress white/din ner dress white jacket optional and civilian is black tie or busi ness attire. Cocktails begin at 1700, dinner is served at 1800. Tickets are mandatory and seating is reserved. Make checks payable to NAVY LEAGUE MIDWAY DINNER. Tickets may be purchased from Bob Price, at 904-246-9982 or 904-718-2118 or bpricex4@com cast.net. with every surface warfare officer qualified as an underway officer of the deck. Furthermore, every qualified surface warfare officer continued their development with a focus on engineering, and retuned with the engineering officer of the watch qualification. Lt. Cmdr Scott Jones was selected for early command-the crown jewel of the surface warfare profession; he is headed for USS Pioneer (MCM 9), forward deployed to Sasebo, Japan. In literally every mission area, the offi cers stepped up and led from the front in ways I have never before seen, said Capt. Brad Cooper, Gettysburg commanding officer. And the Chiefs Mess -easily the best with whom I have ever served -just plain set the standard high. They positively motivated and inspired the crew to greater achievements, each and every day. Weve also been exceptionally fortunate to have been a part of a great team, led by Rear Adm. Kevin Sweeney, commander, Carrier Strike Group 10 and anchored by our Harry S. Truman Carrier Strike Group shipmates. Having already been awarded the 2013 Battle E in every mission area, the crew achieved the highest overall score during pre-deployment certifications of the USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75) Strike Group and received the Surface Force Unit Tactics Award for excellence in all warfare areas. Sustaining operation al excellence through out the year began with excellence in material readiness. Gettysburgs engineers have been top tier, having now gone more than 70,000 miles without a main propul sion casualty. As air and missile defense com mander for the Harry S. Truman Strike Group, the ship maintained 100 percent SPY radar readiness throughout deploy ment, going more than nine months without a casualty. Demonstrating superb performance and dedication, the ships culinary specialists have compet ed in multiple competi tions, taking the prize for excellence each time. The ships servicemen and logistics specialists have maintained 100 percent accountability throughout the year. It has been an incredible time to be aboard this ship, says Navy Counselor First Class Raymond Wiemer. Our Sailors have advanced at incredible rates, all while achieving the highest levels of quali fication through focus and committed team work. It has been the honor of a lifetime to be a part of such a successful and positive team. Gettysburg is only the fifth cruiser in the last 106 years to receive the award, compet ing against larger ships including aircraft car riers and amphibi ous ships. It began as a competition between American and British Sailors. In 1941, the same trophy that Gettysburg will receive, went down with the battleship USS West Virginia (BB 47), and was raised with her fol lowing the attack on Pearl Harbor. Since then, the cup has been refin ished and the competi tion between American ships has resumed, with the silver cup represent ing the best of the best. Homeported in Mayport, Florida Gettysburg recently returned from a nine month deployment with the Harry S. Truman Carrier Strike Group to the 6th and 5th Fleet areas of responsibility. During the deployment, the award-winning crew actively participated in sustained operations with foreign navies, pro vided humanitarian aid for multiple stranded mariners, wrote several standard operating pro cedures currently in use, and checked in more than 17,000 aircraft as air and missile defense commander in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. Farragut Visits Key West-Photo by MC2 Brian MoralesNaval Air Station Key West Port Operations Department personnel handle mooring lines as the guided-missile destroyer USS Farragut (DDG 99) pulls alongside Mole Pier on May 5. NAS Key West is a state-of-the-art facility for air-to-air combat fighter aircraft of all military services and provides world-class pierside support to U.S. and foreign naval vessels. From Page 1Gettysburgpaid off. Naval vessels recog nized for winning this award are authorized to paint a white E on the side of the ship, acknowledging their accomplish ment. For each consecu tive battle E, the ship will paint an angled line below that white E. And if a ship earns the Battle Efficiency award fives times in a row, they may replace the white E with a gold E. Personnel assigned to a ship during the time the ship was recognized for the award are authorized to wear the Battle E ribbon. Hu City Sailors wear their Battle E ribbon with pride. The crews mission is to conduct prompt, sus tained combat opera tions at sea in support of a carrier battle group or amphibious assault group. From Page 1Hu CityNavy Accepting STA-21 Applications Until JulyBy Naval Service Training Command Public AffairsThe Seaman-toAdmiral (STA-21) com missioning program, which provides an opportunity for qualified Sailors to receive college educations and Navy commissions, is solicit ing applications for fiscal year 2015, as announced in NAVADMIN 101/14, May 6. The deadline for sub mitting application packages is July 1. We are proud of the STA-21 program and the amazing Sailors who receive their com missions through it, said Capt. Bob Fink, acting commander, Naval Service Training Command (NSTC). STA-21 officer candi dates and their families benefit from the edu cational opportunity afforded them at our nations premier univer sities. Completing their degree in 36 months, they remain on active duty with full pay and allowances, and the Navy pays up to $10,000 per year in support of their tuition, fees and books. STA-21 is truly an investment in the Navy as it shapes our officer corps of the future. According to the NAVADMIN, released by Vice Adm. W. F. Moran, Chief of Navy Personnel, application packages must be postmarked on or before the July 1 deadline date. Early submis sion is preferred, as this will allow feedback to the Sailor for submission of missing or illegible documents. The deadline for submission of addition al documentation to an applicants package is August 1. Before earning their degrees, STA-21 appli cants must attend the Naval Science Institute (NSI) course at Officer Training Command (OTC), Naval Station Newport, R.I., prior to beginning college studies at an NROTC-affiliated college or university. STA-21/NSI is an eight-week course of intense officer prepara tion and indoctrination. Course enrollment is timed to allow college entrance during summer or fall semesters/quar ters after selection. The NAVADMIN also said, the following tar get options and core are open for application for the FY-15 selection board: Surface Warfare Officer (SWO), Surface Warfare/Information Professional (SWO/ IP), Surface Warfare/ Oceanography (SWO/ OCEANO), Nuclear, Special Warfare (SEAL), Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD), Naval Flight Officer (NFO), Pilot, Civil Engineering Corps (CEC), and Nurse Corps. The following target options have zero select opportunity for FY-15: Human Resources (HR), Intelligence, Information Warfare, Medical Corps, Oceanography, Supply Corps, and Surface Warfare/Engineering Duty (SWO/ED). The STA-21 program benefits Sailors as well as the Navy. The average candidate has at least two years and in most cases more than four years of observed per formance which assists in the process of select ing the most qualified Sailors to receive a commission. Additionally, STA-21 candidates are on average older than most midshipmen, bringing a maturity directly reflect ed in the more than 90 percent completion rate STA-21 program can didates boast. Many Sailors involved in the STA-21 program already have some college cred it, and some candidates finish ahead of the three years allotted to earn a degree. Reporting seniors who feel they have a Sailor with the potential to be selected by STA-21 should comment on their leadership skills and potential in their perfor mance evaluations early in their career. These comments are highly regarded by the boards, even junior Sailors where their time on board, time in grade or peer rank ing will not allow their evaluations to be fully consistent with the comments. A selection board is scheduled to convene in September and selectees will be announced via a NAVADMIN. Last year of the 469 applications received, only 310 were board eligible. A total of 50 applicants were selected to participate in the FY-14 STA-21 program. The NAVADMIN added that each year, packages are not considered due to non-qualify ing SAT/ACT test scores, missing commanding officer (CO) endorse ment, recent non-judicial punishment, missing physical fitness assess ment (PFA) cycles, missing or illegible submis sion of documents, and not meeting program age or PFA requirements. Questions concern ing this program should be directed to com mand career counselors or to the NSTC Officer Development directorate at (850) 452-9563. Headquartered on Naval Station Great Lakes, Ill., NSTC over see 98 percent of initial officer and enlisted accessions training for the Navy. This includes the Naval Reserve Officers Training Corps (NROTC) at more than 160 colleges and univer sities, Officer Training Command (OTC) on Naval Station Newport, R.I., Recruit Training Command (RTC), the Navys only boot camp, at Great Lakes, Ill., and Navy Junior Reserve Officers Training Corps (NJROTC) and Navy National Defense Cadet Corps (NNDCC) citizen ship development programs at more than 600 high schools worldwide. For more information about the STA-21 program, visit https://www. sta-21.navy.mil. For more information about the STA-21 program, visit https://www.sta-21. navy.mil. 10 THE MIRROR, NS MAYPORT, Thursday, May 15, 2014

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Experience Navy Medicine First-Hand As Jr Red Cross Volunteer At NBHC MayportBy Naval Branch Health Clinic MayportThe American Red Crosss Northeast Florida Chapter at Naval Branch Health Clinic (NBHC) Mayport, is currently recruiting for this summers Junior Red Cross volunteers. This offers an excellent opportunity for students interested in health care careers to train with highly-skilled Navy Medicine professionals physicians, nurses, pharmacists, therapists and techniciansas well as contribute to a positive experience for NBHC Mayport patients. The program is open to six high school students ages 15 to 17 who have base access. Volunteers work four to 20 hours per week in locations throughout the clinic and receive CPR training. Those interested should apply online by May 30, at www.redcross.org/fl/ jacksonville/volunteer/ join-us. At the website, click youth volunteer application. Fill out the application, select Northeast Florida Chapter and create a Volunteer Connection account. After submitting the application, complete the online orientation. All applicants are required to attend a kick-off event (which includes an interview) on Saturday, June 7 from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. in the hospitals 2nd floor con ference room (central tower next to the cha pel) at Naval Air Station Jacksonville. In addi tion, a NBHC Mayportspecific volunteer ori entation will be held Monday, June 9 from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. at NBHC Mayports education department. Selected volunteers will be required to be tested for tuberculosis. For more information about applying call 904-246-1395, visit the American Red Cross Mayport Branch office (building 1358 behind Naval Station Mayport bowling alley) or call the NBHC Mayport American Red Cross volunteer office at 904-2704365. NBHC Mayport is one of Naval Hospital Jacksonvilles six health care facilities located across Florida and Georgia. Of NH Jacksonvilles patient populationabout 163,000 active and retired sailors, sol diers, Marines, airmen, guardsmen and their familiesmore than 67,000 are enrolled with a primary care manag er at one of its facilities. To find out more about NBHC Mayport, visit the command website at www.med.navy.mil/ sites/NavalHospitalJax. TRICARE HBAs Remain On-Site At MayportBy Jeanne Casey Naval Hospital Jacksonville Deputy Public Affairs OfficerWhile TRICARE Service Centers (TSCs) have eliminated walkin service, Naval Branch Health Clinic (NBHC) Mayports TRICARE Health Benefits Advisors (HBAs) remain onsite. TSC services are still availablebut only at www.tricare.mil, www. humana-military.com and (800) 444-5445. Beneficiaries can change their Primary Care Manager (PCM), compare plans, enroll in a plan, see whats covered, check on referrals and claims, and more. NBHC Mayports on-site HBAs are still available to discuss options for complex issuesbut unfor tunately are unable to make changes on patients behalf. HBAs work for the branch health clin ic, while website and phone staff work for TRICAREs regional contractor (Humana Military). At NBHC Mayport, patients can walk-in or call TRICARE HBAs at (904) 270-4255. NBHC Mayport is one of Naval Hospital (NH) Jacksonvilles six health care facili ties located across Florida and Georgia. Of NH Jacksonvilles patient population about 163,000 active and retired sailors, soldiers, Marines, airmen, guardsmen and their families more than 68,000 are enrolled with a PCM at one of its facili ties. To find out more about NBHC Mayport, visit the command website at www. med.navy.mil/sites/ NavalHospitalJax. TRICARE Young Adult Offers A Variety Of Healthcare Options For Young AdultsFrom TRICARETRICARE is proud to have met and exceeded most of the national health reform provisions before the law was passed, and in 2011, the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) authorized the Department of Defense to offer similar benefits to young adults under TRICARE. The Affordable Care Act has changed the guidelines for keep ing Americas youth healthy, and TRICARE Young Adult (TYA) has plenty of great options for post adolescents from 21 years of age up to the age of 26. The Affordable Care Act requires all individuals to have health insurance or other cover age that is considered minimum essential coverage. TYA provides medical and pharmacy benefits, and meets the minimum essential coverage requirement. Potential beneficiaries need to speak with their sponsor to see if they are eligible for the program. TYA is available to young adults who are: eligible unformed service sponsor years of age if previously enrolled as a full-time college student and the sponsor provides over 50 percent of the beneficiarys financial support. The beneficiary must not have reached the age of 26. To participate in TYA, benefi ciaries are required to pay monthly premiums. The plan option and sponsors military status determine what covered servic es will cost. TYA costs are also based on whether the sponsor has TRICARE Prime or Standard (2014 premiums are $180 for TYA Prime and $156 for TYA Standard) and where care is received. Eligible dependents that select TYA need to submit a TRICARE Young Adult Application (DD Form 2947) along with two months of premium payments. Completed applications can be faxed or mailed to the regional contractor specified on the form. TYA cannot be purchased if the young adult is married, eligible for another TRICARE program or eligible for an employer-sponsored health plan. Ensuring that young adults are insured is a serious matter and TYA is a great option for unmar ried, adult children who age out of regular TRICARE coverage. Complete information and appli cation forms are available at www. tricare.mil/TYA.Update Your EFMP StatusFrom Navy Personnel CommandNavy leaders remind ed Sailors that they are required to verify and update their Exceptional Family Member (EFM) status if appli cable as mandated by OPNAVINST 1754.2D, May 1. Every three years, 12 months prior to their projected rota tion date, or when there is a change in condi tion, families enrolled in the Exceptional Family Member Program (EFMP) need to update their status, said Lt. Cmdr. Brent Dennis, Navy EFMP manager. This allows the Navy to better place the family members in a geographical area where they will receive their required care. EFMP is designed to ensure that family members are stationed in locations where they can receive care and treat ment for physical, men tal, emotional or educa tional needs. There are locations where Sailors family members cant get the care they need, and in these cases Sailors can elect an unaccompanied tour or try to negotiate for a different location. Sailors may have a fear of enrollment into the program due to a misconception that by doing so it may limit their assignments and career advancement. This fear and these negative perceptions are not supported by any facts. Enrollment is mandato ry once a qualified fam ily member is diagnosed, and it will not hurt the service members chances for advancement. When Sailors do not update their enrollment status it slows down the detailing process. The detailers are required to hold orders for Sailors with an outdated enroll ment status, explained Dennis. It is important that we are making assignments with the most updated and accu rate information to sup port the needs of Navy, the service member and the family. Sailors and fam ily members can reach out to the EFMP Coordinators at their local Medical Treatment Facility (MTF) as well as the Fleet & Family Service Centers for information on the program and enrollment. New EFM enrollments are done through the Navy Family Accountability and Assessment System (NFAAS). The EFM module is at HTTPS:// navyfamily.navy. mil. The NFAAS Navy Family Members user guide is available, after login, under the help tab. In addition, Sailors may refer to NAVPERS 15614J (08/08) for additional helpful informa tion. For more information on EMFP, please visit www.npc.navy.mil While he works to protect our count ry,St. Jude Childrens Research Hospit al works to save his son from a deadly disease. A CFC Participant provided as a public service. 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12 THE MIRROR, NS MAYPORT, Thursday, May 15, 2014 Auto Skills Center May Special: Free tire rotation with paid alignment. Transmission flush, coolant flush and fuel injection cleaning, $180 (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. 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! 270-7205 Every Wednesday: Whiffle Ball Wednesdays. 5 pm at Castaways. Bring your friends and play some Whiffle Ball! 270-7205 May 22: Stanley Cup NHL 14 PS3 Tournament. 7 p.m. at Castaways Lounge. FREE! Great prize for winner. 270-7205 May 24: UFC 173Barao vs Dillashaw. 10 p.m. at Castaways. 270-7205 May 31: All Request Saturday Night. All night long at Castaways. DJ Adam will be playing your song requests all night! 270-7205 June 6: NBA 2K14 Tournament. 7 p.m. at Castaways Lounge. FREE! Great prize for winner. 270-7205 Community Activities May 23: Outdoor MoviesMadagascar 2 (PG) Film begins at Sunset behind Beachside Community Center. FREE. 270-7205 May 30: Outdoor MoviesFrozen (PG) Film begins at Sunset behind Beachside Community Center. FREE. 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 50-cent wings, drink specials and all-you-can-drink soft drinks for $1. Trivia begins at 5:30 p.m. All Khakis welcome (Chief Petty Officers, Officers and their guests). 2705431 Chicken Wednesdays. Every Wednesday, 11 a.m.-2 p.m., at Focsle Lounge. Enjoy a two-piece fried chicken plate with two sides for only $8.00. 270-5431 May 11: Focsle Lounge All-Hands Mothers Day Brunch Seatings at 10 am and 12 pm at Focsle; Reservations required Bring your favorite lady out for a lovely all you can eat brunch featuring omelet bar, champagne foun tain, carving station and more. The first 100 moms will receive a free rose. To reserve your spot, please call (904) 270-5431 or (904) 2705313 ITT Coke Zero 400 Tickets on sale. Race is July 4-5 at Daytona International Speedway. Tickets start at $24.00 for Subway Firecracker 250 General Admission Seating (July 4 only). Children under 12 are free in Sprint Fanzone or General Admission. 2705145 Jacksonville Suns Baseball. Ticket of sale now. Tickets run $5.50$11.50. 270-5145 Blue Man Group at Universal Orlando: Come see the excitement that is the Blue Man Group. Tickets are just $49; save $55.75 off the gate price. 270-5145 Intramural SportsMay 20: Mens Tennis Meeting. 11 a.m. at the Fitness Center. 270-5451. May 27: Co-Ed Softball Begins. Season Ends July 10. 270-5451 Aquatics Pool Open for Recreation Swim Open on Weekends. Saturdays 11 a.m.6 p.m. Sundays and holidays 1-6 p.m. Full hours begin Friday, Jun. 8. Active Duty and children ages 2 or under free. Entrance fees are ages 13-15 $1.50, and ages 16 or older $2.00. Season passes available for sale at ITT. 270-5101/5425 Mayport Bowling Center Friday Nights: Xtreme Bowling. 8-11 p.m. every Friday at Mayport Bowling Center. $10 include 2 hours of black light bowling, shoe rental, prizes and dazzling laser light show. 270-5377 Saturday Nights: Xtreme Bowling. 8-11 p.m. every Saturday at Mayport Bowling Center. $10 include 2 hours of black light bowling, shoe rental, prizes and daz zling 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 $18. Offer open to DOD, active duty, retired, and military dependents (Must pro vide proper ID) Liberty Call The following activities target single or unaccompanied Sailors. For more information, call 270-7788/89 or stop by the Mayport Liberty Center and pick up the monthly activity cal endar with a complete listing of all upcoming Liberty events. May 15: Trampoline Arena Trip. Van departs Liberty Center at 5 p.m. Transportation only. May 16: Mall Trip: Town Center. Van departs Liberty Center at 5 p.m. Transportation only. May 17: Dancing in the Street Festival. Van departs Liberty Center at 11 a.m. Transportation only. May 18: Paintball. Van departs 9 a.m. Transportation only, you pay for your paint. Sign up by May 15. May 19: Billiards Tournament. 6 p.m. at Liberty Center. May 23: Movie Trip. Van departs 5:30 p.m. Transportation only. May 25: Ichetucknee Springs Tubing Trip. Van departs 7 a.m. Cost $8. Sign up by May 22. May 26: Ping Pong Tournament. 5 p.m. at Liberty Center. May 30: Latitude 30 Trip. Van departs 6 p.m. Transportation only. May 31: Alligator Farm. Van departs 10 a.m. Cost $13. Sign up by May 29. Child and Youth Programs May 16: Elementary Prom Under the Sea. 7-9 p.m. at the Youth Center. Cost is $5 advanced sign-up and $7 day of, space permitting. 270-5680 May 21: Americas Kids Run. 3 pm at the Youth Center. Ages 5-13. 270-5680 May 30: Freedom Friday. 7-11 p.m. at the Youth Center. Cost is $10 advanced sign-up and $12 day of, space permitting. 270-5680 Womens Volleyball Champs-Photo by Rita HammerstadThe 2014 Womens Volleyball season ended Sunday with a Play-Off Tournament featuring 5 teams going head to head in a single elimination finals. Team 2 came out on top once again after winning the league with a 7-1 record. From left to right: Katie McClung, Nancy Hernandez, Kimberly Martinez, (C) Keilly Stevens, Leslie Stephens. Vipers Strike Back-Photo by Rita HammerstadHSM-48 Vipers are the Mens softball playoff tournament champion.

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THE MIRROR NS MAYPORT, Thursday, May 15, 2014 13 FFSC Workshops Available For Sailors, FamiliesFrom FFSCThe following class es and activities are offered by the Fleet and Family Support Center (FFSC) and are free of charge. Pre-registration is required and childcare is not available. For more information about the classes or to regis ter call 270-6600, ext. 1701. FFSC is located in Building One on Massey Avenue.May 15, 2014 9 a.m.noon, SAPR Victim Advocate Refresher Training, Bldg. 1, RM 104 Credentialed Victim Advocates must com plete 32 hours of refresher training every two years to maintain credentials and receive the latest SAPR Program updates. May 15, 2014 10-11 a.m., Healthy YOU, Health Family!, Bldg. 1, RM 702 This program focus es on the woman her self and her power to change the course of her life. Participants are encouraged to set individual goals, com plete a Myers Briggs Inventory, and to identify family roles. May 19, 2014 1:30-3 p.m., Targeting Your Resume, Bldg. 1, RM 702 Participants will learn how to highlight their skills and experiences as they directly relate to the each job they are applying for. May 19, 2014 6-7 p.m., IA Family Connection Group, USO, Mayport RD Open discussions where spouses and family members can ask questions and con nect with other family members of deployed IA service members. This group meets once a month and child care is provided for free! May 21, 2014 9 a.m.1 p.m., Organizing Your Job Search and Networking, Bldg. 1, RM 702 Participants will gain the tools and strategies necessary to map their career paths, organize and perform an effec tive independent job search, and how to build their own network of peers for continued support. May 21, 2014 9 a.m.-noon, Capstone Event (All Pay Grades), Bldg. 1, RM 1616 The final component of Transition Goals, Plans, Success (TGPS). During Capstone, Individual Transition Plans (ITP) are reviewed and the completion of CRS is verified and recorded on the ITP checklist (DD Form 2958). May 22, 2014 10-11 a.m., Healthy YOU, Health Family!, Bldg. 1, RM 702 This program focus es on the woman her self and her power to change the course of her life. Participants are encouraged to set individual goals, com plete a Myers Briggs Inventory, and to identify family roles. May 27, 2014 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Stress Management, Bldg. 1, RM 702 Participants learn how to identify stress and its causes, how to identify problems associated with prolonged stress, and participants also learn positive ways to deal with stress. May 27, 2014 9-11 a.m., Move.mil Workshop, Bldg. 1, RM 1616 All military ser vice members or mili tary spouses in receipt of PCS, Separation, Retirement or Change of Homeport Certificate orders are encouraged to attend. Please bring a copy of your PCS orders, House Hold Goods power of attorney, and know the dates you want to request for your Pack-up/Pick-up. May 28, 2014 9 a.m.1 p.m., Organizing Your Job Search and Networking, Bldg. 1, RM 702 Participants will gain the tools and strategies necessary to map their career paths, organize and perform an effec tive independent job search, and how to build their own network of peers for continued support. May 28-29, 2014 9-11:30 a.m., Resume Writing, Bldg. 1, RM 1616 Create an effective resume or improve the one you already have. This workshop will outline the essential information you need to develop a great resume in a competitive job environment. May 29, 2014 9-11 a.m., Relationship Communication, Bldg. 1, RM 702 Participants learn how to master the skills of understanding non-verbal cues, con structive criticism, and active listening. They also learn to explore the differences that affect communication as a couple, as well as how they can deepen their relationship. May 29, 2014 10-11 a.m., Healthy YOU, Health Family!, Bldg. 1, RM 702 This program focus es on the woman her self and her power to change the course of her life. Participants are encouraged to set individual goals, com plete a Myers Briggs Inventory, and to identify family roles. May 29, 2014 8:30 a.m.-1 p.m., FRG Basic Training, Bldg. 1, RM 1616 Training custom ized to fit your FRG, whether the command is starting a group or re-energizing an exist ing group. Discuss the FRG Instruction/policy, leadership structure, communication tech niques, team-building ideas, fundraising guidelines, and ideas for fun activities. May 31, 2014 1:30-3 p.m., Targeting Your Resume, Bldg. 1, RM 702 Participants will learn how to highlight their skills and experiences as they directly relate to the each job they are applying for. Resident of the Week-Photo courtesy of BBCBalfour Beatty Communities would like to congratulate Lt. Alverson who is the Resident of the Week! We appreciate the Alverson Family and all of our residents who live with Balfour Beatty Communities! Will you be the next Resident of the Week? For more details about the program, please call 904-270-8870. Passing The PRT Sailors assigned to Naval Station Mayport perform the 1.5 mile run portion of the Navy physical readiness test. -Photo by MC2 Marcus StanleyChicago, Ill. native Chief Cryptologic Technician Technical Jake Scott does the sit-ups portion of the Navy physical readiness test aboard Naval Station Mayport as Sweeny, Texas native Chief Cryptologic Technician Technical Wayne Allen counts his repetitions.

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CHINFO Award Winner Vicksburg DrillBrings Navy, City Together Page 4 Check us out Online! mayportmirror.com By Lt.j.g. Anastasia Abid USS Hu City (CG 66) Public AffairsThe guided missile cruiser USS Hu City (CG 66) was awarded its Battle Efficiency Award by Commander, Naval Surface Forces. Receiving the Battle E award denotes sustained supe rior performance throughout the year. Consideration for the Battle E requires excellence in at least four of the five cat egories: Maritime Warfare, Engineering/Survivability, Command and Control, Logistics Management, and CNSF Ship Safety. Through grueling inspections, certifica tions, assessments, and sus tained superior operations at sea, ships are evaluated and then nominated by their imme diate superior in command. Selection for the Battle E is truly an honor, and serves as a testament to the hard work, pride, and dedication of the Hu City crew. Winning the Battle E is significant because it shows that my ship strives for excellence, said Ensign Savanna Reynolds. Its great that all our hard work over the past year has Battle E For Hu USS Gettysburg Best Ship In Atlantic FleetBy Ensign Kiley ProvenzanoUSS Gettysburg Public AffairsThe guided-missile cruis er USS Gettysburg (CG 64) was awarded the 2013 Battenberg Cup by Adm. Bill Gortney, commander, U.S. Fleet Forces Command, May 6. An annual honor that rewards the best all around in crew achievement, the Battenberg Cup is presented to only one of the more than 100 eligible surface ships, aircraft carriers, and submarines in the Atlantic Fleet. When every Sailor is com mitted to the same mission, to the same goals, and to the same principles from the wardroom to our great chief petty officers mess, down to our newest seamen we are guaranteed success in everything for which we strive, said Gettysburg Command Master Chief (SW/AW) Daniel Hacker. Our Sailors have been through an incred ible amount in the past year. This award is a testament to their dedication and com mitment to the ship and our nation. Gettysburgs success starts with a focus on people excellence. Through a steady focus on the positive development of Sailors as a command priori ty, the crew was awarded the Gold Anchor award for per sonnel program excellence. The ship had the Atlantic Fleets lowest attrition rate and nearly doubled the Navy-wide advancement rate during last falls advance ment cycle. The excellence continued with 99 percent of Gettysburg petty offi cers qualifying as Enlisted Surface Warfare Specialists. In addition, the crew fea tured a finalist in both the Surface Force Atlantic (SURFLANT) Sailor of the Year and Shiphandler of the Year competi tions. Three Gettysburg Sailors received the pres tigious Navy and Marine Association Leadership Award, while another crewmember received the 2013 AFCEA Copernicus Award for Information Warfare Excellence. Backed by a long-term commitment to junior offi cer training and develop ment, Gettysburg recently returned from deployment -Photo by MC2 Lorenzo J. BurlesonSailors aboard the guided-missile cruiser USS Gettysburg (CG 64) salute during a com mand photo on the forecastle. Gettysburg was just awarded the 2013 Battenberg Cup for the Atlantic Fleet, an annual award signifying the best all around in crew achievement.Mayport Gears Up For USS Stark MemorialFrom StaffNS Mayport will host a USS Stark memorial ceremony on May 16 at Mayports Memorial Park. The ceremony will be at 10 a.m. and guest speaker for this years event is NS Mayport Commanding Officer, Capt. Wes McCall. On May 17, 1987, while on patrol in the Arabian Gulf, 37 Sailors died when two Iraqi missiles struck USS Stark. Despite the severe damage inflicted, the heroic efforts of Starks crew saved the ship. Stark was decommissioned at Mayport in 1999. In order to preserve the tradition once the ship was retired, the Naval Order of the United States, North Florida Commandery, assumed sponsorship for the memorial service. Several members of the 1987 crew of Stark will attend the service. The service will fea ture accounts of some of the events that occurred follow ing the attack, both aboard ship and here in Mayport, from crew and volunteers who worked to provide information and support services to the families of crew members. Mayports Memorial Park was established Aug. 1, 1987, with the dedication of the Stark monument. Mayport Commissary Named Best In U.S.See Story, Page 7 See Gettysburg, Page 10 See Hu City, Page 10

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2 THE MIRROR NS MAYPORT, Thursday, May 15, 2014 Command Chaplain Chap. Karen Rector 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. Naval Station Mayport Capt. Wesley McCall .......................................................................................... Commanding Officer Cmdr. Patrick Pickard ............................................................................................... Executive Officer CMDCM Ross Cramer .................................................................................... Command Master Chief Naval Station Mayport Editorial Staff MCC William Townsend ...................................................................................... Public Affairs Officer GSM3 Hillary Hicks ............................................................................ Assistant Public Affairs Officer Paige Gnann ............................................................................................................................... Editor The Mirror is distributed without charge throughout Mayports Navy community, including the Naval Station, onand off-base Navy housing areas, and ships, squadrons and staffs homeported at NS Mayport. Copies are also available at the Naval Stations Public Affairs Office, Building 1, and The Florida Times-Union, 1 Riverside Avenue, Jacksonville, FL 32202. The deadline for all submissions is Thursday at 4 p.m., one week prior to publication. News and articles should be submitted to the Public Affairs Office, or mailed to: The Mirror P.O. Box 280032 Naval Station Mayport, FL 32228-0032 Commercial: (904) 270-7817 Ext. 1012 DSN: 270-7817 Ext. 1012 Commercial FAX (904) 270-5329 DSN FAX: 270-5329 Email: mayportmirror@comcast.net CO Actionline: 270-5589 or 1-800-270-6307 This DoD newspaper is an authorized publication for members of the Department of Defense. Contents of The Mirror are not necessarily the official views of, or endorsed by, the U.S. Government, the Department of Defense or the Department of the Navy. Published by The Florida Times-Union, a private firm in no way connected with the U.S. Navy, under exclusive written contract with Naval Station Mayport, Fla. The appear ance of advertising in this publication, including inserts or supplements, does not constitute endorsement by the Department of Defense, U.S. Navy or The Florida Times-Union, of the products or services advertised. Everything advertised in this publication shall be made available for purchase, use or patronage without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, marital status, physical handicap, political affiliation, or any other non-merit factor of the purchaser, user or patron. The editorial content of this publication is the responsibility of the Naval Station Mayport, Fla., Public Affairs Office. Advertisements are solicited by the publisher. Inquiries regarding advertising should be directed to: Shipmates, I have travelled all over the world with the U.S. Navy and there is no doubt in my mind that the best and the brightest have converged here to work and support the warriors and families of Mayport. One great example of that dedication and determination is our very own Mayport Commissary, which has just been awarded the Bill Nichols Award for the Best Large Commissary in the United States for FY2013. Congratulations to Ed Kleckner and all the great people at our Commissary for earning this tremendous recognition and thanks for everything you do every day to support the Fleet, Fighter and Family. Again, congratulations and keep up the great work. Special thanks to MWR Mayport and all our volunteers for last Fridays Mayport Music Fest featuring Blue October and The Cab. Although the concert was held under less than ideal conditions (rain, rain and more rain), we had a great time and both bands put on a fabulous show. I want to thank our Air Operations T-Line personnel for their hard work maintaining Naval Station Mayports runway arresting gear. A certification team from the Navys Carrier and Field Service Unit (CAFSU) visited Mayport last week and left very impressed with the outstanding job our personnel have performed in maintaining our gear. They went so far as to say our gear was ranked among the very best in the Southeast Region. Once again, the pride and professionalism the team at Air Operations has displayed with their hard work and dedication to the job shines through and proves why Naval Station Mayport produces the Finest Service to the Finest Fleet. Thanks to all of the donors who gave during the active duty fund drive for the Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society. I just received the numbers from NMCRS Director Bill Kennedy and I am proud to announce that we exceeded this years fund raising goal with a total $216,000 raised. Bill and I both want to thank our key person nel for their dedicated hard work in helping Sailors and retirees in their time of need. A big thank you also goes out to the patrons of Navy Exchange Mayport for helping the Exchange raise just under $20,000 for the fund drive. Your generosity will most certainly help one of our own. Over the past two weeks, Naval Station Mayport has joined bases throughout the United States by par ticipating in the annual hurricane preparedness exercise, HURREX/ Citadel Gale 2014 in preparation for the upcoming Atlantic, Gulf of Mexico and Caribbean area hurricane season. The purpose of HURREX/Citadel Gale 2014 is to prepare the Navy to respond to weather threats to U.S. coastal regions and to maintain the ability to deploy forces even under the most adverse weather conditions. It is not only Naval Station Mayport assets and commands that need to practice disaster response scenarios, HURREX is a great reminder for all residents of Naval Station Mayport and Jacksonville to start putting together a plan for the upcoming hurricane sea son that officially begins on June 1st. There were 13 named storms in 2013. We have been extremely fortunate in Jacksonville not to be directly hit by a hurricane, but Tropical storm Beryl in 2012 should remind us all that it doesnt have to be hurricane strength to cause a lot of damage. Over the next several weeks, The Mirror will pub lish tips on being prepared for natural disasters like hurricanes, along with its annual Hurricane Preparedness Guide. Make sure to pick up a copy and start building your list of supplies for your pack-up kit. It never hurts to prepare early. Last week, USS Vicksburg, SERMC, Jacksonville Fire Department and Mayports Fire and Emergency Services participated in a coordinated ship-fire drill. It was a great training evolution designed to test and stress the coordinated response of the ship, installation and local community. Valuable lessons were learned and the great support and cooperation between organizations both in and outside the fence line demonstrates once again why Naval Station Mayport is so spe cial. There arent many places that so many departments and commands can come together and work seamlessly well together, but Mayport is one of them. Thanks for the great exercise. I want to thank THE PLAYERS Championship and Chick-fil-A for their generosity to our local military com munity. Active duty service members, retirees and their dependents enjoyed free admission all week to this years golf tournament at TPC Sawgrass, as well as a free concert by country music star Jake Owen during Military Appreciation Day on May 7. On May 6th, Chick-fil-A handed out thousands of free chicken sandwiches, chips and cookies to Naval Station Mayport Sailors and civilian personnel. What a great gesture and morale builder. I keep saying it and Jacksonville keeps proving me right this community knows how to show its appreciation. Lastly, we have two chances over the next few weeks to honor those Sailors who came before us. On Friday, we will hold the annual USS Stark memorial ceremony at 10 a.m. at Memorial park, across from the Gas Station. Everyone is invited to join us as we remember the 37 Sailors who died after Stark was struck by two Iraqi missiles while on patrol in the Arabian Gulf. Historically, former crew members and families have attended the event. It will be a great opportunity for todays Sailors to say thank you for their service and sacrifice. The second event is the 72nd Anniversary of the Battle of Midway Commemoration Dinner and Program on June 7 at the Renaissance World Golf Village Resort in St. Augustine. The keynote speaker is Vice Admiral Mark I. Fox, Deputy Commander, U.S. Central Command. Ticket prices for Active Duty and Spouses: E-6 and below $25; E-7 to O3 $40; O4 to O5 $50, O6 and above $65. Prices for Civilians and Retirees $65. The evening includes fine dining and a memorable program. Uniform will be O4 and above dinner dress white jacket; O3 and below dinner dress white/dinner dress white jack et optional and civilian is black tie or business attire. Tickets may be purchased from Bob Price, at 904-246-9982 or 904-7182118 or bpricex4@comcast.net. Please continue sending your sug gestions to the COs suggestion box or email them to wesley.mccall@navy.mil. Capt. Wesley McCall NS Mayport Commanding Officer CAPTAINSCORNERCounseling For Deployment IssuesYou Cant Always Get What You WantDelayed gratification; now thats a term we rarely hear about any more. In fact, Id wager that a lot of people dont even know what that term means. After all, arent we living in the I want it, and I want now generation? We recently had our big push for the Navy and Marine Corps Relief Society. Let me first say that I love the NMCRS, and have made dona tions to the fund my entire Navy career. Ive heard personal testimo nies from several peo ple on how the NMCRS made a huge difference in their lives at a time when their world seemed to be crashing down around them; and I have directed many a Sailor and Marine, even a few retirees, over to them. Unfortunately there are many who have had to use the NMCRS, because they dont know about, or just dont care about delayed gratification, or living within their means. Growing up on a farm in Kentucky, it was often feast or famine; actually it was more famine than feast. Even if we had a good year, it meant whatever extra income that came in went into paying off more farm debt and buying only the things we needed. Just about all of my clothing was Experienced cloth ing. If you dont know what that means, they were hand me downs in their third or fourth use. Being a typical kid, I sometimes wanted stuff, and stuff always costs money. My parents often told me that if I wanted it bad enough Id have to earn it. I am of the Atari gen eration; some are say ing, Whats that? Atari was one of the first gam ing systems. All my Chaplain Karen Rector Base ChaplainWith so many com mands deployed or about to be deployed at this time, the emotion al effects are spread ing from the immediate family to extended fam ily members and into the community itself. While a military parent may understand a childs reactions to deployment and have learned to spot these reactions, other family members, and friends may not. So how can you prepare this larger community to support your child dur ing a spouses deploy ment? You can prepare the child first and foremost by educating yourself, your family, and those in the community your child comes into contact with. Sunday school teachers, coaches on youth sports teams, and the life guard at the neighborhood pool need help spotting and dealing with potential reactions to the experience. These adults need the infor mation to allow them to help your child hon estly express feelings and concerns. However, this does not mean a tem per tantrum at the pool because the life guard says it is time for the 10 12 year olds to get out of the water so the teen agers can have a turn. While emotional responses vary from child to child, there are some similarities in how children feel when their lives are impacted by a deployment, especially to a war zone. Some com mon responses include the following: fear, loss of control, anger, loss of stability, and isolation. Limiting exposure to media coverage of the war will help the child feel encouraged and safe at a time when the world seems a dangerous place. If the child is exhibit ing these responses and seems to need help beyond what you can provide or the school, there are resources available to the military fam ily to provide help for your child and you. Counseling services are provided by a num ber of organizations. The Fleet and Family Support Centers (FFSC) offer various programs which range from cri sis and information, to stress management and parenting workshops. Each center has profes sional counselors avail able for individual and family consultations. It is part of the Fleet and Family Support Centers mission to ensure that Navy families have the support they need to deal with a childs response to deployment. Contact the FFSC at 904.270.6600. The Military and Family Life Counseling Program also provides short-term, situational, problem-solving coun seling services to Active Duty, Guard, Reserve, and their families. This program addresses the Judy Cromartie School Liaison Officer KNOWINGTHE ROPESfriends whose parents had money were getting Ataris; naturally, I had to have one, so I asked my parents. They told me that if I wanted an Atari, Id have work to earn the money to buy one. An Atari cost around $190. To a nine year old, it may as well have been $1 million. Regardless, I start ed doing extra chores around the house and farm, Id save all my birthday money, pick up change on the ground. My biggest score would always come from clean ing out my parents car. After about a year I had a lot of money, but still not enough. My mom asked me one day how much I had saved, and I told her. She then said that if I still wanted an Atari, she and dad would help me with the rest. The funny thing was I didnt want an Atari after all. During that year I had played my friends Ataris and realized I didnt much care for video games. CHAPLAINSCORNERSee Issues, Page 3 See Gratify, Page 3

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From Page 2GratifyBesides, I wasnt very good at them. I also discovered that I liked hav ing that money vice some gaming system or new toy. If my parents had given me that Atari when I asked for it, by the end of that year it would have just been collecting dust. Thats delayed gratification. Im so grateful my parents helped me learn such a useful les son. When I was living on E3 pay, many years ago, I always had plenty of money, because I lived within my means and practiced a lot of delayed gratification. Many of my peers did not, and they paid the price, both literally and figuratively. In Luke 12:15 Jesus said, Life is not defined by what you have, even when you have a lot. All that stuff you have? Its not yours. And you know what else about all that stuff? Its not you! Scripture also tells us that humans look at the outward appearanc es, but God looks at our hearts. In other words, God doesnt care how new your car is, if it has heated leather seats, or if your house is over 2,000 square feet. God does care how you handle his assets, though. Max Lucado said it best, Define yourself by your stuff, and youll feel good when you have a lot and bad when you dont. Contentment comes when we can honestly say with Paul who said, I know how to live when I am poor, and I know how to live when I have plenty (Philippians 4:12). Start managing Gods money responsibly, and you know what, God will bless you. If you dont know where to start, well, ask a chap lain, or even ask those great folks at the Navy and Marine Corps Relief Society, weve got the answers. militarys impact on children, and their services can be provided on or off military installations. For school-based coun seling, contact at Mayport Middle School: Robyn Ashburn at 904.247.5977 X1189 Finegan Elementary School: Ruthanne Wing at 904.247.5996 Mayport Elementary and Jax Beach Elementary: Susan Schanen at 904.524.7445 And starting next week, there will be a fulltime MFLC at Fletcher High School. To reach Dee Lexandra call 904.247.5905. Military OneSource provides access to faceto-face counseling; short-term solutionfocused telephone con sultation; and online consultation for Active Duty, Guard, Reserve (regardless of activation status), and their fami lies. Contact Military OneSource 24 hours a day, 7 days a week at 1-800-342-9647 or www. militaryonesource.com. Extra support, con sistency, empathy, and patience will help your child to return to his/ her more usual behavior patterns. But while you are providing extra help to your child, dont forget to take time for yourself. You, too, are dealing with your own reactions to the situa tion. The organizations indicated above will also provide assistance to you in dealing with not only your childs reactions but yours too. Caring for yourself is one of the most important and often the most forgotten things you can do as a parent who is carrying the load while a spouse is deployed. When your needs are taken care of, your child will benefit as well. Additional Resources: Deployment Binder http://ra.defense. gov/documents/ family/Family%20 Readiness%20 Toolkit%20061307.pdf Staying Connected: assisting w/pre-deploy ment issues www.sesamestreetfam ily.org/parents/topicsandactivity/toolkits/tlc Military Child Education Coalition: programs to meet chal lenges of military child www.militarychild.org Military Student in Transition: assisting w/ transition and deploy ment www.militaryK12part ners.dodea.edu Operation Military Kids: support for youth impacted by deployment www.operationmili tarykids.org Wishing Tree: online book store for books sup porting deployment www.survivingdeploy ment.com Military Benefits: web resources for all aspects of military life www.military.com Judy Cromartie is the School Liaison Officer for NS Mayport. If you have questions about this article or concerns about an educational issue impacting your child, she can be reached via email at judith. cromartie@navy.mil or by phone at (904) 2706289 X1305 [office] or (904) 993-5860 [cell].From Page 2Issues Sailor of the WeekName: Gas Turbine Specialist (Mechanical) Petty Officer Second Class (Surface Warfare) Syed Balkhi Job: Work Center Supervisor in Main Propulsion Division on USS Carney Age: 21 Hometown: West Palm Beach, Fl. Favorite Hobby: Basketball Hero: GSCS(SW) Bellnoski Best Piece Of Advice Received: Everything we do is a training opportunity -Take advantage of it. Goal for Navy: Make Chief and have a suc cessful career. How has the Navy improved your life?: Was able to take on more responsibilities than civilians my age. I was also able to learn new skill sets and afforded the oppor tunity to be in a lead ership role to lead Sailors earlier than my peers. I enjoy training our junior person nel (because they are our future and reliefs) what right looks like and instill owner ship. Finally, the Navy has made me a bet ter person and sailor all around, I am more driven and goal oriented than ever before. GSM2(SW) Balkhi is a highly motivated Sailor, outstanding workcenter supervi sor and gage calibra tion LPO. Everyday he shows up ready to go and knows his job inside and out. Petty Officer Balkhi is the Sailor every ships hopes to have. I cannot think of a better person to nominate for this esteemed recognition. GSM2(SW) Syed Balkhi OPERATIO N: I DENTIFICATIO NCancer is one of our children's biggest enemies; but if identied early, a child's chances of survival are greatly enhanced.Parents, please be aware of these warning signs: Call 800-822-6344 or visit stjude.org to learn more.A CFC Participant provided as a public service. THE MIRROR NS MAYPORT, Thursday, May 15, 2014 3

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4 THE MIRROR NS MAYPORT, Thursday, May 15, 2014 Vicksburg Conducts Coordinated Fire DrillBy FC2 George A. DeCoste IIIUSS VicksburgMembers from the Navy Regional Maintenance Centers (CNRMC), Southeast Regional Maintenance Center (SERMC), Navy Installations Command (CNIC), Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA), a number of Naval Shipyards and Regional Maintenance Centers, and Naval Station Mayport were on board guided missile cruiser USS Vicksburg (CG 69) May 7 to evaluate the effectiveness of a coordinated shipboard fire drill. The purpose of the exer cise was to simulate the loss of major shipboard systems essential to fighting a fire in a main engine room. When conducting an exer cise like this, you get to see integration with the base, city, and shipboard firefighting teams and how they would come together to combat a casualty of this magnitude said Capt. Pierre Fuller, execu tive officer of SERMC. The drill was modeled to simulate a major fire on board a Navy ship that is undergo ing a major repair availabil ity. Integration with civilian agencies was a critical portion when a ship is in a major overhaul period. Firefighters, Paramedics, and Emergency Medical Technicians from NAVSTA Mayport, as well as Jacksonville Fire/Rescue Department Engines 41, 150, and Rehab 37 responded to the exercise and received training for a casualty of this magnitude. Its always great to get opportunities like this for inter-agency training so that we maintain a good work ing relationship in case of a real scenario said Kevin Dix, District 2 Fire Chief for the Jacksonville Fire/Rescue Department. Navy personnel are heavily trained to combat shipboard casualties that may occur both in port and underway. These types of casualties include fire, flooding, and toxic gas leaks. This exercise was the first of its kind on board NS Mayport, and the goal was to develop a plan used as the standard throughout all shipyards to help prevent a tragedy hap pening. We ultimately saved the ship with no major injuries, thats the ultimate goal in this situation. In my opinion, we exceeded the training require ments and noted valuable data points for execution and inte gration of such events in the future said Lt.j.g. Michael Wilkinson, USS Vicksburg Damage Control Assistant. USS Vicksburg is currently in homeport and execut ing continuous maintenance availability 4A3. Continuous maintenance availabilities are essential to conduct necessary repairs prior to operational movements. -Photos by FC2 George A. DeCoste III The primary hose team from repair locker #5 stands by to combat a simulated class bravo fire in main engine room #2 onboard guided missile cruiser USS Vicksburg (CG 69). USS Vicksburg was the host ship for a coordinated shipyard fire drill exercise. Gas Turbine Systems Technician (Electrical) Fireman Jose Lares isolates a fuel-oil valve while reporting a simulated major fuel-oil leak to the central control station onboard guided missile cruiser USS Vicksburg (CG 69). USS Vicksburg was the host ship for a coordinated shipyard fire drill exercise. Damage Controlman 3rd Class Blake Huey assists Gas Turbine Systems Technician (Mechanical) Fireman Richard Martin while he dons a firefighting ensemble to fight a simulated main engine room fire onboard guided missile cruiser USS Vicksburg (CG 69). USS Vicksburg was the host ship for a coordi nated shipyard fire drill exercise. Lt. j.g. Michael Wilkinson leads casualty control efforts from damage control central as Lt. j.g. Melanie Arden records information received via the internal voice communication system during a simulated engine room fire onboard guid ed missile cruiser USS Vicksburg (CG 69). USS Vicksburg was the host ship for a coordinated shipyard fire drill exercise. Firefighters from Jacksonville Fire-Rescue Department Engine 150 standby to provide assistance during a simulated engine room fire onboard guided missile cruiser USS Vicksburg (CG 69). USS Vicksburg was the host ship for a coordi nated shipyard fire drill exercise.

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THE MIRROR NS MAYPORT, Thursday, May 15, 2014 5 Namesake Family Visits USS RooseveltBy MC2 Justin WolpertGeorge H.W. Bush Strike Group (CVN 77) Public AffairsUSS Roosevelt (DDG 80) hosted the grand son of her namesakes Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt, H. Delano Roosevelt with family and friends on May 2. The visit consisted of a tour of the ship, led by Cmdr. Jay Clark, Roosevelts Commanding Officer, with presentations made by Sailors on the various departments and capabilities of the ship including visit, board, search, and sei zure (VBSS) operations, bridge fundamentals, navigation, engineering, gunnery, damage con trol, search and rescue, and aviation. It was an honor and a privilege to introduce USS Roosevelt to Mr. Roosevelt, said Cmdr. Jay Clark. The crew, as well as myself, take immense pride in being Roosevelt Sailors, Clark added. I am sure that the grand son of our namesake saw that pride and knew we were honoring the lega cy Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt left behind. After the tour came to a close, Clark led the group into the ward room, where officers were assembled to attend the Surface Warfare Officer (SWO) designation pinning of Chief Warrant Officer James Smith. As a surprise to Mr. Roosevelt, Smith bestowed the honor of pinning the SWO device on him. It was dynamic, said Smith. To have the grandson of such a great man and woman and the namesakes of our ship perform the pinning is a once in a lifetime occur rence I will never forget. Following the pin ning Cmdr. Clark pre sented Mr. Roosevelt with Roosevelt memora bilia including a signed picture of the ship. In return Mr. Roosevelt presented Cmdr. Clark with a coin from the USS Iowa which his family has been influential in help ing to restore as a histor ical monument in Long Beach, CA where H. Delano Roosevelt and his family call home. -Photos by MC2 Justin WolpertLt.j.g. Dustin Ellis explains navigation procedures to H. Delano Roosevelt and family during a ship tour aboard the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Roosevelt (DDG 80). Roosevelt is deployed as a part of the George H.W. Bush Carrier Strike Group supporting maritime security operations and theatre security efforts in the U.S. 5th fleet area of responsibility. Gunner's Mate 2nd Class Jeff Straus, from Jacksonville, Fla. explains visit, board, search and seizure (VBSS) equipment to H. Delano Roosevelt and family aboard the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Roosevelt (DDG 80). H. Delano Roosevelt and family listen to a presentation about Search and Rescue swimmers during a ship tour aboard the Arleigh Burke-class guidedmissile destroyer USS Roosevelt (DDG 80). Operation Gratitude SuccessfulBy MC2 Justin WolpertGeorge H.W. Bush Strike Group (CVN 77) Public AffairsSailors aboard USS Roosevelt (DDG 80) received more than 300 care packages from Operation Gratitude. Operation Gratitude annually sends 150,000+ care packages filled with snacks, entertainment, hygiene and hand-made items, plus personal let ters of appreciation, to Veterans, First Responders, Wounded Warriors, Care Givers and to individually named U.S. Service Members deployed overseas. Carolyn Blashek, founder and CEO of the program, and her dedicated crew sent the packages. Command Master Chief Michael Kelly said, Our Sailors deserve to be reminded that they are thought of. The benefits of a program like this are far reaching; morale is increased, spirits are lifted and the day to day grind is more tolerable when you realize your sacrifice has not gone unnoticed. The packages were collected by vol unteers and relied on the generosity of the American people to supply, assemble and ship, with a program-wide shipping cost of 75,000 dollars. We were definitely surprised, said Personnel Specialist 2nd Class Adrian Johnson. I was humbled by the thought of a complete stranger going out of their way to make sure I knew I was being thought of. Yeoman 2nd Class Zeck Lee echoed the sentiment. I was excited! said Lee. It means a lot that people under no obligation to do so made sure we were taken care of. Roosevelt is on a scheduled deploy ment with the USS George H.W. Bush Carrier Strike Group in support of maritime security operations and the ater security cooperation efforts in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility. For more information about Operation Gratitude, visit www.opera tiongratitude.com Yeoman 3rd Class Austin Kelley opens a package from Operation Gratitude aboard USS Roosevelt (DDG 80). Seaman Joseph Jena signals during a replenishment-at-sea with USNS Robert E. Peary (T-AKE-5) aboard the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Roosevelt (DDG 80). Gunner's Mate 2nd Class Nicholas Garlick, from Live Oak, Fla. blows a whistle to signal firing a shot line during a replenishment-at-seav aboard the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Roosevelt (DDG 80).

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USS Philippine Sea Gets PsychedBy SHSN Matthew MuhlUSS Philippine Sea65 Sailors added a col lege level class to their shipboard routines April 28, aboard the guidedmissile cruiser USS Philippine Sea (CG 58). The courses are Intro to Psychology and Growth and Development offered by Navy College Program for Afloat College Education (NCPACE). Classes are taught by the vessels newest civil ian guest ship-rider Jodi McKenna, an NCPACE instructor. Each course is six weeks in length worth three college credits. This particular experi ence on USS Philippine Sea has been absolutely great, said McKenna, a five-year NCPACE vet eran who has been teach ing in general for more than 25 years. The stu dents here are bright, motivated and on-top of it, and the morale has been considerably high for Phil Seas early stage of deployment. The students will need to juggle nine hours of classes a week with their daily duties and routine. Its very excit ing, said Damage Controlman 3rd Class Elisha Smith, a 20-yearold Sailor who is begin ning her college career with the introductory course. Im lucky to have this kind of oppor tunity, and the instruc tor is really the best part because shes very welcoming and interac tive to all the students involved. The class is really chal lenging and enlighten ing, said Gunners Mate 3rd Class Jacob Miller, a student of the advanced 2314 course. Its very interesting to learn why people act in different ways. With experience in non-traditional class room settings such as prisons and correction al facilities there are no teaching opportunities that are off limits, said McKenna. I actually keep trying to retire, but they keep calling me to come back out, McKenna said with a laugh. Teaching is my passion. Photo by MC3 Abe McNatt Instructor Jodi McKenna from Navy College Program for Afloat College Education (NCPACE) teaches a Psychology class aboard the guided-missile cruiser USS Philippine Sea (CG 58). Philippine Sea is deployed as part of the George H.W. Bush Carrier Strike Group supporting maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility. FY14 GMT Schedule Update AnnouncedFrom Chief of Naval Personnel Public AffairsGeneral Military Training (GMT) for Fiscal Year (FY) 14 now includes the Privacy and Personally Identifiable Information Awareness topic as required train ing. NAVADMIN 264/13 announced the FY14 GMT schedule and mis takenly omitted the Privacy and Personally Identifiable Information Awareness training. This training was not intend ed to be overlooked and is required as a Category Two topic. There are two catego ries of GMT topics that must be completed in FY 14. Category One topics must be conducted via face-to-face, instructorled training sessions provided at the command level and Category Two topics can be completed via Navy e-Learning or through face-to-face, command delivered training at the discre tion of the unit com mander. Completion of individually completed web-based training is automatically tracked via Fleet Training Management Planning System (FLTMPS). Commands are required to enter face-to-face completions in FLTMPS via an event completion form. Standardized training material for Category One and Category Two training are available for download from the Personal Development GMT page on the Navy Knowledge Online (NKO) webpage at www.nko.navy.mil. Additionally, a GMT cal endar for FY 14 is also available on the NKO GMT page, including recommended train ing delivery months to coincide with Navy-wide training themes. The NKO GMT web page has been updated to reflect the addition of the Privacy and Personally Identifiable Information Awareness training topic. GMT questions should be via e-mail to the Center for Personal and Professional Development at gmt.dis tribution@navy.mil. 6 THE MIRROR NS MAYPORT, Thursday, May 15, 2014

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From DeCAEach year, the Defense Commissary Agency honors select military commissaries worldwide for exceptional service and dedication in deliv ering the commissary benefit. This year, Naval Station Mayport took home the top award. Achieving this honor has never been easy, DeCA Director and CEO Joseph H. Jeu said. To win, a store has to exceed our normal criteria for customer service, accountability, safety, operations and sales. But for 2013, it seemed like every challenge possible impacted commissaries, including furlough, budget cuts, hiring freezes and cus tomers stressed by the government shutdown, he continued. Our com missaries worked with our industry partners and military stakehold ers to not just prevail but excel in delivering the benefit. These awards highlight the best of what our stores do every day for our service mem bers and their families. The awards are named in honor of American statesmen who pro tected the commissary benefit and championed quality-of-life issues for the military community. Known as the DeCA Best Commissary Awards, the honors continue at least a 50-year tradition, dating back long before DeCAs inception, to rec ognize overall excellence in commissary opera tions and service, said Jeu. Winning commissaries by category are: Bill Nichols Award for the Best Large Commissary in the United States First Place: Naval Station Mayport, Fla. Second Place: Fort Jackson, S.C. Honorable Mention: Fort Drum, N.Y.; Fort Polk, La.; Fort Riley, Kan.; Keesler Air Force Base, Miss.; Naval Air Station North Island, Calif.; Naval Air Station Patuxent River, Md. Richard M. Paget Award for the Best Small Commissary in the United States First Place: Vance Air Force Base, Okla. Second Place: Naval Air Facility El Centro, Calif. Dan Daniel Award for the Best Large Commissary Overseas First Place: Misawa Air Base, Japan Second Place: Yokota Air Base, Japan Honorable Mention: Kadena Air Base, Okinawa, Japan; Naval Fleet Activities Yokosuka, Japan L. Mendel Rivers Award for the Best Small Commissary Overseas First Place: U.S. Army Garrison Camp Humphreys, South Korea Second Place: U.S. Army Garrison Camp Casey, South Korea Directors Award for the Best Superstore First Place: Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune, N.C. Second Place: Naval Air Station Jacksonville, Fla. For the competi tion, all stores were measured first against specific pass-fail crite ria in accountability, Commissary Customer Satisfaction Survey, sales, unit cost and safe ty. Those that pass that first phase are given a score on each of those same criteria elements. The winners were those whose combined score was the highest in their award category. Mayport Commissary Named Best In U.S. Barber Shop Reno Complete -Paige GnannNaval Station Mayport Commanding Officer Capt. Wes McCall joins members of Navy Exchange Mayport in cutting the ribbon on the newly renovated base barber shop last week. The NEX spent $75,000 to remodel the shop with new floors, new vacuum system, chairs, photos and a 55-inch TV. The last time the barber shop was renovated was 1998. Pictured from left, CMDCM Ross Cramer, McCall, NEX Director Bill Hockenbury, Toni Moore, and Gerald McMahan. A New Coat Of Paint Above, Aviation Structural Mechanic 2nd Class (AW) Vladimir Ilnitskiy of HSM-40 sands off an emblem painted on the SH-60B helicopter on the corner of Maine Street and Patrol Road during a renovation project that includes all the HSM squadrons at NS Mayport. Right, Aviation Structural Mechanic 2nd Class (AW) Jason ParkerJones of HSM-46 sands the top of the helos tail while Aviation Structural Mechanic 2nd Class (AW) Tim James of HSM-48 sands the bottom.-Photos by Paige GnannMemorial Day At Beaches Vet ParkFrom Beaches Veterans AssociationThis Memorial Day, May 26, the Beaches Veterans will salute their fallen Comrades with wreaths presented by various veterans organi zations in their memory starting at 2 p.m.. They will also recog nize the Terry Parker; Forrest; Ed White; and First Coast high schools Junior ROTC Cadets, future leaders and vet erans of our Armed Forces, who will per form their Drill Team exhibitions beginning at 2 p.m. Additionally, the Fletcher High School Band Ensemble will entertain with patriotic music. During the pro gram, the Sandalwood AFROTC Team will explain and demonstrate the proper folding of our National Standard. Guest speaker this year is Congressman Ander Crenshaw. The program will conclude with a Rifle Salute and Taps by our Beaches Honor Guard and the klaxon sounding of SURFACE SURFACE SURFACE. THE MIRROR NS MAYPORT, Thursday, May 15, 2014 7

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USS Taylor Conducts Underway EngagementFrom U.S. Naval Forces EuropeAfrica/U.S. 6th Fleet Public AffairsThe Oliver Hazard Perryclass frigate USS Taylor (FFG 50) participated in a bilateral underway engagement with the Turkish navy in the Black Sea, May 11. The exercise was aimed at improving maritime capa bilities and reassuring NATO allies and partners of the United States commitment to the alliance and security in the region. During the event, Taylor, along with the Turkish frigate TCG Turgutries (F-241) con ducted tactical maneuvering exercises, a Detect-to-Engage (DTE) scenario, and a simu lated attack on Cutlass 471 (a MH-60R Sea Hawk Helicopter assigned to Taylor). Taylor is deployed in a multi-mission role in the U.S. 6th Fleet area of operations to contribute to regional mari time security, perform search and rescue activities, support humanitarian missions, con duct bilateral and multilateral training missions, and to sup port NATO operations and deployments throughout the region. U.S. 6th Fleet, headquar tered in Naples, Italy, conducts a full range of maritime security operations and the ater security cooperation mis sions in concert with coalition, joint, interagency, and other partners in order to advance security and stability in Europe and Africa. -Photo by Lt. j.g. David HancockThe guided-missile frigate USS Taylor (FFG 50) and the Turkish frigate TCG Turgutries (F-241) conduct a tactical maneuvering exercise. USS Taylor Has Port Visit In Batumi, GeorgiaBy U.S. Naval Forces Europe-Africa/U.S. 6th Fleet Public AffairsThe Oliver Hazard Perry-class frigate USS Taylor (FFG 50) arrived in Batumi, Georgia, for a scheduled port visit, May 8. Taylors presence in Georgia reaffirms the United States commitment to strengthening ties with NATO allies and partners like Georgia, while working toward mutual goals of promoting peace and stability in the region. While in Georgia, Taylor will host ship tours and a reception for local officials. The crew will also conduct training with the Georgia Coast Guard in visit, board, search and seizure (VBSS), maritime medical care, career development systems and leadership ethics. Taylor, homeported in Mayport, Fla., is deployed in a multi-mis sion role in the U.S. 6th Fleet area of operations to contribute to regional maritime security, conduct bilateral and multilateral training missions, and to support NATO operations and deploy ments throughout the region. U.S. 6th Fleet, headquartered in Naples, Italy, conducts a full range of maritime security operations and theater security cooperation missions in concert with coalition, joint, interagency, and other partners in order to advance security and stability in Europe and Africa. -Photo by Lt. j.g. David HancockGeorgian and U.S. officials render honors during the U.S. and Georgian national anthems. -Photo by Lt. Roy ChongGeorgian artisans demonstrate a traditional Georgian dance during a welcoming ceremony for the guided-missile frigate USS Taylor (FFG 50). Taylors port visit to Georgia reaffirms the United States commitment to strengthening ties with NATO allies and partners like Georgia. -Photo by Lt. j.g. David HancockThe visit, board, search and seizure team aboard the guided-missile frigate USS Taylor (FFG 50) conducts training with the Georgian Maritime Detachment and coast guard. -Photo by Lt. j.g. David HancockAmerican Embassy personnel and their families tour the guided-mis sile frigate USS Taylor (FFG 50) while the ship is in Batumi, Georgia. 8 THE MIRROR NS MAYPORT, Thursday, May 15, 2014

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USS Carney Departs El Ferrol, SpainBy Ensign Marina NanartowichUSS Carney Public AffairsThe guided-missile destroy er, USS Carney (DDG 64) departed El Ferrol, Spain, May 8, after a regularly scheduled port visit. The purpose of the port visit reinforced U.S. 6th Fleets efforts in building global maritime partnerships with European nations, improving maritime safety and contribut ing to global security. Weve been forward deployed with many of the ships here in El Ferrol, and were excited to come meet them at their home, said Cmdr. Eddie Crossman, Carneys commanding officer. It was a great port visit that highlighted the closeness of our countries. While in port, the ship hosted a reception for the U.S. Ambassador to Spain, James Costos; members of the local government; and the Spanish Navy, including Vice Adm. Manuel Garat Carame, Commander of Arsenal de Ferrol; and the captains of various Spanish ships. Carneys visit provided the crew the opportunity to interact with the sailors of the Spanish Fleet. Carney hosted members of the Spanish frig ate, Blas de Lezo (F-103) for a tour. Blas de Lezo reciprocated the gesture with a tour of their ship and a small reception in their wardroom. After the conclusion of the tours, Sailors from both ships participated in a soccer game. Sailors assigned to Carney also got to experience the rich culture and history of El Ferrol and the surrounding area while in port. From visiting the Castillo de San Felipe to the friendships made on the futbol (soccer) field, the Carney truly enjoyed our visit to El Ferrol, Crossman said. The gener ous hospitality of the people of Spain helped our Sailors gain an appreciation for their coun try, thus strengthening the bonds between the U.S. and Spain. Carney, homeported in Mayport, Fl. is on a scheduled deployment supporting mari time security operations and theater security cooperation efforts in the U.S. 6th Fleet area of operations. U.S. 6th Fleet, headquar tered in Naples, Italy, conducts a full range of maritime security operations and the ater security cooperation mis sions in concert with coalition, joint, interagency, and other partners in order to advance security and stability in Europe and Africa.USS Carney Coordinates Griffin Missile Test FiringBy Ensign Marina Nanartowich USS Carney Public AffairsUSS Carney (DDG 64), embarked Combined Task Force 55 and a Program Executive Office-Integrated Warfare Systems (PEO-IWS) team, recently provided command and control as well as air and surface coverage for the first ever United States Navy live fire missile shoot in the Arabian Gulf. The missile shoot was con ducted by four coastal patrol ships, USS Firebolt (PC-10), USS Sirocco (PC-6), USS Typhoon (PC-5) and USS Whirlwind (PC-11), who fired the 33-pound Raytheon BGM176B Griffin Missile. The Griffin is a lightweight, laserguided, surface-to-surface missile designed to provide self-defense against small boat threats. Remote-controlled small boats towed targets at a high speed for the missiles to engage. As the Navy continues to embrace the technologi cal advances in shipboard weaponry for self-defense, it is crucial that the testing of these systems is executed in the most realistic conditions possible, said Lt. Desmond Walker, USS Carney opera tions officer. Carney was on station to provide air and sur face surveillance, and station ing support as four coastal patrol craft performed live firings of the Griffin Missile System. Carneys efforts included direction of P-3C Orion and MH-60S helicopters for air and surface search. Capt. Wallace Lovely, U.S. Naval Forces Southern command Maritime Operations Center director and Contra-Almirante Gilberto Cezar Lourenco, Operations Deputy, Naval Operations Command sign the minutes of the con ference April 30. The ONC brings together representatives from the U.S. and Brazilian navy so they may meet in person and share insights on their countries mutual goals of maritime security in Latin America. -Photos by MCC Erica R. GardnerLt. Kevin Mullin, navigation officer, USS Gettysburg (CG 64), explains the mis sion of ship and her capabilities during a tour of CG 64 as part of the U.S. Navy and Brazil Maritime Operational Law Subject Matter Expert Exchange May 1. The U.S. Navy participates in subject matter expert exchanges and interaction through presentations, personal interactions and hands-on, joint exercises4th Fleet Works Together With Brazil THE MIRROR NS MAYPORT, Thursday, May 15, 2014 9

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VCNO Speaker At Midway DinnerFrom Navy League of MayportThe Navy League of Mayport is celebrating the 72nd Anniversary of the Battle of Midway Commemoration Dinner and Program. Tickets are now on sale for this years event which will be held on June 7 at the Renaissance World Golf Village Resort in St. Augustine. The keynote speaker is Adm. Michelle Howard, Vice Chief of Naval Operations. Ticket prices for Active Duty and Spouses: E-6 and below $25; E-7 to O3 $40; O4 to O5 $50, O6 and above $65. Prices for Civilians and Retirees $65. The evening includes fine din ing and a memorable program. Uniform will be O4 and above dinner dress white jacket; O3 and below dinner dress white/din ner dress white jacket optional and civilian is black tie or busi ness attire. Cocktails begin at 1700, dinner is served at 1800. Tickets are mandatory and seating is reserved. Make checks payable to NAVY LEAGUE MIDWAY DINNER Tickets may be purchased from Bob Price, at 904-246-9982 or 904-718-2118 or bpricex4@com cast.net. with every surface war fare officer qualified as an underway officer of the deck. Furthermore, every qualified surface warfare officer continued their development with a focus on engineering, and retuned with the engineering officer of the watch qualification. Lt. Cmdr Scott Jones was selected for early command-the crown jewel of the surface warfare profession; he is headed for USS Pioneer (MCM 9), for ward deployed to Sasebo, Japan. In literally every mission area, the offi cers stepped up and led from the front in ways I have never before seen, said Capt. Brad Cooper, Gettysburg commanding officer. And the Chiefs Mess -easily the best with whom I have ever served -just plain set the standard high. They positively motivated and inspired the crew to greater achievements, each and every day. Weve also been exceptionally fortunate to have been a part of a great team, led by Rear Adm. Kevin Sweeney, commander, Carrier Strike Group 10 and anchored by our Harry S. Truman Carrier Strike Group shipmates. Having already been awarded the 2013 Battle E in every mission area, the crew achieved the highest overall score during pre-deployment certifications of the USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75) Strike Group and received the Surface Force Unit Tactics Award for excellence in all war fare areas. Sustaining operation al excellence through out the year began with excellence in material readiness. Gettysburgs engineers have been top tier, having now gone more than 70,000 miles without a main propul sion casualty. As air and missile defense com mander for the Harry S. Truman Strike Group, the ship maintained 100 percent SPY radar readiness throughout deploy ment, going more than nine months without a casualty. Demonstrating superb performance and dedica tion, the ships culinary specialists have compet ed in multiple competi tions, taking the prize for excellence each time. The ships servicemen and logistics specialists have maintained 100 percent accountability throughout the year. It has been an incred ible time to be aboard this ship, says Navy Counselor First Class Raymond Wiemer. Our Sailors have advanced at incredible rates, all while achieving the highest levels of quali fication through focus and committed team work. It has been the honor of a lifetime to be a part of such a success ful and positive team. Gettysburg is only the fifth cruiser in the last 106 years to receive the award, compet ing against larger ships including aircraft car riers and amphibi ous ships. It began as a competition between American and British Sailors. In 1941, the same trophy that Gettysburg will receive, went down with the battleship USS West Virginia (BB 47), and was raised with her fol lowing the attack on Pearl Harbor. Since then, the cup has been refin ished and the competi tion between American ships has resumed, with the silver cup represent ing the best of the best. Homeported in Mayport, Florida Gettysburg recently returned from a nine month deployment with the Harry S. Truman Carrier Strike Group to the 6th and 5th Fleet areas of responsibility. During the deployment, the award-winning crew actively participated in sustained operations with foreign navies, pro vided humanitarian aid for multiple stranded mariners, wrote several standard operating pro cedures currently in use, and checked in more than 17,000 aircraft as air and missile defense commander in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. Farragut Visits Key West-Photo by MC2 Brian MoralesNaval Air Station Key West Port Operations Department personnel handle mooring lines as the guided-missile destroyer USS Farragut (DDG 99) pulls alongside Mole Pier on May 5. NAS Key West is a state-of-the-art facility for air-to-air combat fighter aircraft of all military services and provides world-class pierside support to U.S. and foreign naval vessels. From Page 1Gettysburgpaid off. Naval vessels recog nized for winning this award are authorized to paint a white E on the side of the ship, acknowledging their accomplish ment. For each consecu tive battle E, the ship will paint an angled line below that white E. And if a ship earns the Battle Efficiency award fives times in a row, they may replace the white E with a gold E. Personnel assigned to a ship during the time the ship was recognized for the award are authorized to wear the Battle E ribbon. Hu City Sailors wear their Battle E ribbon with pride. The crews mission is to conduct prompt, sus tained combat opera tions at sea in support of a carrier battle group or amphibious assault group. From Page 1Hu CityNavy Accepting STA-21 Applications Until JulyBy Naval Service Training Command Public AffairsThe Seaman-toAdmiral (STA-21) com missioning program, which provides an opportunity for qualified Sailors to receive college educations and Navy commissions, is solicit ing applications for fiscal year 2015, as announced in NAVADMIN 101/14, May 6. The deadline for sub mitting application packages is July 1. We are proud of the STA-21 program and the amazing Sailors who receive their com missions through it, said Capt. Bob Fink, acting commander, Naval Service Training Command (NSTC). STA-21 officer candi dates and their families benefit from the edu cational opportunity afforded them at our nations premier univer sities. Completing their degree in 36 months, they remain on active duty with full pay and allowances, and the Navy pays up to $10,000 per year in support of their tuition, fees and books. STA-21 is truly an investment in the Navy as it shapes our officer corps of the future. According to the NAVADMIN, released by Vice Adm. W. F. Moran, Chief of Navy Personnel, application packages must be postmarked on or before the July 1 dead line date. Early submis sion is preferred, as this will allow feedback to the Sailor for submission of missing or illegible docu ments. The deadline for submission of addition al documentation to an applicants package is August 1. Before earning their degrees, STA-21 appli cants must attend the Naval Science Institute (NSI) course at Officer Training Command (OTC), Naval Station Newport, R.I., prior to beginning college studies at an NROTC-affiliated college or university. STA-21/NSI is an eight-week course of intense officer prepara tion and indoctrination. Course enrollment is timed to allow college entrance during summer or fall semesters/quar ters after selection. The NAVADMIN also said, the following tar get options and core are open for application for the FY-15 selection board: Surface Warfare Officer (SWO), Surface Warfare/Information Professional (SWO/ IP), Surface Warfare/ Oceanography (SWO/ OCEANO), Nuclear, Special Warfare (SEAL), Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD), Naval Flight Officer (NFO), Pilot, Civil Engineering Corps (CEC), and Nurse Corps. The following target options have zero select opportunity for FY-15: Human Resources (HR), Intelligence, Information Warfare, Medical Corps, Oceanography, Supply Corps, and Surface Warfare/Engineering Duty (SWO/ED). The STA-21 program benefits Sailors as well as the Navy. The average candidate has at least two years and in most cases more than four years of observed per formance which assists in the process of select ing the most qualified Sailors to receive a commission. Additionally, STA-21 candidates are on aver age older than most midshipmen, bringing a maturity directly reflect ed in the more than 90 percent completion rate STA-21 program can didates boast. Many Sailors involved in the STA-21 program already have some college cred it, and some candidates finish ahead of the three years allotted to earn a degree. Reporting seniors who feel they have a Sailor with the potential to be selected by STA-21 should comment on their leadership skills and potential in their perfor mance evaluations early in their career. These comments are highly regarded by the boards, even junior Sailors where their time on board, time in grade or peer rank ing will not allow their evaluations to be fully consistent with the com ments. A selection board is scheduled to convene in September and selectees will be announced via a NAVADMIN. Last year of the 469 applications received, only 310 were board eligible. A total of 50 applicants were selected to participate in the FY-14 STA-21 pro gram. The NAVADMIN added that each year, packages are not considered due to non-qualify ing SAT/ACT test scores, missing commanding officer (CO) endorse ment, recent non-judicial punishment, missing physical fitness assess ment (PFA) cycles, missing or illegible submis sion of documents, and not meeting program age or PFA requirements. Questions concern ing this program should be directed to com mand career counselors or to the NSTC Officer Development directorate at (850) 452-9563. Headquartered on Naval Station Great Lakes, Ill., NSTC over see 98 percent of initial officer and enlisted accessions training for the Navy. This includes the Naval Reserve Officers Training Corps (NROTC) at more than 160 colleges and univer sities, Officer Training Command (OTC) on Naval Station Newport, R.I., Recruit Training Command (RTC), the Navys only boot camp, at Great Lakes, Ill., and Navy Junior Reserve Officers Training Corps (NJROTC) and Navy National Defense Cadet Corps (NNDCC) citizen ship development pro grams at more than 600 high schools worldwide. For more information about the STA-21 program, visit https://www. sta-21.navy.mil. For more information about the STA-21 program, visit https://www.sta-21. navy.mil. 10 THE MIRROR NS MAYPORT, Thursday, May 15, 2014

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Experience Navy Medicine First-Hand As Jr Red Cross Volunteer At NBHC MayportBy Naval Branch Health Clinic MayportThe American Red Crosss Northeast Florida Chapter at Naval Branch Health Clinic (NBHC) Mayport, is currently recruiting for this summers Junior Red Cross volunteers. This offers an excellent opportunity for students interested in health care careers to train with highly-skilled Navy Medicine professionals physicians, nurses, pharmacists, therapists and techniciansas well as contribute to a positive experience for NBHC Mayport patients. The program is open to six high school students ages 15 to 17 who have base access. Volunteers work four to 20 hours per week in locations throughout the clinic and receive CPR training. Those interested should apply online by May 30, at www.redcross.org/fl/ jacksonville/volunteer/ join-us. At the website, click youth volunteer applica tion. Fill out the appli cation, select Northeast Florida Chapter and create a Volunteer Connection account. After submitting the application, complete the online orientation. All applicants are required to attend a kick-off event (which includes an interview) on Saturday, June 7 from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. in the hospitals 2nd floor con ference room (central tower next to the cha pel) at Naval Air Station Jacksonville. In addi tion, a NBHC Mayportspecific volunteer ori entation will be held Monday, June 9 from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. at NBHC Mayports education department. Selected volunteers will be required to be tested for tuberculosis. For more information about applying call 904-246-1395, visit the American Red Cross Mayport Branch office (building 1358 behind Naval Station Mayport bowling alley) or call the NBHC Mayport American Red Cross volunteer office at 904-2704365. NBHC Mayport is one of Naval Hospital Jacksonvilles six health care facilities located across Florida and Georgia. Of NH Jacksonvilles patient populationabout 163,000 active and retired sailors, sol diers, Marines, airmen, guardsmen and their familiesmore than 67,000 are enrolled with a primary care manag er at one of its facilities. To find out more about NBHC Mayport, visit the command website at www.med.navy.mil/ sites/NavalHospitalJax. TRICARE HBAs Remain On-Site At MayportBy Jeanne Casey Naval Hospital Jacksonville Deputy Public Affairs OfficerWhile TRICARE Service Centers (TSCs) have eliminated walkin service, Naval Branch Health Clinic (NBHC) Mayports TRICARE Health Benefits Advisors (HBAs) remain onsite. TSC services are still availablebut only at www.tricare.mil, www. humana-military.com and (800) 444-5445. Beneficiaries can change their Primary Care Manager (PCM), compare plans, enroll in a plan, see whats covered, check on referrals and claims, and more. NBHC Mayports on-site HBAs are still available to discuss options for complex issuesbut unfor tunately are unable to make changes on patients behalf. HBAs work for the branch health clin ic, while website and phone staff work for TRICAREs regional contractor (Humana Military). At NBHC Mayport, patients can walk-in or call TRICARE HBAs at (904) 270-4255. NBHC Mayport is one of Naval Hospital (NH) Jacksonvilles six health care facili ties located across Florida and Georgia. Of NH Jacksonvilles patient population about 163,000 active and retired sailors, soldiers, Marines, airmen, guardsmen and their families more than 68,000 are enrolled with a PCM at one of its facili ties. To find out more about NBHC Mayport, visit the command website at www. med.navy.mil/sites/ NavalHospitalJax. TRICARE Young Adult Offers A Variety Of Healthcare Options For Young AdultsFrom TRICARETRICARE is proud to have met and exceeded most of the national health reform provisions before the law was passed, and in 2011, the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) authorized the Department of Defense to offer similar benefits to young adults under TRICARE. The Affordable Care Act has changed the guidelines for keep ing Americas youth healthy, and TRICARE Young Adult (TYA) has plenty of great options for post adolescents from 21 years of age up to the age of 26. The Affordable Care Act requires all individuals to have health insurance or other cover age that is considered minimum essential coverage. TYA provides medical and pharmacy benefits, and meets the minimum essential coverage requirement. Potential beneficiaries need to speak with their sponsor to see if they are eligible for the program. TYA is available to young adults who are: eligible unformed service sponsor years of age if previously enrolled as a full-time college student and the sponsor provides over 50 per cent of the beneficiarys financial support. The beneficiary must not have reached the age of 26. To participate in TYA, benefi ciaries are required to pay month ly premiums. The plan option and sponsors military status determine what covered servic es will cost. TYA costs are also based on whether the sponsor has TRICARE Prime or Standard (2014 premiums are $180 for TYA Prime and $156 for TYA Standard) and where care is received. Eligible dependents that select TYA need to submit a TRICARE Young Adult Application (DD Form 2947) along with two months of premium payments. Completed applications can be faxed or mailed to the regional contractor specified on the form. TYA cannot be purchased if the young adult is married, eligible for another TRICARE program or eligible for an employer-sponsored health plan. Ensuring that young adults are insured is a serious matter and TYA is a great option for unmar ried, adult children who age out of regular TRICARE coverage. Complete information and appli cation forms are available at www. tricare.mil/TYA.Update Your EFMP StatusFrom Navy Personnel CommandNavy leaders remind ed Sailors that they are required to verify and update their Exceptional Family Member (EFM) status if appli cable as mandated by OPNAVINST 1754.2D, May 1. Every three years, 12 months prior to their projected rota tion date, or when there is a change in condi tion, families enrolled in the Exceptional Family Member Program (EFMP) need to update their status, said Lt. Cmdr. Brent Dennis, Navy EFMP manager. This allows the Navy to better place the family members in a geographi cal area where they will receive their required care. EFMP is designed to ensure that family members are stationed in locations where they can receive care and treat ment for physical, men tal, emotional or educa tional needs. There are locations where Sailors family members cant get the care they need, and in these cases Sailors can elect an unaccompanied tour or try to negotiate for a different location. Sailors may have a fear of enrollment into the program due to a misconception that by doing so it may limit their assignments and career advancement. This fear and these negative perceptions are not supported by any facts. Enrollment is mandato ry once a qualified fam ily member is diagnosed, and it will not hurt the service members chanc es for advancement. When Sailors do not update their enrollment status it slows down the detailing process. The detailers are required to hold orders for Sailors with an outdated enroll ment status, explained Dennis. It is impor tant that we are making assignments with the most updated and accu rate information to sup port the needs of Navy, the service member and the family. Sailors and fam ily members can reach out to the EFMP Coordinators at their local Medical Treatment Facility (MTF) as well as the Fleet & Family Service Centers for information on the program and enrollment. New EFM enrollments are done through the Navy Family Accountability and Assessment System (NFAAS). The EFM module is at HTTPS:// navyfamily.navy. mil. The NFAAS Navy Family Members user guide is available, after login, under the help tab. In addition, Sailors may refer to NAVPERS 15614J (08/08) for additional helpful informa tion. For more information on EMFP, please visit www.npc.navy.mil While he works to protect our count ry,St. Jude Childrens Research Hospit al works to save his son from a deadly disease. A CFC Participant provided as a public service. 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12 THE MIRROR NS MAYPORT, Thursday, May 15, 2014 Auto Skills Center May Special: Free tire rotation with paid alignment. Transmission flush, coolant flush and fuel injection cleaning, $180 (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. 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! 270-7205 Every Wednesday: Whiffle Ball Wednesdays. 5 pm at Castaways. Bring your friends and play some Whiffle Ball! 270-7205 May 22: Stanley Cup NHL 14 PS3 Tournament. 7 p.m. at Castaways Lounge. FREE! Great prize for winner. 270-7205 May 24: UFC 173Barao vs Dillashaw. 10 p.m. at Castaways. 270-7205 May 31: All Request Saturday Night. All night long at Castaways. DJ Adam will be playing your song requests all night! 270-7205 June 6: NBA 2K14 Tournament. 7 p.m. at Castaways Lounge. FREE! Great prize for winner. 270-7205 Community Activities May 23: Outdoor MoviesMadagascar 2 (PG) Film begins at Sunset behind Beachside Community Center. FREE. 270-7205 May 30: Outdoor MoviesFrozen (PG) Film begins at Sunset behind Beachside Community Center. FREE. 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 50-cent wings, drink specials and all-you-can-drink soft drinks for $1. Trivia begins at 5:30 p.m. All Khakis welcome (Chief Petty Officers, Officers and their guests). 2705431 Chicken Wednesdays. Every Wednesday, 11 a.m.-2 p.m., at Focsle Lounge. Enjoy a two-piece fried chicken plate with two sides for only $8.00. 270-5431 May 11: Focsle Lounge All-Hands Mothers Day Brunch Seatings at 10 am and 12 pm at Focsle; Reservations required Bring your favorite lady out for a lovely all you can eat brunch featuring omelet bar, champagne foun tain, carving station and more. The first 100 moms will receive a free rose. To reserve your spot, please call (904) 270-5431 or (904) 2705313 ITT Coke Zero 400 Tickets on sale. Race is July 4-5 at Daytona International Speedway. Tickets start at $24.00 for Subway Firecracker 250 General Admission Seating (July 4 only). Children under 12 are free in Sprint Fanzone or General Admission. 2705145 Jacksonville Suns Baseball. Ticket of sale now. Tickets run $5.50$11.50. 270-5145 Blue Man Group at Universal Orlando: Come see the excitement that is the Blue Man Group. Tickets are just $49; save $55.75 off the gate price. 270-5145 Intramural SportsMay 20: Mens Tennis Meeting. 11 a.m. at the Fitness Center. 270-5451. May 27: Co-Ed Softball Begins. Season Ends July 10. 270-5451 Aquatics Pool Open for Recreation Swim Open on Weekends. Saturdays 11 a.m.6 p.m. Sundays and holidays 1-6 p.m. Full hours begin Friday, Jun. 8. Active Duty and children ages 2 or under free. Entrance fees are ages 13-15 $1.50, and ages 16 or older $2.00. Season passes available for sale at ITT. 270-5101/5425 Mayport Bowling Center Friday Nights: Xtreme Bowling. 8-11 p.m. every Friday at Mayport Bowling Center. $10 include 2 hours of black light bowling, shoe rental, prizes and dazzling laser light show. 270-5377 Saturday Nights: Xtreme Bowling. 8-11 p.m. every Saturday at Mayport Bowling Center. $10 include 2 hours of black light bowling, shoe rental, prizes and daz zling 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 $18. Offer open to DOD, active duty, retired, and military dependents (Must pro vide proper ID) Liberty Call The following activities target single or unaccompanied Sailors. For more information, call 270-7788/89 or stop by the Mayport Liberty Center and pick up the monthly activity cal endar with a complete listing of all upcoming Liberty events. May 15: Trampoline Arena Trip. Van departs Liberty Center at 5 p.m. Transportation only. May 16: Mall Trip: Town Center. Van departs Liberty Center at 5 p.m. Transportation only. May 17: Dancing in the Street Festival. Van departs Liberty Center at 11 a.m. Transportation only. May 18: Paintball. Van departs 9 a.m. Transportation only, you pay for your paint. Sign up by May 15. May 19: Billiards Tournament. 6 p.m. at Liberty Center. May 23: Movie Trip. Van departs 5:30 p.m. Transportation only. May 25: Ichetucknee Springs Tubing Trip. Van departs 7 a.m. Cost $8. Sign up by May 22. May 26: Ping Pong Tournament. 5 p.m. at Liberty Center. May 30: Latitude 30 Trip. Van departs 6 p.m. Transportation only. May 31: Alligator Farm. Van departs 10 a.m. Cost $13. Sign up by May 29. Child and Youth Programs May 16: Elementary Prom Under the Sea. 7-9 p.m. at the Youth Center. Cost is $5 advanced sign-up and $7 day of, space permitting. 270-5680 May 21: Americas Kids Run 3 pm at the Youth Center. Ages 5-13. 270-5680 May 30: Freedom Friday. 7-11 p.m. at the Youth Center. Cost is $10 advanced sign-up and $12 day of, space permitting. 270-5680 Womens Volleyball Champs-Photo by Rita HammerstadThe 2014 Womens Volleyball season ended Sunday with a Play-Off Tournament featuring 5 teams going head to head in a single elimination finals. Team 2 came out on top once again after winning the league with a 7-1 record. From left to right: Katie McClung, Nancy Hernandez, Kimberly Martinez, (C) Keilly Stevens, Leslie Stephens. Vipers Strike Back-Photo by Rita HammerstadHSM-48 Vipers are the Mens softball playoff tournament champion.

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THE MIRROR NS MAYPORT, Thursday, May 15, 2014 13 FFSC Workshops Available For Sailors, FamiliesFrom FFSCThe following class es and activities are offered by the Fleet and Family Support Center (FFSC) and are free of charge. Pre-registration is required and childcare is not available. For more information about the classes or to regis ter call 270-6600, ext. 1701. FFSC is located in Building One on Massey Avenue.May 15, 2014 9 a.m.noon, SAPR Victim Advocate Refresher Training, Bldg. 1, RM 104 Credentialed Victim Advocates must com plete 32 hours of refresher training every two years to main tain credentials and receive the latest SAPR Program updates. May 15, 2014 10-11 a.m., Healthy YOU, Health Family!, Bldg. 1, RM 702 This program focus es on the woman her self and her power to change the course of her life. Participants are encouraged to set individual goals, com plete a Myers Briggs Inventory, and to iden tify family roles. May 19, 2014 1:30-3 p.m., Targeting Your Resume, Bldg. 1, RM 702 Participants will learn how to highlight their skills and experiences as they directly relate to the each job they are applying for. May 19, 2014 6-7 p.m., IA Family Connection Group, USO, Mayport RD Open discussions where spouses and family members can ask questions and con nect with other family members of deployed IA service members. This group meets once a month and child care is provided for free! May 21, 2014 9 a.m.1 p.m., Organizing Your Job Search and Networking, Bldg. 1, RM 702 Participants will gain the tools and strategies necessary to map their career paths, organize and perform an effec tive independent job search, and how to build their own network of peers for continued support. May 21, 2014 9 a.m.-noon, Capstone Event (All Pay Grades), Bldg. 1, RM 1616 The final component of Transition Goals, Plans, Success (TGPS). During Capstone, Individual Transition Plans (ITP) are reviewed and the com pletion of CRS is veri fied and recorded on the ITP checklist (DD Form 2958). May 22, 2014 10-11 a.m., Healthy YOU, Health Family!, Bldg. 1, RM 702 This program focus es on the woman her self and her power to change the course of her life. Participants are encouraged to set individual goals, com plete a Myers Briggs Inventory, and to iden tify family roles. May 27, 2014 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Stress Management, Bldg. 1, RM 702 Participants learn how to identify stress and its causes, how to identify problems asso ciated with prolonged stress, and participants also learn positive ways to deal with stress. May 27, 2014 9-11 a.m., Move.mil Workshop, Bldg. 1, RM 1616 All military ser vice members or mili tary spouses in receipt of PCS, Separation, Retirement or Change of Homeport Certificate orders are encouraged to attend. Please bring a copy of your PCS orders, House Hold Goods power of attor ney, and know the dates you want to request for your Pack-up/Pick-up. May 28, 2014 9 a.m.1 p.m., Organizing Your Job Search and Networking, Bldg. 1, RM 702 Participants will gain the tools and strategies necessary to map their career paths, organize and perform an effec tive independent job search, and how to build their own network of peers for continued support. May 28-29, 2014 9-11:30 a.m., Resume Writing, Bldg. 1, RM 1616 Create an effective resume or improve the one you already have. This workshop will out line the essential infor mation you need to develop a great resume in a competitive job environment. May 29, 2014 9-11 a.m., Relationship Communication, Bldg. 1, RM 702 Participants learn how to master the skills of understanding non-verbal cues, con structive criticism, and active listening. They also learn to explore the differences that affect communication as a couple, as well as how they can deepen their relationship. May 29, 2014 10-11 a.m., Healthy YOU, Health Family!, Bldg. 1, RM 702 This program focus es on the woman her self and her power to change the course of her life. Participants are encouraged to set individual goals, com plete a Myers Briggs Inventory, and to iden tify family roles. May 29, 2014 8:30 a.m.-1 p.m., FRG Basic Training, Bldg. 1, RM 1616 Training custom ized to fit your FRG, whether the command is starting a group or re-energizing an exist ing group. Discuss the FRG Instruction/policy, leadership structure, communication tech niques, team-building ideas, fundraising guidelines, and ideas for fun activities. May 31, 2014 1:30-3 p.m., Targeting Your Resume, Bldg. 1, RM 702 Participants will learn how to highlight their skills and experiences as they directly relate to the each job they are applying for. Resident of the Week-Photo courtesy of BBCBalfour Beatty Communities would like to congratulate Lt. Alverson who is the Resident of the Week! We appreciate the Alverson Family and all of our residents who live with Balfour Beatty Communities! Will you be the next Resident of the Week? For more details about the program, please call 904-270-8870. Passing The PRT Sailors assigned to Naval Station Mayport perform the 1.5 mile run por tion of the Navy physical readiness test. -Photo by MC2 Marcus StanleyChicago, Ill. native Chief Cryptologic Technician Technical Jake Scott does the sit-ups portion of the Navy physical readiness test aboard Naval Station Mayport as Sweeny, Texas native Chief Cryptologic Technician Technical Wayne Allen counts his repetitions.

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